Obituary Collection

Submitted by Cheryll Morris Sumner

I collected these obituaries from various south Alabama newspapers, most of them from the Butler County News (Georgiana, Butler County, Alabama) and the Greenville Advocate (Greenville, Butler County, Alabama).  Many of the subjects are relatives, but several are not.  All have roots in Butler County.

I xeroxed some but photographed most of these obits with my digital camera, downloaded them to my computer, typed them, and then deleted the photos after I typed them.

Underneath some of the obits is information about death certificates from the Alabama Death Index at

Cheryll Morris Sumner

Death of Mrs. Amanda E. Harrison Ainsworth
On Friday morning just as the sun tipped the eastern skies, the death
angel visited the earth at the hour of eight twenty on May 1st, and carried 
away the sweet spirit of Mrs. Amanda E. AINSWORTH.
She had been quite ill for many months.  She had suffered a living death 
and during that suffering she expressed a willingness and a readiness to 
die, which thought alone should be a comfort to her loved ones.  We cannot 
understand why our loved ones are taken from us, but we know that it is all 
according to God's great plan.
You have the consolation of knowing that parting is not forever and that she 
will be waiting for you at the valley of shadows to welcome you home.  Think 
how God has been to lend her to you these many years to love and comfort and 
counsel you, and now that her mission is finished, God has beckoned her to 
join that singing band.  She had many good traits of character.  She was a 
loving mother, a kind and generous neighbor, and was loved by all who knew her.  
Surely a good woman has gone to her reward.
The deceased was 69 years of age, only lacking 20 days of being 70.  She leaves 
to mourn her loss a loving husband, Frank L. AINSWORTH, three daughters, Mrs. 
Tom SCOTT, McKenzie; Mrs. Will SNELLGROVE, Williston, Ga.; Miss Lubie AINSWORTH 
of Montgomery, Ala.; five sons, Walter, Neal, General, George, and Harvey AINSWORTH, 
all of near here.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. SMITH.  Interment was 
made at the Ebeneza cemetery.
To the loved ones we say:  Weep not, she is not dead, but sleeping.  We point 
them to the Highest, who makes sore hearts and heals them with the same untiring 
hand and bids them look forward to life beyond the tomb, when eternal day will 
wipe away death's sorrows and gloom.-- Written by her daughter.
May 7, 1931 Butler County News
Name:    Mauda [Manda?] I. Ainsworth Death Date:    May 1931  Death County:    Butler  
Comment:    F.S. [Frank?] Volume:    21  Roll:    2  Page #:    10330  [Order to verify]
Jack O'Neal Allen, age 60, died at home, Rt. 2, Georgiana, Thursday night following 
a long illness.
Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Johnnie Lou Allen, Rt. 2, Georgiana; 1 son, Marvin 
Lee Allen, U.S. Army; 1 daughter, Bernice Allen, Rt. 2, Georgiana; 1 brother, Bill 
Allen, Rt. 2, Honoraville; 1 sister, Mary Allen, Rt. 2, Honoraville.
Funeral services were held from the East Chapman Baptist Church Sunday at 11 a.m. 
with Rev. O. D. Cargile officiating.  Burial was in the Antioch Cemetery near Bolling 
with Johnson Funeral Home of Georgiana directing.
[August 30, 1951 Butler County News]
Name:    Jack O Allen Death Date:    23 Aug 1951  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    32  Certificate:    15892  Roll:    5  
     On August 11th, 1938, the death angel visited the home of Mr. And Mrs. D. D. ATKINS 
     and took away their little son, Davard Leslie ATKINS. He was born June 23, 1929. He 
     was nine years and 2 months old.
     He left to mourn a sister, Miss Exie ATKINS, two half-sisters, Mrs. Frank HALL, Mrs. 
     Mavis GREEN, all of Georgiana, Ala.; two brothers, Mr. Buddie ATKINS and Mr. Lenthus 
     ATKINS, of Georgiana; and two half brothers, Mr. J.L. BLACKBURN and Mr. John ATKINS 
     of Florida.
     Our home seems so vacant without our little darling baby. He died at Stablers Hospital 
     in Greenville. All was done that loving hands could do.
     We thank both of the Drs. STABLER, and all the nurses for their kindness and help. 
     We also thank Dr. JORDAN, of McKenzie, for the help he gave.
     Little Davard was friendly to everybody that he met. He is missed by a host of friends 
     and loved ones.
     Interment was at SELLERS Cemetery, Friday morning at 11 o'clock, with the Rev. D. W. 
     EILAND, of Georgiana, conducting the funeral services. Johnson Funeral Home in charge.
     Sleep on, dear Davard, and take thy rest. We loved you, but God loved you best. You are 
     with the angels up on that golden throne. We want to meet you in that heavenly home. 
     The home seems so vacant without you here, but God saw fit to take you there.
     Sleep on, dear darling, up in heaven so sweet. We want to meet you on that golden street. 
     We loved you, darling, but God loved you best. We miss you, but you are at rest, for God 
     has called you home to the vacant golden chair.--Written by Mrs. Grady HUDSON
[from the Butler County News, August 1938]
Name:    Durwood [Davard?] Atkins Death Date:    Aug 1938  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    35  Certificate:    17240  Roll:    3  
Mrs. Melissa BEASLEY (Melissa Ella Adkison Williamson)
On Tuesday morning at 10.00 o'clock, Jan. 12th, the sweet spirit of Mrs. Melissa BEASLEY 
passed from earthly scenes and journeyed on to a land of rest and sunshine.  Deceased was 
one of the pioneer settlers of Covington county, coming from Red Level to Georgiana about 
ten years ago to make her home with her daughter Mrs. Lura RHODES, whose tender devotion 
brightened her declining years.
Her death occurred at the home of another daughter Mrs. Irving HALL of this city, who 
bestowed all the loving care and tenderness possible.
Deceased was about 90 years of age and those who knew her best marvelled at the fortitude 
and patience shown during long months of waiting for the Saviour's call to come higher.  
No one could doubt but that she was leaning on her Lord and Great Friend for support.
She leaves behind several sons and daughters and a number of grand children and close 
friends to mourn her departure.
She was a very pious woman, a member of the Baptist church and when younger a regular 
attendant at services.
Funeral services were held at the Fair Mount Baptist church at Red Level, 
Revs. L. A. NALL, R. S. NEW, and D. L. FOLSOM conducting the services.
Interment was in the hallowed dust of beautiful old Fair Mount cemetery by 
the side of her husband and other loved ones gone before.  May the Heavenly 
Father comfort all who mourn.
[1-14-1926 Butler Co. News]
Name:    Melissa Beasley Death Date:    Jan 1926  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    1  Roll:    2  Page #:    166  
Tribute of Respect: D. D. BENNETT
In memory of  Bro. D. D. BENNETT, who at the time of his death, Feb. 4, 1905, 
was Worshipful Master of Sepulga Lodge No. 232, 
A. F. and A. M. Whereas, it has pleased the Grand Master of the Universe to 
remove from this transitory state to a life beyond the grave our beloved brother; 
therefore, be it resolved:
1st.  That in the death of Brother BENNETT, Sepulga Lodge has lost one of its 
best members, Butler Co. an able official, the community in which he lived a 
true friend.
2nd.  That to his immediate family, who are most heart-stricken by the loss 
which we all deplore, we have nothing of this world's consolation to offer.  
We can only sincerely sympathize with them and commend them to our Heavenly 
Father, who looks upon the widow and fatherless in their hour of trouble.
3rd.  That a copy of these resolutions be spread upon the minutes of his lodge, 
a copy sent to his family and also copies sent to the Greenville Advocate, 
Georgiana Enterprise, and Evergreen Courant for publication.
[clipping dated Feb. 15, 1905 from the Greenville Advocate]
Accident and Sad Death of Hugh L. BLACK
(from the Greenville Advocate--Nov. 14, 1888)
On Monday last, while Mr. Hugh BLACK and son T.M. BLACK and Mr. C.C. LEE 
were rolling out a bale of cotton on the platform at Mr. BLACK's gin, four 
miles and a half northwest of here, the platform came down with a crash, 
T.M. BLACK and Mr. LEE, narrowly escaping with their lives. Mr. Hugh BLACK's 
head fell on a sill, rendering him speechless, from which he never recovered, 
and he died at his home on Friday [Nov. 9, 1888].
Mr. BLACK was an old citizen of this country. His upright walk, fair and 
honest dealings with all men, and generous hospitality made warm friends of 
all who knew him. The family have the condolence of this town and surrounding 
country in their heavy loss and sad afflictions. I have known Mr. BLACK for 
more than 30 years and never heard anything but the kindest treatment from him, 
but we will meet no more, for he is gone.
"As a guest who may not stay,
Long and sad farewell to say,
Glides with smiling face away.
Therefore on thy unknown way
Go, in God's peace, and we who stay
But a little while delay.
Keep for us, O friend, where'er
Thou art waiting, all that here
made thy earthly presence dear.
And when fall our feet as fell
Thine upon the Asphodel,
Let thy old smile greet us well."
--John R. STOTT
Mr. Trav Black, one of Butler County's most highly respected citizens, 
died last night at nine o'clock, following a long illness. Burial today 
at Lee Cemetery. A more extended account will appear in our next issue. 
[from the Butler County News of Thursday, October 23, 1924]
Related news--Ebenezer Notes: Everybody is getting along fine in our 
community, except Mr. Trav Black, who has been sick for the past four 
weeks and is confined to bed almost all the time. We hope that he will 
soon be OK. Mrs. Omie Harwell, Omie Dell and Mack Travis [Harwell] spent 
Saturday night at Mr. Black's. Steve Sims from Forest Home is spending a 
few days with Mr. Trav Black and family.
[from the Butler Co. News of Thurs., Oct. 2, 1924]
October the 22nd at 9:00, one of our worthy and beloved brother masons, 
T. M. Black, was summoned from ours to the supreme Lodge above, from labor 
to refreshment.
Therefore, be it Resolved:
First. That we have been greatly benefitted by his life of honesty and fair 
dealings with his fellow men, his devotion to his family and friends, thereby 
demonstrating his love and loyalty to the principles of masonry, and
Second. That we are conscious of a sad loss in his death, and
Third. That, as a token of esteem, our altar be draped, and each member wear 
a masonic badge of mourning for 30 days, and
Fourth. That a copy of these resolutions be spread on the minutes, a copy 
sent to his bereaved family, and a copy be sent to the Butler County News for 
Committee, Ulay W. Black, Will King, Tullie Mason (from Georgiana Lodge 
No. 285, A. F. and A. M.)
[from the Butler County News of Nov. 6, 1924]
Name:    Travis M. Black Death Date:    Oct 1924  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    42  Roll:    2  Page #:    20832 
Death of R. W. Black
After a long illness, R. W. Black died Wednesday morning at 12:50 o'clock. 
He was 53 years of age and had been a resident of Georgiana for many years, 
coming here when a young man from his home four miles west of town. He entered 
the mercantile business here as a clerk for J. R. Stott. He afterwards engaged 
in business with Zemma Shepherd. In 1892 he formed a partnership with J. D. 
Bryan. In 1897 he and S. R. Cross formed a partnership which continued until 
four years ago when Mr. Black retired from active business. Mr. Black had been 
a member of the Baptist Church for 25 years and was also a member of the Masonic 
and Knights and Ladies of Honor lodges. He leaves a family and other relatives.
Burial services were conducted by Rev. Culpepper at the residence Wednesday 
afternoon and interment was made at Oakwood Cemetery. 
[from the Butler Co. News, Nov. 13, 1912]
Mrs. Abbie E. BLACK, age 81, died at home in Georgiana, Wednesday afternoon, 
following an extended illness. Surviving is one daughter, Mrs. R. L. PAGE, of 
Memphis, Tenn. Funeral services will be held from the home at 10:30 Friday 
morning with the Rev. H. B. SHEPHERD officiating. Interment will follow in the 
Oakwood Cemetery with Johnson's Funeral Home, Georgiana, directing. [from the 
Butler Co. News of Sept. 11, 1947]
Name:    Abbie E Black Death Date:    10 Sep 1947  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    38  Certificate:    18954  Roll:    5  
Mrs. Tessie BLACK PAGE 
     Mrs. Tessie BLACK PAGE, age 61, of Memphis, Tenn., died suddenly Monday.
     Deceased was born and reared here and had many relatives and friends 
     here who were greatly shocked to learn of her death.  Mr. PAGE has the 
     deep sympathy of all in his bereavement.
     Surviving are her husband, R. L. PAGE, of Memphis, Tenn.
     Funeral services from the Johnson Funeral Chapel at 3 p.m. Thursday with 
     Rev. Leroy CURRY officiating.  Burial in the Oakwood Cemetery, Johnson 
     Funeral Home of Georgiana directing.
[Butler County News, 5-5-1955]
from the Butler County News, 2-13-1947
Annie Elizabeth BLACK--Funeral services for Miss BLACK, age 77, were held 
Sunday morning from Johnson's Funeral Chapel, Rev. H.B. SHEPHERD officiating.  
She died unexpectedly Saturday at her home on Route 3, Georgiana.  Surviving 
are two sisters: Mrs. Roxie GAVIN and Mrs. Susie STONESTREET, both of Georgiana, 
Rt. 3.  Burial in Smith Cemetery with Johnson's Funeral Home directing. 
Name:    Annie E Black Death Date:    08 Feb 1947  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    4  Certificate:    1954  Roll:    5  
Butler County News Thursday, Aug. 6, 1953
     Roxie L. Gavin, age 79, died at Rt. 1, Bolling, Friday, July 31, after a 
     short illness.  She is survived by one sister, Susie Stonestreet, Rt. 1, 
     Bolling, and a number of nieces and nephews.  The funeral was held at the 
     residence of Mr. Shack Owens near Georgiana at 2:30 PM Sunday with Rev. 
     Warren Nutt officiating.  Burial was at Smith Cemetery, Johnson Funeral 
     Home in charge. 
Name:    Roxie L Gavin Death Date:    31 Jul 1953  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    28  Certificate:    13532  Roll:    5  
[3-4-1937 BCN]
Mr. Jodie L. BLACK, a prominent citizen of Ebeneza West community, died at his 
home there Monday at about 12:30 P.M.
Funeral services were held at the Ebeneza Baptist Church on Tuesday morning, 
with the Rev. J.B. BYRD, pastor, officiating. Interment followed in the Smith 
Mr. BLACK is survived by his wife, the former Miss Mattie HICKS, and six children, 
beside several brothers and sisters, all of whom have the deep sympathy of all in 
their great loss.
A more extended obituary will appear in this paper later.
     It was said of Barnabas, "He was a good man." Acts 11:24. Surely this 
     was true of Jodie BLACK, for everyone who knew him said, "He was a good 
     man." He was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. T. M. BLACK, his father being 
     more familiarly known as "Trave" BLACK. He was born Oct. 10, 1885. and was 
     reared four miles northwest of Georgiana.
     The writer has known the family for 32 years, and performed the ceremony 
     when he was married to Miss Mattie HICKS, Feb. 11, 1912. To this union were 
     born seven children, Leslie, Allen, Eugene, Virginia, Sara, Mabel and Nelda 
     Faye, all of whom, with the widow, survive him.
     He lived from the time of his marriage until death at the old home.
     He joined the Starlington Baptist Church in 1914, and moved his membership 
     to Ebeneza West as a charter member on its organization. He was ordained a 
     deacon of that church 15 years ago. He was faithful to all the services of 
     the church and supported it with his means.
     He lived a quiet, unassuming life, and worked hard to support his family. 
     His ambition was to give them the best and provide opportunities for them 
     for a better service in life. His children are an honor to his memory. He 
     was one of our best citizens; a noble Christian, a faithful husband, and a 
     tender, loving father.
     Besides his immediate family, he leaves to mourn his going one brother, 
     Durwood BLACK; five sisters, Mrs. Lula REEVES, Mrs. Omie HARWELL, Mrs. Lola 
     HARWELL, Miss Buna BLACK, all of Georgiana, and Mrs. Inez OWENS, of Destrahan, 
     La., besides many other relatives and a host of friends.
     We shall ever cherish his memory and follow his fine traits of character. 
     Dear husband, father, brother, and friend, we shall miss you in our homes but, 
     knowing your sufferings here, and being assured by your faith and trust in 
     Jesus and the proof in the good life you lived, we bow in humble submission 
     to Him Who doeth all things well, and hope to meet you in that Eternal City, 
     whose builder and maker is God, our Father. Until the resurrection morning, 
     when we will, by His grace, see you face to face, until then, dear Jodie, 
     farewell.--J.B. BYRD, his pastor
Mrs. Sarah Omie HARWELL, age 70, died at her home, Rt. 2, Georgiana, in the 
Industry community Friday night following a long illness.
Survivors include the husband, W. M. HARWELL; two sons, Terrell HARWELL, Montgomery, 
and Mack T. HARWELL, Rt. 2, Georgiana; one daughter, Mrs. A. B. JOHNSON, New Orleans, 
La.; one brother, Derwood BLACK, Rt. 1, Georgiana; one sister, Mrs. W. S. OWENS, 
Rt. 1, Georgiana; seven grandchildren.
Funeral services were held from Industry Bethel Baptist Church Sunday. 
Interment followed in Georgiana Milner Cemetery, Johnson's Funeral Home 
of Georgiana directing. [from the Butler County News of August 14, 1952]
Name:    Sarah O Harwell Death Date:    08 Aug 1952  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    32  Certificate:    15962  Roll:    6  
DEATH OF W. E. REAVES [husband of Lula Alberta BLACK]
     Last Tuesday morning the community of Ebeneza West was greatly shocked 
     to learn that this good man had gone home to return no more.  He died 
     at 2:10 a.m. and was buried at Smith Cemetery at 3:30 p.m., same day.  
     Our deepest sympathy is extended to his family and relatives.
     A more extended obituary will be published in a later edition of this paper.
[from the Butler County News, Dec. 1, 1932]
In Memory of W. E. REAVES
     "Billy" as he was so familiarly known, was the second son of Mr. William 
     and Mrs. Julia REAVES of Shackleville, Ala.  He was born Dec. 6, 1883, 
     and was married to Miss Lula BLACK, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Travis BLACK 
     of Ebeneza West community, Dec. 10th, 1911.  They made their home at 
     Shackleville for one year after their marriage, then moved to Ebeneza West 
     community, where they have lived till death claimed him on Tuesday morning 
     at two o'clock.  His home-going was quiet and peaceful in keeping with the 
     life he had lived.  Having known him for more than 25 years, am glad to say 
     that in all the men it has been my privilege to know, I have never known a 
     better one.  He joined the Missionary Baptist church at Shackleville in 
     youthful days and was ordained a deacon before his marriage, a mark of 
     distinction for any young man.  In the constitution and organization of the 
     church, Ebeneza West, he was received in its fellowship as deacon.
     Much more space would be required than we could ask for to say all the good 
     things in his memory that we know, but we give the following:  
     First, as a man he was truthful, honest, and always stood for the noblest 
     and best things on every question pertaining to citizenship.
     Second, as a husband and father, he was kind, a good provider and worked 
     hard for the well-being of those dependent on him.
     Third, as a Christian he lived so that no one who knew him doubted in the 
     least his faith in God and Jesus his Savior.  He filled well the office of 
     deacon and was indeed a leader of his fellow Christians.  Fair as the morning 
     and pure as the dew.
     On his departure he left four brothers and one sister to mourn his going:  
     Bennie, Lummie, and Harvie of Shackleville, Johnnie of Jay, Fla., Nettie, 
     we know not where, also his wife and only child Sidney, and many other 
     relatives, and a host of friends.
     Dear, brother, we miss your counsel.  Dear husband, we miss your companionship.  
     Dear father, we miss your guiding hand.  Dear brother and friend, we miss your 
     fellowship and sweet smiling face.  But peace, sweet peace the gift of God's 
     love be yours till we meet you on the morning of the resurrection, coming f
     orth with a body glorified and made perfect like the body of Jesus our Savior 
     and Lord.--By J. B. Byrd, his pastor.
[from the Butler County News, Dec. 15, 1932]
Name:    W. E. Reeves Death Date:    Nov 1932  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    45  Roll:    3  Page #:    22051 
[5-27-1965 BCN]
     Derwood W. BLACK, age 71, died at home near Georgiana Thursday following a 
     long illness. Funeral services from the Georgiana Baptist Church Saturday at 
     2:00 p.m. Rev. J. T. BROCK officiating. Interment in the Milner Cemetery, 
     Johnson Funeral Home of Georgiana directing arrangements.
