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John Cunningham


John H. Cunningham Dead


   After an illness covering a period of eighteen months, Mr. John H. Cunningham died at an early hour Tuesday morning, April 2, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A.D. Vaughan, in Fayette.

   Mr. Cunningham was afflicted with an incurable malady and suffered greatly from its ravages, but bore his trials with fortitude and resignation.

  He was born in Jefferson county, near McNair, thirty-nine years ago, and was a member of one of the old and respected families of the county.  He had been in the service

of various railroads since young manhood and had held responsible positions both in track and bridge work, but was usually employed as a construction foreman.

  Mr. Cunningham was married several years ago to Miss Delia Cudd, who lived in Fayette prior to her marriage.  He is survived by a brother, Mr. Hugh Cunningham, supervisor of the Y. & M.V. Railroad, at Wilson, La.; and by three sisters, Mrs. A.D. Vaughan, of Fayette,  Mrs. W.H. Hadskey of this county, and Mrs. Folsum, of Missouri.

  Deceased was a member of the Baptist church and the funeral service was conducted by Rev, Mr. Sweeny, of Wilson, assisted by Rev. J. E. Gray, of this place.

  The sympathy of The Chronicle is tendered the bereaved family.

From the Fayette Chronicle

April 5th, 1913

Contributed by:

Ann Geoghegan

John Aldridge Limerick

Obituary of John Aldridge Limerick

(Printed on satin and kept in my grandmother's Bible)

   A good man has gone from among us. John A. Limerick is no more. At eleven o'clock on Sunday night, the 12th of July, 1908, he breathed his last at his home in Rodney, Mississippi, surrounded by his wife and children, and his spirit was wafted to realms beyond. On the following day his fellow Masons bore his body to the Rodney Presbyterian Church and there to an assembly of sorrowing relatives and friends was delivered a beautiful and appropriate sermon by the Rev. E. M. Stewart, of Fayette, Miss. After services the Masons and family and friends escorted his earthly remains to the Oakland College Cemetery, adjoining the grounds of Alcorn A.& M. College, where with Masonic ceremonies and honors he was laid to rest beside his father and other members of his family, and near the spot where a stately shaft marks the last resting place of the Rev. Jeremiah Chamberlain, first President of Oakland College, and devoted friend of his father. Upon the tomb to be erected to his memory may be inscribed the appropriate epitaph. 'Here lies an honest men, the noblest work of God."

   John A. Limerick was born at Tuscumbia, Ala., Dec. 15, 1833, and was seventy-four and a half years of age. He had passed the three score and ten allotted to mortals here on earth, but on spite of that long life, it was hard to give him up.

His father was Thomas Limerick, of Coleraine, Ireland, and his mother was Elizabeth Williams, of Virginia, and he was one of nine children. His father moved from Tuscumbia, Ala., to New Orleans and was a commission merchant in that city, carrying on business at the same time with his brother George, who remained at Tuscubia (sic), Ala, The second wife of his father was Ann Aldrich, of Tuscumbia, Ala. He moved to Rodney in 1857, embarked in the drug business, and has remained there ever since in the same business. In 1859 he united with the Presbyterian Church, under Dr. Robt. Price, the pastor, who was also his college mate at Oakland College. He was a deacon in the church, and refused the office of elder because he thought it unbecoming an elder to do business on Sunday; and in his line of business it was necessary to keep open store for humanity's sake.

   He was also an honored member of the Masonic Fraternity, and a trustee of the Alcorn A. & M. College for many years. He was an analytical chemist of reputation, many persons from far and near calling in his services in that line. He was also an Ornithological expert, reporting regularly the appearance and departure of birds to that society in St. Louis.

A botanist, also, sending analyses of plants and flowers to Washington City, and perfectly devoted to the forests and its flora. He loved to walk in the woodland, and drive through the country as all nature interested him greatly.

