Mr. Thos. Upshaw

The Courant American Newspaper
Cartersville, Georgia
July 18, 1895, Page 8
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“Over the County—Pine Log.”

We were made sad to hear of the death of our esteemed friend, Mr. Thos. Upshaw, who departed this life a few days ago. In early life Mr. Upshaw was wedded to Miss Mary Lowe, from this happy union there sprung a devoted daughter and two manly sons, and around our genial friends, there clustered the nameless endearments of a loving fireside. As husband, father, friend and citizen, those who knew him best are loudest in his praise. A devoted wife, a loving daughter and two kind sons bemoan their irreparable loss.


August 22, 1895, Page 8

“Over the County—Adairsville.”

A few of our people went to Pine Log last Sunday to campmeeting.

The morning service was held as a funeral or memorial service in memory of Mr. Thomas Upshaw. The sermon was delivered by his life-long friend, Dr. W. H. Felton, from the text: “And the dead were judged out of the things which were writ in the book, according to their works.”

The doctor was very feeble and delivered his sermon while sitting, but that did not take from its beauty and eloquence. He first spoke of his acquaintance with Mr. Upshaw, which began in 1845. Dr. Felton was at that time 22 years of age and was teaching school in Athens, Ga., when Mr. Upshaw then about 20 years old, became one of his pupils. Here the doctor spoke of Mr. Upshaw’s fine traits of character in many beautiful words, for their friendship seemed to become closer as the days went on, and when in 1847, Dr. Felton moved to this county, Mr. Upshaw was one of the first men he met, and from that time until his death he had no friend more esteemed. In the summer of 1848 Dr. Felton preached at the campmeeting, the funeral of Mr. Upshaw’s father. It was the first funeral he had ever preached, and he used the same text as he did on Sunday. In speaking of the difference in the number of people who attend camp meeting in those days and the number who attend now, he used some beautiful illustrations and comparisons in regard to human life. Next he dwelt upon “O! what a leveler is death,” also on justification by faith. He next spoke of “faith in action” and of good works. This was indeed one of the most beautiful parts of the sermon. The judgment was spoken of here and the fact that we will be judged individually was forcibly dwelt upon. After this came a few words on personal responsibility, then our lives were compared to niches in an art gallery and we were urged to fill up the niche not necessarily with great works, but whatever our lot. Here many lovely sentences were framed which we would like to give. In conclusion many touching words were spoken of the Upshaw family, finally closing with the words “God bless and save us all.” The sermon throughout showed that though feeble in body Dr. Felton’s mind has lost none of its brilliance, and the congregation showed their appreciation by marked attention. Rev. Mr. Anthony preached in the afternoon.


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