Laurence Eugene O'Keeffe

Laurence Eugene O'Keeffe

County Limerick, Ireland
Death 16 Jan 1907 (aged 71)
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
Burial Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 9533936 · View Source
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Captain Laurence E. O'Keeffe, one of Atlanta's most prominent citizens, died at the residence, 213 Ponce de Leon avenue yesterday afternoon at 1 o'clock after a short illness.

Captain O'Keeffe was a native of Ireland, Limerick being his birthplace. He came to this country in 1850, being then 15 years of age. He located first in Alabama, but within a short time moved across the river, making Columbus his home. When the war between the states began, Mr. O'Keeffe enlisted in the Confederate Army as a member of Company "C", Seventeenth Georgia regiment. He was made captain of his company, and was discharging the duties of that position when he and others of that company were captures and sent to Johnson's Island, where he remained eighteen months notwithstanding a number of daring attempt that he and some of his companions made to escape.

In 1865, immediately after the close of the war between the states, Mr. O'Keefe returned to Columbus, Ga, his last antebellum home. He became interested in "steamboating" on the Chattahoochee, and for a few years gave river navigation his attention. From Columbus, he went to Charleston, where he entered the agricultural implement trade. Then he came to Atlanta -- that was in the seventies -- as the representative of one of the largest fertilizer houses in the country. Since that time, Mr. O'Keeffe has been a citizen of Atlanta.

Mr. O'Keeffe married Miss Sallie Cox of Green County. Six children came to make the O'Keeffe home brighter and happier. They are Laurence E. O'Keeffe, Jr., John E. O'Keeffe, Francis O'Keeffe, Gerald O'Keeffe, Owen O'Keeffe and Ellen O'Keeffe. Mr. O'Keeffe was born in 1835. He had been a member of the Sacred Heart church since the organization of that church body. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus. Funeral services have not yet been decided.

January 18, 1907 in the Atlanta Constitution:
Funeral of Capt. O'Keeffe
Funeral services of Captain Laurence E. O'Keeffe will be conducted this morning at 9:30 am at the Sacred Heart church. Interment will be in Westview Cemetery. The following gentlemen are requested to act as pallbearers: H. L. DeGive, C. E. Caverly, Joseph A. McCord, Peter F. Clarke, Louis Aker and J. L. Dickey, Jr.
Captan O'Keeffe was a native of Ireland and came to this country at the age of 15. He was in the civil war on the Confederate side. He was well-known in the fertilizer business.

Capt. O'Keeffe is survived by his wife and six children, Laurence E., Jr., John E., Francis, Gerald, Owen and Miss Helen (sic) O'Keefe.

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