Gurley Herald

February 20, 1912


W. I. Spivey Drops Dead Was One Of The Best Known Men In the County. The Burial

Took Place In the Gurley Cemetery Saturday Evening With Odd Fellows Honors


Tax Collector W. I. SPIVEY, familiarly known as “Uncle Chuck: dropped dead in Huntsville last Friday morning about seven o-clock, while laughing and talking with his son, R. M. SPIVEY and J. M. HEWLETT, all of whom were standing just beneath the widow of the sheriff’s office at the county court house, where Mr. Spivey was just in the act of leaving them to go down in his office in the basement.


He was in Gurley that morning and purchased some furniture from one of our merchants just before leaving for Huntsville and remarked to some friends that he never felt better in his life.


“Uncle Chuck” SPIVEY, as he was familiarly know, was a man of unbounded popularity, holding friends as if they were bound to him by bands of steel, and there was not a man in the county who stood higher in the estimation of the people than did “Uncle Chuck”.  He was a unique character, genial, jovial, warm and generous hearted and hence hospitable and popular; he got out of life its richest blessings.  He was an ex-Confederate soldier, doing valiant service for the Southland in the War Between the States.


We part him inn sadness but rejoice in the fact that he lived an ethical and useful life and has left him the odor of a good name, which is more valuable to his ………{missing}…………world than great……….{missing}……..precious than gold.  He was born December 10, 1842.  He was united in marriage to Miss Martha A. COLLIER, November 28th, 1866.  To this union seven children were born, three boys, James SPIVEY and R. M. SPIVEY, and four daughters, Misses Nannie and Ellen and Mrs. R. W. MCKINNEY.  A son and a daughter died some years ago.


The remains were brought to Gurley Friday evening and carried to his home at Berkley, where the funeral services were held Saturday morning by Rev. W. W. RUTLAND, pastor of the Methodist Church of this place, after which the remains were brought to town and interred in the Gurley Cemetery with Odd Fellows honors.  His burial was attended by one of the largest crowds witnessed in Gurley in a long while, and the mound under which his manly form reposed, was covered by a wealth of beautiful floral offerings, emblematic of his life and character, tributes of devoted and faithful friends.