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Oxford Torch Light
Thursday, May 7, 1878

Death of An Aged Citizen

Died on Saturday night last, of pneumonia, Mrs. C. A., wife of L. A. Paschall, Esq., of this place, in the 68th year of her age. Her funeral services will take place from the Episcopal church, this Monday evening at 3 o’clock.



Oxford Torch Light
Tuesday, June 4, 1884

Death of Mr. H. E. Parham

After an illness of more than a year and a half, Mr. Henry E. Parham died Sunday, at the residence of his father-in-law, Mr. James H. Harris, on East Martin St. He was age 37 years. He was a native of Granville county, was for years steward of the Yarboro House, and afterwards was in business here. He was always obliging and clever and had many warm friends.---News & Observer.


Public Ledger
Thursday, July 13, 1899
Death of Mrs. Lou Parham.

After an illness of about four weeks this good woman passed quietly away at her home on July 3rd, 1899, at 1 o’clock a.m. She was laid to rest in the family cemetery beside her beloved husband. Mr. Jasper Parham, who preceded her to the land of the blessed little more than two years ago. Five children and a host of friends as wide as the circle of her acquaintance are left to mourn what is really a keen loss to them. But we sorrow not as those who have no hope; for years ago she planted her life and hopes in Him who lives beyond death and the grave. Because he lives she lives also, and death was only an incident in the cause of that life which abides.
Mrs. Parham was a member of Popular Creek Baptist church, and her religion was more than a mere name. In her home, in her community, at all times and under all circumstances she was the same--gentle, patient, unselfish, cheerful, practical, and holding a ready hand for every good work. As she had lived so she died, without a murmur or struggle and even as a corpse, the beautiful clam on her face was but a token of the peace which was here.
Her only concern at the prospect of death was for her children, but her work for and in them is by no means finished. Now that her body is removed, her spirit, her teachings, and her example will speak but the louder in leading them on to lives of usefulness in unselfish devotion to that which is high, noble and good.
Her pastor conducted the burial service in the midst of an unusually large concourse of sorrowing neighbors and friends.
“Happy await the dead who die in the Lord hence forth; yes, says the Spirit, that they may rest from their labor, for their works follow them.”--W. R. Cullom, in Henderson Gold Leaf.--


Oxford Public Ledger
Friday, January 31, 1896

100 Years and 7 Months

Miss Betsey Peace
, the oldest woman in the county, died one day last week at the advanced age of 100 years and 7 months. She was a remarkable woman in many respects, and had a large circle of friends as she was of a companionable and genial nature. We would be glad if some one of her neighbors would send us an obituary of this aged lady who passed into the Great beyond.


Oxford Public Ledger
Friday, February 19, 1892

Death of Dr. C. C. Peace.

After long failing health does at “Bambroe,” the family residence in Granville county on the morning of January 27th, Dr. C. C. Peace in his 71st year. He was buried in the family cemetery where repose the remains of several generations. The services were conducted by Rev. M. T. Turner, Rector St. James’ Parish, Kittrell, and were joined in by a vast concourse of sorrowing friends and neighbors.
The deceased was the youngest and last of three sons of the late Pleasant Peace, surviving but a few years his Brothers Dr. Pleasant Poindexter and William Leak, prominently known and deeply mourned throughout their native section, Dr. Peace with his older brother, Dr. P.P. Peace, having an extensive and lucrative, Though laborious, practice to which he devoted many years was thoroughly identified with a large community, By whom, on account of his kindness and skill, he was much beloved and most highly esteemed, and only on account of feeble health and the cares of a large business did he discontinue the practice of his profession, which was a source of great regret with his many patrons. He was eminently successful in his treatment of diseases, charitable to the needy, kind to his neighbors and courteous to all, and very soul of honor.
Although the subject of this notice was not in any church communion, he became much concerned and expressed an earnest desire for baptism and confirmation, and was observed in his last illness to be often engaged in prayer. Of his immediate family he left but one aged sister, whose watchfulness and care was scarcely less than that of a mother, whose devotion we rarely, if over, see equaled, and whose grief is distressing to witness. In the midst of her loneliness and sorrow we can but in deepest sympathy say,--{Prayer-hard to Read}

