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I have two different birth years. 1766 from "Families Remembered" and 1760 from Fayette Facts XVII #3 Stonesipher article.

Also from Fayette Facts which was taken from "The Stonesipher Tree" by Mary Underwood:
"Daniel was last found with others of the family in Morgan Co., Tennessee. He was not found on land records there after 1814. Presumed he died there, unmarried."
Note that "Families Remembered" has his death as being in Washington Co., Arkansas. 
Stonecypher, Daniel (I268)
 
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In 1784 moved from Wilkes Co., NC to Wilkes Co., GA and about 1820
moved to Franklin Co., GA.

From "Families Remembered" which was taken from "The Descendents of Johannes Steinseiffer" compiled by H.S. Stonecipher:
"John Henry Stonecypher, Jr. was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. He enlisted as a private in 1776, and fought in a number of battles in North and South Carolina. He fought in the Battle of Kings Mountain, where he was captured by the British. He later escaped and made his way back to Wilkes Co., North Carolina, where he re-enlisted. John Henry Stonecypher, Jr. moved to Hart Co., Georgia circa 1784. He later moved in 1786 to Franklin Co., Georgia and settled on Eastonalle Creek. He was given a land grant of approximately 20,000 acres in Rabun and Franklin Co., Georgia by the United States Government in payment for his services in the Revolutionary War. On his property on Eastonalle Creek he built a water mill and dam. The dam was still in existence in 1974, but is not used. He later built his home that was located on what is now Highway 17 which runs north from Lavonia to Toccoa, Georgia. This house was built of lumber that he cut from his own water mill in 1789. The house was two stories high, built of eight inch by eight inch square timbers, laid one upon top of each other, and was mortised at the corners. The partitions were made of three inch by ten inch timbers laid edgewise and each of these were mortised into the houses' wall timbers. The house stood until 1964. Across from the home was the family cemetery. John Henry Stonecypher, Jr. was a very large man weighing about 200 pounds. He was a very well known individual in his day and time. He was a member of the Baptist church. John Henry Stonecypher, Jr. died at the age of 106 years. His cause of death was attributed to a fall from the door of the house of John Adams, his miller. He never recovered from the injuries sustained in the fall and died about two years later in 1850. John Henry Stonecypher, Jr. was buried in the family cemetery across from his home. His wife, Nancy (Curtis) Stonecypher died circa 1849 and is buried in the same cemetery along with their daughter Mary Stonecypher and their daughter-in-law, Martha Ruth (Camp) Stonecypher.

From "Franklin County's Historic Families" copied from "The Weekly Tribune" of 24 Jan. 1890:
"John Stonecipher entered the army at the beginning of the Revolution, and served until its close--most of the time as captain of a company. In the year 1787, he settled in this county of Lightwood Log Creek, now Hart Co. A few years later he moved on Eastanollee Creek, to Jarrett's Bridge, and lived there until the time of his death. It is said that he planted the first corn that was ever planted in the territory of the county. While living on Lightwood Log Creek and probably after moving to Eastanollee, he was several times sent out in command of a company of soldiers to watch or quell the Indians. One entire summer was spent in the service, and his wife planted and cultivated a crop of corn with a hoe, which yielded a supply for the following year.
He built the dwelling house that now stands on what is known as the Stonecypher place, later as the Mosely place, now the property of S.H. Mosely, in the latter part of the last century. It is a very staunch well-preserved house, and at the time it was probably the best house in the county. The work was done by an English mechanic by the name of Pessnell, and is said that it was ten years from the time he commenced until the house was finished. Every sill, sleeper, joist, post and scantling was morticed in the sills and plates, and so securely braced that a mechanic who examined it a few years ago said it would roll all over a ten acre field without falling to pieces. All the nails used in the building were wrought and the roofs of the outbuildings were put on with wooden pegs. The first roof put on and the ends rounded, and they were probably of rich heart pine, as it remained there more than sixty years, and was a passably good roof when the house was recovered.
Mr. Stonecypher built the old Stonecypher mills, later called Mosely mill and now the property of R.D. Yow. Of course the old house and dam and everything except the dirt race has been replaced by more modern and pretentious structures. The old mill was built about the beginning of the present century by a millwright names Thomas Sockwell. Later on he had a mill put up at Rocky Creek on his farm now owned by Thomas W. Smith. Fifty years ago the mill on Eastonolle was kept by John Adams, grandfather of M.A. Adams, a worthy citizen of Gum Log, and at the same time the mill on Rocky Creek was looked after by a free Negro named Force, generally known as Godfrey Alphan.
John Stonecypher was a tall, robust man, of very great muscular strength weighing about 200 pounds without an ounce of surplus flesh. He had an iron constitution, and in old age could stand fatigue and endure exposure under which most young men would have failed. Without the ability to read or write the English language, he was a ..... good general information,.......idea of business and was uncommonly successful in all his business undertakings. He was abrupt, rough and (straightf)ourth in his address, but a heart as gentle as a child, and never sent the poor away empty-handed. Men who had money to pay for food were often turned away with the remark that there are plenty of people who eat my corn and meat who have no money. His membership in the Baptist church, extended back to times immemorial, and he always occupied the place of a leader. No man is perfect, Mr. Stonecypher was not. He sometimes wrestled with John Barleycorn, and under extreme provocation would vent his feelings in profane words, but he had so many noble and excellent traits that the church took no notice of his shortcomings. He died at the age of one hundred and six years, and up to the time of the accident that caused his death he was strong and healthy. The indirect cause of his death was a fall from the door of the house of John Adams, the miller. He lived a year or two afterwards, but never recovered from the injuries received by the fall, which, together with the confinement and inability to take exercise, caused his death.
John Stonecypher was a Study man of strong common sense and strong constitution. His descendants are hardy, strong, genial, clever and noted for their strong common sense."

