Duke Slavens, veteran Methodist minister and former resident of Odell, died at Bay Clty, Texas, Sept. 14, 1920.
Last January he and Mrs. Slavens moved to that city with the hope that Rev. Slavens would be benefitted by the milder climate. He was at that time greatly afflicted with rheumatism. The change apparentIy did him some good and he improved for a time, and then the change came which resulted in his death. He was at the time of his death making his horne with his daughter, Mrs. A. S. Phillips.
The body was brought to Odell for burial by his grandson, Mr. Phillips. Funeral services were conducted from the Methodist church, at 2:00. p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, by Dr. Hinson, District Superintendent of the Beatrice District, assisted by the pastor, Rev. C. F. Innis, and Rev. Bell, of the Christian church. A large concourse of friends were present at the services, who join in sympathy with the bereft wife and family.
Duke Slavens was born in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, eighty years ago, having attained the age of 80 years, 1 month and 9 days.
He began preaching in Kentucky at the age of nineteen. At twenty-one he was married to Mary Taylor, and to this union six children were born, three of whom survive; namely: Mrs. A. S. Philipps of Bay City, Texas; Mrs. Laura Wood of Houston, Texas; and John Slavens, of Phoenix, Arizona.
Rev. Slavens served pastorates in Illinois, Arkansas, and came to the Nebraska Conference in 1886. He was presiding Elder of the York District for a term and held pastorates at LaSalle St., Beatrice, Palmyra, Bennet, Rising City, and Adams. He took the retired reIation from the last named place in 1903, and took up his residence in Odell.
Brother Slavens was a true preacher of the Word and a brother beloved. His ministry was highly successful. There are hundreds of people who will recall his sermons with thanksgiving and remember him as a true friend and loyal pastor.
Odell (Nebraska) Oracle, September 23, 1920.