Giles County Obituaries
Page Two

Pulaski Citizen, August 8, 1945 (Front Page)
Lightning Strikes Elmer Watson, 30

Young Milk Truck Driver Killed on Blue Creek   
August 2nd ---

   Elmer Watson, 30, driver on a milk route in the county was instantly
killed during a thunder storm on Thursday evening about 8 o'clock when a
bolt of lightning struck him as he was handling a milk can on the route
about ten miles north of Pulaski.
   Accompanied by an assistant Elbert West, Watson had stopped the truck
and had alighted near the barn of the farm owned by the former Miss Sue
Rogers, on Blue Creek while he waited for the negro farmer to complete
the milking of a cow.
   It was reported that Watson had his hand on a wire fence, when the
bolt hit, striking him with such force that he fell in the road.
   Although the occupants of the barn were also knocked to the floor,
none was hurt, and Watson was aided and carried into the barn by West,
but death was immediate.
   Besides operating the milk truck, Watson was the proprietor of the
South End filling station.  His wife is an employe of General Shoe
   A native of the county, he was a member of the Pulaski Church of
Christ, where funeral services were held on Saturday afternoon.
conducted by Eld. John Graham.  Burial was in Maplewood Cemetery.
   Besides his wife, he is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. O.
Watson of Pulaski, five sisters, Mrs. Joe Hill [Mary], Mrs. Lee
Barshears [Willa Mae], Mrs. William Willis [Lucille], Mrs. Oscar
Campbell [Nina], and Mrs. Garfield Hobbs [Mildred], all of Pulaski,
three brothers, Tom Watson, William Watson, both of Pulaski, and Roy
Watson, U. S. Army.

Researcher's Note: Sisters' names shown in [ ]. Elmer Watson was my uncle.

Submitted by: Doris Estes


Citizen Press
March 21, 2002

Mrs. Willa Mae Brashears, 88, of Goodspring, died Wednesday, March 20, 2002, at NHC of Pulaski.
Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 22, at Bennett May Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery. Visitation will be tonight (Thursday) from 4 to 8 p.m. at Bennett May Funeral Home.

A native of Giles County, Mrs. Brashears was the daughter of the late Oscar and Cora Yant Watson and was married to the late Henry Lee Brashears. She was a housewife.

Survivors include one sister, Edna Lucille Willis of Pulaski; and several nieces and nephews.

Submitted By: Doris Estes


The Pulaski Citizen
Thur. Nov. 8, 1917

Mrs. Lucy Ann Hedricks, 74 years of age, died at Prospect
Saturday and the remains were interned in the Elliott Graveyard
Sunday. Mrs. Hedricks had been a sufferer for some time with
tuberculosis, and while her death was not unexpected, it was a severe
shock to her relatives and many friends. Limestone Democrat.

Copied from microfilm of "The Pulaski Citizen" at the city library in
Pulaski, Tennessee, Dec. 30, 1985.

Submitted by: John V. Burns

See Lucy's Tombstone.


The Pulaski Citizen
November, 1873

Eunice Chandler Gilbert

    Died at her residence near Bethel in this county, on Wednesday the
5th inst., Mrs. Eunice Gilbert, consort of the late Carey Gilbert, Sr.
and mother of a numerous family, among whom J. Cal. Gilbert and Pet
Gilbert.  Deceased was born in Newberry South Carolina, Nov. 1, 1796
and moved to Tennessee in 1828.  Thus one by one are the old landmarks

Researcher's Note:
Daughter of Israel and Lydia Gilbert Chandler, b. Nov 1, 1796,
d. Nov. 5, 1873, buried in the Old Gilbert Cemetery.

Submitted by: Jane Gilbert


Farmerville Times
Farmerville, TX
April 15, 1928
Mrs. Mittie Harwell, aged 82, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs.
J. W. Spain, last Sunday, April 15.  Funeral services were conducted
at the Spain home Monday afternoon by Rev. C. W. Dennis of Rayse City
and Rev. T. G. Craft of Dallas.  Interment in Rock Quary cemetery.
Mrs. Harwell was born January 30, 1846 at Paluski(sic), Tenn.  She was
the daughter of the late Laban and Nancy Westmoreland.  She was
married to J. M. Harwell in October, 1863, and to this union were born
three children, Mrs. A. G. Smith of Ballinger, R. H. Harwell and Mrs.
J. W. Spain of Farmersville, all of whom survive.  Mrs. Harwell was
the last of a family of eleven children.  Besides three children she
is survived by thirteen grand children and eight great-grandchildren.
This splendid Christian lady had been a resident of this community for
almost fifty years and her passing brings sadness to her many good
friends.  She had been a consistent and faithful member of the
Methodist church for forty-five years.
[Researcher's Note: The above obit for Octavia Gary "Mittie"
Westmoreland was provided by cousin Bonnie (Harvell) Phennel of Collin
County, Texas. {Previously had a marriage date of Jan 20, 1864 from
Michael Flanagan. This obit has a different date - October of

