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

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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

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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.

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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

Professional Services Entrusted To

Lee-Sykes Funeral Home, 107 East Drt. MLK Jr Street, Macon, Mississippi 39341, (662) 726-4622

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The Dispatch: Columbus, Starkville, & The Golden Triangle
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7 February 2013
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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
Lee-Sykes Funeral Home
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Photo Credit: Alton CHANEY Sr, Family Search, Internet Archive, The Dispatch

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Mary Louise BROUSSARD

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Left: Page one of funeral program. Top right: 4877 Lee Ave in St. Louis, Missouri (red “x” on roof). Bottom right: Mary Louise at my brother’s 1984 high school graduation

Name: Mary Louise BROUSSARD

Known AKA: Lou, Sistah (affectionally called by her sister Helen)

Surname Variations: BRAUSSARD

DOB: 6 May 1924 in Port Arthur, Jefferson County, Texas, USA

DOD: 7 Jul 2001 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Father: Burness BROUSSARD Sr

Mother: Setular LOVAN (Lavan/Lavanne/Laven/Lavene/Lavenne/Lavant/Levan/Loven/Laverne/Lavergne/Lovine/Levine)

Siblings: Alton Bruce, Alston D/Al, Burness/Burnie Jr, Henry George, Helen Mae, Lawrence, Alfred, Dorothy May, Gladys Beatrice

Spouse: Willie Bob GREGORY Sr

Children: Curtis Allen, Sandra, Deborah, Linda, Willie Bob Jr

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Left: Page two of funeral program. Right: Jefferson County, Texas marriage index

6 May 1924: Birth in Port Arthur, Jefferson, Texas, USA (Port Arthur, Jefferson County, Texas, USA birth certificate; St. Louis, Missouri death certificate)

1930: Resident of Port Arthur, Jefferson County, Texas, USA (1930 Census)

1935: Resident of Port Arthur, Jefferson County, Texas, USA (1940 Census)

1940: Resident of Port Arthur, Jefferson County, Texas, USA (1940 Census)

27 Dec 1945: Marriage to Willie Bob GREGORY Sr (Jefferson County, Texas, USA marriage record)

1944-2001: Resident of St. Louis, Missouri, USA (St. Louis, Missouri, USA 1946 birth certificate of her first born, Curtis Allen GREGORY gives her stay in the community for two years prior to that which is why I start this residency at the year 1944)

7 Jul 2001: Death in St. Louis, Missouri, USA (St. Louis, Missouri, USA death certificate; United States Social Security Index; Calvary Cemetery & Mausoleum)

12 Jul 2001: Burial in Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

NOTES:

Grandmama was a beautiful, good-hearted and caring woman. We were the recipients of her never ending generosity for which I could never ever repay her for. She was a good cook! I used to sit at the kitchen table and watch her. I regret that I spent more time eating her delicious food than learning the recipes from her. She was great at gardening, sewing and interior decoration. She even re-upholstered and painted her own furniture. And she didn’t play when it came to us jumping on the beds and playing with her chandeliers. Everyone was welcome in her house and she was quite the hostess as evidenced by Sunday family gatherings and holidays. One of my fondest memories was of riding the bus and when we got on Lee Ave, I would let the window down, searching for her, great-aunt Helen or both of them sitting out on the front porch (during the spring/summer). If I spotted them, I would yell out the window at them and wave. I didn’t care if I was too loud and annoyed everyone on the bus, I had to give a shout out to my elders. Grandmama died of breast cancer. She is gone but not forgotten and this page will be a testament to such a kind and memorable woman.

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Left: Page three of funeral program. Right: Headstone for Mary Louise, her husband Willie Bob and son Curtis. Her name has not yet been inscribed, I have no idea why. I hope we can do that soon

TRANSCRIPTION OF RECORDS:

