|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
Long, Cass C.
Sister Cass C. Long was the daughter of brother Randolph and sister Katherine Clack, and was born in Jefferson county, Ky., Oct. 10, 1843. Was baptized in August 1855, and united with the church of Christ at Fishersville during a meeting held by Bro. Geo. W. Elley. During her girlhood and early womanhood she constantly attended both the church Sunday-school at Fishersville, and on account of her amiable and lovely disposition she was greatly loved and esteemed by all who knew her. She was married Dec. 11, 1873 to Dr. W. H. Long of the Marine Service and lived the remainder of her life at the different ports to which her husband was assigned for duty, and everywhere held the esteem and devotion of those around her. A few hours before her death she called the officers and attendants of the hospital around her at the port in Cincinnati and told them of Jesus' love for them and begged them to love and obey him, and meet her in heaven. Her life was beautiful in every detail of love and duty, and her death triumphant. She died August 9, 1891, aged forty-eight years. The following letter was dictated by her three days before she died and contains in her own words a dying message to her two surviving children.
"For My Children"
I am weak, weak in flesh from long suffering, but not weak in faiththat grows stronger day by day, and while I find but little rest upon this chair of pain to which disease has bound me for weeks and months, yet I look forward to rest hereafter. I look to my heavenly father every morning for strength for the day and I try to have at all times a perfect understanding with him. I pray every morning; and all through the day I talk to my Father and yours, so that if at night when I try to compose myself for rest I am too weak and cannot collect my thoughts, he understands that prayer and praise are in my heart, and that my faith and love have not grown weak at all. My dear children, he knows I trust everything to him for our good here and hereafter, and that I realize "He doeth all things well." My life and my death are in his hands and committing you to his tender care I am content. He is my stay and my comfort. Living and dying I trust all to him, and bless his holy name, I love him, I adore him with my whole heart. He knows this and my heart is satisfied for I trust in his promises. I want all my friends to meet me in heaven and my heart yearns for you, my children as only a mother's heart can yearn. I pray that in God's providence you may be trained to love and serve him forever. If you live to be grown I pray that you may both be good and faithful Christians, and then we'll meet and live together once more in heaven. Again my dear little girl and boy would I pray that when you are older your hearts may be filled with the love of God and the prayers of your dying mother be answered."
And thus with faith and hope and trust and prayer welling up from the depths of the soul, there passed in triumph from earth one of God's elect women. May God sustain her bereaved husband and help him in his efforts to bring to pass an answer to the mother's dying petition for their children.
G. G. Taylor.
Gospel Advocate, November 19, 1891, page 734.
Long, Henry Clay, Dr.
On September 14, 1947, the Laurel Avenue Church and all Knoxville suffered a great loss in the death of Dr. Henry Clay Long. He had a heart attack while at worship and died about an hour later. He was vitally interested in the cause of the Lord, and served as an elder of the Laurel Avenue congregation. Though always a busy, overworked doctor, he showed that Christ came first in his life, for he refused to allow his practice to keep him from worship, except possibly in extreme emergencies. His heart was as pure as the morning dew; and after being with him in intimate association, I always felt refreshed and ennobled by his fellowship. Dr. Long had been a member of the church for more than thirty-seven years, having been baptized by E. H. Boyd in Jasper, Tenn. As a professional man, Dr. Long was foremost in his field. He graduated in medicine at Vanderbilt University in 1914, and did postgraduate work at the universities of Chicago, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. He was a member and past president of the Knoxville Academy of Medicine, a member of the American Medical Association, the Tennessee Medical Society, and the American Board of Internal Medicine. The place he occupied in the hearts of the people of Knoxville was demonstrated at his funeral, when all available seating space was used and many were turned away, and when the floral offerings were so numerous many could not be placed in the auditorium. Surviving are the widow (Mrs. Annette Steele Long), a son (Henry Heath Long), two daughters (Misses Sarah R. and Florence Annette Long), three sisters (Mrs. Thomas Boone, Chattanooga, and Mrs. Beene Walker and Mrs. Marion Hale, Hixon), and three brothers (Cecil and James Long, Chattanooga, and Atwood Long, Columbia, S. C.).
Billy Norris., Maryville, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, October 30, 1947, page 887.
Long, Joseph H.
Joseph H. Long was born on June 29, 1833, and died on August 27, 1914. He was married to Ritha Brown on November 24, 1881. To this union were born two childrenW. E. Long, of McEwen, Tenn., and Mrs. J. H. Murrell, of Granville, Tenn. Brother Long and wife went about twenty miles to obey the Lord in baptism, and were baptized by Brother E. G. Sewell, on October 14, 1894. As he lived six miles from the meetinghouse and was unable to attend the worship regularly there, they would often have it at home, and he delighted in talking of God's word and telling in a private way what to do to be saved. We wanted Brother Sewell to conduct the funeral services, but he was unable to attend; so the writer made a talk, after which the remains were laid to rest at Tennessee City, Tenn. To his widow, children, brother, sisters, and many friends I would say: We cannot bring him back, but we can live so as to be prepared for a better world than this, where we hope to meet him again, to part no more.
J. H. Murrell.
Gospel Advocate, July 8, 1915, page 678.
Long, Laura Alice
Sister Laura Alice Long, wife of Brother G. W. Long, fell asleep in Jesus March 11, 1894. She was conscious until death, and had no fears of the beyond. She was born Oct. 9, 1865. She was the daughter of Brother William Kellum. Under the preaching of Brother B. B. Sanders she obeyed the gospel in 1880, and in 1884 was married to Brother G. W. Long. Since then until death called her home she has been a zealous, untiring, earnest, loving mother and wife. She leaves her husband, three little children, two stepchildren (she being Brother Long's second wife), her mother, brothers, and sisters, and a host of friends, to mourn their loss. Her husband expressed the sentiment of all those who knew her when he says she was a good Christian woman, and a devoted wife and mother. She has passed beyond this vale, but not as those who have no hope. Well might she have said to her family and friends, "Weep not for me; in the Father's house are many mansions; be faithful until death, and we will one day together enjoy those mansions, when Jesus is to be glorified in his saints, because we know that if this earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens."
W. A. Simmons.
Gospel Advocate, June 7, 1894, page 358.
Long, Lula B.
Mrs. Lula B. Long died very suddenly on March 15, 1906, and was buried at Gleason, Tenn., on Friday, March 16, aged twenty-three years and seventeen days. She was a student of the Georgie Robertson Christian College, under the tutorship of Brother A. G. Freed, and had a large friendship among the students of that institution, each one of whom will be sad to note her death. She obeyed the gospel at a very early age, and was baptized by Brother Williams, at Gleason, Tenn. Her life was best known to the writer by the word "charity." Many times had she sat by the bedside of the sick and sorrowing and cooled, with a cup of cold water, the burning lips and the aching brow and comforted the bleeding heart; many were the bouquets of sweet flowers that she sent to cheer and make glad the heart of the dying. She not only spent time, but money, to relieve the sick and poor. If every one who loved her would plant one blossom upon her grave, she would sleep beneath a wilderness of flowers. To the broken-hearted mother, sister, brother, and loved ones that mourn their loss, let us say: Better and sweeter is that home where the storms gather no more, where temptations nevermore affect the pure-hearted, where there will be no more folding of hands or kissing of icy lips, than this world of sin and sorrow.
Gospel Advocate, April 12, 1906, page 234.
Long, Margaret J.
On May 23, 1910, the angel of death visited us and took from our midst Sister Margaret J. Long, wife of Capt. William S. Long, who died some years ago. Sister Long lived to a good old ageseventy-nine years. She leaves two sons and two brothers, besides many other relatives and friends, to mourn the loss of a devoted mother, sister, and friend. Brother J. T. Draper conducted the funeral services, after which her body was laid to rest beside that of her husband to await the resurrection morn. It is not claimed that she was without fault; there is no one who is. But she was a Christian, a member of the body of Christ. She had lived an exemplary Christian life for a number of years. It is indeed hard to break the fleshly ties that bind us here and lay our friends and loved ones away in the cold and silent tomb, never to see their face again while we live in this world; but if we will spend our life here as God directs, when death shall come to us, when the sun of our mortal life shall have sunk behind life's western horizon, and we shall have said the last farewell to loved ones left behind, we can look forward with glad anticipation to a crown of radiant gems that shall never fade away.
J. A. Craighead.
Gospel Advocate, June 9, 1910, page 698.
Long, Martha Louise Carter
It is with a sad heart that I announce the passing away of Sister Martha Louise Carter Long. She was born on April 26, 1852; was married to Brother Robert Long on November 10, 1869; and passed from earth and loved ones to her reward on July 17, 1923. In early life, under the preaching of Brother J. W. Lock, a pioneer preacher of the gospel, she confessed her faithful in Christ and was buried with him in baptism. Four brothers and two sisters preceded her to the grave; three brothers and one sister remain to mourn their loss. Sister Long never had any children, but she and Brother Long reared two girls (one a niece) to womanhood, who are now in happy homes of their own. For a number of years the writer preached for the Greenwood congregation, in Giles County, Tenn., of which Brother and Sister Long were members, and their places were never vacant if they were not providentially kept away. About fifteen years ago God saw fit to take Brother Long. Shortly afterwards she moved to Lawrenceburg, and has since made her home with her only living sister, Sister Lock. The congregation at this place has lost one of its most faithful and beloved members. Besides her brothers and sister, she leaves a number of nephews and nieces with sad and broken hearts. May the richest blessings of heaven rest upon the bereaved ones.
J. T. Harris.
Gospel Advocate, September 20, 1923, page 923.
Sister Mary Long"Aunt Mary," as she was familiarly called by a host of near friends and relativeswas born on May 29, 1824, and died on April 14, 1906. She obeyed the gospel about fifty years ago, and had since lived a faithful, Christian life. At the time of her death she worshiped with the congregation at Tennessee City, Tenn., where she lived with her sister, Mrs. B. A. Rice. Sister Long was buried at the family burying ground of her sister, at Tennessee City. Brother L. B. Jones conducted the funeral services. To the sorrowing ones I would say: "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."
W. Halliday Trice.
Gospel Advocate, July 12, 1906, page 445.
Long, Nathaniel Turner, Jr.
Nathaniel Turner Long Jr., 84, died May 14.
He was a member of the Central Church of Christ for 59 years where he served as a deacon and elder. Long was a professor at Lipscomb University from 1950 to 1991.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Nancy Jean Parman Long; one son, Stephen Brown; one brother, William Henry; two grandsons; and five great-grandchildren.
Burial was at Woodlawn Memorial Park.
Gospel Advocate, July, 2005, page 68.
Long, T. D.
T. D. Long was born April 30, 1868; and passed from this life on the night of January 7, 1943, at his home in Tupelo, Miss. He was married to Miss Maggie Law, November 22, 1896, and to that union three children were born, who, together with his good wife, survive his passing. Brother Long was baptized more than fifty-six years ago by R. P. Meeks. For forty-three years he had been a member of the congregation here in Tupelo, the last eighteen years of that time an elder. For more than fifty years Brother Long was a constant reader of the Gospel Advocate. In his passing the church in Tupelo has suffered a great loss. He was noted for his faithfulness and charitable works, much of such work being unknown outside of a small group and those who were the recipients of his good deeds. This writer had the privilege of speaking words of consolation to his family, his many friends, and a large audience which gathered to mourn his passing. It is rare that one is afforded the opportunity of speaking with such assurance in the presence of death. There can be no greater thing said of any man than that he died in the faithdied a Christian. Brother Long not only died a Christian, but he lived a Christian life.
J. F. Doggett., Tupelo, Miss.
Gospel Advocate, February 11, 1943, page 139.
Long, W. S.
At about 9:00 o'clock on Monday night, June 17, W. S. Long died at his home, 3368 Douglas Avenue, Memphis Tenn., where he had been so patiently and tenderly cared for by his faithful and loving wife during the period of his declining health. He was eighty-three years of age at the time of his death.
Brother Long remained active up to about two years ago, when, due to advancing age and its attendant infirmities, he was forced to retire from an extremely active ministry which covered a little more than sixty years of continuous preaching and teaching, during which time he perhaps preached more sermons, held more meetings, established more congregations, and helped to build more meetinghouses than any other one preacher in the brotherhood contemporary with his ministry. His ministry extended over a large part of our United States and some in Canada. He was respected, loved and honored everywhere he labored, and the same feeling of brotherly love was shared by thousands over the land who perhaps did not know him personally. Truly a valiant and faithful soldier of the cross has laid his armor down and gone home to rest.
Funeral services were held in the chapel of National Funeral Home in Memphis at 3:30 o'clock in the afternoon of June 19, in the presence of a large concourse of brethren and friends of the city and nearby communities. E. H. Ijams read selected passages from Brother Long's own Bible which had been previously marked by Brother Long. George Stevenson prayed and Alonzo Welch gave the eulogy. Ben Swinny, Bob Riggs, Leon Sanderson and Elmer Baggett sang three beautiful songs selected by Mrs. Long. Interment was in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Brother Long is survived by his wife, Mrs. Blanch Arnold Long of Memphis; one sister, Mrs. Mary Maham, Paris, Tenn., and three brothers, Dr. Ed Long, Wichita Falls, Texas; Elihu Long, Amarillo, Texas, and Gabe Long, Jackson, Miss.
Ealon V. Wilson.
Gospel Advocate, July 4, 1957, page 430.
Lonon, J. B.
