The Mount Ayr Record-News, 1927
OBITUARY - JOHN LINDSEY STEPHENS.
John Lindsey STEPHENS, son of Allen and Martha STEPHENS, was born in Green county, Pennsylvania,
June 6, 1858, and passed away Saturday morning, May 14, 1927, at the Lutheran hospital in Des
Moines, age 68 years, 11 months and eight days. Mr. STEPHENS had been ill for over three months,
having contracted influenza which developed into complications resulting in his death.
He came to Ringgold county in 1878 where he has resided ever since. He was united in marriage to
Catherine JARVIS on November 19, 1880. To this union were born fourteen children, seven sons and
seven daughters, all of whom survive him, Mrs. Laura LINK, Benton, Iowa; Walter STEPHENS,
Diagonal, Iowa; Allen STEPHENS, Diagonal, Iowa; Marion STEPHENS, Mount Ayr, Iowa; Mrs. Mary POLLEY, M
Maloy, Iowa; Ray STEPHENS, Mount Ayr, Iowa; Mrs. Zella BLUNCK, Redding, Iowa; Mrs. Ona KASTER,
Maloy, Iowa; Jess STEPHENS, Maloy, Iowa; Roy STEPHENS, Delphos, Iowa; Mrs. Vinnie GARRETT, Grant
City, Mo.; Mrs. Lela HARVEY, Leon, Iowa; Mrs. Gladys THARP, Des Moines, Iowa; and Paul STEPHENS,
Mr. STEPHENS was converted and united with the Baptist church at Whitely, Pa.,
when a young man, but after coming to Iowa united with the Baptist church at Delphos, Iowa, of
which he was a faithful member until the time of his death. He was a member of the I.O.O.F. and M.
W. A. lodges.
Mr. STEPHENS was a man noted for his honesty and stability, all his business
dealings have surely more than proven this fact. His home was always a place of welcome to those
needing care and help. One of his greatest enjoyments was to have his children come home and visit with him. His children will miss his wise counsel and advice as he was always willing and ready to help them in any way possible. The death of Mr. STEPHENS is a great loss to this community. He was connected in a business and religious way in a manner which will make his place difficult to fill.
He leaves to mourn his departure besides his wife and children, four brothers, A. Z. STEPHENS,
Delphos, Iowa; T. B. STEPHENS, Dunkard, Pa.; L. H. STEPHENS, Maloy, Iowa; W. L. STEPHENS,
Parkersburg, West Va.; and two sisters, Mrs. Roeh CUMPSTON and Mrs. Milton McCLURE, Davistown,
Pa.; also twenty-three grandchildren, one great grandchild, a number of nieces and nephews and a
host of friends."We miss thee from our home, dear father,
We miss thee from thy place.
A shadow o'er our life is cast,
We miss the sunshine of thy face.
We miss thy kind and willing hand,
Thy fond and earnest care,
Our home is dark without thee,
We miss thee everywhere."
Funeral services were conducted at the Delphos Baptist church at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, by Rev.
E. F. THOMPSON, of Lorimor, Iowa. Interment in the Rose Hill cemetery, Mount Ayr.
CARD OF THANKS.
Since it is not possible to see all of our neighbors and friends and personally thank them for
the many acts of kindness and sympathy so generously bestowed on the occasion of the death and
funeral of our husband and father, we take this means of expressing our heart-felt thanks. We are
profoundly grateful to all.
- MRS. J. L. STEPHENS AND CHILDREN
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