Monday, April 11, 2011

Ida Pearl Threlkell

Mrs. Ida Pearl Threlkell, consort of Mr. DeWitt Threlkell, and only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. K. Bollinger, died of congestion, at her residence in Russellville, Friday evening at 3 o'clock, July 24, 1885.
Mrs. Threlkell was born in Calhoun county, Ala., Sept. 22, 1859; moved to Okalona, Miss., in 1865, thence to Verona, Miss., soon thereafter. She joined the Baptist church and was baptized by Rev. J.T. Christion in 1877. She graduated in music in 1875, at the age of 15, and in the English course the year following, from Verona College, which institution awarded her a diploma of Mistress of English Literature. She was united in marriage to Mr. Threlkell Dec. 15, 1880, and the family settled in Russellville, Ark., in 1883.
She was taken violently ill Wednesday evening and succumbed to the King of Terrors Friday at 3.
As a child she was obedient, respectful and tenderly affectionate; as a student at school, she was  dutiful, industrious, and ambitious; as a wife and mother she was all that a wife and mother could be; Happy hearted, ardent and tender in affection, devoted, industrious, energetic, persevering, and ambitious, she was a helpmeet to her husband in the truest and highest sense of that word. She was the light and life of the family. She delighted in useful employment and monuments of her industry and skill are numerous.
Thus in the midst of life passses away a happy mother, young wife, a useful Chrsitian woman.
Mrs. Threlkell leaves a fond father and mother, a devoted husband, two brothers, a little girl and a large circle of friends, here and in Mississippi, to mourn her loss. But in death she triumphed. She had often expressed herself as having no fear of death.
" Is that a death-bed, where the Christian lies?
Yes, but not his; 'tis Death itself, there dies."...

Arkansas Evangel, August 6, 1885, page 2

S. J. Rhodes

Mrs. S. J. Hazen, mother of Frances, wife of Rev. C.B. Rhodes, and our adopted mother departed from this world to join her beloved children in eternal peace, April 2, 1896. Her departure is a loss to husband, relatives and friends that can be repaired by none but Christ himself, for she has lived a Christian life of great usefulness.
While living she did teach us how
To live and love and pray just now.
And when the call of Death came by
She calmly taught us how to die.
Thank God she has been with us
And left with her great overplus
Of love, some sparks, which used aright
Will lead us into eternal light.

A. Hayes
M. Singer
Clarksville,  Ark.

Arkansas Baptist, April 22, 1896, page 6

Frances Rhodes

 Only child of Bro. C. B. Rhodes and wife, died on Sunday evening, March 29, after a two weeks sickness. She was the only one left of their six children and was the object of love and pride of parents, friends, and neighbors.
Some do grow old but leave no mark.
Such leave the world still in the dark;
This litttle one passed young away,
But what a light was her short stay;
The one who met with that sweet child
Although he might be reviled,
Would feel longing quite immense
For purity and innocence.
A. Hayes
M. Singer
Clarksville, Arkansas

Arkansas Baptist, April 22, 1896, page 6

A.L. Gowin

It is with sadness that I write the obituary of Sister A.L. Gowin, wife of Eld. C.A. Gowin, who was taken sick January 18 and died the 19th. She was the daughter of Rev. J. H. Hubbard. Was born in Calhoun county, Ala. in 1852; moved to Arkansas with her parents when but a girl; was married to George Biddle in January 1871, who died and left her a widow. She was married to Bro. C.A. Gowin on September 17, 1874. Sister Gowin was the mother of eleven children, ten of whom are living. Six of her children are professors of religion. Her remains were laid to rest in old Salem cemetery in the presence of a host of mourning friends and relatives. As to her life it was exemplary. She was a model Christian. She was buried into the fellowship of Shamrock Baptist church in 1875, and has lived a devoted Christian. In her death we lose one of our most devoted sisters, a family a devoted mother, the husband a loving, self sacrificing wife.  Sister Gowin was a friend to the gospel. In the absence of her husband who was away most of the time preaching the gospel to sinners, she was home taking care and laboring for the comfort and support of the family. Her life was one of consecration to her family and disconsolate husband. We all mourn her death, but our loss is her gain. God help us all to bow in humble supplication to his will.
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Since Christ was thy ransom, thy guardian and thy guide.
He gave thee, he took thee, and death has no sting.
Since Jesus hath died.

The funeral services were conducted by the writer.
D.A. Squires

Arkansas Baptist, February 19, 1896, page 12