Newspaper Unknown, 1890

A Good Man Gone.
Rev. Alexander C. Bonnett was born at Elamsville, Patrick county, Va., May 29th, 1856, and died at Athens, Ill., Saturday, Feb. 1st, 1890, aged 33 years, 8 months and 2 days. His father dying while he was a child, he left Virginia with his widowed mother, four brothers and one sister, and came to Illinois settling at Athens. He united with the M. E. church of this place in 1875, and became at once an earnest and active member and soon developed talent and tendency that led to the conviction on the part of the church that he should preach the gospel.

He was licensed to preach in 1881, by the quarterly conference of the Athens circuit, and the next spring, joined the South Kansas Conference in session at Burlington, serving faithfully and efficiently the following charges: Elk Falls, Grenola, Independence et, Thayer, Altamont and Coyville. In 1883, he was married to Miss Adalie Yancy, of Grenola.

When the conference convened at Baldwin, Kan., in March 1888, he was impelled by failing health to ask for a superannuated relation, which was granted. In the hope that a change of climate might benefit him, he spent several months in Arkansas, but failing to find relief, he returned to the home of his youth, where loving friends and kinsmen ministered to him during his decline which was quite rapid.

His last illness was a gradual decline. He knew that his days were numbered and methodically set his "house in order" as though going away for a brief visit. Death had no terrors for him in the dying hours. His death was triumphant.

His funeral was preached by Rev. M. F. Hyde in the M. E. church, on Monday Feb. 3d, after which the interment took place at Hall's Cemetery. His wife and two small children, boys, aged five and three years are bereft. Also, his mother and three brothers survive

Transcribed By: Brenda (Hamilton) Johnson


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