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OBITUARIES AND DEATH NOTICES OF WALKER COUNTY GEORGIA
ANDREWS, J. C.
News has reached the city of the death in Chattanooga of J. C. Andrews, sourthwestern passenger agent for the Southern railway and one of the pioneer railroad men of the South. He was about 65 years old and was well known in Atlanta. The remains will be taken to Dayton, Ohio, for interment. The Atlanta Georgian and News – Atlanta, Georgia – Monday, May 2, 1910 [Transcribed as written by D. Donlon]
CARGLE, J. D.
J.D. Cargle aged 54, died last Wednesday morning at his home on Forty Ninth Street. The deceased is survived by a wife, one son and two daughters. (The Ga. Walker County Messenger Obituaries, December 8th, 1916, transcribed by G. Holaday)
FALLS FROM WAGON AND BREAKS NECK
One of the most tragic deaths that has occurred in the county in some time was that Tuesday morning when Monty Carroll, who was hauling some hay for L.L. Clarkson, was thrown from the wagon, falling on his neck and shoulder, completely breaking his neck. He lived about 40 minutes.
It was baled hay he was hauling and one of the bales slipped off the front end of the wagon falling on the team, which frightened them and unbalanced Mr. Carroll, who never succeeded in gaining a footing again and was thrown to the ground, resulting in almost instant death.
Funeral services will be held from Trinity church this afternoon, Wednesday. Interment will follow in the Trinity cemetery.
Mr. Carroll is survived by his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. John Carroll, one brother and four sisters. Many friends of the deceased offer sympathy to the bereaved ones in their hour of bereavement. (The Ga.Walker County Messenger Obituaries, December 22, 1916, transcribed by Gillian Holaday)
COPLAND, Mrs. F. W.
Mrs. F.W. Copland died Saturday
Mrs. F.W. Copeland, wife of one of this city's prominent attorneys, died shortly before 4 o'clock Saturday afternoon at her home on North Broad Street after an illness of twelve days with pneumonia. Mrs. Copeland was a woman of piety and character, and was highly regarded in the community, and her death is a source of the most sincere regret to all who knew her.
She was a member of the North Broad Baptist Church.
Surviving Mrs. Copeland are her husband, her sons, John A. Copeland of Atlanta, and B.F. and Hunt Copeland, of Rome, and her daughters, Mrs. W.M. Peacock, of this city, and Miss Lois Ruth Copeland, a pupil at Bessie Tift University.-Rome Tribune Herald.
Monday morning the remains were brought to the residence of Rev. B.F. Hunt, near Villanow, where a short service was held at 11 o'clock , interment following in the family graveyard near by.
Quite a number of Walker county and LaFayette friends attended the last sad rites Monday. They extend their sympathy to the bereaved ones. (The Ga. Walker County Messenger Obituaries, December 15, 1916, transcribed by Gillian Holaday)
CROW, MRS. CARRIE
On October 27, 1916, the death angel visited the house of Mr. Crow and took from them their loving wife and mother, whom they loved so well.
Mrs. Carrie Crow was a good christian woman and loved by all who knew her. She was deprived of going to church for a long time on account of her health. She had been confined to her bed for a long time with that dreaded disease, consumption.
She leaves a husband and seven children and a host of friends and relatives to mourn their loss, but their loss is her eternal gain. I would say to the bereaved ones; ' Weep not for her for she is at rest but only live up to the Master's command and you will meet her in that sweet bye and bye, where there will be no more goodbyes'.
She leaves four sons and three little girls motherless in the world. Her baby girl is only five years old, the next boy only eight. They have my greatest sympathy. I would only say to the family, 'Look to the Creator who doeth all things well. God giveth and God taketh away, and God knows best'.
