Pearly Parks

Submitted by Donnie Pickard

Van Buren County Democrat
June 16, 1916

Pearly Parks Answers Summons

At 11:30 o’clock on June 12th, 1916, the angel of the Lord opened wide the pearly gates and lovingly beckoned to Miss Pearly Parks, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. R. M. Parks, of Culpepper mountain, who willingly answered the summons and entered into rest eternal, there to abide with loved ones gone before.

Pearly was born Nov. 5th, 1903, and died June 12th, 1916, age 12 years, 7 months and 7 days. The cause of her death was a relapse from measles. Her going has indeed left a vacant place in the family circle, where her loving words and gentle ways will be greatly missed, as she was ever thoughtful and had a pleasant word and a smile for all. Loved ones should not grieve as those without hope, for she has gone where sorrow and pain she never again is to know. She left to mourn her departure besides father and mother, two brothers and a host of friends. Funeral services were held at the Culpepper cemetery by Rev. H. W. Cates, where remains were tenderly laid to rest to await the resurrection morn….A Friend

In Memory of Pearl Parks

There was something exceptionally sad in the death of Miss Pearl Parks.

A Pall of gloom settled over the entire neighborhood. Sorrow and sadness seemed to invade every home. Miss Pearl was a young lady of many virtues, loved and respected by all who knew her.

Our hearts go out to the Doctor and his good wife in their sad affliction and assure them we sympathize not only for them but with them.

We can but accept the situation; we bow to the inevitable, thankful for the Christian fortitude that enables us to say “Thy will, not ours be done.”

As a student Miss Pearl was kind, sociable, generous, honest and industrious with an intelligence that was truly admirable. It seemed to us as if she possessed all those characteristics that it takes to make up the sum of noble womanhood. Having been a constant attendant at Sunday school she learned early in life to remember her Creator in the days of her youth.