Some Marriage and Death Notices
from the DeSoto Times-Promoter
1925


Extracted by Tim Harrison

Former County Resident Dead.  (February 5, 1925)

Mrs. Ella Manley, who resided for some time at Nesbitt several years ago, died Sunday at her home in Memphis.
The immediate cause of her death was pneumonia, but she had suffered for some time from a partial paralysis.  She was 74 years old.  The deceased was the mother of Mrs. Marye M. Counts, of near Lake Cormorant.
Burial services were held Monday at the Hinds Chapel cemetery, west of Horn Lake.

Days Dots.  (February 5, 1925)  [Death of Mrs. Manley]

Mrs. Manley, mother of Mrs. Whyte Counts, was buried at Hinds Chapel cemetery Monday, having died at her home Sunday morning.

Worthmore Notes.  (February 5, 1925) [Death of R. S. Stone]

Our community is saddened by losing one of our oldest citizens, Mr. R. S. Stone.  He died at home Saturday morning after a short illness.  He was a member of Bethel church and also one of the oldest elders of his church.  He was laid to rest in Bethel cemetery Monday morning at 11:30.  Rev. I. N. Yokley conducted the funeral services.  A large crowd of relatives and friends attended the funeral.
[Reuben S. Stone, 5 May 1844 - 1 Feb 1925, served in Co. H, 8th MS Cavalry and Co. L, 28th MS Cavalry, CSA]

Crockett Myers if Pneumonia Victim  (February 5, 1925)

A well-known negro resident of Hernando, Crockett Myers, died last Saturday at his home here.  He had been ill for several days from pneumonia.  His remains were given burial in the colored Baptist cemetery.
He was a good citizen and had many friends among members of both races.

Marriage License Issued.  (February 5, 1925)

License to marry was issued as follows during the past two weeks:
White—L. R. Smith and Miss Evie Josephine Gregory.  Claude Blakenship and Miss Bennie Cleveland.  Sanderson Porter and Miss Annie Spencer.  Charles A. Muir and Miss Susie M. Creeme.  C. C. Lane and Miss Willie Adams Black.  Wayne Cartwright and Miss Bessie Ashmore.  Jamie Castle and Miss Gladys Clayton.  P. H. Barker, Jr., and Miss Frances McDougal.  Vida Moore and Miss Lucy S. Arnold.  Eddie Stevenson and Miss Ludella Adkins.  Thelma D. Jenkins and Miss Rosa Lee.
Colored—Will Hall and Rivers Mathews.  Elijah White and Mamie Holland.  George Thomas and Addie Johnson.  Oscar Hancock and Rinkie Bradley.  John Johnson and Valda Boggan.  Rufus Johnson and Rhody Perkins.  Daniel Towner and Delia Ann Watson.  Claude Leonard and Terry Lee Smith.  Sammie Oliver and Nannie Robinson.

Young Man Shoots Self.  (April 9, 1925)

Vardaman Jenkins, a young man living with A. L. Brannon, manager of the Banks dairy south of Love, shot and killed himself Monday afternoon, using an automatic pistol.
Apparently no reason existed for the young man wishing to die.  So far as could be ascertained he had absolutely no cause for ending his life.  He had youth, strength, and health, and had not appeared in the least despondent.  During the morning hours he had been running a tractor, and at the noon hour he had eaten heartily as usual, and returned to work.  He stopped about three o’clock in the afternoon and went to a storage house near the residence.  The house was locked and he entered by drawing the staple from the door facing.  Mr. Joe Johnson, who was cutting wood near by, heard a pistol shot and called to Jenkins to know what was the matter.  He received some answer from Jenkins and turned again to his wood chopping.  Presently he heard another shot and went to investigate.  He called to Jenkins, who failed to answer.  Mr. Johnson entered the place and found Jenkins dead, his body inclining on some sacks of cotton seed.  His pistol lay by his side.
An investigation afterwards disclosed that Jenkins had fired one shot through the wall directly in front of him with the apparent intention of testing his gun.  The second shot had gone into his temple and through his head.
A coroner’s jury decided that the youth had come to his death from a self-inflicted pistol wound.
Jenkins was about twenty years of age, and was the son of Oscar and Lizzie Jenkins, former residents of Love Community, now living near Marianna, Ark.

