James Carroll

Little James, the two year old son of Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Carroll, died Sunday night of dysentery and congestion of the brain.

Source: The Marion County Patriot, No. 21, May 27, 1887, Page One

A. A. Carson (Illness)

The hundreds of friends of Hon. A.A. Carson will regret to learn that he is again confined to his bed in Columbus on account of illness and that his condition is quite serious. His friends trust that he will soon be on the road to recovery.

Source: The Butler Herald, August 13, 1912

A. A. Carson of Columbis is Dead

The following announcement from Columbus, which was not unexpected, is however a shock and saddens the heart of hundreds of Taylor County friends of Mr. Carson, whose goodly life and character endeared him to so many people:

Columbus, Aug. 18 – Hon. Albert A. Carson, 63 years old, one of the most prominent attorneys of this city and of western Georgia died at his home here at 2:30 o’clock this afternoon.

Mr. Carson had been ill for some time.

He is survived by a wife, daughter and son, Willis Carson and Mrs. Fred Pomeroy, of Eufaula, Ala.

The funeral will take place at the First Baptist Church here tomorrow afternoon at 4:30 o’clock.

Mr. Carson was a native of Macon County and lived a number of years at Butler, coming to Columbus to reside more than twenty years ago. He served at one time as Solicitor General of the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit making a notable record. Mr. Carson was very prominent in church and charity work.

Source: The Butler Herald, August 20, 1912, Page 3

The Late Albert A. Carson

Columbus and west Georgia sorrow beside the bier of Albert A. Carson, who in public and private life exemplified virtues and characteristics for which men are respected, admired and loved.

He lived and walked upon the heights, where his heart and his life were illumined by the love for his fellow man, which was reflected in his cordial, friendly greeting and smile and his golden deeds of charity. To him many people went first in their hours of need and sorrow and none were refused. He was a leader in church work and in works of charity.

Mr. Carson’s services as Solicitor General of the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit comprise a notable chapter in the history of that important office. He carried into discharge of its duties the same conscientiousness and the same regard for his fellow man that characterized his whole life. He was a lawyer of unusual ability and as such ranked high among the members of the Georgia bar.

Mr. Carson held the highest esteem and respect of his fellow men. Those who knew him well held him in affectionate regard. The world is better for his having lived in it. Such a life dispels the gloom of the final hour and lights the way to the Great Beyond.

The memory of Mr. Carson will be loved and cherished. – Columbus Ledger

Source: The Butler Herald, August 27, 1912, Page 4

W. L. Carter

A friend of The Herald writes us from Tifton that Mr. W.L. Carter, who was wounded in a cyclone that swept through that section of the state on March 15th, died of his wounds March 22nd. Mr. Carter, so the writer says, was born and reared in Macon County, and leaves a wife and six children.

Source: The Butler Herald, March 26, 1912, Page 3

Hon. J. J. Childres

In the death of Hon. J.J. Childres, of Garden Valley, Macon County, which occurred at Plains Hospital Monday night, following an operation for appendicitis Macon County has lost one of its most prominent citizens. Mr. Childres, for the past several years has held the office of County Commissioner of Macon County, and on account of his good, business judgment, his liberality and reasonableness in his views, he won and maintained the confidence of the members of the board, and he admiration of his constituency. He was a model citizen, kind and generous to the poor, a neighbor with responsiveness in his heart to a neighbor’s needs and wants. His place will be hard to fill in the office which he held and in the community in which he lived – loved by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance. His remains were interred with Masonic Honors by the Montezuma lodge, of which he was a member. The funeral service was conducted by his life-long friend, Rev. J.T. Adams. Many tributes of love and esteem were manifested by the large floral offerings, which were beautiful and symbolical.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Josephine Whatley Childres, and four sons: Ernest, Roy, Earl and Edmond Childres; three brothers: Messrs. Lee and Robert Childres of Taylor and Benjamin Childres, of Talbot County and three sisters: Mrs. Carry Awtry, of Atlanta, Mrs. Lizzie Wilder, of Crawford County, and Miss Nancy Childres of Macon County. He was also closely related to many prominent citizens of Taylor and Macon Counties.

Source: The Butler Herald, December 6, 1923, Page 1

Brooks Coley

Brooks Coley, of Valdosta, was found dead in his room at the Minor Hotel, Montezuma on last Sunday evening about 7 o’clock. He took a room at the hotel Saturday evening and requested that he not be called next morning. When the hour for the evening meal arrived Sunday and he had not yet come down, the clerk went up to his room, and found that he had been dead for some time.

Source: The Butler Herald, April 27, 1915, Page 6
Clipped From Our Contemporaries ~ Macon County Citizen

Mr. V. A. Coley

Mr. V.A. Coley, one of Montezuma's merchants, died Wednesday morning with hemorrhagic fever.

Source: The Marion County Patriot, No. 34, Friday, August 20, 1886, Page Eight, Georgia News

Mrs. Hillard Comer

Mrs. Hilliard Comer, a most estimable lady died at her home in Macon County on Friday night last. She had been complaining for several weeks past but no one thought that death was so near at hand until death relieved her of her sufferings. She leaves an affectionate husband and five children to mourn her loss. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J.M. Posey at Little Bethel on Sunday morning. The scene at the grave is said to have been affecting.

Source: The Butler Herald, January 14, 1890, Page Three

General Phil Cook

Gen. Phil Cook, secretary of state, died very sudddenly Monday morning at ? o'clock at the home of his daughter Mrs. Peel(?), in Atlanta. He took a violent cold Saturday but was at his work all day. Saturday night he was at the table with his family and ate a hearty supper. About midnight he summoned his daughter and seemed in great pain, breathing with great difficulty. Before a physician could reach his bedside he was dead. Gen Cook was born in Twiggs Co. in 1817. In 1846, he came to Schley Co.(then Sumter) and taught school at Pondtown.

