Death Notices and Obituaries of Quitman County
Quitman, Dec. 23.—Randolph Avera died at his home here last
night at the age of 86. He came here from Houston county fifty four years
ago and was one of the oldest citizens in this section and was widely
known belonging to a prominent family.
He was one of the first settlers
on the site of Quitman and was the first clerk of the superior court after
the county was organized in 1859. He was one of a groupe of people who
came here together and all of them reached remarkable old ages, Judge
Mrs. Larinia Young dying last year. Of
them only Mrs. Avera and Mrs J. O. Morton survive both being in their
Mr. Avera Is survived by three sons, all prominent citizens.
John R. Avera, Jr. and C. Y, Avera, and one daughter, Miss Clara Avera.
The funeral and interment occurred here this afternoon.
1912-12-24; Paper: Macon Telegraph
BELCHER,MRS. CARRIE L.
Quitman, Dec. 23.—Mrs. Carrie L. Belcher died here Sunday
morning at 2 o'clock and the funeral took place Sunday afternoon at
Concord. She was 72 years old. a native of Stewart county and a most
estimable woman. She Is survived by four sons, Homer L. Belcher, Sidney T.
Alphonse and Charley Belcher, and one daughter, Mrs. Peyton, of Worth
Date: 1912-12-24; Paper: Macon Telegraph
DOZIER, JUDGE J.
GEORGETOWN, Aug. 22.—Judge J. E. Dozier for twenty-five
years ordinary of Quitman county, died very suddenly at his home—today.
Judge Dozier was one of the most prominent men In this county, known for
his Integrity, honor and honesty. He was loved by all classes. His place
will be hard to fill. He leaves a wife, formerly Miss Emily Good©, and two
daughters, Mrs, Loven Gary and Mrs. L. E. Gibson.
August 23, 1916 Paper: Macon Telegraph (Macon, GA) Page:
DOZIER, Judge J.
Eufaula, Ala., Aug. 21.—Judge J. Eugene Dozier, aged
about 66 dropped dead Monday at 1:30 o'clock on the back porch or his home
at Georgetown, Ga. He was standing near the well. He had spent his life in
Quitman county, or which he has been ordinary 25 years and was one of the
best known and most Influential men in south Georgia. He had just
been nominated for a coming term or four
Besides his wife, who is a sister of
the late Samuel W Goode, of Atlanta, he leaves two daughters, Mrs. L. Gary
of Georgetown, and Mrs. Lawrence Gibson, of Atlanta; three brothers,
Walter Dozier, of Shellman, Ga.: Edgar Dozier, of Waycross; Louis Dozier,
of Valdosta, Ga., and two sisters, Mrs. Hill of Blackshear, Ga. and Mrs.
T. J. Ramser of Eufaula.
Date: Tuesday, August 22, 1916 Location:
Georgia Paper: Columbus Ledger
A Quitman County Youth Killed
Atlanta. October 26,
Frank Duke of Quitman County, a lad of thirteen while out gaming, had the
top of his head blown off by the accidental discharge of his gun.
Friday, October 28, 1881 Paper: Macon Weekly Telegraph (Macon,
GA) Volume: LV Issue: 43 Page: 5
M. L. Duskin is Dead in Quitman County
Sept. 4.—Yesterday morning at his home In Quitman county, M. L. Duskin,
who has been ill for several weeks with typhoid fever, paused away, he was
72 years of age, and has always lived in Stewart county, with the
exception of the past few yearn, which have been spent in Quitman county.
His wife was Miss Mariah Perkins before her marriage to Mr. Keith, who
lived only a short while, One child survives Mr. and Mrs. Duskin, that
being Mrs. Lena Kaigler, of Quitman county.
Mr. Duskin went to the
civil war from Stewart county, having Been a member of "Stewart Greys," of
the Second Georgia regiment.
Funeral services were held at Providence
church yesterday morning at 11 o'clock and, interment made Immediately
after services, in the cemetery adjoining
Date: Tuesday, September 5,
1911 Paper: Macon Telegraph (Macon, GA) Page: Nine
Quitman, May 1.—Mrs. J, W. Gardner died at her home in Pavo,
Tuesday night, and the funeral occurred there Wednesday. She was the
mother of J, J. D. Gardner, of Pavo, and B. C. Gardner, of Camilla, and
was a prominent and highly respected lady. [1915-05-02 Paper:
H. Herbert of Quitman Died at the age of 82
March 9 - H. Hubert died at his residense this morning at the age of 82.
He was a native of Scriven County and had lived here thirty years. He is
survived by a wife and two daughters, Misses Mattie and Corinne Hubert of
Quitman; three sons, Robert Hubert, 217 West Thirty-fifth street,
Savannah; Marion Hubert, 8 green Street, Augusta, and James Hubert, of
Athens. The funeral will be held here tomorrow at 10 o'clock. [1913-03-10; Paper: Macon Telegraph
Georgetown, August 17, 1888. – Died, at his mother’s house,
at 1 o’clock, p.m., Mr. Pope E. Jordan, of typhoid malarial fever. Just
one week ago ha came home from Birmingham, Ala., and took his bed. Since
then the fever has never been broken. He leaves many friends to mourn his
death. [Columbus Daily Enquirer - 19 Aug. 1888 - Contributed by Marla
CAPTAIN KINGSBERRY DEAD; U. C. VETERAN - Burial Is to Take
Place at Qultman Today With Masonic Honors—Early Settler of
Quitman June 15.—Capt. T. Kingsberry. of Valdosta, died
yesterday and will be burled here tomorrow afternoon with Masonic honors.
