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(Nov. or Dec. 1911)
"Death spreads his withering, wintry arms, and nature smiles no more. Ah, where are now those rising charms, that pleased our eyes before? He is not dead, but sleepeth."
Elihu PHILLIPS was born in Barbour County, WV, August 8, 1838, the only child of Israel and Sarah Phillips. When ten years old he moved with his parents to Tucker county, where he spent the remainder of his life. On April 16, 1858, he was married to Martha, oldest daughter of John M. and Mary Yoakum and to this union, six daughters were born, all of whom survive the aged father. Mrs. John Fitzwater, Mrs. John Strawderman and Mary Alice are residents of Tucker County, Mrs. S. H. Godwin, and Mrs. Lewis Moore are residents of Randolph County, and Ms. C. W. Shaffer is a resident of [unreadable], New Mexico. Under the administration of President James Buchanan, in 1858, Mr. Phillips was appointed postmaster at Texas, W.Va and held that position, continously, until two years ago, when the Texas post office discontinued for Rural Free delivery of mail. On August 19, 1871, he joined the Primitive Baptist church, near where is now Montrose in Randolph County and on Nov. 22, 1884, he was ordained Deacon of that church and remained such until his death. While it is known, that the Primitive Baptist Church will hold its members, and especially its official members, to a strict compliance with all the rules and practices of the church, yet the church records show that Deacon Phillips was never at any time charged with the violation of any ordinance or rule nor guilty of any disloyalty whatever, and the church will ever hold him in fond rememberance, as one of the most cherished members, and will often sigh: "O, for the touch of a vanished hand, and the sound of a voice that is stilled,". After spending a quiet and useful life and after patiently suffering for more than two years, at the age of 73 years 3 months and 20 days, he closed his eyes to earth, with all its sorrows and afflictions, and peacefully crossed over that silent river to the bourne, from which no traveler ever returns and we leave him in the hands of the God he so faithfully trusted. As firm belivers in the The Book that says: If a man die, yet shall he live again, we cannot look upon the 28th day of November, 1911, as the day on which Elihu Phillips died, but as the day on which he bagan to live. One more of the old land-marks is gone. The Church has lost a faithful member, the county, a good citizen and the community a trusty neighbor, but to all the friends and relatives, we would say: Weep not as those who have no hope, but in all meekness say: Thy will O God be done.
To the dear old wife and mother, who is left to finish life's journey alone, we extend our deepest sympathy and commend her to the one who has said that He would wipe all tears from their eyes.
The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away, blessed be the name of the Lord."
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