Well Cerulean Resident Passes After Extended Illness
Once again Cerulean has paused from the toil and moil -- the happiness that so briefly comes to us all, to mourn the passing of that good citizen, J.D. Orten, who for years has dwelt among us.
But while his death is grief to his loved ones and a real regret to his large acquaintance and many friends, it was to him, a blessed relief from pain -- a going on to that blessed country in which he so firmly believed and to which he had looked for all his long life of rectitude and piety. We clip from our good neighbor the New Era this obituary notice:
J.D. Orten died Tuesday at the home near Cerulean after an extended illness.
The funeral services were conducted from the First Baptist Church at Cerulean by his former pastor, the Rev. T.c. Singleton and burial was in Trigg County. Mr Orten was a deacon and trustee of the church.
He was a pioneer dark fired tobacco grower, settling in Ccerulean section of Trigg County some 50 years ago, and was 74 years of age. He was born and reared in Hopewell, Tenn.
Early in life he united with the Baptist church and remained a faithful member.
He was married to Miss Parley Gann, who survives, together with one daughter, Mrs L.E. Eli, Johnston City, Illinois; and 4 sons, Carl Orten, of Hopkinsville, Earl and Denzel Orten of Cerulean; 10 grandchildren, and one great grandchild; two brothers, Charley Orten of Christian County
He also belonged to the Masonic Lodge 785 of Cerulean Springs. The pallbearers wre the four sons, Carl, Roy, Earl and Densel Orten, and two of the grandsons, Cecil Earl Orten and Roy Orten Jr.
When he came to the Cerulean community a score or more years ago he immediately identified himself with his Jobtical and fraternal life. Until he was incapacitated by illness he continued to be one of the most faithful members of the church, of his faith; nor did he stop at that. He and his good will brought up his boys and girls in the way that they should go. They came right along with him. It was a goodly sight to see this fine Christian man and wife, his stalwart sons, and daughters, their wives and children march in to church on Sunday morning--and even more to see him lay aside the work of the week on Saturday noon to allow the afternoon session of the church an institution dear to all Baptists. he was equally faithful at all functions of the Masonic order, as he would have told you he was not a man or words, only deeds, good deeds, modestly and quietly done. But he valued his Masonic affiliations highly and answered the roll call with pride -- "J.D. Orten, present." When ever it was humanly possible though he aspired to no office of its bestowing. In Politics he was a most loyal Republican, sticking strictly to his convictions, even though pretty well surrounded by the opposite party. In all these activities his purse was open at any need evinced-- in his private life his edar was ever open to the call of distress. Through the later years after he had acquired a competence and was no longer able to work he was to see his folks -- or maybe to go fishing -- His sober reports of these trips were always well worth hearing. All in all he was a man. One thinks of him, as of Abraham, the Patriarch, who was a friend of God. To his sorrowing family we can think of no more comforting thing to tell them then this -- that we who have know him least, who have seen the outer manifestations of his life recognized his sterling virtues.
Cadiz Record March 9, 1940

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