LENNON, Wiley (d. 1932)

Old Slave Darky Passes

Old “Uncle” Wiley Lennon, Civil War veteran and one-time slave darkey of Mr. J. K. LENNON, died at his little cabin out near the Galead section last Tuesday night following a stroke of paralysis on Monday. The old darkey, more than a hundred years old, preferred to live alone in his little hut near his niece, CLEMMIE LEWIS, who always saw to his welfare as far as she was able. Though his needs were few, yet his last days were spent with the barest comforts and no luxuries due an old soldier. He was a true Southerner, loyal to his master with whom he joined the army and fought with and for him during the four years of the war, belonging to a company whose captain was Mr. OBEDIAH WILLIAMSON of near Evergreen. The old fellow could not remember much about his early life, but his “marster and misses” were always dear to his memory. Uncle Wiley passed away-quietly, peacefully and without a murmur. His old body was laid away tenderly, though not grandly, and today he is at rest with the Soldiers of the Cross who have preceeded him there by many years.

Source: Robesonian, Thursday 12/15/1932.

Submitted by Sam West