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Thought Men on Track Watermelons

Aberdeen, Miss., July 6 - Thinking a green-capped head lying against the rail merely a watermelon, the engineer of a St. Louis and San Francisco train at Becker last night did not slacken his speed until a warning shout came from the fireman, who realized a sleeping man and not a melon was on the track. It was then too late, and Jesse Walden, age 25 and Calvin Goza, age 18, were killed. The two men bought tickets from Becker to this place, and while waiting for the train took a nap on the track.

Natchez, The Natchez Democrat, 07 Jul 1920, p1. Transcribed by Heather Holley
Added 8 Dec 2017

Obituaries in Alphabetical Order

Abbott, Capt. John

Monroe Co., Miss., July 2, ae. 59. He was a native of Ga., emigrating to Ala. Above 20 years ago. While there he raised a company of volunteers, and commanded it in the Florida war. In 1838 he removed to Monroe Co.; in 1841 and in 1843 he was elected therefrom to the Miss. Legislature.

Annual OBITUARY NOTICES OF EMINENT PERSONS who have died in the United States FOR 1858; BY HON. NATHAN CROSBY; BOSTON: JOHN P. JEWETT AND COMPANY. 1859. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.
Added 12 May 2013

Burdine, Sallie Irene Dalton

Died in this city, April 6th, Sallie Irene Dalton, wife of Robt. B. Burdine.
Died at her husband's residence In this city on Wednesday afternoon, of puerpal fever, Mrs. Sallie Dalton Burdine, wife of R. B. Burdine, Esq.

The Aberdeen Examiner, Aberdeen MS, April 14,1881-- Transcribed by Gene P.
Added 17 Oct 2017

Crenshaw, Billie Man

FROM DETROIT- Jan. 20, 1894

BILLIE MAN CRENSHAW, one of Mississippi's best citizens, was killed on his farm near Quincy last Monday by a flying limb from a failing rail-tree.

Hamilton Free Press - (Marion County, AL)Feb. 1, 1894 -- Submitted by Veneta McKinney

Engle, George

At his residence in Monroe County, Miss, Feb 25, 1859, Mr. George Engle formerly a resident of Jefferson County, VA in the ___? year of his age.

[Virginia Free Press, (Charlestown, WV) Thursday, March 31, 1859--Transcribed by K Torp]
Added 19 Mar 2014

Fitts, Katie May

Katie May, daughter of Mr. H. E. Fitts, of this county, died on Saturday, October 21st, after a brief illness, aged 4 years, 10 months and 21 days.

The Aberdeen Examiner, Aberdeen MS, November 2,1882 -- Transcribed by Gene P.
Added 17 Oct 2017

Halliday, James W

BITTEN BY A CAT - A Young Mississippian Dies from Hydrophobia

Aberdeen, Miss, Feb 24 - About five or six weeks ago the family of James W. Halliday, who live in the Lebanon neighborhood, about six miles south of Aberdeen, were sitting by the fire when a strange cat entered the room. James W. Halliday, Jr., the oldest son, a young man of about nineteen, began to pet the cat, when it bit him on the hand, inflicting a painful wound. In the course of a few weeks his hand healed up entirely, and the occurrence was almost forgotten. Last Friday he complained of a severe pain in his shoulder, and told his mother that he had the hydrophobia, as the result of the cat bite. He soon became violent and had to be confined securely. He died Saturday evening and was buried at Lebanon last Sunday evening.

Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, March 5, 1891 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney
Added 17 Jun 2013


DROWNED - About a week ago a gentleman named Hardwick and a negro boy belonging to Mr. Murdock, of Okalona, were drowned in the Bigbee river, at Carmargo.  It appears that Mr. Hardwick, in jumping into a skiff in which the negro was sitting, capsized it, when both sunk to the bottom.
The Memphis Daily Avalanche, October 13, 1840

Heisen, Celia T. Butler

Died at her residence in Aberdeen, Miss., May 16th, 1883, Mrs. C. C. Heisen, formerly Miss Celia T. Butler. She was born In Chicago, Illinois, October 29th, 1800. Her ancestors were among the founders and most prominent persons of that city. She was educated at the Chicago Young Ladies Seminary.

