Some Marriage and Death Notices
from the DeSoto Times-Promoter

Extracted by Tim Harrison

Nesbitt Personals. (January 6, 1927)

Mr. Jim Elmore and his bride, of Memphis, were guests at the Davie home this week.  Mrs. Elmore was before her marriage Miss Dorothy Schafer, of Dallas, Texas.

Card of Thanks. (January 6, 1927)

We wish to take this opportunity to thank our friends for their many kindesses, beautiful floral offerings and expressions of love and sympathy during the last illness and sad death of our beloved son and brother, Melville.
                                                                  Mrs. J. W. McNeely.
                                                                  W. H. Allen.
                                                                  C. C. Allen.
                                                                  Mrs. J. E. Smothers.
                                                                  Mrs. W. A. Flinn.
                                                                  Mrs. D. R. Moore.

[Melville Allen, 1897 – 1927]

Ingrams Mill News. (January 6, 1927)

Those from this community who attended the funeral of Mr. Jack Allen, of Cockrum, were Mr. and Mrs. Irwin Mills, Miss Dessie Merrill, Miss Grace Hays, aMr. Sanford Franks, and Miss Elnora Mills.

Hernando Boy Marries. (January 6, 1927)

Mr. F. Roy Williams and Miss Caroline Calhoun were married at the home of the bride’s brother, in Monroe, La., November 24. They left immediately for a two weeks’ stay in New Orleans. Mr. Williams is vice-president of the Three Rivers Hardwood Co., of Jonesville, and is a splendid young man and very popular.

Stonewall Items. (February 10, 1927)

Mrs. Nora Spears and Miss Essie Ingram and Mr. Sam Ingram attended the funeral services of Mrs. John Thomas, held at Forest Hill cemetery Monday afternoon. Mrs. Thomas was a resident of Capleville, Tenn., and had quite a number of friends in this community who are grieved because of her death. She had been in bad health for some time, and her death was not unexpected. She died at the Methodist hospital in Memphis Sunday afternoon.

Marriage Licenses Issued. (February 10, 1927)

License to marry has been issued as follows since Wednesday of last week:

White—Thomas Sing and Miss Ruby Lee Anderson; Homer Earl Chester and Miss Mary Louis Miller; Clarence L. Hurt and Miss Melba Fisher.

Colored—Joseph H. Oliver and Loanna Bobo; Oliver Collier and Alice Cole; Pearson Clark Jr. and Maud West; Charlie Patterson and Lucy Williton; Clay Cole and Baddy Carter; Willie Hunt and Estella Hightower.

Pete Webb Dead. (February 10, 1927)

A negro of the Wilsons Mill neighborhood, named Pete Webb, died last Saturday.

Miss Frances Dockery Married Monday Night. (February 17, 1927)

Miss Frances Dockery, frequent visitor to DeSoto County friends and relatives, daughter of the late Mrs. Rice Dockery, was married Monday night at eight o’clock at the Central Baptist church in Memphis, to James C. Cherry, formerly of Kenilworth, Ill. Those from Hernando attending the wedding were: Mrs. Annie Lambeth, Mr. William Lambeth, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Emerson, Misses Inez and Ethel Emerson, Mrs. A. L. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Banks, Mrs. Mack Banks Sr., Ida Caruthers Banks, Miss Eugenia Flinn, Mrs. B. L. Stark, Mrs. E. J. Bell, Mrs. W. A. Powell, and Mrs. Paul Bowdre.

Alphaba. (February 17, 1927)

Rev. Glass, a colored preacher who used to live between this place and Coldwater, was killed recently at his home at Victoria by a stove flue falling on him.

J. W. Hudson Sr. Dead. (February 17, 1927)

Mr. J. W. Hudson Sr., for a long time a resident of State Line neighborhood, died Monday night in Memphis, where he has resided during the past several years. Many old friends and neighbors in the county regretted to learn of his death. The burial took place at New Bethlehem cemetery Wednesday in the forenoon.

