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Obituaries July - August, 1911

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(Thursday, July 27, 1911)

Harriett Ballard

Aunt Harriet Ballard, a highly respected colored woman of Gallatin, died at her home on Baptist Hill last Saturday. She was 70 years of age and had resided here for many years. She was a member of the Christian Church. Her funeral was preached at the Colored Baptist Church Sunday afternoon by Rev. E. A. Elam, and the burial followed at the Gallatin Cemetery.

(Thursday, July 27, 1911)

Death Of T. H. Clarke

Newspaper Man Succumbs After Lingering Illness

Thomas H. Clark, for some years past a member of the Nashville Banner editorial force, died in Nashville Sunday morning. The following account of him appeared in the Nashville papers of Monday: Thomas H. Clarke, for the last thirty years identified with Nashville journalism, and well known throughout the South as a conservative, conscientious, and able newspaper man, died at 5:30 o'clock Sunday morning, after a lingering illness of two months. Mr. Clarke had been in ill health during the past year, and was compelled to abandon his work ten weeks or more ago. He spent some time at Hendersonville, Tenn., in an effort to regain his strength, but returned to Nashville two weeks ago for different treatment. For the last several days his friends entertained little hope of recovery. Mr. Clarke was the son of Beverly L. and Zenobia Turner Clarke. His father was born in Franklin, Ky., and for years was prominently identified with politics, championing the cause of the democratic party. Before the Civil War Mr. Clarke's father represented the Third Kentucky district in congress, and was United States minister to Guatemala. He died while at his post in the Central American republic shortly after the birth of Mr. Clarke, fifty-two years ago. Upon the death of her husband, Mr. B. L. Clarke, Mrs. Clarke returned to Gallatin, Tenn., where her son was educated and grew to manhood. It was here Mr. Clarke began his newspaper career. He learned the trade of a printer in the office of the Gallatin Examiner and remained with that paper until 1880, when he removed to Nashville and accepted a position with the Nashville Banner. During his connection with the Banner of printer to proofreader, telegraph editor, and assistant managing editor, which place he occupied at the time of his death. A versatile newspaper man, Mr. Clarke had done much writing for papers other than the banner, and his articles have been used in many publications throughout the country. For several years past he was day correspondent at Nashville for the Associated Press, and during each of McKinley Presidential campaign he was special correspondent from Chicago. Aside from a native ability, keen insight, and other qualities which go to make up the qualifications of a newspaper man, Mr. Clarke had fitted himself for his life work by study, hard work and conscientious, no item was too insignificant nor the pressure of work too imperative for any matter to escape his careful consideration. Neither was there any problem, however broad and complicated by any number of delicate situations, that those in charge were not glad to entrust to "Tom" Clarke. Mr. Clarke married Miss Ida Clyde Gallagher, daughter of Capt. C. W. Gallagher, a prominent lawyer of New Orleans. Mrs. Clarke, who is a talented and brilliant newspaper and magazine writer, with two children, Beverley and Charles Haden, survive. During his long service as a newspaper man, Mr. Clarke had made a wide acquaintance. Though of quiet, retiring disposition, Mr. Clarke's personality was such that acquaintances soon became fast friends, and his true merit and sterling worth could not be hidden under an unassuming demeanor. His place as a newspaper man will be hard to fill, and those who knew the strength and beauty of his character regret the fate that cut him off in his prime.

(Thursday, August 3, 1911)

Mrs. Sallie Gilliam

The death of Mrs. Sallie Gilliam occurred Monday night at the home of her brother-in-law, Bailey Thurman, near Bethpage. She was 40 years of age and the widow of W. B. Gilliam who was accidentally killed in Texas several years ago. She was a member of the Baptist Church. The burial took place at Friendship in Trousdale County Tuesday.

(Thursday, August 3, 1911)

Died at Beaumont

A telegram was received by relatives at Bethpage yesterday announcing the death of Mrs. Jennie Yates, at the home of her son, Joe Yates, at Beaumont, Texas. Her remains will be brought to Bethpage for burial and are expected here Saturday. Mrs. Yates was 72 years of age and was the wife of the late George P. Yates, a prominent citizen of the Bethpage community. She had been ill for many months and recently has made her home with her son in Beaumont. She was a member of the Methodist Church. Her son, Sam Yates of Bethpage, went to Beaumont on a visit and was with his mother when she died. Mrs. Yates is survived by three sons as follows: Ben Yates of Mt. Pleasant, Joe Yates of Beaumont and Ben Yates of Bethpage. She is survived also by three sisters: Mrs. Amelia Woodson of Gallatin, Mrs. Emily Durham of Portland and Mrs. W. F. Moss of Bethpage.