     Survivng are the widow, Mrs. Motes Johnson BLACK, Rt. 3, Georgian, 1 son, 
     Harry BLACK, Rt. 3, Georgiana; 1 daughter, Mrs. Alma PECK, Germany; and 5 
Floris Jean BLACK  
     Floris Jean BLACK, four-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene BLACK, died 
     at Hubbard Hospital in Montgomery, Monday, October 25, after a short illness.  
     Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Jennings BAGGETT, of Montgomery, 
     at the Methodist Church in Forest Home, Ala.  He was assisted by Brother 
     KIMBROUGH and Brother CHAMPLAIN of the Forest Home churches.  She was laid 
     to rest beside her Grandfather TILL, the only grandfather she had known, who 
     preceded her to the grave a year ago and who loved her dearly.  Besides her 
     parents, Gene and Ann Lynn BLACK, Floris Jean leaves a two-year-old sister, 
     Marilyn; two grandmothers, Mrs. Jodie BLACK, of Georgiana and Mrs. D. C. TILL, 
     of Forst Home; nine aunts and uncles and many other relatives and friends who 
     find an achingly vacant place in their hearts that had had been filled by her 
     happy presence.
     Pallbearers were the four uncles, Allen BLACK, Leslie BLACK, Bill TILL, and 
     Bill HICKS.
[from the BCN 11-4-1943]
Name:    Floris J Black Death Date:    25 Oct 1943  Death County:    Montgomery  
Volume:    45  Certificate:    22426  Roll:    4  
In Memory of E.L. BLACK [Elkanah L. BLACK]
     Whereas God in his wisdom did on the 2nd day of April 1905 call from labor to 
     refreshments our worthy and esteemed brother E.L. Black;  Therefore be it 
     resolved, 1st-- That while as a lodge we do most humbly bow to the Sureme Grand 
     Master of the Universe, we sadly feel the loss of a brother so good and true.  
     2nd--That in the death of Brother Black the Lodge of which he was a member has 
     lost one of its brightest lights; the county in which he lived, one of its best 
     citizens; the community, a faithful servant and a good neighbor; the family, a 
     kind husband and father.  3rd--That the heartfelt sympathy of the members of 
     this Lodge is extended to his family in their sad bereavement, and that we most 
     earnestly point them to Him who reminds us that we too are passing upward toward 
     that far off country from whose bourne no traveler returns, and who alone can 
     comfort and sustain us in this world's trials and troubles.  4th--That a copy of 
     these resolutions be spread on the record of the Lodge and a copy furnished to his 
     family; also that a copy be sent to the Greenville Advocate and the Evergreen 
     Courant for publication.  
S.H. Gamble.
[Greenville Advocate Jan. 10, 1906]
In Memory of Mrs. Elizabeth LEE BLACK
We are called upon once again to pay tribute to one of the pioneer mothers of this 
county. She was born Jan. 13th, 1846, and died June 11, 1931.
She was the wife of Mr. E. L. BLACK. They were married in 1866 and God blessed their 
union with the following children: James Edmond BLACK, Mrs. Mary Ann Delilah BLACKBURN, 
Mrs. Victoria HOLLOWAY, Geo. R. BLACK, L.B. BLACK, Mrs. Arvilla ENGLISH, Mrs. Bethena 
MORROW, Hugh N. BLACK, and W. T. BLACK. Her husband and two of her children, Mary Ann 
and W.T., preceded her to the grave, but she left to mourn her departure seven children, 
thirty-five grandchildren, twenty-nine great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild, 
one brother, George LEE, and one sister, Mrs. Fannie LEE WEAVER. Grandma BLACK was the 
oldest child of her family, and four brothers and two sisters have gone before her. Her 
virtues are the greatest inheritance of her offspring and true, her virtues do follow 
her. As a wife--true, as a mother--tender, loving, and patient, as a friend--never failing, 
as a neighbor--helpful and doing as she wished to be done by.
She went away from us on the afternoon of June 11, 1931, to his long-sought home, thus 
giving her 85 years, four months and 28 days of life here with us. So after such a long, 
noble, devoted, loyal, worthy life, we should not be as others, weeping without hope, but 
be assured that if we are true to each other and follow her example, making her God our 
God and her Saviour our Saviour and using our inheritance which she has left us--faith, 
trust, and obedience--we shall all meet her in the Eternal City where there will be no sin, 
sickness, nor death, and our stay will be forever and forever. And may it be so.
One has gone whose presence we miss. Your place on earth can never be filled. Your life a 
beacon on our pathway shall be. Your virtues a strength to overcome. Thus, your noble life 
an example we will follow.
And dear mother, grandmother, great and great-great grandmother, we will see your 
dear face again in that land where we never grow old and the soul never dies. So 
bidding you sweet good night, we shall greet you with a sweeter good morning on 
that eternal day.--J.B. Byrd, former pastor of the family
[from the Butler County News, June 1931]
Name:    Elizabeth Black Death Date:    Jun 1931  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    26  Roll:    2  Page #:    12662 
J. E. BLACK  As we go to press we learn of the death of Mr. J. E. BLACK which 
occurred early this morning. Deceased, one of our oldest and most highly respected 
citizens, was a retired rural route carrier. He had been in failing health for some 
months. Funeral services will be held at home Thursday afternoon, July 3rd [Papa's 
birthday] at 2:00 o'clock. A more extended account will appear in next week's issue.
[from the July 3rd 1952 BCN]
Obituary James Edward Black [from the Butler County News, July 10, 1952]
     James Edward Black, age 84, a lifelong resident of Georgiana and retired mail 
     carrier, died at home Thursday morning.
     Surviving are the widow; one step-daughter, Mrs. Lillie Warren, Georgiana; 
     3 brothers, L. B. Black, Jackson, Tenn.; George Black and Hugh Black, both of 
     Rt. 1, Georgiana; 1 sister, Mrs. John A. Morrow, Rt. 1, Georgiana.  Funeral 
     services held from the residence at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, July 2, with Rev. Warren 
     Nutt and Rev. W. F. Daniel officiating.  Burial following in the Milner Cemetery 
     with Johnson's Funeral Home of Georgiana Directing. 
Name:    James E Black Death Date:    02 Jul 1952  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    28  Certificate:    13630  Roll:    5  
[from the Butler County News, July 1964]
 MRS. JIM BLACK [Mattie Rozelie HUTTO McInvale]
     Mrs. Jim Black, age 94, died Friday morning, July 17th.  Mrs. Black was the 
     widow of the late James E. Black.  She had been a resident of the town for 
     over sixty years.  A member of the Methodist Church since childhood.
     Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, July 19th at her residence.  
     Rev. Norman McLeod officiating.  Burial was in Milner Cemetery.  Johnson 
     Funeral Home of Georgiana, directing.
     Pallbearers were Mr. Shack Owens, Grady Harwell, Herston Black, Roy Dean, 
     Felix Black and Leslie Blackburn.
     She is survived by one daughter Mrs. Lillie Warren, one granddaughter, 
     Mrs. O. V. Martin, several nieces and nephews.
A Card of Thanks appeared in the Butler County News of July 23, 1964, regarding 
the death of Mrs. Mattie Black.  It was signed by Mrs. Lillie Warren and 
Mr./Mrs. O. V. Martin.
Mrs. M. D. BLACKBURN, of Local, Ala., died at the Southern Infirmary at Mobile 
this week.  She was carried there last Friday for treatment.  She was forty-eight 
years of age and leaves five children to mourn her loss.  She was a sister of Mr. 
H. N. Black, Mr. G. R. Black, and Mr. Jim Black R. 1 of this place.
Funeral services were held at Enon Church, 18 miles west of Atmore and she was 
laid beside three of her children amidst a throng of sorrowing friends and relatives.  
The sermon was preached by Rev. Jim Jones of the Primitive Baptist church of which 
church she was a member.
[Obituary from the Butler Co. News]
Cheryll's note:  Family Bible says Maryann Delilah Black died April 28, 1918.
Death certificate says she died April 29, 1918.
Mary D. Blackburn 29 Apr 1918 Mobile Vol. 14  R. 1  Page 166 
In Memoriam MRS. VICTORIA HOLOWAY [Sarah Susan Victoria BLACK]
     This section was greatly shocked on Saturday morning, June 21 [1941], when 
     the death angel visited the Holoway home and took the wife and mother.
     She suffered but a few hours, having fell from the front doorsteps about 5:30 
     Friday afternoon and died at 1:15 Saturday morning, without regaining consciousness.
     No truer words have been spoken of anyone than of her, when saying her loved 
     ones were numbered by her acquaintances, which were many as was shown by the 
     large gathering of friends and relatives for the funeral service.  
     We know she has gone to be with the redeemed. Such lives never end. The veil 
     is drawn by the unseen hand; they are lost from view for only a little while.  
     Just an angel form walks over the earth with silent tread and becons away our 
     loved ones and then we calI them "dead."
     True as a wife, tender loving and patient as a mother, helpful and never failing 
     as a neighbor.  May our goal be to live more like her and thus prepare to meet 
     her "over there."
     Born in the community in which she died, and where she had lived all of her 68 
     years and one day except for a few months.
     She united with the Baptist Church at Mt. Pisgah in 1890.  She was married to 
     Willie Sellers in 1889, who died some years later. To this union was born two 
     children, Cleveland Sellers, now of Long Beach, Calif., and Martha Sellers Goodwin 
     of Foley, Ala.
     She later was married to Thomas Holoway, who survives her. To this union was born 
     one son, Walter Holoway, now in Orlando, Fla.
     Besides these she is survived by 11 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and one 
     sister, Mrs. Bethena Morrow, four brothers, J. E., H. N, and G. R. Black of Georgiana, 
     and L. B. Black of Jackson, Tenn., and a host of other relatives.
     Funeral was conducted by Rev. Eiland, at Morrow School House. Pall bearers were six 
     of her nephews: Ansel, Herston, Gillis and Felix Black, Willie Mac and Roy Morrow.
     One has gone whose presence we miss; your place on earth can never be filled; your 
     life a beacon on our pathway shall be. Thus your noble life an example we will follow. 
[from BCN of late June (26?) or early July (3) 1941]
Name: Sara S Holloway Death Date: 21 Jun 1941 Death County: Butler Volume: 
26 Certificate: 12717 Roll: 4 
John Thomas HOLLOWAY
     John Thomas HOLLOWAY, age 70, died in a Dothan Hospital Wednesday. Funeral services 
     from the Morrow Schoolhouse at 3:30 p.m. Thursday with the Rev. Nez SELLERS 
     officiating. Burial in the Morrow Schoolhouse Cemetery, John Funeral Home of 
     Georgiana directing.
    Surviving are one son, Walter Holloway, Ft. Walton, Fla., 1 brother, 
    Wesley HOLLOWAY, Georgiana, 1 sister, Mrs. Ella WRIGHT, Garland.
[from the BCN 11-6-1958]
Name:    John T Holloway Death Date:    05 Nov 1958  Death County:    Houston  
Volume:    49  Certificate:    24446  Roll:    6  
[George Robert BLACK]
Mr. George R. Black, age 88, a native of Butler County and a resident of 
Georgiana, Ala., died at a Georgiana hospital , Sunday, April 5, 1964, at 
9:00 a.m.  He is survived by four sons, Gillis H. Black, Pensacola; Felix 
Black, Georgiana; Leston Black, Mobile; Zibia Black, Georgiana; five daughters, 
Mrs. Effie Page, Mobile;  Mrs. Ollie Belle Majors, Georgiana;  Mrs. Dottie 
Stinson, Pensacola; Mrs. Rosie Hicks, Mobile; Mrs. Hazel Dean, Wetumpka; one 
sister, Mrs. Bethena Morrow, Georgiana; 38 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, 
one great-great grandchild.  Funeral services will be from Morrow School House, 
Monday, April 6, 1964 at 3:30 p.m.  Interment will be form the adjoining Morrow 
Cemetery.  Arrangements by Johnson Funeral Home, Georgiana, Ala. 
[from BCN April 9. 1964]
Cheryll's note:  Four of these children--Gillis, Leston, Felix, and Effie--were 
George's with his wife Hattie Murphy.  The others were his step-children and 
belonged to his second wife Mary Murphy Black, sister of Hattie, and her first 
husband Robert Monroe Black (Uncle George's first cousin).
[Hattie Belle MURPHY BLACK]
Mrs. George Black, of Route One, who underwent a serious operation at a local 
infirmary last week died Monday evening about six o'clock.
Mrs. Black was a consistent member of the Baptist church, giving her life to her 
Saviour 18 years ago.
She was loved by everyone who knew her. She leaves a husband and four children, 
three girls and one boy, [my note: This is incorrect--should have said three boys 
and one girl] between the ages of ten and fifteen years, to mourn the loss of a 
devoted wife and mother.
Her body was laid to rest at Morrow Schoolhouse Cemetery on Monday, 
Rev. C. W. Stitt officiating.
W. A. Pugh, C. C., Oak Tree Camp, W. O. W. [Woodmen of the World] and 
other Sovereigns were present and extended the sympathy of the Camp to 
Sovereign Black in his great loss.
On Sunday afternoon, Dec. 18, 1921, at six o'clock, the sweet spirit of 
Mrs. Hattie Black passed away to yonders eternal home above. Our hearts 
are filled with pain. Our Heavenly Father saw fit to remove her from our 
midst to that eternal home above, not made with hands. It is sad to part, 
but, oh, how sweet to meet in that home above, where there is neither pain 
nor sorrow.
We humbly bow our heads with faith before Thee and say that Thou doeth all 
things well.
Her passing away has caused hearts to be heavy with grief far and near. She 
was a good wife and mother and was ready to help those in need. She was loved 
by all who knew her. There is a vacant place in that home that will never be 
filled as it once was.
She will be missed by both old and young throughout the community. She joined 
the Baptist church at Shackleville when she was young and has lived a good 
Christian life. Today, even as our eyes are dimmed with tears, we hope she is 
a bright angel in that home which God has prepared for her (and all who do His 
will) where there is neither pain nor sorrow.
She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Murphy of Shackleville, and married Mr. 
George Black at the Morrow Schoolhouse on Oct. 1, 1905. She was born Jan. 10, 
1886, and died Dec. 18, 1921, being 35 years, 11 months, and 8 days of age at 
the time of her death.
A husband, four children, a mother, father, three sisters, three brothers, and 
a host of friends and relatives mourn her loss. Her body was laid to rest the 
following day at the Morrow Schoolhouse cemetery, Rev. C. W. Stitt, conducting 
the funeral services. May God bless the bereaved ones. The writer has the 
deepest sympathy with the family. May God bless them and be with them both day 
and night is my prayer.
--Written by Two Friends
[from the Butler County News, December, 1921]
Name:    Hattie Black Death Date:    18 Dec 1921  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    43  Roll:    2  Page #:    21122  
Mrs. Mary Black
               Mrs. Mary Black, age 73, died in an Andalusia hospital Friday night.  
               Surviving are her husband, George Black, Rt. 1 Georgiana; 1 son, Zibia 
               Black, Rt. 1 Georgiana; 4 daughters, Mrs. Ollie Belle Williams, Rt. 1 
               Greenville, Mrs. Dottie Stinson, Rt. 2, Milton, Fla., Mrs. Rosie Hicks, 
               Mobile, Mrs. Hazel Dean, Georgiana; 1 sister, Mrs. Eli Vickery, Rt. 3 
               Georgiana; 2 brothers, Bill (Pete) Murphy and Bob Murphy, both Rt. 3 
               Georgiana; 3 step sons, Gillis Black, Pensacola, Fla., Felix Black, 
               Rt. 1 Georgiana, Leston Black, Mobile; 1 step-daughter, Mrs. Effie Page, 
               Mobile.  Funeral services held from the Morrow Schoolhouse at 3 p.m. Sunday. 
               Interment following in the adjoining cemetery with Johnson Funeral Home of 
               Georgiana in charge.
DEATHS [from the 9-25-1952 Butler County News]
L.B. BLACK  As we go to press word has been received that L.B. BLACK died early 
this morning at Jackson, Tennessee. Funeral services will be held at Laurel, Miss. 
Saturday, Sept. 27 at 10:00. A more extended obituary will appear in next week's issue.
Services Saturday for L.B. Black [Lonzo Bennett Black, Sr.]
      Services for L.B. Black, 74, who died at 3:30 a.m. today at the home of his 
      daughter, Mrs. Robert Ricketts, on Poplar Corner Road, after an illness of 
      several months, will be held at the Spring Hill Baptist Church of Laurel, 
      Miss., Saturday.  Burial will be at Laurel with Griffin Funeral Home in 
      charge of the arrangements.
      Born in Georgiana, Ala., Mr. Black came to Jackson in 1935 and was connected 
      with the old G. M. and N. Railroad as a roadmaster and construction foreman 
      until forced to retire because of an injury.
      At the time of his death, he was a retired contractor.  He was a mason, belonged 
      to the Alchymia Shriners of Meridian, Miss.  He was a Baptist.
      Other than his daughter, Mrs. Ricketts, he leaves his wife, Mrs. Rosa Ellen 
      Summerall Black; a son, Lon B. Black, Jr. of Memphis; three daughters, Mrs. 
      Charles Sousa and Mrs. Glynn Pierce, both of Jackson, and Mrs. Eugene Bowler 
      of New Hyde Park, N.Y.; two brothers, George R. Black and Hugh N. Black, both 
      of Georgiana, Ala.; a sister, Mrs. J.A. Morrow of Georgiana; and seven 
      grandchildren.  His nephews will serve as pallbearers.
[from The Jackson Sun, Jackson, Tenn., Thursday, Sept. 25, 1952]
Mrs. English Stricken Day After Christmas [Emily Arvilla BLACK ENGLISH]
     On Dec. 26, the death angel claimed the life of Mrs. Arvilla English, 
     who resided a few miles north of Atmore.  Mrs. English, only 55 years 
     of age, was taken suddenly and without warning.  She died of heart trouble.
     Deceased was born June 17, 1879, at Georgiana, Ala.  She was married to 
     J. H. English, also of Georgiana.  They have lived near Atmore for many 
     years and made lots of friends in this section who suffered equally with 
     the family who were so suddenly stricken with sorrow.
     Survivors are her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Jack Peacock and Mrs. Willie 
     Cunningham of Atmore; three sons, Conie [Canie], Henson, and Hybart, all 
     living near Atmore.
     Funeral services were held on Dec. 27 at the Robinsonville church, conducted 
     by Rev. Marvin Agee.  C. A. Pruitt, Mrs. Henry Grayson, and Mrs. C. J. 
     Crawford conducted a special song service, following which interment was 
     made in the cemetery adjoining the church.
     The bereaved have the sympathy of their many friends.
[from the Atmore Advance, Jan. 10, 1935]
Name:    Emily A. English Death Date:    Dec 1934  Death County:    Escambia  
Volume:    54  Roll:    3  Page #:    26752  
Little Rock man Is Heart Attack Victim [James Hiram ENGLISH]
     A Little Rock timberman was found dead Thursday, the victim of a heart attack.  
     James H. English, a 71-year-old citizen of the Little Rock community, suffered 
     the heart attack Thursday while tending to his cattle in the pasture.
     Mr. English was a member of the Methodist Church, and had resided in the 
     community for 30 years, having come to this section from Conecuh County.
     Funeral services were held Saturday morning at the Robinsonville Baptist Church 
     with the Revs. J. M. Joyner and B. A. Lambert officiating.  interment was in the 
     Robinsonville Cemetery with Barton-Service in charge.
     He is survived by his widow Mrs. Fannie English, Little Rock, Ala.; one daughter, 
     Mrs. Hattie Bell Cunningham, Atmore; three sons, J. E., R. H., and E. H. English, 
     all of Atmore, and 21 grandchildren.
[from the Atmore Advance, Thurs., Mar. 5, 1953]
Name:    James H English Death Date:    26 Feb 1953  Death County:    Escambia  
Volume:    6  Certificate:    2802  Roll:    5  
[from the Atmore Advance, Jan. 21, 1954]
Royal English
     Royal Henson English died suddenly at his home in Atmore on Wednesday. 
     He suffered a heart attack, bringing about his death. He was 46 years of age.
     He had resided in Atmore for the past nine years and was a member of the 
     Methodist Church.  Mr. English was employed as a truck driver for the Graham 
     Oil Co.
     His survivors are: his wife, Mrs. R. H. English; three daughters, Mrs. 
