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H. W. Linton, 62, Dies At Home

The News-Democrat – March 21, 1945

Russellville, Kentucky – Logan County

H. W. Linton, 62, Dies At Home

Funeral Services To Be Conducted Thursday

Hugh Walter Linton, 62, one of the outstanding members of the Bar Association of Kentucky and a leader in the Methodist Church, died this morning at 2:30 at the home on South Main Street from a throat condition from which he had suffered the last three years, having been quite ill the past five or more months.

Mr. Linton was born February 22, 1883, near Auburn, Logan County, and was the son of a Confederate veteran, John Wesley Linton and Emma Adelaide Proctor Linton.

He graduated from the Auburn Seminary in 1903 and finished at Bethel College for men at Russellville in June 1905 as valedictorian.  Mr. Linton was employed by S. Y. Trimble while Mr. Trimble had his office in Elkton, and studied law and was admitted to the bar in an examination in Hopkinsville June 11, 1907, and located in this city February 1, 1908, where he practiced law up until recently when he became critically ill.

Mr. Linton was connected with Mr. Trimble and the late Judge Bell from 1908 to 1912, and later formed a partnership with the late Judge Alvan H. Clark, continuing the connection until Judge Clark entered the service in World War I.  since that time a number of young attorneys occupied an office with Mr. Linton in getting a start in practice here.  They include:  B. H. Henard, now a prisoner of the Germans; Milburn Keith, County Attorney; W. E. Rogers, S. Y. Trimble IV, Robert Brumfield and James Hanratty.

His talents as an attorney were recognized over the entire state, the Kentucky Bar Association electing him as vice-president several years ago.

Steve White, S. Y. Trimble IV and Oglesby Soyars were appointed by Circuit Judge Ira D. Smith this morning as resolutions committee for the deceased.  It was also announced that a short memorial service will be conducted for the deceased at 9 o’clock Saturday morning in the circuit court room.

Mr. Linton was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church, serving on the board of stewards of the First Methodist Church for many years and served as chairman of the board several years ago.  He taught a Sunday School class composed of young men for 25 or more years.

He had been a member of the Athenaeum society since 1909 and was a Kiwanian for many years.  He took an active interest in all community affairs, and probably had as many friends in the community as any person ever residing in this city.

He served on the City Library Board.

He married Lydabel Garnett of this city February 5, 1913, and is survived by his wife and three children.  The children are Mrs. R. W. Cartier, Carmi, Illinois, H. Walter Linton, Jr., Phoenix, Arizona, and Frances Garnett Linton of this city.  He also leaves four grandchildren, Frances Elaine Cartier, Carmi; Bruce Alan Linton, Hugh W. Linton III and Gary Arthur Linton, Phoenix.  Two brothers, both attorneys, reside in Russellville.  They are Judge J. T. Linton and J. Warder Linton.

The funeral services will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 4 o’clock at the First Methodist Church, his pastor, Dr. A. G. Johnson, officiating, assisted by Dr. P. C. Walker, pastor of the First Baptist Church.  Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery.

The active pall bearers will be Milburn Keith, W. E. Rogers, S. Y. Trimble IV, Walter Garnett, Joe McCarroll, Buford Todd, Dr. Frazier William and John Metcalfe.  The members of the Hopkinsville Bar Association will be honorary pall bearers.

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