Crockett County Sentinel - December 1949
Crockett County Sentinel

December 1949

A very special thank you to Sarah Hutcherson, who transcribed this newspaper,
and contributed it for use on this web site.

JANUARY 6, 1949 THRU DECEMBER 29, 1949


FUNERAL--Services for Mrs. R. I. WALKER, who died at her home in Madison County Wednesday were held at the Pleasant Plains Baptist Church, burial in Williams Cemetery. She was 78, born in Crockett County, September 8, 1871, the daughter of the late Ponie and Almeda Jackson WILLIAMS. She came to Madison County 45 years ago. She leaves two sons, Ponie WALKER and Carl WALKER, both of Madison County; a daughter, Mrs. H. E. HARRIS, of Lurey; six brothers, Chester WILLIAMS, Zeb WILLIAMS, and Laudell WILLIAMS, all of Fruitvale, Ernest W. WILLIAMS, of Madison County. Otto W. WILLIAMS, of Bells, and Claude WILLIAMS, of Gadsden; two sisters, Mrs. Lurline BRYANT and Mrs. Lizzie DUNAGAN both of Bells; 7 grandchildren and one great-grandson.

FUNERAL--Services were held Sunday at the Midway Baptist Church for William Alexander WOODS, who died at his home near Bells, burial in Calhum Cemetery. He was born in Crockett County January 14, 1874. He leaves four brothers, E. R., J. B., J. P., and A. C. WOODS, all of Bells.

KEEPING & GREER--On November 23rd in the home of Bro. Ernest V. BOONE, Miss Sybil KEEPING of English Harber West Newgoundland and T-Sgt. S. L. GREER, of Alamo were married.

McCORD & PORTER--Mr. & Mrs. Ira announce the engagement of their daughter, Erie Kate PORTER to Dr. Thomas M. McCORD, son of Sgt. and Mrs. Thomas D. McCORD, of Jackson. Plans for a late December wedding.

BELLS--Dr. & Mrs. Ben F. GALBRAITH, of Memphis, are the parents of a son, born Saturday night at Baptist Hospital. Mrs. GALBRAITH was Miss Maie Katharine HERRON, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. F. H. HERRON.

BELLS--Wednesday, November 30th was Mrs. T. A. REAMS' 89th birthday, so she was invited to the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Martin WATSON to an early birthday dinner.

COXVILLE--Born to Mr. & Mrs. Billy PORCH, of Fowkles, a daughter, in Baird-Brewer Hospital, on Thursday, November 24th. The baby is a grandchild of Mr. & Mrs. Ed EMISON, of Coxville.

MIDWAY--Mr. Will WOOD passed away November 26th at the home of his brother, Mr. Lon WOOD. He was 75 years, 10 months and 12 days old. He had lived in this community all his life and lived alone for a number of years as he never married. His health had been poor for a long time, but the early part of this year his health became so much worse, he moved to his brother's home where they tenderly cared for him to the end. He was a member of Midway Baptist Church.

CORBINE & TRAYLOR--Agnes CORBINE, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Toy CORBINE, of Eaton and Marvin Willard TRAYLOR, son of Mrs. Mae TRAYLOR, of Friendship, were secretly married at Corinth, Miss., September 25th.

ALAMO--Born to Mr. & Mrs. Dean SPEIGHT on November 25th, a daughter, Nancy Jane.



BELLS--Frank GALBRAITH, who spent several days with his grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. F. H. HERRON, has returned home to see his new brother, Jerry Ben GALBRAITH.

FUNERAL--Services for John Richard SMITH, 74, Shawnee resident for a quarter of a century in Gaskill Chapel, burial in Mexico, Mo. He was a Crockett County citizen and grew up in Crockett Mills. He leaves his wife Mrs. Amma SMITH; a son, Richard L. SMITH, of Great Bend, Kan.; one brother, Horace SMITH, of Los Angeles; a sister, Mrs. LIPSCOMB, of Tennessee; and a grandaughter, Mary Ann SMITH, of Great Bend, Kan.

FUNERAL--Services for George ELLIS, who died at his home at Gadsden Monday after a short illness were held at Salem Presbyterian Church, burial in Salem Cemetery. He was 39. He leaves his parents, Mr. & Mrs. L. A. ELLIS, of Gadsden; three brothers, Austin ELLIS, of Huntersville, Wesley ELLIS, of Paducah and Harvey ELLIS, of Huntington; three sisters, Mrs. Maude BOLDING, of Humboldt, Mrs. Edna KALE and Mrs. Corinne CURTISS, both of Crockett County.

