January 10, 1930
Gordon, Ga., Jan. 9. Funeral services for Ross Augustus Bell, 65, tax collector, of Wilkinson county who died in a private hospital in Macon, Wednesday morning, was held this afternoon from Bethel church in this county.
Mr. Bell was carried to the hospital two weeks ago for an operation, after which pneumonia developed, which caused his death. He resided with his family in this county near Bethel church.
He is survived by his wife, formerly Miss Sallie Hatfield, and three sons, Wesley, Otho and Raleigh Bell of Irwinton; two grandsons, Jack and Bill Bell, and a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Jack Bell, of Gordon, and one sister, Mrs. Millie Hatfield, of Macon..
January 26, 1930
News was received by relatives here yesterday of the death of E. H. Coates, 68, formerly of this city, who died in Buffalo, N. Y., early yesterday morning. Mr. Coates succumbed from the effects of a stroke he suffered last fall from which he never recovered.
Mr. Coates was in the cotton seed business in Buffalo. He was born and reared on the Coates plantation in Wilkinson county, near Irwinton, but for 12 years resided here. He retained his membership in the First Baptist church here and was a life member of the Elks club.
Heis survived by four brothers, R. J. Coates, head of the English department of Lanier High School for Boys; John T. Coates, of Dublin; Howard B. Coates, of Hawkinsville',
C. B. Coates, of Atlanta, and F. B. Coates, of Jacksonville, Fla., and one sister-in-law, Mrs. George Coates, of Atlanta.
The body left Buffalo last night and is expected to arrive here at 11"30 o'clock tonight. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
February 27, 1930
The funeral of J. Pink Brooks, 78, who died at Gordon, Ga., Tuesday evening at 6:40 o'clock, was held yesterday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock at Clear Creek church, Rev. Clifton Fite and Rev. J. L. Pittman officiating. Interment was in Clear Creek cemetery.
Six grandsons who served as pallbearers were: Oscar Brooks, J. P. Brooks, Jr., G. E. Brooks, C. H. Byington, A. W. McNeal and A. B. Brooks.
Mr. Brooks was a retired farmer and is survived by his wife, three sons, one daughter, 23 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
March 2, 1930
ROBERT A. ROZAR. Robert A. Rozar, former resident of this city, died in Brooklyn, N.Y. Friday morning, the result of an accident, details of which have not been learned.
Mr. Rozar was 62 years of age and was born in Wilkinson county on May 22, 1867. He left Macon about four years ago. He was a member of the Methodist church. Surviving are six sons, R. A. Rozar, Jr., of Savannah; Elliott Rozar, of Brooklyn, N.Y. ; Billy Rozar, of Macon. A. B.Rozar, of Macon, Robert Rozar, of Dublin; Shelton Rozar, of the U. S. Navy; eight daughters: Mrs. Ernest Tanner, of Macon; Mrs. B. F. Arnold, of Dublin; Mrs. Otis Dominey, of Sumter, S. C.; Miss Willie Rozar, of Savnnah; Misses Georgia and Mary Rozar, of Brooklyn; Mrs. H. P. Shy of Eastman, and Mrs. J. W. Turner, of Atlanta.
The body is expected to reach Macon sometime Monday. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
The family lived at Danville, Ga., several years ago, and the burial will take place there in the family lot.
March 23, 1930
Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Gladin, of Gordon, announce the marriage of their daughter, Eula, to Mr. R. Paul Bullard, of Fayetteville, N. C., the marriage having taken place on the evening of March 7 at 8 o'clock, in the First Presbyterian church, of Fayetteville, Rev. Mr. Simonds, officiating. Mr. and Mrs. Bullard will make their home in Fayetteville.
April 8, 1930
NEGRESS FATALLY SLASHED. Gordon, Ga., April 7. A Negress named Henrietta Davis was killed Saturday night in a Negro quarter here by a Negro named Leighton Green. A dispute is said to have started between the husband of the woman and Green and before bystanders knew what was happening Green whipped out a knife and started toward Sam Davis when Henrietta stepped between the men and received the cut, which cause almost instant death. The body of the Negress was buried in the local cemetery here yesterday afternoon. Green was arrested during yesterday and is now lodged in the Wilkinson county jail.
May 2, 1930
Funeral services for Mrs. Dollie Fountain, 70, widow of S. A. Fountain, were held from Asbury Methodist church, in Twiggs county, yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev. J. N. Serrett, pastor, conducted the services. Concluding services and interment followed in the family lot in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Fountain died at her home near Gordon, Ga., shortly after noon Wednesday, after an illness of five days, with pneumonia.
The pallbearers were: Curry, J. C., Edward, Osgood and Arthur, Jr. Fountain and Alton Allen.
May 4, 1930
CARSWELL-HUGHS. Mr. George Carswell announces the engagement of his daughter, Claire, to Mr. Nathaniel C. Hughs, of Fort Pierce, Fla., the wedding to take place June 11, at the Druid Hills Baptist church, Atlanta.
June 8, 1930
~excerpt~Miss Attie T. Gladin Weds Mr. Lee Branan. The wedding of Miss Attie Thomas Gladin, of Milledgeville, and Mr. Lee Franklin Branan, of Macon, was a social event of exquisite charm and simplicity. It was solemnized at the home of Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Holton, in Camilla, Wenesday morning, June 4, at 10 o'clock, in the presence of a few friends and relatives. Rev. W. L. Holstead performed the ceremony, using the ring service..............
Mr. and Mrs Branan left for an extended
wedding trip to Detroit, Niagara Falls, Canada, and other points. Upon returning
they will make their home in Macon.
Mrs. Branan is the neice of Mrs. Eula Stanley, of Milledgeville, and the daughter of the late Mr. J. H. Gladin, of McInyyre. She is a graduate of G. S. C. W. and for the past year has been teaching in Camilla.
Mr. Branan is the son of Mr. W. Branan, of Gordon. He holds a responsible position with the Central of Georgia railway. He has made his home in Macon for the past few years.
----Alex S. Boone.
July 1, 1930
Tampa Man Killed in Auto Crash Near Macon, Ga. Macon, Ga, June 30 (A. F.) Marcellus H. Cason, 41-year-old salesman of Tampa, died in a Macon hospital at 7:30 o'clock tonight of a fractured skull received in the same accident that killed his two companions, Charles T. Lord, Toomsboro, and J. ( J. Wesley Brooks) Westbrooks, Gordon, this afternoon.
Cason was visiting relatives at Toomsboro on vacation at the time of the fatal collision. He is survived by his widow and a daughter, Mary Ellen, who are in St. Augustine. Cason was employed by the American Thread company.
The body is to be taken from a Macon funeral chapel at noon tomorrow to Toomsboro, where funeral services and interment will take place.
July 6, 1930
The funeral of Mrs. Sarah Jane Day, widow of the late D. C. Day, were held at Snow Hill church in Wilkinson county yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock.
Rev. Mr. J. N. Sarette conducted the services, and interment was in Snow Hill cemetery.
Mrs. Day, 83, died on July 4 after an illness of two weeks. Twenty years ago she came to Macon from Ivy Station, Ga., and at the time of her death resided at No. 3 Union Avenue, East Macon.
Surviving are four (five) daughters and two sons: Misses Mary and Elizabeth Day, of Macon; Mrs. Pricilla Weaver, of Toomsboro, Ga.; Mrs. Annie Taylor, of Cooperville, Ga., Mrs. Elizabeth Wood, of Macon; J. H. Day, of Toomsboro; G. C. Day, of Toomsboro, and a brother, J. O. Snow, of Ivy, Ga.
Mrs. Day's death resulted from a fall two weeks ago. Before her marriage she was Miss Sarah Jane Snow, daughter of the late Jim and Polly McCook Snow.
July 9, 1930
J. O. Dean, 80, a retired farmer, died at 2:15 o'clock yesterday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. I. D. Reeves, at 3608 Houston avenue. He was born at Toomsboro, Ga., and had been a resident of Macon for 12 years. He had been in declining health since last October.
Mr. Dean was the son of Louis Dean and Jean O'Brannon, of Wilkinson county. He was a member of the Poplar Springs Methodist church.
He is survived by two sons, L. A. Dean, of Toomsboro, and W. L. Dean, Macon; four daughters, Mrs. L. M. Dean, of Irwinton, Mrs. A. J Mercer, Toomsboro; Mrs. I. D. Reeves, Macon, and Mrs. A. G. Threadgill, Atlanta., and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at Hart's chapel at noon Thursday. The interment will be in Poplar Springs cemetery near Toomsboro.
August 6, 1930
Six weeks after her son succumbed here, Mrs. Annie Brewer Hooks, wife of J. F. Hooks, of the Bibb Manufacturing company, died at 8:30 o'clock last night at her home at 148 Hydrolia street, East Macon. She had been ill three weeks.
Mrs. Hooks, who was 57 years of age, had lived in Macon 43 years, coming here from Wilkinson county. She was the daughter of the late J. J. and Elizabeth Ward Brewer, of Wilkinson county.
The son who died recently was F. F. Hooks, of Macon. Mrs. Hooks is survived by her husband, a sister, Mrs. C. S. Cain, of Macon, and two grandsons, James and Ornee Hooks, also of Macon.
Mrs. Hooks was a member of the Eastside Presbyterian church. Funeral services will be conducted at 5 o'clock this afternoon from Hart's chapel, Rev. George M. Wilcox, pastor of the Vineville Presbyterian church, officiating.
Interment will be in Fort Hil cemetery. The pallbearers will be W. J. Brewer, C. G. Brewer, A. R. Cain, C. S. Cain, O. J. Gilstrap, and S. A.Schell.
August 15, 1930
FUNERAL HELD FOR J. T. HILL. Body of Man Slain by Wilkinson County Farmer Buried.
The body of James T. Hill, who died of wounds received in a Wilkinson county gun fight Wednesday night, yesterday was taken to Danville, where funeral services were held at 4 o'clock from the Mt. Zion Methodist church. Rev. J. E. Townsend, the pastor, had charge of the services, and interment was in the church cemetery.
Hill was riddled with bullets when he is said to have threatened M. L. (Boss) Holden (Holder), Wilkinson county farmer, and slighly wounded one of his sons. Holden gave himself up to the sheriff but was later released when witnesses testified Hill had provoked the fight.
The affray took place near Holder's farm, after Hill drove up from Milledgeville, where he was employed by Allen's sanitarium. Hill is said to have stopped Holden's car and fired at one of his sons. Holder retaliated with several pistol and gun shots. Rushed to the Macon hospital, Hill died several hours later. He was said to have had a grudge against Holder for several years.
The slain man, who was 56 years of age, was formerly of Macon and leaves a number of relatives here. He is survived by his widow, of Macon, two daughters, Mrs. Lucile Woodall and Mrs. Pauline Washburn, both of Macon; a son, J. T. Hill, Jr, of Macon, two brothers, R. F. Hill, Macon, and E. L. Hill, Danville; and three sisters, Mrs. Florence Horton, Danville; Mrs. Alice Spears, Irwinton; and Mrs. C. Lee Macon.
September 17, 1930
MRS. EMMA G. WOOD DIES IN WILKINSON. Mother of Late Mrs. G. H. Carswell and of Mrs. Marvin Williams. Irwinton, Ga., Sept 16. Mrs. Emma Graybill Wood, 82, one of the best-known women of Wilkinson county, died here this morning. She was the mother of the late Mrs. George H. Carswell, who died six years ago.
The funeral will be held at 4 o'clock Wednesday afternoon from the Irwinton Methodist church, Rev. J. C. Saville, officiating. Member of the family were advised that Mr. Carswell has halted his campaign for the governorship and is on his way here to attend the funeral.
Mrs. Wood was a daughter of the late Dr. Tully Graybill, well-known physician of the early daus of Wilkinson county. SHe was the widow of Dr. J. S. Wood, of this city, who has been dead a number of years.
She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Marvin Williams, of Barnesville; Miss Nan Wood, of Atlanta; Mrs. J. N. Todd, of McIntyre, and Mrs. L. J. Pritchard, of Tennille, and a sister, Mrs. Mary Joiner, of Sandersville.
October 13, 1930
Dublin, Ga., Oct. 12. Funeral services for W. R. Wynn died at 7 o'clock Saturday night after an illness of about two weeks. He was one of the oldest business men in the city, having begun business here in 1900. During his 30 years in business Mr. Wynn owned and operated both wholesale and retail grocery houses and was at the time of his death engaged in the dry goods business.
Rev. C. B. Ware, pastor of the Centenary church where the deceased had his membership, conducted the funeral rites.
Mr. Wynn was born in Wilkinson county April 15, 1870, the youngest of 28 children, the only survivor of the family now being Mrs, S. A. Braswell, of Sebastian, Fla. He was a son of William Wynn.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. K. R. Wynn, and seven children, C. C. Wynn, Gladys Wynn, of Birmingham, Ala; W. R. Wynn, Jr. of Dublin; Herman D. Wynn, Knoxville, Tenn; Eunice Wynn, Birmingham; Emil Wynn, Dublin; Minne Lee Wynn and one sister, Mrs. S. A. Braswell, of Sebastian, Fla.
October 15, 1930
THRONG ATTENDS DONNELLY RITES. More Than 100 Floral Pieces Are Sent by Friends The funeral of Leo P. Donnelly, yesterday morning, is said to have been one of the largest ever held at St. Joseph's Catholic church in this city. The church was filled. There were more than 100 floral pieces sent by friend.
While the service took the form of requiem mass, Rev. Father Felix J. Clarkson paid tribute to Mr. Donnelly, telling of his life from boyhood days up to the time of his death.
The funeral took place at 9:30 o'clock yesterday morning, Interment was in the St. Joseph's cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were Sidney Abel, Martin Callaghan, Charles Rogero, Charles Benedetto, Henry Kennington, Bill Harrison, Ed Sheridan and W. D. Wells.
Succeded His Father. Mr. Donnelly, who was president of the T. M. Donnelly company, grocers, died in a private sanitarium Sunday night, following a cerebral hemorrhage. He had succeeded his father as head of the firm, continuing the business on Oglethorpe street.
Mr. Donnelly had been a resident of Macon for 40 years. He was born in Wilkinson county June 4, 1884. Besides being head of the T. M. Donnelly company, he wasvice president of the Macon Food Dealers' association. He was also a member of St. Joseph's church, the Knights of Columbus and the Retail Credit Men's association.
Besides his wife, formerly Miss Annie Davis, of Columbus, Ga., he is survived by his mother, Mrs. T. M. Donnelly, and 3 sisters, Misses Elizabeth and Bertha Donnelly and Mrs. John Harrison and a brother, Frank Donnelly.
November 5, 1930
Mrs. Tinsley Is Bride of Mr. Nelson, Gordon. Of cordial interest is the marriage of Mrs. Willie Tinsley and Mr. M. C. Nelson, both of Gordon, the wedding having taken place Nov. 3 at the parsonage of the East Macon Methodist church with Rev. J. A. Rountree performing the ceremony.
Immediately after the ceremony, Mr. and Mrs. Nelson left for Columbia, S. C., to spend a few days before returning to Gordon to make their home..
December 4, 1930
ALLEN IS TAKEN BY DEATH HERE. Former Oklahoma Rancher Dies at Home of Sister.
Willis Allen, 73, died at 9:30 o'clock last night at the home of his sister, Mrs. G. O. A. Daughtry, at 213 Clisby place. He had been in declining health for several months.
Mr. Allen was born at Allentown, the son of Willis Allen and Mary Ann Meredith, early settlers of Allentown. He left Georgia at the age of 24 and went to Oklahoma, where he was a truck farmer and ranchman. He returned to Allentown about eight years ago and came to Macon three years ago to make his home with Mrs. Daughtry.
Mr. Allen is survived by two brothers, James and Wyatt Allen, of Allentown; two sisters, Mrs. Daughtry, of Macon, and Mrs. J. J. King, Allentown; three nieces, Mrs. W. E. Grayson, of Macon, Miss Helen Daughtry and Miss Jennie Daughtry, of Macon, and a nephew, A. W. Allen, of Allentown.
The body will be taken to Allentown for funeral and interment at an hour to be announced later.
December 5, 1930
Gordon, Ga., Dec. 4. Charles W. Fountain, 46, born and reared in Wilkinson county, died at his home near here at 9:15 o'clock this morning.
He is survived by his widow formerly Miss Susie Booth; three sons, Eston, Hartley and Kelley; seven daughters, Pauline, Eunice, Ethel, Mary, Margaret, Virginia, and Dorothy; six brothers, Ben, Arthur, Obe, Walter Lee, Harvey and Henry, all of Wilkinson county, and four sisters, Mrs. Ola Burge, Fort Worth, Texas; Mrs. Dovie Allen and Mrs. Lillie Mae Myrick, both of Wilkinson county, and Mrs. Ella Griffin, Ocilla, Ga.
Mr. Fountain was a member of the Asbury Methodist church, where funeral services will be held at 3 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. Rev. J. N. Sarrett will officiate. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
March 8, 1931
Of interest is the marriage of Mrs. Lena Johnson, of Jeffersonville, and Mr. Ivy Justice, of Irwinton, the ceremony having been performed March 1 at 4 o'clock by Rev. J. N. Sarrett, of Gordon, at the home of Mrs. Johnson in the presence of a few intimate friends and relatives.
March 21, 1931
Mrs. Lillie Bloodworth Carter, wife of A. I. Carter, city fireman, died at 12:20 o'clock this morning in a local hospital after an illness of two weeks. She had been in poor health for some months.
Mrs. Carter, who was 30 years of age, had lived in Macon 10 years, residing at the time of her death at 391 Belmont avenue.
Besides her husband, she is survived by a son, Harris; a daughter, Annie Lou; three brothers, Grover, Will and Curtis Bloodworth, of Wilkinson county; three half-brothers, Henry, Jim and John Bloodworth, of Wilkinson, and two half-sisters, Mrs. Ella Bowden, of Baldwin county, and Mrs. Maria Fountain, of Wilkinson county.
Funeral arrangments are to be announced later.
March 23, 1931
MRS. A. I. CARTER. Funeral services for Mrs. Lillie Bloodworth Carter, wife of City Fireman A. I. Carter, who died Saturday morning after a two weeks illness, were held yesterday afternoon at the Nunn Wheeler Primitive Baptist church in Wilkinson county. Rev. J. T. Collins officiated. Interment was in the church cemetery. The family resided here at 391 Belmont avenue.
