Ben SLEDGE

1900-1930 Mississippi census

1900-1930 Mississippi Census

PROFILE:

Name: Ben SLEDGE

Known AKA: none that I know of

Surname Variations: SLUDGE/SLUDG/SLADE

DOB: 4 Jan 1891 in Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA

DOD: 22 Jul 1934 in Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA

Father: Donoma* SLEDGE

Mother: Mima** MOSLEY

Siblings: Sittie, Christopher, Matilda, Minnie, Lawrence, Angeline/Angiline/Angie, Prince, Walter, Jesse/Jessie/Jessey

Wife: Lucy Maria BUCK

Children with Lucy Maria BUCK: Lucy B “Mom B”, Lillian Claudell, George W, Angeline/Angaline/Angie S “Lyle”, Everlena/Everlynia/Evalina, Betty, Minnie Bell

*Donam/Donum/Donham
**Mimie/Mimey/Minerva/Minva/Minnie

Top: WWI Draft Registration Card. Bottom: WWI Report  For Military Duty

Top: WWI Draft Registration Card. Bottom: WWI Report
For Military Duty

TIMELINE:

4 Jan 1891: Birth in Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA (1917-1918 Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA WWI Draft Registration Card)

12 Jun 1900: Resident of Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA (1900 Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA Census)

11 May 1910: Resident of Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA (1910 Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA Census)

5 Jun 1917: Resident of Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA (Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA 1917-1918 WWI Draft Registration Card)

18 Jul 1918: Resident of Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA (Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA 1917-1918 WWI Report For Military Duty)

10 Jan 1920: Resident of Macon City, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA (1920 Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA Census)

15 Apr 1930: Resident of Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA (1930 Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA Census)

22 Jul 1934: Death in Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi USA (Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA Death Certificate; Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi Military Grave Registration)

23 Jul 1934: Burial in Colored Methodist Cemetery*** in Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi USA

***Now known as United Methodist Cemetery

Camp Funston in Kansas, Missouri circa 1918

Camp Funston in Kansas, Missouri circa 1918

NOTES:

I never got the chance to ask Grandmama Lillian SLEDGE what her father was like or to ask my mother if she ever told any stories about him. As you can see from his military grave registration, Papa Ben was a private in the Army. Aunt Edna said that he got shell shock as a result of the war. I have a Fold3 membership but there doesn’t appear to be any records available for him there so I plan to order them from NARA. Who knows, maybe there is a picture of him on file. I was unable to find a marriage record for Ben and Lucy (online) who could have married anytime after 1910. A visit to the Noxubee County courthouse would have to be made to search on a marriage license, pending my arrival stateside. Unless my Macon family would like to help me out with that…hint, hint . Ben was Lucy’s second husband (on the 1910 Noxubee County, Mississippi census she is listed as the wife of Lee QUINN and a Noxubee County marriage license was located for them…more on that when I get around to creating a profile page for her). It is possible that if Lee QUINN wasn’t deceased (a death record search request for him is pending), she never divorced him (or did she?) and spent her life with Ben as a common-law wife. I’m optimistic that they were legally married however in genealogy, that has to be proven with documentation. Ben’s occupations were as a laborer employed by Henry M. JONES in Macon, Mississippi; a baker and a farmer. The latter two he possibly worked at simultaneously and apparently he was working on his own account as an employer from 1920 up until 1930 when he was listed as being a farmer. Although his last occupation on his death certificate was given as a baker which ended the year of 1931. Perhaps he had stopped farming and continued as a baker but then stopped working altogether after 1931 due to illness? Ben died from a hemorrhage caused by piles. There was no indication of the duration for this illness on his death certificate because he had no doctor and in fact, no doctor was ever asked for. We can only speculate as to the why and how of his death with no attending physician: was there no doctor available at the time? Did he live too far away from a clinic or hospital where he could not travel because he lacked transportation or was not feeling up to the traveling? Did he not like doctors and was into curing himself with natural medicine? Or he knew his time had come and felt no doctor could help him? Whatever the case, I hope that he did not suffer.

12 August 2013 update: Cousin Alton CHANEY did some investigation of Papa Ben’s military company on Google and came across two sources of information. One was Wikipedia and the other was the A3Genealogy (A3G) blog of a Kansas City, Missouri professional genealogist, Kathleen Brandt. She wrote about her discovery of a great-uncle who served in the 805th Pioneer Infantry nicknamed the “Bearcats”. They were an all-Black infantry and coincidentally, Papa Ben also served with them in Company G (see the image of his military grave registration). Prompted by Kathleen’s description of the book her great-uncle was mentioned in, I tracked it down on the website of Archive.org, an incredible powerhouse of FREE “universal access to all knowledge”. Unfortunately, we did not find Papa Ben anywhere on the pages dedicated to Company G in this book, titled, “Victory: History of the 805th Pioneer Infantry American Expeditionary Forces”. There is an explanation offered that might explain why only a small amount of soldier’s names made it to print, “It is not the purpose of this history to make individual mention because space will not allow. Company ‘G’, since its inception, has been ‘on top’ all the way through. The men have been loyal to themselves, their officers, and non-commissioned officers, and their country, and they hold a place of high esteem in the eyes of their officers. They can return to civil life with a consciousness of a task well done and carry with them always the memories of their various careers as members of Company ‘G’, of the 805th Pioneer Infantry, the most efficient colored regiment in France” (page 136). I have put in a request for the retrieval of Papa Ben’s military records from NARA through A3G. Meanwhile, I will continue reading the Victory book to see if Papa Ben’s name appears. Stay tuned for another update provided that happens and/or his file is found!

WWI Final Payment Roll number 1-2

WWI Final Payment Roll number 1-2

2 September 2013 update: I have completed reading the book, Victory: History of the 805th Pioneer Infantry. I did not find Papa Ben’s name mentioned anywhere, not even in the captions of pictures. Now I am waiting for the notification of any records that Kathleen Brandt of A3G found or did not find at NARA.

28 September 2013 update: I added a collage of three scanned images received from Kathleen via NARA and the transcription. See “1918-1919 WWI Final Payment Roll”. This was the only thing found in Papa Ben’s military file and does not indicate if he served overseas. It was nice to see that he was paid upon discharge. $82.50 in 1918 is equal to $1,277.80 in 2013 when adjusted for inflation (see the screen capture of the US Inflation Calculator). That was a lot of money back then. I am sure it must have came in handy for him and his family and I hope it lasted for a while.

17 February 2014 update: A 1918 “Local Military Report For Duty” has been added to Papa Ben’s profile. His occupation is listed as a baker. His brother younger brother, Walter, was also a baker and called up for military duty at Camp Pike in Arkansas serving with and discharged from the 839th Company TC (TC=transportation corps?), while Papa Ben went to Camp Funston in Missouri. My thought is that they were possibly chosen for their culinary skills to work in the kitchen. Two other WWI documents located for Papa Ben and Walter were the “Statement Of Service Cards” and a 1917-1919 “Mississippi Veterans List” which have been transcribed below. I wonder how they felt being separated from each other during the war.

Left: WWI Final Payment Roll Number 3. Right: How much  $82.50 would be worth in 2013, adjusted for inflation

Left: WWI Final Payment Roll Number 3. Right: How much $82.50 would be worth in 2013, adjusted for inflation

TRANSCRIPTION OF RECORDS

1900 Mississippi Census
Noxubee County, Macon, Beat 3
Supervisor’s District No. 5, Enumeration District No. 65, Sheet No. 9A
Enumerated on 12 Jun 1900
Lines 6-13
Image 17 of 40 on FamilySearch.org
Image 779 of 1145 on Archive.org [Internet Archive]
Family Search http://bit.ly/12nkNBM
Internet Archive http://bit.ly/NZqOz9

Notes: Sludg=Sledge. Minnie=Mimmie or Mimie?

DONAM SLUDG: head of household, # dwelling visited 179, # family visited 179, Black, male, b. May 1860, 40yrs, married, number of years of present marriage: 13yrs, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: farmer, could read/write/speak English, ownership of home; owned or rented: rented, ownership of home; farm or house: farm, number of farm schedule: 112

MINNIE SLUDG: wife, Black, female, b. Apr 1870, 30yrs, married, number of years of present marriage: 13yrs, mother of how many children: 8, number of these children living: 7, born in MS, both parents born in MS, couldn’t read/write English but could speak it

MINNIE SLUDG: daughter, Black, female, b. May 1885, 15yrs, single, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: farm laborer sharer, could read/write/speak English

LAWRENCE SLUDG: son, Black, male, b. June 1887, 12yrs [number 13 scratched out], single, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: day laborer, couldn’t read/write English but could speak it

BEN SLUDG: son, Black, male, b. Jan 1890, 10yrs, single, born in MS, both parents born in MS, couldn’t read/write English but could speak it

ANGELINE SLUDG: daughter, Black, female, b. Apr 1892, 8yrs, single, born in MS, both parents born in MS, couldn’t read/write English but could speak it

WALTER SLUDG: son, Black, male, b. June 1895, 5yrs [number 5 written over 4], single, born in MS, both parents born in MS, couldn’t read/write English but could speak it

JESSIE SLUDG: son, Black, male, b. Mar 1898, 2yrs, single, born in MS, both parents born in MS, couldn’t read/write English but could speak it

Left: Mississippi WWI Veterans List. Right: WWI Statement  Of Service Card

Left: Mississippi WWI Veterans List. Right: WWI Statement Of Service Card

1910 Mississippi Census
Noxubee County, Township 14, Beat 2 (part of)
Supervisor’s District No. 1, Enumeration District No. 82, Sheet No. 15B
Enumerated on 11 May 1910
Macon and Cooksville Road
Line 66
Image 255 of 1345 on Archive.org [Internet Archive]
Family Search http://bit.ly/15Rwii6
Internet Archive http://bit.ly/1ci1Z9P

BEN SLEDGE: head of household, # dwelling house visited 202, # family visited 202, male, Black, b. 1889, 21yrs, single, born in MS, both parents born in MS, could read/write/speak English, occupation: farm laborer, industry: working out, whether an employer, employee or working on own account: W, whether out of work on April 15, 1910: no, number of weeks out of work during 1909: 16, ownership of home; owned or rented: rented, ownership of home; farm or house: house

1917-1918 United States World War I Draft Registration Card
http://bit.ly/15lqhLr
Registration Card No: 206
Name: Ben Sledge
Age in years: 26
Home address: Macon, Miss
Date of birth: Jan 4 1891
Are you (1) a natural born citizen, (2) a naturalized citizen, (3) an alien, (4) or have you declared your intention: (1)
Where were you born: Macon, Miss, U.S.
What is your present trade, occupation or office: laborer
By whom employed: Henry M Jones
Where employed: Macon, Miss
Have you a father, mother, wife, child under 12, or a sister or brother under 12, solely dependent on you for support: none
Married or single: no
Race: Negro
Do you claim exemption from draft: no
I affirm that I have verified above answers and that they are true: Ben Sledge [signature]
Registrar’s Record
Tall, medium or short: medium
Slender, medium or stout: medium
Color of eyes: brown
Color of hair: black
Bald: no
Has person lost arm, leg, hand, foot or both eyes, or is he otherwise disabled: no
Signature of registrar: Chas Strong
Precinct: Macon
City or county: Noxubee
State: Miss
Date of registration: 6/5/1917
Affiliate Publication Title: World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards
Affiliate Publication Number: M1509
GS Film number: 1682943
Digital Folder Number: 005151818
Image Number: 05690

Left: 1934 Mississippi Death Certificate. Right:  Military Grave Registration

Left: 1934 Mississippi Death Certificate. Right:
Military Grave Registration

1918 WWI Report For Military Duty
Image 152 of 1132 on Ancestry.com
http://ancstry.me/1iOFFqj
Form 1029 PMG
ORIGINAL
When completed to be mailed by Military Authorities to the Provost Marshal General, Washington, D.C.
Local Board for the County of Noxubee, State of Miss., Macon, Miss.
Sheet No. 1
Date: July 18, 1918

The selected men herein described, having ben inducted into military service on July 18, 1918 have this date been entrained for Camp Funston, Kansas. This statement consists of 3 sheets.

1. Order no: 976
2. Serial no: 782
3. Name: Ben Sledge
4. Call no: 838
5. Primary industry: baker
6. Classification I: A
7. Failed to report to military authorities:

1919 Statement Of Service Card
Mississippi World War I Statement of Service Cards and Indices
Series 1713: Mississippi World War I Statement of Service Cards, 1917-1919
Army
Alphabetical By Name
Shelton, J-Smith, C
Image 803 of 1075 on Mississippi Dept. of Archives & History
http://bit.ly/17SwEsD
1
Surname: Sledge
Christian name: Ben
Army serial number: 3,784,539
White, colored: colored
Residence: Macon, Noxubee, Mississippi
Enlisted *R.A. *N.G. *E.R.C. * Inducted at: Macon, Miss on July 18, 1918
Place of birth: Macon, Miss
Age or date of birth: 27 6/12 yrs
Organizations served in, with dates of assignments and transfers: Co G 805 Pion Inf to disch
Grades, with date of appointment: Pvt
Engagements:
Wounds or other injuries received in action: none
Served overseas from: Sept 1/18 to Feb 28/19 from _____ to _____
Honorably discharged on demobilization: Mch 29, 1919
In view of occupation he was, on date of discharge, reported: 0 per cent disabled
Remarks:
Form No. 724-1, A.G.O.
Nov. 22, 1919
*Strike out words not applicable
Dates of departure from and arrival in the U.S.
3-7362

1919 WWI Final Payment Roll
Retrieved by NARA (Reproduced at the National Archives-STL)
Received from Kathleen Brandt (A3Genealogy aka A3G)
Voucher no: 2516
Name of quartermaster: Joseph Goldman
Paid: March 1919
Final payment roll of
Organisation: Cas Co. 1
Regiment: Ret. and Cas. Camp
Discharged on: March 29, 1919
Appropriations
Pay, etc., of the Army, 1919: $2842.24
Pay, etc., of the Army, 191_:
General appropriations, Q.M. Corps $1919: 353.45
Pay of the Army, deposit fund:
Amount: $3195.69
Collections
Quartermaster: $376
Post Laundry: $7.75
Paid in cash: $3184.18
Total: $3195.69
Post laundry collections hereon paid by checks on Treasurer of the United States dated _____, as follows
Ft. __ston, $4.50, No. 7131
Ft. Lee Va, $325, No. 7120
A-15 Original
Station: Camp Shelby, Miss.
Date: March 29, 1919
I certify that the men borne on this roll were discharged this date; that this roll exhibits the true pay status of each man borne herein on such date; that the entries opposite the name of each man borne herein is entitled to travel allowances and to foreign service pay to include _____, 191_ (date of arrival in U.S.), and was last paid to include Feb. 28, 1919 by 1st Lt. J.M. Rosar, Quartermaster

__________
2nd Lt _____
Personnel Adjutant

I certify that I witnessed the payment of this roll and that prior to the signing of this certificate each man received the amount set opposite his name, with the exception of those men marked “not paid.”

