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Rev. Frank McCutchan

Presbytery of Holston, Morristown, Tenn. Wednesday April 19, 1916.
Rev. Frank McCutchan, D.D. was called to his eternal reward from the midst of his devoted labors at Rogersville, Tenn. on Sept. 4th, 1915. He was born of Scotch-Irish ancestry, March 30, 1845, in Augusta County, Va., son of Addison and Ann Buchanan McCutchan. Having grown to young manhood on the farm of his parents, he entered the Civil War, and served as a brave and faithful soldier in Co. D. Fifth Virginia Regiment, the famous Brigade of Stonewall Jackson. He was among the few who remained in that brigade until the end, and it was he who mustered out the loyal but hungry and weary remnant at Appomattox.
He attended Washington and Lee University, and graduated in 1870. He was trained in Theology at Union Seminary, Hampden-Sydney, Va., receiving his degree there in 1873. He was licensed to preach August 2, 1873, and was ordained May 24, 1874. Throughout his ministry of 42 years he held only three pastorates as follows: Waynesboro, Va., for 12 years, 1873-1885; Glade Spring,Va., for 6 years , 1885-1891: and Rogersville, Tenn. for 24 years 1891-1915.
On November 22, 1876, he married Miss Florence Harris, of Scottsville, Va. This noble woman, whose natural charm and graces of mind and heart were sanctified by godliness and dedicated religion, was a sweet comfort and inspiration to him during the 29 years that she was spared to keep him company. His own touching record of her is found above, “What mother, friend and pastor’s wife should be, she was; faithful unto death, the crown of life she has; and we shall meet again.”
His surviving children are, Mary, wife of Arthur; Nancy McCutchan; Elsie, wife of James A.Millard; Frank McCutchan; Hugh H. McCutchan; and Catherine, wife of Walter Faw Broyles. Dr. McCutchan was a man of heroic mold. He possessed talents of the first rank. With a vigorous mind, disciplined by profound study and cultivated by wide reading and varied experience; with a character marked by the highest sense of honor and uncompromising integrity; with a heart unflinching in courage and tender in sympathy; he combined such pure and undefiled religion and steadfast consecration as constituted him a Christian gentleman, a faithful minister of the Word, a true defender of the faith, a shepherd unceasing in comfort and correction, a husband and father and friend who loved unto the end, and had no stint in sacrifice and labor. He was true as steel to his Master and to the flock committed to his care. His unselfish and unceasing ministrations to the sick and sorrowful and needy extended far beyond his own flock and community, and even in the weakness and physical extremity of his age, he went far afield giving of his waning vitality to even the least of these. He followed the Master in that he went about doing good. Few were the houses of mourning that did not know his instant footstep and consoling voice. His industry and pastoral solace and discipline was matched by his fidelity and searching the Scriptures and bringing beaten oil into the sanctuary. He was a profound student and a sermonizer of rich originality and rare logical appeal. His sermons were scriptural, moving and evangelical. He loved the doctrines of grace and was faithful to the cardinal principles of the Cross, leaning towards the conservative in doctrine and ecclesiastical method.
As a Presbyter, this consistent conservatism brought him frequently into conflict with tendencies of the church that seemed to the majority to be in accord with progress and success, and he was always ready to defend his principles with vigor and aggressive controversy. His very evident love for the stir of combat was tempered and softened by a saving sense of humor and a warm affection for his brethren. As a counselor and friend he was wise and true, and was possessed of that high and principled integrity which is the sure and lasting basis of real affection.
This noble soldier of the Cross was brave and faithful to the end, and gave of his best in life and love and service to the Master who has received him into everlasting habitations. It was a privilege to know and love him; it is a benediction to remember him and honor him; it is a joy to look in happy expectation for that time when we shall meet again.
Gilbert Glass, Chairman

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