The pallbearers were Jeff, C. B. Miles and T. F. Carter, L. A. Batchelor and P. G. DeFore.
April 27, 1931
MOYE REMOVED TO SAFER PLACE. Negro Held For Slaying Woman Taken From Irwinton. HOARDED MONEY FOUND.
Fearing mob violence to Henry Moye, a Negro charged with money murder and criminal assault of Frances Fountain, a wealthy former slave, Sheriff Thurman Sanders took him from the Wilkinson county jail at Irwinton yesterday and spirited him away to security behind other bars.
The sheriff refused to tell where he had taken Moye, attributing his reticence to expected developments in the case. With Coroner C. C. Thompson, whose informaton led to the precautionary measure of removing the Negro, the sheriff followed a circultous route in the souther portion of Wilkinson county to avoid the threatened mob in the north.
Yesterday afternoon Sheriff Sanders told the Telegraph over long distance telephone that Coroner Thompson overhead talk abut the mob. He is said to have heard someone say to another" "Get 25 more men-then we we'll be ready."
Feeling has been excitied among the Negro and the white population against the killer of the old Negress, who was regarded as a character in the county. Lewis Phelps and Jimmie Lee Bryant, Negroes, confessed that they saw the crimes committed by Moye, but denied tha they "touched her." They said Moye beat her over the head with a hammer, assulted her , and robbed her.
Having been told by a jokester that bills of large denomination are now valueless, the old woman had been exchanging her hoarded currency for silver, and had hundreds of dollars hidden about her home. The killer is said to have stole "a sack full of money" from his victim, and to have given some of it to Phelps and Bryant under threats of death if they talked.
Officers found $340 buried in Moye's yard, they said, and $96 in a coffee can in the old woman's house, in addition to $144.50 in quarters. It was said that her nephews took other sums from her house after her death, but this, too, has been taken over by officers.
Moyed has been in the Irwinton jail since Monday, and Phelps and Bryant were being held in the Bibb county jail. Removal of the Negro yesterday followed a number of mob rumors which the sheriff said he considered indicative of impending trouble.
"They could have broken in the jail here, perhaps, and it's a nice little jail. I wouldn't like to have it torn up, " he said.
(Note: Phelps and Bryant were both found guilty and was given life sentences.")
June 11, 1931
Dublin, Ga. June 10 - Funeral services for J. B. Whitaker, 76, were held last Friday afternoon at 4 o'clock from Mount Zion Baptist church, with Rev. Cecil Daniel in charge.
Mr. Whitaker's death occurred at the home of his daughter, Mr. H. N. Achord, near Rentz. He had been ill for some time.
He was a member of the Bethsaida Christian church in Washington county. Mr. Whitaker was reared in Wilkinson county but had made his home in Laurens for the last 25 years.
Mr. Whitaker is survived by one daughter, Mrs. H. N. Achord, Rentz; two brothers, J. M. Whitaker, Harrison, and N. D. Whitaker of near Tennille. Several grandchilden and great grandchildren also survive.
June 17, 1931
BENTLEY-HAM. Mrs. J. A. Ham, Milledgeville, Ga., announces the marriage of her daughter, Mary Eudelle, to Mr. Carl L. Bentley of Toomsboro, Ga., on Sunday, June 14.
June 24, 1931
Dublin, Ga., June 23. Funeral services for Miss Cora Hall were held at 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon at Red Level burial ground near Irwinton.
Miss Hall's death occurred at a Dublin hospital Sunday afternoon following a month's illness. She was a member of the Irwinton Methodist church.
She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Alfred Hall, Irwinton; Mrs. R. M. Stanley, Dublin; Mrs. Emma Branan, Macon; Mrs. Ed King, Fort Gaines; Miss Ethel Hall, Irwinton; Mrs. James Frink, Miami, Fla., and one brother J. M. Hall. She was a cousin of Mrs. F. R. Deese, Dublin.
July 5, 1931
LENGTHY ILLNESS FATAL TO WOMAN. Mrs. Birdie Bloodworth Huff, wife of B. H. Huff, ded a the residence of her daughter, Mrs. G. R. Horton, 44 Marion place, shortly after 9 o'clock yesterday morning.She had been ill for some time and had been with her daughter for several days. Mrs. Huff's home was on Bloomfield road.
Mrs. Huff was born in Wilkinson county, April 4, 1884, and was the daughter of J. H. Bloodworth and Mary McCook Bloodworth. She came to Macon 20 years ago to make her home. She was a member of the Pine Forest Baptist church.
Surviving, besides her husband, are six daughters, Mrs. G. B. Horton, Mrs. Mrs J. E. West, Misses Mary, Estelle, Gussie and Helen Huff, all of Macon; four sons, J. B. Huff, Atlanta; George Huff, Macon; Oscar Huff, Macon; and Carlton Huff, Macon; three sisters, Mrs. H. E. Eady, Toomsboro; Mrs. C. J. Gatson, Macon, and Mrs. E. J. Wheeler, Baxley; three brothers, J. O. Bloodworth, Lakeland; George Bloodworth, Macon, and D. A. Bloodworth, McIntyre.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 o'clock tomorrow morning at Hart's mortuary, Rev. A. C. Baker will officiate, and interment will be in Evergreen cemetery.
August 2, 1931
Byington-Strange. Mrs. A. M. Byington, of Gordon, announces the marriage of her daughter, Pearl Elizabeth, to Mr. Edgar McPheron Strange, of Tennille, at Mulberry Street Methodist church, Aug. 1, Rev. W. S. Johnson, of Byron, officiating. The couple left immediately after the ceremony for Washington, Atlantic City and other points.
Mrs. Rebecca Aids, died at 12:10 yesterday morning, at the home of her son, D. W. Aids, 218 Reid street. Mrs. Aids was 92 yeas of age and she had been a resident of Macon for 42 years, having moved here from Wilkinson county, where she was born on July 28, 1839. She was the widow of Daniel Aids. She was a member of the Houston Avenue Primitive Baptist church. Her death followed three years of declining health.
Surviving are three sons, D. W. Aids, Macon; J. F. Aids, Miami, Fla. and I. W. Aids, Savannah; and 20 grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10 o'clock this morning in the chapel of Hart's mortuary, with Elder Henry Swain officiating. Interment will be in Cedar Ridge cemetery. The following will serve as pallbearers: W. L. Aids, Frank Aids, Frank Harper, and B. Lindsay.
August 28, 1931
MRS. R. CRISWELL DIES. Funeral to Be in Wilkinson County This Afternoon.
Mrs. Renia Cherry Criswell, wife of R. Criswell, died at the home of her son, A. F. Criswell, 2010 Second street, at 8 o'clock yesterday morning.
Mrs. Criswell was born in Wilkinson county Sept. 9, 1750, and moved here in 1916. She was the daughter of Mitchell Cherry and Pemelia Frazier Cherry, of Wilkinson county.
Surviviors include her husband; three sons and one daughter, Mrs. T. B. Carter, Oak Hill, Fla., M. N. Criswell, Jacksonville, Fla., H. W. and A. F. Criswell, of Macon; one sister, Mrs. P. A. Lee, Atlanta, and a large number of grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 4 o'clock this afternoon in Wilkinson county at the grave in Mt. Carmel church cemetery and the funeral procession will leave Hart's chapel at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon.
October 31, 1931
Dallas Morning News
~extract~Abraham S Martin, 78, resident of Dallas, TX for 6 years, died Friday at home of son C. L. Martin, 1624 Baylor St. Survivors -sons C. L. Martin, Dallas. J. J. Martin, Gordon, Ga.. Brothers Brant Martin, Gordon, Ga., John Martin, Milledgeville, Ga. . Body forwarded to Macon, Ga. by Weaver Funeral Home.
November 1, 1931
J. T. Young died at his home in Wilkinson county Thursday afternoon after an illness which confined him to bed for a week. He had been in declining health for some time.
Mr. Young was born June 18, 1862. He was a member of Mt. Carmel Primitive Baptist church . Funeral services were conducyed in the Mt. Carmel church GFriday afternoon by Elder T. G. Wright. Interment was in the Mt. Carmel cemetery.
Mr. Young is survived by his second wife who was, before their marriage, in 1924, Miss Mary Beck, and by an only child, Mrs. J. E. Holliman, McIntyre. Five grandchildren also survive: C. E. Holliman, New Orleans; J. D. Holliman, McIntyre; Charles Holliman, Valdosta; Mrs. M. E. Grinstead, and Carolyn Holliman, McIntyre.
December 13, 1931
Irwinton, Ga. Dec. 12. Announcement of the marriage of Miss Meta Pace, of Statesboro, and Walter C. Adkins, of Irwinton, came as a surprise to both the friends of Miss Pace and Mr. Adkins. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Pace, of Statesboro, and at the time of the marriage was a student at G. S. C. W. Miss Pace has visited in Irwinton frequently.
Mr. Adkins is a son of Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Adkins of Irwinton and is one of the town's most popular and progressive young merchants.
January 5, 1932
JAMES ANDERSON DUNCAN. Toomsboro, Ga. Jan. 4. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon for James Anderson Duncan, 17-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. George Duncan, of Toomsboro, who died of pneumonia at 2 o'clock Friday morning in the Middle Georgia sanatorium, in Macon. Interment was in the family cemetery near Toomsboro.
He is survived by his parents, two sisters, Mary and Naomi Duncan; his grandmother and grandfather, and several aunts and uncles.
February 14, 1932
WIFE OF FARMER DIES OF NEGLECT. Partly Decomposed Body Found in Wilkinson County; Coroner Blames Husband.
Gordon, Ga., Feb. 13. James J. Bryant, tenant farmer, abandoned his sick wife in their home, in a lonely section four miles from this place, and she died alone and unattended, according to the finding of a coroner's jury.
The victim, Mrs.Annie Bryant, 33, "came to her death through neglect of her hushand," the verdict reads, and a charge of criminal negligence may be lodged a gainst Bryant if he can be found.
The Bryants lived on the farm of Mrs. William Hardie, near Ivey, Ga. They locted there last fall, coming from Miami, Fla., and Bryant was to have cutivated a crop on the farm this year.
Found Woman's Body. At the inquest Mrs. Hardie testified that Bryant went to her home last Saturday and asked for medicine, saying his wife was ill. Mrs. Hardie secure the medicine, and went to the Bryant home Wednesday morning to visit the sick woman.
Inside the house she found Mrs. Bryant dead on a bed, the body partly decomposed. Officials were notified, and after the inquest burial was made in a graveyard nearby.
Ivenstigation has revealed that Bryant and his 13-year old son by a former marriage were seen Sunday in McIntyre, where they were given a lift by a passing motorist, after remarking that they were on their wasy to Cochran, Ga.
March 6, 1932
Whitaker Marker Will Be Unveiled.
Exercises for unveiling a marker at the grave of Richard Whitaker, a soldier of the War of 1812, of Wilkinson county, will be held Sunday afternoon, March 5, at 3 o'clock. The grave is in the old Friendship churchyard, near the old John Lingo homestead, on the Macon-Irwinton highway, and the exercises will be held there.
The program for the day will be in charge of the John Ball chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, which organization has alread located and marked the graves of several Revolutionary and War of 1812, soldiers in Wilkinson county.
Among the man relatives and descendants of Richard Whitaker who are living in this and adjoining counties are Mrs. H. D. Allen, of Milledgeville, who is a great niece.
The following program is announced: Taps, Harbard Stokes; invocation, Hon. W. A. Jones; song, America; Pledge to the Flag; welcome from the John Ball chaper, Mrs. Victor Davidson, regent; History of Old Churchs in Wilkinson County, Mrs. J. L. Beeson; duet, Mrs. G. H. Miller and Mrs. H. L. Branan; address, Rev. Reed DeWeese; unveiling, Richard Mason and Marguerite Bloodworth; placing of wreath, Mrs. Anna Cook; presentation of marker, Mrs. Gertrude Carswell; acceptance, John Isaac Whitaker; duet, Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Branan; benediction, J. J. Shepherd.'
March 10, 1932
Nat Collins, 65, died at his home, 202 Hydrolia street, at 3:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon after an illness of six months. He was a member of the Elizabeth Primitive Baptist church, and moved here 10 years ago from Twiggs county.
He is survived by four nephews, Daniel Collins, William H. Collins and Raymond Collins, Macon; and Chatham Collins, Detroit, Mich.
Funeral services will be held at 12 o'clock Thursday in Pleasant Plains church in Wilkinson county. Rev. W. W. Howell will officiate. Interment will be in the family lot.
March 13 1932
Miss Mary Day, of 254 Church street, died at 3:40 o'clock Saturday morning at her home after and illness of three days. She was born in Wilkinson county and was a member of the Methodist church. She came to Macon 18 years ago.
Surviving are two brothers and three sisters, Mrs. W. C. Weaver, of Toomsboro, Ga.; Mrs. Jesse Taylor, of Cooperville, Ga.; and Mrs. S. E. Combes, of Macon; J. H. and J. C. Day of Toomsboro, Ga.
Miss Day was a daughter of the late D. C. Day and Sarah J. Snow Day, of Wilkinson county.
Funeral services will be held at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon at Snow Hill Church with Rev. C. W. Stitt, of the East Macon Baptist church, officiating. Interment will be in the family lot.
March 19, 1932
SAMUEL HATFIELD DIES IN IRWINTON. He Was Oldest Man in Wilkinson County; Lived in Historic Home 60 Years.
Irwinton, Ga., March 18. Samuel Anthony Hatfield, 88, oldest man in Wilkinson county, died at 9:30 o'clock tonight at the historic family home here. He had been confined to his bed three weeks, following an injury to a foot.
Mr. Hatfield was a Confederate veteran, a former sheriff of Wilkinson county and a former postmaster here.
The residence in which he died was the old family home, which during War Between the States was used by General Sherman as his headquarters while the northern army was in this vicinity.
Mr. Hatfield enlisted in the Buckaloo Rifles in the War Between the States. It was Company I, 57th Georgia infantry. He served with Gen. Robert E. Lee in Virginia.
Sixty Years in House
Mr. Hatfield had resided in the house in which he died for the last 60 years. His father, Samuel W. Hatfield, also had lived there.
He is survived by his wife and seven daughters, 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The daughters are: Mrs. I. E. Burkett, and Mrs. H. B. Burkett, of Macon; Mrs. L. P. James, of James, Ga; Mrs. W. A. Tyson, of Augusta; Mrs. Nina H. Perry, of Birmingham, Ala.; Miss Lola Hatfield and Miss Iva Hatfield of Irwinton.
The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Interment will be in Irwinton cemetery.
April 3, 1932
Dublin, Ga., April 2 - Funderal services forMiss Maggie Cummings, 80, were held this afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Stanley burial ground in Laurens county. Miss Cummings died yesterday morning at the home of her niece, Mrs. James Burke, in Cedartown, Ga., after an illness of some time. The body was transported from Gordon, Ga., to the cemetery.
Miss Cummings was born and reared in Wilkinson county. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. M. E. Rawls, of Dublin, and Mrs. C. E. Davis, of Gordon, two nieces, Miss Gussie Bell Rawls, of Dublin, and Mrs. Claire Davis Rawls, of Cedartown.
Miss Cummings had often visited here as the guest of her sister. Mrs. M. E. Rawls, Miss Gussie Bell Rawls, Mrs. H. G. Stevens, Mrs. Mae R. Morton and other relatives from Dublin attended the funeral services.
April 12. 1932
W. M. CANNON. Dublin, Ga., April 11. W. M. Cannon, a prominent citizen of Wilkerson county was found dead in bed at his home this morning. Mr. Cannon who was about 83 years old, lived in Wilkinson county just across the line from Laurens near Chappell's mill. Funeral services will be held at Big Sandy church tomorrow..
April 26, 1932
Sickness Is Fatal to Gordon Woman. Mrs. Lillian M. Hawthorne, 25, of Gordon, died in a local hospital at 7 o'clock Monday night after an illness of three weeks. She was the wife of Ernest Hawthorne and before her marriage was Miss Lillian McCullar, of Milledgeville.
She was a member of the Christian church. She is survived by her husband, two sons, Edwin and Francis Hawthorne, her mother, Mrs. J. C. McCullar, of Milledgeville; two sisters, Mrs. W. P. Overman and Mrs. Ethel Parker, both of Milledgeville, and three brothers, Louis, Johnny, and George Hawthorne, all of Milledgeville.
Funeral services will be held at the residence near Gordon at 4 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, and interment will be in Hawthorne cemetery.
June 26, 1932
M'Intyre, Ga., June 24. Funeral services for Miss Mattie Crutchfield, 67, daughter of the late Rhodem Fench and Margaret Harvill Crutchfield, were held Sunday from her home near McIntyre. Rev. Mr. Roberts, of Milledgeville, officiated.
Death occurred Saturday after an illness of more than two years.
Surviving are three brothers, Edward, McIntyre, with whom she made her home; Shelton S., of Toomsboro, and Ira Crutchfield, of Jacksonville and Miami, Fla.; a sister, Mrs. J. C. Meadows of Macon, an only niece, Mrs. Lamar Rackley, of Miami, Fla., and six nephews, Claud, Roy and Nemonte Crutchfield of Jacksonville, Miami and High Springs, Fla., Frank and Hilton Crutchfield of Toomsboro, and Lamar Crutchfield of Macon.
Interment took place in the Masonic cemetery at Irwinton.
July 17, 1932
Ivey Justice, 51, died at 2 o'clock Saturday morning in a local hospital following a short illness.
Mr. Justice was born in Wilkinson county, but lived in Jeffersonville virtually all of his life. He was a member of the Irwinton Lodge F. and A. M.
He is survived by three sons, Marvin, Barney and Alvin Justice, Wilkinson county; two daughters, Mrs. Albert Sapp, Danville, and Mrs. J. C. Fountain, Jeffersonville; four brothers, M. L., F. A., I, N., and R. A. Justice, all of Wilkinson county; two sisters, Mrs. Jim Dixon and Mrs. George Butler, Jeffersonville.
Funeral arrangments had not been made Saturday night.
July 23, 1932
Mrs. Barilla Priest, 58, died at 10:30 o'clock Friday night at her home, 51 Roff home place, after an illness of 11 weeks.
She was born in Wilkinson county, and had lived in Macon most of her life. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. H. W. Billings and Mrs. Jamrd T. Wyatt; a sister Mrs. L. B. Arnett; a grandson, James T. Wyatt, Jr., and several nieces and nephews, all of Macon.
