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Jo Lee Gregory Spears

September 13, 2005

Obituary of Evalyn ("Eva") Fowlkes Fore
of Lunenburg Co., VA

Eva died on January 23, 1916 in Fort Mitchell, VA in Lunenburg County. The following is the obituary as it appeared in the County News of Lunenburg paper:

Mrs. H. G Fore, of Fort Mitchell, VA.

When a little girl seven years of age, kind Providence wound its way, by ushering the bright-eyed, beautiful little girl, Eva May Fowlkes, into the sweet home of Mr. and Mrs. N. A. Fowlkes of Plantersville, VA. They assuming the responsibility of her as their adopted daughter, with their patience and love, won her childish affections and her devotion to mama and papa was beautiful.
Year after year passed away in school, in the home, in the church and Sunday school, among friends, kindred and neighbors, till a full grown beautiful young lady.

April 4, 1897, she became the happy bride of Mr. H. G. Fore, Fort Mitchell, VA. She reined supremely queen in her home, and died as she lived, happy. She devoted her life to her beloved husband and children, making home happy, but with her unselfish heart, found time to alleviate the suffering of others, as she had opportunity, doing many kind deeds among those less fortunate than herself.

She was sick only a few days. All that physicians, kind friends, loved ones and a trained nurse from Richmond, could do, was done. The end came as she lived, happy. She was conscious to the last, expressing a willingness to go; said she was ready; she wished everybody could hear the sweet music she was listening to. On the beautiful Sabbath afternoon, January 23rd, 1916, she closed her eyes in slumber, never to awake on earth again, age forty years.

She united with Mt. Zion Baptist church while young, and lived a consistent Christian life. The remains were sweetly laid to rest at home in her garden, on the following Tuesday afternoon, by the side of her little son, Paul Eldrich, who preceded her to the grave three years. The beloved Rev. H. T. Williams, of Chase City, conducted the burial services at her home in a most beautiful and comforting manner, reading the 23rd psalm, and offering an appropriate prayer. A large concourse of people, friends, relatives and loved ones met to pay the last sad rites. The floral offerings were beautiful.

At the conclusion Mr. Fore stepped forward with deep emotion and thanked all, both colored and white for their kindness to him in his great sorrow. Our deep sympathy and prayers go out to him and his little ones in time of sorrow: Pauline E, Mary Howard, Harold, Florence, Fulton, Henry, Evelyn, Bertie Sue, Garland, and Julian; and to her brother Mr. Clarence, and Mrs. Cook, who live in Richmond, and her sister, Mr. D. H. Knight, who lives in Lynchburg, and her mama and papa Mr. and Mrs. N. A. Fowlkes and beloved uncle, Mr. R. C. Williams.

"A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled.
God in His wisdom has recalled
The bloom His love had given
And though the body slumbers here
The soul is safe in Heaven."
A Friend.

Copyright 2000 JoLee Gregory Spears