|ELDER I.D. & INA ROSE BACK
INA ROSE BACK
The redbuds bloom. The dogwoods are white and pink and red. The mountains and valleys are all dressed
in green. The birds are soaring and singing as they ride the wind. Even the rain is gentle as it gives drink to
the thirsty earth. Springtime is such a happy time, but we are so sad. A pearl has been plucked from our midst
and we cry for our loss.
Ina Rose Hamilton Back passed from this life on Wednesday, April 26, 2000 at her home in Blackey, Ky.
Ina Rose was the daughter of the late Arch and Susan Combs Hamilton. She married I.D. Back on June 20,
She was born October 28, 1928, making her 71 years, 5 months and 28 days of age at the time of her
She is survived by her husband, Eld. I. D. Back; one daughter, Sherry S. Fugate; two sons: Tony W. Back
and Ronnie W. Back all of Blackey, KY; one sister, Elizabeth (Tootsie) Martin of West Carrolton, Ohio; five
grandchildren: Allen and Callie Fugate, Byron W. and Jason (Ikie) Back, and Anthony Price Back also survive.
She is also survived by 2 great granddaughters, Sidney and Morgan, and 1 great grandson, Andrew. They
were all her delight. She leaves a wonderful host of relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, two sisters, Mabel McWilliams and Virginia (Jenny)
Caudill, both of whom she adored and they adored her.
Ina Rose sought diligently for her Savior, Jesus Christ and He rescued her. She was baptized into the Mount
Olivet Church in February, 1976. She placed the Lord uppermost in her life. He has now taken her to be where
he promised he would.
Ina Rose was a most special and wonderful wife and mother. She was a mother, a wife, a homemaker, and
she kept all in order while her husband preached and worked to provide for the family.
Ina Rose was a noble lady, completely honest and of the highest moral character. She has enriched the
lives of all who knew her. The legacy she leaves calls for her family and friends to serve God and love one
The psalmist wrote “Order my steps in thy word: And let not any iniquity have dominion over me.” Ina Rose
was that special lady that God provided for I.D. She honored and respected him and his calling. And he
adored her. A union created in Heaven. Their names, I.D. and Ina Rose have that special sound. It flows like
They never had much money, but she could take so little and make so much. She had a magical touch that
made birthdays and holidays, especially Easter, memories for a lifetime.
Her wisdom, strength, intelligence, purity, innocence and modesty combined with her faith and salvation
made her indeed an elect lady.
Few have suffered as she has, but suffering only made her faith in Jesus grow stronger.
I.D. and Ina Rose have a multitude of friends. A special friend they found in Phyllis Asher who cared for
them the past couple of years. She laughed when they laughed. She cried when they cried. Through her, Ina
Rose leaves this message:
“My children, I can’t come back to you, but you can prepare to come to me.”
Ina Rose waited patiently until she heard the call: “For lo, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone; the
flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our
land; the fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my
loves my fair one, and come away.”
I. D. BACK
I D Back probably heard Taps more times in our cemeteries than in the army!
Shadows fall Hear the call
As it floats o’er the camp
“All is well,” Bugle blows
“Soldiers rest, So good night.”
Day is done, gone the sun
From the hills, from the sky;
All is well, Safely rest, safely rest,
God is nigh.
In a few weeks the birds will sing, the flowers will bloom and the mountains will be dressed in green. Spring
is a time of great happiness, but we are so sad. A mighty oak has fallen in Israel. An era has come to a close.
A generation has now passed. The future seems so unsure.
I.D. Back was discharged from this earthly warfare on Tuesday, January 23, 2001 at the Letcher Manor
Nursing Home in Whitesburg, Kentucky. He was born on July 4, 1925, making his life on earth 75 years, 6
months and 19 days. I.D. was the son of the late Jim and Callie Caudill Back.
On June 20, 1947 he married Ina Rose Hamilton. She preceded him in death on April 26, 2000. Their
wonderful marriage was blessed with 3 children that they adored: Ronnie W. Back, Sherry S. Fugate and Tony
W. Back, all of Blackey, Kentucky.
In addition to his children, I.F. is survived by 5 grandchildren: Byron W. Back, Jason (Ikie) Back, Allen
Fugate, Callie Fugate, and Anthony Price Back, as well as 4 great grandchildren: Sidney, Morgan, Andrew and
I.D. is also survived by 1 brother: Keller Whitaker and 1 sister: Corsie Hale, as well as a multitude of other
relatives and friends.
