Sardist Association of Regular Baptist
September 10, 11, 12, 1948
Dix Fork Church
Canada, Pike County, Kentucky
It is with a sad and mournful heart that I will try to write an obituary of my loving wife, Hazel Blackburn Bevins, who was the daughter of Lee and Pearly (Stanley) Blackburn. Born October 28, 1911, and deceased this life September 30, 1948.
She was united in matrimony to Forest Bevins, November 3, 1929 and to this union was born seven children: three sons and four daughters. One daughter preceded her in death. She leaves her husband, six children, her father and mother, with a host of friends and relatives to morn her loss. She professed a hope in Christ and was Baptized into the regular Baptist Church, July 16th 1939, placing her membership with the Bent Branch Church, where she remained a faithful member until death called her from our midst.
Written by her Husband, Forest Bevins.
John B. Young
With much sadness I try to write an Obituary of Brother John B. Young. He was the son of John W. Young and Mary Ann (Williamson) Young. Born July 22, 1897 at Varney, KY. He was married to Goldie Elswick, and to this union was born three children: Necie, Lois and Robert Young. Lois and Robert preceded him in death.
He was married to Martha (McGuire) Ray and to this union was born three children: Lillian, Clifford and Kenneth Marion Young. Sister Martha and Kenneth Marion preceded him in death.
He then was married to Dixie Stotridge, and to this union was born no children.
Brother John B. was killed March 16, 1948 at Heisey, KY. He leaves four brothers, James (Buddy), Julius, W. A. and Marion Young, one sister, Emma (Young) Burris, one half brother, Alfred Young, two half sisters, Bertha (Young) Robinette and Bronius (Young) Robinett, also a host of friends and relatives to mourn his loss. A sister Vadie Young Burris preceded him in death.
Written by a brother in hope of Eternal Life, Marion Young.
It is with much sadness that I try to write an obituary of my much loved aunt and sister, Annie Maynard. She was the daughter of Jarad and Martha Ann Maynard. She was born January 23. 1970 and deceased August 18, 1948. She joined the Old Regular Baptist Church October the first Sunday, 1938, and was baptized by the hands of Elders Lark Lowe and Ernest Runyon, and became affiliated with the Apple Orchard Church November the first Saturday, 1948. She was faithful in filing her seat until she became afflicted in bad health, and was not able to attend.
She was married to Bud Stafford about 46 years ago, and to this union was born two children, Ova and Oma, later she and her husband separated and she remained that way until the decease of her husband, then she was married to John R. Maynard, who also preceded her in death. Her life was donated to her children and her home. She was always kind and loving, and loved to know her brethren and sisters and neighbors. She liked for them to come and talk with her. She seemed to get the greatest consolation out of talking about things eternal and the home after this life is over eternal and in heaven. She leaves her daughters and grandchildren, Dale Maynard and Nellie Kitchen, and a host of friends and relatives to mourn her loss.
Your worthy servant in hope, Eldon Maynard.
Elder W. A. Hurley
It is with a sad and lonely heart that I endeavor in my weakness to write a short history of the life of a dear and precious brother, a fellow traveler, Elder W. A. Hurley. Brother Hurley was born July 1, 1875, in which is now Mingo Co., W. Va. Died Jan. 14, 1948. Age 72 yrs., 6 mos. and 14 days. He was the son of Samuel and Polly Elizabeth Hurley. He was married to Columbia Ooten Nov. 1, 1902, and to this union was born 10 children, two having preceded him in death. The following are his living children: Rosa Edison, Huntington, WV, Wilburn Hurley and Pearl Welch, Whitman, WV, Ed Hurley, Marianna, WV and Dow, Smith, James and Helen of Vardunville, WV. He leaves to mourn his departure two sisters, Emily Browning, Stirrat, WV, Rebecca Curry, Henlawson, WV., two Brothers, Bob Ellis, Switzer, WV, Johnson Stone, Faurock, WV, 20 grand children, 4 great grand children, a Host of Brethren, relatives and friends.