J. B. Lonon was born at Murphy, N. C., July 4, 1864. He was married at Buford, Ark., December 24, 1891. He was baptized into Christ in 1908. He died at his home near Mabank, Texas, May 24, 1931. He is survived by his wife; six childrenHarvey, Charlie, Clyde, Heston, Oliver, Cleo (Mrs. McFarland); twelve grandchildren; six brothersW. J., Porter, Okla.; J. F., Springfield, Mo.; C. M., Tulsa, Okla.; R. A., Big Springs, Texas; C. N., Mabank, Texas; E. P., Santa Anna, Calif.; and three sistersMrs. M. E. King and Mrs. H. R. Scott, Republic, Mo., and Mrs. Linnie Knight, Springfield, Mo. Brother Lonon resided in Texas thirty-three years, seventeen of which were spent in Henderson County. The funeral service was conducted at the home on May 25, 1931, by Charles H. Roberson. The gathering of friends and neighbors spoke highly of the esteem they had for him and his family. One neighbor said: "He surely was a first-class citizen." Brother Melton, elder of the Mabank congregation, where Brother Lonon was a member, spoke very highly of the kind of life that he had lived, and quoted many of the precious promises recorded in the Bible, with the declaration that his friend and brother met all the conditions on which the promises are made. The writer knew him for many years, and always heard good things of him. His faith was stanch, and those left to mourn his death may have the sweet assurance that he came to the end of life's pilgrimage here in the triumph of that faith. The floral offerings were profuse, and, like the presence of so many friends, spoke eloquently n their silence of the respect for his godly life of those who supplied them. He was buried in the Mabank Cemetery.
Charles H. Roberson.
Gospel Advocate, 1931, page 823.
Lorren, William Aaron
All of those who have preached at Borden Springs, Ala., within the last twenty-five years will regret to learn of the passing of William Aaron Lorren. He departed this life April 22, 1947, at the age of seventy-six years, seven months, and twenty-one days. He is survived by his wife, four sons, and three daughters. They are members of the church. Brother Lorren has served as one of the elders of the church at Borden Springs for many years. He taught the Bible for fifty years, and preached the gospel also. He had a great knowledge of the Scriptures and loved the truth. He was always kind and gentle, and loved his neighbors. It was my sad privilege to conduct the funeral. A large crowd attended.
John W. Medders., 514 North Center Avenue, Piedmont, Ala.
Gospel Advocate, July 10, 1947, page 502.
Lott, Lola Tuttel
Miss Lola Tuttel, daughter of Brother and Sister Tuttel, of Bernie, Mo., was born in December, 1901, and died at Bernie on May 21, 1929. She was married to Mr. George Lott in 1922. To this union one child was bornMarjorie. Sister Lola obeyed the gospel at the age of thirteen and lived a faithful life to the cause of Christ. She had finished her college work and was superintendent of a high school when her health failed her. She is survived by her husband, one child, her father and mother, brothers and sisters, and many friends. We believe that she has gone to join the saints of ages past, who will wait for the coming of the faithful ones of earth. To the bereaved ones I would say: Be faithful to God, and you will go to meet her after a while. The writer made the funeral talk.
L. E. Pryor.
Gospel Advocate, June 13, 1929, page 574.
Lough, Ogal F. (Tom)
On February 21 the members of Central Church, Clarksburg, W. Va., were saddened by the accidental death of our beloved brother, Ogal F. (Tom) Lough. He was killed by a falling rock at his work. He was a faithful member of the church, always willing and ready to assist in any way he could to promote the cause of Christ. His personality was one of love and devotion to his fellow man, living humbly in love and service to God. We sometimes wonder why men so valuable to the church are taken when they are doing so much for Christ. Paul gives the answer in 2 Tim. 4:7, "I have finished my course." Brother Lough had finished his course here on earth. He has kept the appointment Paul speaks about and has walked through "the valley of the shadow of death" to the other shore. We truly sorrow with his wife, family and loved ones. May they place their trust in God to lighten their grief, and with renewed determination may they press onward to the heavenly mansion, which is prepared for the ones who love and serve him.
Arthur H. Rice.
Gospel Advocate, March 27, 1958, page 207.
Love, Jesse F.
The body of Jesse F. Love lies at the family residence in this city awaiting the funeral services, which will be conducted to-morrowSunday, August 29. Brother Love was the victim of an automobile accident which occurred in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Saturday, August 21. He was engaged in a meeting at the time.
The news of his tragic death occasioned great sorrow among the relatives and friends here at Valdosta. There was no man in this section who had a better knowledge of the Scriptures or who was more ready to defend the truth against error than our departed brother. Much of his time was used in conducting debates, in which line of work he was peculiarly competent. His was a patient and scholarly attitude, and I am sure he never knowingly took undue advantage of any opponent.
Brother Love was widely known among the readers of the Apostolic Review, to which he had been a contributor for several years. To me, the most fruitful lesson of his life is found in the spirit of unstinted sacrifice he showed in his evangelistic work. It has been his custom for forty years to answer every call, going time and again into destitute places or wherever there was an opportunity to preach, with little or no promise of earthly remuneration. Columns have been written in this and other religious journals about the importance of such evangelization; but, after all has been said, there are few preachers, comparatively speaking, who are doing it. Brother Love did this kind of work on an average of ten months in the year.
Too much cannot be said in praise of his noble wife, who kept the home fires burning.
A. B. Lipscomb.
Gospel Advocate, September 2, 1926, page 829.
Sister Laura Love was born in Orangeburg, S. C., September 16, 1855. She came to the State of Florida in 1883. The following year she married J. M. Love. To this union nine children were bornsix boys and three girls. The husband and three boys preceded her to the land beyond. Sister Love departed this life on February 10, 1931. She learned the truth as it is in Christ over thirty-five years ago. His promises were her hope and the anchor of her soul. No greater enjoyment ever came to her than the privilege of telling people about the Christ and his redeeming love. She was a constant reader and loyal friends of the Gospel Advocate. Her zeal and love for the church was beautiful. She was faithful to attend all services of the church until physical disabilities prevented. Words of comfort and hope were spoken by the writer to an audience which filled the house, whose presence, together with the many beautiful floral offerings, evidenced the esteem in which she was held in this community. Her body was laid to rest beside her husband in Pine Grove Cemetery. To the children I would say: You have lost more than a friend; but your loss is her gain. Live as faithfully as you believe she lived, and the God of mercy will comfort and strengthen you.
J. C. Mason.
Gospel Advocate, April 30, 1931, page 535.
Love, Mark C.
Mark C. Love, born June 29, 1880, departed this life on September 6, 1955, at the age of seventy-five years, two months and seven days. A native of Maury County, Tenn., he was the son of the late Andrew J., and Donnie Paschal Love. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Stella Weishar, Crete, Ill.; Mrs. Jennie Lou Baxter, Hampshire, Tenn.; three sons, E. G., Leo, and Lecil, all of Chicago, Ill.; eleven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife five years ago. To know Brother Love was to love and appreciate him. It can be truly said that he lived a life of service for Christ and his fellow man. At the age of thirteen he began to preach the gospel and continued this good work until ill-health prevented, which was not long before his death. He preached the gospel for sixty-two years, going into twenty-eight states. He knew approximately one hundred men whom he had baptized, who have preached the gospel of Christ. The writer is one of them. Few men in the church today have sacrificed and suffered in preaching as did Brother Love. He spent a greater part of his life establishing and building up small rural congregations in Tennessee, Alabama and other states. He was firm believer in God, his providence, and his word. His knowledge of the Bible and ability to present it in such a way that all could understand was amazing. The world is a better place in which to live, the church is stronger, and many will spend eternity in heaven because Mark C. Love lived. On September 8 friends and relatives assembled in the Chestnut Grove Church building, near Linden, Tenn., for the funeral service, conducted by the writer, assisted by Carmack Skelton. His body was laid to rest to await the call of the Master in a small cemetery in the hills he loved so much.
Gospel Advocate, December 1, 1955, page 1097.
On March 13, 1905, the angel of death visited the home of Brother F. G. Lovelace at Partageville, Mo., and took from that home his wife, Sister Dora Lovelace. She was the daughter of Brother and Sister J. W. Burns, of Beardstown, Perry County, Tenn. She was born on March 12, 1870, and died on March 13, 1905, aged thirty-five years and one day. She was married to F. G. Lovelace in the year 1885, and to them were born seven children, two of them preceding their mother to the spirit land, leaving the husband and five children, with many relatives, to mourn their loss; but we trust their loss is her gain. In September, 1890, she obeyed the gospel under the preaching of Brother T. E. Tatum and imitated her Savior by being buried in baptism, and from that time she lived a consecrated, Christian life. I have known her for many years, and believe she was a Christian. She was a faithful companion and a devoted mother, performing with patience her duties as such. In the fall of 1903 Brother and Sister Lovelace moved from Perry County, Tenn., to Missouri, where she fell asleep in Jesus. She was brought back to Beardstown and laid to rest to await the resurrection morn.
J. H. Hill., Landersville, Ala.
Gospel Advocate, April 20, 1905, page 255.
Lovelady, Gent G.
On June 19, 1949, at 8:55 A.M., Gent G. Lovelady passed away. The span of his life was cut to forty-five years, as tetanus infection resulted from the loss of his thumb. His funeral services were held in the church building, with Adrian Hon of Tucson officiating. He left behind him his parents (Mr. and Mrs. John E. Lovelady), three brothers, four sisters, his wife, and five children. I only knew Gent for about two years, but was very closely associated with him the past year in the work here, and my memory of him will always be one of "seeking first the kingdom of God." The church here is much indebted to him, for he was instrumental in the construction of our present building, and could always be depended upon in the Lord's work. If no preacher were present, he would preach; and if no singer were present, he would lead the singing; and thus carried the work on for a number of years. His fair business dealing with the people as a partner in the contracting firm of Lovelady and Lay demanded that they pay him the highest respect at his passing. The family, the church, and the community shall miss him, but with the consolation that he has gone to meet his Maker.
Gospel Advocate, July 28, 1949, page 477.
Lovelady, Mary A. Shrum
Mary A. Shrum was bon in West Tennessee June 16, 1826; lived in Middle Tennessee until she was about twelve years of age; then moved with her parents to Illinois. She obeyed the gospel at about fourteen years of age, under the preaching of Brother Cornelius Aids. She became the wife of H. M. Lovelady Nov. 22, 1845. At that time her husband was a wild boy, but through her goodness and Christian graces he was soon won to the truth, at which she greatly rejoiced. Through her influence it was but a short time until her husband began preaching, and he is still in that noble work. The subject of this sketch would say to her husband: "Go and preach; I will take care of home." She has often built her own fires, and cared for the stock amid the snows of winter, while her husband was out preaching. She took pleasure in all those trials, and would say that it was for her Master and Savior. Sister Lovelady was the mother of ten children, eight of whom lived to be grown men and women. All of them became Christians at an early age. Six of the eight children and the bereaved husband are left to mourn their loss. She fell asleep in Jesus Feb. 12, 1897. She has often read the entire Bible through. She always had a kind word for all; but those kind words of sympathy, those admonitions and loving exhortations no longer greet our ears. Mother is where the wicked cease from troubling, and the weary are at rest.
One Who Loved Her.
Gospel Advocate, April 1, 1897, page 199.
Lovell, Edna E.
Sister Edna E. Lovell, wife of Brother Ben. Lovell, died on May 28, 1904. She was twenty-one years of age and had been married for one year. She was baptized, by Brother W. L. Logan, seven years ago. She was the daughter of Brother and Sister Brown, members of the congregation on Sam's Creek. Sister Lovell was of a meek and lovely disposition; she was an earnest, zealous Christian, and her influence was for good. We are thankful for her life and mourn her death. The will of the Lord be done. We rejoice in the hope of a glorious resurrection, when, if faithful, the family may all be reunited.
T. P. Barfield.
Gospel Advocate, October 6, 1904, page 634.
Lovell, Edward S.
Edward S. Lovell, son of R. G. and S. E. Lovell, of Pegram, Tenn., Route No. 2, was born on April 2, 1887, and died on March 4, 1916, making him twenty-eight years, eleven months, and two days old at the time of his death. He had been in feeble health for about six years. His was a firm, gentle, and cheerful disposition, and in whatever he purposed to do he was ambitious and faithful. He received a business education at the Dickson Normal College, Dickson, Tenn., and held a position as Stenographer for the Louisville and Nashville Railway Company at the West Nashville freight depot. He was baptized into Christ in the summer of 1905 by M. S. Buford, and, having arisen from the watery grave to walk in newness of life, he zealously sought the things above till the day of his death. It can be truly said of him that he delighted in the law of the Lord, and thereon he meditated day and night. He loved the cause of Christ and shrank not from any task he considered a duty to perform. He loved the members of the church and was a leader of a class in Bible study. The surviving members of the family and the church will miss his gentle admonitions and feeble efforts to instruct in the Scriptures, but they are consoled in the fact that he was faithful to the cause he so dearly loved and "died on duty." His last days were without a struggle, and he calmly, peacefully, and serenely passed from time into eternity. Long will his brothers, sisters, and father remember the "object" of their tenderest care which has been taken from them. It is hoped that they will be strengthened in purpose to battle for the right through life.
Gospel Advocate, April 20, 1916, page 407.
Elijah Lovell was born in Raborn County, Ga., March 4, 1833; married in Fannin County Ga., in 1852; joined the Baptist Church in 1852. Later on, having learned the ways of the Lord more perfectly, he took his stand with the Christian brethren upon the Bible alone and died in the faith July 10, 1895, a Christian in deed as well as name. He was a good neighbor, a kind husband and father. I knew Brother Lovell as a friend, and in his death I sustain a loss that makes friendship a mourner at death's carnival. I also knew him as a consecrated Christian. His daily life was a commentary on his faith in Christ. I attended his burial July 11 at Jones' Chapel, where a large concourse of people paid respect to his memory. May his Christian wife and children be resigned to his dispensation.
T. C. King., Cullman, Ala.
Gospel Advocate, August 1, 1895, page 487.