She was a member of Mallary Mission church, where her funerall will be conducted at 2:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon by Rev. Robert J. Johnson. Interment will be in Evergreen cemetery.
October 7, 1932
Railroad Signal Maintainer Dies. J. B. Patterson Has Stoke, Dies Short Time After.
A few hours after he collapsed while walking along the tracks in the Central of Georgia railway yards, John Ben Patterson, 62, died at a local hospital Thursday morning.
Mr. Patterson, who had been signal maintainer for the railway for 22 years, appeared in ususal health when he went on duty Wednesday night. About 2 o'clock Thursday morning he suddenly collapsed while walking in the yards. He was in the path of an oncoming train, but because of the watchfulness of the train crew the engine was stopped a short distance away, it was reported.
He died at 9:20 o'clock. The cause was given as a stroke of apoplexy.
Mr. Patterson, who was born and reared in Wilkinson county, had lived in Macon for 33 years. His home was on Grady street, Mikado place.
He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. H. C. Bidwell, Miami, Fla., and Mrs. Roy Graham, Macon; one son, A. O. Patterson, Macon, a brother, Joe Patterson of Alabama, and 10 grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held in the chapel of Hart's mortuary at 5 o'clock Friday afternoon with Rev. A. B. Dorough, pastor of the Mikado Baptist church, officiating. Interment will be in Fort Hill cemetery.
September 2, 1932
Dublin, Ga., Sept. 1. Funeral services for R. J. Golden, 71, were held at the Mt. Carmel Baptist church Tuesday afternoon with Rev. Joe Evans in charge of the services.
Mr. Golden died at the home of his son in the Mt. Carmel section Monday after an illness of a few days. He was born in Wilkerson county, but lived most of his life in Laurens and had made many friends here. He was a member of the Mt. Carmel Baptist church and was actively connected with all of the church work.
He is survived by his wife; seven sons, Walter Golden, E. A. Golden, Dewey Golden, J. D. Golden, Ernest Golden, Carl Golden and Clyde Golden.
December 1, 1932
Lavender-Fordham Union of Interest. A marriage of cordial interest to a large circle of friends was that of Miss Omie Lou Lavender of Toomsboro to Mr. Joe Lee Fordham, which was solemnized on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 3 o'clock in the home of Rev. Lewis Allen, and was witnessed only by a small group of relatives.
Mrs. Fordham is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Lavender. She received her education at Toomsboro, and was a member of the first graduating class of the school, in 1927.
Mr. Fordham is the second son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Fordham.
December 11, 1932
McIntyre Couple Married Nov. 24. Mr. and Mrs. Henry C. Parker of McIntyre announce the marriage of their only daughter, Henrydelle, to Mr. Harry Whitaker, also of McIntyre, which was solemnized Nov. 24 at 11 o'clock, Judge Sidney Hatfield officiating.
The bride was a student at the Irwinton High school, where the groom formerly studied and is now one of the school bus drivers. The bride is the granddaughter of the late J. U. Parker, member of the legislature and holder of other offices. She is also a niece of the late Dr. W. H. Parker of Irwinton. On her maternal side she is a descendant of the Hooks and Boone families of Wilkinson and Johnson counties.
Mr. Whitaker is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Whitaker and a grandson of the late John Whitaker, Confederate veteran and prominent planter of Wilkinson county.
April 3, 1933
WILKINSON MEN FOUND BEATEN TO DEATH ON ROAD. TRIO CHARGED WITH KILLING; TWO ARE HERE. Dead Farmers and Accused Assailants Had Attended Square Dance. SHERIFF SUSPECTS ROW. Butler is Found Lying in Dust Embracing Companion, Rutherford.
Charged with killing two men whose battered bodies were found on an abandoned highway detour between Danville and Jeffersonville Sunday morning, two youths were in the Bibb county jail Sunday night and a third was in jail in Danville.
The dead,Ray L. Butler and C. Lester Rutherford, were Wilkinson county farmers, each about 38 years old. They are brothers-in-law.
The suspects are residents of Wilkinson county near Danville. The are Arnold McConnell, 18, his brother, Huby McConnell, 20, and John Thomas Layton, 20. The McConnells are brothers, Layton and Huby McConnell were brought to Bibb county jail and Arnold McConnell was kept in Irwinton.
A fourth man, J. P. Davidson, was arrested as a material witness and was held in Irwinton.
Attend Square Dance.
The two victims and the three suspects are said to have attended an old fashioned square dance Saturday night in Manson school house, about a miles south of where the bodies were found.
The schoolhouse had been abandoned as such, and was used for country square dances on various occasions. Saturday night, the musicians were Ray Butler and his brother, Otho Butler, and the dance was long and merry.
After the dance was over Otho Butler went home in one direction and his brother, with Rutherford, the McConnell boys, Layton and Davidson, started for their homes in the other direction - all riding in a wagon together, witnesses testified Sunday.
There was no evidence of a quarrel when they left the dance, their companions said, and no apparent reason for a dispute. But Ray Butler and Lester Rutherford didn't get home that night.
Frank Burke, a Negro, walking along the road on his way to pay a Sunday visit, came upon their bodies, embraced, lying in the middle of the road, which until recently was used as a highway detour.
He ran to the home of J. A. McCants, a farmer living a mile away, and Mr. McCants summoned Sheriff Sanders and Coroner E. Thompson from Irwinton. When the officers arrived they found Butler lying in the dust with Rutherford's stiff arms around his body. Both men were spattered with blood and the top of Rutherford's head had been knocked away by a blow apparently struck at the base of his skull.
No Weapon Found
Butler's head was beaten, his throat was bruised, and bruises were visible on his chest.
No weapon could be found on the scene, but sheriff's deputies later expressed the belief a buggy axle or some similar heavy blunt club had been used.
An inquest was begun at noon, but could not be completed Sunday, and will be resumed Monday morning. The Negro who found the body was examined, as were some of the persons who attended the dance Saturday night.
Dr. W. M. Puckett of Irwinton performed an autopsy on the bodies and revealed that the men died from "lethal blows delivered to the head and upper part of the body with some heavy instruments."
Bruises on the throats and chests of the dead men led investigators to believe they had been beaten in a fist fight, strangled, and then beaten on the heads with some heavy metal club.
Butler Struck First.
Sheriff Sanders said Sunday night he believed Butler was struck down first, and that Rutherford stooped over to pick him up. A Rutherford put his arms around the other man, he was struck the death blow which tore off of the top of his head, officers believed.
Another theory which officers expressed as possible was that the bodies had been placed by the killers in the positions in which they were found. The purpose of this, it was pointed out, might have been to give the impression that the men had killed each other in a fight. Their wounds, however, made this manifestly impossible.
A two-quart bottle of whisky was found in the clothes of the dead men, but the bottle had not been broken. Deputies said whisky had flowed freely at the "carousels" at the school house, and that several fights had been reported in the neighborhood recently.
Suspects Deny Crime
Officers here were informed that the three arrests were made on the coroner's instructions after hearing testimony at the inquest.
While Sheriff Sanders said here that the guilt of the suspects "seemed certain," he was reluctant to discuss the killing, and said the investigation by no means has been completed. He indicated a number of witnesses as yet unquestioned will be taken before the coroner's jury Monday.
Butler and Rutherford lived 12 or 13 miles out of Irwinton not far from where their bodies were found. Butler was married. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sara Butler, a son. R. L. Butler, Jr., and three daughters, Misses Julia and Roberta Butler and a younger girl.
Rutherford, unmarried, lived on a farm with his mother, Mrs. Ella Rutherford, and his two sisters, Misses Pauline and Bertha Rutherford.
The funerals will be held Monday.
See October 7, 1933
April 10, 1933
MURDER MYSTERY BAFFLES SHERIFF. Negro Murdered and Body Burned in Wilkinson County, Sanders Reports.
With investigation of a week old double murder still incomplete, Wilkinson county officers were confronted with another brutal murder mystery Sunday morning when the body of a Negro was found piled in his fireplace and burned almost beyond recognition.
The murdered man was Henry Parks, 60, who lived with his brother. Rev. Louis Parks, a Negro preacher, on the Joe Youngblood place several miles from Ivey in the northern part of Wilkinson county.
Sheriff T. Sanders, in Macon Sunday night, continuing his investigation with local officers concerning last week's double murder, told details of the new one. A nephew of the slain man, passing his house at 10:30 o'clock discovered the body, and the sheriff was summoned. The Negroes at first believed the man had suffered a stroke, fallen into the fire, and been burned to death.
Autopsy Performed. Sheriff Sanders discovered a blood stain underneath the body's head, and had an autopsy performed by a physician from Gordon. The skull was fractured in two places. Sheriff Sanders said the fire was built under the abdoment, but the head, fallen to one side, was not burned.
Further search of the premises disclosed a blood-stained axe-handle on the porch of the house. Traces of hair were found on the handle. A coroner's inquest was held, but no suspect was named. No motive for the murder could be found.
Rev. Louis Parks, the brother, had spent the night elsewhere, Sheriff Sanders said he learned, and Henry Parks was alone. No arrests had been made early Monday morning when Sheriff Sanders returned to Wilkinson county to resume his investigation.
April 16, 1933
Parker-Etheridge. Mr. R. K. Parker of Gordon announces the engagment of his daughter, Lora, to Mr. Owen E. Etheridge also of Gordon, the marriage to be solemnized in the early summer.
May 14, 1933
Meadows-Lord Marriage Held. Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Meadows of Toomsboro announce the marriage of their daughter, Catherine Louise, to Mr. George W. Lord of Charleston, S. C., which was solemnized Sunday April 9, at the home of Judge Butler in Irwinton in the presence of a few friends and relatives.
Mr. Lord has returned to Charleston where he is stationed with the marines and will be joined there soon by his bride.
May 21, 1933
Miss Mabel Johns, 606 Second street, died in a local hospital at 1 o'clock yesterday morning after an illness of two weeks. Miss Johns was born in Wilkinson county and was 22 years of age. She was a member of the Church of Christ and had lived in Macon a year having coming from Milledgeville.
She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Johns of Milledgeville, five sisters and five brothers, Misses Susie Rebeca, Mamie Lou, Leona, Lila, Lula, Henry, Joseph, Carl, Davis and J. C. Johns of Milledgeville, and an aunt, Mrs. Rebecca Johnson of Macon.
Funeral services will be held this after noon at the Nunn Wheeler church, with miles from Milledgeville, with Rev. T. J. Ruble officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
Note: Grave is markedMay Bell Johns
May 28, 1933
BROOKINS - BECK. Dr. and Mrs. C. B. Brookins of Gordon announce the marriage of their daughter, Louise, to Mr. Elmo Beck, also of Gordon, the marriage having taken place in Irwinton March 14.
June 10, 1933
Shinholser Dies At His Home Here. Funeral For Confederate Veteran to Be Held Today
Josiah William Shinholser, 80 died at the home of his son, W. J. Shinholser, 206 Reid street, at 1 o'clock Friday morning. Mr. Shinholser was ill only a few hours.
He was born in Wilkinson county October 17, 1852. He was employed by the Central of Georgia railway for several years. He was a Confederate veteran.
He was a member of the Second Baptist church and had been a resident of Macon 20 years.
Four sons survive, A. N. Shinholser of Summerfield, Fla.; A. C. Shinholser, Warsaw, Ga., W. J. Shinholser, Macon, and E. A. Shinholser of Omega, and 12 grandchildren.
He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Shinholser who died several years ago and were among the first settlers of Wilkinson county.
The funeral services will be held at 11 o'clock this morning in the chapel of Hart's mortuary. W. O. Stevens will sing, accompanied by Mrs. Stevens. Rev. H. W. Ballard, pastor of the Second Baptist church, will officiate.
Interment will be in Rose Hill cemetery. The pallbearers will be Joe Skiner, T. W. Cooper, Robert Price, H. P. Stallings, John F. Jackson and Coleman Price.
June 18, 1933
Milledgeville, Ga. June 17. Harrison L. Justice, 25, of Wilkinson county, died yesterday after an illness of seven months.
Funeral services were held at Bethel church, below Irwinton, Friday afternoon, Rev. J. E. Townsend, officiating. Mr. Justice was an active member of Bethel church.
He is survived by his wife who was Miss Lucille Wright, of Glenwood; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. Justice; two sisters, Mrs. J. C. Waters and Miss Ruth Justice; one brother, Cleveland Justice.
July 1, 1933
Funeral services for Mrs. J. W. Mixon of Gordon, who died at her home Thursday afternoon, were held at 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon at the Salem Baptist church in Jones county. Rev. John F. Warren officiated. Interment was in Salem cemetery.
Mrs. Mixon, who was 59 years old, had lived in Gordon four years, having moved there from Jones county. She was the daughter of the late W. C. Smallwood and Mary Davis Smallwood. She was a member of the Salem Baptist church.
She is survived by her husband; five sons, Leonard, Jimmie Lee, Clifford, Claude, and Grady Mixon of Gordon; two brothers, H. T. Smallwood of Jones county and Jones Smallwood of St. Augustine, Fla. and three sisters, Mrs. L. J. Ethridge of Jones county; Miss Littie Smallwood, Macon and Mrs. Bessie Ethridge, Macon..
July 9, 1933
Scott-English. Mrs. Cora Scott of McIntyre announces the marriage of her daughter, Wilma Inez, to Mr. Frederick Duncan English of Chattanooga, Tenn., the marriage having been solemnized in Aiden, S. C. , July1.
July 29, 1933
Toomsboro, Ga., July 28. Mrs Sue Gilbert, 83, died late yesterday at her home here, where she had always lived. Funeral services will be held at the residence tomorrow afternoon.
Mrs. Gilbert is survived by three children, S. B. and J. F. Gilbert of Toomsboro and Mrs. T. L. Funderburke of Macon.
August 25, 1933
Funeral services for William T. Smithey, 36, who died at his residence 1539 First street, at 11:40 o'clock yesterday morning, will be held in St. Joseph's Catholic church at 4:30 o'clock this afternoon. Interment will be in Evergreen cemetery.
Mr. Smithey was the son of S. L. Smithey of Monroe county, and Mrs. Annie B. Roach Smithey, formerly of Wilkinson county. He was born in Wilkinson county, March 31, 1897, and had lived in Macon for the past 20 years. He was employed at the Bibb Manufacturing company at the time of his death. He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic church.
He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Annie B. Smithey; and two brothers, Samuel and Leo W. Smithey, all of Macon.
October 7, 1933
HUBIE M'CONNELL IS FOUND GUILTY. Wilkinson County Man Convicted in Murder Case; Two Others Are Acquitted.
Irwinton, Ga., Oct. 6. One man was found guilty of murder and two others accused in the same case were acquitted by a jury in Wilkinson County Superior court late today, in connection with the slaying of Ray Butler and Lester Rutherford on a country road in the county last April 1.
Hubie McConnell was found guilty, with recommendation of mercy. He was given a life term.
Arnold McConnell and John Thomas Layton were acquitted.
The men were tried only on the charge of slaying Butler, the trial starting last Wednesday. The case went to the jury at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon and the verdict was not reached until 5 o'clock this afternoon.
Two Return to Jail
There is another indictment against the three men, charging them with the murder of Rutherford. For that reason Arnold McConnell and John Thomas Layton were returned to the county jail to await further action of the court. Solicitor General C. S. Baldwin had not made known his decision in the matter when court adjourned until Tuesday for the continuance of criminal trials.
Butler and Rutherford had attended a dance at the Manson school, Butler being the musician to play for the dancers. It was after midnight and the two were returning home on a country road when the slaying occurred.
The courthouse was filled to capacity during the trial. The crowd was orderly. Judge J. B. Park presided.
See November 9, 1933
October 8, 1933
Mrs. W. H. Manderson of Gordon announces the marriage of her daughter, Cornelia, to Mr. R. W. Fowler of Gordon, which was solemnized Oct. 6 at the home of Rev. J. S. Hays in Macon.
November 9, 1933
Wilkinson County Youths Are Convicted of Murder. Three Boys Brought Here After Trial at Irwinton Will Appeal Case.
Sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering Lester Rutherford on a Wilkinson county road after a country dance, Hubie McConnell, Arnold McConnell and John Layton were brought to Macon yesterday from Irwinton.
Still protesting innocence as they had done throughout the trial in Wilkinson Superior court at Irwinton, the three were placed in the Bibb county jail last night, pinning all their hope for freedom by George Carswell, attorney for their defense.
The jury on their case pronounced its verdict yesterday morning after deliberating six hours. The defendants were found guilty, but mercy was recommended. The state's case was based on circumstantial evidence.
In the October term of court the defendants were tried for murdering Ray Butler, whose mangled body was found lying with that of Rutherford in the dusty highway detour the morning after a square dance in an abandoned school house near the Twiggs - Wilkinson county line las spring.
Seen With Rutherford
In this companion case Arnold McConnell and John Clayton were acquitted and Hubie McConnell was sentenced to life imprisonment. They asserted here yesterday that the same evidence had been used in the Rutherford case, for which all three were convicted.
In a strange parade of evidence telling of whisky drinking, disorder and drunken fury, the state sought to show that the McConnell brothers, 16 and 18 years olden Clayton, 22- were last seen by dancers at the school house party in company with the murdered men. The state attempted to indicate by circumstantial evidence that the three defendants had taken Rutherford and Butler in their wagon, killed them as they drove toward home, and left their bodies in the road locked in deathly embrace.
The defendants tried to prove they went home in the wagon alone, while Rutherford and Butler bought whisky at a house near the school house dance, walking down the road alone after the McConnells and Clayton had gone in their wagon. The said they had tried to dissuade Rutherford and Butler from drinking any more, but found then obstinate and had left them.
To Continue Fight
Passersby gave testimony to show at what time the bodies first were seen lying in the road, and how far past them the McConnells' wagon was at the time. This evidence was not entirely conclusive, however, because time elapsing between cares on the country road in the hours before dawn was considerable.
A man from whom Rutherford and Butler were said to have bought their whiskey testified that they went to his house after the dance, but that the defendants were not with them.
Mr. Carswell said yesterday he will continue the court fight for freedom for the three boys, and that his is convinced of their innocence.
In the Bibb county jail here, they talked with complete ease about the case, and denied categorically that they had any connection with the slayings.
See April 11, 1934
March 15, 1934
TOOMSBORO MAN DIES OF WOUNDS. Gun Battle Fatal to Jason Blisset; W. B. Lord Remains in Serious Condition. Milledgeville, Ga. March 14. Jason Blisset of Toomsboro died in a hospital here last night of wounds received Sunday afternoon in a gun battle with W. B. Lord, acting city marshal at Toomsboro.