About the year 1901, Bro. Hurley through repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, became reconciled unto God, coming to the church telling what great things the Lord had done for him. The following year, 1902, he was ordained to preach the Gospel of the Son of God, and so far as the unworthy writer knows he was ever obedient to the Heavenly Calling.
Written in Hope of Eternal Life, Wetzel Ball and W. C. Hay.
Nancy (Smith) Maynard
It is with much sadness, and by the help of the Lord that I will try to write an obituary of my beloved mother, Nancy (Smith) Maynard. She was the daughter of Leoner and Thursy (Pinson) Smith. Her age was about 68 years.
She was married to Lee Maynard, February 24, 1899, and to this union was born eight children, two which preceded her in death. She joined the Regular Baptist Church about 20 years ago, and was baptized by Elder Wallace Jackson and took up fellowship with the Apple Orchard Church.
She leaves her husband, five children, 25 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, four brothers, three sisters and a host of friends to mourn her loss. She was a good mother and a loving companion, and a faithful member as long as she lived. She was afflicted about 7 years, but could walk about most of the time, she seemed to bear her suffering with much patience until God called her home on June 29, 1947.
Written by her daughter in hope of meeting mother again. Mrs J. C. Marcum.
It is with a sad heart that I try to write an obituary of my mother, Armuda Smith. She was born November 21, 1862. She deceased April 16, 1948. She was 85 years, 4 months, 14 days old.
She was the daughter of Malison and Pyette Varney. She was married to Albert (Bud) Smith in 1879. To this union was born 15 children, six preceded her in death, nine still living to mourn her loss, with 70 grand and 64 great grandchildren, and a host of friends.
She joined the Old Regular Baptist Church August 2, 1901 and was baptized by Elders George Maynard and Joush West, and took membership with the Mt. Pleasant Church. she lived a faithful life until death.
Written by her son in hope of eternal life. Elder Lewis Smith
Melvinie Maynard Allen
Melvinie Maynard, Allen, it is with a sad and lonely heart that I write this obituary of mother. She was the daughter of Mitchel and Rebecca May. She was born June 15, 1863, died January 2, 1948. She was 85 years old.
She married James E. Maynard. To this union was born four children. She then married John Allen. To this union was born four children.
She joined the Regular Baptist Church 1918, and was baptized by Elder Joe Smith. She lived faithfully until death. I want to say to her children, except they repent, they will never see mother again. She is gone but not forgotten, she is asleep but not forever. I hope to meet her again in heaven,.
Written by her son and brother, in hope of eternal life, Elder Henry C. Maynard.
Artie Williamson Maynard
With a sad heart, I will try to write an obituary of our dear mother who left us on the 26th day of February, 1948. She was born November 6, 1883. She was 64 years, 3 months, 20 days old at her death.
She was the daughter of John B. and Nancy (Keesee) Williamson. She was married to George W. Maynard, June 21, 1906. To this union was born ten children, two preceded her in death. She leaves eight children and our father to mourn her loss, namely, Craft, K. C. and Arthur Maynard. Mrs. Della Ray, Mrs. Nancy Ann Elkins, Mrs Mary Stanley, Mrs. Alice Murphy and Mrs Condlee Runyons.
She leaves 21 grandchildren, one preceded her in death, one sister Mrs Jane Smith, one brother, Caudill Wiliamson with a host of friends to mourn her loss.
She joined the Regular Baptist Church. She and our father at the same time, and was baptized by Elders W. H. Bowling and Wayne Cline, on August 31, 1924. Her membership was at the Pilgrim Home Church. She sure filled her seat when she was able. I believe Mother is resting.
To all the children, can't you remember the advice Mother often give us. I often think of Mother while here on earth I roam. I know she is with Jesus in Yonder heavenly Home. I know she is free from troubles, sorrow and pain. What a consolation we will have when we meet.
Written by her children.
In loving memory and with a very sad heart I try to write an obituary of my Grandmother, Nancy Gannon. She was born November 9, 1868 and died October 27, 1947; being 78 years, 10 months, and 12 days old. She married Bud Gannon, and to this union was born twelve children, six girls and six boys, all are still living.
She was a member of the Old Regular Baptist Church for several years and served faithfully until death.
Grandmother had ben sick for a long time. She never got impatient but bore her pains and suffering in hope of a better home. We stood over her day and night doing what we could to help her, but God called her from her sufferings and gave her rest, where she will never suffer any more.
I feel like Grandmother wrote her own obituary by her good deeds and serving God faithfully all her life. She never mistreated anyone. She leaves to mourn her loss, twelve children, and two sisters, her grandchildren and a host of friends.
Written by her Granddaughter. Esta Gannon.
Sister Sarah White
By request I will try in my weakness to write an obituary of Sister Sarah White. She was born December 25, 1863. Deceased November 26, 1947.
She was first married to Dan Workman. To this union was born three children. Both husband and children all preceded her in death. Later she was married to John H. White and to this union was born five children as follows, Elder Willie White, Janie, James Riley, J. H. White, Jr. and Ceila Ann, all of whom survive to mourn her loss except one daughter, Janie who preceded her in death in early childhood.
Sister Sarah took fellowship with the Regular Baptist Church many years ago and was a faithful member in the Bethany Church. I don't recall a church meeting that Sister Sarah didn't attend both Saturday and Sunday as long as she was able to walk, then she would call the brothers and sisters to have church with her.
Although her suffering was great she bore it with much patience. Her seat is vacant in the Bethany Church, but we feel our loss is her eternal gain, and I believe on that day God will set a judgement in this righteous world. We can clasp glad hands with Sister Sarah in that sweet home where parting never Comes.
Written by a sister in the Lord. Mrs. Wilda Dillon
Doris Lee Adams
Doris Lee Adams, Daughter of Delmon Adams and Augusta Burnette Adams, was born January 26, 1944.Her sweet little spirit was called away from this world, January 27, 1948, to return to God who gave it, after having been a sweet little angel for its father and mother for four years and one day in this life.
Besides her father and mother, she leaves three brothers, James, Clarence, and William Ray Adams, all at home. Her parental grandparents, Dave and Sarah Adams, of Meta, KY. Her maternal grandparents, Will and Myrtle Burnett, of Zebulon, KY, and a large host of friends and relatives are left to mourn her loss.
But we are confident, from the reading of God's eternal work, that our loss is her eternal gain., Christ said, "Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God"
Written by your humble servant and brother in hope. Elder Harold Edmonds.
This sad day I will try to write the obituary of my beloved husband who was born March 21, 1915. He deceased September 26, 1947. He was married to Ethel Hanners August 15, 1936, and to this union was born three children, Ernestine, Jenitte, and Gereldene Lowe.
He was baptized September 1947 by the hands of Elder J. L. Nichols and he was a true beliver in the Regular Baptist Faith. He became affiliated with the Big Branch Church.
He leaves a kind father and a loving mother, his children and many, many respectable friends to mourn his loss. But we feel that our loss is Heaven's gain.
So I hope by the help of our creator that gave peace to his soul by obeying the will of God that I can meet my husband where there will be no separation. That we can live together forever and forever.
Written by his wife. Mrs Ethel Lowe.
It is with a very sad heart and by the help of God that I attempt to write a short obituary of John Nichols. He was born January 6, 1863, deceased this life November 5, 1946. He joined the Regular Baptist Church and was baptized March 31, 1946 by Elders Johnnie Nichols and Harvey Lowe.
He was confined to his bed for over a year and after he was baptized he endured his suffering with patience and gave good council and advice to all the family and those who visited him. He would often talk about being sick and told me many times "to accept the Lord while still young, that it was dangerous to wait until you got old".
He was married to Louise Morrison, February 24, 1895, to this union was born eight children, namely, Amy, Talmage, Dixie, Anna, Ella, Elbert, and two small infants preceded him in death.
A precious one from us is gone, a voice we loved is still, a place is vacant in our home that never can be filled. May God bless his companion and family and help them to seek the path of righteousness.
Written by a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Josie Nichols.
As I feel it my Christian duty I will try to write an obituary of our dear brother in the Lord, Thomas Runyon. He was born November 11, 1877, deceased October 15. 1947. He was married to Georgie Smith. She preceded him in death several years ago.
