Don Carlos Janes
Don Carlos Janes
Debt To D.C. Janes
Financially I think I kept my books with Brother Janes
balanced and up to date. But that debt of love I owed him I fear not so.
At least I could have been more expressive of a love and an appreciation
which I really did feel. He told me he loved me much oftener than I told
him I loved him. In speaking to others and writing them he in honor
preferred me more often than I in honor preferred him. I perhaps felt
that I would have plenty of time to catch up, but I didn’t. He is gone!
I must now look to the Lord Jesus to tell this faithful servant of His
that I really did love him, and to make up to him my unpaid debt.
Perhaps, however, my Lord will leave that for me to do when I see my
brother again—in the morning.
Kentucky, January 20, 1944.
Carlos Janes passed on today. Burial here Saturday afternoon. —E.L.
The above telegram has just reached our office and we hasten
to pass the same on to the readers of the Firm Foundation. We
regret to learn of the passing of Brother Janes. Our deepest sympathy
goes to all the bereaved. May the blessings of comfort and tender
mercies fall upon them to the end that they may be strengthened in this
trying hour. —G.H.P.S., in Firm Foundation.
DON CARLOS JANES
If “those that labor among you” are to be esteemed “exceeding
highly for their works sake,” surely our Brother Don Carlos Janes was
worthy of the highest esteem and love in the Lord. Unremittingly,
indefatigably, for many years, he literally gave himself to the world of
the Lord, in that most important of all its features—the work of
missions. No man ever did more—perhaps no one ever did so much—to push
the enterprise of foreign missions. He sought after men and women who
were willing to carry the glad tidings; he appealed for funds and
collected funds and financed their going forth and their return; he
corresponded with missionaries abroad and helpers and givers at home, he
counseled and helped and encouraged, exhorted and pleaded with the
workers abroad and stirred the hearts of brethren in the home land, that
he might make and keep them mission-conscious, and that with such zeal
and earnestness that some of his critics and opposers) of who he had not
a few—how could it be otherwise if one really and earnestly presses the
work of the Lord?)—called him the “One Missionary Society.” This is what
he was, in so far as his labor is concerned: it is his badge of honor.
But he did it for neither gain nor glory, and indeed he got neither. But
early and late he labored and toiled at his task. His life-moto—for many
years inscribed at the bottom of his letters—was (1 Cor. 15:58.” And few
men ever exemplified a scripture text more faithfully than Don Carlos
Janes did 1 Cor. 15:58. He was stricken while at his work. A few days
only of illness, during which he suffered with an intense pain in his
head, which he bore patiently and quietly as long as consciousness
lasted; then fell asleep in Jesus and entered into his rest. That was in
the early hours of Thursday, January 20; and on Saturday following the
funeral services—at which Brother Friend read and spoke, and Brother O.D.
Bixler prayed; Bro. Jorgenson and the writer made a few brief remarks;
and after this many preaching brethren voiced brief tributes also.
Brother Janes had some time before his death written out instructions
for his funeral, and his directions were so good and so beautiful that
we want to share them with all the readers of Word And Work.
We loved Brother Janes, and we did not know how much we loved
him till he had left us. “Strange we never prize the music till the
sweet-voiced bird has flown.” Many of us failed to express our love and
appreciation of this humble servant of the Lord to him as we should have
during his life-time; but our love follows him now and the memory of his
faithful labors will not be lost. One of his slogans which he constantly
sought to realize in his life, would. I think, be his best epitaph:
Here list “Greater Things for God—Janes.”
“He Being Dead Yet Speaketh”
“Greater Things From God”
Don Carlos Janes
1046 Dudley Avenue
January 26, 1942
To Ethel M.
Sevedge, my faithful secretary, and to Elmer Leon and Irene Doty
Jorgenson, my chosen administrators:
following kin folk should be notified of my demise, if the Lord shall so
tarry as to give occasion for burial:
(Names of relative
are here given.”
John W. Manning and Sons, funeral directors. Let the casket cost as
little as possible for simple decency.
It is utterly against my
wishes that there be the usual large array of flowers. Let the rule b,
“No flowers,” to which I am willing for an exception in the case of the
Highland church of Christ, which may, if it so desires, place a singl,
simple design upon the casket.
If the funeral service is held, I
desire that it be in a church or other place with sufficient seating
accommodations to make everybody comfortable. I do not want people
walking about my body on tiptoe nor speaking in subdued tones. Assuredly
I want no subdued singing, but good songs of triumph, triumphantly sung.
I have loved “I will sing of my Redeemer” and have usually tried to sing
when that hymn was announced. I have loved it particularly for its
It will be agreeable and harmonious with my wishes for my
good, long-time friends. Brother E. L. Jorgenson and Brother D.H.
Friend, to arrange the funeral service, and they will be meeting my
wishes as much in setting forth my faults as in anything else they may
wish to say.