From Georgia D.A.R. Historical Collections Vol 1:
"John Stonecypher
Resident of Capt. Bryant's District, age 75. Entered service in North Carolina May or June, 1779, at Wilkes C.H., under Col. Cleveland and placed as guard over some prisoners at Salsbury. Served a 3 months tour and returned to Wilkes C.H. and was marched to Ramsaurs on Catawba River where engaged in battle. From there was marched to New River to try to stop the Roberts (sic), and a gang of Tories came up at King's Creek where there was battle and drove the Tories off. At the end of this 3 months tour again entered service at Wilkes C.H., about June 1780, in militia under Capt. Rutledge, and thinks the regiment was commanded by Cols. Locke and Isaacs. Was placed under Gen. Gates and served 3 months. Again entered the militia at Salsbury and marched to Charlotte and thence to near Camden and was in that battle at defeat of Gates. Escaped and returned home for a few days when again entered service at Wilkes C.H. under Col. Cleveland, with whom he remained until Battle of King's Mountain, October, 1780. Was in that battle and was afterwards put under command of Gen. (formerly Col.) Davidson and was engaged at battle at Beatty's Ford on Catawba River, where our forces were trying to prevent the British, under Cornwallis, from crossing. At this battle Col. Davidson was killed and we were defeated and retreated to widow Tarrances, where we were attacked next morning in her lane and again defeated. Returned to Wilkes C.H. and joined the militia under Col. Cleveland and served with him ......" (I copied wrong page after this.)

From "Deaths of Revolutionary War Soldiers Who Died in Georgia and Their Widows":
"John Stonecypher, Jr. applied for pension from Franklin Co., Georgia in 1833, stating that he was born 1755 in Culpeper Co., Virginia. He died 16 July 1849 in Franklin Co., Georgia at the age of 96."

From "Georgia's Landmarks, Memorials and Legends":
John Stonecypher was an original settler of Franklin Co., Georgia. He lived to be 96 years of age.

From Book of Pensioners Franklin Co., Georgia 1840
John Stonecypher age 84.

RABUN CO., GA - LAND RECORDS - Deed Book A, pp. 1 - 50:

Deed Book A, p. 27 Deed dated 6 Nov. 1821, recorded 24 Feb.
1823, from Ambrose Downs to John Stonecypher, "both of same
state and county", Lots. no. 105, 5th dist., Rabun Co., GA,
$500, "drawn by sd. Downs of Captn. Davis district of sd.
Franklin" [probably meaning Franklin Co., GA]. Witnesses: Giden
Smith, Isaac McKey. Signed: Ambross Downs

Deed Book A, p. 28 Deed dated 2 Feb. 1822, recorded 24 Feb.
1823, from James Bulen and Sarah Horn, administrators of the
estate of Edward Horn, deceased, of Morgan Co., GA, to John
Stonecypher, Franklin Co., GA, 167 1/10 acres, Lot no. 99, 5th
Dist., Rabun Co., GA, for $20. Witnesses: Benjamin Stonecypher,
Josh Gaan[?], JP. Signed: James Butler, Admr., Sarah (her x
mark) Horn

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The Georgia Digital Library has a picture of John Stonecypher's house at:
http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/vang/id:stp005
 
Stonecypher, John Henry (I260)
 
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In 1870, Fannie Pope is listed in the Clay Co., AL census as having $200 value- personal property

In 1880 and 1900 Francis Pope is enumerated with the family of Wiley and Saphronia Powell. 
Wood, Frances Shelina (I574)
 
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In 1871, Ora A. Browning was named widow of Isaac O. Browning in a Civil War pension application.
*Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, certificate #178523

Notice in The Randolph Leader, 10 April 1911:
The remains of Mrs. Browning, an aged widow who formerly lived in this county,
arrived in Roanoke this morning being taken by relatives and friends to
Liberty Grove near Wedowee, for interment. Mrs. Browning died at the home of
her daughter Mrs. Sallie McManus at Hazelhurst, in south Georgia.

In 1871, Ora A. Browning was named widow of Isaac O. Browning in a Civil War pension application.
*Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, certificate #178523

Notice in The Randolph Leader, 10 April 1911:
The remains of Mrs. Browning, an aged widow who formerly lived in this county,
arrived in Roanoke this morning being taken by relatives and friends to
Liberty Grove near Wedowee, for interment. Mrs. Browning died at the home of
her daughter Mrs. Sallie McManus at Hazelhurst, in south Georgia. 
Sellers, Ona A. (I2249)
 
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In 1900 James M. Browning was living with his brother and his family, John D. Browning. 
Browning, James Madison (I973)
 
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In 1930 Charles Samuel Royal was a salesman for a medicine company in Memphis, Tennessee. 
Royal, Charles Samuel (I3167)
 
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In 1998 Ruth Merkle Cather said that Beulah McGalliard had married a Jones who had died young and left her with several children. The 1930 census has a Beulah (born 1902) and Lee Jones living in Hanover, Coosa County, Alabama with two children.
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Sylacauga News, Thusday, September 14, 1979

Jones, Mrs. Beulah Levonnia

Services for Mrs. Beulah Levonnia Jones, 75, of 308 Avondale Ave, Sylacauga who died Tuesday, September 12, at the Sylacauga Hospital were held Thursday, September 14, at the Village Street Baptist Church with Rev J.D. Fleming and Rev. Ronnie Dye officiating. Burial was in Andrews Chapel Cemetery in Hanover, Gillum-Curtis Funeral Home directing.
Mrs. Jones, a native of Coosa County, was retired from Avondale Mills.
Survivors include two sons, Winston L Jones of Pell City, Earl B. Jones of Sylacauga; three daughters, Mrs. Mary Lee Piechowski of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Mrs. Ann Krohn of Columbus, Georgia, Mrs Ruth Goswick Cast of Sylacauga; two sisters, Mrs. Pearl Suit and Mrs. Margie Merkle, both of Sylacauga; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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The Social Security Death Index reports her birth as 1901, but her grave marker says 1902. 
McGalliard, Beulah Levonnia (I3387)
 
