Fort Scott Tribune; p.1, Saturday, August 11, 1934,

W.S. Lee is Dead
Early day Pioneer and Retired
Farmer Dies at His Home, 1104 East Wall.

Winfield S. Lee, retired farmer, and of the early day pioneers of this community, passed away yesterday afternoon at 3:10 at his home, 1104 East Wall street, following a three-days’ illness of heart trouble. His death was hastened by the intense heat.

The deceased, a son of Ambrose and Catherine Lee, was born in Dayton, Ohio. October 5, 1848, being 85 years, nine months and five days of age. He was married to Priscilla E. Capps in Fort Scott on June 14, 1876, and she survives him. Eight years ago they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.

Besides the wife he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. John Eard of Fort Scott, and two grand-daughters, Mrs. Thelma Gilbreath, of Kansas City, Mo., and Miss Lucile, at home. Also by one great grandson, David Lee Gilbreath, of Kansas City.

Mr. Lee came to this community before the war in 1860 and settled in the Lath Branch neighborhood, where he lived for 28 years before coming to Fort Scott to make his home. He was married on his wife’s birthday.

He was of a cheerful charitable disposition, always standing ready to help his friends and neighbors. He helped to settle this community and uncomplainingly met many early day hardships. A man with a high sense of justice and right whose word was based on his high regard for honor.

Mr. Lee had been a member of the Church of God for 35 years and the funeral will be held from that church at Wall and Broadway, Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Rev. T.M. Tucker will conduct the services and interment will be made in the Maple Grove cemetery.

The remains will lie in state at the Cheney Chapel until Sunday when they will be taken to the family home at 1104 East Wall Street.

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Fort Scott Tribune-Monitor, Monday, August 13, 1934

W.S. Lee Rites
Many Attended Services Held at The Church of God Yesterday

The Church of God was filled with sympathizing friends and neighbors yesterday afternoon who came to pay their last respects at the funeral of Winfield S. Lee, retired farmer and early-day pioneer, who passed away last Friday afternoon.

Rev. T.M. Tucker read the scripture lesson from John 14:1-8. He took his text from Revelations 14:13;”Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord; they rest from their labors, and their works do follow them.”

The minister said in part: “Death cannot hinder, but hastens the blessedness of the saints of God. They rest from their toils, pain trials and distress. The scorching heat or bitter cold cannot disturb them. Their works appear with them, not to claim reward, but to magnify the grace of God. Brother Lee was one who never asked for, but was always deserving of words of commendation or praise. One who quietly served, drawing strength and power from the great storehouse of God. He was an inspiration to his pastor, never ceasing to speak words of appreciation for the sermon or any effort made in the interest of the church. He was missed in the morning service and will be missed for a long time.”

A quartet consisting of Mrs. C.S. Osborn, Mrs. Minor Amey, Mrs. C.R. Layton and Mrs. G.A. Wilson sang the hymns, “Sweet Hour of Prayer” and “My Faith Looks Up to Thee”. Mrs. C.S. Osborn also sang the solo, “Your Best Friend is Always Near”. Mrs. Ed Perry was the accompanist.

There were many beautiful floral offerings. One family piece was inscribed, “Father,” and another, “Grandfather.” Other offerings were from relatives, Church of God, Friendly Bible class and personal tokens.

Interment was made in the Maple Grove cemetery. Pallbearers were A.L. Keplinger, Ben Moore, Frank Cook, William Cook, Frank Woods, J.T. Goins and William Bolevar

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