1924 Texas Birth Certificate
http://bit.ly/17XJ5Ql

TEXAS STATE BOARD OF HEALTH
BUREAU OF VITAL STATISTIS
STANDARD CERTIFICATE OF BIRTH

Place of birth
1. County: Jefferson
City: Port Arthur
2. Full name of child: Mary Broussard
3. Sex of child: female 4. Twin, triplet, or other:
5. Number in order of birth: 8
6. Father full name: Burness Broussard
7. Residence: 727-6-rear
8. Color: colored
Age at last birthday: 34 years
9. Birthplace: St. Martinsville La
10. Occupation: laborer
11. Number of children born to this mother, including present birth: 8
12. Legitimate: yes
13. Date of birth: May 6, 1924
14. Mother full name: Setular Lavan
15. Residence: 727-6-rear 16. Color: colored
Age at last birthday: 33 years
17. Birthplace: St. Martinsville La
18. Occupation: H-wife
CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDING PHYSICIAN OR MIDWIFE
19. I hereby certify that I attended the birth of this child, who was born alive at 1 a.m. on the date above stated.
Signature: Dr. T.W. Young Jr (Phyisican or midwife)
Address: 816 Proctor
Filed: 6-10-1924
Registrar: Pat Reed

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Left: Port Arthur, Jefferson County, Texas birth certificate. Right: Jefferson County, Texas birth index

1930 Texas Census
Jefferson County, Port Arthur city (pt of)
Enumeration District No. 123-68, Supervisor’s District No. 27, Sheet No. 6A-6B
Enumerated on 5 Apr 1930
Accessed 12 Jul 2010
Roosevelt Ave
Image 383-384 of 1035 on Archive.org
Image 383, Sheet No. 6A, Line 46-50, Archive.org http://bit.ly/1cTCY16
Image 384, Sheet No. 6B, Line 51-54, Archive.org http://bit.ly/K7szIw
Family Search http://bit.ly/1lhUhgG

Notes: Bernice=Burness. Alton BROUSSARD’s household is underneath Burness Sr’s household, sheet no. 6B, lines 55-57 (with wife Celestine and son Henry G). The baby of the family, Gladys, was born after the 1930 census.

Sheet No. 6A, Lines 46-50

BERNICE BROUSSARD: street, avenue, road: Roosevelt Ave, house #848, # dwelling house visited: 106, # family visited: 119, head of household, home owned or rented: O, value of home: $2000, does this family live on a farm: no, male, Neg, b. 1891, 39yrs, married, age at 1st marriage: 20, attended school or college anytime since Sept 1, 1929: no, could read/write/speak English, born in LA, both parents born in LA, occupation: truck driver, industry: City Water Dept, class of worker: W, whether actually at work: yes, whether a U.S. military or naval forces mobilized for any water or expedition: no

SETULAR BROUSSARD: wife, letter H means she gave the info for household, female, Neg, b. 1893, 38yrs, married, age at 1st marriage: 16, attended school or college anytime since Sept 1, 1929: no, could read/write/speak English, born in LA, both parents born in LA, occupation: none

ALSTON BROUSSARD: son, male, Neg, b. 1912, 18yrs, single, attended school or college anytime since Sept 1, 1929: no, can read/write/speak English, born in LA, both parents born in LA, occupation: carpenter – helper, industry: building, class of worker: W, whether actually at work: no, line # for unemployed: 17

BERNICE BROUSSARD JR: son, male, Neg, b. 1913, 16yrs, single, attended school or college anytime since Sept 1, 1929: yes, can read/write/speak English, born in LA, both parents born in LA, occupation: none

HELEN BROUSSARD: daughter, female, Neg, b. 1918, 12yrs, single, attended school or college anytime since Sept 1, 1929: yes, can read/write/speak English, born in TX, both parents born in LA, occupation: none

Sheet No. 6B, Lines 51-54

LAWRENCE BROUSSARD: son, does this family live on a farm: no, male, Neg, b. 1919, 11yrs, single, attended school or college anytime since Sept 1, 1929: yes, can read/write/speak English, born in TX, both parents born in LA, occupation: none

ALFRED BROUSSARD: son, male, Neg, b. 1923, 7yrs, single, attended school or college anytime since Sept 1, 1929: yes, born in TX, both parents born in LA, occupation: none

MARY L BROUSSARD: daughter, female, Neg, b. 1925, 6yrs, single, attended school or college anytime since Sept 1, 1929: no, born in TX, both parents born in LA, occupation: none

