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Deaths listed in The Vernon Courier 1888 - 1889
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Vernon Courier, Jan 13, 1888
Mrs. W. A. TURNER died at her home eight miles west of town on last Monday morning. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. G. W. HEWITT at New Hope Church on Tuesday at 11 o’clock. A large multitude of people were present.

Vernon Courier, Jan 27, 1888 – pg 1
FRANCIS M. YOUNG departed this life at 7 o’clock on the morning of the 24th, and the day following all that was mortal of him was carefully laid to rest by loving hands. The funeral was conducted by Rev. G. L. HEWITT, and a large number of friends gathered to pay their last sad tribute to his body. The deceased was in his 28th year, when the summons came. He was stricken down in the vigor of his manhood and lingered but a short time on the threshold. During the past winter he started to Florida hoping that the change would prolong his life, but when about half way he became convinced that the end was near and returned to his home. He died full in the faith of a Christian, and it may be truly said that his life had a glorious ending.
Mr. FRANK YOUNG died at his home eight miles west of town on the morning of the 24th, of that dread disease, consumption. He was a noble and true young man.

Vernon Courier, Jan 27, 1888 – pg 4
GEORGE HUGHEY, formerly a citizen of this county died at his home in Arkansas several weeks ago.

Vernon Courier, Jan 27, 1888 – pg 4
Mr. JESSE PENNINGTON died at his home six miles west of town on the 19th of January. He was born Jan. 26, 1798, making his age 89 years 9 months and 93 days. He was perhaps the oldest man in the county.

Vernon Courier, Feb. 17, 1888 – pg 4
Mrs. ELIZA YOUNG died at the residence of her son, Prof. G. W. YOUNG, near Wayside on Wednesday night of last week.

Vernon Courier, Feb. 24, 1888 – pg 4
Mrs. CHARATY NELSON died at her home near town on the 20th inst.

Vernon Courier, Feb. 24, 1888 – pg 4
Mrs. HOLLIDAY, wife of Prof. J. D. HOLLIDAY, died at their home near Gatman, Miss on the 19th inst.

Vernon Courier, March 2, 1888
Reports of the killing of Mr. D. B. WILLIAMS, a farmer by a section boss named BOBO, on the G. P. Railroad on Tuesday last, were confirmed by a party of gentlemen here yesterday. The killing was done in Fayette County, about one mile from the Lamar County line. BOBO is still at large, and a reward is offered for his apprehension. WILLIAMS leaves a wife and one child.

Vernon Courier, March 8, 1888 – pg 1
Died suddenly on Sunday evening last, at his home eight miles west of town, Mr. ALEXANDER YOUNG, in this 84th year. He was born in the state of South Carolina, on the 4th of Jan. 1805, and has resided in this section for 55 years. Outside of his immediate relatives he was known by all the people of his neighborhood as "Uncle Alex" and many who have received help and encouragement from him will, no doubt, realize that they have lost one to them worthy of the kind name which they bestowed upon him. While the summons was sudden, it was no great surprise to his family, for his physicians had told, both him and family that the end was near, and liable to come at any time. On the morning before his death he expressed himself as feeling better than he had for a long while, and in the evening on going out to his horse lot and remaining some minutes longer than usual, caused his wife to go in search of him, when she found him as he had fallen, without a single sign of a struggle, dead.
A large procession gathered at the old homestead on Tuesday morning, where funeral services were held and followed his remains to the grave. He had lived to see great-grandchildren several years old and out a family of six sons, surviving all but three. His mind was bright and active, and he looked on the sunny side of life to the last. And while he seemed conscious that the end was near and had made everything ready to go at any moment, he patiently waited for the summons to come. His life has been a blessing to the community where he lived, and his example will live long after him.

