John H. Ruckman

The Free Press
Cartersville, Georgia
August 22, 1878, Page 3
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JOHN H. RUCKMAN was born in Virginia on November 11, 1810, and died in Cartersville, Ga., July 29, 1878.

In former days he had been rich, and it was a grateful remembrance that when rich it had been his habit and his delight to give liberally to every good cause.  He often averred that in the accumulation of property he had always but one controlling motive—to do good. During the war reverses came, and for many years he was compelled to battle with poverty and debt.  But his spirit never sank.  His faith in God emulated that of Job.  It was at once childlike and sublime.  To him the bible was, indeed, the book.  Its study was almost the sole employ of his leisure hours.  And it was no mean intellect that he brought to this study.  His mind, naturally strong and clear, was full of the spirit of investigation.  On theological questions he called no man master.  He read and thought for himself.  His views were his own, and they were held with corresponding tenacity.

After many years of great feebleness the last sickness came.  It was protracted through several months.  Obstinately he disputed the issue.  At last, compelled to recognize the approach of the end, he began to arrange his few worldly affairs as calmly and as carefully as though preparing for a short summer tour.  There was not the least alarm.  A few hours before he died, when the writer stood alone at his bedside, he drew my hand in his, and pressing it closely, he said in that measured, emphatic way peculiar to him, “I only wish to say I love Jesus and Jesus loves me.”

A good man has gone.  After life’s fitful fever he rests well.  J. T. N.


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