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terian Standard, the Presbyterian of the South and a copy be sent to the family of the deceased. K. C. Barrett, L. F. Tillery, A. F. Thorpe. MEMORIAL. OF ALLAN M. HOWI SON\ ADOPTED APRIL 14, 1018. The session of the Second Presby terian church of Staunton, Va., has learned with grief and sorrow of the death, on April 6, 1918, of our be loved brother, Elder A. M. Howlson. While we often do not understand the mysterious dispensations of "Him who doetli all things well," we bow to His will, and place on record our estimate of the loss wo have sustained in the death of one who has faithfully served with us in the sessions for eleven years, before which time he filled the office of deacon and treas urer, and was for forty-two years a faithful, active member of the Pres byterian church. Ruling Elder Howlson never lost an opportunity of serving either the ses sion, the Church or his God, and was always conspicuously conscientious in the discharge of his religious duties. He was a Presbyterian by conviction, and was loyal to the Church of hla choice. His seat at all the services ol the sanctuary was seldom vacant. What he did relating to religious in terests and work of the Church ap peared always to be inspired by his faith in the fullness of the atone ment made by the Lord Jesus Christ, and he was never easily turned away from the goal he aspired to reach. We will miss his personal presence and genial companionship in our council chamber, and with the entire church we mourn his loss and tender to his family our profound ond loving sym pathy in their bereavement. Wm. N. Scott, D. D., Pastor. S. Brown Allen, Clerk of the Session. MRS. MARGARET A. JONES. Died at her home In Dinwiddle County, Va., October 11, 1917, Mrs. Margaret Ann Boiling Jones, widow of Rev. T. T. Jones, D. D., pastor of Brunswick and Namozine churches for more than thirty years. Mrs. Jones was the daughter of John Boiling and Lucy Randolph Boi ling. She was born March 24, 1840, and on March 25, 1858, she married T. T. Jones, then a teacher. Mrs. Jones is survived by five daughters and four sons, thirty-five grandchildren and one great-grand child. Her living children are Mrs Lucy Randolph Boiling, of Missis sippi; Mrs. Sallie Jones Atkinson, of Sunny Side; Mrs. Hattie Jones Mcll waine, missionary, Kochi, Japan; Dr. (M. D.) J. Boiling Jones, Petersburg, Va.; Mr. R. Randolph Jones, El Paso, Tex.; Rev. F. F. Jones, pastor of Tim ber Ridge church, Rockbridge County, Va. ; Mrs. Margaret Dameron, Weems, Va. ; Mrs. Mary Tucker, Sunny Side, Va.; Mr. W. Elliott Jones, Louisiana, all members and faithful workers of the Presbyterian church. Mrs. Jones was born and reared in the Protestant Episcopal church and was devoted to her church; but when her husband, in the desolation of his country following tho Civil War, was ordained a minister of the gospel in the Presbyterian church and took charge as pastor of the Brunswick church (and later of Namozine church), left without a pastor and helpless to secure one, Mrs. Jones brought her membership to her hus band's church, and with her, this was no mere transfer of her name, but with her name came all the force of her strong and cultured mind, of the courage and love and loyalty of her pure and noble heart. Through all the long and hard years of her hus band's truly great ministry, great In sacrifice and efficiency, she was ever a helpmeet for her noble husband. Mrs. Jones's life was pre-eminently a life of spending and being spent for others; husband, children, friends, church, for her Lord. Never yielding, never complaining, always meeting every duty and every trial, and bearing every burden, with unfailing courage and fidelity; always finding joy in service for others, for the Master. Never to the last, though burdened with the weight of nearly four-score years, did she lay aside in terest in or work for her church, but to the end she stood in her place and did her part, and her departure from us is a great loss to our church; but that life she spent with us and for us, that is not, and cannot be, lost. As to her place in her home, I have known many of God's noble daugh ters, but I have never known one to whom the words of Lemuel may be more exactly applied: "The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her. ? * * Her children arise up and call her blessed" (Prov. 31:11-28). Mrs. Jones died as she had lived, In His peace: "My peace I give unto you, not as the world glveth, give 1 unto you." This peace He had given her years before, and neither this world's trials, nor hardness, nor bur dens; neither death's dread approach took it away, she died as she had lived in the peace cf a great faith and an assured hope. G. A. Wilson, Pastor of Brunswick Church. SIRS. WILLIAM C. CAMP. Died suddenly at her home, 2504 Monument Avenue, Richmond, Va., April 1, 1918, Mrs. Sarah Steel Camp, wife of W. C. Camp, a devoted wife, an affectionate mother and an earnest and faithful Christian. On a beautiful Easter Sabbath morning she was taken suddenly ill, and before the Sabbath night had ended, awoke in the glory everlasting and saw her Master face to face. Mrs. Camp was the daughter of David S. and Helen Kemper Young, and was born in Staunton, Va., Sep tember 14, 1858, in which city she spent her young girlhood days and received those impressions that helped to make her the strong and noble Christian character which she be came. While on a visit to Richmond, Va., she met Mr. Camp, and a friendship began which ripened into affection, and they were married in Staunton, Va., October 10, 1882, by the Rev. Dr. J. E. Booker, then pastor of the Second Presbyterian church of that city. On coming to Richmond, Mrs. Camp became a member of the First Pres byterian church during the pastorate of Dr. R. P. Kerr, and to the day of her death continued to be a loyal, active and devoted member. She was the last of ten children to answer the final call, and proved to be a tower of strength and sym pathy to those who preceded her. She leaves to mourn her departure, in addition to an unusually large circle of friends and acquaintances, her de voted husband, W. C. Camp, an hon ored elder in the First church and vice-president of the American Na tional Bank, and three children ? Mrs. Rev. Carl S. Matthews, of Bris tol, Va.; Mrs. Dr. Littleton Davis, of Roanoke, Va., and Miss Margaret Camp, of Richmond, and three grand children ? Jack and William Matthews and Sarah Young Davis. These are but the mero outlines of her life, but they embrace years of wonderful service for her home, com munity, friendB, loved ones and ber Master in so many different avenues, the