As he had no home he mostly lived among the members of the Baptist Church. He took fellowship with the Regular Baptist church years ago, and was a faithful member until death. He was always ready and willing to help in the up-building of the church.
We the members of the Bethany Church miss Brother Thomas' visits to our homes as much as his vacant seat in the church. But we believe we will meet him some sweet day in that home where parting is no more.
I want to say to his boys, Frank and Thomas, Jr., also to Frank's wife Ruth, we thank you for the kindness and goodness you showed to him during his sickness and death, and I pray God that you will prepare to meet him in that bright home.
Written by a sister in hope, Mrs. Wilda Dillon.
Sister Delphia Maynard
Sister Delphia Maynard was born June 22, 1879, a daughter of Jim Hale and Mary Stepp Hale. She married Dock Maynard, who preceded her in death, and to this union were born seven children, one of whom preceded her in death.
Sister Maynard deceased this life on May 7, 1947, making her stay in this world 67 years, 10 months and 15 days. During this long and useful life, she was a sweet daughter of her father and mother, a loving companion to her husband, a devoted mother to her children, a dearly loved grandmother to her grandchildren, a very devoted sister in the Mt. Pleasant Church, and a much respected and honored friend to all who knew her.
Sister Delphia was baptized into the fellowship of the church on the Second Sunday in August, 1937 at the hands of Elders Harrison Bevins and Milton Thacker and placed her membership at the Mt. Pleasant Church where she remained a faithful member until death.
Like Mary of old, Sister Delphia "hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her". Children, Mother is gone but not forgotten. Sweet memories of her are still near and dear to us, and we can live with mother forever if we fall out with the wages of sin which is death and close in with the overtures of God's extended mercy.
Remember "The gift of God is eternal Life through Jesus Christ, our Lord." May God bless and save all of you is my prayer in Jesus' name.
Your humble servant, Elder Harold Edmonds.
Sister Magnolia Baisden Curry
It is with a sad heart that I try to write the obituary of a sister in the Lord, Sister Magnolia Baisden Curry. She was a member of the Elk Fork Church for about 45 years.
She was born January 14, 1875, and died July 2, 1947. She was married to Joseph Curry July 7, 1892 and to this union was born eleven children; Hi, Garnett, James, Virgie, Con, Greenway, John, Sallie, Buena, Wilson, Dallas. There were also 36 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
Uncle Joe, someday, you can meet Aunt Nolia, where you will never part no more. So don't grieve too much. Read Corinthians; chapter 15, verses 51 through 58.
Written by, Elder Wallace Maynard.
It is with much sadness that I will try to write an obituary of my dear mother-in-law, Lena Herald. She was born January 4, 1879 and deceased this life January 2, 1948.
She was the daughter of Samuel and Chloe Varney. She was married to Elder L. F. Herald and to this union was born twelve children, four preceded her in death. She leaves her children, seven sisters, five brothers, and a host of friends and relatives to mourn her loss.
She was a member of the Regular Baptist Church and her fellowship was at Elk Fork. No one on earth knows how we have missed her since God called her from this old world of sin, but I believe our loss is heaven's gain.
Written by her Daughter-in-law, Mrs. Ollie B. Herald.
Brother Otis Maynard
At the request of father and family, I attempt to write an obituary of Brother Otis Maynard, who deceased October 9, 1946. Age 46 years. Brother Otis was married first to Nora Runyon. To this union was born 5 children. After his first wife's death, he married Eunice Canada.
Brother Otis joined the Old Regular Baptist Church and was Baptized by Elder Ernest Runyon and L. G. Lowe on the Second Sunday in September 1936. He lived faithfully till death, and always loved to talk of his future home and the blessings of God. The writer knew Brother Otis for about 20 years and said he was willing and ready to help in time of need.
Written by a Brother in Christ Jesus our Lord, Elder Lewis Marcum.
