|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
Shearer, J. D.
Brother J. D. Shearer and Sister Shearer (nee Taylor) were both killed by a cyclone that swept away their house in the suburbs of Sherman, Texas, May 15, 1896. Mistaking the noise of the cyclone for a passing train, there was no effort to escape until it was too late. Two of their sons were with them in the same room, and were badly bruised, but not seriously. Brother Shearer was instantly killed. Sister Shearer lived a few hours, and, it is supposed, died of the shock. Almost everybody was wild with excitement. What words could describe the feelings of the son who were away from home when they heard that their father and mother were thus taken away? One of the sons was so far away that he could not come in time to see the remains. The hearts of the entire community went out in sympathy toward the distressed ones; and one of the largest audiences ever assembled in Grayson County at a funeral gathered around the grave, where I tried to say some fitting words in memory of my schoolmate and fellow-laborer, J. D. Shearer. Brother and sister Shearer had struggled hard to rear their large family, and had seen them grow up to be useful and honored citizensa happy family. The sons great desire was to see their parents comfortable in their declining years. Alas, how bitterly disappointed! Brother Shearer had spent his life since he was a student at Kentucky University in preaching and teaching, and Sister Shearer has toiled faithfully by his side. The mothers life seemed wrapped up in the lives of her boys. To care for them and to help them was her sweet joy, and to dote upon and care for their mother was happiness itself to these sturdy young men. Responsibility was thus suddenly removed, but there came the greatest of all earthly affliction. May the Father of the fatherless comfort and help them to bear their heavy burden, and may they be brought at last to their Fathers house on high.
O. A. Carr.
Gospel Advocate, June 11, 1896, page 379.
Shearer, O. F.
On May 14, 1950, the third stroke came to O. F. Shearer, bringing his earthly pilgrimage to an end in just a few hours. W. C. Ramsey and myself had charge of the funeral service, which was conducted at the meetinghouse in Monticello, Ky., May 17. This was Brother Shearers sixty-second birthday. The largest crowd that I have ever seen gathered at this place was present for this service. For many years I have known of his work as a gospel preacher, an elder of the church, and a tried Christian. A good many years ago the no-class idea invaded the congregations in Pulaski County, Ky. Many called it Somerism. No man made a harder fight against this heresy than did Brother Shearer. By the help of other faithful men, it was kept out of the congregations of his home county. I am told by brethren in Pulaski County that his word was outstanding, and that possibly no other man did more for the cause of Christ in that section than did he. In my judgment, he came as nearly meeting the qualifications of an elder laid down in the Scriptures as any man that I have met. He felt that the church should know all about the activities of the elders, and always welcomed suggestions from any and all of the members of the church on any important matter. He felt it his duty to see that the church had the proper instructions, and was especially interested in the young being rooted and grounded in the faith. He felt that the gospel, with its appeal, should gain the interest of the young as well as the old. His chief aim was to inform all Christians of any teaching that might effect the purity and harmony of the church. He had seen the different isms take their toll of the church, and he feared that the next grip on the church would be modernism. Few men that I have known have been blessed with a better knowledge of the Bible, and his judgment, faithfulness, and purity of life shall be a challenge to all of us who cherish his memory. After the service, his body was laid to rest in the Monticello Cemetery under a mass of floral offerings.
Gospel Advocate, June 8, 1950, page 375.
Sheen, Jesse J.
Jesse J. Sheen, the youngest son of Brother and Sister John D. Sheen, who was killed by a horse falling on him on September 5, 1908, was born on October 6, 1879. He obeyed the gospel under the preaching of Brother W. P. Skaggs, in 1904, and lived a Christian life until death. He leaves a father, a mother, four brothers, three sisters, and a host of friends to mourn for him. He was buried at Christoval, Texas. This was one of the saddest funeral services the writer ever attended, and the many friends who gathered around his grave to bid him good-by was evidence of his pure life.
J. D. Shipman.
Gospel Advocate, October 15, 1908, page 666.
Arley Sheffer was born on September 12, 1881, and died on June 12, 1926. On January 24, 1904, he was married to Etta Karraker. To this union seven children were born, one dying in infancy. Besides his widow and six children, he leaves his father, George W. Sheffer, and his mother, Clara Sheffer, two brothers and three sisters, with other relatives and numerous friends, to mourn their loss. He obeyed the gospel and became a member of the Christian Chapel congregation sixteen years ago and has ever been true to the faith. For the past several years he had been engaged in business in Dongola, Ill., where he built up a good trade, and by his honest, fair dealings he made many friends; and if he had an enemy, no one knew it. The funeral was conducted by the writer at Christian Chapel on Sunday afternoon, June 13, in the presence of what was said to be one of the largest crowds ever assembled at that place, after which his body was laid to rest in the church cemetery, to await the voice of the Son of God.
L. E. Jones.
Gospel Advocate, August 26, 1926, page 808.
Sheffield, Lucy V.
Lucy V. Sheffield, born May 27, 1883, at Coffeeville, Miss., departed this life at the age of seventy-three, December 10, 1956. She was a staunch Christian and willing to suffer hardships for Christ. Her father was a gospel preacher and with his help she converted her husband. All her children are Christians. She loved to talk about the Bible to anyone who would listen and when she died her Bible was on the bed beside her. During the years when the work of God in the Mississippi Delta was difficult and discouraging, she was one of the most faithful and devoted servants of the Lord. She will long be remembered for her good work by the churches in the Ruleville and Cleveland, Miss., areas. Her last years were spent in New Orleans. It was here that death ended her long and useful life. She is survived by her daughters, Mrs. Bruce Livingston, Cleveland, Miss.; Mrs. A. M. Ray, Memphis, Tenn.; Mrs. L. W. Brooks, New Orleans, La.; Mrs. R. D. White, Leland, Miss.; Mrs. H. E. Mitchell, Leland, Miss.; and one brother, Tom Nerren, of Ruleville, Miss. Funeral services were conducted by Paul Ayers in Cleveland, Miss.
Gospel Advocate, January 31, 1957, page 79.
Sheffield, William H.
William H. Sheffield was born April 10, 1869. He became a Christian in 1905, being baptized by the late Ed Nerren, his father-in-law. For fifteen years he was caretaker of the Lehrton Cemetery, Ruleville, Miss., retiring from that position about three or four years ago. Brother Sheffield passed from this life at his home, near Ruleville, Miss., early Sunday, December 15. He had been a devout Christian and had spent much time and money to see that others heard the blessed word. He had worked and worshiped with a number of congregations, but more primarily with the Parks Chapel Church, Cleveland, Miss.; Quiver Chapel, Ruleville, Miss.; Lehrton Cemetery Church; and was a charter member of the Ruleville Church. He leaves his wife and the following children: J. E. Sheffield, Florence, Ala.; Mrs. Willie Lee Ratliff, Pensacola, Fla.; Mrs. A. M. Ray, Tutwiler, Miss.; Mrs. L. W. Brooks, New Orleans, La.; Mrs. Bruce Livingston, Merigold, Miss.; Mrs. H. M. Jeffcoat, New Orleans, La.; Mrs. R. D. White, Shaw, Miss.; and Mrs. H. E. Mitchell, Doddsville, Miss.; also forty-six grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild; and a host of other relatives and friends. The funeral service was at the Ruleville Church, and was conducted by the writer, assisted by Brethren Hawkins, Jimmie Powell, and Stanley Brewer.
J. A. Thornton.
Gospel Advocate, January 2, 1947, page 15.
Shelby, Enos Kelton
Enos Kelton Shelby was born on March 5, 1854, and died on August 29, 1919. He was born and reared to manhood in Hickman County, Tenn. He obeyed the gospel at the age of nineteen years. This example of giving the better and most active part of his life to the cause of the Master should be inspiring to his children and relatives. He married three times. There were children only by his first wife. He married Miss Nannie C. Gregory in 1873. To this union were born four childrentwo girls and two boys. One of the boys died in infancy. Mrs. Birdie Kirk, Mrs. Willie Harris, and George Shelby are the living. They were all at his bedside for weeks before he died. He had been in feeble health for two years. During this time he looked to George for help and advice. He and his first wife reared an orphan boy from two years of ageBadah Shelby. Badah was about ten years old when the wife and mother died. George then raised Badah, who is still in his home. He loved Mr. Shelby and was always regarded as one of the family. Brother Shelby married Sister Etta Birchett in November, 1905. She was a widow with two children. He was a father to them till March 9, 1912, when God called her home. In February, 1913, he married Sister Annie Frazier, a widow with six children. All were almost grown, except the two youngest; but they all loved and respected him as a father. Annie was so faithful to him all through his long and painful illness. His children will always love and care for her because she was so devoted to him. He leaves two brothers and one sister. He always went to church when able and lived a Christian life until death. On August 30 we carried him to Lamalsamac, in Gibson County, where he and his first wife and children went to church. There, in the presence of many relatives and friends, Brother W. S. Long spoke words of comfort to the sorrowing ones, after which his body was laid to rest beside his first wife in the Lamalsamac cemetery, there to await the final resurrection, when we hope to meet him, together with all the redeemed in Christ.
Annie C. May.
Gospel Advocate, November 20, 1919, page 1160.
Shelby, Nancy C.
Sister Nancy C. Shelby was born, in Hickman County, Tenn., on February 29, 1848, and died on September 2, 1904. She was married, to E. K. Shelby, in 1873. She was the mother of four children; of these, one son and two daughters survive her. She was baptized about twenty-one years ago, was ever afterwards a devoted Christian, and died in the love and fear of the Lord that sustained her through eight months of suffering. Everything that skill and the tenderest nursing could do was done, but death claimed her. We should not wish to keep her here to suffer, but rest on the blessed promises of God, believing that he does all things well. Sister Shelby was a woman of more than ordinary intelligence and was strong in defense of the teachings of the Bible. She was earnest and honest in her convictions, always delighted to talk on things pertaining to Christianity, and was able to defend the principles of the truth. She loved the word of God, and her mind was well stored with knowledge from that book. She was satisfied with the work and worship of the church as set forth in the word of God. She lived to see all her family baptized into Christ, and no wife or mother was ever more devoted or self-sacrificing in her home life. The funeral was conducted by the writer, and she was laid tenderly away to await the resurrection of the redeemed. To the bereaved ones I would say: Weep not for her, but let her life and death be an inspiration to a higher and holier life; look forward to that blessed reunion across the rolling river, where all who loved her and who trust in the blessed promises of God and live as he directs will soon join those gone before. Time is a great consoler, but the only real consolation is found in the blessed promises of God. Truly, blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.
T. A. Smith., Paris, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, September 29, 1904, page 618.
Shell, Leslie A.
On September 9, 1931, God saw fit to call to his final home Leslie A. Shell, of Paducah, Ky. I had known Brother Shell since a youthful boy, and he was almost like a member in our family. He obeyed the gospel about thirteen years ago under Charles Taylors preaching in a tent meeting in this city. He was a deacon in the church at Nineteenth and Broadway, and always ready to do whatever called upon to do, and tried to live up to his duty as a Christian. T. C. Wilcox spoke words of comfort to the bereaved family and friends. He became ill two years ago and never regained his health. Brother Shell was always ready, with the Bible as his guide, to give a reason to every one that asked the hope that was within him. I chanced to live across the street from him ten years, and it was a common thing to look over and see him with his Bible meditating on Gods worda good example to us. He was anxious for every one to do right, and especially his dear children, whom he idolized. May Gods blessings rest upon his bereaved wife, who stood by him doing all she could until death came, and also his children; and may they all live closer to Him who said, Blessed are they who die in the Lord.
Mrs. W. E. McNabb.
Gospel Advocate, March 3, 1932, page 286.
Shelley, Isaac Robert
Brother Isaac Robert Shelley was born, in Knoxville, Tenn., on October 26, 1850, and died, at his home in Rocky Comfort, Mo., on December 28, 1924. He was married to Fannie E. Morgan on April 27, 1887. Three daughters were born to this unionnamely: Mrs. Wanda Carter, Stella, Mo.; Mrs. Ada McDonald and Mrs. Blanche Lamberson, Rocky Comfort, Mo. Besides these, he left behind three sisters and one brother. They are: Mrs. E. H. Goodner and Mrs. Hodge, Viola, Idaho; Mrs. Culp, Rocky Comfort, Mo.; and B. F. Shelley, Joplin, Mo. When six months old his parents moved from Tennessee to McDonald County, Mo., where he was a resident seventy-four years. For thirty-eight years he was a successful business man at Rocky Comfort. Brother John T. Hinds baptized him into the one body in 1905, and he was constantly at his post as an active worker. The writer officiated.
W. T. Hines.
Gospel Advocate, March 12, 1925, page 259.
Shelton, Carena M.
Carena M. Shelton was born July 5, 1825; died May 20, 1897. Her maiden name was English, Alabama being the land of her nativity. At about the age of sixteen she was married to Caleb Shelton, with whom she journeyed through the trials of life for more than forty years, who preceded her to the better world fourteen years. They moved to Kentucky at the beginning of the war, and soon after the war they heard the gospel proclaimed in its original purity, and were buried with the Lord in baptism, in Spring Creek, Graves County, Ky., by that venerable man of God, John F. McCoy, who faithfully proclaimed the gospel in a day that tried mens souls. They moved to Texas in 1878, beneath whose silent clods they await the Masters call. Their son, Charlie A. Shelton, was summoned up higher September 20, 1895. He was cut down in the prime of mans estate, leaving a wife and three little children to mourn their loss. These all died in the faith that staggers not at the promise of God. Dear kindred and friends, our ranks are broken, but it will only be a short time till we will gather in the everlasting kingdom.
A. M. Shelton., Cumby, Texas.
Gospel Advocate, June 17, 1897, page 381.
Shelton, Ella W.
Died near Hadensville of measles on the 17th of Feb. Mrs. Ella W. Shelton in the 30th year of her age. She was the daughter of George and Harriett White, the granddaughter of Mrs. T. J. Bibb, of Guthrie. She leaves three brothers and one sister. Her husband and father, and brothers were not members of the church. She said she was not afraid to die, but hated to leave her little children. She had one son in his 7th year and two sets of twins, all girls, the oldest five years, and the youngest two and a half. She made all leave the room while she talked to her husband; she told him to take her children to Sunday school, said the good Lord perhaps was taking her to benefit others. I never saw any one more lamented than she was by every one that knew her.
She was a member of the Christian church at Guthrie. Oh Ella how we do miss you.
Gospel Advocate, March 16, 1887, page 175.
Shelton, Mrs. John
Sister Shelton, the wife of Brother John Shelton, was born on June 30, 1837, and departed this life on June 27, 1910. She was baptized into Christ probably fifty years ago. Not having sufficient teaching, she became a member of a human institution; but after hearing the gospel preached in its purity and simplicity about a year ago, she came forward at the close of one of our meetings, confessed her mistake, and took her place in the church of Christ. Since that time we have reason to believe that she made a strong effort to live the Christian life. Nearly every time, if not every time, that I was in her company, she would speak of things pertaining to the life beyond. She often gave me words of encouragement, which I appreciated. Sister Shelton had been a sufferer from heart trouble for about two years. Her death was expected for some time, yet the end came very suddenly. Her husband found her dead by his side on Monday morning, June 27. This should be a warning for every one who is struggling with life. Watch, for ye know not the day nor the hour when the call will come to us. Sister Shelton leaves a Christian husband, three daughters, one son, a daughter-in-law and sons-in-law to mourn their loss. 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. (Rev. 14:13.) The remains were laid away in the Poolville Cemetery to await the resurrection morn.
W. F. Cox.
Gospel Advocate, July 21, 1910, page 855.
Sister Sarah Shelton was born on August 10, 1816, and departed this life on February 20, 1899. She was eighty-two years, six months, and ten days old. Sister Shelton was baptized into the church of Christ at the early age of sixteen years, and worshiped with the church at Blacks Schoolhouse, in Todd County, Ky. She was married to Brother A. M. Shelton on February 17, 1853, after which she worshiped with the church at West Clifty, in the same county. Removing to this (Logan) county, about four miles northeast of Russellville, Ky., and there being no congregation of worshiping disciples here, she, with her husband and a few other faithful ones, began to meet and worship God according to his divine appointment in a schoolhouse, which resulted in an organization which the entire community for miles around felt, and out of which have grown two other congregations. This church, known as Kedron Church, now consists of about 140 members and a nice and comfortable meetinghouse. How grandly do we see the force of the words, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them! (Rev. 14:13.) Sister Shelton was a faithful, earnest, zealous, Christian woman. All who knew her said she was a good woman. She always made it a point in life to attend the worship, up to about two or three years before she fell asleep, when she became too weak and feeble to go. She always delighted in the company of Christians, and especially that of preachers. Her home was the home of all faithful preachers. She was exceedingly devoted to her Bible, and ever read it with that reverence that should characterize every child of God. I would say to the loved ones left behind: Weep not for mother and grandmother as for one of whom we have no hope, for eternity alone will reveal the good and the blessings of a godly life like this.
J. H. Mead.
Gospel Advocate, April 6, 1899, page 218.
Shelton, Sarah E.
Sister Sarah E. Shelton departed this life on March 1, 1907, aged seventy-six years. She was a devoted and zealous Christian for thirty-seven years, and died in the faith and full hope of heaven. She leaves several children and grandchildren (who are also faithful Christians) and many friends to mourn her death. A funeral service was conducted to her memory by the writer in the presence of a large congregation, after which she was buried in White Oak graveyard, four miles from Ramer, Tenn., there to remain till the resurrection of the last day, when the saints will all join her in the paradise of God. May we all be ready when our summons comes. Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.
E. C. L. Denton.
Gospel Advocate, April 25, 1907, page 270.
On June 19, 1913, Brother Thomas Shelton was called from this world to a home of love. I know that no words of mine can bring comfort to sorely tried hearts, but, knowing Brother Shelton, I will say that he was a man whose place will not be easily filled in the world; how impossible to fill it in his home! He left behind him a name unsullied and which should be a priceless legacy to his family. His life was so pure and his Christian faith so undoubted that we may feel the blessed assurance that he has gone to the home prepared for those who love and faithfully serve the Lord Jesus. Funeral services were conducted from the residence by Brother G. M. Mears, and the large crowd assembled showed the esteem in which the deceased was held by the citizens of the community.
Gospel Advocate, July 17, 1913, page 692.
Sister Annie Shepard was born Sept. 19, 1853; and departed this life Oct. 8, 1897. Sister Annie was a daughter of Brother Joseph Thompson, and was married to Brother J. P. Shepard Dec. 13, 1869. She obeyed the gospel about twenty-eight years ago. She was a good, obedient daughter while at home, loved by all who knew her; a good wife and mother; a good, humble servant of our Master; and she has of course gone on to her reward in heaven, where all that love to obey God will finally meet. I visited Sister Shepard in her last days of suffering. She bore her sufferings just as none but Christians can, and said she was ready and willing to go. She asked all her people to meet her in heaven. She leaves an aged father, husband, one son, and several brothers and sisters to mourn their loss; but, thanks be to Him that doeth all things well, we sorrow not as those that have no hope. Our loss is her eternal gain. Certainly our sister died in the Lord, and the blessings of God are sure. Then let us all strive to so live that we may meet our loved ones where parting is no more.
Wm. M. Lance., Dillton, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, October 28, 1897, page 685.
Brother Jesse Shepherd died Nov. 24, 1896. He was born Sept. 20, 1836. He was a son of William and Rebecca Shepherd. He was married to Mary P. Patten about 1858, who died Sept. 20, 1885. Brother Shepherd had born unto him eight childrenthree boys and five girls; and two sons and three daughters survive him. He was married to Mildred Gordon about 1890, but leaves no issue by her. He was first of the Presbyterian faith, together with his first wife, but they both obeyed the gospel about 1882. The writer baptized them. Brother Shepherd has since lived in the Christian faith, but, like all other men, had his faults. He was very poor and very humble. He died in full faith of being blessed in the world to come. The brethren called at Brother Shepherds on Lords daythe day that he was sixty years oldand all communed with the Lord in taking the Supper. A few days before, the writer had called and offered prayer. He seemed to enjoy these occasions very much. Brother Marion Harris conducted services at his burial, when his relatives, the church members, and friends met to pay the last tribute of respect.
Gospel Advocate, January 28, 1897, page 60.
Shepherd, Pearl Murphy
On May 10, 1979, Mrs. Pearl Murphy Shepherd passed from this life. She was 87 years old, the oldest member of the Providence Road Church of Christ.
Mrs. Shepherd was the widow of S. N. Shepherd, an elder and pioneer for the cause of Christ in the Carolinas and the daughter-in-law of the late J. W. Shepherd, author and former editor of the Gospel Advocate.
She is survived by two sons, James F. Shepherd and S. N. Shepherd, Jr. of Charlotte, N. C., five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
One of nine children, she is also survived by four sisters, Mrs. Sutton Rhea, Lakeland, Fla., Mrs. William Tuck, Nashville, Tenn., Mrs. Farrell Shipp, Nashville, Tenn., and Mrs. Albert Fite, Lebanon, Tenn.
Her body was laid to rest in Sharon Memorial Park in Charlotte, and fitting words of memorium were spoken by David Wheeler, minister of the Providence Road Church of Christ.
Mrs. M. O. Hixon., Granddaughter.
Gospel Advocate, June 14, 1979, page 380.
Sherbert, Claude Benjamin
Claude Benjamin Sherbert, age sixty-six, departed this life November 16, 1961. On moving to Athens, Ala., nearly forty years ago, Brother Sherbert immediately identified himself with the small congregation which represented a second beginning of the church here, the first work having gone into digression around the beginning of the century. He lived to see the word of God increase and the number of disciples multiply until, at the time of his death on November 16, work was nearing completion on the meetinghouse for the fifth congregation in the city. While never prominent in the public services of the church, it is likely that few have contributed more substantially to its progress. For thirty years, until the beginning of his last illness two years ago, Brother Sherbert served as treasurer for the Market Street church. His unquestioned integrity and his diligence in business contributed to confidence and respect both from within and without. A Rawleigh Dealer, he enjoyed his work and his customers until the end. The following is a part of a letter from the Rawleigh Company: Mr. Sherbert was to Alabama Organization of Dealers the same as the late Sam Rayburn was to the United States Congress and the National Democratic Party. . . . He was always dependable and his thirty-nine years of service to Consumers was the longest period any man has sold Rawleigh Products in Alabama. The funeral service was conducted at the Market Street church building on November 17, 1961, at 2: P.M. Surviving Brother Sherbert are his wife, Mrs. Myrtle Sherbert, three brothers and two sisters.
A. J. Rollings.
Gospel Advocate, December 21, 1961, page 815.
Our young friend and Christian brother, Leroy Sherbut, was born on June 7, 1897, near Oakland meetinghouse, about nine miles west of Athens, Ala. He died on April 13, 1917, at his home, in the presence of his good father and mother and several brothers and sisters. About four years ago he became a member of the church of Christ, and lived faithfully up to the teaching of the Scriptures during the days since that time. He was baptized by Brother Frank Morrow. The almost twenty years of his life were years of devotion to his home and to his friends. He was by nature a gentleman and was adding daily to his life the Christian virtues. He was faithful in attendance at the Lords-day worship and could be depended upon as a young man ready to do his part. His death was the result of complications arising from an obstinate case of appendicitis. He suffered much during his last hours, but bore it patiently, showing through it all the gentle appreciation of attentions devotedly rendered by parents and friends. God grant that his life shall not have been in vain, but that all may profit by his gentle example. May the Father grant, too, to shape events gently round about the lives of the sorrowing father and mother, the brothers and sisters.
Earl M. Hodson.
Gospel Advocate, May 31, 1917, page 536.
On May 28 I went to the home of Mattie Sherman, in Decatur, Ala., who was on her deathbed, and taught her the gospel, which she received with gladness.
By the assistance of Brother J. H. Hill, of Decatur, we put Sister Sherman in a chair and buried her in baptism, in the pool in the church building on Grant Street. The elders of the church, Brother Ezell and Brother Flowers, with many of the good sisters, were present and did what they could.
Sister Sherman had been in bed three months, and went from her bed and obeyed her Lord in baptism.
On June 3 I was called over long-distance telephone to come back and bury Sister Sherman again. Death visited here at twelve oclock, Tuesday, June 3, 1930.
