04 August 2010

For Posterity

While going through stacks of papers, files, etc in my office 
last night, I came across an old copy of my great-grandfather's obituary - Charles "Mr. Charlie" L. McGann which appeared in the Waynesboro News-Virginian 4 March 1953. Grandpa McGann was the son of a Confederate Veteran. That man, John W. McGann, is the man with the beard pictured in the header of my blog. At one time, Mr. Charlie owned quite a bit of acreage in an area known today as the "Tree Streets" in my hometown of Waynesboro, VA. He had an orchard and did some farming there. Some of that land became the once very prestigious development known as the "Forest Hill" area of the Tree Streets. He had a very modest home on the corner of what today is Locust and 14th Streets. This is the same land over which his own father had defended and fought during the Battle of Waynesboro. For my children, here is Mr. Charlie's obituary:

Charles L. McGann

Waynesboro, March 4 -- Charles Lockridge McGann, 82, a resident of Waynesboro for 52 years, died at 4:10 am today at his home, 577 Locust Ave., after a long illness.

Mr. McGann was a familiar figure on Waynesboro streets, taking a daily walk downtown from his home. He retired from active farming and caretaking about four years ago, but continued to work around his home in the yard and garden. He was a lifelong member of the Main Street United Methodist Church and was a member of the church's Baraca Class when it was formed in 1913. He was treasurer of the group for 35 years.

Mr. McGann was born June 22, 1870, in Nelson County, son of the late J.W. McGann. He and his family moved to Waynesboro 52 years ago from their home in Nelson County.

Mr. McGann is survived by his wife, Mrs. Georgie Campbell McGann; one son, Gordon (Mac) McGann, Waynesboro; three daughters Mrs. Fred Busic and Mrs. J. Frank Mahler, both of Waynesboro, and Mrs. R.M. Vance, Fishersville; one brother, C. H. McGann, Iron Gate; two sisters, Mrs. Brent Lowe, Iron Gate and Mrs. L. J. Dameron, Knoxville, Tenn., three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
The body will remain at the Etter Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the Chapel of Etter Funeral Home, conducted by the Rev. John R. Hendricks. Interment will be in Riverview Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be: C. M. Kefauver, Homer Luthers, J. E. Kiger, R. H. Clemmer, S.C. Leavell, and T.W. Shiflet. Honorary pallbearers will include members of the Baraca Class of the Main Street United Methodist Church.

(Image is of Mr. Charlie as a young man.)


13thBama said...

I spent the week between Waynesboro and Elkton riding the country on my motorcycle. It is a lovely area.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

13B - you shoulda given me a shout, we could have had dinner together.

13thBama said...

I am sorry that I did not do that. We frequent Harrisonburg often so I will make sure to give you a yell next time.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Great - be sure and give me some notice.