Kentucky Obituaries - Adair County News - Mar 13, 1918


W. I. Meader, Well-Known Here, Drops Dead at Campbellsville.


Last Friday afternoon about 3:30 o'clock, the citizens of Columbia were notified that Wm. Isaac Meader, who was reared in this place and lived here until he was about twenty-six years old, had suddenly died in the suburbs of his home town, Campbellsville.

The deceased had left his residence and gone to a vacant lot that he owned on the Spurlington road, just outside the corporate limits, where he was having some work done.   He left the lot and went into the grocery store, owned by Harmon White.   He called for a cigar, lighting it, he remarked to Mr. White "that he was sick and for him to catch him, that he was going to fall."   Mr White went to him, but before he could be lowered to the floor Mr. Meader was dead.   The alarm was given and the body was removed to the residence of the deceased, amid the tears and screams of the strlckened (sic) family.

W. I. Meader was born in Campbellsville about sixty years ago.   His father, Daniel Meader, was a native of Scotland and was a sculptor by trade.   He was married to .Miss Martha Barbee, of this place, about the year 1854, and a short time after this marriage Mr. and Mrs. Meader took up their residence in Campbellsville where the deceased was born.   While yet an infant his parents returned to Columbia to live and it was here that W. I. Meader resided until he was about 26 years old, as stated above.   When quite a young man he married Miss Laura Gaines, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. P. Gaines, of Taylor county, and with his young wife he continued to live here for some time, but in a few years after their union they removed to Campbellsville where he resided continuously until his death.

From boyhood he was an ardent Democrat, taking an active part in every election.   About eight years ago he was elected Circuit Court Clerk of Taylor county, filling the position for six years satisfactorily.   He was also an enterprising man, ever ready to contribute of his earnings to any move looking to the betterment of the community in which he lived.

Some years age he made a profession of his faith in Christ, united with the Christian Church, and for some time before his demise was an officer of the congregation.

The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, conducted by his pastor, Eld. W. G. Montgomerp, who paid high tribute to the life and character of the deceased.

Religious services over, the remains were bourne to Brookside cemetery where they were deposited.

The deceased leaves a wife, two daughters and one son.   He also leaves a sister, Mrs. Delia McGee, of Somerset.

The sympathy of Columbia is extended to the family, trusting that God will sustain them in the great loss.

The funeral was attended by quite a number of relatives and friends of this place.

The deceased was a good provider, having $5,000 life insurance, hence whatever debts he may have left can be paid and his property saved for his wife and children.

Source: Adair County News (Columbia, Kentucky), Mar 13, 1918, page 1, column 5

Died at Russell Springs.

Mr. R. T. Stearman, who was a well-known farmer of the Russell Springs, section, died Monday night of last week.   He was seventy-four years old and a member of the Methodist Church, and had the respect of all his neighbors.   He was the father of W. L. (Bud) Stearman, who was a pupil in the Lindsey-Wilson, this place, for several years.

An Estimable Lady Dies.

We desire to extend our sympathy to Mr. J. M. Howell of Greensburg, who lost his beloved wife Sunday night of last week.   She had been an invalid for more than a year, every effort being made by noted physicians who lived in the cities to restore her to health.   Whe was a woman of lovable disposition, one who will be greatly missed by the residents of Greensburg.   This is the greatest sorrow that ever came into the life of the devoted husband.   The four small children left, God bless and protect them.   They should be taught to remember the loving admonitions of their dear mother, and when old enough to understand, guide them into paths of rescitute, ever keeping before them the goodness of their heavenly Father.   After a while when they will enter the potals of the celestial city they will meet their dear mother and will be able to understand.

Before her marriage Mrs. Howell was a Miss Leachman.

Source: Adair County News (Columbia, Kentucky), Mar 13, 1918, page 5, columns 2 and 3