|Gospel Advocate Obituaries|
This file contains a list of the obituaries that appeared in the Gospel Advocate from 1855-2006. See main page for more information. The listings on this page are not in alphabetical order. Therefore, to locate click "File," then "Search" to locate the persons on this page. This page contains a list of those whose last name begins with
Faris, Bethenia D.
Farrar, Mrs. B. J.
Farris, W. C.
Ferrel, Harriet Jane
Floyd, Addie Pauline
Fly, Wm. D.
Foust, Cornelia V.
Freeman, Joseph H.
Fox, Harden P.
Finley, Lena Gertrude
Fogg, William H.
Ford, William R., Dr.
Fry, Mary Jane
Falk, Mary F.
Farmer, Geo. A.
Farnsworth, Cassie L.
Finney, Rutha Ann
Foutch, Joel D.
Fowler, J. Monroe
Freeze, John W.
Friend, Cyrus G.
Fudge, Mary J.
Fugat, Martha S.
Edwards, Joe Couts
Ewin, Henry C.
Farmer, Sarah Freeman
Fox, Mrs. Thomas J.
Fraley, Rachel Elizabeth
Farrar, A. J.
Farrar, Delia O.
Felan, M. C.
Fields, Nancy E.
Fillmore, C. L.
Fleming, David G.
Foster, G. A., Mrs.
Foster, Sarah E.
Fowler, Russell William
Fox, E. A.
French, Lou Della Williams
Frizzell, Maud Kendrick
Falk, S. E.
Fite, Mamie March
Floyd, L. R. "Dick"
Fowler, Rebecca Jane
Franklin, Mary E.
Fulmer, Constance Renfro
Finley, Margaret E. Sullivan
Fitzpatrick, Samuel Monroe
Fleming, D. O.
Forsee, W. W.
Fox, Louise Ella
Franklin, S. N.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gospel Advocate, January 5, 1984, page 27.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gospel Advocate, January 21, 1909, page 84.
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.
Gospel Advocate, July 28, 1960, page 479.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
Gospel Advocate, April 29, 1954, page 340.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gospel Advocate, February 11, 1904, page 90.
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.
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.
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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