Sallie A. Becton
Mrs. Sallie A. Beckton, wife of John W. Becton, a prominent planter who lives five miles north of town, died very suddenly on last Wednesday with, as it is supposed, apoplexy. She had been complaining for several days but was thought to be not seriously sick, and died while sitting up eating her dinner. [Arkansas Gazette (Little Rock, AR) – May 11, 1886]
Edith Rowena Blanchard
At Augusta, on the 6th inst., Edith Rowena, infant daughter of A.D. and W. M. Blanchard. [Arkansas Gazette (Little Rock, AR) – October 15, 1867]
Sheriff Bosley, of Woodruff county, died a few days ago. [Arkansas Gazette (Little Rock, AR) – August 13, 1874]
Murder at Cotton Plant
On Friday, the 29th of November, a notoriously vicious negro, named Jerry Shelton, was at Cotton Plant, and was very drunk, insulting and disagreeable to all around him. Deputy Sheriff Bowen, attempted to arrest him. When he laid his hands on Jerry, saying “you are my prisoner,” Jerry cut Bowen’s throat with a knife he had in his hand. Bowen died in a few hours. The negro was taken to Clarendon, and lodged in jail. [Morning Republican (Little Rock, AR) – December 12, 1872]
Horace Raymond Chaney
MC CRORY, AR-- HORACE RAYMOND CHANEY, 94, of McCrory, retired merchant, died Sunday at his home after a long illness. Services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Thompson- Wilson Funeral Home in McCrory with burial in Fakes Cemetery in Woodruff County, Ark. He was a member of McCrory United Methodist Church and was a former McCrory alderman. He leaves his wife, Johnie Harris Chaney. His local survivors include two daughters, Miss Frances Chaney of Memphis and Mrs. Virginia Williams of West Memphis. [Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) - August 22, 1990]
Hazel L. Clark-Johnson
YORK, PA - HAZEL L. CLARK-JOHNSON, 83, of York, formerly of Forrest City, Ark., died Sunday at York County Hospital and Home. The service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Friendship Baptist Church, 651 E. King St., York. Burial will be in Lebanon Cemetery. Viewing will be 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church. The Boulding Mortuary Inc., Boundary and Cleveland avenues, York, is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Clark-Johnson was born Jan. 30, 1914, in Woodruff County, Ark. She was the daughter of the late Luther and Lizzie (Turner) Lawson. She was a missionary for New Light Missionary Baptist Church in Forrest City. She was a member of Order of Eastern Star Fredonia Chapter 62 in Forrest City. Mrs. Clark-Johnson is survived by two sons, Larry D. Clark of Arlington, Texas, and Woody Johnson of Chicago; four daughters, Willa Odom of Los Angeles, Hazel M. Washington of Fort Raleigh, Kan., Shirley Mapalo of Arlington, Texas, and Ruthie Watson of York; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; and two sisters, Ruby James of Indianapolis and Beatrice Spencer of Milwaukee. Mrs. Clark-Johnson was preceded in death by two daughters, Virginia Clark and Erma M. Clark. Officiating at the service will be the Rev. Benjamin T. Haley Sr., pastor of Friendship Baptist Church. [York Daily Record (PA) - December 2, 1997]
Clarence Collins, Jr.
