E. R. Coker

The Cartersville News
Cartersville, Georgia
January 9, 1908 , Page 5
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E. R. Coker.
Old and Well Known Citizen Passes Away Last Saturday.

Mr. E. M. (sic) Coker, at his death, probably the oldest citizen of Cartersville, passed away last Saturday morning at four o’clock.  His death was the result of a general giving away of the physical forces on account of old age, he being in his 88th year.

Mr. Coker moved to Cartersville about twenty-five years ago from Acworth.  He was a cabinet maker by trade and was always an industrious, faithful worker at his trade until old age impaired his physical abilities.

Mr. Coker was a drummer in the confederate army and in that capacity did much service in the preparatory camps in Georgia.  He was connected with the 18th Georgia regiment.  Near the close of the war he was attached to the home guards that did valuable service for the state when the enemy was invading its territory.

He joined the Baptist church in 1853 and was always a faithful and consecrated member of that great religious body.  His religion was of the sturdy every kind and had a great mixture of sunshine in it.  He was of a most cheerful disposition and made every one who came in contact with him feel pleasant.  He was unobtrusive in manner and was never guilty of that officiousness that mars the relationships of humanity.  Of an optimistic temperament, he always looked on the bright side and caused others to see that side.

He is survived by his wife and two brothers, one of whom lives in Marietta.  His wife was a sister of Mr. H. S. Hull, and a strong mutual regard always existed between Mr. Hull and the deceased, the two for a long time making their home under the same roof.

The funeral took place Sunday and was largely attended.  Quite a number of Mr. Coker’s former acquaintances at Acworth came up to the funeral, among whom were J. N. Johnson, C. C. Philips, Thompson Evitt, Thomas Gibson and J. S. Hull and wife.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. E. Barnard.


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