February 17, 1928|
DEATH CLAIMS GOOD CITIZEN
All Belfast Mills and surrounding communities reaching out from that portion of Russell county mourn the passing of Benjamine F. Bundy, whose sudden death occurred in his home before noon Sunday. The aged wife stepped out of the room, leaving her companion reading a Bible, and when she re-entered his lifeless body was lying on the floor, his Bible by his side.
Neighbors of Mr. Bundy all around knew him as a noble Christian gentleman, many of them depending on him for advice and comfort in matters of everyday affairs, and they will miss his cheerful spirit and helpful associations.
The deceased was 82 years of age, a member of Bethel Baptist church, a Confederate soldier, serving the South in the latter years of the war between the States.
The wife, five sons and one daughter survive, namely, John Bundy, Clint Bundy, Arch Bundy, Dr. Walter Bundy, Charles Bundy and Mrs. Lula Settle.
Interment was made in West Hill Cemetery in Lebanon Tuesday afternoon. Revs. J. T. Stinson, W. B. James, C. E. Steele and Fry conducted the funeral and burial services.
March 2, 1928|
Benjamine J. Bundy
On his last Sunday Morning, Feb. 9th, the grim reaper visited the home of "Uncle Ben" at Belfast Mills, and found him ready, found him sitting before the fire reading his Bible. He was in his usual health, so far as any one knew, and only he and his wife were at home, balance of the family having gone to church. His wife had gone to the kitchen to look after the dinner, leaving "Uncle Ben" reading his Bible, and upon her return, found him dead.
I call him "Uncle Ben" because that is what his friends and neighbors called him, and meant as an appellation of love and friendship, because to know him was to love him, verily, he could number his friends by his acquaintances.
The writer had known him for forty-seven years and always found him the same "Uncle Ben." A man without guile or ostentation, a man who could always be found in the front ranks of any movement which had for its attainment the uplift of the community.
He was the last, so far as the writer knows, of a family of five boys, there was but one sister, Mrs. Joe Dorton, of Bluefield, who is still living. He had lived out his four score, and more years, being eighty-two.
He, in addition to the sister mentioned, is survived by his widow and several children, also several grand-children. In early manhood he gave his heart to Jesus and connected himself with the Baptist church, and through all the years lived an exemplary member, but since there was no Baptist church near his home, he worshiped, for the most part, with the local Methodist congregation, contributing to its support, and at his funeral the pastor of the local body paid him high tribute.
The funeral was held at Belfast Mills Methodist Church and conducted by his pastor, Rev. W. B. James, of Lebanon, Rev. Taylor Stinson, of Bluefield, W. Va., preaching the sermon, and assisted by Revs. Steele and Frye of the Methodist church.
A large concourse of friends and relatives gathered to pay their last tribute to friend, relative or neighbor, many beautiful tributes were paid "Uncle Ben" by the speakers, all of which were literally true and a beautiful bank of flowers covered the casket. His body was interred in the Lebanon cemetery. Peace to his ashes.