Assorted Newspaper Obituaries
& Misc. Tidbits of Genealogical Interest
in Covington County, Alabama

NOTE: Links to images of assorted newspaper obits at bottom of this page.

Florala Democrat
Thursday, October 8, 1914

Grave 60 Years Old in East Florala

Occasionally someone asks who was buried in the grave at the rear of the
Universalist Church is east Florala. Upon inquiry of one of the oldest
citizens of Florala it is learned that the
grave has been there for the past 60 years. An elderly maiden lady, Miss
Elizabeth Thomas was buried there. There never was a graveyard but another
grave beside the one in the enclosure at the south side of the church. This
one once contained the body of Mrs. Sallie Parker.


"Victims of the 33rd Reg't Alabama Volunteers Killed in Troop Train Accident "
THE KILLED ON THE RAILROAD Cleveland, Tenn., Nov. 7, 1862.

The Following is a list of the killed on the train on the Cleveland and
Chattanooga Railroad on the evening of the 4th Inst., all of whom
are buried in Cleveland, Bradley County, Tenn. at Fort Hill Cemetery.
There were about 70 wounded, who are at the hospitals at this
place receiving all the attention that a small organized group of army
surgeons can give.

Capt. R.G. Cooper- Co. G
Privates: Co. G
T. A. Pritchard "
M. Noblin "
L. M. Bush "
John Hughs "
J. G. Lewis "
O. M. Broxton "
H. Clark, died 6th "
B. Loyd Co. H
Wm. M Smith "
G. L. Smith "
T. Z. Nichols "
Z. Chandler "
Edw. Nix Co. C
Clinton Evans "
Lt. Scott Co. E


The Covington News- March 15, 1890
James Taylor & Lucy Worley married on Wednesday March 12.
Submitted by Joanie Brown
If anyone has any information on either Surname Please E-mail her at


Contributed by: Lisa Graham

The Andalusia Star Newspaper- List of Letters remaining undelivered in the Andalusia, Ala., Post office
for the week ending July 10, 1915.

Adams, Mrs. Ollie
Bell, Bellie
Croford, Cam
Evans, Joe
Howell, Tom
Land, Miss Lizzie
Knockom, Emma
May, Miss Fildia
Parker, Miss Clara
Reese, C.A.
Roberts, Lucy
Smith Groc. Co.
Smiley, Mrs. Mary
Stephens, Miss Gennette
Turner R.V.
Union, Ella
White, Willie

Contributed by: Lisa Graham

The Andalusia Star, July 15, 1915


Dozier Hartin, who was arrested on a charge of having caused the death of Leonard BARNES at a picnic several days ago, had a preliminary hearing before Judge Salter yesterday morning and was discharged from custody after the hearing of evidence.Hartin was completely exonerated of all blame, as it was clearly shown at the trial to be self defense.NOTES added by Lisa Graham:H.L. (Leonard) Barnes was buried in Oak Grove Church Cemetery in Covington Co. AL. His tombstone reads 24 Feb.1880- 03 July 1915. He was married to Lula Brogden. His death Certificate states that he died in Covington Co., AL. on July 04, 1915, age 38, White & shot with a Pistol.
Note: Obviously he did not die one day after he was buried ??. His parents were Joseph & Caroline Jackson Barnes of Covington.

Hogg vs. Frazier 1921
Source: Copied From Courthouse

Written: November 21 1921
Recorded: January 6 1922

No. 2738 The State of Alabama Covington County Circuit Court
J.P. Hogg and Miss Florence Hogg, Plantiff vs. W.L. Frazier, Defendant

Civil Execution for Costs against Defendant.
Judgement for Nov. 21, 1921 $ cost 91.15 Execution Document page 23
Filed Jan. 6, 1922 H.J. Brogden Clerk. E.O. Baldwin Plaintiff's Attorney
Sheriff's Execution Docket, Page 132 Jan 6, 1922 H.B. Gantt, Sheriff
Witness Fees:
C.M. Osborne $1.90
Ab Stokes $2.00
Roy Jordan $1.90
Henry Rabren $4.00
Jim Kelley $4.40
B.J. Stokes $4.00
M.V. Stokes $2.00
Monroe Rabren $1.70
W.E. Hare $3.80
C.M. Osborne $3.40
Burt Altman $2.10
Bud Grantham $1.75
Jim Fuquay $2.00
C.T. Frazier $2.00
T.E. Frazier $2.00
Total $38.90

Returned for property found this Feb. 10 1922, H. B. Gantt, Sheriff

Back Page:
Civil Execution for Cost against Plaintiff
The State of Alabama, Covington Co. NO. 2738 Circuit Court Nov. Term 1921
To any Sheriff of the State of Alabama- greeting:
You are hereby commanded That the goods and chattels, lands and tenements of
J.P. Hogg and Miss Florence Hogg, Plaintiffs you cause to be the sum of $87.15
cost, costs of suit which, on 29 day of Nov 1921 W.L. Frazier, Defendant
recovered by the Judgment of the Circuit Court of Covington County of J.P.
Hogg and Miss Florence Hogg, Plantiffs, And have you that money ready to
render to H.J. Brogden, Clerk of said Court, and make return of this writ,
and execution thereof, according to law. Witness this 6 day of Jan 1922
H.J. Brogden

Total Clerk Fees $21.20
Sheriff's Fees $23.05
Witness Fees $38.90
Stenographer's fees $5.00
State Tax $3.00
TOTAL FEES $ 92.15


Contributed by:

Covington County News
January 10, 1935

Texas Residents Visits Andalusia (Barnes)

Mr. Newt Barnes and son Elbert of Grace Rech, Texas,
visits old home place. They spent most of their time here with Mr. Barnes brother, S. F. Barnes.
It had been 29 years since the two brothers had seen each other. After Mr. Barnes arrived
at his brothers they decided to have their other brother Mr. B. H. Barnes of
Oklahoma, with them for the Christmas Holidays. This was Mr. B. H. Barnes first visit to
Andalusia since 1884. It was also the first time the three brothers had met since 1884.
It was 1892 when Mr. Newt Barnes left Andalusia. There were only four stores and one bar room in
Andalusia at that time. The bar room was run by A. J. Prestwood. Mal Riley was judge,
Jim Bradshaw was sheriff, Will Caralhon, S.C. O'Neal and a Mr. Thomas were some of the businessmen.
After leaving Silver Springs, two miles from Andalusia, there wasn't a house until you got to
Watkins' Mill, and after that there wasn't a house until you got to Florala. A. J. Prestwood lived
in the nicest house in Andalusia. The streets were not paved. There were no brick houses.
The Courthouse was a wooden structure. Mr. B. H. Barnes left here in 1884 for Texas.
He left Texas in 1899 going to Oklahoma where he had lived since.
This is his first visit here in 50 years.


