The  Winchester  Daily
March 7, 1918
The Passing of A Noble Youth ----------
          There were many sad hearts in Winchester last Sunday morning when it was learned that  James Parry, younger son of  Mr. And Mrs. Walter G. Parry, had passed the dark portal. The sympathy of the whole community is bestowed upon the bereaved parents and other relatives.
          Several weeks ago there developed a small abcess near the left temple on the young man’s face. In due time this was lanced, and at once seemed to properly heal. But later septicemia of a virulent nature permeated the entire system, and he grew rapidly critical in his condition. On Wednesday of last week he became unconscious, and so remained until the end last Sunday morning shortly after midnight.
          Funeral services were held at the Methodist church Wednesday afternoon at two o’clock. The high school attended in a body. A large concourse of people paid a last tribute to the memory of the deceased.
          James Parry, just turned his nineteenth year, was a fine youth of many sterling traits of character. An inborn manliness animated him, and like sunshine it radiated all about him. Noble of heart he loved to do kind things for others. Gentle in demeanor, yet chivalrous and valorous, evil doings did not get by without his rebuke. His blossoming into manhood gave rare promise of a clean mind and a big soul.
          He was a beloved member of the senior class of the Winchester high school, and the entire school is sorely depressed in spirit over the untoward of event that has befallen the class. He was a favorite with all, and a leader in striving for the best things the school could give. He was thus an example to others, and a stimulus that many companions in books will sadly miss, now that the sunlight of his presence is darkened.
          His heart was easily moved by generous impulses. The need of another was cause for speedy action on his part and help was cheerfully given. Only a few weeks ago he had paid in full the pledge made in behalf of the war work of the Young Men’s Christian Association. As a son he was dutiful and loyal. As a brother the fraternal spirit was highly developed. As a companion and friend he was generous, forgiving and ever ready to assuage pain and bestow solace. In the home he will be missed- oh, so badly. In the school his vacant desk will witness tears. Fear and doubt; sickness and death’ loss and sorrow, all seem so freighted with naught but evil; yet we must know that the great Mystery means progression. We grieve in our weakness but rejoice in our hope. “There are nettles everywhere. But smooth, green grasses are more common still; The blue of heaven is larger than the cloud.”
Contributed by Bob Lykins

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