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church, where she served her Master faithfully for over fifty years. J. E. Hannah, Pastor. MR. ED W Alt I) L. liEWIS. While attending to his duties as express messenger, Mr. Edward L. Lewis, aged fifty-eight years, died suddenly January 27, 1919, at Rem ington, Va. Mr. Lewis was a son of James B. and Sallie F. Lewl^, of Mitchells, Culpeper County, Va., where the greater part of his life was spent. At the time of his death he was residing in Charlottesville, to which place he had moved with his family several years ago. He Is sur vived by his wife, who was Miss Nora Wills, of Rockbridge County, and four children, Mr. Thomas W. Lewis and Miss Julia Lewis, of Charlottesvile;, Mrs. Thomas Marshall, of Prince Wil liam County, and Miss Irene Lewis, of Richmond, Va. The burial was in the cemetery of Mitchells Presbyterian church, in which church he had held the office of deacon for many years. He was a devoted husband, loving father, loved and respected by all who knew him. REV. THOMAS LUTHER HAMAN, D. D. The home of Stratford and Mary Elizabeth Haman was near Lebanon church, Hinds County, Miss. On December 7, 1846, A. D., there came into "this home a new immor tality, which new born child was to hear the name of Thomas Luther. On that glad day in the country cot tage the lines of Sir William Jones might well have been spoken in pro phetic voice to the infant son. "When thou wast born, a naked, help less child, Thou only wept while all around thee smiled. So live, that sinking in thy last long sleep, Calm thou may'st smile when all around thee weep." The years of his boyhood were spent on his father's farm in one of the best country communities of the county and State, a community peo pled by the Scotch-Irish who had worked their way westward from the Carollnas. This being before the day that the public Bchool had appeared in the land, the subject of this sketch toolc his grammar school studies in a pri vate school near his father's home. By the time he had reached the age of early adolescence the convulsive shock, known in history as the Civil War, had come and rent the New Re public of the West in twain. A boy of fourteen, his heart was fired with burning patriotism, when he saw his invaded land gloriously triumphing in the deadly and unequal contest. Be fore he was sixteen he quietly left his home, fearing that he might not have the privilege of being a volun teer, and joined "Harvey's Scouts," whose virtue and valor were even then lending luster to our historic annals. He was only a child in years and small for his age, yet he mea sured up to the full stature of that superb manhood -which has and ever must make the name "Confederate soldier" the synonym of patriotism, courage and devotion to duty. The "Baby" Scout, as he was fondly called, won the trust and love of commander and comrade alike, and he carried with him their confidence and affec. tlon all the days of his life. When the star of the Confederacy had sunk into eternal night and the flag he loved was furled forever he found hla way baok through the con fusion and desolation of bis beloved land to the old borne. Tbe farm waa destitute of laborers,, tbe father bad no hand to help. Yet he promised his son that if he would help make the crop to meet the necessities of life that then he should have noVonly his permission, but help to go to col lege. The Bon having had the fiber of his manhood toughened and the powers of his soul tested In the school of war, turned from the experiences of the field of battle to seek learning in the schools. In the fall of 1866 he entered the University of Mississippi at Oxford, and maintained himself there in large measures through his own efforts. The same integrity of character, devotion to duty, fidelity in service which had marked him as a soldier character ized him as a student. Having successfully completed the course, he graduated from the Uni versity in 1870 in a class that was destined to fill a large place in the life of the State and the Church) Among the members of this class were Hon. W. C. Wells, Dr. C. W. Grafton and BiBhop Charles B. Galloway. All these were close and life-long friends, Dr. Haman being the best man at the marriage of Bishop Galloway. Dr. Haman took his theological course at Columbia Seminary, gradu ating therefrom in May, 1873. He accepted a call to the little home mis sion church at Greenwood, Miss., which was then a very small Delta town. He was ordained by Central Mississippi Presbytery and installed pastor of the Greenwood church in October, 1873. From 1876 to 1877 he served the Yazoo City church, re signing from this charge on account of failing health. After a short rest he accepted a unanimous call to the Shongalo, Hopewell and Salem churches, and here for well nlgb forty-one years. In his quiet, unobtrusive way, be wrought, as preacher, pastor, citizen and friend, the life work, until Sat urday evening of November 2, 1918. It was then, while arranging, as was his custom, for the Sabbath morning worship that he was suddenly and vio lently stricken. After a few hours of Intense suffering, having called the members of his family that were at home about his bedside, and when he had spoken to them a few broken words, the Master called him. In the early morning of November 3, 1918, he slipped away into the Sabbath of rest that remaineth for tbe people of God, leaving the legacy of a spot less name to bis family, his Church and his friends. On the Tuesday following, when all the children had gathered around the mother, they followed the silent form down from the manse to the old church to which they had together gone so often In other days. When the church had been reached and I looked from the pulpit where he had been wont to stand all these years and saw the great concourse of young and old, every heart subdued with the hallowed associations of the past and tender offices of the hour, I thought it might be said of him, as Motley said of William the Silent: "As long as he lived he was the guiding star of a whole brave peo ple, and when he died the little chil dren cried in the streets." From the church they carried him to the hill which overlooks the vil lage and tenderly laid him to rest, In the midst of the people who loved him, to await the resurrection of the Just. Then the company silently wended their way back to their homes mourning most of all that they would see the face of the soldier, citizen, presbyter, preacher, friend no