Contributed by: Lisa Graham

Old newspaper clipping w/photo Died January 11, 1960

GRAHAM, Donald Shawn, infant son of Mr. & Mrs. Donald F. Graham of Phenix City, AL. died in Columbus, Ga., Monday Morning. Funeral services will be held at an undetermined time on Wednesday at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Pine Level with the Rev. D.P. Davis officiating. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery with Colonial Funeral Home directing. Besides the parents, surviving are one sister, Miss Rhonda Graham, Phenix City; the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Sawyer of Phenix
City, and the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Graham of Opp. Additional Comments: Donald Shawn Graham was born Jan. 2, 1959& died Jan. 11, 1960. He was the son of Don Freeman & Lillie Sawyer Graham. Don Freeman Graham was born & raised in Opp, Al. before moving to Phenix City, AL. "Shawn" was buried in Pine Level Cemetery. Old Obit clipping with no name of newspaper

The Andalusia Star - May 02,1930 Edition

Mr. Cary Carpenter, aged 74, of Florala, Route 1 died at his Hughes Farm between Andalusia and Florala on Monday. Burial took place at Avon Church on Tuesday. Additional Comments:Cary Carpenter's parents were William & Savannah Donaldson CARPENTER. He married Joanna Griffin about 1871 & divorced by 1895. They had the following Children: George, Jessie Monroe, Gus Eldridge, Willie Ozzie, John Dosh & Mary Ellen Carpenter. Joanna Griffin Carpenter never remarried & died in 1930 in FL. Researching this Family, Please E-mail me at

Contributed by: Lisa Graham

The Andalusia Star News -Thursday April 5, 1956

Mrs. Martha Sellers, 69, died in a Montgomery Hospital Monday morning. She lived at 633 Carlton Street, Andalusia. She is survived by two sons, Joe and William Sellers, Chandler Ariz. six daughters, Mrs. Ruth Cook, Andalusia, Mrs. Emma Smith, Chandler, Ariz. Mrs. Mack Kay, and Mrs. Ann Foster, both of Atlanta, Mrs. Mattie Herman, Orlando, Fl., Mrs. Emma Hartzog, Chandler, Ariz.; three brothers, John Barnes of Columbus Ga., Joe Barnes of Florala, and Will Barnes, Bushnell, Fl.; one sister, Mrs. Cannie Brunson, Andalusia. Funeral services were held from Southside Baptist Church in Andalusia Wednesday afternoon. Interment was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Foreman Funeral Home directing. Additional Comments: Martha Sellers was the daughter of Joseph & Caroline Barnes. Notes: Cannie Barnes married Henry Jackson Brunson. Henry Jackson Brunson died in Covington Co.,AL. at age 54 on June 09, 1925- suddenly. Cannie Barnes Brunson's parents were Joseph & Caroline Jackson BARNES.

Contributed by: Lisa Graham

The Covington News Newspaper- Thursday Afternoon, December 30, 1943

Mrs. Lula Clark of Pigeon Creek passed away December 19th after a long illness.Funeral services were held at Oak Grove December 24 at 1 P.M. with C.O. Stewart officiating.Pallbearers were: Jenkins Ballard, M. C. Ballard, D. M. Hall, Jerome Ballard, I. H. Curry, and Holland Mitchell.The deceased is survived by Lewis and Homer Barnes of Pigeon Creek her sons; Mrs. Eula May Allen, Mrs. Ethel Nixon, Mrs. Crodie Lee Dixon, daughters; Dessie and Pearly Brogden, brothers; Mrs. Cassie Odom, Mrs. Verta Black, Mrs. Donie Barnes, Mrs. Carrie Ballard, sisters. Benson Funeral Home directing. Additional Comments: Lula Brogden married Leonard Barnes first, then Jim Clark.

Contributed by: Lisa Graham

The Andalusia Star, Thursday, April 5, 1956


Mrs. Martha Sellers, 69, died in a Montgomery Hospital Monday morning. She lived at 633 Carlton Street, Andalusia. She is survived by two sons, Joe and William Sellers, Chandler Ariz. six daughters, Mrs. Ruth Cook, Andalusia, Mrs. Emma Smith, Chandler, Ariz. Mrs. Mack Kay, and Mrs. Ann Foster, both of Atlanta, Mrs. Mattie Herman, Orlando, Fl., Mrs. Emma Hartzog, Chandler, Ariz.; three brothers, John Barnes of Columbus Ga., Joe Barnes of Florala, and Will Barnes, Bushnell, Fl.; one sister, Mrs. Cannie Brunson, Andulusia. Funeral services were held from Southside Baptist Church in Andalusia Wednesday afternoon. Interment was in Oak Grove Cemetery,
Foreman Funeral Home directing. Notes: Martha Sellers was the daughter of Joseph & Caroline Barnes. She is buried next to her husband John C. Sellers in Oak Grove Cemetery. She was born May 8, 1885.