DOROTHY M BROUSSARD: daughter, female, Neg, b. 1928, 2 1/2yrs, single, attended school or college anytime since Sept 1, 1929: no, born in TX, both parents born in LA, occupation: none

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Top: 1930 Texas census, page 1 of Burness Broussard Sr’s household. Middle: 1930 Texas census, page 2 of Burness Broussard Sr’s household. Bottom: 1940 Texas census

1940 Texas Census
Jefferson County, Port Arthur City, J.P. [Justice Precinct] 2, Ward: Area B (part), Block Nos 416-417
S.D. No. 42-2, E.D. No. 123-94, Sheet No. 11B
Enumerated on 8 April 1940
Image 22 of 32 on FamilySearch.org
Lines 60-66
Family Search http://bit.ly/1bh6ToH
Internet Archive (not available)

Notes: Bernice=Burness Sr. Setuler=Setular. FamilySearch.org transcribes Burness Sr’s name as Bernia and Ancestry.com as Bernice.

BERNICE BROUSSARD: head of household, address: 848 Roosevelt Ave, # of household in order of visitation: 200, rented or owned home: blank, value of home: 2020, does the household live on a farm: no, sex: male, race: Negro, age at last birthday: 49 [estimated year of birth 1891], marital status: married, attended school or college anytime since March 1, 1940: no, highest grade of school completed: 2, place of birth: LA, in what place did this person live on April 1, 1935: same home, was this person at work for pay or profit in private or non-emergency govt work during week of March 24-30: yes, # of hours worked during week of March 24-30, 1940: 48, occupation: laborer, industry: water dept city, class of worker: PW, # of weeks worked in 1939 (equivalent full-time weeks): 52, amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions): 1040, did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary: no

SETULER BROUSSARD: x inside a circle after her name (she gave household information to the enumerator), wife of Bernice, address: 848 Roosevelt Ave, # of household in order of visitation: 200, rented or owned home: blank, value of home: 2020, does the household live on a farm: no, sex: female, race: Negro, age at last birthday: 46 [estimated year of birth 1894], marital status: married, attended school or college anytime since March 1, 1940: no, highest grade of school completed: 2, place of birth: LA, in what place did this person live on April 1, 1935: same home, was this person at work for pay or profit in private or non-emergency govt work during week of March 24-30: no, # of weeks worked in 1939 (equivalent full-time weeks): 0, amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions): 0, did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary: no

HELEN BROUSSARD: daughter of Bernice, sex: female, race: Negro, age at last birthday: 19 [estimated year of birth 1920], marital status: single, attended school or college anytime since March 1, 1940: no, highest grade of school completed: 7, place of birth: TX, in what place did this person live on April 1, 1935: same home, was this person at work for pay or profit in private or non-emergency govt work during week of March 24-30: no, If not, was he at work on, or assigned to, public EMERGENCY WORK (WPA, NYA, CCC, etc.) during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No): no, Was this person SEEKING WORK? (Yes or No): yes (new worker), # of weeks worked in 1939 (equivalent full-time weeks): 0, amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions): 0, did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary: no

ALFRED BROUSSARD: son of Bernice, sex: male, race: Negro, age at last birthday: 16 [estimated year of birth 1924], marital status: single, attended school or college anytime since March 1, 1940: no, highest grade of school completed: 7, place of birth: TX, in what place did this person live on April 1, 1935: same home, was this person at work for pay or profit in private or non-emergency govt work during week of March 24-30: yes, # of hours worked during week of March 24-30, 1940: 48, occupation: clerk, industry: grocery store, class of worker: PW, # of weeks worked in 1939 (equivalent full-time weeks): 52, amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions): 676, did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary: no

Top: The apartment building my father and his parents lived in at the time of his birth in 1946. This house looks vaguely familiar. I know that we also lived on McMillan Ave but I'm not sure of the address. There is a picture of my mother standing in front of a building on McMillan Ave that I need to get hold of and compare between the two. Bottom: The apartment building on St. Louis Ave where four generations of Gregory's lived (our family, grandparents and my grandfather's father)
Top: The apartment building my father and his parents lived in at the time of his birth in 1946. This house looks vaguely familiar. I know that we also lived on McMillan Ave but I’m not sure of the address. There is a picture of my mother standing in front of a building on McMillan Ave that I need to get hold of and compare between the two. Bottom: The apartment building on St. Louis Ave where four generations of Gregory’s lived (my immediate family, grandparents and my grandfather’s father)

