Note: The Nolands were residents of Caddo, Bokchito, and Durant at different times.
S.E. Oklahoma Citizen
June 14, 1934
Confederate Veteran, R. P. Noland , Succumbs at Age of 91 Years
One of the last of the state’s Confederate veterans, R. P. Noland, 91 years of age, passed away Wednesday evening at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank Long, 523 North Eighth Avenue.
Due to his advanced age, Mr. Noland’s health had been poor for a number of years, but he remained active until just before his passing. He was born in Carrolton, Miss. June 17th, 1842 and had he lived 10 days longer, he would have celebrated his 92nd birthday.
Mr. Noland became affiliated with the Baptist church early in life and was a devout Christian. His son, Rev. W. N. Noland, now of Oklahoma City, has been a minister in the Baptist church for many years.
Surviving the deceased are Reverend Noland and three daughters, Mrs. Gaines Bankston, McCarley, Miss.; Mrs. Tom Nelson, Goliad, Tex.; and Mrs. Long. Funeral services were conducted this afternoon in Bokchito with Rev. Barnes of Durant and Rev. Cottingham, Bokchito, in charge. Burial was at the Bokchito cemetery.
(tribute poem by Mrs. C. H. Neal, granddaughter; omitted due to length)
R. P. Noland was born June 17, 1941 in Carroll county Miss. He passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank Long at Durant, Okla. June 6, 1934 at 6pm after a lingering illness of eight weeks.
At the age of 18 the call of war attracted him and he joined Company B, 15th Mississippi Volunteer infantry and served the Confederacy four years, the duration of the War Between the States. He had many adventures and narrow escapes and received one serious wound. He was in the famous battle of Shiloh on Pittsburg Landing and in the siege of Vicksburg, besides other encounters of lesser note. He served under the command of Gen. Zollicoffer until the death of that officer, then was in divisions commanded by Generals Tillman and Adams.
After the war closed he returned to his home and in 1867 was married to Miss Martha Williams. To this union was born six children, three boys and three girls. J.R. Noland and J.J. Noland who passed on in 1902, just three months difference in their deaths. Another son, Rev. W.N. Noland, of Oklahoma City, and three daughters, Mrs. Gaines Bankston, of McCarley, Miss; Mrs. Tom Nelson of Goliad, Tex.; and Mrs. Frank Long of Durant, Okla. with whom he has made his home the past 35 years. His wife proceeded him in death 47 years ago.
Besides the above mentioned children, he is survived by 17 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was 91 years, 11 months and 10 days old at the time of his death. Funeral services were held in the Baptist church at Bokchito Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock conducted by Rev. Barnes of Durant and Rev. Cottingham of Bokchito. Active pallbearers were the grandsons and granddaughters’ husbands of deceased who were: C.H. Neal, Dock Noland, Preston Noland of Bokchito, J.E. Hulsey, and Clarence Jeldy of Oklahoma city. He was laid to rest in the family plot in Bokchito cemetery Thursday afternoon.