Contributed by: Lisa Graham

The Covington News Newspaper, FEBRUARY 15, 1945

JOHN CALVIN SELLERS PASSES AT HIS HOME. John Calvin Sellers, age 62, passed away at his home near Pigeon Creek, February 7, 1945, following a heart attack. Funeral services were held at Oak Grove February 10, 1946. Interment was made in Oak Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers were: John Nollum, Cody Hartzog, Marvin Hartzog, James J. Brown, Royce Fuller, and Hoyt Foster. Flower girls were Lillie Curry, Louise Sellers, Jane Brown and Evelyn Hartzog. The deceased is survived by his father, John Calvin Sellers of Monroeville, six daughters, Mrs. Emma Hartzog of Andalusia, Mrs. Emma Kay of Atlanta, Ga., Mrs. Annie May Foster, Mobile, Mrs. Ruth Barnes, Pigeon Creek, and Miss Mattie Lou Sellers, Mobile, also two sons, Joe Sellers of Albany, Ga., and Bill Sellers of Andalusia. Benson Funeral Home directing.
Note: His wife was left out of the obit. She was Martha Barnes Sellers. They are buried together in Oak Grove Cemetery.

The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. Don Willis of Rt. 1 Andalusia, are sympathizing with them in the loss of their Infant daughter, Adarue, who died February 6, 1945 in a Florala Hospital. Funeral Services were held at Fairmont (Red Level) February 7, With Rev. Stewart Officiating. Benson Funeral Home directing.

Little Turner C. Nelson, nine months old son of Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Nelson, Of Route 3, Andalusia, passed away February 12, 1945. Funeral services were held at Bethel at 2:00 P.M. February 13, With J. W. Eady officiating. Interment was made in Bethel Cemetery. Benson Funeral Home directing


Georgia Mae Stokes, 12 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Grady Stokes, Sr. of Pensacola, formerly of Bradley Dam, passed away February 12.
Funeral Services were held at Bradley Dam February 13, at 3:00 P.M. with Rev. Welch officiating. Interment was made in Bradley Dam Cemetery. The deceased is survived by her mother and father, also two brothers, Grady Stokes, Jr., and Earl Stokes, two sisters, Vert Stokes and Mary Jane Stokes, all of Pensacola


Marcus Lee Soles, 77, passed away at his home at Heath on Feb. 8, after a brief illness. Funeral services were held February 9 at Heath with G. H. Shear officiating.
Interment was made in Bethany Cemetery. Pallbearers were: J. B. Bowden, W. T. Hall, Cleve Raley, Jessie Ellerson, K. C. Fowler, and Carl Spicer. The deceased is survived by his wife, of Heath, one sister, Ella Hutcheson, of Arkansas, one niece, Mrs. Ludie Baggett, Luverne, and one nephew, Audrey Lord, of Luverne.

William Oscar Sorrells, aged 67, passed away at his home on Route 2, Dozier, February 7 after an illness of three weeks. Mr. Sorrells was an outstanding citizen and farmer of his community, and was a member of the Baptist Church. Funeral services were held at Liberty February 10, with Earl Plant officiating. Interment was made in Liberty Cemetery, with Marvin Williamson, Selma Ballard, J. B. Hicks, Willie Ivey, Bird Bembo, and Burnett Watson serving as pallbearers. The deceased is survived by six sons, Ivory Sorrells of Crestview, John D. Sorrells and Jimmy Sorrells of Rt. 6, Andalusia, Lois, Willie Ree and Robert Sorrells of Rt. 2, Dozier; four daughters, Mrs. Nina Stokes, Rt. 2 Dozier, Mrs. Mittie Castleberry, Rt.2, Andalusia, Mrs. Linna Mae Taylor, Brantley, and Mrs. Dollie Dubose, Rt. 2 Dozier. Benson Funeral Home directing.

Mr. Arthur Clifton Stanley, aged 49, of Tampa, Florida, formerly of Opp, Alabama passed away January 29, following a sudden heart attack. Funeral services were held at cool Springs Church January 31 with Elders Cross and Willis officiating. Interment was made in Cool Springs cemetery, with the following acting as pallbearers: W. H. Jackson, Clayton Stanley, George Wilson, Tommie Jones, Elmer Ellis and Sam Hall. The deceased is survived by his wife, Mary B. Stanley, of Tampa, two daughters, Sarah and Johnnie Myrl Stanley of Tampa, one son, James C. Stanley, with the U.S. Army overseas; one brother, Odie Stanley of Opp, also three sisters, Mrs. B.C. Cauley, Geneva, Ala., Mrs. O. L. Stapleton, Sublotte,Kansas, and Mrs. J. M. Sumlelin, Winter Haven, Fla. Benson Funeral Home directing.

Contributed by Lisa Graham

The Covington News- Dec. 30, 1943

Mrs. Zadie Norsworthy, age 67, of Route 6 passed away December 29 at her residence. Funeral arrangements have not been completed at this time. Full details
will appear in a later issue of this paper. Benson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

This was copied from the Covington News in the Andalusia Library:

Mrs.Elisa Odom,62, died at the home of her daughter, Ollie Deloach, in Pleasant Home...Pall bearers were O.C. Deloach, J. Deloach, M.S. Messick, B.L. Boyette,E.Tisdale...Funeral services were conducted be Rev. Will Sasser at Harmony Fri. morning and internment in Harmony Cemetary...Survived by 4 sons and 5 daughters: George, Grover, Dozier(all from Andalusia and Ben(Crestview)..Mrs. Vinnie Grimes(Andalusia), Beulah Franklin(Laurel Hill), Mrs. Lewis Woodham(Rt.2) and Mrs. C. Davis (Rt.6)..1938..Covington News

Covington County, Alabama Death Register (Assorted entries):

Tolliver, Henry, d.03 MAY 1909@6pm, b/m, age 29, married, died of pneumonia, interred in Andalusia, b.AL, laborer
Knell, James B., d.20 MAY 1909@4pm, w/m, age 50y 4m, married, died in Red Level, beat 12 of diabetes, interred in beat 12, b. AL, s/o John & Frances Knell both b.AL, farmer
West, Balsir?, d.06 MAY 1909@1pm, b/f, age 1d, died in Florala, beat 9 of dysentery, interred in beat 9, d/o John b.NC & Louonda West b.AL
Williams, Mary, d.20 MAY 1909@2pm, w/f, age 30, married, d/o Charlie and Mary Coal both b.AL, b.AL, d.Red Level, beat 12 of malarial fever, interred in beat 12.

Compiled & contributed by Lisa Graham, OCT 2004.

