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Archer, Millard Lee     11 Apr 1920 - 18 Nov 1987

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Services for Millard Lee Archer, 67, will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the McPeters Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Henry Cemetery.


Mr. Archer died Wednesday, Nov. 18, at the Magnolia Hospital. He was a veteran of WWII and a retired businessman. He was a member of the Foote Street Church of Christ.


Survivors include one brother, Orval L. Archer of Shreveport, LA; several cousins.


The Daily Corinthian
Nov. 18, 1987


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Benjamin, Garnett Russell     03 Mar 1908 - 31 Mar 1997

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Funeral services for Garnett Russell Benjamin, 89, will be held at 11 a.m. today at Wheeler Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Kara Blackard and the Rev. Ray Bennett officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.


She died Monday, Mar. 31, 1997 at Helen Keller Hospital in Florence, Alabama. She was born in Brownsville, Tenn., to the late Logan A. and Nanny Spencer Russell on Mar. 3, 1908.


Mrs. Benjamin was married for 73 years to Walter S. Benjamin. She was a life long member of Wheeler Grove Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a daughter and two sons, Billie Evelyn Benjamin, Clarence Benjamin and Milton Benjamin, and a sister, Lillie Mae Jones.


Mrs. Benjamin was married for 73 years to Walter S. Benjamin. She was a life long member of Wheeler Grove Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a daughter and two sons, Billie Evelyn Benjamin, Clarence Benjamin and Milton Benjamin, and a sister, Lillie Mae Jones.


The Daily Corinthian
Apr. 3, 1997


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Blasingame, William Henry     02 Nov 1883 - 11 Nov 1946

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Funeral services were held at 2:30 Tuesday afternoon for W.H. Blasingame, 63 year old farmer, who died at his home on Corinth, Route 4 at 11:15 Monday morning.


He had been in failing health for the past three years. Services were held with Rev. W. L. Robinson conducting the rites. Burial was in Henry Cemetery. Shackleford Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


He is survived by his wife, the former Miss Tina Wade, whom he married in 1905; two daughters, Mrs. Ed Kyle and Mrs. Grace Petters, both of Corinth; one brother, Luther Blasingame, Corinth; one sister, Mrs. Lily White, Savannah, Tennessee, and 3 grandchildren.


Pallbearers were Mr. Blasingame's nephews.


The Daily Corinthian
Nov. 15, 1946


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Box, Abraham B.     1827 - 1865

(submitted by Joseph Fox)

On December 13, 1856, Abraham B. Box, with his siblings, settled the estate of Robert Box. Abraham B. Box bought the 160 acre tract in Alcorn Co. MS with the Box cemetery and his sister, Mary Box Kennedy and her husband, Sanders Kennedy, bought the adjoining tract. In the 1860 census of Tippah Co. MS, Abraham Box was listed as age 33, b. in TN, with his wife, Nancy Nelms Box, age 39, b. in TN, and his son, James L. Box, age 8, b. in MS.


Abraham B. Box was mustered into Co. C, 23 Miss. Inf. Reg. on 1 Aug. 1861. The company became a unit of 2nd Regiment Mississippi Infantry (Davidson´s) that was given military instruction at Iuka, MS until the 19th day of September, 1861 when the unit was transferred to the Confederate States of America for a period of 12 months. The Division was sent north to fight the Yankees. Unfortunately, they were ill-equipped, ill-fed and poorly led. The Diary of Captain Robert I. Hill gives insight into their ordeal. 


Abraham B. Box was captured in the surrender of Fort Donelson and sent as a prisoner of war to Fort Douglas in Illinois. He was later exchanged at Vicksburg. He was in poor health and was discharged in 1862 and died in 1865. He was probably buried in one of the unmarked graves that has been reported in the Box Cemetery. 


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Box, Patsy Mitchell     April 1785 - October 1859

(submitted by Vicki Burress Roach)

Patsy Mitchell Box was born 15 or 18 April 1785, in Virginia (1850 census) or South Carolina (1860 Mortality Schedule).


Patsy Mitchell married Robert Box in Laurens County, South Carolina about 1803 and had eleven children (four died before 1810 and seven children are named in 1856 deed "heirs of Robert Box").


Patsy and Robert Box family lived in South Carolina, Livingston County, Kentucky in 1810, Perry County, Tennessee in 1820, Hardeman County, Tennessee in 1830, then Tippah County, Mississippi by 1837 where they resided till their deaths.


The 1860 Mortality Schedule of Mississippi states that Patsy Box died of a fever at age 72, (actually 74) in October of 1859 in an area of Tippah County, Mississippi that would later become Alcorn County, Mississippi.


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Box, Robert     20 Oct 1785 - abt 1855

(submitted by Vicki Burress Roach)

Robert Box was born 20 Oct 1785 as recorded in Box Family Records and as inscribed on his headstone. (published in Alcorn Co.,MS Cemetery Records, 976.2993 V3a, pg.37).


Robert Box married Patsy Mitchell probably in Laurens or Abbeville Co.,SC about 1803, and had eleven children.(four died before 1810 and seven children are named in 1856 deed "heirs of Robert Box" cited below).


Robert and Patsy Box family lived in SC; Livingston Co.,KY in 1810; Perry Co.,TN 1820; Hardeman Co.,TN 1830; then Tippah Co., MS by 1837 where they resided till their deaths.


A deed names his widow Patsy Box, four daughters; Susan Medford (J.J.), Rachel BELL (John), Keziah BRIGHT (Simeon), Mary KENNEDY (Saunders), and three sons; A. B. (Nancy), William M. (Martha) and John M. (Jemima).


Robet Box was about age 70 at his death. Patsy Mitchell Box died three years later in Oct 1859 at about 74 years of age. Both died in Tippah Co., MS in an area that later became Alcorn Co., MS.


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Box, William M. "Billy"     1807 - abt 1860

(submitted by Joseph Fox)

William M. "Billy" Box, the son of Robert and Patsy Mitchell Box, was listed as age 40, born in South Carolina in the 1850 Census of Tippah County, Mississippi. He and his wife, Martha E. McGraw Box, age 28, born in Tennessee, had 2 daughters, Merinda, age 7, and Rachel, age 1. They also had 2 sons, Abraham, age 5, and John, age 3. All their children were born in Mississippi.


His wife, Martha, died in 1859 and was buried in the Box Cemetery in Alcorn County, Mississippi on land that belonged to William's brother, Abraham B. Box. In the 1860 Census of Tippah County, Mississippi, William Box, age 52. born in Tennessee, was listed with 5 sons: Abe, John T., William M., Robert J., and Daniel M. along with 3 daughters, Rachel, Mary Ann and Susan M.


Family records indicate William's second wife was Eliza Johnson. No further record has been found of William Box nor his second wife and it is presumed he is buried with his first wife and parents in the Box Cemetery in Alcorn County, Mississippi in an unmarked grave.


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Bright, Lena L.     1906 - 09 Aug 1949

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Mrs. Lena L. Bright, 43-year-old resident of Walnut, Route 3, died at the family home Monday at midnight following an illness of one month. She was a native of Alcorn county.


Funeral service will be conducted from Mt. Pleasant Methodist church Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, the rites being conducted by Rev. Marvin Grubbs. Burial will be in the cemetery at Mt. Pleasant with Perkins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Bright was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Methodist church and was active in many phases of community work during her lifetime. She was married to K.F. Bright in 1920 in Alcorn county and to his union was born 10 children. Besides her husband, she is survived by three sons, Hoover Bright, Hal Bright and Paul Bright of Walnut, Route 3; seven daughters, Mrs. Virdie Nelson, Mrs. Elvie Crum, line(sic?) Bright, Melvie Bright, Lettie Bright and Angel Bright, all of Walnut, Route 3, a brother, John Allen Crum; and a sister, Mrs. Esther Wilbanks.


The Daily Corinthian
Aug. 9, 1949


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Bright, Robert     1829 - 1963

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Robert Bright was recorded in the household of his father, Simeon Bright in the 1850 and 1860 censuses of Tippah County, Mississippi. The only identification on his grave in the Box Cemetery in Alcorn County, Mississippi is the initials R. B. scratched on a native sandstone. However, the Box Cemetery was on land owned by his family and his grandparents, Robert Box and Patsy Box, and an aunt, Martha Box, were previously buried there.


Bright family records indicate Robert Bright married Sarah Pressley and that his son, Robert Dow Bright was born June 22, 1863, shortly after his father's death. Simeon and Keziah Bright along with Sarah Pressley Bright and her son, Robert Dow Bright, moved to Choctaw County, Mississippi shortly after Robert Bright's death and are buried in McCurtains Creek Baptist Cemetery.