Submitted by: Roger Harvell


Giles County Press
Pulaski, Tennessee
June 5, 1936
"We regret to report the death of Mildred Watkins who departed 
this life June 3.  We feel that she was one of those flowers that the 
Reaper of Death has taken from the Garden of Love.  Mildred had such a 
kind and loving disposition that everybody admired her.  She had a 
winning personality and always greeted you with a smile and a kind word.  
She took great interest in her church and school work winning many 
prizes and honors.  In a county school contest she won first place in 
arithmetic, first in spelling, and second in a speach contest, her 
subject being on "Sam Davis," by Mrs. W. B. Romine.  This community, 
chool and church, as well as family, have lost a great jewel which 
will be greatly missed.  She seemed to love everybody and everybody 
venerated her."  Robt. Townsend

[Researcher's Note: Mildred died in Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, 
TN at age 17.  Cause of death was said to have been rhuematic fever, but 
was never proven.  Her home was in Giles County, she is buried at Mt. Zion 
Cemetery, Lawrence County, TN.]
Link to photo of Mildred Watkins

Submitted by: Mike Watkins


The Citizen
Pulaski, TN
January 18, 1912 THOMAS HAYWOOD MAY The many friends here of Thomas Haywood May were shocked Monday morning to learn of his sudden death which took place about half past 9 o'clock at his home on South Third Street. Mr. May had arisen as usual, and after eating breakfast complained of a pain in his left side and decided to lie down on his bed awhile. One of his daughters prepared a mustard plaster which he applied. The young lady had occasion to leave the room a short while afterward and on her return found that her father had quietly passed into the peaceful sleep of death. Mr. May had been a great sufferer with rheumatism for the past year or more and it is presumed that the disease affected his heart. He assisted at Murray & Bennett's jewelry store during the Christmas trade and seemed to be better than for some time past. Funeral serices were conducted at the residence Tuesday morning by Rev. M.S. Kennedy assisted by Rev. G.A. Morgan and the burial was at Maplewood beside the grave of his wife who predeceased him a number of years ago and that of the young son who died more recently. Mr. May was a son of the late J. Pink May and his mother and four brothers and three sisters survive. The former are Gil T. May, R. Boone May, Al May, of Nashville, and Marvin May of Louisville. The latter are Mesdames A. Sam Abernathy and Ed. F. McKissack of Pulaski, and Mrs. W.W. Bush of Nashville. He was also a half brother of Dr. J.P. May of Aspen Hill, Chas. W. May of Pulaski, and Mrs. Alonzo Westmoreland of California. He was aged 52 years. For many years in his young manhood Mr. May was associated with his father in the leading book and jewelry store here and of later years he was engaged in various vacations (sic), being in the furniture business here and at Decatur, more recently being connected with the Nashville Bottling Works. He traveled two or three years for the Sward Medicine Co. Mr. May was a man of genial disposition and affable manner and was always very popular. He was eight times elected Mayor of Pulaski, the last time being in 1901. That he retained his popularity was shown in the recent race for Mayor which he lost by only five votes. Thomas H. May was a warm-hearted, whole-souled man, who has many good deeds and acts of kindness to his credit, and although he must have suffered much in the past year or two, he strove to keep up his jovial disposition and not worry others with his troubles. The bereaved families and aged mother have the sympathy of the community in their sorrow and especially is this true of the six bright dutiful orphaned daughters, including Mrs. John H. Black. Peace to the dust of Thomas H. May.

Submitted By: Patricia May Touw


Issue of Thursday, September 28, 1876

Little James McClure Marbut, age 18 months, died of croup on the 11th inst., 
in south west Missouri; the maiden name of the Bereaved young mother was 
Virginia Adelaide Hughes, the youngest and twentieth child of the late Samuel 
McClure Hughes of this county.


