Crockett County Sentinel - September 1949
Crockett County Sentinel

September 1949

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JANUARY 6, 1949 THRU DECEMBER 29, 1949


MAN INDENTIFIED--An unidentified white man was killed near Eason's Store 12 miles north of Brownsville Wednesday afternoon when a trailer of logs on which he was riding came loose, overturned in a ditch and threw the logs on him. The negro man who was driving the tractor pulling the trailer, picked the man up as a hitchhiker near Johnson's Grove. Mrs. Charles GOODWIN of Dyersburg identified him as Homer NUNNERY of Collierville after reading the story in the Commercial Appeal. Burial was in Camden where he formerly lived until 2 years ago.

DEATH--Marvin Levy EMISON, farmer of near Bells, died early Friday after several weeks illness. He was 69, born and reared in Crockett County, son of Levy & Lucinda EMISON. His wife died about three years ago. He leaves a sister, Mrs. Addie GLODSMITH of Bells. Services at Cypress Methodist Church, burial in Greer's Chapel Cemetery north of Trenton.

DEATH--Services for Madison S. GRAY, 79, who died at Oakville Sanatarium Thursday, August 25th after two years illness, were held at Gadsden Baptist Church, burial in Young's Cemetery. He was a native of Middle Tennessee, but had lived in the Gadsden community for many years. He leaves four children, Mrs. C. E. SIMMONS of Humboldt; Mrs. A. A. BALDWIN of Memphis, Leamon GRAY of Gadsden, Tommy GRAY of Holt, Ark.; and one sister, Mrs. Ida WATKINS of Memphis.

DEATH--Services for Mrs. Georgie Rowland COLE were held Sunday at Lebanon Methodist Church, burialin Lebanon Cemetery. She died Saturday morning after an illness of two months, she was 51. She leaves her husband, Robert E. COLE, farmer and landowner of near Halls; two daughters, Miss Helen Oneida COLE and Miss Peggy Jean COLE; two sisters, Mrs. B. W. RICHARDSON of Friendship and Mrs. Carter BALLINGER of Ripley.

To Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Guy BAKER, Gates, a son, Hurtis Phil, August 20th.
To Mr. & Mrs. Troy Edward FERRELL, Friendship, a son, Troy Darrell, August 23rd.
To Mr. & Mrs. Donald W. NUNNERY, Bells, a daughter, Brenda Florence, August 26th.
To Mr. & Mrs. Charles Richard JERMAN, Alamo, a son, Charles Richard, Jr., August 26th.
To Mr. & Mrs. Levoid BUSHART, Friendship, a son, Riley Caryl, August 27th.

CROCKETT MILLS--Mr. & Mrs. Porter BURNETT went to Caruthersville, Mo., Friday where they attended the funeral of his cousin, Mrs. A. J. FISHER.



DEATH--Services for James Oscar PEARSON, 70, prominent farmer of Gadsden, who died at his home Thursday morning following a lenthy illness, were held at the Gadsden Baptist Church, burial in Rose Hill Cemetery at Humboldt. He leaves four children, Mrs. Agnes FERGUSON, Roger PEARSON, & Maury PEARSON, of Gadsden and Mrs. Mildred DELL, of Fruitvale; three sisters, Mrs. Cors STEADMAN, of Henderson, Mrs. Bessie TURNER, of Bells and Mrs. Mary JONES, of Memphis.

DEATH--Services for Hobert McKinley HARBOR, who died at his home in Halls Friday night, were held at Lebanon Methodist Church Senday. Born in Crockett County, he spent several years in Lauderdale County, a farmer, he was 53. He leaves his mother, Mrs. Mary HARBOR; his wife, Mrs. Nellie F. HARBER; a son, Donald HARBER, of Halls; a brother, Percy HARBER, of Halls; two sisters, Mrs. Winnie OSBORNE, of Johnson Grove and Mrs. Ivy ASHCRAFT, of Bells.

BELL & EDGAR--Mr. & Mrs. Freddie BELL, of near Alamo announce the marriage of their daughter, Mary Love BELL to James G. EDGAR, son of J. G. EDGAR, of Albuquerque, M. M., and Mrs. Jean GALE of Escondida, Calif., on August 19th at Hernando, Miss.

FRIENDSHIP--Mr. & Mrs. Adrian CAMPBELL announce the arrival of a son, born at Dyersburg Hospital Friday September 2nd. He was named Richard Gordon.

ALAMO--Mrs. E. L. LEMOND and son, Heustis, were called to Meridian, Miss. Friday by the death of her brother, Walter WILLIAMS. She was joined at Humboldt by her brothers, Earl WILLIAMS and Hicks WILLIAMS.

