From “Crossing the Dark River: Henderson County, Tennessee, Obituaries 1827-1950,” Brenda Kirk Fiddler, Lexington, Tenn., 1999, some obituaries relating to the family of John H. Dickson and Lucinda Thaxton (daughter of William W. Thaxton and Martha S. possibly Kincannon of Hardin Co., Tenn.):
William Allison Dickson. Lexington Progress, 09 Apr 1926: Rev. William Allison Dickson was born in Hardin County, May 22, 1847, and died April 5th, 1926, lacking but one month and 17 days of reaching the age of 80 years. He was married to Miss Leah Timberlake in 1868, who bore nine children and died in 1901. Of the four sons and five daughters, six survive. In August 1903, he married Miss Annie Roach and the boy and girl born to this union survive with their mother and reside in Jackson. Bro. Dickson is also survived by one brother, about 43 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
In 1874 he was licensed to preach in the Methodist Church and to that service and to God and man he gave 57 years of his life, not only willingly, but cheerfully and happily. His life in the ministry was spent in the Central Tennessee Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, which he joined in Huntingdon in 1860 under the preaching of Bishop Foster. He served every circuit in the McLemoresville district for several years. He had baptized more than 1,000 into the M.E. Church and had many more converts. He joined the Masonic fraternity at Sardis in 1889. The last honor that could be paid him was the service in the Lexington M.E. Church last Tuesday morning, conducted by Pastor E. A. Phillips and a notable part of that service was a most eloquent and truthful tribute paid his life and character by Judge T. A. Lancaster.
We have known Bro. Dickson for many years and regarded him as one of the most conscientiously Godly man, minister or layman, it has been our pleasure to know. We believe Bro. Dickson has gone to a richly deserved reward in Heaven.
John T. Dickson. Lexington Progress, 24 May 1935. John T. Dickson, farmer and highly respected citizen, aged 63 years, died from pneumonia on the 15th in the home of his son, Odie, in the Marl Bluff Church neighborhood. Mr. Dickson is survived by five sons, Marion, Sam, Odie, Aud, and Atlas; and three daughters, Mrs. Oscar Ross, Mrs. Oscar Boling, and Mrs. H. Vandyke.
Frances Dickson Ross. Lexington Progress, 31 Jan 1936. Truly it has been said, “A good woman is the noblest work of God.” Francis Josephine Dickson ross, daughter of the late John and Emma Dickson, was born May 16, 1875, and quietly fell asleep January 25, 1936, at the family home in Sardis after a two-month illness. She was married to Henry A. Ross on July 5, 1905, and to this union were born six children, one dying in infancy and five surviving: Hershel, Mrs. Granville (Myrtle) Tucker, Mrs. Howard (Ethel) Benson, Seaman and Harold; three stepsons, Virgil, Argile and Cargile Ross. She leaves five brothers, Atlas, Marion, Sam, O.O., and Audie Dickson, and two sisters, Mrs. Oscar Bolen and Mrs. J. D. Vandyke. she professed faith in Christ early in life and united with the Presbyterian Church at Marl Bluff. Funeral services were conducted by her old pastor, neighbor and friend, Rev. T. N. Smith, who in spite of extreme cold weather and his 87 years, traveled the five miles to Marl Bluff to pay this last tribute of respect to this good woman. One of the largest crowds this church ever held assembled to mourn the going of “Josie” Ross. Burial was in the nearby cemetery.
Jasper Larkin Moore. Lexington Progress, 22 Feb 1946. Funeral services for Mr. Jasper Larkin Moore, 46, who died February 11, 1946, were held at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church by the Rev. J. H. Kennedy and T. C. Jowers. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mae Moore; one daughter, Mary Beth, and two sons, Billy and Ralph Wayne, all of Lexington.
J. G. Johnson [KJP note: John George Johnson]. Lexington Progress, 27 Apr 1945. Funeral services for J. G. Johnson, a lifelong resident of Sardis, were held Monday morning at the Sardis Methodist Cemetery. Mr. Johnson, who was 88 years old, died the Sunday before. He is survived by his daughters, Mrs. Dora Goff, Sardis; Mrs. J. L. McGee, Lone Oak, Arkansas; Miss Pearl Johnson, Nashville; and two sons, W. T. Johnson and R. R. Johnson of Sardis.
Mattie Johnson [KJP note: Martha Elizabeth Allen Johnson]. Lexington Progress, 01 Jan 1932. News was received in Lexington Tuesday of the death of Mrs. Mattie Johnson, aged about 70 years, at her home near Sardis, which occurred December 19, 1931. She was the wife of John Johnson, who survives her, and four children, one of whom is Mrs. Pearl Finley who was graduated from Lexington High School several years ago. Rev. Sandusky conducted the funeral service with burial in Sardis Cemetery.