Issue of Thursday, January 27, 1881


Mrs. Prince died on Thursday, the 20th inst., of chronic rheumatism, 
aged 67 years. She was an excellent woman and died in the hope of a 
blissful immortality. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. H. L. 
Booth and her remains were interred in the graveyard at Mr. G. W. White’s. 
(This must be Anna Prince, 29 Feb. 1808 - 20 Jan. 1881)


Issue of Thursday, February 26, 1885

Mr. Keedy {Kiddy} died on the 16th of old age. He was near his ninety first 

(This must be Louis Kiddy, 14 April 1794 - 4 Feb 1885; age 90 yrs., 9 mos, 
20 days; buried in Puncheon Cemetery.)


Issue of Thursday, September 24, 1885; Deaths in the Minor Hill?Marbut area:

On Monday night, Sept. 7th , Mrs. L. Longshore was called from time to eternity.

Mrs. Martha, wife of Eldridge Longshore, died the 7th inst.

Mrs. W. R. Jones died Saturday night, the 19th , with consumption.

Died, Sept. 15th , 1885, little Mamie, daughter of J. Mat. and Mattie Marbut, 
aged 3 years, 4 months and 11 days.


Issue of Thursday, April 8, 1886; News from Marbuts

Dies, Etta, the little six years old daughter of W. P. Haney.


Issue of Thursday, March 10, 1887

Mrs. Elizabeth, wife of John A. Marbut, died at her home at Marbut’s on 
the 4th of March, after a lingering illness. She has a large circle of 
children, grandchildren and relatives who sorrow for her. She was long 
a devoted Methodist, being a member of the church for 35 years, and 
beloved by all. Services were conducted at the grave by Rev. Ernest Brown. 
The funeral sermon will be announced. (Elizabeth was the daughter of John 
and Kissiarh Wright Sanders and was buried in Gilbert Cemetery, Giles 
County, TN.)


Issue of Thursday, March 15, 1888

Died at his home in the 8th district, February 24, 1888, William H. Beard, 
of paralysis, after an illness of 24 months, aged 59 years. He was a member 
of the Christian Church, a good neighbor and a honorable man.

A three-year-old child of Mr. Asa Foster died near Marbut’s on the 10th.


The Citizen
Pulaski, TN
September 23, 1909

Old Family Servant Gone

Peter Mason, col., aged 70, departed this life the 17th inst. And was buried the day following in the Prospect Cemetery near unto his life long friend and former master, J. G. Mason. In the death of this old darkey, it is due his memory to pay him a tribute of respect. He was always a white folk’s darkey, and seemed to ardently love Dr. Mason and family. For many, many years he was the sexton of the Methodist Church and was always faithful in the discharge of duty. When the American Negro was declared a free man he preferred to cast his lot with Dr. Mason and thus live on as a house servant for the family.

His loyalty to them was only excelled by theirs to him. Even after he had served his day of usefulness owing to decrepitude, they provided and cared for him as of old.

A decent burial hardly expresses the manner of his burial. It was indeed more than this, and a beautiful monument suitable to the taste of J. G. Mason, Jr., has been laid aside for some time for Old Uncle Peter's grave.

The manner of his burial and sad expression written upon the face of Mrs. Mason and her children bespeak the fact that after all the Southern People are the negroes best friends. E.T.H.

Submitted by: Jean Cosby

See Peter Mason's Stone.


Columbia Daily Herald
Columbia, Maury County, Tennessee
October 17, 2001

Mrs. Margie Elizabeth Griffis Savage

October 16, 2001

   Funeral Services for Mrs. Margie Elizabeth Griffis Savage, age 75 of Columbia, were conducted Thursday, October 18, at 1:00 p.m. from the chapel of Bills-McGaugh Funeral Home, by Bro. J. D. Brooks. Burial folled in Diana Cemetery.

   Mrs. Savage died Tuesday morning, October 16, at Maury Regional Hospital in Columbia.

   She was a native of Giles County, daughter of the late Judson and Laura Mae Wamble Griffis, a homemaker, and a member of the New Macedonia Free Will Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Wesley Savage.

   She is survived by her children, four daughters, Katie Lee Fowler and Bettie Mae Wales, both of Columbia; Connie Marie Morris of Elkton and Lavonda Faye Price of Baker, Louisiana; four sons, James Allen Savage of Columbia, Joe Wayne Savage of Ardmore, Alabama, Roger Dale Savage of Summertown, and Johnny Wade Savage of Mt. Pleasant; one sister Katherine Jet of Lewisburg; one brother, Charlie Will Griffis of Columbia; twenty-four grandchildren, forty-four great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

   Grandsons served as pallbearers.