The Aberdeen Examiner, Aberdeen MS, May 24,1883-- Transcribed by Gene P.
Added 17 Oct 2017

Hollingsworth, Leonidas DeKalb

Bro. Leonidas DeKalb Hollingsworth was born Oct. 31, 1846, died October 18, 1905, lacking 13 days of being 59 years old. He was raised an orphan by an aged mother. It was the pleasure of the writer to know him from boyhood. He enlisted in Company C. 16th Confederate Calvary, under Capt. L. J. Morgan, in the fall of 1863, leaving his old mother to support herself by weaving. His devotion to his company was so great he could not stay at home any longer though his mother needed his help. There was none braver nor more loyal to his country than Bro. Hollingsworth. He was married in 1866 to Miss Clarinda Smith and nine children were born to them, of which seven still survive.
Bro. Hollingsworth joined the Methodist Church early in life, and was a minister of that church for a number of years and died in the full triumphs of a loving Savior.
It was my privilege to be with him in his last sickness though his suffering was great he seldom ever complained. He spoke of dying often and said he was reconciled to his Master.
Bro. Hollingsworth was ever lenient to a fault; he was ready and willing to help to bring about peace in the community in which he lived and did more on that line than any one. It was my pleasure to be with him on several occasions and I found him always ready to do justice to all parties concerned, and he seldom ever failed to bring about a reconciliation.
He was a very devoted husband and father. As a minister he was not an educated man but there was none more earnest, and the people had great confidence in him. There was but few sinners that could withstand his earnest pleadings and exhortations.
He was elected Justice of the Peace in 1873, serving two years with credit, and was elected to the House of Representatives in 1883, served one term; was again sent to the Legislature in 1903 and died while in office.
Bro. Hollingsworth, I think, married more people and attended more funerals than any one man in Monroe county. He will be greatly missed-there is none to fill his place. I would say to his dear companions and children, weep not like those that have no hope for he has fought a good fight, has kept the faith, and now he has been offered up and has gone home to his reward. D. A. B.

The Aberdeen Weekly, (Aberdeen, Mississippi) November 17, 1905, Vol. 29, No. 38, page 1 Colm 5 -- FOFG
Added 28 Aug 2016

Hollingsworth, Thadeus E.

Died at the residence of his father, Hollingsworth, Sr., in Mo__, on the 1st day of July, 1879, Thadeus E. Hollingsworth, In the 28th year of his age.
(part of this article was missing)
Born in this county on the 11th day of April, 1851, married on the 17th day of December, 1871, to Miss Gillie McWhorter.

The Aberdeen Examiner, Aberdeen MS, July 10,1879-- Transcribed by Gene P.
Added 17 Oct 2017

Martin, Mary Ann Wilson

Mrs. MARY ANN MARTIN (nee WILSON), was born in Monroe County, Miss. June 18, 1840, and married to HENRY L. D. HAROLD Nov. 20, 1860. Mr. HAROLD died while in the service at Murphresborough, in 1862, leaving her with an infant daughter. She was again married to Dr. M. C. MARTIN Jan. 1, 1865, and died at her home in Hamilton, Ala., February 15, 1890.
By her last marriage, she had three children, two daughters and a son, who mourn her loss. Her health has been gradually failing for several years. She had frequent attacks, but, after taking a little medicine and a few days rest, she would recuperate. When the last attack came her husband and friends were anxious about her, but she begged them not be alarmed and plead with them not to give her medicine, and said she only needed a little rest and she would soon be better.
When they discovered that she was in an alarming condition, they wrote for her mother “Grandma Wilson” but the letter failed to reach her. Grandma chanced to come on a visit, however, arriving just a few hours before the funeral. She had not even suspected that Mrs. Martin was ill, but met the family with her usual cheerfulness, for grandma is as cheerful as a bird, although now seventy-six years old. What a sad ordeal for her!
Mrs. Martin was conscious of her approaching dissolution, and expressed herself as being perfectly satisfied in regard to her future. She has long been a consistent member of the M. E. Church - doing what she could in all religious and benevolent enterprises. She was universally beloved and her death will be universally deplored. Many a sick room will miss her comforting, soothing presence. The poor, the afflicted, the sorrowing of every class have sustained a heavy loss in the death of this Christian woman. She was one of the most cheerful women I ever knew - always looking for a “silver lining” to every cloud, and never murmuring at the dispensations of Providence. Few men have such help-meets. Her life was characterized by industry, benevolence, and her devotion to her husband, children, and grand children. She was perfectly self-denying, ever striving to cast sunshine into the lives of others. Her many friends will ever cherish a grateful and loving remembrance of her kindness.
Her husband has lost a brave and true wife, her children, a faithful and loving mother and the church a firm friend. In the name of her many friends, the writer tenders to the bereaved ones her deepest sympathy, and trusts that we may all meet her “beyond the river.”
A Friend

From Marion Herald, (Marion County, AL), Feb. 20, 1890 - Transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney

Mize, J.T.

