Transylvania County, North Carolina
Mrs Ellen Allison, widow of the late John Allison, residing in the Dunn's
Rock section, died from the effects of cancer last Sunday. She is well known in this section, and we hope some one familiar with her life will furnish us with further facts concerning her death.
The Brevard Hustler, Thursday, April 30, 1896
ALLISON, Mrs Wash
We were very sorry to hear of the death of Mrs Wash Allison. Her death was sudden but not surprising. She leaves a husband and two children to mourn their loss.
Sylvan Valley News, June 3, 1910
BLYTHE, J M
The Death Angel visited Transylvania County last Friday and removed the last Veteran of the War Between the States when J.M. Blythe passed away at his home in the Enon section.
Mr. Blythe, who was 91 years of age, had been in ill health for several months and his death had been expected for some days by those who were near to him. Funeral services were conducted Sunday morning at eleven o'clock from the Enon Baptist church and interment was made at the Enon cemetery.
Surviving are four sons, Joe of Penrose, Verda of Etowah, J.L. of Greenville, and Austin of Pennsylvania. The wife, who was before her marriage, Miss Alice Lyday, daughter of the late Dr. Andrew Lyday, died thirty years ago. Thirty-two grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren survive.
Mr. Blythe was born in Henderson County, but made his home in Transylvania County for years. He served the Southland in the 1861-65 struggle between the states as a member of Co. E, 6th North Carolina regiment. Checkup in the office of the clerk of court shows that Mr. Blythe was the last man in this county to receive a pension from North Carolina as a member of the group who wore the gray under General Robert E. Lee.
Mr. Blythe was a farmer and surveyor and served two terms as county surveyor and for forty or more years was a justice of the peace.
March 26, 1936 - Joseph Manning Blythe Sr (transcribed by LR)
Sunday, Dec 12, the death angel visited the home of Eugene Blythe and took from our midst a devoted wife and loving mother.She is survived by her husband and six children. The remains were placed in the Enon cemetery Monday evening. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to those dear little mother-less children, for when a child loses mother it loses its best earthly friend. A father may be kind and devoted but her can't use the watchful care of a loving mother.
Sylvan Valley News - 24-Dec-1909
Mrs Loretta Briggs, wife of Prof Briggs of Broad Valley Institute, died Wednesday night after a lingering illness of several months. She was the daughter of Rev Sparks of Mars Hill and the body was taken there for interment. She leaves a husband and seven children, the youngest about 2 years old, to mourn the loss of a wife and mother. She has been a resident of the Enon section nearly a year and has made a host of friends. The bereaved family have the sincere sympathy of all in their affliction.
Sylvan Valley News, July 12, 1907
Hattie Bryant, the little daughter of Vance Bryant which Harrison Nicholson adopted after the death of her mother, died at the home of her foster parents in the Catheys Creek section Monday, and was buried at Catheys Creek Cemetery on Tuesday. The little one had found a good home here where she was beloved and happy but that "home not made with hands, eternal in the heavens" is doubtless a better one for her. The bereaved have the sympathy of all.
Sylvan Valley News - 30-Nov-1900
Flem Cison, an aged citizen who had been very ill for some time at his home on Carson's creek, died Monday morning and was buried in the family burying ground. He leaves a family of several members.
Sylvan Valley News May 26, 1916
We note with regret the death of Col. W J Croswell, who died in Willmington on April 4th after a brief illness. He was buried in Greenville, SC on the 6th. In his death we lose one of our most welcome and respected summer visitors and Cedar Mountain one of her most popular citizens.
Sylvan Valley News April 10, 1903
Obit: Friends in the community were saddened Friday (22 Apr 1927) on learning of the death of Miss Maisie Daniels, aged 28, which occurred Friday afternoon at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Daniels, following an illness of 14 months. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Baptist church , conducted by the pastor, Rev. W.H. Hartsell. The body was laid to rest in Gillespie cemetery in the presence of a host of sorrowing friends.
Miss Daniels bore her long months of suffering with marked patience and cheerfulness, and left many friends to mourn her loss. She was a graduate of Biltmore Hospital and a member of the Biltmore Alumni Association. She was a faithful and active member of the Baptist church up to the time of her illness.
Surviving are her parents, three sisters and two brothers, the sisters being, Mrs. J.E. Fleet and Mrs. John Coffman, of West Virginia, and Miss Beatrice Daniels of Brevard. Brothers Buryl Daniels of Brevard and Lem Daniels of Pisgah Forest.
