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Date: 2 Jul 2006 12:58:00 -0600


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1 Oct 1943
Charles Jeffcoat Dies At Montgomery (hard to read; light in color)

Funeral services for Charles A Jeffcoat, sixty-**, was held at the ** *** ***
*** ***

A lifelong resident of Gordon, **** Masonic Lodge, *** will be held at the graveside with *** as Pallbearers.

Surviving are his wife, three sons, C** Jeffcoat of Panama City, Alton and Paul Jeffcoat, both of Gordon; a daughter, Miss Lillian Jeffcoat of Gordon, a brother, S W Jeffcoat, of Donalsonville; six sisters, Mrs. J V Griffin of Tallahassee, Mrs. E*dorado Williams of Birmingham, Mrs. C A Howard of Waycross, Mrs. G C Grantham of Geneva, and Mrs. W M Crooms and Mrs. R T Williams, both of Donalsonville; and five grandchildren.
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Mary Joyce White Funeral Conducted (Too light to read)

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Last Rites Held Fro T W Whitehurst.

Funeral services for Teddie Wayne Whitehurst, forty, who died at his home in Columbia, S C, were held at the Blakely Baptist Church yesterday at four pm with the Rev. S B King, pastor, officiating. Burial followed in the church Cemetery, Minter, Fellows and Forrester directing.

Born in Dothan, he moved later to Blakely and then to Columbia, SC. He was a cousin of Mrs. Jack Hall of Dothan.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Inez Miller Whitehurst, of Columbia, S. C.; two sons, Waymond of Atlanta and Gerald Whitehurst of the U S Navy; his parents, Mr and Mrs. J H Whitehurst of Blakely; four sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Moody, Mrs. Burl Lindsey and Mrs. Reba Tiner, of Blakely, and Mrs. Veda Thompson, of Jacksonville, Fla.; and three brothers, R L Whitehurst of Blakely, U R Whitehurst of Savannah, and W Z Whitehurst of Mobile.
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Cowarts Marine Among Survivors of U. S. S. Helena

Diving into the cold oily water of Kula Gulf during the early hours of the morning is an experience those aboard the cruiser USS Helena, sunk last July 6, will probably never forget.

After being credited with sinking several Japanese warships, the illfated cruiser died fighting when shells ripped open her body and torpedoes crashed into her sides.

One member of the Marine detachment aboard, who was forced to leap into the water, was Private First Class Otis O. Woodham, twenty-one, son of Mrs. Gladys Diekerson (Dickerson?) of Cowarts.

Private First Class Woodham, back in the United States and ready to return to duty against the Japs, related his experience during and after the historic battle.

“I was busy passing powder when we were hit, and because it wasn’t much of a shock I continued to pass about 100 more rounds before we got the order to abandon ship. I then went to where they were unleashing the life rafts and assisted them in getting the rafts over the side.

“After getting into the water I spent about an hour swimming around before being picked up.”

Private First Class Woodham and his Marine buddies swam in the oily blackness and dodged Jap shells until picked up by other United States ships or were rescued several days later after reaching a Jap held island.

Private First Class Woodham and other Marine survivors, were praised for their actions during and after the battle by Major Bernard T Kelly, of Chicago, Illinois, commander of the Marine detachment aboard the cruiser Helena.

“Those boys were magnificent,” the Major said. “There is nothing that can happen to them that they can’t take with a laugh. One of their favorite expressions was ‘This ought to get us 30 days leave.’”
Private First Class Woodham who enlisted in the Marine Corps in March, 1941, attended Ashford High School.
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Deaths:
Mrs J H Hadden, thirty-six, and infant son, of Dothan.
S E Durden, sixty-four, of Webb.
Mrs. John Hughes, sixty-four, of Fadette.
Eugene Hawkins, seventy-five, of Marianna.
Mrs. W M Helms, eighty, of Dothan route four.
Mrs. Alice Armstrong, seventy-seven, of Slocomb.
R E Reynolds, sixty-seven, of Enterprise.
Mrs. H C Kelly, sixty, of Coffee Springs.
C A Padgett, forty-seven, of Marianna.
David A Walden, of Headland.
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3 Oct 1943
W C Collins Dies At Jacksonville

W C Collins, fifty-eight, a resident of Houston County until 15 years ago, when he moved to Jacksonville, Fla., died at his home in Jacksonville yesterday afternoon following a long illness. He was a member of the Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife; three sons, Luther Collins, Dothan, Theron Collins, U S Navy, and Wallace Collins, U S Army; and two daughters, Mrs. Sallie Gilliey, Nashville, Tenn., and Mrs. Zell (Nell?) Johns, Jacksonville; three brothers, E G Collins, Dothan, H H Collins, Dothan route one; and H O Collins, Columbus, Ga.; three sisters, Mrs. W B Casey, Clio, Mrs J W Drew, Newton route one, and Mrs. E S Fowler, Hartford.

