We would love to add any other obituaries that you would like to send. Today's obituaries are nothing to compare in beauty to these old ones.
Thanks to Sharon Boyer for sharing the obituary of her grandmother, Mary Ann Isbill Denton.
Sharon says, "You were correct when you said that obits of today are nothing compared to those of the past. When I pass to that better land, I can only hope that my bereaved will say such good things about me as were said about Grandma Denton in 1924. This obit was cut from the newspaper and stuck in the family Bible. I don't have documentation on which publication or the date it printed. Although, Grandma Denton lived and died in Monroe County, TN, I would assume the paper would have been the local one at the time."
Again the dark
angel of death has entered our community and
was born April 21, 1847, and died on her
20, 1864, she was married to W. H. Denton, and
One, of twins
died in infancy; the other, Addie, living to
professed faith in Christ at the early age of fourteen
services were conducted by Rev. W. M. Curtis and interment,
She leaves to
mourn her departure two sons, Hugh and
We can only
admonish the bereaved ones not to weep
Our thanks to
Virginia Heard for sharing this obituary:
Albuquerque Journal January 22, 2000
She was preceded in death by her loving
husband, Virgil Collins Smith in
Cora's family requests that donations be
made in her name
Our thanks to
Sheri Rosol for sharing this obituary:
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Our thanks to Becky
Mihelich for sharing this obituary:
Eliza Jane Campbell was born July 22, 1837 near Moweaqua, Illinois, died July 2, 1904, age 66 years, 11 months and 10 days.
She was united in marriage in 1856 to Isom Simmons, who lost his life while serving in the Civil War in 1864. to this union was born five children, two of which are still living. She was again married in in October 1865 to Benjamin Gordon, who died the following April.
Again in June 1867, she was married to Jonathan T. Denton, he having preceded her to that better land just 2 months and 10 days. To this union was born five children, all of which survive her. she united with the m. E. Church in January 1867. Later transferring her membership to the Baptist church. she lived a true devoted Christian life; was a loving wife and mother always thinking of the comforts of others.
She is survived by one brother, Taylor Campbell of Douglas City, California, and seven children: John t. Simmons of Painsville, Ohio; A. C. Simmons of Pana, Illinois; Harvey Denton of Welsh, Louisiana; J. E. Denton serving in the regular army; Mrs. Allie Johnson of Pana, Illinois; Mrs. Mattie Smull of Moweaqua, Illinois; and Mrs. Hattie Mckeefer of Moweqqua, Illinois.
LIFE OF PIONEER GIVES OBJECT LESSONS TO ALL
Preston T. Poe was born in Clay county, Missouri, the fifth son of J.C. Poe and Margaret P. Denton, of stock who were constantly pushing westward to develop this country. In the year 1864 at the age of 12, he and his parents started on the perilous hazardous journey across the plains. The large settlement was destined to be builders of this now prosperous country. Over plains and mountains the oxen train would its way, battling with the primitive mode of travel and the Indians. Such men could not be conquered, not in spirit. The colony settled in Lane county Oregon.
His early schooling was completed at Monmouth. On April 8, 1875, Mr. Poe and Rosabelle Childers were united in marriage at Eugene, Ore. The first child Jane, was born in Oregon in 1876. In 1877 they decided to penetrate the now great Palouse country. At Walla Walla however they learned of the renewal of the Indian outrages. They returned to Prineville, Oregon. The next fall they came to Colfax, Wash. here the second child, Martha, was born.
In 1877 the family settle on the homestead at Poe station, where they reared a family of six children. Martha passed away while the parents were at Colfax. The three daughters are Mrs. C.D. Crow, Pullman; Mrs. H.S. Gibson, and Mrs. G. Baker, Moscow and three sons, Orville, Carl and Ernest of Roundup, Mont. Deceased leaves three brothers and one sister G.W., and J.W. of Modesto (incorrect they lived in Moscow and Lewiston, ID.) and J.H. of Modesto, Cal; Mrs. M.E. Urton of Spokane.
Deceased was a devoted Christian. he professed the faith when he was but 17 years of age. This faith continued thru years of privation. As a pioneer of this district he has made this country a beautiful inheritance to all. That faith be as strong and as persistent and endearing as men like these is the thought that comes at harvest time to all of the great Palouse country commemorating the loss of one of their faithful citizens, Preston T. Poe.
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John Virgil Denton 8/4/1902--11/7/1941
John Virgil Denton, 39, local blacksmith and mechanic, died at his home here this morning at 9 o'clock after a period of failing health. Funeral services will be held at Glass Saturday afternoon, with Elder Phil Wall and Elder H.H. Royster conducting the rites. H.T. King is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Denton returned to his home Thursday from a Memphis hospital, where he had been for the past several days. He had returned to Obion several days ago after going to Oklahoma City about a month ago in search of a climate suited to his health. A former resident of Glass, Mr. Denton had lived in Obion since the first of the year. He had been owner and operator of the local blacksmith shop for some time. He was a member of the Church of Christ.