Newspaper: unknown Date: 25 Apr 1927?(transcribed by LR)
Two children of Arthur Dunn, living near Cherryfield, died on Thursday last and were buried at Catheys Creek cemetery on Friday. Rev E Allison conducted the funeral ceremonies. It is now reported that Mr Dunn is himself lying quite low. The stricken family should have the assistance and sympathy of all good citizens.
Sylvan Valley News - 30-Nov-1900
Olus Dunn, son of Ben Dunn of Selica, who left this county several months ago for Douglas, Wyoming, was recently operated on for appendicitis and died May 23rd. His remains were brought home last Sunday and interred at Catheys creek cemetery, Rev A J Manly conducting the funeral service.
Sylvan Valley News, June 3, 1910
Wife of the late Rev A A England, departed this life on the 5th day of March 1905. She was the daughter of Samuel Erwin and was born in what is now Transylvania county, North Carolina in the year 1835, dying at the ripe old age of 69 years, 8 months and 18 days. In her early life she gave her heart to God and accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior and friend. She connected herself with the M E church in which faith and communion she lived faithfully and trustingly until God called her to "come up higher."
For the past eighteen years she had been in failing health and for nearly eight years bedridden but she bore all her pains and sufferings with the greatest of christian fortitude and patience and was always cheerful and sunny in her disposition, even in the midst of excruciating pains. She loved her Master and if it was his will that she should suffer she felt pain was pleasure and had the blessed assurance that the end would be eternal peace and joy. The influence of her beautiful life of patience in the midst of affliction will ne as a benediction long after her in the lives of all those who knew her. She was faithful unto death and now she wears the imperishable "crown of life."
On the eve of the 54th anniversary of her wedding day while the sun was slowly sinking towards the western horizon, her spirit took its flight and she crossed the river and once more joined her dear husband who met her at the gates of the city of God and welcomed her "home" where she will dwell with him and her dear son in the midst of the throng of glorified ones who surround the throne of their Father in heaven through all the rolling cycles of God's great eternity, for thus "blessed are the dead who die in the Lord."
She is survived by two chidren, T D England of Brevard, N C and Mrs Emma Whitener of Maiden, N C, who with a host of loving relatives and friends, mourn her departure though they would not ask for her return. She is at rest and of her it can truly be said: "in Jesus Christ she fell asleep."
Sylvan Valley News March 10, 1905
Hendersonville July 11 - The funeral of Dr W C Fisher, who died at his home at Toxaway Wednesday morning, took place at Tryon, his old home, yesterday. The deceased was a member of Gowansville SC Masonic Lodge and was buried with Masonic honors. The doctor had many friends and relatives and his funeral and burial were attended by a large number of people. Mr Fisher was about 40 years of age and was a strong, robust man up to the time he was seized with an attack of apendicitis. About two weeks ago he was told by his physician what the trouble was, and that it would be necessary to have an operation performed and for a week or ten days Dr. Fisher seemed to be getting along very well, when he suddenly began to grow worse, and with all the attention that could be given him the afflication could not be overcome, and last Tuesday it was made known, and many reached his home before death came to the suffering man. Dr Fisher was one of the leading men of Transylvania County, having been a candidate at one time for sheriff, and at another for Representative, both times leading his ticket, and at the time of his death he was United States commissioner for Transylvania County. He also had a large store at Toxaway, and was interested in other business enterprises. He leaves a wife and five children and many relatives to mourn his loss, and by his death Transylvania County has lost a citizen whose place will be hard to fill.
Charlotte Observer - Sun 12-July-1903
(William Clark Fisher - b. 12-July-1861 - d. 8-July-1903; burial Tryon Cemetery, Polk County NC)
On Monday, August 11th, Sidney Fortune died at his home near Allison’s lake after a lingering illness of several months. Funeral services and interment were at Oak Grove Tuesday, conducted by Rev. Loy D. Thompson. The decased was a son of the late Bird Fortune, and was born and reared at the home where he spent
his last days. He was a brother of the late Richard Fortune, a Confederate soldier with an honorable record.
Mr. Fortune had a large family, eleven of his children and his widow still living. Though not possessed of wealth, he was known as a good citizen, peaceful, orderly and hard working in spite of ill health. He was a member of the Methodist church.
Sylvan Valley News August 16, 1912
Raleigh, March 28-Special State Commissioner of Labor and Printing M. L. Shipman was summoned to Brevard this morning by the death of his brother-in-law, Professor C. M. Gallamore, who died rather suddenly there last night. He was 50 years old and leaves a wife and three children. He was principal of the Rosman High School.
Charlotte Observer Friday, March 29, 1912
News reaches us from Gloucester that Horace Galloway, son of La Fayette Galloway was killed by a falling tree Tuesday. He was engaged in peeling tanbark in the wolf mountain section of Jackson County and a tree in falling had loosened or broken a limb which fell backward and caught him unexpectedly. Further particulars are not at hand.
