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Aunt Bettie Suggs McCaslin - 1937

Submitted by Donnie Pickard

Van Buren County Democrat

June 17, 1937

Mrs. Bettie McCaslin

Mrs. Bettie McCaslin died at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Porter O'Neal, in Seminole, Okla., June 7, 1937. For the past three years Aunt Bettie, as she was known to her friends, had been living with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. an Mrs. Ed Eubanks, at Pierce, Okla. On Sunday, June 6, Mr. and Mrs. O'Neal went to Pierce and accompanied their grandmother and her daughter, Mrs. Mollie Blue who was visiting there, to their home at Seminole. Late Sunday evening, after the family had had their super, Aunt Bettie suffered a paralytic stroke and died at 6 a.m. Monday morning.

Mrs. McCaslin was born in Mississippi Aug. 10, 1851,and was 85 years, 9 months and 27 days old at the time of her death.

She was twice married, the first marriage being solemnized in Mississippi to Thomas H. Suggs in 1869. They moved to Arkansas in 1871. To their union three children were born, Lonnie Suggs of Cottage Grove, Oregon, Willie Suggs and Mrs. Rosa Stroud, deceased. Mr. Suggs died in 1879.

In 1882 she was married to J. C. McCaslin of Scotland who died in 1928. To their union five children were born, three of whom survive of Pierce, Okla., and Mrs. John Stroud of Scotland. She also reared two grandchildren, Verna McCaslin, now Mrs. Porter McNeal, and Virgil McCaslin of Seminole, Okla., whose parents died when they were small.

Aunt Bettie professed faith in Christ in her youth and united with the Missionary Baptist Church at the age of 16. She was the last charter member of the old Antioch Baptist Church from which Scotland Missionary Baptist Church was formed.

She was a good Christian mother and neighbor and during her active life was a great church worker. To the children and grandchildren we would say: Weep not for her as one having no hope for her life before you was one worthy to follow and she is now marching on the beautiful plains of glory singing the song of the redeemed.

She was laid to rest in the Old Liberty Cemetery Wednesday, June 9,amid a concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends. Services were conducted by Elder Claud Jenkins of Clinton with a very beautiful tribute to mothers.