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Graveside service for Mrs. Emma Carr Almon, 84, of 1800 Cornwall Road, Hoover, who died Tuesday, will be at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at Elmwood, Valley Chapel directing.  She was a former member of First United Methodist Church and a charter member of Shades Mountain Independent Church.  Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. E. T. Glass, III, Birmingham; and two sons, Charles C. Almon, St. Croix, U. S. Virgin Islands, and Sam L. Almon, Oklahoma City. [Birmingham (AL) Post-Herald, July 24, 1980, page A-7, Transcribed by C. Anthony]

Moses H. Ashley, a young white man committed suicide in Birmingham on last Saturday by taking morphine.(Hamilton Times, Marion County, AL, Aug 6, 1891 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)



 Wm Bishop, a young miner was killed at Graces Gap, by being run over by a tram car. (Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, July 13, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

Funeral for David L. Brown, 76, of Fairfield, Calif., who died Monday, will be at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at Brown Service, Bessemer, with burial at Valhalla.  He was a member of the Senior Citizens Association of Fairfield and was a former Bessemer resident.  He was a retired millwright of Pullman Standard of Bessemer.  Survivors include two sons, Danny W. Brown, Sr., Hueytown, and D. L. Brown, Ellabell, Ga.; a daughter, Mrs. Gail J. Mitchell, Fairfield, Calif.; and a sister, Mrs. Lucille Wright, Millport.  [Birmingham (AL) Post-Herald, July 24, 1980, page A-7, Transcribed by C. Anthony]


A WOMAN LITERALLY COOKED TO DEATH - Birmingham, Ala, April 30 – A distressing accident happened at Vanderbilt furnace, four miles form the city, last night about 9 o’clock. Mrs. Brown, wife of J. H. Brown, the night engineer at the furnace, who lives near by, was going to carry her husband his supper. Near the engine room is a big pool of hot water and steam from the waste pipes of the engine. In the darkness she fell into the pool and was fearfully scaled before she could be rescued. She was literally cooked to from her feet up to her waist. Her death is momentarily expected. - Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County, AL, May 5, 1892 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney 



Birmingham, Sept 7 – Mrs. FELIX BUCHFEELE, an aged Dutch woman, was picking up coal in the Louisville and Nashville railroad yards this morning, when she crawled under a care to get a lump.  No one saw her get under the car, and before she could crawl out a switch engine backed some other cars against the one the woman was under. The wheels ran over the woman and crushed her to death. She died instantly.  Her husband runs a small shoemakers shop on Third Avenue Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County, AL, Sept 13, 1894 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney 

A Bride of a Few Months Called to the Great Beyond.
    Yesterday afternoon at 3:55 o’clock, at the family residence, Sixteenth street and Sixth avenue, the spirit of Mrs. George W. Burks winged its flight to the great beyond.
    But a few days over one year ago deceased, who was then Miss Emma Bosie, changed her maiden name for that of a matron and linked her fortunes with those of a popular engineer of the Birmingham Railway and Electric company. Short era of happy wedded bliss was the lot of the young couple, but consumption crept in and laid his dread fingers upon the young bride. Despite the aid of physicians the deadly fingers could not be shaken off, and after a long and painful struggle the disease was conqueror and the summons came.
    Deceased was a native of Mobile, and was but 20 years of age. She leaves three sisters and a sorrowing husband.
    The funeral takes place this afternoon at Oak Hill. Source:  Age-Herald (Birmingham, AL) April 18, 1895. Transcribed by a FOFG.





