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ELEVATOR FALLS – And Two Are Killed and Another
Seriously Injured - An accident occurred at the Talladega furnace Sunday morning which
cost two, probably three lives. The elevator hung in the shaft and S. H.
Jones, L H. McMillan and a negro were on it trying to get it down.
Suddenly the rope broke and the elevator and three men shot down 85 feet.
Mr. Jones and the negro were
instantly killed, the former’s neck being broken. Mr. McMillan’s leg was broken in
three places, his jaw factored and internal injuries received. He will probably die. Mr. Jones was foundry man and
McMillan assistant electrician
L. H. McMillan, who was hurt a the furnace, died at 4:30
pm. Source: Marion County Democrat, Marion
County AL, June 18, 1903 - Transcribed by Veneta
BARTLETT, WILLIAM "BILLY" - 72, died Feb. 9,
2007 at his residence. Funeral service will be Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 2 p.m.
at the Usrey Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Larry Morris officiating. Burial
will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. He was a native and life long resident of
Talladega and a 1952 graduate of Talladega High School. He was retired
from the Seaboard Coastline Railroad and was a former police officer for
the city of Montgomery, the city of Talladega and the Alabama State
Troopers. He was owner and operator of Bartlett Texaco Service Station.
Survivors include son, Joe Shurbutt and his wife Mary of Talladega;
nieces, Carolyn Holmes Stewart and her husband Frank of Talladega, Lanell
H. Jueckstock, and Mary W. Slocumb; and nephews, Larry Bartlett and Henry
Bartlett. Usrey Funeral Home in Talladega will direct the
A MURDEROUS UNCLE - Anniston, Jan 19 – Duff Blocker, a
young white man, died at his home near Sylacauga yesterday from injuries
inflicted by his uncle, Jno. Blocker, several days
The latter was cutting wood from the land of his brother and Duff’s
father, Bird Blocker, when Bird discovered it and remonstrated with
him. John threw rocks at him
and made him leave. Duff
heard a few hours later how his father had been treated and went to his
uncles to demand satisfaction when the latter assaulted him with a stick
of wood and beat him into insensibility. The murderer made his escape. –
[Birmingham News] - Source: Hamilton News Press, Marion County
AL, January 24, 1895- Transcribed by Veneta
BOWDEN, A. J.
TREE - Sylacauga, Ala.,
April 21 – Thursday afternoon while A. J. Bowden, of this place, his
father-in-law Jeff Baker, and two farmers, and six year old son John, were
riding through the woods in a wagon a storm arose. They whipped up their horses to
escape from the forest where trees were being blown down, when the top of
a big tree fell upon the wagon, instantly killing Mr. Bowden and perhaps
fatally injuring the other two occupants. The boy it is believed will
die. Source: Vernon Courier,
Lamar County AL, April 26, 1894 - Transcribed by Veneta
IN VAIN – A Doctor’s Trip To See A Dying Patient –
[Anniston Hot Blast] - A few days ago Dr. Battey, of Rome, was summoned to Talladega to the bedside of the wife of
State Senator Cecil Brown, who was lying very low. It was an urgent case,
and Dr. Battey ran through on a special, with only an engine and caboose.
The distance is eighty-nine miles, and it was made in just ninety
This is probably the fastest time ever made, distance considered,
on nay road in the South, and it will equal any made on any of the great
trunk lines of the North and West.
Mrs. Brown, however, was beyond medical skill, and died one day
last week. Just before dying, she called her husband to her, and in
whispered tones, asked him to promise her to unite with the Methodist
Church of which she
had long been a devoted member. The heart-broken husband, in that solemn
hour of parting, made the last promise he could to his living companion,
and last Sunday he fulfilled it by taking upon himself a public union with
the people of that God his dead wife had so beautifully served while on
earth. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, May
27, 1887 - Transcribed by Veneta
Talladega, April 12. – John Carr, one of
Talladega County’s oldest citizens, died at his home near the city
yesterday and was buried at his home in Cass’s beat. Mr. Carr was 82 years
old and was well known throughout Talladega County and numbered his
friends by the hundreds. His funeral services were conducted by Rev. F. G.
Mullen. He is survived by his wife and several children.Source: Montgomery Advertiser (Montgomery, AL)
Wednesday, 13 Apr. 1910; transcribed by FoFG
CASEY, JIMMY W. - Funeral service for Jimmy W. Casey will be Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 2
p.m. at Midway Memory Gardens Funeral Home with the Rev. Larry Haywood
officiating. Mr. Casey died Monday, Feb. 12, at his residence. He was a
native and lifelong resident of Talladega. He was a Veteran of the U.S.
