Mr. John B. Weakley, Sr.,
Accidentally Killed.

Our community was shocked on Saturday evening last at the announcement of the sudden and violent death of Mrs. John B. Weakley, Sr., one of out [sic] most widely known and prominent citizens.

Late in the afternoon of Saturday Mr. Weakley had started for his country home, about two miles north of the city on the Chisholm road. ON the wagon with Mr. Weakley, were Messrs. James Statom and Wesley Butler. The gentlemen were seated on empty boxes, Messrs. Weakley and Statom sitting in front. In descending the steep hill near Mr. Lawlers’ home, the sudden jolting of the wagon over stones three the gentlemen forward upon the mules, which, taking fright, ran wildly down the hill. Mr. Weakley’s pants, near the foot, were caught in a strong iron hook on the single-tree and he was dragged some distance. He was severely bruised about the head and body, and lived only a few moments after the accident. He was tenderly cared for by a number of neighbors who had hastily gathered. His body was immediately brought to his home in the city, and on Sunday afternoon, after religious service conducted by Rev. J. H. Lacy was interred in the city cemetery.

Mr. Weakley was a son of the late General Saml. D. Weakley, and father of Hon. John B. Weakley, Jr., Mayor of Florence. He was born and reared here, where he has a large circle of relatives and friends, who heard of his untimely death with profound sorrow. His wife and six children survive him, and to them the sympathies of our whole community are extended.
[The Florence Times, Friday, 29 Jul, 1898]

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