Thomas GOLDEN was interred in the Golden cemetery, six miles northwest from Flora and about one and one-forth miles from his home, on the 13th of January 1898. He was in his eightieth year when he died, having been born in 1818. The deceased leaves three children to survive him. He had reared, besides his own children, fourteen orphan children. Father Golden was buried according to the ritual of the Masonic order by the Chapter of Flora of which he was a charter member, and the members of which have held him in high regard. Elder Bedall, pastor of the Christian Church of Flora, delivered the funeral oration in the new M.E. Church recently erected near the cemetery where the deceased was interred. For nearly a half century this patriarch had been connected with the Christian Church, and when, at last the fords of the Jordan were found, he entered and crossed the dark and silent river without a fear, and without a doubt. His memory is fragrant.
Contributed 21 Jan 2000 by Greg Golden