J. M. Arnold

The Cartersville News
Cartersville, Georgia

September 26, 1912

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On the morning of August 17th at 6 o’clock, the sweet spirited and sainted man of God, J.M. Arnold, passed into the great beyond.

He was born in Spartanburg County S.C. August 3rd, 1843, and moved with his parents in early childhood to, then Cass County, Ga, and has been a resident of this county ever since.

His life was spent entirely in the country until three years ago, when he sold his home at Ford, Ga., and moved to Kingston to engage more extensively in the jewelry business at which he was an adept. His education was received entirely in the country under good old fashioned instructors, who were firm and used the rod to great advantage.

At eighteen, when nothing but a youth, he volunteered and entered the war between the states and served until the end. It was said of him, that he might have held any position in the army from the lowest to the highest if he so wished but he cared nothing for show or position, was satisfied to be a common private and share such a life as all did, his great aim was to serve bravely for his home and brave land. Back of him is a long line of noble ancestry, who knew no such word as fail. His great, great grandfathers fought in the Revolutionary war and helped to establish American freedom. He joined the Missionary Baptist church in early manhood and for forty-five years has been entirely in the service of his King, daily teaching and living a Christian like life. In all of the long months of his sickness, he never murmured but would sit hours with his bible in his hands and try to hum his favorite hymns.  I would look upon him and feel glad that my life had been in touch with his. It was an inspiration to be in company with this sainted brother, who has done so much, if not more than any living man for the establishment of Christ’s Kingdom on earth. He was a quiet unassuming life, giving freely to every appeal of charity or church, never asking questions, knowing that as ye freely give, ye receive.

He was never married, having promised his Master, if he would spare his life through the war (which tried men’s souls) he would devote his time to Christ and his parents, which promise he kept to the end. He was a most dutiful son, a loving brother, and a sympathizing friend. He was true in all the walks of life, never turning to the right or left, but plodding valiantly on the great highway leading up to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. He polished his lamp here so that it might shine forth as gold in eternity. 

His body was laid to rest in the Arnold cemetery at Ford, Ga., his childhood home, in the presence of over fifteen hundred people, who had gathered to take their last look at him. Many of them had accepted Christ through his instrumentality.


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