Obituaries (1931-1940)

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Mamie E. Baker (d. 1933)

Funeral services for Miss Mamie E. Baker were conducted from the Macedonia A. M. E. Church Sunday, September 10, with the Rev. R. L. Tillery, officiating. During the service, the choir sang, “Why Do We Mourn,” and “Jesus is Mine.” A solo, “Will You Be There,” was sung by Mrs. Fannie Saunders. The floral tributes were many. The body was interred in the family plot in Oaklawn cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, September 23, 1933

Martha Blankenship (d. 1931)

Funeral services of Mrs. Martha Blankenship were held at Macedonia A. M. E. Church on Pine Street. Favorite hymns of the deceased were sung by the choir after which Rev. R. L. Tillery spoke briefly using for a subject, “Cast me not off in the time of old age. Forsake me not when my strength faileth.” Psalms 71:9. He was assisted by Rev. J. B. Williams, Rev. J. A. Harrell and Rev. Goode. Active pallbearers were W. W. Newby, J. Marshall, Charles Bunkley, E. Upshur, W. Riddick and W. Darden. Interment was in Oaklawn Cemetery with Order of Tents in charge.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, July 18, 1931

Beulah Boone (d. 1935)

Funeral rites for Mrs. Beulah Boone were held Thursday at First Baptist Church with the Rev. J. B. Williams officiating. Interment was in Oaklawn Cemetery. The pallbearers were Luther Colden, Arthur White, Robert Bynum, Willie Hurst, George Valentine, George Rainey, and Albert Jones.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, January 5, 1935

Mary Ella White Brown (ca. 1870-1933)

Funeral rites for Mrs. Mary Ella Brown, well loved and old citizen of Suffolk, who died at her home on Liberty Street, Saturday afternoon, August 22, were conducted Tuesday afternoon, August 25, from the Frist Baptist Church, Mahan Street, by the Rev. J. B. Williams, pastor, assisted by the Revs. T. J. Johnson, R. L. Heck and W. T. Prudie. In the funeral sermon, Rev. Williams told of the great Christian life of the deceased and how the living should hope to copy after such a Christian character, now fallen.

During the services, the hymns, “Jerusalem, the Golden,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” “Lead, Kindly light,” and “Nothing Between,” were beautifully rendered by the choir, Prof. W. H. Tate beautifully sang “No Night There.” Miss Alverta Hall touchingly sang “Saved by Grace,” “Around the Great White Throne,” a solo by Dr. T. A. Graham, was beautifully done. Mrs. Lessie Bunch, of Norfolk, sang the “Old Rugged Cross.” The family condolence was read by Miss M. C. Cohoon. Remarks were made by friends. The funeral was largely attended and there were many floral offerings, representing the high esteem in which Mrs. Brown was held. The remains were laid to rest in a metallic vault in the family plot in Oaklawn Cemetery. The deceased was the daughter of the late Axum and Adline Reid White, both natives of Nansemond County.

Active pallbearers were nephews of the deceased, James, Willie Arthur, and Lorenzo White, James, and Arthur Richards. Honorary pallbearers were, Luke Eure, Sr., Luther Colden, Richard Hicks, George C. Bryant, George Tynes, Willie Berry and Robert Williams.

Surviving the deceased are six children, Miss Mamie Watkins, Messrs. Jessie Watkins and Charlie Brown, all of Suffolk; Mrs. Ernestine Smith, Frank and Theodore Brown, all of New York City; three grandchildren, Mildred, Hortense and Clarence Watkins; four sisters, Mrs. Octavia Jenkins of Pittsburgh, Pa., Mesdames Martha Richardson and Margaret Graves of Suffolk; and Mrs. Adeline Wilkins of Portsmouth; two brothers, Axum White, Jr., of East Orange, N. J., and Columbus White, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Among the out of town people attending the funeral were: Miss Lessie M. Jenkins of Trenton, N. J.; Rev. and Mrs. C. F. Jenkins of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Mrs. Sarah Cross and Mrs. Maggie Young of Norfolk; Mrs. Maggie Stallings of Berkley; Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Wilkins, Misses Adeline, Louise and Aricase Wilkins, all of Portsmouth; Mrs. Esther Reid, J. H. Reid, and Mrs. Sarah G. White, all of Drivers; Mr. and Mrs. Dillard Darden, of Cypress Chapel; Rev. and Mrs. J. A. Harrell of Hertford, N. C.; Mrs. Ida Sears, Miss Katie Sears and Warner Sears, of Winton, N. C.; Mrs. Wiggins of Whaleyville; and Miss Mildred Graves of Elizabeth City, N. C.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, September 2, 1933

