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AARON----Preston Ira Aaron

CHARLOTTE, NC — Preston Ira Aaron, 92, died March 2, 2005, at his home in Charlotte with his wife and family at his side. He was born Aug. 19, 1912, in Sipsey, Ala., son of Charles Washington Aaron and Martha Samantha Morgan Aaron. Graveside service 2 p.m. Saturday, March 5, Forest Lawn West Cemetery. Visitation 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Hankins & Whittington Dilworth Chapel At age twelve his family moved to Westerly, West Virginia.
Mr. Aaron and his wife, Irene, were pioneers in bringing Dairy Queen to the Charlotte area. In 1947 they opened their first store on Wilkinson Blvd. and later opened additional stores in Mecklenburg, as well as promoted others in Gaston and Cleveland Counties.
Mr. Aaron was a former member of the West Charlotte Lions Club and the West Mecklenburg Optimist Club. He sponsored local athletic teams, including a Dairy Queen little league team that he coached, a courthouse men’s softball team, and adult and youth bowling teams.
“Popeye,” as his grandchildren called him, had great love for his family and he will be greatly missed.
In addition to Irene Aaron, his wife of 64 years, Mr. Aaron is survived by a son, Dane Aaron and his wife Malinda of Lake Wylie, SC; daughter, Janice Maloney and her husband David of Cornelius, NC; grandchildren, Stephanie Frost and her husband Rick of Provo, UT, Shelley Tate and her husband Chad of Charlotte, NC, Lisa Shannon Van Cleve and her husband Darren of Cornelius, NC, April Morris and her husband Travis of Charlotte, NC, Dane Stephen Aaron Jr. of Lake Wylie, SC and Benjamin Aaron of Charlotte, NC; eight great-grandchildren, Parker, Alexa, Tate and Summer Frost, Madison and Mackenzie Tate, and Preston and Hunter Van Cleve.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Aaron was preceded in death by two sisters, Ethel Elizabeth Miller and Estelle Louise Bevins; and one brother, William Bradford Aaron.

submitted by Claudia Fields Kraemer 8-2005

    It becomes our painful duty to chronicle the death of another of our well known and most highly esteemed citizens -- that of Mr. J. M. Kitchens, which occurred at his home in this city last Friday night.
    Mr. Kitchens had been in bad health for several months, but was only confined to his bed ten days. He had been having chills at intervals all the summer and fall, and on the day he took to his bed had a very severe one, and from that rapidly sank until relieved by death.
    The funeral services were held at Samaria Church on Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. H. C. Hurley, of the Jasper Baptist Church and was attended by the family and a large number of friends and relatives, After which the remains were laid to rest in the silent, well cared for cemetery near by, where he will peacefully sleep until the resurrection.
    The deceased had long been a citizen of Walker County and was a man without a blot or stain upon his name. All honored and respected him for he was a man who never did another an injury, while his deeds of kindness were lavishly bestowed when opportunity offered.
    J. M. Kitchens was born in this county May 13, 1830 and died December 11, 1896--making his age 66 years 6 months and 28 days. He was a son of Rev. James Matlock and Sallie Brown Kitchens . He was married to Miss M. D. Files, (Mary Delilah) Daughter of Mr. Richard Files, July 6, 1865, who, with four children, two sons and two daughters survive him.
    He united himself with the Baptist Church at Samaria about 1874, where he kept his membership until moving to Jasper when he changed it to the Jasper Baptist Church, and during all that time had lived an consistent and Christian life.
    The Eagle extends its sympathy to their bereaved family in their dark hour of sorrow.
Above appeared in the 1896 Wednesday- December 16th issue of The Mountain Eagle.
He served during the War Between the States as a Private with Co. I of the 28th Alabama Infantry. Prior to the war he had been an educator at the Jasper Academy.
Karen Kitchen Murphy-October 2005



Tribute to John Carl Birchfield-1940

J. C. Birchfield
Passes Away

Mountain Eagle
Aug. 1940

Cordova and all Walker County was indeed made sad on Sunday night when the news came of the death of Mr. J. C. (Carl) Birchfield at Walker County Hospital.

Mr. Birchfield was injured by a train in Parrish on July 27 and was rushed to Walker County Hospital where all medical aid was given him, but God saw best and called him to the home eternal.

 To know Mr. Birchfield was to love him.  He had friends by the scores.  He was employed by the Alabama Water Service Company and was a hard working man He was a World War veteran.

 His body laid in state at Mt. Carmel Baptist church from 1:00 until 3:30 Tuesday afternoon.  Burial was in the adjoining cemetery.  Masons were in charge of grave, and Less and sons directed.

 He leaves to survive his wife and one little daughter, Rosemary, his father, Mr. J. D Birchfield and stepmother, from Pyreton; one sister from Ohio and one half sister, Mrs. Robert Pittard of Pyreton and a host of friends.  Our deepest sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones.


John C. Birchfield
Fatally Injured

Birmingham News
Aug. 1940

John Carl Birchfield, prominent Legionnaire of Cordova, who suffered injuries in an accident the day before the American Legion Department Convention met in Birmingham, has passed away as the result of these injuries, according to word received from his comrades in Cordova.

Comrade Birchfield was one of the leaders of the Post at Cordova and was continually active in every effort for the betterment of the community and for his comrades of the World War. (WWI) He held numerous offices in the post and always was in the forefront of every Legion activity.

His death leaves an empty place in the ranks that will be hard to fill.

 (Submitted by Rosemary Birchfield Filyaw)


 About James R. Hancock....

Death Notice from The Jones Valley Times - August 12, 1854
"We regret to learn that Mr. James R. Hancock , formerly of this county removed to Walker, while out hunting a few days ago, and just after shooting a deer, was bitten on the leg by a rattlesnake and died shortly afterwards."

submitted by Bob Binstein   


Mr. Joe Guttery of Townley

Mountain Eagle   March 1928   Jasper, Alabama


Visitors from Townley, Monday reported the recent death of Mr. Joe Guttery, age 92. One of the oldest and most highly esteemed citizens of the Holly Grove Community. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. W. R. Brown & Rev. Robert J. Guttery and burial was in the Guttery burying ground. Mr. Guttery is survived by five children. He was a Member of the Primitive Baptist Church, his membership extending over a period of more than half a century. He was a member of one of the pioneer families of the county

   (Submitted by Floyd Guthrie)


Dr. J. Alex Moore


From a 1907 Mountain Eagle (no date)
"Mr. Jeff Jones, an aged, well known citizen, died at his home near Parrish Saturday night, after a short illness of pneumonia.
Mr. Jones was somewhere near 70 years of age, and a most excellent citizen.  He was for years county surveyor and was well known and highly esteemed throughout the county.
The news of his death will cause regret to all who knew him."
(Note:  William Jefferson Jones died on January 12, 1907, at the age of 71.  He is buried in Old Antioch Cemetery next to his first wife, Edith [Garrison] Jones.) 

(Submitted by Ed H. Jones)

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