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John Thomas Moody

W. W. Sellers in A HISTORY OF MARION COUNTY indicates he was a private in Gregg's Battery, Company D, Manigault's Battalion Artillery, South Carolina Volunteer in the Confederate States Provisional Army. He was "selected as one of four the bravest to receive award" at Davis Farm. Research on the battle at Davis Farm found this was also called the Battle at Weldon Railroad in Virginia.

The issue of the Dillon Herald that carried his obituary is missing from microfilm rolls available at the Dillon Library. The following is a transcription from a copy of his obituary from my personal files.

J. T. Moody, Confederate Veteran died at His Home in Dillon Saturday Night. November 15, 1926

John Thomas Moody died at his home here Saturday night. Mr. Moody had reached his 84th year when he answered his last call.

Mr. Moody was born near Zion, Marion County, and later moved to Dillon where he lived for years as a highly respected and honored citizen. He was a member of the Zion Methodist Church and served many years as a steward. He was raised to the degree of Master Mason in Arcadia Lodge, A.G. M. Mr. Moody's wife preceded him to the grave several years ago. When a young man Mr. Moody was called to the service of the south and served four years as a loyal and brave Confederate soldier.

Mr. Moody is survived by the following daughters and sons: Mrs. Betty Allen of Brunson, GA. Mrs. Harriett Hicks of Dillon, Mrs. O. F. Moody of Dillon, Robert F. Moody of Dillon, John Hugh Moody of Maitland, Fla. and Grover and Vander Moody of Dillon.

Mr. Moody was laid to rest in Riverside cemetery with Masonic honors at 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon. At the request of the Fork Lodge, A. F. M. of which the deceased was a member and a past master, the burial rites were conducted by the Dillon lodge. Morris Fass, past master, delivered the eulogy and Rev. F. H. Hay delivered the benediction.

A large concourse of sorrowing friends and relatives attended the funeral.

Transcribed by Helen B. Moody

Submitted by Helen Moody, 8 Sep 2003.


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