A TRIBUTE TO BENJAMIN FRANKLIN RICHARDSON--(already recorded earlier sisters names, place of death and burial place. ) He was born March 11, 1878 in Gadsden where he spent his entire life. The sone of Henry Hill & Margaret E. RICHARDSON, the grandson of Gadsden's pioneer merchant, Wm. Booker RICHARDSON, whose mercantile business dates back 86 years. His maternal grandparents, the COLLINSWORTH and COX families moving to West Tennessee in 1827. He was never married, at an early age in his life his mother was left a widow and he took over his father's business and devoted his life to his mother and family.



DEATH--Joe T. GRANT, who was born and reared in Bells, had lived in Memphis a number of years, passed away Saturday evening at his home in Memphis. The body was brought back to Bells for burial. He is survived by his sister, miss Mayne GRANT; three nephews, Olivar Lee GRANT, of Bells, Craig GRANT and James GRANT, both of Alamo and a great nephew, Steve GRANT of Bells.

BELLS--A message was received Tuesday by relatives of the death of Mrs. Bob HUMPHREYS at her home in Water Valley, Miss. She is a sister of Mr. Arthur CASEY and an aunt of the DUNLAP children.

DEATH--Services for Mrs. Dora Norvell STRAIN, who died Friday were held Saturday at Spring Hill Baptist Church, burial in Spring Hill Cemetery. She was born in Gibson County, she was 79. She leaves three daughters, Mrs. Morris TAYLOR of Brazil. Tenn., Mrs. Walter BATES of Okla. City, and Mrs. W. D. POTTS of Friendship; three sons, Bruce E. STRAIN of Toledo, Ohio, Burns L. STRAIN of Central, Tenn., and Elbert F. STRAIN of Pontiac, Mich.

DEATH--Services for Edgar Thomas CATES were held Monday at the Alamo Church of Christ. He died at his home Sunday, burial in Alamo Cemetery. Born in Crockett County November 11, 1874 and spent his life here in the grocery business. He leaves a foster daughter, Mrs. J. M. SMITH.

DEATH--Services for Jim Washington RICHARDSON who died at his home in Alamo, were held at the Quincy Methodist Church Church Tuesday, burial in Alamo Cemetery. He was born in Johnson County, Illinois in 1865. He leaves three sons, Ernest RICHARDSON, Willie RICHARDSON and Bud RICHARDSON, all of Alamo; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

DEATH--Services for Mrs. Jennie ALFORD who died at her home in Friendship Sunday were held Monday at the Church of Christ, burial in Sudbury Cemetery. She was 71. She leaves one son, A. E. ALFORD of Friendship; four brothers. Sam CARMEN, John CARMEN, Bob CARMEN and Vernon CARMEN, all of Friendship; six sisters, Mrs. Frank CLARK, Mrs. Lucy WATSON, Mrs. P. R. VERNON and Mrs. Tom BEAVER, all of Griendship and Mrs. S. D. SEWELL of Bradenton, Fla., and Mrs. Lula ALLISON, of Chicago.

DEATH--Services were held Tuesday a. m. at the Cypress Methodist Church for Clark Duane WEBB, who died at his home near Bells Monday a. m., burial in church cemetery. He was in the 5th grade before his illness several months ago when he was stricken with a fatal disease. He was 11. He leaves his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Nelson WEBB; three brothers, Billy Joe WEBB, Nelson Jr., WEBB and Marion WEBB; two sisters, Sarah Lee WEBB and Annie Joyce WEBB, all of Bells.

MOORE & MIDYETT--Beautiful in true bridal tradition with the glow of many gleaming tapers shedding a soft light over pictureque setting of greenery and fragrant white blossoms, the wedding of Miss Estelle MIDYETT, of Henning and Olin Welbourne MOORE, of Dyersburg, was impressively soleminized at half after nine o'clock Monday morning, September 5th in the home of her brother, W. B. MIDYETT and Mrs. MIDYETT. Rev. Ross SPEARS, pastor of the Church of Christ of Dyersburg, performed the single ring ceremony in the presence of the immediate family.

DEATH--Services for Maynard MOSS were held Wednesday at Sudbury Funeral Home in Friendship, burial in Sudbury Cemetery. He died Tuesday night after a long illness. He was a retired planter and business man of Crockett Mills where he spent most of his life. He was 78. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Blanch MOSS; one daughter, Mrs. Vera Mae WASH of Martin; Three sisters, Mrs. Lee MOTLEY and Mrs. Vera HUTCHISON, both of Humboldt and Mrs. Sybil McCALEB of Bunker Hill Kansas; and one brother, John MOSS of Humboldt.