On May 3, 1925, the angel of death entered the home of Brother and Sister George Lovell, of Lyles, Tenn., and called for Brother Lovell to come up higher. He was sick for about two years and confined to his bed for ten months. He bore his suffering patiently, never grumbling or complaining, but appreciating all that was done for him. He was sixty-four years old, December 26. He had been a member of the church of Christ for years, and was an excellent Bible teacher and a faithful preacher of the gospel. His great desire was that his boys would be trained in a school where the Bible is taught and that their lives would be guided by its teachings. He was a most devoted husband and father. He leaves a widow and three small sons, also four brothers and three sisters, all members of the church. Funeral services were conducted by Brother Will Morton at the Lyles church of Christ, and the remains were laid to rest in the burial ground near by. May God's richest blessings rest upon Sister Lovell and the children. We would say to the bereaved: Weep not as those that have no hope, for we have a hope that he has gone on to the beautiful home of the soul, where there is no sickness, sorrow, or pain, and God shall wipe away all tears.
Mr. and Mrs. Bonnie Thornton.
Gospel Advocate, November 5, 1925, page 1071.
I remember a man whoas best one is privileged to knowwas a "Christian gentleman," active as an elder in the Old Lasea Church of Christ and devoted to his Christian family of a wife and two sons, and grandchildren, all of whom survive him.
Additionally, he seems to have been successful in various secular pursuits. He came from a large family who operated a turbine grist mill on the Duck River below Williamsport, Tenn. He was a veteran of World War II, operated a rural store, taught and coached in a number of schools, primarily at Pottsville, and later coached at Spring High School. He served his rural neighbors for about a generation on the county quarterly court and county commission, working hard for the civil and civic good of his rural area. Of late, he assisted the bringing of public water and fire protection to his community some 12 miles or so from town.
I remember Graham Lovell, 74, of the Pottsville community near Columbia, Tenn., who passed from this life on May 24, 1985. He was a fine man who, with his wife and family, leaves this world a better place for his having been here and who, unlike Methuselah (Genesis 5:21-27), leaves a record of having done more than live, have children and die. To so do should be the goal of all; to be so remembered is a double measure. Therefore, may I ask that you too remember Graham Lovell and his good wife Cornealia, who remains at Rt. 2, Columbia, Tenn.
James V. Delk, Route 4, Whiteville, Tenn. 37397.
Gospel Advocate, February 6, 1986, page 92.
Lovell, Mamie Agnes Hoover
Mamie Agnes Hoover, daughter of S. A. and Bettie Mobley Hoover, was born on September 7, 1904; was baptized in her twelfth year; married George D. Lovell on November 30, 1924; and died on March 9, 1926, making her short, happy stay on earth a little more than twenty-one years. Hers was a happy, care-free nature, but it must have been ruled by a brave spirit; for when death seemed not far away, she admonished her loved ones to follow more closely the Savior's teachings To her brothers and sisters, who had cared for her so tenderly since her mother's death several years ago, she seemed more like a daughter than a sister. All that their loving, anxious hands and hearts could think of was done to keep her with them. One sister (and all of them would have willingly done the same thing) gave her own blood in an effort to help her. For a short time she seemed better, but all efforts were vain. Her youthful spirit seemed loath to leave the earth, but after a night and day of fearful suffering it went, we trust, to be with those of "just men made perfect." To her young husband our hearts go out in sympathy. They had been sweethearts since childhood. But the home they had hoped to build must be in the spirit land whither Agnes and their infant son have preceded him. She was beautiful in person; best of all, she was beautifully sweet in her nature. No malice or envy ever seemed to rule her speech or conduct. She is gone, and her loved ones will find great comfort in her short, sweet stay with them, and great sorrow in her bitter-sweet death. Though "closed are thy sweet eyes to earthly care and pain, still in some fairer land we hope to meet again." Words of comfort were spoken by Brother W. S. Morton, and her body was buried near her father's home by the side of her mother and her own tiny baby.
Gospel Advocate, May 27, 1926, page 501.
Lovell, Mrs. S. T.
Mrs. S. T. Lovell, age sixty-three, Signal Mountain, Tenn., a suburb of Chattanooga, passed away on April 12, 1955, after many years of semi-invalidism and intense suffering. Sister Lovell was the wife of S. T. Lovell, for many years an elder of Central church of Christ, Chattanooga, and who is now an elder in the Signal Mountain congregation. Although badly crippled by arthritis and suffering constantly, Sister Lovell never complained of her lot. She was consistent in her attendance of all the meetings of the church as long as it was possible for her to go. She was a good student of the Bible and it was her desire to be obedient to the Lord. In addition to Brother Lovell, the surviving members of her immediate family are two sons, one daughter, and four grandchildren. The funeral service was conducted by A. S. Landiss, Leonard Johnson and the writer.
Leslie G. Thomas.
Gospel Advocate, June 9, 1955, page 477.
Lovvorn, Sallie A.
Sallie A. Lovvorn, daughter of W. N. Bryant, was born on January 20, 1880; was married to R. H. Lovvorn on September 11, 1904; and died on February 5, 1908. She obeyed the gospel in September, 1899, under the preaching of Brother Yeagley, and lived a consistent Christian until death. She left a broken-hearted husband, two little girls, a father, three brothers, and three sisters, besides a host of other relatives and fiends, to mourn her death. She was a loving wife, an affectionate mother, a dutiful daughter, a kind sister, and a good neighbor, and will be greatly missed. She had a sweet, modest, winning disposition, and was loved by all who knew her. During her last illness, which continued several months, she often spoke of dying, and admonished her husband (who is not a Christian) to embrace the Christian faith. She requested all her people to so live that they will meet her in the beautiful beyond. She expressed herself as willing and ready to die, but disliked so much to leave her husband and little children.
One Who Loved Her.
Gospel Advocate, June 18, 1908, page 394.
Lovvorn, Thomas Monroe
Thomas Monroe Lovvorn was born December 1, 1873, near Newell, in Randolph County, Ala. He passed away on February 13, 1964, having spent his entire life in the Pine Hill community where he was born. He was a member of the Christian Church for many years, but about twenty-two years, along with several others, he left it to form the Pine Hill church of Christ. He worked tirelessly with others to secure a place to meet, giving freely of his best efforts. He loved the truth and enjoyed the reading of his Bible and had read the Gospel Advocate for many years. He was married to the former Susie Ragsdale and to this union was born twelve children. His wife and one daughter preceded him in death. Surviving children are Columbus, Watson and Wiley Lovvorn of Newell, Ala., Tom Lovvorn, Powder Springs, Ga., Ed Lovvorn, Carrolton, Ga., Miss Geneva Lovvorn and Mrs. Wheeler Holmes of Newell, Ala., Mrs. Sterling Wilson, Bremen, Ga., Mrs. Wade Traylor and Mrs. Ernest Johnson, Graham, Ala., and Mrs. C. D. Bailey, Yucaipa, Calif. He is also survived by twenty grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, two brothers and one sister. Funeral services were conducted in the Pine Hill church building by the writer and Gerald Romine. He was laid to rest in the church cemetery.
O. D. Giles.
Gospel Advocate, April 2, 1964, page 223.
Lowder, William J.
William J. Lowder was born in Carroll County, Tenn., on April 13, 1842, and died at his home in Magazine, Ark., on February 24, 1923. He obeyed the gospel in 1870 and lived a faithful and devoted Christian life till death, thus leaving behind an example of fifty-three years of true service to Him who died on the cross that we might have life. He leaves behind a devoted Christian wife, who shared with him the toils and pleasures of his life for fifty-eight years, also one sonH. G. Lowder, of Little Rock, Ark. I was intimately acquainted with Brother Lowder for thirty-five years, and for several years past he held me under promise to conduct his funeral if he should go before I did; so, at my home in Holdenville, Okla., on the night of his death, I received the sad telegram: "William J. Lowden is dying. Come at once." I went and fulfilled my promise on the following day, when we laid him to rest in a little cemetery near his home. Before a large and sorrowing congregation of friends and relatives, I tried to hold up the life of Brother Lowder as a true example to all who would live true and faithful to the gospel.
R. H. Howard.
Gospel Advocate, April 5, 1923, page 340.
A beautiful life came to a close on August 5, 1932, when the Master's call was answered by Mrs. Seemus Lowe at her home, Donnels, Tenn., at the age of fifty-five years. She had been an invalid for years, but bore her sufferings with patience. She was married to N. P. Lowe on September 15, 1897. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Carnahan. She obeyed the gospel in early life and lived a consecrated Christian life, and was loved by her friends and neighbors. She and her husband were much devoted to each other, built a happy home, and reared a fine familytwo sons and one daughter. She also leaves one grandchild, one brother, and many other relatives, to mourn her death. Funeral services were held by Brother Bob Jernigan at the home church; burial at Evergreen Cemetery, Murfreesboro, Tenn. The floral display was beautiful. "Weep not as those who have no hope."
Mary L. Carter.
Gospel Advocate, December 29, 1932, page 1390.
Lowerrimore, Elizabeth R.
It becomes our painful duty to chronicle the death of our much loved sister, Elizabeth R. Lowerrimore. She died of pneumonia after a short, but painful illness, on the 22d of November 1887, at her son's, Bro. M. E. Lowerrimore, in Fulton county, Ark. She was born March 30, 1811. She obeyed the gospel early in life under the labors of the lamented brother James E. Matthews, and from then to the close of her eventful life, she lived an humble, devoted disciple of Christ. Hence we mourn not for her as those who have no hope, but we look forward with fond delight and expectation to the home of the soul, where separation, sorrow, pain and death are felt and feared no more.
J. E. M. Billingsley.
Gospel Advocate, March 21, 1888, page 10.
Lowery, Florence Ayers
Sister Florence Ayers was born in Sumner County, Tenn., on July 9, 1860. She was married to James Lowery on February 25, 1880. To this union were born five childrenthree girls and two boys. Her husband and five children survive her. Sister Lowery obeyed the gospel about thirty-two years ago. She departed this life on May 3, 1915. She was a true wife, a loving mother, a good neighbor, a devoted Christian. Though she suffered several months, she bore her affliction patiently. The writer baptized her about thirty-two years ago and was called on to conduct the services at the grave. I did the best I could to comfort the sorrowing husband and weeping children. The large audience proved the high esteem in which her neighbors held her.
George W. Gilbert.
Gospel Advocate, August 5, 1915, page 786.
Lowery, Hayden Aberdeen
Hayden Aberdeen Lowery was born March 17, 1870, at Cottage Grove, Tenn.; died January 18, 1940, at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles, Calif. He married Miss Marjorie Wescot, of Palmersville, Tenn., May 16, 1897. To this union six children were born. Five survive. Sister Lowery will reside with her daughter in Fullerton, Calif. Brother Lowery was baptized at Pine Bluff, Ark., in 1895, and remained active in the service of the Lord until death. His membership for the past six years has been with the congregation in Artesia, N.M., where Allen Johnson preaches. The life of Brother Lowery was modern, simple, and earnest. He maintained an interest in every good work, and was sublimely devoted to his companion and children. Their love and respect for him are commendable. The funeral was conducted in Fullerton; his body was interred in Loma Vista.
J. Emmett Wainwright.
Gospel Advocate, February 22, 1940, page 190.
Lowery, Mrs. J. P.
Sister J. P. Lowery, wife of one of our faithful preachers, of Monroe, La., passed to her reward on February 1, at the age of fifty-nine. She was reared at Bolivar, Tenn., and in early years was married to J. P. Lowery. She was the mother of six childrenthree sons, three daughters. While these were rather young, Brother and Sister Lowery lived seven years in Henderson. During this time he taught in what is now Freed-Hardeman College, while Sister Lowery kept some of the girls in her home. She was an exceedingly fine charactera good mother, a devoted wife, and a faithful member of the body of Christ. For forty years she walked side by side with her husband, sharing life's sorrows and joys and laboring together for the advancement of the cause she dearly loved. Throughout her career nothing but the best was said of her, and in her burial concrete evidences of love and esteem came from six States wherein she had been with her husband, who was telling the story. There is no comfort possible to those who loved her best equal to that found in his word. Her many friends unite in sympathy to her husband and children.
N. B. Hardeman.
Gospel Advocate, March 23, 1939, page 287.
Lowery, Laura McPherson
Laura McPherson Lowery was born October 11, 1873; departed this life at the home of her son, Ernest Lowery, Leoma, Tenn., September 5, 1936. The following children survive; Ernest; Asa of Alabama; Amuel, of Jasper, Tenn.; Mrs. Alma Vaughan, of Chattanooga, Tenn. In her childhood home she leaves four brothers and four sisters. She was a member of the church, and faithful. Funeral services were conducted at Dunn, Tenn., by T. C. King. The large gathering of friends and the profusion of flowers denoted the esteem in which she was held. The body was laid beside that of her husband, who preceded her some thirteen years in death, in the Dunn Cemetery.
One Who Loved Her.
Gospel Advocate, February 18, 1937, page 167.
It falls to my duty to record the death of Brother Peter Lowery, colored. He was born in North Carolina in 1810 and departed this life in Nashville, Jan. 22, 1888. Bro. Lowery obeyed the gospel in his young days and had been a proclaimer of the gospel for 40 years. He was a good neighbor and devoted Christian. He lived a devoted member of the church from the day of his obedience until the day of his death. He died in a bright hope of a blessed immortality. I never saw any one who seemed to be more devoted to the Christian life than he. He was always found at church on Lord's day when he was able. I do not remember of ever meeting him that he did not ask me how I was getting along spiritually and express his hopes of a brighter and better world than this.
What a happy and peaceful death is that of the Christian, the hope of immortality gilds the pathway to the tomb. Our Lord has robbed the grave of its terrors, and to his servants it is but the door that shuts behind when they have entered into the rest, prepared for the people of God. May we all be prepared to meet our God in peace is my prayer.
J. P. Grigg., Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 6, '88.
Gospel Advocate, February 15, 1888, page 10.
Lowrance, K. D.
