Obituary: Addie Bartley Toms

The Mars Hill View
May 9, 1912

Addie Toms, wife of Lewis Bartley, died at her home in Upper Knoxford, on April 25, 1912, of general debility, aged 27 years, 3 months and  25 days, leaving three little ones, Fay, aged 4, Iva, 1 year and an infant boy, five weeks old. Besides her grief stricken husband and parents, there are two brothers, Harry and Leigh and two sisters, Bessie, Mrs. Robbie Longstaff, with a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn the loss of  one whose place can never be filled.

From early childhood, a quiet, unassuming little body, her good nature and conscientious, cheerful, intelligent perservence and general good behavior, made her an ideal pupil. As she came up to young womanhood, she   was one of the rare ones who seemed to have the    old head on the young shoulders, assuming and bearing responsibility with the same patient and cheerful philosophy as in her childhood. Wifehood and motherhood so developed her that when she went away so suddenly and so much regretted, it could be truthfully said of her, “None knew her but to love and praise her.” Her neighbors vied with her relatives in doing everything to make her short stay comfortable and she was so appreciative of every little attention.

She lies in the churchyard, in Lower Knoxford, from which, as one of the hymns so beautifully expressed it, “She had often gathered flowers,  when a child,” since the day school was opposite the church. She was a faithful member of the United Baptist Church and Sunday School and her  pastor, Rev. J.B. Daggett, preached the funeral sermon. The pall bearers were Allison and Addison Reid, Harley Margison and Stanley Burke.

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