|Birth: ||Mar. 26, 1830|
|Death: ||Jun. 13, 1890|
It is with the greatest solemnity I seat myself to inform your readers of the departure of a most noble citizen, brother G. T. Coxwell, who was instantly summoned to depart this life the 13th day of June at 12 o'clock, as he was returning from his work to his home to take dinner with the aged wife who yet awaits his return.
There was a little cloud in the west from which the vivid lightning was playing across the wide spread land. Brother Coxwell was struck and killed without the privilege of speaking to anyone. This kind of death often leaves us in doubt as to whether our friends are at rest or not, but there arises no doubt in this case, as brother Coxwell had made a beautiful profession. On the 26th day of last Dec., about 1 o'clock I reached his home, finding brother and sister Coxwell alone, it being the day after Christmas; everything looked sad and drear, as there had been a large number of his children and grandchildren there, as guests the day before. I don't think there was even a child in the house.
The two old patriots seemed very calm and serene. This always did possess me to discuss religious matters, so I began the subject at once in which I was warmly joined by both. This discussion lasted till about 4 o'clock, p.m., when I returned to my home leaving brother Coxwell under deep conviction. It seemed for want of a new supply of grace, which it seemed he was bound to receive, for he sang a hymn and bowed in prayer where he remained until he received the gift he desired, after which he was uncontrollably happy for three days during which time he slept very little. Since that time sister Coxwell tells me she has never seen him fret at anything. Oh, what a glorious, happy thought to be governed by the love of God, for just six months and seventeen days, at the same time of day we met in this religious service he was called away, leaving a dear wife and six children mourning the loss of a kind and affectionate head and stay.
Brother Coxwell was the chaplain of Board Head Alliance and will be long missed by his much loved kindred and friends. He was born March 26th 1830, aged sixty years and was buried at Red Level June 15th. The burial was largely attended by members of the F. A. and I. U., as well as the community at large. We reached the grounds at about 10 a.m. and found about 200 people present, which number was increased until about 400 were present. The corpse reached the place at 11 o'clock, and as the grave was not quite ready, the people grouped about under the friendly shade trees until about 12 p.m. The grave being ready the coffin was placed on a temporary bier, and brother Beauchum standing at the head of the corpse, proceeded with the religious services, at the close of which the beautiful, solemn and impressive burial rites of the F.A. and I.U. were concluded. The coffin lid was then lifted so that all might be allowed a last look upon brother, husband, father, friend and the sight of the grief stricken ones who crowded around for a last farewell glance, is long to be remembered and not to be forgotten. After this sad parting scene, the lid was replaced and all that was mortal of a devoted husband and affectionate father, a true friend and exemplary Christian, an allianceman that was true to the care, and a Mason, was consigned to the mother dust.
Respectfully, J.M. Hall, Editor
Published in The Butler Hearld
August 12, 1890
Father: James Coxwell 1810–1856
Mother: Mary Raley Coxwell 1810-1845
Wife: Sarah J. Johnson Coxwell 1837-1893
Red Level Cemetery
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