John Bryant (d. 1935)

Funeral services for John Bryant, who died Thursday morning, August 3, after a brief illness, were conducted Sunday at 3 o’clock at Macedonia A. M. E. Church. Mr. Bryant is survived by his wife, Mrs. Fannie Bryant, seven sisters and two brothers and numerous other relatives and friends. Those from out of town were Mrs. Ebbie Nixon of Norfolk, Mrs. Ethel Humphrey of New York City, Mrs. Hylah Giles and Mrs. Naomi Lewis of Baltimore, Md., and Mrs. Minerva Hunter of Portsmouth. Interment was in Oaklawn Cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, August 24, 1935

Melissa Colden (d. 1934)

Funeral services for Miss Melissa Colden were held Tuesday from the Old Folks Home, Portsmouth, and were conducted by Rev. Mr. Drummond, pastor, Emanuel A. M. E. Church. Music was rendered by Miss Fannie MacCordle and Mrs. J. O. Churchill. Interment was in Oaklawn Cemetery, Suffolk.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, November 3, 1934

Charles Coleman (d. 1933)

The body of Charles Coleman was brought from Richmond last week and interred in Oaklawn Cemetery. Accompanying the body was his wife, Paul and Peter Vaughn, and several friends. Mr. Coleman was a former resident of Suffolk and once lived on Wellons Street. For a number of years he resided in Newport News and then in Richmond.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, January 7, 1933

Coleman “Colie” R. Cousins (ca. 1893-1931)

Headstone application for Coleman “Colie” R. Cousins. Ancestry.com

The funeral rites of Coleman R. Cousin(s), known to his friends as Colie Cousin(s), were conducted from the First Baptist Church by the pastor, Rev. J. B. Williams, Thursday, April 9, at 2 p. m. Several beautiful selections were sung by the choir and a solo by James Richardson. The casket was beautifully draped with an American flag as the deceased was a World War veteran and was bedecked with a cluster of beautiful flowers. Active pallbearers were Thomas Winburn, R. A. Goode, Lonnie Whitfield, Maceo Ward, Wilber Ash, W. A. Scott and Edward Jordan. Honorary pallbearers were Thomas Black, J. F. Beal, L. L. Reid, Elbert Bond, George C. Bryant, James Langston, Jessie Wadkins, and Dr. E. L. H. Rance.

The remains were laid to rest in a steel vault in the Oaklawn Cemetery. Mr. Cousin was a native of this city, and had many friends in both races. He leaves one brother, Willie Cousin, of Washington, D. C.; three sisters, Mrs. Pinkie Burley, Mrs. Inez Hunter of Philadelphia, Pa, and Miss Gertrude Cousin of this city. Two aunts, Mrs. Rosa Boykins of this city and Mrs. Mattie Moseley of Richmond, Va., and one uncle, Joshua Harris, of Richmond, Va.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, April 18, 1931

Coleman R. Cousins was the son of William Cousins and Sarah Robinson Harris Marshall (ca. 1862-1925) of Richmond, Virginia. His headstone has not yet been located.


John Droughn (d. 1931)

Mrs. Maggie Ray, of Newark, N. J. accompanied the body of John Droughn to Suffolk Tuesday morning, November 24, where they were joined by Henry Droughn, son of the deceased, D. Givens, and Farland Bridgeford, all of Newark. The remains were laid to rest under a pall of flowers in Oaklawn cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, December 5, 1931

Funeral services of John Drowghn was held last Tuesday at the grave in Oaklawn cemetery at 4 p. m. Many friends who knew the deceased for many years gathered at the grave to pay their last respect. The body was laid to rest beside his wife who died four years ago in New Jersey.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, December 5, 1931

Frank Ford (d. 1939)

Funeral services for the Rev. Frank Ford, who died at his home recently were held at the Oaklawn Cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, October 14, 1939

Cornelia Goodwyn (d. 1932)

