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Fontaine Givhan Motley Pope

Obituary of Anderson H. Givhan, Gastonburg, Alabama.

Anderson H. Givhan was born in Haynesville, Lowndes County, Ala., on the 15th of April, 1844. In his seventeenth year he volunteered in the Confederate army, joining the 3d Alabama Cavalry, and he served in that regiment to the close of the war. After his return home he was happily married to on the 13th of September, 1865, to Miss Virginia Carolina Pope, of Perry County. Eight children were born to them, three sons and five daughters, all of whom survive. Only one death had occurred in the family, theat of the wife and mother several years ago.

While at college in Summerfield, Ala., he joined the Methodist Church, South, and continued in its fellowship and communion to the time of his death, which occurred at his home, in Gastonburg, Ala., on the 12th of March, 1916, within one month of his seventy-second anniversary. The interment was in the Pope Cemetery, near Uniontown, in Perry County. The beautiful and impressive service of the Church was conducted by Rev. C. H. Motley, his pastor, assisted by the writer, and was followed by the beautiful burial rites of the Confederate Veterans. Love and esteem for the memory of the dead were made manifest by the beautiful floral tributes. As in sadness all reluctantly turned away, the grave was left a bank of rich flowers.

Next to his family and his Church, Brother Givhan's love and fidelity were for his comrades, the Confederate veterans. He was a member of the Camp, U. C. V., at Uniontown and on the staff of Gen. O. B. Semmes Commanding the Second Brigade, Alabama Division, U. C. V., and will be sadly missed at the reunions.

His life and his conduct and deportment were such as to entitle him to the confidence and esteem of all who knew him and to warrant his family, his friends, and his paster at his funeral to say: "Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace."

[Tribute by George Fontaine.]

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, July, 1916.

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