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Rev Calvin J. Burden
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Birth: May 25, 1851
Death: Nov. 26, 1914

"The LaFayette Sun" - December 2, 1914:

Funeral of Rev. C. J. Burden.

The passing from the stormy scenes of Time into the restful realms of Eternity of warriors brave and bold, like that of the service of God whose name heads this sketch, has a lesson in it for the world. A man whose life and labors had been given to service could lower his lance and, in becoming the conquered by the Conquerer Death, he was the victor through the "Grace" which he had preached so many years.
It was a fitting testimonial to his worth as a man and a minister that was paid him when a packed house of the friends of the deceased and the family met to pay a last farewell at the Baptist Church Friday afternoon, Nov. 27th. The services were conducted by Rev. H. R. Arnold, assisted by Rev. J. P. Hunter, of Opelika, and Rev. M. P. Edwards, of Auburn, and Dr. W. C. Bledsoe. The tender, touching, truthful testimonial of his life-long friend and co-laborer, Dr. W. C. Bledsoe, was inspired by a heart that beat in unison with the heart of Christ, for he spoke the simple words of a faithful friend. Taking the words suggested by Brother Burden before he fell on sleep "By Grace Are Ye Saved", Dr. Bledsoe brought to the hearers comforting and peace giving monitions that impressed everyone. With a tender pathos the minister quoted some passages, written by the deceased, which were messages of truth divine woven into garlands from the Garden of God, and they breathed a perfume that will linger as a sweet incense through all the years. From the Baptist Church the body was borne by loving hands of loving friends to the silent City of the Dead there to await the grand and glorious day when Christ shall call His saints to awake in His likeness and share with Him the joys of a Heavenly Home.

- J. E. Timmons.

Death of Rev. C. J. Burden.

C. J. Burden was born May 25, 1851. He joined the Baptist Church at Bethel, Chambers County, Alabama and was baptized by Rev. R. A. J. Cumbee in Augusta 1866. He was ordained to the full work of the Gospel Ministry at Bethel in 1877, the Presbytery consisting of Revs. John Cumbee, R. A. J. Cumbee and Jno. P. Shaffer. He was married on March 11, 1879, to Miss Ophelia Haynes, to which union there was born a son, Claude, and a daughter, Kate. His death occurred at LaGrange, Ga., in the Mission Hospital whither he had been taken for treatment, suffering from typhoid fever and which had fatal termination on Thursday, November 26, 1914. The remains were brought to LaFayette, Ala., where he lived for many years and the funeral services were held in the Baptist Church; the sermon was preached at his request by Dr. W. C. Bledsoe, with whom he had been intimately associated through his long ministry, and the text used was also his own selection. Besides the bereaved wife, son and daughter Dr. Claude Burden, a prominent dentist of Hogansville, Ga., Mrs. Kate Burden Durham, Shawmut, Ala., - the deceased left the following: one brother, Mr. W. A. Burden, Roanoke, Ala., four sisters, Mrs. S. E. Vinson, Roanoke, Ala., Mrs. G. W. Ellington, Gold Hill, Ala., Mrs. Rebecca Bishop, Roanoke, Ala., Mrs. W. S. Duncan, Hickory Flat, Ala., and a large number of other relatives and a host of friends. AT the time of his death he was pastor of the Baptist Church at Shawmut, Ala., to which place he had recently moved, Bethel, Chambers County, Ala., Concord, Macon County. He was greatly beloved by the membership of his churches and in his death they suffer a great loss. As a preacher of the gospel, he was true to his convictions and had the courage of them; he always stood firmly and fearlessly for the things he believed to be right in the sight of God. A most devoted husband and father, a true and loyal friend, a patriotic citizen, he lived his life trying to do his duty in all its relations. He died in the triumphs of the Christian faith calmly confident that he was entering upon eternal rest. Peace to his ashes!

- B.
"The LaFayette Sun" - January 27, 1915:

In Memory of Rev. C. J. Burden.

Whereas, our dearly beloved Brother and Pastor, Calvin J. Burden, who was born May 25th, 1851, converted and joined Bethel Church in early life, preached his first sermon here from the text, "Pray Without Ceasing" served as her Pastor for a number of years, and was her beloved Pastor at his death, being called the last time by acclamation, and

Whereas, he was one of the Baptist's most devout and earnest Preachers, always contending for the Fair once delivered to the Saints a man of strong convictions, who was not in the fear of God afraid to give expressions to things he considered right, and

Whereas, he has been called from labor on earth to rest eternal in the Kingdom above.

Therefore, be it resolved, That we have lost a much beloved Brother and Pastor, the Baptist denomination, one of their most able servants and defenders at a time when it seemed to us that his services were most needed.

Resolved Second. That to his wife, to whom he was so faithful, and to his son and daughter, to whom he was a kind and loving father, we extend our sympathy and love, praying that our Heavenly Father hold them close in his everlasting arms, comforting them as He alone can comfort. That we may all be made better by having come in touch with him as he passed through his life doing his Master's will as he saw it.

Resolved Third. That a copy of these resolutions be spread upon our Church records, a copy sent his family and published in "The LaFayette Sun".

J. W. Grady
W. N. Estes
A. P. Crowder, Committee.
Family links: 
  John Nelson Burden (1813 - 1879)
  Delila Ginn Burden (1816 - 1910)
  Ophelia J. Haynes Burden (1856 - 1940)*
  Sarah E Burden Vinson (1843 - 1937)*
  Mary Frances Burden Ellington (1845 - 1932)*
  John E Burden (1846 - 1865)*
  William Alfred Burden (1848 - 1930)*
  Calvin J. Burden (1851 - 1914)
  Isaac Burden (1854 - 1898)*
  Rebecca Burden Bishop (1854 - 1946)*
  Charlotte Burden Dunkin (1856 - 1939)*
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LaFayette Cemetery
Chambers County
Alabama, USA
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Record added: Feb 12, 2009
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Rev Calvin J. Burden
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Rev Calvin J. Burden
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