Edited by Spessard Stone from records of Bethany Baptist Church, courtesy
of Vera Dupree (1910-1993)
Obituary of Alfred Rich, October, 1912
Be it resolved that whereas it has pleased our Heavenly Father to remove from our midst by death
our much beloved Brother, Alfred Rich.
Therefore, it is resolved that in the death of Brother Rich, our community has lost a kind friend
and our church a faithful and active member.
Resolved that a page of our church record be given to his memory.
Brother Alfred Rich was born in Decatur County, Georgia Feb. 27, 1852(1) and was married to
Mary E. Stewart March 1st 1874 and moved with his wife to South Florida about 1875 and was
baptised into Bethany Church March 12, 1888 where he has remained a faithful member up to his
death. Also has served as a Deacon since the year A.D. 1889. He leaves a wife, eight sons, two
sisters and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his departure.
E. L. Corbitt
Obituary of Mary E. Rich
Be it Resolved that whereas it has pleased our Heavenly Father to remove from our midst by
Death our much esteemed Sister Rich.
Resolved that in the death of Sister Rich that our community has lost a kind friend and our
church a faithful member.
Resolved that a page of our church record be given to her memory.
Sister Rich was born in Worth County, Ga. July 27, 1852 and departed this life Dec. 3, 1912(1).
She was the daughter of W. B. Stewart and was married to Alfred R. Rich in 1874 and moved
with her husband to South Florida in 1875. She was baptised into the fellowship of Glover
Baptist Church in 1873 by Rev. Jud Combee and came with a letter to this church in 1888 where
she has remained a faithful member up to her death. Sister Rich was a consistent Christian, a
faithful wife and a kind friend to all that knew her.
She leaves eight sons, three brothers, three sisters, and a host of relatives and friends to mourn
Ben Bryant Committee
E. L. Corbitt
(1) “Stewart Family Cemetery,” compiled by Mrs. Vera M. Dupree, Rt. 1, Box 41, Myakka City,
FL 33551, South Florida Pioneers 21/22 (July/Oct. 1979), pp. 51-52, has:
"Martha Rich Born July 6, 1807 - Died July 7, 1884
Alfred R. Rich Born Feb. 27, 1856 - Died Oct. 4, 1912 Husband of Mary E. Rich
Mary E. Rich Born July 29, 1856 - Died Dec. 3, 1912 Wife of Alfred R. Rich”