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NEWSPAPER UNKNOWN, 19 September 1915
John Robert Towles was born in Lewis Co, Mo, May 8, 1846; died at Parsons, Kan., Sept. 19, 1915. He was the 2nd of a family of 7 children, only 2 of whom survive: Henry C. of Ashmore, Ill., and David of Iola, Ill.

At the age of 20 years he was married to Miss Nannie Crook. Of the 6 children born to them only one survives.

After the death of his 1st wife he was married in 1880 to Miss Marsha McCammish, and to them were born 8
children, 6 of whom, together with their mother, are left to mourn his death.

While yet a young man he united with the Church of Christ, and has always been a staunch soldier of the Cross, ready at all times to give answer to every man that asked him a reason for the hope that was in him. He was a man of absolute and implicit faith in God; no inkling of doubt ever cast shadow o'er his pathway. The burden of his soul was to know and teach the message of God's love. No ulterior purposes ever found lodgment in his heart. His name became a synonym for Christian character.

Gentle of speech, broad in comprehension, searching in his questions, keen in analysis, conservative in judgment, kind in criticism,--he both taught and received teaching as few men can. His faith never failed, but grew with
passing hours.

Quietly humming the melodies of Zion he rode with
cheerfulness and composure to the hospital for an operation from which he had little hope of recovering. Hearing that his brethren were praying for his recovery, he suggested they should rather pray for his shortcomings, that he might enter Heaven, than for his health, even though he desired to get well. The church can hardly be reconciled to its loss, but he has
bequeathed to us a life whose priceless heritage is the example and power of faith. I spoke upon occasion of the funeral--and the body was laid to rest in Franklin cemetery, in which neighborhood he had once lived and labored long. May God's peace keep our hearts and minds by Jesus Christ.---Dr. O.M.
Davis, Parsons, Kan.

Transcribed and Contributed by Helen Weaver

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