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Cadiz Record
Mar 1940

Mrs B.I. Thomas Called to Reward
One of Trigg County's Most Gracious Ladies Dies Following Illness,
Host of friends Left to Mourn Passing Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 7, 1940 for Mrs Lula Vinson Thomas, 71, wife of B.I. Thomas, Gracey, who died Tuesday at the Jennie Stuart Hospital, Hopkinsville, after an illness of some duration.

Mrs Thomas was one of Trigg county's most gracious ladies, and the many friends she had made during her span of years of gracious and Christian living held her in a glorious esteem won only by a choice few on this earth. She always took an active part in church affairs, having united with the Baptist faith early in life. She held a belief in all that was right all that was good and kind and strong, and the life she lived was in perfect accord with that of which she believed. Mrs Thomas was born April 3, 1869, the daughter of Henry C and Mary Catherine Vinson one of Trigg county's pioneer families. Practically her entire life was spent in Trigg county and her many friendships date from the time her life began among those she loved. On December 25, 1895, she was married to B.I. Thomas also of this county. To this union were born seven children all of whom survive. At the time of her death, she was a member of the Gracey West Union Baptist Church and is remembered by all of her untiring efforts for her Creator.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Gracey West Union Baptist church, with Rev. J.J. Jenkins, the pastor, conducting. Assisting were Rev. E.E. Spickard, Lewisburg, Ky, a former pastor, and Rev. L.E. Martin, pastor of the Second Baptist Church, Hopkinsville, Ky. Besides the husband, she is survived by four daughters, Mrs J. William Stewart, Mrs C.E. Wright, Mrs Archer Haydon, Mrs Marion Ladd; three sons, Clifford, Henry V, and Clyde S. Thomas, and nine grand children. Also surviving are three brothers; A.T. Vinson, Gracey; John R Vinson, Cadiz; and Clyde H. Vinson, Hopkinsville. People from out of the county who attended the funeral included, Rev. E. E. Spickard, Lewisburg, Ky, Mrs Guy Nabb, Bill Bob Nabb and Mrs Lawson Poindexter, Trenton, Ky, Rev. L.E. Martin, J.F. Bell, city commissioner. Hal Johnson, Phil E. Chappell, Herman Cox, Clyde H Vinson, Mr and Mrs Jim Adams, Mr and Mrs Lander Meacham, Mrs James Sholar, Mrs Mark Dillard, Miss Ethel Golladay, all of Hopkinsville.


Cadiz Record
Oct 1943


Death came to Mrs. Sallie S. Sumner, age 83, last Tuesday October 18, at the home of her brother, R. E. Thomas. Mrs. Sumner, a life long resident of the Donaldson creek section, was a member of the Donaldson creek Baptist Church and a leader in that church work. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 10 a.m. with Rev. Olen Sisk officiating. Burial was made at the Cal Thomas Graveyard. There survive Claude and James Sumner, sons of Akron, Ohio and several brothers and sisters.


Cadiz Record
Aug 1943

Oak grove Woman died Aug 25
Funeral Services held Thursday Aug 26 for Mrs Willie Bridges.

Death came to Mrs Bessie Ricks Bridges after an illness of about three months, last Wednesday Aug 25. Mrs Bridges was born in Trigg county in the Oak Grove section on Apr 25, 1890 and was the daughter of Joe Lee and Fathie Sumner Ricks. Surviving Mrs Bridges are her husband, Willie Bridges, her father, J.L. Rocks, three sons, Preston, eston and Earnest all of Trigg County. One brother J.O. Ricks and two sisters, Mrs Joe bridges and Mrs Hattie Thomas all of the county.


Cadiz Record
Aug 1944

Mrs L.L. Hughes Claimed by Death Mrs L.L. Hughes, wife of L.L. Hughes passed away quietly at the home July 30, after a lingering illness.

Mattie Patterson Light, before her marriage was born June 13, 1879, the daughter of John J and Emily Thomas Light. On December 21, 1902 she was united in marriage to Luther Lee Hughes, to this union ten children were born. They are Harmony of Henderson County; Bertram of Christian County, Richard, Raymond of Alton, Ill; Mrs Clinton Stalins, Mrs Thomas Mize, Mrs Charlie Flood, Misses Gertrude and Lantishia Hughes all of Trigg County. Also surviving are fourteen grandchildren, three brothers, James of Christian County; Herbert and Eliza Light of Trigg County two sisters, Mrs Henry Carloss and Mrs Peyton Bridges of Trigg County and a number of nieces and nephews. At an early age she united with the Oak Grove Baptist Church where she remained a true and faithful member.

