August 11, 1908 Prominent Physician

Called to His Reward At Early Hour Yesterday Morning

Dr. Henry Blane Lays Down the Burdens of Life After a Useful and Honorable Career

Dr. Henry Blane, one of the oldest and most prominent citizens of the county, died yesterday morning at half past two o'clock at his home in this city.

Dr. Blane had not enjoyed perfect health for the past two years, but continued the active practice of his profession, with the exception of short intervals, until about three months ago and since that time he had been confined to his home most of the time, only going out for an occasional drive in the afternoon. On Tuesday of last week his condition became alarmingly worse. He became unconscious at that time, and while had had splendid use of himself, being able to raise up and turn himself in bed, yet he never after was able to recognize his friends who called to see him, with only a few exception, and his death has been hourly expected since that time. For eight days he never took the slightest nourishment, and during that time drank less than an ordinary glass of water. A general break down physically, due to old age, with some asthmatic complications, caused his death.

Dr. Blane was born in Virginia, September 27, 1837, and was the fourth child of John Blane and one of fourteen children. At the age of about one year he came to Montgomery county, Tenn., with his parents, and in 1859 began the practice of medicine at Great Western Furnace, now Model, Tenn., and afterwards practiced at Lineport. On October 19th, 1865, he married to Miss Alpha Griffin, who died December 25, 18868. Two children were born to that union, both of whom - R. L. Blane, of Model, Tenn., and A. L. Blane, of Center Furnace are still living. He moved from Lineport to Linton in 1867, where he continued the practice of his profession until the 1st day of April, 1882. He then moved to Montgomery, trig county, and continued the practice of medicine until November, 1896, when he moved to Cadiz and formed a partnership with his son, Dr. Homer Blane, in the practice of his chosen profession, which partnership continued until death.

Dr. Blane's second marriage was to Miss Lucy Boyd Dyer, daughter of John Dyer, December 21, 1871. Five children were born to this union, all of whom are now living. They are Dr. Homer. Plomer A., John and Henry Boyd Blane, of this city, and Mrs. Ben Blane, an only daughter, who lives near Pee Dee. His second wife died the 8th of March, 1888, and on the 30th of October 1888, he was married to Mrs. E. B. Hooks, of that place, a sister of his second wife, who still survives him.

Dr. Blane was also a Confederate soldier, serving in the Confederate army for eighteen months as an assistant surgeon of the Fourteenth Tennessee Infantry.

Dr. Blane was an enthusiastic Mason, and took very great interest in the fraternity. He was made a Mason at Lineport lodge in either 1863 or 64, and served as Master of Linton and Cadiz lodges and perhaps others to which he belonged during that time. He was well informed upon --- ---- and working of Masonry and took great pleasure in talking Masonry with his brethren.

He was a devoted Methodist in religion, and since young manhood had been a leading member of the church. He always enjoyed a large practice ---. ------ service to the poor, for which he was never rewarded except the reward that comes to all in the consciousness of having done some kindly deed for the relief of those in need off help.

He is survived by an only brother, John Blane, of Longview, Christian county, and one sister, Mrs. Lizzie Dawes, of Fulton, both of whom were with him when the end came.

The funeral service will be held at the family residence this morning at ten o'clock, conducted by his pastor, Rev. R. B. Grider, and the burial will follow at East End Cemetery. His six sons will be the pall bearers.