Funeral will be held at Piney Grove Church at 11 am Monday with the Rev. Clement Ritter officiating. Burial will follow in the Piney Grove Cemetery with Ward-Wilson in charge.

Pallbearers will be his sons, Luther, Theron and Wallace Collins, and nephews, James W Page, and ***el Collins.
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R H Sisson Last Rites Scheduled.

Funeral of R H Sisson, former employee of the Bay Line here who died in Montgomery yesterday of a cerebral hemorrhage, will be held at Des Moines, Iowa at 1 pm tomorrow Mr. Sisson and his family moved from Dothan to Montgomery two years ago.

He is survived by his wife; a son, R H Sisson, Jr., of the Army Air Corps, stationed in North Africa; two sisters, Mrs. N W Roberts, Ottumwa, Iowa and Mrs. A H Nelson, Decatur, Ill.
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Buchanan Infant’s Last Rites Held

Funeral services for Glenda Louise Buchanan six months old daughter of Staff Sergeant and Mrs. R B Buchanan of Eglin Field Florida, who died at the station hospital early Friday morning following a short illness of pneumonia, were held yesterday at the Beulah Baptist Church near Dothan at 3 pm with the Elder Sam Etheridge of O*** officiating. Burial followed in the church Cemetery with Fellows and Forrester directing.

Surviving are her parents, her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W R L***y of Dothan, and her paternal grandparents, Mr. andMrs. E D Buchanan, of A**, Alabama.

Active Pallbearers were Kyrus Arnold and Walter Blo**.
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4 Oct 1943
Mrs. H P Nichols Dies Near Dothan.

Funeral services for Mrs. H P Nichols, sixty-five, who died at her home on Dothan route two yesterday afternoon following a long illness, were held this afternoon at the Big Creek Church with the Rev. H M Givens of Slocomb and the Rev. C C Balcom of Graceville officiating. Burial followed in the Big Creek Cemetery with Ward-Wilson in charge.

She had lived in that community for the past forty-seven years and was a member of the Rehobeth Church.

Surviving are her husband; four sons, Colie Nichols of Graceville, Jeff and Henry Nichols of Panama City, and C J Nichols of Dothan; four daughters, Mrs. Murray Lawrence and Mrs. Frank Regwood of Panama City, Mrs. Early Dea of Cottonwood and Miss Mary Lee Nichols of Birmingham; two brothers, Q I Hagler of Hartford and T G Hagler of Dothan; seven sisters, Mrs. Emma Davis of Bonifay, Mrs. D Y Dowling of Hartford, Mrs. J W White of Mt. Dora, Fla., Mrs. E R Skorrell of Hartford, Mrs. J E Martin of Slocomb, Mrs. Auzie Woodham of Geneva and Mrs. H S Pippin of Newton; and twenty-two grandchildren.

Active Pallbearers were Dan Murphy, Marvin Cobb, Johnnie Harrison, I B Watford, Oscar Skipper and Alvin Hardy.

Honorary Pallbearers: Mrs. J T Jackson, Mrs. Jim Cobb, Mrs John Cobb, Mrs. Arthur Hardy, Mrs. Jim Newton, Mrs. Anderson Clarke, Mrs. Doc Elliot, Mrs. D G Andress, Mrs. Dan Murphy, Mrs. Johnnie Harrison, Mrs. Grady Swann, Mrs. Lawson Kelley, Mrs. Ona May, Mrs. Arthur Tindell, Miss Nomie Deal, Mrs. L B Watford, Mrs. C H Hagwood, Mrs. P L Everett, Mrs. Mott Pelham, Mrs. Mollie Burns, Mrs. Charlotte Skipper, and Mrs. Virginia Newton.
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Miss Vivian Carswell Dies At Montgomery

Miss Vivian Carswell, twenty-four, of 205 South St. Andrews street, died yesterday morning in a Montgomery hospital following a long illness.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Ward-Wilson .

