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Obituaries February, 1920

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(Thursday, February 5, 1920)

W. T. McGlothlin

Portland, Feb. 1. - W. T. McGlothlin, 83, died yesterday afternoon. "Uncle Billie," as he was affectionately called, was one of the best known citizens of Sumner County, having spent his entire life here. No man was held in higher esteem than he. He was a veteran of the Civil War, having seen four years' hard service in behalf of his beloved Southland. He had for many years been a member of the Methodist Church. His wife died only a few weeks ago. No children survive.

He was a successful business man and had long been prominent in the public affairs of Sumner County.

(Thursday, February 5, 1920)

Aged Woman Dead

Hartsville, Jan. 30. - Mrs. Polly Duncan, one of the oldest woman in Trousdale County, died Monday morning at the home of her son, Greely Duncan, near Templow, of paralysis. Mrs. Duncan was 88 years of age, a member of the Methodist Church and was in every respect a good woman. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. J. F. Shrum, and five sons, Jordon, P. W., Greely, Petree and Richard Duncan, all well known citizens of this county. Her remains were interred Tuesday at Willow Grove, funeral services being conducted by Rev. C. M. Epps.

(Thursday, February 5, 1920)

Miss Amo Reasor

The death of Miss Amo Reasor, daughter of Mr. J. J. Reasor, occurred Thursday at the home of her sister, Mrs. Jesse J. Naive in Nashville. Her death followed by a long illness. The deceased spent a number of years in Gallatin and enjoyed a wide acquaintance and friendship with the people of this community where she was universally beloved. She was a young lady of beautiful Christian character and a devout member of the Presbyterian Church. The burial was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Nashville on Friday afternoon.

(Thursday, February 5, 1920)

Mrs. Colby B. Chenault, Sr.

Mrs. Colby B. Chenault, Sr., died at her home one mile north of Gallatin on the Dobbins Pike Wednesday evening, January 28th, after an illness lasting over two years. She was in her 84th year. She was the wife of the late Colby B. Chenault, a prominent citizen of this county. Mrs. Chenault was a native of Sumner County and was before her marriage Miss Amarinla Harper. She was the mother of nine children, eight of whom survive her as follows: Mrs. N. D. Bullock and Miss Sallie Chenault of Gallatin, Mrs. Robert A. Trawick of Portland, J. A., Colby B., John W., James M. and Sewell Chenault all of this county.

Mrs. Chenault was a member of the Methodist Church and an excellent Christian woman. Funeral services were conducted at the Gallatin Methodist Church Thursday, January 29th at 2 PM by Rev. R. M. Chenault, assisted by Dr. T. A. Kerley and Dr. D. M. Ausmus. Burial followed at the Gallatin Cemetery.

(Thursday, February 5, 1920)

Charlie Hunter

Portland, Feb. 1. - Charlie Hunter, a highly respected farmer, 1 1/2 miles north of town, died yesterday afternoon of heart disease. Mr. Hunter was held in high esteem because of his straight-forward, upright life. He was about 35 and not married.

(Thursday, February 5, 1920)

Mrs. J. B. Bennett

Mrs. J. B. Bennett died at her home two miles east of Portland January 22nd, of infirmities of old age. She was 71 years of age and a member of the M. E. Church. She was buried at Old Fountain Head. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. S. Henley. Eight children survive her.

(Thursday, February 12, 1920)

Death Claims C. W. Gray

Prominent Citizen of Sumner County Dies At His Home Tuesday

Esquire, C. W. (Bud) Gray, one of Sumner County's most prominent citizens, died at his home on the Coles Ferry Pike Tuesday morning February 10th. Mr. Gray's death resulted from pneumonia. He had been sick for several weeks.

The deceased was fifty eight years of age and was born and reared in Sumner County. He was a son of the late W. A. Gray, Sr., and a member of one of the most prominent families in this section of the state.

Mr. Gray has been for many years a magistrate of the third district. He was a member of the Methodist Church and Knights of Pythias.