Mrs Bessie Lee Cartwright 7/21/1899---4/5/1981
Mrs. Bessie Lee Denton Cartwrightof Hernando, Miss., formerly of Samburg, died at 1:05 p.m. Sunday at Methodist Hospital in Memphis where she had been a patient for 10 days. She was 81 and the widow of Arthur Lee Cartwright. Services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 1 at White-Ranson Funeral Home Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Darrell Hoffman officiating. Burial will follow in Cobbs Chapel Cemetary. Pallbearers will be Wilford Denton, Harvell Denton, Robert Griffen, Ben Phillips, Lowell Bennett, and John Hogg.
Mrs. Cartwright was born in Perry County, TN, 7/21/1899, daughter of the late John Thomas Denton and Mrs. Martha Bunch Denton. She married Arthur Cartwright, 9/2/1917, and they made their home in Samburg until 1968 when they moved to Memphis. Mr. Cartwright died in 1969, and Mrs. Cartwright moved to Hernando, Miss in 1974. She was a member of the Church of Jesus. Survivors include a son, Joe Bailey Cartwright of Hernando, 3 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. A son, Ralph, preceded her in death in 1946. Taken from UC Messenger
PLATTE COUNTY, MISSOURI
Mrs. Mary Denton was born in Farley, Aug 31, 1836, the sixth of the ten children of Thomas and Mary Manning Smith. She married Feb 26, 1857, David R. Denton and to them six children were born, four girls and two boys. One son and one daughter preceded the beloved mother several years ago. Mrs. Laura Deal, Mrs. Ella Southers, and Mrs. Kate Browning, daughters and son John of California, who did not reach Platte County until Monday, with the faithful husband are bowed in sorrow since the Death Angels call Friday April 16, 1915, at her home near Hillsboro.
Her health had been falling for some little time and for the past few weeks, she had been critically ill with heart trouble although hopes for her recovery were entertained until almost the last, when her spirit took its flight to its beloved Master whom she had served so long and faithfully. Having united with the church to a young girl, she so lived that she endeared herself to all, and her little family were trained to become useful and respected men and women in the community where for 48 out of the 58 years of their married life, they had dwelt in quiet happiness on the home farm. It is given to but few companions to travel down lifes path way for more than half a century and when one departs and leaves the other "alone at 80" and more, he feels deeply the irreparable loss, and so the sympathy of the entire community goes out to the bereaved husband and his family.
The funeral was held Saturday at 2:00 P.M., Rev, Moorman of Platte City officiating, with interment in the Jewett cemetery.
WILLIAM SMITH DENTON
William Smith Denton, son of David R. and Polly Ann Denton, was born in Platte County, Mo, December 8, 1857 and departed this life Jan 4, 1904, after suffering for only one hour. He was the oldest of six children, and the only one who had never married and left his parents home. With the exception of five years of his life spent in California, his home has always been in Platte County. This naturally kept him near his parents and endeared him to their hearts more closely, if possible, than the other children. Only one of this happy family had preceded him to the spirit world, that was Mrs. F. S. Harrington in 1887.
On January 3rd William attended church as usual and spent the night in company with Bro. Calathan at the home of a friend. The following afternoon, after enjoying his visit, he walked home. Before he was half-way he was seized with a pain in his breast. He pressed on and soon reached home suffering greatly. All that anxious parents and neighbors could do did not alleviate the pain and before his physician could arrive the spirit had fled.
The funeral was held at Hillsboro church, where he had confessed Christ more than thirty years before. Brother Calathan preached a most impressive sermon, pleading with men and women to be ready for that summons that must come to all. A large concourse of friends and relatives followed the remains to the last resting place in the Jewett cemetery. There with the sun shining on the snow clad earth, they listened to the solemn words, Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust. And the rest is with a just God.
TRIBUTE TO WILLIAM S. DENTON
Once more our pen pays tribute to departed friend and the truth of the quotation. "In the midst of life we are in death," is again proven. After an illness of just one hour the spirit of our friend departed for "that land whence no man returneth," leaving loving relatives and friends to mourn his loss. but they cannot grieve as for one without hope, for the subject of our sketch was ever active in good work during his residence of over two years among us. He occupied a prominent position in the church and Sunday School and his influence will be felt in the years to come.. While the Christian church here was without a regular pastor, Mr. Denton occupied the pulpit for several months, and by sound logic and clear explanation of the Bible, was the means of leading other souls to Jesus and winning bright stars for the crown he is now wearing.
The news of his death came as a shock to his many friends here and the sympathy of the writer is extended to the brother here and to the relatives elsewhere in this sad hour.
William S. Denton was born in Platte County, Mo, December 8, 1857 and came to California about September 1, 1900, coming direct to Maxwell to take a position in the drug store of his brother, J.T. Denton; which position he held for over two years. Later he held a position with Kaerth & Denson. He left for his old home in Missouri about Oct 5, 1903 and died at the home of his parents January 4, 1904.
May we all live in such a way that a crown may await us when we pass the portals our brother has passed, and meet him on the bright shore where pain and partings are unknown and all is peace and joy and love.
We appreciate Gay Mathis so much for sharing these obituaries!
