Anna (Walker) Goodson Obituary
Goodson.---Mrs. Anna Walker, wife of Mr. J. YV. Goodson. was born in Person County, N. C. March 20. 186 4, and died in Kinston, N. C, August 12, 1906, and was buried in Durham, N. C, the following afternoon. For several months she had been repeatedly a great sufferer, but in July underwent a successful operation for appendicitis, which gave assurance of a new lease on life for her. This assurance, however, soon proved but a dream, for the second day after her arrival home from the hospital, she was stricken down with intestinal trouble that baffled all medical skill, and after a ten days' Inrd battle she succumbed and fell asleep. Sister Goodson was a woman ftc whom nature did much, endowing her with a quick, active mind of both a student and practical mould, that readily inquired knowledge, and a happy aptness in imparting the same. Nature also gave her a cheerful, unselfish disposition, an enthusiastic temperament, a radiant countenance, a magnetic personality that charmed in every circle, and a heart that throbbed with ardent love and high appreciation of the noble and the good. She loved her home and spared no effort to make all its occupants happy. She was always the true, helpful wife and loving, watchful mother, and left a lofty impress that will live in her children. She professed faith in Christ and joined the Methodist Church when only eight years old, and through the thirty-four years of her Christian life God led her up to a great height of abiding, restful confidence in Him. And this faith failed her not in her suffering, bearing fruit in a spirit of love and patience that carried her without a murmur sweetly to the close. She was not specially demonstrative in her religious life, but her experience was rather the silent, deeply-flowing stream that halted not at obstacles but swept continuously onward to its goal, ller pastor could always count on her hearty response to any call to the full extent of her strength. Parents whose children Were taught by her both in the graded and Sunday-schools will likely hear them speak of moral and religious precepts she gave theln When the (lowing years have come and gone. It was an inspiration to witness the ease with which she successfully held the attention of her Sunday-school class, the infant class of fifty or more, and taught them the truths of Hie lesson. In this difficult place of many features she excelled. Hers was the successful life in the true sense, because it began, continued and ended with God. Of her it can be truly said, "She hath done what she could." Hence from her silent resting place there will come continually to her sorrowing husband and three children, her brothers and sisters, and the hosts of her loving friends, the blessed thought that the hand which closed time's gate opened heaven's to her; that while we all weep she sings, and that in eternity we till will know where to find her. J. D. BUNDY.