     Loraine Byrd, Mrs. Willownese Williamson, and Miss Carolyn English, all of 
     Atmore. two brothers, E. H. and Connie [Cannie] of Atmore; and one sister, 
     Mrs. Hattie Belle Cunningham, Atmore.
     The funeral will be conducted tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. from the 
     Robinsonville Baptist Church with the Rev. Luther Gandy officiating.  Burial 
     will be in the Robinsonville Cemetery.
     Barton-Service is in charge of funeral arrangements.
Name:    Royal H English Death Date:    31 Mar 1954  Death County:    Escambia  
Volume:    10  Certificate:    4736  Roll:    5  
[from the Atmore Advance, 2-14-1952]
Last Rites Are Held for Mrs. J. L. English
     Funeral services were held Thursday for Mrs. John L. (Sudie) English, 
     42-year-old matron of Route 2, who died in a local hospital Tuesday, with the 
     Rev. Ancil White officiating.
     Mrs. English was a lifelong resident of Escambia County, and a member of the 
     Baptist Church.
     She is survived by her husband, John L. (Kanie) English, Route 2, Atmore; 
     four sons, James of Pensacola, Jesse Lee, L. B., and Hugo English, all of 
     Atmore; four daughters, Mrs. Edith Ardis of Atmore, Mrs. Inez Burkhault of 
     Atmore, Annie Ray English of Atmore, and Juanita English of Atmore; one sister, 
     Mrs. Ora mae Dulaney of Atmore; two brothers, Willie Ashcraft of Atmore and 
     J. T. Ashcraft of Pensacola.
Name:    Sudie L B English Death Date:    12 Feb 1952  Death County:    Escambia  
Volume:    6  Certificate:    2522  Roll:    5 
[3-7-1970 BCN]
     Mrs. Bethena Morrow, age 88, died Sunday in an Andalusia Nursing Home. 
     Funeral services 2 p.m. Tuesday from the Johnson Funeral Home with Rev. 
     John M. COREY and Rev. N.E. SELLERS officiating. Interment in the Morrow 
     Schoolhouse Cemetery, Johnson Funeral Home of Georgiana directing.
     Mrs. Lois BLEDSOE, New Orleans, La. 2 sons, Roy MORROW, Georgiana, and 
     Willie M. MORROW, Columbus, Ga. 9 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren 
     [failed to copy the rest]
[from the BCN 4-15-1965]
     John A. MORROW, age 88, died Tuesday in a Georgiana Hospital following an 
     illness of 2 months.
     Funeral services 2:30 p.m. Thusday from the Morrow School House with Rev. 
     N.E. SELLERS and Rev. J. T. BROCK officiating. Interment in the adjoining 
     cemetery, Johnson Funeral Home directing.
     Survivng are the widow, Mrs. Bethena MORROW, Rt. 3, Georgiana; 2 sons, Roy 
     MORROW, Greenville, and M-Sgt. Willie M. MORROW, Ft. Knox, Ky.; 2 daughters, 
     Mrs. Ruth SNEAD, Georgiana, Mrs. Lois Bledsoe, New Orleans, La.
1 sister, Mrs. Mae L. GAVIN, Georgiana; 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
[Hugh Napoleon BLACK]
     Hugh N. Black, age 77, died suddenly at home near Georgiana, Thursday morning, 
     Mar. 23 [1961].
     Funeral services at 11:00 Saturday from providence Church, interment in the 
     church cemetery, Johnson Funeral Home of Georgiana directing.
     Surviving are 3 sons, Ansel and Herston, of Georgiana, Carbie Black, of Macon, Ga.; 
     4 daughters, Mrs. Sewanee Edge, Mrs. Ottrie Morris, both of Georgiana, Mrs. 
     Virgie May, Foley, Mrs, Una Taylor, Baton Rouge, La.; 1 brother, George Black, 
     1 sister, Mrs. Bethena Morrow, both of Georgiana; 23 grandchildren, 
     11 great-grandchildren.
[from the Butler County News]
Mrs. Rosa Bell Black, age 74, died at home, Rt. 1, Georgiana Monday.
Funeral services from the Morrow Schoolhouse at 3:00 P.M. Tuesday with 
Rev. J. W. Joyner and Rev. N.E. Sellers officiating.  Burial in the 
adjoining cemetery, Johnson Funeral Home of Georgiana directing.
Surviving are her husband, Hugh Black, Rt. 1, Georgiana; four daughters, 
Mrs. Swanee Edge, Georgiana; Mrs. Ottrie Morris, Georgiana, Rt. 1; 
Mrs. Virgie May, Andalusia; Mrs. Una Taylor, Baton Rouge, La.; 3 sons, 
Ansel and Herston Black, Georgiana; Carvie [Carbie] Black, Macon. Ga; 
1 brother, Frank Hall. Georgiana; 1 sister, Mrs. Sallie Ledlow, Georgiana; 
23 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.
Name:    Rosa B Black Death Date:    26 May 1958  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    31  Certificate:    15145  Roll:    5  
Seriously Injured--Robertsdale, Ala. Aug. 29, 1906  Editor Advocate:  
Yesterday afternoon about 4:30, Mr. Will T. Black of Georgiana was seriously 
injured at the saw mill near Robertsdale, where Mr. Black was at work for 
Mr. W.W. Gordon of Georgiana.  Mr. Black's left leg was so badly hurt that 
the doctor found it necessary to amputate it, and his right knee was badly 
injured, and will probably be stiff.  Mr. Gordon had the doctor sent for and 
is looking after the injured man until his relatives arrive.  WWG   
[Greenville Advocate 9-5-1906]  
Note by CS: William Thomas BLACK died on Aug. 29th, 1906.                                                              
[Butler Co. News on Nov. 4. 1937]
Mr. Bob Black--"Uncle Bob" Black, aged 89, Georgiana, Route 1, died at his 
home on Tuesday morning, following a long illness.
Funeral services were held at the Morrow School House Wednesday at 11:00 with 
the Rev. J. B. Byrd officiating.  Johnson Funeral Home in charge.
A more extended account will appear in this paper later.
Mr. Robert Levell Black was born Oct. 10, 1848. He was one of the 
five children--four boys and one girl--of Jim and Pollie Black. 
When a young man, he married Miss Louise Pugh, and to this union 
four children were born: W. N. Black, Mary Black, R. E. Black, and 
Fronie B. Black. Following the death of his first wife, he married 
Miss Louise Powell, and to this union two children were born: A. W. 
Black and Omie Black. I. N. Black, of Shackleville community, is the 
only one of his father's family living. Left to mourn his going are 
the above children, 27 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, and 
one great-great-grandchild.
On Tuesday morning, November 2, 1937, at 11:30 o'clock, while e
ating his dinner, "Uncle Bob" was called to the realities of another 
country than that in which he had lived for 89 years and 23 days.
Free from the toils and temptations of this life, and from his pains 
and sufferings in his afflictions in, as Apostle Paul said, "a light 
that worketh for us a more and exceeding weight of glory," with all 
the relatives mentioned above and a great many others he left to mourn 
his death.
He was of the Primitive persuasion in his faith. Funeral services were 
held at the Morrow school house on Wednesday following his death, by 
the writer, and his body placed in the cemetery at the same place. 
Johnson's Funeral Home in charge.
To all of his relatives, friends and acquaintances, for your comfort, 
we quote you the last verse of his farewell song:
"Dear Lord, if indeed I am Thine,
If Thou art my sun and my song,
Say why do I languish and pine,
And why are my winters so long?
Oh, drive these dark clouds from my sky,
Thy soul-cheering presence restore,
Or take me unto Thee on high,
Where winter and clouds are no more."
--J. B. Byrd
[Butler County News of Nov. 18, 1937]
     October 10, 1848 marks the beginning of this sketch.  He had 
     reached the evening of his life when the golden clouds rest 
     invitingly through the gathering mists of death, and rest, 
     sweet rest came at last.
     He went away from us on Nov. 2, 1937, at 11:30 o'clock, to 
     his long-sought home, thus giving him 89 years and 23 days of 
     life.  After such a long, devoted, loyal life with us, we should 
     not weep without hope.  May we meet him in the eternal city, 
     where there will be no sin, sickness, nor death, and our stay 
     will be forever and forever, and may it be so.
     His death, though expected for some time, came as a shock to his 
     wide circle of friends and is a matter of deep grief to his family 
     and relatives and to all those who knew him.  Although he had been 
     in bad health for several years, he never gave up and was conscious 
     until the last.  Tears dim our eyes when we think of his long 
     suffering before the Lord said, "Come, I am ready for you."  The 
     flowers that were put on your grave, Granddaddy, made us recognize 
     the esteem in which you were held by your friends.
     "Uncle Bob," so well known to everyone, died within five miles of 
     where he was born and raised.  His first marriage was to Miss Louise 
     Pugh in 1868. To this union 5 children were born:  Mrs. Mary Huggins, 
     of Bluff Springs, Fla.; Miss Fronie and Mr. Nap Black, of Georgiana; 
     Eliza [should be Elijah]  Black, Frisco City, [Ala.]; George Melvin 
     Black, who preceded him to the grave at an early age.  His second 
     marriage was to Miss Louisa Powell in 1886.  To this union two children 
     were born:  Omie and A.W. Black.  He also leaves one brother, I. N. Black, 
     of Shackleville; 27 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, and one 
     great-great-grandchild, besides other relatives and friends.
     Funeral services were held at the Morrow school house Wednesday, Nov. 3, 
     conducted by the
     Rev. J. B. Byrd, assisted by the Rev. Marvin L. Heaton.
     Pallbearers were his grandsons, Messrs. Willie and Walter Huggins, Colonel, 
     Floyd, Howard, and Bob Black.  Johnson's Funeral Home in charge.
When morning tints the eastern sky with grey,
And when the hour of noon proclaims the golden day,
Indeed, Granddaddy, I think of you always;
When all the toils of each long day are done, 
And when sinks low the weary, westering sun,
My heart is always thinking of you.
At night through weary, waking hours,
Your love to us is more than all the earth's fragrant flowers;
When storms abound and whelming tempests lower,
I think of you.
I think of you, Granddaddy, through all the journey long;
I hear your gentle voice in every gentle song.
I'll think of you, when all the weariness of this poor life is o'er, 
And when my lonely heart can feel earth's pains no more,
Throughout the countless years, on heaven's eternal shore,
I'll think of you.
--Written by his granddaughter, Pearl Black
Name:    Robert L Black Death Date:    Nov 1937  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    51  Certificate:    25208  Roll:    3  
Mrs. Louisa Jane Black, 80, died July 10, 1947, after a short illness. 
She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Omie Black,one son, Mr. Andrew Black, 
both of Georgiana, Rt. 1; two sisters, Mrs. Anna Griffin and Mrs. Etta Goodwin 
of Mobile; two brothers, Mr. A. Z. Powell, Georgiana, and Mr. John D. Powell, 
Birmingham, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services 
will be held July 11th at 10:30 A. M. from Morrow Schoolhouse with Rev. H. B. 
Shepherd officiating. Burial will be in the Morrow Cemetery with Johnson's 
Funeral Home, Georgiana, directing.
[from the Butler County News]
Name:    Louisa J Black Death Date:    10 Jul 1947  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    2??  Certificate:    12981  Roll:    5  
Wednesday, 1-13-1897 Greenville Advocate
     Last Sunday evening, a Mr. BLACK living near Georgiana was riding a 
     spirited horse which became frightened at something and ran against 
     some object, throwing Mr. BLACK with such force as to cause death. 
     The horse was also killed by the shock. No other details are available. 
     [George Melvin BLACK]
Providence 6-7-1945
Relatives and friends were grieved to learn of the death of Mrs. Minnie 
BLACKBURN BLACK of Blackshear. She was reared near here and married here, 
but has made her home there since. She died May 13th after having suffered 
a stroke of paralysis and lived two weeks without gaining consciousness. She 
is survived by her husband Mr. Elijah BLACK, several children, two brothers, 
and one sister.
Obit says she died May 13th; death certificate says May 21, 1945
from the Alabama Death Index
Name:    Minnie E Black Death Date:    21 May 1945  
Death County:    Escambia  Volume:    18  Certificate:    8620  Roll:    4  
[from the BCN May 1955]
     William Napoleon BLACK, age 82, died suddenly at home Rt. 1, Georgiana 
     Saturday night (May 14).
     Surviving are 4 sons, Henry, of Andalusia, Colonel, Georgiana, Howard 
     and Chester both of Rt. 1, Georgiana; 3 daughters, Mrs. Essie GARNER, 
     Mrs. Annie mae SNEAD, Mrs. Bertha HICKS, all of Rt. 1, Georgiana; 2 
     brothers, Elijah BLACK, Frisco City, Andrew BLACK, Rt. 1, Georgiana; 
     1 sister, Mrs. Omie BLACK, Rt. 1, Georgiana; 13 grandchildren and 4 
     Funeral services from the Morrow Schoolhouse at 2 p.m. Monday, May 16, 
     with Rev. KELSO officiating. Burial following in the adjoining cemetery, 
     Johnson Funeral Home of Georgiana directing.
Name:    William N Black Death Date:    14 May 1955  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    18  Certificate:    8596  Roll:    5  
[Jessie Ophelia MORROW BLACK]
Mrs. W.N. BLACK, aged 68, died at her home Sunday night after a brief illness. 
Funeral services were held Tuesday from the Morrow School House, with the Rev. 
J.B. BYRD officiating. Interment was at Morrow Cemetery with Johnson Funeral 
Home in charge. 
Surviving Mrs. Black is her husband W.N. Black; 3 daughters, Mrs. W. L. GARNER, 
Mrs. D. B. SNEAD, and Mrs. R.L. HICKS, all of Georgiana, Route 1; 4 sons, Henry 
BLACK of Andalusia; C.M., Howard, and Chester BLACK, all of Georgiana, Rt. 1. 
She is also survived by 11 grandchildren.
[from the Butler Co. News of Thursday, July 18, 1940]
Thank You Note from July 25, 1940 BCN
Signed by Mr. Nap BLACK, Mrs. Ben SNEAD and family, Mr./Mrs. Howard Black and 
baby, Mr./Mrs. Chester BLACK and baby, Mr./Mrs. Wilton GARNER and family, 
Mr./Mrs. Henry BLACK and family, Mr./Mrs. Colonel BLACK, Mr./Mrs. Dick Hicks 
and family
Name:    Jessie O Black Death Date:    14 Jul 1940  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    31  Certificate:    15284  Roll:    4  
[from the Butler Co. News]
     Miss Phronie Eleanor BLACK, age 79, died at her home near Georgiana last 
     Sunday. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Omie BLACK, Georgiana, and Mrs. 
     Mary HUGGINS, Bluff Spring, Fla; three brothers, W.N. BLACK, Georgiana, 
     Elisha [Elijah] BLACK, Atmore, and A.W. BLACK, Georgiana; and twenty-five 
     nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at 10 A.M. Monday from 
     Morrow Schoolhouse with Rev. H. B. SHEPHERD officiating. Burial was in the 
     adjacent cemetery with Johnsons' Funeral Home, Georgiana, in charge.
[died July 25, 1948]
Name:    Phronie E Black Death Date:    25 Jul 1948  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    27  Certificate:    13338  Roll:    5  
In memory of our beloved father and grandfather, Nap Black, who departed this 
life Saturday, December 16, 1939. He was 83 years, 5 months, and six days old.
He leaves to mourn his going, his wife, Mrs. Sallie Black, and six children: 
Wes Black, Repton, Ala.; Tom Black, Bert Black, Lewis Black, Mrs. Jim Stinson, 
and Mrs. Elihu Pinkerton, all of Georgiana, Route 3; sixty-one grandchildren 
and sixty-two great-grandchildren.
Jesus wanted another soldier, so he called him home on high, where the sun 
shall shine forever, and the flowers never wilt. Jesus picked another rose 
from this land of sin and carried it home to live with Him.
Granddad is not dead; he's just sleeping in that home above where we will 
someday have to take our flight. Sleep on, dead Granddad and take thy rest. 
We loved you dearly, but God loved you best.
He sent those angels down to pluck the flower they chose. They saw you shining 
so bright and neat, so they took you off your feet. Granddad, we can see your 
nimble feet, as you skip across those streets.
Granddad, we cannot see you as we pass your old homeplace. It seems so lonesome 
to go so near to that old home of yours, where we used to play in those clean 
and sandy yards. We cannot see your smiles nor hear you joking as we pass by. 
Sleep on, Granddad, in that soft bed that's setting up there in that home, sweet 
home. We hope to meet you some sweet day, on those long, long, golden streets.
--Written by a granddaughter, Miss Ruth Black
[from the Butler County News, Jan. 1940]
     In memory of Mr. I.N. BLACK, who departed this life Saturday morning, 
     Dec. 14, 1939.
     He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sallie BLACK; six children, Lewis Black, 
     Bert Black, Tom Black, Mrs. Lela Pinkerton, and Mrs. Emaline Stinson, all 
     of Georgiana, Route [number missing]; Mr. Wess Black, Repton, Ala., and 
     several grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; a host of other relatives 
     and friends.
     His remains were laid to rest in the Providence Cemetery Sunday, 
     December 17, the Rev. M. L. Heaton conducting funeral services.
     He made his stay on earth 83 years, six months, and 13 days.  He was 
     a devoted husband and father.  There was an immense crowd of neighbors 
     and friends that gathered at the church to show their last respects to 
     this good man.
     There was found the young, the old, the middle age and without religious 
     affiliation.  It was a crowd upon whose faces could be plainly read a 
     distinct expression of sorrow, sympathy, and regret.  All seemed to realize 
     that they had lost a true friend, and that the community had lost one of 
     its best citizens.
     Thus was brought to a close the long and useful life of a good man.  He was 
     the same kind, gentle, sympathetic and cheerful person every time you met 
     him, while no doubt the burdens of life weighed heavily upon him at times, 
     yet he refused to bow or bend under them.  He carried his own sorrow upon 
     his heart without any attempt to put them upon the shoulders of others.  
     No wonder that his wife and children would be distraught with grief and the 
     community bowed in unconcealed sorrow at the passing of his life, but may his 
     life be an inspiration to us all.  His going cannot be compensated for in this 
     world, but he was ready and willing to go.  He is now resting from all his 
     labors.  His work on earth is done, but through the virtue, the power, the 
     grace and the goodness of God, he survived.  We will some day meet him where 
     sorrow will be no more.  I will say be not quick to forget.  The Lord is our 
     light.  The Lord is the strength of our life, of whom shall we be afraid?
     Grandfather is gone on beyond to another world, a world where the sun shall 
     never go down.  Our hearts are sad and broken.  As we walk along the pathway, 
     as we stroll along the cane [lane?], we are thinking of your tender loving face.  
     If we keep our pathway clean and our lane straight, we shall walk in your path 
     on and on.  When the trumpet then would sound, we would all journey home and 
     find you waiting there on the throne.  You are resting in that mansion where 
     we all should journey, you are waitng for the day of resurrection.  We are 
     preparing to meet you some sweet day in that world above which is built so 
     grateful that no war nor man shall tear it down.
     Granddad we loved you dearly, we did, but God loved you better, so he said 
     let's go.  Then he took you to join the angels around the great white throne, 
     but our loss is your eternal gain and now  your spirit is resting in the arms 
     of Jesus.
     Written by Miss Ruth Black, Shackleville, Ala.
[from the Butler Co. News, May 30, 1940]
     In loving memory of our father and grandfather, Nap Black, who 
     departed this life Saturday, December 16, 1939.  He was 83 years old.  
     He left to mourn his passing a wife, four sons and two daughters, a 
     host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
     He has gone to live with his other three sons in that Great Beyond.  
     He was a member of the Methodist Church and believed in what was right.  
     Everybody who knew Granddad knew he was a fine man.  He was good to 
     everybody, and our dear Granddad was seeking that Great Beyond.
He has left this life of sorrow and pain and 
Gone where there is peace and love;
Our granddad dear was called away 
To live with Christ above.
He's free from sorrow, pain and care,
Where all is peace and love.
Oh, dear Granddad, how we miss you here
While on this earth we roam.
But you are happy, glad and free,
In that bright eternal home.
Oh dear Granddad has gone to yonder city,
Where the angels shout and sing.
He is standing by the portals,
Singing prayers to his King.
Oh dear Granddad, free from sorrow,
Free from every toil and care;
We will join him on the morrow,
When there will be no parting there.
