Cornelius A. Smith
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Cornelius A. (Neal) Smith, one of the early settlers of this community, died at his home on Denton Street last Friday evening at 6 o'clock, heart trouble being cause of death. Mr. Smith was in seemingly good health that day and had been about town much of the day, the writer of this having met him in the barber ship where he was having his hair cut while we were being shaved, and it was difficult for us to realize that he had died when so informed shortly after six that evening. It seems that Mr. Smith had gone home and cared for his stock; among other things being about 75 head of sheep. When his chores were done he went into the house and sat down and told his wife he was not feeling well and asked for a certain electrical treatment he used. The wife went to get it and when she returned "Uncle Neal," as he was called, was dead.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Methodist Church of which he was a member. Rev. D. A. Ross, the pastor, having charge of the services and preaching the sermon. Mr. Jocie Morgan, an old time friend, made a short talk as did also Rev. L. P. Smith, Dallas, his one remaining brother. A choir led by Graden Jenkins, with Mrs. W. L. Martin at the piano, rendered a number of songs loved by the deceased and Mr. Jenkins sang two solos. The floral offering was wonderfully beautiful and pleasing. Burial was made in Cemetery Hill, north of town a few miles, where his first wife and numerous relatives have been buried before him. The pallbearers were all nephews and were Messers.  Earl and Ernest Smith of Mexia, Fred James of Ardmore, Okla., Dell James of Dallas, and Claude and Ernest James of Carrollton. Lucas Undertaking Company had charge of the funeral.

C. A. Smith was born October 8, 1852, in Jonesboro, Tennessee, and came to Texas with his parents in 1871, arriving here on the day he was 19 years of age. They located on what is now the Merrell place at Walnut Hill. Mr. Smith has been a resident of Texas ever since and the most of that time has been spent in and near Carrollton.  At the time of his death he was aged 77 years, 8 months and 23 days.  His firest wife was Miss Martha Jane Elmore and to them four children were born: three sons and one daughter. After about six years of married life the wife died and later Mr. Smith married Miss Laura Isom; to them no children were born, but she was a wonderful mother to those bereft of mother-love when so much needed. She survives and mourns the loss of the mate who had traveled the road of life so many years with her. Besides the wife there is one son, W. D. (Dell) Smith; three grandsons, and three granddaughters, one brother, L. P. Smith of Dallas; two sisters, Mrs. Jett Cox of Arlington and Mrs. Fannie Jackson of Wichita Falls.

The Carrollton Chronicle - Friday, February 7, 1930;
Elm Fork Echoes - Volume 8; Number 1; April 1980

Submitted by Edward Lynn Williams



We wish to thank our friends and neighbors for the words of sympathy and thoughtful deeds of kindness shown us during our recent sorrow and also for the beautiful floral offerings. May Gods richest gifts be bestowed on all is our prayer.
Mrs. C. A. Smith and family

The Carrollton Chronicle - Friday, February 7, 1930;
Submitted by Edward Lynn Williams


LAURA SMITH - HIS WIFE - 1851 - 1944
C. A. SMITH - 1852 - 1930

Furneaux Cemetery, Carrollton, Denton County, Texas


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