|Gospel Advocate Obituaries|
This file contains a list of the obituaries that appeared in the Gospel Advocate from 1855-2006. See main page for more information. The listings on this page are not in alphabetical order. Therefore, to locate click "File," then "Search" to locate the persons on this page. This page contains a list of those whose last name begins with
Lauderdale, Samuel H.
Laurence, Mildred B.
Lawrence, Hannah N.
Lawton, Ann Howard
Lee, Mollie A.
Leigh, Elitia M.
Lenderman, L. J.
Lesueur, Mary Ann Jane
Ligon, Elizabeth G.
Ligon, Martha Ellen
Lindsey, B. L.
Locke, J. W.
Locke, J. W.
Locke, Sallie L.
Loyd, Elizabeth F.
Landers, H. V. M.
Lanier, L. A.
Lewis, Bettie C.
Ligon, Peyton F.
Lingon, Martha Cleveland
Lipscomb, Wm. C.
Locke, F. A. Mrs.
Lowry, Wm., Maj.
Loyd, S. M.
Lewis, Isabella Bingham
Leneave, Mollie A.
Lewis, N. J.
Loftis, R. C.
Lawrence, Mrs. Church
Lehman, Mary Ann
Liles, Nannie Sears
Locke, M. F.
Lovett, Henrietta Josephine
Lowe, Thomas Franklin
Lyle, W. W.
Lancaster, Annie May
Leak, John, Jr.
Leek, I. T, Capt.
Lemons, Charles Griffin Lemons
Lindsay, Lucy Jane
Lingow, Martha Cleveland
Locke, W. B.
Love, Sarah C.
Lovell, James H.
Lunn, Hannah E.
Lankford, Hobart William
Lawrence, W. B.
Long, George W.
Lowry, Esther Hukle
Luck, John J.
Lynn, Mrs. M. H.
Lane, J. K.
Lawrence, Ledonia F.
Lee, J. L.
Lee, Josephine McConnico
Lester, Mollie N.
Linam, John E.
Lisenbey, J. E.
It was with a saddened heart that the writer of this sketch learned of the death of Brother Leroy Lloyd, which occurred on June 7, 1911, near Brundidge, Ala. He was born in Russell County, Ala., on March 17, 1842. At an early age he became a member of the Methodist Church, in which he lived a life consistent with its teachings. It is said by his early associates that his life at this time was one of consecration to his convictions. In 1896 he heard his first sermon preached by a preacher of the church of Christ, and in this series of meetings, which were conducted by Brother S. I. S. Cawthon, he was the first to obey the Lord more perfectly by being buried with him in baptism. From then until his death he was considered one of the chief workers in the church at Hamilton's Cross Roads. His sufferings during the last few months were very intense. Blood poisoning caused the amputation of one of his legs, but this did not stop the disease. It soon spread beyond the reach of medical aid and his troubles were soon ended. He bore his sufferings with true fortitude, and often expressed his willingness to depart and be with the Lord. To his daughter, son, and host of friends we say: Let us not mourn as those who have no hope, but live a life that will insure our abundant entrance into the everlasting kingdom prepared for the faithful, where we hope and believe that Brother Lloyd is now with his Savior.
R. S. King.
Gospel Advocate, August 3, 1911, page 854.
Lucas, Rhoda A.
Luckett, Mary Hall
Josie Lacroix was born in Lincoln county, Tennessee, Sept. 21, 1852. Was married to James Lacroix Jan. 26, 1872, and died of consumption March 23, 1891. She was left a widow soon after marriage and never remarried. She was for several years an exemplary member of the Presbyterian society, but on learning her duty more fully obeyed the gospel and lived a devoted Christian the remainder of her earthly life. A more patient sufferer I have never seen. She greatly desired to "depart and be with the Lord." Farewell dear sister until we shall know as we are known.
J. D. Smith., Bellview, Lawrence county, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, April 15, 1891, page 236.
Ladd, J. A.
J. A. Ladd, Sherman, Texas, born December 19, 1861, died Wednesday, June 26, at the age of ninety-six years, six months, and a few days. It was my honor to aid the minister, Ralph Russell of Sherman, in conducting final services for this distinguished Christian whose fabulous life endeared him to thousands. Final services were held in the meetinghouse of the church he had served as an elder for sixty years. Brother Ladd, a reputed millionaire, was primarily a farmer in Grayson County where he was born and where he lived out his life. He served as a member of the Sherman City Council, gave his powerful aid to many philanthropies, especially the Old Folks Home at Gunter, Texas, the colored church of Christ in Sherman, and, of course, the church where he was a member. His contribution to the economic life of Grayson County was marked by the development of a special variety of pecans and an unusual Japanese persimmon. He was a pioneer developer of sudan grass cultivation in Texas. Survivors include his son, Luther Ladd of Sherman, a daughter, Mrs. J. Hall Sheppard of Houston, four granddaughters: Mrs. Joan Everheart, Irving, Texas; Mrs. Mary Louise Holton, Altadena, Calif.; Mrs. Betty McIver, Anchorage, Alaska; Miss Jo Ellen Sheppard, Houston, Texas; etc., and two great-grandchildren. The Ladd Air Field in Alaska is named for a son, Major Arthur Ladd, who was killed in a plane crash in 1935. He was a true Christian in whom the great virtues of our holy faith were evident. We feel that we may claim for him all the great and precious promises of the word of God. He was laid to rest in West Hill Cemetery at Sherman on Friday, June 28.
Gospel Advocate, July 25, 1957, page 479.
Ladd, Thomas Wilford
As we gaze at the still form, we realize that it is only a step from earth to heaven. We are here to-day surrounded by loved ones; to-morrow we may be gone to that land whence no traveler returns. When we see a soul wafted from home to its Maker, we exclaim: "Truly God doeth all things well!" Thomas Wilford Ladd, son of John and Mary Ladd, was born, near Dixie, Coffee County, Tenn., on July 15, 1882. He was united in marriage with Florence Stephens on December 6, 1906. To this union were born three children, two of which are living. He was an industrious man. But too soon the hand of suffering of a dread disease was laid heavily upon him. He fought it with a persevering spirit until a few days before his death, when he realized he must yield, which he did with patience. His illness was long and hopeless, but was borne by him with the quiet patience and fortitude of a noble soul. He tried various medical aids, which failed. Through out he trusted in God and implored his help. At home midst family and friends, on the morning of Friday, March 30, 1917, he peacefully fell asleep in Jesus, aged thirty-four years and eight months. He accepted Jesus as his personal Savior and united with church of Christ in October, 1916. It is not in this world that heaven's justice ends. In the great hereafter God will give him all he has missed in this life. He was a member of Manchester Lodge, NO. 207, I.O.O.F. He leaves to mourn for him his devoted wife, two children, and one sister. His father, mother, three sisters, and infant son preceded him to the great beyond. The deceased was a devoted husband and a loving father, and will be greatly missed; but now he has gone to his heavenly home, where he will await the coming of his earthly loved ones. He was liked by all who knew him. A host of friends join the family in mourning his departure. The remains were interred at Hickerson. Funeral services were conducted by Brother R. E. L. Taylor, by whom he was converted, being assisted by E. Gason Collins.
E. B. Sears.
Gospel Advocate, May 3, 1917, page 447.
Ladd, William T.
William T. Ladd, a longtime minister, died Feb. 19. He was 70.
Ladd began preaching on a part-time basis in 1954 for the church in Adams, Tenn. In 1957, he began working with the Viola Church of Christ and served as its minister on two different occasions. He worked with other congregations in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee. Ladd also worked for the Tennessee Department of Human Resources.
Ladd is survived by his wife, Betty Ann; mother, Lorene; two children, Paul and Surene Dotson; two sisters, Sue Pollock and Ruth Spears; and one brother, John.
The funeral was Feb. 21 with the burial at Hermitage Memorial Gardens.
Gospel Advocate, April, 1998, page 45.
Charley Laffoon, born January 16, 1880, in Hopkins County, Ky., passed away at the age of seventy-three on April 11, 1953. On May 12, 1907, he was married to Miss Bertha May Coleman. Two children blessed this union. One died at the age of four. A son, Charles, lives in Opa-Locka, Fla. Charley Laffoon obeyed the gospel at an early age and was faithful until death. W. Ray Duncan spoke words of comfort to the family and friends. Brother Duncan said it was a pleasure to preach the funeral of such a great man as he knew Brother Laffoon to be. The Lord came first into his life and he led many souls to Christ. He and his family were the first members of the church at Opa-Locka, Fla. Oh, how we miss him! We know that God does all things well and we must submit to his will. The funeral was in the church building at Hialeah, Fla.
Gospel Advocate, June 18, 1953, page 382.
La Grone, Rebecca Ely
Rebecca Ely La Grone was born December 23, 1871, at Gause, Texas; departed this life at her home, in Tulsa, Okla., February 18, 1942, at the age of seventy years. She was married to G. D. La Grone over fifty-two years, and to this union five children were borna son (Richard) and four daughters (Mrs. Ethel Littlefield, Anson, Texas; Mrs. Fannie May Estes, Skiatook, Okla.; Mrs. W. D. Bills; and Miss Juanita La Grone, of Tulsa, Okla.). Her husband and son preceded her in death. Besides the daughters left to mourn her passing, there are six brothers and two sisters (all living in Texas), nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Her husband, Brother La Grone, who passed on two years ago, was an elder of the Tenth and South Rockford congregation. Sister La Grone was a faithful member of the Lord's church for about forty years. She was known and loved by all Christians here. Truly, she was a Christian woman, qualified to be the wife of an elder. Her daughters are all faithful members of the church. Her work is finished. She has left the example for her girls, and I am sure that they will carry on in her place. Funeral services were conducted by the writer and B. E. Lemmons of Bartlesville, Okla., at the Tenth and South Rockford Church building, February 20, with a large crowd in attendance, although the weather was very disagreeable. Her body was laid to rest beside her husband in Memorial Park Cemetery, there to await the resurrection.
Charles E. Parker., Tulsa, Okla.
Gospel Advocate, July 23, 1942, page 718.
Lair, William T.
William T. Lair was born in Barren, Ky., on June 21, 1850. He moved to Texas at the age of two years. He spent four years in Bonham attending Carlton College, and under the teaching of Brother Carlton he became a member of the Christian Church. At an early age he began preaching, and kept it up until the end. He was known for his deep piety and clean life. A better heart no man had, and he did good to all as he had opportunity. He leaves a faithful wife and five children to mourn his loss. The children are: Mack and Clarence, Mrs. Henry Dorough, and Ella Lair, all of Bonham, and Mrs. Rayburn Sparks, of Dodd City, Texas. Also, one brother, J. P Lair, and one sister, Mrs. John Gale, survive him. One of his favorite passages in the Bible was 2 Tim. 4:7-9: "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give to me at that day: and not to me only, but also to all them that have loved his appearing."
Ruby Lair Dorough.
Gospel Advocate, September 16, 1920, page 916.
Lair, William Thompson
On June 28, 1920, William Thompson Lair passed away. He was born in Barren County, Ky., on June 21, 1850. He came with his parents to Bonham, Texas, in 1852, and had lived here ever since. He joined the Methodist Church in the latter part of the sixties. Sometime in the seventies he joined the Christian Church and was ordained a minister of the same, and he died in the faith. He was a good husband and kind father, a man of many friends, always ready to help those in need. He had been a subscriber to the Gospel Advocate for many years. He was not sick very long, but during his last few days on earth he suffered a great deal; but he was as patient as could be. Hew was the father of seven children, five of whom are living. He leaves a loving wife.
Gospel Advocate, December 16, 1920, page 1236.
Laird, Artice Lee
Artice Lee Laird, 2nd Lt., USAF, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Otis Lee Laird on August 27, 1929, in Huffsmith, Texas. His father preceded him in death. Artice was educated in the public school at Tomball, Texas, and at Sam Houston State Teachers College, where he majored in journalism. His ambition for the future was to be a publisher. After finishing the Officer Training School of the United States Air Force, Lt. Laird was married to Miss Patricia Ann Cloud, daughter of Colonel and Mrs. Howard H. Cloud. Their wedding was solemnized in the Base Chapel at Fort Sam Houston on December 27, 1951. They departed shortly thereafter for their first assignmentLarson Air Force Base, Moses Lake, Wash. It was there that death came suddenly to our beloved brother in Christ. With happy plans for reunion with his beloved wife and loving family, he boarded the ill-fated plane for his last flightthe last flight for eighty-seven other men also. On December 20 his spirit winged its way to our God and the reunion with his loved ones has been postponed awhile. We believe that reunion will take place some day as surely as we believe God's beautiful promises. Artice was a Christian. He was baptized in July, 1944, by M. Roy Stevens. As a Christian, he was a good airman, a good husband, and we believe he would have been a good father to the baby he had known was to arrive at his home soon. Artice did not go to our Maker empty-handed. Through his good influence his wife has embraced the faith. Though he lived only twenty-three years, the world is better for his life, and having done right by his country, his family, and his God, it must not have been hard for him so say, "Good-bye." Surviving Artice in addition to his wife are his mother, Mrs. Otis Lee Laird, and sisters, Mrs. John Henschel, and Miss Patricia Ann Laird. I conducted funeral services in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas, on December 29, 1952. Assisting with lovely hymns was a quartet from the Harlendale Church. The big congregation of relatives, classmates and friends bespeak the esteem in which he was held by those who knew him best.
Frank Trayler., Chaplain (Major), USAF.
Gospel Advocate, January 15, 1953, page 30.
Laird, Iva May
Funeral services for Mrs. Iva May Laird, forty-five years of age, were held Wednesday, August 13, 1952, at the church in Metropolis, Ill., where she had her membership, with Houston P. Hollis officiating. Interment was in the Metropolis 100F Cemetery. Sister Laird died at her home at 1807 Speckman Street August 11, following a long illness. She is survived by her husband, Lawrence, one son, Lawrence Calvin, and one daughter, Mrs. Jane Leon Lowery, of Metropolis. Three brothers, Andrew Williams, of Metropolis; Shap Williams, of East Prairie, Mo.; and Jesse Williams, of Los Angeles, Calif. Two sisters, Mrs. Scott Laird, Metropolis, Ill.; and Mrs. Johnnie Larkin, New York, N. Y. The wrier worked with the church in Metropolis seven months in 1948. My wife and I spent many happy hours in the home of the Lairds. Their home was our home at all times. Sister Laird's sweet smiles and cheery disposition will long be missed by us all but we believe that our loss will be heaven's gain. My prayer for Lawrence, Lawrence Calvin, and Jane is that they will remain faithful until death, that they, too, may receive the crown at the end of the way.
J. Edward Bacigalupo.
Gospel Advocate, October 2, 1952, page 646.
Laird, James E.
James E. Laird, a might warrior, has fallen; but his was a long (eighty-one years) and eventful life. Born in Tennessee (Scotts Hill, Oct. 7, 1883) he died in Tennessee (Chattanooga, Nov. 10, 1964) and his body lies in West Hill Cemetery, Trion, Ga., near where he did his last work for the Lord.
From early life he knew responsibility. Long before he had a family of his own he had family responsibilities; his mother and invalid brother were his care during most of his teen-age years, and when he was twenty, at the death of my father, he took my mother and her three small children to live with him.
In a few years, after seeing that our mother was adjusted to her new situation, he, with his mother and brother, moved to Holcomb, Mo. He had by that time developed into an able gospel preacher through his own diligent efforts. His first preaching was done at Hornbeak, Tenn.
In 1913 he was married to Miss Iva Higginbotham at Bernie, Mo. To this union six children were bornfive and his widow survive, also his sister, my mother, Mrs. T. W. Hall of East Prairie, Mo.
James E. Laird left his footprints in many places: Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia were his principal fields of labor.
Preaching the gospel of Christ and defending it on the polemic stage were his first love.
He spent most of his time preaching in mission fields and in helping weak congregations to become more aggressive in their work and to become more self-reliant.
His second greatest work was training and encouraging young men to enter the ministry. Among those whom he helped in that way: Joe W. Laird, his son, Altus, Okla.; Leslie G. and C. B. Thomas, his nephews; Cleon Lyle; Cecil N. Wright; Jack Forgerty; and Hobart Ashby. Thus through these and many others will his work continue.
