- Rufus Sampson "Sampie" Smith 1851 - 1928 The Douglas Enterprise ... December 14, 1928 SAMPIE SMITH, SR. BURIED LONE HILL ONE OF COUNTY'S PIONEERS SUFFERED 10 YEARS OF CANCER. HAD REMARKABLE CAREER. REARED LARGE FAMILY Another pioneer of Coffee County passed away to his reward last Saturday morning about 2 o'clock when Mr. R. S. Smith, better known as Sampie Smith, Sr., died after an illness extending over a period of years, the deceased suffering of a cancer for about 10 years. Mr. Smith bore his suffering with great fortitude, approached death without a murmur, knowing for several years that the end was not very far away. He remarked to his son, Dr. Smith, about six months ago that he just six months more to live, and on Dec. 20, the six months would have expired. Mr. Smith was born in Appling county on June 18, 1851, making him 77 years old last June. His parents came to Coffee county when he was quite young and most of his entire life was spent in this county. The funeral was held on Saturday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. H. Peterson, where he had lived for the past two years, and immediately afterwards the burial took place at Lone Hill church, the funeral services being conducted by Rev. Stokes, pastor of the Lone Hill church. There were many and beautiful floral offerings and a large crowd was in attendance at both services. The pall bearers were the sons of Mrs. J. H. Peterson and the sons of Mr. Sampie Smith, Jr., his grandchildren. Mr. Smith was married 59 years ago to Miss Mary Gaskins, a sister of the late Daniel Gaskins. She survives him. Besides her the following children survive: Mrs. J. H. Peterson, J. Monroe Smith, Mrs. Levi O'Steen, Sampie Smith, Jr., and Dr. John R. Smith. A son, Tilden Smith, died some years ago. The following brothers are living: Isaac Smith, Richard Smith, John Smith, and Tippie Smith. Several grandchildren survive. Mr. Smith was one of the county's representative citizens. He did not care for public office but at one time several years ago, served as county commissioner. He was a member of the K. of P. lodge, and a member of the Methodist church, his membership being at Lone Hill. He lived several miles out from Douglas most of his married life, moving to Douglas about ten years ago where he and his wife resided in west Douglas. About two years ago he and Mrs. Smith moved to the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Peterson. The deceased lived an honorable life, just in all his dealings with his fellow man. He often remarked that he did not want to die owing any man a penny. He died that way. He made his will and took acre of every detail of his property. He had plenty of time to make his plans as he lingered long, but thru all of his suffering he never failed to provide for his loved ones. He made a good neighbor as his closest friends will testify, and will be missed by the people who knew him well. . . .