|Birth||12 MAY 18801|
|Death||06 MAR 19391|
Cause: mitral insufficiency
RICHARD C MUSICK
“The clock of life is wound but once,
And no man has the power,
To tell just when the hands will stop,
At late or early hour.”
Today we are reminded how uncertain is life and how certain is death. Tomorrow is with God alone, and man hath but today. In memory we see one, who only a few short hours ago was busy in the activities of our community. Today we are called upon to pay our last sad rites of respect to him and as we mingle our tears with the relatives and friends we are reminded that death is the fulfillment of a promised real.
Richard Cummings: son of A J and Mary Alice Musick, was born at Freeman, Cass County, Mo, May12, 1880 and died March 6, 1939, at the age of 58 years, 9 months and 24 days. He was of a family of eleven children. His parents, seven brothers and one sister have preceded him in death. One sister, Mrs Maude Ziegler, of Cleveland, Mo and one brother, Tony Musick of Gregory SD survive him. With these, 12 nieces and nephews, 3 great nieces and many other relatives and a wide circle of friends mourn his passing.
No eulogy is necessary, for to know Heap as he was most familiarly known, was to love him. He was honest, industrious and agreeable. He had a great genius for friendship and greatly loved all his friends, who were numbered by all who knew him, for he was a friend to all. He was kind and generous, sharing with the needy and administering to the sick and helpless. He was an affectionate brother and uncle. He never forgot his loved ones and made frequent visits to them, spending the last Sunday of his life with his sister and family in the home of a nephew, and we know that not only his relatives, but also a legion of friends are sad at the loss of one whom they have known and loved these many years.
But how can we know the anguish that came with that last sad hour of darkness, silence, stillness all around. No one will ever know how this one who, for so many years has been one of the most familiarly known men of the community, passed over the great divide and if he was not deprived of consciousness, he might have looked long for the touch of some loving hand, clasped within his own, helping him the last and burden to bear. But let us think rather that he went to sleep and God in his infinite mercy relieved him of all the pain and sorrow.
We do know that the suffering could not have been so very long and that it might have been the way, he would have preferred and planned for it had known it.
Funeral services were held in the Freeman Christian Church, with Rev Ralph A Fox, of Harrisonville officiating and burial in the Freeman Cemetery. Music was furnished by a male quartet.-Cass County Demo 3-9-39