KANSAS CITY, MO--CLARENCE COLLINS JR., 76, Kansas City, MO, in Clay County, died January 13, 1999, at North Kansas City Hospital. The Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday, January 15, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1402 NE 42nd Terrace; burial in Resurrection Cemetery North. Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Thursday at McGilley Antioch Chapel, where the rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. Mr. Collins was born February 18, 1922, in Augusta, AR, and lived in this area since 1977. Previously he had lived in Laredo, MO. He was a member of St. Patrick's Church. Mr. Collins was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served for three years during WWII. He was a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus and was a member of VFW. He worked for the Milwaukee Railroad and retired in 1983 after 36 years of service. Survivors include his wife, Rose Collins, of the home; two sons, Dennis Collins, Kansas City, and Mark Collins, Laurie, MO; a daughter, Suzanna Coppock, Kansas City; a sister, Billy Jean Waldren, Sikeston, MO; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.(Arrangements: McGilley Antioch Chapel) [The Kansas City Star, (MO) - January 14, 1999]
At Augusta , Arkansas , March 3rd, Nannie, aged 24, wife of R. H. Cortney. [Source: Henry Republican, Henry, Ill.,March 14, 1872, Sub. by N. Piper]
Joseph C. Cotney
Henry, Ill.-- Died in Augusta , Arkansas , June 27, of apolexy, Joseph C. Cotney, father-in-law to C. H. Kellogg of this city, aged 68 years. [Source: Henry Republican, Henry, Ill., August 4, 1870; Sub. by N. Piper]
Russell H. Cotney
Henry, Ill.-- At Augusta, Ark., of malarial fever, Russell H. Cotney, 49, brother of Mrs. C. H. Kellogg of this city and M. G. Cotney of Saratoga township. [Source: The Henry Republican, Henry, Ill., September 22, 1881; Sub. by N. Piper]
Carrie Elizabeth Davis
Memphis, TN--CARRIE ELIZABETH DAVIS, 93, of Memphis, formerly of Woodruff County, Ark., homemaker, died of heart failure Sunday at Shelby Pines Rehabilitation & Health Care Center. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home McCrory (Ark) Chapel with burial in Woodman Cemetery near there. She was a Baptist. [The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN, Aug 26, 1997]
Hollis E. Duffel
AKRON, OH–HOLLIS E. DUFFEL, 79, of Akron, passed away Sept. 29, 1996, in Memphis, Tenn. Born in Woodruff County, Ark., on Sept. 11, 1917, he moved to the Akron area, where he retired from the Ohio Mechanical Handling Co. Preceded in death by wife, Jennie E., and daughter, Darlene, he is survived by his loving son, David P. Duffel of Akron; brothers, Morris of Searcy, Ark., and Vernon Duffel of Sedona, Ariz.; sisters, Ola Garrison of Moscow, Tenn., Dorris Marlett of Gainesville, Mo., and Learlean Downs of Houston, Texas. Funeral service will be Monday, Oct. 7, 1996, at 1 p.m. at the Schermesser Funeral Home, South Main Street Chapel, 1446 S. Main St., with Rev. Winston Pike officiating. Calling hours will be Sunday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Interment at Glendale Cemetery. (Schermesser, South Main Street Chapel.) [Akron Beacon Journal (OH) - October 5, 1996]
Lillian Inez Sorrels Eason
MEMPHIS, TN--LILLIAN INEZ SORRELS EASON, 81, of Memphis, formerly of McCrory, Ark., died Thursday at Baptist Memorial Hospital. Services will be at 9 a.m. Monday at Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home in McCrory with burial in Woodman Cemetery in Woodruff County, Ark. Mrs. Eason, the widow of Charles Alfred Eason, leaves three daughters, Barbara Inez Berry of Philadelphia, Pa., Donna J. Harwood of Collierville and Linda Jo Gilman of Davie, Fla.; two sisters, Edna Mae Studley of Alexandria, Va., and Eloise Jones o f Chantilly, Va., 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. [Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) - November 8, 1992.]
Fort Worth, TX -- LENA FRANKE died 07 May 1924 in Fort Worth at the age of 58y, 2m. She was born 08 Mar 1866 in TN, the daughter of John Seibert. Burial was 09 May 1924 in Hunter, AR. [Texas Deaths, 1890-1976]
Paul Thomas Gaines
McCRORY, ARK--PAUL THOMAS GAINES, 70, of McCrory, farmer and landowner, died Friday at Cross County Hospital in Wynne, Ark. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Morton Baptist Church near McCrory, where he was a member, with burial in Woodman Cemetery in Woodruff County, Ark. Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home of McCrory has charge. He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran, and a member of McCrory Masonic Lodge No. 190 and American Legion Post No. 112 in McCrory. Mr. Gaines, the husband of Grace Gaines, also leaves local survivors including a daughter, Susie Rowland of Memphis. [Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) - December 7, 1992]
Little Lowry Garland, after lingering seventy-three days with typhoid fever, died Sunday morning and was buried by the Band of Hope, a temperance organization of children. The funeral procession was said to be the most impressing ever witnessed in this place. [Arkansas Gazette (Little Rock, AR) – September 25, 1885]
J.W. Threlkheld and G.J. Hatch, of Woodruff county, are dead. [Arkansas Gazette (Little Rock, AR) – May 14, 1885]
Martha Elizabeth Hazledine
At her home in Augusta, on Tuesday, the 26th of March, 1872, at 5 o’clock p.m., of congestion of the heart, after a few hours illness, Martha Elizabeth, wife of Hon. William C. Hazledine, aged twenty-five years and twenty-two days. Her remains have been taken to her former home at Battle Creek, Michigan, for interment.
