|Gospel Advocate Obituaries|
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Teddlie, J. R.
Died June 8, 1896, of typhoid fever, Brother J. R. Teddlie. He was born March 6, 1872, and was for a number of years a member of the M. E. Church, but in 1892 he was baptized by Brother W. C. Holloway, at Golden, Texas, and from thenceforth contended earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints. His talent for music was very marked, and his absence from the assembly is greatly missed. Though his career was short, he did not live in vain. He died in the full triumph of a living faith. We can only say: Thy will, O God, be done!
A. M. Shelton.
Gospel Advocate, September 10, 1896, page 587.
As the news reached every one here in Farmersville, Texas, of the death of Lowell Teddlie, I feel it my duty to write of him. Two years ago he came to Farmersville to lead the singing during Brother S. H. Halls meeting. He was always kind and ready to do anything in his power to help out in the meeting. He won many dear friends here by his charming ways. We can hardly realize that he is gone, for he was to preach here in a month. It makes us feel better to look back and think about the way he lived. He will be missed here at home, but not as much as by his dear father and mother. We can meet him if we live such a life as he did. May the Lords blessings be upon his dear mother and father and his two brothers.
Gospel Advocate, December 14, 1922, page 1200.
Teddlie, Tillit Sidney
Tillit Sidney Teddlie, 102, passed from this life Aug. 16. He was born in Swan, Texas, June 3, 1885. He spent his final years in a rest home.
He began song writing at the age of 17. He wrote some 200 hymns and songs including Heaven Holds All to Me, Worthy Art Thou, and The Lords Supper. He began his work in the church as a minister in 1923 at Vernon, Texas. With the exception of one year in Memphis, Tenn., he did all of his work in Texas. In addition to preaching and singing, he was superintendent of the Boles Orphan Home for a few years.
Brother Teddlie was a friend of mine for many years. We taught together in music normals. Although we deeply regret his passing and the sadness it provokes, we were not surprised. He had a long, worthy life in the kingdom of our Lord. He will be missed by many.
L. O. Sanderson., Music Editor, Gospel Advocate.
Gospel Advocate, September 17, 1987, page 572.
Tedford, Jo Ann
Willard and Jo Ann Tedford were killed in an automobile accident in Waxahachie, Texas, July 17.
Tedford was a graduate of Sunset School of Preaching and had preached for more than 24 years in Montana, Texas and Oklahoma.
They are survived by a son, Rodney, of Llano, Texas; a daughter, Judie McGough of Daingerfield, Texas; six grandchildren; her mother, Judy Bullock, of Lubbock, Texas; his brother, Neal Tedford, of Clyde, Texas; his three sisters, Letha Tatum, of Abilene, Ruby Jones, of Anson, and Georgia Eager, of Clyde, Texas.
Funeral services were conducted July 20 at the Southern Hills Church of Christ in Abilene by Cline Paden, Abe Lincoln, Mel Holt and Rodney Tedford. Burial was in the Clyde Cemetery. A memorial service also was conducted at the Gilmer-Baldridge Church of Christ in Ennis, Texas, where they were serving as pulpit minister and church secretary. This service was conducted by the men of the congregation at Gilmer-Baldridge and Charles of Hodge of Duncanville, Texas.
Gospel Advocate, November, 1989, page 55.
Teel, Shelor A.
On Thursday, February 5, 1953, near the midnight hour, the gates of the realm beyond swung wide to receive the spirit of Shelor A. Teel, of Riner, Va. Twenty-eight of his fifty-eight years were spent in faithful service of his Lord. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Effie Altizer Teel, five sons, four daughters and two brothers, all of whom are members of the church. One son, Wendell, is an excellent gospel preacher and is serving in a fine way in this mission field. Another son, Ward, is one of the deacons and song director of the church here. Brother Teel was one of the elders of this congregation and has done a great work in planting the church here, erecting our building and ruling well in the position for which he was chosen. He will be missed, but we are sure that our loss is his gain. Funeral services were conducted at the church building here on February 7, at 2:00 P.M., by the writer, assisted by Howard Parker, of Roanoke, Va.
A. Lowell Altizer.
Gospel Advocate, March 12, 1953, page 158.
Temple, Susan Brown
In the dispensations of Gods providence the church at Owens Station (Callender) has been called on to part forever, so far as time is concerned, with another one of their number. Sister Susan (Brown) Temple passed over the river on April 30, 1909, aged seventy-five years, two months, and twenty days. Her father, Enoch Brown, emigrated from Virginia when a young man and settled in Williamson County, Tenn. He married Miss Frances Claud, a native of the county, and from this union sprang three sons and four daughters. All have crossed over now except two sonsEnoch and Coleman Brown. In 1852 Susan Brown was married to Herbert Temple, and they trod the pathway of life together for twenty-eight years, when he died, leaving her a widow. Of this union there were born to them four children. Two have died, preceding their mother to the grave; and two, Herbert Temple and Mrs. Berta Wykle, survive her. For forty years or more she had been a soldier of the cross and a follower of the Lamb. She was baptized into Christ by Brother E. G. Sewell. She was a woman of sterling integrity, warm-hearted, affectionate, and true. Her life has been a benediction and a blessing to her family and to all who came within the circle of her influence. The funeral services at the home of her daughter, where she died, drew together a large number of her neighbors, as well as many from a distance; and at the old family burying groundthe old Claud homethere was a multitude to witness the last sad rites of sepulture. This circumstance alone was sufficient to show the estimation placed on her and her life by those who knew her best. Though we mourn for our dead, it is comforting and sweet to the soul to do so with the hope that though our loss may be severe, the gain for them is immeasurably great. The assurance of the interposition of the divine providence for the welfare of man, both for time and eternity, gives to man the rainbow of hope which lights up the pathway from the cradle to the grave. Without this hope, death would draw the curtain over a scene full enough of woe, only to present another the magnitude of whose evils were sufficient to crush out all desire for an existence promising nothing save the miseries of eternal deatha banishment from God and the glory of his power. It was this hope which enabled our dear sister to fight the battles of life, trusting in the grace of God and the loving sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. May her children, friends, and all of us be enabled to emulate all her goodness, and earnestly seek to meet her and all the redeemed on the sunny shores of sweet deliverance.
James E. Scobey.
Gospel Advocate, May 27, 1909, page 663.
Templeton, John S.
Widely-known minister of the church of Christ, John S. Templeton, 86-year-old resident of Spencer, Tenn., succumbed to a weeks illness in White County Hospital in Sparta February 23, 1976.
His preaching career spanned more than a half-century. He held regular preaching positions in Van Buren, Warren, Bledsoe, White, Cumberland and Sequatchie counties as well as in Alabama city and Gadsden, Ala.
On September 16, 1911, he was wed to the former Parriet Curtis, who preceded him in death. He was a son of the late John Sam Templeton, Sr., and Adeline Spakes Templeton.
Survivors include four sons and three daughters: Leslie, Homer and Clifford Templeton, of McMinnville; Curtis Templeton, Spencer, Tenn.; Mrs. Aubrey Cole, Murfreesboro; Mrs. Eugene Bess of McMinnville; and Mrs. Milton Mitchell, Spencer; two sisters and a brother: Mrs. Fred Dillard, Gadsden, Ala.; Mrs. Lonnie Emery, Fort Payne, Ala.; Elbert Templeton, Crossville, Ala.; twenty-one grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
This writer and Bobby Wilhite conducted funeral services in the Spencer church Wednesday, February 25, 1976. Interment was in the Molloy Cemetery.
Brother Templeton served as an elder during his retired years at the Spencer church of Christ. He served in this office until ill-health forced him to resign last year. He was an individual who was well respected by the church, as well as those in the community. He was always known for the good things he could say about individuals. His policy was that if anything good couldnt be said about anyone, he would say nothing at all. He was also known for his guiding influence that he gave to young people who had a desire to preach the gospel. Many seasoned preachers well remember the encouraging words of Brother Templeton when they delivered their first sermons. He will be missed by many, those who loved him and those outside of the Lords church.
Kenneth W. Tollett.
Gospel Advocate, April 8, 1976, page 238.
Templeton, Silas E., Sr.
Silas E. Templeton, Sr., 87, of Abilene, Texas, died May 2 in Gunter. He was a retired minister, a pioneer participant in the Abilene Christian University Lectureships and president of Cordell Christian College in 1922-23.
Born July 2, 1890, in Sharon Grove, Ky., he was a graduate of Nashville Bible School, now David Lipscomb College. Brother Templeton married Minnie Grace Lasseter Jan. 30, 1915.
He was instrumental in establishing churches in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas. He moved to Abilene in 1937, after retiring from Amarillo, and was a member of the University church.
Gospel Advocate, June 1, 1978, page 348.
Brother William Templeton was born in North Carolina Feb. 10, 1805. His father moved to White County, Tenn., when William was six years of age. So he grew up, married, lived, and died in the same neighborhood. He was married to Lydia Anderson in 1825. She crossed the river two years ahead of him. They raised nine children, four of whom are living, all members of the church. Brother Templeton obeyed the gospel in 1857, and lived a consistent Christian life. He died Sept. 11, 1895, in his ninety-first year, a ripened sheaf full of precious fruit for the heavenly garner. Precious forever in the sight of the Lord is his saints.
W. H. Sutton.
Gospel Advocate, December 19, 1895, page 812.
Tenny, Arthur Boutelle
Arthur Boutelle Tenney, 94, oldest member of the Yale Church of Christ, died at his home in Yale, Okla., Dec. 23, 1986.
Brother Tenney was baptized into Christ at the age of 18 while attending Cordell Christian. Shortly after his baptism, Brother Tenney began preaching the gospel and continued actively in the Lords work until his death.
Brother Tenney received his associate degree from Harper College, in Harper, Kan., his bachelors degree from Fairmont College in Wichita, Kan., and his masters degree from Stanford University.
Brother Tenney has taught or been an administrator at Alabama Christian College, Pacific Christian Academy, Abilene Christian College, Harding College and Sayre Junior College. With public school teaching, he taught a total of 26 years in six different states.
Brother Tenney was a printer, editor and publisher. He also has written many articles for religious journals and has written about 30 religious tracts.
Brother Tenney defended the faith in four public debates. We believe he has the distinction of participating in the first religious debate of a minister of the church of Christ to be broadcast live over radio.
In April 1986, on Homecoming Sunday, the Yale congregation presented Brother Tenney with a plaque honoring him for 75 years as a solder of the cross. Brother Tenney was deeply appreciated by his fellow Christians; he will truly be missed.
Don Fuchs., 418 N. F. St., Yale, OK 74085.
Gospel Advocate, February 5, 1987, page 92.
Tenney, Mrs. Arthur B.
The mother of Gerald Tenney, preacher at Bumpass Mills, Tenn., whose home is in Clarksville, died in Okemah, Okla., September 13. She had been married to Arthur B. Tenney for fifty-three years. He has been an educator, preacher, a newspaperman and printer. She also worked in their publishing operations and taught school for seventeen years.
Besides her husband and son, Gerald, she leaves two other sons, Dr. Eugene Tenney, superintendent at LaMarque, Texas, and Leland Tenney, head of graphic arts at Oklahoma State Tech. at Okmulgee, and five granddaughters.
Burial was in the Lacey Cemetery west of Hennessey, Okla., in the community of her birth.
Arthur B. Tenney.
Gospel Advocate, October 5, 1972, page 638.
Tenpenny, Hurrin Lafayette
Brother Hurrin Lafayette Tenpenny, son of Brother and Sister Tenpenny, of Woodbury, Tenn., died on February 2, 1920. He had lived in this world since June 21, 1894. Brother Tenpenny was baptized about eight years ago, and lived a faithful life. He enjoyed the services of the church, and after he became too weak to go to the meetinghouse he often spoke of it, and would have them take him in the buggy, sit there by the window, to be present on Lords day. A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold. In his Fathers house is where he shed the light of his true and noble boyhood and proved his Christian virtue. By their fruits ye shall know them. He is survived by his father, mother, two sisters, and three brothers. To thee I would say: Weep not, as others who have no hope, but let all try to meet him in the better land. Funeral services were conducted by the writer.
J. B. Curlee.
Gospel Advocate, September 2, 1920, page 866.
On March 20, 1910, the angel of death visited our home and claimed our father, John Tenpenny. By reason of strength he had passed his seventy-sixth year. Early in life he became a member of the church of Christ, and was a devoted member until death. He enjoyed his friends and his God. He was blessed with a home, and was liberal with his means to help support the gospel. We have parted with him in sorrow, yet we have a hope that the day is coming when we shall meet him in everlasting joy. After willing minds, faithful hearts, and ready hands had done all they could for him, he fell asleep. Sweet are the memories left behind him! The record of his deeds of love and charity to all around is written on high. Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord. Let us not weep as those that have no hope. May the Lord help us all to live so that we can meet him where there will be no more sad parting, but were we shall live forever and our joys be eternal.
Gospel Advocate, April 28, 1910, page 534.
Tenpenny, Martha T.
Martha T. Tenpenny was born on July 13, 1870, and died on January 13, 1921. She was born into the family of God when she was about sixteen years old, and remained faithful until death. For months she suffered much, but bore her suffering with that degree of patience that is characteristic of Gods children. 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. She has fallen asleep in Jesus, there to sweetly sleep till the resurrection morn. She leaves two brothers to mourn her death. May they live such lives that there may be a happy reunion in the beautiful land. Funeral services were conducted by the writer.
J. P. Curlee.
Gospel Advocate, April 7, 1921, page 340.
Tenpenny, Mary Morgan
On Thursday morning, January 14, 1915, death visited the home of Brother R. A. Morgan and claimed the youngest daughter, Sister Mary Morgan Tenpenny, a bright, sweet woman of sterling qualities. She was born on November 24, 1891, and was married to Ire Tenpenny on January 4, 1911. To this union were born two children. She obeyed the gospel in her fourteenth year and lived a consistent Christian life. She was buried at the Whorton graveyard, near Woodbury, Tenn. A large crowd of friends and relatives attended the services, conducted by the writer. May God bless this bereaved family and dear children, that they may be reared in the nurture and admonition of the Lord and meet there dear mother in that happy home, to dwell with Christ forever.
N. J. Hoover.
Gospel Advocate, February 18, 1915, page 162.
Tenpenny, Nancy J.
A mother in Israel has fallen asleep in the Lord. Sister Nancy J. McHigh Tenpenny was born on February 10, 1832. She obeyed the gospel under the preaching of Brother Sandy Jones in 1852. She was married to J. W. Tenpenny on September 7, 1861, and to this union four children were borntwo boys and two girls. Her husband and two daughters preceded her to the spirit land. Sister Tenpenny died on March 11, 1914, aged eighty-two years, one month, and one day. She was a good Bible student. During 1909 and 1910 she read the Bible through seven times, and during the last three years of her life she read the Bible through thirty times. Her two sons are both members of the church. She was a good Christian, a good mother and grandmother, and a good neighbor, and was loved by all who knew her. She will be missed by her two sons and stepsons and by all the neighbors. The writer tried to speak words of encouragement and comfort to all the family and the large concourse of people that attended the funeral services at the family graveyard at her home, two miles from Woodbury.
L. L. Melton.
Gospel Advocate, June 25, 1914, page 709.
Tenpenny, Nettie Rebecca
Sister Nettie Rebecca Tenpenny, the only daughter of Joseph E. and Sabina Bell Tenpenny, was born on February 7, 1883, and died on March 9, 1911. She died of tuberculosis. She was in feeble health for several months, but was very patient. She obeyed the gospel when in her seventeenth year during a series of meetings conducted by Brother Tracy. She earnestly strived to live in accordance with the teaching of the word of God. Those who knew her best loved her most. Her father, one brother and wife and little son survive her, her mother and two brothers having been dead for more than twelve years. She often said that she would like to get well; but with the solemn summons came and she knew she was dying, she was perfectly submissive to her Masters call. She faced death bravely and passed into the unseen world without a struggle. She had a good influence in her home, in the community, and in the church. The church at Rush Creek was influenced to more fidelity by her pious life. She was loved and respected by the entire community. When a Christian dies, it is sad for those left behind, but it is the most glorious moment of life for the one departing. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. The influence of a noble life is not cut of at death. 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. The body was interred in the family burying ground. The writer conducted the funeral services at the grave in the presence of a host of friends and relatives.
J. H. Knox., Woodbury, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, May 4, 1911, page 520.
On Monday, April 25, at 10:00 A.M., funeral services were conducted for Ray Tenpenny, beloved as one of the elders of Central church of Christ, Nashville, Tenn. E. J. Ijams and Clyde Hale, long-time friends of Brother Tenpenny, and Charles Cobb conducted the services. The last years of Brother Tenpennys life were spent in service at Central. He occupied an office on the first floor of the church building. There he spent many hours doing what he could for the cause of Christ. He will be missed at Central, as well as in the Nashville area. He was a good citizen, faithful husband, considerate father, and was intensely interested in the gospel of Christ going into all the world. He did much work for the mission effort being made at Nhowe in Southern Rhodesia, Africa. He also took great personal interest in the work in Mexico. Our sincere sympathy is extended to his immediate relatives and friends. We shall live in hope of seeing him again on the glad day of the resurrection when the faithful shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air so that they may ever by with the Lord.
Gospel Advocate May 12, 1955, page 381.
Tenpenny, Tom B.
Brother Tom B. Tenpenny was born on December 25, 1861. He became obedient to the one faith in 1885. He was married to Sallie Ervin in 1889, and to this union were born five childrenfour sons and one daughter. The writer was personally acquainted with the deceased, and knew him to be a conscientious man of Christian integrity, always kind and obliging in manner. When I go to Brush Creek again, my heart will be made so sad by the absence of one I met there in the past when we worshiped the Lord as his family. I recall the many happy hours I have spent in his home, and remember with keenness the kindness I received from Brother Tenpenny and his noble wife. Sister Tenpenny, do not weep as those that have no hope. Children, follow that which is good, that you may meet your father around Gods throne after this fleeting life is over. Brother Tenpenny departed this life on October 18, 1913. Before his death he said to his wife: I am prepared to go. How sweet are these words to the bereaved companion of his life! I pray that we all may be prepared.
David M. Hamilton., South Tunnel, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, December 18, 1913, page 1270.
Tenpenny, Vidiae Morgan
Vidiae Morgan Tenpenny, daughter of Brother and Sister R. A. Morgan, was born on April 23, 1885, and died on August 7, 1914. She was married three years ago to Hall Tenpenny. To this union two children were born, one preceding her to the grave. She obeyed the gospel some twelve years ago and lived faithful to her confession until death. The husband and the little one have sustained a great loss in the death of their companion and mother. Death, no matter when our how it comes, brings sadness. But it is sayyes, doubly sadto see a devoted wife and loving mother, and one so young in years, be taken away. In this hour of sorrow I commend you to the precious promises of the gospel. Remember, Christians only pass by death into a better and happier lifeinto a home where the faithful will meet in the sweet by and by. Cherish her dear memory and strive to emulate her virtues. Services were conducted by the husband of the writer, after which the body was laid away in the cemetery near Woodbury, Tenn.
Mrs. C. E. W. Dorris.
Gospel Advocate, October 15, 1914, page 1090.
On Thursday, February 22, 1968, one of our beloved elders of Central church in Winter Haven, Florida, lost his life in an automobile accident near New Burnsides, Illinois.
Brother Gene Terrell, though a young man forty-two years old, was a man of great wisdom and experience. He was one of the best loved and most deeply respected men that I have ever known. He was truly a leader among men. He was a man of great faith in, and love for God. He was never too busy with the secular affairs of this life to lay them aside immediately when the work of the Lord beckoned.
Brother Terrell maintained a wonderful Christian home. He was an effective gospel preacher. As an elder, he was loved and respected by those under his oversight. He was a man of great patience, and at the same time was a man of action. When there was work to be done he was there. When there were sick to be visited he was there. When there were benevolent duties to be performed he was there. When problems arose in the lives of any that he knew Brother Terrell was always available for counseling, and his counsel was always respected. Truly we have lost a great man!
In addition Brother Terrell was a civic-minded person. Christian ethics characterized his business activities, his recreation and his daily life. The esteem in which he was held, not only in the church of our Lord, but also among others who knew him, was given living testimony by the large number of people who attended his funeral services to pay their last respects. The funeral director informed me that this was the largest attended funeral ever conducted in his chapel, and his chapel is the largest in this city. The chapel, the porch and yard were filled with friends and loved ones who mourned his passing. Many came, but did not stay because they could not fine a parking place.
I am deeply grateful to God for the happy privilege of having known, associated with, and served under Brother Terrell. I have never learned to love a man more quickly nor more deeply than he.
Gospel Advocate, March 21, 1968, page 190.
On Aug. 21, 1896, Brother Joel Terrell was very unexpectedly summoned to leave his family and pass into the great beyond. Not a moments warning, save a gasp, and all was over. Brother Terrell was born November 24, 1854. This evening, Aug. 25, we tenderly lay away the body of little Ellie, daughter of the deceased. Both passed away quite suddenly, without any warning to themselves or the family. What a shock to the family for husband and father to be taken so unexpectedly! Sunday afternoon, at 4 oclock, fathers body was placed in the tomb; Tuesday, at 4 P.M., we carried the body of Ellie to the same place. The question with every one is: How can Sister Ella bear the trial of two sudden shocks in such close succession? The hope of the resurrection of the dead and of meeting again is her only comfort. On March 5, 1879, Brother Terrell and Miss Ella Morton were united in marriage. Together they lived over seventeen years as happily and profitably as is common to mortals. Nine children were born to them. One, a little boy, passed over in infancy, to await the coming of loved ones. In August, 1885, Brother Terrell and his companion were buried with their Lord by baptism into death, and arose to live new lives. No one knows the loss to his family save themselves. The loss to the church and community is inestimable, but we feel sure that our loss is his eternal gain. While we are sure that his place can hardly be filled, we should submit, knowing the precious promises to those who die in the Lord. Let us wait and murmur not. Our brother was complaining only a few days, no one regarding him at all seriously ill; but the summons came, and in a moment the body was lifeless. So sudden was his exit, we can hardly realize that he is gone. The universal verdict is, a friend, a neighbor, a good man, a Christian gentleman, is gone. He indeed leaves his family the priceless heritage of a good name, which is rather to be chosen than great riches. He was among the few who went beyond the requirements of the golden rule. He frequently did to others more than he would ask or allow them to do to him. We know, however, that he had his failings, because perfection in the flesh is hardly attainable. This sad visitation, were it not for the blessed hope through Christ, would be intolerable. We realize more than ever the frailty of human things. What manner of people ought we to be, in all holy conversation and godliness! A larger assemblage than is usual in the country was that gathered last Lords day evening at Beech Grove. Brother Granville Lipscomb and the writer called the attention of the people to Brother Terrells noble virtues and worth as a Christian, and pointed the bereaved to the precious promises in the book of God. The blessed Savior, it seems, knowing the sore afflictions of the distressed companion, viewing the long, rugged road she must travel, and estimating the heavy burden resting upon her (the care of eight children), said: Sister, you have a long, laborious journey before you; you have a great responsibility resting upon you; just pass little Ellie up to me. I will carry her through, care for her every need until you come. You will only be separated from her a few days, and it will relieve you and be so much better for her. She will be with loved ones gone before, ready to welcome you. Lord, help us to submit; help us to say: Thy will be done. That we all may be ready when the summons shall come to us, is my prayer.
W. Anderson., Carters Creek, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, September 17, 1896, page 605.
Terrell, Margaret E.
Died, at her home, on Tuesday morning, May 21, 1895, Sister Margaret E. Terrell, relict of the late Dr. H. Terrell, in the 75th year of her age. Over fifty years ago she and Dr. Terrell were united in marriage. A happy family was the result of this union. Some thirty-five years ago they both obeyed the gospel during a memorable meeting held by Brother E. G. Sewell at Beech Grove. In 1888 Dr. Terrell was taken away. Sister Terrell had been a sufferer for several years before her death. She enjoyed the praise of being a devoted wife, loving mother, kind neighbor, and faithful in the discharge of her duty. She leaves three sons and two daughters to mourn her departure. The severest blow to a family, a church, or community is the loss of a godly woman. May we imitate her virtues, and be ready to depart in peace when the summons comes.
