Obituary: The Decatur Weekly News, February 16, 1907
With a sorrow that we cannot here express, and that is shared in by the entire community, we record the death of WILLIAM WHITSON LITTLEJOHN, which occurred at his residence in New Decatur, Friday evening, February 8, 1907.
About three weeks ago he was stricken with what was supposed at first to be intussusception of the bowels, but later abcess of the liver developed, and his condition ever since has been critical. As operation was deemed necessary, and the attending physicians believed that, on account of his courage, strong physique and apparent vitality, he would stand it successfully. The operation was performed Friday afternoon, at about 3:30 o'clock, from the effects of which he never rallied, and breathed his last at 11 o'clock that night.
The deceased was about 62 years old; moved to Decatur in 1876, remained through the dreadful scourge of yellow fever two years later, and did a beneficent and noble work to suffering humanity during that awful period. At the time of his death, he was cashier of the First National Bank, and has been ever since its organization as the Bank of Decatur, in 1882. He was a man of keen perception, resolute will, untiring energy, gentle manners and lovable nature. He was almost a life-long member of the Methodist Church and nearly all of his time not devoted to business was spent in the Master's service, whom he delighted to serve. His death is a loss to the community in a business way, socially and religiously, that cannot be repaired. He will be missed by all classes and ages; he was beloved by his associates in business, the children of the city and all people who knew him. His labors on earth are ended, but in that better world, reserved for those who inherit a crown of righteousness, the immortal spirit of W. W. Littlejohn is singing the praises of the Redeemed.
The funeral services will take place from the First Methodist Church tomorrow, Sunday afternoon, at 2:30 o'clock.
Mary Rebecca Polk Littlejohn
1852–1932 (m. 1872)
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