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The Marion Star, Issue of March 31, 1857

Richard Howard McIntyre

Richard Howard McIntyre was born on the 26th of January, 1832, at Marion village, and died on the 22nd of March, at his farm near his birthplace.

He was the eldest son of Archibald and Sophia McIntyre. His early youth by the gentle severity of his parents, and under the instruction of the Rev. T. R. Walsh, a rigid disciplinarian, was preserved from the suspicion of vice. While quite young by appointment of the Hon. John McQueen, he proceeded to West Point, but soon tiring of the hard service in that academy, and feeling that his calling was to more peaceful pursuits, he left it, and passed some time in a literary school at Greensboro, N. C. Returning thence to his home he commenced the study of Medicine, and soon acquired the confidence and friendship of his instructor, Dr. J. R. McQueen. During the term of his attendance in the Charleston medical College he was attacked with Pneumonia, and in an almost dying condition was brought to his home where under the skillful treatment and constant kindness, he so far recovered as to be thought well. But the deathless seeds of an unpitying disease were sown in his constitution.

In 1854, his health apparently restored, he married Miss A. McCall, and retired to his farm, where he passed his time in enjoyable repose, until interrupted by the unmistakable appearance of Consumption. In October last during the session of Presbytery in this place he made an open profession of religion, connected himself with the Presbyterian Church, and expressed a high degree of comfort and christian hope.

The winter which has just closed, he spent in Florida, his friends cherishing the hope that its mild and equable climate would stay the progress of his malady. He returned early in the present month, and died a few days after reaching home. He leaves a bereaved widow, an infant son, the kindest of mothers, a large family connection, and friends limited only by the extent of the acquaintance, to mourn the early dead.

A quick observation, sterling sense, and passionless judgment, had stored his mind with common life wisdom. His conduct was marked by great unity, urband general amenity.

His piety was vital and lively. Though not a bigot, he was strongly attached to his Church, jealous of its doctrines and discipline. His death affords the best comment upon his life, calm and dignified, trusting in the Saviour, and confident of Heaven.― "What is man that thou shouldst magnify him, and that thou shouldst set thine heart upon him?" "All flesh is grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass; the grass withereth and the flower falleth away. In the morning it flourisheth and growith up, in the evening it is cut down and withereth.” ―”We spend our years as a tale that is told.”

“The Lion of the tribe of Judah hath prevailed.” ―”I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.” ―”The Lord God omnipotent reigneth!"

J. C. M.

Marion C. H. S. C.

Submitted by Jane B. Thompson, 19 May 2004.


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