Some Marriage and Death Notices from the DeSoto Times-Promoter

Extracted by Tim Harrison

Poplar Corner.  (February 1, 1928)

Mrs. Ware, who I think was born and reared one mile north of Lynchburg, departed this life last Sunday, January 29.  She had been sick for more than a year.  She left a husband and four children, and five grandchildren to mourn her loss.  All I know to say is that a good woman has gone to her reward.

Aaron Clayton Dead.  (February 1, 1928)

Aaron Clayton, colored, who lived one mile west of Days, died at his home Tuesday.  Burial will take place today at Cub Lake.
He was a good citizen and liked by both white and colored.

Alphaba Items.  (March 1, 1928)

Mrs. J. T. Lee died Sunday evening.  She was buried in the Palestine cemetery Monday afternoon.  Mr. and Mrs. Lee were living in the teachers home at the consolidated school at Greenleaf when she died.  They were boarding the teachers.  She is survived by a husband and three daughters.  The writer extends sympathy to the bereaved ones.
The school at Greenleaf was suspended Monday for the day on account of the death of Mrs. Lee.

Mr. Ed Sowell, of Palestine neighborhood, died at the home of his brother, Mr. W. T. Sowell, Monday evening about 3 o’clock.  His remains will be buried at Mt. Zion, near Independence.

Poplar Corner.  (March 1, 1928)

Sunday evening, February 26, 1928.  This community was made sad when they heard of the death of Hon. R. E. L. Morgan.  He will be sadly missed.  It will be hard to get another to take his place.  All that I can say is that DeSoto County has lost one of her most useful men.
[Robert E. Lee Morgan, 1871 – 1928].

Another good citizen, Mrs. Adams, of Nesbitt, crossed the river and was buried last Wednesday at the New Bethlehem church.  She was a sister of hon. J. H. McGowen Sr.  Another good woman gone.
[Martha McGowan Adams, 1846 – 1928].

Tribute of Respect.  (March 1, 1928)

Expression of sympathy and regret from one who has known Hon. R. E. L. Morgan from infancy.
Feeling that I am expressing the sentiment of all the colored teachers and colored citizens of DeSoto County, I wrote these few lines.
First, we are prayerful in sympathy with his family, because the members have indeed lost a guiding star, the colored teachers a sure-enough, indulgent friend, and the colored citizens of DeSoto County a friend in whom they could, without the least reluctance, rely upon for true and honest results in the courts.
Mr. Morgan succeeded Mr. L. J. Farley as superintendent on January, 1896, and I have taught under him every year since he became superintendent.  His grandparents, Mr. John Daugherty and Mrs. Sallie Daugherty, were the owners of my grandparents, Uncle Caesar and Aunt Phoeba Daugherty.  My mother has often told me that Mr. Morgan’s grandparents required their slaves to appear in their best clothes on Sundays, neat and their food was always prepared in the kitchen of the white family, and in ample quantity.  Their slaves’ health was strictly cared for.
In all the thirty-one years as a teacher under Mr. Morgan, I never knew him to appear irritable or impatient with his colored teachers.  He seemed to regard us as children of a larger growth and put us to work.  He let us do the talking and he did the thinking and writing.  I commenced teaching under Mr. S. I. Reid, August, 1875, when Mr. Morgan was about five years old.
                                                                  Perry M. Martin.

Card of Thanks.  (March 1, 1928)

We wish to thank our many friends for their untiring help rendered during the recent illness of our aunt, Mrs. Martha McGowen Adams, who passed away on February 21, 1928.
                                                                  Mrs. Ellen W. Conner
                                                                  Winnie Mae McGowen.

Marriage License Issued.  (March 1, 1928)