The deceased was born at Buffalo, N.Y., March 4, 1847, was educated and lived at Battle Creek, Mich., until June, 1870, when she came on a visit to friends in Arkansas. She was married to the Hon. William C. Hazledine December 24, 1870, at Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and removed with her husband to Augusta, last autumn – to the home once rendered so cheerful by her presence, now so desolate by her unreturning absence. She was a Christian woman in the fullest sense. A devoted believer, her faith entered into and directed every act of her pure and blameless life – a life which was the best possible preparation for death. Possessed of the noblest qualities of mind and heart, modest and unassuming, faithful to every obligation, alive to every good work, she had won the love and esteem of all who knew her, and her untimely death has caused the deepest sorrow. To him whose life has been cheered, ennobled, by her companionship, this world can offer no consolation. He must look to Him who gave, and who hath taken away, for strength to bear his loss. The deepest, most heartfelt sympathy of his many friends is with him in this the hour of his great affliction.
She hath done her bidding here, Angels dear! Bear her perfect soul above, Seraph of the skies – sweet love! Good she was, and fair in youth; And her mind was seen to soar, And her heart was wed to truth; Take her, then, for evermore – For ever – evermore.
She has gone to her rest. Night and sorryow, and darkness, have forever passed from her. “She hath another morn than ours.”
At a meeting of the friends of the bereaved husband, held on the evening of the 31st ult., the following resolutions were adopted:
Whereas, It hath pleased God in his infinite wisdom, to call from earth to heaven the wife of our beloved friend William C. Hazledine, who departed this life on the 26th of March, 1872. Her sickness was brief, but severe, and death sudden; but from her godly walk we have no doubt she is reaping the award of a virtuous life where storms and sorrows can never come. She is gone from among us, and we deeply feel the loss, but we thank God for the glorious hope of the gospel: That when the stormy sea of life is passed, friends who have loved shall meet again. Therefore, be it Resolved, That while we murmur not nor rebel against the dispensation of a kind heavenly parent, we weep in heartfelt sympathy with the afflicted husband in this his sad bereavement; sorrowing not as those who have no hope, but fully believing that our loss is her eternal gain.
Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be sent to the Augusta Sentinel and Little Rock Republican, with a request to publish. [Morning Republican (Little Rock, AR) – April 3, 1872 – Submitted by Denise Burge]
A young man giving his name as J.T. Henson, and with a letter in his pocket written by his father, S.S. Henson, shot and killed himself while carelessly handling a pistol last Saturday near Gage's Point, Woodruff county, Arkansas. His property consisted of two suits of clothes and $2 in cash. The remains were buried at Parker's graveyard, near the place of his death. [Source: Public Ledger, May 25, 1878 -transcribed by J.S.]
