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Berry Sellers

Obituary of James Madison Berry, Springfield, Arkanasas.

James M. Berry died at his home in Springfield, Ark., December 13, 1919. He was born in Pontotoc County, Miss., February 21, 1847, and went to Arkansas with his parents in the early fifties, settling near the present village of DeView, in Woodruff County. Here he enlisted about the time that the Confederate States most needed soldiers, having been too young to join when his three elder brothers, Burton, Thomas, and Lafayette, joined the Confederate forces in 1861. He saw only service only west of the Mississippi and was captured while with Price on his famous raid and was held captive at Helena, Ark., until the surrender. He returned home, as did thousands of others, to find nothing. His father had died during this period, and the home had been broken up. He married Miss Lena Sellers on January 14, 1869. He had lived a devoted member of the Christian Church for forty-five years. He was a leading citizen of the community in which he lived, devoted to his country's needs and faithful always to the cause for which he fought. For him the "last sad taps have sounded," and on Sunday afternoon, December 14, 1919, his frail remains were laid to rest in the village cemetery at Springfield, attended by hundreds of faithful friends and relatives. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. F. O. Stobaugh, of Center Ridge, and old ex-Federal soldier, whom this Confederate veteran had learned to love in their Christian fellowship.

He had fought a good fight, he had kept the faith as he understood its keeping, and for him no more life's call will sound nor war's bloody drama disturb. May the angel of peace guard well his resting place!

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, March, 1920.

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