|Birth: ||Jan. 15, 1853|
|Death: ||May 10, 1923|
Thomas Peden Pressly, born near Starkville, Mississippi on January 15, 1853, was the eldest son of the Rev. David Pressly, D. D. and former Miss Sarah Brown Peden. Thomas attended a classical school in Starkville and graduated from Erskine College, in Due West, South Carolina, in 1872. Two years previous to this he joined the Associate Reformed church at Starkville, then under the pastoral care of his father.
In January, 1874, he entered Erskine Theological Seminary at Due West and was under the care of the Second Presbytery during the course. On September 4, 1875 he was licensed to preach by the Memphis Presbytery, at Salem, Tipton Co., Tennessee and was ordained by that Presbytery at Richland, Shelby Co. Tennessee on September 2, 1876. He accepted a call to the pastorate of the Troy A.R.P. church, August 31, 1876. Later that same year Rev. Pressly was installed pastor over this congregation October 14, 1876. Here he continued to labor with great acceptance, an earnest, faithful and consecrated minister for 47 years.
He was married on Dec. 25, 1877 to Miss Dora Augusta Smith, the daughter of Major James Graham Smith and the former Miss Sarah Eliza Allen of Troy, Tennessee . Four children were born to them. When Dora died in April of 1890; Rev. Pressly was married the second time to Mrs. Elizabeth (Stephens) Bittick, on Dec. 22, 1892. She was the daughter of Jerry Stephens and the former Miss Martha Ann Taylor. Thomas and Elizabeth had four children born to them, as well.
Rev. Thomas Peden Pressly departed this life on the 10th of May 1923 saying these last words before he died, "I have spent all my life preparing for this day, and it is the happiest day of my life."
Thomas is buried along side his beloved wives, Dora and Lizzie, in Troy Cemetery.
David Pressly (1820 - 1891)
Sarah Brown Peden Pressly (1827 - 1883)
Eudora Augusta Smith Pressly (1860 - 1890)
Elizabeth Stephens Pressly (1858 - 1931)
James Wallace Pressly (1879 - 1931)*
David Peden Pressly (1881 - 1934)*
Sunie Bright Pressly (1885 - 1886)*
Anna May Pressly Sloan (1898 - 1971)*
Infant Pressly (1843 - 1843)**
Annie Fair Pressly Bell (1844 - 1912)**
Calvin Preston Pressly (1847 - 1919)**
Thomas Peden Pressly, D.D. (1853 - 1923)
Elizabeth Hearst Pressly Young (1855 - 1916)*
William Cornelius Pressly (1857 - 1935)*
David Pressly (1860 - 1861)*
Joseph Peden Pressly (1863 - 1866)*
Isabella Teresa Pressly (1866 - 1945)*
Susan Montgomery Pressly Smith (1869 - 1939)*
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Originally Created by: Carol Gathright
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