10 January 2010

Lillie Bell Reddy

Mrs. Lillie Bell Reddy rests in the Eglantine Square section of Rose Hill Cemetery. Her ledger marker can be found in the Robert J. Reddy lot.

There is a discrepancy regarding when Lillie was born. Her tombstone is engraved with the date of 9 September 1874, while the date written on her death certificate was 12 September 1876. Lillie was born in Georgia, the daughter of W. J. Bell and Julia Parker. Mr. Bell operated a daily hack line from Louisville to Bartow for many years, handling mail and passengers. When the Louisville and Wadley Railroad was built, he was given a conductor's place on that road. He held it continuously until about nine months before his death in January 1912.

Miss Lillie married Robert M. Reddy. He, according to the 1910 Macon, Bibb County, Georgia federal census, was a locomotive engineer. Lillie and Robert had one son, Milton J. A veteran of the US Army, he passed away 31 July 1982 and was laid to rest near his parents in Rose Hill.

Shortly after 1910, Lillie and her family moved to Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia. Lillie died there 8 August 1919, after suffering from tuberculosis for at least two years. Here is a transcript of her obituary from the 9 August 1919 edition of the Macon Weekly Telegraph (GA):

"DEATHS AND FUNERALS
MRS. LILLIE REDDY

Mrs. Lillie Reddy, wife of R. M. Reddy, formerly of Macon, died at Savannah Friday morning at 3 o'clock. The body ws brought to Macon, arriving at 3:30 this morning. Funeral services will be held from Burghard's, 718 Cherry street, this (Saturday) afternoon, 5:30. Interment at Rose Hill.

Mrs. Reddy has been a resident of Savannah for twn years. She is survived by her husband, R. M. Reddy, and one son, Milton."

Robert had these words engraved on the tombstone placed for his wife, "Sweetheart of my youth." He lived thirteen more years without his wife before passing away 22 February 1933 in Baldwin County, Georgia. Robert's body was brought back to Macon to rest next to Lillie's in Rose Hill cemetery.

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