Our dear granddad has gone to live with Jesus
In that bright eternal Home;
Though in sorrow here we miss you,
And your tender love and care, 
Some sweet day we will go over
And meet you bright and fair.
There we will sing God's praise together,
Over in that Glory Land.
Oh, dear Granddad, how we miss you 
Since you left us here alone,
But by the grace of God we'll meet you
In that bright eternal home.
Oh, dear Granddad how we miss you
While through this world we roam.
But we will meet you on the morrow
In that bright eternal home.
Where we'll always live together, 
And we'll never, never part;
Where we'll all stay together,
In that bright eternal home.
---Written by a granddaughter who loved him, Mrs. Sybil Smith
[from the Butler County News, May 1941]
In Memorium
     In this issue of The Butler County News you will find a line of 
     love written by a granddaughter, May, 1941.
     Grandad we have written many expressions, although you cannot read.  
     Dear Grandad, you have been gone one and one-half years, although we 
     cannot forget you in the flashing of our hearts.
     Dear Grandad we often wonder about that wonderful home you're in with 
     the walls that's made of silver and the streets that's paved with gold.
     Dear Grandad you left a loving wife and five children and several 
     grandchildren and great-grandchildren to mourn your going, but we would 
     not attempt to call you back in this sinful world again.  You was a good 
     old Christian, we'll have to admit.
     Dear Grandad we miss you in your walking, in your talking, in your work, 
     you was a kind human that everyone loved, you had a smile of kindness 
     that you never gave away.
     Many tears were shed around your grave where your charming body was lain.
     Many people gathered at the sadest hour that had ever met with us.
     Dear Father up above needed another angel, so he plucked a beautiful, 
     ready-bloomed rose.
     'Tis sad Dear Grandad to pass your old homeplace, where beneath 
     the oaks we used to play.  Now they are almost withered away.
     People passing to and fro sowing wonders where they go.
     Time is swiftly passing by in the movement of our eye, and time 
     we cannot call back.  Grandad we are trying to sympathize with 
     the mourning of our lives.
     Written by a granddaughter,
           Loxley, Ala. 
Name:    Nepoleon Black Death Date:    Dec 1939  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    52  Certificate:    25518  Roll:    3  
PROVIDENCE July 5, 1945
Mrs. Sallie BLACK, 88 years of age, widow of the late Mr. I. N. BLACK, 
departed this life on Tuesday a.m. about 2 o'clock, after being an invalid 
for 3 or 4 years. The cause of her affliction was that she fell and dislocated 
her hip and never walked another step. She made her home at her son-in-laws, 
Mr. J. E. PINKERTON. Burial was here about noon Wednesday. Rev. Jones held 
funeral services in the presence of a large gathering of relatives and friends. 
She was a member of the Methodist Church since early in life. The deceased is 
survived by 3 sons, two daughters, 3 sons having preceded her to the grave 
since they reached their manhood. Johnson's funeral home directed the funeral.
[Robert Monroe BLACK]
An article in the newspaper [BCN or GA?] on Jan. 19, 1923 reads as follows: 
"Till News--We are sad to report that our old neighbor, but recently of 
Shackleville, Mr. Monroe Black, died on the 14th.  Mr. Black was an honest, 
Christian gentleman, and so far as we are able to judge, he has exchanged a 
world of sorrow and sin to that of eternal joy and bliss.  Our sympathy goes 
out for the sorrowing widow and children."  
Providence News from the Butler Co. News of Jan. 18, 1923
     Quite a large nember went to Providence Sunday to pay their last respects 
     to Mr. Monroe Black who died Sunday morning and was buried Monday.  He 
     leaves a wife and seven children to mourn his loss.
Ala. Death Index (two death certificates)
Name:    Monroe Black Death Date:    Jan 1923  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    1  Roll:    2  Page #:    174  
Name:    Robert M. Black Death Date:    Jan 1923  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    1  Roll:    2  Page #:    134  
     Mr. E.N. BLACK, who lived on Derry VICKERY's place near McKenzie, 
     suffered fatal injuries when the mule on which he was riding late 
     Monday evening was struck by a willys automobile and he was thrown 
     from the mule which was killed by the impact.
     Mr. BLACK was picked up in an unconscious condition and brought to 
     Tippins Hospital, where he remained unconscious until his death 
     yesterday afternoon. Mr. BLACK was returning to his home from 
     Montgomery where the mule had been purchased last week.
     The accident occurred on Persimmon Creek bridge about 3 miles south 
     of Georgiana. The driver of the car, Mr. M. V. SMITH of Montgomery, 
     it is alleged, attempted to pass Mr. BLACK, but a truck from the 
     opposite direction forced him back on the right side and he was going 
     so fast that in avoiding the truck, he collided with Mr. BLACK and the 
     mule. Mr. SMITH escaped injury, but his car was slightly damaged.
     Mr. BLACK was the son of Mr. Nap BLACK of Shackleville. He was 42 years 
     of age, and is survived by a wife and eight children.
     Burial was at Providence today, Jim C. Johnson in charge.
[Description: This is Evan Napoleon or Napoleon Evan Black. He was known as 
Pole/Polen. His father's name, Ivan Napoleon, is also listed as Evan Napoleon 
Black in some places. Polen was Papa's first cousin. He died in March of 1933.]
Name:    Cole [Pole???] Black Death Date:    Mar 1933  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    14  Certificate:    06506  Roll:    3  [need to order to verify]
8-12-1925  "Caleb Black, a young white man, was shot and killed last Saturday 
night about six miles west of Georgiana.  On Sunday morning Sheriff Augustus 
Murphy arrested Clarence Walker, another young white man, who is in the county 
jail awaiting the preliminary trial which will be heard Thursday.  Walker, it 
is said, will plead self-defense.  The two men were returning from an ice cream 
supper and the killing occurred in the public road."
Georgiana, Ala. Aug. 1925
     The people of this section were shocked to hear of the shooting 
     and killing of Caleb Black last Saturday night in the public road 
     east of Bethel Church. Clarence Walker is being held for preliminary 
     hearing today on charge of kiling Black.
    Deceased leaves a wife and three children.
    He is the son of Mr. Nap Black of Providence and stood high in the 
    estimation of all.
Name:    Calip Black Death Date:    Aug 1925  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    36  Roll:    2  Page #:    17570  
[August 31, 1939 BCN]
     Mr. L.L.C. (Bud) BLACK, of Route 3, north, Georgiana, died at his home 
     last night at 9 o'clock, after an extended illness.
     Funeral services will be held at the Ebeneza West Baptist Church today 
     (Thursday) at 3:30 p. m., conducted by the pastor, the Rev. J. B. BYRD. 
     Interment will be made in the adjoining cemetery. Johnson's Funeral Home 
     in charge of  arrangements.
     A more extended obituary will appear in next week's issue.
In Memory of Mr. L. L. C. BLACK
Bud, by which he was so familiarly known, was the youngest son of Mr. and 
Mrs. Lytle BLACK.  There being no record of his birth, it is supposed that 
he was near 60 years of age.  His father was one of the first settlers in 
the community of Ebeneza West, where Bud departed this life on August 30th, 
1939, at 9 o'clock p.m.
He was a good citizen and was faithful to those dependent on him.
He was married to Miss Delia FAIL in the year of 1902.  Born to this union 
were nine children, as follows:  Mrs. Johnnie Lou Allen, Greenville, Ala.; 
Rufus Black, Chapman, Ala.; Miss Alberta BLACK, Jasper, Ala.; Eugene and 
Early, Georgiana, Ala.; Mrs. Sallie Mae Johnson of Rigolets, La.; Greeley, 
Delia, and Marie, Georgiana, Ala.
He left to mourn his death, besides his wife and children, four 
sisters, Mrs. Sallie HUGGINS, of Excel, Ala.; Mrs. Vick GANDY, 
Flomaton, Ala.; Mrs. Frankie MORROW and Mrs. Evie HUGGINS, Georgiana, 
Ala.; and a host of other relatives and friends.
On the day following his death, in the afternoon at 3:00 o'clock, 
funeral services were held by the writer at Ebeneze West Church, and 
his remains were deposited in the adjoining cemetery.
For many years he had suffered from the disease that caused his death 
and he was the first in his immediate family to be called by death.
Gone, dear father, but not forgotten, we hope and trust to a better 
land, where you will never feel any more aches and pains.  Knowing 
that your sufferings are over and that we hope to meet you again bring 
comfort and consolation to our bereaved hearts.
-----J. B. BYRD
Name:    Lytle L Black Death Date:    Aug 1939  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    34  Certificate:    16710  Roll:    3  
[from the 11-2-1950 BCN]
     Mrs. Frankie Black Morrow, age 76, died at home, Rt. 1, Georgiana 
     Saturday night (Oct. 28) following a lengthy illness. Survivors 
     include 3 sons, Sam MORROW, Rt. 1, Georgiana, L. J. MORROW, Orange, 
     Texas, Ernest J. MORROW, Rt. 1, Georgiana; 2 sisters, Mrs. John GANDY, 
     Flomaton, and Mrs. Eve [Evie] HUGGINS, Rt. 1, Georgiana; and 4 
     grandchildren. Funeral services were held from the residence at 4:15 P.M. 
     Sunday with Dr. D.E. RICHARDSON officiating. Burial following in the 
     Ebenezer Cemetery with Johnson Funeral Home in charge.
Name:    Frankie B Morrow Death Date:    28 Oct 1950  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    39  Certificate:    19389  Roll:    5  
June 1911 Greenville Advocate
Johnnie Morrow, 38, a resident of Georgiana, died May 31, 1911 in 
St. Margaret's Hospital in Montgomery from injuries sustained while 
working with Dixon Bridge Co. at Catoma Creek a couple of days earlier.
[husband of Frankie Black]
Name:    John Morrow Death Date:    01 Jun 1911  Death County:    Montgomery  
Volume:    20  Certificate:    132  Roll:    1  
Mrs. Sallie HUGGINS, 74, died at her home at Frisco City, Thursday morning, 
Feb 5 [1942], after only a few hours illness. She was born in Butler County 
near Georgiana, Alabama.
Surviving are two children, Mrs. Lula PHILLIPS and Tomie HUGGINS, of Frisco 
City, Ala; three sisters, Mrs. Frankie MARROW (sic) [MORROW] and Mrs. Evie 
HUGGINS, Georgiana, and Mrs. Vick GANDY of Bluff Springs, Fla.
Funeral services were held at Mount Pisgah Church with the Rev. Mr. JONES, of 
Frisco City, conducting services. Burial was in the Coleman Cemetery. Active 
pallbearers were J. L. GANDY, Theodore BLACK, Wilson HUGGINS, Ernest MORROW, 
Forest STINSON, and Mack PHILLIPS. 
(from the Butler County News of Feb. 19, 1942)
Name:    Sallie Huggins Death Date:    05 Feb 1942  Death County:    Monroe  
Volume:    8  Certificate:    3935  Roll:    4  
Washie Black
On Sunday morning, March 11, about 9 o'clock, his spirit returned to God who 
gave it, and in the afternoon, we deposited his his body in the grave at [this 
paragraph seems to be missing words/lines] of his life, he suffered much 
[words missing?] from which it came.
During the last three or four weeks of his life, he suffered much from a cancer 
which preyed on his body, but the last month he suffered seemingly beyond human 
endurance. He was conscious of the fact that he would soon go hence.
For many years he had lived alone, did his housekeeping, tended to his 
own business and let other people's business alone. He believed in good 
citizenship, did many noble deeds of kindness, harmed no one, but wished 
all well. Many times he heard the writer preach but he was not at the 
house of worship. His last request was to "sing a song."
May we not emulate his good traits of character and eulogize his noble 
deeds as we cherish his memory?
He left to mourn his death three brothers, W. S., J. W., and L. C. Black 
of Georgiana; four sisters, Mrs. Sallie Huggins of Excel, Ala.; Mrs. Vick 
Gandy, of Flomaton, Ala., Mrs. Frankie Morrow and Mrs. Evie Huggins of 
Georgiana, Ala.; many other relatives and a great number of friends.
Peace to your ashes, "Uncle Washie." Hoping your soul is at rest and 
trusting that we will meet you "face to face" in another land.---J.B. Byrd
[from the Butler Co. News, Mar. 22, 1934]
Name:    George W. Black Death Date:    Mar 1934  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    16  Roll:    3  Page #:    7519  
In Memory of J. W. BLACK [Jackson William Black]
"Jack" the name by which everybody knew him, was the son of Lytle BLACK, 
who was one of the first citizens of Butler County. Jack was one of a large 
family, the members of which now living are Mr. Tuney Black, Mr. Bud Black, 
and Mrs. HUGGINS. 
Besides his brothers and sisters, he left to mourn his death his wife and 12 
children, 5 boys and 7 girls. He was a good provider for his family, a good 
citizen, a true neighbor. The large attendance at his funeral services, which 
were held at the Morrow School House, was a testimony of the esteem the people 
held for him.
He was born March 31st, 1875 and died at St. Margaret's Hospital, Montgomery, 
April 26th, 1936. He was married to Miss Isabell Fail, Dec. 3rd, 1906.
His death was caused from injuries received when his truck, loaded with 
fertilizer, crashed through Panther Creek bridge, 2 miles northwest of 
Georgiana, on March 13th. He suffered much during the six weeks he lived, 
following the accident.
He numbered his friends by his acquaintances. We should emulate all the 
good traits of character he demonstrated in his life and be ready to 
answer the call of the death angel when he comes for us.
We pray that his companion and children will find comfort in the promises 
in God's word. Also that the presence of the Holy Spirit will be their 
guide and that Jesus will share with them their burdens by their faith 
and acceptance of Him as their Saviour.
His body was placed in the cemetery at the Morrow School House on Tuesday 
morning at 10:30, to await the resurrection. May God graciously bless 
and comfort all of his loved ones and friends.
Services were conducted by Dr. R.H. WATSON and Rev. J. B. BYRD. 
Jim C. JOHNSON in charge
--J. B. Byrd
(from the Butler County News, April 30, 1936)
Name:    J. W. Black Death Date:    May 1936  Death County:    Montgomery  
Volume:    36  Roll:    3  Page #:    17675  [need to order--May death 
month does not match obit]
[from the Butler Co. News July 1939]
     Mr. W. S. BLACK, about 70 years of age, of Morrow Schoolhouse, died 
     after a brief illness at 3:30 o'clock this morning. His wife who has 
     been quite sick for several months, is still in serious condition. 
     Mr. BLACK was a splendid citizen, and many are grieved to learn of 
     his passing.
     A more extended obituary will appear in our next issue.
Name:    William S Black Death Date:    Jul 1939  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    29  Certificate:    14258  Roll:    3  
     Quietly and peacefully late Tuesday evening, April 27, after  a brief 
     illness, the gentle spirit of Mrs. W. A. BAGGETT took its flight from 
     this earthly home. She had been in declining health for several years 
     but her death came as a surprise to family and friends.
     Mrs. BAGGETT was a beloved citizen of her community and will be missed 
     by a wide circle of friends as well as by devoted sons, daughters, and 
     She was born July 25, 1855, and the normal happiness of her girlhood 
     was saddened by the early death of both her parents.
     Mrs. BAGGETT was a lifelong resident of the western part of Butler 
     County and was the daughter of Thomas BLACK and Louiza EDMONDSON, pioneer 
     citizens of this county and members of distinguished families, prominent 
     in the early history of the state of South Carolina.
     Mrs. BAGGETT was preceded to her grave three years ago by her brother, 
     the late J. Monroe BLACK, Sr., prominent in the development and civic 
     life of Fort Deposit. She leaves one brother, Robert BLACK of that place.
     On Jan. 13, 1880, she was married to W.A. BAGGETT, son of Elijah BAGGETT 
     and Margaret Jourdan BAGGETT, natives of Monroe County. He has been 
     identified for many years with the mercantile business and had farming 
     interests in this county until his retirement several years ago.
     Surviving are her husband, W. A. BAGGETT; four daughters, Mrs. T. G. 
     COLLEY and Mrs. H. M. THOMPSON of Greenville; Mrs. O. C. BOUTWELL of 
     Milton, Fla.; Miss Marie BAGGETT of Detroit, Mich.; four sons, Tom BAGGETT 
     and Will BAGGETT of Montgomery, Gene BAGGETT and Comer BAGGETT of Detroit, 
     Mich.; 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
     Mrs. BAGGETT was a member of the Church of Christ and funeral services 
     were conducted from the home Thursday afternoon at 4:00 o'clock with the 
     Rev. Maurice CLYMORE officiating, assisted by the Rev. W. F. FLOYD, pastor 
     of Liberty  Methodist Church. Burial was at Liberty Cemetery, Hay in charge.
     The pallbearers were: E. L. CHEATHAM, M. G. CHEATHAM, S. H. CHEATHAM, 
     Chessser REYNOLDS, V. A. BOUTWELL, and J. N. LEWIS. [5-6-1937]
     Mrs. W. H. MOORE did Sunday, August 10th, at the home of her daughter, 
     Mrs. J. R. ABRAMS, Georgiana, after an extended illness.
     Deceased was one of Butler County's oldest native citizens, being in 
     her 80th year, and was loved by all who knew her. She was born and 
     reared near Greenville, Ala. She had been a faithful member of the 
     Methodist church many years.
     To know Mrs. MOORE was to love her. She was a dutiful wife and mother 
     and always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. Her passing away 
     has caused hearts to be heavy with grief far and near.  She lived well 
     and died a peaceful death.
     Surviving her are her husband and four children, Mrs. Joe ABRAMS, Mrs. 
     Fannie TAYLOR of Georgiana, Mr. Richard MOORE of Greenville and Mrs. 
     G. J. ROGERS of Brooks, Ala. as well as a number of other relatives.
     Burial was at Liberty Cemetery, near Greenville, Monday, the pastor of 
     the Methodist church there conducting the services, Georgiana Hardware Co., 
     funeral directors in charge. [8-14-1930 BCN]
Name:    Malvina Moore Death Date:    Aug 1930  Death County:    Butler  
Comment:    W. H.  Volume:    37  Roll:    3  Page #:    18155  
[husband of Melvina BLACK]
W. H. MOORE died at the home of his son Dinty MOORE. At 95, he was the Butler 
County's oldest citizen. The funeral was at Liberty Methodist Church, Rev. Mr. 
KIMBROUGH directing. He was survived by son R. H. MOORE, Greenville, and one 
daughter, Mrs. J. G. ROGERS of Andalusia. He was a former citizen of Georgiana 
where he lived many years and operated a cafe. He was known far and wide for 
his fine service and many friends, especially among our older citizens, who 
will be deeply grieved by his death. [Thurs. 1-17-1943 BCN]
Name:    William H Moore Death Date:    02 Jan 1943  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    5  Certificate:    2065  Roll:    4  
2-13-1930 BCN
obit abstract--J. A. BLACK, age 68, of Luverne, died in a Montgomery hospital 
Wed. morning. He had lived in Luverne for 39 years; was in the cotton and 
fertilizer business.
Name: James Alex Black Death Date: Feb 1930 Death County: Montgomery 
Volume: 9 Roll: 2 Page #: 4310 
Wed May 10, 1905  Greenville Advocate
Mrs. James A. BLACK died suddenly at Luverne Thursday night and was 
laid to rest the following day at Georgiana.  She was the second 
daughter of Capt. D.B. TAYLOR and was reared in Greenville.  She was 
universally loved and her untimely death was a shock and grief to all 
who knew her.  Her married life was one of perfect happiness and the 
bereaved husband and four children will grievously miss the devoted 
wife and mother.
      On  Oct. 18th, 1900, in Luverne, the monster, death, entered 
      the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. BLACK and claimed for his victim 
      their second son, who was only sick for a few days. All that 
      fond parents, kind friends, and best medical skill could do 
      was done, but he must go.
     The beauteous face, the white brow with its soft fringe of sunny 
     hair, the blue wistful eyes seemed to smile at me as I lay his 
     little precious body in his snow white bead, there to sleep till 
     the morning of the resurrection day. I could not but think what 
     tiny hands to unbar the golden gates of light.
     Little Paul, child angel, keep the Heavenly "gates ajar" that the 
     pathway here may not be altogether dark and that the loved ones  
     left behind thee may at times catch glimpses of that radiant Heaven 
     to which the tender Shepherd has called his little lamb. 
We pity the hearts in the desolate home.
Whose burdens seem greater than they can bear,
Whose treasures are just an idle toy,
And a tiny curl of shining hair,
Who remember a little grave with tears,
And mourn while lingers the weary years.
Our darling is no more.
