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Madison Memorial Cemetery


News was received in Madison early Sunday morning of the death the day before of Mr. James S. Reid, in Milledgeville. He had been in failing health for several months, and his death was not unexpected.


The remains were brought to Madison Tuesday morning and interred in the First Baptist Church at three o'clock in the afternoon, the services conducted by the pastor, Dr. Carl W. ?. A choir composed of Mrs. May ?, Miss Parrish, and Miss McHenry sang "Asleep in Jesus" and Miss McHenry sang "Never Alone." The pastor spoke briefly, but very appropriately, of the deceased. There were a number of beautiful floral offerings, and for the short notice given, quite a number attended the funeral. The pallbearers were W.W. ?, T.H. Holland, S.A. Perkins, ? Wise, S.A. Turnell, and R.U. ?. Interment was in the family plot of the city cemetery.


James Sidney Reid was the eldest son of James Sidney and Virginia Warren Reid, natives of Morgan County. He was born and reared in the ancestral home a few miles from Madison. He was educated in the common schools of the county, and his early life was not different from that of an ordinary lad about a substantial farm in the time following the Civil War.


In early life, he was married to Miss Mina Walker of this county, and to them three children were born - Edmond Reid of Barnesville, Walker Reid of this city, and Mrs. W.O. Byrd, Enterprise, Ala. After her death, he was married to Cornelia Beasley, sister to Messrs. Edwin and Clyde Beasley, well known citizens of this county. After her death, he was married to Miss ? Hart of near Buckhead, a sister of Mrs. Will Malone, and to them were born three children - Virginia, Mildred, and George Warren. His fourth wife, Miss Leora Bradley, with the three small children, now live at the home in Buckhead. Two brothers Messrs. Warren and George Reid live in Atlanta. Among his other relatives are two ?, Mrs. P.W. Walton and Mrs. ? Wilson. Mrs. T.G. Lawson, an aunt, died a short while ago.


The deceased was a useful member of Bethany Baptist Church, and a large number of people from that section attended the funeral and burial. Reid was one of the best known ? in this county, and was a man of courage, generous to a fault, a loyal friend, and a man who very soon earned the admiration and esteem of all who came to know him. A man of noble and distinguished ancestry, he himself was no ordinary man and those who mourn his death have the sympathy of all our people.


From: The Madisonian November 12, 1915
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