February 1, 1924
Another Dear Old Soldier Called Home
Castlewood, Va., R. 2. Jan., 29. - The death angel visited our community Jan. 21, and took from our midst our uncle, Arch Meade, at the age of 81 years, 8 months and 2 days.
He professed faith in Jesus Christ several years ago, and united with the Missionary Baptist church and the last few years of his life was spent in the service of God.
He was a Confederate soldier, and just before he died, he was talking to one of his comrades about their loyalty in the civil war, and he said, "Jake, I have fought my last battle, and this time I am going to win."
He talked to his many old friends, one by one, as they came in to try to cheer him up again, for we all hated so much to give uncle Arch up, as he always had a cheerful word for all whom he came in contact with, but he would only say "there's nothing in the world for me and I do not want to stay here any longer but I want each of you to meet me in Heaven."
He leaves a wife, 12 children, 4 brothers, 1 sister and a host of freiends and relatives behind. Now let's take his good advice which he gave us just before his departure and prepare, if not prepared, to meet our uncle in the better world.
Uncle Arch spent a great deal of his time reading the best book in the world, the Bible, and could quote most any passage and tell you just where to find it. A good example left behind for his wife and children to follow. So children don't forget daddie's good examples and advice.
And now my task on earth is done,
Any, by thy grace, the victory's won,
E'en death's cold wave I will not flee,
Since God through Jordan leadeth me.
A Nephen and Neice