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James Battle Ezzell

  • Birth 1 Aug 1869 Greenfield, Weakley County, Tennessee, USA
  • Death 22 Jun 1941 Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
  • Burial Dresden, Weakley County, Tennessee, USA
  • Memorial ID 29914314

Interestingly enough his death certificate lists his name as James Benjamin Ezzell.

James Battle or Benjamin EZZELL
Dies on Sunday
Farm Leader Active In Politics;
Was Member of Fair Board 25 Years

James Benjamin EZZELL, 71, prominent Davidson County farm leader, died at noon Sunday in Madison Sanitarium after an illness of two weeks. He had been in failing health for several months.

A son of Amasa and Mary D. EZZELL, he was born in Greenfield, in West Tennessee, August 1, 1869. He moved to Davidson County about 40 years ago and established himself at Newsom Station, where he became known throughout the state as a leading progressive farmer.

Mr. EZZELL was a member of the Tennessee State Fair Board for a quarter century in charge of the agriculture exhibits at the fair. He retired from this post about three years ago because of poor health.

A score of years ago he was one of a half dozen farm leaders of the county who were instrumental in organizing the farm bureau here. Always devoted to progressive technique in farming, he was the first landowner in this country to grow alfalfa successfully and did much to improve Hereford cattle and the sheep stock in this part of the country.

Mr. EZZELL was also active a number of years ago as a member of the agriculture committee of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce.

He was a potent force in the political organizations of the county and state, although he stood for public office only once.

For 25 years he operated the Ezell Mill and Stone Company of Newsom Station in addition to his farm activities.

Mr. EZZELL was also active in the Cumberland Valley Association seeking the inclusion of this river in the TVA system as a leader in civic and welfare work. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Fannie MORAN EZZELL; a daughter, Mrs. Matt H. DOBSON, Jr., of Nashville; a son, John Moran EZZELL of Columbia, S.C.; two brothers, Clyde EZZELL of Nashville and Robert EZZELL of Memphis; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 9 o’clock Tuesday morning at the home of his daughter on Jackson Boulevard, Belle Meade, with Dr. Costen J. HARRELL and Dr. Thomas C. BARR officiating. The body will then be taken to Dresden for prayers at his wife’s family home and burial in the family cemetery there.

Honorary Pallbearers will be A. H. ROBERTS, Houston ROBERTS, John CATE, George ARMISTEAD, Sr., Reau FOLK, Judge Colin P. McKINNEY, Will H. SWIGART, Jr., Miller
MANIER, C. C. FLANERY, Glenn SUMMERS, Edward HICKS, Judge Litton HICKMAN, Howard DOBSON, Allan DOBSON, Senator K. D. McKELLAR, Judge Finis GARRETT of Washington, D.C., Edward W. CARMACK of Murfreesboro, S. A. EWING, Billy NEWSOM, Ernest McNEIL, Dr. Vernon HUTTON, Troy BRASWELL, Irvin HUTTON, Morton NEWSOM, all of Newsom Station, Harry Jones, Will B. SHANNON, J. A. IRVINE, Moran IRVINE, R. Lee BRASFIELD, Joe HOLBROOK, Roy BRASFIELD, all of Dresden, Oscar ELAM and Buford SWAIN of Greenfield, and Stanyarne BURROWS, Jr. of Memphis.

Active Pallbearers will be Harry SHANNON, Homer SHANNON, James J. SHANNON, Mason EZZELL, Harold EZZELL, Robert EZZELL, Horace Holmes EZZELL, James H. MORAN, IV., Harold MORAN, II, nephews and Matt H. DOBSON, IV, Ezzell DOBSON, grandsons, and Linton GODOWN.

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  • Maintained by: Mary & Kent
  • Originally Created by: Larry Marr
  • Added: 19 Sep 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 29914314
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for James Battle Ezzell (1 Aug 1869–22 Jun 1941), Find A Grave Memorial no. 29914314, citing Moran Cemetery, Dresden, Weakley County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Mary & Kent (contributor 47170788) .