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In his obituary it said to make donations to the American Cancer Society so we might assume he died of cancer. 
Hammett, Floyd Collins (I1052)
 
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In Memory of Pauline Croley by David Tyrone Crowley

Ida Pauline Croley was born on March 12, 1922, at Kewauhatchee, near the town of Columbiana, in Shelby County, Alabama. She was the third of three children born to Thomas Crowley (1896-1949) of Shelby County, Alabama, and Mettie Viola Pipkin (1896-1939) of Dodge County, Georgia. Her sisters were Edna Croley (Dec 1916 – May 1917) and Mildred Irene Croley (Sep 1919 – Jun 1999).

Pauline grew up in Sylacauga, Alabama, and on 4 Aug 1941 married David Hilton Edmondson of Coosa County, Alabama. They had two children: Janice Anita Edmondson, born in 1942, and David Hilton Edmondson III, born in 1945. Pauline’ston died in June 1979.

Until 1992, Pauline lived alone at 611 Dairyland Road, near what was at one time the diary and chicken operations property of Avondale Mills, which was in turn part of the “Mill Village” established by Avondale Mills early in the twentieth century. She was visited regularly by family and attended church at the First Free Will Baptist Church, on Twin Street near her home.

On 31 Dec 1992, Pauline married Robert Otis Brand, of Chilton County, Alabama. Otis passed away 10 Feb 2001, leaving Pauline alone again at 611 Dairyland Road, where they had lived eight happy years together.

The last months of Pauline’s life were spent at the home of her daughter, Janice, and son-in-law, Wayne Blount, where she enjoyed the company of Wayne and Janice’s grandchildren.

Pauline’s last days were spent at Carraway Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama, watched over faithfully by Janice and Wayne. A few days before she left us, she had the happiness of seeing and holding the tiny hand of her six-month-old great-granddaughter, Abigail, daughter of Crystal, who is the daughter of son David Hilton Edmondson III and his wife Sharon, all making the trip from their homes in South Carolina.

At Curtis and Son Funeral Home in Sylacauga, on 9 Feb 2007, Pauline was visited and remembered by many family members and friends. Pauline wore a red dress with black trim chosen by Janice, who also asked that her mother’s appearance reflect her everyday wishes: no makeup, no jewelry except for her wedding ring, and her hair combed back in a simple style. Pauline’s family and friends laughed, cried, and remembered “Momma”, “Polly”, and “Aunt Pauline” with great affection and pleasure.

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Obituary Talladega Daily Home, 2 February 2007

PAULINE CROLEY BRAND

MT. OLIVE - Funeral service for Mrs. Pauline Croley Brand, age 84, will be Saturday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m. at Curtis and Son North Chapel with the Rev. Wayne McDaniel officiating. Burial will be in Marble City Cemetery.
Mrs. Brand passed away Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007 at Medical Center East. She was a member of First Freewill Baptist Church. She was a good mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hilton Edmondson; husband, Otis Brand; and sister, Irene Knox Livingston.
She is survived by her daughter, Janice Blount and husband Wayne of Mt. Olive; son, David Edmondson and wife Sharon of Welford, SC; two brothers, Tyrone Crowley and wife Carole of Prattville and Tom Crowley of Sylacauga; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Friday, Feb. 9, from 5-8 p.m.
Curtis and Son Funeral Home North Chapel will direct the service. 
Crowley, Ida Pauline (I3518)
 
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In the 1920 Clay County, Alabama census, Joshua Baker was living in the Clay County Poor House. 
Baker, Joshua H. (I3566)
 
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In the 1930 census, Walter Adams was a mechanic at the cotton gin in Waco, Texas. 
Adams, Walter (I159)
 
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Information on Katherine is from "Families Remembered". I have no proof. 
Steinseiffer, Katherine (I674)
 
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Information that Sarah Tankersley's parents were John and Letty Tankersley was found on http://www.genealogy.com Craft forum, subject #2137. 
Tankersley, Sarah (I533)
 
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Information that Whinney Tankersley's parents were John and Letty Tankersley is from http://www.genealogy.com Craft forum, subject #2137. 
Tankersley, Whinney (I528)
 
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Interview with Etta Morgan Douglas:
Alexander Cumbie could sing Sacred Harp really well and never refused. Granny (Lizzie Skinner Smith Cumbie Jones) sang treble. Dan Harris and Aunt Julie ran Grandpa Cumbie off. All he did was cobble and they didn't like him. He went to Florida and was never heard from again. 
Cumbie, Alexander W. (I3298)
 
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Interview with Etta Morgan Douglas:
Uncle Dan was a roofer. When in his late 20s or early 30s, he jumped off the running board of a car and broke his leg. The bone came through the skin and gangrene set in. They were unable to save the leg. Etta Morgan had wanted to be a nurse until then. 
Harris, Dan Curtis (I163)
 
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J.R. Griffin and Lugenia Pope were married at her father's, Benjamin Pope, home by Rev. L.P. Hodnett. J.W. Graben and J.O. McColum attested with the bond by J.R. Griffin and E.E. Kitchens. 
Family F436
 
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James Royal's WWI Draft Registration Card states his birthdate as 17 September 1884, he was living in Hollins, Alabama and his nearest relative was his wife, Vera. He was of medium height and build with blue eyes and light colored hair. He signed the card with his mark. 
Royal, James Luther (I2667)
 