She was born on October 8, 1888. She was married on June 5, 1910. On June 5 her funeral was held at the Grant Street church of Christ, in Decatur, services being conducted by the writer, assisted by Brother James Greer, the local preacher, and Brother J. H. Hill. A large crowd was present. Her body was laid to rest in the West Decatur cemetery.
Sister Sherman leaves a mother, husband, two sons, two daughters, three brothers, and a host of friends.
Gospel Advocate, June 19, 1930, page 593.
News of the death of John Sherriff, veteran missionary in South Africa, is contained in a letter from Molly Sherriff under date of July 7. She writes from Forest Vale Mission, P. O. Box 907, Bulawayo, South Rhodesia, South Africa:
Daddy was ill only a short while, though his strength had been failing for some months. For a week he did no work. He rose at 10 A.M. and retired at 4 P. M. Two and a half days before he died he kept to his bed. On Lords-day morning, June 30, he was quite conscious, though very tired and sleepy. At 11 A.M. he remembered the Lord, and his expressed wish was that everything should be done decently and in order. Shortly after the breaking of bread he murmured: Lord, hold me. Just a half hour before passing away he opened his eyes and smiled, saying: Eager eyes are watching, waiting for the lights along the shore. He then went peacefully to sleep, and a few minutes later passed from death unto life eternal.
We laid him to rest on a rocky hill, just a little distance from the house. It was his favorite spot.
We need your prayers and help, for mother has made up her mind to carry on. He has laid his burden upon, us and we must bear it faithfully to the end.
Brother Classen will help with the meetings as usual, and Brother Hinde will come out from town, for he has promised to take his share in the work that daddy was doing.
The Lord was very good to him. He suffered no pain, leaving in his sleep on the Lords day, just a little while after remembering him in his own appointed way.
Gospel Advocate, August 22, 1935, page 813.
Sherrill, T. H.
On the morning of October 27, T. H. Sherrill, beloved minister of the Newport church of Christ, passed quietly into eternity while asleep. This was as he wanted it. He said many times that he desired to die with his boots on. The Lord saw fit to fulfill his wish for he was active and energetic until the time of his death. The day before he died, he spoke seven times. Brother Sherrill was a great preacher. His faith in the word of God was boundless. He dwelt a great deal on the grace and love of God, the sacrifice of Christ, and the work of the Holy Spirit. Through his messages several thousand people were baptized into Christ. During his ministry at Newport, the church enjoyed an unprecedented growth. This writer held four meetings at Newport with him and two hundred ten people responded. It was the influence of this righteous man that made such possible. He was constantly busy among the sick. He assisted the bereaved, broken-hearted and the aged. In him, the widows and orphans found a friend. Many homes that were on the verge of being broken by divorce and sin were saved with his help. He worked with moral derelicts and alcoholics. People of all walks of life went to him for help. T. H. Sherrill wept with those that wept and rejoiced with those that rejoiced. No one was turned away who went to him for help. He zealously labored in behalf of the orphan children at Southern Christian Home in Morrilton, Ark. He was a strong believer in Gods providence. He felt that God would move heaven and earth to grant the request of one of his children. It was his conviction that under circumstances a Christian should fast. Although few people knew it, he prayed and fasted when confronted with serious and grave problems. He is survived by his beloved companion, who helped provide him with the strength to do his great work, Bill Sherrill, his son, who preaches the gospel in Fort Smith, Ark., Margaret Jane Lynn, his daughter, who is married to Bill Lynn, a gospel preacher in Memphis, Tenn. Approximately one thousand people attended the funeral of this great and good man. L. E. Sears and the writer spoke at the services.
Gospel Advocate, November 27, 1958, page 765.
Joe Sherro, of Dallas, Texas, was called to go over the silent river of death in March, 1921. He was a young man, only twenty-one years old, and in every way that was visible to human eyes was a model young man. He was a member of the Pearl and Bryan Streets church of Christ. His mother is a widow, and though she has other children, Joe was her mainstay and counselor. Joe endured much suffering. About six months before his death he was struck by an automobile and his leg was broken. He had just got back in school and to work on Saturdays, when he took typhoid fever, which in a few weeks did its destructive work. We laid the body to rest in Grove Hill Cemetery, this city, after such services and words of comfort to the family as the writer could give. We will all miss him very much, but none so much as his mother and sister. We extend to them our sympathy.
A. O. Colley.
Gospel Advocate, April 28, 1921, page 410.
B. Sherrod of Lubbock, longtime chairman of the Abilene Christian University Board of Trustees, died at 5:20 p.m., Sept. 16, at Methodist Hospital in Lubbock, Texas. He was 91.
Graveside rites were held Sept. 18 at the City of Lubbock Cemetery.
Born in Cleburne Aug. 6, 1893, Sherrod attended Gunter Bible College from 1904 to 1909. On Dec. 19, 1915, he married Ezzie Robinson of Ralls. They were married for almost 66 years before her death Aug. 27, 1981.
Sherrod served as president of the Panhandle Hardware Dealers Association in 1927, president of the Lubbock Kiwanis Club in 1934 and Lieutenant Governor of Kiwanis International in 1937.
Through a long and diversified career in business, he engaged successfully in farming, ranching, hardware, appliance and lumber businesses in Lubbock where he has lived most of his life. He also served as chairman of the board of the American Founders Life Insurance Co. of Austin from its founding in 1954 until 1968.
In 1960 the Sherrods moved to their ranch home in Buchanan Dam, and lived there for 20 years, returning to Lubbock in 1980.
Sherrod served for many years as an elder of the Broadway Church of Christ in Lubbock.
Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Wildring B. Edwards and Mrs. LaWanda Murfee, both of Lubbock; six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Gospel Advocate, October 18, 1984, page 635.
Funeral services for Paul Sherrod, 87, 3323 19th Street, Lubbock, Texas, were held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the Greenlawn Church of Christ with Dr. Harvie Pruitt, Hugh Rhodes and Bill Swetmon officiating.
Brother Sherrod died on Sunday, Oct. 9, in Methodist Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was born Jan. 24, 1896 in Cleburne, Texas. He grew up in Oklahoma and was a veteran of World War II. He had been employed in Dallas and Atlanta, where he studied at Georgia Tech.
Paul Sherrod moved to Lubbock to enter the hardware business in 1922. He owned and operated Sherrod Hardware until 1956, when he retired. His list of accomplishments and good deeds is almost endless. He served as President of the Texas Hardware and Implement Association. He was the first President of the Christian Chronicle and also President of Gospel Press. He served the Broadway Church of Christ as a Bible class teacher, deacon and elder for 35 years, and then helped in the establishment of the Greenlawn Church of Christ near the campus of Lubbock Christian College, where he served as an elder until his death.
He also helped in the founding of the Childrens Home of Lubbock, served on its board and was one of the original trustees of Lubbock Christian School and Lubbock Christian College and served for 29 years on the L.C.C. Board.
Paul Sherrod was primarily instrumental in the establishment of the European mission work with Otis Gatewood right after World War II.
Brother Sherrod and his lovely wife, Irene, dedicated their lives to personal evangelism. During the past few years their combined efforts have resulted in the baptism of over 400 people into Christ. Brother Sherrod wrote an excellent book on personal evangelism entitled,Successful Soul Winning.
He was a successful businessman, father, husband, elder, church leader, educator, write, lecturer, soul winner, Bible student, Bible class teacher and outstanding Christian. Irene Sherrod summed up the thoughts of many people concerning Brother Sherrod when she said, Hes not a memory, hes a living presence.
Brother Sherrod is survived by his wife, Irene; four daughters, Mrs. Melvin (Viola) Simmons of Dalhart, Texas, Mrs. Horace (Elaine) Krizan of Louisville, Ky., Mrs. Mike (Sandra) McCurry of Hurst, Texas and Mrs. Richard (Winnie) Williams of Big Springs, Texas; a brother, B. Sherrod of Lubbock; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Bill R. Swetmon., P. O. Box 323, Plano, Texas 75074.
Gospel Advocate, November 17, 1983, page 696.
Shewmaker, Annie Bertha
Sister Annie Bertha Shewmaker died at her home, near Battle, Ky., on July 22, 1907, aged twenty-six years. She was the daughter of Ebenezer and Sarah Cary. She obeyed the gospel in her fifteenth year, and has ever been true as a Christian, willing to meet her Savior at any time. Funeral services were conducted by Brother Campbell and the remains were laid to rest in the family burying ground. To one who has lived a pure and peaceful life, death does not bring a dreaded hour, but is sweetly welcomed. So it was with this dear sister. How sad to say good-by to one we loved so dearly! But God knows best, and to his will we must submit, for we know he doeth all things well. Bertha was ever ready to lend a helping hand to those in need, and she will be greatly missed by her many friends; but none will miss her so much as her husband, who nursed her so tenderly during her sickness. May God comfort the bereaved ones and may they so live as to be able to meet Bertha in a land where partings are unknown and tears never fail.
Gospel Advocate, November 7, 1907, page 718.
Shewmaker, J. C.
J. C. Shewmaker, 83, who served as a missionary and educator in Africa for 38 years before retiring to Searcy, Ark., in 1977, died Nov. 6 at his home following a short illness.
Memorial services were held Nov. 16 at the College Church of Christ with Dr. Joseph E. Pryor, Dr. Thomas A. Formby, Burney Bawcom, O. P. Baird and Bill Diles officiating.
A native Arkansan, Shewmaker was reared in Paragould. He was graduated from Harding College in 1930 and taught in Arkansas schools for nine years before going to Africa in 1939.
He was married to the former Joyce Copeland. The couple worked at Sinde Mission and at Namwianga Mission in what is now Zambia until 1967, when they moved to Bulawayo in Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe.
Brother Shewmaker was active at the College Church of Christ, serving on the mission committee and greeting committee. In 1980 he received the Outstanding Alumnus award from the Harding University School of Education.
Survivors include his wife: three sons, Stan of Abilene, Texas; Sam, a missionary in Lusaka; and Sherman of Bloomington, Ind.; a daughter, Claudia Templer of Columbia, Mo.; four brothers, Troy of Paragould; Glover of Long Beach, Calif.; Ott of Pampa, Texas, and Aubrey of Hammond, Okla.; a sister, Emma Wilmore of Paragould; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The family has requested that memorials be made to the Missionary Childrens Scholarship Fund, Box 941, Harding University.
Mrs. Shewmaker will make her home in Columbia with the Templer family at Rt. 12, Ridgewood Rd., Columbia, MO 65201.
Gospel Advocate, December 19, 1985, page 761.
Shewmaker, J. J.
J. J. Shewmaker, of Searcy Ark., passed on December 20, and was buried in the Croft Cemetery, near Paragould, Ark., on December 24. Brother Shewmaker was seventy years of age. His passing, however, was very sudden, apparently from heart failure. He has lived a consistent Christian life through many, many years, which is a great source of comfort to all of his Christian friends who are left behind. Brother Shewmaker is survived by a wife, eight sons, and one daughter, all of whom are in this country, except J. C. Shewmaker, who is preaching the gospel at Livingston, Northern Rhodesia, Africa. The final funeral rites were conducted under the direction of L. E. Pryor, L. C. Sears, B. F. Rhodes, and George Benson.
Gospel Advocate, January 30 1941, page 119.
Shields, George W.
At the age of eighty years, George W. Shields died, at his home, in Nashville, Tenn., on Lords-day afternoon, July 3. From early life he was a member of the church of Christ, and is said to have been an elder of the Vine street congregation, of this city, for thirty years. Brother Shields was a dear lover of the plain truth in the gospel plan of salvation as revealed in the New Testament, and was faithful and earnest in striving to do his whole duty as a Christian. He was very pleasant and affable in his associations with men and made very many friends. He had been prominent in business circles in Nashville for many years, and stood well among business men from first to last as an upright, trust-worthy, Christian gentleman in every respect. While he was ever an industrious and busy man, he did not allow his business cares to hinder or prevent his religious duties. He was regularly in his place on the first day of the week to break bread; he was also regular in attendance upon all the services and in the work of the church; he was ever ready to do his duty in all things as he understood it. He was very dignified in his bearing, but was pleasant toward all and enjoyed the respect and good will of all. His was a well-rounded, beautiful, Christian life; and he will be greatly missed by the church, in the community, in business circles, and wherever he was known. He leaves two sons to mourn the loss of a kind and affectionate father, but they sorrow not as those without hope; and if they will faithfully follow his example, they will meet him in the happy home prepared for all who love and follow the Savior.
E. G. S.
Gospel Advocate, July 14, 1904, page 445.
Shields, Minnie A.
Sister Minnie A. Shields was born Nov. 6, 1875; died Sept. 15, 1897. She was married to Richard Shields, at Pine Mills, Texas, Nov. 29, 1896. Their stay on earth together was short, but he has one glorious consolation that is sweet indeed! He never wounded her tender heart with a single harsh word. She obeyed the gospel in the summer of 1892, and has ever since walked worthy of her calling. She was a woman modest, pure, and kind; a wife affectionate, industrious, and true; a Christian earnest, zealous, and faithful. She died in the full triumphs of a living faith, smiled at the king of terrors, and fell asleep in the arms of Jesus. Farewell, dear Minnie, till our Father bids us come.
A. M. Shelton.
Gospel Advocate, October 7, 1897, page 637.
Shields, Sue E.
Sister Sue E. Shields, wife of T. W. Shields, was born May 8, 1856; and died Jan. 3, 1897. She was the daughter of Elder J. M. and Minerva Kidwell, deceased. She had been a sufferer for more than three years of that dread disease, cancer of the breast. She bore her cross and endured the pain with Christian patience. Her husband, T. W. Shields, being both willing and able, furnished her with everything that he thought would add to her comfort and help to overcome the powers of the disease that was preying upon her. Her remains were tastily and quietly laid to rest in the Camdy cemetery, Elder J. D. Gunn conducting the services in an appropriate and gospel waynot to benefit the dead, but to comfort and encourage the many friends and relatives of this noble, Christian woman to meet her in that heavenly home that knows no sickness, sorrow, or death. Sister Shields was brought up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. She obeyed the gospel at an early age, and was a willing worker and faithful servant as long as she was able. We greatly sympathize with Brother Shields and family in their great earthly loss of companion, mother, and friend.
T. J. Potter., Smithville, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, March 25, 1897, page 188.
George Shipley was born on May 25, 1878, near Sale Creek, Hamilton County, Tennessee, where he grew to manhood and where he spent his entire life. In his early manhood he was married to Miss Lou Rogers, of Sale Creek. His death occurred at his home in Sale Creek, September 4, 1930, in the fifty-third year of his life. He is survived by his widow and three sons, Gordon, Rupert, and Gerald, and two daughters, Sister Walter Davis and Eunice. On hearing of his death, one who had known him well throughout his life said:
I have known George Shipley all of his life, and have never known him to do a bad thing. He was a good and useful citizen of the community in which he lived; was always ready to help those needing assistance. About twenty-five years ago Brother Charles Holder held several meetings at Sale Creek, and among the number who heard Brother Holder and were baptized were Brother and Sister Shipley; and when the Sale Creek church of Christ was organized they were among the first members, and have been faithful members of the congregation ever since, and have been of great assistance in building up the congregation and holding it together. Their home has ever been open to preachers, who often availed themselves of its hospitality. In 1909 and 1910, when the new meetinghouse was built at Sale Creek, Brother and Sister Shipley took great interest in the work and contributed liberally of their means to the cause, and Brother Shipley did more than forty days work on the building. It was the writers good fortune to have Brother Shipley for a friend. For nine years the writer and his family lived at Sale Creek and worked side by side with Brother and Sister Shipley, and found them at all times loyal to the cause of Christ. No truer friend or better neighbor has he ever had than Brother Shipley. Truly, a good man has gone homea man who will be missed in the community where he spent his life and in the church he loved so well. But his influence will live on and on. Of Brother Shipley it can well be said: 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.
S. Houston Proffitt.
Gospel Advocate, January 29, 1931, page 116.
Shipp, Charles Harvey
Charles Harvey Shipp was born July 19, 1903 in Bellevue, Idaho, to Elmer and Millie Shipp, returning to the Lord April 11, 1982. He was reared in Idaho and Washington. In his youth the family moved to Oregon. Early in the 1920s he enrolled in Eugene Bible College, where he studied for the ministry. He married Nola Banton in August, 1926.
During the 1930s he began regular self-supported preaching, helping to initiate and develop churches in Roseburg, Albany, Eugene and other cities.
In 1939 the family, then five in number, moved to Los Angeles, where both Harvey and Nola enrolled in Pepperdine College. While studying he also preached for churches in Hawthorne and Wasco.
In 1943 he became the first minister for the fledgling North Sacramento church, remaining in that area for ten years. While there he planted or helped strengthen congregations in Yuba City, Vacaville, Davis, Rio Vista, Roseville, Redding, Elk Grove and other locations. This was followed by two years with the church in Madera. In 1955 he began a ministry with the Palm Avenue church in Fresno. Then for several more years he served churches in Salinas and San Jose.
In 1962 he became a minister for the church in Honolulu, Hawaii. Returning to California in 1965, he preached for the church in Lamont. Then, in 1967, the Shipps journeyed to Belo Horizonte, Brazil, where they served for four and a half years.
In 1972 they returned to the States, settling in Lucerne, Calif., where Brother Shipp became minister for the church in that city, until health problems forced his partial retirement from regular preaching in 1976. From that time until his passing, he continued to guest preach for churches throughout Northern California.
Brother Shipp was active as a church planter and evangelist for almost 50 years. He helped build Yosemite Bible Camp and a camp near Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He also directed and taught in various camps. He was a man of many talents, not only as a minister, missionary and Bible teacher, but also as a carpenter, electrician, writer and mineralogist.
He is survived by his wife, Nola, his sons Glover, of Brazil, and Gail, of Union City, Calif., and his daughter, Twila, of Flagstaff, Ariz., three brothers, five sisters, 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Gospel Advocate, June 3, 1982, page 345.
Shires, Fannie May Baker
Fannie May Baker, oldest daughter of W. J. and Ada Cathey Baker, was born near Shady Grove, Tenn., on September 5, 1885. She was the granddaughter of Samuel G. Baker and J. B. Cathey. Her parents and grandparents all being faithful members of the church of Christ, it was but natural for this pure, gentle girl with such surroundings to be impressed with the importance of being in Christ. She obeyed the gospel early in life and was a member of the Dunlap Church. In the fall of 1904, with her parents, she moved to DeSoto, Texas, the home of her grandfather, J. B. Cathey. On December 16, 1906 it was my pleasure and honor to say the words that make her the life companion of Brother Frost Shires. After many days of patient suffering she fell asleep in Christ on Monday afternoon, May 13, 1907. Being quiet and gentle in disposition, she won the friendship of those with whom she came in contact. I cannot recall a single time of ever hearing her use a slang word or engage in foolish talking and jesting. How could one help being drawn to such a life? And how we do hate to give up such a jewel in the family! She was such a comfort to her parents, and the pride of her grandfather and Uncle Mack. The journey from the cradle to the grave has many rough places on the road, many sorrows and disappointments. Fannie May has been called away and has escaped the long, rough way. No sickness, sorrow, or death in that beautiful home of the soul. And 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: for the former things are passed away. (Rev. 21:4.)
John Hayes., DeSoto, Texas.
Gospel Advocate, July 4, 1907, page 430.
On Saturday morning, March 27, 1915, just as the family of Uncle Jake Shires were rising from their nights rest, they found that Uncle Jake was dead in bed. Long ago God said of man: Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. It has ever since been so; yet how often it comes at a time and in a way entirely unexpected! Having fished all day the day before his death, it was indeed a sad shock to his son to find him cold in death. Uncle Jake was born on September 16, 1835. He was married to Aunt Mary Harmon on December 29, 1859. To this union five children were bornfour sons and one daughter. Aunt Mary, one son, and the daughter have gone to their reward, leaving three sons to mourn their loss. Uncle Jake was baptized in August, 1876. He was in the Civil War four years, in the Confederate Army, and in the Federal prison at Rock Island fourteen months of that time. Uncle Jake was kind and courteous to all. His home was always open to any and all. His place will not be easily filled and his work will be long remembered. Funeral services were conducted by Brother Frank Tankersley at his home, after which his body was laid to rest in the family burial ground in front of his home. A large crowd was present, showing the esteem in which he was held. May the God of all comfort and grace be with and bless the bereaved sons. Shall we meet beyond the river? Let us labor and hope.
Willie Walker Wilson.
Gospel Advocate, August 26, 1915, page 864.
Shires, Mary T. Wilson
Mary T. Wilson was born Sept. 1, 1827, and departed this lie April 16, 1893, aged 65 years, 6 months, and 15 days. She obeyed the gospel in her eighteenth year. She was married Oct. 26, 1848, to John Shires. Two daughters were the fruits of this union, both of whom survive her. To say that Sister Mary had no faults would perhaps be saying too much, but she was as near faultless as any one. Brother John departed this life March 16, 1853, leaving sister with two dear little girls to battle with the stern realities of life. And well did she fulfill the great responsibility laid upon her. They both obeyed the gospel in early life, and are to-day devoted Christians. Her every-day walk and pious conversation was proof that she was a devoted Christian. The Bible and the Gospel Advocate were her daily companions. She loved to meet with the disciples in the Lords day worship. She had but little of this worlds goods, but was ever willing and ready to help those in need, and to administer to the sick and suffering; hence, her faith was strong and her hope bright. She was sick and suffered a great deal through life, but bore her sufferings without murmuring. Her example is worthy of imitation. She died rejoicing in the Christians hope. May her faith in God and his word be our faith, her hope our hope, and her heavenly home our home. O how sweet, how precious in this hour of sorrow is the hope of the gospel! O how delightful is the memory of such a mother and sister! Yes, dear bereaved ones, I rejoice with you in the hope of the glory of God. So, dear Emma J. and Sallie C., her daughters, and all the grandchildren, and to Brother Billy, let us dry our tears and faithful be, although
Hard it is from her to part,
For it rends the aching heart,
But an heir of glorys gone
Let the will of God be done.
H. L. Wilson., Prairie Grove, Ark.
Gospel Advocate, July 27, 1893, page 477.
Shirey, Emma Frances
Emma Francis Shirey was born on September 29, 1861, and departed this life on January 8, 1918. Sister Shirey was sorely afflicted for five or six years, during which time she was attended by many physicians, apparently without any relief. She obeyed the gospel on August 28, 1884, and lived a faithful member of Whitefield congregation until her death. She leaves a broken-hearted husband and seven childrenfive girls and two boysto mourn her departure. Two sisters and a brother are living. May God in his infinite wisdom comfort and bless the dear ones left behind, and may they live the Christian life, then they will be united after death, to part no more. The writer officiated at the funeral and tried to comfort and cheer the weeping family. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
J. A. Cook.
Gospel Advocate, March 14, 1918, page 258.
Shirley, Altha Denton Carver
Altha Denton Carver was born Aug. 8, 1870; obeyed the gospel in 1884; and was married to John William Shirley Dec. 21, 1893, with whom she lived a quiet and happy life up to the early part of this year, when it was decided by the best physicians we have that her disease was fatal, being lung trouble, which resulted in her death on Aug. 7, 1896. On the morning of the 9th her body was placed in the family graveyard, in the presence of a large concourse of relatives and friends. The writer conducted the services. She was conscious till near her last moment, and talked much to her husband, father, and mother. She seemed to have no fears of death, but hated to leave her dear husband, who had been so kind and good to her in all he sickness, and her bight little boy just twelve months old. She will be greatly missed in the family circle and at church. One more seat around the family fireside is vacant, and we trust she is filling a place with her heavenly Father. Grieve not, dear ones; Altha is only one more link to bind you to heaven.
J. P. Whitefield.
Gospel Advocate, September 10, 1896, page 587.
Shirley, Lucy A. Bridges
On Saturday morning, May 11, 1907, the death angel claimed as his own the wife of Brother E. L. Shirley. Lucy A. Bridges was born on December 8, 1853; was married to E. L. Shirley on December 21, 1871. For the past fifteen years Sister Shirley had lived a faithful member of the church of Christ at old Hurricane, near Sardis, Tenn., and her life was so very nearly perfect that we cannot think of the many ways in which we shall miss her. There was never one better than she to visit the sick and aid the distressed. Her hands were never too tender for the hardest duties of life, but were always ready to do all they could to relieve suffering humanity and to advance the glorious light of the kingdom of Gods dear Son. She will, no doubt, be missed most by her daughter, her only child. Besides her daughter, Sister Shirley leaves a broken-hearted husband, an aged father, one brother, three sisters, other relatives, and many friends to mourn her death. That Sister Shirley lived a pure and helpful life was fully demonstrated by the large crowdabout seven hundredwho gathered around her open grave to pay the lat tribute of respect.
