Some Marriage and Death Notices
from the DeSoto Times-Promoter

Extracted by Tim Harrison

Death Claims Mrs. W. D. Britt.  (April 15, 1926)

Mrs. Ella Maloyd Jones Britt, born near Byhalia, Miss., Dec. 4, 1867, died Saturday, April 10, 1926, at one o’clock at her residence, 900 Beauregard St., Buntyn, Tenn.
She was married to Mr. W. D. Britt, Dec. 20, 1883, and to this happy union were born four sons and four daughters; Walter Howard Britt, of California, William Lee Britt, of Olive Branch, Miss., Lavonia Hayes Britt, White Station, Tenn., Mrs. A. E. Allison, Olive Branch, Miss., Richard Clyde Britt, Mrs. Phenton Y. Blackwell, and Mrs. Walter Herbert Birmingham, all of Buntyn, Tenn., and one daughter, Ruby Pearl, who died in 1895. Mrs. Britt joined the Presbyterian church during her early girlhood, then later joined the Methodist church of Lewisburg, Miss., jointly with her husband.
She was a God loving, God serving, and God fearing woman, at all times doing all she could for the cause of Christ, in every community in which she lived.
Her married life was spent in loyal and faithful service to her family, being a devoted wife and tender, loving and never tiring mother.
Although her voice is stilled in death, her place is vacant never to be filled, her memory shall live forever in the hearts of those who knew and loved her.
The active pall bearers were her three sons; Willie, Hayes and Clyde, three sons-in-law; Phenton Blackwell, Edd Allison and Herbert Birmingham, and two cousins; Carlisle Seago and Willie Lee.
Interment was made in the cemetery at Olive Branch.  Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Carlisle, Methodist pastor of Olive Branch.
Thompson Brothers, of Memphis, had charge of the funeral.
Besides her husband and children, she leaves nineteen grandchildren to mourn their loss.

Days Community Loses Well-Known Citizen.  (April 15, 1926)

Mr. Joe Gartrell, of Days neighborhood, died last Sunday morning shortly after nine o’clock at his home.  At the time of his death he was 81 years old.
Recently Mr. Gartrell had suffered a stroke of paralysis and his condiction was known to be critical for several days preceding his death.
The funeral took place Monday afternoon at New Bethlehem church, conducted by Rev. I. N. Yokley, of Nesbitt.
Mr. Gartrell was the husband of Mrs. Fannie Gartrell and father of C. C. Gartrell, of Nesbitt, C. A. Gartrell, of Memphis, Mrs. Florence Dickson, Rosemark, Tenn., and Mrs. Alice Hinds, of Memphis.
He was a good man and his place in the life of the community will be hard to fill.

[Joseph C. Gartrell, 1845 – 1926, served in Co. F, 18th Mississippi Cavalry, CSA.]

Hinds Chapel Notes.  (April 15, 1926)

We are very sorry to hear of the death of Mr. Joe Gartrell, who has been ill for several days from a stroke of paralysis.  He will be very much missed by his many friends.

Aged Lady Dies at Days.  (April 15, 1926)

Mrs. Pickett, mother of Mrs. M. S. Thomas and Mr. John Pickett, died Tuesday at the home of her son, with whom she lived in the Days neighborhood.
Funeral services were held at Hinds Chapel Wednesday where interment was made.  Mrs. Pickett had reached an advanced age, and during her life had formed many lasting friendships and was held in high esteem by those who knew her.

Bride-to-be Honored.  (April 15, 1926)

Mrs. M. H. White entertained most delightfully at her home “____ Oaks” Friday afternoon sp---- complimenting Miss Valeria Hudson, whose marriage to Rev. W. P. Bailey, of McCool, will be an event of much interest Sunday afternoon, April 18th.
Spring blossoms were gracefully arranged in the room where the guests enjoyed the game of hearts in which the prizes were a miniature cedar chest and a Beau-Brummel.  To the honoree the hostess presented a beautiful cut glass bowl.
Following the game a delicious collation was served to twenty-five guests.
for the afternoon Mrs. White was gowned in a pencil blue taffeta with trimmings of cream lace.  The honoree was also lovely in a Bois-de-rose crepe with becoming hat in harmony.
Mrs. White’s house guests who assisted in receiving were attractively gowned, Mrs. Herschel Featherstone, of Senatobia, Miss., wearing tan embossed georgette with bead trimmings and Miss Jean Featherstone in Old rose crepe with French flowers-en-shoulder corsage.

Wedding Plans Completed.  (April 15, 1926)

Miss Valeria Hudson, whose marriage to Rev. William Pierce Bailey, of McCool, will take place Sunday afternoon at 5:30 o’clock at the Methodist church, has completed plans for the wedding.
The bridal party will include Miss Frances Payne, of Germantown, who will serve as maid of honor and Misses Lavinia Farris, of Little Rock, and Ruth Bailey as brides maids.  Little Misses Pattie Bowen, of Byhalia, and Vera Harrison, of Miller, as flower girls and Maury White, Jr., as ring bearer.

Death Calls Mrs. Tinsley.  (July 24, 1926)

Mrs. Rosa Lee Tinsley, of Poplar Corner, died last Thursday night, June 17th, at the Baptist Hospital in Memphis, where she had been carried for treatment.  She was in good health for a few days previous to her death, which was caused by her throat becoming infected, as she thought, by some hard substance cutting or sticking into it while she was drinking water.
Mrs. Tinsley was the daughter of Simon Turner, one of the pioneer settlers of Walls community.  She still owned the old home place near Walls, where she was buried Saturday in the family cemetery.  She had lived in the same neighborhood all her life, where many friends are grieved over her death.
Mrs. Tinsley leaves three children, Mrs. J. E. Johnson, of Jonestown, and Messrs. Arthur B. and Eben Tinsley, of Ft. Worth, Texas.  All were present at the funeral.