(Thursday, August 3, 1911)

Mrs. Mollie House Brady

Death of Estimable Woman At Fountain Head Last Thursday

Mrs. Mollie House Brady, wife of Edward Brady and one of the best and most cultured women of Sumner County, died at their home at Fountain Head last Thursday, July 28, at 8 o'clock a. m. She had been in ill health for several years and her death was not unexpected. Until her illness began she had for many years been among the foremost in the charitable and religious work of her community. Mrs. Brady was a woman of rare culture and refinement, whose presence in her community will be sadly missed. She had been a member of the Fountain Head Station M. E. Church since its organization about fifteen years ago. She is survived by her husband, her mother, Mrs. Addie House, one brother, Fleetwood House of Texas, and two sisters, Mrs. Capitola Groves of Fort Worth, Tex., and Mrs. Emma *Mullens, Mt. Vernon, Ky. Funeral services were conducted at Fountain Head Station Friday morning at 11 o'clock by her pastor, Rev. R. M. Chenault and Rev. G. M. Sanders. The burial occurred at Old Fountain Head Cemetery in the presence of a large assembly of relatives and friends.

(Thursday, August 10, 1911)

Mrs. William Lee

Mrs. Tilitha Lee, wife of William Lee of near Cantrell's Store, died Saturday, July 29. Her death came unexpectedly, and was a shock to her many friends as well as to her immediate family. She was a member of the Methodist Church, and was loved by all who knew her. She leaves a husband and three children, Mrs. Sam Equels of Anglea, and Mrs. Hattie Perry and Homer Lee of Cantrell's Store.

(Thursday, August 10, 1911)

Portland

Rev. R. M. Chenault attended the funeral of Bishop O. P. Fitzgerald in Nashville Monday.

(Thursday, August 10, 1911)

P. L. Brizendine

P. L. Brizendine died at Portland August 5 after a protracted illness of several years. He was born in Gallatin, but moved to Kentucky when a youth. In the commercial world he was recognized as a salesman without a peer. Polite, gentle, affable, devoid of the venom of gossip he was a most desirable companion at all times. The nature of his disease caused intense agony, which he bore with marvelous fortitude. The burial was at Portland Sunday, with services conducted by the Baptist minister, who paid a beautiful tribute to the deceased. Mr. Brizendine is survived by his wife, formerly Miss Rowena Malone. "One Who Knew Him."

(Thursday, August 10, 1911)

*(Top part of this obit cut from the newspaper.)

He was a consistent member of the Methodist Church, and had been a member of the board of trustees of his church for fifty years. His wife, who was Margaret Bell, sister of Capt. A. E. Bell of this county, died four years ago. The following children survive: Mrs. Fanny Rippy, Mrs. C. W. Davis, Mrs. Martin Williams, E. H., Albert and Dan Gaines of Sumner County, J. C. Gaines of McKinney, Texas, and S. H. Gaines of Dallas, Texas. The burial took place at Pleasant Grove Saturday after funeral services had been conducted by Rev. C. N. Simmons and others. Some of those who had known "Uncle Davy" so well and so long were given an opportunity to participate in the last sad rites over the body of one whose example in life had been a benediction to all who came in touch with him, but time was too short for all the expressions of esteem in which the deceased was held. *(Sumner County, Tennessee Cemetery Records, by Margaret Cummings Snider and Joan Hollis Yorgason has: Gains, David-Father- 14 Nov 1824-4 Aug 1911, Gains, Margaret-Mother-7 April 1828-18 Jul 1906, Pleasant Grove Cemetery.)

(Thursday, August 10, 1911)

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Mrs. Fry was a member of the Christian Church, and was known and esteemed by a large circle of friends. The burial took place at the Gallatin Cemetery Monday morning with services at the grave by Evangelist J. A. Klingman. Besides her husband, who is in the eighty-ninth year of his age, the deceased leaves the following children: Mrs. Brady Mitchell, John, Henon, Abe, Al Y., and Miss Belle Fry of Sumner County, W. H. Fry of Tullahoma, and Mrs. Henry Furnia and Mrs. Jas. M. Evans of Charleroy, Penn. There were eleven children in all, two of them, Mrs. Eli Mitchell and Isaac Fry being deceased. *(Sumner County, Tennessee Cemetery Records, by Margaret Cummings Snider and Joan Hollis Yorgason has: Fry, Margaret- 6 Nov 1827-4 Aug 1911, Fry, Henry-16 Dec 1822-6 Jan 1916, Gallatin Cemetery.)

(Thursday, August 10, 1911)

Double Bereavement

A letter received here from Capt. W. T. Rickman from Union City conveys the sad intelligence of the loss of his wife and daughter, who died within a few days of each other. Capt. Rickman is an old Sumner Countian and was one of Forrest's chief leaders, one upon whom he always relied in time of trouble. The old soldiers have passed a unanimous resolution expressing their heartfelt sympathy for Capt. Rickman in his double bereavement.

(Thursday, August 10, 1911)

Died at Westmoreland

Miss Annie Lee, daughter of Tom Lee, died at her home at Westmoreland yesterday morning at 5 o'clock. She was 21 years old and her death was due to tuberculosis from which she had been ill for four months. The burial will take place at New Hope at 10 a. m., today with funeral services by Rev. Mr. Hewgley.

