Name:   Orville James Rawlings

From:  The Havensville Review, Havensville, Kansas
Date:  February 23, 1922

Orivelle (sic) James Rawlings the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Rawlings was born at Havensville, Kansas June 15th 1908.

He passed to his reward Wednesday evening at 9:40 o’clock March 8, 1922. He with his parent came to Mt. Vernon Township near Winfield, Kansas, five years ago, where with his cheerful happy nature he had won him a host of friends. He was baptized and united with the M.E. Church at the tender ago of 8 yr., from which time he seemed to realize the responsibility of a Christian life. He was always regular in attendance of church and Sunday school.

He will always be remembered in the neighborhood for his thoughtfulness of the feelings of other and of his parents even during his sickness. While the home will miss the sunbeams cast by his cheerful life, they will have the assurance that he is gone where Jesus is the Light.

He attended school at District 48 where he gained the affection of his teacher and fellow student through his diligence as students. Being an exceptionally good student he was caring two year preparatory to entering High School the coming year. He developed Pneumonia on Feb. 26. Realizing from the first that there was little chance of his recovery. He requested that in case of his death, the minister who baptized him. {Rev. Cecil} should preach his funeral sermon. Being unable to get him on his regular pastor Rev. Williamson because of conference being in session in Western Kan. Rev. Fletcher pastor of the Mt. Zion Baptist church another of his favorite pastors who after having repeated the 23rd Psalm conducted a very impressive and consoling service from the text “He is not death but sleepeth.”

The beautiful floral offering were on evidence of he highest esteem in which he was held by his friend a choir composed of Nelle Oldham, Hazle Soule, Mrs. Etna Parsons, Messrs. George McGinn and Raymond McGinn sang “Safe in the arms of Jesus” Sweeter as the years go by. (Orvilien favorite) and “Shall We Gather at the River.”

The pall bearers chosen from his playmates and companions were Carl Elaim, Donald Parson Wayne O’Neil, Ward O’Neil, Frank Parson and William Voight.

He leaves besides his parents two sisters, Mrs. Susie Connor and Olivia Rawlings and one brother Yeoman Rawlings a host of relatives and the entire community of friends.

Funeral services were held in Mt. Zion M.E. Church and interment in Mt. Vernon Cemetery.

The out of town relatives and friends that attended the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Chas. House of Blackwell, Okla.; Mr. Edgar Rawlings of Havensville, Kansas, Mr. and Mrs. W. Cobbler of Salina, Kansas, Mr. Chas. Case, Wamego, Kansas and Mrs. L. C. White of Haigler, Nebr.