John Nicholas Bringle died Saturday morning at his home in the 12th district, after having passed his ninety-first birthday. He was, perhaps, the oldest citizen in Tipton county and had been an active man during all of his life until last winter, when his health was impaired from an attack of pneumonia, leaving him in a rather feeble condition physically. He moved to Tipton county from Saulsbury, N. C., when quite a lad and settled at Randolph, which place, at that time, was a thriving town equal in size and as a business center to any other river town along the Mississippi. Many years before the Civil War, Mr. Bringle carried the United States mail between Randolph and Brownsville, a distance of 51 miles. At that time Covington was a wilderness along the mail route. From that time, he lived to see Covington grow to its present stage, and the possibilities of Randolph to become a southern metropolis shattered by the rivalry of Memphis. Mr. Bringle was a gallant Confederate soldier, serving in Company I, Seventh Tennessee cavalry. After the war, he returned to Tipton county and engaged in agricultural pursuits, which he followed until his death. There was no man who knew more about the history of Tipton county than Mr. Bringle, and one of his favorite hobbies was to amuse his friends, especially his young friends, by relating his remarkable experiences in the early pioneer days of this county. For sixty years, Mr. Bringle had been a consistent member of the Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church. He was greatly beloved for his genial, kindly disposition, and throughout his life he gained the friendship of all with whom he came in contact. He was a kind father and was devoted to his family. He married twice during his long life and was the father of 19 children, 13 of whom survive him. His children are making their homes in this county with the exception of John Bringle, who is a resident of Osceola, Ark. Mr. Bringle enjoyed the best of health, even in his declining years, and would have attained his 92nd birthday in October. During his life, four notable wars occurred in this country, which he remembered distinctly, including the present and greatest of all catastrophes. The funeral was held at Mt. Lebanon Sunday afternoon, Rev. R. L. Bell conducting the services in the presence of one of the largest funeral gatherings ever known in Tipton county. It was necessary to hold the services on the church campus in order to accommodate the hundreds who attended. The bereaved family has the sympathy of their many friends in their sorrow, which was attested by the offering of wreaths and flowers. (The Covington Leader, Thursday, July 12, 1917)

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