William Henry Varney
It is with a sad heart but a glorious hope that I will try to write an obituary of my dear old father, William Henry Varney. He was born Sept. 2, 1876, deceased this life Dec. 27, 1946, being 71 years, 3 months and 27 days old. He was the son of Michael and Susie Varney. He was united in marriage to Dollie Smith Varney in the year of 1900 and to this union was born nine children. One son preceded him in death and our good mother and eight children a host of grandchildren and friends are left to mourn his loss.
Oh! how we miss dear old Daddie in this lonely world but we feel without a doubt or fear our loss is his eternal gain. Father joined the Regular Baptist church in the year 1932 and lived a faithful member until death. Daddy had been afflicted for many years but bore his pains and troubles with patience and would always counsel his children and tell them the way they should live in this world. The Bible teaches just one way that leads from this World to that country where our Saviour has gone. I do believe Dad walked in that way. For years he washed the saints feet and I believe done the good works God layed out for him to do his last and dying words. He told me and smiled he was shaking hands with the ones over there. He would tell me in his very last days all that we could do was trust the Lord.
His daughter, Mrs. Kelley Stanley.
Brother Ellison Coleman was born March 20, 1883, the son of James and Arminda (May) Coleman, both of whom preceded him in death. He deceased this life September 28, 1947, making his stay in this world 64 years, 6 months and 8 days.
He was married to Betty Thornsbury, and to this union were born eleven children, five of whom and his wife preceded him in death. He later married Lona Chapman Justice, and to this union were born nine children, all of whom are still living. In addition to his first wife, Betty Thornsbury, the children who preceded their father in death were: namely, Missouri, Kelsie, Eli, Bertha and Ethel.
In addition to the widow, the children who are left to mourn the loss of this good fathers are E. F. Coleman, of Pinson Fork, KY, Clell, of Matewan, WV; Matt, of Freeburn, KY; Mrs. Maary McCoy of Maryland; Mrs Pricie Finley of Logan, WV, and Ernest Coleman of Pinson Fork KY. All children of his first marriage, Mrs Irene Kiser, War WV; Marie, Lorene, John Thurman, James Ester, Shirley Lee, Ellison, Jr., Larry Chester and Margaret Louise. All at home and all children by his second marriage.
He leaves one Brother Eli Coleman of Jamboree, KY, and three sisters, Mrs Maary Daugherty of Jamboree, KY; Mrs Louise Coleman of Jamboree, KY. and Mrs Lenna Charles of Matewan, WV and a great host of friends and relatives who are left to mourn the loss of this sainted father, brother and friend.
Written by: J. G. Thornsbury and Harold Edmonds.
Mary Belle Young
This sister and mother was the daughter of William C. and Nancy Williamson Pauley. She was born March 18, 1871. Sister Young was reared and most of her life was spent not far from where she was born. She was married to Alfred Young, January 9, 1890.
Survivors include her husband, one son Carl Young, three daughters, Mrs. Elzie Ford, Mrs Elkie Smith and Mrs. Hattie Radcliff. Also five Grandchildren and one great grandchild, one brother, Ferrell Pauley, and one sister, Sally Jackson.
Sister Young professed a hope in Christ and was baptized Oct. 19, 1924 by the hands of Elder Jonah Bevins and Elder Hayes Maynard. She had her fellowship in the Bent Branch Church of Regular Baptist. After a long illness she bade Farewell to her many friends and relatives on February 6, 1948, when death took her away.
Written by the request of the family, Your humble Brother in hope, Elder Jonah Bevins.
John Clevenger was the son of Silas and Jane Clevenger. He was born April 28, 1875, deceased December 16, 1947. He was married to Sarah Ray, October 4, 1893 and to this union was born eight children. Three preceded him in death. Five are still living, two boys and three girls, Marion and George Clevenger, Elsie Clark, Mina Blackburn and Edith Workman. He leaves seventeen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren and a host of friends to mourn his loss.
He joined the Regular Baptist Church of Jesus Christ about ten years before his death and had his membership with the Pilgrim Home Church, at Varney, KY. He always attended church when it was possible for him to get there, apparently rejoicing in the Saviour's Love.
Written by his daughter in hope of Eternal Life. Elsie Clark