Mrs. Mary Newman - 1929
Submitted by Donnie Pickard
Van Buren County Democrat
Friday, January 10, 1930
In Memory of My Mother
Mrs. Mary Newman, my mother, was born in Coosey County, Alabama, January 30, 1839, and was the daughter of David D. and Nancy E. (Terry) Hargis. She moved to Arkansas with her parents in 1857, living at or near Clinton for several years, or until her marriage to Marion Pistole, October 1st, 1868.
To this union four children were born ...Susan, Ida, Sam and Marion. Father's death proceeded that mother's 53 years, two months and two days. Mother also survived three of the four children mentioned.
Mother's death occurred Nov. 30, 1929, aged 90 years and 10 months. She was a member of the church for about seventy-five years, the first 25 years as a member of the Methodist Church, and fifty years as a Missionary Baptist, this church being that of her choice, being the last charter member of the church at Pee Dee.
She lived a true Christian to the last and died with a bright hope. When life was fast leaving her she was heard to say in a feeble voice, "Oh, grave where is they victory, Oh, death where is thy sting," you are no fear to me. In her death my home suffered an irreparable loss and the church a good worker. She had been a mother to me 56 years and 6 months. Such earthly losses are said to be Heaven's gain.
Besides the writer she is survived by two half-sisters, Mrs. Maggie Simpson of Conway and Mrs. S.C. Harris of Foster, Mo., and three half-brothers, M.O. Hargis of Denton, Texas, Rev. J.R. Hargis of Springfield, Mo., and I. M. Hargis of Muscogee, Okla.; 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Clinton, Ark., Jan. 4, 1930