He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Mrs. John Patterson, and the following brothers and sisters: M. H. Gray, W. A. Gray, Jr., Mrs. C. B. Brown and Mrs. J. O. Gambill of this county, Mrs. H. B. Blue of Pulaski and Bright H. Gray of Oklahoma.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon by Dr. D. M. Ausmus assisted by Rev. C. C. McNeill and Dr. H. B. Blue. The burial was at the Gallatin Cemetery.

(Thursday, February 12, 1920)

Mrs. Alexander Dies At Saundersville

Mrs. Minnie Barry Alexander, whose home was in Texas, died Tuesday at the residence of her nephews, Jack and Jim Franklin, near Saundersville. The deceased was a daughter of the late John Barry. She is survived by one daughter who lives in Texas. The burial will take place today at Mt. Olivet in Nashville.

(Thursday, February 12, 1920)

Wife of Captain J. E. Gann Dies

Nashville, Feb 10. - A death that will cause deep regret to large numbers of friends in Nashville, Jacksonville, in Gallatin and Sumner County, is that of Mrs. Monterey Love Gann, wife of Capt. John E. Gann of the US Army, stationed at the Old Hickory Powder Plant, which occurred this morning. Mrs. Gann was ill only a few days at her residence, 911 Clark Street, Jacksonville.

She was born at Gallatin forty three years ago, and was a woman of splendid character and lovable disposition, who easily drew friends to her. She had made her residence at Jacksonville since Capt. Gann was stationed at the Old Hickory Plant. Besides her husband she is survived by two sons, Glenn and Lane B. Gann, and two sisters, Mrs. L. L. Jewett of Webster Groves, MO., and Mrs. W. B. Felden of Chicago.

(Thursday, February 12, 1920) * VERY INTERESTING

Interesting Letter From Lake City, Florida

Editor The News:

After and absence of 44 years from this place I am writing you. On October 25th, 1875, John M. Durham, long since dead, rigged a spring wagon like a gypsy wagon and made the trip by land to Lake City, Columbia County, Florida, coming by the way of Lebanon, Murfreesboro, Shelbyville, Fayetteville, Tennessee, Huntsville, Jacksonville, Gadsen, Stella and Gerrard, Alabama. We crossed the Chattahoochee River at Columbus, Georgia, going down the state by the way of Lumpkin and Thomasville, entering the state of Florida at Monacello. From there we went east by Live Oak, arriving at Lake City on November 24th, 1875. This was at that time a struggling village of about 2,000 inhabitants all told on what was known as the Jacksonville & Pensacola Railroad, then a very shackley railroad with poor equipments, poor service and poor everything attached to it but it beat walking. We went two miles east of Lake City and secured board with Mr. Zack Shepperd, where I boarded until February 29th, 1876, when I shipped direct to Bethpage on a ticket that allowed no stopovers, only ten minutes for lunch at Atlanta, Chattanooga and Nashville. I was glad to get home for I had never been any farther than Cairo. We sold our team and gypsy outfit to Mr. Shepperd and Mr. Durham came here in April, 1876, and died the following June. Mr. Shepperd and wife have been dead more than 20 years and only members of the family that I knew in 1876 are living. The dwelling house in which Mr. Shepperd lived has been destroyed by fire. The surviving members of his family, three in number, have sold the place and moved to Lake City, where the cafe run by Mr. Shepperd is now constructed on the main lines of the Southern railroad.

Lake City is now traversed by three railroad lines - the Coast Line, the Southern and Georgia & Florida Railroads. Lake City has grown from a village of 2,000 to a city of 6,500, with six churches with a membership of 2,000; three banks with over $1,000,000 on deposit, three good hotels, many boarding houses, water and electric lights and all the modern conveniences. The street are well laid off and streets paved. Every yard has blooming flowers and many have ripe oranges. Figs and pecans abound here. Lake City has one of the finest court houses in the state and is situated on Lake Desoto. There is surrounding the city four lakes - Lake Alligator, 3 miles by 6 miles, Lake Isabella, Lake Desoto and Lake Hamberg. All the lakes abound with an abundance of fish. The run to Lake City can be made in 24 hours. Lake City is eastern and we get our dinner an hour earlier than you do in Gallatin and don't get so hungry. Geo. W. Chipman - Lake City, Florida, February 7th, 1920.

