Callaway Weekly Gazette, March 23, 1883,
At his residence in Boydsville, March 18th, 1883, John A. Comer, aged 72 years. Funeral from the residence, Elder Jarrott officiating. A large number of relatives and friends attended the services. The remains were interred at the Millers' Creek Church Cemetery.
He had been a consistent member of the Christian Church for twenty years. A kind and indulgent father, husband, and neighbor, he leaves a large family of children, most of whom are grown, as well as scores of staunch friends among the early settlers throughout the county. His life is an example to the young and shows what may be done on a farm by industry and economy.
Commencing way back in the time of the first settling of this county with nothing and principally by cultivating and dealing in tobacco, he laid up a good competence. He was, from 1852 and the following ten years, one of the most successful as well as most prominent tobacco raisers and dealers in the State. He took a number of premiums in St. Louis on fine tobacco. In about 1859 he sold a hogshead of fine tobacco on which he had taken a premium for $2.50 pound. The old Callaway pioneers are fast passing away, but they leave their successes and virtues that those who take their places may strive to imitate them.