My great-uncle, the Rev. Charles John Carey was an Evangelical Friends minister. He was one of the three Charleses for whom I was named. I never got to meet him. The biography below which his church printed at the time of his death just about says it all. His son, Marvin L. Carey, has read the biography and confirms that his Dad was indeed a great man.
In his early days, Charles and his brother, the Rev. George E. Carey, who was a minister in the Methodist Church, painted houses and barns around Champaign county, Ohio, to make ends meet. Marvin tells me that being an Evangelical Friends minister wasn't as lucrative as serving in the Methodist church and that George would sometimes bestow his surplus suits upon Charles. The minister brothers also swapped sermons. Some of the towns where Charles served weren't exactly prosperous big cities, so he and his family were as poor as the proverbial church mice.
During much of his ministerial career, this Charles Carey had to manufacture brooms in his garage to make ends meet. See Marvin's page for his son's reminiscences about broommaking. His daughter Edna recalls: "Daddy still had his broom corn equipment when we lived in Michigan and had it set up in the garage and I'd often go out there with him, just to watch and sometimes to assist him a little. People really liked his brooms and thought they lasted much longer than store bought ones. He also did lots of painting in order to make ends meet and I know Marvin helped him a lot when we were living in Springfield. That was during the depression years."
CHARLES J. CAREY
Charles J. Carey, pastor of Ypsilanti Friends Church for the past fourteen years, passed away Seventh Month 20, 1949 at Beyer Memorial Hospital, Ypsilanti, Michigan, where he had been a surgical patient for over two weeks.
He was born in Urbana, Champaign County, Ohio, Eleventh Month 20, 1872, the son of David C. and Sarah Jane Perry Carey.
Eighth Month 20, 1895, he married Daisy V. Guthrie in Urbana, Ohio. She preceded him in death Tenth Month 3, 1912. Later he married Alice Harbin, who also preceded him in death Eleventh Month 30, 1919.
Sixth Month 28, 1923, he married Jennie M. Peele in Zanesfield, Ohio.
Survivors include his wife; four sons, Rev. Kenneth Carey, Byhalia, Ohio; Milford, Cleveland, Ohio; Herbert and Marvin both of Springfield, Ohio; two daughters, Mrs. John Grafton, Cleveland, Ohio, and Edna Marie Carey, at home; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Margaret M. Harbin Magnusson, Whittier, California; a brother, Samuel Carey, Santa Monica, California; six grandchildren, one great grandchild; several nieces and nephews.
Two sisters, Mrs. A. L. Walker and Mrs. Frank Powell, two brothers, Rev. George Carey and William Carey and two sons preceded him in death.
The service at the Ypsilanti Church was conducted by Rev. John Williams of Cleveland and the service at the Goshen Church was conducted by Rev. Charles Haworth of Beloit, Ohio. The services were very well attended.
Interment was made in Oakdale Cemetery at Urbana. Woodrow Jones of Ypsilanti sang "The Eastern Gate" at both services and "The Old Rugged Cross" was also sung at Goshen Church.
Those serving as pall bearers were Kenneth, Herbert, Milford, Marvin and Myron Carey and Byron Wickersham.
Serving in the Ministry for 54 years, Rev. Carey had also held pastorates in Urbana, Springfield, Zanesfield, Mt. Pleasant,1 and Bellefontaine, Ohio.
For 28 years, he was a member of the Evangelistic and Pastoral Board of Ohio Yearly Meeting, acting as president for most of that time. He was also a member of the Washtenaw County Holiness Association and chairman of the Ministerial Association of Rural Churches.
When Rev. Carey first became ill, he seemed to have a premonition that he would not get well. During prayer meeting one evening, he sent a request to John Grafton,2 his son-in-law, who had charge of the service to bring those present to his bedside as he wished to be annointed. Following this rite, Brother Carey sat up in bed and sang the song, "I Will Meet You in the Morning Over There".
Rev. Carey possessed unusual ability in the ministry of song as well as of the Word. Many times we have heard him sing the praises of God with great power even though he was weakened in body from illness. Many will recall how he sang, especially during evangelistic services, "The Old Prophetic Mantle". This was a blessing to all who heard him:"Power to heal the leper,
Power to raise the dead,
Power to fill the empty pots with oil
Is waiting for the worker
Who in Jesus' steps will tread,
And give his life of ease for one of toil."