The third area of work in which he left his mark was benevolent. He established the Southern Christian home for children at Fort Smith, Ark. Now at Morrilton, and helped with other homes of like nature.
His fourth area of work in which he was greatly interested was Christian education. He was connected for a time with Old Monea College at Rector, Ark. and out of that school came many able gospel preachers.
Funeral services were conducted on Nov. 12 at the Northside Church of Christ building in Summerville, Ga. with brethren Melvin J. Wise and J. M. Powell officiating. (Picture included)
C. B. Thomas.
Gospel Advocate, December 10, 1964, page 797.
Sister Josephine Laird was born on June 10, 1859; was "born again" in 1902; and died on December 22, 1921. She leaves three girls and three boys to mourn her loss. Brother James E. Laird, her eldest son, has developed into a strong defender of "the faith," of whom she was very proud. Early in life she became a member of the Methodist Church, of which she remained a member until 1902, when she learned "the ways of the Lord more perfectly." She at once accepted "the way" and walked therein until death called her away. Sister Laird was a meek, humble, patient character, and was greatly loved by all who knew her. The writer was called to Burrus Chapel, in Lake County, Tenn., to speak words of comfort to the bereaved family on December 23, where her body was laid beneath the sod to await the trumpet's call at the last day. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." I would say to her children: Mourn not for mother, but strive to live as she lived and "die the death of the righteous," so as to meet her where sad partings come not.
John R. Williams.
Gospel Advocate, January 12, 1922, page 41.
On the morning of November 3, 1921, the angel of death visited the home of our beloved brother, Otis Lamb, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and claimed his dear wife. Dessie had been a member of the church of Christ several yeas. She and Otis had been married about nine years. She leaves her husband, two sweet children, two sisters, and a mother, besides near relatives and friends, to mourn her death. Services were conducted at the home by Brother L. B. Jones and at the grave by Brother J. S. Westbrooks, after which the body was laid to rest in the family burying ground at Link, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, December 8, 1921, page 1206.
Lamb, John I.
Brother John I. Lamb, of Jacinto, Miss., passed from this life into the great beyond on October 9, 1920. Three days later he would have been forty-seven years old. He obeyed the gospel several years ago, and for the past two years he was very active in church work. Three weeks of weary pain did is suffering frame endure, but he bore it patiently. He will be missed in the home, in the church, and in the community, and also by the writer. Our hearts go out in sympathy for those who miss husband, father, and friend from daily life. Funeral services were conducted by Brother Frank Baker, of Belmont, Miss., and remains were laid in the Jacinto cemetery.
E. L. Whitaker.
Gospel Advocate, January 20, 1921, page 79.
Lamb, Lessie (Epps)
Sister Lessie (Epps) Lamb departed this life on November 3, 1921, at Murfreesboro, Tenn. She was the wife of Otis Lamb. She leaves a husband and two children. She was born on August 20, 1887, and was married on May 26, 1912. She had been a member of the church about twenty-three years. She was buried at the Westbrooks graveyard, near Link, Tenn. Funeral services were conducted by the writer.
J. S. Westbrooks.
Gospel Advocate, November 17, 1921, page 1128.
Lamb, Mary Jane
On October 1, 1923, the angel of death came and bore away the spirit of my aunt, Mary Jane Lamb, who lived in West Tennessee. She was the oldest child of William Westbrooks, a true and faithful preacher of the gospel. About the age of twenty-one she became the wife of William Lamb. To this union were born six children, all of whom were left to mourn her loss, except one who died when small. Aunt Mary Jane had been in ill health for a number of years, but she bore it patiently. She had been a soldier of the cross, a follower of the Lamb, for something like fifty years. She lived in this world of sorrow and disappointments sixty-seven years. Let us all remember the example she left, and strive to so live in this world as to meet her in the sweet by and by.
Gospel Advocate, March 12, 1925, page 258.
Publisher and preacher Gussie Lambert, 80, died April 10. Born in Avery, Texas, he served the Portland Avenue Church in Shreveport, La., for nine years. Later he was minister for nine years in Creswell, La.
Upon his retirement from full-time pulpit work in the 1950s, Lambert began preaching for the Benton Church and also opened a bookstore in Shreveport. Shortly afterwards he began to publish Bible literature.
Besides conducting meetings, engaging in debates and assisting in the establishment of several congregations, Lambert helped establish a Christian Youth Encampment in Louisiana and began a TV program, The Living Way.
He is survived by his daughter, Mary Beth, and three grandchildren.
Gospel Advocate, July, 1955, page 45.
Lambert, Ruth B.
Ruth B. Lambert died Oct. 8, 1988, after an illness of several years.
Mrs. Lambert was born in Alex, Okla., to Mr. and Mrs. Dave Burns. She was one of six girls. After graduating from Central State Teacher's College (now Oklahoma State University) in Edmond, Okla., she taught school at Alex and Rush Springs, Okla. Mrs. Lambert was a member of the Sunset Church of Christ in Shreveport, La.
Wyatt Kirk and Dennis Rosenbaum officiated at the memorial service Oct. 11 in Shreveport. Burial was in Forest Park Cemetery in Shreveport.
Mrs. Lambert is survived by her husband, Gussie, a gospel preacher, author and publisher, of Shreveport; one daughter, Mrs. Gary (Mary Beth) Brednich, of Naperville, Ill.; and four grandchildren.
Gospel Advocate, January, 1989, page 56.
"Aunt Sarah" Lambert, as she was commonly called, died on December 24, 1927, just two days after the death of her grandson, Otis. She was almost eighty years old. She was born on May 4, 1848, and was married to Hiram Lambert on October 24, 1867. They lived together for fifty-one years, Brother Lambert having departed nine years ago. To this union were born eight boys and four girls. Ten are now living and were present at the funeral. Two died early in life. Sister Lambert obeyed the gospel while young, and she lived to see all her children members of the church of Christ. She was faithful in the work of the Lord, and for many years she read the Gospel Advocate and encouraged others to do so. Before her marriage she was Miss Sarah Chastain. She outlived her five sisters and three brothers. She leaves to lament her death ten children, seventy-four grandchildren; fifty-four great-grandchildren, and many friends. She died at Winfield, Ala., at the home of one of her daughters. Funeral services were held on Christmas Day at Bethel Church, near her home. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors: and their works do follow them." The writer spoke at the funeral.
Gospel Advocate, February 16, 1928, page 165.
Lamberth, Ammon Elmore
Ammon Elmore Lamberth died in Conyers, Georgia, on July 7, 1970. The funeral service was held at the Avondale church in Decatur. W. D. McPherson and Charles Boddy officiated, and congregational singing was directed by Joe Casey. Interment was in Crest Lawn Memorial Park in Atlanta.
At the time of his death Brother Lamberth was the elder with the longest period of service in the Avondale church of Christ. He had formerly served as an elder for the Moreland Avenue church of Christ in Atlanta and the Belmont church of Christ in Nashville.
For six years Brother Lamberth was a one-room school teacher. Later he worked for the AB&C Railroad in Atlanta, the A&EC Railway Company in Kinston, North Carolina, and the Tennessee Central Railroad in Nashville. Following his retirement in 1956, he worked for a short time for a private firm which audited the accounts of the Pennsylvania Railroad.
He was married to India Roaden on December 29, 1915. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Harvey A. Lowe of Stone Mountain; two sons, John and James, both of Conyers; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
James E. Lamberth.
Gospel Advocate, August 20, 1970, page 543.
Lamkin, John E.
Brother John E. Lamkin was born on June 24, 1822, and died in Arlington, Ky., on September 2, 1905. He was married in early life to Miss Mary J. Zook, and to them were born twelve children, all of whom are living, but two. He saw all his children married and settled in life. His wife still survives him, a devoted Christian. He became a Christian in early life and continued a faithful and devoted member of the church of Christ till death. In conversation with me a few weeks before his death he said: "Brother Denton, I want you to be at my burial and talk to the people. Tell them I was ready to go. Tell my children to follow the teaching of the gospel and they will be Christians only and members of the church of Christ, and of no other church, and to meet me in heaven, for I am prepared to meet my Savior in peace." He knew he would never get up again when he said this. I did not attend his funeral, being away in another State. I regret this very much. I had known him forty-five years. He was one of the brethren who urged me to become a preacher in my young days. He was a good citizen and neighbor, a devoted husband, a kind and loving father. He was honest and scrupulously exact in all his dealings. Some of his children were not Christians; this grieved him much.
E. C. L. Denton.
Gospel Advocate, March 29, 1906, page 203.
Lamm, Lillian C. Lindsay
Sister Harry F. Lamm, nee Lillian C. Lindsay, was born on July 11, 1890. She obeyed the gospel in 1905, and was married to Brother Harry F. Lamm on December 26, 1909. She departed this life at 8:45 P.M., Monday, December 12, 1927. She leaves two daughters, her husband, mother, one brother, and two sisters, to mourn their loss of her. Sister Lamm was one of our most regular members in attendance at the Lord's-day worship, and not only does the family miss her, but also the whole church. We are few in number in Tucson, and her decease is keenly felt. After an operation which was serious in its possibilities, Sister Lamm seemed to recuperate successfully until about one month, when some unknown trouble set up, and, with all the nursing and attention possible, she passed away rather suddenly. I have never known a more congenial family than was the one thus broken. Brother Lamm has always been ready to do everything possible for the comfort and happiness of his family, and Sister Lamm, her two daughters, and her mother, who has lived with them, have manifested their appreciation of this fact. All seemed to be real companions in their home, an example such as is needed in every home. I am sure that Sister Lamm was greatly responsible for this condition, as her modest disposition, care of her home, and love for her family could only bring about such a relation. In the early part of the year now passing, the two girls, at an invitation by the writer, came forward and confessed their faith in Christ and were baptized, to the evident rejoicing of their mother. These two now teach some little tots in our regular teaching service each Lord's day. Brother Lamm acts as our treasurer. We miss Sister Lamm in the worship and at our midweek meetings, but we are all the more admonished of the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death. We need her, but we remember that "all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose," and take courage. "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord." The writer tried to speak words of comfort to the bereaved and of admonition to the living at the time of her funeral.
Ira. L. Winterrowd.
Gospel Advocate, January 5, 1928, page 16.
Lancaster, Addie Lee Strother
Addie Lee Strother Lancaster departed this life October 15, 1974 at South Tunnel, Tenn., in the house in which she spent almost all her adult life. She was a Christian woman who without fanfare, with little publicity and seldom going outside the county in which she was born, radiated a godly influence upon the lives of hundreds privileged to know and love her.
Sister Lancaster was born November 17, 1883, at Cottontown, Tenn., a daughter of Pachia Louise (Price) and James Elijah Strother. She was married to Eugene Robert Lancaster, April 1, 1906. The marriage ceremony was performed by David M. Hamilton, one of the first gospel preachers to locate in Sumner County. Sister Addie spent the remainder of her life in the South Tunnel community. She was baptized October 31, 1907, at Bush's Chapel, in which congregation she served the Lord the sixty-seven years.
Sister Addie was not afraid of work. She recognized the God-given place of woman in the home, she loved her home, and she gave herself to every need. She was a tower of strength in her community as she set a good example of industry, thrift, and Christian motherhood before her own children and other young people who knew her. She was blessed with long life and continued the same pattern of life before her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The Lancaster home showed hospitality to gospel preachers and others with genuine friendliness and a warmth of hospitality often lacking among some people of this present day. Brother Lancaster began serving as an elder of the Bush's Chapel church on January 12, 1913, and Sister Addie became a faithful co-worker with him as an elder's wife. This writer can recall vividly frequent visits in the Lancaster home extending back to nearly fifty years ago. All her children and most of her grandchildren are members of the church.
Funeral services were conducted October 17, with burial in the cemetery at Bush's Chapel. Bernice Westbrooks, assisted by James E. Harris and Thomas C. Whitfield, spoke words of comfort to the family.
Sister Lancaster is survived by eight children: Mrs. Oscar Perry, Mrs. James S. Eggers, Mrs. Joe Mangrum, Mrs. O. C. Seiner, Mrs. William Martin, Miss Louise Lancaster, Miss Frances Lancaster, and John Lancaster. She is also survived by fourteen grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren who with her children have abundant reason to "rise up and call her blessed."
We mourn our loss in her departure, but rejoice in the hope God's word gives to all who walk in the fear of the Lord.
Gospel Advocate, December 26, 1974, page 827.
Lancaster, Annie Weatherspoon
Mrs. Annie Weatherspoon Lancaster was born April 19, 1887 in Hickman County, Tennessee. She was married December 2, 1906 to J. J. Lancaster, to which union two children were born, James Clay and Mabel. She was baptized into Christ in 1908 by W. R. Hassel. She passed away at her home Wednesday, October 28 after an extended illness. Funeral services were conducted by Paul Rogers and B. B. James Thursday, October 29. Burial was in the Centerville Cemetery. She lead a quiet life encouraging her husband in his forty-four years as a faithful gospel preacher. She was loved by and inspired all who knew her. The works performed in a quiet way during her lifetime will bear fruit into eternity. She was in the true sense a great Christian woman.
Edd T. Lancaster.
Gospel Advocate, November 26, 1964, page 767.
Lancaster, Charles C.
Charles C. Lancaster died in his sleep March 27, 1963. His family was not aware that he was ill. He had preached in Princeton, Ky., Kuttawa, Ky., Monroe, La., Murray, Ky., Brookport, Ill., Cowan, Tenn., Una and Harding Place, Nashville, Tenn., Bethel, Joelton, Tenn., and Charlotte, Tenn. Although he had not lived as long as some, his influence had touched many lives. The first sermons the writer ever preached were because of his encouragement. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Frances Morton Lancaster, Nashville, Tenn.; three daughters, Mrs. Loulaine (Raymond) Eaves, Jr., Manchester, Tenn.; Misses Laurie and Judith Lancaster, Nashville, Tenn.; his mother, Mrs. Charles C. Lancaster, Sr., Belfast, Tenn.; and a sister, Mrs. Goodrich Heil, Midland, Texas. Services were conducted March 28 by J. Roy Vaughan and the writer.
Carl B. Robinson.
Gospel Advocate, April 18, 1963, page 255.
Lancaster, Eugene Robert
On January 14, soon after the hand of God had drawn the shades of evening and the song birds could be heard winging their way to peaceful rest, bringing joy and contentment to the world, the angel of death passed by the bedside of Eugene Robert Lancaster, and bore away on its pinions the precious soul of "Brother Genie," to that city that hath foundation, whose builder and maker is God. He had been in poor health many years and if ever patience had its perfect work, it was his. He was baptized at Bush's Chapel Church by E. A. Elam on September 20, 1893. He became an elder of this church and served faithfully for thirty-nine years. He was married to Addie Lee Strother April 1, 1906, and to this union eight children were born, seven daughters and one son. They and his devoted wife, saw that all love and science could do, was done for him. He will be missed in his home and in the church and by all who knew him. He was always doing good, seeking out those in distress and need. Many, many times he has been a friend to the writer. Edgar T. Brazzell conducted the funeral, assisted by J. B. Gaither and W. C. Reeder, Wednesday, January 16, at two o'clock at Bush's Chapel Church. He was then laid to rest in the beautiful Bush's Chapel cemetery beneath a huge blanket of flowers.
Mrs. Ella Mai Vance.
Gospel Advocate, February 28, 1952, page 142.
On June 12, 1919, Brother Henry Lancaster, of Tishomingo, Miss., passed from this life to be present with the Lord. Of all the men of my acquaintance, I have never known one who enjoyed the full confidence of all his neighbors more than he. Even those who did not agree with him in religious matters speak of him in the highest terms of praise, and say: "If Henry Lancaster fails to reach heaven, the rest of us had as well quit trying." In early life he became a member of the Methodist Church, and was a devout worker in that religious body for thirteen or fourteen years, often leading in their meetings, till about twenty-four years ago, having learned "the way of the Lord more perfectly," he laid aside all human names and creeds and became a Christian only, being baptized by W. C. Lancaster, his brother, a gospel preacher, of Texas. Brother Lancaster was sick only a short while. He took very ill while at work on his farm on Tuesday morning at ten o'clock, was operated on Wednesday morning about two o'clock, and died on Thursday afternoon about two o'clock. He leaves four childrentwo sons and two daughtersto mourn their loss. The congregation at Tishomingo has lost one of its best and most faithful members. On the last Lord's day before his death he led the worship, and exhorted the brethren to be loyal to God and to duty and not allow themselves to be enticed away on Lord's days to attend all-day singings, children's-day exercises, or to any other place where they would not be permitted to worship God in his own appointed way. Brother R. L. Shook, of Belmont, Miss., and the writer conducted the funeral services in the presence of a large congregation of sorrowing friends and loved ones.