Surviving are her father, R M Carswell, Sr., of Dothan; two sisters, Miss Wynona Carswell, of Dothan and Mrs. Paul Nobles of Miami, Fla.; and two brothers, Ray C Carswell of the U S Navy and R M Carswell, Jr., of the U S Army.
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Jake Henderson Dies In Atlanta.

Atlanta—Jake Henderson, stockholder in extensive farming, banking, manufacturing and real estate holdings in Troy, Ala., was found dead Saturday night in a downtown Atlanta hotel room.

Fulton County Coroner Mrs. Paul Donehoo said Henderson, about 55, died of a heart ailment.

He maintained residences at Troy and Panama City, Fla., and was the son of the late Fox Henderson, founder of the Farmers & Merchants National Bank at Troy and Fox Henderson & Sons there.

A former resident of Montgomery, Ala., Henderson was a stockholder in the bank founded by his father and was partner in the firm of Fox Henderson & Sons.

Surviving are his widow, and two daughters, McCall Henderson and Mrs. Dorothy Head.
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4 Oct 1943
E G Jones Dies At Waycross, Ga.

E G Jones, veteran Atlantic Coast Line railway employee and husband of the former Miss Mabel Hill of Dothan died in a Waycross Ga. hospital today.

Roy O Hill, brother of Mrs. Jones, was called to Waycross and relatives here said funeral arrangements had not been completed but services and burial probably would be held in Dothan.
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Mrs. Alice Emfinger Dies Near Dothan.
Funeral services for Mrs. Alice Emfinger, sixty-nine, of Dothan route one, who died at her home yesterday afternoon following a six week’s illness, were held today at Mt. Gillead Church with the Rev. Jack Marshall of Midland City officiating. Burial followed in Clarke (?) Cemetery with Ward-Wilson in charge.

Surviving are one son, Robert Emfinger, of Dothan route one; one brother, R E Peterman, of C**ley; two nieces and one nephew.

Active Pallbearers were: Eddie Clark, Carl Bass, Arthur Bass, Dock Thompson, Alvie Clark, JR., and Willie J Peterman.
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Miss Carswell’s Funeral Announced.

Funeral services for Miss Vivian Carswell, twenty-four, of 205 S St. Andrews St., who died Sunday morning in a Montgomery hospital following a long illness, will be held tomorrow at ten am at the residence with the Rev. Sam C Reeves officiating. Burial will follow in the City Cemetery with Ward-Wilson in charge.

Surviving are her father, R M Carswell, Sr., of Dothan; two sisters, Mrs. Paul Nobles of Miami and Miss Wynona Carswell of Dothan; and two brothers, Ray C Carswell, of the U S Navy and R M Carswell, Jr., of the U S Army.

Active Pallbearers will be Jimmie Jones , Heard Saxon, Claude Cotton, K A Tidwell, Creel Parrish and A D Ussery.
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Mrs. Laura Taylor Dies At Home Here.

Mrs. Laura F Taylor, seventy-five, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Carmi Driggers, 510 South Oates Street, early this morning following a long illness.

A former resident of Taylor, she had lived in Dothan for the past eighteen years. She was a member of the Taylor Methodist Church.

Time of the Funeral services which will be held at the Taylor Methodist Church, will be announced later by Ward-Wilson . The Rev. J A Crews of Taylor and the Rev. W O Phillips of Dothan will officiate and burial will be held in the Clark Cemetery.

Surviving, in addition to her daughter, are a son, Hosea C Taylor of Dothan, and eleven grandchildren.

Active Pallbearers will be Dimon Driggers, Roy Driggers, James Taylor, Roger Taylor, Dewey McAllister, Royce McAllister.

Honorary Pallbearers: Mrs. C A Hawkins, Mrs. Lola Roland, Mrs. Annie Wright, Mrs. W R Dawsey, Mrs. Jim Barton, Mrs. J L Kelley, Mrs. A F Frith, Mrs. Varnum, Mrs. Lewis Hyatt, Mrs. A P Liddon, Mrs. Charlie Clark, Mrs.Ralph Smith, and Mrs. A J Register.
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6 Oct 1943
Mrs. Julia Cox Funeral Is Held.

Hartford--Funeral services for Mrs. Julia Cox, fifty, who died Sunday afternoon in Geneva at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J L McDonald, were held Monday afternoon at Hartford Methodist Church with the Rev. C P Cantrell and the Rev. R M Holmes of Geneva, officiating. Burial followed in the church Cemetery with Holman of Hartford directing.