During his stay in the hospital, he often sang the songs he loved so well for the encouragement of those about him:
- I Need Thee Every Hour
- Oh! How I Love Jesus!
- Praise Him! Praise Him!
- There's a Great Day Coming
- I Will Meet You in the Morning
- Jesus Will Make a Way For You
- Are You Roady for the Judgement Day?
To the last, he maintained a victorious testimony even during intense suffering.
It seemed fitting that he should enter into his reward at break of day. He had come out of the dark night of suffering into a new day when he would be forever with his Lord. We are reminded of the verse he so often repeated while visiting the aged and pointing them to that day when they would be with Jesus in that home eternal in the heavens:"When we've been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We've no less days to sing God's praise,
Than when we first begun."
Rev. Carey always preached with great humility. He never sought the praise of his fellow man. In his funeral sermons, he talked to the living instead of eulogizing the dead. He partially planned his own funeral but did not include a testimonial service. However, there were a great many beautiful tributes paid to his memory. To many of us, both services were more like coronation ceremonies than like funerals, for surely, we could say of this saint of God as of the Apostle Paul, "He has fought a good fight, He has finished his course, He has kept the faith, Hence forth there is laid up for him a crown of righteousness." We believe he has truly claimed this promise also, "Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee a crown of life."
The testimonials as well as the sermons were most beautifully fitting to the one we all loved so well.
An elderly man said of him, "I loved him. I never heard him say an unkind word. He was the same to people of all denominations. A Christian gentleman has gone home."
"He always wanted to serve others. He was continually giving of his means to those less fortunate than himself."
"He was ever trying to encourage and strengthen the faith of those who were low in spirit."
"He was strict in his Christian living. He was always careful not to cause one foot to go astray by any word or act of his own and yet he was charitable toward others, thinking they may have lacked the light."
"He was a true evangelist. No matter what the occasion, his talks or sermons wore always freighted with evangelistic fervor to the extent that many accepted Christ through his teaching."
"His sermons wore always seasoned with love. He never gave out plain cutting truths without following the Holy Spirit in love so that no one could take offense."
"Young people, older people, and the aged testified that he had led them by his love to accept his Savior in the repentance and forgiveness of their sins."
"His great love for his Savior, his church, and his fellow men dominated his whole life and made him a power for righteousness wherever he went."
"Rev. Carey will long be remembered not only by those who knew him for his loyalty and faithfulness to his own monthly meeting but also by those of all denominations. He was, indeed, a spiritual father to the entire community and to all who knew him."
Gratitude to God was expressed in these and many other testimonials for having sent such a man as Rev. Carey to our people.
Doubtless, the secret of his power as a Christian minister lay in his prayer life. He often said, "If I have one gift, it is the gift of prayer. I love to talk with God."
One of his favorite poems was found in his Bible, entitled, "Touch the Throne" by Winifred A. Iverson. This verse selected from the poem, no doubt, gives us the key to his power in supplication for every one who has heard him could witness to the fact that heaven seemed very near when he prayed. He truly touched the throne in prayer."When you pray, as Christ directed
In a manner clearly shown
In His name, and by His Spirit,
You will always touch His throne."
Many have said since he has gone on to Glory, "Oh! that a double portion of his spirit be upon me" but we are led to ask, "Upon whom shall his mantle of service fall to carry on in these last and perilous days?"
Hundreds gathered at the churches to pay tribute to the one they honored, respected and loved and then the casket was borne away to its last resting place by the four sons, one grandson and one nephew. The grave side service was beautiful in its simplicity and was concluded with the words of the Apostle Paul, "And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of those is love."
As we wended our way homeward that evening, after laying away the body of our beloved pastor, the sky seemed draped in curtains of black clouds, but one bright star gleamed forth reminding us more forcibly than ever of the blessed thoughts in Tennyson's immortal poem, "Crossing the Bar":"Sunset and evening star
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea.
Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;
For tho' from out our borne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face,
When I have crost the bar."
This was like a blessed benediction upon all those whose hearts were so sorrowful and lonely. Throughout his illness, Rev. Carey had urged his loved ones to be brave at parting and not to mourn as those who have no hope. Knowing that he is beyond the suffering of this world, that he is enjoying the glories of heaven, and that he has met his Pilot face to face, helps our hearts to rejoice oven tho' our loss is keen.
