of people who either lived in Mitchell County or were related to residents
Obituary of A. A. Shiver as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 24 May 1918. Mr. A. A. Shiver, one of Mitchell county's pioneer citizens, and a man generally loved and respected, died suddenly from heart failure early Saturday, 18 May 1918, morning at his home about six miles from Pelham. Mr. Shiver had been in bad health for a long time and was subject to attacks of heart trouble. Mrs. Shiver went out into the garden to gather vegetables early Saturday morning and returning to the house found Mr. Shiver dead. Funeral services were held at Mt. Zion church on Sunday, 19 May 1918, morning at 10:00 AM, Rev A. G. Ott conducting the services. Interment was made in Mt. Zion cemetery. The deceased is survived by his widow and eight children, five daughters, Mrs. Albert Jones of Moultrie, Mrs. Bobbie Shiver, and Misses Freddie, Lily and Gracie Shiver and three sons, Messrs. Vergil Lafayette and Horace Shiver, all of this county. Of his paternal family Mr. Shiver is survived by only one brother, Mr. Isom Shiver of Worth county. Mr. Shiver was 62 years of age. He was born and reared in this county and has been honored and respected for a long number of years by all who knew him, as a truly good man. For thirty-five years he had been a devoted member of Mt. Zion church. As a man who has been constant and true in his Christian life the deceased will be sadly missed by those who have known and admired him for a long time.
Obituary of Charles H. Smith as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 16 Aug 1929. Claiming the sorrowful interest of many friends in this section, was the news of the death of Mr. Charles H. Smith, aged father of Mr. Jessie F. Smith, who passed away Sunday, 11 Aug 1929, night at 8:00 PM at the home of his son after a short illness. For the past several years the infirmities of old age had made Mr. Smith almost an invalid. He was taken ill a little more than a week preceding his death and the family realized the end was near. His peaceful passing Sunday night was characteristic of the quiet way in which his life had been spent. Funeral services were held Monday, 12 Aug 1929, afternoon at Akridge cemetery at 4:00 PM, a large number of relatives and friends gathering for the service, which was conducted by Rev H. N. Burnett. Acting as pallbearers were Messrs. Austin Bullard, Turner Shiver, George Shiver, Charlie Darley, Bob Shiver and B. W. Clenney. Mr. Smith was eighty-four years of age when his long and worthy life came to an end. He was born in the Dominion of Canada, moving to New York when a boy of fifteen. He was there when the Civil War came on and joined the Union army, where he served for some time. He was sent south as a prisoner to Andersonville and was there when the war closed. He there met Miss Margaret Register, whom he wooed and married, moving several years afterward to Mitchell county, where he had lived more than fifty years before his death. His companion for nearly sixty years preceded him to the grave, about the first of May, five years ago and since her death his steps had become even more feeble and his face turned toward the other side. He was a man of unique characteristics. Quiet and unassuming, he was a man of strong sturdy character and was loved and appreciated by all who knew the true worth of him. He had been a Christian for a long number of years and was a member of the Baptist church. The deceased is survived by his son, Mr. Jessie F. Smith and the following grandchildren: Messrs. Paul and Charlie E. Smith, Mrs. D. B. Harrell, Miss Fannie Mae Smith, Nancy, Laura and Hazel Smith. The bereaved family have the sincere sympathy of their many friends in the sadness of their loss.
Obituary of Jim Leon Spence as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 9 Feb 1934. Mr. Jim Leon Spence, son of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Spence, of Camilla, died suddenly at a C. C. C. camp at Crystal Lake, Fla., Monday, 5 Feb 1934, morning about 3:00 AM. The news of his death came as a great shock to his family and friends here, as he was supposed to be in excellent health. According to the report of his death received here, Mr. Spence in company with a number of other young men from the camp, made a trip to Panama City Sunday in one of the service trucks. That night when they returned about 12:00 AM Mr. Spence was asleep in the truck and when his companions tried to arouse him, he answered them but did not get up. They did not realize he was sick and went off to bed and left him. About three o'clock Monday morning one of the young men went back to the truck to wake him up and discovered he was dead. The authorities at the camp immediately notified the young man's parents here and the Camilla Hardware & Implement Co. Sent an ambulance to Crystal Lake to bring the body to Camilla. Mr. Spence had been in the camp only about two weeks, having been assigned to the place as an ex-service man. The deceased was 33 years of age and was born and reared in Camilla. He was married and leaves a wife and a 7 year old son. He is also survived by his parents, one brother, Mr. Seab Spence of Moultrie; two sisters, Mrs. J. V. Tab of Colquitt and Mrs. L. C. Wilder of Pelham. Funeral services were held at the residence here Tuesday, 6 Feb 1934, at 3:00 PM, conducted by Rev S. H. Bennett, pastor of the Baptist church. Interment was in the family lot in the Old Cemetery. The pallbearers were: Messrs. Virgil Holton, Weyman Holton, Ernest Ward, Aubrey Palmer, Lee Swilley, John C, Phillips and Ernest Swilley. An honorary escort composed of young friends of the deceased included the following: Messrs. William Hilliard, Neal Mansfield, Charles Kolbie, Turner Palmer John Robert Ward, Fulton Bullard and Carroll Spence. Mr. Bramlett of the Camilla Hardware & Implement Co. was in charge.
