George W.Maraman, one of the best known men in Bullitt County, died at his home at Salt River, January 29th, 1923, after an illness of two days. His death was due to a stroke of paralysis which he sustained while at his store on Friday, January 27th. On Tuesday, January 30, his remains were laid to rest in Hebron Cemetery after services at the home conducted by Mr. William Ruedemann.
Mr. Maraman was a son of the late Henry O. Maraman, for many years a prominent and prosperous citizen of this community. He was married to Miss Sue Swearingen, daughter of the late Clark Swearingen, of Leaches, on the 16th day of November in 1876. Had Mr. Maraman lived until the 24th day of February, he would have been seventy-five years of age. He was born in 1848, and was thirteen years of age when the Great Civil War began.
While his parents were in good circumstances, he was taught at an early age the value and importance of thrift and industry, and the lessons thus learned in his early youth clung to him through out his long, busy and successful life. In his dealings with his fellow man, he was courteous and kind. His friends were legion. To his friends, he was loyalty itself. In 1891, with his brothers, H. L. Maraman and W. J. Maraman, he erected the present splendid and commodious store building in which he was doing business when the last summons came, and it marked the dawn of a better day for Shepherdsville.
For fifty years, he was closely connected with business and social life in Shepherdsville. Measured and judged from every angle and view point, he was high above the average as a man and citizen. It was not in his store, nor yet upon the street, nor in the gay throng that he was seen at his best. It was in his home with his invalid wife that his strong, manly qualities shone forth in all their brightness. There in the quietude of his home with the sweetheart of his young manhood, the one who had been his constant companion for almost forty-seven years, the sharer of his joys and sorrows, his business cares were laid aside and he was all tenderness and patient. The outside world has never known of his self abnegation and his wonderful devotion to his afflicted wife.
He was the last member of his father’s family to answer the last call. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Sue Maraman, one daughter, Mrs. Geneva Henderson, four sons, Conrad Maraman, Horace Maraman, Henry Maraman and Roy L. Maraman, all of Bullitt County, and all at his bedside when the end came. The many beautiful floral tributes, and the large number of friends who gathered at the home where the funeral services were held bore testimony to the high esteem in which he was held. To the bereaved ones we tender our sympathy, especially to the grief-stricken wife whose loving and watchful companion has been taken from her side. May He who marks the sparrow’s fall and guides the destines of mankind, comfort and sustainer in dark hours of sorrow.
The Pioneer News, 2 Feb 1923
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