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  Gospel Advocate Obituaries

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Faris, Bethenia D.
   Died, at her home twelve miles from Richman, Madison county, Ky., 6 o'clock P. M. April 11th, 1881, Mrs. Bethenia D. Faris, wife of J. J. Faris.  She was born in Tennessee; she was the daughter of William Bond; her mother's maiden name was Nancy Dabney.  At the age of fourteen she became a follower of the meek and lowly Jesus.  She was first a member of the Methodist church, but when Bro. Absalom Adams of Kentucky, a bold proclaimer of the ancient gospel, came into their midst her entire family took their stand upon the Bible alone as a rule of faith and practice.  After marriage she came to this county, and from that time till death held membership with the congregation at Kirksville.  When in health her place was always filled at church. Her brethren and sisters felt that she might be relied on at all times to do what she could to promote the Master's cause.  Blessed with a fine natural mind she had made good progress in the divine life, and was always able and ready to give a reason for her hope.  We have met few persons that we thought her equals in those graces that should adorn the Christian character.  In her charity to all mankind, in her sympathy for those who were in distress, and in her humble child-like faith she was entitled to our highest admiration.  During her illness it was our privilege to visit her often, and to pray and sing with her.  She would to the last join with us in singing those old gospel songs that had cheered her heart in former days.  A few days before her death she expressed great gratitude that her race was nearly run.  Among the last words she was heard to say was the beautiful quotation: "Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God."  We rejoice in the hope that she is realizing the fullness of that promise.  We bless God for having given us one so pure in heart and life.
Gospel Advocate, May 12, 1881, page 294

Farrar, Mrs. B. J.
   Brethren L. & S.:  On Sunday, the 7th of August, my dear wife fell asleep in Jesus.  Her pure spirit passed away without a struggle and her lifeless form now awaits the resurrection morn. I need not speak of her many virtues to her friends here or in Nashville, for they can speak for themselves.
   She was born December 18th 1845 and was on the day of her death 24 years 7 months and 18 days old.  She was baptized at the age of twelve and was a Christian almost by nature.  We have been married 3 years 4 months and 1 day and our companionship has been sweet.
   She reached her old homestead in Nelson County, Va., a few weeks before she died.  She left me a bright little daughter to comfort me in my loneliness.
Your Brother in Christ
B. J. Farrar., Nelson County, Va., Aug. 9, 1870
Gospel Advocate, September 1, 1870, page 796

Farris, W. C.
   Fell asleep in Jesus, on the 2nd of April, 1869, BroW. C. Farris, of Giles county, Tenn., in the 22nd year of his age, after a protracted illness of consumption, which he bore with Christian fortitude and resignation.  It is painful to have to give up one so useful to the Church, to society, and to his family; but we feel consoled in the knowledge that our loss is his gain, that he has gone where there is neither pain nor care, but joy and peace with God and the blessed forever.  He had been a member of the body of Christ since October, 1867.  We truly sympathize with his bereaved family.  May our Father bless and comfort them.
J. C. W.
Gospel Advocate, September 9, 1869, page 835.

Fears, Elizabeth 
   Died on the 27th of March 1872 at her residence near Griffin Spaulding, Co. Ga. in the seventy third year of her age, our beloved sister Elizabeth Fears.
In early life she united with the Baptist church but for the last twenty years she has stood with the Christian Church on the Bible alone.  No one excelled her in piety and meekness obeying the injunctions and commands of her Saviour as far as was in her power.  Loved and respected by all who knew her, but she is gone to the land of rest, to enjoy that eternal inheritance reserved for the people of God
   May the Lord bless and comfort her children and grand children and never permit them to wander in forbidden paths, she was buried by the side of her husband, Thomas Fears in the church yard at Berea meeting house where she was a member.  Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.
W. S. Fears
Gospel Advocate, June 6, 1872, page 553

Ferrel, Harriet Jane
Died, in Wilson County, Tennessee, August 29, Harriet Jane Ferrel, aged 26 years, 7 months and 12 days.  Baptized into Christ the third Sunday in May 1869.
   Our sister understood well the plan of salvation as taught by the Apostles and Prophets, and it was her delight to talk on this theme.
   Our much beloved Bro. Huffman by his plain and well directed efforts at Bell Wood caused her to fall in love with the beauties of Holiness and to take Christ as taught by the Apostles for her rule of faith and practice.  Her sickness lasted about three weeks, most of the time scorched with fever, but she was never heard to murmur or complain.  The greatest concern she had was that she was giving her friends and relatives too much trouble.
   We would say to her relations and friends, grieve not for her, for she has gone where there is no sickness or sorrow, pain or death; where the weary are at rest.  Imitate her life that you may die her death.
G. L. R.
Gospel Advocate, November 4, 1869, page 1032.

Ferris, Olivia
   Departed this life, March 21st, Sister Olivia Ferris, daughter of Mrs. Turbeville, of Yazoo city.
   It is most comforting to know that to her, death had no thorns.  She made all arrangements for her departure with calmness and resignation, giving up her husband, and little babe into the hands of Him who pities the distressed and desolate.  She walked through the valley and shadow of death, leaning on the arm of the Savior.
   Our Sister was a graduate of Hope Institute and expected to devote her life to the instruction of the young, but she was taken in her prime, and many friends speak her name tenderly.   We brought her back to bury her near the home of her school days, and her quiet grave will not soon be forgotten.
C. F.
Gospel Advocate, April 7, 1870, page 329

Floyd, Addie Pauline
Dear Bro. Sewell:  I have just read Bro. C. W. Sewells letter to you expressing his sympathy in the loss of your dear little child also your own article concerning it, with an intensity of feeling that I would not perhaps under other circumstances.  And why?  Because I too have just deposited in its final resting place all that was mortal of our own little afflicted babe, Addie Pauline, aged two years ten months and one day.
   When three months old she had an attack of brain fever, and was never well afterwards, and finally died March the 6th with whooping cough followed by Meningetis.  For over two years constantly, almost night and day had we watched over it, and did all in our power to render it comfortable in its afflictions.  Fully convinced that had it lived, it would have ever been helpless, yet so deeply was it enshrined in our hearts that the loss is a severe one.  It seemed to realize that it was entirely dependent, and to see the confidence with which it looked to its parents for every thing, so aroused that tender passion that always exists in the parents heart, that I had pretty well lost sight of every thing else in my deep solicitude for its welfare.  I miss its little form, yet rejoice that it is freed from its sufferings.  My dear brother how could we ever give up our little ones if there was no hope of meeting in a blissful home above.  I feel humbled and subdued under the affliction that has come upon us.  I feel now that there is a strong chain binding me so securely to heaven that I can more easily draw my affections from earthly things.
Yours in hope of Life
J. D. Floyd., Flat Creek Tenn. Mar. 8, 1874.
Gospel Advocate, March 26, 1874, page 310.

Floyd, Francis
   DIED, very suddenly at her residence in Lee county Ala., of Paralysis of the Heart and congestion of the lungs, Sister Francis Floyd; She was a native of South Carolina, born near the line of Laurens and Newberry Districts, on the 28th of February 1796; and was married to John Floyd the 10th April 1817.  Shortly after marriage she joined the Baptist Church at Bethabara, Laurens District, South Carolina and remained a member of that body until 1833, when they removed to Troup Co. Ga.  In the winter of 1835 they removed to the place of her decease; In 1845 she attached herself to the Christian Church at Shady Grove, Chambers Co. Ala., now Lee Co. while under the teaching of Elder Prior Reeves Dec'd, and then remained and died in the triumphs of her Faith on the 11th day of December, 1869; she was an affectionate wife, a tender mother, a kind and charitable friend, bestowing gifts on many objects of charity so far as she was able.
A  Relation.
Gospel Advocate, January 27, 1870, page 91.

Fly, Wm. D.
   Our beloved brother, Wm. D. Fly, is no more of earth.  After a painful and protracted affliction of several months, he died on Wednesday, the 23rd of Feb.
   I have, I think, known few truer men than our deceased brother.  He began his religious career as a Presbyterian, but soon became satisfied that he had not honored the command of his Master, was immersed and became a member of the Baptist Church. He lived an active and useful member of that body until the fall of 1867, when, after many struggles, he felt it his duty to take his stand with those who professed to know no authority for any religious act but that found in the word of the Savior and his apostles.  In doing so, he became no partisan, but was disposed so far as they would permit him, to meet those with whom he had so long identified, with the kindest feelings of Christian love.  A truly upright, honest Christian has gone from our midst.
W. L., Murfreesboro, March 6th
Gospel Advocate, April 7, 1870, page 328.

Foster, Agnes
   DIED, on the 5th of March, 1869, Sister AGNES FOSTER, aged 54 years.  There was hope in her death,--no fear--no dread.  She gave advice and counsel to her weeping children, and was ready when the pale messenger called for her.  She has left her husband to feel how lone and desolate is his home, without her presence.  All her trust was in her Savior.  She clung to him in humility, confessing her faults, and loved him with great devotion for his compassion and tenderness.  At the last hour, she put her hand in his, and walked calmly with him through the cold, dark river.  Dear Friend and Sister, we are weeping for thee.  We miss thee.  We miss thy warm, full love.  No matter who grew cold, who was unkind, who forsook, thou wert still the same.  After years of absence, thy loved seemed more tender and faithful.  We remember thee in the days of yore, when thou wert a being of graceful loveliness, and a joy to the hearts of many.  There are those who look back to thee, as a vision of brightness kept in the sacred places of memory.  Thou art enshrined in their hearts, and they feel more deeply the changes of earth, when they remember that thou hast faded, and passed  away.
   We thank our Father, that thy sorrows and sufferings have ceased.  We thank Him for the hope of thy rising in immortal bloom and beauty.  Thou will be with those whom the Lamb shall lead to living fountains of water, and God shall wipe all tears from thine eyes.
C. F.
Gospel Advocate, April 8, 1869, page 333

Foust, Cornelia V.
   Death has again been in our midst and has robbed our congregation of one of its most precious jewels.  SisterCornelia V. Foust was born Sept. 6th, 1857, departed this life August 20, 1881 aged twenty-three years, eleven months and fourteen days.  From a child she was afflicted with scrofula, which caused her to be taken from us so soon.  Although her suffering was long and intense, yet she bore it with great fortitude and without murmur.  She seemed to realize her situation, and often expressed herself in regard to her approaching dissolution, saying that she had no fears of death, only she hated to leave her two little boys.  Her suffering was so great, that several days before her departure she became unconscious of any person or thing.  When in health she was devoted to the Master's cause.  She was kind and affectionate to all.  In her death her husband lost a devoted wife, her children a loving mother, and the church one of its purest members.  She left many friends to mourn their loss.  As she had lived so she died, in the triumphs of a living faith.  "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord."
W. H. Carter., Lafayette, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, December 1, 1881, page 758.

Fowler, Margaret
   Sep. 4th, 1870, Margaret Fowler, wife of Dennis Fowler, of Pleasant Plains, Lincoln co., Tenn.  Sister Fowler's maiden name was Margaret Rawls.  She was born May 8, 1804, in Hertford co., N. C.; became a member of the Methodist  Church when about 18 years of age; emigrated to Tennessee in 1842; where she still lived in the Methodist connection until Oct., 1869, when she became a member of the Church of Christ, of which she lived a devoted member until her death.  She died in the triumphs of the Christian faith.
   She was a woman of sterling integrity; though, like the rest of us had her faults.  Let us imitate her virtues, shun her faults, and so live that we too may leave this world cheered by the premise of immortality. 
G. L.
Gospel Advocate, November 3, 1870, page 1027.

Frazier, Constantine
   Departed this life, in the 66th year of his age, Constantine Frazier,at his late residence two miles from Paris, on Wednesday, 25th ult.
   Brother Frazier was for twenty years an overseer of the church in Paris, and enjoyed the full confidence and esteem of the entire brotherhood as a faithful and zealous Christian, and of the community as an upright good citizen.
   The church has lost one of her best members, and the community one of its best citizens.  Never was it my privilege to stand by the bed side of one who welcomed death with more calmness than did brother Frazier.  I spoke on the occasion to a respectably large and very attentive audience with reference to the certainty of the resurrection of the dead, and the consequent foundation of the Christian hope.
   May God through his appointments comfort and sustain the bereaved ones whom he has left behind.
R. B. Trimble., Paris, Tenn., May 28, 1869
Gospel Advocate, June 10, 1869, page 547.

Free, Adam
Bro's L. & S.: It becomes my duty to announce the death of our venerable brother, Adam Free, who departed this life on the 26th day of February, 1873, in the 77th year of his age.  Brother Free was on his way from his former residence in Lawrence county, Alabama, to the home of his son, Allen Free, in this (Sharp) County, but was taken with billious colic and had to stop.  He was kindly cared for by Mr. Novel and Dr. Estes, of Independence Co. until death relieved him from his sufferings.
   Brother Free was very anxious to reach the end of his journey, in order that he might meet those dear to him, but our Father willed otherwise. His last hours were cheered, however by the presence of some of his relatives.  His remains were buried near Evening Shade, Sharp County, Ark.  Brother Free had been a devoted member of the church since 1845, prior to that time he was a member of the Baptist Church.  But we shall meet him no more on earth.  So farewell father and brother, until we meet and greet thee in that bright land where the sunlight never fades, but where all is love, joy and peace forever and ever.
K. Bradley., Evening Shade Ark, April 7th, 1873.
Gospel Advocate, May 1, 1873, page 430.

Freeman, Harriett
Fell asleep in Jesus in the evening of the 2nd of July 1873, of Cholera at her residence in Bedford County Tenn, Sister Harriett Freeman, daughter of Barker and Nancy Johnson of Rutherford Co, and wife of Bro. Joseph H. Freeman.  She died giving council to her husband, children and friends that were in attendance.  She died leaving a memory of virtue, piety and devotion.  Seldom do we ever witness a more rapturous departure out of this world than that which was granted to sister Harriett Freeman.  May her husband and seven children find consolation in the recollection of her Faith, hope and works.
   Sister Harriett was born April 12th 1825, married Bro. Joseph H. Freeman Dec. 7th 1843.  Confessed the Savior in August 1859, and was baptized by that faithful, fearless and able defender of the grace of God, Geo. W. Cone, since which time she lived in the faith and died in hope of a glorious immortality.   
Smith Bowlin., Bell Buckle Bedford Co. Tenn. Feb. 8 1874. 
Gospel Advocate, February 26, 1874, page 213.

Freeman, Joseph H.
   Seventy-three and a half years, between April 19, 1822, and Nov. 4, 1895, with their social, political, and religious duties and conflicts, molded the character and life of Brother Joseph H. Freeman.  These are the dates of his birth and death.  He was of weak physical constitution, but of much strength of character, and by prudent and temperate habits attained to more than his threescore years and ten.  His life reaches back to the pioneer days of this section, when friendship, honesty, and industry were held in high esteem.   These characteristics remained with him in a marked degree to the day of his death.  These, together with his excellent judgment and economy, built him up from a small beginning to a position of wealth and influence.  He was kind and considerate with the poor and unfortunate, and, while supplying their wants, would encourage and advise them with just and good counsel.   Brother Freeman observed with much interest the disposition and habits of those by whom he was surrounded, and when they would follow the prompting of his good judgment, which he would humbly and kindly offer, they seldom failed of success.   Alexander Freeman, the father of Brother J. H. Freeman, is said to have been the first male member of the Cross Roads congregation, established about 1830.  The subject of this sketch obeyed the faith at sixteen years of age.  He talked to his children and a few friends gathered at his bedside, during his last sickness, of the labors and sacrifices incident to the establishment of this congregation.  The deep, lasting impression made by those scenes upon his youthful heart was apparent in the vividness with which they came to him after the lapse of so many years.  It was the rule of his life to assemble with the disciples of Jesus on the Lord's day.  He delighted in the worship of God.  He was married on Dec. 7, 1842, to Miss Harriet Johnson.  She was an excellent Christian wife and mother.  She died of cholera July 2, 1873, having borne to him eight children--four boys and four girls--the oldest of whom is Dr. William R. Freeman, one of the beloved physicians of our town and congregation.  On Oct. 9, 1876, Brother Freeman was married to Sister Jennie Coop.  They were noted for their hospitality, and gladly did they entertain both rich and poor in their pleasant home, that abounds with the comforts and blessings of life.  They rarely, if ever, failed to minister in a substantial way to the preachers who visited their home and congregation, and many who read this will remember with pleasure the courtesies and hospitality of this Christian home.  The funeral service was conducted by Brother J. D. Floyd and the writer, and was attended by a very large number of friends and relatives.
R. A. Hoover., Bell Buckle, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, May 21, 1896, page 327.

Farrar, John
In memoriam of John Farrar who died December 28th, 1877.  It has been beautifully said that "the veil which hides the future from our view is woven by the hand of mercy."  At the end of last Autumn, each opening bud on our family tree, seemed full of developing promise to expand into a lovely blossom of usefulness and affection, whose perennial fragrance would cheer and  comfort the last years of our declining age.  Our hope and love were joyfully blended together, and we were happy.  But, alas! our happiness was only a morning dream; for the evening brought the ghastly wound and the fractured skull of our darling boy.  Every attention suggested by thoughtful love was given to him, and he seemed to improve rapidly until lock-jaw intervened and in a few days his beating pulse was still, his throbbing heart ceased to beat--he had passed forever beyond the reach of the convulsive spasm, and all the agonizing sensations of hunger and thirst, and calmly slept in the peaceful repose of death.  While sorrowing with a grief which only parents feel, we draw consolation from the comforting thought that all his sufferings are now forever ended in eternal rest.  Loving, truthful, innocent, was our darling boy.  While life lasts still will his memory be green in our souls.  From the peaceful bosom of his grave spring none but fond regrets and tender recollections of,
Two hands upon the breast,
His labors done;
Two tired feet now at rest--
His race is won.
A. J. Farrar and Anna Farrar
Gospel Advocate, May 9, 1878, page 297.

Forshee, Martha
With a sad heart I write you the death of sister Martha Forshee, wife of E. W. Forshee.  She died of Scrofula.  I did not have nay idea what a human being could suffer and not die.  But after bearing her suffering with great courage for months and months, she is gone, leaving a husband and several children (no small ones) and friends to mourn her loss.  But our loss is her eternal gain.  I never heard a harmful word of her in my life, had been acquainted with her for four years.  Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.
Joseph Wheeler
Gospel Advocate, September 30, 1880, page 632.

Fox, Harden P.
It is with sadness of heart that I record the death of this devoted Christian soldier, who was killed by a saw log rolling over his body. He was a zealous member of the church of God.  An unusually large audience was out at his funeral to manifest the respect in which he was held in this community.  He has thus been cut off in the vigor of life, being only 26 years of age.  We extend our sympathies, especially to the widowed mother and bereaved wife.  Our dear brother will await you and his darling babe on the golden shore.  I know it is hard to give him up, especially when thus suddenly taken from your fond embrace.  Farewell, dear brother, till we meet where the flowers do not fade, where the foliage does not fall in the groves of the paradise of God, where strength and beauty do not fail in that celestial clime, when the mountains of the Lord will stand firmer, the vine clad hills will never depart, and our associations will never be broken up and where the faithful enter into eternal life.
J. H. Morton.
Gospel Advocate, February 27, 1889, page 143.

Fugit, W.
With sorrow of heart I record the death of our beloved brother, W. Fugit, who left this world in full faith and hope of entering into that rest prepared for the people of God, the 27th of May, and was buried on the 4th Lord's day near Woodbury, beside his mother Ann Eliza, known throughout all the brotherhood for her faithful continuance in all the commandments of the Lord.  Like Timothy, from a child he knew the Holy Scriptures, being taught by his mother and grandmother, Mary and Elizabeth, which resulted in the salvation of his soul from sin, when he was buried with his Lord in baptism, with the promise of a glorious resurrection from the dead when Jesus comes.  He was only 20 years of age.  I know no one can feel his loss as we do, nor sorrow as we sorrow, yet we sorrow not as those who have no hope, for we have all hope that he will have part in the first resurrection.
Elihu Jones.
Gospel Advocate, September 7, 1876, page 874.

Finley, Emma
   Sister Emma Finley died at the home of her father, Brother J. T. Finley, in this place, on Monday, October 9, 1899, in her seventeenth year.  She had been sick only a short time with typhoid fever, of which she died.  Funeral services were held in the Christian church on Tuesday evening, conducted by Elder E. J. Meacham; the burial was at Lone Oak Cemetery.  The entire school of which she was a pupil attended in a body, and the members of her class (seventh grade) acted as pallbearers.  Emma was baptized by Brother B. F. Hart, at Friendship, Lincoln County, in 1897, in her fifteenth year, thus early giving her life to Christ.  The family moving to Lewisburg shortly after, she united herself with the congregation here.  She was a faithful member, ever to be found at the Sunday school and Lord's day services.  Thus, in the bloom and beauty of young womanhood, she is taken from us.  To the sorrowing parents, brothers, sisters, and friends I would say: Sorrow not, as those who have no hope.
W. G. Loyd., Lewisburg, Tenn.

Gospel Advocate, December 14, 1899, page 794.

Finley, Lena Gertrude
   Lena Gertrude Finley, daughter of J. F. and C. A. Finley, was born on October 12, 1896, and died on March 29, 1899, making her stay on earth two years, five months, and seventeen days.  She only budded on earth to blossom in eternity.  She was a bright and lovable child, and it was hard for her mamma and papa to say good-by for the last time; but God, who doeth all things well, called her home when he thought best.
J. F. Finley., Helena, Ark.
Gospel Advocate, July 6, 1899, page 429.

Fogg, William H.
   "And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them."  (Rev. 14:13.)  How truly can the above language be said of William H. Fogg, who died on August 25, 1899, at the advanced age of seventy-four years.  Having known him for many years, and being permitted to judge a tree by its fruit, I can testify truly that Brother Fogg was in deed and in truth a faithful child of God.  He was not like so many, who appear to be satisfied with just a little knowledge of God's word, but was ever diligent to study and learn of God and walk in the light as fast as he learned.  Being very zealous, it was a rare thing for him to be away from the Lord's table, and then it was caused by sickness.  Having a heart full of love, it always gave him pain and worry to see one do wrong. Realizing that stepping heavenward was to help others walk in the footsteps of Christ, he never let an opportunity pass to speak a word in behalf of one's soul's welfare.  He was ever ready to answer those who asked him for a reason for the hope within him.  He had his faults, as well as all we humans do, but his virtues were greater.  In my judgment he bore his long sickness and suffering with Christian fortitude.  He leaves two sisters, relatives, and a host of friends.  We must not weep and wish for him. O, no; his happiness is too great!  Let us be faithful and be ready to pass to the other side, where we may meet him in the mansions above, to enjoy the blessings of heaven, with all that heaven means.
John Hayes., Moresville, Ala.
Gospel Advocate, September 14, 1899, page 591.

Ford, William R., Dr.
   Dr. William R. Ford departed this life at his farm, situated near Marvel, Tenn., November 2, in the sixty-second year of his age.  He was well and favorably known by his neighbors and by a large acquaintance in Nashville, where he lived many years.  Brother Ford was never married. He left his married brother, A. B. Ford, the last of the family, to mourn the loss of a devoted brother, with whom he had lived since childhood.  Years ago he united with the church of Christ at Marvel and has been one of its most useful members.  At the time of his death he was teacher of the Bible class in the Sunday school.  He sometimes also attended to the Lord's Supper.  Though a very modest and retiring man, he never neglected a favorable opportunity to say a good word for the Master.  He passed away to a better world, with the confident prayer of the Christian upon his lips, in the full assurance of faith, amid heavenly visions of the redeemed who had gone before, expressing a desire to "go and be with Christ."  May his beautiful death be a constant incitement and encouragement to us who remain to live an ever higher and holier life, that, at last, we may rejoin him, nevermore to part, in the beautiful home of the soul.  Of Brother Ford, and of all true Christians, it may be truly said:
There is no death,
What seems so is transition;
This life of mortal breath
Is but a suburb of the life elysian,
Whose portal men call death.
T. D. O.
Gospel Advocate, December 7, 1899, page 778.

Fry, Mary Jane
   Mary Jane Fry was born on November 1, 1820, and died on September 27, 1899.  She was married to William Fry in 1845, with whom she lived happily till his death, on June 12, 1880.  Sister Fry, always delicate, had by prudence almost reached the solitary age of fourscore years, and was the last of her family to pass away.  She was stricken with paralysis on September 25, while walking in her yard, and after forty-eight hours of very little suffering, the soul, deserting the body worn and weary with the burden of seventy-nine years, peacefully took its flight to the mansions in the Father's house.  As the tired child pillows its head on its mother's breast, when night comes, and sleeps, so she fell asleep reclining upon the bosom of the Son of God.  In the realm of the redeemed she awaits the coming of the faithful, when
We shall sing on that beautiful shore
   The melodious songs of the blest;
And our spirits shall sorrow no more,
   Not a sigh for the blessing of rest.
She leaves two children--Mrs. C. L. Smith, of Yokely, Tenn., and Mr. John W. Fry, of Columbia--and five grandchildren, who hold in loving memory her gentle ministrations.  These, and the congregation of brethren with whom she loved to meet, we commit to the great God of all, who knoweth and loveth best, and doeth all things well.
J. Paul Slayden.
Gospel Advocate, October 12, 1899, page 653.

Falk, Laura
Falk, Maggie
   Sister Laura Falk died Jan. 19, 1890, aged 19 years and 20 days.  She became obedient to the gospel during a series of meetings held by my brother, in the year 1886.  Laura was a good girl--pleasant, mild, gentle, amiable, affectionate.  In this she seemed to have much the spirit of the Master.  She spread sunshine at home and among friends here, and we trust she will ever enjoy the smiles of Jesus in her spirit's home.
   Little, perhaps, did her sister Maggie think when following her body to its last earthly resting place, that eight days after, hers would be placed by its side, in the church-yard at Cross Roads.  But 'twas so; Death, by the same disease, typhoid fever, claimed her as his own.  Sister Maggie was 28 years, 2 months and 4 days old.  She was an excellent young lady--modest, obliging and kind--had a deep consciousness of right, and adhered closely to her convictions of duty.  She seemed to enjoy the worship of the Father, whom she had tried to serve for nine years.  The family and friends miss her much, but find consolation in the thought that our loss is her gain.  To the mother and only sister we would say, Continue to look to Jesus, follow in his footsteps faithfully through life, and after a while you will meet with the good ones who have passed on before.  And may the goodness of God lead the father and brothers to an humble obedience to his will, that they may be prepared for a blessed immortality beyond the grave.
F. M. Dearing., Shelbyville, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, March 5, 1890, page 156.

Falk, Mary F.
   The subject of this sketch, sister Mary F. Falk, was born Jan. 20, 1833, died Oct. 22, 1890, aged 57 years, 9 months and 2 days.  Had been a member of Christ's church for about 38 years.  She was a kind friend, a good neighbor and affectionate mother.  I was often in her company during her last years, and I was seldom or ever with her for any length of time that she did not speak of the church or Christian life.  She seemed more serious and sad since the death of her daughters and grandchildren last winter, and I think, manifested a desire to meet them on the other shore.  We have reason to believe she will enjoy the reward of those who love the Lord.
F. M. Dearing., Shelbyville, Tenn., Nov. 17, 1890.
Gospel Advocate, December 3, 1890, page 780.

Farmer, Geo. A.
  Geo. A. Farmer, Esq, was born the 25th day of November 1825 and died on the 20th of May 1890.  Bro. Farmer had for many years been a prominent and highly respected citizen of this county.  Was honored and trusted by those who knew him.  Was liberal with his means, where he thought it right to be so.  He obeyed the Lord and became a member of the church at Coopertown some seven years ago; and was faithful to the cause of Christ the remainder of his life, attending the service of the Lord as often as his frail health permitted, and although aware that his time here must be short--being a consumptive---he bore his illness patiently and cheerfully, and died cheered by the Christian's hope.  He was never married, but left a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn his loss.
F. H. D.
Gospel Advocate, October 22, 1890, page 683.

Farnsworth, Cassie L.
   Died 25th of March, 1889, Sister Cassie L. Farnsworth, at her father's house, near Big Spring, Rutherford Co., Tenn.  She was the daughter of our brother, William Mankin and wife, Elizabeth Mankin; born on the 21st of August, 1869, and was married to Jo. H. Farnsworth, of Kentucky, March 22, 1888, and at the time of death only 19 years, 7 months and 3 days.  She obeyed the gospel in August, 1887, and was baptized by Elder S. N. Burger, and until her death lived a consistent Christian life, beloved by all who knew her.
E. C. Preston.
Gospel Advocate, April 2, 1890, page 216.