Obituary of Leila Mallard Thornton as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 17 Feb 1928. A death carrying a sad shock to numerous friends and loved ones was that of Mrs. Leila Thornton, which took place at her home in Delwood community on Friday, 10 February 1928, afternoon at 1:00 PM after an illness on only two or three days. Her children were summoned from distant homes to her bedside but ere they reached here, she had passed into everlasting rest. Her daughter, Miss Annie Thornton, and son, Mr. C. C. Thornton, were with her when the end came. Funeral services were held Sunday, 12 Feb 1928, morning at Hopeful Baptist church in the presence of a large assemblage of friends and relatives of the deceased and the floral offerings were numerous and beautiful. Comforting hymns of the Christian faith were sung by the choir. Rev J. T. Rigsby, pastor of the church conducted the service and at its conclusion the body was laid to rest in the family lot beside the church. Acting as pall bearers were Messrs. C. C. Thornton, W. G. Thornton, Henry Holt, Graham and Lonnie Andrews and Sanford Mallard. Mrs. Thornton was called from the midst of an active and useful life to answer death's call. She was forty-nine years of age. Before her marriage she was Miss Leila Mallard. Her entire life was spent at the home in Dellwood community and the people of that section knew her best and could testify to the beauty of her character, sweet and unselfish womanhood, and in the family circle where she exerted the influence of a faithful Christian wife and mother, the children can well rise up and call her blessed. Mrs. Thornton had been converted at an early age and joined the Baptist church, to which she gave her loyal service as long as she lived, and at Delwood church she will be sadly missed from the membership. Her husband, Mr. J. T. Thornton, preceding her to the grave 14 years ago. Surviving the deceased are the following children: Mr. W. G. Thornton of Akron, Ohio; Mrs. I. H. Richardson of Gainesville; Mrs. Lewis Hayes of Akron, Ohio; Mr. C. C. Thornton of Delwood; Mr. Lawrence Thornton of Akron, Ohio; and Miss Annie Thornton of Delwood. Mr. N. L. Mallard and Mrs. Sallie Gore, both of near Tifton, are brother and sister of Mrs. Thornton. Relatives and numerous friends throughout the county extend a sincere sympathy to the bereaved family.
Obituary of J. D. Willingham as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 16 Feb 1934. Many friends in the county were saddened by the news of the death of Mr. J. D. Willingham, which took place on Wednesday, 7 Feb 1934, afternoon of last week at three-thirty o'clock at his home at Branchville after an illness of about a week of pneumonia. Funeral services were held Thursday, 8 Feb 1934, afternoon at two-thirty o'clock at Mt. Zion church in the presence of a large assemblage of friends and relatives of the young man. Services were conducted by Rev H. F. Carter, of Hopeful and were followed by interment in Mt. Zion cemetery near the church. Pall bearers were Messrs. Charlie Collins, Allison Hurst, J. N. Tipper, T. L. Burgess, Gus Hurst and Charlie Williford. Mr. J. J. White of Camilla Funeral Home was in charge. The death of this young man was most untimely at the age of nineteen. He was born and reared in this county and had lived his entire life here. He was a fine and likeable young man and was beloved by a large number of friends, to whom with his family his sudden death is a sad and severe shock. He was a member of the Holiness church. He was engaged in CWA work at the time he was taken with his last illness. Surviving the deceased are his mother, Mrs. Mattie Willingham, two brothers, Julian and Curtis, and five sisters, Frances, Jewell, Adel, Ruby and Gladys. The sympathy of many friends throughout the county is extended to the bereaved family in their loss.
Obituary of Lizzie Willingham as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 18 Apr 1930. Mrs. Lizzie Willingham passed away at her home near Cotton, Ga., 8 Apr 1930, at two o'clock after only thirty minutes of illness. At the time of her death she was about 65 years old. She was a woman who was a home liver, a woman who could be found at her fireside most any time. Mrs. Willingham's going has caused sorrow and loneliness not only to her immediate family but to her many friends. Funeral services were held at Mt. Zion church Wednesday, 9 Apr 1930, afternoon, conducted by Rev S. O. Thomas, interment taking place in the family lot in the Mt. Zion cemetery immediately after the services. Mrs. Willingham is survived by three children: Mr. S. S. Willingham of Camilla; Mr. Ambrose Willingham of Moultrie, and Mrs. O. L. Newsome of Cotton. Sympathy is extended this bereaved family by their friends in the loss of their mother, and condolence is offered them in their hour of sorrow.
