Anna Walker Mays Obit
The LandMark (Statesville) Friday, May 29 1885
Died on the 23rd, inst., at the home of her youngest son, Mr Joseph Mays, in Alexander county, Mrs. Anna Mays, widow of Winston Mays, deceased. Mrs Anna Mays was about 83 years of age, was converted at about the age of 13 and joined the Methodist Church.
She had been a member of said church about 30 years when the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, was set off, and has been a faithful and earnest member of the same ever since. Having been a member of the church for 70 years. She knew most of the Ministers of Methodism who traveled to Iredell county in the early days of Methodism in her section.
Hers was a "goodly heritage" so far as long life is concerned. She lived to see some of her children approach the boarder of old age. Her husband died in peace 15 years ago. Since that time she has been as if were, patiently awaiting the summons to come home.
She always rejoiced at the prosperity of the church, and wept when it was in trouble. She had been feeble for some time, but grew worse a few days before her death, but was not thought to be dangerously ill, till a short time before the weary wheels of life stood still. She was entirely conscious and said she was "going home; farewell." And as a pleasing smile settled on her face, the soul fled.
She was laid to rest in the cemetery at Rocky Springs. Her pastor, Rev. J. T. Abernethy, preached the funeral sermon to one of the largest assemblies that has been seen there on a like occasion.
May 26 1885 Thos. F