(Thursday, August 17, 1911)

T. Porter Groves

Thomas Porter Groves, one of the wealthiest and most prominent citizens of Sumner County, died at his home near Hendersonville on the Nashville Pike Tuesday morning. His death was due to heart failure, his illness having lasted for two weeks. Mr. Groves was 66 years old and was born and reared in Sumner County where he has always resided. He was prominent in the affairs of his section and a man of wide popularity. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. James Cantrell of Nashville and Mrs. James Butts of this county. Funeral services were conducted at the family residence yesterday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, the burial following at Spring Hill Cemetery.

(Thursday, August 17, 1911)

Wm. Moore Hobdy

News has been received here of the death of William Moore, only son of Dr. and Mrs. Will Hobdy, at their home in Hamilton, Texas, on Saturday morning, July 23. Dr. and Mrs. Hobdy have the deepest sympathy of many Sumner County friends because of their sad bereavement. The following account is taken from the Hamilton Herald of recent date: Little William Moore Hobdy, son of Dr. and Mrs. Will Hobdy, died Sunday morning July 23, of Diphtheria, having been seriously sick but a few hours. Death came to him so quickly when the dread disease had laid hold upon him that the fond parents were wholly unprepared for severe shock. The little fellow was 7 years 4 months and 19 days old and was the only child. William was a most companionable boy, the light and joy of the home, and now his voice is still, and his little form lies cold in death, the sympathies of the entire community go out to Dr. and Mrs. Hobdy in the awful grief they are called upon to endure. The parents lost their little girl, Vera Tucker, at Crandall, Texas, nearly eight years ago, she being but one year, seven months and one day old. The body of this little jewel was sent for and brought here in a sealed casket and on Tuesday at 5:30 o'clock, the remains of these two precious children were laid side by side in one grave in the new Odd Fellows Cemetery, surrounded by weeping friends and neighbors of the sorely afflicted parents.

(Thursday, August 17, 1911)

Formerly Of Sumner

Miss Frances E. Williamson

Passes Away at Pittsburg After Long Illness

Miss Frances Eagleton Williamson, daughter of Col. Robert Williamson and sister of Geo. H. and the late Estill Williamson, died the 5th inst. At St. Francis Hospital, Pittsburg, Pa., after a long illness during which she endured much suffering. Temporary burial was had in Cavalry Cemetery, Pittsburg, with mass and funeral services at Holy Rosary Church by Father Miladay. The deceased will be remembered by many of our citizens for her beautiful Christian character, generous and charitable disposition and mental attainments of high order. She was born at the old Williamson homestead on the Coles Ferry Pike, now the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Dortch, and which years ago was famed for its generous hospitality and entertainment. She lived here until about twenty-five years ago, when she removed to Pennsylvania to make her home.

(Thursday, August 17, 1911)

Shackle Island

Mrs. Lou Elam Willis, aged 38 years, died at a local infirmary in Nashville Thursday. The remains were laid to rest in Beech Cemetery Friday at 2 p. m., services being conducted by the Methodist minister from Mt. Juliet, assisted by Rev. C. K. Carlock. Deceased leaves a husband, Chas. Willis of Mt. Juliet, mother, brother and six sisters.

(Thursday, August 24, 1911)

Dies At The Age Of 70

Westmoreland Community Loses a Prominent Citizen

John F. Coley, a prominent citizen of Westmoreland community, died Monday at his home near that place. He had been ill for some time and his death was due to a complication of diseases. He was 70 years of age and had been a member of the Methodist Church since early life. During the war between the states he served as a brave soldier of the Confederate Army, and since then has been an honored citizen of Sumner County. He was at one time a member of the Sumner County Court. Six children survive, all residents of this county. Mrs. Coley died ten years ago. The burial took place Tuesday at New Hope, with funeral services by Rev. J. B. Baggett.

(Thursday, August 24, 1911)

Mrs. A. C. Morris

Mrs. Mat Morris, wife of A. C. Morris, died at their home at Cotton Town last Friday, Aug. 18. The deceased was 50 years of age and is survived by her husband and two children. She was a faithful member of the Christian Church. The burial was at Cotton Town Saturday, with funeral services by Rev. Mr. Hamilton.

(Thursday, August 24, 1911)

Mrs. Eliza Bennett

News has reached here of the death of Mrs. Eliza Bennett, which occurred at the home of E. R. Meadows, near Cross Plains. The deceased was 74 years old.

(Thursday, August 24, 1911)

Death Of Joe Simmons

A Well Known Resident Of Sumner County Dies in Bowling Green

Joe Simmons, a prominent and highly esteemed citizen of Portland, died at an infirmary in Bowling Green last Thursday after an illness lasting several months. Mr. Simmons was 67 years of age and was born and raised in Sumner County, having been in the general merchandise business at Westmoreland for a number of years. He was a successful businessman and splendid citizen. He had been for many years a member of the Baptist Church and of the Masonic Order. The deceased is survived by his wife and by four children, to wit; Dr. Walter Simmons of Smith's Grove, Ky., Mrs. Henry Ballance of Simpson County, Bascon Simmons of Turner's Station, and James Simmons of Louisville. He was a brother of Rev. C. N. Simmons of Westmoreland. The burial occurred at Pleasant Grove, this county, last Friday, with funeral services conducted by Rev. Joe L. Hawkins. The burial was with Masonic honors.

 

 


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