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Obituaries March, 1920

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(Thursday, March 4, 1920)

Miller Withers

News has been received here of the death of Miller Withers at his home in Stroud, Oklahoma, of spinal meningitis.

The deceased was 31 years of age and was married. He was a son of the late Benjamin Withers and was born and reared near Gallatin, going to Oklahoma several years ago. Besides his wife he is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Alex Baskerville and Mrs. L. L. Johnson, and three brothers, Rufe, Lewis and Hugh Withers, all of Gallatin.

(Thursday, March 4, 1920)

Mrs. Bettie Ward

Mrs. Bettie P. Ward died at her home on the Nashville Pike Sunday, February 29th. Mrs. Ward was formerly Miss Bettie Pursley and was born and reared in Wilson County. The deceased was 79 years of age. She had been confined to her bed for several years yet bore her confinement and suffering with patience and Christian fortitude. She had been since early youth a devout member of the Methodist Church and was a woman of excellent Christian character. She is survived by two sons, P. W. Duke of Nashville and Duke Ward of Gallatin and four stepsons, J. B. Ward of Carthage, M. L. Ward and Dr. H. S. Ward of Birmingham, AL. Funeral services were conducted at the residence Monday morning, March 1st, followed by interment at the Spring Hill Cemetery.

(Thursday, March 4, 1920)

Mrs. Nat Sanders

Hartville, Feb. 25. - Mrs. Narcissus Sanders, wife of the late Nat Sanders, died Monday morning from an attack of pneumonia following influenza. Mrs. Sanders had been ill only a few days and her unexpected death was a shock to her many friends. She was about 51 years of age, a member of the Christian Church, and was in every respect a splendid lady, loved and admired by all for her many admirable traits of character.

(Thursday, March 4, 1920)

Edward Walker

Joseph Edward Walker, age thirty, died at his home on Lyon Street Monday afternoon, March 1st, after a short illness of pneumonia. The deceased was a member of the Christian Church and a Modern Woodmen of America. He is survived by his wife and four small children. Funeral services were conducted at the home of his brother, Charles H. Walker, on South Water Street Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 by Rev. H. L. Olmstead. Burial at the Gallatin Cemetery.

The deceased was a son of the late James Walker of the Scottsville Pike community.

(Thursday, March 4, 1920)

Harry Carter

Harry Carney Carter, age 27, died at his home in Gallatin Monday night, March 1st, after an illness of several months. The deceased was a son of the late Carney Carter and was born and reared near Westmoreland. Mr. Carter saw active service with the A. E. F. in the recent war, having been a sergeant in Company C, 81st Engineers. He received seventeen wounds in the left leg from shrapnel October 11th, 1918, serving in the Toul sector. While lying wounded he was badly gassed and never fully recovered from the effects. He is survived by his wife and two small children.

(Thursday, March 4, 1920)

John H. Foster

John H. Foster, one of Gallatin's oldest and best known citizens, died at his home on Smith Street Tuesday afternoon, March 2nd. His death was due to infirmities of age.

The deceased was 72 years of age and had been in feeble health for many years. He was born and reared in Gallatin and during his active life was a contractor and builder. He had been for a number of years a member of the Methodist Church. His wife, who was formerly Miss Florrie Enloe, and two sisters, Mrs. Minnie F. Brown of Gallatin and Mrs. Ellen Jones of Arkansas survive him.

Funeral services were had at the residence Wednesday afternoon by Dr. D. M. Ausmus of the Methodist Church. Burial was at Gallatin Cemetery.

(Thursday, March 4, 1920)

T. G. Cunningham

Thomas G. Cunningham, a prominent citizen and farmer of Sumner County, died at his home one-half mile north of Cotton Town Friday, February 27th, after an illness of several weeks.

The deceased was born near Goodlettsville in Davidson County July 24th, 1846. He had been a lifelong member of the Church of Christ and was a man of sterling Christian character, being highly esteemed by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife and the following children: Robert and Frank Cunningham and Mrs. A. D. Spivey. Funeral services were conducted at the residence Sunday by Rev. H. L. Olmstead of the Gallatin Christian Church followed by burial at the family burying ground near the home.

