|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
Watkins, Clinton K.
Clinton K. Watkins was born December 19, 1861, in Lumpkin County, Ga.; died at Central City, Ky., October 31, 1934. He was married February 22, 1885, to Mary I. Bates. Eleven children were born to this union, three of which died in infancy. He became a Christian forty years ago at Whiteside, Tenn., and later moved to the State of Kentucky in 1905. Surviving are his widow and eight children, twenty-two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Brother Watkins was one of our loyal gospel preachers and a fine singing teacher. The high esteem in which he was held was manifested by the large concourse of people who gathered to pay their last respects to a fallen comrade of the cross. He and I labored together in time past and it will be hard for me to press on without his counsel.
T. N. Hancock.
Gospel Advocate, December 27, 1934, page 1255.
Watkins, Herbert F.
Herbert F. Watkins departed this life Feb. 17, after a lengthy illness. He was baptized more than 50 years ago at the West End Church of Christ in Atlanta. He truly put his hand to the plough and never looked back.
He faithfully served as an elder of the North Avenue Church of Christ in Hapeville, Ga., for many years and was loved for his humility, his love for the Lord and His cause. He was truly a shepherd who was interested in the welfare of the Lords people.
In 1980 he suffered a stroke that left him unable to speak. Though unable to always convey his thoughts to others, he appreciated those who visited him and passed along information about fellow Christians whom he dearly loved. He was a valiant soldier of the Cross and fought a good fight, finished his course and kept the faith. He has put off a body filled with infirmity to be clothed with a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. We are indebted to him for his noble example and inspirational life in the face of adversity.
Forrest Chapman., Box 82133, Atlanta, GA 30351.
Gospel Advocate, March 20, 1986, page 156, 186.
On the 30th of March 1891, Sister Mary Watkins left a busy life. She had been a kind and true wife 54 years, and a Christian 42, having been baptized in 1849. She was the wife of Bro. Putnam Watkins, of Greenville, Ala. She was the mother of six noble women, all of whom are married or have beensome passed over the river before her. Her only son died years ago while a little boy. She was for years a zealous member of Cross Road church in Lowndes county, when it was very flourishing. At the time of her death she was 70 years old. What a good time to prepare for death, life is.
J. M. Barnes., Argus, Ala., July 16, 1891.
Gospel Advocate, July 29, 1891, page 477.
Watkins, Susan Brunett
Susan Brunett Watkins (nee Harris) was born in Wilson County, Tenn., on June 16, 1843, and died at her home in Collin County, Texas, on April 10, 1906. Her husband, J. T. Watkins, died in 1903. In early life she was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, but about twenty-eight years ago she and her husband became Christians only. She has been a member of the Vineland church of Christ for twenty-five years, and was a devoted Christian. She was a reader of the Gospel Advocate and in the main held to its teachings. The writer was with her often in her last days, and she expressed both a willingness and a desire to depart and be with Christ. She gave directions as to her funeral and selected a song which she wished sung. She leaves behind, to mourn her loss, one daughter and four sonsall married, except the youngest son. I pray that they may ever follow the example of a Christian mother.
R. C. Horn.
Gospel Advocate, May 24, 1906, page 331.
Watson, Basil Jabez
Basil Jabez Watson was born March 29, 1873, to George W. and Joanna Williams Watson, at Chestnut, Ala., one of thirteen children. He was reared on a farm. He attended a one-teacher school, high school at Brewton, and later he took a business course in Atlanta, Ga. He was the marshal at Nedawah, Ala., at the age of twenty-three. In 1900, he obeyed the gospel. Doctor Adams, a pioneer preacher, baptized him. On December 31, 1903, he and Olive Watson were united in marriage. This couple went to Henderson, Texas, soon after the wedding. They spent a year there and moved to Goodwill, Okla. They remained there for about three years and during that time their first child, Rupert Basil, was born on April 22, 1905. Brother and Sister Watson found a few Christians there and started a small congregation. In 1907 they moved back to Alabama and settled at Canoe, where he was a farmer and a merchant. During this time they attended church at Atmore, Ala. Later Brother Watson gave a lot at Canoe on which a building was erected. It was my privilege to preach in this building and later to assist in building a meetinghouse in Atmore. B. J. Watson contributed substantially to both of these building. During Brother and Sister Watsons stay at Canoe two daughters were born, Marjorie and Ethyl. Mrs. Marjorie Watson Browning is now living in Pensacola, Fla. Mrs. Ethyl Watson Kline now lives in Flomaton, Ala. All three children obeyed the gospel at an early age. In 1923 Basil and Earl Watson went into the hardware business in Flomaton. Ala. Later, Rupert Watson became a partner. They later built a hardware store in Atmore. In 1946, with Brother Watsons capable leadership, a nice church building was erected at Flomaton. That congregation has grown each year. Basil Watson retired from business in 1948. However, he remained vice-president until his death. Besides his religious interests, he contributed financially to several community developments, and several of our colleges. He was a shut-in for five years. He passed away on August 24, 1958, at the age of eighty-five. He was a faithful Christian for fifty-eight years. Surviving are his good wife, three children, and several grandchildren. Funeral services were held August 25 at the church at Flomaton. A. B. McKee conducted the services. Interment was made in Oak Hill Cemetery in Atmore, Okla. I have known Brother Watson for twenty years, having worked with him in the church and staying in his home. I do not believe that I have ever known a better Christian man. I have never heard anyone say a word against him. Surely he is at rest.
Chester A. Hunnicutt.
Gospel Advocate, November 13, 1958, page 734.
At 8:30 P.M. on December 13, 1908, Aunt Becky Watson, the widow of my uncle, M. W. Watson, fell asleep in Jesus. Had she lived a month longer, she would have been ninety-three years of age. She was the daughter of Joseph Smith, a noted Methodist preacher of his day in our country. She was the mother of thirteen children, six of whom died in infancy; two sons and three daughters now live. In girlhood she became a member of the Methodist Church; but when seventy years of age she sent for me to come and baptize her, which I did, and thus she became a member of the church of Christ. She was the last of her fathers family, and also the last of my uncles and aunts to pass away. In her death a woman who had met the measure of her duties in her various relations in life ended her pilgrimage here.
J. D. Floyd., Shelbyville, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, January 7, 1909, page 22.
Watson, Billy J.
Billy J. Watson, 59, died May 29 at his home in Memphis, Tenn.
Watson was a minister, a licensed counselor in Arkansas and Tennessee, a certified hypnotherapist, a certified member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and a member of ASSECT.
Watson served as a coach, teacher and principle at Harding Academy, and was a volunteer juvenile probation officer with the Shelby County Court.
He also was a member of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolutions and Toastmasters International.
Watson received degrees from the University of Tulsa, St. Louis Christian College, Harding Graduate School of Religion and Southwest University in New Orleans.
Watson is survived by his wife, Shirley; two daughters, Jeri King of Memphis and Lori Cook of Nashville, Tenn.; two sons, Brad and Charles, both of Memphis; his mother, Jerry Watson of Memphis; two sisters, Shere Reed of Lubbock, Texas, and Jinx Read of Dallas, Texas; and seven grandchildren.
Gospel Advocate, October, 1994, page 58.
Watson, Clara E.
Clara E., daughter of John W. and Frances H. DeVol, was born near Terre Haute, Ind., August 17, 1862. When fifteen years of age she began her obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ at Prairie Creek, Vigo County, Indiana. I have known our departed sister for more than thirty years, and if she ever failed to grace the high profession she made when but a girl, the report never came to me. For many years during my work with the splendid congregation where she always worshiped she was the leader in sacred songs. So far as I know, she was held in high esteem and loved by all. On December 24, 1879, she was married to James B. Watson. Seven children came to bless this union. Together with husband, five of these children are living. One is our faithful and able preacher, Brother E. P. Watson, now laboring with the church in Huntington, W. Va. One son, Ralph, is at home. The three daughters are married. She also leaves one sister and two brothers. Three of her brothers (deceased) were preachers in the Christian Church. After a long illness and great suffering, she breathed out her soul into the arms of her God, May 13, 1932, at her home, twelve miles south of Terre Haute, Ind. Funeral services were conducted by Brother Dan Matthis on May 16. If we are faithful, we believe we shall meet her where the surges cease to roll.
H. H. Adamson.
Gospel Advocate, October 6, 1932, page 1104.
Sister Ellen Watson was born on November 30, 1842, and died at her home in Crockett County, Tenn., on May 19, 1910. Sister Watson was sick for a year or more before she was called home. All that loving hearts and willing hands could do was done for her. She was a devoted and faithful Christian from thirty years back till her death, and was loved by all who knew her. She was married to Brother James Watson on October 19, 1860. To this union nine children were born, five of whom are dead; the others are Bob, Jimmie, Mit, and Hollace Watson. Besides these, she leaves a husband, seventy-two years of age. To the dear, good brother we would say: Weep no more, for it will not be long till you can strike hands with Sister Watson just beyond the rolling river, where there is no heartache, pain, or sorrow. Sister Watson was a true, loving wife. As a neighbor, she had no equal; as a mother, she was kind and good; as a Christian, we have no doubt but that she is peacefully resting in the arms of our blessed Savior.
W. A. Young.
Gospel Advocate, June 16, 1910, page 722.
Watson, E. P.
The many friends of E. P. Watson were shocked and grieved by the news of his sudden passing at his home in Wayne, Mich., on July 12.
E. P. Watson was a Christian gentleman of the highest type; a loyal member of the church of the Lord; a close student of the Bible; a diligent worker in the church; and a sound, faithful preacher of the gospel.
As a preacher, his services were in demand; and, like all preachers, he worked often at a sacrifice. He loved the cause of Christ and rejoiced to render service to it. In his long career he engaged in meeting work away from home, and also in local work. His labors were abundant. He was a successful worker.
Brother Watson was born in Indiana; went to the old Potter Bible College, in Bowling Green, Ky.; and preached in many states. He did local work in the following places: Hopkinsville, Ky.; Lexington, Tenn.; Dugger, Ind.; Browning, Mo.; Dickson, Tenn.; Shelbyville, Tenn.; Huntington, W. Va.; Bowling Green, Ky.; and Wayne, Mich.
In his home life, Brother Watson was a devoted husband, a kind father, and a hospitable friend.
This writer enjoyed his friendship and keenly feels his loss.
He rests from his earthly labors and, we feel sure, has entered into the eternal reward of the faithful.
Watson, Elmer P.
In the passing of Elmer P. Watson the church loses one of her most efficient, faithful, diligent, and consecrated servants. His life was thoroughly committed to the glory of God and the salvation of souls.
During the five years in which I taught at Potter Bible College, Bowling Green, Ky., Brother Watson was one of the most consecrated and devoted students we had. His zeal for the success of the school soon led the faculty to appoint him as monitor over the boys dormitory. While he was popular with the faculty, he was not always popular with the student body that is, those among the students who would violate the rules of the school. Elmer was not opposed to a little innocent fun, but he would report at once any infraction of the rules of the school. Taking into consideration his handicap from deficient eyesight, he made as fine record as a student as anyone we had in the five years of my connection with the school. There are many things that I might say manifesting his honor and high type of living, but I must be brief on account of physical weakness.
On the night of his graduation, when his diploma was handed to him by the president of the school, he at once walked over to his mother, who was sitting in the audience, and handed her the diploma, saying: Mother, you deserve whatsoever honor I may receive.
Elmer was successful both in rallying souls to Christ and in leading many to a higher life.
To his lonely wife and children I hereby express my sincere sympathy in their great loss. I never knew until Elmer had passed away that he had a son who was preaching, and I think it appropriate that he should take up the work left by his father in Wayne, Mich. If he makes as earnest, diligent worker as his father and relies upon God as completely as did his father, success will crown his effort.
May God bless and keep the sorrowing ones and preserve them unto his eternal kingdom, is my hope and prayer.
T. Q. Martin.
Gospel Advocate, September 6, 1945, page 402, 486.
I am called upon to chronicle the death of Brother Ezekiel Watson, which has been neglected from some cause. He was born May 5, 1827. He was married to Margaret Robinson in 1854, whom he was instrumental in persuading to leave off Baptistism and to obey the gospel. Brother Watson had been a member of the church about 43 years. He held family worship daily, at which times he manifested great interest to teach the members of his family the duties of a Christian. The first sermon that Brother Smithson (the blind man) preached, he preached it in the house of Brother Watson. Brother Watson was the brother who influenced Brother Smithson to preach; and Brother Watson also influenced Brother Elijah Mears to preach; and he was a very devoted friend to Brother J. M. Kidwill. He was once a very fine singer, and taught vocal music. His home was a home for preachers, and he could entertain them spiritually as well as physically. He served a long time as elder over the congregation worshiping at Pleasant Ridge, Cannon County, Tenn. In the latter part of his life he was a member of Mount Zion congregation, worshiping at Oak Grove, in Warren County, Tenn. During his sickness she suffered no little, was confined to his house about six months, but bore his affliction with the fortitude of a soldier of the cross. He died Jan. 23, 1893.
Gospel Advocate, January 16, 1896, page 47.
Watson, J. F.
J. F. Watson was born in Tennessee on July 16, 1847, and departed this life, at his home in Hope, N. M., on December 16, 1921. He was married to Martha Farrar on December 16, 1868. To this union were born ten children eight boys and two girls. Four of the boys and one girl are still living, and all were present at the death of their father except the daughter, who lives in Tennessee. Funeral services were held by the writer in the church of Christ at Hope, and his body was laid to rest in the Woodvine Cemetery at Artesia, N. M. The high esteem in which Brother Watson was held as a citizen and a Christian was manifested by the large concourse of people who attended the funeral services. Brother Watson was baptized into Christ in the year 1883 and lived a consistent Christian life up to the day of his death. His wife and children mourn his loss, but do not sorrow as those who have no hope. I pray that Gods grace, mercy, and love may ever be with and sustain the bereaved ones and their sympathizing friends.
A. J. Cox.
Gospel Advocate, January 12, 1922, page 41.
Watson, J. J.
Brother J. J. Watson, a gospel preacher, was bitten by a dog with hydrophobia on December 4, 1930. He went the next day to Celina, Tenn., and began taking treatment. In spite of all that was done, on December 24 he developed hydrophobia, and passed over on the other side to be with the Lord, December 30, 1930. His body was laid to rest near his home. Brother Z. D. Spear conducted the funeral services in the presence of a very large assembly. Brother Watson was baptized while a young man by Brother Burt Guesbay. He was married to Miss Alice Ashlock, and to this union were born nine children. Eight of them are living, and five of them are members of the church of Christ. The other three are small. Brother Watson was forty-seven years old. He leaves father, mother, sister, wife, eight children, and a host of friends to mourn his loss; but we do not weep as others which have no hope. He said a number of times that he was prepared to go, but hated to leave his family. I went to Bible school with him, worked on the farm with him, and I found him to be a Christian gentleman in every way. I feel like one of my best friends is gone. Let us live so as to meet him in the sweet by and by, where there will be no more sad parting. May the Lord bless his dear old father and mother, his dear wife and children, with love and comfort, and shield them from danger and harm, till the Lord calls them home to be with their loved one.
C. A. Ashlock.
Gospel Advocate, January 29, 1931, page 116.
Watson, J. M.
J. M. Watson, of Warren County, Tenn., the writers uncle, was born on December 18, 1850, and died on November 23, 1927, almost seventy-eight years of age. Uncle John, as we all called him, was baptized at the age of twenty-two by Brother John Franklin Smith. He was married to Miss Mary Wilcher, in Cannon County, Tenn., October 31, 1878. To them were born nine children, five of whom are living. Uncle John served as elder of the church at Pleasant Ridge, in Cannon County, for many years; and after moving to Warren County he served as elder of the Oak Grove Church for a number of years until physical disability made it necessary that he give the work over to another. Uncle John bore his afflictions with great patience. His character was unquestioned, and, being strictly honest in all his dealings and thoroughly conscientious in his religious convictions, he always did what he believed to be right. Aunt Mary and the bereaved children have our deepest sympathy and our continued prayers that the Lord may bless them in their loneliness and comfort them in their grief. We sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
J. P. Watson.
Gospel Advocate, February 9, 1928, page 142.
Watson, Jacqulin Messick
Watson, Angela Joyce
(Jacqulin Messick and Angela Joyce).Jacqulin Watson was born April 9, 1937, in Mountain Home, Ark. After graduation from high school, she attended Harding College from 1955 to 1958, and later took classes at the University of Missouri. While at Harding, she married Philip Watson who, in 1961, joined the staff of Oklahoma Christian College and now serves as the schools Director of Development. In 1958-59 Mrs. Watson taught the third and fourth grades at Judsonia, Ark., and from 1959 to 1961 she taught elementary grades at Columbia, Mo. She served as supervisor of the womens dormitory at OCC during the fall semester of the 1961-62 school year. Angela was born to the Watsons on May 19, 1961. Jacqulin and Angela Watson were both killed instantly on September 11, 1963, when the car in which they were riding was struck by a train as they returned from prayer meeting at Harrah, Okla. Brother Watson, minister at Harrah, was out of town on college business. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Watson is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Woodson Messick of Mountain Home, Ark., where he is an elder; and by her brother, Randy, also of Mountain Home.
Gospel Advocate, October 17, 1963, page 671.
Watson, Jim L.
The subject of this sketch, Brother Jim L. Watson, was born near Hartsville, Trousdale County, Tenn., on May 22, 1853. He passed from this world into the great beyond on October 11, 1927. Brother Watson was married to Miss Martha Averett on December 25, 1879. To this union there were born three children, all of whom were girls, and all are still living. Sister Watson preceded her husband to the grave about twenty-two years. Brother Watson had been a member of the church for about thirty years when he passed away. He was a good man, and, so far as his friends and neighbors knew, he was a faithful and true to God and to his Son, Jesus Christ. At the time of his death he was a member of the Corinth congregation, of Wilson County, Tenn. Besides his three daughters, Brother Watson leaves a host of friends and brethren and sisters in Christ to mourn his passing. A short talk was made at his burying by Brother Leonard Jackson, of Lebanon, Tenn. Brother Watson was laid to rest by the side of his good wife in the Averett burying ground to await the coming of our Master. May God bless and keep the three daughters and all the grandchildren, so that by and by they may meet Pappy on that beautiful golden shore where heartaches and tears and separations are unknown.
W. L. Karnes.
Gospel Advocate, March 1, 1928, page 212.
Watson, John H.
John H. Watson was born May 28, 1875, in Greene County, Ark.; departed this life May 25, 1944, at the age of sixty-nine. He leaves his wife (Mrs. Mary E. Watson), four sons, three daughters, one brother, and a host of other relatives and friends, who deeply mourn his passing. Brother Watson moved to Jonesboro more than forty years ago, and since that time he has been an elder in the North Fisher Street Church. He was an elder who labored in word and deed. He had regular appointments and preached the gospel effectively in that way. He baptized numbers into Christ, held countless funeral services, and performed many marriage ceremonies. Like Abraham of old, he was a man of hospitality. If he was not away preaching somewhere, he was always in attendance at the services here; and I do not think that he ever missed a single time, since I have lived here, to ask my family and me to his home. Funeral service was held at the North Fisher Street Church, May 30; and interment was in the Liberty Cemetery, near Paragould, at his old home. The following ministers had part in the funeral: R. C. Walker, of Paragould, read the Scripture and offered the prayer; the writer gave the obituary; Riley Henry, of Walnut Ridge, preached the sermon; and B. M. Lemmons, of Mammoth Spring, made a brief talk at the cemetery. Brother Watson died suddenly of a heart attack, and his passing was a great shock and a keen sacrifice to the church here. He will be missed, maybe as no other man could be missed in this congregation.