By Her Own Hands
A Good Woman of Augusta Ends Her Life
Died In Much Agony
She Grieved Over Two Departed Children
Special to The Gazette - Augusta, Ark., Aug. 1 – Mrs. Hattie Halloway, wife of J.W. Holloway, committed suicide by taking strychnine last night. Up to one year ago she was one of the brightest and happiest women in all this country, but since that time she has lost two children, which so affected her that at times she was thought to be depressed. Dr. Moore, of Riverside, was summoned, but too late. She died in great agony, but before dying she told them that she had done the rash act that she might rejoin her children in heaven. Mr. Holloway is in St. Louis on business. The community is greatly shocked and deeply sympathize with her bereaved husband and family, as she was loved by all who knew her. [Arkansas Gazette (Little Rock, AR) – August 2, 1899 – Submitted by Denise Burge]
Herman Glenford Huffman
MEMPHIS, TN--HERMAN GLENFORD HUFFMAN, 82, of Memphis, retired from Baptist Memorial Hospital, died Friday at Baptist Memorial Hospital. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel with graveside services at 2 p.m. Monday in Fakes Chapel Cemetery in Woodruff County, Ark. Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home of McCrory, Ark., has charge. Mr. Huffman, the husband of Cleo Pittman Huffman, also leaves two daughters, Shirley Bivins of Smyrna, Tenn., and Jo Ann Miller of New Albany, Miss.; a son, Jerry Huffman of Huntsville, Ala.; two sisters, Lois Clingan and Hazel Holt, both of Iuka, Miss.; two brothers, Preston Cagle of Fulton, Miss., and Dempsey Cagle of Belmont, Miss., 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. [The Commercial Appeal, (Memphis, TN) - June 27, 1993]
Robert R. Jones
Died - Near Cotton Plant, in Woodruff county, on the 21st of November, last, Robert R. Jones, aged 60 years. Mr. Jones was the oldest pioneer of the region in which he lived, having settled in Monroe county, where he has resided since 1828. He was a farmer by occupation, but was a great hunter and rafter. He leaves a widow and large family of children. [Arkansas Weekly Gazette (Little Rock, AR) – January 21, 1868 - Submitted by Denise Burge]
Memphis, TN-- LEWIS "SLICK" KYLE, 80, of Fort Myers, Fla., formerly of Woodruff County, Ark., and Memphis, retired television service manager for Sears in Memphis, died of heart failure on Jan. 17 in Fort Myers. Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home in McCrory with burial in Woodman Cemetery there. He was a World War II Army veteran. Mr. Kyle, the widower of Cleo Sue Looney Kyle, leaves two daughters, Judi Wright of Fort Myers and Becky Tous of Hudson, Ohio; a sister, Velma Bailey of Pocahontas, Ark.; four grandchildren and 11 great-grandchilden.
McCRORY, AR--MILTON 'BANTY' KYLE, 70, of McCrory, farmer and retired meat-cutter, died Sunday after an automobile accident on U.S. 64 near Augusta, Ark. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home in McCrory with burial in Fakes Cemetery in Woodruff County, Ark. He was a Baptist and a World War II Coast Guard veteran. His Memphis survivors include a son, Michael L. Kyle, and a sister, Mrs. Velma Bailey. [The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) - August 6, 1991]
George W. Maberry
Col. Geo. W. Maberry, an old citizen of Woodruff county, died at his home near Cotton Plant last week. [Arkansas Gazette (Little Rock, AR) – March 5, 1875]
Alphonzo Trent Miller
FORT WORTH - ALPHONZO TRENT MILLER, 67, died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at a local hospital. Funeral: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Baker Funeral Home Chapel. Burial: Skyvue Memorial Garden, Fort Worth. Visitation: 1 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Alphonzo Trent Miller was born June 16, 1932, in Cavell, Ark. He was the son of the late Malachi and Anna Taylor Miller and grew up in Woodruff County, Ark. Al was a graduate of Arkansas AM & N College in Pine Bluff and continued his studies at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. Mr. Miller worked for the Social Security Administration, EEOC, EEO and Department of Agriculture during his 34 years service in the federal government. He came to Fort Worth 20 years ago and retired as civil rights officer for the Federal Aviation Administration in 1989. He was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church. Survivors: Wife, W. Mae Miller of Fort Worth; son, Alphonzo P. Miller and wife, Paula of Bryan-College Station; daughters, Lydia Joann Miller of Garland and Karen Miller Wilson of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Nicole Miller, Matthew Miller and Allison Miller; and many other family members and friends. Baker Funeral Home 301 E. Rosedale St. [Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - July 27, 1999]
Killed by Dynamite Explosion
Gail Patterson, about 25 years of age, a brother of Sheriff Patterson of Woodruff county, met death near Augusta in a tragic manner. He and a negro were out fishing and had some dynamite in the boat which they proposed to use. It exploded and hurled both men into the water. The negro was badly bruised, but managed to escape. Patterson’s body was recovered and found to be in a badly mutilated condition, one arm having been entirely blown off. [Jonesboro Weekly Tribune (Jonesboro, AR) – July 8, 1905 - Submitted by Denise Burge]
Marshall H. Patterson
Marshall H. Patterson Shot To Death At Jelks Last Night Was Well Known In This City
Augusta, May 20 – Marshall H. Patterson, aged 60, former sheriff and member of the Arkansas legislature for many years, was shot and killed by Ed Harris, aged 30, traveling salesman, in the railroad station at Jelks, or Patterson as the town recently had been renamed, eight miles southeast of here, at 5 o’clock this afternoon.
