Transcribed obituaries from the Shelbyville Gazette, 1940

last update 29 July 2005
Steve Carson, GSC Associates Historical Record Products

Shelbyville Gazette - June 6, 1940 - page 3
Mrs. George Bragg Dies at Horse Mountain

Funeral services for Mrs. Flora Lee Bragg, who died Thursday at her home in the Horse Mountain community, were conducted Friday at the Horse Mountain 
Church, by Elder Clyde Gleaves. Burial was in Horse Mountain Cemetery.

Mrs. Bragg, who had apparently been in good health, suffered a heart attack Thursday evening that resulted in her death. She was a member of the First 
Christian Church of Shelbyville and a woman of many fine traits of character.

Surviving are her husband; one daughter, Mrs. Basco Edwards; and five sons, Sam, Clarence, Edward, Lonnie and Donnely Bragg, all of Shelbyville.

Shelbyville Gazette - Sept 19, 1940 - page 1
J. L. Bragg, 66 Dies Suddenly

Funeral services for J. L. Bragg, 66, who died suddenly at his home here Tuesday a.m. at 10:30 o'clock were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at a funeral 
home in Murfreesboro. Rev. E. J. Barnett, pastor of the First Christian Church officiated. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Murfreesboro.

Mr. Bragg was a salesman for the Murfreesboro Marble and Granite Works. Before moving to Shelbyville three years ago he resided in Murfreesboro and was a manager of the Marble Works. He was a native of Cannon County. He had been in declining health for several years.

Surviving besides his widow, are one daughter, Mrs. Bill Stanton, Corpus Christi, Texas; two brothers, W. J. Bragg of Woodbury and R. B. Bragg of Christiana, three sisters, Mrs. Robert Harris, Kittrell, Mrs. Ervin Ready, Milton, and Mrs. C. L. McNabb, Deason.

Shelbyville Gazette - July 11, 1940 - page 1
Last Rites for Mrs. Martha Smith Hall

Last rites for Mrs. Martha Smith Hall, 67, of Friendship, widow of W. J. Hall, were conducted at Crowell's Chapel Sunday at 3:30 o'clock by Rev. Charles Strubel, pastor. Mrs. Hall passed away Saturday evening following an illness of fourteen months. She was born and reared in this county. She was a member of the Methodist Church.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Alvah Alford of Friendship and Mrs. Leon Compton of Detroit, Mich; 3 grandchildren, Miss Frances Alford of Friendship, Miss Audrey Compton and Mrs. Bruce Compton and Mrs. Bruce Silvernail of Detroit, Mich; one great-grandchild; a sister, Mrs. Joe Crick (Permilia Smith Crick) of Shelbyville; one brother, W. J. Smith of Shelbyville, and several nieces and nephews.

Shelbyville Gazette - March 7, 1940 - page 2
Will Melson Contractor, Dies Of Heart Attack

Will Melson, 68, well known carpenter and contractor, died Sunday at 9:30 p.m. at the local hospital where he was carried after a heart attack Thursday when he was at work on the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Holt Raby near Wartrace.

Mr. Melson had been in declining health for sometime but able to continue at work until stricken on Thursday. He enjoyed a wide acquaintance in this section having served as a county officer.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Alice Thompson Melson, three daughters, Mrs. Will Haynes, Mrs. Will Roberson, Mrs. Bob Sutton; five sons, Earl, Samuel, Clark, Verna Lee and R. V. Melson. 2 sisters, Mrs. Jeff Patterson of Nashville and Mrs. Tom Reed; 2 brothers, Eugene and Levoy of Chicago, Ill.

Funeral services were held at the Hoover Funeral Home Monday at 2 p.m. Rev B. E. Dunn officiating. Burial was in Willow Mount Cemetery.