Golden Hillard Denton,75, a retired iron worker, died about 2:40 p.m. Tuesday at Obion County General Hospital. Denton had made his home at the Davy Crockett Senior Center for the past two months and had been a patient at the Union City Health Care Manor. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at White-Ranson Funeral Home Memorial Chapel. The Rev. Bob Orr will officiate and burial will be in East View Cemetary. Pallbearers will be Harvell Denton, Wilford Denton, Cecil Treece, Scott Denton, Steve Denton, George Bunch.
Denton was born in Obion County, 5/22/1906. The son of the late Samuel Thomas Denton and Mrs. Mollie Brown "Dollie" Coleman Denton. He worked in Detroit prior to his retirement and returned to Obion County. Survivors include 5 sisters, Mrs. Sue D. Hinson of Reelfoot Lake area, Mrs. Norvell Otto of Detroit, Mrs. Nadiene Cross of Oceanside, Calif., Mrs. Kay Trim of West Memphis, Ark., and Mrs. Betty Rushing of Statesboro, Ga; a brother, S. T. "Jack" Denton of Popular Bluff, Mo., and several nieces and nephews. 2 sisters preceded him in death. (Taken from UC Messenger.)
Thanks to Frances Stinnett
for sending this obituary of
We appreciate Linda Denton sending these:
from The Kentuckian Citizen,
Saturday, June 28, 1902.
From the Bourbon County
Kentuckian Citizen June 28, 1913:
Mr. James Denton,
a well known and highly respected citizen of Bourbon County, died at the home of his
son, Mr. Kirby S. Denton, in Lexington, Wednesday morning at 5 o'clock,, from
Bright's disease. Mr. Denton has been in declining health for several months,
and recently has been on a visit to his son in Lexington. He was 80 years
of age and, until recently, resided on the Ruddles Mills Pike near
Paris. Deceased is survived by seven sons, as follows: Messers. James G.
(Granville) and Jefferson Denton, of Paris; John Denton, of Iowa; Henry
Denton, of Alabama, Kirby S. Denton, of Lexington, Andrew Denton, of Owingsville
Ky. and William Denton, of California. The body was brought from Lexington to
Paris yesterday morning, arriving here at 10 o'clock, and the funeral services were
conducted at the grave in the Paris Cemetery by Elder W.E. Ellis, pastor of the
From the Bourbon County
Kentuckian Citizen, April 28, 1909:
After a brief illness of a few days of heart trouble, Mrs. Elizabeth Eden Denton, aged 72 years, died Monday morning at her home on Ruddles Mills Pike shortly before eight o'clock. Mrs. Denton was a member of the Ruddles Mills Christian Church and was beloved by a large circle of relatives and friends. She was a native of Flemng County, and will be carried to her final resting place in the Paris Cemetery by six sons who will officiate as pall-bearers. Mrs. Denton is survived by her husband, james Denton and seven sons, John B. Denton, of Macedonia, Iowa; H.L. Denton, of Marion, Alabama; William Denton, of Nebraska; Andrew Denton, of Owingsville; and James G. Denton, J.L. Denton, and K.S. Denton of Bourbon. The funeral services will take place from the residence this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Services by Elder Carey E. Morgan. Interment in the Paris Cemetery. In January, Mr. and Mrs. Denton had a family reunion, at which were gathered their seven sons, the occassion being the seventy-fourth birthday of Mr. Denton and the 57th anniversary of their marriage.
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Entered into Eternal
Mrs. Sarah Eldredge Denton, 85,
a resident of Athens died Tuesday at Athens Community Hospital. A native of Tunnel
Hill, Ga. and a former resident of Decatur, she was a daughter of the late Thomas O.
and Fannie Magill Eldredge. She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. George
Samuel Denton on March 20, 1978. She was a member of the Decatur United Methodist
Church. Survivors include 3 daughters, Mrs. Frances Jones of Athens; Mrs. Charles
(Anna Bell) Rothwell of Porterville, Calif. and Mrs. J. B. (Hazel) Kyker of Hixson; 2
sisters, Mrs. Mae Timson of Oklahoma City, Okla.; Mrs. Byron (Fannie Bell) Dalley from
Onaway, Mich.; 9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 2 p.m.
Sunday at Laycock Funeral Home with the Rev. Forest Martin officiating. Burial
will be in Decatur Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Allan Thompson, Herman
Thompson, Louis Thompson, Neal Thompson, Owen Roberts, and B. C. Woods.
The family will receive friends Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m.
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Joseph J. (Byrd) Denton of 3615 West Main, Union City, a resident of Haws Memorial Nursing Home in Fulton since April 1979, died Monday afternoon around 4:15 at the nursing home. He was 87. Services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at White-Ranson Funeral Home Memorial Chapel with the Rev. J.T. Brown and Rev. Bob Ford officiating. burial will follow in Old Republican Cemetary. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Denton, a native of Perry Co, TN was born 2/28/1893, son of the late John Denton and Mrs. Martha Bunch Denton. He married the former Bessie Gantlett 10/15/1919, and for many years operated Denton Grocery in Samburg until the business burned in 1963. When he retired in 1963, he moved to Union City and was a member of the Evangel Temple Assembly of God Church. He was a World War I veteran; serving with the Army in Europe. Denton leaves his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Neva Spain of Dalton, Ill; 4 sons Harvell Denton of Samburg, Claudie Denton of Washington D.C., Huebert Denton of Springfield, MO., and Wilford Denton of Union City; a sister, Mrs. Bessie Cartwright of Hernando, Miss., 10 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 1 son, 2 sisters and 8 brothers preceded him in death. Taken from UC Messenger.
