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Obituaries April, 1909

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Gallatin Sumner County News (MISC.)
Microfilm Roll #501 - Date: 1905 - 1911

(Thursday, April 1, 1909)

Died Near Rock Bridge

Mr. Julius T. Simpson Passes Away After an Illness of Two Weeks

Julius T. Simpson, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Simpson, died at his home near Rock Bridge last Monday night at 10 o'clock after an illness of two weeks from typhoid fever. His case was serious from the beginning and refused to yield to the treatment of his physician. The deceased was 31 years of age and an industrious young man of good business qualifications, who was held in high esteem by the community in which he lived. He was married four years ago to Miss Bessie Neel, oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Neel, who with a little son two years old survives him. He had been for a number of years a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church at Dry Fork. The funeral will take place this morning at the late residence of the deceased. The interment will occur at the old Simpson Burying Ground nearby.

(Thursday, April 1, 1909)

A gloom of sadness was cast over this community by the death of Miss Mary E. Winston of Hartsville which occurred Monday, March 29. Miss Winston was for three years one of the teachers here. She was forced to give up her position as teacher more than a year ago on account of ill health. No one has made an more enviable reputation as a teacher than she. It was hers to have the love, esteem and confidence of her fellow teachers, pupils and patrons. She was a great and good woman, a Christian woman in the fullest meaning of the term. The teachers and pupils of Bledsoe Academy attended her funeral at Hartsville, March 30.

(Thursday, April 8, 1909)

Death of Thomas Neel

One of Sumner's Most Highly Esteemed Citizens Answers the Final Summons.

Thomas S. Neel, one of Sumner County's best and most highly esteemed citizens, died at his home on Dry Fork Wednesday morning at 3 o'clock. He had been in ill health for a number of years and his death was not unexpected. Mr. Neel was born in the same community in which he died in 1830. Early in life he married Miss Mary McWhirter and reared a large family of children the following of whom survive him: Julius C. Neel, Mrs. Charley Carr, Mrs. J. C. Wallace and Mrs. James Tyree. The deceased was a brother of the late John B. Neel, and is survived by one brother, Dr. Wm. Neel of Mayfield, Kansas, and a sister, Mrs. Caroline Dobbins of Joplin, MO. He had long been a consistent member of the Dry Fork Cumberland Presbyterian Church and was of that type of Christian citizen which the younger generation might well emulate. The burial will take place at Dry Fork this morning at 10 o'clock.

(Thursday, April 8, 1909)

Death Near Pondville

Mrs. Cynthia Anglea, widow of Robert Anglea, died last Saturday at her home near Pondville. She was 81 years old, had been a member of the Methodist Church for many years and is survived by six children, four daughters and two sons. Mrs. Anglea was a splendid Christian woman who enjoyed the highest esteem of the community.

(Thursday, April 8, 1909)

Uncle Fred White

Uncle Fred White, one of the few remaining old time darkies, died last Saturday at his home near Bransford. Before the war he belonged to Harry White of this county. Some years after the war closed Uncle Fred bought a farm of (torn place) acres on which he lived until his death. He was 86 years old and is survived by his aged wife. Both he and his wife have always enjoyed the highest respect of both white and colored people.

(Thursday, April 8, 1909)

Side By Side They Sleep

Husband and Wife Joined In Death and Buried at Same Time Last Tuesday.

Rev. A. C. Mathews, an aged and superannuated minister of the Methodist Church, died at his home near Liberty in the ninth district last Sunday after 4 week's illness from pneumonia. He was seventy two years of age. Bro. Mathews joined the Tennessee Conference in 1864 and was for many years actively engaged in the Christian ministry but being finally overtaken  by the infirmities of age retired to his farm on which he died. He was twice married, the second time to Miss Sallie Collier, daughter of the late Mr. Luke Collier at Liberty. He leaves several children. Brother Mathew's wife, Mrs. Sallie Mathews, died just twelve hours later than her husband, her death occurring on last Monday, April 5. She had been ill for several years and the shock resulting from her husband's death proved too great for her weakened condition and festered her demise. She was fifty years of age and as above related was a daughter of the late Veners Luke Collier of Liberty. She was a faithful Christian woman who bore her years of suffering with heroic fortitude. she leaves two boys, aged fifteen and nine years. Funeral services for Bro. Mathews and his wife were conducted at the Gallatin Methodist Church Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock by his nephew, Rev. A. E. Clement of Nashville, assisted by Revs. Jarrett and Nackles. Ministers from surrounding charges acted as pall bears. Interment followed at the Gallatin Cemetery.

(Thursday, April 8, 1909)

Rev. H. M. Jarvis was called to South Side, Montgomery County, yesterday to conduct the funeral services of Mrs. Sam M. Ferrell.

(Thursday, April 15, 1909)

Death Of Colin Davies

One of The Best Known Railroad Men in the County Buried Here.

Mr. Colin A. Davies, Superintendent of the L & N Cincinnati Short Line from Louisville to Cincinnati died last Thursday morning at Norton infirmary Louisville after a short illness. His death was due to peritonitis. Mr. Davies was one of the best known and most highly esteemed railroad men in the middle west and a citizen known and honored for his sterling worth in every way of life. He began his business career in this section and was for a while in early life a resident of Gallatin. He was born in Louisville in 1855 and was educated in the schools of that city. In 1885 he married Miss Launa Adams of Gallatin, daughter of Dr. Adams, for many years a well known dentist of this place. He is survived by his wife and one son, Mr. Graham Davies of Pittsburgh, Pa., and a sister Mrs. James B. Steadman. *(This is a long obit. If anyone should want to read more, please e-mail me.)

