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Shattuck Northwest Oklahoman
11 Apr 1947
W. E. Grantham Dies Suddenly
Citizens of this community mourn the passing of one of our finest citizens. William Edgar Grantham, who died suddenly after a heart attack which struck about 10:30 o'clock last Saturday morning, April 5, while he remained in the car as his wife walked away a short distance. The couple had lived happily on the farm they homesteaded five miles southeast of Gage about thirty-seven years ago and during that time they had won many warm friends.
Mr. Grantham's age was announced as 59 years, 9 months and 12 days.
Funeral services were held at the Christian Church in Gage on Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. The large crowd of sorrowing friends at the last rites attested to the esteem in which he was held by people of this section. Burial was made in the Gage Cemetery.
Obituary elsewhere this week.
William Edgar Grantham, son of James N. and Belezora Bryan Grantham, was born June 23, 1887, in Irving, Illinois, and departed this life April 5, 1947, at the age of 59 years, 9 months and 13 days.
At an early age he took training as a millwright and followed this profession for several years in the eastern states.
He came to Oklahoma in 1907 and filed a claim near Harmon. Later he went to Waynoka where he worked with his brother doing contracting work.
On June 18, 1910, he was united in marriage with Leta May Hendricks. After their marriage they settled on a farm five miles southeast of Gage where he lived until his death.
To this union two sons were born, Roy Nathan and Frank Ray, who live on adjoining farms.
In February of 1900 at Irving, Illinois, he made the confession of his Savior and joined the Methodist Church. He was always considerate of all churches and attended when his health would permit.
He was preceeded in death by his father, mother and one sister.
He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife, Leta May; two sons, Roy Nathan and Frank Ray; one grandson Roy Nathan, Jr. three granddaughters; Janet Yvonne, Willa Gayle and Doris Joy; three brothers, Frank Elbert and Edwin Vincent of California and Arthur Gerald of New Albany, Indiana; two sisters, Mrs. Neva Gregory of Pacific Grove, California, and Mrs. Myrtle Truax of Shattuck; five nieces, one nephew and a host of relatives and friends.
Not Growing Old
They say that I am growing old,
I've heard them tell it times untold
In language plain and bold-
But I am not growing old.
This frail old shell in which I dwell
Is growing old, I know full well,
But I am not the shell
What if my hair is turning grey?
Grey hairs are honorable they say
What if my eyesight's growing dim,
I still can see to follow him.
Who sacrificed his life for me
Upon the Cross of Calvary.
What should I care if times old plow
Has left is furrows on my brow?
Another house, not made with hand,
Awaits me in the Glory Land
What tho I falter in my walk?
What tho my tongue refuse to talk?
I still can tread the Narrow Way,
I still can watch and praise and pray.
My hearing may not be as keen
As in the past it may have been
Still, I can hear my Savior say
In whispers soft, "This is the Way."
The outward man, do what I can
To lengthen out his life's short span,
Shall perish and return to dust,
As everything in nature must.
The inward man, the scriptures say
Is growing stronger every day
This robe of flesh I'll drop and rise
To seize the "everlasting prize"
I'll meet you on the streets of God
And prove that I'm not growing old.
Card of Thanks
We are taking this means of thanking our many friends and neighbors for their many acts of kindness, sympathy and loving words that were spoken during our recent bereavement.-Leta Grantham and family.
Obits from old newspapers submitted by: John A. Rider
Transcribed by: Linda Fox - Ellis County Historical Society
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