Winston County, Alabama Genealogy Trails

Versie Mae Barnett, age 76, of Haleyville, died Friday, March 24, 1995. Survivors: husband, Ed Barnett of Haleyville; daughters, Mrs. Janice McCormick of Mountain Brook, Mrs. Connie Dooley of Haleyville; two sons, Billy Barnett of Haleyville, Jerry Barnett of Wanatah, Ind; nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Funeral service will be Monday, March 27, 1995, 11:00 a.m. at Bethel #2 Baptist Church of Haleyville with burial in the adjoining cemetery. Nichols Funeral Home is directing. (Source: Birmingham News (AL) - March 25, 1995 - Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis)

Pvt. Thomas Bradley of Addison, son of Mr. Lee Bradley of Columbia, Tenn., and husband of Mrs. Christine Alcorn, was buried at Sardis, Wednesday, June 9th at 2:00 P. M. with Rev. Buford Hightower officiating. American Legion Post, Addison 106 has charge of services. Mutual service in charge. Source: The Cullman Democrat, (Cullman, Ala), June 10, 1948; Submitted by SueAnn McKnight

Cleo J. Brown, 78, of Double Springs, died Tuesday in a Cullman hospital. The funeral was to be today at 2 p.m. at the Ashridge Methodist Church.  Burial was to be in the adjoining cemetery with Nichols Funeral Home in charge.
Survivors include his wife, Margie Brown; two sons, Jim Brown of Huntsville and Charles Brown of Memphis; two daughters, Frances M. Clayton of Charlotte, N.C., and Margaret E. Brannon of Broken Arrow, Okla.; three brothers, Leon Brown, Mack Brown and Charlie Brown, all of Double Springs; and five grandchildren. (Source: The Huntsville Times (AL),  January 31, 1992 - Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis)

William S. Coats, 91, of Double Springs, died March 5, 1994. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. John V. Self; a sister, Mrs. Bob McAfee of Decatur; a brother, Archibald Coats of Gulfport, Miss; four grandchildren and three great-grandhcildren. The family requests that memorials be given to Hospice of Pell City or the First Baptist Church of Double Springs. Funeral service will be Tuesday, March 8, 1994 at 2pm in the Elmwood Chapel with burial in Elmwood Cemetery. Visitation will be 4:30-8:00pm Monday. (Source: Birmingham News (AL),  March 5, 1994 - Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis)

Ruby Jones Curtis, age 76, of Double Springs died Tuesday, February 8, 1994. Funeral service will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Pinetucky Baptist Church, Double Springs with burial in the adjoining cemetery. Nichols Funeral Home of Double Springs directing. Survivors: daughters, Virginia Boshell of Corner, Joyce Maze of Double Springs, and Lynda Messer of Tanner; sons, Doyal and Joel Curtis of Corner, Thomas and Earl Curtis of Double Springs, and Preston Curtis of Falkville; sister, Stella Patton of Arcadia, Fla.; brothers, Julian, Alford, and Glenn Jones of Poplar Springs, and Verbon Jones of Deland, Fla.; 26 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. (Source: Birmingham News (AL) - February 8, 1994, Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis)

Former Abilenian Dies in Alabama
Mrs. Ella Shaddix Davis, former Abilenian whose parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Shaddix, still live here, died at her home in Double Springs, Alabama, Saturday morning.  Mrs. Davis was born at Double Springs December 18, 1891, and moved to Abilene with her parents in 1911. She was married to Luther Davis November 20, 1911, and returned to Double Springs to make her home for the remainder of her life.  Besides her parents other Abilene relatives are two sisters, Mrs. George Davidson and Mrs. Tom Davidson; and a brother, Woodrow Shaddix. Other survivors are her husband and seven children; Mrs. Lura Simpson of Princeton, Ky., Mrs. A. C. Rose of Lubbock, and Mrs. Anna Mayfield of Shamrock, sisters; and Coleman Shaddix, Elephant Butte, N. M., K. B. Shaddix, Hollis, Okla., and Chester Shaddix, Dallas, brothers.  (Source: Abilene Daily Reporter (Abilene, TX) - February 4, 1935 - Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis)

