The funeral of the late Mr. John William Whitehead, who passed away last week at the age of 83, took place at Greenhow Hill on Saturday. The interment was preceded by a service in the Methodist Chapel, conducted by the Rev. J. Haslam (superintendent Methodist Minister), assisted by Mr J. Mason (lay preacher of the Church of England).
Miss E. Whitehead at the organ, played “O rest in the Lord” as the cortege entered the chapel, and Handel’s “Largo” on leaving. The hyms sung were, “Rock of Ages,” “When the day of toil is done,” and “How bright these glorious spirits shine.” The remains were borne by deceased’s nephews: Messrs. W. R. and J. Busfield, R. L.Whitehead, H. Browes, A. E. and D. R. Oldfield.
The chief mourners were:- Mr. and Mrs. H. Whitehead (son and daughter-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Whitehead (son and daughter-in-law), Mr. H. Lonsdale (son-in-law), Miss Lonsdale (granddaughter), Mr B. Whitehead (grandson), Mrs M. A. Oldfield (sister), Mrs. A. Browes (sister), Mrs J. Hall (niece), Mr. and Mrs. L. Whitehead, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Oldfield, Mrs Robert Oldfield, Mr. and Mrs W. H. Busfield, Mr. and Mrs John Busfield, Mr E. Busfield Mr R. Busfield, Mr. and Mrs. H. Robinson, Mr and Mrs. H. Schofield, Mr and Mrs. F. R. Oldfield, and Mr H. Browes (nephews and nieces).
Others present were:- Miss A. and E. Whitehead, Mrs J. W. Busfield, Mrs H. Busfield, Mr and Mrs H. Bruff, Mr R. Bowes, Mr F. G. Summersgill (Pately Bridge), Miss P. Longthorne, Miss L. Longthorne, Mr. and Mrs. J. Gamble, Mr. T. H. Heaton, Mr N. Simpson, Mr. And Mrs. Liversidge, Mr and Mrs H. Green, Mr F. Marshall, Mr L. Marshall, Mr. H. Marshall, Mr J. Marshall (Pateley Bridge), Mr W E. Calvert, Mrs C. Calvert, Mrs Wardman, Mrs. J. Smithson, Mrs. A. Smithson, Mrs. Walton, Mrs E. King, Mr. J. King, Mrs. Kirkbright, Mrs H. Stoney, Mrs E. Stoney, Mrs R. Wellock, Mrs J. Simpson, Mrs. F. Suttill, Mr J. White, Mr C. Swires, Mr A. Simpson and Mr Taylor (Steeton).
Floral tributes were sent from: Herbert, Sally and family; J. Robert, Elsie and family; Pollie (sister); Alice, Harrison and Mary; Albert, Pollie and Jennie; Lilla, Leslie and Muriel; Wilfred and Marjorie; Dorothy; Mary, Jack and Brian; John, Peggy and Doreen; Farrer, Ada, Phyllis and Joyce; Harry, Evelyn and Maurice; Francis and Lily; Harry, Keletta and family; Adrian, Sallie, Mary and Vera; Robert, Cis and family; Clifford, Maggie and Amy; Ann and Elsie Whitehead; Mr and Mrs J. W. Busfield and family; Mr and Mrs Bruff; Lizzie and Pollie Longthorne; Mr and Mrs. F. Summersgill; T. H. Heaton and family; Capt. and Mrs Pymm and Phyllis; H. and A. Grainge; W. E. Calvert and family; Mr and Mrs G. Boddy; Mrs Smithson
Mr E. Stoney of Bewerley was the undertaker, and Messrs. Longster Bros. supplied the motor hearse and coaches.
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