POWELL, THOMAS W. - Benton County, Arkansas | THOMAS W. POWELL - Arkansas Gravestone Photos

Thomas W. POWELL

Phagan (Gentry) Cemetery
Benton County,

May 22 1843 - Feb 23 1906

Benton County Democrat
Bentonville, AR
March 1, 1906

POWELL, Thos. W. – {from The Saturday Siloam Springs Daily Republic} The startling news reached town late yesterday afternoon that Thos. W. Powell, a well-known farmer who lived on Flint creek north of town, had been killed in a runaway accident between his home and Gentry.

From the most reliable information that can be obtained it appears that Mr. Powell was driving home from Gentry where he had been to the flourmill when his team became frightened and ran away. The spring seat broke and Mr. Powell was thrown to the ground where he was found a few minutes later by a neighbor in a dying conduction. So far as known there were no eye witnesses to the accident but from the circumstances surrounding the case it is evident that Mr. Powell's team ran away, that the spring seat broke, throwing him to the ground and that one of the wagon wheels struck him a crushing blow at the base of the brain, as a frightful wound was found on that part of the body. The accident occurred near the Dennis Chastain farm, three miles from Gentry, and a man, whose name we could not learn. Living on the place, saw a team hitched to a wagon running along the road without a driver. He looked down the road toward the north and saw a man sitting in the highway holding his hands to his head. He ran to him and found it was Mr. Powell. The latter did not speak after the man reached him and expired in a few minutes. The body was taken home and the sorrow of the stricken family was beyond the power of the pen to describe.

It was certainly a most horrible and deplorable accident and has cast a gloom over the entire community. Deceased was born and reared on the old Powell place on Flint creek just above his home and at the time of his death was 62 tears of age.

He was a son of Dr. Henry Powell, who came from Tennessee and settled on Flint creek as early as 1845. Before the civil war Dr. Powell was one of the wealthiest land and slave owners in Benton county. He died in 1867 and left a large family of sons and daughters to inherit his property. Thos. W. Powell was a quiet, unassuming citizen who attended strictly to his own affairs and his word was as good as gold.

He leaves a wife and eight living children to mourn his sad and untimely death. The names of the children are James, who lives in Washington, Charley, Penny, Mollie, Nellie, Maggie, John and Willie. He also leaves several brothers and sister. Deceased was a member of the Masonic fraternity and the funeral services will be conducted under the auspices of that order.

The funeral will take place tomorrow at 2 p.m. and the remains will be laid to rest in the Phagan cemetery. The Daily joins the entire community in extending deep sympathy to the sadly bereaved family and relatives.

Contributed on 9/11/12 by mdfreels
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Submitted: 9/11/12 • Approved: 9/12/12 • Last Updated: 9/15/12 • R755094-G0-S3

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