It is said that Patterson’s ire had been aroused by the fact that he accused Harris, among others, of having circulated stories that Patterson had been paying clandestine visits to a woman living in Jelks.
Harris, with his employer, J.W. Mullins, proprietor of a wholesale grocery at Jelks, and H. Faulkner, railroad station agent, remained at the scene until the arrival of officers who arrested Harris and brought him to the county jail here, following a brief investigation in which Patterson’s gun was found in his hand as he lay dead on the station floor.
Harris tonight told Sheriff Bill Wilkes that he and Mullins entered the station together and met Patterson who was talking to the station agent. The sheriff said that Harris told them that Patterson looked up as they approached, and said: “There’s two more --- who lied about me. No man can say that and live.”
Harris says that Patterson was sitting on the edge of a desk in the agent’s office and that he made a move to draw a gun. Harris told the sheriff that he began firing and that at his third shot Patterson fell to the floor. He then looked at Patterson and fearing that he was still making an effort to fire, stepped behind a partition, reloaded his revolver and fired two more shots. All eight shots took effect in Patterson’s body. Patterson had succeeded in drawing his gun before he died.
Patterson, for whom the post office at Jelks recently was renamed, was sheriff of Woodruff county for six years from 1898 to 1903. He served four years in the House of Representatives and four years in the Arkansas Senate, and again was sheriff for two years. He is survived by his wife and four daughters, Misses Olive, Mildred, Oriole, Eloise Patterson, and one son, Bennett Patterson. The son is a law student in Washington, D.C. Miss Oriole and Eloise are students at Galloway college, Searcy. The other two daughters are teachers, one in the Hawaiian Islands and the other in the West.
Harris is married and has two children. [Jonesboro Weekly Sun (Jonesboro, AR) – May 25, 1921 - Submitted by Denise Burge]
Freddy L. Pegg, Jr.
MEMPHIS, TN--FREDDY L. PEGG JR., 35, of Houston, formerly of Memphis and Bartlett, died Thursday in Houston after a long illness. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home in McCrory, Ark., with burial in Fakes Chapel Cemetery in Woodruff County, Ark. He was a Navy veteran. Mr. Pegg leaves a daughter, Morgan Pegg of Savannah, Tenn.; a son, Jason Pegg of Memphis; his mother, Norma Kay Fitzcharles of Spring, Texas; his father, Fred. L. Pegg of Memphis; a sister, Linda Turnage of Spring, and two brothers, Mark Pegg of Houston and Michael Pegg of Memphis. [The Commercial Appeal, (Memphis, TN) - March 13, 1993]
William Ira Pegg
COUNCE, TN--WILLIAM IRA PEGG, 74, of Counce, formerly of Memphis and McCrory, Ark., retired employee of Sears, Roebuck and Co., died Wednesday at Methodist Hospital in Memphis. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home in McCrory with burial in Fakes Chapel Cemetery in Woodruff County, Ark. He was a member of Coast Guard Auxiliary and Pickwick Yacht Club. Pegg, the widower of Janie James Pegg, leaves two daughters, Ms. Patricia Edington of Marion and Ms. Marianne Milligan of Michie, Tenn.; two sons, Fred L. Pegg and William Pegg Jr., both of Memphis; two sisters, Ms. Lucille Thomson and Ms. Juanita Watwood, both of Nash, Texas; three brothers, Charlie Pegg and Erman D. Pegg, both of Nash, and L. L. Pegg of McCrory, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. [The Commercial Appeal, (Memphis, TN) - August 23, 1991]
Bobby Gene Perry
INDEPENDENCE, MO– BOBBY GENE PERRY, 55, Independence, died Feb. 4, 1993, at the Independence Regional Health Center. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Carson Independence Chapel; burial in Mount Washington Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at the chapel. Mr. Perry was born in Woodruff County, Ark., and had lived in this area since 1959. He was a service technician for Consolidated Freightways for 27 years.. He was an Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, Loucille Perry of the home; two sons, Mike Perry, Fort Worth, Texas, and Ronnie Perry, McCrory, Ark.; a daughter, Pamela Young, Independence; four brothers, Charles Perry, Hunter, Ark., Ray Perry, Los Gatos, Calif., Fred Perry, Pangburn, Ark., and Thomas Perry, Searcy, Ark.; a sister, Jewell Longrader, Hunter; and four grandchildren. [The Kansas City Star, (MO) - February 5, 1993]
Cecil G. Pulley
