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Daniel James Meals

22 Oct 1841 - 17 June 1931

 

Obituary number one of Daniel James Meals:

      Daniel James Meals, Civil War Veteran, answered the last call at the close of day, Wednesday. He died at 6:15 p.m. at the age of 89 years, eleven months, and 25 days, at the family home in Hollow Rock. Mr. Meals was the oldest living resident in Hollow Rock community and probably the oldest Carroll Countian, and was widely known and as widely revered. He lacked a little over a year of reaching his golden wedding anniversary. The bereaved wife was before her marriage in 1883, Miss Eliza Parmelia Nolan of Paducah, Kentucky. The children surviving are: Mrs. Cora Miller, Goodwin, Arkansas; Mrs. Bessie Marion, Hollow Rock; J. B. Meals, Clarksburg; Mrs. Pauline Freeland, Lavonia, Louisiana; P.J. Meals, Paris; and Mrs. Ruth McDaniel, Whitfield, Alabama; and thirteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was under Colonel Isaac Hawkins, and fought in the battles of Lexington, Trenton, and Corinth. At Trenton, he was captured by the Rebels but released after being disarmed. Later, he was captured again at Union City and sent to the Confederate Prison at Andersonville where he remained for eleven months and 29 days. A soldier of the Cross for more than fifty years, Mr. Meals was a member of the Primitive Baptist church, having joined at old Antioch about one-half century of a century ago. In 1918 he moved his membership to the Hollow Rock church near Bruceton, here it remained until death. Strong in the faith of his forefathers, he was a consistent Christian, a man of honor and integrity. His church depended upon his leadership and his wise counsel will be missed. Though feeble in health, each church service found him in the accustomed place, ready to serve the God he loved. Until the last few months, when stricken with a serious illness, he attended regularly. The son of Samuel H. Meals, Primitive Baptist minister, Mr. Meals was a direct descendant of a family prominent in the early history of his church. He was born in Athens, in Limestone County, Alabama, and moved with his parents to Tennessee settling in Clarksburg at an early age. After his marriage, he moved to Gleason and engaged in the blacksmith trade of which he was a veteran. While there he was elected mayor of the city. At one time he resided in Huntingdon, and later at Westport, from which he moved to Hollow Rock thirteen years ago. Mr. Meals was active in public life. He served as a member of the Carroll County Court at different times and was tax assessor of Carroll County. All of his children were at his bedside during his illness and did all that loving hands could do to relieve his suffering. His devoted companion gave his entire attention to his needs and scarcely left his bed during his last hours. Four years ago, he opened his home to his daughter, Mrs. Bessie Marion, after the death of her husband. She with her son, Ben Marion, remained to share his tender love and care to administer to him during his last years. Funeral services, conducted by Elder T. M. Phillips, pastor of the Hollow Rock church Elder T. M. Hampton of Westport, will be held this afternoon at the Blair Cemetery near Clarksburg. Active pallbearers are: Clyde Ware, B. F. Thompson, H. F. Hodge, Arthur Cole, and Frank Walker, all members of the Hollow Rock Primitive Baptist Church With the soul of a poet, the heart of a brave and the strength of character to meet the trials of life and with courage to meet death, the aged veteran passed into his last sleep peacefully. He said that he was ready to go and was prepared to stand in the presence of the Eternal Judge. A soldier in the daily affairs of life as well as in battle, he bore his affliction bravely and suffered long without complaint. Mr. Meals by his honesty and his straight forward manner, made a place for himself in the Hollow Rock community. He loved people and was always hospitable in his home.

Obituary Number two for Daniel James Meals:

GALLANT VETERAN RE-JOINS HIS COMRADES

     Daniel Meals, Civil War Veteran, died at Hollow Rock Wednesday, June 17, 1931 Daniel J. Meals, aged 89 years and 11 months died at his home in Hollow Rock at 6:10 Wedneday evening following a long illness. He was a Civil War veteran, having served under COL. Issac R. Hawkins in Company A of the Seventh Tennessee cavalry and was in the battles of Lexington and Corinth. After having been captured at Union City, he was confined to Andersonville prison, where he remained for eleven months during the last years of the war. The deceased married Miss Eliza Nolan of Paducah, Ky., 49 years ago next October. To his union six children were born. They are: Mrs. Cora Miller, Goodwin, Ark., Mrs. Bessie Marion, Hollow Rock; J. B. Meals, Clarksburg, Mrs. Pauline Freeland, Lavonia, La; P. J. Meals, Paris; Mrs. Ruth McDaniel, Whitfield, Ala. Thirteen grandchildren and one great grandchild live to mourn the loss of their grandfather and great grandfather. Besides his wife, and children, he is survived by one brother, Lewis Meals and one sister, Mrs. Mary Smith, both of the Clarksburg community. Mr. Meals joined the Primitive Baptist Church about fifty years ago and remained a devout member until his death. During his last illness all of his children were at his bedside and did all that could be done for his comfort. He suffered patiently and passed peacefully to his last reward. Mr. Meals was a member of the Masonic Order for a number of years in his early life. His home was always open to his children and his friends, whom he loved and enjoyed his companionship because of his cheerful disposition. Funeral services were conducted Thursday by Eld. T. M. Phillips of his church and Eld. T.M. Hampton at the Blair Cemetery.

Obituaries provided by courtesy of Beverly Meals Wood (granddaughter) of Daniel J. Meals.



           

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