Kentucky Obituaries - Adair County News - Mar 6, 1918

The mother of Mr. Gordon Emerson, who lives at Font Hill, Russell county, died recently.   She was 78 years old, a lovable Christian character and will be missed by many relatives and friends.

Mrs. Hallle Borders, whose maiden name was Rice, the widow of Mr. George Borders, who conducted a hotel at Campbellsville for a number of years, died in Arlington, Ga., Sunday of last week.   She was seventy years old and leaves a number of sons and daughters, Mr. Robert Borders, who is a traveling salesman, and who makes this town, being one of the sons.

The Jittle village of Romine, on Campbellsville pike, sustained the loss of a good Christian woman last week when Mrs. J. R. Romine died.   She was 77 years old and leaves a husband and ten children.   The funeral was largely attended.


Geo. A. Cheatham, Sixty-nine Years Old, Suicides By Hanging Himself. Body Found Sunday Morning.


Mr Geo. A Cheatham, who was sixty-nine years old, who lived just outside the .corporate limits of Columbia, was found hanging in his woodshed last Sunday morning about 7:30 o'clock.   The deed was evidently committed some time during the forenoon Saturday.   He lived alone in his home, his wife having died about nine mouths ago, leaving no children.   Since the death of his wife he has brooded daily over the loss of his companion, and it was often remarked that he was unbalanced

He left a will, written by himself, which he placed in his mail box in the forenoon Saturday, as a passer by saw it, that is a paper, in the box at 11 a. m., Saturday.   He was not seen about his premises in the afternoon Saturday, and for that reason it is believed that he ended his life in the afternoon, same day.

Not showing up Sunday morning, his neighbors instituted a search, and after some time his body was discovered hanging from a joice in his woodshed.   The alarm was at once given and quite a crowd visited the scene,   Dr. C. M. Russell, who is the Coroner of the county, being one of the number.   After the body was lowered an inquest was held, the verdict of the jury being that the deceased came to his death by his own hands.

The contents of the paper, found in the mail box, was written by himself and signed, but not dated.   In the will he stated that he wanted Elmo Strange to have his hog and chickens.   He directed that his home be sold and everything else that he left that would bring money, and that the proceeds of the sale and what money he left be given to some orphan's home.   The property left after the sale, he directed that he wanted it piled and burned, that he did not want his relatives nor his wife's relatives, to have anything he left.

Geo. A. Cheatham was born and reared in Cumberland county, but had lived where he died for nearly thirty years.   He was married to Miss Abbie Vaughan, of this place, when a young man, and he was perfectly devoted to her.   She died in June, 1917.

The deceased was an honest man, a member of the Christian Church and had been for many years.   The funeral services were conducted at the home by Eld. Z. T. Williams, many friends being present.   After religious services the remains were bourne to the city cemetery and there deposited by the side of his wife.   Peace to his memory.

Mrs. Nancy Ann Burton, who was the beloqed (sic) wife of Lea Burton, died at her late home, Purdy, this county, Friday, March, 1. 1918.   She had many friends and relatives and her death is deeply deplored.   She was a good Christian woman, having been a member of the Baptist Church for fourteen years.   The funeral was largely attended.   She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs Cyrenous Cowen.   The entire neighborhood is in sympathy with those who have been bereft.

A Tribute to a Departed Friend.

The news editor of this paper was grieved when the intelligence of the death of Dr. J. B. Buchanan, Campbellsville, reached Columbia.   The end came last Saturday week after a lingering illness lasting for several years, the last six or seven months being confined to his bed.   His father died when the subject of this notice was an infant, and some years after his demise the widow was again married, to Dr. W. T. Chandler and in the latter's home Dr. Buchanan was reared.   Soon after reaching his majority the deceased became a graduate physician, and not long after opening his office he became very prominent in the profession.   He was well-known to leading physicians over the State, his opinions in regard to treating obstinate cases being regarded as valuable.   He was well educated and a gentleman of much reading, and a very entertaining conversationalist - a companionable man, one whose thoughts enlightened his associates.

The writer and the deceased were near the same age and they became acquainted and associates when they were boys.   We fished, hunted, jumped and played marbles and ball together, and all his traits manifested that he was a manly man.   He was a devoted Mason and had reached a high rank, and on Sunday following his demise the local lodge and Marion Commandry followed his remains to Brookside cemetery where they were lowered to mother earth, the latter organization using its beautiful and solemn ceremony.

"Jim Brack," as you were called in halcyon days, like all the flesh, you had your faults, but the good you did for your fellow man overshadowed the shortcomings that came into your life; aud when I think of your gentlemanly character, your culture and talent, I want to say

That the stars go down to reappear in a brighter world.

The deceassd leaves a wife and several sons and daughters and a host of relatives, all of whom and the town of Campbellsville have been made poorer.

May the God of love sanctify the passing of this good and useful man for the benefit of all who have been bereft, is the wish of one who knew the departed from early manhood, and whose death he deeply deplorers (sic).

Source: Adair County News (Columbia, Kentucky), Mar 6, 1918, page 1, columns 2, 3, 5, and 6