The funeral of Rev. John W. Dishman, who died in his home in McKenzie, Tenn., April 11, was held from the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in McKenzie, Thursday morning, April 13, at 10:30 o'clock. Elders of the McKenzie church and close personal friends were active pallbearers, and quite a number of ministers who had "sat at the feet" of Brother Dishman in class were honorary pallbearers.
The music was by a quartet composed of Prof. A. S. Rudolph and Revs. Morris Pepper, P. O. Davidson, and Vance Schultz, accompanied by Mrs. Katherin Kelly. The first hymn was "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms," and Rev. J. H. Thomas, assistant pastor of the McKenzie church, led in prayer. The next hymn was "Abide with Me," followed with Scripture selections read by Rev. L. L. Thomas, president of Bethel College. Rev. D. W. Perry, bursar of the college, led in prayer, and the quartet sang, "How Firm a Foundation." Rev. E. K. Reagin, dean of the Theological Seminary, preached the sermon. His text was, "Know ye not there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel?" (II Sam. 3:38.) The outline of his message was that Brother Dishman was great as a citizen, as a churchman, as an educator, as husband and father, in friendship, as a student of the Word. The services at the cemetery were in charge of Rev. Louis Gholson, pastor at Greeneville, Tenn.
There were sixty floral designs sent by friends, some of them, I am told, by churches of other denominations. A young boy in McKenzie, who often went to Brother Dishman's home, to hear him talk about the stars, sent a beautiful design of stars.
Brother Dishman spent forty-five years in the ministry of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church--Corinth, Miss., nine years; Greeneville, Tenn., ten years; McKenzie, Tenn., nearly eight years; Milan, Tenn., four years, and from Milan he was called by the Board of Education as a teacher of Bible. Greeneville, Tenn., sent their pastor and three members of the congregation to officially represent the church at the funeral services. There were visiting Cumberland ministers from Alabama-Mississippi Synod, Kentucky Synod, East Tennessee Synod, Tennessee Synod, West Tennessee Synod.
Their many friends extend to Mrs. Dishman and daughter, Miss
Clara, their warm-hearted sympathy, and rejoice with them in the
reputation of their husband and father, that John W. Dishman was
known far and near as "a man without an enemy."
__O. A. B.
[Source: The Cumberland Presbyterian, April 20, 1939, page 14]