MR. BALFOUR WHITE.
Balfour White, son of John and Rachel White, was born in Russell County, Virginia, August 19, 1844. He died of paralysis August 2nd, 1923. Up to the time of retiring for the night, July 29th, he was seemingly as well as ever, but when the family went to arouse him for breakfast the following morning he was found speechless, and four days later passed peacefully away.
Brother White was married to Miss Florence N. Hendricks, in January, 1874, with whom he lived happily until the day of his death. He leaves behind him to mourn his loss his wife and six children, as follows: Mrs. J. W. May, of Lynchburg; Mrs. T. S. McKelvey, Norton, Va; Mrs. L Ascue, Bellefontaine, Ohio; Miss Grace White, Berlin Md.; Mr. W. H. White, Detriot, Mich., and Mr. R. G. White, Roanoke. One daughter, Mrs. C. W. Johnson died August 9, 1921, and a little daughter, Helen, died in infancy. One brother, Mr. Will White, of Bellefontaine, Ohio, is the only surviving family member of his immediate family, his father, mother and other brothers and sisters having preceded him to the grave a number of years before.
He served throughout the war between the States, where he proved himself a soldier of rare courage.
Brother White was converted an joined the Methodist church at Midway and lived a loyal, faithful and devoted member until the day of his death. The writer of this paper was the pastor of Brother White and his family for three years more than fifteen years ago, and he was in their home often. He knew them to be good people - among the best in Tazewell county. Their home was always the preacher's home, and a home where the preachers enjoyed going. Brother White was a a very spiritually minded man. Very well, indeed, does the writer remember often enjoying the religious conversations which we had together in his home. Brother White was a very regular attendant upon all services of the church and was a liberal supporter of the church. He never allowed the pastor to leave for conference without his salary and benevolence in full.
A good man has gone from earth, but I know where to find him. He has gone to be with his Father and Jesus, his Savior in the Eternal City where he awaits the coming of each one of his loved ones. Brother White was one of the purest of God's Saints here and heaven is the only place for him. So when I get there, as I expect to do some sweet day I shall see him and greet him on the gold paved streets of the Eternal City, which is made up of souls of sweet Christian character as Brother White, kind and seemed to want to share that love which God alone can measure the depth of and which is so rare in the family of Faith. Those who knew him best, loved him most, and the writer voices the sentiment of the whole community by saying we shall miss our friend until we awake in his likeness. May God's all seeing eye watch over his home and comfort those who remain to mourn their loss and follow in their fathers steps in as much as he fought a good fight and kept the faith.
J. R. King