   Bills-McGaugh Funeral Home and the United States Forest Service have provided for the planting of a tree in memory of Mrs. Savage.

Lewisburg, Marshall Co., Tennessee Paper


SAVAGE, Margie E. -- Age 75. October 16, 2001. Funeral services 1 p.m. Thursday, October 18, 2001. BILLS-McCAUGH FUNERAL HOME. (931)359-2521.

Submitted by: Deborah Claxton.


Lewisburg, TN Paper

Mrs. Laura Mae Griffis Vaughn

   LEWISBURG -- Mrs. Laura Mae Griffis Vaughn, 513 Hill St. Lewisburg, 77, died Sunday night at Lewisburg Community Hospital following an extended illness.

   Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Cornersville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Charles Williamson officiating. Burial will be in the Diana Cemetery in Giles County.

   A Giles County native, she was a member of the Church of Christ and a housewife.

   She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Katherine Jett, Lewisburg, Mrs. John Savage, Columbia, and a step-daughter, Mrs. John H. Pierce, Pulaski; three sons, James, Cornersville, Charley and Edward of Lewisburg; 24 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Submitted by: Deborah Claxton.


The Pulaski Citizen
Wednesday, May 12, 1966

Jody J. Johnson

   Funeral services for Jody J. Johnson, 76, retired farmer of Prospect, were held at 2.30 o'clock Sunday afternoon in Prospect Methodist Church with the Rev. J. C. Elkins officiating. Burial took place at Prospect Cemetery. He died on Wednesday, May 4, in Giles County Hospital, following a long period of failing health. He was born May 30, 1889 and was a member of the Methodist Church. Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife, Mrs. Annie Mae Stanford Johnson, seven sons, Jack Johnson, Kissimmee, Fla. Carl Johnson, Orlando, Fla. Robert L Johnson and Frank Johnson, both of Detroit, Mich. J. W. Johnson and Bill Johnson, Prospect and Paul Johnson, U.S. Army stationed in Kaiser, Korea: six daughters, Mrs Elizabeth Misnik and Miss. Dorothy Johnson, both of Detroit, Mich. Mrs. Ruth Alday and Mrs. Georgia Hensley both of Huntsville, Ala. Mrs. Katherine Lovett, Columbia, and Mrs. Eunice Gregory, Nashville and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.    Wilson T. Carter and Company in charge of arrangements.

Submitted by: Linnie Morgan.


The Pulaski Citizen
Tuesday, February 3, 1987

Annie Mae Johnson

   Mrs. Annie Mae Johnson, 85, of Pulaski, died Wednesday, Jan 28, 1987, at Hillside Hospital.
   Funeral services were held Friday, Jan 30, at Carr and Erwin Chapel with G. C. Fox officiating. Burial was in Prospect Cemetery.
   A Native of Lawrence County, Mrs. Johnson was the daughter of the late Will and Florence Curtis Stanford and was married to the late Jody J. Johnson.
   Survivors include six sons, six daughters, one brother, one sister, 41 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.


Columbia Daily Herald, Columbia, TN.
December, 1922

Mrs. Nancy White

Mrs. Nancy White, aged 81 years, one of the oldest and most highly esteemed women of the Culleoka community, died Saturday at the home of her sons, Marshall and Robert White, with whom she had resided a number of years. Mrs. White's death followed an illness of about three weeks during which time her recovery had been despaired of. She is survived by nine children, her husband having preceded her to the grave many years ago. Mrs. White was a native of Alabama, but had spent most of her life in this county. She was a member of the Christian church and was regarded as a splendid Christian character by all who knew her. The funeral services were conducted at old Gibsonville church in Giles county Sunday afternoon by Prof. S.R. Logue. Interment was in the family cemetery.

+ + +
Researcher's Note:
Nancy Jane Yancey was born in 1842. Her parentage is unknown. She married William A. King in 1856 in Lauderdale Co., AL. and had 4 children: James Henry, Lucy O'Neal, John William, and Thomas Johnson King. William A. died during the Civil War and Nancy Jane married second James White in 1867 in Giles Co., TN. They had six children: Martha, Reuben Mack, Robert, Marshall, David, and Ida. James and Nancy Jane lived in Giles Co. until sometime in the 1890's when they moved to Maury Co., TN. James died in 1901 and both are buried in Gibsonville Cemetery in Giles Co., TN.


