Mrs. Francis McCoy

The Cartersville News
Cartersville, Georgia
April 22, 1909, Page 6
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Mrs. McCoy (nee Johnson) was born December 15, 1833, in Franklin county, Ga.  When but an infant she moved with her parents to Chattoogaville, Chattooga county, Ga., where she was reared, and married to Mr. Francis McCoy, August 15, 1851.  The fruits of this union were one son and three daughters. Thomas, the son, and Jennie, one of the daughters, preceded the mother to the glory world –the son when an infant of only six weeks old, and Jennie when in the prime of young womanhood.  Mrs. McCoy is survived by her other two children, Mary, Mrs. J. F. Broome, of Euharlee, and her baby child, Florence, Mrs. J. E. Barnard, of Cartersville.  Also by four grandchildren, Thomas Milner Broome, Mrs. G. C. Nelson, Lena and Judson Barnard, and one great grandchild, Mary Alice Nelson.

Mrs. McCoy was not only a consistent member of the Presbyterian church, but was active and faithful in the service of her Master as a member of the church.  Two of her brothers, William and Scott Johnson, were faithful and able Presbyterian ministers.  Her father and one brother were elders in that church.  All three of Mrs. McCoy’s daughters married good religious men. One was a faithful Methodist, the other is a Presbyterian and the third is a Baptist minister.  She was reared in a home where the Bible was reverently read and taught; where the name of God glorified and Jesus magnified.  She reared her children in the same way, as a result of which she saw all of her children and grand children converted and saved before she passed over the river.

Before entering heaven she was confined to her bed for fourteen months, lacking five days.  She suffered much, but bore it all without murmur or complaint.  She would speak of going to heaven just as though she was going to take a journey of only a short distance.

On the morning of March 25th instant, a short while before she passed away, she said: “Sweet rivers of redeeming love lie just before mine eyes.”  A few hours later she was with Jesus, her Savior, whom she loved and whom she had served for more than fifty years.

Mother McCoy is not dead. She has only passed on before to await and welcome her loved ones and others as they enter the beautiful gates.  The house in which she lived for more than seventy five years has fallen down, but she has moved out of that old house into a building not made with hands, eternal in the heavens, into the palace of God.

Weep not for mother, children and grand-children, but thank God for having given you such a mother as was yours.

John E. Barnard.


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