John Lawrence was the son of William H. and Angeline (MEAD) METZNER. He was born October 18, either in 1877 or 1878, depending on the source. His obituary states 1877, but Williamson & Spencer Funeral home record book stated 1878 (could have been typo).
Jane Ann Spencer, Williamson & Spencer Funeral Homes, Inc. Portland and Pennville, Indiana Burial Records Book One 1892-1899 (Portland, Indiana, USA: Williamson & Spencer Funeral Homes, Inc., 2008)
J. L. Metzner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. H. Metzner, was born October 18, 1877; died at the home of his parents, in South Portland, August 30, 1898, aged 20 years, 10 months and 12 days. Funeral services will be held this afternoon at the First Christian Church by Rev. Stovenour. Interment at Green Park Cemetery.
J. Lawrence, son of William H. and Angeline Metzner, was born in Portland, Indiana, October 18, 1878 and died at the home of his parents 247 Shanks Street, South Portland August 30th, 1898, aged 20 years, 10 months and 12 days.
Thus death has again entered a family circle and claimed an only son and brother, leaving empty hearts and an empty home. Lawrence was industrious and obliging and greatly loved by his many friends. He was patient and hopeful during his long illness and was never known to murmur or complain and with his mother, who was his daily companion, he had many long talks on the life beyond. For several weeks before the end came he gave up all hope of recovery. Although he had gone on before they have one lasting comfort and blessing, even in this sad dark hour when they remember he said, "All is well with my soul." They may not see his well known form nor hear the welcome footsteps through the home is empty and hearts bowed in grief, yet they know he is not dead, but sleeping, and where he is they may go also, because the Lord has said, "I will never leave thee nor forsake thee."
Funeral services at the First Christian Church, at 3 o'clock, Friday, September 2nd, conducted by Rev. Fred Stovenour. Interment at Green Park Cemetery.