president of several banks. At present he is president of the Citizensí Bank of West Point, and president of the West Point Manufacturing Company, an institution he founded fifteen years ago; he is also president of the West Point Foundry and Machine Shops and also of the Caftan Compress Company. He is one of the leading business men of the state, and has amassed a large fortune, that h. is using judiciously for the betterment of mankind; contributes largely to the comfort and support of many widows and orphans; has sent many poor girls to college and assisted very many young men (ministers) in their college course. He and his family all are active and useful members of the Baptist church. He is the most prominent layman in the church in his state, takes an active part in all denominational meetings, conventions, etc., and is a large contributor to all the objects fostered by the denomination. His daughter. Mary Ella, graduated at Blue Mountain College, Miss., in 1894, and spent one year in the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Mass. After her return home she married, Dec. 17, 1896, Prof. James Monroe White, of the Agricultural College, near Starkville, Miss.; children: Sarah Ware, born Jan. 8, 1899; Frank Hearn, born Oct. 1, 1900, and James M., born Sept. 24, 1902. Mr. White now lives in West Point, Miss., and is engaged in the mercantile business. Carrie Agnew, second daughter of S. L. and Hattie (Ware) Hearn, born Mar. 25, 1878, graduated at Blue Mountain College, Miss., in 1897, and on Sept. 7, 1898, married Rev. Henry P. Hurt of Winona, Miss., and then pastor of Baptist church, Kosciusko, Miss., a brilliant young man, now pastor in Memphis, Tenn. She was of great help to her husband in his work as pastor. In the spring of 1902 she contracted a severe cold; the physicians advised she be carried to a dry climate, and at once, in company with her mother and husband, she went to San Angelo, Texas, where on June 26, 1902, she gave birth to a little girl, whom they named Carrie Hearn, for her mother. The physician had held out the hope that after this event Mrs. Hurt might recover her health, but her lungs had become involved, and the dreaded enemy to humanity, tuberculosis, made rapid inroads on her vitality, so that it was evident she could live but a little while, and as soon as the physician advised they took her back to her parentsí Mississippi home in West Point, where she died July 27, 1902. This was indeed a sad and severe stroke to her devoted family, but a loving Heavenly Father sustained them, and spared the
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