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Obituary of James Hughes Coleman

The Sayings, Harrodsburg, Kentucky

Saturday, February 20, 1897

Obituary of James Hughes Coleman

Mr. James Hughes Coleman died of consumption at his late residence on East Street, 9 o’clock at night, last Tuesday.  He had been an invalid for months and, fully aware of his condition, he was prepared for the inevitable.  To both Dr. W. P. Harvey and Rev. J. F. Williams, pastor of the Baptist Church, he expressed a willingness to die, trusting in the love and atonement of a merciful Savior.  Jim, as he was familiarly called by his host of friends, had many good virtues with his faults.  He was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Coleman and for years was associated with his father in the livery business.  As a driver and courteous
gentleman he had few superiors.  He sometimes drove like Jehu, but his judgment and experience were such that he never once experienced an accident.  Ten years ago he was married to Miss Emorme Gordan, the handsome and accomplished daughter of Mr. Samuel Gordon of Nicholasville.  His wife and two daughters, Catherine, aged seven, and Robin, two, survive him.  Had he lived until August he would have been thirty years old.  The funeral was conducted, Thursday afternoon, at the residence of his parents on Lexington Street, by Revs. J. F. Williams and J. G. Hunter and the interment was in Spring Hill Cemetery.  The Harrodsburg fire company, of which the deceased had been an active member, took charge of the funeral cortege and did honor to their deceased friend and comrade.  The large attendance at the funeral, while the rain was pouring down, evidenced the popularity of Mr. Coleman.

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