Obituary of John Bennett Medlin, Confederate soldier, as reported in the Pickens County Progress, 2 March 1933.
Mr. J. Bennett Medlin, for many years one of the most prominent citizens of Pickens county, died on February 21st at the home of his son, Dr. W. B. Medlin, in Miami, Fla., where he had resided for the for the last few years.
Mr. Medlin took an active interest in community and religious affairs and discharged every duty entrusted to him in a conscientious way. At the age of 16 he felt the call of duty and volunteered for the defense of Dixie, serving throughout the Civil War under Lee in Virginia. No higher proof of his patriotism is needed.
He still has a number of relatives living in Pickens county and a host of friends, not only at Talmadge his old home, but throughout the county, who will be interested in the following account of his death taken from the Miami Herald of February 22nd:
“Funeral services for John Bennett Medlin, 89, veteran of the War between the States, who died yesterday at the home of his son, Dr. W. B. Medlin, following a long illness, will be conducted at 3 p. m. today in the Joseph P. McGhan Funeral Home. The Rev. H. S. Hardin, pastor of Riverside Methodist church, and the Rev J. C. Sims, pastor of Riverside Baptist church, will officiate. Burial will be in Miami Memorial Park.
“Pallbearers will be D. C. Coleman, L. D. Pearce, Dr. H. B. Keene, Dr. W. F. Cross and Dixon Pearce.
“Mr. Medlin was born in Greenville S.C., and joined the Confederate army at the age of 16, serving throughout the war under General Robert E. Lee. Following the war he settled in Jasper, Ga., where he farmed until 1918, when he retired.
“He had been a winter visitor to Miami for several years and was a member of the Riverside Baptist church. He leaves six sons, Dr. Medlin, W.L., L. W., and R. L., of Miami; P. L., of Sycamore, Ga.; I. E., Fairmount, Ga., and four daughters, Mrs. W. L. Garrett, Eaton, Ga.; Mrs. John Sanford, San Bonita, Texas; Mrs. S. R. Hamrick, Ludville, Ga., and Mrs. Maude Anderson, Fairmount. His wife, Mary Medlin, died last September.”
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