|Birth: ||May 18, 1827|
|Death: ||Dec. 15, 1921|
Preacher, educator trained at Bethany College, W.Va, President of Eminence College from 1858-1893, and son-in-law of Aylette Raines.
Tribute To W.S. Giltner
From the Official Board of the Christian Church
The Executive Board of the Eminence Christian Church takes this means of giving public expression to their appreciation of the splendid and devoted service rendered to this church by our beloved brother, W. S. Giltner. For nearly forty-five years he was connected with its membership and never has there gone from us one whose heart and hand were more closely identified with its best interests. In all of the trials, its problems, its pastorless periods, it was W. S. Giltner who steps into the breach with his counsel and comfort. and with that unbounded faith in the power of prayer that was the secret of his splendid optimism and zeal. Never during all the years was he absent from the midweek prayer service unless thwarted by some unavoidable hindrance. He was God's true servant, first, last and always, equally content to be leader or to be among the humblest followers. He harbored no personal grudge nor suspicion but cherished toward all the love that is kind. To Brother Giltner more than to any other one person we owe the beauty and comfort of our present church building. As chairman of the Building Committee he devoted almost his entire time to the work, laboring often with his own hands, and aside from a liberal donation to the building fund, met many incidental and sometimes large expenses out of his own purse. When the work was threatened with difficulties he encouraged the workers and inspired the whole church with confidence in the final outcome. But the church building is not the only monument he has left us. As an elder he was efficient and untiring. As a brother in the congregation he was filled with that love that works out in character the quality of Godlikeness. As a friend he was fatherly and kind, giving freely of his means his kindness and confidence, always counting it a privilege to help others to the uttermost. He was truly an educator of the mind, heart and soul. Though forced to hold his membership elsewhere during the last years, we knew his great heart was ours and that it yearned over its old church home at Eminence with a love that could not be measured. We shall miss him, for his own unique place is empty; but we will rejoice in his transition to a better world toward which the fine influence of his earthly life shall ever beacon us. -Committee, Eminence Christian Church, Disciples Of Christ, 1844-1994, History, page 23.
William Giltner married Sarah Elizabeth “Lizzie” Raines (1838-1894) August 26, 1856, at Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky. Later he married Mary Ellen Ogden (1856-?) in 1900.
- Prof. W. S. Giltner, aged ninety-four, a native of Paris, died recently at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Anna Belle Brewer, in Danville, of the infirmities of age. Prof. Giltner was born near Paris, Ky., May 18, 1827. In 1853 he married Elizabeth Raines, daughter of the pioneer preacher, elliott Raines. Mrs. Giltner died in 1894. In 1900 he married Mrs. Mary E. Duncan, of Covington, Ky., where they lived until her death in 1918. He was a graduate of Bethany College. In 1852, being ordained as a Christian minister in that year. His church activities covered a period of forty-four years. He was the oldest Christian minister in the State, both in years and point of service. In 1888 he founded the Eminence College, of which he was president until 1894, at which time it closed. Professor Giltner was the only living member of the Eminence I.O.O.F. lodge, No. 140, being a signer of this charter in 1858. The former Eminence College was sold to the State I.O.O.F. by him and is now their home for Odd Fellows, wives and Rebeccas. He is survived by six children, Mrs. Anna Belle Brewer, of Danville; Misses Elizabeth Giltner and Leigh Gordon Giltner, of Lexington; M. H. Giltner, of Louisville; E. R. and F. O. Giltner, of Eminence. The funeral was held Friday afternoon at three o'clock, in the Christian Church at Eminence, where services were conducted by Rev. M. R. Eldridge, assisted by Rev. Jos. Hogan, of Covington. The interment followed on the family lot in the Eminence Cemetery. ---The Bourbon News, Paris, KY, December 20, 1921 Tuesday.
John Giltner (1796 - 1863)
Rosanna Snyder Giltner (1798 - 1838)
Sarah Elizabeth Raines Giltner (1838 - 1894)
Mary E. Ogdon Duncan Giltner (1835 - 1920)
Anabel Giltner Brewer (1858 - 1942)*
Elizabeth Drane Giltner (1862 - 1932)*
Leigh Gordon Giltner (1867 - 1940)*
William Henry Giltner (1871 - 1937)*
Robert Raines Giltner (1872 - 1943)*
Frank Carlton Giltner (1876 - 1935)*
Martin Giltner (1822 - 1862)*
Archibald Giltner (1823 - 1842)*
William Seidner Giltner (1827 - 1921)
Mary Ann Giltner Freeman (1830 - ____)*
Frances Elizabeth Giltner Russell (1832 - 1902)*
Margaret Jane Giltner Clark (1836 - 1925)*
Henry C Giltner (1839 - 1880)*
Plot: Odd Fellows Section
Maintained by: Tom Childers
Originally Created by: Sarah Locklin Taylor
Record added: Jul 19, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28396690