William Samuel Alsop
as it appeared in The Tensas Gazette
Friday, August 16, 1940
Death, the ever unwelcome but insistent visitor, has again come to us, this time to take from his home and sphere of usefullness a man hardly past the prime of life – Wm. Samuel Alsop, whose death occurred at a Vicksburg hospital on Sunday, August 11, 1940.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Alsop, at Dry Grove, Miss., on September 27, 1880, Sam Alsop came to Tensas in 1908, making his home first on Verona plantation, near Newellton, in employ of the late Dr. K. B. McMillan, later changing location and about 1916 going to Monona plantation on Lake St. John in upper Concordia Parish, which property was owned and operated by Mr. W. W. Burnside of Newellton. While living on this property, for so many years the home of the Turpin family, on a visit to Waterproof Alsop met Miss Rebecca Turpin, whom in December, 1918, he married, at Vicksburg. This union was blessed with two sons, Sam Alsop, Jr. , known as “Sambo”, and another son who did not survive infancy. Later returning to Newellton, the deceased managed Routhwood for Burnside & McDonald until his health, long impaired, compelled retirement from active life, and he engaged in business for himself at Newellton, La.
Always energetic, Sam Alsop lived a clean and honorable life; he held to high ideals and lived accordingly, being without a single vice and ever a consistent Christian, always maintaining an altar in his home for the worship of Christ. Living in the fear of God and love of all things that make for good, he enjoyed the respect and esteem of all who knew him. A good husband and devoted father, he has gone to his reward. May his soul rest in peace is the prayer of all who knew him.
Aside from his widow and son, the deceased is survived by four sisters, viz: Mrs. Fannie Curtis, Utica, Miss.; Mrs. Gertrude Beasley, Crystal Springs, Miss.; Mrs. W. H. Brady, Jackson, Miss.; and Mrs. 3. S. Hand, Franklin, Texas.
Immediately following the death of Mr. Alsop the body was taken in charge by the Winnsboro Funeral Home to prepare it for burial, and services were conducted Monday afternoon from Union Church at Newellton by Rev. Horace L. Villee, pastor First Presbyterian Church at Clarksdale, Mississippi, who was on visit to Newellton, relieving the local pastor, Rev. Mr. Reed, ill at Vicksburg. Rev. Mr. Villee’s remarks were beautiful and very appropriate. The bier was covered with flowers beautiful to the eye, kindly remembrance by friends as last token of esteem. The handsome new church was filled to utmost by sorrowing friends, who had known deceased and his little family many years and grieved with the good and faithful wife and devoted son in this the deepest sorrow of their lives.
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The services concluded the funeral procession, a quarter of a mile long, slowly wended its way to the Newellton cemetery, the quiet little city of the dead, only several years ago laid out and dedicated to this sacred use and already fast filling. Here all that was mortal of a good man, a servant of God, a man who was not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, but gloried in His name, was tenderly laid to rest. Flowers, whose beauty beggared des- cription, covered his grave, moistened with many tears.
Deepest sympathy of our entire people is extended the loved ones in their sorrow. A good wife grieves the passing of the lover of her young womanhood and the husband of her life;
A devoted son bemourns the loss of a father who loved him and directed his footsteps in the paths of the right. Friends and daily associates miss the kindly smile and cheery word that were ever a part of his friendly greeting. Peace to him is the prayer of all.
Approximately one year after death, the remains of W.S. Alsop were moved to Natchez Cemetery, Natchez, Mississippi and placed in the Turpin Lynch Plot. Rebecca Turpin Alsop — born July 28, 1886 — died June 5, 1977 was also buried at this site.