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William Andrew Shepard
Submitted by
Mrs. Grace Wright Carver
Newspaper clipping
No newspaper name
Date on clipping:
25 Oct 1915


Valuable Citizen Called
Mr. W. A. Shepard Answers the Final Summons. A Progressive and Good Man
The whole community was distressed when the news spread abroad Monday morning that Mr. William Andrew Shepard has passed away at his home on Walnut street from an attack of heart trouble.
     Although he had not enjoyed the best of health for the past year, Mr. Shepard had been confined to his home for only a few days; and the report of his death came as a chock to the people, who had learned to respect him as a conscientious, able and progressive citizen, a good and generous man, public spirited and earnest in the upbuilding of the community.
     Mr. Shepard was a native of this section, having been born and raised near Cypress Inn, Tennessee, on the county line, and where he accumulated a goodly share of the possessions of this world, before moving to Florence several years ago. After becoming a citizen of Florence, he gradually took his place as one of the best and most valuable men here. A man of means, public spirited to the fullest, he was a great upbuilder for Florence; the type of man who is worth a great deal to the community and the public.
     He was a member of the Church of Christ and of the Masonic Lodge, and prominent in all civic affairs.
     He is survived by his widow, and three daughters, Misses Mary, Annie and Gladys.
     The funeral services were held at the family residence on Tuesday morning at ten o’clock, conducted by his pastor, Rev. Isaac C. Hoskins, after which interment took place in the city cemetery.
     As mark of respect to him, and in appreciation of many qualities he had embodied in his citizenship of Florence, the stores closed during the hour of the funeral services, and the business men of the city paid tribute to him at his grave.
Annie Lawson
Submitted by
Mrs. Grace Wright Carver
No date or name of newspaper on clipping.
Probably The Florence Times
Cypress Inn
Editor Times - The death angel visited our midst October 28, 1914, and claimed for its victim little Annie Lawson, aged seven years, four months and 28 days. She was such a sweet and lovable little girl, and was the pet and favorite of all her relations. Being only seven years of age, she was in the third grade of her school work, and during her illness she would say she wanted to get well and go back to school. But the Lord saw fit to call her home to be with her father, Andrew Lawson, who preceded her to the grave a little more than three years ago. Her many friends attended her bedside and did all they could for her, but to no avail. Her mother, Mrs. Minnie Lawson and her little sister, Emily, were both in bed with typhoid fever when she died, and "Little Annie" had been sick with whooping cough and typhoid fever for more than two months. She was laid to rest by her father at the Austin cemetery the 29th, in the presence of a host of relatives and friends. It seems sad to think we shall never hear her dear voice and see her pleasant face any more in this world. But the Lord knew best, and we can only strive to live so when we are called away we can meet her beyond the pearly gates; for Jesus said, "Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven."
     There was a band in heaven
     That was not quite complete;
     So God called little Annie
     To fill the vacant seat.
One Who Loved Her.
Culus Lawson
Submitted by
Mrs. Grace Wright Carver
No date or name of
newspaper on clipping.
In Memory
The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie Lawson, on Saturday, Dec. 5th, 1914, and claimed for its victim one of their twin boys - Culus Lawson, aged 6 years, 1 month and 12 days. He had been sick only a week, and the doctors and friends did all they could, but to no avail. The Lord called him to heaven, where there is no sickness, pain or death. It seemed so sad to see the "twin brothers" parted. They were so devoted to each other. Where you saw one, just there too, was the other. But now Culus has gone and left us and is beckoning to father, mother and little brother to come to him beyond the pearly gates. Culus was laid to rest in the Mt. Hope cemetery, after funeral services conducted by Rev. Wilkerson of Waynesboro, Tenn., in the presence of a host of relatives and friends.
A Friend.
Jonathan Belew Lawson
Submitted by
Mrs. Grace Wright Carver
no date or name of paper
on clipping
[Lawson died 21 Oct 1928
according to tombstone in
Austin Cemetery.]
Funeral services for J. B. Lawson, 74, of Cypress Inn, Tenn, who died Sunday, afternoon following an attack of flew and pneumonia which lasted for three weeks, were held Monday afternoon from the home with Rev. Hallman, his pastor, officiating and Fielder directing.
    Mr. Lawson was one of the most highly respected citizens of his community. He always gave of his time and means to the support of school and church activity. He was a member of the Salem Methodist Church of Cypress Inn Community and also a member of the Cypress Inn Masonic lodge.
     His follow masons had charge of the funeral and laid him to rest with masonic honors.
     Mr. Lawson is survived by his wife, Mrs. J. B. Lawson, two sons, S. W. Lawson, of Chicago, and W. N. Lawson, of Philadelphia, Penn., two daughters, Mrs. Jessie Bundrant and Mrs. Hays Spain, both of Waynesboro, Tenn., and three brothers, Joe Lawson of Oklahoma, W. Y. Lawson of Cypress Inn, and S. H. Lawson of Florence.
Luther Gilchrist
Submitted by
Mrs. Grace Wright Carver
clipping dated 31 Oct 1917
no name of newspaper
on clipping
The many friends of Luther Gilchrist were grieved at his death, which occurred Wednesday, October 31st at Greenville, S.C. while in preparation for war. His death resulted from an attack of measles, followed by pneumonia in both lungs. About two months ago he was called out for the training camps and he immediately responded to the call. He was living with his parents Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Gilchrist, on Weatherford, where he was held in high esteem for his many noble traits of character. Luther had won and retained a host of friends who sincerely mourn his death. His body was sent home for interment, and was conveyed to Mt. Hope Cemetery on Wednesday of last week, where Rev. R. P. Lawson conducted the funeral rites and his body was laid to rest by loving hands. The planting of the United States flag on the grave closed a sad scene. The deceased left to mourn his death a father, mother, four brothers and three sisters, besides a host of friends. The sympathy of the community goes out to the bereaved ones, May He who doeth all things well comfort the sorrowing hearts. A Friend.
Mrs. Mary Olive
Submitted by
Mrs. Grace Wright Carver
no date or name of newspaper
on clipping
On November 13, 1923, the Death Angel visited at the home of Mrs. Early Davis and claimed her loving mother. She was 72 years old and loved by all who knew her. She leaves one daughter, one son, and one sister to mourn her death.
     Her death was due to a cancer of the stomach from which she suffered about five months. Three sons and her husband have preceded her and will welcome her on that bright and beautiful shore. She told them that she was ready and willing to go when her Savior called her.
     Mrs. Mary Olive was a good Christian woman. I believe if any one has gone to heaven she has, and is sleeping in the arms of her Savior. She was laid to rest in the Mt. Pleasant cemetery. Written by her niece, Ida Olive.
John Craig McClanahan
Submitted by
Mrs. Grace Wright Carver
clipping dated
Died Nov. 9, 1930
No name of newspaper
J. R. McClanahan received word last week of the death of his brother John, who was residing in Everett, Washington. He was a former Wayne Countian and left here a number of years ago.
     The Everett News said relative to his death:
     John Craig McClanahan, for several years instructor in the commercial department of the Everett high school and later instructor in a local business college, lost his light through inhalation of carbon monoxide gas as he was adjusting a wheel on his automobile Sunday morning. The tragedy occurred in a garage at Marysville, adjoining a residence he had purchased a few days ago.
     Mr. McClanahan, with his wife and daughter, Bonita, 14, a student in North Junior high, had been living at the Olympic Apartments, 2325 Colby avenue. The family planned to move to their Marysville home yesterday. Mr. McClanahan had been going to Marysville to spend the nights there.
     It was his intention to come to Everett Sunday morning to attend church. When he failed to appear at the expected time and a telephone call to Marysville brought no response, Mrs. McClanahan, accompanied by Mrs. Edgar Johnson, motored over to learn what had detained him,
     Reaching Marysville they found Mr. McClanahan’s car in the garage entrance, part of it in the open air and the rear of the machine in the building. At the rear of the car they found Mr. McClanahan lying on the floor unconscious, but apparently still alive. A physician was summoned and a call sent to Everett fire department for a lungmotor. All efforts to revive him failed.
     The engine of the car was running and tolls on the floor indicated he had attempted to make some hasty adjustment after getting ready to start for Everett. While doing so he had breathed the deadly gas.
     Mr. McClanahan was born on a farm near Iron City, Tennessee, October 8, 1881. Following a course in the public schools, he went to Bowling Green , Kentucky, and was graduated from commercial college there and later from a commercial college in Chicago. He also was a graduate of the Zannanian Art School of Columbus, Ohio. Before coming to Everett he followed his profession in Phoenix, Arizona and later in Montana.
     He served as an officer in the First Baptist church here and was always prominent in its activities. he consistently lived his religion.
     Besides his widow, Mrs. Verna McClanahan, and their daughter, he leaves a brother and two sisters, Leonard McClanahan, Mrs. Josephine Austin, and Miss Mattie McClanahan living in Alabama, and a brother, Reuben McClanahan, in Tennessee.
     Funeral services conducted by the Rev. H. Robinson McKee, pastor of the First Baptist church, will be held today at 1:30 o’clock in the Callacombe & Fickel mortuary. Pall bearers will be members of the Sunday School class which he taught. Interment will be in Evergreen cemetery.
Willis E. McClanahan
Submitted by
Mrs. Grace Wright Carver
no date or name of newspaper
on clipping [probably
Florence Times,
Florence, AL]
Mr. Willis E. McClanahan Voluntarily Takes His Life
On Tuesday morning last the sad intelligence rapidly spread through our city that Mr. Willis E. McClanahan had committed suicide . Tired of living, "a physical wreck," as he himself had written, he took chloroform in the early part of the day, and in a few hours he had passed to the great beyond. Mr. McClanahan was a native of Wayne County, Tenn., and had been a school teacher for many years. He left that occupation several months ago and came to Florence, where he was agent for the sale of a patent smoothing iron and kept a clothes-pressing business, his location being in the small room on Court stret near the corner of Tuscaloosa street. He occupied a room in the rear of his place of business and took his meals at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bosley on Seminary street. He appeared at his boarding house between 8 and 9 o’clock, and soon after his arrival he appeared in a dazed condition. His condition becoming alarming, Dr. Lindsey was summoned, but when he arrived the case was beyond remedy, and he died about 10 o’clock. In his vest pocket was found a piece of paper on which was written the words, "a physical wreck." No satisfactory clue is given as the cause of the rash act, excepting what was contained in these few words.
     Under the direction of Mr. W. A. Shepard, for many years an intimate friend of the family, the body was sent Tuesday afternoon to the old homestead near Bethel Grove, Tenn. where the sad news had previously been sent.
     Mr. McClanahan has always borne a most excellent reputation. Those who know him well agree that his character was above reproach. he was about 35 years of age and leaves three brothers and two sisters. In this connection, is is recalled that his father Mr. Thomas McClanahan, some five or six years ago, also committed suicide by hanging himself at his home near Bethel Grove.
Christine R. Whitehead Kilburn Smith
Submitted by
Lee Clifford
Christine R. Whitehead Kilburn Smith was the Daughter of Silas and Sarah (Hardin) (Lee) Whitehead. Born 26 June 1923, in Waynesboro. She was the youngest of 9 ( Silas had 3 with first Wife, Sarah had 3 with first husband and the couple had 3 of their own). Silas was the town Blacksmith and J.P. for awhile.
     Christine Married Waford Harvel Kilburn in Collinwood, Tenn. in Nov 1940. Waford and Christine moved between Michigan and Tennessee. The couple had 3 children Still Living and in Mich. All the children were born in Waynesboro, Tenn. Waford died 1963 in Michigan. Christine went on to marry Seldon Smith and they had 1 child together also living in Michigan.
    Christine departed this life on 7 Oct 2002, in Waterford, Oakland Co., Mich. Buried at Oakland Hills Cemetery, Novi, Michigan. Had 6 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren.
Mrs. N. W. Bratcher
Submitted by
Lee Freeman
"Clifton Mirror"
Friday, December 16, 1904
page 5 "Local News"
Mrs. N, W. [Newman W.] Bratcher, of Indian Creeki [sic] died Thursday.

