Some Marriage and Death Notices
from the DeSoto Times-Promoter
Extracted by Tim Harrison
Marriage License Issued. (February 1, 1923)
License to marry has been issued as follows since Thursday, January 18th:
White—Osgood Thompson and Miss Atherton Colbert. Guy Scruggs and Miss Marion Freeman. Eugene Garsondona and Mrs. Katie Knatt. W. F. King and Miss Viola Broadway. Johnnie U. Johnson and Miss Hattie Moore. W. R. Anderson and Miss Helen Smith. Robert P. Coyle and Miss Myra M. Hutton. Willie Noe and Miss Flora Styers. James Smith and Miss Annie McCarver.
Colored—George Williams and Jane Hamilton. Will Patterson and Ida Mason. Ezekiel Tate and Elizabeth Callicot. Walter Williams and Carrie Grant. Stephen Biggs and Mable Thornton. Sammie Taylor, Jr., and Roxie Taylor. A. G. Caldwell and Mollie Davis. Floyd Moore and Margaret Haniford. John Brooks and Mandy Terrell. Henry Waters and Victoria Harding. Luther Street and Idella Jones. Charlie Newman and Fannie Murphy. Dave Graham and Eula Avery. Shirley Vinson and Sweedie B. Reed. Lee Gibson and Alberta McClatchey. Weldon Lynch and May Francis Crutcher. Clifton A. Moore and Florence Wilson.
Good Colored Citizen Dies. (February 8, 1923).
Mose W. Lewis died Tuesday night, Feb’y 6, 1923. His death ended the life of one of the best of his race in north Mississippi. He died at his home about two miles west of Love from an attack of pneumonia.
During his younger days he bought half a section – 320 acres – of land from Major Dockery. Later on by industry and frugality he added, by degrees, 320 more acres thus making a whole section of land he owned.
Both white and black regarded him with strictest confidence, and he was quiet, law-abiding and a zealous church member. He was buried at Zion Hill Baptist church today.
He wielded an influence for good among his race. His wife and several children survive him.
Death Comes to R. P. McCargo. (February 15, 1923).
Mr. R. P. McCargo, of Olive Branch, succumbed last Saturday to a long illness. The end had been feared by relatives for some time.
Mr. McCargo was one of the old residents of the county, a man of honor, integrity, and intelligence; a true friend and good neighbor. His death brings sadness to many hearts.
Funeral services were held in the church at Olive Branch and the Masonic burial rites were used.
In the February 22, 1923 “Poplar Corner Pickups” by “Old Hughey” is the following:
“About the first thing I noticed was the death of Comrade R. P. McCargo, of Olive Branch, Miss., when I opened the Times-Promoter last Saturday morning. I will say that I have known Comrade McCargo for more than a half century. No one knows how said I felt when I read of his passing away. I have been at his home and been with him at other places. I found him anywhere I met him to be a gentleman. He was among the first to shoulder his gun to defend his country in 1861, and was a brave soldier and the best of all a christian. [sic] Peace to his ashes.” [Robert Payne McCargo enlisted in May 1861 in Co. A, First Mississippi Regiment.]
Dr. J. M. Phillips Dead. (February 15, 1923).
Dr. Phillips, of Evansville, died at that place Feb’y 8th, at 10:30 p.m. His remains were brought here for burial in the Baptist cemetery Friday afternoon at 3:00 o’clock. Funeral services were held at the Acree home.
James Ollison Evans. (February 15, 1923)
On last Friday the adopted child of Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Evans, of Evansville, was buried here at the Wheeler cemetery. James Ollison Evans was about a year old and had been ill about ten days. First he suffered an attack of measles, and later, when pneumonia developed, he was carried to the Baptist Hospital in Memphis. In spite of the skill of doctors and nurses the little fellow succumbed.
Card of Thanks. (February 22, 1923) [Mrs. Jennie Pickett]
We as husband, children and other relatives of Mrs. Jennie Pickett, wish to thank each and everyone for their kindness to us in the sickness and death of our dear wife and mother, also for the flowers that covered her grave. Signed,
J. F. Pickett, husband,
John Pickett and wife,
Felma Pickett, Children.
Marriage License Issued. (February 22, 1923)
License to marry has been issued as follows since Thursday, Feb’y 15th:
White—W. M. Randle and Miss Maude Gertrude Wilson. C. M. Morrison and Miss Celeste Brewton. C. M. Dunnaway and Miss Nina Nail.
Colored—Tommie Clarke and Estella Robertson. Charlie Freeman and Rexie Parks. Sammie McCay and Katie May Moody. Alcuin Payne and Willie Mae Dockery.
Well-Known Young People Marry. (February 22, 1923)
Mr. C. M. (Jake) Dunnaway and Miss Nina Nail were married Sunday afternoon at Oak Grove church at four o’clock. The couple were united in the presence of a small gathering of friends and relatives by the pastor, Rev. J. L. Price.
Both bride and groom are well known in their neighborhood and in Hernando. The bride is the popular and lovable daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeff D. Nail, of Oak Grove neighborhood.
The groom, known among his intimates as “Jake,” is a young man with many friends and is highly esteemed among all who know him.
A new residence was built on the plantation of Mr. Z. H. Nail and fully furnished before marriage, which the young couple will occupy.
That happiness, success, and long life may be their portion is the wish of their many friends.
Veterenarian Suddenly Dies. (March 8, 1923)
Dr. S. R. Griffin, veterenarian [sic], died suddenly Tuesday afternoon about 2:30 while returning from a call which he had just attended.
Re-entering his car with the driver, Brown Williams, he had gone a little over a mile toward town when Dr. Griffin suddenly collapsed, and when spoken to gave no answer.
