Sketch On The Life Of G.H.P. Showalter
George Henry Pryor Showalter was born in Snowville, Virginia,
October 15, 1870, to J. T. and Sarah Catherine Showalter. He was
baptized by his father on the second Sunday in March, 1883.
received his education at the Greendale Institute in Virginia,
Milligan College in Tennessee and the University of Texas. He taught
school and did evangelistic work in Virginia and West Virginia from
1892 to 1897.
Showalter came to Texas in 1897 and was President of Sabinal
Christian College where he served for one year.
began preaching at Greendale, Virginia, in 1891, and was an active
preacher of the gospel for nearly 63 years.
Showalter married Lena Estelle Honea, August 1, 1900. To this union
were born three sons and three daughters, of whom survived at the
time of his death. His first wife died June 25, 1943.
1908, Showalter became the editor and owner of the Firm Foundation
and he continued in this work until the time of his death.
baptized all six of his children and all of his grandchildren that
were old enough to obey the gospel during his life. He conducted the
marriage ceremony for all of his children. This is one of the
highest compliments that children and grandchildren can pay to their
father and grandfather. The mother of the six children died June 5,
1943. She was a devout Christian mother with a very humble and
September 6, 1945, Showalter married Winifred Mason Moore of
Wichita, Kansas. She was a devoted and faithful wife all the way to
the time of his departure. Two days before his death, all the
children and 13 grandchildren were present to celebrate his 84th
birthday. Due to the pressures of business, Showalter spent the day
at the office. On the following morning, it was Saturday, he became
ill and was taken to the hospital late in the day. Sunday morning,
the Lord's Supper was brought to him in the hospital, which he and
his wife, who was attending him, observed together. At 1:40 P.M. his
spirit left his body. He remained conscious almost to the moment of
his passing. Death was attributed to a coronary occlusion.
Mason Moore Showalter passed about in the spring of 1956, and was
buried next to her first husband, M.S. Mason
in Springfield, Missouri.
is doubtful if any single man west of the Mississippi River wielded
more influence for great work in the church during the first half of
the 20th century than did G. H. P. Showalter. His kind are not too
was survived by his wife, Winifred; three daughters, Mrs. R. O.
Kenley, Jr., of Longview, Texas, Mrs. E. E. Hawkins of Austin,
Texas, Mrs. E. T. Flewellen of Longview, Texas; three sons, Preston,
Wallace, and George, Jr., all of Austin; two sisters, Mrs. Everett
Randolph of Abilene, Texas, Mrs. Julia Massey of Roanoke, Virginia;
three brothers, M. V. Showalter of Abilene, Dr. A. M. Showalter of
Christiansburg, Virginia, and E. T. Showalter of Snowville,
Virginia; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. (At the time
of this writing, 1986, a number of his family have passed to their
funeral was conducted Tuesday, October 19, at 3:00 P.M. in the
University Church of Christ where Showalter served as an elder for
over 45 years. Cecil E. Hill, minister of this congregation,
directed the service. H. I. Taylor, preacher of the Northside
congregation in Austin, made a brief eulogy of Showalter and led the
prayer. Basil Shillings, preacher for the Southside congregation in
Austin, gave a few words of praise to Showalter's work and
influence, and read the Scripture. W. M. Davis of Dallas, first page
writer for the Firm Foundation for over 25 years, delivered the
funeral sermon. This was an appointment that had been made some 30
Davis delivered a
vigorous sermon and one that was appreciated by all who were
present. A song composed by Showalter, "I'm Walking The Heavenly
Way," was used at the funeral by the small chorus directed by Ray
McGlothlin. There were many preachers and others present from many
points in Texas and some from outside the state. On November 23,
1954, the entire edition of the Firm Foundation was dedicated to
Showalter, with many writers from different places commending his
great work and spoke words of praise in his honor.
Memoriam, Gussie Lambert – pages 256-258
Directions To The
Grave Of G.H.P. Showalter
G.H.P. Showalter is buried in the
Austin Memorial Park Cemetery in Austin, Texas. The address of the
cemetery is 2800 Hancock Drive, Austin, Texas 78731. On I-35, north
of downtown Austin, take Exit 239 and head west on Hwy. 2222 (E.
Koenig Lane) and travel about three miles. The road will become
Northland Dr. Turn left on Shoal Creek Blvd. The cemetery will be to
your right. Go until you can turn left on Hancock Dr. Enter the
cemetery and the section will be very soon after entering on your
left. The grave is a good bit back and close to the fence. See
pictures below to get an idea. The Luther Norman plot is very near Showalter's plot.
30° 19' 710" N x 97° 45' 020" W
Grave Faces East
Block 1 Lot 110
Austin Memorial Cemetery Entrance
Block One Is Just Past Hedge Row In Distance On Left
Boxed In On Right Is The Showalter Plot, On Left Is Norman Plot
The Showalter Plot
Norman Plot In The Foreground, Showalter Plot Blocked In Background
Daddy - George Henry Pryor Showalter
Oct 15, 1870 - Oct. 17, 1954
Mother - Lena H. Showalter
Aug. 24, 1879 - June 25, 1943
Son - Thomas Preston Showalter
Feb. 12, 1902 - Jan. 22, 1977