Lee Bratcher
Submitted by
Lee Freeman
"Florence Times"
Wednesday, 5 Jun 1929,
page 1
Heart Trouble Believed Cause of Death.
     Lee Bratcher, aged 49, farmer of Lauderdale County residing about seven miles from Florence, was found by his wife dead in his bed about 2 o'clock this morning.
     Death was caused by heart failure, it is believed.
The survivors are: Mrs. Leona Bratcher; a son, Reeder [should be Reedus] Bratcher, and a daughter, Mrs. W. A. Freeman; four brothers, Charlie Bratcher, E. B. Bratcher, Wayne Bratcher, and S. K. Bratcher; and two sisters, Mrs. John Holt and Mrs. William Morgan.
    The funeral services will be held tomorrow at 11 o'clock at Pisgah Church, about seven miles from Florence on the Cloverdale Road and will be conducted by Rev. Hallman, pastor of the Cloverdale Methodist church. O. R. Fielder in charge.
The pallbearers will be: William Gerner [sic], James McDaniel, Ben Holt, Reeder Clanton, Stephen Moomaw, and John McCorkle.
Lee Bratcher
Submitted by
Lee Freeman
"Florence Herald"
Friday, June 7, 1929, page 12
     Funeral services for Lee Bratcher, 49, prominent farmer of this county living some seven miles out from the city was who was found dead in his bed about 2 o'clock Wednesday morning, were held at Pisgah church at 11 o'clock Thursday morning with Rev. Hallman, officiating and O. R. Fielder, directing.
     He is survived by his widow, one son, Reeder [should be Reedus]; one daughter, Mrs. W. A. Freeman and four brothers, Charlie, E. B.[,] Wayne and S. K.; and two sisters, Mrs. John Holt and Mrs. William Morgan.
Redus McKay Bratcher
Submitted by
Lee Freeman
"Florence Times"
Monday, January 26, 1948
Page 10
    Redus [sic] McKay Bratcher, aged 39, route 3, Florence, died Saturday at 9:15 p.m., at the Eliza Coffee Memorial hospital after a long illness. He was a member of the Florence Masonic Lodge.
Surviving are his wife Mrs. Redus [sic] McKay Bratcher; two sons James Harold and Donald Ray; his mother, Mrs. Lee Bratcher, all of Florence; and one sister, Mrs. Allen Freeman of Cloverdale.
     Funeral services were held today at 1 p.m., from the Pisgah church, L. B. Stewart and Earl Prater, ministers, officiating. Internment was in the Pisgah cemetery, Brown Service conducting. Masonic services were held at the grave.
     Active pallbearers were Joe Boyd, Will Irons, O. E. Barr, Sam Nobb, D. T. Wilcoxson, W. M. Clung.
     Honorary pallbearers were Dr. W. W. Alexander, Dr. W. J. Brown, Dr. George A. Cashman, Charlie W. Cochran, Edgar S. Cochran, A. L. Larry, James Larry, Woodrow Smith, Jessee Wilcoxson, Emmett Irons, Ellis Irons, Melvin Marks, and Eugene Hayes.
John A. Bratcher
Submitted by
Lee Freeman
Source: "Daily Herald"
Maury Co. TN
Monday, November 23, 1914
John Blatchford [BRATCHER]

