Virgil Rhodes

The Cartersville News
Cartersville, Georgia

November 16, 1911

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Funeral of Engineer Virgil Rhodes
Held at the Baptist Church Saturday Morning.

The funeral of Engineer Virgil Rhodes, who was killed in a freight wreck on the W. & A. railroad, near Dalton, last Thursday, was held at the First Baptist Church in this city Saturday morning at eleven o’clock. The church was well filled with friends, who came to pay their last tribute to this popular young engineer.

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, of which Mr. Rhodes was a member, had charge of the funeral and a large delegation from this body came up Saturday morning from Atlanta. Rev. Thomas Harrison, a former engineer and a close personal friend of Engineer Rhodes, preached the funeral. He paid a glowing eulogy to his dear brother and said that this was the saddest thing that he had ever been called upon to do. He spoke of his quiet, gentle nature, and what a good hearted man he was and related an incident which occurred last March in Atlanta. He said that during the Bible Conference for eleven days he was constantly with Mr. Rhodes and believed he had been greatly touched by the meetings and that the last time he spoke with Mr. Rhodes was when he told him goodbye at the close of the meetings, and that the deceased engineer told him he intended to live a better life. He said that he had no doubt that Mr. Rhodes was saved and had gone to heaven.

Rev. Roy Newman, a representative of the brotherhood, read a few passages of scripture prior to Rev. Harrison’s talk and Mrs. A.B. Cunyus sang a beautiful solo which touched every one in the church.

At the close of the services, the casket was opened and everyone was invited to take a last look at the deceased.

He was buried at Cassville in the old family burying ground, the procession going immediately from the church there after the service.


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