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Montgomery, Sept. 22 – A Special to the Advertiser from Butler, Ala says: Mr. John Addison died Sunday night and was buried yesterday. He was a sufferer from asthma for many years.  About seven years ago, both his eyes were shot out accidentally by his own gun while hunting.  He leaves a wife and two children who have the sympathy of the community. (Weekly Iron Age, Birmingham, Ala, Sept. 29, 1887 – Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)


Meridian, Miss., Sept 16 - The death toll of an automobile accident on the Meridian highway near here reached four today with the death of Miss Martha Barefield, 16, of Lisman, Ala., and Miss Concyle Chandler, 14, of Butler, Ala. (States Time Advocate, Baton Rouge, La., Sept 16, 1939 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

BASTON, 3 Children of L.

Near Falls site, Choctaw county, Mr. L. BASTON buried three of his children last week; two the same day.  The family is almost crazed with grief. (Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, June 5, 1890 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)


Special to The Advertiser.
Mobile, Ala., April 29--After an illness of a lingering nature John W. Bransom, aged 50 years, a navite of Choctaw County, Alabama, died at his home at Prichard, Ala., Monday afternoon. He is survived by his wife, two sons, Louis Bransom, Floyd Bransom, three daughters, Mrs. L. N. Richardson, Mrs. A. M. Pearson, Mrs. Theodore Moulyet and other relatives.
The funeral took place Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock and the Interment was in Magnolia Cemetery. [SOURCE: Montgomery Advertiser, April 30, 1913, Transcribed by C. Anthony]


Capt James W Bryant, editor of the Choctaw Herald, is dead. (Source; Hamilton Times, Marion County, AL, June 29, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)


Dr. W. A. Christopher, physician of Lisman, Ala. who died at his residence there Wednesday was buried Thursday.  Deceased is survived by his widow, one daughter, Miss Ina Christpher; one son, Howard Christopher; three sisters, MRs. Annie Moore, Meridian; Mrs. Lena Hill and Mrs Eva Carr, Centerville, Ala; three brothers, Dr. F. E. and J. C. Christopher, Silas, Ala., and C. H. Christopher, Meridian.  The interment took place in the Lisman cemetery. (Times-Picayune, New Orleans, La., November 30, 1925 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)


 Mr. C. C. Crum of Choctaw county who was injured in a saw mill recently, died from the effect of the injuries received. (Source; Hamilton Times, Marion County, AL, September 28, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)


Zack Izar DuBose, 83, of Silas died May 22, 2008 at his residence in Silas.

Survivors include one son, Tony Edwin (Susan) DuBose, Grove Hill; two daughters, Janice Dale (Terry) Williams, Debra Ann DuBose, all of Silas; one daughterin law, Kathy G. DuBose, Gilbertown; two grandsons, Jeremy Shane (Monica) Williams, Eric Ladell (Whitney) DuBose; two great-granddaughters, Jonnah Bess, Josie John-Kathryn Dubose; one great-grandson, Hunter Shane Williams; two daughters in spirit, Keturah Doggette and Sandy Tallon.   He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy McLain DuBose, his first wife, Hazel Stanley DuBose; his parents, Asia Izar DuBose and Lyddia G. Hankins DuBose; two brothers, Acey Cecil DuBose, James Emmet DuBose; three sisters, Julia Pearl Sumrall, Vleva Fae Sumrall, Gladys Lillian DuBose, two sons, Johnny Ladell DuBose and Gary Allen DuBose. The service was May 24 at 11 a.m. at Springbank Baptist Church in Silas with Revs. Bobby Holder and Wesley Slay officiating. Burial was in the Edgar Obituaries Cemetery in Silas. Phillips Funeral Home of Gilbertown directed. Active pallbearers were Ronnie Wimberly, Tom Stokes, Terry "Winky" Reed, Scott Lassiter, Franklin Baxter, and Jeff Vanderford, with Pete Vanderford, and Johnny Williams serving as alternates. Honorary pallbearers were Foy DeVane, Claude B. Wimberly, James Charles Utsey, Malcolm Utsey, Pete Vanderford, Bobby Joe Rogers, Chuck Reed, Cecil Taylor, Don Baughman, Harry Flint, Horace Stokley, Rayford Taylor, Edward Gibson, Jerry DuBose, Barr McClellan, Gaston Dutton, Joseph D. White, Ricky DuBose, Rodger M. White, Harold DeVane, Robert McIlwain and Russell McIlwain. [SOURCE: The Clarke County Democrat, May 29, 2008, Submitted by Sabrina Roberts.]

 DYKE, Mrs.

