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Rice Taylor Westray

Obituary of Thomas Westray, Spring Hope, North Carolina.

After a long illness, Thomas Westray died at his home in Spring Hope, N. C., on July 13, 1922. He was born at Stanhope, Washington County, N. C., in Novemeber, 1841. Until about three years ago he took an active part in the welfare of his community, being one of the most influential citizens of his county. He served as county commissioner for fourteen years and was active in all public matters, taking a bold stand for what he thought to be right. He was also deeply interested in educational matters and a devoted member of the Baptist Church, which he joined during his service in the army.

In March, 1862, he volunteered as a soldier if the Confederacy, joining Company A, 47th North Carolina Regiment, and served through the remainder of the war. He was wounded three times. He was a member of the Washington County Camp, U. C. V., and always took the deepest interest in everything pertaining to the Confederacy.

Comrade Westray was twice married, first, in 1867, to Miss Josephine Rice; his second wife was Miss Lou Taylor, who survives him, with seven children. His life was devoted to farming, of which he made a success. He was an upright citizen of strong convitions, loved and honored by all who knew him.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, September, 1922.

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