J. Arthur Costner, county treasurer of Blount county, is one of Maryville’s representative citizens. A native of this county, he was born near Carpenter’s Camp Grounds, on the 10th of October, 1871, a son of H. M, and Margaret L. Costner.
J. Arthur Costner received his education in the common schools in the vicinity of the home farm and when eighteen years of age enrolled in Maryville College. Upon the completion of his course in that institution he returned to the home farm and subsequently accepted a position as mail carrier, serving for sixteen years in that capacity. He moved into Maryville upon becoming active in the mail service and his genial and pleasing personality won for him many friends. In August, 1920, he was elected county treasurer on the republican ticket, and he is discharging the duties devolving upon him in this office with efficiency.
On the 19th of April, 1894, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Costner to Miss Mary S. McGhee, and to their union two children have been born: Guy and Hazel. Guy, who is a veteran of the World war, having been in active service overseas for twelve months, is now studying dentistry.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Costner are consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal church and they are active in church work. Fraternally he is identified with the Junior Order of American Mechanics. Mr. Costner devotes his entire time and attention to his official duties and well merits the confidence and esteem in which he is held by his fellowmen. He has contributed in a marked degree to the development and improvement of the general welfare and is highly esteemed for his integrity and sterling worth.
Source: Moore, John Trotwood. Tennessee, The Volunteer State, 1769-1923. Vol. 4. Chicago, IL, USA: S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1923.