J. T. Harris.
Gospel Advocate, September 18, 1919, page 924.
Lancaster, Herman Carroll
Funeral services for Herman Carroll Lancaster, minister of the church of Christ in Pottsboro, Texas, were held April 1 by the writer, assisted by Robert Bankes and Paul Wallace. He was born October 31, 1921. He was the oldest child of Madie Hope Lancaster and the late Herman Otto Lancaster. He was educated in West Liberty State College, Wheeling, W. Va., Freed-Hardeman College and Abilene Christian College, where he received a B.A. degree, cum laude, in 1946. He was married to Miss Tommie Spence on December 13, 1946. He is survived by his wife, two small children (Susanna and Reid Carroll), his mother (Mrs. Madie Hope Lancaster of Hundred, W. Va.), four sisters (Miss Ellamae Lancaster, Searcy, Ark.; Mrs. Bryce Hunt, Eagle, Colo.; Mrs. Jack Church, Helena, Mont.; Miss Marilee Lancaster, Wheeling W. Va.), and four brothers (George and Charles Robert Lancaster of Wheeling, W. Va.; Jack and David Lancaster of Hundred, W. Va.). Brother Lancaster has done a good work with the church at Pottsboro for the past two years. He also put out a small weekly paper free to the citizens of Pottsboro. Only about half of the friends at the funeral could get into the building. We believe he fought a good fight and kept the faith.
Gospel Advocate, May 3, 1951, page 286.
Lancaster, Mary Chandler
Mrs. Mary Chandler Lancaster, wife of William Lancaster, who preceded her in death several years ago, died almost suddenly at the home of his son, Sam Lancaster, and family, near Coble, Hickman County, Tenn., Friday at noon, February 2. Sister Lancaster was approaching the advance age of ninety-three, and had been blessed with remarkably good health during her long, quiet, and God-fearing life. Hers was a character and influence that shall long be a force for good in Western Hickman County, and many shall call her blessed. Her memory in our hearts is sure, and I believe her eternal destiny, in the keeping of the God whose she was and whom she served, is also sure. Funeral services were conducted at the Coble Church by a lifelong friend of the family, Willie Gunter, local minister. Burial was in the Lowe's Bend Cemetery beside her husband, a son (Thomas), and other relatives and friends. Surviving are two sons (Sam, of the home, and John J., minister of the church at Hohenwald), two daughters (Mrs. Ollie Smith, of Perry County, and Mrs. Andy Gilbert, of Nashville), twenty-nine grandchildren, and countless friends won during her long life. Mrs. Lancaster was, before her marriage, Miss Mary Emmaline Chandler, daughter of a pioneer emigrant from North Carolina, William Chandler, and sister of Mrs. Katherine Cagle, wife of the well-known pioneer preacher, Thomas Cagle, who helped much in founding congregations more than half a century ago in Hickman and adjoining counties. She was thus identified with the early reformation in her community when prejudice against the church of the New Testament ran high and when the disciples were greatly outnumbered by their sectarian neighbors. But their stand for primitive Christianity preserved for us the nucleus of the congregations we now have, and sowed the seed of the kingdom which has resulted in many more. Sometimes we forget that the good women wielded a strong influence in this regard, that we owe much to them. John J. Lancaster has this to say of his mother; "We were sorry to give her up, but are thankful that we were permitted to keep her as long as we didmore than ninety-two years. She obeyed the gospel early in life. . . . I have heard her say numbers of times in recent years: 'I am afraid I will do wrong; I do not want to do anything wrong.'" This conviction, permeating her whole life, extended to every dutythe humble, contrite spirit so characteristic for our pioneer Christians who held all the precepts of the Bible in godly reverence. The sympathy of many brethren and friends of Brother Lancaster, whose work as a humble, consecrated evangelist is recognized and shall extend far, is with him in his bereavement. His mother's influence is a stay to him in his work of faith and labor of love.
James E. Chessor.
Gospel Advocate, February 29, 1940, page 215.
Lance, Charles G.
Charles G. Lance was born in Cannon County, Tennessee, February 25, 1864; died in Bellbuckle, Tenn., December 22, 1933. He was married to Clara Vaughn on February 14, 1888, and was baptized by Brother Elam about fifty years ago. He is survived by his wife, four children, and six grandchildren. For a great many years Brother Lance had been faithful to the church. On the occasion of his burial there gathered friends and loved ones from every walk of life to sympathize with his sorrowing loved ones and to honor his memory. Among other virtues, Brother Lance was noted for his rugged honesty, and a number of people said on that occasion, "We have buried an honest man today." His memory will always be sweet to his loved ones and a blessing. He loved the church of our Lord and the simple gospel that saves the souls of men.
C. M. Gleaves.
Gospel Advocate, April 20, 1933, page 382.
Sister Eliza Lance, daughter of William M. and Margaret Lance, was born on May 24, 1881, and departed this life on February 27, 1904; aged twenty-two years, nine months, and three days. She obeyed the gospel under the preaching of Brother A. B. Lipscomb, in August, 1896, and was a consistent and worthy Christian till the time of her death. Up to the latter part of her sickness she was always found in her place in the assembly, ready and anxious to sing the praises of Him who loved her and gave himself for her, to listen to the preaching of the pure word of God, and to trust implicitly and rely upon the precious promises contained therein. She was a diligent student of the Bible, and put its lessons into practice in her everyday life; hence, when the end came, she was able to "give account . . . with joy, and not with grief." I would, therefore, say to the bereaved family: Weep not as those without hope, but take courage and look forward to the time when "this mortal shall have put on immortality" and when we can ask: "O death, where is thy sting? O Grave, where is thy victory?"
M. S. Davis., Nashville, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, April 28, 1904, page 266.
Lance, Margaret Brewer
Margaret Brewer was born on January 7, 1849. She was married to William M. Lance on October 6, 1872. To this union were born nine childrenfive sons and four daughters. Her husband, William M. Lance, and four children preceded her to the grave a few years ago. Mother had been in failing health for several years, and a few days previous to her death she fell and fractured her hip, from which she never recovered. On January 29, at 10 o'clock A.M., at her home, 1705 Eighth Avenue, North, Nashville, Tenn., God called her from this earth. Mother was a godly woman, and was ready and anxious to go, telling her nurse that she only feared the sting of death. She was eighty-two years, two weeks, and one day old on the day of her death. God had been good to her in many ways; and while she had many burdens and crosses to bear, many heartaches and pains, she bore them with the spirit of Christ, and love, peace, and joy marked her everyday walk in life. At a very early age mother united with the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in which she gave the best of service until after she and daddy were married; but at the age of twenty-three she confessed Christ before men and was buried with him in baptism, and tried every day to live a Christian life. She loved her God, her home, and her children best of all, yet she always took time to love her neighbors and friends. To know her was to love her. One daughter and four sons survive her. The are: Phoebe Lance and W. M. Lance, of Nashville, Tenn.; U. G. Lance, of Albuquerque, New Mexico; H. O. Lance, of Sherman, Texas; and James F. Lance, of Chicago, Ill. Surviving her also are fourteen grandchildren and two brothers, Thomas and Franklin Brewer, of McMinnville, Tenn. Funeral services were held at her home on January 30, when prayers and words of condolence were said by Elders Lytton Alley and Joe Trotter, after which she was laid to rest under a mound of flowers in the family plot at Mount Olivet beside her husband and children.
Mrs. Phoebe Lance.
Gospel Advocate, April 2, 1931, page 406.
Land, Mrs. E. A.
My wife died on December 31, 1907. She was born on October 2, 1830. On June 6, 1844, she and I were married, and on April 3, 1859, we were buried with the Lord in baptism, and from that day till her death she tried to live a Christian life. She was a devoted wife. To us were born four childrenone son and three daughters. Of these, two passed over the river of death before she diedthe son and one daughter. They were both married and were devoted members of the church of Christ. Two daughters are still livingone, the wife of R. H. Godwin, living in Butler County, Mo.; the other, the wife of T. J. Dawney, of Hohenwald, Tenn. They are left to mourn their loss but they consider their loss her eternal gain. She lived for the good of others. Those in need always found a friend in her. Few times in forty-eight years did she fail to worship on Lord's days. She was a dear lover of the Bible and read it more or less every day when she had the opportunity. She generally read the New Testament through two or three times a year. All her children obeyed the gospel when they were young, and nearly all her grandchildren that are old enough are members of the church of Christ. She was truly a devoted wife and helpmeet to me. While I was away preaching the gospel, she was at home trying to take care of what we had; and this continued for about forty-six years, and always encouraged me to meet all my appointments. My rule was, when I came home from a preaching tour, to lay off my preaching clothes and go to the shop or farm and work until I started again, and by this means I made a living, with what the brethren gave me. I fully believe the Lord called her to the heavenly rest.
E. A. Land.
Gospel Advocate, June 11, 1908, page 378.
Land, E. A.
E. A. Land was born in Hickman County, Tenn., on March 28, 1827, and died at Hohenwald, Tenn., on April 7, 1915. He was married to Nancy Barber on June 6, 1844. Sister Land was born on October 2, 1830, and died at Hohenwald on December 31, 1907. Four children were born to this union, two of whom are livingMrs. Mary Godwin, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Mrs. T. J. Downey, of Hohenwald. Brother and Sister Land were baptized into Christ by Brother W. A. Johnston, on Beaver Dam Creek. Brother Land became a strong preacher and baptized several hundred people, mostly in Perry County. He held three or more successful debates. He began taking the Gospel Advocate in 1859. Brother Land had strong convictions and died in the faith. May those he turned to righteousness abide faithful and his reward not fail. (1 Cor. 3:14; Dan. 12:3.)
H. N. Mann.
Gospel Advocate, July 8, 1915, page 678.
Land, Levin S.
Levin S. Land, 88, died July 21 in Little Rock, Ark. He served 20 years as an Elder in the Pulaski Heights Church of Christ (now Pleasant Valley). He was regarded as a true friend of gospel preachers and his greatest joy was to have them as guests in his home.
Preachers came by the dozens to the Land homethe door was always open; Busby, Brewer, Porter, Wallace, Pullias, Armstrong, Starnes, Sears, Green, Ragsdale, Nichols, Harper, Lyles, Douthit, Spain, Benson, Richardson, Sanderson, Jones, Dixon, Cotham, Meyer, Dawson, Perkins, Tabor, Beeson, Pope, Reese, Hudson, Music, Dilbeck, Underwood.
The funeral was conducted at Pleasant Valley church by Nick Hamilton, one of Gus Nichols' grandsons, and Frank Kell, one of the Elders at Pulaski Heights with Brother Land. Burial was in Bell Cemetery, north of Palestine (Ark.).
Survivors are Minnie, his wife; four grandchildren (Robert, Richard, Linda, David); Imogene, a daughter-in-law; a son, Bennett, a gospel preacher.
Gospel Advocate, September 3, 1981, page 537.
Land, William R.
Departed this life May 12, 1897, at his residence on Brush Creek, Perry County, William R., son of E. A. and Nancy Land, being a little over fifty years of age. He was born Dec. 7, 1846, and united with the church of Christ, when he was about twenty years of age, under the preaching of Brother William Johnson, and was a faithful attendant at church until the time of his death. He served as a leader in the church at Brush Creek, near where he lived, about twenty years, and his departure is greatly lamented both in the church and community. Brother William was a son of Elder E. A. Land, who has done a great deal of preaching, especially in Tennessee. His wife preceded him a few months to the grave but he leaves three childrentwo sons and one daughterall of whom are married, to mourn his departure. But they should not sorrow as those who have no hope, for he was a faithful servant of the Lord, seldom ever missing church services on Lord's day. I have preached for his congregation occasionally for about fourteen years, and on Lord's day he would always be there unless prevented by sickness. He was devoted to his convictions of right, and served God from motive instead of impulse. He is greatly missed in the congregation, but we trust that our loss is his eternal gain. The promise of eternal life is to those who die in the service of the Lord. The Savior says: "Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life." May God bless the sorrow-stricken relatives and numerous friends who mourn his departure, is my humble prayer.
E. S. B. Waldron., Lavergne, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, July 1, 1897, page 407.
Landiss, A. S.
A. S. Landiss, 91, of 227 Duane Road, Chattanooga, Tenn., died Friday, April 15. He was buried on April 17 in Chattanooga. He had preached the gospel for 70 years. This very able gospel preacher, who combined barbering for many years with preaching, was baptized by James A. Allen in Montgomery County, Tenn. He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Bessie Lyle. Funeral services were conducted in Chattanooga by John Cupp and Paul Hodges.
During this span of 70 years, he preached in the following congregations: Eddyville, Ky.; Indian Mound and Dyer Creek in Tennessee; Pennsylvania Avenue and Eleventh Street, Nashville; Macon, Ga.; Port Arthur, Texas; Central in Chattanooga; Jackson, Tenn.; Broad Street in Cookeville, Tenn.; Pikeville, Tenn.; Kimball, Tenn.; East Chattanooga, and Woodland Heights in Chattanooga. He continued his work in East Chattanooga on a regular monthly basis until the year of his death.
A special dinner was given in his honor in Chattanooga a few years ago in celebration of his attainment of 50 years in preaching. Jimmy Mankin served as master of ceremonies and many friends of Brother Landiss spoke.
He was a graduate of David Lipscomb College and preached his last sermon at East Chattanooga in March of 1983. He was a native of Lyons County, Ky.
I knew A. S. Landiss during two great gospel meetings in 1940-41 in Old Hickory, Tenn. He continued to be one of my very best friends during the 42-year period since. I never knew a man who thought more of his family, and I never knew one who enjoyed "life in the Lord" more than Brother Landiss. Whether he was in the barbershop or in the pulpit, he was a Christian hour by hour. He had a great deal of fun in life, and many life-long friends. He was a very capable gospel preacher, and the word of God was in good hands when it was delivered by A. S. Landiss. He has meant much to me as a great friend of the Lord.
Gospel Advocate, June 2, 1983, page 344.
Landiss, Lois S.
Lois S. Landiss of Chattanooga, Tenn., departed this life Dec. 25, 1985, at age 87. Sister Landiss had been hospitalized at Erlanger Medical Center due to an extended illness.
She was the widow of A. S. Landiss, a gospel preacher. They had been married more than 65 years when he died in 1983 at the age of 91. They had served congregations in Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Texas. She was always fully supportive of her husband in his work.
She is survived by their daughter, Bessie Lyle Landiss of Chattanooga; two sisters, Hester Couch of Macon, Ga., and Mary Thomas Shephard of Clarksville, Tenn.; three nieces and one nephew.
Funeral services were held at Lane's Coulter Chapel on Dec. 27, with Houston Bynum officiating. The burial was in Chattanooga Memorial Park.
Houston Bynum., Central Church of Christ, 400 Vine Street, Chattanooga, TN 37403.
Gospel Advocate, May 1, 1986, page 282.
