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NOTICES OF WARE COUNTY GEORGIA
ESCAPE OF A BIBLE AGENT - The following
special from Waycross, Georgia, makes interesting reading.
escape from death by lightning occurred here last evening, and has caused
considerable excitement among the superstitious. Lighting struck the
house of Osborn Dixon. Dixon and Charity Loyd, who were sitting a
few feet apart, were killed. Between the two sat a Bible Agent named
Rutherford, and he was absolutely unharmed and experienced no shock
whatever. (Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, June 15, 1893 -
Transcribed by Veneta
Waycross. Ga. Jan 19.—Mr., James R. Bennett, a
prominent citizen of Wayne county, died in Waycross this morning at
5:30 o'clock at the home of his brother, Hon John W. Bennett, on Wilhama
street, Mr. Bennett was 36 years old and had been in bad health for
several months, and came to this city for treatment. He was prominent in
educational and church circles in Wayne county. He was a member of the
board of education of his county, and was active and influential
member of the Missionary Baptist church. He is survived by his father Mr.
John T. Bennett, of Wayne county, and four brothers, Hon. John W. Bennett
of Waycross, O. R. Bennett of Eastman, D. Hopps Bennett of Mt. Pleasant
and Robert Bennett of Jesup and four sisters. Mrs. J. M. Gilmore of
Baxley and Misses Mary and Lilla Bennett of Mt. Pleasant and Mrs.
Jackson of Gardi. The remains have been embalmed and will be carried to
Union church, In Wayne county tomorrow. The funeral and Intermerit will
occur Sunday morning at 10 o'clock in the cemetery at Union
Date: 1905-01-20; Paper: Macon
BERRY, Miss ERA
Waycross, Ga., Oct. 18
– Friends throughout this section of the state are sympathizing with Mr.
and Mrs. E. J. Berry in the death of their young daughter, Era. She was a
popular and attractive young lady and had been ill only a few weeks. The
funeral took place from Trinity Methodist church. The Atlanta Georgian and
News – Atlanta, Georgia – Tuesday, October 18, 1910
written by D. Donlon]
CARTER, Mrs. J.
Ware County Woman Commits Suicide
Mrs. J. R. Carter Is
Despondent Over Ill Health And The Absence Of Her Husband. WAYCROSS, April
12 - -Despondent over her continued ill health and worried because her
husbands work took him from home practically all the time, Mrs. JR Carter,
36 years old, committed suicide at her home 12 miles east of Waycross
today, shooting herself through the heart with a 38 caliber revolver. Mrs.
Carter made a pallet on the floor of the backroom and while laying on this
fired the shot that ended her life. Her husband did not learn of the
tragedy that have broken up his home until this afternoon. He works
at a sawmill 15 miles south of Waycross. Besides her husband five
children survive. Mrs. Carter was Mrs. Elizabeth Bell before
marriage, a native of Pierce County. The funeral will be held
Sunday. [Sunday, April 13, 1913, Macon Telegraph, Macon Georgia,
Transcirbed by Tam Inman]
J.S. CARTER DIES AT WAYCROSS
Waycross, Ga., November
7--(Special)---following a brief illness, which came on him suddenly, J.S.
Carter, aged 74, well known through this section, where he was engaged for
years in the turpentine business, died at his home at Glenmore, Ware
county, last night. Four sons, residents of Florida, and one
daughter survive. Interment will be Sunday at Manor.
Date: November 8, 1914, Paper: The Atlanta constitution, Page 5 -
Transcirbed by Tam
CHANDLER, W. K.
WAYCROSS, Dec. 12.—Funeral services of W. K. Chandler,
who died suddenly at his home In Waycross. Thursday morning, were
conducted today, interment being at Lott cemetery. Rev. R. A. Brown and
P. Price officiated. The pallbearers were member of the
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, of which the deceased was a member.
At the grave the service of the B. of L. E. . was conducted.
1914-12-13; Paper: Macon Weekly
CLARK, W. J.