(Thursday, February 12, 1920)

J. Herbert Barnett

Mrs. Sue K. Barnett has received word of the death of her son, J. Herbert Barnett, at Denver, Colorado. Mr. Barnett had been in bad health for more than two years, going to Denver a few months ago with hopes that he might recover. He was thirty nine years of age and unmarried. Until recently Mr. Barnett had made his home in New York City. Besides his mother he is survived by one brother, Rupert Barnett of Nashville, and three sisters, Miss Eura Barnett of Birmingham, and Miss Myrtle Barnett of Gallatin.

(Thursday, February 19, 1920)


Mrs. Ritha Louthan, wife of J. M. Louthan, died at her home at this place February 9th. She had been in very delicate health fro a number of years but was not considered seriously ill until the last few weeks. Mrs. Louthan before her marriage was Miss Ritha White, daughter of the late Tom and Elizabeth White. She was born and raised in Sumner County. She was a member of the Methodist Church of this place and was always in attendance upon its services when her health would admit. She was possessed of a beautiful Christian character and was held in high esteem by all who knew her. She is survived by her husband and one son, Frank Louthan of Hendersonville, and two daughters, Misses Mae and Mabel Louthan, and one sister, Mrs. W. T. Noe of Scottsville, KY besides a host of relatives and friends who sympathize with the family. Funeral services were conducted at their home Tuesday at 10 o'clock AM by her pastor, Rev. J. C. Whitson. The interment followed at Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

(Thursday, February 19, 1920)


The 2-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Coley Troutt died at their home near here February 9th. The infant had bronchial pneumonia but was not thought to be dangerously sick until a few hours before her death. Funeral services were conducted at their residence, with interment at the family burying ground.

(Thursday, February 19, 1920)


Jim Kent, aged about 40 years, died at his home near this place February 13th. He leaves a wife and several small children. Interment the following day at New Hope.

(Thursday, February 19, 1920)

Death Claims H. Chenault

Former Confederate Soldier Passes Away While Here On a Visit

Harvey Chenault, one of the oldest and most prominent citizens of Sumner County, died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Maria Barry on the Hartsville Pike Wednesday, February 11.

Mr. Chenault was born on the old Greenfield Place near Castalian Springs 83 years ago. He was fifth of a family of fourteen children, five of whom survive him as follows: William and Filmore Chenault of Sweeney, Texas, Charles Chenault of Castalian Springs and Mrs. D. F. and B. C. Barry of the Hartsville Pike.

In the war between the states Mr. Chenault left with one of the first companies. He was later Lieutenant in Company K. Second Tennessee regiment of which Humphrey Bate, brother of the late Senator William B. Bate, was captain. He was a member of the Christian Church and a man of fine Christian character. In recent years the deceased had lived in Texas.

Besides the above brothers and sisters he is survived by the following children: Mrs. Anna Nathan, William and Charlie Chenault of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Cleveland Chenault of Sherman, Texas.

Funeral services were conducted at the residence of Mrs. Barry at 11 AM Friday by Elder E. A. Elam and Rev. H. L. Olmstead.

(Thursday, February 19, 1920)

James N. Scott

James Nicholas Scott, a well known and highly esteemed citizen of Gallatin, died Tuesday at his home on North Water Street after a short illness. The deceased was born and reared in Trousdale County. He was a son of William Scott and was 78 years of age. He was as brave a Confederate soldier as ever entered the service, being a member of the 30th Tennessee Regiment, Captain Carson's company. Funeral services were conducted at 10 o'clock AM yesterday at the residence by Rev. H. L. Olmstead of the Christian Church of which the deceased was a member. The burial followed at the Gallatin Cemetery.

(Thursday, February 19, 1920)

Ray Ventrees

Ray, the seven-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ned Ventrees, died at the home of his parents near Fountain Head Tuesday February 10th.

(Thursday, February 19, 1920)

Fountain Head

Ed Fisher of this place died February 14th, being 69 years old.

(Thursday, February 26, 1920)

Mrs. Noel Carr

Bethpage, Feb. 20. - The remains of Mrs. Noel Carr, who died in Nashville following a brief illness of pneumonia, were brought to this place Thursday and interment was held at Wolf Hill. The deceased was 31 years of age, and had resided in this county until the last few months. Before her marriage she was Miss Nellie Gaines, daughter of Will Gaines of Templow.

