Transcribed obituaries from the Shelbyville Gazette, 1936

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Shelbyville Gazette, Nov 19, 1936 - page 4

Frank Bobo, 40, merchant and farmer of Pleasant Grove, fatally wounded himself in the left chest with a shotgun charge late Monday following an altercation in which John A. Stallings a tenant on Bobo's farm had wounded the merchant in the leg.

Mr. Bobo died in an ambulance in route to Bedford County Hospital.

According to reports Bobo, a large land owner, went to the farm Stallings was renting from him at about 4:30 o'clock when an altercation was said to have taken place in which Stallings shot Bobo in the leg.

The wounded man was said to have returned to his store and ordered several persons to leave the building. When the customers had vacated the building, he was said to have fired the shotgun into his chest.

The body was carried from the Thompson Funeral Home Tuesday morning to the home of Mrs. Tate, his mother in law, at Pleasant Grove, where funeral services were held at 2 p.m. by Elder Gleaves. Interment was in Willow Mount Cemetery.

Besides his wife, the former Miss Eva Tate, survivals are one son Frank , Jr., who resides here with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Mullins, one sister, Mrs. Grace Parker of Flat Creek, and a bother Tom Bobo.


Shelbyville Gazette - August 27, 1936, page 1
Portrait Of Rev. Wm. Jenkins Unveiled

Sunday afternoon, August 23rd, there was unveiled at Jenkins Chapel, Lutheran church, located six miles east of Shelbyville the portrait of Rev. William Jenkins, the founder and first pastor of this congregation which bears his name. The congregation was founded in 1835, and was first known as Cedar Hill. This dedication service, therefore, represents the centennial celebration of the church.

The splendid portrait was painted in oils by Edwin Shofner, great grandson of Rev. Jenkins and was given by him to Jenkins Chapel. Mr. Shofner was born near Haley and at present teaches architectural drawing in Memphis. Mr. Shofner presented the portrait to the congregation with appropriate remarks about his great-grandfather, and his twin son and daughter unveiling the picture. Rev. C. H. Armstrong, pastor of Jenkins Chapel, was in charge of the service, and accepted the portrait in the name of the congregation and the church council. Part of the service was a vocal solo by Miss Catherine Shofner, of Nashville, a great great granddaughter of Rev. Jenkins.

William Jenkins was born in Frederick Town, Maryland in 1802. In 1825 he was appointed by the North Carolina Synod of the Lutheran church to minister to the Lutherans in Tennessee, located on Duck River. He preached his first sermon in the county at Crowell's Chapel in the 11th District in October of that year. Rev. Jenkins married in Bedford County, Miss Mary Euless a member of a prominent pioneer Lutheran family. William Jenkins was a strong man mentally, physically, and spiritually. He left an impress upon the life of Bedford County that the years have not yet effaced. He was a man of compelling personality, and a splendid pulpit orator. He had many chances to serve in city churches but chose to give his services to the churches of Bedford County. Rev. Jenkins was, however, well known though out the Snod. He founded Lutheran churches in many parts of this county, one of which was the First Lutheran Church of Nashville, 1859. He was accounted a man of liberal views and numbered many friends outside of his own denomination. Rev Jenkins died at his home on Thompson Creek in 1875 after serving his churches and Bedford County for fifty years.

Shelbyville Gazette - Aug 27, 1936 - page 6
James W. Ray

James W. Ray, 84, became ill Saturday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank Hensley, at Sim's Spring, and requested to be carried to the home of his son, Ben Ray with whom he lived. Enroute he passed away before a doctor could be secured. 

Funeral services were conducted at Crowell's Chapel Sunday at 3 p.m., by Rev. A.D. Nichols, with interment in the Crowell's Church cemetery.

Survivals are two daughters, Mrs. H. P. Locke and Mrs. Frank Hensley, three sons, Tom, Ben and A.C. Ray, a number of grand children and two great grand children. His wife preceded him in death six years ago.

Shelbyville Gazette, Jan 23, 1936 - page 1
John A. Reed

Funeral services for John A. Reed, 47 who died at the Bedford County hospital Thursday, were held at the Thompson Funeral Home Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Rev. N.J. Warren, pastor of the First Presbyterian church officiated. The burial was in the Holland Graveyard. The deceased is survived by two children, a daughter, Miss Ethel Reed and a son, William Reed; a sister, Mrs. Albert Martin; three brothers, William, James and Walter.


