Thursday, September 26, 2013

Thomas Worley Epperson Obituary; Odebolt, Iowa

Thomas Worley Epperson
The Chronicle
Odebolt, Iowa
23 September, 1937

Aged Pioneer Died Saturday

Funeral Services for T. W. Epperson Held Tuesday

Thomas W. Epperson, for 55 years a resident of this community, was buried in the Odebolt cemetery Tuesday, Sept. 21. Memorial services conducted by the Rev. Lloyd Scheerer were held at the home on Hanson boulevard at 2:30 p.m. Minnie Kessler and Mrs. Marvin Friday sang "Face to Face" and "Abide with Me."

His two sons and four sons-in-law, Earl and Charles Epperson, Edwin A. Johnson, Otto Christensen, Errol Muckey, and W. G. Redding, carried Mr. Epperson to his final resting place.

Thomas W. Epperson, son of William and Frances Epperson, was born May 21, 1859, in Wythville, Withe [Wythe] county, Virginia, and passed away, after three weeks' illness, at his home in Odebolt Sept. 18, 1937, at the age of 78 years, four months, and 17 days.

In the spring of 1882 he came to Iowa [the 1925 Iowa census indicates he may have come to Iowa as early as 1880] and was married to Susannah Crozier [on December 14, 1882]. To this union 11 children were born. After living on the farm for two years, they moved to town where Mr. Epperson followed the carpenter trade until his health failed him. In 1932 Mr. and Mrs. Epperson celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in the presence of their children, marking a half century of living side by side here in the Odebolt community. Mr. Epperson was indeed an esteemed pioneer resident of Odebolt and literally did his part in building up the community. He enjoyed his home, where he spent many happy hours, and devoted much time to raising flowers.

Eight Children Survive
He was preceded in death by three children, Ruth, who died as a child; Ralph, who died in California; and John, who died in Virginia. Two years ago his wife answered the summons to that world beyond. Those left to mourn his loss are one sister, Mrs. Ida Shufflebarger of Yards, Va. [West Virginia]; eight children, Mrs. P. L. Chandler, Thurston, Neb.; Mrs. Edwin A. Johnson, Kiron; Charles Epperson, Craig, Neb.; Mrs. W. G. Redding, Lyons, Neb.; Earl Epperson, Ashland, Neb.; Mrs. Otto Christensen, Ida Grove; Mrs. Errol Muckey, Sioux City; and Ora Epperson, who made a home for her father in recent years. Also surviving are 30 grandchildren and four great grandchildren besides a large circle of neighbors and friends who knew him best.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Epperson, Craig, Neb.; Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Redding and Earl Martin, Lyons, Neb.; Earl Epperson, Ashland, Neb.; Mr. and Mrs. Otto Christiansen and family, Ida Grove; Mr. and Mrs. Errol Muckey and family, Sioux City; Mrs. P. L. Chandler, Thurston, Neb.; and Mr. and Mrs. Edwin A. Johnson and Nellie, Kiron were among those from a distance at the funeral.

1 comment:

Robert Wayne Moore said...

This is a respectful tribute to my great-grandfather. Thank you for doing so much to preserve the memory of our family!