License to marry has been issued as follows since February 1:
White—Vincent Cerrito and Clara Mae Caffey; Horace Wilson and Josephine L. Wesche; A. J. Ward and Leona Sowell; Frank Walton and Peggy Shultz; B. G. Nichols and Mary Pardue; George Lee Collins and Albert Johnson; Wm. P. Murphy and Mrs. Rosie Puckett; D. R. S. Woolfolk and Ruby Sinquefield; A. W. Beaty and Jean Lucas; E. Gatewood and Flo Durham; Robert Patrick and Ruby Mixon; L. P. Busch and Effie Scrivener; Chas. Wm. Barrett and Mary Byram; Robert Clary and Fredlee Hogan; Pinkney Reagan and Beulah Henderson; J. D. Roberts and Clara Ruth Mansfield; John H. Sartain and Mary Huntzicker; Edgar Gitter and Theo. Irene Guyer; Allen Pickard and Clara Van Hooser; George Fisher Jr. and Margaret Rike.
Colored—Jesse May and Carrie Harris; Willis Bursey and Alice Reece; Sam Graham and Rosanna Davis; Henry Phelix and Mamie Anderson; Hudson Bowen and Willie Wright; Morse Lee and Elvira Echols; James Tate and Ernestine Haley; Calvin Graham and James Lee Shoemaker; Clancy Wilson and Reesie Tyson; Isaac Roby and Berlie Mays; John Jones and Ella Logan; M. C. Metcalf and Hattie Sampson; Will Henry Myers and Ella Taylor; Henry Willingham and Nelm Eam; Ernest Drane and Mary Meriwether; Dave Anderson and Cornelius Rudley; Richard Johnson and Ben Ella Biggs; Walter Guy and Emma Hill; Vernon Newsom and Mary Lee Crawley; John Nolen and Beulah Weddington; Gilber Reese and Jennie Mitchell; Will Anderson and Beatrice Taylor; F. J. Owens and Truly Rowan; Tommie Jones and Josie Hill; D. Jones and Fannie Dye; Andrew Meriwether and Bettie Oliver; Roy Mosley and Ernestine Moore; R. C. McGehee and Ollie Mae Tinsley; James Wallace and Bertha Jackson; Buster Smith and Clemmie Dailey; James Self and Mattie Roberson; Ben Kirby and Georgia Wilden; Joseph Alexander and Ora Harris.

Personal and Local Notes.  (March 1, 1928)

Cards have been sent out announcing the marriage of Miss Nell C. Banks and Mr. Phillip Allen Gates, Jr., February 21.  An account of this event appeared in this paper last week.  Mr. and Mrs. Gates will reside at 532 South McLean Street, Memphis.

Henry Clayton, who lived at Cub Lake all his life, and is well known and liked by both black and white, died last Wednesday, the 29th.  He was 72 years old.

Rev. J. B. Randolph Dies.  (March 1, 1928)

Rev. J. B. Randolph, presiding elder of the Columbus district, and former pastor at Hernando, died on last Monday night.
He was buried Tuesday at Baldwyn.
While pastor of the Hernando charge, a little more than twenty years ago, the present Methodist church was built.  Many old friends here will remember him and learn of his death with regret.

Nesbitt Personals.  (March 1, 1928)

Messrs. R. M. Williamson, of Marion, Ark., and J. Francis Williamson, of Memphis, were here last week to attend the funeral of their aunt, Mrs. Martha M. Adams.

Lake Cormorant News.  (April 12, 1928)

Among those from here attending the funeral of Mr. J. M. Caruthers, of Marks, at Forest Hill cemetery in Memphis Friday of last week were Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Buford, Mr. O. H. Nemnich, Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Beasley, Mesdames J. P. Shannon, J. D. Smith, W. A. Scott and W. R. Graham, Mr. Thompson Withers and Mr. and Mrs. B. K. Allen.

Old Citizen Gone.  (April 12, 1928)

Mr. [Martin] Luther Perryman, seventy-six–year old citizen of Grays Creek neighborhood, died Monday night at 12:30 at his home.  He had been in feeble health for several weeks, and his death was not unexpected.
Mr. Perryman, who was a farmer, had lived in his community for more than a quarte3r of a century, and was a good citizen and neighbor.  His wife had preceded him to the grave, but he leaves three children, Mrs. D. E. Williams, Mrs. C. C. Hoffman, and Mr. L. O. Perryman, all of Grays Creek neighborhood.
Funereal services were held Tuesday, conducted by Rev. N. A. Spencer, of Horn Lake, and burial took place in Grays Creek cemetery at three o’clock in the afternoon.

Card of Thanks.  (April 12, 1928)

We desire to give expression to our sincerely and heartfelt thanks to all how helped us and sought to comfort us during the last illness of our father [Martin L. Perryman, b. 1851] and at the time of his death.  The sympathetic kindness of our friends will never be forgotten.
                                                      Mrs. D. E. Williams.
                                                      Mrs. C. C. Hoffman.
                                                      L. O. Perryman,

Personal and Local Notes.  (April 12, 1928)

Mrs. J. E. Williams and children are with Brookhaven relatives.  Mrs. Williams was called to that place the latter part of last week by the illness of her father, Mr. J. P. Williams, who died Monday morning.  Dr. Williams, who accompanied her there, returned to look after his business here.