Mrs. Lovannah Tanner Denton, 81, of Troy died Thursday at 10:40 p.m. at the Union City Baptist Hospital. Services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Troy Church of Christ. Burial will follow in Terrace Hill Cemetary at Troy. Danny Hall will officiate. Pallbearers will be grandsons.
Mrs. Denton was born in Obion county, 7/1/1905, daughter of the late Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Tanner. She married Isaac F. Denton 8/28/1921 and he died in 1955. Mrs. Denton was a member of Troy Church of Christ. She is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. Ruby May Rainey of Obion, Mrs. Roena Neal of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Mrs. Martha Jane Cox of Tulsa, Okla.; a son, John T. Denton of Paducah, KY; 3 sisters, Mrs. Edith Bailey of East Prairie, Mo., and Mrs. Ola Stanfield and Mrs. Juanita Halter, both of Charleston, MO.; 2 brothers T.H. Tanner of Charleston, and Howard Tanner of Giddings, Texas; and 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Isaac Francis Denton, 71, died suddenly of a heart attack at 9:15 a.m. today at his home in Troy. He had been in ill health for 10 years. Born in Perry Co, TN, son of John and Martha Bunch Denton, he moved to Obion County as a young man. He was a farmer and had lived in Troy for 6 years. He was a member of the Troy Church of Christ.
He leaves his wife, Mrs. Lovannah Tanner Denton; a son; John Denton of Memphis; 4 daughters, Mrs. Thelma Holden of Memphis, Mrs. Ruby May Rainey of Elbridge, Mrs. Roena Neill of Memphis and Mrs. Martha Jane Clark of Tulsa; 4 brothers, Joseph J. and Edgar Brown Denton of Hornbeak, J. R. Denton of Trenton and Abb Denton of Michigan; 1 sister, Mrs. A. L. (Bessie) Cartwright of Samburg; and 9 grandchildren. Taken from UC Messenger
Edgar Brown Denton, longtime operator of the Denton Grocery Store at Spout Springs, died about 6 this morning at Obion County General Hospital, where he had been a patient since 12/11. He was 70. Services will be conducted in White-Ranson Funeral Home Memorial Chapel with Lexie B. Ray, minister of the Exchange Street Church of Christ officiating. Burial will be in the Cobb's Chapel Cemetary near Hornbeak.
Mr. Denton was born 8/28/1897 in Perry County, Tennessee., son of the late John and Martha Bunch Denton. He moved to Obion County when 17 years of age and farmed near Hornbeak for a number of years. For the past 37 years, he operated the Denton Store. He was a member of the Mt. Zion Church of Christ. Mr. Denton is survived by his wife, Mrs. Vera Ransom Denton, whom he married in 1916; a daughter, Mrs. Alvin Jett of Union City; 2 sons, Coy Denton of Memphis and Carl Denton of Dearborn, Michigan; 2 brothers, J.J. Denton of near Union City and Albert Denton of Dearborn; a sister, Mrs. Bessie Cartwright of Samburg; 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Taken from UC Messenger.
Mrs. Vera Ann Ransom Denton of Spout Springs community died Monday afternoon at 2:45 at the Obion County Rest Home where she had been a resident since November 1978. She was 79. Services were held today at 2 p.m. at White-Ranson Funeral Home Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Pat Murdock officiating. Burial was to be in Cobb's Chapel Cemetary. Nephews were to serve as pallbearers.
Mrs. Denton was born in Obion County 11/11/1899, daughter of the late Tip (James Tipton) Ransom and Mrs. Nora Lee Ransom. She owned a grocery in the Spout Springs community for 39 years and was a Baptist Her husband, Brown Denton, whom she married in 1916, died in 1967. She leaves a daughter, Mrs. Alvin Jett of Union City; 2 sons, Coy Denton of Memphis and Carl Denton of Michigan; 3 sisters, Mrs. Clara Gray of Shawtown, Mrs. Sylvia Vinyard of St. Genevieve, Mo, and Mrs. Goldie Hooten of Hornbeak; 2 brothers, L.J. Ransom of Walnut Log and Presley T. Ransom of Nashville; 6 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Taken from UC Messenger. NOTE: Cemetaries of Obion County Vol. II book lists birthdate as 11/2/1899
Thanks to Laura Denton for sharing this obituary:
Frederick C. Denton
Frederick C. Denton, son of Samuel and Temperance Denton, was born in Henderson County, Ky., Feb. 4, 1828; was married to Miss Eliza Spencer, May 25, 1848; professed religion about thirty-five years ago at a camp-meeting near Hebbardsville, Ky., and soon afterward united with the M. E. Church, South, and lived an acceptable member of the same to the day of his death, Jan. 11, 1885. Brother Denton filled places of public trust with fidelity to the people and honor to himself. As a Master Mason he was honored and trusted by his brethren. He was for many years a member of the Quarterly Conference, as a steward or trustee, and it is the verdict of his brethren, both preachers and laymen, that he discharged his duties well. The preachers found in him a warm and faithful friend. He was liberal and ready to help in every Church enterprise. He was a good man, and will be greatly missed in the Church and the community. A large concourse of neighbors and friends attended his funeral services at the Church, and his brethren of the "mystic tie" consigned his mortal remains to the grave. Brother Denton leaves a widow and six children, all of whom are in the Church except one. May he be brought to the Savior, and thus make an unbroken family in heaven.