Fife, Mary
   Mary Fife, the subject of this notice, was born in the State of North Carolina, on the 29th day of August, 1818, and was the daughter of Herbert and Looa Wilkerington, was united in marriage with H. H. Fife on the 24th day of November, 1835.  She with her husband united with the church of Christ in 1843, and moved to Tennessee in 1844.  She was one of the few--about twenty--that composed the church at Alimo now, then Cageville.  She lived a member there about 39 years, till a congregation of about 300 members and five or six other congregations were built up in the county, the farthest not more than ten miles from Alimo.  She died Oct. 29, 1889, aged 71 years and 2 months.  She leaves an aged companion and seven children to mourn her absence, but blessed be the Lord, not as they without hope.  She was a true woman in her relations of life.
A Friend.
Gospel Advocate, April 2, 1890, page 216.

Finney, Rutha Ann
   Died at her home in Shelby county Kentucky, December 6, 1889, Mrs. Rutha Ann Finney, being 43 years, 11 months, and 17 days old, having been born Dec. 19, 1845.  She left a husband and eight children, four girls and four boys.  She united with the church Oct. 20, 1870, under the ministry of Bro. John Adams, and spent the last nineteen years of her life in the family of God.  For many years before her death she was a constant daily Bible reader, and she was accustomed to attend to the Lord's supper every Lord's day whether sick or well, at home or abroad.  Many times did she do it while lying upon the bed.  Shortly before she died, I took the confession of her little daughter, Mattie, at her bedside, and then immersed her into Christ.  The mother's heart was filled with a holy joy, and she was more resigned to the death which she was sure was so near at hand, as thus her youngest child, who was old enough to enter the church, obeyed the Lord.  She greatly longed to bring up her children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.  There have appeared on this earth few truer, nobler, better women than sister Finney.  I have known her intimately for thirteen years, and as a wife, mother, neighbor, Christian she was wonderfully true and good.  God grant that her loved ones may follow her to that land.
J. A. Harding.
Gospel Advocate, April 23, 1890, page 268.

Foutch, Joel D.
   Our brother, Joel D. Foutch, was born in Smith County, Tenn., Oct. 14, 1819, and left his family and friends to be with Christ, July 4, 1889.  He was loving and kind to his family, true to his friends, and devoted to his God.  The Lord's day meeting, the fellowship and communion of saints, the songs and prayers of his brethren and sisters in the Lord, were his chief delight in all the later years of his life. His children have lost a kind father, his wife a devoted husband, his neighbors a true friend, and the church a devoted member.  He was my friend, devoted and true, and I hope to meet him "some sweet day," in heaven.  May his wife and children, may we all be comforted by the precious promises of the gospel, and so live as to meet him where parting will be no more.
F. B. Srygley.
Gospel Advocate, January 29, 1890, page 79.

Fowler, J. Monroe
   J. Monroe Fowler was born July 16, 1843, baptized by Bro. Surber in October 1874 and died in the faith of the gospel Sept. 19, 1890.  Bro. Fowler was a man of unpretentious character, but for genuine worth and Christian integrity he hardly had an equal.  He worked hard all his life, though never a stout man physically, to support himself and family, but he never felt too tired or poor to attend the meetings of the saints.  Though he never accumulated this world's goods, he was rich in faith, and we all miss him.  He leaves a sorrowing wife and several precious little children behind, and I pray God's blessing on them.  His seat is now vacant in the church.  He was a deacon in our congregation for many years and was always ready to do his part.  If the officers had a meeting at night, though he worked hard all the day, Bro. Fowler was most generally there. What a pleasure to us all, but especially to his weeping wife and children to look back at the life of this God-fearing and faithful man.  Weep not as those who have no hope, for Bro. Fowler is not dead but gone before.  May we all imitate his virtues and meet him in heaven.
F. B. Srygley.
Gospel Advocate, November 5, 1890, page 709.

Freeman, Narcissa
   Narcissa Freeman, daughter of R. A. and M. E. Boyd, was born April 6, 1871 and died Oct. 12, 1890.  Her age was 19 years, 6 months and 6 days.  She was married to J. B. Freeman June 8, 1890.  She confessed Christ and was baptized by J. R. Bradley Sept. 20, 1883.  She leaves a husband and one little girl to mourn their loss, besides father, mother, brothers and sisters and other relative and friends.  The writer assisted by Bro. A. W. Moss officiated at her funeral.
H. W. Smith., Pulaski, Tenn., Oct. 14, '90.
Gospel Advocate, October 22, 1890, page 683.

Freeze, John W.
   On the morning of Jan. 10, 1890, John W. Freeze took his leave of this world, and his spirit took its flight to be with God.  He was born in Coffee county, Tenn., March 17, 1821, and died at his home in Stone county, Ark., at the above date, aged 68 years, 9 months and 23 days.  During his worldly career he was always consistent, and liked by all who knew him. He made the good confession and was baptized about the year 1864, after which he strove to devote the remainder of his life strictly to the cause of the Master.   He served the congregation with which he was identified during the remainder of his life as elder, and was ever ready to reprove and rebuke with all long suffering and doctrine.  He taught by example as well as precept.  His aged companion and six out of eight of his children are in the family to God with him.  He was beloved of all who knew him.  In his death the church lost one of its brightest ornaments, the community one of its best neighbors, and while he leaves an aged companion and eight children and many grandchildren, one brother and two sisters to mourn his absence, we take courage in the promises of God that ere long we shall meet him in the sweet beyond where our stay will be forever.
B. F.
Gospel Advocate, March 12, 1890, page 172.

Friend, Cyrus G.
   Died, at his home in Lamar, Johnson county, Ark., May 18, 1890, Bro. Cyrus G. Friend in the 68th year of his age.  He was born in Sedswick, Maine, Sept. 15, 1822. Was married to Lucy A. Allen Dec. 9, 1845.  Six children were born to them, of whom two only, are living.  His wife died April 3, 1866.  Was married the second time Sept. 19, 1876 to Elizabeth Perryman who now mourns his death.  While a young man Bro. Friend became a member of the Baptist church, and lived an honored and consistent member thereof until about ten years ago, having at that time learned the way of the Lord more perfectly, he united with the Christian church, and until the Master called him from earth, he walked in the light of the truth as it is in Jesus.  Bro. Friend was a disciple in the true sense of the term, ever anxious to learn more and more of the truth  that he might conform his life to its holy teachings, he grew in grace and knowledge of the truth daily, and exerted an influence for God and the right that eternity alone will reveal.  For some years before his death he was one of the elders of the congregation at Lamar, and by his wise counsel and unswerving allegiance to the truth, encouraged the weak, checked the wayward, and was a shepherd to the flock.  During the last three years of his life he was greatly afflicted, but bore it all with Christian patience and fortitude.  He knew the end was near, but death had no terror for him, he talked calmly and quietly about it, and gave such directions as he desired.  A few hours before his death he called each member of the family, one by one, and urged them to prepare for the life to come, as he had done, having discharged this final duty, he calmly fell asleep in Jesus.  Thus passed from earth, in full assurance of a blissful immortality, another one of God's noblemen.  "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord."
J. T. Jones., Alma, Ark., June 23, '90.
Gospel Advocate, July 9, 1890, page 439.

Fudge, Mary J.
   Sister Mary J. Fudge, born May 9, 1845, obeyed the gospel 1861.  She was married to Bro. Henry Fudge Jan. 20, 1864, died Feb. 28, 1890.  She lived a faithful Christian life and died strong in the faith.  I think the last word she said was, Dear Lord take me home to glory.  She leaves a husband, four sons, two daughters and a large number of connections to mourn their loss.  Oh, may we all be prepared to meet our dear sister in that bright mansion, to live together forever, is the wish of her brother in Christ.
T. L. Weatherford.
Gospel Advocate, April 16, 1890, page 252.

Fugat, Martha S.
   Died, at her home on Fillmore street, Sister Martha S. Fugat, aged 51.  Maried to G. P. Fugat Dec. 27, 1866.  Died May 14, 1890.  Sister Fugat obeyed the gospel some twenty-five years ago under the preaching of Bro. E. G. Sewell.  She never failed to speak a good word for the cause she loved so well when opportunity presented itself; but our sister is gone, she leaves an aged mother, a heart-broken husband, three children, two daughters and a son; all three belong to the church of Christ.   May God console the bereaved family, God who loveth all things well and is rich in mercy toward all who put their trust in him.  May we all imitate her example in life so that we all may be ready for death.
O. Henry., Nashville, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, May 28, 1890, page 347.

Edwards, Daniel
   Daniel Edwards was born in Casey County, Ky., on June 18, 1815; was married to Miss Thersa Tucker on October 12, 1837.  To them were born fourteen children, twelve of whom are still living; all lived to be grown.  Brother Edwards obeyed the gospel in August, 1844, under the preaching of Brother Carroll Kendrick; moved to Texas in 1876; departed this life on November 23, 1899; aged eighty-four years, five months, and five days.  He was a faithful member of the church of Christ for fifty-five years.  He and his wife lived happily together for over sixty years.  She is still living.  He was a constant reader of the Bible, which he loved and in which he was well versed.  His house was always the home for preachers.  He leaves behind him his aged companion and twelve children to mourn their loss, which we hope is his eternal gain.  That he was loved by his neighbors was proven by the large concourse of people that attended his funeral.  May his children so live as to be prepared to meet him in a better world.
W. A. Sewell.
Gospel Advocate, February 22, 1900, page 128.

Edwards, Joe Couts
   Joe Couts Edwards died Dec. 12, 2002, at age 90.
   Edwards was a veteran of the Navy during World War II, a farmer, and retired from J. C. Penney and the Gospel Advocate Co.  He was a member of the Green Ridge Church of Christ.
   He is survived by his wife, Lottie Wilson Edwards; a son, James; a daughter, Shirley Orand; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Greenbrier, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, February, 2003, page 41.

Ewin, Henry C.
   I am requested by those who loved him best to record the death of Brother Henry C. Ewin, of Waverly, Tenn.  He was born on August 11, 1871, and died on April 13, 1900.  He was a very kind-hearted boy; he loved his mother dearly and was devoted to his brothers and sisters.  Henry was possessed of many noble traits of character that made him many friends wherever he was known.  He had untiring energy and was in every way truthful, having no patience with any sort of dishonesty or hypocrisy.  Whenever met by misfortune, he was ever ready to overcome it by honest, earnest toil.  He obeyed the gospel and was baptized by Brother E. G. Sewell in 1887; and though while young he often yielded to temptation, we feel very sure that he always had great respect for Christianity and perhaps never doubted for a day the power of the gospel to save the soul.  As he grew older he became more impressed that life is real and that it is important to live right, and he soon began to lay aside his youthful habits.  After this marked change in his life he was only spared about three years.  But as the end drew nearer his faith grew stronger and he seemed full of confidence and trust in the Lord.  He was not alarmed at death, but, despite the weakness of his nature, was willing to rely on the mercy of God.  With all these facts we will cherish a hope for his eternal rest.  We tender our deepest sympathies to his broken-hearted mother, brothers, and sisters; and we urge them to strive for that better land, where we shall meet all the saved of earth and "God shall wipe all tears away."
J. E. B. Ridley.
Gospel Advocate, June 7, 1900, page 362.

Farmer, Sarah Freeman
   The Campbell Street church of Christ is called upon to mourn the loss of one of its most faithful and devoted members, in the person of sister Sarah Freeman Farmer, who, on the morning of May 2, 1900, passed to her heavenly reward.  For more than two years she had been a great sufferer, but with sublime trust n the wisdom and goodness of God, and an unfaltering faith that all would finally end well, she bore her sufferings with marked fortitude and patience, submitting to the long and trying ordeal without a murmur.  Few there are who exhibit such meekness and patience throughout so long a period of physical pain, and her example leaves a halo of heavenly light to shine over the home which she has now exchanged for a home with the Lord.  Sister Farmer possessed the distinguished qualities of mind and heart that gave her an honored place with that small but divinely favored company of the Lord's followers who, in all ages, have been willing to brook unpopularity and even the frowns of the world in order to be loyal to the word of God.  Several times in her history she was severely tested along these lines, but never faltered nor failed.  With her, through all the weary conflict between right and wrong, fidelity to the word of God, with his priceless approbation, was worth far more than the friendship or the praises of men.  To the writer of this humble tribute she was a valued friend and faithful helper in the work of the Lord for more than fourteen years, and he writes it with grateful remembrance of her noble life and with thanks to God for its gracious and blessed influence in our community.  We miss our faithful sister and weep over her departure, but we rejoice in her freedom from the ills of earth.  She has completed her voyage over life's stormy sea and rests on the peaceful shore where storms and tempests and tear-dimmed eyes are unknown; and her Christian friends, still battling with the waves, can hope to meet her there as they joyfully sing:
We are gliding away from the vale of time,
   We are gliding away o'er the sea,
To the beautiful shore in a fairer clime,
   Where the dwellers from sorrow are free.
How precious the faith, how inspiring the hope, and how enduring the love that bind Christian hearts together!  Our beloved sister leaves a husband, one daughter, two sons, and one sister to mourn her departure.   They have the sympathy of the church to which she was so warmly attached and whose members loved her so well.  May "the Father of mercies and God of all comfort" sustain them, and may they all be ready to meet her in "fairer worlds on high."
M. C. Kurfees.
Gospel Advocate, June 14, 1900, page 382.

Fox, Mrs. Thomas J.
   Sister Fox, wife of Thomas J. Fox, passed from her earthly home on the morning of June 22, 1900.  From her early childhood Sister Fox was reared "in the nurture and admonition of the Lord."  At an early age she obeyed the gospel and ever afterwards lived a consecrated Christian life.  At the time of her death she was a member of the church of Christ in the Highlands, Louisville, Ky.  Blessed with a wonderful voice which she used to an advantage in congregational singing, a sunny disposition, and a willingness always to help in church work, it is no wonder we miss her so much.  She had many friends and they watched with her constantly during the last hours of her illness.  To one and all she displayed, while on the operating table and even at death's threshold, fortitude and bravery of heart that were truly remarkable.  To her the psalmist's words were present: "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me."  She leaves a noble husband, three children, and an aged mother to mourn their loss.  To all of them we extend our sympathy and prayers.  If they remember the words she spoke, if they treasure up the admonitions she gave, if they be true to the promise they made, in God's own time and place they shall see her face once more, they shall clasp hands together, they shall walk with her.
Alex. B. Lipscomb.,  Louisville, Ky.
Gospel Advocate, August 16, 1900, page 522.

Fraley, Rachel Elizabeth
   Sister Rachel Elizabeth Fraley, who had for a long time lived with her son, her only child living, Brother J. D. Fraley, of Ladonia, Tex., departed this life on June 14, 1900, in the seventy-first year of her age, having been born on October 4, 1829.  She was the sister of D. Sharp, Kendrick, Miss.; Ed. Sharp, Mount Calm, Tex.; Jennie Walker, Ladonia, Tex.; and Mary Fraley, Hamburg, Tenn.  She married John L. Fraley on February 11, 1857, who died in prison, away from home, in 1862, in time of the Civil War.  She had her troubles.  When at the funeral of her eldest brother the sad news came that her husband was dead.  Sister Fraley obeyed the gospel in the eighteenth year of her age, and ever lived a consistent Christian life.  We sympathize with the many bereaved ones.
H. L. Booth., Commerce, Tex.
Gospel Advocate, July 5, 1900, page 429.

Farrar, A. J.
   With an humble and loving heart we record the death of our well beloved brother, A. J. Farrar, who fell asleep in the arms of Jesus, at his home, near Waxahachie, Ellis county, Texas, on the 27th day of February, 1880.  Bro. Farrar was born in North Carolina, October 21st, 1829, was brought up in Christian county, Kentucky, and united in marriage to Ann E. Flippin of Fayette county, Tennessee, October 13th, 1858.  He was elected elder of the Onion Creek Church in February, 1878, in which capacity he served faithfully until his death, and those who knew him best loved him most--indeed, he was a model Christian, a kind husband and an affectionate father, and we feel that the church has lost a jewel and Ellis county one of her best citizens.  To his bereaved companion (our beloved sister A. E. Farrar) and her fatherless children, we tender our heartfelt condolence, and bow submissively to the will of him who doeth all things well.
G. W. Thompson., Ellis County, Texas, March 8, 1880.
Gospel Advocate, March 25, 1880, page 199.

Farrar, Delia O.
   Delia O. Farrar was born Dec. 13th 1840, married to Bro. S. T. Farrar Dec. 13, 1866, and died July 9, 1876, aged 35 years, six months and 27 days.
   Sister Delia was the daughter of Alfred Bearden, Esq. of Lincoln Co., Tenn.  Very soon after her marriage she became afflicted and was a confirmed invalid until her death. When she married she was a member of the Methodist church, but having heard the AdvocateGospel Preacher and the Bible read by her husband, and becoming satisfied it was her duty, she was immersed by Bro. Jesse Sewell in August 1871, and thus became a member of the Church of Christ at Flat Creek.
   The immediate cause of her death was flux.  She leaves behind her a husband, a sweet little daughter of four years, a father, mother and several brothers and sisters sadly bereaved by her death.
   She bore her long and painful affliction with patience and resignation, and died in the triumphs of a living faith.    
J. D. Floyd., Flat Creek, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, August 17, 1876, page 803.

Farrar, Garland
   Died, March 2, 1882, at his residence, Oak Springs, Fluvanna county, Va., Garland Farrar, aged 84 years, 7 months and 19 days.  For nearly 60 years he had followed the Good Shepherd.  A devoted husband, a kind father, a true friend, and especially "a friend to the friendless," he has passed away, leaving no blot upon his name.  His faithful wife preceded him several years, with whom he had spent 50 years, lacking a few days, walking hand in hand, through the morning and the evening, the sunshine and the shade; and now they rest side by side in the old family graveyard.  During his last illness, although his voice was so feeble, that it was difficult to hear his words, he frequently repeated passages of scripture expressing his firm faith in the blessed Savior.  Of his nine children, six have gone across the river; all of whom were taught from early life to love and serve the Master.
Gospel Advocate, Marsh 23, 1882, page 182.

Felan, M. C.
   I have just returned from the funeral of Bro. M. C. Felan, who fell asleep in Jesus, Thursday, October 26th, 1882.  He was seventy-two years old, and had been a member of the church of Christ about thirty years.  He was a member of the Old Bethel congregation near Woodburn, Ky., which congregation was almost destroyed during the war.  When we organized here he came in with us.  His time was taken up considerably with business affairs, and he often expressed to me a regret that he had not been more faithful to the Lord.  One by one our older members are passing on before.  May we all be ready.
B. F. R., Rich Pond, Ky., October 27, 1882.
Gospel Advocate, November 2, 1882, page 699.

Fields, Nancy E.
   Nancy E. Fields, wife of John W. Fields, of Briensburg, Marshall County, Ky., was born on September 15, 1835, and departed this life on April 4, 1900.  Before she became the wife of Brother Fields her name was Nancy Hurt.  Early in life, at the age of fifteen years, Sister Fields obeyed the gospel, under the preaching of Marshall Starks, at a meeting held near Wadesboro, Calloway County, Ky.  On January 12, 1854, she was married to John W. Fields.  To this union were born seven children--three sons and four daughters--all of whom survive her except one, who died in infancy.  Sister Fields was a devout Christian, well reported for good works, kind and hospitable to all who visited her happy home.  Her husband has long been a faithful leader in the church of Christ at Briensburg, and her home was a favorite resort for preachers.  The faithfulness and steadfast goodness of this family have been rewarded with a solid representation in the church of Christ.  All the children are in Christ and faithful to the Lord; also of her twenty-two grandchildren all that are of sufficient age, ten in number, are members of the body of Christ.  The noble works of this worthy woman were in a circle of humility and love, and should encourage others to be home builders and child trainers.  Sister Fields leaves a lonely husband and six sorrowing children to mourn their loss.  It will not be long till Brother Fields will be with her, and then they can stay together.  I extend sympathy to the broken family, with grateful remembrance of their kindness to me and my family in days gone by.
W. L. Butler., Shelbyville, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, January 17, 1901, page 46.

Fillmore, C. L.
   Fell asleep in Jesus at his residence, No. 265 E. Avenue, Cincinnati, Sept. 30, Bro. C. L. Fillmore, in his 66th year.  It can be truthfully said of Bro. Fillmore that he lived for the Master.  At the age of eleven he made his first public profession of faith in Jesus and he grew to be a firm, devoted Christian man.  He was greatly esteemed at home as a faithful, working member of the church--always at his post, and he had many friends abroad whose acquaintances he had formed while teaching congregations to sing the praises of God.  We all knew him to love him, and hope that we, too, in the language of his song, may
"See the heavenly mansions and reach the golden shore"
Where with all the ransomed we shall dwell forever more."
J. H. F.
Gospel Advocate, November 9, 1876, page 1091.

Fleming, David G.
   Brother David G. Fleming was born in Giles County, Tenn., on October 12, 1820, and died near Italy, Tex., on December 22, 1900.  Brother Fleming was married to Miss Jane Brents on March 20, 1847.  When a mere infant he was sprinkled by the Methodists; but when he came to man's estate and learned the way of the Lord better, he was baptized into Christ by Brother Cone, a pioneer preacher of Tennessee.  Brother Fleming tried to do his duty to the best of his ability, whether fighting for his country on the plains of Mexico or battling against the wiles of the devil in the everyday conflict--against the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.  Brother Fleming's wife died about forty-two years ago, and he never married again.  He leaves two daughters to mourn his death.  He came to Texas in the fall of 1882, where he did what he could for the cause of Christ as he saw his duty.  I trust all his friends in Tennessee and Texas, by living as God directs in his holy word, will strive to meet him on the happy shore in the sweet by and by.
A. T. Seitz.
Gospel Advocate, February 21, 1901, page 122.

Flint, Hezekiah
   Death, the grim reaper, has again visited our circle and claimed for his sheaf one of our brightest and most promising young men.  Brother Hezekiah Flint, who was stricken with typhoid fever and after a six-weeks' illness succumbed to the dread malady, dying on November 19, 1901, at the home of his brother, Dr. B. Flint, at Folsomdale, Ky.  Brother Flint was a perfect type of noble young manhood, was a consistent member of the Christian church at Hebron, and a favorite in society.  He had chosen the medical profession for his life work and was taking lectures in Cincinnati, O., when stricken with this last illness.  He was the staff, during their declining years, of his aged parents; an affectionate brother in his family; and was loved by a host of friends and associates, who mingle their tears with, and share the grief of, the heartbroken family at the untimely death of one for whom they entertained such fond hopes.  Human wisdom does not reveal why one so promising for good should be taken away so early in his career; but knowing that we cannot understand God's purposes, and that he "doeth all things well," we can but acquiesce in this dispensation of God's providence and take consolation from the knowledge that Brother Flint is infinitely better off.  He leaves an aged father and mother, six brothers, three sisters, and a host of friends to mourn his death.
Annie Hooper.
Gospel Advocate, December 12, 1901, page 795.

Flippo, Temperance
   On December 7, 1898, just as the sun was peeping over the hilltops, Temperance Flippo breathed her last.  She was born in Lincoln County, Tenn., in 1812, and was married to Thomas Flippo in 1833.  She leaves seven children, thirty-five grandchildren, fifty-two great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren to mourn their loss.  She was loved by all who knew her, and she was ready and prepared for death.  Grandma deserves more than an obituary, but my words cannot express our sorrow.  She was a good wife and mother and a true and faithful Christian.  Just before she fell asleep she sung the song, "Tarry with Me, O My Savior!" and talked a long time about the Scriptures. She obeyed the gospel under the preaching of Brother Blake and was baptized into Christ.  All were grieved to give grandma up, but we know our loss is her eternal gain.  Her last words were a great consolation to all who expect to meet her. May we all live in this world so as to be prepared to meet her over on the other shore.
Annie Smith., Dunn, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, May 2, 1901, page 286.

Foster, G. A., Mrs.
   Departed this life Jan. 19, 1876, Sister Foster, wife of Bro. G. A. Foster, of Gallatin, Tenn.  She was born in Lincoln Co., Tenn., Nov. 13, 1814.  In 1830, she became a member of the Baptist church, of which she remained a member until 1833, when she came out and took her stand with our brethren, under the preaching of Allen Kendrick; was married to Bro. Foster at Holly Springs, Mississippi, in 1841, making him a faithful and earnest Christian wife till her death.  She was a devoted Christian, and was kind and tender as a mother, and in all the relations of life, and is greatly missed in the family, the church, and in the community.  She has left a husband and six children, all of whom are members of the church, together with many friends, to tread the rugged paths of life without her presence and kind offices.  But they sorrow not as those who have no hope, and if they continue in faithfulness until death, they may at last join her where death nevermore can come, and where tears nevermore can dim the eyes; but where the redeemed of the Lord may forever sing together the praises of him who redeemed them from sin, and from the tyranny of death and the grave.  Such is the glorious end of the Christian's hope,
"Where sin and sorrow from each heart,
   Shall then forever fly,
And not one thought that we shall part
   Once interrupt our joy."
Gospel Advocate, February 17, 1876, page 168.

Foster, Sarah E.
   Died of typhoid fever at the residence of her father in Smithville, Tenn., at 2 o'clock on the morning of Aug. 10th, 1875, in the 26th year of her age, Miss Sarah E., only daughter of W. G. and Minerva Foster.
   She had for several years past been a consistent member of the Church of Christ, and during the last few months of her life, exhibited an unusual degree of interest in religious matters.  Her mother died and left her in infancy, bereft of the tender, assiduous and loving care which the maternal heart alone can feel.  Thus called in semi-orphanage, to pass through many fiery and grievous ordeals of temptation and discouragement, she, by the intrinsic and native powers of a noble nature, by the aid of a warm, convivial and generous heart, and by the still more attractive Christian graces, drew around her an array of warmly devoted friends, now left to deeply mourn her untimely loss.
   She was blessed during the five weeks of her sickness with the kindest and most unremitting attention from relatives and friends, and during her illness expressed herself as being satisfied with her prospect of future happiness.  A few moments before death she repeatedly urged and exhorted her people to "do the very best they could," and looking back doubtless to the day when she espoused the cause of Christ, and forward to the opening and fadeless beauties of paradise, she stepped through the gate that leads from life to LIFE, whispering from the pillow of death, to grief-bowed friends around, "There is light along the way on either hand." 
Gospel Advocate, August 26, 1875, page 812.

Fowler, Russell William
   Russell William Fowler, 85, died April 2.
   A retired minister and missionary to New England, Fowler helped plant churches in Concord and North Conway, N. H., and helped begin the Ganderbrook Christian Camp in Gray, Maine.
   He served as an elder in Newnan and was active in the missions program at his church as long as he could.
   Fowler is survived by his wife, Lea; two daughters, Judy Ault and Becky Blackmon; a son, Tom Fowler, three sisters; one brother; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Newnan, GA.
Gospel Advocate, June, 2002, page 45.

Fox, E. A.
   Consort of Bro. Wm. Fox, departed this life Sept. 12th, 1874, aged 41 years, 9 months and 9 days.  Truly has the church at this place lost one of its brightest examples of faith, piety, and true devotion to Christ.  She was a devoted and affectionate wife, kind, amiable, and lovely.  She has gone to join her father, (Eld. Joel Hardison) brothers and sisters, in the land of happy spirits.  To her aged Christian mother, and children and friends who linger behind, we say, sorrow not for the departed, her work is done: she is gone to her rest.  Her name is in the roll call of faith and her spirit basks in the sunshine of the celestial land. 
Jas. H. Morton., Berlin, Tenn., Jan. 1st, 1875.
Gospel Advocate, February 11, 1875, page 163.

France, William
   Bro. William France died at his house in Todd County, Ky., March 20, 1876.  He was born May 26, 1803.  Obeyed the gospel under the preaching of Bro. C. M. Day in the fall of 1870.  Bro. France, early in life, joined the Methodist Church.  He told me a few days previous to his death that his aim had ever been to know the truth.  In order to do this he became a close student of the Bible, and whenever he discovered the truth he embraced it.  He made it a rule to read the Bible prayerfully through once every year.   This he did for the last fifteen years of his life.  He said that the Bible had become to him a book of light and glory.  He said that the Advocate had been a source of great comfort to him.  His disease was bronchitis and old age.  He leaves behind a wife, well stricken in years and several children, all of whom are grown, to mourn his loss.  But they should remember that "blessed are the dead that die in the Lord; they rest from their labors and their works do follow them."
J. W. Gant., Elkton, Ky., April 2nd 1876.
Gospel Advocate, May 18, 1876, page 476.