Harry W. Short [signature]
2nd Lt _____ U.S.A.
Commanding organization

Note–This certificate to be signed on on the copy of the pay roll which bears signatures of the men for payment in cash.

I certify that this roll is a true copy ov the roll upon which payment, witnessed by me, was made, excepting as to the signatures in the receipt column and the certificate as to witnessing the payment thereof.

__________
_____
Commanding organization

Note–This certificate to be signed only on the copy of the roll not receipted, and which constitutes the quartermaster’s retained voucher.

Reproduced at the National Archives- STL
Page 4

War Department
Form No. 371-A
Approved by the Comptroller of Treasury Nov. 21, 1918

[Line number]: 20
Soldier’s initials typewritten: B.S.
Army seal number: 3784539
Grade: J.T.
Date and place of acceptance for enlistment, or place of receipt of notice for active duty, by reservist; inducted; reporting for duty as National Guardsman under caller draft by the President, to which entitled to travel allowances: July 18/18 Macon Miss
Enrollment paid: 1
Total amount of pay: 60.00
Q.M.: 29.00
Allotments: Class A and B: 14.50
Total amount of allotments: 14.50
Credits net pay: 74.50

Reproduced at the National Archives- STL
Page 5

[Line number]: 20
Travel pay: 8.00
Total credits: 82.50
Balance paid to soldier: 82.50
Received payment in cash of: Sledge, Ben [signature]
Name of quartermaster: Harry W. Short witness _____

1917-1919 Mississippi WWI Army Veterans Index
Mississippi Department of Archives & History (MDAH)
Mississippi World War I Statement of Service Cards and Indices
Z/0291.000/S: Master Alphabetical Index of World War I Army Veterans (Mississippi)
R-Z
Image 103 of 351 on MDAH
Accessed 7 Nov 2013
http://bit.ly/17SwEsD

EX-SERVICE MEN OF MISSISSIPPI

Name: Ben Sledge
Race: C
Serial no: 3,784,539
Address: Macon
County: Noxubee

1920 Mississippi Census
Macon City, Noxubee County, Beat 3
Supervisor’s District 3, Enumeration District 80, Sheet ?A
Enumerated on 10 Jan 1920
Walnut St
Lines 35-40
Image 269 of 1106 on Archive.org [Internet Archive]
Family Search http://bit.ly/13iNQjP
Internet Archive http://bit.ly/1en519n

Notes: Number dwelling in order of visitation 125. Charley=Charlie

BEN SLEDGE: head, rented house [2], head of household, b. 4 Jan 1891, 29yrs, male, Black, married, could read/write/speak English, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation as a baker

LUCY SLEDGE: wife, b. 1892, 28yrs, female, Black, married, could read/write/speak English, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation as a worker at home

ALBERT LONG: nephew, b. 1899, 21yrs, male, Black, single, could read/write/speak English, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation as a truck driver

LUCY B SLEDGE: daughter, b. 1916, 4 10/12yrs, female, Black, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

LILLIAN C SLEDGE: daughter, b. Dec 1918, 2 1/12yrs, female, Black, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

CHARLEY QUINN: step-son, b. 1909, 11yrs, male, Black, did not attend school, could not read/write English but could speak it, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

1930 Mississippi Census
Noxubee County, part of Beat 3
Enumeration District 52-10, Supervisor’s District 7, Sheet 11A
Enumerated on 15 Apr 1930
Shuqualak and Cockrell
Lines 34-41
Shuqualak and Cockrell
Image 885 of 1155 on Archive.org [Internet Archive]
Family Search http://bit.ly/TxQH5D
Internet Archive http://bit.ly/M93ptK

Notes: Minerva=Mima and Evelynia=Everlynia.

BEN SLEDGE: # dwelling house visited 214, # family visited 237, rented house, lived on a farm, head of household, b. 1892, 38yrs, male, Black, married at 28yrs, did not attend school, could read/write/speak English, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation as a general farmer, class of worker was O, was at work the day before census, not a veteran

LUCY SLEDGE: wife, b. 1890, 36yrs, female, Black, married at 21yrs, did not attend school, could read/write/speak English, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

LUCY B SLEDGE: daughter, b. 1915, 15yrs, female, Black, single, attended school, could not read/write English but could speak it, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

LILLIAN SLEDGE: daughter, b. 1918, 12yrs, female, Black, single, attended school, could not read/write English but could speak it, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

ANGALINE SLEDGE: daughter, b. 1922, 8yrs, female, Black, single, attended school, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

EVERLYNIA SLEDGE: daughter, b. 1925, 5yrs, female, Black, single, did not attend school, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

GEORGE SLEDGE: son, b. 1927, 3yrs, male, Black, single, did not attend school, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

MINERVA SLEDGE: mother, b. 1862, 68yrs, female, Black, married at 21yrs, did not attend school, could not read/write English but could speak it, born in MS, father born in NC, mother born in GA, occupation: none

1934 Death Certificate
Vital Records & Statistics
Mississippi State Department Of Health (MSDH)
www.HealthyMS.com

STATE OF MISSISSIPPI
Mississippi State Department of Health
Vital Records
10826033

Bureau of Vital Statistics
Standard Certificate Of Death
Mississippi State Board of Health
State File No. 34-11662

1. PLACE OF DEATH
County: Noxubee
Registered no:
Voting precinct:
Or village:
Or city: Macon
No:
St:
Ward:
(If death occurred in a hospital or institution, give its NAME instead of street and number)
Length of residence in city or town where death occurred?
Yrs:
Mos:
Ds:
How long in U.S. if of foreign birth?
Yrs:
Mos:
Ds:
2. Full name: Ben Sledge
(a) Residence:
No:
St:
Ward:
(If nonresident give city or town or state)
PERSONAL AND STATISTICAL PARTICULARS
3. Sex: male
4. Color or race: Black
5. Single, married, widowed or divorced: married
5a. If married, widowed or divorced HUSBAND of (or) WIFE of: Lucy Sledge
6. Date of birth (month, day, year)
7. Age:
Years: 43
Months:
Days:
8. Trade, profession: baker
9. Industry or business
10. Date deceased last worked at this occupation: 1931
11 Total time (years) spent in this occupation: 15
12. Birthplace: Nox Co. Miss.
13. Father name: Donoma Sledge
14. Father birthplace: unknown
15. Mother maide name: Mima Mosley
16. Mother birthplace: Miss
17. Informant (and address): Lucy M Sledge
18. Burial, cremation or removal
Place: Methodist
Date: 7/23, 1934
19. Undertaker: HR Dare & Co
20. Filed: 7-23, 1934
Registrar: Ora H. Bethany
MEDICAL CERTIFICATE OF DEATH
21. Date of death (month, day, year): 7/22, 1934
22. I hereby certify that I attended the deceased from ____ 19__ to _____ 19__. I last saw h_____ alive on _____ 19__. Death is said to have occurred on the date above, at 3 p.m.
The principal cause of death and related causes of importance in order of onset were as follows: hemorrhage caused from piles
Date of onset:
Contributory causes of importance not related to principal cause: no doctor R.F.C. helping him but no doctor ask for in time
Name of operation (if any was done):
Date of:
What test confirmed diagnosis:
Was there an autopsy: no
23. If death was due to external causes (violence) fill in also the following:
Accident, suicide or homicide:
Date of injury:
Where did injury occur (specify city or town, county and state):
Manner of injury:
Nature of injury:
24. Was disease or injury in any way related to occupation of deceased? If so, specify: had no physician
(Signed) _____ M.D.
Address:

1934 Military Grave Registration
Mississippi, State Archives, Various Records, 1820-1951
Noxubee County Military Grave Registrations 1917-1941
Box 11108
http://bit.ly/ZAmwxx

Notes: The word “finished” is scrawled diagonally across the page.

Work Sheet No. 222 [check mark in upper right hand corner]
Col W-W.
County: Noxubee
City or Twp: Macon 3-T-15 R-17.
Cemetery: Colored Methodist
Name:
First: Ben
Middle:
Last: Sledge
[432 written on left side]
(A) FIELD CHECK
1. Grave no:
Lot no:
Block no:
2. Marker:
Flat:
Upright:
None: none
3. Information on marker: (copy exactly):
Andrew W. Sullivan (field foreman) [signature]
(B) CEMETERY RECORD DATA
4. Grave no:
Lot no:
Block no:
5. Date of burial:
Remarks: overseas from 9-1-1918 to 2-28-1919
6. Book no:
Page no:
(clerk)
(C) DEATH CERTIFICATE DATA
Certificate no: 11662-34
7. Address:
Street:
City or town: Macon
State: Miss
8. Date of death: 7-22-1934
Place: Macon, Miss
Cause: hemorrhage
9. Date of birth: 1891
Place: Macon, Miss.
10. Next of kin:
Name: Mimie Sledge (m)
Address: Macon, Miss
Charles H. Barnes (clerk) [signature]
(D) SERVICE RECORD
11. Date enlisted: 7-18-1918
Date discharged: 3-29-1919
Serial no.: 3,784,539
12. Branch of service: Army (WW)
Rank: PVT
13. Company, outfit or ship: Co. G. 805th Pion. inf. to disch.
14. Sources: a, e
(clerk)
[OK written to the right side]
Sources: (a) Inspection of burial plot (b) section or cemetery record (c) death certificate or burial permit (d) patriotic organizatiion (name) (e) official U.S. records (f) other (specify)
[OK written to the right side]
Form No. 3

Burial

Find A Grave Memorial
http://bit.ly/WLR4Pb
Name: Ben Sledge
Birth: Jan. 4, 1891
Macon
Noxubee County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Jul. 22, 1934
Macon
Noxubee County
Mississippi, USA
Bio: http://bit.ly/16vgaVF
Family links:
Spouse: Lucy Maria Buck Sledge (1888 – 1951)
Children: Lillian Claudell Sledge (1917 – 2013)
Burial:
United Methodist Cemetery
Macon
Noxubee County
Mississippi, USA
Created by: Tara R. Gregory
Record added: Mar 21, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 107033991

Obituary/Funeral Program:

None available as of this writing.

Photo Credit: Camp Funston 1918, GG Archives, Ancestry.com, Family Search, Internet Archive

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Lillian Claudell SLEDGE

Left: Muh Dear with a joie de vivre smile. Right: Page 1 of funeral program

Left: Muh Dear with a joie de vivre smile. Right: Page 1 of
funeral program

PROFILE:

Name: Lillian Claudell SLEDGE

Known AKA: Muh Dear, Lil Woman

Surname Variations: SLUDGE/SLUDG

DOB: 2 December 1917 in Macon, Noxubee, Mississippi, USA

DOD: 30 January 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Father: Ben SLEDGE

Mother: Lucy BUCK

Siblings: Lucy B “Mom B”, George W, Angeline/Angaline/Angie S “Lyle”, Everlena/Everlynia/Evalina, Betty, Minnie Bell

Half-sibling from mother Lucy BUCK and Lee QUINN: Charlie/Charley QUINN

Partner: Oliver BELL Sr (common-law husband, information from Aunt Edna Z. DAVIS nee BELL through my brother, Billy J. SLEDGE)

Children with Oliver BELL Sr: Carlene E, Edna Z, William Loyd “Cot”, Mabel Roy, Oliver “Fat” Jr

Partner: Sam WILLIAMS Sr

Children with Sam WILLIAMS Sr: Margaret Ruth SLEDGE

Partner: Unknown, UNKNOWN

Children with Unknown, UNKNOWN: Wade SLEDGE Sr

Partner: Unknown, UNKNOWN

Children with Unknown, UNKNOWN: Eunice Jean/Gene SLEDGE

Page 2 and 3 of funeral program.

Page 2 and 3 of funeral program.

TIMELINE:

2 Dec 1917: Birth in Macon, Noxubee, Mississippi, USA (Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA Birth Certificate)

10 Jan 1920: Resident of Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA (1920 Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA Census)

15 Apr 1930: Resident of Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA (1930 Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA Census)

1 Apr 1935: Resident of Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA (1940 Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA Census)

25 Apr 1940: Resident of Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA (1940 Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA Census)

1941-2010 Resident of Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA

2010-2013: Resident of St. Louis, Missouri, USA

30 January 2013: Death in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

8 February 2013: Burial in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Macon, Mississippi, USA

Page 4 and 5 of funeral program.

Page 4 and 5 of funeral program.

NOTES:

“Muh Dear” was a “Lil Woman” but feisty! I can remember Mama telling me that even though Grandmama Lillian was much older than her, she could not keep up with her as they were walking through Macon one day. Before passing, Grandmama Lillian had outlived three of her eight children (Mabel Roy, Oliver Jr, Margaret Ruth) and all but one of her siblings (Minnie). Despite the fact that she was afflicted with Alzheimer’s, she would still give someone “the business” according to my sister. She was in and out of the past and I had hope to get back home one day to catch her on one of her lucid days so she could tell me about the good old days and our ancestors. For now, let me recount some of her past from what my mother had passed on to me and from my own memories of her.

Page 6 and 7 of funeral program.

Page 6 and 7 of funeral program.

There was a dirt road that ran in front of Grandmama’s house and she lived in an area called Baptist Hill. Her house was made of wood, a tin roof and had a wide front porch that was shared with her next door neighbor, Bessie Ann(?), whose house was separated from hers by a wall. Mama was fond of saying, “these walls are paper thin”, meaning the neighbors can hear everything that goes on in your house. When you came through the front door of Grandmama’s portion of the house, there was a big room that doubled as the bedroom and living room. She always had 2 large sized beds on either side of the walls, with a window between them. When you left that room, you walked into a small kitchen. From the kitchen door, you stepped out onto another wooden porch with a pump. There you would find the bathroom to your left with a large tin tub and a modern toilet. I was always scared to go to the bathroom because Mama or Grandmama told me to check the toilet before I sat down in case there was a snake in the water. One day me, my sister and a cousin were out playing on the back porch and I don’t remember who broke the water pump because we all blamed each other. I think we scattered when Grandmama started fussing. What was we gonna stick around for, a whupping? She had some pet peeves with us children: no doing stomping cheers on her back porch that made the boards creak or scraping the plates with eating utensils. We used to get on her nerves but she was very loving and sweet (you can see a hint of her lively spirit shining through in the above picture). My only memory of her food was cooking us either rice or grits with butter and sausage. I thought eating rice for breakfast was strange but maybe it was a Mississippi thing or maybe that was all she had at the time. I do not know all of the jobs that my grandmother had. The 1940 census lists her as a doing housework in the home but doesn’t specify whether it was the residence she lived or some other residence. However, Mama told me that Grandmama used to work as a maid for a White family and for some reason added that she had to go through the back door. I assumed this was required because she was Black. Although in other cases if there were service workers, they would also enter through back doors of houses. Mama also told me that when she was with her mother walking down the streets of Macon, if you passed by White people sitting out on their porches, you had to speak to them first and it was never the other way around. One exception to this was that the young usually spoke first to the elders regardless of whether they were Black or White. You may wonder why I mention this but I want to impart everything I remember and not shy away from the fact that Grandmama lived in a Southern state and during a time period when Jim Crow Laws were the norm. Grandmama Lillian was the common-law wife of Oliver BELL Sr but they were never legally married (according to one of her children with him, Edna Z. DAVIS nee BELL). I do not know if he died while they were together or they went their separate ways. She had three partners after him whom she never married. She was a single mother who raised eight children which was hard to do in those times. But she was a strong woman and she persevered by the grace of God. I fervently pray that I have a chance to see her one last time before she leaves this earth. She is my grandmother but like a mother and the closest that I will ever get to my own mother again in this world.

