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By Pastor John Clapp
Bible Baptist Church 

Crumbling memorials


John M. Davis was a wealthy man. His wife had just died and he did not like any of her family. He was an orphan and he had no children. To prevent his in-laws from getting his wealth when he died, he spent his entire fortune on an elaborate memorial to his wife and himself. Several statues were made, one of him and his wife dating, one of his wife, one of him in his later years, and one of him sitting by an empty chair. One statue depicts Davis placing a wreath on the tomb of his wife.

Mr. Davis finally died in 1974 at the age of 92. All that is left of this man’s life and work are the...

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