John H. Denton of
John H. Denton , 82, prominent farmer of Meigs County died early this morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. C. Thompson of near Decatur. Mr. Denton had spent almost all of his life in Meigs County and he was the son of the late J. Hugh Denton and Narcie Womac Denton. He was also a member of the Pleasant Hill Methodist Church in Meigs County. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Amanda Maynor Denton, two daughters, Mrs. J. C. Thompson of Decatur and Miss Ada Denton of Chattanooga; two sons, J. W. of East Chattanooga and George of Decatur; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Good Field Methodist church with Dr. J. M. Bean and the Reverend Malcolm Jolley officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. The body will be at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. C. Thompson until the funeral hour. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Kyker-Quisenberry in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Amanda Maynor Denton, 85, well-known resident of Meigs County, died early yesterday morning at the home of a daughter, Mrs. J. C. Thompson, near Decatur. Mrs. Denton, widow of John H. Denton, was a member of the Pleasant Hill Methodist church. She was the daughter of the late Billy and Mary Moore Maynor, also of Meigs County. Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Thompson of Decatur and Miss Addie Denton of Chattanooga; sons, J. W. Denton, East Chattanooga, and George Denton, Decatur; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; one brother, Bill Maynor. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Goodfield Methodist Church, with the Reverend C. E. McDonald of Cleveland and the Reverend Malcom Jolley officiating. The body will be at the home of her daughter until the hour of the service. Grandsons will be active pallbearers. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Thanks to Gerald Witt for sending a copy of the original obituary of David Denton which is preserved in the material of Lyman Draper
Denton 1755-1838, husband of Rachel Scholl.
Thanks to Mary Goldman for sending this obituary from her local paper.
Henry Edward Denton 86 a native of Lake City, Craig Head County Arkansas and a long time resident Houma, Louisiana died Sunday Aug 8,1999 in Bossier City, Louisiana--Visitation will be from 5-9 today at Centuries Memorial Funeral Home in Shreveport. Funeral services will be at 20AM Wednesday at the funeral home, with interment in the Centuries memorial Park Cemetery. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. King B ."Lucy V." Burton of Houston, Texas; and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Schlesinger and Georgia Belle Shanks Denton; four brothers, Albert Pickle, George Frederick, Dan Neal Sr., and William Samuel Denton Jr. One sister Georgia Evangeline Denton and one nephew William Samuel Denton Jr. He was a World War 11 Veteran, a life long member of the American Legion Post No 388 in Koran ,a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a member of the Disabled American Veterans and a member of the Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church.
Barbara Denton, b.
Barbara Denton was born in Indiana January 1827. Died in Cedar County Mo. December 16th 1907. Aged 80 years. 10 months. 19 days, Was married to Joseph Barkley in November 1843. And to this union were born 12 children. 10 boys and 2 girls. Five children have gone on before. There is left to mourn the death of a mother five sons and two daughters. The sons were all at her bed side when she died, but the girls could not be present. Besides the children there are 28 grand-children and 13 great grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.
She was converted in early life and joined the Methodist church and has lived a consistent Christian life. Her remains were laid to rest in the Lindley Prairie Cemetery. Besides her husband there to await the resurrection of the Just. Funeral was conducted by the writer. Scripture lesson Mathew 28. with first Cor. XV. 4758. Text St John. XI latter clause 2nd verse.
Thanks to Christie Sapp Bilky for sending in the obituary of her mother.
Phyllis Ann (Brown)
(These three obituaries were sent by Donna Lou Ritter. They are of her grandfather and uncles.)
Harry Denton Dies After Long Illness
Harry E. Denton, one of Oxford's most beloved citizens, died Thursday, October 28, 1954, at his home on Johnson Avenue. He was 79. Mr. Denton has been ill for approximately two and one-half years. He married the former Miss Willie Mildred Lancaster in 1898 and is survived by her. Mr. Denton was born in the Kingdom neighborhood of Lafayette County and operated a furniture store in Oxford for 27 years. Previous to that he was associated with Ramey and Son and Patton Hardware Stores. He also served as vice president and director of the Bank of Oxford for 22 years. Mr. Denton was a member of the First Baptist Church and was also a Mason. Other than his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Donald Monroe of Rogers City, Mich., and two sons, James Thomas Denton of New York and Bennie P. Denton of Oxford. He has six grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral services were conducted in the First Baptist Church by Rev. James E. Southerland and Dr. Frank M. Purser. Burial was in St. Peter's Cemetery. Douglass Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
James T. Denton, 84, died Saturday at his residence in Charlottesville, VA. He was born on a farm near Oxford, Miss. He graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in civil engineering and entered the field of marine and heavy construction which he pursued until his retirement in 1972. When he retired, he was vice president and director of engineering for the George W. Rogers Construction Corp. of New York City.