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Burress, Olen Q. Tennessee     01 Feb 1903 - 27 Sep 1973

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Olen Burress, 71, Peoria, Ill., formerly of Corinth, died Thursday at his home of an apparent heart attack.


He was retired from the Caterpillar Tractor Company of Peoria.


He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Liz Burress; 3 sons, R.B. Burress, Jacksonville, FL, J.C. Burress, Peoria, ILL, Bob Burress, Pekin, ILL,; 3 daughters, Mrs. Martha Lambert, Burnsville, MS, Francis Burress, and Billie Sue Burress, both of Peoria, ILL; a brother, Elmer Burress, Corinth; 4 sisters, Mrs. Lois Smith, Pickwick, TN, Mrs. Alice Grisham, Crawfordsville, AR, Mrs. Ruby Jackson and Mrs. Grace Batavia, both of Glen, MS.


The Daily Corinthian
Sept. 27, 1973


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Burress, Ozella Viola Tittle     08 Mar 1880 - 11 Oct 1962

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Mrs. Ozella Viola Burress Sutherland, 82, of Glen, MS, died yesterday at her home after an eight-month illness.


She leaves two sons, Elmer Burress, Corinth, Olen Burress, Peoria, ILL; four daughters, Mrs. G.B. Jackson, Glen, MS, Mrs. W.C. Smith and Mrs. E.D. Grisham, both of Crawfordsville, AR, Mrs. John Batavia, Phoenix, AR; a half-sister, Mrs. Emma Norton, Tuscumbia, AL; 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.


Burial will be in Piney Grove Cemetery near Rienzi.


The Daily Corinthian
May 7, 2005


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Clark, James Clinton "Jack"     22 Sep 1916 - 01 May 2014

(submitted by Jerry Grisham)

James Clinton "Jack" Clark, 97, of Corinth died May 1, 2014 at Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was born September 22, 1916 to William and Ella Frances Petty Clark.


He was a farmer and co-owner of Clark Plant Farm. He was an Army veteran of WWII. He received the Good Conduct Medal, APTO Medal, WWII Victory Metal, ATO Medal, Philippine Lib Rib and Bronze Star. He was a member of Acton Church of Christ for 71 years and was a member of the VFW and American Legion.


Survivors include his wife, Geraldine Coln Clark of Corinth; two children, James H. "Hal" Clark and wife Susan of Clifton, and Martha Parsons and husband Neil of Michie; siblings, Eugene Clark of Corinth, Frank Clark and Lillie Mae Merryman both of Michie and Lois Dickey of saltillo; grandchildren, James C. Bobo and wife Emily of Madison, Allison Parsons of NY, Clinton T. Clark and wife Kristen of Laawrenceburg, and Travis A. Clark.


He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Willie Clark, Mary Lou Childers, and Thomas R. Clark.


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Cotton, Audie B. Gray     16 Jan 1904 - 06 Oct 1947

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Mrs. Audie B. Gray Cotton, 1615 East Third Street, died last night at 7:15 o'clock at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Gray, Shiloh Road, following a year of failing health and two months of serious illness. She was 43 years of age.


Mrs. Cotton was a native of Tishomingo Co., MS, and was a member of the Presbyterian church. She was married to Frank Ethridge Cotton in August, 1922, who survives. Mrs. Cotton was well and favorably known in the community by a host of friends and relatives who are grieved to learn of her death.


Funeral service will be held from the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Gray on the Shiloh Road Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock with Rev. James Gregory, Rev. D.L. Hill and Dr. T.W. Young officiating. Burial will be in the Henry Cemetery with McPeters Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


She leaves her parents Mr. and Mrs. Joe Gray of Corinth; one son, Frank Cotton of Pittsburg, PA; two brothers, Alton Gray of Corinth and Paul Gray of Warrington, FL, three sisters, Mrs. Jessie Parker of Memphis, TN, Mrs. Carrmen Harrison of Los Angeles, CA, and Mrs. Olivia Dickson of Warrington, FL; and other relatives.


Pallbearers will be Paul Jones, Herring Joyce, Lester King, Frank Buchanan, Herman Nelms, Harry Small, Jimmie Biggers and Leroy Scott.


The Daily Corinthian
Oct. 7, 1947


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Dame, Samuel Page "Sam"     19 Feb 1868 - 27 Nov 1925

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Sam P. Dame died at his home on Penn Street Thursday night after having been partially paralyzed since Sunday night, when he was stricken enroute from church services to his home.


Mr. Dame has been in feeble health for some time, and a few months ago he had a leg broken in a fall from a running board of an automobile. Since that time he had gotten about with considerable difficulty, and had been out of the hospital only a short time when the attack of paralysis came.


He is survived by his widow. No announcements of the funeral had been made. Interested freinds can call McPeters for information.


The Weekly Corinthian
Dec. 3, 1925


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Darst, George Vernon Sr.     abt 1931 - 24 Feb 2009

(submitted by Betty Turvaville)

George Vernon Darst Sr., 78, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, at Landmark Nursing and Rehab after a brief illness. He was a retired oil field worker, a member of Piney Grove Baptist Church and a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II.


Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mark McCoy, Bro. Jack Whitley Jr. and Bro. Greg Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the Gray Cemetery.


Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Tommie Nell Darst; four daughters, Cheryl Robinson (David) of Jackson, Rene Joyner (Greg) of Plant City, Fla., Angela Moore (Rony) of Cairo and Lydia Moore (Tony) of Jacinto; two sons, George V. Darst Jr. of Baton Rouge, La., and George T. Darst (Penny) of Booneville; 11 grandchildren, Jared Robinson, Heather and Casey Joyner, Ashlee and Ryan Moore, Georgia (Luke) Patterson and T.J. Moore, Michael and Dawn Darst, and Riley and Hanna Darst; and five great-grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Francis Darst; one sister, Myrl Jean Lee; one brother, Thomas Clayton Darst; and one grandson, Jason Darst Floyd.


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Darst, Tommie Nell Chambers     27 Jul 1939 - 28 Oct 2012

(submitted by Betty Turvaville)

Tommie Nell Chambers Darst, 73, died on Sunday, October 28, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jackson, MS. She was Born July 27, 1939, to Tom T. and Wanda Nell Scott Chambers. She was a Faithful Member of Piney Grove Baptist Church. She was a Housewife, and Devoted Mother and Grandmother.


Funeral Services were held at 3:00 P.M. Friday, November 2, 2012, at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mark McCoy and Bro. Allan Casteel Officiating. Burial was in Gray Cemetery.


She was survived by three Daughters, Cheryl Robinson and Husband, David, of Jackson, MS; Angela Moore and Husband, Rony; and Lydia Moore and Husband, Tony, both of Booneville; one Son, George Thomas Darst and Wife, Penny, of Booneville; seven Grandchildren, Jared Robinson; Riley Darst; Hanna Darst; Ashlee Harris and Husband, Adam; Ryan Moore and Wife, Jessica; Georgia Patterson and Husband, Luke; and T.J. Moore; and one Great Granddaughter, Aislyn Harris.


She was preceded in death by her Husband of 48 years, George V. Darst, Sr. in 2009; and her Parents. Pallbearers were her Grandsons.


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Emmons, Ernest Earl     04 Nov 1885 - 06 Feb 1945

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

E.E. Emmons, 59, native and life-long resident of Alcorn county, died at the Corinth hospital following an illness of a year. Burial will be in the Farmington Cemetery.


Mr. Emmons was a member of the Church of Christ. In 1906 he was married to Miss Ethel Voyles, who survives.


Besides his widow he is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Emmons of Memphis, TN, two sons, George Emmons of Memphis and Eugene Emmons of Warren, OH; a daughter, Mrs. Vera Brooks of Warren, OH; six brothers, K.L. Emmons of Washington, D.C., O.O. Emmons of Memphis, Fred Emmons of Meridian, MS, William M. Emmons of Atlanta, GA, A.C. Emmons and H.H. Emmons of Memphis; three sisters, Mrs. W.F. Seago of Corinth, Miss Bonnie Emmons of Memphis and Mrs. Herbert Parrish of Clarksdale, MS. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren.


The Daily Corinthian
1945


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Emmons_Ethel     17 Jan 1889 - 16 Jul 1959

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Mrs. Emmons, 70, died at Baptist Hospital.


A native of Corinth, Mrs. Emmons moved to Memphis 10 years ago to make her home with a daughter, Mrs. Vera Brooks. She was a member of Olive Avenue Pentecostal Church.