Eudora News.  (April 9, 1925)

Mr. E. R. Sexton and Miss Ruth Cox were united in marriage yesterday evening, at 8 o’clock at the Claridge Hotel, Memphis.
Mr. Sexton, or Raymond as we know him being the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Sexton, many good things could be said of Raymond, he being one of our many excellent young men of sterling character and unquestioned integrity.
Miss Cox, the beautiful and accomplished daughter of Mr. Tom Cox and niece of ex-sheriff Mack Cox, of Tunica county, Miss Cox being a member of our school faculty this session and the writer having been in a position to know something of her school work and the esteem in which she is held by the principal and the other members of the caulty is much in her favor.
We wish for this happy couple many good things in life.

Girl Drowned at Lakeview.  (June 25, 1925)

Miss Catherine Burt, of Memphis, a General Hospital nurse, was drowned Tuesday night at Lakeview when the boat in which she sat with three companions was swamped beneath the waves.  The other occupants of the boat were rescued.
The body had not been recovered up to Wednesday afternoon.

W. G. Pritchard Dead.  (June 25, 1925)

Mr. W. G. Pritchard, of Seyppel, Ark., formerly of Coldwater, died last Friday at Baptist Hospital, Memphis.
Mr. Pritchard was a half brother of Mrs. G. C. Day, of this place, and was known to many people of DeSoto county.  For many years he engaged in planting on a large scale, operating plantations of several thousand acres.
[William Griffin Prichard, age 54, died June 19, 1925]

Old Negroes Die.  (June 25, 1925)

Alex Beecham and Calhoun Wolfe, two faithful old negroes of the Eudora neighborhood, died last week.  They were good citizens and were well liked by everybody.

Marriage License Issued.  (June 25, 1925)

License to marry has been issued as follows since Wednesday of last week:
White—Edgar Overton Flinn and Miss Mary Ellen Bennett, William Allen Jeffrey and Miss Clara Mai Johns, L. B. Scott and Miss Ruby Guy, Raymond Goldberg and Miss Raville Frank, R. J. Collins and Miss L. Wilma Chandler, Charles Herman Beard and Miss Viola Irene Terry.
Colored—Isaac Jenkins and Ruby McClelland, Jesse Williams and Clesta Campbell.

Personal and Local Notes.  (June 25, 1925)

Edward O. White, of Shreveport, La., was killed in an airplane accident at Montgomery, Ala.  He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. O. White of Memphis, his mother before her marriage being Miss Ida Slocomb, of DeSoto county.

Mineral Wells Notes.  (June 25, 1925)

Mr. Everett Flinn, one of our business men, was married to Miss Ellen Bennett, of Love, Sunday afternoon.  The wedding was solemnized at the home of the bride.  A great uncle, Rev. Thomas Jackson, of Russellville, Ky., officiated.  The bride was gowned in white crepe with pearl trimmings and wore a large picture hat.  She carried a shower bouquet of bride’s roses and lilies of the valley.  The bridesmaid, Miss Dorothy Chambley, was gowned in a pink dress with pink picture hat, and bore a shower bouquet of pink roses.  The groom was attended by his best man, Mr. Perry Moore, of Mineral Wells.  Mrs. Tom Chambley, of Love, and Miss Ruth Chambley, of Coldwater, sang “Love’s Old Sweet Song” and “At Dawning,” with Miss Chambley at the piano.  More than one hundred friends were present, including many from Hernando, Senatobia, Olive Branch, and other places...