Left: Page 8 of funeral program. Right: Grandmama's obituary in The Dispatch online newspaper

Left: Page 8 of funeral program. Right: Grandmama’s obituary in The Dispatch online newspaper

1 February 2013 update: The last of my parents is gone. I have no more parents or grandparents on this earth. Grandmama Lillian died on the night of 30 January 2013. She took a deep breath and died while Aunt Edna was in the room with her. I hope that she has found peace, is now in a better place and has been reunited with the loved ones who have preceded her in death. Last time I saw Grandmama Lillian was in 1994. For 18 years I have been missing her and I am still missing her. Deep down I had a feeling that I might never see her again and it has come to pass. Initially I was angry that I can’t be in St. Louis and it also dredged up dormant feelings of sadness and guilt at being in another country when my mother died, but I can’t keep dwelling on it. Instead, I must celebrate the long life that Grandmama Lillian lived and turn her death into something positive such as continuing to document her life story. Yesterday while doing a household chore, I was imagining the dream conversation that I’ve always wanted to have with her. I’m praying that the answers to the questions that I had planned to ask her will turn up in her records. And I also have carbon copies of her in her children, my aunts and uncles, who I am sure have memories galore to fill in the blanks of what the records can’t! Please pray for Grandmama Lillian and her family, thanks.

Left: A sharecropper house in Mississippi. This is almost similar to the one Grandmama lived in. Right: Headstone in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Macon, Mississippi

Left: A sharecropper house in Mississippi. This is
almost similar to the one Grandmama lived in.
Right: Headstone in Odd Fellows Cemetery
in Macon, Mississippi

TRANSCRIPTION OF RECORDS:

1917 Mississippi Birth Certificate
State File No: 37825
Name: Lillian Sledge
Date of birth: 2 December 1917
Birthplace: Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi
Father:
Father birthplace:
Mother: Lucy Buck
Mother birthplace: Macon, Mississippi
Informant:

1920 Mississippi Census
Macon City, Noxubee County, Beat 3
Supervisor’s District 3, Enumeration District 80, Sheet ?A
Enumerated on 10 Jan 1920
Walnut St
Lines 35-40
Image 269 of 1106 on Archive.org [Internet Archive]
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Internet Archive http://bit.ly/1en519n

Notes: Number dwelling in order of visitation 125. Charley=Charlie

BEN SLEDGE: head, rented house [2], head of household, b. 4 Jan 1891, 29yrs, male, Black, married, could read/write/speak English, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation as a baker

LUCY SLEDGE: wife, b. 1892, 28yrs, female, Black, married, could read/write/speak English, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation as a worker at home

ALBERT LONG: nephew, b. 1899, 21yrs, male, Black, single, could read/write/speak English, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation as a truck driver

LUCY B SLEDGE: daughter, b. 1916, 4 10/12yrs, female, Black, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

LILLIAN C SLEDGE: daughter, b. Dec 1918, 2 1/12yrs, female, Black, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

CHARLEY QUINN: step-son, b. 1909, 11yrs, male, Black, did not attend school, could not read/write English but could speak it, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

Top: 1920 Mississippi census. Middle: 1930 Mississippi census. Bottom: 1940 Mississippi census

Top: 1920 Mississippi census. Middle: 1930 Mississippi census. Bottom: 1940 Mississippi census

1930 Mississippi Census
Noxubee County, part of Beat 3
Enumeration District 52-10, Supervisor’s District 7, Sheet 11A
Enumerated on 15 Apr 1930
Shuqualak and Cockrell
Lines 34-41
Shuqualak and Cockrell
Image 885 of 1155 on Archive.org [Internet Archive]
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Notes: Minerva=Mima and Evelynia=Everlynia.

BEN SLEDGE: # dwelling house visited 214, # family visited 237, rented house, lived on a farm, head of household, b. 1892, 38yrs, male, Black, married at 28yrs, did not attend school, could read/write/speak English, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation as a general farmer, class of worker was O, was at work the day before census, not a veteran

LUCY SLEDGE: wife, b. 1890, 36yrs, female, Black, married at 21yrs, did not attend school, could read/write/speak English, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

LUCY B SLEDGE: daughter, b. 1915, 15yrs, female, Black, single, attended school, could not read/write English but could speak it, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

LILLIAN SLEDGE: daughter, b. 1918, 12yrs, female, Black, single, attended school, could not read/write English but could speak it, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

ANGALINE SLEDGE: daughter, b. 1922, 8yrs, female, Black, single, attended school, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

EVERLYNIA SLEDGE: daughter, b. 1925, 5yrs, female, Black, single, did not attend school, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

GEORGE SLEDGE: son, b. 1927, 3yrs, male, Black, single, did not attend school, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

MINERVA SLEDGE: mother, b. 1862, 68yrs, female, Black, married at 21yrs, did not attend school, could not read/write English but could speak it, born in MS, father born in NC, mother born in GA, occupation: none

1940 Mississippi Census
Noxubee County, Macon, District 3, Block Nos 32-34
S.D. No 1, E.D. No 52-7, Sheet 25B
Enumerated on 25 Apr 1940
Baptist Hill Negroe Settlement
Lines 72-78
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Notes: Lillian Bell nee Sledge and Oliver Bell Sr were never legally married, she was his common law wife. Source: Edna Z. Davis nee Bell.

HATTIE ANN BELL: head of household [x inside a circle means she gave information for her household], # of household in order of visitation: 516, Home owned (O) or rented (R): rented, Value of home, if owned, or monthly rental, if rented: 2, Does this household live on a farm? (Yes or No): no, Sex: female, Color or race: Negro, Age at last birthday: 54, Birth year: 1886, Marital status: widowed, Attended school or college any time since March 1, 1940? (Yes or No): no, Highest grade of school completed: 6, Place of birth: MS, In what place did the person live in 1 April 1935? City, County, State: same place, Was this person AT WORK for pay or profit in private or nonemergency Gov’t. work during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No): no, If not, was he at work on, or assigned to, public EMERGENCY WORK (WPA, NYA, CCC, etc.) during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No): no, Was this person SEEKING WORK? (Yes or No): no, If not seeking work, did he HAVE A JOB, business, etc.? (Yes or No): no, Indicate whether engaged in home housework (H), in school (S), unable to work (U), or other (Ot): home housework, Number of weeks worked in 1939 (Equivalent full-time weeks): 0, Amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions): 0, Did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary? (Yes or No): no

JOHNNIE BELL: son, Sex: male, Color or race: Negro, Age at last birthday: 19, Birth year: 1921, Marital status: single, Attended school or college any time since March 1, 1940? (Yes or No): no, Highest grade of school completed: 7, Place of birth: MS, In what place did the person live in 1 April 1935? City, County, State: same place, Was this person AT WORK for pay or profit in private or nonemergency Gov’t. work during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No): yes, Number of hours worked during week of March 24-30, 1940: 35, Occupation: yard boy, Industry: private home, class of worker: PW, Number of weeks worked in 1939 (Equivalent full-time weeks): 52, Amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions): 156, Did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary? (Yes or No): no

MARTHA BELL: daughter, Sex: female, Color or race: Negro, Age at last birthday: 17, Birth year: 1923, Marital status: single, Attended school or college any time since March 1, 1940? (Yes or No): no, Highest grade of school completed: 7, Place of birth: MS, In what place did the person live in 1 April 1935? City, County, State: same place, Was this person AT WORK for pay or profit in private or nonemergency Gov’t. work during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No): yes, Number of hours worked during week of March 24-30, 1940: 30, Occupation: nurse maid, Industry: private home, class of worker: PW, Number of weeks worked in 1939 (Equivalent full-time weeks): 52, Amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions): 104, Did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary? (Yes or No): no

WILLIE BELL: son, Sex: male, Color or race: Negro, Age at last birthday: 32, Birth year: 1908, Marital status: married, Attended school or college any time since March 1, 1940? (Yes or No): no, Highest grade of school completed: 4, Place of birth: MS, In what place did the person live in 1 April 1935? City, County, State: same place, Was this person AT WORK for pay or profit in private or nonemergency Gov’t. work during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No): yes, Number of hours worked during week of March 24-30, 1940: 48, Occupation: yard boy, Industry: private home, class of worker: PW, Number of weeks worked in 1939 (Equivalent full-time weeks): 52, Amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions): 156, Did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary? (Yes or No): no

FLORENCE BELL: wife (daughter-in-law), Sex: female, Color or race: Negro, Age at last birthday: 22, Birth year: 1918, Marital status: married, Attended school or college any time since March 1, 1940? (Yes or No): no, Highest grade of school completed: 4, Place of birth: MS, In what place did the person live in 1 April 1935? City, County, State: same place, Was this person AT WORK for pay or profit in private or nonemergency Gov’t. work during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No): no, If not, was he at work on, or assigned to, public EMERGENCY WORK (WPA, NYA, CCC, etc.) during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No): no, Was this person SEEKING WORK? (Yes or No): no, If not seeking work, did he HAVE A JOB, business, etc.? (Yes or No): no, Indicate whether engaged in home housework (H), in school (S), unable to work (U), or other (Ot): home housework, Number of weeks worked in 1939 (Equivalent full-time weeks): 0, Amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions): 0, Did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary? (Yes or No): no

OLIVER BELL: son, Sex: male, Color or race: Negro, Age at last birthday: 25, Birth year: 1915, Marital status: married, Attended school or college any time since March 1, 1940? (Yes or No): no, Highest grade of school completed: 4, Place of birth: MS, In what place did the person live in 1 April 1935? City, County, State: same place, Was this person AT WORK for pay or profit in private or nonemergency Gov’t. work during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No): yes, Number of hours worked during week of March 24-30, 1940: 48, Occupation: gardener, Industry: private home, class of worker: PW, Number of weeks worked in 1939 (Equivalent full-time weeks): 16, Amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions): 80, Did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary? (Yes or No): no

LILLIAN BELL: wife (daughter-in-law), Sex: female, Color or race: Negro, Age at last birthday: 20, Birth year: 1920, Marital status: married, Attended school or college any time since March 1, 1940? (Yes or No): no, Highest grade of school completed: H-1, Place of birth: MS, In what place did the person live in 1 April 1935? City, County, State: same place, Was this person AT WORK for pay or profit in private or nonemergency Gov’t. work during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No): no, If not, was he at work on, or assigned to, public EMERGENCY WORK (WPA, NYA, CCC, etc.) during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No): no, Was this person SEEKING WORK? (Yes or No): no, If not seeking work, did he HAVE A JOB, business, etc.? (Yes or No): no, Indicate whether engaged in home housework (H), in school (S), unable to work (U), or other (Ot): home housework, Number of weeks worked in 1939 (Equivalent full-time weeks): 52, Amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions): 152, Did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary? (Yes or No): no

Burial

Find A Grave Memorial
http://bit.ly/XA94aj
Name: Lillian Claudell “Muh Dear” Sledge
Birth: Dec. 2, 1917
Macon
Noxubee County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Jan. 30, 2013
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Bio: http://wp.me/p2v72Z-8f
Family links:
Parents:
Ben Sledge (1891 – 1934)
Children:
Mable Roy Bell Chaney (1938 – 1982)
Oliver Bell (1940 – 1982)
Margaret Ruth Sledge Gregory (1950 – 2006)
Inscription:
Lillian C. Sledge
1917-2013
Courtesy of Lee-Sykes Funeral Home
Note: Temporary marker transcription
Burial:
Odd Fellows Cemetery
Macon
Noxubee County
Mississippi, USA
Created by: Tara R. Gregory
Record added: Feb 08, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 104819388
Headstone photo added by: Tara R. Gregory
Headstone photo credit: Alton Chaney Sr
Cemetery photo added by: NatalieMaynor

Obituary/Funeral Program

PAGE 1

Celebrating The Life Of Lillian C. Sledge
Sunrise: December 2, 1917
Sunset: January 30, 2013
Friday, February 8, 2013, 11:00am
Second Baptist Church, 301 East Street, Macon, Mississippi, 39341
Rev. William Thomas, Pastor

PAGE 2

Remembering Mama

For as long as I can remember, Mama was always there to love us and make us feel safe. She was there to hug and kiss away the pain, whether physical or emotional. Mama was a mentor and gave advice to those she loved. Her wisdom directed our paths into adulthood and it is an honor to share her wisdom with our own families.

Mama was a great provider. There were eight of us to feed and clothe. She did this on just $7.00 dollars a week! Mama loved God and I am sure that it was Him that assisted her in performing this miracle.

Mama was a disciplinarian, but she spared the rod. She would punish us with words, always explaining the consequences of the behavior we exhibited.

I know that we alll often wondered wat we would do without Mama, but now I know that we will be fine because she taught us, by example, to stand up on our own.

Love you Mama, William

PAGE 3

Life Reflections

Lillian Claudell Sledge was born December 2, 1917 to the late Ben and Lucy Sledge in Macon, Mississippi. She was one of seven children. She transitioned from this life on January 30, 2013, at the blessed aged of 95 under the care of her daughter, Edna Davis.

Lillian accepted Christ at an early age. She became a member of Second Baptist Church, and served as church secretary until she was no longer able to do so. Lillian earned her education in the Noxubee County School District. She worked hard and tirelessly to take care of her children and menbers of the family. She was a witty, funny and generous person that was always full of laughter, especially during her “story telling”. Lillian was adored by her family, friends, as well as her church family. The mother of eight children, Lillian was proud of them all.

Three children preceded her in death; Mable Roy Chaney, Oliver “Fat” Bell, and Margaret Ruth “Ree” Gregory.

Lillian leaves to mourn her passing, five children: Eunice J. Holman of Memphis, TN; William L. “Cot” Bell (Elaine Bell) of Memphis, TN; Carlene E. Graham (John Graham) of Macon, MS; Edna Z. Davis (Billy Davis) of St. Louis, MO and Wade Sledge of Macon, MS. Lillian also leaves behind a loving sister, Minnie Holman of Macon, MS.

