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OBITUARY OF JOSEPHUS GREGORY OF LUNENBURG COUNTY VIRGINIA
   
   From The Religious Herald, July 1, 1880
   
   Died, Sunday morning, June 6th 1880, at his residence, in Lunenburg County, Mr.
   Josephus Gregory, at the advanced age of seventy years.  Bro. Gregory was converted
   under the labors of Dr. Daniel Baker, and was baptized by Rev. John Kerr in 1834. 
   About that time, the teaching of Alexander Campbell had produced violent dissension in
   old Meherrin church, and Bro. Gregory and seventeen others, for the sake of peace,
   organized Mt. Zion Baptist church, which now numbers 167 members.  This church has
   had as pastors, Gilbert and Samuel Mason, Burnley, Burton, Dupree, Greer, and E. S.
   Taylor, who is the present incumbent.  Only four of the original number who constituted
   the church now survive.  Bro. Gregory was elected deacon in 1847, and held that office
   with fidelity and zeal until his death.  Few deacons have better illustrated Paul's
   requirements for this office, "Likewise must the deacons be grave, not double-tongued,
   not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre, holding the mystery of the faith in a
   pure conscience."  The church unanimously adopted resolutions, presented by deacon
   Edwin Griffin, expressive of his high Christian character and useful life.  Senior deacon
   Thompson feelingly spoke of him as the most useful member of the church, and this
   opinion was supported by Rev. W. T. Gilliam and the pastor.  Bro. Gregory was ever
   ready to give of his means to the support of the church, and earnestly labored for its
   prosperity.  He was the warm friend of his pastor, cheering him in his labors, and
   comforting him in his trials.  His mind was well stored with information, and his
   kindness and prudence made him an invaluable counsellor.  He was emphatically a lover
   of good men, and it was his delight to have them share his hospitality.  He was married
   to Miss Mary E. Lee, with whom he lived nearly fifty years in conjugal fidelity.  He had
   ten children, of whom only four survive.  His son William, a gallant soldier, was killed in
   the battle of McDowell; Stokes, a lovely Christian, died in 1864; and his only remaining
   daughter, Laura, in 1877, leaving two interesting children.  These repeated afflictions
   were sanctified to his good.  He evinced during his long illness, patience, resignation and
   Christian cheerfulness.  He was a ear of corn fully ripe for the heavenly garner.  What a
   precious legacy was his long life to the church and the neighborhood!  How blessed as a
   peacemaker!  How well informed in Scripture doctrines!  How faithful in the discharge of
   duty!  How attractive in the social circle.  How devoted and loving to his friends!  How
   kind to the poor!  How consecrated to the cause of Christ!  How modest and unassuming
   in deportment.  How unshrinking to duty and truth!  No self denial too hard; no sacrifice
   too great for his loved Zion.  May his mantle of piety fall on the young members of the
   church!
   
                                                            E. S. Taylor