(Thursday, March 4, 1920)

Bayless Judd

Bayless Judd, eldest son of the late Judge John W. Judd of Gallatin, died of pneumonia at Trenton Sunday morning. The burial took place at Springfield Tuesday. The deceased was 38 years of age and at the time of his death was connected with the Cotton States Insurance Company at Memphis. He was a member of the Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, who before her marriage was Miss Martha Glass of Trenton, his mother and two brothers, Joe and John Judd. The deceased had many friends here who learn of his death with sincere regret.

(Thursday, March 4, 1920)

Mrs. Susie Lee

Mrs. Susie Stone Lee, wife of Richard Lee, died at their home on the Douglas Pike Friday, February 27th.

Mrs. Lee was born in Sumner County March 17th, 1873, and was before her marriage Miss Susie Stone, daughter of Howard Stone. She was a member of the Salem Methodist Church and was a devout Christian worker in that community where she had lived most of her life. She is survived by her husband and one daughter, Mary Lee, two brothers, Frank and John Stone, and one sister, Mrs. George Baulch, all of the Douglass Pike community. Funeral services were conducted at the residence Saturday afternoon followed by burial at Salem burying ground.

(Thursday, March 4, 1920)

Mrs. Carrington Mason

A large circle of friends here will regret to hear of the death of Mrs. Carrington Mason which occurred at the home of her daughter in Newtonville, Mass., Sunday, February 22nd.

Mrs. Mason was the victim of paralysis following a recent stroke. Her advanced age mitigated against her chances for recovery.

She was in the 80th year of her age, having been born in Sumner County, Tenn. on February 5, 1841. Her maiden name was Maria Boddie. She married the late Carrington Mason in June, 1860, and moved from Nashville to Memphis, where she had lived until a short time after Mr. Mason's death.

Mrs. Mason was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church for nearly 60 years. She was one of the founders of the Woman's Christian Association, in which with others she did notable work.

She took an active part in the United Daughters of the Confederacy work and was for some years president of the Sarah Law Chapter.

Mrs. Mason was a member of the board of lady managers of the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago and of the Tennessee Centennial in Nashville. She was the moving spirit in church activities, and took a prominent part in every matter of public welfare and public interest. Too much cannot be said of her work in this connection.

Four children survive Mrs. Mason, her two sons, L. Y. and Alf D. Mason of Memphis, and two daughters, Mrs. H. R. Stanford, Boston, and Mrs. H. D. Lloyd of Newtonville, Mass.

(Thursday, March 4, 1920)

Fountain Head

Mrs. Laura Fisher and her heirs have sold the house and lot of Ed Fisher, deceased, to W. E. Colley for $1,700. Mrs. Laura Fisher has gone to Nashville to live with her son, Walter Fisher and family.

(Thursday, March 4, 1920)

A little child 6 months old of Mr. and Mrs. Will Hindman died February 26th.

(Thursday, March 4, 1920)

An infant of Mr. and Mrs. Willie Graves of this place died February 26.

(Thursday, March 4, 1920)

Charles Deasy

Portland, Feb. 27. - Chas. Deasy died at his home east of Portland Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 o'clock after a lingering illness of heart trouble. He leaves a wife, two sons, Walter and Parnell Deasy, and two daughters, Mrs. Katie Mathias and Miss Beulah B. Deasy. Funeral services were conducted at the Christian Church by Rev. A. H. Huff, followed by interment in Portland Cemetery.

(Thursday, March 4, 1920)


Aubrey Ausbrooks and wife attended the burial of Mrs. Ausbrook's sister, Mrs. Flossie Webb, whose death occurred at Nashville. The burial took place at Sherron's Grave Yard.

(Thursday, March 4, 1920)

Mrs. W. P. Morton

Information has been received here of the death of Mrs. W. P. Morton, which occurred at her home in Springfield, Wednesday, February 25. She had been ill only a few days with influenza, followed by pneumonia. Mrs. Morton is survived by her husband and two small children. She has a large number of friends in Gallatin who mourn her untimely death. Mr. and Mrs. Morton were both connected with Central High School in Gallatin until recently and were held in high esteem by all who knew them.

