By Jonathan Kennon Thompson Smith
Copyright, Jonathan K. T. Smith, 2003


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July 3, 1914

Hon. ALBERT W. BIGGS, lawyer, born Trenton, Tenn., Sept. 8, 1871; died Memphis, June 28, 1914. [Tribute to his memory, by Bishop E. E. Hoss, July 17, 1914 issue, pages 29-31]

ANDREW JACKSON PARKER was killed in an automobile/electric car mishap, May 22, 1914, aged 53 years. Los Angeles, California.

FANNIE MORRIS wife of George A. Morris, born Madison Co., Ala., Feb. 11, 1837; died in same county April 7, 1914.

ELIZABETH ADAMS widow of Thomas J. Adams, born April 5, 1840; died April 25, 1914; two daus., four sons.


July 10, 1914

Miss LULA COOPER died Rome, Ga., June 15, 1914.

MARY JANE BUTLER, nee Brotherton, born Christian Co., Ky., March 25, 1866; married Thomas Y. Butler, Weakley Co., Tenn., August 5, 1882; two daus., nine sons; moved to Eastland Co., Texas, 1889 where she died April 15, 1914.


July 17, 1914

Rev. JOHN A. MARR, Methodist preacher, Fines Creek, N.C., died June 6, 1914; husband and father (four children).


July 24, 1914

WILLIAM OWEN, Williamson Co., Tenn., died July 11, 1914 aged 87 years; Confederate veteran.


July 31, 1914

SALINA NEAL IVEY born McDowell Co., N.C., May 1, 1832; married Rev. George W. Ivey, 53 years an itinerant preacher (Methodist); ten children. Died Statesville, N.C., July 27, 1914.

Dr. GEORGE H. DETWILER died near Asheville, N.C., July 5, 1914; had been pastor of West End Methodist Church, Nashville, since 1910.

Judge EDMUND DEWITT PATTERSON born Lorain Co., Ohio, Mar. 20, 1842; moved to Waterloo, Ala.; served in Company D, 9th Ala. Inf. Reg., CSA; severely wounded in battle; after the war took up practice of law in Lawrenceburg, Tenn.; clerk and master of chancery court, Hardin Co., Tenn., 1870-1882; served in state senate in 1882; circuit judge, 12th Judicial District, 1886-1897; retired to his farm near Savannah, Tennessee; married Mildred McDougal, March 1869; six children. He died in Redlands, California, May 22, 1914. Buried in Savannah, Tennessee.

ANTOINETTE BLACKBURN DAVIS born Athens, Ala., Sept. 6, 1822; married Robert Davis and moved to Shelby Co., Tenn., thence to Plum Point, Miss.; daughter of William and Sallie Clark; died Feb. 2, 1914; seven children. "She read without glasses at the age of ninety-one years."


August 7, 1914

Rev. ROBERT J. HARP born in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., 1829; Methodist preacher in La. for many years; died Shreveport, La., July 24, 1914.

JACK BURROW son of Judge Robert Burrow and wife, Bristol, Tenn., died July 31, 1914 aged ten years.

Dr. EVAN NORTON died Conway, Ark., July 21, 1914.


August 14, 1914

Dr. E. D. DEBERRY born March 12, 1816 [1886]; died June 3, 1914. Bolivar, Tennessee.


August 21, 1914

Photograph of Rev. D. H. CARMACK, president of Textile Industrial Institute, Spartanburg, S.C.; page 28.

ISAAC COTTON, pastor, Methodist Church, Burnsville, N.C., died August 5, 1914.


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August 28, 1914

EMMA POWELL born Wilson Co., Tenn., July 25, 1847; died in Nashville, June 5, 1914; dau. of B. W. G. and Harriet Winford; wife of John M. Powell.

Dr. JOHN K. CLARK born Richmond, Va., 1832; died Russellville, Ala., June 17, 1914; orphaned, he was reared in the home of an uncle, Willis Garth; moved to north Alabama in 1853; studied medicine in Nashville, Tenn.; married Annie Jones, Dec. 1857; five children.


