Mildred Gean Mason
A large portion of these obituaries were taken from the clergyman’s records of Virgil Henderson Gean, Sr. He preached for over 62 years in north Alabama and southern Tennessee. His wife, Della V. Abilene Sego Gean, lovingly preserved all his records along with many obituaries that she collected from newspapers.
Mrs. Gean’s sister, France Boyce Sego Williams, has shared her album of obituaries that she has collected, to be added to this work.
Many of the obituaries came from the writer’s genealogy records of family members.
Much care has been taken to copy each one as written and to give credit to the source. Some of them did not have which newspaper they came from on them. The writer tried to determine which newspaper the above people had access to, but sometimes it was hard to tell which newspaper should be listed as the source for the obituary. There may be some listed as coming from the Florence Times or TimesDaily that should have been listed as coming from The Florence Herald. There is also the possibly that some may have come from the East Lauderdale News.
There were names that were misspelled in the newspapers, but were typed as written in the paper. Some of the dates were not listed for date of death, so cemetery records were used to determine those dates, if the cemetery was known.
It is very possible that there are errors in typing. Sometimes some of the print from old newspapers was very hard to read. The writer asks for your forgiveness for any of those errors.
Submitted in memory of my parents, Virgil Henderson Gean, Sr. and Della V. Abilene Sego Gean.
Remembering those who have gone before us, with deep appreciation for all they contributed to our lives, we preserve records for generations to come.
(Mildred sent us over 500 obituaries. She is credited on each entry with our heartfelt "thanks")