Obituary of
Edward Isaac Brownlow

Eldorado, Oklahoma
October 31, 1929

Transcribed from the funeral home program:

Edward Isaac Brownlow was born December 27, 1853, at Pulaski, Tennessee and departed this life after four weeks illness at 12:30 o'clock October 30, 1929, at his home in the Antioch community.

He was the only son of Dr. and Mrs. J. M. Brownlow of Pulaski, Tennessee, both having departed this life thirty years ago.

He was married to Ada Abernathy of Pulaski, Tennessee, in 1872 and to this union was born 9 children, 7 of whom survive. He moved with his family to Athens, Texas in 1882 and September 28, 1892 his wife departed this life.

April 10, 1893 he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Skipper of Athens, Texas. To this union was born 15 children; 8 of whom survive. In 1907 he moved with his family to Eldorado, Oklahoma, and has lived here since, except one year at Quanah and one year at Paducah, Texas.

He was converted at the age of thirteen and was united to the Methodist church of which he was a devout and faithful member until 1917, when he became a member of the Missionary Baptist church at Antioch of which he was a staunch member until death. All during his illness he realized that his journey here was almost ended and daily he called his wife and children to his bedside, and told them that he was going home, and talked to each one personally about their soul's welfare, and insisted that the family circle be unbroken in Heaven.

The funeral service was conducted at the Antioch Baptist church Thursday afternoon, October 31, 1929, by his former pastor and personal friend, Rev. J. H. Plunkett of Gould, This being one of his requests while on his death-bed. Due tribute was also paid him by the following: Rev. W. N. Nelson of Eldorado, also a former pastor; Mrs J. H. Plunkett of Gould and Rev. S. W. North, his present pastor, who visited him several times during his illness, and one in whom he often confided. He was laid to rest in the Antioch cemetery, funeral arrangements being in charge of the Broyles Undertaking company. Beautiful Floral offerings were given by the relatives, Antioch church and friends of the family.

Those surviving are: Mrs. E. I. Brownlow of Eldorado, J. M. Brownlow of Dougherty, Texas; Anna Caudell of Dallas, Texas; Gertrude Skipper of Quanah, Texas; Irene Beauchamp, Clayton Brownlow, Myrtle Robbins, and Lee Brownlow of Eldorado; E. V. Brownlow of Plainview, Texas; Willie Gossett, Euna Denton and Guy Brownlow of Eldorado; Alvis Rumbo of Terrell, Texas; Mairi Brownlow, Erskin Brownlow and Oscar Brownlow of Eldorado, besides one grandson, Garland Gossett, whom he has kept for the past six years, and one sister, Mrs. Mollie Roggers of Pulaski, Tennessee, who was unable to attend the funeral because of the illness of her husband. He is also survived by forty grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren, making a total of seventy-five direct decendants, several cousins, nieces and nephews, many of whom attended the funeral.

Although he has passed on to his great reward, his Christian influence will always remain with his family and friends. Among his last words were: "I am going home, to be with Jesus." He sang several of his old favorite hymns, and praised God almost continually, and was conscious until death came pleading with sinners to come to the Lord, and his last talk to his small grandchildren was for them to give their hearts to God wile they were young and tender, and also quoting the Scriptures: "Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, before the evil days come and the days draw nigh when thou shalt say I have no pleasure in them" and "If you gain the whole world and lose your own soul what doth it profit you?"

All his children were present except two daughters, Anna Caudell, and Alvis Rumbo, however Mrs. Rumbo came and spent two weeks with him during his illness, and Mrs. Caudell was unable to come on account of illness.

"We miss thee from our home, dear. We miss thee from thy place. A shadow over our life is cast. We miss the sunshine of thy face. We miss thy kind and tender love, thy fond and loving care; our home is sad without thee. We miss thee everywhere!" -- S. W. North, pastor Antioch Baptist church

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