ANOTHER ONE DEAD - The dead body of John Carlisle a carpenter – contractor who lived at Wilkes station on the North Bessemer car line was found about 11 o’clock Saturday night on the tracks of the Alabama Great Southern Railroad, between Seventeenth and Eighteenth streets in Bessemer, making the sixteenth victim on the same railroad within a radius of two blocks. The man’s head was completely severe from the body and was picked up about ten feet from the trunk and lower limbs. The arms and shoulder of the unfortunate men was found about twenty feet from the trunk, lying still on the rails, where they had been torn from the mangled form. Blood splattered the rails of the road for nearly 200 feet, indicating that the body had been dragged, crushed and mangled and that the blood of the man dripped from the cars of the train that killed him. Source; Marion County Republican, Marion County AL, November 25, 1908 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney





Perry H. Carpenter, of Birmingham, was shot and killed on the streets of that city last Saturday night while on his way home.  The shooting was done in the heart of the city and the unknown assassin managed to escape though diligent search was made.  Source; Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, January 19, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney


Mrs. Maudie Mae (Lock Yarbrough) Carter - Graveside services for Mrs. Maudie Mae Carter, 82, of Saraland, who died Tuesday, will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Elmwood, Valley Chapel directing. She was a former Birmingham resident. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Louis L. Furr, Saraland, and a son, Willard R. Yarbrough, Birmingham.

The Elmwood Cemetery Company order of interment dated February 2, 1978 states: Maudie Mae Yarbrough Carter #7, born July 11, 1885 and died January 31, 1978 in Crypt Lot W260 168 Building Block 1, on February 3, 1978. (J. B. Yarbrough Family Plot.) [Transcribed and submitted by Lois Anderson obtained from Elmwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Sue Jane Cassett, 85, of Rt. 2, Box 119, Aliceville, who died today in Aliceville, was a native of Pickens County.  Funeral will be Nov. 22 at Providence Baptist Church in Aliceville, with burial in the church cemetery.  Smith & Gasten directing.  Survivors include two daughters, Miss Betty Mae Cassett of Aliceville and Mrs. Annie Lee West, Birmingham; a son, Phil Williams, Birmingham,  and a sister, Mrs. Mary Mayhew, Detroit, Mich.  [Source: Birmingham (AL) News, November 13, 1970, page 36, Transcribed by C. Anthony]


Miss Rita A Cawthon, 10, of 1039 Beacon Parkway East, died Tuesday. Funeral will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Elmwood Chapel, with burial in Elmwood. Survivors include her mother, Mrs. Leonard Allen, her father, Bryon O. Cawthon, and a brother, Thomas Andrew Cawthon, all of Birmingham. The family suggests memorials be contributed to the Lewis Slossfield School.  (Source: The Birmingham News, published on Wed., Jan. 11, 1978 - Submitted by Tracy Ward)


 Class of 1865 – JOSEPH STANLEY CHAPMAN. B. 18 Jan., 1838, Irasburg, Vt. Served in 7th R.I. Cav. Minister. D. 12 Nov., 1910, Birmingham, Ala.  Source: Dartmouth College Necrology, 1910-1911, Hanover, N.H. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

COATS, Mrs. 
Graveside services for Mrs. Charles Coats, 86, 3033 Canterbury Rd., Mountain Brook, who died Sunday at her home, were held today at Grove Hill Cemetery, Angwin's Mortuary Center officiating. A Choctaw County native, Mrs. Coats was a member of the Gulf Beach Baptist Church, West Panama City Beach, Fla.  Survivors include two sons, Robert B. Coats, Sunnyside, Fla., and Charles A. Coats, Jr., Birmingham; a daughter, Mrs. Andrew B. Park, Mountain Brook. [Source: Birmingham (AL) News, Monday, April 6, 1964, Transcribed by C. Anthony] 

Birmingham, Ala., July 9--J. A. Cochran, one of the best known citizens of Ensley, died Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock, at the residence of his son, William Cochran, at Corey. Mr. Cochran was about 75 years of age, a Confederate veteran and a member of the Ensley Masonic Lodge. He has been in ill health for some time and his death was not unexpected.

