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Obituaries May, 1905

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Gallatin Sumner County News (MISC.)
Microfilm Roll #501 - Date: 1905 - 1911

(Saturday May 6, 1905)

Joe E. Foust Dead.

The Lafayette correspondent of the Nashville American, under date of May 1, thus announces the death at that place of Joseph E. Foust, well-known allover Sumner County: "Joe E. Foust, of this place, is dead. Mr. Foust had numbers of friends, especially was this the case among the young men, who always found in him a friend ready to sympathize with and encourage them in their struggles for success. This was shown by the number of people attending his funeral, there being the largest crowd present that ever attended a funeral in this town. The Masonic Lodge of this place, assisted by representatives from the Hartsville and several other lodges, conducted the services at the grave. There were about 140 Masons present. Mr. Foust was in his 81st year, and is the last of several brothers. He was the father of Hon. T. E. Foust, of Lafayette, and Hon. J. E. Foust, of Hartsville."

(Saturday May 6, 1905)


Quite a number from this place attended the funeral of Dr. Jas. H. Joyner, at the family residence near Goodlettsville Monday, several of whom also, followed the remains to the Spring Hill Cemetery where the body was interred.

(Saturday May 6, 1905)


Robert Perdue and wife, formerly of this county but now residing in Nashville, attended his sister's funeral here Thursday.

C. N. Wheeler, H. W. Moye, E. N. Mequiar, David Mequair, Clarence Kerley, W. K. Patton, Harry and Ben Moore and C. A. Graves attended the funeral services off Dr. Burr at Whitehouse.

Mrs. Fanny Hobdy.

After an illness of several months, Mrs. Fanny Hobdy, wife of Bud Hobdy, died of consumption at her home near Portland Wednesday night at 10 o'clock. Her funeral was preached by Dr. E. N. Dicken of the Baptist Church Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock, and the interment followed at the Old Fountain Head Cemetery. Mrs. Hobdy was thirty-five years of age, was a kind-hearted Christian woman, and loved by all who knew her. The family surviving consists of the husband and four little daughters, who have the deepest sympathy of neighbors and friends.

(Saturday May 6, 1905)

Death Of Frank Douglass.

Mr. Frank Douglass, brother of D. C. Douglass, passed away Tuesday night at the home of the latter, on the Dobbins Pike, after an illness of only a short while. The interment took place at the Gallatin Cemetery Thursday afternoon, Rev. J. J. Stowe conducting the burial services. Mr. Douglass was 61 years old and a native of Sumner County, being a son of the late R. B. Douglass. He had been a farmer and stock trader for many years and was well known. He is survived by several children, all grown, and who reside in Nashville. The deceased was a man who stood high as an honest, straight-forward man and he had innumerable friends. A large concourse of old friends gathered at the grave to pay a last tribute of respect to his memory.

(Saturday May 6, 1905)

Dr. T. J. Holder

Death Claims Noble Man and Beloved Citizen.

Dr. T. J. Holder passed away Thursday morning after a short illness. It was generally known that he had been sick for a few days but not until Wednesday afternoon was it apparent that he was in dangerous condition. His death came as a shock to his many friends. Dr. Holder was a native of North Carolina and was 74 years old. He was a brother of the late W. F. Holder. He came to this county in 1857, and on May 4, 1861, enlisted in the Confederate Army, serving in Gen. Bate's regiment and being badly wounded at Shiloh and in the Battle of Chickamauga. In 1869 he was married to Miss Gass, who survives him Dr.. Holder had been a practicing dentist here since the war and he had a wide acquaintance. Wherever he was known he was honored and esteemed as a high-toned, honorable Christian man and gentleman, and it is not likely that he had an enemy in the county. He took a deep interest in fraternal orders, and was a member and officer of the Masons, Knights of Pythias and Knights and Ladies of Honor, which, together with Donelson Bivouac, attended the funeral yesterday afternoon in a body. For many years Dr. Holder had been the superintendent of the Presbyterian Sunday School, and he also took an active and leading part in the religious work of that church. He enjoyed the closest confidence of his acquaintances and in his death many persons not related to him by ties of blood feel that they have suffered severe loss. He was of a quiet and unassuming disposition, yet firm in his convictions and bold in proclaiming the right as he saw it. He was a man whose life benefited the entire community. Dr. Holder is survived by his wife and adopted son, Dr. Harry Holder, both of whom, with other relatives, have the sympathy of a host of friends.

