Elijah Roan

The Gazette
January 29, 1896

It falls to my sad lot to note the death of our beloved father, Elijah Roan, who was born in Alabama in the year 1826. He moved to this country when a young man, where he lived until his death, which occurred at his home, Nov. 14, 1895; aged 69 years, 9 months and 26 days. In 1856 he was married to Miss S. E. Rabun, with whom he lived happily until his death, three months ago. He was the father of seventeen children, of whom nine are still living–seven boys and two girls–all married except one. He also was the grandfather of thirty children, of whom all are living except six. About the year 1885 he united with the Christian church under the ministry of Rev. J. B. Davis, and has ever since led a Christian life. He fed the hungry and was a friend to the poor and his home was always open to his friends and fellow man. My father was a sufferer of catarrh in the head, but with that patience and fortitude that has ever adorned his Christian character, he bore his suffering with very little complaint until he was summoned to his eternal rest in the presence of God. Although he was not well informed in the Bible, he delighted in the Lord’s day service, and could always be found at his post of duty. A better legacy could not have been left his children than his long life of an almost spotless reputation. He said he was not afraid to die. To his sorrowing children and many friends we will say: We will not sorrow as those that have no hope, for if we live Godly in this world, we will meet our father again where there is life and joy forevermore.

“He lived for Him whose will is strong,
He suffers but he will not suffer long;
He suffers but he cannot suffer wrong.”

“A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is still;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled.”

“God in His wisdom has recalled,
The boon his love has given,
And ‘though his body mouldeth here
His soul is safe in Heaven.”

G. W. Roan

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