James Loonidas Milhollin

The Tribune News
Cartersville, Georgia

February, 25, 1943

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Jas L. Milhollin Died Saturday At Cassville Home

One of County’s Best Known Citizens Was Nearing 92nd Birthday

James L. Milhollin, for more than three decades a successful merchants at Cassville, died at his home there last Saturday afternoon, after a short illness.  He would have been ninety-two had he lived until Monday, the 22nd of February.

Funeral services were held at the Cassville Baptist church Sunday afternoon at two thirty o’clock, with a great concourse of relatives and friends, gathered to pay a last tribute of respect to his memory.  Interment followed at the nearby grave-yard where sleep many of Mr. Milhollin’s loved ones.

A native of Cassville, Mr. Milhollin spent most of his life there.  Larkin Dodgen, his maternal grandfather, came to this part of the State from South Carolina in 1827, when he purchased land and made his home in what is now Cobb county.  His father, John Fielding Milhollin, when eighteen years of age, came to the same locality, from his home town of Statesville, N. C.  A college graduate, the young man came to Georgia to take charge of a flourishing school and soon afterwards he married one of his pupils, Eveline Dodgen.  James L. Milhollin was their first child.

Rev. Ralph Kimsey, assisted by Rev. Guy N. Atkinson and Rev. H. B. Free, conducted the last rites.  Well-deserved tributes were paid to his memory, and a reading of Tennyson’s “Crossing the Bar” by Mr. Atkinson, was most appropriate in the life and example set by the deceased.

Pallbearers were Messrs. Henry Bell, Sam Pittard, Eugene Chunn, Harold Tribble, Rob Headden, Milner Adams.  Several intimate friends formed an honorary funeral escort for the deceased.

John Fielding Milhollin moved to Cassville with his little family in 1853.  In less than a decade the country was rent asunder by war.  He enlisted with the first volunteers who put on the grey.  As captain of a company he was killed in action in Virginia in 1868.  He was then 33 years of age.  He left a widow and six small children.

The son, James Loonidas, was then twelve years of age.  From that time on he did all he could to take his father’s place, and was his mother’s strong right arm thru the desperate years following the war.

At the age of 27 he was married to Miss Caroline Eliot, whose father’s plantation was near Kingston.  She passed away a few years ago.

Mr. Milhollin was employed in the revenue department of the state government a number of years.  He retired at about the age of 60 and established a mercantile business in Cassville.  Until three months ago he was at his place of business every day.

Mr. Milhollin is survived by four daughters and two sons.  They are Mrs. J. J. Barge, Mrs. Herman Henderson, Miss Willie May Milhollin, of Cassville, Mrs. Luther Pettit and Mr. J. L. Milhollin, of Cartersville, and Mr. C. A. Milhollin, of Rome.

Mrs. Thomas King, formerly of Gadsden, now of Cartersville is an only sister.  The grandchildren are Miss Carolyn Pettit of Cartersville; Mrs. Will Dickerson, of Atlanta; James Pettit, of Pittsburg,    Mrs. Bo Shropshire, of Savannah, Ga.; Miss Othelda Milhollin, of Atlanta; Miss Laurie Milhollin and Charles Milhollin, of Rome, now students at the University of Georgia, and Mrs. Hoyt Sessions, of Jackson, Miss.

Miss Lillie Dodgen, of Cartersville, is a niece, and Senator J. H. Milhollin, of Douglas, is a nephew.


The Tribune News
Thursday, April 5, 1934

Family Reunion Honors Birthday of J. L. Milhollin

Members of Family Also Plan Memorial To Heroic Ancestor Who Fell in Civil War Battle

Easter Sunday will go down in the memory of the prominent Milhollin family as a most auspicious occasion, the members of the family having gathered in Cassville at a family reunion to pay tribute to the father, Mr. James L. Milhollin who recently passed his eighty-third birthday.  At this happy gathering plans were also made to erect a monument to the memory of Major John Fielding Milhollin, who fell in battle while fighting gallantly during the War Between the States.

At noon, a delightful picnic dinner was served at the home of a daughter, Mrs. J. J. Barge and Colonel Barge.  In the afternoon an Easter egg hunt was given for the younger members of the gathering, while the aged honoree forsook the company of the grown-ups long enough to join the youngsters in the hunt for the hidden eggs.

Mr. Milhollin has lived a full life, always taking an active interest in the life of his community and county and he is remarkably alert mentally and surprisingly agile physically for one of his advanced years.  It can be truly said of Mr. Milhollin that he is the Sage of his community.

Mr. Milhollin has six children, two sons and four daughters, all like their father, prominent in their respective communities.  The children are Mr. J. L. Milhollin, Jr., of Cartersville; Mr. C. Arthur Milhollin, of Rome, Mrs. B. L. Pettit, of Cartersville, and Mrs. Herman Henderson, Mrs. J. J. Barge and Miss Willie May Milhollin, of Cassville.  All with members of their families were present to celebrate with their father, on the happy occasion.

The guest list included Mrs. Thomas R. King, a sister, and her sons, Messrs. James W. and George D. King, of Gadsden, Ala.; Miss Lilly M. Dodgen; a niece, formerly of Cassville, but now of Trenton, N. J.; Mr. J. H. Milhollin, a nephew and Mrs. Milhollin, of Broxton, Ga.; Mr. Max Milhollin, a nephew, of Rome; Mr. and Mrs. Luther Pettit and children, Mary, Carolyn, Dorothy and James; Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Milhollin and Miss Othelda Milhollin, Mr. and Mrs. J. Henry Milhollin of Broxton; Mr. and Mrs. Herman Henderson, of Cassville; Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Milhollin and children, Antoniette and Charles, of Rome.



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