22 September 2011

Death of a Mailman

This draped obelisk in Shadowlawn Cemetery at Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia remembers three members of the HOOPER family. William R. Hooper, Jr. was a son of Rev. William R. and Louisa S. Hooper. He died at the young age of 36, likely from typhoid fever. An obituary from the 15 August 1911 edition of the Atlanta Consitution (Georgia):
WILLIAM R. HOOPER DEAD

Well-Known Rural Carrier of Gwinnett County.

Lawrenceville, Ga., August 14 -- (Special.) -- William R. Hooper, of Duluth, died at a private sanitarium in Atlanta this morning, where he had been carried for treatment for typhoid. Mr. Hooper was a well-known citizen of Gwinnett county and was rural mail carrier on route No. 1 from Duluth. He was about 35 years of age and unmarried. Mr. Hooper leaves two sisters, Mrs. A. R. Danforth, of Pittman, Ga., and Mrs. L. M. Brand, of Lawrenceville. The remains will be brought to Lawrenceville this afternoon for interment in the new cemetery Tuesday morning. He will be buried by the Odd Fellows, of which order he was a prominent member.
Other inscriptions on the HOOPER monument are for young William's parents.

Rev. William R. Hooper
July 18, 1838
Dec 18, 1898
Blessed are the dead
which die in the Lord.

Louisa S.
Wife of W. R. Hooper
Mar 9, 1837
Jan 16, 1900
He giveth His beloved sleep.

W. R. Hooper, Jr.
June 22, 1875
Aug 14, 1911
He died as he lived, a
Christian.

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