Dr. George T. Goetchius

The Courant American
Cartersville, Georgia
September 6, 1900, page 4
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Death of Dr. G. T. Goetchius
Pastor of First Presbyterian Church at Rome Dies.

Rome, Ga., Aug. 31 – Dr. George T. Goetchius, the beloved pastor of the First Presbyterian church of Rome, died this morning at 4 o’clock at his home on East Fourth street.

Dr. Goetchius had not been well for several months past, though he had never for one day neglected his pastoral duties and besides his work in his own church he has lent able assistance to several churches near the city.  He held services yesterday afternoon at a church near Rome and last night before retiring went to the Railroad once and purchased a ticket to Tallulah Falls, where he intended spending his vacation.

About 2 o’clock this morning Dr. Goetchius got up to make a light, and as he picked up a match box he fell to the floor and when reached was found in an unconscious condition.  He did not regain consciousness, but died two hours later.  The cause of his death is thought to have been apoplexy.

Dr. Goetchius had been pastor of the First Presbyterian church for about fourteen years, and no man in Rome was more beloved.  At the time of his death, he was moderator of the southern general assembly and clerk of the Georgia synod.  He leaves a wife and three children.


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