Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tallapoosa Loses Progressive Citizen in William A. Flurry

[My mother's great grandfather's obituary]

Various newspapers of Tallapoosa county have chronicled the passing of William A. Flurry, aged 51 years, who died at Camp Hill following a brief illness, on July 7. Mr. Flurry, although just in the noontide of a fruitful and progressive life, had lived and accomplished the full destiny of mankind and leaves many evidences of his progressive nature behind him. From various sources the following recognition of his breadth of constructive vision is gleaned.

"Mr. Flurry had always been a successful business man, prior to becoming a farmer and he always found time to maintain a strong vital interest in the affairs of civic and religious life.

"At the time of his life he was chairman of the county board of education, of which he had been a member for 12 years. He had been a steward in the Methodist church for many years and was active in promotion of welfare, for his life was filled with kindly deeds that showed breadth of vision, charity and liberality of view.

"One of his consistent hobbies lay in his development of rural schools in Tallapoosa county. He believed that the basis of Alabama progress lay in giving every child a sound elementary education. From his observation in handling tenants and servants, he drew the conclusion that an elementary education lay at the bottom of the agricultural progress of the colored race. The appreciation with which he was held by both races was shown by an immense concourse of friends and loved ones, including many colored persons who paid a last tribute of respect to one who had shown and just and constructive vision for their betterment."

It is said of him that he was ready to take a constructive stand on any question for the improvement of Camp Hill and his county: a feature of his life which kept him in touch with well established principles and progressive citizens. Mr. Flurry is survived by a widow, two sons, H.L. Flurry of the department of agriculture and industries at the capitol [my great grandfather], and L. Bruce Flurry, Camp Hill; two daughters, Mrs. Fred Moreman of Auburn and Miss Gussie Joe Flurry; father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Flurry, Camp Hill; and three sisters and four brothers.

[The Montgomery Advertiser. Montgomery, Alabama. July 15, 1927. Clip by Howard C. Smith. Editorial page.]