Continuing to share items given to me by Mrs. Mildred Barby, a BRILES and RUSH descendant, today’s item is the obituary of Mrs. Annie Jane Spencer, mother of Mrs. J. L. Briles. The date and newspaper which published this obituary is unknown.
Mrs. Annie Jane Spencer
Died at Ellerbe on Last Wednesday
at Home of Her Son
Mrs. Annie Jane Spencer, widow of the late Michael Spencer, of the Poplar Ridge section of Randolph county, died on last Wednesday night at the home of her son, Thomas A. Spencer at Ellerbe.
She had been in ill health for a number of years, but bore her affliction with exemplary fortitude. Before becoming an invalid her mission in life was to minister and comfort the sick and distressed, one whose life radiated cheer and sunshine wherever she went. Wherever she lived she will be remembered as a kind neighbor, a loving friend, a consecrated Christian woman, whose days and nights were fll of good words and deeds. After an acute illness of about ten days, during which time she was scarcely conscious, she peacefully passed away to her reward. All that the conscientious skill of the physicians could do and the constant attention of her sorrowing children and loving friends was of no avail. She had received the Master’s summons: “Come up higher.”
The funeral was at the Marlboro Friends Church, of which she had been a life-long member. She was the mother of thirteen children of whom nine survive to mourn their loss. The children are: Mr. T. A. Spencer, Ellerbe; A. A. Spencer, Carthage, Mrs. J. L. Briles, Caraway; Mrs. Tina E Bruton, of Raleigh; Mrs. R. J. Harris of Dillon, S. C., Mrs. Frank Lassiter of Farmer; Mrs. J. F. Rush, Eudora, Kans.; E. C. Spencer of Farmer and Mrs. A. M. Macon, Climax, Rt. 1.
According to Find A Grave, Annie Spencer is buried in the Marlboro Friends Meeting Cemetery. A different obituary is attached to the Find A Grave memorial. Her daughter, Roxanna Spencer Briles is shown as being buried in Mt. Pleasant Community Church Cemetery.