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Civil War Veterans Obituaries

We would like to share with researchers our Tribute to Civil War Veterans who lived out their lives in Van Zandt County. Many came here from other states. The following is an obituary found in the collection of old newspapers on microfilm in the Library of Genealogy and Local History, Canton, TX. If you have an obituary of a Civil War Veteran ancestor and would like to share, please contact Sibyl. We would be happy to add your material to this site.


Wills Point Chronicle
September 14, 1911

Well known and Highly Esteemed Citizen Passes Away

Last Sunday morning, September 10, 1911, at 6:43 o'clock, just as the glow in the East gave promise of a new day, the angel of death touched the tired form of Dr. James M. Fry and he entered into the last long sleep. His failing condition the past few days indicated the near approach of the end, though this fact did not relieve his final passing of its inexpressible grief to his loved ones or diminish the sorrow of the community. Nearly three years ago, Dec. 15, 1908, to be exact, Dr. Fry suffered a stroke of paralysis from which he never recovered. He had made reasonable progress toward recovery until a year after the first stroke when he suffered a second one, since which time he has been on a slow but sure decline.

Dr. James M. Fry was born in Green county, Tennessee, Oct. 13, 1850. He was, therefore, but a mere lad when the war came on but with the spirit of the South in his blood and every impulse of his nature in sympathy with her cause he enlisted in the Confederate army at Blue Springs, Tenn., as a private in Co. G. 8th S. C. infantry. He was transferred to the cavalry, Gen. John C. Vaughan's brigade, in 1864. Later he did scout and secret service under Gen. John H. Morgan. He was paroled from Knoxville prison, April 25, 1865. This is a brief summary of a period of his life that he most cherished and until the hour of his death nothing so delighted him as to talk over the incidents of the war. The South never had a more loyal or devoted soldier, nor one who has enjoyed more handing down to posterity the true history of the conflict and the fadeless glory of her cause. He took great delight in the work of the U.C.V's and Sons of Veterans being, at the time of his death, third vice president of medical officers of the army and navy of the Confederacy, assistant surgeon general of the U. S. C. V., and commander of Camp Calvin Crozier, Sons of Veterans at Wills Point, and member of the local camp of veterans.

Dr. Fry graduated from the Kentucky School of Medicine in 1876 and had since taken a number of post graduate courses, keeping himself abreast of the times in his profession and which he was recognized for his skill. He kept up his membership in all the medical societies from the Tri-state down to the organization for Van Zandt county. He was recognized as a physician of great ability and enjoyed a lucrative practice up to the time when his health gave way and forced his retirement.

Dr. Fry lived in Kaufman county for about 17 years, moving there from Indiana. He moved back to Indiana and resided two years, then came to Wills Point, where he has resided about 18 years prior to his death.

He was a useful man in the community not only as a physician but as a citizen and his passing leaves a vacancy hard to fill. He is survived by a wife, a son, Dr. Harry T. Fry, and daughter, Mrs. W. F. Paine, both residing in Wills Point. He is also survived by two brothers, Roy and A. L. Fry, and three sisters, Mrs. Rhodes of Indiana, Mrs. Parish of McCoy and a sister in Oklahoma.

The remains were laid to rest in White Rose cemetery Sunday afternoon at 5:30 o'clock, Rev. W. F. Davis conducting the religious services, the local camp of the Confederate Veterans and Woodmen of the World taking part. A large number of people gathered to pay the last tribute of respect and show their esteem for a man whom they honored in life. A. W. Meredith made a very appropriate talk for the veterans and the Woodmen used the ritualistic service of the order. And then just as the Sabbath sun dropped behind the Western hills, loving hands spread over the new made grave a Confederate flag and then over this fragrant flowers were banked, mute evidence of love and esteem, and the mortal remains of the loving husband and father, the kind physician and the good citizen were left to await the quickening touch of Almighty God when time shall be no more.

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