Dr Samuel Alva Smith

Dr Samuel Alva Smith

Crawford County, Illinois, USA
Death 10 Dec 1932 (aged 64)
Brazil, Clay County, Indiana, USA
Burial Porterville, Crawford County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 70044263 · View Source
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Obituary Book, Robinson Township Library, Robinson, IL, Argus

“Dr. Samuel Alva Smith, son of J. H. D. and Louisa' Burner Smith was born in Crawford County, Illinois, March 6, 1868, and died at the Clay County Hospital, Brazil, Indiana, December 10, 1932 at the age of 64 years, 9 months and 4 days.

“He was a member of a family of 12 children, Wooster L., Bakewell C., Eoline G., Bion A. Burner, Arletta L., Magnolia M., Guy W., Mary E., Samuel A., Orren H., Iris M., and an infant brother. All of which have departed except Orren H., Arletta, Mary, Iris, and the infant died quite young.
“The family moved to Porterville more than a half century ago. Here he spent his early life attending school in winter and working in summer. About 1886 he worked a year in the John Taylor home southwest of Robinson, where he received his incentive for a better education. Later he attended school at Merom, Indiana, and Lebanon, Ohio, fitting himself for a teacher. He taught in this county until the year 1903 when he began the practice of medicine in Porterville. He moved to Annapolis in 1904 and has continued practicing profession in different places in Illinois and Indiana. About a year ago he located in Carbon, Ind.

“He was married to Augusta Holmes March 25, 1903. To this union two sons were born, Wilbur Holmes Smith, now of Nashville, Tenn., and an infant son who with the mother, passed away 1909.

“He was again married to Virginia Finley of West Virginia on Nov. 23, 1910.

“From a boy he attended Sunday school. He was an officer and teacher in our school for a number of years and was greatly missed when his profession called him from our community.
“He worked in other churches in the various communities in which he lived, although not a member of any church, he practices the principles of Christian living in his daily life.

“He was of a kind disposition and made friends wherever he went. His life was spent in loving deeds of helpfulness and kindness to all about him. Dr. Sam was a noble man.

“He was a kind loving father and devoted husband.

“He is survived by the wife, one son, one brother, Mr. O. H. Smith of Eaton, Ill., many nephews and nieces, and other relatives and a host of friends.”

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