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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Margaret Ruth SLEDGE

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

Name: Margaret Ruth SLEDGE

Known AKA: Ree, Reese, Red, Lil Margaret

Surname Variations: SLUDGE, SLUDG

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

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

Father: Sam WILLIAMS Sr

Mother: Lillian C. SLEDGE

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

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

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

Spouse: Curtis Allen GREGORY

Children with Curtis Allen GREGORY: Tara, Tina

Children with Joseph K SANDERS: Billy

Children with Lee JOHNSON: William Lloyd

TIMELINE:

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

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

1972: Marriage to Curtis Allen GREGORY

1987: Divorce from Curtis Allen GREGORY

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

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

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Page 2-3 of funeral program

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

NOTES:

Mama grew up in the small town of Macon, Mississippi where everyone knew your business before you did. I do not know exactly how her parents met but I do know that parts of his land bordered the back of Grandmama Lillian’s house and she worked in his grocery store.

Mama loved to tell stories of life in the old days. She and her cousins had an amazingly carefree life coming of age in the Jim Crow South. They swam and fished in the creeks, eating turtle and frog legs (yuck). They paid a dime for a hamburger and ate it at the movie theater, paying a quarter for admission. They played softball in the fields where she broke her wrist. It was an even less than memorable occasion because her father was passing by at the time and at the moment when she broke her wrist, she said “shoot” and he thought she said, “sh*t” so he whupped her for that. My favorite recollection of Mama’s childhood memories was of her picking cotton. A truck would come to pick them up at dawn before school to take them to a cotton pickin’ farm. They would put rocks at the bottom of their bags to make it weigh more and get more wages. While it was not an honest way to make extra cash, I understand how they could do it in the context of survival. Farmers just did not compensate them enough for their hard earned labor and some probably cheated them too.

At seven years of age, Mama was a student at a segregated school in Macon. Integration of schools in Noxubee County did not happen until 1970! Billy’s paternal grandfather, Reverand Benny SANDERS Sr, was one of the bi-racial committee members serving on the Noxubee County Board of Education trying to find a solution for the boycott against public school integration. It was a mess but I digress. Mama’s favorite subjects were math and history. She was on the basketball team. The woman loved her sports! Watching basketball, football and baseball with her were always full of laughter and fun.

Mama had wanted to go to college to play the piano and be a singer. She had a lovely voice and if I close my eyes now, I can still hear her singing.

By 1967, Mama was a young mother to my brother Billy. Her second child, William, was born prematurely and only lived about 11 hours. A short time afterwards, she migrated to St. Louis, Missouri with her sister, Edna. She got a job working at White Castle as a car hop and met Daddy this way. They were married 14 years before divorcing. However they continued to have an amicable relationship while raising me and my siblings.

Daddy wanted Mama to stay home and take care of us. She thought that was one of the best things she could have done for her children. Being a stay-at-home mother allowed her to be very involved in our education. While going to public schools, we didn’t ride buses but we usually lived within walking distance of our schools and she was very devoted at walking us to and from. Just to have that kiss and hug before school was comforting and the excitement at seeing her face again at the end of a long day of learning was everything. Two incidents which she liked to revisit and have us laughing at were: 1) being called to Simmons-Marshall School when my brother Billy would fall out on the playground playing dead one too many times 2) the day she couldn’t walk me to school and it fell upon Billy and his friends to drop me off. That day she opened the door to find that I had walked home from school at only 4 years of age because he had left me at the school’s gate instead of taking me inside. Mama said I had an angel guiding me…I wonder if it was that man I encountered along the way and stopped to talk to. I wish I could remember the conversation! (I vaguely remember Charles Henry Turner school but Billy says it was actually St. Matthew’s Catholic church school).