Franklin, John
   Bro. John Franklin, one of the long-tried and faithful Elders of the church at Hartsville, died at his residence in Trousdale Co., Tenn., on the 7th day of February 1875.  Born March 29th, 1807, of respectable, pious parents, he was for many years a devoted Methodist.  But some thirty years since, on hearing the gospel preached, its facts, commands and promises explained, he saw the difference between the doctrine of Christ and the doctrines of men and was baptized for the remission of sins by Bro. Sandy E. Jones.  Thus becoming a member of the church of Christ at Hartsville, he lived to honor the cause of our Savior, and died the death of a Christian, leaving a devoted Christian widow, three sons and one daughter--all members of the church except the youngest son--besides many warm friends, to mourn his loss.  O, Lord, enable us to meet him in the better world.
W. C. Huffman., Enon College, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, July 8, 1875, page 645.

French, Lou Della Williams
   Lou Della Williams French--we speak with tender awe a name now written on the "roll up yonder"--was born on October 22, 1874, and died on September 20, 1901.  With her dark eyes closed upon the world forever and all her beauty and brightness hidden in the grave, how vain are words to express the loveliness of person and character which made her so admired!  In the sweet flower of her youth Sister French gave her heart to her Savior; became a member of the church of God at Lafayette, Tenn.; and crossed the dark river leaning on the everlasting arms.  When about nineteen years of age she was married to Mr. John T. French, who cherished her to the last with such love as few women have the happiness to inspire.  The sudden summons came to her at her home, in Drew, Miss., where, after an illness of but five days, she was called to part with a fond husband, two dear little boys, and a sweet baby girl.  She left also a devoted mother, sisters, and many others to weep for her.  As she entered the dark valley of the shadow of death she said: "All is well with me; I know that I am going home."  Her only solicitude was for the loved ones she was leaving, and she passed into paradise with the precious hope that they would meet her there.  Beneath the light of Southern skies, in the peaceful cemetery of Clarksdale, Miss., Sister French lies at rest, awaiting the trump of the arch-angel.  We linger in our farewell, even as we press, with yearning touch, a hand that we will clasp no more.
Annie M. Young.
Gospel Advocate, October 10, 1901, page 650.

Frizzell, Maud Kendrick
   On the morning of August 13, 1901, after long and intense suffering, Sister Maud Kendrick Frizzell, of Bellbuckle, Tenn., yielded up her life and spirit to God.  Sister Frizzell was born on May 11, 1871.  Her heart and life shone always with the freshness and brightness of a May morning; her voice vied in melody with the birds of spring, giving gladness and cheer to the home circle and swelling in pure notes of harmony in the worship on the Lord's day.  In action, she was alert and graceful as a fawn; in complexion and heart, like the lily.  In a meeting at Burritt College, where she was a pupil, Brother Rice Sewell impressed her with the beauty and worth of the gospel.  Always confiding in her loving, Christian mother, she told her of her faith and desire to obey.  Though quite young, she had been well taught, both by precept and example, true service to God, and was encouraged to thus early yield herself to him.  She highly improved her opportunities in life, becoming a worthy teacher of the children in scripture lessons on the Lord's day, and she was an appreciated leader in the song service.  She chose teaching as her life work, and met with more than ordinary success, her services being always in demand.  For a number of years she taught near her home, and it was a sad scene when the teacher who succeeded her brought her pupils to look the last time into the face they loved.  On October 28, 1895, she was married to A. C. Frizzell.  He was to her a devoted husband, watching over her in her suffering with the deepest solicitude.  Her mother, father, and sisters left their distant homes, laid aside all other cares and interests, and devoted themselves entirely to efforts to alleviate her suffering and ministering to her the tenderest Christian sympathy.  Her physicians were of the church and congregation with her, and were untiring in their efforts to stay the hand of death.  "Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return," with unerring fatality; follows the footsteps of every human being; but we hear "a great voice out of heaven saying,…There shall be no more death, neither sorrow,….neither shall there be any more pain."  In faith we constantly look for such a time and place.
R. A. Hoover.
Gospel Advocate, August 29, 1901, page 560.

Falk, S. E.
   A few months ago, under the heading, "An Afflicted Family," was mentioned the illness and death of James W. Falk and his son, Emmett; also the severe illness of the wife and mother, Sister S. E. Falk.  After these deaths her home was so desolate it was thought best to move Sister Falk.  Brother James H. Coop took her to his own home, where, after the most careful nursing by his family and other members of the church, with the constant attention of two physicians, she died, leaving only one member of her family, Clarence, about nine years of age.  This whole family was attacked so suddenly and severely with typhoid fever that many were afraid to visit them.  The close neighbors and relatives gave them constant attention.  In the Lord's day meeting where Sister Falk was a faithful and loved member we called for volunteers to relieve those who had so faithfully waited on them.  In response a young sister said: "If we take the fever and die, we must not let Sister Falk lack for attention."  She and another member of the same family did take the fever, after giving Sister Falk constant attention many days and nights, but recovered.  Sister Falk's father and mother were Jacob and Hannah Teems.  They were zealous Baptists.  She was the oldest of a large family and shared with her parents many hardships in bring up their children.  Being of robust health, she often took part in the farm work, putting her own hands to the plow, the ax, and the hoe.  She grew up a noble Christian woman, filling her heart and life with very precious lessons from the word of God that she impressed but without avail, upon the attention of her husband and sons.  She continued to the end of a life of forty-two years, a zealous member of the Cross Roads congregation, near Bellbuckle, Tenn., faithful to duty, often under the most discouraging trials.  She was among the most beloved of all its members.
R. A. Hoover.
Gospel Advocate, May 17, 1900, page 315.

Fears, Ella
   Another chair once occupied by a devoted self-sacrificing mother, a faithful wife and a zealous Christian, is made vacant, by one stroke of the mighty hand of death.  I refer to the death of sister Ella Fears, who was my sister in the Lord and aunt by marriage the wife of Mr. Nathan C. Fears.  She was born Dec. 7, 1852, and died Jan. 28, 1889.  Of her magnanimity of soul, hospitality of heart, her Christian zeal, her maternal fortitude, and of her domestic fidelity and government, I can freely speak, and award to her peaceful memory the meed of praise.  To the loved ones who mourn her loss and especially to her bereaved husband and motherless children, may I add one word of comfort.  "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."  May we all lift our aspirations and hopes above the storms of adversity and disappointments of this world, and fix them on things above in a world where there are no disappointments, no bereavements; where the eye is never dimmed with tears and the bosom never heaves with sorrow, where loved ones never part and farewells are never spoken.
F. L. Adams., Griffin, Ga., Feb. 19, 1889.
Gospel Advocate, March 13, 1889, page 174.

Fite, Mamie March
   After a few weeks of patient suffering at 9:30 o'clock on Sunday morning March 3, '89 a pure sweet spirit passed away from earth to heaven, when Mamie March Fite fell asleep in Jesus.  She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alex. C. March, and died at their home on Park Street.  She was born Sept. 26, 1866, obeyed the gospel under my ministry in Nov. 1881, and I also united her in marriage to Mr. Chas. B. Fite, Nov. 24, 1886.  She was blessed with a bright, pleasing, happy face and was in heart pure, glad and joyous, a constant ray of sunshine among all with whom she came in contact.  In all the relations of life as a daughter, sister, wife and mother she strove to do her whole duty.  She was indeed an unusually loving, dutiful and helpful daughter, anxious to bear her full share of the mutual burdens of family life and especially ready always to wait upon and help and in every way add to the comfort and happiness of her father and mother.   She was also a devoted wife, gentle, trustful and true.  She lived and died a faithful, happy Christian.
   May we all follow her as she followed the Savior and meet at last to enjoy that blessed union of hearts which will never be broken.
R. Lin Cave.
Gospel Advocate, May 15, 1889, page 318.

Floyd, L. R. "Dick"
   L. R. "Dick" Floyd, 89, died Feb. 15.
   Floyd was a member of the Boiling Springs Church of Christ, as well as a retired farmer.
   Born on Christmas Day in 1911, he was a Warren County native.  He and his wife, Elizabeth, raised eight children together.
   Floyd was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Vincent Floyd.  He is survived by four daughters, Martha Floyd, Marilyn Roberson and Sandra Duvall, all of Bowling Green, and Diane Dyer of Scottsville, Ky.; four sons, Harold, Ronnie, Gary and Bobby, all of Bowling Green; two sisters, Marie Angel of Bowling Green and Thelma Pennington of Smiths Grove Ky.; 14 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and one great great-grandchild.
Bowling Green, KY.
Gospel Advocate, April, 2001, page 45.

Fowler, Rebecca Jane    
   Rebecca Jane Fowler, daughter of Andrew J. and Rosamah Brewer, born August 24, 1843, baptized into Christ in 1858, married to Hugh S. Fowler, July 11, 1860, died October 24, 1889, aged forty-six years and two months.  With a heart absolutely pure, she died as she had lived, an earnest, faithful, Christian wife and mother.  She laid her hand trustingly and confidingly in mine, in the blush and high hope of her youthful beauty, stood by me with an un-deviating integrity, and an unfaltering trust, until the baton of life fell from her nerveless grasp. 
Hugh S. Fowler., LaGuardo, Tenn., Oct. 29, 1889.
Gospel Advocate, November 6, 1889, page 718.

Fowler, Thomas
   Elder Thomas Fowler, of Weakly county, Tenn., was born Feb. 5, 1827, died April 22, 1889--aged sixty-two years, two months and nineteen days.
   More than a passing notice is due the name and memory of a man so useful to his fellowmen, and so devoted to the cause of his God.  I desire to state some plain and simple facts about an earnest life.  Forty-one years ago he humbly yielded his heart and life to his Savior.  Nearly thirty years of his life was passed in the proclamation of the gospel.  He added to his faith the courage that enabled him to declare all the counsel of God to sinful men--in meekness and love.  Faithfully he sowed the seed of the kingdom in the minds and hearts of his neighbors and friends, cheerfully sharing in the support of fellow-helpers to gather in the fruit of his labors.  He was largely instrumental in the founding and sustaining of Lebanon--the church near his home.  Hence his death came to many of his neighbors as a personal bereavement--they felt that they had lost a father in the gospel.
   Early in life he secured the hand and heart of one who proved a helpmeet indeed, worthy and faithful in the conflicts of life.  Eleven children were born to them.  God spared them to train up all of their children and to see them come into the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ.  How strongly this one fact speaks the Christian home!  How tender and precious the memories clustering around that ever dear family altar!
   The father was the first of the family to pass over to the home beyond.  The mother and children mourn not as those who have no hope, but live in bright anticipation of meeting father as one by one they pass over to make the family circle complete anew in the Father's kingdom.
   Brother Thomas Fowler rests from his labors, but his works follow him and live in his worthy sons upon whom his mantle has fallen.
   May the Lord bless Lebanon the child of his labor and love!  May those who knew and loved Bro. Fowler here be permitted to meet and love him there.  Mother, children!  May the spiritual tie that binds your hearts and lives grow stronger and purer to the "perfect day."
A Friend.
Gospel Advocate, May 22, 1889, page 331.

Frail, Mary
   It becomes my unpleasant duty to chronicle the death of sister Mary Frail, consort of brother Edward N. Frail, which occurred at the residence of her father, brother James Barry, on the morning of the 15th inst., in her 23rd year.  The deceased at a very early age embraced Christianity, and was a member, together with a large circle of relatives, of the Christian Church, at this place.
   Sister Frail had a good native intellect, was amiable in disposition, possessed unassuming manners, and was generally exemplary in the various Christian and domestic relations.  She has been taken from the scenes of earth to join the hosts above, leaving three children, one of whom is an infant.
O. D. W., Alexandria, Tenn., March, 1857.
Gospel Advocate, 1857, page 128.

Franklin, Eliza
   Sister Eliza Franklin was born in Barren County, Ky., Oct. 14, 1812, and died May 27, 1889.  Her maiden name was Crenshaw, a sister of W. T. Crenshaw, now of Milan, Kansas.  She was married to S. C. Franklin March 6, 1833.  He and five children, all members of the "one body" are left to mourn her loss.  Of these, three are in Texas, to wit: Sisters Josie Royster, Lou Bounds, and my own dear wife.  Sister Franklin was a feeble woman physically, but strong mentally and spiritually.  Her faithful Christian life impressed all who knew her for good.  She lived to see all her children except one married to Christian companions.  She had only thirteen grandchildren, none of whom are married.  Of this number, five are in the church--all who are near grown up to man or womanhood.  May all her children and grandchildren imitate her example of faithfulness to the Master, so there may be a meeting together in "the home of the soul."
R. C. Horn.
Gospel Advocate, August 14, 1889, page 523.

Franklin, Mary E.
   Our Christian Sister, Mary E. Franklin, died at the residence of her husband, R. T. Franklin in Barren Co Ky., on the 17th of September 1871.  She died in the house in which she was born, on 23d day of April 1840.  Her parents, were Anderson and Elizabeth Crenshaw.  Bro. Franklin married her in Kentucky then moved to the neighborhood of Hartsville Tenn.  She made the good confession and I baptized her at Hartsville in 1858.  They did not remain in Tenn. long until they moved back to her father's and all lived together until she died.  Her disease was dropsy.  She bore her affliction with great fortitude.  I was at their house in August.  She then hoped she would recover and live to see her five little boys grown, but said if it was the Lord's will to take her, the children had a kind father and a good grand mother that would take care of them, and that she had a strong hope of happiness beyond the grave.  Such expressions must give great relief to the many friends she has left to grieve after her.  She was a faithful Christian, a loving companion, a kind mother and an affectionate daughter.  But she is gone where
Pain nor sickness ne'er shall enter,
Grief nor woe her lot shall share
And in that celestial center
She a crown of life will wear.
W. C. Huffman., Enon College Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, 1871, page 1095.

Franklin, Mildred
   Sister Mildred Franklin died at the residence of her husband, Bro. John Franklin, near Hartsville, Sumner County, Tennessee, on the 5th April, 1857, aged 47 years.  She was a daughter of the venerable and lamented brother Col. Thompson Crenshaw, of Barren County, Ky., who left the Baptists and united with the disciples of Christ in the commencement of the reformation.  Lived a devoted Christian until May 21st, 1856; was 75 years of age, bade adieu to the church at Mount Zion, of which he had been a faithful shepherd for many years, and his spirit took its flight to the God who gave it.
   When he joined the Christian Church his example was soon followed by his pious wife and all his children; thus forming a happy Christian family.  His wife long since went to reap the reward of a godly life.
   Sister Mildred was married to Bro. Franklin on the 3d March, 1831.  She was then a Christian and he a devoted and consistent partisan, but he was long since taught the way of the Lord more perfectly, and mainly by her godly walk.  With the Bible in her hand, she could easily put to silence the gainsayers.  Her example as a Christian, companion, mother and neighbor, I have not known surpassed.  I feel thankful that she lived to see many of her relations, neighbors, and two out of her four children, walking in the ordinances which she so much delighted to keep, and also to see her companion a valuable Elder in the church.  We shall miss her examples, but hope they may live in our memory while she is resting in the bosom of our Heavenly Father.
   She died of consumption, she had been quite feeble for several years, but was confined to her bed only three weeks before she died.  She was fully apprised of the nature of her disease, but was not alarmed in the least, was not seen to shed a tear, exhorted her family and friends to faithfully discharge the duties they owed to each other and to God, saying it cost nothing to do right and would pay well in the end.
   I visited her frequently and can confidently say I never witnessed such manifestations of faith, love, patience and hope.  She would recite many passages of scripture, upon which she built her faith and hope, and said it was no excited enthusiasm that made her willing to leave a kind, agreeable husband and four loving obedient children, and other relations and friends, but it was because of the word, wisdom and great benevolence of God, that the thoughts of death were no terror to her.
   She asked the prayers of her brethren and prayed herself, that her patience might not fail and that her journey across the Jordan of death might be an easy one; which she fully realized. For about two hours before she died, she fell into a sweet sleep, and when she waked some one handed her a drink of water, and she said, "they that hand her a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple shall not loose their reward."  She closed her eyes in sleep again and awoke no more.  She breathed her life out sweetly, without a moan or a motion.  It is consoling to visit a house of mourning under such circumstances.
   O let us live the life of the righteous, that doing the commandments we may have a right to the tree of life and be permitted to enter through the gates into the city of the Heavenly Jerusalem.
W. C. Huffman.
Gospel Advocate, 1857, page 239.

Frazier, Hamilton 
   Bro. Hamilton Frazier of Louisville is dead. He died Aug. 1, 1889, after about four weeks sickness.  His body was taken, Aug. 2, to his old home, Shelbyville, Ky., and buried in the village cemetery.
   Bro. Frazier was "four score years old," yet by "reason of strength" the burden of years seemed to sit lightly upon him.  The petition of Moses (Ps. xc:12, 13) was often his, and that he had "an heart of wisdom" was verified in his life.  Over fifty years ago he took the Christian religion in making the "good confession," and was "buried with Christ through baptism" by the hands of Bro. Wm. Morton, one of our pioneer preachers of the gospel.  He held fast to his obligation to Christ, and his was a consistent Christian life and a triumphant death.  He was an intelligent disciple and an active, efficient worker in the church.  He studied his Bible, was well read in religious literature, and was a keen, interested observer of passing events.
   During my labors as an evangelist in Louisville, I was brought into intimate relations with him in social and church life.  He was devoted to his wife and children, and in many respects was a model of a husband and father.  He was one of the purest men I ever met.  His convictions were clear cut, and he had the courage to back them up under any circumstances. As an Elder in the church he was loyal to the New Testament, and fearless in discharge of his duties.  Though not the least disposed to compromise truth with errorists or innovationaists he was one of the most prudent and wise men I ever "sat in counsel with."
   As a young evangelist I esteemed him as a son esteems a father in Israel.  His reputation and his character made him a tower of strength for good in our congregation. 
   He and his most excellent wife, a worthy companion for him in every respect, have made their home of late years with their son-in-law, Bro. W. C. Priest. Living with his daughter and neighbor to his son, Bro. Jno. T. Frazier, honored and respected by all who knew him, his last days were full of sunshine and joy in life and in hope.
   His aged companion and his children, left on the shores of time, are sustained in their sorrows by their knowledge of the fact that the bright hopes and cheering promises of the gospel cluster all around his grave.
   What is death to him who meets it with an upright heart?  In well chosen words the poet, Hardis, answers in the verse introducing this feeble tribute of respect to his memory.
  In view of his useful, earnest life, happy old age, and preparedness for death and the presence of the Savior we can say:
"And I am glad that he has lived thus long
   And glad that he has gone to his reward;
Nor can I deem that nature did him wrong
  Softly to disengage the vital cord.
  For when his hand grew palsied and his eye
  Dark with the mists of age, it was his time to die."
R. B. Neal.
Gospel Advocate, August 28, 1889, page 554.

Fulmer, Constance Renfro
   Constance Renfro Fulmer died Jan. 6 of complications of pneumonia. She was 88 years old.
   Fulmer taught Bible classes for ladies and children in various places for more than 70 years.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Clyde E. Fulmer, who was a minister for churches of Christ for more than 50 years.  She also taught English at Alabama Christian Academy for 14 years.
   Fulmer once wrote, "We are a four-generation Advocate family.  I don't know when my grandfather stated taking it, but my mother says it came as far back as she can remember.  When his [her grandfather's] oldest son left home he told him he would only need three things to read: the Bible, the daily paper, and the Gospel Advocate."
   Fulmer is survived by three daughters, Constance Marie Fulmer of Malibu, Calif., Eunice Fulmer Wells of Nashville, Tenn., and Clydetta Fulmer of Montgomery, Ala.; and two grandchildren.
Montgomery, Ala.
Gospel Advocate, April, 2001, page 45.

Finley, Margaret E. Sullivan
   Margaret E. Sullivan was born in Cannon County, Tenn., on May 14, 1868; was married to A. F. Finley on September 5, 1886; and died near Gibtown, Texas, on November 8, 1912.  She obeyed the gospel in 1887 and lived a Christian life.  How hard to give her up!  But we will all follow soon.  May God bless the bereaved family, and may they be ready to go when called.
E. B. Mullins.
Gospel Advocate, January 16, 1913, page 68.

Fitzpatrick, Samuel Monroe 
   On August 4 the death angel visited our community and claimed for its victim Samuel Monroe Fitzpatrick, only child of Joseph Nathaniel and Nancy Emma Fitzpatrick.  He was born on July 29, 1881, and was, at the time of his death, twenty-one years and six days old.  Samuel was an exception to most young men.  He was always ready and willing to do anything for his father, mother, and many friends, and to advance the cause of Christ; he had a bright smile for every one.  When only sixteen years of age he enlisted in the service of God, and from that time was a faithful worker in the Master's vineyard.  When his sorrow-weighted father and mother knelt beside his dying bed and pleaded for their child, he told them that he was not afraid to die; that he knew that he was at peace with God. O, what consoling words these have been and will be to his bereaved parents!  To them we would say: Grieve not, for Samuel is only asleep in Jesus; and we should live just such a  life as he lived on earth, that we may also be prepared to meet all our friends and dear ones in that land where sorrow and death never come.  A short talk was made at the grave by Elder S. R. Logue, and the remains were laid to rest in the Elk Ridge Cemetery.
D. M. Kincaid, J. T. West.
Gospel Advocate, August 28, 1902, page 559.

Flatt, Dowell
   Retired Freed-Hardeman University professor Dowell Flatt died Aug. 4. He was 62.
   Flatt had served as a minister his entire career, working with congregations full time in Tennessee, Michigan, Missouri and Louisiana before joining the FHU faculty.  Through gospel meetings, evangelistic campaigns and other efforts, Flatt had traveled to all 50 states and 38 foreign countries.  He was a contributor to the Gospel Advocate and several other publications.
   In addition to his service as a professor of Bible, he had served as chairman of the Department of Biblical Studies from 1982 to 1990 and had been involved with FHU's Preachers' Club and Evangelism Forum.
   Flatt is survived by his wife, Della; two daughters, Carol Ann Chadwell and Donna Lynn Jewell; two grandchildren; four brothers, Leamon, Bill, Don and Kenneth Flatt; and three sisters, Rose Fox, Linda Anderson and Wanda Crabtree.
Henderson, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, September, 2003, page 41.

Fleming, D. O.
   Just a year ago the spirit of my beloved husband, D. O. Fleming, departed from this world of sin and sorrow to enter into the rest prepared for those who love their Redeemer.  For several years his health had been failing, and during the last winter of his life he suffered a severe attack of la grippe from which he never recovered.  He was a kind father, an affectionate husband, and a true friend.  I am sure that he was no man's enemy.  He never bore malice toward any one, and would suffer wrong rather than have trouble.  His mind was clear to the last, and he fell asleep as sweetly and peacefully as an infant in its mother's arms.  He was not afraid to meet the great Judge, expressing his willingness and readiness to go and leaving words of love and comfort to absent ones.  His life was one of toil and privation here, but what a blessed change when he reached the mansions of the Father!  I have often heard him remark that even though our lot was hard, we should be content, for we had the assurance that if we were only faithful we should be happy throughout eternity.  I pray the Lord that our children and I may so live that we shall meet our father and husband when we cross over the river. 
Annie Fleming., Ensley, Ala.
Gospel Advocate, October 9. 1902, page 650.

Flint, Lawrence
   After a protracted attack of the dread disease, typhoid fever, Lawrence Flint, the ninth son of Brother and Sister A. A. Flint, died on January 1, 1902.  Lawrence was born on January 17, 1879, and, being the youngest of twelve children, was the pet of the family; he was to that home a veritable ray of sunshine, being always cheerful and having a smile and a pleasant word for every one.  The parents, brothers, sisters, and friends of our young brother are sorely grieved over his death; yet we know that God has a wise purpose in afflicting his children; we can submissively say, "Thy will be done;" and in God's word we have the assurance that if we live godly in this world we shall be reunited with our loved ones in the heavenly world.  This is the second death in the family of Brother Flint within six weeks.  Hezekiah, another son, having succumbed to typhoid fever on November 19, 1901; and another son is now afflicted with the same disease.  I trust that it may be the good pleasure of our Heavenly Father to restore the afflicted one, and I pray that the entire family may have sufficient strength to bear up under these troubles.
Annie Hooper., Lowes, Ky.
Gospel Advocate, January 23, 1902, page 58.

Forsee, W. W.
   After a week's illness, Brother W. W. Forsee died on September 15, 1901.  Brother Forsee, who was a native of Virginia, was a soldier during the Civil War; and at its close, finding nothing hopeful or encouraging amid the waste and desolation of his home land, he came to Tennessee, seeking employment, which he found on the farm of Brother Daniel F. Collins, in Williamson County.  A short time after arriving there he was married to Mary Collins; and it was not long until he became a member of the church, allying himself with the congregation worshiping at Owen's Chapel, and, until his death, continued faithful in the discharge of his religious duties.  His natural timidity prevented his taking any public part in the worship, but what he could do he did well; he was always in attendance, and delighted especially in the song service.  He was indeed a lover of home; he meddled with no one's affairs; he was successful in business and liberal in the use of his means.  A devoted wife and one daughter (Mrs. J. H. Callender) are left to mourn their loss; and he is greatly missed in the congregation and the community, of which he was in many respects a model member.  Especially as a husband and father and in his care of orphans his life is an example worthy of imitation.  The devotion of Brother Forsee and his wife to each other was beautiful; they were one in life, heart, faith, and purpose.  To lose such a companion is indeed a sad bereavement.  The sorrowing wife will have many lonely days, many heartaches and yearnings for the pleasant, bygone associations; but withal will be the happy satisfaction of duty as a wife faithfully done, and the blessed assurance that her beloved husband has gone to the Christian's reward.
Allie Lipscomb.
Gospel Advocate, January 30, 1902, page 74.

Fox, Louise Ella
   Louise Ella Fox was born on March 23, 1885, and died on March 30, 1916.  She was married to Hillen Fox on March 24, 1900.  To their union were born seven children, the youngest of whom was three weeks old at the mother's death.  Sister Fox accepted Christ as her Savior and obeyed him, together with her husband, twelve years ago, from which time she lived a devout, Christian life to the best of her knowledge, ability, and opportunities.  The writer baptized them, together with three other husbands and their wives, in a meeting at Hatler's Chapel, nine miles east of Martin, Tenn.  Sister Fox died of tuberculosis after a lingering illness for several months, during which time she had pneumonia.  The neighborhood did all that loving hands and tender hearts could to relieve the patient sufferer, but in vain.  She told her husband and her friends that she was duly and truly prepared for the ordeal and that she would be asleep in Jesus.  Interment was made at Sandy Branch.
F. O. Howell.
Gospel Advocate, June 1, 1916, page 554.

Franklin, Grainger
   On the night of April 27, 1902, the spirit of Brother Grainger Franklin passed into the great beyond.  "Uncle Grainger," as he was familiarly called, lived far beyond the time allotted to man, lacking just one month of being ninety-three years of age.  His parents moved from Virginia to Tennessee when he was in his seventh year, and he lived all the remainder of his life within less than a mile of the place on which they settled.  Over sixty years ago he obeyed the gospel and ever after strove to live the life of a Christian.  He was an industrious farmer and labored daily on the farm until the burden of years compelled him to cease.  By his labor he made a home where, with his family, he enjoyed a pure, peaceful life; and he and his devoted helpmeet trained their children to habits of industry, economy, and, above all, taught them reverence for God and his word.  He was never absent from his place of worship on Lord's day unless providentially hindered.  I doubt if there is a brother in the State who has ridden more miles through all kinds of weather in order to meet according to God's appointment than had Brother Franklin.  He was remarkably cheerful under all circumstances, and met the great sorrows of life with uncomplaining submission.  He always seemed satisfied when he had done his duty, and with childlike trust committed all to the keeping of the Father.  He was always able and willing to assist in caring for the poor and afflicted, and gave liberally of his means for the furtherance of the gospel. His children can, indeed, rise up and call him "blessed" and thank God for such a father.
G. J., Hartsville, Tenn.,  
Gospel Advocate, July 3, 1902, page 426.

Franklin, S. N.
   Sister S. N. Franklin departed this life on March 2, 1915, at the sanitarium in Temple, Texas.  She was fifty-three years of age.  She obeyed the gospel of her Savior at the age of eleven years.  At the age of seventeen she and Brother S. H. Franklin were married.  Eight children were born to this union.  Seven are still living.  They moved to Cache Creek, in Baylor County, in 1896.  Brother Franklin is an elder of this church, and is loved and respected by all.  Sister Franklin was a devoted Christian, a faithful wife, and an affectionate mother.  She loved the church and was noted for her hospitality.  She was a great hand to wait on and care for the sick, often going when she was not able. She took sick seven weeks ago, was carried to the sanitarium at Temple, where she underwent an operation for gallstones, from which she never recovered.  All that kind hands and loving hearts could do was done for her.  She leaves a husband, seven children, and a host of friends to mourn her loss.  The writer spoke words of encouragement to the bereaved ones.  She was laid to rest in the Cache Creek cemetery.
Gospel Advocate, May 20, 1915, page 499.

