|Birth: ||Feb. 2, 1820|
West Virginia, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 4, 1915|
The Eldon Advertiser, March 1915
J. M. Crum was born Feb. 2, 1820 in Virginia and when a young man he came to Miller County, living here until 1860 then going to the State of California where he remained for a number of years. He was very prosperous, accumulating a great amount of wealth then returning again to Missouri, he settled near Eldon where he spent the remainder of his days.
"Uncle Mont", as many called him, was married when comparatively a young man and raised a family of three boys and one girl, all of whom live in California. His first wife died a number of years ago after which he was married again to a Mrs. Crum (Julie Halley) who was his faithful wife until about three years ago when she passed on to the better world leaving him very lonely, his children being away from home and most of his wealth had been disposed of.
He made a contract with Mr. W.D. Jones to care for him during the remainder of his stay on earth. February 6, 1912, he went to the Jones home where he was cared for until March 4, 1915 when the death angel called for him.
He was converted and joined the Blue Spring Church in 1889 and lived a devoted Christian life. It was a satisfaction to the writer to be with Uncle Mont and talk with him of his hope of heaven. As he grew older his faith became strong. Up to the last he talked much about heaven and his being ready to go. He was a very strong man all through life and his last illness was only about 24 hours. I have best reasons to believe Mr. Jones and his family did all they could do to stay the angel of death but to no avail.
The funeral was preached by the writer at the Jones home in the presence of the family and a number of friends after this the nice casket was opened and we viewed for the last time the form of Uncle Mont. While Mr. and Mrs. Jones and the children gathered around weeping we heard their cry which made us believe they loved Uncle Mont like father and grandfather.
Mr. Crum lived his religion while in the Jones home and was contented. Long will the influence of his devotion to the Lord live. His last words was a prayer to God and thanks for those who cared for him leaving this as evidence that he would suffer no more but would go to that rest in Heaven. If he could talk to us no doubt he would tell us to make preparation for heaven where we can rest with all the blood washed through, where death and trouble never come. Little children remember the lessons Uncle Mont Taught you. –J.S. Mahan
Julie Ann Halley Crum (1844 - 1911)*
Created by: Jan Breshears Thomas
Record added: Jul 12, 2011
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