MARY BROUSSARD: daughter of Bernice, sex: female, race: Negro, age at last birthday: 15 [estimated birth year 1925], marital status: single, attended school or college anytime since March 1, 1940: yes, highest grade of school completed: 6, place of birth: TX, in what place did this person live on April 1, 1935: same home, was this person at work for pay or profit in private or non-emergency govt work during week of March 24-30: no, no for all questions after this, Indicate whether engaged in home housework (H), in school (S), unable to work (U), or other (Ot): S, # of weeks worked in 1939 (equivalent full-time weeks): 0, amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions): 0, did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary: no

DOROTHY BROUSSARD: daughter of Bernice, sex: female, race: Negro, age at last birthday: 13 [estimated birth year 1928], marital status: single, attended school or college anytime since March 1, 1940: yes, highest grade of school completed: 3, place of birth: TX, in what place did this person live on April 1, 1935: same home, # of weeks worked in 1939 (equivalent full-time weeks): 0, amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions): 0, did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary: no

GLADYS BROUSSARD: daughter of Bernice, sex: female, race: Negro, age at last birthday: 8 [estimated birth year 1932], marital status: single, attended school or college anytime since March 1, 1940: yes, highest grade of school completed: 1, place of birth: TX, in what place did this person live on April 1, 1935: same home

1945 Texas Marriage License
Jefferson County, Texas Clerk’s Office
Online Public Records
Page 35, #859
http://bit.ly/W3bA7N
Certificate Number: 42589
Groom: GREGORY,WILLIE
Bride: BROUSSARD,MARY
Groom Father’s Name:
Groom Mother’s Name:
Bride Father’s Name:
Bride Mother’s Name:
Maiden Surname:
Date of Application: 12/26/1945
Date of Marriage: 12/27/1945

2001 Missouri Death Certificate
State file no: 01-202993
Name: Mary Louise Gregory
Date of death: 7 July 2001
Place of death: St. Louis, Missouri [city]
Name of father: Burness Broussard
Name of mother: Setular Levine
Informant: [private]

United States Social Security Death Index
http://bit.ly/13yeR76
Given Name: Mary
Middle Name: L
Surname: Gregory
Name Suffix:
Birth Date: 6 May 1925
Social Security Number: XXX-XX-XXXX
State: Texas
Last Place of Residence: Missouri
Previous Residence Postal Code: 63115
Event Date: 7 July 2001
Age: 76

Obituary/Funeral Program

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In Loving Memory Of

Mary L. Gregory
May 6, 1925 – July 7, 2001

Thursday, July 12, 2001
10:00am

Ted Foster Funeral Home
10192 Halls Ferry Road
St. Louis, Missouri 63136

Pastor Larnell Griffin
Officiating

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Twenty third psalms

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

Obituary

Mary Louise Gregory, was born May 6, 1925, to the late, Burness and Setular Broussard in Port Arthur, Texas. The Lord called Mary home on Saturday, July 7, 2001 at 6:30am.

Mary united in Holy Matrimony to Willie Bob Gregory in 1944 and moved to St. Louis, Missouri. She worshiped at God’s Way Pentecostal Church.

Mary was a devoted wife and a loving mother. She opened her heart and home to anyone in need. Every Sunday, she insisted on cooking and would make sure that her children would be there. Her neighbors and friends also knew they could get a home cooked meal at Mrs. Gregory’s house. This tradition has kept her family close. Mary’s goal was to make sure everyone was in good health and cared for. She was loved by all, and we miss her dearly.