The Columbus Ledger Enquirer, Tuesday, August 5th, 1975

Retired Contractor James F. Aplin, 70, died at St. Francis Hospital Monday (4th) after a long illness. Funeral will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Lakeview Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Lakeview Memory Gardens. Mr. Aplin was a retired independent contractor for some 20 years. He had lived at Route 4 Box 308, Phenix City, Ala.
Mr. Aplin was born June 9, 1905, in Barbour County, Ala., son of the late LEE and LIZZIE APLIN. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Clifford Aplin, and two daughters, Mrs. Gladys Faulk and Mrs. Betty Cox, both of Phenix City; a brother, Dan Aplin, Tyler Tex., a sister, Mrs. Lula Jarvis, Cottonwood, Ala., and a grandson and two grandchildren.

The Andalusia Star May 20, 1943

Death claimed H. S. Barnes, Veteran of World War One, last Wednesday, May 13, at his home on Red Level, Route 3, following an illness of three weeks. Mr. Barnes was
44 years of age at the time of his passing and was a big farmer and a member of the Baptist Church. Funeral service was held from Buck Creek, May 15 with Rev. D. S. Stephan officiating and interment followed in the Buck Creek Cemetery. Surviving Mr. Barnes are his widow, two brothers and three sisters. The brothers are Willis Barnes of Bolling, Ala., and Will Barnes, of Ocala, Fla., and the sister are Mrs. M. Read, Tallassee, Ala., Mrs. P. Jackson, Luverne and Mrs. N. Hall, of Dozier, Ala. Active Pallbearers were : Messrs, T. H. Maynard, David Sandly, William Fowler, J. T. Chacer and H. O. Goodlett. Foreman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

The Columbus Ledger Enquirer April 26, 1960

JOHN A. BARNES 01/15/1877-04/25/1960
John A. Barnes, 83, 2501 First Ave. died at 8:20 a.m. on Monday at The Medical Center after an illness of 1 week. Mr. Barnes was a retired grocer & had lived in Columbus, Ga. 39 years. He came to Columbus from Montgomery, Ala. born in CRENSHAW County, Ala. on January 15, 1877, son of the late Joseph and Caroline Jackson Barnes. He was the widower of Fannie Hall Barnes from Covington Co. Al. Surviving him are 2 sons, J.C. Barnes, Montgomery, AL, J.P. Barnes, Columbus, Ga.; five daughters, Mrs. W. M. King, Mrs. S.C. Pitts Sr., both of Columbus, Mrs. Joseph Spewack and Mrs. John Scuffert, both of Montgomery; and Mrs. C. E. Hoyt, Los Angeles, Calif.; two brothers, Joe Barnes of Sulear, Fla.; and Will Barnes of Tampa Fla.; and one sister, Mrs. Cannie Brunson, Andalusia, Ala; 24 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. Additional Comments: John Barnes married Fannie Hall in Covington County, AL. They appear on the Muscogee Co. 1930 Census together. John had Brothers, William, Joseph E., Leonard, Sisters Emma Louisa Barnes Carpenter, Martha Barnes Sellers, Cannie Barnes Brunson & Carrie Lee Barnes who died in 1902 in Crenshaw County. John was buried in Memorial Cemetery in Montgomery AL.

The Tampa Tribune Issue 1991

Lena Elizabeth Barnes (Native of Covington County)
Lena Elizabeth Barnes, 91 of Riverview died Friday in Sun City Center. A native of Covington County, Ala., she had lived in the Tampa Bay area for 50 years, coming from Alabama. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She is survived by six sons, Marvin W. of Land O'Lakes, Earl R. of Hortense, Ga., Barney of montgomery, Ala., Harold E. of Riverview, Dueward L. of Fort Lauderdale, and Wayne L. of North Carolina; one daughter, Inez G. Griffin of Riverview; 20 grandchildren; and many great grandchildren. Note: Lena Elizabeth Jackson was the wife of William A. Barnes who also died in Tampa in 1980. She was taken back to Alabama & buried in Oak Grove Cemetery with Husband, William.

The Tampa Tribune November 1980 Issue

William A. Barnes (Native of Covington County)
William A. Barnes, 91 of Riverview died Thursday. He was a native of Alabama and a lifetime resident of the area. He was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church of Alabama. he is survived by his wife, LENA; eight sons, Clemit and Harold, both of Ruskin, Marvin of land O'Lakes, Earl and Raleigh both of Riverview, Barnie of Montgomery, Ala., and Deward of Fort Lauderdale; one daughter, Inez Griffin of Riverview; 25 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. F.T. Blount Funeral Home Tampa Chapel. Note: William & Lena Jackson Barnes were taken back to Alabama & buried together in Oak Grove Cemetery.

The Andalusia Star- News, Thursday, July 16, 1970

Mrs. Frances Ella Bundy, 97, the mother of Mrs. Eloise Bundy, died in a local nursing home Wednesday morning. Funeral Serviced will be held at 3 p.m. Thirsday from the Foreman Funeral Chapel with Dr. Dan Whitsett officiating. Burial will be in the River Falls Cemetery. Surviving other than her Andalusia daughter are another daughter, Mrs. D. A. O'Gwynn, Enterprise, three grandchildren, and one great- grandchild.

The Covington News- January 10, 1935

Pioneer Resident Of Covington Expires
S. M. Bush, resident of Andalusia, died Wednesday January 2, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Tom Walker, McClendon Avenue, after an illness of several months. He formerly lived at River Falls. He was 73 years of age and had been a resident of Covington County for many years.Funeral service was conducted by Rev. Will Ward at the Fairmont Baptist Church, after which interment was made in the cemetery there. He is survived by two sons and one daughter. Sons, M.A. Bush, Montgomery; and C.A. Bush, Fairfield. Daughter, Mrs. Tom Walker, Andalusia.Arrangements by Patrick.

