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Gillespie Hamill Hoss Lawrance Tuman Young

Obituary of Howard M. Hamill, Tate Springs, Tennessee.

Dr. H. M. Hamill, Chaplain General United Confederate Veterans, died at Tate Springs, Tenn., on the 21st of January, 1915. Funeral services were held in Nashville, at McKendree Church, on Sunday afternoon, January 24, conducted by Bishop E. E. Hoss, of the M. E. Church, South; and there were special tributes by Marion Lawrance, General Secretary of the International Sunday School Association, and Gen. Bennett H. Young, Commander in Chief of the United Confederate Veterans. The remains were taken to Mexico, Mo., his old home, for internment.

Howard M. Hamill, son of Rev. Edward Joseph and Ann Janes Hamill, was born in Lowndesboro, Ala, August 10, 1847. His boyhood and young manhood were spent at Auburn and Opelika. He graduated from the school at Auburn, now known as the Alabama Polytechnic Institute, and was President of the Alumni Association at the time of his death.

In the early part of 1864, when a mere lad, he entered the Confederate service as a soldier in the Army of Northern Virginia, under Gen. R. E. Lee, and it was his pride to recall that he had for one day acted as courier for General Lee. He was paroled at Appomattox, His love for the cause of the Confederacy was enduring, and no honor had come to him in late years which he appreciated more than his appointement in 1913 as Chaplain General U. C. V. He was a close personal friend of the late editor of the VETERAN.

Returning to school after the war, in his early manhood Dr. Hamill became a teacher, and for many years he occupied prominent positions in the schools of Missouri and Illinois. IN 1881 he was elected President of the State Teachers' Association of Missouri. In 1885 he entered the ministry of the M. E. Church as a member of the Illinois Conference and some later years he organized the first Teacher-Training Department of the Illinois Sunday School Association. He served as superintendent of this work until 1896, when he was made International Sunday School Field Secretary. In 1901 he became Superintendent of Teach-Training in the Sunday School Department of the M. E. Church, South, with headquarters at Nashville, and in 1914 he was elected President of the International Sunday School Association. To all of his work Dr. Hamill gave devoted interest, energy, and cificiency, and his strong personality was always felt. He was a writer of ability and the author of several valuable works on Bible study and Sunday school methods, also a beautiful little monograph. "The Old South," which has been widely read, both in the North and in the South. Several years ago Dr. Hamill joined the Alabama Conference, of which his father was a member for over forty years.

Dr. Hamill is survived by his wife, who was Miss Ada L. Tuman, of Jacksonville, Ill., and by a son of his first marriage, Frank Hamill, who lives in Chicago. Dr. Hamill's death leaves but one of the large family of eight children, Mrs. Julia Hamill Gillespie, of Cullman, Ala.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, February, 1915.

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