     John BLATCHER [sic], aged 57, died very suddenly Sunday morning at 5 o'clock of heart trouble at his home near Bigbyville. He had been in the best of health apparently, but shortly after rising, he fell over and expired before anyone could come to his relief.
    Mr. BLATCHER [sic] leaves a wife and one son, Will. He was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church at McCains. The funeral services took place there this morning at 11 o'clock, conducted by the pastor, Rev. W. A. BLADES. The interrrment was in the McCains cemetery. Oakes & Nichols in charge.
Additional information from Lee Freeman: Obituary of John A. BRATCHER (c.1854/1857-1914; son of William and Matilda BRADLEY Bratcher)
J. E. Bratcher
Submitted by
Lee Freeman
Source: "Tri-Cities Daily"
Thursday, Jan. 4, 1968, p. 2.
     Services for James Ellis BRATCHER, 45, of Tuscumbia, Rt. 3, will be Friday at 2 p.m. from Bethlehem Baptist Church with Rev. Malcolm KING officiating. Burial will be in the adjoining cemetery, Morrison-Elkins, Tuscumbia, directing.
     Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Lenice BRATCHER, Russellville; father, Roscoe BRATCHER, Tuscumbia; mother, Mrs. Freddie TAYLOR, Tuscumbia; two daughters, Mrs. Margie WRIGHT, Miss Kathy BRATCHER, both of California; four sons, GARY, WILLIAM, RALPH, ELVIN, all of California; a sister, Mrs. L. C. HAND, Tuscumbia; five grandchildren.
    Bearers will be Cecil MITCHELL, A. D. CASTEEL, Eugene SOCKWELL, James CLARK, Charles ROBERTS, Donald PENNINGTON.
Rev. Rufus Walker
Submitted by
Lee Freeman
Source: Clifton Times, Thurs., May 29, 1890, p. 3
Rev. Rufus WALKER died at his home on Eagle Creek, five miles from Clifton, last Sunday morning at 4 o'clock. He has been in the ministry for a number of years, and was a man well known and liked throughout this section. His life's toil has rounded to a close, and he is now enjoying that reward given him for services to his Maker.

From "Waynesboro, Tenn." News, Written by "Langdon," Clifton Times, Thurs., May 29, 1890, p. 4.
It was with serious regret that we heard of Rev. WALKER's death. The members of his church at this place held him in high esteem, believing him to be a true and noble man.
Joe Dixon
Submitted by
Lee Freeman
Source: "Waynesboro, Tenn." News, Written by "Langdon," Clifton Times, Thurs., July 3, 1890, p. 3
Mr. Joe DIXON died last week of typhoid malarial fever. He leaves a wife and several children. Two of the children have typhoid fever, though not dangerously.
Elias Thrasher
Submitted by Lee Freeman
Source: Florence Times, Fri., Dec. 21, 1900, p. 1

Old Citizen Gone
       Mr. Elias THRASHER, one of the old citizens of Lauderdale, died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Hettie MARKS, near Jacksonburg, on the 8th instant of some liver trouble. He was 77 years of age, having been born in June, 1873 [should be 1823]. For many years he had been a member of the Christian church.

Mrs. Hettie Marks
Submitted by Lee Freeman
Florence Times, Fri., March 23, 1917

Mrs. Hettie Marks.
       After a long life of usefulness Mrs. Hettie A. MARKS passed away at her home north of Florence on last Wednesday, March 14th, the body being laid to rest on Thursday afternoon in the cemetery at Stony Point after services in the church there in which Elder HARRIS officiated.
       Mrs. Marks was an example of fine Christian womanhood. Having joined the Christian church in early girlhood, she lived a consecrated life for more than three score years, her home the entire time being spent on the plantation where she was born. The mother of a family of five sons and one daughter, she showed a remarkable devotion to her children and their rearing. Forty-one years ago, just half of her life’s journey, she was left a widow, since that time she had devoted her interests entirely to her children.
        Four of the sons live in Lauderdale, Messrs. E. L. and James MARKS of Florence, W. E. MARKS of Hines, and M. L. MARKS at Jacksonburg. Mr. M. H. MARKS lives in Sheffield and the daughter, Mrs. W. J. STRICKLAND, is a resident of
Haskill, Arkansas.

Juanita Hassell
Submitted by Lee Freeman

Source: Clifton Enterprise, Thurs., Dec. 20, 1894, p. 3

Little Juanita Hassell.
      At 11 o’clock last Monday evening little Juanita HASSELL died after about 60 hours of untold suffering from an attack of the croup.
      Funeral services were held at the residence Tuesday afternoon and the burial took place in the Clifton cemetery.
      All the physicians in town were in attendance, and Dr. BUCHANAN of Waynesboro was called Friday night. At 12 o’clock the only hope to save it was to perform tracheotomy, which means the insertion of a tube into the windpipe. Through this the little sufferer breathed a living death until Monday at 11 o’clock.
      She was the idolized of her parents and the pet and pride of almost every one in Cliston [sic]. An interesting and intelligent child, far above the ordinary, with a disposition that was purity and innocence itself, it is not surprising that the universal sympathy in her death should not touch the [brinks?] of grief. There is not a person in Clifton who would not make any sacrifice to show these dear parents how deeply they deplore the death of their child, and who would not willingly help to bear the burden of this bereavement. Words and languages fail the writer in expressing the depth and sincerity of the sympathy he feels for these parents whose numerous kindnesses have afforded him numberless pleasures and whose devotion to their only child has often been an object of his admiration.
      She is gone but not forgotten. The love that belongs to those children whom Divinity has taken to himself is a chord as strong as bands of steel that bind us to a hope of rest beyond this tide of tribulations, and a ladder by which we mount to the heights of His eternal promises.
From the
Clifton Enterprise, Thurs., Dec. 20, 1894, p. 3.
      The following was handed to us by a friend of the parents of little Juanita HASSELL:

One by one our loved ones leave us, just as the leaves
       in autumn wither and fall;
And the sad truth deeply grieves us, but death in
       time will claim them all.

