Obituary of Curtis Johnson

Thank you, Margaret Lester, for sharing your great-grandfather's obituary with us.

This obituary was transcribed from an original that was printed by a newspaper in Paris (Lamar Co.), Texas, which burned down in 1917.  We are surely grateful to have this information to share with the readers of

Died at his residence in Lamar County on the 24th of July, 
1869, Mr. Curtis Johnson, one of our best and most respected citizens.

Mr. Johnson was born in Adair County in Kentucky in the year of
1811, and was about 58 years of age at the date of his death. He had
lived in our County for about 20 years, and was universally regarded as a good citizen and Christian gentleman. He has been a consistent 
member of the Missionary Baptist Church about 35 years and always showed his faith by his works.

He was an industrious, peaceable and law abiding man. Never was
sued in his life and was universally beloved by his neighbors, which 
was manifested by the general and constant attention given him by all of them during his last illness, and by the largest assemblage of people  at his funeral ever known in the neighborhood.

He died of some form of brain disease, after being long and 
severely afflicted, which affliction was borne with Christian patience and resignation.

His funeral was preached at Antioch Church on Sunday 25th, inst. by
the Rev. Finney and his remains were then followed to the grave by a
large procession of mourning relatives, friends and neighbors. He had
been twice married, and leaves a widow and eleven or twelve children to
mourn his loss, but we have every assurance that their loss is his
eternal gain. His family have the cordial and universal sympathy of 
the entire community in this their great bereavement.
A Friend

NOTE: Curtis Johnson was buried in Antioch Cemetery for which he
donated the land. His grave is unmarked. Copy of this memorial was
written in pencil and given to Gussie Alberta Graham Locke, a daughter
by Curtis' second marriage to Sarah J Hendricks. Obituary furnished by
Margaret Anne Graham Lester, daughter of Curtis Alexander Graham, who
was named for his grandfather.

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