Rev. William Saye

Athens Banner Herald
August 2, 1925


Rev. Willie Saye, well known Baptist minister, was laid to rest Sunday afternoon. Mr. Saye died Friday at his home in the fifty - first year of his age.

For many years he was pastor of various churches in this section and his kindly sprit and faithfulness to his duty endeared him to a large number of people who came to attend the funeral services conducted for him by Rev. Dr. J.J. Bennett, Rev. B.F. Elliott, Rev. George E. Stone and Rev. A.L. Flury. The services were conducted from the Prince Avenue Baptist Church, of which Mr. Saye was a member.

Rev. Saye is survived by his widow, a daughter, Mrs. I.T. Franklin; three sons, Messrs. Roy, Newt and Fred Saye; three sisters, Mrs. R.T. Yarbrough, Mrs. Frank Wall and Mrs. Locklin Kent and two brothers, Messrs. J.I. and Walter Saye.

*Submitter's note: The Reverend William Saye was a Baptist minister. Deacons of East Athens Baptist Church suggested to William that he should be ordained to the ministry, but he declined because he could neither read nor write, and all he knew about the Bible he had memorized in Sunday school and church. However, the deacons hired a tutor, and six months later, he was ordained. He traveled by horse and buggy to several rural churches near Athens, and in his best year, his income was slightly more than $300.