       An old Danish proverb truly says Death does not blow a trumpet but comes to us unawares just when we least expect it. Yes, cruel death steals in and plucks our faire flowers.
       Little Juanita was just blooming into lovely childhood when she was transported by angels to a fairer clime, and no sweeter, lovelier flower blooms in all the garden of paradise. She is not dead but quietly sleeps until the great resurrection morn while [her] sweet little spirit basks in the sunlight of God’s everlasting love, Who taketh notice even of the sparrows when they fall.
        We think we are resigned to God’s will, but  when the icy hand of death falls upon those we love our hearts cry out for our lost darlings and in our anguish we almost forget that God is love but we should feel that He doeth all things well.
        Father, mother, do not weep, for she is happy beyond human conception of happiness. Go, hope and [bid?] their weeping cease, steal from their fom their [sic] hearts the pang and bear a soft balm to those who fondly mourn the dead. And while I know your heart is breaking and you long for the sight of a lovely face and the touch of that baby hand and the sweet voice which you will long to hear which will echo no more in your hall and the gay laughter of childish glee is forever silent in that once bright and happy home. And I know dear CLARA that Christmas will only bring up sweet memories of long ago, but for the sake of the dear babe of Bethlehem bow in humble submission to His will and  [lovingly?] pass under the rod.
                                                                                A FRIEND.

Harriet Stout
Submitted by Lee Freeman
Source: Florence Gazette, Saturday,  January 28, 1888,
p. 3
"We are sorry to report the death, last Saturday, of Pneumonia, of that excekllent lady, Mrs. Harriet STOUT, of Wayne County, Tenn. She was formerly Miss SPAIN, of our county."
Rankin Youngblood
Submitted by
Edgar D. Byler, III
Source: Wayne County News
no date on clipping but July 1937


Rankin Youngblood
Rankin Youngblood was drowned July 20, 1937, at TVA dam, when gates in the dam were accidentally opened on him.
    His vacant place can never be filled. We will miss him do for he was kind hearted and always ready to help anyone in distress. He was an open book to the world.
    Rankin told his mother two weeks before his death that when he died he would go to rest and also told her and his father that he was going to die soon.
    God does all things well, and Rankin was too good to stay any longer on this troublesome world.
   We want to thank all of our friends for their kindness in our bereavement and for the beautiful floral offerings. Everyone was very nice and we thank them again.

Friend after friend departs,
Who hat not lost a friend,
There is no union here of hearts
That finds not here an end.
Were this frail world our only rest,
Living or dying, none were blest;
There is a world above where parting is unknown,
A whole eternity of love and blessedness alone.
And faith beholds the dying here
Transplanted to that happier sphere.

     We leave all ills to God, out Father, and ask Him to make us able to bear our troubles and at last send us to our dear boy where trouble comes not more.
Written by his mother and family,
W. Youngblood.

William Thomas Warton
Submitted by
Michelle White
Source: Electra, TX newspaper
1 April 1943, page 4
The funeral of William Thomas Worton, 65, was held Monday afternoon at 4 p.m. at the Church of God with the Rev. G. M. Bloomingdale officiating.  Mr. Worton died Saturday at 11 p.m. after a paralysis stroke on Wednesday.  He was a native of Tennessee and had lived in Electra 25 years.  Burial was in the Electra cemetery in charge of the James B. Totten Funeral Home.
[W.T. was son of William J WARTON and Lydia Catherine SCOTT]
Samuel O. Warton
Submitted by Michelle White
Source: Electra (TX) Star
20 Dec 1945, page 9
Funeral services for Samuel O. Worton, 56, of San Francisco, Calif., formerly of Electra who was killed in Monrovia, Calif., Dec. 10, were held from the Fundamental Baptist Church of Electra at 2 p.m. Monday. Rev. Ray Morrow, pastor, officiated, assisted by Rev. W. W. Rivers, pastor of the First Baptist Church.  Worton was killed while enroute to Electra.  He had started to get in his car when another automobile struck him.  Survivors include the widow; two daughters, Mrs. Iva Ragsdale and Mrs. Colma King, both of Holliday; four sons, O. C., B. D. And Lloyd Worton, Holiday and Kelly Worton, Jacksboro; three brothers Richard Worton, Amarillo; J. A. Worton, Fort Worth and F. F. Worton, Morton; and two sisters, Mrs. Ada Kuioum, Corpus Christi, and Mrs. Ollie Cato, Electra.  Interment was in the New Electra Cemetery under the direction of the James B. Totten Funeral Home.

[Sam was son of William J. WARTON and Lydia Catherine (SCOTT)
Sam was born possibly in Nashville but his parents were from Waynesboro.  I do not have proof of his birth, his wife was the submitter of info on death info and she stated Nashville.] 
Lydia Worton
Submitted by Michelle White
Source: Electra (TX) Star
30 Sep 1943, page 1
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Church of God, for Mrs. Lydia Worton, 83, who died Saturday afternoon at the Electra Hospital.  Rev. G. M. Bloomingdale officiated and interment was in the Electra cemetery, under the direction of the James B. Totten Funeral Home.  Survivors include four sons, Fred of Maple, Texas; Richard, Amarillo; John of Melba, Calif.; two daughters, Mesdames Ollie Cato and Ada Knioun of Corpus Christi, and one brother Bob Scott, of Tahoka, Tx.

[Lydia was wife to William J. WARTON, she moved to TX by 1920 with her children]

Charles Warton
Submitted by Michelle White
Source: Electra (TX) News
26 Jan 1926
Charles Warton, aged 47, died at 5 o'clock Wed. Morning following an illness of eight days, pneumonia being the cause.  He is survived by his wife and three small children, Jessie, Charlie and Joe Noah; also his mother, Mrs. Lydia Warton, and five brothers and two sisters.  The brothers are Tom, John, Richard, and Sam of Electra, and Fred of Hail Center.  The sisters are Mrs. Olie Cato of Crowell and Mrs. Ada Kenyon of Okla.  Funeral services were held at half past two Thursday at the Warton residence about a mile north of town, with Rev,. E. M. Francis officiating.  Interment took place in the Electra cemetery.
[Charles was son of William J WARTON and Lydia (SCOTT) WARTON]
Johnny Hitchcock
Submitted by Lee Freeman
Source: Florence (AL) Times
29 Jun 1895, page 2

“Old Uncle Johnny HITCHCOCK,” one of the best know [sic] citizens of West Lauderdale, died at his home near Walnut Grove, just across the Tennessee Line, some months ago, and his funeral was preached the first Sunday in June by Dr. CARTER, the presiding Elder of that district.. [sic]  The event drew the largest congregation that ever assembled at Walnut Grove. “Uncle JOHNNY” had been an official member of the Methodist Church 52 years. A noble old soldier has gone to his reward. He was in his 78th year.