Gabe Davis., Right, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, June 27, 1907, page 414.
On October 14, 1907, the home of Brother E. L. Shirley was darkened by the death of his daughter, Margarette Shirley. She was his only child, and was born on March 4, 1881. She was baptized into Christ twelve years ago and took membership with the church at Hurricane, near Sardis, Tenn., and lived a devoted Christian life. She was a true, kind-hearted girl, and was loved by all who knew her. She leaves a broken-hearted father and many friends and relatives to mourn their loss. May God bless Brother Shirley and give him grace to sustain him in this time of need. This is the second time death has visited his home this year, his companion having been called from this life last May. But he has a hope, founded upon Gods unfailing promises, that he shall again meet his dear wife and child in heaven, to enjoy the richest blessings of God.
Gospel Advocate, October 31, 1907, page 698.
Shirley, Mrs. S. M.
Sister S. M. Shirley was born in Tennessee, August 1, 1848, and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. P. Reynolds, near Olustee, Okla., November 28, 1930. She was baptized into Christ at the age of sixteen years, in Rocky River, Warren County, Tennessee. She has been very faithful through the years, going to the worship while in great suffering. She was first married to Brother E. N. Moore, a devout, Christian man. To them two children were born. One died in infancy; the other is Sister Reynolds. Brother Moore died about fifty years ago. About forty-five years ago she was married to Brother Joe Shirley, who has been dead thirty-seven years. Sister Shirley was a faithful wife, a devoted mother, and a true Christian. The writer read words of comfort from Gods Book at her funeral, which was at Olustee.
John W. Pigg.
Gospel Advocate, January 1, 1931, page 20.
William Shive, long-time elder and patron of Austin Graduate School of Theology, died Oct. 2, 2001.
Shive served as an elder for the University Avenue Church of Christ in Austin. A professor of biochemistry at the University of Texas for more than 60 years. Shive was best known professionally for his work in vitamin B research.
Shive was also an initial instigator and organizer of Austin Graduates endowment program.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Gwendolyn; two daughters, Kathleen Matthews and Karen Browning; and two grandchildren.
Gospel Advocate, March, 2002, page 45.
Sister Ethel Shivers died at the home of her parents, near Brazil, Gibson County, Tenn., on February 20, 1907. She was born on August 26, 1886. She was baptized by the writer in August, 1904, and was very earnest and zealous till death. She was possessed of a sweet disposition and was beloved by all who knew her. She was a most obedient child, tender and kind to all. I had often remarked that I believed she was a pure, sweet, Christian girl, ever anxious to know her Lords will and to practice it in her life. From one way of viewing this death the family, the community, and the church have lost; but from another, our sister and heaven have gained. While it is our lot to mourn, let us mourn not as those who have no hope, remembering that one day we shall meet again if we are faithful. Thanks be to Christ, who burst the bars of death and made the resurrection possible, and who has promised eternal life to all who believe in and obey him. After a short service at the home, in the presence of the family and a large number of friends, by the writer, the remains were taken to Bowers Chapel and buried, to await the resurrection, when we hope to meet again where partings will be no more.
J. L. Holland., Greenfield, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, March 21, 1907, page 191.
J. Horace Shivers, born March 16, 1894, died of an apparent heart attack Feb. 25, 1984, while reading the special issue of the Gospel Advocate about brother Ira North. How appropriate and in character for him! He was one of the best men I have ever known.
Horace and the former Luella Underwood were in their 62nd year of marriage at her death in 1978. A paramount accomplishment of theirs was the family they reared. All are Christians. They are elders, song leaders, a preachers wife, teachers, church leaders, all. Millard, of Richardson, Texas, has been an agri-business leader in Tennessee and Texas. Harold is a dentist in Somerville, Tenn. Chester is a veterinarian in Oxford, Miss. Maurine married Elbert M. Young, who preached full-time until retiring to Nashville, Tenn., recently because of ill health. Doris married Fred Humphreys. They are leaders in the home congregation.
At one point, brother Shivers and all three sons, were serving as elders in their respective congregations at the same time.
Horace Shivers had been a Christian for 70 years. He had been a song leader for about the same time. He was born in Crockett County, Tenn., but reared and lived all his life in Gibson County. His parents were Richard P. and Matilda Francis Rice Shivers. Horace was one of five sons and four daughters. Surviving are Mrs. Nina Jones and Mrs. Eva Milam, both of Alamo, Tenn., and Hubert Shivers of Kingsport, Tenn.
Shivers had been a member of the Christian Chapel Church of Christ, Humboldt, Tenn., since 1948. Most of his time, he served as an elder and song leader. He was a successful landowner and farmer in this community.
Funeral services were conducted by Billy Smith on Feb. 27, 1984. Burial was in Bowers Chapel Cemetery, Brazil, Tenn. In addition to the children, sisters and brother, he is survived by 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Reeder Oldham., Freed-Hardeman College, Henderson, TN 38340.
Gospel Advocate, April 19, 1984, page 252.
Sister Florence Shobe, consort of Jacob LaRue Shobe, departed this life on January 20, 1906. Sister Shobe was born on December 27, 1877, and early in life joined the Missionary Baptist Church, in which she lived a consistent life until a few months after her marriage, when she attached herself to the church of Christ, to which her husband belonged, and lived a devoted Christian until her death. No more lovable or loving character ever graced this earth than she; no more loving wife and mother ever ministered to the wants and desires of her husband and children; and no happier angel will ever sing around the throne of God. She suffered the most excruciating pain for eight days and nights, and on the morning of the ninth day she passed away.
M. E. L. Shobe.
Gospel Advocate, April 19, 1906, page 255.
Shobe, M. H.
M. H. Shobe, son of an old Virginia pioneer was born in Warren County, Ky., on March 5, 1841. He was married to Miss Mattie E. Larue on March 15, 1866. To this union were born nine children, the oldest, Jimmie Larue Shobe, dying at the early age of four years and two boys dying in infancy. He left, to mourn his death, a wife; two sonsJ. T. Shobe and J. L. Shobe; four daughtersMrs. Irene Alexander, Mrs. Marie McKebey, Mrs. Ludah May Clary, and Sallie A. Kemp; and twenty-seven grandchildren; but we mourn not as those who have no hope. Mr. Shobe embraced Christ at the age of twenty-seven years; and though he retrograded for many years, he repented three or four years before his death and lived an exemplary Christian the remainder of his life.
Mrs. M. E. Larue Shobe.
Gospel Advocate, February 4, 1915, page 114.
Shockley, Mrs. Dewitt
I have just read in the Octographic Review an account of the death of Sister D. Shockley, written by her son. While reading I thought, What a beautiful obituary! And yet the picture of her Christian character is not overdrawn. She was, indeed, a noble Christian woman, striving earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints. She bore the trails of life with scarcely a murmur or complaint. Her great purpose in life was to honor Christ and to induce others to see the beauty in holiness. Through her godly example others have been led into the kingdom of God; and truly her works do follow her and her example yet lives. Sister Shockley was born in Tennessee on May 7, 1848, and moved to Missouri, with her parents, at the age of sixteen years. She was married to Dewitt Shockley on April 1, 1866, and lived with him a happy, amiable, Christian life until September 18, 1904, when death entered the home and claimed her as its victim. She leaves a good, Christian husband, three sons, and four daughters, who, we hope, will try to emulate her many virtues, and so live that they may have a happy reunion with her in the great hereafter.
Elizabeth Young., Nashville, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, February 16, 1905, page 106.
Shockley, William Burrell
William Burrell Shockley died in Chattanooga, Tenn., August 28, at the age of seventy-nine. He was born November 1, 1881, in Van Buren County, Tenn., a son of Thomas J. and Janie McCormick Shockley. He was baptized September 1, 1900, by Rice Sewell. Educated at Burritt College, he moved to Chattanooga, and was for thirty years employed by E. H. Barber Company, a retail furniture company, until his retirement several years ago due to failing health. For thirty years Brother Shockley was an elder of the Foust Street church (originally the Cowart Street church). An outstanding characteristic of his was to think a matter through thoroughly before speaking, and this made him a strong stabilizing influence in the church. He was married December 27, 1925, and is survived by his widow, Mrs. Musa C. Shockley; a son, Thomas W. Shockley, a deacon in the Bryan Street church, Rossville, Ga.; a daughter, Mrs. Charles Anderson, Rome, Ga.; two step-daughters, Mrs. LNita Macon, Panama City, Fla., and Mrs. Laura Simpson, Quitman, Ga.; one step-son, Lonnie W. Blackwell, a gospel preacher and educational director, Birmingham, Ala.; two brothers, Pearl Shockley, Bone Cave, Tenn., and Frank Shockley, Knoxville, Tenn.; two sisters, Mrs. Dora Wallace of Van Buren County, and Mrs. Leona Hillis, of McMinnville, Tenn., and two grandchildren. The funeral service was conducted by Joe N. Weir and Clarence DeLoach, Jr. He was buried in Forest Hills Cemetery, Chattanooga, Tenn.
W. Ralph Wharton.
Gospel Advocate, October 5, 1961, page 640.
Shockley, William E.
When William E. Shockley obeyed the gospel, he resolved to be an example of the believers in word and love and faith and purity, and also to walk in wisdom toward those who are without. He so imitated his father that many called him Pa Shockley. All things he did without murmuring that he might be blameless, holding forth the word of life. He was a living attestation of the gospel, and a complete demonstration that by the strength of Christ a man can defeat all Satan can offer and live godly. On October 26, 1867, the Father of spirits formed an undying soul in a babys body in Tennessee, and so well did he order his life that Brother Shockley stayed in the flesh for fourscore years. His beloved companion, Nannie W., had gone before him, and his estimable daughter, Vivian, remains to mourn. God asked that his soul depart to be with Christ, March 6, 1948. The next day devoted friends gathered around his body in reverent respect. Harry Pickup, Sr., and the writer read Scriptures. Burial was at McMinnville, Tenn.
Hugo McCord., 2403 Lee Boulevard, Arlington, Va.
Gospel Advocate, April 15, 1948, page 383.
Shoemake, Cyrena Allen
Cyrena Allen Shoemake was born February 24, 1843, in Missouri, and moved with her parents in early childhood to Texas, locating near what is now the town of Roanoke. She died in Muskogee, Okla., on July 21, at the age of ninety-one years and five months. He parents were Richard and Rose Linda Allen. She was one of a family of eleven, all of them having preceded her in death. Her younger brother, Dr. T. R. Allen, died in Justin, Texas, in 1928. She was married at the age of seventeen years to William Cadell, and to this union two children were born. During the Civil War death claimed her husband, and on October 15, 1865, she was married to Captain W. H. Shoemake, and to this union eight children were born. Four of her ten children preceded her in death, leaving three sons and three daughters to mourn her departure. Those that are living now are: Hugh Allen Shoemake, Charles F. Shoemake, and Lulla B. Dalton. All live in Porum, Okla. Mrs. Mary E. James and Rhoda Branum lives in Muskogee, Okla.; and James Cadell, the other brother, lives in Midland, Ark. She was reared under Christian influence, having lived in a home where the primitive gospel was preached once a month by one of the pioneer preachers, whose name, I believe, was Wyman. She was baptized at the age of fourteen, and lived a devoted Christian life until death, making seventy-seven years in the Lords service. G. A. Wells, of Muskogee, conducted the funeral services, and she was laid to rest in the Fields Cemetery, near Porum.
Rhoda M. Branum.
Gospel Advocate, October 11, 1934, page 991.
Shofner, Leila Reeder
On Lords-day morning, October 23, 1921, about seven oclock, our dear, sweet mother left us for a better life. We had tried for three years to prepare ourselves to give her up, as our physician had warned us that it must come, for she had leakage of the heart. But giving up such a loving and sacrificing mother is so hard to do. She was a faithful Christian woman, so kind, so brave, so cheerful in her illness that we find our consolation in Gods word. It now remains for us to follow her noble example and meet death bravely as she did. We children are so thankful that we had her with us until we reached womanhood and know her sweet life. Its influence will be felt for years to come. Her death leaves papa very, very lonely, but resigned to the Lords will. Mamma was Leila Reeder, daughter of the late E. C. Reeder, of Nashville, Ark. She leaves my father, W. L. Shofner, of Nashville, Ark., and four daughtersMrs. Charles M. Huddleston and Mrs. John C. Floyd, Center Point, Ark.; Mrs. Thomas McAdams and Miss Inez Shofner, Nashville, Ark. Our prayer is that we may live as she taught us.
Gospel Advocate, January 26, 1922, page 89.
Shoffner, Ethel Payne
Ethel Payne Shoffner, wife of Frank Shoffner and daughter of L. H. Payne and wife, of St. Elmo, Tenn., died, at her home, in Stevenson, Ala., on February 6, 1918. Funeral services were held at her home by Brother G. C. Brewer, of Winchester, Tenn., and she was laid to rest in the cemetery there. She had been a great sufferer for three years, but withal was one of the most patient, cheerful invalids I ever saw. She leaves three childrenBernard, Edith, and Alice May, aged thirteen, nine, and six years, respectivelybereft of childrens richest gift, a mother. In her girlhood days she gave herself in service to the Master, being baptized by Brother F. B. Srygley and was a true type of a pure, Christian woman. She was educated at Terrill College, Decherd, Tenn., being a graduate of that noted school. She in the first of Brother and Sister Paynes family to pass away. She has gone ahead, and will be waiting and watching in the heavenly home for the others. May Gods love over shadow the bereaved ones.
J. D. Floyd.
Gospel Advocate, March 21, 1918, page 282.
Shomblin, Sarah A.
Sarah A. Shomblin, wife of Dr. B. F. Shomblin, of Lyerly, Ga., was born on December 9, 1868; was married to Dr. Shomblin on December 18, 1889; was baptized into Christ by the writer in September, 1903; and died on July 7, 1907. She was a consistent Christian, a devoted wife, a fond mother. She had friends in and out of the church. She was devoted to charity, visiting the sick and caring for the poor. She was cheerful, amiable, and beloved by all, and it can be truthfully said that she was a model in citizenship and in all the phases of life. She leaves a grief-stricken husband and a lovely little daughter to mourn their loss. Thus man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets. Dear bereaved ones, let us all do our duty and look forward with bright anticipation, and one day our boats will cast anchor in the laughing waters of the pearly ports of endless bliss.
W. M. Oldfield.
Gospel Advocate, October 10, 1907, page 650.
Shook, Robert Lee
Robert Lee Shook, eighty-five years old, of Belmont, Miss., departed this life Sunday morning, September 2, 1956, at Community Hospital in Tupelo, Miss. He was born December 29, 1870. He was married November 23, 1893 to Mary Ann Lindsey, who preceded him in death May 10, 1950. They have one son, Claude Shook, of Charleston, Miss. On March 6, 1952, he married Allene Mathis, who still resides at their home in Belmont. Brother Shook was a businessman, teacher, preacher, and elder of the church at Belmont. He attended David Lipscomb College in the early years of his life. Most of his preaching was done in and around Belmont. He was loved, highly esteemed and respected in that area and in other places where he had worked. He had come in contact with many of the great preachers of his lifetime. It was a pleasure and an inspiration to me to have known Brother Shook and to have worked with him the last two years of his life while I preached at Belmont. I will long remember the many nights I sat in his room and we studied together the word of God. W. C. Quillen, Roy Vaughn, and W. J. Johnson made the remarks at the funeral service in the presence of a host of brethren and friends. His body was laid to rest in the Belmont Cemetery. Survivors include his wife, Allene Mathis Shook; one son, Claude, and three grandchildren. May we live faithful and true to our God as did this brother.
James D. Burns.
Gospel Advocate, May 30, 1957, page 350.
Mrs. Bertie Shore (nee Bertie Mallard) was born on September 8, 1881. She was married to James L. Shore on December 25, 1898. Four daughters and one son were born to bless this union, and all are living but one. The fourteenth day of January is now a sad date to Mr. Shore and his children, because on that day Mrs. Shore went away, to return no more until Jesus comes. She obeyed the gospel while young and was faithful to her Heavenly Father. She loved her husband and children and did all in her power to make their lives happy. She had many noble traits of character. Among these was her cheerful disposition. She dispensed sunshine everywhere she went and had a kind word for every one. Naturally she had many friends who loved her. She was always ready to help those who needed her assistance in sickness or in trouble. Her home was the preachers home, and they always received a glad welcome. Mrs. Joe Young (one of her daughters) and her husband are living with her father and little brother to try to cheer them in their lonely hours. Besides her husband and children, Mrs. Shore leaves seven grandchildren, one sister, with many other relatives and close friends, to mourn their great loss. She will be greatly missed on Lords days by the congregation at Polk, Tenn., where she enjoyed meeting with her brethren and sisters in the Lord. Brother D. D. Woody, of Henderson, Tenn. spoke words of comfort and encouragement to the grief-stricken family and sorrowing friends, after which the body was laid to rest in Troy Cemetery under a mound of beautiful flowers.
Gospel Advocate, June 5, 1930, page 551.
On January 3, 1907, Sister Fannie Shores, who resided near Cheap Hill, Tenn., after a brief illness, closed her eyes in death. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Brown, of Lillamay, Tenn., and was born on October 28, 1880. She obeyed the gospel under the preaching of W. L. Logan at Sams Creek in 1894. On October 14, 1905, she was married to Mr. Walter Shores, of Cheap Hill, where she lived until death. She was a bright girl and believed in trying to do something useful. In school she was above the average in preparing her lessons, consequently she took the lead in her classes. It seemed to be no trouble whatever to her to learn. She was of a kind and cheerful disposition, obedient to her parents and always ready to help them in any way she could. She delighted in the service of the Lord and was always present at the Lords-day meetings when possible. In Sunday school she seldom failed to answer any questions asked her. Hers was an exemplary life. She leaves a devoted husband, a Christian father and mother, three brothers and two sisters, and many relatives and friends, to mourn their loss. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
Gospel Advocate, May 30, 1907, page 350.
Shores, Mary R.
Died, at her home in White County, Tenn., of old age and general debility, after a confinement of three days, on March 24, 1895, Sister Mary R. Shores, being 94 years and 11 months of age. Deceased was born in Wilson County, Tenn., April 24, 1800, where she resided many years. She obeyed the gospel by confession and baptism at the early age of sixteen or seventeen. She became the second wife of William Shores in January, 1853, and a few years later came to White County, where she has since resided. She lived to see the family of children over which she presided all grown, and several grandchildren to manhood and womanhood. She was a hard-working, industrious woman, but amid all the cares and duties of home she was always full of the religion of Jesus, and all that knew her spoke of her goodness and purity. Her funeral, which occurred at her home, was largely attended by her neighbors and many friends. She was laid to rest beside her husband, who died June 2, 1890, in the family burying ground on the premises. This good old sister was ever true to her love and integrity to the gospel she had embraced so many years since, and departed with the encouraging and consoling words, How sweet! how sweet! One more, we earnestly believe, is added to that glorious concourse of whom it can be truthfully said, Blessed are those that die in the Lord.
J. E Nowlin.
Gospel Advocate, April 18, 1895, page 254.
I am requested to record the death of sister Betty Short. She died of measles. She obeyed the gospel in August under the preaching of Bro. John Marcrom. She had danced all of her life ever since she had been large enough until she was baptized. She then quit, though several tried to get her in again, but she told them that she intended to serve the Lord. I visited her in her sickness, she said she did not dread death. Oh that we all could be like her, would refrain from wrong and sin to the Lord. She died January 21st, aged 28 years.
W. L. Kirk.
Gospel Advocate, March 9, 1887, page 159.
Brother Fred Short was born on January 17, 1905, and in 1920 became a member of the church of Christ. On October 7, 1923, he was married to Opal Tooley, and to this union two children were born, only one of which is now living. Brother Short was operated on for appendicitis, February 14, 1929, in a hospital at Glasgow, Ky. He died on February 18. His body was carried back to his home, near Meshack, and after funeral services, conducted by Brother Tallie Phemister, was buried in the Center Point cemetery. The church will miss him greatly, because he lived a devoted Christian life. He was ready at any time to do any service that might be asked of him. He was not only a preacher, but one of our best song leaders. He and his wife were both children of God. I would say to his mother, wife, and little boy: Weep not as those who have no hope, for death is the gateway to the glory world. A host of friends are weeping, too. Let us all so live that we may meet our loved ones gone before.
Ferry White Hammer.
Gospel Advocate, July 25, 1929, page 715.
Short, Joe H.
On Sunday, July 4, at 4 oclock, I conducted the funeral service for my loyal friend of long standing, Joe H. Short, of Vicksburg, Miss. He had been in ill-health for the past few years, and had been confined to his bed for seven months. He passed on to his reward Saturday afternoon at 4:30. I baptized Brother Short twenty-one years ago. His home was my home during many meetings which I held in the city of Vicksburg, and in his passing the church has lost one of its most consecrated members. He represented a fine old family, and was a true Southerner of the old-school type, a perfect Chesterfield, gentle, kindhearted, devoted to his family and friends. His death leaves a void which will be felt keenly not only by the family, but by the church and the entire city. His most excellent wife and children have my deepest sympathy.
J. P. Lowrey., Senatobia, Miss.
Gospel Advocate, July 29, 1943, page 679.
Short, John James
A year agoMay 1, 1896in the stillness of the midnight hour, the spirit of my venerable friend and brother, John James Short, left its tenement house of clay and wended its way to the spirit land, unto Him who fashioned it after his own similitude. Thus terminated the earthly existence of one of the oldest inhabitants of the good old town of Franklin, Tenn. A few miles from this place, on Dec. 7, 1814, he was born of sturdy pioneer parentage; and for more than three-quarters of a century his was a familiar face there. Generations were born and grown to maturity, and, dying, were buried from sight during his time. The host of friends who have preceded him, and those who will follow, none can stand in the judgment and fail not to say good things of him. His was a life marked with many commendable traits of character, and filled with good deeds and kind and helpful words of cheer to those in need of sympathy. He was a man of tender and refined feelings, gentle, generous, and courtly; and, though not always a man of God, yet he was good in the common acceptation of the term. About twelve or thirteen years ago he suddenly came to himself; and, realizing his attitude toward God and the utter hopelessness of his course, he yielded to the mild scepter of the Prince of Peace, meekly, confessed Christ, and put off the old man of sin in a burial in baptism with Christ. From then until his death he battled against sin, and as best he could lived close to God, and was an example of patient, Christian endeavor. On July 5, 1837, he was happily married by Tolbert Fanning to Melissa McGan, a woman whose whole life has been marked with great piety and devotion to God and his word. She has served him in the beauty of holiness always, enduring for a time social ostracism from friends, and even the loved ones of the parental home. She has suffered persecution for righteousness sake, yet none of these things moved her; but, on the contrary, she has counted herself honored among women that she was deemed worthy to suffer persecuted for the cause of Christ. Two children were born to thema son and daughter. The daughter, Mrs. William House, survives him; the son, Albert, died several years since leaving three children, two of whom were reared to manhood and womanhood by Brother Short and wife. Death came to him unexpectedly, and hardly before the family realized the seriousness of his illness; but it was not to him a terror. Its sting was lost in the righteous life, and the grave was robbed of its victory; for his wife relates that in his last sleep his face wore a radiant smile, and his countenance was brightened as if some great joy had overtaken him. May we not hope that in the grand finale of life his departing spirit caught a glimpse of the celestial city and the approving smiles of the heavenly King and heard the Te Deum laudamus of the seraph host, and these rapturous visions of glory left their impress upon the cold and lifeless clay that even the stamp of death could not efface? His faithful wife, burdened with the weight of years and weakened with the infirmities of age, yet with her faith strong and steadfast, love loyal, and devotion true to the blessed Master and his cause, with sweet peace waits patiently on the shores of Time for the welcome summons: Come, ye blessed of my Father. May he bless and comfort her declining days and sanctify her saintly life to his honor and glory and to the good of many souls. Amen.