Obituary of Loretta M. Joiner Luckey as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 26 May 1933. Mrs. E. L. Lucky passed away at her home five miles east of Pelham on Tuesday, 23 May 1933, at the noon hour, after an illness of several days. Many relatives and friends throughout the county were grieved to learn of the death of this good woman. Funeral services were held Wednesday, 24 May 1933, morning at 11:00 AM at Pleasant Hill Church conducted by Rev S. O. Thomas of Cotton, and Rev C. C. Kiser of Pelham. Mrs. Lucky is survived by her husband, Mr. E. L. Lucky, one daughter, Miss Cleopas, eighteen years of age, and a thirteen year old son, Travis. Three sisters also survive her, Mrs. E. Lawson of Camilla; Mrs. Tim Barnes of Sale City; and Mrs. Willie Rowan of Chattahoochee, Fla., and two brothers, Carl Joiner of Chattahoochee, Fla., and Cosby Joiner of Cairo. Mrs. Lucky was 38 years old. She was formerly Miss L. M. Joiner and was reared at the family home place east of Camilla. She had been an earnest Christian since early in life when she united with the Baptist church, of which she was a faithful and consistent member. She was married to Mr. Lucky in 1914. Relatives and numerous friends mourn the death of Mrs. Lucky and extend sympathy to the bereaved family.
Obituary of David Bertram Fitzgerald as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 1 Mar 1946. David Bertram Fitzgerald, eldest son of Mr. D. W. Fitzgerald of Baconton, and the late Meta Sellers Fitzgerald, died at his home in St. Petersburg, Fla. 5 February 1946. Born and reared in this county, he had a wide connection of relatives and friends here, to whom his death has brought deep sorrow and sense of loss. Mr. Fitzgerald would have been forty one years old on the coming June 25. He had been living in St. Petersburg for several years. Funeral services took place in the First Baptist Church in Camilla, conducted by the Rev S. H. Bennett. Bramlett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Interment was in the family lot at Oakview cemetery. Besides his wife, Mr. Fitzgerald is survived by four children, Billy, Mrs. Kenneth Larson, Gene and Kenneth of St. Petersburg, Fla.; his father, Mr. D. W. Fitzgerald of Baconton, three brothers, W. F. Fitzgerald of St. Petersburg, Fla.; Charles H. and Ernest W. Fitzgerald of the U. S. Navy, six sisters, Mrs. E. R. Wingate of Clearwater, Fla.; Mrs. Smith Padgett of St. Petersburg, Fla.; Mrs. Gordon Collins of Flint, Ga.; Mrs. Lester Piland of Baconton; Mrs. Ezra Carter of Pelham and Miss Maida Fitzgerald of Camilla. Also surviving are his stepmother, Mrs. D. W. Fitzgerald of Baconton and step-sister, Miss Delona Fraser of West Palm Beach, Fla.
Obituary of Laura Ann Fitzgerald Collins as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 4 May 1934. Mrs. Laura Fitzgerald Collins, widow of the late L. A. M. Collins, one of the oldest pioneer citizens of the county and widely beloved woman, died at her home at Flint Saturday, 28 Apr 1934, morning at 11:30 AM after a lengthy illness due to the infirmities of old age. She had been an invalid for several years and during the past year the decline had been more rapid. All her children were with her when the end came Saturday. Funeral services took place Sunday, 29 Apr 1934, afternoon at 2:30 PM at Oakview cemetery, conducted by J. I. D. Miller, assisted by Rev S. H. Bennett. A large number of relatives and friends attended the service. Interment was in the family lot beside the husband and children of the deceased, who preceded her to the grave many years ago. The pall bearers were Messrs. Lee Collins, Chappell Collins, Raymond Collins, Lewis Collins, Julian Collins and A. R. Baggs. Mrs. Collins was in her ninety-third year. She was born in Stewart county June 14, 1841 and was the daughter of the late James Fitzgerald and Nancy Hilliard Fitzgerald. Her girlhood was spent in Stewart county and soon after the War Between the States she was married and moved to this county about the same time when so many other families came here from Stewart. Mr. and Mrs. Collins lived in Camilla for several years during their early married life and were among the pioneer citizens of Camilla. Their home was on the spot where the old J. B. Acree home was built many years later. Mrs. Collins was one of three Fitzgerald sisters to marry three brothers of the Collins family. Miss Jane Fitzgerald married Mr. Ben F. collins and Miss Mattie Fitzgerald married Mr. Charles Collins. Both of the Collins and Fitzgerald families had large connections and were widely prominent in the early history of this county and section. After leaving Camilla they moved to the present home place at Flint. Mrs. Collins was a woman of strong Christian character and high ideals characteristic of the pioneer woman of Georgia and this fine and Godly influence has gone out to mold the character and bless the lives of her children to the third generation, though her life was spent quietly in the home. She was a lifelong member of the Baptist church. She loved the church and gave to it her devoted service and never failing interest. She had gathered about herself a large number of friends and though many of the older ones had gone on to their reward before her, numerous others mourn with the bereaved family the passing of this saintly woman. Of a large family of twelve brothers and sisters, only two survive Mrs. Collins. They are Mrs. George Salter of Omaha and Mrs. Allie Simpson of Atlanta. Mrs. Collins is survived by three children, Messrs. G. D. Collins and J. E. Collins of Flint and Mrs. J. G. Polhill of Sylvester, fourteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren and a large number of other relatives. Among the relatives and friends here from a distance to attend the funeral were Mrs. E. L. Brawner of Lumpkin; Mr. and Mrs. Will Fitzgerald and Mrs. Scott Walker and Mr. Lewis Walker of Fitzgerald; Mrs. H. B. Lee of Waycross; Mr. and Mrs. Chappell Collins, Messrs. Marion and Albert Collins of Mt. Vernon; Mr. and Mrs. George Hubner of Moultrie; Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Dupriest, Miss Mary Polhill, Mr. and Mrs. Westberry, Misses Merrill and Ida Westberry and Mrs. Dodie Dees of Sylvester, and Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Baggs of Pelham.