Gospel Advocate, July 6, 1944, page 455.
Watson, John M.
John M. Watson passed from earthly view on November 22, 1927. He had been in feeble health for a long time. He suffered much, but endured his suffering in a Christlike manner. Had he lived until December 14, he would have been seventy-seven years old. At an early age he became a member of the church of Christ, and was a faithful, active member ever afterwards. His godly life is manifested in the lives of his children, who are active in the service of Christ. Brother Watson will be missed greatly by the congregation at Oak Grove, in Warren County, Tenn., where he lived and worshiped. He was loved and highly esteemed by the church and people in general there. He leaves behind a faithful wifea godly mother. She was his helpmeet indeed. He leaves also four sons and one daughter to grieve, but not as those who have no hope. Funeral services were conducted at the Oak Grove Church by Brother John High, of McMinnville, Tenn. Brother Watson has gone before, but his good works follow after.
Charles T. Powell.
Gospel Advocate, January 19, 1928, page 70.
Watson, Jonathan S.
After forty-nine years service in the Masters cause, on March 6, 1895, Brother Jonathan S. Watson fell asleep in Jesus. He was born Jan. 16, 1814, and was therefore 81 years, 1 month, and 20 days old. In 1846 he obeyed the gospel under the teaching of Brother Joseph McCord, since which time till the day of his decease he lived a consistent Christian life. Out of a family of seven his is the first death that has occurred. Oh what a trying hour indeed it is to all of us! When we gather around the bedside of one who is so near and dear to us, and realize that we are gazing into that precious face the last time in this world; when we see the cold, icy fingers of death slowly creeping over the form of that loved one, and we see the time approaching so swiftly to us when we shall have to bid farewell to him, it is then we realize there is but One to whom we can go for comfort and consolation. For he hath said, I will never leave thee nor forsake thee, but I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Thank God for the precious assurance contained in his word. Dead? No, Brother Watson is not dead, but sleepeth. Our blessed Savior tells us I am the resurrection and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. 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. Brother Watson has labored faithfully for the Master forty-nine years. To him the night of life has come, and he has fallen asleep to awaken in a brighter and better world, when he shall enter into that rest that remains to the people of God. For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle be dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. Therefore to the bereaved family we will say, Let us weep not as those who have no hope. Ye believe in God, believe also in me. He fell asleep trusting in the promise of the Savior. Let us imitate his example and do the work of our Master, and when it is His will to take us from this world, we shall then be prepared to enter into that beautiful city where they shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters; and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
Wm. M. Jordan.
Gospel Advocate, May 16, 1895, page 320.
Watson, Lawrence M.
Lawrence M. Watson born on May 3, 1897, in Kansas, my father passed from this world on Sunday, July 27, 1980, at the age of 83 years and 85 days. To the family, it was fitting for the Lord to call him home on the Lords day. He was led to Christ by mother (nee Dorothy Arnold) before their marriage in Idaho, May 21, 1918. He served as an elder at Caldwell, Ida., and Othello, Wash., and was an elder at Bellflower, Calif., at the time of his death.
About one-half of his life was spent as an Idaho farmer, before working for the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation as an office administrator. His work with the government took him to Washington state until his retirement. Upon retiring from the Bureau, he and mother moved to Lakewood, Calif., and the fellowship of the Bellflower church.
Memorial services were conducted July 31, in Bellflower, with burial at the Rose Hills cemetery. Participating with me in the services were: Vance Carruth, Bellflower minister, Maurice A. Meredith and Hugh Shira, both long-time friends of the family and instructors at the School of Preaching in Buena Park, Calif.
For my father, it is celebration now. For my mother, my brother Lloyd (San Pedro, Calif.) and me it is a time of sorrow of separation and loneliness, as we anxiously await the eternal reunion.
L. Arnold Watson.
Gospel Advocate, September 4, 1980, page 579.
Died, near Hartsville, Tenn., on the 8th day of Feb. 1891, Bro. Lemuel Watson, aged 65 years. He was a member of the church of God at Hartsville, and delighted to be present at the Lords day meetings and at all times of protracted services his zeal for the cause prompted him to attend regularly. He was a regular subscriber for the Advocate and a student of the Bible. One of his chief pleasures was to talk on the subject of religion. He leaves his good wife and a large family of children and grandchildren to mourn his death. He was a kind husband, a loving father, a good neighbor, and an estimable citizen. He was confined to his bed about a week. His sufferings were severe and rapid in their destruction of life-growing out of inflammation of the bowels. He died in the faith of the gospel. We extend to the family sincere sympathy in this, their sad bereavement.
Joel R. Crenshaw., Hartsville, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, March 11, 1891, page 147.
Watson, Lillie Mai
Funeral services for Miss Lillie Mai Watson, seventy-six years of age, were conducted July 11, at 2 o'clock at her home on Coles Ferry Pike, in Wilson County, Tenn. Thomas J. Wagner conducted the services. Interment was in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Lebanon. Miss Watson passed away Saturday night after an illness of eleven years. She is a native and life-long resident of Wilson County, Tenn. She had been a member of the Berea church of Christ since she was fifteen years of age. She loved the church and the church came first in her life. She attended Potter Bible College, Bowling Green, Ky., where she studied Bible under James A. Harding and other courses under T. Q. Martin and W. L. Karnes. Later she attended Middle Tennessee State College, Murfreesboro, Tenn. She taught school for thirty-five years in Tennessee, Alabama and Louisiana. She is survived by five brothers: A. L. and J. W. Watson of Lebanon; C. C. Watson, Nashville; A. G. Watson, Detroit, Mich.; and the writer, Lawrenceburg, Tenn.; three sisters: Miss Kathryne Watson, Lebanon; Mrs. Guy DeBow, Nashville; and Mrs. B. C. Stevens of Lebanon. When she returned to Potter Bible College for her second time she took the writer, her brother, with her.
W. L. Watson.
Gospel Advocate, August 4, 1955, page 689.
Watson, Lucy Mae
On May 6, 1892, there was born Lucy Mae Watson, daughter of Brother and Sister W. W. Watson, to bless for more than twenty years the lives of her father, mother, brothers, sisters, and a host of friends and relatives with whom she was intimately acquainted. She died of that dread disease, tuberculosis. She took the disease in 1910 while living in Colorado, Texas. She went to the sanitarium at El Paso and stayed four months. She then came home, thinking she was well. She held her health until 1912. In the meantime the family had moved to New Mexico, but she had to go back to the hospital at El Paso again in April, 1912. She remained seven months. Getting no better, she came home to be with her family until the end, which came on February 8, 1913. She was laid to rest in the cemetery at Roswell, N.M. While it is sad to have to give her up, yet it is a joy to know that she had made preparations against that day when Death with his icy sickle was to mow her down. She was baptized in August, 1907, by Brother A. J. McCarty, and remained until death a devoted Christian. During her sickness she bore her troubles with great fortitude; and realizing that she had to die, she said she was ready. Her life was a benediction; her death, transport from the pains of earth life to the bliss of immortality.
T. H. Etheridge.
Gospel Advocate, August 28, 1913, page 837.
Watson, Martha Averitt
Martha Averitt was born on August 11, 1860, in the northern part of Wilson County, near Hartsville, and died on April 4, 1905. She was married to James L. Watson on Christmas Day, 1879. In November, 1893, I held a meeting near her home, and there she confessed her faith in Christ and was buried with Christ in baptism. At the time of her obedience to the gospel, neither her parents nor her husband were members of the church. She led the way, and in the same meeting her parents and husband obeyed the gospel. She became the mother of three daughters, all of whom are gown. It has been my pleasure to baptize two of them. She was a member of the Corinth (Old Bethel) congregation, in Wilson County. It was my privilege, while in a number of meetings there, to often visit her home and enjoy her Christian hospitality. She was, indeed, a helpmeet and a keeper at home. She looked on the bright side of life as much as any woman in my knowledge. She was good to the poor, the sick, and the distressed; in fact, she was a very practical woman. She doubtless had faults, as all accountable persons do; but she was a good, Christian woman, and I believe she has gone home to glory and to God. I would commend her heartbroken husband and grief-stricken children to a loving Heavenly Father, a sympathetic Savior, and the promises of the gospel for comfort and consolation.
L. S. White., Gallatin, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, May 18, 1905, page 315.
Watson, Matthew W.
Matthew W. Watson was born June 26, 1820; married to Rebecca Smith, daughter of Joseph Smith, a noted Methodist preacher, before the war, December 1840; confessed Christ August 20, 1870 and was baptized by Elder Jesse Sewell at Flat Creek; died near Tullahoma May 25, 1891. In the first decade of the present century, my grandparents, both on my fathers and mothers side, settled on Flat Creek. Both moved large families that settled in the community. Several years ago the last one of my fathers side passed from earth. On the other side the brother whose death is recorded above and my mother for years were all that were left. Out of the two large families, my mother, now in her 92nd year, alone is left. My uncle was always noted for his sympathetic and kindly feelings. Not a member of the church until fifty years of age, he had a hard struggle to overcome habits of long standing, yet his growth in the Christian life was constant, and his last years were characterized by a peace of mind and a cheerful hope which can alone spring from a heart in complete submission to the divine will. For some months he had had premonitions of an early death, and talked about it with as much composure as one would discuss ordinary business affairs. As he expected, the summons came suddenly. While about his morning work he dropped dead in the yard. Some time in 1887, he was at our church at Flat Creek to hear Bro. Willie Morton preach. He was so well pleased with the sermon that he urged Bro. Willie to come to his neighborhood and hold a meeting. The meeting was held and out of it grew a congregation, which soon built them a house of worship. Next to his own family this little church was nearest to the heart of my uncle, and his great development in the Christian life in his last years is attributable to his personal interest and work in behalf of the church. As lifes work was well done, we all feel sure that heavens rest is sure.
J. D. Floyd., Flat Creek, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, June 17, 1891, page 371.
Only a few days ago we buried Sister Maud Watson; and as Brother Watson, her father, requested me, I shall write a brief record of her life, her character, and her death. Sister Watson was born at Corinth, Ark., on December 8, 1887; she was born again, into the kingdom of Christ, at the happy and impressionable age of fourteen; and she passed to the beyond from the confines of this earth on the morning of December 24, 1909, after a rather brief, but rapid, attack of lung trouble. I knew her for several years quite well, and I knew her to be a careful and consistent Christian young woman, loyal and true to her convictions, faithful and fervent and constant in the discharge of her Christian duties. And I know that all her own people, as well as the entire congregation at Colorado, Texas, most keenly feel her absence and the loss of such a strong and noble character in their duties and struggles there. She possessed and always manifested such a happy, hopeful, and congenial spirit. And my heart goes out to them in this loss. And yet earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal; and there is such a sweet consolation offered the faithful who remain here. She was faithful and true to the Lord and his cause, and the Lord will care for her in the dissolution of the body and will keep her to his everlasting kingdom and glory. And we shall, if faithful and true, all meet again. She told me just before she died that, while she craved to live on because life was so sweet to her, she yet was willing to do the will of the Master, and that she had not the slightest fear or doubt of her future safely and happiness; that she had done about all she could for the Master the few years she was permitted to live, and was, therefore, ready to die. May the Lord help us to be ready, as we believe that she was, against the day when we come to pass over and gain the rewards and join the hosts of the spirit land.
Gospel Advocate, February 17, 1910, page 215.
Watson, Robert Uriah Lovett
Robert Uriah Lovett Watson was born in Wilcox County, Ala., in 1838. When the War between the States began, he enlisted as a soldier under the Stars and Bars of the Confederacy and made a faithful soldier during the four years of civil strife. In August, 1867, under the preaching of Dr. David Adams, of Pineapple, Ala., he enlisted at the first call he had ever received under the banner of Prince Immanuel, in whose army he made a faithful soldier for more than sixty years. Whether he lived in the country or in town, among friends or strangers, whenever he took residence at a place, he founded a church after the New Testament order, unless one was already in existence there. In addition to such faith as this, his life was characterized by an unusual gentleness and purity. There are many now who are loyal members of the one body who have been led to such a life through the influence of this man. His death occurred February 1, 1928.
Gospel Advocate, May 3, 1928, page 432.
Watson, Sallie Francis
Sallie Francis Watson, wife of our Bro. J. C. Watson daughter of William and Mary Pinkston was born in Maury county, Tenn. May 19, 1845, and died, at the family residence in Pulaski, Tenn., Feb. 18, 1891, after a short illness, caused by measles. She was one of a family of ten children, only one of whom an infant sister preceded her across the dark river. Four brothers and four sisters survive her. She became a Christian at the age of thirteen, under the preaching of Bro. Wade Barrett, of blessed memory. She was married to J. C. Watson, March 11, 1875.
She had been a ministering angel to the sick, afflicted and distressed. With gentle fingers she had closed the tearless eyes of the dead, while she comforted the sad heart of the mourner, whose cheeks were bedimmed with the tears of sorrow. But her work is done, the task of life is ended. The Master called; she laid aside her armor, and has gone away from whatever joys this life could give; for all its labor, toil, and pain live to as we trust, an heir of the richer inheritance of a fadeless youth and joys forevermore. Her life was one which all could commend, full of good words and works, which give us consolation and good hope through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. She has been identified with the little band of disciples, who meet here every Lords day to keep the ordinances of the Lords house, since they first began to come together. Among the faithful, none have been more so, than she, whom now the church will so sadly miss, and who is so greatly mourned. But we do not sorrow, as those who have no hope. We will, and must crucify our selfishness and say The Lords will be done, remembering that what is loss to us, is her eternal gain. I would that all professed Christians might emulate her example, and walk daily in the footsteps of Jesus.
J. E. Scobey.
Gospel Advocate, March 18, 1891, page 169.
Watson, Sterl A., Sr.
Sterl A. Watson Sr. was born in Ozark, Mo., Feb. 15, 1904. He departed this life Nov. 26. Since 1972 he had been confined to his home because of ill health. He is survived by his wife, Pauline Watson; two daughters, Dr. Sterline Brown of St. Louis, Mo., and Dr. Earline Pinckley of Huntsville, Ala.; and two sons Judge S. A. Watson Jr. of Huntsville, Ala., and James A. Watson of Tampa, Fla.; three brothers, Clyde, Paul and Virgil; two sisters, Mrs. Maggie Moody and Mrs. Daisy Rice; eight grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Brother Watson was a gospel preacher who preached the truth in love but without fear or favor. Standing for the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth he successfully opposed (both privately and in public debates) all forms of error.
Beginning his preaching in 1929 he continued to serve as evangelist for churches in Missouri, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, California. For about 15 years he served the West End church in St. Louis, Mo. In addition to local work he was used extensively in gospel meetings.
Funeral services were conducted at the Memorial Parkway church in Huntsville, Ala., by Guy N. Woods assisted by Gary Bradley and this writer. As brother G. K. Wallace wrote, And there were giants in the earth in those days. The Bible uses the word giant to describe men of great renown and of great stature. In the early part of this century there were gospel preachers who were truly giants. Sterl A. Watson was one of them.
J. C. Davidson., Memorial Parkway Church of Christ, 3703 Memorial Parkway, Huntsville, AL 35801.
Gospel Advocate, December 20, 1984, page 760.
Another faithful soldier has fallen. Our beloved sister, Sue Watson, wife of Mr. William Watson, was born March 29, 1832, and departed this life Feb. 28, 1888. She was a good neighbor, a faithful companion, a true and devoted Christian. Her short illness, though attended with suffering, she bore it with the resignation of a Christian. She entreated her husband to meet her in the better land. Her hands and heart were always open to those who were more in need than herself. She was loved by all who knew her. She obeyed the gospel in the fall of 1872 under the preaching of our esteemed brother John H. Harding. She leaves a husband, one brother and one sister, besides many near relatives and friends, to mourn her loss.
John F. Huffman., Antioch, Trousdale County, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, March 28, 1888, page 11.
Watson, T. H.
As the glad light of a faultless autumn day broke over the earth this morning the spirit of T. H. Watson took its flight. He was old and gray and at peace with all the world. His death was peaceful as his life had been calm and helpful to all who knew him. He had lived here but a short time, but his brother, Joseph H. Watson, is a pioneer in our town. The departed leaves a wife to mourn his loss, but no living children are left. The aged couple moved here a few months ago, and expected to spend the remainder of life here near their relatives, among whom is D. N. Watson, member of our town council. Brother Watson was a native of Alabama, but moved to Texas in 1874, and had lived there since that time until his coming here during the past summer. He was a strict member of the church of Christ. The body was interred at Westlawn Cemetery Brother Watson had lived a good life and enjoyed all the hope of the Christian. The natural grief of severing ties of blood is all that his death calls for. He had lived the allotted threescore and ten and passed to that reward which is promised to all who live according to the teaching of God.
Gospel Advocate, June 30, 1910, page 770.
Watson, W. F.
Brother W. F. Watson was born on April 4, 1830, and died on March 5, 1909. Brother Watsons religious life commenced in the latter part of the seventies. He came out of the Civil War dissipated. When he obeyed the gospel, it was freely predicted that he would not break off his old habit, but I am glad to know that all of these prophecies were false. His complete reformation in this matter should be an inspiration to others to give up old habits that are contrary to the will of God. He was unique in his sayings. He was very social, hence he drew around him a host of friends. He was kind of heart, and was an all-round good neighbor. He leaves a wife and several children to mourn his death; but they have the assurance that he was faithful, which insures the promises of the gospel of Christ.
B. F. Hart., Petersburg, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, July 1, 1909, page 824.
Watson, Mrs. W. S.
Sister Watson, the wife of Brother W. S. Watson, has gone to rest. She was the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fiser, of Morrillton, Ark. She was born in July, 1891, and departed this life on March 11, 1920. She was married to Brother Watson in 1907. To this union five children were born. Two departed this life before the death of their mother. Sister Watson leaves, to mourn her departure, a husband, three small children, father, mother, four brothers, and aged grandmother, and a host of brethren and sisters in Christ. She obeyed the gospel under the preaching of Brother J. W. Chism in 1908 and lived faithful until death. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She was faithful to the cause of Christ and always spoke hopeful of it. When possible, she was always found at the place of worship on Lords day. She believed it was her duty to worship in spirit and in truth. Sister Watson was a dutiful wife, an indulgent mother, a submissive daughter, an affectionate sister, and a faithful Christian. We weep not as those who have no hope. May God bless Brother Watson and those little children.
Z. D. Barber.
Gospel Advocate, April 8, 1920, page 360.
Watt, Gentry Thomas
Gentry Thomas Watt, 99, died Nov. 7, 1990, at Rosewood Manor Nursing Home in Bowling Green, Ky., after a lengthy illness. He was the son of the late Jess and Lizzie Watt.
Watt served many years as an elder and a charter member of the Boiling Springs Church of Christ.
Watt was preceded in death by his wife, Ollie Hunt Watt. He is survived by three daughters, Irene Lancaster, Hallie Cowles and Earlene Thomas; four sons, Willis, Cleo, Gentry Hunt and Billy Watt; 33 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Services were conducted Nov. 10, 1990, at the J. C. Kirby Chapel by J. A. Floyd Jr. Burial was at Boiling Springs Cemetery in Warren County, Ky.
Gospel Advocate, January, 1991, page 47.
Watts, Fred A.