She also leaves two sons, George Emmons and Eugene Emmons, both of Memphis; three sisters, Mrs. Ella Hardin, Mrs. Telia King and Mrs. Jenny Morgan, all of Corinth; four brothers, Ed Voyles, Anderson Voyles, John Voyles and Allen Voyles, all of Corinth; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.


Burial will be in Farmington Cemetery.


The Daily Corinthian
1959


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Emmons, George W.     22 Feb 1909 - 28 Feb 1972

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

George W. Emmons, 63, of Memphis, died after an apparent heart attack. A retired lumber inspector with Chapman Dewey Lumber Co. at Memphis, Emmons was a native of Alcorn County.


He and his wife were in the process of moving back to Corinth yesterday when he suffered the fatal heart attack. He was pronounced dead at Magnolia Hospital.


Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Bessie Harvell Emmons; three sons, Lt. Col. B.J. Emmons of Germany, Bobby Emmons of Memphis and William George Emmons of Tupelo; two daughters, Mrs. Betty Ray and Mrs. Wanda Smith, both of Memphis; a sister, Mrs. Vera Brooks of Memphis and 10 grandchildren.


The Daily Corinthian
February 28, 1972


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Furtick, Daniel Norton     28 May 1889 - 08 Jun 1975

(submitted by Joseph Fox)

Mr. Furtick, 86, died at his home. He was a retired carpenter.


Burial will be in Pisgah Cemetery in Hardin County.


Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Doshie Furtick; a son, James Furtick, Memphis, TN; 2 daughters, Mrs. Edith Major, Litchfield, AZ and Mrs. Mary Keen, Phoenix, AZ and 14 grandchildren.


The Daily Corinthian
June 8, 1975


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Galyean, Maude Matilda     10 Oct 1900 - 07 Dec 1993

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Clergy Record of Funeral Home
Name: Maude Matilda Galyean
Maiden Name: Mincy
Church Affiliation: Member of First Baptist Church, Old Ocean, TX
Marital Status: Widowed
Age: 93 years, 1 month, 27 days
Date of Birth: Wednesday, October 10, 1900
Place of Birth: Corinth, Mississippi (Alcorn County)
Date of Death: Tuesday, December 7, 1993
Place of Death: Sweeny, Texas
Date of Funeral: Friday, December 10, 1993
Time of Funeral: 10 AM
Place of Funeral: First Baptist Church, Old Ocean, TX
Interment: Sweeny Cemetery
Clergyman: Rev. Stephen Brumbelow, Evangelist
Rev. David Brumbelow, pastor of Northside Baptist Church, Highlands, TX
Rev. Paul Carter, pastor of First Baptist Church, Old Ocean, TX


Preceded in Death By: Husband, Thomas Jefferson Galyean


Survived By:
Two Sons: Jeff Galyean of Sweeny, TX [CR 375]; John Galyean of Portland, TX
Six Daughters: Ruth Hobbins of Fredericksburg, TX; Ruby Mickey of Sweeny, TX; Delphia Jackson of Lake Jackson, TX; Edith Beaugh of Lake Jackson, TX; Stella Kubecka of Jonesborough, Tennessee; Bonnie Brumbelow of Lake Jackson, TX
One Sister: Pearl Ballard of Iuka, Mississippi. (A Memorial Service for Maude Galyean was also held in Iuka, MS)
21 Grandchildren; 19 Great Grandchildren; Several Great-Great Grandchildren


Arrangements by: Baker Funeral Home, West Columbia, TX


Paul Carter was her pastor. Stephen (Steve) and David Brumbelow were her grandchildren.


Some comments made by David Brumbelow at the Funeral: “When Maude Matilda Galyean was born in 1900 William McKinley was president of the United States of America. Eggs were 21 cents a dozen. Bread 5 cents a loaf. Milk 27 cents a gallon. A three bedroom home cost $2300. The average annual income was $432. Gold was $20.67 an ounce. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were robbing the Union Pacific Railroad.


Maude Galyean grew up in the horse and buggy days and lived to see man walk on the moon. An old man came to her town and said that one day there would be things flying through the air and people would be in them. They thought he was crazy.


Maude was the one to go to the schoolhouse and announce the end of the Great War, what would later be called World War I.


She and her husband, Tom’s first car was a Model T. They later traded it in for a team of mules. She went through the Great Depression. The storm of ‘32 (1932 Hurricane) blew their house off the blocks with them inside.


When I was a boy we would go see her in the country. I remember her in her 70s and 80s with a .410 shotgun hunting armadillos around her house. She hated armadillos and was convinced their tunneling was undermining her entire house.


Maude Galyean was a charter member of First Baptist Church, Old Ocean, TX. She was a Sunday School Teacher for many years. The most important event of her life was when she trusted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior.”


Steve Brumbelow preached the Funeral message. Paul Carter also spoke. Special music by Gregg & Linese Lee.


Pallbearers: Larry Mickey, Weldon Hobbins, Gary Lee, Mark Brumbelow, Scott Wells, John Kubecka (all her grandchildren).


Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Old Ocean, TX.


Tom & Maude Galyean first moved from Mississippi to the valley in South Texas. They then moved back to Mississippi. Later they moved to McDade, TX (Bastrop County), then to Sweeny and finally to Old Ocean (Brazoria County).


Tom Galyean said the land he bought in Sweeny wouldn’t raise anything but nutgrass. He sold it and moved the family to 36 acres west of Old Ocean, TX. The property the Galyeans sold at Sweeny - later oil was discovered on it and the new owners got rich. Maybe nutgrass and oil go together?


At Old Ocean, TX they would later build a house in 1939. It still stands today. Tom Galyean was a truck farmer raising vegetables to sell at the market in Houston and elsewhere. At one time they had a small grove of Satsuma (citrus) fruit trees. They froze during a hard winter in the early 1950s. Their house and property were on the west side of CR 375.


When Tom Galyean died, Maude Galyean worked for several years taking care of Mrs. Weems in East Columbia. In her later years, Maude lived primarily with her daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie and Joe Brumbelow, first in Houston, then later in Lake Jackson, TX.


Scripture used at funeral: Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” -John 11:25, The Bible.


For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. -Romans 6:23; The Bible.


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Glidwell, Oliver Riley     04 Apr 1907 - 01 Feb 1996

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Funeral services for Oliver Riley Glidwell, 88, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Corinthian Funeral Home with Bill Wages officiating. Burial will be in Lone Oak Baptist Church Cemetery in Kossuth.


He died Thursday, Feb. 1, 1996, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was preceded in death by a son, Billy Glidwell; a daughter, Ruby Hill; and his parents William and Queen Victoria Hodum Glidwell.


He was retired from the City of Corinth Sanitation Department and attended Lone Oak Baptist Church.


He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Effie Rogers Glidwell of Corinth; three sons, Bobby Glidwell, Roy Glidwell and Darnell Glidwell, all of Corinth; two daughers, Betty Feazell of Corinth and Patricia Bright Walnut; 14 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.


Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.


The Daily Corinthian
Feb. 2, 1996


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Gookin, Frances Margaret Doss     1866 - 1949

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

GOOKIN SERVICE HELD TODAY AT FUNERAL CHAPEL - MRS. C.H. GOOKIN PASSED YESTERDAY AFTERNOON HERE


Death came to Mrs. Frances Margaret Gookin, 83, at 3:25 o'clock yesterday afternoon at the family home, 1203 Tate Street following a serious illness of ten days. She had been in failing health for the past thirteen years.


Funeral service was held this afternoon at 3 o'clock from the chapel of McPeters Funeral Home, conducted by Rev. Lester M. James of Decatur, GA. Burial was in Henry Cemetery with McPeters Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Gookin was a native of Moulton, AL, and was married to C.H. Gookin in April of 1892 at that place. She was a member of the Methodist Church where she was active in its affairs until failing health curtailed her work. She had a host of friends who were grieved to learn of her passing.


Besides her husband, she is survived by a son, Charles A. Gookin of Memphis, TN; three daughters, Mrs. Lois Counce of Corinth, Mrs. Pearl James of Decatur, GA, and Mrs. Lottie Willett of Birmingham, AL; a brother, Charles C. Doss of Hartselle, AL. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.


Active pallbearers were: Homer Denton, H.L. Denton, Lester James, Jr., Robert Willett, Elbert Yarbrough, C.K. Jobe, Billy Switzer and Lloyd Gann. Honorary pallbearers were: Sidney Young, A.Z. Rodgers, John Brady, Doc Madden, John Sanders and Everett Counce.


