I recently visited the Byron City Cemetery in Peach County, GA for some other business and thought I'd choose a stone there. Nothing seemed to grab me, though. When I got home and loaded the pictures I did take into my computer, I started looking at photos from some of the other cemeteries I've visited. I don't quite know how it happened, but I fixated on William Wesley Middlebrooks.
As you can see, there is nothing special about Wesley's gravestone. It's a simple granite block with his name, birth year, and death year: William Wesley Middlebrooks, 1903 - 1917. Wesley is buried in Liberty Church Cemetery; Bibb County, Georgia. He is buried next to his father, William Green Middlebrooks (1872-1943), as well as (presumably) his mother, Fanny Huff Middlebrooks (1876-1957), and his sister, Ruth Virginia Middlebrooks (1896-1910). All of the Middlebrooks' stones are the same, and I think they were added some time after their deaths.
Wesley's obituary turned out to be somewhat easy to find, thanks to the Internet and the databases at Genealogy Bank.
28 November 1917
Macon Weekly Telegraph
CHAMPION PIG CLUB MEMBER IS DEAD
William Wesley Middlebrooks, Son of Farm Demonstrator, Expires After Battle With Pneumonia.
He Had Been Enthusiastic Farmer and Father Planned to Turn Over Farm to Him.
William Wesley Middlebrooks, aged 14 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Middlebrooks, died yesterday afternoon at the family residence near Walden, after an illness of only one week with pneumonia.
William was one of the brightest boys of the Rutland high school and was also a prominent member of the Boys' Pig Club, his pigs having won blue ribbons at the State fair. He was well liked by all who knew him and he numbered his friends by the score, all of whom will be grieved to learn of his death.
Young Middlebrooks was an enthusiastic young farmer and his father, the Bibb County farm demonstrator, was planning to turn over to him the management of the Middlebrooks farm on Jan. 1.
The funeral services will be held this (Wednesday) afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the family residence near Walden. The services will be conducted by Dr. C. R. Jenkins, of Wesleyan College, and Dr. G. L. Yates, pastor of the First Baptist Church, and the interment will be in Liberty Chapel cemetery.
I like this obituary because it tells a good bit about young Wesley. It's often hard to find information about individuals that pass away at a such a young age.
Liberty Chapel is now known as Liberty United Methodist Church. The church and the cemetery are located on Liberty Church Road, where it meets Houston Road. The cemetery is a large one, and my visits are always pleasant. If you go at the right times, you can hear the beautiful sound of the church bells ring.