On March 20, 1911, our dear sister in the Lord, Selina Landress, closed her earthly pilgrimage, at the age of sixty-seven years. She was formerly a Methodist, but, learning "the way of the Lord more perfectly," she became obedient to the gospel some ten or twelve years ago and laid down a human name to wear the name of Christ. The writer of this sketch never knew her till six years ago, and since then has been very intimately associated with her, and to say that she was a true Christian is not saying more than truth will warrant. I heard her say many times that she obeyed the gospel the second time she heard it. To know Sister Landress was to love her. She was the oldest member in the Lake City congregation, save one. She was spiritual in her conversation, pure and chaste in conduct. She spent much of her life, if not all, at Brown, Fla., nine miles from Lake City, and tried hard, especially in her latter years, to convert the wicked people living around Brown. She was not ashamed of Christ, but was always ready to speak a word for him. I have seen her many times, come on the morning train to Lake City and get out from house to house pleading with people to attend the services. She had a large family of children, of which seven survive herfive sons and two daughters. She was twice married. Her second husband died many years ago. She was loved for her strong character, womanly virtues, amiable nature, and pure Christian spirit. Her death has brought sorrow to us all, because in every relation of life she was a model of excellence. I would say to the bereaved: Prepare to meet death. She was taken, and soon you, too, will be called. Funeral services were conducted by my husband, at Huntsville Cemetery.
Mrs. J. O. Barnes.
Gospel Advocate, May 18, 1911, page 568.
Donna Landreth, 44, died Nov. 30, 1988, after an extended illness. She is survived by her husband, Charles, associate minister of the Red Bank Church of Christ in Chattanooga, Tenn.; a son, Kevin, of Dallas, Texas; a daughter, Lori, of Chattanooga; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bennet Standifer, of Signal Mountain, Tenn.; three sisters, Geraldine Guella of Chicago, Ill., Sue Gentry of Aiken, S.C., and Becky Vandergriff of Chattanooga; and one brother, Jerry Standifer, of Rossville, Ga.
Funeral services were conducted Dec. 3, 1988, at the Red Bank church. Steve Riley of Maryville, Tenn., and Ed Reachard of Chattanooga officiated. Steve Lusk, minister of the Red Bank church, led congregational singing.
The Landreths served as missionaries in Birmingham, England, before moving to work with the Webb Chapel church in Dallas, Texas. Especially significant has been their contribution to drug and alcohol rehabilitation and counseling in the congregations where they have worked.
Gospel Advocate, February, 1989, page 51.
Landrum, W. T.
It is with heartfelt sorrow that I record the death of Brother W. T. Landrum, of Leake County, Miss. He departed this life on May 4, 1906, being eighty-five years and fourteen days old. He became a Christian about twenty-five years ago, and died in full faith and hope of a home in heaven. He was a devoted member of the church of Christ. His wife and one daughter preceded him to the grave many years. He leaves three sonsW. T. Landrum, Jr., of Anguilla, Miss.; J. E. Landrum, of Kosciusko, Miss.; and J. H. Landrum, of Newport, Miss.; and one daughterMrs. R. G. Beauchamp, of Thomastown, Miss. All of them have families and are members of the church of Christ. Brother Landrum was one of Central Mississippi's most energetic and prosperous farmers, and had a strong and well-cultivated mind. He was interred with Masonic honors, in Salem Cemetery, near Newport, Miss. To his bereaved children and grandchildren we can say: We sorrow not as those who have no hope, but believe that in the sweet by and by we will be permitted to enter in through the pearly gates into the city and temple of God, where there will be no more partings.
W. B. Lee., Bolatusha, Miss.
Gospel Advocate, May 31, 1906, page 350.
Sister Phronie Lane, wife of Brother H. M. Lane, died at her home, near Duck River, Tenn., on December 29, 1919. She was born on December 25, 1847. She obeyed the gospel under the preaching of Brother Frank Davis and was baptized by Brother Jim Morton in October, 1865. She and her devoted husband had lived together fifty-two years. She was the mother of two children, one dying in infancy. She leaves her aged companion; one son, Enos; two brothers, A. M. Shelby and B. Shelby; and three grandchildren to mourn her loss. Brother Cathey Baker conducted funeral services at Old Well, in the presence of a large audience of friends and loved ones. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them."
Gospel Advocate, January 15, 1920, page 64.
Lane, William C.
My father, William C. Lane, died in 1884. He was born in Virginia in 1811. His parents moved to Tennessee when he was a child. In 1841 he was married to Miss Helen Brame, to whom he proved a true and devoted husband until death took him from her. He was baptized into the body of Christ in 1850 (I think), and ever afterwards lived the Christian life. He was a constant reader of the Gospel Advocate. He died, as he lived, a good and noble man. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them."
(Mrs.) Eliza Modrall., Midland Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, April 2, 1903, page 220.
Lane, Mrs. William C.
It is with a sad and aching heart that I write this tribute to the memory of my dear mother. She was born on June 2, 1821, and died on January 9, 1903; aged eighty-one years, seven months, and seven days. In 1841 she was married to William C. Lane, and to them four children were born. Professing religion, she lived with the Baptists until about fifteen years ago, when she united with the church of Christ. Mother was a kind-hearted, sympathizing woman, always ready to lend a helping hand in time of need. She was a strong advocate of honesty and fair dealing with humanity. None knew her but to love her. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord."
(Mrs.) Eliza Modrall., Midland, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, April 2, 1903, page 220.
Elder Isaac Lanehart was born Nov. 20, 1824. He was the son of Abraham and Cynthia Ann Lanehart. Was married to Amanda Donaly Oct. 24, 1852. Was baptized by Wm. Baxter sometime during the year 1853. He was accidentally killed near his home in Wilkinson county, Miss., Dec. 13, 1890. Bro Lanehart was an "old fashioned" disciple. He served as a soldier through the late war, but he came out still true to "the faith." Though poor in this world's goods, he was rich in a living faith and the hope of immortality. He leaves a wife, a brother, a daughter and eight sons to mourn his loss. As a husband, he was kind, thoughtful and true; as a father, indulgent to a fault; as a neighbor, obliging; as a citizen, patriotic; as a believer in the old paths, he knew no compromise.
C. W. Sadler.
Gospel Advocate, March 25, 1891, page 187.
Lanehart, Lola E.
Lola E. Lanehart, wife of Frank Lanehart, died, at Duncan, I. T., on November 15, 1903. Sister Lanehart was born at Independence, La. She obeyed the gospel in October, 1891, and ever afterwards lived a devoted, Christian life. Three little children, a loving mother, a devoted father, and a kind and loving husband are left to mourn their loss. The remains were shipped to Independence for interment.
William M. Jordan., Comanche, I. T.
Gospel Advocate, December 10, 1903, page 795.
On Monday, Nov. 11, 1895, Mrs. Pamelia Langford died in Nashville, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Dappie McMillin, 121 North Summer Street. Though in bad health for some time, she had improved for several days, but was suddenly seized with a pain at the heart. She was assisted to the bed by her son. Medical aid was promptly summoned, but was of no avail, and she expired at 2:25 P.M. She was the widow of the late E. F. Langford, of Celina, and was in her 70th year. Seven children survive her: Mrs. Belle Smith and Mrs. Mattie Stone, of Texas; Mrs. Buena V. Doak of Lebanon; Mrs. Dappie McMillin, of Nashville; and Messrs. P. A. Langford, of Sumner County; R. F. Langford, of Hartsville, and Barlow Langford, who resides in Nashville. One daughter, Mrs. Roberts, of Texas, died in Texas a few years ago. Mrs. Langford had lost her husband by death more than thirty-five years ago, and had thrown upon her the responsibility of rearing the family. Never did a mother devote her life to her children with more untiring assiduity; and she was rewarded with their filial love, and spared to see them moving successfully on the journey of life. Her home was ever most hospitable. She died as she had lived, a Christian. For more than a third of a century she had been a consistent, zealous member of the Christian church. She "fought the good fight." She "kept the faith." For her death had no terrors, and when the summons came she feared not to go. At the home of her daughter, Mrs. McMillin, funeral services were conducted by Elder Philip Harsh, on the evening of the 12th. Many friends followed the deceased to the cemetery, where the remains were placed in a vault temporarily. All her children except Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Stone were able to attend the funeral. As a mother, Mrs. Langford was affectionate, kind, and untiring; as a member of the community, a stay and an ornament; as a Christian, consistent, charitable, and zealous. Hundreds who have witnessed the hospitality of her homea very wide circle of friendsmourn her death, and deeply sympathize with her family in their sorrow.
Gospel Advocate, December 5, 1895, page 784.
Langston, John G.
December 12 death came to John G. Langston. He had begun a series of heart attacks in October but was up and at his business a short while each day. Brother Langston was baptized into Christ by our late brother, John D. Cox, when the church was in its infancy in Sardis, Miss. He served his master faithfully, having filled the office of elder for twenty-two years. He was the song leader of the church. He loved singing. He worked hard to promote the success of the Sardis Lake worship services held early each Lord's day morning by the lake during the summer months, and the Sardis Lake Christian Youth Camp nearby. He loved young people and was interested in their spiritual development. He is greatly missed by the church who loved him and the loss is felt throughout the community. He is survived by his wife, Nell Bradley Langston; a son, Bill Langston of Jackson, Miss., and a daughter, Jonelle L. Wells, Senatobia, Miss., and five grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted in Sardis, December 13, by Richard Curry and Bill Cox.
Bill L. Cox.
Gospel Advocate, February 13, 1969, page 115.
Lanier, Mrs. J. W.
Mrs. J. W. Lanier was born on May 26, 1880, at Landersville, Ala., and departed this life on November 4, 1932, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was the only daughter of H. S. and Martha Boley, who passed to their reward many years ago. On November 12, 1905, she was married to J. W. Lanier, also of Landersville. She leaves, to mourn her loss, her husband, of Oakland, Calif.; three childrenMrs. Ruby L. Green, of Oakland, Nell and S. T. Lanier, of Albuquerque; a son-in-law, and a grandson. The beauty of heavenly beings so many times is marred when clothed in human words. God alone can render the deserving praise; he alone, the Master Artist, can paint for us the real worth and greatness of his children. The most, however, that any human can say of another is that he or she lived a consistent, godly life. All who knew mother will verify the fact that she lived such a life, and we, who knew her best, can truly say that she was a mother and a friend. The task never grew too hard, the weight never too heavy, to steal from her face that radiant smile which she retained till the last. To say that we miss her is but a meager expression as compared to the great loss which we actually feel. An emptiness fills our hearts, which seems to grow as the days pass. Though this be true, consolation comes with the realization that this suffering is not for always, but that some day we shall meet again, never to part. We wish to thank all for their kind expressions of sympathy.
S. T. Lanier.
Gospel Advocate, March 16, 1933, page 264.
Lanier, Mary Agnes (Belew)
Sister Mary Agnes (Belew) Lanier was born on April 14, 1859, and died on January 28, 1929. Had she lived till April, she would have been threescore and ten years of age. She was married to Brother John Lanier on January 2, 1882. To this union eight children were born. Three of themGrady, Herschel, and Miss Pearlare left to mourn their loss. Grady and Herschel are merchants at Florence, Ala. Miss Pearl is a teacher in the high school at Lexington, Ala., where Sister Lanier was born and spent her entire life. The writer has held a number of meetings at Lexington, and has spent many happy hours in the home of Brother and Sister Lanier. Funeral services were conducted by Brother J. M. Hottel, Brother C. E. Holt, and the writer, before an immense audience in the church of Christ at Lexington. Brother Lanier, the children, grandchildren, and other relatives, as well as the church of which she was a charter member, have sustained a loss that can never be regained this side of heaven, and our hearts go out in deepest sympathy for them all. We pray that there will be a happy reunion "over there."
J. T. Harris.
Gospel Advocate, February 28, 1929, page 211.
LaNier, Mary Elizabeth
In Tennessee, about seventy-five years ago, a mother and father were made happy by the birth of a daughter, whom they chose to call "Mary Elizabeth." As days passed, this child not only grew in stature, but also in favor with God and man. At about the age of sixteen she chose to share her lot with A. S. LaNier, of Florence, Ala. To this union were born nine childrentwo boys and seven girls. All the children are still living, except two daughters who passed on several years ago. For several years Grandmother and Grandfather LaNier have been living with a son, R. E. LaNier, who, with aid from the other children, has been very faithful in providing a quiet, peaceful home for them. Grandmother had been sick for some time, and possibly welcomed the Lord's call. We all loved her dearly. Memory of her sweet life will serve as an inspiration for higher and nobler living. She believed in God and through her good works proclaimed his love to many. She has passed on, and the loss fills our hearts with sorrow, but we are assured that for her it is gain to be with the Lord. As Christ said of Mary, who anointed his feet with the precious ointment, "She hath wrought a good work," so it can be said of grandmother. She poured out her life in service for Him who gave his life for all.
Gospel Advocate, March 3, 1932, page 286.
LaNier, Sherman Taft
When Sherman Taft LaNier, evangelist of the church at Valdosta, Ga. passed from this life at his wife's home, in Bernie, Mo., on September 13, the church suffered the loss of one of its younger and most talented preachers. Brother LaNier had gone to Bernie for a few days' rest and to drive his family back to Valdosta, when he became the victim of a paralytic stroke, from which he never recovered. His sudden passing at such an early age (thirty-six) was a great shock to all of his friends, and especially to the church at Valdosta. He is survived by his wife and two little boys, Jimmy and Charley.
At the time of his death Brother LaNier was terminating his fourth year's work with the Valdosta congregation. It was the pleasure of the writer to be his co-worker for one year at Valdosta, which gave him the opportunity to become intimately acquainted with him and to observe his manner of life. Brother LaNier had the best combination of talents of any man within my acquaintance. In addition to being a scholarly man and an effective personal worker, he was also a hard worker. A short time before his decease he did the preaching in a tent meeting which resulted in six baptisms and the establishment of a new congregation in Valdostathe Rivers Street Church. There are many little congregations now meeting in south Georgia as a result of his evangelistic efforts to carry out the Great Commission.
Brother LaNier graduated from Harding College with the bachelor's degree and held the master's degree from George Peabody College. For a time he taught in the High School Department of David Lipscomb College. At the time of his death he was serving as one of the trustees of Dasher Bible School, in which he had a burning and devoted interest. He was a strong advocate of Christian education, especially in those schools that specialize in Christian training for high-school students.
He was buried at Bernie, Mo., with Dean L. C. Sears, of Harding College, in charge of the funeral services.
W. Douglass Harris.
Gospel Advocate, November 16, 1944, page 756.
LaNier, Sherman T.
On September 13, 1944, Sherman T. La Nier passed on into the other room of the Father's house only a few days after he suffered a stroke. Brother La Nier was minister of the church at Valdosta, Ga., where he has achieved so much good during this past five years. He had been called to Chicago to visit the Cornell Avenue Church. On the way there he went by Bernie, Mo., to join his wife, Ethel (Scharder) La Nier, who planned to go to Chicago with him. Sister La Nier was visiting her mother, who is ill. It was in the Schrader home that Brother La Nier suffered the stroke which left him only a few days to live.
Brother La Nier leaves bereaved of his joyful and inspiring presence his wife, Ethel, and two fine young sons; his father, of Oakland, Calif.; and two sisters, Ruby Green, of Berkeley, Calif.; and Nell Grady, of Pasa Robles, Calif. His mother preceded him in death.
Brother La Nier was a great man in the fullest sense of that term. I knew him intimately and well. Our hearts, in fact, were as those of Jonathan and David. He was born September 27, 1908, in Springtown, Texas, and from there the family moved to Colorado. In about 1923 or 1924 the La Nier family moved to California. It was there I first came to know Brother La Nier as together we went through the Santa Rosa Christian Academy under the inspiring influence of the late O. W. Gardner. Ere a year had passed of these high-school days Brother La Nier and I had both begun to preach. "Heart Service" or "Unselfish Service" was our Christian motto at the academy, and in no better way could one describe the kind of Christian service and consecration with which the influence of Brother Gardner stirred our young hearts and challenged our souls. So often, so many, many times Sherman and I would spend hour upon hour; often we would sit up together until the midnight hour and beyond, planning our lives so that the whole of them might be instrumental in achieving the greatest good in the service of Christ by the time the great call came to us which has already come to him. God had paths for us, however, which we then could not see. Erelong his calls for service separated us, but only spatially; in heart our dreams and aspirations were oneall for the kingdom of God.
Brother La Nier completed his high-school training at Abilene Christian College, and then went to Harding College, where he took his B.A. degree and met his beloved wife, Ethel Schrader. He did graduate work at Vanderbilt, from which institution he held his M.A. degree. For several years he was principal of the High School at David Lipscomb College, during which time he also served as minister of churches in Nashville. From Nashville he went to Valdosta, Ga., where he has served as minister for the past five years.
