Alexander Smith Obituary

Vicksburg MS Evening Post, Monday, 1 Apr 1918, page 4


Mr. Alexander Smith, known to everybody in this city for many years as "Uncle Harry," died yesterday morning at his home on Openwood street.

Mr. Smith was 80 years old and has been active up to the last two or three weeks, when increasing heart trouble from which he had been a sufferer for several years incapacitated him for further duties and he has been confined to his room ever since.

The funeral services will be held from his late residence this afternoon at 4 o'clock, Rev. J.S. Hillhouse officiating.

The following gentlemen will serve as pallbearers: Messrs. Abe Kiersky, J.D. Laughlin, Wm. Waggener, Julins Fohs, Ran Alexander and C.P. Sillinger.

Mr. Smith leaves behind a wife to mourn his taking away, three sons and one daughter.

The daughter, Mrs. Ethel Davis lives in Austin, Texas, and owing to the illness of a little daughter, will be unable to attend her father's funeral services. Of the three sons, two, Gus and Quin live in this city and the other son, Wallace, came here from Clarksdale as soon as he received word that his father's attack would be likely to prove fatal.

The deceased gentleman had been a familiar figure on the streets of our city for many years and was universally popular and was held in the highest esteem by every one who knew him, and that meant nearly every one in Vicksburg.

He was for many years a steward on several of the fine Mississippi river steamboats, but of late years has been engaged in business with two of his sons as a newsdealer.

Mr. Smith was a gallant Confederate veteran and was the oldest member of R.E. Lee lodge, Knights of Pythias.

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