The Covington News Jan. 10, 1935
(partial list-some illegible)
Following is a list of births reported to the health dept by different registrars of Covington County during the month of November 1934
Registrar- W.C. Grant, Dozier Rt. 1 beats 4-17 TO:
Mr. & Mrs. Shelby Ray- boy
Mr. & Mrs. Claude Parson- boy
Willie Dinson- girl
Registrar- Mrs. J.E. Terry, Red Level, beats 6,11,12 TO:
Mr. & Mrs. Howard Martin- boy
Mr. & Mrs. J. F. Kervin- boy
Mr. & Mrs. J. M. Hartin - boy
Julius & Clara Briggs - girl
Mr. & Mrs. R. L. Gorum - girl
Mr. & Mrs. Williard O'Neal- girl
Mr. & Mrs. R. L. Harris - boy
Mr. & Mrs. Henry Capps- boy
Registrar- C. M. Darby, Gantt, beats 5, 15 TO:
Mr. & Mrs. Luther Garvin - girl
Mr. & Mrs. J. B. Sorrell- girl
Andrew & Iona Biddle - girl
Registrar- Willie Ree Woodham, Opp, beats 3,8,13,14,19,20,23 TO:
Mr. & Mrs. W. J. Dukes- girl
Mr. & Mrs. J. F. Wiggins - boy
Mr. & Mrs. Steve Lawrence- girl
Mr. & Mrs. Arther J. Bush - boy
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis Brooks - girl
Mr. & Mrs. G. A. Chandler - boy
Mr. & Mrs. E. H. Hamby - girl
Mr. & Mrs. Leavy Gatlin- boy
Mr. & Mrs. R. E. Lee - girl (others not legible)
Registrar- ? Beat 10 TO:
Mr. & Mrs. Durell Hughes - girl
Mr. & Mrs. Noah Collingsworth -girl
Registrar - Miss Matthews, Florala TO: (some not legible)
Mr. & Mrs. J. H. Kualls- boys
Henry & Ruby Cole- girl
George & Arlie Wilson - boy
Mr. & Mrs. Lee Burlison - boy
William & Daisy Daniel- girl
Mr. & Mrs. C. C. Johnston - boy
Registrar- Della Mae Nobles, Andalusia TO:
Mr. & Mrs. O. I. Cunningham- boy
Freeman & Bell Porter - boy
Mr. & Mrs. A. L. Paul- girl
Matthew & Rosie Lee Curry- boy
Mr. & Mrs. W.W. Wesley - boy
Mandy Jewel Hare- boy
Mr. & Mrs. J. T. Echols - girl
Mr. & Mrs. J. J. Adams- boy
Israll & Claudie Cowen - boy
Mr. & Mrs. C. J. Allen - boy
Abbie Lowe- girl
Mr. & Mrs. J. L. Lowery- boy
Mr. & Mrs. J. A. Powell- girl
Will & Hattie Bradberry- boy
Mr. & Mrs. Zollie Soles- girl
Labe & Maggie Couch - boy
Mr & Mrs. J. J. Scott- girl
Mr. & Mrs. Lee Aughtman - girl
Mr. & mrs. G. W. Straughn - girl
Mr. & Mrs. G. E. Padgett - girl
Mr. & Mrs. E.B. Daughtry - boy

The Covington News- Dec. 30, 1943 edition
William E. Johnson- Marjorie Daughty - 1943
December 22- The marriage of Miss Marjorie Daughtey of Mobile & Andalusia
to Wm. E. Johnsonm Rm2c U.S. Navy, was solemnized at a late afternoon ceremony
Wednesday, Dec. 22, at the Stanley Street Assembly of God Church.

Mr. Jack Lee - Miss Annie Clyde Johnson- 1943
Miss Annie Clyde Johnson, dau. of Mr. Hugh Johnson
and Curtis Lee, son of Jack Lee of Rt. 6 were married at the home
of Mr. & Mrs. Ben Norworthy on Smith St. on Saturday afternoon,
December 18th, at 2:00.

Obituary Notices of Montgomery, Alabama, May 26, 1840 Issue

Alston H. Carpenter was found on the road dead in Montgomery, AL.

Pensacola News-Journal July 1958

CRESTVIEW- Mrs. Emma Carpenter, 66, 298 S. Savage St. died at 6 a.m. Sunday in a local hospital. Born in Covington County, Alabama, Mrs. Carpenter had been a resident of Okaloosa County the last 27 years. She was a member of the Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. in the Pilgrim's Rest Baptist Church
in Baker. The Revs. C. S. Henderson and J. W. Dubose will officiate. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. The body will remain at home until time of funeral services.
Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Gladys Brown of Baker, Mrs. Eunice Mapier of Crestview, Mrs. Myrtle Lee Hay of Crestview, Mrs. Icey Rogers of Jacksonville; three sons, J. W. Carpenter of Baker, Woodrow W. Carpenter of Crestview and Cecil G. Carpenter of Baycliff, Tex; three sisters Mrs. Laurel Brantley of Crestview, Mrs. Annie Amerson of Ga., and Mrs. Francis Langford of Baker; two brothers, Louis Taylor of Baker, and Sandford Taylor of Gantt, Ala; 18 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Whitehurst Funeral Home of Crestview is in charge of arrangements.

The Twin City News- Leesville, S.C. January 18, 1979

(Grandson of Cary Carpenter)
Memorial Obituary
Entered Into Eternal Rest
Tuesday, Jan. 16, 1979

Jesse M. Carpenter, 60, of Route 2, Leesville, died Tuesday in Richland Memorial Hospital. Funeral Services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Mt. Hebron Lutheran Church, conducted by the Rev. Lavaugh Keisler, the Rev. James Short and the Rev. Mark Leuthold. Burial was in the Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were nephews, Keith, David, Tommy, and John Oxner, Ken Swygert and Jesse Carpenter. Mr. Carpenter was born in Covington County, Ala., a son of the late Jesse M. and Emma Barnes Carpenter. He was a member of Mt. Hebron Lutheran Church. He was an employee of J. B. Martin Co., and was a banjo player at Shaky's. Surviving are his wife, Juanita Oxner Carpenter; two daughters, Mrs. Tommy (Cheryl) Shealy of Leesville and Miss Suzie Carpenter of the home; Three sons, Randy L. Carpenter, C. Kent Carpenter of Leesville and Russell F. carpenter of Batesburg; and two grandchildren, Crystal and Stacy carpenter, and brother, Monroe Carpenter of Chester. Note: Jesse M. Carpenter married 3 times. 1st wife- Ella Ree Stover- 16, Nov. 1935- Newton Co. Ga. (no children) 2nd wife- Damie Ruth Drake 19, January 1941- Pike County, Ga. They had 2 sons of this marriage & listed in the divorce papers, One of whom is my Father. Researching this Family