The Daily Corinthian
Aug. 2, 1949


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Gray, Bill     abt 1924 - 18 Sep 1996

(submitted by Marsha Holder)

Bill Gray, died of a myocardial infarction Wednesday at his home on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 1996. He was 72 years old.


Services were held Friday, September 20, 1996 at Magnolia Funeral Home in Corinth. Mr. Gray was buried in Gray Cemetery in Jacinto.


Mr. Gray, the husband of Joni Michelle Gray, was survived by a son, Randy Gray of Houston, Texas; his mother, Lena Pearl Johns Gray of Corinth; three sisters, Kathlyn Barar of Corinth, Cleta Burnett of Amory and Clara Bilek of Booneville; three brothers, Duane Gray of Marianna, Ark., Donald Gray of Corinth and Joe Gray of Rienzi, and six grandchildren.


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Gray, Rufus Donald     22 Jun 1927 - 30 Jul 2014

(submitted by Joe Killough)

Graveside services for Rufus "Donald" Gray, 87, were held at Gray Cemetery near Jacinto. Mr. Gray died July 30, 2014, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was born June 22, 1927 in Alcorn County, MS to James "Marlin" Gray and Lena "Pearl" (Johns) Gray.


He was survived by his brother Joe Gray & two sisters Clara (Gray) Chase-Bilek & Cleta (Gray) Burnett. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers: James William "Bill" Gray & Harold "Duane" Gray & his sister: Kathleen (Gray) Barar.


Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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Green, Elisha Jasper     09 Sep 1844 - 07 Jun 1916

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Mr. Green was one of the oldest and most prominent of Alcorn's pioneer sons. He was born in Bedford Co., TN in 1844. He came to Alcorn Co. when he was about 5 years old. When the Civil War came on he joined the Confederate Army and was a gallant defender.


He was prominent in the business, church and social life of the Rienzi community and was a faithful member of the Baptist Church.


He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Florence Clark Green and by five sons and three daughters, Ed, E., Cleveland, Cliff and Walter Green, Mrs. Cullen Curlee and Misses Ruth and Jessie Green of Rienzi and Orville Green of Hugo, OK. Interment will be in the Rienzi cemetery.


The Weekly Corinthian
1916


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Griffin, Bruce E.     1914 - 1961

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Mr. Griffin died at the Corinth hospital following an 18 month illness.


Burial will be in Henry cemetery. A member of the Harper Road Christian Church, he was married to the former Della Mae Harrington. He was an inspector for the Sunbeam Corporation in Chicago, IL for 30 years. He was 46.


Survivors, his wife, Mrs. Della Griffin, Corinth; parents, Mr. and Mrs. P.C. Griffin, Corinth; one son, Bruce Griffin, Jr., Corinth; one daughter, Mrs. Sandra South, Chicago, IL; three brothers, Tillman Griffin, Corinth, John D. Griffin, Corinth, Billy Griffin, Corinth; one sister, Mrs. Frances Abernathy, Corinth.


The Daily Corinthian
1961


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Griffin, John David     23 Dec 1919 - 13 Dec 1987

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Mr. Griffin died at the Magnolia Hospital. He was a WWII veteran, a member of the VFW and the Corinth Elks Lodge. He was an Independent Insurance Agent for many years and a member of the Lutheran church.


Burial will be in the Corinth National Cemetery.


Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Irmgard Becker Griffin of Corinth; two sons, Mike Griffin of Bayminette, AL, and Bruno Dale Griffin of Simi Valley, CA; two brothers, Billy Griffin and Tillman Griffin, both of Corinth; one sister, Mrs. Frances C. Abernathy of Corinth.


The Daily Corinthian
December 15, 1987


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Griffin, Price Cleveland     25 Feb 1889 - 13 Jul 1977

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Price C. Griffin, former owner of Biggers Hardware, local landowner and cattle buyer, was pronounced dead at Magnolia Hospital. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery.


A native of Alcorn County, Mr. Griffin, was a member of the Christian Church. He was married in 1910 to the former Bertha B. Horn who preceeded him in death in 1973.


He leaves three sons, Tillman Griffin, J.D. Griffin and Billy Griffin, all of Corinth; one daughter, Mrs. Frances Abernathy of Corinth; two brothers, Dewey Griffin and Claude Griffin both of Corinth; two sisters, Mrs. Florence Voyles of Corinth and Mrs. Alice Busby of Newport News, VA; 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.


The Daily Corinthian
July 13, 1977


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Guthrie, Joseph Lee     05 Jan 1848 - 26 Feb 1899

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Elder Joseph L. Guthrie died on Sunday, 26th ault., at his home in north Corinth from an attack of apoplexy. His health had been rather precarious for some weeks, but he was at his place of business Saturday prior to his death.


He was about 65 years of age, a member of the Primitive Baptist church and had resided with his family several years in Corinth. The numerous friends throughout the country are grieved to learn of his death.


The remains were laid to rest at Antioch church, seven miles south of town.


The Weekly Corinthian
1899


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Hardin, Nancy Ella Voyles     18 Jan 1877 - 08 Dec 1979

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Mrs. Ella Hardin, 102, the oldest member of Farmington Baptist Church, died at the home of her son after a nine week illness.


Mrs. Hardin was married to the former Ben Hardin, who preceded her in death in 1964.


Survivors include two sons, Henry Lee Hardin and Alton Hardin, both of Corinth; one brother, Allen Voyles, Corinth; two sisters, Mrs. A.J. King and Mrs. Jenny Taylor, both of Corinth; 10 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, 11 great great grandchildren and 2 great great great grandchildren.


The Daily Corinthian
December 8, 1979


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Hardin, William Hoyt     28 Feb 1920 - 21 Jul 1969

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

William Hoyt Hardin, 49, died in the Veterans Hospital in Memphis following an extended illness. Interment will be in Farmington Cemetery.


He was a veteran of WWII and the Korean Conflict and an electrician with Hutson Electric Co. for 15 years. He was a member of the Oakland Baptist Church.


He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Ella V. Hardin of Corinth; a son, Lamar Hardin of Ocean Springs, TN; two brothers, Henry Lee Hardin and Alton Hardin, both of Corinth; and one grandchild.


The Daily Corinthian
1969


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Haynie, Andrew "Andy"     07 Nov 1873 - 03 Apr 1952

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

ANDY HAYNIE FUNERAL SERVICE TOMORROW


Andy Haynie, 78, died at 7 o'clock last night at his home on Route 6, Corinth. He had been seriously ill for the past three weeks.


The funeral service will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at Strickland Church of Christ and will be conducted by Rev. Jean Thornton. Burial will be in the Haynie family cemetery, nine miles southeast of Corinth. McPeters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Haynie had been a lifelong resident of Alcorn county, where he had farming interests. He was unmarried.


Survivors are two brothers, M.D. Haynie and W.E. Haynie, both of Route 6, Corinth; three sisters, Mrs. George Little of Glen, Miss. and Mary Haynie of Route 6, Corinth and Mrs. Buena V. DePoyster of Sherman, Texas.


Pallbearers will be his nephews, Junior Walls, George DePoyster, Billie Haynie, Stanley Haynie, Cecil Haynie, Rube Rinehart, Tom Johns and W.C. Sellers.


The Daily Corinthian
April 4, 1952


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Haynie, Buena Vista Phillips     08 Oct 1844 - 03 Apr 1929

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

AGED RESIDENT GLEN COMMUNITY HAS PASSED AWAY


This morning at 7:30 at the family home in the Glen community Mrs. Buena Vista Haynie died from an attack of pneumonia that developed only Tuesday morning. Mrs. Hyanie was 84 years of age and had not been strong for some time and recently was afflicted with a severe cold. This developed into pneumonia Monday and which brought her death quickly.


Mrs. Haynie was survived by a large number of her immediate family, there being 12 living children. They are: Dr. W.R. Haynie, Haynes, Arkansas, R.H. Haynie, Truscott, Texas, Mrs. G.F. DePoyster, Red Bay, Alabama, Mrs. George Little, Jacinto, R.T. Haynie, A. Haynie, M.E. Haynie, Andy Haynie, H.D. Haynie, Miss Mary Haynie, M.D. Haynie, Webb Haynie, and Clarence Haynie, all of the Glen community.


She was a member of the Christian church. Funeral service and burial contingent on the arrival of relatives from a distance.


Burial will be at the Haynie Cemetery.


