"Address by Rev. Geo. W. McDaniel, D. D. Pastor First Baptist Church Richmond, Va. At Funeral Services of Mr. James R. Goodloe".
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intimately might not appreciate the depth of his religious nature, but those of us who enjoyed his friendship and shared his confidence knew that in his Holy of Holies the Great High Priest officiated. Amid all the uncertainty and confusion of the world he held to the things unseen and eternal. Storms might pass over him, but they could not dim his hope; earthquakes might jar the earth, but could not wreck his faith. He was ever feeling with Browning: "God's in his heaven: All's right with the world." He loved the Church and its ministers. As I rode from Afton to the Church this afternoon with pastor, he said: "Mr. Goodloe helped me more than the world knew; he never let me leave his home without placing some gift in my hand and saying, 'This is for you.'" He was a helper of the Church and of Christ's cause. Such a man may fall on sleep, but he cannot die. He lives in the lives of his children and in the hearts of his friends. Yea, he lives with the spirits of the just made perfect in that place not made with hands eternal in the heavens. "Were a star quenched on high, Forever would its light, Still travelling downward from the sky, Shine on our mortal sight. So when a great man dies, Ages beyond our ken, The light he leaves behind him lies Upon the paths of men." Long after we shall have passed away, this man's influence will live to bless the land like a benediction. Our children and grandchildren will speak of that remarkable, original and unique character that God gave to Virginia, James R. Goodloe. 7