Died Wednesday, 4th of August, 1897, in his 88th year, S. P. Bernard, one of the oldest and one of the most respected citizens of our county. Mr. Bernard was born in Nashville, Tenn., on the 18th of October, 1809, and made his first visit to Tipton county as collector for the Cumberland Iron Works in 1827. Being pleased with the country, he moved to Randolph in 1830.  Randolph then being the principal town of our county. After remaining in Randolph for a few years, and perceiving that Randolph was moving to Memphis, he came to Portersville and was living there until his election to the office of Circuit Court Clerk in 1844, he beating R. W. Sanford for the place. He has lived in Covington and its neighborhood ever since. He was a good business man and very successful in everything he undertook. Mr. Bernard has been connected with the Methodist church during the greater part of his life. Few gave of their substance for the cause of religion with more liberal hand than he. He lived to become tired of this life, and was constantly giving expression to his longings to depart and be with Christ. His funeral was preached on the 5th by his pastor, Rev. R. M. King, and the body interred at Munford Cemetery. (The Tipton Weekly Record, Friday, August 6, 1897)

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