DEATH OF AN AGED LADY
Pioneer Citizen of Andersonville Laid to Rest
Funeral Services Conducted Thursday Morning
Like the peaceful slumber of an infant, one of Anderson county’s pioneer residents fell to rest on the bosom of a dutiful son early Wednesday morning, and the dark angel closed the leaf on a bright and useful life and conveyed the Christian soul to its Maker.
Mrs. Rosannah M. Wallace relict of John Wallace who died Nov. 24th last, died at the residence of her son C. G. Wallace at Clinton, at 5 a. m. July 11th inst. Had she lived two days longer she would have been 80 years old. At the early age of about fifteen years she united with the Baptist church and ever afterwards lived a zealous consistent member thereof; she was married to John Wallace Jan. 1, 1846. Energetic and economical she was ever a valuable and faithful helpmate to her husband. She was the mother of nine children whom she lived to see reach a matured age, viz J. K. P. Wallace of Andersonville, Mrs. E. Longmire, now deceased, W. W. Wallace of Harriman, Mrs. C. D. Wilkins of Chattanooga, also deceased, Dr. R. M. Wallace of Rutledge, Dr. R. F. Wallace of Redding, Cal., C. G. Wallace of Clinton, Mrs. F. P. Rutherford of Holdenville, I. T. [Indian Territory, now Oklahoma], and Prof. W. L. Wallace of Newport, Arkansas.
Doing the part of a good mother she was particularly industrious; the clothes her children wore were veritably of her own handiwork, spun and dyed the yarn that made the cloth into well fitting garments for each of her male children until after their maturity.
The large funeral cortege left Clinton Thursday morning at 7:30, reaching Andersonville at 10:30 o’clock. Here a large party joined the cortege as it slowly wended to the Baptist church.
The church was almost crowded to suffocation as the pallbearers entered bearing the casket near hidden from view by beautiful flowers.
The services were conducted by Rev. F. M. McDowell, pastor of the church. The congregation joined in the singing touching hymns, Miss Ella Miller presiding at the organ.
Rev. Dowell read a chapter from the Book of Job and after a fervent prayer, delivered an eloquent discourse on the life and character of the deceased lady. He spoke of the beauties of Christian life, of the sweet consolation to unite with the Lord, and the extreme solace to know the eternal heavenly reward which awaited God’s children who honored and glorified Him in moral life and walked as humble soldier before His cross.
At the conclusion of the service the casket was uncovered and the congregation given an opportunity to look for the last time upon the features they knew so well in life. This was a touching scene, as mournful relatives deeply sobbed beside the bier.
The casket was again bourne to the hearse by the pall-bearers, Messrs. E. L. Dawn, Dr. Lambdin, Beeler, L. L. Click, Will Miller and T. U. Crowley.
The remains were then conveyed to the cemetery and consigned to the tomb beside that of her husband. A short burial service was conducted at the grave by Rev. Dowell, and the new-made tomb was converted into a mound of beautiful flowers.
Anderson County News, July 7, 1906
[Transcribed by Stephanie A. Hill from a scan of the microfilmed original with no corrections in spelling, grammar or punctuation.]