Samuel Franks Hudgins

The News
Cartersville, Georgia
June 28, 1901, Page 1
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He Succumbs to Consumption Early Sunday Morning.

Mr. Sam F. Hudgins, whose sickness was reported in these columns last week, died rather unexpectedly last Sunday morning at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Hudgins.

Mr. Hudgins had been a patient, never complaining sufferer from consumption for three or four years which became considerably worse about a year ago.  At the time and even up to near death’s door the young man, together with his friends, while fearful as to the nature of the disease, were hopeful that it was some other trouble that would readily yield to a proper medical treatment.  None dreamed of the seriousness of his condition until the early part of last week when he began to have hemorrhages, which left him in a fearful weakened condition.  He improved during the middle of the week and up to Saturday his condition was thought improving.  He suffered during that night, however, and early next morning, surrounded by his mother, brothers and sister, his sweet spirit wafted its way to the One that gave it, as if he had fallen into a delightful sleep.  Not a sign of pain marked his brow, so gently did the summons come.

Mr. Hudgins’ death was a great surprise to every one, and all day Sunday and Monday friends called and tendered their sympathy to the grief-stricken father, mother, sister and brothers, and to look upon the still form they loved so well.  None could realize that the boy was dead, so sudden had the end come.

Monday afternoon he was laid away in beautiful Oak Hill cemetery by loving friends and the large concourse of people who attended the funeral services bespoke the esteem in which he was held.  The funeral services were most impressively conducted by Revs. A. W. Bealer, E. M. Craig and F. W. Ambler.

A quartette beautifully rendered music suitable for the sad occasion, Mrs. A. B. Cunyus conducting.  After the services at the home, the remains were turned over to the Knights of Pythias, of which lodge Mr. Hudgins had been a member for about five years.  A large number of the Knights were present and marched with the remains to the cemetery, where they were put away according to the beautiful custom of the order.  The floral tributes were most lovely and beautiful.

Mr. Hudgins would have been thirty years of age had he lived until the 25th of next November, and was born in Cartersville.  He began the printing business as an apprentice on the old Free Press, C. H. C. Willingham editor, and the editor of this paper foreman.  It soon developed that the lad though very small for his age was particularly bright and had in his composition the making of all that was desired in a printer.  He soon mastered straight typesetting and he could set columns after columns with hardly an error.  His ambition began to lead him into the lines of artistic work, that is display work, and soon he had charge of all work in this department, thus demonstrating that the instinct of the true artist was in him.  Artists in the printing business like those of paint and brush are born not made, and the genius whose minds most beautifully array the leaden designs are much in demand.

After leaving Cartersville he worked in two or three of the large concerns in Atlanta and was with the Rome Tribune for several years.  Leaving there he accepted a position with the A. J. Showalter Printing Company, Dalton, and there his genius, by reason of the splendid equipment, was given full sway and how well he used it!  He was the genius of the establishment and every contract that demanded the most superior workmanship, was left to his deft fingers and ingenuity, and none were disappointed.  His fragile frame could not withstand the labor that demanded the poor boy’s care and soon the news came that he had broken down.  This was a year ago.  He came home and improved to such an extent that he returned to his post, where he remained until about one month ago, when he came home.

Mr. Hudgins was of a most genial disposition, gentlemanly bearing, never obtrusive, Those who knew him best loved him most and well they may for they found in him the noblest traits of character, always cheerful, yet positive in his declarations, never having an unkind word for anyone.  This was one of the young man’s great traits, he never spoke ill of any.  He was a most faithful employee, a good friend and his many deeds of kindness will be long remembered.

To the grief-stricken aged father and mother, prostrated, devoted sister, and brothers the heart of the community goes out in the deepest, most genuine sorrow.

[Another obituary, from the Rome Tribune, follows this one.]


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