Assorted Conecuh County, AL

The Evergreen Courant, 04 SEP 2003


Willie Joseph (Billy Joe) Benefield, 80, of Castleberry passed away Thursday , August 28, 2003 in a Mobile hospital. He was born April 28,,1923 in Brooklyn. He worked for a number of years as a sheet metal fabricator for a bus manufacturing com pany.
Mr. Benefield was a vet eran of World War ll . He par ticipated in the Battles of New Guinea, Southern Phillippines and Luzon . He received the Philippine Liberation Medal with two Bronze Stars, the Good Conduct Medal, a Purple ' Heart and the World War ll Victory Medal. Graveside services were held Sunday , August 31, 2003 at 2 pm. from the Cedar Creek Cemetery in Castle berry with the Rev. Bob God bee officiating and Cope Funeral Home directing. Survivors include one daughter, margaret Fedor, Castleberry; for sisters, Maggie Vaughn, Nashville, Tenn., Beatrice Garner, Castleberry, Ollie Mae Frazier,
Daphne, and Laura Miller, Greenville; one grandchild Melissa Pugh, Castleberry; and one great grandchild, Madison Pugh, Castleberry.


Rufus J. Sanford, Jr. , 70, of McKenzie passed away on Saturday, August 30, 2003 at his residence . He was presi dent and chief executive offi cer of Al Hill's Boiler Sales and Repair in Mobile. Mr. Sanford was a native of McKenzie and a member of
new Hme Baptist Church. He served his country during the Korean War in the U. S. Navy, He was also a 49-year member of the Masonic Fraternity. Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 2, 2003 at 2 pm from the New Home Baptist Church with the Rev. Clifton Morris officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery, Johnson Funeral Home of Georgiana directing. Survivors include his wife, Frances Heartsill Sanford, McKenzie; one son , John Randall (Dawn) Sanford, Daphne; two daughters, Sandra Gail (Chris) Merritt, Daphne and Beverly Jean (David) Brawner, Gantt; two sisters, Ruby Jackson,
Satsuma and Margaret owens, Mobile; one brother, Paul Heaton, Houston, Texas; and four grandchildren, Jessica and Jon Reid and Corey and Nathan Brawner.


Katie Lou Baggett, 94, of Repton passed away Saturday August 30, 2003 at her residence. She was born August 5, 191909 in Conecuh County. Funeral services were held Monday , September 1, 2003 at 3 pm from the Springhill Methodist Church with the Rev. Thomas Smith and the Rev. Larry Renfroe officiating . Burial was in the Church cemetery , Cope Funeral Home
directing. Survivors include one son, Dean Carlton Baggett, repton; two daughters, Emily Frances Baggett, Mobile and Alva Delilah, Repton; one brother, Mabry McNorton, Mobile; one sister, Mory lois Beaty, California; seven grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.


Evely Louise Boldton Brewton, 69, of Birmingham passed away Friday, August 29, 2003 in a Birmingham hospital. She was born July 13, 1934 in Conecuh County and was a homemaker. Funeral services were held Monday, September 1, 2003 at
11 a.m. from the Lyeffion Ba tist Church with the Rev. Cal vin Lasley officiating. burial was in the church cemetery, Cope Funeral Home directing. Survivors include her husband , Barnery Everett Brewton , Evergreen; three sons, Richard B. Brewton, Keith Brewton and Dennis Brewton all of Birmingham; two daughters, Beth Edwards, Birmingham and Debbie Dai-
ley, Alexandria , Va.; two sisters, Bobbie Castalow, Pensacola, Florida an dCarrol hoppman, Wellington, Fla; and nine grandchildren.


Marvin Walker Deason, 86, of Evergreen passed away Monday, September 1, 2003 in a roy hospital . Mr. Deason was born August 25, 1917 in Conecuh County. He worked as a heavy equipment opera- tor for the Conecuh County Road Department for a number of years. Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 3, 2003 at ll a. m. from the Flatrock
Community Chapel with the Reb. Bobby Pitts officiating. Burial was in Saints Cemetery in Flatrock with Cope Funeral Home directing. Survivors include three sons, Ralph Walker Deason, Evergreen, Marvin Allen Deason, mcKenzie and John Franklin Deason, Red Level; one daughter, laura Ann Deason, Evergreen; one brother, John Edward Deason, Temole Hill, Md.; one
sister, Grace Belle Bailey, Evergreen; five grandchildren.


Dated February 15, 1879
A son of Mr. J. R. Etheridge, of Mixon's Beath , was burned to death on
th 1st instant. The little fellow as about five years of age, and his clothing
caught fire whilst p;aying in the yard with other children
----Evergreen Star----


Dated January 19, 1881

Died in Monroe County recently , Abel Etheridge, also John F. Day , Died , near Monroeville, recently, Mrs. Frank L. Henderson.

note also from Conecuh county

Died in Conecuh , recently, C. D. Smith, aged 64 years.