He worked for the Illinois Central Railroad on the Chicago terminal Electrification and Grade separation Project before accepting a position as construction engineer with the Limestone and Chemical Corp. of Rogers City Mich., which was producing at that time 10 million tons of limestone per year shipped by Great Lakes Freighters. Construction consisted of a new machine shop, new crushing plant, a new 10-story brick and steel screen house, installation of all conveying, washing and classification for storing and loading stone on ships. It also constructed a 5,000KW power plant, a facility for supplying coal freighters and a 2,000-foot breakwater. In 1933, he joined Merritt Chapman & Scott Corp. as field engineer on dredging projects in the Detroit River, Buffalo Harbor and the Conneaut Harbor. He was transferred to Chicago as project engineer on the construction and sinking in place of a tube under the Chicago River for carrying subway trains. In July 1940, he was made project engineer in the Philadelphia Navy Yard for Dry Dock Associates, a joint venture of Merritt Chapman & Scott Corp., Foley Brothers, and Spencer, White and Prentiss, for construction of two graving docks, a marine railway and furnishing and installing cranes and other facilities for operating these structures. Also 300 feet of riverfront bulkhead was installed.
He was general construction superintendent for Merritt Chapman & Scott out of the New York City office, from 1944-1952 when he joined the George W. Rogers Construction Corp. His wife, Mary J. Denton, died November 1979. He is survived by a son, James P. Denton of Charlottesville; Evangeline R. Denton of Oswego, N. Y., widow of his son David B. Denton; a brother, Bennie P. Denton of Oxford, Miss.; a sister, Nola Monroe of Kalamazoo, Mich.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was a member of Episcopal Church of Our Savior, and The Moles, an organization of construction men and engineers based in New York City. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at the J. W. Bedell Funeral Home, Staten Island, N. Y. with burial in the Old Tennent Cemetery in Tennent, N. J. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Charlottesville-Albemarle unit of the American Cancer Society, 419 Lexington Ave., Charlottesville, VA 22901. Hill and Wood Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.
Bennie Phifer Denton
Oscar Grant Denton
Oscar Grant Denton, 82, of Tyro
died Friday, March 16, 1984, at Coffeyville Memorial Hospital. He was born November
17, 1901, at Sallisaw, Okla. to James and Millie (Johnston) Denton. He
married Hester Campbell on June 18, 1924, at Miami, Okla. Mr. Denton was a farmer and
railroader. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Betty Waggoner and Laurita
Foxx, both of Austin, Texas; three sons, Jim of Cherokee, Okla., Jack of Brady,
Texas and Frank of 301 E. Eighth St.; a Brother, Felix of Sallisaw; 15 grandchildren; and
22 great-grandchildren. Service will be a t 2:30 p.m. Monday at Graves memorial
Chapel in Caney. Burial will be in Elm Grove Cemetery in Edna.
Lillie Mae Glenn Clark
Lillie Mae Glenn Clark was born December 7, 1878 in Warren County, Tennessee and died at her home near Moody, Texas on September 18, 1936 at 6:15 a.m. after an illness of three weeks. She came to Texas in 1891 and lived here the remainder of her life. She was married to Leroy Carol Clark on July 12, 1896 and to this union six children were born, two of the children dying in infancy. Those surviving her are her husband, Leroy Carol Clark, three sons; John, Ivy and Marshall, all of Moody; one daughter, Mrs. C. F. Allen of Moody; two brothers, Claud Glenn of Waco and Rollie Glenn of Coleman; one sister, Mrs. Glen Jones of Waco and six grandchildren. Mrs. Clark professed Christianity early in life, uniting with the Christian Church at Walker-Harris in 1904. She was a consecrated Christian, a faithful wife and mother, a loving neighbor and friend. She was admired for her sterling qualities and was loved by all who knew her.
Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church in Moody on Saturday afternoon, September 19, 1936 at 8 o'clock. The service was conducted by Rev. Ollie Williams of The Grove assisted by Rev. E. N. Strother, Messrs. Johnnie Williams and Robert Keltner sang "No Sorrows to Heaven." Pallbearers were Olen Jones, Robert Lawson, Earl Bagley, Rollie Glenn, Odell Glenn and Floy Williams. Out of town relatives and friends attending the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Dick Lawson, Mr. and Mrs. Z. G. Allen and family, McGregor; Mrs. Will Nelson and family, Crawford; Mr. and Mrs. Claud Glenn and family; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Horne, Mr. and Mrs. John Townsend and family, Waco; Rollie Glenn, Coleman; Fleson Green and Family, Gatesville.
