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1860 - 1921
William Flavel was born at Camp Floyd, Utah on Feb. 12, 1860. Grandpa never knew his father, but was raised by his mother and Grandfather (Elias Jones). He was educated in the schools of Spanish Fork, Utah. While still a boy, he hauled supplies from Salt Lake City to Winnemuca, Nevada. For several years, he and his grandfather did this work with their 4 mule team. He also did contract work for the railroad, building grades and etc. Grandpa was married to Rosetta Christmas on December 5, 1881 at Spanish Fork, Utah. He farmed during the summers at Palmyra and Spanish and during the winters, worked on construction and at the Tintic Mines. They eventually sold the Palmyra farm and moved into Spanish where Grandpa operated the sprinkler for the city. Grandpa was a very well-liked person, and always had a great many. admirers. People were always telling him that they wished they could be like him. He never mettled with other people's affairs, and he was cheerful and happy -- always whistling when doing his chores. He was a great lover of horses and kept their saddles and bridals shiny and clean and the horses well curried. He was clean and tidy, himself and had a way of knowing where all his belongings were. His teams were some of the best pulling teams around the neighborhood. Grandpa had a beautiful high tenor voice, much like that of Lanny Ross. He was a member of the Palmyra Glee Club and Palmyra Choir, and was often called to sing at entertainments and programs. At the time he took sick with a stroke, he was employed by the Utah Sugar Co. After nine months of complete helplessness, he passed away on July 29, 1921.


William Flavel, who has been an invalid since he suffered a paralytic stroke on the 16th of last October died suddenly Friday afternoon of cerebral apoplexy. Mr. Flavel had been in his usual health and had seemed more than usually cheerful when the attack seized him and in less than an hour he had passed away. William Flavel was born in Fairview, 61 years ago. He was the son of Thomas and Mary Jones Flavel. The family moved to Spanish Fork immediately after William's birth, and the father died when William was ten eweeks old. Mr. Flavel grew up under the primitive pioneer conditions, receiving the meager education of the early days. On December 5th, 1881, Mr. Flavel married Rosetta Christmas, also of pioneer stock. For twenty years they made their home at Palmyra, where Mr. Flavel took a leading part in the Palmyra choir and was also a member of the glee club of that place. In this capacity he was often called upon to furnish music for funerals and also in times of rejoicing. It would surely have pleased him to know the beautiful and comforting songs which were rendered at his funeral service. About 20 years ago, Mr. and Mrs. Flavel moved to Third ward to make their home, but they did not give up their old friends and neighbors at Palmyra, and it was no unusual thing to see several auto loads of old neighbors at his home the same day, especially during his last illness. Mr. Flavel leaves hots of friends; it was said at his funeral that he leaves no enemies, for, being of a modest and retiring disposition, he never spoke evil of anyone, but found his delight in association with his family, friends and neighbors. He is suevived by his aged mother, Mrs. Mary Bona, his widow, two sons William and Elias Flyavel of Richfield, Idaho, two daughters, Mrs. Mary Manwill of Richfield, Idaho and Mrs. Joyce Thomas of this city. He is also survived by thirteen grandchildren. Funeral services were held over the remains at the Third ward chapel Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock. Bishop Ralph D. Morgan was in charge and also made the closing address. The opening selections by the choir were "I Need Thee Every Hour" and "Beautiful Zion Built Above". The invocation was offered by Thos. Halverson. Addresses were made by Bishop A.T. Money, Henry Gardner, Morgan Beck and Bishop Lars P. Larsen, all of whom testified to the excellent character of the deceased. Between the addresses the following solos were rendered: "The Vacant Chair", Mrs. Annie Rowe Beck; "Abide With Me", Mrs. Annie Carbell; "Face to Face" L.L. Bunnell. The choir sang in closing, "O My Father" after which the benediction was pronounced by John W. Jex. There were many beautiful floral tributes and a long cortege followed the bier to the Spanish Fork Cemetery where interrment took place. Mrs. William Flavel and family desire to thank their many kind friends who assisted them in any way during the illness and death of their beloved husband and father, also for the many beautiful floral offerings, the singing and speaking at the funeral.

Life Long Resident Of Spanish Fork Dies

(Special to The News) SPANISH FORK, Aug 1. - After suffering 10 months from a stroke of appoplexy, William Flavel life-long resident of Spanish Fork, died suddenly at 3 o'clock Friday afternoon from an attack of heart trouble. He seemed in as good health as usual when the fatal seizure came. William Flavel was born at Spanish Fork 61 years ago, the son of Thomas and Mary Jones Flavel. His father died when he was an infant. Mr. Flavel had always made his home here, where in early life he engaged extensively in farming. Of late years he gave up farming and for a number and for a number of years has been employed as a weigh- man by the Utah Idaho Sugar company. About 40 years ago Mr. Flavel married Rosseta Christmas and she with two sons and two daughters survive him. William and Elias Flavel of Richfield, Idaho. The daughters, Mrs. Mary Manwell of Richfield, and Mrs. Joyce Thomas of this city. He is survived by his aged mother Mrs. Mary Bona and by 13 grandchildren, three brothers, one sister and an adopted sister; David , Thomas and Elias Bona. Mrs. Vivian Patten of Payson and Mrs. Mark Hutchings of this city.

Prominent Citizen of Spanish Fork Buried

(Special to The News)
SPANISH FORK, Aug. 3. - An unusually large number of relatives and friends gathered at the Third ward chapel Monday afternoon to pay respects to William Flavel. Bishop Ralph D. Morgan was in charge. The choir furnished the music with solos by Mrs. Annie Rowe Beck. L.L. Bunnell and Mrs. Annie Carbell. Thomas Halvorson offered the opening prayer. The speakers were: Bishop A. T. Money, Henry Gardner, Morgan Beck, Bishop Lars P. Larsen, and Bishop Morgan. The benediction was pronounced by John Jex. An unusually long cortege followed the bier to the Spanish Fork cemetery where interment was made.

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