September 29, 2013

Sunday's Obituary ~ Warren Guice Mobley

From an article published on September 30, 1921 in the Tensas Gazette:
MOBLEY--At the family residence, corner Sixteenth and Elliott streets, Alexandria, La., on Friday, September 23, 1921, at 2:12 p. m., Warren Guice Mobley, aged 78 years, 11 months and 2 days.
The funeral took place this morning at 10 o'clock, the service being conducted at the family residence by the Rev. Dr. B. L. Price, minister of the First Presbyterian Church, assisted by Rev. Ralph S. Prosser of the Episcopal Church, who is State Chaplain of the United Confederate Veterans.  Interment was made in Rapides cemetery, Pineville, by the Hixson Undertaking Company.  Interment was made by the side of his wife, who preceded him on February 18, 1910.
Mr. Mobley leaves two children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  His son and daugther are Mr. Hoover H. Mobley and Mrs. A. M. Ringgold.  The grandchildren are W. M. Ringgold, Miss Mary Ringgold, Mrs. E. A. Tomb, Elwyn, Clifton, Leslie and Catherine Alice Mobley; and the great-grandchildren are Doris Lane and Warren Mobley Ringgold.  His wife was Mary Hoover of Catahoula Parish, to whom he was married on November 16, 1865.
Mr. Mobley also leaves a half-brother and sister, Mr. Geo. W. Blackson of Clayton, La., and Mrs. Anna Guice of Natchez, Miss.
Mr. Mobley was born on Fairview plantation, Concordia Parish, October 21, 1842, but moved when quite young to Wateree plantation in Catahoula Parish.  His early education was secured at Cornish's school in Natchez, Miss.  From there he went to Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, where he studied for three years.  This was just before the outbreak of the war, and as war talk was so strong at that time he concluded to leave Kenyon and came South again and attended the Louisiana State Seminary near this city, and from this school he joined the Tensas Cavalry, composed of men from Tensas and Catahoula Parishes, which organization was attached to the First Mississippi Regiment, commanded by Colonel Wirt Adams.  His organization engaged in all Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky campaigns.
He was taken prisoner at the Battle of Shiloh, when his horse was shot from under him, and was held by the Federals in Camp Douglas, near Chicago for six months, finally being exchanged, when he rejoined his command and remained throughout the balance of the Civil War period.
After the war Mr. Mobley took an active part in the reconstruction era, was active in politics, always being a staunch Democrat.  He organized the Alexandria City Municipal Democratic Party twenty years ago, and was honored with being chosen the chairman of the City Democratic Executive Committee at that time and held the position until his death.  He was sheriff of Catahoula Parish for many years, was deputy clerk of court and president of the police jury and the school board of the same parish.
Deceased was commander of Jeff Davis Camp, No. 6, U. C. V., and served on the staff of several major generals, and was present judge advocate with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel on the staff of General O. D. Brooks, commander of the Louisiana Division of the United Confederate Veterans.
He was engaged in planting in Catahoula Parish for many years and later on established the Catahoula Times, which he conducted until 1892, when he came to Alexandria with his family and bought and conducted the Louisiana Democrat with the assistance of his son, Mr. H. H. Mobley.  He retired from this work when his health became impaired.
Mr. Mobley was a member of the Presbyterian church.  He was highly educated, a good conversationalist, and possessed the art of making and retaining his friends.  He was a good man and lived an exemplary Christian life.  His bereaved children and other relatives have the sympathy of their large circle of friends.
The active pallbearers at the funeral were M. F. Holloman, Sr., G. W. Pearce, W. M. Ringgold, Dr. L. W. Peart, Elwyn Mobley and Clifton Mobley.
The honorary pallbearers were C. E. Roberts, Jonas Rosenthal, Judge James Andrews, Ben T. Lewis, J. A. Whiteley, Gen. D. T. Stafford, Judge L. L. Hooe, A. W. McMichael, J. E. McAdams, J. D. Weast, J. H. Smith, L. M. Fiernberg, R. S. Thorton, Major E. J. Barrett, H. M. Huie, R. C. Jarreau, L. J. Hakenyos, J. W. Beasley, Guy M. Toomb, Rev. R. H. Prosser.
 Obituary courtesy of Chronicling America.

Tombstone photograph was taken by FindAGrave member, Tegrecon.

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