Drew County, Arkansas Newsbriefs - 1944

Contributed by Jann Woodard.


February 17, 1944:

Valley News

Mrs. Murray McLeod of Little Rock visited part of last week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Matt Knowles of this place.

Miss Nellie White spent the weekend with her sister, Miss Inez White of Coleman.

Miss Lorene Hays spent Saturday night with Merle Cox.

Harry Clingman, Sr., who has employment at Warren spent Saturday night and Sunday with his family. His mother, Mrs. H.W.C. Clingham accompanied him home.

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Hayes called on Mr. and Mrs. Clyde White Sunday afternoon.

Mr. and Mrs. N.G. Grubbs visited in the Dave O'Neal home at Prairie Chapel Sunday afternoon.

Mrs. Eliza Baker spent Saturday night with Mrs. Vera Glennon.

Miss Peggy Eubank spent Sunday with Miss Emogene Knowles.

Miss Floy White took dinner Sunday with Mrs. Louis Judkins.

Sgt. Russell Grubbs who is stationed at Tucson, Arizona spent four days with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. N.G. Grubbs last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Edd Brown visited Sunday with Will Brown and family.

Pharris Knowles of the A. & M. College spent the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Knowles.

Mr. and Mrs. Monroe White and family visited Sunday with their daughter, Miss Inez White and Mr. and Mrs. Leonard of Coleman.

Miss Vernette Brown visited Miss Ouida Loveless Sunday.

Leon Hayes of Shiloh spent the weekend at this place visiting friends and relatives.

Mrs. Dan Dempsey of Hot Springs spent last week with her son, Ernest Butler and family.

Mr. and Mrs. Luther Cox and family visited relatives at Sumpter Sunday.

Sorry to report Mrs. Vera Glennon, Marcelle Cox, Mrs. Bessie Knowles, Christine and Lorene Butler on the sick list.

Our community was saddened last Tuesday morning by the death of Mrs. Anna White. We extend our sympathy to the family.

Among those called here by the death of Mrs. White were Mr. and Mrs. Edgar White of Enon, Mrs. and Mrs. Carl Young and Nellie Ann White of McGehee, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Loveless, Vernelle Hunter and Curtis White of Portland, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie White and children, and Bennie White of Milo, Mrs. Lama White of Warren and Mrs. Cate Hardin of Warren.

Pfc. James Hancock of Ft. Logan, Colo., is spending his furlough with his wife and baby of this place and his parents at Milo.

Miss Bitty Knowles who is teaching at Carpenter school spent the weekend with her parents Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Knowles.

Fredrick Jordan of White Hall spent Sunday night with his sister Mrs. Dell Knowles.

March 2, 1944:

Bowser Locals Those who visited Mr. and Mrs. Otto Majors, Sunday were Mrs. Blanche Stephenson, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Akin and baby, Barbara Ann, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Akin of Monticello and Mr. and Mrs. Caldwell and children of Cornerville.

Mr. and Mrs. Kelly Wilson spent Sunday with their daughter Mrs. Ervin Hopper and Mr. Hopper.

Mrs. Grady Knowles of Bauxite is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Burks and family.

Pfc. Doyle Herring, aviation gunner is home on furlough. He was awarded his Wings of Gold just before leaving camp. Those who visited Doyle at the home of Mr. and Mrs. F.G. Burton Sunday were: Mr. and Mrs. Camp Chambers and family, Mrs. Guy Burks and daughter, Mrs. Andy Allen and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Akin, Marguerite, Lucille and Winona Majors, Mrs. Grady Knowles of Bauxite, Mrs. Emory Tate and daughter, and Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Webb and son, Billy. Doyle will report to a base in California.

Maurice Webb made a business trip to New Orleans last week.

Mrs. Hattie Akin is on the sick list at this writing. We wish for her a rapid recuperation.

Mrs. Norris Harmon and Marie Herring spent Saturday night with their aunt, Mrs. Andy Allen in Monticello.

Carolyn Allen spent Saturday afternoon with John Tate and Alice Ann Ashcraft.

April 20, 1944:

Flatwood Locals

Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Carter spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Terrel Hackney of Goosehollow.

A.A. Burch spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Coy Graham of Fountain Hill.

Those who visited in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Sellers Sunday were Mr. and Mrs. William Carter and son, Grady, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Tubbs, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Wolfe and daughter, Minnie Lee and Miss Clara Bell Murphy of Prairie Grove.

