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Prominent farmer and horseman falls in front of the Stahlman Building.  End comes suddenly.  Owner of  handsome "Maplewood Farm" and man of wide popularity, age 68, was stricken with apoplexy Wednesday 1:00 P.M. while preparing to board an incoming car in front of the Stahlman Building.  A number of persons saw Mr. Gillock fall backwards, hit his head on concrete, and rushed to help him.  Among them were R.B.C. Howell and George Morris. The first to reach him, Mr. Howell said he was dead when they attempted to help him.  They carried him inside the building, where Dr. William H. Bumpus stated death came suddenly and instantly from apoplexy.

Streets were crowded, relatives were notified: his son James White Gillock, of the Nashville Pure Milk Company, his wife Elizabeth (Malone) Gillock, and daughter Mrs. Albert N. Fite (Johnetta Gillock);  the body was removed to Dorris, Karsch and Company. Mr. Gillock had complained to a physician that morning of feeling bad and was advised to take medicine.  His trouble was not thought to be serious.
Mr. Gillock came to this city from Barren County, Kentucky 35 years ago (1881) took a position as traveling salesman for Phillips and Buttorff Co., later became secretary of the Nashville Blooded Horses Association succeeding the late George Darden.  Afterwards he was secretary of the old West Side Park Association, retiring to become a breeder of speed horses at his large farm near this city, know as Maplewood Farm.

He was considered to be one of the best posted men in the US on race horses and the turf in general, was well known throughout the south and east.  He bred and raised the famous mare "ARANZA" and later sold her to St. Louis racing men for $17,000.  This was one of the highest prices ever paid for a race horse at that time.

Several years ago Mr. Gillock retired from the race horse game and devoted his time entirely to farming and dairying and made a success.  His dairy bearing the name of the farm, "Maplewood."

Once made the race for county trustee, was defeated by a small majority. He was very popular with all who knew him and was one of the most charitably inclined and kind hearted men in the community.  He was ever ready to assist those in trouble and his many works were done without publicity.  His oldest son, Charles H. Gillock, died in Louisville, Ky. several years ago.

  Newspaper, Nashville TN.  Mar 1916.
(Death was 8 March 1916.  Burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson Co., TN.)