J. W. B., Nashville, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, May 13, 1897, page 304.
On Monday, February 18, 1907, the death angel entered our home at Bloomington, Ill., and called our dear father to his eternal rest. Just ten days later our beloved mother responded to the same sad call, leaving our home deserted and saddened beyond words. Wesley Short was born on May 10, 1816, in Kentucky. When two years of age his parents moved to Indiana, where he grew to manhood. After marriage he moved to Illinois, where the remainder of his life was spent. He united with the church of Christ when seventeen years old, and his long life after that was one continual struggle to walk close to God. His third wife, Eliza Ann Rhodes, was born in McLean County, Ill., on March 11, 1838. She, too, united with the church of Christ at the early age of fifteen years, and faithfully followed the blessed Lord till death ended her work. Seven children were born to this union, six of whom are living, all married. One sister, Elizabeth Deisher, died four years ago. For these three dear ones we mourn not as those who have no hope. They fought the good fight and died triumphant over sin. But for the companionship of a loved sister, the guidance of a loving Christian father, and the care of a devoted, unselfish mother, we sorrow deeply.
Gospel Advocate, July 25, 1907, page 478.
Shorter, Andrew T.
The subject of this sketch, Andrew T. Shorter, was born on July 22, 1883. His father and mother died, leaving him an orphan at the age of twelve years. He was an only child, and was reared in a family of indulgent aunts. On July 25, 1905, he was married to Vera Donnell. Though he was a punctual attendant at Sunday school for years in childhood and youth and spent two years at Potter Bible College, he did not take upon himself the yoke of his Master until two weeks before his death. After the midweek prayer meeting in Lebanon, Tenn., he, with his wife, was baptized. He died of cancer of the bowels after an operation at St. Thomas Hospital, at Nashville, Tenn., on January 10, 1907. During his illness he made these remarks: I have put the matter into the Lords hands. If the Lord wants to take me, I am ready to go. He was bright in mind, companionable by nature, and exceptionally affectionate in disposition. He leaves a wife and an infant daughter, relatives and many sincere friends to mourn his untimely death. Peach be to his ashes.
Gospel Advocate, January 31, 1907, page 80.
Shorter, Maria Thompson
Mrs. Maria Thompson Shorter, after a brief, but painful illness, died at her home in Lebanon, Tenn., March 24, 1896. She confessed faith in Christ, and became a member of his body, under the teaching of Brother Gano, in September, 1877, ever afterwards living the faithful discharge of Christian duties. She was married to Mr. John Shorter on Aug. 23, 1883. He lived only a few years, leaving, her a widow, with the care of their only childa sonwho survives her. She was pure and beautiful in character, a loving and devoted mother, a kind and generous sister; but God has taken her from us to dwell in a brighter and happier home. May we all so live that after lifes brief span we may meet her there, is the prayer of her sister.
Mrs. P. Y. Hill.
Gospel Advocate, April 30, 1896, page 286.
Shoulders, L. H.
We regret to advise our readers that Brother L. H. Shoulders, seventy-seven years of age, of Castalian Springs, Tenn., died last Friday at 9:30 P.M., at the home of his son, J. H. Shoulders, also of Castalian Springs. An invalid for five years, due to paralysis, Brother Shoulders had been carried to the home of his son when his own home was destroyed by fire on Friday afternoon. It is supposed his death was from heart failure, precipitated by the excitement occasioned by the burning of his home during the afternoon.
Brother Shoulders had been a member of the church of Christ since 1875 and took an active interest in the work of the church.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. L. H. Shoulders; a daughter, Mrs. John Franklin, of Chillicothe, Ohio and four sonsJ. H. Shoulders, of Castalian Springs; W. B. Shoulders, of Gordonsville, Tenn.; Dr. H. H. Shoulders and Dr. H. S. Shoulders, of Nashville, Tenn.
Funeral services were conducted at the home of his son, J. H. Shoulders, Castalian Springs, last Sunday afternoon, by Brother H. Leo Boles.
The Gospel Advocate very deeply sympathizes with Sister Shoulders and the family in the passing of this noble husband and father. We rejoice to know that they sorrow not, even as the rest, who have no hope, but that they can look across the tomb and find comfort and consolation in a blissful anticipation of a glorious reunion on the resurrection morning. Blessed are they that wash their robes, that they may have the right to come to the tree of life, and may enter in by the gates into the city. (Rev. 22:14.)
J. A. A.
Gospel Advocate, March 21, 1929, page 280.
Shoulders, L. H.
Brother L. H. Shoulders was born on June 8, 1851. He passed to his reward on March 15, 1929. He was married to Miss Bell Clark on January 11, 1880. To this union were born six childrenJ. H. Shoulders, of Castalian Springs, Tenn.; Dr. H. H. Shoulders and Dr. H. S. Shoulders, of Nashville, Tenn.; W. B. Shoulders, of Gordonsville, Tenn.; Mrs. Lola Franklin, of Chillicothe, Ohio; Essie D., who died in infancy. He was baptized by Brother A. Alsup in the year 1875, and lived a faithful Christian till the Lord called him home. He studied his Bible and was above the average person in contending for the truth as he had learned it. Upon one occasion a very noted Presbyterian (a traveling man) was in his community contending against immersion for baptism and arguing for sprinkling. An arrangement was made for Brother Shoulders to meet the man. After several hours of heated discussion the Presbyterian was convinced that he was wrong, and he obeyed the gospel and was baptized in obedience to the command of God. Precious in the sight of Jehovah is the death of his saints. (Ps. 116:15.)
H. C. Shoulders.
Gospel Advocate, August 29, 1929, page 832.
Shoulders, Lula Westbrook
Lula Westbrook Shoulders, resident of the Barren River Community and a member of Prices Chapel Church, passed away February 7 after many years in the Masters vineyard. She married H. C. Shoulders, a faithful preacher of the gospel, in 1907, while he was teaching at the Potter Bible College, Bowling Green, Ky. After the college was changed to an elementary school and orphan home, Brother and Sister Shoulders were co-laborers in the Potter Home and School, possibly 1925-26. Brother Shoulders preached throughout Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia and Tennessee during that period, and it is believed eventually held mission meetings in all of the forty-eight States. In later years they moved to Largo, Fla., laboring for the church there. Following the death of Brother Shoulders in 1945, she returned to Kentucky, to the Barren River Community where she was born, attending Prices Chapel Church where she had worshiped as a young girl. It was during that early period of her life that she started reading the Gospel Advocate when it came to her fathers home. We understand from relatives that she had been a reader of the Advocate more than fifty years. No doubt two faithful servants of the Master are at rest and their works do follow them. One adopted daughter, Mrs. Leslie Roe, of Largo, Fla., survives.
E. J. Bonner.
Gospel Advocate, April 10, 1958, page 239.
Shoulders, Paul E.
In the latter part of January of this year, headlines in Nashville news told of an auto accident wherein Paul E. Shoulders, minister of the Hendersonville church of Christ was seriously injured and an elder of the same church, Cecil C. McKelvey, was killed. These two servants of the Lord were on their way in personal work of the church when an inebriated driver crossed the four-lane highway causing the head-on collision. On April 13, Brother Shoulders succumbed to his injuries and on April 16 this writer, assisted by Ray Frizzelle of Florence, Ala., Glenn Martin of Chicago, Ill., and Bob Prater of Hendersonville, Tenn., conducted his funeral in the Hendersonville church building and saw his body entombed in the Spring Hill Cemetery.
Before moving to Hendersonville, Paul labored seven years with the church in Roanoke, Va., and two years with the church in Blacksburg, Va., at the later place being supported by the Hendersonville church. I was a co-laborer with him the entire nine years and know personally of his good work. In a mission field, one does not work with a congregation, he works for an area, and in this case an area with a radius of more than fifty miles. Because of Pauls dedicated preaching of the truth, his uncompromising stand for righteousness, his continual exhortation that Christians stand up and be counted, because of his genial outlook on life and his tireless activity in the Lords cause, he made an indelible impression upon all with whom he came in contact. Laborers in a mission field seldom make the headlines except in the divine records. The Southwest Virginia area will not soon forget what Paul Shoulders and his good family did here. His good wife, Rose; daughters Paula and Suzanne and sons Timothy and Jon have accepted this loss in Christian trust, relying upon the support of his everlasting arms and the tender sympathy of hundreds of saints. May the God, whom husband and father served so well, administer the healing balm and supply the strength to them in their sorrow that they may finish the course charted by him who no longer walks with us. (Picture included)
A. Lowell Altizer.
Gospel Advocate, May 23, 1968, page 335.
Shoulders, Roey D.
A sturdy oak fell from among us when Roey D. Shoulders was suddenly stricken with a heart attack on July 19, about noon at his home, and in a matter of a few minutes passed into the great beyond.
Born in Jackson County, Tenn.; in 1900, Brother Shoulders lived there on a farm until he left to attend Maryville Junior College.
Upon his marriage in 1923 to Miss Minnie Harris, they established their home in Westmoreland, Tenn., where he served as postmaster. Later he transferred to rural carrier. He retired in 1965. He served capably as an elder in the Westmoreland church of Christ for many years, and was church treasurer and teacher. He was also serving the fourth consecutive term as Mayor of Westmoreland at the time of his death. His leadership and advice were sought by most and followed by many. It can truly be said of Brother Shoulders, He went about doing good. He was never too busy to drop his own personal affairs to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.
Funeral services were held Sunday, July 21, at the Westmoreland church of Christ by the minister, Wayne Meador. His body was laid to rest in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Active pallbearers were selected from friends, while elders and deacons of the church and members of the city council were honorary pallbearers.
Survivors include his faithful wife, two sons: Brigadier General Billy Joe Shoulders of Hendersonville, and Bobby H. Shoulders of Birmingham, Ala. One sister Miss Pauline Shoulders of Nashville, one brother Leaman Shoulders of Nashville, and three grandchildren.
For his life and the privilege of knowing Brother Shoulders as a neighbor, we are indeed grateful.
Mrs. Glenn Heath.
Gospel Advocate, August 22, 1974, page 543.
Shoulders, Vienna Clark
October 15, 1855, and April 18, 1911, mark the time limit of Vienna Clarks earthly careera period of fifty-five years, six months, and three days. August, 1875, and April, 1911, mark the dates of her enlistment in the army of the Lord as a soldier of the cross and the last victory she won for the Lord in the good fight of faith. All the time given her while in the kingdom of God she used working and living for Jesus. She was baptized into Christ by a Brother Young. She was married to Brother Thomas J. Shoulders, deceased, on October 10, 1886. She was a good neighbor, a devoted wife, and a kind, patient, faithful mother, approaching near the woman the Christian religion will make one if faithfully followed. Her life was a benediction to all who came under her influence. I commend her busy, noble, earnest, faithful life to all her children and sorrowing friends. Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.
H. Leo Boles.
Gospel Advocate, June 15, 1911, page 666.
Showalter, Amanda Jane
Amanda Jane Showalter died on August 18, 1905, at the advanced age of eighty-eight years and five months. Her death was caused by a fall, resulting in a fracture of the hip joint. She suffered for several weeks before the end came. Her maiden name was Simpkins. She was married to my father, David Showalter, in 1859, and survived him over twenty-eight years. No children came from this union, she being the second wife. Deceased had been a member of the church nearly all of her life. She was the last of the family to put off the mortal coil. It was not my privilege to see her after her fall, being in Texas at the time. She died at Widow Silvers house in Montgomery County, Va., where she had lived for about six years. She had good attention.
J. T. Showalter.
Gospel Advocate, September 14, 1905, page 592.
Showalter, G. H. P.
Our venerable brother and fellow editor, G. H. P. Showalter, died at 1:30 P.M., last Sunday, October 17, in Austin, Texas. He had just passed his eighty-fourth birthday on October 15.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, October 19, by W. M. Davis, assisted by Cecil Hill, Basil Shilling, and H. I. Taylor.
We of the Gospel Advocate extend our profound sympathy to the family of Brother Showalter. He was the Senior editor among us. He had been editor of the Firm Foundation for about forty-six years. There is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel.
Gospel Advocate, October 28, 1954, page 842.
Showalter, Julian E.
Julian E. Showalter, forty-eight, a faculty member of Jefferson High School, Roanoke, Va., died Friday morning, August 26, in New Altamont Hospital, Christiansburg, after a lingering illness. Mr. Showalter was an instructor in history and had been at Jefferson for about three years. He was born in Nashville, Tenn., June 23, 1901, and received his early education in the public schools of Pulaski County, Va. A graduate of David Lipscomb Junior College, Nashville, Tenn., Mr. Showalter received his A.B. degree at Abilene Christian College, Abilene, Texas; his B.S. degree, at Radford College, Radford, Va.; his M.A. degree, at Vanderbilt University, Nashville; and took postgraduate work toward a Ph.D. degree at George Peabody College, Nashville. He was active in dramatics, choral clubs, and fraternities, including Phi Beta Kappa. He had taught at various academies and schools, including Castle Heights, at Lebanon, Tenn.; Fork Union Military Academy, at Fork Union, Va.; Marion Institute, at Marion, Ala.; and in Knox County, Tenn., and Floyd County, Va. Julian was the first born of our eleven children, and highly esteemed by all that knew him. He was a dearly beloved son and brother. He obeyed the gospel at the age of thirteen, and remained faithful in the church throughout his rather brief life. Severe attacks of rheumatism seriously impaired his heart in his early youth, and this, with consequent complications, was the cause of his early passing. We sorrow deeply for him, but with full assurance of abundant hope. May our heavenly Father give us comfort and strength to bear the heavy burden of grief that fills our hearts with sorrow this day. In 1945 he was married to Miss Ines Hylton Quesenberry of Floyd and Roanoke. Surviving are his widow and a daughter (Miss Anne Showalter), his parents (Mr. and Mrs. E. T. Showalter of Snowville), a brother, and eight sisters (C. W. Showalter, Willis; Mrs. Beulah M. Gowin, Miss Carmel Showalter, and Miss Lenore Showalter, Washington, D. C.; Mrs. Ellery D. Stafford and Mrs. Cloyd Shelburne, Christiansburg; Mrs. Henry Farris, Dublin; Mrs. Raymond Walker, Jacksonville, Fla.; and Mrs. Robert G. Yeager, Nashville, Tenn.). Funeral services were conducted at Richardson Funeral Home, Christiansburg, at 11 A.M., Saturday, by C. E. Gregory and A. Lowell Altizer. The brothers-in-law served as active pallbearers. Interment was in Sunset.
E. T. Showalter, Father.
Gospel Advocate, September 22, 1949, page 607.
Showalter, M. V.
M. V. Showalter, eighty-five, former teacher at Abilene Christian College and long-time preacher of the gospel, died October 9, 1961, in Pittsburgh, Pa. He was stricken with a heart attack on a train en route home to Abilene after visiting relatives in the East. Born November 6, 1875, in Virginia, Brother Showalter began preaching in 1902 in Louisiana. He earned the A.B. degree from both the University of Nashville, 1903, and Peabody College, 1916. He also held the M.A. from Peabody. He taught at Lockney College in West Texas from 1905 to when his brother, the late G. H. P. Showalter (many years editor of the Firm Foundation), was first president, 1897-1906. He married the former Avid Belle Dail, August 5, 1906, in Lockney. After teaching and preaching on the plains, Brother Showalter moved to ACC in 1919 where he continued on the staff until the early 1930s. He was the author of a book titled The Divine Biography of Jesus Christ, published in 1944. He is a former elder at the North Side church of Christ in Abilene and was a member of the College church at the time of his death. Brother Showalter is survived by his wife, three sons, three daughters, two brothers and sixteen grandchildren.
Gospel Advocate, November 2, 1961, page 702.
Showalter, Mary Lou Roberts
Mary Lou Roberts was born on May 23, 1846, in Lundenburg County, Va. She was raised up in the faith of the Methodist Church, but was baptized into the one body of Christ about 1871 or 1872. On March 27, 1873, she and Nathaniel Pryor Showalter were united in the holy bonds of wedlock, the writer, a brother of the bridegroom, officiating. By this union five sons and three daughters were born. Two of the daughters preceded their mother to the spirit land. After several months of patient suffering, on the morning of January 20, 1905, Mary Lou Showalter breathed her last. She was above the average of women. She left a husband (fifty-six years old), five sons, and one daughter, with other relatives and friends, to mourn her departure. It is sad, indeed, to give up the wife and mother. Services were conducted by the writer in New Salem Church on January 21, 1905.
J. T. Showalter.
Gospel Advocate, March 2, 1905, page 144.
Showalter, Winifred Mason
On Monday morning, April 9, following two months of poor health, but immediately after a heart attack, and en route to Burge Hospital, in Springfield, the faithful, energetic life of Winifred Mason Showalter came to an end. Born February 14, 1885, near Rogersville, Mo., she was one of four children of the John J. Watts. She was married in 1903 to John Boals, who died in 1908; to this union the surviving daughter, Alma, was born. In 1914, she became the companion of a well-remembered gospel preacher, Marshall Spencer Mason, who was murdered sixteen years later while conducting a meeting near Judsonia, Ark. The only child born to them died in infancy. Three years after Brother Masons untimely death, Winifred Mason became the wife of Homer E. Moore, with whom she labored in gospel work for some ten years. In 1943, Brother Moore died, and she was married in 1945 to G. H. P. Showalter, who preceded her in death in 1954.
Sister Showalter was better known in the Ozarks under the name Mason, where, for years, she operated the La Mode Shoppe and supported her husband in many mission efforts. She and Brother Mason were charter members of the South National Avenue Church; and, in earlier days, she, with other Christian women, had, in the absence of male members, kept house for the Lord in Rogersville. She was the founder ofChristian Woman, a monthly periodical especially for women, and edited it for some twenty years. She assisted faithfully and successfully with the work of the Christian Worker and Firm Foundation as companion of their editors and publishers. She was ever busy, optimistic, and diligent. Though she traveled extensively, not only in America, but also in Mexico, Canada, and the Holy Land and foreign nations, she never left on a trip without proper arrangement of things at homeand on this last journey, though her departure was sudden and unexpected, all earthly matters were in order; and we have every reason to believe that all was and is well between her and her Maker.
Funeral services were conducted in Springfield on Thursday, April 12, by this writer, assisted by Rue Porter. Gospel preachers served as pallbearers and in singing. She was laid to rest in Maple Park Cemetery by the side of M. S. Mason. Surviving her are the daughter, Mrs. E. E. (Alma) McNeese; a brother, Dan Watts of Los Angeles; a sister, Ann Coulter of Denver; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, besides a host of relatives and friends. The tribute of Solomon to a virtuous woman (Prov. 31:10-31) formed the basis of the funeral message, and certainly these scriptures provide a true pictorial sketch of her diligent life among us.
L. O. Sanderson.
Gospel Advocate, May 3, 1956, page 428.
Emma Shrader died Feb. 17, 1888, wife of W. H. Shrader and daughter of W. G. Cann. Was born June 11, 1854, raised in Trigg county, Ky. Was married Sept. 13, 1877. Some eighteen months before she made the confession, was baptized into Christ and lived a faithful Christian until summoned to her reward. The summons was so sudden that she had not the time nor opportunity to admonish and encourage the few dear ones who witnessed her peaceful passage to the better world beyond. But it is written, By their works ye shall know them, and they doubted not had she been able she might have said, I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith, henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord the righteous Judge shall give me at that day. She was a filial daughter, a loving sister, a kind and generous friend and neighbor, a dutiful and devoted wife and mother. She leaves a bereaved husband and two little childrena girl and boy. Laura aged 6 and Robt. 3 years. May her husband continue in the faith, so that when the summons comes to him he will join her in that mansion prepared for the children of God, where there shall be no more parting: and may the children learn from the word of God as they grow in years that its teachings will direct them to the home of their father and mother, and enable them to be the children of their God is the earnest prayer of her grief-stricken husband.
W. H. Shrader.
Gospel Advocate, March 28, 1888, page 11.
Shropshire, Benjamin W.
Benjamin W. Shropshire was born in Blanco County, Texas, March 23, 1862. He passed away in Austin, Texas, February 17, 1959, having lived ninety-six years, eight months and twenty-four days. His funeral was conducted February 19 in Robert Lee, Texas, the old family home. He has served the church in Robert Lee as an elder many years. He had been a member off the church for about sixty-five years. Early in life he took a deep and abiding interest in religious matters. This led him to a close study of the Bible. Soon he saw the religious practices of his day were not in harmony with the word of God and he refused to accept the religious (Methodist) belief of his parents. His first and last concern on every religious subject was: Does Gods word teach it? He taught and preached much, and his influence was far-reaching. On October 1, 1890, he was united in marriage to Annie Dixon. She preceded him in death December 6, 1955. He was also preceded in death by one infant daughter in 1915. He is survived by three sons: Kenneth, Monahans, Texas; Benjamin, Hillsboro, Ore.; and Ford, Cactus, Texas. Four daughters: Mrs. Jessie Key, Robert Lee, Texas; Mrs. Cecil Hunter, Austin, Texas; Mrs. Lois Gobbel, Bisbee, Ariz.; and Mrs. Carol Reed, Valdosta, Ga. Twenty-six grandchildren and fifty-three great-grandchildren also survive. He had two sons (Ben and Ford) and one son-in-law (Clarence C. Gobbel) who are gospel preachers; two grandsons and one grand son-in-law who are also preachers of the gospel, and another grandson preparing to preach. The funeral was conducted by the writer.
Robert H. Bell.
Gospel Advocate, March 19, 1959, page 188.
Isaac Shuff died at his home in the Mount Hermon neighborhood on Sunday, March 7, 1926, aged seventy-three years and twenty-one days. His funeral was preached at Mount Hermon Church, of which he was a charter member, by Elder Jones, of Wingo, Ky. His burial, at the Poplar Grove graveyard, was largely attended. He leaves a wife, seven children, and one sister to mourn his death. The writer has known him from childhood. In all the relations of life, as a schoolboy, young man, husband, father, citizen, and member of the church of Christ, he was a model. I would say to his family, mourn not as those who have no hope, for he has left you a shining example to guide you to the heavenly home, where sorrows and partings will be no more. He was no evolutionist, but believed the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. He could not conscientiously engage in a perverted worship, for the Savior said: In vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. (Matt. 15:9.) Again: If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. (Rev. 22:18, 19.) Farewell, dear friend and brother, but we trust not forever. We hope to meet you soon in that land of blessed sunshine, where we can mingle our voices together in praise of that precious Savior who died that we might live.
Gospel Advocate, May 20, 1926, page 478.
Shuff, Mrs. L. P.
Died, at her home in Fulton County, Ky., Sister L. P. Shuff, on the 16th day of January, 1893. She was born in Williamson County, Tenn., July 12th, 1829, and was the daughter of John and Sallie Sharp. She moved to Kentucky in 1846 and was married to Dr. P. L. Shuff in 1852. She united herself to God, and to Christ in September 1877. It was the privilege of the writer to baptize her, and from that time until her death she was ever faithful to her Savior; and the poor of her neighborhood can testify to her Christian benevolence. She did what she could, and has gone to her everlasting reward with the blessings of all who knew her, leaving three children (two of whom belong to Christ), and many friends to mourn her departure. Sister Shuff died of a slow and painful disease, and suffered much before death released her, which she bore with great patience. She was subscriber of the Gospel Advocate and a regular reader of it ever since 1875. One of Gods children has been gathered home. May all who love her follow Christ as she did.
J. H. Roulhac.
Gospel Advocate, February 16, 1893, page 109.
Shugart, James Thomas
James Thomas Shugart was born on August 20, 1887, and passed to his reward on August 13, 1920; hence he lacked only seven days of being thirty-three years of age. He was married to Lucy Randolph about eight years ago, and he is survived by her. For nearly two years he suffered with cancer of the face. Although his faithful wife and many friends, aided by good physicians, did all they could for him, he grew worse till death relieved him. It was my good fortune to know Jim (as his wife and friends called him) for nearly four years, and it gives me great pleasure to say that I believe he was a faithful Christian and has gone to rest. He became a Christian nearly nine years ago, and he took great interest in the church and went to the regular services as long as he was able. He was a deacon in the congregation at Dinuba, Cal., when he died. The funeral services were conducted by Brother E. W. Sewell, after which the body was buried in the Smith Mountain Cemetery, near Dinuba.
W. Halliday Trice.
Gospel Advocate, September 16, 1920, page 916.
Shultze, Lucy A.