The Echo
Hopkins County TX
Friday, March 8, 1929

Peden, Rachael Mrs., died Sunday afternoon at her home on Magnolia Street after a 2 week illness with the flu and pneumonia. She was 72 years old. She is survived by nine children, Mrs Burk (Mary Lou), Mrs Putman, Mrs. Glossup (Cass), and Miss Peden all of Sulphur Springs, TX. Mrs Pearl Patton of Utica, OK. And M. Peden (Marvin) Jim Peden and Mrs. White of Greeville, TX. Mr. Wes Peden (John Wesley) of OK. Her husband died several years ago. Funeral services and burial took place at Peerless.

Researcher's notes: Rachael's maiden name was White according to her marriage certificate from Giles Co. and her death certificate from Hopkins Co. TX. Rachael appears to have been the daughter of William and Nancy Catherine Keltner according to the 1870 census where she is listed as their 10 year old daughter. Rachael married James D. (Dock) Peden in 1878 and the 1880 census she and Dock are listed with their first child, Mary L. They were living with George White family (Rachael's brother.)

Submitted by: Virginia Waddle.


The Echo
Hopkins County TX
December 16, 1921

PETON, DOCK—A citizen of Hopkins County, died almost suddenly Tues. at his home at the Lemon’s farm Northwest of Sulphur Springs. He was assisting in gathering up some turkeys for the market when he was stricken with heart trouble, dying a few minutes afterward. He was about 60 years old and leaves a wife and several children.

Researcher notes: Dock (James D.) Pedon or Peden was from Giles Co., TN. On the 1880 census Rachael and Dock can be found living in the same household (#198) as George White and his family. George was Rachael's brother. When they moved to Texas the last name got changed to Peton and Peaton.

Submitted by: Virginia Waddle


Pulaski Citizen
September 1, 1898 edition
Campbellsville News

Old Mrs. Demarius Peden, aged about 80 years, died Sunday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Walker near Campbellsville and her remains were interred in the Campbellsville Graveyard, Monday evening surrounded by a large assembly of relatives and friends. Revs. Albert Holt and R.A. Fitzgerald officiated in the funeral services. Deceased was the mother of Esq. J.W. Peden. She had been a member of the church for more than twenty years. "Blessed are they that die in the Lord."

Researcher's Note:The Citizen was published on a Thursday so according to this, Demarius Peden died on August 28. She is not listed in the Giles County Cemetery Book, so I assume there is not a tombstone for her in the Campbellsville Cemetery or either she had one and it has been destroyed over the years.


Giles County, Tennessee Marriages 1871-1885 by Jean Burns Cosby-Page 164
James D. Peden to R.A. White on February 6, 1878 by W.E. McKenzie, MG.


The Pulaski Citizen
February 7, 1878 edition

Mr. Elisha Peden of Campbellsville, the venerable father of Capt. C.W. Peden of Nashville, died of asthma and old age, on Friday morning last. He was born in North Carolina Sept. 20th, 1794 and was 83 years old. He was a soldier in the war of 1812, moved to Giles and to Campbellsville in 1840, and has been a good and useful citizen and a strict member of the Methodist church up to the time of his death. He will be greatly missed by his friends about Campbellsville. Deceased was a brother of Mr. Bryant Peden, former sheriff of Giles.


Submitted by: Virginia Waddle.


The Giles Free Press
July 20, 2006

DAVIS, Elizabeth "Bee"

Miss Elizabeth (Bee) Davis, 88, of Prospect died July 18, 2006, at The Hewitt House in Pulaski. She was a teacher in both Giles County and Athens, Ala., school systems for many years and was an avid UT Lady Vols basketball fan. She is preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Howard, Sr. and Elizabeth Gilbert Davis. Graveside services were to have been held today (Thursday) at Prospect Cemetery with Thomas Smith officiating. Bennett-May - Giles County Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The family suggests memorial donations be made to Prospect Cemetery Fund at 190 Prospect Road, Prospect, TN 38477. Survivors include her brothers, William (Bill) Davis and Tommy Davis and wife Elinor, all of Prospect; nieces Diane Davis Frost and husband Ken of Texas, Debbie Davis Pardon of Pulaski; four great-nieces and nephews, Bess Frost Hunter and husband Erik of California, Rachel Frost of Texas, Will Pardon of Knoxville and Davis Pardon of Pulaski.


