Joseph “Joe” McPherson

Joseph “Joe” McPherson

Birth
Indiana, USA
Death 11 Sep 1918 (aged 56)
Burial Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 114918794 · View Source
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Gospel preacher and postman.

Joe McPherson was born in Indiana on February 9, 1862, and was thus fifty-six years old. Coming to Nashville in early life, he was appointed substitute mail carrier from the Nashville post office in 1887. He served with the office to his death-thirty-one years. He was married to Miss Bettie Temple Poyner, by whom, with eight children--five sons and three daughter; she is survived. The sons are: David Lipscomb McPherson, Jesse R. McPherson, Andrew P. McPherson, and Houston Borum McPherson; three daughters, Eddie Mai and Eudora McPherson and Mrs. Emma Poe Elkins. After his enlistment in the mail service Mr. McPherson saw his opportunity to do more, and he believed he could render further service by preaching the gospel to his fellow man as time permitted. While still attending to his official duties in the daytime, he adopted the habit of preaching at nights and on Sundays, reaching often out in mission points and far beyond the county borders. Through Evangelist McPhersons efforts along this line twenty congregations were established in and around Nashville. He preached for twenty-odd years, up to his last days. A summary of the first fifteen years of his missionary and evangelistic work, while postman, as published some time back by Prof. Francis M. Turner, showed that during the time involved he had established fifteen congregations, baptized three thousand persons, and walked fifty-four thousand miles. During the past eight or ten years Evangelist McPhersons evangelistic work had been mainly, during the summer months, under the auspices of the Russell Street Church, most of this work being done under the tent-meeting plan. Joe McPherson made a study of man rather than books, excepting the one great Book. He was educated in the Scriptures and in human nature more than in current literature. He was rather self-confident and seldom pessimistic, but becomingly modest, and cared not a whit for notoriety. He believed in the all-sufficiency of the Scriptures and pleaded for a strict reliance thereon, and therein lies the greatest index to Joe McPherson. --Wayne Burton, Nashville Banner. Gospel Advocate, September 19, 1918, page 901.


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  • Created by: Tom Childers
  • Added: 4 Aug 2013
  • Find a Grave Memorial 114918794
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph “Joe” McPherson (9 Feb 1862–11 Sep 1918), Find a Grave Memorial no. 114918794, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Tom Childers (contributor 46515204) .