04 March 2010

Mrs. S. S. W. M'Kenney Is Dead

Mrs. Sophronia McKenney was laid to rest in the Eglantine Square section of Rose Hill Cemetery.

S. Sophronia Walton McKenney
Dec 18, 1837
Nov 13, 1919
Gone, but not forgotten.

An obituary from a 15 November 1919 edition of the Columbus Daily Enquirer (Georgia):


Mother of Macon News' Editor Will Be Buried Here This Morning.

Macon, Nov. 14. -- Mrs. S. S. Walton McKenney, mother of Robert L. McKenney, president and editor of the Macon News, died suddenly at 8 o'clock yesterday morning at her residence, 215 Washington avenue. Her death will come as a great shock to her many friends in Macon. While she had not been feeling very well during the past few days her condition was not regarded as serious.

This morning she was up as usual. Her grandson, Robert L. Clifton, who makes his home with her, left the house at 7:30 o'clock yesterday morning, and at that time Mrs. McKenney stated that she was feeling fine. About 8 o'clock one of the neighbors who dropped in to call on Mrs. McKenney, found her in the hall dead. Heart failure is given as the cause of her death.

Mrs. McKenney would have been 83 years old had she lived until December. She was born in Columbus, Ga., and was a graduate of the Thomas B. Slade school of that city.

Mrs. McKenney was married in 1858 to Joshua McKenney, who entered the service of the Confederacy two years later, serving through the entire war. Mr. McKenney died in the latter part of 1865.

The family resided at Butler at Mr. McKenney's death. Mrs. McKenney then came to Macon to live.

She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. C. M. Clifton, Sr., of the Hazard district; her son, Robert L. McKenney, of Macon; Margaret and Louise McKenney, and Alice and Josephine Clifton, granddaughters, and Robert L. Clifton, Walton B. Clifton, Charles M. Clifton, Jr., and William Clifton, grandsons and a half brother, John W. Walton of Baxley, Ga.

Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 11 o'clock from Burghard's chapel on Cherry street. Rev. Charles W. Curry, pastor of the centenary Methodist church, will conduct the services. The interment will be in Rose Hill cemetery.

The pallbearers will be C. M. Clifton, Sr., Robert L. Clifton, Walton H. Clifton, C. M. Clifton, Jr., William Clifton and T. J. Simmons.

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