August 13, 1902
Tuesday at noon the sad intelligence was received at Farmerville announcing the death of Mr. John W. Loper, a prominent merchant and planter, at his home in Cecil at 11:30 that morning.
About a week ago the deceased had to take to his bed with a malignant attack of typhoid fever; but as he was possessed of a strong constitution and an indomitable will, it was thought he would be able to pull through. However, Monday he began to grow rapidly worse and about midnight his physicians saw there was no hope for him.
Mr. Loper was a man of untiring energy, and by close attention to business he had accumulated a liberal proportion of this world’s goods. He was a hard worker, a useful citizen, a devoted husband and indulgent father. He leaves a broken-hearted wife and daughter to mourn his loss. Mr. Loper was in the 37th year of his age. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias and Woodmen of the World, in both of which orders he carried life insurance, and also carried policies in some of the old line companies.
The Gazette extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved relatives in their sore affliction.