Oxford Public Ledger
Friday, March 10, 1905

Death of Mrs. Lucy Piper

Mrs. Lucy A. Piper, after a short but painful illness, died at the home of her son Mr. Carl Piper, on March 4th, age 63 years. She lost her husband many years ago, but lived happy , useful life in the pleasant home of her devoted son, Mr. Carl Piper. She leaves two brothers, three sisters, four children, other relatives, and a host of friends to mourn her loss. Sister Piper, was a loved, and loving member of Tally Ho Baptist church. She looked forward with pleasing anticipation to the pleasure of attending her church on the first Saturday in March; but on that very say the Lord took her from the church she loved so well on earth, to the church of the redeemed in heaven. An unusually large concourse of people attended her burial at the old Cozart, grave yard. The funeral services were conducted by the pastors. The universal testimony was; Mrs. Piper was a good woman. We will greatly miss her for a while, but we shall meet again where loved ones part no more.---- J.A. S-----


The Public Ledger
Friday, May 18, 1894

Mrs. Rowan Pittard
, consort of the late Geo. Pittard, of Granville, died at her old home on Monday, May 7, 1894. The burial services were held the fllowing p.m. at 2 o’clock by her pastor, the Rev. Dr. Marsh, and her remains were interred in the family cemetery. she was the treasured wife of 40 years and the mother of eleven children. Yea, twelve to raise, protect and care for. Theses children have come to age of maturity, except the two youngest, her darling baby girls. Mrs. Pittard had reached her 62d year in which she served her blessed Master so faithfully. She was a devoted wife, a kind, charitable neighbor, and a tender affectionate mother. Around her grave gathered her friends, children and loved ones who decorated it with the most lovely flowers. Our heartfelt sympathy is spread abroad for those dear children who are now bowed down in grief and sorrow by this bereavement. {*Prayer at end}


Oxford Public Ledger
Friday, February 12, 1892

Death of John Pleasant

We publish with much regret the account of the death of the above named gentlemen on Saturday morning, February 6th, who was well and favorably known in this community. He expired suddenly immediately after partaking of a hearty breakfast. He was in very good spirits on the morning of his demise little dreaming that death would so soon send its arrow into his vitals and that he would so soon be called to give an account of the deeds done in the body. He was about 75 years of age and leaves a family to mourn for him towards whom he was a loving and kind head. We offer them our sympathy and condolence.


Public Ledger
Friday, February 17, 1893
Fishing Creek Flashes.
Death Of Wm. Pleasant

I chronicle today the death of that venerable and Christian brother, Wm. Pleasant. He died the 10th of this month, at 8:05, p. m., and if he had lived until August he would have been 75 years of age. He had no children but leaves a kind and dutiful wife to mourn his loss. She is the daughter of that much beloved old gentlemen Samuel Dickerson. Mr. Pleasant was a good neighbor, a man of genuine wit, frequently getting up a little mirth to the great pleasure of all his associates, and best of all was a good, upright man. He was a member of Bethel Methodist Episcopal Church South. His quick speech, and statley walk will be heard nor seen no more this side of the great eternity. Peace to his ashes.


Torch Light
Tuesday, January 8, 1881

Death of Mrs. Pool

Died at her residence at 11 o’clock on Sunday morning. Mrs. Sallie Hicks, wife of Capt. Thomas Wyatt Pool.
Mrs. Pool has been an invalid for a long time, and bore her afflictions with great christian fortitude. She was 66 years of age, a member of the Episcopal Church and leaves behind a husband, three children and a large circle of friends to mourn her death. “She is not dead, but sleepeth. The Lord is King for ever and ever.



Oxford Public Ledger
January 23, 1925

Mr. J. B. Powell (*Photo of J. B. Powell)

Mr. James B. Powell, highly esteemed citizen of Oxford, is critically ill at Brantwood Hospital. Several years ago he was a prescription druggist at Hall’s Drug store; later he was elected register of deeds and severed for twelve years. He has been identified with the First National Bank of Oxford for the past five years.


February 2, 1925
The Last Sad Rites
Mr. J. B. Powell Rests Beneath a Bank of Flowers.

A large crowd attended the funeral of Mr. J. B. Powell at the Oxford Baptist Church last Friday evening and the interment at Elmwood Cemetery. The impressive services were conducted by Pastor J. D. Harte, who was assisted by Dr. Horfield.
Never did a quartet sing with more pathos than did Mrs. B. W. Parham, Mrs. Pace, and Messrs. B. F. Taylor and George Moore. The quartette sung the following selections in the church: “Ten Thousand Times Ten Thousand,” “I Hear the Voice of Jesus Say,” “Hark! Hark, My Soul.”
The floral tribute was profuse and beautiful.