Yetive Denton Ramsey
Written by Molly James
The eldest child of Tilford "Tiff" Denton and Cora Sydney "Syd" Farris Denton, she was named Sydney Yetive Denton after her mother and the Princess Yetive, a fictional character in books by George B. McCutcheon, Graustark and Prince of Graustrak. Born January 28, 1911 in the Crockett Hotel at Carrollton, Carroll County, Arkansas, she and her family moved to Texas in 1916. They settled in Winnie, Texas where her parents became Postmasters. They moved again in the 20's to Daisetta, Texas, an oil boom town where Yetive finished high school in 1928 at the age of 17. She attended Hull Daisetta High School and Sam Houston State Teachers College, Huntsville, Texas earning a Bachelor of Science degree. She was the first vocational homemaking teacher at Crosby High School, helping plan, build and furnish the Homemaking Department. She led that class of young women to state finals in Galveston. She later moved to Alice, Texas schools, organizing the homemaking department and furnishing its cottage there.
She married R.G. Ramsey at the beginning of World War II and a son Carl Allan was born. He has been the pride and joy of her life. After a divorce , Yetive attended the University of Houston to earn her Master of Education degree. She began to teach in La Porte and lived first in duplex on Kansas St. and then to her home on San Jacinto. She retired in 1971 due to hearing loss. Yetive had many talents: sewing, crocheting, knitting, quilting and genealogy which became her main hobby. For many years she played the piano, then taught piano lessons to earn extra money to attend college and taught even after retirement. She sewed for other students while attending college on her faithful White sewing machine which she has sewn on until this day. She made every piece of clothing she wore using Vogue patterns from the 20's over and over again. She embroidered beautifully and made over 53 afghans. She had a 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle, a classic she meticulously card for. Young men would often approach her to buy it or just take a look at it. She once raced a young man on Fairmont Parkway just to show him she could do it. She loved the Rockets and the Comets basketball teams and would often sit up in bed, crocheting, knitting and decorating beaded Christmas balls while she watched; a real fete.
When she retired, Yetive began researching her family tree and genealogy became the main focus of her life. Through her research, she found many kinfolks across the United States, including her cousin Minnie Minor of Baytown who has become a dear friend. She stayed in touch with all of them gathering material to write several books about her family ancestors. She had over 100 ledgers on material she catalogued. After obtaining pedigree charts verifying that she descended from a Magna Carta Surety, Roger Bigod, Earl of Norfolk, she became eligible for membership in The National Society Magna Charta Dames and this led to many other society memberships including: The National Society of the Colonial Dames of the XVII Century (George Eskridge Chapter ); the Jamestowne Society; The National Society of the Daughters of the American Colonists; The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution; Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865; United Daughters of the Confederacy, The National Society of United States Daughters of the War of 1812; The Eskridge Family Association; The Society of the Lees of Virginia. She was a Lifetime member of The Sovereign Colonial Society, Americans of Royal Descent; The Jamestowne Society; The Plantagenet Society; The Order of Washington; The Society of Descendants of Knights of the Most Noble Order of the Garter and the Atascosito Society of Texas. She was also a Charter Member of the La Porte Bay Area Heritage Society, the Retired Teachers of La Porte and the Golden Oldies in Daisetta, Texas.
Mrs. Ramsey passed away at her home on Tuesday, September 29, 1998 from cancer and is survived by one son, Carl Allan Ramsey of Houston, a brother, Gene Denton of El Campo, two sisters, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made to the First United Methodist Church of La Porte and the Daisetta Methodist Church. Memorial Services are set for Monday, October 5 th , 1998, 10 am at the First Methodist Church in La Porte, Texas. Visitation will be Sunday, October 4 th , 2-8 pm, and Monday, 11-1 pm at Allisons Funeral Home in Liberty, Texas. Internment will be Monday, October 5 th , 2 pm at Oakdale Cemetery, Daisetta, Texas with a grave side service.
Yetive often said: "One of Gods greatest gifts to me is allowing me to live more than four score and ten years so I can reflect and remember His many gifts. If I live to be 105, Ill never accomplish all that I have planned. Blessings come much faster than I can count for which I am thankful."
Thanks to Fred Langham for these two:
Lee Denton, son of Tilford Denton
Vol.#1 Obits of Washington County Arkansas, 1880
DENTON, Lee - (from The
Harrison Times) A sad and fatal accident occurred near the residence of Hon. Tilford
Denton in this county on Tuesday last, resulting in the death of his son, Lee. The young
man had prepared to go to Carrollton to have some plows sharpened and after starting
something frightened a young mule of his team causing a runaway, throwing Lee out and
producing such internal injuries that he died the same evening. We deeply sympathize with
the parents in their deep affliction. [Fayetteville Democrat 4/10/1880]
DENTON, Lydia C. BARRINGTON
Lydia C. Denton, whose maiden
name was Barrington, was born at Rutherford, Tenn. in the month of May 1810. At about the
age of 17 years she, with her parents, moved to Haywood county, Tennessee. On the 17th of
august 1830 she was united in holy wedlock with Jacob Denton, who still survives her. She
embraced the Christian religion in 1831 and soon thereafter joined the M.E. Church and
attached herself to a class at Lost Creek Church, Tennessee. She,
Following is the obituary of Mrs. Mary Denton, wife of Tilford Denton (1817-1896). Tilford was the son of John Denton and Jane French Denton. Thanks so much to Jo Ann Swofford for sending it along to share.
