The Clarksburg Telegram., August 20, 1897, page 7
Mr. Charles W. Phillips, an aged and respected citizen of Clarksburg, died Tuesday at his home on Pike Street, after a lingering illness of a number of years.
The funeral services were held at the house Wednesday afternoon by the Rev. T. S. Wade. The remains were interred in the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery.
Mr. Phillips was for many years engaged in the employ of R. T. Lowndes.
He leaves a wife and several children, among whom are Mrs. A. J. Holden and Mrs. Dr. Hinerman. The deceased was seventy-seven years of age.
The Clarksburg Telegram., August 27, 1897
Mr. Charles W. Phillips was born February 10, 1820, in Winchester, Va., and departed this life at his home in Clarksburg, W. Va., August 16, 1897, age 77 years 6 months and 6 days.
Mr. Phillips located in Clarksburg in 1849, and was married to Miss Julia A. Davisson Dec. 18, 1850.
In 1861 he with his wife united with the Methodist Protestant Church, and in its communion he spent a long consistent and useful life. He was truly and thoroughly a Christian gentleman, gentle in spirit and disposition, unobtrusive in manner, always respecting the feelings and rights of the weak, and obscure as much as those of the most prominent.
Thus he lived….
Thus he lived “The Golden Rule” and as a consequence his life was peaceful and upright, approved by God and honored among men in his business career, and in his social surroundings he was highly respected, while in his home he was an ideal husband and father.
To his children five in number, he bequeaths the richest legacy that a father can leave to his children — a clear record, a pure example, and an untarnished name.
In the midst of the sorrow and unspeakable loneliness, that his departure leaves upon the now broken circle, these facts will be most precious, and more valued by the widow and children, than great worldly wealth, without a pure record.
The deeds of a good and just man live on, after he has gone from earth and cast back upon succeeding generations a sacred light, that can not be even denied by the shadows of the grave.
“Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.”
In the death of Captain Chas. Phillips, this city loses one of its oldest and most respected citizens, a man universally liked, and whose family have the sympathy of the whole community in its bereavement.
T. S. WADE.