Oxford Public Ledger
Friday, April 26, 1907

“Death Loves A Shining Mark.”

This was true in the case of Thomas Gardner Puckett, who was born Oct. 7th 1885 and died April 8th 1907: aged 22 years.
Gardner was the only son of Mr. William Puckett and wife, of Stovall. He was one of the brightest, best and noblest of young men. About ten years ago he gave his young heart to Christ in a public profession of faith and united with Stovall Baptist church. This laid a good foundation for future usefulness. He resolved to be something and do something to make himself respected and useful in life. He sought and obtained work on railroad operating in West Virginia. He performed all his duties cheerfully and faithfully. His devotion to his father’s family was beautiful, especially to his afflicted father, mother, and sister who remained at home. These needed his help and it was the of his life to help them. It is gratifying to know that he carried a good amount of insurance for their benefit.
Bro. Puckett was instantly killed by a land slide that buried him and a part of the train.
The first part of the burial service was conducted in Stovall Baptist church by the pastor, J. A. Stradley. The house was filled with sympathetic friends whose hearts were saddened by the early death of this noble young man, and who came to manifest heartfelt sympathy for sorely bereaved family.
Gardner Puckett belonged to the “Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen,” 24 of whom brought his remains to Stovall for internment, and gave it a solemn, sympathetic and appropriate burial. They spoke in the highest terms of praise of their departed Brother. They said that all who knew him respected and loved him. One of the Brotherhood told me that Gardner had often spoken of late about dying and being ready for death. Only a few minutes before he was killed he talked with the engineer of his train about a song he loved so well, “Death is only a Dream.”
Farewell, dear Brother, we will miss thee from our Brotherhood, our church, our home, but we hope to meet thee again when death will no more darken our pathway, or sadden our hearts. Good night, good night.---J. A. S.---


Oxford Public Ledger
Friday, October 13, 1905

One of Northern Granville’s Best Citizen’s at Rest.

The editor was indeed sorry to learn Saturday of the death of his greatly esteemed old friend, Mr. Stephen Puryear, of Oak Hill township, which occurred about two weeks ago. He was 78 years of age and had been in declining health for about 5 years, and was ready for the summons when the Master called him to “come up higher and rest under the shade of the trees,” as he was truly a consecrated member of Amis Chapel Baptist Church. He was a brave and gallant confederate soldier, a true Democrat, an affectionate husband and father, and very kind neighbor and steadfast friend. He leaves behind a devoted wife and 3 affectionate sons, Messrs. John, Willie and James Puryear to sorrow over his death, to all of whom the editor extends his warmest condolence. This good man was buried at his old home in the presence of a large number of sorrowing friends and relatives, the burial services being conducted by his dear friend Mr. W. T. Chandler now of Virgilina. May he rest in peace.



The Public Ledger
Thursday, July 14, 1898

Death of W. H. Puryear, Sr.

The death of this worthy citizen of Oak Hill occurred Saturday morning at 9 O’clock, after declining health for some months. He leaves a devoted family to mourn the death of an affectionate husband and father, and the heartfelt sympathies of a host of friends go out to them in their hour of grief.
Uncle Billy, “ as he was family called, was nearing his 70th mile post and was greatly loved by all who knew him well. He was of a quiet temperament, and ‘tis said never said aught against anyone. He was always ready to do a kind act, whenever the opportunity offered. He was held in the highest esteem by his neighbors as he was always kind and thoughtful, and we trust when he “crossed over the river,” he was prepared to enter into the rest prepared for the “Pure in Heart.”
For some 20 years he was engaged in the mercantile business at Oak Hill, but his health began to fall and he retired, and was missed by many people he had often accommodated. He was for one term Register of Deeds of Granville county under a Republican administration and served the people faithfully and well. It always seemed to be a pleasure to him to obliging to all who had business in his office. He also acted Deputy Clerk for a few months under Mr. J. A. Norwood’s administration of the same office. He is well known in Granville and his host of friends will deeply regret to hear that he has been called hence.
The funeral services were conducted at his late home Sunday by Rev. R. B. Owens, of Oxford, and the interment took place at the old family burying ground witnessed by a large number of sorrowing friends and relatives.----



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