W. Anderson., Carters Creek, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, June 20, 1895, page 398.
A faithful old soldier of the cross answered the roll call on the Lords day, March 19, 1916, when Brother Allen Terry took his departure for that other country, the land promised to the faithful. He was born on June 28, 1842, and when a little more than twenty-five years of age put on the full armor of the Christian warfare in baptism on the third Monday in August, 1867. From that time to the day of his death he loved to talk of the Christian life and influenced many to draw nearer to the Master. His natural hopefulness was increased by his faith in Gods goodness and love, and he made his friends and neighbors rejoice in his presence. Brother Terry was not what the world calls an educated man in books, but was educated in that broader sense, in that he thought, and his active mind was broadened by contact and association with others who knew books better, but none had a clearer understanding of the simple truths taught in Gods book than he. Brother Terry was married on January 27, 1864. He leaves his faithful helpmeet, Sister Eliza Terry, two sons, and a daughter (all married), a number of grandchildren, and many brethren and sisters in Christ to look forward to meeting him hereafter. All live near Athens, Ala., in the neighborhood where his life was spent.
Earl M. Hopson.
Gospel Advocate, April 27, 1916, page 426.
Terry, B. D.
B. D. Terry for more than forty years, an elder of the Peak and East Side, Dallas, Texas, has left his earthly tabernacle and gone to dwell in that house not made with hands. His tenure of life was 81 years 10 months and 25 days. He had to a marked degree, the determination of Peter, the wisdom of Paul and the love of John.
It was the good pleasure of this writer to spend almost a third of a century working with him. All of these years were spent working for the railway and for the church. A number of them we spent serving as elders together.
He lacked the advantage of college training, yet he was one of the greatest in Christian leadership and an able proclaimer of the gospel. Behind every successful man is a mother or wife. Louise, his good wife survives him, she has yielded a great influence on him and his work.
Meekness and love were marked attributes of his. Like Moses he was a leader of Gods people for more than forty years. During this time premillennialism showed its ugly head. He stood firm, although the preacher left taking all except thirty members, and left them about $2,000 in debt. I was appointed as an elder and served with Brother Terry. He was a father to me.
Reuel Lemmons found a man who wanted to go to Africa. He needed $450 a month and we were in debt. Brother Terry said, With Gods help and the cooperation of all we could support him. In Pretoria they needed $25,000 for their building, we had only $15,000, we at once decided to borrow the $10,000 and sent it.
Stephen Thaddeus Bookout.
Gospel Advocate, July 20, 1967, page 463.
Terry, Elizabeth R.
On Saturday the 5th inst., I was called to Singleton, Tenn., to attend the funeral of sister Elizabeth R. Terry, who died at the home of her son in Moore county on the 3rd inst. At the time of her death she was a little past seventy years of age, having been born August 22, 1822. In 1941 she united with the Baptist church of which she was a member until September 1884, when she united with the church of Christ at Singleton, Tenn. She when quite young was married to Robert H. Terry, who had preceded her to the grave some seventeen years. She was the daughter of Col. Elisha Bobo, who was one of the original settlers of our community, and exemplified in her life traits of character that distinguished the pioneers of our country. Her children, of whom she left eight living, were all settled in life. She for some time had been in feeble health, hence death came to her not as an enemy, but as a friend to carry her to that rest prepared for the people of God.
J. D. Floyd.
Gospel Advocate, December 17, 1891, page 800.
Terry, Francis A.
Just before the midnight hour on August 31, 1905, at Cookeville, Tenn., Mrs. Francis A. Terry entered the heavenly rest. Her death had been expected for over three years. Some three years ago she suffered a depression in health, when she sank under what the doctors called shortness of breath. She lived in this depressed condition for three years, at times reviving so much as to even walk about the house a little but was never at any time relieved of her ailments; and at last, on the night above mentioned, as calm and peaceful as a little child falling asleep in its mothers arms, she passed away. She was one of the oldest and most respected and influential women in Putnam County. The deceased was born in Putnam County, Tenn. on December 9, 1816. Her earthly days were all spent at her home, where she first lived after marriage; therefore she spent a long, useful, and motherly life, and met the strong arm of death in what to her and many children was the dearest spot on earth. She was nursed and tenderly cared for by her son, J. W. H. Terry, and his lovely wife, all through her long illness, with the assistance of loved ones near the old homestead. She gave herself to Christ in early life and lived a consistent member of the Christian Church at old Smyrna, Tenn. until death called her home to rest with her husband, John Terry, who went a few years before her. She leaves nine children and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren to mourn her loss; but they would not call her back to this world of trials and temptations from a world of happiness, joy, and peace with God.
L. R. Terry.
Gospel Advocate, October 26, 1905, page 686.
Terry, James William
James William Terry passed from this life May 18, 1968, at the age of eighty-seven years. Born December 12, 1880 in Tennessee and lived his years in Tennessee and Northern Alabama.
He was married in 1905 to Nydia Elizabeth Sublett. To this union three children were added. One son, Maurice B. Terry who died in 1956; two daughters, Annie (Mrs. W. T. Albright) now residing in Jamestown, Kentucky and Miss Mary Terry, Huntsville, Alabama. Mrs. Terry passed from this life July, 1920. He was later married to Mrs. Tishie Elizabeth Howell who survives. To this union was born one son, J. B. Terry, who died at an early age.
At time of death, the Terrys resided at Huntland, Tenn. Brother Terry was a faithful member of the church for sixty-two years and for several years served as a deacon for Graces Chapel congregation, Big Cove, Madison County, Alabama. Brother Terry was helpful in starting churches in areas of his residence. His home has served as the haven of rest and comfort for visiting preachers through its years of existence.
W. T. Albright.
Gospel Advocate, August 29, 1968, page 559.
Terry, Jennie Davis
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. Jennie Davis, one of a family of six children (three sons and three daughters), was born on October 28, 1869, and died on October 7, 1913. She was married to A. C. Terry on September 23, 1892. To them one son was born Claude A. Terry, now a student in the Nashville Bible School. They adopted into their family a niece of Sister Terry's at two years of age. Be it said to Sister Terry's credit that her highest ambition was that these two children might be prepared for the duties of life. Sister Terry grew up under the influence of Methodism and embraced that religion in the early years of her life. She was true and loyal to those principles, believing they were right, until about five or six years ago, when, under the preaching of Brother G. C. Brewer, she learned the way of the Lord more perfectly, and immediately became obedient to the faith. She was hopeful and happy, true and faithful to the end, and expressed herself as being ready to go. She had been in declining health for three or four years, and hence the end was not unexpected. The faithful few in Oneida, Tenn., her home, have been meeting regularly since the first Lords day in August, 1910. As long as she was able to go, she was faithful to attend these services, and did what she could in encouraging and admonishing others. Through her persistence and that of her devoted husband, against many hindrances, the cause of truth and righteousness has grown in that town. It is sweet to know and to enjoy the association of Gods people. By virtue of having lived in her home town, I am in a position to know what her home life was. She was a good woman, and her influence for good was like perfume on the morning breeze. She was a faithful wife, a devoted mother, a loyal Christian. Funeral services were conducted by Brother Brewer. 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.
Van. A. Bradley.
Gospel Advocate, December 18, 1913, page 1271.
Terry, Joe W.
Joe W. Terry passed away April 7. The memorial service was at the Southside Church of Christ, Portales, N.M., Jack Self, Superintendent of the Home, who is also one of our elders, and Marlin Poynor, another elder, said words of comfort to the family.
Brother Terry was an elder in the Lords church for 60 years52 in Portales and eight before moving here. Brother and Sister Terry had 10 children. One preceded him in death.
This fine couple gave 80 acres of land to the Christian Childrens Home back in 1953. The first cottage was built in 1954. Since then at least 700 children have been benefited by the Home.
Brother Terry lived long enough to see some of the fruit of the gift that he made for homeless children.
A great man has fallen asleep in Jesus. He is waiting for his good works to follow him.
Grover C. Ross., Box 48, Portales, N. M.
Gospel Advocate, July 24, 1980, page 470.
Died at his residence in Putnam county, Tennessee, John Terry where he was born, raised, a family of ten children to man and womanhood, five boys and five girls. Lived to see all confess their Savior. He wrote the obituary of his youngest daughter, Mary J. Moore, who left a husband and three children.
He was born January 19, 1815, departed this life December 14, 1886, aged 71 years, 5 months and 25 days. Was married to Francis A. Dowell October 11, 1832. Became a member of the church of Christ about the year 1845. Has since had many trials to encounter. But we think from the good advice and Christian teaching he gave us that he was ever endeavoring to do the will of his Master.
He was a devoted husband and a tender affectionate father. He leaves his wife (our mother) and nine children with grandchildren and many warm friends and relatives to mourn his departure.
We certainly feel that the main prop is gone from the old homestead. But the thought of our loss being his eternal gain is very consoling to us. His sickness was of intense pain and suffering though he bore it with great fortitude and patience. Murmuring was unknown to him. He said in his dying hours that he did not fear death, that he was certain there was a crown awaiting him, but said he had rather live with us as long as he could be of service and comfort to his wife and family. His last admonition to us was that we live so near like Christ that we may be prepared to go aboard the great life boat that is able to land us safe across the cold chilly water of death on the shore of a clime where sorrow and parting is not known and pleasures have no end.
L. R. Terry., Celina, Texas, March 21, 1887.
Gospel Advocate, April 6, 1887, page 223.
On May 13, 1918, death visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Terry, of Spruce Pine, Ala., and took from them their daughter, Lillie, who was a beautiful, Christian woman. Miss Lillie had spent only twenty-four summers in this world, but left many relatives and a host of friends to mourn her loss. She was laid to rest in the family graveyard near Spruce Pine. A large crowd of friends and relatives attended the services, conducted by the writer. It is quite painful to have to give up our loved ones, and it is often very difficult to understand why God stoops to this garden or that and plucks its brightest flower. We may be consoled by the fact that he has his mysteries of grace and ways that we cannot tell, and is at all times just. May God bless the bereaved family and friends to give to them all the silent peace of heaven.
H. I. Copeland.
Gospel Advocate, June 6, 1918, page 546.
Terry, Nathaniel G.
In a fearful wreck which occurred on the Hadleys Bend branch of the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railroad, on August 17, 1918, our dear brother, Nathaniel G. Terry, was instantly killed. He was the engineer of the train. He was born on October 5, 1880. He was an exemplary young man. On December 1, 1915, he was married to Miss Mary Ann Ross. He is survived by his wife, an aged father, one brother, four sisters, quite a number of relatives, and a host of friends, all of whom sincerely mourn his sad death. His funeral was largely attended at the home, in Nashville, Tenn. The remains were taken to Shelbyville, Tenn., the home of his father, for burial. While I was not personally acquainted with him, I am assured he was a devoted, consecrated Christian, always willing and ready to meet and worship with the brethren when circumstances would permit. None of his relatives should mourn without hope. Though their loss is irreparable, his gain, we trust, is eternal. May his rest from the exacting labors of life be sweet. A noble soldier of the cross has gone to his reward.
James E. Scobey.
Gospel Advocate, September 12, 1918, page 884.
Terry, Paralee Cowan
Sister Paralee Cowan Terry died at her home in Oneida, Tenn., on Tuesday night, February 10, 1976. She was the widow of W. Claude Terry, Sr., founder of the Terry Motor Company and a leader in the church in Oneida.
She was born in Stevenson, Ala., May 28, 1895, the daughter of Margaret Wilson and George Williams Cowan. She attended private schools in Stevenson and later Nashville Bible School (now David Lipscomb College) from which she was graduated in 1914. She also attended George Peabody College for Teachers. She taught in David Lipscomb College until about the time of her marriage to W. Claude Terry on November 20, 1920, in Chattanooga, Tenn. After their marriage they made Oneida their home. She was an able Bible teacher and tower of strength in the church in Oneida. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Ralph (Jane) Hoffman, Oneida; two sons, George Alvin, Goodlettsville, and William Claude, Jr., Oneida; and ten grandchildren.
The world is better because Sister Terry lived in it. She was interested in every good work. She was a great woman. (2 Kings 4:8.) Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. (Rev. 14:13.)
Gospel Advocate, March 11, 1976, page 175.
Terry, Sallie C.
Sister Sallie C. Terry was born in Tennessee in 1827, and died at Royse City, Texas, on February 23, 1906. She was the wife of V. M. Terry. Sister Terry had worn the Christians armor for over half a century, having confessed her Savior in 1845. She was the mother of fifteen children ten boys and five girls. She was an earnest, consecrated, Christian woman, loved by all who knew her.
Graham McMurray., Royse City, Texas.
Gospel Advocate, March 15, 1906, page 174.
Terry, Sarah Pointer
Mrs. Sarah Pointer Terry, wife of Will L. Terry, aged sixty-nine years, eight months, and seventeen days, died July 20. Sister Terry was the mother of five childrenthree boys and two girlsall of whom survive her. She and her husband lived on a farm eight miles north from Cookeville, where they were married some fifty years ago. In after years they, in order to better fit themselves for a life of usefulness, made the good confession under the persuasion of E. G. Sewell, and have been faithful to their beloved calling. In the early settling of this part of the country there came to these parts four families, descendants of German-Dutch ancestry, of sturdy farming stock, and settled in the main in the valley of the east fork of Blackburns fork of Roaring River. With very little, if any, variation, they have followed farming for a livelihood, and became closely related by affinity and consanguinity. Consequently radiated from them a great influence for good as to church affiliation and citizenship. I refer to the Terry, Kuykendall, Dowell, and Pointer families. A goodly remnant remains to this day. However, the last family referred to had settled a little south of the aforesaid valley. Sister Terry, being of this latter family, had imbibed enough of the sturdy farming and stock-raising qualities to make her a valuable helpmate for her husband; hence, they were successful in their avocation. Sister Terry will not only be missed by Brother Terry and children, but by her neighbors and the cause where she met to worship.
J. H. Cummins.
Gospel Advocate, August 30, 1934, page 847.
The publishers of the Gospel Advocate will be sorry to hear of the death of old Brother Nat Tevis, of Crandall, Texas. He had been a reader of the Advocate for a number of years. He was seventy-six years old. Ever since he began to read the Advocate, he said the more he read it, the better he liked it. It was his companion for the last eighty years. His Bible and the Gospel Advocate were his company. His wife died eight years ago. Uncle Nat, as we all called him, was a mighty good man. He took sick with a severe cold on Monday and only lived until Thursday. He died on November 15, 1917. We will surely miss him in our Lords-day service. He was faithful until the last.
Gospel Advocate, January 10, 1918, page 40.
On November 15, 1917, I was asked to officiate at the services to be held the next day at Crandall church of Christ in memory of Brother Tevis, who had, on November 15, been called to his eternal haven of rest and joy. Just as I was about to write these few words in behalf of one of Gods faithful servants I looked at the Gospel Advocate and saw that Sister Eliza Fields had already made mention therein of his death. A little further notice of the character and life of such a noble servant of God cannot be out of place, and will, I trust, be helpful to others of us in striving the harder to live right and be ready, as Brother Tevis was, to go when the summons comes. Until I was called to this service I knew nothing of Brother Tevis; but the voice of the people of Crandall and that of the church there were as the voice of one man in the praise of the life of this brother. His great influence for good, therefore, will live, though he has gone from us. Brother Tevis was born on August 21, 1841, in what is now Trousdale County, Tenn. When only a boy he moved with his parents to Arkansas, where he volunteered his service in the Southern Confederacy, serving three and one-half years. After this war he went back to Tennessee and enlisted in the army of the Lord, Brother J. A. Harding being the recruiting officer. For more than fifty years he fought faithfully the many, many battles against the enemy of the Lord and of our salvation. He rose to distinction, locally, as a leader among the brethren. He was loved, respected, and honored by all who knew him. On May 21, 1866, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Scoggins. To this union four children were born two boys and two girls after which his wife died. Still later he was married to Miss Martha Scoggins, sister to his first wife. To this union there were eight children born four boys and four girls. He was always found at his place of duty as the Lords servant, and this made a deep and lasting impression upon those who knew him. On September 19, 1882, with his family, he left his old home in Tennessee for Texas, where his home had been since that time till his death. His second and last wife died about eight years ago. May the Lord bless all his children and grandchildren to live and be faithful unto death as did he.
J. E. Estes.
Gospel Advocate, March 14, 1918, page 259.
Thacker, Helen A.
Mrs. Helen A. Thacker, sister of Brother T. B. Larimore and Sister R. P. Meeks, was born on January 15, 1839; was married to Mr. Joseph W. Tate in 1859; was baptized into Christ in 1860 by Brother Love; was married to M. L. Thacker in 1884; and died on May 14, 1908. She leaves one daughter (Mrs. Thacker, of Lebanon, Tenn.) and two sons (the Tate brothers, of Hopkinsville, Ky.) to mourn their loss. Funeral from the home on Spring street, and burial at Cedar Grove.
A. S. Derryberry.
Gospel Advocate, July 23, 1908, page 474.
Sister Eura Therrell was born on December 8, 1876, and died on October 2, 1911. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Hall, and was a member of a large, intelligent, and prosperous family. Until her marriage to Brother E. E. Therrell, about four years ago, she followed teaching school and was quite successful in her work, giving good satisfaction wherever she taught. She taught some after her marriage, but family cares and failing health caused her to give up the work. On the first Lords day in last May she had her arrangements made to attend the annual meeting at Roans Creek and be baptized by Brother Lowry on that day, but was not able to make the trip. She was never able to be up any more. Early on Monday morning, September 4, she had a telephone message sent to the writer, asking him to come and baptize her. On arriving we found her very weak, and it was after much deliberation and counsel that we decided to undertake the task. To the surprise of all, she lived just four weeks after she was baptized. She leaves a husband and a sweet little girl nearly three years old for whom she expressed great anxiety. She earnestly requested that Mamie be brought up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. A large number of relatives and friends attended the burial and much sympathy was manifested. Sister Therrell was an excellent woman and will be sadly missed.
W. N. Abernathy.
Gospel Advocate, October 26, 1911, page 1237.
Thigpen, G. C.
G. C. Thigpen, one of the charter members of the congregation at North Carolina, near Killen, Ala., passed to his eternal reward on April 16, 1920. Had he lived eight days longer, he would have lived in this world fourscore and one years. He never had any children of his own, but he has reared possibly six or more, most of whom were orphans. Some of these preceded him to the tomb. He leaves a sad, sorrowing wife, Aunt Martha, as called, with a host of sad friends. He became a member of the church in the days when Brother R. W. Officer and Brother Askew were shaking this part of the religious world with forceful, gospel preaching. He will be sadly missed. He was one of the best-informed men I ever met. Many times I have called on him for information, in my earlier days, and it was always kindly given. It has been said of Brother Thigpen that he was among the best in Bible knowledge, especially the Old Testament, and he was not ignorant of the New Testament. In his earlier years he taught school and music, was County Surveyor for a long while, and always tried to do his best. As Lee said, when Stonewall Jackson fell, I have lost my right arm, so may I and the whole community say in reference to Uncle Gip, as he was affectionately called. May Heaven bless his widow and his relatives. There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. His body was laid to rest in North Carolina cemetery in the presence of a very large congregation of friends, estimated at fifteen hundred.
Gospel Advocate, May 27, 1920, page 536.
Thomas, Durret H.
On January 23, 1904, Death visited Milburn, Ky., and took one of our oldest and best citizens, Durret H. Thomas. He was born, in Christian County, Ky., on February 17, 1837. He was twice married and was the father of eight children. The children (save a daughter who died several years ago), with their mother, survive him. His death was sudden. He had returned from a pleasant visit to a neighbor, and was talking to his wife, when his words were cut short; he bowed his head, and would have fallen but for the loving hands which caught him; he breathed a few times; and all was overthe spirit had taken its flight. Brother Thomas was a kind husband, a loving father, a devout and faithful member of the church of Christ, and a worthy citizen of the State. He was much loved, and will be greatly missed in all the relationships of life. To the bereaved family and friends we would say: Grieve not; for if you will obey the Savior, you will join him erelong in the beautiful home of the soul. Let us draw comfort and consolation from this blessed hope. The funeral service was conducted, in the presence of a large audience, in the church here by the writer.
E. C. L. Denton., Milburn, Ky.
Gospel Advocate, February 25, 1904, page 122.
Thomas, Ernest W.
Ernest W. Thomas was born at Wingett Run, Washington County, Ohio, October 3, 1891; died at his home in Marietta, Ohio, June 5, 1946. Had he lived until October, he would have been fifty-five years of age. He was married to Laura Ridgeway, September 21, 1913. Three sons were born to this union. Sister Thomas died in 1940. Brother Thomas married Ora Lyon, August 17, 1941. He obeyed the gospel when a young man of sixteen at Wingett Run, being baptized by C. H. Morin. He was a salesman with the C. L. Bailey Grocery Company for twenty-six years. He is survived by his wife, three sons (Cecil S., Clair C., and Harold Oliver), three sisters (Mrs. George Brown, Mrs. Laura Brown, and Mrs. Frank Milligan, all of Marietta), two brothers (Homer Thomas, of Marietta, and Glenn Thomas, of Pontiac, Mich.), and two granddaughters (Sandra Lee and Bonnie Lou Thomas). The writer has known Brother Thomas for thirty years. I feel keenly a distinct personal loss. He had been an elder of the Marietta Church for several years. The funeral services were held at the meetinghouse in Marietta, June 7. The services were conducted by Homer Utley, Orrin Utley, and the writer. The large meetinghouse was packed to its capacity.
Fred E. Dennis.
Gospel Advocate, June 20, 1946, page 597.
Thomas, Fordie Haynes
Sister Fordie Haynes Thomas, daughter of Christopher Haynes, died at her home near Polkville, Ky., on January 27, 1921, aged seventy-two years, ten months, and twenty-five days. On December 17, 1868, she was married to Jesse W. Thomas. To them were born six childrenPearl, Lee, Leslie, Eddie, Clarence, and Cannie. Three of these have gone home, leaving Lee, Leslie, and Clarence, besides John, Lewis, Jerry, and Joe, sons of Uncle Jesse by a former marriage. Aunt Fordie, as she was lovingly called by her neighbors, was a devout Christian from her early childhood. Although she had been a constant sufferer for years, she never forgot her duties to God and to those about her. She endured her suffering patiently. Had she lived one day longer, she would have survived Uncle Jesse exactly one year. How blessed to think of them as just waiting over on that bright celestial shore for the loved ones they have left here! May the Lord bless the children and grandchildren in following the pure examples of these loved ones, and at last bring us all to him in the heavenly home. After the funeral at the old home the body was laid to rest in the family burying ground in the presence of a host of friends and relatives.
M. L. Moore.
Gospel Advocate, March 10, 1921, page 245.
Fred Thomas was born in Weakley County, Tenn., on July 26, 1896, and died, of Spanish influenza, at Camp Sheridan, Montgomery, Ala., on October 21, 1918. Although I have known his parents many years, I never had the pleasure of an intimate acquaintance with Fred. He obeyed the gospel under the preaching and persuasion of John T. Smith, and, from what I have been able to learn from his associates, he must have been a mighty good boy. His soul revolted at the thought of carnal warfare, and throughout his entire stay at camp he appeared in a depressed state of mind, often weeping for the association of loved ones and home. Though quartered with men who neither respected his religion nor loved his God, he neither forsook the one nor forgot the other. All through the day before his death he quoted familiar passages of holy writ, and among his last words were: Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Like the waters of the Jordan at the feet of the prophet, death recedes before such Christians. But we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning them that fall asleep; that ye sorrow not, even as the rest, who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also that are fallen asleep in Jesus will God bring with him. . . .Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
C. M. Stubblefield.
Gospel Advocate, December 26, 1918, page 1246.
Thomas, J. H.
