Death of a Gallant Soldier and Accomplished Gentleman
Major Frank H. McNairy, the well beloved friend, the valiant soldier, the upright man, died early yesterday morning and was buried at 4 o’clock in the afternoon.
Major McNairy was a Tennessean by birth, the son of a leading Nashville physician. Raised in means, he received the education of the ante-bellum southern gentleman, and in early boyhood showed strongly the traits that marked the man of later years. Of strong likes and dislikes, he required of all men the same standard that he held himself to, and neither adult nor child could claim his friendship if he were found lacking.
When the war broke out the deceased felt that his duty was with the ceceding states, and he was among the first Tennessee troops to answer the call of the south.
Possessed of ample means, he entered the services as a volunteer aide on the staff of General Leonidas Polk, with whom he served until the death of the fighting bishop.
In war, as in peace, his only ambition was to do his duty. He had no desire to command. He executed, and so well did he do so that Frank McNairy’s name was synonymous with efficiency and valor, and that he now was more trusted and implicitly relied upon by the commanding officers. However dangerous the journey, however important the message, it was always felt to be safe and sure with him.
The war over Major McNairy spent a short while in Nashville and then came to New Orleans, which city he adopted as his home. He became identified with the firm of James E Yateman, tobaconist, and later went into the employ of Jurey & Gillis, now M. Gillis & Co. In business as in war he cared not to lead, but was not content unless he excelled, and in every transaction, great and small, he adhered uncompromisingly to the high standard that he had adopted for his own guidance.
Major McNairy never married. Although a confirmed bachelor, and as popular as he was widely known in business circles, he was never a clubman. Of a strongly domestic temperament, his joy was his sister’s home where he was a favorite among a large circle of intimate friends.
Seldom speaking of himself and his own life, he was conversant with almost any and every subject, and the extended reading that supplemented his early studies was such that what he stated was accepted by those who knew him well not only as his own views, but as the facts.
Parentless, wifeless and childless, he was yet a man dearly loved by many, and maturity, youth and childhood joined their tears over the casket that yesterday afternoon rested before the communion rail of Trinity Protestant Episcopal church, where his bent figure was a familiar sight, in life, to all the congregation.
The services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Kramer, who is temporarily filing the Trinity pulpit. He was assisted by Rev. A. Gordon Bakewell, a fellow of the deceased on General Polk’s staff, and loved friends during the subsequent years.
Among the sad and honoring congregation was a large delegation of the Army of Tennessee, headed by General John Glynn, and a delegation from the Pointe Coupee Battery, who followed the remains to the McNairy tomb in Metairie cemetery.
The pallbearers were Dr. McNairy, of Washington, D.C., Messers. John M Parker, Sr., A. P. Leverich, Alfred Gillis, C.J. Lewis, A. M. Cook, Douglas West, Colonel R. B. Snowdon and Leroy Percy.
Reference: Times-Picayune (New Orleans), 04 Oct 1892, p. 6 as indexed at GenealogyBank.com
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