In the passing of William Albert Pence, Dyersburg lost a most highly esteemed and representative citizen. He was born
in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on the 10th of June, 1879, and his demise occurred in Dyersburg on the 24th of February, 1918.
For many years he was active in the milling business in Dyersburg and although he had been handicapped by blindness
since June 19, 1915, he continued to operate the sawmill with substantial success until his demise. For some time
previous to his death he was in poor health and had received treatment at the hands of Mayo Brothers and other well
known specialists in the country. On the morning of the 24th of February his wife went to his room and found him dead.
Since that time she has taken over the management of the business and may be found at the plant every day in the year.
Previous to her husband's demise she knew nothing about the business but now she is considered an expert judge of
hickory, the principal business of the mill being its work in hickory dimensions. Many a woman of less strength of
character would have failed where Mrs. Pence has succeeded and she has the respect of the entire community. On the 10th
of June, 1902, at Dyersburg was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Pence to Miss Mildred Martine Jones, a daughter of
Benjamin F. and Alice Maria (Jenkins) Jones of Jackson, Michigan. Her father was born in South Wales, while her mother
was a native of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Pence two children were born: Dorys Mirriam
Chrystelle, whose birth occurred on the 26th of August, 1904; and Max Demonte, born on the 19th of April, 1907. The
children are living with their mother in Dyersburg. Throughout his life Mr. Pence was a stanch advocate and supporter
of good government and he was never too busy to give his aid in the furtherance of any movement for the development and
improvement of the general welfare. His religious faith was that of the Baptist church, to the support of which he was
a generous contributor and he was one of the organizers of the Baraca Bible class of his church. Fraternally he was a
Master Mason and a member of the Knights of Pythias. During the years of his residence in Dyersburg, Mr. Pence wielded
a great influence for good in the community and was highly esteemed for his integrity and sterling worth.1
- Tennessee, The Volunteer State, 1769-1923, Vol. 4.
- Ancestry.com 1880 United States Federal Census Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana; Roll: 265; Family History Film: 1254265;Page: 570A; Enumeration District: 120; Image: 0161
- 1913 - 1930 J. W. CURRY FUNERAL HOME RECORDS, DYER CO., TN -http://www.rootsweb.com/~tndyer/funeral/curry-p.txt
- Death Certificate, William A. Pence
- Ancestry.com. Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002