William H. McCreary


Contributed by Eric Wood

The Fairfield Recorder
Sept 26, 1890-Sept 20, 1895

Transcribed by Ann Farnsworth
Fairfield Genealogical Society, copyright 2003

p. 48.

Feb 20, 1893

Death of Wm. H. McCreary

He Died Suddenly While Returning Home From Fairfield in a Buggy. 
Mr. William H. McCreary, near Stewards Mill, died suddenly last Saturday evening while on his return home from Fairfield.  He and Mr. J. T. Steward had been to town that day and started back home in a buggy together about sunset.  Mr. McCreary just before leaving complained of feeling a little unwell, saying he feared an attack of colic which he had a week or two before.  After going a short distance, he seemed to have gotten better and was soon laughing and talking.  About two miles from town he suddenly became quiet and fell over against Mr. Steward, who soon realized that something serious was the matter.  He hurried onto the residence of Mr. S. J. Talley and there got assistance and took Mr. McCreary out of the buggy and laid him on the gallery with a pillow under his head.  He gave one or two gasps and was dead.  His death the doctors say was from apoplexy.

The deceased was an old resident of our county, a man about 51 years old and was held in high esteem by all that knew him.  Jovial, pleasant, full of merriment, he had many friends and was liked by everyone.  His death, sudden as it was and coming when in apparent health, was a shock to all his friends and a terrible blow to his family who have the sympathy of our entire community.  Two of Mr. McCreary's daughters were off at school, one at Sherman and one at Huntsville.  They were summoned home by telegraph and attended the funeral here last Monday.  The remains were interred in Fairfield cemetery, Rev. W. L. Patterson officiating.  A large number of people attested their respect of the dead by attendance at the burial.  In his death, Freestone has lost a good and valuable citizen, one who will be long missed in the neighborhood in which he lived.  Besides his wife and a large family of daughters, he leaves to mourn his loss, an aged mother, one sister, Mrs. G. T. Bradley of Stewards Mill."