Schell Mansoh Foncannon Obituary

Ashland Clipper, March 10, 1927




Schell Mansoh Foncannon was born in St. Bernice, Indiana, on August 12, 1887, and departed this life on March 7, 1927 in his home in Ashland, Kansas, at the age of 39 years, 7 months and 25 days.

He was united in the holy bonds of matrimony to Miss Edna May Valentine on November the 17th, 1910 in Ashland, Kansas.  To this union, three children were given, one of whom preceded him in infancy, and two remain, Lorene Oleta and Marjory May.

He gave his heart to Christ in Gate, Oklahoma, in 1916, and united with the Friends church and reminded a member of the same until after coming to Ashland, where he transferred his membership to the Methodist Episcopal Church, continuing his faithfulness and loyalty to Christ and the church, until the day of his death.  He always had the interests of the Kingdom of God at heart, and did what he could for its promotion.  He was a member of the official board of the church and also Sunday School Superintendent for four years, being elected to that office in March 1923.  He was loved by all in the church and the Sunday school, especially by the children.

He leaves to mourn his untold loss, his wife, and two children as named above; two brothers, Hugh, of Ashland, Kansas, and Lester of Sterling, Kansas; two sisters, Mrs. Maude Southard, of Clinton, Indiana; Mrs. Myrtle Joyce of Dixon, Mo., and Will Foncannon of Ashland, who is a near relative and has always been very near and dear to the family.  He also leaves a great host of friends in whose hearts will be left a vacancy, and in whose minds will long linger a very precious and tender memory.

It is not only the immediate family and the church of which he was such a faithful member, who will suffer an untold loss by the departure of Mr. Foncannon, but the city, community and country, have lost one of the most noble, most gentlemanly, most devout and Christ-like citizen and characters, who has ever dwelt therein.

But while it is a tremendous shock to all, and we do not understand just why it has to be, yet we know that we only "know in part," being finite, while God, who is infinite, knows all things.  So that we bow our heads in humble submission to the infinite Father in Heaven and say, "The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, blessed be the name of the Lord."  Knowing that while we do not and even cannot understand it all now, that "we will understand it better by and by."  "For now we know in part, but then face to face; now we see through a glass darkly, but then shall we know even as we are, also known."

The greatest of all consolation is, that we do know, that our loss is Brother Foncannon's gain since he has gone to that eternal reward at the right hand of God, the Father, which Jesus, his Lord, promised to him and to all them that are washed in the blood of the Lamb, when He said in John 14:1-3:  "I go to prepare a place for you, and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself, that where I am there ye may be also."

Therefore, since he has begun his eternal abode with the Saints in Glory, we say, while it is with heaviest of heart, we say it, "Good bye dear friend, and much beloved brother, we will meet you in the morning, just inside the Eastern gate.  Good bye."

Contributed by ~Shirley Brier~ October 5, 2005.

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