Williams went to the nearby home of Mr. Brooks Entrikin and they returned to the car and drove it in.
Mr. Griffin came here about Oct. 1st from Byhalia; he was 63 years old.
A brother and a nephew, one from Memphis, another from a nearby Tennessee point, came down Tuesday night and carried the body to Elmwood cemetery for interment.
Mr. Griffin was well liked and had made many friends while here who regret his death.
Mrs. Leslie Dean Johnson. (November 29, 1923).
The many friends of Mrs. Leslie Dean Johnson will regret to learn of her death which occurred November 10th, at her home in Datonia, Fla.
Besides her husband and two children she leaves her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom J. Dean, of Nesbitt, and several brothers and sisters.
Mrs. Johnson was a young woman of lovely character and her untimely death casts the shadow of grief over all who knew her.
Mr. Tom Dean, Jr., of Nesbitt, went to Florida for his sister’s funeral.
Death Claims Aged Citizen. (November 29, 1923).
Just before dawn on Saturday morning, W. A. Dalehite was called into the great beyond. After a long illness he passed peacefully, watched over by those nearest and dearest to him.
Mr. Dalehite was born in Durham, N.C., but had lived in DeSoto county, Miss., since the age of seven. He was married 54 years ago to Miss Josephine Tully, who survives him. Of this union there were 12 children, only three of whom are living, Mrs. W. O. Gilliland and J. B. Dalehite, of Memphis, and R. A. Dalehite of Hernando.
Mr. Billie Dalehite, as he was best known, was a member of the Ebenezer Baptist church and no man in the community was more highly esteemed – a staunch friend, a patriotic citizen, a devoted husband, and loving father.
He was a Confederate veteran having served two years in the Confederate army.
He died at the age 79 and was laid to rest in the cemetery at Love, near his home. Rev. F. W. Roth, of Hernando, conducted the funeral services. Dr. Knight, a life long friend, spoke a few words and Rev. Moore, pastor of the Methodist church at Love, closed the service.
Mr. Dalehite had requested that his four grand-sons-in-law and his four nephews served as pallbearers. They were Elmer T. Brewer, of Lake Cormorant, Wilson Gaines, Lester Laughter, and D. P. Scott, of Love, S. H. Gaines, of Enid, Tom Dalehite, of Leland, G. W. Gaines, of Hernando, and James C. Dalehite, of Love.
[William A. Dalehite enlisted in September 1863 in Co. G, 18th Mississippi Cavalry].
Poplar Corner Pickups. (November 29, 1923) [Death of DeWitt Branan]
We had a calamity in this neighborhood a week ago this evening. DeWitt Branan, a young man and neighbor, was killed by a train at Lakeview. DeWitt was a good boy, just entering manhood.
A Card of Thanks. (November 29, 1923) [Death of DeWitt Branan]
We wish to express our thanks to each of our friends for the sympathy and kindness shown us in the loss of our dear son, DeWitt. We also thank them for the many beautiful floral offerings. May God’s blessings rest upon each of you is the prayer of his loving
Father and Mother,
Mr. and Mrs. O. F. Branan.
Britt – Birmingham. (November 29, 1923)
A pretty wedding was solemnized on Sunday afternoon, four o’clock, October 21, when Miss Lillian Mai Britt became the bride of Mr. Walter Herbert Birmingham. The wedding took place a the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Britt, of Olive Branch, Miss.
The home was beautifully and artistically decorated with ferns, geraniums and cut flowers.
Mrs. P. Y. Blackwell, of Germantown, Tenn., sister of the bride, was matron of honor, and wore a dark blue dress of canton crepe with plaited panels and with a corsage bouquet of Killarney roses.
Miss Myrtis Morgan, of Coldwater, Miss, was bridesmaid and she wore a dark blue canton crepe...
Miss Vivian Birmingham, of Olive Branch, cousin of the groom, another bridesmaid, wore a prussian blue silk, trimmed with lace and panels, and a corsage of pink roses.
The bride was lovely in her dark blue canton crepe gown of silver braid and plaited panels, trimmings, with accessories to match, and wore a corsage of bride’s roses and lilies of the valley.
Mr. Hugh Birmingham, of Olive Branch, cousin of the groom, attended the groom as best man.
Mr. Arthur Wright of Coldwater, cousin of the bride, was groomsman.
Little Misses Lelia Britt and LaVerne Allison, nieces of the bride, were beautiful flower girls, and wore lovely dresses of pink and blue silk. They carried pink flower baskets tie was maline, with rosebud trimmings, and strewed rose petals in the pathway of the bridge and groom.
Raymond Allison, nephew of the bride, dressed in a pretty white suit, was ring bearer. He carried the gold-carved circlet in the heart of a pure white rose.
Miss Pauline Swan, of Cockrum, Miss., presided at the piano.
During the ceremony Miss Swan played, “I Love You Truly,” very softly. The impressive ring ceremony was used by Rev. F. W. Roth, the Baptist minister of Hernando, Miss.
Mr. R. C. Britt and Mr. P. Y. Blackwell acted as ushers for the scores of guests, and Mrs. R. C. Britt and Mrs. R. G. Riley served them to fruit punch and placed the many handsome gifts upon the dining table.
Immediately after the ceremony Mr. and Mrs. Birmingham motored to Memphis and other points on their honeymoon.
A Card of Thanks. (November 29, 1923) [Death of Mrs. Martha Josephine Riley]
This is to express our deepest, sincerest thanks and appreciation to those who rendered us so many acts of kindness during the illness and death of my devoted wife and our loving mother, and for the beautiful floral offerings.
May God bless each one of you.
R. O. Riley and Family.