WKSR Obituaries
Posted on July 18, 2006

Elizabeth "Bee" Davis

Elizabeth "Bee" Davis died today in Pulaski. She was a native of the Prospect community and 88 years old. Visitation will be held tomorrow from 5-8pm at Bennett - May - Giles County Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held Thursday at 10am in the Prospect Cemetery with Thomas Smith officiating. She was a teacher in the Giles County School System and in the Athens Alabama City School System. Survivors include two brothers, William "Bill" Davis and Tommy Davis and wife Elinor, all of Prospect and two nieces, Diane Davis Frost of Texas and Debbie Davis Pardon of Pulaski. Four great grandchildren also survive. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Prospect Cemetery Fund. Bennett - May - Giles County Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for Elizabeth "Bee" Davis.

Should be four great-nieces and nephews.


The Elk Valley Times
418 N Elk Av Fayetteville, TN. 37334
(931) 433-6151
Obituaries for April 26 Edition

VINET, Julian Kerry Donald, 53, a resident of Ryland Pike Road, died Friday (April 21, 2006) at his residence. Funeral services were held Monday at Ardmore Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Ardmore, Ala., with interment in Elliott Cemetery in Ardmore. Ardmore Memorial Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


News from the Tennessee Valley

Vinet, Julian Kerry Donald

Funeral for Jullian Kerry Donald Vinet, 53, 10 a.m. Monday at Ardmore Chapel, burial in Elliott Cemetery. Visitation 5 to 8 tonight. Mr. Vinet died April 21, 2006. Published in the Decatur Daily on 4/23/2006.
201 1st Ave. SE P.O. Box 2213
Decatur, Ala. 35609 (256) 353-4612
[email protected]


Julian Kerry Donald Vinet

Julian Kerry Donald Vinet, 53, of 169 Ryland Pike Road, died Friday, April 21, 2006, at his residence.

Funeral Services were held Monday, April 24, at 10 a.m. at Ardmore Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Doug Colwell and Shawn Faulk officiating. Burial was in the Elliott Cemetery in Ardmore, TN with Ardmore Memorial Funeral Home in charge. Pallbearers were Mike Curry, Heath Solomon, Aubry Abshire, Mike Loftin, Jerry Holman, Glenn Harris, Mike Solomon, and Milton Solomon.

He was born December 9, 1952 in Veto, AL. He was a boat pilot and believed in his Lord, Jesus Christ. He was preceded in death by his mother, Anna Ruth Solomon Vinet; and a brother, Robert Jeffery Vinet.

Survivors include his father, Julian Vinet of New Orleans, LA; one son, Donald Jay Vinet of Birmingham, AL; one daughter, Dana Wood Holman of Huntsville, AL; brothers, Christopher, Fred and Timothy of New Orleans, LA; one sister, Lori Loftin of Baton Rouge, LA.

Submitted by: Jenny Buckner Sides.


The Pulaski Citizen
April 25, 1951

GILBERT, Bettie Hightower
12 Aug 1866 - 01 May 1951
(w/o Cheatham Gilbert) md 22 Dec 1885 GCT
(d/o James J. and Lucy Westmoreland Hightower)

Funeral services for Mrs. Bettie Hightower Gilbert, 84, prominent resident of Prospect, who died at 2:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, May 1, at her home, were held at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon at the Prospect Methodist Church. Rites were conducted by the Rev. Elwood Denson, pastor of the church, and the Rev. S. E. Maples of Lineville, Ala., a nephew of Mrs. Gilbert. Burial took place in the family lot in Prospect Cemetery. Her health followed a long period of declining health. Mrs. Gilbert, the last member of her immediate family, was born August 12, 1866 in Limestone County, Ala., the daughter of the late James J. Hightower and Lucy Westmoreland Hightower. Her husband, Cheatham Gilbert, died in 1918. Approximately sixty years ago the family moved to Prospect. Mrs. Gilbreath, a member of the Methodist Church, is survived by one daughter, Mrs. John W. Jones, Prospect; two granddaughters, Mrs. O. B. Matthews, Jr. (nee Lucy Jones), Jacksonville, Fla., and Mrs. Clarence Stafford, Dallas, Texas; and one grandson, William Wade Jones, Army Air Force, stationed at Vance Air Base at Enid, Okla. Bennett-May and Company, Funeral Directors.