Lillian had a host of grandchildren, 4 which preceded her in death and 32 remain to cherish and honor her beautiful memory. Further treasuring Lillian is a wealth of great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren. She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. Lillian C. Sledge will be missed and treasured by everyone who ever crossed her path in life.

PAGE 4

Order Of Service

Processional…..
Scripture…..
Prayer…..
Musical Selection…..Grandchildren — Song Melody
Acknowledgement of Expressions of Sympathy…..Tina Gregory
Tribute…..
Selection…..”I Always Love My Mother”
Condolences …..
Life Reflections (Read Silently)…..Soft Music
Solo…..
Eulogy…..
Parting View…..
Recessional…..

The 23rd Psalm

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul.
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
Yea, thoug I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.
They rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies,
Thou annointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever.

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Pictures

PAGE 8

Pallbearers: family and friends
Flower bearers: family and friends
Interment: Odd Fellows Cemetery, Brooksville, Mississippi*
Repast: Second Baptist Church, Macon, Mississippi

[*Correction: Odd Fellows Cemetery in Macon, Mississippi]

Acknowledgements

The family of Lillian Sledge would like to express sincere gratitude for prayers, food, flowers, thoughts, and all other acts of kindness that were shown to us during our time of bereavement. May God continue to bless you, is our prayer. The Family

Professional Services Entrusted To

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Notes: Submitted a comment to The Dispatch as follows, “In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Mable Roy Chaney, Oliver Bell and Margaret Ruth Gregory”. Correction: Mable, Oliver and Margaret are not the siblings of Lillian, they are her children.

Obituary For Lillian Sledge

MACON — Lillian Claudell Sledge, 95, died Jan. 30, 2013, in St. Louis. Services are Friday at 11 a.m. at Second Baptist Church in Macon with William Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in Oddfellow Cemetery. Visitation is today from noon to 5 p.m. at Lee-Sykes Funeral Home Chapel. Mrs. Sledge was born Dec. 2, 1917, to the late Ben and Lucy Sledge. She was a member of Second Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Mable Roy Chaney, Oliver Bell and Margaret Ruth Gregory, Survivors include her sons, William L. Bell of Memphis, Tenn., and Wade Sledge of Macon; daughters, Eunice J. Holman of Memphis, Carlene Graham of Macon and Edna Z. Davis of St. Louis; sister, Minnie Holman of Macon; and 32 grandchildren.

Tribute To Mrs. Lillian Sledge
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Photo Credit: Alton CHANEY Sr, Family Search, Internet Archive, The Dispatch

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Sam Jones WILLIAMS Sr

Obituary courtesy of Cousin Earl WILSON

Top: Page 1 and 4 of funeral program; courtesy of cousin Earl WILSON

PROFILE:

Name: Sam Jones WILLIAMS Sr

Known AKA: none that I know of

Surname Variations: none

DOB: 23 Jul 1892 near Macon, Noxubee, Mississippi, USA

DOD: 1 Aug 1979 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Father: Jack WILLIAMS Sr

Mother: Elizabeth/Bettie/Lizzie SMITH

Siblings from Jack Sr and Elizabeth: Lula, Cleveland/Clevand, Jack Jr, Essie, Teran “Tennie”, Bettie, German, Bob Will

Sibling from Jack Sr and unknown woman: Robert

Spouse: Mattie Lee SMITH

Children with Mattie Lee: Scot, Bessie, Laura Vell/Larvell/Lovell/Larnell, James V, Olivia Delores “Lee”, Woodrow/Woodie/Woody, Earnest, Sam/Sammie Jr, Hardie, Odell “Red/Pain”, and Ruth O

Partner: Lillian C. SLEDGE

Children with Lillian C: Margaret Ruth SLEDGE

Partner: Ida FRIERSON

Children with Ida: Florence Jean “Jean” FRIERSON

Spouse: Flora WINDHAM

Obituary courtesy of Cousin Earl WILSON

Page 2 and 3 of funeral program; courtesy of Cousin Earl WILSON

TIMELINE:

23 Jul 1892: Birth in Macon, Noxubee, Mississippi, USA (Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA death certificate; WWI Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA Draft Registration Card)

13 June 1900: Resident of Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA (1900 Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA Census)

20 Apr 1910: Resident of Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA (1910 Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA Census)

15 Jun 1917: Resident of Macon, Noxubee, Mississippi, USA (1917-1918 Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA WWI Draft Registration Card)

4 Feb 1920: Resident of Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA (1920 Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA Census)

1930: can’t locate him on a census or on the city directory.

1 Apr 1935: Resident of Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA (1940 Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA Census)

1938: Chicago, Illinois (1994 obituary of his son, Sam WILLIAMS Jr)

6-8 Apr 1940: Resident of Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA (1940 Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA Census)

1 Dec 1941: Resident of Detroit, Michigan, USA (Social Security Application)

27 Apr 1942: Resident of Chicago, Illinois, USA (Chicago, Illinois, USA WWII Draft Registration Card)

1 Aug 1979: Death in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA (Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Death Certificate; United States Social Security Death Index)

6 Aug 1979: Burial in Macon, Mississippi, USA (Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Death Certificate)

Left: Front of WWII draft registration card. Right: Back of card

Left: Front of WWII draft registration card. Right:
Back of card

NOTES:

I did not know grand-daddy Sam. Mama said we met him when we were babies but of course I don’t remember him. I’ve been able to get to know him through the historical records that I have accessed and put them together with what Mama has told me. According to his WWI draft registration card, he was born near Macon, Mississippi. Allegedly, he is the descendant of “Chief White Cloud” (from an unknown tribe) through his father, Jack Sr. This was relayed by my mother’s cousin Lucille (can’t remember her last name) from Chicago. She wrote it in a letter to Mama so I will need to find it and see if Mrs. Lucille gives her source. I would like to verify this oral history with a goal to either confirm or negate it. Jack Sr had a brother named Jeff Sr and Jeff Sr had a son named Jeff Jr. There is a lead on a “Chief Jeff” or “Little Chief” which I am attempting to investigate. As noted on his funeral program, grand-daddy Sam attended New Hope School, probably up until the 6th grade as the highest level of education he completed is listed as grade 6 on the 1940 census. He was employed by his father as a laborer on a farm during the years 1917-1918. Grand-mama Lillian lived on Baptist Hill Rd and behind her backyard was a fence which bordered the farm of grand-daddy Sam. During our 1985 trip, I distinctly remember a horse coming to the fence and my mother commenting that it was her father’s favorite horse, Jack. I’ve always wondered if he named it after his father. She also told me that this horse had bit her father which I took as a warning not to mess with it. Grand-daddy Sam owned a grocery store but I don’t recall the name of it or its location. It shows that he was a stockman in the grocery industry on his death certificate. He was both a farmer working on his own account and as an employer of a general farm as indicated on the 1920 and 1940 censuses. I have not yet found him on the 1930 census or city directory and I think this is because he and his family were on the move to Chicago, Illinois. On the obituary of one of his sons, Sam Jr, it says that the family moved to Chicago in 1938. The Social Security application that he completed in 1941 was for a Detroit, Michigan address but no employer was listed. That would have thrown me for a loop had I not known his sister, Lula ALLEN nee WILLIAMS died there in 1949 and some of the WILLIAMS family still lives in Detroit today. A Chicago address was given on grand-daddy Sam’s 1942 WWII draft registration card. His employer at this time was the National Tea Company, a grocery store chain (see 3rd picture below). I assume that he and his family lived in Macon, Mississippi during the summer to farm their land. Grand-daddy Sam died of prostate cancer in 1979 and I still remember the day that Mama left to go to Chicago. We were living on St. Louis Ave at the time and daddy took care of us, even combing our hair. What I don’t remember is whether Mama went to see her ailing father in the hospital or just to attend his funeral. Grand-daddy Sam left Mama two acres of land after he died. It might not sound like much but it meant a great deal to her. Unfortunately, 1985 was a year of hard times so my mother had to sell it to a cousin on her mother’s side. He said that he planned to build a gas station there. I want to return to that piece of land and see how it has fared since then. I will take some of its earth, hopefully it will be that red clay Mama liked to eat and put it in a glass jar, an earthly reminder of my mother and her father.

Top: 1900 Mississippi census. Bottom: 1910 Mississippi census

Top: 1900 Mississippi census. Bottom:
1910 Mississippi census

TRANSCRIPTION OF RECORDS:

1900 Mississippi Census
Noxubee County, Beat 3
Supervisor’s District No. 5, Enuermation District No. 65, Sheet No. 11B
Enumerated on 13 June 1900
Image 22 of 39 on FamilySearch.org
Image 784 of 1145 on Archive.org [Internet Archive]
Lines 82-93
Family Search http://bit.ly/11cmJKC
Internet Archive http://bit.ly/1npUWhm

JACK WILLIAMS: head, # dwelling visited 240, # family visited 240, Black, male, b. Jan 1860, 40yrs, married, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation as a farmer, 0 months unemployed, could read/write/speak English, rented farm house, # farm schedule 154

BETTIE WILLIAMS: wife, Black, female, b. May 1865, 35yrs, married, had 14 children of which only 9 were living, born in MS, both parents born in MS,

LULA WILLIAMS: daughter, Black, female, b. Aug 1879, 20yrs, single, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation as a day laborer

JACK WILLIAMS: son, Black, male, b. May 1882, 18yrs, single, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation as a day laborer

CLEVAND WILLIAMS: son, Black, male, b. Jun 1884, 16yrs, single, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation as a day laborer

ESSIE WILLIAMS: daughter, Black, female, b. Jul 1886, 14yrs, single, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation as a day laborer

BESSIE WILLIAMS: daughter, Black, female, b. Sep 1887, 12yrs, single, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation as a day laborer

SAM JONES WILLIAMS: son, Black, male, b. Nov 1889, 10yrs, single, born in MS, both parents born in MS

BOB WILLIAMS: son, Black, male, b. Oct 1891, 8yrs, single, born in MS, both parents born in MS

TERRY ANN WILLIAMS: daughter, Black, female, b. Apr 1894, 6yrs, single, born in MS, both parents born in MS

BETTIE WILLIAMS: daughter, Black, female, b. May 1900, 4/12 (4mths), single, born in MS, both parents born in MS

HARRIET WILLIAMS: mother, Black, female, b. May 1840, 60yrs, widowed, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation as a share (sharecropper?), 0 months unemployed, couldn’t read/write English but could speak it

Top: 1920 Mississippi census. Bottom: 1940 Mississippi census

Top: 1920 Mississippi census. Bottom: 1940
Mississippi census

1910 Mississippi Census
Noxubee County, District 3 – Part of,
Supervisor’s District No. 1, Enumeration District No. 85, Sheet No. 3B
Enumerated on 20 April 1910
Image 351 of 1345 on Archive.org [Internet Archive]
Lines 77-83
Family Search http://bit.ly/1c0ECAA
Internet Archive http://bit.ly/1gmFgcs

JACK WILLIAMS: head, # dwelling visited 70, # family visited 70, male, Black, 53yrs, b. 1857, married, 1st marriage, born in MS, father born in United States, mother born in NC, could read/write/speak English, occupation as a farmer on a general farm, classified as an employer, owned farm free, farm schedule 61

ELIZABETH WILLIAMS: wife, female, Mulatto, 50yrs, b. 1860, married, 1st marriage, had 11 children of which only 8 were living, born in MS, father born in SC, mother born in MS, whether out of work on 15 April 1910: no, number of weeks out of work during 1909: 0, could read/write/speak English, occupation as a farm laborer on a home farm, classified as a worker

JACK WILLIAMS: son, male, Mulatto, single, 25, b. 1885, single, born in MS, both parents born in MS, whether out of work on 15 April 1910: no, number of weeks out of work during 1909: 0, could read/write/speak English, occupation as a farm laborer on a home farm, classified as a worker

TEREAN: daughter, female, Mulatto, single, 19yrs, b. 1891, single, born in MS, both parents born in MS, whether out of work on 15 April 1910: no, number of weeks out of work during 1909: 0, could read/write/speak English, occupation as a farm laborer on a home farm, classified as a worker, attended school any time since 1 Sep 1909: yes

SAM WILLIAMS: son, male, Mulatto, single, 17yrs, b. 1893, single, born in MS, both parents born in MS, whether out of work on 15 April 1910: no, number of weeks out of work during 1909: 0, could read/write/speak English, occupation as a farm laborer on a home farm, classified as a worker, attended school any time since 1 Sep 1909: no

BOBBIE WILLIAMS: son, male, Mulatto, single, 13yrs, b. 1897, single, born in MS, both parents born in MS, whether out of work on 15 April 1910: no, number of weeks out of work during 1909: 0, could read/write/speak English, occupation as a farm laborer on a home farm, classified as a worker, attended school any time since 1 Sep 1909: yes

GERMAN WILLIAMS: son, male, Mulatto, single, 10yrs, b. 1900, single, born in MS, both parents born in MS, couldn’t read/write English but could speak it, no occupation, attended school any time since 1 Sep 1909: yes

HARRIETT WILLIAMS: mother, female, Black, 90yrs, b. 1820, widow, 7 children of which only 4 were living, born in NC, both parents born in NC, couldn’t read/write English but could speak it, no occupation

National Tea Company, 1000 Crosby St. in Chicago, Illinois

National Tea Company, 1000 Crosby St. in
Chicago, Illinois

1917-1918 Mississippi WWI Civilian Draft Registration Card
http://bit.ly/12gJjVl
REGISTRATION CARD
No: 233
1. Name: Sam Williams
Age: 24
2. Home address: Macon, Miss
3. Date of birth: 23 July 1892
4. Are you (1) a natural-born citizen (2) a naturalized citizen (3) an alien (4) or have you declared your intention: (1)
5. Where were you born: near Macon, Miss, U.S.
6. If not a citizen, of what country are you a citizen or subject:
7. What is your present trade: laborer on farm
8. By whom employed: Jack Williams
Where employed: 3 miles N.E. of Macon, Miss
9. Have you a father, mother, wife, child under 12, or a sister or brother under 12, soley dependent on you for support: : wife and 3 children under 12
10. Married or single (which): yes
Race: Negro
11. What military service have you had? Rank: —– Branch: —– Years: —– Nation or State: —–
12. Do you claim exemption from draft (specify): yes, support family
I affirm that I have verified above ansers and that they are true: Sam Williams [signature]
REGISTRAR’S REPORT
1. Tall, medium or short: medium
Slender, medium or stout: medium
2. Color of eyes: black
Color of hair: black
Bald: no
3. Has person lost arm, leg, hand, foot, eye or both eyes or is he otherwise disabled (specify): no
I certify that my answers are true, that the person registered has read is own answers, that I have witnessed his signature, and that all of his answers of which I have knowledge are true, except as follows:
Chas Strong (signature of registrar)
Precinct: Macon
City or county: Noxubee
State: Miss
Date of registration: 6/5/1917

1920 Mississippi Census
Noxubee County, Beat 3 (part of)
Supervisor’s District No. 1, Enumeration District No. 87, Sheet No. 2B
Enumerated on 4 February 1920
Image 230 of 1106 on Archive.org [Internet Archive]
Lines 61-66
Family Search http://bit.ly/WcIsAj
Internet Archive http://bit.ly/1dcXcHG

Notes: Quttie Lee=Mattie Lee.