May God's richest blessing reap upon the bereaved ones. Written by a friend and one who loved her.-Cora Mithcoll. (The Ga. Walker County Messenger Obituaries, November 24, 1916, transcribed by Gillian Holaday)
The angel of death has visited our town twice in the past week. Miss Kate Gilbert, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Gilbert, died at her home Thursday morning. She had been sick for a long time with tuberculosis. The funeral services were conducted in the Gilbert home Thursday night by Rev. Charles Cromer. They had the service at night so that her lady friends who work in the mill might have a chance to be present. Her remains were laid to rest in the Shaw graveyard Friday afternoon. We sympathize with the bereaved ones. (The Ga. Walker County Messenger Obituaries, November 17, 1916, transcribed by Gillian Holaday)
GORE, FREDERICK OSCAR
Frederick Oscar, the 22 month old son of Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Gore of Wenley Chapel, died Monday after a brief illness. The little body was brought to LaFayette for interment Tuesday morning. Rev. Mr. N.A. White conducted the funeral service at the grave. Friends of the bereaved family extend sympathy. (The Ga. Walker County Messenger articles, Obituaries, November 9, 1916, transcribed by G. Holaday)
Mrs. MATTIE HELMAN DIED AT CASSANDRA
Mrs. Mattie Ida Stephens Helman,wife of E.B. Helman, died Monday night, Dec 15, at the home of her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Stephens, at Cassandra, Ga., aged 25 years, eleven months and eight days. The decedent is survived by her husband, mother, two sisters, Nevada and Parisada, residing at home, also 4 brothers, Grafton,Floyd, Arthur and Wesley, all living at Cassandra. The funeral services were held at 10 o'clock on Thursday morning and interment followed. (The Ga. Walker County Messenger Obituaries, December 22, 1916, transcribed by Gillian Holaday)
HOGE, Judge JAMES
A Good Man Gone - Death of Judge James Hoge Yesterday Morning.
The death of Judge James Hoge at his residence on Poplar Street occurred yesterday morning about four o'clock. The death was not a surprise to his friends as he had been falling in health for several weeks. Judge Hope was born in December, 1808, and consequently was in his seventy-sixth year. His parents were Virginians, who left their native State and settled in McMinnville, Tennessee, where Judge Hoge was born in 1830. He moved to Georgia and began merchandising in La Fayette, Walker Country, and for a long term of years faithfully served that county as ordinary. In 1857 be moved to Atlanta and was agent for the Western and Atlantic Railroad before the close of the war. He then removed to Alabama, and after a short residence returned to the State of his adoption, taking the position, in 1872 of depot agent at Macon for the then Macon and Augusta Railroad. When that road was leased to the Central he was placed in charge of the uptown union ticket office, and continued in that capacity until his failing health some time ago forced him to relinquish it.
In his early manhood, Judge Hoge connected himself with the Presbyterian Church and for forty-five years was a ruling elder. His life was a pure one and he died a Christian.
He leaves a large family of ten children; nine are living, the oldest son having been killed at the first battle of Manassas. With the exception of a son and daughter, all his children were with him at his death. He was the father of Colonel H. F. Hoge, of the Atlanta Journal, and Messer’s. Samuel and Joseph Hoge, of the Central Railroad.
The funeral will take place this afternoon at 3 o’clock. [The Telegraph and Messenger - March 9, 1884 - Transcribed and Contributed by: Frances Cooley]
JONES, JONAS A
The funeral of Jonas A. Jones, who died Saturday at Chattahoochee, Ga., was held Sunday afternoon. The interment was in Hollywood cemetery. The Atlanta Georgian and News – Atlanta, Georgia – Monday, May 2, 1910 [Transcribed as written by D. Donlon]
MYERS, Mrs. LOUISA
In Memoriam of Mrs. Louisa Myers
In the early morning of October 19, 1916, the death angel spread the dark shadow of his wings over the home of Mr. and Mrs. B. I. Davis and took the precious mother, Mrs. Louisa Myers; as the day dawned her spirit took its flight from this world of sorrow and cares to that bright world beyond. She had been ill for sometime at her home near Chickamauga, where with all her children around her bedside every wish and desire was granted. Her friends who were numbered by the score who ministered to her during her sickness.
She expressed a wish to be carried to the home of her youngest daughter and all the loved ones thinking perhaps a change would be beneficial, had an ambulance take her to her daughter's. On arriving she seemed better, and pleased at the change. She requested all the loved ones to take their rest that night, saying she felt like she could rest too. The family did as she requested.
As the day dawned she was peacefully sleeping the sleep that knows no waking in this world, she had fallen asleep in this world and awoke in the brighter, better world above, where there is no sickness or death, or pain or parting. Her going from among us causes the tears to flow and hearts to ache, but we feel that she went rejoicing, so quietly so peacefully she passed from death into life eternal. But there will always be a vacant chair, a longing for mother in the home and hearts of the loved ones. And we sigh for the touch of a vanished hand and the sound of a voice that is stilled. And for many long years we can hear that sweet voice in memory and feel the occurrence of her loving spirit with us. She still lives in the lives and hearts of her children.
