O. D. Anderson

The Cartersville News
Cartersville, Georgia
February 4, 1909, Page 1
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An Old Citizen Dies.
Mr. O. D. Anderson Passes Away Last Thursday.
Was Merchant, Farmer and Prominent Baptist
Death Follows A Fall.

Mr. O. D. Anderson, an old and much respected citizen of Cartersville, died at the home of his son-in-law, Judge J. M. Neel, last Thursday.

Mr. Anderson fell from the back veranda of the Neel home Monday, the 25th proximo, the fall as the physicians think being caused by a stroke of apoplexy. He was taken to his bed unconscious and so remained until his death Thursday.

Mr. Anderson would have been 85 years old in April if he had lived.  He was originally from Tennessee, his father moving while Mr. Anderson was a small boy from that state to near Cassville, where he settled on a farm and where Mr. Anderson was reared.  Mr. Anderson after he had attained his majority went into the mercantile business, running a business for some time in Calhoun and then for some time in Adairsville.  He acted as agent for the W. & A. railroad at Adairsville after he quit merchandising and finally bought a farm near Adairsville and followed farming until he moved to Cartersville in 1878.  His wife died here in 1882.  He married again and his second wife died in this city.

Mr. Anderson years ago purchased property in Florida and until the last few years spent considerable of his time looking after his interests in that state.

He was originally Presbyterian, but Mr. Anderson had been a member of the Baptist church since the fifties and was a most active church worker before his health began to wane and even then his interest in the church was as keen as ever.  He was for years clerk of the Oothcaloga church near Adairsville, and was a recognized force in the counsels of the Middle Cherokee Association.  He was, possibly, clerk of the body for a term or more.  Surviving him are five children.  They are Mrs. Zach McReynolds, of Texas; Mrs. A. M. Foute and Mrs. J. M. Neel, of this city, Mr. J. M. Anderson, of Adairsville, and Mr. Frank Anderson, of Pasadena, Cal.

The funeral took place Friday from the Baptist church, the services being conducted by Rev. R. B. Headden, of Rome, and Rev. Sam C. Dean, pastor of the First Baptist of this city.  The two ministers paid specially strong tributes to the deceased and cited his Christian life as one worthy of emulation.

The remains were interred at Oak Hill.

His life was not a success when measured by what the world calls honors and the accumulation of the things which perish, but in faithfulness to duty as he saw it, it was anything but a failure.  His was a useful life.  Modest, almost shrinking, but strong and firm in the right.  His influence was for good only and touched many lives. [A tribute of Respect by the Baptist Church can be found on page 5 of the March 11, 1909 issue.]


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