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1924
CHILTON ALLEN THOMAS

Cadiz Record
April 6, 1924

Chilt Thomas Died AT Eighty-Three
Brief Illness Of Pneumonia Fatal To Well-Known Donaldson Citizen

Mr. Chilton A. Thomas, a leading citizen of the Donaldson section, died last Sunday night of pneumonia. He had been ill only a few days and his death came rather suddenly and was quite a surprise to his family and friends.
Mr. Thomas was born near where he died in 1841, and was a son of Perry Thomas, long deceased. He was one of a very large family. For many years he was a merchant on Donaldson and in his neighborhood had a wide acquaintance and was well known. He stayed close to home, however, and outside of his immediate section his acquaintance was limited.

He was twice married. His first wife was a Miss Duncan, and the following children by the first marriage are living: Tom Thomas, of Calloway county, and Sanford Thomas, Mrs. T. D. Sumner, Mrs. Nora Sumner, of Trigg county, and Mrs. Henry Dixon, of Calloway. His second wife, who survives, was Miss Amanda Chewning, daughter of the late John D. Chewning, of the southern section of the county. Two daughters by the second marriage, Mrs. Walker Redd and Mrs. Fowler, are living.

Mr. Thomas was also survived by the following brothers and sisters: Mr. Starkie Thomas, of graves county; Mr. W. Scott Thomas, Mrs. Eliza Futrell, and Misses Etna and Josie Thomas, of Trigg county.
A large crowd was present Tuesday afternoon at the funeral, which was conducted by Rev. Keidel Thomas and burial followed at the family grave yard near his home.


1924
PERRY ELMO THOMAS

Cadiz Record

Killed In Texas Relatives in Trigg
Elmo Thomas And Two Young Ladies With Him Killed In Auto Accident
Father A Wealthy Citizen of Murray And Many
Relatives Reside In Trigg

Saturday afternoon Hon. G. P. Thomas, of this city, received a telephone message from his first cousin Mr. Monroe Thomas, a wealthy and prominent citizen of Murray, announcing the death of his son in an automobile accident in Texas.

A brief special from Murray to the COURIER JOURNAL of Sunday says: Elmo Thomas, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Thomas, of this place, was instantly killed in his automobile last night at Palmer, Texas, when an interurban struck his car at a crossing. Thomas had two young women in the car with him, both of whom also were killed. Thomas was an oil geologist, son of wealthy and prominent parents. His only sister is the wife of Dr. Hugh McElrath, a Murray dentist. His body will be shipped here.

A special from Ennis Texas, of May 3 says: Perry Elmo Thomas, of Lexington, Ky., oil operator, Kathleen Mc Knight and Miss Geddis Manning school teachers, were killed last night near Palmer, when their automobile was struck by a Corsicana-Dallas Interurban car. Mr. Monroe Thomas, father of the dead man is a first cousin of Hon. G. P. Thomas, of this city, the grandfather being Starkie Thomas, formerly of Trigg county, but for many years a leading citizen of Calloway. Mrs. J. Cul Thomas, of Graves county, whose husband spent his life in Trigg until reaching manhood, is an aunt of the dead man. All the Trigg county Thomas's are his near relatives, and "Old Uncle" Perry Thomas, many years a leading citizen of Donaldson, was the great grandfather. In the telephone conversation from the young man's father to Mr. Thomas in Cadiz Saturday, it was stated the remains would reach Murray and burial would take place there last Monday. The estate of the father includes some very valuable oil buildings in Texas and the young man had been in Texas for some time looking after his father's business there.


1924
DURWOOD STANLEY BRIDGES

Cadiz Record
June 27, 1924

Splendid Citizen of Maple Grove Dead
End Came Last Friday Afternoon To Stanley Bridges At Fifty-Eight
Member Of Prominent Family And Wife And Three Children Survive Him.

Mr. D. Stanley Bridges, one of Trigg county's most highly respected citizens, died at his home near Maple Grove, nine miles south of Cadiz, last Friday afternoon at two o'clock. An abscess of the lungs, with other complications, cause his death. For more than a year Mr. Bridges had not been in the best of health, and for some weeks last winter he was confined to his room. As spring came on, he began to improve and was thought to be getting along nicely. A week or two ago he began to suffer from the abscess and drove to Cadiz on Sunday before his death to consult a physician.

