George Robert Loyall
Knoxville Journal- January 21, 1941, page 12.
Former Southern Railway Head
Will be Buried Here Today
George R. Loyall, Was Superintendent Of Local Division.
The body of George R. loyall, nationally known railroad executive of the Knoxville division of the Southern Railway here, will reach the city about 1 p.m. today for burial in New Grey Cemetery. the Rev. John Hughston of First Baptist Church will conduct private services at the grave.
Other services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today in Asheville, where Loyall died yesterday morning.
MADE RAPID ADVANCE
Rising from a telegraph operator, Mr. Loyall became superintendent here, a post he held for several years. At time of the World War, Mr. Loyall was drafted by the government as regional director of the Southern lines, with offices in Atlanta. Railroads had been taken over by the government to facilitate the movement of soldiers and war supplies.
Following the war, he was appointed president of the Norfolk Southern Railroad, with offices in Norfolk. He held that position until his retirement a few years ago. He also served for a time as assistant vice-president and general manager of the Southern Railway in Washington, D.C.
The Loyall family home was in Knoxville and Mr. Loyall called the city his home until his death here of his parents, John Henry and Lucy Caroline Dabney Loyall.
City Judge Robert Williams recalled last night that Loyall's father was in charge of maintenance of lines for the old ETV&Ga Railroad for years. He also was a deacon in the First Baptist Church, when it was on Gay Street.
Mr. Loyall's last visit to Knoxville was two years ago, when he renewed acquaintance with scores of veteran employes whom he knew while general superintendent.
BORN IN VIRGINIA
He was born in Shadwell, Va., Dec. 3, 1867, and was educated in the public and private schools of Virginia. Early in his life, he became a station agent and telegraph operator for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad and after coming to Tennessee became train dispatcher, cheif dispatcher and master of trains on the East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railroad, which later became a part of the Southern Railway.
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Laura Bradley Loyall; a sister, Miss Kate Loyall, Knoxville; two stepsons, Bradley Fulkerson, Dayton, Ohio, and Abram Fulkerson, Buffalo; two nephews, Loyall Sitton, Charlotte, N.C. and John Sitton of Knoxville, four nieces, Mrs. E.P. Bushnell, Marion, Ill., Mrs. Florence Sitton Dickson, Canton, N.C., Miss Jennie Loyall and Mrs. Charles J. Woods, both of Macon Georgia.