I should have read your message better. If she died in 1899, obviously she could not have been at the funeral. Would assume it must have been your ggf. Some of the family may have known the situation, and recognized who he was. Some of the story was told in front of Golda Mable, dau. of Link, in my presence. She had been asked about it before but would not comment. When it was said that "they" were at the funeral, she was the one who said "you could have knocked me over with a feather". I took it that she hadn't known before, so it was a shock. She would not discuss it further, and that one statement was the only one to confirm that the story was factual. There was no question in my mind that Golda believed that he had fathered the child. I thought it was interesting that Link's first child was about 17 months younger than Otha Ray.
Your ggf would not have even had to acknowledge them for the piece of the story that I heard to be true. One of Golda's daughters, Barbara, may know more. I'm flying in to Knoxville from Ft. Worth next week on vacation, so will do a little inquiry while there to see if she does. She got the story from a relative from Chattanoga at a family reunion a few years before that when genealogy was being discussed (abt.1992/3). The source may still be alive? Will ask.