(Thursday, April 22, 1909)

Dies Near Portland

Thomas Kerley residing a few miles northeast of Portland died last Thursday night from the effects of a cancer, aged 79 years. He was an excellent citizen, of a good family and for many years a faithful member of the Methodist Church. He is survived by four children, one son and three daughters.

(Thursday, April 22, 1909)

Henry C. Cantrell

Relatives in Sumner County received a telegram last Saturday morning announcing the death of Henry C. Cantrell which occurred in Ft. Worth, Texas, the night before. Mr. Cantrell was a twin brother of Charles C. Cantrell of Gallatin and was 73 years of age at the time of his death. He was twice married, the first time to Miss Saunders of this county. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Alex Schell now of Ft. Worth and three sons also of that place. The burial was at Ft. Worth.

(Thursday, April 22, 1909)

Mrs. Lucy E. Blair

Mrs. Lucy E. Blair, of Lebanon, Tenn., died Monday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. M. Pennington at St. Blaise after a lingering illness of four months from heart trouble. Mrs. Blair was 72 years of age and had been for many years a consistent member of the Christian Church. The interment took place at Lebanon Tuesday at 11 a. m. with services by Rev. H. A. Elam. She is survived by two children Mrs. A. M. Pennington and John W. King of Lebanon, Both Mrs. Pennington and Mr. King desirous to express through the columns of the News their sincere thanks to many kindly friends ministrations during the illness and death of their mother.

(Thursday, April 22, 1909)

South Tunnel

The remains of little Homer Hunter, the one year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hunter of Fountain Head, were laid to rest at Bush's Chapel Cemetery Thursday evening. The grief stricken parents have the sympathy of their many friends in this their deepest sorrow.

(Thursday, April 29, 1909)

Baptist Minister Dies

Rev. Jacob Stinson, a well known minister of the Baptist Church died at his home near Sylvian, two miles East of Westmoreland Saturday. He was 80 years of age and is survived by his wife and five grown children. The burial occurred Sunday at the Smothers Graveyard in Macon County in the presence of a large concourse of people.

(Thursday, April 29, 1909)

John J. Kemper of the Long Hollow Pike Dies at His Home

John J. Kemper one of the old and highly respected citizens of the county died at his home on the Long Hollow Pike last Saturday afternoon. The burial took place Sunday afternoon. Funeral services were conducted by Brother Blankenship of the Baptist Church the deceased having been a member of the Station Camp Baptist Church for many years. Mr. Kemper was born in Faquier County, Va., in March 1830 and removed with his parents to Davidson County this state in 1833. He came to Sumner County in 1865 where he has since resided. He is survived by three children, Tom and Horace Kemper of this county and Mrs.. Henry Cox of Dixon Springs. His wife died several years ago. His death was due to dropsy of which he had been ill for about two months.

(Thursday, April 29, 1909)

Prominent Attorney Dead

John S. McMurry, one of the most prominent lawyers of the Upper Cumberland County, died at his home in Hartville last Friday night after an illness of one month. Mr. McMurry was 76 years of age and had been prominent to legal and political circles. He represented this the fourteenth senatorial circuit, composed of the counties of Sumner, Macon and Trousdale in the State Senate in 1905, and was frequently selected as special judge in both the Circuit and Chancery Courts of his division. He was a Confederate soldier, serving in Ward's regiment under General John H. Morgan. He is survived by six children, J. D. McMurry, and attorney at Hartsville, Roy Dickson and A. C. McMurry also of Hartsville, Mrs. M. W. Bradley, Mrs. J. M. Robb and Mrs. Frank Smith of Nashville.

(Thursday, April 29, 1909)

Buntin Perry

Buntin Perry, a well known citizen of the 12th District, died Friday morning at 6:30 at the home of W. M. Perry. The deceased was fifty years of age and unmarried. He had been a consistent member of Mt. Vernon Methodist Church for many years.

(Thursday, April 29, 1909)

William Hosale

Wm. Hosale and aged and highly esteemed citizen of the 7th District died at his home near New Hope Church last Monday. He was born Feb. 8, 1812, and was sick for only a few hours, his death being due to heart failure resulting from the infirmities of old age. He was a remarkable well preserved man for his age being to the last in possession of all his faculties. Had been a consistent member of the New Hope Baptist Church. The interment took place at Beech Church Tuesday, with services by Rev. C. K. Carlock.

(Thursday, April 29, 1909)


Death has entered the home of W. M. and N. E. Keen and taken their little daughter, Geneva J. Keen. She was born April 9, 1909, and departed this life April 19, 1909. She lived only ten days. She is gone" Like a flower, she fleeth as it were a shadow." In the midst of life there is death. May God bless the broken hearted father and mother and help them to live for God and heaven. There may they meet their departed child among the angels in the glory world. "Weep not she is not dead but sleepth." She was buried at the Old Stone Graveyard at Cotton Town, April 20, 1909. Funeral services were conducted by the writer. "The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, blessed be the name of the Lord." Hardy Simmons.

Cotton Town

The little infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marshal Keen died Monday 19, and was buried the following day at the Stone Burying Ground.


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