Cassville Marker Builders Walter Headden and Lyman Chapman


As you may or may not remember we were trying to restore the Cassville Monument that is suffering from chipping plaster and damage. The Georgia Building Authority wanted more information about the monument and I sought out to find more. I accidentally bumped into this info.

In searching for more information about the Cassville monument I found an article in the Rome News Tribune that mentions Walter Johnston of the Berry Schools and his brother in law Lyman Chapman as builders of the huge monument. In doing more digging we find that Lyman Chapman was a Confederate Veteran in the Dalton guards Company B of Phillips Legion. In another article we find The Cartersville Express Newspaper March 10, 1881 Page 3 “Our community was shocked on Sunday morning last at the reception of the news of the death of Mrs. Elizabeth Chapman, the devoted wife of our fellow townsman, Mr. Lyman A. Chapman, which occurred at her residence at 4 o’clock a. m. She died in child birth. Mr. Chapman was absent at his work in Gadsden, Ala., and was immediately telegraphed for. He had already started home and arrived on the 11 o’clock morning passenger. Mrs. Chapman was the daughter of Mr. Wm. Headden, of Cassville, and the sister of Rev. R. B. Headden and Mr. Walter Headden, of this place. She was about 34 years of age, and besides her fond husband and relatives, leaves three or four little children. Her remains were interred at Cassville Monday afternoon, Rev. Dr. DeVotie officiating. ”It looks as if Lyman moved to Dublin Georgia and married a Martha H Chapman and is buried in the North view cemetery in Laurens County
In another article The Weekly Tribune March 8, 1928 “ One of County’s Honored Citizens Succumbed as Result Attack of Pneumonia—Once in Drug Business Here. Mr. Walter Johnston Headden died at his home in Cassville Saturday morning and was buried Sunday afternoon in the Cassville cemetery. Rev. Amos Cash conducted the funeral services in the presence of a large gathering of relatives and friends, at the Baptist church. The pallbearers were Messrs. J.B. Crawford, J.C. McTier, W.D. Pittard, J.L. Milhollin, H.E. Bruce and W.S. Chunn Funeral arrangements in charge of Jackson’s funeral directors, of Cartersville. Mr. Headden, who was born and reared in Cassville, was 75 years of age. He was in the drug business in Cartersville for several years, then moved to Rome, and was in the drug business with r. Dave Curry for twenty years. He moved back to Cassville a few years ago to be near old friends and relatives. Mr. Headden has been in declining health for the last two months, and his death was not unexpected. He was a consecrated member of the Baptist Church for a number of years, and was genuinely loved and respected. He is survived by his widow, and one sister, Mrs. F.W. Smith, of Rome, Ga., and one brother, Mr. E.A. Headden, of Hermitage, Tenn. He was a brother of the late Dr. R.B. Headden, of Rome, who was pastor of the Baptist church there for thirty years; also a brother of Mr. George H. Headden, of Cassville, who died eight years ago. The relatives attending the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. F.W. Smith, Miss Florence Smith, Mr. and Mrs. R.S. Kennard, and Miss Nan Headden, all of Rome; Mr. Jim Headden and children, Walter J., Gladys, Helen and Mary, of Atlanta; Miss Marie Headden of Chattanooga, Miss Delle Headden, Mr. Robert Headden and Mr. John K. Headden, of Cassville; Mr. and Mrs. Rolf Kennard of Cave Springs; Mr. Dave Curry, Mr. Walker Curry, and Mr. Arrington, of Rome, came over for the funeral. A lot of surprising information was found.

I hope to find more about the design of the monument.


Walter Johnston Headden photo from Find  A Grave

Atlanta Constitution January 13, 1915 Lyman Chapman Obituary

Newspaper obits from







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