The funeral was conducted on Monday afternoon by her pastor, Rev. John T. Cunningham, assisted by Rev. Hanson of Salem, Ky; with burial in the Lawrence Grave Yard. Flowers were in charge of her nieces, Misses Maude Wright, Lois Light, Magdalene, Margarene and Lucille Mize, Juaneta Bridges, Mrs Edgar Taylor and Mrs Jean Allen. Active Pall bearers were nephews Clayton Light, Edgar Taylor, Twyman Hughes, Durwood and Hermon Wright and Frank Wolfe.

Mrs Hughes will be remembered as a woman that was kind, loving and thoughtful and this was well proven by the large crowd of friends and relatives and the beautiful floral offerings.


Cadiz Record
September, 1944

Mrs Thomas Carr Dies August 30th

Mrs Daisy Dean Sumner Carr died at her home in Cadiz, August 30th. She was born near Donaldson Creek on June 26, 1875. She was united in marriage in 1895 to Thomas J. Carr.

Early in life she professed faith in Christ and joined the Oak Grove Baptist Church. Later she transferred her Membership to Pugh Flat.

Funeral services were held last Thursday, August 31 from the home at 3 p.m. Rev. E.R. Noel officiated. Burial was made at East End Cemetery. Pall bearers were her son in law, Mr Edison Feltner, Mr Perkins Carr, Mr Gilbert Clark, Mr Bernice Rogers, Mr Buster Kingins and Mr Paul Kingins.

Surviving are her daughters, Mrs Edison Feltner, Mrs Perkins Carr, Mrs Gilbert Clark,Mrs Bernice Rogers, Mrs Buster Kingins and Mrs Paul Kingins; a son Pfc Clarence Carr of Greenville, Miss, and husband.


Cadiz Record
November, 1944

Charles Calvert Flood passed away October 28, at nine o'clock at his home on Canton road, after nearly a year's illness. He was born in Trigg county on June 16, 1912. The son of Henry and Florence Flood, and spent his entire life on the farm, where he died. He united with the Oak Grove Baptist Church in early life. In November 1937, he was married to Edna Lorene Hughes and to this union was born two children. He is survived by his wife and two children, Florence Evelyn and Lela Marylin. He is survived by his father with whom he had spent his entire life, one sister, Mrs Paul Bridges, four brothers, John, Amoss, William and Douglas Flood, all of Trigg County.

His entire life was spent as one who was willing to lend a helping hand and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him, as well as his beloved wife and children. A large crowd was present to pay a last tribute of respect to Mr Flood.

Funeral services were held at Dyers Chapel Church with Rev. E.R. Noel in charge and burial was in the Lawrence cemetery 


Cadiz Record
December, 1944

Final rites for Clarence Hopson Taylor were held at East End Cemetery here Wednesday morning at 11 a.m.
Mr Taylor passed away at his Nashville residence last Monday morning after several months of Illness suffered after an operation he underwent early last summer.
The deceased who owned and operated the Vanderbilt Pharmacy in Nashville was born in Canton, Ky, the son of the late John C and Emma Lea Taylor.
He was educated in the schools of Trigg county and attended the Universities of Louisville and Kentucky. At the age of 14 he moved to Cadiz and worked in his father's drug store, he also worked as a pharmacist in Hopkinsville. Working in Nashville during the first World War, he enlisted in the Vanderbilt unit and served overseas as a U.S. Army Pharmacist.
In 1930 he was married to a Cadiz girl, Miss Virginia White, the daughter of Mr and Mrs Ben T. White.
He was a member of the Christian Church. Funeral services for Mr Taylor were conducted Tuesday afternoon at his home in Nashville.
The services at East End Cemetery were conducted by Rev. Shirley Spahr, pastor of the Cadiz Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, two sons, Charles and Clarence, two uncles and five aunts. Mr and Mrs Ben T. White, who were in Nashville and Mr and Mrs Harry Hendrick, Jr, Mrs Jess Comer, Mrs William S Gray, Mrs Fred Russell, and Mr Felix Grasty, all of Nashville accompanied the remains to Cadiz.


