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
22 Jun 1967: birth and death in Macon, Noxubee, Mississippi, USA (1967 Noxubee County, Mississippi death certificate)
OBITUARY/FUNERAL PROGRAM: None in my possession.
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 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. 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.
Photo Credit: Treasure From My Heart