Bradley County Arkansas Methodist Obituaries, 1884 - 1930, Surnames P - S
Bradley County, Arkansas Obituaries

Bradley County Obituaries, Surnames P - S
Extracted From The Arkansas Methodist Newspaper
1884 - 1930

We are very grateful to both Jann Woodard who compiled these obituaries and Debbie Patrick for transcribing them.

[ Surnames A - C ] [ Surnames D - H ] [ Surnames J - N ] [ Surnames P - S ] [ Surnames T - Y ]


Sister Sarah Parish (nee Temple) was born in Bradley county, November 3, 1856;
married to Robert W. Parish, February 15, 1877; died January 24, 1916. She was
converted and joined the Missionary Baptist Church, under the preaching of 
Brother Denson, a Missionary Baptist preacher, where she remained until death.
Fifteen years of her life were spent in the service of the Lord. She died a
victorious death. All who knew her loved her and knew her to be a true 
Christian woman. 

(no author listed) 

February 3, 1916 page 14 col 4 


Nancy J. Park; whose maiden name was Cork, was born in Tuscaloosa Co., 
Ala., Nov. 15, 1837; was married to John T. Robinson Jan. 10, 1860; moved 
to Bradley Co., Ark., in 1866, and to Scott Co. in 1869, where her first
husband died, leaving her a widow with two little girls. She was married
Jan. 6, 1877 to Samuel Park, who was a widower with two small girls. They
lived happily together, she making a good and kind step-mother for his 
children. Her daughters have been grown and married several years and the
youngest one died a year or two ago and preceded her mother to the better
world. Sister Park died at the home of the writer in the town of Waldron,
Scott Co., Ark., April 26, 1892. The writer has known her from the time
she came to Scott Co. in 1869, until she bade adieu to this world with
all its sorrows and afflictions. She possessed all those noble traits 
of character which so highly adorn a woman. When the end came she was 
ready and willing to go. Her husband and the writer talked with her often
upon the subject of death. She was rational and spoke freely, and said
it was the will of the Lord for her to die she was ready. She leaves
two daughters of her own, two affectionate step-daughters and a beloved
husband to mourn their loss. Children, be sure to follow her example and
meet her in heaven. Thanks be to God, there is a heaven, where the wicked
cease from troubling and the weary are at rest. Our people still die well. 

By: E. A. Taff, Sr. 

May 19, 1892 page 7 col 1 


Death has again invaded a quiet happy home and left the dark shadow of 
gloom, blotting out the joy and sweetness from the home of Brother B. A.
Parnell, of Orlando, Ark. Brother Parnell has this year buried his mother,
father and a cousin, and now he is bereft of his wife, Mrs. Tennie C.,
born February 16, 1868, died November 18, 1904. And truly she was a wife
in every sense of the word. She was ever devoted, gentle and loving. Only
a little over a year ago she buried her mother, Mrs. Thompson, who died
at her house, after a long time of suffering with the dreaded consumption.
I never witnessed more patient devotion than was shown by her and Brother
Parnell to her mother. Sister Parnell was never well after her mothers death.
She joined the M. E. Church, South, at the age of eighteen years, and as to
her consistent life, all of her pastors are ready to testify. She loved her
church and her preacher. At the time of my last visit, when she could not
speak above a whisper, she gave orders to the cook to prepare for my comfort
as her preacher. Truly, Wheeler Springs has lost a faithful member, society
a good example and Brother Parnell a loving wife, who for fourteen years and
eleven months stood by him in beautifying their home. She leaves only one 
child, little Earl. May heaven bless. Her last and parting words were an 
exhortation for all to live in the service of God. Oh, may the Lord lead us
safely through the shadows into the kingdom of light, where sorrows cannot 
come. She sweetly sleeps. 

By: S. C. Vinson 

January 4, 1905 page 15 col 1 


Mrs. Nannie C. Parrott, consort of W. D. Parrott, was born in Louisiana
in 1847; moved to Arkansas in 1868; was united in marriage to W. D. Parrott,
Jan. 27, 1881, and died Jan. 11, 1885. She professed religion in early life,
and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in 1869. It was my 
privilege during my pastorate on the New Edinburg circuit to visit her
frequently at her home, where I always met with a warm Christian welcome
from her and her husband. Although she was much of the time in feeble health,
I always found her cheerful and ready to minister to the necessities of 
friends. She was an earnest Christian woman, loving the Church and its 
institutions. The Church, the Sunday-school, as well as a large circle of
friends and relatives, will miss her; but most of all her stricken husband,
over whose life this great sorrow has cast its shadow and her step-son to
whom she was indeed a mother. May they be so exorcised by this chastening
that it may "yield them the peaceable fruit of righteousness." 

By: E. L. Beard 

March 7, 1885 page 7 col 1   (Shady Grove #2 Cleveland Co.) 