Cadiz Record
August, 1944

Old County Resident Passes July 29

John T. Bridges was born in Trigg County at Maple Grove, February 15, 1874. He departed from this life on Saturday morning, July 29, 1944 at 5:40 o'clock at the Futrell Clinic, after an illness of about three weeks due to complications caused from heart trouble. He lived 70 years, five months and fourteen days.

He was the sixth child of Cullen T. and Virginia Thomas Bridges, deceased, and is survived by one brother, Jessie C. Bridges and two sisters, Mrs Ell Cunningham of the county and Mrs Ben Grigsby of Richmond, California. Three brothers Cleveland, Dale and Ghent, a sister Mrs Oro Thomas and two infants preceded him to the grave. In 1898 he was united in marriage to Maggie Dora Cunningham, who survives. Eleven children were born to this union. Two, Lillie Jane and Queenie died in early childhood. The nine living are Mrs Jimmie F. Thomas, Mrs Homer Francis, Mrs Taylor Boyd, Carl Bridges, Mrs Preston Thomas, Elma Bridges, and Miss Allene Bridges, all of Trigg County except Pfc Elmo Bridges of the united States Army, who is in the Amphibian Engineers and is stationed in Dutch New Guinea. Besides the widow and nine children he leaves fifteen grandchildren, G. Edward Francis of the United States Navy, who attended the funeral, Lucille and Rex Francis, Douglas,Gertrude, Harry, Bobby, Buster, Nina, LaRue, Dale and Sue Ann Thomas, Rose Clare and Carl Trice Bridges and Carl Stanley Boyd.

Many years ago, he professed faith in Christ but never united with any church. He was a devoted husband and father, a good neighbor and was always interested in all activities that led to the development of community and civic welfare.

He will long be remembered and missed by a host of friends and acquaintances. During his life he worked at many different jobs among them contracting, surveying and farming. As a carpenter he build many houses, Barnes and other buildings in various sections of the county. As a surveyor he surveyed practically all of the county. He helped a great deal in carrying on the farm work at home. Besides all these things he served one term as magistrate from his home district.

Funeral services were held at his home near Maple Grove Sunday afternoon, July 30 at 3 o'clock with Rev. John T Cunningham conducting. He was laid to rest in the family burial ground at his old home place. The flowers were in charge of his granddaughters, Lucille Francis, Rose Clare Bridges, Gertrude, Nina, Larue and Dale Thomas,granddaughter-in-laws, Mrs Ed Francis and Mrs Douglas Thomas and niece Mrs Chaffin Moorefield. Pall bearers were his sons in law Jimmy Thomas, Homer Travis, Taylor Boyd, Preston Thomas, Homer B Thomas and grandson Douglas Thomas. The very large crowd who paid their last tribute of respect to the deceased and the many floral offerings show the high esteem in which he was held by his many acquaintances and friends in this county.


Cadiz Record

Pfc Albert D Cunningham Killed In Action

Tuesday Mr and Mrs Clyde Cunningham, Route 3, were notified by the War Department of the death of their son Private First Class Albert Dale Cunningham.

Pfc Cunningham was killed in action in France on November 28. Further details on this young man will be in our next issue. Pfc Cunningham will be remembered by many of our readers as the author of a series of very interesting letters which recently were published in the Record. -----

Killed in Action Private First Class Albert Dale Cunningham, age 19, son of Mr and Mrs Clyde Cunningham of Route 3, Cadiz, was recently reported killed in action in France. Pfc Cunningham was born on August 30, 1925 in Trigg county, he received his education in the county schools and in November of 1943 was inducted into the armed service of the United States. In March of 1944 he was sent overseas and was stationed in Italy until he took part in the invasion of Southern France. He was killed in France on November 28, 1944. Surviving are his parents, and several other relatives in the county. ----


Cadiz Record
November, 1944

Hugh D. (Buddy) Thomas passed away at his home in the Oak grove community last Thursday morning at 8:30 o'clock after an illness of several weeks.

He was born December 29, 1901 and died November 9, 1944, making him 42 years, 10 months, and 10 days of age. The deceased was the second son of John Spurlin and Hattie Ricks Thomas. He was married June 24, 1933. Early in the life he united with Wallonia Baptist Church and later moved his membership to Oak Grove Baptist Church, where he remained a faithful member until death.

