AMMONS, WILLIAM ERWIN - Benton County, Arkansas | WILLIAM ERWIN AMMONS - Arkansas Gravestone Photos

William Erwin AMMONS

Bentonville City Cemetery
Benton County,
Arkansas

June 1, 1864 - March 13, 1936
Mausoleum

*Obituary (as written)
The Benton County Democrat
Thursday, March 19, 1936

FUNERAL FOR W. E. AMMONS WAS HELD HERE SUNDAY

Funeral services for W. E. Ammons, aged 71 years, nine months and 13 days, widely known orchardist and business man of this section for 25 years, who died at 12:45 o’clock Saturday morning, March 14th, 1936, at “The Oaks,” the Ammons orchard farm home just west of Bentonville, following a long illness, were held at 2:30 o’clock Sunday afternoon at the home, conducted by the Rev. L.C. Tedford, pastor of the Bentonville Baptist Church, assisted by the Rev. W.C. Wheat of Bentonville, retired minister of the Presbyterian Church, of which Mr. Ammons was a member. Two hymns were sung by a quartet from the local Baptist choir composed of Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Puryear, Mrs. Thee Johnson, and Wallace A. Clark, with Mrs. E.E. Rogers piano accompanist.

Interment was at the Bentonville cemetery in the community mausoleum, a structure which was made possible some years ago through the efforts of Mr. Ammons and some of his business associates. Pallbearers were G.M. Lincoln, H.L. Baker, Earl Fortune, George Bryan, J.T. Gibson, and Will Welborne. Funeral arrangements were in charge of the Callison-McKinney Funeral Service of Bentonville.

(His first name is printed here but so faded I can’t read it) W. E. Ammons was born at Caledonia, Miss., on June 1st. 1864. He married Miss Martha Caroline Summer of Summer, Miss., and to them were born four children, three of whom survive their father. Mrs. Ammons died here at Bentonville a few years ago.

In 1911, after disposing of the bulk of his lumber and farming interests in Mississippi, Mr. Ammons brought his family home and purchased the Murphy family home and large apple orchards of the late Congressman Sam W. Peel adjoining Bentonville on the west.

He immediately became one of the leaders in the horticultural and business activities of Northwest Arkansas and in addition to his interests here in Benton County he also had interest in the Joplin, Mo., mining district. He was one of the organizers of the Mid-Mountain Fruit Company, which operated an important fruit buying, packing, and canning industry here for a number of years. He was one of the organizers also of the company that built the Bentonville mausoleum, the first structure of this community type ever erected in Northwest Arkansas. He retired from active business a few years ago on account of failing health, and had been confined to his home by illness the greater part of the time for several months.

“Cap” Ammons was widely known and highly esteemed for his business ability and integrity and for his constant generosity and always likeable disposition. He was generous in all his dealings and whenever possible contributed liberally of his means to civil, church and other community needs.

Mr. Ammons is survived by two sons and one daughter, Leslie Ammons, former Bentonville business man know of Boulder, Colo.; Jess Ammons, former orchardist here who now is in business at Charleston, Miss., and Mrs. W. E. Johnson of Bentonville. He is survived also by six grandchildren and by a large number of nephews and nieces and other relatives here and in Mississippi.

Contributed on 9/18/13 by judyfrog
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