Stonewall—Ingrams Mill.  (July 5, 1928)

The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Treadway, of Cockrum, was buried at the Fountain Head cemetery Saturday afternoon.

Resolutions of Respect.  (July 12, 1928)

Resolutions of Oak Grove Lodge No. 293, F. & A. M., Olive Branch, Miss.
“The solemn notes that betoken the dissolution of this earthly tabernacle have again alarmed our door,” and the Great Architect of the Universe has removed our brother, Thomas A. Alexander, on the 10th day of May, 1928.  He was born September 22, 1859.  His parents came from the Carolinas.  He was initiated into the Oak Grove Lodge No. 293 on September 1, 1900, passed October 6, 1900, and raised Nov. 3, 1900, afterward taking the chapter degrees.  He was a strong and efficient factor in the growth of our order.  He happily served our Masonic brothers in their every purpose and highest aims and ideals.  From the beginning to the end of his Masonic career he demonstrated to every brother of our order that he was a man, every inch a man, freeborn, of good repute and well recommended as we from day to day knew him better.  He was no ordinary man.  His great, generous heart loved all mankind.  He was not only a true fraternalist, but a great fraternalist, a positive, earnest, industrious soul that overlooked no opportunity to serve his fellow man.  By every word and act he taught us that he practices the cardinal virtues, more particularly, “help in need,” and all for one and one for all.  He was devoted to, admired by and loved by his family.  To them Oak Grove Lodge No. 293 pray that our Heavenly Father, whom he worshipped always, “dry their tears,” pour into their hearts the balm of consolation and patience under their afflictions.
“I can not say, I will not say, that he is dead.  He is just away, with a cheery smile and a wave of the hand, he has wandered into an unknown land.”
                                                      Dr. J. H. McNeill,
                                                      W. H. Elliott,
                                                      E. C. Droke,

Another Veteran Gone.  (July 12, 1928)

Mississippi has lost another one of her old Confederate veterans, Mr. W. B. Vest, who lived near Hernando.  Mr. Vest had been very ill for many months past, and at time suffered greatly.
He was born October 5, 1847, in Richmond, Va., and his death occurred June 28, 1928.  He served for three years in the armies of the southern Confederacy and made a fine record as a soldier.
The burial took place June 20 at Grays Creek church.  funeral services were conducted by Rev. C. C. Weaver, of Hernando.
We can say, in the tongue of the poet:
“Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep;
From which none ever wake to weep.
A calm and undisturbed repose,
Unbroken by the last of foes.”
                                          A FRIEND.

[William B. Vest served in Co. E, 3rd Virginia Cavalry, CSA].

County Loses Old Citizen.  (July 12, 1928)

Mr. W. W. Mitchell, of Olive Branch community, died last Friday night and was buried Sunday at Olive Branch.  Mr. Mitchell had apparently been in good health for some time past, and his death came as a shock to many friends.
He was born and reared on his home place, where he resided all his life.  Mr. Mitchell was a thrifty and energetic man and was successful in accumulating considerable property.  He stood high in the esteem of his neighbors and acquaintances, and his death is a loss to his community.

Olive Branch News.  (July 12, 1928)

Our entire community was grieved and shocked at the sudden death of Mr. R. [W.] W. Mitchell last Friday night.  He retired early that night and did not complain of being sick.  About Midnight Mrs. Mitchell was awakened by an unusual sound and rushed into his bedroom and found him dead.  Mr. Mitchell was a good christian [sic] gentleman and will be greatly missed by all of us.  He began life as a poor boy with great ambition and energy, and attained success, as at this death he was one of the wealthiest men in this section of the state.

Pleasant Hill Items.  (July 12, 1928)

Those who attended the funeral of Mr. W. W. Mitchell were Mrs. R. R. Bridgforth, Mrs. W. W. Watson and Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Summers.

Walls Locals.  (July 12, 1928)

Walls and surrounding communities were saddened July 2 by the death of Mrs. C. C. Cheatham, aged 95, who had made her home in Walls the greater part of her long life.  She is sadly missed by her son, Richard Cheatham, Sr., Mrs. J. J. Williams, daughter, grandchildren and many friends.  Burial was at Elmwood cemetery, Memphis, on Thursday morning, July 5.

