Rev. David Rivers (D. R.) Cartlidge
From The Athens Weekly Review
Account of Edna Evans
January 28, 1926
Additional research by Britt Thompson
Rev. David Rivers (D. R.) Cartlidge was born in Hohenlinden in Chickasha County, Mississippi on November 13, 1874 and came to Texas with his parents, John B. Cartlidge and Mary Ann Loveless Cartlidge, when he was ten years old. He
first lived in Navarro County near Kerens. He was called to the ministry in 1905 and was chosen pastor of La Rue and Malakoff churches in this county. He served a period of fourteen years without any vacations except one.
He married Miss Annie Laura Richards on September 4, 1894. They had one girl, Leeta, and four boys; Sterling, Fayette, Aubrey, and Jared. The family resided in Athens where they built a beautiful home. His long and continued service with the two congregations for which he served as minister gave evidence that he was one to be appreciated and that he deserved the full respect and esteem of those among whom he labored.
Besides Brother Cartlidge’s regular work as a pastor to the two congregations, he was active every year conducting revival meetings. Through these revivals, many souls were won to Christ. He was the instrument through which many rural and urban churches were built or greatly improved. He speeded his quota of happy couples along their matrimonial way and extended the hand of charity to the needy. He gave spiritual comfort to the sick and ailing and said the last rites to the departed. His labor was one of love and devotion performed for the cause of God. He chose a field in which the pecuniary rewards were small. His performance was arduous in this field, but his cheerful response to the calls made upon him lightened the burden. The certainty of his reward in the great hereafter was only richer because of his ultimate performance.
Brother Cartlidge measured up in full to his duties as a lay citizen and could always be found in the ranks of those who were in the lead in promising wholesome worthwhile advancement of the interest of the country.
David Rivers Cartlidge died in Athens, Texas on 7 October, 1942 and is buried in the Athens City Cemetery. His death certificate states that he was the minister at West Athens Baptist Church at the time of his passing.