good and many beneficent results of wbich only eternity can reveal. As a Christian, Mrs. Camp bad a deep and abiding faitb in the Master and tbe work of bis kingdom. Not given to much general expression of those characteristics belonging to the child of the Lord, believing that they were too sacred a feeling to hold up for the gaze of the public, she never theless drank deep and often at the fountain of all Christian graces and exemplified in her life in the different relationships in which that life was lived the blessed spirit of the Master. She could say, "I know whom 1 have believed and am persuaded that ho is able to keep that which 1 have com mitted unto him agaiust that day." In that firm and abiding assurance she lived and became the tower of strength in her home and church and com munity, so that when the call came so suddenly she was ready with joy and gladness to answer and receive the blessed reward of tbe faithful. In the home, Mrs. Camp illustrated in the highest form traits of charac ter that compelled admiration. She was a home-maker in all that that beautiful word means. She well recog nized that the home was the center of influence and power, and such sho made her home, it was always a treat and pleasure and delight to the pas tor as well as to all others who had the privilego, to be in that home and receise the cheer and stimulus and encouragement which came not only from the personal contact but from the whole atmosphero of the home which she created. A helpmate to her husband, companionable with her children, and understanding the re quirements of a wife and mother, sho well illustrated the description given by the wise man in the thirty-first chapter of Proverbs: "Her husband is known in the gates when he sitteth among the elders of the land. Strength and honor are her clothing. She look ed well to the ways of her household and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up and call her blessed, her husband also and he praiseth her." In the church, Mrs. Camp was a most active, loyal and devoted mem ber, liberal to all good causes, regular in her attendance upon the services of the sanctuary, both morning and night, and also on Wednesday nights to the prayer meeting services. Shortly after her coming to Richmond she became an active member of the woman's organizations of the church, giving of her time, of her inlluence, of her means for their success and work. Her automobile was a messenger often in the service of the Master in this connection and also ever ready for the pastor's need. She leaves a vacancy In the societies of the church as else where that saddens by the absence of one so useful and willing. In the community Mrs. Cainp was well known for hor deeds of charity and benevolence and kindness. Many a humble home misses her unosten tatious but welcome assistance. The charitable organizations of the city counted upon her ready and willing co-operation. No worthy cause was by her unheeded. Perhaps only a few of an inner circle knew of the num erous acts of kindness and charity which she performed. Hundreds of letters and other forms of testimonials have been received by the loved ones testifying to her influence and to the beautiful and generous nature of her life. To those In trouble and to those bereft of parents and especially to those in needy circumstances she was unusually helpful and considerate. For some years she had maintained in one or two of our Institutions a girl or a boy, or both, being deeply in terested in their welfare and develop ment into the right sort of manhood and womanhood. Among the papers found after Mrs. Camp's death was a letter written to the matron and one to the young girl with a check en closed for the young girl's individual use. Her sudden illness had prevent ed the mailing of the letter. Need less to say it was forwarded by the husband. The matron writes of that letter: "It is a beautiful picture she left C. and me of what must have been an unusually lovely character." And the young orphan girl writes: "I read the letter she wrote mo over and over again. I, too, feel as if I have lost a friend. When I read the letter it put new life in me, the letter was so sweet. I suspect I worry my matron some, but now I am going to try to be a good little girl." A host of friends can likewise tes tify to the worth of her character, to the stability of her purpose, to the loyalty of her service, to the richness and constancy of her generosity, and to the blessing and sweetness of her friendship. Into the eternal life she has entered and to-day sees the King in his glory. The race has not been lost; it has been just a little earlier won. The flower has not been crushed; only trans planted in the celestial garden, where it will bloom in all its sweet frag rance and beauty. The harp has not been broken; only a littlo sooner placed in tho hands of the divine Musician who with his wonderful skill will bring out all the sweetness and harmony of its music. The life has not ended; it has only begun in all of its true nobility and greatness. And the beautiful traits of character that made the life so beautiful here, puri fied and expanded there, will enable her to give even a greatly richer and happier service in tho heavenly home. The funeral services were conduct ed from the residence by her pastor, Dr. P. T. McFaden, assisted by the Rev. Dr. J. E. Booker, her former pastor, and the Rev. G. W. Kemper, a cousin, and her last remains, amid a profusion of flowers ond surrounded by loved ones and true friends, were laid away in beautiful Hollywood Cemetery there to await the resurrec tion morn. "Wherefore comfort one another with these words." One of tho honored and beloved members of her church who has reached the four score and six years, devoted to Mrs. Camp and touched by the suddenness of the call, sent the following lines to the bereaved ones: Fearfully Sudden, But Gloriously Safe. "No tender, yet sad, farewell From her grieving lips was heard. So softly she crossed that quiet stream That it was not by a ripple stirred. She was spared the pain of parting tears: She was spared all mortal strife. 'Twas scarcely dying; she only passed In a moment to endless life. Weep not for the swift release From earthly pain and care; Nor grieve that she reached her home and rest Ere she knew that she was there. But think of the sweet surprise, Tho sudden strange delight She felt as she met her Saviour's smile And walked with him in light." "And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are tho dead which die In the Lord rrom henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors and their works do follow them." F. T. M.