Only thirty-six years of the mortal life of man were granted to Brother La Nier. It seems a tragedy that a life so young, so loving and lovable, so filled with the utmost of sincere consecration to Christ should be cut down so early, in the midst of a great harvesting of souls. We would surely not have arranged it that way. But God's ways are not man's; and who knows, as Sherman's sister-in-law, Beunah Thomas, has beautifully expressed it, but that "he had probably done as much good as some eighty-year-old man"?
Sherman's life was heroic in many ways, chiefly because he always carried about with him a "thorn in the flesh." His entire life was afflicted with the burden of Bright's disease. Often he should have rested and taken it easy, but his great faith and zeal and love of souls drove him on. Faith enabled him to do all things through Christ, who strengthened him, till so suddenly the Master of all good workmen called him to service in a higher realm and put him to work anew.
Ralph G. Wilburn.
Gospel Advocate, October 26, 1944, page 710.
Lanier, Sherman T.
With the untimely death of Sherman T. Lanier, September 13, the church has suffered the loss of one of its most promising and most consecrated young preachers.
Brother Lanier was born in Springtown, Texas, September 27, 1908. When he was still a child, the family moved to Fort Collins, Colo., and thence to Santa Rosa, Calif., where Sherman completed eleven years of schoolwork in the Pacific Christian Academy under the principalship of O. W. Gardner. The following year he completed high school in Abilene Christian College, and then entered Harding College for three years of work. From 1932 to 1935 he worked with the church at Albuquerque, N. M., at the same time completing the requirements for the B.A. degree.
In 1935 also he was married to Miss Ethel Schrader, of Bernie, Mo., whom he had met at Harding. The following fall he began teaching at David Lipscomb College, where he remained until 1940. While at Lipscomb he preached for the Twelfth Avenue Church, Grace Avenue Church, Carthage, Smyrna, and Oakland, near Clarksville, Tenn. He also received his M.A degree from George Peabody College.
In the fall of 1940 he accepted the work at Valdosta, Ga., where he remained until the dime of his death. In addition to his work with the church, he held many mission meetings and carried on a regular radio program.
The announcement of his sudden death came as a shock to all his many friends. He and his family were visiting his wife's people near Bernie, Mo., when he was struck with paralysis. For a body naturally frail, this was a devastating blow; but he rallied with characteristic courage, and death came only as a result of complications too severe for his weakened condition.
I loved Sherman as a student for his purity of heart, his faithfulness, and his integrity. In debating and discussions he was always fair and courteous. He could see another's point of view as well as his own, and could weigh it without prejudice.
As he reached maturity and the fullness of his powers, he had a persuasive force which is given to few men. He had an excellent choice of words, and his speech was full of grace, touched with a simplicity that carried conviction. He was sensitive to the needs of his audience, and adapted his messages with perfect taste and judgment of their understanding. As a result, his audiences responded with appreciation. He preached with courage and conviction, yet with a kindliness and sympathy that made men love his message. We never had a more effective meeting at Searcy than the one he held in the fall of 1943. While it seems to us a tragedy that the church should lose his great services so soon, and that his wife and two lovely children should lack his care through the years when children most need a father, yet they can be happy in the thought that he did so much in the few short years God gave him to the world. His influence will still live on, and his memory remain fresh in our hearts.
L. C. Sears.
Gospel Advocate, October 19, 1944, page 689.
Brother John Lankford, aged seventy-eight years, died on Monday evening, September 1, 1913, at his home in St. Elmo, Tenn. He had been confined to his house for several months prior to his death. He had lived his allotted time and went to sleep in Jesus without a struggle. He obeyed the gospel eighteen years ago during a meeting held here by Brother W. T. Kidwill, and since his baptism he has been a faithful member of the Cowart Street congregation in Chattanooga. He had devoted much time to the study of the Bible and was true to all of its teachings. He never sought publicity or popularity, but in a quiet, unassuming way he taught the word of God to those with whom he came in contact in the regular routine of life, and I feel justified in saying that few men have done more in their sphere to convert men and women than Brother Lankford did in his. He leaves a wife and five childrentwo sons and three daughtersto mourn his departure. The funeral services were conducted by the writer on Wednesday afternoon, September 3, in the presence of a large number of friends, and the remains were laid to rest in beautiful Forest Hill Cemetery. "But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him." (1 Thess. 4:13, 14.)
Aruna Clark., East Lake, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, October 16, 1913, page 1004.
Lankford, Mary Fay
Mary Fay Lankford of Edmond, Okla., died recently at the age of 88. She was born in Paris, Tenn., to Guy and Nancy Edwards.
Lankford was active in the Oklahoma Christian Women's Association and was a descendant of Barton W. Stone.
Her husband of nearly 54 years, Neal, preceded her in death last year.
Gospel Advocate, July, 1994, page 46.
On January 4, 1920, Pearl, the invalid daughter of Mrs. Mattie Lankford, was released from that prolonged and troubled disease, tuberculosis of the bone, and called to that great beyond where she had longed and prayed to go to meet her sister, Faria, her childhood companion, who preceded her July 8, 1913. "Little Pearl," as she was frequently spoken of, was twenty-one years old, October 17, 1919. She had been an invalid from early childhood, due to curvature of the spine. She was confined to her bed seven months. Words cannot express the agony of pain and suffering of that little, frail body. As to her eternal salvation, I have not one doubt. She obeyed the gospel at Brown's Chapel, in August, 1913, being baptized by Brother Will Hassell. She was ready to "pass over the river" and rest from her life of suffering. She is mourned by two married sisters, one married brother, and her mother.
Gospel Advocate, December 9, 1920, page 1210.
Lankford, Mattie Cunningham
Mrs. Mattie Cunningham Lankford, widow of the late L. L. Lankford, after a long and serious illness, passed away February 9, 1945. Her survivors are: two daughters (Mrs. Era Bateman, of St. Paul, Minn., and Mrs. Lena Overbey, of Bon Aqua, Tenn.), one son (Herman Lankford, of Bon Aqua, with whom she made her home), eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, four sisters, and three brothers. Mrs. Lankford was married April 22, 1888, and was left a widow in 1900, with five little children to rear. She had a hard struggle, but kept her brood together, never shirking or tiring of her duty. Her two youngest, Faria and Pearl, were taken from this world in their young womanhood. Both were sufferers of long duration. The poor mother patiently nursed them day and night. Her sad experience in this life, we hope, has gained a peaceful and restful home in the great beyond. She was baptized in the fall of 1908 under the preaching of the late Oscar Parham, of Hillsboro, Tenn. Since then she lived a consistent Christian life. She was a very charitable woman, thoughtful and ready to extend a helping hand to all sufferers and those in need. She endured her hours of suffering patiently, and seemed perfectly resigned at the last.
Gospel Advocate, July 19, 1945, page 383.
Lannen, Reed F.
Reed F. Lannen, 78, of Wagoner, Okla., died Aug. 20 while conducting Sunday school class at the Okay Church of Christ.
Lannen had taught the class since retiring as the church minister in 1987. He had been the minister there since 1950. He had retired from Corning Glass of Muskogee in 1970 after 25 years.
He is survived by his wife, Helen Eighmy Lannen; one son, Jimmy R. Lannen, of Sand Springs, Okla.; two daughters, Ann Miller, of Fort Worth, and Kathryn Lancaster, of Atlanta; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Samuel Lannen and Thomas Lannen, Pennsylvania; and a sister, Ester O'Conner, also of Pennsylvania.
Funeral services were conducted Aug. 23 at Hersman Funeral Chapel. Interment was at Pioneer Cemetery.
Gospel Advocate, November, 1989, page 55.
Lannom, A. H.
On Saturday morning, July 19, 11:23 A.M., A. H. Lannom, a grand old soldier of the cross laid down his armor. Truly he had suffered hardships as a good soldier for Christ. For more than forty years he had fought a good fight and kept the faith, and now had come to the finish of his course. God's promises being true, he could rest in the knowledge that there was a crown laid up which the Lord would give to him in that day. Brother Lannom had been in declining health for over two years. He was born in Gibson County on July 23, 1882. He attended Freed-Hardeman College, graduating after he had married and had two sons. He had often said that he would not give up what he had learned of God and his word for all the wealth of the world. He was devoted to the church and to his family. He was always known as one who spoke plainly when asked to explain some passage of scripture. He had conducted meetings and done local work in Illinois, Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas and Mississippi. For over forty years he had fearlessly preached the gospel. He was humble and forgiving, kind and patient. His entire purpose and hope of life was to prepare himself to live with God and Christ in that home of the soul. He had often said to me, "Dont' pray for me to get well. Nor do I want you to pray that God might keep me from suffering and pain, for I'm willing to bear all that God wants me to bear. Just pray that when I leave this life that I might go with sins forgiven." And I sincerely believe that if any man was ever prepared to die,
Brother Lannom was that man. He had been a resident of Union City since 1924 when he moved here from Rutherford. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Virgie May Lannom, two sons, Marvin and W. L. Lannom, both of Memphis; two daughters, Miss Lessie Dan Lannom, of Orlando, Fla., and Miss Larrymore Lannom, of Union City, Tenn. He also reared in his home one other child as though she were his own, a niece, Wilma, who lives in Orlando, Fla. Funeral services were conducted at the Exchange Street Church on Sunday, July 20, at 4:30 P.M., with David Threlkeld and the writer having part in the services. Burial was in Eastside Cemetery in Union City, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, September 4, 1952, page 581.
Just at nightfall Sunday, Sept, 27, the spirit of Sister Sophia Lannom was liberated from its prison chamber and sought its eternal home. While we were watching with sorrowful hearts, a spirit of resignation filled our breasts, produced by the language of our Savior: "He that believeth in me shall never die." Truly, hers was a happy transition, a transition from a world of woe to an eternal paradise of joy. Then why lament the Christian dying, or why indulge in tears or gloom? Sister Lannom died as she had lived, trusting in the promises of God. Dying thus, she had the assurance that her works would follow her. To you of the family who are left let her life be an incentive to lead you to the fountain of life, where the weary soul can rest while the long, endless train of ages glide away.
Garrett W. M'Quiddy., Dardanelle, Ark.
Gospel Advocate, October 15, 1896, page 669.
Lannom, Virgie May Huffstutter
Mrs. Virgie May Huffstutter Lannom died Friday, October 23, 1964, in Union City, Tenn. Mrs. Lannom was seventy-seven, the widow of A. H. Lannom, gospel minister for more than forty years. Sister Lannom was born on February 5, 1887, in Obion County, Tenn., the daughter of the late Dan and Janie Wyatt Huffstutter. She attended Obion County schools and had spent her entire life in the county. She was married to Brother Lannom in 1902. He died in 1952. She was a long-time member of Exchange Street church of Christ where the services were conducted October 25 by the writer and David Threlkeld. Burial was in East View Cemetery. She is survived by two daughters, Lessie Dan and Larimore Lannom, of Union City; two sons, Marvin H. and Wright L. Lannom, both of Memphis; a sister, Mrs. A. H. Callis of Orlando, Fla., and a niece whom she reared, Mrs. Wilma Huey Spacht of Orlando, and other nieces and nephews. Sister Lannom truly lived her life as a Christian, exemplifying love and respect for her acquaintances. She was devoted to the Lord and his cause, encouraging the work of the church, commending those who preached the truth. She will be missed by those who knew her.
Lexie B. Ray.
Gospel Advocate, November 26, 1964, page 767.
Larimore, Emma Page
On April 23, 1943, at Santa Ana, Calif., Sister Emma Page Larimore departed to be with the Lord and loved ones who had preceded her. She had passed her eighty-eighth milestone in life. Many of the readers of the Gospel Advocate will remember Sister Larimore as Miss Emma Page, who for a number of years wrote the "Young People's Corner" in the Advocate. We believe that eternity alone can measure the real value of the ideals set forth and the advice given in her writings during those years. No doubt there will be many whose lives were blessed and moved by her writings that will call her blessed and in whose hearts she will ever live as a guiding influence to higher things. On Sunday, January 1, 1911, she was married to T. B. Larimore. Brother Larimore used to say: "We were married on the first day of the week and on the first day of a year beginning with one and ending with two ones, a number-one wedding in every respect." Brother Larimore and "Miss Emma" had known each other a number of years before their marriage. They knew that they had convictions and interests in common. Their marriage was a real union of two great souls fully surrendered to the Lord. This meant that each of them was a source of much happiness and helpfulness to the other. Virgil Larimore, a stepson of the subject of this sketch, told me recently that a more unselfish, self-sacrificing, and efficient helpmeet had never existed than she was to his father throughout the eighteen years that God permitted them to live together as husband and wife. This, coming from a stepson, impressed me as an outstanding compliment. Brother Larimore could never have accomplished the great work of the closing years of his life had it not been for the efficient help of his faithful companion. Sister Larimore possessed much talent as a writer, and she used this talent along worth-while lines. Her writings and compilations will live after her and will bless thousands. Some of her writings and compilations, in addition to her
"Young People's Corner," which I have already mentioned, were: "The Life of Mrs. Charlotte Fanning," completing Volume I of "Letters and Sermons by T. B. Larimore" (this volume was begun by Brother Srygley), Volumes II and III of "Letters and Sermons," "Maine to MexicoCanada to Cuba" (a book of travel for young people), and, after Brother Larimore's death, "Life, Letters, and Sermons of T. B. Larimore." May the life of this faithful Christian woman prove a blessing and inspiration to many.
J. E. Thornberry., Loretto, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, August 26, 1943, page 775.
Larimore, Lula Allen
Mrs. Lula Allen Larimore passed from this life on Wednesday, February 9, 1955, at the Eliza Coffey Memorial Hospital in Florence, Ala. She was seventy-one years of age. "Miss Lula" was reared in Henderson, Tenn. For a number of years she served as secretary to the president and as teacher of commercial subjects in Freed-Hardeman College. On July 20, 1930, she was married to Virgil Larimore, son of the late esteemed T. B. Larimore. The ceremony was performed in the Jap Hardeman home in Henderson. For several years they made their home in the T. B. Larimore residence in Mars Hill, Ala. When brethren proposed a Christian school for that area, the Larimores sold this residence with some twenty acres of land for that purpose. They then erected a new modern home on an adjoining lot where they resided at the time of "Miss Lula's" passing. A closer, more companionable relation than that of "Brother Virgil" and Miss Lula" could hardly be described. Theirs was a hospitable home. "Elisha's room" was there for many preachers who came to Mars Hill. Their influence for good has been felt by the community and by all who have passed that way. A great woman has passed to her eternal abode. In addition to Brother Virgil, "Miss Lula" leaves a sister, Mrs. Hope Mayfield, and a brother, T. F. Davis, both of Henderson, Tenn. Funeral services were conducted at the Mars Hill Church as requested by Mrs. Larimore with R. G. Hibbett, Sr., Paul Simon, and the writer participating.
H. A. Dixon.
Gospel Advocate, March 31, 1955, page 262.
Larkins, J. J.
J. J. Larkins was born on June 23, 1836, and died on July 13, 1927, being ninety-one years and twenty days of age at the time of death. The following children survive him: Mrs. M. J. Leech and Mrs. C. A. Hudgens, of Jones Creek, Dickson County, Tenn.; R. H. Larkins and S. M. Larkins, White Bluff; S. P. Larkins, Chicago, Ill.; W. M. Larkins, Colesburg. The surviving grandchildren are: Mrs. E. E. Allen and Sam Leach, Charlotte, Tenn.; E. C. Leach, Hackberry; Mrs. Mary Ashworth, Mrs. Frankie Duke, J. I. Eccles, and Izora Leech, Jones Creek; W. G. Surgenor, Fort Benning, Ga.; W. H. Larkins, Alice Larkins, and Cornelia Larkins, Nashville.; Cora Larkins and Lemuel Larkins, White Bluff; D. M. Larkins, Mrs. Serena Lathrop, Elizabeth Larkins, Walter Larkins, and Hugh Larkins, Chicago, Ill.; Wilson Larkins, Francis Larkins, Eunice Larkins, Melvin Larkins, and Claude Larkins, Colesburg, Tenn. There are also twenty-six great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchild, besides a host of other relatives. A wife and five children preceded him to the grave.
