Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Eld. A. J. Rippey

Eld. A. J. Rippey was born in North Carolina in 1815, moved to South Carolina in 1835; married Sallie Wofford in 1839, moved to Georgia in 1840; joined the Baptists in 1843; ordained to the ministry in 1853; came to Arkansas 1870. Died at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Black of Fort Smith, November 5, 1896, aged 80 years. During his ministry he baptized about 1000 converts. In 1879 he was the missionary of Concord Association. He leaves two sons and one daughter to mourn their bereavement. His body was laid to rest in the Singleton cemetery near Charleston, Ark. The funeral service was conducted by Eld. J.W. Nobles. "Other men labor and we enter into their labors."
The following resolutions were adopted by the Sulphur Springs church.
Resolved, That God has seen fit to remove our beloved brother, we realize that in his death the church has lost a useful member; the children an affectionate father, and the community a useful man esteemed by all. We humbly pray for submission to say "Thy will be done"
J.W. Nobles, J.K. Oldham, J.T Thomas, Committee
Arkansas Baptist, January 6, 1897, page 7

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