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John D. Browning was living alone on Brownsville Rd., household #29 on the 1930 Clay County census, series T626, Roll 6, page 224. 
Browning, John Daniel (I967)
 
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John Ernest Royal's WWI draft registration card states he was of medium height and medium build with grey eyes and brown hair. It also states three fingers were missing from his right hand. It gives his mother, Fannie Elva Royal, as nearest kin. 
Royal, John Ernest (I3166)
 
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Joseph P. Stonecypher's grave marker reads:
J.P. STONECYPHER born May 24, 1856 died April 6, 1941 Gone but not forgotten

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According to his death certificate, Vol. 17 #8107, Joseph Stonecypher's mother was Sallie Smith, born in Georgia. The informant was Mrs. M.B. Popwell, daughter. 
Stonecypher, Joseph Peter (I222)
 
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Joseph Stonecipher was listed in 1815 Tax List in Ashe Co., NC -
1 white poll

I have two different death dates for Joseph. 1847 from Lura Glass decendency chart and Fayette Facts, XVII #3, Stonecipher article and 1840 from "Families Remembered". I have no proof for either.

From Fayette Facts, XVII, #3 Stonecipher Family which was taken from "The Stonecipher Tree" by Mary Underwood:
Joseph Stonecipher, the eldest son of John Henry and Ellen Dortch Stonecipher, born in Culpeper County, Virginia in 1754, went to Wilkes County, North Carolina in 1773. He volunteered there for duty during the Revolutionary War. His first term was for three months and he was later drafted for another three months. He was in the Battle of Cox's Mill and King's Mountain, among others. Joseph married Salome Ross in 1781 at Golden Grove on the banks of the Watauga River in Wilkes County, North Carolina. She may have come from Pennsylvania with her family. Joseph and Salome removed to Tennessee ca 1812 and he died there in Morgan County, July 30, 1847. Salome died some time after that. They were the parents of eight children. 
Stonecypher, Joseph (I270)
 
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Josiah Smith was a private in the Coosa Independent Confederate Volunteers, Company B, 12th Infantry. (Coosa Heritage, July 1980, p.4) 
Smith, Josiah (I2592)
 
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July 22 Talladega Daily Home Obituary

MILDRED CRAFT CAUSEY

ANNISTON - Funeral services for Mrs. Mildred Craft Causey, 88, of Anniston will be 2 p.m. Saturday, July 23 at Gray Brown-Service Chapel with the Reverend Finley Holbrook officiating. Burial will follow at Forestlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Mrs. Causey died Wednesday at Regional Medical Center.

Survivors include: one daughter, Carlyn Creel and husband John of Weaver; one brother, Hubert Craft of Anniston; three sisters, Butha Lamberth of Anniston, Mary Worthy of Alexander City, and Martha Bass of Talladega; one granddaughter, Lisa Wesson and husband Mark of Ocean Springs, MS; and two great-grandchildren, Samantha Wesson and Evan Wesson.

Pallbearers will be her nephews. Mrs. Causey was a native of Clay County and a resident of Talladega for many years. She was a member of West Anniston Baptist Church and retired from Palm Beach Company after 35 years. She has lived in Anniston for the past 25 years. Mrs. Causey is preceded in death by her husband, Carl Lee Causey. Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to the Arthritis Foundation at 300 Vestavia Parkway, Suite 3500, Birmingham, AL 35216. Gray Brown-Service Mortuary & Crematory will direct the service. 
Craft, Mildred (I454)
 
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Lander Jackson Browning enlisted in the Marines in WWI on 22 July 1917 in Akron, Ohio. According to the Official Roster of Ohio Soldiers, Sailors and Marines in the World War, 1917-1918, Volume 22 his war record included:
Parris Island Summary Court; Co T 18 Aug 1917; Co M 4 Feb 1918; Naval Prison Portsmouth NH 10 Apr 1918; Marine Flying Field Miami Fla 17 March 1919; Squadron B Parris Island Summary Court 12 June 1919. Discharge 15 July 1919; Character excellent File no 97848. 
Browning, Lander Jackson (I3242)
 
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Lewis Horton entered service 3 Sept. 1861, Co. C 25th Alabama, Reg. Inf.
Wounded at Murfreesboro, TN, Chicamauga and Atlanta, hip, leg and foot.
(Confederate Pension Record) 
Horton, Lewis Marion (I1826)
 
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Lived in Akron, Summit County, Ohio at time of WWII draft registration and worked at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. 
Browning, Francis Glover (I3317)
 
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Lived on Sycamore Road, Sycamore, Talladega County, Alabama on the 1910 census. 
Hand, John H. (I3519)
 
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Living in Randolph County by 1860, Rockdale post office. 
Browning, John (I3157)
 
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Living with uncle, Sidney Lafayette Browning in Clay County, Texas in 1910. 
Browning, James M. (I3313)
 
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Lyda's name was pronounced "Lida", long "i". 
Royal, Lyda (I3054)
 
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Marriage took place at home of Amy "Royalls". 
Family F1012
 
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Marriage took place at St. ??? Methodist Episcopal Church in Childersburg. 
Family F283
 
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Martha Baggett was living with Garrett and Sarah Craft in DeKalb County, Georgia in 1870 and is listed on the census, Roll: M593_147; Page: 269, with the last name Craft.

