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ISTORY OF TEXAS.
of Travel," and essays on "l The Reciprocal
Dities of Pastors and Churches," and " How
Ministers Should Treat Each Other."
His honorary title of D. D. was conferred
by Baylor University at Independence about
1871. During a ministry of forty-eight
years Dr. Stribling never turned aside to any
other pursuit or calling for support, but devoted
his entire life to his one great work.
This work, however, was not restricted to the
narrow circle of pastoral duties, but took in
the wide field of denominational endeavor
and extended to all lines of Christian usefulness.
He was a regular attendant on all the
associational and general meetings of the
church and was especially active in behalf of
the educational interests of the localities
'where he labored. He was for four years
Moderator of the Sunday-school and Colportage
Convention, and very often VicePresident
of the State Convention and President
of the Ministers' Conference.
Dr. Stribling was regarded as an able and
eloquent preacher, an active and effective
worker in whatever le undertook, and a man
who by his piety, his honest, gentle ways,
endeared himself to all with whom he came
in contact. One noticeable thing about his
conduct was his uniformly genial manner and
his disposition to spread happiness wherever
lie went. His life, taken in all its bearings,
was a sernion more radiant with beauty than
anly he ever preached, eloquent as he grew at
times in the pulpit, for it was the perfection
in practice of those virtues and graces which
form the flower of Christianity and command
for it respect even among those who deny
the teachings of the Bible. After a life so
spent, and, as one may say, fully rounded out
in Christian grace and usefulness, Dr. Stribling
died on the 12th of August, 1892/while
on a visit to Eureka Springs, Aransas,
whither he had gone for the benefit of his
health. His remains were brought to his
home at Rockdale, where they were laid to
rest. His loss was deeply mourned by the
people of this place, who testified to the
esteem in which he was held in this community
by a large attendance at his funeral
and by numerous expressions of condolence
with his bereaved family. The local orders
with which he had been connected passed appropriate
Dr. Stribling, as has been stated, was
twice married. He had six children by his
first marriage who reached maturity, there
being none of the second union. These inin
the order of their ages are: Mrs. Kate
Gentry, wife of W. A. Gentry, of Rockdale;
Mrs. Ruth Witcher, wife of Hugh L.Witcher,
of the same place; J.ames H.. who died January
15, 1891; Cleveland, of Rockdale; Mrs.
Fannie Morrison, wife of W. A. Morrison, of
Anson, Jones county, this State; and Cornelius
K., of Rockdale.
Rev. Dr. F. M. Law, who had known Dr.
Stribling for more than thirty years, said of
of him not long before his death: " In the
earlier years of his ministry his preaching
was full of unction and pathos. When I
caine to Texas in 1859, there was no more
popular preacher in the State. Universal
confidence in his piety and purity of life gave
special emphasis to his preaching."
Rev. Dr. Rufus C. Burleson, who had
known Dr. Stribling an even greater length
of time, and who preached a sermon of exceptional
strength and pathos on the death
of his old friend, said; " What man or angel
can estimate the value of the life of such a
man spent in the formative era of an empire
State like Texas. When he began to preach
il 1844, there were only about 1,000 Bapti
ts in Texas; when he closed his glorious
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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families, book, 1893; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/m1/682/: accessed July 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .