|Birth: ||Apr. 20, 1853|
|Death: ||Dec. 21, 1932|
Cleveland County Herald - December 24, 1932
Pioneer citizen of Rison Passes Away After 10-Day Illness; Was native of Georgia and Widow of late Dr. Ackerman.
Mrs. Mary Callaway Ackerman, aged 79 years and eight months, died at her home here Wednesday morning following an illness of 10 days. Death was due to influenza and other complications. She had been in ill health for more than 10 years but was able to be up and attend to her home duties until 10 days before her death. When she was first stricken her condition was thought not to be serious as she was given to mild attacks of colds and flu nearly every winter, which would in a few days disappear. Her condition grew grave however, on Tuesday from which time she continued to sink until the end came. All that expert nursing and treatment could provide failed to have any effect and she died as she lived, peacefully and sweetly with her loved ones at her bedside without a tremor of struggle just after a new day had begun and her spirit joined those whom she loved in the Great Beyond.
Mrs. Ackerman was born at Warm Springs, Georgia on April 20, 1853, and moved with her parents, J.L. and Martha Callaway, to Arkansas in December 1857. Baptized in infancy by the Rev. John S. Littlejohn, she united with the Methodist church in 1863, remaining a loyal and faithful member of that faith until her death. She was denied the privilege during her late years of enjoying the services of her church on account of a handicap of impaired hearing which grew worse from year to year. This also deprived her of part of her social activities which meant so much to her, as did her church work in her younger years. She continued a great interest in affairs of public and religious interest however and was said to be one of the best informed women of the community.
She was married in 1870 to Joseph T. Ingram who died six years later. In 1885 she united in marriage to the late Dr. Thomas Harold Ackerman, physician, who had located here from Tennessee a year before. Dr. Ackerman preceded her in death on April 32, 1913. No greater loyal and devotion was ever shown to a husband that she gave to Dr. Ackerman and since his death she has lived largely in the past, devoting all her energy and love to her son and family with whom she made her home. New life and happiness came to her with her three little grandsons, Jim, Tom and George, who became the light of her advanced life and to whom much of her attention was directed.
On the day before she took her bed for the last time, she went to the bedside of her daughter-in-law, who was seriously ill from pneumonia and who was disturbed over the mother's condition, and as she kissed her, assured her that she would not get sick and implored her not to worry. She continued to assure her nurse and family from day to day that she was improving and that she would soon again be well.
In addition to her son, L.C. Ackerman, editor of the Herald, and the three grandsons, she is survived by a daughter of her first marriage, Mrs. Edna Rice of Pine Bluff and a foster daughter-niece, Mrs. George S. Link of Spur, Texas, whom she reared after her own mother's death when a small child.
Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the Methodist Church in charge of the Rev. M.E. Scott, pastor; the Rev. Harold D. Sadler, presiding elder of the Texarkana district, whom she had known since birth and whose progress in the ministry of her church she had followed with love and interest; and the Rev. W.F. Warren pastor of the local Baptist church. Rev. Sadler paid a tender and glowing tribute to the life he had been so closely associated and that he loved. He spoke of the happy moments he had spent in her presence during his childhood, youth and since he had become a minister.
Burial was in the family lot at Greenwood cemetery by the side of her "doctor" with all arrangements as nearly as she requested as was possible. The following were pall bearers: Active-Searcy Elrod, Craig Sadler, V.O. Thomasson, Jas. G. Mosley, Thos. G. Culpepper,Tom Sadler, A.J. Hamilton, Jr., and L.W. Knowles. Honorary-Dr. A.J. Hamilton, Dr. A.A. Hughes and Davis Quinn of Pine bluff; judge Woodson Mosley, Judge Rufus Smith, J.M. McMurtrey, J.L. Sadler, J.W. Calaway, E.M. Hillyard, R.C. Carmical, I.B. Williams, J.W. Elrod, L.F. Williams, Jno. T. Haskins, F.T. Hunter, W.F. Wafford of Sheridan, F.W. Culpepper, W.E. Edwards and Dr. A.B. Robertson.
Funeral arrangements were in charge of Moore's Undertaking department of this city and Ralph Robinson & son of Pine Bluff.
James Lawrence Callaway (1820 - 1877)
Martha Thomas Parham Callaway (1822 - 1892)
Joe T. Ingram (1852 - 1876)
Thomas Hamilton Ackerman (1851 - 1913)
James Roland Callaway (1890 - 1890)*
Leland Callaway Ackerman (1892 - 1959)*
Mary Elizabeth Callaway Ingram Ackerman (1853 - 1932)
Charles Edward Callaway (1860 - 1892)*
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Record added: Aug 05, 2009
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