Mrs. Melvin Causey and daughter, Bennie Jean, spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Carpenter and family.

Mrs. Terrel Hackney of Goosehollow spent Friday night with her parents, Mrs. and Mrs. Reuben Carter.

All those who attended the party given by Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie Carter Thursday night reported a nice time.

Cecil Chadwick of Texas is visiting in the home of his brother, Huey Chadwick and family.

Minnie Ruth Carter spent part of the week with her aunt, Mrs. Edward Burch of Prairie Grove.

Mr. and Mrs. D.L. McKiever of Prairie Grove and Mrs. Cecil Sellers visited in the home of Mr. and Mrs. A.A. Burch, Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. Herman Burch of Orange, Texas were here on business last week.

Mrs. A.B. Thomas made a business trip to Monticello Wednesday.

Arlene Carter spent Sunday night with Geraldine Burch of Prairie Grove.

Green Hill Locals

Cpl. Shannon Doss of the Marines is spending a thirty-day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elvin Doss. Corporal Doss has served in the Pacific area for the past 15 months. His brother, Sgt. D.C. Doss is also here. It is the first time the brothers have seen each other in five years.

Miss Aileen Haney is teaching in the business school in Warren.

Mr. and Mrs. A.L. Calhoun, Jr., and children spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Galley at Corinth.

S-Sgt. Floyd Burks stationed in Nebraska spent the weekend with his mother, Mrs. Eula Burks.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Rastus Pace on April 14 an 11 1/2 pound boy.

Mrs. Pete Wilson and children of Monticello are moving into the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Harris while Mr. Wilson is in the service.

Mrs. Doyle Harris and children have moved into the house with Mr. and Mrs. Stanfield Armstrong.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Berryman and son spent Sunday with her mother, Mrs. John Webb.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Stephenson and family spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Virlee Harris and family.

Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Pace and family spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Rastus Pace.

Pvt. J. Lee Gaddy who has been in Alaska is spending a few days of his furlough with relatives in this community.

Mr. and Mrs. Church Burnett and family and Mrs. E.N. Gaddy spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. John Ed Funderburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Cruce and family of Monticello spent Sunday with relatives of this community.

Mrs. Henry Cottrell and children of Camden spent the weekend with her sister Mrs. Claud Fox.

Mr. and Mrs. L. Pace and family and Mrs. Mattie Pace of McGehee spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Herman Pace.

Monticellonian Obits

Funeral services for Mrs. Ellen M. Owens, aged 74, wife of the late C.W. Owens, died suddenly last Sunday afternoon at four o'clock at the home of her son, H.L. Sullivan at the Monticello hotel, were held at the Stephenson Funeral Home Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock conducted by Elder Alex Clark of the Pauline Baptist Church. Burial was in Gaster Hill Cemetery. Born in Bradley county December 1st, 1869 the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Cherry, she came to near Cornersville, Lincoln County when a child. At the age of six, she had the misfortune to lose her eye sight, being totally blind for six years, but after a treatment her eyesight was restored and at her advanced age she could easily read without glasses. When eighteen years of age she was married to the late J.H. Sullivan and from this union five children were born, one of whom H.L. Sullivan of Monticello survives. In 1906 she married the late C.W. Owens and from this union a daughter, Mrs. Viola Cunningham, of Fountain Hill also survives. Mrs. Owens was held in high esteem by a host of friends in Lincoln and Drew Counties for her Christian character and her devotion to her family. Her many friends often spoke of her as being so loyal and so deeply interested in her home. Besides the son and daughter above, she is survived by two sisters, Mrs. F.S. Tucker, Cornersville and Mrs. Maud Ricks of Portland, two brothers, W.H. Cherry of Monticello and J.H. Cherry of Cornersville. Also surviving are two great grandchildren and seventeen grandchildren.

Publication Jan. 13, 1944

Leslie Carolyn Knowles, young daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dell Knowles, died at the Mack Wilson hospital January 3 after a short illness. Her death was a shock to her family and friends. She was born July 11, 1930 and with her sweet disposition and happy smile she made many friends in the few short years of her life. Besides her parents she is survived by two sisters, Joanne and Wanda Joy. Funeral services were conducted at the Valley Church Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock conducted by Rev. J.E. Jordan. Burial was in the Valley Cemetery.

