Maj. W. H. Renfroe

The Courant American
Cartersville, Georgia
January 18, 1900, page 1
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Death of Maj. W. H. Renfroe.
Passed Away at 9:30 O’clock Saturday Night.
Remains Go To Sandersville
Funeral From the Home on Sunday Afternoon—A Sketch of His Life.

Maj. W. H. Renfroe died at his home in this city, on Saturday night last at 10:30 o’clock.

Maj. Renfroe had been in declining health for several years and his malady developed into Brights disease of the kidneys and took dangerous turns a few weeks before his death.  He took his bed on Christmas day, soon receded into a comatose state and gradually grew worse till the end came.  His two brothers came to his bedside and were with him at his death.

William Haynes Renfroe was born in Washington county, Ga., November 17, 1839, and was, therefore in his 61st year.

When the civil war broke out he joined the Sandersville Rifles, which was attached to the First regiment of Georgia volunteers that did service in the early part of the struggle in Virginia.  He was in the battle of Cheat river and a number of other notable engagements.  After a years service for which his regiment was enlisted he joined the Thirty-second regiment, being elected first lieutenant in his company.  He then saw much of the trying and dangerous service of the balance of the war, never shirking duty, but always at his post until the end of the war.

In 1863 he was married to Miss Lizzie Worthington, and of their union five children were born, three of whom lived to be grown, Robert Haynes, Amelia Elizabeth and Julia Alice Renfroe.  His first wife died in 1873 and in 1865 [sic] he married Miss Martha Stubbs.  Of this union there were four children, three of whom are now living, Mrs. Annie Satterfield, Percy F. and Lena M. Renfroe.

Maj. Renfroe moved to Bartow county in 188? [last digit is unclear] and to Cartersville in 1889.

He had been engaged in the mining business since he came to Bartow and has been quite successful.  He was a member of the Satterfield & Renfroe Mining Co., working the Wheeler iron ore bank, at the time of his death.

He has long been a member of the Methodist church and served as one of the stewards of the church since he has been here.  He was a man of genial ways and stamina of character, being steadfast in his convictions, conscientious and fair in his dealings and always for the right as he viewed the right.

Besides his wife, five of his children survive him, Robert Renfroe; Mrs. John R. Cox, of Macon; Percy F. Renfroe, Mrs. Walter R. Satterfield and Miss Lena Renfroe.

The funeral took place from the residence on Sunday afternoon, the services being conducted by Rev. W. R. Branham, assisted by Rev. A. W. Bealer.

The remains were carried on Monday to Sandersville to be interred, Mrs. Renfroe, his two brothers, Capt. J. W. Renfroe, of Atlanta, and H. A. Renfroe, of Bridgeport, Ala., Messrs Robert and Percy Renfroe, accompanying them.


The Courant American
April 19, 1900, page 1

Maj. W. H. Renfroe.
Tribute to His Memory by P. M. B. Young Camp, U. C. V.

[ A long tribute with information about Maj. Renfroe’s service in the Civil War; see issue of Jan. 18, 1900]


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