February 22, 1912
CAPT. R. T. McELYEA
One of Robeson's Most Substantial Citizens Passes.
Maxton Special, 20th. to Charlotte Observer
Capt. R. T. McElyea, one of Robeson's most substantial citizens, died at his home a few miles South of Maxton yesterday at 2 o'clock. He had been a sufferer from heart trouble for several years, and a few months ago was taken violently ill and had been confined to his bed ever since for the greater part of his time. Captain McElyea was a native of Virginia, and a very enthusiastic United Confederate Veteran, having served the entire four years of the Civil war, engaging in several prominent battles and with narrow escapes, winning a reputation for bravery. He was 68 years old and leaves a wife, one son and two daughters, Mrs. E. L. Olmstead of Maxton and Mrs. John L. McLaurin of Latta, S. C.
[The wife of the deceased is widely known among Robesonian readers as "Aunt Becky," who often referred to him in her valued contributions to the columns of the Robesonian as "the 'Squire." "Aunt Becky" mentioned "the Squire's" illness in a recent communication. Our readers will join with us in extending sympathy to "Aunt Becky." who is loved by every one who as read her articles.]