On 1 December 1860, Garrett L. Craft purchased 39.96 acres in Randolph County, Alabama in Section 32, Twp. 19S, Range 12E

On 1 July 1861, Garrett L. Croft purchased 39.76 acres in Randolph County, Alabama in Section 32, Twp. 19S, Range 12 E. 
Craft, Garrett L. (I521)
 
135
Martha McCollum's death certificate states she was born in Randolph County, Alabama. 
McCollum, Martha Caroline (I569)
 
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Marzie died at the home of her daughter Bettie and Bettie's husband Lloyd White. 
Royal, Marzie (I591)
 
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Memories from a time gone by
by Lindsey Holland The Daily Home
Oct 09, 2010

Jettie Bates stands beside the tree in her yard that was planted in 1934, two years before she was born. Four generations of children have climbed in the branches. Bob Crisp

OAK GROVE - It was quiet, like daybreak on a cool fall morning in the mountains, with the sun radiating over the tops of the trees, lining the tips of the mountains. It was quiet, with fields of cotton ready to be picked. Oak Grove was quiet … before the highway came in … a sound only a small Southern town can capture if you relive the memories from some 50 years ago.

If the tree could talk it would tell how Jettie Bates was born in the front room of the house, or how Mama broke the chicken’s neck and proceeded to cook it for dinner, or how Jettie’s brother, Leon Dale, chased her up the tree the time she rode his new bike.

“Mama, tell Jettie not to touch it,” he said.

Jettie said back then her mama worked in the cotton mill. The city bus would come through and pick up the mill workers and bring them back at night. As soon as the bus left and Mama was out of sight, Jettie headed for the garage.

“I took the bicycle and we were playing cops and robbers,” Jettie remembered. “I slipped it back in the garage. But he found that bicycle and he ran me down and that’s where I hid in that tree. He like to beat me to death.”

The tree sits in front of Jettie’s childhood home. Her father planted the tree in 1934.

“The tree is two years older than I am,” she said. “The tree has four generations of kids climbing in it. I could hide in that tree and nobody could find me. I could skimmy up it back then.”

Jettie was born on a Sunday morning in 1936 in the front room of her home, the home that was built in 1930 and has the immense tree in the yard. An African-American woman and her father delivered Jettie while the rest of the neighborhood attended church. The church, Oak Grove Methodist, is within walking distance of Jettie’s home. “I grew up in that church,” she said.

It just seems like it was so much quieter back then, Jettie recalled of growing up in Oak Grove.

“There were 10 of us when my daddy moved here,” she said. “He moved here in 1933 and they had seven boys and three girls. Only four of us are living. There wasn’t any of this,” Jettie said as she extended her arm and pointed to the highway, pointed to the paved roads, and to the convenience stores. “It was just an old dirt road.”

Country Folk

“It was an ideal place to live,” Jettie recalled of Oak Grove some 60 years ago. She remembers the sounds of the town before the four lane came in. She remembers no traffic, no highway, no paved roads, she just remembers country folk.

Country folk like those neighbors who would bring meals to your home when someone died. Country folk like the neighbors who would gather for congregation when someone fell ill. Jettie remembers country folk who could leave their doors unlocked at night and country children who could play outside until it was time for dinner. She remembers country folk who, when they told their children to go to bed they immediately obeyed. She remembers country folk who kept their kids in line, like her mama.

“She had a big switch, and I mean a big switch, and my daddy had a razor strap,” she said. “He kept them boys in line. I was the youngest so I didn’t get too many whoopin’s. I saw what they did and I wouldn’t do it. I saw the results and I thought, ‘I’m not going to do all that.’”

Jettie remembers living in Oak Grove when there were no department stores to shop at. “My mama would sew to make clothes,” she said. In the town of Oak Grove there were no department stores and no grocery stores.

“We never did go without anything to eat,” Jettie said. “We had our own hogs, they’d slaughter them. My mother would churn and churn to make buttermilk. My mama would take a chicken and ring its neck and she’d draw a line around it. That chicken never would flop out of that line, it just died. She would put it down in hot water and pluck it.”

Back then, you could ask anybody for help and they’d drop what they were doing and come help, Jettie said.

“It was totally different. If we had the people that lived here years ago we’d have it made.”

Surviving Storms

The tree in Jettie Bates’ yard has survived many storms. Neighbors often inquire about the threat of tornadoes and the damage the tree may cause, but Jettie, like the great tree that stands in her yard, has weathered all the storms she has encountered in life.

Jettie has been married to her husband for 53 years. The two met at the National Guard Armory in Birmingham. After a bit of relocating, the family settled back in Oak Grove after their second son was born. They settled in the same house with the tree in the front yard, the same house in which she was brought into the world.

“Well I tell ya,’ I was in the hospital when Kennedy was assassinated,” she said, giving birth to one of her children. “I remember that well.”

One of Jettie’s sons followed in his father’s footsteps. Fighting in the military, he got sick from chemicals and was soon sent home. Nine days later, two girls and a wife were without a father and husband.

“It like to have broke my heart,” she said. “That is the only thing that has really got next to me, so it left me with two boys and two girls.”

Years later, heartache approached Jettie again. Her father was 92 when he died after a fall.

“My mama said when we told her, ‘Well, I’m not going to live without him,’” she said. “She died three weeks later. They had been married 70 years and had 10 children. They had numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”

Jettie said her mother died from a broken heart. She was sitting on the porch in a rocking chair and silently died.

The sounds of Oak Grove

Jettie said when they started putting the highway in, everybody almost suffocated from all the dirt. Now she locks her doors at night and she no longer hears the quiet. Instead, she hears the cars from the four lane all night.

Most of the time now, Jettie said, your neighbors are strangers and you don’t even know who they are.

“It don’t seem like that’s right,” she said.

But Jettie said she thinks the people who live in Oak Grove enjoy it.

Although you may have to lock your doors at night and although you may not be as friendly as you should be with your neighbors, Southern hospitality is still alive and well, especially in Oak Grove.

The highway carries hundreds of people to their destinations daily, those who are heading to work, those who are visiting friends, or those who are running a few errands, but never those who choose not to take the highway. Those who choose to travel the back roads may just find the quiet Oak Grove has known all too well.