We shall miss his Godly counsel and exhortations which we have enjoyed these past 14 years but we humbly bow in submission to God's plan for him and for us for we know that our Father doeth all things well.Servant of God, well done!Signed on behalf
Thy glorious warfare past,
The battle's fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last.
Ypsilanti Monthly Meeting of Friends
Eighth Month 3, 1949
/s/ Ellen E. Gould
/s/ Evelyn Dibble
The Ypsilanti church which Charles was serving at the time of his death was founded in 1835. According to the church's history, its original sanctuary was built in 1872 and is still in use by its youth ministry. "In 1941 the present parsonage was built and was occupied by Pastor Charles Carey." The Carey family's wanderings through Ohio, and into Michigan, are reflected in the record of the United States census:
The family's stay in Mt. Pleasant was one of its longest in one place during Rev. Carey's ministry, and by 1930, Herbert and Milford had both married and were living nearby, Herbert working as a schoolteacher and Milford as a truck driver. (Milford's call to the ministry didn't come until much later.) Kenneth was living in Morrow county, nearly 150 miles to the west, where he was also serving as a Friends clergyman. Here are their 1930 census records:
By the time of the 1940 census, Marvin was married and teaching school in Springfield, while Milford and his family, and Florence and her family, were living in Cleveland:
Rev. Charles Carey's death was reported in two articles which appeared in the Urbana Daily Citizen 20 and 21 July 1949:
Former Minister in Urbana Dies in Michigan
Rev. Charles Carey, former minister in and around Urbana, died at 6 a. m. today in Byer Memorial Hospital, Ypsilanti, Michigan. He had served for the last 14 years as minister of the Ypsilanti Friends church.
He was born November 20, 1872, and had been a pastor for 54 years.
Surviving are his widow, Jennie; two daughters, Edna Marie, at home and Mrs. Florence Grafton of Cleveland; four sons, Rev. Kenneth Carey of Byhalia, Ohio, Marvin and Herbert of Springfield and Milford of Cleveland; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a brother, Samuel Carey of Santa Monica, California.
Funeral services will be conducted at the Friends church in Ypsilanti at 2 p. m. Friday. Following these services the body will be brought to the Wilkins funeral home in West Liberty.
A second service will be held at the Goshen church. No definite time has been set. Interment will be in Oakdale cemetery In Urbana.
Rites Arranged Sunday Afternoon for Rev. Carey
Funeral services for Rev. Charles Carey will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Goshen Friends church, near Springfield. Rev. Charles Hayworth of Beloit, O., will officiate. Burial will be in Oakdale Cemetery.
The body is to arrive Friday evening at the Wilkins funeral home in West Liberty and will remain there until time for services Sunday.
The death of Jennie, Charles' third wife, was reported in the Urbana Daily Citizen's 25 Jul 1960 edition:
Mrs. Jennie M. Carey
Mrs. Jennie M. Carey, 73, stepmother of the Rev. Kenneth A. Carey of Urbana and the widow of the Rev. Charles Carey, died Friday [22 July 1960] at 10:15 p. m. in Zanesfield, where she had made her home for the past seven years.
Mrs. Carey had assisted her husband in his pastoral duties in Bellefontaine, Mount Pleasant, and Springfield, O., and Ypsilanti, Mich. He had been pastor of the Friends Church in Ypsilanti for 14 years at the time of his death on July 20, 1949. She moved to Zanesfield about 1953.
She was born Jan. 23, 1887, near Zanesfield, the daughter of Joshua [...]3 of the Rev. Charles Carey, died [...]3 married to the Rev. Carey June 28, 1923. They were the parents of two children, Charles Jr., who died Feb. 2, 1926,4 at 17 months, and Mrs. Douglas (Edna Marie) Jones, of Deerfield, O.
The daughter survives, with four grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Charles (Annise) Wichersham, Zanesfield; five step-children, Mrs. John (Florence) Grafton, of Canton, O., the Rev. Kenneth A. Carey, pastor of the Friends Church in Urbana, the Rev. Milford Carey, of Stafford, O., and Herbert W. and Marvin L. Carey, both of Springfield; and several step grandchildren. Two5 sisters preceded her in death.
