I was not only rewarded with some vital dates for cousin Rip Peavy, but also a quite interesting epitaph.
|Lucius Van "Rip" Peavy, Sr.|
Aug 29, 1905
Jan 1, 1994
We often see death as dividing the living from those that have passed on, but this line tells it a bit differently. Here, death is joining Lucius together with those that have gone before.
The prophetic words are from a poem by Percy Shelley entitled Adonais: An Elegy on the Death of John Keats. They can be found in the 53rd of 55 stanzas:
Why linger, why turn back, why shrink, my Heart?P.S. Lucius Van "Rip" Peavy was son of Lucius M. Peavy (1879-1964) and Mary E. Peavy (1881-1960). All rest in the Pinehurst City Cemetery of Dooly County, Georgia.
Thy hopes are gone before: from all things here
They have departed; thou shouldst now depart!
A light is pass'd from the revolving year,
And man, and woman; and what still is dear
Attracts to crush, repels to make thee wither.
The soft sky smiles, the low wind whispers near:
'Tis Adonais calls! oh, hasten thither,
No more let Life divide what Death can join together.