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Rabun Co., GA

The Clayton Tribune, Thursday, July 6, 1899, Vol. II No. 24, p. 1

Personal and Gleanings

We are informed that Mrs. John Butts, living four miles from Clarkesville, committed suicide by hanging herself last Saturday morning.

The Clayton Tribune, Thursday, August 17, 1899, Vol. II No. 30, p. 3

Personal and Gleanings

Mr. W. M. Darnell, a highly respected citizen of the Valley, was found in an unconcious condition on the side of the road near the residence of Dock Burrell, last Sunday about 2 o'clock and died in a few minutes after being carried by friends to an empty house nearby. His wife preceded him to the great beyond about four years ago. He leaves four children to mourn his departure. Three sons, one of whom is in the west, and one daughter.

[Note: this is believed to be William M. Darnell, son of Harrison and Nicy Grist Darnell.]

The Clayton Tribune, Thursday, August 10, 1899, Vol. II No. 29, p. 3

Old Tiger

Miss Laura Dotson died unexpectedly last Thursday evening and buried [sic] at the old Cannon graveyard Friday. Revs. W. H. Hughs and D. D. Taylor conducted the funeral services. The bereaved family have the entire sympathy of their community.

The Clayton Tribune, Thursday, July 6, 1899, Vol. II No. 24, p. 1


John Moore, one of our young men, died last Friday and was buried Saturday. John was a good boy and we miss his presence in Sunday school and everywhere, but we trust his departure from us will be the means of many others turning to God.

The Clayton Tribune, Thursday, July 13, 1899, Vol. II No. 25, p. 2

Andrew Watts died with typhoid fever a few days ago, near the late residence of James Dockins and was buried in the Dockins graveyard.

The Clayton Tribune, Thursday, September 11, 1902, Vol. V No. 35, p. 3

Capt. S. M. Beck, aged 77 years died last Monday night, at 11 o'clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. I. Langston, of a conplication [sic] disease. It will be remembered that he got his hand fearfully sawed by falling against his saw. He then took typhoid fever, inflamatory rheumatism, any one of which was almost sufficient to cause death. He suffered [greatly].

Capt. Beck was among the most prominent men in this section of Ga. Our sympathy goes out to the bereaved.

The Clayton Tribune, Thursday, September 11, 1902, Vol. V No. 35, p. 3


The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. G. L. Dorsey died on last Tuesday night. The bereaved family have our sympathy.

The Clayton Tribune, Friday, January 23, 1914, Vol. XVII No. 3, p. 4

Wolffork Locals

The death angel visited our community, Thursday and took away one of our best and most honored citizens, Mr. John B. Moore. Mr. Moore was seventy eight years old and was an old confederate soldier and had many friends; those who knew him best, loved him most. He leaves a wife, five children, one sister, and one brother to morn his death. We extend our symathy [sic] to the bereft family.

The Clayton Tribune, Friday, Januray 23, 1914, Vol. XVII No. 3, p. 4

Miss Laura Wall Dead

The youngest daughter of Mrs. C. C. Wall died at her home in Clayton, last Monday, after ten days illness. On January 9th, Laura took two tablets of bichloride of mercury, while in an intoxicated condition. Laura was twenty one years of age, though no more than a child of ten or twelve in mind and actions; but always kind and agreeable with her friends and superiors. We do not believe that Laura committed this act with suicidal intent, neither do we believe, from what we know of the girl, that she is accountable for it, in the fullest sense. She suffered intensely before death, and tried to pray many times in her feeble way. We hope her prayers were answered, and her soul is now with its Giver.

Our deepest sympathies are extended to the bereft family and friends.

Tri-County Advertiser, Clarkesville, GA (serving Habersham, Rabun and Towns Counties), an edition from January 1919

Our beloved wife, mother, sister and grandmother, Mrs. J. M. Ramey died Monday Dec. 17th, 1918 after an illnesse of almost eight months.

Rev. Strickland, of Clayton, conducted the funeral services. By her request he read the first chapter of Phillippians, and her favorite songs were sung, which were "Death is only a dream" and "Whiter than Snow".

She was put to rest in the family cemetery near Wiley, GA.

Her children got a beautiful cross of flowers from Atlanta and her granddaughter, Mrs. Laura Brookbanks, of Atlanta, sent a very pretty design.

Mrs. Ramey was known and loved far and wide, she always had a kind word for every one with whome she came in contact.

She was a member of Old Tiger Baptist Church and she lived a very consistent christian life.

She leaves a husband, eight children, a number of grandchildren and a host of friends to mourn her loss.

