Some Butts County, Georgia obituaries (Pt 1)

We have nearly 200 Butts County obituaries and news items for persons related to the Thaxton family. It is somewhat time consuming to do the transcriptions, so they will go up in random segments.

Jefferson Davis Kinard and his wife Irene “Nezzie” Thaxton, daughter of John Franklin Thaxton and Martha Amanda Fears, granddaughter of William R. Thaxton (1813-1888) and Martha Clark, great-granddaughter of Charles G Thaxton and Nancy Ward, great-great-granddaughter of William Thaxton and Lucy Clay:

Jackson Progress-Argus, Friday, 21 Aug 1931:


Kollowing a protracted illness, Mr. Davis Kinard, 71 yeas of age, passed away Tuesday afternoon at 1 o’clock at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Harkness. He had been in declining health for several months and recently his condition had been the matter of concern to the family and friends. His death will be mourned by a host of friends over the county.

Mr. Kinard was a native of Butts county where he had spent a long and active life. He was a man of fine qualities of character and of recognized honesty and uprightness. He was for a long number of years engaged in business, first near his home and later in Jackson where he conducted a variety store. He had a large circle of friends who admired his honesty and his stand for clean and constructive measures.

Mr. Kinard was a son of the late Mr. Barney Kinard and Mrs. Prudie Vickers Kinard, well known residents of the county. He was a member of Antioch Christian church. He is survived by one son, Mr. Frank Kinard, of Texarkana, Texas; two sisters, Mrs. J. R. Carmichael and Mrs. W. P. Thaxton, both of Jackson; five brothers, Messrs. W. T., W. C , S. B., and W. J . Kinard, all of Butts county, and J. M. Kinard, of Baxley.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock at Fellowship Presbyterian church, with Rev. David Arnold officiating. Interment was in the family lot in the churchyard.


Jackson Progress-Argus, Friday, 24 Apr 1925:


People of the entire community were saddened to learn of the death of Mrs. Davis Kinard, 56 years of age, which occurred at her home at 6 o’clock Thursday morning. She had been ill for a little more than a week and her condition had been critical for the past several days. She was surrounded by the members of her immediate family when the end came.

Mrs. Kinard was one of Jackson’s most widely beloved women and sincere regret is felt at her passing. She possessed many admirable traits of character and was held in the highest esteem by all who knew her.

She was Miss Nezzie Thaxton, daughter of the late Dr. John F. Thaxton, before her marriage to Mr. Kinard about 35 years ago. The family moved to Jackson several years ago from Towaliga. Mrs. Kinard was a consistent member of Antioch Christian church and exemplified in her daily life the highest qualities of Christian womanhood.

She is survived by her husband, well known Jackson business man; one son, Mr. Frank Kinard, of Shreveport, La.; one brother, Dr. J. M. Thaxton, of Griffin, and the following sisters, Mrs. Fannie Martin and Mrs. Sallie Laster, of Griffin; Mrs. Della Ridgeway, of Atlanta; Mrs. Mattie Tarpley, of Hampton; Mrs. Mary Harkness and Mrs. Alva McClendon, of Jackson. Funeral services will be held from Fellowship church Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock.


James Marion Columbus Thaxton (1838-1925), son of William R. Thaxton and Martha Clark:

Jackson Progress-Argus, Friday, 06 Nov 1925:


The death of Mr. J. M. C. Thaxton, one of the best known citizens of this section, occurred at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Collins in Forsyth, on Monday. Death was attributed to the infirmities of old age.

He was born and reared in Butts county and spent all of his life in Georgia, with the exception of the time he spent in the army during the War Between the States. About fifteen years ago he moved to Griffin and for the past few years had made his home with a daughter, Mrs. Collins, of Forsyth, and another daughter, Mrs. O. L. Weaver, of Jackson. He was esteemed as an honorable, upright citizen and many friends regret to learn of his passing.

Mr. Thaxton, who belonged to a pioneer family of Butts county, married Miss Sara Elizabeth Carmichael, on November 26, 1857, who preceded him to the grave. He is survived by the following sons and daughters: John W. Thaxton and Mrs. N. C. Fears, of Birmingham, Ala., J; R. Thaxton, of Griffin, Mrs. Georgia Collins, of Forsyth, Mrs. O. L. Weaver, of Jackson, Mrs. L. M. Harkness and Mrs. W. W. Hammock, of Miami, Fla., W. P. Thaxton of Jackson. Mr. Thaxton was a loyal member of the Chrstian church and was a Mason.

Funeral services were held at Fellowship church Wednesday afternoon at 1 o’clock, with Rev. G. H. Hinnant, of Griffin, conducting the services. Interment was in the church cemetery.


Osceola Alvin Thaxton, son of David Jasper C Thaxton and Margaret Clementine Carmichael, grandson of Green Clay Thaxton:

Jackson (Ga.) Progress-Argus, 11 Mar 1943:

O. A. Thaxton Taken By Death in Milledgeville

The death of Professor Osceola Alvin Thaxton, former resident of Butts county and long prominent in the field of education, occurred Tuesday at his home in Milledgeville. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the residence and burial was in the Milledgeville cemetery.

