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December 30, 2019 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Notables: Rev. Joseph H. Fox

Rev. Joseph H. Fox, Scottsville Baptist Church Cemetery. Photo by Jack Moon.

On December 18, 1901, the Appomattox and Buckingham Times printed an obituary for Rev. Joseph H. Fox, a well-respected minister who long served Sharon Baptist Church in Buckingham County.

Death of an Aged Minister.

Rev. Joseph H. Fox passed peacefully away at his home in Fluvanna county, near Scottsville, on November 27, 1901, at the age of 88 years.

Elder Fox was a good and a great man. He was a profound scholar, mighty in the Scriptures; an earnest, faithful and instructive preacher; a sound theologian and an able expounder of the Word. He was pastor of Sharon Church, in Buckingham county about twenty-five years, during which time the church prospered and hundreds were added to its membership. At that time he was recognized as the leader in the James River Association. When too old and feeble to travel and go to church he preached at his home — preached the unsearchable riches of Christ to his neighbors and others who assembled to hear him. And when too feeble to stand, he would sit in his chair and proclaim the gospel message. He was a valiant soldier of the cross; he fought a good fight, kept the faith, and is gone to receive the crown of glory that fadeth not away.

This feeble tribute is from one who knew him fifty years, was intimately acquainted and with him frequently.

E. C. Trevillian.


Rev. Fox also preached at Scottsville Baptist Church.  Learn more at Scottsville Museum’s website:

Scottsville Baptist Church

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