(Saturday May 6, 1905)

Death at Fountain Head.

Jas. M. Jones, well known blacksmith and farmer of Fountain Head, died Friday night of last week. The deceased is survived by his wife and several children, all of them being about grown. Mr. Jones was a native of Jackson County and had resided at Fountain Head for five or six years. He was well liked by the people of the community.

(Saturday May 13, 1905)

Mrs. Daisy Tomkins.

Mrs. Daisy Tomkins, the young wife of Jo. Tomkins, died Tuesday afternoon at the home of her father, Justice M. B. Perdue, on the Scottsville Pike, after a long illness from lung trouble. Her remains were laid to rest at Bethpage Wednesday morning, with funeral services at the Bethpage Methodist Church by Rev. John B. Jordon. Mrs. Tomkins was about twenty-six years old. She was a young woman possessed of many noble traits of character and in the community in which she was born and resided all of her life she was esteemed and loved by all. She was a member of the Methodist Church and not one of the members of the church at Bethpage was more greatly loved and honored than she, and in the church and social circles of the community she will be greatly missed. Mrs. Tomkins is survived by her husband and a little daughter six years old, to whom the sincere sympathy of all their friends is freely extended in their great loss and sorrow.

(Saturday May 13, 1905)

A Good Woman Dead.

News of the death of Mrs. E. M. Gray, the beloved and aged wife of Rev. Robert Gray, was received here from Dublin, Va., this week. Mrs. Gray died at Dublin Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Gray are pleasantly remembered here by a large number of warm friends, and the news of Mrs. Gray's death brought sadness to many hearts. Rev. Gray was for a number of years the pastor of the Presbyterian Church of this place, and no shepherd of this flock was held in higher esteem than he.

(Saturday May 13, 1905)

The Masonic Lodge of Bethpage will tomorrow conduct the Masonic funeral service over the grave of J. W. Dorris at Mt. Vernon. Mr. Dorris died during the winter, but owing to the bad weather at the time the lodge deferred paying its official tribute of respect to the departed member until the time mentioned above.

(Saturday May 13, 1905)

W. Miles Durham.

W. Miles Durham, a well known citizen of Westmoreland, died Thursday morning at the advanced age of 85 years. He was one of the oldest men of that community and was a man highly respected by a wide circle of acquaintances. He was a member of the Methodist Church.

(Saturday May 20, 1905)

* No Obits found on microfilm for this week.

(Saturday May 27, 1905)

Died in Texas.

News was received here this week of the death in Commanche County, Texas, of Mrs. Mary E. Thomasson, wife of John Thomasson. She was 59 years old and had lived in this county until about a year ago. The deceased was a sister of Jno. W. Newton of this place and a daughter of the late Harrison Newton.

(Saturday May 27, 1905)

Mrs. Hettie Franklin.

Mrs. Hettie Franklin, wife of S. A. Franklin, died at 10 o'clock Wednesday night at her home near Sideview. The interment took place Thursday at Shiloh, Rev. J. H. Morton conducting the burial service. The deceased was about forty years old and a daughter of Thos. Neal. She had been sick since last November, at which time she had typhoid fever, which finally resulted in dropsy. The deceased is survived by her husband and five or six children.

(Saturday May 27, 1905)

Death of Mrs. A. E. Gilliam.

Mrs. A. E. Gilliam, residing west of Fountain Head, died Friday morning of last week after experiencing a long illness. The interment took place Saturday afternoon at the Croy Burying Grounds. The deceased was about 35 years old and is survived by her husband and a daughter about twelve years of age. She was a member of the Christian Church and was a woman held in the highest esteem by her neighbors and associates.

(Saturday May 27, 1905)

Fountain Head

Mrs. Gregory, of Nashville, who was called here by the illness and death of her sister, Mrs. Albert Gilliam, has returned home.

Mrs. Maggie Gilliam, wife of Albert Gilliam, died last Friday afternoon of consumption at her home three miles west of Fountain Head. Mrs. Gilliam is survived by her husband and one daughter.

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