Oscar Belcher, aged 18 years
of North Tazewell, was run down and killed on the railroad at North
Tazewell Thursday night by a light engine. It is said the young man
had attempted to step out of the way of an eastbound freight train
when the light engine approached in an opposite direction and ran over
him. The family of the unfortunate man reside at North Tazewell.
He died on the way to the
hospital . It is said that he was returning from a revival meeting
when the accident occurred. (Clinch Valley New, Jeffersonville, Va.,
March 17, 1922. Submitted by Veneta McKinney)
Mrs. Bottimore, whose death was not unexpected, died on Thursday. [Source: Clinch Valley News, Jeffersonville, Va, July 27, 1888 –Transcribed by
After a sickness which had
lasted several years, Mattie Cecil, a young colored woman,
twenty-seven years old, and daughter of Henry Cecil, died at her home
in the west end of town on last Saturday. She was buried on Monday at
the new cemetery. (Tazewell Republican, Tazewell, Va., March 29, 1900.
DODD, KENT L.
Mr. Kent L. Dodd, who for
many years was a resident of Tazewell died at the home of his brother,
Mr. I. C. Dodd, at Graham, Va on last Saturday. The cause of his death
was Bright’s disease, and he had been sick about one month. The
remains were brought to Tazewell on Sunday morning and buried in the
East End Cemetery. The deceased was thirty-nine years old. (Tazewell
Republican, Tazewell, Va., July 5, 1906.
Miss Lucy Faulkner, age 66
years, one of the oldest citizens of North Tazewell, died at her home
in that town Monday afternoon, and was buried in the old cemetery
Wednesday afternoon. Rev. R. B. Platt, Jr, was in charge of the
funeral and burial. (Clinch Valley News, Jeffersonville, Va., June 30,
GREEVER, D. B.
On last Friday morning, Miss
Malinda Fox died at her home in Burke’s Garden, aged seventy-eight
years. She was a descendant of one of the first families that settled
in the garden, and for a number of years had been a member of the
Lutheran Church. Funeral services were held at Central church on
Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the same time the funeral services
of Mr. D. B. Greever were held, it being a joint service. The remains
of both these venerable persons were buried in the cemetery at Central
church. We are informed by those who knew Miss Fox that she was an
excellent woman. (Tazewell Republican, March 29, 1900.
GILLESPIE, Mrs. J. FLOYD
After a painful, protracted
and hopeless illness, Mrs. J. Floyd Gillespie died at her home, on the
head of Clear Fork, last Saturday morning, between four and five
o’clock. She had been a great sufferer, and for many weeks her death
had been anticipated. Mrs. Gillespie was a daughter of the late Mrs.
Nancy Peery, by her first marriage. She was about sixty years old and
a member of the M. E. Church. She is survived by her husband, seven
sons and four daughters, one of her sons, Mr. J. B. F. Gillespie,
being a resident of our town. On Sunday afternoon services were held
at three o’clock at the residence of the deceased, conducted by Rev.
Samuel Austin, of Five Oaks. The remains were then taken to Mount
Olive cemetery, at Gratton, for interment. (Tazewell Republican,
Tazewell, Va. March 29, 1900.
Submitted by Veneta McKinney )
GILLIAM, R. P.
This aged gentleman, well
known in Tazewell, died at New River last Saturday night, aged about
80 years. Mr. Gilliam has lived in Tazewell, on Clear Fork a number of
years, and was prominent during the boom developing much of the
surrounding country. He was a good man, and was deeply interested in
the welfare of his country. He leaves two sons – only children, John
and Newton. The former is a prominent citizen of Clearfork, the latter
a citizen of New River. His wife died about a year ago. (Clinch Valley
News, Jeffersonville, Va., April 21, 1899.
Tiny Goodykoontz, the 3-year
old grand-daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. F. Sisk, of North Tazewell, died
at the home of its parents at Jenkin Jones Sunday of membranous croup,
and was brought here for burial Monday. Rev. R. B. Platt, Jr of the
Methodist Church, conducted the funeral services. (Clinch Valley News,
Jeffersonville, Va., February 12, 1915.
HAMPTON, WADE, JR
Wade Hampton, Jr, the four
months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Wade Peery, of North Tazewell, died
last Friday afternoon, after several weeks illness. The funeral and
burial occurred Saturday afternoon, interment being in the Peery
burial ground near North Tazewell. (Clinch Valley News,
Jeffersonville, Va. Feb 13, 1914.
