Evan Powell Marks
HON. E.P. MARKS. New Edinburgh, Ark., Feb. 15th, 1898.--Mr. Evan P. Marks died of heart disease at the Clements hotel last Saturday afternoon. His death was very sudden and was a great shock to the community.
Mr. Marks came to his store as usual Saturday morning, but complained of not feeling well. At about 10 o'clock he was seized with severe pains and started home, but was unable to go farther than the hotel. He was put to bed, a doctor was summoned and every available means was used to relieve the stricken man but to no effct. At about 2 o'clock he passed quietly away. For these many years he had lived and labored with and for his people, but God put forth his hand and the pendulum of life ceased to vibrate and E.P. Marks passed from the walks of men to that beyond the grave.
The deceased has served his country as a soldier, as a public officer, and as a privte citizen. As a soldier, he followed the banner of the Lost Cause for four years, being at the end captain of his company; as a public officer, he served as legislator, county and circuit clerk, and lastly as a member of the Board of State Charitable Institutions. In every capacity of life he served with distinguished ability. He was a man whom his people delighted to honor and was often solicited to be a candidate for office, but he persistently declined and only accepted a public trust from a sense of public duty.
He leaves a wife and five daughters, three of whom are married, to mourn his loss, and his death is a sad shock to them. But the loss is not confined to his family. While we bow in sympanthy with those who were nearest to him, the community feels a deep sense of loss. The remains were interred at the cemetery Monday afternoon in the presence of the largest assembly of people who ever attended a funeral at this place. All business was suspended and everybody joined in doing honor to him who had been a honor to them.
Submitted by Belinda (Brown) Winston
Source: Cleveland County Herald, 24 Feb 1898