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 Samuel Johnson Feaster

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Samuel Johnson Feaster

  • Birth 5 Sep 1885 Marion County, Missouri, USA
  • Death 1 Feb 1923 Palmyra, Marion County, Missouri, USA
  • Burial Palmyra, Marion County, Missouri, USA
  • Memorial ID 47625260

Well Known Palmyra [Missouri] Citizen Stricken -
Stricken on Street Thursday Morning
(Taken from Palmyra newspaper in Feb. 1923)

The sudden death of Samuel Johnson Feaster that occurred on the Main street of this city [Palmyra, Missouri] Thursday morning, was one that brought sorrow to the heart of every person in this community. The manner of his going and the fact that for a number of years he had been regarded as one of the city's most honored and upright men, made the occasion an extremely sad one and one that cast a gloom over this entire community.

Samuel J. Feaster was born Sept. 5, 1885, on a farm in Union Township and was the son of Wm. H. Feaster, who was a native of Maryland and Mary J. (Earhart) Feaster of Virginia. They came to Marion County [Missouri] in 1836 and settled on a partly improved farm. Mr. Feaster attended the district school until 19 years of age and then took two terms of business training at the Gem City Business College in Quincy, Illinois. He then accepted a position as clerk in Mr. Miller's store at Philadelphia, Missouri, and later bought out the interest of Mr. Miller and for 16 years conducted a thriving business in that town.

On Nov. 11, 1878, Mr. Feaster was married to Miss Emma D. Menefee of Marion County [Missouri], who was the daughter of Innis Menefee. Coming to Palmyra after a successful business career at Philadelphia [Missouri], Mr. Feaster was appointed Deputy County Clerk under Luther McKay and filled this position for 8 years in a manner that was entirely satisfactory to his superior as well as to the general public. At the expiration of his term in the Clerk's office, he was elected assistant cashier of the Bank of Palmyra [Missouri] where his presence and acquaintance contributed, in no small measure, in establishing the business of that flourishing institution.

The Board of Directors of the Citizen's Bank at Philadelphia [Missouri] at a meeting held at that place January 27 of this year, elected Mr. Feaster as cashier of that bank to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of H. I. Lear. This position of responsibility and trust was tendered him on account of his experience and the high esteem in which he was held by the people of that community.

Mr. Feaster had made arrangement to enter upon the duties of his new position on Thursday morning, February 1st, and was to go to Philadelphia, Mo. in company with his nephew Philip T. Kizer. Just before starting, Mr. Feaster called at the Sprague Drug Store and after purchasing a cigar, stated that he had passed a bad night and that he was suffering great pain in his chest. Leaving the store, he went immediately to a position in front of the Post Office door and engaged in conversation with W. P. Johnson, Philip Kizer, and John Vannoy, where without a moment's warning he fell to the pavement and evidently the spark of life had fled by the time he reached the sidewalk. Fields carried the stricken man into the Hotel barber shop and medical aid was summoned and an effort made to revive him, but all to no avail. Mr. Feaster had passed into the beyond. According to the physicians, the death of the deceased was caused by "angina pectoris," which is the medical term used for hardening of the arteries that lead to the heart, causing that organ to cease functioning.

Besides a host of friends and acquaintances who are left to mourn the loss of Mr. Feaster, is his wife and four daughters, Mrs. Wordworth [Willie M. - female name] Sears, Mrs. Alfred Vaughn, Miss Exie Feaster of this city, and Mrs. O. R. Barton of Kansas City, and one son, Roger Feaster of Alexandria, Mo. He also leaves two brothers, Nick and John Feaster of Union Township and two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Young of California, and Mrs. Henry Kizer of this city.

It is a strange coincidence that several members of the Feaster family have passed away suddenly, among whom are his father and two brothers, Emanuel and Dan, both of Union Township, and a sister, Mrs. James Rogers, who passed away sitting in a chair in her home in this city about 6 months ago.

The death of Mr. Feaster removes from our association, one of Palmyra's most honored and trusted men. A man who has long been identified with the commercial and moral interests of the town and one who was respected and honored by a large group of acquaintances in this section of the state. He will be greatly missed as a citizen of Palmyra as well as his church of which he was a member, and in his home.

Mr. Feaster was an earnest and conscientious member of the Baptist church in this city and for many years has been a member of the A. F. and A. M. fraternity, both organizations receiving his attention and service during his lifetime.

The funeral was conducted at the Baptist church Sunday afternoon at 2:30 by his pastor, Rev. C. M. _________*, assisted by Re. J. S. Dingle. His service was attended by a large number who thought their presence was justified to the high esteem in which the departed man was held. The burial service of the Masonic fraternity was held in Greenwood Cemetery, Palmyra, Missouri, where the body was laid to rest.

[*Blank due to some information being cut off the edge of the original copy of the obituary.]

- Obituary copied by Blytha (Dennis) Ellis

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  • Added: 5 Feb 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 47625260
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Samuel Johnson Feaster (5 Sep 1885–1 Feb 1923), Find A Grave Memorial no. 47625260, citing Greenwood Cemetery, Palmyra, Marion County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Blytha & Donald Ellis (contributor 47068335) .