--Rev. J. C. Lamb, of Rover, Elk
Presbytery, Tenn., is dead at the advanced age of 78 years.
[Source: The Cumberland Presbyterian, June 15, 1899, page 751]
LAMB--Rev. J. C. Lamb, familiarly known as "Uncle Jesse," spent his whole life-time near Fruit Valley, Tenn. His wife and one son preceded him to the goodly land, and three sons and one daughter are left to finish up their life work. He was a remarkable man in many ways. I doubt if he was sick one time during a ministry of fifty years. He had great physical endurance. He usually traveled on horseback several miles--often forty--Saturday, and returned Monday, and worked hard on his farm the other four days. His voice was powerful and musical. He was also blessed intellectually. While he was not an educated man, his vocabulary was very extensive and of a remarkably high order. His memory was wonderful. He often preached great sermons, which he had heard months or even years before. One reading of a sermon made it his for life. Yet he had considerable claim to originality. He made and preached sermons of a very high order. He was remarkable sound as to his faith. Crisman, Burder, Adam Clark and Spurgeon were some of the authors that he admired. He preached Christ. He was a power in revival meetings. Thousands were converted and added to the church through his efforts. He was known and loved by all Cumberland Presbyterians and many others for miles around his home. His ministry extended through more than fifty years. He received meager compensation for his work. I knew him intimately for twenty-five years, during which time I never heard him express an impure thought. His preaching was sound, biblical, powerful, and at times eloquent, and always evangelical. Hundreds of homes owe much of their religious life and godliness to this faithful servant of Christ. No doubt there were hundreds of his spiritual children "waiting and watching" for him. He often anticipated the time when his change would come, and, according to his own language, he was "turned out his faithful old horse, said good-bye to his family and friends, and by the help of an angel got into one of the chariots of God and ascended the sky."
"Well done, good and faithful servant." F.
[Source: The Cumberland Presbyterian, July 27, 1899, pages 126-127]