Mr. Bridges was fifty eight years of age and had spent practically all his life in the neighborhood where he died. He was one of a large family of children and a son of the late Drew Bridges. Of this large family only four are living, one brother and three sisters - Mr. W. Henry Bridges, Mrs. B. M. Sumner, Mrs. Seldon T. Thomas and Mrs. Clay Carr, all of Trigg county. A half brother Garland Bridges, resides in Detroit.

After reaching manhood, something like thirty five years ago, he was united in marriage to Miss Jennie Thomas. Five children were born to this union. Two died when young and three survive, all grown - Messrs. Derward and Ira Bridges and Miss Ernestine Bridges. The heart broken wife also survives him.

Mr. Bridges united with the Baptist church when a young man and had always taken a special interest in his church, and had for years held his membership at Oak Grove. He was a very clever citizen, a successful farmer, a devoted and kind husband and father and a neighbor whom all liked, and in his death the county loses one of its very best and most honorable citizens. Burial took place Saturday morning at the Thomas grave yard six miles south of town, with Masonic honors, and the funeral service was conducted by Rev. Keidel Thomas.


1925
EARL H. CUNNINGHAM

Cadiz Record
April 27, 1925

Rev. Earl Cunningham Dies In Nashville
Remains Brought To Trigg County And Buried Tuesday Near Oak Grove
Fifty Four Years Of Age And Had Been In Poor Health For Number Of Years

Rev. Earl Hughs Cunningham a former well known citizen of Trigg county died last Monday morning April 27th, at 11:30 o'clock at an infirmary in Nashville. Death followed an attack of flu, although Mr. Cunningham had not enjoyed good health for a number of years. Some years ago he lost the use of his limbs practically and a fall a year or two ago in which his hip was broken made him practically helpless. In his younger days Mr. Cunningham was a teacher, at the same time he studied law, but did not practice but little. After entering the Baptist ministry he was very active and held pastorates in Trigg county, Paducah and other places. More than twenty years ago he was united in marriage to Miss Thomas, daughter of F. M. Thomas six miles south of town. The wife lived but a short while, and Mr. Cunningham never again married. He was held in high esteem by many friends, and was a man of splendid ability and a good speaker. The remains reached Trigg county at noon Tuesday and were taken to the Thomas grave yard near Oak grove, six miles south of Cadiz, and there consigned to their last resting place by the side of the wife. George L. Cunningham, two miles west of Cadiz, and Rev. John T. Cunningham are brothers of the deceased. Other brothers and sisters are W. J. and B. H. Cunningham, of Paducah; Mrs. Dudley Meacham, Mrs. Robert Sandy and Miss Maude Cunningham, also of Paducah.


1925
 
EFFIE SIVILLS THOMAS

Cadiz Record
April 12, 1925

Pneumonia Fatal To Mrs. Richard Thomas
Daughter Of Esq. Sivills And Two Weeks Old Baby Among Survivors

Mrs. Effie Thomas, wife of Mr. R. E. Thomas, of Donaldson, and who is rural mail carrier on route nine, died Sunday night at the family home on Donaldson, of pneumonia and other complications. Mrs. Thomas had been ill for more than two weeks. Mrs. Thomas was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Sivills, of the Skinner's Spring section, and was about forty years of age. She was married to Mr. Thomas just a little more than four years ago, and an infant two weeks of age and another child two years of age are bereft of a mother's tender care. Mrs. Thomas was a splendid woman, a good neighbor and a devoted wife and mother, and her untimely death is mourned by the entire community where she was so much loved. Funeral and burial took place Monday afternoon at four o'clock at the Chewning grave yard near Carr's Store in the southern section of the county. April 26, 1925


1925
AMANDA CHEWNING THOMAS

December 5, 1925

Mrs. Chilt Thomas Dies On Donaldson Creek
Was Sixty-Five Years Of Age And A Daughter Of Late John E. Chewning

Mrs. Manda Thomas, wife of the late Chilton A. Thomas, who died two years ago, passed away last Saturday morning at the Thomas home place on Donaldson. Pneumonia was the cause of her death. Mrs. Thomas was sixty five years of age and was a daughter of the late John E. Chewning, of the southern section of the county. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Walker Redd and Mrs. Joe Fowler. Mrs. Thomas was a splendid lady with hosts of friends, and her death is deeply mourned by many. Burial took place Sunday at the old J. F. Chewning burying ground near Carr's store, in the southern section of the county. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Carl Mc Bride.


