January 3, 1938
LEBANON, Va., Jan 3. - Funeral services were conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Spring City Baptist church for George Williams, 98-year-old veteran of the War Between the States and belived to have been the oldest resident of Russell county, who died Thursday night at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Henry Fuller, near Spring City. The services were in charge of Dr. J. T. Stinson, pastor of the Lebanon Baptist church. Interment was in the Williams family cemetery.
Mr. Williams was one of the most prominent veterans of Russell county, and would have reached his 99th birthday in February had he lived. He served under General Lee and General Stonewall Jackson during the Civil war. He remembered Lee as "a handsome man."
The aged veteran was alert and willing to discuss his experiences in the Sixties, and often talked of battle scenes of those stirring days. He was a soldier for three years, and expressed pride that he was never taken prisoner.
One incident he was fond of relating had to do with walking to Abingdon to entrain for Petersburg. The troop train was drawn by a wood-burning locomotive, which ran out of fuel and stalled on a steep grade, but was kept going by sides of greasy bacon fed into the fire-box.
Mr. Williams is survived by two sons and four daughters, all of whom reside in Russell county. They are: Mrs. Will Johnson, Mrs. C. W. Gibson, Mrs. Henry Fuller, Mrs. Elbert Taylor, Andrew Williams and Samuel Williams.