Clarke County, Alabama

Obituaries and Death Notices


Unknown, NANCY (slave)
A Mobile paper announces the death, at the age of 100 years, at a Major Austin's, in Clark county, Ala., of Nancy, a slave raised in Delaware, by the father-in-law of Mr. Curtis, step-son of Gen. Washington, who waited upon her young mistress when married. (Wisconsin Free Democrat, Milwaukee, WI, March 16, 1859 )

Joyce Faye Alexander, 76, of Jackson died March 17, 2008 at Robertsdale Health Care Facility.
    She was born April 7, 1931. She was a native of Knoxville, Tenn. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jackson. She was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean conflict. She was a retired security guard for Pinkerton Security.
    Survivors include one son, Edward (Cindy) Alexander, Jackson; one daughter, Debra (Marty) Hanks, Daphne; three brothers, Dave Allman Jr., New York, Mike (Wilma) Allman, Knoxville, Tenn., Dewey Allman, Mobile; two grandchildren.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Alexander.
    The service will be Thursday (today) March 20 at 2 p.m. with visitation at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Jackson with Rev. Tim Huie officiating. Burial will be in Trinity Memorial Gardens in Jackson. Lathan Funeral Home of Jackson will direct. [The Clarke County Democrat, March 20, 2008 - Submitted by Sabrina Roberts]

BARFIELD, Son of Dr. H. L.
A son of Dr. H. L. Barfield, of Clarke County was kicked by a mule and killed on the 24th inst. Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, July 30, 1891 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

While working in a field recently, Mr. JIM BETTS living near Gosport, dropped dead. - Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, June 15, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Whiskey and Death by Isaac Grant -  POSEY BOOTH killed by C. C. MILES
   Friday morning the startling information reached this place that the night before, Mr J. P. Booth of Nealton, McLeod's Beat, about 10 miles southwest of Grove Hill, had been killed by Mr C. C. Miles of Jackson.
   The facts seem to be about these. Booth owned and operated a saw mill, and wishing to have his track lengthened, that he might saw longer lumber, went to Jackson, Wednesday and got Miles to go home with him to perform the desired work. A jug of whiskey was also taken along.  Thursday the men sandwiched their works with many drinks of whiskey, though is seems Mr Booth was much drunker than Mr Miles. A negro man assisting them was drinking also. About suppertime Booth invited Miles to the house but before starting made some foolish remark which Miles construed as attacking his wife's virtue, and cursing Booth, commenced cutting him about the shoulder.  Booth called the negro man to take the man  off him, but as he advanced to do so, Miles ran him back and returned to Mr Booth, cut him to death leaving eight or ten wounds, some of them severe ones.  Mrs Booth reached her dying husband just in time for him to breathe his last with his head in her lap.
   It is said that after killing Booth, Miles gathered his tools and hid them nearly a mile from the mill.
   A jury of inquest was empanelled by Neal M. Calhoun Esq. and a verdict rendered in accordance with the above facts.  Early Friday morning Messrs. J.W. Mathews and E.O. Calhoun arrested Miles at the residence of his brother-in-law, Billy Miles near Union Church and took him to Nealton where a preliminary hearing was had before Esq. N.M. Calhoun who sent the prisoner to jail reaching here late Friday afternoon.
   Mr Booth was a good man, and some years ago filled the office of county surveyor. What a pity it is that he ever allowed his desire for whiskey to grow beyond his power to control it. Thus has a jug of whiskey hurried one man into eternity and plunged two families into dark despair. The lives and happiness of the people demand that the accursed stuff should be driven from the land A widow and four small children are bereft of husband and father, and left alone to fight life's battle as best they can.  We deeply sympathize with them.  Source: The Democrat, Grove Hill, Clarke County, Ala, Thursday August 15, 1889 - transcribed and submitted by Paula Mason

