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Miscellaneous Obituaries

The following obituaries were found in a box in the possessions of Bertha Ellen Hamilton Ferguson.  She was my GrandMother.  Some of the articles below do not have year dates, however, my GrandMother passed away in June 1958 so all are before 1958.  They may be from the Delta Democrat or the Commercial Appeal [Memphis, TN].

Reese W. Manning, Sr. Dies After Illness

Planter, Ginner, Businessman Was 87

Special To The Commercial Appeal (dated June 1, 1954)

DREW, Miss, May 31 --Reese Warren Manning Sr., planter, ginner and businessman of Drew, died at his home Monday after a long illness. He was born in Crystal Springs, Miss., and had lived in Drew 65 years. He was 87.

Services will be held at 4 Tuesday afternoon at the Drew Baptist Church with Dr. David Grant officiating. Burial will follow in Drew Cemetery with Thweatt Funeral Home in charge.

Mr. Manning was a former vice president of the Commercial Bank and Trust Company and a member of the Drew Baptist Church. Three of his children were members of the first class when the Drew public school was organized and there have been direct descendants in the school continuously since its organization.

Mr. Manning leaves two sons, L. L. Manning Sr., and R. W. Manning Jr.; four daughters, Mrs. Effie Watson, Miss Odie Manning, Miss Myrtle Manning and Mrs. T. D. Wofford, all of Drewl 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Sarah Hamilton

Services Tomorrow For Former Memphian

Services for Mrs. Sarah E. Hamilton, former Memphis resident, will be held at 11 tomorrow morning at the grave in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Oxford, Miss. Douglass Funeral Home in Oxford is in charge.  She died at 12:30 yesterday afternoon in New Orleans after a short illness. She was 94.

Born in Webster County, Miss., Mrs. Hamilton spent most of her life in Oxford and was well known in that area. She moved to Memphis in 1920 to make her home with a daughter, Mrs. C. D. Sutton of 1855 Ork. Mrs. Hamilton moved to New Orleans about 18 years ago.

She leaves three other daughters, Mrs. Ida Cory, Mrs. Katie Hoffman and Mrs. Roy Davis, all of New Orleans.

[Note: I believe the above notice was saved by my GrandMother because Sarah Hamilton was her Aunt.  I would like to document that her maiden name was Sarah Elizabeth Russell and that she was married to George R. Hamilton, brother of my Great GrandFather, Wylie N. Hamilton.  If anyone has proof of this, I would appreciate it if you could share that information with me. My email address is below.]

Mother By Death

Mrs. Louise Ferguson Hamilton passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. L. B. Brooks on Sunday [April 20, 1947] after a lingering illness.

Funeral services were held on Monday at the Drew Baptist Church with the Rev. J. O. Paine and the Rev. W. S. Hardin officiating.

Mrs. Brooks [this is a typo and should be Mrs. Hamilton] was 77 years old, and is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Mattie Belle Ray and Mrs. Brooks, of Webb, Mrs. Bertha Ferguson, of Drew, and two sons, Sam Hamilton of Merigold and J. E. Hamilton, of Drew, three brothers, Frank Ferguson of Webb, Preston of Mathiston, and Sam of Belzoni, and one sister, Mrs. M. L. Fulgham, of Bellville, Texas, two foster sons, Oscar Ferguson of Drew and Bobby Ferguson, of Hollandale.

Final Rites Are Held For Dr. Joseph Ellis

Physician of Drew Dies At His Home

Special to The Commercial Appeal

DREW, Miss., March 2 -- Services for Dr. Joseph William Ellis, Drew physician who died at his home Monday night, were held Tuesday afternoon at the Methodist Church here.  The Rev. B. M. Doggett officiated.  Burial was in Drew Cemetery.

Dr. Ellis was born in Lauderdale County.  He was educated in the Lauderdale County schools, the University of Tennessee, Vanderbilt and the University of Chicago.  He was a member of the Methodist Church and was a Mason.  Dr. Ellis married the former Carrie Smith of Senatobia.

He leaves his wife; a son, Dr. Robert Smith Ellis, chief surgeon, Oktibbeha County Hospital at Starkville; two daughters, Miss Josephine Ellis of Laurel and Mrs. Carolyn E. Franklin of Shreveport, LA; a brothre, John R. Ellis of Meridian; and a sister, Mrs. Coker of Arkansas.

