From Ashley County Leader, Hamburg, AR, Feb.23, 1922. Note discrepancy in the spelling of of the name "Stell". Article was written by a committee from the Promise Land Church. (This is greatgrandmother of CTCollins,Jr. and my grandmother's sister.)IN REMEMBRANCE OF
Sister Minnie Black was born in Ashley County, Arkansas, November 6, 186l.Died August 21st, 1921 being 59 years 8 months 15 days old.The youngest of five children was left fatherless at six months.Two brothers, Eugene and David Fudge, two sisters, Mesdames Dora Kelley and Jennie Gibson all of whom are now passed to the Great Beyond excepting Mrs. Dora Kelley.Sister Minnie Fudge married R.J. Estell, Jr. in December, 1875. Three children were borned to this union, one only survives, Mrs. Hattie Collins.Bro. Stell died in 1884.His widow married W.L. Black the year following.Seven children were born to them, five of whom survive, Howard, Girtman, Farmer Black and Mrs. Genie Locke, all of Boydelle, Ark.Also Mrs. Mattie Lee Boone of Shreveport, La.Bro. Black died November, 1910.Twice left an orpan, twice a widow, often following her own flesh and blood to the dark and silent tomb, but her unswerving faith in God and love for her Savior was ever a source of comfort and halo of glory about her.
Giving her heart to God, her life and service, under the preaching of Elder J.V.B. Waldrup in August, 1875, was received into the fellowship of Promise Land Missionary Baptist church living from then until her death one of the sweetest leaders and brightest lights in that community.
A wife and mother tender and true, a kind sympathetic friend, a wonderful inspiration to her pastor and church.In the words of inspired Paul she could most truthfully say, "I have fought the fight, I have kept the faith." As viewed by mere mortals life was not always good to her, but God's love and her devotion to his service is beyond human understanding, an everlasting altar of sweet incense to His Holy name, or had we all words at out command with which to say all the good pure noble uplifting things true of Sister Black, they would seem far too few. Oh! how sorely do we feel our loss! Let us resolve this New Year to follow her example that his love may be verified, his name adored above every name. Such, we are sure, are the things she should wish most for us to do.
S.R.Smth, J.G.Carpenter, H.L. Griswould,