From the State Gazette, 28 Feb 1907

(two obits in the same paper)

DEATH OF JOHN McGINNIS -- John M. McGINNIS, who had lived in Dyersburg nearly all his life, died at his home here last Thursday morning, after an illness of six days, aged 65 years.

He leaves a wife, one of the noblest of women, and seven children; four daughters and three sons to mourn his loss.

Mr. McGINNIS had been actively engaged in business in Dyersburg since the war. He was for a long time an official member of the Methodist Church and at the time of his death, was a member of good standing of the Masonic fraternity. He was a true and loyal Confederate soldier and a member of Dawson Bivouac. Rev. A. J. MEADERS conducted the funeral services at the residence, which were conducted at the grave by the Masonic fraternity.


IN MEMORIUM -- John Mathis McGINNIS was born in the year 1838, November 15th, in Dyer County, near Newbern; was married to Miss Caroline DAUGHTY in 1870, made a Mason the same year and had been a member of the Methodist Church for thirty years. He died Februsry 21, 1907, survived by a wife, four daughters and three sons.

In the death of John Mathis McGINNIS, his family, church. lodge, and community a large loss. Kind, affectionate and thoughtful in his home, charitable, patient and true to his fraternal brothers, honest, conscientious and reliable in all his private relations with all mankind. He was a gallant and brave Confederate so for four long years.

Although his life was not a financial success, in a marked degree, he laid up treasures more enduring in the high esteem of his friends, the memory of his loved ones. In view of the life he lived and our knowledge of his noble qualities; be it resolved: That in his death, this Lodge loses a valuable member and brother indeed, but we bow submissively, recognizing that our temporary loss is his eternal gain, and we will cherish his memory here, commend his spirit to God, who gave it and consign his body to earth with the consoling thought that he consistently practiced the principles of Masonry, which he tought and loved his neighbor as himself.

J. H. PILLOW. W. M. HOLT. and J. G. MEADOWS. Committee.