Mr. Thaxton, 63 years of age, was a son of the late David J. Thaxton and Mrs. Maggie Carmichael Thaxton, prominent and beloved residents of Jackson. His father was one of the early editors of the Middle Georgia Argus.He was educated at the old Jackson Institute and Mercer University and received his master’s degree at Columbia University. He was formerly superintendent of schools in Colquit county, teacher of education at Bessie Tift, president of Norman Park College and for twenty-five years had been connected with GSCW in Milledgeville. He was a member of the Baptist church.

Surviving are his wife, the former Miss Beulah Jones; one son, Capt. O. A. Thaxton Jr., Detroit, Mich.; three daughters, Mrs. John P. Dyer, Savannah; Mrs. R. B. Carmichael, Winston-Salem, N. C, and Miss Beulah Thaxton; a brother, Sherwood Thaxton of Texas; three sisters, Mrs. W. H. Robinson, Folkston; Mrs. C. M. Brakefield, Ocala, Fla., and Mrs. B. L. Holton, Camilla.


Cullen David Thaxton, another son of David Jasper C Thaxton:

Jackson Progress-Argus, Friday, 31 Jul 1925:


News of the death of Mr. Cullen D. Thaxton, aged 44, which occurred in Milledgeville Monday, was received with keen regret in Butts county. The family formerly resided here and many relatives and friends were grieved to know of his passing. Mr. Thaxton, who was born and reared in Jackson, was a son of the late Mr. D. J. Thaxton and Mrs. Thaxton. He was educated in the Jackson schools and spent his boyhood here, going as a young man to the Atlanta pdst office as a clerk. He remained in Atlanta until the building of the Panama Canal, when he was transferred to the Canal Zone and remained in that area until the completion of the canal, serving as post master in a number of towns. He was on the first ship that passed through the canal.

Soon after the completion of the canal he returned to the states and made his home in Georgia and Florida. He served for some time in the post office at Savannah and Albany. He was regarded as young man of exceptional ability and his training made his service in demand. He was a member of several secret orders.

The family is an old and prominent one and has long been identified with the growth and progress of Butts county. The late Mr. D. J. Thaxton edited newspapers in Jackson for a number of years. He also published a paper in Dublin.Mr. Thaxton is survived by his wife, who was formerly Miss Fay Noble, of Atlanta; two children, Frances, aged 16, and Noble, aged 8; his mother, Mrs. D. J. Thaxton, of Camilla; two brothers, Prof. O. A. Thaxton, of the department of Education in the Georgia State College for Women at Milledgeville, Mr. Sherwood Thaxton, prominent hotel man of Jacksonville and former manager of the Foy Hotel at Indian Springs; three sisters, Mrs. W. H. Robison, of Folkston, Mrs. C. M. Brakefield, Ocala, Fla., Mrs. D. L. Holton, Camilla.

The body was brought to Jackson Tuesday morning and short funeral services were conducted Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock by J Rev. J. S. Hartsfield. Interment was in the Jackson city cemetery.


Joseph Walker Thaxton (1883-1949), son of Jackson Lee Thaxton and Mattie Kimball, grandson of Yelverton Thaxton, Jr., and Susan Campbell, great-grandson of Yelverton Thaxton and Dicey Ward:

Jackson Progress-Argus, 07 Apr 1949:

Joseph Walker Thaxton, native citizen of Butts county but for 15 years a resident of Macon where he was an automobile salesman, died at his home Friday at 5:15 p. m. of a heart attack.

Funeral services were held in the chapel of Hart’s Mortuary Monday at 11 a.m. and the Rev. James W. Waters officiated. Burial was in the County Line cemetery near Jenkinsburg.

Mr. Thaxton was born in Butts county, son of J. L. Thaxton and Mrs. Mattie Kimball Thaxton. He formerly lived in Florida but had resided in Macon for 15 years. He was a member of County Line Baptist church.

Survivors are his wife, the former Miss Laura Jane Tolleson of Macon; four sons, Otis L. and Harris L. Thaxton, Macon; E. J. Thaxton, Detroit, and J. P . Thaxton, Griffin; two daughters, Mrs. B. B. Holmes, Carrollton and Mrs. Bob Carter, Miller, Ohio; four brothers, J. L., Van and W. L. Thaxton, Griffin, and Rev. Theodore Thaxton, Jackson; three sisters, Miss Sarah Thaxton, Atlanta; Mrs. John Lamb and Mrs. Ruth Fowler, Griffin; his stepmother, Mrs. J. L. Thaxton, Griffin and six granddaughters.


Bessie Louise Smith and her parents Eugenia Maddox and Augustus Smith, granddaughter of Harriet Dorcas Thaxton and James Gaston Maddox, great-granddaughter of Green Clay Thaxton and Martha Weaver:

Jackson Progress-Argus, 25 Oct 1962:

Funeral services for Mrs. Paul Burford, 55, well known Jackson matron who died Thursday night at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta following a serious illness of several months, were held Saturday afternoon at the Jackson Methodist Church. The Rev. William L. Cawthon, pastor, officiated with interment in the Cedar Rock Cemetery.