Fred A. Watts was born on April 12, 1890, and was born again in February, 1910. He was married to Natale Short on October 22, 1911. To this union four children were born. Brother Watts was reared at Brant, Ark., and went to Little Rock in early manhood. He obeyed the gospel in a revival conducted there by Charles Reign Scovel and for a time worshiped with the Third Street Christian Church, but later became identified with what is now the Fourth and State Streets church of Christ in that city, in which fellowship he continued until February 27, 1928, when death claimed him. He leaves a devoted wife, four children, a mother (old and feeble), one sister, four brothers, and a host of friends. Fred was quiet and unassuming, yet he was outspoken in his advocacy of the ancient purity and simplicity of the New Testament church. He was a good, Christian man; a good neighbor, son, husband, and father; and he was my good friend. He lived to see his oldest child, Mary Louise, become a Christian. He died in a tubercular sanitarium in Denver, Col., where he had been for two years. Funeral services were conducted by the writer in the Fourth and State Streets Church, Little Rock, after which his frail body was laid beside the bodies of loved ones in the old home cemetery at Bryant, Ark., to await the resurrection morn.
M. O. Daley.
Gospel Advocate, April 5, 1928, page 334.
Watts, John Park
Dr. John Park Watts, retired physician and senior elder of the Randolph Street congregation of the church of Christ, Huntsville, Ala., passed to his reward Friday, December 22, at the age of eighty years. He was married in 1884 to Miss Willie McCrary, of Deposit, Ala. His wife died in 1898. He is survived by three sons and one daughter, two sisters, and several grandchildren. He obeyed the gospel in 1884, united with the Randolph Street congregation in 1892, served as deacon for several years, and was chosen elder in 1902, in which capacity he served until the day of his death. He was a careful student of Gods word, and helped the congregation to win many victories over oppositions of various kinds. After a brief service conducted from the residence by Ben Harding, of Columbia, Tenn., and the writer, his body was laid to rest in the family burying plot in Maple Hill Cemetery in Huntsville.
Aruna Clark., Huntsville, Ala.
Gospel Advocate, January 4, 1934, page 30.
Watts, William M.
William M. Watts was born in Pontotoc County, Miss., on September 15, 1860, and died of that dread disease, consumption, on August 9, 1914. When comparatively a young man he moved to Arkansas, where he resided until his death. He was married to Miss Sallie D. La Prode on January 1, 1880; and to this union six boys and two girls were born. All the children, with their mother, survive their father. Five of the children are faithful members of the church of Christ. Several years ago he obeyed the gospel, and he and his faithful wife were active in establishing the Masters cause at Bryant. The writer was called to conduct the funeral services; and notwithstanding the downpour of rain that fell nearly all day, a large concourse of people were present. Quite a number of friends and relatives went down from Little Rock. We trust that Sister Watts and the children who are Christians may remain faithful until death, and that the children who are not yet Christians may seek the Lord early, and that after the judgment we may all be permitted to meet in the paradise, of God.
Gospel Advocate, October 1, 1914, page 1043.
Watwood, Ila W.
Sister Ila W. Watwood, of Fountain Head, Tenn., wife of Brother Isaac Watwood, was born on February 7, 1837; was born again in August, 1910; and fell asleep in Jesus on January 8, 1916. She was the daughter of Brother Eli and Sister Sallie Perdue. She and her husband, who survives her, obeyed the gospel under the preaching of Brother M. H. Northcross when he lived in Sumner County. Sister Watwood was a most excellent Christian wife, mother, and neighbor. She was tenderly cared for by her son, Carlos, and his excellent wife. All her children loved her and were good to her. Her husband is still confined to his room. He has been on his rolling chair for a number of years, and is patient, kind, and submissive to his condition. Be faithful, Brother Watwood, for I verily believe that when you get to the beautiful gate you will find Sister Watwood waiting and watching for you.
Jarratt L. Smith.
Gospel Advocate, April 26, 1917, page 422.
At the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Brother and Sister John Straiton, Fort Worth, Texas, Alexander Waugh, aged sixty-seven years, entered into his rest on Friday, May 19. He was baptized twenty-nine years ago at Salamannar, Scotland, by Brother Willie Gardiner. After some time, he, with is family, removed to Rutherglen, and he was in fellowship first with the church at 21 London Road and afterwards with the brethren in Inglefield Hall, Glasgow, Scotland. In 1888 he came to America. He resided three years in Indiana. Then he came to Texas, where the remainder of his life was spent in and around Thurber. Though often compelled to live where there was no church, he remained faithful in life and conviction to the truth. He was a man of quiet disposition. Of him it could be truly said that he was a man of one book, the Bible. During the last year or two his home was in Fort Worth, where he found pleasant fellowship with the brethren of the South Side Church. The funeral services were conducted by Brother Early Arceneaux at the home, and the body was laid to rest beside the remains of his wife in the Strawn graveyard on Sunday afternoon, May 21. We sorrow not as those who have no hope.
Gospel Advocate, June 22, 1911, page 690.
Wear, Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson Wear, son of Roten G. and Sarah E. Wear, was born on December 24, 1861, at Jamestown, in Smith County, Texas. He obeyed the gospel at Board Camp, Ark., in 1912, under the preaching of Brother H. C. Collier. He died at a sanitarium at Talihina, Okla., on April 12, 1923. He leaves four brothers and a sister; Dr. J. B. Wear, Poteau, Okla.; Judge A. E. Wear, Mena, Ark.; F. A. Wear, Sallisaw, Okla.; R. L. Wear, Red Oak, Okla.; and Mrs. G. W. Cotton, Sallisaw, Okla. With these are left a host of other relatives and friends to mourn his death. Brother Wear was buried at Board Camp. Ark., near his old home, where most of his life had been spent serving those he loved. The writer spoke words of comfort and consolation as best he could at the funeral.
Gospel Advocate, May 3, 1923, page 446.
Wearden, John T.
John T. Wearden died Dec. 13, 2000. He was 63.
Wearden graduated from Sunset School of Preaching in 1971 and from York College in 1994. He was director of Midway School of Biblical Studies in Sabetha, Kan., for six years.
He preached for small churches across the United States for 30 years from Florida to Texas, Ohio to Wyoming, and in mission work around the world. He worked last June in Noviy Suet, Ukraine.
He is survived by his wife of more than 44 years, Betty; four sons, Russell, Ken, Jeff and Joel; two daughters, Karen Aponte and Leah Swenson; a half-brother, Tom, a half-sister, Jessie; and 11 grandchildren.
Gospel Advocate, March, 2001, page 45.
Weatherford, A. J.
Died at his home in Limestone County, Ala., August 31, 1896, Elder A. J. Weatherford, at the advanced age of eighty-three years, two months, and sixteen days. Truly a good man has been called to his reward. Having lived a consistent member of the church of Christ more than fifty years, well could he exclaim, in the language of the Apostle Paul: I have fought a good fight; I have finished my course; I have kept the faith. In the death of Brother Weatherford the Big Creek church has lost one of its strongest pillars, and the community a noble Christian neighbor. The funeral services were conducted by Brother Bradley, at the Berea Cemetery, in the presence of a large concourse of relatives and friends, where he was laid to rest by the side of his faithful companion, there to await the resurrection of the saints.
S. F. McGlocklin., Oneal, Ala.
Gospel Advocate, October 8, 1896, page 653.
Weatherford, Mary A.
Sister Mary A., wife of A. J. Weatherford, was born April 9, 1817, and departed this life in Limestone county, Ala., August 29, 1893. She leaves an aged husband, five children, and a large number of relatives to mourn their loss. She lived a devoted Christian life for fifty years, as she was baptized by Brother Allen Kendrick, at old Green Hill campground, in the year 1843. Sister Weatherford's presence will be no more in the Lords day meetings here upon earth, where she delighted to direct her footsteps upon the first day of the week, to partake of the emblems of the broken body and shed blood of her Savior; but we have the promise that all who will live faithful may meet again in that beautiful home, where there will be no more parting.
S. F. McGlocklin.
Gospel Advocate, October 12, 1893, page 649.
Weatherford, Thomas L.
The subject of this sketch was born in Limestone County, Ala., on April 5, 1838, and died on Sunday, March 9, 1908, at the home of his son, near Athens, Ala. Brother Weatherford, according to his neighbors testimony, was a good man. His nearest neighbor said to me a short while after his death: You cant beat him. Another, who is a brother in the church, told me that he had known him all his lifehad been his neighbor, had been in the war with him and in the church with himand thought he knew him, and by his evidence he was one among the best men of his country. Brother Weatherford had been a preacher for about thirty-five years and had baptized hundreds of persons, but no one knows definitely the number. I had known him for about fifteen years, but was associated with him but little till I moved to this country recently.
It seemed to be his hearts desire in his preaching to be true to what is written, neither adding to nor taking from. He seemed to regret very much the troubles that are coming upon the church about things untaught. He will be missed by the little band of Christians that meet in the courthouse in Athens. He had a short time before his death moved to his sons, near here, to spend the remainder of his days on earth, and, being aged and feeble, said he had called in his regular appointments and would cast his lot with us, as he could not fellowship the unscriptural things in the digressive church here. He had consented to preach for us once a month, but filled only one appointment, and that just two weeks before the final summons came. He preached a great deal in schoolhouses, under brush arbors, and in private homes, much of the time without remuneration, working hard on the farm at the same time for a support for his family. His principal work was in the county in which he was born, in which he died, and in which to-day there are nine churches (with perhaps eight hundred members, many of whom he baptized), all of which were established independent of any society other than the church, and all save one still worshiping as it is written, notwithstanding the society advocates claim that the church is doing nothing. I have made careful inquiry, and have yet to hear of one protracted meeting held by them at a mission point in the county. Brother Weatherford labored some in other counties in Alabama, some in Middle Tennessee, and some in Texas. He attended school at Mars Hill about the year 1879. I think he was then a man of family. He leaves an aged companion and eight children behind to mourn his departure, but he also leaves an influence that can be measured only by eternity. He doubtless had his faults, as all men have; but he was a good citizen and neighbor, a kind husband and father, and an earnest member of the church of the living God.
Gospel Advocate, April 9, 1908, page 240.
Weathers, Emma Cora
Sister Emma Cora Weathers, wife of James Weathers, Salem elder, and daughter of Brother and Sister Frank Harmon, pioneer preacher, passed away at the Portland Sanitarium, December 14, 1943, at the age of sixty-seven years. She was born in Labette County, Kan., November 29, 1876. She was baptized at an early age, and remained a faithful member of the church. She was united in marriage to James Weathers, December 21, 1908, in Missouri. Later they moved to Oregon to make their home. She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, four daughters, five sons, three sisters, thirty-four grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. After the funeral services, at which Joseph Sherman officiated, she was laid to rest in the City View Cemetery at Salem. Sister Weathers life was surely one of service both to family and friends.
Gospel Advocate, February 24, 1944, page 151.
Weathers, Mrs. L. L.
The many friends of Brother and Sister L. L. Weathers were made sad because of her passing away recently in Phil Campbell, Ala. Sister Weathers was born and reared in Rogersville, Ala., where she was married to Brother Weathers. Coming from a Christian home, a sister to the late J. Petty Ezell, Sister Weathers was well prepared to take her place as a preachers wife. This she was in every sense of the term. Devoted to her husband and children and with a firm desire to serve the Lord where her husband was most needed, she willingly made every sacrifice to this end, picking up and moving into whatever field duty called and there rendered a great service to the cause of our Lord. After a lingering illness of some two years, death claimed her. She will be missed by her many friends, but most of all by her husband and children. However, we believe that, in this case, our loss is her gain. She did her work well. On June 21, M. E. Gibbs, Curtis Posey, and the writer were called to Phil Campbell to speak a few words at her funeral, after which the body was removed to Nashville, Tenn., where another funeral service was held, with burial following in that city. Brother Weathers is well known throughout the brotherhood for his works sake, having done local work in Nashville, Tenn.; Florence, Ala.; Hackleburg, Ala.; Phil Campbell, Ala.; Florida, and other places. Meeting work has carried him into several states. Our prayers are with him and his children.
W. C. Quillen.
Gospel Advocate, August 10, 1950, page 517.
Weathers, L. L.
L. L. Weathers was born October 3, 1898, on a 200-acre farm in north Alabama. He taught school for three years before he began preaching at the age of 20. In 1934 brother Weathers moved to Nashville. In the fall of 1935 he began preaching for the Grandview Church of Christ on Nolensville Road. After serving as full-time minister for several years he then moved back to Alabama.
In his early years of preaching he lived and preached in Alabama, Kentucky, Florida, Georgia, Texas and Clarksville, Tennessee.
In 1951 he moved back to Nashville and began working with the Radnor Church of Christ. At that time Radnor was meeting in the white frame building located in their present parking lot. In 1962, while brother Weathers was at Radnor, they built their present building. He helped design this building so it would be convenient for elderly people and for funerals. After brother Weathers stepped down as minister of Radnor, he continued to worship there for about five years.
In 1978 he went to Meads Chapel to work as associate minister. In 1982 he had to retire because of failing health.
Brother Weathers has performed more funerals and weddings than probably any other preacher in Nashville. In 1970 he conducted 52 funerals and performed 41 weddings.
Brother Weathers was vice-president of Woodbine Funeral Home for the past 27 years. He will be missed greatly by this community.
Brother Weathers funeral was conducted August 15, 1984, from the Radnor church building. Garvin Smith, a long time friend and co-worker at Radnor; Fay Cornwell, a co-worker at Meads Chapel; and this writer conducted the services to approximately 600 people. Local church of Christ ministers were Honorary Pallbearers. Brother Weathers was survived by his wife, Nell, and three children.
I have faught a good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith.
Gospel Advocate, January 17, 1985, page 59.
Weaver, George W.
Departed this life June 8, 1894, my dear father, George W. Weaver, at his home near Palmer, Ellis county, Texas. The subject of this sketch was born in Jackson county, Ala., April 3, 1831, making his life stay on earth 63 years, 2 months, and 5 days. He was a member of the Church of Christ about twenty-eight years. He was true to the religion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was an elder of the church at Finley, Tenn.; also at College Grove, Ala. He then removed to Lee county, Miss., and was made elder there. He exhorted his family and friends to hold out faithful to the end. He was a kind husband and father, always talking of God and heaven. He said he wouldn't give the religion of our Lord Jesus Christ for anything. He has bade farewell to earth, with all its troubles, trials, and persecutions, and gone to the God he loved. Farewell, dear father. For awhile thy sweet voice is hushed in death. Never no, never are we to hear thy familiar footsteps. Our home is all lonely without thee. But we sorrow not as those who have no hope. To one and all let me say, Be ye ready for the summons home.
Joe., His Only Son.
Gospel Advocate, August 30, 1894, page 547.
Webb, Ella Kennedy
Sister George D. Webb, who before her marriage was Ella Kennedy, of Pocahontas, Tenn., died at her home in Tuscumbia, Ala., on August 2, 1914. She left a husband and a little girl broken-hearted because of her departure. She also leaves a father, two brothers, and a sister to join her later. She was baptized at Essary Springs by Brother A. G. Freed eighteen years ago. She had lived eight years in Tuscumbia, and was known by all as an active, sacrificing, Christian worker, never failing to do what she could to help those in need or in any way advance the cause of Christ. The funeral was conducted by the writer at Pocahontas. She said to her husband, just before the end came, that she did not think she would go yet, as her work was not all accomplished. She wanted to see him and the little girl in the church. None of us finish our work as Christ did his.
C. E. Coleman.
Gospel Advocate, October 15, 1914, page 1090.
Webb, Harry L.
The following quotation from a Springfield (Tenn.) paper reflects the opinion of the friends of the deceased: The death on last Saturday [April 7] of Harry L. Webb, prominent Robertson County farmer and Democratic nominee for Trustee, took from the walks of life one of this county's best-known and best-liked citizens. Brother Webb was beset with ill health for several years, but fought on with courage. We worked together in several meetings. I have known him in other ways. I have seen him tried, but I have never seen him do, or heard him say, the wrong thing about anybody or anything. I have never met an enemy of his or heard a criticism offered. He was a leader of the congregation where he worshiped and a liberal contributor. He leaves his wife, two daughters, three sons, his mother, and some brothers and sisters. Funeral services were conducted by the writer, assisted by Ed. Craddock, with interment at Springfield, in the presence of the largest crowd ever assembled for a funeral there.
Thomas H. Burton.
Gospel Advocate, October 25, 1934, page 1039.
Webb, India Dale
India Dale, daughter of George Woodford and Martha Washington Dale, was born near Bedford, Iowa, December 17, 1856, and passed away at her home in Cedar Vale, Kan., April 6, 1932. In 1856 the family came to Kansas, locating near Paola, in Miami County. She grew up a child of the prairie, loving the out of doors. In 1871 her parents located at Cedar Vale, then a village. There she grew to young womanhood, and on December 7, 1876, she was married to George Wilson Webb, who preceded her in death in 1925. To this union were born nine children, two of them being taken from the family circle in early childhood. She was a mother in the truest sense of the word. Her whole married life was devoted to her children in the home, and her long and useful life was spent in rearing a monument to the noble name of mother. She obeyed the gospel in early life, being immersed by Elder Jasper Fuller, the first Christian minister to hold a meeting in Cedar Vale, in 1872. She lived a devoted Christian life all the remaining years and was rewarded for her unfaltering faith and Christ-like life by seeing all of her children become obedient to the cause of Christ, which she so dearly loved, and the bread cast upon the waters throughout her entire life did not return to her void. There are many that could testify to her deeds of charity, for she was ever mindful of the many calls for the needy, and exemplified the life of her Savior by giving relief whenever it was in her power to do so. Funeral services were conducted at the church of Christ by Brother V. D. Love, of Winfield, Kan.
Mrs. M. H. Donelson., (Sister)
Gospel Advocate, June 23, 1932, page 744.
Webb, L. D.
L. D. Webb died July 25. He was 76.
He and his wife, Bernice, had been on a missionary tour when he died of a heart attack while stopping for gasoline.
The tour was scheduled with the purpose of visiting eight congregations and three Christian schools Webb had founded. He had been a preacher for more than 57 years.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Bernice Durrett; a son, Dr. David D. Webb of Edmund, Ok.; three daughters, Sara Cooper, of Irving, Texas, Joy Rausseau, of Troup, Texas, and Melody Murray, of Anaheim, Calif.; and 10 grandchildren.
Friends are asked to send monetary memorials to Columbia Christian College, Orange County Christian School in Anaheim, Calif., or Southern California School of Evangelism in Buena Park, Calif.
Gospel Advocate, November, 1992, page 45.
By request I record the death of sister Minerva Webb, wife of Bro. Townsen Webb. Sister Webb was born Jan. 29, 1827, and departed this life July 24, 1891. Obeyed the gospel under the preaching of Bro. L. N. Murphy. She was for many years a member of the congregation at McMinnville, Tenn. Her last years were spent near this place. She died in Hillsboro, Tex. Was buried in Brandon. She ever manifested that meek and quiet spirit which is with the Lord of so great price. A true, good woman, devout Christian, devoted wife, affectionate mother has gone. We cannot say weep not. But weep not as those who have no hope.
J. K. Walling.
Gospel Advocate, December 17, 1891, page 800.
Webb, Sallie Jones
Died, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Annie Schandies, Huntsville, Ala., March 24, 1888, Mrs. Sallie Jones Webb in the 84th year of her age. Born in Knox county, Tenn. Dec. 20, 1804. Married Jesse Webb July 1821. For sixty-seven years she was a member of the church of Christ. At the age of 17 she made the good confession, baptized by Andrew P. Davis, in Warren county, Tenn., was the mother of 14 children, of whom 13 are living, though scattered some in Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, California, and Alabama. Seven of her children are members of the church of Christ, one Methodist, one Cumberland Presbyterian and four Baptists. Lived a widow 13 years. She was a sister of Reese and Isaac Jones, of Manchester, Tenn. Her daughter and our faithful sister, Annie Schandies lovingly and tenderly cared for her through the last years of her life. The little band of disciples at Huntsville has lost one of its eight widows, but our loss is her gain.
