|Ketchum-Webb-Smith Family Archives
"The Memphis Avalanche," June 13, 1867
We are called upon to perform the sad duty of announcing the demise of MR. LEVY KETCHUM, an honest and worthy citizen of Fayette County, in this State. The painful event occurred on Sunday morning last [June 9] at the Overton Hotel, when surrounded by kind hearted and grief stricken friends, he breathed his last, in the sixty ninth year of his life.
Mr. KETCHUM came to this city a few days ago, hoping to obtain relief from the effects of paralysis, with which he had been afflicted for some time past. Instead of deriving benefit from the treatment he engaged, he grew rapidly worse, and expired after an illness of two days, much to the regret of a wide circle of friends and acquaintances.
Death is at all times a solemn and unwelcome visitor, but when he selects as a victim one who is universally beloved and respected, as was the subject of this sketch, he is specially so. Born in Maury County, Tenn., Mr. KETCHUM removed to Fayette at an early day. By industry, frugality and perseverance, he amassed a handsome fortune. By hospitality, kindness and liberality towards all with whom he was acquainted, his name became a synonym for honesty and uprightness, and his memory will long be held fresh and dear by those whom he knew. Though now buried beneath the cold earth, where the green grass will soon grow above his mortal form, the blue ethereal vault of heaven will never bend above his immortal spirit.
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