Marriage License Issued.  (August 13, 1925)

License to marry has been issued as follows since Wednesday of last week:
White—Nicholas James Budnella and Miss Leda Leguerrier.  Columbus White and Miss Mattie Lee Flinn.  Herbert Pryor.  M. W. Gosnell and Miss Lucie McCulley.
Colored—Leeman Bolton and Bessie Johnson.  Chas. Elmore and Maggie Clanton.  John Henry Buford and Ethel Daniels.  Jim Mays and Mattie English.  Laddie Ellis and Eva Alexander.

Marriage License Issued.  (August 20, 1925)

License to marry has been issued as follows since Wednesday of last week:
White—Marcus W. Martin and Miss Lottie Trobaugh.  James M. Davis and Miss Allen S. Gross.  S. H. Drake and Miss Lula E. Jones.  Taylor Watterson and Miss Rachell Hill.  K. W. Kirby and Miss Opal Thomas.
Colored—James Dickson and Francis Marklin.  Orange Allen and Beulah Money.  Massie Jones and Gillie White.  Eddie Jackson and Little Davis.  Love Boone and Bessie Meriwether.  Green Valentine and Bertha Self.

Aged Lady Dies.  (September 3, 1925)

Mrs. Nancy King, one of the old residents of DeSoto county, died last Saturday forenoon about 10 o’clock at the home of her son, Mr. C. M. King.  She was the widow of Wm. King, who died about nineteen years ago, and was eighty years of age.
Mrs. King leaves four children, Messrs. C. M. and J. W. King, Mrs. Lula Bass and Mrs. Claude Acree.  She had twenty-five grandchildren who are still living, and fifteen great-grandchildren, none of them having died.
The burial took place Sunday at 11 o’clock at Center Hill church.  She was a good woman and leaves a great many friends.

Card of Thanks.  (September 3, 1925)

We wish to thank our many friends for their loving kindness and heartfelt sympathy, and the many florals, which were symbols of faith and hope in eternal life, in our bereavement, the loss of our dear mother.
C. M. King and Family.
Mrs. Lula Bass and Family.
Mrs. Claude Acree and Family.
J. W. King and Family.

Marriage License Issued.  (September 3, 1925)

License to marry has been issued as follows since Wednesday of last week:
White—Niles M. Ferguson and Miss Marguerite Bettingham.  L. E. McGroom and Miss Effie Lucile Smith.  Van Spears and Miss Lillian Compton.  G. B. Klyce and Miss Francis Cordell.  Wallace C. Mayberry and Miss Marguerite A. Turner.  Sam W. Muscarella and Miss Lady Anne McElroy.
Colored—Mack Dockery and Lilllian Brooks.  Richard Sprier and Miss Laura Lockhart.  Davie Harris and Francis Malone.  A. R. Washington and Mary Callicott.

Card of Thanks.  (September 17, 1925)

We wish to express our heartfelt thanks and deep gratitude to our many friends for their kindness and sympathy during the illness and death of our husband and father [William Bolton]; also for the many beautiful offerings.  We also thank our pastors, Revs. Wee... and Spencer, for their words of condolence.
Mrs. Kate Bolton, Wife;
Mrs. Dan Campbell,
Mrs. John Coats,
Mrs. Ouida Morton,
Will, Whit and Oliver,
                              Children.
[William Horace Bolton, 1859 – 1925]

Poplar Corner.  (September 17, 1925)

Mr. W. H. Bolton, of Horn Lake, was buried at the Cumberland church last Wednesday.  Mr. Bolton was one of the oldest citizens of DeSoto county; spent his life in the county, I think.  A large crowd attended the funeral.

Personal and Local Notes.  (September 17, 1925)

Mr. Earl Vaiden, of Tchula, Holmes county, formerly of Bright neighborhood, was married last Saturday night to Miss Ruth Ruby, one of Tchula’s fair young ladies.  The marriage took place at the home of the bride’s parents.  The couple went to Memphis for a short visit and spent Tuesday night here with Mr. Vaiden’s sister, Mrs. S. W. Eason.  Mr. Vaiden is engaged in the mercantile business in Tchula, being owner of the Vaiden Dry Goods Company.

