Springville -
Zelda Virginia McCullough Kirkland,age 86, passed away Saturday, June 17, 2006. She was born Aug. 3, 1919, in St. Clair Co. She was a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church since childhood where she served many years as a teacher for the pre-kindergarten class. She loved her family, church, her friends and life at her beloved home where she lived 80 yrs. She worked for Fred Waid's Grocery for almost 30 yrs., and was an avid member of the Golden Agers Club of Attalla and the Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Mae McCullough; sister, Marzie Burtram; brothers Etheridge and Thurman McCullough. She is survived by her daughter Gwen Weems York (Ed) of Orange Beach; granddaughter Lynn Weems Ryan (Tim) of Hyde Park NY; grandson Lew Weems of Springville; great-grandson Jackson Ryan and great granddaughter Sawyer Ryan both of Hyde Park, NY; sister Billie Brechin of Homewood; sister-in-law Mamie McCullough of Springville and Carrie McCullough of Jasper; numerous nieces and nephews; special niece Arleen Loggins; loyal friends Reabie Pearson and Toots Payne, and many other friends and neighbors.

Funeral service was at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church Springville at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20 with Bro Don Mauldin officiating. Burial followed in the church Cemetery. Nephews and great nephews Perry Burtram, Gerald Livingston, Douglas McCullough, Dewayne Brechin, Derek and Kevin Loggins servied as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her honor to Pleasant Hill United Methodish Church or the Big Oak Ranch at Springville. Ridout's Trussville Chapel directed - [Contributed by Sara Hemp from the St. Clair Times St. Clair Co., AL, June 22, 2006]



IN Brown county, Ala., (sic) William Hollengsworth and John McCoy, prominent farmers, recently fought a duel to the death. (Source: The Rustler (Cerrillos, N.M.) July 24, 1891, page 2 - Transcribed by Robin Line)


Died: on Jan 11, in Washington City, Col. Thos. Boyles, of Alabama, distinguished as a partizan officer in the campaigns against the Indian enemy. [Daily National Intelligencer, JAN 15, 1821 - Submitted by K. Torp]


Last week died tall, drawling Federal District Judge Henry De Lamar Clayton, 72, for 17 years a Representative from Alabama. His name, like Sherman's, Volstead's and Mann's, will be remembered when its bearer is forgotten. During his four year chairmanship of the important House Judiciary Committee he wrote the famed Clayton Act, climax of U. S. anti-trust legislation.
[Time Magazine, Monday, Dec. 30, 1929 - Submitted by K. Torp]



Died on Wednesday the 25th ult., on his way to Washington City, Mr. Henry Chambers, a Senator of the United States from the State of Alabama - Source: Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) Feb 8, 1826 - [Submitted by Nancy Piper]

We have seen a letter from Claiborne, announcing the appointment by Gov. Murphy, of the late governor, Israel Pickins, as Senator to Congress, from the state of Alabama, to fill the vacancy occasioned by the decease of Dr. Chambers. – Mobile Com. Reg. - Source: Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) March 29, 1826 - Submitted by Nancy Piper]

A letter, received in this City, states that John M'Kinley, Esq., has been elected to supply the vacancy occasioned in the Senate of the United States by the death of Mr. Chambers of Alabama.Mr. M'Kinley is originall from Kentucky, is a gentleman of the first order of talents and will no doubt, provie an able and faithful Senator. He was elected by a majority of three votes over Mr. Clay, his opponent. - U.S. Telegraph.  Source: Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) January 3, 1827 - [Submitted by Nancy Piper]


Plainview, Nov. 6 (Special) - Funeral services for Percy L. Chandler, 75, resident of Plainview 14 years will be conducted here Friday morning.
     Services will be held at 10 a.m. in the 2nd and Beech Street Church of Christ with Hubert Selliff, minister of the 11th and Amarillo Street Church of Christ, officiating. Burial will be in Casna Cemetery near Willis Point, under direction of Lemmons Funeral Home of Plainview.
     Mr. Chandler died Wednesday afternoon at his home here following a long illness. He was a retired farmer.
     He was born April 2, 1883, in Alabama. He resided most of his life at Kaufman, moving from there to Plainview in 1944. He married Laurisa Muse on September 7, 1909, at Alton.
     Mr. Chandler was a member of the 2nd and Beech Street Church of Christ.
     Surviving are his wife; four daughters, Mrs. James Lightfoot of Kaufman. Mrs. A. W. Lee and Mrs. Reba Battey, both of Plainview and Mrs. J. D. Busby of Petersburg; four sons, Curtis of Dimmitt, Carlos and Charles, both of Tulia and Dellis of Lubbock; two brothers, John of Kemp and Ragan of Kaufman; two sisters, Mrs. Bertha Hasherman and Mrs. Vesta Roberts, both of Kaufman; 18 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
(Source: Newspaper unknown, dated Nov. 6, 1958; transcribed by Vicki Bryan)

Suicide of Gen. McConnell
The Hon. Felix Grundy McConnell, M. C. of Alabama, committed suicide at Washington city of the 10th inst. at the St. Charles Hotel by stabbing himself with a large clasp knife three times in the neck and five times in the stomach.  He had been for the two days previous laboring under the influence of mania a pofu. The supposition is that he must have died instantly so deep were the wounds inflicted that either of those on the neck or those on the stomach must have inevitably proved fatal.  An inquest was held on the body and a verdict rendered in accordance with the above facts, after which the body of the deceased was taken in charge of the clerk of the House of Representatives. Source: The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, September 18, 1846 - Submitted by Nancy Piper


Death of Underwood
Senator J. Thomas Heflin of Alabama interrupted a debate on the cruiser bill, last week, with the announcement: "The Senate will be profoundly shocked and grieved to learn of the death of ... Oscar Underwood."
Thus, irony in its most logical form. Alabama gave both Heflin and Underwood to the Senate. In cast of mind and in frame of opinion, the two men were a million miles apart.
     Heflin, Klu Klux Klan, free silver, William Jennings Bryan, prohibition, woman suffrage, McNary-Haugen farm relief may all be classed as attempts at reform. They have shared in common: lofty purpose, great zeal, and not a little oratory. Senator Oscar W. Underwood was opposed to each and every one of them. He saw something dangerous in them all. He felt that their purposes were not worth their methods. He was a complete Jeffersonian, and a quiet one at that.
     His life:
     Born in Louisville, Ky., on May 6, 1862.
     Educated at the University of Virginia. Member of the House of Representatives (1895-1915); author of the Underwood Tariff Bill; majority leader.
     Member of the Senate (1915-27); voluntarily retired from politics, due to poor health.
     He might have been President, had he not been so hostile to William Jennings Bryan in 1912. Famed, but not so signifi cant as the Underwood boom of 1912, was Alabama's cry, "Twenty-four votes for Oscar W. Underwood," which was re peated 103 times at the Democratic convention of 1924.
     One of his last labors was a book, in which he said: "Let us bear in mind that the best brains and the best energies of our people are given to production; politics is now, and always has been, of secondary interest to most of the people. And there the danger lies." Oscar W. Underwood was an exception to his own theory.
     Death came to him, last week, twelve miles from Washington, D. C., in his Virginia home, Woodlawn, a house built by a nephew of George Washington in 1799. [Time Magazine, Monday, Feb. 04, 1929 - Submitted by K. Torp] 


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