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OBITUARIES AND DEATH NOTICES OF TURNER COUNTY GEORGIA
 

 
BETTS, GEORGE T.
 
FUNERAL OF BETTS HELD AT ASHBURN
Ashburn, Ga., June 18.--(Special.) The funeral of George T.  Betts was held here this afternoon.  A vast crowd of relatives and friends gathered to pay their last respects to one who had so unselfishly given his life in the service of his country and state.
     Many expressions of sympathy have come from over the state to his family.  Numerous friends attended from Atlanta, Macon, Bainbridge, Albany, Jacksonville and other places.  Rev. Reese, the presiding elder of the Cordele circuit, conducted the funeral services.  In recounting his works, Rev. Reese told how Mr. Betts had given unstintedly of his time and money to preach the doctrone of diversified farming to the farmers and businessmen of the state.
     In recalling Mr. Betts other work, he stated that the last service was the best.  Mr. Betts had served a year as president of the Georgia association and during that time he had spoken to the business men and farmers of nearly every section of Georgia, giving his time and efforts of free.
     In addition to this he carried on his private business and was interested in every public enterprise about the town and county.[Source: Date: June 19, 1923, Paper: The Atlanta Constitution, Page: 5 - Transcribed by Tam Inman]
BETTS, J. S.

ASHBURN, April 28.—In the death of J. S. Betts, Ashburn and this section have lost one of the best known citizens of south Georgia. Mr. Betts died at his home here. He was a pioneer settler of Turner county and founded Ashburn,  which he was mayor for 23 years.
     He was prominent in business circles and for many years was the leading lumber manufacturer and financier in this part of the State. He took an active interest in church work and served as the chairman of the board of stewards of the Methodist church from the time the church was organized until his death.
     The deceased was noted for his philanthropy. No worthy cause was ever denied his support. Much of his wealth went to the help of the needy. Besides his wife he is survived by a son, George Betts, of Quitman; a niece and foster-daughter, Mrs, Anne O. Ketchum; a nephew, Ralph Ketchum. Several brothers also survive.
Date: 1918-04-29; Paper: Macon Weekly Telegraph
 
CANTY, M.S.
Ashburn, Ga., September 20.---(Special.)--- the death of M.S. Canty, which occurred late Saturday while being treated for appendicitis, came as a distinct shock to the community.  Mr. Canty, who was one of the most prominent merchants of Ashburn, was a member of the Methodist church.  He is survived by his wife and three daughters, Mrs. J.H. Adams, Fannie and Julia Canty, and one son, M.S. Canty Jr., all of Ashburn.  [Source: Date: September 21, 1921, Paper: The Atlanta Constitution, Page: 14 - Transcribed by Tam Inman]
 
GILMORE, J. H.

Former Representative From Turner County Dies in Buggy
REBECCA, Sept, 6.— J. H. Gilmore, former Representative from Turner county, widely known throughout Georgia in banking, political and social circles, was found dead this morning sitting upright in a buggy, in which he was riding, while passing through Rebecca on the way to one of his farms. Mr. Gilmore is survived by his wife, two sisters, Mrs. Alfred Collins and Mrs. J. S. Eason, of Ty Ty: five children. Mrs, P. C. Everett, of Vienna: Miss Lillian Gilmore, of Rebecca; Mrs. Grant Roberts, of Alma; R. C, Gilmore, of  Rebecca, and W. S.  Gilmore, of Ashburn.
Date: 1920-09-07; Paper: Macon Telegraph
 
GREER, Judge W. A.

JUDGE W. A. GREER IS DEAD
Served as First Ordinary of Turner County End Sudden
ASHBURN, Ga. Dec, 9.—Judge W A Greer died here this afternoon. His death came as quite a shock to the community as he was attending to business this morning and appeared to be in his usual health. Judge Greer, one of the pioneer citizens of this section was Instrumental in the creation of Turner county and was elected its first ordinary and later chairman of board of commissioners. Judge Greer was a man of great body and brain, of untiring energy and always ready to assist any movement for the upbuilding of this section. Although a man of great wealth, he was noted for his generosity. He leaves a wife and daughter, Mrs. R.M. Monroe, of this city.
Date: 1921-12-10; Paper: Macon Weekly Telegraph
 
HAMAN, A. P. 