Mrs. Cornelia Goodwyn, wife of John Goodwyn, died Monday at her home, Third Street, Boston, leaving to mourn their loss, a husband, three daughters, Mrs. Ida Jennings, Mrs. Ora Scott, Mrs. Blanche Burke of Brooklyn, N. Y.; five sisters, Mesdames Julia Scott, Mamie Ricks, Daisy Robinson of Portsmouth, Clara Williams, Katie Smith and Annie Perkins of Suffolk. Funeral was held Thursday afternoon from Little Aid Baptist Church, Boston in Suffolk. Interment in Oaklawn Cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, March 19, 1932

Robert M. Hurst (d. 1933)

Funeral services for Robert M. Hurst were conducted from the First Baptist Church, Mahan Street, Sunday, November 15. The Rev. J. B. Williams, pastor of the church, officiated, assisted by the Rev. H. W. Welch. Favorite songs of the deceased were sung by the church choir. Mrs. Fannie Eason of Portsmouth, very touchingly sang, “His Eye Is On The Sparrow.” James Richardson sang a solo, “Nothing Between.” Active pallbearers were Messrs. George Boone, Arthur Bernard, K. Thompson, M. Skeeter, Bud Hunter, Harper Beale, H. Kelly, B. Jordan and J. A. Estes. Interment was in Oaklawn cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, November 25, 1933

India Jackson (d. 1932)

Funeral services for Mrs. India Jackson were held Sunday from Bethel Baptist Church of Chuckatuck, conducted by Rev. B. M. Thompson. Music was furnished by the church choir.

Condolences were read from the church, Sunday School, Missionaries, Elks, Tents and family by Miss Ira Johnson.

Mrs. Caroline Crocker of Suffolk spoke of the Christian life of the deceased; she also brought words of sympathy from Josephine Union, Union Hill and Daughters of Jerusalem Tents of Suffolk. The body was laid to rest in the Oaklawn Cemetery under a mass of beautiful flowers with the Tents and Elks in charge.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, March 12, 1932

Florence Reid Johnson (d. 1938)

Mrs. Florence Reid Johnson, mother of the late John Reid, died Saturday at her home on Mahan St. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the T. E. Cooke Company Chapel. The Rev. Lawrence Evans, pastor of the First Baptist Church officiated. Interment was in the family plot in Oaklawn Cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, August 6, 1938

Anna Jones (d. 1932)

Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Jones who died at her residence on Pine St., Wednesday, August 17, were conducted from Tynes Street Baptist Church, Sunday. Rev. J. A. Lewis, officiating. Surviving are one daughter, Miss Lizzie Robinson, and one brother, F. Robinson. She also leaves a host of friends. Interment was in Oaklawn cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, September 3, 1932

Nancy B. Jones (d. 1939)

Mrs. Nancy B. Jones died at her home, 414 Smith Street, after a long illness. Funeral services were held Sunday, October 1, from the First Baptist Church with the pastor, the Rev. Mr. Evans, officiating. Mrs. Jones is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Arline Coleman; one son, Alex Bunn of Central State Hospital, Petersburg; two grandchildren, William and Leon Bunn of New York City and other relatives and friends. Interment in Oaklawn Cemetery. J. H. Boykins Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, October 14, 1939

Anna Jordan (d. 1935)

Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Jordan, who died Last Feb. 6 were held from the First Baptist Church Feb. 10, conducted by her pastor, the Rev. J. B. Williams. Interment in Oaklawn Cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, February 16, 1935

Ellen Jordan (ca. 1860-1932)

Funeral services for Mrs. Ellen Jordan, who died at her home, Fourth Street, Jericho, Dec. 7, were conducted Sunday, Dec. 11, from the Macedonia A. M. E. Church, Pine Street, with the Rev. R. L. Tillery, the pastor, officiating. The casket was covered with a beautiful spray of carnations and fern. There were many other beautiful floral designs.

Rev. Tillery spoke of the Christian life of the deceased and the choir sang. Eulogy from the family was read by Miss Tenser Goodman. Mrs. Lillian B. Eason sang “Some Sweet Day.” Eulogy from the Tent Lodge was read by Mrs. Charity Wilson; Edward Wilson sang “What Are They Doing In Heaven Today.”

