Shelby  County,  Indiana

Claude  Brown


[Son of   Theodore  Brown  and  Laura  Heaton]

          The subject of this sketch was born near Manilla, Ind, October 25, 1882, died Tuesday morning, November 3, aged 21 years, 27 days, after an illness of about five weeks with typhoid fever.  He bore his sickness with great patience and was always ready to receive every necessary attention all through his sickness with that kind of loving appreciation which was so characteristic of his life.  He made the good confession and became identified with the Christian church at Homer, February 26, 1901, under the preaching of Rev. Robert Sellers, and he lived a consistent member until called home.  He never missed a church service and never failed to be in his place in the Sunday School, choosing to leave the company of his boy friends, who neglected these services, rather than to be unfaithful to his church and its privileges.  His was a beautiful example of faithfulness and one that may well be followed by the old and young of any community. This is the second time that death hath thrust his sickle into the family circle, one brother having preceded Claude to the spirit world.  His father, mother, four sisters, and four brothers are sorrowing today but not as those who have no hope.  After such a life of faithfulness Claude could send back the message in the language of David of old:

          "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.  He leadeth me beside the still waters, yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou are with me, Thy rod and staff, they comfort me".

          Thus an earnest, faithful servant is called to his reward; to receive a crown of rejoicing from the hand of Jesus, the Lord.  His mantle will fall on another, somebody must take his place, perhaps a sister or a brother may receive this portion of grace.
          The funeral was preached by Rev. G. W. Winfrey.  Interment at the Ormes cemetery.
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Contributed by Richard Weightman

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