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Rev David Joseph Bedell
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Birth: Jan. 21, 1844
Lee County
Alabama, USA
Death: Jan. 19, 1905
Smith County
Texas, USA

Rev. D.J. Bedell, one of the oldest Baptist ministers in East Texas, died at his home at Swan, TX. He had been ill for about one week with pneumonia. His wife died only a few weeks ago. Rev. Bedell was pastor of the Hopewell Baptist Church for 21 years. He leaves 5 children, four daughters and a son, all of whom were at his bedside when death came.
from his obituary in The Dallas Morning News, Jan.21,1905.

As a both the ministers' conference of the Smith County Association and the fifth Sunday meeting, we offer the following, upon the likfe and labors of our beloved Rev. D.J. Bedell, of Swan: "It is not all of life to live, nor all of Death to die." Especially is this true of those who "die the death of the righteous". On the 21st of January, we laid Bro. Bedell away in Hopewell Cemetery. His spirit had gone to the glory world. Rev. Bedell was 61 years old the day of his burial; 30 or more of these were sent in Texas. He was pastor at Plano, Terrell and other churches in that section many years ago, and then came to East Texas; settled a Concord Church, Henderson Co., living just over the line of Van Zandt. Here he was pastor 14 years; one-fourth time pastor also at Athens. Throughout that section many churches felt his labors. He did not believe in short pastorates. He served Dean Church 8 years, Mt. Sylvan and New Harmony still longer, and Hopewell 21 Years, having moved to the later place some 3 years ago. Many a home was made happy by his presence, many a couple married; many a convert baptized; how many burials held and poor, breaking hearts comforted? A great, unselfish, unassuming, noble life lived among us; a kind, loving father and devoted husband. On Dec. 25th the light went out of his home; he desired not to live on ....His children were left as orphans...his church as sheep without a shepherd. To his family we would point to God, the Father and Jesus our Savior and Holy Spirit as comforters, who will be faithful in His guidance to the end. Bro. Bedell was a ripe scholar, a student of Boyce Broadus, Manly and Williams in the Southern Baptist Seminary at Greenville, S.C. He, like his teachers, thought well, preached better and lived best. A man of God, standing foursquare to all winds that blow, he possessed strong convictions, courageous in presenting them, tender in his dealing with his brethren, yet firm as the rock of ages. Let us thank God for his help in life, for his labor of love; let us bow in submission to the will of Him who doeth all things well. Respectfully.--A.L. Montgomery, E.W.H. Parker, C.J. Youngblood.

Bedell, David J. - private May 23, 1861. Appointed 3d. Sergeant in 1864. 20th Inf. Reg't
Surrendered, Appomattox, Va. April 9, 1865.
Family links: 
  Micajah Bedell (1795 - 1860)
  Millissa Isabel Green Bedell (1855 - 1904)*
  Clifton Bedell (1896 - 1970)*
  Martha Ann Bedell Miles (1833 - 1901)*
  Absalom Bedell (1835 - 1901)*
  Ruth Bedell Wilburn (1837 - 1927)*
  William Henry Bedell (1839 - 1919)*
  David Joseph Bedell (1844 - 1905)
  G. W. Bedell (1850 - 1888)*
  Alphonzo L Bedell (1855 - 1889)*
*Calculated relationship
Hopewell Cemetery
Smith County
Texas, USA
Created by: Pat
Record added: Nov 05, 2009
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Rev David Joseph Bedell
Added by: Pat
Rev David Joseph Bedell
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Rev David Joseph Bedell
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- Bonnie
 Added: Nov. 18, 2013

- Esther Linton
 Added: Jun. 7, 2010
A man of rare faith and courage.
- Pat
 Added: Nov. 5, 2009

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