Carrie Law Phillips, the baby daughter of Brother and Sister D. M. Phillips,
formerly of Wesson, now living in Hermitage, departed this life Jan. 13, 1918.
Carrie Law was a beautiful bright, sweet babe, the only daughter of the home.
Brother and Sister Phillips were devoted to little Carrie Law, and every one
that knew this promising baby loved her. Indeed, she was above average for a
child her age. I believe it was the saddest funeral I ever conducted. It seemed
like the mother would break down in spite of all human sympathy. The father 
seemed like he could not bear it, but composing himself and using all of his
powers and calling on God for help, he was able to go through all this trial
and not break down. After the funeral, which was conducted late Sunday evening,
many friends stayed with the bereaved family overnight, and on Monday we boarded
the train for Strong, where we placed the little casket in the cold earth to
await the morning of the resurrection. The father and mother and one brother
mourn their loss. 

By: J. C. Williams, Pastor 

March 21, 1918 page 15 col 2 & 3 


Mrs. Ada Blackwell Pierce fell asleep in Jesus at her home in Warren,
Arkansas May 25, 1923. She was born April 12, 1870. Married Franklin
Pierce September 26, 1897. To this union six children were born all
of whom are left to mourn her going. Mrs. Pierce was converted when
quite young and joined the Cumberland Presbyterian church. After her
marriage to Bro. Pierce she united with the M.E. Church, South of 
which he was a member. In this church she lived a consistent and 
devoted Christian life to the end. She was a sweet-spirited, 
good-natured woman whom to know was to love. A devoted wife, a 
fond mother, and a good neighbor. She has no doubt received the 
crown of eternal glory, for she fought a good fight and kept the
faith. She was an energetic, hard working woman who gave herself
generously and unselfishly to her husband and children. Her home
was the center of her activities, but not the extent, for she 
loved her church and was kind and helpful to those in distress. 
A most beautiful trait in her life was that what she did was done
in the true spirit of ministry and not with any intention of 
attracting attention to herself. No one perhaps realized just how
strong she was until an accident made a permanent cripple of her
husband. It was then that her courageous, self-sacrificing spirit
shone like a light out of darkness. The last years of her life were
attended with added burdens, but she did not complain and her cruse
(sic) of comfort never ran so low, but that she would have shared
it with another who might need it. We mourn victory. Funeral services
were conducted by Rev. H. H. McGuire of Rison, Arkansas and the
remains laid to rest in the Black cemetery; and attended by a host
of sorrowing friends and relatives. May the God of all grace greatly
comfort and strengthen the grief stricken husband and children. 

By: F. Saunders 

October 4, 1923 page 11 col 2 


Finis Potter was one of the most conscientious, devoted Christians
I have ever known. Born and reared in Howard county, he gave his
life largely to Arkansas. He was only 48 when he died. His marriage
to Lucy Richardson was a most happy one. To them were born three
sweet children. The wife and children are left. He finished the
high school and graduated from the Peabody Normal. He after that
gave his life almost entirely to school work and the church. No
ordinary thing could keep him from filling his place in the church
and Sunday school nor from paying a tithe of his income. He belonged
to an old religious family and his home was an ideal one. He was
buried at Warren, where his last home was and where his family now

By: R. W. McKay 

April 14, 1921 page 16 col 2  (Oakland Cem. Warren, AR) 


Lucy L. Richardson was born near Camden, Ark., March 6, 1883. She was 
married to Finis Potter of Nashville, Ark., September 12, 1904. Five 
children were born to this union, two dying in infancy. The three remaining
to mourn her loss are three daughters. Frances, the oldest daughter, is 
now in Arkansas University. Sister Potter has been a member of the Methodist
church since childhood. She was certainly a devout Christian, and she tried
earnestly to bring her children up in the same way. Attending her death bed,
I never saw such faith manifest as hers, as she was dying she looked up into
my face and whispered, "Going to be with Jesus." This good woman died in 
the faith. 

By: J. D. Baker 

July 5, 1923 page 11 col 2     (Oakland Cem. Warren, Ark.) 


Charles S. Reap was born in South Carolina September 13, 1856. Removed 
with his parents to Drew Co., Arkansas in 1859. He married Miss Ashcraft of 
Cleveland county. Five children were born to them. The family had lived in 
Warren the past fifteen years. He was converted a little more than one year ago, 
and joined the Methodist church. On Oct. 15, 1913, he died at his home in 
Warren, leaving the wife and four children, four brothers, two sisters and scores
of friends to mourn his departure. He said he was not afraid of death, but died
in hope of eternal life by faith in Christ Jesus Our Lord. 

By: W. C. Hillard 

October 30, 1913 page 14 col 2   (Oakland Cem. Warren) 


Noel Lovett, son of Edward E. and Frances E. Reaves, born August 30, 1896, 
died after three days sickness at the old home near Orlando, Ark., on the 9th of 
April, 1898. This, the only child of Bro. and Sister Reaves, has been called to 
the other shore. The home is sad and dark. The mother weeps and mourns under
this heavy bereavement, but Noel was a plant too tender for this world. A flower
too delicate for the summer sun of this life. So the Lord took him home to bloom
in a fairer clime, and to breathe a sweeter atmosphere, and lead pap and mamma
closer to the Lord. Let this be a blessing. 