                                 --Aunt Annie
Aged Citizen Succumbs to Stroke January 30
Funeral services were held Friday, January 31, 1936, for John Calvin 
BLACK. a resident of Conecuh County, living near Garland, Ala., who 
died Thursday, January 30th at 12 o'clock noon following a stroke of 
Services were held at the Concord Methodist Church with the Rev. Fred 
BROWN, pastor of the Owassa Baptist Church conducting, assisted by the 
Rev. SELLS, pastor of the Concord Church.  A large assemblage of friends 
and relatives gathered to pay their last respects.
The deceased, aged 82, was born Feb. 20th, 1853, and came to Alabama 
from Kentucky in 1876.  He was widely known in Conecuh and Butler counties 
where he was a landowner, having been one of the earlier settlers in 
Conecuh County.  July 15th, 1877, he was married to Miss Sue ROBERSON, 
who died May 26, 1926.  To this union were born 9 children.  He was one 
of the oldest deacons of the Union Baptist Church of which he was a member 
for a number of years.  Before coming to Alabama he was married to Miss 
Rebecca HIBBS.  Two children were born to this union, one dying in infancy 
and the other, who was known here as Mrs. Amby HAWSEY, preceded her father 
to the grave some years ago.
Surviving the deceased are three sons:  James W. BLACK of Evergreen; 
Henry T. BLACK, Mobile, Ala.; Robert T. BLACK, of Mobile, Ala.; four 
daughters, Mrs. J. J. GANUS, Robertsdale, Ala.; Mrs. R. L. JOYNER, 
Garland, Ala.; Mrs. Henry COKER, Toulminville, Ala.; Mrs. W. Kenneth 
CALLOWAY who was making her home with her father at the time of his 
death.  Mrs. J. Z. BROOKS and Miss  Myrtle BLACK, daughters of the 
deceased, preceded their father to the grave several years ago.  Four 
brothers, J. H. BLACK, Century, Fla.; C. R. BLACK, Century, Fla.; 
William I. BLACK, Allentown, Fla.; David BLACK, Atlanta, Ga.
[from the Butler County News, Feb. 27, 1936]
Name:    John C. Black Death Date:    Jan 1936  Death County:    Conecuh  
Volume:    1  Roll:    3  Page #:    387  
John A. BLACK Memoriam to this fine young man by Lodge #776 Knights 
of Honor 12-30-1891 [from Butler County Alabama Obituaries, compiled 
by Marilyn Davis Barefield]
MRS. LULA BLACK DEAD--The funeral of Mrs. Lula BLACK, who died yesterday 
morning at 6:30 o'clock, will take place from her late residence 705 Highland 
Avenue today at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. O.F. Gregory pastor of the Adams Street 
Baptist Church will officiate.
     Mrs. BLACK had been ill for some time and her death yesterday morning 
     was not wholly unexpected. She was a niece of Mrs. L. F. WARE of this 
     city. Before her marriage she was a Miss CALHOUN of Greenville. She came 
     here about a year ago.
     She was about 40 years old and a widow. Four children--three daughters 
     and one son--survive her.
     We copy the above from the Montgomery Advertiser of last Thursday. Mrs. 
     BLACK was well known here where she lived all her life until about a year 
     ago, and her friends and relatives here are sorry to hear of her death 
     and deeply sympathize with her children. [Dec. 16, 1903 newspaper article]
     A telegram was received here Sunday morning announcing the death of 
     Mr. Frank BLACK at or near Birmingham Saturday night. He was a son of 
     Mr. and Mrs. F. M. BLACK, and was well known in this county, having 
     lived here until a few years ago. He leaves a wife, daughter, and two 
     sons. Mr. BLACK left on first train, and was accompanied from Ft. Deposit 
     by other members of the family.
Greenville Advocate Wednesday 5-15-1901
     Little Jacob BLACK, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. W. BLACK and grandson of 
     F. M. BLACK, died at the home of his parents at Enterprise Sat. after 
     a long and painful illness.
5-18-1927 Greenville Advocate
     The subject of this notice was laid to rest Sunday afternoon at Damascus 
     Cemetery, after a long illness, the last month or moreof a critical nature. 
     His loved ones were with him, and the end came peacefully. 
     Mr. BLACK was the youngest child of Thomas J. BLACK and Mary Ann 
     PICKENS BLACK and was born September 25, 1844.There were ten sons 
     and daughters   and he was the last to go. His whole life was spent 
     in the same neighborhood, living fifty-three years on the farm where 
     he moved when he first married.
     His first wife was Mrs. Mary S. RICHARDSON. Their only children were 
     Mrs. A. D. STANLEY and Mr. Joseph M. BLACK of this county. Six 
     grandchildren are also left.
     He was married the second time in 1898 to Miss Paralee BARRETT, who 
     died two years ago.
     Mr. BLACK saw service in the Confederate army. He was a member of 
     Damascus Baptist Church and a regular attendant of services there. 
     The annual protracted meeting of the church embraces the third Sunday 
     in July, and he often said he had never missed but one Sunday meeting 
     when he was in the Civil War, making 81 times he attended, carried by 
     his mother when a baby. He loved the church and was faithful to its 
     precepts. His life was upright and his dealings with his fellow man 
     above reproach. A good man has gone.
     The funeral Sunday afternoon was conducted by the pastor, Rev. Ralph 
     MULLINS, and many old friends and neighbors and relatives gathered in 
     the church where he will come no more, and in the family lot, he was 
     laid to rest, beautiful flowers covering the mound.
5-18-1927 CARD OF THANKS 
     We wish to thank our friends and relatives for kindness and sympathy 
     in the last illness of our father, Mr. John C. BLACK. They were untiring 
     in giving help, doing all possible to aid in our distress, and we are 
     deeply grateful.
                      Lillie BLACK STANLEY
                      Joseph M. BLACK
5-6-1925 Greenville Advocate
Mrs. John Black Dead
     On Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock Mrs. Black, wife of Mr. John Black 
     died at the family home after a short illness, in her 72nd year.  She 
     died at the family home in the Dock neighborhood, 12 miles east of 
     Greenville after a short illness in her 72nd year. She was a member of 
     Damascus Church and had been for 21 years a consistent member and was 
     beloved by all who knew her. She was before her marriage Miss Parilee 
     Martha Barrett.
     She is survived by her husband and four sisters, Mesdames McBride, 
     Sims, Day, and Duncan.
     Burial took place Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock at Damascus Church 
     Cemetery. A very large concourse of sorrowing friends and relatives 
     were there to pay their last sad tribute to this devoted christian 
     woman. For they all loved her.
Name: Parilee Black Death Date: May 1925 Death County: Butler 
Volume: 21 Roll: 2 Page #: 10346 
2-3-1904 Greenville Advocate
     Mrs. N. F. Black, relict of the late Mr. Andrew Black passed quietly 
     away Sunday morning and Monday morning at ten o'clock was laid to rest 
     in the old cemetery by the Methodist church. The service was conducted 
     by her pastor Rev. E. L. Norris, assisted by Rev. W. A. Taliaferro.
     Mrs. Black was a daughter of Rev. William Fendley. She was born in 
     Montgomery county and was in her seventy-fifth year. She joined the 
     Primitive Baptist church in her youth and lived a pure, christian life. 
     She did all the good in her power and harmed no one. For many years she 
     was afflicted, for more than nine months confined to her bed. Yet she 
     murmured not, and often expressed her complete resignation to her Father's 
     will. During  all her sickness she was tenderly cared for by her only 
     daughter, Mrs. A. B. Calhoun, with whom she lived. She leaves four children, 
     Messrs. J. A. and M. L. Black, of Luverne, William Black of Texas, and 
     Mrs. Calhoun.
     Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Black, of Ft. Deposit, Mr. Thomas Black of Brewton, 
     Messrs. J. A. and M. L. Black, of Luverne, and Misses Warthen and Scottie 
     Taylor of Georgiana were present at the funeral.
Aug. 24, 1904 Greenville Advocate
     The relatives of Mrs. Emily Black in this city were notified by wire 
     last Monday of the death of that good woman at her home in Fort Deposit 
     at one o'clock of that date. Mrs. Black was the wife of Mr. F. M. Black 
     and had lived in Greenville for about half a century, moving to Fort 
     Deposit a few years ago. She was 72 years of age, and was a woman most 
     universally admired by all who knew her.
     Mrs. Black was a lovable character, a devoted member of the Baptist 
     church, but for a number of years her health has been so feeble that 
     she could not attend church often.
11-8-1911 Greenville Advocate
     The death of this good woman occurred Thursday morning at her home 
     near Dock. She was eighty-three years of afe and for a long time had 
     been in feeble health. Yet the summons came suddenly and was a great 
     shock to her family.
     Mrs. Roach was born a few miles from the home where most of her life 
     was spent. She was one of the charter members of Damascus Church, of 
     which she was a loyal member for sixty-one years. She possessed a sunny 
     sweet disposition and was devotedly loved by her many relatives. Of her 
     immediate family there were two daughters and two sons, Mrs. C. G. Jones, 
     Mrs. Joe Kirksey, Messrs. Felix and Clopton Roach, nine grandchildren, 
     and three great-grandchildren. Her husband, Mr. David Roach, died fifteen 
     years ago. She is survived by two brothers, Mr. F. M. Black and Mr. 
     J. C. Black of Dock.
     Many friends and relatives gathered at old Damascus church Friday, where 
     the funeral services were conducted by Rev. L. L. Gwaltney. Interment was 
     made in the cemetery near the church where many of her loved ones sleep.
Greenville Advocate May 14, 1884
     On the 8th inst., Mrs. Mary A. Black, aged about 83. In the death of this 
     aged lady, another landmark drops silently out of sight. Her life deserves 
     more than mere mention. In girlhood she came from Edgefield Dist., South 
     Carolina, to this part of the country and was one of the band of brave men 
     and women who helped make proud history for this State. Her memory was stoed 
     with vivid scenes from that time and although she has been blind for several 
     years, her cheerful spirit made its own sunshine.
     As bravely as she came to the wilds of Alabama, she went forth into the Valley 
     of Shadows saying she feared not death. Among her last words were these: I am 
     dying to die no more. Mrs. Black leaves a number of relatives in this place, 
     who will fondly remember her as long as life lasts.
Death of Miss Nancy Jane BLACK
     Miss Nancy Jane BLACK, of Natchez, was called away from her many 
     friends Wednesday morning, Dec. 11, 1946.
    Miss BLACK was born near Tunnel Springs on Nov. 15, 1849, and had 
    just passed her 97th birthday. She has been a resident of Natchez 
    for many years.
     She is survived by two nieces and five nephews: Mrs. R. M. HELTON, 
     Atmore; Mrs. S. B. HELTON, Natchez; T. A. BLACK, Uriah; J. A. BLACK, 
     J. D. BLACK, J. M. BLACK, Beatrice, and O. J. BLACK, Franklin; 
     28 great nieces and nephews and seven great great nieces and nephews.
     Funeral services were conducted at the Presbyterian church at Old 
     Scotland by Rev. Iris HALLFORD.
     Active pallbearers were T. A. BLACK, Sr., J. A. BLACK, J. D. BLACK, 
     O. J. BLACK, J. M. BLACK, and T. A. BLACK, Jr.    
     Interment was at the Old Scotland cemetery with Dunklin-Johnson in charge.
[from the Monroe Journal, 12-19-1946]
Name:    Nancy J Black Death Date:    11 Dec 1946  Death County:    Monroe  
Volume:    49  Certificate:    24188  Roll:    4  
     Walter S. BLACK, an aged citizen, passed away at the home of his son, 
     Homer BLACK, of Forest Home, Monday afternoon, May 15th, at 2:00 o'clock.
     Mr. BLACK was seventy-six years of age and a member of the Presbyterian church.
     Interment was at Sandy Ridge, Lowndes county, Tuesday afternoon, May 16th.  
     Rev. W.H. KAMPLAIN, pastor of the Forest Home Baptist Church, officiated at the 
     funeral services.
     Mr. BLACK was a highly respected, honorable citizen, who will be missed by his 
     scores of friends who mourn his loss.
     He is survived by two sons, Homer BLACK, Forest Home, and W. Clyde BLACK, of 
     Mobile; two daughters, Mrs. Walter BEASLEY and Mrs. Dewey BROWN, both of 
     Evergreen, and a number of grandchildren.
[May 25, 1944 Greenville Advocate]
Name:    Walter S Black Death Date:    15 May 1944  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    18  Certificate:    8719  Roll:    4  
     Mr. James Hampton BLACK died at his home, two miles north of 
     Greenville on Thursday, Nov. 14, after a short illness.
Mr. Black was 66 years of age, and had never married. He was the 
son of Eli and Elizabeth Till BLACK, and a native of Lowndes County.
     In 1889 he moved to Greenville and later moved to Manningham 
     where he spent several years in the mercantile business. The 
     deceased returned to Greenville in 1914 and since that time has 
     conducted a store on Fort Deposit Road. Here he built a comfortable 
     home, which he shared with relatives.
     The deceased was an honest, upright man, a good friend, a lovable 
     character. He was kind and thoughtful, and in his death Butler has 
     lost one of her very best citizens. Naught but good has ever been 
     said of him.
     He was a member of the Methodist church since childhood, and the 
     funeral services Friday were conducted by his pastor, Rev. T. G. 
     JONES. Interment was made in Magnolia Cemetery.
     The deceased is survived by one brother, Mr. Hugh BLACK, of Fort 
     Deposit; five nephews: Messrs. E. E. BLACK and Haywood BLACK of 
     Greenville; J.E. BLACK of Selma; Marvin BLACK, Mobile; Willie 
     PEAGLER, Gadsden; Henry BLACK, Georgiana; James BLACK, Fort Deposit; 
     four nieces, Mrs. Mollie WOOD, Selma; Mrs. Ina NEWTON, Georgiana; 
     Misses Lola Mae and Florence BLACK, Fort Deposit.
[from the Greenville Advocate, Nov. 20, 1929]
Hugh BLACK Dies Here; Burial Fort Deposit
     Funeral services for Hugh BLACK were held at Fort Deposit Sunday 
     afternoon at the Methodist Church with Rev. Charles H. HILDRETH, 
     pastor of the church, officiating. Interment was made in the Fort 
     Deposit cemetery by the side of his wife, who had preceded him to 
     the grave some years ago. Dunklin and Johnson in charge.
     Mr. BLACK died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. H. L. DECKER in 
     this city Saturday afternoon. He had made his home with Mrs. DECKER 
     in Greenville for the past eight months. Prior to that time he had 
     most of his 85 years at Fort Deposit, where a long and interesting 
     life had made him appreciated by the citizens of that place and 
     through Lowndes County. He had been in failing health for some time 
     and the end was not unexpected.
     Mr. BLACK is survived by two sons, Henry BLACK, of Atlanta, 
     and James BLACK, of Mt. Willing; two daughters, Mrs. H. L. 
     DECKER, of Greenville, and Miss Lola May BLACK of Selma.
11-20-1941 Greenville Advocate
Name: Hugh W Black Death Date: 15 Nov 1941 Death County: Butler 
Volume: 53 Certificate: 26066 Roll: 4 
     Mrs. D.H. BLACK died at the home of her son, Mr. E.E. BLACK, 
     near Greenville, at two o'clock Sunday afternoon, after an 
     illness of two weeks. Her health had been failing for the past 
     two years.
     She was born almost 83 years ago, on March 1st, 1854, in Lowndes 
     County as Rebecca Ann LESTER. She was married to Mr. Dan H. BLACK 
     of this county [Butler] in 1870. Her husband died in 1918, and 
     since that time she has resided with her eldest son. Twenty years 
     ago the family returned to Butler County from Mobile where they 
     lived for several years.
     She had been a lifelong member of the Methodist Church and was one 
     of the oldest members of the First Methodist Church of Greenville. 
     As long as health permitted she was a faithful attendant at all the 
     church services. She was a true Christian woman, who will be sincerely 
     missed, not only in the home and by the members of her family, but by 
     all who knew her.
     Funeral services were conducted at the home at two o'clock Monday 
     afternoon by her pastor, Dr. E. C. MOORE, with interment in Magnolia 
     Cemetery. Six grandsons were pallbearers.
     Surviving are three sons: Messrs. E.E. BLACK and L.H. BLACK, Greenville, 
     and Marvin BLACK, Mobile; one daughter, Mrs. Mollie E. WOOD, of Selma; 
     one brother, Mr. J. G. LESTER of Greenville; three granddaughters, 
     Mrs. W. I. BROWN and Mrs. Clarence SNOWDEN, Greenville, and Mrs. Roy 
     O. PERRY, of Linden; four grandsons, Messrs. Leroy and Lester BLACK, 
     of Greenville; John BLACK of Birmingham and Willie BLACK, U.S. Aviation 
     Service, Philippine Islands; and twelve other grandchildren, and 16 
     Among those from out of town who attended the funeral were Mr. and 
     Mrs. Roy O. PERRY, Linden; Mr. and Mrs. John BLACK, Birmingham; 
     Miss Lavetta BLACK, Mobile; Mrs. M. E. WOOD, Selma.
2-25-1937 Greenville Advocate
Name: Rebecca A Black Death Date: Feb 1937 Death County: Butler 
Volume: 5 Certificate: 2264 Roll: 3 
A. L. BLACKBURN [Allen Lafayette Blackburn]
Mr. Isaac BLACKBURN of Repton  was called home Wednesday on account 
of the death of his father, Mr. A. L. BLACKBURN.  Many hearts were 
made sad by the death of this friend, Uncle Fate, as many called him.  
He and his son were coming home from Greenville last Tuesday, March 4, 
when Mr. Blackburn died, about 3 o'clock.  We suppose he had heart trouble.
He was born Dec. 13, 1852.  In 1876 he was married to Miss Nancy LOWERY.  
To this union were born six children, four of whom are still living.  He 
leaves a wife, seven sons, three daughters, two sisters, one brother, 
sixteen grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn 
his loss.
"Uncle Fate" was a jolly old gentleman, and we all enjoy being with him, 
the children clambering about his feet, and the other folks enjoyed his 
company, as he had a sense of humor which we all enjoy.
The writer remembers how faithful he was, as a school trustee, when she was 
teaching at Providence.  The funeral service was conducted by Rev. J. W. 
HIGHTOWER Thursday afternoon, and his body was laid to rest in the Providence 
[from the Providence Community Column of the Butler County News, Mar. 13, 1924]
Name:    Allen Fate Blackburn Death Date:    Mar 1924  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    5  Roll:    2  Page #:    2323  
Local Boy Killed by Hit and Run Driver Saturday
     Ralph BLACKBURN, of Atmore, was fatally hit by a hit and run driver 
     late Saturday night according to the local police department this week.  
     BLACKBURN was later picked up by the same car that hit him and carried 
     to the Atmore General Hospital where he subsequently died from his injuries.
     Blackburn and two companions were walking from Atmore when the Jeep station 
     wagon driven by a man identified as SINGLETON and containing four other 
     companions side-swiped him and sped on.  Blackburn was knocked down when 
     the bumper of the car struck him and caused his head to hit the side of the car.
     While one of the victim's companions ran back to town to get the police, the 
     jeep returned and SINGLETON inquired as to the cause of the crowd.  By-standers, 
     supposing him to be a passing motorist, asked that he take the boy to the hospital, 
     which SINGLETON readily agreed to do.  It was while at the hospital that the police 
     arrived and took Singleton and his companions into custody, after their identification 
     by one of the  boy's companions.
     SINGLETON denied knowing anything of the accident when he was first questioned 
     by the police and a special investigator from Bay Minette.  Later, confronted with 
     the testimonies of the victim's companions and the large dent in the side of his car, 
     he admitted driving the car when it hit BLACKBURN.
     BLACKBURN died Sunday shortly after noon as result of his injuries.  SINGLETON was 
     taken to the County jail by the sheriff where he was booked for drunken driving, 
     manslaughter, and reportedly driving without a license and reckless driving.