Col. E. H. Epps, brother-in-law of sister Schandies, died March 31st at her residence, just one week after her mother. God help and bless our sister, she has known little else than to go from one sick bed to another for the last eighteen months. Col. Epps was a member of the Baptist church, and the funeral services of both were conducted by Mr. Smith, of the Baptist church.
Huntsville, Ala., April 2, 1888.
Gospel Advocate, April 18, 1888, page 11.
Webb, Thomas Otis
Thomas Otis Webb, 82, died March 19 in Montgomery, Ala. Webb preached for small congregations in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas that could not support a full-time minister.
Webb was the first preacher for the Northside Church of Christ in Wichita, Kan., serving as minister from its beginning to 1940. For 30 years he preached for the church in Peace Creek and Sylvia, Kan.
Webb and other members there worked with other congregations throughout central and western Kansas, converting government surplus barracks into meeting houses and classrooms.
Webb and his wife, the former Lillie Edith Hall, owned and operated O & L Book and Bible House from 1958 to 1980.
In the last years of his life, Webb wrote Life is for Living, Laying to Rest the Spirit of Vengeance, and Gods Purpose Through the Ages.
Webb married Hall on June 20, 1930. She preceded him in death in March 1991. Webb is survived by a son, Thomas O. Webb of Tulsa, Okla.; a daughter, Mildred Barnett of Fitzpatrick, Ala.; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Memorial gifts should be sent to the Otis and Lillie Webb endowed scholarship fund at Lubbock Christian University, 5601 19th St., Lubbock, TX 79407.
Gospel Advocate, July, 1994, page 46.
Webber, Mary Jane
Mary Jane Webber was born on May 16, 1828, and died on January 15, 1908. She was baptized by Brother E. G. Sewell, in 1872, at Davidsons Schoolhouse. She was a good woman, loved and respected by all who knew her. She possessed those traits of character that make up, beautify, and adorn the Christian man or woman. Sister Webbers opportunities for attending church were not the best, though she attended when she could and delighted in the service of the Lord. Just before her death she wrote a very pleasant letter to Brother Dink Kinton, of Dyer, Tenn. in which she said: Since I obeyed the gospel I have lived happily, placing all my trust in my Savior. In this same letter she requested that I conduct her funeral service, which I did, believing that another of Gods noble women had fallen at her post of duty. Having bidden adieu to all earthly things, she has gone to that heavenly home which Jesus has prepared for them who love and serve him. Sister Webber leaves several sons and daughters, besides other relatives and friends, to mourn her departure. May they all accept her God as their God, her Savior as their Savior, and may they love, obey, and trust him, that they may meet her in the sweet beyond.
J. L. Holland.
Gospel Advocate, March 19, 1908, page 188.
Webster, Mrs. E. J.
I am requested to perform the sad duty of writing the obituary of Sister E. J. Webster. She was born in Marion County, Ala., Nov. 24, 1850, and died at Crowley, Ark., May 2, 1895, at 2 o'clock A.M., aged 44 years, 5 months, and 8 days. She was the daughter of A. H. and Nancy Moss. She obeyed her Savior in baptism, being baptized by a Baptist preacher by the name of Markham, when she was about 16 years old. On February 8, 1872, she was united in marriage to J. D. Webster. In the fall of 1872 they moved to Fulton County, Ky., where they heard Brother George Flower, of Paducah, Ky., and Brother J. H. Roulach, of Union City, Tenn., preach, and in 1874 they sent and got Brother Brents' book, Gospel Plan of Salvation, and began to read it an compare it with the teaching of the New Testament. They soon saw they were in Babylon. They continued to read the book and the New Testament and to hear our brethren preach, and in November, 1875, they moved to Hill County, Texas. There they located. There they heard Brother William Richardson preach, and the second Lords day in April, 1876, they laid aside all human creeds and took their stand on the Bible and that alone for their rule of faith and practice, and began to worship God according to his direction. Sister Webster was a devoted mother and a true and faithful wife. She considered it her pleasure and delight as well as her duty to spend her time at home with her husband and children. She seemed to try to exercise the highest right and greatest privilege God has bestowed on any human being to guide the house and train her children in the good and right way. She kept an open door of hospitality. She leaves a devoted husband and five children to mourn her loss, but their loss is her eternal gain. She has fought a good fight, she has kept the faith; henceforth there is laid up for her a crown of righteousness. It is a comfort to now that her hardships are all over, her sufferings done, her victory won. Truly a good woman has been called home. All should profit by her example and be prepared to meet her in that sweet Eden of rest. May the blessings of God be upon our dear brother and his children, is my prayer.
E. H. Bratton.
Gospel Advocate, August 1, 1895, page 487.
Webster, T. A.
On December 7, 1898, Mr. T. A. Webster was gathered like a sheaf of wheat, ripe for harvest, into the garner of the Lord; aged forty-nine years. He leaves a wife, eight children, four brothers, four sisters, and many friends to mourn his death. He was a dutiful son, a kind husband, and a loving father, and was esteemed by all who knew him. He professed religion and joined the Methodist Church in early life; but not being satisfied with their baptism, he obeyed the gospel later and lived a faithful member. Brother Webster returned home on November 31, from a visit to his aged mother, two brothers, and three sisters, who reside in Shelby County, Ala. He was feeling quite unwell on reaching home; but, being unwilling to give up, he started out on the following Thursday for Berry. Finding he was unable to make the trip, he stopped off at Bankston, where he was kindly cared for by his two nephews, Willie and Dixon Kirkland, who brought him home the next day, and on the Wednesday following he died, surrounded by his family and one brother and sister. He served this generation well.
Gospel Advocate, January 26, 1899, page 61.
On the afternoon of July 28, 1923, at Winchester, Tenn., Aunt Ruth Weddington died suddenly. She was born in 1847. She was married to T. W. Weddington on September 16, 1875. To this union three children were born Robert Weddington, of Birmingham, Ala.; Mrs. Sallie Baker, of Winchester, Tenn.; and Mrs. Maud Crabtree, of England, Ark. Aunt Ruth obeyed the gospel fifty years ago, and has been a devoted Christian all these years. Her life has been a power for good. She and her faithful husband have done much to encourage young preachers. Preachers could always find a welcome in her home, which was made so happy by her unselfish spirit. To know Aunt Ruth was to love her. The floral offerings were beautiful, attesting the high esteem in which she was held, not only in her own community, but for miles around. Our sympathy and prayers go out to her companion in his hours of loneliness. The funeral service was conducted by the writer in the presence of a host of friends.
D. E. Mason.
Gospel Advocate August 16, 1923, page 799.
Weddle, Mary Ann
Grandma Weddle, aged eighty-three years, five months, and nineteen days, passed from earth on September 1. Her maiden name was Mary Ann Turk. She was born in Lee County, Va., and at the age of twenty years obeyed the gospel. She endeavored to live the Christian life from that time. In 1846 she and W. E. Weddle were married. Fourteen children were born in their home, only three of whom are now living. They are: James Weddle, of Asotin, Wash.; David Weddle, of Seattle, Wash.; and Mrs. Hugh Boyd, of Spokane, Wash. Mr. and Mrs. Weddle emigrated to Iowa in 1853, and from thence to Idaho in 1870. There they resided until 1894, when they removed to Yakima, Wash. In 1901 they came to Conconully, Wash., where they have had a home, until the faithful old companion was called to a grander home among the angels. Grandma spent sixty-four years in the Masters service. Christians believe she will hear the sweet message: Well done, thou good and faithful servant.
D. F. Nickell.
Gospel Advocate, September 24, 1908, page 624.
Weir, Joe, Sr.
Within a few days of one another Joe Weir, Sr. and his wife Nora left this life for their eternal reward. Having suffered heart attacks on the same day. Brother Weir died one week later on April 22, and Sister Weir followed on April 30. Their funerals were conducted at the Red Bank church building by Lester Massey and James Boyd. Brother Weir had preached in the Chattanooga area for many years until retiring a few years ago. He helped establish congregations, worked among rural churches, all the while earning his living by making tents. He and his wife were highly respected in this area and their influence for the cause of Christ was exceptional. At the time of death they were faithful and active members of the Red Bank church in Chattanooga. They are survived by two sons, Joe, Jr., Perry, and one daughter Ruth McGregor, all faithful members of the Lords church. The elderly Weirs had the pleasure of seeing every grandchild of accountable age baptized into Christ, some by his own hand. One does not have so great a privilege of knowing such fine people very often as these two who spent their lives for the Lord.
James W. Boyd.
Gospel Advocate, May 30, 1968, page 350.
Weirick, Sarah Ann
Sarah Ann Weirick was born November 15, 1850, in Gallia County, Ohio. She was married to William Henry Weirick on January 16, 1868, who preceded her in death on September 27, 1921. Sister Weirick joined him on June 23, 1945, at her home in San Diego, Calif. She was ninety-four years, seven months, and eight days young. Cerebral apoplexy caused her death. She was a faithful Christian for approximately sixty years. Sister Sarah Ann lost her eyesight soon after her husbands death in 1921. She learned to read the Bible by the Braille System, and she was a constant inspiration to those who knew her. She died while sitting at her radio anxiously waiting for a program in which the reading of the Bible was featured. Truly here was a soldier of the cross who died at her post of duty awaiting further marching orders from her commander in chief, Jesus Christ. Sister Sarah Ann Weirick is survived by eight children (one having preceded her in death), nineteen grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. I spoke words of encouragement and hope to the bereaved at her funeral service, having been intimately associated with her and part of her family while at El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego. Interment was in Greenwood Memorial Park, San Diego, by the side of her husband.
Sherman L. Cannon., Ninth and Lime Avenue, Long Beach 2), Calif.
Gospel Advocate, July 19, 1945, page 383.
Welborn, L. L.
On October 14, 1967, Dr. L. L. Welborn, a dedicated Christian physician, died in his home near Senatobia, Mississippi after an illness of two months. Dr. Welborn was born in Tate County, Mississippi, April 13, 1890. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Welborn, a pioneer family who came to Mississippi from Kentucky. He received his degree in medicine in 1913 from the Memphis Hospital Medical School which consolidated with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. In 1913 he married Mrs. Bessie V. Welborn who survives him.
Except for a year and a half, Dr. Welborn spent his entire practice in his beloved Tate County. He was in the true sense a genuine country Doctor. Until his last illness weakened him, he was still making house calls day and night throughout the rural areas. He delivered at birth a sizable number of the citizens of the county. His services were widely sought with people from neighboring counties driving to the office in his home to receive treatment. At his death many of his patients, young and old, had never been attended by another physician from the time of their birth. He was beloved and appreciated by both white and Negro citizens.
He was a devout Christian, a devoted member of the church. The topic of priority when any minister visited with him was the future and the welfare of the church. Many people in need knew him to be a generous person. Despite his age and a demanding practice, the only time he ever missed worship or Bible study was when he was ill. He was never too busy or too tired to worship God, nor was he ever too busy or too tired to minister to the sick.
He was also known for his interest and activities in business and civic affairs.
His funeral service was conducted by Richard Curry, minister of the Oak Acres church in Memphis and long time friend of Dr. Welborns. Brother Curry emphasized the life of Christian service and the Christian interests in the church, in the home, and in the community that characterized the life of Doctor.
Dr. Welborn is survived by his wife, two sons, D. L. Welborn of Senatobia and Clary Welborn of Stuttgart, Arkansas; a brother, J. N. Welborn, a sister, Mrs. Thomas W. Hyde, six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
David W. Chadwell.
Gospel Advocate, December 7, 1967, page 782.
Welch, Delia Kilby
Delia Kilby Welch was born March 16, 1863, and died in Birmingham, Ala., October 12. At the age of sixteen she was married to L. T. Welch. Shortly after her marriage she and her husband obeyed the gospel. She was a member of the church more than fifty years. She loved the Lord and his church. Her home was not only the preachers home, but it was a home for strangers also. She was a good and faithful servant of the Lord in that she served mankind. She was a constant reader of the Bible and taught it to her children and neighbors. She was faithful to meet on the first day of the week. If she was ever late at the services, it was not any fault of her own, for she would be ready to go long before it was time. She was at church on Sunday morning and evening before her sudden death on Thursday. She lived to see seven children three girls and four boys grown, and all members of the church. Two girls preceded her in death. She leaves her husband L. T. Welch, of Birmingham, Ala.; four sons E. S., of Montgomery, Ala.; L. H., of Nashville, Tenn.; W. B., of Tracy City, Tenn.; C. H., of Birmingham, Ala.; and one daughter Mrs. John T. Smithson, of Fulton, Ky., the wife of the writer; two sisters Mrs. J. R. Bennett, of Dallas, Texas, and Mrs. James Husbands, of San Antonio, Texas. While her death was a shock to all the family and brought sorrow to their hearts, we sorrow not without hope.
John T. Smithson.
Gospel Advocate, November 23, 1933, page 1127.
Ed Welch was born in Monroe County, Ky., in 1874, and died on December 17, 1928. His father moved to Barren County, near Railton, where Brother Welch was reared. He obeyed the gospel in 1896, and we believe he lived a life that was pleasing to the Lord. He was a reader of the Gospel Advocate as long as he was able to have it sent to him. He suffered from that dreadful disease, tuberculosis. Brother Welch was an elder of the church of Christ meeting and worshiping at Railton. He leaves a wife and eight children to mourn his death. He also leaves two brothers J. S. Welch, of Indianapolis, Ind., and W. M. Welch, of Bowling Green, Ky. Brother Welch will be greatly missed at church. He attended the worship as long as he could sit up. When he saw that he had to go, he said: I have nothing to dread. Funeral services were held by the writer. The esteem in which he was held was attested by the large concourse of friends who gathered to pay their last tribute of respect.
C. A. Ashlock.
Gospel Advocate, January 31, 1929, page 114.
Welch, Ellie L.
Died, at her home in Lawrence county, Tenn., sister Ellie L. Welch, September 2, 1887. Sister Ellie was born September 27, 1869, and was baptized into Christ September 1885, under the preaching of Bro. H. H. Turner, at Mt. Etna, Lawrence county, Tenn.
Yes, she has faded from our midst like a flower blighted by the blast. So young, so full of promise, cut down in the morning twilight of her existence. God gathered the bud to his home to blossom and brighten his eternal mansion.
To all, let the comforting assurance come, that she has gone to a home of rest, where angels will ever guard the peaceful slumber of her soul.
W. J. Wisdom., West Point, Tennessee, March 11, 1888.
Gospel Advocate, March 21, 1888, page 10.
Ernest Welch, a well-known and respected citizen of Pinkney, Tenn., departed this life on June 8, 1931. He was fifty-six years and one month old. He obeyed the gospel on August 13, 1909. He loved the church and the pure word of God. He died, as he had lived, in the Lord, with the promise that the dead in Christ are blessed and their works follow them. He married Rosa Goodman on February 22, 1899. To this union six children were born. Four of them with their mother, preceded him to the grave. On January 14, 1910, he was married to Miss Kate Lumpkins, to which union five children were born, all of them still living to comfort their mother. Funeral services were conducted by the writer at his late home. Burial was at the Houser cemetery by the side of his first wife and four children. Many of his friends were there to show their love for him and sympathy for the bereaved.
T. C. King.
Gospel Advocate, August 13, 1931, page 1014.
Welch, Julia Maud
On June 15, 1909, Sister Julia Maud Welch passed over the silent river. She was born on June 29, 1882, and became a Christian at the age of twenty years under the preaching of Brother Gusby, and from that time till her death she lived a Christian life, declaring to the last that she had no fears to harrow her in crossing the mystic river. Our Father has called her home from the fields of sorrow and death, to be transplanted in the paradise of God, to bloom in everlasting beauty and love. While we realize that we shall never see her face again, yet we hope to meet her in the home on the other side; and while her work is finished and she has gone to rest in the great beyond, she leaves an influence that will live as long as her friends live.
Ida M. Greer., Smiths Grove, Ky.
Gospel Advocate, July 29, 1909, page 950.
Welch, Laura Sturdivant
Laura Sturdivant Welch was born in Edmonson County, Ky., August 26, 1882; died in an automobile accident at Glasgow, Ky., August 28, 1942. On November 11, 1900, she was married to Ed Welch. To this union nine children were born. One died in infancy, and the following survive: Mrs. Mayme Snoddy, Indianapolis, Ind.; Paul, Indianapolis, Eldon, at home; John, United States Army, Denver, Colo.; Harlan, at home; Robert C., Lawrenceburg, Tenn.; Marie and Nadene, at home. She is also survived by eleven grandchildren, one sister, and two brothers. One son, Robert C. Welch, is a faithful preacher of the gospel, now serving as song leader and assistant preacher with the church in Lawrenceburg. Sister Welch obeyed the gospel in early life, and was always faithful to the Lord. All bore testimony to her good character, both by word and acts of sympathy to the family. Her funeral was largely attended and was conducted by the writer, after which her body was entombed by the side of her husband, who preceded her in death by several years.
Gospel Advocate, September 17, 1942, page 911.
Welch, Maggie A.
Maggie A. Welch, daughter of David and Martha Welch, was born on March 22, 1884, and died on April 11, 1908. She obeyed the gospel while quite young. It is strange to us to think of one so young being taken away; but God makes no mistakes. Those so closely related to Maggie mourn, but not without hope. She died in the hope of everlasting life. She expressed a willingness to die. She made the request that the writer preach her funeral. After speaking words of comfort to her friends, she was laid to rest in the Tally graveyard to await the resurrection.
B. F. Hart.
Gospel Advocate, July 16, 1908, page 458.
Welch, Miles B.
Miles B. Welch was born on January 20, 1830, near Gamaliel, Ky., and died on December 30, 1926, being ninety-six years, eleven months, and ten days old. He was married to Dicy A. Comer on December 15, 1853. To this union were born nine childrenseven girls and two boysall of whom are living, save one. He lived a consistent member of the church of Christ for nearly forty-three years, and died in the triumphs of a living faith. When he saw the end was near, he said to some of the family: I have nothing to fear; I am ready to go. He was noted for his hospitality, economy, and industry. To know him was to respect and love him. Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord. Funeral services were conducted by the writer at Gamaliel in the presence of a large number of people, after which the body was laid away in the beautiful cemetery near by.
Gospel Advocate, March 31, 1927, page 311.
Welch, Nora Shackelford
Nora Shackelford Welch, 94, a lifelong West Texas resident died April 21 in Abilene.
Welch was the mother of former Houston mayor and Abilene Christian University Board of Trustees Member Louie Welch.
She was known for her constant support of her son in his many political campaigns and inaugurations as mayor of Houston.
Welch, a lifelong member of the church of Christ, attended the University Church of Christ in Houston for more than 30 years.
She was born in Lockney, Texas, and attended Lockney Bible College before her marriage to Gilford E. Welch, who preceded her in death in 1944.
She is survived by one son, Louie Welch of Houston, five grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.
The family requests that memorial gifts be sent to the Abilene Christian University Mission Fund, ACU Station, Box 8380, Abilene, TX 79699.
Gospel Advocate, July, 1994, page 46.