(Thursday, March 11, 1920)

John C. Terry

The citizens of the Shackle Island community were much grieved to learn of the death of their neighbor, J. C. Terry, on Friday, March 5th at 6 o'clock. Mr. Terry had been ill fro about three weeks of typhoid fever. He was 34 years of age and professed religion and united with Beech C. P. Church September, 1905. He was married to Miss Macey Taylor November, 1908, who with one 10-year-old son, William, survives. He also leaves one sister , Mrs. Dr. R. N. Buchannan, his mother, Mrs. A. J. Warren, and his devoted uncle, Prof. J. F. Garrison, who took the widow sister and three small children into his home some twenty-nine years ago and reared them to young men and young womanhood. The boys have been taken. The sister, mother and uncle are left. John was a cheerful, whole-hearted, good disposition man and made friends wherever he went. He will be greatly missed in the Masonic Lodge as well as in the church and community and by his faithful little wife and son.

Funeral services were conducted at the home Sunday morning by his pastor, Rev. S. T. Byers. Interment followed at Spring Hill Cemetery. Beech Lodge No. 240, F. & A. M. had charge of the body at the grave where he was laid to rest with Masonic honors.

(Thursday, March 11, 1920)

Frank Johnson

Hartsville, March 6. - Esquire Frank Johnson, aged 87, died here yesterday of pneumonia, following influenza. He is survived by his wife and one child, and his sister, Mrs. Booker Wilburn.

(Thursday, March 11, 1920)

Mrs. Susan Caldwell

Mrs. Susan Caldwell died at the home of her son, Norman Caldwell on Winchester Street Friday, March 5th, after an illness of several weeks.

Mrs. Caldwell, who was in her eighty-first year, was a daughter of T. Mithener and was born and reared in this county. She was one of the oldest members in the Gallatin Free Will Methodist Church in which she was a devout worker.

She is survived by two sons, Wilson and Norman Caldwell, and one daughter, Mrs. L. T. Harlin, all of this county.

Funeral services were conducted at the residence Saturday with burial at the family burying ground on the Cairo Road.

(Thursday, March 11, 1920)

Mrs. Louvenia Bruce

Mrs. Louvenia Bruce died suddenly Monday night, March 8th, at her home on the Douglass Pike. The deceased was 57 years of age and was a daughter of Thomas Walton of this county. She is survived by her husband, True Bruce, and two sons, Will and John Bruce. Funeral services were conducted at the residence Tuesday afternoon with burial at Gallatin Cemetery.

(Thursday, March 11, 1920)

Mrs. Herman Gregory

Hartsville, March 5. - Mrs. Zora Gregory, wife of Herman Gregory, died Tuesday evening after an illness of about four years. She was a daughter of George Oldham of the Second District, who together with her husband and 7-year-old son survive her. Mrs. Gregory was 25 years of age, a member of the Baptist Church and was a devout Christian. The family has resided in Hartsville only a short time but have made many friends here all of whom deeply sympathize with Mr. Gregory and little son in their bereavement.

(Thursday, March 18, 1920)

Miss Lida Patterson

Miss Lida Patterson died at 3 o'clock AM Saturday at the residence of her father, W. C. Patterson, on East Main Street. The deceased was born in Sumner County, February 1st, 1866, and was the daughter of W. C. and Mary Louise Patterson. Her death resulted from pneumonia.

Miss Patterson was a lady of beautiful character and a true Christian spirit was revealed in all her relationship of life. She had been since early girlhood a devout member of the Methodist Church.

She is survived by her father, stepmother and the following brothers and sisters: Miss Fannie Patterson, Mrs. Mac Gray and Mrs. F. R. Woodard. Alex and Pat Patterson of Bowling Green, KY, James John, Clem and Rucker Patterson of Gallatin.

Funeral services were conducted at the residence at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon by Dr. D. M. Ausmus. The burial was at the Gallatin Cemetery.

(Thursday, March 18, 1920)

Mrs. Leslie Escue

A sad death of this week is that of Mrs. Ella Vaughn Escue, wife of Leslie Escue, which occurred at their home on Franklin Street Wednesday, March 10th. Mrs. Escue was stricken with influenza-pneumonia while waiting on her husband, who was very low with the same disease.