William S. Worthing/Warthen

Submitted  by

Barbara (Warthen) Wallace

Source:  The Mannsville News,

Mannville, Indian Territory

September 30, 1907, page 1

Vol. 4, # 13,

    The subject of this sketch, W.S. Worthing (sic), was born in Wayne County, Tenn., Feb. 1829. He moved to Collin County, Texas, in 1854. Here he spent the greater part of his life. He moved to the Ind. Ter. in 1892, located near Mannsville. Here he remained until the time of his death which took place Sept. the 7, 1907.
     Bro. Worthing was one of our oldest preachers in this country. While he was 78 years old and stooped with age, yet he never knew what it was to give up. He was always ready to do his part of the Lords work. he was an honest man in every sense of the word, always faithful to his engagements. He fell on the battle field while battling for God. The last work he ever done on earth was done for his Master. Bro Worthing was never a man to hunt easy places in the Kingdom of God, but like Him, who called him to labor, he made himself of no reputation, but took on himself the form of a servant. It seemed to be his delight to get in the hardest places and labor for his Master. As content as most men, where they are continually encouraged by the way. He leaves behind 10 children, 5 of whom were present at his funeral. Bro. Worthing preached for 40 long years and his greatest desire was to see all his children saved. Bro. Worthing leaves behind him a host of good warm friends, who will greatly miss his presence, but most of all his young brethren in the ministry will miss his presence among them.
     Two old scarred soldiers had fought together and suffered together, at last one of these soldiers was dying when his comrade said to him, " You will soon be with Jesus. Then you will be happy." The reply was, "I can not be happy to the fullest extent until you get there." So when all get there who have been led to Jesus by Bro. Worthing's influence, his happiness will be full. Our prayer is that his children may be able to meet him around the thrown of God.

(Authors) C. W. Crawford, J. J. Risinger, J. R. Hall
Note: His father was John Worthen of Wayne County, TN; 1850 Wayne County Federal Census, Wm Worthen  married Sarah Ann (unknown) within the year; second wife is said to have been Margaret Elizabeth Colphen (sic); 1860 third wife listed on the marriage record as Lette Wilkerson (sic)(widow of Mr. Wilkins & mother of John Wilkins).
Judge Jonathan Morris
Submitted by Lee Freeman
Source: "The Florence Herald"
Friday, September 26, 1902
page 1 &
Friday, October 3, 1902
page 8
From “Local News Notes,” the Florence Times, Friday, September 26, 1902, p. 1.
     Judge Jonathon Morris, father of the late Dr. Wayne Morris, died at his home in Waynesboro, Tenn., Wednesday morning at an advanced age. Dr. Morris was well known here by many of our citizens.

From “Necrological,” the Florence Herald, Friday, October 3, 1902, p. 8.
Judge Jonathon Morris.
    A telegram announcing the death of Judge Jonathon Morris at Waynesboro, Tenn. was received by his daughter-in-law Mrs. Wayne Morris Wednesday Sep. 24th. Judge Morris was 87 years old and had lived the greater part of his life in Waynesboro. He had been very feeble for more than a year.
     Judge Morris was a member of the masonic [sic] fraternity, and had been a member of the Methodist church fore more than thirty years. His remains were escorted to the cemetery by the Masonic Lodge and laid to rest beside his wife with Masonic honors.
Mrs. Elizabeth Whitten
Submitted by Bill Page
Source: "Nashville Christian Advocate"
November 3, 1853
Died, at the residence of her son, David C. Whitten, on the 4th of
August last, sister Elizabeth Whitten, in the 66th year of her age.
     Sister W. was a native of South Carolina; married George Whitten on the 26th of May, 1808; moved to Tennessee, and settled in Wayne County, in 1818. - Some two years before she left the State of her nativity, she sought, and doubtless obtained, religion, and for many years gave clear manifestations of her united ties to the church, and devotion to God. A few years before her death, she seemed quite cold, and at times thought that she was lukewarm; but before her death she gave her friends to understand that she was willing to die.
     For many years, her house had been a good home for the heralds of the cross. Many of the itinerants well recollect her mother-like treatment. Peace be to her gentle spirit. Her works praise her, though she is in the gate.
W.B. Edwards.
Oct.21, 1853.
(from Nashville Christian Advocate, November 3, 1853)
George Whitten, Esq.
Submitted by Bill Page

Source: "Nashville Christian Advocate"
22 May 1856
Died of pneumonia, April 27, 1856, at his own residence, in Wayne
County, Tenn., George Whitten, Esq. He was a native of South Carolina,
was born in 1787, professed religion in his thirtieth year, and attached
himself to the Methodist E. Church soon thereafter, in and to which he
was as much devoted as any person I ever knew. For thirty-nine years of
his life his seat was rarely vacant when the Word of Life was to be
    He was the subject of sore affliction for the last half of his life,
yet he never absented himself from the sanctuary of the Lord when the
weather was such that he could turn out in safety.
    He was so much attached to the Church of his choice that I never knew
him in all my life fail to contribute his proportional part of
quarterage, no matter how much he might be straitened in his pecuniary
    So great a friend was he to class meetings and love-feasts, that I
never knew him present at one but that he told the dealings of God with
his soul, and the Lord nearly always blessed him when he spake. I well
remember the last love feast I saw him at, at a quarterly meeting at
Whitten's Chapel, in June last. Brother Burr (P.E.) remarked that time
was precious; my father arose; with his white locks waving in the gentle
breezes, said he, "Brethren, I feel that this is the last love-feast I
shall ever attend; therefore I do the more freely speak. I have been
battling for heaven near forty years, and though I have been subject to
trials like you all, yet, thank God, I've ever found his grace
sufficient for me - though I've been tired by the way, thank God I've
never tired in the way." When he sat down he was in an ecstasy, and
there was scarce a dry eye in the house. I record this, because it was
the last love-feast or sacrament that he ever did attend. His
sufferings were very great, of twelve days' duration; but during his
afflictions he spoke freely of death and eternity. He remarked some day
or two before he died that he had not been as happy as he could wish;
"But," said he, "I know the reason; my pain is so excrutiating, though,"
said he," I feel no condemnation - I believe it will be well with me
after death."
    He has passed away from among us, yet he still lives in our hearts and
Wayne County, Tennessee
(Nashville Christian Advocate, May 22, 1856
["D.C.W." was David Clay Whitten, I think, who was his son.]
Charles B. Morrow
Submitted by Sue Sumner
Source not given.
Charles Morrow, age 69, of Toledo, Ohio, Died
Thursday, November 11, 2004, at home surrounded loving
family. He was born October 25, 1935, to Mr. and Mrs.,
Marvin A. Morrow ( Clara Melton). He was a  U.S. Navy
Veteran and most recently employed at Village Dairy
Farm and In & Out Mart.
Survived by children, Paul Morrow,Leota (Ralph)
Shively, Bill (Effie) Morrow  all of Toledo and Todd
(Andrea)Morrow of Wauseon, Ohio: 8 Grandchildren :
mother Clara (Melton) Morrow of Toledo; sister Sue
(Bob) Sumner of Toledo: girlfriend, Janet Mockbee of
Toledo. He was preceded in dearth by his wife, Sharon
Morrow and father Marvin A. Morrow.
Friends will be received at Strabler Funeral Home (
1163 W. Sylvania Ave. Toledo, Ohio (419)269 1111) on
Monday, November 15,  from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. Where
services will be held on Tuesday at 11 A.M.. Burial
East Swanton Cemetery. Charles was loved by all and
will be greatly missed.
Submitted By Sue Sumner (sister)
Marion Franklin Rich, Jr.
Submitted by
Marion Franklin Rich, Junior was born on November 09, 1977. He died on May 20, 1994. He was a native of Wayne County, TN. and died at a very early age of only 16. He was the son of Marion Franklin Rich and Patsy Faye Rich-Moore. He was a member of Piney Grove Freewill Baptist Church where he was peacefully laid to rest. Survivors include, other than his parents, two sisters, Christina Faye Caperton (Rickey) and Samantha K Rich, both of Collinwood, TN. Grandparents, Junior (Bug) and Alta Sherrill of Saint Joseph, TN. and Loyal Rich of Cypress Inn, TN. and is also survived by a number of aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by a grandfather, Orbie Franklin Rich of Cypress Inn, TN.
George Tucker Helton
Submitted by
Dave N. Lee

