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|Lafayette B. Smith
Died June 21, 1873
|Died, at his residence, four miles northeast of Anamosa, Jones County, Iowa June 21, 1873. Lafayette B. Smith aged 44 years, 11 months, and 8 days.
Bro. Smith was for many years a member of the Antioch Christian church, and served the church as secretary till his death. He was very punctual to attend all business meetings of the church. He was a good man, and greatly devoted to the welfare of the Christian Church, and, being a thinking man, he was firmly grounded in the "faith once delivered to the saints." He would often express himself as more satisfied the more he investigated the Christian platform. He was one of the pillars of our church here, and was greatly beloved by us all. He found the Savior over twenty-one years ago in the pardon of his sins, and in his last hours his faith was strong. Among his last words were these: "The Bible is all true," "I am done with this world" "Jesus is still precious," "All is well."
Bro. Smith was sick but two weeks, and none of us thought him so near to death till a few hours before he died. His disease was that of the heart, causing mental derangement most of the time during his sickness till a few hours before his death. He leaves a wife and nine children, beside numerous relatives, to mourn their loss. May the Lord be a husband to the widow and a father to the fatherless. The church has lost a good member, but such was his life that he being dead yet speaketh. Funeral services by the writer. N. Potter
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