DEATH OF AN AGED CITIZEN - 1896
Fayetteville Observer, May 12, 1896
January 24, 2010 Myrtle Bridges

Mr. Jesse Decker, an old and respected citizen, died very suddenly on last Saturday, at his home, about three 
miles from this city. He had been out looking after the work on a farm which he was supervising for Capt. J.M. Goddard, 
his son-in-law, and had started to the house, when he was stricken down by heart failure and immediately expired. He 
leaves a wife and four children to mourn his sudden taking off. He was 73 years of age.

For a number of years the deceased was an employee of the well-known establishment of Messrs. A.A. McKethan & Sons, 
and at the time he was called away, he was the last surviving one who had been with these gentlemen for a long period.

Mr. John G. Oherl, of this city, married the oldest and Capt. J.M. Goddard the youngest of deceased's daughters. He leaves 
a son, who is an engineer on the Louisville & Nashville Railway, and who is much esteemed for his efficiency. We extend our 
sympathies to the bereaved family. The funeral took place on Sunday afternoon and was conducted by Rev. Dr. Huske.

The following were the pall-bearers: A.A. McKethan, T.J. Powers, Chas. Kennedy, J.O. Boone, Jas. A. Graham, S.A. Phillips.

Thus passes away another of those splendid old-time workmen who were brought up and trained in McKethan's Carriage Works. 
What a magnificent school those works were, and what sterling men they produced, is exemplified in the character of the 
deceased.

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