Sylvan Valley News August 27, 1909
Bro. Garren was born April 27. 1828, and died March 23, 1908. He has been one of the leading citizens of Transylvania county. He had been a member of the Baptist church for 50 years, and a deacon most of the time. When he was able to travel he was a delegate nearly every time to the association from East Fork church. His voice was always heard on the floor earnestly defending what he believed to be right. In his own church he was a strong advocate of good discipline and a faithful leader in the Sunday school. Several years before his death he was a sufferer from asthma, and finally dropsy set in, and a long life of almost 80 years closed.
Sister Ann Z. Garren, nee Orr, was born Nov. 5, 1827. On Nov. 22, 1909, after a long spell of dropsy and other diseases, she joined her husband on the other shore. She had been a member of the Baptist church for many years. She was a faithful wife and mother. They leave five sons and one daughter, all of whom have large families—also a host of relatives. The, writer conducted both funerals, and saw them laid away in the East Fork graveyard in the presence of a large number of relatives and friends. They are gone. As the weary traveler passes along the road and stops at the yard gate seeking a place of rest, some one will answer him in sad tones, "They are gone." When the sons and daughters come to the old homestead and look around for father and mother, the lonely old firesides will answer, "They are gone." When the grandchildren are playing in the grassy yard, and wondering where is grandma and grandpa, the echo of their voices will be, "They are gone." When the preacher of the gospel seeks his old home and the companionship of these consecrated Christians, their vacant seats at church will answer, "They are gone." Gone where? Two mounds in the old East Fork graveyard, side by side, say, "Their bodies have gone the way of all the earth." According to their profession of faith in Christ, their spirits are with the angels in heaven.
At the request of the relatives I offer the above tribute. May the Father above bless and comfort the bereaved, and may they all be ready when the call comes for them.
A. J. Manly
Sylvan Valley News - 24-Dec-1909
The funeral of Miss Viola Grimshawe of Toxaway, NC who died last Tuesday after a protracted illness, was held Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock at St Peter's Catholic Church. The internment took place at Elmwood cemetery. Miss Grimshawe was a student at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Greenville. While spending the Christmas holidays with the family of Thos. J Harper on Elmwood Avenue she was stricken with pneumonia and death came last Tuesday.
State Columbia SC January 21, 1910
Our people were pained to learn that Rev. W.A. Hamet of the See Off section,
died Saturday morning aged 85 years. Mr. Hamet has been a minister of the Congregational church
for many years, was a highly respected citizen, a good neighbor, husband and father, He was born and reared on Blue Ridge in Henderson County and his remains were buried near his old home on Sunday. Mr. Hamet moved into Transylvania County 22 years ago and settled on the head waters of Dunns Creek. He was the father of 11 children - 6 sons and 5 daughters - 7 of whom and the widow still living. The News extends sympathy to the bereaved family in this hour of affliction.
Sylvan Valley News, March 24, 1911
Mrs John Hooker died Wednesday morning, Feb 22 at 5 o'clock and was buried at Rocky Hill Church on the 24th. There was a large attendance at the burial services which were short but very impressive, conducted by Rev Lee. The singing by the choir also was fine. They sang so softly and sweetly, "She Whispered Chirst is All." Nothing would have been more appropriate. JO
Sylvan Valley News March 10, 1905
Mrs. Wm. Hunt, of Colquitt, Ga, nee Miss Pauline Aiken of Brevard, died Sunday, the 15th, at the home of her mother, Mrs. E. A. Aiken, in Greenville, S.C, after an illness of eleven days. She was buried Wednesday at the Hunt burial ground near Greenville.
Sylvan Valley News - Friday, Nov 20, 1908
On the morning of Oct. 9th, 1893, the spirit of little Hascal, infant son of Mr and Mrs Albert Johnson, passed from this earth of pain and sorrow to the Regions of Eternal Life and Bliss. Its short life was passed in suffering; but the loving hand of God in mercy came and so gently took it from us that it seemed not to die, but to pass from loving friends, into the arms of a heavenly Father. So quiet, so peaceful was the departure that we could only say, "The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." The bereaved family have our sympathies.
The Brevard Hustler, Thursday, Nov 2, 1893
Cedar Mountain Locals
An infant child of Mr and Mrs Solomon Jones Jr, was buried at Rocky Hill burying ground Sunday at 11 o'clock a.m.
Sylvan Valley News, Friday, April 10, 1903
An 8-year-old-son of Mr and Mrs Tom Jones died on Thursday, the 9th inst. and was buried at Blue Ridge church.