Brother J. H. Thomas departed this life Aug. 19, 1896, at his home, in Fulton County, Ky., aged sixty-six years, four months, and twenty-three days. He was born March 27, 1830; was married in 1866 to Miss Emily Roulhac, daughter of Dr. J. P. G. Roulhac; united with the church of Christ in 1878, having been a member of the Baptist Church for a number of years. For some years before his death his health had been poor; and when his last illness came, he felt, and so expressed himself, that the days of his usefulness were over, and that the time of his departure had come. He met death with Christian resignation yea, more; he welcomed it and passed away with no regret save that of leaving his loved ones behind him. Brother Thomas was a man of generous impulses, a good husband and father, and a kind neighbor. His family, church, and neighborhood grieve over their loss, and miss him sadly. Hid hope was in the mercy of God through Christ. Only one Being bore human flesh without sin, and in this sinless One he trusted. In Him all believing souls trust and have hope, even though we sometimes walk with faltering steps. We thank God that his bereaved wife and children are all members of the family of God, faithfully following the Savior, who love them, and will lead them safely home to the place he has gone to prepare for all who love him.
J. H. Roulhac.
Gospel Advocate, December 3, 1896, page 780.
Thomas, Jesse W.
The angel of death visited the old homestead on Wednesday morning, January 28, 1920, and bore away the spirit of Jesse W. Thomas. He was eighty-seven years old. He is survived by a wife and six children, thirteen grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, several nephews and nieces, and a host of friends. He was a consistent member of the church of Christ and a splendid example of true Christianity. By their fruits ye shall know them. The fruits of love and kindness borne by him were characteristic of his sweet, gentle nature. He was a loving father, true and kind, and is sadly missed by wife and children.
Gospel Advocate, March 11, 1920, page 254.
Brother Joe Thomas was born on December 23, 1840, and died on April 2, 1909, at his home at Burt, Tenn. He was married to Mary E. Davis in 1870, and seven children blessed their union. Brother Thomas was a soldier in the Confederate Armya member of the Eighteenth Regiment. He was wounded in the battle of Franklin, Tenn. He suffered much for about two years; and while he was patient through all his sickness, death came as a great relief to his sufferings. He became a member of the church of Christ in very early manhood under the preaching of Brother J. M. Kidwill. Brother Thomas was a faithful Christian soldier, and fought valiantly under the blood-stained banner of Christ, his Captain; for he fully realized that the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God, to the casting down of strong-holds; casting down imaginations and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. His daily life and his walk among men was such that all who knew him highly esteemed him and were made better, nobler, and purer by having associated with him. While conducting the funeral service I could see from the appearance of the large audience assembled that they realized they were losing a noble, true, and good man. Though cared for here by a loving wife and faithful children, yet to depart and be with Christ was far better for him, because he died in the Lord. To him was the promise of a blessed death and a glorious resurrection. Now, why should we weep as those who have no hope? Let us resolve to go to him, that where he and Christ are we may be also.
E. H. Hoover., Ashland City, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, June 3, 1909, page 692.
Mrs. Lela Thomas was born in Clay County, Texas, on February 13, 1882, and moved with her mother, Mrs. Bettie Jones, to Cheyenne, O. T., where, in August, 1894, she embraced the blessed truth of a risen Savior, and was baptized by the writer into the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, thus permitting the Lord to add her to the one body, the church of Christ. In Roger Mills County, O. T., in 1899, she formed the acquaintance of a young brother in Christ, Walter Thomas, to whom she was united in matrimony by the writer on December 25, 1904. Little, indeed, was it thought that this newly made home of joy should so soon be converted into one of mourning and sadness by the angel of death. She died on March 3, 1905, at her home near Wellington, Texas. Her remains were brought to her mothers home, in Roger Mills County, and laid away to await the resurrection and judgment day.
J. M. Harrel.
Gospel Advocate, May 18, 1905, page 315.
Thomas, Leslie G.
Leslie G. Thomas died in Chattanooga, Tenn., Oct. 17, 1988. He began preaching in 1913. In 1921 he married Metta Newman, a union that lasted more than 60 years until her death. They had one son, John Paul.
Thomas was also a writer, having approximately 50 volumes of his work published. He was writer of the Gospel Advocate Annual Lesson Commentary for approximately 15 years.
In recent years he worshiped with the Brainerd Church and was a resident in the Martin-Boyd Christian Center.
Gospel Advocate, April, 1989, page 47.
Thomas, Maria Louisa
Maria Louisa Thomas, widow of Eliza Thomas, and mother of my wife, was born March 25th, 1819 and died Oct. 31st, 1887, aged sixty-eight years, seven months and six days. Mother Thomas maiden name was Shipp. She obeyed the gospel in early life, being bitterly opposed by her father and family. By being true to her convictions, she won her father and entire family to the truth. She was the mother of twelve children, all of whom she lived to see obey the gospel of Christ, and married. She was, indeed a mother in Israel. By her godly life, she wielded a large influence for the up-building of the cause of Christ in the town of Milburne, Ky., and community, where she lived for thirty-nine years, and raised her family. She was kind and tender-hearted, administering to the wants of the sick and afflicted.
May the Lord help us all to so live that we shall be ready to meet her in heaven when our summons comes.
E. C. L. Denton., Milan, Tenn., Nov. 30th, 1887.
Gospel Advocate, December 14, 1887, page 800.
Thomas, Mamie Sue
Mrs. Mamie Sue Thomas was born February 2, 1880, in Lawrence County, Ala., and departed this life September 30, 1933. She was married to J. H. Thomas, of Spring Valley, Ala., December 27, 1899. To this union were born four sons and four daughters: Mary, Alice, Joseph, Edgar, David, Mrs. Lillian Kiser, Leslie, and Helene, all surviving; also her husband, her mother (Mrs. Maude Srygley), six brothers, and one sister. She obeyed the gospel under the preaching of our late Fletcher Srygley, her cousin. She loved the church and her family, and lived a true Christian. She was a faithful wife, mother; and daughter, and obliging neighbor. Funeral services were conducted by C. E. Holt, assisted by F. J. Schlosser. The body was laid to rest in Oakwood Cemetery, her brothers acting as pallbearers.
Mrs. Lillian Srygley Rickard.
Gospel Advocate, October 26, 1933, page 1032.
Thomas, Mary Katherine
Mary Katherine Thomas, 86, died Jan. 15 from congestive heart failure and pneumonia.
A longtime member of the University Church of Christ, Thomas was active in church work for many years. She also worked at Abilenes Christian Service Center in its beginning days.
Her husband, J. D. Thomas, was a member of the Bible faculty at Abilene Christian University for 33 years and had preached for several congregations, including the Northwest Church of Christ in Chicago.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Hannah B. Kissick; son, John P.; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Gospel Advocate, March, 1999, page 45.
Thomas, Reba Tucker
Reba Tucker Thomas, professor emeritus of family and consumer sciences at Freed-Hardeman University, died Nov. 15, 2000. She was 65.
She taught at FHU from 1958-2000, primarily in fashion and interiors. She was also a member of the FHU Associates and coordinated their annual fashion show for 20 years.
Thomas was a member of the Henderson Church of Christ, where she assisted with the cradle roll class for many years and participated with her husband in three mission trips to Russia.
She is survived by her husband, John David; two brothers, John and William Tucker; one sister, Jewel Tate; three daughters, Linda Williams, Laura Hall and Lisa Thomas; and three grandchildren.
Gospel Advocate, March, 2001, page 45.
Thomas, Timothy Smith
Timothy Smith Thomas, age eighty, passed away at his home in Mt. Sterling, Ky., September 9, 1954. He was a native of Hartford, Ark., and the son of John Doke and Carolyn Thomas. He was married to Annie May Lyell August 10, 1919, and to this union were born eight children, one son dying in infancy. Besides his wife he is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Margarett Flanagan, Luxora, Ark.; Mrs. Bessie May Jones, Mt. Sterling, Ky.; Mrs. Peggy Montgomery, Dayton, Ohio; and four sons, Lyell J. Thomas, Wake Forest, N. C.; Loyd C. Thomas, Buffalo, N.Y.; Gilbert L. Thomas, Columbus, Ohio; and 2nd Lt. Douglas Thomas, Williams Air Force Base, Chandler, Ariz. He was baptized August, 1935, by I. B. Rainey at Bon Aqua, Tenn. He was true to the faith and was active in the Lords work. The family moved to Bath County, Ky., in 1944 then to Mt. Sterling, Ky., about two years ago. He was loved by his family and all who knew him. J. T. Hodgen, Taylor Lowry, and the writer conducted the funeral at the church building at Camargo where he was a member. Burial was in Machpelah Cemetery, Mt. Sterling.
Franklin W. Wade.
Gospel Advocate, November 11, 1954, page 901.
Thomas, William J.
William J. Thomas died at his home, at Leipers Fork, Tenn., on February 4, 1917. If he had lived till March 21, he would have been seventy-nine years old. His home during his youth and early manhood was in Nashville, Tenn. In the year 1866 he married Miss Sarah L. Cook. Of this union three children were born two sons and one daughter. Both the sons passed to the beyond before the father. His wife having also died, he married Miss Mamie J. Meacham on September 18, 1889. There was no issue from this marriage. That same year he obeyed the gospel, and for twenty-eight years he lived a Christian, being a faithful attendant of the congregation at Leipers Fork. Of his immediate family, he leaves a widow and an only daughter, Miss Fannie Thomas, to mourn the death of a devoted husband and a loving, indulgent father. He also leaves a sister, Mrs. Mays and other relatives, citizens of Nashville. Brother Thomas was a straightforward, good man, and a Christian gentleman. Modest and retiring in his disposition, he attended strictly to his own business. He will be missed by his friends and brethren and the community at large.
James E. Scobey.
Gospel Advocate, April 5, 1917, page 348.
Mrs. Ella Thomason, wife of the late R. B. (Ruf) Thomason, died at her home in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., on Thursday, November 11, after a long illness which she endured with true Christian fortitude. She leaves three brothers, two sisters, and many good friends to mourn her death. In her immediate family she leaves five children, two sons, and three daughters, besides two little granddaughters, left in her home by the death of their mother, Mrs. Willie Green, about five years ago. Truly it can be said that she loved her children and her children loved her. In her last sickness of about five months her daughters with tender hands and loving hearts waited by her bedside as only loving hearts can. This mother was a Christian. She obeyed the gospel fourteen years ago at West Point, Tenn., and died in the faith. The funeral was held in the home by the writer of this notice. Her body was laid to rest at Mount Ararat Cemetery. May the Lord bless the bereaved.
T. C. King.
Gospel Advocate, December 9, 1920, page 1211.
Thompson, A. E.
Sister A. E. Thompson was born on September 22, 1827, and died on May 5, 1906. About the year 1843 she became a member of the Baptist Church, of which she remained a member until about 1866. She then united with the church of Christ, under the preaching of Brother J. L. Sewell, at New Hope Church, in Cannon County, Tenn. Some ten years later she became dissatisfied with her Baptist baptism and was baptized by J. L. Sewell, remaining a member of the New Hope congregation until death, about forty years later. She was the wife of Brother H. L. Thompson some sixty years, who preceded her to the grave about two years. Sister Thompson was the mother of twelve children, and was a faithful and loving wife and an affectionate mother. She was a faithful and devoted member of the church and a useful citizen of the community. She and Brother Thompson built up, and for many years presided over, a hospitable, pleasant, happy, Christian home. Their home was generally the home of the preachers that labored for that congregation and of all other disciples of Christ who had a mind to sojourn with them. The writer of this has spent many happy hours in their home. Sister Thomson was a kind-hearted woman, ever ready to assist the destitute. For several years preceding her death she suffered much from ill health, but bore her affliction with great patience and Christian fortitude. She was a woman of strong faith in the word of God, was loyal to its teaching, and always loved to talk of the interest of the Redeemers kingdom. Her strong faith in the promises of God helped her much in bearing her long and painful illness. The surviving children have lost a kind and loving mother; the congregation, a faithful member; the community, a good neighbor and a useful woman. But they will not mourn her departure as one for whom they had no hope. They realize that their loss is her gain; they realize, too, that if they, like she, will be faithful to the Lord in this life, they may meet her in the sweet by and by, to spend an eternity of bliss, where no more sickness or pain can mar the joys that never end.
E. G. S.
Gospel Advocate, June 21, 1906, page 395.
Thompson, Amaretta Smith
Miss Amaretta Smith was born on July 5, 1842, near Jacksonville, Ind. She died on Monday, February 2, 1927. She was married, in Paris, Ill., on July 19, 1861, to E. W. Thompson. To this union were born four sons and five daughters. Five children preceded her in death. Grandma Thompson obeyed the gospel early in life. She and her husband, who preceded her to the home of the soul, were ever true and loyal to the church of Christ. They read and loved the Gospel Advocate. I Love Thy Church, O God, was their favorite song. Sister Thompson made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Opal Higginbotham, at Canadian, Texas. We laid her mortal body by the side of her companion in the Washita Cemetery, there to await the coming of our Savior. Many of the Canadian brethren accompanied her remains to Washita and assisted in the burial services.
L. D. Cummings.
Gospel Advocate, November 10, 1927, page 1072.
Thompson, Annie B.
Annie B. Thompson was born on April 1, 1874. Early in life she obeyed the gospel, at Barton, Ala., where she lived all her life. She was married to Isaac Thompson, to which union eight children were born, six of whom are living. After a long illness she died on February 19, 1929. After the writer talked for a short time her body was laid in the Barton cemetery, to wait for her Lord to call her out in that day. She was loved by those who knew her in her daily life, and a large crowd came to follow her to the grave. She leaves a monument that speaks better than human tongue. The five brothers and two sisters, with a host of friends, will mourn their loss. Blessed are those who die in the Lord.
W. T. Hines.
Gospel Advocate, March 7, 1929, page 235.
Thompson, Annie Belle
On the night of January 10, 1910, the soul of Sister Annie Belle Thompson, wife of Brother Dan Thompson, laid aside the burdens of this life to enter into the glorified rest, where fadeless flowers shed their fragrance throughout the endless days of eternity. She was the daughter of Brother Meeks Jackson, and her early home was Fruitvale, Tenn. At the age of sixteen years she became a member of the church of Christ, under the teaching of Brother J. L. Holland, remaining true to the cross till death. How beautiful, to remember her Creator in the days of her youth; better still, to remain faithful until death! In her eighteenth year she became the wife of Brother Dan Thompson. This happy union was blessed by one son, Carl, who, though only fourteen years of age, was much comfort to his mother in her last days. Having this noble heritage, with a love for study, the future is bright for him. It was the good fortune of the writer to know Sister Thompson personally for more than two years, and no one impressed me more than she of such love for the Masters work. Though hindered by earthly environments, she exemplified in the larges measure possible those beautiful traits of Christian character which crown womanhood with grace divine. The last years of her life were spent in Memphis, Tenn., where she worshiped with the Gaylord Avenue church of Christ as long as health would permit. During her long illness the kind-hearted elders broke bread with them in their home. In her death the husband has lost a devoted companion; the son, a sweet, lovable mother; and the church, one of its beloved members. She lived only thirty-five years, to love, rejoice, and bless us with her influence. To the sorrowing husband and son I will say: Trust God always, and he will sustain you. He has said: I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Some glad day in the bright beyond we will know why sorrows come. Until then, faith says: Thy will be done.
W. S. Long, Jr.
Gospel Advocate, February 2, 1911, page 151.
Just as the old clock was striking the hour of one on August 8, the soul of Sister Catherine Thompson was called to depart this life to receive her reward for a faithful life in our Masters vineyard. She was born on August 30, 1835, being seventy-seven years, eleven months, and twenty-two days old. She was first married to Mr. Cooper, and to that union were born two children, who survive her. After his death, she was married to Mr. Thompson. Five children of this union remain. In 1880 she became a Christian, being baptized by old Brother Smithson, the noted blind preacher. Sister Thompson spent her life in Shipps Bend, near Centerville, Tenn., where she lived a devoted Christian life till the hour of death. She was kind, sympathetic, and lived out the pure principles of Christianity. Such a life is a blessing to a community. Her children [and grandchildren] rise up, and call her blessed. (Prov. 31:28.) The day before she was stricken with paralysis a number of her friends visited her home. She prepared the good corn light bread which was enjoyed with the delicious dinner eaten that day. At midnight she was stricken and never spoke again. In peace she went to receive a crown that is undefiled, and that fadeth not away. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. (Ps. 116:15.) To her dear children and grandchildren let us say Sweeter and purer and better is the life of a Christian than all the pleasures of sin. Take Christ Jesus as your leader, and do what he would have you do, and you shall meet her in heaven.
W. S. Long, Jr.
Gospel Advocate, October 2, 1913, page 956.
Clyde Thompson, 68, died in Methodist Hospital, Lubbock, Texas on Tuesday, July 3. Funeral services were at the Sunset Church in Lubbock, Texas July 5 and interment at Hillsboro July 6. His death was unexpected and sudden. He was hospitalized on Monday night for severe back pains and after a restless night and early morning he died of cardiac arrest at about 10:30 a.m. A post-mortem revealed that he had severe bone malignancy and he could not have lived over six months. This condition was not previously known by anyone and Clyde himself had thanked the Lord for his good health and ability to continue in his vital ministry at his age. He is survived by his wife, Julia, and his daughter, Shirley, both of 5502 17th Place, Lubbock, 79416. For the past two years Clyde had worked with the Sunset church in Lubbock as Prison Minister. In 1977 he was appointed as Chaplain at Lubbocks County Jail where he was instrumental in bringing over 400 to Christ in that two-year period. Clydes story of how God used him to reach ex-offenders and those presently incarcerated has been given wide publicity in the brotherhood and through national media. That chapter of his life began in November of 1955 when he himself was released from Texas Department of Corrections after 28 years and two months confinement. His dream then was to return and help those who were coming out into the free world like himself. The specific fulfillment of that dream began in 1970 when he and his family began working with the Prisoner Reorientation Center in Huntsville. During that seven years over 1600 were brought to Christ and hundreds were restored to their first love. Clydes work was also furthered by his book, EX 83, CLYDE THOMPSON, by his tapes, articles, and booklets. He was often requested to speak at Jail Evangelism workshops, Youth Rallies, College Lectureships, and for TV talk shows. His ministry also caught the attention of Chaplain Ray of Dallas as well as The Christian Science Monitor and other papers. That long 28-years chapter of Clydes life behind bars is a story of Gods grace. It began when Clyde was 17, the youngest prisoner in history at that time to be sentenced to die in the electric chair on a murder charge. He was on death row for three months. Under Governor Ross Sterling his sentence was commuted to life. Before it was all over he became known as the meanest man in the Texas prison system, and admitted that a total of 8 men were in their graves because of him. He was involved in an attempted prison break which nearly cost him his life. He spent 5 years in an old abandoned morgue behind death row, a cell with a steel door and no light, made just for him. He was not to be trusted anywhere else. It was there that the turning point came. Though he had been baptized into Christ as a youth, and though his own father was a gospel preacher, Clyde denied God and spurned the Bible his own father had given him in prison. But in that morgue he asked for a Bible (I knew they wouldnt give me anything else to read) and he began reading it just to keep his sanity. But the more I read, the more I realized that it was the truth of God and that I was lost and undone. So, on my knees in tears and prayers I repented. His changed life became evident. He reached out to others with the message of hope. He wrote poetry, articles for gospel papers, and corresponded with many Christians, among them Julia, who was to become his wife shortly after his release. Its amazing that he was finally granted full pardon and restoration of citizenship and that his work with ex-offenders became noted by authorities who had earlier given up on Clyde. Please pray for Julia, Shirley, and the hundreds who were touched by Clydes work in the gospel.
Gospel Advocate, August 9, 1979, page 507.
On April 1, 1911, the soul of Brother Don Thompson departed from a suffering body to enjoy the rest that awaits the faithful children of God. He was only thirty-seven years old, and the cause of his death was weak lungs. He was reared at Fruitvale, Tenn., and at the age of twenty-three was married to Miss Annie Belle Jackson, of that place. They were both devoted to the church of Christ, and for fifteen years prior to their death one of the leading characteristics was to be true to the worship of God as it is written. Several years ago Brother Thomson moved to Memphis, Tenn., where he engaged in the mercantile business. In his business relations, as well as his church work, he always endeavored to manifest the spirit of Christ. On January 10 his wife died, leaving him and their son, Carl (who is only fourteen years of age), to mourn their loss. Being in a frail condition at that time, he returned to Fruitvale and spent his last days on earth in his old neighborhood. In the home of Brother J. N. Jackson (Uncle Punch Jackson) he was tenderly nursed by faithful hands of those who knew him best and loved him most. The writer conducted the funeral services, and his body was laid to rest by the side of his wife in Walnut Hill Cemetery. One of his favorite songs was Heavenly Sunlight: and it is consoling to know that he walked in Gods sunlight here, and we believe he shall dwell in his presence forever more. May God bless his little boy who is left in this world without a fathers counsel and a mothers love. May he hold to the guidance of a Heavenly Father, and, by the aid of encouraging friends, so live as to reflect credit upon the name he represents. May he shun the evil temptations and so order his course as never to be ashamed of the footprints of his life.
W. S. Long, Jr.
Gospel Advocate, May 18, 1911, page 568.
Thompson, E. W.
Brother E. W. Thompson died at Washita, Texas, on June 23, 1914, aged seventy-two years. He was born in Illinois. He and his faithful wife obeyed the gospel under the teaching of Tomy Gooman, in Edgar County, Ill., fifty-three years ago. He was married to Miss L. A. Smith in 1862, and to this union were born nine children, four of whom preceded him to the other world. The others are as follows: J. W. Thompson and Opal Higginbotham, who live at Washita, Texas; Jane Given of Pallacios, Texas; E. V. Thompson, of Killeen, Texas. All are members of the church of Christ. Interment was made in the Washita Cemetery amid a host of sorrowing friends. Brother Thompson loved the church, and, next to the Bible, the old Christian Hymn Book was his favorite, and No. 68 his favorite song. In his death the Gospel Advocate has lost a stanch friend and reader of thirty-two years standing (and yet he was not selfish with his papers); his children an aged companion (the latter seventy-two years of age), a Christian father and husband; the cause of Christ, a good elder. He never failed to meet and warn others when possible. At a certain time at evening a chapter was read and blessings from our Heavenly Father were asked for. We are thankful for his life, and may God raise up some one to take his place in the little congregation and guide them to heaven.
L. D. Cummings.
Gospel Advocate, July 23, 1914, page 801.
Thompson, Florence N.
Florence N. Stephenson was born in Kaufman County, Texas, on March 4, 1858, and died at her home at Rockwall, Texas, on August 20, 1921. She was married to John Thompson on February 7, 1875. In the fall of that year both husband and wife obeyed the gospel and started to raising a Christian family. Two children were born to this union, Annie and Etta, both of whom were taught the Bible in early girlhood and became Christians. Sister Thompson was one of those good, plain mothers we love to think of; and when this is read by those who knew her they will say, I never knew a better woman. The Thompson family knew the Bible well, and when (about twenty-five years ago) the wave of departure from the Bible and Christian worship came to Sister Thompsons home congregation, she opposed it bitterly, and did so until the day of her death. I firmly believe Sister Thompson held the church in higher esteem than anything else in this world. She had been a great sufferer for many years, but kept going to church all the time when she was able. I am glad I knew her, and I think she was, like Abraham, a blessing to others. Those whom she left behind have nothing to grieve over only the separation and the thoughts of her suffering; for she was truly a Christian, and is far better off than while vexed with suffering and pain of this life.
J. S. Dunn.
Gospel Advocate, September 22, 1921, page 930.
Thompson, George A.
Brother George A. Thompson was born in Wilson County, Tenn., on March 20, 1840, and died in Memphis, Tenn., on May 25, 1905. One more of our number has gone to his ever-abiding home. Brother Thompson lived for more than the average length of days of man. He was an unusually kind husband, father, friend, and neighbor, especially fond of playing with children, winning the affections of their tender hearts. To us it seemed best for him to abide in the flesh, but God saw best for him to go hence. Brother Thompson leaves an aged wife, sons, daughters, and many friends to mourn his departure. This is the second death among our number here. Last year Sister James Bee, a most admirable Christian lady, passed away. Amidst all the sorrows that may gather over our pathway, we trust we may be impressed with lifes sacred step and realize the blessedness of being faithful unto death. To you who sorrow, we sympathize with you, ever remembering you can go to the righteous gone on before, but they cannot return to you.
