29 April 2016

Y is for Yet, Yes, and Yaarab (A to Z Challenge)

This is technically the last post I'll be writing for the challenge because Z is already in the queue.  I could not find a single Y idea to satisfy me, so today is a hodgepodge.

100_1359The first two Ys are from epitaphs.  Both come from tombstones placed in Harmony – Smyrna Cemetery at Dooly County, Georgia.  As far as I can tell, however, there is no relation between the two individuals.  First up is a dear mother whose name is Lucy Taylor.

Our Dear Mother
Lucy Taylor
Born June 24, 1867
Died Feb 21, 1909
Dearest mother thou has left us
And our loss we deeply feel
But tis God that has bereft us
He can all our sorrows heal
Yet again we hope to meet thee
When the day of life is fled
Where in heaven with joy to greet thee
Where no farewell tears is shed

Next is little "Boby" ~








In Memory Of
Our Little Son
Robert W. Floyd
Son of J. M. & Sarah E. Floyd
Born Feb 20, 1866
Died Oct 7, 1870
Yes Our Boby Is An Angel
But He Seems Not Far Away
He Is With God In Heaven
And We Hope To Meet Him There One Day

And finally, down below, is G. W. Sparrow.  Mr. Sparrow was an engineer who died 8 December 1914 at just 46 years of age.  A portion of his epitaph is the simple, yet profound, Thy will be done.  What I really want to share, however, is a symbol on his stone.  It indicates that Engineer Sparrow was a member of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.  More simply put, he was a Shriner.  I've written about the symbol before here.  G. W. Sparrow's stone also has an addition.  Yaarab is etched above the usual Shriner symbol.  From what I can gather, this indicates the temple of which Sparrow belonged.  YaarabShrine.net has more information.  G. W. Sparrow rests at Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery in Blue Ridge, Fannin County, Georgia.

Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery

[If you're wondering what's up with all the "letter" posts:  I am attempting to follow the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (links to official page). This challenge lasts through the month of April, with Sundays off. Click here to see all my letter posts on one page (in reverse order). Only one more day!]

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