Carolyn Ericson

1614 Redbud Street

Nacogdoches, Texas


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Another early obituary:

Monday, January 7, 1901


         Some young ladies went up to the hotel Monday afternoon to see Dee Crouch, who had been confined to his bed several days with a fever. He sat up in bed and chatted pleasantly with the ladies for an hour or so and made them promise to visit him again on Tuesday. Tuesday afternoon they started to fulfill their promise, but on the way they were told that Mr. Crouch was dead.

         Every death we hear of is more or less shocking, but this one was doubly so because it was so sudden – so unexpected. Scarcely any one knew that he was sick, and no one suspected that he was seriously so. Men would go from one to another along the streets and say “Dee Crouch is dead,” and as the tears gathered in their eyes, they would turn and walk aw ay, without further words. It was a sad day for Center. Every man, every woman and every child in town were bowed down with grief. Dee Crouch was such a good young man, they would say, “So kind and so good-natured,” would say another. And so it went. Everybody had something to say of the noble spirit that had so suddenly flown.

         We hope to meet him again, sometime, away beyond the stars, because we all live to God, and Oh, Father, thy chastening rod so help us, thine afflicted ones to bear, that in the spirit land, meeting at Thy right hand, it will be a joy for us to find that — he is there!

SHELBY DEMOCRAT [probably buried Newburn Cemetery, Shelby County.]