Benton County

Virgil Alonzo Rushing

Virgil Alonzo Rushing, president of the Humphreys County Bank since it organization in 1907, is a native son of Tennessee, born in Benton County on the 20th of December 1874. He is the son of Berrhl Columbus and Missouri Jane (Thompson) Rushing, the father born in Benton County in May 1854 and the mother also born in enton County January 31, 1857.

B.C. Rushing, the father of Virgil, was the son of Davil L. Rushing, himself the son of Dennis Rushing, a native of NC who located in Benton County when a young man. He was a farmer and his son David followed that occupation also. The latter served in the Civil War on the Confederate side, and was a captain. After the war he gave his remaining years to farm life, owning a large estate in his native county. On the home farm B.C.Rushing was reared to manhood and he has passed his entire life thus far in Benton county, with the single exception of one year. He is engage din the mercantile business in Camden, Tennessee where he has been located for the past seventeen years. He is a Democrat and member of the Missionary Baptist Church.

B.C. and Missouri became the parents of four children of which virgil is the eldest. The others are; Sarah Elizabeth, wife of T.E. Ayres; Connie Cleveland, living in Camden; Lula Atrize married to W.H. Watson of Benton County.

Virgil was A. Rushing was educated in the public schools of Benton county, and in 1897 he engaged in the mercantile business at Denver, continuing to be thus occupied until 1898, when he organized the Duck River Grain Company, toether iwth T.E. Ayres and two others in which he still continues to be interested. He and T.E. Ayres now own the entire business, Mr. Rusing being secretary and treasurer of the firm.

In 1907 Mr. Rushing was one of the organizers of the Humphreys County Bank, and he was elected president of the institution at the onset, and office which he has continued to hold without a break up to the present time. While a young concern,t he bank isyet conceded to be one of the most stable in the community, well officered and controlled by some of the best financiers and business men of the county. Mr. Rushing is president, J.D. Pickett is vice-president, with Ernest Easley as cashier, of whom more extended mention is made in a spearate sketch, elsewhere in this volume. The directorate of the bank includes in addition to its president and vice-president, W.M. Stribling, G.G. Gould, Orson Denslow, J.D. McCrary, C.C.Hobbs, B.B. Larkins, W.R. Spann and J.S. Raney. On December 31, 1911 the bank's statement of condition showed its total resources to be almost $50,000 with capital stock of $12,500, deposits of $26,106 and surplus and undivided profits, $1,591.27 - a healthy and conservative statement of a thriving young bank.

Mr. Rushing is a Democrat though not especially active in political circles and fraternally identified by his membership in the I.O.O.F. Denver lodge no 606, the Encampment at Waverly #125, and the Modern Woodmen of America.

In 1895 Mr. Rushing married Stella McCann the daughter of Judge G.P. McCann of Denver now deceased. They have two children Herman L. and Percy the last named having died at sixteen months.

Tennessee and Tennesseans by Will T. Hale 1913