Tri-County Advertiser, Clarkesville, GA (serving Habersham, Rabun and Towns Counties), an edition from January 1919

Mrs. Ida B. Smith, wife of J. Arther Smith, died at their home at the Burton dam last Saturday night, Dec. 28, and was buried Monday at Bethel Baptist Church. Mrs. Smith was a daughter of Mr. Jack York, of Clayton. Her mother preceded her to the grave some five or six years ago. Mrs. Smith had influenza and pneumonia set up and she lived only a few hours. She was an industrious and hard working woman. She leaves a husband and nine children, an infant baby only a few months old, a father and a sister, Mrs. D. B. Clark and a host of friends and relatives.

The Clayton Tribune, Thursday, January 21, 1926 Vol. XXXI No. 3

Mrs. Irene Dotson, wife of Col. L. C. Dotson, of Mtn. City, was buried at Mtn. City last Tuesday afternoon at the Blue Heights Cemetery.

Mrs. Dotson had been in feeble health for some time, and had recently undergone an operation at Angel Hospital, at Franklin, and though seemingly with a chance for recovery she died last Sunday night, January 17th, and her remains were brought back to her home at Mtn. City for burial.

Mrs. Dotson was one of the most beloved women of Mtn. City and was active in all the affairs of her community, being a member of the Baptist church and the Eastern Star.

The funeral was held at the Blue Heights Baptist Church and in charge of her pastor Rev. Robert Hamby, and the Order of the Eastern Star.

The deceased leaves besides her husband a son, Curtis Dotson, 17 years of age, and a mother and two brothers; Charles and John Donaldson and five sisters; Mrs. Lizzie Justus, Mrs. Fannie Laudermilk, Mrs. May Dotson, Miss Marie Donaldson and Miss Lula Donaldson.

The Tribune extends condolences to the bereaved ones.

The Clayton Tribune, Thursday, January 21, 1926 Vol. 31 No. 3

Mrs. Tiny Guffie, aged 67 years, died at the home of her son, Mr. Charlie Guffie, in Clayton, last Friday morning after an illness of a few days.

The immediate cause of her death was pneumonia.

The deceased had only lived here a few days having come here from North Carolina.

She leaves several children, most of whom live in North Carolina.

Her remains were carried back to her old home for interment.

The Clayton Tribune, Thursday, January 28, 1926 Vol. 31 No. 4

Rev. Mack Gipson, colored, a highly respected colored citizen of Clayton died at the home of his mother, in Tennessee Valley, last Friday week, January 15th.

Mack was about 35 years old and had been born and raised in Clayton where he enjoyed the confidence and esteem of both white and colored. He was also an ordained minister of the gospel.

He leaves a wife and several children to mourn his going away. His wife is a teacher of the colored school and has been for a number of years.

Mack will be greatly missed by his color with whom he had always labored for the uplift of humanity.

Peace to his ashes.

The Clayton Tribune, Thursday, May 13, 1926 Vol. XXXI No. 18

Mr. James L. Moseley, aged 66 years died at the home of his son, John Moseley, on Thursday May 6th, after an illness of several months.

The deceased had been a sufferer from the effects of Palagra and a leakage of the heart which had kept him confined at home for a long while, and which was the cause of his death.

Mr. Moseley was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church and had lived a consistent Christian life and just before his passing away told his family and friends that he was ready and willing to go.

The deceased leaves two sons, John and Ned, of Clayton and several grandchildren.

The funeral was conducted at Bethel by the pastor Rev. Duvall.

The Clayton Tribune, January 17, 1929, Vol. XXXIV No. 3, p. 1


Mr. Luther Hopper, aged forty four years, died at his home on January 4th after a lingering illness.

Mr. Hopper had been an invalid all his life.

Mr. Hopper's sister, Miss Rhoda, had nursed him the last ten years of his life, in which he was very feeble.

He is survived by two sisters, Miss Rhoda Hopper, of Wolf Fork, and Mrs. Cora Pendergrass, of Franklin, N.C., five brothers, Mr. Lester N. Hopper, of Wolf Fork, Mr. L. L. Hopper, of Dillard, Ga., Mr. R. D. Hopper, of Highlands, N.C., Mr. L. E. Hopper, of Athens, Ga., and Mr. L. K. Hopper, of Caldwell, Ohio.

The funeral was conducted at Wolf Fork by Rev. Johnny Hunnicutt.

The Clayton Tribune, April 28, 1927, Vol. XXXII No. 17, p. 1


Mr. Thomas Nichols, aged 83 years, an old Confederate Veteran, passed away at his home in Persimmon community on Wednesday morning and his remains will be laid to rest at the Persimmon Cemetery, today.

Mr. Nichols was stricken with paralysis a few days ago and remained unconcious until the end came.

He is survived by one son, Mr. Esco Nichols, of Cowan, Tennessee and one daughter, Mrs. P. E. Thompson, Sr. of Clayton and one brother, Emanuel Nichols, of Persimmon.

The deceased was a member of the Presbyterian Church at Boiling Springs.

Mr. Nichols was born in North Carolina and came to this county when eight years of age and has lived here ever since.

Obituaries, Rabun Co., GA

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