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Death Notices from Newspaper in Cleveland, TN
PROMINENT CITIZEN GONE
James Layne, for Many YearsExpress Agent, Died in Memphis Sunday Morning.
James Layne, one of Cleveland’s most highly esteemed citizen’s and for many years express agent of this city, died Sunday morning at the home of his brother, Joseph F.Layne, in Memphis. He had been in poor health for several months, having resigned his position last winter. His death is thought to have been due to Bright’s disease. About a month ago Mr. Layne, knowing that his health was failing him, went to Memphis for treatment and also to be with his step mother and brother.Deceased was born in Virginia, November 3,1854 and came to this county in 1865. He was apponinted express agent at this place in the year 1881, succeeding his father, and held this position with credit for 28 years. He is survived by his step mother, Mrs. Patrick Layne, of Memphis who formely conducted the Layne House, now known as the Stamper House, and one brother, Joseph Layne, also of Memphis. He had the confidence and esteem of all man and his death will be regretted by a large number of warm personal friends. As express agent he discharged his duties well. He was correct in his work and the books in his office were modles of neatness. He was a good citizen and faithful official. No face has been more missed from the Southern Railway Depot than that of Mr. Layne since the time when failing health forced his retirement. The funeral services were held from the Stamper House Monday afternoon, conducted by Father Mauratti of Chattanooga, deceased being Roman Catholic. The business men closed their doors during the funeral. (July 23, 1909 Cleveland Herald Bradley Co, TN)