Lord is also in the hospital here in a serious condition with wounds in his chest.
Sheriff T. Sanders of Wilkinson county said today his investigation showed that Blisset went to a Negro store Sunday afternoon and demanded that it be opened despite law against stores being open on the Sabbath.
Lord, serving as city marshal on Sundays, was summoned to quell the disturbance and was fired upon by Blisset, Sheriff Sanders said. Lord fell, but got his pistol and shot Blisset.
Blisset's body was taken from Milledgeville to Toomsboro today for burial.
April 11, 1934
~excerpt~ Sentences Upheld By Supreme Court.
Atlanta, April 10. The state supreme court today affirmed conviction of four persons for killings.....
The court likewise affirmed the life terms of Huby McConnell, Arnold McConnell and John Thomas Layton, white youths, convicted in Wilkinson county for the slaying of two companions, found dead the morning following a country dance.
The two McConnells and Layton were convicted of slaying Ray Butler and Lester Rutherford. In their defense the three attributed the deaths of Butler and Rutherford to an automobile accident.
Note: *Hubie McConnell escaped &
captured 3 times fron 1937 to 1939, He was paroled from prison in 1941.
*Arnold McConnell escaped & captured 1 time in 1939. He was pardoned in 1940.
*John Thomas Layton was pardoned in 1940.
Source: Georgia, Central Register of Convicts, 1877-1976
April 29, 1934
The marriage of Miss Billie Hewett of Louisville and Mr. Earle Brown of Toomsboro was solemnized April 15, Rev. Thomas M. Calloway, pastore of the First Baptist chuch of Wadley, officiating.
The bride is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Hewett of Louisville. She is a graduate of Louisville academy and Georgia State College for Women, Milledgeville, and for the past year has been teaching in the Toomsboro high school.
Mr. Brown is the son of Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Brown of Toomsboro. He and his bride are making their home in Toomsboro since their return from their wedding trip.
April 29, 1934
LEROY CRISWELL. Milledgeville, Ga., April 28. Leroy Criswell, 72, Wilkinson county farmer, died at his home at Toomsboro today. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock at Liberty church. Rev. Veasey Pittman officiating.
Mr. Criswell is survived by three daughters, Mrs. B. H. Jackson, Mrs. W. G. Southall, Toomsboro; Mrs. Charles Brown, New Orleans, La.; one son W. V. Criswell, Toomsboro; one brother, Rabun Criswell, Jacksonville, Fla.; one sister, Mrs. M. O. McMullen, Ivey, Ga.
October 24, 1934
Mrs. Bloodworth Buried at Gordon. Gordon, Ga. Oct. 23. Funeral services for Mrs. J. H. Bloodworth, who died at her home in Gordon, were held yesterday in Friendship cemetery. Rev. Mr. Carswell officiated.
Mrs. Bloodworth, who was reared in Wilkerson county, had been ill for the past two years. She was a member of the Baptist church of Gordon.
Surviving are five sons: A. E., J. J., W. H., C. C., and J. M. Bloodworth all of Wilkerson county; five daughters, Mrs. J. H. Smallwood, of Perry; Mrs. J. M. Mullis and Mrs. H. L. Slocum of Macon; Mrs. J. B. McAlister of Atlanta; Mrs. J. D. Mullis of Rentz, and a number of grandchildren; five sisters: Mrs. R. L. Sapp, Mrs. B. Sapp, and Mrs. W. E. Young, and Miss Mandy Dixon of Wilkerson county and Mrs. J. S. Brown of Lawrence county; and one brother, J. M. Dixon of Jones county.
The following grandsons accted as pallbearers: B. L. and C. E. Mullis, Eugene, Caryes, J. W. and Stevey Bloodworth.
July 3, 1935
Long Illness Fatal To John Cranford. Funeral services for John Calvin Cranford, 50, who died at his home 17 Randolph Place, at 2 a.m. yesterday, after a long illness, will be held in the Willingham Baptist church at 11 a.m. today. Rev. J. W. Ballard will officiate and interment will be in Evergreen cemetery.
Mr. Cranford was born in Wilkinson county, Aug. 11, 1885, the son of Frank Cranford and Mrs. Mollie Morgan Cranford, and had lived in Macon most of his life.
He had been employed as a textile worker for the Willingham Mill until his health become impaired.
Surviving Mr. Cranford are his widow, the former Miss Claudia Wainwright; a brother, A. L. Cranford, Thomaston; and a sister, Mrs. Addie Burns, Rome.
August 3, 1935
Miss Bentley Weds Mr. James Adkins. Miss Minnie Belle Bentley, daughter of Mrs. Amanda Bentley and the late Mr. G. A. Bentley of Toomsboro, was married to Mr. James Adkins of Irwinton at 8:30, Tuesay evening, July 30, at the home of the bride's uncle, Mr. W. W. Bentley, Rev. I. C. Walker, pastor of the Irwinton Methodist church, officiating.
The bride, who was given in marriage by her uncle, Mr. Bentley, wore a gown of pink lace with white accessories.
The groom was attended by Mr. O. D. Holliman of McIntyre as best man, Miss Martha Stephens, pianist, gave the wedding music.
Immediately after the ceremony the couple left for a short wedding trip, after which they will be at home in Irwinton.
The guests included Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Boone, Mr. Leon Player, Thad Player, Mrs. Joe Skelton,Mrs. Louis Petty, Mr and Mrs. J. D. Burgamy, Mrs Joe Adkins, Mrs. Monteen Tipton, Miss Margaret Maddox, Mr. Kenneth Churchwell, Mr. Wendell Davis,Rev. and Mrs. I. C. Walker of Irwinton; Mr. and Mrs. O. D. Holliman, Miss Martha Stephens and Miss Georgia Bentley of McIntyre; Mrs. Clifton Babb, and family; Miss Louise Whitaker, Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Bentley, Mr. and Mrs. G. R. W. Bentley, and family' Mr and Mrs. Grady Bentley, Mr. and Mrs. Lugand Bentley, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bentley, Miss Floride Bentley and Mr. Mack Bentley.
August 5, 1935
Milledgeville. Ga. Aug. 4. Albert S. J. Arrington, 56, died in the city hospital here today. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday with interment in the Nunn and Wheeler cemetery in Wilkinson county.
Mr. Arrington was a rural mail carrier in Wilkinson county for 31 years, was a member of the Woodmen of the World and the Macedonia Baptist church. He was born in McIntyre and was reared in Wilkinson county.
He is survived by his wife, the former Bertha Stinson, and children; Mrs. Lugand Bentley, Mrs. Adrian Daniel, Mrs. Roy Starley and Joel, Robert, Stinson and Mildred Arrington: three brothers, J..T. and G. C., of Toomsboro, and B. E. of Miami and a sister, Mrs. Whitaker, of Toomsboro.
October 14. 1935
Illness is Fatal To Mrs. Allen, 52. Funeral Services Will Be at Hart's Chapel Tuesday. Mrs. Mollidell Allen, 52, died early last night in a local hospital after a brief illness. She was a resident at 316 Sixth avenue.
Surviving her are three daughters, Mrs. Sallie Pettigrew, and Mrs. Lillie Shelton, of Macon; Miss Lucile Parker, Gordon; three sons, Frank Parker, Gordon; George and James Callaway, both of Macon.
The funeral will be held in the chapel of Hart's Mortuary Tuesday, with the hour to be announced later today. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery in Twiggs county.
(Note: This is Mollie Bell Ward Callaway per her tombstone in Asbury Cemetery.)
October 16, 1935
Potter Services To Be Held Today. Last Tribute Will Be Paid in Snow Hill Church. Funeral services for Mrs. Perry Priscilla Potter, 93, who died at her home in Bolingbroke Monday, leaving 100 more than 100 direct descendants will be held at 2 p.m. today in the Snow Hill church, it was announced last night. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
Elders Warren E. Davis and Jesse J. Brady will officiate at the services. The funeral cortege will leave Pitts' mortuary here at 12:30 p.m. today. Mrs. Potter was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ, Latter Day Saints (Mormon).
Mrs. Potter was born in Wilkinson county, March 21, 1842, the daughter of Nancy Shells and James Allen. Among more that 100 descendants are six great great-grandchildren.
November 27, 1935
Mrs. Bloodworth Dies in Hospital. Illness of 10 Days Proves Fatal to Bibb Woman.
Mrs. Clifford Elizabeth Bloodworth, Bloomfield road, died in a local hospital at 2:20 p.m. yesterday after an illness of 10 days with pneumonia.
Mrs. Bloodworth was born in Wilkinson county, Nov. 5, 1890, the daughter of Jim Yarbrough and Mrs. Janie Stuckey Yarbrough. She had made her residence near Macon for about a year.
Surviving are her husband, James Perry Bloodworth, and a son, James Olin Bloodworth, of Macon; two brothers, Bill Yarbrough, Wilkinson county; Bob Yarbrough, Tifton; two sisters, Mrs. Dora Stuckey, Wilkinson county; and Mrs. Weff Hinson, Blackshear.
Funeral services will be held at the Pleasant Plains church in Wilkinson county at 11 a.m. Thursday and interment will be in the Pleasant Plains cemetery.
December 24, 1935
Milledgeville, Ga., Dec. 23. Miss Nanlou Walters of Toomsboro died at a hospital here today after an illness of several years. Funeral services will be held at the residence in Toomsboro Tuesday at 3 p.m., Rev. I. C. Walker will officiate.
Miss Walters was an army nurse for 16 months, serving at Camp Beauregard, Newport News, Va.
She is survived by her mother, Mrs. T. H. Walters; three sisters, Mrs. J. F. Billue of Toomsboro; Mrs. W. H. H. Walters, Irwinton; Mrs. E. E. Collins, Augusta; two brothers, L. H. and R. L. Walters, Toomsboro.
December 29, 1935
Lavender - Aycock. Announcement is made of the marriage of Miss Flossie Lavender, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Lavender of Gordon, and Mr. Leon Aycock, son of Mr. Ben Aycock of Gordon.
December 29, 1935
Mr. and Mrs. Guy Maddox of Rebecca announce the marriage of their daughter, Reba Korye, to Mr. William L. Dixon, Jr. of Toomsboro, the marriage having been solemnized at the home of the bride on Dec. 25.
March 30, 1936
Mrs. Florence Davis, 56, wife of William Davis, Baldwin county, died at a local hospital about 7 p.m. yesterday.
Mrs. Davis was the former Miss Florence Bloodworth of Wilkinson county.
She is survived by her husband, three sons, O. L. Weaver, Bert Weaver, both of Cooperville and Bart Weaver, Macon; one sister, Mrs. W. H. Amerson, Cooperville; and two brothers, Willis Bloodworth, Ivey, and Joseph Bloodworth, Toomsboro.
Funeral services for Mrs. Davis are expected to be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. The services and interment will be held in Stevens' cemetery, near Gordon in Wilkinson. (Note: buried Weaver Cemetery)
March 31, 1936
JOHN T. STEVENS. McIntyre, Ga., March 30. John Thomas Stevens, 77 died Sunday at his home in McIntyre after a short illness with pneumonia.
He was a son of the late Ike Stevens, was born and reared near Toomsboro, an dspent his life farming and operating a store.
Mr. Stevens was married twice, first to Miss Molly Deason and then to Miss Leah Deason, both of whom have died.
Surviving are two children, J. T. Stevens, Jr., and Miss Martha Stevens of McIntyre.
Funeral services are scheduled to be held this afternoon at the McIntyre Baptist church with Rev. Geo. L. Griffin in charge, and interment will be in the church cemetery.
Mr. Stevens was prominent in this section.
Joseph A. Moore, of Milledgeville, is the undertaker in charge.
April 7, 1936
Wilkinson Court Opens April Term. Three Murder Cases, Involving Negroes, to Be Tried.
Irwinton, Ga., April 6. The regular April term of Wilkinson superior court convened today with Judge James B. Park presiding, and Solicitor C. S. Baldwin, Jr.
Three murder cases involving Negroes are scheduled for trial. Caleb Harris will be tried for the alleged murder of his wife, who was found beaten to death;
Leon Bynum will be tried for the alleged murder of Nat Hughes with an ice pick and Bill Gallimore is charged with murder of a woman at Danville.
Several divorce cases will come up for hearing. Other civil business will be light..
April 14, 1936
Gordon, Ga. April 13. Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Shepherd of Gordon announce the marriage of their daughter, Mildred, to Elmer Summers, also of Gordon. The ceremony was performed by Judge J. E. Butler in Irwinton, Dec. 11, 1935.
May 10, 1936
Mrs. Sallie Watson of Toomsboro announces the engagement of her daughter, Mozelle Elizabeth, to Mr. Frank Schweiss, of Reno, Nev., the wedding to take place at an early date.
May 28, 1936
WILEY T. MINTER. Toomsboro, Ga., May 27. Wiley Thomas Minter, 76, died Tuesday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. L. C. Manderson.
He had been a resident of Wilkinson County all of his life.
Funeral services were held this morning at Ebenezer Baptist church. Rev. C. Z. Vines of Dublin, officiated.
Survivors are a son, J. T. Minter; three daughters, Miss Manderson, Mrs. J. T. Quinn, Milledgeville, and Mrs. J. O. Brady of McIntyre.
Pallbearers were W. E. Stephens, T. J. Holmes, Jr., M. E. Thomas, R. B. Brown, W. I. Dixon, and E. R. Brown.
June 9, 1936
Mrs. Manderson Called by Death. Funeral Services for Macon Woman Scheduled Today.
Mrs. Lucy A. Manderson, 77, of 115 Willingham street, widow of J. F. Manderson, died at her residence at 3 p.m. yesterday after an illness of several months.
Mrs. Manderson was born in Wilkinson county, May 29, 1859, the daughter of Thomas Cass and Mrs. Nellie Etheridge Cass, and had made her home in Macon for 15 years coming her from Toomsboro. She was a member of the Baptist church.
Survivng are three sons, Rev. O. F. Manderson, and W. S. Manderson of Macon; L. T. Manderson, Toomsboro; three daughters, Mrs. Bessie Lavender, Toomsboro; Mrs. George Bradfield and Mrs. Agnes Jerkins of Macon; 13 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Sallie Etheridge, Macon, a brother, Bernard Cass, Columbus.
Funeral services will be held in the chapel of Hart's mortuary at 5:30 p.m. today Rev. E. L. Waters pastor of the Church of Jesus Christ, and Rev. W. E. Scott, pastor of the East Macon Methodist church, will officiate and interment will be in Fort Hill cemetery.
Pallbearers will be E. W. West, J. D. Brantley, C. W. Hardigree, I. M. Hunnicutt, Henry Slocumb and Harlow Boutwell.
June 19, 1936
The Bulletin (Irwinton)
Mrs. T. R. Butler. Mrs. Thomas R. Butler, 78, died Saturday morning at 7 o'clock at her home nine miles from Danville, her death being due to a stroke of paralysis, which followed a first stroke seven weeks ago.
Mrs. Butler was the former Miss Missouri Anne Stuckey of this county, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Stuckey.
She is survived by the following children: Mrs. Eunice Davis of Toomsboro; Mrs. M. E. Knight of Danville; George Butler and Otho J. Butler of Danville, and 16 grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted by Jim Frank Dykes of Montrose on Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock at Pleasant Plains church with interment in the local cemetery. Pallbearers were: Melvin Butler, Vance Butler, Willie Winslett, J. N. Winslett, Felton Knight and Bob Freeman.
Contributed by R. Elizabeth Brewer
September 13, 1936
Whitaker-Mixon. Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Whitaker of McIntyre announce the marriage of their daughter, Louise, to Mr. Earl Mixon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Mixon, of McIntyre, Sunday, Sept. 6, Rev. J. L. Pittman of Gordon performing the ceremony.
September 22, 1936
J. F. SMALLWOOD. Gordon, Ga., Septe. 21. J. F. Smallwood, 82, resident of Wilkinson county, died Saturday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A. W. Brewer at Warrenton after a brief illness.
Funeral services were held Sunday at Church of Christ at Hardie's chapel where he was a member for 14 years. The pastor was in charge of final rites and interment was in the family lot of the church cemetery.
Pallbearers were his grandsons, Laren and Earnest May, Carvin, Murray and Claudie Turner and Roy Brewer.
He is survived by five daughters, Mrs. A. W. Brewer of Warrenton; Mrs. M. B. Perdue of Sparta; Mrs. E. B. Batchelor of Gray; Mrs. J. W. Turner and
Mrs. J. B. May of Gordon: two sons, Henry and Roy Smallwood of High Point, N. C., 27 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
October 4, 1936
Goodwin-Lavender Union Announced. Mrs. W. K. Goodwin of Millen announces the marriage of her daughter, Mary Wyl, to Mr. Herbert Lavender of Macon, the marriage having been solemnized Sunday, Sept. 27, at Irwinton.
The bride is the eldest daughter of Mrs. Goodwin and the late Mr. W. K. Goodwin. Mr. Lavender is the eldest son of Mrs. J. H. Gladin of Gordon and the late Mr. A. E. Lavender.
Mr. and Mrs. Lavender are making their home in Macon where Mr. Lavender has a position with Hayes Clothing Company.
October 18, 1936
Moorhead-Freeman Union Solemnized. The marriage of Miss Lyda Moorhead of Milledgeville and Mr. Joe Freeman of Toomsboro was solemnized Sunday, Oct. 4, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Babb in Milledgeville in the presence of a few friends. Rev. J. M. Teresi, pastor of the First Baptist church of Milledgeville, officated.
Mrs. Freeman is the daugher of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Moorhead of Hartwell, Ala. She had been employed at Babb's Beauty Shoppe in Milledgeville for some time.
Mr. Freeman is the son of Mr. and Mrs. D. R. Freeman of Toomsboro. Mr. and Mrs Freeman are making their home in Toomsboro for the present.
November 8, 1936
Bell-Shouse Union Solemnized Oct. 15. Miss Edna Marshall Bell of Irwinton and Mr. Melvin Shouse of Macon were married a a quiet ceremony in Jeffersonville on Oct. 15
The bride, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Bell of Irwinton, is through her father related to a pioneer family of Wilkinson county. On her maternal side she is related to the Hills, Marshalls, and Lipscombs of South Carolina. Her grandfather, the late Ben Hill of South Carolina was a relative of Ben Hill of Georgia.
Mr. Shouse studied at lanier High school and is now a salesman. Mr. and Mrs. Shouse are at home with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Shouse, 106 Park Place, Macon.
