1929 Abstracts from Newspapers in Crenshaw Alabama

FINLEY – Mr John Smith Finley died at his home in Kansas City,Missouri on last Saturday the 20th,after an illness of practically 18 months. he is survived by his wife Mrs. Willie Wood Finley and three children; Evelyn, Margie and Wood Finley of Kansas City Mo. three brothers J. D. – C. E. – and D. B. Finley, one sister Mrs Lizie Lassiter all of Luverne. Funeral and interment was at Kansas City,Mo. Mr Finley was born and reared near Luverne and lived here all his life with the exception of the past 20 years. 1)The Crenshaw County News – August 25, 1929

HICKS – Ross Hicks killed: On Wednesday night while out riding with several of his friends and associates,Ross was riding on the running board of the car,and was knocked off and instantly killed by another car driven by Mr. Gilchrist of Brantley.,he only lived a short while after he was run over and crushed. Ross was a model young man, a member of this senior class of the Luverne High school and a leader of the young men of his church and the town. He was sober and upright in character, social in his habits and possessed a sturdy, business turn of mind. We know of no young man who was destined to make a more brilliant business career, than Ross Hicks. He is survived by his father and mother Mr. and Mrs. Steve Hick s and one brother Steve Hicks Jr., the funeral services were held at the Methodist church conducted by Dr. J. W. Weson and Dr. O. P. Bentley. The pallbearers were members of the military unit of which he was a member. The number of beautiful flowers placed upon his casket was a token of the great esteem held for the young man. 2)The Luverne Journal and Crenshaw County News – April 10, 1929

JUNE – It is reported that Mr. J. C. June was found in his field Saturday evening about 5p. m. when found the body was lying face down. It is supposed that he died from heart failure. Mr. June is survived by his wife Mrs. Della June and one daughter by his first wife, Mrs. Henry C. Horn. His remains were interred at Emmaus Cemetery Sunday evening. he was a good citizen and was liked by all who knew him,and will be missed not only by his family,but by the entire community in which he lived. 3)The Luverne Journal and News – November 29, 1929

KIRKSEY – Joe Kirksey age 60 years died at his home in Rutledge Tuesday morning about 2 a. m. He had been in ill health about six weeks before his death. He was a consistent member of the Missionary Baptist church for a number of years. he is survived by his wife,one son David Kirksey and two daughters, Mrs. Edmon May and Mrs. Dan Wright besides a large number of other relatives. The funeral services were conducted in the Baptist church by his pastor Rev. Ralph Z. Mullins assisted by the Rev. J. D. Kersh pastor in charge of the Methodist Church. Interment was at the Rutledge Cemetery,the active pall bearers were: J. S. Dismuke, Joe Davis, J. H. Ganey, James Norris, Cad Bailey, and G. M. Mahone. Turner Bros. undertakers in charge. The attendance at the funeral was large and the beautiful floral display told of the high esteem his many friends held for him. Rutledge has lost one of her best citizens and the church one of its loyal members. 4)The Luverne Journal and Crenshaw County News – October 09, 1929

MAHONE – William Thomas Mahone former citizen of Luverne aged 59 died at his home in Montgomery Monday morning at 2 o’clock. He had been in failing health for some time and his death was not unexpected by the family. Tom was born and reared at Rutledge and never lived any where else until about two years ago,he moved with his family to Montgomery. He was a conductor by trade and had built many houses in this section. He was big hearted, loyal to his friends and devoted to his family. He is survived by his wife and six children as follows: John Mahone, Billie Mahone, Cecil Mahone, Misses Lillian Mahone, Alma Mahone and Eugenia Mahone besides three sisters Mrs. Florence Roberson of Luverne, Mrs Ruby Gray of Dothan and Mrs. J. T. Sikes of Montgomery. The funeral services were conducted at the Rutledge cemetery by Dr. J. D. Kersh of Montgomery with Leak undertakers in charge. 5)The Luverne Journal and News – March 13, 1929

MONTGOMERY – Mr. Marcus Montgomery age 65 years died at Crenshaw Poor House Saturday Aug. 10th. His remains were carried to Bethlehem in Montgomery County for interment. He had been in declining health for sometime and his death was not unexpected. 6)The Luverne Journal and Crenshaw County News – August 14, 1929