She was born in Chattooga County, on Jan 21, 18[cannot read date], She was the older daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
D.C. Blaylock who were pioneer settlers of Chattooga county. Her father served the government by helping put the Indians out of this country.
(The Ga. Walker County Messenger Obituaries, November 16, 1916, transcribed by Gillian Holaday)
PEPPER, Mrs. BRYANT
Mrs. Bryant Pepper, aged 29, died at 8 yesterday morning at her home on Popular Street, Alton Park, following a few week's illness. She is survived by her husband, W.W. Peppers, four daughters, one brother, S.F. Carroll, the latter of Trion, Ga.; five sisters, Mrs. W.T. Gray, and Miss Maggie Carroll, of Alton Park; Mrs. H.D. Patmer, of Summerville, Mrs. J.H. Wilson, of Pelham, Ga., and Mrs. James Tuggle , of Villa Rica, Ga. The body will be taken to Trion, Ga., today for interment. (The Ga. Walker County Messenger Obituaries, November 24, 1916, transcribed by Gillian Holaday)
One of the saddest deaths of our community occurred Thursday night when the grim reaper claimed as its victim little Lucile Shahan, daughter of J.W. Shahan. The little girl was only sick for two or three days and although everything possible was done that could be, it was to no avail. The bereaved have our tenderest sympathies. (The Ga. Walker County Messenger, Obituaries, November 16, 1916, transcribed by G. Holaday)
STEPHENSON, Miss EVAMiss Eva Stephenson died the first day of December at her home on East End. Tenn. She was the second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Stephenson, formerly of this place. Miss Eva died of typhoid fever. She was 17 years old. It is sad for her to be taken so young, but God doeth all things well, so we should rejoice to know that she is at rest. She was truly a good christian girl. We won't say to the loved ones, 'Weep not for Eva, for she is peacefully resting in the paradise of God'. She was buried Dec. 3, her remains being laid to rest in the McIntyre cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. W.M. Pettigrew.
There was a large crowd of relatives and friends to attend the funeral to pay the last tribute of respect to this bright girl. She leaves a father and a mother, 3 brothers and three sisters and a large number of relatives and friends to mourn their loss. The bereaved ones have the sympathy of the entire community. (The Ga. Walker County Messenger Obituaries, December 15th, 1916, transcribed by Gillian Holaday)
Thos. Stephenson, who died last Sunday night at 10:45 was laid to rest in the McIntyre cemetery Tuesday, funeral services were conducted by Rev. W.M. Pettigrew. He is survived by his father and Mother, Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Stephenson, his wife, Mrs. Emma Stephenson, who was formerly Miss Emma McKin, and by two brothers, Edward and Earnest Stephenson, of this place, and by his three sisters, Mrs. G.M. Brown, Mrs. Robert Lane, and little Miss Brady Stephenson. (The Ga. Walker Co. Messenger Obituaries, December 29, 1916, transcribed by Gillian Holaday)
THURMAN, B. F.
B.F. THURMAN ENTERS THE REALMS OF DEATH
His Career as a Soldier, Statesman, Mason, Churchman, Father and Husband Most Noteworthy-Died at the age of 73-Funeral Services here Tuesday
The death Monday morning of B.F.Thurrman in his 73rd., year, ended a long and useful life. Though only a youth in teens he had gallantly worn the gray and seen hard service for the Confederacy in the Civil Strife. The hardships and exposure in the war was the cause of the frail health that was his affliction for many years.
Happily married, the Reconstruction period found the young soldier a farmer on a farm in Shinbone valley.
In the early seventies Mr. Thurman bought the Harvey Sampkin place at Center Post, successfully merchandising at the store there for several years. An attack of western fever carried himself and his family to Comanche, Texas. On his return to Georgia, Rome claimed him for a citizen, a short while, but soon he located at LaFayette, buying a home and entering business for himself, and was a successful and popular merchant for many years.
His political career was most noteworthy. He served in the Georgia legislature in 1888-89-90 and again in 1907-08. In 1908 he was elected by his friends in the county without solicitation, and after 1908 he was insisted upon to make the race again, but feeble health prohibited his desire for service in this capacity. He also served on the board of county commissioners in Walker a number of terms.