Mary leaves to cherish her memory; four children, Sandra Clay, Deborah Allen, Linda Thompson and Willie Bob Gregory Jr.; her son, Curtis Gregory, preceded her in death; two sisters, Dorothy Lombard and Gladys Nowlin; and two brothers, Al Broussard and Alfred Broussard; eleven grandchildren; Tonya Roden, John Clark Jr., Antonio Clay, Tangela Brooks, Carlos Allen, Otha Thompson, Lamont Thompson, Tiffany Gregory, Robert Gregory, Tara Gregory and Tina Gregory; ten great-grandchildren; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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Order Of Service

Processional
Scripture
Prayer
Selection…..Sis. Mary Alice Smith
Acknowledgements and condolences
Tribute…..Great-grandchildren
Obituary…..Read silently
Selection…..Pastor Larnell Griffin
Sis. Mary Alice Smith
Eulogy…..Pastor Larnell Griffin
Gods Way Pentecostal Church
Parting view
Benediction
Recessional

Just one…

Most of all the other beautiful things in life come
by twos and threes,
by dozens and hundreds.
Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets,
rainbows, brothers, sisters, aunts, cousins,
but only one mother,
in the whole world.
Kate Douglas Wiggin

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Acknowledgement

The arms of my friends console me; the love of my family surrounds me. The goodness and kindness of my neighbors sustain me like a staff. Though I am exhausted with grief, I am supported, as by a great shining light that rises up within me. I can lift up my head. I can walk upright. I can even smile. For their sympathy is like a serene ocean in which I see glimpses of goodness and beauty never revealed before. In it, my agony is soothed, the ache of my heart becomes bearable, and I know, one day, will heal.

The family wishes to thank everyone for the many warm expressions of thoughtful kindness, your phone calls, cards, flowers and food shared with us. They have helped immeasurably in lightening our burden of sadness. We want you to know that we shall remain forever grateful. May God continue to bless each of you.

Pallbearers

John O Clark
Antonio Clay
Otha Thompson
Lamont Thompson
Carlos Allen
Robert Gregory

Interment
Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum
5239 West Florissant

Services entrusted to:
Ted Foster Funeral Home

Burial

Burial Index of Archdiocese of St. Louis, 1700-2010
http://bit.ly/1bb1FWZ
Inter #: 488862
Cemetery: CALVARY
Name: Mary Louise Gregory
M/F: F
Burial date: 12 Jul 2001
Age: 76
Section: 017A
Row:
Lot: 0495

Find A Grave Memorial
http://bit.ly/MBn00n
Mary Louise Broussard Gregory
Birth: May 6, 1924
Port Arthur
Jefferson County
Texas, USA
Death: Jul. 7, 2001
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Bio: http://wp.me/p2v72Z-3D
Family links:
Parents:
Burness Broussard (1888 – 1964)
Setular Lovan Broussard (1893 – 1984)
Spouses: Willie Bob Gregory (1913 – 1970)
Children: Curtis Allen Gregory (1946 – 1994)
Note: Name has not been added to the headstone yet.
Burial:
Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Plot: Section 017A, Lot 495
Maintained by: Tara R. Gregory
Originally Created by: T.V.F.T.H.
Record added: May 24, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 52805674

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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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Curtis Allen GREGORY

curtisallengregoryCOLLAGE
Top left: Easter in early 90’s. Top right: headstone in Calvary Cemetery. Bottom: burial index, Archdiocese of St. Louis

PROFILE:

Name: Curtis Allen GREGORY

Known AKA: Big Curtis

Surname Variations: none

DOB: 20 Aug 1946 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

DOD: 9 Aug 1994 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Father: Willie Bob GREGORY Sr

Mother: Mary Louise BROUSSARD

Siblings: Sandra, Deborah, Linda, Willie Bob Jr

Spouse: Margaret Ruth SLEDGE

Children: Billy, Tara, Tina

TIMELINE:

20 Aug 1946: Birth in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

1972: Marriage to Margaret Ruth SLEDGE in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

1987: Divorce from Margaret Ruth SLEDGE in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

1946-1994: Resident of St. Louis, Missouri, USA

9 Aug 1994: Death in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

16 Aug 1994: Burial in Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

My father was born at this house on 4628 McMillan Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri
My father was born at this house on 4628 McMillan Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri
curtisallengregory4619mcmillanaveSTLMOdoctorwhodeliveredhim
The doctor who delivered my father either lived at 4619 McMillan Avenue or had his practice there…or both!

