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Alva Earl DICKSON

Bentonville City Cemetery
Benton County,
Arkansas

July 2, 1882 - April 11, 1905
Son of JS & SC Dickson

*Obituary
Benton County Democrat
Thursday, April 13, 1905

DICKSON, Alva Earl - After an illness of several months with that dread disease, consumption, Alva Earl Dickson died at the home of his father, J.S. Dickson, in this city Tuesday morning, April 11th, 1905 at 10 o'clock. The funeral services were conducted by Revs. P. Carnahan and J.O. Needham Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the residence and the remains were interred in the I.O.O.F. cemetery under auspices of the A.F. & A.M. lodge of which he was an honored member. In the passing of Alva E. Dickson the world is deprived of one of its brightest and best citizens. Although only 23 years of age he had studied hard and had fitted himself for the ministry and was just entering upon a life of usefulness when he was stricken down with consumption. Alva was well liked by everybody and was a special favorite among all the church members. The large concourse of friends who followed his remains to their last resting place was evidence of how well beloved he was in the town where he was born and reared. We have been promised an appropriate obituary which will appear next week.

*Obituary (as written)
Benton County Democrat
Thursday, April 20, 1905

Alva E. Dickson was born in Bentonville, Ark. July 2, 1882. Died Sept. 16, 1905 {?} aged 22 years, 9 months and 9 days. He lived his short but useful life in Bentonville except while attending school at Fayetteville, Ark. and Lebanon, Tenn. He professed religion when 8 years of age and at 10 he expressed a desire to preach the gospel and told his father and brother that in 1903 he would be in Cumberland University, which was literally true. Bro. Alva united in early boyhood with the Bentonville congregation of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and lived a consistent and devoted member thereof all his life. As a church worker we miss him and mourn his departure. His presence no longer cheers us, yet we feel that our loss is his gain. From a little child he was an earnest and devoted Junior Endeavorer. Among the members of his own age he was a true leader in this work. The influence of his boyhood christianity has made lasting impressions on his companions. In a picture taken of the Junior Endeavor several years ago Claud Stahl, May Craig {Jackson} and Alva Dickson stand together but apart from the others and it is a sad fact that these three dear children are all now in heaven, their deaths occurring in the order of their names above. In later life Alva joined the Senior Endeavor Society and as its president made a competent leader. Eternity alone can reveal all the good accomplished in this young people's work thro' him. The session of his church elected him Junior Superintendent, which office he held at the time of his death. Oftentimes he expressed his inability to discharge this duty but never did he neglect his duty or become indifferent to his duty. At Rogers he joined the Arkansas Presbytery at a call meeting and was received a probationer for the gospel ministry. His educational qualifications were sufficient to have entitled him to ordination but at his own request he deferred his ordination, desiring to fully qualify himself for the very best service possible for his great work of life. He attended Cumberland University in 1902-4, returning home in May. Ill health prevented his return but he pursued his studies under Dr. Lyle, hoping to return to the seminary this year. Bro. Dickson was supply for the pulpit during the summer of 1904 while the pastor was away on vacation. Speaking of this incident in his life, he said: "It was all right for Bro. Needham to go away and for me to stay." A young man of sterling worth is gone. A pure, noble life has been translated to that above. May the Master comfort his aged father and give grace to all his loved ones. His Pastor.

*Obituary (as written)
Rogers Democrat
Wednesday, April 19, 1905

DICKSON, Alvin - (from The Bentonville Sun) Alvin Dickson, aged about twenty-three years, died at his home here at ten o'clock Tuesday morning after a lingering illness from consumption. Deceased was the younger son of Joe Dickson and a brother to Will and Charlie Dickson. He was reared from infancy in Bentonville and no young man ever lived here that was more universally popular with all.

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