1925

WILLIAM L SUMNER

Cadiz Record
November 24, 1925

Long Illness Fatal To Well Known Citizen
End Came Tuesday Night To "Bill" Sumner On Donaldson Creek

Mr. William L. Sumner, a well known and splendid citizen living at the head of Donaldson creek about twelve miles south of Cadiz, died Tuesday night after a long illness. He had been in poor health for some years, and for several months past, his condition had been quite critical. Some character of lung trouble cause his death. Mr. Sumner was near sixty years of age and a son of Alfred Sumner, deceased. Of a large family, his brother, B. Miles Sumner, is the only survivor. Mr. Sumner was a Baptist, and a good man, and his death takes from the county a clever and honored citizen.

Burial took place yesterday afternoon at the family grave yard south of Cadiz.


1925
CHARLES REX THOMAS

December 23, 1925

Young Farmer Dies Of Typhoid Fever
End Came Tuesday Night To Charley Thomas Southwest of Town

Mr. Charley Thomas, a splendid young farmer living in the Coleman hollow section five miles southwest of Cadiz, died Tuesday night of typhoid fever. He was about twenty five years of age and a son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Thomas. The wife who was a Miss Wallis before their marriage, and one child are among the surviving relatives. Young Thomas was a member of the Baptist church and a clever young man, and his death is mourned by many friends. Burial took place yesterday afternoon at the Starkie Thomas grave yard at two o'clock.


1926
 
ELIZABETH LAWRENCE BRIDGES

Cadiz Record
1926

"Aunt Bettie" Bridges Died At Eight-Two End Came Monday
Afternoon to Splendid Old Lady Near Maple Grove

Widow of Starkie Bridges And Is Survived by Five Children

Mrs. Elizabeth Bridges, a highly respected old lady living near Maple Grove on Beachy Fork creek, died Monday afternoon about four o'clock of infirmities due mainly to declining years. She had been very feeble for some time, and her death had been hourly expected for some days before the end came. She was born January 1st, 1844, in Trigg county and was a daughter of Alfred Lawrence, long deceased, she being eighty two years of age last January.

She was united in marriage to S. T. Bridges back in the sixties, being his second wife, and was the mother of eight children. Five of these are living. -S.E. (Bud) Bridges, Drew M. Bridges and John R. Bridges of Trigg County; Sanford Bridges, of Mayfield, and Mrs. J.R. Harris, of Little Rock, Ark.

She united with Donaldson Baptist church many years ago, and remained a faithful member until her death. She was a very kind and good old lady and had many friends, and the deeds of loving kindness and thoughtfulness she delighted in on earth will be greatly missed in the neighborhood where she had so long resided.

Burial took place Tuesday afternoon at three o'clock at the Drew Bridges grave yard near her home.


1926
MINNIE OLIVE LEITCH THOMAS

Cadiz Record
February 21, 1926

Burned To Death In Illinois Town
Wife of Jagoe Thomas Formerly Of Trigg Meets Horrible Death
Daughter In Law Of Cadiz Citizen And Trigg County Relatives Attend Funeral

Marcellus Jagoe Thomas, a former popular young man of Trigg county and son of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Thomas, of Cadiz, lost his wife by a most horrible death at Christopher, Ill., on Tuesday night of last week. She sustained burns and injuries when the Thomas home burned at Christopher which caused her death some hours later. The father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Thomas, Conrad Thomas and Herschel Thomas, brothers of Mr. Thomas, of Trigg county, and another brother, William S. Thomas, and wife of Hopkinsville, left here on Thursday morning and motored to Christopher to attend the funeral and burial. Funeral took place Saturday morning at the First Baptist church in Christopher, a large crowd of sorrowing friends and relatives being present, and burial followed Saturday afternoon at Benton, Ill. They reached their homes Sunday afternoon. Young Mr. Thomas has hosts of relatives and friends in Trigg county will sympathize with him in the sad bereavement that has befallen him. The Christopher, Ill. PROGRESS of last Thursday, February 18th, gives the following detailed account of the death of Mrs. Thomas and the circumstances leading up to it. A most deplorable tragedy which plunged the city of Christopher into a concord of sorrow occurred Tuesday night about midnight when the home of M. J. Thomas, 809 South Emma street, burned and the death of Mrs. Thomas was brought about as a result of injuries she received from the flames while she was trying to escape from the burning building. The blaze was probably discovered from the outside by Richard Shoof, who lives on Thomas street, almost directly behind the former home of the Thomas's. As he drove his car into the garage shortly before midnight he observed sparks coming from the roof of the house and thought at the time that they were coming from the chimney. He decided to put his car in the garage and go over and warm Mrs. Thomas of the danger. On coming out of the garage he was amazed to see the fire shooting from the entire front of the house. He quickly ran to the telephone and turned in the fire alarm. He then went to the scene of the fire. The fire department soon had the blaze under control and no damage was done to the adjacent residence except a severe scorching and cracking of window panes. Thomas' house and all its contents were completely destroyed. In the meantime the large crowd which had assembled sorrowfully received the word that Mrs. Thomas and her 17 month old daughter, Marcella had been seriously burned while escaping from the inferno.