J. W. Dunn., Memphis, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, June 15, 1905, page 378.
Thompson, H. G.
Brother H. G. Thompson was born on December 12, 1872; was united in marriage to Miss Lizzie Ashley on January 21, 1900; obeyed the gospel of Christ on July 28, 1911; and died on November 19, 1911. He had been in failing health for several months. I visited him in his sickness and talked with him of his physical and spiritual condition. He was fully persuaded in his own mind to obey the gospel. We made preparation and baptized him. His wife made the confession at the same time, and was buried with her Lord in baptism a few days later. Brother Thompson began to improve and was thought by all to be improving. He rejoiced in the sweet hope of eternal life and with smiles and kind words gave expression to a glad heart. The writer attended the last service at the home with many of brethren and sisters in Christ, also many of his friends assembled with bowed heads and moistened eyes in token of sorrow that a seat is vacant, a voice is still, but which, we trust, will be heard over there, where the hand of God will wipe all tears from our eyes.
George W. Gilbert., Manchester, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, December 7, 1911, page 1428.
Thompson, H. L.
Brother H. L. Thompson was born in Ireland on May 16, 1924; died on July 5, 1903; aged seventy-nine years. He died at his old home, near Woodbury, Tenn., in which community he had lived for sixty-one years. He was baptized into Christ in September, 1874, by Brother Thomas Shaw, of Lynchburg, Tenn. He and his wife had lived together for fifty-nine years. By trade he was a tanner, which business he followed nearly all his life. He was successful in business and was soon able to purchase a good home. He was a hospitable man, and loved to entertain his friends, and his home has long been regarded as the preachers home when in that community; and many are the times that the writer enjoyed a pleasant sojourn in his pleasant, Christian home. He was an industrious and economical man, and in these things was a good example for others to go by. He was kind and respectful to all, and made many friends. Brother Thompson was honest, truthful, faithful, and prompt in his business relations, and was kind and courteous toward all with whom he associated. As a member of the church of God he was sincere, conscientious, attentive, and regularly in his place on the first day of the week. He was loyal and true to the word of God, and wanted nothing in the work or worship of the church not authorized by the word of God. I think I never saw any one that enjoyed hearing the plain word of the Lord preached more than he did. He was a quiet, unassuming man in the community, attending to his own affairs and leaving other people to attend to theirs without any interference. He was a kind and faithful husband and father, taking a deep interest in the welfare of his family, and in return was very kindly and affectionately treated and cared for by them in his old age and his welfare tenderly guarded by them. He will be greatly missed in the home by the family, in the congregation by all the members, and by the entire community. But his family and brethren will not grieve for him as those who have no hope, for they have the precious hope of the glorious gospel of Christ to console them in their sad bereavement. The wife and the children will think of husband and father now as free from all pain, all sorrow, and all disappointment; they will think of him as sleeping in Jesus, as forever safe in the arms of his tender love. By being faithful to the Lord through this life they may meet him in the beautiful home of the soul, where these sad partings and farewells will be known and feared no more and where happiness will forever reign.
E. G. S.
Gospel Advocate, July 23, 1903, page 474.
Thompson, Hannah C.
Sister Hannah C. Thompson was born Jan. 21, 1819; was married to Moses L. Thompson April 15, 1841; departed this life Aug. 5, 1896; aged seventy-seven years, six months, and fourteen days. She obeyed the gospel at a meeting held by the writer (if I mistake not) at Lewisburg, Marshall County, Tenn., in the summer of 1871. She was a true, loyal, and faithful servant of the Lord, and also a friend of the needy. Above all, she left a spotless character, of which pen need not praise. She died, as she had lived, in the full assurance of the promises of her Savior. To her children, grandchildren, and friends who linger on this side of the river I would say: Walk in the footsteps of our dear sister, that you may meet her to part no more.
James H. Morton., Berlin, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, May 27, 1897, page 336.
Harding Thompson was born May 10, 1890, and died June 5, 1952. Brother Thompson was the auditor for the Jacksonville Paper Company, of Jacksonville, Fla. He had gone to Raleigh, N. C., to audit the books there, and died of a heart attack while in his hotel room alone. He had had some heart condition for several years. Harding Thomson was well known through the brotherhood as a song leader. He led singing for many meetings conducted by his brother, the late T. B. Thompson. For eighteen years he was the song leader for the Riverside Park church of Christ of Jacksonville, Fla. During my nine years stay with this church Brother Thompson was the song leader, and one that could be depended on to be there at all times. Many preachers living today remember him as having worked with them in meetings. I believe I had no better friend, or conscientious brother in Christ. He loved the truth, and always encouraged preachers when they preached the truth plainly. He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife, Ina Thompson; one daughter, Verna; and a son, Rupert, by a former marriage. His body was laid to rest in the beautiful Evergreen Cemetery in South Jacksonville to wait the resurrection morning. Harding Thompson was a true soldier of Christ, who did his job well. Therefore, with all the hope a Christian can have, we look forward to meeting him in the home of the soul.
Gilbert E. Shaffer.
Gospel Advocate, July 31, 1952, page 500.
Thompson, Ina Long
Ina Long Thompson was born in Union City, Tenn., November 21, 1869. She was the oldest child of W. S. Long, Sr., and Martha Harper Long. There were eight children born to that Long family. They were: Ina, Slaughter, Samuel, Tandy, Edward, Mary, Gabe, and Ellihu. The parents and three of the children have crossed the river of death. Ina grew up to be a sweet, happy young woman, and was very religious and conscientious, and tried to please God in all she did. When the wife of her uncle, Robert Harper, died, leaving two small children, Ina saw his need and assumed the responsibility to keep house for her uncle and care for his little children. In the fall of 1907 she was married to Mr. J. Patrick Thompson of Centerville, Tenn., and moved with him to a farm at Shipps Bend. Brother Thompson had lost his wife and had two little children. She became mother to these sweet children. Later God gave to this union a little baby girl, who they named Louise Thompson. These children (Earl, Louis, and Louise) grew to full manhood and womanhood, and married and have families of their own. This was a very devoted family, because each one was a true Christian, and they were bound together by the Lord. After a number of years on the farm, Brother Thompson moved his family to Centerville, where they lived till the death of his beloved wife. The seriousness of her illness was not known till a short time before her passing, which was on July 6. On Friday, July 7, friends and loved ones and relatives gathered at the church in Centerville, where some of the sweetest songs were rendered, and B. B. James of Henderson, Tenn., read Prov. 31 and spoke tender words of comfort. Flowers from many parts of the country covered her casket, and her body was gently laid to rest in the Centerville Cemetery. In her parting words she gave comfort to her family and gave a few requests and said: I am ready to go. Gods will be done. She then folded her arms and fell asleep. Good-bye, my beloved sister. You had your sorrows, heartaches, and tears, but Christ has taken you to himself and wiped away all tears. You were a noble sister, an obedient child, a loyal wife, a true mother, and a glorious Christian. We have every assurance that if we live so as to be saved we shall meet you in heaven and praise God throughout the endless ages of eternity. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
W. S. Long.
Gospel Advocate, August 3, 1950, page 503.
Thompson, Jennett McFadden
Jennett McFadden Thompson was born April 5, 1878, at Sycamore Valley, Ohio. She became a Christian at the age of sixteen and lived faithfully until death. She was united in marriage to C. F. Thompson on March 14, 1900, at Whiting, Iowa. They lived there three years; then moved to Alberta, Canada, where they lived nine years; coming to Raymondville, Texas, in January, 1912, where they have since made their home. She was the mother of six children, three daughters preceding her in death. Surviving, besides the husband, are: one son (W. R. Thompson), two daughters (Mrs. Ralph Scott and Mrs. L. C. Kinsey), and seven grandchildren, all of Raymondville, Texas. Brother and Sister Thompson are pioneer Christians of the Rio Grande Valley. I held a meeting first at Raymondville in 1921, and their home was my home. I have never known two more faithful Christians. Sister Thompson was a model wife, mother, and Christian. May God bless Brother Thompson. He will be lonely without her.
Foy E. Wallace, Sr., Corpus Christi, Texas.
Gospel Advocate, November 20, 1941, page 1126.
Thompson, John F.
John F. Thompson, of Bridgeport, Ala., was killed on the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway on August 30, 1918, at his post of duty. He was born on August 31, 1888, and was married to Elizabeth Crownover on September 14, 1909. Born to this union are three childrenone bright-eyed boy and two sweet little girls. Brother Thompson also leaves an aged father, mother, and four brothers (three of them in France) to mourn their loss. He was spoken of in the highest terms by his fellow servants and coworkers of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen as a worthy brother and a Christian gentleman. He obeyed the gospel in 1913 and lived a devoted Christian life as best he could until death. The writer was called to conduct the funeral services and was informed by members of his congregation that anything he might say would not overestimate his Christian life. Their loss is his gain. The large crowd at the funeral would satisfy the mind of any one of the esteem the community placed on him. He was loved by all. He has gone on before and will be waiting for others. May Gods love overshadow the bereaved ones.
W. A. McCullough.
Gospel Advocate, September 12, 1918, page 884.
Thompson, John J., Sr.
John J. Thompson, Sr., was born on July 18, 1843, in Sumner County, Tenn., near Hartsville. On February 16, 1871, he was married to Martha J. Upchurch. This union was blessed with seven children, five of whom yet survive. Brother Thompson was a Confederate soldier, being a member of the Fifth Tennessee Regiment. At the battle of Shiloh he received a wound that made him a cripple for life. He was a good soldier in the Civil War; but it is much better to know that he was a soldier of the cross, and as such was faithful, loyal, and true. While a young man he became a member of the church of Christ at Blood River. Later he moved into the Sulphur Well Academy community, and was largely instrumental in building a church house and building up a congregation there. It can be truthfully said of him that he fought a good fight, he finished his course, he kept the faith, and henceforth there is laid up for him a crown of righteousness. He quit the walks of men and passed into the great beyond on December 16, 1923.
Fred W. Chunn.
Gospel Advocate, February 7, 1924, page 139.
Thompson, John J.
John J. Thompson was born on January 24, 1853, and died on July 4, 1925. He was married to Miss Mary Wells on February 26, 1880. To this union were born three childrenNina, Annie, and David. The two daughters died in early womanhood. Brother Thompson obeyed the gospel in August, 1883, and was an earnest, faithful, consistent Christian until death. For a number of years he was a member of the Green Plains congregation, was one of the founders and an elder of the church at Union Grove, and at the time of his death was a member of the church of Christ in Murray, Ky. He was a faithful companion, a good brother, a loving father, a useful citizen, an accommodating neighbor. He is survived by his wife; an aged sister, Mrs. Dillie Floyd; one son, Brother David Thompson, one of our best young preachers of the gospel; and two grandchildren. This is a sad bereavement for the family, the church, and the community in which he lived; but we sorrow not as those who have no hope. Funeral services were conducted by Brother E. H. Smith and the writer, after which his body was laid away in the Green Plains Cemetery. May God bless and comfort the bereaved ones.
J. B. Brown.
Gospel Advocate, October 1, 1925, page 956.
Thompson, Leonard W.
Leonard W. Thompson of Cullman, Ala., age fifty, passed away suddenly on January 8, 1955, at 3 A.M. He suffered a cerebral hemorrhage at his home on January 7, and lived approximately fifteen hours thereafter. Funeral services were conducted in the church building at 3 P.M., January 9, by M. A. Creel and the writer. Never has this writer witnessed such a great crowd of people at a funeral service. Indeed, a living testimony of the influence of a humble, godly life! At the time of his death he was serving as one of the elders of this congregation. He had served in this capacity for eighteen years or more. He had preached for many of the rural churches of this county. He was an able gospel preacher and, with the help of others, did the preaching here in the absence of the regular preacher. The Lords church came first always in Brother Thompsons life. Though he had many activities outside of his church work, he never allowed these to interfere. Every Bible class, every training class, or worship service of the church was attended by him. He had a great admiration for gospel preachers and through his business had helped many of them materially. Few men in the church have been loved and appreciated as was Brother Thompson. He was not interested in personal glory, but always seeking the welfare of others. From a business standpoint he had been successful. However, he believed that there was a direct connection between his success and his service to the Lord. He gave liberally to the cause of Christ, not counting what he had materially as his own, but realizing that God was his partner. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mildred Nunnelley Thompson; two sons, Bill and Charles, of Cullman; three daughters, Mrs. James E. Guthery, Jane Ann and Linda; his mother, Mrs. G. G. Thompson, Vinemont; two sisters, Miss Lorena Thompson, Vinemont; and Mrs. Sam Ponder, Cullman; five brothers, James, Knoxville, Tenn.; Jack, Louisville, Ky.; Gene, of Florence, Ala.; Dillard and George of Cullman. Also four grandchildren.
Robert M. Pressnell.
Gospel Advocate, April 28, 1955, page 341.
Thompson, Mary C.
By request I chronicle the death of sister Mary C. Thompson, the daughter of Bro. Joseph and Sister Sallie Thompson of the Mars Hill congregation. Mary C. Thompson was born Dec. 17, 1851, and departed this life June 6, 1887. She was baptized into Christ in 1867, from which time she lived a devoted Christian life until her death. But we do not mourn as those without hope; for our sister died in the full triumphs of the Christians faith. She has made her record and has gone to receive her reward.
J. S. Miller.
Gospel Advocate, June 22, 1887, page 399.
Thompson, Miller Chisholm
Miller Chisholm Thompson was born at Mars Hill, Ala., July 25, 1868, where he obeyed the gospel July 21, 1888; where, in the house in which he was born, his final farewell to this world he said Jan. 13, 1894. Miller was the tenth member of the family to which he belonged, and the tenth to pass away; father, mother, Mollie, Maggie, Minnie, Florence, Romie, Johnnie, and Jimmie having gone to the grave before he left us. Mollie and Maggie were taken from the cradle. Of such is the kingdom of heaven. The others were all members of the Church of Christthe family of God. Robert, still living at the old home, with his faithful, Christian wife and three little children, is the only surviving member of the large and happy family dwelling there a few brief years ago. Thus generations pass away, homes are vacated, and graveyards are filled. He who writes, and those who read this, like shadows are flitting away. How are we living? Whither are we tending? Our bodies are going to the grave. Whither are we going? Let us live to do good, for God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good or whether it be evil.
T. B. L., Florence, Ala.
Gospel Advocate, September 27, 1894, page 611.
Moses Thompson was born in Benton county, N. C. in the year 1811 or 12 and at the age of fifteen years came to Tennessee with his father, James Thompson. In 1841 he was married to Hannah C. McDaniel. Several children blessed this union. In 1871 during a protracted meeting (held by the writer) at Lewisburg, Marshall county, Tenn., (at which meeting fifty-four were added to the Lords army) he and his wife obeyed the gospel of Christ. Bro. Thompson crossed to the better land Nov. 7, 1890. We think of him now as having entered upon his glad eternal inheritance. O bereaved wife, children, and friends, look to them who alone can help in time of trouble, who alone can give us a peaceful hour in which to die. He lived a life of faith and love, and has gone to wear the crown which the Lord shall give to them that love him. Farewell dear brother till the resurrection morn.
J. H. Morton., Berlin, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, September 9, 1891, page 575.
Sister T. B. (Myrtle) Thompson died peacefully in her sleep on Monday night, June 28, 1982, at the age of 90. She would have been 91 in August. This beloved saint was the widow of T. B. Thompson, one of our beloved and well-known gospel preachers. He passed away suddenly in 1948, while on business in Dallas, Texas. He was at that time serving as minister of the Lords church in Bryan, Texas.
Sister Thompson was truly an ideal preachers wife. Her warm Christian spirit made for her many friends. The Lord bestowed upon her rich talents of a great Bible teacher. She was a power in the many teachers workshops. She conducted classes for women at Bible Lectureships at our Christian colleges throughout the brotherhood. She continued her teaching until her 85th year. Her lecture most requested and most remembered was What Shall I Take to My Wedding? In real life she was truly a model of this.
For a number of years Sister Thompson was a Dean of Women at York College. Any memorials for her should be sent to York College, York, Neb. Memorial services for Sister Thompson were conducted on Thursday, July 1, 1982, at the Walnut Hill Church of Christ, where she was a member, and where her son-in-law and daughter, Russell and Edithlyn Dyer are members. Brother Dyer is an elder in that congregation. Services were conducted by Melvin J. Wise, Robert Holton, and her nephew, Mack Wayne Craig. She was laid to rest beside her beloved husband in Denton, Texas. Graveside services were conducted by Lonnie Yarbrough and Tipp Hall, Jr.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
Walnut Hill Church of Christ, 10550 Marsh Lane, Dallas, Texas 75229.
Gospel Advocate, September 2, 1982, page 538.
Thompson, R. L.
Brother R. L. Thompson was born in Rockingham County, N. C., Nov. 18, 1815, and died Nov. 19, 1895, aged 80 years and 1 day. He was married to E. J. McCarter, Oct. 1, 1835. His aged companion survives him. They lived together sixty years, one month, and nineteen days. He was baptized the fourth Lords day in July, 1838, by Kibbell Winn. He began preaching immediately after his baptism, and continued until five years ago, when old age disabled him. He lived a consistent Christian life to the last. He died in the triumphs of a living faith. He said to his faithful wife in the morning before he died that night, that he was happy, and felt like saying, Glory to God in the highest!
C. L. Cole., Waxahachie, Texas.
Gospel Advocate, February 20, 1896, page 128.
Thompson, Robert Henry
Robert Henry Thompson was born at Mars Hill, Ala., Oct. 19, 1859. He was born again at the same place Feb. 13, 1876. He was married to Miss Erin Augusta Owen Dec. 28, 1886. On Feb. 13, 1896the day between the day of his death and the day of his burial, just twenty years after his burial by baptism into death with Christhis lifeless body was tenderly and tearfully prepared by loving hands, in the same house in which he was born, for burial in the Mars Hill cemetery. Robert was the last of a family of eleven to obey the solemn summons that comes to all the sons and daughters of menfather, mother, three brothers, and five sisters having gone before. All were Christians, except two precious little baby sistersMary and Margaretwho went home to Him who says, Of such is the kingdom of heaven, when father and mother were young. One family less, where life is a vapor that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. One family more, where life is eternal, and a treasure sublime.
T. B. Larimore., Florence, Ala.
Gospel Advocate, April 2, 1896, page 215.
It is with a sad and aching heart that I record the death of my dear mother, Mrs. Sarah Thompson, wife of J. M. Thompson. She was born August 12, 1825. As sinks the evening star to rest in all its brilliancy and beauty, so gently has our sweet mother passed away. For two weeks she suffered so much, but bore it all calmly, never complaining. On the 6th of September her sweet spirit winged its flight from earth to heaven. She was 63 years of age. Obeyed the gospel under the preaching of Bro. Speer about thirty years ago. Her disease had long been preying upon her vital frame and seemed to bid defiance to all medical aid and the careful nursing and unremitting attention of loving relatives and friends. Her death, though not unexpected, is a severe shock to the family and friends, and especially so to the devoted husband and children who watched by her bedside so patiently, so constantly, so tenderly, anticipating her every want and endeavoring in every possible way to mitigate her suffering. She died in the full triumph of a living faith and had lived to see all of her children enter the fold of Christ. May our lives be as commendable and our future prospects as bright as sweet mother. A true and faithful mother she had been, and many a weary heart could tell of times when her loving words of sympathy brought sunshine to their souls. She was an affectionate and devoted wife, a kind and loving mother, a meek and humble Christian, possessing a social nature and many lovable qualities of mind.
She won many friends and those who knew her best loved her most. Never will we hear her sweet voice or see that dear face in the family circle. It is so hard to give her up, but we ought not to grieve. God gave, God hath taken away. Lifes brief span will soon be over, then we will join our loved ones on the other shore our achings and longings and separations will be forever stilled, where no stormy clouds of trouble will ever hover around us.
Dear father, loving brothers and sisters may God help us in our great grief to drink the cup and bear the cross and as the darkened years roll on, assist us Lord to bear our great loss, is the prayer of her sorrowing daughter.
S. F. T., Rucker, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, December 19, 1888, page 14.
Departed this life Oct. 5th, 1888, near Mars Hill church, Rutherford county, Tenn., sister Sarah Thompson, wife of J. M. Thompson, being about sixty-three years of age.
Sister Thompson obeyed the gospel about thirty years ago, under the preaching of J. K. Speer, and, so far as we know, lived a consistent Christian life. I enjoyed the pleasure of seeing her a number of times during her Christian career, and found her kind, characteristic of a Christian lady. She died in full assurance of faith. She leaves a husband and several children to mourn their loss.
E. B. S. Waldron., Lavergne, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, October 31, 1888, page 14.
Thompson, Sarah Elizabeth
Sarah Elizabeth, wife of S. Harding Thompson, was born on June 19, 1890, and died on March 25, 1927. She leaves, to mourn her going, her husband; one son, Rupert; mother, Mrs. Bell Arendale; two brothers, Andrew and Walter; two sisters, Kathryn and Mrs. Larry Redmond. Funeral services were held in the church of Christ at Lakeland, Fla., Brother Price Billingsley making the funeral address. Elizabeth was a devoted member of the church over a period of twenty-two years, having been baptized at the age of fourteen by Brother S. R. Logue. The high esteem in which she was held was shown by the large concourse attending her funeral, together with the beautiful floral offerings which more than covered her grave. She was plain, unpretentious, simple in her tastes, sincere in her devotion, had a good knowledge of the Bible, hated show and hypocrisy, and the offerings of this world meant nothing to her. She often talked of how foolishly people lived and acted in reference to their highest interests. Elizabeth never seemed to be so much at home here, and found no enjoyment in the fads, fancies, and pleasures of this material sphere. Her health for several years had not been good, and she seemed to live in the realization that she could not long remain. During her last illness of a few short weeks, following a paralytic stroke, she would almost appear impatient at the thought of lingering and expressed a readiness and desire to pass on. All was done that human love could do to contribute to her well-being during her illness. Friends kept her room decorated with beautiful flowers, and her husbands devotion was all it could have been, lavishing upon her every attention possible. None who knew her doubt her fitness to associate with the redeemed.
T. B. Thompson.
Gospel Advocate, June 2, 1927, page 526.
Thompson, Sarah J.
Sarah J. Thompson, wife of Lee R. Thompson, Guin, Ala., departed this life October 28 at her home after a long illness. She was the oldest daughter of David and Betty Logan. She was born August 2, 1878, near Guin, and had lived near there most all her life. She obeyed the gospel at the hands of Talbert Randolph at the age of thirteen. On February 12, 1899, she was united in marriage to L. R. Thompson. To this union were born eight children, three of these having passed on in infancy. Those surviving are: four sons (A. W. of New Orleans, La.; W. S., minister of the church at Sylacauga, Ala.; C. G. and H. D. of Guin), one daughter (Mrs. Ivalee Martin of Itasca, Texas), and thirteen grandchildren. She had simply worn herself out with the toils of this life and peacefully went to sleep. Her funeral was conducted by Wiley Hollingsworth on Sunday afternoon, November 29, in the meetinghouse of the church in Guin. The beautiful floral offerings, together with the host of friends present, were evidences of her esteem among her acquaintances. Her body now rests in the lovely cemetery in Guin.
W. S. Thompson.
Gospel Advocate, November 23, 1950, page 759.
Thompson, Shirley Jason
The citizens of Warren County, and the brotherhood were saddened by the sudden passing of Bro. Shirley Jason Thompson of Rockfield, Ky., on Feb. 6, 1982. He was born on March 25, 1924, the son of the late Clarence and Eulalia Cohron Thompson in Warren County, Ky. Bro. Thompson had attended the mid-week services of the University congregation in Bowling Green, Ky., dismissing the audience in closing prayer. He was baptized by J. T. Marlin, July, 1940. He was a diligent gospel teacher and preacher for 32 years. At the time of his death he was minister for the Big Reedy and Quality Churches of Christ.
Shirley was a veteran of World War II, graduate of David Lipscomb college in Nashville, Tenn. He had also attended Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky., and the University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio. At the time of his passing he was working toward a doctoral degree from Harding Graduate School, Memphis, Tenn. Bro. Thompson was also a teacher and counselor for 18 years in the Butler, Logan, and Warren County School Systems.