10. PERRY, REV. R. J.
Vernon Courier, March 9, 1888 – pg 1
       We publish by request the following obituary notice of Rev. R. J. PERRY, who will be remembered by our people as the founder of Perry’s Camp Ground, in this county, which stands a fitting monument to this good man.
       REV. R. J. PERRY
       Dr. RIGDEN J. PERRY died at his residence in Gatesville, Texas, Jan. 5th, 1888 at 12:45 o’clock a.m. Dr. PERRY was born in South Carolina, Jan. 13th, 1815, and was married to Miss MARY KIRK, of Pickens County, Ala. June 28th 1838. He professed religion and joined the M. E. Church, South in 1859, and was licensed to preach Jan. 11th, 1853 and joined the Alabama Conference, Nov. 3rd 1865; transferred to the Northwest Texas Conference 1858.
       Dr. Perry commenced the practice of medicine soon after his marriage, and continued up to the time of his connection with the Alabama Conference, then he gave his entire time to the work of the ministry, the results of which

Vernon Courier, March 9, 1888 -
Mr. PHIL HENLY, one of Lamar’s busy citizens died of dropsy, Feb. 29th, near Crew’s depot.

Vernon Courier, March 16, 1888 – pg 1
       The entire community was shocked on Sunday last by the news of Mr. BERT MARLER taking his life with his own hand, which occurred on the evening before at his brothers, five miles west of this place. The deceased placed a pistol to the side of his head and fired twice, the bullets both entering just back of the right ear, and severing the artery in the neck. The pistol used, was a self-acting one, which accounts for the two shots, the first having a mortal effect, but in falling he grasped the pistol, which caused it to fire the second time.
       The deceased was a young man 22 years of age, possessed good business qualities, and could do almost any kind of mechanical work and had good prospects for a useful career. He was well connected in this county and had a large circle of friends that mourn his untimely death.

Vernon Courier, April 20, 1888 – pg 4
DIED: The 3-year old daughter of HENRY HANKINS, Esq., died of whooping cough Sunday morning, the 15th inst.

Vernon Courier, April 20, 1888 – pg 4
DIED: ON the 13th inst., MARTIN DEES departed this life. His death was caused by an attack of pneumonia. In Mr. DEES our county loses one of its oldest and most respected citizens.

Vernon Courier, May 4, 1888 – pg 4
Mrs. M. L. MORDICIAI, an aged and highly esteemed lady died at her home ten miles south of town on the 24th ult.
ALSO – May 11, 1888 issue
The heirs of Mrs. M. L. MORDICAI, who died a few days ago went into an out house as directed by her before her death and digged up a pitcher containing about a gallon and a half of silver, and a bottle containing $240 in gold. The silver was greatly darkened by age and some very old coins were found. The whole amount was near seven hundred dollars and outside of the gold the remainder consisted in pieces less than one dollar.

16. CLEARMAN, Mr. WM. D.
Vernon Courier, May 4, 1888 – pg 4
Mr. WM. D. CLEARMAN an aged and much respected citizen of our county died at his home four miles west of town on the 1st inst. He will be sadly missed in the community where he lived.

Died on the 8th, little LOU, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. STRICKLAND. The students of the High School attended the burial and the classmates of the deceased covered her grave with flowers.
ALSO – MAY 18, 1888 ISSUE
ETTA LUELLA STRICKLAND died at the residence of her father, Mr. W. B. STRICKLAND, of Vernon, Ala. May 8th, 1888. Her age was 12 years 3 months and 17 days. She suffered much during a period of about two weeks with pneumonia and congestion of the brain.       
“God placed a bund with our hands.
We nurtured it with pride.
And thought how fair that bud would be
When it had blossomed wide:
Our bud, our babe, how fair she was,
We watch her grow apace,
And deemed no blossom could compare
With her fair flower face.
But ere the light of baby hood,
Upon her brow grew dim,
The father bade an angel bring
The fine young soul to him;
The hand that stilled our baby’s heart
With anguish wrung our own,
And yet we knew the Father’s rod
Is held by love alone.”

Vernon Courier, May 11, 1888 – pg 4
Mr. ROBERT TURNER died at his home last Sunday. The deceased was considerably above eighty years of age and had lived a most exemplary and pious life, and will be much missed in his neighborhood. It seems that our old citizens are fast passing away.

Vernon Courier, May 18, 1888 – pg 4
Died: On Sunday the 13th inst. 2 miles south of town, infant child of Mr. JOHN JONES, died after a short illness.

20. ADAIR, MRS. J. B.
Vernon Courier, May 18, 1888 – pg 4
Died: On Sunday the 13th inst., Mrs. ADAIR, wife of J. B. ADAIR, died very suddenly at his home 5 miles south west of Vernon.