PORTLAND, OR--A funeral for CECIL G. PULLEY of North Portland will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Peninsula Church of Christ. Interment will be in Lincoln Memorial Park. He died of lung cancer Wednesday in his home at the age of 81. Mr. Pulley was born Jan. 3, 1909, in Woodruff County, Ark. He married Louise Gaddis on Dec. 15, 1933, in Leachville, Ark. He had lived in Portland since 1953. A maintenance worker, Mr. Pulley had worked for the Portland Parks Bureau for a number of years until his retirement in 1974. He was a member of Peninsula Church of Christ. Survivors besides his wife include a daughter, Frances Dix of Prineville; a brother, Lindsay of Arkansas; three sisters, Vera Stuckey and Mary Etta Stewart, both of Arkansas, and Kathy Huckabay of Livermore, Calif.; three grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. [The Oregonian, (Portland, OR) - August 11, 1990]
A young negro boy named Willie Reed was drowned at Barry in Woodruff County Monday. He fell out of a dugout. [Arkansas Gazette (Little Rock, AR) – May 27, 1890 - Submitted by Denise Burge]
Died, In the town of Augusta, Ark., on the 5th of July of brain fever, Isaac Rogers, aged 17 years – of the 9th Illinois Cavalry. [The Journal And Republican (Lowville, NY) – Oct 1, 1862; JD, Sub by FoFG]
The remains of Miss Mary Sidel who died several years ago, and was buried in Woodruff county, have been taken up and brought to this city and was today interred in the Catholic cemetery. [Jonesboro Daily Gazette (Jonesboro, AR) – January 8, 1910]
MRS. MARJORIE SMITH, 100, of Tamms, IL, passed away at 4:02 p.m., November 14, 2006 in Daystar Care Center in Cairo, IL. Mrs. Smith was born Aug. 3, 1906 in Augusta, Ark. to the late Ernest and Ophelia Friar. After the death of her parents in 1926, she moved to Tamms and married the late Jeff Ford in 1927. After the death of Mr. Ford, she met and married the late Mr. Elmer Smith. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior at an early age. She joined Trinty Baptist Church in Tamms for a short while, then united with Second Baptist Church in Tamms. She remained a faithful member until her health failed. Mrs. Smith was the oldest of the original members of Second Baptist Church. Her favorite song was, "This Little Light of Mine." Mrs. Smith loved the Lord with all her heart, mind, soul and strength. She served the church as the Superintendent of Sunday School, church treasurer, Sunday school teacher, member and vice-president of the missionary society, and was the oldest church mother. She was faithful until death and there is now laid up for her a crown of righteousness. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. Left to cherish her memory are a cousin and a nephew; nieces and nephews by marriage; a special friend who cared for her as if she were her own mother, Mrs. Marjorie La Grone; and a host of good friends and neighbors. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday in Second Baptist Church in Tamms with the Rev. James E. Anderson, Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Spencer Heights Cemetery in Mounds, IL. Heavenly Gates Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. [Courtesy of The Southern Illinoisan, 15 Nov 2006]
Onedith Browning Taylor
GREENWOOD - ONEDITH BROWNING TAYLOR, 69, native of Woodruff County, Ark., co-owner and operator of Taylor's Fabric and Foam Shop, died Thursday (Nov 30, 1995) at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi after a stroke. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Greenwood Church of God with burial in Pumpkin Bend Cemetery in McCrory, Ark. Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home of McCrory and Wynne, Ark., has charge. She was a member of Greenwood Church of God. Mrs. Taylor, the husband of Burnest B. Taylor, also leaves two sons, Harvey H. Taylor and Jimmy W. Taylor, both of Greenwood; a sister, Thelma Mae Ball of Indianapolis, Ind., eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. [The Commercial Appeal, (Memphis, TN) - December 1, 1995]
Mr. Thompson, living near Augusta, was bitten some weeks ago by a mad dog and died last Saturday in great agony. [Source: LITTLE ROCK DAILY REPUBLICAN, Sept. 2, 1873, contributed by F. Cooley]
Sarah Anna Thompson
Mrs. W. J. Thompson Dead
Her Death Caused by an Operation Performed for Appendicitis
As a result of an operation performed for appendicitis, Mrs. Sarah Anna Thompson, beloved wife of Col. W.J. Thompson, the well-known banker and railroad owner, died at the Little Rock Infirmary at 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon. Mrs. Thompson was removed to the infirmary July 6. On the night of July 8 the operation was performed and for a while it was thought that she would recover.