The deceased was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Vaughn, a prominent family of near Nashville, where she lived until after her marriage. She was thirty-six years of age and a woman of beautiful Christian character, having been for several years a member of the Methodist Church. She is survived by her parents, her husband and four small children. Also by several brothers and sisters. The remains were carried to Spring Hill Thursday for burial.

(Thursday, March 18, 1920)

Mrs. Susan Isibel

Mrs. Susan Isibel, age 73 years, died at her home at Shackle Island Sunday morning, March 14th. "Aunt Susie" was a consecrated Christian lady and was a member of Beech C. P. Church for some 35 years. She leaves one son, Jeff Isibel, and six grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at Beech Church Monday by the pastor, Rev. S. T. Byers, in the presence of a large assemblage of sympathizing friends and relatives.

(Thursday, March 18, 1920)

Dry Fork

Robert Satterfield, a highly respected citizen of this community, died March 13th with the flu. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. H. L. Olmstead at Rock Bridge after which the remains were laid to rest at the Patterson Cemetery.

(Thursday, March 18, 1920)


John B. Maggert, a well known citizen of this place, died March 10th in Nashville where he had been taken several days ago for treatment. Mr. Maggert was taken very suddenly sick several weeks ago and never recovered from the attack. The deceased was about 60 years of age and leaves three sons, all citizens of this place, his wife having preceded him to the grave more than a year ago. Mr. Maggert was a member of the Methodist Church for a number of years. Funeral services were conducted by his pastor, Rev. J. C. Whitson, and former pastor, Rev. J. D. Hewgley, at the home with interment at Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

(Thursday, March 18, 1920)


H. G., the little son of Odel Robertson, died March 10th of Pneumonia following the flu.

Mrs. Odel Robertson died Tuesday evening at her home near Leath Chapel Church. She had the flu followed by pneumonia and pleurisy.

Mother and Child Die Same Week.

Bethpage, March 12. - The 2 year-old daughter of Odell Robertson died at his home Thursday after a short illness of pneumonia. The child's mother died from the same malady Tuesday. The burial will be held at the Williams Burying Ground near Bledsoe in this district.

March 11. - Edward, the little son of Wess Shrum, died at his home Wednesday night.

(Thursday, March 25, 1920)

Mrs. C. G. Heath

News has been received here of the death of Rev. C. G. Heath, at their home in Alberta, Canada, March 15th. Rev. Heath was formerly district Elder of the Tennessee Conference of the Free Methodist Church. They made their home here fro some time, where they enjoyed a host of friends.

(Thursday, March 25, 1920)

Joseph R. Rogers

J. R. Rogers died at his home three and one-half miles on the Long Hollow Pike Friday afternoon, March 19th. Mr. Rogers was recovering from a severe attack of pneumonia and it was thought he would soon be well, when his death came suddenly. The deceased was born in White County January 22nd, 1889, and was the son of the late V. A. Rogers. He was a member of the Christian Church and a young man of fine Christian character. He is survived by his wife and two small children, also by his mother and the following brothers and sisters: Tom, J. M. and G. M. Rogers of Nashville, Mrs. Ben Frakes of Gallatin and Mrs. Joe M. Haston of Sparta, Tenn.

Funeral services were conducted at the Gallatin Christian Church Sunday at 2 PM by Elder H. L. Olmstead. Burial followed at Gallatin Cemetery.

(Thursday, March 25, 1920)

Miller Woodson Withers

The following account of a Sumner County boy is taken from a recent issue of the Stroud (Oklahoma) Democrat:

Surely the statement that death loves a shining mark was never more clearly verified than in the sudden death of M. W. Withers Sunday at 11 AM.

Miller Woodson Withers was born April 12, 1887, near Gallatin, Tenn., and received his education there. In the fall of 1908 he came to Stroud and has made this his home with the exception of a year and a half he spent in government work in the ship yards during the war. He was married to Miss Bessie Lee Paris July 12, 1916, at Oklahoma City. For the past year he has been proprietor of the Victory Confectionery.

He always had a ready smile or a pleasant and cheerful word for everyone, winning and holding the love, esteem and respect of his fellowmen. He was a courteous gentleman, and honest and trusted citizen and like a sturdy oak stood firmly for the truth and right.

