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 Legran Murphrey “L. M.” Owen

Legran Murphrey “L. M.” Owen

Birth
Cannon County, Tennessee, USA
Death 30 Aug 1903 (aged 53)
Mineola, Wood County, Texas, USA
Burial Mineola, Wood County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 43759921 · View Source
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Gospel preacher listed in Ligon's Portraiture of Preachers in 1899.

L. M. OWEN IS DEAD. Yes, It is true! I am now at the home of Bro. J. T. Price, near Gunter, from whence his spirit took its flight to God. I am indeed Sad. I feel the awful loss to the church of God by the departure of this humble, yet mighty man of God. Were I to speak in the language of men, I would say, "How are the mighty fallen!" But far better is it to read, "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord, yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors, and their works do follow them. While at Cold Springs in our meeting we heard of his sickness, that he was "nigh unto death." I came, but it was too late. Bro. Owen fell with the armor on, preaching to sinners. He was in a mission meeting where none but those who love the truth would go. Surrounded by severe opposition, he battled as a faithful soldier, ever lo be loved and remembered by those who knew him. Bro. Owen was truly one of God's husbandmen. A true husband, a devoted father an humble, sacrificing Christian, true to his master and a very able teacher of God's word. Oh, how we miss him! He was one of the associate editors of the Firm Foundation and a director of the Gunter Bible College. He has gone to the rest that awaits the faithful in Jesus. Truly, his works will follow him, and while he slumbers in dust, his short life ended, and his work on earth all done, the bright example of a pure life, the fond memory of martyr for Christ, and the mighty words of truth spokes and written, will still live on to tell of the goodness of God. Brethren, what more could I say? Sitting in this beautiful home, rendered lonely and sad by his death, much might be written to satisfy our longings, yet to no profit. May God be merciful to us, and mat we so live that we can meet Bro. Owen in heaven. Don't forget Sister Owen. She is now a widow, indeed. a faithful follower of Jesus, all bowed in bitter despair and indescribable grief. When Bro. Owen fell in this warfare for Jesus, like a devoted wife and child of God, she stood by his side and held his hand as he crossed the chilly waters of death. Oh, God, we thank Thee for such unfeigned devotion. Death with its horrors, is lighter when touched by the hand of a faithful wife. Finally, let us strive, let us work to sustain the cause and overcome our loss. Let us live faithful until death, that we hay clasp hands in bright eternity with loved ones gone before, where in the presence of Jesus, our Master, we will should praises forever, around the "great white throne." G. W. S. Firm Foundation, 1903.

Bro. L. M. Owen
One more faithful soldier of the cross has crossed death's dark stream and stands a victor on the other side. He has finished with honor his earthly course and has nobly fought the good fight to eternal victory, and all who knew him will gladly testify that he kept the faith with loyal steadfastness to the end. When such men pass away, a deeper gloom seems to overcast our earthly sky, but the darkness of Death's valley seems to have been radiated by a bright and heavenly gleam. His works do follow him, and eternity alone will reveal the vast influence for good of his faithful life and labors in the vineyard of the Lord. In the flesh I never met him; but in the spirit I have enjoyed sweet communion and fellowship with him through his writings. His utterances always glowed with the loving spirit or Christ, and with a sweet humility which proclaimed him truly great. Farewell, brother, fill we meet again. We would not call you back from your eternal joys, but rather pray that our last end may be like thine. ---G. A. Trott. Firm Foundation, 1903.


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  • Created by: Tom Childers
  • Added: 31 Oct 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 43759921
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Legran Murphrey “L. M.” Owen (20 Feb 1850–30 Aug 1903), Find A Grave Memorial no. 43759921, citing Cedars Memorial Gardens, Mineola, Wood County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Tom Childers (contributor 46515204) .