Submitted by Veneta McKinney )
On Tuesday morning Charles
Harman, the thirteen year old son of Mr. K. D. R. Harman died at the
home of his grandmother, Mrs. H. A. Harman, on Cavitt’s Creek. His
death was occasioned by a severe attack of grip which caused an
abscess to form on the top of the brain. On Monday Drs. Pierce and
Crockett performed an operation on the youth, removing a small portion
of the top of the skull to get to the abscess and remove it, if
possible. The operation, however, did not furnish the necessary
relief, and the patient gradually sank, until death came on Tuesday
morning. He was a grandson of the late John D. Perry and was highly
esteemed by those who knew him. He had been a pupil at Tazewell
College up to the time of his sickness. Funeral services were held
yesterday afternoon at the home of his grand-mother, and the remains
were buried in the old Whitley graveyard, near Chas. H.
Peery’s.(Tazewell Republican, Tazewell, Va., March 29, 1900.
HENDERSON, MRS. H.G.
Mrs. H. G. Henderson, daughter of Mr. David Gillespie, died at Crewe
on Saturday last and was buried in the west end of this county on
Monday. [Clinch Valley News, Jeffersonville, Va, July 27, 1888
–Transcribed by Veneta McKinney ]
On last Saturday night Sam
Horton, the sixteen year old son of Willis Horton, died near North
Tazewell. His death was occasioned by a deep seated cold. He was an
unusually industrious and good boy. (Tazewell Republican, Tazewell,
Va., March 29, 1900.
IRESON, Colonel R. C.
Colonel R. C. Ireson, a
well-known citizen of North Tazewell, died at the home of Harve Yates,
where he had been living for sometime, Tuesday night, at an advanced
age. The burial occurred yesterday afternoon.
He is survived by one
daughter and five sons – Mrs. K. D. R. Harman, Robert H., John F., Ab
S., of North Tazewell; Henry B., of Wise county, and Jim Ireson, of
Roanoke. (Clinch Valley News, Jeffersonville, Ala., August 16, 1912.
NEWBERRY, JOHN HENRY
John Henry Newberry was born August 8, 1874 at the old home in Bland
Co, and died March 15, 1904. He was the son of Henry Newberry, a
leading citizen and farmer of this section. After he grew to manhood
he went to the state of Washington. On May 14, 1902, having returned
for that purpose, he claimed Miss Mabel Gray Crabtree, of Tazewell
County, as his bride and together they made their long journey to this
far western home. In the fall of 1903 his lungs became so seriously
affected that he returned to the old home with the hope that the home
climate and scenes would bring a return of health. But alas, it was
but to die in the midst of love ones, and be buried on the old hill
where our mother sleeps. He joined the Methodist Episcopal Church,
South, under the pastorate of Rev. R. P. Kinser. He was a noble,
generous, openhearted, high-toned gentleman. He was loved by
everybody, and the people flocked to see him while he was sick. In his
long sickness he was ministered to by his devoted wife and his family
in every possible way; but there was no healing save that beyond the
river. He called his friends around him, and asked them all to meet
him in heaven. His last words were, “My troubles will soon be over."
Without a struggle, without a sign of pain, he passed over to rest
under the shade of the trees.” He leaves a wife, a little daughter,
father, step-mother, brothers, sisters, and a host of friends to mourn
his loss. C. L. STRADLY. (Clinch Valley News, Jeffersonville, Va.,
April 15, 1904. Submitted by Veneta McKinney)
SMITH, JAMES C.
On Friday morning, a little
after four o’clock James C. Smith, one of the most highly respected
colored citizens of the county, and perhaps the oldest man in
Tazewell, died at his home on Clinch River, about five miles west of
town. He was born in Granger county, North Carolina, on the 14thday of
June, 1804, and would consequently have been ninety-six years old if
he had lived to see the next anniversary of his birthday. He moved
from North Carolina to Tennessee with his old master, Capt. Sterling
Smith. He came to Tazewell about 1850 with Col. Robert Smith, who was
his master until the slaves were made free as a result of the Civil
War. Since 1850 he has lived in the county, always respected as a
bondman and a freeman. He was a colored man of the old school, of
excellent manner and courteous bearing. On Sunday he was buried near
his home, the funeral and burial being largely attended. Peace to the
ashes of“Uncle Jim,” whom we knew well and respected from our
childhood to this hour. (Tazewell Republican, Tazewell Va., March 29,