Graham—Freeman.  (August 23 [?], 1928)

The marriage of two prominent young people, which took place at Nesbitt, Miss., August 20, with Rev. I. N. Yokley officiating, has just been announced, the contracting parties being Miss Christine Graham and Mr. Leslie Freeman.
The bride is the charming daughter of Mrs. S. R. Graham.  The groom a splendid young man.  Both are of Greenleaf community, and will make their home in that neighborhood.
Many good wishes go with them for a happy married life.
                                                      A FRIEND.

Samuel A. Manley Dead.  (November 22, 1928)

Samuel Arthur Manley, 45, died at St. Joseph’s Hospital yesterday afternoon of a brain hemorrhage.  He had been in ill health for a number of years and unable to work at the trade as pressman, which he had followed in earlier years.  Mr. Manley came here 30 years ago from Nesbitt, Miss., and went to work as a pressman soon afterward.  He was connected for years with the firm of S. C. Toof & Co., and with the Western Newspaper Union before bad health kept him to his home on Hernando road.  He was a member of the pressmen’s union.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Eva Martin Manley, two children Martin and Kathleen, and three sisters, Mrs. Marye County, of Lake Cormorant, Miss., Miss Lula Manley of Memphis, and Miss Ella Manley, of New Orleans.  The funeral will be held from the parlors of McDowell & Montverde this afternoon at 12:30, services at the Norris avenue Presbyterian church and burial in Hinds Chapel, Miss., at 2:30.—Memphis Commercial Appeal, Nov. 16.

In Memorian.  (November 29, 1928)

James Lemuel Cooke, for many years one of the leading merchants of Hernando, and at the time of his death, November 17, a director of The Hernando Bank, was a native-born son.  The famous old Orne house (now the residence of Mrs. Geo. Banks) was his birth-place.  Here he grew to manhood’s estate: was educated, and attained business success.
His mother, Mrs. Lem D. Cooke, was for years and years a greatly beloved educator of DeSoto County.  Twenty-five years ago Mr. Cooke was married to Miss Nell Talbot, of Jackson, Tenn., sister of Mrs. Geo. Holmes, of Hernando.  The following year he moved to Memphis, and with another DeSoto County boy, the late W. B. Gray, of Nesbitt, formed the cotton firm of Cooke, Gray & Co.  In their new home the Cookes soon won many friends, and quickly became identified with the best interests in Memphis’ business and social circles.
For several years, though handicapped by bad health, Mr. Cooke’s strong will and energetic and courageous nature kept him at his post, refusing to yield to invalidism.
His untimely death is mourned by all who knew him well.  From our midst has passed one who was loyal in friendships and unselfish and devoted in all family relations.
Peace to his noble soul.
                                                      AN OLD FRIEND.

[According to Shelby Co., TN death records, James Lemuel Cooke was 52 years of age at the time of his death].

Whitehaven Lady Victim of Shocking Accident.  (November 29, 1928)

Mrs. Willie Massey, of Whitehaven, was instantly killed Friday just before the noon hour, in the highway at Whitehaven.  She was struck while attempting to cross the road by a car driven by Mrs. J. D. Simms of Sardis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Fogg.
Mrs. Massey, who lived on the east side of the road, had crossed to the left side to a mail box from which she had taken a letter.  When she started to recross the road a southbound truck was approaching.  As it passed she ran behind it into the middle of the road.  She did not see the car coming from the south, nor did the driver of the car see Mrs. Massey until she stepped directly in front of her.  Mrs. Simms, it appears, made a quick and desperate effort to turn her car so that she would not strike Mrs. Massey, but she was so near this was impossible.
Both limbs of the stricken woman were broken; the neck and arms were also broken and her side crushed.  The Simms car went off the side of the road and overturned, but Mrs. Simms was only slightly hurt.  The latter was carried away from the scene completely unnerved and in a highly hysterical condition.
Mrs. Massey was the oldest daughter of Mr. J. M. P. Droke, of Whitehave, and had been a resident of the Greenleaf and Alphaba neighborhoods.  She was a most estimable lady, and besides a husband and four children she leaves many friends.  She was a sister of Mrs. Charles Davidson, of Hernando, and of Mrs. Walker Malone, of Whitehaven.  Her four children range in age from 18 months to 14 years.
The burial took place at Greenleaf cemetery Saturday afternoon about 2:30.  Many old friends and neighbors, saddened by her untimely death, had gathered at Greenleaf to show her a last tribute of love and esteem.