DEATH--Mrs. Herman AUSTIN, familiarly known to her friends as "Miss Tommie" died Monday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George ARCEANEAUX in Houma, La., at the age of 87. She was born in Nashville and came to Crockett County at the age of 17 to teach school and was a teacher in the county schools for 55 years. She was the widow of the late Herman AUSTIN, attorney of Alamo, and the mother of six children. Besides the above daughter, the following survive: Mrs. Mary E. KELLEY of Enid, Okla., Mrs. Irma LACEY of Sulpher, La., E. T. AUSTIN and Robert AUSTIN of Memphis, and H. E. AUSTIN, of Miami, Fla. Also six grandchildren. Services in the Alamo Methodist Church, burial in church cemetery.

FRIENDSHIP--Attending the funeral of Ed CARMEN at Malden, Mo., Friday were: James CARMEN, Sam CARMEN, John CARMEN, A. E. ALFORD, Mrs. Winnie VERNON, Mr. & Mrs. John Marion CLARK, Howard VERNON, Mrs. Katharyn PRIVETT, Mrs. L. T. LASITER, Mrs. C. S. FLACK, Mr. & Mrs. Ernest GREER, Mr. & Mrs. S. D. SEWELL, W. E. VERNON, Mr. & Mrs. George VERNON, Mr. & Mrs. Tom BEAVER, Mr. & Mrs. Vernon CARMEN, Mr. & Mrs. Paul WALKER, Mr. & Mrs. Bob CARMEN, Mr. & Mrs. Leon CARMEN, Mr. & Mrs. Adrian CARMEN and Mr. & Mrs. Robert CARMEN.

FRIENDSHIP--Mr. F. S. SCOBEY attended the funeral of his uncle, Judge N. L. SCOBEY at Newbern Friday.

MIDWAY--Mr. & Mrs. Neil TINKER are the proud parents of a daughter born September 5th, named Deborah Ann.

To Mr. & Mrs. Harrison A. WILCOX, Friendship, a son, Bobby Gene, September 7th.
To Mr. & Mrs. Robert Leslie ARCHER, Halls, a daughter, Janice Marie, September 9th.
To Mr. & Mrs. M. E. WORTHAM, Bells, a son, Ronnie Connell, September 9th.
To Mr. & Mrs. Fate MORRIS, Jr., Alamo, a daughter, Pamela Ellen, September 10th.
To Mr. & Mrs. Harry E. BURKE, Friendship, a son, September 13th.



INGRAM & PIERCE--The wedding plans of Miss Evelyn Lavrene PIERCE, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. V. C. PIERCE, of Crockett Mills, to Reggie B. INGRAM, son of Mr. & Mrs. A. H. INGRAM, of Ferrum, Va., were announced today. The wedding is planned for October 15th at 6 p. m. at the Chapel on the Hill.

TAYLOR REUNION--The children of the late Abe P. and Mary Jerigan TAYLOR held their reunion at the home of Mrs. Annie EMERSON at Fruitvale Sunday, September 18th. Seven children were born of this union, all survive: Annie, 73; Latta, 70; Beatrice, 66; Dovie, 63; Verbia, 60; Lizzie, 57: and Alta, 51.

BELLS--Mrs. Earl MOORE is in Memphis helping take care of her first grandson. He is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Dalton MOORE.

DEATH--Services for Lee ARCHER were held Sunday at Archer's Chapel Church, burial in church cemetery. He was 58 and had been in failing health for 20 years. He suffered a stroke and died Friday afternoon. He leaves his wife, Mrs. N. L. ARCHER; his mother, Mrs. Emma ARCHER of Gates; two daughters, Mrs. Ruth ARCHIBALD, of Halls, and Mrs. Martha Jean GILLIARD, of Gates; five sons, J. P. ARCHER, Methodist minister of Moscow, Tenn., Joseph ARCHER, George T. ARCHER, John ARCHER, and Charles M. ARCHER, all of Gates; two sisters, Mrs. H. E. JORDON, of Forked Deer and Mrs. J. A. GILLIAND of Gates; six brothers, Sam ARCHER, Frank ARCHER, Chester ARCHER, Ed ARCHER and Lonnie ARCHER, all of Gates and Marvin ARCHER of Chicago.

