Benton County, Tennessee Genealogy
The following obituaries have been contributed to the
Funeral services for James Samuel
Doty, 89, who was one of the last surviving Confederate
soldiers who served with General Forrest at the
Johnsonville raid, were held Monday afternoon at the
Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church with the Rev,
R.H.Craig and the Rev. W.W. Phillips officiating. Burial
was in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. Mr. Doty or
"Uncle Jim" as he was affectionately known to
the community died at his home in Big Sandy Sunday,
following a lengthily illness. He was born in Henry
County and lived there until entering the war at the age
of 18. He served in the Seventh Tennessee Calvary
Regiment, Company A, U.S.A. After the war he married and
settled in this section near Pleasant Ridge. He was a
member of the Presbyterian Church. Survivors are his
fourth wife Lucy, and his children: Mrs. Mary Glover,
Hollow Rock; Amos Doty, Paris; Mrs. Alma Roney ,
Lawrence, Ewing, and Samuel Doty of Big Sandy, and three
brothers, Frank Doty of Dallas , Texas; Daniel Doty of
Manleyville Tenn.. and John Doty of Trenton Tenn.. NOTE:
Although mention is made of Mr. Doty being a Confederate
Soldier He served in the Seventh Tenn. Cav.. United
States Army Which is proven from the Morning Reports and
paper work received from the Veterans Administration.
Submitted by Donald R. Doty
G.W FLORENCE BURIED LAST SATURDAY
SATURDAY The Rev. G.W. Florence was
born in Benton county Dec. 25, 1867, departed this life
July 26, 1935, being 68 years, 7 months and one day old.
He was united in marriage to Miss Lee Ada Elmore Nov. 2,
1887. To this union were born eight children, three sons
and five daughters, two daughters having died at an early
age. His good wife, who had waited on him so faithfully
during the early months of his illness, preceded him to
her heavenly reward one year and 11 days. Bro. Florence
professed faith in Christ at the age of 27 years and
united with the M.E. Church at Pleasant Hill. He became a
local preacher in 1893 and joined the Central Tennessee
Conference in 1895. Serving as an active pastor for 35
years. He served as district superintendent of the
Lawrenceburg district for three years, having the honor
of serving five times as secretary of his conference. In
1918, he represented his conference as a delegate to the
World's Centeary celebration at Columbus, Ohio. He was
twice elected alternate delegate to the M.E. General
Conference, 1928 and 1932. The last six years of his
pastorate was served at Lexington. He retired in the fall
of 1933 because of ill health. He leaves to mourn his
death, three sons, Walter, Ernest and Elihue, all of
Benton county; also three daughters, Mrs. B.C. Watson,
Mrs. Herschel Greer, of Benton County and Mrs. J. H.
Abernathy of Nashville; 21 grandchildren and 5 great
grandchildren; also two brothers and four sisters and a
host of friends. His funeral was preached by his pastor,
Rev. W.W. Phillips of Big Sandy, assisted by Rev. R.F.
Blankenship of Lexington.
Submitted by Dan Florence
Esteemed Citizen of Eva
Obituary from "The
Camden Chronicle", in Benton County, TN, which is
dated January 5, 1931.
"Eva, Tenn., January 5, (special)
-- Harvie Herndon a highly respected citizen of this
community passed to his reward on the night of December
Uncle Harve, as he was affectionately
called by his many friends had not been well for quite
awhile and his going was not unexpected. He was 73 years
of age and had spent most of his life here and in the
nearby communities. In his going the community sustains a
distinct loss, for he was one of its best citizens. His
church will greatly miss him in many ways, he was one of
the most loyal and devoted members.
Funeral services were conducted by the
pastor, Rev. T.M. Boyd after which his body was laid to
rest in the Chalk Hill Cemetery.
He is survived by his companion three
sons and four daughters, two brothers, one sister and a
great host of friends to whom we extend our sympathy. But
his gain of a Heavenly reward makes our loss much lighter
may all be as loyal to the Christ as this good man and
then one day we shall meet him over there in that
The survivors, who were not named in
the obituary, were his wife, Cordelia Lashlee Herndon;
his three sons Wyly Herndon, Claude Herndon, and George
Herndon; and his four daughters Alma Sykes, Myrtle
Ingram, Cassie Hale, and Clara Latham.
Submitted by Janice Ingram
Mrs. Lucy Doty died at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. Alma Roney at Big Sandy June 15, 1946
after a lingering illness of several months. Funeral
services were conducted Sunday ay Pleasant Ridge by Rev.
Albert Melton assisted by the Rev. W.W. Phillips and the
Rev. Mr. Craig. Internment was in the Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Doty is survived by one daughter
Mrs. Roney, three sons, Sam of Big Sandy, Amos of Paris,
and Lawrence of Cleveland Ohio. One step-daughter Mrs.
Mary Gliover of Hollow Rock and one sister Mrs. Mattie
Nash of Erin.
Submitted by Donald R. Doty
Harris Veasley (Beasley)
"William Harris Veasley:
WHITESBORO, July 5 - Funeral and burial serviceds for
William Harris Veasley, 83 years old, who died here
Thursday morning at 4 o'clock at his home, were held
Friday afternoon at 5 o'clock at the Dixie cemetery. Rev
Claude Smithson of this place officiated.
"He is survived by his widow and
the following children: Mrs Walter Purvis of Fort Worth,
Mrs Thomas Tippets of Silom Springs, Ark, W S Veasley of
Ardmore, Okla, H S Veasley of Lawton, Okla, and C R
Veasley of Norman, Okla. "Mr Veasley died following
an illness for several months. He was born December 12,
1844 at Camden, Tenn. He has been living in or near
Whitesboro for the past thirty-four years and wasd a
member of the Whitesboro Seventy Club, composed of men
over seventy years old.
"Active pall hearers were J E
Owens, C M Stalie, George Towers, Roy Dutton, J J Judd,
and Henry Massey. Honorary pall bearers were members of
the Seventy Club.
"Out-of-town relatives here to
attend the funeral were Mr and Mrs W C Purvis, Mr and Mrs
J E Owens and Misses Lillian and Ruell Coleman of Fort
Worth, Neal Willis of Lawton, Okla, and Mr and Mrs Alfred
Atkinson of Claburne." (OBITUARY: Sherman Daily
Democrat, 9 July 1927, Page 12, Sherman, Texas. Rcd
2/2000 from Julius H "Bud" Almond, Tulsa, OK.)
Submitted by Jean Stringham
Funeral services for Noah Calvin
Melton were held Monday afternoon, March 10, 1958, at the
First Methodist Church with the pastor, the Rev. D. W.
Anderson, assisted by the Rev. A.E. Hold of Union City,
Mr. Melton died Sunday morning at a
local clinic. He was the son of the late John and Lovina
Melton. He was a member of Camden Methodist Church and a
Mason. He was married to the former Julia Myers, who died
several years ago.
Mr. Melton owned and operated Melton's
Cafe from 1932 until a few years ago. He formerly had
operated a store in Eva.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs.
Gretchen Cuff, Camden, and Mrs. Lorene Ott of Miami,
Fla.; two sons, Lester Melton, Camden and Carnell Melton,
Humboldt; three grandchildren, Kelton Cuff of Nashville,
Mrs. Madeline Sharpe, Camden, and Hal Melton of the U.S.
Obituary from NewsTribune Article written
by Nell Morisette