Benson Fordyce Obituary

Benson Fordyce, Esq., of Garard's Fort, died on Monday morning at the home of John Morris, where he was visiting. Pneumonia was the cause of his death. Mr. Fordyce was 59 years of age ad is survived by three brothers, James and Jesse who reside in Iowa and Morton, of Frosty Run, this county. The funeral services were held at Whitely Chapel on Tuesday afternoon.

Waynesburg Republican, January 28, 1904

Benson Fordyce, a much respected citizen of our township, died at the home of John Morris, Monday morning, January 25, at eight o'clock, of pneumonia. He was a man of rare judgment and throughout his life was a staunch Republican. He was naver married. The funeral was held at his old home Tuesday at two o'clock p.m., Rev. R. B. Whitehead officiating. The interment was made in the Whiteley Chapel cemetery. His relatives and friends have the sympathy of the community. Charles Ganier, funeral director.

Waynesburg Republican, January 28, 1904

In Memoriam

Benson Fordyce, son of James Harvey and Nancy Bowers Fordyce was born January 17, 1844. Was the ninth of a family of eleven children. Died at the home of John Morris while visiting January 25, 1904, aged 59 years, 1 month, 8 days. The deceased is survived by three brothers: James of Bedford, Iowa, Justus of Riverside, Iowa and Morton at the old homestead near Fordyce, Pa.

Benson's Farm was situated near Garard's Fort. His late home was with Mr. Russell of the "Fort."

For some weeks past he had been troubled with a cold. While visiting friends in and around Fordyce the subtle pneumonia crept upon him. Leaving a gay company at the Fordyce store apparently nothing ailing him but the cold, made his way to the home of John Morris. Hardly seated when the ravages of pneumonia began. His sufferings were dreadful until death ended the struggle.

Benson Fordyce was a familiar figure in the lower end of the county. His genial happy face and fun loving spirit made him welcome wherever he would go. His likes made him a fast friend and devoted admirer. The children were his special delight. He never was happier than when having tons of fun with the boys and girls. When stricken with the dreaded disease a little "tot" said to his father, "Tell Uncle Bense not to die for we children want some more fun." Happy the man who can secure the love and affection of a child. His many friends near and far will stop and drop a tear in memory of the man they loved. He was buried from the home of his brother Morton. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. R. B. Whitehead in the Whiteley Chapel where a host of friends were gathered to pay the last tribute of respect. His body was laid away in the church cemetery to await the final resurrection.

Waynesburg Republican, February 4, 1904 (Greene County, Pennsylvania)

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