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Bowles, Walter M.

LEADING CITIZEN DEAD.


Deacon W. M. Bowles Passes Peace-
fully Away Monday
   Died, Monday, Feb. 4, 1901, Deacon W. M. Bowles, aged 56 years.
   He was a Confederate soldier and served with Capt. Lambkin's artillery during that terrible struggle between the States.  The war over, in 1866, he came to West Virginia and several years resided at St. Albans.
   On Feb, 15, 1872, he was happily united in marriage with Miss Pattie Wilkinson.  Some years later he settled at Milton and became one of her most prominent citizens.
   In 1876 he professed faith in Christ and was baptized by Professor P. B. Reynolds, and for 25 years had been an earnest and faithful Christian.
   Though on of he most diligent and successful business men of the town, he sought first the kingdom of God and its righteousness.  He was never too busy to leave his place of business to attend the services of the sanctuary.  His was a well rounded life-diligent in business, useful as a neighbor, faithful as a Christian, kind and affectionate in his family.
   His illness was long and painful, but he bore it so patiently, not a murmur escaped his lips.
   Death came: he said, "I am ready, I am happy."  He passed away as peacefully and as gently as a child falls asleep.
   The funeral services, conducted by Rev. T. H. Fitzgerald, assisted by Revs. W. S. Kerns and C. T. Kirtner, were attended by a large concourse of people.
  May the God of all comfort console the sorrowing friends. T. H. F.

-The Cabell Record, Milton, W. VA., Thursday, February 7, 1901, pg. 1


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