Pub. date Jan. 13, 1944

Mrs. Virgil Rash, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G.L. Fincher of near Enon died in a Monticello hospital Sunday morning April 23. Minter Fincher Rash was born in Monroe County, North Carolina, June 30, 1898. She came to Union County, Arkansas in 1902 and in 1912 with her parents she came to Drew County where she has since resided. On June 24, 1916 she was married to Virgil Rash and to this union eight children were born, seven of whom survive. Mrs. Rash was an active member of the Enon Baptist Church. She had lived a Christian life and one of service to her family and her friends. Survivors include six daughters, Mrs. Florence Veazey and Mrs. Thomas Cloud of Monticello; Mrs. Orie Truke, Basehor, Kansas; Mrs. Rena Mae Henry, Beaumont, Tex.; Mrs. Roy Hartley, Orange, Tex.; and Miss Onita Rash of Cominto and one son, Pvt. R.C. Rash of Camp Barkeley, Texas. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Harvey Barnes of Monticello. Burial was in the Rash Cemetery.

Pub. date May 25, 1944

C.K. Gammell, 65, of Troy died May 6 following an illness of five months duration. He was born in Drew County and was a life long resident of his native county. On January 1, 1900 he was married to Miss Susie Morman of Drew County and she with five children, survives him. Seven other children had preceded their father to death. Mr. Gammell was a member of the Troy Baptist Church in which he was an active deacon. He was a beloved citizen of his community and his presence will be missed by those with whom he lived and worked. Survivors include his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Henry Howard of McGehee and Mrs. J.D. Rowzee of Oakland, Cal.; and three sons, Odis and Bart Gammell of Troy and Cecil Gammell of Crossett. Nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive. Funeral services were conducted at Troy, May 7, by the Rev. Jack Jordan and burial was in the Troy cemetery.

Pub. date May 25, 1944

Thomas N. Scifres, 76 year old planter at Relfs Bluff, died last Thursday. He was born in Indianapolis, Ind., and had lived in Relfs Bluff some 53 years. He was a member of the Methodist Church, of the Woodmen of the World and the Oddfellows. He was prominent in the affairs of his county and his community. He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Syvilla Johnson, to whom he had been married 53 years, four daughters, Mrs. Winnie Haisty, Pine Bluff, Mrs. W.N. Beaulieu, Alexandria; Mrs. O.A. Boyd, Dyess; Miss Gwendolyn Scifres, San Diego, Cal.; six sons, Thomas Wesley, McGehee; L.V., Monticello; Odell, McAllister, Okla.; Lee, Pickens; Coy, Little Rock and Cullin Scifres of Osceola. Funeral services were held at the Holly Springs Church conducted by the Rev. R.H. Sorrells of Dumas and the Rev. Charles Wall of Little Rock. Burial was in Holly Springs Cemetery.

Pub. date Dec. 21, 1944

Mrs. W.J. Hopkins, aged 71, and a resident of the Winchester community for the past fifty years died in a Dermott hospital Friday, April 14. She was a member of the Winchester Methodist Church. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at 2:30 at the Newton Chapel Church by the Rev. J.H. Cummins of Arkansas City, assisted by the Rev. J.E. Majors of Tillar. She is survived by one son, Jerry Hopkins. Active pallbearers were Cecil Newton, J.P. Herrington, Jr., Harold Hopkins, Adolph Oswald, Mataz Bickham and Paul Peacock. Honorary pallbearers were J.D. Lovelace, F.M. Collins, J.T. Peacock, J.A. Newton, Noel Newton, J.S. Smart, J.O. Bickham and J.W. Tucker. Burial was in the Hopkins' family cemetery.

Dec. 21, 1944

The following white registrants are ordered to report for pre-induction examination on December 29, 1944:

War News

April 20, 1944

The War Department announced last Friday that Pfc. James W. Bishop, son of Ira T. Bishop of Collins, has been wounded in action in the Mediterranean area.

Private C. Ellis Gilliam, who is stationed at the Western Signal Corps Training Center at Camp Kohler, Calif., has qualified as Expert Rifleman with the .30 calibre rifle according to an announcement by Lt. Col. Arthur J. Wehr, Commanding Officer. His score was 174 out of 195.

From Headquarters, European Theatre of Operations we have this word, "Awaiting the day when they will make entry into Hitler's roofless Europe, delivered by parachute and glider, America's airborne troops have been announced as present in some strength in this theatre. Among them are many Arkansas boys, one is from Monticello. Pfc. Lewis W. Slaughter who is a light machine gunner." All airborne troops have been given an exacting course of physical and mental hardening in the states before being sent overseas.

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