The funeral services will be conducted Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock from his late home, 2806 Ave. G. Interment will be at Oakland cemetery, Ensley. The Confederate Veterans and Masons will attend the funeral in a body. Two of Mr. Cochran's children live in Ensley, Alex and WIll Cochran. [Source: Montgomery Advertiser, July 10, 1912, Transcribed by C. Anthony]

Graveside service for John Raymond Conley, 72, of 2401 Columbiaana Road, who died Tuesday, will be at 2 p.m. today at Elmwood, Elmwood Chapel directing.  He was a member of the Episcopal Church and was retired from the U. S. Postal Service.  He was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.  Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Wilhelmina Conley; a son John Raymond Conley, Jr., Vestavia, and two brothers, Paul Wesley and Benjamin Clifton Conley, both of Scottsboro.  [Source: Birmingham (AL) Post-Herald, July 24, 1980, page A-7, Transcribed by C. Anthony]


CORK MEETS AWFUL DEATH - Anthony Cork, aged 30 years residing in Sandusky, met a horrible death at NO 1 shaft of the Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Company Wednesday night about 10 o’clock. Cork was inspecting some timbers in the lower mine and was standing on the cage looking up to the roof.  As he desired to get nearer the timber, he gave the signal to the men on top to raise the cage.  The cage began to run up and Cork was caught between the edge of the roof and his back bent over the side of the cage. His back was broken and his head crushed, death resulting.  Source: Marion County Republican, Marion County, AL, October 28, 1908 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney


DAY, Mr. Edward Charles, Jr., aged 41, of 1923 28th Ave., N., Hueytown. Passed away Saturday A. M. at a local hospital.  Survived by his wife, Mrs. Georgia Anne Day; 2 daughters, Joyce Carol and Mary Ann Day; 2 sons, Patrick Lawrence and Michael I. A. Day; mother, Mrs. Mary Day; brother Frank J. Day; 2 sisters, Mrs. Margaret Piekert, Mrs. Anne Coleman.  Funeral services Monday 9 A.M. from Brown-Service Bessemer Chapel and 9:30 from St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Father John Slack officiating.  Internment Highland Memorial Gardens.  Rosary to be said at 8 P.M. Sunday, Brown-Service Bessemer Chapel.  Brown-Service Bessemer directing. [Birmingham (AL) News, Sunday, May 14, 1961, Transcribed by C. Anthony]

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Hilmer Day., 87 of 2017 Avenue G, Ensley, died yesterday.  Funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Anthony's Catholic Church,  burial in Oakland, Angwin's directing.  Rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m. today. at Angwin's.  She was a member of the church and the Pratt City  Eagles auxiliary.  Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Margaret Piekert, Ensley, and Mrs. Ann Coleman, Birmingham; and a sister, Mrs. Ann McConachie, San Jose, Calif. [Birmingham (AL) Post-Herald, Sunday, July 24, 1980, page A-7, Transcribed by C. Anthony]

Louis L. Dean, a prominent citizen of Birmingham, dropped dead while sitting in a friend's house at Woodlawn on last week. (Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, Dec 1, 1892 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)


Graveside service for Douglas J. Early, Sr., 88, of 3917 Shannon Lane, Mountainbrook, who died Tuesday, will be at 11 a.m. today at Elmwood, Valley Chapel directing.  He was retired district sales manager for U. S. Steel with 53 years service.  He was a World War I veteran and a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and Birmingham Country Club.  Survivors include a son, Douglas J. Early, Jr., Atlanta; a daugher, Mrs. Claire E. Love, Birmingham; and a sister, Mrs. Eva Lyons, Birmingham.  The family suggests memorials be to the Trinity United Methodist Church or a favorite charity.  [Birmingham (AL) Post-Herald, July 24, 1980, page A-7, Transcribed by C. Anthony]


 Asa Woodward EASON died Aug 14 1959.  He was born March 29 1885 in Henderson Co, TN son of Shadrack"Shade" Eason and Mary Emily Scott Eason. He married Dec 27 1908 in Madison Co TN, Hattie Elder. They had 9 children: Marvin, Ruby, Cleatus, Earl, Russell, Mildred, James, Minnie E and Jewell.  Interred Hillview Baptist Church Cemetery, Forestdale, Jefferson Co, AL.  Submitted by Glen Peddy


Mildred Lucile Eason died Oct 19 1920 at Pratt City, Birmingham AL, 18 month old daughter of Asa W and Hattie Elder Eason. Burial in Cat Mountain Cemetery.  Submitted by Glen Peddy


Engineer is Killed by Fall in Water - Sam Ellis Fatally Burned While at Work
Scalds received when he fell into a tank of boiling water while at work yesterday were fatal to Sam Ellis, 40, of 2818 Avenue D, engineer at the Ensley power house of the Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Co.

