Richard Pinckney Russell

The Standard
Cassville, Georgia
May 21, 1857, Page 3
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Departed this life, at the residence of his father, John Russell, 2 miles from Cassville, on Saturday the sixteenth inst., at 5 o’clock P. M. RICHARD PINCKNEY RUSSELL, aged 19 years, 7 months and 18 days.

The deceased was a member of the Sophomore Class of Cherokee Baptist College and recited with his classmates on the Wednesday previous to his death.

As a student he was diligent and attentive to his studies, anxious to catch every opportunity of learning, and treating with marked respect his Professors and with cheerful kindness his fellow students.

As a son affectionate and dutiful—as a brother kind and attentive in the extreme.

As a Christian (having been a member of the Baptist Church) meek and humble, he exemplified the principles of our most holy religion, and though so suddenly called on to give up his soul to God, was found trusting in the Saviour, and able to say he was willing to live or to die as it might please God, and to spare his friends that he would go home to heaven.

With such comfortable assurance as is given us in God’s holy word—his bereaved parents, his deeply afflicted sisters and brothers—his instructors, classmates, fellow students and friends must all be satisfied that their loss is his gain—and will unite in the following sentiment:

Thou art gone to the grave; but we will not deplore thee
Though sorrows and darkness encompass the tomb;
The Savior has passed through its portals before thee
And the lamp of his love is thy guide through the gloom.
Thou art gone to the grave; we no longer behold thee,
Nor tread the rough paths of the world by thy side;
But the wide arms of mercy are spread to enfold thee
And sinners may hope since the Savior hath died,
Thou art gone to the grave; but we will not deplore thee;
Since God was thy ransom, thy Guardian, thy Guide;
He gave thee, he took thee, and he will restore thee;
And death has no sting, since the Savior hath died.

W. H. R.

[A Tribute of Respect by the Alpha Pi Delta Society of the Cherokee Baptist College to R. P. Russell is also on this page.]


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