September 4, 1914

Bishop ROBERT McINTYRE, Methodist Episcopal Church, born Selkirk, Scotland, Nov. 20, 1851; came to the U.S. in his early youth; entered the ministry in 1878; elected a bishop in 1908; died in Chicago, Ill., August 30, 1914.

MARY STINSON WATTS daughter of G. H. and Virginia Stinson, born Camden, Ark., Feb. 28, 1864; died June 17, 1914; married Walter W. Watts, Nov. 5, 1886; two daus., one son.

IRENE GREEN BUTLARD died Cleburne, Texas, May 18, 1914 aged 28 years; wife of S. B. Butlard; one dau., aged 5 years.

Miss MARY FRANCES FIELDING, native of Limestone Co., Ala., died in Ft. Worth, Texas a few weeks ago.


September 11, 1914

Mrs. J. C. LEY died Lakeland, Florida, August 24, 1914.


September 18, 1914

SELINA R. IVEY widow of Rev. George W. Ivey (died 1902); daughter of Joseph and Rebekah M. Neal, born McDowell Co., N.C., April 25, 1832; married Nov. 7, 1855; died July 27, 1914.

Rev. J. E. DUNAWAY son of L. H. and Rebecca Dunaway, born Lauderdale Co., Tenn., Feb. 28, 1844; moved to Ark., Jan. 1871; licensed to preach in Methodist Church, May 14, 1871; married Mary A. Moore (died Aug. 3, 1913), Feb. 7, 1865. He died August 1, 1914.

MARY MINNER WALKER born near Marion, Ky., 1877; married Rev. J. H. Walker, 1898; died Raton, New Mexico, August 11, 1914. Children, Marguerite, aged 14 years; James Henry, aged 10 years.


September 25, 1914

Rev. TIMOTHY CARPENTER PETERS born east Tenn., Dec. 1, 1831; entered Methodist ministry when a young man; married Rebecca Bosley Frogge, July 29, 1861; four children. Labored as a preacher for fifty-six years. Died recently.

CYNTHIA ANN HUNTER, nee Hays, born Farmington, Tenn., Nov. 6, 1825; died Ballard, Texas, June 17, 1914; married J. N. Hunter, 1847; six daus., three sons.

VIRGINIA MARCH DILLING, nee Jones, born Clarksville, Tenn., May 6, 1831; died Montgomery, Ala., March 26, 1914.

MATTIE J. BRICKELL daughter of W. D. and Harriet Morris; wife of Rev. T. J. Brickell; born April l6, 1853; married Oct. 24, 1872; died July 5, 1914; one son, seven grandchildren.


October 2, 1914

EDWARD B. THOMAS born Dinwiddie Co., Va., Oct. 20, 1843; died Capleville, Tenn., Sept. 13, 1913; married Virginia Kent, Nov. 27, 1870; eleven children. Served in the 53rd Va. Inf. Reg., CSA.

EVLINE M. GODBEY born east Tenn., 1836; died New Decatur, Ala. in 78th year of her age [date not provided]; married Rev. Crockett Godbey, Oct. 28, 1856; five children.

Mrs. H. C. CARTER died San Antonio, Texas, July 26, 1914.


October 9, 1914

JENNIE RIZER WALKER daughter of E. R. and Mary Barclay Rizer, born Russellville, Ky., Jan. 10 1862; married John T. Walker, Dec. 28, 1882; died Sept. 5, 1914.


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ELIZA ANN WRIGHT, nee White, born Oct. 17, 1835; died August 25, 1914; second wife of John M. Wright; children: Rheumina, Randolph, Luther and Charlie.


October 16, 1914

No obituaries appeared in this issue.


October 23, 1914

CARRIE COBB ELLIS wife of Rev. C. H. Ellis died July 29, 1914.

SARAH J. MILLER born Va., April 22, 1828; died Sept. 7, 1914; surviving her were one son and three daughters.

HAROLD STEVENSON son of J. J. and Cynthia A. Stevenson, Olive Branch, Miss.; died Memphis, Tenn. August 26, 1914 after an appendectomy, aged 16 years.


