Benton County, Tennessee Genealogy

The following obituaries have been contributed to the web site.


Death of Captain Abraham J. Hicks Died at his home near Big Sandy, March 20th, 1893, J. Hicks, aged 77 years, 5 month & 7 days. He was born in Sullivan County, East Tenn., where he married Miss Mary Lindermood by whom he had 9 children, 7 of whom are living, two of them being Esq. N. S. of this city and Rev. Irl R.of St. Louis, the famous weather prophet. Capt. Hicks moved to Paris, Tenn., about 1852.

After the death of his first wife me married Miss Martha Melton, of this vicinity, by whom there were seven children, all living. For 58 years he was an active member of the Methodist Church, much of the time filling with zeal and ability official positions in the church. He was a zealous mason both in name and practice.

He was industrious, honest, charitable and patriotic. As a soldier he distinguished himself in two wars, first in the war with the Cherokee Indian in 1836, and second in the war on the side of this native South. He was a member of the 27th Tenn., Reg. Vol. under Col. John M. Taylor and four of his sons were in other commands and all distinguished themselves upon many hard-fought battle fields.

Having faithfully served his generation, he dies in great peace and has gone to reap his reward. His remains were brought here on Wednesday, March 21st, and interred at the Leeper Cemetery, where a large concourse4 of friends and relatives paid the last tribute of respect to his memory.

Submitted by Carol Wilke


In the 3rd district, March 20, of consumption, Mrs. Esther Bridges, aged about 79 years. She was the widow of A. H. Bridges, deceased and with him came to this county from Middle Tennessee in 1845. She leaves two sons, Mr. J. W. Howard of this city, and Frank Bridges, and two daughters-Misses Margaret and Ann Bridges, with a large circle of friends to mourn her death.

Submitted by Carol Wilke


Died On Monday, April 27th, at 5:30 a.m. Mrs. Mary L. Hicks, of congestion of the brain, in the 54th year of her age. She was the wife of N. S. Hicks and the sister of the late James C. Leeper. A large crowd of friends and relatives attended the funeral on Tuesday morning at the Leeper burial grounds. The burial services were held at the grove by Rev. Mr. Newsome of the E. Church.

In the death of Mrs. Hicks our community has lost one of its dearest,, loved members, and her place will not be easily filled. Her whole life was an exemplification of Christian charity and kindly benevolence. In her the poor and the needy ever found a helper and the sorrowing and distressed, that consoling sympathy and friendly interest that has lightened many an aching heart of its burden of care and misery. She was a devoted wife and affectionate mother, and the sympathy of all who knew her are with the stricken family in their bereavement. She leaves a husband and four children to mourn her loss. May God who tempers the wind to the shorn lamb, bind up the wounded hearts of her sorrowing family and prepare them to meet her in the City of Rest in the windowless palace of life eternal.

Submitted by Carol Wilke


Death of N. S. Hicks Esq. Nat S. Hicks died at………. in the 1st district Tuesday after…… protracted illness, aged 57?………. Esq. Hicks was a man with many good qualities and had many warm friends. For many years he was a member of the county court and was a familiar figure around the court- house. For two years or more he has been partly paralyzed and has been confined to his room. He was the brother of the celebrated weather prophet, Rev. Irl. R. Hicks and leaves a wife, several children and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his death. The funeral was preached by Elder E. B. Jones and the remains are interred at the Leeper graveyard.

Submitted by Carol Wilke


Obituary Notice: Mrs. Martha Jane Hicks, consort of ………… Hicks, of Mexican and Confederate fa……………. Big Sandy, Tenn, November 20, 1896,…….. born in Maury County, Tenn., July 4……….. moved with her father, Capt. William Melton, deceased, to Henry County, Tenn. in her girlhood; accepted Christ as her Savior and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in early life and lived as a consistent, practical Christian until the good Master said “Come home, faithful servant, and accept this crown and robe for thy faithfulness.” She was married to Captain Hicks (a faithful servant of God, who died about four years ago) Oct. 28, 1855. Unto them were born seven children, four boys and three girls, all of whom are still living; she also has two brothers and three sisters to mourn her death. She was always ready to discharge her every duty as wife, mother, Christian and neighbor. Her death is not only felt by her family, but by the community in which she lived. To her family and friends we would say, profit by her example and prepare to meet her in Heaven.

Submitted by Carol Wilke


On February 8, 1914, Gerald, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Bomar, peacefully fell asleep in the arms of Jesus, and his spirit was gently wafted back to God who gave it. He will be greatly missed, for he was the pet of the neighborhood. To know him and to be acquainted with his gentle disposition was to love him. He was loyal to the Sunday school, true to his playmates and associates, a loving brother and an obedient son. It would have given us much peasure to have kept him in our midst longer, but God, in his infinite wisdom, saw fit to call him from us.

Let us look forward to a day of glad reunion in that realm where the rainbow never fades, and where loved ones shall abide in our presence forever. To the parents, who are deeply grieved by the loss of their only son, we bid them turn to Him, who is able to wipe all tears away, and think of the poem:

"Look forward to a happier time, When you shall meet him in a brighter clime, Then will come that day of brightest days With no more parting of the ways.

"Some day, yes, in that lovely Eden, When you feel the thrill of joy, When, around the throne in happy union, You shall meet your little boy.

Ray Pafford

Submitted by Ruth Holland

Nancy Ann Pafford Parker

In Memory

Died, at her residence near Flatwoods Church, April 17, 1891, of pneumonia, Mrs. Nancey A., wif eof William Parker, aged seventy-one years, eleven months, and seven days. She was a widow for thirty-five years, her husband dying in 1868, leaving her with eight small children to fight the battle of life alone. She worked hard with hands, and brains and raised six of her children to noble manhood and womanhood. Three of her children have preceded her to the sweet beyond. She has two sons in Texas, and two sons and one daughter in Benton county. She professed religion in early life and joined the Methodist Chruch, South, and lived a consistend member until death. She was a noble type of pure christian womanhood, always patiend and contented, doing her duty and leaving the rest with God. She will be greatly missed, for to know hwer was to live her. Old and young found sweet company in her presence, but now she is gone from us on earth forever. When the time come to die she was ready and willing to go to that beautiful city where there is no trouble, sickness or sorrow. May the great and good God comfort the bereaved children and relatives and enable them to live the life she lived and meet her in Heaven, where parting is no more, in the celestial bark in the sunshin of God's love forever and ever. May we all meet her in Heaven is the pray of her niece.

Sackie M. Parker

Way, Tenn. (Christian Advocate)

Submitted by Judy Parker Young


Return to Benton County Genealogy page