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Belle Plaine Every Other Daily Union; Jan. 11, 1900
Passed To Their Reward
Francis M. Greenlee

Short Sketches of the Lives of Those Who Have Recently Passed Away.

We print herewith the obituaries read at the funeral services of three respected residents of Belle, Plaine and vicinity who have passed to the unknown world within the last week.

Francis M. Greenlee

The funeral services for Mr. Greenlee Monday afternoon at the Baptist church were attended by a very large number of people coming from the country all around Belle Plaine. Business men left their stores and offices for the afternoon to attend the last services for their respected friend. So well known was Mr. Greenlee throughout this section and so well liked as a man that almost every citizen has reason to remember him and mourn his departure.

The senior member of the Union company has great reason to mourn the taking off of Uncle Frank Greenlee. For years we had maintained a cordial friendship. In 1894 when the Union prepared its illustrated annual and historical edition, Mr. Greenlee was one who extended prompt encouragement and assistance and the issue contained an article on early Belle Plaine written by his own hand, in which he gave many interesting facts. The obituary notice as prepared for his funeral did not over-estimate his true value as a citizen and a friend. The large number congregated at bls funeral services was a silent yet true mark of the appreciation in which he was held by his fellow men.

The following obituary was read by the Rev. Eychaner:.

Francis M. Greenlee was born in Green county, Tenn, November 9th, 1828, and died at his home In Belle Plaine January 7th, 1900. He was married to Miss Alpha M. Guinn January 31, 1848, and seven years later they moved to Benton county, locating on a farm just south of Belle Plaine, where they resided until 1893, when they moved to this city.

When twenty-nine years of age he was converted and united with the Protestant Methodist church of which he remained a faithful member until July 2, 1896, when he was baptized and Joined the Church of God or Restitution church.

His piety was deep but quiet, and he continued to grow in the knowledge and love of God up to the hour of his death.

The last illness was long and painful; with no complaint, but with simple yet heroic faith, he awaited his deliverance. His last days were triumphant. He longed for the hour of redemption when, unfettered abilities and opportunities largely multiplied, he might do Jesus’ bidding. He leaves, besides his bereaved wife, seven children: W. T. Greenlee, Mrs. Laura L. Miller, Mrs. Josephine Brainard, James N., John H., Miss Mary M., all of Belle Plaine, and Jackson I., of Rogers, Ark., to mourn their loss. Sarah J., the eldest, and Maud, the youngest, had preceded their father in death. He was the last one of a large family of brothers and sisters. Within a year two sisters, Mrs. Mary Guinn and Mrs. G. W. Ealy, have entered the silent river of death.

“Uncle Frank," as he was generally called, was of a loving, amiable disposition, a devoted husband and indulgent father. As a friend and neighbor he was kind and constant, to know him was to love him. Besides the immediate family a large circle of relatives and friends is left to mourn.

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Submitted on 31-Jan-2022 by
John Shuck,

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