Surviving are a daughter, Miss Vivian Cox of Chipley; a son and a brother.
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John Patrick Cowan Funeral Conducted.
Funeral services for John Patrick Cowan, seventy-six, who died at his home on Geneva route one, were held at Mt. Ida at 6 pm yesterday with the Rev. ** Metcalf officiating. Burial followed in the church Cemetery, Fellows and Forrester directing.

Born in Geneva County he had lived there continuously.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. J P Cowan, of Geneva route one; and five sons, Claude and Ivin of Montgomery, Homer of Tampa, Fla., and J T Cowan, Jr., and Buster of Geneva; two daughters, Mrs. Al** Knowles, Panama City, Fla., and Mrs. Modell Dixon of Tampa, Fla.

Active Pallbearers were Claude Young, Albert Yarbrough, Johnnie Crews, *. E. Knowles, and W *. Williams.
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Funeral Conducted for Mrs. Grantham.

Funeral services for Mrs. Minerva Grantham, seventy-one, who died at her home on Hartford route three, following a short illness, were held at Wesley Chapel yesterday at 4 pm with the pastor officiating. Burial followed in the church Cemetery. Fellows and Forrester directing.

Surviving are five sons, J R Grantham of Crestview, Fla., G *. Grantham of Hartford, H A Grantham of Wachula, Fla., O B Grantham of Hartford, and H C Grantham of Geneva and two daughters, Mrs. Bill Hendrix of Chipley, Fla., and Mrs. R D Phillips of Hartford.
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Samson Soldier Dies in Crash of Bomber.

Bl**the, Calif.—Staff Sgt. Richard W Hendrix, 25, serial gunner, route No. 2, Samson, Ala., was listed among 10 Army airmen who were killed Monday night in the crash of their four-engined bomber at the Blythe Army air base.
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E G Jones Burial Planned In Dothan.

Funeral services for E G Jones, Atlantic Coast Line employee who died in a Waycross, Ga., hospital yesterday, will be held at Waycross at 3 pm today with burial following in the Dothan City Cemetery at 11 am tomorrow.

Only graveside services will be held here, with the Rev. V G Lowry of Marianna officiating and Ward-Wilson in charge.

Pallbearers will be O V Horace, Heard Saxon, Charlie Newton, Albert Logue, J P Culver, and Az Flowers.

Mr. Jones was the husband of the former Miss Mable Hill of Dothan.
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Last Rites Today for Mrs. Taylor.
Funeral services for Mrs. Laura F Taylor, who died yesterday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Carmi Driggers, 510 S Oates Street, after a long illness,, were to be held at 3 pm today at the Taylor Methodist Church with the Rev. J A Crews of Taylor and the Rev. W O Phillips of Dothan officiating. Burial was to follow in the Clark Cemetery with Ward-Wilson in charge.
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7 Oct 1943
Frances Lingo Dies on Headland Route

Funeral services for Frances Lingo, sixteen, who died at his home on Headland route two, were held this afternoon at Old C*** Church with the Rev. Mr. Halstead officiating. Burial followed in the church Cemetery with Headland Mortuary in charge.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. F T Lingo of Headland route two, a sister, Mar** Lingo and five brothers, Mauldin, Thomas, David, Moody, and Gerald, all of Headland route two.
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8 Oct 1943
Mrs. John Merkle Dies in Dothan
Mrs. Sarah Gertrude Merkle, thirty-seven, the former Miss Sarah Gertrude Bell, died at the home of her mother, Mrs. W J Bell, 202 N Lean St., at 4:10 pm yesterday following a long illness.

Mrs. Merkle, a graduate of the Dothan city schools, attended Brenau College and the University of Alabama, where she was a member of Kappa Delta sorority. She moved to Paris, Ill., about 16 years ago and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Dothan.

Surviving are her husband, John A Merkle, of Dayton, O.; a son, Johnny Merkle, Jr.; her mother, Mrs. W J Bell, Dothan; three sisters, Mrs. J H Disque of Gadsden, Mrs. R R Saunders, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Mrs. M L Hanahan Jr., Dothan.

Funeral was to be held at the home of her mother at 2:30 pm today with the Rev. Sam C Reeves, pastor of the First Baptist Church officiating. Burial was to follow in the Columbia Cemetery with Ward-Wilson in charge.

Pallbearers were to be Marion L Oakley, Merris Malone, William ***, Harry Hall, Horace Hall, **ry Disque, Will. Jeffries and Pat Jones.
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Henry L McGriff Dies In Hospital.