SUDBURY & O'KELLEY--Miss Helen SUDBURY, daughter of Mrs. Jerry SUDBURY and the late Mr. SUDBURY, of Friendship and Aubrey O'KELLEY, of Dyersburg were married in Dyersburg on Thursday November 10th.

To Mr. & Mrs. James HART, Friendship, November 24th, a son, James Bernard Jr.
To Mr. & Mrs. Johnie COKER, Humboldt, December 5th, a daughter, Ruby Louise.
To Mr. & Mrs. Henry Edward REDMOND, Alamo, December 4th, a son, Bobby Lee.

DEATH--Services for Nathan Floyd WILLIAMS, who died Tuesday at his farm near Friendship, was held Wednesday at the Maury City Methodist Church, burial in Maury City Cemetery. He was 60. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Effie Laster WILLIAMS; brothers, Clyde WILLIAMS, of Friendship and Joe A. WILLIAMS, of Hamilton, N. Y.; three sisters, Mrs. Owen CLIMER of Friendship, Mrs. Harlan CANDLER of Almeda, Calif., and Mrs. John TOMLINSON, of Halls.

DEATH--Word was received in Alamo of the death of Mr. Henry LOVE, of Nashville on Wednesday, November 30th, of a heart attack. He was reared in Alamo, the son of the late Dr. & Mrs. C. T. LOVE. He leaves his wife; one brother, Charlie LOVE, of Atlanta, Ga; and a sister, Mrs. Hamlett JOHNSON, of Florida.



DEATH--Services for J. Walter FERGUSON, retired farmer, who died at his home Friday were held Saturday at Gadsden Church of Christ, burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, Humboldt. Born and reared in Crockett County, he spent his life in or near Gadsden until moving to Humboldt two years ago. He was 63. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Mamie N. FERGUSON; a daughter, Mrs. Oursler E. SIMMONS of Humboldt; two sons, Nelson FERGUSON of Humboldt and Thomas FERGUSON, of Memphis; one sister, Mrs. E. D. YOUNG, of Gadsden; two brothers, Weldon FERGUSON and Wesley FERGUSON, both of Gadsden.

FUNERAL--Services were held on Tuesday at the Friendship Methodist Church for James Henry BENHEM, who died Monday after a long illness, burial in Sudbury Cemetery. He was 80. He leaves one brother, Sam BENHEM, of Charleston, Mo.; three grandchildren, Mrs. Hollis GREEN, of Bemis, Mrs. Jim ZIMMERMAN, and Mr. Jewell AGEE, Jr., of Union City.

DEATH--Services for John Henry HUGHES, retired blacksmith, who died Tuesday at his home in Trenton, were held Wednesday at the Elizabeth Methodist Church, burial in church cemetery. He was 75. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Myrtle Crossnoe HUGHES; daughters, Mrs. Murice SORRELL, of Memphis and Miss Doris Marie HUGHES, of Friendship; sons, Eldon H. HUGHES, of Friendship and Sgt. Milton G. HUGHES, of the Air Corps in Enid, Okla.; and his sister, Mrs. Roy BAILEY, of Lexington, Tennessee.

FUNERAL--Services were held at the home Monday for Mrs. Marion WEAVER, who died Sunday, December 11th, burial in Bowen's Chapel Cemetery. She was born April 15th, 1868. She was married to Marion WEAVER in 1888. To this union 12 children were born. She is survived by six boys, Henry, Tom, Bryant, Frank, Elic, and T. D. WEAVER; 1 daughter, Mrs. Sam WAGGONER; 38 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; one brother, Joe BRASFIELD; and one sister, Mrs. Jack SHELTON. Aunt Mandy, as she was known to her friends and loved ones had been sick and blind for years.

BELLS--Born to Mr. & Mrs. James W. WARD, December 8th, a son, Joseph Winfred. They are at the home of her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Otho PATTERSON.

BLACK & TURNER--In a simple impressive serviceat the First Methodist Church in Galveston, Texas on Wednesday, November 23rd, Sallie BLACK, daughter of Mrs. T. S. BLACK, of that city was married to William Bryant TURNER, son of Mrs. R. R. TURNER, of Alamo.