The deceased was formerly Miss Gregory. She was born in Shelby County, Tennessee, September 28, 1848, and moved early in life to Woodruff County, this state. She was the daughter of William Gregory. In 1867 she was married to Col. W.J. Thompson. She leaves a husband, who is seriously ill, and two daughters, Mrs. J.C. Norfleet, of Memphis, and Miss Ada Lee, to mourn her loss.
The funeral will take place from the Second Presbyterian Church at 4:30 o’clock this afternoon, services by Rev. Mr. Semple. The interment will take place at Mount Holly Cemetery. [Arkansas Gazette (Little Rock, AR) – July 16, 1896 - Submitted by Denise Burge]
Vercie A. Covington Thompson
McCRORY, ARK--VERCIE ANNETTE COVINGTON THOMPSON, 78, of McCrory, formerly of Alicia, Ark., died Tuesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home in McCrory with burial in Woodman Cemetery in Woodruff County, Ark. She was a member of Arbor Grove Freewill Baptist Church in Hoxie, Ark. Mrs. Thompson, the widow of William Marion Thompson, leaves local survivors including a daughter, Annette Henderson of Memphis. [The Commercial Appeal, (Memphis, TN) - October 21, 1992]
J.W. Threlkheld and G.J. Hatch, of Woodruff county, are dead. [Arkansas Gazette (Little Rock, AR) – May 14, 1885]
J. Will Wilkerson
J. WILL WILKERSON, d. 14 Nov 1909 Augusta, AR at the age of 31. He was a druggist and md to Mae McElwee. He was born 06 Oct 1878, the son of Johnie Wilkerson. [unknown newspaper, c. Nov 1909]
Frances Louise Williamson
RIVERDALE, FL--FRANCES LOUISE WILLIAMSON, 70, of Riverdale, died Thursday at Royal Oaks Nursing Home in Dade City. A native of Woodruff County, Ark., she moved to this area 30 years ago from Missouri. She is survived by three sons, Sonny of Dade City, Dannie of Tampa, and Jim Sr. of Trilby; her mother, Gladys Hallman of Dade City; a brother, Carthal Hallman of St. Petersburg; three sisters, Magdalene Thomas of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Dorothy Garza of Arcadia, and Mildred Bowerman of Brinkley, Ark.; four grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren. Oakley Funeral Home, Dade City. [The Tampa Tribune, The (FL) - May 28, 1997]
PLANT CITY, FL-- ISIAH WILLIAMSON, 66, of Plant City died Saturday at South Florida Baptist Hospital, Plant City. A native of Woodruff County, Ark., he moved to Plant City eight months ago from Richland. He was a farm laborer, a member of the Church of God, a Mason and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He is survived by two sons, Junior of Tampa and Ronnie of Dade City; two daughters, Kathy of St. Catherine and Karen of Dade City; six brothers; six sisters; and several grandchildren. Whitfield Funeral Home, Zephyrhills. [The Tampa Tribune, The (FL) - June 25, 1993]
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