George Dempsey Kemp Obituary

1938 Crittenden Press Obituary.


Geo. D. Kemp Buried At Shady Grove

Member of Pioneer Family Dies Dec. 1 at Pleasant Hill Home

George Dempsey Kemp died at his home, in the Pleasant Hill section Thursday, Dec. 1. He had been in ill health for some time due to infirmities of age.

The son of William Shelby and Luzie Ann Towery Kemp, he was a member of one of the pioneer families of this section of the state. Born near Shady Grove, Mar. 22, 1862, he attended public schools in that community and spent the early portion of his life there.

George Kemp was married to Miss Sarah Jane Towery Aug. 19, 1883, and for many years maintained his home in the Pleasant Hill section of Crittenden where he was the owner of a large farm.

Spending his entire lifetime in the county of nativity, Mr. Kemp was possessed of more than the usual scope of acquaintenances and friends.  He was known in Webster, Union and Caldwell counties almost as widely as in Crittenden.

Always interested in youth, education, schools, and community affairs, he served as sub-district trustee for a period of 32 years and as member of Crittenden Co. Board of Education for seven. The major interest of his life was his farm and the attendant work necessary thereon.

Survivors are his wife and five children:  Dr. W. C., Dixon, Ky., Mrs. W. F. Brown, Mattoon community, Mrs. B. F. Drennan, Deanwood, Mrs. J. H. Todd, Blackford, Mrs. C. H. McMican, city, and 14 grandchildren, also four great grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. J. G. Brantley, Providence; two brothers, R. T., Caldwell county, and John of Missouri.

Funeral services were conducted Dec. 2 from Shady Grove Baptist church with Rev. R. A. Utley, Providence, officiating. Mr. Kemp had been a member of the church for many years. Interment was in Shady Grove cemetery.

Paulbearers were all grandsons and granddaughters served as flower girls.

Tucker & Franklin directed.


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