Noah Davis, age 104, of Haleyville died Thursday, February 2, 1995. Funeral service at Nichols Chapel (Haleyville, Ala.) will be Saturday, February 4th @ 2:00 P.M. with burial in Winston Memorial Cemetery. Survivors: daughters, Flossie McNutt of Haleyville, Ostella Green of Knoxville, Tenn., Juanita Sparks of Graysville, and Monteen Hardin of Tuscaloosa; 13 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren. Nichols Funeral Home (468-2204) is directing. (Source: Birmingham News (AL) ? February 2, 1995 - Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis)

Bessie Mae Dickinson, age 90, of Haleyville died Tuesday, November 23, 1993. She was retired as a Cashier with Piggly Wiggly. Funeral service will be Wednesday at 3 p.m. from Nichols Chapel in Haleyville, Rev. Ron Davis officiating. Burial in Union Grove Cemetery. Nichols Funeral Home directing. Survivors: daughter, Audrey D. Smith of Birmingham; son, Jack Dickinson of Haleyville; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. (Source: Birmingham News (AL) - November 23, 1993 - Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis)

Dies From Wasp's Sting
Watertown, N. Y., Aug. 24 ? Mrs. Frank Dimmock, aged 66, of Natural Bridge, while picking berries today in a field near her home, was stung by a yellow wasp, resulting in her almost instant death. (Source: Montgomery Advertisier (Montgomery, AL) August 25, 1910, Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis)

Ollie Gilbert, age 87, of Haleyville died Sunday, December 4, 1994. Funeral service will be Wednesday, December 7, at 11:00 a.m. from Pinkard Funeral Home Chapel, Haleyville with burial in Winston Memorial Cemetery, Haleyville. Visitation will be Tuesday, December 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Pinkard Funeral Home. (Source: Birmingham News (AL) -  December 4, 1994 - Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis)

WHEELER, Jan. 8-Mrs. Mary L. Nora Hefley, 68, wife of Joe Hefley, Wheeler County [Tex] rancher and farmer, died Sunday in Wheeler Hospital following a two weeks illness.
    Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Wheeler Baptist Church with the Rev. Sanford Cole of Canadian officiating, assisted by the Rev. L. G. Crawford of Hedley. Interment will be in Shamrock Cemetery under the direction of the Kirk Funeral Home of Wheeler.
    Mrs. Hefley was born in Winston County, Ala., July 30, 1888, and moved to Dallas County in 1904. She moved to Wheeler County in 1907.
     Mrs. Hefley was married to Joe Hefley Jan. 28, 1911. She had been a member of the Baptist Church since 1906.
     Other than the husband, survivors are four sons, Clifford and Lloyd, both of Briscoe, Marvin of Wheeler, and Alvis of Tulia; two daughters, Mrs. E. Raymond Evans of Tulia and Mrs. Forrest Vise of Happy; her mother, Mrs. S. A. McDonald of Amarillo; one brother, Frank McDonald of Shamrock; five sisters, Mrs. Jack Rives of Amarillo, Mrs. Myrtle Reeves of Twitty, Mrs. Preb McDonald of Amarillo, Mrs. Eunice Norris of Oklahoma, Mrs. Ethel Welch of Amarillo, and 14 grandchildren.    [Shamrock Cemetery-Shamrock, Wheeler County, Texas: Hefley, Mary L. Nora, b. 7/30/1889, d. 1/05/1958, Blk-F, L-61, Sp #2; HEFLEY marker in Shamrock Cem.: Mary L. Nora, July 30, 1889-Jan 5, 1958; same marker as Joseph L.] (Source: newspaper unknown, dated 7 Jan. 1958, transcribed by Sue P Carpenter)

Mrs. Lillian Cagle Helms, 69, of Double Springs, died Tuesday. Funeral was today at Pleasant Hill No. Two Baptist Church, with burial in the adjoining cemetery, Nichols, Double Springs, directing. Survivors: sons, Joe Cagle, Double Springs, and James Cagle, Hackleburg; sisters, Mrs. Audrey Klineline, Double Springs, and Mrs. Lela File, Graysville; brothers, Ollice and Wallace Martin, both of Double Springs. (Source: Birmingham News (AL) ? July 22, 1993 - Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis)

