Catherine Gillespie Conner
CONNER, Mrs. Catherine Gillespie, widow
of Samuel Haney Conner, died yesterday at her home on Bird's Mill Road (now
Brainerd Road) east of Missionary Ridge. On June 25, would have been 70. In
feeble health for some time. A member of one of Hamilton County's most prominent
families, a sister to the late William Gillespie and Kate Steele; also Robert
and Johnnie Gillespie of Hamilton County, and James Gillespie of Arkansas. She
leaves six children, Mrs. Mamie Salliard, William Conner, Miss Sallie Conner,
Mrs. Purnell Smith, Miss Belle Conner and Thomas Conner, all respected citizens
of this county. Samuel Conner, her husband, was uncle and relative for whom
Sheriff Sam A. Conner was named. His tragic death is still remembered by his
many friends. On May 22, 1886, he was called to bedside of a relative at home of
Robert Gillespie. A severe storm came on, and before he could tie his horse and
get under shelter, he was struck by lightning and killed instantly. This sad
accident left Mrs. Conner with six small children. Her life spent at homeplace
in rearing and educating her family. Has lived in the home where she died for
fifty-two years, scene of many pleasant occasions. Mrs. Conner's death marks the
passing of one of Hamilton County's oldest and most respected ladies. Has been a
consistent and devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal church since girlhood.
Funeral at the home 2:00 today with Dr. Moore of Centenary and Dr. Brooks of
McFerrin's Chapel. Pallbearers will be nephews. Interment
in the old Conner graveyard, now McFerrin's cemetery.
from The Daily Times,
Sunday, May 27, 1917 by Joyce Ray Lea.