SKELTON & THOMPSON--Mr. & Mrs. S. E. SKELTON, of Alamo, announce the marriage of their dauhter, Willie Dee SKELTON to L. H. (Sonny) THOMPSON, son of Mrs. Herbert COX, of Alamo, in Hernando, Miss, November 20th.

FUNERAL--Luke E. TOOMS, well-known Bells druggest died Wednesday following a heart attack. His wife, Mrs. Rebecca Farrow TOOMS; sons, Robert and Leighton Hess TOOMS; brothers, Vaden TOOMSof Maderia, Calif., Roy TOOMSof Clinton, Ky., H. Cole TOOMSof Memphis; sisters, Mrs. A. D. HOUSE of Brownsville and Mrs. W. Q. MAER of Temuco, Chile survive. Services will be held at the First Christian Church in BElls Friday. Full Masonic rites will be put on by the Dyersburg Commandery Knights Templers and the Alamo and Dyersburg Blue Lodge. Burial in Bellview Cemetery. He was 49.

IN MEMORY--In memory of my beloved brother, Roy SHEPHERD, who passed away September 1, 1949 with a heart attack in San Francisco, Calif. He was a native of Tennessee, a veteran of WWII. Services at Halloran Funeral Home, burial in Golden Gate National Cemetery. His sister: Mrs. emma LONON.

WALNUT HILL--The living room of the Walnut Hill parsonage was the setting of a single ring ceremony Saturday, December 10th, which united Dalton POTTS and Vivian PEAL of Maury City in marriage.



HOGLE & McCLEISH--Mrs. Marge HOGLE, of Indianapolis, Ind., and Mr. Joe McCLEISH, son of Mrs. Clarice McCLEISH were married in Indianapolis on Monday, December 12th. They are at home in Bells in an apartment in the home of the groom's grandmother, Mrs. W. R. DUNGAN.

THREE KILLED IN AUTO WRECK--Mrs. Lorene Smallwood MASSEY, 28, of 785 Poplar, Memphis and her 6-month-old son, Johnny MASSEY and Mrs. Geraldine AVERY, 24, of 1160 Ryder, Memphis, were killed and five others were injured in a two car collision Saturday night, four miles south of Arlington on Highway 70. The cars were driven by J. W. MASSEY, 30, and Lanny AVERY, 30, husbands of the women who were killed. In addition to the drivers, the other infured were B. B. GRIFFIN, 30, ; Rose Angela PRIVETT, 7, and Miss Evelyn PRIVETT, 20, all of Memphis. Services for Mrs. MASSEY and son were held Monday at Bethesda Presbyterian Church, burial in church cemetery. They leave their husband and father, Johnny MASSEY, who is still in critical condition in the Methodist Hospital, Memphis; mother and grandmother, Mrs. Buddy DAVIDSON; father and grandfather, Harley SMALLWOOD; brother and uncle, Willie SMALLWOOD; all of Crockett County. Services for Mrs. AVERY were held Tuesday at Cairo Baptist Church and burial in Pond Creek Cemetery. Mrs. AVERY was born and reared in the Cairo community of Crockett County. She leaves her husband, Lanny AVERY; her daughter, Rose Angela AVERY; her mother and father, Mr. & Mrs. W. A. PRIVETT; her sister, Ruth Evelyn PRIVETT; her brother, Max PRIVETT.

GADSDEN--Mr. & Mrs. James HUMPHREYS are announcing the arrival of a daughter, who has been named Janet.



GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY--Mr. & Mrs. Walter HAWKINS celebrated their golden anniversary December 24th at their home near Maury City.

BELLS--Born to Mr. & Mrs. Frank McLEAN, December 21st, a son, who has been named Roy Calvin.

BELLS--Mr. & Mrs. Abner ROBERTSON attended the funeral of Mrs. ROBERTSON's cousin, Mr. Newt NUNN, which was held Monday afternoon at the home of his sister, Mrs. George WILSON and Mr. WILSON at Newbern.

DEATH--H. Aubrey COMPTON, Jr. died Wednesday morning of last week at Ft. Smith, Ark. He was the son of Mr. & Mrs. Aubrey COMPTON, of Jackson. His wife, Mrs. Frances Williams COMPTON; daughter, Susan COMPTON of Jackson; his parents and a grandmother, Mrs. Ella CATES, of Alamo survive.

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