Waycross, Ga., May
29—(Special)—After a several months' illness, W. J. Clark, prominent
business man and president of the local baseball association, died this
afternoon He was 45 years old and originally from North Carolina, He spent
a number of years of his early life in Florida. His wife and his son,
William, survive, as do three sisters, Mrs. A W Barrs, Mrs G. W. Haines,
Jr., and Mrs Miller N. Dancy, of Jacksonville, and one brother, John
Clark, of Texas. The deceased was a Mason, a member of Alee Temple of
Shriners and a member of the Waycross Lodge of Elks, also a member of the
Order of Railway Conductors.
He made Waycross his home for the past
fourteen years. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon with
The Constitution, Atlanta Ga. Saturday May 30,
WAYCROSS, Ga., Feb. 14.—Walter C. Cleary, 36 years
old, died In Waycross this afternoon at 1 o'clock after a long
illness. He formerly resided in Savannah and was a member of Concord
Indge, I. O. O. F. Mr. Cleary was pump inspector for the Atlantic Coast
Line for a long time. The deceased is survived by his wife in this city
and his father, Mr. John J. Cleary, of Stillmore. The remains will be
interred at High Bluff church, near Schlatterville, tomorrow.
1904-02-15; Paper: Macon
CRAWLEY, WILLIAM F.
Crawley, aged 33, died Sunday night at a private sanitarium. He was a
well-known attorney of Waycross, Ga., and was a prominent Mason, Knight of
Pythias and Odd Fellow. He graduated from the University of Georgia law
class of 1900, and was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. The remains
were carried to his home in Waycross, where the funeral and interment will
take place Monday afternoon. The Atlanta Georgian and News – Atlanta,
Georgia – Monday, July 11, 1910
[Transcribed as written by D.
ESTERLING, Mrs. J. W.
Mrs. J. W.
Esterling Lies Dying The Victim Of Her Son In Law
WAYCROSS, Ga., March
22. - - J.D. Hendry, a young white man, 29 years old, who was
born and reared in Waycross, slashed his mother in law, Mrs. J. W.
Esterling, across the left arm with a ten-inch dirk almost severing of the
arteries and almost cutting the arm off. He also slashed Mrs.
Easterling across the stomach.
occured at the Easterling home in Pierce County today about 12
o'clock. No hope, so the Physician in attendance states, is
entertained for Mrs. Easterlings recovery.
As soon as he did the
cutting Hendry took to the river swamps and is being pursued by the
officers. Hendry married Mrs. Easterlings daughter, Miss Macy
Easterling, about nine months ago and carried her out west, but she left
him and returned her home in Pierce County.
Hendry soon followed and went to the home of his mother-in-law today and
was asked to leave, when the difficulty began. Feelings about the
young man is very bitter in the community, where the cutting
The Easterlings are among the most
prominent people of Pierce County. J.W. Easterling, the husband of
the wounded woman and father of Hendry's wife is in the state hospital at
Macon Telegraph Macon Georgia, Tuesday, March 23, 1909-
April 23.—Fred Ficken, 67, one of the oldest citizens of
Waycross, died Monday afternoon. He was born in Bremen Haben, Germany,
coming to this country fifty years ago. For several months he has been
suffering from paralysis and for the past three weeks was confined to his
bed. Two children, Mrs, E. F. Hearne, of Savannah, and C. H. Ficken, of
this city, and nine grand-children survive him, Mr, Flcken was a prominent
Odd Fellow and Knights of Pythias and had many .friends in these orders
throughout the State. At one time he was past grand chief patrlarch of the
Grand Kncampment of Georgia.
Date: 1921-04-26; Paper: Macon
FINN, T. H.
WAYCROSS, Dec 12.—Following an operation performed
earlier in the week in the hope of improving his condition, T. H. Finn,
for many years a resident of Waycross, originally of Pennsylvania,
He was in the employ of the city as assistant
engineer at the waterworks for years. His brother, B. D. Finn, Is
superintendent. His wife and several children survive.
1914-12-13; Paper: Macon Weekly Telegraph
GRAY, GEORGE W.