SAM WILLIAMS: head, farm, # dwelling visited 48, # family visited 48, male, Black, 26yrs, b. 1894, married, could read/write/speak English, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation as a farm operator on a general farm, classified as an employer, farm schedule #42

QUTTIE LEE WILLIAMS: wife, female, Black, 24yrs, b. 1896, married, couldn’t read/write English but could speak it, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation as a laborer on a general farm

WOODROW WILLIAMS: son, male, Black, 8yrs, b. 1912, single, attended school any time since 1 Sep 1919, born in MS, both parents born in MS, could speak English, no occupation

EARNEST WILLIAMS: son, male, Black, 6yrs, b. 1914, single born in MS, both parents born in MS, could speak English, no occupation

LEE WILLIAMS: daughter, female, Black, 4yrs, b. 1916, single, born in MS, both parents born in MS, no occupation

SAM WILLIAMS: son, male, Black, 2yrs, b. 1918, single, born in MS, both parents born in MS, no occupation

1940 Mississippi Census
Noxubee County, Beat 3 S.D. No 1, E.D. No 52-8, Sheet No 4A
Enumerated on 6-8 Apr 1940
Image 7 of 32 on FamilySearch.org
Lines 25-30
Family Search http://bit.ly/13BnMVA

Notes: O.D.=Odell. Transcriber on Ancestry.com wrote J.D. but I see J.V. aka James V

SAM WILLIAMS: head of household, # of household in order of visitation: 53, Home owned (O) or rented (R): owned, Value of home, if owned, or monthly rental, if rented: 500, Does this household live on a farm? (Yes or No): yes, Sex: male, Color or race: Neg, Age at last birthday: 47, Birth year: 1893, Marital status: married, Attended school or college any time since March 1, 1940? (Yes or No): no, Highest grade of school completed: 6, Place of birth: MS, In what place did the person live in 1 April 1935? City, County, State: same house, On a farm? (Yes or No): yes, Was this person AT WORK for pay or profit in private or nonemergency Gov’t. work during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No): yes, Number of hours worked during week of March 24-30, 1940: 60, Occupation: farmer, Industry: farm, class of worker: OA [own account], Number of weeks worked in 1939 (Equivalent full-time weeks): 52, Amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions): 0, Did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary? (Yes or No): yes

MATTIE WILLIAMS: wife, x inside circle: she gave information for the household, Sex: female, Color or race: Neg, Age at last birthday: 44, Birth year: 1896, Marital status: married, Attended school or college any time since March 1, 1940? (Yes or No): no, Highest grade of school completed: 7, Place of birth: MS, In what place did the person live in 1 April 1935? City, County, State: same house, On a farm? (Yes or No): yes, Was this person AT WORK for pay or profit in private or nonemergency Gov’t. work during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No): yes, Number of hours worked during week of March 24-30, 1940: 50, Occupation: laborer, Industry: farm, class of worker: NP [nonpaid family worker], Number of weeks worked in 1939 (Equivalent full-time weeks): 52, Amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions): 0, Did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary? (Yes or No): no

O.D.: son, Sex: male, Color or race: Neg, Age at last birthday: 15, Birth year: 1925, Marital status: single, Attended school or college any time since March 1, 1940? (Yes or No): yes, Highest grade of school completed: 7, Place of birth: MS, In what place did the person live in 1 April 1935? City, County, State: same house, On a farm? (Yes or No): yes, Was this person AT WORK for pay or profit in private or nonemergency Gov’t. work during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No): no, If not, was he at work on, or assigned to, public EMERGENCY WORK (WPA, NYA, CCC, etc.) during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No): no, Was this person SEEKING WORK? (Yes or No): no, If not seeking work, did he HAVE A JOB, business, etc.? (Yes or No): no, Indicate whether engaged in home housework (H), in school (S), unable to work (U), or other (Ot): S, Number of weeks worked in 1939 (Equivalent full-time weeks): 0, Amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions): 0, Did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary? (Yes or No): no

LAURA VELL: daughter, Sex: female, Color or race: Neg, Age at last birthday: 12, Birth year: 1928, Marital status: single, Attended school or college any time since March 1, 1940? (Yes or No): yes, Highest grade of school completed: 7, Place of birth: MS, In what place did the person live in 1 April 1935? City, County, State: same house, On a farm? (Yes or No): yes

RUTH DELL: daughter, Sex: female, Color or race: Neg, Age at last birthday: 10, Birth year: 1930, Marital status: single, Attended school or college any time since March 1, 1940? (Yes or No): yes, Highest grade of school completed: 4, Place of birth: MS, In what place did the person live in 1 April 1935? City, County, State: same house, On a farm? (Yes or No): yes

J.D.: son, Sex: male, Color or race: Neg, Age at last birthday: 8, Birth year: 1932, Marital status: single, Attended school or college any time since March 1, 1940? (Yes or No): yes, Highest grade of school completed: 2, Place of birth: MS, In what place did the person live in 1 April 1935? City, County, State: same house, On a farm? (Yes or No): yes

1941 Michigan Social Security Application (SS-5)
Social Security Administartion (SSA)
Received 10 Dec 2013 from Kathleen Brandit of A3Genealogy
http://www.ssa.gov/online/ss-5.pdf
APPLICATION FOR SOCIAL SECURITY ACCOUNT NUMBER
FORM SS-5
TREASURY DEPARTMENT
INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
(Revised June 19__)

1. First name: Sam
Middle name: —–
Last name: Williams
2. Full name under which you work:
3 Home address: 912 Theodore
Detroit Mich
4. Have you ever before had a social security account number card: no
5. Age at last birthday: 49
6. Date of birth: 7-22-1892
7. Place of birth: Noxubee Miss
8. Sex: male
9. Color or race: Negro
10. Married
11. Name of employer:
12. Address of employer:
13. Father’s full name: Jack Williams
14. Mother’s full name: Elizabeth Smith
15. Last occupation: farm
16. [can't read]:
17. Date signed: 12-1-41
18. Signature: Sam Williams

1942 U.S. WWII Draft Registration Cards
Front of card; Image 5538 of 5976 on Family Search http://bit.ly/TrX8oO
Back of card; Image 5539 of 5976 on FamilySearch.org http://bit.ly/NuQu6g
FRONT OF CARD
REGISTRATION CARD (Men born on or after April 28, 1877 and on or before February 16, 1897)
Serial Number: 931
1. Name: Sam Williams
Order number:
2. Place of residence: 634 E. 51st St, Chicago, IL
(THE PLACE OF RESIDENCE GIVEN ON THE LINE ABOVE WILL DETERMINE LOCAL BOARD JURISDICTION; LINE 2 OF REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE WILL BE IDENTICAL)
3. Mailing address: same as (2)
4. Telephone:
Exchange: Dorex
Number: 8875
5. Age in years: 49
Date of birth: 22 July 1892
6. Place of birth:
Town or county: Macon
State or country: Miss.
7. Name & address of person who will always know your address: Mrs. Mattie Williams (wife), 634 E. 51st St
8. Employer’s name & address: Boyd O. Avants, 3300 W. 55th St
9. Place of employment or business: National Tea Co., 1000 Crosby St., Chicago, IL
I AFFIRM THAT I HAVE VERIFIED ABOVE ANSWERS AND THAT THEY ARE TRUE
Registrant’s signature: Sam Williams
BACK OF CARD
REGISTRAR’S REPORT
DESCRIPTION OF REGISTRANT
Race: Negro
Height: 5’7″
Eyes: brown
Weight: 147
Hair: black
Complexion: dark brown
Other obvious physical characteristics that will aid in identification: none
I certify that my answers are true; that the person registered has read or has had read to him his own answers; that I have witnesed his signature or mark and that all of his answers of which I have knowledge are true, except as follows:
Signature of registrar: Lydia Coffey
Registrar for local board:
Number: 7
City or county: Chicago
State: Ill.
Date of registration: April 27 1942
Local board no: 7
Chicago City

1979 Illinois Death Certificate
State file no: 617058
Name: Sam Williams
Date of birth: 23 Jul 1892
Place of birth: Mississippi
Date of death: 1 Aug 1979
Place of death: Chicago, Cook County, IL
Name of father: Jack Williams
Name of mother: Not available
Informant: Adm. Clerk [private]

United States Social Security Death Index
http://bit.ly/vJreK0
First name: Sam
Middle name:
Last name: Williams
Name suffix:
Birth date: 22 July 1892
Social security number: XXX-XX-XXXX
Place of issuance: Michigan
Last residence: Noxubee, Mississippi
Zip code of last residence: 39341
Death date: August 1979
Estimated age at death: 87

Cook County, Illinois Death Index, 1908-1988
http://ancstry.me/UW0a62
Name: Sam Williams
Death Date: 1 Aug 1979
Death Location: Cook County, IL
File Number: 6017058
Archive collection name: Cook County Genealogy Records (Deaths)
Archive repository location: Chicago, IL
Archive repository name: Cook County Clerk

Burial
Find A Grave Memorial
http://bit.ly/QHrzrY
Name: Sam Williams, Sr
Birth: Jul. 23, 1892
Macon
Noxubee County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Aug. 1, 1979
Chicago
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Bio: http://wp.me/p2v72Z-6U
Family links:
Parents: Elizabeth Smith Williams (1860 – 1942)
Spouse: Mattie Lee Smith Williams (1894 – 1976)
Children:
Florence Jean Frierson Riley (1910 – 1996)
Hardie Williams (1920 – 1984)
Margaret Ruth Sledge Gregory (1950 – 2006)
Burial:
New Hope Cemetery
Macon
Noxubee County
Mississippi, USA
Created by: Tara R. Gregory
Record added: Oct 14, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 98893175

Obituary/Funeral Program

In loving memory of
Sam Williams

Saturday, August 4, 1979
Wake: 7:00 – 8:00 P.M.

A.R. Leak Funeral Home
7838 So. Cottage Grove Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60619

OBITUARY

“Remember me as you pass by, for as you are now, once was I. As I am now, you soon shall be. Prepare yourself to follow me.”

Sam Williams was born July 23, 1892 in Macon, Miss. to the parents of Jack and Elizabeth Williams. Sam accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized and united with the New Hope Methodist Church, which he was a member until he departed this life at 11:00 p.m. on August 1, 1979.

Sam was educated at New Hope School in Macon, Miss. He was a happy and friendly person. His love and devotion for fellow-man never ceased. He became ill and came to Chicago, Ill. on the first of April, 1979, to make his home with his children. He entered Mercy Hospital on April 4, 1979.

Recently, Sam quoted that he was going home, because he had to go, we all have to go sometime. He knew that everythings was done to the best, and did not want anyone to cry. He said, what will be, will be; and God will take care of it all, just rejoice.

Survivors include: his wife, Flora Williams; his devoted children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren; nephews, nieces, one sister, Essie Thatcher of Memphis, Tenn.; and a host of other relatives and friends.

ORDER OF SERVICE
Macon, Mississippi

Organ prelude
Processional……Congregation standing
Hymn…..["#207 God will take care of you" was handwritten on my mother's copy of the obituary]
Prayer
Scripture
Selection…..”Precious Lord”
Resolutions
Acknowledgements…..["Mrs. Essie D. Spann" was handwritten on my mother's copy of the obituary]
Obituary…..["Mrs. Guineva D. Brown" was handwritten on my mother's copy of the obituary]
Remarks…..["Mr. Julius Mason" was handwritten on my mother's copy of the obituary]
Selection…..”He’ll understand and say well done”
Eulogy…..”Rev. James _____, Pastor” was handwritten on my mother’s copy of the obituary]
Reviewal
Recessional

Interment
New Hope Cemetery
Macon, Mississippi

Cockrell Funeral Home, In charge
Macon, Mississippi

PALLBEARERS

Friends

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The family wishes at this time to extend their sincere thanks and deep gratitude and most of all appreciation for the many expressions of sympathy, and the act of kindness and consideration shown them in their hours of bereavement.

“LOVING MEMORIES”

Dark shadow fall in the lives of us all. Sickness and sorrow come to us all; but through it we grow and learn to stand tall. His gentle face, a patient smile with sadness we recall, he had a kind word for each, and died beloved by all.

Although I have left you in this life, I have no more pains, struggle, or strife, so please do not cry, do not worry or grieve. God knows what is best, and He will comfort the bereaved.

Daddy, you are not forgotten, nor will you ever be; as long as life and memory last, we will remember thee. Our hearts are sore, as time goes by, we will miss you more; your loving smile, your gentle face, no one can fill your vacant place.

-The family

A.R. Leak Funeral Home
7838 So. Cottage Grove Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60619

(No known obituary is available in the newspaper)

Photo Credit: Earl WILSON, Library Of Congress, Family Search, Internet Archive

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William Lloyd SLEDGE

Noxubee County hospital where William was born. I wonder how it looked in the 60's

Noxubee County hospital where William was born. I wonder how it looked in the 60′s

PROFILE:

Name: William Lloyd SLEDGE

Known AKA: none

Surname Variations: SLUDGE/SLUDG

DOB: 22 Jun 1967 in Macon, Noxubee, Mississippi, USA

DOD: 22 Jun 1967 in Macon, Noxubee, Mississippi, USA

Father: Lee JOHNSON

Mother: Margaret Ruth SLEDGE

Siblings: Billy, Tara, Tina

Spouse: none

Children: none

TIMELINE:

22 Jun 1967: Birth in Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA (1967 Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA death certificate)

22 Jun 1967: Death in Macon, Noxubee, Mississippi, USA (1967 Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA death certificate)

23 Jun 1967: Burial in unknown cemetery in Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA (1967 Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA death certificate)

NOTES: Mama was six months into her second pregnancy and while out walking, she went into premature labor with William. He only lived for two hours and the loss was so painful that she could not bear to look at him. I do not know if he had a funeral but she said his father buried him [somewhere in Macon, Noxubee County]. When we visited Mississippi in 1985, we visited his grave and took pictures of the simple marker. There were so many tall grasses and weeds, we were told to be careful where we stepped because of snakes. I immediately thought of the cottonmouth moccasins for some reason although I didn’t know if the cemetery was near any water. For obvious reasons, Mama did not like to talk about William’s death so I could glean very little information from her. However she told me a lot about his father, if only I could remember his name. I hope one day, if he is still alive, he will read this page and contact me. I have so many questions that need answering and sadly Mama is not here to help me.

