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Atwater, Ora Mae Black

Newspaper Unknown

Ora Mae Black-Atwater: Funeral services for Mrs. John Atwater of Ferris, who died Friday morning at the home of her brother, Herb Black, of near Burnside, were held at the Ferris Christain Church Sunday at 2:00 PM with the Rev. W.C. Burk of Carthage and Rev. H.C. Reichel, of Hamilton, officiating.

Interment was in Rest Haven Abbey in Carthage. She was born September 15, 1876 at Ballard, Missouri, the daughter of George and Mary Ballard-Black. The place of her birth was named for her mother's ancestors. Besides the brother, Herb, of near Burnside, there is another brother, Ben of Boulder, Colorado. Mrs. W.C. Burk, of Carthage, is a distant cousin. Mrs.Atwater died August 29, 1937.

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Ash, Tommy Lew, Sr.,

The Montgomery Advertizer

Montgomery, Alabama January 15, 1995

ASH, Tommy Lew, Sr., 62, a resident of Tallassee, AL, died Friday, January 13, 1995, at his residence. Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 16, 1995, at 11:00 a.m. From the Rock Springs Baptist Church with Rev. Ron Estes officiating. Gassett Funeral Home of Wetumpka will be directing. Internment will be at the church cemetery with full military honors at the graveside. Survivors include his wife, Mary Ash, Tallassee, AL, father, Clarence Ash, Delton, MI, two sons; Tommy Ash Jr., Montgomery, AL, and Merrit Ash, Montgomery, AL; four daughters, Cynthia Shackleford, Woodstock, GA, Victoria Jenkins, Montgomery, AL, Catherine Leigh Ash, Tallassee, AL, and Jeanette Tauton, Titus, AL; one sister, Virginia Dibble, Delton, MI; and twelve grandchildren. Active pallbearers will be the USAF Honor Guard. Visitation will be Sunday, January 15, 1995, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Gassett Funeral home. Mr. Ash will lie-in-state, 30 minutes prior to service time, at the church.

Tommy Ash was the father of Cynthia Lou Ash who married Kendrick W. Shackleford. For family information see:

Atherton, Cora Settle

Newspaper Unknown

Mrs. Cora S. Atherton, 92 of Livermore, died at 8:45 am Thursday at Owensboro, Daviees County Hospital. She was the widow of Walter Atherton, well known Livermore businessman. Mrs. Atherton was born in McLean County on July 13, 1885. She was a member of the Livermore Baptist Church.

Survivors include one son, Lockett Atherton of Springfield, Ohio; two daughters, Mrs. Camille Thomasson, Huntsville, Alabama and Mrs. Marion Sykes, Venice, Florida; five grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

Services will be held at 2:00 pm today at the Muster Funeral Home conducted by the Rev. Ralph Benningfield, pastor of the Livermore Baptist Church, assisted by the Rev E. E. Spickard. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Leland Atherton, Edwin Quigg, Fred Settle, J Garth Mayer, Martin Wilson and William Kidd. The body will be at the Muster Funeral Home in Livermore.

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Atherton, James Walter

Newspaper Unknown

Livermore child dies here: James Walter Atherton, seven months old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Water Brengle Atherton of Livermore, died yesterday at the city hospital. The body was taken to Livermore for burial:

Card of Thanks

We desire to thank our many friends and relatives from the very deepest of our hearts for the many kind deeds and expressions of sympathy during the brief illness and death of our precious baby James Walter and especially Miss Eunice Mary Tanner who worked so faithfully to the end. We appreciate it all more than words can tell. Mother, Father and Jane.

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Austin, Flora Cullin

The Messenger & Inquirer


Flora Austin, 84, Livermore, died Tuesday at McLean County Hospital. Born in Hancock County, she was a member of Livermore Baptist Church, the Althean Sunday School Class, the Livermore Women's Club and was a past president of Oak Grove Homemakers Club.

Survivors include her husband, Homer Austin; two sons, Homer Cullin Austin, Paducah, and Vernon Lee Austin, Owensboro, and eight grand children. Services 2:00 PM Friday at Livermore Baptist Church. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Livermore. Visitation after 2:00 PM today at Muster Funeral Home, Livermore.

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Austin, Guy Homer

The Messenger & Inquirer:


Homer Austin, 84, of route 1, Livermore, died Friday at McLean County General Hospital, Calhoun. He was born in McLean County and was a retired farmer, a former employee of the Big Independent Tobacco Warehouse, Owensboro and member of the Livermore Missionary Baptist Church where he taught Sunday School and was a choir director and a deacon. He also was a veteran of World War I and a member of the Livermore Masonic Lodge 186 F & AM.

Survivors include two sons, Cullin Austin of Paducah and Vernon Austin, of Owensboro; eight grandchildren; a great grand child and three sisters, Zilpah Taylor of Owensboro and Mrs. Ray Howley and Maude Porter, both of Akron, Ohio. Services are 2:00 PM Sunday at Livermore Missionary Baptist Church, Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Livermore. Visitation after noon today at Muster Funeral Home, Livermore.

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Austin, Homer Cullin

The Messenger & Inquirer


Homer Cullin Austin, 60, of 2051 Natchez Lane, Paducah, died Friday, January 05, 1990 at John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital, Atlantis, Florida. He was born in Livermore, Kentucky and was managing partner of Western Rivers Corporation, Paducah. He joined the insurance business in 1953 at Gardner Insurance, Owensboro, moving to Fireman's Fund Insurance Company, Owensboro, in 1957 and to Woodall-Melton Insurance Agency, Paducah in 1968. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Paducah; Livermore Masonic Lodge No. 186; Fraternal Order of Elks, Paducah Lodge No. 217; and was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. He served for 22 years with the Kentucky National Guard, retiring as Major. He was a member ot the Retired Officer's Association; was active in the Paducah Country Club; was Past President of Independent Insurance Agents of Kentucky; had served on the Board of Directors of the Rolling Hills Country Club, Paducah; and was a former Rotarian.

Survivors include his wife, Anna Cooper-Austin, formerly of Owensboro; three sons, John D. Austin of Augusta, Georgia, Shelby W. Austin of Virginia Beach, Virginia and Gregory L. Austin of Reese Air Force Base, Lubbock, Texas; a daughter, Kimberly A. Austin of Paducah; eight grand children; and a brother, Vernon L. Austin of Owensboro. Services are at 1:00 PM today at Roth Funeral Chapel, Paducah. Burial in Mount Kenton Cemetery in Paducah. Visitation after 9:00 AM at the funeral home. The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to the American Heart Association or the American Lung Association.

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Austin, John Henry

The Messenger & Inquirer


J.H. Austin, 76, formerly of Livermore, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E.W. Taylor, 613 Hill Avenue, at 2:30 PM Monday. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. E.W. Taylor, Owensboro, Mrs. J.L. Howley, Mrs. Maude Shacklett and Mrs. R. G. Bell, all of Akron, Ohio and a son, Homer Austin, Livermore. He is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Nat Whitaker, Livermore and Mrs. Henry Miller, Island, five grandsons and one great grand daughter. Funeral arrangements have not been made.

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Ballard, Mrs. Jane Laura "Jeanie" McDaniel

Newspaper Unknown

McDaniel, Jane Laura: The people of Kirksville were shocked Saturday morning to learn of the unexpected death of Mrs. William Ballard, which occurred at the American School of Osteopathy Hospital at eight o'clock. she had gone to the hospital two or three days before, and submitted to an operation, on Wednesday, was apparently doing well when heart failure caused her death, without much warning to those in attendance, and none to friends and relatives.

Jennie Laura McDaniel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse McDaniel, was born in Clark County, MO., January 28th, 1847, where she lived the greater part of her life, removing to Kirksville for the educational advantages for her daughter, two or three years ago. Mrs. Ballard was a superior woman intellectually having been educated at the Seminary in St. Francesville, Missouri, and taught in the public schools until her marriage.

The deceased was united in marriage to William Ballard, at At. Francesville, Missouri, October 03, 1871. to this union there were born six children, five of whom with her husband survive, William S. having died just a year ago. Those who survive are B. F. of Santa Rosa, California, E. L. of E. St. Louis, Ill., Mrs. J. M. Boley of LaBelle, Missouri, Miss Jessie C. Ballard of Kirksville, Missouri, Mr. J. C. Glasgow of -- California. The latter was married last _____June _____ the _____ last time the family were together. She is also survived by two brothers, Jesse McDaniel, of Washington D.C. and John McDaniel of Gerard, Illinois, and one sister, Mrs. Mary Slaughter of Rush Hill, Missouri.

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Black, Benjamin F.

Boulder Daily Camera

Sat 4 April 1953, page 4:

Ben F. Black
, a retired farmer living at 34th and Pearl Street, died at the Boulder Colorado Sanitarium at 6:45 this morning. He had been ill for several weeks. Mr. Black was 80. Born in Kahoka, Clark County, Missouri, Mr. Black farmed there until coming to Boulder in 1935. His parents were George and Mary Black. Survivors are three daughters and three sons. Mrs. Evaline Haskin of Cheyenne; Mrs. Bessie Devenhower of Bonaparte, Iowa, Mrs. Maxine Neff of Stronghurst, Illinois; Arnold of Truscott, Texas; Ovel of Montezuna, Iowa and Joe F. Black of Anna, Illinois. A brother, Herb Black, resides in Burnside, Illinois. There are nine grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 1 Monday from Howe Mortuary with Rev. Paul O. Masden, pastor of the First Baptist Church, of which he was a member, officiating. Burial will be in the Green Mountain Cemetery.