Covington County News January 10, 1935

J.C. Cowen Expires Following Illness
Last Rites For Honored Citizen Today In Coffee County-Jeff C. Cowen is dead at the age of 58. He died at his home two miles east of Andalusia Wednesday afternoon after an illness of long duration. He had been confined to his room for several months before his death. He was a native of Coffee County but had lived in Andalusia
for approximately fifteen years. He is survived by his wife, four sons and two daughters. Son are Justice, Dewey, Enoch and Carl. Daughters are Mrs. Vera Thurman, Columbus, Ga.; and Miss Lois Cowen, Andalusia. He is also survived by two brothers and one sister, brothers are Jim and Dan Cowen, and Mrs. Lena King, all residents of Coffee County. The body was carried to Danley's Cross roads in Coffee County this afternoon where funeral service and burial will take place. The funeral will be preached by Elder Jack Mitchell of Coffee County, after which interment will take place in the family plot. Complete funeral arrangements had not been made at the time of going to press and will be published next week. Funeral arrangements will be by Patrick.

Covington County News January 10, 1935


J. Leander Gunter, a native of South Carolina, but a residence of Covington County for many years, is dead at the age of 65. Death occurred at the home of his son in
Montgomery. The deceased had been in failing health for several years. He was at the time a merchant for Gantt and elsewhere. He was regarded as a good business man but was forced to retire several years ago on account of health. The funeral services was conducted from the Baptist Church of Gantt by Rev. G.H. Shears,
after which interment was made in the cemetery there, Active pallbearers were Harmon Riley, W.S. Purser, Marvin Hudson, Charles Huckaba, Vester Shehan and J.L. Nall.
Arrangements by Patrick.


Brooks Man Charged With Killing ROY BELL

The trial of Walter Gorum charged with killing Roy Bell at Brooks sometime ago has been in progress since Tuesday. This killing grew out of an altercation between defendant, deceased and others near Brooks.

The following are serving as jurors for the week:
W. Brooks Williams, Joe D. Bracewell, Eratus P. Russell, J. Pickens Rawls, E. C. Chandler, Alphus A. Hale, Evans Rodgers, G. M. Wiggins, J. Anderson Taylor, J. E. Strickland, J. Thos. Hudson, Phillip Scofield, Forrest Acree, Roy B. Oliver, C. Mal Snowden, D. E. Fletcher, J. G. Vinson, Fred Johnson, Leon Gilchrist, T. G. Conner, G. Wash Maddox, Cage Wiggins, Wm. H. Seymour, C. Frank Bradley, Robt. A. Foshee, Leon Smith, Ralph E. Bryant, J. M. Moman, Olen T. Eiland, Daniel F. Owens, W. Jack Stanley, A. C. Atwell, Lee Patterson, Maurice D. Bell, J. Roy Copeland, Jim L. Blair, Dozier D. Mitchell, Chas. A. Mason, Melvin E. Hogan, John D. Hall, Ben A. Adams.

The Covington News May 02, 1930

J. J. HART DIES AT HIS HOME IN DIXIE TUESDAY- Jesse J. Hart, aged 45 died at his home in Dixie Tuesday morning following an illness of two years. Mr. Hart moved to South Florida several years ago and after being stricken with illness returned to his home in Dixie. Funeral was held at the home and burial made in Dixie Cemetery Wednesday, with Rev. Culliver, of Munson Florida officiating. The deceased is survived by four brothers & three sisters. The brothers are J.C. Henry, W. I. & and Bruce, all of Dixie, sisters; Mrs. Jack Clements, Mrs. D.R. Rawls, Miss Lillie Mae Hart, all of who reside in Dixie. Patrick funeral director in charge.

The Covington News December 30, 1943

Mrs. Hattaway, 73, of Route 4 Passes- Mrs. Emma Hataway, age 73, passed away at her residence on Route 4, Andalusia on December 27 about Noon.
Funeral services were held at Antioch church at 3:00 December 28, with A. C. Nelson Officiating. The church choir rendered the musical offerings. Pallbearers were : C. A. Veasey, Loyd Lawson, Mr. Blackmon, Roy Smith, James Hattaway and James Thomas. Mrs. Hattaway is survived by; Mrs. V. C. Stroud, stepdaughter; Adrian and Tommie Hattaway, stepsons; Jesse Barron of Troy, son. Benson Funeral home Directing.

The Covington News Jan. 10, 1935

MRS. M. M. HOLLOWAY CLAIMED BY DEATH - Mrs. M. M. Holloway died at her home in River Falls Thursday afternoon of last week at three o'clock following a illness of short duration. Mrs. Holloway was stricken with Paralysis which resulted in her death. Mrs. Holloway was a resident of River falls for many years and was well known in that section. Her untimely demise will be mourned by her friends and acquaintance. Her husband proceeded her to the grave several years ago. Funeral service was conducted by Rev. H. L. Ray of Red Level after which interment took place in Fairmont Cemetery. Arrangements by Patrick.

W. M. Bruner Dies In Montgomery, AL.

Notice of the death of W. M. Bruner, age 25, which occurred at his home in Montgomery, on Dec. 22nd, was inadvertantly left out
of last week's issue of the news.Mr. Bruner was well known in Andalusia, having married an Andalusia girl,Sarah McCall some years ago. He was a member of the Forest Avenue Methodistchurch in Montgomery from which funeral services were conducted Sundayafternoon, Dec. 23rd, by Rev. W. H. Venters.
He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Bruner, wife, Sarah McCall Brunerand three sisters, Elizabeth, Martha and Peggy, all of Montgomery.
Interment was made in Memorial Cemetery.Those from Andalusia attending the funeral were Miss Alma Bean and Miss Tula McCall, aunts of Mrs. Bruner.

