Courtesy of Sheila Coupland

FROM:  The LaGrange Reporter, March 19, 1915,  page 12


Mr Frances Robertson Hendon (Francis Robinson) died Tuesday, March 9th, at the advanced age of eighty-two years at his home between LaGrange and West Point, after being confined to his bed for about two weeks. The funeral services were conducted the following Wednesday by Rev. Reese Prather and the remains were placed to rest at the cemetery at the Lebanon Primitive Baptist Church near LaGrange.

Mr. Hendon was born in Troup County near Hogansville in 1833 and spent most of his life in this county. He lived for a short time in Meriwether County and an even shorter time in Carroll County. He volunteered during the Civil War and was a member of the 13th Georgia Regiment for four years. He married twice, his first wife being Miss Elizabeth Scroggin (Scoggin). Twelve children came to bless their lives, only three of whom are still living. After the death of his first wife, he married Mrs. Elizabeth Simmons in 1889.

The first house that was owned by Mr. Hendon was built with logs which he himself cut and carried on his shoulder to the site of his home. He never went to school a day in his life but attained a good business education between the hours of ten and eleven o'clock at night when his wife would teach him by the light of the fire while she was busy at the spinning wheel. Gradually, he became known as an excellent business man and managed some of the largest farms in this section of the state. For a while, he operated a large mercantile business at Hogansville successfully but he always loved rural life and spent his latter days enjoying his favorite occupation at the place of his death. About six years ago, Mr. Hendon efficiently filled the office of treasurer of Troup County. Even then after he had passed the age of three score and ten years, his life had been one of such regular and temperate habits that both his mind and body were as active as those of most men half his age.

For fifty years, Mr. Hendon was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church and at the time of his death his membership was with the church
at Lebanon. All who knew him knew him as a Christian gentleman of the highest type and loved him for his honest dealings. He was charitable in every sense of the word and just two weeks before his death, even after the doctor advised himto stay in bed, he went to call on a sick neighbor about a mile from his house and became so exhausted on his return that he fell and had to call for assistance by blowing a whistle which he carried for that purpose. After that time, he was confined to his bed until his death. The following statement made to a representative of The Reporter may fibingly be recorded in memory of this noble gentleman: "He was a Christian in every sense of the word; his life was one of service to his friends and neighbors and one which may well be placed as an example to the generations to come. He always thought more of the welfare of others than his own and during his life never had a difference with any of his neighbors, always willing to make a concession that would put things aright."

The deceased is survived by his wife; one sister, Mrs. Whitten Hamrick of Newnan, who has reached the age of eighty-three years; two daughters, Mrs. Alice McCown of Manchester and Mrs. W. M. Booker of near LaGrange; one son, John H. Hendon of LaGrange; and a large number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Four generations attended his funeral.