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Lebanon News
Obituary of James C. Speer

September 30, 1927

Dr. J. P. Speer Dies At Cleveland

Dr. J. P. Speer, perhaps the oldest Confederate veteran, a member of the 34th battallion, Virginia Cavalry, died at his home in Cleveland Sunday at the age of 87 years and the remains were interred in the Coeburn cemetery beside his first wife.

Dr. Speer was an honorable and upright man and was widely known throughout Virginia, having practiced dentistry for more than 60 years.

Several children by the former marriage, and his widow and two children survive to mourn the loss of a kind husband and an affectionate father.

October 14, 1927

Our town was saddened Saturday at the home going of Dr. J. C. Speer. Dr. Speer had been in declining health for the past year. He was well and favorably known in Southwest Virginia where he spent the major portion of his life. The deceased was 87 years of age and served in the Confederate army from 1861-65. The funeral was held Monday at his residence at 10 o'clock conducted by Rev. J. B. Thomas, of Bristol, assisted by Revs. Bailey and Musick. The remains were taken to Coeburn where interment was made in the cemetery at that place.

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