Johnnie Lee "Jack" Boykin of Jackson, died at the age of 77, Dec. 28, 2008, at USA Medical Center in Mobile. A retired worker with the city of Jackson, he was a member of St. James A.M.E. Church of Choctaw Bluff.
   Survivors include four sons, James (Rose) Boykin and Maurice Boykin, both of Jackson, Derrick (Angela) Boykin of Mobile and Rickey (Tasha) Boykin of Tuscaloosa; six daughters, Brunette (Leroy) Samuels and Sidney Rudolph, both of Mobile, Laura (Dan) Scott, Susan Boykin and Daisy (Ronald) Jackson, all of Jackson, and Darlene (Robert) Clarke of Chester, Va.; three brothers, Kervin (Mary) Boykin of Detroit, Mich., Clarence (Carrie Lee) Robinson and Leon (Frances) Robinson, both of Alma; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
   Viewing will be Saturday, Jan. 3, 1 p.m. until the funeral hour at 2, at New St. Matthews Baptist Church in Choctaw Bluff with the Rev. Clausell Boykin officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery with Jackson Memorial Funeral Home directing. [The South Alabamian, January 1, 2009 - Submitted by Sabrina Roberts]
William "Bill" Chapman, 75, of Grove Hill died March 4, 2008 at the Jefferson Barracks Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.
   He was born June 19, 1932 to Laura Chapman and the late Lockheart Chapman in Grove Hill. He served honorably with the United States Army.
   He retired from Milbradt Lawn Equipment Company after many years of loyal service. He enjoyed fishing, playing dominoes and spending time with his family and friends.
   Survivors include his mother, Laura Mae Chapman, Grove Hill; two brothers, Bobby Chapman, Grove Hill, Caldwell Chapman, Long Beach, Calif.; three sisters, Verona Hill, Cobbie Robinson, Jo Alice Robinson, all of Grove Hill; a nephew he raised, Bryant K. Barbee Sr. and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
   He was preceded in death by his wife, Earma Dell Nance and a daughter, Patricia.
   The service was March 10 at 10:30 a.m. at Wade Funeral Home Chapel in St. Louis, Missouri. [The Clarke County Democrat, March 20, 2008 - Submitted by Sabrina Roberts]

Larry Wayne Danley, Passed Away At Home In Grove Hill.  He Was 57 Years Old. He Was Survived By His Loving Wife Peggy Ann Danley Of Grove Hill. He was also survived by his three loving daughters, Elaine, Paula , And Jennifer. He is survived by three grandsons, Micah, Mcneil, and Andrew, Granddaughter, Ann Marie, brothers Tyler (Bo), and Sherman. He was a member of Grove Hill First Baptist Church [Mobile Press, Unknown Date - Submitted by Sherman Danley]

Services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church, Waterloo, Iowa for Charles R d'Olive.
   Burial will follow in the Vine Street Hill Cemetery in Cinncinatti OH with Dal-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home directions,
   d'Olive, 78, was a native of Suggsville, AL. He graduated from Mississippi Mechanical and Agricultural College (now MS State) with a degree in electrical and mechanical engineering. He entered WWI as a pilot and was the last American to be named an ace--shooting down five enemy fokkers. He pursued a business career in electronics in Cedar Falls, Iowa. At the time of his retirement in 1971, d'Olive was serving as vice president of the Chamberling Manufacturing Corp. in Waterloo.
   Survivors include his wife; a daughter Mrs. John F Mozen, Crosse Point Farm, MI; one son, Gene d'Olive, Burssels, Belguim; three sisters, Mrs Richard Davis and Miss Annie Louise d'Olive, both of Hattiesburg MS and Mrs R E Price of Corinth MS and four grandchildren. (Source: Hattiesburg American, Forest County MS, 21 Jul 1974 - Submitted by Gene Phillips)

Yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock, from a modest and quiet home at the corner of St. Joseph and Magazine streets took place the funeral of Mrs. Maria Darrington Deslonde, whose history is interesting as that of a very intellectual and highly esteemed lady, intimately connected with some of the most distinguished people of Louisiana and the south.
     Maria Darrington, the daughter of Colonel John Darrington of South Carolina, ws born in Clark county, Ala., in 1833, and had consequently at the time of her death, which took place on Mondoay night, reached the age of 54 years.  Her father entered the service of the United States as captain in 1808, and by promotion finally became lieutenant colonel in 1812.  In 1814 he resigned the army and became a planter on the Alabama river.
     Miss Darrington was sent to New York to be educated and entered one of the prominent institutions of those times. She came to New Orleans, and in 1851 married Edward A. Deslonde, son of a wealthy planter of the upper coast, the ceremony being one of the most notable of the time.  He had been a midshipman in the United States navy and a messmate of young Spencer, the son of the secretary of war, who was hung by Commodore McKinsey for mutiny. Deslonde's two sisters married, one of them John Slidell, and the other was the second wife of General G. T. Beauregard.
     Mrs. Deslonde possessed great literary tastes and was a gifted writer.  As an authoress she gained distinction and was very successful in the publication of her works "The Miller of Silcott Mill" and "John Morribal" are interesting books, which have found their way to many libraries and homes. She was a frequent contributor to the press and even in her later days often published stories and articles in the New Orleans dailies.
     For some time past her health has not been good, though within three months ago she was still frequently to be seen by her friends.  General debility, terminating with paralysis set in and it was thus that a noble life was ended.  Mr. Deslonde died in the early part of 1885.  Four grown sons are left, all of whom were present at the time of her death. (Times-Picayune, New Orleans, La., October 26, 1887)

FENDLEY, Child of Rev. J. H.
The Clark County Democrat says:  A little child of REV. J. H. FENDLEY was drowned, recently, by falling into a large pot of water in the yard." Source: Vernon Clipper, Lamar County AL, September 12, 1879 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Howard Calvin Guy, 74, died Dec. 22, 2008 at USA Medical Center in Mobile. A native of the Pleasant Grove community and a resident of Coffeeville, Guy was retired from Allied Paper Company in Jackson and owned a taxidermist business. He was a member of the National Taxidermist Association, the Coffeeville Beautification Club and an honorary member of the Coffeeville Fire Department. He was also a member of the Ulcanush Baptist Church in Coffeeville.
    Survivors include one daughter, Kimberly B. Dunagan of Coffeeville; three stepsons, Pat Bowen of Kentucky, Timothy Bilbruck of Arkansas and Jason Bilbruck of Mobile; one stepdaughter, Andria Reeves of Mobile; two brothers, Willard J. Guy of Littleton, Colo. and W. G. Guy of Ocean Springs, Miss.; two sisters, Bonnie Wallace of Foley and Neal Houston of Coffeeville; five grandchildren, Melodye Dunagan, Mandy Dunagan, Kyle Dunagan, Paul Dunagan and Allen Michael Dunagan, all of Coffeeville; and five step-grandchildren.
    Funeral services were Dec. 26 at the Ulcanush Baptist Church with the Rev. Jesse Griffith officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery under the direction of Lathan Funeral Home of Jackson. [The South Alabamian, January 1, 2009 - Submitted by Sabrina Roberts]

James Henry Harrell, 78, died Dec. 28, 2008 at his Grove Hill residence. A native of Grove Hill, he was a retired self-employed truck driver and a member of the Forest Avenue Baptist Church.
   Survivors include three sons, James R. Harrell and Terrence Moore Harrell, both of Grove Hill, and Larry Earl Harrell of North Carolina; three daughters, Dianne Howell of Semmes, Callie Jo Daniels of Jackson and Sharon Nader of Daphne; two brothers, Charles Harrell of Mobile and Ray Harrell of Grove Hill; 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
   Funeral services were Dec. 31 in the chapel of Lathan Funeral Home of Jackson with interment in Trinity Memorial Gardens of Jackson.
   Active pallbearers were Chance Daniels, Josh Daniels, Hank Daniels, Chris Howell, Jacob Harrell, Joseph Nader, Michael. [The South Alabamian, January 1, 2009 - Submitted by Sabrina Roberts]

