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Tiny Burgin
Wife of J.D. Burgin
Baptist Trumpet
November 11, 1909
written by J. D. Burgin 
 

It is with a sad heart that I attempt to write of the death of my darling wife, Mrs. Tiny Burgin. She was born May 9, 1873, died Aug. 8, 1909, making her stay on earth 36 years, 2 months and 29 days. She was the eldest child of Daniel F. and Zelphia Culpepper. Out of seven children there are only two that survive her, Cynthia and Winnie Burgin. She leaves an infant daughter, the above mentioned sister, half brother, J. W. Hollaway, broken hearted husband and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her loss. She was born and raised at Sweet Home, Lavaca county, Texas. Was educated in the public schools of that county, attended two terms of the Sam Houston State Normal, graduating in 1896. She began teaching while in her teens and took great interest in the work as an instructor, having taught four successive terms in the High School at Hondo, Texas, and two at Tioga, Texas. She was married to J. D. Burgin Dec. 24, 1899. She professed a hope early in life, and united with Zion Primitive Baptist church near Devine, Texas, after an able sermon preached by the late Elder S. F. Cayce of Martin, Tenn., on Friday before the second Sunday in June, 1903, was baptized the next day and went into the communion service and lived a devoted member the balance of her life. We know our loss is her eternal gain, yet it is hard to give her up. Knowing that Christ doeth all things well, I humbly hope to meet my dear wife where we can join our never tiring voices in perfect praise to Jesus, sweet Jesus. She was all to me that a companion could be. It was said of us that we were foolishly devoted to each other, and that we would not live long together. It was one continuous love feast from first acquaintance till her death. A few days before she died she said she did not think she would live long, said she was ready to go but hated to leave me and as I would burst into tears she would try to comfort me and gave me good advice. Said she wished we could go at the same time. The last plain words she said were, "Goodbye, darling, I am gone." Oh, that I bad at my command of language strong enough to express and portray some of the noble traits and loveable Characteristics of my darling wife.. All that a host of neighbors and friends and three physicians could do was done, but the Lord's will, not ours, must and will be done. I miss her here, I miss her there, at church, at home, abroad and everywhere. Her remains were followed from our home to Lone Star church, Tioga, by a large concourse of neighbors and friends, and after a funeral discourse by Elder J. G. Webb, was laid to rest in the Tioga cemetery, to wait the resurrection mom. May the Lord bless little Ruth, Cynthia and Winnie, and all the bereaved ones everywhere, and 0 God, will thou remember the lonely, broken hearted writer. 
J.D. Burgin Referring to the above, I wish to say that I have never known a more devoted Christian than Sister Burgin. She was blessed with a fine mind, well cultivated, and besides this she was blessed with an abundance of God's grace, and while she was educated and refined, yet she was one of the most humble Christians I ever know, and while Brother and Sister Burgin were very devoted to each other, they were always ready to make others happy. They loved their church and unless providentially hindered always filled their seats at church. We miss our dear sister at church, at our homes and everywhere but while we feel our loss, we are sure that our loss is her eternal gain and desire to bow in humble submission to the will of the Lord, hoping that when the turmoils of this life are over that we too shall enter into that glorious rest above, where our dear sister is now resting in the arms of Jesus. May the Lord deal tenderly with our dear Brother Burgin, who is left to mourn the absence of his beloved companion, and may He bless all the bereaved ones and prepare them to meet in an unbroken family around the throne of God.

Obituary from Elaine Bay & Patricia Nall

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