[The subject of the article below, Ralph BLACKBURN died Dec. 7, 1947. This article is 
from a December 1947 Atmore newspaper]
Name:    Ralph Blackburn Death Date:    07 Dec 1947 Death County:    Escambia  
Volume:    48  Certificate:    23539  Roll:    5  
Bledsoe, John Furber, 71, a resident of Rt. 3, Georgiana, died Jan. 8 in a New 
Orleans hospital.  Funeral services were Jan. 11, 1981, from the Johnson Funeral 
Home Chapel with Rev. Arlin Byrd officiating.  Burial in Morrow School House 
Cemetery with JOhnson Funeral Home directing.  Survivors include: wife, Mrs. Lois 
Bledsoe of Georgiana; two daughters, Mrs. Sharon Keppler of Pearl River, La., and 
Mrs. Betty Jean Bass of Andalusia; three sons, John W. Bledsoe of Chalmette, La., 
Joseph Parrett of New Orleans, La. and Bobby Bledsoe of Niceville, Fla.; sister, 
Mrs. Lucile Brooks of California; three brothers, Acie Bledsoe and Bufford Bledsoe, 
both of Andalusia, and Bill Bledsoe of Mobile; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
[Jan. 1981 BCN]
Judge L. M. BROOKS Passes Away
     Judge L. M. BROOKS died at Atmore July 29 at the age of 69 years after a 
     lingering illness covering over one year.
     Judge BROOKS was born in Pike Co. Ala. and came to Butler Co., Ala. with 
     his father about the time of the outbreak of the Civil war.  He went to war 
     as a young boy and spent three years in the service.  After the war he came 
     to this section and settled in Escambia Co. Fla.  He was elected County judge 
     of his county and served one term and filled many other public positions.
     He was a member of the Baptist church and for several sessions he was 
     moderator of the Baptist association.  He died peacefully at home 
     surrounded by a loving wife and two sweet girls, and a host of loyal friends.
     Four of his children by his first wife live in Pensacola. L. E. and 
     Harry BROOKS, Mrs. J. O. JENNINGS, and Miss Abbie BROOKS.  Mrs. D. J. 
     SALTSMAN, his eldest daughter, lives in McDavid.
     He leaves three brothers, W. W. BROOKS, Marianna, Fla., Judge M. F. BROOKS, 
     Brewton, Ala., and Rev. R. W. BROOKS, Pollard, Ala.  Mrs. DAVIS, his oldest 
     sister, lives at Foshee, and Mrs. Dora DONALDSON lives in Pensacola.
     Many and beautiful were the floral tributes given by loyal friends, and with 
     willing hands were placed on his casket, attesting the worth and esteem in 
     which he was held by those who knew him best.
     Interment was in the Atmore cemetery, after a service conducted by Rev. 
     Robt. PATTERSON of the Baptist church, assisted by Rev. C. H. MOTLEY, of 
     the Methodist church.
[from the Atmore Record, August 6, 1914]
Name:    L M Brooks Death Date:    30 Jul 1914  Death County:    Escambia  
Volume:    10  Certificate:    102  Roll:    1  
Death of Mrs. Katie [Garner] Brooks
     Many friends were grieved when the sad news came of the death of 
     Mrs. Katie Brooks last Sunday at the home of her daughter, Mrs.Tully 
     Lord of Montgomery, where she had made her home the past four years.
     Deceased was born and reared in Sunnyside community [in Butler Co.] 
     and lived there until the death of her husband [Marion Taylor Brooks] 
     four years ago, when she went to Montgomery to make her home. 
     Had she lived until February 4, she would have been 68 years of age.
     She was a noble Christian woman and was a member of the Baptist church. 
     Her life was one of service to those whom she loved. She was the mother 
     of nine children, all surviving her except one, whose body now lies in 
     France [Eugene Brooks]. Thirty-six grandchildren also survive her.
     She leaves six sons, A.M. Brooks of Georgiana, M.E. Brooks of Perkinson, 
     Miss., R.E. Brooks of Hattiesburg, Miss., V.C. Brooks of Tulsa, Okla., 
     M.L. Brooks of Montgomery, Ala., and H.D. Brooks of Grand Bay, Ala., two 
     daughters, Mrs. Tullie Lord of Montgomery, and Mrs. John Cobb of Georgiana, 
     and a brother, Steve Garner, of Georgiana.
     Her body was brought to her old home for burial and interment, made 
     at Mt. Olive West Cemetery Tuesday, a large concourse of sorrowing 
     friends and relatives attending. Rev. C.V. McMurphy of East Chapman 
     conducted the services. 
[from Dec. 13?,1928 Butler Co. News]
Name:    Katie Brooks Death Date:    Dec 1928  Death County:    Montgomery  
Volume:    61  Roll:    2  Page #:    30437  
Marion Taylor BROOKS
Mr. M. Taylor BROOKS was born June 6, 1848.  On June 5, 1925 about 5 o'clock 
in the afternoon, God, our heavenly father, in His divine providence saw best 
to call him to his eternal home.  God sent His death angel to call him from 
labor to refreshment; from this world of sorrow and pain, to a home bright, 
eternal in the skies.  Uncle Taylor lacked only one day reaching his 77th mile 
post.  He joined the Baptist church while young and had been a consistent member 
up to the time of his death.  He leaves a widow and ten children, six boys and 
four girls, besides forty-one grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and a 
host of friends to mourn his death.  A voice we loved is still; a place in the 
home is vacant; a pillar in the church and community has been removed.
     There is an aching void and broken hearts that will ne'er be healed, until 
     in the bright resurrection, when we shall again clasp hands and know each 
     other as we are known.  We [missing word] God will wipe the tears away and 
     give a crown of righteousness to all those who love His appearing.  Our 
     love and sympathy goes out to the bereaved family and relatives, and may 
     they lean upon God as their heavenly father, for He doeth all things for 
     the best. 
[from the Butler County News, June 11, 1925]
Sunnye Side Notes June 1925 Butler County News
     Our community was made sad Friday afternoon when the news was spread that 
     Mr. M. T. BROOKS was dead. He died at the home of his son Horace.
     Deceased was 77 years of age, having been born June 6, 1848, and dieing [sic] 
     June 5, 1925.
     Mr. Brooks leaves to mourn his loss a wife and several children and a host 
     of relatives and friends. His remains were laid to rest in the beautiful 
     cemetery at Mt. Olive West Sunday afternoon at two o'clock.
     We wish to express our sincere thanks to all for the assistance, 
     sympathy, and kindness rendered to us by our many friends and for 
     the beautiful floral offerings in the death of our dear husband and 
     father. May God bless you all.
     Mrs. M. T. BROOKS and children
     Mr. and Mrs. Albert BROOKS and family
     Mr. and Mrs. Ed BROOKS and family
     Mr. and Mrs. Robert BROOKS.  
Name:    Taylor Brooks Death Date:    Jun 1925  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    26  Roll:    2  Page #:    12957  
Mrs. Ella L. HICKS
Mrs. Ella L. Hicks, age 81, died in a Greenville Hospital Wednesday (Feb. 2).
Surviving are her husband, Albert HICKS, Rt. 1, Georgiana; 2 sisters, 
Mrs. W. O. HICKS, Rt. 1, Georgiana, and Mrs. Tullie LORD, Montgomery; 
[4 brothers] A. H. BROOKS, McKenzie; M.E. BROOKS, Wiggins, Miss;  
V.C. BROOKS, Houston, Texas; H.D. BROOKS, Foley; numerous nieces and 
nephews. Funeral services from Mt. Olive West Church at 10:30 a.m. 
Friday (Feb. 4) Burial followed in the adjoining cemetery, Johnson 
Funeral Home of Georgiana directing.
[from the Butler Co. News, 2-10-1955]
Name:    Ella L Hicks Death Date:    02 Feb 1955  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    5  Certificate:    2224  Roll:    6  
Annie BROOKS HICKS, 85, passed away at ther home in the Starlington 
Community, Route 1, Georgiana, on Friday, March 10 [1961].
Funeral services were conducted at 2:30 Sunday, March 12, at the Georgiana 
Baptist Church by Rev. Neaz SELLERS with Rev. L. N. STAMPER and Rev. 
R. O. SIGLER assisting. Interment was at the Morrow Schoolhouse Cemetery 
with Johnson Funeral Home in charge.
She is survived by her husband, Will O. HICKS; three sons, Sam HICKS and 
Hilton HICKS of Montgomery, Bill HICKS of Georgiana; five daughters, Lola 
GANDY and Bernice HICKS, Route 1, Georgiana, Mary Ella DUNN, Una CORLEY, 
and Edna LASSITER, all of Birmingham; 23 grandchildren and 28 
great-grandchildren. Also surviving are one half-sister, Mary LORD of 
Montgomery, and four half-brothers, Ab BROOKS of Miami, Florida; Ed BROOKS 
of Wiggins, Mississippi; Veston BROOKS of Houston, Texas; and Horace BROOKS 
of Foley, Alabama. [from the Butler County News of March 16, 1961]
M. L. BROOKS [Minner Lee BROOKS]
Mr. M.L. BROOKS, Sr., has died at a Greenville hospital, Sunday morning, 
October 11?, after an illness of several months. Mr. BROOKS was born on 
March 8, 1892, and was married to Miss Lessie JONES of Sanford March 1, 
1915.  He was a member of the Baptist church and was one of McKenzie's 
most respected citizens.
Funeral services were conducted on Monday at three o'clock from the Mount 
Olive Baptist Church with the Reverend Jennings BAGGETT, his pastor, 
officiating, assisted by Rev. E. M. HOLMAN and Rev. QUINN, pastor of Red 
Level Baptist Church.
Active pallbearers were his nephews, William HICKS, Hilton HICKS, Robert 
BROOKS, William BROOKS, Richard BROOKS, and Harold HOUSTON.
Surviving Mr. BROOKS are a companion and nine children, five brothers and 
three sisters and other relatives.  The children are Mrs. E.M. SAULS; Edwin 
and James BROOKS of Mobile; Corporal John T. BROOKS, stationed at Eglin Field, 
Fla.; Corby BROOKS, with the U.S. Navy, with headquarters at San Francisco, 
Cal.; Miner Lee, Jr., Blanche, Rollo, and Wayne BROOKS of McKenzie. 
His brothers: A.H. BROOKS, of Mckenzie; Bob BROOKS, Hattiesburg, Miss.; 
Ed BROOKS of Wiggins, Miss.; Horace BROOKS of Summerville, Ala.; Veston 
BROOKS of Tulsa, Okla.; and the sisters are Mrs. Tullie LORD of Montgomery; 
Mrs. Will HICKS and Mrs. Albert HICKS of Georgiana.
Funeral arrangements were conducted by Johnson's Funeral Home.
Those from out of town attending the funeral of Mr. BROOKS were 
Mrs. Tom WALLS, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth DRAKE of Brantley, Mr. and 
Mrs. Sherman PEARCE, Mrs. J. A. MORRISON, Mr. and Mrs. Carl JORDAN 
and son of Opp, Mr. and Mrs. Edison HOUSTON and sons of Mobile.
[from the Butler Co. News Oct. 22, 1942]
Name:    Minner L Brooks Death Date:    11 Oct 1942  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    39  Certificate:    19347  Roll:    4  
Veston C. BROOKS
Veston C. BROOKS, 83, of 419 Martin Drive, passed away Monday, 
Dec. 20, 1971.  Native of Georgina [sic] (Georgiana), Ala., 
resident of Houston 26 years. Survivors: wife, Mrs. Theresa 
BROOKS; daughter, Mrs. Emelda KEATING; son-in-law, P.N. KEATING; 
grandson, P.N. KEATING, Jr. and wife Judean; one great-grandchild, 
all of Houston; brother, Horace D. BROOKS, Foley, Ala.; number of 
nieces and nephews.  Services 9 a.m. Tuesday, Heights Chapel, with 
reader Ed J. WINSTON officiating.  Body will be taken to Tulsa, Okla., 
for burial under the direction of Moore-Eastland Funeral Home. 
Interment Memorial Park, Tulsa.  HEIGHTS FUNERAL HOME, 862-8844
[From the Houston Post, 12/21/1971, p. 23C]
Name:    Veston C Brooks Death Date:    20 December 1971  Death County:    HARRIS  
Sad Death of Mrs. John COBB [Estelle BROOKS]
On Saturday, Nov. 8th, 1930, at eight o'clock, the death angel visited 
the home of Mr. John COBB, and took form him his precious wife.  She had 
been in declining health for some time, but never complained.  All was 
done that loving hands could do, but God saw fit to carry her home where 
there will never be any more parting.  She lived a Christian life.  All 
loved her who knew her.  She was in the full bloom of life and was a model 
and exemplary young woman.  Always devoted to her family, always mindful 
of their welfare.  She leaves to mourn her loss a husband and six small 
children, four boys and two daughters, three sisters, Mrs. Albert HICKS 
and Mrs. W. O. HICKS of near Georgiana, Mrs. Tully LAIRD[LORD] of Montgomery, 
and six brothers, Mr. Edd BROOKS of Perkinston; Mr. Bob BROOKS of Wiggins, 
Miss., Mr. Veston BROOKS of Tulsa, Okla., Mr. Minnow[sic] BROOKS of Montgomery, 
Mrs. [Mr.?] Horace BROOKS of Grand Bay, and Mr. Abb BROOKS of near Georgiana.
Oh! How sad it was to give up Aunt Estelle.  Oh, how lonely the hours and sad 
the days when the loved one passes away.
Grieve not dear husband and children, for dear Aunt Estelle has gone to heaven 
to receive her reward.  We can't understand why God has taken you from your 
husband and small children, but God doeth all things well.
The sudden call did not find her unprepared to meet her maker.  She has lived 
a noble life, had been a devout member of the church since in early life, and 
the esteem by which she was held by the family and the community attested the 
loving place she filled in all hearts.
Oh, how sweet to breathe your name as in life we loved you dearly and in death 
we do the same.  We love you dear wife and mother.  In our sweet and loving home, 
how well we can remember those happpy days, spent and gone.  Sleep on, dear wife 
and mother, take thy rest.  We loved you, but God loves you best.  We hope to meet 
you in heaven some day.
                                                             -----Written by her niece
[from the Butler County News, Nov. 13, 1930]
Name:    Eatelle (John) Cobb Death Date:    Nov 1930  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    50  Roll:    2  Page #:    24766  
     Harold, the little 3-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ab BROOKS, died this 
     morning at a Montgomery hospital from the effects of a peanut hull which 
     accidentally caught in his windpipe.
     The accident occurred Tuesday.  All efforts to dislodge the hull were 
     fruitless and on Wednesday he was carried to specialists in Montgomery 
     who were unable to relieve him.
     The heartbroken parents have the sympathy of all in their great loss.
[12-23-1926 BCN]
     On Thursday morning, Dec. 23, at 6:50 o'clock, the sweet spirit of little 
     Harold Edwin BROOKS, small son of Mr. and Mrs. A. H. BROOKS, went back to 
     the Father who gave it.  He was sick only two days and nights, but oh, how 
     he did suffer.  He had whooping cough and while eating peanuts Tuesday morning 
     had a coughing spell and half a peanut went down his windpipe.  He was rushed 
     to Montgomery to Dr. THIGPEN, reaching there in less than three hours after it 
     happened.  They took him immediately to the operating room and tried to find it 
     but failed.  About seven o'clock he was carried back and an incision made and a 
     tube placed in his throat through which he breathed the remainder of the time.  
     He seemed to revive and rested some that night, but the next day, Wednesday, his 
     suffering was something terrible till two o'clock, when he was carried back to 
     the operating room and the peanut removed.  He revived and rested well until 
     midnight when he became restless for an hour, then quieted down and rested 
     again until six o'clock, when he began struggling for breath and suffered beyond 
     description until 6:50 when God said it's enough, come up higher where there 
     will be no more suffering.
     We bow in sorrow at the taking of little Harold, feeling that while the ripened 
     fruit must be gathered, it seems cruel that the bud should be taken before it 
     has time to unfold into blossom.  We will try to accept the cross and bear it, 
     knowing that the bud will yet blossom and bear fruit in the angel land, where 
     the spirit of this pure child has so early flown.
     Little Harold was a sweet child endearing himself to all with whom he met, even 
     the neighbors all dearly loved him.  He was two years, 7 months and two days old 
     when the end came.  He leaves a father, mother, two brothers and two sisters to 
     mourn his loss.  But God doeth all things well.  We realize our loss is Heaven's gain.
      -----One who loved him.
[from the Butler County News, 1-26-1927]
Name:    Harold E. Brooks Death Date:    Dec 1926  Death County:    Montgomery  
Volume:    59  Roll:    2  Page #:    29085  
Death of Mrs. BINION  [Elizabeth BROOKS Binion]
Mrs. E. C. BINION died at the home of her son Robert BINION after an illness of 
several days.  She was 87 years of age April 23, and was born in Macon, Ga., 
and moved to Butler County 58 years ago. Her husband preceded her to the grave 
many years, dying soon after the war.  She was a consistent member of the 
Methodist church a number of years.  Funeral services were conducted by her 
pastor, Rev. J. F. PRICE, and burial was made at the family burying lot at 
Sellers graveyard three miles south of Georgiana.
Those from out of town attending the funeral of Mrs. BINION were: 
T. E. BINION, Dothan; W. H. BINION and wife, Flomaton; E. M. BINION 
and family, Evergreen; Mrs. ARCHIBALD, Selma; Mrs. John J. FLOWERS 
and Mrs. Bernard STEINER, of Montgomery; Mrs. ROGERS of Brantley and 
Mrs. Wm. ROGERS if Amerous (sic), Ga.
[from the Butler County News, July 8, 1915]
     Whereas, the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, in His infinite 
     wisdom has seen fit to remove from this earthly abode and take 
     her to that Home of the faithful followers of the lowly Man of 
     Nazarine, Mrs. BINION, of Georgiana, Alabama, the sainted mother 
     of our beloved brother, E. M. BINION, therefore, be it
     Resolved, that the members of Armor Lodge No. 31 Knights of Pythias, 
     extend their profound sympathy and condolence to brother BINION in 
     his bereavement.
     Be it further resolved, that a copy of this resolution be filed in 
     the archives of this lodge and a copy of same be furnished brother 
     BINION, and that a copy be furnished the county papers and the Butler 
     County News, of Georgiana, Alabama with the request to publish same.
Respectfully submitted,
Name:    Elizabeth Binion Death Date:    07 Jul 1915  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    3  Certificate:    301  Roll:    1  
Mrs. W. F. BROOKS died Friday June 8 at the home of Mr and Mrs. Curtis BROOKS.  
She was a member of the Methodist Church in McKenzie, aged 76 years, 11 months, 
and 3 days.  She is survived by four children:  Curtiss BROOKS, McKenzie; Jack 
BROOKS, Chapman; Beeland BROOKS, Georgiana; and Jennie BROOKS, McKenzie; also 
23 grandchildren.  She was buried at South Butler Cemetery Saturday morning, 
June 9; service by Rev. METCALF.--obit by oldest granddaughter, Mrs. J. O. CLIPPER
[from the Butler County News, June 21, 1934]
Name:    Frances Brooks Death Date:    Jun 1934  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    25  Roll:    3  Page #:    12277  
Wm. BROOKS, 48, of Beat 14, committed suicide by gun on Oct. 3, 1915. 
A businessman at Rhodes, he was experiencing financial problems. His 
wife received an accidental wound to the hand in trying to prevent him.
Sad Tragedy at Rhodes
     One of the saddest tragedies happened at this place early Sunday 
     morning when Mr. Will BROOKS accidently shot his wife and then 
     shot himself.  His wife, as we understand it, tried to prevent him 
     from killing himself and in doing so was shot through the right hand 
     when it discharged.  BROOKS then free again turned the gun on himself, 
     the shot entering his head, tearing the top part completely off.  It 
     was necessary to amputate Mrs. BROOKS' fingers.  At this time, she is 
     resting very well.  Trouble over business affairs is said to be the 
     cause of the shooting.  Mr. BROOKS was 50 some years old, and our 
     community has lost a good man and neighbor.  He leaves a wife and other 
     relatives.  His untimely death is a great shock to the entire community, 
     and I do hope and trust he has gone to a better place.  the writer can 
     only say I've known him all my life and never heard an ill word spoken 
     of him in my life.  I pray God's richest blessings upon his bereaved 
     family.  Interment was made at Wesley Chapel Monday at 11 o'clock.  
     Rev. Jim SMYTHE conducted the services and preached a very impressive sermon.
[from the Butler County News, Oct. 7, 1915]
Name:    Will Brooks Death Date:    03 Oct 1915  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    3  Certificate:    306  Roll:    1  
     Mrs. Susan Annie BROWN, age 89, beloved and much esteemed resident of 
     Castleberry, passed away at ther home on Sunday, August 18 following a 
     lingering illness.
     Funeral services were held at 11 A. M. Tuesday, Conducted by Rev. Percy 
     SALTER and Rev. McGRAW.  She was a devoted member of the Holiness Church.  