Mr. Thomas is a storekeeper for Old Ben Corporation and had recently been transferred to watchman at the Old National because of the closing down of some of the mines. He had been working from midnight until the preceding Sunday when he changed shifts, beginning work at noon and coming home at midnight.

On the night of the tragedy Mrs. Thomas had retired early rather than wait up for her husband's coming. According to the best story she could give, she woke up to find the house on fire. She slipped on her shoes and a pair on the baby and then wrapping the child in its feather mattress, attempted to escape thru the front door. She had trouble unlocking the door and almost before she could realize what had happened she found herself trapped in a mass of flame. Apparently a grim determination to save her baby at any cost saved her and the child from death then and there.

She finally got the door open and running out fell from the porch to the ground. Her gown and hair were in flames. Mrs. Walter Burklow who had just arrived home from Benton was attracted by her screams and hastened to her relief. She took charge of Marcella and her husband carried Mrs. Thomas to their home. Medical aid was summoned and all-----. By this time several of the neighbors had been awakened and had reached the scene. They aroused the family of A. E. Townsend whose home was only a few yards from the Thomas house, only a driveway and a few feet on each side between the houses. Some little difficulty was encounters in waking up this family who were deeply wrapped in slumber. The Thomas house was now a mass of flames from one end to the other. It was seen that efforts to save the burning house or any of its contents would be van and the men who had assembled began emptying the house which was not afire. In a few minutes all the household goods had been safely deposited in the yard with very little damage except that usually occasioned by hurried moving.
When he arrived he first observed Mrs. Thomas at some distance up the ----- was done that could be done to relieve her suffering and that of the little girl and to save the life of the mother who had offered the extreme sacrifice of mother love. It was found that Marcella was painfully but not seriously burned.

Both were later removed to the home of Mrs. Olive Leitch, 410 North Emma street, where at three o'clock Thursday morning Mrs. Thomas passed from this earth to receive her reward at the hands of Him whose mission on this earth was to die that others might live. Mrs. Thomas; maiden name was Minnie Olive Leitch. She was born July 15, 1905, at Spencer, Indiana. She with her family moved to Christopher about seven years ago. On May 22, 1920 she was united in marriage to Marcellus J. Thomas, of Christopher. A daughter, Marcella was born to them September 30, 1924. They bought the home which was destroyed Tuesday night shortly after their marriage and had devoted themselves faithfully to their home, each other and to their daughter.

The father of the deceased preceded her in death about eighteen months ago. She leaves to mourn her untimely and apparently cruel departure from the earth her husband and daughter, mother and three sisters, Mrs. Lyda McMann, o9f Westville; Mrs. Joe Rigo, of Valier, and Miss Billie Leitch, of Christopher. It would be entirely appropriate to mention also her brother in law, Raymond Thomas, who has made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Thomas most of the time since their marriage, and who loved the deceased with all the devotion of a full brother. It is useless to indulge the eulogy of the departed. Her life was exemplary and made beautiful by her friendly and ineffective simplicity. Her sacrificial death was the crowning glory of her life. May she rest peacefully and live long in the memory of those who loved her.


1926

MINNIE MARCELLA THOMAS

February 1926

Jagoe Thomas Loses His Baby Daughter
Little Daughter Follows Mother Who was Burned To Death In Illinois

Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Thomas, of this city have received notice from their son, Jagoe Thomas, of Christopher, Ill., stating that his little daughter, Marcella, died on last Saturday. Last week THE RECORD contained a long account of the death of the mother by burning. At the time it will be remembered the little daughter also suffered burns. This, counted with an illness the baby already had caused her death.

The little one was about eighteen months of age.