Welch, Romeo Bryant
Romeo Bryant Welch, son of Albert and Clara Easley Welch, one of the best-known young men of the Pink neighborhood, born in Jessamine County, Ky., where he has resided all his life, was killed in the church yard at Little Hickman on Sunday night, August 3, 1919. A young man of splendid physique and in perfect health, the news of his sudden passing away was a great shock to his hundreds of friends and acquaintances. The deceased was twenty years and four months. The remains were taken to Bud Carters home, where they remained until the time of the funeral, Tuesday morning, August 5, 1919, at ten o'clock. The services were conducted by Elder W. I. Peel, and interment was in Maple Grove Cemetery. An hour before time of the funeral the church was crowded, and many more were unable to gain admittance. The services were simple, yet impressive. The floral offerings were beautiful, fit tokens of the high esteem in which Mr. Welch was held by those who knew him best. He was a jolly, good-natured boy, one that was beloved by all that knew him. He is survived by three sisters and three brothers, a father and mother.
Gospel Advocate, September 11, 1919, page 903.
Welch, Roy H.
Roy H. Welch, long-time elder of the East Point (Ga.) church, departed from this life during the early hours of December 26, 1973. His funeral was conducted on what would have been his eighty-third birthday, December 28, at the East Point church building with R. W. Gray and the writer officiating.
The sterling qualities of this good man have been well known throughout the Atlanta area. For many years he worked as head clerk in the office of the Chief Inspector of the Atlanta Post Office. At the close of 1954 he retired to become East Point's first full-time elder. To those who knew him best, he was the ideal shepherd and the very epitome of Christian dedication. Hours went into the preparation of each lesson he taught. He often filled the pulpit and always with dignity and power. Once he was borrowed from the East Point congregation to preach for a sister church that was going through a crisis. The character of the man and his work is indicted by the fact that the troubled church emerged in a state of spiritual health and remains active in the Lords service today. His services as counselor and speaker for special occasions have often been in demand outside the East Point church. A lover of good literature in addition to the Bible, he collected a respectable library during his active life, and upon occasions wrote poetry himself. The concluding lines of a poem he wrote in 1958 reflect his faith:
The wisdom of the wise shall fail.
The voice of science cease,
While faith and hope and love live on
In everlasting peace.
Anecdotes reflective of the values and impact of Roy H. Welch could fill a book. The writer gratefully acknowledges his influence upon his own life.
H. A. Fincher.
Gospel Advocate, January 31, 1974, page 79.
Welch, William Henry
William Henry Welch was born on May 16, 1848, in Illinois and died on April 9, 1932, at Costa Mesa, Calif., aged eighty-three years, ten months, and twenty-three days. He moved with his parents, at the age of eight, to Missouri, then to Iowa, and later to the State of Washington, and in 1917 they moved to Costa Mesa, where he lived until his death. He obeyed the gospel early in life and lived a loyal Christian. He did much for the church here, giving the lots where the church now stands, and made many sacrifices for the cause. He was united in marriage to Miss Chinly Marshall, January 1, 1874. To this union were born two daughters. His wife died on March 24, 1908. In 1916 he was united in marriage to Miss Katie Caordes. To this union was born one son, who, with two brothers, a sister, and a host of friends, survives him. I was assisted in the funeral by Brother Sewell and Brother C. C. Huston.
Gospel Advocate, May 5, 1932, page 575.
Welker, Fannie Shepherd
Life is uncertain and death is sure. It is sometimes with great sadness that we write of death's sadness from two standpoints, on account of separation and on account of the gloomy outlook in eternity. I am writing now of a death that brought sadness on account of separation. On October 23, 1918, Sister Fannie Shepherd Welker departed this life, leaving a young husband of only a few months. One Lords day in the summer of 1912 Sister Welker made the good confession of her faith in Christ as the son of God and her Savior and was baptized by Brother James A. Allen. Her membership was at Allens Chapel church of Christ, Needmore, Tenn. Sister Welker was the first one of her generation to become a member of the church of Christ. She had many discouraging remarks made to her in regard to her religion, but she showed herself a Christian by not answering in like manner, but going on in the discharge of her Christian duty. She was one of the first Sunday-school teachers Allens Chapel ever had, and she was teacher when she died. She had a fine class of young men and young ladies, and they all loved her. I can remember just how she looked on the last Sunday I was there while she lived. I was making a plea for the church to go forward in the discharge of its duty, regardless of the enemies, which are many in that community. She sat with tears in her eyes. I can see her as, when the classes were asked to take their places, she led the young men and women to the rear of the house and in her quiet and dignified manner taught them the simple word of God. It has been my pleasure to visit the church once since she died, and I can say that she is greatly missed by every one. If she could know the many good things said of her by almost every one of that Sunday school, she would have cause to rejoice. Jesus says: He that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man. My friends, should we grieve after one who has obeyed the gospel and has become a child of God, using her talent in pointing others to the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world? God says Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord. She is survived by her husband, one brother, and four half-brothers.
A. S. Landis.
Gospel Advocate, March 13, 1919, page 258.
Mrs. Amanda Wells died near Sidney, Texas, June 23, 1898, from the effects of a rattlesnake bite, from which she suffered intensely for two days. She was the daughter of John C. and Nancy Oldham, and was born in Estill County, Ky., July 27, 1857. She was baptized into Christ early in life by that old veteran of the cross, J. G. Adams, of Clark County, Ky. On January 26, 1876, she was married to L. C. Wells, James A. Harding, of the Nashville (Tenn.) Bible School, officiating. She leaves a husband, four children, three grandchildren, an aged mother, and many relatives and friends to mourn her sad and untimely death. Her father preceded her to the grave only one short month, at Centralia, Mo., where her mother still resides. Sister Wells will be missed in all the wide circle of her friends, but only God knows the feeling of loss and loneliness that pervades that stricken home circle, in which the name of that loving wife and mother will ever live in memory. May they all be permitted to meet in that heavenly home circle, where cruel death partings cannot come, is the humble, fervent wish of her sister in Christ.
F. R. Robertson.
Gospel Advocate, March 2, 1899, page 138.
Another good man in Israel has gone home to rest. My father, Andrew Wells, died near Cliff, Haskell County, Texas, on July 30, 1905, aged seventy-nine years and six months. His home was at Sidney, Comanche County but he had gone to Haskell to visit relatives. Father became a member of the church in early life, and for about sixty years he was spared to advocate and practice the religion of Christ. During much of this time he served the congregations at the different points where he lived in the capacity of elder, doing much teaching in public as well as in private. He was the son of John Wells and Malinda Wells, so long and so well known as disciples of Christ in Clinton County, Ky., and in the adjoining counties of Kentucky and Tennessee. He was twice married. Five children were born to the first union, and six to the second. Eight children and his aged companion survive him. Two children died in early childhood, and one (the wife of Dr. John Choate) died in Overton County, Tenn., some years ago. Though father died away from home, his faithful companion and several of his children were with him in his last hours. The writer reached him too late, only to look upon his beloved features cold in death. Ah, cruel death! How hard to obey thy relentless mandates! But in this case the sorrow is to the living. Father lived to a good old age and was ready to go.
L. C. Wells., Audra, Texas.
Gospel Advocate, September 28, 1905, page 624.
Wells, David R.
David R. Wells was born in Illinois, March 17, 1863. He died near Mount Olivet, Ky., September 1, 1936. He was married to Mary Elizabeth Overbey, September 24, 1890. To this union two children were born, Mitchell C. and Miriam. Mary E. Overbey died January 30, 1913. He was married to Lillian F. Meadows, August 24, 1915. She died April 25, 1925. He was married to Cora Carter, of Morehead, Ky., November 29, who survives. He was a faithful Christian and a good Bible student. He conducted a number of funerals and baptized several people in his lifetime. Funeral services were held at the church of Christ, conducted by Dewey Havens. A funeral sermon, written by the deceased, was read by Judge Howard Orme, a close friend. He is survived by his widow, one son (M. C. Wells, of Mount Olivet), one daughter (Mrs. Miriam Craig), six grandchildren, several nephews and nieces, one sister (Mrs. Oscar Day, Brooksville, Ky.), and a host of friends.
Gospel Advocate, October 22, 1936, page 1031.
Wells, J. E.
Departed this life, at his home in Union City, Tenn., on Oct. 12, 1894, Brother J. E. Wells, in the 79th year of his age. Tis said that death loves a shining mark. Of this we know not, but it can be truly said that in the death of Brother Wells society and the church have lost a useful member. His life a success, his mission accomplished, he bids adieu to earth. As a business man, he acquired more than a competency of this worlds goods, yet he was not unmindful of the sacred injunction which says, Lay up treasures in heaven, etc. While Brother Wells was a man of culture, gentlemanly in his bearing, courteous and affable in manners, he had the courage of his convictions therefore, was not the man to make any compromise of the teachings of the Bible. He happily combined these seemingly contradictory virtues. While the loss to the church and society in the death of our brother may not be irretrievable, his place cannot be easily filled. A kind heavenly Father, for wise purposes of his own, has called him up higher, and tis ours to bow in humble submission to his righteous will.
H. M. Moss.
Gospel Advocate, November 15, 1894, page 723.
Wells, James E.
James E. Wells, 81, died March 5 of cancer.
He had served as a minister for congregations in Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky for more than 55 years. Wells baptized hundreds of people through revival meetings, lectureships, radio ministries, vacation Bible schools, and local church work. He was a 1940 graduate of Freed-Hardeman University.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ronelle; three daughters, Linda Creek; Tina Greer; and Althea Wright; one sister, Lorine Kerr; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Gospel Advocate, July, 1999, page 45.
Died, on the 24th of Nov. 1886, father John Wells, an old citizen of Clinton county, Ky. Deceased was born Jan., 1803, and was consequently, nearly 84 years of age. In early life he obeyed the gospel, and ever after tried to honor his calling. I remember when I was a little boy he would call his neighbors to his private house and have Bros. Saml, Simpson and Stover to break the bread, bread of life to them. In 1848 he removed to the southern boundary of the county, and soon again began to invite his neighbors to assemble at his house when Bros. Isaac T. Reno or John Calvin Smith would preach to them the unsearchable riches of Christ. Soon the young Sewell brothers began to be public speakers, and very many times have they met with the people there, and talked to them of the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
This was the beginning of a good work. Father Wells stood firm as a pillar in Zion, and wielded an influence that has worked much good in his community. All his family became obedient to the faith. He lived to witness a host of his grandchildren and neighbors children, as they came to years of accountability, render obedience to King Emanuel.
For many years he was an overseer in the church at Berea where he lived.
It seems that the firmness and faith, both in life and in death, of such a man ought to encourage the living, strengthen their faith and brighten their hopes for immortal glory.
May the good work that he has started, go on till very many more shall forsake sin and become sons and daughters of Almighty God is the prayer of his sorrowing son.
Albert Wells., Willestown, Fla.
Gospel Advocate, January 12, 1887, page 28.
Wells, Joseph R.
Joseph R. Wells, 66, of Pulaski, Tenn., died at Nashville Memorial Hospital following injuries suffered in an automobile accident.
The retired owner of an electronics supply company was formerly of Bedford and Louisville.
Funeral was at Southland Church of Christ in Bedford with burial in Cresthaven Memory Garden in Bedford.
Survivors include the wife, Mrs. Alma (Cartwright) Wells of Pulaski, Tenn.; a son Kit Wells of Bedford; a daughter, Mrs. Bonnie Allen of Louisville; two stepsons, Ron Cartwright of Nashville and Bill Cartwright of Gaithersburg, Md.; three grandchildren and five step-grandchildren.
Gospel Advocate, September 6, 1984, page 540.
Wells, L. C.
My father, L. C. Wells, was born in Overton County, Tenn., on June 17, 1849; died at Audra, Texas, September 2, 1907. I was summoned to his bedside, but only arrived in time to behold the beloved from in the last long sleep. He had been a faithful follower of Christ for about forty years. While a young man he attended the Bible College at Lexington, Ky., under the teaching of Brother J. W. McGarvey. On January 27, 1876, he was married to Miss Amanda Oldham, Brother J. A. Harding officiating. Four children were born to them. My mother died in 1898. In October, 1900, he was married to Mrs. Mary Zachary. To this union were born two children. He had been a subscriber to theGospel Advocate for about thirty-five years. He had contributed a few times to its pages. He was an earnest and studious writer and thinker. He was a great admirer of the writings of Brethren E. G. Sewell and D. Lipscomb. He had preached some through life, but had never, at any time, devoted his whole time to it. A kind and loving husband and father is gone, and we are left sorrowing; yet we have a hope, based on Gods promises, that on the great and final day of judgment he shall stand with the redeemed at Gods right hand.
Mrs. W. C. Ferril., Sidney, Texas.
Gospel Advocate, October 3, 1907, page 634.
Wells, L. C.
Brother L. C. Wells was born in Russell County, Ky., on June 17, 1849, and died on September 1, 1907, in Taylor County, Texas. During the forty years of his Christian life he labored for the cause of Christ in word and deed and fainted not. He was a subscriber to the Gospel Advocate for thirty-five years, and contributed articles to the religious press for years. He had been preaching through almost his entire Christian life until his health would not permit. He had always held with Brother Lipscomb on the rebaptism question. His last article was an answer to Brother John Denton, which he never lived to conclude, in the Firm Foundation. His Christian influence was of the highest type. He leaves six children and widow to mourn his loss. But it may be said: 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.
B. U. Spickard.
Gospel Advocate, September 26, 1907, page 623.
Wells, Laura Matilda Ann Kennamer
Laura Matilda Ann Kennamer, daughter of Levi and Sarah Amanda Kennamer, was born in Kennamers Cove, Marshall County, Ala., March 6, 1858; died at Grapevine, Texas, November 20, 1935. She married Simeon Wells, December 24, 1876. They moved to Texas in January, 1888, and settled at Grapevine, where they spent the remainder of their lives. They reared nine childrenfour sons and five daughters. One daughter died a few years ago, and her husband preceded her by two years. She is survived by eight children, about forty grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren; also two brothers and two sisters. She was nearly always at the meeting place of the church, which seemed to be her chief delight. She became a Christian in 1872. She was buried beside her husband at Minters Chapel, four miles south of Grapevine, Texas.
Frank B. Kennamer., Her Brother, Route 3, Scottsboro, Ala.
Gospel Advocate, January 2, 1936, page 23.
Wells, M. E.
In memory of sister M. E. Wells, who fell asleep in Jesus the 25th of Feb. 1887. Sister Wells was a loving wife, a fond mother, a true friend and a faithful Christian. What better record could one make while permitted to live upon earth? She leaves a husband and two children and many friends to mourn her early departure. She endeared herself to the writer and his family by her many acts of kindness, and her unfaltering devotion to the cause of Christianity during the year I preached for the congregation of which she was a member. While lingering on the shore of time, she wrote requesting me to write a few lines in memory of her. Truly can we say that we sorrow not as others who have no hope, for if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
Geo. A. Harvey., Weatherford, Texas.
Gospel Advocate April 27, 1887, page 271.
Died on the 29th of August 1887, after an illness of 10 days, mother Malinda Wells, aged 82 years and 17 days.
Deceased had lived a consistent Christian life for many years, and had lived to see all her children and many of her grandchildren enter the fold of Christ.
Bro. Harvey Smith who had known her 39 years, made some very appropriate remarks to the many friends assembled at the grave relative to her Christian life, and her promptness in visiting and helping in time of sickness.
Her husband, father John Wells, had preceded her to the spirit land by 9 months and five days.
May our lives be as commendable and our future prospects as bright as theirs is the desire of their sorrowing son.
Gospel Advocate, September 28, 1887, page 623.
Wells, Sallie Boyers
A letter from Brother R. B. Wells informs me of the death, at Chattanooga, Tenn., of his wife, Sister Sallie Boyers Wells. She was born at Shelbyville, Tenn., on May 15, 1850; was married to R. B. Wells on February 4, 1872; and died on March 6, 1908. She was the mother of six children, five sons and one daughter, all of whom are living except the oldest son, who died in infancy. When a small girl, her father settled on a farm adjoining my fathers at Flat Creek, Tenn., where she grew to womanhood and married. In the year 1866, at New Hermon, in the same meeting that I obeyed the gospel, she confessed Christ and was baptized by Brother Smith Bowlin. She was one of the three girls who helped constitute our congregation at Flat Creek in 1868. Never physically very strong, she came as near filling her place as a wife and mother as any person I have ever known, while her Christian life was a beautiful reflection of the life of the dear Savior. When they married, her husband was a faithful member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. They discussed the matter before their marriage, and agreed to read the New Testament together and to follow its teaching. The result was that in a few years he accepted the truth and came a distance of twenty miles, to Flat Creek, to get me to baptize him. Work for Christ is never lost. Somewhere between 1845 and 1850, Rees Jones, and perhaps Sandy Jones, pioneers in the work, preached in Shelbyville. A few were baptized, and met for a time in the courthouse for worship. Among the number were the father and mother of this sister. Thus it was that a large family were given to the service of Christ, all of whom that are living stand for the truth as it is in Jesus. In their hour of sorrow I commend to the family the precious promises of the gospel.
J. D. Floyd.
Gospel Advocate, April 9, 1908, page 236.
Wells, Rosalie B.
Rosalie B. Wells, 89, the sister of G. C. and Charles Brewer, died on Nov. 23. She was the youngest of the 10 children born to Hiram and Virginia Maxey Brewer.
The Brewer family contributed much to the Lords work through their labor and influence. The annual Brewer reunion, which attracted almost 100 for fellowship and worship of God, showed the strong ties of this family.
Brethren Fowler and Burleson preached Mrs. Wells funeral. Her well-worn Bible was the evidence presented as tribute to her life.
She lived by the Bible and with her Bible, says her son Joe. My fondest memory is seeing her reading her Bible with her lifes companion, with whom she labored for 64 years.
Mrs. Wells is survived by her husband Boyd, one daughter, three sons, 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, all faithful Christians.
She was a hard working and faithful wife. She was a wonderful person. She was my mother, writes Joe.
Gospel Advocate, January 26, 1978, page 59.
Wells, S. F.
Sister S. F. Wells died at her home in Miller county, Ark., on Sept. 26, 1887; was born Dec. 22, 1835. Sister Wells united with the Missionary Baptist church at the age of 15, and in the year 1868 she united with the church of Christ, and was a devoted member until the day of her death. She leaves a husband and five children with many friends to mourn her loss. Her children are all members of the church except the two youngest. May God bless the mourning family. The funeral was conducted by the writer.
A. J. Tool.
Gospel Advocate, November 16, 1887, page 734.
Wells, Samuel Boyd
Samuel Boyd Wells departed this life Sunday morning Oct. 16, just three weeks short of his 93rd birthday. He was the husband of Rosalie Brewer, who passed away in 1977. She was the last of the children born to Hiram and Virginia Brewer and he was the last to survive his family.
My father was a simple man who knew nothing but work and devotion to duty. He cared for mother with love and patience during her long illness. He loved the church and God blessed him with good health and long life. The large crowd at his funeral exemplified the love so many had for him.
He is survived by four children and twelve grandchildren, all faithful to the church.
Joe Wells., Birmingham, AL.
Gospel Advocate, December 1, 1983, page 730.
Simeon Wells, eleventh child and fifth son of Job and Anne Wells, was born in Marshall County, Ala., December 27, 1857. He married Laura M. A. Kennamer, December 24, 1876. To this union were born nine children four boys and five girls. One daughter died several years ago, leaving a boy and a girl, which he raised. Eight children, about forty grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren survive. Though reared by Primitive Baptists, he became a Christian about August 19, 1884, and was zealous and hard working in the church till death called him on October 21. He moved from Alabama to Grapevine, Texas, in January, 1888; and though a tenant farmer, he moved only four times in about forty years, and only when the farms changed hands. Grapevine was his post office all that time, and the church was his place on Lords day. The church, the family, and the neighborhood have sustained a great loss. On October 22, M. H. Moore conducted the funeral, which was attended by one of the largest crowds that ever attended a funeral at Grapevine. After the funeral sermon he was laid to rest in Minters Chapel Cemetery to await the call from on high.