Franklin Tommie
   Tommie Cochran was born on March 19, 1864.  She obeyed the gospel, at Covington, Ky., when about twenty years old, under the preaching of J. B. Briney.  On September 28, 1887, she was united in marriage to our brother, J. A. Franklin, and lived happily with him as a faithful wife for more than fourteen years.  She fell asleep in Jesus and passed to her heavenly home on the morning of December 21, 1901, at the residence of her sister, Mrs. Price, in West Nashville, Tenn.  Sister Franklin suffered very much for eight weeks before the end came; but she bore it all patiently, and at the last quietly fell asleep without a struggle.  She left behind a sorrowing husband, a daughter of eleven years, and a baby boy ten months old. Brother Franklin sadly misses her, as they had lived together as lovers; but the daughter does not now realize her loss, and the son will never know a mother's love in this life.  It is indeed sad when the keeper of the home, the guardian of the little ones, is called away; but her loved ones sorrow not as those who have no hope, for they may well realize that she is "not lost, but gone before."  May they live to meet her in a better world, where death and partings never come and happiness is never interrupted by sorrow.
J. W. Grant.
Since the forgoing was written, the baby boy has been called to be with his mother.  He fell asleep on March 21, just three months after she left him.  May the love of Christ comfort our brother in his many sorrows. His dear wife and five little ones are now awaiting him and Marguerite on the other shore.  She, though only eleven years old, has accepted the Savior; and, with her father, may she live for the blessed home beyond.
J. W. G.      
Gospel Advocate, April 10, 1902, page 238.

Freeman, A. E.

A. E. Freeman was born at Lafayette, Tenn., June 3, 1863; he departed this life November 26, 1944, at Commerce, Texas, at the age of eighty-one. He married Sarah Ellen Bray during Christmas, 1885. To this union six children were born, five of whom still survive. She passed away December 26, 1900. During this year Brother Freeman moved to Lockney, Texas. In 1903 he married Vena B. Bray, an older sister of his first wife. From 1901 to 1907 Brother Freeman lived at Lockney, where the children attended the Lockney Christian College, conducted by G. H. P. Showalter and N. L. Clark. In 1907 the family moved to Cordell, Okla., where the children attended the Cordell Christian College, under J. N. Armstrong, J. H. Lawson, and others. For several years Brother Freeman served on the board of regents of the college there. In 1919 he moved to Guthrie, Okla., where he lived till after the death of his second wife in 1935. In 1939 he moved to Commerce, Texas, with his daughter, DNola, in order to be near his son, W. W. Freeman, who teaches in the East Texas State Teachers College, at that place. For the last year Brother Freeman had been in ill-health. The end came at 10:50 P.M., Sunday, November 26, 1944. Brother Freeman obeyed the gospel in Tennessee when he was about twenty years of age. He attended school in Indiana in 1887-8, after which he began preaching the gospel. He has preached in Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico. For over fifty years he preached the gospel in schoolhouses, small congregations, and mission fields. His aim was to preach the gospel in love, yet he tried to make his message so clear that none could misunderstand how to become and live a Christian. For the past few months I have preached some for the church in Guthrie, where Brother Freeman lived for several years. The success of the cause of Christ in Guthrie has been due to the efforts of Brother Freeman to a great degree. Brother Freemans funeral was conducted in the church building in Guthrie, Okla., at 11 A.M., November 28. The funeral service consisted of three songs sung by Sarah Bethel, Violet Carroll, June Welch, and Mary Hannah Willson, all of whom were members of the Guthrie congregation. Scripture reading and prayer were led by John P. Lewis. Wilson Baird read a poem written by him for Brother Freeman. Byron Fullerton led a prayer. Ira Y. Rice, Sr., and Lee Estes sang Nearer, My God, to Thee. Henry E. Warlick, a double first cousin to the late Joe S. Warlick and a close friend of Brother Freeman for over forty years, preached the sermon. All the pallbearers were preachers, except one, who was an elder that had led the singing in several meetings for Brother Freeman. They were: Wilson Baird, George Bond, Byron Fullerton, Ira Y Rice, Sr., Lee Estes, and John P. Lewis. Brother Freemans body was placed beside that of his second wife in the Guthrie Cemetery.

John P. Lewis.

Gospel Advocate, January 4, 1945, page 14.

Freeman, Christine Howell

Christine Howell Freeman, 80, of south Hill, Va., died Jan. 18.

Freeman was born in Newbern, Tenn. Her family later moved to Henderson, Tenn., where she attended Freed-Hardeman University. She married W. B. Freeman, whom she met at Freed-Hardeman, in 1941.

The Freemans moved to South Hill in January 1978, where W. B. served as a minister.

Freeman is survived by her husband; one daughter, Willa Capps of Chesapeake, Va.; one sister; two grandsons and three great-grandchildren.

Gospel Advocate, May, 1995, page 48.

Freeman, Elizabeth

Sister Elizabeth Freeman was born in 1843 and died at her home at Richmond, Tenn., on October 20, 1911. She was married to Brother W. J. Freeman on March 9, 1863. To this union were born six children, two of them having preceded their mother to the spirit land beyond. She had been in very poor health for years, and was confined to her bed some time before she died. She had been a member of the church of Christ for many years, and had many noble traits of character, never speaking evil of any one, and was always ready to act as peacemaker. Sister Freeman sleeps, we trust, in Jesus, awaiting the coming of those left behind. Lonely indeed must be the aged husband without the companion of his youth; yet he sorrows not as one without hope, for he knows his beloved has only preceded him to a brighter world where there will be no more parting. To the children I would say: The Lord has been exceedingly kind to your mother, in that he spared her until she saw you all grown-up men and women, and gave her many opportunities to do good to those around her. Press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, and some day you will clasp hands with your mother and engage with her in singing the songs of the redeemed ones at home.

Mrs. U. S. Brown.

Gospel Advocate, November 23, 1911, page 1366.

Freeman, James Carl

James Carl Freeman was born August 15, 1875. In 1897 he was married to Mary Magdaline Chessor, a sister to the beloved James E. Chessor. To this union were born three children. One of them preceded him. The other two (Waymer Freeman, of Detroit, Mich., and Charlie Freeman, of Centerville, Tenn.) survive him. The mother of these children died in 1926. Brother Freeman afterward married Mrs. Amie Henley, who, with her six children, survive. He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Lee Grant Skelton. Brother Freeman was a good citizen. He obeyed the gospel November 2, 1893, and we have reasons to believe that he lived faithfully until death. He was buried in Sulphur Fork of Beaver Dam, in the community where he had spent much of his life. The funeral was conducted by the writer at the Hohenwald Church, where he had been caretaker for a number of years. He built the first fire in the furnace of the building that is there now. Brother Freeman was not a strong man physically or financially, but he was truly a great character. He has been a friend of mine throughout my entire life, and I feel sorely my very great loss. We cannot bring him back, but we can go where he is.

J. J. Lancaster.

Gospel Advocate, March 12, 1942, page 261.

Freeman, Levi

With sadness we chronicle the death of our beloved brother, Levi Freeman, who was born Sept. 6, 1863, and was called from this, to a better world Feb. 5, 1887. During our protracted meeting last fall, at Chestnut Ridge, he willingly submitted to the commands of our blessed master. After he became a Christian, he lived and died in the blessed hope. His last words to those who stood around his dying couch were, I am going home to Jesus. Blessed thought, to go and live with our blessed Master. To comfort the sad hearts of those who were so warmly connected in love with our dear brother, we would say, the Spirit now rests in the bright world above. If we will love and adore our Savior the remainder of our stay here, we will meet the loved ones again where parting is no more and the weary are at rest.

Help us all O God to have our boats ready when the dark river rolls by, and laud us safely across its cold chilly waters in the bright fields beyond.

W. A. G., Chestnut Ridge, Tenn. Feb. 5, 1886.

Gospel Advocate, February 16, 1887, page 110.

Freeman, Theophilus Rucker

Theophilus Rucker Freeman was born on June 30, 1830, and died on July 8, 1916, aged eighty-six years and eight days. He was married three times. His first marriage was to Margurett Bingham. Four children were born to this union, three of whom are living. One (Mrs. John Cone) died at the age of forty-four years. His second marriage was to Emily Clark. To this union seven children were born, six of whom are living. One girl (Edna) died at the age of eighteen years. His third marriage was to Rebecca Clark. No children. He was baptized by the pioneer preacher, Elder George W. Cone, in 1851, at Bellbuckle, Tenn, and lived a consistent Christian life for sixty-five years. In 1855 he moved to Izard County, Ark., where he was a pioneer in Christian work and worship for thirty-five years. He was a faithful leader in the Lords-day work and worship at Mill Creek (Melbourne) when it was not popular to do such work. In 1891 he moved back to Tennessee, and was an elder in the Mars Hill (Rucker) congregation up until death. His home was a home for the preachers. The care for him during his declining years fell upon the son that bears his name (Theophilus Rucker, Jr.) and Miss Zenobia, the youngest daughter. Never did two children care for a parent with more gentle love and faithfulness than these two. He was a good father, and is children will miss his advice; a kind neighbor; a faithful, loyal Christian. He will be sadly missed in the neighborhood in which he lived, and more especially in church work. He has gone to reap the reward that is promised to the faithful. Like David said when his child died, he cannot come to us, but we can go to him. May the long battle he has fought be an encouragement to all who knew him to continue faithful until they, too, shall be called upon to go. There are so many things that I could write, but eternity alone can tell the good this man of God has done. From my earliest recollection he was a subscriber to the Gospel Advocate.

J. K. Freeman.

Gospel Advocate, August 10, 1916, page 808.

Freeman, Vena Velle Bray

Mrs. Vena Velle Bray Freeman was born in Tennessee, April 27, 1862; died March 20, 1935. She was the oldest child of Mr. and Mrs. Richard P. Bray. She was married to A. E. Freeman, October 2, 1902. No children were born to this union, but she mothered her husbands five children, who were her nieces and nephews. Her husband, the five children, and two sisters (Mrs. T. B. Proffitt, Harper, Kan., and Mrs. E. G. Cook, Lafayette, Tenn.) survive. She obeyed the gospel in 1882, and was faithful until death, keeping her home while her husband preached. The writer and H. E. Warlick, Norman, Okla., conducted funeral services. Sister Freemans body was laid to rest at Guthrie, Okla.

J. M. Harrel., Edmond, Okla.

Gospel Advocate, April 25, 1935, page 407.

Freeman, W. J.

Brother W. J. Freeman, a member of the church of Christ at Stony Point, Ala., an efficient teacher in vocal music, a devoted husband and father, and an excellent citizen, died at his home, of meningitis, on October 4, 1910. He was forty-one years old. He was married to Miss Martha J. Campbell on December 19, 1888. He leaves his most excellent wife and five sons. Their loss is great, and the community in which he lived has sustained a great loss. The church at Stony Point mourns his departure.

C. E. Holt.

Gospel Advocate, December 29, 1910, page 1468.

Freeman, W. R., Dr.

Dr. W. R. Freeman died at his home in Bellbuckle, Tenn., on January 1, 1903; aged fifty-four years, eleven months, and twenty-six days. Bellbuckle has lost one of its best and most useful citizens. The deceased leaves a host of friends and relatives to mourn their loss. Funeral services were conducted at the church of Christ by the writer, assisted by Brother F. F. Deering, and the remains were interred in Hazelwood Cemetery, at Bellbuckle. We hope to meet our brother in the home of the pure and good.

E. L. Cambron., Winchester, Tenn.

Gospel Advocate, February 5, 1903, page 91.

Freeze, Eugene Woodrow

Eugene Woodrow Freeze died August 19 in Oklahoma City. He was 80.

Born Sept. 18, 1912, Freeze was an elder for the Hillcrest Church of Christ in Oklahoma City. He has also been a gospel preacher.

He attended Harding University and later Abilene Christian University during the early and mid 1930s.

Gospel Advocate, December, 1993, page 52.

Freiley, W. V.

W. V. Freiley passed away at his home in Dunlap, Tenn., February 1, 1938. He was born November 25, 1861, in Warren County, Tenn. Besides his wife (Mrs. Mary Loutella) he is survived by one daughter Mrs. Lora Heard, of Dunlap) and two sons (Lother, of Jackson, Miss., and Elder Lesslie, of Kingsville, Texas). Brother Freiley obeyed the gospel at the early age of fourteen, and has been a constant worker for over sixty years. During this time he conducted Bible classes and song drills, and has served as an elder in the congregation in Dunlap since 1906. Before coming here he was head of the higher mathematics department of Burritt College, Spencer, Tenn., where he served as dean of the school part of this time. For the past twenty-three years Brother Freiley has served Sequatchie County as county superintendent, principal, and teacher in the various schools. In all of these capacities his wisdom and guidance will be missed, but his good work will live on. Funeral services were held at the Dunlap Church building at three oclock, Wednesday,

February 2, by Charles Holder, of Bridgeport, Ala. His body was laid to rest in the Rankin Cemetery, near Dunlap, beneath a huge bank of beautiful flowers, which bore mute testimony to the love, honor, and esteem in which he was held by hundreds of people.

W. O. Folwell., Dunlap, Tenn.

Gospel Advocate, March 10, 1938, page 239.

French, Martha Demaris Kennamer

Martha Demaris Kennamer was born in Kannamer Cove, Ala., May 1, 1869, the seventh child and fourth daughter of Levi (Bye) and Sarah Clack Kennamer. Losing her mother when less than five years old, she grew up under a fathers care and was ever to him a dutiful daughter. Her fathers disapproval of anything was sufficient reason for her to shun it. She turned to her heavenly Father at an early age, being baptized by Brother Curtis in 1885. She came with her father to Texas in December, 1889. On August 1, 1894, she was married to Henry Alexander French at Bedford, Texas. Ten children were born to this unionsix sons and four daughters. The last thirty years have been spent in South Texas, and the last six years at Sinton, Texas. Her husband preceded her in death April 4, 1935. He was well known and loved as a singer and Bible teacher. After a brief illness of less than a week her suffering here was ended August 3, 1938. Services were conducted at the church at Sinton, Texas, by C. L. Maxwell, of Taft, Texas, assisted by Lee Starnes, of Corpus Christi, Texas. Left to mourn their loss are the ten children: Misses Elsie and Laura French, of Alice, Texas; Mrs. George S. Fager, of Clovis, N. M.; Mrs. Charles Becker, Jr., of Corpus Christi, Texas; Thomas W., of Taft, Texas; Carl H., Clyde K., Herbert I., and Larry K., of Sinton, Texas; and Jesse A., of Corpus Christi, Texas). Surviving also are a number of grandchildren, a sister (Mrs. G. C. Melton, of Sinton), two brothers (Frank B. Kennamer, of Scottsboro, Ala., and W. S. Kennamer, of Oklahoma City, Okla.), and three half sisters (Mrs. Walker Willingham, of Calexico, Calif.; Mrs. Willie Hines, of Vivian, La.; and Mrs. T. F. Cannon, of Hillsboro, Texas).

By a Relative.

Gospel Advocate, September 1, 1938, page 831.

Frets, Vinnie

Vinnie Frets was born at Decaturville, Tenn., November 11, 1883; departed this life at Paragould, Ark., May 26, 1953. Her mother was a charter member of the church at Rector, Ark. She was baptized by John R. Williams early in life and remained a faithful Christian until her death. On November 26, 1901, she was united in marriage to W. C. Frets. To this union were born eleven children, three of which preceded her in death. She leaves her husband, three daughters, five sons, eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and one sister of Rector. Funeral services were held at the Rector church of Christ. The chapel was crowded and there were floral offerings in abundance. H. D. Hooker spoke words of comfort to the family and friends. Her body was laid to rest in Woodland Heights Cemetery. She stood firmly on her religious convictions. She loved the church and studied the Bible so persistently, her friends had confidence in her ability and felt free to talk with her because of her interest in the church and love for people. Her influence for good will continue for years in this community. Truly Her price is far above rubies. The church has lost a zealous worker; the family, a loving wife and mother; the town a good citizen.

Mrs. Klugh Cowan.

Gospel Advocate, October 15, 1953, page 687.

Friebertshauser, Earl D.

Earl D. Friebertshauser, 90, died Dec. 25, 1988, after a long illness while a patient at Sunset Haven, Cherry Valley, Calif. He had served as an elder for many years, first at Wheeling, W. Va., then at the Northwest Church of Christ, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Friebertshauser is survived by his wife of 67 of years, Alma; three sons, Bob of Anchor Point, Alaska, George of Mesa, Ariz., and Paul of Costa Mesa, Calif.; a sister, Gertrude, of Anderson, Ind.; and a brother, Fred, of West Virginia. Memorial contributions may be made to Sunset Haven, 9246 Avenida Miravilla, Cherry Valley, CA 92223.

Gospel Advocate, February, 1989, page 51.

Freiley, Mary Elizabeth

At 12:23 A.M., January 1, Mary Elizabeth Freiley was instantly killed in a head-on car wreck. She and a friend were returning from a New Years Eve party, where they had watched the passing of the old and the beginning of the new year. The driver of the second car was held for driving while intoxicated. Mary was one of the sweetest, purest and most lovely Christians this writer has ever known. She was forty-three years old. She had never married. Perhaps it was because she was too much in love with her work. But she also loved God and people. Mary was a teacher in the Fort Worth Schools, where she lived with her parents, Brother and Sister Leslie C. Freiley. I have known the family for twenty years, and have always thought of them as among my best friends. Brother and Sister Freiley lost the jewel of their life at a time when she was most neededas they face the sunset of their earthly lives. But Mary has now gone on to be with the Lord, and to await the coming of her parents and the thousands of her Christian friends. We share in their griefalso in their hope.

L. R. Wilson.

Gospel Advocate, February 15, 1962, page 112.

Freyermuth, Marie Mook

Mrs. Marie Mook Freyermuth, who resided at 340 West 7th St., Erie, Penn., succumbed, a victim of cancer, in Hamot Hospital of Erie on November 26, 1971.

Born on July 16, 1906, Mrs. Freyermuth was the daughter of the late Floyd and Adaline Connel Mook.

She was a former resident of Fredonia, Penn., where her husband, Oliver, now deceased, owned and operated one of a chain of feed mills. She graduated magna cum laude from Thiel College.

She moved to Erie some years ago, where she taught for a time in Girard, a suburb of Erie.

O. H. Tabor baptized Sister Freyermuth on May 4,, 1952 at the Southside church of Christ in Lubbock, Texas.

She was an active member and worker in the church of Christ of 2317 West Grandview Boulevard, Erie, Penn. Sister Freyermuth was well known and loved throughout a large segment of the Christian brotherhood. Her benevolence to mission churches in various parts of the United States, as well as in foreign mission fields, was well known. She was also lauded for her generosity in helping with the education and support of gospel ministers.

She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Clarence (Ruth) Mershon, of Erie; a brother, Myron Mook of Lubbock, Texas; a niece of Dallas, Texas; two grandnephews, one grandniece, and a host of friends and Christians who loved her.

Interment was in Laurel Hill Cemetery of Erie on November 29th.

Memorials may be made to the Church of Christ, 2317 West Grandview Blvd., Erie, Penn.

Mrs. Clarence Mershon.

Gospel Advocate, January 20, 1972, page 46.

Friend, Jesse

On April 3, 1908, death claimed for its victim our dear brother, Jesse Friend, and on April 8 we laid his body to rest in the old Burns churchyard, near Trenton, Texas, where he was born and reared from childhood. Jesse was a brother in the flesh to Brother D. H. Friend, of Bowling Green, Ky., who, together with his sister from Oklahoma, came and stood by Jesses side for the last time. Some ten years ago I baptized Brother Friend at Orangeville, Texas. He lived a noble, Christian life and departed in the faith. I expect some day to meet him where partings never come. I would say to Duard and Nora: Look to God, who will guide you on to the city of God. Jesse was a cripple since he was two years old. When he departed this life he was twenty-five years of age.

W. N. Carter.

Gospel Advocate, July 2, 1908, page 426.

Fritts, Chesley Eugene

Chesley Eugene Fritts was born in Belle, Mo., sixty-seven years ago. He married Laura Thompson in 1916 and began to preach the gospel at seventeen and labored extensively in Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, New Mexico, Utah, Oregon, Washington and California. He died at his home in Montebello, Calif., on January 8, 1960. He is survived by his wife; his father, C. O. Fritts, of Denver, Colo., and a brother, Dr. C. A. Fritts of Denver. Clinton L. Storm, whom he had baptized and encouraged to preach, conducted a service in Montebello on January 11. The body was sent to Denver, where he had preached for twelve years, and a service was conducted there by the writer. He had taught school through many of his earlier years of preaching in the hard places of Colorado and he published Rocky Mountain Christian for many years. He conducted seventeen meetings in 1959, and was busily planning more work when he was suddenly stricken with a heart attack and died in the arms of his wife at their home. He was a fluent speaker, a wise

counselor of the young and an exceptionally safe teacher. Although brought up under the influence of retro-gressionists he never acceded to their whims, but fought valiantly for the truth. I lived in his home through eighteen meetings and two lectureships and a more hospitable host could not be found. His wife has often been referred to as an ideal preachers wife. May the Lord comfort her and us in such trying times.

Rue Porter.

Gospel Advocate, February 11, 1960, page 94.

Fritts, W. L.

W. L. Fritts was born in Madison County, Ark., April 7, 1883. He lived on this earth more than ninety-one years and died October 12, 1974. He was baptized into Christ when he was eighteen years old. At that time he was attending Byrds Teachers College in Huntsville, Ark. After graduating he taught school in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Wherever he went he taught singing schools. He began to preach the gospel when he was twenty-eight years old and continued to preach until 1962.

In more than fifty years as a preacher, he preached in many places. Most of his work was done in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. He was always able to build and strengthen the churches where he served.

In 1912 he was married to Winnie E. Littrell who was a great help to him in his work. To them three daughters were born.

In 1962 when it was necessary to give up preaching because of heart trouble, they moved to Broken Arrow, Okla., where they were living when he died.

He leaves his good wife, three daughters, eight grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren, a sister and two brothers, with many other relatives and friends.

Brother Fritts was one of the greatest men I ever knew. Gods world is much better because he lived in it, and those of us who knew him have every reason to believe he is now enjoying the reward of the faithful.

Cleon Lyles.

Gospel Advocate, November 21, 1974, page 750.

Fry, Annie Horne

Sister Annie Horne Fry was born on August 7, 1863; became a Christian at the age of eighteen years; was married to Brother John W. Fry at the age of twenty-two years; and fell asleep in Jesus on August 13, 1905, being forty-two years and six days old when she was claimed by death. She leaves her mother, her husband, and six childrenthree boys and three girlsand also an orphan girl whom she brought up from infancy, who always knew her as mother, to mourn an irreparable loss. Sister Fry was a tender-hearted, sympathetic, practical, good woman. She had been plentifully supplied through life with this worlds goods; but was always pleasant, familiar, and kind to all, and made all feel free and pleasant in her presence. She was a true and faithful wife and mother, and, with the assistance of her husband, built up a pleasant and happy Christian home. The writer of this has enjoyed truly refreshing seasons in that home. By her upright and earnest Christian life she has left an impress for good that time cannot efface. Her life was a beautiful manifestation of what Christianity can do for people that embrace it and lovingly practice its heavenly principles in their home lives. Sister Fry gave special and motherly attention to the culture and welfare of her children, seconded and encouraged her husband in his business affairs, and kept an orderly and pleasant home for him on his returns from business cares. She was kind and pleasant in her associations with her neighbors, and had a host of friends all around her. She was a keeper at home and found her highest pleasures in the bosom of her own family, working and planning for their comfort and happiness and their future welfare, seeking at all times to bring up her children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Yet, while these were the leading efforts of her life, she was not selfish, but kind and helpful to all as opportunity afforded. She was, indeed, an all-around good and useful woman, and will be greatly missed in the family, in the church, and in the whole community. But while she has passed away, her influence will not die. The children will never forget the example and influence of a devoted Christian mother. Generations yet unborn will hear of, and be influenced for good by, her beautiful and earnest life. She is gone, but the memory of her will still live; and if the family and friends will be faithful in the service of God, they may enjoy a sweet reunion with her in the home of the soul.

E. G. S., Nashville, Tenn.

Gospel Advocate, August 31, 1905, page 555.

Fry, Clarence H.

Lieut. Clarence H. Fry, twenty-four years old, son of John W. Fry, of Columbia, Tenn., was killed in an aero-plane accident near London, England, on May 4, 1918. He was flying a high-powered, single-seater S. P. A. D. machine, which broke into a spinning nose dive too near the earth to be corrected. He was very fond of driving that type of machine. The officer in command of the Fifty-sixth R. A. F. wrote: Clarence was a very skillful pilot of great promise; he was very keen, and would have made a name for himself at the front, had he lived. He was given a military aviation funeral with full band, firing party, the coffin conveyed on an aviation trailer, covered by the United States standard, and was followed by some thirty officers, fifty British troops, and fifty enlisted men of the Two Hundred and Twenty-second Aero Squadron, U. S. A. S., with their officer, then many civilian friends. A United States flag was buried with him. Six of his closest friends were pallbearers, one of whom was himself killed four days later. He was very popular both with soldiers and civilians, and many wreaths were placed upon his grave in the St. Albans Cemetery. Of course it is some consolation to know that Clarence was permitted to die among friends, and, as one English paper stated, he was shown all the honor the living could show the dead; but the real comfort comes from knowing he was a Christian. He gave his heart to God and was baptized by Brother W. S. Morton. He was such a high-minded, moral, upright boy that his associates wrote the family that they had lost one of the good influences out of their lives. A beautiful memorial was held in his honor in Columbia, where his numerous friends expressed their admiration for his character and sorrow for his untimely end.

Virginia Boyd.

Gospel Advocate, August 1, 1918, page 741

Fry, George W.

George W. Fry was born at Killeen, Texas on January 5, 1876, and departed this life on February 27, 1952, at his home near Poolville, Texas. Brother Fry obeyed the gospel under the preaching of Joe S. Warlick in 1912. He served as one of the deacons in a congregation near Brady, Texas for a number of years. He had lived in the Poolville community for the past thirteen years, and was faithful in attendance at Springtown and at Poolville till the time of his passing. He is survived by his wife, one son, G. F. Fry of Dallas, and three daughters, Mrs. A. G. Alexander, Hedley, Mrs. M. J. Harris, Ballinger; and Mrs. A. G. Cooper, Poolville. Interment was in the Springtown cemetery. We can be thankful for the long, useful life of this good man and that he did not have to linger long to suffer, and that he was prepared to meet God. Therefore we need not sorrow as those who have no hope.

J. K. Bentley

Gospel Advocate, April 3, 1952, page 221

Fry, J. S.

J. S. Fry, of Lake City, Ark., departed this life on Lords day, November 23. Brother Fry had prayed that the end might come on the first day of the week. He was indeed a great man in the Lord. He was a younger brother of the late John L. Fry. At the funeral W. Curtis Porter expressed my sentiments when he stated that he had never known a better Bible teacher than J. S. Fry. A great concourse of friends and brethren in the Lord attended the funeral. I had known him since I was a boy. He helped me as a father. He was a friend to gospel preachers. Some ten or twelve years ago Brother Fry suggested that I help with the last earthly service in which he was to have part. Having loved him so long and so dearly, it was not an easy task. I did not represent him as having lived a life in which no error had ever existed. He had requested that that not be done. His life speaks for its self in the lives of others. Several years ago Brother Fry removed his family from Bay, Ark., to the place of his death. At that time there was no church of Christ in Lake City. I advised him that I would come for meetings if he would start worship in his home. When he got settled in Lake City, he advertised in the little paper being published there for members of the body of Christ. By that means eight (I believe) were located, and worship was begun. Soon after this I went there and conducted meetings in a dwelling. Several were added, and the church grew from that time. Likely few have been baptized in Lake City who did not learn the truth from J. S. Fry. There is a splendid church there now. Sister Fry, his companion in life, bore up wonderfully. She is indeed a brave character. May God deal kindly with her. His two sons, Harry and Lynn, and his daughter, Sister Edith Songer, are the finest of Christian folk. They will work with others to see that the Lords work goes forward. They realize that great responsibilities rest upon them. It was a foretaste of heaven to know J. S. Fry. Many of us feel keenly the sting of sacrifice because of his passing on.

