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 - i i Keii'k1le Xegro Funeral. Summerville, Ga.,...
i i Keii'k1le Xegro Funeral. Summerville, Ga., Nov. 2(5. One of the largest funeral services ever held in Summerville was held here yesterday at the Presbyterian church, over the body of ' Old Uncle" Smith Knox, colored. He was about 80 vears old. He has been a consistent member aud sex ton of the Presbyterian church since some years before the civi war. After he was tree lie was asked if he wanted to withdraw. He said he did not. He was noted for his Christian , iety and devotion to his church. He was a model for everything that stood for the good. He was loved by all classes both white and black. It was a s ght possibly never seen north or south. Strong men white and black, gathered around all that was left of this humble Christian and shed tears like children. During the time of his niembershiu he never missed but three services twice since he was sick and one time he was digging a grave. Great banks of the most beautiful flowers covered bis coffin. His body waB born by six old grayhaired colored men, followed by Hon. R. Y. Rudicil, Capt. J. S. Cleghorn, Hon. W. H. Penn, Ctfi. Wesly Shropshire, Judge J. M. Belah, Rev. Mr. Burwell, J. A. Brannan, E. N. Martin and many others, as honorary pallbearers. The middle news of this large church were reserved for the colored folks aud both sides for the whites. The church was packed to its fullest extent. A great mauy had. to remain outside. Tne funeral services was conducted by the minister, Mr, Burwell, and Mr, J. A. Brunei-." Al most one thousand people joined iii the procession.

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  1. The Coosa River News,
  2. 07 Dec 1906, Fri,
  3. Page 1

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