Mrs. A. Y. Gillilspie Dead.  (September 17, 1925)

On September 10, after a lingering illness, Mrs. Sallie Coleman Gillispie, of Coldwater, passed away.  Mrs. Gillispie was the wife of A. Y. Gillispie, and the mother of two daughters and a young son of thirteen, a sister of Miss Lillie Coleman and niece of Mrs. D. McKenzie, of this place, all of whom survive her.
She was an active member in the Methodist church and especially interested in the Woman’s Missionary Society.
Interment took place in the Magnolia cemetery at Coldwater.

Shower for Bride-Elect.  (September 17, 1925)

A large number of guests enjoyed the novel shower given by Miss Willie Weissinger in honor of Miss Kathleen Wilkinson, whose marriage to Mr. James Clay will take place October 14.
Ribbons through the reception hall and parlor marked off the “Highway to Matrimony” which it was necessary for the bride-elect to travel in order to gather up the numerous packages containing the gifts of friends who participated in the kitchen shower.
The honoree was presented with a book containing the favorite recipe of each guest.
Advice to the bride-elect was given in entertaining sentences, the initial word of each beginning with a letter in the name of the writer.
The guests were served with punch on arriving by Miss Juanita Gaines, and a delicious iced course was served at the close of the afternoon.

Marriage License Issued.  (September 17, 1925)

License to marry has been issued as follows since Wednesday of last week:
White—E. P. Pritchard and Miss Esther Hood.  M. D. Caswell and Miss Mildred Head.  Harry Poley and Miss Lottie Rafferty.
Colored—Dee Walker and Velma Gray.  John Jones and Fannie Moss.  William Bradford and Fannie Randle.  Juan P. Cajandiz and Melba Moore.  John Henry Lewis and Ollie Pruitt.  Charley McClellan and Luella Brantley.  John Gladden and Mary Roby.

Mr. Len Jones Dead.  (September 17, 1925)

Mr. Len Jones, a former Hernando resident, died last night in Memphis.  He had been ill for some time from heart trouble, and hope for his recovery had about been abandoned.
Mr. Jones was reared here, being a son of one of the old residents, Mr. Clayton Jones, who died years ago.  For several years Mr. Jones was Illinois Central depot agent here and was very popular with the public.
Many old friends will be grieved to learn of his death.
Interment will take place this afternoon at Elmwood cemetery.
[Lindley B. Jones, 1875 – 1925]

Marriage License Issued.  (October 8, 1925)

License to marry has been issued as follows since Wednesday of last week:
White—M. J. McKinna and Carry Gowling.
Colored—Charlie Shelton and Essie Yarbrough.  L. B. Tate and Mattie Robinson.  Willie Wilson and Mary Lee Henderson.

Personal and Local Notes.  (October 8, 1925)

Mr. Jacob Sturm, well-known dry goods graveling salesman, who had visited Hernando for many years, died Sunday in Memphis.  [Died 10/3/1925, 73 years of age].

Death Calls Mrs. Bratton.  (October 8, 1925)

Mrs. J. L. [Pearl May] Bratton died Tuesday night at her home here.  She had been in ill health for many months, and during the past few weeks had steadily grown weaker.  She was a patient sufferer and awaited the end with calmness and fortitude.  An excellent lady, she made many friends who are grieved by her death.  She leaves a husband [James Louis Bratton].
Burial took place this morning in the Grays Creek community.

M. T. Beggs Fatally Wounds Joe M. Lewis.  (October 8, 1925)

Joe M. Lewis, Hernando night watchman, was shot and mortally wounded Sunday night by M. T. Beggs.  The tragedy occurred about 10 o’clock, and followed a long quarrel between the two men.  At the time of the shooting, Lewis was on the premises of Beggs, near the south side of the court house square.  Four shots were fired, two or three bullets from a pistol striking Lewis.  He was wounded in the neck and back, one ball penetrating the windpipe, and another is thought to have pierced a lung.
The wounded man was carried to his home a few yards away, from which he was removed later in the night and taken to a hospital in Memphis.  He died there Tuesday night.  The body was carried to Greenleaf cemetery, in Tate county, Wednesday morning for burial.
Mr. Lewis leaves a wife and six young children.  He had been night watchman for the town during the past several months.