The Weekly Corinthian
April 4, 1929


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Haynie, Clarence Stanley     20 Dec 1934 - 08 Apr 1994

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Clarence Stanley Haynie, 59, died Friday, April 8, 1994, at Duke Medical Center in Durham, N.C.


He was a truck driver for B&K Inc. and a member of the Church of Christ.


Funeral services were Sunday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel with Ronald Choate and Brad Dillingham officiaing. Burial was at Haynie Cemetery in Glen.


He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Minnie Pearl Smith Haynie and Clarence Haynie, and by two grandchildren, Timothy Wayne Wiginton and Ashley Pearl Wiginton.


Survivors, all of Corinth, include his wife, Betty Jane Choate Haynie; sons, George Stanley Haynie and Clarence Ray Haynie; a daughter, Deborah Jane Haynie Wiginton; a sister, Mary Haynie Walls; a brother, W.H. "Bill" Haynie; a grandson, Stanley Keith Haynie.


The Daily Corinthian
April 11, 1994


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Haynie, Henry Dock     09 May 1875 - 24 Aug 1932

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

BURIAL FRIDAY OF DOCK HAYNIE AT HAYNIE CEMETERY


Thursday afternoon at the Haynie Cemetery 10 miles southeast of Corinth, Rev. Raymond Butler of this city conducted the funeral service for Henry Dock Haynie, 57 years of age.


Mr. Haynie died at his home in that community on Wednesday after a short illness. He was 57 years of age and was never married. A man of high moral character he wielded a beneficient influence in the community.


He is survived by 8 brothers; A. Haynie and R.T. Haynie of Truscott, Texas, Dr. W.R. Haynie of Haynes, Arkansas, M.E. Haynie, M.D. Haynie, Andy Haynie, Clarence Haynie, Webb Haynie of Corinth. Also 3 sisters; Miss Mary Haynie, Mrs. George Little of Corinth; Mrs. G.F. DePoyster of Red Bay, Alabama.


McPeters in charge of arrangements.


The Weekly Corinthian
Sept. 1, 1932


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Haynie, Henry Strickland     04 Jan 1836 - 18 Apr 1905

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Henry S. Haynie, one of Alcorn County's oldest and best citizens died at his home ten miles southeast of this city at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday the 18th and was buried in the family burying place Wednesday the 19th, Eld. S.P. Copeland conducting the funeral service.


Deceased was a model neighbor and citizen, a loving husband, and kind and indulgent father, and a consistent member of the Christian church in which his character was so developed that his life was, as it were, a shining light to those around him.


Deceased was born January 4, 1836 and died April 18, 1905 at the age of 69 years, 3 months and 15 days.


Deceased is survived by a wife, 10 sons and 3 daughters as follows: Buena V., wife, sons; Dr. W.R. Haynie, Charles Haynie, Ruben T. Haynie, Albert Haynie, Melvin E. Haynie, Andrew Haynie, Henry D. Haynie, Mark D. Haynie, Webb Haynie, Clarence Haynie, daughters: Mary B., Buena V. and Lena.


In the death of this good man the family and community sustains an irreparable loss and "The Herald" joins the many friends of the family in extending sympathy in their bereavement.


The Corinth Herald
April 27, 1905


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Haynie, Margaret Annie Strickland     23 May 1875 - 24 Jun 1954

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

SERVICES HELD FOR RESIDENT OF COUNTY


Funeral services were held Friday at 4 p.m. at the Strickland Church of Christ for Mrs. Annie Haynie, 79 year old resident of Route 6, Corinth. Mrs. Haynie died at 2 p.m. Thursday at her home.


She was born in Alcorn County and married M.F. Haynie in 1891. Her husband preceded her in death.


Mrs. Haynie leaves two sons, Clifford Haynie and Bluford Haynie, both of Corinth; five daughters, Mrs. George Stevens, Mrs. Walter Parsons, Mrs. May Armstrong, Miss Grace Haynie and Mrs. Bertha King all of Corinth; three brothers, Selmer Strickland of Belmont, Richard Strickland of Glen, and Otto Strickland of Burnsville; three sisters, Mrs. J.W. Nash of Tishomingo, Mrs. Burrie Hardin of Glen, and Mrs. Luther Kennedy of Burnsville; 30 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.


The funeral sermon was delivered by Owen Freeman minister of the West Corinth Church of Christ.


The Daily Corinthian
June 27, 1954


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Haynie, Mary Smith     15 Dec 1891 - 27 Feb 1937

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Twenty four hours after her husband succumbed to an attack of lobar pneumonia, the same dread disease brought near death this morning to Mrs. Mary Smith Haynie of near Glendale.


Mrs. Haynie, critically ill when her husband's death occurred at 8:00 Friday morning, never rallied. She died at 8:10 this morning without having been informed of her husband's death.


Both were suffering pneumonia, having contracted the disease at about the same time and were under care of a physician and relatives at their home six miles southeast of Glendale.


Mr. Haynie, 50 years of age, is a well known farmer in that neighborhood. His wife was 45 years of age.


Double funeral services for Mr. and Mrs. Hanie will be held Monday at Malone's graveyard, two miles south of Glendale.


Louise Haynie, age 23 and Millard Hanie, age 18, their children and a number of other relatives survive them.


It is learned this morning that Millard Haynie, 18 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Hanie, is also stricken with pneumonia and is in a dangerous condition.


The Weekly Corinthian
March 4, 1937


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Haynie, Minnie Pearl Smith     15 Jan 1903 - 29 Nov 1984

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Services for Minnie Haynie, 81, will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Coleman East Chapel.


Mrs. Haynie died Thursday at Magnolia Hospital.


Burial will be at the Haynie Cemetery. With the ministers Marvin Rainey and Brad Dillingham officiating.


Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Buena Walls of Corinth; two sons, W.H. Haynie and Clarence Stanley Haynie, both of Corinth; three sisters, Mrs. Ruby Cooper of Booneville, Mrs. Winnie Mae Squires and Mrs. Alma Bourne, both of Memphis; three brothers, James "Buster" Smith of Memphis, John Baxter Smith of Corinth and Joe Henry Smith of Rienzi; none grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.


The Daily Corinthian
Nov. 30, 1984


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Haynie, Webb Ephraim     01 Mar 1881 - 12 Jul 1960

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

WEBB HAYNIE DIES, FUNERAL SET TODAY


Webb E. Haynie of Route 6, Corinth, died at his home Tuesday after an illness of about 4 1/2 years. He was 79.


Funeral services were set this afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Strickland Church of Christ. Rev. Frank Newcomb officiated. Burial was held at the Haynie Family Cemetery.


Haynie was born in Alcorn County and lived here most of his life. At the time of his death he was a retired farmer.


He leaves one brother, Mark D. Haynie of Corinth, and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Maynie (assume this should be Haynie) and Mrs. Lena H. Little, both of Corinth. Haynie's nephews served as pallbearers.


McPeters Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


The Daily Corinthian
July 13, 1960


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Horn, David Arthur "Buster"     27 Sep 1886 - 05 Dec 1941

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

David "Buster" Horn, 55, well known farmer, livestock man and civic worker for many years died. Interment will be in Henry Cemetery.


A native of Alcorn County, member of one of the oldest families in this section, Mr. Horn had resided here all of his life. He was a member of Foote Street Church of Christ joining in 1902. In 1907 he married Miss Mattie Voyles who survives. To this union was born two sons and a daughter, all of whom survive.


Besides his widow he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Jewel Burress; two sons, Leslie T. Horn, who is connected with the safety department of the Tennessee Valley Authority and Hoyt Horn, circuit court clerk of Alcorn County; a brother, D.B. Horn; and four sisters, Mrs. G.W. White, Mrs. P.C. Griffin, Mrs. Vennie Archer and Mrs. Dan Furtick all of Alcorn county. He is also survived by four grandchildren.


The Daily Corinthian
December 5, 1941


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Horn, David Burton     09 Oct 1855 - 06 Sep 1937

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

D.B. Horn, Sr., who died at the home of his son was interred at Henry cemetery.


Mr. Horn, 81, had retired a number of years ago from active life. He had been critically ill for about a week preceding his death which resulted from heart failure.


Born in Tennessee, he had moved to Corinth at an early age with his parents. Surviving him are his wife and six children, D.B. Horn, Jr., D.A. Horn, Mrs.Vennie Archer, Mrs. George W. White, Mrs. D.N. Furtick, Mrs. Price Griffin, all of this county, and one sister, Mrs. Ann Ballard, of Commerce, Texas.


Fourteen grandchildren and six great grandchildren also survive.