ATHENS - James T. Mize, 80, died Monday, June 25, 2007, at his home after a long illness. He was born Nov. 10, 1926, in Monroe County to the late James Claude and Alice Mildred West Mize. He attended Quincy and Hatley schools. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean conflict. He lived in Wisconsin and Columbus, and in the Athens community for 34 years. He was a retired truck driver. He was a member of Athens Baptist Church, the VFW and the DAV. He enjoyed CB radios and had the handle "Brickman."

Services will be at 4 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Scott Johnson and Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial will be in Quincy Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Charlie Pearl Hayes Mize of the Athens community, whom he married in 1949; two sons, James Clyde Mize (Janice) of Millport, Ala., and Charles Thomas Mize (Nancy) of Corinth; four daughters, Judy Carol Owens, Brenda Kay Smith (Jimbo) and Lois Ann Cooke (Austin), all of Columbus, and Elaine Welch (Marvin "Boo") of Aberdeen; two sisters, Hellon Duncan Ream (Frank) of Amory and Linda Stageberd (Gene) of Minnetonka, Minn.; one brother-in-law, Ronny Thomas of Racine, Wis.; 17 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Claude Mize.

Pallbearers will be Shane Eads, Chris Eads, Josh Eads, Marsh Cooke, Jay Mize and Josh Ross.

Honorary pallbearers will be Rachel Campbell and Tina Ragan.

Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.

NE MS Daily Journal 26 Jun 2007 -- Transcribed by Gene P.

Mize, Joan

AMORY - Joan Parchman Mize, 75, died Friday, Oct. 5, 2007, at her home in the Quincy community after a sudden illness. She was born Dec. 18, 1931, in Amory to the late Ike A. Parchman Sr. and Judy Alice Boggan Parchman. She was a graduate of Amory High School. She was a former employee of Alexander's Pharmacy and McRae's in Tupelo. She was a member of the Quincy Methodist-Baptist Church. She enjoyed making Christmas ornaments and cooking for her family.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Dr. Allen Simpson officiating. Burial will be in the Durrett Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Herbert Eugene Mize of Quincy, whom she married in 1952; two sons, Ray Harris (MarLee) of Oley, Pa., and Bert Mize (Phyllis) of Amory; two sisters, Jane Atkins of Springville, Ala., and Nell Dodson of Buies Creek, N.C.; four grandchildren, Emily Glenn, Craig Gregory, Tina Haring and Amy Texter; one great-grandchild, Mariah Joan Texter.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Ike and Charles Parchman; three sisters, Ortis Gillom, Frances Thompson and Neva Bradley.

Pallbearers will be Luke Harris, Craig Gregory, George Bowen, Donald Steed, Cecil Harris and Allen Glenn.

Visitation will continue until service time today.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

NE MS Daily Journal 7 Oct 2007 -- Transcribed by Gene P.

Ransom, Allice

Died February 27th, 1883, Allice, infant daughter of W. M. and Alice E. Ransom, aged one month.

The Aberdeen Examiner, Aberdeen MS, March 8,1883-- Transcribed by Gene P.
Added 17 Oct 2017

Riggan, Phelan

Died on the 14th of May, 1883, Phelan, only son of J. B. and Mattie J. Riggan, aged 15 years and 5 months.

The Aberdeen Examiner, Aberdeen MS, May 24,1883-- Transcribed by Gene P.
Added 17 Oct 2017

Wamble, Sarah E.

Departed this life on the 26th of March, Mrs. Sarah E. Wamble, wife of T. J. Wamble and daughter of Wiley and Mary Harris. She was born at Quincy, in this county, on the 5th day of September, 1836, and was married to T. J. Wamble on the 22nd day of September, 1859. She joined the Methodist Church when she was 15 years of age.