Marriage License Issued.  (October 22, 1925)

License to marry has been issued as follows since Wednesday of last week:
White—H. V. Slack and Miss Effie May Rogers.  F. P. Fogleson and Miss Thelma Anna Hightower.  J. O. Daughtry and Miss Mary Eliza Gaines.  J. R. Kelly and Miss Ada Brazewell.  O. P. Armstrong and Miss Marietta Reeder.  J. D. Stedman and Miss L. M. Swanson.  Edmund D. Dollar and Miss Elsie Fay Shook.  Walter A. Clark and Miss Ruth Cross.
Colored—Willie Smith and Mabel Spencer.  Sam Pollard, Jr., and Adie Baptist.  James Morris and Adie Ruffin.  George Cowan and Mosetta Harris.  John Davis and Lou Mitchell.

Couple Celebrate Their Golden Wedding.  (October 22, 1925)

Brief mention was made in this paper last week of the celebration by Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Williams of their fiftieth wedding anniversary at their home in Cub Lake community on Thursday, October 15.  Children, grand-children, other relatives and old friends were gathered there, half a hundred or more in number.  Skilled hands had prepared a feast for the occasion, upon which any epicure might look with eager anticipation.  Around this bountiful board young and old gathered, and the moments sped merrily, enlivened with jest and story.
Half a century ago the couple stood while being united in marriage.  Again they stood together, this time in the presence of children and grand-children while the golden wedding service was pronounced by Rev. M. M. Fulmer, of Hernando.
Among the pioneer settlers who came to this county from North Carolina when Mississippi was a younger state was Sam Williams, father of A. D. Williams.  He located near Love on the place now owned by Mr. Walker Wheeler.  He became a leading citizen of his community and was well known throughout the county.  He took an active part in church and neighborhood affairs.  When he died, the burden of looking after his estate fell upon A. D. Williams, who, with the courage and energy of youth applied himself to the task so well that a good legacy fell to each child.  Upon part of the original place Mr. Williams lived for many years after marriage and there most of his children were born.
About thirty years ago he moved into Cub Lake neighborhood, where he has lived continuously ever since.  Success in farming came to him early and he is recognized as one of the best farmers in the county.  Like many a man who lives where there are large forests, Mr. Williams loves to hear the “call of the wild” and he is a hunter of renown, seeking the bigger game that is now fast disappearing.  Although seventy years of age, two years older than Mrs. Williams, he still follows his fine pack of hounds with all the zest of youth.
There has been born to Mr. and Mrs. Williams twelve children, nine still living, and with one exception all nine were present.  Like their father, four sons are planters, living in Arkansas.  Twenty grand-children and one great-grandchild complete the number of relatives of their own family.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Williams have been signally blessed with good health, which they still enjoy, and they continue at their daily tasks, the husband overseeing the farm, the wife taking care of the household.
In serene and peaceful contemplation of the past, and faith in the future, they are passing the evening of their lives amid loved and familiar surroundings.

[Adolphus D. Williams, 1856 – 1936; Pauline F. Williams, 1856 – 1934]

Poplar Corner.  (November 26, 1925) [Death of Julius Joyner]

Well, boys, another old veteran has crossed over the river to rest in the shade with those who fell in the battlefield, where he took an active part.  When one of the boys near him fell badly wounded and shot and shell were doing their deadly work, he would snatch the stricken man by the arm and drag him to a place of safety if he could, and then go ahead.  The name of the soldier was Julius Joyner.  I soldiered with him through the Civil War, and must say that he was one of the best soldiers the South had.  We had thousands just as good, but none better.  The old boys who wore the gray are gathering home.  Julius Joyner died at his home last Thursday morning, November 19, and was buried in Emory Chapel cemetery.  A large crowd was there, but there were only three old veterans among them, and they acted as pallbearers.  The three were Old Hughey, Comrade Langston of Cockrum, and Comrade Harrison of Miller.