PACE – Funeral services were held Sunday Aug. 25th for Mrs. R. R. Pace, who died at her home in Luverne after a brief illness. Mr. W. T. Grider of the Church of Christ, assisted by Dr. Chappelle of the Methodist church officiated. Pall bearers were Messrs. R. G. Bozeman,C. L. Rhodes, Adolphus Crenshaw, Lawrence Ellington, Joe Ellington and Clyde Harbin. The deceased is survived by her husband Mr. R. R. Pace one son Mr. W. T. Pace of Luverne, four daughters: Mrs. Ella Jeffcoat of Luverne, Mrs. C. L. Rhodes of Troy, Mrs. G. O. Dickey of Evergreen,Mrs. A. S. Rhodes of Montgomery, ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren . 7)The Luverne Journal and Crenshaw County News – August 28, 1929

ROGERS – Miss Sallie L. Rogers, after a short illness, died at the home of her niece Mrs. J. L. Segrist on Jan. 16, 1928. Miss Rogers was loved by all who knew her. Her death was a great shock to her many friends in Luverne, her funeral services were conducted at the home of Mrs. Segrist by Rev. O. P. Bentley, pastor of the Baptist church and Rev. L. H. S. Chappelle, past pastor of the Methodist church. The body was taken to Live Oak for a short service before the interment. Miss Rogers was an Aunt of Dr. W. T. Rogers who was devoted to his Aunt and did all in his power to save her life. 8)The Luverne Journal and Crenshaw County News – January 25, 1929

ROUTON – After having lived to a ripe old age of 78 years, the spirit of Hon. John C. Routon wings its way to the other world. Death came at the eventide of Monday Dec. 9th. He had been in failing health for many months, but his friends and his immediate family did not think the end was so near. Monday evening one of his daughters went to call him to supper and found he had fallen from his chair on the floor and his body was lifeless. The family physician was called but it was to late, he said had reached the end of his journey and had answered the last bugle call, John Routon has passed. Mr. Routon had lead an active religious, civic and political life in Crenshaw County. He was an active leader in the Baptist church of which he was a member; he had represented this county in the Legislature and had served as post Master at Luverne; while he had spent most of his life near Honoraville on his farm, he had been a citizen of Luverne for a number of years. An honored citizen, a true friend, a good neighbor and a loving father has passed – not dead, but only gone away to rest under the shadow of a life well spent. The funeral services were conducted at the residence Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock by Rev. J. G. Dobbins of Camden, who had formerly served as pastor of the Baptist Church here, and interment was had at Emmaus Cemetery following the funeral services. He is survived by the following: C. F. Routon of Hope Ark. ; W. T. Routon of Hope, Ark; Mrs. J. T. Hicks of Hope Ark; H. C. Routon of Ashdown Ark; Mrs. T. W. Shows of Luverne; Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Crocket of Luverne; Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Parks of Tallahassee Fla; Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Routon of Quincy Fla; E. L. Routon of Tallahassee Fla; Miss Frances Routon of Luverne; Mr. and Mrs. Taylor Shows of Luverne; Mr. and Mrs. Routon Shows of Luverne; and Joseph Crocket of Luverne. 9)The Luverne Journal and Crenshaw County News – December 11, 1929

SPRADLEY – After 2 weeks of illness death comes to William P. Spradley ”Uncle Billie” of Patsburg. he was 78 years old, and one of the best known citizens of that community. Loved, honored and respected by all who knew him. he was a friend to every body and his passing will be regretted by many friends. he is survived by his widow and two brothers, Mr. John J. Spradley and Mr. C. T. Spradley. The funeral services were conducted at the Live Oak by Eld. B. J. Wilson of Glenwood and interment had in the Live Oak Cemetery with Turner Brothers in charge. the floral display was a tribute to his fine character, and showed the high esteem in which he was held by his many friends. 10)The Luverne Journal and Crenshaw County News – November 06, 1929

SPRADLEY – John B. Spradley died at his home at Vernledge Monday Nov. 18th and was buried at Live Oak the following day. Funeral services conducted by Rev. W. T. Grider. Mr. Spradley was more than 50 years of age and is survived by his wife and two children. It is said that he also has two sisters who survive him. 11)The Luverne Journal and News – November 27, 1929