He was married to Miss Lumpkin, a sister of our townsman Mr. Jno. Lumpkin and lived for several years at what is now known as the Seay place, about a mile from Ellaville. The old house is still standing, surrounded by stately magnolias (?). Gen Cook was one of the bravest men in battle and he carried upon his body many scars. He took part in all the principal battles engaged in by the army of Virginia and was always at the head of his command. Georgia did not turn against this brave son in his old age and he died in office with honors clustering thick around him. His remains were interred at Rose Hill Macon by the side of his wife.

Source: The Schley County News Thursday, May 24, 1894 No. 21

Joseph Culpepper

Death of Mr. Joe Culpepper Formerly of this City

One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple.
Psalm 27:4

The countless friends of Mr. Joseph Culpepper, who for many years was a citizen of Butler, will be grieved to learn of his death which occurred Saturday night March 2nd at the home of his brother, Rev. George B. Culpepper at Fort Valley.

The Fort Valley Tribune published last week, the following account of Mr. Culpepper’s sad death:

One of the saddest deaths in our town was that of Mr. Joseph Culpepper which occurred Saturday night at the home of his brother, Rev. George B. Culpepper on College Street.

Mr. Culpepper was born in Macon County nearly fifty-five years ago but for some ten years had lived here with his brother. In early boyhood he joined the Methodist church, and his entire life was in keeping with its rules and ordinances.

Mr. Culpepper was never married. Besides his two brothers, Revs. G.B., of this place, and J.B., an evangelist, he leaves another brother in Alabama and two sisters and many constant friends here and elsewhere who deeply regret his death.

The remains were interred in Oaklawn Cemetery, Monday, Rev. J.P. Wardlaw conducting the exercises.

Mr. Culpepper was a man of retiring manner and unassuming ways, but his daily walk was, as with God. His weary spirit, now freed from care, has winged its way to that eternal home where the good of all ages have gathered and give angelic welcome to those who lived as he did.

Source: The Butler Herald, March 12, 1912, Page Three

Mrs. John Davis

Wednesday Mrs. John Davis died at her home in Spalding. She was quite an aged lady.

Source: The Marion County Patriot, No. 46, Friday, November 12, 1886, Page One, Macon County Record

John R. Davis

Last Wednesday John R. Davis, of Spalding, died from paralysis. He was buried with Masonic honors.

Source: The Marion County Patriot, No. 36, Friday, September 3, 1886, Page One, Macon County Record

Mrs. Hillard Dickson

Mrs. Hillard Dickson, living two miles south of Garden Valley, died on Tuesday the 31 of Dec. She had been in feeble health for a long while. Mrs. Dickson was a Christian lady and was loved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed. She leaves a husband and several children besides hosts of friends to mourn her loss.

Source: The Butler Herald, Tuesday, January 14, 1896, Page Three

Laura F. Douglass

In Memoriam

Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates.
Proverbs 31:30-31

Mrs. Laura F. Douglass nee Flournoy was born in Wadesborough, N.C. June 1st, 1828; married G.A. Douglass of Talbot County, Ga., Nov. 18th, 1846; joined the Methodist church 18-3 (number blurred out); moved to Garden Valley Macon County 1856 and departed this life July 16th, 1893.

Thus are briefly chronicled some of the important events, which marked a well rounded Christian life and culminated in a triumphant Christian death.

But these dates were only well ordered stepping stones in her life. For it was in the pavement that character was formed, Christian graces cultivated and the virtues of a pure life illustrated by the reflection of her life hid with Christ in God.

Sister Douglass possessed one of those well balanced minds that was content to care for the well fare of her own household, and leave the business of neighbors alone. She was no intermeddler neither was she a rattler or backbiter. She had a true conception of life, looked at from the sacred standpoint of wifehood or the still more sacred one of motherhood. She regarded life as something real, laden with duties to God and man, freighted with responsibilities and obligations to husband and children and the sweet disposition, Christian tempers and queenly modesty of her daughters, who live to call her blessed attest her faithfulness as a mother.

She was a woman of a strong faith in God and implied trust and confidence in Christ, and while her body became weak and infirm, her faith stood strong and unwavering. She loved the church, its solemn vows, its sweet communion, its notes of prayer and praise, were all to her feasts for the soul, and music for the heart. She loved her pastors and to them her home was ever open, and in her they found a faithful friend and wise counselor. She was a good woman, beloved by all who knew her, and I have yet to hear of a person saying a disparaging word about her.

She was prepared to go when the Master called, and so often has she told the writer, that she was ready at any time for the changes. Thank God for a religion that saves, that enables the soul to look at death and the grave without fear or alarm. So she lived, so she died. May God grant an unbroken family in the Home Over There.

Source: The Butler Herald, August 15, 1893, Page Three

Col. J. M. Dupree

Montezuma, Jan. 31

Col. Jas. M. Dupree died at his home here Thursday evening at 7 o’clock after an illness of several months.

He leaves one son, James Dupree, of Bryonville, and two daughters, Mrs. Boyd, of Bartow, Fla., and Mrs. H.N. Gallagher, of Montezuma. He has lived all of his life at Montezuma, and has held many prominent positions. At the time of his death he was trustee of the G.N. and I. College.

The funeral was held at his home at 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon and the interment in Felton cemetery.

Source: The Butler Herald, February 4, 1913, Page Five