Mr. Ellis was pronounced dead upon arrival at T. C. I. emergency hospital where he had been taken by fellow workmen who removed him from the tank.

Surviving are his wife; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William J. Ellis, Wylam; a daughter, Miss Virginia Ellis; a son, William Ellis; two sisters, Miss Eunice Ellis and Mrs. Charles Ford; and four brothers, Harry, William, Andrew and George Ellis.

Luquire will announce funeral arrangements. Date of death - January 2, 1934 - Contact: C. Anthony- Transcribed by C. Anthony

Birmingham, Ala., July 9,--The dead body of W. H. Elliott, aged 70, was found lying beside his bed in his room at the residence of the deaceased son, C. E. Elliott, at East Lake, this morning about 8 o'clock. A stroke of apoplexy is supposed to have taken the elderly man off, and in his struggle fell out of bed. The deceased is survived by two sons and two daughters. He retired last evening apparently in good health. [Montgomery Advertiser, July 7, 1912, Transcribed by C. Anthony]



Joel C. Fain, the fourteen-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Joel C. Fain, died early Monday morning at the residence of his parents in Birmingham, Ala. Mrs. Fain was Miss Beatrice Daley, of Atlanta, before her marriage and has many friends here. The remains of the child were brought to Atlanta at 10:30 o'clock Monday morning and taken to the residence of Mrs. Fain's sister, Mrs. C. J. Sullivan, at the Lenox apartments. The funeral will be announced later. Source: The Atlanta Georgian And News - Atlanta, Georgia - Monday, September 5, 1910 - Transcribed as written by D. Donlon

Jack Fiorella, Sr., 82, of 1924 Fifth St. South, who died Friday was a native of Italy and had lived in Birmingham 66 years.  He was a retired Barber.  He was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church and of the Holy Name Society.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and was a fourth degree Knight, and was a member of the Sons of Italy and the Roman Club.  Funeral will be at 9 a.m. Sunday at John's Ridouts and at 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul's Catholic Church with burial at Elmwood.  Rosary will be said at 8 p.m.  He is survived by his wife, three sons, Joe Fiorella, Sam Fiorella and Jack Fiorella, Jr. and four daughters, Mrs. Jack Rouss, Sr., Mrs. Louis Musso, Mrs. Joe Torlamassi and Mrs. Bryan Henshaw, all of Birmingham. [Birmingham (AL) News, January 15, 1972, Page C-12 - Transcribed by C. Anthony]

Funeral for Mrs. Pauline Bray Fletcher, who worked as a registered nurse in Birmingham for more than half a century, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Thirgood CME Church with burial at Woodlawn Cemtery.  Poole Northside directing.  [Birmingham (AL) News, November 13, 1970, page 36, Transcribed by C. Anthony]



 Maj. A. B. Garland, a prominent citizen of Birmingham is dead. (Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, June 15, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)


Birmingham, Ala Jan. 9 - J. T. M. GARRETSON, 94, a major in the Confederate Army, and later a general in the Veteran's organization, died at his residence here last night.  Mr. Garretson came here 50 years ago from his native Tennessee.  Funeral services await the arrival of relatives.  (Source: Unknown newspaper clipping - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

Mrs. Mary Alyce Godfrey, 54, of 2257 Forestdale Blvd., died yesterday.  Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at Bell Funeral Home, with burial in Crumley Chapel Cemetery.  She was born in Morgan County, but lived most of her life in Jefferson County.  She was a member of Westwood Baptist Church.  Survivors include her husband, Richard Donald Godfrey, Forestdale; a sister, Mrs. Myra McPherson, Anniston, and a brother, Earnest R. Doss, Falkville. [Birmingham (AL) Post-Herald, July 24, 1980, page A-7]