K. D. Lowrance, senior elder of the Henderson church of Christ, Henderson, Tenn., died on August 25, 1961, after a long illness. He was born March 14, 1872, in Carroll County. He obeyed the gospel in early life under the preaching of Brother Johnson at Roan's Creek, near Clarksburg, Tenn., and was a member of the Williams Chapel congregation. He married Elah Owen in 1900 and three children were born to them: Alec Lowrance of Henderson, Mrs. Glen Kent of Henderson, and K. D. Lowrance, Jr., who was killed in France in World War II. His wife preceded him in death in 1935. Brother Lowrance moved from Buena Vista to Henderson, Tenn., in 1920. He came to Henderson that his three children might attend Freed-Hardeman College. He was active in the church, a member of business enterprises and in all constructive community efforts. He contributed liberally of his time, means, and influence to the church and the college. He was made an elder in the Henderson church of Christ in 1925 and served faithfully and actively until age and infirmity came upon him. He first operated a grocery until 1933, then a dairy until 1945 and he, his son, and son-in-law established City Ice Company of Henderson. B. B. James and C. W. Whitten conducted the funeral services for him in the Henderson church, Sunday, August 27.
C. P. Roland.
Gospel Advocate, November 16, 1961, page 734.
Lowrance, M. E.
Sister M. E. Lowrance, wife of Brother R. E. Lowrance, departed this life Oct. 25, 1893, at the age of 24 years. She obeyed the gospel at the age of sixteen years, and thus became a member of the Church of Christ. There is something sad about death, come when it may, but it seems sadder to die in the very bloom of young womanhood or young manhood. While it is sad for us to give up Sister Lowrance, we can say there is even joy, triumph, and glory in the death of God's children. The flower is only transplanted from God's garden on earth to his garden on high, there to grow and bloom in eternal beauty and joy forever. Sister Lowrance is greatly missed, for she was a good neighbor, a loving companion, and a devoted Christian. She leaves a little girl of some five or six summers, a husband, and a host of relatives and friends to mourn their loss; but let us console ourselves that our loss is her gain. Let us all be faithful in the discharge of our duty, so we can in the end join her in singing the song of redeeming love in the home of the soul.
W. J. Johns.
Gospel Advocate, December 14, 1893, page 797.
Lowrey, J. M.
J. M. Lowrey of Route 1, Bankston, Ala., was born August 31, 1875, and passed on to be with Christ on April 19, 1950, at the age of seventy-four. Brother Lowrey was baptized by G. A. Wheeler in August 1898, and was a member of the church for fifty-two years. The writer has known Brother Lowrey for about thirty-five years, and enjoyed the hospitality of his home during meetings at Cleveland. He was married to Barbara A. Brandenburgh on January 22, 1899. Sister Lowrey, seven children, fourteen grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren remain. Brother Lowrey also left two brothers, two half brothers, and two half sisters. The children are: Mrs. C. A. Bowen, Mrs. V. H. Sawyer, of Bankston, Ala.; Mrs. Philip J. West, of Jasper, Ala.; Charlie L. and George A., of Bankston, Ala.; Hulon, of Mobile, Ala.; and Robert, of Memphis, Tenn. The Lowreys were readers of the Gospel Advocate more than fifty years. Such good people are a blessing to any church and community, and will be greatly missed. The writer spoke words of comfort at the funeral to one of the largest audiences ever seen at Cleveland for such an occasion.
Gospel Advocate, May 25, 1950, page 343.
Lowrey, Mrs. J. P.
On February 1, at Monroe, La., Mrs. J. P. Lowrey entered into the life eternal. Besides Brother Lowrey, three daughters and three sons survive (Mrs. John Caldwell, Helena, Ark.; Mrs. Phil Dandridge, Senatobia, Miss.; Mrs. John Powell, Dallas, Texas; Bryon, Longview, Texas; Norman, Tupelo, Miss.; and Freed, Helena, Ark.) Mrs. Lowrey had been ill of a heart ailment for two years, yet she never complained or grew bitter. She maintained a deep faith in God and a strong interest in Brother Lowrey's ministry until the very end of her beautiful life. I have known and loved this good woman since my early youth. She was at all times the same charming, cultured Christian charactera true aristocrat of the South. She was possessed of that coveted grace of encouraging people. She could walk into the sickroom and the patient would readily respond to her sweet, gracious manner. She knew just exactly what to say to the bereaved and to all others who were in distress. I am sure that the great success of Brother Lowrey as a preacher is due largely to the magnetic charm of his "blue-eyed sweetheart." This world has been made sweeter, brighter, and better because Sister Lowrey lived in it for a while. She has now moved into the mansions which Jesus went to prepare. Some day, if we live faithfully, we all shall be "gathered home" to live with our loved ones for evermore.
J. M. Powell., 1825 Roanoke, Louisville, Ky.
Gospel Advocate, March 2, 1939, page 215.
Lowry, Anna Hornsby
In her home in Monroe, La., Anna Hornsby, beloved wife of J. Perrin Lowry, departed this life February 1, 1939. Sister Lowry was born in Bolivar, Tenn., and early in life she was born again. As the faithful helpmate of an active gospel preacher, her home has been in many States. In her kindness and gentleness, and believing that the church and home are the woman's true sphere, Sister Lowry's talents were used in church work and in making her home a home of love and hospitality; and even when ill-health and suffering came, she continued to keep her home. In Senatobia, Miss., February 2, in the home of her daughter, Perrin (wife of H. M. Dandridge, elder in the Senatobia Church), I conducted the last service for this dear friend. Flowers and telegrams were sent from far and near to this sad family, and flowers entirely covered the place where the body now lies. Besides Brother Lowry, six children survive: Byron, Longview, Texas; Norman, Tupelo, Miss.; Mrs. John Caldwell and Freed, Helena, Ark.; Mrs. Anna Powell, Dallas, Texas; and Mrs. H. M. Dandridge, Senatobia, Miss.
H. I. Copeland., New Albany, Miss.
Gospel Advocate, March 30, 1939, page 311.
Lowry, E. Clifford
E. Clifford Lowry, an elder in the church, passed away February 23, after a short illness. Brother Lowry was born May 16, 1895, near Dayton, Tenn. He obeyed the gospel in 1911 and spent the remainder of his life as a faithful soldier of the cross. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Corina Templeton Lowry, his daughter, Mrs. James H. Duren, and one granddaughter. Brother Lowry was among the pioneers of the church in the Atlanta area. He served as an elder at East Point, West End and at the time of his death was serving at Cascade Heights. His interest in singing caused the congregational singing in this whole area to be far above average. He donated the lot for the Cascade Heights building, and worked untiringly for its establishment and growth. He was busy even during his days of sickness in the Lord's work. Brother Lowry served as secretary and treasurer of the Selig Company and as a member of the Board of Directors of that company. His fellow employees respected him as the Christian gentleman that he was. The funeral services were conducted by Roy H. Welch, Forrest T. Chapman, and the writer. There were so many flowers that room was insufficient to place them all at the funeral. While Brother Lowry will be missed by us. We feel that our loss will be his gain and that he has gone home to enjoy the treasures he has stored up for himself.
Gospel Advocate, March 12, 1959, page 174.
Lowry, George Washington
George Washington Lowry was born in Gatewood, Mo., October 18, 1867; died in the Masonic Hospital, Cushing, Okla., June 23, 1947, of injuries received Sunday night when he was struck by a car in leaving the church building in Cushing. Brother Lowry married Mary Frances Scott on April 26, 1891, and moved to the Indian Territory in 1900. He taught school for fifty years. He lived in Henryetta most of the time, from 1917 to 1946. He was baptized sixty-two years ago, and for more than thirty-five years served as an elder of the church. He was active and faithful in the work of the church and was well known in eastern Oklahoma. Surviving are his wife (Mrs. G. W. Lowry), three daughters (Mrs. R. E. Cope, Grants, N.M.; Miss Frances Lowry, Hominy, Okla.; and Mrs. Shoemaker, Cushing, Okla.), one son (O. T. Lowry, Oklahoma City, Okla.), two brothers (Barton Lowry, Duncan, Okla., and Gilbert Lowry, of California), one sister (Mrs. M. X. Upshaw, Weleetka, Okla.), and three grandchildren (Mary Jo Cope, Ralph Cope, and Frances Ann Ryal). The funeral was in the Henryetta Church building, conducted by Ted McElroy, interment was in the Henryetta Cemetery, with the closing prayer at the graveside by Yater Tant.
Gospel Advocate, July 24, 1947, page 550.
Lowry, Margaret Nash
Margaret Nash Lowry, 69, died Oct. 28, 1998.
A native of Tennessee, Lowry was a long-time Bible school teacher. She and her husband, Harding, lived in North Carolina for 20 years, working with congregations in Mocksville and Bryson City.
Lowry was active in the Civitan International and was a past member of the Extension Homemaker Clubs in Kentucky and North Carolina, where she held a variety of offices at the local level.
In addition to her husband, Lowry is survived by a sister, Hester Putnam.
Bryson City, N.C.
Gospel Advocate, February, 1999, page 45.
Lowry, May (Kinney)
Sister May (Kinney) Lowry was born on February 12, 1895, and died in Gunter, Texas, May 5, 1931. When she was five years of age, the family moved to Gould, Okla. It was there that Brother W. A. Bentley baptized her into Christ when she was thirteen years of age. The family moved to Gunter, Texas, in 1913, where May attended Gunter Bible College. She advanced in learning and in favor with all who knew her. She taught school two years in Jackson County, Oklahoma, and two years in Grayson County, Texas. On February 27, 1920, she was given in marriage to Brother Alvin L. Lowry. To them three sons and one daughter were born. The eldest and the youngest live. Two met their tragic death by car accident. In a year and a day three deaths, one birth, home destroyed by fire, and all the anxieties incident thereto, occurred to Brother Lowry. He did all any man could have done to save his wife, but in vain. Before her death she told her husband that he would have two of the children and she would have two with her. "For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him." (Luke 20:38.) Doris Fay and Don William, though dead to us and though the morning sun and the evening shadows fall upon their little graves, yet they live to God! And in the words of David and Samuel, May has gone to them. Companion, two sons, mother, brother, aunt, uncles four, cousins, and friends many linger here. May had many friends who stayed with her to the end. May God bless them all! She has departed "to be with Christ, which is far better." May God help us all to go in peace!
John W. Pigg.
Gospel Advocate, June 4, 1931, page 695.
Lowry, R. A., Dr.
Dr. R. A. Lowry was born near Cynthiana, Ky., February 16, 1854. He was graduated from the College of Medicine in Louisville, Ky., at the age of twenty-one years, and practiced medicine with Dr. McDowell in Cynthiana for two years. He then went to Edgewood, Mo., and practiced for four years. After that he spent one year in Brownwood, Texas. He was married to Miss Sallie Belle Smith on November 16, 1881. She and their only daughter, Mrs. Freed Searor, survive him. From Brownwood, Texas, Dr. Lowry returned to Kentucky, and then moved to Florida, locating at Floral City, where he practiced medicine and engaged in the drug business for several years. He obeyed the gospel about forty years ago at Floral City, and was a very faithful Christian to the end. About twenty-six years ago they moved to Brooksville, Fla., where he was instrumental in establishing a congregation that stands for truth and righteousness. On October 13 he was in his usual health and about his usual duties till late in the afternoon, and as the shades of night gathered his spirit left the body of clay and went to be with the Lord. On October 14 the writer conducted funeral services in the Floral City Cemetery. "Precious in the sight of Jehovah is the death of his saints." "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from henceforth: yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; for their works follow with them."
H. C. Shoulders.
Gospel Advocate, January 14, 1932, page 64.
Lowry, Samuel P.
Samuel P. Lowry was born on January 24, 1821, and died on May 19, 1908. He obeyed the gospel early in life and lived a consecrated life. He became very feeble the last year, but was always ready to go to church. His dear companion (our mother) preceded him to the glory world some thirty years ago. He reared a family of nine childrenfive boys and four girlsall Christians. Two of the boys have gone hence; the other three boys and three of the girls were at his bedside during his sickness and death. We weep not for our dear father as those who have no hope, but pray that we may so live that we shall meet our parents and all our loved ones where parting is known no more.
(Mrs.) W. N. Greer.
Gospel Advocate, July 30, 1908, page 490.
Lowry, Taylor Harding, Sr.
Taylor Harding Lowry, Sr., was born sixty-one years ago in Clark County, Ky. he departed this life December 28, 1960. He was the son of the late M. P. and Jenny Hukill Lowry. He made his home in Winchester, Ky.
Brother Lowry obeyed the gospel early in life and began preaching when he was fifteen years of age. He preached the gospel for forty-six years. His greatest work was done in the area of Winchester and surrounding counties. He often preached for some of the churches in Louisville, and upon several occasions he preached for the Garfield Heights Church in Indianapolis. Brother Lowry was a strong defender of the faith, and the churches in Central Kentucky are indebted to him to a great extent for their progress. When the wave of anti-ism threatened the churches in Kentucky, Brother Lowry fearlessly opposed it and was largely responsible for the cessation of that doctrine.
Besides being a tireless worker in the kingdom of the Lord, Brother Lowry was also a member of the board of education in Winchester for twenty years. He owned and operated a dry-cleaning establishment in Winchester for many years.
The funeral was conducted in the building of the Fairfax church of Christ, on the corner of Lexington Avenue and Maple Street in Winchester, where he served as an elder. This church was the home congregation of the late James A. Harding. The building was not adequate to accommodate the large number of friends who came. Roy Beasley, the local minister; Adron Doran and the writer conducted the funeral. The body was laid to rest in the cemetery on a hill overlooking the city of Winchester.
Brother Lowry is survived by his wife, Esther Hukel Lowry; one son, Taylor Harding Lowry, Jr., who preaches in Dubuque, Iowa; one brother and two sisters.
