Charles Roe Sweeny, Sr. Obituary - 1934



Buried With Full Military Honors - 
Charles R. Sweeny Sr., 92 year-old Civil War veteran, who died last Friday afternoon at his home, 217 West Fifth Street, was buried yesterday afternoon with full military honors, following services at the funeral home of Ray F. Imschweller, 512 Market St. 
The services, which began at 2 o'clock were conducted by Rev H. D. Robinson, pastor of Madison Street Methodist Episcopal Church, Seventh and Madison Streets, where Mr. Sweeny had been a member for more than 40 years. Rev Robinson was assisted by Rev. Louis J. Velte, pastor of the First Baptist Church. 
Impressive burial rites of the Grand Army of the Republican were conducted under the direction of Louis B. Lomax, of Marcus Hook, commander of Wilde Post, No. 29,  G.A.R. with Wilde Circle No. 29 ladies of the G.A.R. present. The pallbearers were six members of Company B 111th Infantry, Pennsylvania National Guard. 
At the conclusion of the ceremonies in the chapel, the casket, draped with an American flag, was carried through a guard of honor, composed of members of company B outside the funeral home, and placed in a waiting hearse. The cortege then moved slowly to Lawn Croft cemetery, Linwood, where internment was made in the family burial plot. At the conclusion of services at the grave, three volleys were fired and "taps" sounded. 
On Monday evening, members of Tuscarora Tribe, No. 29, Improved Order of Red Men, and Larkin Lodge, No. 78, KNights of Pythias, held services for the dead, according to their rituals. Mr. Sweeny who had been a resident of this city for the past 77 years, was the oldest member of Tuscurora Tribe in both age and length of membership. He had been employed as chief watchman by the Delaware County Trust Company for 45 years. His body was on view at the undertaking establishment on Monday evening and throngs of people, in all  walks of life, with whom he held acquaintance during his connection with the institution, called to pay their respects to his memory. The floral tributes were numberous and handsome and required an automobile to carry them to the ceremony.

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