The death of Mr. Henry A. Slaven occured unexpectedly at his Monterey home on last Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock, and the announcement came as a shock to the community.
While his illness of two weeks or more was known to be more or less serious and his case was followed with interest and concern by a host of friends, he was said to have passed the crisis and his condition believed to be favorable on the morning preceding death.
Rev. Mr. Potter, who conducted a short and appropriate service at the house of mourning on Sunday morning, perhaps voiced the sentiments of the entire county when he referred to this death as the saddest of which he had heard during his ministry in Highland.
Henry Adam Slaven was born forty-three years ago near Meadow Dale, being a son of Mr. Jesse B. Slaven. His mother was taken by death at the time of his birth, and he was reared in the home of the late Adam L. Gum, the foster father dying also before Henry had gained his majority.
He was twice married, his first wife being the daughter of Mr. Otho Gum, deceased, and the second, Miss Sallie Tallman, of Pocahontas. To the two unions were born eleven children, ten of them being left to face the cold world and fight its battles as best they can without a father's affection and help.
The wife of the second marriage survives him, as do his aged father, one sister Mrs. O.J. Campbell, of Monterey, and three brothers, R. B., E. M., and W. A. Slaven of Pocahontas County.
Mr. Slaven was a useful citizen and will be greatly missed in the county. At the time of his death he was county surveyor, being eminently qualified for his line of work. His educational advantages were limited to the country public schools, but early in life he showed a strong predilection for the calling which he followed through life, and studiously applied himself to studies calculated to qualify and fit him for the work. In the prosecution of his business as surveyor, he had stored his mind with valuable information relative to the landed estate of Highland and adjacent counties, and, in this respect, especially, his death is truly a great calamity to the county. It is safe to assert that no man of his age, now living in the county, possessed like information on the subject of titles, deeds, boundaries and old grants-- his mind being richly stored with most valuable and interesting facts and genealogy. Added to this, he was a man of most excellent judgment, and his opinion on all public affairs was valued and appreciated by all who took the pains to weigh and consider them.
As a neighbor and friend, he was warm-hearted and kind. Of him it may truly be said that he was "generous to a fault"--exercising charity, giving and helping to the detriment of his own comfort and welfare. In sickness, or distress of any sort, he was first to heed the call and ministered to the end.
Mr. Slaven was a member of the Monterey Lodge of Odd Fellows and was buried by the fraternity Sunday afternoon at the Wade burying place near Mill Gap. Before leaving for Back Creek, an appropriate service was conducted at the house of Rev. C. L. Potter, pastor of the Methodist church, in the presence of many sad and sympathetic friends of the deceased.
Whereas it has pleased our heavenly Father to remove from our midst Brother Henry A. Slaven, therefore be it
Resolved, That, while we bow to the infinite will, we deeply deplore the loss of this faithful and valued member of Monterey Lodge No. 140 I.0.0.F.
That we recognized in his life and bearing toward his fellows, a most com mendable and pains-taking effort to exemplify the teachings of our noble fraternity.
That we sincerely sympathize with his sorrowing, helpless family, and commend them to Him who has promised to be "Husband to the widow, and a father to the fatherless ."
That a copy of these resolutions be spread upon the minutes of the Lodge, a copy sent to the bereaved family, and that they be published in the Highland Recorder.
Tom H. Slaven, H. B. Wood, Com. Hannen Pullin.
Monterey (Virginia) Recorder, February 25, 1910.