Died August 5, 88 at her home in Johnson county, Ark., 15 miles north of Clarksville, sister Lucy A. Shultze, wife of W. H. Shultze. She was born March 5, 1850 in Mahoning county, Ohio, was married to Bro. W. H. Shultze of Mahoning county, Ohio, Dec., 25, 1873. Moved to Arkansas Nov. 1877. She obeyed the gospel of Christ October 1881, and lived an obedient Christian from the time she obeyed the gospel until her death. In her death the church sustains the loss of one of its most faithful and devoted members. She was always present and took an active part in worship and Lords day school. Her death throws a cloud of gloom and sadness over the family, but I pray that they may look beyond the darkness of the present and behold the bow of Gods promise, I will never leave thee nor forsake thee. May they realize that all things work together for good to them that love God, and that they sorrow not as those who 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.
T. J. Teagle., Clarksville, Ark.
Gospel Advocate, August 22, 1888, page 11
Martha Shute was born in Sumner Co., Tenn., Feb. 19, 1847, and died Jan. 8, 1893. She was the daughter of Gen. Daniel S. Donelson, who died near Knoxville, Tenn., on April 16, 1863. When Nashville was evacuated by the Confederate forces the subject of this, with her mother, went south and remained till the close of the war. In the fall of 1865 she entered Ward Seminary and graduated from that institution the following year. Oct. 30, 1867 she married J. M. Shute of Sumner County Tennessee. In 1873 she make a profession of religion and joined the Presbyterian church at Hendersonville. She was not satisfied with the mode of baptism which that church recognized, believing that immersion was the proper mode. In 1888 she was baptized by Elder R. M. Giddens. When the Christian church was organized at Hendersonville her name with a few others was enrolled on the church book and every Lords day when not indisposed she would attend services at the school-house where the disciples met to give thanks and break bread. She was unselfish in her disposition. In the private walks of life she seemed to forget herself and looked to the comfort of others. She had been a sufferer for several years but bore her afflictions with Christian fortitude and resignation. She had told her intimate friends that she expected when she died that it would be sudden. She made all due preparations, her lamp was well trimmed, waiting for the bridegroom. She had not overlooked her household affairs, having arranged everything in its place in order that there might be no confusion after she was gone.
Gospel Advocate, May 4, 1893, page 284.
Sidener, John T.
Brother John T. Sidener, son of the lamented John A. Sidener, was born in Frankfort, Ky., on September 17, 1871; was baptized into Christ, in March, 1888; was married on September 18, 1892, to Sister Edna Fox, who was a faithful, loving, and attentive companion to the hour of his death on March 10, 1906, at the home of his brother-in-law, Brother J. S. Woods, in Kaufman, Texas. Brother Sidener was a faithful and loving husband and father and true friend. He was loved by many and hated by none. A few days before his death, while talking to the writer, he said that it was hard to break the ties that bind us here, but, if it was best, he was ready to step across to the other side and wait the coming of his loved ones; that he had made all things ready for a home on the other shore. He leaves a wife and two daughters, with a host of relatives and friends, to mourn the loss of a loved one and a friend. Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.
R. R. Stirman., Kaufman, Texas.
Gospel Advocate, April 19, 1906, page 255.
Sikes, James Albert
James Albert Sikes was born January 14, 1875; passed away at Eagle Creek, Tenn., October 17, 1946. He was a native of Stewart County, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Sikes. He was employed by the Ayer & Lord Tie Company for a number of years. Mr. Sikes was married to Miss Delie Whitfield, of Benton County, and became engaged in farming. He was baptized six years ago into the church of Christ by John Lancaster. He was a faithful Christian, a lover of Christianity, a good neighbor. Brother Larkins, of Bruceton, Tenn., conducted the funeral, with burial in the cemetery adjoining the family homestead, at Pavatts Landing. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Delie W. Sikes, and a daughter, Mrs. Mattie S. Verner, of McKenzie, Tenn. Jim, as he was known, was a good man.
Gospel Advocate, July 10, 1947, page 502.
Sikes, Vera Vista (Phillips)
Vera Vista (Phillips) Sikes, 91, former dean of women at Abilene Christian University, died at about 10:15 a.m. Jan. 1 at Mesquite Ville Nursing Home.
Services were held Jan. 3 at University Church of Christ with ACU dean emeritus Walter H. Adams officiating. Burial was at Cedar Hill Cemetery.
She was born July 25, 1894, at Lone Oak in Hunt County and was raised in Haskell and Callahan counties. She married William C. Sikes Sept. 11, 1921, in Rowden, after teaching for two years at Hillside School in Callahan County. She later attended ACU and graduated in 1926 with a bachelor of arts in education.
Mrs. Sikes taught primary and elementary grades in Abilene Christian Schools, from 1927-1945. She became hostess at Zellner Hall, former womens dormitory at ACU, in 1945. In 1948, she was named dean of women at the university, serving until her retirement in 1963. While serving as dean, Mrs. Sikes was dormitory hostess at McKinzie Hall and served as hostess at Nelson Hall during the schools golden anniversary year, 1955-56.
She and her husband, W. C. Sikes, were honored by the university in 1977 when Sikes Dormitory was named after them.
W. C. Sikes was among the first students to attend ACU, enrolling in 1908 when the school was called Childers Classical Institute. Nicknamed the gentle professor, he began teaching math at Abilene Christian High School in 1921 and retired from teaching in the ACU math department in 1959. He died Oct. 26, 1980.
Mrs. Sikes survivors include a sister, Noble Wagner, of Amarillo, and several nieces.
Gospel Advocate, February 6, 1986, page 92.
The funeral services were conducted by the writer in East Radford, Va., where all that was mortal of Andy Silvers was laid away in the cemetery at that place on January 28, 1905. The deceased was about sixty-three years old, and had been a member of the church for many years. He was twice married. Both wives had preceded him in death, the second some two or three years. He lived in East Radford until after the death of his last wife. He lived in Roanoke, Va., at the time of his death. Thus it is one by one all are dropping down the troubled river. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
J. T. Showalter.
Gospel Advocate, March 2, 1905, page 144.
One the 8th of November, 1893, in her sunny and flower-embowered home, on the Indian River, in the far Southland, a beautiful spirit went up to fairer skies and sunnier climes, where flowers never fade and death never comes. Mrs. Mary Silvertooth, nee Boyers, was born in Tennessee, near Flat Creek, about forty years ago. The writer of this sketch has known her from his earliest boyhood, and never has he known a nobler, purer woman. Cultivated in mind, with refined tastes and consecrated in heart, she filled with grace and dignity all the various relations in life which she assumed, and to which she was called. Her devotion to her widowed and long-suffering mother was beautiful in the extreme; and her sisterly affection is a precious memory to those members of that once united but now broken family that remain. It seems but yesterday that she was the radiant center of one of the brightest, happiest, sweetest family circles I ever knew. No one who has ever come within the touch of its influence, enjoyed its warm hospitality, and observed the unaffected devotion of its members for each other, can ever forget. In such a home, which she helped largely to make, did Miss Peep Boyers grow to mature womanhood. In early years she gave her heart to God, and laid down her young life on the altar of his service. Never did she falter in her faith, or grow lukewarm in her Christian love. Christ was seen in all the words and deeds, the smiles and fragrance and helpfulness of her gracious life. Her wifely devotion was as strong and unshaken as her ardent womanly nature, and as her fixed and beautiful character. With what motherly love her heart clung to the sweet little girls God had given her, only the all-loving Father can know. She was conscious to the last, and talked as calmly of death as though she were going on a brief journey. She had prepared for that hour, and met it with true Christian fortitude. She knew whom she had believed, and found strength in the One whom she had trusted. His grace was sufficient. He was the Shepherd of her soul, and she found infinite comfort in His rod and staff as He walked with her through the valley of the shadow of death. But her life-work is finished. There, on the marge of the southern ocean, by whose shores in the long ago the dreamy explorer sought in vain for the fountain of immortal youth, she died. Her bright spirit, chastened by sorrow and redeemed by Christ, went up to more cloudless realms, where grow more luscious fruits and more fragrant flowers on the shores of more transparent seas. There the fronds of more enduring palms waved her a glad welcome, and, convoyed by the angels, she drank from the real fountain of life whose waters make immortal the souls of the just.
George Gowen., Lancaster, Ky.
Gospel Advocate, March 8, 1894, page 151.
Silvey, Robert Maxey
Robert Maxey Silvey, 81, died May 30 at his home.
A member of the Greenlawn Church of Christ, Silvey received a degree in civil engineering from Oklahoma University.
He served in the U.S. Army and was awarded the Bronze Star in Korea.
Silvey was the commanding officer of the Cornhusker Ordinance Plant in Grand Island, Neb., and served on the staff of the Military Assistance Advisory Group in Rome.
After his military career, he worked in development at Lubbock Christian University for six years, then as a securities salesman for Church Loans and Investments Trust of Amarillo.
Survivors include his wife, Kathryn; four sons, Robert, Frank, Perry and Paul; two daughters, Kathryn Ann Hamilton and Irene Zouella Ladd; and 12 grandchildren.
Gospel Advocate, November, 1998, page 45.
Simmons, Charity A.
Sister Charity A. Simmons, wife of Dr. G. S. Simmons, departed this life Sept. 9, 1895, aged 56 years. Sister Simmons had been a member of the church of Christ twenty years, having been baptized by Brother T. B. Larimore, in 1875, near Antioch, Tenn. She moved to Arkansas in 1882, and although there was no congregation where she lived, she continued to uphold the banner of Prince Immanuel until death claimed her as his own. Sister Simmons was one of the best women I ever saw, and every one unites in saying that earth has lost a precious gem. I visited her quite often last summer while holding a meeting at her place, and she was ever ready to do any little act of kindness or speak a good word to anyone who chanced to come her way. She leaves three children (girls) to mourn her loss, but they are all married, and in comfortable circumstances. We mourn not as those who have no hope, for we have every reason to believe that Sister Simmons is enjoying the realities of heaven and immortal glory. Dr. Simmons was a classmate of Brother D. Lipscomb. Weep not, dear relatives, but live faithful until death.
J. H. Lawson.
Gospel Advocate, December 12, 1895, page 796.
Maggie (Andrews) Simmons, wife of Brother J. K. Simmons, passed away at her home in Sherman, Texas, on January 17, 1907. She was not able to talk for nearly three years, owing to paralysis of the throat, and then her feet were paralyzed so that she could not walk for two years. At last she could not move her hands, and was utterly helpless. All this time her husband was by her side, her nurse day and night. No words can tell what he endured of anxiety, of pain from sympathy, with his afflicted wife in his constant care of her, devoting himself an offering of love for the comfort and cheer of this noble woman whose malady was beyond any medical skill. From the first attack of paralysis there was little hope that she could ever recover, and what remained for her faithful husband was to make her life as comfortable and cheerful as possible, Maggie Simmons, years ago in the home of her brother, C. A. Andrews, was known and admired by the young people of the city as a lovable character. She had a young heart always, even in her affliction, and the young loved Aunt Maggie and felt free and at home in her presence. As a neighbor she was kind and generous, ever thoughtful of the welfare of others, attentive to the sick, and her pity gave ere charity began. Friends, neighbors, faithful servantsall tried to administer to her in her affliction. Shut in from the world, she had the liveliest interest in what was going on in the busy world, only a little of which she could see from her window. She endured her privation with a patience and fortitude that was sublime, always cheerful, bright, and resigned. She was born in Dade County, Mo., on May 31, 1850, and was an infant when her parents came to Texas. She was reared near White Mound, Grayson County, and in early life became a Christian, being a member of the church since 1864. Her deep concern was ever for the church, for her home, and for the orphan children placed at her own request under her care. She had no children of her own, but she was anxious to do a mothers part as long as she had strength. Her two brothers, C. A. Andrews and Si Andrews, and her sister, Mrs. Z. Simmons, survive her. With them a host of friends sincerely mourn the loss of this good woman and sympathize with her faithful husband in his bereavement. Her funeral, in harmony with her simple, childlike faith and her confidence in the Infinite Love, was conducted by O. A. Carr, assisted by J. H. Fuller; and the frail body sleeps in West Hill Cemetery under the flowers.
O. A. Carr.
Gospel Advocate, January 31, 1907, page 80.
Simmons, Myrtle Elizabeth
Mary Elizabeth Williams Simmons, 86, died Jan. 20 in Searcy, Ark. She was the widow of Russell L. Simmons, long-time director of public relations at Harding University, who died in 1978. They had been married 51 years.
She was a member of the College Church of Christ, a charter member of the White County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, a member and past president of the Friendship Homemakers Club of White County, a charter member of Associated Women for Harding, and a tutor for the White County Literacy Council.
She is survived by two sons, Ernest W. Simmons of Phoenix and Kenneth W. Simmons of Searcy; a daughter, Ruth S. Glover of The Woodlands, Texas; a brother, Joe H. Williams of Naples, Fla.; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was conducted Jan. 22 on the Harding campus. A private burial was in Hohenwald, Tenn. Memorials may be made to the Russell and Myrtle Simmons Scholarship Fund of Harding University. A scholarship from this fund is given annually to a journalism major.
Gospel Advocate, February, 1991, page 49.
Miss Naomi Simmons was born on June 18, 1881, near Gough, in Delta County, Texas, and departed this life by drowning in the Colorado River, at Wharton, Texas, June 9, 1928. She was the third child of D. P. Simmons and Abbie Simmons. Surviving her are three brothers and one sister, as follows: H. S. Simmons, Tulare, Cal.; N. J. Simmons, Houston, Texas; Mrs. Lena McDonald, Wharton, Texas; and J. R. Simmons, Taylor, Texas. She obeyed her Lord in baptism under the preaching of Brother G. A. Lambreth in 1898 and lived a devoted, consistent Christian life until death. No sweeter-spirited Christian ever lived than Naomi Simmons. She was always found in her place at church, rain, or shine, sleet or snow, never permitting anything but her physical ailments to cause her to be absent. She was one the church could always count on being present, especially at the Lords-day worship. Her life was a living monument and pattern for others. She had been living with her widowed sister, Mrs. Lena McDonald, at Wharton, Texas, for a number of years up to the time of her death.
H. S. Simmons.
Gospel Advocate, August 2, 1928, page 738.
Simmons, N. P.
Brother N. P. Simmons was born on July 3, 1858, in Missouri. On April 27, 1884, he was married to Miss Sarah Cook, and to this union six children were born, three of whom are members of the church of Christ. My father baptized the two girlsone of them in 1903; the other, in the fall of 1905. Brother E. Christian baptized one of his sons in 1907. Brother Simmons and wife, in the year 1895, under the preaching of Brother J. L. Swiney, at Concord, Texas, put on Christ, and worshiped with that church till his deathDecember 2, 1909. Brother Simmons was a loving husband, a kind and patient father, a fond brother, and a good neighbor. He had been in bad health for several years, and was advised to try the coast country, which he did; but he gradually grew worse, and, realizing the end was near, he wanted to come back to his old home to spend his last days. He lived only about two weeks after he returned. Brother Simmons was no public man, but he was a good man. He was always ready to do his part in helping about the church and in our meetings. He was laid to rest in the North Gabriel cemetery. My Brother, H. A. Whitefield, conducted the funeral services. To the bereaved ones we would say: Weep not as those who have no hope, but strive to live a devoted Christian life, so as to meet the loved one who is waiting for you on the other shore, where partings never come.
Edith Whitefield., Liberty Hill, Texas.
Gospel Advocate, February 10, 1910, page 184.
Simmons, Susie O.
Susie O. Simmons, age 76, passed from this earthly realm on February 7, 1970. Funeral services were held in Drumright, Okla., at the South Creek church where Ector Watson, the local minister, officiated. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery in Edmond, Okla.
Born at Hearne, Texas, October 12, 1890, she married W. D. Bills in 1907, and accompanied him while he attended Thorp Springs Christian College. She was the helpmate of this faithful gospel preacher as he worked with congregations in Oklahoma and Texas, until his death in 1946. In 1952 she married A. J. Simmons of Drumright, Okla.
She is survived by her husband, A. J. Simmons, Drumright; one son, Jack R. Bills, now minister for the Beverly Boulevard church of Christ in Montebello, Calif.; three stepchildren, Eldon Simmons of Fairland, Okla., Arlan Simmons of Amarillo, Texas, Mrs. Nedra Sue Linville of Drumright; two sisters, Mrs. Ethel Littlefield of Anson, Texas, and Mrs. Juanita Pevetoe of Tulsa, Okla., and ten grandchildren.
Her life was that of a keeper of the home. She was the gracious hostess to scores of the great gospel preachers of bygone days, and had her part in instilling in the heart of this writer, not the political or athletic figures of the usual boy of his era, but men whose lives made such an indelible imprint on the cause of Christ in the Southwest, such as N. B. Hardeman, Horace W. Busby, Jesse P. Sewell, G. H. P. Showalter, J. D. Tant, Early Arceneaux, and many others. She hath done what she could, and passed quietly on to be with Jesus.
Jack R. Bills.
Gospel Advocate, March 26, 1970, page 207.
Simmons, Thomas G.
Died at Middletown, Ohio, June 14, 1897, of typhoid fever, Thomas G. Simmons, in the twenty-fifth year of his age. German was born and raised in Maury County, Tenn.; was a member of the congregation worshiping at Beech Grove. In February last he left home, to engage in the occupation of machinistfirst to have the pattern of a bicycle wheel made, which he did, and his parents received the intelligence the next day after his burial that his improvement had been patented. He had made arrangements to enter the machine shop July 1, and was working with a farmer until the appointed time. He was taken sick some two weeks before his death, and, notwithstanding his short sojourn with the people among whom his lot had been cast, by an upright, courteous, businesslike walk he had secured to himself friends who patiently watched by his bedside and ministered to his needs as best they could. He was the son of Brother and Sister L. D. Simmons. Some eight years ago he was baptized by Brother E. A. Elam. German was a noble young man, a young man of more than ordinary ability. He leaves parents, brothers, sisters, relatives, and a host of friends and brethren to mourn his departure. He left, however, a life of good example and a good influence that will tell in days to come. We should be comforted by the hope of meeting again. Let us, then, wait, and murmur not. May the Lord comfort the bereaved, and help us all to be ready.
W. Anderson., Jameson, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, July 15, 1897, page 447.
Sister Ella Simms was born on January 24, 1867, and died on September 6, 1931. She became a member of the church of Christ at an early age, and was one of the most faithful, earnest, and conscientious women I have ever known. She was reared in Weakley County, Tennessee, and entered business affairs at Greenfield and lived there a number of years. Thirteen years before her passing she moved to St. Louis, and continued her business career with success to herself and to the cause she dearly loved. For a number of years Sister Simms made her home with Dr. and Mrs. H. M. Biggs, of St. Louis. She was always found at the place of worship and died while attending a Sunday-night service in the new meetinghouse at Spring and Blain Streets. An appropriate service was held by Brother J. H. Horton in St. Louis. Her body was shipped to Greenfield, Tenn., and there buried after a further short service held by the writer.
N. B. Hardeman.
Gospel Advocate, February 4, 1932, page 159.
Simon, Paul O.
Paul O. Simon of Pensacola, Fla., was killed in an automobile accident Monday, February 8, while enroute to Henderson for the Lectureship at Freed-Hardeman College.
According to officials, the accident occurred about 2 P.M. near Booneville, Miss., and was a result of hazardous driving conditions caused by the snow and ice which swept across the South during the week.
Brother Simon, president of Escambia Christian School in Pensacola, is an alumnus of Freed-Hardeman College and Abilene Christian College. He served as minister of the Henderson church from 1954-56. He was the father of Mrs. H. A. (Joy) McDaniel, a member of the Education faculty at Freed-Hardeman.
Other survivors include his widow, Mrs. Anabel Stanfill Simon, a foster son, Robert Paul McNeill, a daughter, Maudeen Simon of Pensacola, and two sons, William Buryl Simon and John Paul Simon, former missionary to Brazil.
President and founder of Rolling Acres Orphan Home, Inc., Brother Simon preached in twenty-five states and the District of Columbia, and wrote numerous tracts for use in mission work.
The family has requested that any memorial contribution be sent to Escambia Christian College, 3311 West Monroe, Pensacola, Fla., or to Rolling Acres Orphan Home.
With Simon when the accident occurred was Billy Jim Gallaher. He was reported to have been in fair condition in North Mississippi Medical Center at Tupelo, Miss.
W. A. Bradfield.
Gospel Advocate February 25, 1971, page 126.
Simpkins, John Washington
John Washington Simpkins was born on December 30, 1848, in Davidson County, Tenn., and died on October 6, 1912, at his home near Ashland City, where he had lived for more than fifty years. He was married to Miss Jennie Demumbra on December 30, 1869, and to this union were born nine children, two of which died in infancy, and the other seven, with their mother, survive him to mourn the loss of a devoted and loving father and husband. Early in life he connected himself with the Baptist Church, but, after a careful study of the Bible and hearing a few gospel sermons, he laid this aside, and for more than thirty-five years was simply a Christian, and never a member of anything except the church of Christ. He loved his Bible and the Gospel Advocate and was a constant reader of both. He never lived very near a church, but was always present when it was possible for him to do so. He was not without his faults, but more honest and conscientious man could not be found. The word of the Lord dwelt so richly in his mind and heart that he was always ready to show himself a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. His faith was strong and never wavered; but, with the implicit faith of a little child, he commended his soul to Him who had guarded and protected him so long. Funeral services were conducted by Brother Shoulders, after which the body was tenderly laid to rest in the family burying ground in the presence of a large concourse of relatives and friends. To us who are left behind it is a sad partinga wife who mourns earths greatest sorrow; and the children, for the father who toiled so hard to rear them to useful manhood and womanhood. But to him the picture is so much brighter. What a grand change from his weary and pain-racked body to that happy home God has prepared for them who love and serve him!
S. S. P.
Gospel Advocate, April 3, 1913, page 330.
Simpson, Fronie E. Black
Ronie E. Black was born on November 5, 1856; was married on November 25, 1886, to W. H. H. Simpson; and fell asleep in Jesus on April 30, 1915. She was a member of the one body, the church of Christ, about thirty-five years. She prepared the loaf for communion services at Poplar Springs for a long time. She loved to go to meeting, and always filled her place as long as she was able to go. She leaves a husband and three childrenNora Carnal, Lillian Springer, and Billie Simpson. She was an affectionate wife, a loving mother, and a friend to all. She was an earnest Christian. The light of the home has gone out because wife and mother cannot be heard to speak in gentle and loving tones which fall like the soft, sweet music of heaven upon the weary and troubled soul. May the God of all comfort be with and bless the bereaved husband and children.
W. D. Roark.
Gospel Advocate, September 2, 1915, page 894.
Simpson, George Thomas
The death angel recently visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. T. Simpson and took from them their son, George Thomas Simpson. For four weeks he had lain with a burning fever and racked with pain, but most of the time conscious and able to speak. God alone knows how he suffered. God saw fit to take him from us and from his sufferings and transplant him, to light the way of the loved ones left behind. George is gone. We can never see him on earth again; but we thank God for the sweet hope that we shall meet him where pain and sorrow are unknown and sad partings are no more. George was just in the bloom of youth. He was a kind and affectionate child, an obedient husband and brother, and a favorite among his neighbors. He will be missed by all who knew him. He was born on March 4, 1889, and died on July 24, 1909. He was married to Edna E. Davis on November 1, 1908. His body was laid to rest in the Hampton graveyard. Brother J. W. Dunn, of Memphis, Tenn., conducted the funeral services.
Gospel Advocate, November 18, 1909, page 1465.
With a sad heart I write of the death of my aunt, Harriet Simpson, who died, near Clarksburg, Tenn., on February 12, 1904. Aunt Harriet lived to be older than most people live to be. At the time of her death she was seventy years, one month, and three days old. She had been a member of the church of Christ for forty years. She was never married. She lived with her brother, Ezekiel Simpson. She was a true Christian, and worshiped with the saints at the Poplar Springs Church, near Clarksburg, Tenn.; and her seat was never vacant as long as she was able to attend. She leaves four brothers and a great number of relatives and friends to mourn her death. Brother John W. Johnson, of Clarksburg, conducted the funeral services.
Ellen Johnson., Clarksburg, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, April 14, 1904, page 234.