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Black, Mary Elizabeth Ballard

Clark County Courier

March 17, 1923:

Mary Elizabeth Ballard grew up at her home near Ballard Church in Clark County, Missouri, where she grew to womanhood. At her home in Wyaconda, MO., Saturday evening at 9 o'clock, the messenger of death paused and whispered "Come unto me", departing this life March 17, 1923, aged 68 years and 15 days. September 06, 1871, she was united in marriage to Mr. George W. Black. To them were born six children, two sons, Robert Lee and Walter Henry, dying in childhood, aged 6 and 1 years respectively.
She was a member of the Rebekah lodge and Baptist Church of Wyaconda, MO., and was held in high esteem by all that knew her. After residing on a farm in the Ballard neighborhood for a number of years, they moved to a farm near Woodville near Mr. Black's boyhood home and just a little more than a year before the death of Mr. Black they moved to Medill where he preceded her in death November 28, 1910. Since the death of her husband she moved to Wyaconda and resided there until death. A husband, two sons, father, mother, three sisters and one brother have preceded her. Two sons and two daughters, Mrs. Ora Atwater of Burnside, IL. Mrs. Emma Green of Ft. Madison, Iowa, Ben F. of Wyaconda, MO., and Henry W. of LaBelle: one brother, Wat Ballard of Vega, Texas and one sister, Mrs. Frank Brown of Wyaconda, several grandchildren and a large number of other relatives and friends mourn the loss of a mother, sister and friend, whose purpose was high, whose character noble. In early childhood she gave her life to Christ and had for years been a consistent member of the Baptist Church. Life to her was real and earnest. She accepted its pleasures and trials with complacency, carrying with her everywhere a potent charm of cheerfulness, helpfulness and good will. Her generosity and genial hospitality were characteristic of her family. No more will the walls of the old home resound to her gentle voice, but death can never take from the minds and hearts of her loved ones her memory, the many acts of kindness done and the gentle and kindly spirit which dominated her life, will be remembered for years to come as influences which helped us to live noble lives.

For the last few years she has been in failing health suffering attacks of physical evils. Since November her condition has been critical and though no effort was spared to bring about her recovery, medical skills with gentle and loving care combined could not stay the hand of death. February 22nd, she was taken seriously ill. Thus as the seasons, life changes from springtime to the days of winter and her lusty youth has been giving way to feeble age and betoken the time of final reckoning. She bore her suffering patiently. Knowing her life we are confident that in that awful struggle between life and death she bore herself like a Christian. Her resolution never failed. Her heroic spirit was firm to the end.

The calling of a mother is one of those providence's hard to be understood, but this we know, that divine intelligence makes no mistakes and divine love doeth no evil, so somehow it is best. "Weep not for her; why should we weep. Her soul is free from troubles here. Her body quietly sleeps. Weep not, weep not. God knoweth best, Our loved mother is now at rest." Funeral services at Baptist Church, Wyaconda, Monday at 1 PM. Interment in Kahoka cemetery:

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Bowden, Lillie

Newspaper Unknown

Funeral Services Held at Pleasant Home For Mrs. Lillie Bowden

Mrs. Lillie Bowden, 83, died November 3 after a brief illness. A resident of Brantley, Route 3, she was at Stabler’s hospital in Greenville when Death occurred.

Graveside services were held November 5 from Pleasant Home Cemetery with Turner’s Funeral Home directing.

Survivors include three sons, Donald Chance, Burling, Arkansas, Clarence Chance, of Brantley, Terry Bowden, Greenville; two daughters, Mrs. Maude Cline, Dozier, Mrs. Belle Odum, Mobile, three sisters, Mrs. Annie Milton, Ansley, Mrs. Ruth Gregory, Foley, Mrs. Alice Williams of Opp.

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Brown, Martha Jane Ballard

Newspaper Unknown

Brown: " Martha J. Ballard, daughter of Thomas and Lotsey Ballard, was born February 233, 1859 in Clark County, Missouri and passed from her home in Wyaconda January 15, 1924. Age 64 years, 11 months and 22 days.
In 1875 she was united in the holy bonds of wedlock to Joshua P. Ketchum. Mr. Ketchum passed to the great beyond in the year 1881, leaving his wife and one son, James W. Ketchum, now of Williamstown, Missouri. She was again united in the holy bonds of wedlock to Francis Brown, November 03, 1881. To this union four children came to gladden their home, namely; Mrs. Lotsey Wells and Shirley Brown of Keokuk, Iowa; Reed of Burlington, Iowa and Earl of Alexandria, Missouri. One brother, Walter Pierce Ballard of Vega, Texas besides nine grandchildren and many other relatives and friends mourn her home going.

Sister Brown was converted and united with the South Wyaconda Baptist Church at the age of twenty years later moving her membership to Liberty, remaining there till her death. Thus reads the story of a life in years but we must remember the deeds of child training of the many deeds of love and mercy and the making of a home, taking her place in God's vineyard to her own praise and His glory.

Her long years of suffering have been borne with the grace of a Christian martyr. This has been a period of testing of her faith in God. She stood the test. It was also a period of testing the love and devotion of her husband. He also stood the test. He deserves all praise for his constant loving attention during all these years. Our loss is her gain.

The funeral services were conducted at the Liberty Church, Thursday, January 17, 1924 by her old pastor, Rev. Arthur H Fuhr, now of Carmel, Illinois.
The remains were tenderly carried to their last resting place by the loving hands of neighbors."

by: Arthur H. Fuhr

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Brown, Sarah Ellen

Clark County Gazette-Herald

Kahoka, Clark County, Missouri

Mrs. Sarah Ellen Brown, wife of Zadock L. Brown, died at her home in Wyaconda, of dropsy, Wednesday, December 27, aged 31 years. Burial in Liberty Church Cemetery Thursday. A husband, three children, two sisters and one brother survive her.

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 Buchanan, Homer C.

Newspaper Unknown

Sulphur Springs, Texas October 1963

H. C. Buchanan Killed in Crash

Homer C. Buchanan, age 52, of 208 Anglin St., Sulphur springs, Texas, was killed Wednesday when his dump truck collided with a pickup truck at a county road intersection, 17 miles northwest of Perry, Oklahoma.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p. m. Friday at the Tapp Funeral Home Chapel. The Reverend Stone Risinger and the Reverend Felix Kindell will conduct graveside services.

Burial will be at Testlawn Memorial Park. Masons will serve as pallbearers and will conduct a graveside service.

An Associated Press dispatch quoted the Oklahoma Highway Patrol as saying Mr. Buchanan was thrown out of his truck when it overturned after colliding with the pickup. Driven by 45 year old, Carl Russell True of Blackwell, Oklahoma. True was uninjured.

Relatives were notified here about 5:30 p. m. Wednesday. The accident occurred about 3:30 p.m.

Mr. Buchanan was born in Hopkins County, Texas, on August 12, 1910, the son of G.W. and Ida (Kolb) Buchanan. He married Mary Van Allen in Sulphur Springs on March 4, 1931.

He was a member of the First Methodist Church, the Masons, and the Oddfellows.

Survivors include his wife, two sons, his mother, two sisters, and four grandchildren. The sons were Wayne (Dallas) and don (Sherveport, Louisana). The mother’s name was G. W. Buchanan (Sulphur Springs). The two sisters were Mrs. Frank Wesson (Garland, Texas) and Miss Florine Buchanan (Sulphur Springs, Texas). The grandchildren were unnamed in the notice.

Honary pallbearers will be Maurice Kelty, Merrill Craver, Joe Craver, Morris Craver, Ralph Bevis, W. P. Helm, Enos L. Ashcroft, W. W. Jones, Jr., Bruce McLarry, Elmer Turner, Henry Mahaffey, Lonnie Campbell, Lonnie Wallace, Joe Dan Avinger, Theodore Burger, J. L. Butler, Windell Stephens and Sid Kirkpatrick.

Homer was killed October 10, 1963.

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Carlisle, Mrs. Margaret Boles

Newspaper Unknown

Margaret Boles-Carlisle died at her residence, in the upper part of Abbeville District, South Carolina, about the 13th of August last, Mrs. Margaret Carlisle. The deceased was about ninety-five years of age, and had been a zealous and confident member of the Associated Reformed Church at Little Generostee, under the successive pastorates of Revs. Robert Irwin, Ebenezer E. Pressley, D.D. and James C. Chambers. Her zeal for the Glory of God, in attending the public ordinances of this house, was not perceived to experience any diminuities until utterly incapacitated by the infirmities of old age. How forceably does her case illustrate the scripture truth: "Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like a shock of corn cometh in the season" Job: vs 26:

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Chance, Clarence Evert

The Montgomery Advertiser

Montgomery, Alabama April 14, 1984

Chance, Mr. Clarence Evert, 72, a resident of Brantley, AL., died April 14, 1984. Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. from Turner’s Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ralph Mullins officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery (Spring Hill Community), Turner’s Funeral Home of Luverne directing. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Ivers S. Chance, Brantley, AL; one sister, Mrs. Maude Cline, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Clarence was the husband of Ivera Shackelford. Donald, below, was his brother. For more information:

Chance, Donald

Newspaper Unknown

Tuesday, January 11, 1977

Donald R. Chance, 75, of Dora died Saturday in a local hospital. A memorial has been established with the Arthritis Foundation.

Survivors include his wife, Mae, one daughter, Mrs. Donna Hauert; one sister, Mrs. Maude Cline of Alabama and one brother, Clarence of Alabama.

He was a retired government employee stationed at Ft. Chaffee for a number of years as a laundry and dry cleaning manager. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army and a Presbyterian.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. today in Edward’s Funeral Home Chapel with burial in National Cemetery. Pallbearers are Allen Hunt, Roy Taylor, Fred Hardin, A.H. Watson, Jr., Jim Jay and Joe Holland.


