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80 Years Ago

Archives 04-18-2001

70 Years Ago



April 18, 1931 to April 24, 1931
80 Years Ago In Overton County
(from the files of the Overton County Library)

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James Thomas, familiarly called "Jim Tom" Gilliand, age 58, passed away at his home at Oak Hill in the fifth district of Overton County at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 18th, after an illness of some twelve or fifteen months. He had never married, living with his eldest sister, Miss Mary Lou Gilliand, in the home formerly occupied by his late father, Frank Gilliand, who died in the year 1923. His father was one of the stalwart young men of Overton County, whose love for the cause of the South led him to enlist in the Confederate Army in 1861, following the courageous Gen. Geo G. Dibrell. After returning from the war, he resumed his farming and soon became a merchant, which business he following until his death. Jim Tom's mother was Jennie Poteet Gilliand, who died in 1902. He is survived by one uncle, Thomas Poteet. The remains were interred in the Gilliand family cemetery. The first grave made in this cemetery was for the remains of Allen Gilliand, a pioneer settler, who was a native of North Carolina, born in 1783. He settled at Oak Hill in the year 1808. The title to his property has remained in the Gilliand family for five generations. The active pallbearers were May Webb, Willie Jackson, Wm. Dillen, and Dalton Dillen.

W.C. (Bill) Smith of the sixth district announced his candidacy as Sheriff of Overton County, subject to the action of the voters int he coming Democratic primary election. If elected to office of sheriff, he promises a clean, business-like, and efficient administration.

Members of the Livingston Academy graduating class are Thomas Copeland, Rubye Garrett, Lucinda Brown, Edna Parrott, Dorothy Hinds, Callie McGee, Ruth Little, Jessie Story, Velma Bullock, Pauline Clark, Frances Culloim, Jeane Myers, Beeland White, Harvey Qualls, Callie Myers, Flossie Bilbrey, Iva Crabtree, Alma Qualls, Otho Qualls, Ruth West, Thomas Parrigon, Tommye Huddleston, Thelma Deck, Beryle Tucker, James Gunnels, Earl Bullock, Jack Spurrier, Tina Ferrell, Imogene White, Veo Smith, Lucille Johnson, Velma Jerrigan, Charles Sallee, and Magdalene Bilbrey. Iva Crabtree is valedictorian, and Udine Qualls is second honor student.

Mrs. Lee Copeland, age 75, of the fifth district, died at her home near Rickman on Thursday. Her husband, Lee Copeland, preceeded her to the grave many years ago. She is survived by two sons, Hugh and Sherlie Copeland, three daughters, Mrs. Sim Cannon, Mrs. Ed Bilbrey, and Mrs. Dave Bilbrey.






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