Ft. Walton Beach Florida Playground Daily News- Jan. 11, 1968

MRS. LEONARD RITES TODAY- Crestview---- Florence A. Leonard, who resided at 1430 So. Main St., died Tuesday evening in a local rest home. Mrs. Leonard was born 82 years ago in Covington County, Alabama. She had been a resident of this area since 1933. Funeral services will be today at 2 p.m. at McLaughlin Chapel, with the Rev. B. R. Tucker and the Rev. B. F. Martin officiating. Burial will be at Crestview Cemetery. Mrs. Leonard is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Francis Hahn, Newburg, N.Y.; her son, Francis M. Leonard, Crestview; three stepdaughters, Mrs. Philip Davis, Crestview; Mrs. Bertha Givens, Crestview and Mrs. Henes Adkinson, Satsuma.
She is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Joe Gunter, Florala, Ala., four brothers: Henry Padgett, Red Level, Ira Padgett, Evergreen, Ala; Andrew Padgett, Atmore, Ala.;
Ollie Padgett, Florala, Ala. Active Pallbearers are : Huey Henderson, Houston Altman, Cleo Stanley, Richard Enfield, Kenneth Brown, and Bill Givens.
Honorary pallbearers are : Hugh Adams, Murdic Fountain, J.D. Wingard, Newman Brackin, A. L. Barr, George W. Barrow Sr., Leroy Rice, T.B. Horn.

Covington News December 30, 1943 Edition

P. G. MATHIS DIES SUNDAY MORNING. Mr. P. G. Mathis, died at his home on baker Street early Sunday morning after an illness of several years. Mr. Mathis moved here from Elba about twenty years ago where he was an engineer for the Pea River Power Company. For several years he served as Justice of The Peace here.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary A. Mathis, one son, Gordon Mathis of Elba; and three daughters, Mrs. Charles Brunson of this city, Mrs. Robert A. Williams, and Mrs. Nita Mathis Brewer, both of Montgomery. Funeral services were held from the Foreman Funeral Home on Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock with the Rev. R. P. Cochran, Pastor of the Methodist church officiating, Mrs. Eugene Grantt and Mrs. J. G. Dunn, accompanied by Mr. M. M. McGowin sand Old Rugged Cross and Asleep in Jesus.
Interment was made in Magnolia Cemetery. Pallbearers were W. M. Thweatt, C.A. Burke, Wilkes Hooks, Henry Paulk, J. M. Holley and Sam Cole. Foreman Funeral Home directing.

The Covington News- December 30, 1943

Mrs. McCormick dies in Tallassee-Mrs. Jinnie McCormick, age 84 died at her home in Tallassee Tuesday afternoon. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Richard Bundy of Tallassee and two sons, Herbert McCormick, of Elba, and E. D. McCormick, of Milton Fla. Funeral services were held at the Fairmont Baptist church in Red Level on Thursday morning with the Rev. C.O. Stewart officiating. interment was made in the church Cemetery. Foreman Funeral Home (Andalusia) Directing.

FT. Walton Beach Florida Playground News- Friday Morning Dec. 30, 1966

Mrs. Gladys Lundy McClelland Funeral Set Saturday-Funeral services for Mrs. Gladys Lundy McClelland, 66, of 38 Eglin Parkway, SE, Fort Walton Beach, will be held on Saturday at Salem Baptist Church near Andalusia, Ala. Mrs. McLelland died in Fort Walton Beach hospital in the early morning hours of Thursday. Born in Covington County, Ala., Mrs. McLelland moved to Fort Walton Beach in 1954, but she retained her membership in Salem Baptist Church. The Rev. Clarence Ballard will officiate at the services there, and burial will take place in Salem Cemetery. McLaughlin Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. McLelland is survived by a son William S. McLelland Jr., and five daughters: Mrs. Betty Thorn and Mrs. Wanda Garnett, of Fort Walton Beach; Mrs. Hilda Roush and Mrs. Jane Rokusek, both of Dallas, Tex., and Mrs. Peggy Martin of Baltimore, MD. Also surviving are two brothers Allen Lundy of Demopolis, Ala., and J.C. Lundy of Andalusia, and two sisters, Mrs. B.B. Padgett of Andalusia, and Mrs. Lundy Coffield of Atlanta, Ga., There are 24 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Active pallbearers at the funeral at the funeral will include Martin Weaver, Wayne Boswell, Stanley Rokusek, Giles Petersen, Harry Bruhn and Johnny Hayslip.

The Covington News- December 30 1943

Mrs. J. L. Patterson Passes Sunday-Mrs. J. L. Patterson, age 73 died at her home on Route 2, Andalusia, Sunday morning, after an illness of 4 days. Funeral services were held at Bethany Baptist church Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. G. H. Shear officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery with Foreman Funeral home directing. Survivors are the Husband, three sons, W. L., Route 6, Andalusia, O. H., Columbus Ga., and Bill Patterson, Panama City Beach, Fla; two daughters, Mrs. M. O. Raley, Route 2, Andalusia, Mrs. O. L. Jeter, Haines City, Fla; two sisters; Mrs. Lottie M. Ganus, Route 6, Andulusia and Mrs. Richard Grantham, Mobile. Honorary Pallbearers were Mrs. Martha Barton, Mrs. Ruby Lee Griffin, Mrs. Ollie Raley, Mrs. Fannie Lou Spicer, Mrs. Levonia Tadlock, Mrs. Jewel Bullock, Mrs. Lillie Sapp, Mrs. Gatsey Fletcher, Mrs. Mollie Henderson, Mrs. Minnie Elmore, and Mrs. Della Livings.

The State Vs. Duncan & Brogden against murder of East E. Ballard

Source: Courthouse
Written: September 21 1950

Recorded: November 22 1950

The State of Alabama Covington County

The Grand Jury of said County charge that before the finding of this
indictment SIM DUNCAN and D. L. BROGDEN, whose names are to the Grand Jury,
otherwise unknown, unlawfully and with malice aforethought killed EAST E.
BALLARD by cutting him with a knife or a sharp instrument, a further & better
description being otherwise unknown to the grand jury.