Gulfport, May 24 - After an illness borne with Christian fortitude for many months, Mrs. Flora Ann Herron breathed her last at her residence, 1403 22nd avenue this morning at 4 o'clock.  Mrs. Herron was born in Coffeeville, Clark county, Ala.  She was married to F. J. Herron in New Orleans in 1882, in which city she and her husband resided until 1894 when they moved to Mississippi City and from thence to Gulfport.  From this union no children were born.  Deceased was in the 66th year of her life.  A short funeral service will be conducted tomorrow morning at 7 o'clock at the residence by Rev. W. C. Grace, after which her remains will be carried to Mobile for interment. (Gulfport Daily Herald, Gulfport, MS., May 24, 1911)

Thursday night of last week an unknown party called Lem Howze of Clarke county to the door after night and shot him dead.  Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, August 10, 1893- Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Mr. Huston's Funeral - Honored Veteran Laid to Rest in Metairie
The funeral of Robert C. Huston took place yesterday from the residence of his brother-in-law, Leonce M. Soniat, 886 Jackson Avenue.  Deceased was born in Clark County, Ala, July 6, 1826 and reached New Orleans in 1855.  In 1858 he married Blanche Soulet, and Nov. 8, 1908, celebrated the golden anniversary of his marriage.  He was a Confederate veteran, member of the First Louisiana Cavalry, and distinguished himself in service, rising to the rank of sergeant.  In several engagements horses were killed under him, but her was never wounded.  He took part in the battles of Shiloh and Chickamauga.  He held important posts in the cotton business in this city.  He leaves two sisters, Mrs. M. A. Mulder and Susan Huston, residing in Mobile.
     The funeral services were conducted by Rev. G. P. Robinson, of Notre Dame Church, in Jackson Avenue.  The pallbearers were Charles T. Soniat, J. A. Fischer, Leonce Augustin, Ed J. Augustin, Albert Flotte and Eugene Bayhi.  The honorary pallbearers were members of the Army of Tennessee, E. W. ward, Timothy Knight, W. C. Winlbert and J. O. Mealle.  The ceremonies at the grave were very impressive, the interment being in Metairie to the "taps" that honor the soldier's grave. (Times-Picayune, New Orleans, La., August 19, 1909)

James "Tom Cat" Franklin Kelley Sr., 74, of Tinley Park died Feb. 16, 2008 due to complications with Parkinson's disease.
   He was formerly of Clarke County and Chicago, Ill. He was a Korean War Army veteran who served in General MacArthur's Honor Guard. He worked for International Harvester in the Chicago Tractor Works and Broadview Plant as a welder and parts picker where he served the Labor Union, in time, becoming President of the UAW #688. He was a member of the Tinley Park VFW Bremen Post #2791. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America, Calumet Council, and scout commissioner during the years his son was a boy scout.
   Survivors include his wife, Shirley Mae (nee Grow); one son, James F. Kelley Jr.; three daughters, Debra, Beverly J. Abels, Claudette Beauchamp; three sisters, Waurrine Leth, Semmes, Kathleen Lopez, Cotton Port, La., Eleanor Callahan, Reno, Nev.; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, Leavie V. and Arthur "Dock" Kelley, two brothers, Beauford and Thomas Kelley.
   Family and friends met for a memorial service Saturday, March 1. You may visit and sign the guest book at www .suntimes. com (published in the Chicago Sun Times on Feb. 24, 2008). [The Clarke County Democrat, March 20, 2008 - Submitted by Sabrina Roberts]

Grove Hill Democrat:  The awful news reached our town Wednesday afternoon of last week that Mr. A. Lancaster, of Coffeeville, had been shot and killed the afternoon before by his son-in-law, Mr. Jack W. Cave.  Family trouble was the cause of the difficulty. Source: Vernon Clipper, Lamar County AL, January 23, 1880 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney


Rosa Nell Bumpers Lawrence, a native of the Winn community of Jackson and a resident of Houston, Texas died Dec. 24, 2008 at Methodist Hospital in Houston.
   She was born to the parentage of Minister Asarie Bumpers and Donald McGill (Air Force Retiree).  Preceding her in death is her brother, Amos Bumpers Jr., and her husband, Ronald Lawrence.
   Rosa attended Tuskegee Institute and graduated from the University of with a degree in Business Management. She retired as a Business Manager from Cincinnati Bell Telephone Company in Cincinnati, OH. She was a member of Eternity Full Gospel Fellowship under the leadership of Dr. A. Marie Carrier, Lake Charles, Louisiana.
   She leaves to cherish her memories her mother, Minister Asarie Bumpers, her father, Donald McGill and her children, Rekale (Sheldon) Brown, Randall Town, MD; Ronnell Lawrence, Lake Charles, LA, a devoted son, Ronald (Stephanie) Lawrence, Lake Charles, LA; one brother, Alvin Thomas, Lake Charles, LA; two sisters, Linda Sinquefield, Spring, TX and Jackie Sinquefield, The Woodlands, TX; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one aunt, uncle and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends; two devoted friends, Shirely Coaston and Jean McMillian, Cincinnati, OH.
   The service was Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009 at 12 noon at Berry's Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Winn. The Reverend Edward Seabron, pastor, Dr. A. Marie Carrier, eulogist. Viewing was one hour prior to the service. Burial was in the Bumpers Family Plot of Berry's Chapel Cemetery in Winn. Arrangements were entrusted to Andrews Funeral Home, Jackson. [The Clarke County Democrat, March 20, 2008 - Submitted by Sabrina Roberts]

Mobile, Ala, Dec. 26 - At Coffeyville, Clark county, Ala, last night Ernest McConquodale, one of the best known citizens of Clark county, was assassinated by parties unknown.  About nightfall a knock was heard on the front gate of his dwelling, and Mrs. McConquodale called her husband's attention to the signal and he went out.  Immediately a gun was discharged by some one at the gate, and McConquodale received a number of buck shot in the head and face. He fell and expired without uttering a word.  Nothing is said to explain the origin of the tragedy.  There is much excitement at Coffeyville, and the assassin or assassins will be lynched if detected. (San Diego Union, San Diego, Cal., December 29, 1892 )

Charles Mitchell, a prominent citizen of Clarke county, died recently. (The Weekly Age Herald, Birmingham, Jefferson County, AL., March 26, 1890)

John Murphy, formerly Governor of Alabama, and Representative in Congress, died at his residence in Clark county, (Ala) on the 21st ult in the 56th year of his age. (Newark Daily Advertiser, Newark, NJ., Oct. 15, 1841)

Miriam "Pee Wee" Nelson, 52, a lifelong resident of Thomasville, died March 16, 2008 at Mobile Infirmary. She was born Jan. 20, 1956.
   Survivors include three brothers, Bobby Joe (Brenda) Nelson, Pine Hill, Russell (Robin) Nelson, J.D. (Shelly) Nelson, all of Gulf Shores; two sisters, Vera Nelson of Thomasville, Diane (Marvin) Smith of Pine Hill.
The service was March 19 at 11 a.m. at Liberty Baptist Church in Thomasville with Bro. Bill Faircloth officiating.
   Burial was in the Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery. St. Stephens Funeral Home directed.
   Active pallbearers were Mark Smith, Tony Nelson, Chris Nelson, Michael Nelson, Ian Snyder and Gary Nelson. Honorary pallbearer was Anthony Nelson. [The Clarke County Democrat, March 20, 2008 - Submitted by Sabrina Roberts]

Jenkins Ott, a native of Thomasville and resident of Jackson, died Dec. 25, 2008 at Jackson Health Care Facility, at the age of 88. He was a retired electrician with Boise Saw Mill in Jackson and a retired electrician from Penn Central Railroad. A WWII veteran of the U.S. Army, he was wounded three times, in France, Germany and Luxemburg, earning the Purple Heart with an Oak Leaf Cluster and two Bronze Battle Stars. He was a life member of the VFW in Jackson, a member of the Clarke/Washington County Coon Hunter's Association, the American Hose, Hook and Ladder Co. No. 2 in Bristol, Pa. and the Fist Presbyterian Church in Jackson.
   Survivors include his wife, Charlotte A. Ott of Jackson; two sons, Curtis L. (Liz) Ott of Swainton, N.J. and Ned S. (Beverly) Ott of Borden Town, N.J.; one daughter, Hilda R. (Jason) Thomas of Jackson; one brother, Walter C. (Claudine) Ott of Grand Bay; six grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
   Funeral services were Dec. 29 in the chapel of Lathan Funeral Home of Jackson with interment at Midway Cemetery in Thomasville. [The South Alabamian, January 1, 2009 - Submitted by Sabrina Roberts]