2 September 2012 update: Thanks to my brother Billy for asking Mama’s sister, Edna, for the name of William’s father. Thanks also to A’Edna! I hope to find out next if William’s surname is SLEDGE or JOHNSON.

21 September 2013 update: At last I now know my brother’s full name and that he survived 9 more hours than was previously thought. Maybe I heard Mama wrong or she forgot. Even though Mama is actually a WILLIAMS, her mother gave her the Sledge surname. My brother Billy is really a SANDERS and William is a JOHNSON but Mama gave them the SLEDGE surname. There is something about that SLEDGE name! But I think the shocker was that it appears she named William after her brother, William Lloyd BELL (Uncle Cot). Its highly possible since Mama named Billy (Lil Bill) after Aunt Edna’s husband, Billy DAVIS, due to his being in the Vietnam War. Maybe Mama did the same for Uncle Cot if he was in the Vietnam War? I will have to ask Aunt Edna.

16 October 2013: My sister Tina asked A’Edna and Uncle Cot if Mama named William after him. A’Edna then talked to Uncle Cot but either one of them knew. A’Edna and Tina think Mama did this because Uncle Cot was in the military at the time. I guess we’ll never really know but its nice to think she would do that for her brother.

TRANSCRIPTION OF RECORDS

1967 Mississippi Death Certificate
Name: William Lloyd Sledge
Date of death: 22 Jun 1967
Place of death: Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi
Father’s name:
Mother’s maiden name: Margaret Sledge
Informant: Margaret Sledge

Find A Grave Memorial
http://bit.ly/1dzhbf5
Name: William Lloyd Sledge
Birth: Jun. 22, 1967
Macon
Noxubee County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Jun. 22, 1967
Macon
Noxubee County
Mississippi, USA
Bio: http://bit.ly/1fOElRk
Family links:
Parents: Margaret Ruth Sledge Gregory (1950 – 2006)
Burial: Unknown
Specifically: Cemetery indicated as unknown on death certificate
Created by: Tara R. Gregory
Record added: Feb 09, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 124846907

Obituary/Funeral Program
None available as of this time.

Photo Credit: Noxubee County Economic and Community Development Alliance

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Mary Louise BROUSSARD

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Left: Page one of funeral program. Top right: 4877 Lee Ave in St. Louis, Missouri (red “x” on roof). Bottom right: Mary Louise at my brother’s 1984 high school graduation

Name: Mary Louise BROUSSARD

Known AKA: Lou, Sistah (affectionally called by her sister Helen)

Surname Variations: BRAUSSARD

DOB: 6 May 1924 in Port Arthur, Jefferson County, Texas, USA

DOD: 7 Jul 2001 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Father: Burness BROUSSARD Sr

Mother: Setular LOVAN (Lavan/Lavanne/Laven/Lavene/Lavenne/Lavant/Levan/Loven/Laverne/Lavergne/Lovine/Levine)

Siblings: Alton Bruce, Alston D/Al, Burness/Burnie Jr, Henry George, Helen Mae, Lawrence, Alfred, Dorothy May, Gladys Beatrice

Spouse: Willie Bob GREGORY Sr

Children: Curtis Allen, Sandra, Deborah, Linda, Willie Bob Jr

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Left: Page two of funeral program. Right: Jefferson County, Texas marriage index

6 May 1924: Birth in Port Arthur, Jefferson, Texas, USA (Port Arthur, Jefferson County, Texas, USA birth certificate; St. Louis, Missouri death certificate)

1930: Resident of Port Arthur, Jefferson County, Texas, USA (1930 Census)

1935: Resident of Port Arthur, Jefferson County, Texas, USA (1940 Census)

1940: Resident of Port Arthur, Jefferson County, Texas, USA (1940 Census)

27 Dec 1945: Marriage to Willie Bob GREGORY Sr (Jefferson County, Texas, USA marriage record)

1944-2001: Resident of St. Louis, Missouri, USA (St. Louis, Missouri, USA 1946 birth certificate of her first born, Curtis Allen GREGORY gives her stay in the community for two years prior to that which is why I start this residency at the year 1944)

7 Jul 2001: Death in St. Louis, Missouri, USA (St. Louis, Missouri, USA death certificate; United States Social Security Index; Calvary Cemetery & Mausoleum)

12 Jul 2001: Burial in Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

NOTES:

Grandmama was a beautiful, good-hearted and caring woman. We were the recipients of her never ending generosity for which I could never ever repay her for. She was a good cook! I used to sit at the kitchen table and watch her. I regret that I spent more time eating her delicious food than learning the recipes from her. She was great at gardening, sewing and interior decoration. She even re-upholstered and painted her own furniture. And she didn’t play when it came to us jumping on the beds and playing with her chandeliers. Everyone was welcome in her house and she was quite the hostess as evidenced by Sunday family gatherings and holidays. One of my fondest memories was of riding the bus and when we got on Lee Ave, I would let the window down, searching for her, great-aunt Helen or both of them sitting out on the front porch (during the spring/summer). If I spotted them, I would yell out the window at them and wave. I didn’t care if I was too loud and annoyed everyone on the bus, I had to give a shout out to my elders. Grandmama died of breast cancer. She is gone but not forgotten and this page will be a testament to such a kind and memorable woman.

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Left: Page three of funeral program. Right: Headstone for Mary Louise, her husband Willie Bob and son Curtis. Her name has not yet been inscribed, I have no idea why. I hope we can do that soon

TRANSCRIPTION OF RECORDS:

1924 Texas Birth Certificate
http://bit.ly/17XJ5Ql

TEXAS STATE BOARD OF HEALTH
BUREAU OF VITAL STATISTIS
STANDARD CERTIFICATE OF BIRTH

Place of birth
1. County: Jefferson
City: Port Arthur
2. Full name of child: Mary Broussard
3. Sex of child: female 4. Twin, triplet, or other:
5. Number in order of birth: 8
6. Father full name: Burness Broussard
7. Residence: 727-6-rear
8. Color: colored
Age at last birthday: 34 years
9. Birthplace: St. Martinsville La
10. Occupation: laborer
11. Number of children born to this mother, including present birth: 8
12. Legitimate: yes
13. Date of birth: May 6, 1924
14. Mother full name: Setular Lavan
15. Residence: 727-6-rear 16. Color: colored
Age at last birthday: 33 years
17. Birthplace: St. Martinsville La
18. Occupation: H-wife
CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDING PHYSICIAN OR MIDWIFE
19. I hereby certify that I attended the birth of this child, who was born alive at 1 a.m. on the date above stated.
Signature: Dr. T.W. Young Jr (Phyisican or midwife)
Address: 816 Proctor
Filed: 6-10-1924
Registrar: Pat Reed

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Left: Port Arthur, Jefferson County, Texas birth certificate. Right: Jefferson County, Texas birth index

1930 Texas Census
Jefferson County, Port Arthur city (pt of)
Enumeration District No. 123-68, Supervisor’s District No. 27, Sheet No. 6A-6B
Enumerated on 5 Apr 1930
Accessed 12 Jul 2010
Roosevelt Ave
Image 383-384 of 1035 on Archive.org
Image 383, Sheet No. 6A, Line 46-50, Archive.org http://bit.ly/1cTCY16
Image 384, Sheet No. 6B, Line 51-54, Archive.org http://bit.ly/K7szIw
Family Search http://bit.ly/1lhUhgG

Notes: Bernice=Burness. Alton BROUSSARD’s household is underneath Burness Sr’s household, sheet no. 6B, lines 55-57 (with wife Celestine and son Henry G). The baby of the family, Gladys, was born after the 1930 census.

Sheet No. 6A, Lines 46-50

BERNICE BROUSSARD: street, avenue, road: Roosevelt Ave, house #848, # dwelling house visited: 106, # family visited: 119, head of household, home owned or rented: O, value of home: $2000, does this family live on a farm: no, male, Neg, b. 1891, 39yrs, married, age at 1st marriage: 20, attended school or college anytime since Sept 1, 1929: no, could read/write/speak English, born in LA, both parents born in LA, occupation: truck driver, industry: City Water Dept, class of worker: W, whether actually at work: yes, whether a U.S. military or naval forces mobilized for any water or expedition: no

SETULAR BROUSSARD: wife, letter H means she gave the info for household, female, Neg, b. 1893, 38yrs, married, age at 1st marriage: 16, attended school or college anytime since Sept 1, 1929: no, could read/write/speak English, born in LA, both parents born in LA, occupation: none

ALSTON BROUSSARD: son, male, Neg, b. 1912, 18yrs, single, attended school or college anytime since Sept 1, 1929: no, can read/write/speak English, born in LA, both parents born in LA, occupation: carpenter – helper, industry: building, class of worker: W, whether actually at work: no, line # for unemployed: 17

BERNICE BROUSSARD JR: son, male, Neg, b. 1913, 16yrs, single, attended school or college anytime since Sept 1, 1929: yes, can read/write/speak English, born in LA, both parents born in LA, occupation: none

HELEN BROUSSARD: daughter, female, Neg, b. 1918, 12yrs, single, attended school or college anytime since Sept 1, 1929: yes, can read/write/speak English, born in TX, both parents born in LA, occupation: none

Sheet No. 6B, Lines 51-54

LAWRENCE BROUSSARD: son, does this family live on a farm: no, male, Neg, b. 1919, 11yrs, single, attended school or college anytime since Sept 1, 1929: yes, can read/write/speak English, born in TX, both parents born in LA, occupation: none

ALFRED BROUSSARD: son, male, Neg, b. 1923, 7yrs, single, attended school or college anytime since Sept 1, 1929: yes, born in TX, both parents born in LA, occupation: none

MARY L BROUSSARD: daughter, female, Neg, b. 1925, 6yrs, single, attended school or college anytime since Sept 1, 1929: no, born in TX, both parents born in LA, occupation: none

DOROTHY M BROUSSARD: daughter, female, Neg, b. 1928, 2 1/2yrs, single, attended school or college anytime since Sept 1, 1929: no, born in TX, both parents born in LA, occupation: none

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Top: 1930 Texas census, page 1 of Burness Broussard Sr’s household. Middle: 1930 Texas census, page 2 of Burness Broussard Sr’s household. Bottom: 1940 Texas census

1940 Texas Census
Jefferson County, Port Arthur City, J.P. [Justice Precinct] 2, Ward: Area B (part), Block Nos 416-417
S.D. No. 42-2, E.D. No. 123-94, Sheet No. 11B
Enumerated on 8 April 1940
Image 22 of 32 on FamilySearch.org
Lines 60-66
Family Search http://bit.ly/1bh6ToH
Internet Archive (not available)

Notes: Bernice=Burness Sr. Setuler=Setular. FamilySearch.org transcribes Burness Sr’s name as Bernia and Ancestry.com as Bernice.

BERNICE BROUSSARD: head of household, address: 848 Roosevelt Ave, # of household in order of visitation: 200, rented or owned home: blank, value of home: 2020, does the household live on a farm: no, sex: male, race: Negro, age at last birthday: 49 [estimated year of birth 1891], marital status: married, attended school or college anytime since March 1, 1940: no, highest grade of school completed: 2, place of birth: LA, in what place did this person live on April 1, 1935: same home, was this person at work for pay or profit in private or non-emergency govt work during week of March 24-30: yes, # of hours worked during week of March 24-30, 1940: 48, occupation: laborer, industry: water dept city, class of worker: PW, # of weeks worked in 1939 (equivalent full-time weeks): 52, amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions): 1040, did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary: no

SETULER BROUSSARD: x inside a circle after her name (she gave household information to the enumerator), wife of Bernice, address: 848 Roosevelt Ave, # of household in order of visitation: 200, rented or owned home: blank, value of home: 2020, does the household live on a farm: no, sex: female, race: Negro, age at last birthday: 46 [estimated year of birth 1894], marital status: married, attended school or college anytime since March 1, 1940: no, highest grade of school completed: 2, place of birth: LA, in what place did this person live on April 1, 1935: same home, was this person at work for pay or profit in private or non-emergency govt work during week of March 24-30: no, # of weeks worked in 1939 (equivalent full-time weeks): 0, amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions): 0, did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary: no

HELEN BROUSSARD: daughter of Bernice, sex: female, race: Negro, age at last birthday: 19 [estimated year of birth 1920], marital status: single, attended school or college anytime since March 1, 1940: no, highest grade of school completed: 7, place of birth: TX, in what place did this person live on April 1, 1935: same home, was this person at work for pay or profit in private or non-emergency govt work during week of March 24-30: no, If not, was he at work on, or assigned to, public EMERGENCY WORK (WPA, NYA, CCC, etc.) during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No): no, Was this person SEEKING WORK? (Yes or No): yes (new worker), # of weeks worked in 1939 (equivalent full-time weeks): 0, amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions): 0, did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary: no

ALFRED BROUSSARD: son of Bernice, sex: male, race: Negro, age at last birthday: 16 [estimated year of birth 1924], marital status: single, attended school or college anytime since March 1, 1940: no, highest grade of school completed: 7, place of birth: TX, in what place did this person live on April 1, 1935: same home, was this person at work for pay or profit in private or non-emergency govt work during week of March 24-30: yes, # of hours worked during week of March 24-30, 1940: 48, occupation: clerk, industry: grocery store, class of worker: PW, # of weeks worked in 1939 (equivalent full-time weeks): 52, amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions): 676, did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary: no

Top: The apartment building my father and his parents lived in at the time of his birth in 1946. This house looks vaguely familiar. I know that we also lived on McMillan Ave but I'm not sure of the address. There is a picture of my mother standing in front of a building on McMillan Ave that I need to get hold of and compare between the two. Bottom: The apartment building on St. Louis Ave where four generations of Gregory's lived (our family, grandparents and my grandfather's father)

Top: The apartment building my father and his parents lived in at the time of his birth in 1946. This house looks vaguely familiar. I know that we also lived on McMillan Ave but I’m not sure of the address. There is a picture of my mother standing in front of a building on McMillan Ave that I need to get hold of and compare between the two. Bottom: The apartment building on St. Louis Ave where four generations of Gregory’s lived (my immediate family, grandparents and my grandfather’s father)

MARY BROUSSARD: daughter of Bernice, sex: female, race: Negro, age at last birthday: 15 [estimated birth year 1925], marital status: single, attended school or college anytime since March 1, 1940: yes, highest grade of school completed: 6, place of birth: TX, in what place did this person live on April 1, 1935: same home, was this person at work for pay or profit in private or non-emergency govt work during week of March 24-30: no, no for all questions after this, Indicate whether engaged in home housework (H), in school (S), unable to work (U), or other (Ot): S, # of weeks worked in 1939 (equivalent full-time weeks): 0, amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions): 0, did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary: no