January 28, 1937
Funeral services for Mrs. Annie B. Smithey, who died at her residence, 12 Randolph place, Thursday morning after an illness of several days, were held at St. Joseph's Catholic church at 10 a.m. yesterday. Rev. Father Cronin officiated and interment was in Evergreen cemetery.
Pallbearers were W. J. Cooper, R. J. Cooper, Eugene Harmon, Hubert Grant, M. L. Roach, W. J Watson.
Mrs. Smithey was a native of Wilkinson county but had made her home in Macon for 24 years . She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic church.
April 13, 1937
Mrs. Bettie Bonner Buried in Wilkinson. Milledgeville, Ga., April 12. Funeral services for Mrs. Bettie Bonner, 68, who died here Thursday after an extended illness were held in Moore's chapel Friday, with Rev. W. L. Anderson, Gordon, and Rev. J. F. McCluney, officiating. Interment was in Lyster cemetery in Wilkinson county.
Mrs. Bonner was a native of Wilkinson county, moving here several years ago. She was the daughter of Marion and Margaret Lyles, of Gordon.
Surviving are her husband, J. R. Bonner, and the following children: Mrs. J. W. Summers, Gordon; J. I. McAdam, Hardwick; Marion and Willie McAdam, Milledgeville; a sister, Mrs. Nan Bloodworth, Hardwick; and two brothers, W. F. Ryle, Macon; and J. M. Ryle, Milledgeville.
April 22, 1937
Sunners-Clements Wedding Is Told. Gordon, Ga, April 29. Of interest is the marriage of Miss Frances Summers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Summers to Mr. DeLois Clements, solemnized here Sunday morning, April 18, at the home of the bride's parents with the Rev. W. L. Anderson officiating in the presence of a few close friends and relatives.
Mr. Clements is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Clements, of McRae. The young couple will make their home in Gordon for the present. .
July 28, 1937
Confederate Vet Dies In Wilkinson. Services Will Be Held Today for M. O. McMullen. Milledgeville, Ga., July 27. Marcus O. McMullen, 92, last surviving Confederate vetran of Wilkinson county, died at his home near here this afternoon after an illness of several months. He had been in ill health for the past year.
At the outbreak of the War Between the States he volunteered for service with the Baldwin Blues of Milledgeville and served throughout the war in Dole's brigade. His regiment saw service in Virginia and he was wounded during the seige of Richmond. He was present at Lee's surrender.
Mr. McMullen has lived in Wilkinson county all of his life except for the time he was in Confederate service. He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Baptist church.
Funeral services will be held from the residence Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock and interment will be in Mt. Carmel cemetery.
Mrs. McMullen died a few weeks ago.
Survivors include a son, Oliver McMullen of Macon; four daughters, Mrs. Henry Bloodworth, Mrs. Edd Johns, Mrs. Joe Crisswell, all of Wilkinson county, Mrs. Charlies Youngblood of Baldwin county. 25 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Mary Golden of Atlanta
October 3, 1937
Mrs. H. C. Parker of McIntyre announces the marriage of her daughter Ruby Mae to James Lankford also of McIntyre, the ceremony performed by the groom's uncle, Judge Sidney W. Hatfield, Saturday evening, Sept. 25.
December 4, 1937
Illness Is Fatal To Mrs. J. T. Lyster. Funeral services for Mrs. J. T. Lyster, who died at her residence in Cross Keys early yesterday after an illness of six days, will be held at the East Side Baptist church at 2 p.m. today. The Rev. C. W. Stitt will officiate and burial will be in the Fort Hill cemetery.
Pallbearers will be George Adams, Sherwood Adams, Roscoe Adams, Robert Stevens, Claude Stevens and Grafton Shepard.
Mrs. Lyster, the former Miss Ida Bell Lyles, was born in Gordon, the daughter of William D. Lyles and Mrs. Polly Hawthorne Lyles and had made her home here for 13 years. coming from Gordon. She was a member of the Cross Keys Baptist church.
Surviving are her husband, four daughters, Mrs. Minnie Adams, Mrs. Annie Stevens and Mrs. Mamie Wilkerson, Mountain Springs; a brother, R. L. Lyles, Macon, and a number of nieces and nephews.
December 14, 1937
Funeral Services Held for Farmer. James Bloodworth, retired Wilkinson county farmer who died here early Saturday, was buried in Ball's church cemetery yesterday following funeral rites conducted in Ball's church.
Mr. Bloodworth had been a resident of Macon for a year, coming here from Wilkinson county where he was born. He was a son of A. P. Bloodworth and Mrs. Mary Horton Bloodworth.
Mr. Bloodworth spent most of his life engaged in farming. He was a member of the Bethel Baptist chuch in Wilkinson county.
December 19, 1937
Wedding Planned By Miss Fountain. Invitations have been issued by Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Henry Fountain of Gordon to the marriage of their daughter, Charlie Almeta, to Thomas Edwin Bloodworth at 4 o'clock Saturday afternoon, Dec. 25, at the First Baptist church in Gordon.
Mr. and Mrs. Fountain will entertain with a reception at their home following the church ceremony.
June 4, 1938
Miss Jennie Ard Dies in Hospital. Macon Resident, 79, Passes After Illness.
Miss Jennie Ard, 79-year-old Macon resident, died last night at a local hospital after an illness of five weeks.
Miss Ard was born May 25, 1859 in Wilkinson county and had made her home in Macon for 45 years. She is survived by a great niece, Miss Lucille Dawson, with whom she made her home at 313 Flanders street, and two cousins, Mrs. Mamie Bray of Macon and Mrs. Sidney Cain of Thomaston.
Funeral services will be held at Hart's chapel at 4 p.m. tomorrow with the Rev. Herman Jones, pastor of the East Macon Methodist church of which she was a member, officiating. Burial will be in Fort Hill cemetery.
W. M. HUNNICUTT. Dublin, Aug. 6 Services
for W. M. Hunnicutt, 54, who died at his home south of here Thursday
night were held Friday afternoon near Glenwood.
Mr. Hunnicutt, 54, a farmer, was a native of Wilkinson county.
Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Miss Anita Janet Hunnicutt of Glenwood; five sons, L. T. Hunnicutt, living in Louisiana; L. L. Hunnicutt, L. S. Hunnicutt, E. G. Hunnicutt and L. W. Hunnicutt, all of Glenwood; three sisters, Mrs. F. M. Hyde of Savannah; Mrs. A. L. Ethington and Mrs. A. Page of Glenwood, and a brother, W. E. Hunnicut Jr., of Glenwood.
November 23, 1938
THREE ARE JAILED IN SANDERS DEATH. Wilkinsson Coroner's Jury Makes Murder Charge Against Irwinton Residents. Irwinton, Nov. 22. Wilkinson County Sheriff T. Sanders said tonight three Irwinton men are being held on a murder charge in connection with the death of John Brown Sanders, 30-year-old laborer Sunday.
Sheriff Sanders said the dead man, a second cousin of the officer, was brought into town about midnight Sunday.
The officer said a coroner's jury had made a murder charge against Lee Brown Jr., 25, Jake Dye, 30 and Weston Rhodes, 26. The are held in the county jail without bond, Sheriff Sanders said.
The dead man lived several hours after he was found on his porch, the sheriff said, but succumbed finally to a skull fracture.
Saying he was unable to explain the killing Sanders, the sheriff asserted, "all we know is that they all were out on a drinking party Sunday afternoon."
Accused Make Statement. The officer said the accused men made a statement at the coroner's inquest that Sanders probably fell from a concrete pier at the abandoned plant of the old Pine Tree Paper Company south of Gordon.
The sheriff said his information was that the group was at the abandoned plant about 3 p.m. Sunday. He said two of three held returned to Irwinton later in the afternoon and then went back to the plant to bring the body to town.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Asbury church near Gordon with Rev. W. Smith officiating.
Survivors of Sanders include three brothers, J. E. Sanders, Gordon; S. A. Sanders, Phenix City, Ala.; and R. H. Sanders, macon; two sisters, Mrs. W. H. Bannerman, Tallahassee, Fla. and Miss Hilda Sanders, Milledgeville.
The sheriff said no grand jury session is scheduled until next April.
May 28, 1939
Jeanes-McMillian Marriage Is Told
Gordon, May 27 - Mr. and Mrs. Iverson Jeanes of Gordon announce the marriage of their daughter Macie to M. F. McMillian of Milledgeville.
The ceremony took place in Irwinton, May 20. They will make their home in Milledgeville.
July 8, 1939
Gordon, July 7. Funeral services for John T. Farmer, 65, farmer, who died at his home three miles east of here, were held Thursday afternoon at Mt. Carmel Primitive Baptist church.
Elder Lewis Allen, assisted by Elder Cliff Green officiated.
He is survived by his widow, the former Miss Ivey Fountain; one daughter, Mrs. Lee McNeal, Gray; one son, John Jr., Gordon; two brothers, Furney Farmer, Milledgeville; Ira Farmer, Griffin; one sister, Mrs Mae Wood, Sandersville and a number of nieces and nephews.
He was a member of Mountain Springs Primitive Baptist church.
Pallbearers were Lonnie NeSmmith, Miles Fountain, Morgan Hall, J. C. Souther and Franklin Wells.
Burial was in Mt. Carmel cemetery.
August 6, 1939
Dr. and Mrs. W. M. Puckett of Irwinton announce the engagement of their daughter, Mary Juanita, to J. Henry Harden of Irwinton, formerly of Fitzgerald and Eastman, the marriage to take place in Irwinton on Aug. 20.
September 17, 1939
MISS WEAVER WEDS DOYLE C. DENNARD. Milledgeville, Sept. 16. The marriage of Miss Doris Ellen Weaver of Cooperville, to Doyle Chandler Dennard of Gordon,. was solemnized Friday afternoon, Sept. 8, at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Weaver.
The vows were spoken in the living room before an improvised altar of ferns and cut flowers.
The bride wore an early fall model of blue crepe with black accessories. She had as her maid of honor, Miss Ruth West.
Marshall Weaver, cousin of the bride, acted as best man.
The bride is the third daughter of her parents and was graduated last June from Cooperville Junior high school. she is a granddaughter of W. T. Weaver of Cooperville.
Mr. Dennard is the son of Chandler Dennard of Gordon. He was graduted from Gordon High school and is now associated in business with his father.
September 21, 1939
Contractor Liles Called By Death. Funeral Services Will Be Held at 11 A.M. Today.
Funeral services for J. A. Liles, contractor who died at his residence, 128 Fort Hill street, at 2:27 a.m. yesterday after an illness of several months, will be held at the residence at 11 a. m. today. Elder W. M. Hancock and the Rev. H. C. Jones will officiate and burial will be in Fort Hill cemetery.
Sons of Mr. Liles will serve as pallbearers.
Mr. Liles was born in Wilkinson county Dec. 11, 1873, the son of David Union Liles and Mrs. Mattie Malone Liles, and had made his home in Macon practically all of his life.
Surviving are his wife, the former Mrs. Mary Thomason Barnes; five sons, R. E., W. C., J. D., J. O., and J. E. Liles; and two daughters, Mrs. O. C. Herndon and Mrs. O. M. Harrelson of Macon; two step-children, J. O. Barnes and Miss Ophelia Barnes, Macon; a brother, J. D. Liles, Macon; a sister, Mrs. Thomas Conniff, San Francisco; nine grandchildren; several nieces and newphews.
October 8, 1939
Funeral services for George Bloodworth, 57, who died at his residence, 319 Log Cabin drive, Thursday afternoon, were held at the Nunn and Wheeler church at 4 p.m. yesterday. The Rev. Richard Horne, pastor of the Log Cabin church, of which he was a member, officiated and burial was in the Nunn and Wheeler cemetery.
Pallbearers were J. C. Parker, W. C. Aycock, W. L. Council, W. C. Council, Harry Whitaker and J. C. Smith.
Mr. Bloodworth was born in Wilkinson county and had made his home in Macon for 16 years.
November 18, 1939
Milledgeville, Nov. 17 Funeral services for Mrs. Sara C. Kingery, 74, member of the widely known Wilkinson county family, who died in Toomsboro yesterday, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Salem Baptist church near Pavo and burial will be in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Kingery died at the home of her daughter. Mrs. P. Z. Lord late Thursday. She had been in ill health for the last few years.
Survivors include six sons, Roy Kingery, Gordon; Sidney L. Kingery, Atlanta; Guy G. Kintery, Albany and Rhader L. Kingery, Wilmington, N. C.; two daughters, Mrs. Lord and Mrs. J. L. Reddick, Barberton, Ohio; three brothers, J. C. Lewis, Jacksonville, Fla.; Ben Lewis, Hawkinsville and Richard Lewis, Moultrie and one sister, Mrs. Cynthia Albritton, Newport Ritchie, Fla.
November 26, 1939
OSCAR F. KINGERY DIES IN BALDWIN. State Hospital Employe Succumbs After Brief Illness; Rites Set Today. Milledgeville, Nov. 25. Oscar F. Kingery, 57, employe at the state hospital here, died Friday night at his home after an illness of 10 days.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.,. Sunday at the Moore Funeral home here. Burial will be in the Ramah cemetery near Gordon. The Rev. Elburn Moore, pastor of the Christian church, will conduct the services.
Mr. Kingery has been a resident of Milledeville for several yeas, coming from Wilkinson county.
Survivors include his wife, the former Miss Muriell Orr; four children, Mrs. L. J. Horton; Mrs. George D. Thornton, Griffin, C. L. Kingery Macon and Holliman Kingery, Milledgevile; two brothers, E. H. Kingery of Gordon and T. B. Kingery of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and two sisters, Mrs. Walter Hardy, Fort Valley, and Mrs. J. R. Shepherd, Chauncey,
December 13, 1939
Milledgeville, Dec. 12. Funeral services were held at Snow Hill church in Wilkinson county today for John Henry Bloodworth, Wilkinson county farmer who died at his home Monday after a one-week illness. Burial was in Snow Hill cemetery.
Mr. Bloodworth was a charter member of the Snow Hill Congregational Methodist church and was caretaker of the Snow Hill cemetery for many years. He was a life long resident of the county.
Survivors include his wife; one sister, Mrs. J. H. Beck, and one son, H. A. Bloodworth, all of Wilkinson county.
April 24, 1940
Milledgeville, Mrs. Daisy Lyle Tarpley, 58, who died late Sunday at her home in Toomsboro, was buried Tuesday at Liberty Baptist church cemetery.
Besides her husband, M. A. Tarpley, Mrs. Tarpley, is survived by three stepchildren, Miss Mary Clara Tarpley, Toomsboro, Mrs. Ruby Day, McIntyre, and Andrew Jackson, Toomsboro, three sisters, Miss Hessie Lyle, Pendergrass, Mrs. Mamie Huff, Woodstock, and Mrs. Frances Couch, Milledgeville; two half brothers, Luther Lyle, Milledgeville and Oscar Lyle, Greenville, Fla.
(note: Buried Stubbs-Spence Cemetery)
April 28, 1940
MCDONALD - ROBINSON. Mrs. Pearl McDonald, of Gordon, announces the marriage of her daughter, Ruth Vertner McDonald to Robert Leon Robinson which was solemnized April 6 in Atlanta.
July 8, 1940
Miss Iva Hatfield Dies in Macon. Miss Iva Hatfield of Irwinton died in a local hospital Sunday morning after a short illness.
She was the daughter of the late Samuel A. Hatfield and Laura Chambers Hatfield, members of pioneer Wilkinson county farmers.
Survivors include six sisters, Mrs. Nina H. Perry, Birmingham, Ala., Mrs. J. B. Burkett and Mrs. I. E. Burkett, both of Macon; Mrs. L. P. James, James,
Mrs. W. A. Tyson, Tupelo, Miss., and Miss Lola Hatfield, Irwinton.
Funeral services will he held at the family home in Irwinton at 5 p.m. Monday.
July 16, 1940
Wheeler Dies By Drowning. Young Man Falls Into Lord's Lake. The body of Lewis O. Wheeler, 25-year-old Clinton road resident, was recovered from Lord's lake near Toomsboro about 4 p.m. yesterday. He fell from a boat and was drowned in the lake while fishing yesterday morning.
Funeral services will be held at the Bradley Baptist church at 4 p. m. Tuesday. The Rev. Ira McClung, pastor of the Gray Baptist church, will officiate and burial will be in the Wheeler cemetery near Bradley.
Mr. Wheeler was associated with his brother, R. L. Wheeler, in the operation of a nursery on the Clinton road about six miles from Macon.
He accompanied Harry Tucker of the Macon fire department and H. P. Stapleton, Georgia Power Company employe, on the fishing trip. In casting from a boat he lost his balance, fell into the water and was unable to reach shore. His companions landed safely.
Born in Jones county Feb. 27, 1915, Mr. Wheeler had made his home near Macon all his life. He was the son of W. L. Wheeler and Mrs. Vesta Johnson Wheeler.
He is survived by his parents, his brother, and a sister, Mrs. R. W. Marchman, Macon.
Pallbearers will be Ellis Wheeler, H. P. Stapleton, Harry Tucker, Raymond Marchman, Frank Koen and John Stine.
July 21, 1940
Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Jones announce the marriage of their daughter, Laura Lena, to William Wesley Clance of Gordon which took place June 12 in Jeffersonville.
July 26, 1940
Rites Held for Father of Two Macon Persons.
Funeral services were held at Snow Hill church yesterday afternoon for James Marion Ryle, 70, father of two Macon persons.
Mr. Ryle, who was a resident of Milledgeville, died in a Savannah hospital Tuesday night. The Rev. F. E. Singleton of Macon was the officiating minister.
Six grandsons acted as pallbearers.
Besides Mrs. C. E. Baker, J. T. Ryle, daughter and son of Macon, Mr. Ryle is survived by his wife, Mrs. Minnie Manderson Ryle; four other daughters, Mrs. W. J. Adams, Reidsville; Mrs. Fred C. Wright, Terre Haute, Ind., Mrs. D. W. Harry, Brentwood, Md.; Mrs. B. Richardson, Milledgeville; one other son, W. A. Ryle, Savannah; a Macon brother, W. Ryle, and a sister Mrs. Nan Bloodworth, Milledgeville.
July 30, 1940
Miss Ethel Spell and E. L. Green Are Married. Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Spell of Toomsboro announce the marriage of their daughter, Ethel Alma, to Elmer L. Green, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Green, 421 Forsyth street, which was solemnized at Gray July 23, 1938.