CORDELE Ga.  July 14 — News reached Cordele late yesterday of the death of A. J. Haman,  aged 75 year, widely known planter and stockman of Amboy, Turner county. He headed one of the pioneer families of this section of the State and began the accumulation of land when the pine forests were untouched. His holding at the time of his death include. some of the choice tracts of this section and he was known as a man who had started many boys on the road to success as farmers. His widow, four sons and six daughters survive him, The funeral  will take place tomorrow and will be buried in Hopewell cemetery.
Date: 1922-07-15; Paper: Macon Weekly Telegraph
 
HOGANS, WILLIAM

Rebecca Ga., Feb 5 Mr. Willia
m Higan better known as Uncle Billie Hogan, aged 89 year, died yesterday afternoon, near this place. He has been a resident of this county for forty years. And was the oldest man in the county. He served both in the Cherokee "and civil war". No person living in this county but knew uncle "Billie." He is survived by nineteen children, and over one hundred and twenty grand and great-grandchildren. Though feeble he was a regular attendant on divine services.
Date: 1904-02-06; Paper: Macon Telegraph
 
MORGAN, HOYT

Sycamore, Nov 30 Hoyt Morgan one of Turner county's most prominent farmers, died at his home near Sycamore last night. He was thirty years of age and leaves a young wife and one small child, besides a mother and father, five brothers and three sisters. The cause of his death wan pneumonia, following an attack of influenza.
Date: 1918-12-02; Paper: Macon Weekly Telegraph
 
PARTON, Mrs. JULIA

SYCAMORE. Ga., Dec. 17.—Mrs. Julia Barton died at her country home near Sycamore yesterday afternoon. Mrs, Barton was 75 years of age and had been a resident of Turner county for about 25 years moving here from Macon county. She is survived by one son, John Barton and numerous other near relatives. Her remains were laid to rest In Pleasant Hill cemetery this afternoon.
Date: 1921-12-18; Paper: Macon Weekly Telegraph
 
ROYAL, C. L.

Ashburn, July 8 - Hon. C. L. Royal a prominent citizen and larger planter of this county died at his home in Sycamore Saturday night about 11 o'clock after an illness of only three days, of paralysis. He was stricken Wednesday afternoon while holding an election.
     Mr. Royal was prominent in county politics, having been elected the first Clerk of the Superior Court of Turner County when the county was created, which position he held for two years.
     At the time of his death Mr. Royal was 64 years old. He raised a large family, and besides his wife survived by nine children. They are Mrs. B.E. Smith, Mrs. B.H. Cockrell, Mrs. H.N. Porcher, C.F. Royal, C.L. Royal, Jr. Mrs. T.L. Womack, Mrs. Will Searcy, D.C. Royal and Mrs. A.B. Freeman. The funeral arrangements have not been made.
Date: 1917-07-09; Paper: Macon Weekly Telegraph
 
SHINGLER, Mrs. W. G.

Ashburn, Ga., July 25.---(Special.)---the death of Mrs. W. G. Shingler occurred at her residence here Friday after a short illness.  She was only 24 years of age and had been married just two years.  The deceased is survived by her young husband, W. G. Shingler, an assistant cashier of the Ausburn bank; her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Betts, of this place; one brother and two sisters.  The funeral services were conducted from the First Methodist church.[Source:  Date: July 26, 1914, Paper: The Atlanta Constitution, Page: 12 - Transcribed by Tam Inman]
 
SMITH, JOHN

Killed in Runaway
John Smith, A Planter Died Shortly After Being Picked Up In Road
ASHBURN, Ga., May 6 John Smith. a prominent planter of Turner County died at 2 o'clock this afternoon from injuries received earlier In the day when his mule ran away near Sycamore. The line broke, and Mr. Smith was unable to control the animal. He was thrown from the wagon and fatally Injured. He was carried to Sycamore and medical aid was summoned.
Date: 1911-05-07; Paper: Macon Weekly Telegraph
 
TURNER COUNTY MAN IS BURIED WITH HONORS
ASHBURN. Ga„ May 8.-The remains of John Smith, a prominent Turner County planter, who met his death in a runaway Saturday, were laid to rest with Masonic honors in the Clements burying ground late Sunday afternoon. Representatives from Irwinville, Rebecca, Tifton and Ashburn Masonic lodges took part in the burial.
Date: 1911-05-09; Paper: Macon Weekly Telegraph

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