Read more: The Daily Home - Memories from a time gone by 
Dale, Jettie Lou (I1069)
 
138
Millie Craft was dismissed by letter at Concord Baptist Church in Clay County, Alabama in 1931. 
Craft, Millie L. (I1470)
 
139
Minni Phurrough, daughter of William Wesley Royal, always held that Wilson's name was Silas Wilson Royal and that his youngest son, Wilson C. was Silas Wilson Royal, Jr.
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1850 Talbot County, Georgia census, Dist. 24, page 288

91/890
Royals, Wilson 24farmerGeorgia
Elmira 23 Georgia
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1860 Tallapoosa County, Alabama census, Western Division, Youngville P.O. (Alexander City)
Roll 25, page 391

1332/1332/
Riols, Wilson Y. 25farmerGeorgiapersonal value $350
Elmira30Georgia
John 9Georgia
William 7Georgia
Thomas 5Georgia
Alonzo 3Alabama
Martha 1Alabama
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1870 Upson County, Georgia, Thomaston, page 217

1681/1681
Riles, Wilson47MfarmerGeorgia$250.00
Elmira 40Fhouse keeperGeorgia
Thomas16Mfarm handGeorgia
John20Mfarm handGeorgia
J?ne18Ffarm handGeorgia
Willie17Mfarm handGeorgia
Lump12Mfarm handGeorgia
Sissie10FGeorgia

The female listed under John looks like June or Jane. It's probably John's wife. However her name has been given later as Martha Ellen Pruitt. Willie, of course, was William, Lump was a nickname for Alonza and Martha was called Sis or Sissie. The biggest puzzle here is that the two youngest children, Wilson and Mary Adelaide are not listed with the family. We can't find them with any other family, either. The proof that they actually are children of Wilson and Elmira is the family Bible owned by Philip Burrough. Also on the 1900 census, Elmira states she was the mother of seven children with five living. John had died a young man and Wilson died in 1899. All children accounted for. Another interesting fact here is in 1869 Wilson Royal had four children in the poor school. John, Thomas and Willie were all past school age leaving Lon, Martha, Wilson and Mary Adelaide.
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1880 - The family has not been found on the 1880 census. We keep trying, but so far, no luck. William Ransom Royal, Wilson's brother, was living in St. Clair County, Alabama in 1880. Wilson and Elmira were probably there as well, but not necessarily so.
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1900 Hamilton County, Texas census, Justice Precinct 2, Dist. 83, page 14A

236/236
Royal, Wilson Y.Feb. 1827 73farmerrents farmGA/NC/NC
ElmiraOct. 1828 71GA/GA/GA

They had been married 52 years. Elmira was the mother of seven children with five living.
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They seem to disappear after this. They are not found on the Texas death index which starts in 1908 leading us to believe they died sometime between late 1900 and 1908. It's possible they came back to Alabama, but at their age unlikely, 70s being much older then than it is now. Their youngest child, Mary Adelaide, who married George Harless, moved to Texas around the same time.
 
Royal, Wilson Y. (I729)
 
140
Mirybo or Marbo, as he was called, was shot and killed by Mr. Dison in an argument about some geese that one of them kept to eat the grass in the cotton field. The geese had gotten into the other's yard. An argument ensued and Marbo was killed. Mr. Dison was tried but not convicted. 
Norred, Mirybo Marcello (I44)
 
141
Nama's name was prounced with a short "a" and as if it ended with "er" -- Nammer. 
Royal, Nama L. (I3055)
 
142
Narcisses G. Tate, living in Alpine, was a Class 2 pensioner listed in the 31 January 1924 issue of the Sylacauga News.
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Obituary, Sylacauga Advance, 25 June 1936

Narcissus Tate, age 84, of Alpine, Rt. 1, died June 20. Funeral services were held at Hickman, June 21 at 4 o'clock. Rev. Kayler and Rev. Owens conducted the service. Service Funeral Home in charge.

Survived by two sons, Sanford Tate, Ashland, L.S. Tate, Alpine, Rt. 1; two daughters, Mrs. Sallie Solley, Ellaville, Georgia, Mrs. Lela Solley, Blumburgs, Texas. 
Williams, Narcissus G. (I3554)
 
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NEWSPAPER Issue of Wednesday, October 18, 1922 (Newhope News?)

TOM HUDDLESON KILLED SUNDAY IN NORTHERN PART OF COUNTY; Three Men Arrested
Wedowee, Oct. 16th

A sad tragedy occurred yesterday about 10 miles north of Wedowee in the
Charles Boyd community. Tom Huddleson, a young man and two others were passing
along the road and Huddleson was shot in the back and died at once. La
yesterday evening, John Henry Craft, Grady Craft and Kara Haynes were brought
to Wedowee and placed in jail. I understand that Kara Haynes and Grady Kraft
have made a statement that John Henry Craft did the killing.
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Henry Craft, age 40, of Arbacoochee, was fatally injured when he was struck by an automobile on the Bankhead Highway about five miles east of Oxford shortly after 4 o'clock this morning. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Garner Hospital. J.L. Kaylor of Gramah, the driver of the automobile was absolved of all blame following an investigation of the accident. The witnesses to the accident told the same story as to how it occurred. Craft had been in a taxi-cab with Lewis McCormick of south Anniston since about midnight. Leland Burt was the taxi
driver. Statements made by Burt and McCormick were the same, eaching stating that Craft got out of the taxi cab and while they waited for him to return, he stepped into the path of Kaylor's automobile. Craft's companions estimated the speed of Kaylor's car at 25 miles per hour, the same estimated by Kaylor, his daughter and companion L.B. Duke.The injured man was placed in the taxi-cab and Mr. Duke rode with the taxi to the hospital. Coroner Gray said that death was due to a fractured neck and a crushed chest.Funeral services for Craft were conducted at 2 o'clock in the Cedar Creek Baptist church in Cleburne county. Burial was in the church cemetery with Usrey of Anniston in charge. Surviving are the widow and two children, Charles and Bertha of Arbacoochee; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Craft of Anniston; three brothers, Grady
Craft of Atlanta; Munroe and Gross Craft of Anniston; two sisters, Mrs. Pearl Bentley and Mrs. Lily Campbell of Anniston. (The Cleburne News, Heflin, Cleburne County,
Alabama, for DEC. 15th, 1938) 
Craft, John Henry (I2143)
 
