22 March 2017

Sad Death of Charlie Bowen

Charlie, a son of James Bowen, died just a few months before his nineteenth birthday.  His remains rest at Lilly Cemetery in Dooly County, Georgia.


Twas but a flower too good for earth, Transplanted into heaven.

Vienna News (Georgia)
9 September 1910, pg. 1

Sad Death of Young Man.

Sunday evening Sept. 4th at his home in the Pleasant Valley community, Mr. Charlie Bowen died after a short illness.

His death was an untimely one as he was just coming into young manhood.  He was eighteen years of age and had spent most of his life in the community where he died.

He was highly esteemed by all who knew him best.

He leaves a father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Bowen, two brothers, Walter and Runie Bowen, and five sisters, Mrs. Idus Hughes, Mrs. J. W. Woodruff, Misses Lilla, Gussie, and Mary Bowen, besides a number of friends to mourn his loss.

He will be greatly missed by his parents because of his love, obedience, and thoughtful kindness, by his brothers and sisters on account of his tender care and affection, by his friends and companions for his cheerful kindness.

His peculiar love and thoughtful care for his parents was very noticeable, and is a worthy example for every young boy and man.

Though his death came ere he had time to get out into the world to gain a prominent place, yet he leaves a priceless gift to his parents, that of a good name and unspotted character which is the best thing any man can leave as a heritage.

In his life were several things worthy of example.  That he honored his father and mother, avoided evil companions and leaves a clean record.

His remains were laid to rest in the family section of the Lilly cemetery.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. L. F. Herring, former teacher of the Pleasant Valley school.

To the bereaved family we extend deep sympathy and commend them to Jesus Christ who alone can comfort in time of great sorrow.

Written by a friend.

07 March 2017

Bigby Parrott Passed to Silence and Pathetic Dust (Tombstone Tuesday)

A family burial lot that can't be missed (even if you tried) while wandering through Oak Hill Cemetery at Newnan, Georgia is that of the Parrott – Bigby family.  The sacred ground is adorned with grand columns, several-feet-tall tombstones, and life-size angels.


Bigby Parrott was a son of Charles C. and Callie D. Bigby Parrott.  He died January 1917 due to pneumonia.  Following is from the 19 January 1917 edition of the Newnan Herald (Georgia):

A Tribute.
Bigby Parrott – a friend, a beloved husband, a cherished brother, a generous character and a good business man – passed to silence and pathetic dust as the golden sun kissed the morning dew at 6:15 o'clock Tuesday morning, Jan. 16, at his home in Atlanta.  He had just passed the milestone that marks the middle station on Life's highway, being 37 years of age.  He had not been well for several weeks, and on Friday before he fell into that "dreamless sleep that knows no waking," his physician called over the 'phone and asked as to how he was.  Bigby replied, "I am better to-day; don't think you need to come." Until the last, in his home, what he added to the sum of human joy was characteristic.

A loved and loving husband, father and brother, was Bigby Parrott.  He leaves a wife, a little 2-year-old daughter, and one sister, Mrs. Mary Parrott Orr.  He was the son of Chas. C. and Callie D. Parrott.  He entered Peekskill College, New York, when he was 18 years of age.  Finishing there, he entered business at Greeley, Col., going later to Oklahoma, where he remained a year or so before returning to his native State.

Our heart goes out in deepest sympathy to his loved ones, and feel sure he would have us say:  "Not as I will, but as Thou wilt."  A Friend.

100_5621Preceding the death of Bigby by less than four years, was that of his father Charles.  His remains rest behind Bigby's at Oak Hill.  Following from the 10 April 1913 edition of the Carrollton Free Press (Georgia):

C. C. Parrott Killed By Train at Newnan

Mr. Charles C. Parrott, president of the First National Bank of Newnan, was run over by an Atlanta & West Point train near the city limits of Newnan at 6:45 o'clock Monday morning and instantly killed.

Mr. Parrott, who was on his way out to his farm, was evidently looking for another train, and so did not see the one which killed him until it was upon him.

He was one of the most prominent men in that section and is widely mourned.  A wife and two children survive him.


The image below shows that Charles's wife Callie D. (Bigby) has a tombstone nearly identical to that of her husband.  At the time of my visit to Oak Hill, her angel had fallen over.  It is my understanding that since then a massive repair and cleanup process was undertaken, and Callie's angel is back in its rightful place.


Callie D. Bigby
Wife of Charles C. Parrott
Born Aug 31, 1858
Died July 12, 1909

Our chain on earth is broken.
Its brightest link's in heaven.

Another flower, its love cup filled,
Folds all its sweetness in.
Another soul is home in Heaven,
Without a spot of sin.
Once more the crystal gates of light,
Have shut an angel in.

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