RUDDICK, ELMER LEWIS - Benton County, Arkansas | ELMER LEWIS RUDDICK - Arkansas Gravestone Photos

Elmer Lewis RUDDICK

Liberty (Garfield) Cemetery
Benton County,
Arkansas

December 20, 1884 - January 26, 1920

*Obituary (as written)
Rogers Democrat
Thursday, January 29, 1920

RUDDICK, Elmer Lewis - Elmer Lewis Ruddick died Monday, Jan. 27th, at the home of his father, John Ruddick, southwest of Garfield, at the age of 35 years, one month and 6 days. Funeral services were held at Liberty Church on Wednesday, the 28th by Rev. Burks of Brightwater and Rev. Ruble of Pea Ridge. Outside of his own immediate neighborhood that notice might not attract the attention of the average Democrat reader but we know that it will be a matter of interest to all of you when you know that the deceased has for years been one of the Democrat's most popular country correspondents, writing from the locality known as "Liberty." The "All-Over Arkansas" man of the Little Rock Gazette published so many of his quips, jokes, verses and slams at Jeff Blythe, that several years ago "Lib" and Jeff were among Arkansas' best known characters. Owing to his absence from home for varying periods during the last few years his correspondence was not so steady as some five or six years ago. Personally, "Liberty", as we always knew him in the Democrat office, was a most likeable young fellow and his weekly letters, with their frequent illustrations which we could not share with our readers, were a source of much pleasure. He was six feet tall and about the thinnest fellow you ever saw. He always had a smile but was not much of a talker, preferring to write. His death, which was the result of consumption, did not come as a surprise for we had heard thru friends that he had been failing rapidly, but there was no intimation in his letters which came with regularity up to December 18th when he gave it up forever. We shall always be thankful that Walnut Hill called for the postcard reminders to "Liberty" a month or two ago, for a lot of us sent a last word that otherwise might have been forgotten. He received cards from everywhere and they were a great source of pleasure to him. The deceased is survived by his father and one sister, Mrs. Bessie Lynch, wife of John Lynch, of near Avoca.

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Record #: 144452

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Submitted: 1/29/09 • Approved: 11/29/14 • Last Updated: 12/2/14 • R144452-G0-S3

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