Shelbyville Gazette, Feb 20, 1936 - page 1
Mike Reed

Mike Reed, aged 64, died Sunday at the home of his sister, Miss Dainty Reed, on the Fairfield pike. Funeral services were held Monday at two o'clock at the Hoover Funeral Parlors, conducted by Rev. J. T. Parsons, pastor of the M. E. Church, South. The burial was in Willow Mount cemetery. He was a good friend and neighbor. Mr. Reed is survived by a sister, Miss Dainty Reed and a brother Tom Reed.


Shelbyville Gazette, Aug 20, 1936 - page 7
James G. Reed

James G. Reed, 78 died early Wednesday morning, August 12, after a serious illness of several weeks, though he had been disabled because of rheumatism for four years.

Funeral services were conducted at Thompson's Funeral Home Thursday morning by Rev. E. H. Stout. Interment was in Willow Mount cemetery.

Mr. Reed was a member of the Christian Church. Survivals are his wife and two sons, two daughters, and one sister, the latter of Lewisburg. (not named)

Shelbyville Gazette - June 11, 1936 - page 8

James F. Tate, 74, well known farmer of Bedford county, died at his home near Pleasant Grove Friday of a heart attack, while in the discharge of duties connected with his business of farming. He succumbed some time during the morning and when he did not return to the home at noon, was found dead in a pasture by his grand-daughter, Inez Davidson.

Mr. Tate was a member of the Primitive Baptist church and prominent and influential in the church and community. He was a successful farmer and stock raiser.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday at the residence with Rev. W. A. Pinkstaff of Decherd and Rev. W. T. Mitchell of McMinnville, officiating, Bill Leonard of Petersburg and Prof. L.I. Mills of Shelbyville, also paid loving tribute to Mr. Tate as a man of sterling character who will be missed in all walks of the community life.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Sallie Ledford Tate, two daughters, Mrs. Frank Bobo and Mrs. Ben Davidson; one son, Crawford Tate of Pleasant Grove, one granddaughter, Inex Davidson, one grandson, James Eual Tate; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Long and Mrs. Birdie Harrison of Petersburg; two brothers, Ike Tate, Petersburg and Bob Tate of Fayetteville.

Active pallbearers were J.H. Davidson, John Pearson, D.M. Farrar, Lawson Renegar, Paul Wallace, Charles Hale, S.T. Cunningham and Joe Parker. Honorary, Dr.T.R. Ray, T.H. Berry, J.E. Huffman, Jim Tuen, M.T. Simmons, G.T. Carter, Joe Pressgrove, J.A. Sanders, E.L. Eaton, H.C. Dixon, J.H. Hasty, E.M. Davidson, G.C. Davidson, Deham Pigg, Claud Wallace, W.G. Freeman, W.D. Martin, Raby Shearin, Jack Davis, Ellison Collier, Edd Sorrells, Rev. Edd Smith, Charles Renegar, H.D. Lane, J.J. Smith, Carl Brandon, J.C. Curtis, High Davidson, C.S. Adams, Will Winford and P.H. Scott.

Out of town visitors were Mrs. W.F. Little, Montgomery, Ala; Mr. and Mrs. Ben Little, Cullam, Ala.; Miss Clara Devin, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Brock, Birmingham; Miss Josie Brock, Clio, Ala; Will, Hugh and Lawson Davidson, Decatur, Ala; Mrs Fannie George and daughter, Huntsville, Ala; Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Green and daugher, Mrs. Rudder Collier, Sam Tate, Mr. and Mrs. Will Tate, Fayetteville; Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Adams, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Manis, Mrs. J.H. Ormes, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Pennington, Mr. and Mrs. Jodie Hasty and son, Nashville; Miss Jewell parson, Celina Tenn; Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Myers and family, McMinnville; Joe Beard, A.F. Ledford, Mr. and Mrs. M.F. Ledbetter and family, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Ledford and family, Lewisburg; Roy Bingham and daughter, Frances, Bell Buckle and many from Petersburg, Belfast and Shelbyville.