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Rev William Stone Bullard

Rev William Stone Bullard

Birth
Snowville, Pulaski County, Virginia, USA
Death 20 Mar 1922 (aged 79)
Bluefield, Mercer County, West Virginia, USA
Burial Bluefield, Mercer County, West Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 17692982 · View Source
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William was the son of Rev. Chester and Mary Duncan Bullard. He married Sarah Rebecca Bill.

SR. W.S. BULLARD HAS PASSED ON
Much Beloved former Tazewell Minister Dies Suddenly at His Home in Bluefield - Buried
by Masonic Fraternity.
The news of the death of Rev. Dr. Bullard, while not a surprise was the source of grief and sorrow to Tazewell people. No minister at any denomination was more highly respected or appreciated that the quiet scholarly devoted pastor of the Christian church in this town. Dr. Bullard came to Tazewell as pastor of the Christian church from a Bluefield pastorate about 10 years ago. About two years ago, he was forced to retire on account of failing health, and shortly afterwards moved to the house of his daughter, Mrs. William F. Thompson, in Bluefield, where he was carefully and lovingly nursed to the end....The Christian church here, and in the entire country suffers a serious loss in his death. His influence lives and will still live on and on through the years to come... William Stone Bullard was born in Snowville, Va., November 22, 1847. He was the only son of the late Dr. Chester and Mary Duncan Bullard. On December 6, 1921, he and Mrs. Bullard celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. During all these years, she has joyfully shared with him his trials and triumphs. Besides his widow, he is survived by two sons and two daughters - Chester Bullard and Mrs. Wm. F. Thompson, both of this city, Mrs. William D.E. Motley of Washington, D.C. and William Ralph Bullard of New York City. For fifty-five years, he had been a preacher of the gospel. The larger part of his ministry had been devoted to his own beloved southwest Virginia, though he had held pastorates in Texas and Mexico and was, for several years, pastor of the First Christian church of this city...He was "mighty in the scriptures." The death of William Stone Bullard D.D. marked the passing of an extraordinary man. He was preacher, theologian, orator, scholar, humanitarian, humorist and poet. It is not possible to make a finished word picture of the spiritual, intellectual and cultural elements that united to give his personality a glowing and uplifting influence. He was one of four of the greatest preachers native to the mountain section in Virginia; in some respects the greatest. His exposition of a text was both profound and simple. He did not parade pedantry as thought. He brought truth from the depths and photographed it in the morrow of simplicity. His creed was broad and sane, affirmative and essential. So full was his measure of charity and so rare his gift of tact, that he did not at any time offend any shade of honest religious opinion. His interest extended to all branches of the Christian church, and every good work claimed his solicitude. His gentle spirit and the childlike simplicity of his heart leveled denominational barriers, and sectarian differences were melted and fused in the crucible of his love....His soul was surcharged with poetic fire. The haunts of the Muses were the playgrounds of his fancy. Not the haunts of sensuous bards where gold-pollened bees drain flower chalises and flutter to the ground in drunken ecstacy, but the holy places of the Muse where still lakes beacons the stars, where dusky openings show between the trees "like lanes into heaven that run from a dream," where the slope of a spectral hill holds the shadow of a Cross.
(Article in "Clinch Valley News, 24 March, 1922, page one.)

William had a younger brother, born 1849, died August 1853, age 4. He appears on the 1850 Census, and his death is recorded on the Pulaski County, VA Death Register, page 1, line 40. No cause of death or burial place is recorded.


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  • Created by: Judy Llamas
  • Added: 26 Jan 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17692982
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev William Stone Bullard (22 Nov 1842–20 Mar 1922), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17692982, citing Walnut Grove Cemetery, Bluefield, Mercer County, West Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Judy Llamas (contributor 46854247) .