Funeral services were held at the Heady-Johnson Chapel on Feb. 8, 1982 at 2:00 p.m. by the writer. Over 300 brethren, friends, neighbors and relatives were present. There were over a dozen gospel preachers in attendance. Fellow preachers serving as pall-bearers were: L. Wesley Jones, Kenny Miller, David Dunn, Barclay Riley, Bayard Huff and Gene Overton. Interment was in the Coley Cemetery, Warren County, Ky. He was buried near his grandfather, Robert Thompson, one of the early preachers of our area. The Potter Home chorus sang. Bro. Thompson lived, worked and died in the realm of the beauty and grandeur of southern Kentucky, his body now slumbers in her dust near a large sycamore tree. He served well and will be greatly missed. Survivors include three brothers: Frank, Herbert C. and Clarence Jr., all of Rockfield, Ky. Also two aunts, two uncles, two nieces and one nephew.
J. A. Floyd, Jr., 1103 McElroy Ave., Bowling Green, Ky.
Gospel Advocate, March 4, 1982, page 150.
Thompson, Sylvester Eva
Sylvester Eva Thompson was born May 17, 1881, at Johns, Ala. He departed this life November 27, 1950, at his home in Birmingham, Ala. He was united in marriage to Mary Jeneva Logan on February 4, 1900; and he obeyed the gospel in July, 1900. He has been a faithful member of the North Birmingham congregation for several years, and will be greatly missed in the work there. I conducted his funeral at the north Birmingham Church building at 10 oclock on the morning of November 28. The body was carried to Guin, Ala., and a service was held there in the church building at 2 P.M. A host of his friends and loved ones gathered at both places to pay their last tribute of respect to a noble friend and brother. His body was then laid to rest in the lovely cemetery in Guin to await the resurrection. May the Lords richest blessings abide with the entire family.
Emerson J. Estes.
Gospel Advocate, January 11, 1951, page 30.
Thompson, T. B.
The news of the sudden passing of T. B. Thompson came as a shock to the church in Greenville, Texas, where Brother Thompson had held our meeting two years ago. He was a noble Christian, a devoted husband and father, and an outstanding proclaimer of the gospel of Christ. If all the souls who have been brought to Christ through the preaching and influence of Brother Thompson had been present, there is not a building in Denton, Texas, where the funeral was held, that would have held the audience.
It was a very sad, and yet a very sweet, service. A chorus under the direction of Kenneth Davis sang four songs: We are Going Down the Valley, In the Land of Fadeless Day, Tarry with Me, and Abide with Me. The songs were very sweet and comforting. E. R. Harper read the Scripture and led a most appropriate and comforting prayer. A. O. Colley, a lifelong friend, spoke of their early work together in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi in preaching and singing. Charlie Stubblefield, also a lifelong friend, spoke of the great work which Brother Thompson had done as a singer and preacher. G. H. P. Showalter paid a beautiful tribute to the ability and character of Brother Thompson. Coleman Overby spoke of the deep interest of heaven in the passing of such good and capable men as Brother Thompson. As these faithful gospel preachers spoke in such endearing terms of the work and character of Brother Thompson, I could see, by an eye of faith, this noble servant of Christ entering into the presence of the Master and saying: Lord, you gave me five talents: lo, I have gained five other talents. And then hear the welcome words from the Lord: Well done, thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joys of thy Lord.
Tillit S. Teddlie.
Gospel Advocate, September 16, 1948, page 909.
Thompson, T. B.
T. B. Thompson has gone the last mile of the way, and his body lies resting in the silent city at Denton, Texas, to await the call of his Master at the end of time. His passing is a distinct personal loss to me, a sacrifice for the church of our Lord, a sad and heartbreaking occasion for the family, and a disruption of the plans of the congregation at Bryan, Texas, where he was preaching. His sudden going should be a warning to many of us preachers that the doctors are right when they continue to tell us that we are overworking our hearts. Brethren, let us heed the warning and admonition and plan our work so that we may be able to do more for our Lord and save many of the tears from our loved ones. With his dynamic personality and his sense of humor, T. B. Thompson made a welcome guest in any of the homes of the saints; and when he had gone, you remembered him with pleasure and looked forward to his return. He loved the church of our Lord more than any other thing on earth; he knew the gospel story, and told it with force. His influence will live long after his name ceases to be used, and many of the saints will rejoice that he led them to the Christ. Mrs. Thompson, his faithful companion, is a good Bible teacher; but she will be much better now because of the tragedy of his passing, for she will use it as a steppingstone to a higher plane of life rather than a weight upon her head to hold her down. She will be in better position now to teach the women of the church about their work, and their place in the home as a companion to their husbands; she knows now better what that means. It shall be my prayer that the Lord will give to her wisdom to be able thus to teach the women of the church, and that this experience for the daughter may enrich her Christianity. Many will be the tears because of his passing, but we can with the eye of faith look forward to the tearless summer land of love which meant so much to him. I shall miss him, for he enriched my life. I shall try to profit from the lessons I heard him deliver and the personality which he portrayed.
Harvey Scott., Box 1075, Texarkana, Texas.
Gospel Advocate, October 14, 1948, page 1006.
Thompson, T. W.
T. W. Thompson, of Hazel, Ky., was born on July 8, 1850, and died on January 27, 1921, the years of his pilgrimage being seventy years, six months, and nineteen days. He became obedient to the faith at about the age of twenty-five years, and grew in grace and in the knowledge and practice of the Word until he reached the end of his journey. For more than thirty years he was an elder of the church at Green Plains, about three miles from Hazel. During this time the church grew strong in numbers and influence. He tended it as a shepherd should his flock, and watched over it as a good father would his family. The cause of Christ was his greatest interest in life. He was never placed under circumstances where he was ashamed of the simplicity that is in Christ, nor did he ever fail to defend the faith when it was assailed.
He was a great friend to preachers of the gospel. His home was always open to them; and when they needed help, he never turned them away empty. He took Brother Charley Taylor into his home when he was a little, homeless, orphan boy, and stood by him until he became an able preacher of the gospel. He loaned other young preachers money for long periods without interest, in order that they might go to school, and he seemed to take delight in having these young men just starting out to preach come to Green Plains and practice on the church there.
He is survived by only one child, Mrs. Eva Curd, who, with her husband and little boy, Edward, live at the old homestead and carry on the good work which he has laid down. May the Lord abundantly bless them as they go onward in their journey.
The writer, in the presence of a great throng of brethren and friends, conducted the funeral.
L. L. Brigance.
Gospel Advocate, March 24, 1921, page 295.
Thompson, W. L.
Died, May 11, 1893, at his home, near Middleton, Tenn., Brother W. L. Thompson. He was born in Rockingham county, North Carolina, August 27, 1816. He became a follower of Christ in early life, and has been a faithful proclaimer of the gospel for fifty years. A devoted wife, four affectionate daughters, and one son had gone before him. He leaves two sons and three daughters, who know by their loss what heaven has gained. We remember him in life with an unfaltering faith in Gods word. He kept that faith. In meetings he was a great leader in the song service. That voice to us is now hushed. He has preached at New Hope on regular appointments for more than forty years. His place among the churches in West Tennessee will be hard to fill. He is gone from us. Our hearts are sad. Brethren, with the promises of God to cheer us, let us battle on. Bereaved ones, look to a supreme hand to sustain you in this sad, dark hour. Them also who sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
A. G. Freed., Essary Springs, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, June 22, 1893, page 396.
Thompson, W. M., Dr.
Dr. W. M. Thompson, of Friendship, Tenn., died on September 29, 1929, at the age of fifty-one years, after a two-weeks illness. He is survived by a wife and five children, all of whom are members of the church, save the youngest child. Brother Thompson left the shackles of denominationalism, due largely to the patient work of a Christian wife, in the face of heavy opposition, and for many years had been a stalwart soldier in the church of the Lord at this place. This church had no superior in leadership to Brother Thompson. The church recognized him as a deacon; the writer is of the conviction that he was a Scriptural elder. Our beloved brother was a business man of no small proportions, was unusually influential in civic improvement, was tactful in handling men and situations, and a wide acquaintance over several counties admired him; yet all of this was achieved without compromising the gospel at any point. It would be difficult to select a man either in church or community who would be more sorely missed. The writer had known Brother Thompson for only a year, but was moved at his death as in no other. Brethren Joe L. Netherland, D. D. Woody, and the writer spoke at the funeral services, at which an immense throng gathered, indicating best the public esteem in which Brother Thompson was held.
Gospel Advocate, January 9, 1930, page 40.
Thompson, Mrs. W. R.
Died, Feb. 2, 1897, at Louisville, Ky., Sister Thompson, wife of Brother W. R. Thompson. Sister Thompson, at the time of her death, was in her forty-seventh year. She obeyed the gospel at the age of sixteen, under the preaching of Brother Thomas Haley, and ever after lived a consecrated Christian life. Those who knew her best speak very complimentary of her many admirable traits of character. The funeral was conducted by the writer, Feb. 4, at 7:30 P.M., at the family residence.
W. L. Logan., Louisville, Ky.
Gospel Advocate, April 29, 1897, page 272.
On January 2, 1923, the death angel visited the home of Brother A. P. Mullican and claimed for his victim Wilma Thompson. Wilma was born in November, 1909. She was born into Gods family in 1921, being baptized by Brother Thomas H. Burton. She was given the tender care of a mother by her aunt, her parents having passed over the river into the great beyond. Although her sufferings were great, she endured them to the end. May God bless and sustain the bereaved ones, and help us all to so live that we may be permitted to meet her in that beautiful city prepared for those who love the Lord.
Gospel Advocate, February 22, 1923, page 186.
Thomson, Elizabeth J. Nelson
Elizabeth J. Nelson was born, in Central Kentucky, on December 5, 1833; and there she was married, to Matt. Thomson, on October 28, 1851. She removed to Tennessee some years before the Civil War and settled near Lebanon, where she lived until a few years ago, when she, as a widow, removed, with four of her children, to Rutherford County, Tenn., and finally settled near Murfreesboro, where she died on March 25, 1903, having lived almost threescore and ten years. Many years ago she became a member of the church of Christ, and lived and died in this faith and hope. She was the mother of twelve children (ten sons and two daughters), of whom only two sons preceded her to the grave. She was left a widow thirteen years ago, but she fought on bravely the battles of life until her release came. To us who remain on this side it is sad to part from those we love and who love us; it is especially sad to part from a mother. The devotion and self-sacrifice of a true mother have never been surpassed or even equaled. Few have ever done as much for her family in the way of service as the one of whom I write. Like the noble woman described in Prov. 31, she sought wool and flax and worked willingly with her hands, and she was not afraid of the snow for her household; she was a worker at home, and ate not the bread of idleness. While the children miss their mother, and especially those who remained at home with her, and while we all mourn the death of our loved ones, yet we should not so grieve when dear old people who have lived out their allotted time lay down the burden of life for that rest which remains for the people of God. We would be happy to keep them with us, and would give them the warmest corner by the fire, the easiest chair, the softest bed, and the most delicate things to eat; but it is not Gods will for them to live here always. Let us, then, put our arms about them and gently help them down the shady side of the hill of life, and with their lifeless bodies bury their defects, while we cherish their memory, emulate their virtues, and strive to meet them in that better land.
E. A. Elam.
Gospel Advocate, November 12, 1903, page 730.
Thomson, Harry L.
Harry Thomson was born November 8, 1892 in Detroit, Mich. His grandfather, William Thomson, of Edinburgh, Scotland was a diligent student of the Bible and realized that acceptance with God depended solely upon obedience to the teaching of Jesus Christ as presented in the Bible. William Thomson started a congregation in Edinburgh. It is believed that Alexander Campbell, a close friend, asked Harrys grandfather to come to America. He did and was instrumental in starting twenty-one congregations in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.
Harrys father, William Charles Thomson, was a physician and surgeon in Detroit.
Harry was baptized at the age of fourteen and was trained by the elders and deacons of the Plum Street church of Christ. He was trained to conduct any work of the church, including preaching, song leading and teaching. Some of those who trained Harry were original investors in the Ford Motor Co. Harry worked in the Ford Motor Co., for twelve years. In 1920 his first wife, Ella Thoreau, died. He sold everything and went to Colorado in an effort to save her life. His mother died, and he decided to attend the University of New Mexico, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree. Later, while attending the University of Colorado, where he received his Masters degree, he met Jennie Cook Vineyard at the church in Boulder. They were married July 28, 1926. They lived in Cheyenne, Wyo. For three years where she taught in the public schools. From 1929-1933 they lived in Berkeley, Calif., where he attended the University of California, and almost received his Ph.D. except for finishing his Doctors thesis. Then the depression came.
Stating in 1932 he began teaching at the College of San Mateo. In 1933 he moved to San Mateo and continued teaching until he retired in 1958 with the exception of his U. S. Government service as analyst of the War Production Board during World War II. During his twenty-six years of teaching he taught twenty-six different subjects at the College of San Mateo, mainly in the fields of History, Sociology and Economics. Throughout his life he served God first and prepared sermons that he could preach when needed. He taught adult Bible classes for fifty-three years and led singing in the congregations he attended for forty-six years. He worshipped at Ingleside church of Christ in San Francisco, 1933-1950, and served as one of the elders. Later, he worshipped at Redwood City church, Burlingame church, Downtown church of Christ and finally San Mateo church of Christ since 1960.
He is the father of two daughters: Jean Katherine Rice, living in Loveland, Colo., with her husband and four children, and Virginia Winbourn Thomson, a high school history teacher in Watsonville, Calif. While attending the San Mateo church of Christ, he had been in charge of conducting a Bible correspondence course for the Bay Area and regions beyond. (Picture included)
Noah A. Hackworth.
Gospel Advocate, August 21, 1975, page 540.
Sam Thomson was born May 30, 1863, and fell asleep Feb. 28, 1891, after an illness of several weeks. Great affliction had befallen his fathers family, of Wilson county Tenn. One of his brothers had been sick a long time with what was called typhoid fever, and Sam, living in Kentucky, came home to assist the family in waiting upon him. But ere long he, his father and two other brothers were taken with the same disease, or something similar. The dread disease proved fatal with the father, the youngest son, Harry, and the subject of this sketch. In the space of sixteen days three persons in this family yielded to the touch and claims of death. Such sadness! Such grief! So much affliction is rarely ever seen in one family at one time. Yet, when we love the Lord, we have his promise that all things work together for our good. He doeth all things well, and happy is the one who never murmurs or complains at his providences. So it can safely be said to the bereaved family that out of all our affliction and earthly woe God is able and willing to bring good to us if we will obey and trust him.
Sam was a true and devoted son and brother, and was at his post of duty when overtaken by the fatal disease that was wasting his fathers family. He obeyed the gospel under the preaching of Bro. Cave at Lebanon, Tenn., about three years ago. He expressed himself as willing to die and thought from the beginning of his sickness he would die. May God comfort the sad and bereaved mother with the entire family is my prayer. Certainly they all have our heartfelt sympathy.
E. A. Elam.
Gospel Advocate, June 3, 1891, page 343.
Thornberry, J. E.
On August 18, 1963, the Lord called J. E. Thornberry home to be with him. During the eighty-seven years of his life, Brother Thornberry won many souls to Christ, set many listless hands to work in the Masters service, encouraged the weary and set an unexcelled example of Christian living. Brother Thornberry spent some thirty-five years at Lawrenceburg, Tenn., before returning to his native Kentucky in 1945. The success of his labors at Lawrenceburg was evidenced when he returned for a visit in 1962 and received a great welcome. Upon his return to Bullitt County, Ky., Brother Thornberry directed his leadership to the Salem church of Christ. His wisdom, sincerity, patience and understanding of Gods will has left its imprint upon the minds of all with whom he came in contact. Mere words cannot portray the character of J. E. Thornberry. Mortal minds cannot appreciate his devotion to God. Truly this great man has provoked us to emulation. He will ever be remembered.
Gospel Advocate, September 5, 1963, page 573.
Thornhill, L. H.
L. H. Thornhill departed this life on June 11, 1928. He had been in feeble health for two years, and had been confined to his bed for about one year. He was baptized into the church of Christ about twenty years ago by Brother M. H. Northcross. He leaves a wife and eleven children and six grandchildren. He was always found at his post of duty. He had been a subscriber to the Gospel Advocate for many years. For the last eighteen months he could not read, but he always asked some of us to read the Advocate to him when it came.
(Mrs.) Missouri Thornhill.
Gospel Advocate, July 26, 1928, page 714.
Death has again visited the Christian family of Bro. D. M. Thornton and claimed for its victim a true Christian and a loving sister in the Lord. The subject of this sketch sister Bettie Thornton was the daughter of Bro. D. M. and sister Martha Thornton, aged about 26 years. She had been a member of the church of Christ about 12 years, during which time she lived a life devoted to the service of God. She was a true and faithful Christian in all the relationships of life, with courage she finished her course, kept the faith therefore she was prepared to receive a crown of righteousness which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
She leaves a father, three brothers and three sisters to mourn for her, (her mother having gone before) but they mourn not as those who have no hope for they have the blessed assurance of meeting her in the realms above if they will only be faithful to the end.
R. C. Brown., Pinewood, Tenn., May 10, 1888.
Gospel Advocate, May 23, 1888, page 15.
Thornton, Christopher Columbus
On May 17, 1965, Christopher Columbus (Tip) Thornton went to be with the Lord. Brother Thornton was born July 30, 1888. Fifty-one years of his life were spent in the service of the Lord. Forty were spent in overseeing and feeding the flock of God. He was born to be a leader for the Lord and he served well. He taught a class at Tiplersville, Miss., until 1963. Many were blessed with the privilege of studying at his feet. Among the well known preachers in the brotherhood who were blessed with the opportunity of working under him are Emerson J. Estes, Everett Day, Sr., Sidney French, Charles Leonard and the late Frank Van Dyke. Besides helping to fashion these he made an outstanding preacher out of one of his own sons, J. A. Thornton, presently working with the church in Booneville, Miss.
James A. Jones and Grady Weston spoke at the services on Wednesday at, Tiplersville, Miss. Brother Thornton is survived by his Christian companion, Mrs. Vergie Shannon Thornton; six sons, William C., Robert, J. A., James W., Ewell, and John L.; two daughters, Mrs. Theresa Hall and Mrs. Julia Milstead; sixteen grand-children and two great grandchildren.
When the news of Brother Thorntons passing came to us, we were reminded of the words of David in 2 Samuel 3:38, a prince and a great man is fallen this day in Israel.
Gospel Advocate, July 1, 1965, page 431.
Departed this life, Jan. 16, 1897, Sister Ellen Thornton (colored), aged about forty-five years. She was sick only a few days, and seemed to be only waiting for the Masters call. She leaves a husband and three children and a host of other relatives to mourn their loss. At the sounding of the trumpet we hope to meet her again on the other shore, where parting will be no more. To the bereaved husband and family this should be a chain to bind them nearer to heaven, remembering ever that God blesses those who obey him. I pray that we may so live that we may meet where pain and sorrow, sickness and death, never comewhere there will be no more good-bys.
J. E. Anderson., Hamlin, Ky.
Gospel Advocate, April 1, 1897, page 199.
Thornton, Lawrence H.
On Sunday, October 12, 1919, near Kingston Springs, Tenn., the remains of Lawrence H. Thornton were committed, by loving hands to the earth. Brother Thornton was born on September 19, 1891, and departed this life on October 11, 1919. A large part of his short life of a little over twenty-eight years was spent in Gods service. He obeyed the gospel early in life under the preaching of Brother Hassell. Those who knew him stated that he lived a consecrated, Christian life. He would frequently talk freely and frankly with his people about the necessity of spiritual preparation. We rejoice that by the life he lived he left the bereaved ones a hope that, now his suffering is over, he has gone to that haven of rest where suffering is no more.
J. Leonard Jackson.
Gospel Advocate, November 20, 1919, page 1160.
Thornton, Mollie A.
Sister Mollie A. Thornton was born on November 8, 1860, and died on September 24, 1907. She was married to Brother John Thornton on October 20, 1880, and was a true, faithful wife for twenty-seven years. She was baptized into Christ in 1883 by the writer, and spent twenty-four years in humble devotion in the service of our blessed Lord and Redeemer. She was the mother of ten children, nine of whom survive herfour boys and five girls. A good wife, a devoted mother, a faithful Christian, has said farewell to this world of many burdens and afflictions and to the dear loved ones, with the blessed hope of meeting the pure in heart in the home of peace, love, and happiness. The funeral services were conducted by Brother J. E. Scobey in the presence of a large concourse of sympathizing friends. Brother and Sister Thornton lived happily together many years, but death has severed their companionship, and he has my love and sympathy under this heavy burden. May the God of mercy and love bless both father and children and save them at last in heaven.
F. C. Sowell.
Gospel Advocate, October 17, 1907, page 670.
Thornton, Percy E.
Brother Percy E. Thornton departed this life on June 9, 1910, at Houston, Texas, his home. He was buried at Bardwell, Texas. He obeyed the gospel when he was about twenty-two years old, under the preaching of Brother Caskey. He lived to the age of nearly forty-three years. His wife and three children mourn their loss, besides quite a number of relatives and friends. But we should remember that our loss is his gain. We can remember with joy and gratitude that there is a blessed fold up yonder, where no vacancies are ever made, where shadows of sorrow are never seen. May the Lord help us all to so live that we can meet in that home above.
George W. Graves.
Gospel Advocate, July 7, 1910, page 794.
Thornton, Samuel B.
Samuel B. Thornton was born August 6, 1862, in Hickman County, Tenn.; died April 20, 1936, at the home of his youngest son, in Atlanta, Ga. His wife preceded him in death forty-years ago. Survivors are two sons (Larimore, of Dayton, Ohio, and Campbell, of Atlanta, Ga.) and one daughter (Miss Fanny Thornton, of Nashville, Tenn.). Two brothers and one sister also survive (R. C. Thornton, of Jackson, Tenn.; E. J. Thornton, of St. Louis, Mo.; and Mrs. Jennie Register, of Dallas, Texas). The deceased had made Nashville his home for the past eighteen years, going to Atlanta only two years ago when failing health caused him to retire from active life. He was a member of the Central Church, of Nashville, and was outstanding for his meekness, modesty, and brotherly kindness. He was a dutiful son as long as his parents lived, who were David M. and Martha B. Thornton, of Pinewood, Tenn. He was a kind and affectionate husband and father, and his three children, who survive, command the highest respect and love of all who know them. Brother Thornton was buried in Hollywood Cemetery, at Jackson, Tenn., April 23, with funeral services in charge of W. Claude Hall, of Henderson, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, June 25, 1936, page 623.
Thorpe, J. W.
J. W. Thorpe, 66, died July 28 at a Dyersburg, Tenn., hospital after an apparent heart attack.
Thorpe had served as a deacon then an elder of the Tiptonville Church of Christ for the past 21 years. He was a graduate of David Lipscomb University.
Thorpe was a member of the DLU Development Council, a former Lake County Commissioner, lieutenant governor of the Valley District and past president of the Reelfoot Civitan Club, president-elect of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, and a member of the American Legion. He was a retired barber and postal employee.
Thorpe is survived by his wife, Carnese Crafton Thorpe; a son, Wendol R. Thorpe, of Nashville, Tenn.; and a brother, Hillard Thorpe, of Hopkinsville, Ky.
Funeral services were conducted July 30 at the Tiptonville church with minister Michael Raine officiating.
Gospel Advocate, November, 1989, page 54.
Throneberry, R. N.
Brother R. N. Throneberry, of Cornersville, Tenn., quietly passed to the fair land of promise on November 13, 1902. He was born on November 2, 1855. He was baptized into Christ, by the writer, in 1882. He died of lung disease. Only a short time before he passed away he asked that some one read Ps. 23. Brother Nip, as he was familiarly called, was certainly a true and faithful soldier of the cross. He dearly loved the services of the Lords house. Andrew Throneberry, son of R. N. and Sallie Throneberry, preceded his father to the spirit land about four months. He was born on February 22, 1884, and died, of appendicitis, on June 29, 1902, in his nineteenth year. He was a dutiful and faithful son. He seemed to be strong in the faith of the gospel of Christ. I pray that the Lord may bless and sustain the wife, mother, and little daughter.