Carl A. Goodwin, 75, of 1507 Sixth Avenue, Bessemer, who died Wednesday, was a native of Johns.  He had worked for U. S. Steel 40 years.  Funeral was today at Browns-Service, Bessemer with burial in Highland Memorial Gardens.  He is survived by his wife; four daughters, Mrs. Lucille Harmon, Miami, Fla., Mrs. Leona Elsner, Fort Worth, Texas, Mrs. Hazel Simpson, Fultondale, and Mrs. Erma Smith, Lipscomb and two sons, Earl Goodwin, Eugene, Ore., and Ralph Goodwin, Lipscomb. [Birmingham (AL) News, November 13, 1970, page 36]  


HALL -- Mrs. Elizabeth Neal (nee ALLISON) HALL, of 240 N. 54th St., passed away at a local infirmary Thursday morning. Survived by the son, Ralph S. HALL, B'ham; a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services from Johns Chapel Friday at 11:30 a.m., Rev. Albert Branscomb officiating. Interment Forest Hill Cemetery. Johns Chapel. [Birmingham (AL) News, 12 Apr 1951, pg 56, contributed by Karima Allison - quest at]

Former Cullman Man Dies in Wreck. - Jimmy Hall, Race Driver Killed in Car Race - Was Former Employee of Giles Motor Company

James Albert (Jimmy Hall) 28, well known former resident of Cullman, was fatally injured Sunday afternoon when his racing car plunged from a dirt track in Alberquerque, N. M., before 1500 spectators. He died in a hospital there on Monday.

Jimmy Hall and Red Dozier were former managers of the Giles Motor Company here and were both well known and popular over the city. Hall was an expert mechanic and was a well known racing driver, having kept a racing car here for several months. His parents reside in Birmingham.

Hall was thrown 25 feet from his car as it hurtled through a fence.

He had been a driver of racing automobiles for five or six years and had been away from Birmingham since December. He had driven races in a number of cities, including Chattanooga, Atlanta, Montgomery, Birmingham, and others.

His brother, John Hall, was killed 10 years ago at Wichita Falls, Tex. in an attempt to change from an automobile to an airplane.

Jimmy had attended Central High School in Birmingham and was a graduate of a chiropractic school at Davenport, Iowa.

Surviving, in addition to the parents are four sisters, Miss Mildred Hall and Miss Bessie Hall, Birmingham; Mrs. H. T. Foddrill, Atlanta, and Mrs. B. F. O'Steen, Florence, Ala., and two brothers, William L. and Harry Hall, Birmingham.

The body was expected to reach Birmingham Thursday morning. [The Cullman Democrat (AL), September 18, 1930, submitted by Sandy Presley-Dorda]

HALL, Mr. Ralph S, age 67, of 2201 Vestavia Drive, passed away Tuesday morning at a local hospital. A native of Burmingham, Mr. HALL was owner and operator of Hall Feed and Grocery Store. He was a member of Vestavia Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife Mrs. Sadie Evans Hall. Funeral services Wednesday 2. P.M. at Johns-Ridout's Southside Chapel, Dr. L. D. Tyson officiating. Interment Forest Hill Cemetery. Active pallbearers, Edward Greer, Wheeler Griffin, M. C. Crawford, Ben Davis, Jake Goodson, John Alsbrook. Johns-Ridout's 2116 8th Avenue, South,directing.  [Birmingham (AL) News, Feb 9. 1965, contributed by Karima Allison - quest at 