Sylvan Valley News, 24-April-1903
DEATH OF MRS KITCHEN
Mrs. J . H. Kitchen of Horseshoe, formerly of this county, died last Saturday after a very short illness. She had been on Friday morning on a visit to a sick neighbor, and in the afternoon of the same day had attended a practice for special Sunday school exercises. The attack of sickness came suddenly while she was away from home, and she was unable to return thither, dying on Saturday at the home of Mr. Davenport. The funeral services took place last Sunday at Shaw’s Creek Baptist church, of which she was a member. The funeral was preached by Rev. J . R. Owen, who had been a friend and former teacher of the deceased.
Mrs. Kitchen, whose maiden name was Miss Dora Galloway was the daughteer of A.J. and Mrs. A. M. Galloway, and was born thirty-two years ago at the old Galloway homestead in Eastatoe township. She is survived by her husband and infant child, by her two parents and the following brothers and sisters: T. H. and Welch Galloway of Brevard, Flem Galloway of Lake Toxaway, V. H. and Avery Galloway of Horseshoe, Mrs. Martha Chapman of Quebec,
Mrs. L. E. Hines of Easley. S. C., Mrs J.C. Bagwell of Reba and Mrs. Lou Webb of Dallas, N. C. All of the family except Mrs. Hines and Avery Galloway, who was in Virginia, were present at the funeral services.
Mrs. Kitchen was a woman of sweet Christian character, and her death will be a sore loss to her family and the community in which she lived.
Sylvan Valley News, June 10, 1910
W S Lankford, and old and highly respected citizen of the county died at his home in the Connestee section last Monday after a long illness, and was buried at Connestee church of which he was a consistent and valued member, on Tuesday afternoon. Twelve old Confederates attended the funeral and helped to bury an old comrade.
Sylvan Valley News - 9-April-1909
BREVARD - Archie M Lynch, 64, of Jamestown, NY, a native of Transylvania County, died Wednesday at his home. A resident of Jamestown for the past 21 years, he retired in 1986 from Marlin-Rockwell Co. He was a veteran of World War II and a member of Mount Sinai lodge No 56 F&AM and Emmanuel Baptist Church. He was a son of the late Marcus and Sally Thomas Lynch. Surviving are his wife, Joyce Lynch; three sons, Montgomery and Jason Lynch of Jamestown and Arthur Lynch of Korea; two daughters, Jacqueline Person and Doris Lynch of Fayetteville; two brothers, Gordon Thomas of Cocoa, Fla, and Marcus Lynch of Jamestown; three sisters, Evon Kelley and Agnes Wilson of Brevard and Edith Mooney of Landover, Md; four stepchildren; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Asheville Citizens Times, Aug 15, 1987, submitted by Mary Weigandt
Brevard, N.C. - Cordia Holden McGaha, 89, died June 8, 1990, at a Brevard health care center. She was a homemaker and a member of Carson's Creek Baptist Church. Surviving are a son, Joe W. McGaha of Mauldin; two daughters, Ola Faye Lance and Celia Clark, both of Brevard; a stepson, Walter McGaha of Greenville; and a sister, Nora Heath of Brevard .
Services: 2 P.M. Sunday at Carson's Creek Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation: 7 to 9 P.M. Saturday at the Moody-Connolly Funeral Home, Brevard.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Carson's Creek Baptist Church, Brevard, N.C.
(Source: Greenville News, June 9, 1990)
BREVARD, N.C. - Joseph M. McGaha 82, of Brevard, died at 11 p.m. Friday at home after a long illness. He was born in Transylvania County, N.C. He was a retired farmer and a member of Dunn's Creek Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Cordie Holden McGaha; four sons, Joe McGaha of the home, Arthur and Phillip McGaha, both of Brevard and Walter McGaha of New York; and three daughter, Mrs. Ola Faye Lance, and Mrs. H.P. Clark, Both of Brevard and Mrs, Laura Scott of Pennsylvania.
Funeral sevices will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at Carson's Creek Baptist Church by Rev. A.J. Trotter and Rev. Millo Hayes. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery.
Pallberers will be grandsons and nephews.
The body is at the home. Moody-Choate Funeral Home is in Charge.
(Source: Greenville News, Nov. 27, 1960)
Editor Sylvan Valley News
Miss Cauty Miller, daughter of Alfred Miller, died at her home near Sapphire, August 3, 1903, at the age of 22. She had been in declining health for some time but was patient and cheerful until the feeble, flickering lamp of life was blown out. She had been a member of the church and a model christian for about seven years. She was loved and will be lamented by all who knew her disposition. May the bereaved family find comfort in the assurance that she has gone where there is no more pain nor death and where God shall wipe away all tears from her eyes.
