May 16, 1907|
John H. Candler
John Henry Candler was born in Russell county, Va., August 1st, 1833, and departed this life April 28th, 1907. He made a profession of religion when he was a young man and immediately joined the M. E. Church, South. In April 1861, he raised a company and was elected captain of Company C, 48th Va. Regiment, Stonewall Jackson Brigade, and fought valiantly during the war for the cause which he believed to be right.
At the close of the war he returned home and engaged in the mercantile business at Hansonville, Va., and was successful. During the war and for some time afterwards he, to some extent, neglected his Christian duty and became indifferent to his church and the cause of his Lord. In a protracted meeting held at Oak Grove church several years ago he reconsecrated his life to the service of his Master. He would testify the remainder of his life every opportunity he had to the goodness of God to him. He would always attend church when it was possible for him to do so, and under the preaching of the Word was often moved to tears.
During his long illness he was never heard to murmur or complain and was seemingly willing for the will of his Lord to be done. Just the day before his death he stated to his friends that he was ready. He was a good citizen, kind neighbor, indulgent father, and an affectionate husband and a devoted member of the church. The great congregation present the day of his burial was an expression of the high esteem in which he was held in the community.
The funeral was preached by the writer, assisted by Rev. G. H. Carner, his pastor, and then the old soldiers, Masons and Odd Fellows took charge of his body and laid it to rest to await the resurrection. He leaves a wife and eleven children and a host of friends to mourn their loss, but their loss is his gain. "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord."
J. F. JONES.