Confederate Veteran Killed By Engine. (February 17, 1927)

Citizens of Olive Branch were shocked and grieved last Friday afternoon when Edmond E. Eason, aged citizen and old Confederate soldier, was struck and killed by a railway engine. The tragedy was witnessed by a young man, Mr. C. L. Ferguson, and Mr. Lacy Mosby was standing near, but did not see Mr. Eason struck. The train was passing along the track when Mr. Eason approached, looked up and crossed in front of the engine. Evidently he misjudged the distance of the engine, for he had not crossed over far enough to prevent the heavy tender from striking him in the side, breaking several ribs and throwing him into the air. His fall fractured his skull and broke his nose. [Remainder of article missing].

[Edmond E. Eason enlisted in Co. K, 18th MS Cavalry, in 1864. He received a pension for his Confederate service. He was born in 1847.]

Death Claims J. J. Gartrell. (February 17, 1927)

Mr. John J. Gartrell, old citizen of Days, died Monday night. He had suffered for several months from a chronic trouble, and his condition had grown steadily worse. Mr. Gartrell was a native of DeSoto County, and one of its best citizens. No man stood higher in his community, and his loss will be keenly felt. He was industrious, honest, a good neighbor, a steadfast friend and a true christian. His remains were given burial in New Bethlehem cemetery Wednesday at noon, in the presence of a large crowd. Mr. Gartrell was 73 years old, and is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Olive Branch News. (February 17, 1927)

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Thursday for C. Harry Flowers, wealthy planter and merchant of Mattson, who died Wednesday afternoon of pneumonia. The funeral was held at his mother’s home at Olive Branch. Burial was in Blocker cemetery. Rev. George Boyle, of Olive Branch, assisted by a clergyman from Mattson, held the services. Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Anna Flowers; two sons, O. N. and Wilbur; Mrs. E. E. Eason Jr., sister, of Olive Branch; Mrs. D. D. Funderburke, sister, of Senatobia; and two brothers, Roy and Graden Flowers, of Mattson.

A. D. Jonican Dead. (February 17, 1927)

A. D. Jonican, colored, former citizen of Hernando, who moved to Memphis several years ago, died in that city Wednesday. He was well liked by members of both races.

Poplar Corner. (August 25, 1927) [by Old Hughey]

Little Raymond Thomas, our little grandson, left this old sinful world Wednesday night of last week at eleven o’clock. He was too precious for this world. He was buried at Eudora cemetery in the presence of a large crowd. Raymond was only three years old. I imagine he is standing in the gate of heaven beckoning papa and mamma to come on. He was a little son of Oscar Thomas and Rubie Hughey, his wife. We all thank those who furnished the beautiful flowers that completely covered his little grave.

Lake Cormorant News. (August 25, 1927)

Friends of Mr. and Mrs. O. R. Thomas wish to express their sympathy for them in the sudden illness and death of their little son, Raymond. Though hard it may seem to them to give the little fellow up, yet God moves and does things in a mysterious way to us. He knows what’s best for us all.

Swan—McReynolds. (August 25, 1927)

The marriage of Miss Mary Pauline Swan, of Cockrum, and James Marion McReynolds, of Starkville, was solemnized Sunday afternoon, August 21, on the lawn of the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Jeptha Langston, of Cockrum. The Rev. B. G. Whitehurst officiated in the ring ceremony. The bride was escorted to the altar by C. J. Langston. She was dressed in a semi-tailored fall costume of georgette. Her attendant was Mrs. Robert Ashlock, of Jackson. The groom was attended by his brother. Miss Pearl Langston, of Memphis, played a violin solo, “Traumrai,” preceding the ceremony. She was accompanied by her mother, Mrs. G. B. Langston. Miss Langston also played Lohengrin Wedding March, and during the ceremony, “The Sweetest Story Ever Told.” The procession was preceded by a group of the bride’s friends, including Misses Sarah Catherine Langston, Margaret Langston, Janice Cochran, of Olive Branch; Julia Carol Williamson, of Pleasant Hill, Grayden Hartsell, of Dallas, Texas. Mr. and Mrs. McReynolds left immediately after the ceremony for Memphis. Following a two-weeks’ tour of Florida and points along the coast, they will be at home in Evergreen, Alabama. Mrs. McReynolds was graduated in June from the Mississippi State College for Women. Mr. McReynolds is a graduate of the A. & M.
                                                                                          A GUEST.

