William R. Reed
September 1, 1840 - August 27, 1896


REED - Wm. R. Reed, of Marshall, Mo., departed this life Thursday, August 27th, 1896, at his daughter's, Mrs. Robert Ransberger, near Salt Springs. He was born in Hamilton County, Tennessee, Sept 7, 1840 where he lived until 1869, when he came to Cass County; then in 1886 he moved to Saline County, where he resided until his death. Rev. Huggins of Marshall, pastor of the M. E. church, South, conducted the funeral services. His remains were buried in the Salt Springs cemetery. For a number of years he suffered much from the disease, consumption, but God's grace was sufficient for him. But now he has his release from the toils and pains on earth and has mingled with the clouds of witnesses to await the arrival of those who prove faithful until death. What a life of toil, care and sacrifice he has in the past experienced! He leaves many relatives and friends, but we have the consolation that our loss is heavenly gain. He was highly respected by all who knew him, and the death of such a noble citizen is properly regarded as a public calamity and will be deeply mourned, but it comes with crushing affect to the hearts of the devoted wife, children and grandchildren.

Farewell, dear uncle, the summer has passed and with it you have passed over the line which separates the mortal from the immortal -- the temporal from the eternal.

Sleep on: the old and heavy hand of death has stilled thy gentle breast, No rude sound of this stormy land shall mar thy peaceful rest.
          T____ Miller

Note from submitter: He was the son of James Landrum Reed and Cynthia Ann McRee, who are both buried at Wallace/McRee Cemetery on Hixson Road near Presbyterian Cemetery. James Landrum Reed was my 3rd great grandfather. Cynthia Ann McRee died shortly after the birth of William Robert Reed and James then married my 3rd great grandmother, Elizabeth Jane McRee, his deceased wife's sister.
I don't know the name of the newspaper that published this obituary, I purchased it from the Cass County, Missouri Historical Society---------------. He is apparently buried in Salt Springs, Missouri.

Submitted by Sallie Cox