Earnest Madison Milsaps
Mother: Mrs Orgie Lane Milsaps, Greenback, TN
Enlisted Atlanta, GA, 10 July 1918
Died at Naval Hospital, Charleston, SC, of respiratory disease, 29 October 1918
“Greenback Has Its First War Funeral”
Greenback, Tenn., Nov. 3-Ernest Milsaps, of this place died in the naval hospital at Charleston, S.C., October 29 after a brief illness of pneumonia. The remains arrived at Greenback Saturday evening and the funeral was conducted in the Presbyterian Church at Morganton this morning at 11o’clock by Rev. D.M. Kerr. Interment in the Morganton cemetery followed.
The deceased was only 18 years of age a consistent Christian young man and joined the navy by volunteering only a short time ago and was under orders to sail for foreign waters when attacked by his fatal illness.
This is the first death among the fifty or more Greenback boys that are enlisted in the service, and the funeral today was largely attended by friends of the Millsaps family who are well known and prominent citizens of this place.
Among the many floral designs were one from the young men associates of the deceased in the school at Vonore, also one from the Greenback Sunday school and the W.C.T.U. of this place, and one from the friends of Miss Inez Milsaps at Knoxville. The deceased leaves a mother, Mrs. H.N. Milsaps, of this place, three sisters, Mrs. J.B. Peterson and Miss Leon Milsaps of Greenback, and Miss Inez Milsaps of Knoxville, and two brothers, Will Millsaps of Vonore and Joe Milsaps of Richmond, Va.
-The Journal and Tribune, Knoxville, Tennessee, Monday, November 4, 1918.