S. P. Larkins.
Gospel Advocate, September 1, 1927, page 833.
Lasater, Alice Burger
Mrs. J. P. Lasater (nee Alice Burger), wife of Dr. J P. Lasater, died at her home in Bridgeport, Ala., on Sunday, September 20, 1925, after an illness of a few weeks. Mrs. Lasater was the daughter of that grand old soldier of the cross, Brother Burger, of Manchester, Tenn. For years Mrs. Lasater taught an intermediate class of boys and girls each Sunday morning in the Bible school, and she taught them to practice what they learned. Often they went out with Mrs. Lasater with well-filled baskets to visit the poor and needy. Mrs. Lasater was a worthy woman, a good neighbor, a faithful friend, a devoted daughter, a model mother, a wonderful wife, and a courteous, consistent, conscientious, consecrated Christian. Funeral services were conducted at the church of Christ on Monday by Brother Charles Holder in the presence of a great assemblage of people, after which burial took place at Mount Carmel cemetery, near Bridgeport. Mrs. Lasater leaves a husband, seven children, one brother, three sisters, one sister-in-law, other relatives, and a host of friends, who sorrow because of her passing, but not as those who have no hope.
(Miss) Mattie Holder.
Gospel Advocate, November 5, 1925, page 1071.
Lasater, Thomas Harrison
Thomas Harrison Lasater, aged seventy years, fell asleep in Jesus on February 26, 1919. He was married in early life to Miss Tabitha Golsten, and to this union were born ten children, all of whom, except one son, survive him. He was a soldier in the Confederate Army and gallantly did service until the close of the war; but in early manhood he entered a greater service, the service of the Master. He was at his post every Lord's day at the Lebanon church of Christ, where he worshiped. His highest aim in life was to live right, and he was always ready to condemn that which he thought to be wrong. He will be missed by her who was his faithful wife for fifty years; by his children, who rise up and call him blessed; by his friends, with whom he so loved to mingle, with a cheerful word and a smile for each of them. But he is only removed to a fairer, more beautiful country, to be with friends and loved ones gone before and to await the coming of those left behind. May we all strive to follow his example and there be united with him and other loved ones forever.
Gospel Advocate, July 3, 1919, page 648.
Lashlee, Emily Catherine
Mrs. Emily Catherine Lashlee, wife of the late Brother J. B. Lashlee, died on November 13, 1930, after an illness of almost two months. Sister Lashlee was born on August 1, 1854, and had, therefore, reached the age of seventy-six years. Fifty-two years of this was lived as a Christian. She was married to J. B. Lashlee on May 2, 1871. To this union were born twelve children, seven of whom, together with Brother Lashlee, preceded her to the grave. Being the wife of a gospel preacher, and having a son who is a preacher, she was, of course, deeply interested, not only in the preaching of the gospel, but in preachers themselves. She was a helpmate indeed to Brother Lashlee and did much and cheerfully made sacrifices to aid him in his work. Our congregation at Remmel has lost a faithful member and the family a devoted mother. Her life stood out so beautifully in contrast with the average woman of today because of her meek and humble walk in life, and we are fully persuaded that the rich rewards promised to those who live godly in Christ Jesus are realized by her. So, to those so sadly bereaved we say: Let us not sorrow as those who have no hope, but rather let us so live that we may enjoy a happy reunion with her and all the redeemed in the sweet by and by. The funeral services were held at Cash, Ark., November 15, 1930. The writer, assisted by Brother Jeffcoat, of Jonesboro, Ark., conducted the services.
W. R. Cox.
Gospel Advocate, January 1, 1931, page 21.
Lasley, Sallie R.
The subject of this obituary, Mrs. Sallie R. Lasley, died on December 15, 1920. She was a few months past fifty-four years old. Death came after several months of lingering illness. She became a Christian early in life. Her life was indeed a conscientious, self-sacrificing life. Her spirit has gone back to God who gave it, and her body lies moldering in the tomb. One brother, her husband (F. B. Lasley), three sons, and an estimable daughter-in-law are those who miss her most. To them we extend our sympathy as by nature we weep on account of the absence of our loved ones, but our loss is her eternal gain. She leaves near relatives and many friends who appreciated her as a woman of true value. Man's words do not picture or describe the character of so noble a woman. Hence, we say: "She has fought a good fight, she has kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for her a crown of righteousness." "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord." Her quiet and peaceful life is ended, and the angels rejoice to welcome her home.
Gospel Advocate, January 20, 1921, page 79.
On Sunday afternoon, March 24, Brother and Sister Barna Lasseter were involved in an automobile accident near Leeds, Ala., which claimed the life of Brother Lasseter. Sister Lasseter remains in a serious condition in a local hospital.
Brother Lasseter was an elder at the East Gadsden church and greatly interested in its foreign mission work. The churches at East Gadsden and at Jerusalem have suffered a great loss. He was a great leader who walked by faith. His courage and conviction in all spiritual affairs was beyond question.
Though acquainted with him only a few short months, I learned to love and respect him as few men can deserve. I feel a deep sense of personal loss. He is sadly missed by is family, neighbors, friends, his Bible class, the eldership and the entire congregation.
Funeral services were conducted March 27 by this writer and Franklin Camp.
Gospel Advocate, April 18, 1963, page 255.
Lassiter, Matthew G.
Matthew G. Lassiter was born in Scooba, Miss., on February 29, 1876, and moved to Texas with his parents in November, 1882; obeyed the gospel under the preaching of Brother T. W. Head in the summer of 1896; was married to Miss Margaret Bell Griffin on December 28, 1898; and departed this life on May 25, 1908. He had been an intense sufferer for the last three or four months before his death, and had become a complete physical and mental wreck. He leaves a wife and three children to mourn their loss. He was doing well financially and spiritually, having become very much interested in the church and the salvation of souls, and was liberal in the use of his means in spreading the gospel. At the funeral services, held at his grave, it was the common expression: "We will miss him so much in our church and Sunday school." May the Lord bless and lead his wife and children.
Gospel Advocate, August 13, 1908, page 522.
Laster, Docia Forrester
Mrs. Docia Forrester Laster, a resident of Obion County since early childhood, died April 17, 1960 at her home near Rives, Tenn. Services were held at the Berea church building in Central community. Ernest Boon officiated. Mrs. Laster was born in Hickman County December 23, 1883, the daughter of the late F. M. and Amanda Dunaway Forrester. She moved to Obion County at the age of seven. She married Virgil H. Laster October 12, 1902. To this union were born three sons and three daughters. She lived in the same community for forty-two years and was a charter member of the Berea church of Christ. She is survived by her husband and two sons, Elmer and Loyce; three daughters, Mrs. Lanelle Hundley, Mrs. Doris Wigdor and Mrs. Carolyn Jones; nine grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and a brother, Martin Forrester, of Union City, Tenn. One son, Preston, preceded her in death last year. "Mrs. Docia," as she was so affectionately called by her neighbors and friends, will always be remembered as a good neighbor and citizen of her community, a devoted wife and mother, and a faithful member of the Lord's church. She labored untiringly with heart and hands to supply the needs and comfort of those she loved. Her example of living so unselfishly may well be emulated by those of us who knew her so well. Her manner of life always seemed to say, "Be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord." May her fine children all of whom are Christians, follow the noble life of their mother, and die in the faith as did she.
Gospel Advocate, July 7, 1960, page 431.
Laster, Mary W. N.
Mrs. Mary W. N. Laster (nee Johnson) was born in Louisiana on March 9, 1837; moved to Obion County, Tenn., in 1851; was married to Elias Laster on November 1, 1854; and died on June 25, 1918, aged eighty-one years, three months, and sixteen days. She confessed her faith in Christ and was buried with him in baptism by Brother Isaac C. Sewell in 1869. Thirty-seven years ago Brother W. T. Shelton set in order a congregation of fifteen members at Pleasant Hill, in Obion County, and she was one of the number. Of that little congregation, only two remainBrother W. S. Long, Sr., of Union City, and Brother G. F. Botts, of Rives. Brother Long was present at the funeral. On account of ill health, Brother Botts could not be present. Sister Laster was the mother of fourteen children. All but one lived to be grown, and eleven still live. She was a mother in Israel who loved the baby in the home more than she did canary birds or poodle dogs. She was not ashamed of motherhood, and therefore she leaves to this wicked old world a rich legacy in her sons and daughters, who loved her dearly, a beautiful monument to her memory, and in them she "lives on and on." The writer conducted the funeral at Pleasant Hill in the same house where, nineteen years ago, he conducted the funeral of her husband. They now sleep side by side in the Pleasant Hill cemetery with life's work ended, but leaving behind an influence that will never, never die. One by one we are passing away, one by one homes are broken upended by death; but if faithful to Christ till death, then a home where death comes not and all sorrows and troubles ended.
John R. Williams.
Gospel Advocate, August 1, 1918, page 741.
Laster, Robert Ivey
On November 7, 1917, the messenger of death came and released from its earthly prison the meek and gentle spirit of Robert Ivey Laster, which, with willing obedience to the messenger, winged its flight onward and upward to that home above. While we grieve, we do not grieve as those who have no hope. To the mother and father we extend our deepest sympathy; and although the silver cord be loosed or the golden bowl be broken, we can look on the newly made mound and say: "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."
Gospel Advocate, April 11, 1918, page 354.
Latch, Lois May
Lois May Latch, born May 7, 1919, died October 26, 1971, at Alexandria, La. Funeral services were conducted in Pineville, La., also at Neoga, Ill., with J. W. Davidson and Richard K. Shaw officiating. Interment was at Paradise Cemetery, Salem, Ill.
For the last two years she had suffered from a malignancy and spent her last two months on earth in the hospital.
Sister Latch was one of the finest Christian women that I have had the pleasure to know. She had a tremendous influence for good on all who knew her. Her husband, Dallas Latch, is an elder of the church in Pineville, La. They lived in Pollock, La., where Brother Latch is the plant manager of Trunkline Gas Company. Their son Gary Wayne, is a student of North Side School of Preaching, Harrison, Ark. Larry Duane, another son, deceased, September 6, 1969. Three grandchildren Laura May, Shawn Allen and Amy Jo Latch survive.
J. W. Davidson.
Gospel Advocate, December 2, 1971, page 770.
Lattimer, Addie Warren
Addie Warren Lattimer was born on June 13, 1862, when the Southland was in the throes of civil war. She perhaps inherited the rich traditions of the "Old South," and she grew to womanhood under the supreme hardships of reconstruction years. She was of that superb type of womanhood characteristic of that period, which evoked the statement: "The South is rich even in its ruin." She was married on December 11, 1886, to William A. Lattimer, to which union three sons and three daughters were born. With such a background, she was naturally a true and affectionate wife, a devoted mother, and a loyal friend to all. She heard the gospel proclaimed by T. Q. Martin and was baptized by him in 1910. Until the day of her death she was a faithful, loyal, loving follower of the Savior. She died February 15, 1938, at the home of her daughter, Sister B. F. Jernigan. Perhaps no greater tribute could be paid any one than that paid her by B. F. Jernigan, in whose home she lived for eight years, and who, as a son-in-law, knew her many years longer, when he said: "Solomon gave an accurate and vivid description of her in Prov. 31." The funeral service was conducted by Thomas H. Burton and the writer at Clearview meetinghouse, where Sister Lattimer worshiped with the saints so many years, after which burial was made at Portland, Tenn.
C. D. Crouch.
Gospel Advocate, March 24, 1938, page 287.
Lauderdale, B. W.
Elder B. W. Lauderdale departed this life at Bailey, Tenn., Oct. 15, 1895, after an illness of several months. He was born in Sumner County, Tenn., in 1831; obeyed the gospel in 1847. He graduated in medicine from the University of Louisville, Ky., in 1853. He moved to Dyer County, Tenn., in 1853, and was married in 1860, and in that year moved to Shelby County, Tenn. His home was in Texas at the time of his death. He began to preach in 1868, and knew well the lesson enjoined by Paul upon Timothy of "rightly dividing the word." He died as he had lived, faithful and fearless, with no terror before him, but calmly awaited the summons to the world beyond. His life is fragrant with the incense of good words and good deeds, and the memory of his many virtues will be embalmed in loving hearts. The greensward will soon cover his new-made grave, and the woodland songsters carol their morning hymns over the place of the sleeper; but he hears them not, for his spirit, now beyond the stars, sings a sweeter song than has ever fallen on mortal's ears. "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord, for they rest from their labors, and their works do follow them."
A. H. Goodman.
Gospel Advocate, December 26, 1895, page 825.
Lauderdale, Mrs. John T.
In memory of our dear mother, Sister John T. Lauderdale, wife of Brother John T. Lauderdale, of Saint Jo, Texas, he being a faithful and efficient minister of the gospel. On May 2, 1932, the angel of death came and bore away the spirit of our precious mother. She had fulfilled her mission, finished her course, and kept the faith. As I think of describing her beautiful life, words are empty and meaningless. She possessed many fine characteristics, among which was her talent as homekeeper. Her hospitality was unexcelled. Many of our preachers will remember her home as being a home for all, where she greeted her friends with a smile. She underwent toils, hardships, and suffering, yet never complained, but cheerfully bore them all. She was a faithful wife, a kind and loving mother. She lived a beautiful, consecrated, Christian life. We feel fully assured that she has laid her armor down to take up the crown. There was no selfishness in her life. Always willing to sacrifice, she made it possible for her husband to carry the story of the cross to many. Many messages
came to him in his sad hours from different States and many miles away. These were demonstrations of Christian love and deep sympathy. They were a great comfort to him and us children. Mother was loved by all who knew her. She was kind and good to the poor and unfortunate, in sickness and distress. Her Christian life of faith and hope will ever be our guiding star. I pray God for more godly mothers. Brother Henry Chism, of Gainesville, and Brother Hall, of Ralls, Texas, spoke words of comfort. May the richest blessings and tender mercies of our Heavenly Father ever overshadow the bereaved. May we all so live that we will be permitted to join her in that beautiful home of the soul.
Mrs. H. T. Lauderdale., Gainesville, Texas.
Gospel Advocate, December 29, 1932, page 1391.
Lauderdale, Polly H.
Mrs. Polly H. Lauderdale fell asleep in Jesus, in hope of eternal life, at the residence of her son, S. W Lauderdale, Stephens County, Texas, on the evening of Dec. 6, 1894. A few days before her decease she fell from her chair and dislocated her hip joint. She rapidly sank under the shock and suffering of the accident. She was born in Sumner County, Tenn. Sept. 29, 1809, and was 85 years old. She had outlived every companion of her youthbrothers, sisters, husband, and six of her eight children, had crossed over into the "borderland" before her. She could say in truth:
"Many friends were gathered round me,
In the bright days of the past;
But the grave has closed above them,
And I linger here the last."
She longed to go, and be with them and the blessed Savior. Doubtless many were waiting and watching at the beautiful gate for her coming, and said in joy, "She has come at last." Why should we sorrow when the pilgrim has reached home and the weary and suffering have found rest? It is written in the Book: "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth; yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them." That blessedness is now here. Why should we sorrow? She was deeply religious. For seventy years she was an earnest Christian. Formerly she was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. But in 1843-44, when the preaching of G. W. Elley, I. T. Johnson, T. Fanning, Sandy Jones, and others, stirred the people of Tennessee like the sound of a trumpet, my father and she took their stand with the reformers, and constituted a part of the old Union church of Sumner County, of which church Peter Hubbard, Willis Bush, John Gillespie, Green Harris, John Branham, W. C. Huffman, Peter Bryson, Dr. Daniel Mentlo, and their wives were the charter members and leaders. They never faltered in their faith and devotion to the church. The deceased was known to many of the readers of the Gospel Advocate in Sumner, Dyer, Tipton, and Shelby Counties, Tenn., and Fulton County, Ky. They will like to know that an old soldier has entered into rest. There is scarcely another one of that old Union church left. We buried her in the cemetery at Breckinridge, Texas. I delivered what I thought to be a discourse suitable to the person and occasion, dwelling on the hope of the Christian its basis in the word of God. A large and sympathetic audience was present. Thus ends a long life. The world is all the better because my mother lived in it. He example is worthy of imitation. This is work that will never perish. How true it is, "We all do fade as a leaf!" Good-night, mother. The morning cometh. "Spring will visit the moldering tomb; light will dawn on the night of the grave." Then we will see thee again, not aged and suffering, but radiant with life, crowned with the glory and honor and immortality of the regeneration by Jesus the Christ, thy hope and Savior.