     Interment was in Holland Cemetery with Cope Funeral Home directing.
     She is survived by two sons, Robert S. BROWN and William E. BROWN of 
     Mobile; one daughter, Mrs. Ida POWELL, Castleberry.
     Pall bearers were: Jack HOLLAND, David HARDIN, Edd SHIPP, Cliff SULLIVAN, 
     Botch BREWTON, Henry KERSEY.
[8-27-1957 Evergreen Courant]
Name:    Susan A Brown Death Date:    18 Aug 1957  Death County:    Conecuh  
Volume:    32  Certificate:    15807  Roll:    5  
Died in this city on Wednesday morning last, the 7th, inst., Mr. Jessie E. 
BRUNDAGE, in the eighty-second year of his age.  The deceased came to Greenville 
from near Leon, Crenshaw county something more than a year ago, to make his home 
with that of his son, Mr. Henry BRUNDAGE.  He had been in very feeble health ever 
since he came to Greenville, and for several months was suffering from dropsy which 
was the immediate cause of his death.  Mr. Brundage was a devoted Mason, and knowing 
that he would not live long he wrote to the lodge of which he was a member and had 
them to request the Lodge in Greenville to bury him with Masonic honors when he died, 
and in obedience to that request Eureka Lodge took charge of the remains and the 
beautiful ceremony of that ancient order was gone through at the grave.
     The deceased came to this state many years ago from Georgia and located near 
     Leon, in Crenshaw county, and lived in that county until recently.
     We extend our sincere sympathy to the bereaved family.
September 14, 1898  Greenville Advocate 
     After a long illness Mr. S. [H] J. BRUNDAGE died at his home in this city 
     last Thursday afternoon.  He was 73 years of age and was born in Barbour 
     county, but came to Butler when quite a young man, and married Miss Jennie 
     OWENS fifty years ago.  They moved to this city, where ever since he been a 
     well known figure.  Although afflicted, he by frugality and industry made a 
     good living for his family.  He was blessed with two children, Mr. Seaborn 
     BRUNDIDGE of Evergreen, a prominent citizen of that city; and Miss Bessie 
     BRUNDAGE of Greenville, who has always lived with her parents.
     Mr. BRUNDAGE was a good citizen.  He joined the Methodist church many years 
     ago, and lived the life of a christian.  He was buried in Magnolia Cemetery 
     Wednesday morning.  Rev. W. R. BICKERSTAFF, his pastor, conducted the  
     funeral services.  A very large number of citizens of the city followed 
     the hearse to the City of the Dead and paid their last sad tribute to his 
     The aged widow and children have the sympathy of our citizens 
     in their bereavement.
Aug. 3, 1923 Greenville Advocate
     We do most sincerely tender our heartfelt thanks to the citizens 
     of Greenville and especially to our neighbors for their many, many 
     acts of kindness shown us during the illness and death of our husband 
     and father and for the many floral offerings sent in.
     Mrs. Jennie O. BRUNDIDGE,
     Seaborn J. BRUNDAGE,
     Miss Bessie BRUNDAGE.
August 3, 1923 Greenville Advocate
     The funeral services of the late H. J. BRUNDRIDGE were held from his 
     residence on North Pine Street, Greenville, Wednesday afternoon, and 
     were conducted by his pastor Rev. W. R. BICKERSTAFF.
     The deceased was highly esteemed by a large circle of friends.  He was 
     a member of the First Methodist church of Greenville, and he attended 
     services regularly during the time he was able to do so despite the 
     fact that he was bereft of his hearing when a young fellow.  He is 
     survived by his wife and two children, Miss Bessie BRUNDRIDGE of 
     Greenville and Mr. S. J. BRUNDRIDGE of Evergreen.
Thursday, August 9, 1923 Butler County News
Name:    Henry Brundidge Death Date:    Jul 1923  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    28  Roll:    2  Page #:    13795  
     Mrs. BRUNDAGE passed away Saturday afternoon at the home of her son, 
     Mr. Seaborn BRUNDAGE, at Evergreen, after an illness of several weeks.
     The remains were brought to Greenville and interment was made at 
     Magnolia Cemetery by the side of her husband, Mr. Henry BRUNDAGE.  
     Rev. H. R. ARNOLD conducted the service as Dr. W. P. HURT was not a
     ble to officiate.  Mrs. BRUNDAGE was a member of the Methodist Church, 
     and was ever loyal to its tenets.  She was a good woman and had many 
     friends in Greenville, her home for many years.  After the loss of her 
     husband she had resided with her son.
     Mrs. BRUNDAGE is survived by her son and a daughter, Mrs. Bessie 
     MALLORY, three grandchildren, Mrs. HAMILTON, Mrs. ROBERTS and 
     Seaborn BRUNDAGE, Jr.  She is also survivied by two sisters, 
     Mrs. Laura HOUSTON and Mrs. Mittie BUTTS.
     A number of Evergreen friends accompanied the family on their 
     sad errand to Greenville.
[March 28, 1928 Greenville Advocate]
Name:    Mrs. H. J. Bundage Death Date:    Mar 1928  Death County:    Conecuh  
Volume:    12  Roll:    2  Page #:    5669  
Jesse H. Brundage, 12, son of Henry Brundage of Leon, was accidentally 
killed at the steam gin of John Merrill Oct. 2.  Both parents are mutes.  
Jesse was born near Leon 10-15-1876. (abstract of obit from Greenville 
Advocate 10-31-1888)
from Butler County [Alabama] Obituaries by Marilyn Barefield
Services are held for S. J. BRUNDAGE
     Seaborn Johnson BRUNDAGE, age 82, died at his home on Friday, 
     August 12 after a long illness.  Funeral services were held 
     Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock at Cope Chapel with the Rev. 
     Don Montgomery and Rev. Aubrey HARTLEY officiating.  Burial 
     was in the Evergreen Cemetery with Cope Funeral Home directing.
     Until his retirement a number of years ago, Mr. BRUNDAGE was 
     a prominent Evergreen businessman.  He owned and operated one 
     of the first electrical and plumbing contracting businesses in 
     this area, establishing it in 1926.  When he ceased to be active 
     in this field, he devoted his time to a variety store he had 
     established at the same time until his retirement.
     Survivors include the wife, Mrs. S. J. BRUNDAGE, Evergreen; 
     one son, Seaborn J. Brundage, Jr., Evergreen; two daughters, 
     Mrs. Myrtle ROBISON, Evergreen and Mrs. Jennie ALEXANDER, 
     Panama City; 7 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. 
     Pallbearers were his grandsons and honorary pallbearers were 
     C. A. JONES, L. W. PRICE, Fred WRIGHT, Frank DEAN, Cecil HAGOOD 
     and Dr. Joseph HAGOOD.
[August 18, 1966 Evergreen Courant]
Final rites are held for Mrs. Brundage
     Mrs. James Edward (Granny) BRUNDAGE, 94, of 204 Belleview Avenue, 
     Evergreen, died Saturday, March 8, in a Mobile hospital.  Mrs. 
     BRUNDAGE was a much beloved lady of this city.  She and her late 
     husband operated Brundage's Variety Store on West Front Street for 
     many years.  Many children grew up calling her "Mom" out of their 
     affection for her and her affection for them.  She was a loving 
     wife and mother and grandmother who enjoyed the love and esteem 
     of a wide circle of friends throughout this area.
     Graveside services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at 
     the family plot in the Evergreen Cemetery with Minister Ron Williams 
     officiating.  Cope Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
     Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Myrtle ROBISON, Evergreen, 
     and Mrs. Jennie ALEXANDER, Lynn Haven, Florida; seven grandchildren 
     and several great grandchildren and several great great grandchildren.
[3-13-1986 Evergreen Courant]
               The many friends of Mr. G. H. BRYAN of Georgiana, a prominent 
               business man of that city, will learn with regret of his death 
               which occurred in Mobile last week.  Mr. Bryan has been in ill 
               health for some time and was in Mobile for treatment.  His death 
               came as a great shock to his friends and relatives.  He is 
               survived by his wife.
Jan. 1, 1909 The Living Truth
Name:    G H Bryan Death Date:    23 Dec 1908  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    1  Certificate:    382  Roll:    1  
GEORGE KELLY BRYANT, a native and lifelong resident of Mt. Vernon, Ala. 
died at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday evening, June 27, 1933. He is survived by one 
brother, Knowles Bryant of Whistler, Ala.; two sisters, Mrs. Bertie SIMS 
of Mobile and Mrs. H. R. TURNER of Chunchula, Ala., and other relatives. 
His body was shipped Thursday morning by Roche mortuary to Mt. Vernon, Ala. 
where funeral services and interment will occur.
[Mobile Register June 29, 1933]
Name:    Geo Kelly Bryant Death Date:    Jun 1933  Death County:    Mobile  
Volume:    25  Certificate:    12114  Roll:    3  
DAN BRYANT KILLED IN MOUNT VERNON. Glenn Smith Held in Mobile on 
Charge of Murder
     Dan Bryant, of Mount Vernon, was shot and instantly killed at 
     2 o'clock yesterday afternoon during a street fight in that city, 
     and Glenn Smith, also of Mount Vernon, is being held in the county 
     jail in Mobile on a charge of murder. Smith went to Citronell and 
     surrendered to Deputy Sheriff A. B. Jeffries, admitting that he 
     did the shooting, but claiming self defense. In a statement to 
     Sheriff Holcombe last night, Smith said that there had been some 
     trouble between the men regarding ownership of hogs. Smith states 
     that while out getting in his stock yesterday afternoon, he met 
     Bryant who suggested that they fight out their trouble. Both men 
     carried shot guns, he said, and when the suggestion was made, he 
     declined, saying that he did not want any trouble. Bryant then 
     suggested, according to Smith, that they lay down their guns and 
     use their fists. Smith again declined, he states, but a scuffle 
     followed. During the scuffle the men switched guns and Bryant was 
     killed with his own gun, according to Smith.
[Mobile Register Oct. 10, 1921]
Name:    Dan Bryant Death Date:    09 Oct 1921  Death County:    Mobile  
Volume:    38  Roll:    2  Page #:    18513  
Rev. Phillip BURKETT
In the death of Rev. Philip BURKETT, the church and the community have 
lost one of their most valuable members.  He was born in Butler Co., 
Alabama, on May 2, 1841.  He joined the M.E. church South at the age of 
ten years and was licensed to exhort at the age of sixteen and to preach 
at the age of twenty years.  This reveals the devoutness of his parents 
and the wholesome religious atmosphere of the home of his childhood.  
At the beginning  of the Civil War he entered the Confederate Army, 
serving with a courage characteristic of  the man and worthy of the 
highest traditions of that heroic struggle.  On his return from the war, 
he was married to Miss Epsy MYRICK, on November 26, 1865.  To this union 
there were born seven children, but only two W.L. and Robert BURKETT with 
his aged and devoted wife are left to mourn their loss. 
Brother BURKETT moved with his wife to Louisiana in 1878 and settled 
in Bienville Parish.  He came to Ouachita Parish in 1896, and settled 
near Eros, where he died on March 7, 1919.  Brother BURKETT was ordained 
deacon in 1875.  This is proof enough that Brother BURKETT was always 
climbing higher with never a fall.  He was always to his church having 
served eighteen years as supply on different works.  [words missing???] 
In his death the  church and community and those who were closest to 
him and loved him feel that they have an inexpressable loss to which 
nothing but the blessed assurance that he was prepared to go confirmed 
by his own testimony can reconcile them.  His life and Christian character 
had been a benediction to all who had the good fortune to associate with him.  
His bright and general (sic) [genial?] disposition cheered all with whom he 
came in contact and radiated sunshine into many dark places along the road 
of life.  After his long pilgrim journey, we feel that he is at home at 
last in his Father's house.--W. B. Inabnet
[from the Butler County News of May 8, 1919]
Name:    Phillip Burkett Death Date:    07 Mar 1919  Age:    77 years  Parish:    Jackson  
Volume:    7  Certificate:    3308  
Title:    Louisiana State Deaths: Death Indexes, 1900-1929  
Thanks to Vergie Lee Seeley (g-gd of Phillip Burkett) for the information below.
Phillip Burkett was born in Butler County, Alabama on May 2, 1841.  
At the beginning of the Civil War he entered the Confederate Army.  
He married Epsey Myrick (Dec. 19, 1846-October 27, 1927) on Nov. 26, 
1865 after he returned from the war.  He and Epsey moved to Louisiana 
in 1878 and settled in Bienville Parish.  He moved to Ouachita Parish 
in 1896 and settled near Eros where he died on March 7, 1919.  Both 
Phillip and Epsey are buried in Franion Cemetery in Bienville Parish 
on Rte. 383.  
Phillip Burkett's Civil War record 
The records show that Pvt. Phillip Burkett, age 21, was a member of 
Company D, 33rd Alabama Infantry (Capt. McKee's company of Alabama 
volunteers).  He enlisted March 8, 1862 at Georgiana, Alabama for 
three years.  He appears on the roll of prisoners of war at Point 
Outlook, Maryland (register No. 2.l. page 78) He was captured at 
Pulaski, Tennessee December 25, 1864.  The records show that he was 
wounded at Paryvill, Ky., New Hope, Ky and Franklin, Tennessee.  He 
was first wounded in the butt, then the thigh and third in the foot.  
He was admitted to the U.S. Army  General Hospital in Nashville, 
Tennessee, March 30, 1864.  He was released from service on June 5, 
1865, on taking the Oath of Allegiance to the United States. 
Source: National Archives, Washington, D.C.
Phillip BURKETT died last Monday afternoon at about 2:00.  He had been 
ill six weeks and one day.  He was born in August of 1888 and united in 
marriage to Miss Daisy DEES on Dec. 9, 1908.  Six children were born to 
this union:  four girls, Mrs. Irene PYFROM, Misses Willie Ruth, Alma, 
and Orphelia BURKETT; two boys Buster and Aaron Burkett, all of Providence.
[from the BCN of May 18, 1933]
Name:    Phillip Burkett Death Date:    May 1933  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    18  Certificate:    08717  Roll:    3  
Levi Jeff BURKETT, 89, died at the home of his son, Mr. Lee BURKETT, 
Georgiana, Ala. Rt. 2.  Mr. BURKETT was a lifelong resident of this 
area; he helped lay the cross-ties for the first railroad track laid 
through Georgiana.  He is survived by another son, Mr. Bob BURKETT, 
Georgiana, Rt. 2;  five daughters, Mrs. Anna ROBERTSON, Montgomery; 
Mrs. Mollittie  ROGERS, Mobile; Mrs. Trudie MARTIN, East Brewton; 
Mrs. Lola MOSELEY, Georgiana, Rt. 3; and Mrs. Hattie HAMILTON, Tuscaloosa.  
Funeral services were held from the Union Church Saturday at 2 p.m. with 
Rev. Franklin S. MOSELEY officiating.  Burial was in the church cemetery 
with Johnsons' Funeral Home, Georgiana, in charge.  Grandsons were pallbearers.
[from the Butler Co. News, 3-13-1947]
Union Cemetery listing
Nancy Bradley BURKETT Feb 9 1859 Jan 4 1942 
Levi Jeff BURKETT Jan 8 1858 Mar 7 1947 
Mrs. Robert E. BURKETT, age 75, died Friday.  Funeral was held at Oak 
Grove Church Saturday by Reverend HEADLEY.  Burial was at Union Cemetery.  
Survivors:  husband, five daughters--Mrs. WT HIGDON, Mrs. JF GIBSON, 
Mrs. Tom B. BARNES, of Montgomery;  Mrs. AL LEE and Mrs. WM LEE of Lake 
Harbor, Fla.; five sons--Earnest and Fletcher BURKETT, Lake Harbor, Fla.; 
Oris BURKETT, Kissimmee, Fla.; Orrie and Joe BURKETT, Georgiana; 31 
grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren. 
[from the Butler County News July 1940]
from Union Cemetery listing
Robert Ernest BURKETT  JAN 2, 1868 OCT 10, 1962 
Louella Walker BURKETT  MAR 22, 1865 JUL 12, 1940 
Name:    Louella W Burkett Death Date:    12 Jul 1940  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    31  Certificate:    15285  Roll:    4  
     Miss Missouri BURKETT, age 95, died at home Route 3, Georgiana, 
     Tuesday morning following a long illness.
     Funeral services 2;30 p.m. Wednesday from the Providence Methodist 
     Church with the Rev. McCrory officiating. Interment in the church 
     cemetery, Johnson Funeral Home of Georgiana directing. Surviving 
     are several nieces and a number of other relatives.
[4-15-1965 Butler County News]
     Mrs. Mary E. (BURKETT) GAVIN was born in Butler County, Ala., near 
     Georgiana, June 6th, 1859, and died August 26th, 1924.
     She was a devoted wife, a kind and loving mother, a good neighbor, 
     a devout member of the Primitive Baptist church.  She died as she 
     had lived, true to her faith.
     She leaves to mourn her loss a husband, W. H. GAVIN, of route five, 
     seven children, Mrs. Will MCINVALE, of Brewton, Ala., Mrs. Will PITMAN, 
     of route five, Mr. Lewis GAVIN of route one, Messrs. Kolb, Herman, 
     and Hobbie, and Miss Leverett GAVIN, all of route five.  Also three 
     brothers, Messrs, J. L., W. T., and R. E. BURKETT of route six, and 
     five sisters, Mrs. Wm. LEDLOW of McKenzie, Mrs. W. G. WATSON of Brewton, 
     Mrs. T.H. BEESLEY of Georgiana, Mrs. J. W. CRENSHAW of route two, and 
     Mrs. L. P. DAVIS of route six.
     Funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. S. OWENS, her pastor.
     ---Writen by a friend who had known the family forty years.
     On the morning of Aug. 26, 1924, our Father in His infinite wisdom 
     called to her Heavenly reward Mrs. Polly BURKETT GAVIN.
     In her death earth has lost, but Heaven has gained.  Mrs. GAVIN 
     was a member of the Primitive Baptist church.
     She was born June 6, 1859, and was married Oct. 29, 1876, and to 
     this union was born 5 boys and 5 girls, the youngest being 26 years 
     old at her death.  She was a faithful and loving wife, a kind and 
     tender hearted mother, and will be greatly missed in the home and 
     Besides her husband and children, she leaves 3 brothers and 5 sisters 
     to mourn her departure.  We wish to say to the sorrowing ones, Weep 
     not as those who have no hope, but strive the harder to meet her in 
     that Heavenly home, where there will be no more parting but where all 
     will be bliss and happiness.--A friend.
Name:    Mary E. Burkett Gavin Death Date:    Aug 1924  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    34  Roll:    2  Page #:    16656  
     The noble spirit of Mrs. Lee BURKETT, of Avant, on May 24th took its 
     flight into that city of angels, "for she looked for a city which hath 
     a foundation, whose builder is God."  Florence loved her husband as is 
     commanded by the Lord in Eph. 5:24 and was one of God's noble characters.  
     She was loved by all who knew her from her childhood.  She obeyed her 
     parents in the Lord.
     When she realized that her time on earth was nearing an end, she called 
     her devoted husband and loved ones to her bedside and told them she was 
     not afraid to die, was going to heaven to live with her papa.  At those 
     words her little six year old girl said to her, "Mama, who will keep me?" 
     The mother replied, "Your grandmother will keep you, darling."  She asked 
     them all to so live as to meet her in heaven.  Bidding them all good-bye 
     with a sweet, natural smile, she peacefully passed to a better world to 
     live in the eternal city.
     Let us all learn a lesson from this life.  Whatsoever good our hands find 
     to do, let's do that work cheerfully and with alacrity, trusting that He 
     who promised the annual return of seed time and harvest will bless us with 
     the things needful in this life.  Oh! that we all might be like Him when 
     this life is drawing to a close; to have that confidence in the love of a 
     crucified Savior, and say, "I want that sweet rest.  I believe there is a 
     home prepared for me, where the suffering will be over."
     She left a bright little son twelve days old, who just ten days 
     later followed its sweet mother to their united heavenly home.
     She leaves to mourn her loss a heartbroken family, mother, five 
     brothers, and two sisters to mourn her absence.  Mourn not, dear 
     ones, as you are parted but for a short while.  On the other shore 
     you will be happily reunited.
     She was thirty years of age and became a follower of Jesus at an 
     early age.  The remains were laid to rest at Union, Rev. A. L. SHELL 
     and D. L. WATSON officiating, there to await the resurrection morn, 
     when we all hope to be raised and fashioned like Christ's holy body, 
     and be as He is, and sing God's praise in the realms of the blest forever.  
