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Decatur Daily Review, June 24, 1904


The funeral of Mrs. John Gasaway was held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Christian church, and was conducted by Rev. J. R. Parker. The church had been draped with black, and a number of potted plants and cut flowers were beautifully arranged. There was a great crowd present and an unusually large number of relatives were in attendance.

Mrs. Gasaway had been failing for a long time, but was only in bed about two weeks. She had lived for many years about a mile and a half southwest of Niantic, and was always a friendly, pleasant woman, and was well liked by her neighbors. Mr. and Mrs. Gasaway were married in 1869 and were the parents of four children, Blanche Ervin, Sam of Mt. Pulaski, Thurman, whose home is in Texas, and Allen, who is still at home.

Mrs. Gasaway was a faithful member of the Christian Church.

The pallbearers were all nephews of the deceased. The interment was at Long Point cemetery.

Decatur Herald, June 26, 1904

The funeral of Mrs. J. D. Gasaway, who died Sunday morning of diabetes, occurred Monday at 2 p.m. at the Christian church, conducted by Rev. Parker, and was one of the most largely attended of any remembered in our town.

Mrs. Gasaway's maiden name was Copeland. Of her immediate family, she leaves her husband; three sons, Samuel, Thurman, and Allen; one daughter, Mrs. Blanche Irwin. She also leaves three brothers, Robert, Andrew, and Amos Copeland; and five sisters, M. M. Howard, L. J. van Hook, Lydia Hedrick, Elmira W. Jones, and Laura G. Bell. The pallbearers were all nephews of the deceased. They were William and Amos van Hook, Frank Copeland, Frank Bell, and Claude and Robert Jones. There were many beautiful floral tributes. The interment was at Long Point cemetery.

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