Transcribed obituaries from the Shelbyville Gazette, 1938

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Shelbyville Gazette - Jan 13, 1938 - page 7
Nannie Baker


Pneumonia proved fatal to Mrs. Nanny Baker.  Only 24 hours elapsed from the beginning of the atack until she succumbed.  The funeral was at Fleaburg, January 11, at 2 p.m.

Shelbyville Gazette - Sept 29, 1938 - page 7
Whitaker News
Al Blanton

The death angel has visited our community again and claimed for its victim, Al Blanton on September 14.

Funeral services were held at Bethlehem church of which he was a member at 10:30 o'clock, conducted by Rev W. A. Sanders. He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Laura Arnold, two sons, Eunice and Frank, eight grand daughters, a brother and sister, and hosts of other relatives. Burial was in New Bethel cemetery at Bedford.


Shelbyville Gazette - March 17, 1938 - page 2
Mrs. Malissa Crouch 91 Dies at Bell Buckle

One of Bell Buckle's oldest and most highly esteemed women, Mrs. Malissa Thomas Crouch, 91 years of age, passed quietly away Saturday morning at 9:30 o'clock at her home there after several weeks illness.
Mrs. Crouch, the widow of Z. T. Crouch Sr., Civil War Veteran, was a fine Christian character. She had lived a life of usefulness and purity, always a true, kind , kind and understanding friend and a loving and loyal wife and mother.
She was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church and spent many active years of service in this church as a true and loyal member.
Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at two o'clock at the residence by Rev W. B. Taylor pastor of the Methodist Church, assisted by Elder C. E. Hawkins of Columbia. She was laid to rest beside her husband in Hazel cemetery.
She was the mother of nine children. Surviving are two daughters, Misses Sadie and Addie Crouch; three sons, Will Crouch of Nashville, Joe and Z. T. Crouch, Jr., of Bell Buckle, eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Besides these hosts of friends and relatives mourn her passing but cherish found memories of a life so beautifully lived as a God-fearing disciple who spread much happiness and sunshine in the pathway of life.


Shelbyville Gazette - Sept 22, 1938 - page 4
R. W. Couch

Twenty-Eight Years Ago In The Gazette - September 22, 1910

We regret to hear of the death of Mr. R. W. Couch near Wartrace a few days ago. Mr. Couch was 71 years of age, a member of the County Court, and one of Bedford County's influential citizens, and his death means the loss of a good man from our county.

Shelbyville Gazette - Sept 22, 1938 - page 3
A. N. Dunn Dies At Mimosa

Funeral services for Albert Newman Dunn, 71, who died Monday night, Sept 12, following a brief illness at his home in the Mimosa community Lincoln Co. were conducted Tuesday at the Booneville Methodist Church by the Rev. H.J. Burroughs and Elder R. A. Largen. Burial was in the Boonville Cemetery. He 
was a member of the Baptist Church. Surviving are four brothers, A. C., P. V. and W. H. Dunn all of Lincoln County, and R. M. Dunn of Old Hickory, Tenn; 
seventeen nieces and six nephews.

Rev Dunn had many friends in Bedford County were he had visited frequently, preaching in various churches of the county.


Shelbyville Gazette - Nov 3, 1938 - page 2
Ben S. Landers Retired Miller Dies at Hospital

Ben S. Landers, 92 retired miller of near Unionville, died Sunday at 3;30 a.m., at the local hospital following an operation the previous week. Mr. Landers with stood the operation seemingly alright, and it was thought at first he would recover.

He was a steward in the Mt. Pleasant Methodist church, near Wilhoite, and prominent in all church and community activities. He was a partner in the Morris - Landers Milling Company at Morris Mills, near Wilhoite for many years before his retirement several years ago when he moved to Unionville and resided with his daughter, Mrs. Tom Jeffress and Mr. Jeffress.

The remains were carried to the home at Unionville were carried to the home at Unionville where funeral services were held Monday morning, conducted by his pastor, Rev. C.I. Kelly. Burial was in Mt. Pleasant church cemetery.

Surviving besides his daughter are three sons, B.A. and John Landers, of Nashville, Scott Landers of San Francisco, Calif; one sister, Mrs. Letitia Harrison, 86 of Normandy; one brother Solon Landers, 90, of Longview, several grand children and great grand children.

Pall bearers were, A. L. Landers, W. A. Landers, George Harrison of Shelbyville; J. L. Morris, J. S. Morris, Chapel Hill, and W. A. Morris of Murfreesboro.


Shelbyville Gazette - Jan 6, 1938 - page 1
Mrs. John Landers Dies At Normandy

Mrs. Hattie Mallard Landers, 63 died Saturday at 2:30 at her home in Normandy following a lingering illness. She was a beloved member of the Whiteside church where her membership had been since early girlhood. Loyal and faithful to her family and friends, her life had been one of usefulness until declining health prevented active participation in community interests.

Surviving are her husband, one son, Julian Landers of Normandy; two sisters, Mrs. Grace Long of Huntsville, Ala., and Mrs. R. L. Stewart of Alexander, LA; two brothers, Fred and Marvin Mallard..

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 at the Thompson Funeral Home, conducted by Rev. Charlie Wilson of Wartrace, assisted by Rev. Fred Woodard. Interment was in Burns cemetery.


Solon L. Landers
Shelbyville Gazette - Jan 12, 1939 - page 1
S. L. Landers Dies Suddenly

Solon L. Landers, 90 retired business man and farmer died suddenly Monday morning at 5:30 o'clock at his home near Longview.