144
North Randolph News, 19 April 1905

Mr. W.M. Craft went to Anniston last Sunday to meet his daughter Mrs. A
Sellers who went to Texas in January and whose husband, Mr. Oliver Sellers,
died soon after arriving in Texas. 
Craft, Ada (I1212)
 
145
Notes from Lucy Horton has death date for "Emmer" Morgan as 7 Sept. 1971. 
Smith, Emma (I73)
 
146
Obituary

Mr. Ronald "Doss" Mayfield
SYLACAUGA - Funeral service for Ronald "Doss" Mayfield, 67, will be Wednesday, March 10, at 2 p.m. at Radney-Smith Chapel with the Rev. Max Buttram, the Rev. Tony Lee officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Sylacauga. Mr. Mayfield died Sunday, March 7, 2010. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Cassandra Mayfield. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Oak Grove. He is survived by a son, Scott Mayfield and wife Mandy of Sylacauga; daughter, Lynn Mayfield Barnett of Sylacauga; sister, Virginia "Jenny" Watson of Sylacauga; six grandchildren, Trent Barnett, Blair Mayfield, Kirstie Barnett, Blake Atkins, Britt Robbins, and Baley Hickman; two great-grandchildren, Maddie Hickman and Lexi Robbins. Visitation will be Tuesday, March 9, from 5-8 p.m. Pallbearers will be Rusty Mayfield, Keith Mayfield, Shelby Mayfield, Wayne Watson, Frank Watson Jr., and Donnie Dupree. Memorial messages may be sent to the family at www.radneysmith.com. Radney-Smith Funeral Home will direct the service.
Published in The Daily Home on March 9, 2010 
Mayfield, Ronald (I1076)
 
147
Obituary - Talladega Daily Home - 18 February 2004

Funeral service for Carlos Greg Royal, 54, will be Thursday at 3 p.m. at Curtis and Son Funeral Home Childersburg chapel with the Rev. Chuck Kornegay officiating. Burial will be in Marble City Cemetery.

Mr. Royal died Feb. 16 at Coosa Valley BMC. He served in the military as a radar operator and was a member of Marble City Baptist Church.

He is survived by daughter, Tammy Jo Royal of Fayetteville; his mother, Clorene Royal of Childersburg; brothers, Talmadge Royal of Talladega and Donnie Royal and Tony Royal of Sylacauga; and sisters, Carolyn Merrell and Diane Cooper of Sylacauga, Judy Johnson of Eastaboga, Cindy McKee of Childersburg and Rita Hughes of Columbiana.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Curtis and Son Funeral Home Childersburg Chapel will direct the service. 
Royal, Carlos (I1088)
 
148
Obituary - Talladega Daily Home, 14 October 2006

LILLIE MAE BROWNING CORBETT

SYLACAUGA - Funeral service for Lillie Mae Browning Corbett, 82, will be Sunday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m. at Radney-Smith Funeral Home with the Rev. Johnny Jordan officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Mrs. Corbett died Thursday, Oct. 12, at Brookwood Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her parents, Marvin L. and Ezell Browning; brother, William Browning; and sister, Catherine Taylor. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Joe Corbett Jr. of Sylacauga; son, Johnny Huel Corbett and wife Shelia of Sylacauga; granddaughters, Tammie Sargent and Mandy Lucas; grandson, Michael Corbett; great-grandsons, Luke Sargent and Eric Corbett; great-granddaughter, Breanna Weaver; brothers, Ellis Browning, Marshall Browning, Eugene Browning, and Troy Browning all of Sylacauga, and Thomas Browning of Jacksonville; sisters, Willie Nell Roach of Sylacauga and Shirley Stanley of Phenix City. Visitation will be Saturday, Oct. 14, from 5-9 p.m. Memorial messages may be sent to the family at www.radneysmith.com. Radney-Smith Funeral Home will direct the service. 
Browning, Lilly Mae (I3431)
 
149
Obituary - Talladega Daily Home, 28 March 2005

ISAAC WOOD WILLIAMS

GADSDEN - Isaac Wood Williams, 88, will have his Life's Celebration Service on Tuesday, March 29 at 1 P.M. at Collier Butler Chapel with interment immediately following at Crestwood Mausoleum. the Reverend Thomas Hilyer will be officiating. Visitation was held from 6 P.M. until 8 P.M. on Monday evening at Collier Butler Funeral Home, Collier-Butler Funeral and Cremation Services Directing.

Isaac Wood Williams was born November 4, 1916, in Hollins, Alabama to Elvie Parzettie Williams and Edward Barnabus Williams. He is one of seven children and is the last of his siblings to cross the river from this mortal life to life everlasting. Mr. Williams graduated from B.B. Comer High School in 1941, and worked for various companies throughout his life, including Georgia Marble Company and Avondale Mills. He lived most of his life in the Sylacauga area and was a member of The Hollins Baptist Church.

After retirement, he moved to Gadsden, Alabama, to be near his children that had migrated to the area over the years. Mr. Williams loved his wife, Lamurel. The relationship they had was one of working together to raise their five children and to instill a love of God, each other, their fellow man, and to enjoy one's work and this beautiful Earth that we are all blessed with. One would have to grown up with this family to truly understand the love they have for each other and the family leadership that Mr. Williams provided.

