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Obituary ~ John D. Clifford
June 24, 1815 ~ October 07, 1894

Decatur County Journal
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
Thursday, October 11, 1894

DIED -- In north Leon, at the residence of his son-in-law, A. MERWIN, after a painful illness, J.D. CLIFFORD.

The deceased was born near Harrison County, Ohio, June 24 (cannot read) his age being 80 years, 3 months and 13 days.  He went to West Virginia when about thirty years old, living in that state near fifty years. About a year and a half ago Brother CLIFFORD was taken quite ill.  MRS. MERWIN went back to see her father, stayed with him ten weeks.  When he recovered he desired to come home with her.  Here he found a kind, pleasant home till he passed to the house not made with hands.

He was the father of seven children.  Three have passed away to the spirit world; four are living, as follows: J.M. CLIFFORD, Enid, Oklahoma; MRS. M.E. GREGG, Jamaica, Iowa; MRS. DORA ATHA, Denver, Col.; and MRS. OLIVIA MERWIN, Leon.  The deceased was born again of the spirit and united with the Baptist Church at Leon, West Virginia, in 1884; had been a member about ten years at the time he passed away.

He said to the writer just a short time before he died he had lived the allotted time.  Only feared the pains that might await him in passing through the shadow of death.  He had many kind friends around him in his last illness; had every attention that kind hearts and willing hands could give to the last; but is now resting sweetly with Christ, while his works will follow him over.

The funeral took place at the residence of MR. MERWIN, his son-in-law, at 3 o'clock p.m., October 8th; services being conducted by REV. F. EDWARDS, of the Baptist Church and REV. GEO. H. HUGHES, of the M.E. Church, after which the remains were placed quietly to rest in Leon Cemetery to wait the last day when Christ shall bid to rise.

"Arrayed in glorious grace,
Shall these vile bodies shine
And every face and every shape,
Look Heavenly and divine."




We desire to express our gratitude to the friends and neighbors for so many acts of kindness during the sickness and death of our father.


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