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Posted by: Reta Young (ID *****6947) Date: April 22, 2003 at 10:09:48
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DIED, on the night of the 14th inst. at his residence in Chesterfield, after a short but severe illness, which he bore with great and exemplary fortitude, Mr. Thomas Lafon, who early in life embraced the doctrines of Christianity, and became a member of the Baptist Society in Virginia, and has for many years been a preacher of the Gospel. A wife and eight children are not all that have sustained an irreparable loss in the death of this amiable man; but humanity ought to mourn, and will mourn, the death of him whose hand was ever stretch'd out for the relief of the unfortunate; and whose heart never felt a sentiment, but of universal charity and good will. As the father of a family, as a neighbour, and a friend, he stood preeminent; as a preacher of the gospel he was greatly esteemed the doctrines which he had embraced with a tenderness and fervour, that was irresistable; he rebuked with mildness; and whe he council'd, his looks more than his words possessed a kind of eloquence, that conveyed that council with force to every heart. His parting with his weeping family and friends, was a tender and melancholy one; but death had no terrors for a soul like his; even the placid smile of universal phylanthropy which ever graced his countenance while living, did not forsake it in passing through the valley of the shadow of death. Ths is not intended as a tribute equal to his merits; for to pay that, would be impossible.

Not these weak lines, but thy good d____ shall tell,
To after times, what now is known full well,
That thou, preeminent in faith, hast trod
The narrow path that leads (thro' life) to God.
from the "Petersburg Republcan", Petersburg, Va., Fri., Sept. 20, 1816 issue

                        T. H. Ligon Dead.
After weeks of suffering Tommie Ligon, eldest son of R. H. Ligon, passed away very early yesterday morning. The deceased had been under the bane of consumption and death was welcomed as an entrance to a better land. The funeral will take place to-day at 10 a.m. from the Methodist Church.
from "The Roanoke Times", Roanoke, Va., Fri., April 18, 1896 issue, p. 2, c. 1

  Benjamin R. Shelton.
LYNCHBURG, VA., March 20.-Benjamin R. Shelton, 60 years of age, died Sunday at his home near Elon, Amherst County.                   from  the "Richmond Times-Dispatch,"  Richmond, Va., Weds., March 21, 1923 issue



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