Anthony Richard Hackney, aged 67 years, 4 months and 8 days, died at 7:10 p.m. on last Friday, May 9, 1924, in St. Anthony's hospital in Dodge City, where he had been taken the first of the week for medical treatment. His condition did not improve, however. He gradually grew weaker, the end coming quietly and peacefully. On Saturday the body was brought to the home of his son, Walter John Hackney, who lives on the old home place, and burial was made in the Coldwater cemetery on Sunday afternoon, following impressive funeral services, which were conducted from the home, Rev. H. W. Cummings of the Methodist Episcopal church being in charge. The attendance at the funeral was quite large, people coming for many miles around.
The funeral procession was nearly one mile in length. There were many evidences of the high esteem in which the deceased was held by those with whom he had been associated for so many years.
Mr. Hackney was a native of England, having been born in Briston, Norfolk, on January 1, 1857. On September 18, 1881, in Briston, he was united in marriage with Miss Alice Bangay, who preceded him in death about two years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Hackney came to America in 1893, and settled in Clay Center, Kans. There they lived for about 14 years, moving to near Lookout, Okla., in 1904. Later the family moved to a farm in this county, seven miles south and one mile west of this city, where they continued to live. After the death of his wife Mr. Hackney appeared to lose much of his former interest in affairs about him and turned over to his son, Walter John (Jack), the duties, of the looking after the farm and ranch. His health began to fail, but it was not until about a week before his death that any alarm was felt as to his condition.
Deceased was widely known and much respected in the neighborhood where he lived. His honesty was never questioned, and all recognized his hospitality, thoughtfulness and kindness - those qualities which help to make a good neighbor and a good citizen. He has passed on, but his many deeds of charitable and generous consideration for his family and his neighbors will not soon be forgotten.
Mr. Hackney is survived by five sons and two daughters, as follows: Richard, Anthony James, Alfred Charles, Walter John, William Robert and Mrs. Robert T. Coles, all of this county, and Mrs. T. A. Jantzen of Argentine, Kans. All of the children, also a brother, George Hackney, of Lookout, were present at the funeral. Two sisters, Mrs. George Coleman and Mrs. Sarah Ann Stratton, both of England, also survive. Among the surviving relatives are also eleven grandchildren. The bereaved relatives should find consolation in the thought that Mr. Hackney had lived an upright honorable life and that he was prepared for the death event. His was a life well lived, and those who knew him best are the first to accord him their high regard and respect.
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