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James Monroe McConnell Obituary #2

In Memory
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.

James Monroe McConnell Obituary

DEATHS

 

James Monroe McConnell, aged 65 years, one of the Counties most substantal men, died at his home in Shady Grove section Monday morning at 10 o'clock of double-pneumonia.

 

He had been ill only a week, and his death was a great shock to his family and friends.

 

The funeral and burial will be conducted at Blackburn church, (of which he was a member) Thursday, by his pastor, Rev. I. W. Tally, being deferred to await the arrival of his son, Elmer, who lives in the far west.

 

The deceased was twice married, his first wife who was Miss Jennie Bassett of Providence having died many years ago leaving two daughters who now survive; They being Mesdames: Emma Coleman and John Stembridge of this county.

 

His second wife was Miss Dora Brantley, daughter of the late Jordan Brantley and survives him with 4 sons, Elmer, of Wright, Wyoming, Preston, Coleman and Jas. of this Co., and two daughters, Miss Lura, and Mrs. Mabel Hopkins. His father, John Newton McConnell died 40 years ago, and his mother, who was Miss Eliza Jane Brown, survived her husband 25 years. He leaves three sisters, Mabel, wife of James W. Woolf, of Arizona, Sue, wife of J. F. Castner, and Isabel wife of Hery [Henry] Travis, both of the Providence and Piney section[.] Three brothers are left also, they being C. Hodge McConnell of the Shady Grove section, W. T., and Albert McConnell, both of this city.

 

Among those from this city who attended the funeral and burial of James McConnell at Blackburn last Wednesday were the following: J. B. Wiggins, J. Alex Guess, E. J. Travis, Geo. H. Manley, W. T. McConnell and wife, Albert McConnell and wife, H. F. Martin, J. R. Summerville, Harry Joiner, A. M. Duvall, M. 0. Eskew wife and son Billie, David Lowery [sic] and wife, Aubrey Cannan, Rev. T. C. Newman.

 

1919 Crittenden Press Obituary.

Caroline Brantley Obituary

Aunt Caroline Brantley Passes Away

 

Aunt Caroline Brantley, one of our most highly esteemed citizens, past [sic] to her reward on Feb 20 at her home 5 miles east of Marion, after a brief illness, she was 74 years, 2 months, and 2 days old having been born, Dec. 18th 1844.

 

She professed faith in Christ in early childhood and united with the Presbyterian Church at Sugar Grove Church, where she lived a consient [consistent] member until death.

 

She is gone from us, and we will miss her so much, but we know where to find her.

 

After a short service she was laid to rest in the Wheeler Grave Yard, in the presence of a number of friends and relatives.

 

A Friend.

 

1919 Crittenden Press Obituary.

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MY WESTERN TRIP

"MY WESTERN TRIP" written by J. Frank Loyd for the October 13, 1904 Crittenden Press recounts his 3,000 mile trip by bicycle and train in the summer of 1904.  Traveling through the states of Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and Missouri.

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