The DeFuniak Herald – February 28, 1935 – Obituaries and Old News Items

In the death of J B Ward which occurred Monday at his home in North Defuniak, the county lost a resident who bore several distinctions, he was the last remaining Federal pensioner from the Civil war in Walton Co, he was among the older residents in co, being in his 91st year at time of his death, having been a resident for 80 of those years.  Services were held Tuesday at Sandy Creek Baptist. Five grandsons, Clyde Brown, Reginald Davis, Lloyd Davis, Alton Ward, Charley Davis and one great grandson Ray Howell acted as pallbearers. J H Ward was born in Henry Co, Ala in May 1844 and removed to Walton co with his family a dozen years later. Survived by 4 children, one son having died, 10 gr children and 19 gr grands.

The death of Mr Charles Sutton Padgett occurred about the time the sun went beyond the horizon on Sunday February 10, at his home. Services held in the home on Monday, interment was at Sandy Creek cemetery, Holmes Co.  Charles Sutton Padgett was born in Walton Co on Feb 20 1855, the son of Mahala and William Padgett and was reared on a farm in the same vicinity in which his death occurred.  He is survived by his aged wife Margaret Morrison Padgett, 3 sons, Billie, Alexander and Charles, one sister, Mrs J M Miller of Ponce de Leon, 2 brothers, W S of Dady, Fla and E S of Ponce de Leon.

F. Q. Tervin,  who suffered an heart attack on the street in DeFuniak earlier in the week, died at his home abt 4 o’clock this morning. Funeral arrangements have not be completed at this time.

Three more arrests in the hit & run death of Judge Pearce’s death. Bascomb Guilford has been arrested for the second time, and the mail carrier’s father John H Guilford was indicted for attempting to bribe Della Massey, the alibi witness of the defendant, and she was accused in a perjury indictment. The Guilford’s were arrested late on Saturday at their Daleville home. The older Guildford posted bond of $500, but the mail carrier did not post $1,500 on charge of first degree manslaughter until Sunday, having spent Saturday in Houston Co. jail. Miss Massey was also arrested and did not post bond.

30 yrs ago: from Feb 23 1908 Breeze:  Reuben Landrum died at the home of his brother, C A Landrum.

25 yrs ago: from Feb 24 1910 Breeze:  Ben Sallas of Elam, claimed to have shot his brother-in-law,  W F Nixon accidentally but Co Judge Parish ordered him held for grand jury.

15 yrs ago:  from Feb 24 1920 Breeze: Miss Sarah Gillis, 85, died at home of her niece in Pensacola.

10 yrs ago: from Feb 26 1925 Breeze:  Mr & Mrs Campbell Morrison are the proud parents of a fine boy baby, who arrived on Feb. 25th.

[Summarized by Lois Danley and Sharon Watson]

The DeFuniak Herald – February 21, 1935 – Obituaries

The death of Mrs M A  Stinson, wife of the late Dr W H Stinson, who died in 1918, occurred Sunday morning at her home on Guava Street following an illness of about 2 weeks. Services were conducted from the home Monday morning at 11:00.  She was Missouri Ann Colquitt and a native of Alabama, having passed her 80th birthday, being born on Aug 5 1854. Dr & Mrs Stinson moved to DeFuniak from Rose Hill abt 35 yrs ago. Survivors are 3 children: W I & Cecil both of this place, and Mrs George Burkhart of St Petersburg, 4 gr children and nieces & nephews.

Hal Richardson died early Tuesday at his home on 12th street of pneumonia. Hal C Richardson was born in Sept 1890 at Darien, Ga., son of Mr & Mrs David Eugene Richardson. When he was eight yrs old his family moved to this place. In April 1922 he was married to Miss Christian Currie, daughter of Dr & Mrs D J Currie, paster of the local Presbyterian church for many years. A World War vet and member of post American Legion. Survivors are his widow, and one son, Hal Jr., one brother J P Richardson of this place and 5 sisters, Mary Richardson also of Defuniak, Mrs Quarterman McCaskill of Marianna; Mrs Reed Walker of Darien, Ga, Mrs Jim Northcutt of Notasulga, Ala and Mrs Robert Oliver of Centenary, S C.  Service on Wednesday and interment in family lot at Magnolia.