B. W. L., Wayland, Texas.
Gospel Advocate, January 17, 1895, page 47.
Lavender, Fannie Craft
Fannie Craft Lavender, 54, died March 21 at the Roanoke Memorial Hospital after a long battle with diabetes and other related illnesses.
The wife of Charles H. Lavender, minister for the East Side Church of Christ in Christiansburg, Tenn., she is survived by her husband; two sons, Shane and Mark; and four grandchildren.
Services were officiated by A. Lowell Altizer in Christiansburg March 24. Burial was at the Sunset Cemetery.
Gospel Advocate, July, 1992, page 37.
Lavender, Fannie Craft
Fannie Craft Lavender, 54, died March 21 at the Roanoke Memorial Hospital after a long battle with diabetes and other related illnesses.
The wife of Clarence Lavender, minister for the East Side Church of Christ in Christiansburg, Va., she is survived by her husband; two daughters, Amy Harber, Roanoke Rapids, N.,C., Beth Lavender, at home; two sons, Shane and Mark; and four grandchildren.
Services were officiated by A. Lowell Altizer in Christiansburg on March 24. Burial was at the Sunset Cemetery.
Gospel Advocate, September, 1992, page 57.
Lawler, Maude Bell
Maude Bell Lawler of Hodges, Ala., died at Russellville on September 19, 1975, after an extended illness. She was 61 years of age.
She was a lifetime resident of Marion County and a faithful member of the Hodges church of Christ.
She is survived by her husband, Dayton Lawler, her father, J. G. Glenn, Hodges; five sisters, Mrs. Eva Evans and Mrs. Kathleen Howell, Hackleburg, Ala.; Mrs. Alma Harris, Hodges; Mrs. Jonceil Quinn and Mrs. June Wade from Birmingham; two brothers, G. C. Glenn and Jack Glenn, both of Hodges.
Sister Maude Lawler was, by every standard, one of the greatest Christian women I have ever known. I formed these impressions of her as a little boy, growing up in the same congregation with her. The impressions which I formed of her at the first have continued unchanged to the day she passed from this life. Sister Lawler was the product of a very fine Christian home. Her father, J. R. Glenn, obeyed the gospel in 1912, being 22 years of age at the time. I do not know when nor where her mother became a Christian. I do know that Sister Lawler had Christian training and influence in her young life. She was baptized into Christ in August of 1928.
Dayton Lawler, her husband, was baptized in August of 1930. Dayton and Maude were married in November of 1935. They attended worship services at the Hodges congregation, with the exception of four years, during World War II. They were a great Christian couple. Sister Lawler taught many boys and girls over those years.
Sister Lawler herself would not approve of extravagant eulogy, but it is difficult to find language to measure the value to a human life of so consecrated a person as she was.
Her body was put to rest in Mount Olive Cemetery, less than one mile from where she and her husband lived.
Gospel Advocate, December 11, 1975, page 807.
Lawler, W. T.
W. T. Lawler was born in Weakley County, Tenn., on July 19, 1838. He was married in May, 1871, to Fannie McCain. To this union were born seven children, four of whom are living. Dr. Lawler was a Confederate soldier, going through the four-years' hardships of war. He also enlisted in the army of the Lord, under the banners of the King of Kings. He fought as such for more than twenty years. He was one of the members of the Martin church of Christ that filled his place at each service. Always quiet, he was very positive for what he thought was right. We are always made to sorrow and weep when such useful men are cut down by the sickle of death, but not as those that have no hope for their dead. God's great and precious promises are to sustain the sorrowful, to console the weeping heart. Sister Lawler has lost a kind husband, the children have lost a good father, and the church at Martin has lost a useful member. Let us all hope that our loss is heaven's gain.
A. O. Colley.
Gospel Advocate, May 19, 1910, page 622.
Lawler, W. T.
After a long siege of bodily affliction and much suffering, our esteemed brother, W. T. Lawler, died at his home in Lexington, Tenn., on January 19, 1906, aged fifty-eight years. On the next day, after funeral services by the writer, a host of sorrowing friends and relatives followed his remains to the Lexington Cemetery. Brother Lawler was an active member of the church of Christ for twenty-eight years, and was ever found at his post of duty on Lord's day when physically able to be there. All who knew him respected him for his purity of speech, upright life, and earnest devotion to duty. He leaves a wife, six children, and many friends to mourn their loss. While his chair will ever more be vacant here, and his face will be seen no more among us on earth, we believe he will occupy a place in heaven with God and the angels. "Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city."
C. M. Gleaves., Life, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, February 8, 1906, page 96.
Lawrence, Daryl Craig
Daryl Craig Lawrence, 26, of Franklin, Ohio, died March 19 in Middletown Regional Hospital, Middletown, Ohio, as the result of an automobile accident. Born Dec. 20, 1960, in Plainview, Texas, he was the son of D. C. and Eloise Lawrence. He was employed as youth minister of the Bonita Drive Church of Christ, Middletown. Earlier ministries included work in Alabama and West Monroe, La., with Adventures in Christian Living.
Survivors include his wife, Julie Darlene Griffis, whom he married July 19, 1986; his parents; one sister, Roxanna Sue Sheehan of San Antonio, Texas; two brothers, Danny Reese of Layton, Utah, and John Michael of Montgomery, Ala.; and his maternal grandmother, Mrs. John G. (Roxanna) Reese of Fairborn.
Services were conducted March 25 in the Central Avenue Church of Christ with James Kinser, minister of the Middletown Church, officiating. Burial was at the Byron Cemetery in Fairborn.
John M. Lawrence.
Gospel Advocate, May 21, 1987, page 315.
Lawrence, David P.
David P. Lawrence was born in Rutherford county, Tenn., Feb. 12, 1862, and departed this life May 2, 1894. David was a kind, lovable schoolboy. His early life was spent among us, and his genial disposition made him liked by all who knew him. At the age of twenty-one he sold his interest in his father's estate and went West to seek his fortune, and, to a certain extent, he had succeeded; yet in the midst of prosperity, death came. He fell from a bridge; his back was broken and so bruised that after thirty-six days of pain and untold suffering he died in St. Louis, Mo. He was cared for by a kind and loving sister. What a blessing! At his own request his remains were brought back to the old home. His funeral was preached to a large number of weeping friends and relatives. We laid his body in the family graveyard to await the call of the Master.
Gospel Advocate, June 7, 1894, page 358.
On the afternoon of May 22, 1922, all that was mortal of Eugene Lawrence was committed to the earth to await the resurrection. His existence on the earth of forty-five years was characterized by thirty years spent in the service of his Master. Remembering his Creator at the age of fifteen, he was baptized by Brother F. W. Smith, and afterwards lived faithfully the Christian life. Because of an affliction in infancy Eugene was never strong physically, but mentally his mind was alert, and spiritually he was a pillar of strength in the church. Hence he always took a delight in ministering in any way he felt his talent would permit. Appropriate and comforting words of condolence were made at his funeral by Prof. Warmoth Peebles, a lifelong friend, teacher, and coworker in the church. He is survived by a mother, one brother, and three sisters, who mourn their irreparable loss. But in some fairer day, if faithful to God, there will be a family reunion.
J. Leonard Jackson.
Gospel Advocate, June 8, 1922, page 552.
Fred Lawrence taught his Bible class Sunday morning, December 17, 1967, at Seventh and College, Mayfield, Ky. With his wife, Anice, he listened to the morning service from Mayfield via radio as they drove to Union City, Tenn., where they arrived in time for their (later) morning worship. His nephew, Waylon Lawrence, whom he, in so many ways, had encouraged, preaches at Bishop Street, and they especially enjoyed his sermon, and spent a pleasant day with his family. Late in the day he suffered a heart attack, and died about 8:30 that night.
Early in life Brother Lawrence taught school, and he often preached at many neighboring congregations. His interest in benevolence and Christian education led to his selection as a member of the Advisory Committees of Paradise Friendly Home, near Mayfield, and Freed-Hardeman College, Henderson, Tenn. He was chosen one of the bishops at Seventh and College in 1961, and continued in that capacity until his death. For thirty-one years he had been a rural letter carrier, and often gave his afternoons and evenings to the work of the church. Few revivals within driving distance were not visited by him, and he was an encouragement to many preachers. About twenty-five preachers served as honorary pallbearers at his funeral.
At his request, two of his nephews, Billy C. Lawrence, of Taft, Calif., and Waylon Lawrence, of Union, of Union city, Tenn., preached his funeral, at Seventh and College, on Wednesday, December 20. For almost six years I preached there (until late summer), and at the very hour of his passing was enroute to be his house guest a few days; hence I dismissed the service. The present minister, W. E. Wardlaw, conducted the graveside service at the Highland Park Cemetery near his home.
Brother Lawrence is survived by his wife, Anice, and two daughters, Mrs. Lorena Adair, of Carterville, Ky., and Mrs. Ouida Spinola, of Phoenix, Ariz.
Flavil H. Nichols.
Gospel Advocate, January 25, 1968, page 62.
Lawrence, Mrs. John
Died July, 24, 1888, sister Lawrence wife of brother John Lawrence.
Sister Lawrence was born March 30, 1850; married Nov. 14, 1869; united with the church of Christ July, 1872. Sister Lawrence has been in feeble health for several years. Since her union with the disciples, she has heard a great deal of preaching and always enjoyed the assembly of the saints. Sickness often kept her away from church.
Sister Lawrence was a patient sufferer. Her disposition was naturally quiethad been cultivated by the gospel which teaches that the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit is of great worth. "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord." "The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord."
Sister Lawrence leaves behind, a husband and a little adopted girl to mourn her loss. May God help them to live right, so they may "meet on that beautiful shore." The Master "doeth all things well." "All things work together for good, to them who love the Lord, to the called according to his purpose."
John W. Johnson., Clarksburg, Tenn., Sept. 14.
Gospel Advocate, September 26, 1888, page 15.
Lawrence, Joseph Dorris
Brother Joseph Dorris Lawrence was born in Warren county, Va., Nov. 18, 1815. He moved to Alexandria, Tenn., in 1858. While in Alexandria his wife died. He afterwards married in Georgia an excellent woman and about the close of the war moved to Nashville. In December 1867 he and his wife made the good confession and were both baptized by the writer in Nashville. In a few brief years his wife died full of faith and hope. After some time Bro. Lawrence married his third wife in Davidson county. She I believe was baptized by Bro. D. Lipscomb and two or three years ago was called to her reward. Bro. Lawrence then came to Alexandria to spend the remainder of his days at the home of his son, R. A. Lawrence where he died Dec. 18, 1887.
We can truly say of Bro. Lawrence that his last days were his best days. The last ten years of his life he was an earnest devoted Christian. He loved the Master's cause and people. He suffered long, but bore his sufferings patiently and when the death-messenger came he expressed himself as ready to go without a single doubt or fear.
J. M. Kidwill.
Gospel Advocate, February 29, 1888, page 10.
Lawrence, Kate Lee
Sister Kate Lee Lawrence, of Phenix City, Ala., died at her home on Long Street after a few hours' illness, of heart trouble. She was born on May 11, 1894, and died on March 10, 1930, lacking just two months of being thirty-six years of age. Sister Lawrence obeyed the gospel a few years ago, being baptized by Brother Hugh E. Garrett. Since then she had been faithful and devoted to the cause she loved so well. While her health had been such for the past two years that she could not attend church regularly, she would tune in on her radio and listen to the sweet story of the gospel preached in a far-away State. In fact, she was taken ill while listening to a sermon from a Texas station. She left a husband and six children to mourn her loss. Funeral services were held at the church of Christ in Phenix City. Evidence of the high esteem in which she was held was shown by the very large crowd assembled at the funeral services and the many beautiful floral offerings. We sorrow with the bereaved husband and children, but not without hope. Our loss is her gain.
R. C. Taylor.
Gospel Advocate, May 1, 1930, page 428.
Lawrence, Ledonia F.
Sister Ledonia F. Lawrence, wife of Brother R. E. Lawrence, and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Pritchard, departed this life on January__, 1902; was born on December 31, 1869; was baptized into Christ at Roan's Creek, Carroll County, Tenn., while in her twelfth year by Brother Crum. At the age of fourteen years she was married to Brother W. A. Massey, and was the mother of nine children, eight by her first husband and one by her last husband; five of these children went before her, and four now survive her. She was married to her last husband on July 15, 1900. At the time of her death she was a member of the congregation worshiping at Buena Vista, Tenn., and was a model Christian. She was a Bible reader, having studied it daily so that she might be able to rear up her children right. Sister Ledonia was much loved by all who knew her. During her illness she bore it with patience and expressed herself as not being afraid to die. To the bereaved relatives, we say: Weep not as those who have no hope.
J. W Jarrett., Clarksburg, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, December 25, 1902, page 826.
Lawrence, Sallie B.
Sister Sallie B. wife of W. B. Lawrence deceased, died at the home of Dr. Maynor, on Fatherland street, East Nashville, Oct. 21, 1891. She was in her 76th year, and had been a devoted member of the church of God most of her life. Long and happily did she and Bro. Lawrence tread together the pathway of life. He had not preceded her a great while, to the world beyond, so that nearly all their lives they spent in this happy union. They were not only united as husband and wife, but were also united together in Christ, in the church of the living God. She was faithful, both as wife, and mother. Kind-hearted and pleasant to all, she made many friends, and few enemies. She was sympathetic and charitable to those who were suffering, or in need. She was strongly devoted to her husband and to her children, and was ever and always ready to spend and be spent for their welfare. She leaves several children, and grandchildren to mourn their loss of her, as well as a large circle of friends. But while their loss is great, it is gain to her. In departing this life she was forever set free from pain, suffering, and anxiety, and goes to join her husband in the bright "over there," to be forever happy and free. Then let the family and friends strive earnestly while they live to serve the Lord she served, and when they are called hence, they may meet her in "the sweet by and by," where these sad partings will be no more, and pleasant home circles never again severed, and sad farewells never again be said.
E. G. S.
Gospel Advocate, December 24, 1891, page 813.
Dr. Bob Laws departed this life on December 12, 1907, aged seventy-one years, eleven months, and ten days. Dr. Laws' faith in Christ has been spoken of both at home and aboard. He was a member of the body of Christ twenty-two years, during which time he showed his faith on various occasions and in many ways. The deceased possessed many fine traits. His veracity was unquestioned by those who knew him. His honesty was very manifest in all of his dealings with his fellow-man. He was temperate in all things, was liberal when convinced that giving would prove a blessing, yet he had no money to encourage laziness, immorality, and vice. He gave freely to the spread of the gospel of Christ and to help those who tried to help themselves. He was satisfied with the simple gospel. He never tried to popularize it, and he did not like to see others do so. Innovations he abominated. To the afflicted ones I would say: Cheer up, trust in the Lord, and do good. "Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and stablish you in every good word and work."
J. W. Johnson., Clarksburg, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, January 2, 1908, page 10.
Laws, Charlie Barton
Charlie Barton Laws, 93, of Fayetteville, Tenn., died Nov. 13, 1993.
In the early 1920s, Laws attended the Old Dasher Bible School. Having begun preaching while still a young man, he preached until illness forced him to end his preaching career, which was only months before his death.
Laws and his first wife, Vivian, now deceased, worked in West Africa with a Christian Schoolhe as an instructor and she was a registered nurse.
Laws is survived by his second wife, Geneva; a daughter, Ann Wigle, of Potomac, Md.; a son, Johnny, of Smyrna, Tenn.; and two sisters, Floy Rushing, of Huntingdon, Tenn., and Edith Pendergrass, of Atwood, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, January, 1994, page 55.
