Walker -- Erastus Walker was born July 14, 1854 in Yell County, Ark., where he was raised and spent his life.
Converted and joined the M.E. Church, South, at Centerville, Ark., in Sept. 1886 under the ministry of Rev. G. W. Daman. Brother Walker was a worthy and consistent member of the church from the time he became a member until his death, which occurred Sept. 13, 1890.
The circumstances connected with his death were very sad indeed. He was running a cotton gin, and by accident got his hand caught in the gin saw, which drew his arm in the breast of the gin to his shoulder, sawing his arm to pieces and cutting the arteries and veins, from which he bled to death before the necessary medical assistance could be given.
Brother Walker was a good man, always promptly filling his place in the church in whatever station his brethren placed him. The membership of the church at Centerville realizes that they have lost a leader. I hear it frequently said that we will miss him.
He was kind and attentive to his pastor, and believed in supporting the ministry, which he did by promptly paying his quartage in the beginning of the year.
He leaves a wife and several children and kind relatives and a host of friends to mourn their loss.
I would say to the widow and children and friends, weep not as those who have no hope, but look to God for sustaining grace, and live faithful, ever serving God as did your husband and father and friend and there shall be a reunion in the sweet bye-and-bye where parting will be no more.