W. L. Totty.
Gospel Advocate, January 26, 1961, page 63.
Lowry, Virginia E.
On March 10, 1931, God in his wisdom saw best to bring to a close the useful life of Sister Virginia E. Lowry, wife of Brother M. P. Lowry. Sister Lowry obeyed the gospel at the age of nineteen years, and spent the remaining fifty-three and one-half years in untiring service unto Christ. She and Brother Lowry lived together over fifty-one years and reared five children. The eldest preceded Sister Lowry to the grave about thirty years. Sister Lowry not only lived in a way to command the respect and love of her husband and children, but the church and community as well. It has never been my lot to see a woman whose whole life was more in harmony with the teaching of God's word. As a wife, she was true in every respect to her husband; as a mother, she found pleasure in being a keeper at home; as a Christian, "Loyalty" was her motto. Her seat in the meetinghouse was always occupied until she became bedfast. Truly, a mother in spiritual Israel has fallen. Her remains were taken to the Fairfax meetinghouse in Winchester, Ky., where she had been a member for years, on March 12, where an overflowing house of friends and brethren gathered through respect and sympathy. Brother R. A. Craig and I had charge of the services. Her earthly tabernacle was buried beneath beautiful flowers in the Winchester Cemetery to await the resurrection morn.
Gospel Advocate, April 30, 1931, page 535.
Sister Lowry, wife of our brother, M. P. Lowry, was born on September 20, 1858, and died at their home in Winchester, Ky., on March 20, 1931. She was a Christian more than half a century, having been baptized into Christ at the age of nineteen. She lived a humble Christian all these years, true to her duty to Christ, to her husband, and to her children. She is survived by her husband and four children, two sons and two daughters, and two grandsons. The sons are Everett A. Lowry, now of Nashville, Tenn., and Taylor H. Lowry, of Winchester, Ky. The two daughters, Misses Minnie and Nancy, are still at the old home with their father. Of the two grandsons, one is in Nashville and the other in Winchester. The funeral was preached by Brethren R. A. Craig and Max Ogden. When I held a meeting in Winchester last November, Sister Lowry was feeble, but she managed to be present at every service. One of the sons wrote me soon after her death: "I shall always remember that your meeting last fall was the last meeting mother attended, and I do not think she missed a service. I do not think she attended services but a time or two after that." Sister Lowry, though feeble, was able to ride with us to old Cain Ridge meetinghouse, near which is the grave of Barton W. Stone. Sister Lowry had before this a slight stroke of paralysis and was quite feeble, but I never heard her complain. Her suffering is now over and she has gone where pain and sorrow will be no more. Brother Lowry is growing old and will miss her more, perhaps, than all the family, but the separation will not be long. The children and two grandchildren will miss their mother and grandmother very much, but her example of faithfulness to God and to her family should be a great heritage to them. They should cherish her memory and imitate her virtues, and, if God spares their lives, like her, grow old sweetly and serve others to the end. I pray the blessing of God upon all the family and upon all her friends. We will see her no more in the flesh, but we can meet her in the heavenly home.
F. B. S.
Gospel Advocate, April 16, 1931, page 445.
Loyd, A. C.
A. C. Loyd ("Un' Sandy") died in the ninetieth year of his life here below. He entered the army of the South in the early part of the Civil War, from the State of Georgia. He was a soldier his comrades were proud of. He was captured at the battle of Gettysburg. He was a Mason in good standing. He located near Bridgeport, Ala., after the war and was married to Miss Tennie Johnson. To this union ten children were bornfive sons and five daughtersall living except two, and all are Christians. He knew that being a Mason or a soldier would not save him; so he became a member of the church soon after the war, at Rocky Springs, where he served as long as he lived. He was a peacemaker, always helping to adjust troubles when they would arise among his neighbors. He was affable, hospitable, and always took an interest in having the gospel preached. He was a strong believer in helping the needy. Throughout his life he was an active and busy man. I talked to him much in his last sickness. He talked with intelligence, retaining his mental faculties to the end. He said he was ready to go, and was buoyant in hope and strong in faith till the end. He had forty-two grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Several of these he helped to rear. Funeral services were conducted at the Rocky Springs Church by Brother Charles Holder and myself in the presence of a large crowd.
R. W. Jernigan.
Gospel Advocate, November 17, 1927, page 1103.
Loyd, Allie May
Allie May Loyd was a saint in the strictest sense. She was called to her eternal home on July 15, 1971, having reached the age of 94. Born January 29, 1877, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Loyd of Bridgeport, Jackson County, Alabama, where she spent most of her life. She became a Christian at an early age and devoted her life to teaching and encouraging others. She graduated from Burritt College at Spencer, Tennessee, where she later taught, and also graduated from Nashville Bible School in the class of 1899. She taught for many years in the public schools of Alabama. She did an outstanding work in teaching the Bible to both whites and blacks, and was greatly loved by her students. She was a pioneer in weekday and vacation Bible schools before they were generally in existence. It always seemed to her a distinct sorrow for anyone not to be taught and guided into the way of the Lord.
Sister Loyd is survived by one sister, Mrs. W. E. Barry, with whom she made her home for many years, and by nieces and nephews. Her funeral was conducted at the Bridgeport church on July 17, with Lee M. Harrington and Charles E. Cobb officiating. Burial was at Rocky Springs Cemetery near Bridgeport.
Lucy C. Raulston.
Gospel Advocate, September 9, 1971, page 574.
Loyd, J. R., Sr.
The spirit of J. R. Loyd, Sr., Bridgeport, Ala., departed from this life October 1, 1963. He was the son of the late A. C. and Tennie Johnson Loyd, both members of pioneer and prominent families in Northeast Alabama. He had lived all his life in or near Bridgeport and had been in the mercantile business in Bridgeport for many years with two of his sons, Marion and David. In 1908 J. R. Loyd was married to Miss Lula Williams of Bridgeport. Both were Christians when they married. To this happy union were born six sons. John, Jr., Lew Wilson, Marion, Jack, A. C. (Sandy), and David. All the boys obeyed the gospel in youth and all continue to be faithful members and workers in the Lord's kingdom. A. C. has preached considerably and still does as opportunities permit. Marion is an elder in the Bridgeport church where his father served as an elder over fifty years. John Loyd has left a mark of outstanding usefulness in his community which shall not be soon forgotten. In his business dealings he was known country-wide for honesty and integrity. His advice was sought in business as well as in religious affairs by all classes of people in the community. He lost thousands of dollars because he never forced those who owed him to pay. In the church at Bridgeport he has been a faithful elder and supporter. He contributed freely of his time and money that the church might profit thereby. He was an active supporter of Christian education. Sister Lulu Loyd, a faithful and devoted wife and mother, contributed greatly to the success of her husband by her consistent loyalty. She has arranged a bouquet of flowers and prepared the communion loaf for the church in Bridgeport for years. To know Brother Loyd was to love him. He will be sadly missed in and around Bridgeport. Besides his wife and sons, he left sixteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, two sisters, Miss Allie Mae Loyd and Mrs. Bessie Barry, and an innumerable host of friends. Clay Pullias preached the funeral sermon in his unusually beautiful style in the church building at Bridgeport October 3, 1963. Assisting were Eldon Rogers, James E. Holder and the writer.
J. V. Copeland, Jr.
Gospel Advocate, November 7, 1963, page 719.
Lucas, Charles F.
Charles F. Lucas was born in Saint Joseph, Mo. After a lingering illness of tumor on the brain, he died on June 29, 1920, aged fifty-seven years. He moved from Saint Joseph to Kentucky when two years of age. He was reared on a farm near Paducah, at Florence Station. He had lived in Paragould, Ark., fifteen years. He was baptized into Christ in early manhood, and was a member of the church of Christ at his death. He leaves, to mourn his death, a faithful and loving wife; two daughtersMrs. Marie Hurd and Miss Ethel Lucas; an aged mother; one sisterMrs. Adamson; two brothersEd Lucas, of Saint Francis, and A. J. Lucas, of Paris, Ky.; but we mourn not as those who have no hope. We feel assured we will meet our loved one beyond this veil of tears, where we will take no more the parting hand.
Gospel Advocate, September 2, 1920, page 866.
Lucas, Hercia Floyd
Hercia Floyd Lucas passed from this life January 15, 1972, at the age of 75. His health had not been good for the past four years, during which he was hospitalized repeatedly.
Brother Lucas was retired from the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co., where he worked for forty-two years. During those years and following, he preached the gospel throughout the Kanawha Valley of West Virginia. I doubt that another man was called for more funerals among the brethren there.
Preacher Lucas, as he was known to so many brethren and friends, helped establish the church in Dunbar in 1928 and remained with that congregation until 1951. Through the years, congregations called upon him for gospel meetings and regular Sunday appointments. His life touched a great number of people under varying circumstances. His presence will surely be missed.
H. F. Lucas is survived by his good Christian wife, Clara Johnson Lucas, living in their home at 311 Fifteenth Street, a daughter, Mrs. Nell Chandler Sutler of Charleston, W. Va., four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted January 17 from the Dunbar meetinghouse, by Lewis Karkosky of Cleveland, Ohio.
Gospel Advocate, February 10, 1972, page 94.
Lucas, L. E.
L. E. Lucas was born at Elba, Coffee County, Ala., March 20, 1864; died February 2, 1940, after a lingering illness. He died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. D. O. Simmons, Plateau, Ala. Brother Lucas obeyed the gospel while a young man, and has been a useful servant of the Lord since. He worked with the church near Fort Deposit, Lowndes County, Ala., for many years, and many years with the church near Chapman, Butler County, Ala. During his earlier years he conducted singing schools. All through his life he led in Bible-school work and worked in any place he could serve the church. Brother Lucas came, with his wife, to Mobile about seven years ago. His family was a big influence in starting a congregation in Plateau about four years ago. His stay with us has been a pleasant one. He left a hope with us that his present state is far more pleasant for himself than if he had remained with us. It is always a consolation to see a faithful man die. He is survived by his wife, four sons, four daughters, twenty-three grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, and other relatives. He was good to his family. Funeral services were held from the Plateau Church, February 4. The writer and William Atkins conducted the services. We pray that all the family may live here so there will be a happy gathering over there.
A. H. Maner., Mobile, Ala.
Gospel Advocate, April 4, 1940, page 335.
Lucas, Lula M.
It falls to my sad lot to note the death of our beloved sister, Lula M. Lucas, wife of Brother Charley Lucas. She was born Jan. 20, 1874; married Jan. 18, 1891; died March 19, 1897. Sister Lucas was a loving, patient wife, a kind and gentle mother, and was loved by all who knew her. She became a member of the church of Christ Aug. 30, 1896, under the preaching of Brother R. D. Shults. She was an exemplary Christian. She leaves a sorrowing husband and two small children to follow in after years, to join her where there is no sickness, no sorrow, no parting, where all will be perfect bliss, peace, and happiness. Therefore we do not sorrow as those who have no hope. May the good Lord abundantly bless the bereaved husband and little children, and give them courage and strength to bear the heavy cross.
W. J. Roax., Trenton, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, April 15, 1897, page 231.
Luckett, Carrie M.
A shock came to all the citizens of the Neboville community on Thursday morning, August 28, 1930, when Miss Carrie M. Luckett passed from this world. She was twenty-three years of age. She became a member of the church of Christ when twelve years old and lived a faithful, Christian life. It seems that she was taken away when she was just beginning to enjoy life the most. Her death was sudden, and the shock to her friends and relatives severe. Funeral services were conducted in the Yorkville church of Christ by Brother Hassell, an old friend of the family. Carrie was a friend at all times to every one she met. I wish it were possible for every young girl to know of the Christian life she lived. She leaves a father, mother, seven sisters, one brother, and a host of friends and relatives to mourn her loss.
Gospel Advocate, December 4, 1930, page 1180.
Luckett, William Andrew
William Andrew Luckett was born June 5, 1915 near Lyles, Tenn. His parents were W. H. and Malissia Luckett. The family moved to West Tennessee when he was a small lad. He obeyed the Gospel at the age of 12. He attended Freed-Hardeman College after his three children were born. He was called Andy by those who knew him best.
He was married to Opal Taylor on Dec. 26, 1937. He is survived by his wife, one daughter, two sons, seven grandchildren and two great-grandsons. The family lived for 44 years in the Detroit area. While providing for his family with a secular job he preached nearly every Lord's Day. He worked with the Port Huron congregation for several years and with the Lake Orion church for many years. He worked with the church in Parsons, Tenn., for two and one-half years and with the church in Centralia, Ill., for one and one-half years. He served as an elder with the Royal Oak congregation for several years. He also worked with the Trimble church after he retired to Tennessee some four years ago. He was working with the Burrus Chapel church in Lake County at the time of his death. He preached there on the Lords Day before he passed away. He had a massive heart attack on April 20 and never fully recovered.
He was known for his dedication to the Gospel and to the church. He was a friendly man, kind, patient and full of love. He had a personality that reached out to people. He will be missed by his family and a host of friends.
The funeral services were conducted by Zellie Daniel and Harold Simmons on Monday, June 22, 1981. He was laid to rest in the Yorkville Cemetery.
Gospel Advocate, August 6, 1981, page 469.
Lundy, Daniel Webster
Daniel Webster Lundy was born September 16, 1860; died at Pleasant Hill, Tenn., July 3, 1934. He was married to Annie Golden, January 9, 1901. To this union three children were born. One son, Elam, preceded him to the grave. Brother Lundy's father died when he was a small boy. Reared by his widowed mother on the farm, he was a farmer most of his life. After receiving the education which his day offered, he entered Burritt College, Spencer, Tenn., in 1881, and completed a business course. He obeyed the gospel while there. He was an apt Bible student, read it daily, taught it in classes and from the pulpit. He did not claim to be a preacher, but he baptized several people. His talks were brief, plain, simple, and his style was not offensive. He was quick to acknowledge an error or correct a mistakea just man.