HENDERSON, Deputy U. S. Marshal
Deputy US Marshal Henderson was shot and killed at his home at Haleyville near Russellville by one of his tenants.  A dispute arose over some trivial matter that resulted as stated.  Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County Ala, July 6, 1893 - Transcribed  by Veneta McKinney

HITLER, Child of H. J.
Sad news reaches Double Springs that one of Mr. H. J. HITLER'S sons was drowned in Mr. LACY'S mill pond in Beat 5 last Saturday. - [Winston Herald] - Source: Marion Herald (Marion County AL) Aug. 4, 1887 - Transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney

Willie Mae Horton, age 83, of Haleyville died Sunday, February 20, 1994. Funeral service will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. from Nichols Chapel of Haleyville, Desmer Berry officiating. Burial in Winston Memorial Cemetery. Nichols Funeral Home directing. Survivors: sons, Harold Dupree of Haleyville, Bobby and Billy Horton, both of Shelby; sisters, Alta Vavrek of Toledo, Ohio and Hazel Harper of Haleyville; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. (Source: Birmingham News (AL) - February 20, 1994 - Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis)

HULSEY, Daughter of JOHN
A little 4-year old girl of Mr. JOHN HULSEY who lives about one mile north of Haleyville, was burned to death day or two ago The mother had left the child in a room by an open fire place to go to a spring near by and when she returned the little child was enveloped in flames its clothing having caught fire.  Its body was burned to a crisp and it lived about three hours. Dr. TAYLOR was called and did all he could to relive the little sufferer, but his efforts were of no avail – [Winston Times]  Source: Marion County Democrat (Marion County AL) Mar 12, 1903 - Transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney

Mrs. Bonnie Marie Jackson, age 74, of Addison, died Wednesday, October 6, 1993 at a local hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, October 8, 1993 at Sardis #2 Baptist Church, Addison. Burial will follow in the adjoining cemetery. Glen Woods, Kip Box and William McClellen will officiate. Nichols Funeral-Addison directing. The body will lie in state at the church 1 hour prior to the service. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home. Survivors: husband, James S. Jackson; son, Eddy Jackson, both of Addison; brothers, Skeet White and Billy White, both of Birmingham; sister, Billy Glaze, Addison; daughter-in-law, Sue Jackson, Addison. (Source: Birmingham News (AL) - October 7, 1993 - Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis)

FELL DEAD IN HIS PULPIT - A Colored Exhorter in Alabama Gets Into a Fatal Frenzy
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., June 9.  A singular death occurred in the colored Baptist church near Double Springs this morning. The pastor, the Rev. Greenleaf Lee, a young man, strong and healthy, was preaching on death. He worked himself into a great fervor describing the tortures of hell and quoting from the scriptures. As the words: "There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth," issued from his lips, he fell to the floor, and in a few minutes was dead. Doctors pronounce the cause of death the rupturing of a blood vessel caused by excitement. (Source: Morning Olympian (Olympia, WA) -? June 10, 1895
Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis)

FELL FROM A WINDOW - Haleyville Man Met His Death in Tuscumbia Hotel  - Tuscumbia, Ala., July 4--(Special)--Joseph Mayhall, a well known citizen of Haleyville, Ala, is dead in this city from the effects of a fall from the third floor of the Central Hotel to the sidewalk.  He suffered a fractured skull, a broken arm, and internal injuries, lingering several hours before relieved by death.  Mayhall and his brother came to Tuscumbia over the Northern Alabama Railroad, arriving here at 7 o'clock. They occupied room No. 15. Joe Mayhall got up out of his bed about 1:30 and sat in the window overlooking the sidewalk. His brother is of the opinion that while seated on the window sill he dropped to sleep and tumbled out, the distance to the pavement being about thirty-five feet. He never regained consciousness, although he lived for several hours. He leaves a wife and three children. His body has been prepared for burial and will be sent to his home at Haleyville for burial. He was probably 40 years of age. - Source: Montgomery Advertiser, July 5, 1906, Transcribed by C. Anthony