Ben Christian Pringle Sr. died Dec. 26, 2008 at a local hospital, at the age of 68. A native of Mobile and resident of Jackson, he was a biologist aide for 21 years with the Department of Conservation and the Department of Game and Fish before retiring. Pringle was a member of Stave Creek Baptist Church where he served as a deacon.
   Survivors include his wife, Mary Annie Rodgers Pringle of Jackson; son, Bennie Christian (Lisa) Pringle Jr. of Jackson; brother, Fred Pringle of Jackson; two sisters, Mary Paul Bell of Roanoke, Ill. and Marzell Hambrich of Auburn; and two grandchildren.
   Funeral services were Dec. 29 at the Stave Creek Baptist Church with interment in the church cemetery under the direction of Lathan Funeral Home of Jackson.
   Pallbearers were Jeffery Rodgers, Bryan Rodgers, Scott Rodgers, Jeremey Rodgers, Freddie Pringle and Josh Pringle. Honorary pallbearers were the deacons of Stave Creek Baptist Church and coworkers of the Fish and Game Deparment. [The South Alabamian, January 1, 2009 - Submitted by Sabrina Roberts]

DEATH CLAIMS AGED VETERAN - JESSE PICKENS PUGH PASSES TO REWARD NEAR 100TH BIRTHDAY - Jesse Pickens Pugh, of Grove Hill, Ala. who on April 17 would have been one hundred years old, died Tuesday morning after an illness of ten days, at the farm where he had passed his entire life and where he made his home with his daughter, Miss Cora Pugh, and his son, Isaac Pugh, according to the information received in Montgomery.
     Mr. Pugh, whose long life spans some of the most interesting periods of Alabama history, was a member of the Masonic lodge, Macon No 7, the oldest Masonic lodge in Alabama.  For the past 75 years he was a member of the First Baptist Church of Grove Hill.  He was the oldest member of the church and said to be the oldest Baptist in Alabama.
   In 1851 Mr. Pugh married Melissa Bettis, of Grove Hill, who died in 1906.  He was a member of the Wirt Adams Calvary, enlisting in 1862 and serving until the close of the war.  He retired with the rank of second lieutenant.
   Mr. Pugh leaves, in addition to the son and daughter with whom he lived, a daughter, Mrs. G. C. Cammack, Grove Hill; and five sons, E. S. Pugh, Union Springs; Dr. J. T. Pugh, Jesse Pugh, and Horace Pugh, of Grove Hill; and Thomas Pugh, Thomasville; 27 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.
    Funeral services were to take place from the residence of Isaac Pugh, Grove Hill, at 3:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon.  Internment was in the home cemetery where all other members of the family have been buried.  (Source: The Alabama Journal, Montgomery, Ala., March 12, 1929 )

At Gainstown, Clark County, Ala., Alexander Reid, a negro who recently brutally murdered Miss Carrie Boyer at that place, was chained to a tree at the spot where the crime was committed and slowly burned to death by a crowd of indignant whites and blacks. (Aberdeen Weekly News, Aberdeen, South Dakota, January 8, 1886)