Buddy as he was affectionately called by his friends and associates was well liked and respected by all who knew him. He will be remembered by his friends for his many acts of kindness to them and his ever willingness to help others in any way he saw fit. He was a farmer all his life and it can be said that his was a full and unusual life. He is survived by two small sons, R.C. and Harold Eugene Thomas, his mother Mrs Hattie Thomas, of Trigg county; also two sisters, Mrs Shelly Cummins, of Lamasco, Ky; and Mrs Lee Warren, of Detroit Mich. Three brothers, Lacey D. Thomas, Gracey, Ky; Wallace Thomas, Princeton, Ky; Douglas Thomas, of near Cadiz, and a number of nieces and nephews and a great host of friends and relatives.

The remains were laid to rest in the Thomas Graveyard and funeral was also held at the Oak grove Church where he was a member. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Marvin Hall, of Kuttawa. Pall bearers were Homer Cunningham, Harmon Coleman, Bill Davis, Eura Lawrence and Aubrey Lancaster.


Cadiz Record
April 06 1944

Mrs L.E. Bridges, 22 Dies At Hospital in Hopkinsville, Ky

Mrs Eddie Grace Bridges, 22 year old wife of Lawrence E. Bridges of Cadiz, Route 3 died Monday morning at the Jennie Stuart Memorial Hospital where she was brought last Saturday for treatment.

She is survived by her husband, a four year old son, Johnny Bridges, her parents, Mr and Mrs Roy Dawson, Trigg County; a sister Mrs Woodrow Herndon, Corpus Christi, Texas.Cadiz


Cadiz Record
January, 1945

Amos Bridges Passed In Detroit

Relatives in this county were informed of the death of a young Trigg countian, Amos Bridges which occurred in Detroit, Michigan last Saturday, January 13. Bridges was a graduate of Trigg County High School in the class of 1941 and was 25 years of age. He was stricken about 11 days before his death. Funeral services were held at the home of his father in the Maple Grove section on Wednesday at 2 p.m. Burial was made in the old Thomas graveyard in the Oak Grove community. His remains were accompanied from Detroit by Kenneth Hopson and M.D. Bridges and arrived in the county Tuesday. Surviving are his father, Durward Bridges, his mother now Mrs Ruth Calhoun and other relatives of the county. He was affiliated with the Baptist Church at Oak Grove.


Cadiz Record
Sept 1947

Funeral services were held at the Dyer's Chapel Methodist Church for Ira Thomas "Boone" Bridges, 44, who died Tuesday afternoon, September 9, 1947 at Jennie Stuart Hospital in Hopkinsville, Kentucky where he was rushed last Thursday night when he was shot with a pistol, allegedly at the cafe of Mrs. Lewis Turner on the Cerulean road. Bridges was shot in the stomach just below the heart, reputedly with a 32 calibre pistol and a coppy jacket bullet which pierced his body, coming out through his back. Marvin Adams, owner of a large farm in Lyon county, but who lived in Trigg near the scene of the shooting, was arrested late Thursday afternoon about an hour after the shooting for malicious shooting in connection with the wounds of Bridges. He was released on a $2,000 cash bond. Investigation by county officials have failed so far to establish either the motive or the background for the shooting. Bridges was brought to a local clinic for first aid treatment before he was rushed to the hospital. His condition required three blood transfusions before he could undergo the operation. It was thought by his family that his condition was satisfactory until after Tuesday. The body was brought to the Goodwin Funeral Home late Tuesday night where it was prepared for burial. The deceased was the son of the late S. E. and Elizabeth Wallace Bridges and since the death of his parents he had made his home with a sister, Mrs. Herman Coleman. He was never married. The Rev. Shirley Spahr, pastor of the local Baptist church conducted the last rites and interment was made in the Lawrence graveyard. Survivors are two brothers, Jesse and Roy Bridges of this county; four sisters, Mrs. Raymond Stallons, Mrs. Wylie Stallons, Mrs. Herman Coleman and Mrs. Myrtle Williams and a number of nieces and nephews. Close friends who were chosen as pallbearers were Leslie Terrell, Bill Larkins, Cecil Thomas, Lonnie and Eura P'Pool and Haydon Rogers.


