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The Presbyterian of the South : [combining the] Southwestern Presbyterian, Central Presbyterian, Southern Presbyterian. [volume] (Atlanta, Ga.) 1909-1931, February 19, 1919, Image 15

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member of Newnan Presbyterian
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.

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