Mama volunteered at McKinley Elementary School where me and my sister, Tina, were enrolled. This eventually landed her a job as the ice cream lady working in the cafeteria where she could also see me and Tina when we came to eat. We could get ice cream on the days she didn’t have any money…on credit…then it came out of her check haha! Credit was also extended to teachers and staff because she was nice like that and the administration trusted her. In the end, she always collected from whoever owed because the trust was mutual and she was an excellent bookkeeper. The other jobs that she held were as a car hop and cashier at White Castle (where she first met Daddy), a cashier at Uncle Richard’s liquor store, Woolworth, La Merite Bridal Shop, Family Dollar, Burger King and a fast food pizza restaurant inside the famed Admiral boat. She worked mostly in retail and food service which suited her talkative and lively personality.

Mama died of pneumonia and cirrhosis of the liver (not related to alcohol) at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She was always a beautiful person, inside and out, kind, caring and forgiving. She was also a people person with a great sense of humor, just like my father, and was quite the talker. Many a time she cracked us up with her sayings, of which there are way too many to list here. Family was dear to her and she kept in touch with hers and my father’s. There are two holes in my heart that can never be patched up, one for my father and one for her.

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

TRANSCRIPTION OF RECORDS:

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

1957 Mississippi Enumeration of Educable Children
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI
LIST OF EDUCABLE CHILDREN
County: Noxubee
Town: Macon
Street or R. F. D.:
School Dist.:
Attendance Center: Macon (Separate) Col.
Race: Negro
Names of Parents or Guardians (Family Name): Sledge, Lillian
Names of Children (GIven Name): Sledge, Margaret
Line number: 24
Age: 7
Month Born: Feb
Sex: female
School:
Ward:
Address:
Sec. T. R.:
Mississippi Enumeration of Educable Children, 1850-1892; 1908-1957
Digital Folder Number 004625773
Image Number 01249

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

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

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

Obituary/Funeral Program

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

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

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

1957 Mississippi Enumeration of Educable Children
1957 Mississippi Enumeration of Educable Children

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

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

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

1.  The house on 3915 St. Louis Ave where at only 4 years old, I mysteriously found my way back to it from my school 2. Simmons-Marshall School where Billy attended, it was right down the street from our house 3. The front of Charles Henry Turner School, where I went to head start? It looks so familiar, especially on the side where the gate leads to the playground. I wish Mama were here to confirm 4.  The side of Charles Henry Turner School. You can see the Simmons-Marshall School in the background 5. The front of the McKinley Elementary School building for grades KG-3 with gym on 2nd floor and cafeteria in the basement 6. The back and side of the McKinley Elementary School building for grades KG-3, attached gymnasium in foreground 7. What used to be the front of the McKinley Elementary School building for grades 4-6, administration, music and library. Now demolished as of 2011. I spent my last year in 4th grade here before being bused the next school year to a predominantly white school in Fenton, Missouri for participation in the "desegregation program". I was SO happy at McKinley and was sad to leave but I understand that Mama just wanted a better education for me and Tina
1. The house on 4925 St. Louis Ave where at only 4 years old, I mysteriously found my way back to it from my school 2. Simmons-Marshall School where Billy attended, it was right down the street from our house 3. The front of Charles Henry Turner School, where I went to head start? It looks so familiar, especially on the side where the gate leads to the playground. I wish Mama were here to confirm 4. The side of Charles Henry Turner School. You can see the Simmons-Marshall School in the background 5. The front of the McKinley Elementary School building for grades KG-3 with gym on 2nd floor and cafeteria in the basement 6. The back and side of the McKinley Elementary School building for grades KG-3, attached gymnasium in foreground 7. What used to be the front of the McKinley Elementary School building for grades 4-6, administration, music and library. Now demolished as of 2011. I spent my last year in 4th grade here before being bused the next school year to a predominantly white school in Fenton, Missouri for participation in the “desegregation program”. I was SO happy at McKinley and was sad to leave but I understand that Mama just wanted a better education for me and Tina

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

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

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

Order of Service

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

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Acknowledgement

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

Dear Mama,

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

Pallbearers: Family and friends

Interment: Calvary Cemetery

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

BURIAL:

