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(Submitted by Sue Gill)

Mr. F. M. Meadows Passed Away on Friday

Oxford Public Ledger

June 30, 1898

The reaper dread ne'er comes uncommissioned, and though his scythe seems to cut the tenderest cords, we know it is by His divine be-hest alone that we are called upon to mourn the death of loved ones.  On Friday night the Great Reaper swung his scythe around and plucked the spirit of one of our beloved citizens, "Uncle D." Meadows, after several weeks sickness, which caused sorrow in our community.

He was 65 years old, a Christian as he was a faithfull follower of the "meek and lowly Jesus" and a consistent member of the Baptist church. Altogether Mr. Meadows had been a resident of Oxford for some 20 years, and well known in tobacco circles as he has sold thousands of pounds of tobacco for our farmers.  He had a host of friends who will lament his death, as he was a man of high character and a warm, sympathetic heart beat within his bosom.  It is a blessed thought that the messenger found him ready.  He had set his house in order against the day of his departure by a life of piety and (paper bent so word can't be read) consecration.

The funeral services were conducted from the Baptist church Saturday afternoon, attended by a sorrowing community, they laid him in the grave at Elmwood among the mounds of loved ones who had gone before, where their kindred dust shall sleep until the resurrection morn.

He leaves a loving wife, two sons and daughter, one brother and a host of friends to mourn his death.

The hearts of our community go out in the deepest sympathy to the bereaved family.

Tribute of Respect

July 7, 1898

Brother Francis Marion Meadows was born in Granville county, N.C., December 23, 1833.  He made a profession of faith in the Fall of 1852, and was baptized into the fellowship of Mt. Zion church by Rev. James King.  He was a member during his life of the following churches:  Mt. Zion, Oxford, Tally Ho and Henderson.  In all of these churches except Mt. Zion he served as deacon.  He was an active deacon in the Oxford church until his death. 
In early life he married Miss Jennie Hobgood, daughter of the late James B. Hobgood of Granville.  By this marriage he had four children that lived to be grown, namely Chas. T. Meadows, Mrs. Mattie Wilkinson, Frank P. Meadows and James B. Meadows.  His son Frank died in January inst. In Wilson, N.C.   After the death of his first wife Brother Meadows married in 1889 Mrs. Mattie B. Cannady, widow of Mr. Samuel H. Cannady, of Granville.
As a man Bro. Meadows was of excellent character -- hones, truthful, candid pure, kind, charitable, peaceable.  He was a loving and devoted father and husband; a most excellent neighbor and citizen.  But it is as a Christian that Bro. Meadows stand forth pre-eminently. His piety was genuine, and he was a servant of God in truth.  The church of God was the object of his prayers and his love.  He was a faithful Christian, faithful in the various duties of the Christian life; he attended all the services of the church; delighted in them and took part in them; he was a very active Christian; worked faithfully in the Sunday school; took an active interest in the prayer meeting; was a regular attendant of the deacons' meeting, and a singer in the choir almost to the last.
Whatever work was given him to do he did it cheerfully and well, being interested in all Christian work; he had a heart for all the different work of the church; he was not one sided and narrow in his Christian sympathies; he believed in missions, home, state, and foreign; he was broad enough to see serving Christ in them all.  He was a Christian of the most liberal character.  When he failed to give it was because he did not have the wherewithal to give, and when he gave he gave with an open hand and with a cheerful spirit.  No man among us gave more in proportion to his means; few approximated the liberality of his gifts.  He was a most excellent hearer --reverent, attentive, grave; a helpful hearer.  Was a believer in old fashion religion; in a pure church and in a consistent and upright life.
He died on Saturday at 3:40 a.m. June 25, 1898, at his home in Oxford, N.C., and died as he had lived, calmly resting on Christ.  Death was no surprise and no sorrow to him; he was well aware of his approaching end, and spoke of it as calmly as if he was going on a journey to a friend.  He had been sick about two months with heart trouble, and was thought to be getting well, when a relapse came and in a few days he passed to his rest and reward.  We have lost in his death a model man, one of the pillars of our church.  God grant that the influence of his consecrated life may always linger in our church and community!
Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord from henceforth, yea saieth the spirit, that they may rest from their labors, and their works do follow them.  Pastor



Frank P. Meadows

Oxford Public Ledger, January 20, 1898

Granville County, North Carolina

(submitted by Sue Gill)

Death of an Estimable Young Man

 We are very much pained to chronicle the death of Mr. Frank P. Meadows, at his home in Wilson, N.C., on Friday morning, January 14th, 1898.  His death was a surprise and great shock to his relatives and friends in Oxford.  He had been sick only a week or two, and a few days before the sad end it was thought that he was on the road to recovery.  Mr. Meadows was well known in this county, where he was reared and lived till a few years ago.

In 1895 he made his home in Wilson, engaging in the tobacco business.  He carried with him to his new home the respect and best wishes of our people, and we are gratified to know that he was held in the highest esteem by the good people of Wilson and surrounding country.  Mr. Meadows was in his thirty-second year, just the prime of young and useful manhood, and his early death is a great blow to his most excellent young wife and aged father, who witnessed the passing beneath the shadows of death, his sister, brother and a large circle of loving relatives and friends.

His remains were brought to Oxford for interment in charge of Capt. S. M. Bobbitt, Fred Crews, David Woodard and E. T. Peoples and upon arrival here Friday night were met by his relatives and a large number of friends, and an escort of honor from the Granville Grays, of which he was a useful member for many years.  Funeral services were conducted in the Baptist church on Saturday at 11 o'clock by Dr. R.H. Marsh and Rev. Jno. S. Hardaway, and the burial was in Elmwood cemetery, witnessed by a large concourse of friends who greatly esteemed the pleasant and genial Frank Meadows.

To his grief-stricken wife and father, relatives and friends we tender our most sincere sympathies.

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