Pennyrile Deaths – April 1, 1999
James E. “Bud” Grace, 78, Cole Creek Road, died this morning at Pinecrest Manor of natural causes.
Arrangements are incomplete at Fuqua-Hinton Funeral Home.

Judge Grace Dead
Expires Suddenly of Apoplexy at Frankfort
Will be Buried at Cadiz
No Details Received Yet
Brief Sketch of His Life

The startling news was received yesterday that Judge John R. Grace, of the Court of Appeals, had dropped dead, or died very suddenly at Frnkfort.
Judge Grace was prostrated with an attack of apoplexy about two weeks ago, but rallied and soon after was able to resume his seat on the bench.  The second attack proved too much for even his strong constitution and the greatest jurist West Kentucky has produced in a generation has passed away.

Judge Grace was 62 years of age, and a magnificent specimen of matured manhood.  For years he had been upon the bench.  He began his judicial career as County Judge of Trigg county and in 1868 was nominated as Circuit Judge at Princeton, Ky which position he filled for 26 years.  In 1894, he with several other able judges, was candidate  for Appellate Judge to succeed Judge Quigley, and in a long and fiercely fought contest in convention at Princeton won the nomination by one vote.  He was elected for a term of eight years and entered upon his duties January 1, 1896.  His sudden death in the prime of life is a calamity to the whole state.  He had already come to be regarding as the ablest lawyer on the Bench, with the single exception of Judge Pryor.  Had he lived to finish this term he would have been Chief Justice and one of the greatest the state ever had.  The arangements for the funeral have not been completed.

The remains will be brought through this city and the body taken to Cadiz, for interment, probably today.

The question of a successor to Judge Grace will at once become a burning issue in politics.  Gov. Bradley will appoint a man to serve until an election can be held in November.  The district is strongly and safely Democratic and a Democrat will be elected in November to serve for six years.
Laid To Rest

Remains of Trigg County's Greatest Jurist Buried At Cadiz
The Kentuckian gave an account of the sudden death of Judge John R. Grace at Frankfort Thursday morning. The body left Frankfort Thursday night and arrived at Cadiz vis. Princeton and Gracey Friday afternoon. It was accompanied by Judges Hazelrigg, Paynter, and DuRelle, of Court of Appeals; Judge Fenton Sims and Mr. G.P. Thomas, respectively Senator and Representative from Trigg county, Messrs. Ed Hines and Turner, who are employed in the Court of Appeals office were also in the party. A committee of citizens of Trigg county, consisting of Judge G.B. Bingham, H.B McKinney, John J. Garton, John C. Dabney and others were appointed to meet the remains of Judge Grace at Gracey and the honorable gentleman attending them and conduct them to Cadiz. A bar committee consisting of Denny P. Smith, C.D. McKinney, Max M. Hanbery, John D. Shaw and others was appointed to take charge of the remains and make preparations to bury them.

Funeral services were held at the city court room at 10 o'clock Saturday morning, conducted by Rev. P.T. Hardison, of Cadiz and Dr. H.C. Settle, of Hopkinsville.

John R. Grace was the only son by the first marriage of William D. Grace and Mary Grace, formerly of Oregon. He was born and reared in that part of Trigg county which lies between the Cumberland Tennessee rivers, about May 27th, 1834, and worked on a farm until he was nearly grown. He then worked in a saw mill, and at night studied law without a preceptor. In the winters of 1854 and 1855 he went to the Louisville Law School, which he attended one year, graduated and returned to Cadiz, the county seat of Trigg , and commenced the practice of law. In a short time he was at the head of his profession, coming in contact at the bar with such men as Mathew Mayes, Cllins D. bradley, Henry C. Burnett and Lafayette Henry. In August, 1858, he was elected County Judge, defeating his opponent, Hon. J.C. Thompson, by a handsome majority. AT the time he made the race, Judge Thompson who had filled the office of Circuit and County Clerk for many years, and had repreented Trigg in the Legislature of Kentucky, was regarded as the most popular man in the county. The position he resigned at the breaking out of the war. During the war he formed a partnership with Mathew Mayes, the oldest and ablest lawyer in Western Kentucky, which partnership continued until the close of the war, when Major Mayes retired From practice. He then formed a partnership with Henry C. Burnett, who represented the First district of Kentucky in Congress until the battle of Bull Run, and was then elected to the Confederate State Senate. His next public position was that of Circuit Judge in the Second judicial district of Kentucky, going upon the bench in 1868. Was elected by the people of that district on five occasions. From this position while on the bench he was called to a seat in the Appellate Court, and after about a year's service was called to attend the grand assize. His neighbors in Trigg, his relative, the people everywhere he was known, will mourn his untimely death. They looked forward to the time when he would write his name as one among the grandest and greatest jurist of Kentucky. Large in frame, towering above his fellows physically and intellectually, it will be long before his place can be filled. He was never defeated for office save once, when Hon. Oscar Turner beat him for Congress.

In his early manhood he wooed and wedded Miss Emily Terry, an elegant and accomplished lady, daughter of Abner B. Terry, at one time a prominent merchant at Cadiz. One year of happiness after his marriage passed, and his wife left him for a better world. True to his first love he never married again. Although Judge Grace had a lucrative practice form the commencement of his practice until he went upon the bench he accumulated but little of the world's goods. As fast as his salary was drawn, with a liberality unequaled he dispensed it to those who were in need of his friendly aid. Judge Gracw was as tender as a woman, but he had the strength and courage of a lion. His life was gentle, and the elements so mixed in him that nature might stand up and way to all the world: "This is a man.,
"The Kentuckian Feb 1896

             WILLIAM O. GRACE

             ALVATON, Ky. -- William Owen Grace, 66,
             Alvaton, died at 8:16 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13,
             2000, at the Medical Center at Bowling Green of
             natural causes.

             Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the
             J.C. Kirby and Son Lovers Lane Chapel, Bowling
             Green. Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. at
             Johnsons Chapel Cemetery in Christian County.
             Visitation will be this afternoon and until 9 tonight
             at the funeral home.

             A native of Christian County, he was born April
             14, 1933, the son of the late Lawrence Clifton and
             Maltie Wells Grace. He was an insurance
             salesman for Independent Life Insurance Co.,
             Bowling Green, was a former barber and truck
             driver, was an Air Force veteran and a member of
             the Southside Baptist Church, Bowling Green.

             Survivors include his wife, Anna Stinson Grace; a
             son, William R. Grace, Hopkinsville; two brothers,
             Carrol Grace and Thelbert ‘'Cotton'' Grace, both of
             Hopkinsville; two sisters, Betty Grace,
             Hopkinsville, Janette Shelton, Greenville, and one

All rights reserved
Return to the Obituary Index

Return to the Christian County KyGenWeb Home Page