It is advised that Johman-Van Hoven, monument dealers, place a
marker on my grave in Rest Haven Cemetery of similar form and design as
that they supplied for my beloved wife, lettered: Don Carlos Janes
1877-19—‘ and in the lower margin the words “At hom,” corresponding with
the words “With Christ” on her marker. The combined reading, “At home —
with Christ” expresses my full faith and hope as to our presence.
“Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift.” 2 Cor. 9:15.
thanks, as well as I can express them, go to those who may carry out
For those who have unkindly criticized my work, particularly
as it relates to missionary endeavor and matters of prophetic teaching,
I have no unkind feelings, and have not in the past carried evil
thoughts toward them. May they know that only very rarely have
criticisms wounded my heart and it always fully recovered from the
thrust. I would that all who have dwelt evilly with the Bible doctrine
and steadfast faith of the apostolic church for three hundred years,
would take notice of the existence of the belief in the imminent,
personal, permillennial coming to the earth of Jesus Christ to reign in
royal splendor where once He suffered a shameful and painful death at
the hands of His enemies, not only in the days of the apostles and down
to the alleged conversion of Constantine, but on down to and in the
Reformation, and onward to and in the Nineteenth Century Restoration
Movement of Barton W. Stone and Alexander Campbell along with Walter
Scott, who, next after his father (Thos. Campbell) aided Alexander
Campbell—along with Dr. Barclay and others, down to Dr. Brents and the
beloved and energetic James A. Harding, and on down to the present hour;
that as good, worthy, able, and honorable men as ever graced the
primitive church in ancient times, or the Restoration Movement in modern
times, were believers in the pre-millennial coming of our Lord Jesus
Christ. May those who have sinned in their treatment of this ancient and
scriptural doctrine of the “blessed hope” repent while opportunity is
If any final word from me on the day of my burial could have
weight with any soul anywhere, it is that all men everywhere may hear
the gospel and scripturally prepare to meet their Maker in peace. Let
the saints live in saintly fashion remembering the warning given to
Moses: “See . . . that thou make all things according to the pattern.”
lines have been written in the full realization that instead of “going
the way of all the earth,” the usual ways of mankind, that it may
be special way of the
No grave with its hunger, no worm, no
No weary night watches, no languishing pain!
No death-dew, no struggle, no gasping, no dying,
No shroud and no hearse and no funeral train!
No grave with its hunger, no worm, no
With death and her sorrows no part and no share!
“Caught up” in an instant, from wrath and destruction’
In rapture “caught up” to the Lord in the air!
(From Grace Canfield Halliday.)
1 Cor. 15:58
“For we know that
if the earthly house of our tabernacle be dissolved, we have a building
from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” —2 Cor.
DON CARLOS JANES
“He that doeth
the will of God abideth forever.”
that believeth on me, though he die, yet shall he live; and whosoever
liveth and believeth on me shall never die. Believest thou this?”
Shaded lines, crepe on the door, the passing funeral cortege,
the tolling bell, the open grave, the costly obelisk and the lowly
markers in the silent city of the death—these all say to us, “Make
read”! For whether our Lord comes, or whether He calls, “we know not the
day nor the hour.”
Early in the morning of Thursday, January 20, Brother Janes
fell asleep in Jesus. He had suffered with colds and headaches for a
month or more, but he continued active until we took him to the hospital
for the last week. When he desired to come home, we brought him to my
house, where he passed away in my own bed, conscious almost to the last.
Highland Church was packed with devoted friends for the memorial
service, including twenty-five or thirty minsters, twenty of who took
On every hand is the question, “Who will do his work?” No one
will do his work! A hundred years of earnest labor, packed into
less than three-score years and seven! No man can do another’s work; for
after all, God heads up His work around great Christian personalities,
Whenever they pass on, they “rest from their labors; for their works
follow them.” But a man can so systematize his work; he can build on
such sure foundations, that his work will be projected after him. His
very live becomes an institution, as it were, he “being dead, yet
speaketh.” This will be true of Brother Janes.
Before me lies a copy of the Last Will and Testament. It is a
long and marvelous documents, breathing from beginning to the end the
spirit of Christ. I will try to satisfy your wonderment concerning it:
By its terms there is laid upon my wife (Irene) and me, the sacred task
of administering Brother Janes’ affairs. We could wish that this had
fallen into other and abler hands; but where we fell like saying, as
Paul must have said of his thorn, “We cannot take on this new and heavy
load; our lives are already over-full,” we hope to hear Him saying, “My
grace is sufficient for thee.” We can only say, “Pray for us”; and you
will help us more than you know if you will write me a brief letter at
once, stating whether or not, in your judgment, Brother Janes was a
sound and competent mind when he mad the Will — April 1942! ! ! And-send
us back a few of his own recent letters, please.” For, precisely as some
have opposed Brother Janes’ great life-work *(I do not say without
cause, in every case; for though he was always good, and always
meant well, his judgment was not always perfect) — so it is unthinkable
that, through unbelievers, the enemy of souls should fail to frustrate,
if it were possible, the beautiful plans laid out in the Will.