(Thursday, February 26, 1920)

Margaret Cox

Margaret, the four year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Cox, died at the home of her parents on the Woods Ferry Pike, Thursday night, Feb. 19th. She had been sick for more than three months.

Funeral services were conducted at the residence Saturday morning by Rev. H. L. Olmstead followed by burial at the Gallatin Cemetery.

(Thursday, February 26, 1920)

Mrs. Susie Dempsie

Mrs. Susie Elizabeth Dempsie died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. B. Flynn, near Saundersville Wednesday, February 18th. Mrs. Dempsie was sixty-one years of age and was born and reared in Kentucky, coming to this county a few years ago. The remains were carried to Verona, KY, Thursday for burial.

(Thursday, February 26, 1920)

Charlie Rilie

Charlie Rilie, age 29, died at the home of his father, A. B. Rilie, on Blythe Street Monday, February 16th after a short illness. Mr. Rilie was born in Kentucky and moved here from Louisville with his father a short time ago. Although Mr. Rilie was blind he was of a cheerful disposition and bore his sufferings with a Christian spirit. Funeral services were conducted at the residence Tuesday afternoon. The burial was at the Gallatin Cemetery.

(Thursday, February 26, 1920)

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin A. Franklin, a highly respected citizen of this county, died at his home near Cotton Town Monday, February 16. Mr. Franklin was 68 years of age. He was born and reared in Sumner County, and was a son of the late Thomas Franklin.

The deceased was twice married. His last wife, who was Elizabeth Nimmo, and six children, three boys and three girls, survive him.

Funeral services were conducted at the residence Wednesday morning followed by burial at Bush's Chapel Cemetery.

(Thursday, February 26, 1920)


The death of Miss Pearl Massey, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. B. Massey, which occurred at their home February 16th, was a very sad shock to her many friends. She having been in the employee of State Statistician Louthan, left Nashville Monday of last week in apparently good health for this place for a few days visit with her parents was taken ill before reaching home. Later in the week developing a severe case of pneumonia which resulted in her death. She is survived by her parents and two brothers, Olie Massey of Aspin Hill and Virgil Massey of Detroit, Michigan who left this place a number of years ago. The death of this young lady has cast a gloom of sorrow over the entire town who deeply sympathize with the grief stricken family in their bereavement. She being held in high esteem by all who knew her. Miss Massey was a member of the Methodist Church of this place and always in attendance at church and Sunday School when at home. Funeral services were held at the church Wednesday at 12:30 o'clock conducted by her pastor, Rev. J. C. Whitson, with the following ladies acting as pall bearers: Mrs. L. Y. Carter, Mrs. Virgil Lambert and Misses Mamie Thomerson, Lonie Helston, Lacy O'Meara and Pauline Moncrief with interment following at New Hope Cemetery.

(Thursday, February 26, 1920)


The remains of Mrs. Mary Ann Durham, widow of the late Miles Durham who died in Nashville reached this place Saturday Feb. 21st and was buried the following day at New Hope Cemetery.

(Thursday, February 26, 1920)

Mrs. Lillian Knight

The death of Mrs. Lillian Knight occurred Wednesday night, February 11th after a short illness. She was the daughter of John Kirkham who lives near Pleasant Hill. She left to mourn her loss her husband, little son and daughter, three sisters and three brothers. She was laid to rest in Pleasant Hill Grave Yard. She was a prominent member of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. May God comfort those left to mourn. Her Niece.

(Thursday, February 26, 1920)

In Memoriam

Margaret Baber Brown

Margaret Ann Baber, daughter of D. W. and Sina E. Barber, was born June the 5th, 1857. She was married to W. C. Brown in 1874 and died January 13th, 1920, aged 62 years, five months and eight days.

(Didn't type all of this.) She leaves a husband, two daughters and three sons, a dear old mother, four sisters and five brothers, besides a host of friends and relatives who will sadly miss her.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. H. L. Olmstead of Gallatin and her body laid to rest beside the grave of her oldest boy near her father and other loved ones at Corinth, Tenn. A Friend.

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