Rev. Dr. Benjamin Franklin Hendon Obituary

Son of Isham Hendon, Jr. and Mary 'Polly' Moore

(Source) The Chronicle Star Scranton, Pascagoula, Jackson County, Miss.
Fri Mar. 14, 1884     page 3


One of the saddest events that has occurred in this vicinity for years was the sudden and unexpected death of Dr. B. F. Hendon, at Moss Point, last Monday morning. The whole community was shocked at the news. He preached at Scranton Sunday morning and at Moss Point Sunday night, was, to all appearances, as well as any man, but in a few short moments from the time he was last seen in full vigor of life he was picked up a corpes. He arose Monday morning apparently in good health, went about his business as usual, and about ten o'clock was in his garden planting some seed, when the Master called him from labor to refreshment.

A few minutes before his death he was talking to his wife about some matters connected with gardening, took a spade and went out; a few minutes afterward he was found by one of his grand-children sitting in the shade of the fence, who gave the alarm, and when found he was dead, It is supposed he died of heart disease. All remedies known to human art were used in trying to resuscitate him, but his spirit had flown to realms beyond earth's life cares; his soul was at rest in that beautiful home, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens; his Heavenly Father had called him and he had obeyed the summons presumable without a murmur.

Dr. Ben. F. Hendon was born at Raleigh, N.C., February 6, 1818, died at Moss Point, Miss., March 10, 1884, and was aged 66 years, 1 month and 4 days. He had been a practicing physician for forty-five years, and was ordained to preach the gospel in 1866, and spent his life in trying to heal the bodies of his fellow creatures, and in pointing their souls heavenward.

He moved to Moss Point from Evergreen, Ala., the latter part of December, 1882, and commenced preaching to the Moss Point and Scranton Baptist churches as pastor in January, 1883. He was an honorable, high-toned Christian gentleman; one of the best men who ever lived; was dearly beloved by his churches and the people generally, and his death is lamented by all who knew him.

He leaves a wife and a large family to mourn his death, but they grieve not as those who have no hope, for his soul is at rest in the Lord, and He, who rules over all will provide. Farewell, for a season, dear, good pastor.

Additional notes:
Benjamin Franklin Hendon married Matha T. T. Cobb January 5, 1843 in Sumter County, Ala.
He served in the CIVIL WAR in the 26th Alabama Reg't Infantry (O'Neals Company)