I enjoy reading old obituaries because of the wording. Eliza is called a "gentle spirit." When she died "God’s sweet messenger came and silently beckoned her away." These are not phrases I see today when I read obituaries.
Eliza Jane Brock Smith
July 1858 Pike Co., MS - 21 Jun 1899 MS
Wife of Jarratt Cylmon Smith
Jarratt is my 1st cousin, 4x removed
The gentle spirit of Mrs. E. J. Smith was called from earth to heaven June 21, 1899.
It is said Death loves a shining mark and the saying was never more plainly illustrated than in the death of Mrs. Smith.
She was born in Pike county, Miss., July 1858, and was 41 years of age when God’s sweet messenger came and silently beckoned her away. She was converted at an early age and united with the Bogue Chitto Baptist church in 1869, and remained a faithful member.
She was married to Mr. J. C. Smith, of Dillon, Pike county, Miss., October 3, 1878, where and with whom all her after life was spent until death summoned her away.
She possessed a kind and loving disposition, and to know her was to love her. She was a devoted wife and mother, and a true friend, and her death has cast a gloom of sorrow over the entire community.
A while before she breathed her last she spoke of dying. Her faith in Christ was strong, and all that troubled her was leaving her loved ones and friends, and she hoped to meet them all in heaven.
She will be missed in the home, in the church, and in the community. She was always ready to visit the sick and distressed. Her life was spent doing good deeds and she was a consecrated Christian. Her doors were always open to orphan children and those that were blessed with her tender care will ever cherish sweet memories of Aunt Eliza.
The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Willis Fortenberry.
She leaves a husband, son and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her loss. May God comfort them, and while our hearts are filled with grief we feel that our loss is her gain, and may we live as she lived and “some sweet day” we will meet again.
Source: Died. (Magnolia, MS: Magnolia Gazette, 12 July 18994; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed May 2022. )