Of James Monroe McConnell.
James Monroe McConnell was born Oct. 15th, 1850, died May 12th, 1919, age 68 yrs six months 21 days.
Professed faith in Christ when young. Joined the Baptist church at Olive Branch when it disbanded he drew a letter and never united with any other church.
Was first married to Jennie Barrett [Bassett] Hill, Dec. 3, 1873. To this union was born two children, Mrs. Emma Coleman and Mrs. John Stembridge. Second marriage to Dora Brantley, Nov. 6th 1880, to this union: 6 children, Elmer, of Wyo., Preston, Coleman and James, Mrs. Mable Hopkins and Lura, who is still at home.
The funeral was conducted by Rev. W. T. Oakley, assisted by Rev. Talley.
We hardly ever see such a crowd of people gather at a funeral, as gathered at Blackburn church to pay tribute to a man whom everyone loved. Bro. McConnell was a man of few words, a safe counselor, his word was his bond, he was a real upright Christian gentleman.
He and his faithful wife, and industrious children had accummulated [sic] quite a nice fortune. Every thing that a devoted wife, loving children and good neighbors could do was done. The Doctor did his best.
After the funeral sermon and the people viewed the remains, the Masons took charge, and their work was beautiful. The Shady Grove and Marion lodges did the work. The interment in Blackburn cemetery. Bro. McConnell gave this ground to the church.
The grave was covered with beautiful flowers.
1919 Crittenden Press Obituary.