Sterl A. Watson.

Gospel Advocate, January 1, 1948, page 22.

Fry, William Harry

William Harry Fry was born at Water Valley, Ark., September 25, 1905 and passed from this life May 20, 1974 in Jonesboro, Ark. For several years the Frys lived in Lake City, Ark.

Brother Fry was a faithful member of the Lords church for nearly fifty years and for the past two years had attended at Brookland, Ark.

He was the son of J. S. and Fannie McIlroy and was a nephew of John L. Fry, who was an outstanding preacher in Northern Arkansas.

He leaves to mourn his passing his faithful wife, Eleanor Fry and four daughters: Mrs. Warren A. Ross, Austin, Texas; Mrs. Don Noblin, Brookland, Ark.; Mrs. Russel McFarren, Lake City, Ark.; Mrs. Linda Slade, Griffin, Ga., besides a host of friends.

The family requested that memorials be sent to the Brookland Church of Christ Library Fund. As the result, the Brookland congregation will have the beginning of a fine church library. Brother Fry was a man of God, interested in the Lords work. He will be missed.

Funeral services were conducted by the writer and Boyd Morgan. His body was laid to rest near Jonesboro.

William H. Hull.

Gospel Advocate, July 18, 1974, page 463.

Fugitt, Jeffie Huff

On July 26, 1908, the soul of Mrs. Jeffie Huff Fugitt, of Bellbuckle, Tenn., left the scenes of mortality to dwell in the land of light and joy. Mrs. Fugitt was born on November 22, 1848. This life of over a half century was noble, humble, pure, faithful, and useful. Like the Savior, she went about doing good. When the sick needed help, by her the pure religion was practiced. Her life was not the outward adorning of putting on of costly apparel, but that of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. In early youth she obeyed the gospel, and ever held out faithful. She leaves a devoted husband and two children to mourn their loss. To the dear mother, brother, and sister, I would say: While we would have been so glad to have kept her with us, in all things the Lords will be done.

A Friend.

Gospel Advocate, August 27, 1908, page 556.

Fugitt, M. S.

I am requested to perform the sad duty of writing the obituary of Brother M. S. Fugitt, of Woodbury, Tenn. He was stricken with paralysis about the first of November, 1894, and died at 6 oclock A.M., Jan. 1, 1895. He was 69 years of age at the time of his death. How long he had been a member of the church I am now unable to say, but he was brought up in the faith, and for years he had striven to be an acceptable servant of God. I have known Brother Fugitt all my life, at least since I was grown, even before I began to preach. His house was my home when I went to Woodbury to hold meetings. He was my personal friend as well as my brother in the church. Therefore I sympathize very much with his family and friends in their great loss. He was a quiet, unassuming man, modest and retired in his habits, yet firm and strong in his convictions. He was three times married, and leaves a widow and two children. His children are the fruit of his first marriage. It is not too much to say that he was a devoted husband, a loving fond father, and, so far as we can judge, a faithful servant of God. Saying this, all has been said that can be said. He was willing to make the exchange of this life for the other, and so expressed himself before he died. It grieves us, however, to see these old, faithful citizens falling around us like the sturdy oaks of the forest. They serve as a check to this fast age. Their business principles and habits are safe and sure, and make such a strong contrast with the unscrupulous and dishonest ways of many of the present. Brother Fugitt made his living and his money by frugal habits, economy, and regular workthe only Christian and sure way to succeed. It is like removing the old landmarks when such men pass away. Certainly we sorrow not as those who have no hope over our friend and brother. May his children and grandchildren profit by his advice, and imitate his example; and may the grace of God sustain them and the widow in this sad bereavement.

E. A. Elam.

Gospel Advocate, January 24, 1895, page 64.

Fulgham, Etta

It becomes my painful duty to announce the death of my youngest brothers wife, Mrs. John R. Fulgham, daughter of Mr. A. A. Baker, of Huntsville, Ala. Death, so constantly occurring around us, but seldom impresses the masses with serious thought. We see the hearse day after day conveying the mortal remains of those whom we but slightly know and of the many whom we know not at all, and too often turn aside with little concern; but when death invades ones own home, snatches away some loved one of the householdah!then tears come unbidden and hearts ache which perhaps never ached before. Sister Etta was a true, loving, and devoted wife, mother, and daughter. Her husband and aged father are bereaved indeed, and the four little children left behind are too young to realize fully their sad loss. Our sister was born in New York on December 18, 1866; married on May 3, 1887; identified herself with the church of Christ at Huntsville, Ala., soon after her marriage; died on February 13, 1899, and was buried on the following day, with her baby boy, only six months old. They now peacefully sleep side by side in the same coffin, in the same grave. The happy home circle now is broken and hearts are left bleeding and desolate; but while the night of death bringeth sorrow and anguish, joy inexpressible cometh in the morning. Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, for henceforth they truly live, and shall live forever. Let the deeply bereaved father, husband, sisters, and brothers sorrow not as those who have no hope. Jesus says I am the resurrection and the life. In my Fathers house are many mansions. . . . I go to prepare a place for you. There shall be no more separation there, no more death, no more tears, for God shall wipe away all our tears. In that fairer, brighter day, all the saints, redeemed by the precious blood of Christ, shall bid one another not Good night, but Good morning. The ties of that great family circle shall never more be broken or severed. Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever.

W. F. F.

Gospel Advocate, April 6, 1899, page 218.

Fulkerson, Mrs. J. T.

Death recently visited the home of J. T. Fulkerson and took his loving wife to that blessed home beyond. She was born on June 3, 1885, and died on January 27, 1906. She united with the church of Christ in March, 1905, and lived a consistent, Christian life till death. She leaves a husband and many friends to mourn her death. No more loving wife and mother ever ministered to the wants and desires of her husband and children, and no happier angel will ever sing around the throne of God, for she has gone to that land where no more tears will be shed and there is no more pain of death.

J. T. Fulkerson.

Gospel Advocate, May 24, 1906, page 331.

Fuller, George Thomas
Fuller, Ruth Askew

On the evening of December 2, 1964 George and Ruth Fuller of Morgantown, Ky., lost their lives suddenly in a horrible highway accident a few miles south of Morgantown, as they returned home from Mount Pleasant were George had conducted the mid-week service for the congregation.

George Thomas Fuller was born at Quality, Ky., June 17, 1912. He was baptized by J. E. Barbee in May 1933. He began preaching in 1954 in Morgantown, Ky., and has been busy in the work since that time. He has conducted meetings and preached for several congregations, and at the time of his death he was preaching at Mount Pleasant in Warren County, Ky. He was a sound, faithful preacher. He was married to Ruth Askew in Glasgow, Ky., May 22, 1938.

Ruth Askew was born July 6, 1912, the daughter of Joe and Mae Askew, and the grand-daughter of John C. Forgy, a pioneer gospel preacher, whose great influence is still strongly felt throughout the field of his earthly activities. Ruth was reared in a Christian home. She obeyed the gospel early in life and was a devoted Christian. She was a considerate daughter and a faithful wife. She was intensely interested in her husbands work as a preacher.

Ruth was a teacher by profession. She held B. S. and M. A. degrees from Western Kentucky State College. She early taught in the public schools of her county. At the time of her death was a member of the faculty of Western Kentucky State College in Bowling Green.

George is survived by his father Andy Fuller, Quality, Ky.; brothers, Compton and Boyd, Quality, and Lee of Louisville; sisters, Mrs. Noka Davis, Bowling Green; and Mrs. Doris Moore. Mrs. Fuller is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Askew, Quality, Ky; brothers, Paul Askew, Clarksville, Tenn., and James Askew, Morgantown, Ky.

George and Ruth, like David and Jonathan, were lovely and pleasant in their lives and in death they were not divided.

Funeral services were conducted in Morgantown, Ky., by Loyd C. Spivey and the writer. Their bodies were laid to rest in the cemetery at Quality, Ky.

Allen Phy.

Gospel Advocate, January 28, 1965, page 58.

Fuller, Hugh Lee

Hugh Lee Fuller was born in Donaldson, Ark., Aug. 28, 1908. He died Aug. 19 in the Grimes Memorial Hospital in Navasota, Texas. Memorial services were conducted Aug. 21 in the Airline Drive Church of Christ, Bossier City, La., by Ray Hilliard, Wyatt Kirk and Doyle Maynard. Burial was in the Forest Park Cemetery, Shreveport, La.

Hugh married Olga Graf Aug. 5, 1933. To this union two sons were born, Lee and Drew. Hugh was baptized into Christ that same year and began immediately to take part in the work of the church with his first assignment being to teach a class of young people.

During his lifetime as a Christian, Hugh served as a Bible school director for several years in Houston, as a deacon for 15 years, as a song leader for 33 years, and as an elder at Creswell Avenue Church, University Church and Church of Christ North, all in Shreveport, for 22 years. He also preached at Coushatta and Lockhart, La., and Patmos, Ark., from 1954 to 1961.

Hugh was an employee of the United Gas Pipe Line Co. for 43 years, retiring as a Senior Technical Assistant at the age of 77.

His wife, Olga, died Sept. 21, 1983. On Oct. 27, 1984, he married Leota Wallace of Madisonville, Texas. In December 1985 he had major surgery in Houston, Texas, for pancreas cancer. A few months later it was discovered that the cancer had spread to his liver.

He is survived by his wife, Leota, and son, Drew. His oldest son, Lee, preceded him in death.

Gussie Lambert., 6145 Gaylyn Drive, Shreveport, LA 71105.

Gospel Advocate, December 4, 1986, page 738.

Fuller, Ira

Ira Fuller was born on March 30, 1895; obeyed the gospel in 1910; and died on January 11, 1918. He was a young man, only twenty-two, of sterling qualities, genial and gentle in disposition, industrious, ambitious, and economical, and strong in the faith. With these splendid qualities he had drawn to him a host of friends, who lament their loss and sympathize with the parents and children whose hearts are the saddest. His hope of things material and his plans were frustrated in the spring of 1917, when he fell prey to the disease which proved fatal. He gave up his work, enlisted in the United States Army, hoping that from the tent sleeping and rigid training he would find relief; but he gave way under its pressure and was sent by loving parents to the West, to no avail. Conscious wholly of his condition, he returned to his home to await with patience and hope his summons home. I loved Ira much, for he was with me in church work at Moulton for two years, and this love was mutual. He was my good friend. I went to see him during his sickness, and, with his parents, we read and prayed. He talked freely and calmly of death, heaven, and heavenly things, upon which his mind seemed to be set, and expressed frequently and frankly no fear of death. A few days later he made disposition of his savings, gave instructions as to his burial and burial service, bade good-by to weeping loved ones, and fell asleep in the Lord, to rest from his labors, while his works follow after him. (Rev. 14:13.)

J. Petty Ezell.

Gospel Advocate, March 14, 1918, page 258.

Fuller, J. W.

Brother J. W. Fuller died on January 12, 1924. He had been suffering for some time with high blood pressure, but was going on with his work. He arose that morning, made a fire, took a severe headache, and died in a few minutes. He was reared near Lone Oak, Va. He went from there to Indiana, and came to Crockett County, Tenn., about eight years ago. He was then a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, but seven years ago he obeyed the gospel, being baptized by Brother W. Claude Hall. He lived a devoted Christian till God called him. He taught the young mens class at Cairo for three years. He spent his entire time in usefulness. He was a hard-working man, but was never too tired to visit and help care for the sick. He was about forty years of age. He was married to Miss Erma Castleman about one year ago, and they had just moved into their new home about three months previous to his death. He had no blood relations here, but a host of friends. We miss Brother Fuller, as he was always present at the Lords-day worship. His remains were laid to rest in the Cairo cemetery. Brother Dan Cooke spoke words of comfort to the bereaved ones.

B. J. May.

Gospel Advocate, February 28, 1924, page 212.

Fullerton, Byron

Byron Fullerton, having accomplished the tasks he believed God created him to accomplished, went home to be with his Lord, Monday night, April 24, 1978. His victorious death, like his victorious life, was an inspiration to us all. Typical of his spirituality, was Brother Fullertons question when Bud Ross visited him the afternoon of April 24, How is the church? Few men in our day have loved the church or worked for her unity as did Byron Fullerton.

Byron Fullerton was born August 13, 1889, in Texas. His 88 years were full of variety and spiritual challenge. As a young man, he played football, participated in debate, and worked in a grocery store.

He sat at the feet of great pioneer preachers, such as: C. R. Nichol, E. A. Bedichek, Foy E. Wallace, Sr., and C. E. Woolridge.

Byron was baptized at age 18 during a gospel meeting. In 1911, he and Myrtle Welch were married. She preceded him in death two years ago.

Brother Fullerton has preached in various places in Oklahoma, and was instrumental in getting Oklahoma Christian College started. He is best known for his ten years as superintendent of Tipton Home. In 1974, at age 84, he was designated by the Central elders as Teacher of the Year.

Gospel Advocate, June 1, 1978, page 349.

Fullerton, Junius D.

Brother Junius D. Fullerton, of Victory, Okla., died at the residence of W. L. Stafford, at Altus, Okla., on Sunday, May 31, 1914, after a brief illness. He was fifty-five years old. He was born in Hickman County, Tenn.; moved to Madison when a child, and came to Oklahoma in 1890. He obeyed the gospel in a meeting held by Brother W. P. Skaggs about seventeen years ago. He was married to Miss Cora Holloway, of Okemah, Okla., on June 7, 1904. His wife survives him. He was buried at Victory, Brother J. I. Regan conducting the funeral. Brother Fullerton was a true Christian, earnest, zealous, and well informed. His house was the preachers home, and it was indeed a pleasure to associate with him. His influence, time, and means were devoted to the advancement of the cause of Christ. He rests from his labors and his works do follow him.

A. W. Young., Gainesville, Texas.

Gospel Advocate, July 9, 1914, page 756.

Fullerton, Olen

Olen Fullerton, Morrilton, Ark., passed from this life Feb. 26, 1982 at the age of 80 years. His funeral service was conducted at the Downtown Church of Christ in Morrilton by this writer on March 1, 1982. He was superintendent of Southern Christian Home for 20 years from 1945-67. He also preached a number of years for small congregations around Morrilton. He served as an elder of the Downtown church in Morrilton from 1939 until his death. Not only did Brother Fullerton make a spiritual contribution to the lives of many, he made other valuable contributions to the community and state in which he lived.

For many years he attended the Blue Ridge Encampment and in 1977 Brother E. M. Powell presented him with the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his service. The plaque lists the following: Educator, Sheriff Conway County, County Judge, State Highway Commissioner, President Kiwanis Club, President Chamber of Commerce, Member State Hospital Board, Head of Red Cross Conway County, Assistant Mayor Morrilton, Elder of Downtown Church of Christ, Superintendent of Southern Christian Home for Twenty Years, Civic Leader, Friend of Youth, A Christian Gentleman.

Brother Fullerton is survived by his wife, Euna, one son, Olen Ray, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Eddie Bowman., Minister of Downtown Church of Christ, Morrilton, Ark.

Gospel Advocate, May 20, 1982, page 310.

Fulmer, Clyde Edward

Clyde E. Fulmer, a longtime faithful and capable minister of the gospel for more than 50 years, died on March 27, at the age of 69. Preaching the gospel had been Fulmers whole life. He served as the full-time minister of the Capitol Heights Church, Montgomery, Ala., for a period of 33 years. He then served as associate minister and elder of the College Church, also in Montgomery, until he became ill and incapacitated.

Though Clyde E. Fulmer held a full-time position with the U. S. Post Office Department, no gospel preacher in Montgomery visited more sick in their homes and in the hospitals, or conducted more funerals, or performed more weddings, or held more gospel meetings within a 75 mile radius of Montgomery than did he. In all of his 50-year ministry, there was never a question raised against his moral character, or against his sincerity of purpose, or against the doctrine which he proclaimed. One of his greatest contributions to the cause of Christ was his work as a radio evangelist. For 12 years he conducted a 30-minute, Sunday morning program over WBAMa powerful 50,000 watt station. Every lesson that he delivered over that station was carefully and capably prepared, and the visible results testified to the effective teaching which he did. Only eternity can reveal the total results. In addition, he conducted, for a five-year period, a five-minute devotional program over station WCOV, entitled: Into My Heart.

Clyde Edward Fulmer was born to Myrtle Edwards Fulmer and Harry A. Fulmer on Jan. 15, 1912, at New Matamoras, Ohio. He is survived by the following: his wife, Constance Renfro Fulmer; three daughters, Dr. Constance Fulmer, Lexington, Ky., Mrs. Eunice Fulmer Wells, Bowling Green, Ky., Miss Clydetta Fulmer, Montgomery, Ala.; two grandchildren, Joel Dawson Wells and Carolee Wells; one brother, Floyd Fulmer, Marietta, Ohio; two sisters, Mrs. Ruth Charm, Warren, Ohio, Helen Fulmer Ulmer, Marietta, Ohio. Two sisters preceded him in death, namely: Mrs. Hazel Fulmer Wagner and Mrs. Claretta Fulmer Sarver, both of Marietta, Ohio.

The funeral was conducted by George Herring, Durden Stough, and Rex A. Turner. Interment was made in the Greenwood Cemetery, Montgomery, Ala. (Picture Included)

Rex A. Turner., Montgomery, Ala.

Gospel Advocate, May 21, 1981, page 311.

Fulmer, Robert E.

Robert E. Fulmer was born on February 9, 1885, and died on April 18, 1917. He obeyed the gospel in 1905 and had since lived a faithful, Christian life. He was always kind to his loved ones and was of a cheerful disposition, always ready to do anything for any one in need. He leaves, to mourn his death, a devoted wife, who was Miss Susie Young: two sweet little children Minta Irene, aged five years, and little Robert, aged six months; a mother, four brothers and a host of friends and relatives. He had been in delicate health for some time. However, his death was a shock to the community. He was buried at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, and Brother J. T. Harris spoke words of consolation to the sorrowing ones. Robert was a devoted husband, father, and son, a true Christian, a kind neighbor, and a friend to all. He is missed in the home, in the church, and in his everyday life. He lived a life worthy of emulation. Let us cherish the fond memories of this Christian life and so live as to be united with him and all the redeemed forever in the sweet by and by.

Mrs. L. M. Jackson.

Gospel Advocate, May 31, 1917, page 536.

Fultz, Geraldine Dunn

Geraldine Dunn Fultz, 73, died March 6 in Tyler, Texas. She was born to Jesse and Freeda Dunn Nov. 26, 1920, in Hobart, Okla.

Fultz graduated from Oklahoma A & M College with a bachelors degree in home economics. She taught high school in Cooperton and Arapaho, Okla., and later became a home demonstration agent in Kingfisher, Okla.

Fultz married gospel preacher David V. Fultz Dec. 18, 1944.

She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Donna Sue Veale of Plano, Texas, and Beth Ann Wiggins of Hooker, Okla.; a son, David Ken Fultz of Idalou, Texas; and seven grandchildren.

Fultz is also survived by two sisters, Exa Rothy of Humble, Texas, and Elsie Prescott of Winnsboro, Texas; and one brother, Royce Dunn of Edmond, Okla.

Gospel Advocate, July, 1994, page 46.

Fultz, John E.

On the morning of October 19, 1927, the spirit of our beloved and Christian brother, John E. Fultz, took its flight to the home of the blest. Brother Fultz was a member of the Salem church of Christ for many years, and in his death the church has lost a most loyal and useful member. He was loved by all, and I am sure his life by his good works will be a lasting influence in the church of Christ. John E. Fultz was born on January 12, 1857. He was married to Miss Sue Culp on February 5, 1880. Five children were born to this unionthree girls and two boysall grown and married and now living. These children and his faithful wife are left to mourn his departure. He obeyed the gospel in July, 1881, and was faithful until death. We will sadly miss him, but hope to meet him again in the upper and better world. May our God bless and comfort the bereaved family of our beloved brother. The writer tried to speak words of comfort to the family and friends at the funeral, which was held at Salem Church.

J. A. Cook.

Gospel Advocate, November 17, 1927, page 1102.

Funderburk, Aaron J.

Aaron J. Funderburk died May 20, 1955, in Jonesboro, La. He was born November 19, 1887, near Ruston, La., and buried at Wards Chapel, near Farmerville, La., a church his father set in order in 1883, the oldest church of Christ in Louisiana that has continued to meet weekly. He was a graduate of Louisiana Tech and Louisiana State University. He taught school forty-one years, and was very active in the church for a long time. He had three daughters, Mrs. Marjorie McKeithen, of Columbia, La.; Mrs. Margaret Robinson and Mrs. Janis Johnson, of Monroe, La. One son, William S. Funderburk, of the U. S. Army. His wife lives at Hammond, La. One sister, Mrs. Bessie F. Mosley, Columbia, La. Three brothers, Dr. Vern J., of Winsboro, La.; Minor M., of Sterlington, La.; and the writer, Jonesboro, La.

Joe M. Funderburk.

Gospel Advocate, August 4, 1955, page 690.

Funderburk, Nathan Robert

Nathan Robert Funderburk was born October 1, 1885; died July 2, 1941. He was the son of the pioneer gospel preacher of Louisiana, N. R. Funderburk, and Elizabeth C. Nolan Funderburk. Interment was at Holly Grove, La., near Wisner. He was baptized by Brother Chambers in New Orleans in 1909. Truly it can be said that a good man never dies. He lived, worked, and died for others. He left two sons and four daughters, all grown; his wife; four brothers and two sisters, the best of us all.

A. J. Funderburk., West Monroe, La.

Gospel Advocate, September 25, 1941, page 935.

Funderburk, Nathaniel Robert

Nathaniel Robert Funderburk, eighty-nine, Winnsboro, La., was born February 28, 1848, at Farmerville, La.; died August 11, 1937. He was married to Miss Elizabeth Caroline Nolan, March 17, 1872. To this union eleven children were born, eight of whom survive, and his wife, who is eighty-five years old. The children are: Sam D., West Monroe; Dr. Vern J., Winnsboro; Miss Hattie, Winnsboro; N. R., Wisner; A. J., Winnsboro; Mrs. Bessie Mosely, Columbia; Dr. Joe Funderburk, Winnsboro; and Minor M., Sterlington, La. He was buried at Wards Chapel Church, which he organized in his first ministry in Louisiana. He obeyed the gospel on July 4, 1868, at Lonesome Dove Church, near Birdsville, Texas, two miles east of Fort Worth, in a meeting held by Brethren Terrel Jasper and P. C. Cheek. There he began reading theGospel Advocate, which he has done ever since. In July, 1877, at Mr. Jordans home, he preached his first sermon. He used 1 Cor. 13:1 as the text. His wife and three little boys were present. The next year he went blind. He preached regularly until the summer of 1927, then occasionally until the spring of 1933, when he held his last service at Rocky Branch. Thousands of souls were turned to Christ during his ministry, and he was very devoted to the Lords work. He kept a small country store to help bear the expenses. His first store was in Union Parish; then at Cedarton and Hico, in Lincoln; and last at Vixen, in Caldwell, between the years 1883 and 1903. On April 29, 1863, at Pineville, La., he enlisted in the War Between the States. He was discharged May 21, 1865, at Grand Ecore, serving in Crescent Regiment, Company L, under Captain Mouton, Kirby E. Smith Command, of Louisiana Division. He was buried near his parents, as he requested, in Wards Chapel Cemetery, near Farmerville, La. Services were conducted by Willie Brantley, who knew him from childhood. He requested the Scripture to be read and his favorite songs sung before he passed. The songs were rendered by McCulleh Quartet, of Farmerville, very impressively.

Gospel Advocate, October 14, 1937, page 983.

Fuqua, E. N.

After an extended period of ill health, Brother E. N. Fuqua, of Lebanon, Tenn., passed quietly and serenely to rest from his labors, entering into a complete fruition of that peace that passeth all understanding. Brother Fuqua was near forty-eight years of age and had been a member of the church twenty-one years. He had been manager for the telephone company twenty-three years, and the eulogies from his employees testify to the fact that he was held in highest esteem by them. A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold. In his home life is where he shed the light of his true and noble manhood and proved to the fullest extent his Christian virtues. He was a husband and father in every sense of the word. By their fruits ye shall known them. The fruits of love and kindness borne by him were characteristic of his kind and gentle nature. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, three boys, two step-children, and one sister. May God help and comfort his loved ones, and may they ever strive to meet him in the heavenly home.

A Friend.

Gospel Advocate, August 5, 1920, page 775.

Fuqua, John P.

John P. Fuqua, a son of J. R. and Josephine Fuqua, died at his home, Jackson county, Tenn., June 2, 1894. Brother Fuqua was born July 5, 1872, and obeyed the gospel under the preaching of Brother T. L. Kidwill about Oct. 11, 1893. He had been a member of the Church of Christ about one year, had taken membership with a congregation in the Free State Bottom, Jackson county, Tenn., and had been very devoted since his obedience, under Brother Kidwill, in meeting upon the first day of the week, and in general a godly life. Brother Fuqua leaves a father, a mother, seven sisters, two brothers, and many friends to mourn their loss. Before his body was embraced by its mother dust, the writer expressed our hope by scriptural statements, and a large number of the brethren and sisters were present, and sung some favorite pieces of Brother Fuqua; and after prayer the body of the brother was nicely placed down in the arms of his mother dust. Also there were many friends present who were not members of the church to pay their last tribute of respect to our brother. All were deeply impressed with sorrow to give up the brother: but they were advised to cheer up, and to wait with patience the resurrection of Christ, which will result in a home where the saints die no more.

Hyram Pharris.

Gospel Advocate, July 19, 1894, page 454.

Fuqua, Z. T.

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. (Ps. 116:15.) On March 5, 1917, our beloved brother, Z. T. Fuqua, was suddenly called to his reward. While seated at the table ready to enjoy his meal, death called him, and in a moment he was ushered into eternity. Brother Fuqua was one of the best and truest members of the West End church of Christ, in Birmingham, Ala., and his home was in Ensley. His death was a great loss to his home, his community, and the church. He was a very quiet man, but showed by his good life his works in meekness of wisdom. He was a father to the fatherless. It did me good to hear Brother John T. Lewis in the funeral talk say he never heard him speak evil of any one. From his life and death we may learn some valuable lessons: (1) The sudden call teaches us to set our house in order and to be ready at all times. (2) He practiced what he taught, setting forth the lesson to be consistent with our claims. (3) Regardless of cost, he changed his course whenever he saw he was wrong, teaching us to be men and women of conviction. (4) Though well educated, he never put himself forward, but took the lower seat, teaching the lesson of true greatness found in Matt. 20:25-28. To the sorrowing wife and many friends and relatives we rejoice to say: You have no ground to sorrow as those that have no hope. God promises you that by a life of obedience and faithfulness you shall soon pass into that beautiful land of light and in the glorified state meet him and rejoice for evermore. Comfort one another with these words.

W. S. Long.

Gospel Advocate, May 3, 1917, page 446.

Fussell, Clyde Sr.

Clyde Fussell Sr. passed from this life Saturday morning, Nov. 19, 1983, at the age of 87. His death followed a brief illness complicated with a longer struggle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Ora Walker Fussell; his son Clyde Fussell Jr.; three grandchildren, Keith, Tommy, and Sarah; a host of friends, business associates, and brethren.

Since 1954, he had served as an elder of the Walnut St. church of Christ and before that time, he was a deacon for a number of years. He led singing at Walnut Street for over 50 years, also working in many Gospel meetings with many fine preachers in our brotherhood. For 55 years he taught in Bible classes. He believed strongly in mission work and visited many fields of labor such as New Zealand, Mississippi, and other points where the Walnut Street congregation had an interest. He served as a member of the Broad of Directors for the Tennessee Childrens Home and the advisory board of Freed-Hardeman College. His secular work for many years in Dickson was funeral director and furniture retailer. He was known as a man who was given to hospitality, had a great sense of humor, but who would treat serious matters in a reverent manner.

He was diligent for his Lord. He took seriously the admonition of Paul, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:3.) He sought for peace and harmony in the body at Walnut Street, but never lost sight of the need to walk under the authority of the King of kings.

Fussell loved the truth. His encouragement to preachers of the gospel was always evident. His comments concerning the sermons preached at Walnut Street by this writer were always generous and supportive. I was greatly impressed with brother Clyde when in his 85th year he made a trip with the six other Walnut Street elders to Brownsville, Tenn., where I was in a Gospel meeting to talk with me about the preaching work at Walnut Street.

He took his responsibilities seriously and made the church of our Lord his first interest and concern. His contribution to the Lords cause was great and the church will miss him greatly.