October 30, 1914

A tribute to Mrs. GEORGE HENDERSON, born Nov. 8, 1847; died April 23, 1914; by J. D. Hurley. She had been for more than fifty years a member of Centenary Methodist Church, Newbern, N. C

SALLIE ANN LONG born Robertson Co., Tenn., Sept. 6, 1834; married James H. Long, Oct. 14, 185l; died Mar. 17, 1914; seven children.

MARGARET FRANCES KARIZLER, nee Wells, born in Kentucky, April 3, 1838; married A. Karizler, May 1, 1876; died Paris, Texas, August 2, 1914; wife and mother.

FLORENCE GARDENHIRE son of H. L. and Matilda Carrick, born Dec. 7, 1848; married J. A. Gardenshire (died Mar. 27, 1913), Nov. 19, 1868; died September 18, 1914.


November 6, 1914

Photograph of and brief information about Rev. JOHN W. CUNNINGHAM "a Methodist preacher for more than seventy years and for the past thirty-nine years in the local ranks" in his 91st year of age; a widower, he was making a home with a daughter in Monrovia, California; native of Leitchfield, Kentucky.

ALMYRA P. WILLIAMS died in Ft. Worth, Texas, Oct. 20, 1914; born Tipton Co., Tenn., Jan. 24, 1835; graduate, Marshall Institute, Miss.; married Rev. E. J. Williams, Jan. 28, 1858. Children: W. Erskine Williams, Ft. Worth; Rev. E. P. Williams, Mexia; Mrs. J. Sam Barcus and grandchildren: Orline Williams, Mrs. Loui White, Louis, Robert, Lillian, Tom O. and Florence, children of Erskine and Ida Williams; Edmond and Erskine, children of E. P. and Amelia Williams; Garland, Annie Edward and Samuel, children of Mrs. Barcus.


November 13, 1914

Bishop C. W. SMITH, Methodist Episcopal Church, died Washington, D.C., Oct. 31, 1914; once, an editor of the PITTSBURGH CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE.

JAMES SOUTHGATE died Durham, N.C., Oct. 28, 1914; educator.


November 20, 1914

No obituaries appeared in this issue.


November 27, 1914

No obituaries appeared in this issue.


December 4, 1914

Rev. CHARLES W. DAMARON, Baltimore Conference, died Baltimore, Md., Nov. 20, 1914; a member of this conference since 1864.

SUE YOUNG wife of Rev. Dr. J. H. Young, died Louisville, Ky., October 28, 1914.


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December 11, 1914

No obituaries appeared in this issue.


December 18, 1914

LAURA A. LAUDER widow of Rev. Dr. Samuel Lauder, S.C. Conference, died Dec. 2, 1914, "a little more than eighty-one years old"; daughter of Rev. Angus McPherson and granddaughter of Michael Schenck, Lincolnton, N.C., "Who built the first cotton mill in the South."

MARY JONES HALL daughter of Willis and Louisa Hall, born Christian Co., Ky., Feb. 27, 1841; died Portia, Ark., Sept. 14, 1914 in residence of her brother, J. T. Hall.


December 18, 1914

WILLIAM SNODGRASS FLEMING born Sullivan Co., Tenn., July 24, 1855; married Mary Davidson, Oct 1, 1867. Children, Laura, Addie, john, George, Asbury, Charles, Nat and Stephen. Died Clay Co., Texas, Nov. 2, 1914.

ALTA ELANE AUSBURN born June 11, 1914; died Oct. 4, 1914; daughter of Floyd Ausburn and wife.


December 25, 1914

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William McKendree.

