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 Jasper Sylvester “J. S.” Acuff

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Jasper Sylvester “J. S.” Acuff

Birth
Bledsoe County, Tennessee, USA
Death 15 Oct 1893 (aged 52)
Spencer, Van Buren County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Lynchburg, Moore County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 171310389 View Source
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Brother Jasper S. Acuff departed this life a t his home in Spencer, Tenn., Oct. 15, 1893, in his fifty-third year. Brother Acuff obeyed the gospel in his sixteenth year, and had been preaching about twenty-three years. He has done a good work in this section of country in bringing many souls to Christ. He was an able and earnest preacher of the gospel, and contended earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints, and believed and taught that the gospel is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth. He had a large family to support, and this prevented him from devoting all his time to preaching. He often had to stop preaching and teach school, or engage in some other avocation, to relieve the pressing wants or his family. He made use of every opportunity to present Jesus as the Savior to a dying world. His loss will he greatly felt through this mountain country, where he labored so successfully, and was so well known, and beloved by all. Truly, a father in Israel has passed away. Brother Acuff was united in marriage to Sister N. I. Billingsley, Aug. 17, 1865, and their union was blessed with seven children. All of the children survive him except one, and all are members or the Church of Christ. It is natural for the devoted wife and children to feel their great loss more than any others, but they mourn not as those having no hope, for they believe they will meet the dear husband and father again in the better land, where there will be no more death or parting. His protracted sickness was borne with Christian patience, and not a murmur was uttered by him. At his request the brethren and sisters assembled at his house, and with him commemorated the death of the Savior. When he was told that he must die, he expressed only a regret of having to leave his dear family. His great desire, as often expressed, was to leave a godly example in his life for his children to follow, rather than worldly possessions. Peacefully this faithful servant of the Lord passed away. It is written: "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from hence forth; yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors, and their works do follow them." O. F. Young. ---Gospel Advocate, Nov. 30, 1893, p. 766.


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