Crook, Bessie Louise Norman

Newspaper Unknown

Bessie Louise Norman was born 20 July 1927 in Lincoln County and died 22 September 1996 at her residence. Services were held at the Goshen Baptist Church with the Reverends Robert Adams and Allen Danner officiating. Burial was in the Church Cemetery. She was a life long resident of Lincoln County and was a member of the Goshen Baptist Church, the Senior Adult Sunday School Class and the choir. Louise was survived by one son, two daughters, ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

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Dean, Sumpter

The Rutledge Wave

August 19,1891

Sumpter Dean_Found dead near his residence in this County,5 miles West of Rutledge,on the 14th inst.Sumpter Dean,deceased was in the 69th year of his age.Cause of death supposed to be paralysis.Having been before attacked with that kind of trouble,Deceased has four sons and two daughters and a wife.His 2nd wife by whom he no issue.

Sumpter Dean was the Great Greatgrandfather of Eva Naomi Dean, the wife of Iry Zeddie Shackleford. Information on Naomi can be found at:

Black Rock Cemetery listing, burial place of Sumpter Dean:



Godbee, Jerusha Carrie Ann Bonner –

Shackelford – Millican

Newspaper Unknown


Mrs. Jerusha Carrie Ann Godbee, affectionately known as "Aunt Dool" by her numerous friends, died early Sunday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. L. McLendon, in the Veal Community, followed by a short illness.
She was born in Carroll County, Georgia, July 12, 1858, the daughter of John Milton and Mattie Upchurch-Bonner. as a young lady she joined the Camp ground M.E. church, later moving her membership to Stripling Chapel where she was a member at the time of her death. as a young lady she married Mr. John Shackelford who died a number of years ago. She later married Mr. Seaborn Millican who has been dead quite some time. Later she married Mr. Billy Godbee who died several years ago. For a number of years she made her home in the Rocky Mount Community and for some time she lived at Star Point. However, during the last few years she made her home with her children.
Two sons, John Gay Shackelford and Young Shackelford, preceded her in death.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. H. A. McNeil, of Newnan; Mrs. McLendon, of Bowdon, Route 1; 16 grandchildren, a number of great grandchildren; two brothers, Tom Bonner of Cullman, Alabama, and Bob Bonner, of Vendervent, Arkansas. Three sisters, Mrs. Aubrey Husley, of Carrollton, Mrs John Pentecost, of Roopsville, and Mrs. Ella Baker, of Atlanta. Funeral services were held from the Camp Ground Methodist Church Monday at 2:30 PM with Rev. Adrian Warwick and Rev. J. K. Brown officiating. Internment was at the church cemetery.

Note: According to the obituary of Jerusha, it lists her father as John Milton Bonner. This is incorrect, her father was John Thomas Bonner, not John Milton. John Milton Bonner was the brother of Jerusha.

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Hickerson, Mrs. Luella Wilson

Newspaper Unknown


Hickerson, Luella: Rev. D.L. Hughes, pastor of the Christian Church of Oakland, officiated at the last rites conducted for Mrs. Luella Hickerson at the Grant D, Miller Funeral parlor in Oakladn, November 02, at 10 o'clock. Cremation followed at the California Mortuary.

Mrs. Hickerson was the mother of four children, the first of whom, a daughter, died at the age of three months. Others are Mrs. Raymond McBriar of Reedley, Mrs. Frances Underwood of Alameda and Lawrence Hickerson of Oakland. She was the grandmother of Jean Underwood of Alameda, Betty, John and Barbara McBriar of Reedley.

Mrs. Hickerson was a native of Missouri and lived to be 65 years of age. She became the bride of Alvin L. Hickerson on March 16, 1890 and came to Reedley nineteen years ago to establish her home. She lived here untill about four years ago. Mrs. Hickerson united with the Christian Church at an early age.

Besides he immediate family, she is survived by the following brothers and sisters; Bessie Wilson of Fresno, Mrs. May Clough, of Wyaconda, E.L. Wilson of LaBelle, Missouri and J.G. Wilson of Kahoka, Missouri.

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Hickerson, Elias Raleigh

Newspaper Unknown

Elias Raleigh Hickerson, father of Judge Walter Smith Hickerson of this county, died at his home in Kahoka on Christmas morning at three o'clock a.m. Mr. Hickerson was almost 72 years of age at the time of his death. He had lived in Clark County since 1868 and moved to Kahoka about seven years ago. He has suffered about nine months but his death was quite sudden, no one in his family believing that he was so near death's door. It is believed that his death was caused from cancer of the stomach. He leaves three children, a son in Lewis County, a daughter in Clark County and judge Walter Smith Hickerson of this county. Funeral services were conducted at the Baptist Church at Kahoka Sunday by Rev. Laidly and remains were buried at the Kahoka Cemetery. Judge and Mrs. Hickerson went to Kahoka Friday and attended returning home Monday morning.

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Hickerson, Josephine Agnes Triplett

Newspaper Unknown

MRS. WALTER .S. HICKERSON DEAD Was Wife of Judge of Scotland County Court

Mrs. Walter S. Hickerson died at her home, 8632 Elm street, Los Angeles, Calif., on Saturday, March 12, according to word received here by friends.

Mrs. Hickerson from many years lived on a farm west of Memphis. Her husband was judge of the western district of the Scotland county court and was presiding judge of the county court which the pres4ent court house was built in 1907. She went to Los Angeles where Judge Hickerson and family moved to make their home in 1911 and has lived there ever since.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Allen Reed chapel in Los Angeles, conducted by Rev. John Entwisle.

Mrs. Hickerson's maiden name was Josephine Agnes Triplett. She was born Feb. 5, 1867. She was married to Walter S. Hickerson on Sept. 10, 1889, who died suddenly on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, 1927.

Mrs. Hickerson is survived by three sons, Raymond, Frank and Kent Hickerson. She also leaves four grandchildren, a brother and a sister who live at Enid, Okla., and one sister, Mrs. Fannie Green, also of Firestone Park, Los Angeles.

Mrs. Hickerson was a good woman who had many friends in Scotland County and in her later home in Los Angeles.

Hickerson, Walter Smith

Newspaper Unknown


W.S. Hickerson: Grief settled over the community like a pall. Thanksgiving day gaiety and feasting became saddened and quiet as the news spread round of the sudden death of W.S. Hickerson, well-0known and deeply revered civic leader and community builder of Graham.

Everyone knew Mr. Hickerson. His kindly, friendly smile warmed the hearts of all he met. It is said he "loved humanity." Such a disposition reaps the reward of true friendship-which was his from all he knew.

Early Thanksgiving morning he spoke jokingly to his wife as she worked in the kitchen and smiling walked out into the yard. Shortly afterward he was discovered there where he had fallen-stricken in death.

W.S. Hickerson was born Sept. 1, 1865, died Nov. 24, 1927, aged 62 years 2 months and 24 days.

At the age of 19 years, he united with the Baptist church in Missouri where he lied at the time. He taught school, and later was elected county judge of Scotland county, Missouri, and served four terms.

On Sept. 18, 1889, he married Josephine Triplett. To them were born three sons, Ray, Frank and Kent- all of whom are now residents of Los Angeles, county, California.

In 1911 Mr. Hickerson came to California and in 1918 located in Graham, where in his business dealing he has won the confidence and esteem of all.

He was a charter member of the Graham Chamber of Commerce, President of the East Manchester Chamber of Commerce, a director of the Board of Education, a director of the F.C. Kramer Co, and a member of the Graham Exchange Club.

His death is mourned by wife, three sons, a brother, Alvin L. Hickerson and a sister, Mrs. Northcraft of Missouri. The funeral was in charge of the Reed Funeral Home of Ivy Street, Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock being held in the Graham Nazarene church. Rev., Sansom, a former Baptist minister, associated with Mr. Hickerson in Missouri who is now engaged in other work here, preached the sermon. The text was Thesbians 4:13,14 and the minister talked straight to the heart of those assembled to pay their last tributes of respect. His message was the sincerer tribute of friend for friend-man for man.

Pallbearers were: Messrs. Panter, Nolan and Hedron, of the Exchange Club, and Messrs. Hirschvogel, Broward and Baxter, of the Chamber of Commerce. Honorary pall-bearers were: Sam Earheart, F.M. Michaels, J.V. Hogan, Arthur Woods, H.R. Winship and F.C. Kramer from the Exchange Club and R.E. Williams, J.B. Nay, Lawrence Sugar, W.B. Hutter, Charles Sweitzer and H.F. Bade, of the Chamber of Commerce.

Interment was in Inglewood Cemetery.

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Howley, Ruth Ray Austin

Akron, Ohio Memorial Obituaries


Ruth Ray Howley, 94, went home to be with the Lord August 10, 1991 after a short illness. Born in Livermore, Kentucky, she lived in Akron since 1921. She had retired from Portage Typewriter in 1943 with 20 years service. She belonged to the Business and Professional Women's Club, the Current Eveny Club, and was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ for 70 years, where she served as the president of the Guild and Sunday School.

Preceded in death by her husband James in 1978, she is survived by nephews, William Shacklett of Talmadge, Homer Shacklett of Woodbridge, Virginia and Vernon Austin of Owensboro, Kentucky, and many great nieces and nephews. Visiting hours Tuesday 2 to 4 PM at the Eckard-Baldwin Funeral Home. Funeral service at 4 PM Rev. Jonathan Knecht officiating. Removal will then be made to Livermore, Kentucky for graveside service and burial.