   He was exempt from military service in the Confederate army owing to the loss of one eye. In the national trouble of 1860 he was a Union man, supporting the Bell and Everett ticket and advocating gradual emancipation. He never owned a slave in his life; his father before him owned only one--his children's nurse, Frances--who was freed in 1843 upon condition that she would go to Liberia as a missionary, which she did. When a grown woman she married a missionary and their son was sent back from Liberia, through Mr. Limerick's step-mother's influence and generosity, and educated at Tuskegee Institute.

   On May 7th, 1861, he was married to Miss Irene Stuart, the second daughter of Moreau Stuart, a planter of Jefferson county, Miss., at the home of her widowed mother in Rodney, by the Rev. Robt. Price.

   During these forty-seven years they have never been separated from each other longer than a term of four weeks, and this happened only twice in their lives, and the attentions and assistance extended from one to the other were beautiful to behold. The last years of his life were spent almost alone with his wife.

   Their children were Mrs. McRae, of Vicksburg, whose son is Limerick McRae; Dr. Limerick, deceased, of Vicksburg; John A. Limerick, Jr., of Natchez, who has three children; Mrs. Robt. Lee Beck, of Shubuta, who has two children; Dr. Victor Limerick, of New York City, and Mrs. Dunbar holder, of Fayette, who has one child. His wife and all of his children were at his bedside for many days and some for weeks previous to his death, except Dr. Limerick, whose serious illness prevented.

   In his last hours he was nursed by his eldest daughter, Mrs. McRae, assisted by a devoted niece, Mrs. Jessie Broughton Beck, whom he loved as a dear daughter. All the tender faithfulness that woman's hand is capable of was shown by these two ladies, aided by his most loving and devoted son, John A. Limerick, Jr. It was a source of great gratification to him that they were with him. He was sick a long time, but not many days confined to bed. For months the writer of these lines witnessed with sorrow the loss of flesh and strength of him, his friend, and knew when he declined to drive that pain and weakness caused him to forego that great pleasure to him of communing with nature.

   On the night previous to his death an owl sat hooting in a nearby tree and it gave him pleasure. A bird flew into his room the day after his death, and with difficulty could it be driven out.

   This community, both white and black, will miss him greatly. As the writer was returning from the funeral a colored man came out of his cabin, stopped him, and said he wished to say a word about that good man, Mr. Limerick, who has just left us: "He was a friend to me, and not only to me, to many a colored person. When we had no money he would let us have the much needed medicine, to pay for it when able. We will all miss him."

   It has been the great privilege of the writer to know John A. Limerick ever since he moved to Rodney. During that whole time he has always been the same true and refined gentleman. he was always prompt and attentive to every one who entered his store, whether high or low, rich or poor, white or black, and was especially considerate of the little children who were sent to him.

   He was a high-toned, honorable, Christian gentleman--one of the old school--whose ideals were lofty, and who could not tolerate a low, mean act, nor hold in high esteem the man who committed it. While courteous and polite to all, he at times had fixed and stable opinions and great decision of character. Although gifted and accomplished he was always reticent, as reticent in regard to his accomplishments as he was capable--modest and meritorious.

   He died in the fullness of the faith, and a short time before his spirit left its earthly tabernacle, with uplifted hands exclaimed, "Coming! Coming!" He may not have left much of this world's goods to his widow, children and grandchildren, to whom this whole community extends its heartfelt sympathy, but has bequeathed to them an honored and respected name which is held in high esteem--a more precious legacy than gold or precious stones. To his survivors he has left an example worthy of imitation; and it can be truly said of him, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."