Equally as brilliant was his Masonic record. Besides serving as Master of Western lodge for several terms he attended the Grand lodge meetings for twenty-six consecutive years and held the office of Grand Junior Deacon for fifteen years and Grand Chaplain of the Grand lodge of the state for three years.
He joined the Confederacy at the beginning of the war in 1861, and was with General Lee at the surrender in 1865.
In the sixties, he was happily married to Miss Mollie McConqell, a splendid woman, whose love and comfort and help at the last, cheating death by her wonderful love and care. To few men were ever given a happier home life, and warm and devoted friends.
A Methodist born and bred, his beloved church had in him a faithful, zealous worker, especially in the Sunday school. For a number of years the LaFayette Methodist Sunday school was under his care as superintendent, a happy memory of many of the town's best men and women. Old Trinity, his first church, will ever hold his work there in loving remembrance.
The sunset shadows brought years of struggle with a hopeless disease, but his cheerful courage and spirit never failed. To the last his mind was keenly alert and his knowledge and interest in world affairs was wide and varied.
Frank Thurman was born in Marthasville, now Atlanta, January 10th 1814 and was the eldest son of David and Alice Boyles Thurman, who in his infancy removed to Cherokee, Ga. On his father's side, he was descended from a prominent South Carolina family of Huguenot extraction.
Funeral services were held from the Methodist church Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock, conducted by Rev J. A. Partridge and Rev. B.F.Guille, in the presence of a large number of relatives and friends. Interment followed at the LaFayette cemetery.
Mr. Thurman is survived by his daughter, Miss Annie, one brother, John T. Thurman, of Harrisburg, and a sister, Mrs. Emma Boyd, of New York. (The Ga. Walker County Messenger Obituaries, December 22, 1916, transcribed by Gillian Holaday)
WALKINS, Son of Mr. and Mrs.
The eleven year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Walkins of South Rossville, was almost instantly killed last Friday afternoon near the Rossville depot, by the South bound passenger train. His remains were interred at Hooker, Ga. The relatives of this little boy have the sympathy of the entire community. (The Ga. Walker County Messenger Obituaries, December 8h , 1918, transcribed by G. Holaday)
WARDLAW, Capt. J. C.
Capt. J.C. Wardlaw passes to the other side
One of Walker County's most highly esteemed and worthy citizens answers last call-impressive funeral services
In the death of Capt. J.C. Wardlaw, which occurred at his home on North Main Street last Friday night at 11 o'clock. There passed out of life one of Walker County's oldest and most prominent citizens.
Capt. Wardlaw was a native of Lawrence County, Ga., where he was born June 20, 1827 and was therefore in his eighty ninth year. He was a member of the old Wardlaw family, members of which have been noted over the South in various walks of life.
As a young man he entered the mercantile business, in which he made a decided success. In 1855 he went to Chattanooga and opened up a general merchandise store on Market street, which he conducted with marked success for a number of years. In 1860 he came back to LaFayette and opened up a store on the site now occupied by the Messenger. He was soon interrupted by the Civil War. His war record is most noteworthy. He enlisted in the sixtieth Georgia and was rapidly promoted to the captaincy of the company.
After the war, he again opened up his mercantile establishment here and continued actively in this business until 1875, when he retired from active business.
By industry and good business judgement Capt. Wardlaw amassed quite a large fortune, accumulating a large lot of real estate and farms in the county as well as some valuable city property in Chattanooga.
Capt. Wardlaw was twice married, his first wife being Miss Mary Holden of Murphreesboro, Tenn., and his second , who survives him, Mrs. Carry Jones. No children were born to the second marriage, but three sons by the first marriage survive him. These are J. A. Wardlaw of Chattanooga, and W. H. Wardlaw of LaFayette, and John Wardlaw of Trion.
Always loyal to the church, the Methodist being his choice, Capt. Wardlaw served a long number of years on the official board. He was generous toward the church and took an active interest in all of its various operations, contributing liberally to all of the institutions. He also gave of his time and energy untiringly.
The funeral services which were held Sunday morning from the residence, were conducted by his pastor, Rev. N.A.White. (The Ga. Walker County Messenger Obituaries, December 8th, 1916, transcribed by Gillian Holaday)