J. R. Bradley.
Gospel Advocate, March 10, 1904, page 154.
Thurber, H. N.
The subject of this sketch, was born Dec. 16, 1867, and died Oct. 10, 1895, aged 27 years, 9 months, and 24 days. He was an obedient son, and about two years ago he was married to Miss Sallie McCarnie. They lived happily together for the short period of time, and one bright little boy was the result of their union. He was industrious, and had an ambition to make a comfortable and honest living. On the 28thof April, 1894 (together with his wife), he obeyed the gospel and was baptized by J. D. Gunn, at the North Spruce street Church of Christ, after which he lived a consistent and devoted Christian, adding to his faith the Christian graces which enabled him to depart in the triumphs of a living faith. He expressed a desire to be absent from the body and present with the Lord. He died in Lafayette, Ga. His request was that Brother Gunn preach his funeral, which will be attended to in the near future. While our heartfelt sympathies are with the bereaved wife and relatives, we weep to as those without hope. Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord.
M. S. Davis., Nashville, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, October 31, 1895, page 701.
Joe Thurman, son of Brother and Sister Ike Thurman, was born on November 30, 1887, at McMinnville, Tenn., and died on August 17, 1908, at Louis, Okla. He was apparently in good health. He told his wife good-by and went to his store for the night, and died in a few minutes of heart failure. He obeyed the gospel at the age of thirteen years. He wandered away, but was restored in July, 1908. Brother Thurman was married to Miss Clarice Johnson, of Louis, Okla., on November 7, 1907, to whom he was very much devoted till death. He told his wife the evening before his death that he believed that God had forgiven all of his sins. He leaves a father, a mother, four brothers, one sister, and a host of friends to mourn his departure. His remains were laid away in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. The writer spoke words of cheer, comfort, and consolation to the broken-hearted, and words of warning to the people, at that funeral services. Brother Thurman attended my meeting at Martin on Lords day and worshiped with us. He looked strong, hale, and hearty, and was in good spirits, cheerful, and hopeful, talking of the meeting soon to begin at Louis. God console, comfort, and bless the broken-hearted.
W. A. Bentley.
Gospel Advocate, September 17, 1908, page 602.
Thurman, L. M.
L. M. Thurman was born near Cooper, Texas, on February 3, 1880; and after one of his most pleasant days of living, died of a heart attack at his home, near Sayre, Okla., on January 26, 1946. He was married to Kate Fenter in Delta County, Texas, in 1902, and six sons and five daughters were born to this union. A daughter preceded him in death. He rejoiced to see his wife and all eleven children baptized into Christ, one son serving as an elder, two sons and one grandson busy preaching the gospel, and all the children accepting any responsibility of church work or worship at the time of his death. The deceased had been an active member of the Bulo Church for the past twenty years. Roy L. Ruckman, of Mountain View, Okla., preached a stirring funeral sermon on The Christians View of Death, and at the widows request gave no time to eulogizing. The departed left his own eulogy in the lives of his children and in the hearts of his friends. Words can neither add to nor take from that record.
Dillard Thurman., Son, Frederick, Okla.
Gospel Advocate, February 21, 1946, page 19.
Thurman, William R.
William R. Thurman, a faithful soldier of the cross, finished his course and laid his armor down on December 10, 1945, while on a visit to his daughter, Sister C. L. Overturf, in Nashville, Tenn., where he had gone to attend and enjoy C. M. Pullias in a meeting at David Lipscomb College, because more than anything else he liked to hear those brethren preach the gospel who shunned not to declare the whole counsel of God. Three days after he came to Nashville he took flu, developed pneumonia, and was unable to overcome it. He prayed often during his illness, which he bore with great patience, that the Lord would take him home and relieve him of the great suffering he was enduring. Brother Thurman was born in Maury County, near Columbia, September 4, 1862; and early in life obeyed the gospel, and thereafter until the time of his death was stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord. He read the Bible daily; was a man of prayer, great faith, and consecration. On August 8, 1901, he married a fine Christian woman, Miss Nora Baker, of Shady Grove, Hickman County, the late John D. Evans performing the ceremony. To this union four children were born and brought up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Lois, who married C.L. Overturf; William, Edwin, and Erwin Thurman), all of whom survive him, together with one brother (Robert Thurman, of Nashville, and four grandchildren (C. L. Overturf, Jr., Charles, Marie, and Ann Thurman). Brother and Sister Thurman had made their home in Franklin for a number of years, and there he was buried. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
F. C. Sowell., 708 West Seventh Street, Columbia, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, January 24, 1946, page 95.
Thurmon, Nora Baker
In June, 1963, just before going to the Blue Ridge Encampment in North Carolina, I visited my sister, Mrs. Nora Baker Thurmon in Franklin, Tenn., in the Harris Convalescent Home. She lingered until Christmas day. As I sat by her side her face was turned toward the west near the time for the sun to go down. I could vision her sun almost ready to go down and enter her into the home which our Saviour said he had gone to prepare for all who obey his will and remain faithful to the end of this life. My sister Nora served in the Masters kingdom over three quarters of a century. Her life meant much to her family and with all with whom she was associated. Had she lived another month she would have been ninety-three years old. She leaves one daughter, three sons, one sister and one brother. Funeral services were conducted by Herbert Robinson and David Tyree.
R. E. Baker.
Gospel Advocate, April 9, 1964, page 239.
Henry Thurmond left us for a better country on Sunday, October 15. It had been his wish, and he had expressed it many times, that he might depart on the Lords day. His prayer was answered. If he had lived till February 8, he would have been eighty years old, having been born on February 8, 1854. He had a fall and broke his hip two years and ten months before he died. He was confined to his bed all this time, and made but little effort to live, but he would so often say: If it is the Lords will, I would love to go next Sunday. He obeyed the gospel in young manhood at old Antioch Church, at Shochoh, Ky. Brother Thurmond was a man of strong will power, with a good knowledge of the teaching of the Bible; and he, therefore, formed his own conclusions and stood by them with courage. He did his own thinking and defended his positions with ability. Some thought he wanted to have his own way, but I am sure he wanted to stand with the Bible. He was a positive character, with strong convictions, but the word of God was his chart and compass. From the letter of a preacher of the gospel I quote the following concerning the work of Brother Thurmond: He was instrumental in establishing the church in Adairville, Ky., and in several instances he helped to settle the music question during the breaking away of many of these Central Kentucky congregations. Brother Thurmond had a good education for his day, and he was, therefore, capable of defending the truth against these innovations with almost any foe. He was married to Margaret Ann Baldwin in 1875. Eleven children were born to this union, nine of whom, with the widow and mother, are still living. My sympathy is with the widow. She will miss him more than any one else. They lived together as husband and wife for fifty-eight years. This was a long time, but the separation cannot be very long. May the Lord deal gently with Sister Thurmond. May the nine children who are yet on this side cherish the memory of their father and follow him, as he followed Christ. May there be a happy reunion in the glory world. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
F. B. Srygley.
Gospel Advocate, November 23, 1933, page 1126.
By request I write a notice of the death of sister Ella Thurston. She was born Sept. 21, 1863, married Bro. John Thurston Feb. 23, 1882, obeyed the gospel under the preaching of Bro. Larimore Sept. 1885, departed this life Jan. 27, 1887. She leaves a husband, two small children, besides many friends and relatives to mourn her loss. We have many reasons to believe our sister a true Christian, a kind mother and a faithful wife. We should not then mourn the loss of our departed friend for all who in life obey their Lord and Master in all of his appointed ways will receive a crown of righteousness in the end. To the bereaved husband we would say, weep not, but put all our trust in Jesus, for he alone is able to carry you through all your trouble. Be faithful to the end that you may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
Gospel Advocate, March 2, 1887, page 142.
Thurston, Mary E.
Sister Mary E. Thurston was born on January 5, 1845, in Crawford County, Ark., and was principally reared in that county. She obeyed the gospel during the Civil War, and in these years she was a faithful Christian, doing what she could to lead others to Christ and to up-build his cause. On April 11, 1918, she crossed the dark valley and fell asleep in Jesus at the age of seventy-three years. She leaves an only daughter and host of friends and relatives to mourn her loss. Brethren J. T. Jones and J. Q. Russell conducted funeral services, after which we laid her mortal body away in Leard cemetery beside her brother. Blessed are they who sleep in the Lord!
Gospel Advocate, June 6, 1918, page 546.
Thurston, Robert Della Foster
On July 6, 1913, the death angel invaded the home of Brother George W. Thurston, of Covington, Texas, and plucked his sweet, loving wife, who had been his stay for so many years. Sister Robert Della (Foster) Thurston was born on December 12, 1859, and was married to Brother G. W. Thurston on March 18, 1879. The two obeyed the gospel at the same time, in August, 1879. Their home was blessed with eight children, and all but three are members of the church of Christ. I am sure the dear mother would have rejoiced to have known that they were Christians before she passed over. Sister Thurston was of a quiet, meek spirit, and so good to her family, all of which will make them miss her the more. They lived many years at Readyville, Tenn., and attended the New Hope congregation. I am sure her many good deeds, kind words, and neighborly influence will live after her in the lives of her children and neighbors. May God bless Brother Thurston in his great loss and in his hours of deep sorrow. I pray that he and the children will so live that when they lie down to die all will be well with their souls. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
Gospel Advocate, November 13, 1913, page 1108.
Thurston, Rutha Mancy
Sister Rutha Mancy Thurston was born on September 27, 1825; was married to G. W. Thurston in 1850; obeyed the gospel, during a meeting held by Brother Jesse Sewell, in 1869; and died on February 1, 1903. Sister Thurston was the daughter of Alexander and Lidie Sullivan, and was the mother of eight children, five of whom are living. She was a kind neighbor, being ever ready to nurse the sick and relieve the distressed. She enjoyed reading the Bible and the Gospel Advocate. She said that she was willing to die, that she did not fear death. It is the lot of all to die; the young and the old must cross the boundary line between time and eternity. Many lives promise little happiness beyond the grave; others give hope of entering the bright realm which God has reserved for his faithful children. Sister Thurstons life warrants the hope that she is now in that realm.
Gospel Advocate, June 4, 1903, page 362.
Thweatt, A. P.
Brother A. P. Thweatt was born on October 16, 1871, and died on August 7, 1920. He was married to Miss Kate Kirkpatrick many years ago, and to this union were born eight children, one of whom preceded him to the great beyond. Brother Thweatt was one of the most devoted fathers and faithful husbands it has been my pleasure to meet. Many times have I been to his home, and always he was the same quiet, humble, gentle, lovable man. He cared nothing for the show and praise of the world, but went about doing good in a humble, quiet way. He obeyed the gospel in 1896, and with his wife and a few relatives was instrumental in establishing one of the largest and best congregations in Middle Tennesseenamely, Mount Pleasant. The world has been made better by Brother Thweatts having lived in it, and many souls have been saved by his influence and work. May God, who comforteth us in all our afflictions, bless and comfort his sweet companion and good children. Now I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you the inheritance among all them that are sanctified.
C. H. Woodroof.
Gospel Advocate, October 28, 1920, page 1061.
Thweatt, Sarah Kate
Mrs. Sarah Kate Thweatt, aged fifty-five years, died at her home on Eleventh Street, Nashville, Tenn., July 8, 1923. She had lived faithfully the Christian life for many years and longed for the time when she could go home. She was a woman of pronounced convictions and an abiding faith in God and his word. It was through her efforts largely that the church was established in Mount Pleasant, Tenn., and it stands to-day as a monument of her loyalty to the word of God. Her faithful husband preceded her to the great beyond three years ago. Since that time she has been very lonely, but, with faith and trust in God, pursued the even tenor of her way, never complaining of her lot, but going about doing good in her quiet, unassuming, characteristic way. The very hour of her death, her son, who had wandered away from God, returned to the fold, and prayers of the church were being made in his behalf. She leaves a fine family of boys and girls. I pray Gods choicest blessing upon them. May they always live as I know she would want them to live.
C. H. Woodroof.
Gospel Advocate, October 4, 1923, page 970.
Tibbals, Charles E.
Charles E. Tibbals, 81, died Sept. 15. He was a member of the Oneida Church of Christ and co-founder of the Tibbals Flooring Company.
He was a pillar in the community. His abiding interest in the church locally and in other places while he served as an elder and after his retirement are well-known. Many lives have been made richer as a result of the life of this good man.
His wife, Lillian, continues as a faithful and active member at the Oneida church.
Gospel Advocate, December, 1988, page 40.
On February 18, 1910, Sister Nancy Tices earthly pilgrimage came to a close. She was born on July 21, 1831. She became obedient to the gospel when a girl, and for more than fifty years lived a faithful Christian. She was a woman of few words, simple in dress and general style, honest, truthful, patient, and kind; she was never heard to give those that cared for her an unkind word. Aunt Nancy, as she was commonly known, was useful in many ways. Together with her sister, she raised three orphans, one of which is Sister J. O. Barnes, of Lake City, Fla., with whom she was making her home when the end came. Besides this, she tenderly cared for a blind mother four years. The writer spoke a few words over the body. To the bereaved I will say: Let us live the life Aunt Nancy lived, and we will meet her in heavens bright home, where neither sorrows, nor toils, nor pains, nor partings ever come, and then hear the welcome: Well done, thou good and faithful servant: . . . enter thou into the joy of thy Lord. 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.)
C. C. Brown., Lake Butler, Fla.
Gospel Advocate, May 5, 1910, page 567.
Tidrow, Harriet Etta Overall
Harriet Etta Overall was born August 28, 1858. She was married to James Tidrow on June 15, 1882. After a short but painful illness, she died March 28, 1896. After a careful study of Gods word, she and her husband were convinced that they ought to be immersed for the remission of sins. Such a step required considerable moral courage, because they must leave the church of their parents and become identified with a people neither numerous nor popular in that vicinity. The desire to please God and the determination to do right prevailed, and they were baptized by the writer in August, 1886. Since that time she has lived a faithful Christian life, and has been a consistent member of the church at Nebo, Gibson County, Tenn. Her death was sad indeed. She left four little children, one of whom was an infant, which survived her only a few days. A once happy home left so desolate! Little children no longer receive a mothers care. A loving husband is left without a companion. Earth is powerless to comfort. Faith and hope point upward and say: She is only gone before. May husband and children meet her on the happy, golden shore.
T. E. Scott.
Gospel Advocate, June 11, 1896, page 379.
A. Tidwell was born on July 30, 1857. He was baptized on July 19, 1909, and lived a faithful Christian life until July 3, 1924, when, following a long illness which caused paralysis, he was called to that home where there is no more death, neither sorrow nor crying. He was married to Mary Frances Bateman in November, 1881. Seven childrenfive girls and two boyswere born to this union. The elder boy died in infancy. Besides his wife and a number of relatives, he is survived by six children whom he lived to see born into the family of God. He was indeed a husband, a father, and a Christian. Though he suffered much, he would always say, Lord, thy will be done, never wavering in faith or failing to take comfort in the promises of God; always diligent in business, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord. The only sting in death was the leaving alone the companion who had so lovingly walked hand in hand with him for more than forty years, and who never left his side until his eyes were closed in his last long sleep. Funeral services were held at the Rock Church, southwest of Dickson, Tenn., where he had worshiped for years. Nothing except sickness would keep him away from church on Lords-day morning. The local congregations miss his support, as he truly believed in obeying the admonition to give as we prosper. Loving hands laid him to rest in the Rock Church cemetery, a large crowd of relatives and friends being present to show their love for their friend and brother and sympathy for the bereaved wife and children. He is not dead, but sleepeth.
Mrs. F. L. Eldridge.
Gospel Advocate, November 12, 1925, page 1100.
Tidwell, Mrs. A. Q.
Whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it, says the Savior. On the morning of January 24, 1899, our dear Sister Tidwell, wife of Brother A. Q. Tidwell, after an illness of about two weekswith a kind, devoted husband, children, grandchildren, relatives, and friends affording every comfort possiblegently and peacefully closed her eyes on the familiar scenes of home, as her sweet, Christian spirit took its flight to that home where changes never come, there to await the coming of those whom she has helped and comforted in life by her benevolence and Christ-like fortitude and zeal. There is not a home in all her realm that has not been brightened by her smiles. In following the meek and lowly Savior, whom she loved and trusted, she has gone at the first sound of pain and sorrow into the homes of neighbors, and at her gentle step and confidential smiles dark shadows have vanished, hearts breaking with grief have been made lighter and happier, while whole households have been rendered cheerful when even under the most severe sorrow. Dear Brother Tidwell, the entire community of Christian friends mourn and weep with you, who have suffered most the loss of such a companion. Glorious thought! No more doubts, no more pain, no more sorrow, no more death; but all is joy, peace, and love.
Geo. Lovell., Lyles, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, March 23, 1899, page 190.
Tidwell, Charles D., Sr.
Charles D. Tidwell, Sr., a faithful preacher of Gods word for almost exactly fifty years, passed away suddenly at his home in Gamaliel, Ky. June 18, 1964. Born in Dickson County, Tenn., December 5, 1889, he was baptized by W. R. Hassell in July, 1910. He attended Nashville Bible School and began preaching in Natchez, Miss., in 1914. He was married to Fannie Joe Totty in 1917 by C. E. W. Dorris. To this union were born two sons; Charles D., now minister of Riverside church of Christ, Columbia, Tenn., and Newell Ray of Gamaliel. He is also survived by Mrs. Tidwell and six grandchildren. For half a century this humble, but very capable man proclaimed the word. He preached regularly at Miller, Nebr.; Bogart, East Point and Macon, Ga.; Portland, Sparta and Dresden, Tenn.; Avon Park, Fla.; Gamaliel and Edmonton, Ky. Brother Tidwell was ever a humble type of man, but one who knew that the issues of life are truly bound up in the word. He was never the big, popular, crowd-pleasing type of preacher. He was a kindly, humble, unassuming, but deeply reverent and thoroughly conscientious character. He was a thorough scholar in a wide range of subjects, but of especial breadth and depth in anything pertaining to the truth. He lived and preached with the simplicity that is in Christ. May his kind be multiplied in the earth as he passes the torch to succeeding generations.
John H. Renshaw.
Gospel Advocate, August 27, 1964, page 557.
Tidwell, Gordon V.
Gordon V. Tidwell, a true man of God, passed from this life July 22 after struggling for nearly two years to win his battle against cancer. Funeral services were conducted July 24 at the Alexander City (Alabama) church building with S. G. Gray and Jimmy Edwards officiating.
Gordon was born June 23, 1935, in Clay County, Ala., near the small town of Wadley. He was baptized at the age of 21.
Gordon was respected by all who knew him. He was a Christian gentleman in all areas of his life. His lifestyle was becoming to the word of God. In dress, speech, home life, and business Gordon was an authentic child of God.
Gordon took a special interest in encouraging elders, deacons, and gospel preachers. He was a major influence in the lives of S. G. Gray, Jim Bowers, James Cullins, Will McSweeney, and Jimmy Edwards. All these men are ministers in faithful congregations of the Lords church. Gordon and his wife, Katie, personally supported Edwards and McSweeney while they were attending David Lipscomb and Freed-Hardeman Colleges with regular financial gifts.
A unique encouragement to young people Gordon was heavily involved in the youth program of his home congregation. Until his illness prevented him from being active he organized and directed the Lads to Leaders in the Alexander City church.
The church building in Alexander City is a reminder of Gordon. The present facility located on Highway 22 East was built with materials ordered by him personally.
Gordon is survived by his wife, Katie, two sons, Christ and Tim, and two daughters, Cornelia and Stayce.
Gospel Advocate, September 6, 1984, page 540.
Tidwell, Hazel Chandler
Tragedy struck the Paul Tidwell family, claiming the life of Sister Tidwell and their oldest son, Paul, Jr., 12, about nine oclock on the evening of December 31. The Tidwells were returning to their home in Tampa, Fla., from spending the Christmas vacation with their parents in Limestone County, Ala. According to the reports received here, a loaded truck was left parked on the highway on the wrong side of the road with all lights out. Tidwell struck the truck full force. Sister Tidwell was the former Hazel Chandler. She is survived by her parents, Brother and Sister Newt Chandler, two sons, David and Timothy, one daughter, Carol, two brothers, R. N. and Billy Jo Chandler, and two sisters, Mrs. Evangeline Fletcher and Mrs. Hoke Nelms. Funeral services were conducted at the Eastside Church in Athens, Ala., January 3. Brother Tidwell is at present a teacher in Florida Christian College. He has taught in Athens Bible School and Mars Hill Bible School and has preached in Cullman, Morgan, Limestone and Lauderdale counties in North Alabama.
B. L. Fudge., Box 800, Athens, Ala., January 11.
Gospel Advocate, January 28, 1960, page 61.
Tidwell, Maggie Lee
Mrs. Maggie Lee Tidwell, widow of the late R. J. Tidwell, passed away at her home at Fall River, Tenn., April 6, 1933, at the age of fifty-six years, eight months, and six days. She had been a Christian since early in life. She loved the church and the pure word of God. She was married to R. J. Tidwell on December 3, 1899. To this union seven children were born, four sons survivingClyde and Herbert, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Ernest and Lester, of Fall River. Her husband and three children preceded her to the grave. She leaves one brother (Gaston Brown, of Lawrenceburg, Tenn.) and four sisters (Mrs. Josie Brown and Mrs. Alice Kobeck, of Lawrenceburg; Mrs. Bettie Lutts and Mrs. Myrtle Rutherford, of Texas). Services were conducted at the home by the writer.
T. C. King.
Gospel Advocate, September 7, 1933, page 864.
Sister Odie Tidwell was born on April 12, 1889, and died on January 31, 1914. The writer held the funeral services, which took place in the new meetinghouse at Haleyville, Ala., the home of Brother and Sister Tidwell. Sister Tidwell was baptized by the writer three years ago last August, and, so far as I know, she was faithful until death, which secures the crown of everlasting life. (Rev. 2:10.) She leaves a father and mother, several brothers and sisters, to mourn their loss; but we trust this loss is her gain. May the Lord bless and comfort all the family, relatives, and friends of the deceased by the glorious promises of the gospel of Christ.
John T. Underwood.
Gospel Advocate, March 26, 1914, page 362.
Tidwill, W. D.
Another servant of the Lord has answered the call and gone to the other side. Brother W. D Tidwill, of the Five Points congregation, near Bon Aqua, Tenn., has crossed the river, we trust, to rest under the shade of the trees. He was born on December 30, 1857, and was seventy-one years, one month, and two days of age at the time of his death, February 1, 1929. He was a good farmer and made a comfortable living for the large family with which the Lord blessed him. He had been married nearly fifty-one years, and to them were born eleven children, nine of which are still living. These, with his dear wife, besides many friends, mourn his departure. He was baptized by Brother James E. Scobey thirty-seven years ago, and had been a faithful member of the church all these years. He loved the church and the Bible and took a great interest in keeping up the worship at Five Points. He read his Bible daily and endeavored to rear his family in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. He loved the Gospel Advocate and the things for which it stands, and eagerly watched for its coming every Thursday. He was a good man and exemplary Christian. O that his tribe might increase! Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. Funeral services were conducted by the writer at Five Points, and the body was laid to rest in the cemetery near by.
I. B. Bradley.
Gospel Advocate, April 11, 1929, page 352.
Tillery, Mrs. John
On December 27, 1932, Sister Tillery, the widow of Elder John Tillery, of Cullman County, Ala., passed to her reward, at the age of ninety-six years. Sister Tillery was one of the most remarkable Christian women I ever knew. She rarely missed a Lords-day service, did most of her housework right, and looked after her business affairs with the agility of a much younger person, right up to her passing. Her faithfulness to the church and her family were the crowning principles of her life. On November 19, 1859, she was married to John T. Tillery, a pioneer gospel preacher. To this union were born eleven children, seven of whom are yet living. Several times during her sickness she called them to her bed and exhorted them to be faithful to the Lord and meet her in heaven. She leaves a most faithful family of Christian children to mourn her loss. May the Lord bless them all.
