George A. Sallee was born March 8, 1839 and died Jan. 10, 1913. He was the eldest of nine children, three of whom are now living. He was married to Ruth A. Bozarth, Feb. 4, 1854. To this union were born ten children, seven of whom are now living, who together with their mother, several grandchildren, two brothers and one sister live to mourn their loss.
In 1861 he enlisted in company D. of the 21st Missouri volunteer Infantry where he served with credit until Dec. 1864, where he was honorably discharged at Tennessee. He participated in the battle of Shiloh, Pleasant Hill, Yellow Bayou and others. He was taken prisoner in the battle of Shiloh and was retained as such at Memphis, Tenn., Mobile, Ala., Kahouba, Ala., and Macon, Ga. for nine months. He fought in few battles after he was exchanged. He was wounded in the left breast in the battle of Tupelo and taken to the hospital where he was kept for two months. He then returned to Benton township, Knox County, where he has since resided, making him the oldest inhabitant of the place.
He was one of the charter members of the Millport Christian church, of whom only two are now living, his wife and brother Jonathan Sallee, of California.
He lived a faithful Christian life for more than sixty years and always attended his meetings when not prevented by sickness. He deemed his church duties the greatest duties that this earth affords. But he has gone from us to attend church " Where congregations ne'er break up and Sabbaths have no end."
The funeral services were conducted at the Millport Christian Church by Elder Martindale who preached a comforting discourse to a large audience of friends and relatives. The body was laid to rest in the cemetery near the church. Only we who are left canrealize how much he will be missed inthe old home where he has so faithfully served us, but we feel that he is at rest with loved ones who are gone before.
Underneath the wintry skies
Hushed and still our father lies,
And the snowflakes falling light,
Hide that sacred mound from sight.
Tho' on earth ye ne'er may greet,
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Yet when all earth's cares are fled,
We may follow where they led.