George Tucker HELTON, one of our best and most highly respected citizens, quietly passed away at 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, Feb.10, 1925, at the home of his son, J. D. HELTON, in Waynesboro, aged 81 years, 11 months, and 23 days. A recently contracted cold which rapidly developed into pneumonia, was the immediate cause of his death. His illness was of short duration and his death a surprise and shock to his family and friends. Three companions had preceded him: the first, formerly, Miss Nancy OLD, the second, Miss Nancy Catherine MORROW; the third, Miss Bettie REEVES, the last having died just two weeks previous to his death. Funeral services, held at the residence of this son, J. D. HELTON, were conducted by Rev. Win. N. IRWIN and Rev. Roy ANGEL, afier which burial took place in the Green River cemetery.He leaves surviving him these children: J. D. HELTON, postmaster and Wayne HELTON of Waynesboro, Mrs. Laura LEE, wife of Joe LEE of Lawrence County. Another son, Joe had also preceded him leaving two children: Martha and Bessie. Three brothers also survive him:J.W. HELTON of Eldorado, Ark, age 89 years; H. A. HELTON of Waynesboro, age 79 years, and Sam HELTON of Cement, OkIa, age 69 years.

Since the death of his last wife he has made his home with his son, J. D. HELTON where he was given every attention, medical and otherwise, which love and duty could supply. He was a man of strong physique, but of quiet and unostentatious demeanor, a kind husband and father whose life was exemplary in his attachment to his home and family.

Possessing a kindly, genial disposition, he met the cares and responsibilities of life with cheerfulness and fortitude combined, and was of that type of man, who, beneath a rugged exterior, possessed the stirring qualities characteristic of the good citizen, the honest man and Christian gentleman. As a worthy member of the Baptist church he lived a life consistent with his professor and faith. Conscious of the nearness of the end when first stricken with unwavering faith he entered the valley of shadows passing through it without a tremor, opened his eyes in sight of the other side and with the remark, “lsn't it Daylight?" folded his hands upon his breast, closed his eyes, and fell asleep in the sweet peace of eternal rest.

I am sure that in the last moments, while earth was receding and the ship was tossing amid the breakers, he trusted the Great Pilot, and with resignation to His will could say:

Leave not thou me; Great Pilot, unattended,
When the shore-line fades from view.
Go thou with me until the voyage is ended –
Guide my frail bark safely through,
Leave not along thy servant at the crossing,
Of Life's shadow, unseen shore;
Steer thou. 0! Pilot, while the ship is tossing
O'er the breakers to the goal.
There is no danger, with such pilot guiding
Shallows, breakers though there be;
Though dark the shadows, I am still confiding,
Guide, Great Pilot, guide thou me.

A Friend.

Thompson C. Butler
Submitted by
John Russell Butler
from a handwritten copy.
Thompson C. Butler born Mary 6, 1860. Departed this life Oct. 26, 1942. Being 82 years 5 months twenty days of age. He had been in failing health for sometime and had paralysis.
     He was born in Ala. bur moved to Decatur Co., Tenn in early manhood where he married Miss Huldy Hay and to this union five sons and one daughter were born. His wife died several years ago and he moved to this community.
     He married Mrs. Nancy Morrow, widow of the late F. E. Morrow, on July 24, 1904 and to this union two sons were born.
     He was a member of the Christian Church.
     Survivors are: His wife, Mrs. Nan Butler, children Henry, Earl and Mrs. Charlie Stricklin of Lutts; Vernon and Wade of Memphis; Omer of Decaturville; Ben of Rives and Hobert of Texarkana, Texas. Sister Mrs. Frances Handley of Texarkana, Texas, one brother Russel Butler of Florence, Ala. One sister Mrs. Mary Handley of Savannah has died since his death. There are 16 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren. Several other relatives and a host of friends.
     Funeral services were held at the Lutts Community Church Tues afternoon at 2:30 o'clock by the Rev. B. J. Cantrell. Burial in the Lutts Cemetery with Wayne Funeral Service in charge.
     Step-children Mrs. E. A. Warrington, Lutts,  Mrs. W. H. Lindsey, Lawrenceburg, Martin Morrow, Florence.
Nov 18, 1942, Mary Ethel.
James Wright
submitted by
Lee Freeman
from Florence Times-News, Monday, January 23, 1928, p. 3.

James Wright, aged 55, Lauderdale county farmer, resident of the “Reserve” beat, near Smithsonia, died at 1:30 a.m. today.  He had been in failing health for several months.  The body will be shipped by motor to Cypress Inn, Tenn., Tuesday morning, where funeral services will be held at 11 o’clock.  The deceased is survived by a wife and seven children.  Fielder is in charge of arrangements.

D. A. Lindsey
submitted by
Lee Freeman

Florence Herald, Friday, May 26, 1939, sec. 2, p. 4.

D. A. Lindsey Dies After Long Illness 
David A. Lindsey, aged 82, died at the family residence on Highland Street Thursday morning following a five-months’ illness. Funeral rites will be conducted this afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the residence, with Rev. C. E. Holt, Church of Ch[r]ist minister, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Florence cemetery, with Smith in charge of arrangements.

Surviving are two sons, Albert and Edward Lindsey, of Florence; two grandchildren; two half-brothers, Edgar Lindsey, of Georgia, and Alonzo Lindsey, of Florence, and three half-sisters, Mrs. G. S. Myrick, Miss Geanie Lindsey and Mrs. Lula Holt, all of Florence.

Mr. Lindsey was a native of Warsaw, Mo., coming to Florence with his family when a child. He later went to Wayne county [sic], Tenn., to reside, but returned to Florence to make his home.

Freeman Boyd Melton
submitted by
Sue Simpson, a granddaughter
probably from The Wayne Countian Nov 1928
Boyd Melton Funeral Friday Afternoon
The funeral of Boyd Melton, one of Wayne county's best known young sawmill men, was held this Friday afternoon and burial was made in Walnut Grove cemetery on Forty-Eight Creek. Mr. Melton was almost instantly killed Wednesday in the woods near the Melton Brothers mill on Hardins creek by the kick of a mule which struck him just above the heart. He was logging at the time he was killed.

Mr. Melton leaves a wife and four small children, the oldest of whom is eleven years and his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Melton, and three brothers, Harvey, Terry and Clarence, and two married sisters. He was a member of the Christian church.

The funeral was held at the Waynesboro Christian church Friday noon with Rev. Cantrell in charge assisted by Rev. W. A. Ward and Rev. R. R. Smith.

A tribute from the pen of Frank Boyd was read at the service by C. L. Boyd, this being reproduced below.

"Although not present on this sad occasion: although these words are no expressed by these lips, -- I cannot permit an occasion like this to pass without an expression of the high esteem and regard with which I have ever held our departed friend and brother.