By: D. D. Warlick 

May 4, 1898 page 13 col 1 


On July 3, death visited the home of Mrs. Walter Risher and called Sister Temperance
Caroline Rice. Sister Rice was born in Coweta County, Ga., August 21, 1843. She
moved to Arkansas with her parents when 9 years of age. She was married at the age 
of 17, was the mother of 14 children, 9 of them are still living, 6 sons and 3 daughters.
Four of the sons, Robert, George, Rufus and Roscoe live at Banks, Ark., one son,
Rev. John Rice, lives in Oklahoma and Ira Rice at Abilene, Texas. Mrs. G.W. McLeod
of ElDorado, and Mrs. Lula Gammel of Warren. In addition to the nine children living,
Sister Rice leaves 78 grandchildren, 103 great grandchildren and 2 great great 
grandchildren making a total of 192 living descendants. Sister Rice's husband died 
in December, 1905. Sister Rice was converted in early life, joined the Church and
lived a faithful Christian to the end. I would say to the loved ones left behind that they
can look for mother just inside the golden gates as she waits to welcome them home. 

By: John Simpson, Pastor 

July 29, 1926 page 14 col 1 & 2 


Margaret Allice Richards (nee Brock) was born in Alabama, September 1st, 1829; 
joined the M.E. Church in 1840; moved to Arkansas in 1842; married to A. J. Richards
in 1852. Since the division of the church she has lived a faithful and devoted member
of the M.E. Church, South, until May 14th when after lingering long at the brink of the
Jordan, in great pain, the Lord granted her request and she crossed over to the heavenly
Canaan to join with the loved ones in the church triumphant. She leaves two sons and
two daughters to mourn her loss. Our sister and mother had that faith that will not 
shrink but stands as a great beacon light to guide us into eternal rest. 

June 27, 1900 page 13 col 1  (Marsden Cem. Bradley Co.) 


Henry Francis Richardson was a good man. He lived more than 69 years among us. In
early childhood he was converted and joined the church, in which he was an officer most
of his life. No man among us dispensed a larger hospitality than he. His home was the
preacher's home, and he would share his last dollar with him. Born Dec. 14, 1845; died
June 25, 1915. In these few years he developed a beautiful Christian character. He had
seven children; five of them are with him now. The other two and his faithful wife are
left behind, following in his footsteps. When a mere boy he went to the army and fought
bravely for the Confederacy. His last sickness was long, but beautiful in faith and patience.
His death was triumphant. He has gone; we are sure of his abode, and if we are faithful
we shall see him again. 

By: R. W. McKay, Pastor 

July 15, 1915 page 16 col 1   (Oakland Cem. Warren, AR) 


Margaret Lorena, daughter of Edward and Epsie Broughton, was born in Clarendon
District, South Carolina, December 26, 1845. She was married to Henry F. Richardson,
December 14, 1870, died Nov. 18, 1922, at her home in Warren, Ark. Sister Richardson
is survived by one daughter, Mrs. W.F. Long and one brother, J.R. Broughton. The 
latter is the only surviving member of Company E. First Ark., of the Confederate Army.
Sister Richardson for many years had been a faithful member of the M.E. Church, South.
She lived by faith in Christ, and died with the Christian confession of faith upon her lips.
She was ready to go and left a bright testimony behind her. Funeral services were held 
in the Methodist church at Warren by her pastor, the writer, and Rev. G.L. Boles of 
the First Baptist Church. 

By: J. D. Baker, her Pastor 

July 5, 1923 page 11 col 2     (Oakland Cem. Warren, Ark.) 


Mrs. Lucy Ricks was born in Pike County, Alabama, September 17, 1846. She went to 
her home in heaven, April 13, 1919. She was the oldest of five children of Mr. and Mrs.
 Jerry Frazer. Shortly after the Civil War they moved to Bradley County, Ark. January 4, 
1870, she was married to A.M. Ricks of Sabine Parish, La., where they lived until January
1894,  when they moved back to Bradley County, Ark., where they have since lived. 
"They twain shall be one flesh" can truly be said of this union. Forty-nine years of married 
life, of complete devotion to each other, without even a cross word between them. To 
this union ten children were born, seven boys and three girls. The husband, A.M. Ricks; 
four sons, W. S.  Ricks of Searcy, Ark., J.D., and E. J.  Ricks, Mrs. Carrie Culbreath, 
Mrs. Anna Davis, all of Warren, Ark., survive her. She never knew the ways of sin, for 
in her early childhood she was gloriously converted, and ever after "she walked not after
the flesh, but after the Spirit." Like Enoch, "she walked with God." It can truly be said 
of her, that her life was hid with Christ in God. In the home she took the role of Martha. 
Her delight was in serving. She dearly loved the church, and as long as she was able to 
go she was a regular attendant at the church services. She was a dear lover of the Sunday
School, and there was no task too hard for her to undertake for the Lord. When she lived
with her family on the farm, and it was difficult to get anyone to serve as Sunday School
superintendent at the schoolhouse in the community, or at the church, she would take the
responsibility, and for several years she conducted the Sunday School in the community
in which she lived. The husband, five sons--the youngest having passed away some years
ago--and two sons-in-law were very, very wicked, as many who knew them will remember;
but the beautiful Christian life, backed up at the throne of God by the constant prayers of 
this consecrated companion and mother, resulted in the conversion of each of them, together
with other members of their families. The oldest son, Rev. W. S.  Ricks of Searcy, Ark., a
minister in the M.E. Church, South, has been engaged in the missionary and evangelistic 
work for nine years, and as a result of the mother's prayers, not less than 1,200 souls have
been converted. Surely, she is wearing the crown of righteousness which the Lord, the 
righteous judge, gave her as the reward for her faithfulness. She had been a constant sufferer
for several years, but she bore it all patiently and silently. To know her was to love her. Just
a few moments before she went away, she said, "I am going home. Weep not for me." She
closed her eyes, said "good-bye," and with a smile she went away to be with Jesus. "Surely
goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of
the Lord forever. 