Harrison Simpson was born on June 1, 1836, and died on September 23, 1908. Brother Simpson had a very delicate constitution and suffered a great deal in the flesh. He bore his afflictions with great fortitude. I have known him for several years, and I never heard him murmur about anything. Things over which he had no control he patiently endured. His moderation was known to all. His long life in the flesh is to be attributed, partly at least, to his temperance. He had learned to control himself. Is equal in self-government would be hard to find. He certainly added to his faith the Christian graces. His goodness made him many friends. The church loved him and the world respected him. Brother Simpson will be long remembered in this community. Death is gain to him, but loss to us. He has gone to be with Christ. Though dead to us, he still speaks. Whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? Blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
J. W. Johnson., Clarksburg, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, November 5, 1908, page 714.
Brother Henry Simpson, of Morris, Ala., died on February 9, 1914, after an illness of twenty-one days. Brother Simpson was one of our old pioneer preachers in this part of the country. He was well known, well thought of, and will be greatly missed. Brother Simpson was a Methodist preacher n his early life, and attended one of Brother J. M. Barnes meetings for the purpose of converting him; but after a few questions and answers, he was convinced himself, obeyed the gospel and began to preach it.
John T. Smithson.
Gospel Advocate, February 19, 1914, page 228.
Simpson, Mrs. Herod M.
Funeral services were held on November 8, at 3 P.M., in the Holliday Church building for Mrs. Herod M. Simpson. Sister Simpson had lived in Holliday since 1909. She was a faithful member of the Lords church since the time of her obedience to the gospel in 1902. The church in Holiday will long remember her and the work she did, for the church there is a monument to the life that she and other Christians lived in the past years. Herod Simpson is one of the elders of the congregation. He and his wife and their daughter have been members of the church in Holiday for the last number of years. The church building was filled to overflowing, and a very beautiful floral offering was given in memory of her. Jimmy Wood, a long-time friend of the family, conducted the funeral services. He was assisted by Billy Teague, who is minister of the church in Holliday, and W. T. Hamilton. Sister Simpson was buried in the cemetery at Holliday. She is survived by her husband and by an adopted daughter, Mattie Jo (Mrs. A. T. Chambers). She taught in the Sunday school for many years, taught the ladies Bible class, and her home was always the home for the preacher. We are thankful indeed that we were privileged to know Sister Simpson and for the influence she has had on our lives. Her good influence will long live in the lives of those who knew her. May God bless her family in this time of tribulation.
Gospel Advocate, November 30, 1950, page 781.
Simpson, Mrs. John V.
At her home, near Imferness, Fla., on Jan. 31, 1896, Mrs. John V. Simpson departed this life. Mrs. Simpson was born in August, 1856; and, being deprived of both father and mother in her infancy, she was adopted by Mr. Enoch Brown, her uncle, and was to him as one of his own children. In 1893 she left her home, to become the bride of Mr. John V. Simpson, and with him went to the land of flowers, where the three years of her married life were happily spent. Some time to every heart the angel of death speaks. He demands our brightest and best, and with remorseless fingers tears from our hearts and homes the dear ones who make life lovely. We surrender them not as giving back the treasure lent of God for a season, but clinging to them as to our own. How hard to see in the grim image of death the face of the angel of love, and to know that the hands that seem so cold and still are beckoning us to a life higher, better, purer than this can ever be; that the silent lips may now whisper to our hearts with the still, small voice that mortals never learn the truths fresh from the throne of God; removed from us to watch our path, and to guide us into all peace. In her life Mrs. Simpson was to her husband a wife true, noble, and self-sacrificing; to her friends she was a friend even to the end. No sacrifice was too great for her love, and no duty too small and mean to receive her perfect performance. As she was in life, so may she be in death: a guide to things higher and nobler. In 1891 she united with the church of Christ, thus perfecting the faith that was exemplified in her daily life; and she so lived that even the sudden call that came to her from God failed not to find her ready for the life that lies beyond the grave.
L. A. B., Bingham, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, May 28, 1896, page 351.
Simpson, Kate Norwood
Kate Norwood was born January 22, 1881, and lived until July 21, 1934. The space of her earthly life was a little over a half century. She was married to John D. Simpson, October 4, 1906. There were four children born to this union, two boys and two girls. They are four good children, who loved their mother and have been obedient to their father. The family now is broken. The husband and father no doubt feels his loss, and the children are left in great sorrow without a mother. They can cherish her memory and continue to walk in her footsteps. She obeyed the gospel at about twelve years of age and remained in the service of the Lord to the end of life. This is the greatest thing that can be said of any one. Kate was the daughter of my cousin, Dale Norwood, who still lingers on this side of the river. She lost her husband, Dr. Norwood, by death many years ago. She was left with three children, two daughters and one son. Only one, Cassie, remains. Though in feeble health, she has about worn her life out at work. Three of her immediate family are now on the other side of the river. Kate was faithful to her church duties; and though a sufferer for many years with an incurable disease, she never forgot her duty to God. She made all arrangements for her funeral and burial, and because of her suffering she longed to depart and be with Christ. She even regretted the last operation the doctors performed, on the grounds that it only prolonged her life and her suffering. To the mother I would say: Weep not over her passing, for she is in a better condition, and it will not be long till you join her and your other loved ones on the other side. To the motherless children I would say: Look up to where your mother is and live as she counseled you to live while she was here with you. Having a mother in heaven will be another incentive for you to go there.
F. B. Srygley.
Gospel Advocate, October 25, 1934, page 1040.
Simpson, Kitty McMurry
Mrs. Kitty McMurry Simpson, beloved wife of A. B. Simpson, died on December 23, 1915, at the home of her stepmother, Mrs. G. W. McMurry, in Waverly, Tenn., aged forty-four years, eleven months, and nine days. Mrs. Simpson was a daughter of the late Dr. G. W. McMurry and his first wife. Her early years were spent at their home on Big Hurricane Creek, eight miles from Waverly. She was married to A. B. Simpson on November 11, 1894. Six children were born to them, three of whom surviveMack Carroll, aged fifteen years; Olga, aged fourteen; and Inez, nine years of age. Mrs. Simpson was a sufferer from that dread disease, tuberculosis, and the family removed about two years ago from their home near Glenwood, on Blue Creek, to Greeley, Col., with the hope that a cure would be effected. Mrs. Simpson had been a member of the church of Christ since early childhood, and died with expressions of love and faith on her lips. Her remains were laid to rest in what is known as the Bryant cemetery, near her late home. Funeral services were held by Brother H. I. Copeland. Surviving Sister Simpson, besides her immediate family, are her devoted stepmother, Mrs. Ida McMurray; two brothersA. P. McMurry, of Waverly, and Will McMurry, of Dickson; a sisterMrs. T. R. Meadow, of Union City; and two-half-sistersMrs. Zula Lowe, of Lowes, Ky., and Miss Beulah McMurry, of Waverly.
J. L. Thompson.
Gospel Advocate, February 3, 1916, page 123.
Sister Larceny Simpson departed this life on June 8, 1908. She was born on February 19, 1840, and was married to Harrison Simpson on October 24, 1867. Sister Simpson had many excellent qualities. She was truthful and honest, kind and gentle. Those who knew her best were among her best friends. During the fifty years she was a member of the church, she neither said nor did anything to bring reproach upon the cause she loved so dearly. She leaves behind a sad and afflicted companion, a grandchild, four brothers, one sister, and many relatives and friends, to mourn her death. Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them.
J. W. Johnson., Clarksburg, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, August 13, 1908, page 522.
On Thursday, April 27, 1899, Aunt Polly Simpson died at the home of her son, A. B. Simpson. Aunt Polly was seventy-nine years old and was the mother of seven children. She leaves an aged husband, three children, four brothers, and a number of friends to mourn their loss. She obeyed the gospel several years ago under the preaching of Brother Leonidas Holland, of West Tennessee. As a neighbor, friend, and mother she had few superiors. She had a kind and gentle disposition, and was ever ready and willing to do what she could for her neighbors in their afflictions or distress. She will long be remembered by all who knew her.
Gospel Advocate, May 11, 1899, page 301.
Simpson, William G.
Death shot his arrow at a shining mark when it claimed William G. Simpson, of Frankfort, Ky., on November 19, 1928. Mr. Simpson was born in Owen County, Ky., where he spent his youthful years. Early in life he enlisted as a soldier under the Prince of Peace, and valiantly did he serve till the conflict was over. He went to live at Frankfort in the days when Brother George Darsie was the minister of the church there. Immediately he became an active member of the congregation, and continued in active service for over thirty years, serving as superintendent of the Sunday school for twenty-five years. In years of service he was the oldest living elder of the church which he loved and for which he labored. He was chairman of the building committee, assisting in the planning and designing of the new building which has recently been completed. His God, his church, his home became the trinity of his endeavors and devotions. While in the flush of his young manhood he was married to Miss Maud Montfort, daughter of Judge Warren Montfort, of Owen County. From this union came a girl, who is Mrs. A. K. Parsons, of Saundersville, Tenn. Later he was married to Miss Florence Crutcher, of Woodford County, who survives him, with their three children, Mrs. John Bigelow, of Newark, N. J., and William G. Simpson, Jr., and Robert H. Simpson, of Louisville, Ky. Thus we see he was a pilgrim here from September 25, 1853, to November 19, 1928a long, good, and unselfish life.
E. D. B.
Gospel Advocate, December 13, 1928, page 1196.
Sims, Charlotte P.
Sister Charlotte P. Sims fell asleep in Jesus near Pelham, Tenn., at the home of her parents, Elder W. P. Sims and wife, on April 24, 1896, at the age of twenty-two years, two months, and one day. There is nothing in life that can be offered as any consolation to the stricken family except the fact that our dear, departed sister had chosen that good part that cannot be taken away. She had laid up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. She was obedient and affectionate to parents, kind and pleasant to brothers and sisters, modest and courteous in her deportment to teachers and pupils. She was so pleasant at home, and so agreeable to her teachers and associates at school and in the social circle, that her memory is enshrined in the hearts of all, and her death brings sadness to all hearts that knew her; but when it is remembered that her sweet spirit has gone to that rest promised to the faithful Christian, the hearts that are filled with grief and sorrow will look up through the tears of sadness to the bright home of dear Charlotte in the city of God, and will remember that the ties of earth that are broken here serve only to transplant the sweet flower in that heavenly clime, where there are no chilling winds nor wintry blasts to afflict, but an eternal, blissful home, where God wipes away all tears. Let father and mother be not grieved over the death of the beloved daughter, for she is not lost to them; she has only gone before to the heavenly home, whither they may follow, and also brothers and sisters, if dutiful and faithful in all the relations of life as she was, and will trust the same Savior as she trusted, all may be reunited in the heavenly land an unbroken family there as it once was here. May her last words upon earth be impressed upon the minds of dear ones left behind, which were: Take courage, and follow Jesus. Blessed thought, sweet benediction, from the lips that spoke the last sentence upon earth to enter upon a heavenly life, where the lips that spoke so sweetly here may be attuned to sing grand halleluiahs with the angelic hosts.
S. N. Burger., Manchester, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, July 23, 1896, page 477.
Mrs. Gertrude Sims was born on September 14, 1848, and died on October 17, 1921. She obeyed the gospel when she was about seventeen years old. She was good to the sick, and always helped the poor and needy. Sister Sims was faithful unto death. The funeral services were conducted by the writer at the home of Dr. D. C. Huff, the brother of the deceased, in the presence of a large audience of friends and sorrowing loved ones, after which the body was laid to rest in the family burying ground, to await the resurrection at the last day.
L. B. Jones.
Gospel Advocate, December 29, 1921, page 1284.
Sims, Joe Estes
On the morning of February 15, 1916, the death angel visited our community and took from our midst the spirit of Joe Estes Sims. Joe was nineteen years, eight months, and fourteen days old. He was baptized into Christ in 1913 by Brother G. W. Farmer and lived a Christian life till he was called up higher. O, how sad it is to go to Sunday school and Joe not there! For it was a rare thing for Joe to miss. It seems such a pity for one so young as Joe to die. He had the good fortune of being reared in a good, Christian home. He leaves a father, mother, and three brothers, besides a host of friends, to mourn is death. To his loved ones I would say: Weep not, for Joe has gone home a little sooner than the rest of you. The Christians death is rest and peace, and gives life that never more shall cease.
Gospel Advocate, June 22, 1916, page 630.
Passed away, Sister Julia Sims, wife of Wm. Sims and daughter of Richard and Eunice Cook was born Sept. 21, 1833, baptized in her 15thyear at Rock Spring Church by Bro. Randall Hall, came to West Tennessee in the year 51, was married to Wm. Sims Dec. 29, 1852 and died Dec. 29, 1892. She will be missed by her many friends very much. She could not attend church regular, being a constant sufferer for many years, but was always glad and ever ready to talk about Christ and his holy religion. Her home was a preachers home. She has passed from labor to sweet rest and eternal peace. She was a sister of our well known and much beloved Alex. and W. H. Cook. She leaves a feeble husband, four sons, one daughter and a host of friends to mourn her departure. Her husband and children are all faithful members of the church. A truer wife or a more devoted mother has never lived and her four sons, who are all prominent physicians, testify to the fact that her untiring energy and Christian influence have not been lost. Gods word had been her daily study for years
and the mid-night taper would frequently find her still reading, still mediating and treasuring up its precious truths and appropriating its glorious promises. Death for her had no sting and the grave no terrors. She looked beyond the dark tomb to the radiant light and everlasting joys of a home with the Father, the Son, and all the redeemed of earth. There she will render more perfect praise and participate in all the joys of heaven. Truly such a life as hers should be imitated. Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord. May we all be faithful to our Father in heaven, is my prayer.
T. a. Smith., Cairo, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, March 2, 1893, page 140.
Sims, Lillie Jane Hamilton
Lillie Jane Hamilton Sims was born on July 19, 1867. She was married to Brother E. J. Sims, of Sparta, Tenn., on October 19, 1890. She was the mother of six children, three of whom preceded her to the grave. The three surviving children are Frank, Brown, and Chester, all of whom are members of the body of Christ, and all have families of their own. Sister Sims obeyed the gospel at the age of fourteen and, those who knew her best regarded her as a faithful, diligent, and devoted member to the day of her death. A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold. While I did not meet and know her in life, yet I learned that she had a good name and loving favor in the community where she lived. She was a devoted and faithful wife, a fond and affectionate mother, and loved her husband, her children, and her home. She delighted in ministering to the sick and the distressed, and when she herself became sick, though she suffered much and long, yet she bore it patiently. She was rescued from her suffering on April 30, 1925, when she died in the Lord. May the husband and children be ever sustained by the grace of God, and may they so live that they may rejoice in the hope and prospect of a happy reunion beyond the veil.
J. Pettey Ezell.
Gospel Advocate, December 10, 1925, page 1193.
Sims. R. A.
Dr. R. A. Sims was born on March 7, 1863, and died on April 8, 1903. He was the youngest son of Brother W. M. Sims. He was always delicate, his lungs being weak; and being attacked by pneumonia, he lived only a few days. He obeyed the gospel early in life. We had hoped that some one of the Sims boys would be a preacher; but while all of them debated the question, they all decided to practice medicine. It is said of the Sims boys that, after becoming Christians, not one of them ever refused to do anything in the worship when called upon. All of them could speak well and all respected sacred things and old age. Dr. Sims married Miss Tommie Murray about ten years ago. Through his influence she became obedient to the gospel. She preceded him to the spirit land several years. They also lost an only child. Dr. Sims is greatly missed in the church and the community. He was always a favorite in his own family. Even when a boy he was attractive to every one; he was always obliging, ready to wait on his elders, and had an amiable disposition. I had not been with him so much in later years, but it is safe to say that a good child makes a good man unless the surroundings are altogether different. His relatives and friends, brethren and sisters, greatly miss him here; but we all hope to meet him in the city of God.
T. A. Smith.
Gospel Advocate, August 4, 1904, page 490.
Sims, Tommie E.
Sister Tommie E. Sims was born January 3, 1876. Her maiden name was Murray. She was married to Dr. R. A. Sims May 17, 1894, united with the church of Christ about September 1, 1896, and died January 16, 1897. She lived a consistent Christian until death. She said to her husband several times that she was so glad she had obeyed the gospel; she was loved by all who knew her, and was very much devoted to her husband. To them one child was born, which only lived about three months. Sister Sims was baptized by the writer, and I never met with a sister in whom I had more confidence. She will be missed much, but our loss is her eternal gain. To the bereaved family we say, Weep not as those who have no hope; and to the heart-broken companion we would say: Be strong in the Lord, and the power of his might, that you may meet that loved one where parting will be no more.
J. S. Haskins., Martin, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, September 23, 1897, page 599.
Sims, W. I.
One of our truest and most courageous soldiers has fallen; but as all true soldiers fall, he fell upward. He was simply promoted. Brother W. I. Sims was born on July 29, and went to his new and eternal home on August 20, 1913. Brother Sims accepted Christ, entered his fold, in a meeting in which I did the preaching, at Iron City, Tenn., several years ago. He was modest, yet aggressive; conservative, yet progressive along Bible lines; liberal, but prudent in his gifts. His heart beat in unison with every good work and his money helped to make it a success. His wife is a daughter of J. L. and Sarah Wade Bromley and a granddaughter of that noble man who for years was the chief pillar in the church at Iron City, Tenn.Brother John Wade. She is left with two sweet children; and we sincerely trust that they shall some sweet day join husband and father on the shores of immortality. Brother Sims partner in business, and a man of the world, said: Mr. Sims was the best man I ever knew. Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.
C. E. Holt., Montgomery, Ala.
Gospel Advocate January 15, 1914, page 92.
Sister Elizabeth Sinclair fell asleep in Jesus, in Franklin, Tenn., on August 28, 1903, after a lingering illness. The death of Sister Sinclair removes from our midst a very highly esteemed woman and closes a life made beautiful in all things. She was one of the oldest members of the congregation at Franklin, and gave largely of her time and energy to promoting the interest of the church and to the up-building and advancement of the cause she loved so well. If there was one characteristic of her life more prominent than another, it was that of thoughtfulness of, and kindness to, those in distress; to such she was a ministering angel. Ministering to the wants and needs of the unfortunate was her delight. She was a loving wife and a devoted mother, doing her best to train up her children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. A brother (Randall Haynes, of Franklin, Ky.), a daughter (Mrs. John Atwood), a son (John Sinclair), several grandchildren, and many other relatives are left to mourn her death. Funeral services were conducted at the church of Christ by Elders E. G. Sewell and E. B. Cayce. Her body was laid to rest in Mount Hope Cemetery, to await the resurrection day, when Gods children will be gathered home.
E. B. C.
Gospel Advocate, October 22, 1903, page 683.
Death entered the home of Brother Arthur Sipes on June 14 and claimed his wife, Sister Zoda V. Sipes, who was born on December 28, 1873, in the State of Indiana. Sister Sipes was baptized by the writer ten years ago this fall. She was a member of the Methodist Church before she obeyed the gospel. Since that time she had lived a consistent Christian. She leaves a husband, four children, and a host of friends to mourn her loss until we shall meet again where partings never come. To her husband, relatives, and friends we will say: Sorrow not for those who sleep in Christ, as others who have no hope. (1 Thess. 4:13.)
E. L. Cambron., Winchester, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, July 13, 1911, page 762.
Sirler, James A.
Dr. James A. Sirler died at Siloam Springs, Mo., May 16, 1894. Another soldier has fallen on Zions battlefield and gone to his reward. Blessed are they which die in the Lord. He was born at Buffalo, N. Y., and married when young. He had four children, and lived to see them all faithful members of the Church of Christ except one, himself being a member about forty years. His first wife died, and after a few years he married Mrs. Pritchett, who now lives at Dexter, Mo. She mourns her loss, but not as they who have no hope, but trusts in the promises of a glorious reunion in the sweet by and by.
T. A. Smith., Chestnut Bluff, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, August 2, 1894, page 487.
Sisco, Frank B.
Frank B. Sisco was born on October 29, 1894, in the State of Tennessee. He moved to Collin County, Texas, with his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Sisco, when he was eight years of age. He obeyed the gospel when eighteen years old. On Easter Sunday, 1928, after having become negligent in his service to the Lord, he responded to the gospel invitation and returned to his first love. From that time to the time of his death he lived a reasonably faithful life as a Christian, and we are thankful to the Lord for the hope that comes through the knowledge of the fact that he tried to live a Christian life. Brother Siscos life was taken very suddenly in an accident near Dallas, on the Dallas and Greenville pike, on Friday morning, February 8, 1929. The writer conducted the funeral at the meetinghouse in Greenville. Interment was made in the local cemetery. The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.
Roy E. Cogdill.
Gospel Advocate, April 11, 1929, page 352.
On December 9, 1901, there was born in the home of Brother and Sister W. A. Sisco a baby boy, whom they named Freed. He came as a ray of sunshine to brighten the home. They looked forward to the time when he would become a man and a preacher of the gospel. Neither time nor money was spared to accomplish this end. He was obedient and willing to travel and sell books to help pay his way through school. He was sent to the Henderson Bible School, and in the spring of 1918 he obeyed the gospel under the preaching of Brother A. B. Lipscomb. He came home from school and began active work, preaching and singing when he was not busy on the farm or in the mill. For the past three years his parents depended on him for support. Brother and Sister Sisco began to see their hopes budding, blooming, and bringing fruit, and their labors were not in vain. But in the spring of 1922 he was stricken with typhoid fever, and on May 12 he fell asleep in Jesus. He left a father and mother and a host of friends to mourn their loss. However, their loss is his gain. Let us not mourn for him; let us follow on to the peaceful land.
Morris M. Beard.
Gospel Advocate, April 26, 1923, page 419.
Sisco, H. S.
H. S. Sisco, who lived near Caddo Mills, in Hunt County, Texas, passed to his reward about ten months ago. The writer was called to officiate at his burial. A large crowd attended the funeral, and many brought beautiful flowers as an expression of sympathy and love. He was born on July 23, 1868, the son of W. M. Sisco and Mary A. Sisco, who resided in Tennessee at that time. He obeyed the gospel in 1887. In 1893 he was married to Alice Warren, and to this union were born six children, all of whom are now living. He had five brothers and one sister. One of these brothers, R. T. Sisco, is a gospel preacher, one that has done much good in the work for primitive Christianity. At the time of his death he was fifty-eight years, three months, and six days old. He had been an invalid for fifteen years. He suffered much, but bore it all with Christian fortitude. He loved the Lords day and always prayed that he might be called home on that day, and it was on the Lords he was laid to rest. He made many friends while here, who sorrow with his wife and children, who feel his departure most of all. We are assured that those who die in the Lord shall rest from their labors, while their works do follow them.
Gospel Advocate, October 20, 1927, page 1007.
Sisco, H. W.
On October 30, 1926, H. W. Sisco passed into the great beyond, leaving a noble and true wife, four daughters, two sons, and many others near and dear to him in the flesh, to weep over their loss. He was the youngest of nine children given William and Mary A. Sisco. He was born on July 23, 1868. He was mothers baby boy and my baby brother. He was not only my brother when we were small, but has been near and dear to me all these fifty-eight years. I feel so lonely without him. Just to know that I shall see him no more here in this world brings grief that words cannot tell. But I must plod on a while longer, which cannot be long without him. When nineteen years old, he obeyed the gospel, and began at once to take an active part in the work and worship of the church. He developed into a fine singer and for years was a great helper. It never entered his mind to charge for his singing. His love for the Christ was too great to think that anything he could do was not freely given. Five of his six children are members of the church of Christ. In his death the Gospel Advocate has lost one of its strongest friends. He tried to read ithis last reading. Our loss (mine) is great, but his poor, feeble wife
will miss him most. His children will miss him for he loved them and was so happy when he was with them. He leaves one sister and five brothers to mourn his going. But we do not weep as those who have no hope. He loved God and all that was pure. On Saturday, October 30, at 7 P.M., his sufferings ceased, and on Lords day, after a very impressive talk by Brother A. O. Colley, his body was buried at my second wifes feet at Farmersville, Texas, to await that day, when he will be raised from his sleep to meet Him whom he loved and served so faithfully.
R. T. Sisco.
Gospel Advocate, April 7, 1927, page 334.
Sisco, J. A.