1926
DRUCILLA THOMAS SHOLAR

Oct 15, 1926
Cadiz Record

Long Illness Fatal To Mrs. Bud Sholar
Splendid Lady Of Delmont Passes Away At The Age of Sixty-One

Mrs. Drucilla C. Sholar, wife of J. E. (Bud) Sholar, died at her home near Delmont last Friday at twelve o'clock. She was a daughter of the late Peyton Thomas, Esq. And one of a family of ten children, of whom now only two survive - Alfred C. Thomas, and Mrs. Albert Hixon, of Calloway county. She was born April 20, 1865. On February 10, 1884, she was married to John E. Sholar. Three children blessed this union,-- Ica, Maud and Edward - who with the husband still survive.

She had been a member of Delmont Baptist church for fifteen years and lived true to the teachings of the Meek and Lowly One until her death. Her life was consecrated to the benefit of those around her and no person ever possessed a more amiable and sweeter disposition, and the community in which she lived has been made better by her having lived in it
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1926
 
ROY HOPSON BRIDGES

January 23, 1926

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Bridges Lose Their Baby Son

On the night of January 23, at ten o'clock, the dark angel of death came into our home and took from us our only child, Roy Hopson Bridges, aged three years and six month. Our home is so sad and lonely without him, but only God knows best. Poor little thing, how he suffered so long and so hard. I cannot speak his name without shedding tears. How we loved him. Everybody loved him and nothing but time can ease our aching hearts and in a measure subdue the sorrow of his broken hearted loved ones at home. We greatly sympathize with the one that would say to us, death cometh when least expected, often taking from us those we love, yet there is a blessed hope that we can meet our dear little one where there will be no more parting. God sent this little one to brighten the lives of her parents a short time and has seen fit in his wisdom to take him home where he will be a little angel and with the angels dwell. The end was so peaceful that we would not have known when his spirit took its flight had we not been watching so closely. The last thing he said was, "Mama, give me a drink. Oh, how I can hear that little voice as it would call me to do something for him, and oh, how I always tried to be ready and waiting for his call.
Peaceful be they silent slumber,
Peaceful in thy grave so low
Thought no more will join our number;
Though no more our tears shall know.
Dearest darling thou hath left us here
They loss we deeply feel;
But if is God that has bereft us;
He can all our sorrows heal.
But again we hope to meet thee
When the cares of life have fled;
Then in heaven with joy greet thee.
Where no farewell tears are shed.
BABY'S MOTHER


1927
 
MARK DALE BRIDGES

Cadiz Record
July 17, 1927

M.. Dale Bridges Claimed By Death
Lingering Illness Of Some Months Results In Death July Twenty-Seventh
Of Popular Trigg County Citizen At His Home Near Maple Grove

Mr. Mark Dale Bridges one of Trigg county's most splendid citizens died on July 27th at his home near Maple Grove some eight miles south of Cadiz. Since early spring Mr. Bridges had not enjoyed the best of health. His first trouble seemed to be a rheumatic trouble. Special treatment for the trouble seemed to bring no relief and his condition continued to grow more official. More than two weeks ago he was taken to Paducah and for a week was under the most strict examination of specialists of that city. His condition was found to be what the physicians regarded as critical. On the afternoon of the 27th he returned to his home in Trigg county. He was taken in an ambulance from Gracey to the home, and just as he was taken onto the porch at the home from the ambulance, he breathed his last. The announcement of his death was unexpected by his many friends and its suddenness proved a great shock and brought deep sorrow to all.

Mr. Bridges was a native of Trigg county and had resided here all his life. He was the third son of the late Cullen T. Bridges and was born on November 7th, 1871, making him fifty five years of age last November. After reaching young manhood he was united in marriage to Miss Mallie Lancaster and the wife and four children survive him. The children are Percy D. Bridges and Mrs. Ira Bridges, of Trigg county, and Mrs. Mark McCarty and Eugene Bridges, both of Paducah. He is also survived by three brothers and three sisters; G. A., John T., and Jesse C. Bridges. Mrs. Robert H. Thomas and Mrs. Rose Cunningham of Trigg county, and Mrs. Ben Grigsby of Marked Tree, Ark. He has hosts of other relatives in Trigg county and in other sections. On September 3, 1887, he united with Donaldson Creek Baptist church. He moved his membership to Oak grove in 1902, and had since been a member of the church. He had also been an officer in the church much of the time and was ever active in the affairs of his church and the spiritual betterment of his fellowmen.

