H. Bertle Slavens was born January 15, 1881, and departed this life at the Reynolds hospital in Neosho, Mo., Monday morning, September 4, 1939, being at the time of his death, 58 years 7 months and 20 days old.
He leaves to mourn his untimely passing, his wife, one brother Jesse Slavens of Jefferson City. Mo., three nephews, Cleo and Darrell Wylie of Anderson, Mo. and three nieces Mrs Carl Bradley of Pineville, Mrs. Imogene Hybrator and Maxine Slavens of Jefferson City. Mo., and a host of other relatives and friends. He united with the Christian church 33 years ago and lived a true and faithful member unto the end.
Bertle Slavens was a man of sterling qualities always dealing squarely with his fellowmen, and was always ready and willing to lend a helping band in times of need to the unfortunate. By his many kind deeds and actions in this community he made a host of friends who will miss his friendly face here where he spent so many useful years of his life.
Funeral services were held at the home three miles north of Pineville, Tuesday afternoon, September 5, 1939 at 2 o’clock p.m., conducted by Dr. L.M. Wiles, pastor of the local Christian church.
The body, reposed in a grey velor casket, banked on either side with a profuse selection of wreaths and flowers, a tribute to our fallen comrade and placed there by eight flower girls, neighbor children who were as follows: Betty Lou Stillions, Louise Blunt, Frances Rogers, Gladys Rogers, Marcella Bethel, Doris Jean Russell and Jauquita Peck.
Pallbearers were John O’Brien, Floyd Bone, Gifford Lee, Bill Teaterman, Earl Martin and Noland Embrey.
After the services at the home, followed by a large cortege of cars the Carnell hearse conveyed the body to the Pineville cemetery, where all that was mortal of Bertle Slavens was consigned to mother earth, from whence it came.
We wish to thank our friends and neighbors for their kindness and sympathy shown us during the sickness and death of our husband and uncle. We also wish to thank Dr. L.M. Wiles, the Carnell Funeral Home, the singers, and for the beautiful floral offerings.
Mrs. H. B. Slavens
Darrell & Cleo Wylie & families
Mrs. Jewell Bradley & family
Pineville (Missouri) Herald, September 7, 1939.