     Oh, glorious thought, precious promise, that makes this last scene of 
     a christian's life happy and triumphant.  
It is sad that one we cherish
     Should be taken from our home,
But the joys that do not perish 
     Live in memory alone.
All the years we've spent together
     All the happy golden hours
Shall be cherished in remembrance
     Fragrant sweets from memory flowers.
[from the Butler County News, 6-12-1919]
Name:    Florence Burkett Death Date:    25 May 1919  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    2  Roll:    1  Page #:    512  
Funeral for Mr. Herbert BURKETT, 61, was held Wednesday afternoon at 
2 o'clock, at Providence Church, with the Rev. J. B. BYRD, of Georgiana, 
officiating.  Burial was in Providence cemetery, with Brunson Funeral 
Home in charge.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mary BURKETT; two daughters, Mrs. Fred BEVERLY 
and Mrs. Rufus WARD, and three sons, George, Pete, and Jack BURKETT, all 
of Georgiana, Route 1.
[from the Butler County News, 12-8-1938]
Related news from the Providence community column of the 12-15-1938 
Butler County News:
Mr. and Mrs. J. A. BURKETT, Miss Alethea BURKETT and Mr. and Mrs. 
Bennie JORDAN, all of Brewton, and Mrs. Ludie BURKETT and Messrs. 
Ferrell and Bryan BURKETT and Mr. and Mrs. Guy BURKETT, all of 
Columbus, Ga., were called here to attend the funeral of Mr. Herbert 
BURKETT, who died suddenly on the morning of December 6.
Name:    Herbert M Burkett Death Date:    Dec 1938  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    54  Certificate:    26567  Roll:    3  
     Mr. Lewis BURKETT was instantly killed Monday afternoon by a 
     falling tree, while in the employ of the W. T. Smith Lumber Co., 
     at the Dunham Camp.  the accident occured at 2:05.  He was nineteen 
     years of age and a worthy young man.
Name:    James Louis Burkett Death Date:    08 Mar 1920  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    2  Roll:    2  Page #:    578  
On Monday, Feb. 6, 1928 at 3:40 p. m., God sent the Death Angel to 
the home of Mr. J. M. Burkett and claimed the spirit of his sainted 
wife, who was 83 years of age.
She had lived to a ripe old age and grew in grace as she grew in years. 
She was loved and cared for tenderly in her last days.
She lived well and died a triumphant peaceful death and has gone on to 
be with our Lord.
A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor 
rather than gold and silver.
Deceased was a member of the Methodist church. She leaves to mourn 
her loss her husband, two daughters, and two brothers, also a nephew 
she raised.
Her body was laid to rest beside her mother in Providence Cemetery, 
Rev. J. A. Crew officiating.
Name:    Louise Burkett Death Date:    Feb 1928  Death County:    Butler  Comment:    J.M.  
Volume:    6  Roll:    2  Page #:    2739  
Mr. Levy Burkett, an old and respected citizen of Avant, answered 
his last roll call last Thursday. His death was due to Bright's 
disease. He was 86 years old and a veteran of the Civil War. He 
leaves ten children and a number of other relatives. 
[from the Butler County News, Thurs. Jan. 4, 1917]
Name:    Levy Burkette Death Date:    28 Dec 1916  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    3  Certificate:    107  Roll:    1  
Mrs. Elizabeth Burkett
The wife of Levi Burkett died in her 77th year at her home near 
Avant, Ala. March 25. She leaves a husband and eleven children, 
three sons and eight daughters, eighty grandchildren, and sixteen 
great-grandchildren to mourn her death. The family have the sympathy 
of the entire community.
[article dated April 10, 1907]
Abner Press Burkett [Abdel Preston Burkett]
The death angel came for Mr. Abner Press Burkett, January 31st, 1940. 
He passed away at 2 o'clock a.m.
Mr. Burkett was born in Butler County, Dec. 7, 1855. He was a lifelong 
resident of the Providence community. He was a good neighbor and a true 
Christian. He was loved by all that knew him.
Mr. Burkett was in bad health for several months, but was able to be up 
until a few days before his death.
His wife died in the year of 1925.
Mr. Burkett leaves to mourn his death two sons, Twig and Roy Burkett, 
both of Georgiana, Route Three; four sisters, Mrs. Emmaline Sims, of 
Providence; Mrs. Sally Black, of Providence; Mrs. Ira Davis, of Providence, 
and Mrs. Ronna Scott, of Florida; and a host of grandchildren and other relatives.
He was buried in Providence Cemetery. Pallbearers were Aaron Braden, 
Earl Myrick, Dayton and Herston Myrick, Oscar Burkett, and Badger 
McCarthey. Dunklin in charge.
[from the Butler Co. News, Feb. 1940]
(intended for last week)
Mr. Press Burkett, of Rocky Creek, passed into eternity on Jan. 31st 
at 2:00 a.m. after two weeks confinement to his bed. He had been in 
declining health for several years. Last fall he had a stroke, but 
got to where he could stir around. He was 85 years of age and was a 
member of the Methodist Church since his youth. Burial was here on the 
same afternoon at 3:00 o'clock. The Rev. Bennie Owens held funeral 
services. Dunklin in charge of funeral arrangements. His grandsons 
acted as pallbearers. He is survived by two sons and some grandchildren 
and four sisters and numerous other relatives. He died at the home of 
his youngest son, Roy.
[from the Butler Co. News, Feb. 1940]
Mr. James P. Burkett of Morrow School died Dec. 28 at 2:25 and was 
buried the following day. He had been in declining health for several 
years. He had been an invalid for the past year and a half. Rev. Ivey 
held the funeral services. He was a member of the Baptist church at 
Mt. Pisgah for several years. He leaves seven sons and four daughters 
and his last wife. His first wife [Susan A./Susannah LEE] preceded him 
to his grave some twenty years ago. He was laid beside her. A son and 
daughter preceded him to the grave some years ago.
[from Providence Notes in the Butler County News, Jan. 3, 1929]
Name:    J. P. Burkett Death Date:    Dec 1928  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    57  Roll:    2  Page #:    28307  
Beloved Citizen of Georgiana Ill Only Few Hours; Shock Is Great
     One of the greatest shocks this section has received in a number 
     of years came Wednesday afternoon, when Rev. J.B. Byrd, beloved 
     Baptist minister, passed suddenly about 3:00 o'clock, following 
     an illness of only a few hours.
     Numbering his friends by his acquaintances, and they were thousands, 
     the Rev. Mr. Byrd was one of the best-known men in this section. 
     Licensed to preach and ordained to the ministry at the turn of the 
     century, he had spent some forty years in carrying the gospel of 
     Christ into the country districts. He was indeed active in the 
     affairs of his denomination and during his 18 years of residence 
     at Georgiana, he had taken the forefront in civic and religious 
     Born near Ozark, Dale County, Alabama on August 29, 1876, the son 
     of Alexander Calon and Martha Andrews Byrd, the Rev. Mr. Byrd was 
     a descendant of the pioneer citizens of Southeast Alabama. At the 
     age of 64 he still was one of the most active men of the town, and 
     age had left but few marks, for he possessed the vitality of a man 
     much younger.
     In September, 1900, he was married to Miss Sewanee Elizabeth Marley, 
     of Barbour County, who survives him. Other survivors include two 
     daughters, Mrs. J. A. Murphy, Garland, Ala., and Mrs. Millard Rogers, 
     Fort Deposit, Ala.; three sons, Jesse, Arlin, and Oscar Byrd, all of 
     Greenville, Ala.; two sisters, Miss Vicky Byrd, of Enterprise, Ala., 
     and Mrs. W. A. Godwin, Dadeville, Ala. two brothers, R. P. Byrd, 
     Greenville, Fla., and C. T. Byrd, Enterprise, Ala.; six grandchildren; 
     two great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends.
     Funeral services were held at the Georgiana Baptist Church this 
     (Thursday) afternoon, at 2:00, with the Rev. Montague Cook, pastor 
     of the Southside Baptist Church, Montgomery, officiating, assisted 
     by the Rev. Jennings Baggett, the Rev. D. W. Eiland, and the Rev. J. W. 
     Joyner, of Georgiana. Interment was in the family lot at Oakwood Cemetery, 
     with Johnson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
     Truly can it be said that "the Preacher," as he was 
     affectionately known, wrote a lasting epitaph by the 
     life he lived. Mere words cannot express the full extent 
     in which he gave of his friendship and aid to all, from 
     the lowly and down-trodden to the highest in society. 
     Their sorrows were his sorrows, and their joys brought 
     him happiness as well. Society, as a whole, has lost a 
     true friend; his family has lost a loving and devoted 
     husband and father, and the town will deeply mourn the 
     passing of one of its best citizens.
[Butler County News, Thursday, October 10, 1940]
Name:    James B Byrd Death Date:    09 Oct 1940  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    45  Certificate:    22311  Roll:    4  
Reverend Arlin Alexander BYRD died Monday, Decemeber 15 following 
a brief illness. The eighth child of James Benjamin Byrd and Swanee 
Elizabeth Marley Byrd, he was born in Talladega Springs, AL, on 
July 11, 1914. He came to Butler County with his family in 1921 
and grew up in the Georgiana Community. Graduating from Georgiana 
High School in 1932 as Salutatorian of his class, he began his 
illustrious newspaper career in 1927 at the age of 13, single 
wrapping the Butler County News, learning the rudiments of the 
printers trade as a printer’s devil and later teaching himself 
to set linotype. He continued his vocation as a newspaperman 
until he moved to Greenville in 1940 and went to work with the 
Greenville Advocate as a Printer/Sports Editor and later served 
as President of the Alabama Sportswriters Association. During 
1947 he was co-owner and Associate Editor of the Covington News 
returning to Greenville and the Greenville Advocate in January 
of 1946 where he worked until his retirement in 1979 at the age 
of 65. In addition, he served the community through various civic 
clubs and organizations. The son and grandson of Baptist Ministers, 
he too felt the call to preach the gospel and filled pulpits 
throughout the Butler County Baptist Association. Ordained by the 
First Baptist Church of Greenville. He served as Pastor of the 
Liberty Baptist Church from 1963 to 1975. As a member of the First 
Baptist Church, he served the church faithfully as a Deacon, Sunday 
School Teacher and through various church committees. He is survived 
by his wife of 67 years, Kathleen Alyce Salter Byrd; one son, Richard 
Arlin Byrd of Flowery Branch, Georgia; a daughter, Kathleen Alice Byrd 
Peterson of San Jose, California; grandsons, Richard Lawrence Byrd and 
William George Byrd of Sugar Hill, Georgia and David RaShawn Peterson 
of Everett, Washington; granddaughter, Jennifer Lynn Byrd Lee of Rome, 
Georgia; five greatgrandchildren and one great-great grandchild; six 
nieces and four nephews. Funeral services will be Friday, December 19, 
2003 at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Greenville with Rev. Tim 
Patton, Rev. Don Yancey and Rev. Herbert Brown officiating. Burial to 
follow in Magnolia Cemetery. Dunklin-Herndon Funeral Home of Greenville 
Directing. Visitation will be Thursday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 
8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. The family will receive flowers or donations 
may be made to the First Baptist Church of Greenville Building Fund. 
Dunklin-Herndon Greenville Directing 
[from the Montgomery Advertiser, Dec. 17, 2003]
Death of Old Citizen
One of the oldest and most respected citizens of Conecuh County 
passed away last Saturday morning at his home near Owassa. William 
Burgamy lived to be 96 years old and enjoyed good health up to 
within a few days of his death. He was an old Confederate soldier 
and highly esteemed as a citizen; was never married and lived with 
his brother who died several years ago. Mr. Burgamy was noted for 
his life and great kindliness of heart, and his death will be 
generally regretted. [from the Butler County News of 9-7-1916]
Name:    William Buryamy Death Date:    26 Aug 1916  Death County:    Conecuh  
Volume:    7  Certificate:    158  Roll:    1  
     James Madison CARPENTER, age 91, died at his home in Garland 
     Saturday morning.
     Survivors include two sons, James A. CARPENTER, Mobile; Joseph 
     A. CARPENTER, Miami; two daughters, Mrs. John SKINNER, 
     Mrs. Clarence HORN, both of Garland; one brother, John CARPENTER, 
     Silver Lake, Fla.; 24 grandchildren and 25 great- grandchildren.
     Funeral services were held from Garland Baptist Church at 3:30 p.m. 
     Sunday with Rev. N. E. SELLERS officiating.  Burial was in the South 
     Butler Cemetery with Johnson's Funeral Home of Georgiana in charge.
Name:    James M Carpenter Death Date:    04 Aug 1956  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    36  Certificate:    17635  Roll:    5  
Mrs.  Charity CARPENTER of McKenzie, died at a local infirmary, Sunday 
morning, July 1st, age 74.  She is survived by her husband Mr. Jilles 
CARPENTER and several children as follows:  Mr. John CARPENTER, Mr. Elias 
CARPENTER of Georgiana, Mr. Willie CARPENTER of Laurel, Miss., Mr. Jim 
CARPENTER of McKenzie, Mrs. Joe MCKENZIE, Mrs. Scott CABINESS, Mrs. G. B. 
LEE of McKenzie.  Mrs. CARPENTER was by nature, bright and sunny, and had 
many warm friends who regret her death very deeply.  She was a member of 
the Primitive Baptist church, and found many ways to serve her Master.  
Her sweet face will be missed at Elizabeth church and at other places.  
Many hearts go out in sympathy to the bereaved husband and other relatives 
in this sorrow.
[from the Butler County News]
Name:    Charity Carpenter Death Date:    Jul 1923  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    23  Roll:    2  Page #:    11492  
Abstract--Bailey D. CARPENTER, 84, died near McKenzie on Oct. 19, 1919, 
after four years of bad health. He was born Nov. 25, 1834.
South Butler Cemetery
Bailey Carpenter
- no dates
Elizabeth Carpenter
wife of Bailey Carpenter
b. August 31, 1838 - d. January 16, 1924
     On Saturday night, Feb. 28th, 1931, at ten o'clock the death angel 
     visited the home of Mrs. Dana [probably Lena] GOODWIN of Montgomery 
     and took from them the oldest son of Mr. John COBB.  He was stricken 
     with that dreadful disease, pneumonia.  He was sick only a few days.  
     All was done that loving hands could do, but God saw fit to carry him 
     home where there will never be no parting.  All loved him who knew him.  
     He was a sweet child in the full bloom of early boyhood, having but 
     recently reached the age of 12 years, but the sudden call did not find 
     him unprepared to meet his Maker.
     He leaves to mourn his loss, a father, two sisters, and three brothers, 
     his mother having preceded him to the grave just three months and 23 days.  
     He was laid to rest in the beautiful Mt. Olive West on Monday morning at 
     11:30 o'clock among a host of sorrowing friends, relatives, and loved ones.
     Oh how sad it was to give up Nerone.  Oh, how lonely and sad the days 
     when the loved one passes away.  Grieve not dear father, sisters and 
     brothers, for Nerone has gone to heaven to receive his reward.  We can't 
     understand why God has taken you Nerone, but God doeth all things well.  
     Oh how sweet to breathe your name as in life we loved you dearly, and in 
     death we do the same.  How well we can remember those happy days spent and 
     gone.  Sleep on dear son and brother and take thy rest; we loved you but God 
     loved you best.  We hope to meet you in heaven some day.  Our warmest 
     sympathies to his dear ones we give and wish for them the guiding hand of 
     the heavenly father.  We hope for them all a happy reunion in the sweet bye 
     and bye.--By his two cousins.
[from the Butler Co. News 3-5-1931]
Name:    Meron Cobb Death Date:    Feb 1931  Death County:    Montgomery  
Volume:    9  Roll:    2  Page #:    4294  
Mr. W. R. COLE of Oaky Streak died May 15, 1933, at 76 years of age. 
He leaves to mourn his death three children, Mrs. Tom BLACK of Georgiana, 
Rt. 3; Mrs. H. D. LITTLE and Mrs. Will SIMS of Pigeon Creek. 
Name:    William R Cole Death Date:    May 1933  Death County:    Butler  
Volume:    22  Certificate:    10693  Roll:    3  
Obituary of James Craig 1860
     Died--At his residence near Greenville, Butler County, Alabama 
     on the 14th of April, Mr. JAMES CRAIG, in the 81st year of his age.
     Mr. Craig was born in Abbeville District, South Carolina, 
     March 5th, 1780. In 1817 he settled in Autauga County, Alabama. 
     In 1819 he removed to his late residence, where he spent the 
     remainder of his life.
     For twenty-six years he had been a consistent member and for 
     twenty-four years an acceptable ruling elder of the Presbyterian 
     Church in Greenville. He was a man of strong mind, high integrity, 
     great energy of character, and real piety. He loved his Bible, 
     delighted in the house of God, and died a Christian's death. 
     Butler County has lost a worthy citizen, and the Church a valued member. 
---W.M. Swift [from the April 23, 1860 South Alabamian]
     Minnie Lee, 17 months old daughter of Rev. and Mrs. C. T. CULPEPPER 
     died Friday night.  Rec. L.L. GWALTNEY of Greenville conducted the 
     funeral services Saturday at two o'clock.  Burial was at Oakwood 
     cemetery.  The heart broken parents have the sympathy of all in 
     their great loss.
Caroline DICKENS died on July 30 1935; survived by her husband Sam DICKENS, 
and seven children:  Mrs. Lidzie SCRUGGS of Georgiana, Route 1; Mrs. Katie 
SCRUGGS of Greenville; Mrs. Annie GARNER and Mrs. Ethel GARNER of Rt. 1, 
Evergreen; Mrs. Tessie STOKES of Millville, Fla.; and Mr. Leamon DICKENS 
of Russellville, Ala.
from the Butler Co. News of August 29, 1935
Mrs. Mary Carolyn DICKENS, 65, died at the residence, 1522 Lower 
Wetumpka Road, Montgomery, at 7:55 p.m. Tuesday, August 6th, after 
a brief illness.  Surviving are six daughters, Mrs. Lizzie SCRUBBS 
[SCRUGGS], Georgiana, Mrs. Annie GARNER and Mrs. Ethel GARNER, both 
of Evergreen, Mrs. Katie SCRUBBS [SCRUGGS], Greenville, Mrs. Tessie 
STOKES of Florida, and Mrs. Verdie WALKER, of Montgomery; one son 
L. H. DICKENS, Russellville, Ala.  The funeral was held from the 
residence Thursday at 10 a.m., with the Rev. L.D. Barfield officiating.  
Burial was in Memorial Gardens, Diffly's Funeral Home in charge.
Name:    Mary C. Dickens Death Date:    Jul 1935  Death County:    Montgomery  
Volume:    35  Roll:    3  Page #:    16174  
Lemon DICKEN, age 39, died at Fairhope hospital Friday morning after 
a short illness.  He was a native of Butler County and born and raised 
in Starlington Community.  He had made his home in Oregon for several 
years, and after returning to Alabama in December, he resided in Mobile.
Funeral services were held Saturday at 2:00 o'clock p.m. at the home 
of his sister, Mrs. Hardy SCRUGGS, of Greenville.  Interment in the 
Greenville Cemetery.  Pallbearers were:  Hardy SCRUGGS, Charlie GARNER, 
J. C. GARNER, Curtis SCRUGGS, Odell DICKEN, Willie C. SCRUGGS.   
Surviving are his wife and three children, Katie Jean, Jasper, and 
Dorothy; and six sisters, Mrs. Hardy SCRUGGS, of Greenville; 
Mrs. W.J. SCRUGGS, of Georgiana, Rt. 1; Mrs. J.C. GARNER, of Mobile; 
Mrs. Charlie GARNER, of Plateau; Mrs. Johnnie STOKES, of Panama City, Fla.;  
Verdie DICKENS of Montgomery. 
[from the Butler County News, March 16, 1944]
Name:    Lehman H Dickens Death Date:    10 Mar 1944  Death County:    Baldwin  
Volume:    9  Certificate:    4386  Roll:    4  
     The death of Mr. William DICKENS occured 10 miles north of 
     Greenville Saturday afternoon, April 22nd.  He was buried at 
     the Daniel graveyard in the northern part of the County, the 
     funeral services being conducted by Rev. W.H. CHEATTHAM. 
      Mr. DICKENS was 80 years and six months old.  He leaves a 
      wife, seven children and a large number of grand-children.  
      He was a member of the Baptist church for 50 years, died from old age.
[5-3-1905 Greenville Advocate]