Mr. Landers had been in declining health for some time but his death was unexpected.

He was well and favorable known throughout this section.

Survivors are four daughters, Mrs. Herbert Hastings and Mrs. Carl Sutton of Nashville, Mrs. William Smotherman of Murfreesboro, Mrs. Joe Robert Turner of Shelbyville; three sons, Lee Landers of Eldorado, Ill; W. A Landers of Shelbyville and Sam Landers who resided with hi one sister, Mrs. Tish Harrison of Normandy and several grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the home, Rev. C.I. Kelly of Unionville officiating. Burial was in Willow Mount cemetery.


Shelbyville Gazette - Nov 24, 1938 - page 3
Henry W. Reed Dies Following Long Illness

Funeral services for Henry W. Reed, 65, who had been in declining health for some time and died Wednesday, Nov 16 at the local hospital, were held Thursday at the Thompson Funeral Home, conducted by Rev. E. H. Stout, and Rev. B. E. B. Dees. Burial was in the Reed Cemetery.

Mr. Reed was a farmer and highly respected by all who knew him.

Surviving are three brothers, Mitchel Reed of Nashville, Charlie and James Reed of this community.

Shelbyville Gazette - Oct 13, 1938 - page 1
Mrs. Nannie Scales Buried At Crowell Chapel

Mrs. Nannie Smith Scales, 71 widow of Peter Scales who died 3 years ago, died Tuesday at 6:30 m.m. at her home on the Hall Mill road following a lingering illness.

Mrs. Scales was a member of the Methodist Church South at Pleasant Valley, joining the Church in early life and live a consecrated Christian life.

She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Buford Clifford, Mrs. Jerbert Dunn, Mrs. Charlie Pressgrove, a step son, Frank Scales, two step daughters, Mrs. Erwin Crowell and Mrs. Philey Crowell, one brother W. J. Smith, 2 sisters, Mrs. Joe Crick and Mrs. Will Hill and 22 grand children.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Crowell Chapel conducted by Rev. E.H. Stout. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Shelbyville Gazette - May 19, 1938 - page 1 
James Niel Sharp 

passed away at 1:30 at the home of his daughter Mrs. James Norton in Summit Township. James Niel Sharp was bornn in Bedford County, Tennessee, November 27, 1860, the son of Graham Butcher and Almeda Dunaway Sharp. He attended the public school of Flat Creek, Tennessee, and attended college and law school at Shelbyville. He moved to Missouri with he parents in 1883, and settled on a farm near Appleton City. November 26, 1885, he was united in marriage with Miss Katie Lou Clark, and to this union three daughters were born, Dixie B. Sexton, now residing in Walteria, California, Prue K. Bowman, Canango Park, California, and Mary G. Norton, Butler Missouri. In 1895 he moved to a farm near Passaic where he made his home until his death. His wife preceded him in death a number of years ago. During the last few months of his critical illness he received tender care in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Norton. Funeral services were held at the Culver Chapel, Saturday afternoon, April 30, 1938, conducted by Rev. Chas. R. Swofford of the Methodist Church assisted by Carl J. Henry. Burial was made in Oak Hill Cemetery. "Colonel" Sharp, as he was called by all who were his friends, and they were many, was a man who liked folks, and nature. He saw beauty in all forms of life, and his appreciation of beauty found expression in beautiful language, with which he was gifted. He spoke the language of the poets, and shared in their dreams. He saw something back beyond the tangible things of life that must have inspired him with a faith that comes to men who have caught the secret of life. A philosopher, he was continually asking "why?', and was known as a good story teller. Many of his articles were published in the press. He served Bates County as representative in the lower house of the general assembly during two terms, 1915 and 1917.


Shelbyville Gazette - Jan 27, 1938 - page 1
Lewis Tillman Dies in Knoxville

Lewis Tillman, 93, died Saturday at his home in Knoxville. Mr. Tillman was born and reared in this county and a member of a prominent pioneer family of this section. As a young man, he was Deputy Clerk and Master of the Chancery Court here and after going to Knoxville to reside, he practiced law and built up on of the outstanding title record systems in the state. He retired in 1930. He was a prominent member of the First Christian Church of Knoxville.

His father, Judge Lewis Tillman built the large colonial home now occupied by Mrs. Nancy Stewart and family and it was in this home that the distinguished family was reared. Miss Birdie Whiteside has a biography of the family which was presented by Mr. Abram Tillman a brother of the deceased, who resides in Washington D.C. This book includes pictures of the Tillman home, (now Stewart home) and each member of the family with a biographical sketch of each.

The deceased brothers, Abram and Brig, Gen. Samuel E. Tillman just recently made substantial contributions to the erection of the Confederate marker on the courthouse lawn.

Besides his brothers, surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Frank P. Gant, of Knoxville, and Mrs. R. A. Smith of Birmingham, Ala.


Shelbyville Gazette Nov 24, 1938 - page 3
Ike Williams Passes

Ike Williams, 86 died Friday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ott Gilliland at New Hermon. Mr. Williams had been an invalid for several years. He was a highly respected citizen of the New Hermon community.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the New Hermon Church, Rev. Ralph Snell conducting. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Surviving are his daughter, Mrs. Gilliland, three grand daughters, Miss Frances Gilliland and Mrs. Bill Kingree of New Hermon and Mrs. Walter Haynes of Shelbyville.