Obituary of Bobbie Elizabeth Shiver Shiver as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 1 Dec and 8 Dec 1933. Mrs. Jep Shiver, of Laney, died suddenly in the hospital at Thomasville, Thursday, 30 Nov 1933, morning about 2:00 AM. She suffered an attack Wednesday about eleven o'clock and was rushed to the hospital where everything possible was done for her, but without avail. The announcement of here death came as a sad shock to many friends in this county who extend sympathy to the bereaved husband and children. Mrs. Shiver was 39 years of age, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Shiver, both late of this county. She is survived by her husband and four children; one sister, Mrs. Albert Jones of this county, and one brother, Mr. V. W. Shiver of Quitman. The deceased is also survived by one half-sister, Miss Lilly Shiver, and three half-brothers, Fred and Herbert Shiver of Jacksonville, Fla., and Horace Shiver of Sale City. At the time this was written funeral arrangements had not been announced. 8 Dec 1933......... Funeral services for Mrs. Jep Shiver, who died at Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville on Thursday, 30 Nov 1933, at 2:00 AM were held Friday, 1 Dec 1933, at 11:00 AM at Mt. Zion church in the presence of a large gathering of friends and relatives of the deceased. Services were in charge of Rev S. O. Thomas. Acting as pall bearers were Messrs. W. F. Kelly, H. J. Kelly, Hubert Kelly, S. A. Tomlinson, Ben Johnson and Reese Beasley. Interment was in Mt. Zion cemetery near the church. Mrs. Shiver is survived by her husband and four children, Marvin; C. D.; Sedrick and Doris. She leaves also three sisters and five brothers; Mrs. A. B. Jones, Misses Lillie and grace Shiver of Camilla; Vergil Shiver of Quitman; Horace Shiver of Sale City; Green Shiver of Pelham; Fred and Hubert Shiver of Jacksonville, Fla. The funeral was in charge of J. J. White of Camilla Funeral Home.
Obituary of Jepp Bailey Shiver as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 9 Feb 1934. Sale City -The sudden death of Mr. Jep Shiver here Tuesday, 6 Feb 1934, about 10:30 AM, was a distinct shock to the entire community. He and his two older children were on their way somewhere near here to clean out a well. When they got in the car with Mr. Jim Hooks, Mr. Shiver asked Mr. Hooks how he was feeling. Hooks replied, "Fine, how are you?" "I'm not feeling so good" he replied and slumped over on the seat. His boys shook him and getting no response, Mr. Hooks turned around and brought him back to town, where Dr. Stevens pronounced him dead. Mr. Shiver was about 45 years of age and had always engaged in farming. His wife died last Thanksgiving. There are four children, the oldest of which is about 14 years old and the youngest, a little girl, 4; two sisters, Mrs. Ludie Shiver and Mrs. Annie Alligood besides numerous other relatives. He was buried at Mt. Zion cemetery Wednesday, 7 Feb 1934, afternoon beside his wife. The funeral service was conducted by Rev S. O. Thomas at Mt. Zion church, of which the deceased had been a member for many years. The pall bearers were H. L. Kelly, H. J. Kelly, J. L. Sellers, H. A. Sellers, Lee Horn and Ben Johnson. The sympathy of the entire community is extended the bereaved children and other relatives. The Camilla Funeral Home was in charge.
Obituary of Rhoda A. Griner West as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 6 Jul 1923. Reprinted from "Thomasville Times Enterprise" dated 28 Jun 1923. Many friends throughout this section of Georgia will learn with deep regret of the death of Mrs. W. L. West this morning at about 8:00 AM at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. A. Bozeman at her home on Cassady Road. Mrs. West had been ill for several weeks, death coming after a protracted time of suffering lasting more than two months. Mrs. West was a resident of Mitchell county from infancy and was born 30 Mar 1845. She was married to Mr. W. L. West also a native of Mitchell county, on 20 Feb 1865 while he was at home on a furlough from the Confederate Army. She is survived by her husband and several children, Mrs. S. L. Cheshire, Mrs. C. A. Bozeman of Thomasville; Mrs. Charles Davison of Moultrie; Mrs. Minnie Shiver of Sale City, W. H. West of Doerun and G. W. Ersy of Florida. The funeral services will occur tomorrow, 29 Jun 1923, at 10:00 AM from the residence of Dr. and Mrs. S. L. Cheshire on Cecil Street, Rev W. M. Harris officiating. The interment will take place immediately afterward at Laurel Hill cemetery. Mrs. West has spent a most useful and purposeful life. Her character was ever the guiding star for her life. Truly it may be said she lived unselfishly and more than did her part in the perpetuation of those civic and religious virtues that make us better and finer in every way. She has passed to a just reward that awaits the faithful in the Lord. The following members of the Board of Deacons of the Baptist church are asked to act as pallbearers: J. S. Montgomery, B. B. Broughton, Joe Jerger Jr., W. E. Beverly, J. A. White and Ardis McDougald.