more. While a short biographical sketch cannot be an adequate memorial of one so worthy, yet a word of com mendation or expression of apprecia tion or the making known the sense of loss we feel may accentuate the worth of the life which was given to his generation in the name of his Mas ter, prolong the savor of his influ ence and inspire some one to emu late that life ot trust, humility, con viction, devotion and sacrifice. This much at least we owe to his family, "sweet solace of his latter days"; to the congregations, which for two-score years were blessed by him as pastor, and which ever hon ored, trusted and loved him; to the Home Mission cause in which he yielded up his life, as director and ser vant, often in pain and weariness of body, but ever in Joyous and efficient devotion; to the French camp schools, of which he was a founder and to which he was a wise coun sellor and sacrificial friend; to the Southland whose honor he vindicated on the field, whose ldeala he cher ished and embodied f to the Southern Church, whose simplicity of worship, devotion to the Scriptures, spiritual mission and glorifying in the cross he cherished with clear conception, fervid love and sturdy conviction. Are not the lives of T. L. Haman and C. W. Grafton, soldier boys of the sixties, spent In the country charge, a challenge to our soldiers to give of their best to Christ and the country? No tribute to thtB good man could be complete that omitted reference to the helpmeet whom Qod gave him and who has walked hand and hand with him down the way of the years, enriching his heart with the wealth of her affection, her home with gen tleness and love and the church with her abounding sympathy and faith. She yet abides as a benediction to her home and the church. Dr. Haman married on the second day of September, 1873, Miss Mary Adelaide Blanding, daughter of Colo nel J. D. and Mrs. Leonora M. Bland ing, of Sumter, 8. C., to whom were born the following children: Thomas L. and W. Stratford, of Plttsboro, Miss.; J. Blanding, of Fort Ogle thorpe; Mrs. C. J. Gee. of Carroll, ton. Miss.; Mrs. O. M. Anderson, of Centrevllle, Miss., and Misses Mary E. and Adelaide, of Valden, Miss. Dr. Haman's name is a household word In all the churches of the Pres bytery. He was the oldest member of the Presbytery in years of service. All his brethren delighted to do him honor. There was none among us more beloved. The feelings of the writer for him were something more than admiration or esteem. He has long trusted his Judgment and confided in his friend ship. To have known him waB a priv ilege, to have him regard you as a friend was an honor. J. B. Hutton. MRS. VEKMELLE McCUTCHEN IAP8IJSY. One does not often see a commu nity so rich in all that is most char acteristic of the Presbyterian faith as that country neighborhood whose so cial and religious center is old Mount Zlon church, in Harmony Presbytery in South Carolina. - Mrs. Vermelle Mc Cutchen Lapsley was from Mount Zion and was typical of Its best. She was a daughter of George McCutchen and Hannah Atkinson Fraser, his wife. A strong natural intellect, a predilection for literary culture, de cided tastes, Industry, efficiency, a clear sense of right, a passion for kindness, all subdued by divine grace and fashioned in its molds ? such was her church, auch pre-eminently was her home, and such was she. She was bora April 28, 1868. At the age of twelve years she made a public profession of faith and joined Mount Zion church. She was gradu ated from the Sumter Institute in Sumter, S. C., in June, 1885. Soon after graduation she took up teaching as a life calling and achieved a rare success in It, and continued to teach until her marriage. Wher ever she taught the impress of her character and her Instruction abides in the lives and homes of her pupils. As she held the best of everything to be the Master's portion, so her best work was in her Sabbath school classes, formerly In Mount Zion church and more recently in Lebanon church, near her home in Virginia. Her class of boys in the Lebanon Sabbath school was a marked feature of the work in that church. April 26, 1905, she was married to the Rev. R. A. Lapsley, D. D., editor of the Sabbath school literature of the Southern Presbyterian Church. She was a devoted wife and mother and a valuable counsellor and co-la borer In editorial work, for which her literary taste, her knowledge of the Bible apd her spiritual intuitions emi nently fitted her. Her cheerful, brave endurance for years, of almost constant discomfort, and often of intense suffering, was a marvel to all who knew the facts. Five months before her death, when the physicians could no longer hope against the ravages of disease, they told her frankly that she could not live. "Tnere was never a more serene facing of eternity, 'strong in faith, giving glory to God' than was hers." Nor did that faith waver, nor did she abate in the least her unselfish thoughtfulness of others, through those five months of severe suffering, until the end came, November 8, 1918. Strength and honor were her cloth ing. She opened her mouth with wis dom and In her tongue was the law of kindness. ? Her children arise up and call her blessed, her husband also, and he pralseth her. Staunton, Va. A. M. F. MRS. SIDNEY SHEAR. Resolutions of love and respect from the Ladles' Aid Society of the Florls Presbyterian church to the memory of Mrs. Sidney Shear, who departed this life January 21, 1919. Therefore, be it resolved ? First. That our heavenly Father In His all-wise providence haa called from our circle our beloved and faith ful friend and co-worker. Though we as a society and as individuals feel that our loas is limitless, we can but say, "Thy will be done," adding a rrayer of thanksgiving that our lot was cast under her purifying and last ing influence for even a short span of years. Second. Though a cripple and sel dom free from pain for years, all who were privileged to be with her felt it a benediction to see her Christ like fortitude and habitual unselfish ness In an ever-present consideration for others. Third. That our heartfelt sympathy be extended to her bereaved family. We pray that they may ever be sus tained by the peace that passeth all understanding. Fourth. That a copy of the resolu tions be given to her family, and that they be spread upon the records of this society, published In the local papers and the Presbyterian of the South. Mrs. B. E. Beard, Miss Ettle J. Woods, Mrs. Qussle D. Adrian, Committee.