September 6, 1866 - May 10, 1950
|Mrs. Eudora East Waltman, daughter of the late L. L. and Missouri Ann East, and widow of the late Rev. J. F. Waltman, was born at Brookhaven, Mississippi, September 6, 1866, and passed away in death at Jonesboro, Louisiana, May 10, 1950, at the age of eighty-three years, eight months, and ten days. On October 12, 1882, at Natchez, Mississippi, she was happily married to Joseph Franklin Waltman, who preceded her in death three years ago. Brother and Sister Waitman celebrated their sixty-fourth wedding anniversary October 12, 1946, so for sixty-four years they walked side by side and fought bravely the battles of life, and for forty-nine years, after he became a Methodist minister, they went where they were sent, serving the church in difficult places and on sma]l salaries.
To them were born six children, five of whom survive. One son, Johenry, died in childhood. The surviving children are Mrs. J. M. Gaar, Dodson, Louisiana; Mrs. L. C. Prothro, Hallsville, Texas; the Rev. B. W. Waltman, a member of the Texas Conference, Carlyle, Texas; W. L. Waltman, Alexandria, Louisiana, and J. F. Waltman, Jr., Shreveport, La. There are twelve grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren. One sister, Mrs. Victoria Nugent, Pineville, Louisiana, survives.
Sister Waltman was converted at an early age and united with the Methodist Church soon after her marriage. She was instrumental in leading her husband to Christ. She was rich in faith and in Christian experience. She lived her life for the Lord, the Church, her family, and her friends. She lived in her house by the side of the road and was a friend to mankind.
Following Brother Waltman’s superannuation they made their home in Hallsville, Texas, until his death in 1947. Since then she has made her home with her children and grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted at Hallsville, Texas, May 18, 1950, with four ministers officiating, and her body was laid by the side of her late husband’s body in the silent place in “God’s Acre” in Noon Day Cemetery, Hallsville, Texas.
“Mother” Waltman’s memory is as precious ointment.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 169, 1950 by C. A. Morgan.|