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Sumner County, Tennessee Obits March - April, 1917

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(Thursday, March 22, 1917)

Mrs. Mary A. Dempsey

Mrs. Mary Alice Dempsey died at her home on the Liberty Road Saturday morning, March 17. Mrs. Dempsey was 65 years old and had been a Baptist for 55 years. She was a member of the Cottontown Baptist Church at the time of her death, and her faithful and efficient service will be greatly missed by that organization. She lived in Nashville for many years and was noted among the Christian workers of that city for her consecrated efforts in soul winning and Sunday school work. Mr. Lovell, her brother, and Mrs. A. C. S. Jackson, of Nashville, attended the funeral. Mrs. Dempsey was laid to rest by the side of her husband who died several years ago. The services were conducted at the residence by Rev. Robert Woodall and Rev. Wilson Woodcock.



(Thursday, March 22, 1917)

William C. Jones

William C. Jones, a well known citizen of the 9th district, died suddenly of organic heart affection at his home, the Lyle place, on the Red River Road early Thursday morning. He was 70 years of age. Mr. Jones was born in Smith County several years ago and has since resided here. Mr. Jones was a faithful member of the Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife and several children. Funeral services were conducted at the residence at 10 o’clock a. m. Friday. The burial was at Spring Hill Cemetery near Nashville.

(Thursday, March 22, 1917)

Roy Brizendine

Roy Brizendine, age 22 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. B. Brizendine, died Saturday afternoon, March 17, at their residence in South Portland. He had been a sufferer for the past eighteen months with tuberculosis.



(Thursday, April 12, 1917)

Jack McKoin Passes Away

Well Known Citizen Dies Sunday At Home On Station Camp

John G. McKoin, familiarly known as “Uncle Jack,” died at 4:30 a. m. Sunday at the home of his sister, Mrs. Lou Kirk on Station Camp Creek. His death was due to the infirmities of old age. Mr. McKoin was born and reared on the farm he owned on Station Camp at the time of his death. He was 78 years old and was a gallant Confederate soldier. He enlisted in the 30th Tennessee regiment when the war broke out and served with distinction until the end. At the close of the war he returned to his home and took care of his orphaned sisters. He served for a number of years as a member of the county court, and was a stanch Democrat, having been for many years president of the Station Camp Democratic Club. At the age of fifteen he joined the Bethel Methodist Church and throughout his long life remained a faithful member. Mr. McKoin was a man of the highest honor and integrity and wielded a wide influence throughout the section in which he lived. Two sisters, Mrs. Lou Kirk of Station Camp and Mrs. Jennie Barker of Franklin, Ky., survive him. He was never married. Funeral services were conducted at the residence at 10 o’clock a. m. Monday by Rev. B. J. Duncan. The burial followed at the old Walton Graveyard.



(Thursday, April 12, 1917)

T. D. Jones

T. D. (Dick) Jones of Gallatin died April 11th at a Nashville Infirmary where he had been taken for treatment. The deceased for a number of years had driven the oil wagon for W. H. Baber.  A few days previous to his death he was injured by a mule, having fallen from the wagon under the mule’s feet. He is survived by his wife and three children. The burial took place Thursday at the Gallatin Cemetery.



(Thursday, April 12, 1917)

Claude Lovell Killed In Automobile Accident

Claude Lovell, formerly of Portland, was killed in an automobile accident Sunday near Pana, Illinois. His remains were sent for burial to the home of his father, Herbert Lovell, a prominent farmer near Portland.



(Thursday, April 12, 1917)

Death Visits Home of Senator Allen

Miss Jessie Allen, eldest daughter of Senator and Mrs. M. H. Allen died Friday, April 13, at their home at Lafayette. Dr. and Mrs. Allen have the sincere sympathy of many Sumner County friends in their sad bereavement.



(Thursday, April 12, 1917)

Prominent Printer Of Nashville Dies

Nashville, April 15, William Willis Daniel died at his home, 700 Joseph Avenue, at 6:15 o’clock Saturday morning, age 60 years. He was a valued employee of the Marshall & Bruce Printing Company in the composing room and he was one of the most prominent members of the International Typographical union in this city. Mr. Daniel is survived by his wife and the following children: Mrs. Charles H. Holder, Gallatin; William A. Daniel, of this city; Henry M. Daniel, of Webb City, Mo., and Robert K. Daniel of Corinth, Miss.



(Thursday, April 12, 1917)

Samuel Moody Wilkes

Samuel Moody Wilkes, a prominent citizen of the 1st district, died at 2 o’clock p. m. Monday at his home near Corum Hill. Funeral services took place at the Baptist Church there at 11 a. m. Tuesday, conducted by Rev. A. D. Robertson assisted by Rev. Wilson Woodcock. The burial was at the Corum Hill Cemetery.



