Mrs. Howell Died At Their Home In The Espuela Community
Sister B.J. Howell, wife of B.J. Howell of the Espuela Community, died Monday, January 7, after an extended illness. The passing of this Godly, consecrated Christian mother to her reward is most deeply regretted. The absence of her presence amongst us is not only felt by the immediate family but by all who knew her.
Sister Howell, whose maiden name was Ola Chandler, was born at Neches, Anderson County, Texas, July 1, 1883. She became a Christian at the age of fifteen and joined the Missionary Baptist Church at Neches.
She was married to B.J. Howell, June 27, 1909 and to this union there was born three children, all of whom were girls and are living.
Sister Howell was a member of the Espuela Missionary Baptist Church and a most faithful member. Her place will be hard to fill in the church life of Espuela.
By special request made before death, her former pastor, Rev. L. S. Bilberry and Victor Crabtree assisted the present pastor, Rev. J. V. Bilberry in the funeral services. She was interred in the Espuela cemetery Tuesday. The following poem was written in memory of this mother and wife.
- Dear mother and wife so true
- So tender loving and so kind,
- You've left us for a better home all new
- But thoughts of thee are precious in our minds.
- We are glad dearest mother
- That from pain and toil you do rest
- We would not call you back to them, mother
- Though grief for thee is painful in our breasts
- Thank God for thy loving care,
- Thy sacrifice and gentle tears
- For thy Christian spirit and humble prayers
- For they shall strengthen us thru many years
The prayers of the entire membership of the Espuela Baptist Church the present pastor and former pastors are that God will heal the wounded hearts and give strength to the noble husband, daughters, brothers, sisters and aged mother, who remain to mourn her going---Victor F. Crabtree
©Dickens County News 1929transcribed by Linda Hughes
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