Copy of obituary provided by Kimberly Austin. For more information:


Johnson, Ben Allen ,I

Newspaper Unknown

Ben A. Johnson, 89, retired farmer of near Calhoun, died at 1:45 a.m. Monday at the ODC [Ohio Daviess Co] hospital following a long illness. Son of Archer Alexander Johnson and Susan Shackleford Johnson, he was a lifelong resident of McLean County.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. B.A. VanCleve and Mrs. Edmond Taylor; two sons, Carol Johnson and Jack Johnson, all of near Calhoun; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Muster Funeral Chapel by the Rev. A.L. Farser, Pastor of the Calhoun Methodist Church. Burial was in Calhoun Cemetery.

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Johnson, Carol

Newspaper Unknown

Carol G. Johnson, 88, of Calhoun died at 4:45 a.m. Tuesday, Jan 23 [1990] at McLean County General Hospital in Calhoun.

He was born Nov. 20, 1901 in McLean County, and was a member of Antioch Presbyterian Church and a retired farmer. His wife, Carrie Porter Johnson, died June 11, 1970.

Survivors include two daughters, Patty Walker of Calhoun and Jenny Seymour of Island; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; a sister, Lucy VanCleve of Calhoun and a brother, Jack C. Johnson of Calhoun.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Muster Funeral Home in Calhoun with Rev. Steve Proctor pastor of Lebanon Junction Methodist Church, and Rev. Eugene Pillow, pastor of Oak Grove Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Calhoun Cemetery.

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Johnson, Jack Crowe

Newspaper Unknown

Jack C. Johnson, 86, McLean County, chairman of the board of First Security Bank of Isalnd and Calhoun and retired farmer, father of Ben A. Johnson, Lexington, died Sunday of injuries received in a traffic accident in daviess County, KY. Services 11 a.m. CST today, Pleasant Hope General Baptist Church, McLean County. Visitation 9 a.m. CST today, Muster Funeral Homes - Livermore Chapel. Contributions suggested to the American Heart Association.

Former Student Shares Memories of Jack Johnson

When the news of Mr. Jack Johnson's death reached me by phone, I was devastated and felt an extreme sense of loss. I thought he would go on forever. Later in the week the newspaper clippings started arriving at our home in Titusville, Fla. To my dismay, not one article mentioned Mr. Jack's years in the classroom. All of us pupils who attended Fairview School during the late 1920's thought this was a very important time in his life and ours. At that time he was married to Reta who was teaching at Little Grove, also a one room school house where my own mother had previously taught.

"Mr. Jack" as we called him was interested in each pupil and he played a part in molding our characters, teaching us fairness, morals and discipline. When he thought it necessary to do some correcting he would sent a boy out to the thicket to cut a switch to be used on his legs. If the boy whimpered when handing over the tool for correction, Mr. Jack would say, "cheer up, the worst is yet to come". Of course he really never hurt anyone. I went on to college, got an advanced degree and became a teacher. He always let me know that he was pleased with my accomplishments. My husband loved "Mr. Jack" and "Miss Reta" as I did and we remained good friends, talking on the phone over the miles, writing letters and visiting in person. We shared with joy the events in the lives of our children. Both of them retained their beautiful penmanship which is one thing that he did not teach me. Ben Allen has a great heritage. His parents were so unusual and special that there are no words to adequately describe them. I should like to quote the late Jesse Stuart who said, "I am firm in my believ that a teacher lives on and on through his students. Good teaching is forever and the teacher is immortal". No words better describe our "Mr. Jack".

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Kolb, Brice Fulton

Obituary Notes

Brice Fulton Kolb - Funeral services were held for Brice at Tapp Funeral Home, possibly in Hopkins County, Texas, November 17, 1946. No wife or children were found as survivors in his obituary report when he died at the age of 30.

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Kolb, Burie Ida: Burie died of respiratory failure due to a stroke. Funeral services were conducted by Tapp Funeral Home in Sulphur Springs, Texas. Burial was December 15, 1978, City Cemetery, Sulphur Springs, Texas.

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Kolb, Orbie Franklin

Texas Funeral Application

Orbie Franklin Kolb -The information on the funeral application for Orbie states the the funeral was conducted at Tapps Chapel in Dallas, Texas, Sunday, April 02, 1960 with the Rev. James Edge officiating. Burial was at the Dallas City Cemetery. He was survived by his daughter Evelyn and three sisters.

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Lyons, Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Shaffer-

Newspaper Unknown

"Funeral rites for Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Lyons, 76, who passed away Saturday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Edna Johnson, 1342 West 62nd Street, were conducted Tuesday at the Utter-McKinley Mortuary, Rev. Bruce Brown officiated followed by entombment in Sunnyside Mausoleum at Long Beach, California.

Born in Pennsylvania, Mrs. Lyons has resided in California nineteen years, for the past seven years with her daughter, Mrs. Johnson.

Three other children survive including Mrs. Cecelia Ayer of Los ANgeles, Mrs. Hattie Huper of Wyoming and ALMON A. LYONS of Colorado. Also surviving are two grandchildren; two great grandchildren; five brothers and two sisters."

Lyons, Henderson L.

Newspaper Unknown

"Retired Farmer From Colorado Taken by Death"

"Henderson L. Lyons, 77, retired farmer, died last night at his home, 635 Coronado Avenue. Mr. Lyons was a native of West Virginia. He came to Long Beach eleven years ago from Ft. Collins, Colorado. He was a member of the First Methodist Church.

Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Elizabeth A. Lyons; one son, ALMOND A. of Ft Collins; three daughters, Mrs. Edna Johnson; Mrs. Cecelia Ayers of Los Angeles and Mrs. Hattie Hooper of Wyoming; twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Dr. Richard N. Merrill, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, will officiate in the funeral service at 10 o'clock Thursday morning at the Patterson & McQuiklin chapel. Interment will be at Sunnyside Mausoleum."

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Martin, Miss Sarah Katherine


APRIL 20, 1933

Miss Kate Martin, died Saturday, age 39. She was the daughter of J. D. Martin Sr and sister to Lee, Jim, Joe, Morgan, Mrs. N. H. Harrison, Mrs. R. D. Welch of Memphis, Mrs. Claude Day and Elijah Martin.

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Moncrief, Rev. Aubrey F.

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Moncrief, Aubrey F. Death struck without warning Wednesday noon to claim the life of the Rev. Aubrey F. Moncrief just as he had completed his teaching chore for a vacation Bible school class at the King Hill Baptist Church of which he was pastor.

An outstanding minister and a man active in many civic fields for community betterment, the Rev. Mr. Moncrief undoubtedly died as he would have wished, in the service of his God at his own church.

In his death, the South Side, the entire city of St. Joseph, lost a real asset for community good and progress.

Those who mourn his loss are many and from varied fields of life, for here was a man with the knack of getting along with people while adhering to his own strong principles.


Services held Friday for former local Minister, A.F. Moncrief: Rev. Aubrey F. Moncrief, 56, former pastor of the First Baptist Church of Canton, was fatally stricken at King Hill Baptist Church, St Josephs, MO., Wednesday morning, June 10, just as he completed his teaching chore for a vacation Bible School class.

Funeral services were held Friday at the King Hill Baptist Church were he had served as pastor since May 1968. The Rev. E.B. Calvin, Rev. Gary Golston and Rev. Robert Eberting officiated, and interment occurred at Memorial Park cemetery in St. Joseph.

Masonic services were held at the Rupp mortuary under the auspices of King Hill Lodge on Thursday evening, June 11.

Rev. Moncrief, a minister for 30 years, had suffered a heart attack last year, but upon his apparent recovery had returned to his church duties. He served as pastor of Canton First Baptist Church from 1957 to 1968.

Active in church affairs, he was a member of the South Side Rotary Club, the South Side Ministerial Alliance in St. Joseph and was chairman of the study of reorganization of the St. Joseph Baptist Association committee. He was a member of the Craft Masonic Lodge at Canton, and a past worthy patron of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter of Canton. He was an active member in Canton of the Kiwanis Club and the Canton Chamber of Commerce.

Rev. Moncrief was a graduate of William Jewell college at Liberty, and received his bachelor of divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY.

The son of E. B. and Floda Moncrief, he was born July 09, 1913. On December 20, 1943, he married Miss Nadine Closser, and to his family was born three children who survive. A daughter, Mrs. Gayland Spaulding of Kalamazoo, Michigan and two sons, Airman First Class, Aubrey F, Moncrief Jr and Gregory Moncrief, at home.

Additional survivors include his mother, Mrs. Floda Moncrief, Wyaconda; a brother, Eston Moncrief; Wyaconda: two sisters, Miss Zuma Moncrief, Wyaconda and Mrs. Richard Currier, Keokuk.

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Musick, Michael Greg

Greg Musick, admired by all who knew him, left home for college shortly after high school and attened the University of Alabama. While in college he meet Melanie Odom, a daughter of L.M. and Corolyn Odom of Bessemer, Alabama, who was also attending the University of Alabama. It was here that Greg and Melanie's Southern storybook romance began. They both met at the Baptist Student Union and their first date fell on Valentine's Day in 1986. Greg and Melanie married in Bessemer on February 27, 1988. After college they returned to Greg's home in Newnan, Georgia where Greg served as youth minister. Greg had at once considered ministry as a career but later decided to pursue a career in sportscasting. He had worked for over two years as a sales rep for a local car company to save enough money to go back to school.

On April 24, 1990, fate would change the plans of the lifes of Geg and Melanie Musick. On this fateful Tuesday afternoon, Greg was having lunch with a former college buddy at a the Perimeter Mall in the city of Atlanta, Georgia. On the day before James Calvin Brady was released from a local mental hospital, having been admitted for claiming there was a mechanical divice in his body ordering him to kill white people. He was diagnosed as homicidal but the authorities still ordered his release. James Calvin Brady left the hospital and then preceded to a Duluth pawn shop where he bought a gun without proper ID. He then walked into the Perimeter Mall and started firing his gun. When the shooting stopped, four had been shot, two in critical condition and Greg was killed instantly.