We extend our sympathy to each member of the family of brother H. Clyde Fussell Sr. Memorial services were conducted at the Walnut Street building Monday, Nov. 21 by D. Ellis Walker, Gynnath Ford, and this writer.

Gary Colley.

Gospel Advocate, January 5, 1984, page 27.

Fussell, Emps

Emps Fussell was a native of Dickson County, Tenn., and spent his life in the same county. He was born November 25, 1896 and died August 27, 1964. In less than two years he would have completed this three score years and ten. He had the privilege of attending the Nashville Bible School, thus furthering his education and at the same time laying a foundation on which to build a Christian character.

It is not likely that Emps ever aspired to prominence in the eyes of the world, either in the political or social field. The field of art of science or literature was not attractive to him. He never expected to be a captain of industry or a financial magnate. Be it said to his credit, he belonged to that honorable class of plebeians who work willingly with their hands to make an honest living for their families, while serving God and looking to him for eternal life. Emps worked diligently for the purity and progress of the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. He began his Christian career early in life, having been baptized by the lamented Andy T. Ritchie, Sr. From that time until his last day on earth, I doubt that he ever wavered in faith, or lost his hope or ceased his love for the Master.

On August 4, 1918 Brother Fussell was married to Sarah Mathis. To this happy union six children were born, five of whom survive. After forty-four years of married life, Sarah died, December 17, 1962. In due time, he took for his bride Bessie Owen a worthy successor to his first companion. This marriage bade fair to be a happy union. However, his untimely death on August 27, 1964 severed the tie that bound their lives together on earth. His soul took its flight to a happier home somewhere in the Paradise of God. The world would be far better off if we had more plain, honest, godly men like Emps Fussell.

S. P. Pittman.

Gospel Advocate, April 8, 1965, page 222.

Fussell, Fannie Leathers

On March 17, Fannie Leathers Fussell passed away quietly having suffered a stroke previously on February 28, from which she never regained consciousness. To most of us who were closely associated with her, death came unexpectedly for she appeared to be in good health prior to her stroke.

Fannie was born on November 26, 1903 and was married to H. Clyde Fussell, Sr. June 10, 1928. She and Clyde were known for their gracious hospitality. Their home was always open to visiting preachers of the church. She could well be called the Dorcas of our Twentieth Century.

Fannie was intimately associated with the Tennessee Orphan Home in Spring Hill, Tenn., and Freed-Hardeman College in Henderson, Tenn., since her husband served as a member of the board at both institutions. They shared a special interest in participating in the activities of both the Childrens Home and the College.

She lived an exemplary life for an elders wife. Those with whom she worked at Walnut Street Church of Christ were impressed with her love and devotion expressed in so many ways for the Lord. She lent a ready hand to help at the Ladies home using her car to take the ladies to see their doctor. She and her husband were in charge of our Food Program for the bereaved. They never missed a chance to worship the Lord unless illness prevented.

Her passing is a distinct loss to the church and to the community.

Funeral service was held on Sunday, March 20, at the Walnut Street church building in Dickson by Gynnath K. Ford. There were a host of friends and relatives in the midst of a great display of beautiful flowers which expressed so much sentiment from her friends in every walk of life.

Certainly it can be said, Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord for this is applicable to the life of Fannie Fussell.

Besides her husband she is survived by one son, H. Clyde Fussell, Jr. and three grand children, Keith, Tommy, and Sara Fussell, one brother, Allison H. Leathers and one sister, Emma Leathers Dews.

Mrs. Ora Walker.

Gospel Advocate, June 1, 1972, page 350.

Fussell, James Empson

Brother James Empson Fussell was born on January 14, 1853; was married to Miss Florence Cullom on March 12, 1874; was born again in October, 1879, during a meeting held by Brother Frank Davis, at Bellview Church, in Dickson County, Tenn., and suddenly fell asleep on August 16, 1905, during another meeting held by the writer. He had been unwell for some days, but was at meeting the day before he died. He leaves a wife and several sons and daughters, together with an aged mother, father, brothers, one sister, and a host of friends and relatives, to mourn his departure from this world to a better one. He loved the church and grieved over the fact that his family are not one in faith. He spoke to me of his anxiety for all to be together. Dear ones, weep not as others who have no hope. Brother Fussell was one who encouraged his home congregation to send quarterly this year a contribution to Japan to Brethren McCaleb and Bishop. He was also taking a great delight and interest in Brother L. S. Whites articles on The Sabbath and Seventy-day Adventism. The family has lost a loving husband and father; the community, a good neighbor; friends, a wise counselor; the church, a good member; while we have great consolation in the hope that what we have lost he has gained in his eternal home beyond this vale of tears. Follow him, even as he followed Christ.

R. C. White., Stayton, Tenn.

Gospel Advocate, September 28, 1905, page 624.

Fussell, Mack Henry

Mack Henry Fussell was born on June 2, 1860, and died on April 10, 1924. He obeyed the gospel in 1882, and was a servant of Christ for more than twoscore years. On November 17, 1895, he was married to Mrs. M. S. Hooper, who proved to be a worthy companion and a helpmate indeed. To this union four children were born, all of whom survive, together with two stepdaughters. His widowed wife and three brothers, with a sister, comprise the group of nearest relatives. From nearly twenty years acquaintance with him and having spent weeks in his home, I can conscientiously say I believe his desire to do right was as strong as that of any man I have known. He was faithful to his Christian duty, and for a number of years did all the corresponding for the old Bellview congregation, of which he was an efficient member. As a husband, he was true to the marriage vow and devoted to his home and family. As a father, he was far above the average in ability to bring his children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, as is evidenced by the fact that all his children and stepchildren are faithful members of the church of Christ. As a stepfather, he was an exception, and no one who lodged in his home could have told by his treatment of them that there were two sets of children. The writer tried to speak words of comfort to his family and friends who assembled in the old Rock Church, near Dickson, Tenn., after which his body was laid to rest on the hillside near, there to await the resurrection of the just.

Andy T. Ritchie.

Gospel Advocate, June 19, 1924, page 599.

Fussell, Mary Donegan

Mary Donegan Fussell was born in October, 1827, and died in January, 1920. She was ninety-two years old at her death. She and her husband lived together sixty-nine years. She was the mother of nine children, five of whom survive her. She leaves thirty-nine grandchildren and forty-seven great-grandchildren. Her husband survives her and is ninety-two years and a few months old. Sister Fussell was a most excellent woman in many respects. If her example as a true and faithful wife for sixty-nine years were taken as a pattern to-day, the divorce law would be killed. Her life speaks well, as a mother, when we see in the lives of her five faithful sons and one daughter the devotion to Christianity. The confidence and the respect her neighbors had for her proves she was a most excellent neighbor. But, the best of all, she was a devout Christian. Her faith grew stronger and her love broadened as she grew older in life. She lived a beautiful, Christian life, and died in the hope of a better life than this. We wish for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren long, happy, and useful lives.

F. C. Sowell.

Gospel Advocate, April 1, 1920, page 326.

Fuston, B. A.

Brother B. A. Fuston died, at the home of Mr. E. G. Hall, in Huntingdon, Tenn., on May 12, 1903. He had been sick for nine months and suffered a great deal, without the slightest murmur; and while he longed to live, yet he was ready and willing to respond to the summons: Come up higher. Brother Fuston was twenty-two years old and was a member of the church of Christ. He was baptized, last January, by Brother John W. Johnson. He leaves a young wife (he was married, on June 25, 1902, to Miss Pearl Hall, of Huntingdon, Tenn.) and many relatives and friends to mourn their loss. He was a kind and loving husband, a faithful and sympathetic friend, and a true and devoted Christian. The memory of a loved one is a precious legacy. Brother Fustons life on earth is ended, but his real life has just begun with his angel mother and father in the region of eternal happiness. He has passed beyond the reach of sin, sorrow, suffering, and death; he is eternally free. Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.

A Friend., Huntingdon, Tenn.

Gospel Advocate, June 11, 1903, page 378.

Fuston, Eliza

Mrs. Eliza Fuston was born on June 1, 1815, and died on April 29, 1906. She was reared and lived most of her life in Tennessee. She was a sister of Brethren Rees Jones and Isaac Jones, whose names are dear to many in that State on account of their fidelity to the cause of our dear Redeemer. She and her aged companion came with their younger children to Texas in the last of the seventies. Father Andrew Fuston died on April 8, 1894, leaving mother to battle with life a few years longer. She was mainly cared for by her youngest daughter, Sister E. Ellen Patrick, who was untiring in her efforts to make mothers last days pleasant and comfortable. Our dear mother was helpless for nearly a year, but bore her affliction meekly. She died in full assurance of the Christian faith, and longed to depart and be with Christ. She was a woman of strong mind, was well informed on Bible subjects, and always rejoiced in the advancement of the cause of Christ. I have heard her say she was not a Campbellite, for she was a Christian before she ever heard of Alexander Campbell. She was never absent from the Lords-day service unless providentially hindered. Her whole life was a labor of love; her home, a hospitable one; the poor was cared for, and the sick were nursed, fed, and clothed: for she worked willingly, that she might have to give to those in need.

Her Daughter-In-Law.

Gospel Advocate, May 16, 1907, page 319.

Fuston, Isaac M.

Isaac M. Fuston was born, in Warren County, Tenn., on March 20, 1848, and died on November 28, 1903. He was the son of Andrew Fuston and Eliza Fuston. On the third Lords day in May, 1866, he confessed Christ and was baptized by Brother Wiley Huddleston. Brother Fuston came to Texas in 1876 and lived at Midlothian, where, on October 3, 1881 he married Miss Mary Hendricks. Five children two sons and three daughters were born to them. Their first son died at the age of eleven months; the other son and the daughters are at home with their mother. On November 25, 1880, Brother Fuston moved to Waxahachie, Texas, where he resided till his death. He was sick only one week and was confined to his bed only one day before his death. During his church career he served two years as deacon and then two years as elder of the congregation at Waxahachie; but when the division came in the church there, he, with many other good members, withdrew and built up a congregation at Patricks Chapel (about five miles from Waxahachie), where he held his membership till the end. Brother Fuston was a man of noble ideas of life. He has left a most estimable family to mourn their loss. He was a faithful and dutiful husband, a loving father, a good citizen, and a true and noble man of God. For the past few years he had held the position of janitor of the Waxahachie High School, and by his faithful services and upright life he won the respect and esteem of both teachers and pupils. To the bereaved wife and children I would say: Look up, sad hearts, and cease to repine; your loss is his eternal gain.

G. W. Farmer.

Gosepl Advocate, September 29, 1904, page 618.

Fuston, James Lawson

On September 4, 1913, James Lawson Fuston, aged twenty-two years, son of Mrs. Tennie Lance Fuston, woke up in perfect health, cheerful and happy. The thought of going home that day and being at home with mother, brothers, and sister made him joyful. Jim had made Nashville his home for two years and had started home for his vacation. As he neared Morrison, his home town, he was nearing eternity. Jim stood on the steps and waved his hand at some one he knew. In some way, we know not how, he was thrown from the train, the fall killing him almost instantly. His mother and loved ones rushed to his side, finding him cold in death. Jim had breathed his last; his spirit had taken its flight. His body was taken home, cold and speechless. It was a sad home-coming, indeed. Darkness and gloom hovered around the once happy circle where joy and glee were anticipated. Jim had his faults, as we all have them; there is none perfect. He was kind and good-hearted, and tried to look on the bright side of life, free from malice and deceit. Jim leaves, to mourn his death, a mother, two brothers, and one sister, besides a host of relatives and friends, who followed him to his last resting place, where he was laid beside his father and sister, there to await the resurrection morn. At the grave, Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling was sung by near friends. His loved ones I commend to God, who hath done all things well.

Phoebe Lance., Nashville, Tenn.

Gospel Advocate, November 27, 1913, page 1174.

Fuston, Jennie Lowery

Jennie Lowery Fuston was born on September 1, 1844, in Warren County, Tenn., and died at her home, near McMinnville, Tenn., on March 26, 1914. She was laid to rest in the Salem Cemetery the day following. She obeyed the gospel in her fourteenth year. She was married to S. J. Fuston on January 10, 1861, and made him a loving, dutiful, and faithful companion during all the years of her life. She was a home-keeper in the true and Bible meaning of the word. She was the mother of only one child, who died in infancy. She was delicate most of her life, and very much so the last few years; but notwithstanding her delicate health, she was always attentive to her household affairs, and to her Christian duties. She leaves a devoted husband, two brothers, two sisters, and many friends to mourn their great loss.

P. G. Potter.

Gospel Advocate, May 28, 1914, page 596.

Fuston, Mary Jane

Mary Jane Fuston was born in the State of Illinois on October 7, 1851. She was the daughter of Jacob N. and Mary Rist Hendricks. When she was only two years old, her parents, with several other young families, moved in covered wagons to Texas and settled in Ellis County near Waxahachie. She was the oldest in a family of ten children. Early in life she obeyed the gospel and made a faithful Christian. On October 3, 1880, she was married to Isaac M. Fuston. To this union were born five children, three of whom survive, they being Walter J. Fuston, Mrs. Isaac E. Tackett, and Miss Guillie Fuston. Mrs. Fuston and her husband were charter members of the College Street Church in Waxahachie. They trained up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, not only by taking them regularly to church, but by teaching them the word of the Lord each night at home and also by a prayer at home each night. Sister Fustons husband died November 28, 1903. Sister Fuston was faithfully cared for in her declining years by her daughter, Miss Guillie. I never saw a daughter more faithful to a feeble mother. Sister Fuston died June 9, 1939. The next day a large crowd came to the home to the funeral. Several good songs were sung, and I preached a short sermon. The body was buried in the old family burying ground out in the country where the Fustons first moved to in Texas.

L. S. White., Waxahachie, Texas.

Gospel Advocate, August 24, 1939, page 807.

Fuston, Walter J.

Walter J. Fuston was born in Waxahachie, Texas, July 20, 1883, son of Isaac M. and Mary J. Fuston. He was always a good boy, having been reared in a Christian home where the father gathered his family around him and read the Bible and had prayer before retiring at night. He was educated in the public schools of Waxahachie, being graduated from high school at the age of fifteen. When he was sixteen, he was baptized by R. L. Whiteside, now of Denton, Texas. He attended church at Patricks Chapel, near Waxahachie, until 1905, when the church was established in Waxahachie. He became a charter member of that congregation. He lived a consistent Christian life. Soon after finishing high school Walters father died, and the burden of supporting his mother and sisters fell on his shoulders. His first employment was with the Waxahachie Electric Light Company, where he labored for eight years. During this time he studied at nights, taking courses in electrical and mechanical engineering, receiving his diploma from the International Correspondence Schools, of Scranton, Pa. In October, 1909, he moved to Dallas, becoming associated with the Texas Traction Company, where he was employed for a number of years. Later he established offices of his own, and was connected with the construction of many of the present large buildings of Dallas. On August 25, 1918, he was married to Mrs. Mary Sutton Morris, who survives him. Theirs was a happy home. Although they never had any children of their own, they took three others into their home and reared them to manhood and womanhood. In 1925 they moved to Garland, Texas, where they have since resided. At Garland he was active in the work of the church being a Bible teacher for a number of years. He continued his engineering work in Dallas until a few months before his death. He died at Garland, December 14, 1942, the funeral services being conducted at the Fuston home by Isaac E. Tackett and E. A. Ritchie, of Troup, the burial being at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, near Midlothian, at the family burying grounds. He is survived by his wife and two sisters (Mrs. Isaac E. Tackett, of Troup, and Miss Guillie Fuston, of Waxahachie), a sister-in-law (Mrs. W. D. Maguire, of Malakoff), an uncle (J. R. Hendricks, of Dallas), two aunts (Mrs. D. H. Cook, of Midlothian, and Mrs. Anna Jones, of Lockney), several nieces and nephews, a number of cousins, and a great host of friends. We will miss him, but we rest in the assurance that he was prepared to go to the home that is prepared for the faithful, where there will be no more pain nor sorrow. Several people were heard to remark that he was the best man that had ever known.

Isaac E. Tackett., Troup, Texas.

Gospel Advocate, January 14, 1943, page 43.

Futrell, Cora

Mrs. Cora Futrell was born on March 24, 1870, near Pilot Oak, Graves County, Ky.; died at Fulton, Ky., on October 22, 1908, and was laid to rest in the family burying ground near Pilot Oak. Mrs. Futrell was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Adams. Her husband, J. T. Futrell; her mother, Mrs. N. P. Adams; and her two sisters, Mrs. Myra Harper and Mrs. Jimmie Rowland, survive her. She was educated at Wingo and Mayfield, Ky., and Huntingdon, Tenn. For about seventeen years she was one of Graves Countys most efficient teachers, and gave up her school where she was teaching to be married on November 24, 1907. She united with the church of Christ at Mount Pleasant in 1885, and was a devoted Christian, ever doing the Masters will as best she could. She was a faithful daughter and a devoted wife, truly a ray of sunshine in her home. When she was stricken down with that dread disease, consumption, she went to the far West in search of a more healthful climate. But finding that it was too late for the climate to restore her health, she knew that the journey of her life was nearing its end. She knew that there was no escape from death, and she met it calmly. Weep not, dear friends and loved ones, for Sister Cora has fought a good fight and has finished the great battle of life. She has won a crown of life in the great and eternal city of God. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.

Woodfin Hutson.

Gospel Advocate, January 21, 1909, page 84.

Foutz, Humphrey

Humphrey Foutz, 73, died April 13.

Foutz was converted to the church from Catholicism and preached Gods Word for 50 years in Texas and Maryland. He was instrumental in the development of the Central Church of Christ in Baltimore, Md.

Foutz preached in 34 states, on the Herald of Truth TV series, and conducted gospel meetings across the country. He was a member of the board of directors at Southwestern Christian College in Terrell, Texas, and was a member of the advisory committee of the National Church Lectureship. He is survived by his wife, Annie Jewel Foutz.

Interment was at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Baltimore, Md.


Gospel Advocate, August, 2006, page 44.

Facin, Ollie V. Hughes

Miss Ollie V. Hughes was the expression teacher at Alatennga while I taught here. We were together muchat church, prayer meeting, in the art room, and everywhere. I knew her and loved her devotedly. She was intelligent, talented, and accomplished, and a pure, true, noble, Christian young lady. Such a dear, sweet, true friend; and kind, affectionate sister; and so thoughtful and devoted to her good old mother! Again I see my fair, sweet friend as she glides so gracefully across the rostrum; again I see that graceful, girlish form, with her beautiful, sweet face uplifted, as she acts her part in Pygmalion and Galatea. With all her talent and beauty, she was a modest, unassuming Christian. She was married at Christmas, 1908, to Mr. Facin, of Oklahoma. She spent several weeks here the past summer, and was taken sick before she reached Memphis, and died in a few days after arriving in Oklahoma. The bereaved ones have my sincerest sympathy in this sad hour. But they are Christians and well know where to find true comfort.

(Miss) Mattie Holder.

Gospel Advocate, December 22, 1910, page 1439.

Fair, W. C.

W. C. Fair, one of our elders, died July 11. Uncle Bill, as he was affectionately known, was born December 24, 1883, and was a life-long resident of Carter County. He was an unusual man in many respects. Even though he had passed the three score and ten mark, he was still employed and worked five and six days a week. He enjoyed vigorous health and had worked the day he was stricken with the attack which took his life. He had a sunny and healthy attitude and enjoyed living. He did not seek the limelight, but he made his presence known by a warm welcome and a congenial handshake. At the services I spoke of him as a man, as a citizen and as a Christian. He was a charter member of this congregation. Survivors include his wife, a son, Frank Fair of Chester, S. C.; four daughters, Mrs. Ruth Campbell of St. Petersburg, Fla., Mrs. Guy Lewis of Kingsport, Tenn., Mrs. Julian Welch of Selma, Ala., and Mrs. Ronda Fair of the home. In the passing of Uncle Bill, I have lost a close and personal friend, this community has lost a distinguished and highly respected citizen and the church has lost a loyal and faithful supporter. In the language of the Old Testament prophet: A great prince in Israel has fallen.

Howard Sawyer.

Gospel Advocate, July 28, 1960, page 479.

Faircloth, Frank

Frank Faircloth, longtime preacher and missionary, died Oct. 13, 2003. He was 79.

Faircloth served as a local preacher in Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama and Florida. His foreign mission trips included at least 12 different nations over 15 years, counting an annual 3-month journey to India in which hundreds were baptized.

He is survived by his wife, Marie; three daughters, Kelli Barker, Marsha Crump and Angie Ferguson; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Bridgeport, Ala.

Gospel Advocate, May, 2004, page 41.

Fairley, O. M.

On February 15, 1966, O. M. Fairley laid the tools of this life, leaving the church in Osceola, Ark., both stunned and saddened. Many complimentary things could be said of Brother Fairley concerning his lifes secular work and many achievements, but these are well known by all who knew him. Brother Fairley loved the church and was always ready to defend the truth. Although in ill-health for several months prior to his death, he continued to teach the adult class and attend the worship services of the church until about two weeks before his death. The funeral was conducted in the church building in Osceola, Ark., by W. A. Holley and the writer on February 17, 1966. He is survived by four sons and two daughters.

E. C. Gilbert, Jr.

Gospel Advocate, April 14, 1966, page 239.

Falkner, James W.

Funeral services were conducted for James W. Falkner of Hohenwald, Tennessee at the Hohenwald church building on July 17, 1971 by J. R. Powell of Columbus, Miss., and Charles Balcom, of Hohenwald. Interment followed in the Swiss cemetery in Hohenwald. Brother Falkner quietly passed from this life early on the morning of July 15, following a lengthy illness over the past five years, of which the major portion of the last two were spent in the hospital in Nashville, Tenn.

Brother Falkner was a man of great faith and courage and well loved by a great faith and courage and well loved by a great host of brethren. His faith and courage were never better demonstrated than his cheerful and optimistic outlook throughout his long hospital stay, when he continued to cheer up many other patients who were not nearly as ill as he. He leaves behind his wife, Eleanor and children, James, Jr., Kenneth, Annette, Judy and Jenifer.

Brother Falkner grew up in the Woodlawn church in Birmingham, Alabama and attended Freed-Hardeman College of Henderson, Tennessee and Howard College of Birmingham. He has preached for churches in Florida, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. He held many meetings in his younger years and was always a strong source of strength to all preachers in the areas where he labored. Jimmy always stood firm for the Old Paths and preached the whole counsel of God with firmness and yet with love. Truly a great and good man has fallen in Israel.

James M. Allen.

Gospel Advocate, October 14, 1971, page 655.

James W. Falkner departed this life on August 15, 1971, in his fiftieth year. He had been ill for several years with a combination of disabilities. During the last years of his life he was hospitalized more than he was an outpatient. He was, at his request, moved to his home earlier in the week before his death. We were classmates at Freed-Hardeman College and in later years preached for neighboring congregations for several years. His influence has meant more to me than possibly any other preacher with whom I have been associated throughout the years. He had a fine mind, was an excellent Bible scholar and speaker, and in addition, was endowed with a Christian spirit seldom seen in our time. He had preached for a number of churches some of which were Palatka, Fla., Winfield, Ala.; Gloster Street in Tupelo, Miss.; Grant Street in Decatur, Ala.; Searcy, Ark. and Hohenwald, Tenn., where he did his last work. The love and esteem of the churches for whom he worked was shown by their continued interest and support during his long illness. The funeral service was conducted at the Hohenwald church building by the writer, assisted by Brother Baucom, August 17, 1971, with burial in the Hohenwald Cemetery. He is survived by his beloved wife, Eleanor, and five childrenAnnette, James W. Jr., Judy, Kenneth, and Jennifer, a brother and sister, and a host of friends. He had a penchant for poetry and from time to time wrote poems as he meditated on some subject. The following is a selection from his poemswritten after he knew he could not get well.

James R. Powell, Sr.

Gospel Advocate, November 25, 1971, page 754.

Fanning, Mrs. M. L.

I returned last night from Texas, where I had been to see my precious mother laid in the silent grave. I was too late to receive her last blessing and shall always regret I was not permitted to witness her beautiful and triumphant death scene. One of her most intimate friends was with her six days and nights. Her friend, said to me, I was not willing to leave her bedside during that time, for fear I should lose the beautiful and sublime expressions that fell from her lips. Her death testimony was a complete triumph. I wish every one could see and hear what I was privileged to witness. When her friends visited her during her sickness, she spoke only of the goodness of God and the joys of heaven. My sister, sitting by her, once said: Mother, you are so weak, your throat is so tired; rest a while. Oh! no, let me talk of that beautiful home, that beautiful mansion Jesus went to prepare. Toward the last when she was cold and almost stiff, she said: How thankful I am, that death can come without pain, without suffering. My sister saw she was almost gone, and desirous to know if she were still conscious, said to her, Mother, you have toiled all day in the Masters vineyard, and now he has come for you. I have tried, I have tried, was her reply, and raising both hands towards heaven she exclaimed, Home, home, home; Rock of ages, Rock of ages; hide me, hide me; Let me hide myself in Thee.

The editor of a secular paper, says: We do not believe that any soul becomes wholly consecrated, but we believe, the lady who has just left us, was the nearest approach to an embodiment of the divine attributes of Christ, we have ever seen in human form. My mother, Mrs. M. L. Fanning was born in Ireland, April 15, 1805, died at Mt. Vernon, Texas, Dec. 3, 1892. She leaves a son and two daughters.

Julia F. Blackman., Dorchester, Mo., Dec. 19, 1892.

Gospel Advocate, January 12, 1893, page 32.

Fanning, Boyd D.

Boyd D. Fanning, a faithful and able gospel preacher for 60 years, died Dec. 6, 1986, in Mesa, Ariz. Funeral services were conducted by Douglas Parsons at the Alpine Church of Christ, where Fanning formerly served as minister. Burial was in Memory Park.

Survivors include his wife, Mabel; a son, Quentin, of Dallas, Texas; daughters Juanita Clevenger, Chattanooga, Tenn., and Betty Wallace of Houston, Texas; 12 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Mabel Fanning., Mesa, AZ.

Gospel Advocate, March 20, 1986, page 186.

Fanning, Pattie

Died January 3d, after long suffering, our dear young sister, Mrs. Pattie Fanning. She leaves her husband, three children and many friends to feel her loss. Few young persons could be more missed. By her death, a happy home was broken up, and its inmates scattered. We are very frail. It is hard for us to feel resigned, when young mothers are taken from their little tender babes and laid in the grave. Father, we look to thee in our sorrow, and ask thy pity for our weakness. Thou knowest best.

C. F.

Gospel Advocate, January 26, 1887, page 62.

Fant, Fielding J.

On the early morning of August 15, 1936, Fielding J. Fant suddenly and quietly fell asleep in Jesus at his home in Glasgow, Ky. Brother Fant was born in Barren County, Ky., January 15, 1855. He was married to Miss Mattie B. Jordan, April 20, 1876. To this union three children were bornone son and two daughters. The daughters (Bessie and Susie May) both preceded their father in death; the son (G. H. Fant, of Glasgow) survives. Sister Fant died May 30, 1930. On February 1, 1933, Brother Fant married Mrs. Mary Parnell, who survives him. Both of his wives were faithful companions to him and made his life happy. He is also survived by one sister (Mrs. Jennie Wooten, of Glasgow, Ky.) Brother Fant obeyed the gospel in early manhood. He served the church in Glasgow, Ky., as an elder for many years, and it stands today faithful and loyal as a result of his untiring efforts and unwavering fidelity to the truth of the Bible. Brother Fant always fought for purity in work and worship. For many years he was prominent in the business life of his section, and was noted for his honesty and uprightness in dealing. Funeral services were conducted in the auditorium of the Glasgow Church in the presence of a large concourse of sorrowing friends.

Allen Phy.

Gospel Advocate, October 15, 1936, page 1007.

Fant, Mattie Jordan

Truly, a mother in Israel passed on, when on the night of May 20, 1930, at Glasgow, Ky., the gentle spirit of Sister Mattie Jordan Fant wafted itself into the great beyond. Mattie Jordan was born on April 20, 1854, and was married on April 20, 1876, to Mr. Fielding J. Fant. The deceased leaves one son, Mr. G. H. Fant, and her faithful, Christian companion, who for fifty-four years walked by her side, and most of this time they worked together for the cause of the Master in Glasgow. When the winds of adversity blew strong against the church in Glasgow, Sister Fant was one of the faithful few who held for the right. For over forty years she has been a consecrated member of that one body which she loved so dearly. Mrs. Fant was a kind neighbor and friend, extremely generous, and tried to help and cheer every one with whom she came in contact. Many hearts have been made lighter by her kind ministrations. After over seventy-six years of labor, how sweet it is to think of her as being asleep in Jesus. Our hearts go out in sympathy to the bereaved family; and, oh, how we shall miss her! But we are confident that somewhere beyond the sunsets radiant glow, in a fairer world than this, all will be well with our dear sister. Funeral services were conducted by Brethren Willis H. Allen, Allen Phy, and T. H. Alderson. Burial in the Glasgow Cemetery.