(Thursday, April 12, 1917)

Horace C. Cleveland

Horace C. Cleveland of the Cotton Town community died at 5:30 o’clock Friday evening at a Nashville Infirmary, where he had been taken for treatment. While loading saw logs near his home Wednesday afternoon a log rolled over him inflicting injuries from which his death resulted. Mr. Cleveland was 43 years of age and is survived by his wife and two children. He was a son-in-law of Thomas Buckingham, a well-known citizen of this county, and lived on the farm of the latter on Station Camp Creek near Cotton Town. The deceased moved to this section from Trousdale County about three years ago. He was a faithful member of the Cotton Town Christian Church, an excellent citizen and was highly regarded by his neighbors and many friends throughout the county. Funeral services were conducted at the Gallatin Christian Church at 3 o’clock p. m. Sunday by Rev. H. L. Olmstead. The burial was at the Gallatin Cemetery with Masonic honors.



(Thursday, April 12, 1917)


Mr. Granville Nimmo, familiarly known as “Uncle Gran” Nimmo, died at his home near Pleasant Grove Thursday night, April 12th, at midnight. Death was not unexpected as he had been in a very critical condition during the entire winter due to Bright’s disease. The funeral services was conducted at the Pleasant Grove Church Saturday at 11 a. m. by Rev. Mr. McRenolds of the Methodist Church, Rev. C. N. Simmons of the Baptist Church and Rev. N. B. Taylor, local Methodist preacher, after which interment was made in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Mr. Nimmo belonged to an old and well established family and was one of the most highly respected citizens of the community in which he lived. He belonged to the Masonic Lodge and a number of brother Masons were present to pay their last tribute of respect to their deceased friend. He was seventy-six years of age. Mr. Nimmo is survived by his widow, three sons, William Nimmo of Texas, Prof. Lucian Nimmo, principal of the Westmoreland High School, and Adreine Nimmo of Pleasant Grove, two daughters, Mrs. Laura Alexander of Nashville and Mrs. Nellie Harris of near Westmoreland. Friends extend their sympathy to the bereaved family.



(Thursday, April 26, 1917)

Ben Smith

The death of Ben Smith, aged 25 years, occurred at the home of his father, Joe Smith, at Cotton Town last Wednesday, April 18. The deceased had been sick for some time, his illness resulting from tuberculosis. The internment took place Thursday at the family burying ground with funeral services by Rev. B. J. Duncan.



(Thursday, April 26, 1917)

Maj. Guild Dies at Norfolk

Member of Distinguished Sumner County Family Passed Away

Nashville, April 21, - Maj. George B. Guild, 83 years old, a veteran of the Civil War and of the Spanish-American War, twice mayor of Nashville, and a member of one of the oldest families in Tennessee, died yesterday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John D. Westbrook, in Norfolk, Va., as the result of an illness contracted while he was stationed at Chickamauga park during the Spanish-American War. The body will reach Nashville at 8:30 o’clock and the funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the home of Mrs. Robert Orr, 313 Woodland Street. The services will be conducted by Rev. W. L. Caldwell, assisted by the Rev. James I. Vance. The interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The honorary pallbearers will be: Mayor Robert Ewing, John P. Hickman, J. N. Brooks, George M. Jackson, Sam McKay, R. S. Cowan and Judge George E. Seay of Gallatin. The active pallbearers will be: Percy Kinnaird, William Hume, Nat LeSueur, Robert S. Webb, George J. Stubblefield, John F. Kercheval, W. C. Pollard and Dr. Thomas Weaver. Born in Gallatin in April 1834. George B. Guild was born in Gallatin, Tenn., April 8, 1834. He was the eldest son of Hon. Josephus Conn Guild and Catherine Montgomery Guild, the latter being the daughter of Major Geo. D. Blackmore, a soldier of the Revolutionary War. Young Guild was educated in the schools of his native town, in part, and afterwards, attended the University of Alabama, at Tuscaloosa, and Cumberland University, at Lebanon, Tenn., at which latter institution he was graduated in the literary department in 1855, with the degree of A. M., being valedictorian of his class, and afterwards in the same institution, he was graduated at law, with the degree of L. L. B. On March 5, 1861, he was married to Miss Georgia Thompson, daughter of Dr. George Thompson, to which union there were born five children, only two of whom now survive, George M. of Chattanooga, and Maria, wife of John D. Westbrook, of Norfolk, Va. His eldest son, the late Josephus Conn Guild, was an engineer of great ability. Among his other achievements was the great hydro-electric plant on the Tennessee River just below Chattanooga. Mr. Guild entered the practice of law a few years before the war as a partner with his father and brother-in-law, Col. Baxter Smith, the firm being Guild, Smith & Guild. At the outbreak of the Civil War he was clerk and master of the chancery court at Gallatin, and at once resigned his office and joined the Confederate army, and was made adjutant of the Fourth Tennessee cavalry regiment, performing his duties efficiently and bravely as a soldier in the various battles and skirmishes in which that regiment participated, till the surrender of that part of the Confederate army at Charlotte, N. C., May 3, 1865. Major Guild was a democrat of the old school, and as such was elected a representative in the legislature from Sumner, Smith and Macon counties in the year 1871, where he served with ability during that legislative term.

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