Greg's fueneral was held the following Friday at the First Baptist Church of Newnan, Coweta, County, Georgia, officiated by the Reverand Gene Tyre. The funeral was attended by the family and over two hundred of Greg's friends. During the funeral the pastor had these words, "I would not be true to my calling if I did not stand here today and call for people to create and enforce laws to keep guns from the mentally ill." This line from their pastor was a call that Greg's wife Melanie took as her calling.

The day Greg was buried, Melanie placed a call to the Mayor's office in Atlanta urging him for a prompt push for a 15 day waiting period on handgun purchases, informing him of her desire to do anything possible to help. Within a week Melanie was thrust into the spotlight of press conferences and congressional hearings. During this time she met a lady by the name of Sarah, whose husband had also been gunned down in a hail of gunfire. Sarah's husband had been critically injured and was left partially paralized. For the next year, she channeled her pain into political activism, telling all who would listen of the need for the control of handguns. In the wake of the shooting, Melanie achieved the commissioners approval of a 15 day waiting period on handgun purchases. Melanie and her new found friends, Sarah and her husband James took their fight to Washington, DC., and through their had combined work on and in the memory of Michael Greg Musick, on November 30, 1993, they stood by the side of President William Jefferson Clinton at the signing of the "Brady Gun Control Bill", named after Melanie's newfound friends, Sarah and James Brady. The later is wounded during the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan.

Atlanta Journal Constitution: July 13, 1991:

"Melanie Musick is the inspiration who helped push the US Senate passage Thursday of a compromise of the Brady Bill, one that not only mandates a five business day waiting period, but also requires an instant background checks on handgun purchases. In Washington, she was befriended by Sarah and James Brady, President Reagan's press secretary who was gunned down in 1981, when Melanie was just 14. They are incredibly strong people."

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Nichols, Essie

The Luverne Critic

September 29, 1904

Nichols, Essie: daughter of William and M. A. Nichols, departed this life September 11, 1904. she was in a low state of health for 19 weary months, yet she never murmured or complained. when asked, "How she Felt?', her answer was always, "Very well". .

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Nichols, Etheldred C.

The Luverne Journal

Luverne, Alabama

December 1981

Etheldred Cyreanous Nichols, age 90, of Brantley, died December 6, 1981, at his residence. Funeral services were held Dec. 8, at 11 p.m. from Turner’s Chapel with Rev. Frank Hyles officiating. Burial was in Mt Cemetery with Turner’s Funeral Home directing.

Mr. Nichols is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sally O. Nichols, Brantley, one son, Chad Nichols, Troy, 7 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.

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Nichols, Euthal

Thee Daily News Telegram

Sulphur Springs, Texas

August 25, 1926.

NICHOLS, Euthal - died suddenly at his home near Yantis, Texas, August 19, 1926. He had been in bad health for some time, but his parents had been led to believe that his health was improving until the end came. He was born November 14, 1909 and joined the Baptist Church at the age of 15. Funeral services were held at Yantis by Rev. Ed Fulmer, and was laid to rest at that place. He is survived by his father and his mother, Mr. and Mrs. Will Nichols, and three brothers and sisters.

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Nichols, Infant Daughter

The Luverne Enterprise

June 20, 1890

NICHOLS- The death of the "little burnt girl". She was the daughter of Mr. William Nichols of Mt. Ida. The sad occurrence happened several weeks ago and the little sufferer has had the best attention, medical and otherwise. She died Tuesday night.

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Nichols, Issac Monroe

The Luverne Journal

Luverne, Alabama

December 1981

NICHOLS- Ike M. Nichols; passed away after a long spell of sickness, died at his daughters, Mrs. Sam Anderson on last Thursday. His remains were laid await at New Harmony.

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Nichols, Mrs. James Annie (Jimmy)Sanders

Montgomery Advertiser

Montgomery, Alabama

January 25, 1967


Nichols, Mrs. James Annie (Jimmy), 80, died in Crenshaw County Hospital Tuesday. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. from the Mt. Ida Methodist Church with the Rev. charles simmons officiating. Burial will be in the Methodist Church cemetery with Turner’s Funeral Home directing. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Abbie Ruth Compton, Montgomery; Mrs. Benonia Sasser, Brantley, a son, James Tharon Nichols, Brantley; a sister, Celestia Butler, Glenwood; five grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.

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Nichols, James Griffin

Newspaper Unknown

March 21, 1957

Aircrash in the Pacific

JAMES GRIFFIN NICHOLS: James enlisted in the United States Air Force in the mid 1950s. He was on board a USAF MATS transport en route from Travis Air Force Base in California to Tachakawa Air Force Base in Japan when it crashed into the Pacific killing all aboard. The aircraft, as well as any of the bodies, were never found.

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Nichols, Job Frances


April 10, 1915

J. F. Nichols,
commonly known as and called Job Nichols, passed away at his home in Beat 9, this county, on March 28, 1915. His remains were interred at Spring Hill at Mt. Ida Cemetery. He left surviving his wife, Mrs. Lula Nichols, one son, Ethel Nichols, three daughters, Mrs, Harmon turner, Mrs. Marvin turner, and Merlis Nichols. He left surviving three brothers, William, George, and Ab Nichols. Three sisters, Mrs. Will Saunders, Mrs. will Nichols and Mrs. Lula Taylor.

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Nichols, Joel, Jr.


MARCH 27, 1912

Joel NICHOLS, Jr.- On Sunday night 18th about 11 o'clock, Mrs. Nichols heard her husband make some noise she did not understand and got up and striking a light found that her husband, J. L. Nichols had just died. J. L. was known to his neighbors as Fate. He was born December 06, 1858 and died March 18, 1912. He had been well with the exception of a cold having taken diner away from home that day. No doubt his death was the result of apoplexy or a paralytic stroke, but the News has not heard what the physicians said about it. Deceased had been a father all his life, was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church and the Masonic Fraternity. He leaves surviving his widow and several children. His remains were interred at the Mt. Ida Cemetery on Tuesday by Mt. Ida Lodge. Fate Nichols, the deceased, was a good man and citizen and did the right as any honest Christian. Rev. H. D. Wilson officiating. He was a member of the Spring Hill Baptist Church.

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Nichols, Kichen Ellis & son, Oscar

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A Father and his Son go to a Watery Death in Conecuh

Kichen Ellis and Oscar Nichols: A very sad occurrence took place about five miles from town on Sunday morning last. Mr. Ellis Nichols and an old respected citizen of this county, who lives on the plantation of Mr. Joel D. Murpree, on the conecuh river, accompanied by his son-in-law, Mr. Thomas Meadows and three of his sons went to the river to bathe after a week's work in the dusty farm. The place selected was a shallow sand bar adjoining a whole of some ten feet in depth/ Neither Mr. Nichols or Meadows were expert swimmers, and the boys could not swim at all. He instructed them to stay where the water was shallow while he and his son-in-law ventured where it was deeper. By the force of the current or other means one of the little boys, Oscar Nichols, got beyond his depth and was drowning when discovered by his father. Mr. Meadows immediately came to the rescue and was clinched by the drowning boy in such a manner as to be unable to swim out. At this crises, Mr. Nichols swam up to assist and was grasped by his son who released Mr. Meadows who in turn made his way to shallow water in a thoroughly exhausted condition Upon reaching a foot hold he turned to see the old man and his child, clasped in a deaths embrace, rise for the last time. He procured a pole and hurried out a log near where they sank with the vain hope that they might rise again, but they were gone forever. Neighbors were notified and after an hour or more the bodies were recovered and carried home to the heartbroken family who saw them go away a few hours before in perfect health. On Monday they were buried at Good Hope where Mr. Nichols had held membership.

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Nichols, Lillian McLendon


Lillian L. McLendon, Died February 19, 1906 Aged 27 Years, 3 Months, 21 Days

Wife of Payton Nichols. "My wife's last words to me, Sweetheart, meet me in Heaven. We will be happier there than here". Our babe, Matson Jeptha sleeps in the grave with his mother

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Nichols , Mary Augusta Owens

The Crenshaw County Critic

August 27, 1903.

Mary Augusta Nichols; a daughter of Evans Owens. She was born in Montgomery County, Alabama, May 10, 1844. In the year 1858 she moved into the western portion of Pike County, now Crenshaw. She married Issac M. Nichols August 30, 1865, by Elder R. T. Webb. She received a sweet hope in Christ in the year 1870. She joined the Primitive Baptist Church in Darien, Crenshaw County and was baptized July 24, 1898. She was the mother of seven children. She died august 20, 1903. She was laid to rest in New Harmony Cemetery.

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Nichols, Mrs. Mary Ticer

Montgomery Advertiser

Montgomery, Alabama

August 22, 1999

Nichols, Mrs. Mary Ticer, 66, a resident of Brantley, AL., died Saturday, August 21, 1999 in the Crenshaw Baptist Hospital, Luverne, AL. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Monday from the Mt. Ida Methodist Church with Reverend Doc Kirby and Reverend Wayne Dean officiating. Interment will follow in the Church Cemetery with Turner Funeral home of Luverne directing. Survivors include one sister, Miss Geraldine Ticer, one sister-in-law, Mrs. A. B. Sasser, both of Brantley, AL; and a number of nieces and nephews. The body will ly in state at the church for about 30 minutes prior to service time. Active pallbearers will be Jerry Walker, Dr. S. P. Walker, Dauldon Barrow, Tommy Everage, Robert Peek, and Edwin Mitchell.