Mrs. Allen Phy.

Gospel Advocate, July 31, 1930, page 736.

Fantt, Josie P.

Death is again in our midst, and this time claimed Sister Josie P. Fantt. She was born Feb. 14, 1862, and died April 20, 1894; was married to J. H. Fantt Dec. 26, 1886. Sister Fantt obeyed the gospel Aug. 22, 1883. The writer has known Sister Fantt for five years. She was a good companion and mother; she always had a kind word for every one; she often talked of heaven and heavenly things; she was sick only a few days; though her suffering was great, she never forgot God and his promises; she was like Paul, for I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand; she had fought a good fight; she had finished her course, and kept the faith, for she knew there was a crown of righteousness which the Lord the righteous judge shall place upon her head at the last day. We know it is hard to give up our loved ones. Let me say to her bereaved husband and children and father and brothers and sisters and friends, Weep not as those that have no hope. She is sleeping in the arms of her Savior; and that lifeless body which was assigned to the grave shall come forth at the last trump, and say, Oh, death, where is thy sting? Oh, grave, where is thy victory? Oh, what blessed promises. May God help us all to live right, is my prayer.

Thomas Y. Wellford., Bradshaw, Tenn.

Gospel Advocate, June 21, 1894, page 390.

Faris, R. H., Jr.

R. H. Faris, Jr., succumbed to a heart attack on December 13, 1958, while on a business trip to Memphis, Tenn. He is survived by his wife, Juanita Combest Faris, and one daughter, Robyn Jean, whom they adopted in November of 1957. Brother Faris had been an active member of the Shandon Church in Columbia, S. C., since 1938. He was chairman of their building committee, and the present attractive building is in part due to his efforts. To us his passing was untimely, at age forty-one, but we are not to question the judgment of our Lord. While serving as the minister of the Shandon Church for five and one-half years, I learned of his Christian qualities. He was most generous with his time and his money for the Lord. The church in Columbia, S. C., and the church in general has experienced a great loss. However, in the words of the Psalmist, Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. The writer said the last remarks in the Shandon building on the afternoon of December 16, 1958.

Dabney Phillips.

Gospel Advocate, January 8, 1959, page 30.

Faris, R. H., Sr.

Funeral service was conducted for R. H. Faris, Sr., on June 7 at the Shandon church of Christ in Columbia, S. C. The writer spoke words of sympathy and hope to the bereaved family. Brother Faris was reared by Christian parents in Winchester, Ky. At the age of nine he became obedient unto the faith, and remained loyal to the truth throughout his life. His loyalty to Christ was influenced by the following brethren: C. M. Pullias, T. Q. Martin, James A. Haring and many others. The deceased left Winchester in 1926 and moved to Florida, frequently worshiping in his home as there was no congregation in the small town. In 1931 the family moved to Pensacola, and he served the East Hill Church as song leader, teacher, and elder. After this he moved to Columbia, S. C., and at first worshiped at Shandon, but later assisted the Pope Street Church as preacher. The last few years his health failed, but he faithfully attended services, driving thirty miles each Lords day. Brother Faris leaves his wife, two sons and three daughters. The world and the church are better because Brother Faris has lived. How wonderful it is to die in the Lord.

Dabney Phillips.

Gospel Advocate, August 5, 1954, page 623.

Farmer, G. W.

G. W. Farmer was born June 5, 1859; died March 3, 1935. He was almost seventy-six. He was married to Mrs. Virginia Porter Couch, August 8, 1889, to which union five sons were born, three of whom survive: Floyd, Oak Ridge, La.; Ivan, Lebanon, Tenn.; and Paul, Atlanta, Ga. Besides these and his beloved companion there is a stepdaughter; Mrs. Ruby Regan, Los Angeles, Calif. Brother Farmer graduated from Burritt College in 1885, and devoted some time to education work, serving as president of both Holston College and Rice Institute, Rice, Texas. He obeyed the gospel early in life. He was of a serious mind, well informed in the Scriptures, zealous for the work of the Lord, an untiring teacher and personal worker, and an able defender of the faith. His zeal and the needs of East Tennessee led him to Cleveland, Tenn., in 1919, in which mission field he spent the remainder of his life. He labored first with East Side Church, and with its help he established Central Church, with which he labored for a while. He spent the last few years of his life in building up waste places, strengthening weak congregations. His last work was with me last October at Ooltewah, fifteen miles from Cleveland, during which he never missed a service. He was anxious to establish at least one congregation in each of the thirty-two counties of East Tennessee. He saw this done in all but fourteen. I have been laboring with him and under his direction since June, 1920, going once, twice, and some years three times during the summer months. I have never known a more zealous and determined worker. He labored publicly and from house to house under the most trying circumstances, and gave of his means beyond his power. I spoke at the funeral services by his request, just one week after burying my own beloved companion. It was fitting that the service was in the house where he had preached and exhorted so much and where he had conducted so many Bible drills for the children. His body was laid to rest in a flower-covered grave in Lebanon Cemetery. Farewell, dear brother and fellow laborer; for soon we shall too cross over.

R. C. White.

Gospel Advocate, June 20, 1935, page 598.

Farmer, Elijah

Death has claimed our beloved brother in Christ, Elijah Farmer, who was one of the oldest and best known members of the congregation at Independence, Ky. He was eighty-two years of age. For many years he had been a devout follower of the Lord. He was once very well fixed in this worlds goods; he contributed liberally of his means to supply the needs of the poor, and had very little left when the end came. His remains were laid to rest in the family burying ground, on the Snyder place, in the presence of a large number of brethren and sisters in Christ, who deeply mourn their loss. Let us all prepare to meet him in the heavenly home when the toils of this life are over.

Morton Tyree.

Gospel Advocate, January 14, 1904, page 26.

Farmer, P. D.

Near Hebbertsburg, Tenn., on the morning of May 31, 1897, the angel of death entered the home of Elder I. W. Farmer and carried away the genial spirit of his dear wife, P. D., Farmer, after a lingering illness of about three years, which she bore patiently until the end. Sister Farmer was born in Cumberland County, Tenn., February 17, 1843, and obeyed the gospel under the teaching of Elder Gilbert Randolph when about thirteen years of age, and lived a consistent and devoted Christian life. She leaves an aged and kind husband, three sons, and seven daughters to mourn her loss with a number of relatives and friends. But we should not mourn for her as those who have no hope, for our loss is her eternal gain. If we believe that Jesus died and arose again, then those which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him when he comes to be glorified in all of his saints.

R. R. Smith., Hebbertsburg, Tenn.

Gospel Advocate, October 21, 1897, page 669.

Farnsworth, Jim Dan

On Saturday, January 25, 1930, Jim Dan Farnsworth passed away. He was fifty-nine years old and a native of Tennessee. He leaves four daughters and two sonsMrs. T. M. Gooch, Mrs. S. W. Griggs, Mrs. W. O. Whattley, Mrs. A. M. Dearman, H. B. Farnsworth, and S. H. Farnsworth. Mr. Farnsworth was a good man. He became a member of the church of Christ when a young man and was an active member for many years, until they moved to Mobile, Ala., in 1920, where there was no church of Christ. He was always ready to help any one that needed help. He lost his wife in August, 1927, and broke up and moved to Texas, where he stayed for two years. On June 26, 1929, he left Texas with his two sons and came to New Orleans, La., to his oldest daughters home, but was never able to work. On January 5 he went to the hospital, where he died after a three-weeks stay. He never complained about anything. He had a goiter on his neck and a very bad heart, and on Friday before he died pneumonia set up. He had his Bible with him at the hospital, and up to about the third day before he died he read it every day. He has gone, never to come back; but there is great consolation in the words of our dear elder, Dr. J. B. Woodruff, who said to the sons and daughters: He cannot come back to you, but you can live the Christian life and go to him.

Thomas M. Gooch.

Gospel Advocate, March 20, 1930, page 285.

Farmer, Mary Thomas

On November 11, 1920, Sister Mary Thomas Farmer passed away. She obeyed the gospel at a tender age, and until her departure at the age of fifty-two she wrought that which is good in the home and in the church with a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price, adorning the doctrine of God, our Savior, in all things. The memory of her gentleness and patience, her purity, chastity, and unfaltering faith and fidelity, is a rich heritage of hope for the husband, mother, sister, and brothers. She will be greatly missed by the Rothchilds Avenue congregation, where she worshiped since the beginning of the work there. It was fitting that the last sad rites be paid her memory in the place she loved so much and where she labored so long. In accordance with a request previously made by Sister Farmer, the three Derryberry brothers, Ridley, Oscar, and L. C., conducted the song service, and short talks were made by Brother S. P. Pittman and the writer. The body then was laid to rest beneath a wilderness of flowers, beautiful emblems of the resurrection, each conveying a silent yet eloquent message of love and sympathy.

J. E Acuff.

Gospel Advocate, December 2, 1920, page 1179.

Farmer, Nancy

Sister Nancy Farmer has fallen asleep. She had been in ill-health for several years, but had been confined to her home the past several months. Since August she was bedridden, suffering greatly the last few weeks. Her passing was not a surprise, but it came as a shock none the less. Throughout her illness she manifested literally the patience of Job. During the most trying period of her illness she never uttered a complaint or in any way seemed to be resentful of her condition or suffering. Sister Farmer was baptized about five years ago and lived a faithful life to the best of her ability until she passed away. She loved the Book and enjoyed nothing more than hearing it read. She is survived by her husband (W. A. Farmer), eight sons and two daughters. She was seventy-two years, seven months, and three days old, and was strong in the faith until the end.

Edwin M. Hughes, Hoskinston, Ky.

Gospel Advocate, February 27, 1947, page 198.

Farnsworth, Nancy A. Wiley

Nancy A. Wiley was born on November 12, 1872, in Henderson County, Tenn. She was married to J. D. Farnsworth on November 11, 1897. To this union were born six children, all of whom were at her bedside when she died, August 15, 1927, at 12:30 P.M. She obeyed the gospel in 1914 and gave her entire life to it, always striving to do something for some one in need. She came to Mobile, Ala., in June, 1920, with her oldest daughter, Mrs. T. M. Gooch, and her husband came later, and they made that their home until she died. She leaves, to mourn their loss, her husband, four daughters, and two sons. To know Sister Farnsworth was to love her. She leaves a host of friends and loved ones to grieve over her departure. She has always been a loyal Christian. She was in bad health for several years, but was always ready and willing to do what she could for the cause of Christ. Brother Rubble, of the church at Mobile, conducted funeral services at the home in the presence of a large assemblage of relatives and friends. The family finds it hard to give her up, but she is at rest. God knows best, and this loss should make us all live cleaner, purer lives, so that we can follow in her footsteps and greet her once more in that home prepared for all the saints. Let us all follow her example, as she followed Jesus, that we may all meet again in the eternal city of our Lord and dwell with him in peace for evermore.

Thomas M. Gooch.

Gospel Advocate, December 8, 1927, page 1169.

Farnsworth, Peninah

On November 27, 1921, Sister Peninah Farnsworth breathed her last and thus began to rest from her labors. She was born in Madison County, Tenn., on August 12, 1833; was reared in McNairy County, and there lived until 1869, when the family moved to Center Point, in Henderson County. She was married to Brother Hamilton Farnsworth in 1853 and became the mother of eleven children, only five of whom were reared beyond infancy. Sister Farnsworth became a member of the church at the age of seventeen and, beyond question, lived one of the purest, best, and most self-sacrificing of mankind. She was faithful, loyal, and true to her husband, family, friends, and to God. She practiced that religion that is pure and undefiled; and when she died, no one lost an enemy. She had had her coffin made, her burial robe prepared, and services planned for several years. In the presence of a host of friends, her funeral was conducted by N. B. Hardeman.

Gospel Advocate, January 19, 1922, page 67.

Farrar, L. T.

The meeting at Paint Rock, Ala., closed without any additions, but a good interest manifested. July 10, I preached at Pulaski to a good audience. Last night I began here in the high school auditorium. While in the meeting at Paint Rock, I spoke at three funerals during one week. On Monday I preached the funeral of a Brother McFarland, of Garth; on Friday, that of a Sister Craig, who was killed by lightning; and on Saturday, I spoke the last words at the grave of L. T. Farrar. Homer Reeves, of Huntsville, had charge of the last rites, but asked me to say the last words, as I had known Brother Farrar for some time. Brother Farrar began the meeting at Paint Rock on Wednesday and preached till I arrived Sunday. He remained to lead the singing through the meeting, but grew worse and left for home on Tuesday. I packed his suitcase, bought his ticket, and put him on the train for Chattanooga. On Friday the Chattanooga papers carried the announcement of his death. Brother Fanning conducted the first rites at Chattanooga. Interment was at New Market, Ala.

Chester Estes., Prospect Station, Tenn., July 12.

Gospel Advocate, July 18, 1935, page 692.

Farrar, Mary Johnston

Our sister, Mary Johnston, was born on February, 1868, and died in March, 1923. She was married to Lee H. Farrar in November, 1889. To this union three children were born. The youngest preceded her, in infancy, to realms beyond. She leaves, to mourn her departure, a husband, two children, an aged mother (Mrs. Mattie Johnston), two sisters, one brother, a number of relatives, and a host of friends. She was a loving wife and a most devoted mother. She was ever cheerful, and had a smiling welcome and pleasant word for every one, shedding rays of sunshine wherever she went. She obeyed the gospel in her youthful days, and ever afterwards tried to live a Christian life, ever ready to help extend the Masters kingdom. She leaves a vacancy in our hearts that cannot be filled. We sorrowyes, and God does not deny it to usbut we sorrow not as those who have no hope; for into our sadness there beams anticipation of a happy reunion in that great beyond, where all tears are wiped away. When the summons came, she had to go. O, how sad we are! We cannot understand why she should leave us; but sometime, somewhere, some way, we will understand.

Gospel Advocate, May 3, 1923, page 447.

Farrar, Parmelia H.

Sister Parmelia H. Farrar was born in North Carolina on April 2, 1830, and died at Flat Creek, Tenn., on February 2, 1903. Sister Farrar was the mother of twelve children, seven of whom are living. Before the Civil War she became a member of the church of Christ at New Hermon, Tenn.; and when the church at Flat Creek was formed, in 1868, she was one of its charter members. I knew Sister Farrar intimately for forty-five years, and feel that I can make a just estimate of her worth as a Christian and a neighbor. While she was always poor (as the world calls poor), always plain and unassuming, yet it can be said that she was worth more to our community than any other person who has lived in it during the last forty-five years. She visited and waited on more sick people and ministered to more who were in distress than any one else. There are three reasons why she could do this: (1) She was a woman of unusual bodily vigor; (2) she was never so engrossed in worldly affairs but that she could leave them; (3) she had the disposition of heart that led her to make sacrifices for others. She was a plain woman. I never saw her with any head covering but a sunbonnet. She was always plainly, but neatly, dressed, and never tried to follow the fashions. The dress pattern which she used when I first knew her would have answered for her last one. I said at her funeral, and I repeat here, that one woman like her is worth more to a community than a ten-acre lot full of the befrilled, dancing, card-playing devotees of fashion that are found in many places. Sister Farrar was faithful in her church relation. She seldom missed a service. When her seat was not filled, we knew that she or some one who needed her attention was sick. We bid our faithful sister good-by here, but trust that we shall meet and greet her in a fairer clime than this.

J. D. Floyd.

Gospel Advocate, February 19, 1903, page 122.

Farrell, W. T.

W. T. Farrell, one of the pioneers in the Lords work in McGehee, Ark., passed from this life December 14, 1954. He was born September 21, 1886, near McGehee where he spent his entire life in the grocery business. He became well known as a successful businessman and a Christian gentleman. Brother Farrell, as he was always affectionately known, was a man of faith. When the church was trying to erect its first building in McGehee, some were doubtful that such a small group could finish the job. But Brother Farrell said we can do it, and today McGehee has a good church and church building. He and his wife, Lena Cooper Farrell, were two of the most faithful workers in the church. It was during the depression in 1934 that he and his wife made it possible for me to attend two years at Harding College. Every month they would send an offering to help defray expenses. Since that time, I have known of other preacher boys whom they helped through school. Brother Farrell was always the essence of kindness, sympathy, and understanding. He never had a sharp word for anyone. He was, truly, a peacemaker. Brother Farrell is survived by his devoted wife, three brothers, Phil, Sam and Vetau, and one sister, Mrs. W. G. Spivey. Bernard Lemmons, of Sherman, Texas, and Willis Cheatham, spoke comforting words at the funeral. Our sorrow is made lighter by hope.

B. E. Bawcom.

Gospel Advocate, July 28, 1955, page 665.

Farris, Mrs. Ernest

On February 18, 1908, the death angel visited the home of Brother Ernest Farris and claimed as its victim his dear wife, leaving him and two sweet little childrena little boy nearly five years old and a little girl about one year oldto walk the way alone; but the Lord has since called the little girl to be with her mother. Sister Farris was in her twenty-seventh year. She obeyed the gospel about nine years ago, and since that time has lived a true, Christian life. She was married to Ernest Farris about six years ago. The family have lost a devoted wife and a loving mother; the church, a faithful member. Besides the immediate family, she leaves, to mourn her departure, a father and mother (Mr. and Mrs. Sam Garner), four brothers, and two sisters; but they weep not as those who have no hope. Her body was laid to rest in the Ramsey graveyard. Funeral services were conducted by Elder W. R. Spivey. She was sick for several months, but bore her suffering with patience. I would say to the husband and other loved ones: Live so as to meet her in the great beyond, where there will be no more parting, pain, nor sorrow.

(Miss) Frances Rail., Mount Pleasant, Tenn.

Gospel Advocate, August 20, 1908, page 542.

Farris, James A.

Near Alma, Ark., on January 23, 1922, the spirit of Brother James A. Farris took its departure from earth and returned to God who gave it. Brother Farris had lived a long and useful life, worthy of imitation by all those that knew him. He was born, in Missouri, April 4, 1839. He married Miss Hahala Couch, who died in 1882, leaving him with six children to mourn her death. In 1885 he was married to Miss Minnie Warfield, and to them were born four children. He leaves a wife and ten children to sorrow over the loss of a kind and loving husband and father. Brother Farris had been a member of the church of Christ for nearly forty years. He was an honest man, a faithful Christian, a ripe sheaf ready to be gathered into the garner of God. The esteem in which he was held was evidenced by the large concourse of neighbors and friends that gathered to attend his funeral. He was laid away by tender hands in a near-by cemetery, where his first wife and other relatives rest with him till the Master comes to call his own.

J. T. Jones.

Gospel Advocate, March 9, 1922, page 238.

Farris, John

On the 4th of April 1891, Bro. Jno. Farris departed this life, after inexpressible suffering from consumption, for many years. Bro. Farris was born in this county in August 1858. Comparatively a young man, he has for the last ten or fifteen years of his life, consecrated it to the love of Jesus. He was an efficient worker for the Lord who gave him life. Deaths sting had no tortures for him; for his confiding faith in his Savior gave him courage to stand all bravely. Funeral services were conducted by Elder J. D. Floyd, in an elegant and forcible manner. He was interred at New Hermon church. He leaves behind a wife and children to mourn his loss. Our sympathies are with the bereaved.

H. S. Kerby., Flat Creek, Tenn.

Gospel Advocate, April 22, 1891, page 251.

Farris, John Thomas

John Thomas Farris was born on September 12, 1845, in Giles County, Tenn., and died on February 27, 1928. He was buried from the home of his son, in Brownwood, Texas. His parents were the first converts to primitive Christianity in the northwestern part of the county. Early in life he obeyed the gospel, and was faithful and loyal unto the end. He and his wife were given to hospitality, and his home was headquarters for the preachers many years. He entertained many of the early stalwarts among whom were Brethren E. G. Sewell, Morton, Sowell, W. Anderson, McQuiddy, Knowles Shaw, and others I cannot recall. I do not believe any one ever associated with him who was not made better by it. Industrious, frugal, possessed of splendid judgment, he combined thoughtfulness of others with a sweetness and kindness that will surely class him with those whom Jesus loves. He left his wife (nee Lizzie Vick), four sons, and three daughters. We do not mourn for him, but look forward to seeing him again.

W. B. Farris.

Gospel Advocate, April 12, 1928, page 358.

Farris, Lee L., Sr.

Lee L. Farris, Sr., sixty-six departed this life in his home at 501 third Street, Corbin, Ky., on February 21, 1954. Funeral services at Brummett, Ky., where he was a member of the church for thirty-one years, were conducted by W. G. Bass and Scott Baxter with Alvin Holt and Lester Bennett assisting. Jimmie Hill directed the singing. He was buried in Pine Hill Cemetery in Corbin, Ky. It is beautiful when a Christian passes on from the shadows and strifes of this life knowing that he has been faithful and uncompromising for the Lord. Worldly people as well as Christians loved him! His wife, and my mother-in-law, one daughter, Iva L. (Mrs. James McNiel), and one son, Lee L., survive him. We can go to him, but he cannot return. (2 Sam. 12:23.)

James McNiel.

Gospel Advocate, April 29, 1954, page 340.

Farris, Malinda

On the 17th of January the angel of death entered the home of Luther A. Farris, of Catheys Creek, and bore away the spirit of Aunt Malinda Farris to that rest that remaineth to the people of God. She embraced Christianity at the age of eighteen, and took upon herself the responsibilities of wife and mother while very young, in which she discharged her duties lovingly and faithfully until she entered the haven of rest. Her life was marked with acts of goodness every day. She was never known to turn a deaf ear to the cries of the poor and needy, but attended to their wants and necessities with cheerfulness and sacrifices. Four children survive this noble character, to whom we extend our sympathies, realizing that their loss is her gain. On the 18th of January, followed by a large concourse of friends, Aunt Malinda was laid to rest in the family graveyard, near Shady Grove.

Mrs. M. A. Jones., Little Lot, Tenn.

Gospel Advocate, April 15, 1897, page 231.

Farris, Robert A.

Robert A. Farris was born on March 29, 1827, in Pulaski, Tenn. When five years old his parents moved to Paris, Tenn. He obeyed the gospel at the age of sixteen, at Paris. He moved to Hickman, Ky., in 1853, where he had lived almost continuously for fifty-three years. He died of gangrene of the foot on April 20, 1906. He left no children. His only son was killed by accident in 1889. He was a faithful attendant on the Lords-day services as long as he was physically able. He was a constant Bible reader, and Christianity was his favorite topic of conversation for many years. He was a dear lover of the editors of the Gospel AdvocateBrother Lipscomb in particular, whom he personally knew. He was strongly opposed to all innovations in the church of Christ. He was a good man. Everybody loved Uncle Bob, as he was familiarly called. He died, as he had lived, in full assurance of faith in the promises of God, and for several months before his death often said he longed to be with the saints who had preceded him. Several years ago he had the writer to write a deed conveying his property to Brother John R. Williams for preaching the gospel in destitute places, but old age and sickness compelled him to use said property before his death. His good old wife survives him, but not for long, till she greets him on the other shore.

M. A. McDaniel.

Gospel Advocate, June 7, 1906, page 364.

Farrow, Carrie

Sister Carrie Farrow died on September 17, 1902. She leaves a husband and three little girls to mourn their loss. I have known Carrie from childhood. She obeyed the gospel while in youth. Her life was a model Christian life, but not without fault, as we all have our failings in life; there are none perfect. But we sorrow not as those who have no hope. We pray that the husband may soon obey the Lord, and that the little ones may be reared up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

R. C. Ballard.

Gospel Advocate, July 30, 1903, page 490.

Farrow, Mary Helen

Mrs. Mary Helen Farrow, of Maury City, Tenn., passed away April 26, 1955, at the age of seventy-four years, five months and twenty-six days. Sister Farrow had been a lifelong resident of Crockett County and had spent much of her life in Maury City. She had been a member of the church since early girlhood and was always at her place of service and duty. She was known and loved by a host of people who knew her and appreciated her as a friend, a relative and as a sister in Christ. She was widowed by the death some nine years ago of her husband, Thomas J. Farrow, who was a leader in the church for many years. He has been missed by the church and community and Sister Farrow will be missed. Sister Farrow leaves a son, Brodie Farrow, of Humboldt, Tenn., and a daughter, Mrs. Eleanor Edwards of Maury City, and several grandchildren. The writer conducted the funeral services at the church building in Maury City April 27, 1955. Seldom does a minister have opportunity to pay tribute of respect to a more godly person.

R. E. Black.

Gospel Advocate, June 23, 1955, page 525.

Farrow, Thomas J.

Thomas J. Farrow, of Maury City, Tenn., was born January 20, 1873; passed suddenly of a heart attack on Friday, September 27, 1946. He had just returned home from town when the end came. He had not been well for some weeks, but he had continued to work most of the time. He had worked in the morning of the day he passed away. Brother Farrow was married to Mary Hellen Jetton in 1900, and three children were born. One son, Brodie Farrow, of Humboldt, Tenn.; one daughter, Mrs. Eleanor Edwards, of Memphis, Tenn.; and his wife survive him, one daughter having died in infancy. Brother Farrow obeyed the gospel in 1891, and I am sure that he lived a faithful, conscientious, consistent Christian until the end. He was always at his post of duty when the church assembled. I have lived here for thirteen years, and none have been able to recall a time when he has missed a Lords-day service. He was a teacher of one of the classes for many years, and everyone who attended his class went away feeling enlightened and elevated in the knowledge of the truth. Brother Farrow had not accumulated much of this worlds goods, but had laid up treasures in heaven. He assumed the responsibility of keeping the meetinghouse in order, especially seeing that the baptistery was in shape, fires built, and the church lawn well kept. Brother Farrow knew the Bible far better than many, and loved to discuss it for the good that could come from a true knowledge of it. I preached his funeral on Sunday afternoon, September 29, to a large and sympathetic audience. His body was laid to rest here at the Maury City Cemetery. His wife and children and near relatives have the genuine sympathy of a host of friends and neighbors. The church in Maury City will feel its loss for a long time to come.

R. E. Black.

Gospel Advocate, December 5, 1946, page 1158.

Fathera, J. R.

On October 10, 1921, Brother J. R. Fathera answered the call of death. He was eighty-eight years, eight months, and one day old when he died. At the age of thirty years he obeyed the gospel, which caused the star of hope to arise and to shine brighter unto the perfect day. For fifty-eight years he lived in the church to praise his God. Of course he had the trials to face that every child of God has to face. He made mistakes, but they were such as are common to man. He leaves six children to mourn their loss as they follow his godly example and walk in this wise counsel. The writer conducted the funeral services at his home near Sharpsville, Tenn., and his body was laid to rest in the cemetery near his home to wait that great day when the dead in Christ shall rise.

John T. Smithson.

Gospel Advocate, November 3, 1921, page 1082.

Faubion, Elsie Morris

Mrs. Elsie Morris Faubion, one of the early Christians in Greenville, South Carolina, died on December 4 at the age of 72. She obeyed the gospel in the early 1920s, shortly after the beginning of the church in Greenville. She remained a faithful Christian throughout her life. She is survived by her husband, W. J. Faubion, two sonsCarlton and Raymond Faubion, and two grandchildren. Services were conducted by the writer in Greenville.

Sister Faubion was seriously sick for the last fifteen months of her life but she accepted this with remarkable grace. Her cheerful spirit was an inspiration to all who were with her. She loved her family dearly and provided every comfort for them she could. She was loved for being such a gentle, kind person. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Carl Lancaster.

Gospel Advocate, February 26, 1970, page 143.

Faulkner, Thurston Lanier, Dr.

Dr. Thurston Lanier Faulkner, Executive Vice-President of Alabama Christian College and former State Director of Vocational Education died of leukemia on Oct. 27, 1980 at the age of 69. Dr. Faulkner, one of Alabamas most distinguished educators brought honor to the state through his outstanding professional leadership on the state, regional and national levels.

Prior to his retirement in 1979, his 37 years at the State Department of Education included eight years as State Director of Vocational Education, 13 years as State Supervisor of Agribusiness Education and State Advisor of Future Farmers of America, and 16 years as Assistant State Supervisor of Agribusiness Education.

Dr. Faulkner was recognized as a leader in civic, church, and charity activities. He served as Chairman of the Montgomery Finance Committee to raise funds for the construction of the Alabama Christian College, promoted programs to raise money for Boys Ranch near Selma, and was a strong supporter of the National and State FFA Foundation Program.