"I know of no higher type of real, true, manhood and worth than he. His character and reputation entitles him in our highest encomiums and praise. Without richest -- in the sense of the world's goods -- he was rich in the higher and better attributes which go to make for ideal citizenship. His life has been, not only true to the highest standard of good citizenship, but has been conspicuous in its devotion to right living, honor, and for every virtue which constitutes an ideal husband, father and friend.

"And, as these words are being expressed through lips other than mine, I will be conscious of this solemn presence - this final parting - this present farewell; but with this consciousness comes to me the assurance that his life has not been in vain, and that, sometime in the great beyond we shall renew our association in an eternal - neverending - perfect - reunion.

"His father and mother have given to Wayne County, and every community in which Boyd Melton was known, a gift of true manhood - a type of ideal citizenship - a reputation without stain - and in his death we are conscious not only of our own personal, but public bereavement."

Mary J. Aylor Wright
Submitted by
Tammie Davis
From Florence Times
Wednesday, July 13, 1938, page 6 and Florence Herald, Friday,
July 15, 1938, page 8
Mrs. Wright, 90, Goes to Reward

Cypress Inn, Tennessee, Woman is buried today

Mrs. Mary J. Wright, aged about 90, died this morning, a few minutes after midnight, at the home in Cypress Inn, Tenn., after an illness of four and one-half years. A native and lifelong resident of Tennessee, Mrs. Wright was the widow of the late James Wright, having made her home for the past 40 years at Cypress Inn.

Surviving are four sons, W.A. Wright of Cypress Inn; Sharper Wright of Florence; Joe Wright of Winston County, Ala., and Marion Wright of Threet's Cross Roads, and a daughter Mrs. Mary Martin of Cypress Inn.

Funeral services were conducted this afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Christian church at Cypress Inn, with Elder E.C. Holt of Florence, a minister of the Church of Christ , officiating. Burial followed in Hayes Cemetery near Cypress Inn, Brown Service, Florence, directing.

Funeral Rites Held for Mrs. Wright

Funeral rites for Mrs. Mry J. Wright, aged about 90, who died Wednesday morning at the family residence at Cypress Inn, Tenn., following an extended illness, were conducted Wednesday afternoon at the Christian church at Cypress Inn, with Elder C.E. Holt, of Florence, a minister of the Church of Christ, officiating. Burial followed in the Hayes Cemetery, near Cypress Inn, with Brown-Service, Florence, directing.

Mrs. Wright was a native and lifelong resident of Tennessee and had made her home at Cypress Inn for the past 40 years.

Surviving are four sons, W.A. Wright of Cypress Inn; Sharper Wright, of Florence; Joe Wright, of Winston County, Ala., and Marion Wright of Threet's Cross Roads and one daughter, Mrs. Mary Martin, of Cypress Inn, Tenn.

R.C. Scott
Submitted by
Michelle White
From Lynn County News
12 October 1945, front/back page, Tahoka, Texas
R C Scott, 82 years old

service at 1st Baptist, Harris Funeral Home
survived by aged companion
7 daughters (all apparently listed as "Mrs")
of Tahoka, TX - N.W. Smith, R.R. Lee, E.J. Cobb, H.L. Duckett, G.L. Herrin
of Lubbock, TX - M.B. Norris
of Estancia, NM - C.L. Blackwell

5 daughters and 1 son preceded him in death

16 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren

grandsons in military
Pvt Billy Harris Smith, killed in action at Cebu Island, April 12
Pvt Billy Jack Hancock of the Marines in Okinawa and returned to US
Sgt R S Smith parachute rigger in England/France here on furlough
Sgt W L Moody served in Quartermaster Air Force in various European sites, came home in July

born in Waynesboro, Tennessee
married Miss Alice Lay there on 7 October 1900

moved to Texas years ago, and moved from Stephenville to Lynn County in 1927
George Ray Brown
Submitted by
From Nashville Tennessean
24 May 1982, Nashville, Tennessee

George Ray Brown

Final rites for George Ray Brown, 61 of Nashivlle were held May 23 at 2 P.M. from Middle Tennessee Funeral Home Chapel with H.H.Hurst officiating. Burial was in Brown Cemetery on Hardin Creek.

Mr. Brown died May 21 at Maury County Hospital in Columbia.

He was a native of Wayne County, a son of the late Robert and Lillie Young Brown. He was a carpenter and attended the Church of Christ.

Survivors include a son, Joe Ervin Brown Sr. of Nashville, two brothers, Charles of florence and Webb Brown of Waynesboro, two sisters, Bessie Devers of memphis and Elsie Lawson of Mt. Pleasant; and three grandchildren, Joe E. Brown Jr., James E. Brown, both of Nashville and Jerry F. Brown of Florence.

Levi D.Cummings
Submitted by
Marjorie Cummings
From Times Daily
29 July 1976, Florence, Alabama

Mr. Cummings

Levi D.Cummings, 83, of Route 3, Florence, died Sunday at Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital.

Survivors include one brother: Charlie Cummings and one Nephew Charles H. Cummings, both of Florence.

Service will be today at 2 pm. at the Stony Point Church of Christ, Derrell Davis officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery, Middle Tennessee Funeral Home directing.

The body will remain at the Middle Tennessee Funeral home in Collinwood, Tenn. until one hour prior to services when it will be taken to the church.

Mary Clara Helton Peveto
Submitted by
Leigh Ellen Peveto Mott
From Orange Leader
1985, Orange, Texas

Mary Clara Helton Peveto

died Jan. 4th 1985 was born in Wayne Co. Tenn. on Dec. 1st 1921 and was survived by son Roland Lee Peveto; a daughter Leigh Ellen Peveto; grandson Darryl Ray Mott, Jr.; granddaughter Ashley Faye Peveto; her brother Harold Helton from Wayne Co. Tenn.

Parker Lay
Submitted by
Margaret Freemon
From The Wayne Countian
24 Dec 1925, page 1, Clifton, Tennessee

Parker Lay Killed Monday by Falling Tree

Parker Lay was faatally injured Monday Morning by being hit be a tree which he was cutting for wood, and he died during the afternon. A short time before the accident happened, Lay had cut a tree which in falling lodged against another, and when this second tree was cut down it fell in such a manner that it struck Lay in the head, crushing his skull and breaking his back.

The accident happened about a mile above town.

Lay leaves a wife and four children.

