John S. Speck

The Cartersville Express
Cartersville, Georgia
March 21, 1878, Page 3
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The past week has been a sad one.  A gloom seems to hang over our people.  At 6 o’clock p. m., Friday, we were greatly shocked at the sad news that John S. Speck had fallen dead on the side-walk.  He had started to his supper, accompanied by Mr. R. H. Towers’ little son.  He was playing with the little boy and seemed unusually lively.  Several persons who were near him saw him fall, but he only gasped a few times and his spirit took its flight.  Mr. Speck was a good citizen, and was highly esteemed by all who knew him. He was a worthy member of the Methodist Church, a faithful teacher in the Sunday School, and a member of the Masonic fraternity.  Uncle Johnnie Speck will be greatly missed in this community.  He had no family.  Peace to his ashes.


Sudden Death at Kingston.

On last Friday evening at 6 o’clock, March 15, Mr. J. S. Speck, of Kingston, fell dead while on his way to supper.

He had been quite sick several weeks before this, but had recovered, and on the day of his death, was unusually cheerful.  He was walking briskly along when he fell, and in a few minutes was dead.  The physicians pronounced it apoplexy.  Mr. Speck was formerly from Va.  He was born and raised in Rockingham county, near Harrisburg, where he lived until ’70 or ’71 when he came to Georgia.

Kingston has been his home principally, ever since he came South.

During his former life, he lived a stranger to Christ and the comforts of the Holy Spirit; but in ’71 he made a profession of religion, joined the M. E. C. S. and from that time, his life was marked with a pious walk, and a Godly conversation.   His friends do not mourn without hope; he has gone to the land of rest, to reap the rewards of an eternal life and happiness.

His relatives return thanks to his friends for their many kindnesses to him.


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