"JUDGE VARDAMAN SERIOUSLY ILL. The
many friends of
Hon. J. W. A. Vardaman, Judge of Probate, will regret to learn of his
serious illness. He went to Antioch church last Wednesday mornibng to
attend the funeral of Mr. J. S. Wooddy, and was taken sick during the
funeral services and had to leave the church. Friends carried him to
the home of Mr. John Wooddy, who lived near the church, and summoned a
physician. He was brought to his home here Wednesday afternoon. His
mother, Mrs. Vardaman, and sister, Mrs. Webb, of Alexander City, are at
his bedside" (p. 269).
"DEATH CLAIMS JUDGE JOHN W. A. VARDAMAN.
John W. A. Vardaman, Probate Judge of Chambers county, died at his home
here last Wednesday evening at 7:50 o'clock, after an illness of one
week. Mr. Vardaman was born in Tallapoosa county, Ala., Oct. 19th,
1868. He came to LaFayette in 1893, and entered LaFayette College,
studying one year under Dr. McNeil. He then read law and shortly
afterwards became Clerk of the Probate Court under the administration
of Judge A. J. Driver, Jr. On Jan. 29th, 1910, he announced his
candidacy for the office of Judge of Probate, and was nominated by a
handsome majority in the May primary and elected without opposition in
the general election in November. He assumed the duties of his office
on January 16th, 1911, and had served only three and one half months of
his six years' term.
As a man Judge Vardaman was held in the
highest esteem; as an official he was fast taking a position as a just
and upright Judge; as a friend he was true and loyal, a great hearted
man whose sympathy and help went out to the poor and needy, the
distressed and suffering. A man of lofty ideals, he was ambitious to
meet all of life's obligations in the spirit of true manliness. His
integrity was unimpeachable, his patriotism unquestioned. As a son and
brother, no man could have been more devoted.
On last Thursday
afternoon at 2 o'clock, a great congregation made up of his fellow
citizens from every section of the county, assembled in the auditorium
of the Baptist chruch in this city to pay their last tribute of respect
to his memory, and to give their silent, though eloquent sympathy to
the deeply bereaved family. The funeral sermon preached by Dr. W. C.
Bledsoe was solemn and deeply impressive, and received the profound
attention of the large assembly. The music rendered by a selected choir
was beautiful and appropriate. It was a sad, sad occasion to our people.
remains were carried to Goodwater Thursday afternoon and the interment
made in the family burying ground near that place Friday morning. The
services at the grave were in charge of the Masonic fraternity, of
which the deceased was a faithful member. A number of Masons and other
friends from this palce accompanied the remains to the grave.
Vardaman leaves to mourn his sad death, his mother, two sisters and one
brother, a number of relatives and a host of friends" (p. 270).
resolution by Solomon Lodge #74, A. F. & A. M., LaFayette, Ala. was
dated June 3, 1911, signed by N. D. Denson, Jr., R. G. Simpson, H. M.
Schuessler, and published (p. 270).
A resolution adopted by the
Baptist Sunday SchooL was signed by C. W. Griffin, R. G. Simpson, and
C. W. Lowe, and published (pp. 270-271).
was a good and loyal Elk, and exemplified in his daily life and conduct
toward his fellow men, the noble tenets of our order...Therefore, be it
resolved by Opelika Lodge 910 B. P. O. E., That, while we deplore the
death of our Brother, yet we bow our heads in humble submission to the
Will of Him who doeth all things for the best...That this lodge room be
draped in mourning for a period of thirty days in respect to the memory
of our beloved Brother...Fraternally Submitted, John K. Watkins, L. F.
Dickson, W. T. Andrews, Committee" ( p. 271).
"CARD OF THANKS,
We desire to express our sincere gratitude to the loyal friends of our
dearly loved son and brother, for their unsurpassed kindness and
faithfulness during his last severe illness and death. May God's
richest blessings be upon them all. --Mrs. Julia Vardaman, Mr. and
Mrs. T. J. Webb, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Gwin"
These quotes are all
from ALLIE ABERNATHY'S SCRAPBOOKS 1893-1923: Marriages, Deaths and
Other Items from Chambers County, Alabama Newspapers, compiled by Laura
Alabama Floretta Abernathy.
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