Funeral services for Henry L McGriff, sixty-eight, of Columbia, who died in a Dothan hospital yesterday afternoon following a long illness will be held tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 at the residence with the Rev. Charles C** of Columbia officiating. Burial will follow in the Columbia Cemetery with Ward-Wilson in charge.

A life-long resident of Columbia, he was a retired rural mail carrier and a member of the Columbia Methodist Church and Masonic Lodge.

Surviving are his wife; four daughters, Mrs. E W Mc***, of Clayton, N C., Mrs. William Peterson, Jr., of Mobile, Mrs. L Whitton of Columbia and (obit cut off on right edge) Mrs. Roy Dowling of Bonifay; six sons, Harry L McGriff, of Salem, ** Marcus T McGriff of Shreveport, La., Roy McGriff of Winston-Salem NC, Jack McGriff of Columbia, Chester McGriff of Mobile.
Corporal Oscar James McGriff, Camp Crowder, Mo.; a sister, Mrs. D A Koonce of Charlotte, N. *.; two brothers, R E and E A McGriff of Columbia; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Active Pallbearers will be T** Bryan, A D Willkerson, W R McKennie, and George Gilbert.

Honorary Pallbearers L *. Armstrong, C T Harris, T S Wilkerson and Arthur M Skipper.
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Marriages
The following marriage licenses were issued at the probate office during the past week:

Euless Dennard, Campbellton, route two and Verna May Jackson, Campbellton route one.
Andrew David Hawthorne, Geneva route one, and Lydia Whitehead, Geneva route one.
Clarence D McSwain, Graceville route three, and Syble Allen Everidge, Graceville.
Staff Sergeant William B Whnslow, Jr., East Jeffrey, N J and Ona Kathryn Collier, Augusta, Ga.
William F Shipper, Dothan route two and Bonnie Res Hall, Dothan route two.
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Deaths:
Mrs. Julia Cox of Geneva.
John Patrick Cowan, seventy-six, of Geneva route one.
Mrs. Laura F Taylor, of Dothan.
Mrs. Alice Emfinger, sixty-nine, of Dothan route one.
E G Jones, of Waycross, Georgia.
Miss Vivian Carswell, twenty-four of Dothan.
Mrs. H P Nichols, sixty-five, of Dothan route two.
R H Sisson of Montgomery.
W C Collins, fifty-eight, of Jacksonville.
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10 Oct 1943
Youth Fatally Hurt When Auto Upsets.
James F Harris, eighteen, of Hartford route three, was fatally injured late Friday afternoon in an automobile accident two miles south of Brannon’s Stand In the southwestern section of Houston County, Alabama State Highway Patrolman Frank Dunham said yesterday.

The patrolman said Harris was alone at the time of the accident, which occurred when his automobile failed to negotiate a curve, striking the side of a culvert and overturning several times.

Harris was thrown out of the automobile and was unconscious when taken to a Dothan hospital . The patrolman said Harris’ shoes were ripped from his feet by the impact.

He was admitted to the hospital about 8 o’clock and died yesterday morning, hospital attaches reported.

Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 4:30 o’clock at Union Church, with the Rev. H M Givens officiating and the Rev. W D Whiton assisting. Burial will be in the church Cemetery.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher Harris, Hartford route three; three brothers, Charles Harris, U S Army; Melton Harris and Curtis Harris, both of Hartford,

Mary Ann Bruner Last Rites Held.
Marianna--Funeral services were held at the home of her parents at Cottondale four Mary Ann Bruner, eleven months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Curt Bruner. Interment was made in Pilgrims Rest Cemetery with arrangements under direction of Neal Funeral Home. The baby’s death occurred three days after she was scalded when a kettle of boiling water was accidentally overturned in the home.
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James Madison Hall Dies Near Slocomb.
James Madison Hall, seventy-nine, died at his home on Slocomb route one yesterday morning following an illness of five weeks. He had lived in the route one community for 18 years.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Dallie Hall; two sons, Henry and Rolie Hall of Columbus, Ga.; a brother, Noah Hall, Dothan route one; and nine grandchildren.

Funeral will be held at Burns Church at 3 pm today with the Rev. Will Davis officiating. Burial will follow in the Burns Cemetery with Ward-Wilson in charge.

Pallbearers will be Sid Holloway, Jimmie Graves, Bass Holloway, Jasper Smith, Henry Hinson and Ike Morgan.
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