Thornton Buford Stringfellow

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Thornton Buford Stringfellow 1860 – 1945

 From the Gainesville Daily Sun December 4, 1945

 FUNERAL RITES FOR STRINGFELLOW SET TOMORROW

Funeral services for Thornton B. Stringfellow, 86, prominent Gainesville resident who died Monday morning in the St. Vincent’s Hospital in Jacksonville will be conducted tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 from the First Presbyterian Church in Gainesville.

Mr. Stringfellow came to Alachua County in 1860, where he worked in young manhood in the mercantile business for G. K. Broome.  He later entered the retail grocery business with his brother, Robert L. Stringfellow on the west side of the court house square, many years ago.    The brothers later built what is now the A. C. L. depot and went into the wholesale grocery business there.  They moved to Jacksonville in 1900 and established the Stringfellow Brothers Wholesale Grocery at the foot of Hogan Street in that city.

Moving back to Gainesville in 1907, Mr. Stringfellow became highly interested in civic affairs.  He was president of the Diamond Ice Company, president of the Sweet Water Mills and the Stringfellow Grocery Company.  Mr. Stringfellow’s principal business interest, however has been in real estate.  He has owned valuable property both in Jacksonville and Gainesville for many years.

He was married in Gainesville to Miss Willie Adams in October 1895.  He was preceded in death by his wife who died on June 18 of this year.

Surviving him are three sons:  Hart R., Gainesville, Jack B., Ashville, N. C. and Arthur K., Gainesville, and one daughter, Miss Marguerite Stringfellow of Tampa, one sister Mrs. E. S. Walker of Gainesville and eight grandchildren.

Dr. U. S. Gordon of Gainesville and Dr. Melton Clark of Jacksonville will officiate at the service tomorrow.

Pall bearers will be:  E. W. Jones, R. B. Livingston, C. B. Thomas, Benmont Tench, Jim Arnette, P. D. Prevatt, Arch Campbell, Clarence O’Neill, A. J. Duke, W. E. Baker, Mason Tison, Joe Hannon, and John Powell.

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Internment will be made locally.  The Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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