Following is a transcription of the above person's (TN) obituary from The Dickson County Herald of Dickson, TN, dated Friday, January 22, 1909:
Melvin, son of Robert and Mattie Easley, died December 31. Just as he was verging into glorious manhood, Death, the Invincible Foe of mankind, took from our midst this one of our very best boys. He was only 19 years, four months, and eight days of age.
Melvin was a member of the M. E. Church from the age of twelve, and his everyday life proved that his profession was not in vain. Services were conducted by his pastor, Rev. T. J. Baker in the presence of a large host of friends.
He leaves a father, mother, and one sister. This being the only boy in the home, how sadly his dear parents will miss him! How often the sister will long for her brother!
He was always so cheerful and obedient , and always punctual as long as health would permit, ever filling his place with honor.
He leaves a host of friends to mourn his death, and he will ever live in the hearts of the people in Dickson. Truly, this was a good boy, in every sense of the word.
His illness was borne with a Christian spirit, and loving hands ministered to all his wants.
His last words on earth, were: "Papa, I am not afraid to die. Sister, they have all come for me; and, Mamma, I will give you the farewell kiss."
We would say to the weeping ones, you have sufficient evidence of his living in the Better Land;--and Jesus, who wept over the grave of the loved one, will pity and comfort your lonely hearts.
Initial transcription by Stan Magnesen. Verified and prepared for the Web by Vanessa Slea.