William A. Chunn

The Tribune News
Cartersville, Georgia

October 27, 1921

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William A. Chunn Goes to Reward
One of Oldest Citizens of County Buried at Cassville Last Saturday—Life One of Unselfish Service for Others

The funeral of Mr. William A. Chunn, 81 years old, was held at the Cassville Methodist church last Saturday morning at 11 o’clock, Rev. J.J.M. Mize officiating at the impressive service. Interment took place immediately afterward in the cemetery at Cassville. The pall-bearers were Messrs. J.C. McTier, J.D. Pittard, Bernard Herring, W.M. Dodd, Walter Headden and J.L. Milhollin. G.M. Jackson & Son were in charge of the funeral arrangements.

A native of North Carolina, where he was born January 7, 1840, Mr. Chunn moved to Bartow County when he was nine years old and had lived here ever since 1849, with the exception of the period of the Civil war, in which he served gallantly during the four long years of that memorable struggle, as a member of the Fortieth Georgia regiment with the rank of sergeant.

He was married in May, 1849, to Miss Lelia Land and she survives, together with three daughters and three sons. They are Mrs. W.A. Gilbert of White, Mrs. A.J. Conyers of Athens, Miss Gertie Chunn of Cassville; Mr. E.L. Chunn, of Cassville; Mr. F.L. Chunn of Hendersonville, N.C., and Mr. W.S. Chunn, of Cassville. Another daughter, Mrs. R.H. Garwood, died in Atlanta, some years ago. Ten grandchildren also survive, as well as a host of other relatives and friends throughout North Georgia.

Entering the law office of the late Warren Akin, Mr. Chunn studied law and was later admitted to the bar, practicing for a short time before the civil war. When he returned home from that conflict his home section had been destroyed by the invading army, and he was one of the first to set his face toward the new day which he believed would sooner or later dawn for his beloved Southland. He was one of the last surviving graduates of old Cassville Male college, which was destroyed by Sherman’s army as it marched to the sea.

He was an active, energetic man and until within the last four years took a lively interest in the life of his community and county. Back in the years when the common schools were not as numerous as they are now, or regarded as highly, Mr. Chunn, as member of the county board of education, became interested in better schools, and largely through his efforts, school houses were built in sections of the county where none were, thus making the task of obtaining an education easier for the country boys and girls. He was, for years, superintendent of the Methodist Sunday school at Cassville, his influence being at all times on the side of the religious phases of community life. His membership in the Methodist church dates from early manhood, and the living up to his tenets was one of his ambitions, believing that he could best serve his Master there.

Mr. Chunn was a member of the Odd Fellows’ lodge being one of the charter members of the Cassville organization.

For the past four years he has been in wretched health, but he was confined to his home but a short time and his last critical illness extended over a period of a week. His gengle spirit left the body, pain-wracked and weary with the passing years, just after 4 o’clock Thursday afternoon of last week. He died as he always expressed a desire, peacefully, calmly and surrounded by members of his family, neighbors and friends.

Bartow county has lost a valuable citizen, and the family a devoted, loving husband, father and grandfather.

As he had so often said of others, when paying a tribute to their memory, so would The Tribune-News say of Mr. Chunn:
“A good man has gone—
Peace to his ashes.”


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