Octavia H. Smith

The Cartersville News
Cartersville, Georgia
June 24, 1909, Page 4
Transcribed by:  

“Cherokee Club and Library Notes.”

Again has death visited our midst and we are called to mourn the loss of Mrs. C. H. Smith, one of our most cherished honorary members and the revered mother of Miss Marion Smith, Mrs. Stella Brumby and Mrs. Will Young, three of our most prominent members.  To them and the large circle of friends and relatives, our hearts go out in this hour of bereavement.


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Mrs. Charles H. Smith Dead
Widow of the Late “Bill Arp” Passes Away In This City Tuesday.

Mrs. Octavia Hutchens Smith died at her home, “The Shadows,” in this city, Tuesday morning at seven o’clock.  Mrs. Smith had been sick for the last nine months, for the last month or two quite feeble and weak, and her death was, therefore, not an unexpected event.

Those near her, anticipating the end, notified the relatives who were away and a number of them came in time to be either at her bedside at the last or at her funeral.  Among those were Mr. Hines Smith and family, of Rome, and Mr. Royal R. Smith, of Athens.

The funeral took place from the home at three o’clock yesterday and was conducted by Rev. H. B. Mays, of the Methodist church.  The inclemency of the weather prevented as large an attendance at the funeral as there would have been if the weather had been good.  The interment was at Oak Hill.

Mrs. Smith was about 76 years of age and was originally Miss Octavia Hutchens, of Lawrenceville.  In 1850 she was married to Charles H. Smith, who later became famous as a writer, under the nom de plume “Bill Arp.”  The name of “Bill Arp” became known to every man, woman and child almost in the south and in other parts of the country through his able pen.  In 1900 Major and Mrs. Smith celebrated their golden wedding, which occasion brought together hundreds of their friends throughout the country.  Major Smith passed away in 1903.

Mrs. Smith is survived by five sons and four daughters.  The sons are Hines M. Smith, of Rome; Royal R. Smith, of Athens; Frank Smith, of San Antonio, Tex.; Dr. Ralph Smith of Jacksonville, Fla.; Carl Smith, of Mexico.  The daughters are: Mrs. G. H. Aubrey, Mrs. S. O. Brumby, Mrs. W. W. Young and Miss Marian Smith, of this city.

Mrs. Smith was a sister of the late Judge Nathan and Mr. Fitz Hutchens, of Lawrenceville. [Resolutions of Respect by the Ladies Aid Society can be found on page 1 of the July 1, 1909 issue.]


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