Army. He is survived by his wife, Mildred Casey of Talladega; four sons,
Timothy Casey, Michael and April Casey, Rodney Casey, Christopher and Lisa
Casey, all of Talladega; and five grandchildren, Amber, Starr, Emily,
Raven, and Damian. Pallbearers will be Danny Moore, Nathan Smith, Nicholas
Miller, and other friends of the family. The family will receive friends
from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Midway Memory Gardens Funeral Home. Midway Memory
Gardens Funeral Home will direct the service.
CONLEY, R. T.
R. T. Conley, a prominent citizen of Talladega county, died
recently. Source:Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, Janaury 5, 1893 -
Transcribed by Veneta McKinney
CUNNINGHAM, MINNIE HEARST
HEFLIN, ALA., Sept. 29. – The news of the death of Mrs.
Minnie Hearst Cunningham at her home in Lincoln, Ala., reached Heflin
today. Mrs. Cunningham was Miss Minnie Hearst of Edwardsville, Ala.,
daughter of ex-Judge Hearst of Cleburne. There will go a number of people
from Heflin to attend the funeral which will be at Edwardsville. Mrs.
Cunningham is a sister of Mr. Alph Hearst, who lives in Heflin. Source: Montgomery Advertiser (Montgomery, AL) Monday, 30 Sept.
1912; transcribed by FoFG mz
DUPREE, JOSIE M. - Funeral service for
Josie Mizzell Short Dupree, 96, will be Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 1 p.m. at
Curtis and Son North Chapel with the Rev. Rodney Frost and the Rev. James
Long Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Ms. Dupree
died Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007 at Sylacauga Health and Rehab. She is
survived by sister, Pearl Price of Sylacauga; nieces, Rose Ann Ivey of
Sylacauga, Glenda White of Brannon, Ga., Clarice Newby of Greenville, Ruby
McCain of Tuscon, Ariz., Elizabeth Butler of Clanton, and Jan Price of
Birmingham; nephews, Johnny Todd of Florala, Clyde Price of Tuscaloosa,
Bryan Price of Huntsville, and Calvin Mizzell of Nashville, Tenn.; and a
host of great nieces and nephews. Curtis and Son Funeral Home North Chapel
will direct the service.
EDWARDS, JOSEPH E.
Talladega. Ala., June 17.— (Special) —
Hon. Joseph E. Edwards, former sheriff of Talladega county and mayor of
the city and brother-in-law of Hon. S. D. Mallory of Selma, died at his
home ?, Monday afternoon at 5:30. Source: Anniston
Star (Anniston, AL) Tuesday, 17 June 1919; transcribed by FoFG mz
A man named Embry, living near Lincoln, twenty
miles west of Anniston, while walking along the road stumped his toe
against a stump and fell to the ground, breaking his neck.
He was 40 years old, and in the very best of health.
Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, Dec 15, 1892 -
Transcribed by Veneta
HOLLIS, MARGARET MERRYMON
TALLADEGA - Funeral service for Margaret Merrymon Hollis, 79,
will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Kilgroe Funeral Home chapel in Pell City with
the Rev. Ted St. John officiating. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Mrs. Hollis died April 12 at Talladega Health Care Center. She was a
member of Friendship Freewill Baptist Church and was a lifelong resident
of Pell City. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dee Hollis; a son,
Jack Hollis; and grandchildren, Jeff Hollis and Teresa Hollis.
survived by three sons, William R. Hollis of Talladega and Bobby Joe
Hollis and Wayne L. Hollis of Pell City; one daughter, Violet Patricia
Hollis of Pell City; one brother, Charles Merrymon of Pell City; two
sisters, Mildred Wright of Pell City and Gail Trammell of Ragland; 11
grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends Thursday from 6 until 9 p.m. at the
Kilgroe Funeral Home in Pell City will direct the
service. [Daily Home, The (Talladega, AL) - April
12, 2000 - submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org]
Miss Cynthia, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
John Hopkins, died at her home near Munford, and was buried at Eastaboga.