Vernon Courier, May 25, 1888 – pg 4
Mr. WILLIAM SMITH died at his home 8 miles north west of Vernon the 22nd inst., after a lingering illness.

Vernon Courier, June 15, 1888 – pg 4
Died: ON the 12th at her sisters, one mile west of town, Miss DORA YOUNG, in her eighteenth year. Miss DORA was the second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. SAMUEL G. YOUNG, both of whom only a short time since have died with the same terrible disease, consumption. While DORA’S friends knew that the end was near, yet the summons came sooner than was expected
       With a consciousness that she was gradually passing away still she waited for the messenger, which has to the world been called the “king of terrors’ as it was only a common place invitation in life. Her fortitude and patience under so great suffering is rarely, if ever equaled. Perhaps, to yield up life just on the entering and realizing of the hopes of womanhood may be no greater cross than at any other time in line; and requires a kind of heroism not general among mankind. Miss DORA was taken on Wednesday to the old burying ground of her family, at New Hope Church, and there laid to rest. Her life has been spent in the church, and by an abiding faith in her Savior she was comforted in the “living hour.”

Vernon Courier, June 22, 1888 – pg 4
On Tuesday night at 11 o’clock, the subject of this sketch passed from this life. He was one of Lamar’s aged and most honored citizens. The writer has often heard him tell of moving through Tuskaloosa when it was a small village, and of the first steamboat that came up the Warrior River. He was many times honored by the citizens of this and Fayette County, with positions of trust and profit. Serving several sessions in the legislature of the state; several times as county Supt. of Education, and last was Clerk of the Circuit Court of this county.
       His influence has ever been on the side of morality and religion, and he was a man of strong convictions, and what he thought was right, he always had the moral courage to do. He had lived several years above the allotted years for man and leaves a life full go god deeds that have been a blessing to society. The death of such a man is a great loss to any community, for such excellent characters are rare indeed. He was also an active man in his church and carried his religion into the affairs of every day life. Educated considerably above the average, in his younger days, and with strong mind he naturally became a leader in the public affairs of his country, and few men have ever lived in this section that had greater influence in shaping and directing public opinion than he. “Full of years and honors’; and with the esteem and veneration of the entire community by friendly hands he was kindly laid to rest.

24. HILHAM, Infant Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. H.
Vernon Courier, July 6, 1888, pg 4
DIED: On June 29th, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. H. H. HILHAM aged seven weeks.

Vernon Courier, July 6, 1888, pg 4
DIED: On the 6th inst, at her home, ten miles west of town, Mrs. HENRY WILLIS, an aged and most estimable lady.

Vernon Courier, July 13, 1888, pg 4
The death of Mrs. Dr. J. O. KENNEDY on Saturday last, at Kennedy station was quite a shock to a large circle of friends. Dr. and Mrs. KENNEDY were married in December of last year, and Mrs. KENNEDY was immediately placed in charge of their new and elegant home, with as bright prospects for a long and happy life as ever falls to the lot of a beautiful and cultivated lady. Perhaps at no time in life would this final summons have seemed to us so premature. The light and life of a home and the idol of a noble and loving husband quickly passes away.

28. SCOTT, MR. J. T.
Vernon Courier, August 17, 1888 – pg 4
Mrs. MARTHA SCOTT, wife of W. C. SCOTT, died at Military Springs on the 11th inst, and on Monday last Mr. J. T. SCOTT died at the same place. The family have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community. Both deaths occurred from slow fever.

Vernon Courier, August 24, 1888, pg 4
Mr. WILLIAM MATTISON, an aged and much beloved old gentleman, died at his home four miles west of town on the night of the 16th. He was known by a large number of friends and all called him “Uncle BILLY”. He had a kind and pleasant word for all he met, and was a friend to every man of his acquaintance. His many kind and lovable traits will live long in the memory of his friends.

Vernon Courier, August 24, 1888, pg 4
Miss MARY SMITH died very suddenly last Sunday. She, in company with MR. ISAAC RASBERRY, her brother-in-law, and several others had started to preaching in a wagon, when about thirty yards from the house she remarked “we are going to have a rough ride.” And by the time she ceased talking she fell over dead.