WAYCROSS, Ga., Sept 8.—Word was received in Waycross
today that George W. Gray, a former Waycross citizen, died suddenly
Wednesday night at his home In Florida. The deceased has for many years
been in the sawmill business in Florida, He is survived by his wife, two
daughters, Mrs. R. G. Scruggs, of Asheville, and Mrs. Bessie Gray
Stephenson, of Brunswick: three sons, Jasper Gray, of Bainbridge, and
Walter and Ralph Gray, of Houston, Tex. Funeral services will be held this
afternoon at 4:30 o'clock from the funeral parlor of W. L. Hinson Company,
Rev. W. H. Rich officiating. Interment be at Oakland cemetery.
1922-09-09; Paper: Macon Telegraph
HENDERSON, A. S.
Oct. 18 – A. S. Henderson died Saturday night at the home of his son,
Clifford Henderson, after an illness of several months. He was a brother
of W. B. Henderson, of Decatur. The funeral took place Monday afternoon at
3 o’clock from the home of his son, Clifford Henderson. Mr. Henderson was
a native of Knoxville, Tenn. He was a lawyer by profession. The immediate
cause of his death was heart trouble. The Atlanta Georgian and News –
Atlanta, Georgia – Tuesday, October 18, 1910
[Transcribed as written
by D. Donlon]
21.—The body of Isaac Jackson, who was struck by a Coast Line
train at Cairo Tuesday, and who died at a local hospital, was
carried today to Parker's Ferry, S. C. for burial, Jackson, it seems, went
to sleep too near a track and a passing train train hit him,
Inflicting injuries from which he never rallied.
1912-06-22; Paper: Macon Telegraph
Soldier Dead of
Pneumonia - Jefferson Kirkland, of First Regiment, Died at His Home
WAYCROSS. April 9.—Jefferson Julian Kirkland, aged 21,
member of Company K. First regiment of Georgia national guard, died at a
hospital here today After an illness of a week. He was taken ill shortly
after his return from the Mexican border and brought here from
The body was taken to Pearson tonight where the funeral will
occur Wednesday. A military escort was went from the guardsmen stationed
here. Besides his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson Kirkland, six brothers
and five sisters survive. They are C. N. Kirkland, of Ocala, Fla.; W. L.
Kirkland, of Scooba. Miss Dr. R. A. Kirkland. of Zirkle: William B. Paul
and Randolph Kirkland of Pearson; Mrs. T. W. Wilson, of Deland, Fla.; Mrs.
J. A. Henderson, of Aycock, Fla.; Mrs. K. L. Davis, of Zirkle; Misses Cleo
and Meta Kirkland, of Pearson.
Date: 1917-04-10; Paper: Macon
WAYCROSS, Nov. 26.—Mrs. Kiturah Mason, aged 64,
died here todays after a short Illness. The funeral services were held
this afternoon and the remains taken to Wilmington, N. C., for burial. She
Is survived by her husband and several children.
Date 1912-11-27 Paper:
MCDONALD, Son of J. A.
Death of a Child
- Waycross, Ga., Oct. 18 – The six-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. A.
McDonald died yesterday afternoon, after a several weeks illness. The
interment was at Waresboro today. The Atlanta Georgian and News – Atlanta,
Georgia – Tuesday, October 18, 1910
[Transcribed as written by D.
McKINNEY, J. D.
Oct. 18 – Telegrams received in Waycross late yesterday told of the death
at Ridgeland, S. C., of J. D. McKinney, a former resident of Waycross. He
was about 60 years old and made this his home for many years. The Atlanta
Georgian and News – Atlanta, Georgia – Tuesday, October 18, 1910
[Transcribed as written by D. Donlon]
MURRAY, J. A.