Aside from his farming operations, he had for many years been the representative for the county of a prominent monument firm, and enjoyed a wide acquaintance throughout his county and this section of the state. He was also a member of the local chapter, Son of Confederate Veterans, and had attended perhaps more Confederate Reunions than most of an person in Trigg County. Dale Bridges had lived the life of a thorough Christian gentleman, and was one of the county's very best citizens. He practiced in his daily walk and conversation the religion he professed and was always found on the side of the best and highest in the civic and political affairs of the county. He was progressively in his ideas and believed in a better day and better things as time passed on.

Devoted to his family and his friends, he was a good neighbor and friend and indulgent father and a devoted husband, and no man in all the county stood higher in the estimation of the people. Truly, the county has sustained a great loss in his untimely death. Friday afternoon at the family grave yard near the place of his birth, his remains were consigned to their last resting place. One of the largest crowd ever seen at a funeral service in all the sections was present to pay a last tribute to the memory of their friend and neighbor. The funeral service was conducted by the pastor Rev. John T. Cunningham of Princeton.


1927
EUNICE LAWRENCE LANCASTER

September 10, 1927

Splendid Lady Claimed By Death
End Comes to Mrs. Eunice Lancaster At The Age Of Forty-Two

Mrs. Eunice Lancaster, a splendid lady living in the Maple Grove section died last Saturday at noon at the home of the brother, Eury Lawrence, five miles south of Cadiz. Mrs. Lancaster was taken with a serious case of typhoid fever some weeks ago. For a time she was with the sister Mrs. Ed Wade, southeast of town. She grew better and got up and returned home. A relapse followed and she was taken to the brother's home three weeks ago. It was ascertained soon that she had grown quite ill again. Other complications developed and her sufferings were ended by death last Saturday.

Mrs. Lancaster was forty two years of age last May and was the second daughter of the later James Lawrence, the mother being Miss Lucy Thomas before her marriage, a daughter of the late Stanley Thomas.

She was married about twenty four years ago to Monroe Lancaster, whose death occurred four years ago, and two sons and a daughter survive her. The children are Sammie and Homer Lancaster and Mrs. Thomas Bridges. She is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Ed Wade and Mrs. John S. Sumner, and a half brother Eury Lawrence, all of Trigg county.

She was a member of Donaldson Baptist church and a good Christian woman. She was a good neighbor and a kind and devoted wife and mother and was a women held in highest esteem by all her many friends.

A large number of friends and relatives were at the funeral and burial at three o'clock Sunday afternoon, which took place at the Allen grave yard, a few miles from Oak Grove Baptist church south of Cadiz. The funeral service was conducted at the grave by Rev. Keidell Thomas.


1927
FRANCIS M. (FANT) THOMAS

Cadiz Record

Mr. F. M. Thomas Passes Away After An Illness Of Some Months
Was Past Eighty-Eight Years Of Age And Large Family Survives Him

Mr. F. M. Thomas, a prominent citizen and Christian gentleman, died at his home six miles south of Cadiz last Sunday 12 o'clock, November 20, 1927. The illness that resulted in his death dates back for some months and his condition had been considered serious for six weeks and the end had been hourly expected for a couple of weeks or more. A complication of troubles caused his death.

While enduring intense suffering he retained consciousness all the time, and to his many friends who were permitted into his presence he was cheerful and happy. Mr. Thomas was a member of one of the oldest and most honored families of Trigg county. He was the son of Starkie Thomas, a native of North Carolina, who came as a child to Trigg county at the age of sic. The mother, Mary Bridges, was also a native of North Carolina. Mr. Thomas was born in Trigg county August 5, 1839, and was thus eighty-eight years of age last August. He was married December 21, 1876 to Mary F. Rogers and to this union ten children lived to be grown. A daughter and son, Mrs. E. H. Cunningham, of Paducah, and Harvey Thomas, a deputy sheriff of Trigg county, died a number of years ago and following are the names of the living children ; Haywood, Robert, Johnnie, Alford, Starkie, Jimmie, Miss Nellie and Mrs. W. D. Mize, all of Trigg county. Also one sister, Mrs. W. T. Armstrong. When a young man he united with the Baptist church at Donaldson, but for many years past held his membership at Oak Grove and for many years had been an officer of the church. For years Mr. Thomas was recognized as one of the leading farmers of the county. He was a man of industry and energy and always lived an active life and loved his farm and made a success in operating it.

