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Elder A. [Alfred] S. Taylor
Graves County, KY
      In memory of our beloved father, Elder A. S. Taylor, born in Graves County, Ky., September 10, 1836, died October 29, 1909, aged 73 years 1 month, 10 days. Professed faith in Christ and was baptized into the fellowship of the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in October 1852 by M. S. Winman, licensed to preach in August 1859, ordained in November, 1860. Was married to Miss Sarah Catherine Winman, April 17, 1861, who with twelve children - seven sons and five daughers - are left to mourn his going away. One son, Joseph M., having died since his death. He was one of the most widely known ministers in West Kentucky, and had filled the pulpit in perhaps as many different places as any other minister, though he had not been in active service for several years.

      He had a very limited education at the time he entered the ministry, but by much study and great care he became quite an able speaker. He was a very faithful believer in the doctrine he preached and did not hesitate to defend it at any time when necessary.

      He was a good husband and loving father, a good citizen and honored by all who knew him. He had been in declining health for several years, but was only confined to his room for two weeks. All that loving hands could do was done for his recovery but to no avail. God, who maketh no mistake, took him from us. Although his sufferings were great his death was calm and peaceful. He has gone, our loss is irreparable, and we so sadly miss him, but "precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints."

      The funeral was preached at his home, Oct. 21, by his pastor, T. B. Rouse, from 2 Timothy 4:6-8 "For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing." His body was laid to rest in the cemetery at Little Bethel Baptist Church of which he was a member.

Servant of God, well done,
Rest from thy fond employ
The battle fought, the victory won,
Enter they Master's joy.

      Peace to thy dust and sweet rest to thy soul till we are a reunited family around the throne of God. From his loving daugher,


[Document provided by Mike Taylor.]

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