Submitted by: Jean Burns Cosby.


Athens, Alabama, Newspaper
ca. March 1984.

ATHENS - Funeral for Lela Sherbert Tribble, 82, of Pulaski, Tenn, formerly of Athens, will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at McConnell Funeral Home with Don Osborne officiating.

Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends tonight from 6 to 9 at the funeral home.

Mrs Tribble died Thursday at Hillside Hospital in Pulaski. She was born Lela Sherbert on June 28, 1911, in Limestone County, and was a member of the Church of Christ.

She is survived by two sons, Glen R. Ezell of Huntsville and James Harold Ezell of San Antonio, Texas; one daughter, Emily Johnson of Prospect, Tenn; one sister, Audrey Barber of Athens; six grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

Submitted by: Janie Cagle
Thibodaux, LA


Columbia Banner Bureau
Columbia, Tenn.,
ca. 1949


Funeral services for Tom E. English, 83, former Giles Countian, who died Monday at his home in Columbia, were held at 2 o'clock on Tuesday afternoon in the Chapel of Oakes and Nichols Funeral Home in Columbia. The Rev C. S. Wilson, pastor of the Second Baptist Church, officiated and burial took place in Rose Hill Cemetery at Columbia.

A son of the late John T. English and Sallie Belle Locke English, he was born and reared in Giles County and had lived twenty-two years in Maury County. He was a member of the Baptist Church.

Mr. English is survived by his wife, Lou Rosson English; two daughters, Mrs. Ernest Potts, and Mrs. Roy G. Newton of Virginia; three sisters, Mrs. R. L. Rosson, Columbia, Mrs. R. W. Rose and Mrs. R. L. Brashears of Hams Creek, Giles County; four grand-children and two great grand-children.

Submitted by: Catharine Stone Schwarz


The Brainerd Daily Dispatch
Polk County, Florida
August 17, 2004

Emory Leon Hillis, 82, of Eagle Lake, died due to complications from dementia on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2004, at Palm Garden Nursing Home in Winter Haven.

A native of Giles County, Tenn., he came to the area from Eloise in 1960. He was a disabled retired veteran, serving in the Navy for 14 years. He served during World War II and the Korean conflict. He was a member of Eagle Lake Church of Christ.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 12 to 1 p.m. at Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home Chapel in Winter Haven. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home chapel.

Memorial donations may be made to Mount Dora Christian Home Bible School, Mount Dora.

Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home, Winter Haven

Submitted by: Minnie Reagor


Amarillo Globe-Times
Amarillo, TX 
June 15, 1971, p.33

Chester A. Widner

   MELROSE, N. M. - Funeral arrangements for Chester Arthur Widner, M,
of Melrose will be announced by Steed-Todd Funeral Home of Clovis. Mr.
Widner, a native of Pulaski, Term,, died Monday in a Melrose nursing home. He
came here In 1912 to homestead.

   A retired farmer, he was a Mason. Survivors Include his wife,  Daught;
four sons, Harley and Cleo, both of Melrose, Johnnie of Ventura, Calif., and
Melvin of 3418 Lewis Lane in Amarillo; three daughters, Mrs. Mary Hodges of
Melrose, Mrs. Troy Vance of Coldwill, Idaho, and Mrs. John Triplett of Twin
Falls, Idaho; a brother, Erve of Mexia, Tex.; two sisters Mrs. Ida Dunivant
of Gladewater, Tex., and Miss Ola Widner of Ardmore, Tenn, 30 grandchildren,
69 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Submitted by: Ruth Hasten Walsh

Ruth Hasten Walsh is not a Widner family researcher!! She is a Dunnavant/Dunivant/Dunavant descendant and does research individuals with that surname.


Big Spring Daily Herald
Sept. 5, 1956, p.13

Sharon Janis Ivey

Death By Rats

CHICAGO, Ill. - The body of a year-old girl was found today in her basement apartment and police said rats had chewed her to death.

The girl's two sisters, who slept in another bed in the same room were unharmed. The children's parents were away overnight and the children were being cared for by neighbors.

Sharon Janis Ivey's body was found by her father, Edward, 35, a factory hand, on his return from a trip to Madison, Ala. He told police he went to Madison to pick up his two sons who spent the summer on his father's farm.