Cadiz Record

Mrs. Eura Thomas Succumbs Wed. Beloved Lady Of City Passes After Four Months Illness 1948

Death came to Mrs. Pearl Lawrence Thomas Wednesday morning at 4:15 at the Futrell Clinic where she had been a patient for the past four weeks, after suffering a stroke at her home here May 5. She had been in a serious condition all of this time and her death came as no surprise to her family. Mrs. Thomas was 55 years of age, having been born November 13, 1892. She was the daughter of Edd and Mollie Lawrence of Trigg County and she spent her entire life here. When quite a young girl the deceased was united with the Oak Grove Baptist church and remained a faithful member all during her life. She was truly a Christian; kind and loving to all whom she cam in contact with and had a great host of friends who loved her and will be grieved at her going. In 1912 she was united in marriage to Eura Thomas who preceded her to the grave in 1938. There were three children born of this union: Mrs. Edward Rogers, Mrs. W.C. Skinner and Virginia Dare Thomas.

Funeral services will be held this afternoon (Thursday) at 2:30 o'clock from the Dyer's Chapell Methodist Church with the Rev. Thomas Hinchee, of Puxico, Mo. officiating. Burial will follow in the Lawrence grave yard near the church. Pallbearers will be James Thomas, Luther Thomas, Lucian Thomas, Leslie Thoms Clyde Lawrence and Elliott Malone. Survivors in addition to the three daughters are: her mother, Mrs. E. C. Lawrence, one grandson, Charles Rogers, and one brother, Lonnie Lawrence of Hopkinsville.



Cadiz Record

Alvin G Bridges, 56, of Hopewell Va., died Sunday night, February 6, in the Hopewell hospital due to burns received last Sunday week following the explosion of a wood solve.  Mr. Bridges was pouring fuel oil on coal and wood in a stove at the Solvay plant sunday morning, January 30, when the oil exploded, severly burning his face, arms and legs. Mr. Bridges suffered third degree burns of the extremities and second degree burns of the face. He was taken to the hospital where he remained in a semi conscious condition for eight days prior to his death.  A native of the Maple Grove community of this county, Mr. Bridges was the son of the late Nettie Cunningham and Ghent A. Bridges. Well known in Hopewell since 1930. Mr. Bridges last week received his 25 year membership pin from Masonic Lodge No 242 at Canton. Mr. Bridges still held his church membership in the Oak Grove Baptist church, where he became a member in young manhood. Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Bertha Major Bridges of Hopewell, Va . daughters, Mrs. Eleanor B. Cleere . also of Hopewell, Va. Mrs. Nettie B. Rivenbark of Jacksonville, Fla and Mrs. Edith B Strang, of South Boston Va; five grandchildren one sister, Mrs. John Hughes, two brothers, Pate T Bridges, Cadiz and Herbert Bridges of Paducah. Funeral services were held in the chapel of Dorsey Funeral Home in Hopewell, Va. 3 o'clock Monday afternoon, Rev. G. Bartow Harris, pastor of the First Baptist church, officated, interment was made in the Bridges Cemetery in this county near Maple Grove church Wednesday morning at 10:30. The Masonic Lodge of Canton was in charge of the arrangments at the grave.



Cadiz Record

Death came to Mrs. Lucy Lee Thomas Thursday night, April 21, at the Futrell Clinic following a heart attack suffered in the earlier part of the week. She had been receiving treatment at the Clinic since Tuesday night. The daughter of Mrs. Maggie Bridges and the late John T. Bridges, she was born to them July 3, 1900 near Maple Grove where she spent her young years. On March 11, 1917 she was united in marriage to Jimmy F. Thomas who survives her. To this union two children were born, Douglas and Gertrude. When she was about eighteen years of age she professed faith in Christ and united with the Oak Grove Baptist Church where she remained a faithful member until the end. Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon from the home with Rev. Shirley Spahr officiating. Burial was made in the Thomas cemetery. Herman Fuqua of Hopkinsville and charge of the arrangements.  Pallbearers were her nephews: Thomas Mize, Tommy Thomas, Charles Thomas, Carl Boyd, Harry Thomas and Rex Francis. Survivors are her husband, two children, Douglas H. Thomas of this county and Mrs. Herbert Paxson of West LaFayette, Ind., two grandchildren, Lana Kay and Gale Paxson, her mother, Mrs. John Bridges; six sisters, Mrs. Homer Francis, Mrs. Taylor Boyd, Mrs. Preston Thomas, Mrs. Homer B. Thomas, Miss Hilda and Allene Bridges; two brothers, Carl Bridges of Trigg County and Elmo Bridges of Princeton.

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