Source: Marion County News, Marion County
AL, February 18, 1897 - Transcribed by Veneta
Martin Jenkins, a highly respected negro
carpenter, was found dead at his home in Talladega by his family, who had
been attending church, with his head nearly severed from his body from a
razor cut. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL,
October 6, 1892 - Transcribed by Veneta
LOWERY, CATHRAN - Funeral service for
Cathran Lowery, 80, will be Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 10 a.m. at Curtis and Son
North Chapel with the Rev. Perry Sims and the Rev. James Maddox
officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Mrs. Lowery died
Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007 at Coosa Valley Medical Center. She was preceded in
death by her husband, J.T. Lowery. Mrs. Lowery retired from Sylacauga
Garment Company. She was a loving wife and mother. She is survived by
sons, Skip Lowery of Augusta, Ga. and Jimmy Lowery of Eclectic; daughters,
Nydia Powell of Anniston, Joyce Sims of Sylacauga, Laura Jones of Brandon,
Miss.; brother, Leonard Saffold of Sylacauga; 14 grandchildren, 18
great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Curtis and Son
Funeral Home North Chapel will direct the service
Talladega, April 27. – Mrs. Della Macon
died at the home of her son here early Wednesday morning at the age of
over eighty years. She was one of the old settlers of Talledega county and
was practically known by every man, woman and child in the
county.Source: Montgomery Advertiser (Montgomery, AL)
Thursday, 28 Apr. 1910; transcribed by FoFG mz
MCCORKLE, Rev. A.
Rev. A. B. McCorkle, aged 80
years, died at Talladega, after being pastor of the Presbyterian church
in that place for a quarter of a century. Source:
Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, September 23, 1886 -
Transcribed by Veneta McKinney
the Talladega Register] - Died, at the residence of Col. WILLIAM
CALDWELL, in this county, EDMUND McGEHEE, aged about 26 years - of a
protracted attack of billions fever. In the death of this young
man, we are called to weep over the remains of one of no common worth or
merit; his warm heart, his bland, candid and kind feelings, won for him
the esteem and respect of all who knew him. He was full of hope
and of promise. The vigour of his constitution and age, promised
long life and happiness. The buoyancy of youth and hope gave to
his feeling uncommon vivacity and sprightliness. Little did he
think, but a few weeks ago, that so soon would his body moulder in the
tomb. He made no profession of religion in health, but during his
illness, he was impressed with the necessity of religion. He
prayed much and asked others to pray for him. He was convinced he
would never recover. He exhorted those around him, to seek
religion and meet him in Heaven. We believe he entertained a hope
that his sins were pardoned, and that he would go to Heaven. O!
How uncertain is life. How wise to prepare in health and youth for
the solemn hour of death, for "to comes like a thief in the night" and
the long night of death is near when we think least of
Our young friend was amongst
us but a short time since in all the manly vigour of his youth - but
alas he now sleeps in his grave. We shed over his untimely
fate, the tears of sorrow and regret and long shall his memory be
embalmed in our hearts. Source: Jacksonville
Republican, Benton (now Calhoun) County, Ala - Dec 21, 1837 -
Transcribed by Veneta McKinney
- The Talladega Home has the following which
deserves a careful ready by every Republican in the land:
McWilliams, one of the best colored men we ever knew, died at his
residence near this city last Sunday. He was about thirty-five
years of age, and everybody white and black was his friend and
especially did the children claim him as their friend, for many a ride
did he give them on this drag and haul their bundles when he was going
their way. We will miss Sam, and are sorrowful over his death. -
(Marion County Herald, Marion County AL, August 16,
1888 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)
OFF ON A LARK – Talladega, Sept. 15 – Pleas Morris and
Ben Mobley both colored, left town last hilarious on account of bug
juice. When about eight miles
out, a quarrel arose, Plaes severed the artery of Ben’s left arm, and Ben
went off to glory. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County
AL, September 19, 1889- Transcribed by Veneta
Talladega, Feb. 2. – The funeral services of Miss Lula Montgomery
were held in the Presbyterian Church this afternoon at 3 o’clock. Miss
Montgomery died in Atlanta yesterday morning after an illness of several
months. She was an excellent Christian. Source: Montgomery Advertiser (Montgomery, AL) Wednesday, 3
Feb. 1904; transcribed by FoFG mz
Talladega Reporter: Died, Nov. 26th, MR. JOHN
MOSS. If he had lived nine days more he would have been one
hundred years old. Source: Vernon Clipper, Lamar County
AL, December 26, 1879 - Transcribed by Veneta
- PARSONS, Gov. LEWIS E.