After spending the week-end with Mr. Green's parents the couple has left for Tampa, Fla., where he has a position as assistant superintendent of the American Can Company.
Mrs. Green has been connected with the occupational therapy department of the state hospital at Milledgeville. Mr. Green, a graduate of Lanier High school, entered Georgia Tech to study mechanical engineering in 1935. He was drum major of both Georgia Tech bands and a member of Kappa Kappa Psi, honorary musical fraternity.
Preceding her departure for Florida, Mrs. Green was given a shower by Miss Julia Coleman and Miss Lois Scarborough.
August 12, 1940
Milledgeville, Aug. 11. Funeral services for Lewis Milton Dean, widely known Wilkinson county citizen, who died at his home in Irwinton Wednesday, were held at 3 p.m. today at Poplar Springs Baptist church. The Rev. J. E. Townsend officated, and burial was in the Poplar Springs cemetery.
Mr. Dean was 76 years of age. He was a native and life-long resident of Wilkinson county, He was a member of the Primitive Baptist church. He is survived by four sons, T. W. Dean, Milledgeville; G. T. Dean, J. E. Dean, F. H. Dean, all of McIntyre.
Active pallbearers were T. Sanders, W, H. Council, Otha Bell, J. F. Bloodworth, J. C. Brady and Tom Brundage.
September 3, 1940
Fitzgerald, Sept. 2. Funeral services for Mrs. Narcissa Smith, widow of L. W. Smith who died Sunday night, will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the home of a daughter Mrs. Marion Dickson and burial will be in Zion's Hope cemetery near Chauncey.
Mrs. Smith was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Branan of Wilkinson county, and is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Marion Dickson of Ben Hill county, with whom she made her home and two sons, J. S. Smith, Helena, and C. O. Smith, Koshkonong, Mo.
She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
September 8, 1940
Miss Essie Ruth Collins and James Wyandel Bloodworth, both of Macon, were married Sept. 1 at the home of Ordinary W. W. Wood in Jeffersonville.
The bride wore soldier blue sheer crepe with white lace collar and navy accessories. She is the second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Collins of Jeffersonville and a sister of Miss Louise Collins of Macon and Miss Geraldine Collins of Jeffersonville.
The groom is the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Bloodworth of Gordon and is a brother of Miss Malone Bloodworth, Stephen Bloodworth, Alton Bloodworth and Willis Bloodworth, all of Gordon.
The couple will live in Macon where Mr. Bloodworth is connected with Dixie Dairies.
September 24, 1940
MRS. BETTIE SMITH. Toomsboro, Sept. 22. Mrs. Bettie Smith, 86, widow of Elder Dorsey Smith died Saturday in a Milledgeville hospital. She had lived in Washington county all of her life. Her husband was pastor of the Myrtle Springs Baptist church for a number of years.
Funeral services were held at the Myrtle Spring church at 3 p., Sunday, Elder J. L. Allen conducted the services.
October 27, 1940
Balkcom-McCook Marriage Held. Gray, Oct. 26. Miss Marian Elizabeth Balkcom and Byron McCook were married Oct. 14 at the home of Mrs. Annie E. Morton, in the presence of the immediate families.
Mr. McCook is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R. McCook of McIntyre.
Mrs. McCook is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence L. Balkcom, who was Miss Mamie Smith prior to her marriage.
The bride wore navy blue.
November 5, 1940
Miss Hattie Delores Harden and George L. Shinholster were married Nov. 1 in the presence of a few friends of the families at the bride's home.
Miss Harden is the daughter of Mrs. Hattie Harden, 506 Flanders street. E.M.
Mr. Shinholster is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Shinholster, Gordon, Ga. Mr.. and Mrs. Shinholster are at their home, 117 Spring street.
November 10, 1940
Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Massengale of Gordon announce the marriage of their daughger, Grace Elizabeth, to Billy O'Quinn of Deepstep, which too place Nov. 1. in Irwinton.
April 26, 1941
Huckabee S. Lavender Dies Near Gordon. Funeral services for Huckabee S. Lavender, who died at his residence near Gordon at 6:30 a.m., Friday, after an illness of four weeks, will be held at the White Springs church, mear Gordon, at 3 p.m. Saturday.
The Rev. E. D. Simpson and the Rev. J. L. Pittman will officiate and burial will be in the White Springs cemetery.
Mr. Lavender was born in Wilkinson county, Sept. 25, 1911, the son of Sam and Mrs. Hatfield Lavender, and had lived there all of his life.
Surviving are his parents; a brother, Richard Lavender, Macon; four sisters, Mrs. Bonnie Sapp, East Point; Mrs. John Sapp, Hapeville; Mrs. C. E. Mullis, Macon; Miss Mary Bell Lavender, Gordon.
June 8, 1941
Fall Kills Gordon Youth. Gordon, June 7 Shelby Pate, 17, of Gordon died here this afternoon of a skull fracture shortly after he fell from the rear of a pickup truck, according to Coroner E.S. Mills.
Funeral services will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at White Springs church near Gordon with the Rev. Edmond Simpson officiating.
The youth is survived by his parents, B. F. Pate and Mrs. Emma Pate, both of Gordon; three brothers, A. C., O. L., and Billy Pate, all of Gordon; three sisters, Mrs. R. L. Smith, Atlanta; Mrs. Hermon Johnson, Statesboro, and Mrs. L. J. Stapleton, Gordon.
June 17, 1941
Dublin, June 10. Funeral services for Miss Jennie Starley, 71, who died at her home on Route 4, Dublin, Sunday morning, were held Sunday afternoon at Trail Branch church near Cochran, Elder John A. Bowen officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Miss Starley was a native of Wilkinson county, but had lived in Laurens for 40 years. She had been in ill health for about three years.
Surviving are a brother, J. H. Starley, Dublin; three sisters, Mrs. J. Allen, Dublin; Miss Lizzie Starley, Dublin, and Mrs. J. P. Darsey, Cochran.
July 24, 1941
Eli NeSmith, 68, Wilkinson county farmer, died last night at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Lawrence McCook of Gordon after an illness of 14 days.
Other survivors include a daughter, Mrs. I. C. Stubbs of Punta Gorda, Fla; a son Lonnie NeSmith of Gordon, and four grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Hart's mortuary.
July 26, 1941
ELI NeSMITH. Funeral services for Eli NeSmith, Wilkinson county farmer, who died at his residence near Gordon, Wednesday night, were held at the Mount Carmel church at 2:30 p.m. Friday. Elder Wells officiated and burial was in the Mount Carmel cemetery.
August 10, 1941
~ecerpt~Couples Wed in Double Ceremony
Tennille, Aug. 9. In a double cereony taking place Saturday evening, August 2, at the home of the Rev. and Mrs. T. A. Mosley in Tennille, Miss Elizabeth Tompkins of Oconee became the bride of Willus Clarence Thompson of Toomsboro and Miss Mae Bennett of Oconee was united in marriage to Frank Tanner, Jr., of Sandersville.
The Rev. Mr. Moseley, pastor of the Methodist churches in the Washington circuit, performed the ceremony.
Mrs. Thompson is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Tomkpins of Oconee and Mrs. Tanner is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. F. Bennett of Oconee...
The only attendants were Mrs. Caney Burnley of Macon, sister of Mrs. Thompson, and O. H Adams of Sandersville.
After a short trip Mr. and Mrs. Thompson will make their home in Toomsboro and Mr. and Ms. Tanner will reside in Charleston, South Carolina.
August 24, 1941
Toomsboro, Aug. 23. Announcement is made of the marriage of Miss Mary L. Philips of Wrightsville to George Lord of Toomsboro at Wrightsville, June 22. Mr Will Stokes performed the ceremony in the presence of a few friends.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. John Philips. Her wedding suit was beige with accessories to match, and a corsage of sweetheart roses. The groom is the son of Mrs. Nellie Lord and the late George Lord of Wilkinson county. They will make their home in Toomsboro.
August 26, 1941
Mark Durden Dies in Macon. Mark Daniel Durden Sr., resident of the Cochran Short Route, died in a local hospital at 7 p.m. Monday, after a brief illness.
Mr. Durden was born in Wilkinson county and had made his home near Macon for ten years, coming from Allentown. He was a member of the Allentown Baptist church and had been engaged as a saleman for the Macon Seafood company.
Surviving are his wife, the former Miss Eugenia Denson from Allentown; four sons, M. D. Durden Jr., John Durden, Elias Jackson Durden and Charlie Woodrow Durden, all of Dry Branch, RFD.; three daughters, Miss Eugenia Durden, Miss Marion Durden, Dry Branch, and Mrs. Wade W. Kitchens, Macon; two brothers, J. L. Durden, Macon; C. O. Durden, Jacksonville, Fla., two sisters, Mrs. P. C. Williams, Danville; Mrs. Jessie Ford, Glendale, S.. C.
Funeral services will be held at the Friendship chuch in Twiggs county at 4 p.m. Tuesday. The Rev. M. O. Harrell and the Rev. A. L. Phillips will officiate and burial will be in the Friendship cemetery.
The funeral cortege will leave Hart's mortuary at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday.
August 31, 1941
David J. Bateman, Wilkinson Farmer, Dies Near Gordon. Gordon, Aug. 30. David Jefferson Bateman, 79, widely known Wilkinson county farmer, died at his home near here Saturday afternoon after an illness of several yeas. He was a member of Camp Creek Baptist church.
Surviving are two sons, Emmett Bateman, of Macon, and Buford Bateman, of McRae; a daughter, Miss Cora Bateman, of Gordon; two granddaughters, Miss Edith Bateman,of Macon, and Mrs. H. C. Burns of Brunswick; and a grandson, Wilford Bateman, of McRae.
Funeral services will be held Sunday at 3:30 p.m. from the residence near Gordon, with Elder E. Bryant, of Danville, officiating. Burial will be in Camp Creek cemetery.
October 5, 1941
Criswell Infant Dies. The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Criswell of McIntyre, died in a local hospital at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, and will be buried at McIntyre Sunday afternoon.
Besides his parents, the child is survived by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Butler, Macon; and Mrs .E. J. Criswell, of Dublin.
October 12, 1941
(photo) Mr. and Mrs. Alex Souther, who were married Oct. 4 in the ordinary's office in Irwinton, are making their home in Macon. Mrs. Souther is the former
Miss Margaret Fountain, daughter of Mrs. W. H. McDonald of Gordon. Mr. Souther is the son of Mr. and Mrs. M. B. Souther of Macon and is employed in this city.
October 24, 1941
Mrs P. G. Carr.McIntyre, Oct. 23 Mary Catherine Brack Carr, 73, widow of P. G. Carr, died Thursday at her home here and will be buried Friday following services scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Primitive Baptist church, of which she was a member. Surviving are four sons, R. A., W. T., D. P. Carr and I. F. Carr, ofMcIntyre, four daughters, Mrs. J. D. Couey and G. L. Bloodworth of McIntyre; and Mrs. Nancy Doakes and Mrs. Homer Watson, of Milledgeville; a brother, Charlie Brack, of Milan; and two sisters Mrs. Fannie Scarborough, of Milan and Mrs. W. P. Scarborough, of Eastman. There are 21 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
October 26, 1941
Brack-Gay Marriage Is Held. McIntyre, Oct. 25. Mr. and Mrs Guy Brack of McIntyre announce the marriage of their daughter, Evelyn, to John L. Gay of Millen on Sept. 12. The ceremony was performed in the study of the Baptist pastorium by the Rev. A. Judson Burrell, pastor of the Millen Baptist church.
Mrs. Gay is the eldest daughter of her parents. Her sisters are Miss Dorothy Brack of McIntyre, and Mrs. Carl Yawn of Charleston, S.C. Her brothers are McKinzie, Sam and Melvin Brack of McIntyre.
Mrs. Gay is a graduate of the Wilkinson county high school, Irwinton, and for the past several months she has made her home in Millen.
Mr. Gay is the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. M. M. Gay. His brother Richard Gay, a student at the Indiannapolis Naval Academy, his sisters are Mrs. A. M. Harris of Vidalia and Miss Sara Nell Gay of Millen.
He was graduated from the Millen High school and Middle Georgia College where he won honors at football and baseball.
Mr. Gay is superintendent of the Thompson Textile Company in Millen, and the couple will reside on Winthrop avenue in Millen.
December 2, 1941
Prominent Farmer of Wilkinson Dies. Dublin, Dec. 1. Funeral services for Thomas Jefferson Sapp, 67, well known Wilkinson county farmer of Danville, Route 2, who died Sunday night at his home after a long illness, will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Clear Creek Baptist church near Gordon. The Rev. Edward Simpson of Gordon, will officiate. Burial wil be in the Sapp cemetery near Gordon, with Adams funeral home in charge.
Mr. Sapp, a lifelong resident of Wilkinson county, was married twice, his first wife preceding him to the grave many years ago. She was befre their marriage, Miss Lou Ward of Wilkinson county. His second wife, who survives him, was Mrs. Willie Hendricks of Bleckley county. He was a member of the Baptist church.
Besides his wife, surviving are the sons and daughters, B. F. Sapp, Orlando, Fla.; Mrs. E. W. Carr, Eastman; Mrs. G. M. Toney, Allentown; W. M. Sapp, Macon; Mrs. A. W. Bryant, Danville; Mrs. J. M. Reid, Conway, S. C.; Mrs. Walter Norton, Tennille; Mrs. Jim Pharis, Montrose; Tommie Sapp, Columbus; John Henry Sapp, Danville. Two brothers Bob Sapp, Irwinton and Charlie Sapp of Gordon; 13 grandhildren and two great-grandchildren also survive.
December 7, 1941
Mrs. E. L. Anderson. Milledgeville, Dec. 6. Services were held Saturday in Irwinton church for Mrs. Annie Lee Anderson, 51, who died Friday. Burial was in the Irwinton cemetery. Surviving are her husband, E L. Anderson; four daughters, Mrs. Grady Hatcher, Mrs. E. S. Mills, Misses Mildred and Freddie Anderson of Irwinton; a son, Ray Anderson; a brother, J. T. Simpson of Macon and Mrs. L. P. Avery of Glenwood.
December 24, 1941
Gordon, Dec. 23. The marriage of Miss Rebecca Nell Brooks, and R. L. Butler of Gordon and Danville, which was solemnized in Irwinton, Nov. 20, is announced by her parents Mr. and Mrs. Julian Brooks.
Mrs. Butler is the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brooks, a 1940 graduate of Gordon High school, and at present is with the Chandler Variety store.
Mr. Butler is the only son of Mrs. Ray Butler of Danville and he is now with the Gordon Clays Inc.
They will make their home here.
February 24, 1942
Milledgeville, Feb. 23. Funeral services for Ellen Snow, young daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Obie Snow, of near Gordon, were held this afternoon at the graveside in Snow Hill cemetery.
The child died after an illness of two weeks. She is survived by her parents, twin sister, Helen Snow, and two brothers, J. Cecil Snow and Charlie H. Snow.
March 31, 1942
Milledgeville, March 30. Funeral services for Charles Henry McCook, 86, pioneer Wilkinson county citizen who died Sunday, were held Monday at the Gordon Baptist church.
The Rev. Edwin Simpson, pastor of the church, officiated, and burial was in Hickman cemetery. Masonic services were conducted at the graveside by members of the Gordon lodge.
Mr. McCook is survived by his wife; four sons, F. B. McCook, Gordon; George T. McCook, Mulberry, Fla., H. H. McCook, Barnesville and W. E. McCook, Atlanta; six daughters, Mrs. R. W. Brooks, Gordon; Mrs. R. W. Coleman, Bridgeston, N. J.; Mrs. T. H. Hardie, Gordon; Mrs. A. O. Patterson, and Mrs. Lala McDaniel, Macon. and Mrs. L. C. McDowell, Canton, N. C. 37 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
July 4, 1942
JOSEPH OTIS WHEELER. Milledgeville, July 3. Funeral services for Joseph Otis Wheeler, 18-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Otis Wheeler of McIntyre, wre held at 11 a.m. today at Mt. Carmel church with Joseph A. Moore officiating. Interment was in Mt. Carmel cemetery.
The child, who died after an illness of two weeks is survived by his parents, one brother, Merritt Wheeler: two ssisters, Vera and Reba Wheeler, all of McIntyre.
July 5, 1942
Georgia Couple Wed in Tampa. Gordon, July 4. The marriage of Miss Klonnie Eloise Wren and Erasmus Brooks Lewis, was solemnized Sunday June 21 by the Rev. Paul S. Jones.
Mrs. Lewis is the daughter of Mr. and W. C. Wren of Warrenton. Mr. Lewis is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Lewis of Gordon. He is now stationed at Wellston air depot.
July 24, 1942
Killing Justifiable Investigator Declares. Toomsboro, July 23. Sherff T. Sanders, Irwinton, said ysterday that no case had been made against J. C. Wood following investigation of the killing of Lester Rozar, Negro, here Tuesday afternoon.
Sheriff Sanders said that Mr. Wood, timekeeper at a sawmill owned by his father-in-law, R. B. Brown, tried to fire the Negro after he had attacked two white men at the mill. He took Rozar to town to pay him off and when the Negro curse and attacked him, Mr. Wood shot him. Sheriff Wood (Sanders) said the shooting was "clearly justifiable."
Wood is the son of A. B. Wood, chief of police at Toomsboro. The Negro was an ex-convict and recently had come to Toomsboro from Laurnes county, Sheriff Sanders said.
August 22, 1942
Dublin, Aug. 26. Funeral services for Ralph Morgan Bloodworth, 39, employee of the Petroleum Carrier Corporation who died in a hospital here Tuesday afternoon following an operation, were held this afternoon at Macedonia Baptist church near McIntyre. Burial was in the church cemetery with Dowell Funeral Home in charge.
Mr. Bloodworth, a native of Wilkinson county, had made his home near here in the Condor community for the past eight years.
Surviving are his wife, the former Miss Elizabeth Dyes; three daughters, Elizabeth, Carolyn and Sarah Bloodworth, and five sons, Ralph Jr., James, Lawrence, William and Eugene; his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Bloodworth, of McIntyre; three brothers, Hugh T. Bloodworth, of Stillmore, Thomas Bloodworth, of McIntyre, and Charlie Bloodworth, of Camp Croft, S. C. ; and two sisters, Mrs. Heyward Smith, of McIntyre, and Mrs. Aaron Wester, of Atlanta.
(Note: buried Nunn-Wheeler.)
