Geneva, Alabama

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MAR 2006,

Geneva County Reaper - Saturday, March 28, 1896 - Dr. Sidney F. Latimer

Masonic Resolutions -- Whereas, It has pleased the sovereign ruler of this universe to remove from our midst our much esteemed and beloved brother, Dr. Sidney F. Latimer, who quietly passed away February 14, 1896 and, Whereas, By his death we are taught the uncertainty of life and that the good must die, therefore, be it Resolved, That in the death of our beloved brother, the Masonic Fraternity has lost one of its truest and most faithful members, an explary character of charity, the country a noble citizen, the Sabbath School a wise counselor and the church of Christ a faithful worker. Resolved, That we humbly bow to the wise dispensation of an all wise God, who doeth all things well, Resolved, That we extend to the bereaved family of our deceased brother our most profound and tender sympathy and point them to the great Redeemer for comfort, strength and consolation in this their sad bereavement, and while we extend to them the hand of fraternal friendship, we commend to them the precious promise of a glorious resurrection in the cloudless sky of perpetual, perpetual peace. Resolved, That a page in the book of minutes be set apart, upon which to inscribe the name, death and burial of our worthy brother. Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be sent to the family of the deceased.


Geneva County Reaper - February 6, 1925 - Mrs. Alice Latimer Johnson

In the providence of our all-wise God our co-worker, Mrs. Alice Latimer Johnson, wife of J.J. Johnson, Sr., was called to her eternal rest on January 26, 1925. We, the members of the Woman’s Auxiliary of the Presbyterian Church of Geneva, Ala., desire to pay this tribute of appreciation to her memory. Resolved 1. That in the death of Mrs. Johnson this Auxiliary has lost a member who was faithful to every trust, having ably filled various offices in the Auxiliary during the years of her membership, which began with her young lady hood and only ended when ill health disqualified her for work of any kind. 2. That the heartfelt sympathy of this Auxiliary be extended to her loved ones, who will so sorely miss her presence in the home, and our prayers commend them to Him in whom she believed. 3. That a copy of these resolutions be sent to the family, a copy published in our local paper and one also spread in the minutes of the Auxiliary. -- Mrs. Miles, Mrs. J.P. Carter, Mrs. W. K. Kenan, committee.


Geneva County Reaper - September 6, 1900 - Benjamin A. Latimer

About noon, Monday, September 3, Mr. Benjamin A. Latimer departed this life after weeks of severe illness, leaving a devoted wife and bate to mourn the loss of a loving husband. Mr. Latimer was born in Orion, Pike County, Alabama 31 years ago; when 19 years of age he moved to Geneva with his parents, where he has since resided. Eight years ago, he married the youngest daughter of Mr. W.J. Keith, Sr. Mr. Latimer was engaged in business with his father, Mr. S. F. Latimer, for a number of years, and afterward was engaged in the drug business. He attended the medical college at Mobile, and just before his death was contemplating a completion of his studies, after which it was intention to take up his chosen profession -- that of physician. His parents are both dead; Mrs. J.J. Johnson is the oldest child, he the oldest son. Miss Tessa, Messrs. Sidney, Wade and Albert Latimer and Mrs. Johnson are the surviving member of the family. Mr. Latimer died at the residence of his father-in-law, Mr. Keith and every attention that devoted relatives and friends could bestow was lavished on the invalid. The burial took place at 10 a.m. Tuesday, the services being conducted by Rev. J.P. Hamilton. The remains were interred in the Geneva cemetery. Mr. Latimer was possessed of a quiet and lovable disposition, and he numbered as his friends every person of his acquaintance, the sympathy of all of whom is extended to the wife, child, brothers and sisters of a man who was just entering on a life of usefulness.


Geneva County Reaper - Friday morning, November 2, 1928 - J.J. Johnson

On Wednesday evening at 6 o’clock the spirit of J.J. Johnson passed away at his home on Academy street in Geneva. Mr. Johnson had been in failing health for the past year or more and for the past several months had practically been confined to his home. Mr. Johnson was born in Coffee 76 years ago, and had been engaged in the mercantile business in Geneva for many years. He has, for years, been a member of the local Presbyterian church. In the death of Mr. Johnson Geneva county loses the best friend she has ever known. He will be sadly missed by the whole county and most especially Geneva. Funeral services will be held at the home at 4 o’clock this (Thursday) afternoon and interment in the Geneva cemetery. The deceased is survived by five sons, Jim Johnson, Jr.; Joel E. Johnson, S. Franklin Johnson and Cecil B. Johnson of Geneva, and Hugh L. Johnson of Dothan; and one daughter Mrs. Mike Sollie, Jr. of Ozark; and four sisters, Mrs. J.J. Till, New Brockton; Mrs. B.H. Harper New Brockton; and Mrs. W.B. Harper New Brockton; and Mrs. Jack Moats, of Florala. The whole county sympathizes with the bereaved ones in their sadness.