Obituary of David B. B. Collins as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 16 May 1919. One of the saddest deaths recently occurred Monday, 12 May 1919, night when Mr. David B. B. Collins passed away at his home near Flint at 11:00 PM after an illness of less than a week. Mr. Collins' health had been failing for several months, but being of a very energetic nature, he had never given up until he was stricken a few days ago with acute Brights disease. He suffered greatly from then until Monday night when death brought release. Funeral services were held at Oakview cemetery on Tuesday, 13 May 1919, at 5:00 PM. Rev J. I. D. Miller conducted the services. Numerous and beautiful were the floral offerings. The choir sang, "Asleep in Jesus" and "Abide With Me." A large number of relatives and friends from all parts of the county attended the funeral and added their sympathy for the bereaved and sorrowing family. The deceased was the youngest son of Mrs. Laura Collins of Flint. He was born and brought up in this county and his death comes as a sad shock to the many friends who had known him in the close relation of friendship during his life time. Mr. Collins had extensive farming interests near Flint where he lived. In his last illness he bore his sufferings with an heroic fortitude that was characteristic of him and was at all times perfectly resigned to the will of God. Mr. Collins had not reached his fortieth birthday and was still in the prime of life when taken by death. He was married about seventeen years to Miss Bobbie Adams who survives him, together with their eight children, all of whom mourn the loss of their husband and father. Two brothers, Messrs. G. D. and J. E. Collins of Flint, one sister, Mrs. J. G. Polhill of Sylvester, and his aged mother, are also left to mourn his departure. The Enterprise joins the many friends of the bereaved family in extending sympathy.
Obituary of William B. Butler Sr. as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 2 January 1920. One of Mitchell County's prominent citizens and longtime residents, Mr. W. B. Butler succumbed to death on Friday, 25 Dec 1919, at 2:00 AM at his home in Hopeful community, after a long and tedious illness. Mr. Butler had suffered continually for the past eighteen months from rheumatism, which grew worse toward the last and nothing that loving family and friends could do, could allay the hand of disease, relief coming only in the peaceful sleep of death. Funeral services were held at Hopeful cemetery Saturday, 26 Dec 1919, at 3:00 PM. Rev J. I. D. Miller conducted the services and a large number of relatives and friends attended the obsequies. Mr. Butler was about sixty years old when claimed by death. He spent nearly the whole of his lifetime as a resident of Mitchell county, although at one time moved to Bainbridge and spent several years. The deceased has made one of the stable citizens of the county, has served his family, his community and his church faithfully and lovingly and leaves many behind to love and respect his memory. Mr. Butler was long a member of the Baptist church and was interested in all its enterprises. He is survived by his wife and the following children, Messrs. Willie and Lewis Butler of Hopeful, Mrs. Will Andrews of Watertown, Fla., Mrs. Leroy Dickey of Thomasville, Mr. Bryant Butler of San Francisco, Cal., and a young son, Rendel, who resided with his mother. Mr. Butler is also survived by one brother, one sister, and an aged father. The sympathy of many friends go out to the family in their sad loss.
Obituary of W. B. Ward as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 2 Jan 1920. The community received a sad shock Saturday, 26 Dec 1919, morning , when word went out that Mr. W. B. Ward had died at his home on North Harney Street at 7:00 AM. Mr. Ward was taken Thursday afternoon with hemorrhagic fever in violent form. Several physicians were called in and everything possible was done for the relief of the sufferer, but on account of his depleted strength they were unable to carry him through the crisis and in less than forty-eight hours he had passed out. Mr. Ward had been in extremely bad health for months, which explains his inability to survive the violent crisis. Mr. Ward and his family had just moved here the day before he was taken ill from Arlington, having bought the residence on North Harney Street vacated by Mr. J. S. Evans. The family had just finished placing the furniture in the house, the greater part of which was still unpacked when Mr. Ward was taken ill. Funeral services were held from the home on Sunday, 27 Dec 1919, at 10:00 AM, Rev H. B. Woodward, pastor of the First Baptist church, conducting the services. Interment was at Oakview cemetery. Those acting as pallbearers were Messrs. G. B. Cochran, W. M. Acree, W. E. Holton, H. B. Brazier, Howard Holton and Roy Stripling. Mr. Ward was born and reared in Stewart County and was 48 years of age at the time of his death. He came to Mitchell County when quite young and was married twenty-four years ago to Miss Lee Holton. He moved back to Stewart later, spent a short while and came with his family to Camilla, where he lived for several years. He had been away from here about eight years when he moved back from Arlington. The deceased is survived by his wife and five children, three sons, Ernest, John Robert and Tom Ward and Misses Louise and Susie Ward. Three brothers, Messrs. John W. Ward of Arlington, Robert Ward of Blakely and Fred Ward of Lumpkin also survive him. Mr. Ward had many friends in this county who join the family in mourning his loss.