October 4, 1942
Toomsboro, oct. 3. The marriage of Miss Ida Elizabeth Jaques, daughter of T. W. Jaques, and the late Mrs Jaques, to Claude Lester Meadows of Toomsboro, which took place Friday afternoon, Sept. 18, in the study of the Asbury Methodist church in Charleston, S. C., has been accounced by the bride's grandmother, Mrs. Ida Hill.
The Rev. R. Byrce Herbert, pastor of the church performed the ceremony. The only attendant at the wedding was Mrs. Harry Tallon.
Miss Jaques graduated from the Charleston High school, and later attended college in Virginia.
Mr. Meadows, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Meadows of Toomsboro, is employed by the Southern Bell Telephone Company, and is connected with the Charleston Shipbuilding, and Dry Dock Company.
Mr. and Mrs. Meadows left immediately after the wedding for a trip to Florida after which they will make their home in Charleston, S. C.
October 8, 1942
THOMAS E. ETHRIDGE. McIntyre. Oct. 8. Thomas Edward (Ed) Ethridge, 57, of McIntyre, died early Wednesday after an illness of two weeks.
He was a member of a prominent family of this area.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 3p.m. at Macedonia Baptist church with Joseph A. Moore officiating. Interment will be in Nunn and Wheeler cemetery.
Survivors include his widow, the former Grace Criswell; three daughters, Mrs. Robert Criswell and Mrs. Irene Nelson of McIntyre and Mrs. J. C. Brewer of Macon; one brother, Willie Ethridge of Macon, and five sisters, Mrs. H. Young and Mrs. Leonard Wood of Gordon; Mrs. Herbert Ethridge of Thomason; Mrs. Curtis Bishop of Barnesville and Mrs. Stewart Lisle of Macon.
October 17, 1942
~excerpt~ Macon Man Dies of Train Crash Injuries. Willie B. Brooks, 43, engineer for the M.D. & S. railroad, died at 4 p.m. yesterday in the Cuthbert hospital of injuries sustained in a railroad collision near that city. Johnnie E. Kearns, 30, Seaboard Airline fireman, of Camilla, was killed instantly in the crash.
Kearns died when his train drove into another train said to have been stalled on the main line near Cuthbert. Trainman H. J. McAllister, Montgomery, Ala., was injured in the wreck.
Brooks was a native of Gordon, moving to Macon as a young man. He had been with the M.D. & S. for 21 years. He was a member of the Cross Keys Baptist church and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.
He is survived by his wife, the former Miss Lizzie Fountain of Wilkinson county; a son, R. S. Brooks, and a daughter, Mrs. Alan Mitchell of Macon; four brothers, Oscar B., Robert W. and Claud ofGordon; and Richard of Macon; five sisters, Mrs. H. C. Barrentine, Atlanta; Mrs. A. W. Sapp, Gordon, Mrs. Ozie Barrentine, Mrs. Joe Beck and Mrs. Minter Holland, Macon.
Funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. C. W. Stitt of East Macon at the chapel of Hart's mortuary. Pallbearers will be selected from among his fellow workers.....
October 30, 1942
Dublin, Oct. 29 - Funeral services forMrs. Henry Montgomery of Toomsboro, who died Tuesday at her home following an illness of only a few hours, were held Wednesday afternoon at Ebenezer Baptist church, the Rev. J. E. Townsend officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Townsend Brothers Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Montgomery, a resident of Toomsboro for several years, was a member of the Baptist church.
Surviving are her husband; five daughters, Tinsey, Florence, Francis, Hazel and Rosalie; two sons, Charles and John; her mother, Mrs. Jim Dixon and several sisters and brothers.
November 13, 1942
Mrs. Southhall's Rites Held in Toomsboro. Toomsboro, Nov. 12. Funeral services were held Thursday morning at the Toomsboro Baptist church for Mrs. Maude Southall, who died Tuesday night at Rawlins hospital, Sandersville, after and illness of two weeks. She had been in declining health for over two years.
The Rev. J. L. Pittman of Gordon Baptist church conducted the services, and burial was in the Toomsboro cemetery.
Born in Wilkinson county, Aug. 15, 1887, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Criswell; she was a member of the toomsboro Baptist church. She was married to the late William G. Southall, railroad man who preceded her in death seven years ago. They lived in Byron and Fort Valley until 10 years ago when Mr. Southall retired, then came to Toomsboro to live.
Surviving are one brother, William V. Criswell, Toomsboro, two sisters, Mrs. B. H. Jackson, Toomsboro; Mrs. Maxie C. Brown, New Orleans, La.
Mrs. Southall made her home with her sister, Mrs. Jackson here.
Pallbearers were, H. E. Stephens, R. B. Brown, Z. R. Brown, Bartow Wood, J. T. Lord, Clize Dixon.
November 15, 1942
Funeral services for Julius Augustus McDaniel, retired hardware dealer, who died at his residence at Lizella Thursday evening, were held in the chapel of Hart's mortuary at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Charles A. Jackson Jr., pastor of the Centenary Methodist church, of which he was a member, officiated and burial ws in Riverside cemetery.
Pallbearers were Robert East, W. B. Peacock, M. Y. Bussey, C. W. Gottevals, H. D. Brown and R. L. Clarke.
Mr. McDaniel was born in Wilkinson county and had lived in Macon for a number of years. He was formerly proprietor of the McDaniel Hardware company.
December 6, 1942
~excerpt~ Announcement made today by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Edward Todd announce today the engagement of their only daughter, Edna Earle, to Ensign William Hiram Kelly, USNR. The marriage will be taking place at 7 o'clock in the evening at the Little Chapel of Glenn Memorial church, with the Rev. Ryland Knight officiating.
Miss Todd's mother is the former Edna Earle Price, daughter of Mary Parker Price and the late Nathaniel Berch Price of Atlanta. Her father is the son of the late Tallulah Norton Todd and John Calhoun Todd of Savannah. Her brothers are Charles, John and William Todd.
The family recently moved to Atlanta from Irwinton, Ga., where the bride-elect graduated from Wilkinson county High School as Valedictorian of her class. She attended Wesleyan College in Macon where she received her AB degree in June 1942.......
Ensign Kelly is the son of Mr. S. E. Kelly and the late Mrs. Kelly, of Blakely, his mother being the former Eleanor Speir, daughter of the late Margaret Galt Speir and James Henderson Speir of Cartersville. His paternal grandparents were the late Nancy Barrett Kelly and Hiram Kelly of Ball Ground. His only sister is Mrs. E. L. Kelly of Jefferson and his brothers are Ensign Edgar Kelly, now somewhere in the Pacific theater of war, and Lt. Frank Kelly of San Louis Obispo, California.
The bridegroom-elect graduated from the University of Georgia in 1938....Prior to receiving his commission in January 1942, Ensign Kelly was connected with the Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company. He is now located in Charleston, S. C., where the couple will reside after their marriage.
December 18. 1942
Joseph Youngblood To Be Buried Today. Milledgeville, Dec. 17. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday for Joseph Youngblood, 80, who died Thursday afternoon after an illness of several months. Rites will be at Snow Hill church with Rev. Harvey Roughton officiating. The burial will be in Snow Hill cemetery.
Surviving are his wife; one daughter, Mrs. W. B. Richardson, Ivey, two sons, J. T. and J. M. Youngblood, Gordon; one sister, Mrs. J. A. Beck, Milledgeville, and six grandchildren..
February 21, 1943
Miss Pierce Is Bride Of Lieutenant. Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Pierce of Irwinton announce the marriage of their daughter, Marian, to Lt. Charles L. Russell of Norfolk, Va., the marriage having been solemnized on Dec. 5 at the Army chapel at Drew Field in Tampa, Fla.
Chaplain Kadel performed the ceremony. A progrom of wedding music preceded the ceremony.
Capt. R. H. R. Risley gave the bride in marriage. Her only attendant was Miss Elizabeth Williams of Clearwater, Fla. Lt. A. A. Biretta of Manchester, Conn., was best man.
Mrs. Russell attended the schools of Toomsboro. She has been employed in Clearwater for the past three years.
Lieutenant Russell is stationed at Pinellas Airport, St. Petesburg, Fla. He attended schools in Norfolk and Norfolk Naval Academy.
The bride and groom are making their home in the Aragon apartments in Clearwater.
March 26, 1943
Funeral services for Mrs. Gracie Paris Branan Pace, who died at her residence, 121 Heard avenue, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, after a long illness, will be held in the chapel of Hart's mortuary at 5 p.m. Friday. The Rev. Swoll Sawyer, the Rev. T. B. Stanford and Elder J. Harvey Dailey, will officiate and burial will be in Evergreen cemetery.
Pallbearers will be A. H. Collier, D. B. Dorsey, D. C. Sherwood, Reynolds Malone, Charles Wheeler and Henry Wynn.
Mrs. Pace was born in Wilkinson county and had made her home in Macon for 30 years. She was a member of the Morrison Memorial Methodist church.
Surviving are her husband, W. D. Pace, Macon; a son, Glenn B. Pace, Alexandria, Va.; three grandchildren, Glenn Branan Pace Jr., Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Misses Mary and Laura Pace, Alexandria, Va., two brothers, J. C. Branan, Houston, Tex.; C. F. Branan, Sanford, Fla; four sisters, Mrs. Ophelia Lingo, Milledgeville; Mrs. Mabel Gladin, Gordon; Mrs. Lola Freeman, Toomsboro. and Mrs. Daisy Hicks, McKenna, Texas.
April 1, 1943
Gordon, March 31. Mrs. Mary Valentine Taylor, 83, life-long resident of Wilkinson county, died at the home of her son, W. W. Taylor near Gordon Sunday. She had been in ill health since she fractured a hip in a fall five years ago.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Church of Christ near Gordon. The Rev. Mr. Allen and the Rev. O. C. Cunningham of Macon officiated and interment was in the church cemetery. She had been a member of the Church of Christ for 45 years.
In addition to her son, Mrs. Taylor is survived by a daughter, Mrs. B. C. Hawthorne of Gordon; 14 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. A. B. Lavender; two brothers, J. S. Valentine of Macon and W. F. Valentine of Gordon, several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were the grandsons, Leon W. Taylor, Linton F. Taylor, Walter Hawthorne, Cameron Hawthorne, Ralph W. Evans and Charles J. Smith.
April 6, 1943
Dublin, April 5. Mrs. J. M. Allen, 60, who has been ill for several years and seriously ill for the past six months, died in a local hospital here tonight.
She was the wife of J. M. Allen and their home was on Rt. 4 Dublin. Before her marriage in 1898 Mrs. Allen was Miss Bessie Starley of Pulaski county.
She is survived by her husband and three sons, J. Lewis Allen, commissioner of Laurens county, Dublin, J. R. and Rufus Morgan Allen both of Rt. 4, four daughters, Mrs. P. T. Willis, Rt. 1 Dublin, Mrs. Denard Howell, Irwinton, Ga., Mrs. W. E. Dominy, Rt. 5, Dublin, and Miss Ruth Allen, Rt. 4, Dublin, one sister, Miss Lizzie Starley, Rt. 4, Dublin.
Funeral services will be held at 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the Mt. Olive Baptist church in Laurens county.
(Note: The church is in Wilkinson Co., near the Laurens Co. line.)
June 4, 1943
Negro Is Held After Murder of Relatives. Irwinton, June 3. A young Wilkinson county Negro farm hand listed as Willie (Big Boy) Metts, wage hand on the plantation of Joe B. Green, is being held in the Wilkinson county jail without bond, pending action of the grand jury following what has been termed one of the "most gruesome double murders in the history of the county."
According to officers, Metts had gone to the home of his wife's mother, where his wife and small child had spent the day during the week-end. Metts and his wife started home when he sent his wife back for some clothing. When his wife failed to return immediately, Metts is alleged to have gone to the house and beat her, slashed his wife's sister, killing her almost instantly. The mother of the two women went to bandage the wounded girl and when she did so, Metts is accused of stabbing her in the back. The mother is now in a hospital in a criticial condition.
In a statement by Metts, he said he left the house after slashing and stabbing the two women and proceeding a few hundred yards, decided that since he had gone thus far, he would return and kill his wife, Vinie Mae. When he opened the door of the house, he discharged a volley of shots point blank at his wife, who fell dead to the floor.
June 24, 1943
~excerp~Irwinton Church Rites United Pair. Irwinton, Ga. June 23.In a setting of palmetto palms, ferns, white gladioli and lighted cathedral candles, Miss Mary Sue Lindsey, only daughter of Mrs. Rosa Byington Lindsey and Mr. H. G. Lindsey, was married to Robert Wesley Infinger, only son of the Rev. Cary M. Infinger of Plains, formerly of Irwinton and the late Mrs. Mamie McDonld Infinger, at the Irwinton Methodist church Friday evening, June 18.
Miss Elizabeth Todd gave a program of music. The bride entered with her uncle, Edwin C. Byington, by whom she was given in marriage. They were met at the altar by the groom and his best man, the Rev. Ralph Brown of Dublin........
Miss Sue Bess Jones, cousin of the bride, was maid of honor....The bridal party was preceded by little Dana Byington....
The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Albert Hall, pastor of the Irwinton Methodist church. The ushers were Fred G. Byington of Irwinton and G. D. Ryals of Waycross. Mrs. Joe Skelton kept the bride's book.
After the wedding ceremony, Mrs. Lindsey, mother of the bride, entertained with a reception at her home in Irwinton.
Immediately after the reception, Mr. and Mrs. Infinger left for a short wedding trip....After their return, they will be at home at 1156 St. Augustine place, Atlanta, where Mr. Infinger holds a position with Sears-Roebuck and Company.
Out-of-town guests included the Rev. and Mrs. C. M. Infinger of Plains; Mr. and Mrs. G. D. Ryals, Waycross, and Mrs. A. C. Corbitt, Atlanta.
June 28, 1943
Franklin R. Aids, retired machinist of 170 Macon avenue, died in a local hospital at 11 p.m. Saturday after an illness of several weeks.
Mr. Aids was born in Wilkinson county, the son of J. S. Aids and Mrs. Ardicia Mizles Aids and had lived in Macon since childhood. He had been associated with the Buckeye Cotton Oil company and more recently with the Southern Cotton Oil company. He was a member of the First Baptist church and of the Masonic fraternity.
Surviving are his wife, the former Miss Nancy Reid of Macon, a son, Robert F. Aids, Macon; A daughter, Mrs. Henry W. Walters, Macon; his father John F. (R) Aids, Miami; one grandchild, June Carolyn Walters, and a nephew Billy Reid, Macon.
Funeral services will be held in the chapel of Hart's mortuary at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dr. J. Maurice Trimmer, pastor of the First Baptist church will officiate and burial will be in Evergreen cemetery.
Pallbearers are to be Charles S. Jones, W. A. Taylor, Paul Brooks, W. T. Haden, Gladstone Jackson and Ralph Reagan.
July 18, 1943
Mrs. Melvin D. Yates Jr. became the bride of Sergeant Yates of Fort Riley, Kan., and Macon, at the Fort Riley post chapel on July 8. Mrs. Yates is the former Miss Mary Lee Justice of Macon and Irwinton, daughter of Thomas A. Justice of Irwinton. Sergant Yates is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Durwood Yates of this city, who went to Fort Riley for the wedding.
July 28, 1943
John O. Snow Rites Are Held at Chapel
Funeral services for John O. Snow, who died at his residence, 630 Oglethorpe Street, Monday, were held in the chapel of Hart's mortuary at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The Rev. J. B. Smith officiated and burial was in the Cedar Ridge cemetery.
Mr. Snow was born in Wilkinson county and had lived in Macon most of his life. He had been associated with the Bibb Manufacturing company for 38 years.
August 15, 1943
Funeral services for Andrew Thomas Veal, who was killed accidentally in an automobile accident in Milton, Fla., Wednesday, will be held at 4 p.m today at Asbury. The Rev. J. L. Pittman will officiate and interment will be at Asbury.
Pallbearers will be Lynwood Stokes, Loyd Johnson, Aldean Johnson, Currie Fountain, O. L. Brooksand Burton Brooks.
Mr. Veal is survived by his wife, the former Miss Sylvia Bassett of Buxton, N. C. ; a son, Byrum Veal; a daughter, Sandra Veal; mother and step-father, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Bloodworth; three brothers, Bobbie and Earl Veal, Gordon, and Osborn Veal, U. S. Navy; a sister, Miss Ree Veal, Macon..
October 31st, 1943
~excerpt~Irwinton. Ga., Oct. 20. Announcement is made of the marriage of Miss Frances Louise Billue of Irwinton to John Floyd Porter Jr., of Irwinton, formerly of Danville, the marriage having been solemnized on Sept. 18 by the Rev. J. L. Claxton in Dublin.
...Mrs. Porter is the daughter of I. F. Billue and the former Fannie G, Hartley.....
Mr. Porter is the son of the late John F. Porter Sr. and the late Frances Etoka Brown Porter....
After a brief wedding trip in South Georgia, they are residing in Irwinton where Mr. Porter operates the Irwinton Hotel and Miss Ellen King's mercantile business.
Novmber 14, 1943
Danville Rites Unite Couple. Danville, Ga., Nov. 13 - John T. Brown announces the marriage of his daughter, Eugenia, to Aaron Rickerson on Oct. 30 in Danville. The bride's mother was the late Miss Adele Pierce of Wilkinson county.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James F. Rickerson. The bride and groom attended the Danville High school. They are making their home with the groom's parents.
November 21, 1943
BLOODWORTH-BAXLEY. Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Bloodworth of Toomsboro announce the marriage of their daughter, Emma Fannie Mae, to Joel Hulon Baxley of Route 4, Macon, the marriage having taken place in Jeffersonville with Ordinary W. W. Wood officiating on Nov. 6.
December 26, 1943
Couple Married At Irwinton. Mr. and Mrs. G. I. Patterson of Milledgeville announce the marriage of their daughter, Velver Ione, to Cecil Townsend, also of Milledgeville which was solemnized Sunday, Dec. 12 at Irwinton.
The bride is a graduate of Peabody High school in Milledgeville. She and the groom are employed at Hodges Candy Company and will make their home in Milledgeville.
February 15, 1944
Milledgeville, Ga., Feb. 14. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. from the Gordon Baptist church for Mrs. Allie Holliman, 85, who died Sunday night. A native of Wilkinson county, Mrs. Holliman was the daughter of Littleton Brannen and Tobitha Young Brannen, both pioneer families.
