James Harvey Wilkey, father of Mrs. Arch A. Purdy
and James Clyde Wilkey of this city, was laid to rest last week
in Beulah cemetery.
Mr. Wilkey has spent his entire life in Beulah,
where he was a large land owner, and had reared to womanhood and
manhood one of the largest families in Hopkins County, the members
of whom all survive, and were present at the services.
Mr. Wilkey served as Master of Beulah Lodge and
for a great many years as secretary.
Mr. and Mrs. Wilkey celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary about seven years ago and since that time the family
has each year held a reunion, with relatives and and friends coming
from several states.
Besides the eleven children of his own, he reared
Morton C. Hibbs, a grandchild, practically reared Austin and Iva
Franklin, children of Richard Franklin, who also spent most of his
years, and died, in the home of Mr. Wilkey. Squire John Riley Franklin
and his wife, Mary Ann Bishop McGregor Franklin, his father-in-law
and mother-in-law lived in his home as members of his family from
the time of his mariage until their death. There were a number of
years when this household consisted of sixteen and seventeen members.
Besides the widow, children and grandchildren, he
is surevived by four great-grandchildren.
The crowd and floral offerings were one of the largest
to ever attend a funeral in this section.
Many tributes were paid the deceased but none would
have been appreciated more by him than that tribute paid to him
by "Old Finis", colored, who worked several years for
him. Upon learning of his friend's death at 11 O'clock, "Old
Finis," who now lived resides in at Providence, Ky., seventeen
miles away, walked the seventeen miles to be with his dear friend
before he was laid to rest at 2 o'clock. A great tribute to any
( insert DCW also see Tribute
to "Old Finis.")