He was about 80 years old and was one of the first settlers In this
county. He was a prominent lawyer, being division counsel ot the Atlantic
Coast Line Railway some years ago. He is survived by three childreh., Ed
.and James Kingsberry and Miss Annie Kingsberry. He was also a Confederate
veteran. [1912-06-16; Paper: Macon Telegraph ]
LEE, Hon. JOHN
Killed by a Train. Horrible Death of Ordinary Lee, of
GEORGETOWN, November 2 — [Special.]
accident occurred here today resulting in the horrible death of Hon. John
W. Lee, the Ordinary of Quitman County. He was on his
way to Columbus. tried to cross the railroad track, but was struck by the
engine of the cannon ball train and carried between twenty and thirty
yards. His death was almost instantaneous. [November 3,
1892 Paper: Columbus Daily Enquirer (Columbus, GA) Volume:
XXXIII Issue: 271 Page: 1 ]
LONG,MRS. W. B.
Quitman, May 1.—Mrs. W. B. Long died at her home at Hickory
Head after a long Illness, She Is survived by the following children: W,
C. Long, treasurer of Brooks county; Mrs, J. J. Reese, of Rome; Mrs.
Cowart and Oscar Long, of Macon; Mrs. Will Powell, W. D. Long, Mrs. J. B.
Shiver, Mrs. Eunice Ross and Miss Callie Long. [1915-05-02 Paper:
LOWE, MRS. A. J.
Quitman Jun 24.—Mrs, A. J. Lowe, of
Brunswick, who was visiting relatives and friends In this county, died
Monday night at the home of Frank Barker who lives several miles from
Quitman. She had been ill about a week is survived by her husband, the
body was shipped to Brunswick for interment. [1915-06-25; Paper:
A four year old daughter of Mr. Henry Rogers, who lives
in the lower part of Quitman county, was burned to death on the night of
the 16th inst. [Columbus Daily Enquirer 24 Nov. 1880 - Contributed by
Mr. J. E. Smith, of Quitman county, had the misfortune to
have his gin house blown down, with four bales of seed cotton and all his
planting seed in it. The cotton and seed were badly damaged. Afterward,
the house, with gin and gin gear, was destroyed by fire. [ Friday,
March 12, 1880 Paper: Macon Weekly Telegraph (Macon, GA)
Volume: LV Issue: 12 Page: 8 ]
Mr. F. J. Spain Dies Of Heart Failure, Prominent Citizen Of
Quitman Whose Loss Is Felt As A Personal One
Quitman Ga. - March
23,—The death here last night by heart disease of Mr. P. J. Spain has
saddened the entire community, the people of which have reason to regard
it as an Individual and personal loss. Mr. Spain was for a man of his age
well preserved and robust physical typo, still in the prime of life at 59
years of age, and his death was an additional shock in that it was
unexpected, although he had been ailing: some time, He was an active man,
engaged in several pursuits, and was unusually beloved in this section. He
was president of the Atlantic and Gulf Mills, of the Perry Naval Stores
Company, of the West Coast Lumber Company and a director in the Bank of
Quitman and of the South Georgia and West Coast Railway Company. He was
eminently successful In business affairs, was an extensive planter, and
leaves an estate valued probably at over half a million dollars.
Spain was widely connected in Thomas and Brooks counties and leaves three
sons and two daughters, J. W. Spain, general manager of the Atlantic
Cotton Mills; Frank Spain, cashier in the Quitman Bank; Mrs. Herbert
Stubbs and Miss Helen and Guy Spain. Dr. M. M. Stapler of Macon is his
The mayor Issued a proclamation closing all the public
offices during the hour of the funeral.
Date: 1906-03-29; Paper: Macon
STAFFORD, MRS. G. B.
Quitman, May 1,—Mrs. G, B. Stafford, aged 37, died at her
home here, after an Illness of only a few days. Her husband died only a
few months ago, and her death leaves orphaned four small children. She Is
survived by two brothers, J. A. Wright, of Princeton, Fla.; A. E. Wright,
of Quitman, and one sister, Mrs. Viola Jones, of Princeton. [1915-05-02 Paper: Macon Telegraph]
Deceased Name: Eddie L. Stroud: First Black Quitman Police
Quitman — This Brooks County town's first black police chief
has passed away.
Eddie L. Stroud served as police
chief of the Quitman Police Department throughout the 1980s. He served as
a Quitman police officer for nearly 40 years before retiring in 2005. He
died Friday. He was 66.
