Obituary of James Oscar Mutter
May 3, 1912
Another Soldier Has Crossed The River
James Oscar Mutter, son of Johnson and Mary Mutter, was born June 18th, 1842 and died April 26, 1912, aged 69 years, 10 months, and 8 days. He had gone to help neighbors extinguish a fire that was burning up a fence. After the fire was under control they sat down to rest, and a small sappling about six or seven inches in diameter burned down and struck him on the head causing instant death.
He fought in the Confederate army during the Civil War, and the writer has heard it said of him by his comrades who fought by his side that a braver, truer soldier never went upon the battle field.
He was laid to rest on April 27th, in the presence of a large concourse of people, who came to honor the dead soldier and to comfort the bereaved widow and relatives. He leaves behind him his wife, and two children, G.T. Mutter and Mrs. George McReynolds.
He professed faith in Christ some thirty years ago and for the past fifteen years was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church, of which he remained a devoted member until his death. He filled his seat at every meeting of the Church, and for a number of years has served the church as a deacon. He was ever ready to help the church meet her financial obligations, ready to help the poor and needy, ready to visit the sick, ready to give words of comfort and cheer to the sorrowing, and so ready to die and meet his God. In his death the church has lost one of its most useful members and the communiry a good and worthy citizen that will be missed by all classes, but our loss is his eternal gain.
His family has the sympathy of the entire community, and their prayers will go up to God to give them grace and strength to bear this trial. It is thought that he had a premonition on his death as he told his wife that they would soon have to get along some way without him. He had shaped up all of his business affairs so that he was ready in every sense of the word. May God richly bless his relatives and friends.