Obituary of Maj. Benjamin F. Brimberry as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 1 Jul 1927. Many friends here were grieved by the death of Maj. B. F. Brimberry at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. B. Bussey, in Cuthbert Friday, 24 Jun 1927, night. Suffering a stroke of paralysis a year ago, Maj. Brimberry had steadily grown worse until the end. Maj. Brimberry was a native of Walton County, moving to Albany in 1860 to teach school and from there enlisted in the Confederate Army in 1862, serving with distinction as Major and quartermaster of hospitals. He came to Camilla at the close of the war and spent twenty years here before moving to Albany, where he spent the remainder of his life. He rendered distinctive public service in the several prominent offices he filled, serving as Postmaster at Albany for about fourteen years. For a number of years he had been prominently identified with fraternal orders and was an enthusiastic member of the Confederate Veterans organization. Surviving Maj. Brimberry are his three daughters, Mrs. J. B. Bussey of Cuthbert; Mrs. S. R. Ellersbee of Albany; and Mrs. W. E. Rowsey of Albany. He was a brother of the late T. W. Brimberry and M. F. Brimberry of Camilla, and had many close friends here among the older residents of Camilla.
Obituary of Albert B. Burnett as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 13 Oct 1933. Mr. Albert B. Burnett passed away peacefully here on Thursday, 5 Oct 1933, night of last week at the home of his sister, Mrs. C. A. Roles, after a long period of illness, suffering with a complication of troubles. He was moved here several weeks ago from the hospital at Thomasville to be under medical treatment of his nephew, Dr. C. L. Roles, who later carried him to Putney hospital at Albany for further treatment. He was brought back from Albany a week prior to his death. Though his family knew that his condition was critical, he had seemed better than usual on Thursday until taken with an attack that night and in a few hours the end came quietly. Friday, 6 Oct 1933, the remains were carried to Quitman, the old home of the deceased, for interment, the funeral party leaving here at 1:00 PM. Services were held at Quitman funeral home, conducted by Rev I. P. Tyson, of this city, and assisted by Rev J. E. Sampley, pastor of Quitman Methodist church. Interment was made in the family lot in the family lot in Quitman cemetery. The Camilla Funeral Home was in charge. Mr. Burnett was seventy years of age at the time of his death. He was born in Louisiana and his boyhood years were spent in Cairo. He was a prominent business man of southwest Georgia and for many years was in wholesale grocery business with stores at Quitman, Valdosta and Nashville. He was married to Miss Laura Lasseter, with whom he lived happily for a long number of years until their union was broken by her death in January. Their only son had died several years ago. Mr. Burnett was a lifelong member of the Methodist church to which he gave loyal service for as long as he was able. Mr. Burnett is survived by his two sisters, Miss C. A. Roles and Miss Maggie Burnett of this city. Two nephews, Dr. C. L. Roles, Mr. A. R. Roles and a niece, Mrs. J. C. Palmer also survive him together with two grandchildren, Thomas Burnett and Mrs. J. L. Sullivan, both of Quitman. Warm sympathy of friends of the entire community is extended the bereaved family in their loss.
Obituary of T. B. Crosson as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 6 Dec 1935. Mr. T. B. Crosson, lifetime resident of Mitchell county and beloved citizen, died Saturday, 30 Nov 1935, at 8:00 PM at his home near Branchville community after an illness of several weeks. Funeral services took place on Sunday, 1 Dec 1935, afternoon at 4:30 PM at the Crosson family cemetery and were conducted by Rev T. Josh Davis. A large number of sympathizing neighbors and friends gathered with the grief stricken family for the services, and tenderly the body was laid to rest among loved ones in the family lot. Mr. Crosson was seventy-eight years of age. He was born in this county and lived here his entire life on the old home place of his father, Hannibal Crosson. He lived his life quietly on the farm, filling the days and long years with hard work and accomplishment of duties to home and community. He had been a member of the Primitive Baptist church for a number of years. He was united in marriage to Miss Ella Underwood, of Wilkerson county, who survives him after a long companionship. Surviving Mr. Crosson, besides his wife, are the following children: Mrs. J. D. Bostick, M. P. Crosson, Mrs. L. H. Temples, J. B. Crosson, E. P. Crosson, Mrs. J. E. Davis and Mrs. W. F. Williams. The warm sympathy of numerous friends throughout the county is extended to the bereaved family in their loss.
