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Bienville Parish, Louisiana
Reddick Bryan - Obituary

A copy of this obituary was sent to me by Julia Brittain, a descendant of Reddick's son, Tilman C. Bryan. Copies of this obituary and other Bryan records are in a vertical file compiled by Vera Meeks Wimberly at the Genealogy Library, Montgomery County Memorial Library, Conroe, Texas.


Died at his residence, on the 12th     , near Ringgold, Bienville Parish, La., Mr. Reddick Bryan  It is painful indeed to record the death on one whom we have known so long and who was bound to us by the strongest ties of friendship’s affection-
painful to know that one has gone who has been with us so long. By this community he will be sadly missed and the announcement of his death will send an anguish to the hearts of all who knew him.  To his Christian Friends and Brethren, a light has gone out that will never (on this earth) glow again, a pillar is broken and crushed that will never be replaced.  But we should be resigned to know and consider that Death is an instructive mentor as well as a mournful messenger; that the grave is the common lot of all, the great leveler of all distinctions.  But at the same time we are taught, in one sense the good and great can never die for the memory of their virtues and bright example will live through all coming time into an immortality that blooms beyond the grave.  The consolation of this thought should calm our sorrows and cause us to exclaim, in the language of a poet,

“Why weep ye, then, for him who having run
The bounds of man’s appointed years at last,
Life’s blessing all enjoyed, life’s labors done,
Serenely to his final rest has passed?”

The object of this notice has long enjoyed the blessings of religion.  For more than forty years he has been a strict and useful member of the Methodist church.  Possessing all the attributes of a Christian Man, he was a kind and affectionate husband, and indulgent parent;  out words
his servants displayed their attachment to him in tears of anguish over his grave.  For several months his health was bad, and he often spoke of death, but calmly, as if he would be ready to obey the summons when it pleased God to call him.  Let this thought comfort her, the partner of his bosom, whose heart is now crushed and bleeding.  Let her feel that it is good in the sight of God for this affliction to come on her, for by the power of Christ’s resurrection we joyfully anticipate the prospect of seeing that broken staff erect and that beautiful rod clothed with celestial grace and blossoming in undying life in the paradise of God.
Ringgold, La.
A. P. J.


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