Miss Pearl Rollins
The Courant American Newspaper
October 1, 1896, Page 8
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“Doings in Bartow— Kingston.”
I cannot convey to your numerous readers the sorrow of Kingston last Friday morning at 4 o’clock at the announcement of the death of Miss Pearl Rollins, the beautiful, accomplished and lovely daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Rollins. She suffered with a burning fever for three weeks, and the grim monster death called for her body, and her sweet spirit was wafted on angels wings to God who gave it. On Saturday, the 26 th inst., her remains were deposited in the Kingston cemetery. The vast concourse gave evidence of the great love we all had for her. The funeral services were conducted by her pastor, Rev. W. T. Bell, assisted by Rev. Mr. Orr, president of Dalton Female College, where she graduated with the first honors last June. She was a devoted young Christian, and was a great worker in church and Sunday school. Her last church work was during the protracted meeting at the Methodist church, in which she was organist, and had to give up the work when the fever came upon her. Much could be said of Miss Pearl. She had passed seventeen summers. The entire community lament her death, and tender their sincere sympathies to father and mother, brothers and sisters, and all the bereaved ones.
To the memory of Miss Pearl Rollins, who died at Kingston, Ga., Sept. 25, 1896.
“All that’s bright must fade—
The brightest still the fleetest;
All that’s sweet was made
But to be lost when sweetest.”
Of all the clouds of adverse fortune surely the saddest is the giving up of a noble, devoted sister; a cheerful congenial companion; a sincere and faithful friend—all these graces were blended in the life of Miss Pearl Rollins, whose sweet spirit, on last Friday morning at 4 o’clock winged its flight to that celestial home “a house not made with hands eternal in the heavens.”
It is not always easy to see the smiling face of God behind His seemingly frowning providences, yet the ripe fruit must fall, the sweetest rose must shatter. True it is, she only saw the lilies of seventeen summers bloom, and in what sense is her life compared to the ripe fruit? In this: She was fully developed in obedience to her papa and mamma, ever kind and loving to her brothers and sisters, devoted to her friends and charitable towards the faults of others. Truly her life was a bundle of sunshine, a benediction to all who knew her. How true, how pure, how unselfish she was! She lived for those who loved her—and everyone loved her—for they knew she carried in her bosom a heart of love that beat in sympathy for everyone. Her mild, yet persuasive character, her unswerving loyalty to her associates and her consecration to the church, the Sunday school and her bereaved pastor, who said, “God always takes the best,” show that she had a motto as high as heaven and as broad as the universe: “Let your light so shine among men that they may see your good works and glorify our Father which is in heaven.”
She will be missed for awhile but the angels will entertain her till God calls us to her.
When the sad intelligence of her departure came to me, I was shocked for a moment, and then I thought I could almost hear the gates of pearl fly open to receive one more inmate, whose shining presence made all the hosts of the Eternal City rejoice.
She was the pride of the village, and it is so sad to think, that genial smile will be seen no more, that hearty handshake will never be felt again, that she will “walk no more among the haunts of men;” but it is best, it is sweet to die in peace with the world and with Jesus. God doeth all things well and causes blessings to follow adversity.
“There is sunshine after shadows
Roses follow winter’s shrouds,
And tho’ dark the way, and dreary,
There’s a rainbow in the clouds.”
October 8, 1896, Page 4:
Tribute of Respect to Miss Pearl Rollins by Kingston Sunday School. [See last issue for death of Pearl Rollins; also see October 15, 1896, page 7 for another Tribute of Respect for Pearl Rollins.]
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