Obituary of Rev. J. W. Daniels as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 9 Apr 1920. There was a general sorrow throughout this section of the county Wednesday, at the news of the death of Rev. J. W. Daniels, long a beloved minister of the Baptist church, who passed away at the home of Mr. Lee Sanders on Tuesday, 6 Apr 1920 at 4:30 PM. Funeral services were held at Mt. Zion church Wednesday, 7 Apr 1920 at 4:30 PM. The services were conducted by Rev H. N. Burnett, with the assistance of Rev H. B. Woodward and Rev S. O. Thomas. After tributes had been paid to the life and services of the departed by his fellow laborers, the body was turned over to the Masons, who laid it to rest with the rites of the order. A large number of relatives and friends followed the body to its last resting place and paid their respects to the memory of the deceased. Rev Daniels was born in Richmond county, near Augusta, sixty-one years ago. He moved later to Lowndes county, near Valdosta, and lived there until he moved to Mitchell county thirty-five years ago and since that time he has cast his lot with the people of this county. The deceased was a minister of the Baptist church and given twenty or twenty-five years to the preaching of the gospel in his church. He had in his days of usefulness done a wonderful work for the cause of Christianity and the spread of the gospel. Among the visible work that he accomplished, was the organization of several Baptist Churches. The deceased is survived by his wife, who is a sister of Mr. Wyatt Adams of this city. He leaves also a brother and a half brother, both of Thomasville, besides a large number of near relatives and numberless friends who knew and loved him in life and who are grieved at his departure from our midst. The bereaved wife has the sincere sympathy of her many friends throughout the county.
Obituary of Martha West Cross as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 2 May 1919. The funeral of Mrs. J. W. Cross, who died at her home at Hopeful on Wednesday, 23 Apr 1919, of last week, took place at Hopeful cemetery at 10:00 AM on Thursday, 24 Apr 1919, of last week. Mrs. Cross had been sick for two or three weeks with influenza and pneumonia. All the family had been stricken with the influenza and Mr. Cross was first taken with pneumonia and died about three weeks ago. Another death in the same family recently was that of their son, Mr. John Cross, who passed away April 20th, following and attack of appendicitis. Mrs. Cross was a devoted Christian woman and was beloved by a large circle of friends. She leaves two sons and six daughters to mourn her loss. Their numbers of friends are deeply in sympathy with the bereaved family in their loss.
Obituary of Josephine Seigler as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 22 Jul 1927. It was sad news to many friends and relatives in the county to know that Mrs. J. W. Daniels had passed away on Friday, 15 Jul 1927, at 3:30 PM at the home of her niece, Mrs. B. J. Marshall, after a three day illness. Mrs. Daniels was here visiting her sister, Mrs. J. C. Cooper at the home of Mrs. Marshall, and on Tuesday morning at 4:00 AM she was suddenly and severely stricken with paralysis. She never rallied but continued to grow worse until the end. Funeral services were held Saturday, 16 Jul 1927, afternoon at Mt. Zion church, conducted by Rev W. T. Halstead and Rev H. N. Burnett, in the presence of a large company of friends and relatives of the deceased. Beautiful hymns of the church were sung by the choir of Camilla Baptist church. Interment was in the cemetery beside the church. Mrs. Daniels had lived practically her entire life in this county. She was Miss Josephine Seigler before her marriage to J. W. Daniels, which lasted more than a half century before his death about seven years ago. Mrs. Daniels was seventy nine years of age before her life came to a close. She was a woman strong in the Christian faith and had been a loyal and faithful member of the Baptist church since the early years of her life. She had spent the recent years of her life with her niece, Mrs. A. G. Ott, in Doerun. Surviving Mrs. Daniels is her sister, Mrs. J. C. Cooper, of this city, Mrs. B. J. Marshall is a niece of the deceased, and Mr. J. R. Adams is a nephew. There are many other nieces and nephews in this section of the state and numbers of friends, who are saddened by her passing from her earthly home to the reward of the hereafter. Among the relatives from a distance attending the funeral here were: Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Ott of Doerun; Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Williams of Dunellon, Fla.; Mr. and Mrs. Ira Smith of Cross City, Fla.; Miss Etalew Seigler and Mr. Jim Seigler of Meigs, and Mr. John Seigler of Ochlocknee.
