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80 Years Ago

Archives 09-25-2002

70 Years Ago



September 24, 1932 to September 30, 1932
80 Years Ago In Overton County
(from the files of the Overton County Library)

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Chancellor W.R. Officer Dies Suddenly at Home
Judge William Robinson Officer, 61, of the Fourth Division, and prominent Livingston lawyer, died suddenly at his home at about 5:30 Saturday afternoon. He had been in bad health for about a year. Burial took place in Good Hope Cemetery. Judge C.E. Snodgrass, of the Tennessee Court of Appeal; Judge J.M. Gardenhore, former Governor A.H. Roberts, former Governor Benton McMillin, and P.F. Willbanks of Sparta, gave testimony at the grave. Judge Officer was born June 18, 1872, in Clay County. He was reared in Willow Grove. His education began there and was completed at the Alpine Institute under the tutorship of A.H. Roberts. He was admitted to the bar and came to Livingston in 1894 to practice law. He was appointed Clerk and Master and served in that position for six years. In 1902, he was elected Attorney General of the Fifth Judicial District. He was re-elected in 1910. In 1918, he was elected to preside over the Chancer Division. Judge Officer was regarded as a brilliant jurist. His opinions were rarely reversed in the Supreme Court. Judge Officer was preseident of the Citizens Bank and Trust. Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Nannie Bell Windle Officer; two sons, Senator A.F. "Pat" Officer, of Livingston, and Robert Officer, of Memphis; and four daughters, Mrs. Hugh Crawford, of Memphis, Mrs. Worth Crowley, Smithville, Mrs. C.H. Dowell and Miss Francis Officer, Livingston. He is also survived by his mother, Mrs. Ida C. Roberts.

Mr. and Mrs. George Rich, of Lancaster, KY, were in Byrdstown last week visiting Mrs. RichÕs mother, Mrs. Neda Groce, and other relatives.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. James Mullins, of Pickett County, a boy, on September 20.

Mrs. Minnie Franklin and Melvin, of Livingston, R.4, have been visiting her sister, Mrs. Richard Wolf, near Hilham.

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Qualls are the proud parents of a boy.

Mrs. Ella Brady was in Livingston Saturday.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Bob Carr on September 23, a girl. ¥ Bob Ledbetter was in Cookeville Friday.

Henry Moore is preparing to move to the Hargrove property, near RuthÕs Chapel.





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