March 17, 1955


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John C. Hesson Dies At Age Of 82


†† John Chesley Hesson, aged 82 years, one of the leading citizens of Pleasant Shade, died at his home at three forty o'clock Saturday morning, after several years of ill health. He is survived by his wife, the former Miss Alta Duke whom he married October 9, 1904; one son, Fred Hesson, also of Pleasant Shade; a grandson, Billy Clark Hesson, of the U. S. Navy, and stationed at Key West, Fla., and two granddaughters.


†† Funeral services were held at two o'clock Sunday afternoon by Rev. Courtland Wakefield, from Sanderson's Cumberland Presbyterian church. Burial followed in Sanderson's Cemetery. The deceased had been a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church for more than 60 years. He was a teacher for a time and then carried the mail on Route one, Pleasant Shade, from the establishment of the route in May, 1905, until 1916. He was also a merchant for a number of years. Mr. Hesson was the only son of Clayton and Martha Thomas Hesson. His grandfather, John Hesson, was killed nearly a hundred years ago on the top of the Mima Gregory Hill, seven miles east of Lafayette, when the horse Hesson was riding ran under a stooping tree in the darkness of the night and carried his owner to his death. John Hesson, above mentioned, was the son of Andrew Hesson.