BELK, George M.

Date of Birth:  1865 Johnson County, Indiana
Date of Death: 19 Feb 1925, Edinburg, Johnson County, Indiana

Source: Undated newspaper article accessed Nov 1993
Repository: Johnson County Historical Society


Funeral services for the late George Belk, whose death occurred Saturday morning in Edinburg, were held at 2 o’clock this afternoon from the Edinburg Christian Church. The services were in charge of the Rev. H. R. Pearcy, pastor of the church. Burial was in the Belk family lot at Nineveh, where brief services were held at the grave. Funeral arrangements were not made until the arrival Sunday of Mr. Belk’s son, Morris, whose home is in Nashville, Tenn.

Mr. Belk was 60 years of age and was a life-long resident of the community. He had just finished breakfast Saturday morning and had gone into the Betz cigar store at Edinburg for a cigar and, as was customary with him, dropped down on a seat for a little chat. Walton Davis, clerk in the store was seated by him and was the first to notice him showing signs of faintness. Davis tried to support him and with the help of two other men who came into the store at that time, was able to get him stretched out on table. A doctor was immediately called, but by the time he reached the place, death had occurred.

The deceased, who was employed by the W.T. Thompson Veneer Co., had not been well for the past week or so and had not been at the mill for several days. None of his friends considered him seriously ill and his sudden death was a severe shock to his many friends and relatives. He was a man who had many friends and few, if any, enemies; a pleasant, sunny disposition and a cheerful greeting for all. He was a member of the Eagle’s lodge at Columbus, the Odd Fellows at Smithland, and the Knights of Pythias and Pythian Sisters of Edinburg.

He is survived by one son Morris Belk, of Nashville, Tenn., and one granddaughter, Genevieve Cross of Matton, Ill; two brothers, Alex Belk, of Franklin, and AT Belk, of Greenwood; and two sisters, Mrs. Eva Timmons, of California, and Mrs. Warren Cobb, of Edinburg.

Transcribed and submitted by Kay Ward Seipp