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Lucky Rhea Simms Vaughn

Obituary of Cornelius Evart Lucky, Knoxville, Tennessee.

Maj. Cornelius Evart Lucky, prominent for decades in the legal and business world of Knoxville, Tenn., died in that city on January 23, 1922, in his eigty-second year. He was born at Jonesboro, Tenn., February 25, 1841, the son of Judge Seth J. W. and Sarah Rhea Lucky, his mother being a descendant of the Rev. Joseph Rhea who came to America from the north of Ireland in 1769. His father was for many years clerk and master of the Chancery Court at Jonesboro, and later was chancellor of that division, which included Knox County.

Major Lucky was a student at Emory and Henry College, Va., when the War between the States came on, and from the first his sympathies were with the South; but his father was Union in sentiment, and this prevented the son from joining the Confederate army until September, 1862, when he enlisted with and infantry company in Washington County, which later became one of the units of the 60th Tennessee Infantry at its organization in Johnson City, in October, 1862. He participated in many engagements of his command until its surrender at Vicksburg in July, 1863. He was paroled, but not exchanged until July, 1864, when he immediately reenlisted with his old brigade at its reorganization, it becoming mounted infantry, commanded by Gen. John C. Vaughn, of Sweetwater. He served with this command with conspicuous gallantry to the end of the war, having charge of the brigade wagon train.

After the war he finished his college education and read law under Judge Nelson at Knoxville, and had practiced law there with signal success to the time of his death; and he had sat as special judge in the Supreme Court. He was also actively identified with many civic interests, and gave much attention to political affairs, being always counted on the side that stood for moral uplift and advancement of his community. He was a consistent and faithful member of the Presbyterian Church from early youth, charitable, and greatly beloved whenever known.

Major Lucky was married to Miss Julia Simms, of Dalton, Ga., in 1872, and she survives him with one daughter.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, September, 1922.

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