The Houston Informer, 17 Feb 1923, p. 11, c. 5-7
Houston, Harris Co., TX
Calvert Citizen, Respected by all, Answers Summons
Calvert, Tex. - Mr. Jno. (John) W. Walton died at his residence Monday morning, January 29, 9:30 o'clock, after an illness of three months, and was buried Wednesday, January 31 (at the Beauty Rest Cemetery). Funeral services conducted from St. Paul's M.E. Church as follows: Solo by Miss Cathern Lucas; Scripture reading by the pastor, J. W. Maye; invocation by Rev. R. B. McDonald; biography by Prof. A. W. Young; song by the choir; resolution, behalf of church, Mrs. Ida Dorsey; resolution, behalf of G.U.O.O.F., Mr. F. T. Coleman; on behalf of his citizenship, Mr. H. H. Poohle; song by choir; telegrams, paper clippings, letters on condolence read by the pastor. Poem, composed by Mrs. Ione Walton Greer, subject, "A Departed Father," was read by Mrs. O. C. Edwards. Song by the choir; memorial sermon by Rev. L. H. Richardson of San Antonio, Tex., text, Job 3:17, "There the wicked cease from troubling and there the weary be at rest." Subject, "My Sol's Resting Place." Solo by Miss Jewel Thompson; remarks by Rev. P. R. Humber, Rev. M. L. Covington and Rev. R. B. McDonald.
Telegrams were received from the following: Andrew Foster and wife, Chicago, Ill.; L. W. Woods, Mr. and Mrs. O. P. DeWalt, Houston; L. Hampton, Ft. Worth; Prof. T. H. Brawley, Longview; Rev. J. W. Weakley, O. R. Brasmon, Dallas; Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Johnson and Mrs. S. B. McGee, Marshall; Mrs. W. A. Cook and Mrs. A. Wallace, Marlin; Mrs. Maggie L. Clark, Little Rock, Ark.
Beautiful floral offerings were received from Mrs. S. Streeter, Ft. Worth; Mr. and Mrs. O. P. DeWalt, Houston; Bethel Baptist Church and others. Out of town friends present were Mr. and Mrs. James Robert Greer and little son, Marshall; Mrs. S. Streeter, Ft. Worth; Rev. L. H. Richardson, San Antonio.
Deceased was a member of the U.B.F. (University Bible Fellowship), K. of P. (Knight of Pythias) and G.U.O.O.F. (Grand United Order of Odd Fellows) and Standard Life Ins. Co.
John W. Walton was born in Milam County, near Port Sullivan, May 20, 1869. At an early age he moved with his parents to Aberdeen, Miss., where they remained several years, after which they moved to Calvert, Texas, where he remained until his death. He was joined in matrimony to Miss Ellen Dials, August 26, 1890, and three children were born to this union: one boy and two girls. He professed a hope in Christ and joined St. Paul M.E. Church under the pastorate of Rev. L. H. Richardson, Sept. 1899, and lived a consistent Christian life until his demise. He served as class leader, steward, trustee, trial of appeal, Sunday school superintendent, and at his death held the office of district steward. He served well in any place he was called on to fill. He departed this life Monday morning, January 29, at the age of 53 years, eight months and nine days. A wife, three children, George A. and Miss Marguerite Walton (Epperson) and Mrs. Ione Greer, and a brother, Robert B. Walton, survive him.
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A Departed Father
Composed by Mrs. Ione Walton Greer, Daughter
My fondest hopes, my most cherished dreams
Are but a naught,
When on my dead father's form I gaze.
No more to rest in those fond arms,
No more to press in sweet caress,
The lips of that proud face.
No more to listen with attentive ear
To the slow, but light unfaltering steps
Of him, whose word, whose every wish was his command.
No more when in illness to listen
To those tender words of "how's papa's darling
This morning," or "how's papa's baby?"
No more! No more! No more!
God! God! Thou unchanging Diety, (sic)
Give us strength, these burdens to bear,
Give us grace, these sorrows to share,
Give us peace of mind to rest at ease,
Give us wisdom to know:
They will be done!