THOMPSON – Mrs. Carrie Thompson wife of E. A. Thompson and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Lane of Glenwood died Aug. 7th at Auburn Ala. The body was brought to the home of her parents and held until her daughter Mrs. Wallace of Shreveport La. arrived. Funeral services were held at Luverne Aug. 10th and buried at Emmaus Cemetery by her husband and several children. the funeral service was conducted by Dr. Foster of Brantley 12)The Luverne Journal and Crenshaw County News – August 14, 1929

WALKER – Mr. James F. Walker, aged 61 died at his home in Luverne Friday evening at 5 o’clock after a short spell of sickness. He is survived by his widow one son and two daughters: Prentis Walker, Mrs. Dr. J. C. Ford and Mrs. Ina French. The funeral services were held in the Methodist church of which Mr. Walker was a member, conducted by Dr. W. T. Cochran, assisted by Dr. L. H. S. Chappelle and interment was had at Emmaus Cemetery with Turner Bros. in charge. The floral offerings were profuse, showing the high esteem in which Mr. Walker was held in Luverne. The acting pallbearers were: Ed Morgan, Bernie Pope, Frank Cody, J. M N. Lowman, Dexter Martin and W. H. Stoddard . Mr Walker was one of our best informed men on county property, he having followed his father as tax Assessor of this county, which position he filled for several years with credit. He had filled several positions in the city government and was employed at the time of his death by the city. 13)The Luverne Journal and News – July 31, 1929

WALKER – On the 25th of Nov. at his home in Rutledge the spirit of John M. Walker left its tenement of clay and winged its way to eternal rest. He was born in Lowndes County on the first day of December 1846. Before he reached his 18th birthday, he enlisted in Company “F ” of the 63rd Alabama Regiment C. S. A. and served with distinction until the Confederacy laid down its arms in April 1865. he then came home and took his palace with the survivors of that memorable struggle, in rebuilding the ruined Southland. His death removes one more of the old landmarks. One more hero who wore the gray has passed over the river to rest under the shade of the trees with David, Lee and Jackson. he died in the home where he had lived for forty years a quiet , useful orderly life. Truly, a good man has gone to his reward. His wife proceeded him to the grave some ten or eleven years ago. He leaves surviving , one daughter Mrs. B. G. Hilliard and John W. Hilliard, one sister Miss Lizzie Walker of Rutledge; and a large number of relatives. It is said that Mr. Walker had gone out to get some fuel to recruit the fire, and while he was building the fire the end came. Mr. Walker was the only one surviving the Walker family of the older ones. and perhaps knew more about the history of this county, than any man living. He was a quiet, inoffensive citizen and was liked by all who knew him. The funeral of Mr. Walker is taking place at Rutledge Cemetery at 3 o’clock Tuesday evening. “We can not say and we will not say, That he is dead he just went away. With a cherry smile and a wave of the hand, He was wandered into the unknown land, And left us wondering how very fair, It needs must be, since he is there. And You, O you, who the wildest yearn. For the old time step and the glad return. Think of him, going on as dear, In the Love of there as the Love of here, Think of him, going on, I say – – He is not dead – he is just , away. – – A Friend” 14)The Luverne Journal and Crenshaw County News – December 11, 1929

References   [ + ]

1.The Crenshaw County News – August 25, 1929
2.The Luverne Journal and Crenshaw County News – April 10, 1929
3.The Luverne Journal and News – November 29, 1929
4.The Luverne Journal and Crenshaw County News – October 09, 1929
5.The Luverne Journal and News – March 13, 1929
6, 12.The Luverne Journal and Crenshaw County News – August 14, 1929
7.The Luverne Journal and Crenshaw County News – August 28, 1929
8.The Luverne Journal and Crenshaw County News – January 25, 1929
9, 14.The Luverne Journal and Crenshaw County News – December 11, 1929
10.The Luverne Journal and Crenshaw County News – November 06, 1929
11.The Luverne Journal and News – November 27, 1929
13.The Luverne Journal and News – July 31, 1929