The Mount Ayr Record-News
Thursday July 13, 1933
DIAGONAL MAN ENDS HIS LIFE
Funeral Services Held Monday Afternoon-
News of Diagonal and Vicinity.
Diagonal, July 10. - John WILLIAMS, for many years a resident of Diagonal, committed suicide by
hanging early Sunday morning near the Presbyterian church. R. R. STEPHENS was the first to find
him and immediately notified others. Mr. WILLIAMS had been despondent for some time. Three children,
Vern WILLIAMS of Chariton, Merle WILLIAMS of Leon and Mrs. Maude TAYLOR of here, survive. Also one
sister, Mrs. H. T. YAW, of Diagonal; one nephew, Lee YAW, of Clearfield; one niece, Mrs. Marie
BURCH, of Benton; and three grandchildren, Alma and Alice TAYLOR, twin daughters of Mrs.
Maude TAYLOR, and Richard Earl WILLIAMS, of Leon.
John C. WILLIAMS, son of S. B. and Mary Jane
WILLIAMS, was born April 29, 1859, in Ohio and passed away Sunday, July 9, 1933, aged 74 years,
two months and ten days. When eight years of age he, with his parents, moved to Mercer county, Illinois.
In 1880 they moved to Ringgold county, Iowa, where he resided ever since. He had lived in Diagonal
since 1887. Three sisters and two brothers have preceded him in death. On September 10, 1885, he was united
in marriage to Emma C. BLAKELY, of Viola, Ill. To this union were born six children - three sons
dying in infancy. The living children are Verne WILLIAMS of Chariton, Merle WILLIAMS of Leon and
Mrs. Maude TAYLOR of here. On May 29, 1929, his wife passed away, since which time he has made
his home with his children. Besides his three children he leaves a host of relatives and friends
to mourn. Mr. WILLIAMS had passed the Biblical span of three score years and ten, and those dear to
him may feel that he had truly lived his allotted time and that his life's work was finished. He
has many friends in and around Diagonal who will miss him because of his cheerful disposition and
his friendliness toward all. Funeral services were held this afternoon at 2:30 at the Presbyterian
church, Rev. H. G. ELLSWORTH in charge. Burial was made in Bethel cemetery southwest of town.
NOTE: Emma C. (BLAKELY) WILLIAMS was born in 1859, and died May 29, 1929 with interment at
Bethel Cemetery near Diagonal, Ringgold County, Iowa.
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