By: W.A.S. 

July 10, 1919 page 13 col 4 and page 14 col 1      (Oakland Cem. Warren, Ark.) 

Mrs. Margaretta C. Risher (nee Guice), wife of W. B. Risher, was born in Franklin county, 
Mississippi, December 25, 1863; died near Warren, Ark., Oct. 11, 1898; was married Dec. 
6, 1881; joined the church in early life. She leaves a husband and eight children. An obediant
child, a loving wife, a devoted mother has gone to reap a Christian's reward. Truly, a mother
in Israel has fallen. Children, walk in mother's footsteps as she walked in Jesus' footprints. 
God bless Bro. Risher in his dark hour. His pastor, 

By: D. D. Warlick 

January 4, 1899 page 13 col 1 

Martha J. Ritchey was born in Mississippi, June 19, 1836; was first married to John A. 
Mattingley, July 25, 1855. He having died, she was again married to Adrian Trimble, 
March 17, 1859. Death again visited her home and took from her this husband. In 1882, 
she moved to Arkansas and was again married to Thomas J. Ritchey, November, 1882. 
Some years ago she was stricken with paralysis from which she never recovered, 
rendering her as helpless as an infant. On January 12, 1900, she fell on sleep. The good
Lord, in whom she had confided so long, saw proper to release her from bodily affliction,
and take her to himself, that she might rest from pain and labor, and enter in through the
gate into the city which hath foundation, whose builder and maker is God. She professed
faith in Christ in early life and joined the M. E. Church, South, and ever after lived an 
exemplary Christian. She was a Methodist of the old type; of the Bible type. She believed
in the support of the ministry, not in a meager manner, but in a liberal way. She was a 
woman of broad views, having a proper conception of what is right. She was an 
affectionate mother, a helpful companion, a good neighbor and a devoted Christian. 
The writer preached her funeral at her home to a large concourse of sorrowing relatives
and neighbors. May the Lord of all grace comfort and sustain bereaved husband, children
and grandchildren and finally bring them to the Heavenly Jerusalem. 

By: J. J. Menefee 

February 28, 1900 page 13 col 2  (Reaves Cem. Bradley Co.) 


Sallie W. Ritchey was born September 28, 1818, married to brother W. S. Ritchey, July 1, 1840
in Neshoba Co., Miss., moved to Bradley County, Arkansas in 1843 and died at her home near
her son's, T. J. Ritchey, January 13, 1890. Five years ago I was appointed to the New Edinburg
circuit. On my first round I had directions to Bro. T. J. Ritchey's and was informed that I was 
at the first stopping place, at the father's, went in and met sister Ritchey, a mother in Israel. She
delighted in entertaining the servants of Christ and the Church, her hospitality and Christian kindness
were distinguished traits in sister Ritchey's spotless life. During the four years I traveled the circuit
her health was precarious. She did not often have the privilege of attending church, but her religious
experience was clear and comforting, and in family worship which she often requested should be
held by the preacher, under even pressure for time, she always seemed strengthened and comforted.
Her death was sudden and unexpected. Her son, T. J. Ritchey, wrote me that his pa and ma were
standing at their gate conversing with him and he turned his horse to leave, his ma fell and when he
dismounted and raised her head, she was dead. But she was ready. Brother Sanders of Warren circuit
conducted the funeral services. Brothers Denton and Gardner, Baptist preachers, were present and
took part in the services. Blessed are the dead who died in the Lord. God bless the dear old brother
and comfort his heart and may husband, son grandchildren and all her friends meet her in Heaven. 

By: G. W. Matthews 

February 5, 1890 page 7 col 1 & 2     (Reaves Cem. Bradley Co.) 

Thomas Jefferson Ritchey was born in Drew County, Ark., September 23, 1846, and departed 
this life April 22, 1915. While but a youth, he enlisted as a private soldier in the Confederate army
and endured the hardships of a soldier's life until the close of the war. Not many years after the
fall of the Confederacy he enlisted in a larger army and served his Lord and Master as a soldier
of the cross until he received a summons to go up higher, there to live and reign with his Lord
forever. He was a member of the M. E. Church South for more than 40 years. A good part of
that time he rendered faithful service for his church in a n official capacity - - as steward, Sunday
school superintendent and trustee. He was married three times. He first married Elizabeth Ann
Keenan, July 24, 1867. After her death he married Mrs. Martha Jane Trimble, November 15, 1882.
His third marriage was to Mrs. Lou Faucett, August 15, 1900. His cheerful, sunny disposition
caused him to have many friends. If he had an enemy, this writer never knew it. He was always
true and loyal to his church and pastor. He leaves a wife, several children and grandchildren to
mourn their loss, but their loss is his eternal gain. His funeral services were conducted at Good
Hope Church, in the presence of a congregation of relatives and friends by Rev. R. W. McKay
and this writer; then his body was laid to rest in the old family graveyard. 

