August 4, 1933|
Last rites for H. D. Fraley, who died at his home in lower Castlewood, Va., on July 11th, 1933, after a brief illness. Funeral was held Wedensday July 12th, at 2:30 o'clock.
The impressive service was conducted by Rev. J. B. Craft, of Gate City and Dr. Fisher, of Norton, who centered their remarks on the clean, upright and honorable life of the deceased.
A mightly throng of people attended the funeral, attesting the high esteem in which he was held.
Mr. Fraley was a consistent and faithful member of the Baptist church.
Active pall bearers were: Elbert Quillen, W. S. Banner, Will Fraley, N. R. Gose and Blaine Bolton.
Nieces carried the many floral offerings.
His body was laid to rest by the side of his beloved wife of his youth, in the family cemetery on a beautiful knoll overlooking the home and farm, where he had been born and had spent his entire life. There they await the resurrection of the just.
Mr. Fraley was born October 29th, 1839, during Van Buren's administration, and was nearly ninety four years old. He had lived through the most preogressive periods of our nation.
He was a very interesting narrator of Civil war stories, having answered the call of the South and serving gallantly during the entire war.
He was in the famous battle of Gettysburg, where he lost a brother. He visited that old battle ground a few years ago and was able to recall many notable spots there and also in the Shennandoah Valley.
It would be hard here to do justice to the life of Mr. Fraley but as his pastor said, his life was an open book.
He was a trustworthy friend and a neighbor who lived by the Golden Rule. As a father and husband he was unexcelled. His life was a blessing and a benediction to all who knew him.
During his active years he accumulated a nice estate.
He leaves the following children to mourn his death: S. A. Fraley, Ed. Fraley, Missouri Fraley and Mrs. Dove Gray, all of Castlewood and Mrs. Will Davis, of Seven Valleys, Pa.