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Decatur County Journal
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
September 9, 1915

OBITUARY - J. M. STILL

J. M. STILL was born in Decatur County on February 2, 1854, and has always lived in the same county. He departed this life Monday evening, August 30, 1915.

He came to Leon in the year 1884, where he has since resided. He was united in marriage to Mary J. MOAD on December 4, 1872. To this union fourteen children were born, nine of whom with the widow survive him. They are D. N. STILL, of Healdsburg, California; Mrs. Bert BALLOU, of Kellerton; Mrs. A. R. FARNES, of Broadview, Montana; Mrs. Guy BREMER, of Newton, Iowa; Roy STILL, Clarinda; Joe G. STILL and Mrs. Earl RUSK, of Mt. Ayr; J. L. and Nina STILL, of Leon. Besides these he leaves four brothers and two sisters, Christopher STILL, of Des Moines, J. W. and R. E., of Cainsville, Mo.; Jesse, of Woodland, and two sisters, Mrs. Rebecca COZAD, of near Leon, and Mrs. Geo. W. LAFOLLETTE, of Ft. Madison. He was sixty-one years, six months and twenty-eight days of age.

He moved with his family to Leon in the year of 1882, where he has since resided. He united with the Advent Church in 1886, being a charter member, and has since lived a devout Christian. He worked for J. A. HARRIS & Co. for about twenty-eight years at the marble and granite works, being faithful to any work entrusted to his care.

The funeral was held at the Christian Advent Church where a large audience was gathered to show their sympathy with the family. Loving hands had brought many flowers. Thus showing their respect to the sorrowing family. At the request of the deceased the writer conducted the services by reading from I Cor. 15 chapter, 14 to 29 verses, and prayer. A short talk was given, the subject being "What is man," quoting from Hebrews 2:6. The history given in the Bible is the only reasonable theory of his origin. The same power that created the world, land and sea, sun, moon and stars and gives life to every living creature did create man and set him over the works of his hands. The scriptures do not teach that he was created with an immortal soul to live in Heaven or hell. But a living soul, a natural man, I Cor. 15 chapter, verses 45 to 46. The doctrine that man was created immortal was first taught by a heathen philosopher called Socratese about 400 years B.C. and became very popular. But as the light of reason has been put into use, it has taken the place of tradition and ignorance and a deeper revelation of the word of God by sober thinking men of God. Have found that eternal or immortal life is the gift of God through Christ: Rom. 6:23, John 17:2, John 9:28. The wicked will be destroyed: Malachi 4:1, Matt. 13:40, Rev. 21:8. This is eternal everlasting death. The punishment of the disobedient are in this life and to die without hope of the life to come. This was the faith of Brother STILL. His was a Godly life. He was a kind and loving husband and father, always ready to minister to the needs of others and loved by all who knew him. He loved the house of prayer, without fear of hell or eternal torment. His was a loving service. He died in hope of a glorious resurrection of the mortal body, where there will be no more death, neither sorrow, crying nor pain. Interment was in the Leon Cemetery.

-- Wm. BIGGS

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, July of 2009

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