|Birth: ||Dec. 12, 1876|
|Death: ||Dec. 25, 1927|
South Pittsburg Hustler - 1/5/1928 -
Ben F. Parker and Ewing Smith
A double funeral service for Ben Parker and Ewing Smith, who were lifelong friends and were killed Christmas night, was held in the Baptist church Thursday morning, Dec 29, 1927 at 10 am, the Rev. Tom Smith, of Chattanooga, a former pastor of Mr. Ewing Smith, and the Rev. J. H. Graham, of Long Island, Alabama, officiating.
Each of the ministers paid high tribute to Mr. Parker and Mr. Smith stressing their splended traits of character and especially their loyalty to their friends and to each other. The altar and caskets were banked with floral offerings from the relatives and many friends of the deceased.
Following the funeral services of body of Ben Parker was taken to Shellmound for interment. The pall bearers were Brown Woods, Robert Goodgame, Charles Lawson, Alex Graham, Chris Baumgartner and J. W. Simpson.
Mr. Ewing Smith was buried here in the Beene cemetery (now Patton Annex), the attending pallbearers being Dr. W. B. Elder, J. B. Coburn, Fred Grimes, Charles Davis, T. M. Wiseman and F. A. Rogers.
Mr. Parker leaves a wife, formerly Miss Mary Finley and six children, Ernest Parker of Somerset, Ky; Mike, Manley, Woodrow and Orville of Jasper; Mrs. LEthia Hughes of Chattanooga. He is also survived by his mother, Mrs. Amanda Parker and sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Roland, both of Alton Park; four brothers, W. J. of Shellmound; G. C., of St. Elmo; Ike, of Clemons, Ky; Albert of Johnston, Ky.
Mr. Ewing Smith is survived by his wife, formerly Miss Nora Peacock and five children, Vesta Mae, Ewing, Jr., Clarence Thomas, Joe Campbell and Billy Parker; his mother, Mrs. F. L. Bridgeman, of Daisy; six brothers, W. L. of Atlanta, J. L. of Chattanooga; Walter of Louisville, Ky; Charles W. of Daisy.
J. B. Rogers'undertaking establishment was in charge.
With a heart full of sorrow and sadness, I pen these lines in loving remembrance of two loyal friends, and offer this tribute to the present day David and Jonathan, Ben Parker and Ewing Smith, who were killed in the gun battle of Christmas night.
These two friends met and liked each other from the beginning of their acquaintance several years ago. Friendship ripened into a brotherly love. They shared each others sorrows, heartaches, joys and _____ two brothers were never more devoted to each other. They worked together, chummed together, lived and died togtether, each one stood by the other when he almost knew that death would be the result, and both gave their lives for what they thought was right and for each other. If either of them had been left, how lonesome he would have been without the other.
They could have shirked their duty and not have gone to work that night, but no cowardly heart beat in either of their bodies. They died in open, took no refuge behind them, but bravely faced the front and gave their hearts' blood like the heros they were. And greater love hath no man than to lay down his life for his brother. Jesus said as ye have done unto the least ye have done it to me. If we are to be rewarded for a cup of cold water, what will be rewarded for giving a life. God is judge, God is merciful and it is by the grace of God through faith in Christ Jesu8s that we are saved, who gave His life that we might be saved.
Ben F. Parker was born Dec. 17, 1876, was married to Mary Finley 5/25/1897. To this union were born six children, all of who are living: Ernest Parker, of Somerset, Ky, Mrs. Lethia Hughes, of Chattanooga, Mike, Manley, Woodrow and Orville are at home with their mother.
Ewing W. Smith was born Sept. 28, 1890, was married to Nora Peacock 12/18/1911. To them were born five children, Vesta May, Ewing, Jr., Clarence Thomas, Joe (Campbell) and Billy Parker, all of whom reside with their mother at the home of her aged grandmother (Martha Louise Jarrett/Peacock), who raised her from an eight-months old baby when her mother died, and who now offers, love, shelter and sympathy to the bereaved and her little ones. Truly a grand old soul, a grandmother indeed. God bless her.
The men who were killed on Christmas Night 12/25/1927:
Oran H. LarRowe - Patton Cemetery
James Connor - Patton Annex Cemetery
Ewing W. Smith, Sr. - Patton Annex Cemetery
George Washington Coppinger - Lasater Cemetery
Benjamin Franklin Parker - State Line Cemetery
Lorenza A. Hennessee - Beene Cemetery
Benjamin Franklin Parker (1848 - 1923)
Amanda (Thomas) Parker (1851 - 1930)
Mary Finley Parker (1880 - 1973)
Eliza P Rowland (1874 - 1937)*
Benjamin Franklin Parker (1876 - 1927)
Sara Parker Clouse (1879 - 1913)*
Top of headstone: Masonic Emblem engraving. Ben F. Parker Jr. "At Rest".
Note: Also known as "Little Ben". Married twice, wives buried to each side. Killed in the South Pittsburg, TN massacre.
Maintained by: Judy K. Brantley/Wilson
Originally Created by: K Roberson
Record added: Sep 16, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7871890