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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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, possibly Choctaw) through his father, Jack Sr. This was relayed by my mother’s cousin Lucille CALLOWAY 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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