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Lucile Huey Vinson: Classical Music Singer's Short Life Ends in Suicide

I'm usually not a big fan of Old English lettering on gravestones, but in this instance, it seems quite apropos.Lucile Huey was born 26 October 1911 in Georgia to Lena Varn and L. M. Huey. She was a graduate of the Wesleyan (Macon, GA) and Cincinnati conservatories of music. Per a portion of her epitaph, it seems Lucile was a gifted classical music singer -Like a velvet note in a flood of tone, Her rich contralto voice Floated into the Choir Invisible. When Lucile was 22 years of age, she married Georgia Tech graduate William Edward Vinson (1908-1982). He was connected with the Ford Motor Company plant in Atlanta, and the young couple made that city their home.Lucile and William had been married about 13 months when she made a fatal decision to drink carbolic acid on a summer morning in July 1935. Lucile died that same evening at the Georgia Baptist Hospital. Her death certificate deemed the "injury" a suicide.
Butler Herald (Georgia)11 July 1935 Poison Dose Proves Fatal To M…
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Willard H. Love Dead at the Waycross, Georgia Phoenix Hotel (1903)

"Willard H. Love is Dead. Mr. W. H. Love died at his room at the Phoenix Hotel, Waycross, Friday night, last, May 15th, at 11 o'clock, of congestion of the brain.
Mr. Love came in on a late train, Thursday night from Jacksonville, apparently in usual health and retired at once. Next morning he did not come down to breakfast, but nothing was thought of this, as he often left the city on one of the early trains. About 5 o'clock in the afternoon, as his door was still locked, it was forced open and Mr. Love was found in an unconscious condition.
Prompt measures were taken to restore him, but he never regained consciousness, and died that night at 11. A telegram was sent his family in Tifton, and they went to Waycross on the first train Saturday morning.
The remains were carried through Tifton to Fort Valley Saturday night, for interment there beside his father and other relatives.
At Tifton the party was joined by an escort from Tifton Lodge No. 47, F. & A. M., headed by Wors…

In Her Will, Anna Hollinshead Provided Grave Markers for Her Mother and Two Siblings

Sometimes, when I visit a gravesite, it's obvious a tombstone or grave marker was added years after a deceased individual's death. Maybe this was not an uncommon practice.Anna E. Hollinshead died 5 February 1913 and was laid to rest in Oaklawn Cemetery at Fort Valley, Houston (later Peach) County, Georgia. On 20 November 1911, she signed her last will and testament. In it, she instructed her executor to erect monuments over the graves of her two siblings and mother "should I not, during my lifetime."Should I not, during my lifetime, erect over the graves of W. E. Brown and his wife, Mrs. Emma Brown, a monument, then I hereby instruct my executor to have erected over their graves a suitable monument at a cost not to exceed One Hundred & Fifty Dollars, which sum I authorize him to employ for that purpose. Emma Hollinshead Brown died 12 October 1906, and Walter Edward Brown died 1 March 1899. This was, respectively, five and twelve years before the signed last will a…

Death of Mrs. Hattie Olivia Kersh (Tombstone Tuesday)

Home Journal (Perry, Georgia)
3 June 1880 - pg. 3 [via Georgia Historic Newspapers]Death of Mrs. W. M. Kersh.The death of Mrs. W. M. Kersh, which occurred at her residence in this place on Tursday [sic] evening last, about nine o'clock, was not unexpected; as, for the past few weeks of her illness, but little hope has been entertained of her recovery.She has been sick for a long time, and at times her suffering was almost beyond endurance, yet she bore it all with a christian resignation and fortitude worthy of her true character as a follower of Christ. Mrs. Kersh has been a resident of our town for the past seven years, and had made many warm and admiring friends among our people, with whom her death has been the source of great sadness. A large concourse of friends followed her remains to Oak Lawn Cemetery, where they were interred on Friday evening last. We, together with the entire community, deeply sympathize with the bereaved family in their sad affliction. -- Fort Valley Ad…

Susan Margaret Dawsey Love's Symbol of a Good Samaritan

Susan M. Dawsey, Spinster, married Henry Love 11 November 1847 -- about five weeks before her eighteenth birthday -- in Chatham County, Georgia. Upon Susan's death in 1875, she was buried in Oaklawn Cemetery at Fort Valley, Houston (now Peach) County, GA. This final resting place may seem odd since the couple seemed to spend the majority of life together farther south. For the 1850 and 1860 censuses, Henry and Susan were counted in Effingham County, GA. In 1870, they were in Glynn County.
The Fort Valley connection coincides with the American Civil War. In August 1863, Georgia Governor Joe Brown appointed Henry Love captain of the Fort Valley Cavalry. This unit was organized for local defense, and Henry's stint was scheduled to last six months.
Houston County, GA is also where Mr. and Mrs. Love's daughter Laura (1851-1890) married Robert Braswell (1847-1920) in 1866. He was a son of Sarah Ann Mims and William Braswell. [Another child of Henry and Susan was Olin P. Love.]
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Little Lollie Love and Her Daddy Olin

Lollie, Mary, and Olin Love are buried in Oaklawn Cemetery at Fort Valley, Peach County, Georgia. Olin was a son of Dr. Henry Troup Love (1825-1897), who also rests in Oaklawn.

Savannah Morning News (Georgia) Friday, 26 July 1901 - pg. 9 LITTLE LOLLIE LOVE DEAD.
Will Be Laid to Rest To-Day at Fort Valley Beside Her Father. Mrs. O. P. Love had the misfortune to lose her youngest daughter, Lollie, shortly after midnight yesterday morning. The little one was just 22 months old and had suffered greatly for several weeks with typho-malaria. She was a bright and promising child and had already won many friends. Mrs. Love left last night for Fort Valley with the body, where it will be laid to rest to-day beside that of the husband and father, Olin P. Love, whose death just six weeks ago is still remembered. Mrs. Love and her family have the sympathy of many friends in their affliction. Savannah Morning News (Georgia) Friday, 7 June 1901 FORMER SAVANNAHIAN DEAD.
Mr. Olin P. Love Died in Miami After a …

Bradford Houser was Murdered in 1914. Was His Case Ever Solved?

If it was, I haven't recovered the final verdict. Which makes me wonder, did someone get away with murder?
Bradford Houser, born 31 May 1893, was a son of Emmett Houser (1868-1932) and Mary Mathews (1869-1929). For the 1910 US Federal census, the family was in Fort Valley, Houston County, Georgia. [Note: Fort Valley became part of Peach County when the latter was formed in 1924.]
Following is a series of news articles I did find regarding the killing of Bradford Houser in the fall of 1914.
Augusta Chronicle (Georgia) Saturday, 7 November 1914 - pg. 1 Emmet Houser's Son Found Murdered, Fort Valley
Macon, Ga., Nov. 6. -- Bradford Houser, 23 years old, son of Emmett Houser, well-known newspaper man and manager for Hon. Thomas M. Felder in the last senatorial campaign, was found murdered at Fort Valley late tonight.
Young Houser had been attending a carnival that was in progress at Fort Valley, thirty miles from here. He was not missed by the merry-makers, however, and it was mere accide…


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The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?"

So I answered, "O Lord God, You know."

Again He said to me, "Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, 'O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!' Thus says the Lord God to these bones: 'Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live...'" (Ezekiel 37:1-5, NKJV)