B. F. Moody., Joppa, Ala.
Gospel Advocate, April 27, 1933, page 406.
Elder John Tillery was born in Pike County, Ga., on August 5, 1824, and died at his home, near Vinemont, Ala., on December 30, 1907. He obeyed the gospel when he was about eighteen years of age, and from that time to the day of his death was an eminent Christian, much respected and loved by all good people who knew him. He attended Franklin College in the years 1849 and 1850. He spent much of his life teaching school, and while engaged in this work he was also busy preaching the gospel as he had opportunity. On account of the infirmities of old age, he spent the last years of his life with his home congregation (Beulah), pleading with them with many tears to be faithful. We have now parted with one who faithfully served God and the people according to the will of God in the sphere wherein divine providence had placed him. He was truly a shining light of whom it may be said, as of Jehoiada, that he did good in Israel. Thanks be to God for him and all the good which God wrought in and by him. The tendency of his teaching was to bring people to Christ as their way and to heaven as their end. He discharged his duty as the head of a family well. Where he had a tent, God had an altar on which the morning and evening sacrifice was duly offered. His conversation in the world was blameless and harmless and without rebuke. He was a very good scholar and one of those wise men who not only lay up knowledge, but use it aright. He was my companion and tutor in the gospel for fifteen years. The work that I had with him increased my affection for him. On this account Epaphroditus was dear to Paul, who could scarcely bear the thought of parting with him. Though we submit patiently to the will of God, we think it is our duty, when we sow such precious seed, to bear it forth weeping and to sow it in tears. When Jonathan fell, David was distressed. If Brother Tillery be fallen, we cannot but say that we are distressed, for very pleasant has he been unto us, and, therefore, very painful must it needs be to have him thus suddenly taken from us. The death of a faithful minister is a public loss. Our best friends are our souls friends. Our dear brother was always busy; and whatsoever his hand found to do, he did it with his might. Why should we not have sorrow when such a hand is withered? It was so much our right hand. At a time when the love of many waxed cold, at a time when the dividing spirit so much prevails, at a time when so many are bringing oil to our flames, it is sad to give up one who had such a healing spirit. Brother Tillery was one who blessed his household and was every way a blessing to it. We give thanks to God for our brothers present happiness and past usefulness. Before Eli died, God called Samuel to take his place The Lord grant that it may be so in this case, that the name of the Lord may be glorified. He left behind a sorrowful widow, nine children, quite a number of grandchildren, and many brethren and friends to mourn his death.
Thomas C. King., Lawrenceburg, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, May 28, 1908, page 346.
Tillman, J. Fount
It becomes my sad duty to write of the death of a departed neighbor and brother in Christ. Brother J. Fount. Tillman was born on August 14, 1853; obeyed the gospel under the preaching of Brother R. Lin Cave, in Nashville, in 1873; was married to Alice, eldest daughter of R. S. Montgomery, in 1878; departed this life on March 10, 1899. He leaves a wife and four boys. On account of his attention to his professional and business interests, to some perhaps he seemed not as devoted to the cause of Christ as some, yet in reality he was very devoted. I never talked with any one who seemed prouder of his obedience to the gospel or one that seemed firmer in or more loyal to the faith of Christ than Brother Tillman. As a neighbor, he was obliging, kind, and courteous; as a husband and father, his wife assures me none were more devoted. When he realized that he must die, he said to his loved ones that he was going hence, trusting in the promises of God. Having for more than twenty years lived a neighbor to Brother Tillman, and having often talked with him about the Christian faith, with assurance I can say to his devoted companion and four lovely boys: While it is sad indeed to give up husband and father while in the vigor of manhood, yet you sorrow not as those who have no hope. Try to imitate him in all that was good and live faithful to the commandments of the Lord, and there will be a happy reunion where there will be no more partings. Then we will realize that God doeth all things well.
M. W. Bills., Palmetto, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, May 4, 1899, page 282.
Timmerman, Jessie Lelia Gibbons
After an illness of only a few hours, Mrs. C. E. O. Timmerman passed to her reward on Saturday morning, April 17, 1920. Gentle, patient, sweet, none knew her but to love her. Truly she walked with God; and she was not, for God took her. She was born on February 5, 1860, and before her marriage was Miss Jessie Lelia Gibbons. She married Mr. C. E. O. Timmerman at the age of eighteen. Soon after her marriage she united with the church of Christ, being baptized by J. Mack Barnes, now deceased. Four sons and four daughters were born to Mr. and Mrs. Timmerman the eldest, J. M. Timmerman, a member of the faculty of the Barnes High School, of Montgomery; S. F. Timmerman, a planter in Autauga County; Frank who died in infancy; H. E. Timmerman, of Ensley; Mrs. R. P. Chapman, of Prattville; Mrs. P. D. Roy, near Prattville; Miss Mary Timmerman, a teacher in the Clanton Grammar School; and Miss Dovie Timmerman, who remained in the home with her parents. At four oclock on Sunday afternoon the funeral services were conducted at the saddened home by J. W. Ray, of the church of Christ, assisted by Mr. James, pastor of the Methodist Church in Prattville. She was buried in the Prattville cemetery, and many beautiful flowers covered her resting place. Her life was a beautiful poem read and appreciated by all who knew her. To the needy, sick, and distressed she was a ministering angel, giving freely of herself and her means. No frown ever rested on her brow and no unpleasant words ever fell from her lips. Hers was the rich, full life of the true Christian, and the falling asleep on earth was the abundant entrance into heaven.
Gospel Advocate, August 19, 1920, page 820.
Timmerman, Jessie L.
Miss Jessie L. Gibbons was born in Autauga County, Ala., on February 5, 1860; was married to C. E. O. Timmerman, November 14, 1878; was baptized into Christ by Brother J. M. Barnes, in September, 1882; passed to the better life on April 17, 1920; and was buried in Prattville, where she lived. An infant twin boy of two months preceded her by many years, and she leaves, besides a devoted husband, our dear Brother Timmerman, lawyer, preacher, and Christian gentleman, four daughters and three sons. They are: Mrs. R. P. Chapman, of Prattville; Mrs. P. D. Roy, of near Prattville; Misses Dovie and Mary Timmerman; Prof. J. M. Timmerman, of Montgomery; S. F. Timmerman, living at Wadsworth; and H. E. Timmerman, living at Ensley. The living have the sympathy of all who have suffered the loss of a wife, a mother. She was a devoted disciple whose light was never dimmed. These Christian children and this Christian husband know in whom they put their trust. They lovingly yield to the divine will, believing that some day they shall understand.
O. P. Spiegel.
Gospel Advocate, July 8, 1920, page 676.
Timmons, James K. P.
James K. P. Timmons was born in Maury County, Tenn. on April 5, 1841, and departed this life on September 6, 1914 at 5 P.M. Funeral services conducted by Elder Felix Sowell and W. Patton. He was married to M. B. Evans by R. B. Trimble on July 13, 1865. To this union five children were born. He obeyed the gospel of Christ a short time before the Civil War and made a good soldier. He was a man of great force of character, strong in his convictions of right, especially strong in faith and loyalty to the teachings of the Bible. He always met with the disciples on Lords day, ready for duty, unless too feeble to do so. He had taken some notes for exhortation on Lords day, September 6, but was unable to go, and closed his eyes in death. He was an elder in the Philippi Church the greater portion of his life. He will be missed in the community as well as the family circle. He was a most useful man. He was County Surveyor quite a while, and was called into adjoining counties often. He was considered among the best. He was an excellent mathematician, being very accurate in all of his calculations. He was considered the best in Maury County by many. He made many formulas by which to solve long and difficult problems, which he distributed to young teachers, which proved to be very helpful. He read quite a lot, was a profound thinker and always ready to talk, especially on biblical topics. He was a most excellent teacher in the Lords-day school. The young almost always gave the hard, knotty questions to Brother Timmons for explanation, which he was always pleased to give. Indeed, he tried to be useful. He was a good citizen, very patient in misfortunes and trials of life. Let us strive to live as he lived in the service of the Lord and at last enter into that rest which remaineth for the people of God.
M. B. Timmons.
Gospel Advocate, November 26, 1914, page 1251.
Tinsley, Minnie Lee
Miss Minnie Lee Tinsley was born on June 12, 1883, and died on March 22, 1904. She was of a cheerful disposition and was loved by all who knew her. We miss her much in the Sunday school. After she became sick she was anxious to be baptized. Brother Fleming administered baptism the night before she died. Just before dying she sweetly sung Rock of Ages. May her loved ones so live that they shall meet her and her mother in heaven.
Gospel Advocate, May 12, 1904, page 300.
On Thursday morning, August 9, 1917, Brother Sam Tinsley, of Gainesboro, Tenn., fell asleep, to awake with glad smiles from his dream when Christ, who is our life, shall be manifested. Brother Tinsley was born on February 29, 1856, and was married to May Elizabeth Mahony on August 31, 1882. Shortly after his marriage he obeyed the gospel under the preaching of Brother E. G. Sewell. Brother Tinsley leaves behind him on the shore of time a loving wife and their four childrenthree boys and one girl, all grown. A more loving and lovable family of people I have never known; and a more generous and kind man than Brother Tinsley was, I have never met. Since first I met him, three years ago, I have been greatly impressed with his love for God. Although the husband and father is gone to be with us no more here, you, his loved ones, must be brave and live to meet him in that world where parting and death are unknown. Let us sorrow not, even as the rest, who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also that are fallen asleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
S. E. Templeton.
Gospel Advocate, September 13, 1917, page 902.
Tipler, Eliza E.
Mrs. Eliza E. Tipler, beloved wife of W. J. Tipler and mother of P. B., J. B., W. J. (Jr.), Marvin, and Lessie Tipler and Mrs. Bessie Murray, died on September 23, 1909. The deceased was a devoted member of the church of Christ, ever striving to promote its best interest. She was greatly loved by all who knew her for her many generous acts of kindness and noble deeds of charity. She was ever a true and affectionate wife, devoted mother, and faithful friend. But our loss is her gain, eternal and blessed. Her soul has returned to the God who gave it, while we must bow in sorrow, knowing that he doeth all things well. Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord. (Rev. 14:13.)
Gospel Advocate, February 10, 1910, page 184.
Tippin, Bertha Eugenia
Mrs. Bertha Eugenia Tippin, 81, passed away suddenly Tuesday, September 18. Sister Tippin is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Wiley Downing of Brewton, Ala., one sister, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was a modest, unassuming, friendly person.
Her influence for good was felt by everyone who knew her. She went about doing all she could to promote the cause of Christ. She shall truly be missed. She was a charter member of the Brewton church of Christ to which she was truly devoted. This was shown when she made the request that contributions be made to the church rather than for flowers for her funeral.
Funeral services were conducted September 20 by this writer. Her body was laid to rest in Green Acres Cemetery in Brewton, Ala. Truly she had fought a good fight, finished her course and looked forward with great hope to receiving her crown.
Gospel Advocate, October 11, 1973, page 659.
Tipps, Flossie Billingsley
Flossie Billingsley Tipps was a native Texan born Aug. 10, ____. A first cousin of the lamented Price Billingsley, she grew up in Hill County and attended Cordell Christian College.
Returning to Texas, she served as Librarian at Thorp Spring Christian College in 1918-1919. She often recalled that the students (U. R. Beeson, Frank Cox and A. R. Holton among them) rolled Dean Charles H. Roberson and President Charles R. Nichol in the snow at the news of Armistice in November, 1918.
Later she moved to Childress County to teach. She also became a buyer for a local dry-goods store. It was in Childress that she met and married George D. Tipps and subsequently moved with him to Detroit, Mich., where he obeyed the gospel at the preaching of J. W. Shepherd before they returned to Texas.
To this union were born two sons, George David Tipps, Jr., and Joe Dan Tipps. George is gospel minister to the White Rock Church of Christ in Dallas, Texas. Joe Dan has taught school in Geneva, N.Y., since 1955. Six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren survive her.
George and Flossie Tipps also reared his niece, Marie Andrews (Mrs. Leon) Carter, who resides in Shawnee Mission, Kan.
Flossie Tipps had been a Christian for more than 75 years. Her husband served as a deacon, then as an elder in the Childress church. She taught Bible classes for many years in that congregation, and remained faithful in study and in the fellowship of the saints. At the time of her death she was a member of the Midtown Church of Christ in Fort Worth, a congregation her son George helped found in 1971.
She passed from this life into her reward April 28, 1983, while a patient in a Fort Worth hospital. Her funeral service was conducted at the Childress Church of Christ April 30 by Dr. L. W. McClendon, an elder in that congregation and closely associated with the Tipps family for 50 years, and by Pat Abbananto, minister.
Her remains were laid to rest in the Childress Cemetery beside those of her husband who had preceded her in death 12 years earlier.
George D. Tipps, Jr., 4122 Fairlakes Ct., Dallas, Texas 75228.
Gospel Advocate, June 2, 1983, page 344.
Tisdale, Edward Junius
On Feb. 24, 1893, Edward Junius Tisdale entered into rest at his home in Mooresville, Ala. He lived to be sixty years of age, though always considered to be of a frail and delicate constitution. He was a man highly respected and esteemed by all who knew him, and died as he had lived, a devoted, consistent member of the church. Sad memories fill my heart when I recount those who have crossed over the river in this large family connection since I entered it twenty years ago. Into the crimson glow of a happy circle of kindred hallowed by the beautiful light of home life, the grey gathering gloom of twilight has settled, and in the quiet chambers of my soul, the song-bird of hope has folded his wings and hushed his usual refrain for I am heart-weary with broken ties. But for him who has just left usthat brow once weary and pierced with earthly thorns shall press the cool verdure of those emerald swards; those fainting feet shall rest and never tire, and he will bask forever in the glorious light of Gods love, there reunited with loved ones gone before.
Gospel Advocate, April 6, 1893, page 223.
Tisdale, T. I.
On Sunday morning, May 26, 1929, the angel of death invaded the peaceful home of Brother T. I. Tisdale and summoned him to quit the walks of men. Brother Tisdale was forty years of age. He was married to Miss Annie Mason in August, 1910. To this union were born four daughtersSadie, Janie, Martha, and Dartha. He obeyed the gospel on August 11, 1910, at Macon, Tenn., under the preaching of J. D. Tant. He exalted the church above all institutions of earth. He was an elder of the Coleman Avenue congregation, Memphis, Tenn., at the time of his death. He was one of Israels sweet singers. The church sustains a great loss in the passing of Brother Tisdale. He was a lover of home, and all that could be done to prolong his stay upon the earth was done, but to no avail. He is survived by his wife, four daughters, three sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. One of the largest audiences that ever gathered in the city of Memphis to pay their last tribute of respect to a departed friend assembled at his funeral. Services were conducted by G. C. Brewer and Elon V. Wilson. Illness prevented the writer from taking part in this service. The floral offerings were beautiful. Interment was in the beautiful Memphis Memorial Park.
E. L. Whitaker.
Gospel Advocate, July 4, 1929, page 640.
Titsworth, Levi N.
The cold messenger of death has entered our midst, and taken from us one of our most useful members, in the person of our beloved brother, Levi N. Titsworth. He was born Oct. 4, 1830, in Kentucky. His parents moved to Texas when he was quite small, from there to Arkansas, from Arkansas back to Texas when he was about nineteen. He was married to Julia Daniel in Titus county, Texas, on Feb. 15, 1852, and moved to Fannin county, Texas, in 1855. He joined the Church of Christ at the age of seventeen. He died June 8, 1893. His death was caused from a cancer in the stomach. He was confined to his bed seven weeks. Like every one else, Uncle Levi had trials and troubles, but bore them with patience and without a murmur. His last hours were spent in praising God, exhorting his brothers and sisters in Christ, and praying for the church and his children. He leaves nine children to mourn their loss. How sadly the loving children miss him, all of whom nursed him so tenderly during his last illness. If we were left to our own short-sighted reasoning, we would feel that Brother Levi was taken from us all too soon; that his life-work was not finished. He was so strong in faith, hope and
love that we can hardly realize he has gone. How hard to realize that we will never meet him again on this storm-tossed earth. We had forgotten that the soldiers of Christ can not always be marching and fighting, but the evening has come, the shadows have gathered, and he is gone; but only for a while, only to await the dawning of the great morning when he will receive the crown laid up for him, who has striven so faithfully to follow the Master here. Let us all strive more earnestly to meet him in the beautiful beyond, where there will be no more sorrow, nor crying, nor pain, nor any more death.
Beckie Miller., Bonham, Texas, July 5, 1893.
Gospel Advocate, August 3, 1893, page 493.
Pearle, daughter of W. L. and Sarah Hendrix Buffaloe, was born near Monette, Ark., October 19, 1899, and died in Memphis on September 7, 1967.
In 1919 she was married to L. E. Titsworth of Jonesboro, Ark. To this union was born one son, W. M. Titsworth. After living in Jonesboro and Chicago for many years they became residents of Black Oak, Ark., where she spent most of her childhood years. Here they became interested in the activities of the church of which they were members.
Besides her son and three grandchildren, she is survived by several nieces, nephews, and other relatives and one brother, W. T. Buffaloe, and five sistersMrs. Fanny Merrit of St. Louis, Mrs. Ida Williams of Black Oak, Mrs. Ona Vowell, Mrs. Vera Knight and Mrs. Verna Russell all of Memphis.
Funeral services were conducted at the Black Oak church of Christ September 10 by L. N. Moody and her nephew, Neal Buffaloe. Burial was in Monette, Ark.
W. T. Buffaloe.
Gospel Advocate, October 12, 1967, page 655.
Todd, Mrs. H. O.
Sister Todd, wife of H. O. Todd, departed this life April 21, 1945. She was born March 16, 1885, in Rutherford County, Tenn., where she lived her entire life. She obeyed the gospel in her youth, and ever lived faithfully to it thereafter. The passing of our loved ones is the darkest cloud and deepest sorrow anyone is called upon to experience in this life. Her going leaves a husband and children to mourn their loss, together with a host of relatives and friends. It was my portion to assist in paying the last tribute of respect to her and do what I could to comfort the sorrowing husband and family. May her going strengthen them and make them to look up and not down, and be more determined to live closer to one another and closer to God the remainder of their days on earth.
C. M. Pullias.
Gospel Advocate, January 24, 1946, page 95.
Todd, Hessie E. Caffy
Hessie E. Caffy, daughter of M. F. and M. J. Caffy, was born on October 20, 1881; was married to James Todd on August 27, 1905; and died on December 10, 1908. Sister Hessie obeyed the gospel when she was only about thirteen years old, and lived a faithful, consistent, Christian life till her death. She was always in her place on Lords day and took a lively interest in the worship of God. She was always ready to help by her presence and her singing, and in any other way consistent with her modest, unassuming manner. She had a kindly, sweet dispositionalways in a good humor, with a pleasant smile for every one. It is the general impression that no better girl has ever been reared about Bradyville. She will be missed by her husband, her father and mother, brothers and sisters, and by the entire church at Bradyville. It is comfort to her many friends and loved ones to believe that she is not lost, but only gone before. There is no comfort like the promises of the word. Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord. We sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. May the merciful Lord deal gently with the bereaved husband, and with the sad, sorrowful father and mother, brothers and sisters, and may they strive to meet the dear one in that better land where death cannot come.
F. B. Srygley.
Gospel Advocate, February 18, 1909, page 214.
Todd, James C.
On December 5, 1914, the writer was called to Fosterville, Tenn., to the late home of our esteemed and much-beloved brother, James C. Todd, to speak words of comfort to his sorrowing and grief-stricken family and to endeavor to point out the splendid lessons which so beautifully enriched his noble life on earth. Brother Todd was born on October 20, 1845, and died on December 4, 1914. He was married, on March 27, 1871, to Sophia T. Pearson, who still survives him. He was the father of five children, all members of the one body. In the death of this faithful brother the church and community sustain a great loss. For about thirty-five years Brother Todd was the beloved elder of the Fosterville congregation, who will ever hold him in beloved memory for his noble efforts among them. In the capacity of elder he was noted for his humility and loyalty to the word of God, never deviating from a Thus saith the Lord in any matter of worship and service. He contended earnestly and lovingly for that faith once delivered unto the saints. On Lords day the brethren knew just where to find Brother Toddat the Lords house. His voice was heard in song and prayer. Our brother is remembered as a peacemaker. When those sad troubles which are peculiar to nearly all communities would arise, Brother Todd was often the one who, through his godly counsel and admonition, would reconcile the parties. He took pleasure in his visits to the sick and suffering. Very often our brother would conduct the funeral services over the dead, speaking words of comfort to the sorrowing. His home life, too, was beautiful. He faithfully endeavored to train his children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and we are glad to see them following in his footsteps. He was a devoted father, and he has certainly left to his children a noble heritage. As a husband, he was kind and tender. We truly believe that our brother will be among the number to hear the welcome applause: Well done, thou good and faithful servant. May God bless his family in these dark hours of sorrow and help them to remember that their loss is our brothers eternal gain.
Clyde M. Gleaves.
Gospel Advocate, June 17, 1915, page 602.
Todd, James Hiram
James Hiram Todd was born February 23, 1873, at Fosterville, Rutherford County, Tenn. He moved to Obion County in 1900, where he was a farmer and dairyman, and an elder in the Exchange Street church of Christ. Seventeen years ago he retired and moved to Jackson, Tenn. There he died January 10, 1962, at the age of eighty-eight. Survivors include his widow, Ida Morgan Todd, of Jackson; a son, Hiram Leonard Todd, of Union City; a daughter, Mrs. Adele Todd Saunders, of Jackson; a brother, Crockett Todd, of Murfreesboro; and a sister, Mrs. Sophie Todd Coop, of Palatka, Fla. He leaves five grandchildren: Mrs. Randy Neill, Leonard Morgan Todd, and Nancy Carolyn Todd, all of Union City; Mrs. Jimmy Faulkner of Martin and Harry Todd Saunders of Jackson. A sister, Mrs. Emma Nance, preceded him in death in November, 1961, and a brother, a gospel preacher, who died in May, 1955. Before his body was returned to Obion County, H. N. Stroud and Jimmie Rogers conducted a service at the home in Jackson. In Union City, the writer, assisted by Lexie B. Ray, conducted the funeral January 12 in the building of the Exchange Street church of Christ. Burial was in the East View Cemetery. Brother Todds grandmother (a Presbyterian) gave him a copy of the New Testament when he was only eight years old. This he carried to the field with him, where he would sit on his plow at the end of a row and read Gods word while resting. On their wedding day, he told his bride he wanted them to read the Bible together and pray together every night. To this she heartily agreed and they continued this practice until illness prevented his participation. Young couples today will profit much from the life-long habit of daily Bible reading and daily prayer. Before becoming bedfast, Brother Todd would sit with a large print New Testament in his lap and read. After his health failed he read it through as often as seven times in one year. The son of the late James Calvin Todd and Sophia Pearson Todd, he took Miss Ida Morgans hand in marriage in 1897. The Gospel Advocate helped her to see she should leave the Lutheran denomination, and become simply a Christian. This Old Reliable journal has been in their home continually since their marriage. Gospel preachers they knew long ago include Lipscomb, Sewell, Elam, Srygley, Kidwell, Deering, and many others. Numerous ministers have enjoyed the hospitality of the Todd home while preaching the word. Baptized as a youth by Jesse M. Kidwell, Brother Todd was a member in recent years at Allen and Edgewood (formerly the Highland Avenue church in Jackson). It was a blessing to know this humble, penitent disciple of our Lord.
Gospel Advocate, March 15, 1962, page 174.
Todd, Lizzie Elrod
Lizzie Elrod was born on July 5, 1881; was married to Brother H. O. Todd on December 19, 1900; and died on November 24, 1902. Sister Todd was baptized on August 6, 1902, by Brother W. L. Logan, of Murfreesboro, Tenn. To the bereaved husband, relatives, and friends I would say: Weep not as those who have no hope; for if we live as God would have us live, we shall meet her again in that beautiful home of the soul. Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord. (Rev. 14:13.) In heaven we shall never say: Goodby. 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.)
L. A. Johnson.
Gospel Advocate, June 25, 1903, page 410.