[Note:  Dr. Ellis was the attending physician for my birth in 1942 as well as my sister in 1945.]

Leander B. Brooks

Contractor Dies in Hospital at Clarksdale

Commercial Appeal February 25, 1958

WEBB, Miss., Feb. 24 -- Services for Leander B. Brooks, contractor, who died Saturday at the Coahoma County Hospital in Clarksdale, Miss., were held Monday at the Webb Baptist Church. Dr. William Riser officiated.  Burial was in the Drew Cemetery with Avent Funeral Home of Tutwiler in charge.

Born in Choctaw County, Miss., Mr. Brooks had lived in Webb for 15 years.  He was a Baptist and a Mason.  He was 77.

Mr. Brooks leaves his wife, six sons, Bill Joe Brooks and Houston Brooks of Drew; Mayfield Brooks and J. W. Brooks of Clarksdale; and Sam Brooks and T. J. Brooks of Webb; three daughter, Mrs. Ruth Robinson of Clarksdale, Mrs. Clara Roby of Shaffer, Calif., and Mrs. Laura Bell Ernest of Drew; four brothers and a sister.

[Note:  Leander Brooks was my Great Uncle.]

Thurmond Blackwood Will Be Buried Today

Drew Planter Dies At His Home At The Age Of 62

Special to The Commercial Appeal

DREW, Miss., March 7 -- Services for Thurmond Blackwood, Drew planter, will be held at 2:30 Monday afternoon at the Drew Methodist Church.  The Rev. T. B. Thrower will officiate, assisted by the Rev. Doggett Grant, and burial will be in Drew Cemetery.

Mr. Blackwood, who was 62, was born in Choctaw County, Miss., the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Blackwood.  He died Sunday morning at his home. He was 62.

Active in church work, he was a member of the Board of Stewards of the Drew Methodist Church. He served as a member of the Sunflower County Board of Supervisors 16 years.

He leaves his wife, Mrs. Gertrude Blackwood; a son, Mark Blackwood of Cleveland, Miss.; a daughter, Mrs. Jack Land of Drew, and three brothers, Olin Blackwood of Belzoni, Miss., Elvin Blackwood of Lambert, Miss., and Kenneth Blackwood of Drew.

Willie Estle Williams

Services To Be Today For Baird Farmer

August 6, 1955

INDIANOLA, Miss., Aug 7 -- Willie Estle Williams, 65 year old farmer of Baird, Miss., died of a heart attack Saturday afternoon in an ambulance en route to the hospital in Indianola.

Services will be held at the Church of Christ in Ruleville at 10 Monday morning with the Rev. Harvy Stallings officiating.  Burial will be in the Ruleville Cemetery, with Thweatt Funeral Home of Cleveland in charge.

Mr. Williams was born in Webster County.  He had lived most of his life near Charleston, Ruleville and for the past seven years made his home at Baird.

He leaves four sons, N. H. Williams of Baird; Elmer Williams and Louis Williams of Greenville; Arnold Estle Williams of Indianola; a stepson, Grover Cleveland Brewerton and a daughter, Mrs. Marie Phillips, both of Memphis, and one brother J. M. Williams of Cleveland.

John R. Wilson

Retired Farmer Of Drew Was 78

DREW, Miss., June 11 -- Services for John R. Wilson of Drew will be held at 3 Wednesday afternoon at the Drew Methodist Church with Dr. David R. Grant officiating.  Burial will be in the Drew Cemetery with Williams and Lord Funeral Home of Greenwood in charge.

Mr. Wilson, who was 78, died at 2 Saturday morning in North Sunflower County Hospital at Ruleville.

Mr. Wilson was born in DeKalb, Miss., where he lived until 1919.  He married the former Della Watkins of DeKalb in 1919. He moved with his family to Drew where he as engaged in farming until his retirement.

He leaves five sons, P. O. Wilson and R. Chelsey Wilson, both of Drew, A. K. Wilson of Greenville, and William H. Wilson and Eddie K. Wilson, both of Orville, Calif.; a brother, Horace Wilson of Louisville, Miss.; a sister, Mrs. Roxie Bozier of Yazoo City; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.




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