J R Owen.
At Asheville June 2, 1903, entered into her rest Emily, eldest daughter of T. W. Mitchell, esq., of Perryville Ky. and Selica N. C., aged 18 years.
Sylvan Valley News, June 5, 1903
Clinton Moore was buried at Hooker's grave yard on Tuesday Feb 21.
Sylvan Valley News March 10, 1905
Last Monday morning Marcellus Moore of Calvert, son of Houston Moore, died suddenly. He and his father had just started to town when he fell dead. He was about 35 years old and leaves a wife and several children. The funeral took place in Tuesday afternoon at Mt Moriah.
Sylvan Valley News April 9, 1909
E. Guthrie, who came to Brevard with the remains of his sister, Mrs. Oliver Morgan, and who was detained here for several days looking after her estate, left for Atlanta
Thursday morning. In looking among the papers of the late Oliver Morgan, E. Guthrie found a sheet of writing paper bearing a printed letter head, "Headquarters Co. —, 8th Reg't. Indiana Vol. Battery, Camp—, 1863." Mr, Morgan belonged to a regiment of N. C. Cavalry, and the inference is a raid and capture of sundry articles.
Sylvan Valley News - 20-Nov-1908
Our church and community have sustained a great loss in the death of Capt Lambert C Neill who was injured by a freight train on the Southern railway, and after a few days of suffering passed away on the 24th of Nov 1909. In early life he connected himself with the Davidson River church, and was soon elected to the office of deacon. After serving faithfully in this office for some years he was elected and ordained ruling elder, and for many years served the church in that capacity with great faithfulness and accceptance. Being a-man of fine spirit, excellent judgment, spotless integrity and stalwart Christian principles, he was a wise and safe counselor, and his brethren of the session will greatly miss his mature and sonnd advice in the conduct of the affairs of the church. As a citizen he was ever the advocate and staunch supporter of all measures that make for morality, order, and the good of his community, and was respected and honored by all who knew him. In early manhood he was united in marriage to Sarah Mackey, with whom he lived in loving bonds for fifty-five years. Of this union three sons and one daughter survive him, who with the aged mother mourn his loss. Two sons, young men of splendid passed over the river before him, one of them being on the same railroad.
As a captain in the Confederate army he was a gallant and splendid officer, and was greatly loved and respected by the men under his command. He was taken prisoner at Cumberland Gap, TN. Sept. 1863 and was a prisoner at Johnson's Island for several months during the latter part of the war.
A few hours after his eightieth birthday he passed quietly away, leaving his singularly spotless life, noble character and consecrated Christian record as a precious heritage and blessed memory to his family and his church.
Sylvan Valley News - Friday, 24-Dec-1909
VETERAN: U.S. CIVIL WAR
CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA
CONFEDERATE NORTH CAROLINA TROOPS 62nd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
(Service records say 6 ft tall, hair and complexion dark; eyes grey)
Departed this lifs on Sunday, the 28th day of Nov., 1909, her 83rd birthday. She was found lying on the floor dead with her open Bible by her side. What a glorious end, reading her Bible on a beautiful Sabbath morning, which had been a lamp to her feet and a light to her pathway all through her journey from earth to heaven. Sister Paxton was one of the best women and one of the sweetest Christian spirits I ever knew. She made a profession of religion in her 18th year and united with the Baptist church at East Fork, then an arm of Catheys Creek church, and was baptised on Sunday, the 14th day of July, 1844, and consequently was a member of East Fork church—a little over 65 years. She was a decided Baptist in her faith and practice, and never failed to attend the meetings of her church as long as she was able to go, especially on Saturday. She loved everybody; and everybody loved her. She was one of the most consistent, pious, devoted Christians I ever knew. She lived and died in her old home on the French Broad river, where she enjoyed so many of the comforts of life and the Christian religion. Her children and grand-children were remarkably good and kind to her, and she never suffered for any of the comforts of life within their gift.
Sylvan Valley News - Friday 24-Dec-1909
Death of a Beloved Mother
Mrs R J Pickelsimer Gone to Her Final Rest.