The Daily Corinthian
Sept. 9, 1937


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Humphrey, Thomas Stewart     08 Aug 1829 - 11 Oct 1900

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Judge Humphrey died Thursday the 11th inst. of cancer of the face. Mr. Humphrey was 61 years old, a good man and a good citizen; a man that was liked by all.


He leaves a wife and five children and a host of friends to mourn his departure.


The funeral services were conducted by Hon. E.S. Candler, Jr. of Corinth. Mr. Humphrey moved to this place about three years ago, during which time he has made a host of warm friends.


He was the father of our townsman, Mr. Frank Humphrey, and a most estimable gentleman, well known throughout the country.


The Corinth Herald
October 18, 1900


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Jackson, Lula Pinkston     31 Oct 1884 - 12 Jan 1969

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

MRS. JACKSON DIED SUNDAY AT AGE 86


Mrs. Lula Pinkston Jackson of Route 1, Glen, died at 6 a.m. Sunday at Magnolia Hospital after an extended illness. She was 86.


Services were to be held at 2 p.m. today in Glendale Baptist Church with the Rev. Doyle Petty officiating. Burial was to be in New Hope Methodist Church with Coleman Funeral Home in charge.


Mrs. Jackson was born in Hardin County, Tennessee. She was the widow of Alford Jackson who died in 1957.


She is survived by four sons, G.B. Jackson and Alford Junior Jackson, both of Glen, and Delmer Jackson and J.C. Jackson, both of Memphis; a daughter, Mrs. Clyde Burns of Glen; 17 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.


The Daily Corinthian
January 13, 1969


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Lancaster, Margaret Ann     13 May 1868 - 25 May 1937

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

DEATH OF MRS. LANCASTER NEAR KOSSUTH OCCURS


Mrs. Margret A. Lancaster, widow of Ben Lancaster, died at 2:30 o’clock this morning at her home about five miles west of Kossuth. She was 69 years of age, and had been in declining health and a weakened condition for some time.


Surviving her are a number of relatives including a son, Tilton Lancaster, of Kossuth.


Funeral services and interment will be at Union church near her home at 3:30 o’clock this afternoon. McPeters funeral directors will be in charge.


Mrs. Lancaster was a loyal religious worker and a faithful mother.


The Weekly Corinthian
May 27, 1937


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Lee, Robert Willie Jr.     07 Dec 1951 - 08 Dec 2009

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

RIENZI, MS - Robert W. Lee Jr., 58, died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.


He was born Dec. 7, 1951, in Prentiss County to Robert Willie and Myrl Jean Darst Lee. He was a truck driver and a member of New Covenant Church. He loved to hunt and fish.


Services were held at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel in Booneville with Bro. David Krech officiating. Burial was in the Gray Cemetery near Jacinto.


He was survived by his wife, Linda Burns Lee; two daughters, Christie (David) Kelly and Brandy Lee, both of Booneville; two sisters, Susie (James) McCreary and Melissa (Bryan) Hamlin, both of Booneville; one brother, John D. Lee of Rienzi; three grandchildren, Ryan Kelly, Taylor Kelly and Emilee Kelly; special friend, Ruthie Jane Shaver. He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandchild, Peyton Lee Sims.


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Osborn, William Henry     born 20 Jul 1868

(Written by William Henry Osborn on March 1, 1944 - submitted by Nicki Osborne)

Twenty five miles southwest of Corinth, Ms., Alcorn Co., in a one room log house with a shed-room on the East side for a cook room, stick and dirt chimneys, puncheon floors and screeching doors, there was born a baby boy on July 20, 1868. In place of giving him a hat, they gave him a name, and that name was "William Henry Osborn".


So, after 2 years, we moved into a fine house -- a double log with passage between, a stick and dirt chimney at each end and good sweet gum floors. This was on "Little Hatchie". Before long we sold this fine home and moved up in the hill country near a good school called "Possum Kingdom" This school building also was a one room log house, stick and dirt chimney and the fireplace was 6 feet wide, and we boys cut and brought in the wood. Of course, the teacher was kind enough to bring his part, and that part was a black gum switch about the length of a raw hide buggie whip, well, that wasn't the end of it -- many times a boy was at the end of it and the teacher at the other end. Yes, those were happy school days of long ago. We had nice desks and seats in this building, split logs with pegs driven in from the bottom side, of course, and the split side up. We also used slates and pencils, and was so much scratching and fuss making that we never heard a drove of wild geese fly over. Yes, 2 months in the summer and 2 in the winter for 10 years, and if ever there was a graduate, it was kept a secret. So ended our school days, that is, in old Mississippi.


At age 15 some of us BIG BOYS went out to work on a railroad grading in Alabama. We made big money -- got a dollar a day and board, and we'll never forget the boards, because we slept on some of them. From there we went back home, walked part of the way and road some.


Next we worked for one "T.D. Eaton" -- 6 months for $50.00. One day of that 6 months was too cold to work, so we went to Boonsville on foot and walked back the same day -- 22 miles in this round trip. Yes, westopped on our way back to see a young lady friend, so it wasn't day but was in the night when we arrived home.


We must back up a little as there was a leap-year in here some were and that year we lived on a farm know as the "Grasshopper Place". This was about 5 miles southwest of "Hightown" where "Gentry's Hill" was located. While on this farm, as a boy we made our 1st money by working at an old horsepower gin for "Dr. Jack Gibson" at $.25 per day. That was lots of fun and good pay. With part of this money we bought a spinning wheel for mother so she could card, spin and weave cloth and make our breeches -- pants. While here on this farm we went 2 semesters to school to what was known as the "Spillman School House". This was only 4 miles we had to walk, or run as we liked . We"ll Uncle "John Rencher" lived just a mile away, and it was lots of fun to visit and see him draw honey out of a 50 gallon barrel while "Aunt Kath" was cooking those good hot biskets, and too, there was a boy there to play with. From here we went back into the hill country again and stayed until we started to Texas.(But not all at one place.)


Now we are in the home of old "Father Eaton". There we had all things in common and uncommon. The uncommon was that this boy had the pleasure of running one of those old horsepower gins one season, feeding the one-gin stand by hand, and by starting early and working late we could gin 2 bales in one day. Now ginning season is over, we get up the oxens and mules and get them ready for a hard trip to market with our cotton.


The day before we would grease our linchpin wagons, load each one with 2 bales of cotton, and withenough corn and fodder to last for 3 days. Some would have boiled ham, others would carry pillow slips full of bisquits and ginger cakes, and we'd stay at a camp house in the wagon yard. Next day we'd sell our cotton, buy a years supplies, drive out 4 miles to Tuscumbia and camp again. The third day we would drive in home, everybody happy and looking forward to another 12 months when we get to market -- to Corinth, 25 miles, but something happened and wedidn't get to go.


Now we find ourselves at "Mr.John Gray"s" near Hightown again. We lived about one mile from home, that is, his steam gin and mill was about a mile from his residence. There something new happened. About 9 P.M. we were all sitting around the family fireplace and "Mr.Gray" reached and picked up his bible, read a chapter and said "Let's pray," and among other things, he prayed for the young boy that had come to in their home. For the first time thought: We'd rather have Jesus, live in a little shack by the road, than to own all earths treasures with no title to a future abode. From here we went to the home that was very nice indeed, "Mr. Lewis Sadler's". But that old saying came true, while there we traded our bed off for a lantern-- supper at 9, bed at 10, up at 4. But it was just the making of a boy if he could stand it and stay awake? From there we spent a month with "Flunk Eaton". He had some brothers -- "Plunk, Hood, Chub, and others". They were a jolly set of boys.


On or about Jan. 1, 1884 we found our way into another good home. This was another double log house with a hall between, a shed room on the north made the kitchen, dining room and our bedroom. Yes, there was a stick and dirt chimney at each end of this building (and a stump-tailed dog in the yard). Uncle"Frank Nix" was the owner of this home, and he knew a great deal about boys, so he said you can't make the best hand unless you stay home and rest at night, so we learned something there that was good for a 16 year old boy, and we still remember it to this good day. He raised our salary to $11.00 per month, that was tops. About days out of each month we'd go to the bottom hunting -- 3 trips, 15 each equals 45 squirrels. But we had one sad trip, we shot and killed 6 tame turkeys thinking they were wild. We'll they just cost us $3.00 in all and would have been cheep for half the money. We thought so well of this home that we were there 2 years. So in July 1886 we started to Texas. (But we cried all the way to Memphis, which was 90 miles from Corinth.)


