Theodore M. Smith

The Courant American
Cartersville, Georgia
September 20, 1888, Page 8
Transcribed by 2006

Theodore Smith Dead.

A shadow of gloom was cast over this city last Thursday morning by the news that Rev. Theodore M. Smith had been numbered with Jacksonville’s yellow fever victims.

Everybody knew Theo. Smith –everybody loved him.  When his name was first published among the list of new cases, there were anxious inquiries, and when it was said, “he is dead,” the news brought tears to many an eye.  White and black, old and young – all grieve over the loss of a dear friend.

He had taken his place among the foremost ministers of the Presbyterian church, though beginning but a year or so ago, and was pastor of a church in the stricken city.  Nobly the young Christian hero staid at his post, visiting and soothing the sick, burying the dead, and warning the living, until the dread disease claimed him –then calmly lying down with a consciousness of duty well done and surrendering his noble spirit to the God who gave it.

As a martyr to duty Theo. Smith deserves a living monument in the hearts of all true men.

At the first service of the Tabernacle meeting, when his death was announced the entire congregation united in a motion to telegraph to his bereaved parents the sympathy of Cartersville in the loss of their noble son, and a united prayer went up to God for sustaining grace for them.

[Additional death notices for Theodore M. Smith can be found in the September 27, 1888 issue, page 8; October 4, 1888, page 6.]


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