Martin Collins

The Cartersville Express
Cartersville, Georgia
June 30, 1871, page 3
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Martin Collins, one of the most worthy, pious and industrious county citizens, departed this life, in great peace and triumph, at his residence near Milam’s Ferry, on Tuesday last, after a wasting protracted spell of sickness.  His remains were brought to this place on Wednesday and his funeral was preached from the Methodist E. Church, by Dr. Wm. H. Felton, from the text “let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his.”  The sermon was a most solemn and impressive one.  Many eyes were bedewed with tears, and many hearts pulsated with emotions of sympathy for the grief-stricken wife and weeping orphan children, who were present to hear the last, sad tribute of respect paid to the memory of the one in whom their earthly hopes centered, and around whom their fondest affections clustered as husband and father.  The corpse was followed to the cemetery by a large train of kindred and friends, where it was deposited in the earth to wait till his triumphant spirit returns to put it on afresh, at the last day.  His dying admonition to his family and brethren was “meet me heaven.”  For many years he had been an exemplary and acceptable member of the M. E. Church South, and died as he had lived—in the faith of the gospel of Christ.  “Well done, weary pilgrim! Enter into thy rest.”


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