        The Tennessee Conference, Methodist Episcopal Church, South, held its centennial session October, 1912, in McKendree Church, Nashville. It had been expected that at some time during this session Bishop Hoss would deliver an address on "The Life and Times of Bishop McKendree;" who organized the Tennessee Conference in 1812, But Bishop Hoss was prevented by illness from making this address at that time.
        On last Sunday at eleven o'clock the congregation of McKendree Church and a large number from other congregations in the city had the pleasure of hearing from Bishop Hoss in a paper on Bishop McKendree. The Bishop held the attention of the large congregation to the very last. The paper was in the writer's best style-compact in thought, well-proportioned in its historic settings, chaste and strong in diction, and breathing a rich, spiritual aroma. The human touch, of which the Bishop is master in his social relations, was felt by the congregation as he read the address in his clear, vigorous voice. There are in the Bishop's personality several elements besides humor and humanness which make him magnetic wherever you place him. A great tribute was paid to the great Methodist who now sleeps with Soule and McTyeire in the soil of the Vanderbilt campus.
        Soon after the death of Bishop McKendree, in March, 1835, a memorial stone was placed at the head of his grave in the family burying ground, near Fountain Head, Tenn. This stone has been imbedded in the wall of the vestibute of McKendree Church, Nashville. It contains the record of facts which should live; and though the lettering has appeared before in these columns, we give it again:

Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church
In the United States of America.
Born In King William County, Virginia, July 6, 1757;
Died at his Brother's, Dr. James McKendree,
In Sumner County Tenn., March 5th, 1835.
He was elected and ordained Bishop
In the city of Baltimore, May, 1808.
He labored in the ministry of the gospel 47 years
With uncommon zeal, ability, and usefulness,
And for near 27 year. discharged the duties
Of the episcopal office with such wisdom,
Rectitude, fidelity as to secure the
Confidence, respect, and esteem of the
Ministers and people of his official
Oversight In travels and labours for
The advancement of the Redeemer's
Kingdom and the salvation of the
Souls of men. He occupied an elevated
Position among the most eminent ministers
Of Christ and has furnished an illustrious
Example for Christian pastors and Bishops.
He finished his course in peace and triumph.
Proclaiming in his last moments
All is well.


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Addendum from October 3, 1913 issue, pages 26-27:


