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  Henry H. Howser Obituary - 1941

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Macon County Cemetery Book, by Macon County Historical Society has: Roark Cemetery - Howser, Henry H. - 1874 - 1941.

Prof. H. H. Howser Meets Tragic End - Noted Educator is Found Pinned Beneath His Wrecked Car

One of the most tragic events to happen in this county in years was the death of Henry H. Howser, superintendent of Macon County schools, who died under his wrecked car last Thursday afternoon between two and three o'clock. The exact hour of the accident that snuffed out his life is unknown. He had briefly addressed Wiseman Baptist Association then in session with the Lafayette Baptist Church, and had asked to be excused as business matters were urgent. He left Lafayette, so it is thought, to visit the Russell Hill section where a new school house is to be erected. It is also supposed that he intended to see Dr. A. Y. Kirby, Chairman of the County Board of Education, and secure his signature to some warrants that were found, in the pockets of Mr. Howser and about where the wreck occurred. Three Thompson boys from the Willette section found Prof. Howser's overturned car near the home of Robert Hargis, six miles east of Lafayette in the Union Camp section, and called help. It was some time before enough help could be secured to lift the car from the body of Mr. Howser, who was still alive, but unable to speak. He expired about the time the car was removed from him. Just how he was fatally hurt is not known, but indications were that his car had failed to take a curve, had gone into the ditch, had thrown out the driver, and then turning half around, the car overturned and fell on Mr. Howser, who was alone on the trip. He sustained a bad cut in the top of his head, it was thought that his neck was broken and one leg was also reported to have been fractured. It was reported in last week's paper that he was found by Miss Ophelia Jenkins, but this  was in error the Thompson boys finding him and Miss Jenkins being the first to bring the news to Lafayette, where her report created much excitement. The remains were laid to rest (Torn place.) who knew him. He had taught in the schools of Smith, Macon and Trousdale Counties in Tennessee, and had also been for a time a teacher in the schools of Florida. Devoted to the education of youth, who had given all his time and talents to the cause of education and the training of boys and girls and men and women for usefulness in life. He is survived by his wife, formerly Miss Mabel Oglesby; three sons, Ralph and Hal Douglas Howser, both of Lafayette; and Harris Howser, who is in the training camp at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia; three brothers, Dr. D. D. Howser of Lafayette, Doug Howser of Clarksville, where he was formerly postmaster; and Pleas Howser of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; and two sisters, Mrs. Sarah Ann Reeves of Ebony, Texas, and Mrs. Maude Ray of Gamaliel, Ky. (Torn place.) by the Rev. J. R. Wright. Perhaps the largest crowd ever to attend a funeral service in the history of Lafayette was present. Mr. Howser was a member of the Lafayette Baptist Church and had been a teacher in the Sunday School for years. Prof. Howser, the son of Dr. Jefferson and Mary Meador Howser, was born on Salt Lick, below Red Boiling Springs, 67 years ago. He attended the county schools until competent to teach, when he began teaching at Sanderson's school near Pleasant Shade. This was 50 years ago and he had since that time taught school, gone to school, and supervised the schools of this county on three different occasions. He was first chosen as Superintendent in 1911. In 1925, he finished the unexpired term of John Price, who died in office. Prof. Howser was later elected to the same office. Then the first of this year he was again chosen to head our schools. Prof. Howser, in addition to attending school in this county, was also a student in the old Southern Normal at Huntingdon, Tennessee, and later obtained his degree at the State Teachers College at Murfreesboro. Prof. Howser was a good man, loved and honored by almost all (The end of the copy of obit.).

 


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