Rodney, Miss., July 20, 1908


Contributed by:

Annette Bowen

Eugenia Corban Ford

Feb. 21, 1912 - Nov. 10, 2002

JACKSON - Services for Eugenia "Genie" Corban Ford, 90, of Waynesville, N.C., who died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2002, at Haywood Regional Medical Center of Clyde, N.C., will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home.
Burial will follow at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fayette Cemetery under the direction of the funeral home.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Mrs. Ford was born Feb. 21, 1912, the daughter of Marvin and Bessie Corban of Fayette.
She received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Louisiana and her master's degree in education for the deaf from the University of Alabama.
A former resident of Jackson and Baton Rouge, she was a retired educator of the deaf and a member of Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church in Jackson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Warwick Ford; four brothers, Marvin W. Corban Jr., Edmond N. Corban, Durahn Corban and David Lee Corban; and four sisters, Aubrey Goss, Bessie D. Corban, Margaret Corban Green and Imogene Corban Dean.  Survivors include one brother, William C. Corban; two sisters, Mary V. Hossley of Wayneville, N.C., and Catherine Therkildson of Washington; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Obituary of

M. E. (Martin Elisha) Jackson

of Harriston 1928

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Waco Tribune-Herald Newspaper

August 14, 1934


Mrs. Frances Martin


Funeral services for Mrs. Frances Martin, 82 who died at home of her daughter, Mrs. A. B. Chambers, 1405 South Tenth St., Tuesday morning, will be held at the Axtell Methodist Church Wednesday Afternoon at 3:30 o’clock, with Rev. J. Morris Bailey. officiating.  Compton Funeral home is in charge. Pallbearers will be Clarance F. Harper, Ben F. Harper, C.A. Rose, Virgil Dowdy, Charlie McFathers, W.D. Thompson. Mrs. Martin was born in Jefferson County, Mississippi, came to Texas in 1891, and settled in the Axtell community where she has since made her home. She is survived by two sons, J.C. Martin, of Gores, TX, Frank Martin of Nacogdoches, TX, Four daughters, Mrs. M.E. St. Clair, of Fort Worth, TX, Mrs. A.B. Chambers, Mrs. J.S. Rose, Mrs. A.H. Schwarz, all  of Waco, TX, 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

October 23, 2002

Gordon M. Wells

Gordon M. Wells, 78, died Monday, October 21, 2002, at the

G. V. "Sonny" Montgomery Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Jackson. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. today at Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home on High Street. Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with burial in Lakewood Memorial Park.

A native of Pineville, La., Mr. Wells had made his home in Jackson for many years before moving to Madison last year. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and he was a Mason. He was a member of the *Copiah-Jefferson and Mississippi Genealogy Society. He helped many families searching for family history. He retired as a Plumbing and Gas Inspector for the City of Jackson with 35 years service. He was also a member of the First Families of Mississippi and he was a veteran of World War II having served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was preceded in death by his wife Maxine R. Wells in 2000.Survivors include his daughter, Charlotte Yount of Madison and two grandchildren, Alecia Yount and Wesley Yount, both of Madison.

*They erred.  This should be Claiborne-Jefferson.


Edward I. [Isaac] Reed

Fayette Mill Manager Killed in Accident.

Clipping from Fayette, Jefferson County, Mississippi, Chronicle on or after 12-Dec-1916.

Transcriber’s comments in [brackets.]


“Accident Causes Death of Mr. E. I. Reed.


“Mr. Edward I. [Isaac] Reed, manager of the R. Burleigh & Sons hickory and ash handle mill, at Harriston, was instantly killed Tuesday morning [12-Dec-1916] when he was struck by a piece of timber with which he had just prized the big fly wheel of the engine off “center” where it stopped the previous evening.  It appears that the steam had been turned on either without Mr. Reed’s knowledge, or he had overlooked it, and when the engine started the timber which he was using as a lever caught in the spokes and hit his head with great violence.  Death was almost instantaneous.


“Mr. Reed has been in charge of this plant at Harriston for about [one?] and one-half years, and his [family] have been residents of Fayette, he going and coming every morning and evening.


