Joseph Benjamin Faulkner
As McPherson Remembered J.B. Faulkner
J. B. FAULKNER lived and preached for years in Collin County. He and R. C. Horn (who still labors there) and A. M. Douglass were intimately associated in the work in that section of the State. He was a devout lover of the gospel, and preached its message with power. His memory will long linger affectionately in the hearts of many.
-Chalmers McPherson, Disciples of Christ in Texas, c.1920, page 176
Letter In The Matthews Papers
August 2, 1936.
Joseph Benjamin Faulkner was born June 1, 1842(sic) in the State of Kentucky, came to Texas and Collin county when a child. When the war between the states began he enlisted with many other neighbor boys and men in the Ninth Texas and served as a Confederate soldier to the close of the war. He became a Christian soon after the way and in 1868 he began to publicly proclaim Christ and Him crucified to his neighbors and for over forty years went from place to place in Collin county and adjoining counties to tell the story of God's love for men to the people. The result is, thousands owe their conversions to Christ, to his sacrificial labor in Collin county. He preached in nearly every community as an evangelist, being for two years county evangelist. He held pastorates at the following churches: Wylie, Plano, Allen, Bethany, Lebanon, Farmersville, McKinney, Pilot Point, Rock Hill, Royse City.
He passed away in Quanah, Texas, March 1, 1911.
Mrs. Tom Perkins.
-Matthews Papers, p.156 Note: The Matthews Papers is made up of a consordium of documents on the history of the Christian church in Texas by Mr. Jewell Matthews. Mr. Matthews was the grandson of Dr. Mansel W. Matthews, one of the earliest settlers to bring the New Testament gospel to the state of Texas. These papers are held in the Restoration Resource Room at Texas Christian University. Many thanks to the archivists there who have made this information available. (note page 156, is from your webmaster's copy of the material). The birthdate listed in the letter is a mistake. He was born June 1, 1843.
McKinney Weekly Democrat Gazette, McKinney, Texas
Thursday, July 8, 1909, page 1
Directions To The Grave of J.B. Faulkner
J.B. Faulkner is buried in the Quanah Memorial Park in Quanah, Texas. Quanah is located off the main road (Hwy. 287) between Amarillo and Wichita Falls, Texas. Head into the Quanah downtown area, and go north as if going out of town on North Main Street. Turn right on Ranch Road 2640. As soon as you cross the railroad tracks you will enter the main entrance at the north end of the cemetery. Go in to the end of the second section and turn right (3rd Street). Head to the south end of the cemetery. As you get close to the end begin looking to your right for the old entrance to the cemetery. It will be easily seen, but no longer in use. You will want to turn right on the road leading to the old entrance, (Strong St.) As soon a you have turned right, you should be facing the old entrance. Park, and go into the section on your right. The Faulkner plot will be close to the road. South Addition 02-173-01
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Courtesy of Scott Harp
Web editor note: In February, 2012, it was my privilege to visit the grave of J.B. Faulkner. I was invited to take part in the annual Affirming The Faith Lectureship in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Getting into the area early, I was afforded the opportunity to put about 2000 miles on a rental car in order to locate graves of gospel preachers and church leaders of yesteryear in a wide area. My third day I was able to visit the grave of J.B. Faulkner.