State of Alabama Covington County In The Circuit Clerk
TO: D.L. Brogden
This is to notify you that the Judge of the Circuit Court of said County has
set for trial the case in said Court wherein you are charged with Murder 1st
degree, on December 11, 1950 And there is hereto attached a certified copy of
the indictment upon which you are to be tried, together with as list of jurors
drawn for the week in which said trial is set and also a list of names of all
the jurors drawn as a special venire in your case; said list containing in all
the names of sixty (60) persons who will constitute the venire from which the
Jury to try your case will be selected.
Witness my hand this 22 day of November, 1950 Solomon Tisdale, Clerk Circuit
Covington County, Alabama

No. 6743- Writ of Arrest
The State of Alabama, Covington County Circuit Court
The State of Alabama Vs. D.L. Brogden
Writ or Arrest- No bail Received in this Office Sept. 21, 1950
Tom E. Head, Sheriff
I have executed this Write this 21 day of Sept. 1950 by arresting the within
named defendant and committing him to jail 9/21/1950

The State of Alabama, Covington County CIRCUIT COURT DEC. Term, 1950
To The Sheriff of Said County- Greetings:
You are hereby commanded to summon the following named persons, qualified
citizens of said County, to appear and serve as Petit Jurors at the next Term
of the Circuit Court of said County, to-wit:
On the 11 day of December 1950. They having been regularly drawn as Petit
Jurors for the Dec. 11, 1950 Criminal week of said Term of said Court, to-Wit:

1. Rabren, Bill J., Farmer, Andalusia Ala., Beat 1
2. Beck, Charles P., Merchant, " "
3. Merrill, Henry C., Mfg. " "
4. Anderson, Andrew E., Carpenter " "
5. Kyzar, James Hugh, Merchant " "
6. Cannon, Modie E., County Treasurer " "
7. Dixon, Solon, Saw Mill Worker " "
8. Smelley, William Henry, Carpenter " "
9. Daniel, William Ruffin, Candy Mfg. " "
10. Kyzar, Randolph, Merchant, " "
11. Jay, John, Contractor " "
12. Patterson, John P., Mechanic " "
13. Bevis, L. Belser, Dry Cleaner " "
14. Chance, Sam W., Laborer " "
15. Mann, John S., Laundryman " "
16. Cauley, Jason Frank, Policeman " "
17. Knowles, Eurie D., Farmer " r.4 Beat 2
18. Johnson, Robert Chalmer, Clerk Opp Beat 3
19. Richburg, Jack, dry cleaning Opp "
20. Wilson, Everet, Barber Opp "
21. Saunders, Lawrence L., Clerk Opp "
22. Cooper, John, Clerk Opp "
23. Mcwaters, Alonzia W., Farmer Opp r.2 "
24. Bryant, Robert L., Farmer Dozier r.1 Beat 4
25. Burie Clark, Farmer Dozier r.2 Beat 5
26. Jackson, William G., Farmer Redlevel r.2 Beat 6
27. Hicks, L. Frank, Farmer Florala r.1 Beat 7
28. Barnett, Charley L., Farmer Andalusia r. Beat 8
29. Short, A.B., Farmer Dozier r.1 Beat 8
30. Herring, John T. (DEAD), L&N RR.Co. OPP r.2 Beat 8
31. Evans, John T., Furniture Florala Beat 9
32. Tramnell, Millard G., Merchant Florala Beat 9
33. Twitchell, Joseph A., Bank Clerk " Beat 9
34. Williams, Goe. Washington, Farmer Lockhart Beat 9
35. Matthews, Walter P., Farmer Florala Beat 9
36. Smith, Wallace B., Insurance " "
37. Clary, Dennis, Jr., Farmer Andalusia Beat 10
38. Sconiers, William B., Stockman Falco Beat 10
39. Rawls, Calvin, Farmer Red Level Beat 11
40. Bullock, T. Kline, Electrician Red Level Beat 12
41. Moore, Clyde, Farmer Red Level Beat 12
42. Terry, Durham E., Merchant Red Level Beat 12
43. Mason, Charles A., Farmer Red Level Beat 12
44. Henderson, Grady A., Farmer Opp Beat 13
45. Bell, Elbert, Farmer Andalusia OPP Beat 14
46. Gantt, Donald B., Farmer Gantt Beat 15
47. Cope, Donald H. Farmer Andalusia Beat 16
48. Ingram, Austin D. Farmer Andalusia Beat 16
49. Floyd, Robert L., Farmer " R.6 Beat 16
50. Hammett, Marvin, Farmer Dozier r.1 Beat 17
51. Moore, Henry C., Farmer Opp r.2 Beat 17
52. Guy, Jerome J., Farmer Dozier r.1 Beat 17
53. Bradley, C. Frank, Farmer Andalusia Beat 19
54. Walker, James K., Farmer " Beat 21
55. Pitts, John J.,Farmer Opp r.3 Beat 23
56. Carrol, Elvin, Alatex Employee Andalusia Beat 1
57. Mitchell, Robert E., Farmer Florala Beat 9
58. Cobb, Bartlette L., Barner Florala Beat 9
59. Plant, Thomas J., carpenter Florala Beat 9
60. Bush, Arthur J., Painter Andalusia Beat 20

No 6743 The State of Alabama Covington Co. Circuit Court Sept. Term 1950
The State VS
Sim Duncan and D. L. Brogden
Indictment Charge: Murder 1st degree
No prosecutor
Grand Jury No. 130 A TRUE BILL
J. M. Moore, Foreman Grand Jury No Bail B. W. Simmons, Judge


The Andalusia Star-News July 16, 1970

Arthur Rabren, 70, of 405 South Cotton Street, died in a local Hospital Monday evening. Funeral services were held on Wednesday from the Sepulga Baptist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery with Foreman Funeral Home directing. Survivors are two sons, Norman Rabren, East Brewton; and Harmon Rabren, Pittsburg, Calif.; two daughters, Mrs. Valerie Lowe, Greenville; and Mrs. Mock Riley, Silver Hill Ala., nine grandchildren; Three brothers, Houston Rabren, Foley; Austin Rabren, Auburn; and Robert Rabren, New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; two sisters, Mrs. Pearlie Pugh, Evergreen; and Mrs. Carlie Monk, Andalusia.

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