Wallace McMahon Wiggs Dead
Lynnville, Tennessee - March 1910
Wallace McMahon Wiggs was born June 20th, 1901, and died March 3rd, 1910.
On last Thursday evening Wallace Wiggs, only son of Mr. And Mrs. J. Lee
Wiggs, died after a brief illness. It is greatly feared that the child
sustained fatal internal injuries while at play either by a fall or a blow
from a ball. He attended school on Tuesday. On Wednesday he was slightly
ill, but there was nothing about his condition to cause alarm. Thursday
morning his parents found him unconscious. Physicians were summoned and
they with other loving friends did all in their power for the little sufferer,
but at 7:30 o'clock p.m. the angel called and he went to be with Jesus.
"Ere sin could blight or sorrow fade;
Death came with friendly care.
The opening bud to heaven conveyed,
And bade it blossom there."
While his say here was brief little Wallace had made many friends and
everybody loved him. He was a handsome child and as manly as he was handsome.
All who knew him were impressed with his manliness. Gentle, brave and loving
in the less than 9 years of his life he had taken a firm grip not only on the
hearts of the home circle but on the hearts of all who knew him. He gave fine
promise for usefulness, had much to live for, and a sad loss has occurred in
his early death, the suddenness of which makes it particularly sad. He was a
regular attendant at Sunday School and his place there was rarely vacant, in
fact there were many things in his noble little life that might be imitated
with advantage by those of maturer years.
Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church Friday afternoon at
2 o'clock, conducted by Elders S. R. Logue and Jo T. Clark, Rev. J. M. Varden
and F. D. Daniel. The church was filled with sorrowing and sympathetic friends
and the services were impressive and appropriate. A touching feature was the
beautiful tribute paid the little boy his teacher, Elder S. R. Logue, who said
among other things, "A better, sweeter child I have never known during my
experience as a teacher." There was holiday at Lynnville Academy Friday out of
respect to little Wallace and the pupils and teachers attended the obsequies.
The little white casket and grave in Lynnwood Cemetery were covered with lovely
flowers. The pall-bearers were: C. B. Tate, Sam Blackbarn, Frank Compton and
Cordell Clark. The heartfelt sympathy of all is extended the grief-stricken
parents, sisters, aged grandparents and other relatives.
"There is no flock however watched or tended,
But one dead lamb is there;
There is no fireside howsoe'er defended,
But has on vacant chair."
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Submitted By: Jenny Strother