Died at his residence in Centre township, on Friday morning, the 18th instant, of acute pleuro-pneumonia, Ezra S. Wood, aged thirty-six years. Deceased wa a son of Jesse C. Wood, of same place, and a grandson of William Wood, who died many years ago in that neighborhood. Religious rites were held at the residence on Saturday by two ministers from Bethany, W. Va., who had formerly preached in that community and by the help of the deceased, and the good people around him, erected a very comfortable Christian church near his residence. That Ezra Wood was a good (almost model) man seems to be admitted by all who knew him, and a true christian gentleman, there is no room for doubt. There was a large assembly attended the funeral and while the ministers were referring to his amiable qualities and christian virtues the audience by their tears seemed to approve and confirm them. He leaves a wife and three small children to mourn their loss. His death was a shock to his kind relatives and friends, but is only another instance to remind them that "Leaves have their time to fall and flowers to wither at the north winds breath, but thou hast all seasons for thine own, Oh death."
Waynesburg Republican, October 24, 1895 (Greene County, PA)
A sad gloom has been cast over the entire community by the death of Ezra Wood whose life went out Friday morning, Oct. 18, 1895. Truly, "A great man hath fallen in Israel."
The community has lost one of its most helpful friends. The wife the most devoted of husbands, the children, a kind and indulgent father, and the church a most faithful and earnest worker. For more than four years he has been following in the Master's footsteps and his life has been a living testimony for Christ. He was punctual in his attendance upon the means of grace, and ready and willing to bear the cross at all times; being of more than extraordinary intelligence and well qualified to fill any of the offices of the church. But in his home life he excelled. It was in every sense of the word a christian home.
When the new Disciple churchat Hargus Creek was planned, he became an enthusiastic worker in its behalf, and was very anxious to have it dedicated before the cold weather. In his dying hours he was unconcious of his surroundings, but his pure christian life gave evidence of a thorough preparation "to depart and be with christ which is far better." The grief stricken wife and friends have the sympathy of the entire neighborhood. And although he cannot come again. We can go to him where "Reunions shall be and endure forever."
Newspaper obituary, source and date unknown (Greene County, PA)
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