His Wife, Mrs. D. W. Lundy., Crossville, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, April 25, 1935, page 407.
Mrs. Elizabeth Lundy was born on May 25, 1824; was married to Daniel S. Lundy on December 22, 1843; and passed from this life on April 10, 1914, after a lingering decline due to old age and a fall which she received about the middle of January. We had all despaired of her recovery long before the end came; but she died, as she had lived, bravely and strong in faith. Had she lived forty-four days longer, she would have been ninety years of age. The funeral services were conducted by Prof. W. E. Wheeler and Elder Vance Burgess. The remains were interred in the cemetery at Neverfail Church on April 11, to await the resurrection. Our Savior, who died and rose again, said: "I am the resurrection, and the life. If any man believe in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live." The deceased was married in White County, Tenn., to Daniel S. Lundy, on December 22, 1843. Her husband died on July 30, 1863. Shortly after his death she moved to the place where she died. She was the mother of ten childrenfour sons and six daughters. One son died in infancy, the others all lived to be grown. Two sons and four daughters are still living. She had been a widow fifty-one years, and had been a member of the church of Christ nearly sixty-six years. She was baptized in the year 1848 by Brother Jesse Sewell. She had always been firm and strong in her convictions of right, and was such a woman as we read of in Prov. 31. A mother has gone to her reward, but we hope to meet her "over there."
One Who Knew Her.
Gospel Advocate, May 28, 1914, page 596.
Lundy, James Byron
James Byron Lundy was born December 27, 1853; passed away October 8, 1933, being almost eighty years old. He was born in White County, Tenn. His father died when he was not yet ten years old. He at once assumed the responsibilities, in so far as was possible, of his father's place with his mother and five younger children. They moved to Pleasant Hill, Cumberland County, Tenn. He remained with his mother till he was past thirty years old. He then married Glaphyra Jackson near Gainesboro, Tenn. where he spent the remainder of his life as a farmer. He leaves his wife, four sons, three daughters, three grandchildren, three sisters, and one brother to mourn his passing. Brother Lundy was steadfast and unmovable in the faith of the gospel, and few men did more for the cause of the Master in the Zion neighborhood than he. Brethren Fox, Smith, and Hollaway made talks.
G. W. Lundy., Crossville, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, June 7, 1934, page 559.
Lundy, Wisdom S.
Wisdom S. Lundy was born in White county, Tenn., Jan. 1, 1852; was married to Nancy J. Little Oct. 26, 1879; obeyed the gospel June 2, 1892, and died May 8, 1893. When Brother Lundy was a small boy his father died. He being the oldest, the responsibilities of the family fell largely upon him. Nobly and faithfully did he assist his mother in bringing up the younger children, all of whom are now grown and are among the most respectable people in the country. I have never known a man more universally respected in his community than was Brother Lundy. He was moral and orderly from his youth up, but did not obey the gospel till late in life, owing mainly to the fact of there being no Church of Christ near him, and he rarely had an opportunity of hearing the gospel preached. The writer preached a few days in this neighborhood last summer. Brother Lundy confessed his faith and was baptized. A small congregation being organized, he became very active and zealous in the Master's service. He enjoyed his new life so much. When he realized that he must die, he quoted many appropriate passages of scripture, and repeated favorite hymns, giving many comforting assurances of his readiness and willingness to die. He was a true manfaithful in all the relationships of life, and will be greatly missed. He leaves a wife and four little children, mother, brothers, sisters, and many friends to mourn their loss; but they should not sorrow as those who have no hope, for we shall meet beyond the river, never more to part.
W. H. Sutton.
Gospel Advocate, June 29, 1893, page 405.
Lunn, Eugene Beech
On July 15, 1909, Eugene Beech Lunn departed this life, after many months of suffering. His was a complete breakdown of the nervous system, which kept him confined to the house and bed for a long time. At intervals he gave promise of recovery; but despite all that could be done by loved ones and skillful physicians, he bade farewell to friends and those near and dear to him and his spirit took its flight to God who gave it. Eugene was one of the most patient sufferers it has fallen to my lot to know. I visited him a number of times, and not a single word of complaint ever escaped his lips. He possessed some traits of character well worth imitating by us all. He was absolutely destitute of a spirit of resentment. No matter how badly and unjustly treated, he offered no resentment or retaliation. There are very few who claim to be followers of Christ of whom as much can be said. Again, it is said of him that he never gave his mother a cross or an unkind word. This can be truly said of few young men; and while Eugene had his faults, these virtues shone with resplendent beauty. He was not a member of the church, but expressed a desire to obey the Lord as soon as he could go to meeting. I urged him not to defer the matter, but he thought he would soon be able to go to church. He leaves a widowed mother and several sisters and brothers to mourn his death.
F. W. Smith.
Gospel Advocate, September 9, 1909, page 1148.
Lunn, James N.
James N. Lunn, of Cedar Dell, in Marshall County, Tenn., was born on November 28, 1841. He was married to Sister Hannah Harman on December 19, 1872. To them were born three childrentwo sons and one daughter. The latter died at the age of four years. The two sons, Oscar and Austin Lunn, are still living. Brother Lunn served in the Confederate Army and made a good soldier. After the war he made a good citizen until October 4, 1885, when, like Cornelius, he realized he lacked something more; so he enlisted in the army of the Lord Jesus Christ under the preaching of the writer, and I believe he was a faithful soldier in the army of the Lord to the day of his death. Brother Lunn and his wife, who was also a faithful Christian, were devoted to each other until her death in 1901. Brother Lunn died on April 16, 1924. It was the request of Brother Lunn that I should conduct his funeral services, which I did. I would say to the bereaved: Study God's word, hide it in your heart, live it in your life, that you may meet the loved ones in the home of the soul.
N. C. Derryberry.
Gospel Advocate, February 26, 1925, page 211.
Annie Lusk, daughter of Brother and Sister Lewis Lusk, of Milan, Tenn., was born on March 29, 1890, and died on November 9, 1923. Sister Lusk obeyed the gospel at the age of thirteen, and at her baptism she requested that the hymn, "How Firm a Foundation," be sung, and also the same song be sung at her funeral. For twenty years she faithfully worshiped and served the Lord, passing into the great beyond in the triumphs of a living faith and with the Christian's hope. She was one of the few Christians in Milan who for years have faithfully worshiped the Lord "as it is written." She was content to do the Lord's work in the Lord's way. She was a pure, sweet, Christian woman, a dutiful daughter, a helper in every time of need; and why, in the prime of life, when needed so much in the home and in the church, she had to go, we do not know, but by and by we will understand. The writer has enjoyed the hospitalities of that splendid home many times and knows what her presence meant to the home and the church. After a short talk by the writer, in which he tried to teach and encourage the living and to comfort the sorrowing family, her body was laid to rest in the Milan Cemetery, to await the resurrection of the just, whom Christ will bring with him when he comes.
J. L. Holland.
Gospel Advocate, July 24, 1924, page 715.
How sad, yet how true, the saying, "It is appointed unto men once to die!" On July 20, 1925, the angel of death visited the home of Brother Lewis Lusk, in Milan, Tenn., and claimed as his own his beloved wife and devoted companion, Fannie. Sister Lusk's maiden name was Patton. She was bron on August 30, 1863, and was married to Lewis Lusk on January 7, 1883. Besides her husband, she leaves three sons and a host of other relatives to mourn her death. She obeyed the gospel and became a child of God in August, 1883, and was a faithful Christian until death. Hers was a Christian home and a home for preachers. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother, a good neighbor, and one of God's noble women. The writer has shared the hospitalities of that home many times, and was present and tried to speak words of comfort to the sorrowing ones at the grave, after which the body was lowered to its last resting place, to await the resurrection morn, when Jesus shall come to claim his own.
J. L. Holland.
Gospel Advocate, October 15, 1925, page 1004.
Luster, Vaughn D.
Vaughn D. Luster Jr., 51, died Aug. 18. President of Dallas Christian School for 17 years. Luster suffered a heart attack while driving home from a school function.
A leader in Christian education, Luster was chairman of the Board of Commissioners for the National Christian School Association and a member of its Board of Trustees. Luster also served as treasurer of the National Council for Private School Accreditation.
As president of Dallas Christian School, he saw the school grow from 300 students in 1981 to a record enrollment of 854 this fall.
He previously served as president of Mobile Christian School in Mobile, Ala.
Luster received a bachelor's degree from the University of South Alabama in 1969 and earned a doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University in 1996. He was a deacon at the Saturn Road Church of Christ.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara; two daughters, Angela Green and Emme Luster; a son, Andy; and his mother, Ila Mae Luster.
Gospel Advocate, November, 1998, page 45.
Luton, James Pharis Buchanan
On Tuesday evening, April 1, 1913, the angel of death entered our midst and took from us our loving grandfather, James Pharis Buchanan Luton. He was born on November 13, 1854, and forty years of his life was spent working in his Master's vineyard. Brother E. G. Sewell baptized him and from that time he was an earnest worker for the Lord. At the time of his death he was leader of the Bible study at the Twelfth Avenue church of Christ. O, how we miss him there! It doesn't seem right for him not to be with us on Lord's day. He was always there with his bright and loving smiles for every one, and more especially for the little folks. We have lost a good grandpa; the church, a good member; and the community, a good neighbor and citizen. To know him was to love him; for he was of a kind and loving disposition, ever thoughtful of others' feelings and ready and willing to help others. The crowd that attended the funeral services showed how he was loved and esteemed. His remains were laid to rest beside those of his daughter at beautiful Mount Olivet. Our home is so lonely without him, he was such a dear, loving grandfather. May the Lord help us all to live and meet him in that upper and better kingdom prepared for the faithful, is the prayer of his only grandchildren.
Mabel and Thelma Luton.
Gospel Advocate, May 15, 1913, page 476.
Luton, William Norman
Brother William Norman Luton, who was born on March 17, 1895, passed to his reward on the morning of October 25, 1918. Brother Luton obeyed the gospel at the age of eleven, and to those who knew him it is useless for me to say that he grew in faith and zeal for God. Nearly half of his Christian life was spent in the public proclamation of the gospel of the Son of God. Brother Luton was a graduate of the Nashville Bible School. Since finishing his course in the Bible School he refused several flattering business offers and chose to spent his time in spreading "the good news" in Western Kentucky. Brother Luton had spent the past summer in evangelistic work with great results. With the conclusion of his last meeting he took to his bed with influenza. Although he was carefully watched by a skilled physician and by his anxious parents, he developed a severe case of pneumonia, which resulted in death. Because of restrictions by the State Board of Health, only short open-air services were permitted. The funeral services were conducted by Brother Coleman Overby, of Murray, Ky., assisted by the writer. This death has removed from us one of the most consecrated and useful young men in Western Kentucky.
Gospel Advocate, November 14, 1918, page 1103.
Luttman, Mary Malinda
Mary Malinda Luttman, widow of J. H. Luttman, died at the Bolivar Community Hospital, Bolivar, Tenn., on May 28, 1981, at the age of 102.
Memorial services were conducted at the Shackelford Funeral Home in Bolivar with Malcom George delivering the tributary and consolatory message. The passages in Proverbs 31 describing a worthy woman were used as the main text for the address. Sister Luttman is remembered for her great faith, spirit of hospitality, and for working willingly with her hands. Her house was always open to visiting evangelists and others who might need her untiring services. She was highly loved and respected by all who knew her. Her memory will continue to be an inspiration to all who knew her. She and her husband were very active in the church at Rogers Springs, Tenn. He preceded her in death in 1954.
Sister Luttman lived and worked in later years at Middleton, Tenn., and was active in the church at Bolivar, Crowley, Texas, etc, as she had opportunity.
She is survived by three daughters: Lavicie Murphy, Celeste Overton, and Frances Young; one son: Johnny Luttman; two sisters: Rena Bevill and Mattie Hensley; 14 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. Children who preceded her in death are Annie Pearl Yopp, Thomas Luttman, and Arthur Luttman.
Malcom George., Selmer, Tenn. 38375.
Gospel Advocate, August 6, 1981, page 469.
Just as the shades of twilight were gathering over our busy city of Chattanooga, Tenn., on Thursday, June 4, 1914, the spirit of Sister Rhoda Luttrell took its flight to realms above. She was fifty-nine years of age, widow of John Luttrell (deceased), formerly of Lincoln County, Tenn. She was the mother of seven children, six of whom survive her. Very early in life she confessed her faith in Christ and became a member of his church, of which she remained a faithful and consistent member till death. She had lived in Chattanooga three or four years, during which time she attended the services of the Cowart Street congregation. She was sick but a short time, and her death came as a great shock to many of her friends and acquaintances. Funeral services were conducted by the writer on Friday, June 5, at 7:30 P.M. The remains were taken to Lincoln County.
Gospel Advocate, July 23, 1914, page 800.
Lyday, Josephine Cummins
Josephine Cummins was born, in Mississippi, on January 16, 1847. She came to Texas in 1862, and joined the Baptist Church in 1863. She was married, to J. L. Lyday, on May 10, 1864. Some years afterwards she united with the church of God, of which she remained a consistent member until her death, which occurred on February 1, 1904. She faithfully walked in the ordinances of God, as she learned them from Christ and the apostles through the word, during her Christian life. She leaves a husband, three sons, and three daughters to mourn her death. Her life went out as if she were in a gentle sleep. Thus she passed over the river to join loved ones and wait for and welcome those who are left behind, for whose welfare she seems to have lived, being every ready and anxious to lead them to the Savior. She was always gentle, kind, and loving. May the God of heaven and earth grant that we all may meet in the mansions prepared by the Lord for those who love and serve him.
J. F. G. Roach.
Gospel Advocate, March 10, 1904, page 154.
