Other Notable Deaths


August 20, 2008


Widow of Confederate veteran

Maudie White Hopkins, who grew up during the Depression in the hardscrabble Ozarks and married a Confederate army veteran 67 years her senior, died Sunday at a hospital in Helena-West Helena, Ark. She was 93.

Other Confederate widows are still living, but they don't want any publicity, Martha Boltz of the United Daughters of the Confederacy said yesterday.

Mrs. Hopkins grew up in a family of 10 children, did laundry and cleaned house for William M. Cantrell, a Confederate veteran whose wife had died years earlier.

When he offered to leave his land and home to her if she would marry him and care for him in his later years, she said yes. She was 19; he was 86.

"After Mr. Cantrell died I took a little old mule he had and plowed me a vegetable garden and had plenty of vegetables to eat. It was hard times; you had to work to eat," she said in 2004.

Mrs. Hopkins later married Winfred White and started a family. In all, she was married four times.

Military records show her first husband enlisted in the Confederate army at age 16 in Pikeville, Ky., and was captured the same year and sent to a prison camp in Ohio. He was exchanged for a Northern prisoner and after the war moved to Arkansas to live with relatives.

Baxter County records show the couple were married in January 1934 by a justice of the peace. She said he supported her with his Confederate pension of "$25 every two or three months" and left her his home when he died in 1937.

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