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Nichols, Mosella Gertrude


August 11, 1921

Mrs. Mosella Nichols, widow of Eli Nichols, died on Monday last of blood poison at the home of her son, Ab Nichols. Her remains were interred at Mt. Ida Monday following her death. She left surviving one daughter, Mrs. William Sasser, and two sons, Ab and Marvin Nichols. Deceased was 70 years old and had spent practically all her life in the county. She was a member of the Baptist Church.

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Nichols, Sarah Daphene

Newspaper Unknown

February 1996

Nichols, Mrs. Sarah Daphene, 65, a resident of 317 Botts Ave, Troy, AL, died Sunday, February 11, 1996, at her home. Following an extended illness. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 13, 1996, at 11:00 a.m. from Park Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Steve roscoe officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Ida Cemetery, near Brantley with Skeen Funeral Home directing. The body will lie-in-state, at the church, one hour prior to services. Survivors include six children, Buff Nichols, Troy, AL, Lynn Stewart, Pensacola, FL, Don Nichols, Pensacola, FL, Helen Knight, Daleville, AL, Jeff Nichols and Greg Nichols, both of Pensacola; thirteen grandchildren, two great grandchildren; four sisters, Bonnie walters, Montgomery, AL, Nell Hackney, Eclectic, AL, Marge Gray, Montgomery, AL, and Nina Wiggins, Davenport, AL, one brother, Henry Clayton Jackson, Kenosha, WI, one aunt, Inez Wallace, Troy, AL; several neices and nephews. Mrs. Nichols was proceeded in her death by her husband, Chad Nichols, who died January 22, 1996; her parents, henry Walter and Ruth Rebecca Wallace Jackson; and three brothers, Lamon Jackson, M. G. Jackson and Maxwell Jackson. Mrs. Nichols was a member of the Park United Methodist Church. Pallbearers will be gransons and nephews. Visitation will be held on Monday, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at skeen funeral home. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made in Mrs. Nichols name, to the American Cancer society, c/o Mary Hiler, 206 Lamar St., Troy, AL 36081.

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 Nichols, Susan Elizabeth Wellmaker

The Luverne Journal

Luverne, Alabama June 17, 1897

Susan Elizabeth Nichols: In memory of Susan E. Nichols who was born in Georgia Aug 25, 1834 married to Brother Joel Nichols Jan 27, 1851. She departed this life April 23, 1897. On the evening of the 26th of April in Mt. Ida Cemetery. Surrounded by a host of friends and relatives, her remains were laid to rest to await the coming of our Lord when she will together with all the saints of the earth receive a glorious resurrection of the body.

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Nichols, William Henry Harrison



In Loving Remembrance - W. H. H. Nichols Born March 18, 1841 - Died April 30, 1883 Call not back the dear departed Anchored safe where storms are (?)On the border land we left him Sworn to meet and part by morn
When we leave this world of (?) We shall find our (?)In our loved ones father fair.

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Quirk, Lizzie T.

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Lizzie T. Quirk, age 95, formerly of Calhoun died at 11:30 p.m. Monday, January 11, 1988 at Owensboro-Daviess County Hospital. She was born November 24, 1892 in McLean county, KY and was a member of the Antioch Presbyterian Church. Her husband, Alex Quirk, died June 9, 1960. Survivors include three sons, James A. Quirk, of Evansville, IN, John B. Quirk of Owensboro and Virgin Quirk of Saint Marys, PA; 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. 

Services will be held today at 10 a.m. at Muster Funeral Home, Calhoun, with Rev. William Walton, pastor of Antioch Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will be in Calhoun Cemetery.

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Sasser, Infant

The Rutledge Wave

April 29,1891

SASSER-The little child of Bird Sasser in Beat 8,died last week.

Sasser, G. P.

The Rutledge Wave

March 25,1891

Mr. G. P. Sasser, son of Mr.Jesse Sasser of near Dozier in Crenshaw Co. died of Lagrippe recently.He was 20 years of age and was highly respected by all who knew him.

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Shackelford, Edna M.

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Edna M. Shackelford was born August 27, 1900, near Ladoga, Indiana and spent her entire childhood in that vicinity, attending the Ladoga schools, graduating from that highschool with the class of 1919. After graduation she attended the Crawfordsville Business College. She was employed at the Coppage and Swearingen Abstract office for one year, from there she went to the Farmer's Merchants and Clements Trust Company, where she remained until shortly over a year ago, when she went to California, hoping the change of climate might bring her back to good health.

She returned to her father's home in December and remained there until she passed away on February 25, 1925. She leaves several relatives amd many friends to mourn for her among whom are her father and stepmother, two brothers, Paul of Delano, California and George of Ladoga, one step-brother, Paul Cheshire, of Saginaw, Michigan and three nieces. Her mother, Anna Shackelford preceded her in death about twenty years ago.

Edna was a girl with a cherry smile and a happy word. Her friends were all those whom she met, even during her illness she made no complaint of the hard lot she was having to bear.

While in Crawfordsville, Edna joined the First Christain Church and was a faithful member of the Willing Workers Sunday School Class of that church. Edna spent the few short years of her life in bringing sunshine into the lives of those around her and all her friends feel as the poet did who composed this poem.

"None who knew her can believe her dead,

Though should she die, they deem it well might be.

Her spirit took it's everlasting flight,

In Winter's glory, by the sunset sea:

That onward, through the Golden Gate it fled;

Ah, where that bright soul is, night cannot be:

The funeral was held at the home Friday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock. The Reverand S.G. Smith, of Ladoga Christain Church conducted the services. A quartette composed of Mrs. Lee Brookshire, Miss Clara Robbins, Rev. S.G. Smith and Mark Shackelford sang "In The Garden".

Paul bearers were Warren Britts, Clay Britts, Homer Damewood, Tollie Sutherlin, Virgil Sutherlin, and William White. Flower bearers were Grace Lauthers, Mable Dickerson, Pearl Mahorney, Loia Peacock, Mayme Fouist, Leona Young and Bertha White.

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Shackelford, Harry Mark

 Indiana Unversity Alumni Magazine, 1982

Harry Mark Shackelford, AB 1917 an Indiana University distinguished alumni service award (DASA) winner, died August 19 at the age of 87 in Danville, Indiana. Shackelford began a career with John-Mansville Sales Corporation, New York City, in 1925 after a successful few years in show business on Broadway, and in radio. He retired from John-Mansville in 1956 as Vice President, after 29 years in which he was instrumental in the development of merchandizing in the building industry. He was honored as a DASA recipient in 1959. Survivors include his widow, the former Lucy Shattuck, class of 1918, and a son.

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Shackelford, Hugh B.

Newspaper Unknown

Hugh B. Shackelford of Ripley passed away at the local hospital last Friday night. He had been a patient there for about two weeks. He had been in declining health for several months. He was 65 years of age last September.

He was the youngest member of the large family reared by the late Mr. and Mrs. Joe J. Shackelford of the Mitchell community. The Shackelford family were pioneers of Tippah County and contributed much to its progress. Hugh had been a successful farmer near Ripley and did much for his community in every way. He was a devoted member of the church and was honorable and upright in all his dealings and had many friends who deeply regret to learn of his death. He was an uncle of Dr. W. H. and W. G. Anderson.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lessie Morgan Shackelford and two daughters, Miss Willard of Ripley and Mrs. Lake Long of Ripley and three sons, Pvt. Eugene who is located at Gulfport in the airfield service, Pvt. Carl of Fort Monroe, VA., and Wayne of Ripley and one brother, James W. Shackelford of Myrtle and many other relatives.

Funeral and burial services were held at Shady Grove Church, west of Ripley Sunday afternoon. A large number of friends attended the services as tributes of love and respect.

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Shackelford, James Knox

Newspaper Unknown

James Knox Shackelford: Again we are called upon to mourn the loss of one of our oldest and most highly respected citizens. Mr. James Knox Shackelford has been suffering at times for several years with heart trouble. About seven years ago the trouble became so serious and his condition so critical that he has been confined to his bed and under medical care with friends and loved ones daily expecting to hear of his passing.

Wednesday afternoon, August 13th the end of the struggle came. The deceased was born in Roachdale, Indiana, May 30, 1865. The family moved to this vicinity something like 25 years ago. A few years later he sold his interests here and for a few years lived in other states, but came back to this section in 1910. Since that time he has continued his residence here.

He was a conscientious Christain gentleman, being a member of the Baptist church and a member of the board of Deacons of that organization. Those of the immediaate family surviving him are the widow and four children and four grand children. The children are Claude James and John Earl, Mrs. J.L. Bowen and Miss Florence Shackelford, all of this city.

The funeral services were conducted from the Baptist church Thursday at 4:00 pm with the Reverand Orrick officiating, and the remains interred at the O.D.H.S. Cemetery.

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Shackelford, James Mordecai

Shackelford Clan Magazine

March 1952 Vol. 7. No. 11


Mr James Mordecai Shackelford - "We have a report of the death of Mr James Mordecai Shackelford, of Tampa, Fla., age sixty years, but our correspondent failed to show the date of his death. James Mordecai Shackelford was born the son of Mr and Mrs William Alexander and Isabell Victoria Sharp-Shackelford, of Carrolton, Ga., February 3, 1888. So if he died when he was sixty three years of age he died some three or four years ago, although the report has just reached us. He is survived by his mother, three brothers and three sisters, and several nephews and nieces and a host of other relatives too numerous to mention."

It is unknown by me if James were James Mordecai Shackelford was laid to rest. I have not been able to find his tombstone in Carroll County, Georgia where his parents and other relatives are burried. It is likely that he was burried somewhere in the Tampa, Florida area.

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Shackelford, Jennie Spring Edwards

Newspaper Unknown

"Ms. Jennie Shackelford, age twenty seven years, wife of Henry Patrick Shackelford of Atlanta and grand daughter of William Edwards, died at her home in Isle of Wright, Liberty County, Georgia on November 01, 1879."

