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General Henry L. Benning Died Loved and Honored By All

The following was published in the  Columbus Sunday Enquirer  (Georgia) on 11 July 1875, one day after the death of Gen. Henry Lewis Benning, namesake of Fort Benning ( now known as Fort Moore ). GENERAL HENRY L. BENNING. HE DIES AT 3 A.M. YESTERDAY -- JURIST, SOLDIER, GENTLEMAN -- BRIEF SKETCH OF HIS LIFE. After our paragraph of yesterday morning it was a matter of no surprise for our people to hear that Gen. Benning was dead. He breathed his last about three o'clock Saturday morning. The day before he had been on the streets, but he never rallied from the fai[n]ting fit in F. L. Brook's drug-store. He was not even conscious after 4 P.M. Friday. Drs. Colzey and Stanford were with him constantly. The cause seemed to be a sudden giving away of the entire system. Several days before he seemed to be improving rapidly. The General was a tall, powerful man, with white beard and hair, and a true Southerner, every inch of him. Old Billie, the colored man who was in headquarter mess

Ascend, My Son! Thy Father's Kingdom Share. (Today's Epitaph)

Emory was a son of Elijah F. and Mary Elizabeth Hasford. Burial in New Hope Cemetery at Dallas, Paulding County, Georgia.   Emory F. Son of E. F. & M. E. Hasford b. Apr 2, 1884 d. Mar 5, 1916 Ascend, My Son! Thy Father's Kingdom Share. The last portion of Emory's epitaph is from an elegy written by William Cowper about 1748 On the Death of the Bishop of Winchester . Excerpts: Silent I sat, dejected, and alone, Making in thought, the public woes my own, When, first, arose the image in my breast Of England's suffering by that scourge, the Pest! How Death, his funeral torch and scythe in hand, Entering the lordliest mansions of the land, Has laid the gem-illumined palace low, And levell'd tribes of nobles at a blow. ...I wish'd repose, and on my couch reclined, Took early rest, to night and sleep resign'd: When -- Oh for words to paint what I beheld! I seem'd to wander in a spacious field, Where all the champaign glow'd with purple light Like that of su

Louisa Jane Padgett Died in Faith, Departing in Peace (1874)

Louisa Jane Griner was born 27 April 1830 in Tattnall County, Georgia to Benjamin and Caroline Griner. She married Hardy Padgett 26 January 1847, and the couple had at least five children: Georgia, Benjamin, John, James, and Caroline. For the taking of the 1870 U.S. Federal census, Hardy and Jane were residing in Quitman, Brooks County, Georgia. Louisa died 11 June 1874 and was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery at Cartersville, Bartow County, Georgia. A brief obituary: Standard and Express  (Cartersville, Georgia) 17 June 1874 MRS. PADGETT , wife of Mr. H. Padgett, of this place, died on Thursday morning last, after a long and lingering sickness of near two years' duration. A consistent member of the Methodist church, she died in the faith, departing in peace. Her funeral services took place at the Baptist church, conducted by Rev. Mr. Headden, the resident pastor, before a large and sympathizing congregation. So one by one we pass away to the great gathering day, when the sorrows of ear

Pneumonia was the Immediate Cause of Death for Warren Gaston (1921)

One of the Lord's noblemen. Warren and Dora Gaston Tribune-News  (Cartersville, Georgia) 29 December 1921 WARREN GASTON The funeral of Mr. Warren Gaston was conducted at the First Baptist church last Sunday morning at 10 o'clock, Rev. L. E. Dutton, assisted by Rev. John E. Barnard, being in charge of the funeral service, which was attended by a large number of relatives and friends of the deceased. He passed away in Atlanta last Saturday afternoon, after a short illness, pneumonia being the immediate cause of his death. His first wife was Miss Irma Smith, daughter of the late S. C. Smith. Surviving him are his second wife, his mother, Mrs. N. E. Smith; two sons, Messrs. Joe Sam and Bob Willie Smith, and one brother, Mr. Bill Gaston, of Taylorsville. For a few years the deceased was a resident of Cartersville, coming here from Taylorsville where he was born and reared. Later, he went to Atlanta and has held a lucrative position with the Georgia Railway & Power Company ever s

An Obituary and Funeral Recap for General Pierce Manning Butler Young (d. 1896)

His parents were Dr. Robert Maxwell and Elizabeth Caroline (Jones) Young. New York Tribune  (New York) Tuesday, 7 July 1896 OBITUARY. GENERAL PIERCE M. B. YOUNG. General Pierce M. B. Young, United States Minister to Guatemala and Honduras, died suddenly at the Presbyterian Hospital, at Park-ave. and Seventieth-st., about noon yesterday, after a long illness. General Young had for several years suffered from an ailment of the heart. He secured a leave of absence from his post on account of this illness, which had developed into dropsy. He left Guatemala on June 6, and reached New-York on June 27. He spent that night at the Marlborough Hotel, and then was taken to the hospital where he died. Although he had been ill for so long a time, his death was sudden. About an hour before he died he was sitting up in bed laughing and joking with his brother-in-law, Dr. Thomas Jones. He persuaded the latter to go to Dr. Janeway, his physician, to obtain his consent to the removal of General Young to

Augustus W. Fite, Jr. Died Suddenly in Oklahoma Monday Morning (1923)

Without a struggle, without a sigh. He died in Oklahoma, but the body was brought home to Cartersville, Georgia for burial in Oak Hill Cemetery. Tribune-News  (Cartersville, Georgia) 5 April 1923 FITE'S BODY BROUGHT HERE FOR INTERMENT Former Well-Known Citizen, And Son of Distinguished Jurist, Died Suddenly in Muskogee Monday Morning. Funeral services for Augustus W. Fite, Jr., thirty nine years old, were conducted Thursday morning at 10:30 o'clock, at the home of his mother, and interment took place immediately afterward at Oak Hill cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. T. R. Kendall, and were attended by a large number of friends of the family and of Mr. Fite's boyhood days. The pall bearers were Messrs. J. M. Smith, J. M. Conyers, T. W. Simpson, John T. Norris, C. H. Griffin, B. L. Vaughan. The local funeral arrangements were in charge of G. M. Jackson & Sons. Died Suddenly. Mr. Fite's death occurred suddenly at Muscogee, Oklahoma, where he had made his h

Judge Augustus W. Fite Died Suddenly in His Office on Christmas Day (1919)

He cannot die who truly lives, For virtue hath immortal breath. Bartow Tribune - Cartersville News  (Georgia) 1 January 1920 JUDGE AUGUSTUS W. FITE DIED SUDDENLY IN HIS OFFICE Prominent Citizen of Bartow County for Many Years -- Had Led Vigorous Life and Was Active Until the Moment of His Death Judge A. W. Fite, one of the most prominent citizens of Bartow county, and for twenty years judge of the superior courts of the Cherokee circuit, died suddenly in his office at the court house in Cartersville on the afternoon of Christmas day, aged 67 years. He was born June 15, 1852. Judge Fite had taken dinner at his home and shortly after rising from the table was called to town by a client for a consultation. A little while after seating himself at his desk, and while talking to his client, Mr. Tom McHugh, of Pine Log, he raised his hand to his face and remarked that he was sick. Mr. McHugh asked him if he should send for a doctor, and receiving no reply, acted upon his own impulse and found

The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?"

So I answered, "O Lord God, You know."

Again He said to me, "Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, 'O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!' Thus says the Lord God to these bones: 'Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live...'" (Ezekiel 37:1-5, NKJV)