obit of Naomi Prickett Parks w/o Rev W J Parks
Obituary of Naomi Prickett Parks (1796-1856)
My wife Naomi Parks died of typhoid fever at our residence in Franklin Co., Ga.
Jan.17, 1856 having entered into her 60th year.
At 11 years old she embraced religion and joined the M.E. church
at the Allen’s Old Meeting Place in Broad River Circuit then under the pastoral charge of Epps Tucker. My first acquaintance with her was at a Camp Meeting in 1818 held within one mile of my residence. She was then a “shouting Methodist” which I am happy to say
she continued to be through life. I doubt not that she is now engaged in the “Shout” of Triumph in the Victory won in the well fought battle.
When we were married in Feb 1822 the Conference in which I was admitted on probation into the Itinerancy was in session. She had fully made it up in her mind when she married me to be the wife on an Itinerant and to encounter as a Christian what ever might be in her pathway as such with reference to the salvation of souls. Never was woman so steadfast in one purpose than she proved to be herself in that.
Often since our happy union has my pathway seemed so blocked up that I have fled to her with my mournful tale and asked her for counsel… several times in these words
“What are we to do?” had I better Locate (looks like Locate … I have no idea what this means). An answer from her in the afirm would have be grateful for me and I should have taken her advice gladly, but no such answer ever came. Her replies were uniformly
in about these words “ What ever you feel to be your duty to God is the best thing for you to do” “ You must be the judge of that” and I have added “ What is to become of you and the children?” to which she would reply “ God will take care of us and we can make out some way if we do our duty”.
Often where she was happy in the love of God she exhorted me to go on and preach the gospel of the Son of God and would add “ God will take care of me and the children”.
In the early days of my ministry, in that section of the country where it fell to my lot to labor, so lean was the support given to the minister that it again and again happened that I was unable to pay for a suit of clothes to wear unless I has gone into debt for them. By my dear wife however our debts were readily met. She would in a (short) time, card and spin and then weave and (sew) with her own hands the needful supply. (As a) wife and mother she was industrious and (unreadable) and is a Christian, she happily face ( or embraced) great firmness and constancy of (unreadable) a high state of religious enjoyment. Never did woman more religiously and consistently strive to clear the way
for the usefulness of an Itinerant preacher than did my departed wifefor that of the writer.
For several months past we have had affliction serious and fatal in our family. My wife was worn out with fatigue and anxiety and loth to take any remedies prescribed was a fit subject for death by typhoid fever. She held out for 10 or 12 days and then bid adieu to the sorrows of earth. She said her trust was in God and that she was resigned to His will.
She retained her proper mind to the last and I doubt not that she has gone to her reward in heaven.W J Parks