“Mr. Reed was born in Fairmount, Indiana, [forty-eight] years ago, and married at Bedford, Indiana, at the age of twenty-four, his wife being Miss Bevers [Clara Olive Beavers/Bevars], of that place.  He was an expert hardwood manufacturer and had moved southward as the timber became exhausted, living successively in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi.


“He was an exemplary citizen, industrious and capable business man, and devoted to his family, a member of the Methodist church, and had won the high esteem of all with whom he had come in contact since his residence here.”


Two lost paragraphs list survivors and funeral arrangements.

Widow Clara Olive Beavers/Bevars age 47

Son-in-law Fred Willis Head 42

Daughter Marguerite Viola Reed Head 21

Daughter Marion Evelyn Reed 16

Daughter Kathryn Elizabeth Reed 11

Son Fred Edward Reed 7


- - - - - - - - - -


Undated clipping from the Fayette Chronicle, letter from Reed’s son-in-law.


“A Card.


“Editor Fayette Chronicle:  Please permit me, through your paper, to thank our friends for the sympathy and kindness shown us in the deep sorrow that came to us in the death of Mr. Reed.


“We came here about two years ago.  You made us welcome and have been good to us.  When this dark hour came every heart was sad with ours and every hand was extended in help.  Had we been bound to you by blood ties your sympathy and help could not have been more spontaneous and complete.


“Our best wish for you is that when sorrow comes to you, as it must come to all, you will be among people as gracious as are the people of Fayette.


“I speak for Mr. Reed’s wife, his children, his relatives in Indiana and myself.


“F. W. [Fred Willis] HEAD”

Submitted by Bruce D. Liddell,


Romulus Remus Liddell

Fayette Store Owner Dies; Schools Closed

From the Fayette, Jefferson County, Mississippi, Chronicle Friday, 22-Mar-1935.

Transcriber’s comments in [brackets.]




“Mr. R. R. Liddell, Veteran Fayette Merchant, Ended Life’s Journey at 3:15 A. M.


“Mr. R. R. Liddell passed away at his home in Fayette this (Friday) morning, March 22, at 3:15 o’clock.  He had been in failing health and confined to his home for a period of several months, and had been in a critical condition for the past two days.  The immediate cause of death was attributed to a heart ailment.


“When he became seriously ill on Wednesday messages were dispatched to the three sons who do not live here.  Dr. A. M. [Angus McNair “Gussie”] Liddell, Shaw, Miss., and Mr. Percy D. [Delos] Liddell, Birmingham, Ala., arrived before his death.  Dr. T. J. [Tully Joseph] Liddell, U. S. Public Health Officer, stationed in Chicago, arrived a few hours after his father’s death.  These three, with the eldest brother, Mr. Rommie T. [Romulus Thomas] Liddell, are the surviving members of his immediate family.


“Mr. Liddell was born in Jefferson county on October 4, 1848, of Scotch ancestry, and came to Fayette as a lad to be employed in a local store, about 1860.  He had since lived here continuously and had been one of the town’s leading merchants and business men.


“On October 24, 1880, Mr. Liddell was united in marriage to Miss Delia Kirwan, and to their union six sons were born; the eldest, Mr. R. T. Liddell, is a resident of Fayette and has been associated with his father in the mercantile business and the management of his considerable farming interests since reaching maturity.  The second son, Charles J. died in early childhood; and the fourth son, Ray, died in December 1906, only a few weeks before the death of Mrs. Liddell, on March 18, 1907.  The other three sons, one a physician, another a dentist and the youngest a pharmacist, were educated and moved to other fields of endeavor.


“Mr. Liddell was a man of most decided character, of stern integrity, a loyal member of the Methodist Church and an officer of the local congregation for many years.  Before his health began to fail he was diligent in attending church services and faithful in supporting its tenets.


“He was a Master Mason, a member and an officer of Thomas Hinds Lodge No. 58 for many years.  His loyalty to the fraternity never wavered, and he continued to serve as the local lodge treasurer until his death.  The funeral will be conducted with Masonic ceremonies.