Frank B. Kennamer.
Gospel Advocate, November 30, 1933, page 1150.
Wells, W. G.
Brother W. G. Wells died at his home, near Nixon, Tenn., Nov. ___, 1893. Brother Wells was born in Lawrence county, Tenn., Sept. 17, 1863, and was married to Julia Martin, Nov. 6, 1881. For many years he lived out of the promises of Christ, but in September, 1893, he heard the gospel, believed, and obeyed it under the preaching of Brother Haddock. He was a zealous member of the Church of Christ. Though afflicted for some time, his faith never wavered, and the star of hope never grew dim. His last words were, I am going home. He left a loving wife and four sweet little children to walk through life deprived of a loving husband and father. But they have the sincere sympathy of our community, and we tender our deepest love to the bereaved family, and would point them to the God of all comfort, for he alone can all our sorrows heal. Of course we think it is hard to give up our loved ones, but yet it is a great consolation to us when we think of the scripture that tells us, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord. So let us all be faithful in the discharge of our duty, so when we shall have passed over the turbulent waters of death, we can hear the welcome applause, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you.
John J. Castleberry.
Gospel Advocate, February 15, 1894, page 108.
Brother Monroe Werly was born on January 7, 1821, and died on March 17, 1921. He lived one hundred years, two months, and ten days. He obeyed the gospel so long ago no one could tell the date. He was one of the few men that lived above reproach. Old people who knew him all their life say they never heard anything against him. He was born in Hickman County, Tenn., was reared there, obeyed the gospel there, and died there. After services conducted by the writer, he was laid to rest in the home graveyard.
Morris M. Beard.
Gospel Advocate, June 16, 1921, page 580.
Werner, D. B.
Died, May 1, 1895, at his home in Sharp County, Ark., Brother D. B. Werner, in the 49th year of his age, after about eight months suffering from head trouble. He was born October 3, 1846, within three miles of the place of his death. He was married to Catherine Norris in October, 1874, and obeyed the gospel under the preaching of Brother E. N. George in October, 1885, and ever lived an honor to his profession. It can be truthfully said of him that he was a zealous Christian, a loving husband, and an affectionate father. He leaves a wife, three children, one brother, and a host of friends to mourn their loss. It is sad to give up one we have learned to love, but let us not sorrow as those that have no hope, remembering, Blessed are they that die in the Lord. So to his wife and daughter, who are members of the one body, continue in faith and good works, so when death is yours you may exclaim with one you loved, All is well. And to his two sons, Remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth. May we all so live in this world that we may be permitted to meet with friends and loved ones where parting will be no more.
W. H. Hulett., Center, Ark.
Gospel Advocate, June 6, 1895, page 359.
Werthington, W. B.
W. B. Werthington died at his home, in Crockett, Texas, on January 8, 1941, at the age of ninety-three. He was a faithful gospel preacher and always ready to contend for the truth of the gospel. To know him was to love him. He leaves his wife, two daughters, one son, several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Uncle Bill was a devoted Christian, and we are confident that he died at peace with God and that all the faithful will meet him in that home where sad partings are no more.
F. M. Redding., Oakwood, Texas.
Gospel Advocate, October 2, 1941, page 958.
Wescoat, Clara B.
Mrs. Clara B. Wescoat, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Atkins, and wife of Joe R. Wescoat, fell asleep in the arms of Jesus, April 4, 1897. Our dear Claras life was brief, but it will shed a sacred influence over the ones left behind. Only nineteen short years, then in the sweetness and purity of her life she was taken to the home of our God. She had only lived with her darling Joe one short week. Those who surrounded her bedside in the hour or two of her sickness, which as all, little thought of her illness bringing death; but the angel of death called for her and quietly bore her away, and never was a sweeter flower plucked from Edens garden. On Monday, the 5th inst., her lifeless form was carried into the Christian church, the place she had often said to her husband, when they were only sweethearts, that she had rather go than anywhere else with him; where but a few days before her clear, sweet voice was heard in songs of praise; and where one short week before her death she and her now sad husband stood at the altar and were made husband and wife. A larger number than is usual were gathered at the church to bid her farewell and to take the last look at her dear, sweet form until the resurrection morn. Her friends placed above her the sweetest flowers that nature, it seems, could paint. Brother H. L. Calhoun spoke to the large number of weeping friends and relatives of her beauty as a child of God, who obeyed the Savior in the days of her youth (being thirteen years of age), and had lived a beautiful Christian life and been a useful member of this congregation ever since the vow was made. She sleeps now in the vale to await the resurrection morn, when she shall hear the voice of the Son of God and shall come forth in immortal beauty to dwell with God and angels for evermore. She was a dutiful daughter, a loving sister, and a tender, loving, and devoted wife. We loved her well, but what is our grief compared to Joes, whose home is desolate without her?
Gospel Advocate, May 27, 1897, page 336.
Wescoat, E. O.
E. O. Wescoat died Dec. 5, 1892 of typhoid fever. He was the elder son of J. W. Wescoat, who planted the cause of Christ at Palmersville, and who has stood by her colors through many years of persecution and bitter prejudices. Ned (as our young brother was familiarly known) was his fathers pride, and the death of no member of the family could have called forth more grief. He was young in years but as faithful and steady in his habits as one of maturer age. In August 1889 he obeyed the gospel and lived a faithful and useful member of the congregation till he died. He contributed to the cause in many ways. First by helping to build a house of worship with his own hands, by the careful judgment he displayed in setting up the furniture for the same, and by the active part he took in the social worship. These will be to us who associated with him lasting momentoes. The writer knew him as a pupil to be studious, kind, honorable, and faithful to duty. Through eight weeks of slow and aggravating sickness he bore it all with Christian fortitude and expressed a willingness to die. The only regret was that he would have to leave his friends and those whom he loved so dearly here. To the young wife we extend a sympathy which none other than those who have tasted such bereavement can extend, and would say to her and all his sorrowing friends. Let us emulate his noble life that as he, when we come to pass through the valley and shadow of death we may fear no evil.
J. A. Howard., Palmersville, Tenn. Jan. 9, 1893.
Gospel Advocate, January 26, 1893, page 53.
By request, I record the death of our beloved sister, Geneva Wescoat. Sister Wescoat was born Oct. 2nd, 1846; was married to J. W. Wescoat Nov. 4th, 1867; died at her home at Palmersville, Tenn., July 22nd, 1887; age 40 years, 9 months and 20 days. At the time of her marriage she was a member of the Missionary Baptist church; united with the Christian church in 1876 under the preaching of Bro. R. B. Trimble, who was then preaching at Bro. Wescoats house. Sister Wescoat was a devoted wife, a patient and loving mother, and a true and faithful Christian.
Alvin Fowler., Dresden, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, August 24, 1887, page 543.
Sister Hattie Wescoat, wife of Brother J. W. Wescoat, died at their daughters home, Minnie Hancock, in Amarillo, Texas, on November 10, 1919. She was buried at her home town, Plainview, Texas, on November 11. She was the daughter of Curtis B. and Harriet New. She was born in Graves County, Ky., on December 4, 1861, and was married to Brother Wescoat about thirty-one years ago. Soon after their marriage he baptized her into the church of Christ with his own hands. To this union were born two children, both of whom were with her when she departed this life. Brother Wescoat had three children by is first wife. I have received personal letters from them saying: Brother Peace, you cant say too much of her as a stepmother; for she was a true, good mother, and cared for us as she did her own children. Loving hands did all that could be done for her. She passed away with a smile and without a struggle. She had been sick at her daughters for several months with stomach trouble. Sister Wescoat was a grand and noble Christian woman, loved not only by the members of the church, but by all who knew her. She was a live, active worker in the church. I have known her for more than ten years, and can truthfully say that she was as good a woman as I have ever known in my life.
Her companion, Brother Wescoat, who is nearly eighty-six years old, is one of the best and most godly men that I have ever known. By his request, the writer and W. B. Lewis conducted the funeral services at the church of Christ in Plainview, in the presence of a large audience of friends and loved ones. The floral offerings were beautiful and abundant. We miss Sister Wescoat, and her little Sunday-school class misses her; but if we will live as she lived, we will meet her up yonder in the sweet by and by.
R. M. Peace.
Gospel Advocate, December 25, 1919, page 1301.
West, Earle H.
In the death of Earle H. West a true and faithful husband, an affectionate father, and a loyal servant of the Lord has been summoned to quit the walks of men. He was born on June 12, 1887, and died, at his home in Asheville, N.C., October 20, 1930, having lived upon the earth forty-three years, four months, and eight days. His body now rests in beautiful Rose Hill Cemetery, Columbia, Tenn. He was married to Miss Irene H. Sowell on November 27, 1917, and to this union one child was added to the family to give more sunshine, love, and happiness. Throughout his long years of affliction he was practically cut off from social contacts, but his interest never waned in public affairs, and by reading and being read to by his faithful and devoted wife he kept informed on things in general of both church and state. The wonderful devotion to his family and the great tie of love each member had for the other made it hard for them when the little drum of his heart ceased to beat at the terminal station. The beautiful nature that belonged to the life of Earle H. West was that, as the days and years were added to his life, he grew in grace and in the knowledge of God word. With the confidence and faith he had in Christ, the respect he had for Gods eternal truth, and his humble obedience to Jehovah's demands, it gave him a hope that placed him upon a pinnacle that gave him a delightful view of the paradise that will be given to Gods children for rest, peace, and joy forevermore. May the Lord bless, comfort, and console the dear, sweet wife and precious little boy, and may it be their hope to have a part in the reunion of Gods people in the home where the tie of love is never broken.
F. C. Sowell.
Gospel Advocate, November 20, 1930, page 1129.
West, Eleanor Jane
Eleanor Jane West was born on October 29, 1863, and died on February 22, 1928. She obeyed the gospel at the age of fourteen years, and her father, Brother Andy Morrow, brought her up in the fear and admonition of the Lord (her mother died when Sister West was a child). She was married to J. G. West on September 19, 1886, and to this union was born one daughter, Mrs. Ervie Terrell. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother, and, above all else, a good Christian, and a kind neighbor and friend. No one can take a mothers place. Others may love us, but there is no love as fond and tender as that of a dear mother. She leaves a devoted husband, one loving daughter, a granddaughter who was as dear to her as an own child, one sister, and four brothers. Funeral services were conducted at the Pulaski church of Christ by the writer and Brother Clymore. To all her loved ones we extend our sympathy, and pray that our Heavenly Father may comfort them in this sad, lonely hour. But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as other which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
J. Clifford Murphy.
Gospel Advocate, April 5, 1928, page 331.
West, George L.
George L. West, 82, died Thursday, March 3, 1978, in St. Anthonys Hospital at Amarillo, Texas. His funeral was conducted in the building of church of Christ, Childress, Texas, with David L. Howell officiating. Burial was in Kirkland, Texas, cemetery.
Brother West was born September 24, 1895, in Indian Territory, Oklahoma, and moved to Childress County in 1907. He married Nannie Hardin November 2, 1957. He was a deputy tax collector of Childress County from 1936 until his retirement in 1976.
Survivors include his wife, Nannie; three daughters, Bonnie Thomas, Paris, Texas; Lois Bryant, Amarillo, Texas; Irene Harrison, Tyrone, Oklahoma; one son, Don, also of Amarillo; two stepsons, Bill Hardin, Amarillo and Harrell Hardin, Memphis, Texas; a stepdaughter, Geneva Moore of Englewood, California; 26 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
Brother West was baptized into Christ in 1908 by T. W. Phillips, Sr., during a gospel meeting in a stock tank on the Walter Hill farm. The dressing room was a covered wagon. Until 1951, the West family worshipped with the church in Kirkland, Texas, where brother West served as a deacon, an elder and was the song leader for twenty years. (Editorial note: I knew this great and good man long and intimately, and I was often associated with him in the work of the Lord. I am deeply saddened by his passing.)
Guy N. Woods.
Gospel Advocate, April 27, 1978, page 266.
West, J. B.
Brother J. B. West breathed his last March 30, at 2 P.M. Consumption did its work after so long a time. If he had lived until December 27, he would have been forty-three years old. Like us all, he was not exempt from faults. He was a man of strong convictions read much, and thought for himself. His Bible was first with him, and few men had clearer conceptions. His convictions were that a child of God could not vote and hold office without being contaminated with sin. On all new questions of public interest he was out-spoken, and gave his voice against anything that had the appearance of evil. For a number of years he had a class in Sunday school. Few men have the power to impart as he. But, best of all, he was prompt on each Lords day to meet to break bread. I hope others may follow his example. I have heard him say that the worship on Lords day was the happiest hour of his life, and our place of worship the dearest place on earth. He was perfectly resigned to the will of God. He said that God would bring a blessing to somebody through his suffering. Several days before he died he told Sister West that he would be buried on Lords day, and talked about her and his dear children going to his burying. Sure enough, on that day, at 1 P.M., his corpse was conveyed to the meetinghouse, and a large congregation was soon present. He had requested that I preach his funeral and write his obituary: so I read 1 Thess. iv. 13-18, and tried to impress the importance of living in Christ his body, which is the church in order to sleep in Jesus. In order that we die in the Lord, we must come into him before death. Be faithful in all things, dear sister, and all will be well with you.
W. P. Sims., Pelham, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, May 2, 1895, page 288.
West, Laura Love
Laura Love West, for thirteen years the writers wife, was called home on July 25, 1931, after thirty months illness. Twenty-two months of the time she was in total darkness. She was thirty-eight years of age, the baby daughter of Dr. and Mrs. M. M. Love, of Nacogdoches, Texas. Metastasis of the whole gland system was involved, rheumatism resulting, from which she suffered much. She took her degree from Sam Houston State Teachers College, postgraduate work in Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, and taught in the State schools of Nacogdoches, Ennis, Waxahachie, and Fort Worth fourteen years. Mrs. West obeyed the gospel at eighteen and was a Bible student and teacher of extraordinary ability. She became my teacher and helper in the preaching of the gospel. She had a brilliant mind, undimmed to the end. She loved God and his holy word. Hers was a beautiful faith under suffering. Never a word of complaint at her certain fate, and by her tenderness and sympathy enabled me to do all the nursing and care of her in her helplessness. Her attitude in this matter made it a joy to attend her, and I never tired or wearied of it. Many Marlin people of all churches were very kind, visiting and reading to her regularly, and quite a few friends and brethren from Texas points where we had lived and served came often to see and cheer her. We found more tender and sympathetic people than we could anticipate. Mrs. West was a good woman and wife, a preachers real helper, a true Christian. She had such a mother, whose sacrifice, training, and teaching made possible such a service as Mrs. West gave. Our only baby preceded her by five years. She probably knows now better than when she oft repeated it during her illness, that our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, and that Christ, though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered. Our blessed hope is 1 Thess. 4:13-18.
Gospel Advocate, October 22, 1931, page 1334.
West, Martha J.
Death has made a second call into the family of Bro. J. B. West and seized his wife, sister Martha J. West. He was born into the family of J. B. and Bettie David, in Wilson county, Tenn., Nov. 2, 1858. Married April 1, 1875, obeyed the gospel September 1876. Died April 10, 1888. She was a faithful member of the church at Pleasant Plains, Coffee county, and has left a heart-broken husband and five little children the youngest only a few days old. She sleeps near her infant which went before free from pain and sin, while her husband, is left to contend with this world a few more days. May he live to teach his children the way of salvation and in his heavy afflictions ever trust the promises of a kind heavenly Father is our prayer.
W. P. Sims. Pelham, Tenn., 10, 1888.
Gospel Advocate, May 16, 1888, page 14.
West, Nettie Belle Goad
Nettie Belle Goad West was born March 11, 1887, and died Dec. 30, 1984. Born in Smith County, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Jefferson and Virginia Kemp Goad. She was one of nine children.
She was married to Taylor West in 1903. To this union three children were born, Charles West who preceded her in death in 1978, Perna Price of Camden, S.C., and Estelene McGuire of Willette, Tenn.
She made her home at Willette with her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Charles West. These two could be compared to Naomi and Ruth because they got along together so beautifully.
Also surviving are six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
Nettie Belle was a member of the church of Christ for many years.
Gene Carter spoke words of comfort at her funeral and burial was in the family cemetery at Willette.
Faye Meador., Westmoreland, TN 37186.
Gospel Advocate, February 7, 1985, page 90.
Westbrook, Frances Ann Allen
Frances Ann Allen was born on April 10, 1850, in Ohio County, Ky. She was married to John C. Westbrook on June 25, 1871. To this union were born twelve children, three of whom preceded her to the paradise of God. She became a Christian early in life and continued in the faith until God called her home on May 11, 1919. She lived a life of service and devotion to her husband and children. The hungry were never turned away from her door. Her home was always the home of the preachers who preached at Prices Chapel, near Bowling Green, Ky., where she lived for many years preceding her death. All her children became Christians. Two of her daughters married preachersW. A. Cameron, of Largo, Fla., and the writer. Mother was always glad to see us. It was sad to us all to give her up, but God in his wisdom knew best, and we gladly say: Lord, not our will, but thine, be done. The funeral service was conducted by Brother W. A. Warren, after which the body was laid to rest in the family lot at Barren River. We are lonely without our dear wife and mother here, but with new zeal and courage we will try to meet her in the eternal city of God. Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from henceforth: yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; for their works follow with them. (Rev. 14:13.)
H. C. Shoulders.
Gospel Advocate, September 18, 1919, page 924.
Westbrook, Katie M.
Died, at the Walnut Hill Farm, in Lauderdale County, Tenn., the home of her widowed mother, Mrs. L. A. Lawrence, Oct. 24, at 12:20 P.M., our dearly beloved Sister Katie M. Westbrook, wife of Ira O. Westbrook. For the past six months she suffered ill health, and was confined to her bed a large portion of this time, but she bore her illness with a true Christian spirit, and retained it unto her dying moments, after having lived a life of usefulness, devotion, and charity. About three weeks ago she appeared to be convalescent, and it was thought advisable to bring her home in Middle Tennessee, but after this short lapse she finally succumbed to the power of the Allwise, and passed away to suffer no more, but to be rewarded for the deeds done in the body. Sister Katie was born August 22, 1867, and was well known in this portion of the state, also in Middle Tennessee. To know her was to love her. Although snatched away almost in the earliest part of womanhood, she had served the Lord for fifteen years, having joined Beech Bluff church in her 12th year, and as she was specially gifted with musical talent, always delighted in singing the praises of our Savior wherever the opportunity offered. She will be missed by her sorrowing husband, whose burdens of life she was always ready to share. She will be missed by her only son, O'Neal (now 7 years old), over whom she watched and prayed, and unto his wants she administered as only a loving, tender mother can do. She will be missed by her broken-hearted mother, her brother, and sisters, and her brothers-in-law, to whom indeed she was a sister. She will be missed at church, and at Sunday school, and among her numerous friends, rich and poor. She died in peace not afraid to meet her Maker, and her last hours will always be remembered by her relatives and friends, who stood by her bedside and watched the last thread of life departing, and heard her utter her last words, Bright light! happy home! and she was gone. She was laid at rest in the family graveyard at Beech Bluff after the ceremonies had been conducted and the funeral preached by Elder T. E. Scott, from Newbern, who had known her nearly all of her life. She has departed from this earth, but she will always remain in the memory of her friends, and especially her brother.
Gospel Advocate, November 29, 1894, page 758.