DOROTHY BROUSSARD: daughter of Bernice, sex: female, race: Negro, age at last birthday: 13 [estimated birth year 1928], marital status: single, attended school or college anytime since March 1, 1940: yes, highest grade of school completed: 3, place of birth: TX, in what place did this person live on April 1, 1935: same home, # of weeks worked in 1939 (equivalent full-time weeks): 0, amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions): 0, did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary: no

GLADYS BROUSSARD: daughter of Bernice, sex: female, race: Negro, age at last birthday: 8 [estimated birth year 1932], marital status: single, attended school or college anytime since March 1, 1940: yes, highest grade of school completed: 1, place of birth: TX, in what place did this person live on April 1, 1935: same home

1945 Texas Marriage License
Jefferson County, Texas Clerk’s Office
Online Public Records
Page 35, #859
http://bit.ly/W3bA7N
Certificate Number: 42589
Groom: GREGORY,WILLIE
Bride: BROUSSARD,MARY
Groom Father’s Name:
Groom Mother’s Name:
Bride Father’s Name:
Bride Mother’s Name:
Maiden Surname:
Date of Application: 12/26/1945
Date of Marriage: 12/27/1945

2001 Missouri Death Certificate
State file no: 01-202993
Name: Mary Louise Gregory
Date of death: 7 July 2001
Place of death: St. Louis, Missouri [city]
Name of father: Burness Broussard
Name of mother: Setular Levine
Informant: [private]

United States Social Security Death Index
http://bit.ly/13yeR76
Given Name: Mary
Middle Name: L
Surname: Gregory
Name Suffix:
Birth Date: 6 May 1925
Social Security Number: XXX-XX-XXXX
State: Texas
Last Place of Residence: Missouri
Previous Residence Postal Code: 63115
Event Date: 7 July 2001
Age: 76

Obituary/Funeral Program

PAGE 1

In Loving Memory Of

Mary L. Gregory
May 6, 1925 – July 7, 2001

Thursday, July 12, 2001
10:00am

Ted Foster Funeral Home
10192 Halls Ferry Road
St. Louis, Missouri 63136

Pastor Larnell Griffin
Officiating

PAGE 2

Twenty third psalms

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the
shadow of death, I will fear no evil:
for thou art with me:
Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me;
Thou preparest a table before me
in the presence of mine enemies:
Thou anointest my head with oil;
my cup runneth over.
Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life: and I will dwell
in the house of the Lord, for ever.
Amen

Obituary

Mary Louise Gregory, was born May 6, 1925, to the late, Burness and Setular Broussard in Port Arthur, Texas. The Lord called Mary home on Saturday, July 7, 2001 at 6:30am.

Mary united in Holy Matrimony to Willie Bob Gregory in 1944 and moved to St. Louis, Missouri. She worshiped at God’s Way Pentecostal Church.

Mary was a devoted wife and a loving mother. She opened her heart and home to anyone in need. Every Sunday, she insisted on cooking and would make sure that her children would be there. Her neighbors and friends also knew they could get a home cooked meal at Mrs. Gregory’s house. This tradition has kept her family close. Mary’s goal was to make sure everyone was in good health and cared for. She was loved by all, and we miss her dearly.

Mary leaves to cherish her memory; four children, Sandra Clay, Deborah Allen, Linda Thompson and Willie Bob Gregory Jr.; her son, Curtis Gregory, preceded her in death; two sisters, Dorothy Lombard and Gladys Nowlin; and two brothers, Al Broussard and Alfred Broussard; eleven grandchildren; Tonya Roden, John Clark Jr., Antonio Clay, Tangela Brooks, Carlos Allen, Otha Thompson, Lamont Thompson, Tiffany Gregory, Robert Gregory, Tara Gregory and Tina Gregory; ten great-grandchildren; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

PAGE 3

Order Of Service

Processional
Scripture
Prayer
Selection…..Sis. Mary Alice Smith
Acknowledgements and condolences
Tribute…..Great-grandchildren
Obituary…..Read silently
Selection…..Pastor Larnell Griffin
Sis. Mary Alice Smith
Eulogy…..Pastor Larnell Griffin
Gods Way Pentecostal Church
Parting view
Benediction
Recessional

Just one…

Most of all the other beautiful things in life come
by twos and threes,
by dozens and hundreds.
Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets,
rainbows, brothers, sisters, aunts, cousins,
but only one mother,
in the whole world.
Kate Douglas Wiggin

PAGE 4

Acknowledgement

The arms of my friends console me; the love of my family surrounds me. The goodness and kindness of my neighbors sustain me like a staff. Though I am exhausted with grief, I am supported, as by a great shining light that rises up within me. I can lift up my head. I can walk upright. I can even smile. For their sympathy is like a serene ocean in which I see glimpses of goodness and beauty never revealed before. In it, my agony is soothed, the ache of my heart becomes bearable, and I know, one day, will heal.

The family wishes to thank everyone for the many warm expressions of thoughtful kindness, your phone calls, cards, flowers and food shared with us. They have helped immeasurably in lightening our burden of sadness. We want you to know that we shall remain forever grateful. May God continue to bless each of you.

Pallbearers

John O Clark
Antonio Clay
Otha Thompson
Lamont Thompson
Carlos Allen
Robert Gregory

Interment
Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum
5239 West Florissant

Services entrusted to:
Ted Foster Funeral Home

Burial

Burial Index of Archdiocese of St. Louis, 1700-2010
http://bit.ly/1bb1FWZ
Inter #: 488862
Cemetery: CALVARY
Name: Mary Louise Gregory
M/F: F
Burial date: 12 Jul 2001
Age: 76
Section: 017A
Row:
Lot: 0495

Find A Grave Memorial
http://bit.ly/MBn00n
Mary Louise Broussard Gregory
Birth: May 6, 1924
Port Arthur
Jefferson County
Texas, USA
Death: Jul. 7, 2001
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Bio: http://wp.me/p2v72Z-3D
Family links:
Parents:
Burness Broussard (1888 – 1964)
Setular Lovan Broussard (1893 – 1984)
Spouses: Willie Bob Gregory (1913 – 1970)
Children: Curtis Allen Gregory (1946 – 1994)
Note: Name has not been added to the headstone yet.
Burial:
Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Plot: Section 017A, Lot 495
Maintained by: Tara R. Gregory
Originally Created by: T.V.F.T.H.
Record added: May 24, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 52805674

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Willie Bob GREGORY Sr

Top: 1920 Mississippi census. Middle: 1930 Mississippi census. Bottom: Jefferson County, Texas marriage index

Top: 1920 Mississippi census. Middle: 1930 Mississippi census. Bottom: Jefferson County, Texas marriage index

PROFILE:

Name: Willie Bob GREGORY Sr

Known AKA: Willie B

Surname Variations: none

DOB: 15 April 1913 in Chickasaw, Mississippi, USA

DOD: 15 Feb 1970 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Father: Willie P GREGORY

Mother: Mary E/Mayella/Mae Ella STEWART

Siblings: Lucille/Lucile

Spouse: Mary Louise BROUSSARD

Children: Curtis Allen, Sandra, Deborah, Linda, Willie Bob Jr

TIMELINE:

15 April 1913: Birth in Chickasaw, Mississippi, USA (Death certificate; United States Social Security Death Index; 1920-1930 Houlka, Chickasaw County, Mississippi, USA census)

1920: Resident of Chickasaw, Houlka, Mississippi, USA (1920 Houlka, Chickasaw County, Mississippi, USA census)

1927: First marriage to unknown woman who died sometime between 1927-1930 (1930 Chickasaw County, Mississippi, USA census)

1930: Resident of Chickasaw County, Mississippi, USA (1930 Chickasaw County, Mississippi, USA census)

1940: I have not yet located him on the 1940 census.

1942: Ordered this WWII enlistment record http://bit.ly/19fxxrO from NARA via Kathleen Brandt of A3Genealogy which confirmed it was not him.

27 Dec 1945: Second marriage to Mary Louise BROUSSARD (Jefferson County, Texas, USA marriage record #42589)

1946: Resident of St. Louis, Missouri, USA (His first born son, Curtis Allen, was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1946 so this date will act as an approximate time he migrated to St. Louis)

1955: Resident of St. Louis, Missouri, USA (St. Louis, Missouri city directory)

1960: Resident of St. Louis, Missouri, USA (St. Louis, Missouri city directory)

15 Feb 1970: Death in St. Louis, Missouri, USA (Death certificate #70-0008657; United States Social Security Death Index; St. Louis, Missouri Archdiocese burial index)

21 Feb 1970: Burial in Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

NOTES:

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Left: Houlka, Mississippi historical marker and birthplace of Willie Bob Sr. Right: 4293 St. Louis Ave in St. Louis, Missouri

I never met my grandfather as he died before I was born. This is what my mother relayed to me: He was a nice man and took very good care of his family. He bought my father a new car, I think it was a Thunderbird. My father wrecked it! He wanted to buy a fishing boat and retire but died before that he could see his plans through. It was winter and he was warming up the car in the garage. His daughter, Sandra, found him on the floor. Carbon monoxide poisoning contributed to his death.

2 February 2014 update: In 1930, Willie Bob had a job as a farm laborer. I assume that he is living with his sister Lucille because his mother, Mary Ella/Mayella/Mae Ella had passed away in 1925 and his father, Willie P, was living in St. Louis, Missouri with his second wife, Ethel  (1930 St. Louis, Missouri census). Willie Bob is listed as a widow on the 1930 Chickasaw County, Mississippi census, implying that he had been married. Who was his first wife and when/how/where did she die? Did they have any children (alive or dead)? Perhaps her death record can be found in the 1912-1943 Mississippi Death Index. Whilst searching for Willie Bob on the 1940 census, I searched 10 pages backwards and forwards from known family members: his father Willie P GREGORY with his second wife in St. Louis, Missouri; his sister Lucille TAYLOR nee GREGORY with her second husband in Brevard County, Florida; grandmama Mary Louise with her parents in Port Arthur, Texas and even some of his GREGORY cousins in Pontotoc, Mississippi. He was nowhere near them. Maybe he just wasn’t counted that census year but I won’t give up. I decided to try the city directories but the earliest he was listed was in the 1955 St. Louis, Missouri city directory. Was this a disappointment? Far from it. In the course of perusing the city directories, I discovered that granddaddy and his father, Willie P, lived in the very same building on 4293 St. Louis Ave that we lived in during the 80′s. I instantly went to Google maps and searched for the address. When I zoomed into the house, memories came flooding back as I saw the familiar red brick and then the empty field to the right with trees and then the school across the street that my brother had attended. The earliest house that I can remember living in was this one and what great memories I have. And now I know it also housed great-grandfather Willie P (4293 St. Louis Ave) and grandparents Willie Bob Sr and Mary Louise (4293A St. Louis Ave)! It is a multiple family home with separate entrances. The apartment we lived in was upstairs, the front door being the second one from the left. If the building is still for sale when I get home, I think I just might inquire if the real estate agency would let me look around. The second important discovery that I made from the city directories was the occupation and work place of Willie Bob Sr. Don’t you just love city directories?! In 1955 he was working as a meat stamper at the St. Louis Independent Packing Company. I do not know how long he was employed by them but his 1970 death certificate shows that his usual occupation was a meat trimmer at Independent Packing Co. According to the City of St. Louis Missouri’s website, “…the Independent Packing Company has been replaced by the Missouri Pacific freight terminal and yards.”

TRANSCRIPTION OF RECORDS

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Top: St. Louis Independent Packing Co newspaper article. Bottom: “…standard gauge offering is a Lionel by MTH 214R refrigerator car decorated for the long defunct St. Louis Independent Packing Company”

1920 Mississippi Census
Chicasaw County, Houlka Precinct Beat 2, Houlka Town
Supervisor’s District No 4, Enumeration District No 43, Sheet 13A
Enumerated on 20 Jan 1920
Houlka & Van Vleet Road
Lines 25-28
Image 723 of 1207 on Archive.org (Internet Archive)
FamilySearch.org http://bit.ly/1dV1DmS
Archive.org http://bit.ly/LyLtHY

WILLIE P GREGORY: head of household, house # or farm: FM, # of dwelling house visited 229, # of family visited 232, home owned or rented: O, if owned, free or mortgaged: F???, male, Black, b. 1889, 31yrs, married, could read/write/speak English, born in MS, father born in SC, mother born in VA, occupation: farmer, industry: general farm, employer, salary or wage worker, or working on own account: EM, # of farm schedule 131

MARY E GREGORY: wife, female, Mulatto, b. 1893, 27yrs, married, could read/write/speak English, born in MS, father born in US, mother born in MS, occupation: laborer, industry: home farm, employer, salary or wage worker, or working on own account: W

LUCILE GREGORY: daughter, female, Mulatto, b. 1910, 10yrs, single, attended school anytime since Sept 1, 1919: yes, could read/write/speak English, born in MS, both parents born in MS

WILLIE BOB GREGORY: son, male, Mulatto, b. 1912, 8yrs, single, attended school, couldn’t write but could read/speak English, born in MS, both parents born in MS

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Left: 1955 St. Louis, Missouri city directory. Right: 1960 St. Louis, Missouri city directory

1930 Mississippi Census
Chickasaw County, Beat 2 part of
Enumeration District No 9-5, Supervisor’s District No 5, Sheet No 11B
Enumerated on 26 Apr 1930
Coleville & Okolona Road
Lines 74-78
Image 141 of 1121 on Archive.org (Internet Archive)
FamilySearch.org http://bit.ly/164vSXB
Archive.org http://bit.ly/1bvfSkR

Notes: Surname of Legueral COOPERWOOD (husband of Lucille GREGORY) has been changed from MONTGOMERY to COOPERWOOD on the family tree. There may have been an error on the 1930 census where the enumerator incorrectly listed his surname as MONTGOMERY. Hopefully this new update will help me find Legueral, his wife, Lucille GREGORY and her brother, Willie Bob GREGORY Sr on the 1940 census. Update: Lucille was found on a Florida 1940 census with the surname of Taylor after having remarried.

