Caleb Griffith, Sr.

The Cartersville Express
Cartersville, Georgia
August 28, 1868, Page 2
Transcribed by:     2006

Departed this life April 26, 1868, in Pickens County, Ga., Mr. CALEB GRIFFITH, Sr.  He was born in Habersham County, Ga., Nov. 20, 1806, and subsequently removed to Pickens County, where he has lived for many years, highly respected and beloved, as the embodiment of all that is truly good and noble in man.  We cannot hope to add anything to the excellency of his character, by this feeble attempt to portray his many virtues, but as a bright example of what man may be, we would direct the attention of the living to those most prominent characteristics which he possessed in no small degree.  It may be truly said, he was an honest man, “the noblest work of God.”  Just and upright in all his ways, he was truly a peace-maker in the community where he resided.  His doors were ever open to the needy, and his table was spread alike for all.  He was a special friend to the widow and the orphan.  Indeed, kindness seemed to flow from his heart as naturally as a stream of pure water from its fountain head.  Even-tempered, and affable, with a vein of humor enlivening his ideas, he was a general favorite in society.  Hospitality, generosity, and benevolence were his proverbial characteristics. His moral rectitude, sound judgment, and goodness of heart, eminently qualified him for amicably adjusting all matters of contention between opposing parties.  Though our brother is dead, he yet lives in the hearts of those who knew him.

His loss is deeply felt by his friends and the community; and if so deeply felt by them, how infinitely greater must that loss be to the bereaved family in the home circle, where love beamed forth in every look and action, word and deed.  His death has occasioned a void that earth can never fill.  To his family we would tender our warmest sympathy, believing that their irreparable loss is his eternal gain.  Though not a professing Christian, shall not a tree be known by its fruits?  And hath it not been said “by their works ye shall know them? In the 15th Psalm, David aptly portrays the character of our Brother, in describing a citizen of Zion.  Have we not cause, therefore, to hope, that when he bade adieu to earth, he passed to a higher state of existence in the upper and better Kingdom, where he will ever enjoy a blissful immortality, singing the praises of his Great Redeemer, and awaiting a happy reunion with those loved ones whom he left behind. – A. V.


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