Ivey said he stopped at Pulaski, Tenn., to visit his wife's family and found his mother-in-law ill in a hospital. He telephoned his wife, Suie Mae, 26, in Chicago, but she said she would stay with the girls and not go to Pulaski. Ivey left the boys in Pulaski and continued on to Chicago.

On his arrival, he told police, he learned his wife had changed her plans, left the children in the care of neighbors and had gone to Pulaski.

Ivey's landlord, Dalton Rogers, told police he had seen rats in the building at 1322 N. LaSalle St., near downtown Chicago, and on sidewalks in the neighborhood. Police said the child's entire body was scarred with bites.

Submitted by: Ruth Hasten Walsh


Alabama Courier
Thursday, January 20, 1947, p.5


Last rites were held Monday, January 27, for William White, 77, who died at his home, Minor Hill, Tenn., Sunday. The services were conducted from the Christian church by Rev. Murphy at 1 p. m. Interment followed in the adjoining cemetery, a Pulaski Funeral Service directing.

Surviving are three daughters and one son; four brothers, U. G., of Athens; Noble, Pulaski; Clay, Anderson Rt. 1; Morgan and Elmer, Elkmont Route 2; and four sisters, Mrs. George Siniard, Salem; Mrs. Dave Jackson, Elkmont Route 2; Mrs. John Thompson, Anderson Route 1, and Mrs. Lola Cribbs, Sheffield.

Submitted by: Ruth Hasten Walsh


Alabama Courier
Thursday, Sept. 1, 1949, p.5

Funeral Rites For Editor's Mother Held In Pulaski

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 1:30 in Pulaski for Mrs. Martha Steele McGrew, widow of the late Irvin McGrew of Pulaski. She is the mother of Steele McGrew, editor of The Courier. Mrs. McGrew died in Evanston, Ill., Saturday night at the home of her daughter, Miss Martha McGrew, where she has been confined to bed as an invalid for the past seven years.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. L. T. Woodward, pastor of the Pulaski Methodist church, and Rev. William Steele, nephew of the deceased and a minister in Nashville, at the Jennett-May Funeral Chapel. Burial was in the family plot in Pulaski's Maplewood cemetery.

In addition to the above, she is survived by another son, Irvin, Jr., of Phoenix, Arizona; one sister, Miss Fannie C. Steele of Evanston, a number of nephews, nieces and grandchildren.

Serving as pallbearers were John Yokley, W. L. Stephens, Tim Thompson, John Yokley, Jr., Tom Yokley, all nephews or grandnephews, and David Wade, Jr.

Attending the service from out of town were Mrs. Marion Steele, Rev. William Steele, Mr. and Mrs. Grady Huddleston, all of Nashville; Mrs. Frank Steele of Washington, D. C.; Misses Fannie C. Steele and Martha McGrew of Evanston, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Steele McGrew and son, Richard Steele, of Athens.

Submitted by: Ruth Hasten Walsh


Dallas Morning News
July 6, 1940, Section II, Page 10

Mrs. Icie N. Dyer Succumbs at 86

Mrs. Icie Nola Dyer, who met her blacksmith husband in Pulaski, Tenn, under a spreading live oak tree and came with him to Texas, died in Dallas Friday at the age of 86.

During her last years her greatest joy lay in her twenty-three grandchildren and her eighteen great-grandchildren.

The Dyers went first to Corsicana in 1899. After Mr. Dyer had operated a smithy there for ten years, shoeing horses, straightening wagon wheels and putting on new iron rims, he moved his home to Wilmer, where he died ten years later. His wife then came to Dallas to live with one of her daughters, Mrs. M.J. Queen, 5514 East Side, where she died.

Also surviving are three other daughters, Mrs. W.T. Holley of Corsicana, Mrs. Joe Miller of Palmer and Mrs. Bliss Meadow of Dallas; three sons, Culley Dyer of Irving; Bennett Dyer of San Antonio and Joe Dyer of Barto, Fla; a brother, W.H. Bennett of Morton, Cochran County; two sisters, Mrs. J.T. Minatree of Bunker Hill, Ark., and Mrs. H.C. Houston of Pulaski, Tenn.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Mount Auburn Christian Church, with the Rev. E.M. Whitwell and Dr. L.N.D. Wells officiating. Burial will be in Edgewood Cemetery at Lancaster. Six grandsons will be pallbearers. (note: Texas Death Certificate indicates that Icie’s maiden name was Icie Nola Bennett, dau of Marion Bennett and Unknown Holbert)

Submitted by: Ruth Hasten Walsh