Beaverton Historical Society
Gladwin County Obituary/Death Notice
Rev. Perry McKimmy

   Perry McKimmy, son of James and Mary McKimmy, was born in Preston County, West Virginia, March 3, 1841. He was the second son of fourteen children. When he was about nineteen years old he united with the Church of the Brethren. Two years later, in April, 1862, he was married to Caroline Watring. To them were born nine children, seven sons and two daughters, three of whom have preceded him to the spirit world..
   Bro. McKimmy, with his wife and five children, moved to Lenawee County, Michigan in 1874. He was elected to the ministry in 1876 and two years later was ordained an elder. The family moved to Gladwin County in 1908 when the country was still in its pioneer state. Here he had lived the last quarter of a life full of concern for Christ's kingdom and loyal service in it.
   Caroline McKimmy, his wife, died eleven years ago, and still holds a place in the hearts of those in the community who knew her. On July 12, 1924, Grandpa McKimmy, as we called him, married Mrs. Sarah Ober. They have lived near Beaverton since then until October 2, 1931, when he quietly passed away. He was the oldest member of our community, being ninety years, six months and 29 days old, when he died. He leaves his wife, one brother William, four sons and two daughters, thirty-six grandchildren, twenty-seven of whom are living, fifty-four great-grandchildren and many friends, more than we can count.
   Eld. McKimmy, as he was generally known in his ministerial work, was very earnest and zealous in the advancement of the church. Often he would walk ten miles to fill his appointments, and after preaching would walk back home. He gave much of his time and his means to the work of the Master whom he chose to serve. Many lives have been changed because of him. After his active life of service was over he was still greatly concerned about the church which he had served for seventy years. Even in the evening hours of his life he longed to speak for the cause he loved.
   Funeral services were held Sunday morning, Oct. 4 in the Beaverton Church of the Brethren. He was taken back to his old home in Lenawee County and Monday a large crowd from several States gathered for a second service in the Fairview church. Eld Perry Arnold of Beaverton, preached the sermon at both services. Burial was in the cemetery near the Fairview church.
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Zion Cem., Lenawee Co.
Co D, Unit 173, 26th Militia
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Gladwin County Record, Gladwin, MI
P:4 C:2
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January 2005
Tom Ladner
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