We packed 1 little trunk that was about the size of a nice ladies handbag of these days, then we got in a two-horse wagon and rode out to "Old Rienzi" 10 miles. There we got a train up to Corinth where we bought our ticket to "Wolfe City Texas". Some how in making change we had about $20.00 silver. Well, thatwas too heavy for our pocket, so what should we do? This is what we did. We untied that little trunk, put the silver in our plow shoes, stuffed our yard socks in to keep it for rattling and checked the trunk for Wolfe City.


We were on the road the road 3 days, and when they would stop 20 mins. For dinner, we'd go to the baggage car to see if our trunk was there. Finally, we both landed in Wolfe City. The town was about 800 yards from the depot, so we put our little trunk on our shoulder and walked up town. The first man we met was a "Wolfe", he asked where are you going? I said out to one "W.M. Nix's" so he found a wagon for us to ride in -- 7 miles , trunk and all, for $.50. We had the pleasure of staying in this "W.M. Nix home 4 years, down near Greenville the last year, then he moved to Alvord, Wise Co.,Texas, so it fell to our lot to drive a team of mules that 125 miles, 5 days on the road, lots of fun, with a dog on the spring seat by our side. On the way this dog saw one he thought he might whip? So off he went and we were delayed 10 mins. until he could get loose from what he'd caught. Finally we got there and stayed 2 weeks to help "Mr. Nix" get up his winter wood and haul in some corn for that team of mules. The last we saw of that dog, he was trying to catch the train that we left on.


So now we are in the home of one "Mr. R. Carter" at old "Hickory Creek, Hunt Co.,Texas" This was another good place for an untrained boy. There reformation set in again in our life, certainly our lot was cast among a goodly people and our path was one of roses while at old Hickory Creek. Our friends there were too many to mention, and they all had a job trying to tame a wild boy -- all worked at it. While at old Hickory our hobby was singing, and we worked to pay expenses, and we attended every singing school that was within 5 miles of us, about 60 days in all. Our choir there had 62 young people and a few lame ducks in it, and believe you me, when we all sang you could hear a rustling in the mulberry trees. We were there 10 years, and in the summer of '99 we came to Eddy,Texas through the country in a wagon with our brother "Tom Osborne" and one cousin "J.T. Miracle" -- 5 days on the road again and now you can drive in a car 5 hours. So you see, we are getting along way ahead of time. (But Germany has more intelligence to the Square Head than any other country on the globe.)


So now we are down on "Deer Creek" in the home of "Uncle C.T. Miracle". Every thing went well there and the stove flew in every direction. While there we did all the inside work of a new ground and some field work, such as chopping and picking cotton, and we found a jolly set of boys here as well as all others in the home, (This was "99 and 1900.)


But now we must pick up the downrow, fill up the loopholes and cross a few more bridges. Yes, while at Hickory Creek we rode 1200 miles on horseback to and from "Bailey" to see a young lady, for 5 years, 2 Sundays out of each month. We missed 3 Sundays, went back on the 4th and that young lady had set up housekeeping with another man. Then and there we decided that a bachelor's life surley was the best, be drunk or be sober, lie down at your rest, no wife to grumble, no children to squall, and happy is the man that keeps Bachelors' Hall. So we went on what was known then to us as a home vacation. That was much easier on both the horse and rider and less vexation of the spirit. So right along now we visited our good friend "Mr. Nix" at Alvord, went out on the train, and while there bought a $40.00 pony and a $40.00 saddle for the price of one and rode back over that lonesome trail that we drove that team of mules over. So now we are entering the evangelistic song service. Our first revival was at "Jonah, Williamson Co., Texas, on the banks of the "San Gabriel" in 1903. Here in this revival at Jonah, our Dear Beloved "Rev. D.C. Hardin" was instrumental in digging us up out of the pit and out of the miry clay, he placed our feet on a rock and established our way. He put a new song on our lips, our God to glory be, but now he is living in that home on high. So from Jonah we went to the "Bosqueville Church", we stopped in Eddy for the 11 o'clock service and the church was kind enough to vote us into its membership. 40 years and they haven't turned us out yet( good folks.) Some of the Churches that we visited were "Regan, Durango, Marlin(in a tent), Clifton, Dawson, Hickory Creek, Old Oakville, Mathis, and Hot Springs, Arkansas, and many others. For 15 seasons we sang for this great preacher of the Gospel. In all, we have helped and been helped (mostly), in 40 years was in 80 revivals in "Eddy, Texas" 40 years among the roses, and still going strong, not tired yet, but sometimes weary. But we hope to press along for a few more years to come.


So from "Deer Creek" farm we came up to "Eddy", went to work for a short while in a dry goods store, with room and board at the "Eddy Hotel". Along here some where we went to school a few months, then back on the farm another year. In the fall of 1902 we worked at a gin in Eddy. Here we traded our bed off for a lantern again -- had breakfast, dinner and supper at the gin for 2 months. When this was over, we went into the paint and wallpaper business, sorry to say, but we have been at it ever since. Now and then we'd stop long enough to sing for a revival at "Hosheim, The Valley " or elsewhere.


About now we visited friends at "Moran, Texas" and there we bought a 160 acre tract of land. The same developed into an oil field later, but as usual we sold too soon and lost a 9 and 1/2 million dollar oil well. That wasn't too bad, we still kept our friends and they are better and outlast any oilwell.


In the summer of 1908 a revival was in progress at the Tabernacle, conducted by "Bro. E.M. Lewis, and there we met a very nice young lady (a teacher from Alamogordo, New Mexico.) It was there at first sight that the Bachalors Hall began to fade out, and we could see brighter days ahead and not too far away. But there were 2 more years of agony, extreme pain and anguish. But finally the old account was settlrd, and settled long ago. So, on May 6th,1910, the 1st Decoration Day for Eddy Cemetery, at 8 p.m., this beautiful young lady, whose name was "Miss Ethel Gordon" of "Chulahoma, Mississippi, and this 42 year old boy were united in Holy Bonds of matrimoney at the home of her uncle,"T.B. Morton", by "Rev. D.C. Hardin", our pastor at this time was "Rev. R.J. Fletcher" and he was also present, and they said a few others, we ourselves don't remember very much about what was going on, but we do remember that the 2 of us were present.


So now it's in order to establish a home, not a house, but a home; anywhere is Home Sweet Home if Christ is only there. But before we establish this home we stayed at the Eddy Hotel for 3 months. During this time we went out to Moran and sang in a "Brush-Arber Revival". On Saturday the pastor said "I go fishing" 40 of us said "We go with thee." We'll this is just another fish story, but we caught 75 pounds at 3 drags, cooked them in a wash pot. This was on "Hubbard Creek" near "Sedwick Switch" Yes and we dug a tank on that 160 acre tract while out there. So now we are back in Eddy, riding on the Texas Central (better known as the Tin Can). That train was always on time, its schedule was 18 miles per hour, so it was never late. That was a joyful trip. I guess we might call it our honeymoon, if there is such a moon? We had several friends and some new ones out there.


So now we are selecting our housekeeping outfit, which was very expensive, all told $42.50 -- that bought everything that was needed and some over. So now we are in the paint and paper business right, our shirtsleeves cut off to our elbows, a white cap on and working 10 hours every day and singing home sweet home every night. We were out of the music business for about a year, then we went to singing at home in a rocking chair and kept it up for 6 years. We sang every song from Bonaparts's Retreat to the Little Brown Church in the Wildwood and occasionally Old Joe Clark. We moved to "Moody" for 1 school term, that was 1915, then 1916 back to Eddy. On October 12th of that year we went into the music business again, just of an evening after supper, in that same old rocking chair. This time we had to sing The Old Lonesome Cowboy, or something on that order, but it was lots of good fun and joy beyond expression.


So we are in Eddy for 2 years more, but on Jan.1,1918 we moved on a farm and ranch 9 miles west of Moody. This was a twice double log house with 4 fireplaces, a large hall, an ell, 3 porches, and all out in the yard, in the back yard was a hollow stump for the hens to lay in. We had a 100 hens, but they didn't all lay in that stump. There were 1 guinea in the bunch, but it wasn't a lay number. So we lived there for 2 years, then moved over to "Old Eagle Springs" for 1 year, and there we made so much cotton that we went broke, then what? In 1921 found us back in Eddy with a sign on our door ---"I Shall Never Move Again" So nothing new is happening now, just doing whatsoever our hands find to do. O, Yes, in 1925 we bought a Model T Ford and in 1926 with our family and one other boy we drove over to "Holly Springs" to visit our people. That was a joyful trip. The family came back in August and we stayed and did some paint and paper work. About this time the Depression hit and kept knocking for long time.


