Posey died from Spanish Flu

Pvt. James Franklin Posey

Born Sept. 28, 1894; Died Oct. 14, 1918

Army Pvt. James Franklin Posey had the responsibility of supporting his mother and sister at the young age of only 16 years old.

Born on Sept, 28, 1894, Posey joined the U.S. Army when he was 23. Perhaps it was to provide a better life for his family. But, sadly, a little more than a year after he joined the army, Posey was dead. Killed by the Spanish

Flu on Oct. 14, 1918. Apparently, the Spanish Flu had claimed another victim. It is not known how his mother, Mary Armstrong Moon, who lived along RFD 8, Box 66, Griffin, survived after that.

Posey is buried in the Moon Family Cemetery in Zetella. Although Posey did not come home alive, a grateful community now honors the World War I soldier.

An individual plaque honoring Posey was installed in Griffin’s Historic District. The plaque was sponsored by a generous anonymous donor who believes Griffin and Spalding County is a great community to work, live and play. It is located at 202 W. Broad St.

If you would like additional information about any of the 165 men and women from Griffin-Spalding County that were killed in action during America’s wars, visit www.honorourkia.org.

If you would like additional information about any of the 165 men and women from Griffin-Spalding County that were killed in action during America’s wars, visit www.honorourkia.org.