Mrs Elmina A Pickelsimer, the beloved wife of R J Pickelsimer, one of Brevard's oldest and best known merchants, died at her home in Brevard on Sunday morning last, aged 48 years. Mrs Pickelsimer was the daughter of Pearson and Penelope Merrell, and was born and lived many years of her married life in the Grange section. She was a member of the Little River Baptist Church, which she joined many years ago, and where her remains were taken on Wednesday for burial. She was a loving and indulgent mother, and there is no sadder home in Transylvania last Sunday that the one over which she had presided for so many years. A husband and seven children are left behing to mourn their great loss. Short funeral services were held in the Baptist Church here Wednesday morning, conducted by Rev I T Newton, assisted by Rev C P Moore, after which the body was taken to Little River for interment. The pall bearers were J W McMinn, Des Young, Len English, Walter Orr, Nat McMinn and W E Breese, Jr. Mrs Pickelsimer was widely known and her death will be mourned by a host of warm friends.
THE NEWS extends its sincere sympathy to the bereaved family in this hour of affliction.
Sylvan Valley News April 3, 1903
Mrs Sarah Ann Poor, relic of one of Brevard's old, well known and highly respected pioneer citizens, William Porbarte Poor died at her old home in Brevard last Saturday, April 3, aged 77 years. Mrs Poor was a sister of Hon Geo W Wilson, and has many friends in this county who will be pained to hear of her death. Se leaves two children, Edwin Poor of Davidson River and Mrs Ellen S Patton who had made her home with her mother for several years.
Mrs Poor joined the Methodist church early in life, but later joined the Brevard Presbyterian church. The funeral services were conducted by Rev W H Davis and the interment was at Davidson River Cemetery. A large concourse of friends and relatives were present and followed the remains to their last resting place. The pall bearers were T D England, J W McMinn, H C Gillespie, C M Cooke Jr, O Godfrey and O L Erwin.
The News extends its sympathies to the bereaved relatives.
Sylvan Valley News - 9-April-1909
REESE, A E
Mr A E Reese died at the home of his son, Mr Charles Reese, Monday, October 20th. He was in his eighty-fourth year. The interment was at Boylston cemetery October 21. Funeral services were conducted by Rev W H Pless of Etowah.
Sylvan Valley News, Ocotber 31, 1913
Editor Sylvan Valley News: Miss Deckie Reid is dead.
It is hard to write the words, and have to realize the fact that she is gone. At 5 p. m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the age of 16 years, just as the flower of her youth was developing into womanhood, with apparently all of a long life before, her, and all the promise and richness of a noble character ripening into fruitage, the death angel came and claimed her for his own.
At the age of 13 years she joined the Baptist church at Union, and from then until her death she lived a life devoted to Christ. Her gentle disposition and smiling face was an index to a pure heart and noble life. She suffered for about three weeks, but with devoted trust in the Great Physician,, she bore her afflicition patiently and without a murmur. As her life slowly ebbed away, she said it would not be long until she would be a bright shining angel in heaven. In a soft, almost angelic voice she sang, "There's a land that is fairer than day," and then said, "We"shall meet on that beautiful shore," Calling her father and mother and sisters around her bed, while one sister held her hand she sang, "Nearer my God to Thee." Her brothers and sisters realize that, "Death has been here and borne away, A sister from our side; Just in the morning of her day, As young as we she died."Not long ago she filled her place, And sat with us to learn; But she has run her mortal race, And never can return." The bereaved family have the consolation that Deckie has gone to that rest which remains for the people of God, and while she cannot return to them they can go to her, where she will be "waiting at the beautiful gate," and there will be no more seperating. At 2 o'clock on Thursday, Oct 24, the funeral services were conducted by Rev. L. M. Lyda at Union Baptist church. A large number of friends and relatives were present to pay their last tribute of respect to one who loved everybody and who all loved. The body of Deckie was laid away in the Union cemetary where it will await the resurrection at the last day when the dead in Christ shall triumphantly rise to meet the Lord in the air, and be welcomed into his joy, there to abide forever.
Dear Deckie you have gone before us,
That blissful life to know:
To dwell forever with the angels,
Where sorrows never go.
The day will come when we shall join you,
Beyond death's swelling flood;
And there around the throne will gather,
All washed in Jesus' blood.
While here we'll wait and watch and labor,
His blessed will to do;
And when His summons comes then gladly,
Death's portal we'll pass through.
Then father, mother, brother, sisters,
And kindred dear and friends;
Will meet you in the land of promise,
Where pleasure never ends.
T. C. HENDERSON
Asleep in Jesus! blessed sleep,
From which none ever wakes to weep.
Deckie, the beloved 16-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. D.Reid of Lake Toxaway, died Tuesday,October 22, 1907, at her home. She had been sick for a month— took her bed two weeks before she died. She first had tooth and ear arche, then it turned into throat trouble. She was a good, Christian girl. She joined the church a few years ago. On her dying bed she sang the "Sweet By and By" and "Nearer, My God, to Thee." Once or twice she changed it to "nearer my soul." She asked her father, mother and beloved ones to meet her in the beyond. She leaves a father, mother, two sisters and seven brothers, besides many friends and school mates to mourn her death. "But she is not dead, but sleepeth." She will be greatly missed as a devoted Christian daughter, sister, friend and beloved schoolmate.
