Mr. A. McDonald.

The Courant American Newspaper
Cartersville, Georgia
August 11, 1898 Page 3:
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Mr. A. McDonald.

Death of a Well Known Good Citizen of Taylorsville.

Death, who knocks with equal hand at the cottage and the palace gate, has been busy at his appointed work.

Died, at his residence near Taylorsville, on Wednesday morning, July 26th, 1898, our esteemed fellow-citizen, A. McDonald.

A. McDonald was born in the state of South Carolina, and removed with his parents to this county and state at the age of six years, March 4th 1840; and has been a citizen for over half a century.

I have known uncle Archy Mc (as he was called by all who knew him) for thirty years, and have found him to be a consistent Christian, an indulgent father, and a true friend. He was loved by all who knew him. He leaves a wife and six children to mourn his death, and although he will be sadly missed by them, yet they should take comfort from the fact that their temporal loss will be his eternal gain. His life was one of those beautiful lives that never come to the surface; but his life was none the less profitable, none the less working out of great purposes, because spent amid the vast silences of humanity.

In the war between the states, he responded to the call of his native state, and served as a private in Co. H 60th Georgia. At the battle of Lynchburg, Va., June 18th, 1864, he received a wound from a minie ball, which entered the fore part of the head, ranging upwards, removing a portion of the skull.

If we follow his example, we will meet him again.

“Our dying friends are pioneers to smooth

Our rugged pass to death—to break those bars

Of terror and abhorrence nature throws

‘Cross our obstructed way, and thus to make

Welcome, as safe our port from every storm.”

Our brother suffered a great deal for three weeks before death, but when the summons came, without a groan or struggle, sweetly breathed his spirit into the bosom of his Father and his God—illustrating what one has so beautifully said of the Christian’s death—

“He sets as sets the morning star which gives

Not down behind the darkened west, nor hides

Obscured amidst the tempests of the sky,

But melts away in the light of ‘Heaven.’

He was interred in the Baptist burying ground at Euharlee, on the twenty-seventh day of July. The funeral sermon was preached by his pastor, Rev. Mr. Dyer—we seldom hear so able a funeral discourse. cem: Ruharlee Baptist Church Cemetery --A. T. D.


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