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Dr. J.J. Hargis

Submitted by Donnie Pickard

Van Buren County Democrat
August 22, 1913

Old Citizen Passes Away

Dr. J. J. Hargis, one of the oldest best-known citizens of the county, died of stroke of paralyses at his home three miles west of Clinton Thursday afternoon.

Dr. Hargis was a North Carolinian by birth, but, in his infancy moved with his parents to DeKalb County, Georgia, from which place he come to Van Buren County, Arkansas in 1858. He served four years in the Confederate Army going out under Captain Norman. Was elected treasurer of the county in 1890 and re-elected to the same in 1892. He took a course in medicine at McDowel College, St. Louis, and practiced his profession for twelve or fifteen years.

Dr. Hargis has been married four times. First to Jane Thompson and second to her sister, Mandy Thompson. His third marriage was to Jane Sanders and the fourth to Mary Peel who survives him. To these unions nine children were born, only four of whom are living and they were all present during his last hours.

He had been in poor health for a number of years following a stroke of paralyses, and a few months ago he had a second stroke. Sunday evening he seemed as well as usual and sat up and talked till late hour. When called for breakfast Monday morning he was found to be in a comatose condition from which he could not be roused, but lived till Thursday afternoon. Interment took place at Bradley cemetery Friday Rev. H. L. Smith conducting the services.