William Allen Obituary

This obituary was found in the collection of the Colson Library, Morgantown, WV and submitted by Bridgette Osz.


Phillipi Republican Feb 8, 1923

Levi Johnson

Died at the home of his youngest daughter, Mrs. Wesley C. Hedrick of Frostburg, MD, Levi Johnson of near Meadowsville WV at 12 noon Friday Jan 26, 1923 age 73y 3m 12 days. He was s/o John G. and Catherine (Parsons) Johnson. he was born Oct 14, 1849 at Meadowville Barbour County, VA now WV. His early life was spent on his father's farm where he acquired the habits of economy and industry, which followed him through all of his subsequent life. He was married by his pastor Rev. Lambert, March 4, 1873 to Helen Angeline d/o Emory and Catherine (Gainer) Poling who preceded him to the grave on May 8, 1920. To this union was born eight children, six of whom survive him. three daughters Mrs. Bernice C. Skidmore, of Cumberland, MD Mrs. Otie E. Vannoy of Elkins, WV and Mrs. Helen A Hedrick of Frostburg, MD and three sons, Senator Herman G. Johnson, editor of the Inter-Mountain, of Elkins, WV and Lloyd S. and Stuart L. of Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada. Surviving him also are two brothers. Richard M, the oldest and Robert F. the youngest, who lives on his father's farm, and the one settled by his grandfather, Robert Johnson, the first settler of that name in this vicinity. Besides these he leaves a large number of relatives and friends.

Shortly after his marriage, he and his wife moved into the old home of his grandfather, Levi Johnson, after whom he was named, who resided at this place for many years, and who with his wife, entertained many weary travelers for the night as they passed through the vicinity on their way to Tucker and other eastern counties to attend court, and the citizens of those counties as they went to Philippi and the county seats west. It was here that Mr. Johnson and his devoted wife reared their family, sent them to the local schools of the vicinity and elsewhere until they grew to manhood and womenhood, and went out to establish homes of their own. Here he built the present home desiring to spend his life to the end, where he and his wife had spent so much time and energy to make it convenient and comfortable, but God ruled otherwise. As above stated on May 8, 1920, as he came home after doing some work on the farm, he found his wife asleep in death, from heart trouble. The great shock was so severe upon him that he never finally recovered from his poignant grief.

Mr. Johnson in early life gave his heart to god and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church, South at Corinth, 50 years ago, and know his divine maker. He had been in failing heath for some months, and went to his daughter's home in there fall, and for the last three weeks he had been growing much weaker. His eldest daughter, Mrs. Bernice C. Skidmore, writing her aunt, Mrs.Augusta Johnson, a few days before his death, said "he was sp patient in all his suffering." As the end of life on earth is drawing near, he said to his anxious son and daughters at his bedside "I know just as well as you know what this is; it is the end of my life; I am dying and I am ready to go; God is just and I am prepared to meet him. I am just as willing to pass from this earth as I would be to sit down at the table for a meal. Tell all my old friends and neighbors that I want them to meet me in heaven." A few hours later he asked his children to gather around his bedside and sing with him, and in a strong natural voice led without faltering in singing "Jesus Lover of my Soul" He gave instructions for the arrangements of his funeral to the most minute detail, and a little later sang again, and sank into a peaceful slumber a few hours before he breathed his last. He requested his life long friend, neighbor, and brother in Christ, Rev. A. B. Moore to preach his funeral.

His remains were brought from Frostburg, MD, to his son's home in Elkins, Saturday and Sunday they were taken to Philippi on the train where undertaker Stevens took charge of them in his funeral car to Central Chapel, near Meadowville, where services were held and his body laid beside his wife, witnessed by a host of sorrowing relatives and friends. May God's richest blessings rest upon the bereaved ones.
W. S. LANG


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