Emerson McDonald, 74, of Double Springs died Sunday. He was owner of McDonald's Garage, and a World War II Navy veteran. Funeral was today at Nichols Funeral Home, with interment in Double Springs Memorial Cemetery. Survivors: wife, Mrs. Velma Stevens McDonald; daughter, Mrs. Lilah Maki, Petal, Miss.; sisters, Mrs. Arthena Frazier and Mrs. Capitol Overton, both of Double Springs, Mrs. Artrue Bull, Gadsden. (Source: Birmingham News (AL) , June 22, 1993 - Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis)

A special to the Age-Herald from Double Springs says: “J. K. PAYNE, a highly respected citizen of that place, was shot from ambush, and killed by an unknown assassin.  He was a witness against moon shiners in the United States Court at Huntsville and the deed is laid at the door of one of them.  Much indignation is expressed over the cowardly crime.”Source: Hamilton Free Press (Marion County AL) Nov. 8, 1893 - Transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney

SEALS, Children of JIM
FOUR CHILDREN DROWNED - JIM SEALS, an emigrant from Double Springs, Ala. attempted to cross Yellow Creek, four miles north of Barnesville last Friday, while the water was very high, and his wagon bed floated off down the rapid current, capsizing and drowning four little children, ranging from two to ten years old.  His team, two splendid mules, was also drowned. The children were buried Sunday at Pryor’s school house.  The family is penniless and the mother is heart-broken – [Corinth (Miss.) Herald] - (Marion Herald, Marion County AL, Feb 27, 1890 - transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

Burley Uvel Stockton, 76, of Double Springs died Saturday. He was formerly employed with the Highway Department and retired sawmiller. Funeral was today at Nichols, Double Springs, with burial in Double Springs Memorial Cemetery. Survivors: wife, Mrs. Anna Stockton; daughter, Mrs. Hazel Ivey, Haleyville; sons, W.J. Stockton, Pinson, and Jerry Mack Stockton, Double Springs. (Source: Birmingham News (AL),  May 31, 1993, Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis)

KILLED BY A BOY - Double Springs, Oct. 8 – News reached here this afternoon that R. J. Taylor, one of the county commissioners of this county, was accidentally shot and killed while out hunting near his home, about ten miles from this place, by Millird Berry, a boy, yesterday.  No particulars. - (Vernon Courier, Lamar County, AL, October 15, 1891)

MORTALLY HURT IN A GRAVE - Double Springs, Ala. - Dispatch 23rd - JAMES WELTON was one of the pallbearers yesterday at the funeral of JULIUS ROBERTS, a farmer.  As soon as the coffin was lowered into the grave, the strap held by WELTON and antoher man snapped.  Welton lost his balance and fell headlong into the grave, which was six feet deep.  At the same time, the rear end of the coffin, which had been held by the broken strap, plunged downward. The coffin struck Welton on the head and knocked him against the side of the grave, which was of hard soil. He died two hours afterward. (Charloette Observer, Nov. 26, 1896- transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

William Hugh "Bill" West, 65, of Natural Bridge died Monday. He was a native of Taylor, Mich., and retired from Great Lakes Steel Corp., Taylor. Funeral was today at Nichols, Haleyville, with burial in Mount Vernon Cemetery. Survivors: wife, Mrs. Charlotte West; daughters, Mrs. Charlene Alanskas and Mrs. Debbie Boyle, both of Taylor, Mrs. Dianna Kirby, Mrs. Janette Tankersley and Mrs. Pam Ball, all of Darborn Heights, Mich.; sons, Johnny and Bill West; brother, John Lee "Ross" West, all of Natural Bridge. (Source: Birmingham News (AL) - August 5, 1993 - Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis)

Grady C. Westmorland, 19, died at his home on Addison, Route 1, Wednesday, March 11. Funeral services were held Thursday at 2:30 p. m., at Friendship with Rev. Duford Hightower officiating. McAfee, Howell and Young in charge of interment in the adjoining cemetery.
    Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Westmorland, five brothers, Elbert, Orval, Chester, Henry, and Cleo Westmorland; two sisters, Mrs. Tessie Bishop and Mis Edith Westmorland. - Source: The Cullman Banner, Cullman, AL, March 12, 1942. Transcribed by SueAnn McKnight








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