Name: Susan Rhoda SPURLOCK
Birth: 11 DEC 1867 in King's Mill, Sharp Co, Ark
Death: 18 NOV 1962 in West Plains, Howell Co., Mo
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Change Date: 14 SEP 2015
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Rhoda was my great-gradmother.
Sharp County Record (newspaper in Ash Flat, Ark)
*Jan 23, 1890 -
In Holy Bonds: Following is a list of marriage licenses issued in Sharp County during the year 1889, with ages of the parties. (list includes):
-J.M. Willard, 23 to S.R. Spurlock, 21
-L.F. Dixon, 22 to Drucilla Spurlock, 19
-J.C. Foreman, 19 to L.J. Estes, 17
*Aug 4, 1899 -
King?s Mill - Rev. J.M. Willard and family of Koshkonong, Mo. have been visiting relatives and friends at King?s Mill the past week.
note from West Plains Weekly Journal, under column "Brady News", July 1905:
"Rev. Joseph Willard and wife buried their little two year old daughter at the Jolliff cemetery Thursday. We deeply sympathize with them in the loss of their sweet little child, but they will meet again where they will part no more."
Obituary - West Plains Daily Quill
Funeral Tomorrow for Mrs. Joe Willard
Funeral services for Mrs. Susan Rhoda Willard, wife of Rev. Joseph M. Willard, West Plains, will be held at 2 tomorrow afternoon in the Carter Chapel here. The Rev. Lest Bradford, Rev. R.A. Van Giesen and Rev. Joe Rouintree will officiate.
Mrs. Willard died at 4 yesterday afternoon in the home of John D.S. Willard, Lebo Route.
She was born Dec 11, 1867 in Ash Flat, Ark, to the late David and Mary Estes Spurlock.
She was married March 19, 1889 at Kings Mill, Ark, to Joseph M. Willard. Willard is 97 years old.
Surviving are her husband; five sons, Albert A. Willard, Willow Springs, Arthur Willard and Walter Willard both of West Plains, Wayne W. Willard, Koshkonong, and Cecil B. Willard, St. Louis; and a brother, Ben Spurlock, Walnut Ridge, Ark. Three daughters preceded her in death. There are 13 grandchild and 21 great-grandchildren.
She was a member of the First Methodist Church in West Plains since 1929. She was converted at the age of nine years.
Burial will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Carter Funeral Home of West Plains.
She died Nov. 18, 1962, a month before her 95th birthday at nephew Johnny Willard's home. She was sick for a long time and seemed to barely hang onto life. But the day before she died she sat up on the side of her bed and sang her favorite hymn:
"Lord Jesus, I long to be perfectly whole.
I want Thee forever to live in my soul.
Break down every idol; cast out every foe.
Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.
Whiter than snow, yes, whiter than snow.
Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow."
[Whiter Than Snow, by James Nicholson]
The following poem was found in the scrapbook that Rhoda kept of various articles that interested her or newspaper clippings about her family. It had been copied by her niece, Grace Keturah Foreman, and given to Rhoda on her 91st birthday, Dec. 11, 1958:
Ain't Dead Yet
written by a 94-year-old woman
My hair is white and I'm almost blind
The days of my youth are far behind
My neck's so stiff, can't turn my head
Can't hear half what's being said.
My legs are wobbly, can hardly walk,
But glory be, I can surely talk!
And this is the message I want you to get:
I'm still a-kickin' - and I ain't dead yet!
My joints are stiff - won't move in their sockets,
And nary a dime is left in my pockets.
So maybe you think I'm a total wreck
(To tell the truth, I look like heck!)
But, still I have just loads of fun
And my heart with joy is overrun.
I've lots of friends, so kind & sweet,
And many more I never meet.
O, this is a wonderful world of ours:
Shade and sunshine and beautiful flowers.
So you just take it from me, you bet,
I'm glad I'm livin' - and I ain't dead yet!
I've got corns on my feet and ingrown nails,
And do they hurt?--here language fails.
To tell you my troubles would take too long;
If I tried, you would give me the gong.
I go to Church & Sunday School too,
For I love the Story that is ever new;
And when I reach the end of my row,
I know to my Heavenly Home I'll go.
Then, when I leave my house of clay,
If you listen closely, I'm apt to say,
"Well, folks, I've left you, but don't forget,
I've just passed on - but I ain't dead yet!"
Find A Grave Memorial# 16875801
Father: David Drury SPURLOCK b: 15 DEC 1818 in Floyd Co, Ky
Mother: Mary Morris ESTES b: 8 JAN 1832 in Henry Co, TN
Joseph Martin ?Joe? WILLARD b: 14 JUL 1865 in Near Thomasville, Oregon Co., Mo
19 MAR 1889
in King's Mill, Sharp Co, Ark, at her home
- Belva Ann WILLARD b: 17 FEB 1890 in Oregon Co, MO
- Gertrude Naoma WILLARD b: 4 DEC 1891 in Oregon Co, MO
- Albert Alexander WILLARD b: 12 MAR 1894 in Oregon Co, MO
- Arthur John David WILLARD b: 4 DEC 1896 in Oregon Co, MO
- Walter Andrew WILLARD b: 23 MAR 1901 in Oregon Co, MO
- Luna Drucilla WILLARD b: 7 DEC 1903 in Oregon Co, MO
- Wayne Warren WILLARD b: 10 MAR 1908 in Oregon Co, MO
- Cecil Benjamin WILLARD b: 17 SEP 1910 in Oregon Co, MO