April 8, 1924
This newspaper obituary was found in a scrapbook belonging to Lela Smart Johnson. She married Martin Luther Johnson on November 1, 1910. Ruben Stallcup was the son of Swen and Rachel Northam Stallcup. Luther's grandmother was Phebe Northam Johnson, sister of Rachel.
Passes to His Rewared at Advanced Age
Suffered a Stroke of Appoplexy While Busy at His Home, Tuesday Morning
Reuben Stalcup, aged 79 years, died at his home in the Hickory Flat country Tuesday night (April 8, 1924) from a stroke of appoplexy, which he suffered a few hours before.
Mr. Stalcup owned the farm where he had lived during the whole of his life and is perhaps the only man every born in Simpson County who lived to such a ripe old age without having at some time lived at least temporarily at some other abode. He was never married.
The deceased was a man of high moral character, strict integrity and possessed of common honesty to a pronounced degree. Despite the fact that he owned a farm worth $10,000 and was universally known as a shrewd and practical man of affairs, he never deposited a penny in any banking institution, always paid cash in every transaction, and it is not probable that the executor of his estate will find a farthing owing by him save and except the expenses incident to his burial.
Fneral services were conducted Wednesday by Rev. Wilson, after which burial followed in the church cemetery at McKendrie Chapel.