1. The Missionary Office will continue. This simple,
individual, voluntary service (to the churches who may choose to use it,
and to the missionaries) will be carried on in the same office by the
same helpers. For years, Brother Janes’ secretary, Sister Ethel Sevedge,
has done the clerical work with great faithfulness, loyalty, and
painstaking accuracy. She will receive and receipt gifts, and forward
them, as heretofore without the deduction of a cent for service or
postage. Her support has always been small, too small; and it is
confidently hoped that those few friends who have, of their own choice,
supported her in the task, will continue their loving interest. Sister
Sevedge is so well established in the work, and with the banks, that for
years she has written the missionary checks and drafts simply on his own
signature, without any other. She is one of the most unselfish and loyal
Christian women that I have ever known.
It will be understood, without saying, that all accumulated
Trust Funds, such as the Mission Homes Building Fund, will be carefully
distributed, according to an equitable plan worked out by Brother Janes
himself, and devised in his Will.
2. The Janes Printing Company, under that or some other name,
will be continued, Lord willing. The Will leaves the stock personally
owned by Brother Janes to Brother Tona Covey who for fourteen years has
faithfully carried on in the printing plant, and without whom the work
would have been utterly impossible. It requires, however, that Brother
Covey shall place the Free Tract and Literature Fund a sum of $2 per
share, for the Janes stock: It may be that other stock-holders would be
willing to surrender their shares also, at this figure, to Brother Covey
or some other individual, in order that the management may be
simplified. We shall be glad to know their mind about his at once. After
all the administrator (already a busy minister) cannot, in addition,
carry on everything that Brother was doing! How multiple were his
interest, and how indefatigable his labors!
3. The Janes Estate — his own personal possessions — will be
used entirely in Christian work (with the exception of a few small gifts
to near relatives). By frugal, simple living, by natural business
sagacity, and by dint of hard work, Brother Janes accumulated a small
treasure of his own; yet not for himself, but that the work so dear to
his heart might continue after him. These assets are all earmarked in
the Will: For missions, for tent evangelism, and especially for the work
of Christian publications. For years he had labored, traveled, and
searched the great libraries of America, for the finest things of
history in the line of Christian literature. For example, a complete and
well-nigh perfect set of the “Millennial Harbinger” is upon his shelves.
From these, and many other sources, there has been culled a mass of
Christian testimony — especially on the line of the Lord’s Return. This
material is now to be re-examined and smalled down to printable
portions—through The Word And Work and other Christian journals,
as well as through tracts, pamphlets, and possibly a book.
How true it is again, that other men have labored, and we have
entered into their labors! And who is sufficient for these things!
Next month’s Missionary Messenger will be called, “The Janes
Memorial Number.” We shall be glad to have written expressions from
friends and brethren in the earliest possible mails. Again we say, “Pray
Source: Word And Work, Vol. 38, No. 2, February, 1944, p.41-47
Directions To The Grave
Of Don Carlos Janes
Don Carlos Janes is
buried in the Resthaven Memorial Cemetery.
From the South: Travel
I-65 toward Louisville, Kentucky. Take exit 125B East on I-265
(Louisville's outer loop). Go 7 miles and take Exit 17. Hwy 150/31E and
head left (north). Go about 4 1/2 miles and the cemetery will be on your
left. Enter cemetery at entrance south of the cemetery office gate
(Entrance below). Go until the road dead ends and turn left. Heading
down a divided road, continue as road moved to the right. When you
notice that Section 5 is on your right and Section 11 is on your left.
Look for a triangle with a white statue. Bear to the left of it and stop
the car. Section 7 is straight ahead, and the grave is near the corner
in space #295.
From the North: Head
through Louisville on I-65 south and take I-264(inner loop) to the east
at Exit. 131-A. Go about 5 miles and exit on Hwy 150/31E and head right
(south). Go about 2.7 miles and the cemetery will be on your right.
Enter cemetery at entrance south of the cemetery office gate (Entrance
below). Go until the road dead ends and turn left. Heading down a
divided road, continue as road moved to the right. When you notice that
Section 5 is on your right and Section 11 is on your left. Look for a
triangle with a white statue. Bear to the left of it and stop the car.
Section 7 is straight ahead, and the grave is near the corner in space
From I-64: Take Exit 12B
on I-264(Inner Loop) and head west. Go about 3 miles to exit 16 and head
south on Hwy. 150/31E. Go about 2. 7 miles and the cemetery will be on
your right. The grave is located in Section 7. Enter cemetery at
entrance south of the cemetery office gate (Entrance below). Go until
the road dead ends and turn left. Heading down a divided road, continue
as road moved to the right. When you notice that Section 5 is on your
right and Section 11 is on your left. Look for a triangle with a white
statue. Bear to the left of it and stop the car. Section 7 is straight
ahead, and the grave is near the corner in space #295.
N38º 10.776' x W85º 38.006'
Grave Facing East
Accuracy to 17ft.
Resthaven Memorial Cemetery
4400 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40218
Phone: (502) 491-5950
Note: Many thanks to Tom
Childers, Freed Hardeman University, For Finding The Grave Of R.H. Boll
And Sharing The Pictures With Us For Publication.
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