Mr. Withers was in very good health up until about 1 AM Thursday when he became very ill and never regained consciousness but for a few moments. He died Sunday morning at 11 o'clock, death being due to a complication of diseases. Funeral services were held at the M. E. Church, conducted by Rev. J. T. Riley, assisted by Rev. R. J. LaPrade. Appropriate music was furnished by a male quartette, consisting of Messrs. Shaw, Barton, Alspaugh and Gardner, and attended by one of the largest gatherings ever assembled at an occasion of this kind. The business houses closed during the hour of the services. The K. of P. Lodge of Chandler attended the body from the residence to the church and then to the cemetery where the body was laid to its last resting place amid the many beautiful floral offerings of sympathy to the loved ones left behind. Besides his wife the deceased leaves two sisters, Mrs. Alex Baskerville and Mrs. Louis Johnson, three brothers, Rufe, who was here during part of his illness, Louis and Hugh Withers, all of Gallatin, Tenn.

(Thursday, March 25, 1920)

Little Harriet Naramore Parker died last Wednesday and was laid to rest the next day in the Old Fountain Head Grave Yard. Our deepest sympathies go out to the bereaved family in this hour of sorrow for the loss of their treasure.

(Thursday, March 25, 1920)

Bob Satterfield died last week from the effects of flu. The burial was at the Patterson Grave Yard.

(Thursday, March 25, 1920)

In Memoriam

On last Friday morning, Feb. 13th, 1920, the death angel visited the home of our dear sister and took from us Mrs. G. T. Charlton, widow of Geo. Charlton, who had been dead about two years.

She was a dear and loving mother, a fond sister and a good neighbor.

She had eaten a hearty supper the night before and was taken very ill, suffering intense pain till the good Lord saw fit to relieve her at 7:45 o'clock Friday AM.

Mrs. Charlton is survived by eight children, Ernest and Leslie Charlton of White House, Tenn., Mrs. Martin Jones of Clear Water, Fla., Mrs. Sanford Lambath, Mrs. Nelie Webb, Odelle, Elmore and Ruby Charlton, also of White House, Tenn. Four sisters: Mrs. J. S. Lawrence, Mrs. R. C. Jerngan of White House, Mrs. J. T. Shannon and Mrs. R. B. Jones of Green Brier.

Her remains were interred at Pleasant Grove Cemetery Saturday afternoon. Funeral at that church, conducted by Rev. S. Dorris of Green Brier, Rev. Wate of White House and Rev. Springer of Cross Plains, her pastor.

A better mother, sister or neighbor never lived than Mrs. Charlton and she will be missed in home, her church and community.

She had lived a devout Christian since eleven years of age.

Mrs. Charlton was 53 years, 1 month and 12 days old. She was dearly loved by all who knew her. And has she gone forever gone, and left us here to weep, till we are called to follow her, and in the grave to sleep. But since she could no longer stay, to cheer us with her love, we hope to meet with her again, in yon bright world above. One who loved her.

(Thursday, March 25, 1920)

J. W. Rankin

Hartsville, March 19. - Mr. J. W. Rankin, one of the oldest and best known citizens of this county, died Thursday afternoon of last week at his home in North Hartsville after an illness of but little over twenty-four hours. Mr. Rankin had been in usual health until the morning before his death, when he complained of not feeling well and while eating dinner that day suffered a stroke of paralysis of the throat. He was assisted to bed by his wife and neighbors and gradually grew weaker until the end which came peaceful and without a struggle. Mr. Rankin was 78 years of age, and for many years before coming to Hartsville was a successful farmer and grower of live stock. He was one of the promoters of the largest stockholders in the hotel here which bears his name, and was also of the organizers of and a stockholder in the Citizens Bank. For the past few years he had lived quietly at his home in North Hartsville, having turned the management of his land and business interests over to his son. He was a member of the Christian Church and of the Masonic Lodge, and in point of membership was probably the oldest Mason in the county. Surviving him are his wife and one son, J. B. Rankin, also a prominent citizen of the county. Funeral services were conducted at the residence Friday afternoon by Rev. H. L. Olmstead of Gallatin and the Masonic Lodge, a large number of friends gathering to pay respect to one who had long been a prominent man and substantial citizen of the community.

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