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Just as the Sun was Sinking, Lizzie Barker Departed this Life (Tombstone Tuesday)

Bonaire Cemetery 033Houston Home Journal (Georgia)
18 September 1913 – pg. 7

Death of Mrs. J. N. Barker

Last Tuesday afternoon, the 9th inst, just as the sun was sinking in the west and the shades of night had began to fall, Mrs. Lizzie Pollock Barker, wife of Mr. James N. Barker, departed this life at her home in Bonaire.  She had been sick for several weeks, but paralysis was the immediate cause for her death.

Mrs. Barker was the daughter of the late Mrs. Annie M. Baskin of this county and was born Dec. 5th, 1854.  She was married to Mr. J. N. Barker Sept. 16, 1869, having been companions for 44 years.  Of this union there were born eleven children, five of which preceded her to the grave.

The children, who were with her during her last days are, Mr. B. B. Barker of Unadilla, Mrs. R. S. Woodard and Mrs. W. A. King, of Macon, Mrs. S. H. Sasser, Mrs. J. H. Watson and Mrs. J. R. Hunt of Bonaire.

She was an excellent and benevolent woman, a noble wife, a devoted mother to her now sorrowing children and a kind friend to all whom she met.

Her bright, glorious earthly [record] is now closed and is transferred from this troublesome world to the better promised world to come and is entered on the pages of the Eternal Book of Life, we are assured.

Mrs. Barker was not a member of the church, but she was a Primative [sic] Baptist in spirit, faith and practice; she was one of the noble women of this life, who established for herself a place in the hearts of all who knew her, and by her many kind acts won the close friendship of all.

We would say to the dear bereaved husband and children:  Weep no more for her, but for yourselves; your loss is her eternal gain.  May her example of devotion and loving service to you and her holy and heavenly aspirations inspire you with energy and deep-seated desire to emulate her noble life.

May the blessed Lord comfort, as He only can, the grieving husband and mourning children, and enable them to look upward and bless the the [sic] Lord for His mercy and faithfulness, and know He doth all things well[.] What a glorious, happy and eternal life when those who meet shall part no more, and those long parted shall meet again.

On the day following her death the remains were interred in the cemetery at Bonaire; the funeral services were conducted from the Methodist church by Rev. W. J. Gseene [sic], of Jones county.  The service was very impressive and largely attended…

According to a family history submitted by M. D. Chancy for The Heritage of Houston County, GA, 1821-2001, Mary Elizabeth was a daughter of John and Mary Ann Whitehead Pollock. When her father died, Lizzie's mother married Thomas Jefferson Baskin.

Buried near Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" Pollock Barker is her husband, and one of the daughters to precede her in death – Mamie (d. 1898).

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Aforementioned heritage article states James Noah Barker was a son of Joseph and Margaret J. Barker. A brother of his was Alison Culpepper Barker.

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Finally, M. D. Chancy also notes the following: "Mamie and an older sister had been to visit their grandmother, Mrs. Ann Baskin. Returning home, she slipped off a foot log into a deep ditch and drowned."

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