“Mr. Liddell was a firm believer in educational progress, and for a long number of years, even after his own sons were grown, was a trustee of Fayette High School (then Jefferson County High School) and gave freely of his time and substance in support of the school.  His business talents were always available in support of the school’s well being and progress through these years, and as a gracious testimonial of his former services, the present Board of Trustees suspended school for the day when apprised of his death this morning.


“Mr. Liddell was one of the large property owners of the county and as such had been the friend of many tenants whom he assisted in a financial way and with sound busiess [sic] advice.  He was a director and vice-president of The Jefferson County Bank.


“Deceased was a devoted father who taught his sons to walk uprightly both by admonition and example; he was a thoughtful neighbor; a good friend; a useful citizen.  His death in the ripeness of years brings sorrow to many hearts, but there is glad consolation in the knowledge that he had so lived as to merit the reward of eternal life; one who’s talents had been invested in service for The Master, and for his fellowmen, and for whom we verily believe a crown in glory was awaiting his coming.


“Besides the four sons, Mr. Liddell is survived by his brother, Mr. W. D. [William Demethius] Liddell, of Natchez, and by seven grandchildren.  We tender all of them our very sincere sympathy.


“The funeral service is to be held from his late home Saturday morning at 10:30 o’clock, conducted by his pastor, Rev. H. A. Wood, who will be assisted by Rev. J. V. Currie.  Interment will be in Fayette Cemetery.”

 Submitted by Bruce D. Liddell,


Roy Stampley

July 18, 1901 - Jan. 25, 2003

age 101 years, 6 months 7 days

FAYETTE - Services for Roy Stampley, 101, of Fayette, who died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2003, at Professional Rehabilitation Hospital in Ferriday, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pine Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Percy Turner officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery under the direction of Rollins Funeral Home of Fayette. The procession will leave at 12:30 p.m. Saturday from 314 Medgar Evers Blvd. in Fayette. Visitation is from noon to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.


Mr. Stampley was born July 18, 1901, in Jefferson County, the son of Richard Zeb Stampley and Mary Williams.

He was a retired laborer for Illinois Central Railroad. He was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church for 80 years and a senior deacon for 73 years and was a former Mason.


He was preceded in death by his wife, Katie Frye Stampley; his parents; two sons, Roy Stampley Jr. and Albert Stampley Sr.; two daughters, Yvonne Stampley and Thelma Stampley Gandy; three brothers; three sisters; three grandchildren; and two sons-in-law.


Survivors include six sons, Mac Arthur Stampley and his wife, Betty, Ray Stampley and his wife, Leona, Henry Stampley and his wife, Eloise, and Percy Stampley and his wife, Geneva, all of New Orleans, and Gene A. Stampley and his wife, Lillie, and Jimmie Stampley, all of Fayette; five daughters, Audrey Lowe and her husband, Bobby Joe, Catherine Green and her husband, Izear, and Rochelle Stampley, all of Fayette, and Ida Mae Stringer and Julia Ballansaw, both of New Orleans; one son-in-law, George Gandy of New Orleans; one daughter-in-law, Mary Stampley of New Orleans; 50 grandchildren, 90 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Annie Wade of Port Gibson; and a number of other relatives and friends.


Pallbearers will be Bobby Joe Lowe, Gene Stampley Jr., Mark Stampley, Cardell Ballansaw Jr., Jimmy Barnes, Arnolrae Stampley, Fred Hunter, Roy Green, Charles Carradine and Glen Stampley.

Honorary pallbearers will be Henry Stampley, Gene A. Stampley Sr., Mac Arthur Stampley, Jimmie Stampley, Ray Stampley Sr. and Percy Stampley.

Contributed by: Rebecca Johnson

Arthur Ellis Jackson

Mr. Arthur E. Jackson, Sr. was born on January 15, 1910 in Fayette,
Mississippi. He was the first born of 12 children to Horace Jackson
and Martha Perkins Jackson.

