This is from a 1916 newspaper clipping on the dead of Dr. W. W. Fitts (died March 9, 1916):
"For several days the people had been prepared to expect the death of the venerable man, but it was with saddened hearts that they learned that during the night, Wednesday, the summons had come and that another veteran has crossed over the river and is now at rest.
The funeral and burial will take place from the residence tomorrow, Friday morning at 10 o’clock, Rev. W. W. Roop, his life-long friend will conduct services.
Few men have played a more prominent part in the history of Carroll county and Carrollton, than has Dr. W. W. Fitts. As a young man, before the Civil War he taught school in Bowdon from which school later, he, Col. Chas. A. McDaniel and Major John M. Richardson, built Bowdon College.
Dr. Fitts has always had a lively interest in affairs educational and has been chairman of the City Board of Education since its organization.
He has been as earnest and serious member of the Baptist Church since we first knew him, now more than a half century. He has always labored for the temperance cause and for every thing that tended to the betterment of the fellow man. For many years as an actively practicing physician he traveled over this and adjoining counties in his efforts to alleviate the suffering of the sick.
Dr. Fitts has been a stockholder and director in the First National Bank and Mandeville Mills since they organized and enjoyed the confidence of the stockholders to the utmost.
For more than 35 years he was at the head of one of the leading drug stores of the city and only quite recently retired from participation in its management.
For more than 30 years he has been a member of the Jury Commission of the county, which position he held at his death. He was a master mason and had filled the highest offices in his lodge and actively participated in the lodge work when a younger man.
In 1855 he married Miss Angie Brown, daughter of Samuel Brown of Bowdon, a sister of Mr. B. P. Brown and of the late S. J, Brown, who died several years ago.
Dr. Fitts leaves three sons, Dr. W. L. and Robt. H. and J. W, Fitts, and one daughter, Mrs. F. A. Weems; two daughters, Mrs. C. B. Simonton and Mrs. Neal Moses, having died several years ago.
As we said above, few men have lived so long and played so important part in the history of Carroll and whose name filled so large a place in the history of her affairs, as did William Washington Fitts.
Peace and honor to his memory."
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