Mrs. Carey was a life member of the Goshen Friends Church at Zanesfield, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday with the Rev. William Waltz, pastor of the church, officiating, assisted by the Rev. James D. Parks. Burial is to be in Oak Dale Cemetery in Urbana.
Friends may call at the Wilkins Funeral Home in West Liberty until 11 a.m. Tuesday and at the church until time of services.
The following obituaries, from unknown sources, were contributed by Edna:
MRS. CHARLES CAREY DIES
Pastor's Widow, 73, Succumbs At Zanesfield Residence
Mrs. Jennie M. Carey, 73, widow of Rev. Charles Carey, a former pastor of the Friends church here, died Friday evening [22 July 1960] at her home in Zanesfield, where she had resided the past seven years.
She was a daughter of Joshua M. and Mary A. Peelle and was born near Zanesfield. She and Rev. Mr. Carey were married June 28, 1923, at Zaneslield. His death occurred July 20, 1949, at Ypsiianti, Mich., and she remained there four years. He had held pastorates at Friends churches at Bellefontaine, Mt. Pleasant, Springfield and Ypsilanti.
She is survived by a daughter, Mrs, Douglas (Edna Marie) Jones, Deerfield, 0., a sister, Mrs. Charles Wickersham, Zanesfield; four grandchildren; a step-daughter, Mrs. John Grafton, Canton, and four stepsons, Rev. Kenneth A. Carey. Urbana; Rev. Milford Carey, Stafford, and Herbert W. Carey and Marvin L. Carey, Springfield. One son, Charles Jr., who died Feb. 2, 1926,4 at the age of 17 months, and two sisters5 are deceased.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p. m. at Goshen Friends church, Zanesfield, in charge of Rev. William Waltz and Kev. James Parks. Burial will be in Oakdale cemetery, Urbana.
Friends may call at the Wilkins funeral home, West Liberty, after 7 p. m. Saturday and until noon Monday, then at the church.
Out-of-town relatives and friends who attended funeral services Tuesday at the Goshen Friends church for Mrs. Charles (Jennie) Carey, Zanesfield, were Mrs. Leland Gorton, Mrs. Robert Malick, Mrs. Jack Jones, Mrs. Ellen Gould, Mrs. Sam Robbins, Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Jones and Mrs. Floyd Duncan, all of Ypsilanti, Mich., where the late Rev. Charles Carey held a pastorate; Rev. and Mrs. Milford Carey, Mrs. Donald Hughes and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Robinson, Stafford; Mr. and Mrs. Malian, Dillonvale; Rev, William Crumrine, Mrs. [Gus] Katschka and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Marmon and family, Columbus; Rev. and Mrs. Omar Jacobs, Marengo, both ordained ministers who have served in this area; Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Watkins, Cincinnati; Mr. and Mrs. Chaney and family, Dayton; Rev. and Mrs. John Grafton, Canton; Rev. and Mrs. Kenneth Carey, Urbana; Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Carey, Rev. and Mrs. Robert Mosher and Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Carey, Springfield; Miss Mary Alice Green, Byhalia; Rev. and Mrs. Douglas Jones and family, Deerfield; Rev. and Mrs. Raymond Grams, North Lewisburg; Miss Elma Fawcett, Marysville; Mr. and Mrs. Asa Williams and L. E. Offenbacker, both of Michigan.
Jennie Carey Dies At 73; Rites Monday
BELLEFONTAINE — Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the Goshen Friends Church, Zanesfield, for Mrs. Jennie M. Carey, 73, widow of the Rev. Charles Carey, former pastor of the church, who died Friday evening [22 July 1960] at her home in Zanesfield.
She was born near Zanesfield, a daughter of Joshua and Mary A. Peelle, and married the Rev. Mr. Carey June 28, 1923. He died July 20, 1949, at Ypsilanti, Mich.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Douglas Jones, Deerfield; a sister, Mrs. Charles Wickersham, Zanesfield; a stepdaughter, Mrs. John Grafton, Canton, and four stepsons, the Rev. Kenneth A. Carey, Urbana, the Rev. Milford Carey, Stafford, and Herbert W. Carey and Marvin L. Carey, Springfield. A son preceded her in death.