Mr. Williams enjoyed a simple but good life. He was a devoted husband and Christian. His favorite book was the Bible and he enjoyed its messages immensely. When his children were young, the family would sit around in the evening and read stories to each other from The Bible. He would take time to share the true meaning of the words they read. Gardening was something he enjoyed from childhood until he could no longer perform this age-old method of obtaining food. He made sure his sons understood the methodology involved in the gardening process and he taught them well. As a matter of fact, he had one of the cleanest vegetable gardens that you have ever seen (compliments of three growing boys.)

Mr Williams has passed on, but his family cherishes the many memories of his life on Earth and anticipates the future when this family will be together again as one. Mr. Williams is survived by his beloved wife, Lamurel Hazel Williams; daughters, Patricia (Winston) Palmer, Easley, SC, and Kathi Davis, Atlanta, Ga; sons, Michael (Barbara Williams, Calera, Ala., and Kenneth (Betsy) Williams and Keith (Kay) Williams, Southside, Al; ten grandchildren, Tracie Sorgenfrei, Michelle Mayne, Chris Palmer, Kenneth Williams, Jr., Erin Barnett, Daniel Williams, Jennifer Davis, Leslie Williams, Ike Williams and Anna Williams; and seven great-grandchilden, Zac Mayne, Brooke Sorgenfrei, Michael Mayne, Heather Palmer, Matthew Williams, Savanna Williams, and Meghan Barnett.

Obituary - Talladega Daily Home, 28 March 2005

ISAAC WOOD WILLIAMS

GADSDEN - Isaac Wood Williams, 88, will have his Life's Celebration Service on Tuesday, March 29 at 1 P.M. at Collier Butler Chapel with interment immediately following at Crestwood Mausoleum. the Reverend Thomas Hilyer will be officiating. Visitation was held from 6 P.M. until 8 P.M. on Monday evening at Collier Butler Funeral Home, Collier-Butler Funeral and Cremation Services Directing.

Isaac Wood Williams was born November 4, 1916, in Hollins, Alabama to Elvie Parzettie Williams and Edward Barnabus Williams. He is one of seven children and is the last of his siblings to cross the river from this mortal life to life everlasting. Mr. Williams graduated from B.B. Comer High School in 1941, and worked for various companies throughout his life, including Georgia Marble Company and Avondale Mills. He lived most of his life in the Sylacauga area and was a member of The Hollins Baptist Church.

After retirement, he moved to Gadsden, Alabama, to be near his children that had migrated to the area over the years. Mr. Williams loved his wife, Lamurel. The relationship they had was one of working together to raise their five children and to instill a love of God, each other, their fellow man, and to enjoy one's work and this beautiful Earth that we are all blessed with. One would have to grown up with this family to truly understand the love they have for each other and the family leadership that Mr. Williams provided.

Mr. Williams enjoyed a simple but good life. He was a devoted husband and Christian. His favorite book was the Bible and he enjoyed its messages immensely. When his children were young, the family would sit around in the evening and read stories to each other from The Bible. He would take time to share the true meaning of the words they read. Gardening was something he enjoyed from childhood until he could no longer perform this age-old method of obtaining food. He made sure his sons understood the methodology involved in the gardening process and he taught them well. As a matter of fact, he had one of the cleanest vegetable gardens that you have ever seen (compliments of three growing boys.)

Mr Williams has passed on, but his family cherishes the many memories of his life on Earth and anticipates the future when this family will be together again as one. Mr. Williams is survived by his beloved wife, Lamurel Hazel Williams; daughters, Patricia (Winston) Palmer, Easley, SC, and Kathi Davis, Atlanta, Ga; sons, Michael (Barbara Williams, Calera, Ala., and Kenneth (Betsy) Williams and Keith (Kay) Williams, Southside, Al; ten grandchildren, Tracie Sorgenfrei, Michelle Mayne, Chris Palmer, Kenneth Williams, Jr., Erin Barnett, Daniel Williams, Jennifer Davis, Leslie Williams, Ike Williams and Anna Williams; and seven great-grandchilden, Zac Mayne, Brooke Sorgenfrei, Michael Mayne, Heather Palmer, Matthew Williams, Savanna Williams, and Meghan Barnett. 
Williams, Issac (I429)
 
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Obituary - The Randolph Leader
December 15, 1999

Jessie David 'J.D.' Craft

(NEWELL) Funeral services for Jessie David "J.D." Craft, 70, of Newell were Monday,
Dec. 13, 1999, at 2 p.m. at Union Baptist Church, with the Rev. J. D. Bearden and the
Rev. Lindon Fields officiating. Burial was in the adjoining cemetery.
Mr. Craft died Saturday, Dec. 11, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Craft was a native of Randolph County, born Dec. 20, 1928, son of Leroy Craft and
Montanie Smith Craft. He was a self-employed mechanic for many years. He was also a
veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Korean Conflict.
Mr. Craft is survived by his wife, Mildred Cofield Craft of Newell; a daughter, Marsha
Gee of Oxford; two sons, Mike Craft of Griffin, Ga., and the Rev. Tim Craft of Roanoke;
eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Pallbearers were Sidney Harris, Donny Gee, Joe Craft, Joey Fields, Ray Dean and Randy
Cofield. Honorary pallbearers were Dal Lipham, L. D. Cofield, Byrd Stewart, Eddie
Cofield, David Wayne New, Doyle New, Grady Daniels, Thomas Taylor and Larry
Huddleston.
Arrangements were by Benefield Funeral Home, Wedowee. 
Craft, Jessie David (I1950)
 

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