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The time, Friday, September 2, 1915, eleven-thirty a.m., the place Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, Ballsville, Powhatan County, Virginia; the occasion, the unveiling of a monument and of a tablet; the monument in memory of the pastor who for fifty years had preached this church; the tablet, to Milton McLaurine who for forty-eight years was the superintendent of this Sunday school.John R. Bagby spent his life in Powhatan County, where he was born December 7th, and where he died February 21st, and his preacher life as pastor of this church, and her sister churches, Muddy Creek [Powhatan], and Union and Sandy Creek, both in Amelia County.He was a country pastor for a half century.Rev. George Wm. Hurt described him in middle and later life:“tall, spare, erect, dark hair, clear bright eyes, an open honest face, from which the smile rarely departed.”
Upon his conversion in 1850, he united with the Tine Creek Church.After four years a Richmond College he received his degree in 1860, along with C. Tatus Allen, Rev. E. Binford, John W. Bird, Drury A. Blair, Lemuel C. Bristow, Joseph A. Capes, Wm. S. Kent, Lemuel S. L Prade, Charles B. Garbrough, then he was at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; - Greenville, South Carolina, for one session.
The next four years he served as captain in the Powhatan Artillery of the Confederated Army, from time to time leading prayer meeting and preaching for his fellow soldiers.After one year as a school teacher, his pastoral life began.
Virginia Baptists have been blessed with many notable country pastorates; this one ranks high in this list.At first his home was thirty miles from the nearest railroad, his churches, never less than four, and in two counties.His once-a-month appointments made him before his half-century ended a great traveler, though his work did not touch cities.Only recently have the country roads of Virginia been lifted out of the mud; however, his influence reached many towns and cities, some of them far away, through the young people from his “parish.”
For all the folks of his wide country horizon he was first their guide and example in their spiritual and religious life, but they sought his counsel and wisdom in anything that concerned them; it is opined by one who knew him long and well, that he gave more legal advice and settled more “cases” [out of court] than many lawyers and judges.
While modest, almost timid, “he was good company for anybody – informed, talkative, pleasant” and “he always had eyes for the little boys who cam about him and for the little girls who clung to their mother’s fingers.”Of course, his people loved him for he loved them and gave himself for them without stint.“His life was a long, consistent, beautiful exposition of the gospel of the Christ.”“Faint yet pursuing” was the subject of one of his sermons whose fragrance remained [with one who heard it] after the lapse of forty years.
Since his “alma mater” gave him the degree of D. D., and made him on of her Board of Trustees, he was glad to go annually to the meeting in Richmond of this body.He was also constant in his attendance upon the General Association as well, as his own Association – the Middle District.
He was married on May 27, 1869 to Miss Patty Taylor of Powhatan County.She and their three children survived him.The funeral took place Tuesday, February 23rd at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, Powhatan County, his other churches, Union and Sandy Creek having their representatives present.