Mrs. Dyke, living near Butler, fell into the fire a few days ago and was burned to death. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar county AL, June 22, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney


Alabama Man Killed in Automobile Accident
Meridian, Miss., Oct. 24 - Rankin Green of Gilbertown, Ala., 28, a business man and ranch owner in Choctaw County, was killed almost instantly yesterday when a car in which he was riding collided with another vehicle.  Green suffered a broken neck and internal injuries and lived only a few minutes.
    The accident occurred about 11 miles north of Gilbertown on the Butler highway.  The impact caused the Green car to turn over twice and smash into a stump on the side of the road.  Green was driving alone.
     He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Green.  Besides his parents, he is survived by his widow, a daughter, five weeks old, a brother and a sister.
     Funeral services were held today with the Rev. Mr. Mason of Isney, Ala, in charge. (Daily Herald, Biloxi, Miss., Oct. 24, 1935 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)


Oil Tank Blast Fatal to Hunter
Gilbertown, Ala., Dec. 24 - A carbide light set off an explosion at an oil field storage tank Tuesday night, sending a young hunter plunging to his death into an inferno of blazing oil.
    Opie Hollingshead, 15-year-old Gilbertown school boy, was killed in the accident.  He had climbed onto the tall tank with the light while hunting o'possums with a young brother.
     G. A. Rentz, Gilbertown businessman who went to the scene, said young Holilngshead apparently raised the lid on the tank and that the carbide light ignited gas fumes.
     The blast blew the lid of the tank several hundred yards from the scene.
     Otis Hollingshead, seven-year-old brother of the explosion victim, was standing on the ground near the tank at the time and was not hurt.
     The tank, owned by the Carter Oil company, is in the Gilbertown oil field abut a mile and a half southeast of here. (Oregonian, Portland, Ore., December 25, 1952 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)


W. P. Jones was killed by being thrown from a mule at Pushmataha on last Friday.  His neck was broken by the fall. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar county AL, May 25, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney


Fatally Hurt by Tree
Meridian, Miss., June16 - Howard Mosley, 18, of Toxey, Ala, died today at a local hospital from injuries suffered when a tree fell on him.  The accident happened while he was sawing logs near Gilbertown, Ala.  He suffered internal injuries in the accident. (Daily Herald, Biloxi, Miss., June16, 1936 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)


(Special to The Advertiser.)
Mobile, Ala., June 20.--S. F. Mosley, aged 30 years, a resident of Souwilpa, Choctaw county, Ala., died Sunday night at a local infirmary after a brief operation. The body was sent to Souwilpa for burial Tuesday. Mr. Mosely was a farmer at the above place and leaves a large family connection. [SOURCE: Montgomery Advertiser, June 21, 1916, Transcribed by C. Anthony]


Wounded Man Dies
Meridian, Miss., May 6 - Marshall C. Oglesby, 28 of Toxey, Ala., died today in a Meridian hospital where he was undergoing treatment for gunshot wounds suffered at his home last night.
     Officers said Oglesby was shot in an argument with antoher man over the employment situation at the Oglesby mill and that another man was in jail at Butler, Ala., in connection with the shooting.
     Oglesby is survived by his widow and three children. (Daily Herald, Biloxi, Miss., May 6, 1940 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)


Accompanied by relatives the body of Julian C. Perry, 14 years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Perry, of Choctaw county, Ala., who died at a local hospital was taken to the parent's home late yesterday for the funeral service and interment. (Times-Picayune, New Orleans, La., November 30, 1925 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)


Alvarado, Johnson Co., Texas, July 20 - William A. Prestridge, 62 years old, pioneer citizen of Johnson County, died at his home in Alvarado Wednesday afternoon.  He was born in Choctaw County, Alabama, in 1861, coming to Johnson County, Texas, in 1866.  He was an active member of the Baptist Church, a prominent druggist of Alvarado for thirty-five years and one of the best known citizens of Johnston County.
     Mr. Prestridge was married in 1892 to Miss Carrie J. Clarke, daughter of the late Rev. J. R. Clarke, one of the best known ministers of the gospel in Texas in his day.  Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the Baptist Church, the Rev. B. F. Dickson officiating. Burial was at Glenwood Cemetery.  Mr. Prestridge is survived by his wife, Mrs. Carrie J. Prestridge; one son, Clark Prestridge of Dallas; one daughter, Mrs. Ernest Hallman of Grand View; one brother, Dr. B. G. Prestridge of Alvarado; one sister, Mrs. Charles Voss of Dallas; two grandsons and a large number of relatives.  (Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX., July 21, 1923 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)


Died in Pennington on March 13th, Mrs. S. J. SCANLIN, an esteemed and much beloved lady - age about 75 years. Her husband saw service in the war of the 60's and answered the last call some years ago.  [Source: Choctaw Advocate, Choctaw County, dated March 13, 1929 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney - Note on clipping: This pensioner was on First class roll of Choctaw County - Blind]

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