Ben SLEDGE

1900-1930 Mississippi census
1900-1930 Mississippi Census

PROFILE:

Name: Ben SLEDGE

Known AKA: none that I know of

Surname Variations: SLUDGE/SLUDG/SLADE

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

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

Father: Donoma* SLEDGE

Mother: Mima** MOSLEY

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

Wife: Lucy Maria BUCK

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

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

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

TIMELINE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

***Now known as United Methodist Cemetery

Camp Funston in Kansas, Missouri circa 1918
Camp Funston in Kansas, Missouri circa 1918

NOTES:

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

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

WWI Final Payment Roll number 1-2
WWI Final Payment Roll number 1-2

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

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

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

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

TRANSCRIPTION OF RECORDS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

__________
2nd Lt _____
Personnel Adjutant

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

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

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

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

__________
_____
Commanding organization

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

Reproduced at the National Archives- STL
Page 4

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

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

Reproduced at the National Archives- STL
Page 5

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

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

EX-SERVICE MEN OF MISSISSIPPI

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Notes: Minerva=Mima and Evelynia=Everlynia.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STATE OF MISSISSIPPI
Mississippi State Department of Health
Vital Records
10826033

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

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

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

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

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

Burial

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

Obituary/Funeral Program:

None available as of this writing.

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

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Lillian Claudell SLEDGE

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

PROFILE:

Name: Lillian Claudell SLEDGE

Known AKA: Muh Dear, Lil Woman

Surname Variations: SLUDGE/SLUDG

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

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

Father: Ben SLEDGE

Mother: Lucy BUCK

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

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

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

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

Partner: Sam WILLIAMS Sr

Children with Sam WILLIAMS Sr: Margaret Ruth SLEDGE

Partner: Unknown, UNKNOWN

Children with Unknown, UNKNOWN: Wade SLEDGE Sr

Partner: Unknown, UNKNOWN

Children with Unknown, UNKNOWN: Eunice Jean/Gene SLEDGE

Page 2 and 3 of funeral program.
Page 2 and 3 of funeral program.

TIMELINE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Page 4 and 5 of funeral program.
Page 4 and 5 of funeral program.

NOTES:

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

Page 6 and 7 of funeral program.
Page 6 and 7 of funeral program.

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

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

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

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

TRANSCRIPTION OF RECORDS:

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

1920 Mississippi Census
Macon City, Noxubee County, Beat 3
Supervisor’s District 3, Enumeration District 80, Sheet ?A
Enumerated on 10 Jan 1920
Walnut St
Lines 35-40
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Notes: Number dwelling in order of visitation 125. Charley=Charlie

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Burial

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

Obituary/Funeral Program

PAGE 1

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

PAGE 2

Remembering Mama

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

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

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

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

Love you Mama, William

PAGE 3

Life Reflections

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

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

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

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

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

PAGE 4

Order Of Service

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

The 23rd Psalm

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

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Pictures

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

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

Acknowledgements

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

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

Obituary For Lillian Sledge

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

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

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