Westbrook, Mary Lou Ellen
Mary Lou Ellen Westbrook, a faithful Christian, was laid to rest on May 9. She departed this life on May 7, in Albany, Ga.
Sister Westbrook was born in Union County, Ga., August 10, 1888. She and her family moved to Moultrie, Ga., in 1917 and to Albany in 1920. She was baptized at the age of 16 in 1904. He husband preceded her in death by forty years. They had four children. She is survived by three children, Mrs. Bazlyn Daughtery, Mrs. Gladys Woodall, and Buck Westbrook and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was a part of the church when it first began meeting at Grave Springs, seven miles north of the city. She was one of the most dependable Christians in the area as long as she was able to work. She was known for her kind deeds to everyone. She assisted hundreds of people with benevolent deeds. All the children loved Sister Westbrook because of her interest in them. Her faith in the Lord, her great determination, her love for the Lord, and his church will long be remembered.
She was the oldest member of the Westover church in Albany. Services were conducted May 9. The chapel was filled. Solomons description of a worthy woman was a fitting passage to read at Sister Westbrooks funeral.
Gospel Advocate, September 27, 1973, page 627.
Westbrooks, Nancy A.
Nancy A. Westbrooks was born on October 3, 1846, and died on November 19, 1919. She was twice married. She was married first to John Smothermon, to which union were born three children J. B. Smothermon, of Frisco, Texas; Mrs. N. E. Loyd and Milton Smothermon, of Houston, Texas. She was married the second time to Elder W. C. Westbrooks, and to this union were born four children J. W. Westbrooks, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; O. F. Westbrooks, of Rome, Ga.; and Edna and Adel Westbrooks, of Link, Tenn. Our mother was a member of the church for a number of years. She was a good woman. My sincere prayer is that all the children may live so as to meet her in the sweet by and by.
J. S. Westbrooks.
Gospel Advocate, December 11, 1919, page 1240.
Westbrooks, William C.
Elder William C. Westbrooks was born in old Virginia, Albemarle county, August 26, 1835; departed this life Nov. 19, 1893, aged 58 years, 2 months, and 23 days. He was married twicefirst to Miss Julia Smotherman, Sept. 5, 1855. He had by his first wife eight children six girls and two boys all living, and all grown. Seven belong to the Church of Christ. He lost his first wife Nov. 17, 1878; married again to Mrs. N. S. Smotherman, Oct. 20, 1881. He had by his last wife four children two boys and two girls all small. He was baptized by William Lipscomb in the fall of 1870. He began to preach soon afterward, and continued to preach as long as able. To talk about the Bible and its contents was his chief delight. His sufferings were great, yet he bore them patiently. He talked of his departure to me, and said that he was not at all afraid to make the change, but expressed perfect confidence in God and his word. He espoused the cause in this neighborhood when it was quite unpopular, and has fought many a hard battle. He lived an honest, upright Christian life. He was rich in faith to the end, and made life, as we understand it, a success. We feel lonely, knowing that we have lost our best earthly friend. But our loss is his gain. We mourn not as those who have no hope, but with the full assurance that we shall see him again in the sweet by and by.
J. S. Westbrooks.
Gospel Advocate, January 25, 1894, page 60.
Westmoreland, G. W.
G. W. Westmoreland was born on March 7, 1858, and died on October 31, 1923, aged sixty-five years, seven months, and twenty-four days. He obeyed the gospel in the summer of 1882, making forty-one years of his life in the kingdom and service of the Lord. He was a faithful and loving father and companion, and a man whose hopes and affections were centered on things above. His usual conversation was on the Scriptures and things of an eternal nature. He resided at the time of his death near Canton, Van Zandt County, Texas. He leaves a wife, six children, nine grandchildren, with a host of other relatives and friends, who sorrow not as those who have no hope.
R. W. Sims.
Gospel Advocate, November 22, 1923, page 1141.
Westmoreland, J. H.
J. H. Westmoreland was born in Marshall County, Tenn., on October 7, 1837. He was married to Isabella Vaughn on February 14, 1857. In 1870 he was baptized by Brother J. A. Carter and worshiped with the congregation at Martin. He helped to build the first house for worship in Martin. About 1880 he and a few others began to worship in the public school building in Gardner. In a short time a meetinghouse was built, mostly at his expense, in which he worshiped God as it is written, and serving as an elder until his deathMay 31, 1913. Brother Westmoreland was a man of strong convictions. Believing a thing to be right, he was a fixture; believing it to be wrong, it was useless to try to turn him. He believed it wrong to vote or to take any part in politics. Many times have I heard him say, Id rather be what God wants me to be than to have everything on earth; and I am sure he meant every word of it. He was always ready, willing, and anxious to assist in building up the church of God and having the gospel preached in destitute places. The congregation at Gardner has lost two of its elders, Brethren Gray and Westmoreland, whose places cannot be filled for a long, long time. Thus one by one the old veterans are crossing the tide, going to their rewardthe rest that remains to the people of God. For several months before his death Brother Westmoreland suffered intensely, being confined to the bed all the time. I have been told by those who visited him that greater love and attention were never witnessed than that of his children, and especially the son and daughter not married. By day and night they stood by his bedside, ever ready to do all in their power to assist or relieve him. His days of suffering on earth are ended, and by faith we expect to see him in that bright home above where death comes not.
John R. Williams.
Gospel Advocate, July 10, 1913, page 668.
Wetzel, William Henry, Jr.
William Henry Wetzel, Jr., was born in McDonough County, Ill., December 11, 1862; died January 26, 1936, at Riverside, Calif. His parents were William Henry Wetzel, Sr., and Martha Ann Parvin Wetzel. They came to Kansas about 1877, where he lived until 1920, when he came to California, where he resided till called to that home of the soul. On March 19, 1893, he was married to Flo. C. Carey, who so lovingly and faithfully cared for him in his long illness. He has one brother, W. W. Wetzel, living at Harveyville, Kan. He was baptized into Christ in 1894 by W. F. Parmiter, and was a faithful, earnest Christian. For a number of years while I was ministering for the church Brother Wetzel was our song leader, and really loved the services. The funeral services were conducted by the writer, assisted by H. G. Derrick, after which the mortal remains were laid to rest in the beautiful Evergreen Cemetery.
L. L. McQueen.
Gospel Advocate, April 16, 1936, page 383.
Whaley, Henry C.
Henry C. Whaley was born on February 11, 1830, near Palmyra, Marion County, Mo., and died on November 2, 1906, at the home of Brother John Turner, near Hale, Mo., to which place he had been removed only a few days previous because of their own home near by being consumed by fire, thus making a double burden of misfortune and sorrow upon the bereaved family. The deceased was the second of seven children, only two of whom survive him. He obeyed the gospel when about the age of thirty, and, by his life and conduct, plainly manifested that he was earnestly endeavoring to follow the meek and lowly Nazarene. On October 2, 1877, he was married to Miss Mary F. Sallee, who, with their two children Mary C. and William, Jr. survive him, and mourn not as those who have no hope, but because of the loss of his companionship and fatherly love and counsel. He spent most of his earth life in Marion County, Mo. Having purchased a farm near Hale, Mo., to which place he moved with his family in November, 1904, he identified himself with the church of Christ soon after coming to Hale, and endeared himself to the brethren and neighbors by his upright walk and godly conversation during his brief association with them. His last illness extended through a period of some ten months, during which time he bore his suffering with Christian fortitude and hope.
H. W. Settles.
Gospel Advocate, January 3, 1907, page 14.
Whalin, Arthur Milburn
Arthur Milburn Whalin, 88, died April 30. He served as an elder of the Bethlehem Church of Christ for 50 years.
Whalin is survived by his wife, Ola; two daughters, Helen Cole and Margaret Breedlove; two grandsons; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Gerald, and his daughter Geraldine.
Gospel Advocate, August, 1998, page 45.
Wharey, James Albert
James Albert Wharey was born on February 14, 1854, and died on January 18, 1929. On December 24, 1884, he was married to Miss Fannie Algea, which union remained till death. He left a sorrowing but faithful wife, a son, and five grandchildren. Two daughters and an infant son preceded him to the great beyond. Brother Jim Wharey, as he was familiarly known, was a Bible student. While he had many business cares and succeeded therein, he never was too busy to take time to study and read Gods word. He had been a reader of the Gospel Advocate since boyhood. The first copy of the Advocate I ever saw was in Cousin Jims home. Being a student of the word, he had much faith, and this made him strong. Brother Minton baptized him in the summer of 1892. He loved the church and was a liberal supporter of it. His home was the preachers home for many years. He was one of the main figures in organizing a church at Yorkville, Tenn., away back in the nineties. His long, lingering illness kept him from church for many years. He often said on Lords-day morning: I wish I could go to church. It is a bad habit to formstaying at home. The family loses a loving, affectionate, and dutiful head. They will miss him so much, but let us pray that the sacred tie he forms over on the other side will be a drawing one for all. God, Christ, and the angels desire that men live right. May we do our very best. Brother W. R. Hassell, of Trenton, Tenn., said the last words at his funeral. These words were beautiful, appropriate, and much appreciated by the family and friends.
W. Claude Hall.
Gospel Advocate, April 18, 1929, page 380.
Wharey, Lessie Alline
Lessie Alline Wharey was born on September 14, 1886, and died on November 15, 1907. Her home was in Yorkville, Tenn. There remains a loving father, a fond and tender mother, one sister, and one brother, still overshadowed by that cloud of death. But there is a bright, silvery lining even to this cloud. If we could only see the other side, we should behold her seated on the throne, adorned with a crown bearing many bright stars, these representing the souls who have been influenced and led to Christ through her teaching and daily life in days gone by. She was a diligent student of the word of God and a faithful laborer in his vineyard. She was always present at the Lords-day service when her strength would permit; and on many occasions she refrained from participating in social features on Saturday evenings, knowing that if she did so she would be unable to attend the services on the following day. One of her favorite hymns was Crown the Savior Lord of All. She truly did her part in crowning him. The last few years of her earthly life were spent in almost constant suffering, but she bore the cross bravely and with little murmuring. As we have sown, so shall we reap. While here she scattered seeds of kindness everywhere she went, and now she is reaping joy, peace, and happiness in the new Jerusalem. I knew Alline from early childhood. We played together, and in later years were schoolmates and chums, and went down into the waters of baptism at the same time. We were very much devoted to each other as friends, and, to my mind, there was never a purer, more consecrated Christian than this dear girl. On the morning when the angel came and delivered Gods message, the call to her heavenly home, her father said: Daughter, do you know that you are so near the rivers brink? She answered: Yes; and I'm ready. Can we say we are ready? Are we leading a life that we are willing to lay down at any moment?
Flynn Smith., Baldwyn, Miss.
Gospel Advocate, December 17, 1908, page 810.
Died, at the home of her father, Mr. L. Lavender, Sister Ella Wharton, Oct. 16, 1896. She was born Sept. 13, 1870; was married to Joseph Wharton Nov. 19, 1895. Sister Wharton obeyed the gospel and was buried with her Savior in baptism, under the teaching of F. B. Srygley, about the year 1891. She leaves an infant, a devoted husband, father, one sister, one brother, and many friends to mourn her untimely death. She was a dutiful daughter, a loving sister, and a tender and devoted wife. Stricken in early womanhood, a companion and mother so short a while, made her death more trying to those who loved her. She was patient in suffering, and conscious when the time of separation drew near. She spoke often of the happy future, full of hope and faith. She requested that certain favorite hymns be sung at the last rite.
N. Fuqua., Corums, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, April 15, 1897, page 231.
Wharton, Robert Cleland
Robert Cleland Wharton, known to his friends at Bob Wharton, was born on June 27, 1857. His wife, who was Cornelie Adelia Cardwell, bore him seven children. Three sons and a daughter still live. Three children died in infancy. Bob Wharton was baptized in 1905 by the late G. Dallas Smith. He died on July 21, 1928. Brother Wharton was no ordinary man, for he was kindness and gentleness personified. His love and devotion to his wife and daughter and to the three sons was beautiful. But, above all this, the climax of all his virtues was the simple faith he had in God and his love for the church. He was entirely satisfied with the simple items of worship divinely appointed for the church. He never called in question any statement in Gods word, but stood undisturbed and unafraid upon the promises of God. He was not afraid to die. A temporary separation from those he loved and the thought that maybe had not finished his work were all that disturbed his mind. I have never met a man whose life, character, and Christian faith were a greater inspiration to me.
Eph P. Smith.
Gospel Advocate, February 7, 1929, page 143.
Miss Ella Wheat died, at her home, at Duck River, Tenn., on July 11, 1902, being in the twenty-ninth year of her age. She became obedient to the gospel in 1893, I think, under the preaching of Brother E. J. Meacham. Thus were the nine best years of her life spent in the service of the Lord. She was an only daughter and the only member of her fathers family that ever became identified with the disciples of Christ. She grew up from childhood under Presbyterian influences. From the time she made her choice in the Christian life, she was faithful in the performance of all her duties. For a long time she was a member of my class in the Sunday school, and gave evidence of diligent study of the Scriptures. She had the courage of her convictions, was not afraid to express them whenever occasion demanded. She was kind and attentive to the sick. She requested that I conduct the funeral services over her remains; but, to my regret, I could not comply with the request. However, I am glad to offer this tribute to a Christian character in whose life were many noble traits that should give inspiration to her associates and consolation to her father and mother as they journey on to the tomb.
John D. Evans.
Gospel Advocate, April 9, 1903, page 234.
Wheatley, J. B.
Brother J. B. Wheatley was born on August 18, 1855, and departed this life on January 27, 1911. He was an honest citizen, a good neighbor, a kind and devoted husband and father, and, best of all, a true Christian. He had been a member of the church of Christ for more than twenty years. He read the Bible a great deal and was familiar with its teaching. Brother Wheatley leaves a wife, one daughter, two sons, and a host of relatives and friends to mourn their loss. He will be greatly missed at Laplata, Tenn., where he lived and had been in the mercantile business for a number of years. The funeral was conducted by the writer at Center, a Methodist Church, seven miles southeast of Newbern, Tenn., after which the body was buried in the Center cemetery. His popularity was shown by the great throng of people who attended the funeral. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
W. Halliday Trice.
Gospel Advocate, March 9, 1911, page 310.
Wheatley, Laura Knox
Sister Laura Knox Wheatley, daughter of Brother W. A. London and wife of Brother M. F. Wheatley, was born on November 21, 1885, and departed this life at the home of her father, near Lewisburg, Tenn., on August 16, 1908. When Laura was eight years of age, she was left motherless, her mother having died on February 11, 1894. From the age of nine years to the time of her marriage, February 8, 1906, she was under the care of a good Christian stepmother, for whom she had the greatest love and respect. She obeyed the gospel at twelve years of age, and to the time of her death she was an earnest, faithful child of God. In her death the home loses a bright face and lovable example, the church loses a good member, and all of us lose the help of her beautiful and consecrated life. She leaves a sweet little babe, aged nine months, named Helen Laura. She leaves, to mourn her departure, her husband, father, mother, sister, and brother, a number of relatives, many brethren and sisters in Christ, and a host of near and dear friends. She leaves, also, a precious legacy of Christian fidelity, and goes to join her mother, her little sister (Mary B.), and all the host of the faithful.
W. G. Loyd., Lewisburg, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, November 12, 1908, page 730.
Wheatley, Mannie Bell
On Friday morning, December 13, 1912, the death angel took from a happy home Mrs. Mannie Wheatley (nee Bell). She was married to Terrel Wheatley about five years ago. To this happy union two bright little boys were born. The dear, sweet soul whom we loved so dearly is forever gone. We have so often met her with a smiling face; but her cheerful voice that always greeted us with happy words is forever hushed, and how deeply grieved we are to think we have heard her sweet voice for the last time! How her sweet presence is missed will never be told. She leaves a husband, two children, a father, a mother, three brothers, one sister, and a number of friends and relatives, to mourn her untimely death. I would say to the bereaved ones; Weep not as those who have no hope, for Mannie was a true Christian and left evidence that she would be transplanted from earth to heaven. She has crossed the river that all must cross. Let us try and be ready, so when the time comes for us to cross this stream it may be as well with us as it was with her. She was tenderly laid to rest in the Salem cemetery to await the coming of her loved ones. Funeral services were conducted by Brother F. Smith, of Martin, Tenn.
Gospel Advocate, May 22, 1913, page 500.
Wheatley, Mamie Bell
Mamie Wheatley (nee Bell) was born on October 22, 1890; was baptized into Christ by Brother Joe Ratcliffe, at Lawrence Chapel, at the age of fifteen years; was married to Terriel Wheatley on March 16, 1907; and died on December 13, 1912, at her home near Ridgely, Obion County, Tenn. Mamie was sick only a week. All that skilled physicians and loving hands could do was done, but to no avail. She was brought back near her childhood home to the family burying ground, four miles east of Rutherford, Tenn., where Brother Eph. P. Smith spoke words of consolation to a large audience. Mamie leaves a husband, two children, a father, mother, three brothers, one sister, and a host of relatives and friends, to mourn their loss. To each of them we would say: Weep not as those that have no hope, but live for Christ, and in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
L. C. B.
Gospel Advocate, March 13, 1913, page 256.
Another soldier of the cross has been mustered out of service here on earth. Brother Gardner Wheeler died in Calhoun County, Ala., on June 15, 1906. Brother Wheeler was about eighty-two years old. He fought many hard battles for the Captain of his salvation. Brother Wheeler has been called from labor to rest. He was a fine Bible teacher, and baptized many into Christ. Brother Wheeler reared a large family. His wife passed over some years ago. We sorrow not as those who have no hope. We pray that his children and friends may follow his noble, Christian example, and that some sweet day they may meet on the shining shore, to part no more.
R. C. Ballard., Leesburg, Ala.
Gospel Advocate, July 5, 1906, page 432.
Wheeler, J. D.
Brother J. D. Wheeler departed this life on December 17, 1906. He was a son of Nathan and Elizabeth Wheeler, who were pioneer Christians in Warren County, Tenn. He married Miss Minerva Jane Fuston, who died in 1883, leaving to his care three precious little girls. He never married again, but kept his children together, striving to live right and to bring up his children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. They are all Christians, and we hope will try to bring their children up to love and serve God. Brother Wheeler came to Texas years ago, and he and his wife lie side by side at Brandon, in Hill County, awaiting the resurrection morn to wake their sleeping dust.
Gospel Advocate, May 2, 1907, page 287.
Wheeler, Jesse J.
Colonel Jesse J. Wheeler was born in Spartanburg, S. C., Jan. 10, 1822. When twenty-two years of age he moved to Lamar County, Ala., where he spent thirty-one years of his life as a very prosperous farmer. In 1875 he bought a home in Lowndes County, Miss., fourteen miles northeast of Columbus. Here he very prosperously and happily spent the last twenty years of his earthly pilgrimage, dying Oct. 10, 1895, at the advanced age of seventy-three years. While quite a young man Brother Wheeler identified himself with the Baptist Church, but some ten years ago his son, Charles A. Wheeler, of Winston County, Ala., made him a visit and held a meeting at a neighboring schoolhouse. During this meeting he united with the disciples, and thus became one of the charter members of what is now Lone Oak church, in Lowndes County, Miss. Uncle Jesse, as we had learned to call him, was the father of twelve children, five sons and seven daughters. Eleven of these children are living, all of whom are members of the church of Christ, and are useful citizens in their respective communities, all being settled heads of families. Brother Charles A. Wheeler, one of the sons, is quite prominent as a preacher of the gospel, having done an extensive work for the cause of Christ in the section where he lives and in the surrounding territory. His son, Van B. Wheeler, is one of the leading elders in Lone Oak church. During his declining years Brother Wheeler seemed to greatly enjoy the society of his children and of his church, often speaking of the dutifulness of these children, and of how much he enjoyed being with them and associating with them in a religious way. His liberality in supporting the gospel and in deeds of charity became proverbial during the last few years of his life. Several times has the writer been helped on his way by the bountiful hand of Brother Wheeler. For many coming years will his memory be held sacred by those among whom he lived, and with whom he had business relations. I am told by citizens of Columbus that Lowndes County possessed no better citizen than Colonel Jesse Wheeler. Only about three years before he died his wife, the loving mother of his children, passed over the silent river, there to await his coming. His death occurred at the home of one of his daughters, in Lamar County, Ala. Peaceful be his rest until he is called by his Saviors voice in the resurrection of the just.
