Note: The following Obituary was taken from the Newspaper in Pulaski, Giles County, Tennessee dated July 12th, 1901. A copy of the following article was given to Jason David Marbut in 1995 from Robert Max Bradford a descendant of James Garner Marbut

   When the  sad news was announced Monday, July 1st that J. G. Marbut was dead the entire community joined in one solemn regret. For about forty years or more it was one unchanged custom for the people of south-western part of Giles and the northern part of Limestone County, Ala., to call on J. G. Marbut for the necessary articles of living, good advice, and their mail. No one ever expected or even feared that if it was necessary to go to his store they would find him away.

   He was always at his post. Marbuts was the place for the social chats of the community. On rainy days and at Christmas times the young folks and neighbors would gather at Marbuts to pass the time away and arrange the meetings. At his store, the free and unstinted privileges of harmless social amusement and pastime was accorded his neighbors and friends, and at his comfortable home strangers found a happy and pleasant resting place. From a ten- year old boy to the present, it has been the writer's happy privilege to visit Marbut's store, and he voices the sentiment of the community when he says that J. G. Marbut was a gentleman. As a merchant he was honest and clever, as a postmaster he was cautious, patient and accurate, as a Mason he was a valued brother, as a Christian he was bright and happy. Allways ready to help in any way and any one to advance the good cause.

   He was the main pillow of the Missionary Baptist Church at Minorhill which he loved and served most faithfully. It was through his untiring efforts that caused Minorhill to have one of the most comfortable church buildings in the county. It was brother Marbut who saw that the neat bellfrey was properly constructed. It was he who saw to digging a most needed well on the church ground, and it was he who saw that the Sunday School was supplied with literature. In his death the church sustained a loss that cannot be replaced. He is missed and mourned by each member.

   As a husband and father words  are to feeble to express his kindness. He was the proud father of two sons and three daughters. One son, a handsome young fellow, long since preceeded his father to the better world, the others survive him. Their loss is great. As a magistrate he was just and popular. As a citizen he was true, patriotic and neighborly. Thus in those several capacities he quietly, but unseemingly plodded along down the journey of a long and useful life. He lived in what is sometimes called a "back district," but he lived among the happiest and most independent people and their respect and appreciation for a time-honored friend was clearly shown by the concourse of people who gathered at Minorhill July 2nd, and so carefully cut away the brush from a spot selected by himself, which was kindly donated by a friend and neighbor and tenderly assisted the Masonic Fraternity in making the first and almost sacred "mound" in what is to be a beautiful cemetery.

   His Lord said unto him, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things; enter thou into the joy of the Lord."

J.L.C.