Sebron D. Donley

Contributed by Jim Simmons. Thanks, Jim.

Pub. Times, March 23, 1911


         Sebron D. Donley was born in Monroe Co., Tenn. Jan. 17, 1835, and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Davis, March 17, 1911, age 76 years and 2 months.  He came to this county when young and on Nov. 19, 1857, was married to Haney Hart, who died six years ago.  To this union ten children were born, four sons and six daughters.  Those living are: Geo. W., Mrs. W. J. Wilson, Mrs. G. W. Stephenson, Mrs. Geo. James, Edd L., and Mrs. Mary Davis, all these live in this county and Mrs. A. O. Echols of St. Louis.  Three children preceded him to the better world, viz., Mrs. Addie Gollihur, Riley and John.  As a husband, Brother Donley was faithful and industrious.  As a neighbor he was kind and obliging.  He professed a hope in Jesus in 1897 and May 22, 1898 was baptized into the fellowship of New Hope Baptist church, by Eld. Peter Prince and as a Christian and church member he was ever faithful and hopeful, always ready to do his part.  He leaves one sister, Mrs. Sarah Carrol, of Vandalia, 25 grandchildren, six great grandchildren with a great host of friends to feel and morn their loss.  Funeral preached at New Hope, Sunday, March 19, at 11 a.m., to a large congregation, by Eld. J. D. Hooker.  Text, John 11:24.  Prayer by Rev. Hopper and interment in the cemetery nearby.


        Sebron Donley, one of the pioneers of this county, died Friday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. William Davis, in Crouch township, aged 74 years.  Mr. Donley leaves several children, all of whom are grown and married.  The remains were interred at New Hope Sunday.

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