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Deacon Harrison Montgomery, of Carroll County, Virginia, was born May 17, 1832: died December 22. 1916, at the ripe old age of 84 years, 7 months and 5 days. He was married to Hannah Thompson on December 14, 1855, and to them were born 10 children, 7 sons and 3 daughters. Four sons preceded him in death. He was much attached to his family and home, an agreeable and loving husband, an affectionate father; and, as a neighbor, he was, perhaps, unexcelled by any.


He professed a hope in Christ and joined the Primitive Baptist church at New Hope, on Saturday before the second Sunday in October, 1871; and, In a few years; he was called by the church and ordained a deacon, which office he filled to the satisfaction of the church and with credit to himself, until he was dismissed by letter to join in the constitution of the new church at Panther Creek, an arm from New Hope. The new church at Panther Creek was constituted on Thursday before the first Sunday in June, 1881. He served in Panther Creek church both as Deacon and Clerk to the end of his days. He was faithful and energetic in his services, so much so that it, would not be amiss to say, of him: "Well done, thou Good and faithful servant,: * * enter thou into the joy of the Lord."- Matt. 25:21.


He was well established in the faith and doctrine and lived accordingly.


Truly, a father in Israel has fallen, and is greatly missed in the church, as well as in his home and community. But we are assured that our loss is his great gain. He cannot be with us any more in person here but by the grace of God; we hope that we shall go to be with him.


His health seemed to be good till a short while before his death. He never was confined to his bed, but suffered a great deal from weakness about, his heart and smothering. He neither murmured nor complained, but patiently awaited the Lord's time to relieve him from his sufferings.


May God's blessings rest upon his aged widow and his remaining children; and may they be comforted by the blessed assurance of entering into that inheritance that is incorruptible and undefiled, into which Brother Montgomery has entered. -


After a brief burial service by Elder A. D. Vaughn and the writer his remains were laid to rest in the family burial ground, to rest till Christ shall come the second time, when according to our hope we shall all be clanged and caught up together to meet the Lord in the air, to be forever with the Lord.


Written, at the request of the family, by




Willis, Va.