Mrs. Jordan is survived by nine children, Charlie, John and Robert, all of Suffolk; Mrs. Julia Haven of Suffolk; Mrs. McCormick, Miss Mary Jordan, Detroit, Mich.; and Mrs. Helen Williams, Orange, New Jersey. Twenty-four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Interment was in Oaklawn Cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, December 24, 1932

Linwood Joyner (d. 1931)

Linwood Joyner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joyner of Second Avenue died Monday, September 28 in New York city after a brief illness. The body was brought in Suffolk for burial and the funeral was held in Bethlehem Christian Church, Thursday, October 1st, at 2:30 conducted by the pastor, Rev. R. R. Briggs. Mr. Joyner is survived by his mother, father, one son, Arthur Joyner; four sisters, Miss Carr Joyner, Mrs. Vaster M. Jordan of New York City, Misses Vernice and Cleo Joyner of Suffolk and one brother, George Joyner. Interment was in Oaklawn Cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, October 30. 1931

Horace King (d. 1932)

Funeral services for Horace King, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. A. King of New York City, was held Thursday, from Tynes Street Baptist Church of which the deceased was a member until moving to New York, about two years ago. After reaching New York he joined the Union Baptist Church.
Condolences were read from the church, Sunday School, Adult Bible Class No. 1, Sunrise Band, official board, United Thrift club, Easter Graded School, Nansemond Institute and friends. Music was furnished by the junior choir.

Rev. Lewis spoke briefly on the Christian life of the deceased. The body was laid to rest under a mass of beautiful flowers in Oaklawn Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Oakley Kelley, Ponoce Eley, James Willie, Willie Mass, Earnest Briggs, Charlie Cross, honorary pallbearers, James Taylor, Edward Gatling, Wilbur Evans and Lewis Chapman.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, March 12, 1932

Jessie Brown Lankford (d. 1935)

Funeral services for Mrs. Jessie Lankford, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Brown was held at the A. M. E. Church Tuesday March 2, with the Rev. I. W. Walker officiating, assisted by the Rev. J. W. Williams and Rev. Mr. Heck. Solos were rendered. The choir furnished several selections. The pallbearers were: William Thompson, Allen Bryant, James Brinkley, C. F. Jackson, Eddie Jordan, and H. Jones.

Surviving are her husband, Jack Lankford, Norfolk; Mrs. Mamie Walters, Suffolk; Mrs. Curley Tate, Atlantic City, N. J.; Boston Brown, Willie Brown, Fred Brown and Mr. Brown of Suffolk. Among the out of town people were: Mrs. Jenkins of Portsmouth; the Lankford family of North Carolina; Mesdames Nellie Williams, Mary Boone, Hattie Pollard, Clara Brooks, Cora Hatchett, Alice Knight, Dolyie Haggins, Lillian Brown, and Cora Branch; Mr. and Mrs. James Edgerton, Mr. and Mrs. Preston Randall, Edward Boone, James Harrell, Alexander Williams, Herbert Barber and Mrs. Ellen Lankford all of Norfolk. Interment was in Oaklawn Cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, March 20, 1937

Claudie Lee (d. 1933)

Funeral services for Mrs. Claudie Lee, highly esteemed and well loved member of the Pine Street Baptist Church, who died at a local hospital early Tuesday night of last week, following a fall in her home in that afternoon, which proved fatal, were conducted from the Pine Street Baptist Church, Friday afternoon, September 15, by the Rev. T. J. Johnson, pastor and other able ministers


During the service solos were beautifully sung by Madame Alta Brown, Thomas Black, Miss Alverta Gilpin, of Richmond, and the church choir. Prayer was offered by Deacon W. T. Wrench.

Rev. Mr. Johnson in his discourse drew a vivid picture of the great Christian character of the deceased, the diligency and the untiring effort of the deceased in her Christian life. The floral offerings were numerous and beautiful. The casket was well covered with lilies and surrounded with many other beautiful flowers contributed by relatives and friends, who loved and esteemed her.

Active pallbearers were, Messrs. J. F. Pele, Roland Harrison, Arthur Bernard, J. C. White, W. T. Wrench, and Dr. E. L. H. Rance. The honorary pallbearers were deaconesses of the church and a group of outstanding citizens of the city.

Interment was in a vault in Oaklawn cemetery. The deceased was an honorary member of the Iris Art Club, and a stockholder in the Crocker Undertaking Company, Inc.

She is survived by a devoted daughter, Mrs. Virginia E. Crocker, wife of W. H. Crocker. Mrs. Lee was the widow of the late Robert E. Lee.