DEATH--John Morris KINCAID, son of John and Ida KINCAID, was struck by a hit and run driver at Blytheville Ark., Wednesday morning and died three hours later in the hospital there. His burial was held in the Memorial Cemetery in Blytheville. John was born in Crockett County January 20th, 1901. He leaves a brother, Marshall KINCAID, of Memphis; and two half-brothers Vandon FORSYTHE, of Dallas, Tex., and Council FORSYTHE, of Mt. Pleasant, Tex.

DEATH--Services were held Sunday at 3 p. m. for A. H. COWAN, who died at his home near Quincy Saturday of a heart attack, at the Quincy Methodist Church. He was 73. He leaves his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Raymond HURT, Mrs. W. L. WALTERS; three sons, Alvin COWAN, Robert COWAN, and Jesse COWAN, all of Alamo; three sisters, Mrs. M. F. HILL, Mrs. M. L. TOMLIN and Mrs. Tom BURNS. (from card of thanks, daughters first names were Carrie & Elsie)

FRIENDSHIP--Word was received here Wednesday of the death of Mr. E. P. DUNAGAN, of Lake City, Fla. He is the brother of L. F. DUNAGAN and Mrs. D. W. McLLWAIN, both of Friendship. He made his home here until the past few years.

To Mr. & Mrs. Paul RICHARDSON, Alamo, September 15th, a daughter, Alice Ann.
To Mr. & Mrs. N. E. SKIPPER, Bells, September 16th, a daughter, Rebecca Anne.
To Mr. & Mrs. Frank AVERY, Alamo, September 17th, a son, James Taylor.
To Mr. & Mrs. John B. OTTINGER, Friendship, September 19th, a daughter, Shirley Diane.



BELLS--Mr. & Mrs. Harvey GRIFFIN attended the funeral of her uncle, J. B. LAWRENCE at Halls Monday morning, who was killed when struck by a freight train near Halls Sunday morning.

DEATH--Edwin P. DUNAGAN passed away on September 21st at his home in Florida. He was 55 years of age, the fourth son of the late E. M. C. DUNAGAN and Fannie R. DUNAGAN, born and reared near Friendship, he worked in the Tri-County Bank several years. When a young man, he located in Lake City, where he has since made his home. He leaves his wife, Louise; two brothers, L. T. DUNAGAN of Friendship and D. R. DUNAGAN of Lavinia, Tenn.; two sisters, Mrs. Newell McILWAIN, of Friendship, and Mrs. Louise HAYS, of Winter Haven, Fla.; and a host of neices, nephews and friends to mourn his loss. He was laid to rest in their hometown. He came back to Tennessee every summer and spent a week or more with his sister in the old home.

DEATH--Services for T. O. DOBBINS, who died at his home in Maury City were held Sunday at the Church of Christ, burial in Oldfield Cemetery. He was 68, a lifelong resident and extensive landowner of Maury City. He leaves his wife, Carrie Agee DOBBINS; son, Maurice DOBBINS, of Halls and a daughter, Mrs. Jack PHEBUS, of Millington.

DEATH--Services were held Tuesday at Cox Chapel Church of Christ for George Dewey COOK, farmer of the Coxville community, who died at Oursley Clinic following a heart attack, burial in church cemetery. He was 46. Born and reared in the Coxville Community, he leaves his wife, Mrs. Daisy Stewart COOK, of Humboldt; three sons, Duane COOK, Jimmie COOK, and Truett COOK, all of Humboldt; his parents, Samuel J. and Pearl Dunlap COOK, both of Humboldt; two sisters, Mrs. Tommie WILLIAMS, of the Adair community near Bells, Tenn., & Mrs. Fred HOPPER, of Henderson, Tenn.; and two brothers, Norman COOK of Humboldt and M. Eugene COOK, of Memphis.

DEATH--J. B. (Doc) LAWRENCE, 80, farmer and former member of the STate Legislature from Lauderdale County, was killed when struck by a freight train near the depot in Halls Sunday morning. Witnesses related that Mr. LAWRENCE saw the train, but was evidently pulled against it by suction. The body was carried about 150 feet between the double tracks where he was walking. He was well-known in Crockett County. Services were in the First Christian Church in Halls, burial in Halls Cemetery.

MIDWAY--Miss Jessie Merle STEPHENS and Mr. Stacy BAILEY drove to Hernando, Miss., Saturday and were married. She is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Donald STEPHENS, he is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Austin BAILEY, of Chestnut Bluff.

COXVILLE--Mr. & Mrs. Glenn SMITH are announcing the birth of a daughter, Glenda Gail, at the Methodist Hospital, Memphis, on Thursday, September 22nd. She is the grandchild of Mr. & Mrs. J. S. SMITH of this community.

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