Thursday, November 16, 2017

Bushrod W. Nash, obituary

Well Known Baptist Minister Died at Goldsboro Yesterday
(Special Star Correspondence)
Goldsboro, N. C., Jan. 26.—Rev. B. W. Nash died at his home here this morning, after an illness of several weeks, having lived to the advanced age of 86 before his death. He was a follower of Spurgeon’s faith, known as the Union Baptists,[i] and for several years was editor of the official organ of that church in the State. He is survived by a wife, two daughters and three sons, the latter being the well known printers, Nash Brothers, of this city. The funeral will be held from the family residence tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock. 
“Rev. W. B. Nash,” (sic) The Wilmington Morning Star, Friday, January 27, 1911, p. 7

[i] The reference to “a follower of Spurgeon’s faith” is obscure. The most common Spurgeon was Charles Haddon Spurgeon of London, England. Both Spurgeon and Nash were Baptists, and perhaps that is the only meaning intended. But Spurgeon was a Calvinist soteriologically and Nash was an Arminian. The “Union Baptists” in North Carolina have no known connection to Spurgeon. Other possible explanations include that Nash converted to “Spurgeon’s faith” sometime at the end of his long ministry and before his death – or that the editor made a false assumption about “Nash’s faith.”

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