[Julius M. Joyner served in Co. E, 34th MS Infantry.  He ended the war with the rank of captain.]

Death Comes to Mrs. W. R. Eason.  (November 26, 1925)

Mrs. W. R. Eason, of Coldwater, died last Thursday afternoon in a Memphis hospital.
She was the mother of Mr. S. W. Eason and was a frequent visitor here, where she was well-known and liked.
The burial took place at Davis Chapel, four miles west of Sardis.

[Memphis/Shelby County Death Index:  Mrs. Mary Lundy Irby Eason died November 19, 1925, 69 years of age.]

Fred Mobley Released Under Bond.  (November 26, 1925) [Death of Shade Lewis]

Fred Mobley, colored, who last week shot and killed Shade Lewis, another negro, was given a hearing the first of the week and bond was fixed at $500.
He made this bond and was released.

Proctor-Sharpe.  (December 24, 1925)

The Hotel Marie, of Tunica, Mississippi, was the scene of a very pretty yet simple wedding of interest to people here when Miss Dora Christine Proctor became the bride of Mr. Jewel E. Sharp.
The bride was gowned for the ceremony in black faille crepe, with trimmings of red-flowered georgette.  She wore a black satin turban hat and a kashmarella coat, banded at the sides and having collar and cuffs of leopard fur.
The bride’s only attendant was Miss Hazle Marshall, who was gowned in black beaded georgette over red with hat and accessories to match.
Mr. Sharp’s brother-in-law, Mr. Earl McReynolds, of Tunica, served as best man.
The bride is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Proctor, of Hernando.  Mr. Sharp, the eldest son of Rev. and Mrs. E. B. Sharp, is an employee of the Home Light & Power Co.
Mr. Sharp and his lovely young bride spent their honeymoon in Tunica and are now at home to their many friends at the Shipman Hotel there.

Sanders-Payne.  (December 24, 1925)

Miss Annie Sanders and Mr. Lindsey J. Payne were married last Friday, December 18th.  The marriage took place in Memphis at the home of Rev. Ben Cox, who performed the ceremony.
The couple spent the week-end in Memphis, guests at the Peabody Hotel, returning the first of the week to their home in Cedar View, where Mr. Payne, an excellent young man, is engaged in merchandising and farming.
The bride, who is the charming daughter of the late George Sanders, of Hernando, has been teaching at Love.

Marriage License Issued.  (December 24, 1925)

License to marry has been issued as follows since last Wednesday:
White—Malvern Harris and Miss Dixie Claire Amyett.  W. M. Stephens and Jewel Francis Grmble.  Marcus Thompson and Mrs. Stella Linkauer.  John W. Dodds and Mrs. J. Hudson.
Colored—Noah Little and Ida May Farmer.  Wes Johnson and Edna Williams.  Tommy Davis and Sylvia Price.  Walter Brooks and Susie Brown.  Mose Jones and Linda Clise.  Willie Lee and Mary Burrus.  Will Flowers and Lela Spencer.  Jimmie Tucker and Birdie Graham.  J. C. Johnson and Silkelena Griffin.  Allen Jeans and Sarah Jeffres.  Matthew Woods and Millie Johnson.  Joe Lee Irby and Annie Redus.  Lewis Smith and Ida Bell Bryant.  Richard Smith and Sarah McGee.  Virgil Johnson and Annie Lee Collins.  O. D. Thompson and Mary Hughes.  Thomas Brown and Bettie May Hays.  Richmond Hargraves and Mary Ella Jones.  W. J. Turner and Mary Ann Johnson.  Andrew Parham and Lucinda Carpenter.  Porter Dean and Roberta Newsom.  Willie Lee Haley and Lucile Smith.  Clem Holloway and Lorine McKinney.


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