Geneva County Reaper - November 15, 1929 - S.F. Latimer

Sunday morning marked the passing of another of Geneva’s leading business men in the personage of S. F. Latimer, Sr. Mr. Latimer died at 6 o’clock Sunday morning in a Dothan infirmary following an operation a few days previous at the age of 53. The deceased is survived by his widow, two sons, S.F., Jr. and Norvelle; four daughters, Mrs. K.C. Winter, Misses Carolyn, Katherine, Ruth and Margaret; one brother, A.J. Latimer and one sister, Miss Tessa Latimer, all of Geneva. Funeral services were held at the home and interment was in the Geneva cemetery Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock conducted by Rev. T.C. Mahan, of the local Baptist church. The active pallbearers were S.F. Latimer, Jr., Norvelle Latimer, A.J. Latimer, Jim Johnson, Jr., Joel E. Johnson, Franklin Johnson, Cecil B. Johnson and K.C. Winter. In the death of Mr. Latimer Geneva and Geneva county has lost another of the few remaining business men of the old school. For years Mr. Latimer had been associated in business with J.J. Johnson, Sr. who passed to his final reward about a year ago. The many friends of the family throughout this whole section doubtless regret to learn of the death of Mr. Latimer and deeply sympathize with the bereaved ones in their loss.


Geneva County Reaper - September 26, 1947 - Albert J. Latimer

Albert J. Latimer, 65, a life-long resident of Geneva died Sunday morning of heart attack in a New Orleans hospital, following a recent operation. He was a member and deacon in the Geneva Baptist church. He was a hardware salesman for Shapleigh Hardware Co. and well known in this section as a traveling salesman. Funeral services were held at Geneva Baptist Church Tuesday morning, September 23, with Rev. R. M. Holmes, the pastor, officiating, assisted by Rev. A. B. Carlton. Burial was in Geneva cemetery with Pittman Funeral Home directing. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Nell Latimer; a son, A.J. Latimer, Jr., Abbeville; two daughters, Mrs. Sarah Louise Noblin of Century, Fla. And Nell Latimer, a student at the University of Alabama; a sister, Miss Tessa Latimer of Geneva. Pallbearers were Joel, Franklin and Cecil Johnson, Norvelle and Sidney Latimer, M.F. Noblin, Gene Thomley and Dr. R. E. Howell.


Geneva County Reaper - October 8, 1964 - Tessa Latimer

Funeral services for Miss Tessa Latimer were held at Pittman Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday afternoon, September 26, at 3 p.m. Miss Latimer died on Friday, following a long illness at the Southeast Hospital in Dothan. Rev. Glen Pearce and Rev. Bartis Harper officiated at the funeral. Burial was in Geneva City cemetery with Pittman Funeral Home in charge. Miss Latimer is survived by two sisters-in-law, Mrs. S.F. Latimer, Sr. and Mrs. A.J. Latimer and by nieces and nephews: S.F. Latimer, Jr., Joel E. Johnson, Cecil B. Johnson, all of Geneva and by Mrs. Mary Sollie, Ozark; Hugh Johnson, Montgomery, Mrs. Ed Sanders, Dothan, Mrs. Margaret Steetle, Andalusia, Miss Catherine Latimer, Albany, GA; Mrs. Karl Winter, New Orleans, Louisiana.


Geneva County Reaper - August 5, 1965 - Bertha Leigh Latimer

Mrs. Bertha Leigh Latimer, age 86 of 307 Academy Street, a resident of Geneva since 1897, died Thursday night in a Dothan Hospital after a short illness. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Geneva Baptist Church with Rev. Bartis Harper officiating. Burial was in the Geneva City Cemetery with Pittman Funeral Home of Geneva directing. She is survived by 5 daughters -- Mrs. Alice Leigh Winter of New Orleans, Louisiana, Mrs. Carolyn Milford of Montgomery; Miss Katherine Latimer of Albany, GA; Mrs. Ruth Sanders of Dothan, and Mrs. Margaret Steetle of Andalusia; one son - Sidney F. Latimer, Jr. of Geneva, ala. 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. She was a native of Evergreen.


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