Mrs. Burford, the former Miss Bessie Louise Smith, was born in Butts County, daughter of Mr. A. M. Smith and Mrs. Eugenia Maddox Smith. She was a member of the Jackson Methodist Church and worked for many years in clerical positions in stores in Jackson.

She is survived by her husband, Paul T. Burford; one daughter, Mrs. Charles McMichael, Stone Mountain; two sons, Thad H. Burford, Madison, Fla.; Jerry I. Burford, Jackson; five sisters, Mrs. Ben Moss, Mrs. Lena Mason, and Mrs. Elmer Britt, all of Jackson; Mrs. Ruth Norton, Hapeville; Mrs. Onree Mackey, Cuthbert, two brothers, H. O. Smith, Jackson; Bill Smith, Blakely.

Pallbearers were Virgil Smith, Gene Norton, Warren Smith, Forest Mason, Nesbit Moss and Kenneth Smith.

Haisten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Jackson Progress-Argus, 02 Dec 1937:

The death of Mr. A. M. Smith, 71 years of age, one of the county’s best known citizens, occurred at 8 o’clock November 25 at his home near Worthville. He had been in declining health for several months and suffered from a complication of diseases.

Born in Butts county July 25, 1866, Mr. Smith spent his entire life here. He was a man of industrious habits and was esteemed for his sterling character. He reared a large family and lived to see all his children take their places as useful citizens in the state. Mr. Smith was a member of the Worthville Baptist church.He is survived by his wife, the former Miss Eugene Maddox, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Maddox; eleven children, Mrs. H. G. Cook and Mrs Clyde Norton, of Atlanta; W. P. Smith, of Blakely; H. O. Smith, Mrs. B. H. Moss, I. C. Smith, Mrs. F. B. Mason, Mrs. Paul Burford, J. W. Smith, Mrs. Elmer Britt and Mrs. Ehri Mackey, all of Butts county. He is also survived by several grandchildren and two brothers, Messrs. Frank and Bob Smith, of Jackson.

Funeral services were held at Worthville Baptist church Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock and Rev. J. B. Stodghill, Rev. R. B. Harrison and Rev. H. E. Gaddy officiated. Interment was in the church cemetery, with S. H. Thornton in charge of arrangements.


Jackson Progress-Argus, Thursday, 23 Dec 1948:

Mrs. Eugenia Maddox Smith, widow of the late Mr. A. M. Smith, died at 12 o’clock Monday night at the home of her son, H. O. Smith. Death resulted from a sudden illness and came as a shock to the family. She was in her usual health and crocheted after supper but near midnight she complained of not feeling well and a physician was summoned but she had passed away upon his arrival.

Mrs. Smith, who was 79 years of age October 16, was a daughter of the late James G. Maddox and Harriet Thaxton Maddox, esteemed residents of the Worthville community. She spent her entire life in the county and was known for her industry and devotion to her family and her friends. She was a member of the Worthville Baptist church.

Surviving are nine children: H. O. Smith, Mrs. B. H. Moss, Mrs. Festus Mason, Mrs. Paul Burford, Mrs. Elmer Britt, all of Jackson; Mrs. W. C. Norton and Jim Smith of Atlanta; Willie P. Smith of Blakely; Mrs. Onre Mackey of Cuthbert; three sisters, Mrs. Jack Stewart of Rex; Mrs. J. E. McNair and Mrs. L. J . McMichael of Jackson; one brother, Glenn C. Maddox of Jackson; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Monday at 11 a.m. at the Worthville Baptist church. Rev Aaron Spinks, pastor, and Rev. R. E. Chambers of Atlanta officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery and the Thornton Funeral Home had charge of plans.


William Elmer Britt, husband of Mary Dorcas Smith, daughter of Eugenia Maddox and Augustus Smith:

Jackson Progress-Argus, 21 Jul 1966:

Elmer Britt Was Buried Sunday at Macedonia

Mr. William Elmer Britt, widely known resident of the Stark community, died about 10 o’clock Saturday morning, July 16th, at Sylvan Grove Hospital following a lengthy illness that included several operations.

Mr. Britt, 64, was born in Henry County the son of Mr. John L. Britt and Mrs. Sara Paxton Britt. Mr. Britt was a carpenter by trade and was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at two o’clock from the Worthville Baptist Church with the Rev. Jack Branan, pastor, Rev. Bill Thomas and Rev. A. L. Spinks officiating. Interment was in the Macedonia Baptist Church cemetery with Haisten Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Mary Dorcas Smith Britt, of Jackson; two daughters, Mrs. James Connie Lamb, Atlanta and Mrs. Bennie Branan, Jackson; one brother, J. L. Britt, East Point; three grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Active pallbearers were Wayne King, Bobby Fincher, Aubrey Hamlin, Glenn Smith, Virgil Smith, Nesbit Moss. Honorary pallbearers were John Wesley Cook, Oscar Young, Onree Kitchens, Harold Standard, Haywood Hodges, Horace Pulliam.


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