FLOENCE CHAPPELL HEADLEY
FLORENCE CHAPPELL HEADLEY
Last Rites Held Tuesday For Mrs N.C. Headley
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at her home for Mrs Florence Chappell Headley widow of the late N.C. Headley and mother of Edward D Headley.
Internment was at East End Cemetery on the Chappell family plot. Services were conducted by the Rev. T.C. Morrison, pastor of the Cadiz Methodist Church.
Mrs Headley passed away Sunday night, December 3, at 10:45 after weeks of critical illness.
She was born September 21, 1861, the daughter of John W. Chappell, wealthy merchant and business man of Cadiz in the 1870's and 80's and Sarah Elizabeth Jefferson, a member of the Jefferson family of 'old Virginia' and which presented to this nation probably its most esteemed president.
By birth, of her father and mother's family and by marriage, the deceased was of Virginia-Kentucky background having decent from among the "First Families." After attending private schools in her home town she entered Mount Holyoke Academy in Louisville and was graduated from the institution in 1879. Due to her outstanding scholastic record while in Mt. Holyoke she was salutatorian of her class.
In 1888 she was married to N>C. Headley, then of Evansville, a young member of the prominent Kentucky family which gave to the Southern Cause, Colonel John D. Headley one of General Forest's and General John Morgan's most famous espionage men and who later became Secretary of State in Kentucky.
To this union there was only one son, Edward Chappell Headley. Though always a favorite in society, Mrs Headley never allowed social affairs to interfere with her Church duties, having come from two families of Methodist faith she was united with the church here at an early age, being in point of membership the oldest communicant of the Cadiz M.E. Church. The Missionary and Ladies Aid Societies through many periods of their waxing and waning interests were absolutely kept alive by her zeal, which never grew less. Her loyalty to her Church and its laws was an object lesson to the younger generation. For her services in appreciation she was made a life member of the Women's Missionary Society of the Methodist Church (South, at the time) and a bronze plaque telling of her years of loyalty and bearing her name, now hangs on the walls of the Scarritt Missionary College in Nashville, Tenn.
She is survived by her son, Edward C Headley, Sr one grandson, Edward C Headley, Jr of Anniston, Ala. Beloved nephews and nieces of the deceased are: Colonel Albert S. Dabney, Pittsburgh, Pa; Dr. Chappell Gill, Clarksville, Tenn; Phil E. Chappell, Hopkinsville, Ky, Jim Chappell, Birmingham, Ala; C.D. Major, Louisville, Ky; John Wesley Major, Houston, Texas; Mrs Cave Reynolds, Pembroke, Ky; Mrs Ethel Dabney Blane, Shreveport, La; Mrs E.W. McGovern, Nashville, Tenn; Mrs Ernest Seay, Clarksville, Tenn; Mrs Charles Cansler, Enid, Okla; Mrs A.D. Stewart, New Orleans, La, Mrs Edward W. Malone, Cadiz, Ky; Mrs Claude Manning, Santa Anna, Calif.
With the passing of Mrs Headley there went out of Cadiz, the city of her birth, perhaps the most generally popular and beloved of its womanhood. One whose friends were numbered from every section of the town and country and regardless of color, race or creed or age. Witty, winsome and always sympathetic she drew all peoples to her. Always in front with the times, never dwelling on the past she was ageless to her friends, both young and old.
The pallbearers were: Dr. Chappell Gill, Clarksville, Tenn; Phil E Chappell, Hopkinsville, Ky; E.W. McGovern, Nashville, Tenn; Raymond Strouble, Princeton, Ky; J.C. Gordon and Van B Alexander, Paducah, Mr Herman Fuqua, Hopkinsville, Ky
Memorial Services Tuesday at M.E. Church
for Florence Chappell Headley
The Women's Society of Christian Service of the M.E. Church, held a special memorial service for one of its most devoted members and the eldest in years of membership.
Mrs N.C. Headley, who passed in death last week. Mrs Waltrip gave the devotional reading and prayer. Mrs A.P. Thomas read the memorial. Mrs Mack Hopson made the beautiful tribute to Mrs Headley's years in this great missionary cause and in her zealous work and leadership in the Society. Mrs Shelby Street had the music in charge and Mrs Olive Rawls offered the closing prayer. Also after the meeting the society held its annual election of officers, Mrs Elias Futrell, President, Mrs Shelby Street, Vice-president, Mrs Jesse Watkins, Corresponding- Secretary, Mrs Mack Hopson, Recording secretary, Mrs W.R. Rawls, Treasurer. Cadiz Record Dec 1944
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