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The Mount Ayr Record-News, 1922

OBITUARY - THEODORE PARKINS.

Parkins gravestone.jpgCivil War Flags.jpg Theodore, son of Charles and Martha PARKINS, was born in Knox county, Ill., March 17, 1844, and departed this life December 15, 1922. He was seventy-eight years, eight months and twenty-eight days old. His early life was spent on a farm in Knox county, Illinois. Being the eldest son he was the chief support of his widowed mother from the time he was sixteen years of age. At the outbreak of the Civil war he volunteered but was not taken on account of being under age. Volunteering a second time he was accepted November 3, 1863, and was assigned to Company A, 77th regiment, Illinois Infantry Volunteers. He served in the Western Department of the army; thirteen months of his service was spent as a prisoner in the confederate prison at Fort Tyler, Texas. On June 17, 1865, he was mustered out of the service. His devotion to his country and love for the flag never waved; his love and affection for his comrades in arms were life long ideals.

On November 30, 1870, he was united in marriage to Lucretia J. JACKSON, Mercer county, Illinois. She survives him to mourn his loss. To this union were born nine children, four of whom survive. Florence M., Chicago, Ill.; Mrs. Josephine WYNES, Jamestown, N.D.; Mrs. Bessie SHERRILL, Crawford, Neb.; Dr. LeRoy E., Boston, Mass.; five others, James A., Cornelius L., Charles H., Arthur and Martha I., died in early life. Also he is survived by three brothers, John of Portland, Ore., Henry of Gilson, Ill., Harvey of Knoxville, Ill., and one sister, Mrs. Evelyn SPIDLE, Schuyler, Neb. His loss will be mourned by a host of relatives and friends.

He and his wife were prioneers in the early life of Iowa. In the spring of 1872 they crossed the Mississippi river on the ice at Rock Island and drove their oxen to Pocahontas county, where they settled on a farm near Fonda. Two years later they moved to Ringgold county where they have resided up to the present time. For the past thirty-three years they have lived in Knowlton. On Thanksgiving day, November 30, 1922, they celebrated their fifty-second wedding anniversary with a group of relatives and friends.

For the past three years he has had failing health so that he has not been able to do his regular work. Recently he had been feeling fairly well. On December fifteen at five o'clock in the evening he was stricken suddenly with heart failure and the end came without warning. He was a man that lived a simple life of good deeds and he has been an example of honesty and uprightness. He believed in God and acknowledged his saving grace and said that he was prepared to meet his Savior. In the words of the poet he truly lived in a house by the side of the road and was a friend to man.

Funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. V. G. ANDREWS of the Garden Grove Methodist church, who during the beginning of his ministry at Knowlton, became the confident and friend of the deceased. Rev. Virgil W. HENDERSON of the Diagonal Methodist church assisted with the services. Interment was made in the Knowlton [Centenary] cemetery.

NOTE: Lurectia J. (JACKSON), wife of Theodore PARKINS, was born on October 11, 1845, and died on August 23, 1926 with interment at Centenary Cemetery near Knowlton, Ringgold County, Iowa.

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, 2008

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