A Last Farewell

Obsequies of the Late Sergeant Ninius E. Search

The Funeral Oration By Rev. Frank Richards, Assisted by Rev. Carlos H. Hanks—Beautiful Floral Tributes.

Sunday afternoon at two o’clock at the English Lutheran church the last sad rites were performed over all that was mortal of the late Sergeant Ninnius [sic] E. Search, of Battery C, O.V.I. The impressive service was conducted in the presence of a vast concourse of friends by Rev. Frank Richards assisted by ex-Chaplain Carlos H. Hanks and a male quartette comprising Messrs. Louis Breisford, Prof. Robert Miller, Frank Philo and Ed. Jones.

Col E.C. Brush, Surgeon Moore[,] Marjory Atwell and Lieutenant Howard Fulkerson, who together with the members of Battery C, served as escort, occupied seats immediately in front of the chancel. The funeral oration, delivered by Dr. Richards, was a masterly effort; as impressive as it was able. In part, it was as follows: Text: Verily, Verily, I say unto you, if a man keeps my saying, he shall never see death.—John, 8:51.

“Strange saying is this of Jesus. It fell with wonder upon the ears of those who first heard it. They did not believe it. This declaration has seemed equally as strange and wonderful upon all succeeding ages, as it did when uttered; and mankind is an unbelieving as the little band of Jews to whom it was addressed. Men fall into the grave all around us and death holds an undisputed sway everywhere.

“The natural inclination is that this remark is not true. No saying of the Son of God is more true than this. He emphatically declares, “Verily, verily, etc. Let us see what of truth is involved in these words and learn from them the lessons of true life here so we may attain that life over which death and the grave have no power.

“The result is conditioned on keeping these sayings. The speaker then showed that to keep these sayings one must believe his doctrines and trust his promise. “By the phrase ‘never see death’ is not meant that we will not die, but that the sting of death will not be felt. If you wish to attain this end, then live in obedience to his will and keep his sayings. You will then never see death. Amen.”

Rev. Mr. Hanks followed with a few remarks, paying just tribute to the memory of the young soldier and hero. The remains were conveyed to Greenwood cemetery, where a brief burial service was read and taps sounded preparatory to depositing them in the city vaul[sic], where they will remain a few days, before being lowered to their final resting place in the family plot.

A detail from Battery C. acted as pall-bearers and was comprised of the following privates, George Crooks, Frank Bekert, Jake Leidy, French Wilson, Will Stockdale and Will Aler.

Among the numerous and beautiful floral emblems were the following: A wreath by the wife of the deceased; the insignia of Battery C, by lady friends of the deceased and his comrades; boquet [sic] by Mayor Louis H. Gibson; a broken wheel by Lawrence C. and Ed. R. Taylor; bouquet by Mr. and Mrs. John Smith; star, by members of Battery C; bouquet by Flo and Nellie Leonard and Maude Melvin; roses from “Alice and her friends;” bouquet of chrysanthemums by Mrs. Atkinson and son, Stanley; bouquet of chrysanthemums by Lucile Weist; roses, by Mrs. Norton Haines and family; white dalias [sic] by Mrs. Mautz; roses and pampas plumes, by Mr. and Mrs. S.A. Baldwin; pinks, by Mrs. R.W. McWhirter, Chrysanthemums, by the L.M. Society; roses; by Lieut. and Mrs. Will Stockdale.

Source: Zanesville Times Recorder, October 3, 1898.

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