J. A. Sisco was born on April 21, 1881, near Farmers Valley, in Perry County, Tenn., and died on May 13, 1920. He was a son of John T. Sisco, who, with two brothers, W. A. and Henry, survives him. He also leaves a wife, a son, and a little daughter to mourn his loss. He obeyed the gospel under the preaching of his brother. W. A. Sisco. His was a conservative, reserved, rather a retiring nature. His soul was no harbor of evil. He was a clean, honest, uncomplaining, upright manthe greatest of Gods creation. No man ever came in touch with him without being made a better man and a truer friend. Personally, I owe much of the joys of life to him. He taught me to see many things in life I had overlooked. A more Christlike man, a more devoted Christian, a better friend, and a more noble son it has never been my pleasure to meet. To those who were dear to his heart I want to say: Prepare yourselves for heaven, and I know, as fully as in possible for human to know, he will be there to welcome you home.
D. M. Delk.
Gospel Advocate, August 5, 1920, page 774.
Sisco, Julia M. Horner
Mrs. R. T. Sisco (nee Julia M. Horner) was born on December 22, 1871, near Farmers Valley, Tenn., in Perry County. She was a daughter of Amos Horner. She was born into Gods family at the age of fourteen, during a meeting conducted by W. J. Johns and the lamented R. W. Norwood. She became the wife of Brother R. T. Sisco on July 4, 1901, at Murfreesboro, Tenn., W. L. Logan officiating. To them six children were bornfive boys and one girl. Her oldest child is fifteen and the youngest is four. She also cared for three older children of Brother Siscos. She closed her eyes in death at 1:30 A.M., February 14, 1917, of complications arising from asthma and measles. She suffered four days. Brother and Sister Sisco came to Texas early in their married life. Brother Sisco has been active as a preacher of the gospel and has made many friends where he has labored. Their home at the time of her death was near Farmersville, Texas. I spent part of the time in their home during two meetings which I held at Copeville. Sister Sisco impressed me as loving the Masters cause above everything else. She bore her part of the sacrifice in Brother Siscos work as a preacher cheerfully. That was certainly a sweet home to visit, and very orderly. There was always a quiet place to rest. And those nine children, some nearly grown and some sweet little babes, all bright and industrious and full of life, all that were old enough being Christians, all obedient to their parents and kind to one another and respectful to all, made life interesting about that home. Home is dark now without mother. But Gods grace is sufficient. Heaven is now more precious to Brother Sisco and the children. The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. And thanks be unto Him for suffering such a pure, sweet character to live with us even this long and leave her footprints upon this sin-cursed earth. Now she is resting from her labors just over there.
C. A. Buchanan.
Gospel Advocate, May 17, 1917, page 494.
Sisco, L. A.
L. A. Sisco, a faithful member of the church for many years, departed this life Oct. 25, 1981, at the age of 79. Brother Sisco had been for many years an outstanding songleader, having led the singing for various congregations throughout the Mid-South. For his interest in education and music he received a citation from the city of Memphis in 1977. He was a member of the Getwell Church of Christ for many years, but at the time of his death he was a member of Sycamore View Church of Christ in Memphis.
Brother Sisco was one of the original incorporators of Harding Academy. He was a trustee at the school at 1000 Cherry Road for more than 25 years.
He leaves his wife, Mrs. Hilda B. Sisco; a daughter, Mrs. Frances Carr of Charlotte, N.C.; two sisters, Nona Sisco and Mrs. Lena Holland, both of Memphis; two brothers, Pittman Sisco and Henry A. Sisco, both of Memphis; a step-daughter, Mrs. Paul Davidson of Memphis; a step-son, Mackey L. Harrington of Memphis; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Gospel Advocate, December 3, 1981, page 731.
Sisco, Mary Ann
Mrs. Mary Ann Sisco, widow of Wm. Sisco deceased, was born Jan. 1, 1831, born again Oct. 9, 1888, fell asleep Feb. 9, 1893, aged 62 years, 2 months and 8 days. She was the daughter of James and Maria Campbell. Mother of nine children, eight of whom survive her. Five are members of the church of Christ, and one of these, Bro. R. T., of Palestine, Tenn., is a faithful minister of the gospel. She having been under the influence of the Primitive Baptist doctrine from childhood, was slower to accept the truth than her children, but when she saw the light under the preaching of Bro. Brown Godwin, she did not hesitate, but took up her cross to follow her blessed Savior. This cross she bore till death, and who will not say that she is now wearing the crown. She was a good mother and kind neighbor. To the bereaved ones I would say, Sorrow not even as others which have no hope.
R. L. Whiteside., Cedar Hill, Texas.
Gospel Advocate, May 4, 1893, page 284.
Sisco, R. T.
R. T. Sisco was born in Lewis County, Tenn., August 30, 1865; departed this life at Farmersville, Texas, April 24, 1945, at the age of seventy-nine years, seven months, and twenty-five days. He was the last of eight children born to his parents. He was married to Ella Jordon in 1894. To this union three children were born. Ella died in 1900. R. T. was then married to Julia Horner in 1901. Six children were born to this union. Julia died in 1917. In 1921 he was married to Margaret Hill, who, with his nine children, survive to mourn his loss. Brother Sisco came to Texas in 1901. By industry and economy he became the owner of a fine farm south of Farmersville. And, best of all, he had been a preacher of the gospel about fifty-five years. He baptized many people; he also held some debates with Methodists and Primitive Baptist. I knew R. T. wellfrom boyhood days to old agethough he was several years older than I. He was a man of faith, and he had the courage to stand for what he believed. I do not think a desire for popularity ever influenced his stand on any question. In my time I have known several farmer-preachersE. A. Land, Tom Brooks, Houston Harder, Jimmy Brown, Pete Riley, a Brother Lytton, and R. T. Sisco. These were all good men; they knew the gospel, and preached it faithfully. We need more such men.
R. L. Whiteside.
Gospel Advocate, February 7, 1946, page 142.
Sisco, W. A.
W. A. (Will) Sisco died at his home in Hohenwald, Tenn., February 21, 1927, aged fifty-seven years. He was a native of Perry County, but had lived the greater part of his life in Hickman County. He was married to Miss Estilee Smith on April 19, 1891. To this union three children were born. Two died in infancy, but the third, whom they named Freed, grew to maturity and began to preach. He died at Coble at the age of twenty. Shortly afterwards brother Sisco moved to Hohenwald; but he never recovered from the blow suffered in the loss of his son, in whom his life and that of his wife were bound up. Brother Sisco was a brother of the lamented J. A. Sisco, whom he baptized and who developed into one of the ablest preachers and debaters in this section of Tennessee, but died in his early thirties. The elder brother began to preach when he was seventeen, and for forty years he concentrated his efforts chiefly in Hickman, Perry, and Lewis counties in a patient effort to propagate the simple gospel of Christ. He succeeded in planting and building up many congregations and in saving thousands of souls. Indeed, he was one of the strongest gospel preachers, as well as one of the most consecrated men, who ever labored in this field. A man of great faith, he bore his sufferings with a perfect fortitude. His one poignant regret seemed to be in leaving his devoted wife, the companion of a lifetime of unbroken happiness; but when he spoke of this, it was in the same faith that characterized his whole life: God will take care of you! He sleeps in beautiful Swiss Cemetery, Hohenwald, and his brother rests here in Centerville Cemetery. Peace to their ashes!
James E. Chessor.
Gospel Advocate, February 2, 1928, page 118.
Sissom, Hattie Alida
Sorrow came into the home of T. A. Sissom, of Avalon, Texas, when death claimed his beloved wife, August 26, 1932, at 1:20 A.M. Hattie Alida Sissom (nee Fuston) was born near Woodbury, Tenn., in 1870. She married T. A. Sissom in 1887 and soon moved to Texas. After a few years spent in the northern part of Ellis County, they chose Avalon as their permanent home, where they reared their family, consisting of four sons and two daughters. Mrs. Sissom has always been devotedly loved and reverenced, not only by her children, but by her younger brothers and sisters, for her beauty of character, her sweet gentleness, and her understanding heart. Her loving care of her aged mother, Mrs. M. J. Fuston, who passed away a few years ago, was commended by all who knew her. Between Mrs. Sissom and her husband there existed a bond of unusual marital devotion. When a young girl she became a member of the church, and was ever a faithful servant of her Master. It was this truly Christian spirit which endeared her to her many friends and neighbors who so faithfully administered to her during an illness of four months. Mrs. Sissom leaves, besides her husband, two daughters, four sons, and eleven grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the Union Church at Avalon by Brother Horace W. Busby, of Fort Worth, Texas, who has been a friend of the family for many years. His message and the songs sung by the quintet arranged by Dr. E. F. Gough, of Waxahachie, were inspirational and comforting to all. Interment was in the Bardwell Cemetery.
Gospel Advocate, January 12, 1933, page 47.
Six, Guy H.
Guy H. Six, born April 2, 1901, died January 11, 1954. He was baptized October 2, 1929, in McClain, Texas, by R. B. McDougal. He moved to Sayre, Okla., and began to take an active and leading part in the church. His work on the railroad carried him and his family to many different points in Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas, but wherever he was stationed, he always worshiped God and was faithful to the Lord. In 1939 he was instrumental in starting the church in Vega, Texas. I first met Brother Guy in 1949 when I began preaching in Vega and was closely associated with him until his death. I verily believe he was the best man I ever knew. I shall always remember him for his faithfulness unto God. I cannot recall an occasion when he was late for services. He was an excellent scholar of the Bible and a good teacher. I never heard him use an unkind word. Profanity, slang or idle talk never proceeded from his lips. All of the people in Vega and surrounding territory respected him. I shall remember him also for his great love for the truth. I never once heard him complain of a sermon being too long, and no matter from whose lips the words of truth fell, he loved to hear it and encouraged the preacher to continue in his good work. Precious in the sight of Jehovah is the death of his saints.
Gospel Advocate, February 25, 1954, page 158.
Sizelove, Lelia Bernice
Lelia Bernice Sizelove, 85 years of age, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 1980 in the Howard Community Hospital in Kokomo, Ind., of cardiac arrest. Funeral services were conducted in Kokomo in Dec. 6th with Phil Baskett officiating. She was then taken back to her hometown in Danville, Ill., where services were conducted on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 7th by Don Pharis.
Mom, as she was known to her three sons, was born in Bismarck, Ill., on June 17, 1895, the daughter of David Lincoln and Martha Stevens Ogdon. She married Don R. Sizelove in 1912.
She was baptized during the winter season at the old Myersville Bridge by Brother Wes Royce when she was 12 years old and remained a faithful Christian all her life. She involved herself in many good works; she was an excellent seamstress and spent time at the Shults Lewis Childrens Home in Valparaiso, Ind.; the Cherokee reservation with Brother Hunicutt and in local church work, using her skills to spread the word of God. She was always concerned with trying to convert someone to Christ; even as she lay in her hospital bed, she worried about the souls of those in her room.
She was preceded n death by her parents, her husband and two sisters, Cecil Henderson, Attica, Ind., and Salome Ogdon, Atlanta, Ga.
She is survived by three sons, Chester, Springfield, Ill.; David, Connersville, Ind., and Robert Kokomo, Ind.; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Although missed so much by her children, her earthly pain of suffering is over and she has gone home to that land where no pain or sorrow is known and the sun shines brightly forever.
Robert G. Sizemore.
Gospel Advocate, February 5, 1981, page 87.
Skaggs, William P.
William P. Skaggs was born in Cook County, Texas, in 1860, and died in Houston, Texas, September 20, 1932. He was married to Miss Sarah Emily Adams, March 15, 1886. To this union five children were bornLillie Iola, Mary Ellen, Laura May, Era Bethel, and William Keith. Laura May and Era Bethel preceded their father thirty-one years ago. He leaves, to mourn his departure, his wife, three children, one brother, and four sisters. Brother Skaggs obeyed the gospel when he was sixteen and faithfully served in the Masters vineyard until death. The last forty-five years of his life were spent preaching the unsearchable riches of Christ. During the greater part of this time he was not located with any one church, but preached wherever he had an opportunity. He took special delight in preaching in new fields, and several churches owe their origin to his untiring efforts. It was my privilege to be personally acquainted with him the last eight years. I loved him for his gentle and peaceful life, his simple, powerful faith, and his devotion to God. A few years ago a brother aptly described him by saying, He grows old beautifully. During the last year of his life he was a member of the Heights Church of this city, and preached for us several times. I can truthfully say, with others, that I never heard him preach a poor sermon. He was sick at his home about a month and suffered much, but when the end came he died as peacefully as he had lived. The funeral services were held in the Heights Church. Brethren J. L. Pummill, Oscar Smith, Will J. Cullum, and E. C. Coffman conducted the services. His body was laid to rest in beautiful Forest Hill Cemetery of this city, and his gentle spirit went back to God who gave it. Because of the ties of human relationship we mourn his passing. But there is another side to it. He has given a life well spent in the service of God, and it seems both natural and reasonable that he should claim the reward for which he has so faithfully striven.
E. C. Coffman.
Gospel Advocate, November 17, 1932, page 1245.
Skaggs, W. P.
Brother W. P. Skaggs has passed on. Hs name will linger in the memory of thousands. I met him, for the last time, in Galveston, Texas, last March. I have known him almost forty years. He was true to his convictions, a clear thinker, logical, and forceful in the pulpit, and ever kind and uncompromising. Preach the truth in love was his motto. He was in the ranks of the old men, though years younger than I am. He did much real pioneer work. He was a builder. With sadness we bid adieu to such men. Few of the pioneers are left. A few years more and all of them will be gone. But their work remains. The work that Brother Skaggs did, as preacher, teacher, and debater, lives. It is his enduring monument, Being dead, he yet speaks.
W. L. Thurman.
Gospel Advocate, November 17, 1932, page 1245.
Skaggs, W. P.
In the passing of W. P. Skaggs, who died about one month ago, at Houston, Texas, I lost one of my best friends. He had favored me, as he had many other brethren, and the church in general. When I came to this State, I was practically unknown to the great brotherhood of Texas. Brother Skaggs did me much good in commending and using me for a meeting with the church at Vernon. Due largely to his untiring efforts, it was a success. It was a help to me because it opened up a field that I have always enjoyed laboring in, and was the means of establishing the church at Clarendon. When I was called on to meet D. A. Leak in public discussion on the instrumental music contention, I wrote Brother Skaggs to know if he knew anything about his strength, and he sent me a complete copy of Leaks preparation on the question that he had copied when he attended a debate that was held at Memphis, Texas. This was no small favor. Eternity alone can tell the good done. He helped me much. He was pure in conversation, free from jealousy, and a friend to humanity. He was an instrument in the hands of the Lord for one of the most useful services that has been rendered to the church in a long while. I believe he rests in peace in that land the Lord has prepared for his faithful servants. I hope some day to see him, but we must be inspired from such a life of usefulness to press on in the Lords work until he calls us home. Brother Skaggs was ready to go. He knew the end was near some months before it came. He visited his children in Dallas about three months before the end. We spent a long time together. He told me then he was slipping and it would not be long. I tried to encourage him. I asked him about the future, and he said: If I should live my life over again, I could make but few changes. I have tried to honor the Lord with my service and have tried to get all others that I could teach to do the same. I am resting on his promises. May the Lord bless Sister Skaggs and the family who are left to face lifes problems without his counsel.
A. O. Colley.
Gospel Advocate, March 2, 1933, page 215.
Skidmore, Mrs. D. W.
Mrs. D. W. Skidmore, who had been in poor health for some time, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Tom Barnes, of Ethridge, Tenn., on June 5, 1932. Her home was in Lawrenceburg, but she had been staying with her daughter for several weeks. She was seventy-six years of age. Her funeral was at the church of Christ in Ethridge on Tuesday, conducted by T. C. King and N. C. Jeter, a large concourse of relatives and friends being present. Besides her husband, Sister Skidmore is survived by three daughters and two sons. The Skidmores came to Lawrenceburg from Indiana a number of years ago and have made good citizens. Mrs. Skidmore was a very highly respected Christian lady, having been a member of the church for many years. May she live on in the lives of her children, and may the sweet spirit of their lovely mother beckon them on to the most sacred heights of Christian living.
Gospel Advocate, September 15, 1932, page 1032.
Skiles, Joseph Warner
Joseph Warner Skiles was born near Rich Pond, Ky., Nov. 15, 1836; was called home, after a brief illness, on Lords day, March 8, 1896. He was a son of W. H. and Lucy Skiles, and was one of eleven children, all of whom preceded him to the grave, except two sisters. He was born and reared on his fathers farm, and lived on an adjoining farm. He leaves sorrowing him a wife and seven children, all of whom are under their majority, except a married daughter. Warner Skiles lived away from God and without hope the greater part of his life. During a part of this time he drifted into infidelity; but on Oct. 15, 1892, he confessed his faith in the Lord and became a child of God. His life was changed from that hour, showing that his conversion was genuine. He was always a large-hearted man, sympathetic; and if any one came to him for help, he could not say no. This prevented him from increasing the valuable estate left him by his father. His present wife exercised a great influence over him for good. To her, in a great measure, he owed his position in the church at the time of his death. She really led him to the Christ. When told that his sickness would be unto death, he was not disturbed, but replied: It is all right: it is no doubt best that it should be so.
B. F. Rogers., Rich Pond, Ky.
Gospel Advocate, May 7, 1896, page 303.
Skinner, Martha J. Wiseman
Martha J. Wiseman was born on September 2, 1830, at Irvine, Ky., and died on February 28, 1910, at Mandeville, Mo., being seventy-nine years, five months, and twenty-six days old. She was married to William A. Skinner in 1847, and to this union ten children were bornfive girls and five boys. The husband and three girls preceded her to the spirit land. Five boys and two sisters remain to mourn their loss. She became obedient to the Lord soon after her marriage, and since then had lived a consistent, Christian life. She lived to rear her family in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and to see them all, with one exception, obey the blessed Master. Truly, the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. Funeral services were conducted by Elder S. D. Jones, of Hale, Mo., at the church of Christ in Mandeville, on Wednesday morning, after which her body was consigned to the ground to await the resurrection morn.
Gospel Advocate, March 24, 1910, page 374.
Died at her home near River View, Bullitt county, Ky., Feb. 16, 1891, sister Minerva Skinner. She was born Oct. 2, 1840, hence was 50 years, 4 months and 14 days old when death came. I was asked by Bro. Granville Hilton, who is a brother of the deceased, and a member of 15th and Jefferson church, to accompany him to the saddened home and conduct the funeral services, which I did. All available space was occupied by those who felt keenly the loss of a valuable friend. Bro. G. G. Taylor baptized her into Christ some thirty years ago. Her husband, Captain Skinner, preceded her to the grave eight years, hence her son and two daughters are now fatherless and motherless. Her children arise up and call her blessed. She stretched out her hand to the poor; yea, she reached forth her hands to the needy. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
V. W. Dorris., Louisville, Ky.
Gospel Advocate, March 11, 1891, page 147.
Skinner, Sarah Ann
Sister Sarah Ann Skinner was born Dec. 7, 1822, and died Sept. 22, 1893, being 70 years, 9 months, and 15 days old. She was in Huntsville, Ala., when she died, but was brought to Mooresville, Ala., and laid to rest in the quiet cemetery at that place. The burial service was conducted by the writer, who was assisted by Brother John Hayes. She became a member of the church in the year 1840, under the ministry of Elder Carroll Kendrick. She was married in the year 1841. Her marriage was blessed with five childrenthree sons and two daughters. Two of the sons and one daughter have preceded her to the other world. One son, J. H. Skinner, of Decatur, Ala., and one daughter, Sister Mosely, of Huntsville, Ala., are left to mourn her death. Sister Skinner was a member of the church about fifty-three years, being one of the first who became a member of the church in Mooresville, Ala. She was a faithful member to the day of her death. As a wife, she was true and faithful in all the relations of life; as a mother, kind and indulgent; as a neighbor, good and true; as a member of the church, a bright light. Her good deeds will long be remembered, and, though dead, she yet speaks. Besides her son and daughter, she leaves a host of friends and many brethren and sisters to mourn her death; but we sorrow not as those who have no hope. Let us all be faithful in the discharge of duty, so we can in the end join her in singing the song of redeeming love in the home of the soul.
G. A. Reynolds.
Gospel Advocate, October 19, 1893, page 668.
Slagle, Martha Jane
On January 11, 1930, Sister Martha Jane Slagle departed this life with full assurance of faith that she would go to that house of many mansions, not made with hands. Sister Slagle was seventy-eight years, two months, and two days old at the time of her departure. Funeral services were held at Salem, where she worshiped as long as she was able to go, conducted by T. C. King and J. H. Stribling, on Sunday, January 12. Special and appropriate songs were sung by the church. Sister Slagle was a faithful member of the church of Christ. This dear mother suffered long and much, but she bore her suffering with patience. She must have been under the benign influence of that love that can suffer long and be kind. Her good life did not die when she went away, but, having been transplanted into the hearts of others, will live on and on. The hearts of loved ones are sad, but they weep not as those who have no hope.
T. C. King.
Gospel Advocate, March 20, 1930, page 285.
Sister Effie Slate was born on July 27, 1894, and was married to Herbert L. Slate on August 30, 1914. She became a member of the one body in the fall of 1914, and lived loyal to Christ, as far as any one knew, until death, which took place on September 6, 1929. She is survived by her husband and five children, all girls. She was a devoted wife and a good mother. She never tired of her duty. She relieved her husband of many hardships, as he had been in very poor health for the last three or four years. Sister Effie was noted for her good deeds to her neighbors. The night was never too dark nor too cold for her to go to those in need. The funeral was conducted by Brother John Knight at the church of Christ in Red Boiling Springs, Tenn., and the body was laid to rest in the Whitley cemetery. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them. (Rev. 14:13.)
Mrs. O. R. Slate.
Gospel Advocate, January 9, 1930, page 40.
Slate, Rosetta Bean
Sister Rosetta Bean Slate died near Red Boiling Springs, Tenn., July 16, 1933. She was over sixty-two years old, having been born February 7, 1872. She obeyed the gospel under the preaching of W. H. Carter, of sainted memory, when only a few months past fifteen years of age. She was a faithful child of God for forty-seven years. She was married to C. C. Slate on January 15, 1893. Eight children were born to this unionsix sons and two daughters. One of her boys passed to his reward at the age of nineteen. The husband and five sons and two daughters remain on this side of the river of death. She had given all of her children a Bible except one son, and she left the money to buy a Bible for him. She loved the word of God herself, and wanted her children to love it and obey it. Sister Slates maiden name was Bean, and it has been my pleasure to know three of her brothers and one sister. They are still living, and are good Christian people. As I understand it, the Bean family was a large family; and, as far as I know, they were all members of the body of Christ. Her immediate family are good, religious people, and they, too, belong to the family of God. Brother Slate will miss his wife perhaps more than the children will miss their mother. The children will soon have homes and family ties of their own, but Brother Slates family is broken up and his earthly home perhaps destroyed, but he can look forward to another home to which death will never come and that cannot be destroyed. These children have been left a great heritage in the life of a faithful Christian mother. May they cherish the memory of their mother and follow her as she followed Christ. May the family be reunited in that better world. God only knows the good of the life of a faithful mother. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
F. B. Srygley.
Gospel Advocate, September 7, 1933, page 864.
Slate, Sarah Kate Phillips
Sarah Kate Phillips Slate, 93, died Oct. 17.
Mrs. Slate was an active member of the West End Church of Christ before her health failed. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Slate.
Survivors include three sons, C. Philip Slate of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Ray Slate of Crossville, Tenn., Conrad Slate of Knoxville; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Interment was at the Spring Hill Memorial Gardens in Madison, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, December, 2005, page 40
Slaten, U. W.
U. W. Slaten was born in South Carolina, Anderson D. C., in the year of 1827, and was married to Nancy S. Tripp, of the same state. He joined the Methodist church and lived with them six years, and in 1857 he joined the church of Christ and was a faithful soldier, always contending for the word of God. He moved to Mississippi in 1857 and there remained until his death. He died Feb. 15, 1891.
W. R. Slaten.
Gospel Advocate, November 26, 1891, page 753.
Slater, E. A.