Jennie Spring Edwards was a daughter of Josephus Berry Edwards and Harriett Bruce

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Shackelford, Mary Alice Nichols 

Montgomery Advertiser

Montgomery, Alabama

September 15, 1953

SHACKELFORD, Mary Alice, 63, died at Troy Hospital Monday night. Surviving are two children, Zeddie Shackleford and Mrs. Vera Chance, both of Brantley; five grandchildren. Funeral services will be held today at 10:00 A.M. from Spring Hill Church. Burial will be in Smith Chapel Cemetery, with Turner's funeral in charge.

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 Shackelford, Mrs. Sarah (Sallie) Nall

Elizabethtown News

 June 29, 1900

Mrs. Sallie Nall Shackelford died at the home of her neice, Mrs. Lizzie Showers, in this city Monday night after an illness of about 12 days with flux. The deceased was one hundred and one years, eight months and one day old when she died. Mrs. Shackelford was born in Nelson County, Kentucky October 25, 1798 and was a daughter of William Nall who moved to Kentucky from Virginia. She joined the Baptist Church when she was 17 years old. In 1833 she was happily married to John Shackelford. She had no children of her own but devotedly trained up 4 step-children, one of whom, Miss Eliza Shackelford when 19 years old married William Pope Yeaman; who afterwards became a great Baptist preacher and leader in Kentucky and Missouri.

The above statement from the Elizabethtown News list the marriage date of John and Sarah as 1833, however their marriage bond clearly list their marriage date as June 28, 1838.

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Shackelford,Stephen A.

The Christain Index, 1880-1899

Georgia Baptist Historical Society Depository, page 207:

"Stephen A. Shackelford, born March 16, 1846, a son of Thomas and Martha Shackelford, died at the age of fifty two years on July 22, 1898."

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Shackelford, Thomas Jefferson & Rhoda Ellen (Sister)

Newspaper Unknown

Thomas Jefferson Shackelford passes away Tuesday near New Maysville.

Roachdale, March 28: Thomas Jefferson Shackelford, age 77, life long resident of Montgomery and Putnam Counties, died at the home of Robert Johnson, near New Maysville, south of Roachdale, at 8:30 o'clock, Tuesday night.

Mr. Shackelford, the son of John W and Louisa Allnutt Shackelford, was born in Montgomery county, near Ladoga, October 02, 1867. He married in November, 1891, to Rhoda Ellen Riggle. She passed away July 04, 1938.

Mr. Shackelford, retired for some years, had been a farmer for many years, in both Montgomery and Putnam counties. The foster daughter, Mrs. George Fitzsimmons of near Maysville, and a brother, Daniel V. Shackelford, survive.

Mr. Shackelford was a member of the Baptist Church, at New Maysville, where servicces in his memory will be conduucted at two o'clock, Thursday afternoon. The body will lie in state one hour before the funeral service. Until taken to the church the body will remain at the Chastain funeral home.

Rhoda Ellen Shackelford, 63, his sister, who had been seriously ill since a week ago today when she suffered a stroke of paralysis died at 11:30 o'clock Sunday night, just 26 hours later. Mr. Riggle had spent the latter portion of Saturday afternoon at his sister's home, leaving at about 6:00 p.m. when he complained to other relatives of not feeling well. Mrs. Shackelford was unconscious and never learned of her brother's death.

Born in Putnam County, Indiana June 07, 1874, Mr Riggle was the son of Spencer and Elizabeth Stewart Riggle. Mrs Shackelford was born in Putnam County, January 21, 1875. On September 05, 1908, Mr Riggle married Pearl Skelton. Mrs Shackelford was married to Thomas Shackelford, who survives, on November 05, 1890.

They are survived by four brothers, George Riggle near Ladoga; Moses Riggle, near Roachdale, Noah Riggle, Miami, Florida and Henry Riggle, Danville, Indiana and three sisters, Mrs Mary Young Bainbridge; Mrs A. Openchain, near Roachdale and Mrs Susie Perkins, Near Winchester. Mr Riggle is also survived by three sons, Clayton B Riggle, Baton Rouge, LA, Marvin H Riggle, Port Arthur, Texas and Joe S Riggle, at home and two daughters, Mrs Mary A Secrift and Miss Catherine Jeanette Riggle, at home.

Funeral services will be held at 10 o'clock Wednesday morning for Mrs Shackelford at the family home where she expired. Friends may pay their respect there all day Tuesday. Interment will be made in New Maysville Cemetery. Last rites for Mr Riggle will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Chastain funeral home in Roachdale with Reverand C.L. Airhart officiating. Friends may call at the family residence Tuesday or at the funeral home one hour preceding the services.

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Shackelford, Viola McKinnon

Newspaper Unknown

Mrs. Viola McKinnon Shackelford, age 83, died in the Tippah County Hospital Sunday morning.

The funeral service was held at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church Monday afternoon at two o'clock, with Rev. L. E. Horton in charge, assisted by Rev. Edd McCafferty. Burial was in the Payne's Chapel cemetery with McBride Funeral Home in charge.

Mrs. Shackelford was a native of Alcorn County, a daughter of the late Charley McKinnon and Mrs. Margaret Jones McKinnon. She was married to J. J. Shackelford of the Mitchell community, who died in 1937. She was a Baptist.

Surviving are two sons: J. C. Shackelford, of Ripley; and Hollis Shackelford, of Ripley; two step-sons: Payne Shackelford, of Ripley; and Wilmer Shackelford, of Dumas; two daughters, Mrs. Valca Tomlinson, of Dillingham,Alaska; and Mrs. Opha Lee Bartlett, of Booneville; and two brothers, DeWitt McKinnon, of Tipley; and Dan McKinnon, of Kossuth. Also surviving are 18 grandchildren and 17 great-gradnchildren. The following served as pallbearer: Lynwood Shackelford, Pascal Shackelford, T. W. Shackelford, Jr., James Shackelford, Horace Shackelford, Wayne Carter and Max Barkley.

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Shackelford, William Osborn

The Shackelford Clan Magazine

April 1954. Vol. 9. No. 12.

William Osborn Shackelford, was born the son of Mr and Mrs George Robert Shackelford, in Horatio, Ark, May 6, 1927, and was accidentally killed in a tragic automobile mis-hap near Texarkana, Texas, February, 11, 1954, while en-route to the Day-Zimmerman, Inc, Plant, where he had been employed for several years.

Survivors include his wife -- Mrs Mary E. Shackelford, his parents -- Mr and Mrs George Robert Shackelford, of Texarkana, Ark., five brothers, one sister, and a host of other relatives. He was a descendant of John Shackelford, who died in Shelby County, Ky., in 1819; and his wife -- Anne.

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Shackelford, William Otis

The Shackelford Clan Magazine

April 1955. Vol. 10. No. 12.

William Otis Shackelford, born July 9, 1954. son of Mr. and Mrs. William Osborn Shackelford, also of Texarkana. William Osborn Shackelford, was recently killed in an automobile accident.

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Shackleford, Christopher Lane 

Marietta Daily Journal

July, 2000

Mr. Christopher Lane Shackleford, 19, of Woodstock died Saturday, July 29, 2000. Chris was a 1999 graduate of Woodstock High School where he was a Thespian and in the Show Choir. He was currently studying film at Georgia State University. Chris enjoyed writing, the arts, and was a film buff.

He is survived by his parents, Kenny and Cindy Shackleford, Woodstock; brother, Rusty (Jessica) Shackleford, Acworth, grandmothers, Mary Lu Ash, Tallassee, AL; Ava Naomi Shackleford, Brantley, AL.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 31, 2000, in the Reece Memorial Chapel of the Woodstock Funeral Home with Pastor Darren Boyd officiating. Interment, Rolling Hills Memory Gardens.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to MADD, 133 Carnegie Way, NW, Atlanta, GA., 30343. Woodstock Funeral Home, 8855 Main St. (770) 926-3107

Note: In second paragraph are the following errors. Rusty is Kendrick Shackleford II, Rusty is a nickname and Jessica is his wife. Ava Naomi Shackleford is Eva.

Atlanta Journal – Constitution

July 30, 2000

Christopher Lane Shackleford dies in Auto Accident

Chris L. Shackleford died at 1:15am, Saturday, July 29, 2000, in a car accident caused by a drunk driver on Sandtown Road in Cobb County, which is just northwest of Atlanta, Georgia. He was 19 years old. Julieanne Pascoe, 18, a friend of Chris', also died shortly after the accident in a local hospital.

Matthew Hunt, 24, and Michelle "Kelli" Bourgeois, 19, were both severely injured.
Kelli died late Wednesday night from injuries sustained in the accident.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ran this article about Kelli, Matt, and some more details on the accident, on Thursday morning.

Tests found that the drunk driver, who is 20 years old, had a blood-alcohol level of .178 just after the crash, which is more than double the legal limit in Georgia (.08). He did not have a valid drivers license or insurance. The AJC printed this on Wednesday, August 2nd. He has been charged with three counts of vehicular homicide, DUI, assault, and several other charges, which are detailed in this article published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. On August 25, the Cobb County police department charged a waitress that served the drunk driver.

