J. H. Mayfield

February 23, 1857 - June 19, 1892
American Courant, Cartersville, GA July 7, 1892
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Tribute of Respect.

To Cartersville Lodge No. 63, F. & A. M: The undersigned committee, appointed at a special communication held on June 20, 1892, to prepare suitable resolutions memorial of our deceased brother, J. H. Mayfield, respectfully submit the following report: Our Brother was born on 23d day of February 1857, in Walton (? word partially obscured) county near Monroe, the son of William and Jane Mayfield. On attaining manhood, he studied medicine and graduated from the Augusta Medical College in the year 1881. On the 17 th day of January 1883, he married Miss Delpha Woodward, who with two children born to them, survive him. He moved to Cartersville in the year 1885, where he has since practiced his profession with a large measure of satisfaction to his patients and a fair amount of profit. He affiliated with this lodge shortly after his removal to this city, having been a free and accepted mason before his coming in our midst, and was in full fellowship with us at the time of his departure, on June 19, 1892.

His death was a sad blow to his friends, and to us, his brethren, and more especially to those of his own hearth-stone. In the midst of the sorrow and regret attendant upon his death, there is left to those who admired or loved him, the memory of his virtues. He was a faithful and steadfast friend. Treachery and guile were no part of his composition. He followed the apostolic injunction, “Owe no man anything.” He was punctious in the discharge of his pecuniary obligations.

It is not for us to speak of his relations with those of his own household. These are covered with a veil which it is not permitted even a brother mason to lift. But we can truly say that, in his relation with his fellowman, he was by nature and instinct the true gentleman.

He was free from coarseness or roughness of conduct or speech. He was courteous, polite, affable and refined, in any society in which he was thrown. From what we who met in the daily walks of life know of him in these regards’ we can but feel that in the closer and tenderer relations of husband and father he must have deserved the love which he undoubtedly won and kept.

These are Masonic virtues—this courtesy, this politeness, this gentlemanly conduct, this honesty—and it is a source of melancholy pleasure to this committee, as it will doubtless be also to our assembled brethren, to embalm in the records of the lodge our appreciation of these qualities in our departed friend and brother.

We therefore submit the following resolution, and ask their adoption:

  1. Resolved That in the death of our deceased brother, J. H. Mayfield, this lodge has sustained a loss, which only those who knew him best can duly appreciate.
  2. Resolved That while we consign his body to the dust, out of which the Great Architect formed it, we cherish his memory here, in the lodge-room of our hearts.
  3. Resolved That this memorial and these resolutions be spread upon the permanent records of the lodge, and a copy thereof furnished to the widow of the deceased, and to the Courant American for publication.

All of which is respectfully submitted: June 30, 1892.

Martin Collins, Chairman,

J. A. Trawick

John W. Akin




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