WAYCROSS. Ga. Sept. 8. J. Albert Murray died at
his home, 89 Thomas Street, at 7:30 o'clock this morning. The deceased was
a prominent settler in Waycross. He is survived by five sons, M.J.,
J.M., W.L., J.A., Jr. and E.P. Murray, all of this section; three
daughters, Mrs. R. P. Padgett. Mrs. J. F. Gassett and Miss Rosa Murray, of
Waycross one sister Mrs. J. B. Mock, and—three brothers, C. A.. George and
Charles Murray, of Savannah. Funeral services will he conducted tomorrow
afternoon at 5 o'clock at his former home by Rev. J. R. Webb, pastor of
Trinity Methodist Church, Interment will be at Lott cemetery.
1922-09-09; Paper: Macon Telegraph
SANDERS, W. J.
"Waycross, Ga., May 29 —
(Special ) — W J Sanders, secretary for the Louis Manufacturing company,
and originally of Oglethorpe county, died at his home here today after a
brief illness He was 49 years old and is survived by his wife and two
young daughters, one sister, Mrs Elizabeth Underwood, of Manchester, and
two brothers, Edward, of Sparta, and Robert, of Stephenson. Funeral
services, with Masonic honors, will be conducted tomorrow.
Constitution, Atlanta Ga. Saturday May 30, 1914
Relatives here were notified today of the death in
Jacksonville, of Lot Smith, a former resident of Waycross.
1912-11-27 Paper: Macon Telegraph
Waycross Ga, June 9,
--- Riley Steedly, aged 71, of Ware County, a prominent citizen died at
his home near Manor today. The funeral occurs tomorrow. (Friday, June 10, 1904 Atlanta, Georgia - Submitted by Janice
WAYCROSS, June 24—M. D. Stripling, age 62,
died last night at a local hospital after an illness of several weeks. Mr.
Stripling's home was in Bonnockburn, but he came to Waycross several weeks
ago following the death, of his wife. He is survived by two brothers. H.
B. Stripling, of Altamaha and A. W. Stripling, of Waycross, also two
sisters Mrs. A. A. McDonald, of Altamaha and Mrs. Julia Fort of Savannah.
The remains will be sent to Baxley I tomorrow for burial in Sims
Date: 1920-06-25; Paper: Macon Telegraph
Carey Thomas Killed by Vicious Negro Today - Shot While
Trying To Make Arrest
Was Shot and Killed Today by Isaac McBride, Local
Negro, Who Escaped
Carey A. Thomas, deputy
sheriff was shot and instantly killed this morning (Friday) at the old
Freeman Walker place several mites north of Homerville, by Isaac McBride,
colored, three bullets taking effect.
homicide occurred while Mr. Thomas was trying to arrest the negro. Mr.
John Kay of Cogdell, had gone along with the officer but was not shot. The
shooting occurred in the old Walker residence known to many as the late
home of Mack T. Herrin, now owned by Sessoms Land and Securities
McBride escaped. A posse of perhaps
two hundred men is scouring the woods of northern Clinch this afternoon
for him. Bloodhounds from Berrien county have been
brought over to aid in tracking him down. The
posse seems to be cool-headed in their temper, but it is not thought that
it will be possible to capture McBride alive if he is caught up with due
to the desperateness of his situation.
announcement has been made as to funeral but it will probably be held
Surviving are the widow and two
little sons, and the parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Thomas, and several
brothers and sisters.
The body of the plain
officer was brought into town about noon producing much excitement. The
widow, Mrs. Thomas, with other close relatives, were
McBride is a son of John McBride and was born and
reared in Holmes Chapel, negro community six miles north of town. He was
serving a probation sentence cm a charge of driving a car intoxicated last
year and also resisting arrest; he was arraigned at that time in Clinch
Court and drew a fine and probation sentence. He paid the fine and went
Clinch County News January 14, 1938
WILLIAMS, MRS. C. M.
15.—From a several weeks illness Mrs. C. M. Williams, wife of a
well known business man, died here today, She is survived by her parents,
Mr. and. Mrs. R. D. Brown, her husband, , and five children, three,
daughters and two sons. One sister, Mrs. H. L. Stinson, of Manchester,
also survives her. Funeral services will be held tomorrow.
1914-05-16; Paper: Macon
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