[Memphis death records indicate she was 59 years of age at the time of her death.  1900 census says she was born in March 1868.]

Poplar Corner.  (July 24, 1926)

Well, boys, this is Sunday morning and Poplar Corner feels lonesome.  One of our good citizens is gone; Mrs. R. L. Tinsley.  She departed this life last Thursday night at ten o’clock and was buried yesterday, Saturday, in the family graveyard on her farm in the delta, five miles west of Walls.  She was the last one of the Simon Turner family to cross the river.  She was a member of the Poplar Corner M. E. church.  She will be greatly missed as a citizen and a church member.  Her funeral drew one of the largest number I ever saw in the country.  People from far and near were here to take the last look at her as she lay apparently asleep in her coffin.

Lynchburg Locals.  (July 24, 1926)

Our community has been shocked and saddened by the sudden and untimely death of one of its best known citizens, Mrs. Rosa Lee Tinsley, who passed away at the Baptist Hospital in Memphis Thursday, after an illness of only a few days.  Mrs. Tinsley lived in our community practically all her life, and was a woman of strong character, of fine business judgment, a good mother and loyal to her friends, a Christian, and member of the Methodist church here.  She was in her accustomed place at Sunday School Sunday week, and its hard to realize that she has passed away.  Mrs. Tinsley leaves a daughter, Mrs. Joel Johnson, of Jonestown, Miss., two sons, Arthur And Eben, of Ft. Worth, Texas, to whom an entire community extend their deepest sympathy during this sad hour of sorrow.

Card of Thanks.  (July 24, 1926)

We wish to express to our many friends and relatives our heartfelt thanks for their kindness and floral offerings during the illness and death of our loving mother, Mrs. Rosa Lee Tinsley.
                                          Mrs. J. E. Johnson
                                          Arthur B. Tinsley
                                          Eben Tinsley

Colored Man Drops Dead.  (July 24, 1926)

Antony Meriwether, colored citizen of the Pleasant Hill community, fell dead Monday morning about 8:30 o’clock.

Poplar Corner.  (December 16, 1926)

I was sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. W. S. Weissinger.  She will be sadly missed in Hernando, her home town.  I have visited her a number of times, and always found her with a smile on her face.

[Louisa W. Weissinger, 1841 – 1926.]

Poplar Corner.  (December 16, 1926)

Hamma Branan, a son of O. F. Branan, was buried last Friday.  He died from pneumonia.

Nesbitt Personals.  (December 16, 1926)

We regret to report the passing away of Mr. Alvin Roberson last Wednesday.  Mr. Roberson was a resident of Nesbitt, and leaves a wife and several children.
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hooper and children, of Tennessee, were here to attend the Roberson funeral last Wednesday.  Mrs. Hooper is a daughter of the late Mr. Roberson.

William Ivy Passes Away.  (December 16, 1926)

Mr. William Ivy, of the Bright neighborhood, died Friday night at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Anderson.  Paralysis and the infirmities of age carried him away.

Paul Mosby Dead.  (December 16, 1926)

Paul Mosby, colored, living about five miles west of Hernando, died last Saturday, and was buried Sundah at Sunrise cemetery.  He leaves a family.

Card of Thanks.  (December 16, 1926)

I thank the many friends who were so kind and sympathetic at the time of the death and burial of my father, W. A. Davis.  Such kindness and consideration can not be forgotten, and will be treasured in memory always.
                                                                              Walter Davis.

Marriage Licenses Issued.  (December 16, 1926)

License to marry has been issued as follows since December 1:
White—William T. Carter, Jr. and Miss Irma Bridgwater; Russell R. Norris and Miss Ollie Gardner; J. C. Cox and Miss Mary Elizabeth Adams; Ellis Menke and Miss Effie May Geeslin; J. W. Jones and Miss Vera Moore; H. B. Spence and Miss Jean O’Brien; J. D. Pittman and Miss M. C. McKnett; Phil Thomas and Miss Lucile Card; G. R. Staffer and Miss Effie Baker.
Colored—Will Givens and Mary Davis; Carl Isom and Fannie Darby; Joseph Pitts and Jewel Smith; Morgan Holloway and Vary Gary; Geo. Haley Jr. and Levina Jackson; Walter Jones and Lizzie Garrett; Sullivan Milan and Blanche Halcy; Oliver Brown and Gertrude Anderson; Nathaniel Reese and Mary Howard; Roosevelt Carter and Corinne Curtis; Charlie Townsend and Margaret Brown; Lonnie Strong and Annie Holmes; Samuel Gray and Emma Hampton.

Personal and Local Notes.  (December 16, 1926)

Mr. J. M. Williams, aged father of Dr. J. E. Williams, died last Thursday at his home at Brookhaven, and was buried Friday.  Mr. Williams had visited Hernando more than once, and was well-known to many of our people, who became his friends.  He had been in failing health for the past few months.  Mr. Williams served in one of the armies of the Confederacy during the Civil War, and made a brave and gallant soldier.

Little Leonard Paul Johnston, 11-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Johnston, of Chicago, died early in the week.  His body was brought to DeSoto County for burial in Bakers Chapel cemetery, reaching here Wednesday, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Johnston.  The burial took place Wednesday afternoon.  The little boy was a grandson of S. U. Johnston, a former resident of Bright community.


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