Plan HALL Funeral.- MacDonald To Conduct Rites For Retired Grocer, Feed Merchant.
Funeral services for Sylvester HALL, 66, retired grocer and stock feed merchant, found dead in bed at his residence, 240 North Fifty-Fourth Street, with a bullet wound in his head, will be conducted at 1 p. m. Wednesday at Luquire's Woodlawn Chapel. The Rev. Frank MacDonald will officiate. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.
A .38 caliber pistol was found near the body. A finding of suicide was returned by County Investigator Evans. He said members of the family said HALL had been in ill health. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Elizabeth HALL and a son, Ralph S. HALL, of Birmingham. [Birmingham (AL) News, March 2, 1932, page 16, contributed by Karima Allison - quest at]

FORNEY, April 7 -- Funeral services for Leo Simpson Hester, 79, long-time resident, who died following an extended illness were held Friday at Bethel Baptist Church. The Revs. Herman Lindsey, N. S. Strickland and H. L. Blalock officiated. Burial in adjoining cemetery. Perry Funeral Home directing. [Birmingham (AL) News, Monday, April 6, 1964]

COL. G. W. HEWITT Died Suddenly About Noon Today of Neuralgia of the Heart After a Long Illness
      The county of Jefferson mourns this afternoon the loss of one of the most distinguished of her citizens, and eminent lawyer, a statesman, and patriot, a man whom the public admired and his familiars loved.
      Col. Goldsmith W Hewett, senior member of the firm of Hewitt Walker and Porter died shortly after 12 o'clock today at his residence on Fifth Avenue and Twenty-first Avenue and Twenty-First Street. The immediate cause of his death was an attack of neuralgia of the heart. The summons came suddenly and unexpectedly.
      A News reporter was informed at the family residence this afternoon that Colonel Hewett was better than usual yesterday and no one expected the summon so suddenly given today.
      As soon as the news of the death of Jefferson's distinguished son got abroad citizens prominent in every walk of life crowded to the family residence in great numbers to show their grief, and sympathy with his sorrowing family
      The following taken from the history of Jefferson county, is an excellent sketch of his life;
      Colonel HEWETT was born in Jefferson county February 14, 1834, and was the son of James H. and Eleanor Hewett, nee Tarrant, early settlers. The paternal grandfather was of Irish blood, a native of North Carolina, and James H. Hewett, the father was a Tennessean by birth. He was a man of industry and high moral character. He came to Jefferson while it was a part of Blount, and before the admission of the state into the Union. The Tarrants were of Scotch origin. The maternal grandfather of Colonel Hewett was one of the earliest preachers of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, who ministered in the country.
      Goldsmith W Hewett received and academic education in Jefferson county and began to study law in the office of Judge W. S. Mudd at Elyton. Subsequently he entered the Lebanon Law School of Tennessee.  In 1856 he was licensed to practice and became a member of the firm of Ernest & Earle.  Later he formed a co-partnership with John C. Morrow
      Colonel Hewett took his seat on the organization of the Forty-fourth congress, and was returned fro four successive congresses practically without opposition. He became at once a working member. Not a brilliant orator, he proved a ready debater, well-informed, courageous and incorruptible. He was active during his whole eight years as a reformer, and in ceaseless pursuit of an unostentatious line of conduct, accomplished much toward reconciling the prejudices against this state and section then dominant in congress.  - Birmingham News, May 27 - [Vernon Courier, Lamar County, AL, May 30, 1895 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney]

John H. Hilmer, Jr., 45, of Trussville, who died Friday, was retired from Western Electric after 24 years.  He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America and of Holy Infant of Prague Catholic Church and of the Holy Name Society.  He was a Veteran of World War II and Korean War.  Funeral will be 10 a.m. Monday at Holy Infant of Prague Church with burial at Forest Hill, Roebuck Chapel directing.  Surviving are his wife, a son, John H. Hilmer, Miss June Hilmer and Miss Karen Hilmer, all of Trussville; two brothers, Col. James E. Hilmar, Ft. Lewis, Wash. and F. L. Hilmer, San Lorenzo, Calif.; and two sisters, Mrs. Florence Davis, Virginia Beach, Va. and Mrs. Betty E. Bentley, Atlanta, Ga.  [Birmingham (AL) News, Sunday, January 16, 1972, Page C-12]