By: L. M. Powell, Pastor 

July 22, 1915 page 14 col 1 & 2   (Reaves Cem. Bradley Co.) 


Uel H. Ritchey was born in Jefferson Co., Miss., about the year 1816. He was made an
orphan in early life by the death of his parents and thrust out upon the world to make his
own way through it as best he could. He married Sarah W. Evans in Neoshoba Co., Miss.,
in 1840, and moved to Ark. in 1841, settling in Drew Co., near Monticello, where he lived
until 1851, when he moved to Bradley Co., in which he resided until his death, Feb. 22, 
1892. He professed religion and joined the M. E. Church, South, rather late in life, from 
which time he lived a faithful Christian till he was taken away. He had four children, only 
one of whom was living at the time of his death. His faithful companion had preceded him 
to the better land a little over two years. After her death he seemed to have no pleasure in 
life. He always had, from early manhood, felt and shown the highest regard for religion, 
and was himself pious even before he joined the Church. His attachments were strong and
he was a true friend, always standing by his comrades under any difficulty. He could never
be neutral on any question or issue. An old friend of his said, on the occasion of his funeral,
that he was every inch a man of honor and integrity, and once taking a stand for a friend he
would never desert him. He sleeps in peace to wait the waking of the just. Fraternally, 

By: Samuel N. Burns, Warren, Ark. 

March 24, 1892 page 7 col 2 & 3 (Reaves Cem. Bradley Co.) 


Sister Anfield R. Robertson was born in March, 1823, and died Jan. 1889. She had been a 
member of the M. E. Church, South, in Warren, Ark., for over forty-two years, and had 
been religious from childhood. We learn from those who knew her best that she was a 
good woman, a devoted wife, a loving mother, a honored citizen, and a consecrated Christian.
Her death was very sudden and unexpected. She was visiting one of her children at Monticello,
where on the night of her death, she retired in seeming good health, leaving a grandchild sitting
up in a room. Soon after she retired her grandchild heard a struggling noise, and ran to her
calling aloud and trying to awake her, but she could not be aroused, when others of the family
were called, but all was over, and Sister Robertson had, so to speak, "folded the drapery of
her couch around her, and laid down to pleasant dreams." Our church has lost a sainted mother,
together with her darling children and other loved ones and friends, who greatly mourn her death.
We pray that this dispensation of Providence will prove an everlasting blessing to her bereaved
loved ones and friends, causing all to seek Christ who are out of Him, and finally all be reunited
in heaven. This elect lady deserves a better tribute than we are able to give her, and besides it 
was never our pleasure to know her in life. As she had been ready for over a half century, and 
at last her death was so sudden, we say to all who may read this, "Be ye also ready, for in an 
hour when ye think not the Son of Man cometh." 

By: John R. Sanders, Warren, Ark., Jan. 24, 1889 

February 16, 1889 page 7 col 1    (Oakland Cem. Warren)    


Bro. C. C. Robertson was born Nov. 18th, 1845 in Lafayette county, Miss., and died at 
his residence in Warren, Bradley county, Ark., April 23, 1884. He professed religion and
joined the M. E. Church, South, August 1874, under the ministry of Rev. H. D. McKinnon.
He was married to Miss Ella Kemp, October 19, 1880. Bro. Robertson yielded to a fatal 
attack of pneumonia. His illness was short but severe: he was conscious to the very last: 
embraced his wife and child, and said all was well. I talked freely with him on the subject 
of his near departure and found him firm in the faith--only waiting. In the death of our 
good brother, the church has lost a valuable member, and the community a staunch man.
He was sheriff of Bradley county and discharged his duties faithfully, leaving a clean record,
which now-a-days speaks volumes. He had a great many friends who loved him for his 
sterling worth. We  can pronounce no greater eulogy upon the dead than to say they lived 
right and were good and died triumphant and such can be truthfully said of our departed 
brother - - he lived right and died right. It is sad to clasp the hand of the dying and say 
farewell, but to witness a Christian die is a means of grace. I never witnessed a larger funeral
procession - - all were solemn and grief-stricken. May God bless and comfort the bereaved
wife, two children, aged mother, brothers and sisters. 

By: R. P. Wilson 

July 5, 1884 page 7 col 1 & 2      (Oakland Cem. Warren) 


Died in Warren, Ark., Sept. 19, 1899, E. L. Roddy, after a lingering illness of three
weeks, aged 21 years 7 months and 21 days. He was a promising young man, of 
excellent business qualities, noble character, and a bright future was before him. He
was an acceptable member of our Methodist Church, deeply pious, and was held
in high esteem by all who knew him and he had many friends - - his sun went down
while it was yet day and our church suffers a great loss in his premature death. He
leaves a father and mother, three brothers and 1 sister and several relatives who 
mourn  their loss, but they confide in God - - they know he has entered into rest 
and that they can meet him again "beyond the river where the surges cease to roll." 
Quite a procession went out from Warren with his remains to Hickory Springs 
cemetery where a large congregation was assembled and where we laid his remains
to wait "the resurrection morn." 

