George Washington Voyles, Obituary


Death claimed one of the two remaining Confederate Veterans in Alcorn County yesterday after noon when George Washington Voyles, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A.D. Harrison, Glen, Route 1, following a short illness. Death came about 6:30 yesterday afternoon.

A native of Georgia, born March 1, 1847, Mr. Voyles came to Mississippi while a child and settled with his parents in the section of northeast Mississippi where he continued to reside during his entire lifetime. Mr. Voyles received his education in the common schools of the area where he resided and after reaching manhood became a Baptist minister, serving many of the churches in the northeastern part of the state, including Farmington, Shady Grove and Cook's Chapel. He was a member of the Baptist Church and was regarded as a highly consecrated Christian. Mr. Voyles was in the work of the ministry for 50 years.

He was first married to Miss Maggie Henderson who preceded him in death about 27 years ago. Later in life he was wed to Sara Frank Jones, who passed away about 4 years ago. After the death of his wife he had made his home with a daughter, Mrs. A.D. Harrison.

During the war between the states Mr. Voyles enlisted in the Confederate forces and served with the company of Captain Dan Watley, although he was never actively engaged in conflict.

In addition to his duties as a pastor, Rev. Voyles found time to engage in agricultural pursuits, but due to infirmities of age, had retired 7 years ago from participation in ministerial of farming operations. Funeral services was held this afternoon at the Farmington Church. Rev. Dewey Wallis, pastor of the West Corinth Baptist Church, conducting the rites. Burial was in the Farmington Cemetery with McPeters Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

A large gathering of friends and relatives was present at the funeral service and beautiful floral offerings attested the esteem in which the aged minister was held by his neighbors and friends.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Ruthie Wood of Shiloh Park and Mrs. A.D. Harrison of Glen, Route 1; a sister, Mrs. Emily Crawford of the Gift Community; and a half sister, Mrs. Albert Essary of the Hightown Community, west of Kossuth. Fourteen grandchildren and ten great grandchildren and a number of great great grandchildren also survive.

Active pallbearers are his grandsons, Orville Voyles, G.L. Tucker, Searcy Whittaker, Herbert Wood, Luke Wood and A.D. Harrison. Clipping from Rev. T.O. Voyles-May 24, 1964.

Submitted by: Vicki Burress Roach - 3/7/2006

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