Lyell, Mary Amanda
By request we write a few lines in memory of sister Mary Amanda Lyell, the only daughter of D. R. and sister Elgira Puckett, near Lyles Station, Tenn. Sister Lyell was born Feb. 2d, 1867; was married to Bro. G. D. Lyell Sept. 28th, 1884. She departed this life Jan. 4th, 1887. About June, 1885, she obeyed the gospel, and was baptized by the writer. She remained faithful till she was called to join the happy throng in that beautiful home above. Her neighbors respected her; her brethren and sisters loved her; she was most highly esteemed by those who knew her best.
J. P. Litton.
Gospel Advocate, January 26, 1887, page 62.
Lyle, James Oliver
Brother James Oliver Lyle, son of Brother and Sister Lyle, of Lyle, Tenn., died on May 10, 1920. He had lived in this world since March 5, 1893. He was in the United States camps twenty-one months during the late war, and came home in very feeble health. Brother Lyle was baptized about six years ago by Brother Charles Tidwell. He was a member of Rocky Point congregation, of Hickman County. The large assembly at the funeral services and the mingling of tears told how he was esteemed in the minds and hearts of his people. He was a good man, or his neighbors and friends were wonderfully mistaken. He enjoyed the services of the church, and after he became too weak to go to the meetinghouse he often asked the brethren to meet with him at home on Lord's day and take the Lord's Supper. He was one of twelve childrenfive boys and seven girls. He was married on October 17, 1919, to Sister Eliza J. Clark. To his wife, left without his companionship and help, and to his father and mother, brothers and sisters, I would say, "Weep not, as others who have no hope," but let us all try to meet him in "the better land."
Gospel Advocate, August 5, 1920, page 774.
Lyle, Mary Woodmore
Mary Woodmore Lyle, wife of G. C. Lyle, of Needmore, was visited by the messenger of death at 12:05 A.M., Tuesday, March 9, 1915. Mrs. Lyle was nearing her seventy-ninth year, and is survived by an aged husband and seven children. She obeyed the gospel a number of years ago, becoming a member of the church of Christ, the body of Christ. There was no funeral preached, at the request of the husband, who says it cannot be long until he will be visited by the same messenger, and then both can be preached together. Interment took place at the Allen's Chapel burying ground, at Needmore. In the absence of the minister, burial services were conducted by S. F. Morrow, the assembly being dismissed with a prayer by the writer. We often look upon occasions of this kind as sad, and, indeed, sometimes they are sad; but when we see one that has lived to a ripe old age and died in the arms of Jesus Christ, it should become a happy occasionnot because God, through his tender mercy, has spared them many years in this life, but because of the preparation made while here for the life beyond the grave, having obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine delivered unto us, having obeyed what he commanded, and passing into eternity trust in him for what he has promised. "O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?" If all would obey these teachings earnestly and sincerely, death would have no sting and the grave would lose its victory.
A. S. Landis.
Gospel Advocate, August 5, 1915, page 787.
Cleon Lyles, 75, of Morrilton, Ark., died Sept. 3 after a bout with cancer. Lyles began preaching in 1931. He preached primarily in west-central Arkansas in gospel meetings and Sunday appointments for some time. He then married and continued to preach for extended periods in Oklahoma and Texas before he returned to Little Rock, Ark., to work with the Fourth and State Streets church (now Sixth and Izard), where he conducted a radio program and developed a TV program.
Lyles retired from full-time preaching in 1978. He served many years as a member of the board of directors of Southern Christian Home. He was co-founder and co-editor of the Pulaski County Christian (now the Arkansas Christian Herald), from which he resigned to enter full-time evangelistic work. He wrote several books.
Lyles is survived by his wife, the former Maxie Coats; two daughters, Janis Ann Perrin, of Lubbock, Texas, and Kerri Sue Goldsmith, of Laguna Beach, Calif.; a brother, Robert Lyles, of Jonesboro, Ark.; a sister, Ruby Lyles McNickle, of Okmulgee, Okla.; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted at the Downtown church in Morrilton Sept. 26 by John Gipson, Carroll Trent, Weldon Hatcher, Tom Chapan and singers from the Sixth and Izard congregation. The graveside service was conducted by Luther Hodge at Srygley Cemetery at Coal Hill.
Gospel Advocate, November, 1989, page 54.
Sister Ellie Lynch (nee Jones) was born on September 27, 1873, and died on January 19, 1905. She obeyed the gospel during a meeting the writer conducted at Sharp's Schoolhouse in September, 1897. She was married to Thomas Lynch on October 8, 1899. She was afflicted with asthma all of her life. Her affliction kept her from attending church regularly; however, she was faithful and gave liberally of her means to advance Christ's kingdom on earth. She was always cheerful. He husband was truly devoted to her and did all in his power to make her happy. He carried her to Texas, hoping it would benefit her; but, after remaining there one year, they returned to Columbia, Tenn., and remained there until death relieved her of her suffering. I would say to the bereaved ones: Weep not, but look beyond this world to the home where there will be no more death. Trust in Jesus and do his will, and all will be well. May Heaven's richest blessings rest upon the bereaved ones, and may God bless all of us. Let us be faithful, so that when done with time we can be happy in eternity.
S. T. Sewell.
Gospel Advocate, April 6, 1905, page 218.
It is with a sad heart that I record the death of our beloved brother, Jacob Lynn. He was fourscore and two years old, and had been a faithful member of the church for forty-five years. About nine months ago he had a stroke of paralysis, after which he walked but little without help. Brother Lynn was an elder of the church at Beechwood, Tenn., and his wise counsel in its deliberations, as well as his help in many other ways, will be greatly missed. Brother Lynn was a model Christian in many respects; he was true to his convictions and perfectly satisfied with the Lord's word, his will, and his way. Brother Lynn died on October 23. He leaves a wife, two children, and a host of friends to mourn their loss. Funeral services were conducted by Brother F. F. Dearing in the presence of a large assembly of sorrowing relatives and sympathizing friends, after which the lifeless body was laid to rest in the family burying ground to await the resurrection morn.
Gospel Advocate, November 15, 1906, page 736.
On July 16, 1910, the death angel claimed the spirit of Mrs. Rebecca Lynn. Being almost threescore and ten years of age, a long life was ended that was spent for the good of others. Aunt Rebecca obeyed the gospel early in life and lived a true Christian life, always holding fast to the faith, growing stronger, it seemed, as long as she lived. Early in youth she lost her mother and ere she was grown her father. Being the eldest of thirteen children, she took charge of the family and tries in every way to make up for their lost parents, being always kind and loving to the little ones left to her care. She remained with the family until all were grown and married; then seeing her mission was over, all being settled in homes of their own, she married Jacob Lynn, one of Bedford County's best-known citizens, and thereafter served a most faithful life as a wife and stepmother, loved and respected by all who knew her.
Annie Hill., Mount Juliet, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, November 10, 1910, page 1244.
Lynville, R. T.
On the early morning of April 14, 1891, the gates of heaven stood ajar, in order that the spirit of our brother and friend, R. T. Lynville might be wafted in from earth with all its sorrows, cares, and disappointments, to mingle his voice with just men, more perfect in the city, which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. The deceased obeyed the gospel of our Lord and Savior under the preaching of Bro. J. C. McQuiddy, Nov. 10, 1890, and was ever punctual in attendance at Lord's day service, and prayer-meeting, as long as his health would permit. He bore his long suffering with Christian patience and fortitude. His greatest concern was not of himself, for he trusted with all his heart, in the goodness and mercies of God, and was unalterable in his belief, that in the Father's house of many mansions there was room for all who would hold out faithful to the end. Truly they were a bereaved family, but they mourned not as those who had no hope. A wife and five dear children mourn their loss. I pray that they may all meet, and rest with the dear departed one, under the shade of the tree "beyond the river."
James Cox., Dixon's Springs, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, November 26, 1891, page 753.
Edd Lyon was born in Monroe County, Ky., on July 29, 1880, and died on February 24, 1924, of a spinal affection. His father, John Lyon, was a Christian preacher and reared a large family, being married twice. Edd was a child of the first wife, became a Christian early in life, profited by his opportunities for study, and has consistently stood for the best things in life. Besides farming, he taught many years in the schools of Monroe and adjoining counties, and wherever his work took him he was active as a Christian worker and teacher. Mount Gilead Church, where he resided and was buried, and the brotherhood at large have lost a loyal, able member, whom we shall miss. Brother Lyon practiced real Christian charity, and many bless his memory for having found him a "friend in need." On August 25, 1909, he was married to Miss Flora Headrick, and three sons share her sorrow. I knew of his plans to educate them well, and they will now miss the father's support, care, and advice. May God bless them, with the bereaved Christian mother; and may other Christians remember them in fellowship.
Harvey W. Riggs.
Gospel Advocate, March 13, 1924, page 260.
Lyon, F. S. L. Clark
God in his infinite wisdom saw fit to call from this earthly pilgrimage one of his faithful children, Sister J. C. Lyon. Sister Lyon was born on December 29, 1845, in Hartville, Ga. While a young girl she moved to Tennessee, where she lived a few years; and from there to Kentucky in 1876, where she lived till death. On November 9, 1884, Sister Lyon, who was formerly Miss F. S. L. Clark, was married to Brother J. C. Lyon, who was her faithful companion to the time of her death, which occurred in January 17, 1917. Sister Lyon obeyed the gospel in 1881 and lived a faithful Christian all of her life. The writer spoke words of comfort to the bereaved relatives and friends. May we all so live that we can meet her on the bright, golden shore.
John H. Hines.
Gospel Advocate, March 15, 1917, page 275.
Lyon, R. S.
The hearts of those who knew him as a Christian in this life will be made sad by the news that Brother R. S. Lyon is dead. He died at his home in Eagle Mills, Ark., on August 26, 1913. He was born in Overton County, Tenn., on June 9, 1853. He was baptized at about the age of twenty-five and preached fourteen years. Brother Lyon was twice married, and leaves a faithful wife, nine children, and a host of friends to mourn his departure. He was a loyal and faithful minister of the gospel of Christ, and I believe he would have given up his life before he would have compromised the gospel. He was an able debater in defense of the gospel of Christ, and it was a very great trial to him when his health failed him in such a way that he could not preach. Brother L. B. Ward conducted the funeral services, after which he was laid to rest in Salem Cemetery. Brother Lyon leaves behind a loving, loyal companion, who feels the loss more keenly than any one else. To her I would say: Weep not, for he is now free from the cares, the heartaches, and the pains of this cold world, and we have every reason to believe that he will find a home in the paradise of God, where "God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes." "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."
M. J. H. Joyce., Leola, Ark.
Gospel Advocate, October 9, 1913, page 980.
Lyon, W. M.
W. M. Lyon was born in Logan County, Ky., on January 17, 1882, and departed this life on July 22, 1923. He came to Obion County in his young manhood, married here, and made his home here most of his married life. He leaves a wife and three small boys to mourn his death, also two sisters and one brother, with other relatives and friends; but we sorrow not as those who have no hope, for he remembered his Creator in the days of his youth. It was a beautiful Lord's-day morning that his spirit left its tenement of clay and wended its way back to the God who gave it. We feel it was befitting, as he never neglected the assembly of the saints unless providentially hindered. We will not say he was perfect, but we who knew him best rest assured that there was light at the river when he passed over.
One Who Loved Him.
Gospel Advocate, October 4, 1923, page 970.
Lyttle, Bernice Elsie
Bernice Elsie Lyttle, daughter of the late J. Emmett Wainwright, passed from this life on February 16, 1962, in Inglewood, Calif. She had been a Christian since the age of thirteen, and her influence continues to live in Southern California, where she and her husband for twenty-seven years helped to establish and strengthen young congregations. During the past year while Sister Lyttle was suffering from cancer, prayers from numerous congregations ascended in her behalf. Never once did her faith waiver or her hope weaken. When she left her home to enter the hospital two days before her death, she knew that she would not return. She told her husband, Bob, at that time that the Lord had planned something far better for her and her family than they had requested in their prayers. She is survived by her husband, Robert; a fourteen-year-old daughter, Ruby Edith; a twelve-year-old son, Thomas Emmett; her mother, Sister J. Emmett Wainwright; and a sister, Lorraine Luther.
James E. Smythe.
Gospel Advocate, March 29, 1962, page 207.
Ouida Landon, retired registered nurse at Freed-Hardeman University, died Nov. 12, 2003. She was 65.
Mrs. Landon began her work at FHU in 1959 as the campus nurse and also taught home health until her retirement in 2000. She received an honorary doctorate from FHU in 2002. The university is in the process of naming its home economics building the Thomas-Landon House in honor of Mrs. Landon and fellow teacher Reba Thomas.
She worked summers at FHUs Mid-South Youth Camp as the camp nurse for 40 years and was assistant director of the camp for more than 15 years. She was also involved with the Freed-Hardeman Associatesan organization devoted to raising scholarship money for studentssince its inception and held various offices in this group.
She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Bob, a retired FHU professor and minister; her mother, Louise Heady; one brother, Dean Heady; two daughters, Joyce Howell and Elizabeth Harris; and two granddaughters.
Gospel Advocate, February, 2004, page 55.
Lavender, David E.
David E. Lavender, 74, died March 7.
He served as a missionary in Italy for six years and for 13 years trained college groups to work with churches of Christ in Italy.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane; a brother, Ray Lavender; three daughters, Jane ONeal, Jan Shoemaker and Nancy ONeal; three sons, Tim, Earl and Tom; 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Gospel Advocate, June, 2004, page 41.
Ollie Lightfoot died June 25. She was 70.
Lightfoot worked for several years as director of the credit union and as secretary of the Bible department at Abilene Christian University. Later she taught in the Abilene independent school district for 23 years.
She was a member of the South 11th and Willis Church of Christ in Abilene at the time of her death.
She is survived by her husband, Neil R. Lightfoot, longtime ACU professor; three daughters, Donna Thompson, LuAnne Bourland and Michelle McElroy; and seven grandchildren.