The funeral was under the direction of Joseph E. Bonds, of the Crocker Undertaking Co., Inc., assisted by funeral directors, T. E. Cook, and B. L. Davis, both of Suffolk, and B. F. King, of Norfolk.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, September 23, 1933

Frank B. Lee

Frank B. Lee, son of Mrs. Malinda Lee and the late Joseph C. Lee, of Suffolk, died suddenly at the home of his mother, 303 Smith St., May 11, after a brief illness. Funeral services were held for him May 14, conducted at his mother’s home by the Rev. T. J. Johnson, assisted by the Rev. J. B. Williams. Pallbearers, all ex-service men, since the deceased was a world war veteran, were Grady L. Backus, Leroy Burke, Horace Jones, Charlie Jones, Ruel Murial, Allen Bryant and James Evans.

Burial was in Oaklawn cemetery. Honorary pallbearers were George Tynes, William Taylor, Waverly Gordon, Joe Boone, John H. Harrod and Romie Skeeter. Beside his mother, he is survived by a sister, Mrs. Bessie F. Jones.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, May 25, 1935

Catherine Jordan Malone (d. 1932)

Funeral services for Miss Catherine Jordan Malone were held from Allen Temple A. M. E. Zion Church, Sunday, July 30, Rev. Platt officiating. Surviving are her mother, Mrs. Mary Malone, two brothers, George and Bishop Malone, one sister Virgie Malone. Interment in Oaklawn Cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, August 6, 1932

Abraham Norfleet (d. 1933)

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Funeral services for Abraham Norfleet, who died suddenly at his home on September 4, were held from the Tynes Street Baptist Church Sunday, September 10, with the Rev. J. A. Lewis officiating, assisted by the Rev. W. M. Bridgeford and the Rev. T. J. Johnson. The church choir rendered music.

Solos were rendered by James Joyner and Prof. Robert Wilan. Condolence from the family was read by Mrs. J. A. Lewis; from the Greater Suffolk Lodge, I. B. P. O. E. W. by Roland Harrison. The deceased was a Grand Past Exalted Ruler and had been a member of the Suffolk Lodge for sixteen years.

The casket was covered with a profusion of white and purple asters. The Metropolitan Band, of Norfolk, preceeded the funeral procession from the home to the church and after the funeral services led the procession to the grave. Members of the Greater Suffolk Lodge No. 206 I. B. P. O. E. W. acted as pallbearers.

Active pallbearers were, Stephen Riddick, Dr. R. H. Bland, William R. Taylor, Elliott White, Roland Harrison and John Broadnax. Honorary pall bearers were, Luke Eure, Sr., Joel Baum, R. A. Daniel, Willie Clemons and Charlie Jones. Interment was in Oaklawn cemetery.

Surviving the deceased are his widow, Mrs. Annie Norfleet, two brothers, Peter and James Norfleet, all of Suffolk, three sisters, Mrs. Mary Pleasant, Mrs. Louvenia Crute, and Miss Annie Norfleet, all of Suffolk, one aunt, Mrs. Indiana Alston and one uncle, Z. Norfleet, all of Ridgeway, N. C.

Among the out-of-town people who attended the funeral were Mrs. Lillian Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Munroe, Mrs. Bettie Bazemore and Miss Mamie Weaver, all of Norfolk. Misses Dora and Sallie Weaver, Mrs. Flossie Shambley, Warren Weaver and Miss Nora Weaver, all of Winton, N. C., Walter Cobb and Virtues Lawrence, of Aholskie, N. C., and Mrs. Mary Watson, of Atlantic City, N. J.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, September 23, 1933

James Norfleet (d. 1931)

The funeral of Mr. James Norfleet was held last Sunday from the T. E. Cooke Funeral Home, conducted by Rev. J. B. Williams, pastor of the First Baptist Church. Music was furnished by the First Baptist Church choir. Condolences were read by Mrs. T. E. Cooke from the Temple Baptist Church which he was a faithful member. Pallbearers were Oakley Kelly, W. M. Sykes, Columbus Parker, A. L. White, Jessie Phillips and W. M. Purdy. The body was interred in Oaklawn Cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, November 14, 1931

John W. Richardson (d. 1939)

John Richardson, former president of the defunct Phoenix Bank of Nansemond County at one time Suffolk’s only colored bank. He had complained of cramps, but felt better on Monday, August 28. He died suddenly en route to this place of employment and was riding his bicycle when a sudden attack caused him to fall off. He was dead before medical aid could be summoned.