Sister Emma Laws was born in Marshall County, Miss., on December 28, 1876, and died on January 11, 1899. In the fifteenth year of her age she gave her heart to Jesus, and was baptized into the one body, of which she was an earnest, exemplary member to the end of her life. Never of robust health, she fell an easy victim to that dread malady, meningitis. Conscious of her approaching dissolution, she seemed to catch glimpses of the glories "over there," and earnestly exhorted her friends to be ready, as she was ready, to obey the summons: "Come home." She was the idol of her own happy home, the center of a large circle of doting friends; and the great esteem in which she was held was attested by the large concourse of people who followed her remains through sleet and slush to their last resting place. May that dear Savior whom she loved so well and served so faithfully comfort and soothe the bereaved and aching hearts of father and mother and eldest brother, and, by his providence, guide the younger brothers in paths of beauty. The parting is not for long. Soon shall they, if faithful,
With songs on their lips and harps in their hands,
Meet one another again.
W. A. Crum.
Gospel Advocate, March 16, 1899, page 170.
Laws, Siddie Emma Brandon
Mrs. Siddie Emma Brandon Laws was born August 12, 1883. She departed this life September 29, 1956, making her stay on earth seventy-three years, one month and seventeen days. She was the daughter of the late J. A. (Alec) and Arizona (Zona) Phillips Brandon of Clarksburg and spent most of her life in Carroll County, Tenn. She obeyed the gospel at the age of thirteen at Poplar Springs church of Christ and was faithful until death. She was married to John S. Laws in December, 1899, and after twenty years was left a widow at the age of thirty-six. Being left alone with six children she faced the struggle bravely until all were in homes of their own. She found time to visit and help care for the sick. After her children were married she spent some time in various homes caring for the sick, or elderly people and babies. She counted her children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren as great riches. Her hands were never idle as long as she was able to be up. She had great faith and attributed her success through her hard struggle to prayer. She is survived by her children, C. Barton Laws, White's Creek, Tenn.; Mrs. Mamie Dill, Huntingdon, Tenn.; Mrs. Edith Pendergrass of Terry community near Milan, Tenn.; Mrs. Elaine Bush, Bargerton; Mrs. Floy Rushing, Clarksburg, and Dwayne Laws, Indianapolis, Ind.; Sixteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren; one brother, Milton Brandon of Clarksburg and two half-brothers, Arthur Brandon, Memphis, Tenn., and Charley Brandon, of Charleston, W. Va., and one half-sister, Mrs. Helen Lewelling, Memphis, Tenn. Funeral services were conducted by Fred Chunn at the church building in Huntingdon October 1. Burial was in Seller Cemetery.
Mrs. Edith Laws Pendergrass.
Gospel Advocate, December 20, 1956, page 999.
Laws, W., Dr.
Dr. W. Laws was born on March 29, 1829, and died on October 18, 1906. Dr. Laws was a great man. He read much and was blessed with a good memory. His knowledge of books and of things in general was extensive. He could converse intelligently on almost any subject. He was the best-informed man in the Bible I ever knew, considering the time and attention he necessarily gave to other matters. The deceased was as familiar with the Old Testament Scriptures as the New. When baptized into Christ by the writer, he requested his name put on the church book. His physical condition was such that he did not know he would ever be able to attend, but he desired to be counted one of the brethren. In his estimation a Christian was the loveliest character and the church the grandest institution. He abhorred divisions in the church. One of his favorite scriptures was: "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!" The deceased had many excellent traits. He was kind, peaceable, meek, patient, sympathetic, and full of mercy. He abounded in filial and fraternal affection. He never forgot his father and mother. As a brother, he was kind. In sickness he was present to ease pain and, if possible, prolong life. He loved his own folks with a tender love and sympathized with the suffering everywhere. The deceased leaves a brother, two sisters, relatives, and many friends to mourn his departure. "Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy."
J. W. Johnson., Clarksburg, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, June 20, 1907, page 398.
Lawson, Annie J.
Mrs. Annie J. Lawson was born on December 26, 1872, near Rogersville, Tenn., departed this life on Saturday, February 13, 1943. On July 29, 1894, she was united in marriage with William M. Lawson, who survives her. Seven children also survivethree sons (Carl and Bob, of Rogersville, and Arthur, of the United States Army), four daughters (Mrs. John Carmack, Mrs. Leon Carmack, Mrs. Earl Bloomer, and Mrs. Clifford Burton), also one brother (George Stipe), all of Rogersville. She became a member of the church in 1896, and lived a loyal Christian life until the time of her death. She gave the lot on which the present meetinghouse of the Antioch Church now stands. Her home was always open to preachers who visited the congregation. Funeral services were conducted from the Antioch Church at 2:30 P.M., Monday, with V. E. Gregory, of Kingsport, Tenn., officiating. Burial was in Highland Cemetery.
Gospel Advocate, April 1, 1943, page 309.
Lawson, James M.
James M. Lawson was born in Union County, S.C., on January 2, 1840, and died on January 7, 1923. He moved to Mississippi many years ago, and was married to Miss Rachel Lawhorn, to which union nine children were born. Seven are still living, and all are members of the church of Christ. Brother Lawson was baptized by Brother Haskins in 1889 and continued to be a leading member of the congregation at Lawson's Chapel, in Clay County, Miss., until the Lord called him to come up higher. His first wife died some twenty years ago, and he was married to Mrs. Cantrell. No children were born to this union. I have held many meetings at Lawson's Chapel, and Brother Lawson was always present to encourage and help in the work. He will be sadly missed by the church there, as well as by the many relatives and friends. I never held a funeral service where I could with more confidence say to the bereaved ones: "Weep not as those that have no hope." May God's blessings and protecting care be ever with those left behind.
P. D. Lawson.
Gospel Advocate, February 1, 1923, page 112.
Lawson, Minnie Pearl Cantrell
Minnie Pearl Cantrell Lawson was born April 30, 1884, at Una, Miss.; passed in New Orleans, La., June 22, 1948. In 1903 she was married to James Monroe Lawson, who preceded her in death in 1935. She is survived by two daughters: Mrs. Prince Crowder and Mrs. Lottie Chandler, of New Orleans. She was a faithful member of the body of Christ for more than forty years. Many of those years were spent in West Point, Miss., where the church was weak and had no house of worship. She and her family worked against much discouragement in order to establish the church more firmly in that community. Their home was always headquarters for gospel preacher who went there to hold meetings. Sister Lawson was a diligent student of the Bible. She looked forward to reading the Gospel Advocate each week for many years. Nothing gave her more joy than attending worship, visiting the sick, or doing some good work. About five years ago she moved to New Orleans, and at her passing was among the most beloved members of Carrollton Avenue Church. Funeral services were conducted at West Point by Howard McTee, Tolbert Vaughan, Jr., and the writer. She was interred in Una Cemetery.
Howard A. White., New Orleans, La.
Gospel Advocate, July 22, 1948, page 718.
Sister Rachel Lawson died on the evening of June 15, 1903; was born on November 3, 1842; was married to Mr. James Lawson in January, 1861; in September, 1892, she obeyed the gospel of Christ, and until her death she was faithful and true to her Master's will. She was the mother of eleven children, nine of whom survive her. Shortly before her death, and realizing that the end was near, she called her husband and her children to her bedside and earnestly urged them to so live as to meet her in the home above and spend eternity with her in that glorious home prepared for the Lord's people. May they all so live as to at last "have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city."
A. H. Smith., Montpelier, Miss.
Gospel Advocate, July 23, 1903, page 474.
Brother Reuben Lawson was born and reared in Claiborne county, Tenn.the exact time is not known, but about 1784. He went to Missouri early in life, and married Miss J. Ames. They had seven children born to them. Brother Lawson was baptized into the Church of Christ about 1840, by Brother Davis. He faithfully served the church as deacon nearly all his Christian life. He moved from Missouri to Arkansas, and lived there a devoted Christian until about six years ago, when he came to the house of his son-in-law, Mr. A. Reynolds, near Maloney, Ellis county, Texas, where he has been properly cared for ever since. The last three years of his life he has been nearly helpless, and never talked to any one more than to bluntly answer questions.
Gospel Advocate, April 26, 1894, page 262.
Lawson, Thomas Melvin
Thomas Melvin Lawson died at his home in Hohenwald, Tenn., June 5, 1956, after having suffered from a heart condition for some time. He was born September 18, 1884, which made him seventy-one years, eight months and seventeen days old. Brother Lawson was married to Miss Sue Anne Totty, who survives him, October 9, 1909, and to them were born seven children, all of which are members of the Lord's body. There are twenty-seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren living, and a greater number of these are members of the church. Brother Lawson was a faithful gospel preacher. Although he did not begin to preach until 1928, some of his greatest work was done, however, before he began to preach. The church at Gordonsburg, and also at Lomax Cross Roads, Tenn., was started by him and his wife during this time. After he had been preaching some time, he moved his family to Wales Station in Giles County, Tenn., and started the work there in 1931. He was a regular reader of the Gospel Advocate. In 1934 Brother Lawson moved his family back to Lewis County to Lomax Cross Roads to spend the rest of his days working with this and other small churches throughout the area. Brother Lawson farmed the last useful years of his life and was successful but humble. Oftentimes he would loose his horses from the plow and hitch them to the wagon and go preach that night. The most he ever received for his labors was $35, the rest of the time, seldom ever expenses. Brother Lawson was laid to rest beneath the beautiful oaks in the little church yard at the Lomax Cross Roads meetinghouse where he labored so long in the Master's vineyard. Funeral services were conducted by Riley Moore, Charles Tidwell and this writer.
Curtis W. Posey.
Gospel Advocate, September 27, 1956, page 807.
Lawson, Tommie Kimbro
On February 19, 1906, Sister Tommie Kimbro Lawson, wife of Brother J. C. Lawson, of Nashville, Tenn., fell asleep in Jesus. Brother J. W. Shepherd conducted funeral services at her home, after which she was laid to rest in Mount Olivet, until called forth by the archangel, when he shall declare that time shall be no more. Sister Lawson was born on March 25, 1873; was married to J. C. Lawson on October 5, 1893; and obeyed the gospel during a meeting held by Brother T. B. Larimore at the Reid Avenue church of Christ. Her health began to decline several years ago, and everything in the power of physicians, climates, etc., that loving friends could do, was without avail. She was a devoted wife and mother, and very zealous in her Christian duties. It was the pleasure of the writer to attend to the Lord's Supper for her a week before she died. She was perfectly resigned to God's will, and almost the last words she spoke were: "Lord, if I cannot get well, please take me now." Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with the broken-hearted family; but God alone can heal every wound. If they are faithful, mother will clasp in her arms again her beloved daughter; the husband, his wife; and the son, his mother. May God help them to this end.
S. T. Morehead.
Gospel Advocate, May 31, 1906, page 350.
Lawyer, M. D. (Doug)
M. D. (Doug) Lawyer, 71, died Dec. 29, 1998.
Lawyer had served as the associate minister for the Edmond Church of Christ for the past 18 years.
A native of Blackwater, Mo., Lawyer was a graduate of Harding University and held a master's degree in history from Texas Tech.
He preached for congregations in Arkansas, Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma and served as a missionary in Nigeria for five years.
Lawyer is survived by his wife, Charla; and four daughters, Shauna, Tami, Cindi and Keri. He was preceded in death by a son, Doug.
Gospel Advocate, March, 1999, page 45.
Lay, W. N.
Brother W. N. Lay was born in Giles County, Tenn., May 25, 1843. He was a patient sufferer from consumption for more than four months, and departed this life Jan. 1, 1897. I knew Brother Lay for seven years, and can truthfully say that I never knew a kinder heart or more genial nature than his. He always had a kind word for his fellow-man. He was devoted to his children, and loved them. I was by his bedside many times during his illness, and do not hesitate to say that I never have seen greater patience and less murmuring upon the part of a sufferer. He assured us that all was well with him, and signified it by pointing upward to that home where bliss is never alloyed. I would say to those who gave him especial care in his illness to so live that we may meet him around the throne in heaven, where parting is never known.
A. L. D'Armond., Otto, Ark.
Gospel Advocate, March 4, 1897, page 139.
Laycock, Margaret Maria
Margaret Maria Williams, relict of the late Bryan Laycock, died, at Meaford, Ontario, Canada, on Friday, February 20, 1903, in the seventy-fourth year of her age. The funeral, which took place on Lord's day afternoon, February 22, and which was conducted by the wrier, was an attestation of the deserved popularity of the deceased. Margaret Maria Williams was born, on September 24, 1829, in Jefferson County, N.Y., and emigrated to Canada in 1840. She was married to Bryan Laycock in 1847, and was the mother of ten children, all of whom survive her. She was a direct descendant of Elder William Brewster, of the Mayflower. She became a disciple, and continued faithful till she died. For more than fifty years she did what she could for her Master. A great and good woman has fallen from the ranks of the earthly army to join God's host above. Every one who knew her spoke of her as being one of the best of women in all the relationships of lifea kind, loving, tender-hearted, sympathetic, Christian woman. So those who mourn her death here have the consolation and precious hope that she rests from her labors, while her works shall follow her. May her children and grandchildren recognize the fact that their mother and grandmother has gone to paradise, where she will enjoy unbroken rest forever; and may this very thought cause them to henceforth live for God and heaven.
W. F. Neal.
Gospel Advocate, March 12, 1903, page 170.
Miss Lora Laycook, former residence hall supervisor at Freed-Hardeman University and Bible school teacher, died May 8 at Hillhaven Convalescent Home in Huntington, Tenn. She was 89.
Laycook joined the FHU staff in 1951 at the request of H. A. Dixon, then president of the school. She served as a dormitory supervisor until her retirement in the 1980s.
Laycook taught preschool children for more than 40 years, preparing most of her own material, including songs. She taught at various places including the Hendersonville Church of Christ, the campus nursery school, and Mid-South Youth Camp.
Conducting workshops in 19 states, Laycook helped train other Bible school teachers. She also taught college women informally as they observed her classes.
Freed-Hardeman University named a child development center in her honor in 1990.
She is survived by two sisters, Lila Carden of Huntington, Tenn., and Lou Erin Holladay of Holladay, Tenn.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Lora Laycook Scholarship Fund at Freed-Hardeman University.
Gospel Advocate, July, 1993, page 57.
Dean Layman was born January 18, 1920, in Seneca Township, Noble County, Ohio, in the Bateshill community; departed this life about midnight, Thursday, February 5, 1948, in an automobile accident near his home, four miles west of Cambridge, Ohio, on United States Route 40. He was the youngest son of Charles B. and Madge Bates Layman, and was an active member of the church, 610 Steubenville Avenue, Cambridge, Ohio. Dean was a jolly boy who enjoyed living. He always wanted to help others, and seemed to get great pleasure out of making others happy by sacrificing his own personal desires and pleasures. He wanted everybody to be his friend. By being a friend, he had many friends. He was a sophomore at Muskingum College, New Concord, Ohio, and took part in many worthwhile activities of the college, as well as the community in which he lived. He leaves to mourn his demise his parents, one brother (Don Layman, of Battle Creek, Mich., one grandmother (Mrs. Bethel Bates, of Bateshill), and many other relatives and friends, but especially his cousin (Arndt), who lived with him in the same home all their lives and were as brothers. One infant
brother (Bert Bates Layman) died in 1926. Scores of friends grieve that one so young, a flower indeed, is called from earth. The funeral was conducted at the church in Cambridge, Ohio, where the largest audience ever in the building had assembled. The writer delivered the sermon, assisted by Brother Cane, of Washington Court House, reading the Scriptures, and the prayer was spoken by T. A. Christy.
Oliver Johnson., Mount Vernon, Ohio.
Gospel Advocate, March 4, 1948, page 238.
Sister Annie Layne was born on November 14, 1885, and died on February 12, 1906. She obeyed the gospel under the preaching of Brother L. S. White on August 30, 1900, and was a faithful member of the body of Christ worshiping at Bethany Church, in Wilson County, Tenn., to the day of her death. She was a true Christian, an obedient daughter, and a devoted sister. While her departure from earth is a great loss to parents, sister, and the church, to her it is but a triumphant entrance into the eternally bright beyond. Funeral from the church house and burial in the grounds near by. Father, mother, sister: Annie is just waiting for you on the other side.
A. S. Derryberry.
Gospel Advocate, February 22, 1906, page 126.
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