Gospel Advocate, December, 2003, page 40.
Leatherman, P. R.
On Sunday, December 1, with appropriate religious exercises, conducted by Brother Showalter, of Tennessee, we returned to earth the mortal remains of our brother in Christ, P. R. Leatherman. He was born on April 12, 1828, in Wilkinson County, Miss., and died on November 30, 1901, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C. Netterville. Another one of the pioneers of the restoration movement in Wilkinson County has passed away. Early in life our brother became a Christian only. His life was spent in the service of God and in working for the benefit of his fellow-menpart of the time on the farm, part of the time in the schoolroom as teacher, and, whether on the farm or in the schoolroom, he himself was always a student. Whatever was of benefit to the church, school, or farm was of interest to him. Being a man of talent, of education, and of rare worth, he was yet so modest and unassuming that only those who knew him best esteemed him properly. Mild in manner and in temper, he pursued the even tenor of his way through life. A godly walk and a chaste conversation were characteristic of him. With implicit, unquestioning faith in God and with complete submission to his will, he was true to every trust reposed in him. Truly, those who knew him best loved him most.
Brother Leatherman was a true Southerner; he believed in the South and its peculiar institution, defended that institution in his book on Moral Science, and later he defended it with the musket. When upon the accession to power in the Federal Government of an aggressiveand, as he thought, politicalhostile party, Mississippi withdrew from the union, he was in full sympathy with his State, serving in the Army of Virginia during the Civil War. It mattered not if he followed Lee to victory or went down to defeat and surrender at Appomattox, he was always the same cool, courageous soldier. Death seemed to have no terrors for him; he talked of it in such a matter-of-fact-way. At the age of twenty-four years he was married to Miss Fannie Dunckley, who since then, has been his faithful wife and constant companion to the end of his life, sharing all the joy or sorrow, prosperity or adversity, that came to him.
The most beautiful and touching part of their long married life is the last few years of it, showing Brother Leatherman as a great sufferer, yet heroic in his patience and fortitude, the aged wife all the while ministering to his needs. I have seen the like of it before, but such constancy and devotion will always challenge my admiration. To the widow who is left so lonely, to the two daughters and his grandchildren, he leaves the heritage of a good name, a life well spent, a life that contained a wealth of love for them. May his many noble qualities be an inspiration to them. Personally, he was my friend from the time I, a beardless boy, was his pupil; later in life he was my elder brother in Christ, evincing the same interest in me in the church as in the schoolroom; and, as brother and friend I lament him, and say: Farewell.
A. W. Lanehart.
Gospel Advocate, January 9, 1902, page 26.
Died, at his home in Williamson county, on Sunday morning, the 29th day of Nov. 1885, Bro. J. Lintonaged 63 years, one month, and 7 days. He was 40 years a member of the church of Christ, worshipping at South Harpeth in Davidson county, was one of the Elders of the congregation. Lived all of his long and useful life within a mile of the place of his birth. Bro. Linton was an honest, upright, wholesoul Christian man. His word was as good as his bond for all and for everything for which he gave it. He will be greatly missed in the community in which he lived, for he was ever ready to lend a helping hand to every one in distress; had the love, respect and confidence of all who knew him. Bro. Linton was a man of strong faith in Christ; hence, when he realized that he was nearing the dark riveryea, when its cold waters began to chill his body he never flinched. I asked him, had he any fears or doubts. He answered unhesitating no, nor have I ever yet known one of our brothers or sisters to lose faith in our Lords promises as given in the Gospel, as they neared the grave, our religion will do to trust, even in the hour of death. To the dear faithful wife and children, who so lovingly watched over and cared for him during his long illness, I can safely say our loss is his gain let us be faithful to Christ and we will meet him again never more to sorrow and weep, for God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain. Let us take comfort from these precious promises.
E. B. Cayce.
Gospel Advocate, December 23, 1885, page 808.
Long, Mrs. L. H.
With sadness I have to pen the death of my dear Christian wife. She was born Sept. 10, 1869. She was 18 years, 1 month and 19 days old. She obeyed the gospel July 21st, 1885, under the preaching of myself and was married Nov. 3d, 1885, and ever lived afterward a consistent Christian life, and died in a living faith in her Savior. She said there was no dread of the future but that she was filled with that glorious hope of an eternal rest. Brethren, pray for me, that I may be faithful till death, for this is the darkest and saddest trial of my life. Bro. Michel, of Collierville, Tenn. spoke words of consolation at the grave. May God bless him.
L. H. Long., Palestine, Ark.
Gospel Advocate, November 16, 1887, page 734.
Robert (Bob) Lowe, 76, died May 16.
Lowe was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Andy Lowe. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Shirley Floyd Lowe; his daughters, Robbie Pryor and Peggy Barnhart; and one grandson.
Interment was at Hermitage Memorial Gardens.
Gospel Advocate, August, 2006, page 44.
It seems expedient, since he was so long an ardent admirer and reader of the Advocate, that I write you of our fathersJames Lacysdeath, which occurred January 11, 1885; aged, eighty-three years and six months. He was reared in Virginia, and had been an earnest and consistent member of the Christian Church since its organization. His death was quiet; though conscious, there was no alarm. Nothing but well and fair, and what may quiet us in a death so noble, it seemed but the sinking to a deeper sleep, a more peaceful rest, which he enjoys after his long life of toil and suffering. He loved the Advocate and its editors, and was sincerely grateful to them for generously sending the last years number gratis. After he became too blind to read for himself, its weekly visits were eagerly watched for, and next to the Bible he loved to have it read for him, ever admiring its strict adherence to the Book divine. Heaven grant that we may meet him again in that home (of which he often talked) not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
Gospel Advocate, February 11, 1885, page 88.
We are hereby requested to announce the death of Sister Emily Lawhorn, which occurred Dec. 18, 1885, daughter of Bro. R. Sampley. She lived a consistent Christian life before death in the Church of Christ. She leaves a faithful father and mother and one brother, and a bereaved husband and two children to mourn her loss, although we trust that their loss is her gain. For Paul says that if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. The bereaved family have our heart-felt sympathies. May God bless, and save them, is our prayer. The age of this woman was 26 years, 4 months and 4 days.
C. R. Edwards.
Gospel Advocate, July 21, 1886, page 462.
Layne, Mattie A.
Departed this life Aug. 18, 1885, Mattie A. Coe, daughter of J. R. and Martha Coe. She was born Dec. 2, 1844. She obeyed the gospel at the age of 17, and was married to Lafayette W. Layne, Jan. 25, 1865. She leaves a husband and five children, mother, sisters and brothers, to mourn their lossto mourn as none but they can mourn. Her disease had long been preying upon her vital frame, and seemed to bid defiance to all medical aid and the careful nursing and unremitting attention of loving relatives and friends. Her death though not unexpected, was a severe shock to her family and friends and especially so to the devoted husband, who watched by her bed side so patiently, so constantly, so tenderly, anticipating her every want, and endeavoring in every possible way to mitigate her sufferings. She was a member of the Christian church, and died in the triumph of a living faith. Before her spirit had taken its flight heavenward, she expressed a willingness to answer the summons; said she had no fears of death, and her only pain was parting from her family. She was an affectionate and devoted wife, a kind and loving mother, a meek and humble Christian. Possessing a social nature and many lovable qualities of mind, she won many friends, and those who knew her best loved her most. Grieve not, stricken ones. God gave. God hath taken away. Life's brief span will soon be over; then we will join our loved ones on the Other Shore, where our achings and longing and separations will be forever stilled in the peaceful realms of eternal bliss;--where no stormy clouds of trouble will ever hover around us, and where no tear will ever dim the eye.
Cora L. Layne.
Gospel Advocate, November 11, 1885, page 712.
Edward Lisk was born October the 7th, 1814, and died at his home near Smithville, Tenn., March 9th 1885. He united with the church of Christ in August 1873, and was baptized by Bro. Smith Denton, and from that day until the day of his death, his walk was orderly, and if we are to judge from it, we feel assured that his spirit is to-day at rest in the blissful land where parting is no more. Bro. Lisk leaves a devoted wife and six children to mourn his loss, most of whom are trying to walk in the straight and narrow way that leads to life immortal. Then what a great consolation it is to know that this separation, though sad as it may seem, is only for a little while, and if they remain faithful to the end, they may again join husband and father on the other shore, where there is no pain, no sorrow, no sickness and where death shall never enter. There Gods hand shall wipe away every tear, and there the children of God shall be freed from all the sorrows, and cares incident to human life. It was my privilege to be associated with Bro. Lisk a great deal last years, as I was preaching near his home, during which time I baptized one of his daughters, and performed the marriage ceremony for another, and in all my associations with him, I found him to be a kind husband, a loving father, a devoted follower of the meek and lowly Jesus, and a friend and neighbor to the needy and distressed. It is hard indeed to give up such, but we should bow in humble submission to the will of him who does all things for the best. Let us all try to so live that when we are done with the trials and difficulties of this life, we may have an abundant entrance into that eternal city where we can again join the loved ones, and dwell forever with the blessed Savior who gave his life for us.
W. B. Carnes., Castalian Springs, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, May 13, 1885, page 298.
Departed this life, February 2, 1885, near Chestnut Grove, Hickman county, Tenn., Bro. Frank Litton; being about thirty-seven years of age. He took a severe hemorrhage of the lungs about twelve months previous to his death, from which he never fully recovered. Finally death came and relieved him of his sufferings. He was baptized by Elder J. P. Litton, about seven years before his death; and from then until death lived a consistent, Christian life, so far as is known to the writer. He leaves a wife and three children to mourn his death; but they should not sorrow as those who have no hope. I wish to say to the bereaved wife and children, Prepare to meet him in a brighter world than this. May God bless the family and numerous relatives in their sad affliction, is my humble prayer.
E. S. B. Waldron.
Gospel Advocate, March 11, 1885, page 152.
Loving, Mattie A.
Mattie A. Loving, wife of Bro. W. R. Loving, departed this life July 17, 1885, at their residence in Lincoln county, Tenn. She was 38 years old, and had been a member of the church of Christ for 9 years. She had been a sufferer from disease of the heart for a long while. This, combined with flux, removed her from us. She acted well her part in every station she filled in this life. As daughter she was true, respectful and obedient; as wife she was affectionate and faithful, and discharged the duties of Queen of the domestic circle, with cheerfulness; as mother, she was devoted and self-sacrificing; as Christian, she steadfastly abounded in the work of the Lord, often assembling with the saints on the first day of the week, when she was very feeble. For six years she prepared the loaf for the congregation at Richmond, Tenn. At home she was a burning, shining light. Many were the expressions of regret by the church when she and her husband moved away. It is not strange (having lived such a life) that she should meet death cheerfully. As she committed her children into the hands of her husband, said to him: Bring them up in the fear of the Lordlive the Christian life. Sorrow not after me, the separation will not be long, therefore, meet the trials of this life with cheerfulness. To our brother and his dear children, we tender our heartfelt sympathy, and sincerely hope they will heed her parting admonition to so live that they will be united forever in eternal happiness.
T. C. Little.
Gospel Advocate, October 21, 1885, page 659.
Died at the residence of Bro. John Downey, near here, sister Celina Lowrey, wife of Bro. Barger Lowrey, in the 79th year of her life, April 19, 1886. The funeral was preached the same day of her burial by Elder J. K. Walling. Sister L. had been declining for several years, and she and her aged husband came to Texas only a few months since with their children and grandchildren, knowing that they themselves could not last long anywhere. She united with the church of Christ under the preaching of Elder John Smithson, and ardently served her Master. To say that she was a good woman, would only be repeating what all knew who were acquainted with her; consequently she calmly and peacefully fell asleep in Jesus, as all will do who live as she did. Although she was very aged, it was heartrending to her children to give her up, as she had ever been so kind and affectionate toward them. May their unbounded love for her be a link which will bind them to heaven. Asleep in Jesusblessed thought! cheering hope!from which none ever wake to weep.
J. P. Kelton., Irene, Texas, May 10, 1886.
Gospel Advocate, May 26, 1886, page 328.
Lunn, R. F.
Died, Mrs. R. F. Lunn, at her home, four miles from Franklin, Tenn., at four oclock A.M., Aug 31, 1885, that another of the Franklin congregation goes to join that long list in the church triumphant, who have gone from the church militant. Sister Lunn was an humble loving disciple of Christ. Happy in her Christian experience, strong in her faith, in the resurrection of the dead, and in a future life of eternal glory for all who love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ in truth. She was a good mother, not only a good mother, but a good step-mother and a good wife, a woman beloved by all who knew her, her bereaved husband and motherless children have the deepest sympathy of the entire community. Oh! how sad the home, wife, mother, gone, the husband, the church, the entire neighborhood will miss her. May the Lord Jesus sooth their sorrows in this sad hour, and help them to realize the truth that (our loss) their loss, is her gain, and that they have another hope to draw them from this world of sorrow, to our fathers house above where God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, for there shall be no more death, neither crying, neither shall there be any more pain.
A large concourse of sorrowing friends followed her remains to the cemetery at Franklin, where loving hands gently laid her body into its last resting place to await the resurrection morn.
E. B. Cayce., Franklin, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, September 23, 1885, page 600.
Lewis, Annie May Alston
Annie May Alston Lewis, 88, died March 9.
Mrs. Lewis, at the invitation of W. B. West Jr., became the librarian for the Harding University Graduate School of Religion in 1962. During her 21 years at HUGSR, the library grew from 5,000 volumes to 69,000 volumes.
Mrs. Lewis taught ladies Bible classes at the Church of Christ at White Station for many years. In retirement, she was active in teaching reading to adults.
She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Jack P. Lewis; two stepsons; two nephews; two nieces; and a sister-in-law. Interment was at the Poplar Grove Cemetery in Henning, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, June, 2006, page 41.
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