Age 83 of Mt. Olive, died Monday, January 26, 2004. She was born on September 14, 1920. She was a member of Central Baptist Church in Gardendale. Funeral services will be Thursday, January 29, at 11 a.m. at Ridout's Gardendale Chapel with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. She was preceded in death by Fred B. Belcher, W.H .Horsley, and one son, Donald Ray Belcher. Survivors: son, Robert E. Belcher; daughters, Betty Nabors, Nell Mosley, and Janie Tibbals; 11 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren; brother Roy McDowell; sisters, Louise Pennington, Virginia Tunstill and Ann Youngblood. Ridout's Gardendale Chapel directing. [submitted by tatertom37 at] 


John Howard, a colored well-digger, was overcome by gas in a well in Birmingham and died.  He took a rope, went down in the well and saved Mr. Kanann, a white man, but lost his own life. Truly a hero. (Source; Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, September 7, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)



 TOOK "PIZEN" AND DIED - A Jilted Alabama Lover Shuffle Off by the Rough on Rats Route
Birmingham, Ala., Jan. 12 - Gus Jones, a prominent young man residing near Oakland, Ala committed suicided today under rather peculiar circumstances.  He had been to church with his sweetheart, a Miss Anderson. When services were over the girl gave him the shake and rode home with the minister. On the way home the couple passed Jones who was walking alone.  Miss Anderson looked at him and laughed. This was too much for Gus and immediately upon reaching home he proceed to dose up on rough on rats. When his condition was discovered he was too far gone to be saved although a physician was hastily summoned. Before he died he charged his rash act to the conduct of his recalcitrant sweetheart.  The girl is heart-broken over the affair. (Source; Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, January 16, 1896 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)




The body of Mrs. Mary McIntosh Leigh, 71, who died at her residence in Birmingham Monday afternoon at one o'clock, will arrive in this city Wednesday morning at 10:20 o'clock.  Funeral services and internment will take place at Oakwood Cemetery on arrival of the train.  The Rev. T. B. Thompson will officiate, the Leak Company in charge.  Mrs. Leigh was the wife of the late John Henry Leigh, Confederate veteran and at one time tax collector of Montgomery County.  She is survived by three sons, George, Houston, and John Leigh, all of Birmingham; two brothers, Geo. F. Clark, Tuscaloosa and John A. Clark, of Waycross, Ga.; two sisters, Mrs. R. C. Rives of Strata and Mrs. H. A. Sandlin, of Thomasville, Ga., and two nieces, Mrs. W. W. Marvin of Snowdoun and Mrs. J. F. Tillery of this city.   (Source: The Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, Ala., Feb. 20, 1929 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney) - (Note: Not on pension roll)

Graveside services for Miss Lock, 73, of Carbon Hill, who died Tuesday, will be at 10 a. m. Thursday in Elmwood with Elmwood Chapel directing.

A native of Coosa County, Miss Lock was a beautician before retirement.

Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Maude Yarbrough and Mrs. B. G. Brasher, both of Birmingham, and a brother, W. O. Lock, Fulton, Ky.

Notes: The order of interment is dated June 13, 1972. The services were Thursday, June 15, 1972 at 10 AM. She is located at Lot 168, Block 1, No. 6 of the J. B. Yarbrough Family Plot.   [Obit transcribed and submitted by Lois Anderson from Elmwood Yarbrough Family Interment File.]

Sam J. Lusco, 83, of 1320 Sparks Gap Road, Bessemer, died yesterday.  Funeral will be held at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at Elmwood Chapel, with burial in Elmwood.  Rosary will be at 7:30 at Elmwood Chapel.  He was a retired businessman and farmer and had lived in Jefferson County all his life.  Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Josephine F. Lusco; six sons, Dominic and John Lusco, both of Helena, Charles, Phillip and Paul Lusco, all of Birmingham, and Francis Joseph Lusco, Bessemer; three brothers and six sisters. [Birmingham (AL) Post-Herald, July 24, 1980, page A-7]

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