31. COMBS, MRS. P. C.
Vernon Courier, August 24, 1888, pg 4
Died. On the 4th inst, one mile from town, Mrs. P. C. COMBS, in the sixty-second year of her age. The deceased was born at Hamburg, Tenn. and moved to this county in 1867. She professed religion in her 13th year at a camp-meeting in Itawamba County, Miss. and died with full faith in the religion that she believed in when so young.

32. DUNCAN, REV. G. M. G.
Vernon Courier, Sept, 14, 1888 – pg 4
A special to the Birmingham Age from Hillsboro, Ala. date Sept. 9th says: We have just received news of the death of Rev. G. M. G. DUNCAN, pastor of the M. E. Church South, at Moulton, Ala. He died sometime after 1 o’clock today.”
       The death of this good man will be regretted by his many friends through this county, who he served so faithfully, as a pastor of a number of churches. Mr. DUNCAN’S death is a great loss to the church militant.

Vernon Courier, Sept. 28, 1888 – pg 4
A telegram was received by the relatives of Mrs. ADINE MARLER announcing her death on the 24th at her home in Florida.

Vernon Courier, Sept. 28, 1888 – pg 4
Miss HARRIET SPRINGFIELD, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. T. W. SPRINGFIELD died on the evening of the 24th after a long illness. In life Miss HARRIET was one of the sweetest Christian characters we have ever known. For years she has been a meek and patient sufferer, stricken down in the very bloom of life she gradually faded away to the city of God.

35. DENMAN, Infant of Mr. and Mrs. M. F.
Vernon Courier, October 26, 1888 – pg 4
Died: On the 19th inst. the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. F. DENMAN.

Vernon Courier, November 9, 1888 – pg 4
The “Angel of Death” has visited our Sabbath School and chosen for his prize a worthy little member – LOUSETTIE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. M. WALDROP. She was born March 10th, 1881 and departed this life Oct. 8th, 1888. Ah, that little vacant seat at the Sabbath school and especially at her home. The brightest hours of earth are mingled with sorrow, and the most pleasant associations with tears. But God in His providence saw fit to call her beyond the reach of sorrow, where no tears dim the immortal sight. We tender the bereaved family our sympathy and hope they meet her in that world where parting is no more.
       MRS. MARY A. BOYLE, Committee

Vernon Courier, November 23, 1888 – pg 4
DIED – On the night of 15th last Miss WACONDA L., daughter of Mr. A. J. JORDAN, in the eleventh year of her age of pneumonia.

38. HOLLIS, Mrs. D. D.
Vernon Courier, January 4, 1889, pg 4
A very sad accident occurred at Sulligent on last Friday night. A party of young had been out in the country to a social gathering, and were returning to town in a wagon. Among the party were DR. and Mrs. D. D. HOLLIS, and while going down a slight incline a wheel struck a small stump, throwing Mrs. HOLLIS out of the wagon, killing her instantly. The bereaved husband and family have the sympathy of the entire community.
Vernon Courier, March 8, 1889, pg 4
Mrs. MINNIE HOLLIS, daughter of Dr. D. H. and MARY N. MILLER, was born in Pickens county, Ala., Dec 1862 and was thrown from a vehicle and killed instantly near Sulligent in Lamar County, Ala. December 29, 1888. When she was quite young her parents moved to the state of Missouri, and she was reared and educated in the same state, at Irondale, where she was united in marriage by Rev. Mr. LOVE of the Presbyterian Church to Dr. D. D. HOLLIS, Lamar County, Ala. on December 17, 1884.
       Sister HOLLIS was converted to the Christian religion in early life, and joined the Presbyterian Church. In 1885 she was received into the M. E. Church South by the writer at Cansler, Ala. She lived in this church as a faithful member until speedily called to go up to the church above.
       Sister HOLLIS was a beautiful lady, and her style of dress showed the finest taste. She was a lady of high culture and strong social ability, very entertaining and pleasant. As a Christian she was faithful, as a wife she was devoted, as a child obedient, as a neighbor useful and kind. We see her no more here for awhile. Why God took her from her husband’s side into eternity so soon “we know not now, but we shall know hereafter.” The dear wife was seated by her husband when suddenly thrown from her seat and killed in a moment. In an hour, when you least expect him, the Son of Man cometh.” God bless the grief-stricken ones. May we meet dear MINNIE in her bright home above.
       GEO. L. HEWITT