"From Day One, the man had a
lot of leadership ability," Quitman Police Lt. Willie Charles Clemons said
Wednesday of Stroud, who hired him as a police officer in 1987. "He taught
me a lot of things about law enforcement. You have to believe in yourself
first. You have to remember that you serve the people and to be
respectful. He loved policing."
A 1962 graduate of
Washington Street High School, Stroud's police career started in Adel
before coming home to the Quitman police force on June 15, 1969, according
to Quitman records. He advanced to sergeant in December 1972. As a
captain, he sat in as interim chief for a period in late 1979-early
On March 20, 1980, Quitman city commissioners
appointed the 35-year-old Stroud as police chief. He was the city's first
black police chief and, Clemons said, Georgia's second black police
In announcing the historic promotion, Quitman
City Commissioner Wayne Carroll described Stroud as the "people's choice
for chief," according to the March 21, 1980, edition of The Valdosta Daily
Stroud was selected over a white candidate
for the job in a 3-2 vote. A March 25, 1980, Times article reported the
choice as controversial. City commissioners took calls for and against the
concept of hiring a black police chief.
claimed the controversy was mostly caused by political differences between
two opposing camps within the Quitman City Commission. Carroll, who
strongly backed Stroud, said then that his calls ran 20 to one in favor of
the new police chief.
As chief, Stroud was a
no-nonsense administrator. "He was dedicated to policing," Clemons said,
adding that Stroud had no real outside hobbies. He devoted his attentions
fully to policing.
Stroud ended his term as chief in
June 1990, but he continued working as a Quitman police investigator
through his retirement in May 2005.
Stroud's example inspired him to become an officer and set the bar for his
career. "He must have inspired me," Clemons said. "I'm still
Stroud's funeral services are scheduled for 2
p.m. Saturday at Beulah Baptist Church on Quitman's South Martin Luther
King Drive. Burial follows in Northend Cemetery.
wake will be held for him at Stevens-McGhee Funeral Home.
attending the funeral service are asked to meet at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at
the Quitman Police Department, 308 S. Lee St.
Valdosta Daily Times (GA)
- February 4, 2010
TURNER, MRS. HENRY
Mrs. Henry G. Turner Dies at Quitman Home
April 20—Mrs. Henry G. Turner, widow of the late Judge Turner, died at her
family home here this morning at 5:30 o'clock, after an illness of
several months. Mrs. Turner formerly was Miss Lavinia Morton,
only surviving child of the late Judge J.G. Morton, one of the
pioneer ___alists and big farmers of this county. She leaves the
following children: Henry Turner, Mrs. Samuel Bennet, of Albany; State
Senator S. M. Turner. The funeral will take place here tomorrow morning
at 10 o'clock. [1914-04-21; Paper: Columbus Daily
GEORGETOWN, Ga., April 1. – Mr. Walter Vining died this
morning at an infirmary in Montgomery whither he went a few days ago to
have an operation performed, the operation being necessary in consequence
of a wound he received in the neck several weeks ago in a pistol duel
between him and his brother-in-law, Mr. G. A. Kaigler. His remains were
brought home today and laid to rest by the side of his father, Rev. J.
Conners, conducting the funeral services. [Macon Telegraph 2 Apr. 1910 -
Contributed by Marla Zwakman]
WADE, MRS. J. H.
Quitman Nov. 21-Mrs. J. H. Wade died very suddenly here today
at noon. She had been ill for some months, but was much better, and was
sitting In a chair conversing with members of the family when death
She has been one of the most prominent women in Quitman for
years, a director of the library, officer of the U. D. C. chapter and a
most beloved woman. She was the widow of J. H. Wade, a Confederate
veteran. She was a Miss Newlove, of Wheeling, W. Va. She is survived by a
son, L.H.. Wade, two daughters, Mrs. A. B. Jones and Mrs. R O. Blackwell,
two brothers, Henry and Will Seaman, of Waycross. The funeral will take
place tomorrow afternoon. [1914-11-22; Paper: Macon
Quitman Nov. 21—Mrs. John Whipple died here this afternoon
atter an illness of some months. She was a Miss Davis of Augusta, and has
no relatives. She is survived by her husband and one child. The funeral
will take place here tomorrow afternoon. [1914-11-22; Paper: Macon
Prominent Citizen Of Quitman Is Dead
Quitman Ga. Oct 4 -
T.A. Whipple, a well known citizen, was found dead in his bed Friday at 4
o'clock. He was 63 years old and death was caused by heart trouble, from
which he suffered some time. He is survived by his wife, by four sons,
W.A. Elisha, T. J. and by two daughters, Mrs. B.F. Garrett and Mrs. F.M.
Carlisle. The funeral will take place at Lebanon church, in this
city. [1913-10-05; Paper: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer]
WRIGHT, MRS. ED
Quitman, May 1.—Mrs. Ed Wright died very suddenly at her home
here, having a seizure from heart trouble, from which she died before a
physician could reach her. She was 27 years old and the daughter of Mr.
Eli McPhall, one of the most prominent citizens in the county. The funeral
occurred yesterday at Concord church. [1915-05-02 Paper: Macon
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