Mrs. Holliman was a member of the Gordon Baptist church. Although the last member of the immediate family, she is survived by many nieces and nephews. Interment will follow in the Holliman cemetery near Gordon.
February 26, 1944
OWEN JOHNSON, JR. Milledgeville, Ga., Feb. 25. Funeral services were held today from the Macedonia church for Owen Johnson, Jr., 10, of Milledgeville, who died Thursday.
The Rev. W. O. McClung officiated at the services and interment followed in the Nunn Wheeler cemetery.
Surviving are the following relatives: parents, Mr. and Mrs. Owen Johnson, one brother, Frank Johnson; and one sister, Sarah Johnson.
March 19, 1944
DUPREE-MOORE. Mr. and Mrs. John T. DuPree, Jr. of Gordon announce the engagement of their daughter, Effie Elizabeth, to the Rev. Walker Moore, pastor of the Gordon Baptist church, the ceremony to be solemnized on Easter Sunday, April 9, after the evening service.
April 9, 1944
GLADIN - YOUMANS. Mrs. J. H. Gladin of Gordon and Milledgeville announces the marriage of her daughter, Besse Rae, to Lynwood E. Youmans, second class petty officer, of Gordon and Mare Island, Cal., the marriage having been solemnized on Friday evening, March 21.
April 22, 1944
Mrs. Jim Hall Dies In Local Hospital. Funeral services for Mrs. Jim M. Hall, of Gordon, who died in a local hospital at 8 a.m. Friday, after a brief illness will be held at the Catholic chapel at Ivey, Ga., at 2 p.m. CWT Saturday. Father Toole will officiate and burial will be in Snow Hill cemetery.
Pallbearers, all nephews, are to be Joseph Beck, Lewis, Nevins, Carlton and Melvin Hall and Felton Hornsby.
Mrs. Hall the former Miss Mary Sue Hornsby, was born in Wilkinson county, the daughter of M. C. Hornsby and Mrs. Ida Jackson Hornsby. She ws a member of the Catholic chapel at Ivey.
Surviving are her husband; a daughter, Mrs. Wilmuth O'Neal, Macon; a son, James E. Hall, Gordon, a sister Mrs Ida Wood, Ivey; three brothers, L. D. Hornsby, C. C. Hornsby and P. H. Hornsby, of Milledgeville, Mrs. Rex T. Bloodworth, Gordon.
June 12, 1944
Miss Annie Barlow, sister of J. E. Barlow of Macon, died suddenly last night at her home, 346 Flanders street. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Hart's Mortuary.
Miss Barlow, daughter of the late M. T. Barlow and Mary Jane Cherry Barlow, was born Nov. 22, 1871, in Wilkerson county. She was a charter member of the East Side Baptist church.
Besides her brother, J. E. Barlow, she is survived by a number of nieces and nephews.
June 13, 1944
Funeral services for Miss Annie Barlow, who died at her residence, 346 Flanders street, Saturday evening, will be held in the chapel of Hart's mortuary at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Ralph D. Hughes will officiate and burial will be in Fort Hill cemetery.
Pallbearers will be F. F. Barlow, M. T. Barlow, Harry Barlow, Clarence G. Jones, R. W. Daughtry and S. A. Dean.
Miss Barlow was born in Wilkinson county and had lived in Macon most of her life. She was a charter member of the Eastside Baptist church.
Miss Curry Weds Grady L. Butler. Dublin. Sept. 18
December 21, 1944
MRS. MOLLIE BRASWELL. Dublin, Dec. 20- Funeral services for Mrs. Mollie Martin Braswell, 70 who died at her home near Dudley late Saturday following a month's illness were held Monday morning at Buckhorn Methodist church, Elder J. F. Dykes and Elder J. B. Lord officiating. Interment was in the church cemeery.
Mrs. Braswell was the widow of the late Calvin Braswell. Sh was a native of Wilkinson county, but had lived in Laurens in the Dudley section for the past 30 years.
Surving are a brother, J. D. Martin, of Toomsboro, and several nieces and nephews.
February 23, 1945
Brooks Killed In Nazi Action. Gordon, Feb. 22. Sgt. Oscar Brooks, of Gordon, was killed in action in Belgium on Jan. 18, according to a message received Wednesday by his wife, the former Edith Wilkinson.
Sft. Brooks is survived by his wife, a daughter, Joan; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Brooks, of Gordon; 3 sisters and one brother, Mrs. Bernard Martin, Gordon; Mrs. C. B. Griffin, Macon; Miss Laverene Brooks, Gordon and Herman Brooks, of Gordon.
Sgt. Brooks went in service Dec. 19, 1943. He received his basic training at Camp Croft, S. C..
March 4, 1945
Mrs. Barclay Rite In Milledgeville Today. Milledgeville, March 3. Mrs. Nina Barclay, 83, well known and prominent matron of Gordon, died here today after a week's illness.
Funeral services will be held at the Milledgeville Methodist church Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock with the pastor, the Rev. Harvey Roughton, officiating, assisted by the Rev. Walker Moore, pastor of the Milledgeville Baptist church. Interment will take place in the Gordon cemetery.
Mrs. Barclay is survived by two sons, J. S. Barclay of Gordon Macon; A. A. Barclay of Macon; four sisters, Mrs. J. L. Bloodworth of Milledgeville, Mrs. Kate Strong of Savannah, Mrs. Mag Lee of Gordon, Miss Mary Lizzie Stripling of Vidalia; one sister-in-law, Mrs. J. H. Stripling of Milledgeville.
March 13, 1945
Wounded Vet, Out of Army, Killed by Car. Driver Reported To Be Unknown. Milledgeville, March 12. John Fleming Roach, discharged service man, died in a local hospital late Sunday night as a result of injuries received when struck by a hit-and-run driver several hours earlier. Roach was struck down on the McIntyre highway several miles from Milledgeville within 50 yards of the spot where a brother of his was killed in the same manner several years ago.
Roach, who was 26 years of age, was discharged from the armed forces last January. He served in the European theater and was wounded in France. He was in the service for more than four years.
He is survived by his wife, the former Miss Dorothy Fordham of Milledgeville; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Roach of McIntyre; three brothers, L. A. and Everett of McIntyre and Elton, U. S. Army overseas; three sisters, Mrs. George Doke, Gordon; Mrs. Frank Allen, McIntyre, and Mrs. Jonas Davis, Hardwick,
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Snow Hill church, and burial will be in the church cemetery.
March 14, 1945
Baldwin Negro Place in Jail In Roach Death. Milledgeville, March 13. A parking light from the car of the hit-run driver who struck and fatally injured John Fleming Roach, 26-year-old ex-serviceman and veteran of four major battles in Europe, led to the arrest of a Negro man listed as Alberta Roberson less that six hours after the victim's death. L. D. Stancil, county policeman who investigated the case, stated that although given conflicting descriptions of the car, the parking light from the machine found at the scene served as a clue, and that he continued his search throughout Sunday night.
Reaching Roberson's home, Stancil said he found the right parking light of the Negro's machine was missing and that the fenders of the car were badly dented. When first questioned, the officer said Roberson claimed his car had been struck by a lumber truck. But when he was faced with the parking light from the car Stancil said the Negro confessed it was his car which ran over the ex-serviceman.
In his statement, Roberson said that after his car hit Roach he was too frightened to stop. The Negro was placed in Baldwin county jail on a murder warrant, Officer Stancil stated.
At the time of the fatal accident, Mr. Roach and his bride of less than two months were driving on the McIntyre road less than two miles from Milledgeville.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at Snow Hill church with burial in the church cemetery.
March 13, 1945
The Moultrie Times
ELDERLY MOULTRIE WOMAN IS VICTIM OF AN OPEN FIRE: Mrs Exie Lewis Fatally Burned at Daughter's Home
Mrs. Exie Lewis 82, was fatally burned Monday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J C Stallings, on Sixth Ave.S E, when her clothing became ignited while she was standing in front of an open fire. She was carried to a local hospital but died about 9:45 Monday night. A Native of Wilkinson County, where she was born Jan 4, 1862, she came to Colquitt County about 31 years ago.
Funeral Services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock from the Pleasant Grove Primitive Baptist Church and interment will be in the cemetery here. The services will be conducted by Elder M T Sheppard, assisted by Elder J W Ragan. Mrs. Lewis is survived by two sons, Jack Lewis, of Eastman, Ga, and Lonnie Lewis of Barwick, Ga. two daughters, Mrs 0 F Horne of Sarasota, Fl., Mrs J C Stallings of Moultrie; a brother D C Kingery of Gordon, Ga. Fourteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren also.
Comments: Elizabeth Ann "Exie" Kingery,
was the daughter of Abraham Thomas Kingery and Frances
Ann Missouria Etheridge. Exie, married Benjamin Columbus Lewis
( born Sept 10, 1856), son of James R Lewis and Sarah Ann Rivers.
Submitted by: Carolyn Hinson
April 4, 1945
~excerpt~Miss Anderson, Irwinton, Weds Jack Harbin, USN. The marriage of Miss Freddie Anderson, youngest daugher of E. L. Anderson and the late Mrs. Anderson of Irwinton and Jack Harbin, G. M. 3-c, USN, son of Mrs. C. C. Harbin, C-13 Pendleton Homes, Macon, was solemnized last Friday evening at Irwinton with Judge George Carswell officiating.
Members of the immediate families were present......
After the ceremony the couple left for Charleston, S. C., where they will spend a few days.
The bride was graduated from Irwinton High school in 1942 and before her marriage worked for the welfare department in Irwinton.
The groom attended the McRae-Helena High school and enlisted in the Navy Jan. 1, 1942. He has seen duty in North and South Africa, England, Belgium and Holland. He has the Purple Heart with star for wounds received at Palermo, Sicily in September, 1943. He will return to New York April 12 for reassignment and Mrs. Harbin will be with her father at Irwinton for the duration.
April 10, 1945
Mrs. Jennie Day West Dies in Twiggs County. Funeral services for Mrs. Jennie Day West, life-long resident of Twiggs county, who died yesterday morning will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Asbury Methodist church. The Rev. Harvey Roughton, pastor of the church, will conduct the services and burial will be in the family lot in the church cemetery.
Mrs. West who was 68 years old was born near Gordon, the daughter of Thomas and Jensie Elizabeth Day of Twiggs county. She was a member of the Asbury Methodist church.
Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. J. D. Wood and Mrs. C. E. Sapp of Gordon, Miss Lilly Mae West and Mrs. Jennie C. West of Macon; one son, George West, Gordon, and one sister, Mrs. Tobe Lyles, Macon. Pallbearers will be John Allen, Harvey Fountain, J. C. Fountain, Walter Myrick, Claude Kitchens and Homer Sapp.
May 13, 1945
Miss Wall And Gordon Man. Wed. Miss Sarah Caroline Wall, granddaughter of Mrs. W. H. Califf, of Jeffersonville, and Harold S. Pittman, MM 2-cf USN, of Gordon, were married April 27 by the Rev. James Teresi in Milledgeville.
The bride is the daughter of the late Sarah Califf and William J. Wall and sister of Mrs. Warren B, Dykes and Mrs. J. E. Beck, of Gordon, and Miss Lily Helen Wall,of Jeffesonville. A student at North Georgis College, Dahlonega, she has resumed her studies there and is to graduate in June.
The groom, son of the Rev. J. L. Pittman, of Stockbridge, and the late Irene Andrews Pittman, of Deepstep, has returned to his ship. He is a brother of Mrs. Tyrus Hardie, of Gordon; Lee Pittman, CM2-c. USN. and Sgt. James Pittman, USMC.
May 18, 1945
Funeral service for Mr. Johnnie Baker, well known citizen of Gordon, Ga., will be held Monday at 3 o'clock at St. John CME church, Gordon, which church he served as steward.
Mr. Baker is survived by two sons, C. L. Baker, McIntyre, Ga.; Willie Baker, Macon; one daughter, Mrs. Aretha McKinnon, Fort Pierce, Fla. Whipple Funeral Home is in charge.
July 19, 1945
Gordon Girl Marries New Yorker. Gordon, July 18. Miss Dorothy Elizabeth Hawthorne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben C. Hawthorne of Gordon, and T. Sgt. Fredrick La Plante of Malone, N. Y., son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph La Plante, were married at the home of her parents, Thursday, July 5. The Rev. Lewis H. Wright of Macon, officiated.
Given in marriage by her brother, Walter Hawthorne, the bride was dressed in a white crepe dress with white accessories and a corsage of orchids. Her only ornament was a necklace of rubies, a gift of the groom which he brought with him from India.
Mrs. Hugh Hudson of Macon, sister of the bride, was matron of honor and the only attendant. Hugh Hudson was best man.
The bride took a business and secretarial course at Kaiglers Business College and at the time of her marriage held a position as secretary to Otis Etheridge, president of the Gordon Clays Inc.
Sgt. La Plante received his education in Malone, N. Y. He has just returned from two and a half years overseas. He served in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, Egypt, Burma, and India, with the CBI. After his furlough, he will report to Camp Davis, N. C. for reassignment.
At the reception following the ceremony, Miss Louise Massengale served punch and Mrs. James Humphries, Mrs. Richard Neel, and Miss La Verne Hawthorne assisted Mrs. Hawthorne.
Sgt. La Plante and his bride left for a wedding trip to his home, Malone, N. Y., and then on to Canada..
October 27, 1945
Funeral services for Miss Maggie Navada Valentine, who died at her residence 17 Holt Avenue, Thursday evening, after a brief illness, will be held at the Willingham Baptist Church today at 4:30 p.m. The Rev. A. A. Lawson will officiate and burial will be in the Macon Memorial Park.
Pallbeares will be S. B. Addleton, C. T. Brady, Charlie Carter, R. T. Amerson and P. H. Cannon.
Miss Valentine was born in Wilkinson County, the daughter of J. J. and Mrs. Nannie V. Valentine, and had lived in Macon for forty six years.
Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. P. M. Addleton and Mrs. W. T. Hendley , Macon; a brother, Charles Valentine, Macon; several nieces and nephews.
November 9, 1945
Memorial Service Set. Irwinton, Nov. 8, Memorial services for Ellis Gibson Hatfield, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Hatfield of Irwinton will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday in the Irwinton Union Church.
A member of the 20th Air Base Squadron, Hatfield was stationed at Nicholas Field, Philippine Islands, before the war, and for two years was assigned to the Panama Canal. Hatfield was reported missing in action on Bataan in 1942 and through Capt. Damon Gause, of Winder, who escaped and revealed Hatfield had been a Jap prisoner two months. Jap prison records list Hatfield as having died June 9, 1942, of dysentery, according to official information received by relatives recently..
November 14, 1945
Pvt. W. I. Hall Dies After Jap Liberation. Roberta, Nov. 13. Mrs. Edna Hall Smith of Roberta has been notified of the death of her only brother, Pvt. William Ira Hall, on the Island of Honshu in Japan. He was serving in the Philippine Islands at the time of the surrender of Corregidor and made the Death March of Bataan.
Several weeks ago Mrs. Smith received a short note from her brother stating he was in good health and had received a package from her but was anxiously waiting for a letter from her, as none had come through to him since he had been held prisoner by the Japanese.
His sister had made all plans to meet him in San Francisco, Calif., when she received a wire from the War Department saying he had died with pneumonia and beri-beri before being put aboard ship.
Memorial services will be held at the church in Irwinton, the former home of Pvt. Hall's late parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. I. Hall, Sr.
November 25, 1945
~excerpt~ Gordon, Nov. 24. The wedding of Miss Myra Avis McCook of Gordon, and Melvin Earl Taylor of Tolono, Ill., was solemnized Sunday afternoon, Nov. 18, in the Gordon Methodist Church, Elder Ben Lord of Dudley officiated.............only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. McCook, and for the past two years was employed at the Naval Ordnance plant in Macon.
Mr. Taylor is the son of Mrs. Edna Taylor and the late J. W. Taylor of Tolono, Ill. He entered the service in January, 1943, and served overseas in the C. B. I. theater, 19 1-2 months. He received the presidential unit citation and the three battle stars and was discharged at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin, on Nov. 8. Before entering service, he was employed at the Clifford Jacobs Forging Company, Champaign, Ill. They will make their home in Tolono.
...assisting in entertaining were Miss Mary Frances English, Miss Barbara Harden, Mrs. Melvin Dennis and Miss Connie McCook.
December 16, 1945
Miss Orr Bride Of Waymon Lord. Toomsboro, Dec. 15. Announcement is made of the marriage of Miss Agnes Orr to Weymon Lord of near Tombsboro by the bride's mother, Mrs. C. C. Orr. The marriage took place on Dec. 10 in Irwinton.
The bride is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Orr and her only brother is Roy Orr, who has held a position with the Toomsboro Post Office.
The groom is the youngest son of Mrs. R. C. Lord of near Toomsboro where they will make their home for the present.
December 17, 1945
Funeral services for Mrs. Ella Nora Beck, who died at her residence, 219 Applewood Street early Friday, were held at the Snow Hill Church at 3 p.m. yesterday. The Rev. Schely Willis officiated and burial was in the Snow Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Walter Leslie, J. E. Cheshire, Bill Flewellyn, Jack Sapp, Arthur Moseley and Frank Robeil.
Mrs. Beck was born in Wilkinson county and had lived in Macon for 22 years. She was a member of the Laurel Branch Methodist Church.
December 29, 1945
Toomsboro, Dec. 28. Robert James Allen, 72, died at his residence here today after an illness of several months. He was born and reared in Pulaski County, and has lived in Toomsboro for the past nine years.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Maggie Grace Allen; six daughters, Mrs. Elma Passmore of Dublin, Mrs. Maude Bailey of Milledgeville, Mrs. Bertie Mae Ashley of Toomsboro, Mrs. Martha Ashley of Toomsboro, Mrs. Mary Cross of Toomsboro and Mrs. Annie Tarpley of Gordon; two sons, John A. Allen of Pavo. and James Allen of Toomsboro; one brother,
C. R. Allen of Chauncey and 17 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Funeral services will he held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Ebenezer Baptist Church near Toomsboro. The Rev. J. E. Townsend will officiate.
December 21. 1946
The Bulletin (Catholic)
Irwinton, Ga. - Miss Carrie Eula Snow and Mr. John Irwin Hatfield, both residents of Wilkinson County, were married at the Sacred Heart Church, Irwinton, on December 14, Father John O. Toomey officiatingg.
This was the first marriage in the mission church, which was dedicated last Easter..
copyright Eileen Babb McAdams