Rev. Simon P. Whitten
Submitted by
Jerry Murphy
From The Christian Advocate
June 4, 1881, Nashville, Tennessee

The Rev. Simon P. Whitten, 1822-1881

Simon Peter Whitten was born in Newberry District, S. C., June 7, 1822. His father, Mason Whitten, and his mother, Nancy Hair, were both natives of the same district. When in his third year his father moved to North Alabama, and settled near Florence. Three years afterward the family moved across into Tennessee, and settled in Wayne county. He professed religion, and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, April 15, 1839; was licensed to preach, August, 1841. He was married to Nancy Hays, Aug. 28, 1842. She died Dec. 1, 1843. In October, 1841, he was received into the Tennessee Conference, and appointed to the Lincoln Circuit, which had twenty six preaching places, covering the ground now (1881) occupied by two stations and three or four circuits. Joseph Smith was his colleague. Quarterage receipts, $60 25. In 1845 he traveled Marshall Circuits, in Alabama, with Joseph Turrentine, Quarterage received $59 70. First two years, all told, $119.95. In 1846 he traveled Lawrence African Mission, also in Alabama—had twenty appointments in three weeks. Quarterage and traveling expenses paid by the pastors in full, but owing to some arrangement, he never exactly understood, Conference took it all from him except $100. This was the last year he failed to receive his full disciplinary allowance. He went to the Limestone Circuit, in Alabama, in 1847, with Dawson Phelps. In 1848 he was ordained elder by Bishop Paine (having been ordained deacon by Bishop Andrew in 1846), and stationed in Shelbyville, Tenn. In 1849 and 1850, stationed in Tuscumbia, Ala. In 1851 and 1852, stationed in Franklin, Tenn. In 1853, stationed at Hobson Chapel, Edgefield, Tenn. In 1854, stationed again in Shelbyville, Tenn. In 1855, Agent for the Tennessee Conference Tract Society. In 1856, stationed at Andrew Church, Nashville, Tenn. In 1858, stationed in McMinnville, Tenn. In 1859, stationed at Andrew church, Nashville, Tenn., again. In 1860, stationed at Spring Hill, Tenn. In 1861, presiding elder of Centerville District, and returned in 1862, where he remained until 1865, no sessions of the Conference being held for 1863 and 1864 in consequence of the war. This district embraced Forts Henry and Donelson, and was early the scene of war, and most of it was overrun backward and forward by the contending armies, and was especially the scene of many dashing raids and bold partisan warfare. But the presiding elder, feeling that there was the greater need for the Church to be taken care of, remained in his district, filling every appointment except two Saturday appointments. Most of the preachers remained with him, and local preachers were employed to take the places of the few who left, so that there was regular preaching at all the churches during all the war. The preachers and official members were called together each year about the time the Annual Conference should have met, and the work was readjusted, and such changes made as seemed to be necessary, never keeping any man in any charge longer than the disciplinary term. At these meetings the statistics were reported and recorded, the Conference and missionary collections received and disbursed, appropriations made for the next year, and every part of the Annual Conference work which could be done was attended to, including the preparation and record of memoirs of deceased ministers. Thus the organization of the district, etc. was kept up. In 1865 he was stationed in Huntsville, Ala., and on the 5th of November was married to Mary Williams, of Stewart County, Tenn. In 1866 he was appointed and reappointed Agent of the American Bible Society for West Tennessee and North Mississippi. In April 1876 he resigned his position as Bible Agent, and in the fall of the same year returned to the regular work of the itinerancy, with which he had never severed his connection. When Conference met at Columbia, in 1876, he was sent to the Mt. Pleasant Circuit, where he served four years. In 1880 he was sent to the Alexandria Circuit, where, after serving his people faithfully for near six months, on the morning of the 19th of May he peacefully laid aside the cross for the crown.

The foregoing is a brief outline of the life and labors of the Rev. S. P. Whitten, one of the most honored and beloved members of the Tennessee Conference. His death was very sudden. He was in usual health, and after eating dinner he sat down and had a pleasant and cheerful conversation with his family, and proposed to ride to his recording stewards to procure facts preparatory to his District Conference. Stepping out of the parsonage to make ready for his ride he was suddenly stricken with paralysis, and was brought back to the house, lingered thirty-six hours, and without speaking a word, fell asleep in Christ.

Brother Whitten was of medium size, compactly built, and usually enjoyed comfortable health. He had a sound mind, which he carefully cultivated by reading and study. He was an able minister of the New Testament and a genuine Methodist preacher. His life was consistent and his example worthy of imitation. He administered the affairs of the Church with prudence and marked ability. As circuit preacher, missionary, stationed preacher, presiding elder, and Bible agent, he did his work with system, zeal, ability, and success. He was a delegate to the general Conference in 1870, and honored his Conference in that relation.

He belonged to a large family of Methodists, several of whom were and are honored Methodist preachers. Brother Whitten was a member of my family for twelve months while filling Hobson Chapel, and was a discreet, amiable Christian gentleman in private life. He has left a widow in feeble health, who rejoices in hope of joining him soon in the glory land, and two children, who esteem it an honor to be the descendents of a parent so worthy.

The members of the Tennessee Conference and thousands will receive the tidings of his death with great sorrow.

A good man, a faithful minister, and a loving friend. We mourn his departure, but he died in Christ.

J. B. M. Ferrin

John C. Rasbury
Submitted by
Jean R. Parsley
From The Wayne Countian
5 Mar 1931, page 1, Clifton, Tennessee

John C. Rasbury Dies at Topsy Home

(By Addie Walker)

John C. Rasbury, who has been one of Topsy's most prominent citizens during his entire life, died Wednesday afternoon, February 26, 1931, at the family home. He had been in feeble health for some time, however the end came unexpectedly as his condition was not thought to have been more serious than for sometime.

Mr. Rasbury was born October 3, 1846, being eighty-four years, four months and twenty-two days at the time of his death. At the age of twenty-four he was married to Miss Sarah A. Harbison who survives him together with two daughters, Mrs. J.F. Craig, Lawrenceburg and Mrs. Ora Bell, of Clovis, New Mexico, and four sons, A.M. and H.L. of Hohenwald, Quinton, Paducah, Texas and Oliver of the home, one brother A.L. Rasbury near Riverside and one sister, Mrs. John R. Kelly, Steele, Missouri, also a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren.

At the age of seventeen years he became a Confederate soldier and served under General Nathan B. Forrest during the Civil war. He was one of the great southern patriots, who bravely wore the gray until his flag went down in blood and tears and then accepted the decision of war in good faith and came home to become a loyal American citizen and help rebuild his desolated country. As long as health permitted he attended the Confederate Reunions each year. He was the last survivor of the "Army in Gray" that lived in the north part of Wayne county.

Mr. Rasbury joined the Primitive Baptist church the first Sunday in August, 1908 and lived a Christian life. He had a wide circle of friends and was a man that was devoted to his family and was loved by all who knew him. So he leaves a host of friends as well as relatives to mourn his loss.

Funeral services were conducted at the home by Elder J.A. Pope and M. Saunders of Dickson, and burial was in the family cemetery at Salem.

Gladys Prince
Submitted by
Brenda Holden
From The Noblesville Ledger
12 Jan 2008, Noblesville, Indiana

Noblesville - Gladys Prince

Prince 91, of Noblesville died Thursday Jan. 10 2008, at Riverview Hospital in Noblesville. Mrs. Prince worked in Laundry at Riverview Hospital.

She was born Dec. 31, 1916 in Wayne County Tenn, the daughter of Pink and Lula (Bromley} Linville. She was married to Clyde Prince who died in 1984.

She is survived by a son and a daughter-in-law, Fred and Sue Prince, six grandchildren Jim Prince, Brenda Holden, Darrell Prince, Ray Prince, Mark Prince, Lisa Nodine. two brothers, P W Linville and Hardison Linville, Several great-grandchildren, and great-greatgrandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in deat by two grand children, Jerry Prince and Karen Siebert. Calling will be noon to 1:30 pm today at Randall and Roberts Funeral Home in Noblesville with servces immediately following. The Rev. Andrew Marshall will orriciate. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens in Fisher.

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