Elder John P. Glover
Elder John P.Glover departed this life at his home in Taylor county, Ga., on the 21st day of August, 1879, after an illness of four days with typhoid fever. He was born in Putnam county, Ga. the 17 Th of October, 1814, and born of the spirit in 1839, and at his death had been a minister of the gospel about twenty-five years.
When the news of his death was brought to us it filled us with sadness, that such a man as he was should be taken from a world in which there were so few like him, and in which it seemed to us, he was so greatly needed. He was a model man, Christian and minister. He was a good minister; simple and affectionate in his manners; grave and serious in his conversation, fervent in spirit, diligent in duty serving the lord in humility and godly sincerity. He was ever at the feet of his brethren, esteeming others better than himself, and always prefering them in honor. He was an affectionate husband, a tender and prudent father, bringing his children up in a nurture and admonition of the Lord; a kind and charitable neighbor, and a useful citizen. The church and his family are not alone in their bereavement at this death, but society at large, in his section of the country, suffers a loss in him that will be hard to repair.
He was a man acquainted with affliction, not having enjoyed a day of perfect health in perhaps thirty-five years. It was my privilege to have been with him a great deal in the last twenty years of his life, and I was an eye witness not only of his afflictions but of his patient submission to them. I was drawn to him last October, having had the privilege of accompanying him to the Primitive Western Association in Coweta county. He was so feeble and exhausted by the trip, that he could preach but a short time at the meeting, but seemed to be very thankful that he was permitted to do that. We stayed one night with three aged sisters in the flesh, and in the Lord, who met at the Association, and I was forcible struck with his great humility in talking to them, and the happy privilege he felt it to be to speak a word of comfort to them and bow with them in prayer. He said to me "maybe, this is what we came all the way to this Association for, to have this meeting with these old sisters."
He leaves a widow and seven children, and though he was so afflicted and feeble, he leaves a competency for his bereaved family. Sister Glover's loss and trial is indeed very great to lose the husband of her youth in her feeble old age, but the separation will be but a little while; and she is greatly blessed in good sons and daughters to stay her in her last days; and above all, in the assurance that her dear husband is at rest, and in the hope that when her time comes that she will go where he has gone.
He was a blessing to the Church, in this section of country, and though he is gone, his gift-a gracious one indeed will like the mantel of the prophet of old, fall upon some one whom God has prepared for it. He was a member of New Hope Church, Taylor county, a Church of the Epatoie Association and was besides the pastor of the Church at Bethlehem Church of this county. His end was peace.
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