Mary Sneed Denton
"On Monday, March 25th, 1907 at 4:00 p.m. surrounded by a host of sympathizing friends and loving relatives, the soul of Mrs. Mary Denton passed peacefully and sweetly into the Great Beyond after a brief struggle with pneumonia which baffled medical skill and her indomitable willpower.
The deceased was born near Osage in Carroll County, April 30, 1830 and was married Nov. 8th , 1848 to Col. Tilford Denton, and to this union were born ten sons and three daughters seven of who preceded father and mother to the everlasting home not made with hands. The remaining sons are Seborn S. Denton, J. Ross Denton, Charlie S. Denton and H. Loss Denton, Vol. W. Denton and W.Garland Denton.
She who was so passionately fond of spring time and beautiful flowers, faded and drooped just as all nature was putting forth such sweet promises of life and hope and it is a sweet relief to feel that Mother still lives and shall forever dwell in the Sweet Green Fields of Eden. Mother, thou has left behind thee the record of stainless life, the sacred memory of a patient and intensely devoted mother and though our hearts are crushed, we know thou has gained that everlasting place which passeth all understanding. 'Verily the gates of life did lift and pass the worn out pilgrim into eternal springtide amid the youth, where the limbs never ache nor the eyes grow dim, and staff of the exhausted an decrepit pilgrim shall become the immortal athlete.' M.R.D. April 5, 1907"
Thanks to Carolyn Roberts Lane for sending the following obituary of her great-grandmother!
Elvira Jane Denton Roberts
Mrs. Elvira Jane Roberts (nee
Denton) was born at Quebec, White County, Tennessee, March 26, 1845 and died June 16,
1916, aged 71 years, 2 months and 20 days. She was a daughter of Col. J. Hightower and
Nancy Denton. November 26 (note: The family Bible says Nov.12). She was
married to the Rev. G. W. Roberts and in November of the same year she was converted and
joined the M.E. Church South under the ministry of the Rev. Nathan Owen of the Tennessee
Below we have the obituaries
of father and son.
Death of a Pioneer
The subject of this sketch was born in Fleming County, Kentucky, May 1, 1826 and in 1846 was married to Miss Lucassia Logan, of the county and state above mentioned.
In 1857, Mr. Denton with his wife and family moved into Douglas county Nebraska, and settled near Waterloo. The early settlers of this community, for many miles distant, will remember his many acts of kindness and hospitality.
The deceased leaves a wife and three children, to mourn his loss -- James A. Denton of Piothe, Nevada; Mrs. Wright, of Alliance, Neb.; and Lewis W. Denton, of this city, who have the sympathy of all in their bereavement.
The funeral services were held at the residence of Lewis W. Denton, on Thursday, at 1 o'clock p.m., and were conducted by Rev. Aston, Pastor of the Presbyterian church, assisted by the choir. The sermon was practical, a lesson along the line of thought that we shall "all be rewarded for deeds done in the flesh."
The deceased had formerly been a member of the Christian church, and twenty-six years was a minister of that denomination. He had resided in this county the greater portion of the time since his early location here. He was a member of the territorial legislature from Douglas county in the '60's and championed many measures that were made into laws of our great state.
We understand that Mr. Denton's ailment originated about four years ago, at which time he was injured while getting on a train at this station. The past three years he has been under continual treatment and his decline has been steady regardless of all that medical aid could render.
The last respects were paid to the remains yesterday afternoon, which were taken to Britton cemetery and laid to rest in the family burial ground.
Below is the obituary of Lewis Wilson Denton, son of William A. and Lucassa Logan Denton. His wife was Sarah Ellen 'Ella' Rowe (1852-1916).
An Old Pioneer Dies Suddenly
"L. W. Denton passed away
Monday Morning July 5, 1915 Waterloo, Nebraska
James Lycurgus Denton
George W. Denton
Yakima Daily Republic, Friday, December 28, 1917: "George W. Denton, Naches, died yesterday noon from paralysis. Mr. Denton, who settled in the Valley 36 years ago was one of the pioneer residents. He leaves a wife and one child. He had long been engaged in the stock business."
Thomas Watson Denton
"The life and service of Thomas Watson Denton is well known in his native city of Fort Payne, Alabama, and his death was a tragic loss to his community. He was teacher of the Berean Men's Class at the First Baptist Church of Ft. Payne for many years. He was the chairman of the Denton Family reunion and made plans for the annual meetings."
Sarah's obituary printed in a Scott County newspaper reads: "A good woman dies suddenly in Lexington today, December 5, 1881. Died after a short illness, and unexpectedly at 6 o'clock this morning. Mrs. Sarah Hall of pneumonia. Mrs. Hall seemed progressing toward getting well, until 4 o'clock this morning when her husband became alarmed at her symptoms and wanted to send for her relatives, when she assured him she was better and would come out all right; but she was mistaken, for in two hours she was dead. We do not know whether Mrs. Hall belonged to the church or not, but we happened to know that she was a good woman and a Christian, because she visited the sick and administered to their wants. The night was never too dark, nor the weather too cold for her to respond promptly to a call to her for help. Mrs. Hall belonged to the Order of Rebecca in Odd Fellowship, which order we presume will bury her."