In memory of our Brother Elder W. H. Gathwright, we your committee, submit the following:
Elder W. H. Gathwright died almost instantly at his home near Oakland, Union Parish, Saturday, April 20, A. D. 1895.
He was a member of the Missionary Baptist church at Meridian. He served this church as pastor for eight years. He leaves a wife, several children, and grandchildren, and a host of friends to mourn his loss. He was sixty-eight years old, and served in the ministry thirty-five years, and he being a faithful and humble servant, whom we feel will be greatly missed, as his pulpits are left vacant; and there is a vacancy at his fireside, and he will also be missed in the Masonic fraternity. Meridian church extends sympathy to his bereaved relatives and friend, as we are taught to rejoice with those that do rejoice, and to weep with those that weep, but we being so constituted by nature that it is hard for us to be reconciled to death. But we are bound to acknowledge that God doeth all things well, that God giveth, and God taketh, and we should always be reconciled to His will, as the appointment is of Divine origin.
As our brother’s main mission was to preach Jesus Christ crucified, and to warn sinners to flee from the wrath to come, we believe that he will be permitted to hear the welcome clause, “Well done thou good and faithful servant, enter into the joys of thy Lord.” As we known we are not heard, for much speaking we will close with these words: “Therefore we ought to give the more earnest need to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the words spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience receive a just recompense of reward; how shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation.”
Farmerville Gazette and Baptist Chronicle are requested to publish.
W. T. Smith
J. M. Cooper
E. L. Clark