Colonel Ezekial D. Graham

 
The Courant American
Cartersville, Georgia
January 2, 1890, page 4
 
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Death of Col. Graham.
His remains are Laid to Rest in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Impressive Funeral Service at the Presbyterian Church A Short Sketch of His Life.

Colonel Ezekial D. Graham died at his home in this city on last Saturday night about 10 o’clock. He had been ill for some time and for a few days before it was considered by his family and friends that his end was near.

The popularity of the deceased in this city was attested by the large and sorrowful audience that attended the funeral services at the Presbyterian church on Sunday afternoon. The church was crowded to its fullest capacity, many having to stand up during the service. At 2:30 o’clock the sad cortege filed into the church, the ministers in advance, with the pall-bearers, composed of the local bar, following, and then the family and friends of the deceased. Slowly and tenderly, while the choir filled the house with mournful melody, the remains were borne to the front of the altar where they were placed. Rev. J. S. Hillhouse read passages of scripture appropriate to the occasion and Rev. W. H. Cooper offered up a beautiful and fervent prayer. In his sermon Mr. Hillhouse was sincere and touching, admirably portraying the noble virtues of the departed and pointing out the lessons of his life. He was followed by Rev. Sam P. Jones’ short talk was of much comfort to those who mourned and his pathos filled the hearts of his listeners until there was hardly a dry eye in the vast audience. He had talked with Col. Graham on the last day of his illness and had found him perfectly resigned to death and prepared to go. After the service a large number of people followed the remains to Oak Hill cemetery where they were laid to rest forever.

The death of Col. Graham is sincerely mourned in Cartersville. In his twelve years residence here he made many friends who loved him for his many fine qualities of mind and heart. His was a genial, kindly nature. He possessed a strong intellect and was regarded as one of the ablest lawyers at the North Georgia bar.

Col. Graham was born in Jackson county, Ga., September 4, 1810. He was brought up principally in Chattooga county and was educated in LaFayette, and in 1858 was licensed to practice and was admitted to the bar in Trenton, Ga. He practiced his profession at Trenton until the commencement of the war, when he joined the confederate army as a private in Company B, of the Sixth Georgia Infantry. He was soon promoted to first lieutenant of his company and from that to captain, in which capacity he served until the close of the war. He then returned to Trenton and resumed the practice of law. In 1865 he was elected from Dade county a member of the constitutional convention, and in 1870 he was elected from Dade county to the legislature. In 1872 he was elector for president and vice-president on the Georgia State ticket. In 1874 he was again elected to the legislature from Dade county and served one term. In 1877, he moved to this city and has since given all his time to the legal profession. He was a delegate from Georgia to the national democratic convention in 1888 at St. Louis.

Col. Graham was married on June 19, 1866, to Miss Laura Mann, of Knoxville, Tenn. To this union five children have been born, viz: William M., Lou, Kate, Laura and Cora.

The latter, all of whom survive him, have the sympathy of all our people in their bereavement.

 

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