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Hester King

Obituary of B. F. King, Kemper County, Mississippi.

B. F. King, a gallant Confederate soldier, of Kemper County, Miss., is resting from all cares of life. Death came to him suddenly on October 23, 1915. He was born in Kemper County March 12, 1845, and enlisted in the Confederate army when eighteen years old as a member of Company C, 2d Mississippi Regiment, serving under Captain Rogers in Armstrong's Brigade, Forrest's Cavalry. He was with Johnston from Resaca to Atlanta and with Hood from Atlanta to Jonesboro, to Nashville, and then by way of Columbus, Miss., to Selma, Ala., where he was in his last battle. In all the trying ordeals of that arduous service he never failed to answer roll call or to perform faithfully any duty assigned to him.

He was a devoted member of the Baptist Church and a Democrat of the old school; but it was in his home and community that his life shone brightest. He was a kind husband and devoted father, and example for any one to follow. As a citizen he was modest and retiring; a safe counselor for those who came to him for advice. He was as loyal to friends as he was to principles.

He was twice married and is survived by his second wife, with her two daughters, Misses Alma Kate and Eileen King, and son, Lamar King, all of Battlefield, Miss., and by the children of his first marriage, who are: R. C. King, of Greenwood, Miss.; M. D. King, of Hattiesburg, Miss.; Mrs. Maggie Hester of Lytle, Tex.; and Miss Vestry King, of Greenwood, Miss. A brother and sister of Burley, Miss., also survive him.

He was tenderly laid to rest near his old home in Zion Cemetery, Kemper County, surrounded by many sorrowing friends and relatives.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, April, 1916.

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