Sister,thou wast mild and lovely,
Gentle as the summer's breeze;
Pleasant as the air ofevening,
As it floats among the trees.
Peaceful be thy silent slumber,
Peaceful in the grave so low;
Thou no more will join our number,
Thou no more our songs shall know.
Yet again we hope to meet thee
When the day ef life is fled;
Then in heaven with joy to greet thee
Where no farewell tear is shed.
On her dying bed she talked of heaven and seeing Jesus. She said she would be happier than any of us.
"A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled.
God in His wisdom has recalled
The boon His love has given,
And tho' the body slumbers here,
The soul is safe in heaven.''
She was a precious one ; but just as she was in the prime of life she was cut down as a tender plant. But God doeth all things well. She always had a pleasant word and a bright smile for everybody. Although she suffered death a thousand times on this earth, she shall suffer no more.
"We miss thee from our school, dear,
We miss thee from thy place;
A shadow o' er our life is cast,
We miss the sunshine of thy face.
We miss thy kind and willing hand.
Thy fond and earnest care;
Our school is dark without thee—
We miss thee everywhere."
They laid her away in the little graveyard at Ninive church. She is gone, but not forgotten.
Sylvan Valley News 1-Nov-1907
Newton, Nov4 -
Funeral service was held this morning at Trinity Lutheran chuch in Vale community for Mrs Hugh Sigmon, 38, of Brevard, who died Sunday night at Mission hospital, Asheville, follwoing a lingering illness. She was formly Miss Barbara Lutz, daughter of Mr and Mrs Silas Lutz of Vale. Her husband, who survives, is a chemist at Ecusta Paper plant, near Brevard.
Greensboro Daily News, Nov 5, 1941
EVAN TALLEY DIES AT HOME NEAR PENROSE
Evan Talley, aged 78 years, died at the home of his son, C W Talley, at Penrose last Thursday afternoon. The deceased was born in Georgia and came to Transylvania shortly after his marriage. He is survived by the following children: W L, J S, and C W Talley of Penrose. Mrs. A D Lyday and Mrs Pat McGuire of Penrose; Mrs L N Townsend of Brevard and Mrs S B Beck of Kansas City, Mo. Interment was made in Little River Cemetery, Rev W E Barker being assisted by Rev Elijah Allison with the services. The deceased was widely and favorably known in this county where he made many friends during his long residence.
Sylvan Valley News November 24, 1916
Mrs. P. C. Townsend of Glade Creek died last Monday after a few days sickness from diphtheria. She was about thirty-five years of age, and leaves a husband and four children to mourn her loss. P.C. Townsend works at the Tannin factory at Pisgah Forest.
Sylvan Valley News - Friday, Nov 20, 1908
Little Delsie Whitmire of Quebec, age ten years, died October 21,1907, after an illness of about three weeks. She lived and died at the home of her grandfather, C. C. Whitmire. She was a patient sufferer and realized toward the last that she would not get well. She told one of her schoolmates just before she died that she would not be at school again; that she was going away. Her last words were :"Tell mama to please not cry."
The character of our little departed friend is one of beauty and perfect childlike innocence. She was a perfect example of meekness, gentleness, submission and obedience. Her sweet traits of character made her a favorite with her schoolmates and teachers, as well as in her home and among others who knew her. Her little chair in her home is vacant; her seat at school is vacant. Neither can be filled, yet we feel like saying:
Sleep on, sweet Delsie,
And take thy rest;
We miss you so much!
But God thought it best.
The bereaved ones have the sympathy of many friends who realize that "a sunbeam from the world has vanished." The remains were interred in the Oak Grove church yard.
Written by Delsie's Teacher.
Sylvan Valley News - 1-Nov-1907
John C. Whitmire, a prominent and influential citizen of Cherry field, died Wednesday of pneumonia. He was the father of a large family - seven children still living—six boys and one girl—all of whom are well provided for. He was a hard worker, was frugal and industrious. His house had a welcome for all, and he will be missed as a citizen and neighbor. Particulars as to the funeral arrangements are not at hand. The bereaved widow and children have the sympathy of all in their affliction.