Todd, Lizzie Elrod
Lizzie Elrod Todd, the youngest daughter of Brother and Sister Samuel Elrod, was born at Porterfield, Tenn., on July 5, 1881; was married to H. O. Todd on December 19, 1900; was baptized by Elder Logan on August 6, 1902; and fell asleep in Jesus on November 24, 1902. She leaves a devoted husband, a loving father and mother, five sisters and two brothers, and many relatives to mourn her early death. Why she was taken we cannot understand, for we loved her so dearly. May God give us grace and strength to bear our troubles and help us to put our trust in him, for he has promised to never forget nor forsake those that trust in his word, and we are promised that she will rise again more beautiful than now. Lizzie is not dead; she is only sleeping. Her sweet voice is hushed in silence; her angel form is basking in the sunshine of heaven. It is hard to say farewell to our dear sister.
Gospel Advocate, July 30, 1903, page 490.
Todd, Mattie E.
Sister Mattie E. Todd, wife of J. C. Todd, died at her home, near Dresden, Tenn., on November 3, 1903; aged fifty-three years, four months, and twenty-four days. Funeral services were held in the meetinghouse at Lebanon, Tenn., in the presence of a large number of former neighbors and friends. Sister Todd obeyed the gospel at a very early age, and was a true and faithful Christian until death. On November 14, 1866, she was married to Brother J. C. Todd. As a result of this union, eight children five boys and three girlswere born. Influenced by a noble, Christian father and mother, they have all grown up to fill prominent places in the very best society and to be useful in the church of Christ. Sister Todd was a zealous worker for the cause of our blessed Master, and she will be greatly missed by the congregation with which she worshiped. She always remembered those in distress and ministered to their necessities. It was a great pleasure to her to talk of Christ and his love, and during her last hours she quoted, For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain, and other scriptures of a similar character. To the bereaved ones I would say: Your hearts are sad and lonely now; but love, honor, and obey the blessed Savior until death, and, one by one, we shall all be gathered home to meet our departed loved ones and live with the redeemed forever in the presence of God, who shall wipe all tears away.
W. S. Long.
Gospel Advocate, November 26, 1903, page 762.
Todd, Mattie P.
Sister Mattie P. Todd, daughter of Thomas and Sarah Moore and wife of Brother S. A. Todd, was born on January 20, 1859, and departed this life on March 12, 1911. She died of tuberculosis. She was in feeble health several months, but was patient. Sister Mattie was married to Brother S. A. Todd on November 3, 1881. As a result of this union, seven children came to bless their home (James A. Todd, Mrs. Pearl Smith, Alvin, Lawton, Ettie May, Mittie Fay, and Tommie)four boys and three girlsall of whom are living. In her childhood days she was religiously inclined. While in her teens she became a member of the Presbyterian Church, and she lived a consistent member of that church until 1909, when she confessed her faith in Christ and was baptized into the one body by me, at old Curlees Church, which was one of the happiest moments of my life. While Sister Todd did not claim to have no faults, she had fewer than any person I know. She was of good report even among the world and sectarians. She was a faithful member of the one body. She enjoyed the Lords-day services and was at her post of duty when her health permitted. One of her ardent desires while on her deathbed was to be able once more to go to church; and when she saw she would never be able to go to the church house, she requested the brethren and sisters to meet with her at her home, which we did up to the time of her death. We met with her the last time to break bread just a few days before her departure. I had known Sister Todd fifty years and had been her neighbor seventeen years. I have been in her home and studied the Bible with her. May God bless the sorrowing husband and children, preserving them unto the heavenly reunion in which the ties that bind us together can never be broken. Sister Todd was laid to rest in the cemetery at Thyatira, funeral services being conducted by Brother J. P. Curlee and the writer in the presence of many friends and relatives.
J. H. Knox., Woodbury, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, May 4, 1911, page 520.
Todd, R. E.
Brother R. E. Todd, of Eubank, Ky., was struck by a freight train at Eubank on June 2, 1920, and killed instantly. Brother Todd had been a faithful preacher in that part of Kentucky for a number of years, and he will be greatly missed. Three years ago I assisted him in some meetings in the hills of Kentucky about Eubank. While at his home one day, Brother A. K. Gooch told me that Brother Todd had spent a farm preaching the gospel. This faithful man gave his time and means to carry the message of our blessed Redeemer to the people who loved and respected him. His motive seemed to be to make the world better while he lived, that the Lord might have a prepared people when he comes. A very large crowd attended the funeral services and much feeling was expressed in his departure. May his wife and children who survive him be comforted with the thought of the reunion in the perfected state, which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil.
F. C. Sowell.
Gospel Advocate, July 29, 1920, page 746.
Todd, Ruby Judson Brown
It was a sad day for a large number of people when the angel of death visited the home of Dr. Oscar Todd, of Gleason, Tenn., and claimed his wife, Ruby Judson Brown Todd. Sister Ruby, as she was called, was born on June 25, 1875; born from above into Gods family in 1888, at the age of thirteen; was married to Dr. Todd on December 8, 1907; and passed into the great beyond on March 22, 1911. She was one of the most admirable characters it has ever been my pleasure to know. She possessed those traits of character that bless the home, the church, and the country. Few women have so many friends, for she was loved wherever she was known. She was a faithful Christian, one that loved humanity, and was constantly making others happy. She leaves a devoted husband, a godly and noble brother (B. W. Brown, of Greenfield, Tenn.), a little infant, three half-sisters, a stepmother, and a host of sorrowing friends. Her death came as a great shock to her loved ones and friends. We can scarcely realize that she is gone, yet this is true; but never will she be forgotten while memory lasts. She was a Christian in heart and life. The spirit of obedience and devotion characterize her life. She loved the Lord and rejoiced in his will and way. She endured afflictions for his names sake, and I feel perfectly safe in saying that no one ever knew her to slight her duty to any one. We have lost a true sister, a devoted wife, a kind neighbor, and a worthy friend. We commend her life to all who knew her. May God bless hers in the flesh, in the home, in the church, and in the country. Peace be to her ashes.
Gospel Advocate, April 27, 1911, page 499.
Todd, Rufus B.
Brother Rufus B. Todd departed this life on February 16, 1917. Brother Todd was born at Richmond, Ky., on March 20, 1877. He came from Montana ten years ago and bought a ranch one mile north of Tulare, Cal., which had since been his home. He was a member of the church of Christ, and to know him was to love and respect him. He leaves a widow, one daughter, and one son to mourn their loss. Two sisters live in Kentucky, one in Arizona, and one in Idaho. Funeral services were conducted on Sunday morning, February 18, from the home, Brother L. D. Perkins, of Armona, officiating, after which the body was laid to rest in the Tulare Cemetery. To his widow and children we would say: That ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
L. M. Williams.
Gospel Advocate, April 19, 1917, page 398.
On September 31, 1923, the death angel called our beloved sister, Sophie Todd, who lived near Fosterville, Tenn. Sister Todd was the mother of Brother Calloway Todd, who is one of our best preachers of the pure gospel. She was the mother of five childrenthree boys and two girlsall of whom are faithful Christians. She was eighty-five years old when she left us for her home in heaven. She was truly a God-fearing woman. She read her Bible daily and, like Daniel of old, she prayed daily. She leaves a host of friends to mourn her loss; but they sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord, . . . that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them. The writer conducted the funeral services in the presence of a large congregation at the meetinghouse where she was accustomed to worship.
E. L. Cambron.
Gospel Advocate, November 22, 1923, page 1140.
Todd, T. J.
My husband, T. J. Todd, was born on November 19, 1837, and died on January 6, 1910. He suffered for several months untold misery. He had been a member of the church of Christ for a good many years and lived in the faith. He was not conscious at the time of his death; his mind had vanished from him. We were married on November 18, 1860, and nine children were born to our union, five of whom are livingSallie Arlidge, Emma Pinkerton, J. L. Todd, Oliver Todd, and Oscar Todd. All are married but Oscar; he lives with me.
Mary E. Todd., Clovis, N. M.
Gospel Advocate, May 26, 1910, page 650.
Todd, Zimri Elzie
Zimri Elzie Todd was born May 29, 1871, near Clifty, Ark.; passed away March 28, 1941, at Kent, Wash. He married Minnie E. Homister, June 3, 1896, at Bentonville, Ark. Brother Todd obeyed the gospel October 26, 1897. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife (Minnie E. Todd), three sons (Charles L., of Seah, Wash.; Ira E. and Leonard C., of Kent, Wash.)all earnest and sincere Christians, with all their familiesa fine testimony as to Brother Todds faith and life. There are three brothers (Wiley, of Clifty, Ark.; Ed, of Springdale, Ark.; and John, of Wichita, Kan.), one sister (Flora, of Oklahoma), and ten grandchildren. He was an active and consecrated member of the church, and was responsible in a large measure for the growth of the church at Puyallup, Wash. The writer conducted the funeral services in Kent, and Brother Todd was laid away near that city, awaiting the calling of the Lord.
Ralph W. Ives., Box 124, Tukwila, Wash.
Gospel Advocate, May 1, 1941, page 431.
Miss Beatrice Toland was born on November 21, 1886, and died on May 19, 1907. After the death of her father, her sister (Mrs. Melia Tankersley) took her, in May, 1898, to live with her. She obeyed the gospel at Hurricane Mills, in July, 1902, and was baptized by Brother T. B. Larimore, after which she lived a devoted Christian life till death relieved her of the troubles of this world. She had been in ill health for some time before her death. Beatrice had a kind and loving disposition and was liked by all who knew her, both young and old. She was laid to rest in the family burying ground. There was a large crowd of relatives and friends gathered at the grave to witness the burial and to pay their last tribute of respect to this departed one, who is not lost, but gone before to await and welcome us home. She leaves two sisters, three brothers, and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her death.
A. M. Page., Cedar Grove, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, September 26, 1907, page 623.
Toland, E. E.
Brother E. E. Toland died at the home of Brother Elmer McCanless, on Hurricane Creek, Humphreys County, Tenn., on June 10, 1911. He was forty-two years old and had been a member of the church of Christ twenty-one years. He obeyed the gospel under the preaching of Brother E. G. Sewell at Bakerville, Tenn. He attended the Nashville Bible School for a while, and made rapid progress in is studies while there. He preached very acceptably through parts of Middle and West Tennessee for several years. On account of his declining health he preached but little during the last few years of his life. He had been afflicted with tuberculosis for several years. Little by little it undermined his physical forces and finally resulted in his death. He earnestly contended for the faith, and did not shun to declare the whole counsel of God.
Brother Toland was reared in Humphreys County and spent the greater part of his life there. He moved to Arkansas a few years ago; but realizing that he could not long survive, he came back to Tennessee to spend his last days with his friends and relatives. He married Miss Kate Coble, of Perry County, Tenn., on May 22, 1899. Two children were born to them, one of which preceded his father to the home of the innocent and the righteous. His wife and the other child, a bright little boy of eight summers, survive him. His faithful friends and devoted wife did all they could to relieve his sufferings, which were intense, and to detain the dreaded monster, death. But God, who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will, took him, and he knows best. Brother Toland said he would like to stay with his friends and family longer if it were the Lords will, but that the Lords will must be done.
W. W. Barber., Waverly, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, July 13, 1911, page 765.
Toler, Heber Cecil
Heber Cecil Toler died Nov. 21, 1986, in Pitt Memorial Hospital, Greenville, N.C., at the age of 81. Baptized into Christ Feb. 18, 1962, Brother Toler remained a staunch supporter of the truth of the gospel until his death. He loved the Savior and His church.
A longstanding request took me back to Greenville and the memorial services at the church building there Nov. 23, followed by burial in the Pineview Cemetery adjoining the city. No friendship in the faith was more highly cherished. We loved to the end. The inspiration of his commitment to Christ remains a precious memory and a living home.
C. E. Mannon., P. O. Box 393, Floyd, VA 24091.
Gospel Advocate, January 15, 1987, page 60.
James Tollerson, 56, died of bone cancer March 1. He was an associate professor of Bible and counseling at Freed-Hardeman University and the minister at the Scotts Hill Church of Christ.
Tollerson worked with churches in Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, Arkansas, Missouri, North Carolina, Michigan, Louisiana and Tennessee. He began teaching at FHU in 1979 and was active in community affairs. He was elected Civitan of the Year in 1996.
Tollerson is survived by his wife, Marilynn; two sons, Matthew and John; two daughters, Melody and Amy Parker; a brother, Roy; and a sister, Joyce Lane.
Gospel Advocate, July, 1998, page 45.
Sister Carrie Tolliver, wife of J. B. Tolliver, of Lebanon, Tenn., was born in Wilson County, Tenn., on September 7, 1855; was married on May 6, 1875; and died on March 27, 1907. Thirty-six years of her life were spent in the church of God. Those who have known her all her life testify that she has always been true to every trustas wife, mother, daughter, sister, and as a Christianhaving every reason to believe these statements to be true. Her death is a great loss to her family and the church, is to her an inheritance through the golden gates into the eternally bright beyond. The funeral services and burial were at Lebanon, Tenn.
A. S. Derryberry.
Gospel Advocate, May 23, 1907, page 333.
Sister Hannah Tolton died, at the home of her son-in-law, Mr. C. H. Jay, in Meaford, Ontario, Canada, on October 1, 1903, in the seventy-second year of her age. When she was fourteen years old, she sprained her knee, which caused enlargement of the bond and left her a cripple for life. At the age of eighteen years she obeyed the gospel, and ever afterwards lived a Christian life. Sister Tolton (nee Parkerson) was married, at the age of twenty-one years, to Mr. Joshua Tolton, who died more than thirty years ago. Eight children were left to her care; and though she was sorely afflicted, she reared them. She was a patient sufferer, always counting her mercies and blessings and considering her trials as light afflictions; she was a great reader, employing her time in storing away useful knowledge; she was patient, gentle, kind, charitable, self-sacrificing, forgiving, loving, and lovable. May the bereaved ones emulate her virtues and meet her in the home of the redeemed, where no pain is felt, where no afflictions come, where there is no parting, and where sweet rest will ever reign supreme.
W. F. Neal., Meaford, Ontario, Canada.
Gospel Advocate, November 5, 1903, page 714.
Tombs, Sallie Ann
Sister Sallie Ann Tombs was born on August 31, 1856, and departed this life on October 7, 1912. She became a member of the church in 1872, having been baptized by Brother James Morton. Her maiden name was Shelton, and in 1875 she became the wife of J. C. Tombs. As a result of this union five childrentwo girls and three boyscame to bless their home. Sister Tombs was practically an invalid for a long time before she passed away, but she bore her illness and sufferings with Christian patience. Those who had known her all her life said she was one of the purest and best women they had ever known. Her neighbors had naught but praise for her, and it was a sad pleasure to conduct the services over the remains of one who had lived such a pure and true life. May those who were near and dear to her, left behind, profit by her noble example and thus be prepared to meet her in a better world.
F. W. Smith.
Gospel Advocate, May 21, 1914, page 566.
Tomlin, J. E.
J. E. Tomlin was born in Lamar County, Ala., on December 19, 1835, and died on December 20, 1923, having lived to the ripe age of eighty-eight years and one day. He fought in the Twenty-sixth Alabama Regiment in the Civil War, and was seriously wounded and reported dead, but returned home at the end of the war, after having lain in a hospital in Richmond, Va., many weeks. Just after his return he married Cordelia C. Cline and settled on a farm near where he was born and reared, and he died on the same farm. To this union were born ten children, one dying in infancy and two other daughters after they were married; but he is survived by his wife, seven children, thirty-five grandchildren, and a number of great-grandchildren. The children surviving him are J. L. and W. L. Tomlin and Mrs. J. S. Johnson, of Lamar County, Ala.; B. E. Tomlin, Pocahontas, Ark.; Mrs. F. S. Lacey, Fort Smith, Ark.; and Mrs. C. S. Hilburn and Mrs. O. E. Davis, Red Oak, Okla. He obeyed the gospel when a young man, and lived a faithful, Christian life. He was an elder in the church for many years, and always did what he could to build up the cause of Christianity. His body was laid to rest in Liberty cemetery, near his home. Funeral services were conducted by J. A. Johnson.
Mrs. O. E. Davis.
Gospel Advocate, April 10, 1924, page 359.
Tomlinson, Narsisie J.
It is with sorrow that we record the death of our beloved sister, Narsisie J. Tomlinson. She was married to Archie Lee Tomlinson on December 25, 1898, and departed this life on July 28, 1905; aged twenty-six years, four months, and fourteen days. She was once a Baptist; but she learned the way of the Lord more perfectly and obeyed the gospel under the preaching of Brother S. H. Hall three years ago this September. She leaves a husband and three little children. I would say to our bereaved brother: Sorrow not as those who have no hope, but live and stand by the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation. It is, indeed, hard to give up such a consecrated Christian wife. She was loved by all that knew her, because of her disposition, her sweetness of temper, and her Christian zeal. She expressed herself as being so glad she united with the Christians. Her only regret was to leave her dear husband and sweet little children, the youngest only thirteen months old. Kindness was one of the prominent characteristics of this godly woman. Kindness is one of the most fragrant flowers that bloom in the paradise of God. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. Let us all so live as to meet her in that sweet home above, where there is no sorrow, sickness, or death, and no farewells, but peace and happiness evermore.
Gospel Advocate, August 31, 1905, page 555.
Toms, Ada Warren
Monday morning, January 13, 1969, Ada Warren Toms, beloved wife of Garvin M. Toms, preacher for the Spring Garden Avenue church in Deland, Florida, went to sleep in the Lord. Funeral services were conducted in Deland, Florida, January 15 by Charles Houser and the writer.
I had known brother and sister Toms for more than twenty-one years. Brother Toms baptized me in Jacksonville in 1947. Sister Toms was one of Gods great ladies and I could read Proverbs 31:10-31 at the funeral services and feel that those wonderful words applied to her life without reservation. She was the most unselfish and uncomplaining preachers wife I have ever known.
Her life was a blessing to her sons John and Jim, to her dedicated husband, to Johns wife, Maria, and to every person it touched in its course of a little over fifty years.
Paul T. Breakfield, Jr.
Gospel Advocate, February 20, 1969, page 131.
Toms, Ada Elizabeth Warren
Ada Elizabeth Warren Toms was born to John E. and Martha Warren April 22, 1918 in Eagle Lake, Florida, and went to be with the Lord January 13, 1969. She was baptized in to Christ by Garvin M. Toms, whom she also married on April 29, 1941, in Winter Haven, Florida. She was a humble Christian, a faithful preachers wife, a loving mother of two sons, John G., and James W., students at Florida State University and David Lipscomb College respectively. Her life was exemplary in holiness and devotion to the Lord. Her smile radiated good cheer to those around her even when she did not feel well. Rather than complain she accepted what had to be with grace and resignation. Making a good home for her family was one virtue in which she shined with undimmed luster. Uncompromising in her stand for truth and righteousness, she wielded an effective influence for the gospel. Her family feels very keenly the loss of her presence here, yet believes that to depart and be with Christ is very far better. So we resign ourselves to Gods infinite will, knowing that he works all things together for good. His promises mean more to us now than ever before. Most impressive words of comfort were spoken by Brethren Paul T. Breakfield, Jr., and Charles L. House, Jr., at DeLand, Florida, January 15, 1969, and interment was in Oakdale Cemetery.
Garvin M. Toms.
Gospel Advocate, February 6, 1969, page 99.
Toms, John Cleveland
In the Blue Ridge Mountains, near Bedford, Va., John Cleveland Toms was born April 26, 1884, to John and Betty Toms, whose family numbered eleven children. From a rugged mountain life he turned to railroad work in which he labored about forty-five years. Moving to Florida in September, 1925, he learned the truth from W. Herron, who baptized him into Christ in August, 1927, in Jacksonville. For many years he served as an elder and song leader for the Springfield church, and later, for the Arlington church in that city. Attendance at singing schools in his youth created a love for sacred music in his heart. As an elder he stood for what he sincerely believed to be right. On February 26, 1962, he went to be with the Lord. His widow, Lillian C. Toms, to whom he was married on October 14, 1909, and a son, Garvin M. Toms, remain. We believe the scripture: We are of good courage, I say, and are willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be at home with the Lord.
Garvin M. Toms.
Gospel Advocate, March 22, 1962, page 190.
Toms, Lillian Carter
Born October 14, 1890, in Bedford, Va., Lillian Carter Toms went to be with her Lord August 21, 1973, at the age of eighty-two years. She was married to John Cleveland Toms on her birthday in 1907. W. Herron baptized her into Christ in 1928 after she had learned the truth from his preaching under a tent in Jacksonville, Fla. She had one son, Garvin, two grandsons, and one great-granddaughter.
Herbert J. Bass and Bill Heinselman spoke comforting words at a service held for her in Jacksonville August 24. Mother was a deeply spiritual person whose convictions were often expressed in a straightforward manner. She deplored the sin in the world, and rejoiced when righteousness prevailed. She loved to attend Bible study and worship. All who knew her were aware of her tenderness and compassion toward the unfortunate whom she tried to encourage in whatever ways she could. Her empty chair will remind us that she will be missed. But the hope of being with the Lord far exceeds our joys here.
Garvin M. Toms.
Gospel Advocate, September 13, 1973, page 595.
Tomson, James F.
Brother James F. Tomson was born in Tennessee in 1857, and died at Lecanto, Fla., on April 23, 1930. He leaves his second wife and three children to mourn his death. He first married a Miss Richardson, and to her four children were born. Brother Tomson obeyed the gospel early in life. He soon began preaching, and gave his life unreservedly to the work as long as physical strength would permit. His father, J. H. D. Tomson, who died in 1913, was a well-known preacher and writer. Brother Tomson, like most preachers, had little of this worlds goods, and his wife and two children (at home) are without a home to go to. I talked with Brother Tomson often about his lifes work and the future, and he never seemed to dread or grieve over the fact that he must meet death. The last time I talked to him he said: Death is an awful thing; but I see that I cannot live, and I am ready to do what the Lord wants me to do. May we all be ready when our Master calls.
John B. Peden.
Gospel Advocate, May 29, 1930, page 523.
Tooley, Laura Elizabeth
On January 15, 1950, at 12 noon, Mrs. Laura Elizabeth Tooley, aged seventy-nine, passed away in the city of Washington, N. C. Born on July 22, 1871, in Beaufort County, N. C., she became a member of the church of Christ at the age of seventeen, and shortly thereafter married A.L. Harris. To this union were born two sons and two daughters. Surviving of these are: Staton Harris, Wenona, N. C.; V. L. Harris, Hopewell, Va.; and Mrs. Florence Stokes, Washington, D. C. After the death of Mr. Harris, she was married to P. A. Tooley, and to this union were born two sons and one daughter. Surviving of these are: Macon Tooley, Hopewell, Va., and Mrs. Mattie Cox, Washington, D. C. Also surviving are: H. O. Tooley, Wenona N. C.; D. H. Tooley, Pike Road, N. C.; P. F. Tooley, Pike Road; Mrs. Mattie Dunbar, Pike Road; Mrs. Lula Gibbs, Belhaven, N. C., stepchildren; and James S. Respess and William A. Respess, Pike Road, brothers. Funeral services were held at the Pike Road church of Christ by John Nosker of Petersburg, Va.
James A. Davis.
Gospel Advocate, February 16, 1950, page 110.
Tooley, Martha A.
Martha A. Tooley, wife of J. R. Tooley, was born on October 19, 1834, and died on September 28, 1922, making her stay on earth eighty-seven years, eleven months, and nine days. She was the daughter of John A. and Eliza Adams. She was married to J. R. Tooley on May 8, 1856. To this union were born six childrenthree boys and three girls. Four of them are living. She leaves her husband (Uncle John, as he is now called), four children, nineteen grandchildren, forty-one great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn their loss. Sister Tooley obeyed the gospel in the year 1870. She was a follower of Christ about fifty-two years. She worshiped most of that time with the little band of disciples at New Liberty, in Macon County, Tenn. In the death of Sister Tooley we bid adieu to a faithful wife, a loving mother and grandmother, and a faithful, devoted, consecrated, Christian. Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep.!
J. M. Dennis.
Gospel Advocate, October 19, 1922, page 1002.
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