In 1944 Mr. Jackson relocated to Gary, Indiana. In 1945 he united in Holy Matrimony with Ollie Mae at First A.M.E. Church. He was a proud parent of three children and was preceded in death by one son, Arthur, Jr. and one daughter, Briana Joy Jackson.

Mr. Jackson retired from LTV Steel and was a member of Steelworker's Union Local# 1014. He crossed over into his father's heavenly home on Monday,  August 26, 1996 at Methodist Hospital Northlake.

He leaves to cherish his memories a loving and devoted wife Ollie Mae; 1 Son, Robert Lee (Carmelita) Jackson of Gary, IN; 1 Brother, F.W. (Dorothy J.) Jackson of Calumet City, IL; 4 Sisters, Hattie Missouri of Houston, TX, Elizabeth (Billy) Brown of West Palm Beach, FL, Louise (Alfred) Washington of Boston, MA, and Jeanette (James) McGhee of Lynn, MA; 6 Grandchildren, Shaquana, Arthur III, Kenyatta, Kee Nan, Corbin and Brinisha all of Gary, IN; Special Nephew, Burnell Gaultney of Fayette, MS; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Delaney C. Jackson, Sr.

At the dawn of Tuesday, June 10, 1986, at 4:30 a.m., the Angel of Death descended into his room at the Mississippi Baptist Medical center, as he peacefully succumbed into the everlasting.

Mr. Delaney Jackson, was born September 27, 1906 in Jefferson County, Mississippi, to the late Mr. Theodore and Emma Jackson.

He was a member of the Poplar Hill A.M.E. Church.

He was united in Holy Matrimony to Ruby Smith Jackson, and to this union ten (10) children were born, (five sons, and five daughters).

He leaves to cherish his memory: his wife, Mrs. Ruby L. Jackson, of Natchez, MS, five daughters: Ms. Gladys P. Jackson, of Chicago,IL., Mrs. Viola J. Wells, of Fayette, MS, Mrs. Rebecca J. Murray, and Ms. Naomi P. Jackson, of Nachez, Ms, and Mrs. Bobbie J. Norris, of Atlanta, GA., five sons: Delaney Jackson, Jr., and Henry T. Jackson, of Chicago, IL., Ray C. Jackson, and Michael F. Jackson of Natchez, MS. and Hilbert Jackson, of Dallas, TX. Two Sisters: Mrs. Anna Brown, of Natchez, Ms, Mrs. Carlee J. Thomas, Los Angeles, California, Three brother: Mr. Willie Jackson and Mr. Theodore Jackson of Fayette, Ms. and Mr. Campbell Jackson of Hattisburg, Ms. One daughter-in-law, Mrs. Johnnie R. Jackson, of Chicago, IL, Three sons-in-law Mr. Melvin Wells, of Fayette, MS, Mr. James Murray, of Natchez, MS, and Mr. George Norris, of Atlanta, GA. Sixteen grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Memorial Tribute: Sunday, June 15, 1986 at 2:00 P.M., Poplar Hill A. M. E. Church, Fayette, MS
Rev. John Quinn, Officiating Pastor





In the passing of Mr. Horace G. Millsaps whose death occurred at his home near Harriston -Richmond Hill Plantation- on the morning of April 30, 1905, there passed away a worthy representative of one of Mississippi’s first families, a Confederate soldier who had served his southland well and a citizen of Jefferson County who will be greatly missed.

Mr. Millsaps was born in Copiah County on March 14, 1842. He was the member of a large family whose mother and father were Mr. and Mrs. Green Millsaps, both of whom passed away some years ago and whose bodies lie buried in the cemetery at Fayette. From his family there yet survive three sisters and one brother as follows: Mrs. Wm. -Narcencia V. Millsaps?- Smith of Jackson, Miss., Mrs. F.P. - Rebecca Millsaps- Decell of Lake City, Miss., Mrs. Sallie Terry of Selma, Ala., and Mr. F.P. Millsaps of West Side, Miss. Mrsses Smith and Decell and Mr. F.P. Millsaps were with him at the time of his death. Mr. Millsaps was a nephew of the late Judge Jackson Millsaps, whose death occurred scarcely more than a year ago.