Gospel Advocate, January 23, 1896, page 61.
Wheeler, Joel A.
At Balm, Cook county, Texas, August 15, 1893, Brother Joel A. Wheeler peacefully fell asleep in Jesus, being in full fellowship with the congregation of the Church of Christ at that place. He was 47 years and 10 days old at his death. In 1883, being a continual reader of the scriptures, he learned that the law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul, and obeyed the gospel under the teaching of Brother Askew, and was buried with Christ in baptism by him July 28, and arose from the liquid grave to walk in newness of life. He loved to study the word of God, and impart to those who knew not the sweet story of Jesus and his love, the knowledge that it was a lamp to his feet, and a light to his pathway. On Lords days he was, if possible, with the brethren to gather around the Lords table, and engage in the worship. Only one week before his departure, he sung with the spirit and understanding his favorite hymn, The half has never yet been told. He was an excellent father, a loving husband, an esteemed citizen, a good friend, and a faithful supporter of the gospel. He has heard the blessed words, Well done, thou good and faithful servant; thou has been faithful over a few things . . . enter thou into the joy of thy Lord, and is untied with the multitudes gone before. Weep not, wife, children, and friends, but heed his example, pursue faithfully the road that leads to the gate that stands ajar, and which opens into that rest prepared for the people of God.
Gospel Advocate, September 21, 1893, page 599.
Wheeler, John L., Sr.
John L. Wheeler Sr., 66, died May 13 at his home in Vernon, Ala., after a lengthy illness.
Wheeler married Girthel Curry while he was in high school. He attended Freed-Hardeman University and began preaching in 1942. Wheeler preached the Gospel in more than 20 states and 15 foreign countries, including a radio broadcast that aired for 15 years in Sri Lanka, during his 50 years of preaching.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, John L. Wheeler Jr., Springfield, Mo., and Gus Nichols Wheeler, Seabrook, Maryland; two daughters, Gaynelle Hickey, Steens, Miss.; Rachelle Johnson, Hinesville, Ga.; one sister, Miriem Maddox, Verson, Ala.; and six grandchildren.
Funeral services were held May 15 at the Bethel Church of Christ. Eulogies were given by Sonny McLellen, Jack Glasgow, John Dansby and George Bible. Graveside services were at Christian Chapel Cemetery near Vernon, Ala. Bobby South and Thaylon Maddox officiated.
Gospel Advocate, September, 1992, page 57.
Wheeler, Joseph Tatum
Joseph Tatum Wheeler passed from this life on March 12 in Bremen, Ga. This faithful Christian man had been an elder since 1933. With his passing an era has come to an end. The work in western Georgia has grown because of brother Wheelers efforts. His sons can remember him setting up and taking down tents from various places in northwest Georgia, including Waco, Roopeville, Villa Rica, Buchanan, Temple and Carrollton. He would drive his express truck and later buses throughout the hills of Georgia picking up people for Sunday and Wednesday services. Through the efforts of this dedicated leader the church was established in Bremen, Cedartown, Villa Rica, Carrollton and Tallapoosa, Ga.
Brother Wheeler was married to the former Gertha Lou Prentise for 63 years and they had eight children. Seven are still living and are faithful Christians. Surviving children are Opal Rabun, Lilburn, Ga.; Francis White, Jake and Richard Wheeler, Bremen, Ga.; Martha Thomasson, Smyrna, Ga.; Barbara Craun, Atlanta, Ga.; and David Wheeler, Charlotte, N. C. Richard serves as a deacon and is mayor of Bremen. David is a gospel preacher, Mrs. Thomassons husband is a deacon and Mrs. Crauns husband is an elder. Of their 23 grandchildren, Terry Wheeler is a preacher in Duncan, S. C. They also have 11 great-grandchildren.
Surviving brothers are Pat Wheeler, Trenton, G. A., also an elder, and Ben Wheeler of Ft. Myers, Fla. Sisters include Bonnie Wallace, Ft. Oglethorpe, GA., and Katherine Mayhew of Trenton, Ga.
Brother Wheeler purchased a ball field for $1,200 to build the first church building in Bremen, Ga. The church first met there in a theater. Men who served with him as the first elders at that time were Price Worthy and J. L. Westbrook with R. C. White from Montgomery, Ala., as the first full-time preacher. Other gospel preachers serving the church in Bremen at that time were A. C. Moore, Albert Holland, Howard Carter, Rufus Clifford, Paul Kidwell, W. D. Harris, Frank Young, Curtis Dowdy, Winfred Clark, and Jim Shadwick. Preachers who held gospel meetings there were R. C. White, Rex A. Turner, B. C. Goodpasture, John T. Lewis, Willard Collins, James Miller, Paul Hunton, Bobby Duncan, V. P. Black, James D. Bales (who preached his first sermon there), Frank Pack and Guy N. Woods.
Joseph Tatum Wheeler moved to Bremen in 1919, served as mayor for two terms, was a member of the School Board for three terms and had been a railway express agent since 1924. His family dates back to General Fighting Joe Wheeler of the Confederate Army and he was known affectionately to townspeople of Bremen as Uncle Joe.
Brethren throughout the area will long remember brother Joe. Services were conducted on Sunday, March 14 at the Bremen church of Christ building with Jim Shadwick and Frank Young speaking and Edward Bonner leading congregational singing. Over 400 persons packed the building to honor the memory of this great man. (Picture included)
David A. Wheeler.
Gospel Advocate, May 6, 1982, page 281.
Lloyd Wheeler of St. Paul, Minn., died of a heart attack Oct. 5, while attending his high school reunion in Spencer, Ind.
He had been minister for the Roseville Church of Christ in St. Paul for 21 years. Next spring would have marked his 50th year of preaching.
Throughout his ministry he served churches in Nebraska, California, Illinois, Louisiana, Utah, Arkansas, Missouri and Minnesota.
Wheeler is survived by his wife, June, four children: Sandra, of Peoria, Ill.; Frank, of York, Neb.; Jerry, of Alamogordo, N. M.; John, of St. Louis, Mo.; and nine grandchildren.
The family requests that memorials be sent to the York College Bible department, York, NE, 68467.
Gospel Advocate, November, 1992, page 45.
Wheeler, Mary E.
Mrs. Mary E. Wheeler was born near Carrollton, Carroll County, Ga., on 10, 1839, and departed this life in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Saturday evening, December 3, 1910, after a brief illness of pneumonia. During her childhood she spent much of her time administering to the wants of her invalid father, and one of the principal duties she performed in that capacity was daily reading to him from the Bible and other sacred literature. Thus, early in life, she formed a habit of reading and studying Gods word. She read it through many times and made it her lifelong rule of faith and practice. When quite young she united with the Baptist Church, but at the age of fourteen she obeyed the gospel and identified herself with the church of Christ. She became a brave and faithful soldier of the cross and died at her post of duty after more than fifty years service. While yet a mere girl she was married to John Wheeler. To this union thirteen children, six boys and seven girls were born, all of whom lived to maturity, almost of them are yet living. Besides doing her whole duty as a mother over her own children, she assisted in rearing thirty-two others, including grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and orphans left by friends and relatives. Her great influence for good was felt far and near, and she was dearly beloved by all who knew her. The writer assisted in conducting the funeral services at the home of Sister Wheelers son, J. M. Wheeler, in Chattanooga, on Sunday night, December 4, 1910. They body was removed early on Monday morning, December 5, to Carrollton, Ga., where, in the presence of many friends and loved ones, it was laid to rest. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them. (Rev. 14:13.)
Gospel Advocate, May 18, 1911, page 568.
Palmer Wheeler passed from this life Jan. 8, 1983 at the age of 77. Our beloved brother was known throughout the South and the Western United States as a singer and music teacher. Many children have learned to love the Lord and his word through Palmers songs. In the late 1930s, he taught music at Freed-Hardeman College in Henderson, Tenn. During the past 50 years, brother Wheeler sang in gospel meetings held by many prominent preachers in our brotherhood. He taught singing schools and personally helped many young people to sing through his action songs. His love for the Lord is expressed deeply in the many hymns he has written.
Palmer sang as a member of the original Stamps Quartet. They were the first gospel quartet to be recorded by a major recording studio. Victor Records recorded Give the World a Smile.
Among the favorites for children, Palmer wrote The Wise Man Built His house Upon the Rock. You may have learned the books of the New Testament from the tune brother Wheeler wrote for that purpose. How many hearts have been touched with the assurance of the song, I know the Lord Will Find a Way for Me. The words and melody of this song will be engraved on his tombstone as it has been engraved upon our hearts. Palmer Wheeler passed away in Dallas, Texas, where he and his wife have lived for the past 30 years. Our brother is survived by his wife, Lena, and only son, Tommy E. Wheeler. The loss of this our faithful brother is gain as we rejoice knowing that the good work the Lord began in his body has now been made perfect in the Spirit. (Picture included)
Gospel Advocate, February 17, 1983, page 124.
Wheeler, Pearl E.
Mrs. Pearl E. Wheeler, Mama Wheeler as she was known to so many was born June 19, 1895, and passed from this life June 17, 1964. Of these sixty-nine years, she was a faithful member of the church 52 years. Her father-in-law was C. A. Wheeler, a well known gospel preacher of several years ago. She was the mother of thirteen children. Two are now deceased. Three sons are gospel preachers. The others are all members of the church. She was loved by all who knew her, because she put Christ first in her life. Her life was truly one of love and beauty. We all miss Mama Wheeler, but her memory will live on with us because of the life she lived before us.
Peggy Tubbs Crump.
Gospel Advocate, June 26, 1969, page 419.
Terry Wheeler, 50, died Feb. 15, of a heart attack in Limon, Costa Rica. He was born in Detroit, Mich., Nov. 6, 1943.
After attending the Florida School of Preaching, Wheeler worked with the church in Zephyrhills, Fla., before helping to establish a congregation in Cape Coral, Fla.
In 1989 Wheeler began full-time mission work in Central America, specifically in Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua and Honduras.
Wheeler is survived by his wife, Nancy; a daughter, Kelly Smith; a son, Todd; his mother, Sybil; and four brothers, Tim, Tom, Ted and Trent.
Funeral services were conducted by Wheelers brother, Ted, in San Jose, where Wheeler was also buried. A memorial service was conducted at Venice Church of Christ March 5 by B. C. Carr.
Gospel Advocate, April, 1994, page 41.
Wheeler, V. B.
On March 13, 1909, Brother V. B. Wheeler, one of the best men of Lowndes County, Miss., passed away. He was a true husband, father, brother, and friend. He was born in Lamar County, Ala., near Vernon; went to Mississippi in early youth with his parents; and in early manhood he married Miss Lola Wright. Soon after his marriage he obeyed the gospel and united with the congregation worshiping at Lone Oak, where he has since been a faithful worker in the church and a teacher of the Bible. He resided near his fathers old home until he was stricken with disease that resulted in his death at the hospital in Columbus, Miss. Brother Wheeler leaves a wife, a son, a daughter, and a little foster daughter, also a host of brethren and friends, to mourn his loss. The congregation at Lone Oak sustains a loss that will be long felt. Every heart bleeds in sympathy for his loved ones. He had been elder of the congregation for a number of years, having been a zealous worker and teacher. The funeral took place at Lone Oak cemetery on Lords-day afternoon, where his body was laid to rest beneath the sod. Impressive and appropriate words were spoken by Brother Edgar Thomas, a young brother, of Columbus. Brother Wheeler was always a Bible reader and student, but during his last sickness he read a good deal of the Bible, and said that he would like to live, but was ready to go if it was the Lords will for him to die. Thank God for the promise: He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. The laborer has gone to his reward; he has laid his armor down at the bank of the river and passed over into the home of the blessed. The Lord bless his wife and children in this time of sorrow.
Elda J. Pinegar., Quinton, Ala.
Gospel Advocate, April 29, 1909, page 535.
Wheeler, V. B.
Brother V. B. Wheeler died on March 9, 1909. He was a true husband, father, brother, and friend. He was one of the younger sons of J. J. Wheeler, who fought valiantly in the Civil War, and was among the pioneers of Alabama. He was born in Lamar County, Ala., near Vernon; came to Mississippi with his parents in early youth; was married to Miss Lola Wright in early life, and soon afterwards he obeyed the gospel of Christ and united with the congregation at Lone Oak, Lowndes County, Ala. He resided near his fathers old home until he was stricken with disease that resulted in his demise, which occurred at the infirmary in Columbus, Miss. He leaves a wife, daughter, son, and a little foster child to mourn their loss, besides a host of friends and brethren. The church sustains a loss that will be long felt. Every heart bleeds in sympathy for his loved ones. He was elder of the congregation, and had been since it became an organized body, having been a zealous worker and teacher, and will be greatly missed by his dear brethren and sisters. It is our loss,
and God grant it is heavens gain. His funeral occurred at Lone Oak Cemetery on Sunday at three o'clock, where his body was laid to rest beneath the sod as God Be with You till We Meet Again was being sung by those who could check their sobs of pity. There also lay his dear father and mother, who had gone before to great him on that eternal shore. Appropriate talks were made by John Egger and Mr. Edgar Thomas. He was always a Bible reader and student, but in his last rational hours read a good deal of the Bible and said that he was ready to die if his time had come. Thank God for the promise: He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
Gospel Advocate, April 15, 1909, page 471.
Sister Nannie Wheelhouse, wife of Brother C. G. Wheelhouse and daughter of Brother Harry Haynes, was born at Midland, near Fosterville, Tenn., on September 7, 1867, and died on January 14, 1923. She obeyed the gospel early in life, and, to the last, was interested in extending the Masters kingdom. Though never physically strong, she bravely took up lifes' burdens and proved a helpmeet for her husband. By her energy and frugality she helped him to command the respect of the people among whom they spent their lives, and by her godly living helped him to nurture their children, Katie, Carrie, and Hermanin the chastening and admonition of the Lord. Her daughters, Sister Marion Holt, Flat Creek, Tenn., and Sister W. E. Mitchell, Fosterville, Tenn. are among the best of Christian women, looking after their households well, rearing children, and enjoying the love of those who know them. Her son, Herman, is studying in the University of Tennessee, and gives promise of such a useful life as should be expected from his Christian training. It was a joy to Sister Wheelhouse to see the fruits of her work of love in her home and in the community, and it is a blessed comfort to her loved ones to remember her life of faith. May the Lord direct their hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.
J. Paul Slayden.
Gospel Advocate, March 15, 1923, page 266.
Wheelhouse, Robertie Frances
A long and beautiful life came to a close on Wednesday night, May 11, 1927, when our grandmother, Mrs. Robertie Frances Wheelhouse, answered the Masters call to a bright and better land. She lived to the mature age of seventy-nine years, six months, and thirteen days. She died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. A. Eley, where she had lived for the last few years. She was twice married, and was the mother of a large family of children, only four of whom survive her. These area: Mrs. T. S. Smith, of Denison, Texas; Mrs. Laura Cook, of Spencer, Tenn.; Mrs. T. H. Haynes and Mrs. W. A. Eley, of Unionville, Tenn. Also, there are grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. For fifty years or more she had been a consistent member of the church of Christ, having obeyed the gospel under the preaching of Brother Deering. It was hard to give her up and we miss her very much, but we sorrow not as those who have no hope, for we believe she is enjoying that sweet rest which awaits all those who obey the Saviors commands. Funeral services were held at the home of her daughter, conducted by Brother E. P. Watson, of Shelbyville, Tenn., who spoke words of comfort to the sad and sorrowing ones gathered there. The remains were interred in the family burying ground. Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.
Ruby Lee Eley.
Gospel Advocate June 30, 1927, page 620.
Whitaker, Emory L.
Emory L. Whitaker was born December 21, 1881, into a large family of children, and was deprived of many advantages of life. He grew to manhood, and tried for six years to get religion at the mourners bench in the Methodist denomination, and the failure to get religion almost wrecked his life. But, fortunately, he fell into the company of Roy Porter and this resulted in his seeing the plan of salvation, and, being honest, he accepted the truth and became a Christian. His advantages were limited, and he only received common-school education. Miss Esther Springer became his helpmeet, and together they labored and lived to see their three children grown and married. They are: Mrs. E. H. Looney, Mrs. Harvey Martin, and E. L., Jr., who, following his fathers footsteps, is a young preacher at Pine Bluff, Ark. The two daughters live in Memphis, Tenn. where Brother Whitaker lived and preached for the Seventh and Bethel Streets Church for quite a while. Realizing his need for education and very desirous to preach the gospel he moved to Henderson, Tenn., where his wife kept boarders as he preached on Sundays and fought on bravely and finally acquired his education. He then gave all his time to preaching, and kept this up until his life came to its end at Mays Hospital, in New Albany, Miss., June 1, 1950. A short service was held at Ripley, Miss., where he was preaching at his death, and his body was sent to Memphis, Tenn., where Brethren Mills and Brewer held services in the presence of many. His body was buried in Memorial Park Cemetery. Thus ended the life of a noble servant of the Host High. Brother Whitaker had a bright, sunny disposition, and his affable manner made him many friends and added much to his associates. He was very agreeable and always smiling, adding joy unto the lives of many. His health began to fail after having influenza, and he quite likely worked when he was unable physically to do so. No one could ever doubt his devotion to the cause of Christ or his willingness to spend and be spent in his service, and many are the mourners left behind. A good man has gone from us, the kind that are missed and badly needed here. But surely he is blessed evermore, and I verily believe if I ever see the New Jerusalem I will meet my good friend and brother, E. L. Whitaker. I am very sorry for his good wife, but she can thank God she had for her husband such a noble man, and the children can know they had a noble father who ever directed them in the way of righteousness. Thank God we had this fine character here sixty-eight years, and let us strive harder to emulate his good life. I thank God that I knew him. Heaven be gracious to all.
J. W. Dunn.
Gospel Advocate, September 14, 1950, page 598.
Whitby, J. W.
January 30, 1923, marked the passing of another old soldier of the cross in this vicinity. Brother J. W. Whitby was born in Middle Tennessee seventy-five years ago and came to this county when a boy. Early in life he heard the story of Jesus Christ, obeyed his commands, and, so far as man may judge, was faithful until death. He began his career as a Christian when the pure gospel was very distasteful to the masses. He had the courage to boldly uphold the right, and lived to see twelve congregations of Christians worshiping in this little county of Crockett. It has been my privilege, as minister of his church and teacher of his grandchildren, to have many interesting conversations with him. I always found myself edified and built up by his wholesome words. One by one the old soldiers, who have borne the burden and heat of the day, are passing. May we who are younger and upon whom the burden fast falls prove ourselves worthy of such uncomplaining sacrifice as was his. He leaves a brother, two sons, and several grandchildren to mourn his loss. His friends were numbered by his acquaintances.
Gospel Advocate, February 22, 1923, page 187.
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