By Rev. JAMES P. SMITH, D. D. IT is a pleasant task to write of one so good and true as the subject of this sketch. When there are only things lovely and of good report to be remembered, the thoughts of a friend of many years flow with pleasure and the pen moves with ease. The wise man says, The righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance, and it is a pious duty to perpetuate the profitable memory of those that have served God faithfully in their generation. William Sterling Lacy was born in Raleigh, N. C, March 25, 1842. His father was the Rev. Drury Lacy, D. D., then pastor of the First Presb)rterian Church of Raleigh, and for some years president of Davidson College; and his mother was Williana Wilkinson, daughter of William Wilkinson and Elizabeth Smith. He was the grandson of the Rev. Dr. Drury Lacy, president of Hampden-S idney College, an honored and eloquent minister in Virginia. So to him came the inherited traits, the traditions, the covenant promises of one who is The son of parents passed into the skies. His mother was taken from him when he was but four years of age, and he scarcely remembered her from whom he inherited his physical frame and appearance, and something of her refinement of manner and taste; and, no doubt, also the love of music and of verse.
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