Vernon Courier, February 22, 1889, pg 4
SHOT DEAD IN HIS TRACKS – A Young White Man Kills a Negro in an Altercation
       At Crews Depot on the K. C. M. & B. railroad, on Tuesday morning about 8 o’clock, SAM HENSON shot and instantly killed BOB FLEMING, a colored man. Three hours after the killing a Courier reporter was at the scene of the tragedy. The particulars, as given by those present are as follows:
       On last Friday, the two men had a fight in which the negro struck young HENSON with an iron clevis, and bruised him up slightly. On Tuesday they met at Crews and the old quarrel was renewed. The two men walked off some distance together, talking in an angry manner and HENSON was seen to kick FLEMING and immediately thereafter shot him through the head. Only one shot was fired. No person was near enough to hear what was said by either party. When the negro was reached he was dead, and had the clevis in his hand, which was the only weapon found on his person.
       The reporter met Mr. HENSON after the killing and talked with him. His statement was: that the negro put his hand to his pocket as if to get his pistol, and knowing the negro made it a rule to carry a pistol he shot the negro while he though him attempting to draw a pistol.
       It is evident that neither of the parties expected a difficulty, as FLEMING had no pistol, and HENSON had only two chambers of this pistol loaded before the difficulty.
       FLEMING was a well doing colored man and leaves a wife and several children.       
Young HENSON is well known over the entire county as one of Lamar’s best young men, and his many friends regret very much his getting into such trouble. He left immediately after the killing, and at the time we go to press has not been arrested. No excitement whatever exists over the affair.

40. STOUGH, G. W. “DEEK”
Vernon Courier, March 22, 1889 – pg 1
People coming to town from Newtonville neighborhood Thursday morning, reported the tragic death of G. W. STOUGH, commonly called “Deek.” Which occurred in Hico beat Wednesday night. The particulars are as follows:
       STOUGH was on his way home from Fayette where he had spent the day. When a mile or so below Newtonville he decided to test the speed of the horse he was riding, and started off at a gallop. Before he had gone far, he leaned to one side, his head struck a tree and he was knocked from this horse. When he picked up, he was dead. – {Fayette Sentinel]

Vernon Courier, March 29, 1889
A Venerable Minister of the Gospel Dies at Caledonia, Miss.
Columbus, Miss., March 23 – Rev. SAMUEL GIVENS, the oldest man in Lowndes County died at Caledonia today. He was 97 years old, and has been a minister in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church for about seventy years. He was a native of Tennessee, but was one of the first settlers of his county, where he has lived ever since.

Vernon Courier, March 29, 1889, pg 4
Died at his home in Lamar County on the 24th day of February last, HUGH ISBELL, after an illness of about ten days. He was born in Jackson County Tenn., where he lived until about 16 years of age, then moved to St. Clair County, Ala., where he married Miss ELIZA HOMES (sic) about the year 1819 (? – very light can’t read) and shortly afterward joined the Baptist Church. About twenty years later he moved to this county and it being more convenient joined the Methodist Church and continued a faithful member of the same. He was buried by the Farmer’s Alliance, of which he was a worthy member. The funeral was attended by a large crowd of sad and mourning friends.
       A FRIEND, Crews Depot, Ala, March 27, 1889
(NOTE FROM TRANSCRIBER – From another researcher, the g-g-grandchild of Hugh and Eliza, the actual marriage date for Hugh and Elisa HOLMES Isbell is 1848 in Shelby County, Ala. Even though the paper says 1819 – the date of 1848 is more realistic)
Vernon Courier, June 27, 1889 – pg 4
Rev. J. R. BAKER, will preach the funeral of HUGH ISBELL, on the fourth Sunday in August next, at Mt. Hebron, near Crews’ Depot. All parties desiring to be present will please remember the date.

Vernon Courier, April 5, 1889, pg 4
Mrs. ANNA NOLER, a most estimable lady, died near Crews Depot last week at the ripe old age of 84. The deceased was born in North Carolina but removed to this country many years ago and leaves a large number of children and grand children in the county.

