Funeral of Capt. Woodruff Today
Services Over Body of Pioneer Citizen Will Be Conducted at Armory of Macon Volunteers at 4 o'clock – A Sketch of His Life.
The funeral of Capt. D B Woodruff the pioneer citizen of Macon who died in West Haven, Conn., last Sunday, will be held this afternoon at 4 o'clock at the armory of the Macon Volunteers. Rev. Rutherford E Douglas will officiate.
It was the wish of Capt. Woodruff that he be buried from the armory of the company, which he served so long and faithfully. It was also his desire that the Knights of Pythias, of which order he was one of the best-known in members in the entire country, should act as honorary escort. His wishes in both instances will be carried out to the letter.
The body of Captain Woodruff has been lying in state at the armory since its arrival here, guarded by members of the Volunteers. The funeral cortege will move from the armory to Rose Hill cemetery immediately after the services, the Volunteers leading the procession. The Grand and Supreme Lodges of the Knights of Pythias will form an honorary escort. Camp Macon, United Confederate Veterans, of which the deceased was a loyal member, will attend the funeral in a body.
The Knights of Pythias will perform the late rites at the grave. The Volunteer will fire three volleys over the grave of Captain Woodruff, the one who served the company from the beginning of hostilities in the Civil War until feeble health prevented active membership, but did not serve to dampen his ardor and his love for the splendid old organization. Taps will be sounded.
Captain Woodruff was one of the oldest and best-known citizens of Macon. Possessed of a noble, generous heart, loyal and loving to all alike, he had wrapped himself about the heartstrings of hundreds of his fellow-townsmen, who are now bowed in grief at his death and in sorrow for his bereaved family.
The following are the surviving relatives: Two children, Charles N Woodruff, of Macon, and Mrs. Fred Cohen, of New York; three brothers. Henry L Woodruff, Macon; George B Woodruff , Brighton , England and Jonah Woodruff, West Haven, Conn.; one sister, Mrs. S Cornwall, West Haven, Conn. Captain Woodruff was aged 77 years.
The deceased was born in Orange, Conn., 1829. He moved to California in 1850, and in 1853 came to Georgia. He married Miss Adelia Scattergood in 1854. All of his life since 1853 was spent here, except part of 1865 and 1866, during which time he made his home in Pennsylvania.
He went to war with the Macon Volunteers and distinguished himself in the struggle. When he returned, after the arduous toll and ceaseless fighting and struggling, his devotion to the Confederacy, and his loyalty to the Volunteers did not swerve or weaken. He was an active member of the company and a hard worker for its welfare, until his health failed.
He was a charter member of the third lodge of the Knights of Pythias organized in Georgia. He rose rapidly to the rank of Grand Chancellor of the State. In 1878, he was elected Supreme Chancellor of the world. He was the only Southern man who ever held this position.
Captain Woodruff's occupation was that of an architect and until he became too feeble and ill to follow his profession, he was recognized as one of the foremost in the State. Many of the finest older buildings of Macon and a number in Augusta and Savannah, stand as monuments to his constructive genius.
In the death of Captain Woodruff Macon lost one of the most enterprising and valuable citizens and hundreds of Macon people lost a true and noble friend.
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