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The Carthage Republican
Carthage, Illinois
May 4, 1910
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Marvin H. Towles died at his residence in this city Saturday evening, April 30, 1910, at 9 o'clock, aged 70 years, 2 months and 15 days.

The subject of this sketch, Marvin H. Towles, was born in St. Mary's township, Hancock county, Illinois, Feb. 15, 1840.  His father, Moses Towles, and mother, Nancy Towles, were each born in Odem county, in the state of Kentucky and came to Illinois in an early day.  The father, Moses Towles, accumulated much of this world's goods and was a good and kind hearted man, loved and respected by all his neighbors and I have often heard the late Dr. Wm. Booz, his family physician, say "Moses Towles is one of God's noblemen."

The son, Marvin H. Towles, inherited many of the good traits of his father and mother, thus early in life he "remembered his Creator in the days of his youth" and was converted of sin and found pardon and believing in the Lord Jesus Christ, he united with the M. E. Church at Bentley, Ill., Jan. 24, 1876, and had served as stewart for a number of years and was superintendent of the Sunday school class for four or five years and did much to build up the church at that place.  About the year 1868 Mr. Towles moved from St. Mary's township to Harmony township and resided there until about four years ago when he moved to Carthage, Ill.

Mr. Towles was united in marriage in Harmony township, Dec. 20, 1860, to Elizabeth Ann Kurry and to this union were born ten children: John Thomas Towles, Carthage, Ill.; Mrs. Amanda Ellen Rorhbough, Elcader, Neb.; Silva Ann Towles, now deceased; Alice Belle Whaples, Keokuk, Ia.; William Towles, deceased; Wilda May McCord, Mayview, Arthur G. Towles, Kansas City, Mo.; Walter Clarence Towles, deceased, Daisy Naomi Towles, now Mrs. Roydon Tull, Carthage, Ill.; Homer Garfield Towles, Bowen, Ill.  The wife died April 25, 1885, at her home in Harmony townshipElizabeth Ann Towles was loved by all and a kind and loving mother while in the middle of life and before her work was finished, she was called to rest, leaving the children as above stated.

Mr. Towles was again united in marriage Dec. 29, 1887, to Miss Ella Sherman, of Carthage, Ill., who survives.

No greater tribute could be paid to man than to say the writer of these lines has known Mr. Towles for thirty years and has been intimately associated with him, never have we heard one unkind word said of anyone by Mr. Towles, always thinking of the happiness of others, he has spent his entire life doing good to his fellow man.  Mr. Towles for the last seven or eight years had been an invalid yet he never complained of his lot, but like a true christian that he was, bore his troubles with patience.

It is sweet to remember, as the years go by, a life so pure and consecrated.

The funeral will occur this Wednesday afternoon at the M. E. Church at 2 o'clock, Rev. T. E. Newland officiating.  Burial at Moss Ridge.