Chris was a friend of many, and was a very active member of the online community, in many different chat systems and message boards. Since many first met Chris online, we felt that an online tribute was needed. This site was named '' in honor of one of the nicknames that Chris used in the chat rooms, because of his love for film and movies. Chris was a freshman at Georgia State University, majoring in film studies. He was also a very talented writer, and enjoyed sharing his works with others.
The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, those wishing to offer a memorium, please do so by making a donation to S.T.O.P, Inc. (Saving The Other Person). For more information please visit

From Chris’ Memorial Website

Chris was working on a feature-length movie script, and was almost finished when the accident occurred. His friends and his family are committed to seeing the movie produced. Efforts will begin soon to make this happen. We will share the details on this website when we have them. If you have the knowledge or resources to help with this endeavor, please let us know by emailing

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Shackleford, Iry Zeddie 

Montgomery Advertiser

Montgomery, Alabama,

December 05, 1988

Shackleford, Iry Zeddie, 81, a resident of Brantley, AL., died December 04, 1988. funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2:00 P. M. in Brantley Baptist Church with Reverend Ralph Avery and Reverend Neal Jackson officiating. Burial will be in the Brantley Cemetery with turner's Funeral Home directing. Survivors include his wife, Naomi Dean-Shackleford, Brantley, AL., and four children. Mrs. Mary Glenn of Brantley, Mrs. Faye Tidwell of Prattville, AL., Mr. Kendrick Shackleford of Acworth, Georgia and Mr. Donnie Shackleford of Montgomery, AL. , and eight grandchildren. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to services. Visitations will be from Turner's funeral home from 6-8:00 P. M. Monday.

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Sloan, America White Shackelford

Newspaper Unknown

America White Shackelford-Sloan; Death at ninety-one years: 1811-1902: Sunday morning at 10 o'clock, at her home on North Main Street, occurred the death of Mrs. America White Shackelford-Sloan, after an illness of almost eight months duration.

Mrs. Sloan was born in Shelby County, Kentucky on December 15, 1811. She was married to Harvey Sloan in 1831, and this union was blesses with a happy life of almost half a century, Mr Sloan dying October 13, 1874. In 1835 with her husband she left her girlhood home and came to Franklin. They located on the lot at the southwest corner of North Main and West Madison streets and had lived there continously since that time. Mr Sloan purchased nearly all the ground lying between Main Street and the Big Four railway and as far south as Jefferson Street. The old homestead was purchased from George King, who in turn purchased it direct from the government, and it is without doubt the only lot in Franklin that has changed ownership but once. Here eleven children were born and of this number but four survive the parents. They are James W. Sloan and Mrs. E. J. Overbay of this city, Charles Sloan of Indianapolis, and John C. Sloan of Worthington.

Mrs. Sloan, or "Grandma Sloan" as she was affectionately called, has been a constant sufferer since March 1st, but through this long illness she has been kind and patient. Her physician, Dr. P.W. Payne, in speaking of her, said her memory was remarkable for one her age. She was posted on all subjects of general interest and was a most entertaining conversationalist. Of her truly it can be said "that to know was to love" and her friends were numbered amongst both young and old.

As the church bells were calling the people to morning worship she was aroused by the sound and realized their meaning with pleasure. A light seemed to break in upon her and while she was bidding her loved ones farewell the end which she had long expected but never feared, came.

The funeral will be held from the home Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock, conducted by Dr. L.P. Marshall of the Presbyterian church, of which congreration she was a life long member. The burial will be under the direction of E.G. Barnhizer, In Greenlawn.

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Stiles, Florence Morgan

Owensboro Messenger

Sunday July 26, 1964

Mrs. Florence Stiles, of Calhoun, died at 4:45 PM Saturday at the McLean County General Hospital after a short illness. She was born in McLean County December 13, 1880 and lived her life here. She was the widow of Clifton Stiles and was a member of the Calhoun Baptist Church. Surviving are two sons, Elvis Stiles of Route 2, Calhoun and David Stiles of Owensboro, one daughter, Mrs. Richard E. Lowery of Owensboro, seven grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren. Services will be held at 2 PM Monday at the Muster Funeral Home, with burial at the Calhoun Cemetery. The body is at the funeral home.

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Taylor, Jack Spalding 

McLean County, Kentucky News

September 1977 

Jack Spalding Taylor, 50, of Calhoun died Sunday at McLean County Hospital, Calhoun. He was born in Louisville and was a member of Richland Baptist Church and the Calhoun Lions Club.Taylor had been the McLean County agent for Farm Bureau Insurance Co. for the past 18 years. Survivors include his wife, Betty Poiles Taylor, two sons, Dale Taylor of Utica and Glen Taylor of Calhoun, and a brother, Ben W. Taylor of Calhoun. Services were held 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 4, at Richland Baptist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery. Muster Funeral Home in Calhoun handled the arrangements.

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Johnson, Zilpah Mayne

The Messenger and Inquirer


Mrs. Zilpah Mayne Taylor, 96, of Professional Care Home, Hartford, Kentucky died there Tuesday, October 23, 1990. She was born in McLean County and was a member of Buenea Vista Baptist Church. Her husband, Edward Watson "Wat" Taylor, died December 14, 1950. She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Ruth Howley of Akron, Ohio: a niece-in-law Margie Austin of Owensboro; and several nephews, including Vernon Austin of Island and Bill Shacklett of Talmadge, Ohio. Services are at 1:00PM Thursday at James H. Davis Funeral Home. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery in Owensboro. Visitation from 4-8 PM today and after 9:00 AM Thursday at the funeral home.

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VanCleve, Bertie 

Newspaper Unknown 

Bert A. VanCleve, age 84, died at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23 at his home on Route 2, Calhoun. Born April 16, 1892 in McLean County, he was a member and elder of Antioch Presbyterian Church. 

Survivors include his wife, Lucy Johnson VanCleve; one daughter, Mrs. Virginia Fernandez, Puerto Rico; two sons, John VanCleve, Brownsville and Tom VanCleve, Route 2, Calhoun; 14 grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25 from the Muster Funeral Home, Calhoun, with the Rev. William G. Walton, pastor of the Antioch Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial was in the Calhoun Cemetery.

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VanCleve, Lucy Spalding Johnson 

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Lucy J. VanCleve, 95, of 216 Jim Porter Road, Calhoun, died Wednesday, August 31, 1994 at Mercy Hospital in Owensboro. She was born June 5, 1899, in McLean County, was a homemaker, had been a schoolteacher in the McLean County system for 12 years and was a charter member of the McLean County Homemakers Club. She was a 70-year member of Antioch Presbyterian Church in McLean County and had been secretary, treasurer and a Sunday school teacher at the church. Her husband, Bert A. VanCleve, died Feb. 23, 1977. 

Survivors include two sons, John H. VanCleve of Brownsville and Bert "Tom" VanCleve of Calhoun; a daughter, Virginia VanCleve DeFernandez of San German, Puerto Rico; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Jack C. Johnson of Calhoun. 

Services were held Friday at Muster Funeral Home, Calhoun Chapel with Rev. William Walton, Pastor of Antioch Presbyterian Church, and Rev. Ken Vick, pastor of Smith's Grove Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial was in Calhoun Cemetery. The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to the Antioch Presby-terian Church Cemetery Fund. Memorial contribution envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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Waters, James Lavender

Burial Notice Sulphur Springs, Texas No. 5585

Name...... James L. Waters Residence..... 210 S. Moore St. – City

Date of Birth...... July 29, 1870 Place of Birth......Jack County, Texas

Date of Death..... June 06, 1948 3:20 P. M. Place of Death... Home, Moore St.

Age..... 77 Year 11 Months 7 Days Length of Residence... 3 years

Remarks..... Moved to Hopkins County – 4 miles West Dike 1899 Moved to Bristooe County – 1923 (wheat farmer) Moved to Sulphur Springs – 1943

Cause of Death (This area is left blank)

Father......... James M. Waters Place of Birth........................................

Mother (Maiden)..............Menerva Humphries............Place of Birth

Date Married...............August 10, 1890 Place......................................

Who Married...............Mrs. Sarah Giddens Waters

Member of Church......Baptist, Independence Member of Lodge Funeral Services Where............Tapp Funeral Home Date..........June 08, 1948 Time..........2:00 P. M. Pastors Conducting Services.......Tom McCain, Brother Adis Ross Place of Burial..........City Doctor........N. B. Gafford Services ordered by whom...................................................................... Survived by......Wife; Mrs. J. L. Waters... 4 children; Mrs. P. E. Kolb, Rt. 4, City.......................... Roy Waters, Commerce, Texas / Jesse Lee Waters, Dike, Texas.......................... Mrs. Dee Causey, Fort Worth, Texas, 3415 Ave. E ...........................3 step children; J. F. Waters, 4122 S. Moulton, Greenville, Texas...........................Mrs. C. L. Crump, 2123 Clinton, Fort Worth, Texas / Jno H. ...........................Waters, 834 E. Arlington St. Fort Worth, Texas........................... 31 Grand Children / 32 Great Grand Children / 8 Great Great Grandchildren


JAMES L. Waters was a member of the Independence Baptist Church. Funeral Services were conducted by the Tapp Funeral Home in Hokins County, Texas, on November 05, 1948 at 2:00 P.M. Pastor conducting, Tom McCain. Doctor listed as N. B. Gaflord. He was survived by his wife, Mrs. J. L. Waters, 4 children; Ray Waters, Jesse Lee Waters, Mrs. Spurgeon Causey, Mrs. Phynes Kolb; 3 step-children; J. F. Waters, Mrs. C. L. Crump, Jno H. Waters, 31 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, 8 great great grandchildren.


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Waters, Mrs. Sarah Virginia Giddens

Newspaper Unknown


Sarah Virginia Giddons-Waters was a member of the Independence Baptist Church. Funeral Services were conducted by the Tapp Funeral Home in Hokins County, Texas, on November 05, 1948 at 2:00 P.M. Doctor listed as N. B. Gaflord. She was survived by 7 children; Jno H. Waters, Ray Waters, Jesse Lee Waters, Mrs. C. L. Crump, Mrs. Spurgeon Causey, Mrs. Phynes Kolb; 32 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, 8 great great grandchildren.

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