Jasper Newton Kilgore was the son of William Kilgore and Margaret Barnett. In 1882, he married Mary Elizabeth Scott, the daughter of William Thomas Scott and Elmina P. Little.

This obituary was published on Wednesday, 1 July 1936 in The Fort Payne Journal newspaper of Fort Payne, DeKalb County, Alabama.

Obituary of John Newton Kilgore, 1936.

First, let’s talk about Mr. Kilgore’s first name. Most records and his grave marker indicate his first name was Jasper. The exception is this obituary, which called him John.

“Saturday night” was 27 June 1936. He came down with his “five weeks’ illness” about the third week of May.

The funeral was conducted on Monday, 29 June 1936 at Antioch Baptist Church near Bowdon (misspelled Bowden), Carroll County, Georgia. Interment was at the Antioch Baptist Church cemetery.

Jasper Kilgore’s survivors, identified by their initials in the obit, were as follows:

  • John William Kilgore.
  • Thomas Greer Kilgore.
  • Otha Raymond Kilgore.
  • James Newton Kilgore.
  • Archie Luthor Kilgore.
  • Margrette Ann Kilgore, who married Martin A. Smith.
  • Nancy Jane Kilgore, who married Silas Perryman Smith.
  • Mary Etta Kilgore, who married Martin R. Palmer.

Smith Funeral Home of Fort Payne conducted the service.

A Brief History of Smith Funeral Home

Smith Funeral Home began operating around 1928 in Fort Payne by Jefferson Mack Smith, who was identified in the obituary as Reverend J. M. Smith. In 1940, the funeral home was renamed Anderson & McBryar Funeral Home after it was purchased by its director, George L. Anderson, and his business partner Lewis McBryar. In 1943, Anderson’s share was purchased by McBryar and the business was renamed McBryar Funeral Home. McBryar’s daughter Gladys married a man named Sherman C. Moore, who took over running the funeral home from McBryar in 1945. In 1955, Sherman Moore moved the business from Fort Payne to Trenton, Georgia and renamed it Moore Funeral Home. It is still operated in Trenton today by descendants of Sherman Moore and Gladys McBryar. Moore Funeral Home recently handled the service of my late aunt Nellie Moore.


Newspapers.com – The Fort Payne Journal – Page 8 (Fort Payne, Alabama, 1 July 1936), http://www.newspapers.com, Obituary of John Newton Kilgore. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/88514816/obituary-for-john-newton-kilgore/

Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/75185873/jasper-newton-kilgore : accessed 19 January 2022), memorial page for Jasper Newton Kilgore (27 Feb 1857–27 Jun 1936), Find a Grave Memorial ID 75185873, citing Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery, Carrollton, Carroll County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Freda ” Cheryl ” Little (contributor 49294152) .

“History & Staff.” Moore Funeral Home, https://www.moorefhs.com/who-we-are/history-and-staff.