Henry Balis Slavens, one of the oldest men in St. Clair county, passed away November 16, 1919, at his home four and one-half miles west of Lowry City, Missouri, where he had lived for the last ten years. Four daughters and two sons were with him during his last illness.
Mr. Slavens was born near Middletown, Missouri, July 10, 1828, and was ninety-one years, four months and six days old at the time of his death.
On August 17, 1847, he was married to Mary Jane Hunter. To this union were born sixteen children, thirteen of whom are living today.
He was laid to rest in Pleasent Grove cemetery near Taberville, November 17, 1919. He will be missed by many relatives, friends and neighbors, who so lovingly cared for him during his lingering illness.
We desire to express our heartfelt thanks to the neighbors and friends who so kindly and lovingly assisted us during the illness and death of our beloved father, Henry Balls Slavens. May God's richest blessings rest upon each of them.
Mrs. E. J. Day, Mrs. W. S. Slavens, Mrs. S. S. See, Mrs. C. L. High, Mrs. Minnie S. Hammond and Mr. T. H. Slavens.
The Lowry City (Missouri) Independent, November 20, 1939.