This article is from THE FREE PRESS
Hollister, San Benito County California
dated June 22, 1900

Died - WRIGHT --near Tres Pinos, June 15 (1900) Elish Pierce Wright , a native of South Carolina , aged f84 years. {Deceased was reared in Conecuh county, Alabama, untill 18} of age when he engaged in raising cotton and corn untill 1835 , then he went to Texas, ..?.. Joined the revolution and sided in gaining the Independence of the Lone Star State. He served as a private during 1836 , and then located in Concordia Parish, Lousiana, near Nataches asn a farmer, in 1844 he returned to Alabama, but in 1849 came to California, being on of a ...?... who chartered a schooner and sailed for Bazos-Santiago , Texas, crossed the Rio Grande River and with teams, wagons and pack mules, made their way to Mazatlan, Mexico . From this point they sailed to San Francisco, taking 31 days to the trip....Capt. Wright spent 3 years in the mines and then returned to Alabama. In 1852 he again made the trip and embarked in farming at Gilroy.....Later he came to this county and located his home at the confluence of the Tres Pinos and San Benito Creeks...He was married in Alabama in 1...?.... to Miss Margaret L. Hank , a native of that State, (Ala)
and the issue of the marriage was 8 children, 1 son and 7 daughters. Of the children those living are : Mrs. J. P.T. McCroske, Elberton, Wash.; Mrs. B. F. Armstron, San Francisco; Mrs. C. F,. Lathrop, Sonoma , A Crommer, Templeton; Mrs. N. T. Jenson, Tres Pinos; Mrs. R. W. Willson, San (?) and Mr. D. H. Wright, Tres Pinos...
The funeral , last Sunday afternoon , was largely attended }

July 15, 1856
Anderson, Grimes, Texas

submited by Trevia Wooster Beverly

Margaret Anderson, wife of Dr. C. L. Anderson, died the second day of this month , age 20
years, 6 months, 13 days . Her daughter, Aurelia Caroline died six days prior to the death of Margaret Anderson. The child was born in Conecuh County Alabama , November 2, 1854 , and died at the Hedai Springs in Walker County, Texas June 26, 1856. margaret Anderson was the youngest daughter of John and Tabitha Wommack, late of Sumner County, Alabama now of Montgomery, Texas. She was born Washington County, Alabama , december , 18?? and moved with her barents to this country in the winter of 1841. She joined the Baptist Church at Montgomery in 1851. She was married June 26, 1851 to Dr. C. L. Anderson and shortly after her marriage accompanied her husband to Conecuh County, Alabama wher they resided untill last winter when they returned to Texas.

Malachi W. Etheridge born May 19, 1844 died Dec 2, 1904 buried Dec 3 1904
Obituary in Evergreen Courant :

Death of M. W. Etheride

Malachi W. Etheridge died at
his home here on Friday monr-
ing last after several weeks' ill-
ness, aged about 59 years. The
death of this good man removes
from the walks of life one of our
truest and best citizens. He was
held in the hightest esteem by all
who knew him as a man of pro-
bity and business capacity. His
remains were laid to rest in the
new cemetery on Saturday after-
noon, the last sad rites being
performed by the Masonic order,
of which he had for many years
been a devoted and loyal member.
The Courant extends sympa-
thy to the grief stricken family.

Also an article written concerning the shooting of Travis Smith by his son in law
Mr. George W. Etheridge dated Sept 20 1905 Evergreen Courant New paper



On Thursday afternoon last near Lee postoffice, between Castleberry and Belleville, Geo. W. Etheridge shot and almost instantly killed Travis Smith, his father- in- law, a charge of buckshot penetrating his right side. Mr. Etheridge came here at once and surrendered to the sheriff. He was given a preliminary trial on Saturday before JUdge Dean adn was released on $500 bond.
The evidence brought out tended to show tha Mr. Etheridge acted in self-defense. Mr. Smith was returning from Castleberry on a wagon and when near the school house he met Mr. Etheridge in the road. He claims Smith pulled a pistol and attempted to shoot him, the weapon failing to fire. He therupon quickly fired with deadly effect, Mr. Smith keelling over dead in the wagon. The evidence further showed that the two men had a difficulty bout a month before , since which time the defendant had been warned by a son of the deceased that his father was liable to kill him. After the shooting a pistol was found near the road which Smith is supposed to have attempted to use, and when shot dropped it.
Mr. Smith had resided in the community only a few months having removed from Rabb, this community in December ...last. He leaves a wife an several children who have the sympathy of all in their bereavement.
Mr. Etheridge has resided in that community for a number of years. Both men are well known and the tragedy is greatly de (blurred) lored by the friends of both men.

This article is copied as written only a few blurred words were guessed upon .
Hope someone can use this in the research Janice

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