Dr. Faulkner was an active member of the College Church of Christ where he served as an elder for ten years. Dr. Faulkner joined the administration of Alabama Christian College as Executive Vice-President in January, 1979. He coordinated the administration of campus activities and served as Director of the off-campus programs. His keen interest in the work of the college caused him to give himself totally to his work.

He is survived by his wife Odette Northrup Faulkner, two daughters, Mrs. Mary Ann Frazier of Wharton, Texas, and Mrs. Diana Niesen of Montgomery; three grandchildren, Jefferson Lanier Frazier, Christine Niesen and Matthew Niesen; one brother, James H. Faulkner of Bay Minette and two nephews.

Gospel Advocate, November 20, 1980, page 740.

Feagin, Susannah Tyson

Susannah Tyson Feagin was born December 25, 1860; died January 25, 1942. In her youth she became a member of the Baptist Church, but about thirty-five years ago, having an opportunity to hear Brother Northcross, she obeyed the gospel either the first or second time she heard it preached. She was a very devoted Christian, and many will cherish the memory of things said and done by her which helped them. She and her husband, who preceded her in death about twenty-five years ago, gave the lot for the erection of a church house at Eagle Lake, also the ground for a cemetery, the money from the sale of lots to go to the church. The writer, after reading the chapter she had chosen (2 Cor. 5), and prayer by Brother Tallman, of Winter Haven, Fla., spoke on uniting a divided family. Her well-worn, much-marked Bible indicated where her affections were.

H. C. Hinton, Seffner, Fla.

Gospel Advocate, February 12, 1942, page 167.

Fears, Sarah Kleckly

A beloved old mother has fallen asleep. The morning of the 10th day of January, 1897, opened up with beauty and sunshine; still there were dark shadows that fell on many a devoted household. Among the many homes enshrouded in sadness was that of our beloved old father and brother, Elder W. S. fears. His aged and greatly beloved companion passed over the river, to rest under the shade of the trees. Many of theAdvocate readers have long been familiar with the name of our good old Brother Fears, who has been for more than forty years an earnest worker in the cause of the Christian church. Often has he left his dear companion with the children at home while he was gone to proclaim the tidings of the glorious gospel to the poor, wayward sinner. But our dear old brother is now bereft of his long faithful companion who stood by him at the marriage altar more than sixty-three years ago. To enter upon an extended detail of the life work of this good old mother would be but a repetition of many similar stories that have been written of many who have passed over the journey of life. None but those who were intimate with this good woman know how to estimate her goodness of heart. Whatever deficiency may have existed in Sister Fears mental attainments was more than counterbalanced in her lovable disposition. Her heart was without guile; that of itself is an encomium that is awarded to but few. Going backward to gather up some immaterial points, we would say that the maiden name of Sister Fears was Sarah Kleckly. She was born in South Carolina on the 25th of August, 1809; moved to Georgia in the fall of 1826; was married to Elder W. S. fears in 1833. She was the grandmother of F. L. Adams, who is known to many readers of the Advocate. Brother Fears has an older brother Jesse G. Fears, who has well nigh attained to his ninety-second mile-post down his lifes long journey. Uncle Jesse has never married, but has lived with his younger brother for nearly seventy years; but the end of their long pilgrimage is close at hand. Let me say to you, my dear old cousins: Fall not under a cloud of deep despondency, but fall under the shadow of the central cross. It will not be long till you will be called to go over to the other shore. Your beloved companion and sister will be at the pearly gate, waitingyes, waitingfor you; and, O children and grandchildren, get behind the cross, that you may follow on. When springtime shall have come, go plant sweet flowers that shall bloom over grandmas grave; but think not that she is there in that grave. Look up, away up, toward our Fathers house of many mansions. It was only the old casket that fell off, and was left in the Berean Cemetery. At the sounding of the trumpet you will see her again; she will be waiting and watching for you. He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live again. It was long ago when Aunt Sallie believed and obeyed her Lord and Savior. Sweetly let her sleep.

W. T. G., Hampton, Ga.

Gospel Advocate, February 25, 1897, page125.

Fears, William S.

William S. Fears died on January 3, 1903, being, at the time of his death, ninety-five years, eleven months, and twenty-seven days old. He was the oldest preacher of the church of Christ in this State, and perhaps the oldest preacher among our brethren in any of the States. He was a life-long friend of the Gospel Advocate and its editors. Truly, a prince in Israel has fallen. He had been a reader of our papers since the days of Alexander Campbell. Brother Fears, like all of the pioneers among our people, believed in the all-sufficiency of the Scriptures, and was opposed to all innovations in the worship. He settled at Hampton, Ga., more than fifty years ago, and with industry and economy acquired more than a competency. Notwithstanding this fact, he was the most liberal giver to the cause of Christ that I ever knew. Berea Church has beenand is yet, to some extentheadquarters for our plea in this district, because of the influence of Brother Fears faithful life going out from this place. He not only preached himself, but paid others to preach who were less favored with this worlds goods. We all looked upon him as our spiritual father; indeed, but few such characters as Brother Fears ever lived. He reared a large and respectable family, who loved him to the last with an unusual tenderness. He had his grandson, Frank L. Adams, educated especially for the ministry; and he is now a gifted minister, and is laboring for the Walnut Street Christian Church, at Chattanooga, Tenn. Because of his life of sacrifice and labor of love, Brother Fears was honored and respected by all who knew him. He did not preach for money, but he preached because he loved God and sinners; and God loved him, and blessed him in his storehouse and barn, so that his home was never in need of anything, but was a home of hospitality. He was laid to rest at noon on January 4, at Berea, where he had worshiped for so many years. The services were attended by a vast concourse of friends and relatives. Dr. A. G. Thomas, of Atlanta, Ga., preached the funeral sermon. His text was: Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord. (Rev. 14:13.) 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. (Rev. 22:14.) The preacher said that this was enough, if he should not say another word. After a few brief remarks, he read Rom. 12, making such comments as were necessary and showing that the teaching of this wonderful chapter is characteristic of Brother Fears life that his life conformed as nearly to this scripture as possible. Reader can you say this of your life?

Harrison Jones.

Gospel Advocate, January 22, 1903, page 58.

Featherston, Anna E. Holt

Miss Anna E. Holt was born near Shelbyville, Tenn., on September 4, 1857. She was married to George Featherston on December 20, 1877. They spent their entire married life on the farm, about four miles from Decherd, Tenn. About eighteen yeas ago it was my pleasure to assist her and a niece of hers in obeying the gospel. A few years later I baptized her husband. She was always concerned about the business of the Lord. To them were born six childrentwo sons and four daughters. One son died in infancy. She lived to see all her daughters become Christians; but she never was permitted to have that pleasure concerning her son, whom she loved so much. But she never gave up hope that Chauncey would obey the Lord. Dear boy, remember mothers prayer. This was once a happy home. Those who differed from Sister Featherston on the subject of religion could say nothing against her. She was a great woman. Consumption began its work several years ago. On January 16, 1913, the spirit of Sister Featherston went home, and next day her body was placed in the old family graveyard to remain until Jesus comes to reward the faithful. She fought the good fight of faith and is sure to lay hold on eternal life when faith turns to light, prayer to praise, and hope to possession. To husband and children I would say: Follow wife and mother as she followed the Lord Jesus, and all will be well with you some sweet day.

W. P. Sims., Hillsboro, Tenn.

Gospel Advocate, May 22, 1913, page 501.

Felix, Leonard G.

On February 3, 1920, I was called from Telluride, Col., to Olathe to conduct the funeral of Brother Leonard G. Felix. He was born on December 14, 1843, at Lafayette, Ind. He served in the Northern Army during the entire Civil War. He was married to Josephine C. Patterson on December 25, 1864. The death angel called him to rest on February 3, 1920. The funeral was conducted at his ranch, seven miles north of Olathe. Brother Felix was a God-fearing man, at all times obedient to the law of life in Christ Jesus. He had been one of the elders of the church at Olathe since its establishment. The congregation there has lost a great warrior. His presence will be greatly missed. To meet Brother Felix was to love him. He was held in high esteem by both saint and sinner. He was ever willing to stand by the word of God, to wield it whenever and wherever necessary. Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.

Willis G. Jernigan.

Gospel Advocate, March 4, 1920, page 230.

Felts, Celia Ann

Departed this life June 29, 1895, Mrs. Celia Ann Felts. She was born Dec. 25, 1806, making her 88 years old. She was small in stature, but possessed a very strong constitution, and with it a determined resolution which enabled her to go through with many hardships that others would have failed in. She was a kind, generous-hearted woman, and a very devoted mother, always looking at the bright side. She bore her afflictions with fortitude, and expressed herself willing to go at any time the summons of death might come. It looks hard to us to have to give up our friends, and especially our relatives, but the Lord knows best, and we should be willing at all times to submit to his will. Everybody loved Aunt Celia, as they called her. She leaves six children and several grandchildren and a host of friends to mourn her loss. May we all strive to live in that way and manner that heaven will be our home when this life and its labors are over.

Mary Alice Grigg.

Gospel Advocate, August 1, 1895, page 487.

Fenn, Pauline Gardner

Pauline Gardner Fenn was born May 11, 1911, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. N. Gardner; passed on December 4, 1941, following a very long illness. After completing her education, she was a teacher in David Lipscomb College until ill-health forced her to relinquish her duties. It was some four years ago that she contracted a disease for which no cure has been found; and though she lived longer than almost any have been known to survive the malady, these years were filled with extreme suffering, which she bore with Christian fortitude. Surviving are her husband (J. D. Fenn, member of the faculty of Peabody College), her daughter (Jolynn), her parents (Brother and Sister R. N. Gardner), brothers (Nelson, James and Arthur Kay Gardner), and sister (Helen Gardner). Funeral services were conducted by S. P. Pittman. Interment was in Woodlawn Memorial Park, Nashville, Tenn.

Gospel Advocate, December 25, 1941, page 1247.

Fennell, Victoria

On Tuesday, June 18, 1929, Sister Victoria Fennell passed to her reward, leaving behind her companion, F. J. Fennell, and eight children. Sister Fennell was a good church worker and one who found her place in the church and followed out her convictions. She was not one who tried to usurp the place of man, but worked quietly in her God-given place, and eternity alone will reveal the good she did in life. Through her efforts the work at Greenville, S. C., was started by her getting in touch with Brother Thomas H. Burton and Brother G. F. Gibbs, and as a result today there is a large congregation of disciples here. May God raise up more women like her, and may Gods blessing ever rest on the bereaved ones.

W. N. Ferguson.

Gospel Advocate, July 18, 1929, page 690.

Fentres, Mary

Sister Mary Fentres was born June 8, 1823, and died June 18, 1893, at her home, one and a half miles south of Coopertown, Robertson county, Tenn. She was the daughter of James and Cynthia Fentres, who died many years ago in this county. Since the death of her parents she has lived with her sister, Mrs. Cynthia Fentres. She obeyed the gospel in January, 1874, and since that time she has lived a quiet, humble Christian life. She was full of faith, and seemed at all times to have that peace of mind that the humble child of God alone can enjoy. She seemed happy and contented herself, and tried to make all about her pleasant and happy. She looked with the deepest regrets upon her own short-comings, and with charity at the faults of others. She leaves two aged sisters and two brothers to mourn their loss.

T. J. Ellis.

Gospel Advocate, July 20, 1893, page 460.

Ferges, Isham Evans

Isham Evans Ferges was born in Virginia on April 11, 1826. Twelve years later the family moved to North Carolina, and from there to Shelbyville, Ill., where he lived until grown. At the age of twenty-one he was married to Amanda J. Harrison, and to this union nine children were born. At the age of twenty-two he embraced the gospel of Jesus Christ and lived as true to its teaching as mortal creatures well can here on earth. He had lived near Liberty Hill, Texas, for many years. Sister Ferges died eleven years before he did. It was a long and lonely period to him; but his daughter-in-law and son were ever kind and good. Sister Sudie is as good, kind, and sympathetic a creature as I have ever met, and Brother Ferges dearly loved her. He has often expressed himself to me of her being so good to wait on him day or night. He left this earthly tabernacle on August 22, 1918. He was a pilgrim on earth ninety-two years and a faithful servant of the Lord seventy years. Such a life is worth living.

J. P. Whitefield.

Gospel Advocate, July 24, 1919, page 718.

Fergus, Frank M.

Frank M. Fergus was born, in Tennessee, on October 18, 1861; obeyed the gospel and became a servant of the Master in September, 1894; and, after a few years of faithful service, died, at Newark, Texas, on May 24, 1903. He leaves a wife, a daughter, and many friends to mourn their loss; yet they sorrow not as those who have no hope, but, with the angels, rejoice at his entrance into the paradise of God. Knowing that they cannot call him back, they have comfort in the precious thought that they can some day go to him. May we all press forward in the way of truth, that we may receive the crown of righteousness which is for the faithful of God.

J. G. Pace., Era, Texas.

Gospel Advocate, June 18, 1903, page 394.

Ferguson, Clement

Clement Ferguson was born in Pike County, Ind., on January 11, 1897. He passed away at his home in Hartford, Ky., November 21, 1974. For many years Brother Ferguson was a faithful member of the Lords body. He was a deacon in the church at Hartford and was an able Bible teacher. He came to Kentucky in 1947, and helped to establish the church at Hartford living there until his death.

Brother Ferguson was married to Lola Jones in 1924. To this union one son, Robert, was born. He preceded his father in death by sixteen years. His first wife died in 1955. In 1957 he was married to Carolyn Renfrow, who survives. She was a faithful companion and is a consecrated Christian.

He is also survived by two brothers, Dr. Clyde Ferguson of Danville, Ky., Carl Ferguson of Atlanta, Ga., and a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Martha Ferguson of Nicholasville, Ky. To this list, we may add a great host of friends and neighbors, who loved and respected him for the life which he lived. Eternity alone will be able to evaluate the good done by this good man.

Services were conducted at Hartford, Ky., November 23, by Bill Anderson and the writer.

Lloyd C. Spivey, Sr.

Gospel Advocate, December 19, 1974, page 815.

Ferguson, Edna Augusta Busby

At 4:30 P.M., July 9, 1931, the spirit of Sister Edna (Busby) Ferguson slipped away from its tabernacle below to return to the God who gave it. Although she had been confined to her bed for some time and all hopes for her recovery had vanished, yet it was a shock to all to know that she had gone from among us. Thoughtful minds and loving hands had done all within their power to prolong her stay here, but at last the summons came and must be obeyed. The next afternoon at 4:30 oclock a large number of relatives and friends from different parts of the country assembled at the meeting-house of the church of Christ at Bishop, Texas, to pay their last sad tribute of respect to her. Leslie C. Freiley, of Kingsville, Texas, conducted the funeral, assisted by P. P. Ewing, of Mercedes, Texas. Homer C. Ferguson, a brother-in-law to Edna, led the song service, which was very beautiful. The body was then taken to the Bishop cemetery and there laid to rest amid a beautiful floral offering which loving friends had provided. Edna Augusta Busby was born on January 1, 1900, near Mountain Peak, Texas, in Ellis County. On June 15, 1920, she was married to Thomas A. Ferguson, of Bishop, the wedding taking place at Fort Worth, Texas. To this union one child was born, Mary Ruth, now a sweet little girl of nine years. Besides the husband and child, she is survived by her mother, Mrs. Frances Busby, of Fort Worth; two brothers, Horace W. Busby, of Fort Worth, and Dr. J. E. Busby, of Abilene, Texas; and two sisters, Mrs. H. B. Blair, of Fort Worth, and Mrs. Ella Springer, of Dallas, Texas. These were all present at the funeral, except Dr. Busby and Mrs. Springer. Edna is gone, but her influence still lives. She was ever doing good by lending a helping hand or a word of cheer to those she met, ever striving to imitate the life of her Savior, whose name she took when quite young and whom she followed to the end of the journey. After being confined to her room, she wrote letters of encouragement and composed poems, a book of which has been published, that help to strengthen and cheer those who read them that they might bear the trials of life more bravely. The good deeds which she did and the words which she spoke will be as a guiding star to her loved ones and a source of inspiration to her many friends. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them

Gospel Advocate, July 30, 1931, page 950.

Ferguson, Fannie Josephine Tatum

On September 3, 1959, the gates of the realm beyond swung wide to receive the spirit of Fannie Josephine Tatum Ferguson. She was born February 5, 1859, and was at her death one hundred years and seven months old. She was one of the few who are blessed with such longevity of life to expand an entire century. Her mother was one of the earliest Christians in Middle Tennessee, and she became a Christian very early in life. She was married to Joe Frank Ferguson, who preceded her in death, and to this union eight children were born, four of which preceded her in death. The four children who survive her are Mrs. C. O. Lawrence, Birmingham, Ala., Brim Ferguson, Nashville, Tenn., Frank Ferguson, Chapel Hill, Tenn., and Mrs. O. F. Harris, Holtland, Tenn. She is also survived by twelve grandchildren and twenty-eight great-grandchildren. This writer is one of her grandchildren and a gospel preacher. Her funeral was conducted by the writer at Chapel Hill, Tenn., and she was laid to rest beside her husband near Alisonia, Tenn., in the Tatum Cemetery. As Deborah said of herself, she arose a mother in spiritual Israela mother whose children call her blessed; a grandmother whose memory is cherished by her grandchildren; and a great-grandmother of whom her great-grandchildren will delight to speak.

W. Douglass Harris.

Gospel Advocate, January 7, 1960, page 15.

Ferguson, Ferdinand

Ferdinand Ferguson died on January 9, 1904, aged sixty-four years. He leaves a wife and six children. He was an untiring worker in the Lords vineyard as long as he was able to work. He had been in the family of Christ for twenty-four years. He had faults, as all human beings have, but he tried hard to overcome them. He suffered intensely during the last two years of his life, but he bore his sufferings with Christian fortitude. He was willing and ready to go when the summons came.

Mollie Ferguson.

Gospel Advocate, February 11, 1904, page 90.

Ferguson, Green

On the evening of Nov. 4, 1886, Bro. Green Ferguson, of Montgomery county, Texas, passed to his rest. A good and faithful laborer has gone to his reward. He was born in Chester District, S. C., April 6, 1812. Came to Alabama when 21 years of age, married in 1836, and joined the Baptist church in 1837. He soon began preaching, and for some time preached Baptist doctrine, but on hearing the true gospel preached about 1848, dropped the name Baptist, and the Baptist creedtook the Bible alone as his guide, and determined to be only a Christian. He made the Bible henceforth, the man of his counseland became an earnest defender of the faith of the gospel. He moved to Texas in 1858 and has since proved himself a noble pioneer in the cause of the Master. I was with him often in meetings, and his good practical common sense led him always to get the very best thoughts out of Scripture the he read, so that his sermons were full of good things. He aided in establishing the cause in many places in Montgomery, Harris, Walker, Waller, and other counties. He labored most of his life without charge, preaching a free gospel indeed. He has gone to his reward, and in the last great day, we hope to meet him again, and sing with him, the praises of our heavenly father, as we have so often done in the past.

He leaves behind a host of friends whom we hope will all try to meet him in heaven. He often told me he wished me to write his obituary, if I outlived him, and gave me once to that end, an autobiographical sketch of his life, which I much regret having lost.

The church will miss him, and the country that has so long enjoyed his labours, will miss him greatly also.

J. T. Poe.

Gospel Advocate, January 5, 1887, page 8.

Ferguson, J. B.

We are pained to chronicle this morning the death of our eminent fellow citizen, Rev. J. B. Ferguson, who died at his residence yesterday morning, three miles from the city, after a lingering disease. Some years ago, when Mr. Ferguson was pastor of the Christian Church, he enjoyed a reputation for pulpit oratory second to no man in the South. He commenced life as a printers boy, and was emphatically a self-made man, having by studious attention, while employed at the printing business, fitted himself for the ministry. He was a man of popular manners, warm and open-hearted in his nature, and generally esteemed by a large circle of friends.

Brother D. Lipscomb wrote of him in the Gospel Advocate, September 22, 1870:

It may be a matter of sad interest to our readers to know the fate of this once honored but erratic man. He was the most popular preacher in the Southern country at one time. He was almost worshiped by his admirers in this city, where he ministered as preacher of the church of Christ. He had not that humility of soul and strength of character to stand flattery and adulation heaped upon him. He apostatized from the faith and adopted latitudinarian views in his faith and with reference to morality. He attempted to build up a congregation of adherents on his loose views. He failed, turned politician, veered to different points of the compass as the popular winds seemed to blow. He lost respect of all parties here. Once no citizen of Nashville but felt it an honor to be recognized by him. In later years he was scarcely recognized by his former acquaintances even of the world when met on the streets. The contrast was too painful to be borne by one so ambitious of popular applause as he. So, although his family resided in the vicinity, of late years he was seldom upon the streets of Nashville. . . He died on Saturday, September 3, 1870. On Lords day he was buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery. The funeral services were performed by Dr. Baird, of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

His death attracted scarcely a passing notice from the daily press and hardly a remark on the streets of Nashville of one who at one time was the most honored and esteemed pulpit orator. His life and death should teach a sad lesson to popular preachers and those who depart from the word of God to gain the plaudits of the world.

Gospel Advocate, April 23, 1931, page 489.

Ferguson, Joseph Franklin

Joseph Franklin Ferguson was born near Chapel Hill, Tenn., January 14, 1855. He passed from this life May 23, 1944, on the farm where he was born. He was married to Frances Josephine Tatum, May 16, 1883. On May 16, 1944, they observed their sixty-first wedding anniversary. To this union eight children were borntwo girls and six boys. Three of the boys preceded their father in death. He is survived by his wife and the following children: Mrs. C. O. Lawrence, Birmingham, Ala.; Mrs. O. F. Harris, Holtland, Tenn.; Earnest Ferguson, Chapel Hill, Tenn.; Joseph Franklin Ferguson, Jr., Fort Worth, Texas; and Brim Ferguson, Nashville, Tenn. He is also survived by twelve grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and an innumerable host of friends. Approximately seventy years ago he was baptized into Christ by Uncle Billy Lee, a pioneer preacher of the Restoration Movement, and he remained a faithful member of the church until his decease. Funeral services were conducted at the old home, near Chapel Hill, with the writer, one of his grandson and a gospel preacher, in charge. His body was laid to rest in the Tatum Cemetery, near Allisona, Tenn., to await the morning of the resurrection.

W. Douglass Harris, Athens, Ga.

Gospel Advocate, June 15, 1944, page 407.

Ferneyhough, Shirley Mitchell

Shirley Mitchell Ferneyhough, 39, wife of David Ferneyhough, minister of the Georgetown (S.C.) Church of Christ, died Dec. 15, 1985, in a Georgetown, S. C., hospital after a lengthy illness.

Shirley was a faithful Christian who supported her husband in every way in his work as a gospel preacher. She was not only supportive of him during his training at East Tennessee School of Preaching, but she also served as church secretary and Bible class teacher where he was preached.

She is survived by her parents of Charlottesville, Va., her husband, a son Jeffrey, a daughter Teresa, a foster son Kenneth, a brother and two sisters.

Funeral services were held at the church building in Georgetown on Dec. 18, 1984, and burial followed at the Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens.

Richard McWilliams., Charleston, SC.

Gospel Advocate, February 7, 1985, page 91.

Ferrell, Mary C.

Sister Mary C. Ferrell departed this life for a purer one, March 17, 1891, after nine days suffering with measles and pneumonia. She obeyed the gospel in 1887, under the preaching of Bro. F. B. Srygley, at Oak Grove, Wilson county, Tenn. She went to Nashville in 1888, to her brothers and remained there until her death. Her remains were brought back to Rutherford county, near Walter Hill and buried. The services were conducted by Bro. J. N. B. Murphy. She lived a good Christian and died in the triumph of a better world. She leaves a mother, brothers, sisters, and many friends to mourn her loss. May God bless the grief-stricken ones, that they may come into the fold with her.

A. M., Walter Hill, Tenn.

Gospel Advocate, April 29, 1891, page 259.

Ferril, Nancy Jane

It has fallen to my lot to write you concerning one that is near and dear to me, Sister Nancy Jane Ferril wife of Isom Ferril and daughter of Elder G. W. Gilbert and S. S. Gilbert, departed this life December 11th, aged 27 years and 7 days. She suffered beyond expression for 9 weeks, but bore her affliction calmly and often said she dreaded nothing but the sting of death. She obeyed the gospel at the age of 14. Was a member of the congregation worshiping at Wirers Bluff, Coffee county, Tenn., and was loved by all that knew her.

S. E. Gilbert., Noah, Coffee county, Tenn. Dec. 15, 1886.

Gospel Advocate, January 12, 1887, page 28.

Fields, Dea

Brother Dea Fields, twenty-four years of age, departed this life Dec. 21, 1895. He obeyed the gospel, and was baptized under the preaching of Brother John R. Williams. Dea loved his neighbors and enjoyed their utmost confidence and respect. The hearts of the entire community went out in sympathy toward the distressed ones, and one of as large audiences as ever assembled at Hornbeak gathered round his grave to say farewell. Brother Williams made a very appropriate talk in memory of our dear brother. We all miss him very much, but anticipate a day that we may meet him again, when God shall call his children home to that bright mansion of peace and happiness, where death cannot come. He was married to Sister Hattie Webb the second Lords day in June, 1895. For a little more than six months they walked hand in hand and met the duties and conflicts of life most cheerfully together. Dear Sister Hattie, I will say to you, when you think of our dear companion who has gone from you only for such a short while, that companion is not dead, but only sleeping. Beautiful thought, that you shall meet Dea in the home beyond, live with him again, and spend a never-ending eternity with loved ones and with Jesus. We know your young and tender heart is all bleeding and torn, but may a healing balm come to you in the precious thought that Dea is now calmly waiting the arrival of wife and bright-eyed little daughter, Gladdyss. I extend my sympathy to his wife and little daughter, father, mother, sisters, and brothers.

Mary E. Tate., Hornbeak, Tenn.

Gospel Advocate, July 2, 1896, page 431.

Fields, Mrs. Harvey H. Fuffa

Mrs. Harvey H. Fuffa Fields of Atlanta passed away August 21 after an extended illness. She was a charter member of the Cascade Heights congregation in Atlanta. The Fields family formerly worshipped at the West End church here, where her late husband was an elder at the time of his death.

Her three children are active members of the Cascade congregation, where her son Al Fields serves as a deacon. Her daughters, Miss Freta Fields and Miss Onice Fields are highly respected members of the Atlanta School System.

Funeral services were conducted by the writer. Interment was at Westview Cemetery.

Owen Freeman.

Gospel Advocate, September 25, 1969, page 626.

Fields, John William

John William Fields, 72, died Oct. 22, 1988, in Nashville, Tenn. He was born Dec. 23, 1915, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Services were at Chattanooga Funeral Home-East Chapel with James Lewis officiating. Burial was in Lakewood Memory Garden-South.

Fields served the church as a deacon, treasurer and elder. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Gilbert Fields; a daughter, Linda Cass; a son, John Jr.; four sisters; a brother; and five grandchildren.

Gospel Advocate, January, 1989, page 56.

Fields, Mrs. Otis

Died, at her home in New Grand Chain, Ill., July 9, 1893, Sister Fields. She was 23 years, 8 months, and 8 days old at her death. She was the wife of Otis Fields, and the daughter of N. P. and E. S. Tarr. She became a member of the Church of Christ in 1887. She fell a victim to that dreaded disease, consumption. She has gone to that rest that awaits the righteous, we trust, in Gods eternal citythe home of the blestwhere the weary are at rest. May the God of all keep us safe till that great day, and then crown us heirs of eternal salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

A. J. Parker., Elder

Gospel Advocate, August 24, 1893, page 533.

Fields, Sarah Bingham

The book of memory lies open before us; and as we turn with loving fingers its sacred pages, we find written there in indelible characters the histories of loved ones, many of whom have gone to swell the band of happy spirits in the city of the blessed. One by one bright links have been severed from the golden chain of love here to unite, we trust, in forming a more durable one in the city of light. Truly, the angel of death has gathered there a rich harvest of our loved ones; and he again caused our hearts to bleed afresh when he came, on October 9, 1904, and bore away on his dark pinions Mrs. Sarah Bingham Fields, wife of S. C. Fields. She was fifty-five years of age, and had been a faithful member of the church of Christ for twenty-two years. She leaves a husband, two daughters, one son, three brothers, and a host of friends to mourn her death. To the sorrowing ones I would say: Your loss is her eternal gain; then sorrow not as those who have no hope. She is not dead, but sleepeth.

Gospel Advocate, November 3, 1904, page 698.

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