The Courant American Newspaper
December 21, 1893, Page 1
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It is with much regret that we chronicle the death of this well known citizen, which occurred at his home in this city on last Friday.
He had been sick only a short while from pneumonia and just at a time when his relatives and friends had thought they realized a hopeful change in his condition life’s brittle thread was suddenly snapped and he was no more.
Mr. Griffin had long been a citizen of Cartersville and had many commendable traits of character as a man, while as a citizen he was liberal and progressive.
He leaves a fond wife to mourn his loss.
He was a member of the Baptist church, and his funeral took place from that church on Sunday, rev. R. B. Headden, officiating.
February 1, 1894, Page 1
A Good Man.
A tribute to the memory of That Respected Citizen, Gerald Griffin.
From his earliest childhood Gerald Griffin was noted for his gentle nature, purity of thought and impulse and his courageous convictions of right.
As a school boy his ambitious, studious disposition, and courteous manner made him a favorite with everyone. Being the eldest child he was his mother’s pride and his father’s hope. And well did he fulfill their fondest expectations of a noble manhood.
When the demands for recruits became so urgent in 1863, Gerald though a youth in his teens, could not restrain the impulse of his heart, and he enlisted in a home company, and followed them with unmurmuring fortitude, through all the vicissitudes of weary marches and soldier life.
After the war, their home at old Cassville having been destroyed, his family cast his lot with the people of Cartersville, and while he ever retained tenderest memories of his native town, he became identified with this place and made one of its best citizens.
Being always careful and conservative he was one who could always be depended upon; his word once given remained fixed.
No idle words ever passed his lips. He was sincere and candid, always seeking the right side of a question, and supporting it to the last, let the consequences be what they might. His reverence and respect for the aged and infirm; his generosity towards the needy and helpless, and his kindness to dumb animals were but the characteristics of his kindly nature. Modest to such a degree that truly it may be said of him “that his right hand knew not what his left hand did.”
His standard of right and truth was –perfection—anything short of that failed to satisfy his supremely pure heart and mind. His faith in man was sometimes rudely shaken, but his faith in his God was as firm as a rock.
In this faith he lived and died, unwavering, steadfast, his heart was fixed on his Savior whom he trusted so fully.
While we shall miss him sorely, it is a sweet consolation to know that he was so good, so pure, so true; that his sweet spirit has found rest, and will know no more the cares of life nor the pangs of sickness nor the trial of parting with loved ones.
He had many ties in heaven, father, mother, brother and sisters. He is happy with them. It were selfish indeed to wish him back in the world. Though the loss of such a citizen, friend, husband and brother is irreparable, and so much to be deplored, we can only bow our heads in humble submission to His will, remembering that “God is all love,” and that “’twas a Father’s hand that did it.”
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