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TERRY (VETERAN CSA), WILLIAM A - Benton County, Arkansas | WILLIAM A TERRY (VETERAN CSA) - Arkansas Gravestone Photos

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William A TERRY (VETERAN CSA)
Bentonville City Cemetery
Benton County,
Arkansas

FIRST LIEUTENANT
Company F 6 Kentucky Infantry
Civil War Confederate
January 1844 - February 25, 1901

*Obituary
Benton County Democrat
Thursday, February 28, 1901

TERRY, William Alexander, Sr. - Died at his residence in Bentonville, Ark. on Monday, Feb. 25th, 1901 at 2 a.m., William Alexander Terry, Sr., aged fifty-seven years. Funeral services were held at the family residence on Tuesday, February 26th, 1901 at 2 o'clock p.m., Rev. P. Carnahan officiating, interment taking place after services in the Odd Fellows Cemetery. Wm. A. Terry was born in Glasgow, Barren county, Kentucky in Jan. 1844. He was reared on a farm until 14 years of age and received a good practical education in the common schools. He then left home and took a position with a dry goods house at Horsewell, Ky. He was there employed when the war broke out. He enlisted in Co. F, Sixth Regiment Kentucky infantry in September 1861 and was in the Confederate service from that time on until May 20th, 1865 when he surrendered at Glasgow, Ky. He was in the battle of Shiloh, first fight at Vicksburg, Baton Rouge, Murfreesboro, and all the engagements from Dalton to Jonesboro. He was held a prisoner for 20 days. After which he was sent to Kentucky as a recruiting officer and held the rank of first lieutenant when but 18 years old. After the war he attended school for about five months but quit to go to work for a merchant at Red Sulphur Springs, Macon county, Tenn. and had the management of the establishment. At the end of one year he went to Milligan, Texas and clerked in a hotel three months and also in a store on Brazos River for some time. In 1868 he went to Dallas, Texas and clerked for three years. He then bought a stock of goods and opened a store at Breckenridge, Texas. At the end of a year he sold out and returned to Dallas. In 1871 he married Miss Kate Smartt, daughter of Dr. John Smartt. She died in 1873 and the following year Col. Terry moved to Bentonville where he has since been continuously engaged in business. He married the second time and took for his wife, Miss Susan Smartt, sister of his first wife, who with three children by this second marriage and one by the first, survive him. He was a K. of P. and also an ancient member of the K. of H. For 26 years has Col. Terry stood prominently before the people of Bentonville and Benton county, and in that time has made a record for probity and uprightness second to none. Believing in doing business on strictly business principles he would never stoop to any petty tricks to catch business, claiming that a reputation for honesty and square dealing was the best advertising a firm could have, and his success in the mercantile business proves him to be right. By these methods he has won hosts of friends all over the county who will be sorry to hear of his death. As a monument to his enterprise, and progressiveness, the Terry block will stand for years to come; but as a monument to his life, his unblemished record as a business man, his courteous, kindly manner and his mercy for the unfortunate will stand in the hearts of men, and his memory be kept green for years to come by tender remembrances of his unvarying kindness. While Col. Terry's death was not unexpected yet death always comes as a shock; and especially is this true when the one for whom the rider of the pale horse calls is a man of as much prominence as was the deceased. Was there an enterprise of any kind for the bettering and building up of Bentonville, the promoters always sought out Col. Terry, assured, if there was merit in the proposal, of a generous subscription to their enterprise. Was there a mass meeting called for any purpose it was not considered complete without his presence and counsel. And so it was in any charitable enterprise. His name was ever one of the first to be put down upon the subscription paper for any worthy charity. While not a member of any church he helped all alike, never refusing any. He believed in the principles and doctrines taught by the Bible and for years had been a constant reader and student of the same. In his family circle he was all that could be asked. Loving his home and his family with a deep unwavering love it was his delight to spend his leisure hours in their presence. God bless the ones who are left to mourn the passing of this father, husband, friend, and may they look to Him who alone is able to assuage the sorrow of a broken heart.

*Obituary
Benton County Democrat
Thursday, February 28, 1901

Mrs. Jeffries of Prairie Grove, a sister of Col. W.A. Terry, was here during Col. Terry's last illness. Mrs. Jeffries will remain here several days with the family.

Contributed on 5/30/08 by wfields55
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