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Obits > 1937 - Jay Burdette Maxfield

Submitted by Melva Taylor

The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois
Octobeer 23, 1937 - Saturday, pg 7, col. 7
Former Classmates Of 1933 Serve As Bearers Of Casket At Rites
Funeral services for Jay B. Maxfield, who passed away Tuesday, were held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Tampico Baptist church.  There was a large attendance of relatives, friends and schoolmates.  The many floral tributes bearing messages of sympathy were beautiful.
Rev. E. C. Ralston read the 12th chapter of the book of Eccleasiastes for Scripture reading, also used Verses 9 and 10 of the 11th chapter of the same book in his message of hope and comfort.  He closed with the reading of the poem, 'Sleep on Beloved.'
Two hymns, 'Nearer My God to Thee' and 'Good Night and Good Morning,' were sung by Mrs. E. C. Ralston and Mrs. Joe Young, with Mrs. Young playing the accompaniment at the piano.
Former classmates who served as casket bearers were Raymond Foy, Richard Noon, Joe Burke, Glen Anderson, Maynard Peterson and Leo Strike. Burial was in Tampico cemetery.
Sketch of Life
Jay Burdette Maxfield was born in Tampico, August 10, 1915, and died in Ottawa, Illinois, October 19, 1937.  He attended Sunnyside grade school and Tampico high school from which he was graduated in 1923 with salutatory honor.  Due to ill health he entered the Ottawa sanatorium on October 24, 1934, where he was a patient until his death.
Jay was a member of the Tampico Baptist church, having united with it on May 5, 1929.  He was preceded in death by his mother on December 17, 1920, and a brother, Otto Thomas, May 5, 1917.
He is survived by his father and step-mother, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Maxfield of Tampico, two sisters, Mrs. Ida Kettle of Austin, Colo., and Mrs. Helen Stebbens of Moline, one brother, Frank H. Maxfield of Cincinnati, O., a stepbrother, Lyle Lehman of Sterling, his maternal grandfather, Frank B. Thomas of Cory, Colo., two uncles and several nieces and nephews.  Jay's death came as a great shock to his family and to many life long friends in and around Tampico.

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