Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Chieftain Has Fallen...Obit of J.W. Moran from The Martin Mail Apr 16 1912

In April I posted the obituary from the Dresden Enterprise and the funeral notice for John W. Moran.  Today I came across a copy of The Martin Mail dated April 16, 1912.   I knew right away that it could mean just one thing, it contained an obituary for John W.   I would correct only one thing about it.  Near the end it says he left behind two sons and two daughters, he actually had three daughters.  


Capt. J.W. Moran, aged 73, died Friday night at St. Thomas Hospital, at Nashville, after an illness of some two years' duration.  He was a son of James H. Moran, an early settler of Weakley County, and had been a prominent and leading citizen in the social, financial and religious affairs of the county for many years.  In the first days of the Civil War he joined Company "I," Thirty-first Tennessee Infantry, C.S.A.  He remained in service during the entire war and participated in the battles of Perryville, Murfreesboro, Franklin, Missionary Ridge, Chickamauga, Kenesaw Mountain and Atlanta, finally surrendering with Johnston at Greenville, N.C. Returning home from the war he entered the mercantile business, and was soon the leading financial citizen of the county.  Upon the organization of the Dresden Bank in 1889 he was elected its first President, and continued to occupy that position until the time of his death.

He was a member of the M.E. Church South, and of Dresden Lodge, No. 90, F & A. M.  The following children survive him:  James H. Moran, Dresden; Harrell Moran, Newsom Station, Mrs. W.G. Timberlake, Jackson; Mrs. James B. Ezzell, Newsom Station; Mrs. Chas. H. Cobb, Union City.  The remains were interred at the family cemetery, near Dresden, on Sunday.

In the death of John Moran the county has lost one of its very best, most wide awake citizens, a Christian gentleman; a gentleman of the old school, with that hospitality that Southern people are so noted for. Dresden loses a fine citizen, a good man, and his children a devoted and lovable father.  John Moran will be missed by a large number of people all over Weakley County who loved him for his many noble traits of character.

In speaking of the death of Mr. Moran, our Dresden correspondent says: His remains were brought home Saturday evening, and a large crowd of citizens of Dresden were at the depot when the train arrived, who expressed their sympathy and sorrow. The funeral services were had Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Methodist church, conducted by Rev. R.C. Douglas and assisted by Revs. J.W. Irion and G.,T. Mayo.  Mr. George Martin, of Martin, gave a short eulogy on the life of Mr. Moran, and Judge Jones read an appropriate poem, which was one of Mr. Moran's favorites in his lifetime.  Not near all the people who attended these funeral services were able to get in the church.  Many of Mr. Moran's friends from Martin, Greenfield and Sharon were present, and many others from a distance paid their last respects with their presence. Interment was had at the old family graveyard about a mile north of Dresden.  Mr. Moran leaves two sons and two daughters, to whom we express our sympathy, and with whom we share their sorrow. Every citizen of Dresden and all who knew him can truly say that a good and noble man has departed from among us--that a chieftain has fallen.  He was aged seventy-two years, was a member of the Methodist church, and died in the triumphs of the faith of a devoted Christian.

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