Leander West

November 14, 1935
Van Buren County Democrat


"Uncle Leander" West one of the few surviving veterans of the Civil War in Van Buren County, died at the home of his son Clarence West at Woolum, at 1:15 o'clock Sunday afternoon, November 10, following a lingering illness of cancer and other infirmaties of age. Burial was in Liberty Cemetery, near his home. Monday with Masonic honors. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. E.G. Kaetzell of Clinton and Rev. Arthur Jones of Copeland. Mr. West was born in Cherokee County, North Carolina, April 24, 1846, and was 89 years, 6 months and 16 days old at the time of his death. Following the Civil War he went to Georgia and there met and married Miss Harriett Ella Evans. They came to Arkansas in the latter part of 1877, homesteading a tract of land in what is known as the Trace Ridge community, near Woolum, and where the remaining 58 years of Mr. West's life was spent. To this union nine children were born, seven of whom survive. The wife and mother passed away exactly 44 years to a day, and almost to the minute, before his death. In 1895 Mr. West was united in marriage with Mrs. Mittie Smith of Faulkner County. Two children were born of this union, one of whom survives, the other dying in infancy. Mrs. West died many years ago. In early manhood Mr. West made a profession of religion and identified himself with the M.E. church, South. He had been a sufferer of cancer of the face for about 35 years, and for the past two years, was not out of his room but he bore his suffering with patience and a christian's fortitude. He is survived by five sons, O.L. West of Clinton, Clarence of Woolum, Ulysses West of Chickasha, Okla., Milton West of Ballenger, Texas, and Emmett West of Clinton; three daughters, Mrs. Stella Millsaps of Gracemont, Olka.; Mrs. Carrie Ingram of Lewisburg, Tenn., and Mrs. Lula Carter of Goodwell, Okla.