Charles Cicero Barna

The Cartersville News
Cartersville, Georgia
October 8, 1908 , Page 1
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Charlie Barna.
Tribute to Splendid Young Man Killed In Railroad Accident.
[The headline of this story and a story entitled “New Convict Law” were switched, so that the Charlie Barna tribute is found under the “New Convict Law’ headline.]

Just one mile from Cave Spring and close by the main pike road leading from Cave Springs to Rome is located a beautiful little dwelling surrounded by fields of waving green and ripening grain, and those who pass that way could not help but be impressed with the fact that the giver of every good and perfect gift had dealt bountifully with this home.  And so He has, for in this home are four loving obedient children growing into manhood and womanhood, two boys and two girls to cheer and brighten the pathway of father and mother, who have already reached the declining years.

To visit this home, as it has been our privilege to do often in the last few years, and see the gentle, loving spirit that always exists between each other and enjoy the friendly greetings and kind hospitality that is always extended to their many friends constrains us to say that God has graciously blessed the home of brother Barna with the richest and sweetest of earth’s treasury.  But alas; how sad! In the midst of joy and gladness, death leaves its pangs of gloom and sadness.  So the mighty hand of death came on the third day of August, 1908, and with a blow to this happy home took from its circle Charles Cicero Barna, the oldest son at home and the idol of the family.

Charlie was a model young man.  No community has ever been blessed with a nobler or sweeter Christian character than he.  Charlie was just 21 years old, but those years were spent in living a noble life. Many were his acquaintances and all became his friends who knew him both old and young.

Charlie was born Sept. 22nd, 1887, joined Euharlee Baptist church, August 1904.  On moving to Vans Valley soon afterwards cast his lot with Cedar Creek church and there became one of their strongest members.  John C. Foster in speaking of his church relationship said, “We could always count on Charlie.”  In the home in lead in business, the family depended much on his judgment.  In school he was always obedient and loving to his teacher and school mates.  His associates regarded him as the most gentle, lovable and purest young man in their community. He numbered his friends by the score, all who feel that their loss is heaven’s gain.

As his pastor and friend we feel keenly our loss and shall ever keep in sweet memory the pleasant hours that we have spent together and by faith look forward to the time when we shall meet in the sweet beyond to part no more.  It would not seem so sad if we could have bade him good bye and seen him pass sweetly into the great beyond, but alas the angry wave of Cedar Creek swept his body beneath its surface and there his soul took flight from the watery grave to the God who gave it.

Rev. C. L. Conn
Jesse T. Williams.


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