HENRY BURGOYNE DEWEESE - Eldest son of Jasper Newton DeWeese & Seberry Nash. Born at Big Creek Shannon Co MO, Mar. 6, 1872; died Jun. 19, 1969 at Doctor's Hospital Poplar Bluff Butler Co MO, following an illness of eight weeks. His age was 97 years, 3 months, 13 days, having long outlived man's allotted span of three score and ten years. In early manhood he was united in marriage to Alice Hudson and to this marriage three children were born. On Feb. 2, 1904 he was united in marriage to Ida Powell, a marriage that lasted for nearly half a century, and to this union two children were born. His wife preceded him in death on July 19, 1950, and a son, Lloyd, in July, 1953. Surviving are sons Floyd of Anderson MO and Herald of Owosso MI; daughters Thelma Atkins of Winona and Freda Williams of Ellington, three daughters-in-law, one son-in-law, 20 grandchildren, 53 great grandchildren and 27 great-great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and a host of friends. He was a loving husband and father and good neighbor and friend. He followed the precept that to have a friend one must be a friend. Henry was known to practically everyone in Eminence as for the greater part of his life Shannon County was his home. For many years he engaged in farming at the DeWeese community east of Eminence. The last 12 years of his life he made his home with his daughter Freda at Ellington. Many years ago he accepted Christ as his Savior, was baptized and hence forward strove to always lead a Christian life. He frequently remarked that he was ready and willing to leave this life and had complete confidence that he would make Heaven his eternal home, there to be united with loved ones gone before, and that his passing should be no cause for grief to those loved ones he leaves here, as he felt he would be exchanging earthly crosses for a Heavenly crown. Paul tells us in Corinthians 5:1, 'For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the Heavens.' So while our hearts are saddened by his parting, we can yet rejoice that he is now safe in the arms of Jesus, never again to be troubled by the infirmities of age, nor by the cares and sorrows of this life. He was laid to rest in the New Eminence Cemetery under the able direction of Duncan Funeral Home. Pallbearers were his grandsons, Norman and Donald DeWeese, Charles McIntire, Fred, Bob and Rex Atkins. Submitted by Norma Myers Stevenson.