I have met many saints worthy of everlasting remembrance. Some are living; the majority have fallen asleep. The list includes both men and women, all good and true; but a few, on account of exceptional gifts and usefulness; have the preeminence.
        The name of William Doty is among the foremost. Of his house and lineage I know nothing. He was the only one of his family I ever met. I made his acquaintance in the fall of 1866, the beginning of my work on the New Castle Circuit, Memphis Conference. He lived on a small farm in the northwestern part of Hardeman County, Tenn. He was a poor man, and made little more than a living for his wife and children-four daughters and one son. The community in which he lived was one of the best in the State, and the family enjoyed the confidence and esteem of their neighbors. Brother Doty was a large, finely proportioned man, and carried himself well. He was the best looking man in the county.
        In early life he was very wicked and engaged in a business that did not promote good morals. He was a teamster. That was before the day of railroads in the South. He hauled cotton to Memphis and dry goods and groceries to his neighbors and the country merchants. He was one of the many hundreds from all sections of West Tennessee and North Mississippi that gathered and camped on Chickasaw Bluff and enjoyed the free and easy life incident to his occupation. He was not as wicked as some of his fellows, but he was bad enough. His conversion was clear and thorough. There was a radical change, not only in the course of his life, but in the whole of his being. He became a new man. He dedicated himself, soul and body, to God and ever afterwards lived in a holy atmosphere; and, like Abraham, "he commanded his children and his household after him, and they kept the way of the Lord."
        Brother Doty was an exhorter. He magnified his office, using it for the glory of God. He was very efficient. Good exhorters in those days were in demand. The office was popular, and might have remained so had the preachers not been so free and injudicious with their advice. Whenever a good exhorter sprang up and gave promise of usefulness, some friendly preacher would advise him to apply for license to preach. If the advice was followed, the result was, in the majority of cases, the spoiling of a good exhorter in making a poor preacher. The evil was seldom remedied. I heard of but one man who acknowledged his mistake. He was far above the ordinary-was useful and happy in his capacity as an exhorter, but yielded to solicitations and asked for a license to preach. His request was granted, and, armed with authority, he went into the pulpit and undertook to expound rather than to enforce the Word; but he could never make good. A text was as a leaden weight to his wings. He groaned under the burden for a year and declined to ask the renewal of his license, frankly telling the brethren that preaching was not his business.
        Brother Doty was especially useful in revivals. The preachers were glad to avail themselves of his services. The custom was to have some one preach and have Brother Doty follow with an exhortation. His talks varied in length from fifteen minutes to half an hour. If the people were at all tired and sleepy at the close of the sermon, they were wide awake and rested in less than a minute after Brother Doty began his exhortation. He was not a scholar. His education was very little, if any, beyond the rudiments; but he had "grace and gifts," and could use what knowledge he had of the English language with tremendous effect. He was a born orator. He knew what he wanted to say and how to say it. He never lacked for words. If he had been asked where he studied elocution, it is likely he would have told the inquirer that he didn't know the meaning of the word. Yet he excelled in everything essential to impressive and successful speaking.
        His rhetoric was equal to his elocution. His words were exactly the right ones, and his sentences as well rounded as any schoolman could have made them. Some of his talks gave the impression of studied preparation; but it is doubtful if he ever, especially on revival occasions, bestowed any thought in advance on what he should say. The preacher's sermon had something to do in shaping his exhortations. In enforcing and driving home to the heart the great truths of the gospel he was often overpowering. His appeals were irresistible. The slain of the Lord were many under the "things which he preached in his exhortations." He loved God, and the whole of his influence was for God and the Church.
        Reuben Gilbert in stature was a Zaccheus; in heart he was a Goliath. He lived in Arkansas on one of the foothills of White River, south, near the line dividing Jackson and Independence Counties, but in which county I am not sure. His farm, lying on De Party Creek, in soil was as rich as any in the State. Only a small portion of his land was in cultivation, but he made a good living, and was contented. He was born in Middle Tennessee about the beginning of the last century; and, though I do not know, I feel sure that he was reared by Methodist parents, else in early life was surrounded by overpowering Methodist influences. If not, he was thoroughly converted to Methodism as well as to Christ. He was all Methodist, and he was a genuine Christian. His wife and children shared his sentiments.
        Brother Gilbert was one of the old-time Methodists, such as were produced in the early days of Elisha Carr, John B. McFerrin, G. W. Winn, and others, after whom he "fashioned himself and his family." He was among the last of his kind. So much the worse for the world! I cast no reflections on the genuineness of the religion of any man of the present day; but having been a witness of the graces and holy living of the old Methodists, and having been reared by one of the best of them, I am constrained to say that I prefer the old-time religion. In saying this, of course, I write myself down as "out of date." So be it.
        All the traditions were maintained in Brother Gilbert's household. He conducted worship night and morning. The incense was always on the altar. No unnecessary labor was performed on the Sabbath. Saturday was preparation day. Sunday was holy and sacredly set apart for worship and rest; and as far as I know his was the only home in all the land in which arrangement was made for public worship at any time on short notice. Light puncheon benches with peg legs were always in readiness. If the presiding elder didn't care to preach Friday evening before the quarterly meeting, the only way to escape was to go somewhere else than to Brother Gilbert's to spend the night. Otherwise, the first thing he knew the benches were in place and the people collecting to hear the elder preach. The preacher in charge was sometimes caught in the same way.
        In the public congregation Brother Gilbert was a quiet listener. He would lead in prayer, but was not specially gifted in utterance. In love feast or experience meetings he would testify in a modest and unassuming way. Among the brethren he was a wise and faithful adviser and was trusted because they had confidence in his integrity. As a Christian citizen he was above reproach.
        He had strong convictions and could give a reason for his faith. He had a pretty clear knowledge of both the doctrines and polity of the Church, and approved them. He was loyal, and had unbounded admiration for the great leaders of the Church, particularly for those whom he knew in the formative period of his life. He was faithful in attendance upon the ordinances of the Church, and, according to his ability, supported its institutions. There was no limit to his hospitality.
        Reuben Gilbert was unknown beyond the lines of the county in which he lived. Possibly his name was never printed in a Church paper; but he was known of God, and his name was written in the Lamb's book of life.
        In spite of the smallness of his stature, he was patriarchal in appearance, and came as near fashioning his life after the pattern of Abraham as any man of his day. There was about him a dignity in speech and carriage of which he was entirely unconscious. He was a good man, full of faith and the Holy Ghost. Shall we see his like again?


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