John Harvey Rowell Sr., 66, of Fulton died March 7, 2008.
   He was born Oct. 2, 1941 in Mobile. He was the third child of Robert and Nadine Fowler Rowell. He attended Carlowville High School (Dallas County). He was an outstanding athlete and outdoorsman. He was a member of Christ the King, CEC. He served on the intercessory prayer group and served where he was needed.
   He started his work career in the family's timber business, an electrician at City Electric and various other companies before going to Hammermill Paper, I.P. for over 27 years. He was a millwright in the maintenance department. He also served the local union as president during the 1970s. He was an electrician for the charity League Follies from 1964 to 1980. He coached baseball for the Selma City League for 13 years. He was a member of the Selma Elks club for many years.
   Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Mary McCormick Rowell, his mother, Nadine Fowler Rowell, Gainestown; one son, John Harvey (Lin) Rowell Jr., one brother, Bobby (Doris) Rowell, Birmingham, one sister, Nadia (Bill) Speed, Gainesville, Ga.; 10 grandchildren.
   The service was March 11 at 2 p.m. at Christ the King Cathedral. Burial was at the New Live Oak Cemetery. Lawrence Brown Funeral Home directed.
   The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Christ the King Cathedral, CEC, Building Fund.  [The Clarke County Democrat, March 20, 2008 - Submitted by Sabrina Roberts]

Dan Scott Sr., 80, of Gainestown, died March 11, 2008 at Kindra Health Care Facility in Mobile. He was born Feb. 26, 1928.
   Survivors include his wife, Mary Scott, Gainestown; six sons, Daniel (Laura) Scott Jr., Choctaw Bluff, Minister Arthur (Ida) Scott, Thomasville, Tommie (Celestine) Scott, Zimco, Clifton Scott and Alfred Scott, both of Mobile, David (Pamela) Scott, Tuscaloosa; three daughters, Olivia (Cornelious) Williams, Rosie Bush, Aree Scott, all of Mobile; 21 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
   The service was March 15 at 1 p.m. at Rocky Mount Baptist Church in Barlow Bend. Burial was in Union Chapel Cemetery in Barlow Bend. Jackson Memorial Funeral Home in Jackson directed. [The Clarke County Democrat, March 20, 2008 - Submitted by Sabrina Roberts]

Deacon Henry Lewis "Gob" Williams of Coffeeville died Dec. 26, 2008 at Providence Hospital in Mobile. He was 57 years of age. Employed with the Clarke County Board of Education Transportation Department, he was a member of Union Missionary No. 2 Baptist Church in Coffeeville where he served on the Deacon Board, was a choir member and Sunday School superintendent. Williams was also a member of the Bethlehem Lodge No. 866 of Winn.
   Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Emma M. Williams of Coffeeville; son, James H. (Feleshia) Williams of Jackson; two daughters, Jeania Williams of Austell, Ga. and Erin E. Williams of Coffeeville; two brothers, Riley (Patricia) Williams of Detroit, Mich. and Willie Frank Williams of Coffeeville; mother and father-in-law, Rada M. and Richard Beckham of Coffeeville; and four grandchildren.
   Funeral services were Dec. 31 at the Union Missionary No. 2 Baptist Church with the Rev. Vayton Chapman, pastor, as officiating minister. Interment followed in the Coffeeville Cemetery under the direction of Jackson Memorial Funeral Home. [The South Alabamian, January 1, 2009 - Submitted by Sabrina Roberts]

Murder in Clark County, Ala. - The Montgomery Flag of the 9th inst says:
 Albert Woodson was killed at Grove Hill on the 26th ult.  He was first seen engaged with a man named John Duffee, whom he was beating with a stick.  John and David Blackwell seeing the affray, rand towards the parties, exclaiming, "Woodson is killing Duffee."  Woodson threw two weights at the Blackwells as they approached him, and retreated, believing he had killed Duffee. He was overtaken and captured, when he was discovered to be very bloody. He was taken to the scene of the tragedy, when he fell, exhausted from loss of blood.  A physician was called in, and on examination he was found to be mortally wounded in the side.  The wound was in the direction of the heart, and was probed to the depth of nine inches.  He died on the following Sunday.  The most singular part of the affray is, that it is not known who inflicted the wound.  The jury of inquest could get no positive evidence concerning the matter.  Near the scene of the affray a large knife was found, with the blade open, but nothing farther was elicited. (Times-Picayune, New Orleans, La., June 12, 1849)



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