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

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

SOURCES:

Oral history from Margaret Ruth GREGORY nee SLEDGE and Tara Renee GREGORY

1950 Macon, Noxubee, Mississippi birth certificate –> copy of certified copy of birth record from the personal collection of Tara Renee GREGORY –> State of Mississippi –> State Registrar of Vital Statistics –> Jackson, Mississippi –> 19 March 1968 –> http://www.msdh.state.ms.us/msdhsite/_static/31,0,109.html

1957 Mississippi Enumeration of Educable Children –> “Mississippi Enumeration of Educable Children, 1850-1892; 1908-1957”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK6D-3HRT : accessed 25 September 2015), Margaret Sledge, 1957.

Mississippi Civil Rights Project, History County-By-County –> School Desegregation in Noxubee County –> http://fur.ly/cd57

Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) –> Sovereignty Commission Online –> Sanders, Rev. Benny –> Pages 1-6 –> Elbert Hilliard to MDAH Board, January 24, 1977, Series 1250: Minutes and Related Material, folder “Regular Quarterly Meeting, January 28, 1977,” box 5531, MDAH; Erle Johnston, Mississippi’s Defiant Years, 1953-1973: An Interpretive Documentary with Personal Experiences (Forest, Miss.: Lake Harbor Publishers, 1990), 379-380; Katagiri, The Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, 415-418; “Department of Archives and History, Minutes of a Meeting of the Executive Committee Board of Trustees, March 11, 1977,” Series 1250, folder “Executive Committee Meeting, March 11, 1977,” box 5331; Laws of Mississippi, 1977, Chapter 320, 447-448; Clarion-Ledger, January 28, 1977, March 3, 1977, March 7, 1977, March 20, 1977, May 22, 1977; Daily News, January 28, 1977. –> http://mdah.state.ms.us/arrec/digital_archives/sovcom/colldesc.php

2006 St. Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri death certificate –> copy of the certified copy of the original from the personal collection of Tara Renee GREGORY –> State of Missouri –> Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services –> Jefferson City, Missouri –> 1 November 2006 –> http://health.mo.gov/data/vitalrecords

2006 Funeral program –> original from the personal collection of Tara Renee GREGORY –> also published in Obituaries at FuneralNet http://bit.ly/zO4MHB

“United States Social Security Death Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VS9G-G2F : accessed 9 November 2015), Margaret R Gregory, 27 Oct 2006; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

Burial Index of Archdiocese of St. Louis, 1700-2010 –> Home –> Catholic Cemeteries –> Burial Search –> Calvary –> Lot: 0182 –> http://bit.ly/1aKTgyE

Find A Grave –> Memorial for Margaret Ruth “Reese/Ree” SLEDGE nee GREGORY –> Maintained by TaraG, member #47897707 –> Created by T.V.F.T.H., member #6496806 –> http://bit.ly/MVBVoH

Screen capture of the front of McKinley Elementary School, St. Louis, Missouri (building for grades KG-3 with gym and cafeteria) –> Google Maps –> http://fur.ly/cbtd

Screen capture of the side/back of McKinley Elementary School, St. Louis, Missouri (building for grades KG-3 with gym and cafeteria) –> Google Maps –> http://fur.ly/cbta

Screen capture of the front of McKinley Elementary School, St. Louis, Missouri (now demolished building for grades 4-6, administration, music and library) –> Google Maps –> http://fur.ly/cbti

Screen capture of Simmons-Marshall School on St. Louis Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri –> Google Maps –> http://fur.ly/cbtv

Screen capture of 3915 St. Louis Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri –> Google Maps –> http://fur.ly/cbty

Screen capture of the front of Charles Henry Turner School, St. Louis, Missouri –> Google Maps –> http://fur.ly/cbuk

Screen capture of the side of Charles Henry Turner School, St. Louis, Missouri –> Google Maps –> http://fur.ly/cbum

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