William Thomas Crum, son of Joseph Lafayette Crum and Sarah Ann Crum, was
born near Palmyra, Macoupin County, Ill., Feb 21, 1869, and passed to his eternal reward from his home near Ray, Ill., Feb 25th,
1917, aged 48 years and 4 days.
He moved with his parents to Greene County in 1879, where he grew to manhood. He was the third child in a family
of eleven children.
He was converted to God at about the age of 24 years and later u nited with the Free Methodist Church, becoming
a charter member of the Naples class organized October 10th, 1900. About two years ago he cast his lot with the class at
He was a sincere, conscientious follower of the Lord Jesus, and his constant thought was to better serve the
Lord and glorify him in the earth. Among his last words were"All is well between my soul and God; I haven't a fear."
October 14, 1908, he was united in marriage to Gertrude Mable Ashwood of Ray. To this union were born
seven children, three of whom preceded him to the spirit world.
He leaves to mourn their loss a loving companion, three bright little girls--Mable Ruth, Helen Marie, Verna
Belle and a sweet baby boy, William Ashwood; five brothers and one sister, beside a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were conducted from the Free Methodist Church in Ray Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock by Rev.
Homer Tanner of Vermont, assisted by Rev. J. L. Mayhew of Rushville. Interment in the Ritchey cemetery.