By: R. A. McClintock 

October 18, 1899 page 13 col 2   (Hickory Spgs. Cem. Bradley Co.) 


Robert Harrison Savage was born August 26, 1865, Bradley County, Ark., and 
departed this life, February 26, 1915. He professed faith in Christ while in his 
nineteenth year, under the preaching of Brother Shaw, Sr., and united with the 
Methodist Episcopal Church, South, where he lived a consistent Christian life 
till death. Brother Savage leaves a wife and three children, together with a mother 
and brother and sisters to mourn his loss. Truly can it be said that the country 
has lost a good citizen and the church a benefactor. We held the funeral service 
at the Outlaw Cemetery, which was attended by a large crowd of friends and 
loved ones, after which the body was placed in the vault there to await the 
resurrection call. We would say to the bereaved ones, grieve not, but live a true
Christian life, and some bright day you will be with this loved one never to part again. 

By: J. C. Williams, Pastor 

April 1, 1915     page 13 col 4    (Outlaw Cem. Bradley Co.) 

May Scobey, daughter of Charley L. and Eddie M. Scobey; born July 1, 1898; died 
at their home near Warren, Ark., September 5, 1898. Not only in the midst of life are
we in death, but how oft, as we are but into life, we die. May heaven's comforter be
with Brother and Sister Scobey. Jesus said: "Suffer little children to come unto me." 

By: D. D. Warlick 

January 18, 1899      page 13 col 1    (Scobey Cem. Bradley Co.) 

Albert  Sharp was born in Prescott, Ark., August 17, 1892, and departed this life in 
the parsonage at Warren, Ark., February 16, 1907. He was the child of devotedly 
religious parents, but was left an orphan in his fifth year. The dying parents intrusted
their children to the care of Rev. W. F. Evans, whose wife was a sister to their mother.
They were taken into this preachers home and cared for by Brother and Sister Evans
as their own children. Albert was received into the Methodist church when ten years
of age. He was a good boy, quiet, patient and faithful, never very strong, perhaps 
never well. The fatal illness was of one week. He suffered much till death brought 
relief. He was buried in the preacher's lot in the cemetery at Camden, beside the 
dust of my own precious child. A large company of sorrowing people met the 
remains at the depot and attended the burial at sunset, mingling their tears with 
the officiating minister, Brother Cannon, who had been his friend and teacher. 
It is well with those boys that sleep in that sacred ground. 

By: J.H. Riggin 

February 28, 1907        page 14 col 3 


Brother Carl Sharp was born in Bradley county in 1898, and was married to Miss 
Bessie Clanton, October 21, 1914. He was concerted under the preaching of 
Brother Grover Cleveland, a young Methodist preacher, who was assisting 
Brother R. Spann in a meeting in Vick, on the Hermitage Circuit. Brother Sharp 
was received into the church by Brother Spann, where he lived a true Christian 
until death, which occurred January 24, 1916. Truly may it be said the Methodist 
Church at Vick has lost a useful member and a home has been made lonely. 
Brother Sharp leaves a young wife, father and mother and brothers and sisters 
and relatives to mourn his loss. We held the funeral services of Sister Parish 
and Brother Sharp in the Union Hill Baptist Church, witnessed by the largest 
gathering that was ever seen at this place on such an occasion. The two caskets
were placed side by side in the church while the services were being held, after
which they were placed in separate graves in the cemetery. Truly can it be said
that two more have been added to God's eternal kingdom above. May God
bless the bereaved ones. 

By: J. C. Williams, Pastor 

February 3, 1916          page 14 col 4    (Union Hill Cem. Bradley Co.) 
(see Susan Parish obit) 


Brother George C. Sharp died near Vick, Ark., June 11, 1912. In the thirty-fourth
year of life surrounded by wife and loved ones, he quietly fell asleep in Jesus. 
He realized the end drew near. His house was in order. He was a noble citizen, 
a successful farmer, a loyal member of our church. I was his pastor last year 
and often enjoyed his hospitality. A truly good neighbor, son and father and 
husband has answered the last roll call. He left a devoted father, one sister, 
several brothers, a wife and five small children to mourn his going. May our 
Lord comfort the bereaved and kindly hands lead the fatherless the way the 
father trod. 

By: R. Spann 

June 27, 1912      page 14 col 2 


Mr. G. W. Sharp was born in Winston County, Miss., December 21, 1855, where
he lived until 1903, and he came to Bradley county, Ark., where he lived until
August 6, 1912 when the Almighty called him home. Brother Sharp was a faithful 
servant and was ready to receive the summons, "Well done thy good and faithful 
servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things. I will make thee ruler over many 
things. Enter thou into the joys of our Lord." Brother Sharp was a consistent 
member of the Methodist church for thirty years and died a steward. He leaves 
a wife and nine children, three brothers, one sister and a host of friends to mourn
his death. Weep not, loved ones; he is not dead but sleepeth. 

