Saturday, March 14, 2009
Jason Lawrence McElvain, 1895-1942
Jason Lawrence McElvain, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. McElvain, was born in Appanoose County, Iowa, March 19, 1895. He graduated from the Seymour High school in 1914.
He was converted at an early age and joined the Jerome Methodist church, and was an active and faithful member to the end of his life.
He lived his entire life in this vicinity with the exception of the time he served his country during the first World War. He was a member of the Charles L. Nye Post 180 American Legion of Seymour.
He was married to Cecile Kerr of Seymour, June 6, 1918. To this union was born four children.
He departed this life at his home near Jerome, Iowa, July 6, 1942, at the age of 47 years, three months and 17 days.
He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. McElvain of Seymour, one brother, George, two sisters, Mrs. Ada McCabe and Mrs. Ruth Hibbs, all of Numa; his wife, four children, Harold of Des Moines, Paul, Richard and Marjorie, all at home; one daughter-in-law, wife of Harold; other relatives, and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, July 8, in the Jerome Methodist church by the pastor, H. B. Fay. Music furnished by Mrs. Zelda Workman, Mrs. Hazel Felkner, Mrs. Harriette Heffner and Mrs. Lila Bolman.
Pallbearers: Lazelle Inman, William Hefner, Wayne Rash, Kenneth Owens, Wm. Hawkins and Peter Sidles.
Flower girls: Virginia Sidles, Phyllis Hawkins, Geraldine and Deloris Rash, Mary Lou Morse, Jeanette Condra and Frances Owens.
Burial in the Seymour cemetery by Lawrence Ruby.
Card of Thanks
We wish in this way to express our heartfelt thanks for the many acts of kindness shown us by our many friends and neighbors during our bereavement; also for the beautiful flowers.
Mrs. J. L. McElvain and Family; Mr. and Mrs. J. B. McElvain and Family.
Veteran's Record of American Legion: Jason Lawrence McElvain, Serial No. 3802060, of Seymour, Iowa; Parents: J. B. McElvain and Marindia of Numa, Iowa; Rank: Pvt. School for Bakers and Cooks; Entered service at Centerville, Ia., July 22d 1918; Discharged at Camp Pike, Ark., Dec. 24th 1918; Legion Member of Post Chas. L. Nye Legion Post #180; Date of Marriage: June 6, 1918 to Cecil Kerr; Children: Four; Victory Medal: Yes; State Bonus: Yes; Pension: No; Brithplace: Numa, Ia., March 19, 1895; Discharge Recorded: Centerville, Ia., page 163, March 27, 1919; Post Officer in Legion: None; Charter Member To Legion Post #180; Died at Jerome July 6, 1942; Buried at Seymour, Iowa, July 8th, 1942.
Graves Registration Service, Des Moines, Form: Wayne County, War One; Lawrence J. McElvain, Serial No. 3802060; Born: March 19, 1895 in Appanoose County, Jerome, Iowa. Died: July 6th, 1942 at Jerome, Iowa; Age: 47/3/17; Relatives: J. B. McElvain & Marindia McElvain; Wife: Cecile Kerr, June 6th 1918; Children: Four, Donald, Paul, Richard and Marjorie McElvain; Enlisted at Centerville, Ia.; Age 23 years; Entered service: July 22nd 1918 at Centerville, Iowa; Discharged: Dec. 24th, 1918 at Camp Pike, Ark.; Rank: Pvt; Served in School of Bakers and Cooks; Member: Chas. L. Nye Legion Post #180, Seymour, Iowa; Buried: Walnut Township, Southlawn Cemetery, Government Grave Marker, East Section.
Obituary from an unidentified newspaper clipping, Veteran's Record and Graves Registration Form were all in the files of the Charles L. Nye American Legion Post #180 in Seymour, Wayne County, Iowa, microfilmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah in 1990 and contained on FHL US/CAN Film 1672979.