Marriage License Issued. (August 25, 1927)

License to marry has been issued as follows since Wednesday of last week:

White—C. H. Muller and Miss Virginia Parker; Maurice Jones and Miss Jewell Ross; Rodney Farrow and Miss Beatrice Moore; Miss Myrtle Rodes and John B. Busby; J. M. McReynolds and Miss Pauline Swan; Fred A. Turner and Dorothy Johnson; Karl O. Shipley and Miss Hazel Williams; Samuel A. Christy and Miss Lillian Goin; John W. Turner and Miss Evelyn T. Gorden; Robert Hanna and Miss Lillian Littlejohn.

Colored—Andrew French and Gracie Miller; Cuba Powell and Ozema Chisolm.

Death Calls Mrs. Mooney. (September 1, 1927)

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Mooney, the daughter of J. W. and Anna Shinault, and mother of Mrs. C. D. Williams, died at the home of a daughter in Raleigh, Tenn., Sunday afternoon. Although nearly 84 years of age, she was well and cheerful until a day or two before her death, and her death was very unexpected to her family. Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church and burial took place in the cemetery at Byhalia, where she spent the greater part of her life. She leaves three sons and four daughters, several grandchildren and one brother, Gen. James Lemuel Shinault, of Oxford, all of whom were present at her death.

Mrs. Elmore Wheeler Dead. (September 1, 1927)

Mrs. Elmore Wheeler, of Memphis, died early this morning. Death was said to be due to tetanus (lockjaw) supposed to have been caused by the extraction of some teeth. Mrs. Wheeler was reared in Love community, being a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Moore, of Coldwater, and a sister of Mrs. Robert Dalehite.

[Memphis/Shelby Co. Death Index: Zelma Moore Wheeler, 47 years of age, died September 1, 1927].

Mrs. Needa Hardin. (September 1, 1927)

Mrs. Needa Hardin, one of the oldest ladies of the county, died Tuesday night at the home of her son, Mr. Wallace Cox, at Penton. She had been ill for some time, and her condition became worse several days ago. Mrs. Hardin was well-known in the western part of the county, where many friends survive her. She was the mother of Messrs. Wallace Cox, of Penton, C. A. Cox, of Lynchburg, and W. W. Cox, of Eudora. The funeral took place today at Goodrum cemetery at Eudora.

[Mary Cox Hardin: 1849 – 1927]

Mrs. Joe Vinson. (September 1, 1927)

Mrs. Joe Vinson, aged resident of the Grays Creek neighborhood, who had been in feeble health for some time, due to the infirmities of age, died Sunday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lem Pitts. Many friends regret her passing. The remains were laid to rest at Love Monday, the funeral services being conducted by Rev. W. T. Glenn.

[Sarah Lamb Vinson, 1863 – 1927, buried at Love Station Cemetery next to her husband, Joseph M. Vinson, 1866 – 1922].

Personal and Local Notes. (September 1, 1927)

Dr. Whitley Emerson attended the Cooper-Kimbrough marriage Wednesday night in Charleston.

Robert Lemmons, 5-months-old infant of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lemmons, of Memphis, and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Entrikin, of Hernando, died Saturday morning in St. Joseph’s hospital, and was buried in Bethel cemetery in the eastern part of this county Saturday afternoon.

Nesbitt Personals. (September 1, 1927)

A couple from Memphis drove down with several friends Monday, August 29, and were married by the Rev. I. N. Yokley. The contracting parties were Herbert T. Grisson and Mrs. Mary P. Privett.

Alphaba Items. (September 29, 1927)

This community was somewhat saddened Saturday on account of the death of Mr. William P. Howell, aged 87 years, who died very suddenly that morning at 4 o’clock at the home of Mr. A. H. Hurt, where he had been making his home for a number of years. He was an old Confederate veteran, and was a member of the Presbyterian church. His remains were interred in the old Perry church graveyard. Rev. A. F. Moore held the funeral services. Mr. Howell was about 88 years old, and was painfully wounded during the Civil War, being shot through the body, the shot shattering part of the hip bone on one side. He was a gallant soldier and had many friends.

