T.J. Slavens, for more than fifty years a resident of this community, died at his home near Rush Hill Wednesday, April 3, at the age of seventy-one years, four months and twelve days. He had been active and in good health until about a year ago when he suffered a stroke of paralysis. Since that time his health declined although death came unexpectedly, as he had been seeming no worse than usual.
Thomas Jefferson Slavens was born in Lincoln Co., near Troy, September 21, 1857 and died April 3, 1929.
In 1875 he came with his parents to Audrain County where he spent the greater portion of his life. In 1879 he was united in marriage to Miss Livia Jackson Elsberry. To this union nine children were born. Walter and Jennie died in early childhood. Mrs. Slavens departed this life twenty-eight years ago.
The surviving sons and daughters are Mrs. Everett Pearl, Mrs. John Plante, Miss Anna Slavens, Clarence Slavens, Fletcher Slavens, Ed Slavens, all of this vicinity, and Deane Slavens of Ferguson.
The deceased is survived by four grandchildren; also one sister, Mrs. Mary Noel, Richwoods, a half brother, W. H. Clare, Wellsville, and two half sisters, Mrs. Mollie Goran, Vandalia, and Mrs. George Smith, Wellsville.
Mr. Slavens united with the West Cuivre Baptist church thirty-four years ago. He lived a sincere Christian life and will be sadly missed by his family and neighbors. His kindly disposition and upright character made staunch friends of all with whom he came in contact.
Funeral services were held at the Laddonia Baptist church Friday afternoon, conducted by Rev. H.B. Rice, after which the body was laid to rest on the family lot at the West Cuivre cemetery.
The Herald extends sympathy to the bereaved family.
The Laddonia (Missouri) Herald, April 10, 1929.