John W. Powers

Petersburg Observer, September 3, 1909

Death Comes In The Night.
John W. Powers Found Dead In His Bed Yesterday Morning. Funeral Saturday Afternoon.

Mr. Powers lay down in peaceful slumber, following his attendance at prayer meeting, Wednesday evening, and awoke in Glory Land. No man in the city was any better prepared for such a sudden transition than the deceased.

He was found at seven in the morning lying in bed with life extinct. The coroner's jury returned a verdict of death by rheumatism of the heart, to which he was subject.

Mr. Powers was born in Fleming Co., Ky., Nov. 4, 1841. He was a Union soldier, member of the 10th Kentucky cavalry. He settled in Illinois at the close of the war, but was in Nebraska three years. He was married to Nancy T. Erwin, March 3, 1870. Six children survive him: Mrs. Chas. E. Terry, Edward E., John W., Bessie, Ralph and Orrin.

The funeral services will be held at the house Saturday (tomorrow) afternoon at 3 o'clock, conducted by his pastor, Rev. C. F. M'Kown of the M. E. church, assisted by Elders B. H. Sealock and C. E. Smoot of the Christian church.

Death has visited this home three times in the last six weeks, first Grandmother Erwin, then just a month ago the mother, Mrs. Powers, and now the father.

Contributed by: Matthew