John Newton Means

John Newton Means

Birth
Blount County, Tennessee, USA
Death 16 Jun 1878 (aged 36)
Blount County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Blount County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 11224326 · View Source
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Wednesday, July 10, 1878
In Memoriam---John N. Means, son of William and C.A. Means, died at his residence June 16th, aged 37 years, 11 months and 9 days. Ever since the war he was a constant sufferer, but no impatience ever possessed him. It was no part of his character to complain. With all his weakness of body, he was active in laboring for the public good. Along with his father, he served as elder in the Clover Hill Church. He was deeply interested in schools, both for the public and for the church. For several years he was a member of the Board of Trustees of Maryville College, and he never failed to attend any of its meetings when his health would allow him. No man of the same acquaintance had more warm friends and admirers. He was a noble example of a true Christian and a loyal citizen. He has left behind a wife and children whom we all love, and for whom we have the deepest sympathy in this time of their sore bereavement.
The following lines have been composed by a lady, a neighbor of the late Mr. Means, which the friends of the deceased request to be published:

Quietly we laid thee down to sleep
In thy cold and narrow bed,
Where zephyrs their lone vigils keep
O’er the place where sleeps the dead.

We only placed the body there---
Thy spirit soared away
To worlds beyond, more bright and fair,
Where reigns eternal day.

But oh! Twas hard to give thee up
To death’s cold, chilling hand;
But the pitying angel led thee up
To greet the sacrificed Lamb.

Husband and father, brother and son.
We give thee up to thy Father, God,
To wear the crown thou here hast won
As we lay the body to rest ‘neath the sod.

Thou sufferer’s long while with us here
With meek and Christian grace,
Until the Savior called thee there
To that sweet resting place.

The aged parents mourned the son,
Yet gave thee up to death’s cold hand.
Their first born pride and hope
To join the blessed angel band.

When round the family board we meet,
As thou so oft hast done,
We’ll view with pain the vacant seat
Of thine, dear blessed one.

But oh! We would not call thee back,
Although we miss theee here,
We’ll follow on in death’s cold track
And try to meet thee there.

Thy loved companion, children dear,
Parents and sisters, will try
To live in this world of sorrow here
So as to meet thee beyond the sky.

Oh, may we put our trust in Him
Who was thine own true guide,
Who led thee through the valley dim,
Safe to the other side.

And may we ever try to live
So when with life we’re done,
We’ll join the band, the crown receive,
And dwell with thee at home.


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  • Maintained by: Megan Heyl
  • Originally Created by: June Barker
  • Added: 23 Jun 2005
  • Find a Grave Memorial 11224326
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Newton Means (25 Jul 1841–16 Jun 1878), Find a Grave Memorial no. 11224326, citing Clover Hill Cemetery, Blount County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Megan Heyl (contributor 47120986) .