Obituary of J. Hannibal Davis as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 8 Sep 1922. Mr. J. Hannibal Davis, widely know and loved citizen of the county, passed away at the hospital in Cairo Saturday, 2 Sep 1922, at 5:30 PM. Mr. Davis was operated on Thursday with the slight hope that his life might be prolonged, stood the operation fairly well, but his strength was not sufficient to build upon. His family was with him when he died after talking with each of them. Funeral services were held at Hopeful Sunday, 3 Sep 1922, at 4:00 PM, when an unusually large number of relatives and friends from all parts of the county attended. Rev Brock, of near Cairo, conducted the services withe assistance of Rev Josh Davis, brother of the deceased. The body was laid to rest in the family lot in Hopeful cemetery. Mr. Davis had been in ill health for several months before his death yet he had not regarded his condition as anything serious. About a month ago he went up to McIntyre to visit relatives and was taken ill while there. He was brought back to Camilla about two weeks ago desperately ill and was taken to the home of his nephew, Mr. C. L. Taylor. He was carried to Cairo on Wednesday of last week. The deceased was a son of the late Mr. Berrien C. Davis and Mrs. Davis and was born and brought up in this county. He was about fifty one years of age at the time of his death. Mr. Davis was twice married. He was married the first time to a Miss Harrell, of Vada community, who died several years ago, leaving three children. He married the second time to Miss Artie Monk, who survives him with her three children. Mr. Davis was a kind and loving husband and father, was a man who always stood by his neighbors and friends in times of distress as well as prosperity and took a great interest in the welfare of his community. He always took an interest in the affairs of the county also. Mr. Davis had served with credit as justice of the peace in his district. He was beloved by numbers of friends throughout the county and his death caused a general sorrow. Surviving the deceased are his wife and the following children: John, Ellie, Harrell, Ossie Lee and two small children, not yet past their infancy. His mother Margaret Davis, five brothers, R. B. Davis of Bainbridge, Jim, Tom and B. C. Davis Jr. of Hopeful; Rev Josh Davis of near Cairo; and two sisters, Mrs. Joe Darsey of Cavalry; and Mrs. Jim Dodson of Hopeful, are also left to mourn his loss. Friends throughout the county join in extending sympathy to the bereaved family in their sad and lonely hour.
Obituary of Jefferson J. Davis as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 21 Jun 1935. Mr. J. J. Davis, pioneer citizen of this county, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Gordon Stewart, of Moultrie, Monday, 17 Jun 1935, at 7:00 PM after a tedious illness of several weeks. Loved ones and friends were constant in attendance at his bedside during the days of waiting for the summons, with tender care and loving ministration. Mr. Davis was 79 years of age. He was a member of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and had been a faithful Christian since childhood. Funeral services were held Tuesday, 18 Jun 1935, at 2:00 PM at Pleasant Hill Church, when a large number of friends and relatives gathered to pay their last tribute of love and honor. Services were conducted by Rev Bob Bass, pastor of the church, and the body was laid to rest beside his wife who preceded him to the grave about four years ago. Mr. Davis is survived by three sons, Mr. Oscar L. Davis of Camilla; Mr. John Davis of California; Mr. Jesse Davis of Milledgeville, and one daughter, Mrs. Gordon Stewart of Moultrie, and two small grandsons, little Leon Davis of Camilla, and Billy Stewart of Moultrie, and a number of near relatives and a host of friends. A large number from this community attended the funeral services for Mr. Davis.
Obituary of James R. Faircloth as written in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 17 May 1935. Relatives and many old friends in the county were made sad by news of the death of Mr. J. R. Faircloth at his home in Dothan, Ala. on Saturday, 11 May 1935, at 11:00 PM after a lengthy illness. Funeral services took place in Dothan Monday, 13 May 1935. Mr. Faircloth is survived by one brother, Mr. W. M. Faircloth, of Hopeful community, this county, and two sisters, Mrs. Morgan West of Pelham, and Mrs. Laura Maples of Florida. He leaves two sons and five daughters. His wife preceded him to the grave on 5 Dec 1934. Mr. Faircloth was born and reared in this county. He was the oldest son of the late A. B. Faircloth and Mary Hughes Faircloth. He was married to Miss Carrie Carpenter of Bainbridge, and moved to Dothan, Ala. Soon afterward and spent the remainder of life there. He was seventy nine years of age at the time of his death. For many years Mr. Faircloth was engaged in the banking business and was rated among "Dothan's most substantial and influential citizens.
Obituary of Morgan W. West as written in "The Pelham Journal" and reprinted in "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 7 Jul 1933. Mr. Morgan W. West passed away at his home on Baggs Avenue Wednesday, 28 Jun 1933, at 6:00 AM after being confined to his bed one week. While the deceased had reached the age of 78, yet he had been blessed with excellent health and the announcement of his death was a shock to his friends. He was born and reared in Mitchell county where he spent all of his long and useful life. He was a member of the Hopeful Baptist Church and a good man whose faith was strong in the Christian religion. Funeral services were conducted this afternoon, 30 Jun 1933, at 3:00 PM at Hopeful, with Rev C. C. Kiser, officiating and assisted by the pastor of the Hopeful church. Pall bearers were his six sons. Besides his wife he is survived by the following children: G. E. West of Macon; Mrs. L. H. Hayes of Camilla; Mrs. Mamie Hayes of Camilla; Mrs. P. H. Ward of Thomasville; F. B. West of Pelham; David West of Camilla; Mrs. G. C. Kennington of Ochlocknee; H. E. West of Pelham; Mrs. R. J. Mitchell, D. W. West of Cairo; and Mrs. C. L. Chastine of Thomasville, Ga. The friends of the bereft family deeply sympathize with them in their great loss.
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