From "The Elberton Star"; Sept. 13, 1900
A LOVING TRIBUTE.
The Life and Labors of T. C. Burch Fittingly Honored.
Brethren: -- An all wise providence has again entered our
ranks and removed therefrom one of our brightest
lights and most beloved brothers. In
humble submission we strive to endorse the dispensation, and to emulate the
exemplary life with which he fitted himself for the final leave and crowning
scene. May we ever cherish his sacred
memory, pattern after his virtuous life and preserve unsullied the bright
heritage he has left to each one of us.
Brother Thomas Carlton Burch who was the eldest son and
child of James J. and Mary Eades Burch, was born in
Elbert county, Georgia, August 17th, 1832.
He died July 22nd, 1900, having attained the age of 67 years, 11 months
and 5 days. In April, 1856, he was
married to Miss Mattie F. Alexander, who was also a native of and reared in the
same county. She, with nine children yet
About the same time of his marriage he was connected with
this Lodge and until his death continued an industrious and zealous member of
the fold. When death came he gave his
immortal soul to Him from whom he received it and assigned his mortal to his
brethren of this Lodge for their last sad duty in conveying dust to dust.
In March, 1862, he entered the Confederate service as a
member of the 9th Georgia battalion. In
the fall of the same year, the 3rd and 9th battalions were united and made the
37th Georgia, with which he served as quartermaster until the end of the war in
1865. No one in that eventful conflict
attained and merited a higher character of faithfulness to duty, kindness to
his comrades, and loyalty to the lost cause, than Captain Burch of the
37th. His family, his
friends and his mystic brethren all have just cause for pride, comfort and
consolation, when we recall his life as a Mason, a citizen and a soldier. In 1867 he united with the Methodist church
and until his death continued under its fold and co-operated in every possible
way to promote its cause and live up to its teachings and its enjoyment.
His death causes a vacancy in the ranks of society, of the
church and in our lodge that will not soon be supplied. We shall miss brother Burch in every sphere
of life. While we try to bow with becoming
resignation to this general and sad affliction, let us gather comfort from the
recollection and assurance that our loss is his priceless gain.
This committee asks that this feeble but deserved tribute
may be entered upon our minutes, published in the papers of the county and a
copy sent his breaved and beloved widow and children.
John P. Shannon.
Wm. H. Mattox.
Thomas A. Jones.