No home in all Trigg county entertained more friends than were entertained at the Thomas home. Hospitality was dispensed most beautifully and Mr. Thomas delighted in the company of his friends and enjoyed having them with him.

With convictions positive and unmistakable upon all questions, he conceded to others the right to think and act as they pleased, and when it came to a question of right it was no trouble to find him on the right side of all questions.
He was a devoted husband and kind father, a good neighbor and friend to all. He was a recognized leader in his community.

On Monday afternoon at two o'clock the funeral was conducted at the family cemetery by his long time friend and pastor, Rev. J. T. Cunningham, of Princeton. The pallbearers were his six sons, Haywood, Robert, Johnnie, Alford, Starkie and Jimmie Thomas.


1927
MORGAN HOPSON (HOP) BRIDGES

Cadiz Record
1927

Hop Bridges Dead Past Sixty-Eight
End Comes To Clever Wallonia Citizen After A Lingering Illness
Wife And Two Children And Brothers And Sisters Among Surviving Relatives

Mr. M. H. Bridges, a clever citizen of near Wallonia, died last Sunday at the old Dud Sanders place a mile north of Wallonia after a lingering illness. His condition had been feeble for some time, and his death had been expected for some time before the end came. Mr. Bridges was born on Beechy Fork creek in Trigg county on May 15, 1859, and was the son of the late Sim Bridges. He grew to manhood in that section.

After reaching manhood he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Jane Sanders, of Wallonia section. To this happy union was born three children. One died some years ago, and Mr. Bridges is survived by the wife and two children, Norris Bridges and Miss Lelia Bridges. He is also survived by two brothers and three sisters - W. J. Bridges, of Trigg county and John Bridges of Calloway county, and Mrs. John Sumner, Mrs. William Calhoun and Mrs. George Turner all of Trigg County.

Mr. Bridges was converted about thirty five years ago and joined the Baptist church. Later he joined the Christian church at Wallonia and remained a member until death. He was a man held in highest esteem by his neighbors and friends and was a good man and citizen and esteemed by all.

Funeral and burial took place Monday afternoon at the Dunning graveyard near his home and the funeral service was conducted by his pastor, Rev. Mr. Wheeler a large number of sorrowing relatives and friends being present. 

1927
 
JOHN CULLEN TAYLOR

Cadiz Record
1927

John C. Taylor Claimed By Death
Illness Of Some Weeks Proves Fatal To Prominent Canton Doctor
Was One of Trigg County's Most Popular And Highly Respected Citizens

Mr. John C. Taylor, prominent physician and splendid citizen, died Monday night about nine o'clock at his home in Canton. He had been in poor health for some weeks from a complication of troubles. He had been under care of specialists, but was in Cadiz last Saturday and told friends he was feeling better. The sudden change for the worse came Monday about one o'clock, and he never rallied.
Dr. Taylor was fifty nine years of age the 27th of last February and was born at Linton Tenn. His father was the late J. Crus Taylor, and the mother a sister of the late Henry G. Vinson.
For some years the father resided at Golden Pond, where he practiced his profession. During that time our own Dr. J. C. Taylor studied medicine at the old University of Nashville, and for almost forty years had been engaged in the practice at Canton.
About the time he located at Canton he was married to Miss Emma Lee Hopson, and an only son, Mr. Clarence Taylor, now a prominent druggist of Nashville, blessed that union. The wife also survives him.
Dr. Taylor is also survived by two brothers, W. W. Taylor, a prominent business man of Nashville, and Dr. James Taylor, of Waynesboro, Tenn., a sister Mrs. Sallie Cole, has been dead for some years, and three half sisters and one half brother survive him.
Dr. Taylor had long enjoyed a splendid and lucrative practice and Trigg county could boast of no more clever citizen than he. He was kind and jolly, interested in his many patients, and as a friend and neighbor was ever ready to be of help to others.
He will be greatly missed among his host of friends and admirers all over Trigg county.
Dr. Taylor was a member of the Christian church and had been for many years holding his membership at Cadiz, and was a frequent attendant at the services of the church here.
Brief funeral services were held at the home in Canton yesterday afternoon, and burial followed at East End Cemetery in Cadiz with short services at the grave. The pastor, Rev. C. C. Monin, conducted the funeral services.

 
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