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Description: Married – Webb & Tennison;
Deaths - Mr. J. Lea Cotton, Dora B. McGill
Newspaper published in: Liberty, MS
Page/Column: Page 3, Column 2
In McComb City, on Sunday, October 24th, Mr. J. B. WEBB, of McComb, to Miss SARAH TENNISON, of Summit, Rev. Mr. Mores officiating.
In Amite county, Miss., Oct. 13, 1897, at 11:30 o’clock a.m., J. LEA COTTON, aged 35 years, 1 month and 26 days.
The above announcement, which was entirely unexpected, caused great sorrow and grief in Summit where Mr. Cotton was reared and educated, and where his aged mother, two brothers, Messrs. Thomas L. and William K. Wm., besides other relatives, now reside.
Last week Mr. Cotton, while operating his gin and saw mill in Amite county, was severely scalded by the mud valve of the engine blowing out, and although suffering terribly, no one apprehended a fatal termination of the sad accident. When the final summons came, although suffering acutest pains, he was resigned to his fate and met the Dread Messenger calmly and peacefully.
His remains were brought to Summit on Wednesday of last week and after laying in state at the residence of Mr. W. E. Cotton for several hours, were removed to the Baptist church under the escort of members of Myrtle Lodge No. 33 of McComb City; De Leon Lodge No. 40, of Summit, Knights of Pythias, and members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, of which Orders he was a bright and shining light.
The following were the active and honorary pall-bearers;
Locomotive Engineer—Active Hon. C. C. Jarvis, Otto Harmes and Frank Jarvis.
Myrtle Lodge Knight of Pythias—Active, Thos. Long, Jack Whiddon and W, L. Catchings.
De Leon Lodge Knight of Pythias—Honorary, J. H. Jewell, J. C. Ford, J. T. Covington and N. P. Bonny.
Reaching the house of God, which was crowded to its utmost capacity by sorrowing friends who were present to pay the last sad tribute to one so highly esteemed in life, after the choir had rendered several of his favorite hymns, Rev. S. W. Sibley of McComb, his pastor, preached a glowing and touchingly affecting funeral sermon, delineating his nobility of soul, generous impulses of heart and ruggedly honest nature. He paid his memory a deserved tribute, and then invited Dr. Otken, also of McComb, who has known the deceased intimately since childhood and under whose able instruction his education had been gleaned, to the altar, and he, too, raised his eloquent voice in words of praise of Lea Cotten's upright character, honesty of purpose and geniality of disposition. He was a devoted husband, an indulgent father, an obedient son and a good citizen.
A special train from McComb came up at 2:30 o’clock p.m., bringing a large number of Knights, the deceased having been a member of Myrtle Lodge, a delegation of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and other citizens to be in attendance upon the funeral services.
The large and imposing funeral cortege--there being seventy odd carriages and buggies, besides members of the Pythian and Locomotive Engineers and others on foot then moved to the cemetery, when the members of Myrtle Lodge took charge of affairs and laid their beloved brother away according to the rites of their Order.
Mr. Cotton leaves his wife, two young sons, his mother, two brothers and sisters, besides a great many relatives to mourn his untimely end, to all of whom the Sentinel tenders the profoundest sympathies of the entire community in their great and irreparable loss.
Happiness eternal to his generous soul.—Summit Sentinel.
At her home in Magnolia, on Saturday, Oct., 23, Mrs. DORA B. GILL, wife of Mr. Ewell Gill, who
Died only a few days ago. She was buried on Sunday in the Magnolia cemetery,