Judge M. G. Dobbins

 
The Courant American
Cartersville, Georgia
July 14, 1887, page 2
 
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Death of Judge M. G. Dobbins.

Judge M. G. Dobbins died at his home, near Cass Station, on last Monday evening, after several weeks of painful illness, at the age of seventy-seven years.

The deceased was one of the oldest and most highly esteemed citizens of Bartow county.  He was true to every obligation to his fellow man, and always ready to aid in any enterprise that pointed to the good of the community.

The Constitution of yesterday gives the following brief sketch of his life:

“Mr. Dobbins was born in Clarke county Ga., November 28, 1810, where he resided until 1830.  In 1835 he entered the mercantile business at McDonough, but five years later removed to Griffin, where he lived until the close of the war, and where in 1842 he was united in marriage to Miss Susan J. Butler, who now, with two sons and three daughters, survive him.  In 1805 [sic] he moved to Atlanta, where he engaged in the banking business.  His career as such was signally successful.  His industry, fine judgment and unusual business talents soon made him a strong and prominent figure in financial circles.  In 1873 he removed to Bartow county, where he has since resided up to the time of his death. In the home circle and in private life no man was kinder and nobler than M. G. Dobbins.  As a husband, gentle and affectionate; as a father, kind and indulgent; as a friend, true and loyal.  Acting up to the golden rule he was always willing to yield to others that justice which he claimed for himself, and he lived and died “an honest man, the noblest work of God.”  His sympathy was never appealed to in vain by any worthy person who, without fault, was persecuted or oppressed, but his help was extended in so unostentatious way that none but a few intimate friends ever knew of it.  In the matter of giving his ideas were just as well as charitable, his motto being “to help those who tried to help themselves.”  Mr. Dobbins was an excellent citizen, always advocating what was just without regard to expediency.  During the later years of his life he was an ardent prohibitionist, and the recent prohibition victory at Rome seemed to make him happy on his deathbed.  It was his habit of late years on each birthday to assemble at his spacious and hospitable home all his children and grandchildren in a happy family reunion, it being his delight to render each occasion more enjoyable than the former had been.

When he perceived that the evening of his life was coming on he turned from his earthly labors, gathered his family around his dying bed, and without a murmur in full faith of a better life hereafter.

The remains were carried to Atlanta yesterday and interred at Oakland cemetery.  A number of friends from here attended the funeral.

The following gentlemen acted as pall bearers: Judge George Hillyer, G. T. Dodd, J. H. Mecaslin, Dr. J. D. Turner, E. H. Thornton, A. D. Adair, Paul Romare, John Keely, G. W. Adair and M. C. Kiser.  Rev. J. B. Hawthorne conducted the funeral services.

 

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