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Mr. Gary B. Spinks

Paulding New Era
September 3, 1886
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Mr. Gary B. Spinks Dead.  The old and highly respected citizen passed from this life early Monday morning, the 30th of August, 1886.  Mr. Spinks had been in feeble health for a month, and decided to leave his wood yard in Atlanta and come home to recuperate.  Last Sunday night he conversed with a neighbor until time to retire, and went to bed in as good spirits as usual.  Monday morning he was found in his bed lifeless, but still warm, and it is supposed he had been dead but a few minutes.

Mr. G.A. Spinks was born in either Clarks or Butts county the 16th of June, 1820, and was carried to Newton county when only two years old, where he resided until 1843 or '44, when he removed to this, Paulding county. Here he was married, August 26, 1844 to Elizabeth Ann Matthews, daughter of C.J. and Sallie Matthews. He settled on what is now the public square of Dallas, in February 1849, and his was the only house within one mile of the present site of Dallas. He was one of the commissioners appointed to lay off the town, and donated forty acres of the land upon which the town now stands. He was elected justice of the peace, and served two years, when he was elected to the legislature. In 1874, he was again elected to the legislature. In 1885, he was elected Mayor of Dallas, and was holding that office at the time of his death. Few men have been more industrious and public spirited and none have been more reliable or trustworthy. As a grand juror, as jury commissioner, as judge - no matter what capacity - he was ever f__ and reliable, always contending for the maintenance of law and order. Mr. Spinks was interred in the Dallas cemetery Tuesday morning, the Rev. ___Camp, of the Primitive Baptist Church, performing the last rites and ceremony.

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