By: S. B. Mann 

November 7, 1912      page 14 col 3       (Union Hill Cem. Bradley Co.) 


Died at his residence in Warren, January 22, 1898, Gilmore Shirey, aged 72 years.
Bro. Shirey had been a member of our church for about forty years, and had lived
a consistent Christian. He was a native of Georgia and came to Arkansas in 1858.
He has been living in Warren for thirteen years, and has raised a large family, some
of whom had preceded him to the better land. He told the writer only a few days
before his departure that he was ready and only waiting, and desired to go. His
end was great peace. May the family and all the relatives so live that their departure
may be as peaceful as was his. 

By: R. A. McClintock 

February 2, 1898       page 13 col 1 


Cornelia Vanderbilt Shumaker was born in Winston county, Mississippi, 
January 9, 1882. With her mother she came to Arkansas in 1895, being 
then only thirteen years old. She was married to Tignor Marvin Thompson
at Warren, Ark., October 25, 1909. After an illness lasting for several weeks,
during which time she suffered much, enduring it patiently, she passed to 
her reward from a sanitarium in Texarkana, December 26, 1915. She had 
lived a consistent member of the M. E. Church, South, since she was 
eleven years old. The last two years of her life, her home and church 
membership were in Stephens. Her Christian life was one of rare gentleness, 
sweetness and consistency. She leaves a husband and one child, little 
Marvin, to mourn her loss, together with a host of relatives and friends. 
The body was laid to rest at El Dorado, Ark., Rev. W. C. Hilliard 
conducting the funeral. 

By: R. H. Cannon, Pastor 

March 16, 1916 


William Washington Simpson answered the call of his divine Father on 
October 21, 1921, and his spirit passed into the great beyond. While he 
had been in poor health for some time, had been confined to his bed 
three months and eight days, everything was done for him that loving 
hands could do. He was born June 8, 1855, in Bradley County, and 
moved to Arkansas County at an early day. He leaves a wife, three 
children, four brothers, one sister, several grandchildren, four 
great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends to mourn 
his death. He was a member of the Methodist Church. He had lived 
a Christian life for many years, and was a great worker for both 
Sunday school and church. 

By: Etta Simpson 

December 1, 1921       page 8 col 4 


Brother J. A. Smith was born in Bradley county, Arkansas in February,
1853; died January 14, 1916. In early life he belonged to the M. E. Church,
South, but for some reason he had not attended church for several years
and had been lost sight of. During the revival held by Brother R. Spann
and Brother Grover Cleveland last summer at Vick, Brother Smith and
his aged wife both attended and came back to the church and were 
received by vows. He only lived a short time but very often repeated 
he was glad that he had gotten back in the church again. He left the 
testimony that he was ready to meet his God. He leaves a wife and 
one daughter to mourn his loss. We held his funeral service at the 
home of the deceased, after which the body was carried to old 
Palestine cemetery and placed in the vault. May God bless the 
aged wife and the daughter. 

By: J. C. Williams, Pastor 

February 24, 1916      page 14 col 2 & 3      (Palestine Cem. Bradley Co.) 


Martha Moss Smith (nee Hicks) was born in Elbert county, Georgia, 
June 1835; professed religion in early life; moved with her first husband 
to Arkansas in 1870 and joined the M. E. Church, South, in 1871. Her 
first husband died in 1892, leaving two sons and two daughters. She 
was married to Elijah Smith in 1894, who still survives, together to mourn
her loss. She lived a faithful Christian life and died triumphantly near 
Warren, Bradley county, Ark., April 11, 1900. 

By: David Bolls 

June 20, 1900       page 13 col 1        (Adams Cem. Bradley Co.) 