From the Millsaps family come many other useful and distinguished men who in all the callings of life proved themselves profitable to their state. Mr. Millsaps was twice married. His first wife was Miss Jane Lewis of Crystal Springs, Miss. After her death he was married to Miss Valencia Killingsworth of this county on Oct. 17th 1865. From this union there were born a number of children of whom the following survive: Messrs Horace Shaw, Albert Percy, and William Claude Millsaps of Harriston, Mr. Marion Millsaps of Nashville, Tenn., Mrs. J.S. Campbell and Miss Lucile Millsaps of Harriston. The first of Mr. Millsaps life was spent in Copiah county living near Bowerton, moving to Jefferson county in 1875. His home has been about three miles east of Harriston where he died. He was an unusually successful planter and raised a great many fine cattle.

Many people will miss this man as those miss one who has been a true friend. A man of strong attachments he drew to him a great many people, friends and relatives alike, and his death has brought genuine sorrow to many people.

Mr. Millsaps will not be more greatly missed anywhere than with the circles and councils of the Methodist church of his community for which he was for many years a faithful and devoted official. He saw large visions for the extension of the influence of his church and no plan was to great to secure his encouragement. Mizpah Church owes its existence as much to him as to any other one man.

In the death of Mr. Millsaps another Confederate Veteran passes to his rest and reward and to this extent the earthly ranks of that noble army is lessened. He was a member of Powell’s Cavalry Company which was in service at Port Hudson - between St. Francisville and Baton Rouge.

The funeral services were held at the city cemetery in Fayette on the morning of May 1st by Revs. H. H. Watkins and E. M. Stewart after which he was tenderly laid to rest. May his sleep be sweet and may God comfort those who loved him.

The Fayette Chronicle, Friday May 5, 1905

((Transcribed by Ernest Carroll Rucker, January 12, 2003 from Xerox copy))




MILLSAPS – Wednesday morning, Jan. 21, 1959 at 9:30 o’clock at a local infirmary.  Francis Marion Millsaps, Sr. age 77 years.  Survived by his wife Mrs. Beatrice Craighead Millsaps: sons Francis Marion Millsaps, Jr. and Phillip Webster Millsaps of Nashville, Laurence Jackson Millsaps of Ft. Worth, Texas, sisters Mrs. J. S. ((Nancy Katherine)) Campbell of Florence, Miss., Mrs. Lucille M. ((Lilla Lucile)) Green and brother William Claude Millsaps of Harriston, Miss., 2 granddaughters.  Remains are at Finley, Dorris & Charlton.  West End at 25th Ave.  Funeral from the chapel Friday at 2 o’clock, conducted by Dr. H. Thornton Fowler.  Members of the McKendree Men’s Bible Class, J. R. Henderson, P. D. Houston, Jr., R. P. Dews, Robert Turner, B. B. Coffee, William R. Hazen, W. L. Hunter, William R. White, Rev. Paul E____, Rev. Martin Pepper, Dr. Prentice Pugh, Edward F. Schiel will serve as honorary pallbearers.  Active Millen, Jesse J. Guy, Jr., D. C. Woodward, H. E. Howse, Charles H. Dickens, R. M. Launing, J. C. Powel, Ernest Yough, and Fred Walker.  Interment Woodlawn Memorial Park.  Finley, Dorris & Charlton Co.



((NOTE – Transcribed from very faded Xerox copy of obit by Ernest Carroll Rucker, January 12, 2003.  Date and place of publication unknown (probably Nashville, TN).  Text in italics added by Ernest Carroll Rucker for clarity.))


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