[William P. Howell served in Co. B, 1st Mississippi Cavalry (Pinson’s).]

Massey—Gartrell. (September 29, 1927)

A marriage of much interest to DeSoto County people took place Saturday night, September 24, when Miss Winifred Massey became the bride of Mr. Clarence C. Gartrell. The wedding service was pronounced by Rev. U. S. Gordon, pastor of the Second Presbyterian church in the city of Memphis. Parents of the bride, Mr. and Mrs. John M. Massey, of Hernando, and a few other relatives and friends of both parties were present. The couple left after the marriage on a trip to the Mississippi gulf coast. The bride, a resident, with her parents, of Hernando, for about twenty years past, was one of the town’s most popular and well-known young ladies. To a charming personality she unites every admirable quality of womanhood; a sunny disposition and simple, unaffected manner that drew scores toward her in bonds of friendship. During the past few years she had charge of the office work for Drs. Emerson and Wright. Mr. Gartrell is a successful farmer and business man of Days community, a member of one of the leading pioneer families of the county, and a gentleman in the truest sense of the word. Both have a great many friends to wish them happiness and success. Upon their return home they expect to reside for several weeks in the Days community, but it is understood they contemplate making Nesbitt their place of residence later.

Resolutions of Respect. (December 29, 1927)

Whereas, God knoweth best, has taken from the roll of our Missionary society to be placed on the roll triumphant the name of our late beloved Mrs. Georgia Laughter;
Whereas, the deceased has been a member of our missionary society a number of years, and,
Whereas, she has been loyal to the church and its teachings and helpful to the membership,
Therefore, be it resolved by the members of the Olive Branch Methodist Missionary Society:
First, that we have suffered a great loss in the death of Mrs. Laughter, who was a faithful, devoted member of the Missionary Society, and who has been helpful to us through a life worthy of example in its purity, duty, honor, truth, faith, and hope, and she will be greatly missed from our circle.
Second, that a copy of these resolutions be recorded to the minutes, that a copy be sent to the Christian Advocate, and that a copy be printed in The Times-Promoter.
                                                      Mrs. J. E. Birmingham.
                                                      Mrs. F. A. Schwamm.
                                                      Mrs. Walter Winders.

[Georgia Payne Laughter, 7 Jan 1850 – 23 Nov 1927. Widow of Hukey B. Laughter, 23 Feb 1839 – 20 Mar 1916, Confederate soldier, Co. K, 9th Mississippi Infantry].

Eli Logan Dead. (December 29, 1927)

Mr. L. Eli Logan, well-known citizen of Days community, died Sunday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E. F. Crenshaw, in the Lynchburg neighborhood. Mr. Logan was for nearly all his life a resident of DeSoto County, and an upright man and good citizen. He had been ill for several weeks, and for some time previous to his death his condition grew steadily worse. He leaves a widow, Josephine Adcock Logan, two daughters, Mrs. E. F. Crenshaw, and Mrs. A. E. Sively. His mother, Mrs. Sallie Logan, also survives him. His remains were given burial at New Bethlehem church Monday morning at 11 o’clock, many friends attending the funeral. Services were conducted by Rev. R. C. Mayo, of Horn Lake, and Rev. I. N. Yokley, of Nesbitt. Pallbearers were Messrs. J. R. Tipton, Hardy McGowen, F. R. Wright, C. A. Cox, W. E. Cox and W. W. Cox.

[Lewis Eli Logan, 1869 – 1927. His widow, Josephine Logan: 1876 – 1953].

Lynchburg Locals. (December 29, 1927)

Our entire community was shocked and saddened Christmas day by the death of Mr. L. E. Logan, a resident of Days, but who, with his wife, had been making their home with their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Crenshaw, during Mr. Logan’s illness. We each extend to Mrs. Logan, Mrs. Sively and Mrs. Crenshaw and other relatives our very deepest sympathy and ask our Gracious Father to heal their sorrowing hearts as only our Heavenly Father can.

Walls Whispers. (December 29, 1927)

Mrs. R. S. Watson and family were away part of Christmas week due to the death of Mrs. Watson’s brother-in-law, the late Mr. H. M. Whiggers, of Indianola.

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