Vernon Courier, April 5, 1889, pg 4
On last Friday WILLIAM M. YOUNG, son of Mr. and Mrs. JOHN A. YOUNG, died at his father’s home nine miles west of town, at the age of twenty-three years. He was a young man of splendid business qualifications and with bright prospects in life, which were cut short by consumption. He had for several years spent the winter in Columbus, Mississippi, where he had the friendship and confidence of many of the most prominent business men. In the winter of 1887 he began to fear the disease was fastening upon him and went to Florida, there to find that the climate seemed to aggravate instead of cure the disease, and with a sad heart returned to his home to die with those he loved. Long did the hopes inspired by his youth and prospect in life cause him to hold on to life, when his friends, who have felt many heartaches at his untimely death. A large number of friends gathered at the family burying place on last Saturday to see that which was mortal of him laid to rest.

Vernon Courier, April 5, 1889, pg 4
Died. On last Sunday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. JOHN D. MCCLUSKEY, Mrs. LODICIE KUYKENDALL. In the 67th year of her age, after a long and painful illness of about one year. The deceased was a sister of Rev. T. W. SPRINGFIELD and has a number of relatives in the county. The deceased was laid to rest with the impressive and solemn ceremonies of the Methodist Church, of which she had long been a consistent member.

Vernon Courier, April 12, 1889, Pg 4
The many friends of JOHNNIE BELL, son of Judge BELL, of Fayette, were pained to learn of the death of that noble young man, which took place at his father’s home at Fayette on last Saturday. Rev. Mr. WIMBERLY and Esq. W. G. MIDDLETON went over to Fayette Sunday to attend the burial.

47. ISBELL, Son of Prof. R. G.
Vernon Courier, April 19, 1889, pg 1
The infant son of Prof. and Mrs. R. G. ISBELL died on Saturday evening, and was buried this evening at 4 o’clock. - Millport, Ala., April 14

Vernon Courier, May 10, 1889 – pg 4
On the 17th day of April 1889, near the close of day little ETHEL HOWEL, one of earth’s brightest jewels was called home after many days of suffering. When she felt that death was near she called her loving parents to her bedside to bid them farewell; told them that she was soon to leave them and told her mama to dry her tears and meet her in heaven, and to bring papa. She then said grandma will you come too? And as if going to sleep she died.
       She was only eight years old, but a bright and loving child; loved by all who knew her. While we will miss her in the Sunday School and her dear parents when they gather around, their fireside will see her vacant chair that cannot be filled. But what a consoling through to know that she is now a bright angel in heaven and that at it will not be long ere they will meet their child again. God help the bereaved parents to be faithful until death, that they many join their own little ETHEL in the mansions of glory.       
       Mrs. J. N. MCNEIL
       Mrs. S. E. WIER

Vernon Courier, May 31, 1889 – pg 1
A CONSTRUCTION FOREMAN KILLED – Zul Shelton Meets his Death Near Corona on the Georgia Pacific
ZUELLA SHELTON, a white construction foreman on the Western Division of the Georgia Pacific Railroad was killed at Corona, fifty-five miles west of this city yesterday. He was standing on the lever care, which was on a side track, when a train came by and struck the car knocking SHELTON off and inflicting wounds from which he died three hours afterwards. The car on the siding had not fully cleared the main track which was the cause of the accident. SHELTON was struck on the head by a falling beam.
       SHELTON lived at Kennedy, a station only a few miles away, where his body was taken for burial. He was a married man and had been in the employ of the road for several months. – [Birmingham News]

51. Grandchild of RIEL HARPER
Vernon Courier, May 31, 1889 – pg 1
RIEL HARPER, who lived some six miles north of Gordo, died very suddenly on Saturday last. On Sunday while a number of his children and grand-children were at the house of mourning the sorrow of the occasion was made doubly sad by the drowning of one of the deceased’s grand children. It seems that the little fellow was playing about the springs near by when by some means he lost his balance, fell into the spring, and was drowned before assistance could be had. – [West Alabamian]

Vernon Courier, May 31, 1889 – pg 4
Detroit, Ala., May 28 – After a brief illness Aunt PEGGY RODGERS died on last Saturday evening at the home of her nephew, Mr. FURMAN LAGSTON. Aunt PEGGY will be sadly missed, not only by her relatives but the entire community will mourn her death.

