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Morgan County GaArchives Obituaries.....Atkinson, Marcellus A. January 28, 1923
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The Madisonian, 2 Feb. 1923
In the recent death Sunday of Mr. Cell Atkinson there came to a close the
earthly career of a man who was remarkable in many respects. He was no
ordinary man. Though living quietly in a well ordered home away from the busy
scenes of men, and himself a quiet, gentle and retiring man, yet his life is a
powerful force for energy, thrift, piety and right-living -- a force that will
be felt to the end of time. The good that he did will live after him.
He was in the 79th year of his age, having been born in Madison in 1844, the
son of Atharates and Martha Atkinson. All of his life was spent in Morgan
county, except the four years of the Civil War. He entered the service a mere
boy, a member of Cobb's Legion. Was wounded and imprisoned a number of times,
and had many thrilling experiences, of which he never tired of telling, and his
fund of information of war records made him an unusually interesting talker of
war reminiscences.
After the war, he came back home turning his attention to farming. His home
near Brownwood, with its fruits, flowers, and splendid pastures and farm lands,
was his joy and pride for over 50 years -- he being the oldest pioneer citizen
of Brownwood.
In 1868 he married Miss Mary Carter, who preceded him to the Spirit World
eight years ago. To them were born eight sons and four daughters, all of whom
survive him except one, Perry, who died about two years ago.
He had been a member of the Brownwood church many years, and his faith in
Christ was beautiful, and never wavered to the end.
His funeral was largely attended by relatives, friends, and war comrades, and
testified to his esteem as a neighbor and citizen. The services were held at
Brownwood church conducted by Mr. Wood of social Circle. His tribute was
beautiful, as was the music by Mrs. A. G. Foster, Mrs. Roy Malone and Mr.
Hemperley. The floral offerings were numerous and lovely.
The surviving children are Messrs. W. W., C. J., M. P., P. B., P. D., J. B.
and H. W. Atkinson, and Mrs. Mary C. Newsome, Misses Mattie, Sadie and Pink
Atkinson, all of Morgan county. There are two sisters -- Mrs. Otelia Atkinson,
Mrs. S. D. Niles, Messrs. P. M. and H. A. Atkinson, all of Madison.
He provided well for his own household. He was a thrifty man, and his farm
was a self-supporting one. Such homes as his -- where the members love and
serve God and love and serve each other -- is the vital force on which our
civilization depends. The strong characters of the parents are reflected in
the useful and well-rounded men and women reared in the home, and who are now
some of our best citizens. The deceased died well in that he lived well, and
he has gone to enter upon the eternal reward of a well-spent life.
Mr. W. C. Hemperley, of Madison, was the undertaker in charge.

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