But right now we must go back to "Fannin and Hunt Co.,Texas" and pick up a few drop stitches; Long about 1889 40 passengers(counting the conductor) from "Corinth" got off the train at "Wolfe City". Our parents,(Frances Marion and Mary Miracle Osborne) 1 brother (Lee A. Osborne) and sister (Martha E. Osborne) were in that goodly number. Since 1896 our parents have been sleeping in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery near Wolfe City. So far as we know there are only 3 out of that number living today. (brother Thomas F. Osborne, was killed by a wagon in 1911 in Eddy Texas) After we had been in Texas about 3 years we made a visit back to our old home on one of these Christmas excursions -- 7 days and nights on the road, going and coming. When we came to Texas in'86 we crossed "The Big River" on a boat. On the visit we crossed on the new bridge (it was new then.Our last visit to Old Hickory Creek was May 24,1942. But they were scattered abroad, most of them had gone the Old Glory Way. About 6 living there of our old friends. Others in Greenville, Paris, Leonard, Wolfe City, and Dallas. How long must we wait until we enter that beautiful gate?


Yes, there is never a day so sunny but a little cloud appears, and there is never a life so haooy but what has some falling tears. So on Nov.13, 1937 this dear companion that had walked so faithfully by our side for 27 years, was promoted from Earth to Glory.


Yes, just a few more years to be filled with tears, then our weeping will be over. Then we''l sing his praise throughout endless days in that land beyond the River. When the loved ones of our home have been called from earth to go, we can only hope to meet on that bright and happy shore. Yes, she died in beauty like a rose blown from its parent stem. She died in beauty like a pearl dropped from some diadem. She's gone, gone to rest from every care and pain. What a happy time 'twill be when we all shall meet again. I am weary, let me rest, Jesus, on thy loving breast. Oh, how long shall I here stay pinning these sad years away?


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Owens, Frank     Died in 1899

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Mr. Frank Owens, while at work on a building being erected in the southern part of town, was fatally injured Monday afternoon by a scaffold falling, precipitating him to the ground. He was on one knee, sawing a piece of timber, when the fastenings gave way and fell a distance of about thirty feet, causing injuries from which he died Tuesday, Feb. 28. Another gentleman on the scaffold only saved himself by catching to a tressel.


Mr. Owens recently moved here with his family, a wife and two daughters, from Ripley, Tippah county, where he was well known, having at one time been a marshal of the town of Ripley. The burial took place yesterday at the city cemetery. The Herald extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved ones.


Funeral sevices were conducted at 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon by Rev’s Brooks and Wesson.


The Weekly Corinthian
1899


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Petters, Grace Mae Blasingame     08 Jul 1906 - 13 Jun 1981

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

RITES FOR MRS. PETTERS WILL BE TUESDAY


Funeral services for Mrs. Grace Mae Petters, 74, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Coleman Mid-Town Chapel with the Rev. Fred Huckleberry and Rev. Phil Hardwick officiating. Burial will follow in Henry Cemetery.


Mrs. Petters died Saturday night at Magnolia Hospital. She was a member of the Baptist Church and a retired cook for Warrior Drive-In.


Survivors include a son, William Lee Petters of Waxahachie, Texas; a daughter, Mrs. Helen Mae Tunnell of Dallas, Texas; a sister, Mrs. Bonnie Smith of Corinth and 9 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.


The Daily Corinthian
June 13, 1981


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Taylor, Jennie Voyles McDaniel     17 Nov 1896 - 28 Jun 1991

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Services for Jennie McDaniel Taylor, 94, were held at 1:30 Sunday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. John A. Durden and Bro. Doug Smith officiating. Burial was in Farmington Cemetery.


She died Friday, June 28, 1991, at Magnolia Hospital. She was a member of Farmington Baptist Church and was a homemaker.


Survivors include one son, James A. McDaniel of Remus, Michigan; six stepdaughters, Alice Walls and Maxine Summer, both of Mantachie, Margie Brown, Houston TX, Frances Kadish of Beaumonth, TX, Clair Summer of Memphis, TN, Elsa Marlar of Corinth; three stepsons, Harris Taylor of Beaumont, Don Taylor of San Antonio and Bobby Taylor of Atlanta; 13 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, 5 great great grandchildren.


The Daily Corinthian
July 1, 1991


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Turner, Charles A.     19 Sep 1868 - 07 Aug 1949

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

FORMER OPERATOR OF SHOE STORE HERE DIED ON SUNDAY


Charlie A. Turner, former owner and operator of a shoe store in Corinth, died at his home near Kendrick on Corinth, Route 2, at 2 o'clock Sunday. He was 80 years of age.


Mr. Turner had been in failing health for some time.


Funeral service will be held from McPeters Funeral Home Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock, conducted by Rev. D.A. Ellis of Memphis, TN. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery with McPeters Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Turner was a native of Dallas, GA, but had resided in Corinth and Alcorn County for many years. He was married to Miss Annie Oliver at Holly Springs, MS in 1893. She preceded him in death in 1932.


During his business career in Corinth he operated a shoe store in the building now occupied by Ray's Shoe Store on Waldron street. A successful business man, Mr. Turner made a host of friends.


Survivors include a son, Dan O. Turner, Sr., of Chattanooga, TN; the following grandchildren, Dan O. Turner, Jr., of Sheffield, AL, Mrs. R.P. Russell, Jr. of Memphis, TN, and Charles Eugene Turner of Memphis, TN. He is also survived by one great grandchild.


The Daily Corinthian
Aug. 8, 1949


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Vanderford, Gerhard Charles     29 Jul 1949 - 03 Jan 1969

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Services for Spec. 4 Gerhard Charles Vanderford who was killed January 3rd in Vietnam were held at 10 a.m. today in the First Assembly of God Church. Army Chaplain Ronald C. Korfmacher and the Rev. C.V. Thomas officiated. Burial of the 19-year-old soldier was in the National Cemetery with Coleman Funeral Home in charge.


Spec. 4 Vanderford, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Vanderford of East Proper Street, died of wounds received when an unknown explosive device detonated in a unit mess hall where he was eating.


Born in Germany, Vanderford is also survived by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Willy Rueckwart of the country, and a sister, Miss Doris Vanderford of Corinth.


The Daily Corinthian
January 13, 1969


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Voyles, James Edward "Edd"     22 Sep 1879 - 29 Nov 1961

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

J.E. VOYLES DIES: FUNERAL SET SATURDAY


J.E. Voyles, 82, of 109 Young Street, died last night at Corinth Hospital after a lengthy illness.


A retired farmer, he is survived by his wife, Mrs. Myrtle K. Voyles; two sons, Herod Voyles, Corinth, and Lowell Voyles, Commerce, Texas; two daughters, Mrs. Bruce Brown, Corinth, and Mrs. James Bennett, Memphis; three brothers, Anderson, John and Allen Voyles, all of Corinth Route 3; three sisters, Mrs. Ella Hardin, Mrs. Telia King and Mrs. Jennie Taylor, all of Corinth; one grandchild.


Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Farmington Baptist Church, E.P. Baldwin and H.L. Gardner officiating. Burial will be in Farmington Cemetery.


Pallbearers: Lyle Taylor, Hugh J. Horton, Charlies Jones, Roy Wilbanks, W.C. Witt and Arthur Austin.


McPeters Mortuary is in charge.


The Daily Corinthian
Nov. 29, 1961


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Young, William Mack     18 Jan 1866 - 04 Aug 1949

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

RETIRED TIMBER DEALER PASSED EARLY TODAY


William Mack Young, retired timber dealer, died this morning at 3:50 o'clock at the family home, 703 Taylor street following an extended illness. He was 83 years of age.


Funeral rites will be held from the chapel of McPeters Funeral Home Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Sam Ashmore, district superintendent of the Aberdeen District of the Methodist church. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery with McPeters Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Young was a native of Hamilton Co., AL, born January 1, 1866. He was married to Miss Ada Lee in October of 1889. She survives. He was a member of the Methodist church and was widely known among timber men and landowners in this area.


In failing health for the past five years, Mr. Young had been seriously ill only a week prior to his passing.


Besides his wife he is survived by two sons, G.T. Young and W. Carl Young of Corinth; two daughters, Mrs. Fairy Klyce and Mrs. Iva Hill of Corinth. Seven grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren also survive.


The Daily Corinthian
Aug. 4, 1949


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