Columbiana Sentinel, Columbiana, Alabama, Thursday, October 10, 1907
Benjamin Jonathan Large. The subject of this sketch was born to Jonathan and Mary Large in Montevallo, Ala. June 15th, 1848. He died at Newport, Tenn., September 27th, 1907, and was buried at Montevallo, Sunday, September 29th, as he desired to be, with Masonic ceremonies. Ben Large was a man whom it was the pleasure of many people of Shelby County to know. Full of life and fun, and a peculiar gentleness and kindness, he made friends wherever he moved. He chose in his early manhood a railroad career, serving in several of its departments, though he finally settled down as a conductor. Everybody who lived along the old Selma, Rome and Dalton railroad knew and loved him for the cheerfulness of his disposition and the goodness of his heart. The needy and distressed always found in him a prompt and ready friend, who stopped at nothing short of their relief and comfort, if the attainment was within the range of human possibility. Sympathy for the misfortunes and afflictions of others was his great characteristic, and the sum of his charities can be recorded only in heaven. He early united himself to the Methodist Church, which connection he maintained to the end of life. He was made a Mason at Montevallo, afterwards joining Charity Lodge, at Six Mile, Bibb County, near which place he lived for several years, farming and merchandising. For some years past he has lived in Georgia, following his favorite avocation; but failing health led him recently to Newport, Tenn., where he owned a farm in which he delighted. He married Miss Leeper Bragg of Shelby County. She, with his only brother, Samuel J. Large, of Calera, and his sisters, Mrs. E. Finley and Mrs. W.J. Rhodes, of Montevallo, survive him.