Sylvan Valley News - 24-Dec-1909
Ed C Wilson Dies Without a Moment's Premonition at His Home on East Main Street
A cloud of sorrow covers the faces of Brevard business men and a pall of sadness wraps our homes over the sudden death of Ed C Wilson, Tuesday night. He had been in extra good health and fine spirits during the day, attended to his usual office duties, was out riding and had eaten supper, making no complaint or feeling otherwise than in ordinary good health. After supper he went to the post office for the evening mail, and as he entered his home with it he fell unconscious and never spoke again. Doctors were summoned by telephone but when they arrived respiration had ceased, the heart was still and the genail soul of Ed C Wilson had crossed the dark and fathomless river of death.
Mr Wilson was in the prime of his life and usefulness - he was a director and stockholder in the Toxaway Company and was their resident manager; it was he who directed the affairs of the Brevard Banking Company; he was the virtual head of the Brevard Lumber Company, and was largely interested in the real estate business. He was a level-headed and energeric business man, was interested in all the business enterprises of any magnitude in this mountain section, and will be extremely difficult to find a substitute who can fill his place.
Mr Wilson came from New Castle, Pa, to Brevard soon after the Toxaway Company was organized. Being a brother-in-law of General Manager, J F Hays, he soon became Mr Hays' right-hand man and advisor. By his through business methods and his gentlemanly bearing he has endeared himself to our people, and his sudden dealth will be as greatly deplored in Brevard as at his old home in Pennsylvania.
Short funeral services were conducted at the Wilson home, Wednesday afternoon by Rev D M Douglas of the Presbyterian church and the body was escorted to the depot by Dunns Rock lodge of Masons.
Sylvan Valley News - 4-Dec-1903
DEATHS - E C Wilson, Manufacturer
Charlotte, NC Dec 2 - Ed C Wilson, manger of the Toxaway Company at Sapphire, NC is dead at Brevard, NC, of heart failure. He was a native of Pennsylvania.
Macon Telegraph, Macon GA Thursday, December 3, 1903
WINTHROP, Dr Joseph
There died in Charleston, S. C, in the 80th year of his age, on the night of Thursday, the 12th, Dr.Joseph Winthrop, a descendant on both sides of the highest and purest strain and type of its gentry, and one who in his own self embodied its virtues, noble traits and excellencies through a long line of ancient ancestry. Christianity, chivalry, culture and courage—he incorporated them all. A member of the Episcopal church, a gentleman in appearance, action and daily walk; a mind broadened by education, study, affiliation and environment, and withal a soldier who served South Carolina and the Confederacy from the beginning to the end. In short an able gentleman of the old school,who knowing his duty, did it.
For years as a regular-summer visitor to this town he was known to many, where his presence on the streets, his very walk, his carriage, his general greeting and his courtly bow begot always a friend. Modest almost to the verge of retirement, his bounty was limited by reason, not ostentation. He surveyed good and did it for its own sake, not for thanks. He looked according to nature and such was his behavior. He selected his friends, not by their gilding, but their worth, and was not luxurious after acquaintance. There was no element of gossip in his nature, for he never transgressed to scandal a man's valor or honesty, nor a woman's behavior or chastity. In matters religious he absorbed his native atmosphere, not multiplying his articles of faith beyond reason, but kept them few but firm. He saw good in all religions, and counted any believer his brother without argument as to non-essentials. To those who were privileged to know his life as lived here, the memory is sweet and fragrant. They knew him as a man who filled his appointed place with grace, dignity, sense, kindness and gentle courtesy.
A FRIEND OF FIFTY-FIVE YEARS STANDING
Sylvan Valley News October 27, 1911
ZACHARY, W W
RESOLTIONS OF RESPECT
At a special meeting of Brevard Bar Association on Monday, October 20th, it was reported that W W Zachary, president of the association, died October 18, 1913. The meeting was presided over by Judge J A Forsythe. On motion Welch Galloway and R L Gash were appointed a committee to draft suitable resolutions on the death of Mr Zachary. The following were unanimously adopted by the association: Whereas, God in His providence has removed from our midst W W Zachary. Therefore be it resolved:
First - That the Brevard Bar Association has lost a most able, a most efficient and valuable member - one whose place in the bar of Western North Carolina will be difficult, if not impossible to fill.
Second - That the community has lost one of her strongest citizens, one whose wisdom and counsel will be greatly missed by all.
Third - That Mr Zachary's family has lost a husband, a father, a brother, a son - one whose place can never be filled; kind, loving and affectionate at all times.
Fourth - That we, as members of the bar of Brevard, and as individuals, tender our most sincere and heartfelt sympathy to the family of Mr Zachary in this sad bereavement and hour of affliction.
Fifth - That a copy of these resolutions be sent to the family of Mr Zachary and a copy be furnished to the Sylvan Valley News for publication.
This October 24, 1913.
O W Clayton,
R L Gash,
Sylvan Valley News October 31, 1913
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