William H. Johnson

The Standard
Cassville, Georgia
August 11, 1859, Page 3
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Departed this life on the 27th ult., at Mont Vale Springs, Tenn., in the 20th year of his age, Mr. WILLIAM H. JOHNSON, son of Dr. Mark M. Johnson, deceased, of Kingston, Ga.

He was a member of the Kingston Brass Band, and had gone, a few weeks previous, in company with others of the same Band, to spend the summer at the Springs.  He had been ill for about a week, but was not thought dangerously so, until a few days before his death.

About one year ago he became pious, and connected himself with the Presbyterian Church at Kingston.  He expressed at that time, an earnest desire to become a minister of the gospel.  This desire, together with a willingness to endure all the labors and sacrifices requisite, continued permanent; and a short time before he went to Montvale, after conversing freely and fully with his minister, he determined to enter Oglethorpe College next fall, and begin a course of preparation for the great work.  Possessing naturally a strong, clear mind, and an affectionate heart, his friends hoped that he would one day be eminently useful in the ministry—but his work is done.  The Master saw fit to call him thus early to a higher sphere.  He manifested, during the brief period of his Christian life, “the fruits of the spirit,” and has thus left to the bereaved family and friends the strongest reason to hope that their loss is his eternal gain. [A Tribute of Respect by the Kingston Brass Band can be found on page 3 of the September 15, 1859 issue.]


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