Funeral services for Alvah J. York, who passed away in the Comanche County Hospital in Coldwater Thursday of last week, were held at the Baptist church in Wilmore Sunday afternoon, May 17, at three o'clock.
The many relatives and friends present and the numerous floral offerings showed the esteem and regard in which Alvah was held.
A quartet composed of Gene Dorsey, Marvin Belcher, Rod Baker and Valtos Richardson sang "Precious Memories," "Beyond the Sunset" and " He Will Make It Plain to Me," with Mrs. Frances Ridge at the piano.
Rev. O. A. Burr of the Methodist church read the scripture, Rev. James Nicholas of the Christian church led in prayer and Rev. Noel Woods, a former pastor of the church, brought a comforting message to all who heard it.
The pallbearers were nephews of the deceased - John York, Lawrence York Jr., Russell York, Donald York, Charles Randall and Richard York. Burial was in Crown Hill cemetery in Coldwater.
Alvah Judson York, son of John and Melvina York, was born June 12, 1887, and departed this life May 14, 1953, at the age of 65 years, 11 months and 2 days after an illness of only a few days as a result of a heart attack.
Alvah came to this country as a child with his parents from near Anthony, Kans., in 1894 and lived on the homestead in the New Eden community for 60 years.
After the death of his father in 1915, he assumed the responsibility of the farm and together with his brother, Lawrence, they engaged in farming and stock raising and were quite successful in their efforts.
He was an industrious man and considered it a good thing to be able to do a full day's work, and he respected others who did the same.
Alvah liked people and enjoyed a good joke and he was always cheerful and considerate of others. His confidence in and generosity with those who worked for and with him was a fine characteristic. He was over fair and honest in his dealings. He met his problems with decision and had a wide circle of friends.
He was a member of the Wilmore Baptist church and was generous in his gifts for supporting it.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother and one sister, Mrs. Harry Baker. Those who survive him are his sisters, Maud and Stella of the home and Mrs. Perry Wall of Wilmore; four brothers, Frank and Truman York of Ashland, Harry of Ordway, Colo., and Lawrence of Wilmore; several nieces and nephews and other relatives and a host of friends.
And it is fitting to say, quoting the lines of the poet: "He lived in the house by the side of the road and was a friend to man."
Perry Wall, brother-in-law of Alvah York.
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