The Aberdeen Examiner, Aberdeen MS, March 29,1883-- Transcribed by Gene P.
Added 17 Oct 2017

Weaver, Rev Frederick

Rev. FREDERICK WEAVER, long a subscriber and reader of the Nashville advocate, was born in South Carolina, Jan 8th, 1808; emigrated with his parents at an early age to Tennessee, where at the tender age of eight years he gave his heart to God; joined the M. E. Church, and received the witness of his adoption into the family of God while all alone in the woods a circumstance which he often afterward related in the love feast and class-meeting always encouraging the children to seek religion and live for God while young. From Tennessee he moved to Monroe County, Miss. where he was united in marriage to Miss RACHEL YOUNG, Oct 29th 1829. He was licensed to exhort October 2, 1834 by H. WILLIAMSON, preacher in charge, the presiding elder being absent. He was licensed as a local preacher by J. W. HOLSTON, at Bethel, Church, Buttahatchie April 30th, 1836; was ordained deacon by Bishop BEVERLY WAUGH at the Alabama Conference Nov. 7th 1841; was ordained elder by Bishop ROBERT PAINE at New Hope Camp-ground, Monroe Co. Miss, Aug. 13, 1848. He emigrated to Texas in 1870 and settled in Coryell County, where he closed his earthly pilgrimage Dec 7th 1888 after a long life of usefulness, in which he discharged with all his ability the duties of class leader, steward, exhorter, preacher, deacon, and elder, not remembering to have missed attending only two quarterly meetings in forty years a duty which he always urged upon the members of the Quarterly conference as imperative when health would permit it. Of this aged servant of God I might say much if I had the language to express what I knew, having known him from my infancy almost. He was one to whom I often looked for advice in my little orphan girl days; one from whom I received spiritual instruction, comfort, and consolation pointing me to the great Physician of souls while I was struggling at the altar for salvation. He was counselor to me and my children, instructing, advising, and helping us on with our work in our lonely, desolate, bereaved condition. He wa was true to the Methodist Church, a firm supporter of her institutions I have seen him suffering all the tortures of that terrible disease, asthma, through the week, and then go on Sunday to preach and warm sinners of their danger, and build up the weak and broken hearted. His was a long, eventful life, having his share of the cares and sorrows, its pleasures and joys mixed and mingled all along. He had the joy of living to see all his children religious. One only daughter and three sons, who still survive him, are following on. When the final hour came, he like old Simeon, was ready saying, "All is well, the way is clear, not a cloud is intervening between me and my heavenly home." He leaves the companion of his youth still on the willow banks near the crossing. Weep not, mother; your companion, your children are there, but you shall find them all again in that eternal day.
I was asked by a friend to have the above obituary published in the Herald, and also requested to say that the wife of Rev. FREDERICK WEAVER died just one month after his death.
They have finished their work and gone to receive their reward. From the above statement Bro. WEAVER was certainly a true, devoted Christian, and a friend of Methodism. He was identified with the church so much that it is said above that he did not remember to have missed but two quarterly meetings in forty years. What could a few men like him do in this country.
C. M. RICE, Hamilton, Ala.
[From Marion Herald, Marion County, AL, April 4, 1889 -
Transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney]

Word, Laura

Died at 2 o'clock, Sunday morning, April 15,1883, after a long and painful illness of many months, Laura, youngest daughter of Thomas and Leatha Word, of Monroe County, Mississippi.

Tri-Weekly Examiner, Aberdeen MS, May 30,1883-- Transcribed by Gene P.
Added 17 Oct 2017

Wood, Licurgus

Died at his home near Quincy, on the 19th of April, 1883, Licurgus S. Wood, youngest son of Joseph and Nancy Wood, in the 23rd year of his life.

The Aberdeen Examiner, Aberdeen MS, April 26,1883-- Transcribed by Gene P.
Added 17 Oct 2017

Word, Leatha Lewis

Died at one o'clock, Saturday, May 5th, 1883, from heart disease, after an illness of 15 months, Mrs. Leatha Lewis, wife of Thos. Word, of Monroe County, Mississippi. She was born in Virginia, 1811, married in Limestone County, Alabama, December 1830, moved to Monroe County with her husband in December 1840.

Tri-Weekly Examiner, Aberdeen MS, May 30,1883-- Transcribed by Gene P.
Added 17 Oct 2017

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