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William Berry Strock
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ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT OF LAST WEEK, AT HIS HOME IN VERBENA, SURROUNDED BY LOVED ONES, MR. WILLIAM BERRY STROCK CLOSED HIS EYES IN ENDLESS SLEEP. HE WAS THE SON OF JOHN DANIEL STROCK AND NANCY LIVINGSTON AND WAS BORN NEAR PRATTVILLE ON DECEMBER 1ST 1826. WHEN TWELVE YEARS OF AGE HIS FATHER MOVED TO ELMORE COUNTY WHERE MR. STROCK CONTINUED TO LIVE UNTIL 1868. ON DEC 04, 1851, HE WAS MARRIED TO MISS MARY S. PRICE. IN EARLY MANHOOD HE WAS CONVERTED AND UNITED WITH THE MT. HEBRON BAPTIST CHURCH. IN 1868 HE REMOVED TO THE HOME OCCUPIED AT THE TIME OF DEATH NEAR VERBENA. HE UNITED WITH THE CHESTNUT CREEK CHURCH, OF WHICH HE WAS FOR SOME YEARS A DEACON; AFTERWARD HE WITHDREW FROM HIS CHURCH TO ASSIST IN THE ORGANIZATION OF THE BERBENA BAPTIST CHURCH OF WHICH HE WAS A MEMBER AT THE TIME OF HIS DEATH. IN EARLY MANHOOD MR. STROCK BECAME A MEMBER OF THE HAMPTON SIDNEY LODGE OF MASONS AT ROBINSON SPRINGS. AS A FATHER, FRIEND HE WAS ALL THAT COULD BE EXPECTED OR DEMANDED OF MANKIND, FAITHFUL, GENTLE, LOVABLE. FOR SOME WEEKS, MR. STROCK HAD BEEN SUFFERING WITH GALLSTONES AND HIS ADVANCED AGE MILITATED AGAINST HIM TO SUCH AN EXTENT THAT FROM THE VERY FIRST THERE WAS LITTLE HOPE OF HIS ULTIMATE RECOVERY. MR. STROCK WAS ONE OF CHILTON'S PIONEER CITIZENS-PERHAPS THE OLDEST CITIZEN IN HIS SECTION OF THE COUNTY. HAD HE LIVED TILL DECEMBER HE WOULD HAVE ATTAINED HIS EIGHTY-FIFTH YEAR. MR. STROCK WAS THE LAST OF THE CHARTER MEMBERS OF THE OLD UNITY BAPTIST CHURCH WHICH WAS ORGANIZED SOMETIME BEFORE THE CIVIL WAR, AND UP TO THE TIME OF HIS DEATH TOOK A LIVELY INTEREST IN ALL THAT PERTAINED TO THE WELFARE OF THE CHURCH. JUST A FEW DAYS PREVIOUS TO HIS DEATH HE CALLED ALL HIS CHILDREN ABOUT HIS BEDSIDE AND GAVE THEM HIS PARENTAL BLESSING AND A FATHER'S ADMONITION TO BE FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH. AT HIS REQUEST HIS GRANDSONS ACTED AS PALLBEARERS AT HIS FUNERAL-ELEVEN OF THEM ACTING IN THAT CAPACITY, WHILE A GRAND SON-IN-LAW, REV. H.B. WOODARD, OFFICATED AT THE BURIAL SERVICES. MR. STROCK WAS THE FATHER OF TWELVE CHILDREN, NINE OF WHOM SURVIVED HIM AND WERE PRESENT AT THE TIME OF HIS DEATH. OF HIM IT MAY BE TRULY SAID "A RIGHTEOUS MAN...ANHATH FALLEN ON SLEEP; A MAN PURE IN HEART HATH GONE INTO THE PRESENCE OF HIS MAKER."
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