Etc. -- David C. Pursley's 1925 obituary
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A lightly edited transcription of a page 1 article in the 10 Sep 1925 issue of the Waterford Star.


On Friday, 28 Aug 1925, David C. Pursley of Townsend was called to his home above, after just a few days of very serious illness.

Mr. Pursley had not been in good health for two or three years but it was not realized by many of his friends and neighbors that his home going was so near for he was so bright and uncomplaining, always more interested in others than himself and devoted to his home and loved ones.

Mr. Pursley was the second son of Caleb and Pheoba Pursley and was born on 30 Dec 1856 and in 1872 he became a Christian and united with the Baptist church at Tyrrell.

On 15 Nov 1888 he entered into Holy matrimony with Thelma [sic] North. This union was blessed with five children: Elgie who died 24 Nov 1904, Delbert, May, Mrs. Ernest Kitchen and Archie.

Later on Mr. Pursley joined with his family at Bloomsburg Baptist church of which he was a consistent member and was found in his place there whenever possible.

The funeral was held from his late residence on Monday, the 31st. inst., at 2 p.m. Services in Bloomsburg Baptist church conducted by his pastor, Rev. Wm. Spencer. He spoke on John 14th chapter (Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled). He referred to being anchored and ready for the future.

Mr. N. C. Butler sang "Is It True," which was very appropriate.

Mr. Pursley leaves to mourn his death his widow Thelma [sic] Pursley, four children, three grandchildren, three sisters, Mrs. Arthur Collver, Mrs. Sol. Cable of Lynnville, Mrs. John Deming of Jarvis.

Deceased was the third death in the Pursley family in eight months. In January, Mrs. John Honey, in May, Mr. Erastus Pursley, in August, David.

The floral tributes were beautiful: 
a wreath from family, 
a pillow from C.O.F., 
a tripod from Mrs. Erastus and Edward Pursley and family, 
a spray from grandchildren Beatrice, Bernice and Bobby, 
a spray from Mr. and Mrs. John Deming, 
a spray from Mr. and Mrs. Ove Peterson, 
a spray from Mrs. Emma L. Trotter, 
a spray from Chas. and Bruce Nicks, 
a spray from Gordon York.

Interment took place in Greenwood Cemetery.

Those who attended the funeral from a distance were: Mrs. E. Pursley, 
Mr. Edward Pursley, 
Mrs. Ove Peterson and daughter Mrs. Hiccoughber of Buffalo, N.Y., 
Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Hall and family of Tillsonburg, 
Mr. and Mrs. James Jones of Walsingham Centre, 
Mr. and Mrs. Will Pursley,
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Pursley of Port Dover, 
Mr. and Mrs. John Deming, 
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Mitchel,
Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Honey of Jarvis.

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