Brother I.D. also leaves weeping the Mount Olivet Old Regular Baptist Church. He led it and he fed it. He
was its only moderator since it was organized in June, 1956. He also leaves weeping the Little Dove Church
that he served as moderator for over 30 years and the Blair Branch Church that he has served as moderator
since 1976. Brother I.D. loved the Indian Bottom Association and the Indian Bottom Association loved him.
Some men are worthy of honor, but Apostle Paul said “Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of
double honor, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.”
The third Saturday night in June, 1951, I.D. poured out his heart to a loving God. In an instant, the love of
God was shed abroad in his heart. The next day he joined the church. In the spring of 1952 he made his first
offering to preach. For over 4 decades he preached simple gospel truth in love and power.
His powerful yet mellow voice was soon echoing through these mountains. Vile sinners began to cry and
sainted mothers shouted praise to the King. No other gift and calling has been more wisely used in our
He had a special way with people, especially young people. He gave them of his time. He played with
them. And he told them about Jesus. He was a great preacher and in funerals he was the best. He has
preached thousands of funerals in his time.
I.D. loved the mountains, his culture and his people. He loved the community of Blackey and left only to
defend his country during World War II. Except for his time in the army his address was Blackey all the days of
It was 1942 that he joined the army. He saw a lot of action. During the Battle of the Bulge an artillery shell
killed most of his comrades and almost killed him. He credited his friend Burnie Reed with saving his life. He
was to bear the scars of war the rest of his life, but his patriotic dedication only got stronger and stronger.
Brother I.D.’s voice has been made silent. We will never more hear it again. But in our hearts it echoes all
around so clear, sweet and melodious as he says, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have
kept the faith.....
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in he counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor
sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day
and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of waters, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season;
his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
By: Callie Fugate
“And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the heavens; and they that turn many to
righteousness as the stars forever and ever.”—Daniel 12:13
The scripture written on the lines above describes one of the most influential people to have ever been a part
of my life. Reverend I.D. Back, now deceased, was more than just my grandfather. He was a shining light at
the end of my tunnel as well as a servant to our community, the Lord, and all those he knew.
As I sat quietly on the front pew of the Mount Olivet Church staring solemnly at the man that lay there in a
casket, a thousand thoughts and memories ran through my brain. Being a servant to his country in his younger
years and a servant to the Lord for most of his life, it was hard to believe that the one and only I.D. Back had
been swept up by angels and taken to his eternal home. The glow that I received from him and his inspiring life
was brighter that day than ever before.
Through all the weeping and sorrow that surrounded me, I could only dwell on the many memories that I held
close to my heart. The memories of his bold voice echoing through my ears as he would sing sweet Christian
songs to me, the countless mornings that I traveled up the hillside before school so that he could brush my long
brown hair, even all those lovingly, teasing remarks that he would speak to me every time I was near. All so
precious and treasured by me, these are only a few of the memories that I will never forget.
Not to dwell on cherished memories or unforgotten moments, I know that my job should be to carry on the
tradition that he started and to inform those who had not had the privilege of knowing him of what a wonderful
and inspiring man he was.
Born in 1925 and raised up in Blackey, he was always gracious and thoughtful. After my birth and for all the
years that followed, his shining life inspired mine in more ways than one. I learned from him one of the most
valuable lessons that a person can offer. Kindness was the quality that I possessed because of his influential
impact on my life.
After seventeen years of being blessed with his presence and watching and learning from him, I realized that
what you do for others all comes back to you, whether it be good or bad. He taught me that kindness and
sincerity towards others gets you happily through life, making you end up on the sunny side. He proved those
words of wisdom in every graceful and thoughtful action that he took part in. But not to over explain my
memories or lessons learned, I wrote to you today to define him and his inspiring life. However, I lack the time
or space to fully describe one of God’s true messengers.
I consider myself lucky to be the granddaughter of a man who left such large shoes to fill. He was looked up
to and loved by not only his family, but also the community as a whole. I know in my heart that the memory of
him will shine bright as the stars of heaven for many years to come, and leave the deep impact on people’s lives
forever more. As long as I live I will forever be the proud granddaughter of the one and only I.D. Back.