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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Mary Louise BROUSSARD

marylouisebroussardgregoryCOLLAGE1
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

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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

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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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