On March 26, 1903, at his home, in Rich Hill, Mo.., my brother, E. A. Slater, departed from the transitory things of this life to enter the home of the faithful in the paradise of God. He was born in Oldham County, Ky., in 1837. He obeyed the gospel early in life and spent over half a century in the service of Him who he ever recognized as Lord and Master, ever conscious of the fact that there could be no higher attainment than to be a faithful servant in his kingdom. Soon after the Civil War he moved to Missouri, where he spent much of his time as a teacher and preacher in the rural districts, always contending earnestly for the principles of Christianity as laid down by Christ and his apostles. He was well posted in the teachings of the Bible and was ever ready to meet any contending forces that might arise. Thus he labored earnestly and faithfully to the end, and has now laid down the armor for a crown. He leaves wife, daughters, brothers, and sisters to mourn his death; yet they have the consolation of knowing that the afflictions of life are over and that he rests from his labors. May we all so live as to meet him over there.
P. R. Slater.
Gospel Advocate, May 14, 1903, page 314.
Slater, Lizzie Lee
On Jan. 4, 93, the messenger of death opened the doorway and ushered into eternity the spirit of sister Lizzie Lee Slater, of Haley, Tenn., wife of Elmer Slater, and daughter of Jno. T. and Eliza A. Handley, of Hendersonville, Ky. In the prime of womanhood, while the strongest tendrils of affection entwined her heart, and when she had bonds, the strongest known to earth, to bind her here, disease laid its wasting hand upon her with demands that would take no denial. With strong faith in Christ, the resurrection and the life, she resigned herself to death declaring the grave has no victory over me, death no sting. As death drew near and she and her friends fully realized she must very soon go, she calmly arranged the funeral program to its minutest details, writing it out with her own hand, selecting the songs and the scripture readings. The faith of our Lord Jesus Christ gave this retiring, gentle woman the courage to thus fearlessly meet death. In her thirteenth year she obeyed the gospel, and through her short life sacredly cherished in her heart its principles. Her father said she was a dutiful loving daughter. He was with her as death approached, and as her kind loving husband and two dear little baby boys bade her a final good-bye, she said to them, The grave has no terror for me, Jesus has been there
and lighted the way for me. Among the last utterances of this faithful woman was an expression of gladness of heart that she had read the Bible and obeyed its commandments. Faith to her was truly the evidence of things unseen, and fearlessly she stepped into the Jordan of Death confident that as its chilly waters touched her feet God would open the way through being with her even in the valley of the shadow of death. Many friends with loving hearts offered help and sympathy during her sickness, and with sorrow followed her to the grave, where they lingered until the last shovel full of earth was placed, decked the mound with flowers and then seemed loth to depart.
R. A. Hoover.
Gospel Advocate, March 9, 1893, page 156.
Slatton, Gordon R.
Gordon R. Slatton, minister of Central Church, Greenville, S.C., passed suddenly at a downtown department store, at 3 P.M., Saturday, May 29. He was forty-one years old, and is survived by his wife, Lena Penny Slatton; one daughter, Mrs. Norman Propes, both of Greenville; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Slatton, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; four brothers; and two sisters. One brotherGrady Slatton, of Rome, Ga.is a faithful preacher.
Funeral services were conducted in the Forty-Seventh Street Church, Chattanooga, by Paul Buchanan, S. M. Connally, and Homer A Daniel; and other preachers of Chattanooga were honorary pallbearers. Forty-Seventh Street Church was his home congregation. Interment was in Memorial Park. Many flowers and a packed auditorium were evidences of the esteem for him in the community where he was born.
Brother Slatton had labored for congregations in Huntsville, Ala.; Palmetto, Fla.; Guntersville, Ala.; and Greenville, S. C.
Homer A. Daniel., Chattanooga, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, June 17, 1948, page 597.
Gordon Slatton was born September 23, 1906. While working for the city of Chattanooga, he became a familiar figure to the children who frequented the city parks, and knew him as a jovial director of the recreational activities. The smallness of his stature did not lessen his interest in athletics, and one of his lifelong ambitions was to hold a certificate entitling him to be an instructor in high-school work. It was about 1934, while working for the city, that Brother Slatton began preaching on Lords days for the congregations of the church in that section. When early in 1940 he sustained an injury while at work for the city that rendered him permanently disabled to participate in difficult physical efforts, he began preaching full time. He labored with churches in Huntsville; Dothan, and Guntersville, Ala.; Cedartown, Ga.; and Greenville, S. C., where he was at the time of his death He had conducted meetings in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and Florida. He was ever ready to refute error in his stand for the truth, and at the time of his death was in the midst of plans for a debate with a representative of the Church of God to be held in Greenville. His interest in mission work was manifested in his policy to attach at least a dollar to every letter of appeal which came to him and return it to the sender. Though hardly a day passed that he was not painfully reminded of his injury, he never complained, and where opportunity afforded was ready to work with his hands to supplement the support of the church. His plans were to enter Furman University (Greenville) this fall to prepare himself as an instructor in high school, where his great interest in the activities of young people would have a broader sphere of influence. But He who watches over us had other plans for Brother Slatton, and we know that He does all things well. On Saturday afternoon, May 29, he received his summons to depart to another realm where he awaits all of us to appear before Him who is the great Judge of all the earth. The following day many of his friends and loved ones gathered to pay respects to him whom we had loved and now hold cherished memories. Dow Wilson, of the church out at Judson, in Greenville, was the chief speaker of the occasion, with Chester A. Hunnicutt, of Central Church, in Spartanburg, and myself assisting.
Walter M. Byers., Union, S. C.
Gospel Advocate, July 22, 1948, page 718.
Slatton, H. Grady
H. Grady Slatton quietly passed from this life in the evening of August 28, having lived seventy years. Funeral services were held in Rock Hill, S. C., August 30, by Alvis Miller and David Pharr.
Brother Slattons early years were spent in the Chattanooga, Tenn., area. In 1931, he moved his family to Rome, Ga., where he was to be a leader in the church for the next twenty-two years. His evangelistic efforts, in cooperation with others, resulted in congregations in West Rome, Lindale, Cedartown, Adairsville and other Georgia communities.
In 1953, the Slattons moved to Rock Hill, S. C. Immediately his value to the small congregation in Rock Hill was obvious. Brother Slatton was an able preacher, talented song leader, and effective teacher. He served as an elder both in Rome and Rock Hill.
Brother Slatton was prominent in business and civic affairs. He will be greatly missed in both the church and the community.
He is survived by his wife, Ila, two daughters, six grandchildren, and one great grandson.
Gospel Advocate, September 26, 1974, page 622.
Slaughter, Amelia Bowman
Sister Amelia Bowman Slaughter departed this life on December 25, 1909, at 5 P.M. She became a member of the body of Christ at the early age of nine; and as she was seventy-two years old on April 19, last, it had been more than sixty-three years since she gave her heart to God. When but a little child she would ride behind her father on horseback a distance of twelve miles to church. During one of these long journeys to meet with Gods people, she said to her father; I want to be baptized. His reply was: For what? Quickly the answer came: To become a Christian. The Christian parent suffered his child to obey the Lord at this early age, and never in after years had any occasion to regret the step. It was my pleasure to know Sister Slaughter for more than twenty years, and I never knew a gentler, kinder, or sweeter mother in Israel. I always felt perfectly at home under her roof, and at no time during any of them many conversations with her did she ever speak evil of a single being. She was a well-read woman, able to converse intelligently and entertainingly on almost any subject, and at the same time perfectly free from any spirit of worldly show or display. I loved her almost as a child loves its own mother, and feel sorry that I shall behold her face no more in this world. She was married in October, 1853, to Guilford H. Slaughter, and became the mother of four childrenMrs. Mollie S. Whitfield, J. H. G. Slaughter, Mrs. Sallie S. Ligon, and Mrs. May B. Merriwether. These all survive her, save Mrs. Ligon. Her husband died several years ago. A good woman has gone from us, and those who knew and loved her so well will greatly miss her; but it will not be long until we shall, we hope, see her again.
F. W. Smith.
Gospel Advocate, February 3, 1910, page 151.
Slaughter, Blanche Que Miller
Blanche Que Miller Slaughter was born January 13, 1841; died May 4, 1941. She leaves to mourn her passing her husband (George Marion Slaughter), eight children (four boys and four girls), several sisters, other relatives, and a host of friends. Two children had preceded her in death. She had been a faithful member of the church for twenty-five years. She had just returned home from church services when she was stricken with a heart attack and died in a few minutes. The beautiful floral array, the large crowd at the funeral services attested the high esteem in which she was held. She was laid to rest in the Drew (Miss.) Cemetery. The writer spoke words of comfort to the bereaved.
Paul D. Murphy., Rosedale, Miss.
Gospel Advocate, May 22, 1941, page 503.
Slaughter, Blanchie Qumiller Owens\
Blanchie Qumiller Owens was born in Lafayette County, Miss., January 15, 1891. On January 22, 1911, she was married to George Mirron Slaughter. She died near Drew, Miss., May 4, 1941. She was buried on May 6 in the Drew Cemetery. Sister Slaughter was the mother of ten children, the first and ninth child having died in infancy. Besides her husband, George M. Slaughter, she is survived by eight children; Mrs. Cecial Collins, Leland, Miss.; Arville, Lois, Josie, Arris, Arril, Dorothy Nelle Slaughter, Drew, Miss.; and Boyce Slaughter, Camp Blanding, Fla. She leaves six sisters: Mrs. Fronnie Nerren, Pettie, Miss.; Mrs. Eddie Hanks, Yazoo City, Miss.; Mrs. Clara Martin, Joplin, Mo.; Mrs. Cordia Weeks, Oxford, Miss.; Mrs. Nettie Kisner and Mrs. Rennie Mask, Amarillo, Texas. Sister Slaughter was baptized into Christ twenty-five years ago by A. Y Howell, and lived a Christian life until death. The funeral services were conducted by Paul D. Murphy at the church, four miles east of Ruleville and near her home.
Harry Vernon Nerren.
Gospel Advocate, May 29, 1941, page 527.
Slaugher, Dulcinea D.
Dulcinea D., wife of S. G. Slaughter, was born on September 2, 1833, and died on July 20, 1902. She was a daughter of the late Ichabod Young, Esq., whose residence was near Gibbs Cross Roads, Macon County, Tenn. In early life she obeyed the gospel, and lived a faithful member of the church of Christ until the Lord, in his wisdom, removed her from an earthly to a heavenly home. She leaves an aged husband, one brother, four sisters, and many relatives and friends to mourn their loss. She was under the treatment of a physician for many months, but the physicians skill and the care of loving friends failed to give relief. She was perfectly resigned to leave a world of sorrow and suffering and go to meet loved ones who had preceded her to the spirit land. She bore her affliction, which was of a protracted nature, with Christian fortitude and resignation. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. We believe Sister Slaughter to have been one of his saints.
G. A. Dunn.
Gospel Advocate, November 27, 1902, page 762.
Slaughter, J. H. G.
J. H. G. Slaughter died, at his home in St. Bethlehem, Montgomery County, Tenn., on April 30, 1917, in his fifty-fifth year.
Brother Slaughter had been a member of the Oakland congregation of disciples from his sixteenth year, a deacon for thirty years, and an elder for two years. He was a faithful servant, and exerted himself for the best interests of church and community as he saw it. For a number of years he had been a merchant in his home town, and was a man of the strictest integrity. He was the only son of Gilford H. and Amelia Bowman Slaughter and a grandson of that pillar of the church, Brother John Bowman, from the beginning to the end an elder of Ecergesia Church. The writer had known Brother slaughter from his infancy till his taking away. He had developed very rapidly in spiritual growth in the closing years of his life, and seemed to feel he could not do enough for the cause of the Master. He became a ready speaker and most efficient teacher. He had taught a class of young men in the Lords-day school for a number of years and was highly esteemed and beloved by his class, as well as by the congregation.
Brother Slaughter was married in early manhood to Miss E. B. Watts, who, with an adopted daughter, Miss Julia Slaughter, and a ward, Harry, survive him. Mrs. W. B. Whitfield and Mrs. George Merriwether, his sisters, also remain to mourn his loss. Brother Durward H. Friend preached the funeral sermon, and very comforting it was to his relatives and friends. He was buried by the Woodmen of the World, of which he was an esteemed member. The congregation and the cause and the community have sustained an irreparable loss in the death of our beloved brother, but our loss is his eternal gain. The County Court, of which he was an efficient member, will miss his conservative, faithful service.
Brother Slaughter was a fearless magistrate, and discharged the functions of the office with justice, ability, and satisfaction to the community.
W. H. Killebrew.
Gospel Advocate, May 17, 1917, page 489.
Sister Mahala Slaughter, niece of Robert Randolph, one of the best pioneer preachers of the reformation in East Tennessee, was the oldest daughter of William and Dorcas Randolph. She was born March 27, 1816, obeyed the gospel August 1833, was married to Isaac W. Slaughter May 13, 1834, and died in the triumphs of faith June 24, 1891, at the ripe age of 75 years, 2 months and 28 days. Living in the same neighborhood, in McMinn county, from 1832 to 1840, and being, part of the time a member of the same congregation I suppose I am the only living out of the family that can bear testimony so far back, as to her piety and devotion. In an age when the jerks had not ceased, and when free manifestations of feelings were tolerated, sister Mahala was a shouter, but soon, along with others, learned to control her feelings, but nevertheless felt as intensely to the last, as any Christian should desire. After over forty years of separation it was my good fortune, about two years ago, to spend several days with Bro. Slaughter and family, and found sister Mahala still possessing that burning zeal for the master, though very infirm from age and sickness. She leaves a husband, several children and many grandchildren as well as friends to mourn her loss, and yet I rejoice to believe that our loss is her gain. To the bereaved companion I would say, she cannot come to you, but you can go to her. Blessed are they that die in the Lord. Be assured dear brother there is one who can weep with those who weep, but we mourn not as those who have no hope.
I. N. Jones., Manchester, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, August 19, 1891, page 523.
Slaughter, S. G.
The church at Cookeville, Tenn., has sustained a great loss in the death of Brother S. G. Slaughter, which took place on April 22, 1903. Brother Slaughter was born on February 2, 1820. His mothers maiden name was Mulkey, and she was closely related to the celebrated pioneer preachers of that name. Brother Slaughter inherited many of the characteristics of his mothers family, being a man of more than ordinary mind, moral force, and native refinement. He became a Christian in early life, and soon developed into a leader in the church, serving as an elder for many years. He had strong convictions; and while he was not offensively contentious, he was uncompromising in what he believed to be right. I have never known any one more unswerving in his devotion to the word of the Lord and more constant in his opposition to human innovations in the work and worship of the church. He was a charter member of the church at Cookeville; he was appointed an elder at the organization of the congregation and served as such until his death. He was a most efficient elder, being ever watchful for the best interest of the church. He commanded the highest respect of the people and enjoyed the confidence and love of the brethren. His house was the preachers home, and because of his knowledge of the Scriptures and general intelligence he could entertain them as but few others can. The writer has spent many happy and profitable hours in his home. He never tired of scriptural conversation, and always had something helpful to say. His life was pure, and its influence for good will long be felt. He was twice married; both of his wives preceded him to the grave. To his first wife was born one child, which died in youth. Brother Slaughter suffered considerably toward the last, but was tenderly cared for by loved ones. This grand old man of God rests from his labors and his works will follow him. We shall greatly miss him, but we hope to meet him in the sweet by and by.
W. H. Sutton.
Gospel Advocate, September 10, 1903, page 586.
Slaughter, Samuel F.
Samuel F. Slaughter, an elder of the church in Wildwood, Fla., died suddenly February 11, 1964. He had been a life-long resident of Central Florida and a member of one of its pioneer families. Born at Lacoochee, Pasco County, on July 24, 1896, he was united in marriage to Miss Irene Beck June 29, 1927. Sister Slaughter, one son and three daughters survive. He became an elder of the Wildwood church in 1946, the same year he was appointed to the Board of the Christian Home and Bible School of Mount Dora, Fla. He continued in both these positions until his death. Orvel Boyd, President of Christian Home and Bible School, and the writer conducted services in memory of Brother Slaughter from the meetinghouse in Wildwood, February 13, and burial was at Oxford, Fla.
Kenneth B. Adams.
Gospel Advocate, April 9, 1964, page 239.
Eudora Sloan was born on September 9, 1856, and died at her home at Exchange, Mo., on January 30, 1910. Her maiden name was Dill. She married R. G. Sloan on November 19, 1873. She was the mother of nine children, eight of whom are livingsix boys and two girls. She became a member of the church of Christ in 1873 and lived in communion with Christ till death called her to rest. So ends in peace the life of one more of Gods dear ones on earth. Sister Sloan was a true wife, a dear mother, and a lover of the church; but becoming weary of life, she folded lifes burden up for a pillow and lay her weary head upon it as her spirit quietly went away to the paradise of God, there to rest till the resurrection day. She leaves a loving husband and eight children to mourn as only such can mourn.
Gospel Advocate, February 17, 1910, page 214.
Sloan, Mattie Elizabeth
Mrs. Mattie Elizabeth Sloan was born December 19, 1853, near Milan, Tenn. She obeyed the gospel while yet a girl in her teens, being baptized by Elihu Scott. About 1875-1876 she was married to B. P. Sloan, who passed away in 1923. Eight children were born to her, five of whom survive her: Mrs. J. P. Youmans, Miss Emma Sloan, Mrs. J. W. Mitchum, Mrs. Phelan Evans, Humboldt, Tenn.; Erret E. Sloan, Luray, Tenn. The greater part of her life was spent in Gibson County, near Gibson and Humboldt, the last eight years of her life being spent in Humboldt, making her home with her daughter, Emma. She passed away December 31, 1938, and was buried on the first day of this present year. N. B. Hardeman preached the funeral service. She loved and made the church her chief interest in life. The church at Humboldt will ever hold in memory her encouragement of the work in that place. She had an unusual zeal for missionary work and liked to think concerning such themes. A Bible was always to be seen near her in her room, and not only did she consistently study it, but she practiced what she learned.
S. J. Lovett.
Gospel Advocate, February 16, 1939, page 167.
Sloan, Robert Gentry
Robert Gentry Sloan, son of George Sloan, was born on Cedar Creek, in Iron County, Missouri, October 2, 1853. He obeyed the gospel on September 3, 1874; was ordained to preach the gospel on February 3, 1877; and remained a teacher in the church of Christ until death called him away, July 1, 1931, to be with God. In 1873 he was united in marriage with Miss Eudora Dill. To this union nine children were born, one dying in infancy. Of the eight children who lived to maturity, Joseph died in the service of his country, in France, during the World War. His body was sent home and now sleeps beside his mother and father. His mother fell asleep in Jesus on January 30, 1910, and was buried in the Ellington Cemetery. The writer conducted the funeral. In 1913 R. G. Sloan was united in marriage to Lenora Hunter, who is left alone to await the call of the death angel. The sons and daughters left to mourn his loss are: George D. Sloan, of Doniphan, Mo.; E. W. Sloan, of Puxico, Mo.; C. C. and John Sloan, of Winona, Mo.; Mrs. Mollie Franklin, of Enterprise, Ore.; Mrs. Ada Bales, of Wallowa, Ore.; Harvey Sloan, of Agra, Kan. Gentry also leaves fifteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild. All his children were present at the funeral, which was held in the Ellington Baptist Church, and a host of friends gathered there to pay him a last tribute of respect. The writer tried to speak words of comfort to the bereaved, Brother Vance assisting.
J. E. Walker.
Gospel Advocate, August 6, 1931, page 982.
Smalley, Earl D.
The life of a dedicated Christian, Earl D. Smalley, 57, of Elkhart, Indiana, came to an end July 19, 1970, when he quietly slipped away in his sleep. He was the owner of Smalleys Kentucky Fried Chicken and a successful business man and prominent in civic affairs in his city. He and his wife had been written up in a New York paper last year as an example of a successful franchise in a small business. He was an honorary Kentucky Colonel.
He was born December 6, 1912 in Burket, Ind., and was married to Winifred Swick, January 16, 1936, in Mentone, Ind. His widow survives along with two sons, Jack N. Smalley of Kokomo, Ind., and Greg Smalley of Elkhart, Ind.; six grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Darrel (Oliver) Tucker of Mentone, Ind., and a brother, Donald, of Akron, Ind.
Brother Smalley was a very active member of the Elkhart church of Christ and on the board of directors of Galilean Christian High School in Eilobeon, Israel. The President of one of our Christian Colleges told the writer that his name was being presented at the time of his death to the board for appointment as a board member for one of our Christian colleges. He was interested in helping new congregations and orphan homes. He loved all the gospel preachers of his acquaintance and considered them among his closest friends and they loved him. He was a man that was loved deeply by his friends and relatives. His death will be a loss to many Christian works in which he was interested and concerned. These words are written by a brother-in-law who loved him like a brother.
Doyle F. Earwood.
Gospel Advocate, October 8, 1970, page 655.
Smallwood, G. W.
On Saturday, February 23, 1907, I was called upon to conduct the burial services of Brother G. W. Smallwood. It was this beloved brother who turned my attention to the ministry. At a time when I was almost turned from the way of life to infidelity, Brother Smallwood and Brother J. C. Ott showed me the danger of my course, pointing me to the Bible; and I, in my humble way, have been trying to preach the word to others. Brother Smallwood left for me the first appointment I tried to fill at a brush arbor near where I now live. He continued to publish appointments for me to fill, until I found that there was a work that I must do. So, as a result of brother Smallwoods interest in me, about three hundred souls have been brought to Christ. Brother Smallwood might be termed a pioneer preacher. He had been a member of the one body for a long time, and preached a good deal before age and bodily ailments hindered him, and in his latter days he preached often as opportunity and health permitted. He died on February 22, 1907, and his remains were buried on the next day in the Jones graveyard, five miles from Florence, Ala. Like many preachers who are loyal to the Book, he was poor in this worlds goods, but he was rich in faith. His aged wife is now sick and was unable to accompany her husbands body to its last resting place. May God bless her and his children in this the saddest time of their lives. May they all strive to live in this world in keeping with the example set by their father.
William Behel., Florence, Ala.
Gospel Advocate, May 9, 1907, page 303.
Smart, Jimmie E.
God in his infinite wisdom has seen fit to remove from our midst sister Jimmie E. Smart, formerly Jimmie E. Hollis, who was born Sept. 6, 1864, died Nov. 27, 1892. She was a true Christian; ever ready to learn and walk in the light of heavens truth. She became a member of the church of Christ when very young; was baptized by Bro. Markham. She lived a true Christian till God saw fit to remove her from her bed of pain to a brighter world on high. She was affectionate to all whom she might meet, and was an obedient child, a loving sister, and was loved by all who knew her. She leaves a mother, one sister, relatives, and many friends to mourn her death. But blessed hope; we shall meet again where parting will be no more.
Gospel Advocate, March 30, 1893, page 203.
Smart, J. T.
Brother J. T. Smart passed away on May 2, 1917, aged fifty-two years, seven months, and thirteen days. He leaves a wife and eight children to mourn his departure. He became a member of the church of Christ in the year 1889 and lived a consecrated life till his death. The writer conducted the funeral at the schoolhouse near the Beans Creek church of Christ, in Coffee County, Tenn. As I had to stay over that night, I preached for the brethren one sermon. At the close of the service I extended an invitation, and Brother Smarts wife and two sons confessed their faith in Christ. They were baptized the next morning. I preached his daughters funeral five months ago. She was also a good, Christian girl. She was about eighteen years old.
R. E. L. Taylor.
Gospel Advocate, May 24, 1917, page 515.
Smedley, Mrs. Thomas
Sister Smedley, wife of Brother Thomas Smedley, departed this life on February 4, 1923, aged seventy-eight years. She and her husband obeyed the gospel about five years ago. She had been a faithful Christian ever since she enlisted in the army of the Lord. She leaves a husband, one son, and one daughter behind. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. (Ps. 23:4.) Her body was buried in the cemetery at Dunlap, Tenn. Funeral services were conducted by the writer.
R. E. L. Taylor.
Gospel Advocate, February 22, 1923, page 186.
On January 16, 1905, the angel of death claimed for its victim Brother Johnnie Smiley, of the congregation of disciples meeting near Springfield, Ga. Brother Smiley was a young man just turning into manhood, being a little over twenty-two years of age when he died. His life as a Christian was short; but he was very earnest, sincere, and devoted to the service of God. He was baptized on August 30, 1904, by the writer during a meeting held near his mothers home. I would say to his mother, stepfather, and many friends: Strive to live for Jesus, and perhaps over the river you can meet Johnnie and dwell together while eternity rolls on.
H. C. Shoulders., Bowling Green, Ky.
Gospel Advocate, April 13, 1905, page 236.
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