W.D. Byrum

The Southern Democrat,
15 Aug 1929

In Memory of My FatheróW.D. Byrum

On July 4 the Death Angel came down from Heaven and took our dear father home to Glory. He was 85 years, 6 months and 12 days old. He leaves to mourn his death, four children and his second wife. He first wife died 22 years ago. It was so sad to say goodbye to dear Father and know we will never look on his sweet [face] any more in this world, but it was God's will to take him away and we will have to bow in humble submission to His will. He was so good and so humble. He was like a little baby. He was just a sweet angel here on earth. He was too good to stay here in this old sinful world so God opened the Pearly Gates of Heaven and come down to earth and took him home to heaven. What a happy meeting when he came to the beautiful gates and meet so many lovely ones who were waiting for him. While we were parting with him here and were so sad, just think how happy he was in heaven with Jesus and all his loved ones. He served four years in the Civil War. He fought the hard battles in the war and then fought the battles of life and went through the toil of this old world and now his dear hands are at rest. He joined the church in early life and lived a true christian until his death. He suffered awfully for two weeks, but all was done for him that loving hands could do for him. He was buried at Ebenezerówhere he was a member. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Woodard and Rev. Ellis Herring. May we all live so we will meet him where there will be no parting.
Written by his daughter. Viola Duke.