J. L. McGimpsey, who died November 14, 1921, at his home in Morristown, Tenn., was born June 17, 1849, in Burke County, N. C. He enlisted when he was only a lad (barely past fourteen years old), in the Home Guard of North Carolina, serving faithfully in his soldierly duties until the surrender at Morgantown, N. C.
An ardent young soldier in defense of the homeland, when civil life was resumed he returned with his father, who, with an older soldier son, was also in the Confederate army, to their farm, remaining there until he went into the mercantile business, some time in the 70's. Then later engaged in railroad construction work.
A gentleman in every way, he was well known and esteemed as a business man for uprightness and integrity. While engaged in this railroad work he was stricken by paralysis, from which he suffered for a number of years until his death.
In 1880 he and Miss Maldonia Russell, daughter of Mr. John Russell, were married; and to this union were born four sons, two of whom, with the devoted wife, survive him.
Of kindly soul, cheerful, tender-hearted, witty, charitable minded, and just in his estimates of those about him, he has left a gap which cannot be filled. "He did justice, loved mercy, and walked humbly with his God."
He was a member of the Southern Methodist Church; of the men's Bible class of the Sunday school, which he attended constantly until the progress of his disease prevented; a member of the local Masonic Lodge and of W. B. Tate Camp, U. C. V., which attended his funeral in a body. He was laid to rest in Liberty Hill Cemetery by his comrades, to await the resurection. A consistent Christian, truly, and
"Like the watch-worn, weary sentinel,
He laid his armor by to rest in heaven."
[Mrs. J. S. Felknor.]
SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, April, 1922.
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