CARD OF THANKS—The family of Jennie M. Carey wish to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to all her relatives, neighbors and friends for their many acts of kindness and sympathy shown us during the loss of our mother and sister. Especially do we thank Rev. William H. Waltz and Rev. James Park for their comforting words, Woodrow Jones and Mrs. Malick for their messages in song and the Wilktns funeral home for their efficient services. Edna Marie Jones, Annise N. Wickersham.
When Charles and Jennie moved from Springfield to Ypsilanti, Marvin stayed behind, attending Wittenberg College and eventually becoming a schoolteacher and principal in Springfield, where Herbert also taught. Herbert's death and burial were reported in the 1 and 2 August 1969 editions of the Springfield Daily News. Portions of the second article which duplicated the first article have been deleted:
H. W. Carey, Retired Teacher, Dies
Herbert W. Carey, 66, of 1800 Pembrook rd., a retired teacher in Springfield city schools, collapsed and died Friday morning [1 Aug 1969], despite efforts by Fire Division emergency squadmen to revive him.
Squadmen were dispatched to the Carey residence at 9:15 a.m. when Mr. Carey complained of severe leg pains. While squadmen were removing him from his home he collapsed.
Squadmen summoned additional aid and applied external heart massage and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation but Mr. Carey failed to revive. He was declared dead on arrival at Mercy Hospital.
Mr. Carey retired Jan. 28, 1966, after teaching for 24 years in the city school system. During his tenure he taught at Fulton, Highland, and Snyder Park Elementary Schools but spent most of his local career at Hayward Junior High.
He also taught in Zanesville schools for three years and in Mt. Pleasant for 10 years.
The body was removed to the Littleton Funeral Home.
Services Monday For H. W. Carey, Retired Teacher
Funeral services for Herbert W. Carey, 66, of 1800 Pembrook rd., a retired teacher in Springfield public schools, will be conducted in the residence at 9 a.m. Monday by the Rev. Kay M. Glaesner, pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church.
Mr. Carey's body will then be taken to the Friends Church in Mt. Pleasant for services at 2:30 p.m. to be conducted by his brothers, the Rev. Kenneth A. Carey of Urbana and the Rev. Milford R. Carey of Cambridge.
Friends may call at the Carey residence after 5 p.m. Saturday and after 2 p.m. Sunday.
Burial will be in Short Creek Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant...
Mr. Carey was graduated from Ohio State University in 1937 and received his master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1945.
He was born Dec. 4, 1902, in Urbana, the son of the Rev. Charles L. and Dasie Mae Carey.
Surviving are his wife, Eugenia, a son, Herbert, Jr., of Canton, three brothers, Kenwood School Principal Marvin L. of Springfield and Kenneth and Milford; two sisters, Mrs. John (Florence) Grafton of Cleveland, and Mrs. Douglas (Edna Marie) Jones of Salem.
The death of Herbert's widow, Eugenia (Ring) Carey, was reported in the Springfield Daily News' 22 Nov 1975 issue:
MRS. EUGENIA R. CAREY
Mrs. Eugenia R. Carey, 66, of 1800 Pembrook rd., died at 3:10 p.m. Friday [21 Nov 1975] in University Hospital, Columbns, following three months of failing health.
She was born in Mt. Pleasant, O., Nov. 12, 1909, the daughter of F. D. and Beatrice Patterson Ring. She was a graduate of Wittenberg University and had been a teacher in the Springfield Public School System over 30 years. Her last teaching assignment was at McGuffey School.
Mrs. Carey was a life member of the Mt. Pleasant, O., Friends Church. Her husband, Herbert, died in 1969. Survivors include a son, Herbert W., Springfield; a brother, Alfred Ring, Columbiaville, Mich., one sister, Mrs. Betty Thompson, Mt. Pleasant, O., and several nieces and nephews.
Her body was taken to the Jackson, Lytle and Coffman Funeral Home where friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Services will be held in the funeral home at 10 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Hiram Bridenstine, pastor of the Evangelical Friends Church, Springfield, in charge. Her body will then be taken to the Mt. Pleasant, O., Friends Church for services at 3 p.m. by the Rev. Milton Coleman.
Burial will be in the Short Creek Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant.
Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Charles had two sons and one son-in-law who were also ministers. The Rev. Milford Carey's obituary appeared in the 12 Sep 1973 edition of The Urbana Daily Citizen:
THE REV. MILFORD CAREY
Memorial services were conducted in the Christ United Methodist Church, September 9, for the Rev. Milford R. Carey, 63, Cambridge.
The Rev. Carey is the son of the Rev. Charles Carey, a former pastor of the Urbana Friends Church, and a brother of the Rev. Kenneth Carey, also of Urbana.
The Rev. Carey had served pastorates at Stafford, Quaker City, Beckett and Cambridge United Methodist Churches.
In addition to his brother and father, he is survived by his wife, the former Colene Roberts; one daughter, Mrs. Arthur (Marian) Malin, Dillonvale; one son, C. Ross Carey, Falls Church, Va.; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Florence Grafton, Cleveland; and another brother, Marvin L. Carey, Springfield.
His mother, Daisy (Guthrie) Carey, preceded him in death in 1912.
Milford and Colene are buried in Short Creek Cemetery, in Mt. Pleasant.
The following articles, from the 18 and 22 Aug 1977 editions of the Daily Citizen, reported the death and funeral of the Rev. Kenneth Carey:
The Rev. Kenneth A. Carey, 78, 804 Pindar St., was dead on arrival at Mercy Memorial Hospital at 8:55 a.m. today.
He was born Dec. 30, 1898, in Urbana the son of Charles J. and Daisy Guthrie Carey. He had retired in 1969 after 40 years as a minister in the Friends Church. His last charge was in Brewster, Ohio. He was a graduate of Cleveland Bible Institute, now Malone College, in 1929 and was a member of the Urbana Friends Church.
He is survived by his widow the former Agnes Wilkins who he married Nov. 8, 1923; one son, Myron Carey of Richwood; three grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Charles (Edna) Henry of Mt. Gilead; and one brother, Marvin Carey of Springfield. One sister and four brothers preceded him in death.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Walter Funeral Home with burial in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Walter Funeral Home for the Rev. Kenneth Carey, 78, 804 Pindar St., who was dead on arrival Thursday at Mercy Memorial Hospital.
The Rev. Harold Wyandt, West Liberty and the Rev. Donald Kensler, pastor of the Urbana Friends Church, officiated with burial in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Albert Cooper, Earl Hunt, Charles Thornburg, Paul Thornburg, James Chess and Melvin Dunham.
Edna Marie Carey. For many years, I didn't know any more about Uncle Charles' youngest child than what I saw in articles like her father's and brothers' obituaries. She was born six years after my father (her first cousin) moved to California and I don't think he ever met her, nor did we visit her during our trips to Ohio.
So it was a pleasant surprise when our Carey Family Album caught the attention of her former husband, Rev. Doug Jones, and he and Edna got in touch with me. They've sent me their reminiscences and several photos, including this one of Edna with Jennie and Charles:
Charles John Carey, junior. Charles and Jennie's marriage was blessed with a boy whose life was cut short by tragedy. Marvin told me long ago that he had been present in their Mount Pleasant home when his little brother Charles choked to death on an apple. Doug provided this obituary, from the Mount Pleasant Church Messenger's March 1926 issue:
On September 5, 1924, there was given to Charles J. and Jennie M. Carey a baby boy, to whom they gave tbe name of Charles, Jr. This little bud brought into the lives and home of his father and mother, brothers and sisters, sunshine and comfort; but God, in His wisdom, had only loaned this one of His jewels for a little while, and on the 9th day of February, 1926, he waved a final farewell, and slipped away to be wlth Jesus, to await the coming of those who love him so much. Age 1 year, 5 months, 4 days.
He leaves to mourn his going: father, mother, brothers, and sisters, grandparents, many relatives, and a host who had learned to love him.Farewell, our precious baby, Thou hast gone to climes so fair, But we, in life's early morning Shall meet thee over there. Yea, meet thee where no sorrow, Or death can mar nor blast. Yes, meet thee over Jordan, When earthly sorrow's past.
Charles Carey, jr., 17 months old child of Rev. Charles J. Carey and Jennie M. Carey, former residents of this city, who passed away at Mt. Pleasant, Ohio, Feb. 9, will be taken to Urbana March 29. Burial service will be held at the Gardener Undertaking Parlors at 2 p. m. March 30. His little body has been resting in the Mausoleum at Mt. Pleasant.