Dr. Francis H. Conoly, CSA
The Dillon Herald, Dillon, South Carolina
April 14,1904, Vol. 9, No. 15
One by one we come into this world and as surely we pass from this world
to that bourn (sic) from whence no traveler returns. The young and the beautiful, the
strong and those of middle life as well as those of mature and riper years, no less than
the old and the infirm are forced by that relentless and remorseless enemy of mankind.
Death, to yield obedience to his demand and before his aggressive march go own into the
cold and silent grave and there wait the omnipic (sic) word of the Grand Master of the
universe to be raised from this deal level to an eternal living perpendicular. This
insaliate (sic) monster has invaded our ranks again and taken from our midst another
of our member and we pause a moment to drop a tear of sorrow and record our appreciation
of his virtures (sic) and memory of his fraternal association with us.
Dr. Francis H. Conely, a member of Acacia Lodge No. 167 A. F. M., has
been called to his eternal reward at a period of ripe and vigorous manhood, having
reached his sixty-fifth year. He was born October 4, 1839 and died January 31, 1904.
He secured the advantages of the common schools of his native community in Robeson county,
North Carolina, finishing his educational career at Reedy Creek academy near New Holly
church in Marion county, S. C. after the civil war. He was a confederate soldier
serving through the horrors of that period. After completing his academic course he
entered in the Medical College of Dr. McLain, from which he graduated in a due course of time.
After his graduation he located at Mullins S. C. and married Miss Alice Smith, daughter of Samuel Smith, and settled on Buck Swamp and practiced his profession and farmed until his death. He was initiated, passed and raised to the sublime degree of a Master mason in Demascus Lodge No. 169 A. F. M. Our brother Dr. F. H. Conoly had many noble traits of character and believed in masonry and was a member of the Presbyterian church at Dunbartan. The widow and three children survive him.
While it is hard to .... friends and loved ones, yet the grand geometrician
of the universe knows what is best for us all and to His will we submissively bow feeling
that the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away - Blessed be the name of the Lord.
Therefore it is resolved.
1st. That accepting the wise dispensations of Him who doeth all things well, we submit to these providences as coming from the hand which chasteneth them whom he loves.
2nd. That a blank page in our minute book be inscribed with his birth and death and name and those dedicated to his memory.
3rd. That this preamble and these resolutions be spread upon our records and copy transcribed and sent to the family and published in the county papers.
M. F. Price Committee
D. A. Huggins On
W. D. B. Hayes Memorial
Transcribed by Helen B. Moody from microfilm at the Dillon Library, Dillon, South Carolina