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Cunningham Woodward

Obituary of John W. Woodward, Shelbyville, Tennessee.

John W. Woodward, a prominent citizen and prosperous farmer of Bedford County, Tenn., died suddenly on October 30, 1915, at the age of seventy-one. His home was near Shelbyville, and he had started to town that morning in apparent health and strength, but was taken ill on the way and died at the home of a neighbor. His return home was in the silence of the last long sleep.

On the 15th of October, 1861, when just seventeen years of age, John Woodward enlisted as a Confederate soldier, serving as a member of Company G, 23d Tennessee Regiment. His service was to the end of the war, and he performed faithfully the duties of a brave and gallant defender of the Southern cause.

Mr. Woodward was twice married, his first wife being a sister of the late S. A. Cunningham. His second wife was a Miss Dyer, of Bedford County, who died some two years ago. He is survived by a son of each marriage. As a member of the Baptist Church, for forty years Mr. Woodward had been enlisted in the army of Christ, giving the faithful service to his Church duties that had characterized his life in every way. His many acts of charity, the burdens he lifted for the widow and orphan, will entitle him to the reward that is promised to the good and faithful servant.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, February, 1916.

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