William L. Griffith

Died, in this county, 8 miles east of Cleveland, on the 3d instant, WILLIAM L. GRIFFITH, with the dropsy, after long and painful suffering, which he bore with much fortitude, and retaining his senses until the last. The deceased was born in Gilford [sic] county, North Carolina, Dec. 13, 1800, and emigrated to Tennessee in 1825, where he has remained ever since. He embraced religion when 21 years old and joined the Cumberland Presbyterian church, where he lived a peaceable and consistent member; his desire was to live no longer, and was only waiting the Lord's will to be done--while on his deathbed he so expressed himself--as being the silent instrumentality of many of his early associates who made progressions and outstripped him to the good world.

He is gone to that heavenly home,
To meet kindred ones in eternal bliss,
Who recently passed through the tomb,
There with Jesus ever to rest.

This obit is from the Cleveland Banner, 9 July 1880, p. 3.
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