Seleta Caroline Abernathy was born in Pontotoc County, Miss., Nov. 15, 157
(sic-probably 1857). While yet a child, she, with her relatives, moved to old 
Summerville, Calhoun County, Ark., where she grew to womanhood. Later 
she moved to Lanark, Bradley County, in which she spent the rest of her life. 
On May 8, 1873, she was united in marriage to Andrew Asa Smith, and for 
about 54 years they shared the joys, happiness, and sorrows of life together, 
he preceding her in death about three years. To this union eighteen children
were born, eleven of whom survive her. She was the proud grandmother of
sixty-three children, and had eighteen great-grandchildren. These were a great
comfort to her in the declining years of her life. She was the mother of 
Andrew Van Smith, a lawyer of statewide reputation. Mrs. Smith was always 
a good woman, but at the age of eighteen she cast her lot with the people of 
God, and united with the M. E. Church, South, at Banks, of which she was 
a charter member, and gave to it the very best years of her life in order that 
it might accomplish its purpose in serving the community. She was very 
consistent in her living, thinking, and attitude toward other people. She was
 indeed a genuine Christian woman, never indulging in those things that would
in the least reflect on her Christian integrity or mar her influence. She was one
among many who did not repudiate her Church vows, but held them to be a 
sacred, binding obligation. She did "attend upon the ordinances of the Church
and supported its institutions." To say she was a good Christian woman, whose
ideals were well chosen, and whose character was above reproach, is but 
rendering justice to whom justice is due, and stating a fact that the world ought
to know. A fact verified in her own life, and in the minds of all who knew her. 
She was a good wife, an affectionate and fond mother; literally sacrificing her 
life, her all, in order that her children might enjoy themselves, and have the very
best opportunities. No gloom, no doubt, no sadness or despair can settle about
the life or passing of a character like this. Her life, her all being fully committed
into the hands of the omnipotent, loving Heavenly Father, her passage across 
the stream of death was made secure, and it only remains for those left behind 
to follow her as she followed Christ. She was magnanimous in all that the word 
means; kind and affectionate to all She had a tender feeling for the unfortunate. 
It was a great blessing to have her present in the services of the Church, and 
when she prayed (as she often did) one could not help but feel the presence 
and power of the Holy Ghost, and it would seem that angels were hovering near. 
Her faith in God was indeed great, and no doubt Jesus could say to her as to 
one of old, "Woman, great is thy faith." She loved her Church paper, and for
many years hailed the coming of the Arkansas Methodist with joy. She was a 
student of good literature, cultured and refined, and best of all, loved and 
studied her Bible. Saturday evening, December 7, 1929, as the watchers waited 
patiently, the white soul of one of the greatest saints of earth mounted the golden
stairway of God's eternal love, borne up on pinions of faith and devotion, and 
entered the realm of unspeakable joy and glory. While she lived she kept this 
hour in view, and all her energies were bent toward the bridging of this chasm,
in order that her passage might be secure. Hers was a glorious sunset. Quiet and 
calm was the passing of this good woman. No one thing occurred to undermine 
the fact that unseen help was at hand to help, to comfort, and sustain in this hour 
of need. All her life she had put her trust in God, and relied on his promises, and 
doubtless when the shadows begun to lengthen and the curtains of night were 
being drawn about her, the light radiating from the face of her Savior illuminated 
the dark passage, making the hour one of gladness. The memory of dear Sister 
Smith will always be refreshing, and will be as incense on the altar of love and devotion. 

By: C. B. Davis, Pastor 

January 30, 1930       page 15 & 16      (Smith Cem. Bradley Co.) 


Mrs. M. J. Stephens, wife of S. A. Stephens, near Warren, Ark., died 
April 2, 1899. Mrs. Stephens (nee Ganaway) was born April 26, 1846; 
was married Dec. 18, 1870; joined the church in 1874 and lived a Christian 
to the end. She leaves a Christian husband and seven children, some of 
whom are on the way to meet mother in glory. May God bless and 
comfort them. Their Pastor: 

By: D. D. Warlick 

May 10, 1899       page 13 col 1 


Thomas B. St. John, son of James and Elizabeth St. John, was born near 
Covington, Ga., Aug., 4, 1833. He moved near LaGrange, Ga., where he
married Martha Hicks, with whom he moved to Ark. in 1869 and settled 
in Bradley Co., where he lived until his death, which occurred near Warren, 
Oct. 30, 1892. He was thrown from a mule, his foot was entangled in the 
stirrup, and he was dragged some distance before it was released, and he 
was so seriously hurt that he never recovered consciousness and died in 
twelve hours afterward. He professed religion in the army during the late 
war, and soon after it closed was baptized and received into the M. E. 
Church South, by Rev. James Stancil. He and Sister St. John had born 
unto them five children, one of whom died when small. Bro. St. John was 
deeply spiritual, always exemplifying the genuineness of his profession by 
the uprightness of his life. He was ever anxious to see everyone and 
especially his own children, religious and progressing in all material and 
moral interests. He always greatly desired to see the entire community
in which he lived prosperous, happy and peaceable, as a fruitful vine 
bearing the rich and precious fruits of moral goodness and righteous living.
He, being suddenly removed, has gone to his great reward. We have no 
doubt that ere long we shall see him clothed in the dazzling light of immortality,
rejoicing among the redeemed of earth. In love and esteem. 

By: Samuel N. Burns     

(Adams Cem. Bradley Co.) 


Died, at New Edinburg, August 17, 1884, Mrs. Celia Stone, formerly 
Miss Celia Ivins. Sister Stone was born in Georgia, 1794; moved to 
Middle Tennessee, Robertson county, in the 15th year of her age; was 
converted at the age of 18, and joined the Methodist Church, and 
remained a member of the same till death; was married to N. C. Stone
in the 19th year of her age; moved to Carroll county, Tenn., where her
husband died in 1835; moved with her children, to Arkansas in 1854, 
and settled in Bradley (now Dorsey) Co. She was fully conscious of 
her approaching death, which she spoke of as being ready. Sister Stone
was a worthy and respected member of society and a kind and 
affectionate mother. She left children, grandchildren and friends to 
mourn her loss. She had an extended circle of acquaintances and 
friends, among whom she lived, respected and loved. While we drop
a tear of sympathy on the grave of our departed friend and mother, 
let us not forget that our loss is her gain--that she has passed over 
the "dark river", into the bright and happy land beyond, "where the 
faithful never die, but are forever echoing the music and harmonies 
of heaven, whose skies, like a broad rainbow, stand on gold. 

By: J. W. Baird 

December 6, 1884         page 5  col 1 

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