The late Mr. Richardson was a communicant of the First Baptist Church and held membership in the Masons, Elks, and Odd Fellows. He had been a resident here for more than thirty years. He was a janitor of a white bank and president of the Negro bank at the same time.
Surviving are nine children. One of his sons is a dentist practicing in Franklin, Va. His wife, Rosetta Richardson, died three years ago.

New York Age, September 9, 1939

Virginia Wilson Roundtree (d. 1935)

Funeral services for Mrs. Virginia Wilson Roundtree were held from the First Baptist Church, Mahan St., August 30, the Rev. J. B. Williams, pastor, officiated. Surviving are her husband, three children, eight aunts; three uncles and one brother. Interment was in Oaklawn Cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, 1935

Odella Drew Scranage (1864-1935)

Death certificate of Mrs. Odella Drew Scranage, Ancestry.com

The remains of Mrs. Odella Scranage of Williamsport, Pa., arrived in Suffolk Saturday and burial took place immediately in Oaklawn Cemetery. Mrs. Scramage was the daughter of the late Archie and Mrs. Melissa Drew and a cousin of Mrs. Anna Byrd and Leon Colden of this city.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, April 13,1935

Mrs. Odella Drew Scranage was the wife of Lee Andrew Scranage, a native of King William County, Virginia. He is interred in Wildwood Cemetery, Wiliamsport, Pennsylvania. The headstone of Odella Drew Scranage has not yet been located in Oak Lawn Cemetery.


Bettie Sledge (d. 1931 )

Funeral services of Mrs. Bettie Sledge were held last Tuesday from the chapel of T. E. Cook and Co. and conducted by the Rev. R. L. Tillery, pastor of Macedonia A. M. E. The body was laid to rest in Oaklawn cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, December 5, 1931

Dr. Thomas Dove Tharpe (d. 1938)

Dr. T. D. Tharpe, formerly a practicing physician of this city, but now of Portsmouth, Va., died Thursday at his home on Green Street. Funeral services were held Sunday at 2:30 p. m. at the Zion Baptist Church. Burial was in the family plot in Oaklawn cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, October 15, 1938

John White (d. 1932)

The funeral service of John White, son of Mrs. Novella White and stepson of Willie Joyner was held from the Macedonia A. M. E. Church. Monday, Dec. 12, the Rev. R. L. Tillery, officiating, assisted by Rev. Mr. Welch. The eulogies were read by Miss M. C. Cohoon. Solos were rendered by Miss Willie McDonald, Miss Holland and Mrs. Lillian B. Eason. The deceased was a faithful member of the Sunday School, Usher Board and the Young People’s Society of the church.

The church choir rendered favorite selections of the deceased. Active pallbearers were Messrs. James Hicks, Clifton Rainey, Moses Jones, John Pierce, Harvey Walters, Thomas Smith and Joseph Whitehead. Flower girls were Mrs. Maggie Harvey, Mrs. Nora Jenkins, Mrs. Rosie Brown, Mrs. Susie Jackson, Mrs. Esther Raney and Miss Ethel Ward. Interment was in Oaklawn Cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, December 24, 1932

Fannie B. Williams (d. 1937)

Mrs. Fannie B. Williams, wife of Robert Williams, died here, Saturday, July 31, after a long period of illness. Her funeral was held from St. Mark P. E. Church, with the Rev. J. J. Posey, pastor, officiating, assisted by the Rev. M. B. Birchette, pastor of St. James P. E. Church of Portsmouth.

Mrs. Williams was a well known churchwoman, active in the affairs of the ladies auxiliary of the Protestant Episcopal Church. She had been a member of St. Mark church for some time. Mr. Williams is a director of the Tidewater Fair.

Mr. and Mrs. Williams were formerly residents of Watertown, N. Y., but had lived in Suffolk for sometime.

Mrs. Williams is survived by her husband and one sister. Crocker Funeral Homes had charge of arrangements. Interment in Oaklawn Cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, August 7, 1937

Alex Wilson (d. 1931)

Alex Wilson was killed while cutting logs near Corapeake, N. C. Mr. Wilson and his partner, Mr. Judd, were sawing down a tree which in falling knocked a limb of another tree, striking Mr. Wilson on the top of his head, rendering him unconscious. He was rushed to a local hospital where he died soon after being admitted. Wilson is survived by his mother, Mrs. Emily Wilson; two children; five sisters and one brother. Funeral services were conducted last Thursday at two o’clock by Rev. T. J. Johnson from the funeral chapel of T. E. Cook. Interment was in Oaklawn Cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, December 19, 1931