J. A. Fincannon,
Native of County,
Dies at Waco, Nov. 9
[Text taken from Stephenville Empire-Tribune
@12 NOV 1945.
Copy of the Obituary sent by Mrs. Vern (Christine Jones) Pendleton]
Friends throughout Erath County will regret to learn of the death of J. A. Fincannon, Jr. [sic], and will read with regret and deep sympathy for the bereaved, the following story of the passing of this estemmed [sic] man, as it appeared in the De Leon, Texas, Free Press:
John Alexander Fincannon was born November 28, 1894, at Topaz, Erath County. He was the eldest son [second child] of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Fincannon, who now reside at De Leon.
At the age of fourteen, he was converted and became an active member of the First Baptist Church at Bethel. In March, 1935, he was ordained a deacon of the West Side Baptist church of Pettit, where he has been a member since its organization 17 years ago.
November 30, 1916, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Pearle Jones, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. O. Jones of Stephenville. To this union were born four children. They are a daughter, Rita, of Lake Arthur, N. M., and three sons, John of the U. S. Army, now stationed in Manila, and Don Ray and Paul Jones of the home.
The greater portion of his married life was spent at Pettit in Hockley County, where he successfully engaged in the activity of farming. He was active in religious, social and civic affairs of his community.
After a year's illness, Mr. Fincannon passed away in Waco, November 9, 1945, at the age of 51 years, at the home of his sister, Mrs. E. B. (Callie Minerva Fincannon) Wilkinson. Death was caused by acute asthma and a severe heart ailment.
Besides his wife, four children, parents, and a host of other relatives, Mr. Fincannon is survived by three brothers and four sisters. They are Will Fincannon of Beaumont, Morris Fincannon of Levelland, Sam Fincannon of Beaumont, Mrs. G. W. (Georgia Fincannon) Goodson of Graham, Mrs. E. B. Wilkinson of Waco, Mrs. A. R. (Margaret Fincannon) Bostick of Lake Arthur, N. M., and Mrs. Ed (Velma Faye Fincannon) Rogers of De Leon, all of whom were present, with the exception of Mrs. Bostick, whose health did not permit a return to this climate.
Funeral services were conducted in De Leon on Sunday, November 11, at 2:30 o'clock in the De Leon Baptist Church, with Reverend Ernest Rippetoe of Stephenville officiating, assisted by Rev. Jim Bays of Lingleville and Rev. T. J. Sparkman of De Leon.
Interment was in the De Leon cemetery with the following serving as pallbearers: Frank Locke, A. N. Riley, E. Hoffman, C. S. Saunders of Pettit, John L. Thiebaud of Dublin, and Edd Bays of Lingleville. Flower girls were nieces of Mr. Fincannon. Music was furnished by the Rippetoe Quartet.
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