My father was a people person with a big heart and humorous disposition. He was a dapper G and dressed up in suits just to go to the theater to watch a movie. Apparently, my father was born at home and was delivered by a doctor who lived or whose medical office was on the same block, right across the street. He only weighed 2lbs so my grandmother fattened him up with her cooking. He was larger than life and at 6’2, a big man. I loved his big belly…he was a lot to love. They called him Big Curtis and my 5’1 mom, Lil Margaret.

An older picture of Scullin Elementary?
An older picture of Scullin Elementary?
scullinelementary
A more recent picture of Scullin Elementary. We always waited for the Bi-State bus in front of it on North Kingshighway or across the street on the Lee Avenue side of it.

If I am recalling correctly, Daddy went to Scullin Elementary School which was located down the street from Grandmama’s house on Lee Avenue. Coincidentally, my brother Billy and two GREGORY cousins, Doom and Tonya went there too! The school is a casualty of the public school system’s ineptitude, closing its doors to students a final time in 2003. I do not know where Daddy went to middle school but I do know that he graduated from Beaumont High School on Natural Bridge Rd in St. Louis, Missouri where he was a member of the swim team, track team (shot put) and vaguely remember from looking through his yearbook, football.

Top: Beaumont High School on Natural Bridge Road. Bottom: Florissant Valley Community College
Top: Beaumont High School on Natural Bridge Road. Bottom: St. Louis Community College, Florissant Valley

Due to a weak heart, he was exempted from serving in the Vietnam war. He met Mama at White Castle when she was working as a car hop and wooed her with roses and record albums. Romantic right? She said he would open up the trunk of his car and show them to her. They were married in 1972 at Grandmama Mary Lou’s house at 4877 Lee Ave, a short time after he had suffered a stroke which made one side of his face droop slightly. It shows up clearly in the wedding photos.

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Uncle Richard’s liquor store, now a day care center. The facade used to have stones on the bottom half. It looks like it has been bricked and painted over. His house is directly in the back separated by an alley, you can see a light brown roof peeking out behind it.

Daddy was multi-skilled and was able to work at various jobs: manager of a theater which was right up his alley since he loved movies, photographer (earned an associate degree in photography from St. Louis Community College, Florissant Valley), contractor (all levels of construction and helped his best friend Richard SLEDGE…no relation to my mother that I know of…build his liquor store on Lucas & Hunt Road in Normandy, St. Louis, Missouri from the ground up), hunter (he hunted deer and rabbit with both guns and crossbows), archery, fishing, Boy Scout master, good with fixing cars, a bouncer in nightclubs and a private investigator.

My father indulged in good food (the saltier the better) and would wash it down with his favorite drinks, either Pepsi or Coke. He ended up with kidney problems and an even weaker heart. When the doctors told him to stop smoking, drinking (alcohol/soda) and eating unhealthy food, he told my mother that he could stop drinking but not smoking and eating. Even though they gave him only 6 months to live, he would not give them up. I guess it was his way of enjoying life before death.

During the last days of his life, he went to visit his father’s grave where I hope he received some solace and made peace with death. He made sure that he went to visit his BROUSSARD family in Texas as that was probably the last time he would see them. It was after that his health started to decline drastically. After being in the hospital for two weeks, he died of multiple organ failure at Jewish Hospital (now called Barnes-Jewish Hospital). A good man, gone too soon.

TRANSCRIPTION OF RECORDS:

1946 Birth Certificate
State of Missouri
State file no: 46956
Name: Curtis Allen Gregory
Date of birth: 20 Aug 1946
Place of birth: St. Louis, Missouri (city)
Name of father: Willie Bob Gregory
Birthplace of father: Houlka, Mississippi
Name of mother: Mary Louise Broussard
Birthplace of mother: Port Arthur, Texas
Informant: Willie Gregory

1994 Death Certificate
State of Missouri
State file no: 94-203944
Name: Curtis Allen Gregory
Date of death: 9 Aug 1994
Place of death: St. Louis, Missouri (city)
Name of father: Willie Bob Gregory
Name of mother: Mary L Broussard
Informant: Mary L Gregory

United States Social Security Death Index
first name: Curtis
middle name:
last name: Gregory
name suffix:
birth date: 20 August 1946
social security number: XXX-XX-XXXX
place of issuance: Missouri
last residence: Missouri
zip code of last residence: 63115
death date: 9 August 1994
estimated age at death: 48