Alphaba Notes.  (November 29, 1928)

Mrs. Addie Droke Massey, aged 38 years, met with a tragic death on Friday morning of last week in front of her home on the highway near Whitehaven by being hit by an auto driven by Mrs. J. D. Sims, of Sardis.  She is survived by her husband, Mr. J. W. Massey, and four children, Shands, Irene, J. P., and Elmer.  Her remains were brought here and interred in the Greenleaf cemetery.  Mr. Massey and family formerly lived here, where he has a host of relatives and friends who extend to him their deepest sympathy.

Tribute to Mr. Joe Lewis.  (November 29, 1928)

Mr. Lewis died at home near Days on November 1, 1928, and was buried at New Bethlehem on Friday following at 2 o’clock.
Mr. Lewis had lived in our neighborhood a long time, and was an honest, upright man.  He was a christian [sic] man, always standing loyal and true to his convictions.  He will be sadly missed.
He leaves a wife, three daughters, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren to mourn his loss.
Just a few short years until we too, will cross the river.
“Soon we’ll reach the shining river,
Soon our pilgrimage will cease,
Soon our happy hearts will quiver
With the melody of peace.”
                                          X. X.

In Memory of J. W. Hobbs.  (November 29, 1928)

Mr. J. W. Hobbs departed this life on October 31, 1928, at the Baptist hospital in Memphis, and was buried at Hinds Chapel cemetery on Thursday afternoon following at 2:30 o’clock.
Mr. Hobbs had lived near Days for a long time.  He had been trustee of the school at Days for about twenty years, and also had been a member of Hinds Chapel church even longer.
Mr. Hobbs was 68 years of age at this death.  He was a man of high character and could always be depended upon.  His christian life could never be doubted; he always enjoyed church worship.  His favorite song was “His is so Precious to Me.”
Mr. Hobbs leaves a wife, several children and grandchildren to mourn his loss, and we know God only can heal this wound, but listen:
“No parting words shall e’er be spoken
In that bright land of flowers;
But songs of joy and peace and gladness
Shall ever more be ours.”
                                          A FRIEND.

Walls Locals.  (November 29, 1928)

Mmes. R. S. Watson, J. H. McGowen and Miss Annie Gude, of Walls, were among those present at the miscellaneous shower given for Miss Minnie Wendt Saturday by her sister-in-law, Mrs. Richard Wendt, in Memphis.  Miss Wendt’s marriage to Mr. Henry Gotthard, of Toledo, Ohio, will take place early in December.

Olive Branch News.  (November 29, 1928)

Jesse Jackson, a good old colored man who had lived here in town for a number of years, died suddenly Sunday afternoon.

Nesbitt Personals.  (November 29, 1928)

Mr. Chas. Humphries, who recently married, is making his home here.  Mrs. Humphries will be remembered as Miss Hobbs.  We welcome them to our town.

Mineral Wells Notes.  (November 29, 1928)

The community extends its sympathy to Mr. Thelma Greenslade.  there is but little we can offer to those who have lost their loved ones.  Mrs. Thelma Greenslade’s life was a short one, and seemed to have been filled with sorrow during her three years of married life.  She lost both of her babies and her father, but still through her last illness, which lasted a month, she wore a smile for the loved ones that were so faithful and watchful over her to the end.  She leaves her husband and many relatives to mourn her loss.

Zander-Gump Wedding.  (December 13, 1928)

If you like the people of the funny papers you must see the Zander-Gump wedding in the school auditorium Friday night, when these characters will appear true to type.
There will be about forty players in the cast, and the fun will run high.
Admission through the fourth grade will be 10 cents; fifth through high school 25 cents; adults 35 cents.  Proceeds go to the athletic club.
Let’s fill the auditorium.

Stonewall—Ingrams Mill.  (December 13, 1928)

Mr. Elzie Downer died at the Methodist hospital in Memphis Monday night near eleven o’clock, having suffered more than a week from poisoning.  Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon about two o’clock at the Fountain Head church by Rev. J. D. Simpson, local pastor.  Mr. Horn was in charge of the undertaking.  Such a large assemblage of friends and relatives of the deceased and his parents was noticeable, and the pastor stated that heart felt sympathy for the bereaved ones was general.  There were visitors from all the adjoining communities and near-by towns, and quite a few from Memphis.

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