LEAREL MONTGOMERY: Learel Montgomery: # dwelling house visited 231, # of family visited 231, head of household, home owned or rented: R, does this family live on a farm: yes, male, Negro, b. 1910, 20yrs, married, attended school anytime since Sept 1, 1919: no, can read/write/speak English, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: farmer, industry: general farm, class of worker: O, whether actually at work: yes, # of farm schedule: 226

LUCILLE MONTGOMERY: wife [letter H indicates she gave info for household], female, Negro, b. 1912, 18yrs, married, attended school anytime since Sept 1, 1919: no, can read/write/speak English, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

MARY L MONTGOMERY: daughter, female, Negro, b. 1926, 4yrs, single, attended school anytime since Sept 1, 1919: no, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

MABLE MONTGOMERY: daughter, female, Negro, b. 2 3/12 [2yrs, 3mths],attended school anytime since Sept 1, 1919: no, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

WILLIE B GREGORY: bro-in-law, male, Negro, b. 1908, 22yrs, widowed, age at first marriage: 19, attended school anytime since Sept 1, 1919: no, can read/write/speak English, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: laborer, industry: general farm, class of worker: O, whether actually at work: yes, whether a veteran of the U.S. military or naval forces: no

Top left: Burial permit notification. Top right: Headstone in Calvary Cemetery. Bottom: Burial index, Archdiocese of St. Louis

Top left: Burial permit notification. Top right: Headstone in Calvary Cemetery. Bottom: Burial index, Archdiocese of St. Louis

1945 Texas Marriage License
Jefferson County, Texas Clerk’s Office
Online Public Records
Page 35, #859
http://bit.ly/W3bA7N
Certificate Number: 42589
Groom: GREGORY,WILLIE
Bride: BROUSSARD,MARY
Groom Father’s Name:
Groom Mother’s Name:
Bride Father’s Name:
Bride Mother’s Name:
Maiden Surname:
Date of Application: 12/26/1945
Date of Marriage: 12/27/1945

1955 St. Louis, Missouri City Directory
http://bit.ly/1isJb9r
Name: Willie B Gregory
Spouse: Mary L
Occupation: meat stamper
Employer: Independent Pkg Co
Residence: h4293a St. Louis Av
Page: 507

1960 St. Louis, Missouri City Directory
http://bit.ly/MbGbCT
Name: Willie B Gregory
Spouse: Mary L
Occupation: Meat stamper, Independent Packing Co
Residence Year: 1960
Street Address: 4877 Lee Av
Residence Place: St. Louis, Missouri
Publication Title: St. Louis, Missouri, City Directory, 1960
Page: 483

1970 Death Certificate
State of Missouri
State file no: 70-0008657
Name: Willie Bob Gregory
Date of death: 15 Feb 1970
Place of death: St. Louis, Missouri (city)
Name of father: Willie P Gregory
Name of mother: Mae Ella Stewart
Informant: Mary Gregory

Burial

1970 Burial Permit Notification
St. Louis County Library
Special Collections Department
http://bit.ly/1bNbbU0
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
26 Feb 1970
PG 22D, Col F
Willie Bob Gregory, 56, 4877 Lee

Burial Index of Archdiocese of St. Louis, 1700-2010
http://bit.ly/1bb1FWZ
Inter #: 236869
Cemetery: CALVARY
Name: Willie B GREGORY
M/F: M
Burial date: 21 Feb 1970
Age: 56
Section: 017A
Row:
Lot: 0495

Find A Grave Memorial
http://bit.ly/1nsbA2D
Name: Willie Bob Gregory, Sr
Birth: Apr. 15, 1913
Houlka
Chickasaw County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Feb. 15, 1970
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Bio: http://wp.me/p2v72Z-3j
Family links:
Parents:
Willie P Gregory (1887 – 1973)
Mary Ella Stewart Gregory (1891 – 1925)
Spouse: Mary Louise Broussard Gregory (1924 – 2001)
Children: Curtis Allen Gregory (1946 – 1994)
Inscription:
Willie Bob
1911-1970
Mother of perpetual help pray for us
Gregory
Note: Headstone gives year of birth as 1911, Social Security Index gives year of birth as 1913
Burial:
Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Plot: Section 017A, Lot 495
Created by: Tara R. Gregory
Record added: Oct 15, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 98921830

United States Social Security Death Index
http://bit.ly/12adldi
Given Name: Willie
Middle Name:
Surname: Gregory
Name Suffix:
Birth Date: 15 April 1913
Social Security Number: XXX-XX-XXXX
State: Mississippi
Last Place of Residence:
Previous Residence Postal Code:
Event Date: February 1970
Age: 57

Obituary/Funeral Program
Search for an obituary was conducted by the State Historical Society of Missouri in the following newspapers: St. Louis Post Dispatch, St. Louis Globe Democrat and the St. Louis American but none was found.

Photo Credit: TCA e-Train, History Markers Of Mississippi, Newspaper Archive, Ancestry.com, Family Search, Internet Archive, Find A Grave, Archdiocese Of St. Louis, St. Louis County Library, Jefferson County Texas Clerk’s Office

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Margaret Ruth SLEDGE

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Left: Mama (about 12 years old) with her sister Mable Roy in Macon, Mississippi. Right: page 1 of funeral program

Name: Margaret Ruth SLEDGE

Known AKA: Ree, Reese, Red, Lil Margaret

Surname Variations: SLUDGE, SLUDG

DOB: 21 Feb 1950 in Macon, Noxubee, Mississippi, USA

DOD: 27 Oct 2006 in St. Louis, Florissant, Missouri, USA

Father: Sam WILLIAMS Sr

Mother: Lillian C. SLEDGE

Siblings from her father and Mattie Lee: W00dr0w/Woodie, Earnest, Lee, Sam Jr, Hardie, Odell “Red/Pain”, James, Ruth O., Olivia (all siblings have the surname WILLIAMS)

Siblings from her father and Ida Frierson: Florence Jean/Jean

Siblings from her mother: Mable Roy BELL, Oliver “Fat” BELL, Edna Z. BELL, William Lloyd “Cot” BELL, Wade SLEDGE, Jean/Gene, Carlene

Spouse: Curtis Allen GREGORY

Children with Curtis Allen GREGORY: Tara, Tina

Children with Joseph K SANDERS: Billy

Children with Lee JOHNSON: William Lloyd

TIMELINE:

21 Feb 1950: Birth in Macon, Noxubee, Mississippi, USA (Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA; St. Louis, Missouri death certificate; United States Social Security Death Index)

1950-1968: Resident of Macon, Noxubee, Mississippi, USA

1972: Marriage to Curtis Allen GREGORY

1987: Divorce from Curtis Allen GREGORY

1968-2006: Resident of St. Louis, Missouri, USA

27 Oct 2006: Death in St. Louis, Florissant, Missouri, USA (St. Louis, Missouri death certificate; Social Security Death Index)

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Page 2-3 of funeral program

4 Nov 2006: Burial in Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

NOTES:

Mama grew up in the small town of Macon, Mississippi where everyone knew your business before you did. She loved to tell stories of life in the old days. She and her cousins had an amazingly carefree life coming of age in the Jim Crow South. They swam and fished in the creeks, eating turtle and frog legs (yuck). They played softball in the fields where she broke her wrist. It was an even less than memorable occasion because her father was passing by at the time and at the moment when she broke her wrist, she said “shoot” and he thought she said, “sh*t” so he whupped her for that. My favorite recollection of Mama’s childhood memories was of her picking cotton. A truck would come to pick them up at dawn before school to take them to a cotton pickin’ farm. They would put rocks at the bottom of their bags to make it weigh more and get more wages. While it was not an honest way to make extra cash, I understand how they could do it in the context of survival. Farmers just did not compensate them enough for their hard earned labor and some probably cheated them too. Mama’s favorite subjects in high school were math and history. She wanted to go to college to play the piano and be a singer. She was on the basketball team. By 1967, Mama was a young mother to my brother Billy. Her second child, William, was born prematurely and only lived about 11 hours. A short time afterwards, she migrated to St. Louis, Missouri with her sister Edna. She got a job working at White Castle as a car hop and met daddy this way. They were married 14 years before divorcing. To this union were born two children and a painful miscarriage before I was born. She died of pneumonia and cirrhosis of the liver at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Mama had a beautiful voice and if I close my eyes now, I can still hear her singing. She was always a beautiful person, inside and out, kind, caring and forgiving. She was also a people person with a great sense of humor, just like my father, and was quite the talker. Many a time she cracked us up with her sayings, of which there are way too many to list here. Family was dear to her and she kept in touch with hers and my father’s. There are two holes in my heart that can never be patched up, one for my father and one for her.

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Top left: page 4 of funeral program. Top right: headstone in Calvary Cemetery. Bottom: burial index, Archdiocese of St. Louis

TRANSCRIPTION OF RECORDS:

1950 Birth Certificate
State of Missouri
State file no: 123-50
Name: Margaret Ruth Sledge
Date of birth: 21 Feb 1950
Place of birth: Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi
Name of father:
Birthplace of father:
Name of mother: Lillian Sledge
Birthplace of mother: Noxubee County, Mississippi
Informant:

2006 Death Certificate
State of Missouri
State file no: 124-06203663
Name: Margaret Ruth Gregory
Date of death: 27 Oct 2006
Place of death: St. Louis, Missouri [county]
Name of father: Sam Williams
Name of mother: Lillian Sledge
Informant: [private]

United States Social Security Death Index
http://bit.ly/Qosa3u
first name: Margaret
middle name: R
last name: Gregory
name suffix:
birth date: 21 February 1950
social security number: XXX-XX-XXXX
place of issuance: Mississippi
last residence: Florissant, Saint louis, Missouri
zip code of last residence: 63032
death date: 27 October 2006
estimated age at death: 56

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“My mama was a shining example of forgiveness ever since I can remember. If someone hurt her, she would usually not respond in kind and turn the other cheek” (TRG)

Obituary/Funeral Program
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Margaret Ruth Gregory February 21, 1950 – October 27, 2006. Birthplace: Macon, Mississippi. Resided In: St. Louis MO. Funeral Home: Austin Layne Mortuary [7239 West Florissant Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63136, E-mail: info@laynemortuary.com, Web Site: http://www.laynemortuary.com. Visitation: 4-7pm, November 03, 2006. Service: 9am, November 04, 2006. Cemetery: Calvary Cemetery [5239 W. Florissant Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63115, 11:15am, November 04, 2006].

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Margaret Ruth Gregory
Saturday, November 4, 2006, 9:00am
Austin Layne Renaissance Chapel
7302 West Florissant Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri 63136
Reverend E.G. Shields, Sr., Pastor
Mount Beulah M.B. Church, Officiating

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Margaret Ruth Gregory was born on February 21, 1950 to Lillian Sledge and the late Sam Williams, in Macon, Ms. She departed this life on October 27, 2006.

Margaret was educated at Macon High School, in Macon, Mississippi. Margaret enjoyed her school career, often mentioning the pride she felt at being named valedictorian in junior high school. Showing her athletic ability, Margaret played basketball for Macon High School and also played in neighborhood softball games when she could. An equal fan of nature, Margaret remarked on the numerous adventures she had during the spring and summer months.

Margaret confessed hope in Christ at an early age at Second Baptist M.B. Church of Macon, MS. In later years, she continued her faith at St. Peter’s A.M.E. Church in St. Louis. Margaret was a devoted reader of Scripture and loved to sing, especially gospel.

In March of 1966, Margaret gave birth to her son, Billy Johann Sledge. In 1968, she and Billy made the journey to St. Louis, Missouri. During this time, one of her first jobs was a ‘carhop’ at White Castle. It was there she met her soon to be husband. Margaret Ruth Sledge and Curtis Allen Gregory were married on March 24, 1973. Curtis was very proud to become the father of Billy and soon all three welcomed the births of Tara Renee Gregory in January of 1975 and Tina Nicole Gregory in March of 1976.

Margaret’s life was full of loving and nurturing her children. She worked diligently as a housewife to make sure that they had the necessary comforts in life, often doing without them herself. Margaret also worked in the retail industry and volunteered at her children’s schools. In later years, Margaret’s volunteer work in the field of education turned employment. This led to a lifelong love of helping and creating joy in the life of each child she met. Margaret worked for Emerson Family YMCA and also Normandy School District.

Although divorced from Curtis, she was saddened by his death in 1994. Margaret’s love of people knew no bounds. If you talked to her for five minutes, you knew her and she never forgot you. She felt that three of her greatest accomplishments were her children and she shared tremendously in their success, watching each one graduate from college. Her latest joy was being able to help raise her first grandchild, Omar Nafel Alenazi.

Margaret leaves to mourn her passing: a loving mother, Lillian Sledge of Macon, Ms; three children, Billy of St. Louis, MO, Tara of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and Tina of St. Louis, MO; her grandson, Omar of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Five siblings (born to Lillian Sledge), Jean Holman and William Bell of Memphis, TN, Carlene Graham and Wade Sledge of Macon, MS, and Edna Davis of St. Louis, MO; also leaves, siblings born to her father, Sam Williams a multitude of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Order of Service

Processional
Scripture
Prayer…..Rev. Robert Houston
Selection…..Evlean Colyer
Acknowledgment of Expressions of Sympathy…..Tina Gregory
Tribute…..Tina Gregory
Condolences
Selection…..Rev. L.P. Colyer
Obituary (Read Silenty)…..Soft Music
Eulogy…..Reverend E.G. Shields, Sr. Mount Beulah Missionary Baptist Church
Parting View…..Austin A. Layne Mortuary
Benediction
Recessional

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Acknowledgement

The family of Margaret Ruth Gregory wishes to express their gratitude and appreciation for not only this time of need, but for each moment that you have given her and us over the years. Thank you for your expressions of kindness and love offered through cards, floral arrangements, phone calls, visits, and other equally important acts. May God continue to bless each and everyone. ~The Family

Dear Mama,

Are you really gone? It is difficult, at the very least, to believe. You would be overwhelmed at the outpouring of love and support. It equals the love and support you so willingly bestowed upon each of us, day after day. You never complained and you always gave, even if you didn’t have it to give. You were (and still are in our hearts), one of the best people to have graced this earth. Your intelligence, humor, warmth, and beauty are everlasting. Thank you, thank you, thank you. WE LOVE AND MISS YOU ~Billy, Tara, Tina, and Omar

Pallbearers: Family and friends

Interment: Calvary Cemetery

Services entrusted to:
Austin A. Layne Mortuary, Inc.
7239 West Florissant Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri 63136
(314) 381-6900

Burial

Burial Index of Archdiocese of St. Louis, 1700-2010
http://bit.ly/1aKTgyE
Inter #: 512253
Cemetery: CALVARY
Name: Margaret R Gregory
M/F: F
Burial date: 4 Nov 2006
Age: 56
Section: 033
Row:
Lot: 0182

Find A Grave Memorial
http://bit.ly/MVBVoH
Name: Margaret Ruth “Reese/Ree” Sledge Gregory
Birth: Feb. 21, 1950
Macon
Noxubee County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Oct. 27, 2006
Florissant
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA
Bio: http://wp.me/p2v72Z-2q
Family links:
Parents:
Sam Williams (1892 – 1979)
Lillian Claudell Sledge (1917 – 2013)
Spouse: Curtis Allen Gregory (1946 – 1994)
Inscription:
Margaret R Gregory
Feb 21, 1950
Oct 27, 2006
Mother of perpetual help pray for us
Note: Age 56
Burial:
Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Plot: Section 033, Lot 0182
Maintained by: Tara R. Gregory
Originally Created by: T.V.F.T.H.
Record added: May 24, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 52805669

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