Vernon Courier, June 13, 1889
       On last Saturday at Crews Depot, JAMES LINDLEY stabbed and almost instantly killed DERRELL HOLLIS. From eye witnesses the Courier gets the following facts: LINDLEY was in HILL BROS. store and had his coat off preparing to shave, when HOLLIS appeared and collared him, remarking, “Now I’ve got you and I’ll fix you.” When young Mr. HILL ordered them to get out of the house HOLLIS threw his left arm around LINDLEY’S neck, and caught him by the right arm and dragged him from HILL’S store to about the front of the store of CREW & STANFORD, which is about thirty yards. It is said that LINDLEY called for the bystanders to take HOLLIS away, but they were all afraid to interfere, believing if they did he would turn on them. HOLLIS had a knife in his hand but it was not opened; he was striking LINDLEY on the head with the jaws of the knife. About the time they reached the front of CREW & STANFORD’S store the fight had commenced in earnest, and LINDLEY managed to get hold of his knife, which was of the most dangerous kind, having a long keen blade with a spring back. Opening the knife, and being bent over next to HOLLIS’ left side gave it one thrust into HOLLIS’ side. Esq. W. T. STANFORD ran out just as LINDLEY got his knife and rushed forward, but was too late. The struggle continued for a moment when STANFORD caught HOLLIS and pulled them apart. When the knife was drawn from the wound the blood spurted out six feet away, and HOLLIS threw up his hands and exclaimed, “Oh, Lordy, I’m gone!” The knife had pierced the heart. HOLLIS staggered and fell, scrambled to his feet and walked a few stops and fell an with a convulsive quiver his body shook, and he was dead.
       His life blood that only a few moments before had given force and motion to his powerful and vigorous body now lay clotted on the earth.
       From reliable authority we are informed that HOLLIS had left home that morning with the intention of doing some violence to LINDLEY, and had sought for him diligently all day until he found him HOLLIS’ wife and father had tried to persuade him to desist and let LINDLEY alone, but it seems that his anger had gotten above his judgment. Bad feeling seems to have existed between the parties for some time back, and some remark of LINDLEY unpleasant to HOLLIS precipitated the deadly combat. LINDLEY is on the dodge; but said to be only out of the way of HOLLIS’ brother. The father of young LINDLEY was in town Monday and stated that just so soon as he though it safe for his son to come back that he would bring him in and that he should stand his trial claiming that his son was entirely justifiable, which seems to be the opinion of the majority of the citizens of the neighborhood where the killing occurred. The deceased leaves a wife and one child, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. HUBERT HOLLIS, was about 30 years old and lived near Beaverton. LINDLEY is not 20 years of age, is the son of Mr. WM. LINDLEY, who resides near Crews.
       HOLLIS was brave, fearless and reckless when angry, and was much larger than LINDLEY, who was rather slender.

Vernon Courier, June 20, 1889 – pg 1
MURDER IN ABERDEEN – An Engineer Shot by a Section Foreman – The Particulars
A special of the 14 to the Age-Herald from Aberdeen gives the following account of the murder of Engineer SMITH. During the quiet of this morning a fearful tragedy was enacted at the Kansas City Depot, in which TERRY SMITH, one of the best engineers on the road, was shot and killed by C. C. EAKER, the section master on the Aberdeen branch of the road. SMITH had complained to EAKER and also the officials of the railroad about the condition of a portion of the track, and this complaint resulted in a quarrel. This morning about 7 o’clock, while SMITH was on his engine at work EAKER approached him and the quarrel was at once renewed. Because of EAKER’S violent abuse, SMITH stopped off the engine and they both stepped upon the platform in front of the office odor. At this juncture EAKER knocked SMITH off the platform, when he retreated to his cab and at once returned with a coal pick in his hand. Just as he stepped upon the platform, EAKER, who was standing the office door, shot him through the right lung, the ball passing entirely through the body. A second shot was fired, taking effect in the left shoulder.
       The killing was witnessed by GEORGE W. MILLER, the fireman and others. SMITH had been three or four years in the employment of this company and was regarded as one of its faithful and official employers. He was a native of Illinois, was about 38 years old and unmarried, was sober and very quiet. EAKER lives at the Junction near Amory and has a wife and eight children. He surrendered to the city officials and is now in jail.

