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Obituaries May, 1917

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(Thursday, May 17, 1917)

John H. Terry Passes Away

Confederate Soldier and Former County Official Dies Tuesday

John H. Terry, brave confederate soldier and former Sheriff and trustee of Sumner County, died at 12:30 p. m. Tuesday at his home on South Water Street, Gallatin. The burial took place from the residence at 2:30 p. m. yesterday. Mr. Terry was born in Sumner County, September 1, 1843, and had resided here all his life. He joined the confederate army in April 1861, and belonged to Copt. Humphrey Bate’s company. This company was made up at Castalian Springs and was one of the first to leave for the war. This was a part of the 2nd Tennessee Regiment. By all who knew him, John H. Terry was accounted one of the bravest of the brave. He was wounded in battle no less than six times, the severest of these wounds being received at Kennesaw Mountain. From this wound he never recovered and in reality it was the effects of this wound that caused his death. He was a true soldier in every sense of the word and more declined promotion, saying: “I prefer to remain in the ranks and fire my own gun.” Since the war he has served with credit both as sheriff and Trustee of Sumner County. Three children survive. Mr. Terry was married to Miss Hattie Franklin on January 23, 1889. His wife and three children survive him. He was a faithful member of the Christian Church and a true gentleman of excellent Christian character. Funeral services were conducted at the grave by Rev. H. L. Olmstead. The burial service was in charge of Donelson Bivouac of which the deceased was an honored member.

(Thursday, May 17, 1917)

 Mrs. R. A. Beasly

Bethpage, May 15 – Mrs. R. A. Beasly died at her home near Pondville in the seventeenth district of this county Saturday after a week’s illness of pneumonia. She is survived by four small children. Her husband died about a year ago. She was 30 years of age and a member of the Presbyterian Church at Liberty. Her burial took place at Mt. Vernon Church with services by Rev. E. R. McCord.

(Thursday, May 17, 1917)

Bertie Mae Cantrell

The sad news has reached us announcing the death of Bertie Mae Cantrell, the 14 year old daughter, and only child of Mr. and Mrs. B. S. Cantrell, who died about 3 o’clock Thursday morning at their residence three miles east of here. Portland Herald.

(Thursday, May 17, 1917)

Geo. W. Spain

Hartsville, May 10 – Mr. Geo. W. Spain, one of the most prominent and popular citizens of the Sixth District, died at his home, four miles out on the Gallatin Pike last Saturday morning. About two years ago he had a stroke of paralysis, and from this had never fully recovered, his death being due to another attack which occurred about three weeks ago. Mr. Spain was, for almost twelve years, a member of the firm of Anthony & Spain, general merchants, and was one of the best and most substantial citizens of the Rocky Creek community. Mr. Spain was 63 years of age and a member of the Christian Church.

(Thursday, May 24, 1917)

Miss Mary E. Barry

Nashville, May 21 – Miss Mary Elizabeth Barry of Gallatin died at 10:30 o’clock last night at a local infirmary after an illness of four weeks. Her condition was not considered serious until about a week ago, when grave symptoms developed and she began to sink rapidly. She was 48 years of age. Few women in Middle Tennessee were better known than Miss Barry, and none was more generally beloved. She was a member of one of this section’s best families being a daughter of the late John Randolph Barry of Sumner County. Being a woman of great strength of character, as well as of the highest ability, she chose the active vocation of teaching, and in this work was recognized as among the most capable and efficient instructors of the South. But if her superior talents won Miss Barry recognition, she was even more esteemed for her qualities of heart, for her unselfishness, her kindly sympathy, her willingness to labor and to sacrifice for the weak, the needy, the unfortunate. And with these sweet and tender traits she combined a lofty exaltation of all that is highest and noblest to character and in action. The impress she has left upon the lives of the hundreds of children who have been fortunate enough to enjoy her instruction and feel her influence in the schoolroom, will be a benediction to the state on whose future citizens she has impressed the stamp of her own lofty ideals. During the session of the last legislature Miss Barry was an enrolling clerk in the senate, and among those with whom she came in contact there extended the gentle influence of her womanly character. Of splendid mental attainment, capable, refined, hers was a life that reflected the brightest and sweetest in Southern womanhood. The remains were carried to Gallatin Monday morning. Funeral services were conducted at the residence of Hon. And Mrs. Ed T. Seay at 2 o’clock p. m. by Rev. C. C. McNeill of the Gallatin Presbyterian Church. The burial was at the Gallatin Cemetery.

(Thursday, May 17, 1917)

Mrs. Marian Troutt

Mrs. Callie Troutt, wife of Marian Troutt, died Saturday night at her home, Rogana, in this county. She was 44 years of age and is survived by her husband and three children. She was a member of the Baptist Church at New Hope where her burial took place Sunday with funeral services by Rev. Robt. Huntsman.


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