On August 18, 1872, he was united in marriage to Cornelia Caroline Sanders. To this union was born his only child. Mrs. Cornelia Cleaver preceded him February 20, 1875.
On April 9*, 1878, he was married to Mrs.* Alice Hayhurst, who passed away October 24, 1898. His third marriage occurred on January 29, 1902, to Laura A. Shirley Nichols, who survives him.
Although a member of no church he attended both the Christian and Methodist churches and believed in the value of church membership as a soul saving institution. He was a man of sterling character, given to no bad habits and not given to profanity. He bore his thirty years of failing health patiently, succumbing at last, after a week's illness, to pneumonia. Mrs. Cleaver is a member of the Lowell Church of Christ.
He leaves to mourn his departure, one son, Charles Cleaver; one grandson, Carrol Eugene Cleaver; five step-children, Mrs. Ethel Mason, Mrs. W.J. McCain, Mrs. G.B. Craft, Mrs. J.B. Harrington and J.B. Nichols; seven* step-grand-children, Richard McCain, Lila McCain, Burton Harrington, Mildred Harrington, Howard Craft, and Myrtle Nichols. One half-sister, Mrs. Charles Belshaw, and two half-brothers, Henry and Mahlon Hathaway.
Funeral services and interment at Sherburnville Church of Christ and cemetery. Sermon by Rev. Fred Gibson, of Lowell Church of Christ.
* NOTES -- Although "Mrs. Alice Hayhurst" was listed as his second wife, the obituary of Alice Hayhurst Cleaver indicates that her maiden name was "Hayhurst." Their marriage date was listed as Apr. 9 here, but in her obituary, it was listed as Apr. 10. Also, this obituary stated that Walter Cleaver left seven step-grandchildren, but only six were listed.
Go to Walter Cleaver (1850-1924), "Pioneer History Index," for further information.
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