Mr Norman Gillis died on Friday, Feb 15, he was called “Uncle Norman” by many.  Funeral services were conducted on Saturday from Valley church, interment was in Magnolia cemetery. Norman Gillis was born 85 yrs ago at the Pensacola Navy Yard, a mere child when his family moved to Knox Hill, abt 1916 he moved to Defuniak.  He was married to Miss Nannie McSween and 4 children survive this union. Survivors are his widow, 2 brothers, Duncan of this place, Daniel of Panama City, a daughter Miss Kate and 3 sons, Alwyn of Orlando, Angus Of Akron, Oh. and Wm Campbell Gillis also of Akron, Oh.

Angus Davis aged abt 50 yrs killed himself shortly before midnight Tuesday at his home at Freeport, by a self-inflicted shotgun wound.  Davis made his home with a brother, William and a sister, Christine. Mr Davis had been in poor health and it was thought that he committed suicide in a fit of despondency over his condition.  Services were held Thursday, interment in the Davis cemetery, an old burial ground NW of Freeport.  He is survived by 3 brothers William, James & Alex Davis, sisters Christine & Mrs Arthur Stanley, niece, Dottie B Stanley.

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The DeFuniak Herald – February 28, 1946

Mr Ben Louis Seigler, 82 yrs, 4 mos and 9 days passed away Feb 2 1946 in the home of his daughter Mrs D W Miller.  He was confined to his home from Dec 23 1944 until his death. He was laid to rest in Euchee Valley Cemetery. Survivors are his wife; Mrs Falzy Seigler, 5 daughters, Mrs W F Butler, Mrs Anne Bell Beck, Mrs J O Williams, Mrs D W Miller & Mrs A D Miller; 6 sons Marvin, Lummie, Coe, Jack, Ben Lee, & Sanford Seigler, a grandson James Louis Seigler.

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The DeFuniak Herald – February 28, 1946

Mrs Winnie Henderson, wife of R R Henderson (deceased) passed away Feb 10 at the home of her daughter Mrs V T Drake where she has stayed almost all the time since last November 5 1945.  She was 75 yrs of age. Funeral was held at First Baptist church on Feb 13. She is survived by 10 children: Mrs H A Stephens, Mrs V T Drake, Reason Henderson, Mrs Albert Cosson, Ira Henderson,  Mrs J D Wooten, Jr, J R Henderson, Mrs W J Slaughter, Mac D Henderson, Conward Henderson; one sister Mrs Jane Collinsworth and 2 brothers, Joe And Johnny Stafford.

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The DeFuniak Herald – February 28, 1946

Lt. McSween declared dead. Mr & Mrs J C McSween have received work from the war dept. that their son Lt R D McSween who has been missing since July 1943 has been declared officially dead as of Jan 11 of this year. He was a bombardier on a Liberator bomber which departed from Rushmupur, India on a mission to Rangoon, Burma July 2 1943. No trace of the bomber or crew has ever been found.

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The DeFuniak Herald – February 28, 1946

William Abner Bishop died at the home of his son, D W Bishop in Miami on Friday Feb 20 after two weeks illness. The deceased was 78 yrs was first married to Miss _____, to this union was born 3 sons & 3 daughters, 3 of these and the wife preceding Mr Bishop in death by many years.  He later married Mrs Modie Tharpe to which union were born 2 sons.  Born and reared in Holmes Co., he was associated with his brother J F Bishop in the saw mill business, until  his brothers’ death.  The body arrived here from Miami Friday. and survived by 2 daughters, Mrs C L (Laurton) Neel & Mrs C D (Melinda) Thomason, 3 sons D Webb, J C & John D Bishop; one brother G M Bishop. Services were At Otter Creek Church Friday Feb 22 with interment followed in church cemetery.

[Contributed by Lois Danley and Sharon Watson]