EX-GOVERNOR PARSONS Died at Talladega
Montgomery, June 8 - A special to the Advertiser from
Talladega, Ala says:
Ex-Gov Lewis E. Parsons died in this city
He was appointed provisional governor of the state in
June 1865 by President Johnson. When the Legislature met in December of
that year he was elected United States senator but was refused his seat
because of the opposition Congress made to the reconstruction policy of
Mr. Johnson. Since that time he has devoted his time to the practice of
the law. He had been a member of the State Legislature before the
war and served in the same capacity after the war, being speaker of the
Republican House Of Representatives in 1872 when the state had a dual
legislature. As a lawyer he stood among the foremost in the state.
(Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, June 13, 1895
- Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)
PONDER, W. F.
Talladega, April 27. – W. F.
Ponder died at his home near the city Tuesday afternoon. He was one of
the best known farmers of Talladega county. The funeral took place from
Mt. Vernon Church Wednesday, Rev. C. P. Walker officiating. It was
attended by one of the largest crowds of farmers ever gathered to do
honor to any man in the county. He leaves a wife, two daughters and six
sons. He was eighty-six years old.
Source: Montgomery Advertiser
(Montgomery, AL) Thursday, 28 Apr. 1910; transcribed by FoFG mz
- SCOTT, SARAH
- Sarah Scott, colored, died at Talladega on last week at the advanced
age of 103. She is said to be the oldest woman in Alabama.
Source: Hammilton Times, Marion County
AL, June 26, 1890 - Transcribed by Veneta
- SNOW, TOBE
- NOLAN, OPHELIA
Killed by Lightning.
Tobe Snow and Ophelia Nolan, tenants on the
plantation of J. H. McClarkin, at Silver Run, Ala., 12 miles south of
Anniston, were instantly killed by lightning. The two were standing under
a tree in the Nolan woman's yard when the fatal bolt came.
[Aug 26 1893
The Lafayette Advertiser - submitted by Janice Rice]
STONE, GEORGE W.
JUDGE STONE DEAD – Alabama’s Chief Justice Passes Quietly Away - Montgomery, March
Judge GEORGE W. STONE, Chief Justice of the state supreme court,
died yesterday about 11 o’clock at his residence in this city. He had been
able to attend to his duties until two days ago, when he was compelled to
keep himself at home. Old age
was the primary trouble, but the immediate cause of his death was heart
Judge Stone was a native of Virginia, having been born in Bedford County, that state on October 24,
1811. His parents removed to
Tenn. in 1817. He read law at Fayetteville and was
admitted to the bar in 1834.
He located in Talladega in 1840. In 1843, on the death of Judge
SHORTRIDGE he was appointed to fill the vacancy on the circuit court
bench. In 1856 he was elected
to a seat on the supreme bench, serving until 1865. In 1876 he was appointed associate
justice by Hourton, and in 1884 was elected chief justice, serving up to
his death. Source: Hamilton Free Press, Marion County
AL, March 15, 1894 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney
SUDDUTH, Son of
3-year old son of H. Sudduth living at Fayetteville was playing with
matches one day last week when his clothing caught fire, burning him so
badly that he died in a few hours. Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County
AL, May 18, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney
ACCIDENTALLY KILLED -
Talladega, Ala., Nov. 27 – Mr. Shep Weathers was
killed near here this evening by the falling of an embankment. He was hauling sand by himself and
was found sometime after the embankment had fallen. He was a good citizen and leaves a
wife and two children. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, November 30, 1888 -
Transcribed by Veneta McKinney
YARBROUGH, ROBERT CRUSE SR.
TALLADEGA - Funeral services for
Robert Cruse Yarbrough Sr., 66, will be Saturday, Nov. 5, at 11 a.m. at
Usrey Chapel in Talladega with Bro. Ken Griffin officiating. Burial will
be in Jefferson Memorial Cemetery in Trussville at 1 p.m. Mr. Yarbrough
died Thursday, Nov. 3, at his residence. He was a native of Trussville but
had lived most of his life in Talladega. He was retired from the Coast
Guard. He is survived by his wife, Polly Yarbrough of Talladega; sons,
Robert C. Yarbrough Jr. of Anniston and Russell W. Yarbrough of Talladega;
brother, Steve Yarbrough of Trussville; six grandchildren; and one great
grandchild. Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 4, from 6-8 p.m. at the
funeral home. Donations may be made to Lakeside Hospice in Pell City.
Usrey Funeral Home in Talladega will direct the services. [Daily Home, The (Talladega, AL) - November 4, 2005 - submitted
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