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James Arthur Stewart
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Birth: Jan. 9, 1884
Greenville County
South Carolina, USA
Death: Aug. 26, 1917
Greenville
Greenville County
South Carolina, USA

Son of William Burell Stewart & Malissa Adeline Ward Stewart. Husband of Florence Canup Stewart.
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SOURCE: Greenville Daily News, Page 1
DATE: Monday, August 27, 1917

DEPUTY IS KILLED, ANOTHER WOUNDED AND ELEVEN HELD

DEPUTY SHERIFF J.A. STEWART WAS SHOT FOUR TIMES IN GRAPPLE

WALTER COON FELL BY WAYSIDE, EXHAUSTED

WOMEN WITNESSES SAY FOUR SHOTS FIRED BY TOM SCOTT IN HOUSE

J. Arthur Stewart, Deputy Sheriff at Woodside Mills, was shot and almost instantly killed last night at a house on East Sixth Street, Woodside Mills, where duty had called him to make an investigation. He was shot four times and one of the bullets, passing through the flesh under his arm, entered the chest of Walter Coon, who was holding him while Tom Scott, a cotton mill operative, is alleged to have emptied the pistol which he seized from the officer's scabbard.

Four women and seven men were placed in jail last night by Sheriff Rector to await the coroner's inquest which will be begun this morning at 9 o'clock in the parlors of Ramseur-McAfee company, South Main Street.

In the presence of Chief of Police J.D. Noe, Sergeant Alexander and a few others Sheriff Rector last night obtained from two of the women a statement which indicated that Tom Scott struck Deputy Stewart and that the latter seized Scott and forced him to the floor. Walter Coon then caught hold of the officer and as the three were in a grapple, it is stated that Scott pulled Stewart's pistol out of his scabbard and fired four times in quick secession.
"My God, Tom, you have shot me" was the first exclamation which the women witnesses reported they heard. Tom Scott walked in the house and remained a few minutes. Coon left. He was picked up later on the wayside by Sergeant Alexander who found him near Poinsett Mills, where he had dropped from exhaustion.

Tom Scott left the house in the meanwhile but returned and was taken into custody by Sheriff Rector. Chief of Rural Police Gosnell, Deputy Sheriff Capell and George King were also on the scene investigating. Within the next half an hour eleven men and women had been landed in jail, most of them being held overnight as witnesses. They gave their names at the jail as: Walter Coon, Tom Scott, B.T. Short, J.W. Cloud, R.W. Sizamore, Ernest Justice, Ola Branch, Rest Timms, Pearly Wood and Lula Center.

The wounds were apparently inflicted by a 38 calibre revolver which had not been recovered up to an early hour this morning. At the time of his death Deputy Sheriff Stewart carried two pistols.

The officer was dead when physicians arrived. His body was carried to the morgue of Ramseur-McAfee company. Examination showed that two bullets entered his abdomen and another bullet the flesh just below his right arm. Another bullet took affect in his right chest.

Deputy Stewart is a married man about 32 years of age. He was appointed deputy sheriff at Woodside Mills last December and in the short period has proved to be one of the best officers in the county, was the comment of Sheriff Rector last night. He was regarded as a faithful, efficient worker and popular officer of the peace maker type.

Besides his wife and child, he leaves his Mother, Mrs. M.A. Stewart, three brothers and three sisters, Jesse, J.H., and Dacus Stewart; Misses Ollie, Daisy Stewart, Mrs. Edna Bomar and Mrs. Bertha Eggers.

The deceased resided at No. 5 Fourth Street, Woodside Mills, and the funeral will be held from the late residence.
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SOURCE: Greenville Daily News, Page 5
DATE: Tuesday, August 28, 1917

FUNERAL TODAY FOR J. ARTHUR STEWART
The funeral of J. Arthur Stewart, the deputy sheriff who was killed in the Woodside Mill village Sunday night, will be held this afternoon at 4 o'clock at the Woodside Baptist cemetary.

All members of Junior Order United American Mechanics Council No. 78 are requested to meet at the hall at Woodside Mill today at 3 o'clock to attend the funeral in a body. Other councils are invited to attend and assist. Rev. H.E. Waldrop will preach the funeral sermon.
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SOURCE: Greenville Daily News, Page 5
DATE: Wednesday, August 29, 1917

SIX DEPUTIES ACTED AS PALLBEARERS AT OFFICER'S FUNERAL
Brief but impressive were the funeral services for J. Arthur Stewart, deputy sheriff at Woodside Mills, who was killed Sunday night. The services were held from the Woodside Church, and the burial was under the auspices of the Junior Order United American Mechanics, of which the deceased was a member. Six brother mill deputies acted as pallbearers.

Flowers, fragrant and beautiful, covered the last resting place, attesting the esteem in which Mr. Stewart was held.
 
 
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 Parents:
  William Burrell Stewart (1857 - 1907)
  Malissa Adeline Ward Stewart (1862 - 1941)
 
 Spouse:
  Florence Matilda Canup Stewart (1885 - 1979)*
 
 Children:
  Lewis C Stewart (1909 - 1991)*
  Jessie Stewart (1911 - 1912)*
  Earnest Stewart (1912 - 1914)*
  Lila Mae Stewart Coward (1918 - 1999)*
 
 Siblings:
  James Arthur Stewart (1884 - 1917)
  John Henry Stewart (1885 - 1930)*
  Nancy Edna Stewart Bomar (1887 - 1948)*
  Jesse Stewart (1889 - 1955)*
  Bertha Stewart Eggers (1895 - 1952)*
  Ollie Stewart McCoy (1897 - 1973)*
  Daisy Stewart Mostella (1902 - 1985)*
  Dacus Stewart (1906 - 1965)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Woodside Cemetery
Woodside
Greenville County
South Carolina, USA
 
Maintained by: David ~ Effie
Originally Created by: Kelly Jane O
Record added: Feb 24, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34163623
James Arthur Stewart
Added by: David ~ Effie
 
James Arthur Stewart
Added by: Kelly Jane O
 
James Arthur Stewart
Added by: Kelly Jane O
 
 
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You died six months before your daughter,my mother was born,she always wished to have known you,your grandson David.
- David ~ Effie
 Added: Apr. 24, 2017

- Kathy Smith
 Added: May. 29, 2015
What a heart breaking story. May you rest in eternal peace.
- Frances Rogers
 Added: Mar. 27, 2014
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