“The Final Summons” from the Lumberton Robesonian, January 8, 1917
Neill A. Brown, Postmaster at Red Springs, Died Yesterday—Funeral at
Philadelphus This Morning
Mr. Neill A. Brown, postmaster at Red Springs
and well known throughout the county, died at his home at Red Springs yesterday
morning at 5 o’clock. The funeral and interment took place this morning at 11
News of the death came as a shock to friends
of the deceased here. Mr. Brown had been in poor health for several weeks but
had not been confined to bed. He was down town in Red Springs Saturday but
complained of not feeling well, and shortly after going home he became very
Deceased was about 55 years old. He had been
postmaster at Red Springs since Wilson’s election four years ago. He was
married in Lumberton, his wife, who survives, being a sister of Miss Belle
Higley of Lumberton. A daughter and a son also survive—Miss May Brown and Mr.
Miss Ina Higley and Mr. M.N. Folger attended
the funeral this morning.
Whiten Stephens, Near Fairmont
Mr. Whiten Stephens, a well known farmer,
died yesterday at his home near Fairmont. He had been in poor health for some
M. McRae Died Suddenly in Maxton Saturday
While endorsing a check in the director’s
room of the Bank of Maxton Saturday afternoon, Daniel M. McRae, a wealthy
farmer living about three miles from this town died unexpectedly without saying
a word. Medical attention was summoned, when the deceased was stricken, but the
attending physician said death had been instantaneous.
Recently Mr. McRae had been complaining about
his health but did not consider his condition serious. He was talking to J.C.
Baldwin and had singed his initial to the check when the pencil slipped from
his fingers and he sank to the floor.
The exact amount of Mr. McRae’s assets is not
known, as he kept most of his money invested in various enterprises. He lived
with a sister and was about 65 years of age. The body was taken in charge by
Undertaker McLean and prepared for burial.
Catherine Marley Thomas
Lumber Bridge, Jan. 6—Mrs. Catherine Marley
Thomas died at her home December 30th, 1916, near Lumber Bridge, age
At the age of 16 she married Henry G. Thomas
of Marion, S.C., who preceded her to the grave 20 years ago. She then moved to
Lumber Bridge where she lived until her death.
She is survived by three brothers—D.J., M.L.,
and A.J. Marley—and two sisters—Mesdames McKethan and Long.
Mrs. Thomas was converted when a child and
was a member of the Lumber Bridge Baptist Church. She spent her whole life
doing good to all around her and was loved by all who knew her. Her life was a
daily witness of those Christian graces which always mark the way of those
living in close touch to the Master. She filled her place as only one of her
quiet dignity and loyalty could do.
The funeral was conducted by the writer from the
residence. Her body was laid to rest in the family cemetery. The large
gathering of friends as well as the floral tributes attest to the esteem in
which she was held.
“And I heard a voice from heaven saying,
write blessed are the dead who die in the lord.”