55. HOWARD, Mrs. MARY A.
Vernon Courier, July 4, 1889 – pg 1
Mrs. MARY A. HOWARD, wife of THOS. G. HOWARD, aged 74 years departed this life on the night of the 21st of June, near Canaan in this county. Her last days were spent in much suffering, which she bore with Christian fortitude and patient endurance. Her mind was clear until near the last. She expected a perfect satisfaction and even anxiety to cross over the River and receive her everlasting reward, which awaits all the faithful. She leaves a son and three daughters to mourn her loss, but not as those who have no hope. May God sanctify their bereavement to the good of their never dying souls. That they may one day meet where there is no parting.

Vernon Courier, July 11, 1889 – pg 4
Inquiry is made for the relatives of WM. L. MCNEAL who died at Brownsboroguh Texas in Oct. 1888.

Vernon Courier, July 18, 1889 – pg 1
News reached here yesterday morning of the killing of Mr. MOSE GRAVES on Tuesday evening at his home at Jewell, 7 miles east of town. About sundown a man went to the post office and asked for a package addressed to a party unknown to MR. GRAVES, and when he turned to get the package the man shot him. Mr. GRAVES died about 9 o’clock Tuesday night.

Vernon Courier, August 15, 1889, pg 4
Miss NELLIE ANN LANGLEY, daughter of Mr. W. R. LANGLEY who lives two miles north of town, died on August 2nd, from fever.

Vernon Courier, August 22, 1889 – pg 1
A BLOODY TRAGEDY – Harvey Speck Puts three balls Into Berry Adair
The Carbon Hill Dispatch tells of a tragedy at that place;
       On last Tuesday evening about half past four o’clock HAVERY SPECK shot BERRY ADAIR three shots, two of them taking effect in his bowels and the other one in his left arm, from which Mr. ADAIR died about 8 o’clock the same evening. The killing of MR. ADAIR was the result of a quarrel between the two parties SPECK and ADAIR which originated from a small debt due from ADAIR to SPECK.

60. YOUNG, Mr. J. R.
Vernon Courier, August 22, 1889 – pg 4
The entire community was sadly shocked by the receipt of a telegram last Friday from Tupelo announcing the death of Mr. J. R. YOUNG. His remains followed on Saturday’s train and was interred at Wesley Chapel Sunday. Mr. YOUNG was born and reared near here. He grew up a model man, married one of the best young ladies in the community, moved to Lee County, Miss. a few years since where he has been successful farmer and one of the best citizens of the county, loved by his neighbors, as was proved by the number that followed his remains to the grave. He leaves a wife and two small children who will spend a while with her father Squire M. L. DAVIS, before she returns to her desolate home and it is to her and the aged parents that we especially extend our sympathy.
       “CLIP” Detroit, Ala. August 15, 18889

Vernon Courier, Sept. 29, 1889, pg 4
The funeral of JANE MORTON, who departed this life April 8, 1889 will be preached on the first Sunday in October by Rev. E. BONMAN and DANIEL PERKINS, colored.

Vernon Courier, October 17, 1889 – pg 4
Died: On Monday evening at 4 o’clock of slow fever, JENNIE, daughter of Mrs. and Rev. W. C. WOODS, aged 9 years.

Vernon Courier, Nov. 7, 1889 – pg 4
On Saturday the 2nd inst., Mrs. SANDERS, wife of GREEN B. SANDERS, at her home three miles north of town, after a painful illness.

Vernon Courier, Nov. 7, 1889 – pg 4
On Sunday last, at his home in Sulligent, Mr. JAMES OLDSHUE, from a paralytic stroke.

Vernon Courier, Dec. 12, 1889 – pg 4
“Uncle” MARTIN LAWRENCE, one of Lamar’s oldest citizens was buried at the cemetery in town Saturday.
DIED: On Friday the 6th last, MARTIN LAWRENCE, at his home six miles south-west of town, after a long and painful illness. “Uncle” MARTIN was one of Lamar’s oldest and best known citizens, and was a citizen of Vernon in its earlier days. His death, though not unexpected, is greatly deplored.

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