A Tribute to Elder George Walker

DIED---At the family residence in Walker Township, Hancock Co., Ill., on Thursday, October 9, 1879, Elder George Walker, in ths 76th year of his age. He was born February 1804, in the state of Maryland. In 1812, with his father, he removed to Kentucky. In 1826 he was married to Miss Rachel Clark, who still survives him, and mourns his departure, but not as those who have no hope. In 1833 he removed to Illinois. At the early age of 14 years he united with the Old School Baptist Church, and at the age of twenty-two was ordained an Elder, and for many years was considered one of the ablest advocates of that faith. Realizing the importance of religious and intellectual training, as soon as the roof of his new home was over his head, he built, almost entirely at his own expense, a church and school-house, where, Sunday after Sunday, he gathered the hardy pioneers and told them the simple story of the cross. For many years he united young and loving hearts in the holiest of bonds, administered the consolations of religion to the sorrowing and buried the dead, and for all this service, which would have required the entire time of a less active and industrious man, he never asked nor received one cent. He served twice in the Legislature, in 1848 and 1854, but was in no sense of the word an office seeker.

He leaves (left) four sons and four daughters, all married. Although he was a great sufferer for several years, yet he did not murmur. His hope was bright, his faith unshaken, and his trust in God unabated.

While we extend our consolence and sympathy to the bereaved relatives, in view of their loss, we know that, with him, to die was gain. O cheering thought to all God's people, that Jesus says, "Because I live, ye shall live also."

Elder Dennis Smith preached his funeral from Psalm 89:21-29.

Your brother,

J. G. Williams Jr.
Fowler, Adams Co., Ill.

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