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Long Illness with Cancer

After a long illness with cancer Samuel V Crum died at his home at
West Van Lear, Ky., last Wednesday morning at 2 o'clock, Sept 21,

While death had been hovering over the home for many weeks, still the
news came as a great shock to his family and many friends. He became
afflicted with cancer, something near two years ago and after being
treated, by a specialist apparently had overcome the malady. Some
months ago the affliction occurred in another place and all attempts
to cure were in vain. From the time he was unable to sit up,
relatives and friends were constantly at his beside, administering to
his every want and doing everything in their power to make him
comfortable and restore his health.

He was 62 years of age, and while not a native of Ky., he knew and
loved it as his native state West Virginia. He was born and reared
near Fort Gay, W Va., and after growing into manhood served his own
state in the capacity of State Representative one or two terms and
was becoming to be known as one of the most able lawyers of the
state, when after due consideration on his part. that, in order to
follow other activities and vocations it became necessary to give up
the practice of law. He went to Jenkins and for the time the
Consolidation Coal Company and began to layout that beautiful
mountain city, where he stayed for some time, coming to West Van Lear
in the autumn of 1924. He was connected for sometime with the Elkhorn
Brick and Supply Company of that place, after which he was engaged in
the mercantile business, in which he was still engaged at the time of
his death.

To know him was to love and respect him. His place in his little
hometown will not be filled, he had few if any enemies. The community
in which he lived and the country at large has been made a better
place for his having lived in it. To his family he was a devoted
husband and father, to his relatives a brother and to his friends, a
wise chancellor.

He was a member of the Baptist Church of which he was the most loyal
supporter, having many times given of his worldly means far beyond
his portion. He was for years leader of the religious activities of
the little town of West Van Lear, Ky., having organized the first
Sunday school in that place, when first coming there in 1914, which
place he held as Superintendent, until he was unable to attend. He
was a dear lover of music, and many of the boys and girls, young men
and women today love and sing the melodies taught them by "Uncle

He was a member of the Jenkins Lodge F & A M but as the lodge was
unable to attend the funeral services were in charge of the Van Lear
Lodge with members of numerous other lodges in the communities

The funeral was held in the West Van Lear Baptist Church at 2 pm
Thursday with the Rev Burl Akers of Ceredo, West Va and the Rev S D
Grumbles of Ashland, Ky had charges of the services. Beautiful music
was rendered by a mixed choir many of whom had trained under Mr. Crum
in days past. Mr R C Thomas of Paintsville rendered a solo, one of Mr
Crum's favorite songs. The floral offerings were many, which
indicated in a way the high esteem in which he was held. People from
the surrounding communities and town were in attendance. The West Van
Lear Church was inadequate to hold the large crowd.

After the services at the church the Masons were in charge and a very
impressive service was held at the grave, located on what is known as
Club House Hill, over looking the mouth of Millers Creek, one mile
from the town of West Van Lear.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nola Burke Crum, and two sons,
Walter Douglas Crum 13 years and Paul Crum, electrician, Van Lear.
Two brothers, Albert and Boyd Crum of Glenhayes, West Va., besides of
scores of other close relatives and friends. Mr Crum preached his own
funeral sermon every day he lived.

He was as he stated often, "A friend to man," It is impossible to
state the many things that were said by those in charge of the
funeral, but we can say: "Servant of god, well done. Thy glorious
warfare past, The battle's fought the rest is won, And thou art
crowned at last.

The Paintsville Herald
Sept 29, 1927