United States Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
Name: Curtis Allen Gregory
[Curtis Gregory]
SSN: XXXXXXXXX
Gender: Male
Race: Black
Birth Date: 20 Aug 1946
Birth Place: St Louis, Missouri
Death Date: 9 Aug 1994
Death Certificate Number: 203944
Type of Claim: Original SSN.
Notes: Sep 1966: Name listed as CURTIS ALLEN GREGORY; 19 Jun 1998: Name listed as CURTIS GREGORY

BURIAL:

Burial Index of Archdiocese of St. Louis, 1700-2010
Inter #: 457157
Cemetery: CALVARY
Name: Curtis A Gregory
M/F: M
Burial date: 16 Aug 1994
Age: 47 [incorrect; he was 46 at the time of his burial]
Section: 017A
Row:
Lot: 0495

Find A Grave Memorial
Name: Curtis Allen “Big Curtis” Gregory
Birth: Aug. 20, 1946
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Death: Aug. 9, 1994
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Bio: http://wp.me/p2v72Z-2l
Family links:
Parents:
Willie Bob Gregory (1913 – 1970)
Mary Louise Broussard Gregory (1924 – 2001)
Spouse: Margaret Ruth Sledge Gregory (1950 – 2006)
Inscription:
Curtis Allen
1946-1994
Mother of perpetual help pray for us
Gregory
Note: Age 46 [age incorrectly given as 47 on website of Archdiocese of St. Louis website]
Burial:
Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Plot: Section 017A, Lot 495
Maintained by: Tara R. Gregory
Originally Created by: T.V.F.T.H.
Record added: May 24, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 52805636

OBITUARY/FUNERAL PROGRAM:

There is a funeral program but it is not in my possession at this time. So far no obituary has been located in the newspapers.

SOURCES:

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

2. 1946 St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri birth certificate –> VitalCheck, A LexisNexis Company –> Birth Certificates –> Bureau of Vital Records of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services –> Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services –> http://bit.ly/1aKW0fv

3. 1946 St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri birth certificate –> Derivative copy from original –> From the personal records of Tara Renee GREGORY –> Bureau of Vital Records of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services –> Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services –> http://health.mo.gov/index.php

4. “United States Social Security Death Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J1RG-CMZ : accessed 4 November 2015), Curtis Gregory, 09 Aug 1994; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

5. Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007 –> http://bit.ly/Mabvjx

6. Source Information: Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007 –> http://fur.ly/cbl2

7. Burial Index of Archdiocese of St. Louis, 1700-2010 –> Home –> Catholic Cemeteries –> Burial Search –> Calvary –> Lot: 0495 –> http://bit.ly/1bb1FWZ

8. Find A Grave –> Memorial for Curtis Allen “Big Curtis” Gregory –> Maintained by TaraG, member #47897707 –> Originally created by T.V.F.T.H., member #46496806 –> http://bit.ly/Of7ew2

9. Screen capture of Uncle Richard’s liquor store –> Google Maps –> http://fur.ly/cbqj

10. Screen capture of 4619 McMillan Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri –> Google Maps –> http://fur.ly/cbql

11. Screen capture of 4628 McMillan Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri –> Google Maps –> http://fur.ly/cbqm

12. Black and white image of Scullin Elementary, North Kingshighway, St. Louis, Missouri –> St. Louis Landmarks, Association of St. Louis, Inc. –> St. Louis Public Schools: A Look at Buildings Affected by Closings –> Milligan Schools –> http://www.landmarks-stl.org/images/uploads/scullin_thumb.jpg

13. Color image of Scullin Elementary, North Kingshighway, St. Louis, Missouri –> Built St. Louis –> Site navigation: site map/search the site –> The Ittner / Milligan Legacy –> Scullin –> second picture –> http://www.builtstlouis.net/schools/images/scullin2.jpg

14. Image of Beaumont High School, Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, Missouri –> Built St. Louis –> Site navigation: site map/search the site –> The Ittner / Milligan Legacy –> Beaumont High School –> first picture –> http://www.builtstlouis.net/schools/ittner07.html

15. Saint Louis Public Schools –> Surplus Properties –> Scullin School –> http://www.slps.org/Page/27728

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