Monroe News-Star, Monroe, Louisiana November 11, 1926, Page 1, Column 5.
No death of recent years in this city has caused more genuine sorrow, especially among the older residents of the Twin Cities and the parish than that of W. A. O’Kelly, Sr., who died at his home, 123 North Sixth Street, at an early hour yesterday morning. Mr. O’Kelly was not only one of the best known men of this section, but was as widely esteemed as he was known. His passing away severs a link with the past history of this city and parish, stated many old-time friends today. In the reconstruction days of the South, Mr. O’Kelly was extremely active and contributed much to the return of established government for the state and especially for this section of Louisiana. As testimony, mute but expressing sincerity, were the many floral emblems that were sent to the residence and to St. Matthew’s Church for the services this morning. A Large number of representative men of the city and parish gathered at the house just before the hour set for the Church funeral. The Henry W. Allen Chapter, U.C.V., of which the deceased was adjutant, was well represented as were members of the police jury and city and other parish officials. From the house, where brief exercised were held, the body was removed to St. Matthew’s Church which was well filled at the hour of 10 o’clock, this morning, for the funeral services. Following these, the burial was held at the local Catholic cemetery.
Pall bearers were as follows: Theodore Terzia, John Breard, Charles Philips, Fred Hil, Judge Ben C. Dawkins, A. A. Thoman, John Collens, and Sig Masur. An unusual feature in the tribute of respect to long faithful service as public official, was shown when the funeral procession, from the house to the church, passed over a circuitous route, proceeding on all four streets which bound the Ouachita parish court house. Another feature was the wearing of a small white chrysanthemum in the lapel of each pallbearer’s coat, which were from the beds of the courthouse grounds. Four members of the Henry W Allen post, U.C.V., marched, in time-honored gray uniforms, from the church to the grave. At the grave, Professor W. B. Ennis, with army bugle, sounded solemn taps over the grave of the departed soldier.