Hyde County Messenger
Fairfield, North Carolina
Published monthly by Rev. Elliot Rufus STEWART
Abstracted by Kay Midgett Sheppard
[Filmed from originals loaned by Miss Rebecca SWINDELL, Swan Quarter, N.C. January, April, May, June and November issues are missing.]
(IMO=Reference book used by the abstracter: In Memory Of—An Index to Hyde County Cemeteries by Martha Rebecca SWINDELL & R.S. SPENCER, JR.)
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Chapter of Sorrows:
Register of Deeds, R.O. PAYNE, in the midst of life, answered the call of the death angel on January 19 at the age of 49. For more than 3 years he has served his county well. He was a member of the Gull Rock Methodist Church and also belonged to the Masons and Odd Fellows. Surviving are his wife; three children: Mrs. Carl DAVIS of Elizabeth City, George and Holland PAYNE of Swan Quarter; four sisters (names 5): Mrs. Tom CREDLE of Swan Quarter, Mrs. James WHITE of Belhaven, Mrs. Mollie CASON of Lenoir, N.C., Mrs. Addie GIBBS of Gull Rock, and Mrs. Amanda PUGH of Gull Rock. Also his mother, Mrs. Adeline PAYNE of Gull Rock. Services were conducted by his pastor, C.K. WRIGHT, and the Masons and Odd Fellows. Interment was made in Soule cemetery. [IMO states Ronald Otto PAYNE was born June 22, 1890 and died January 19, 1940. He was the son of Millard Filmore PAYNE and Adeline BROOKS and husband of Lida Everette PUGH.]
After three years of sickness, Mr. Joseph S. HENDERSON died on January 27 at the age of 63. For quite a while he was a Free Will Baptist preacher but later united with the Christian Church. He followed the blacksmith trade for 25 years. Surviving are his wife; three sisters (names 4): Mrs. Ed. PAUL, Mrs. Frank SLADE, Mrs. Clyde BUTLER, and Mrs. J.F. HENDERSON, all of Norfolk, Virginia; three children: Mrs. Carl SILVERTHORNE, Mrs. Tom EQUALS and Elizabeth EQUALS. He was buried at Beulah Primitive Church on January 28 with services being conducted by Rev. G.C. GROCE. [IMO states Joseph Spencer HENDERSON was born January 1877 and died January 27, 1940. He was the son of Jones S. HENDERSON and Nancy CUTRELL and husband of Mrs. Elizabeth Neal CULLIFER.]
After a long illness and confinement at home, Mr. Charles F. BENSON succumbed at 86 years of age on January 27. He was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church. Rev. Jabbie HARRIS, his pastor, conducted services at the BENSON cemetery. Surviving are his wife and one son, Mr. Walter BENSON; two grandsons: Hester Credle BENSON of Fowle Memorial Hospital in Washington, N.C. and James Franklin BENSON. [IMO states Charles Franklin “Charlie” BENSON was born July 16, 1853 and died January 27, 1940. He was the son of John Martin BENSON and Patsy SWINDELL. He was buried in the C.F. BENSON cemetery on Highway #264 in Swan Quarter Township. He was first married to Hester Ann SWINDELL who died in 1913 then to Mrs. Carolina “Lina” Swindell ROSS. Hester Ann and Carolina were sisters.]
After several years of illness, Hon. George E. DAVIS died of a heart attack on January 25 at the age of 69. He was stricken in his yard and died before he could be carried into his house. He was former sheriff and legislator of Hyde County. Mr. DAVIS was sheriff from 1912-1916. He represented Hyde several terms. He was a prominent land owner and had many friends. He was a man of personal convictions. Surviving are his wife; two sons: George T. DAVIS who is the present Representative of Hyde County, and Coleman DAVIS; one brother Mr. W. Cal DAVIS of Engelhard. Rev. C.K. WRIGHT conducted the services in the home. Interment was made at Soule cemetery. [IMO states George Erasmus DAVIS was born October 24, 1870 and died January 25, 1940. He was the son of Thomas Marion DAVIS and Eliza Jones SAUNDERSON and husband of Orpha W. CREDLE.]
Mrs. Lyda SWINDELL, of near New Holland, died Thursday, February 8, at the ripe age of 75 years, 2 months, and 3 days. She was a member of Soule Methodist Church. Services were conducted by her pastor, Rev. COWAN. Survivors are four children: T.C. SWINDELL of Greenville, N.C., C.B. SWINDELL of New Holland, Mrs. Z.T. BENSON of Norfolk, Virginia, and Mrs. W.G. CAHOON of New Holland; 17 grandchildren. She was laid to rest in Soule cemetery. [IMO states Eliza M. “Lyda” SWINDELL was born December 5, 1864 and died February 8, 1940. She was the daughter of John Warren SPENCER and Mary Elizabeth FISHER and wife of Thomas S. SWINDELL.]
Born to Mr. & Mrs. W.K. GIBBS of Lake Landing, Robert, born on November 1, 1939.
Born to Mr. & Mrs. Luke SAWYER of Rose Bay, a son named Dewey Wayne SAWYER, on December 17, 1939.
Born to Mr. & Mrs. Leon DUNBAR of Fairfield, a daughter named Joyce Jean, on December 16, 1939.
Born to Mr. & Mrs. Guy R. CUTRELL of Fairfield, an 8 1/2 pound daughter on February 8, 1940. They named her Mary Jane.
Born to Mr. & Mrs. WHEELER of Sladesville, another daughter, Evelyn Maxine. (No date mentioned)
Miss Helen CUTRELL of Fairfield to Martin ARMSTRONG of Plymouth— February 3
Elisha CREDLE (colored) to Mattie Bell CREDLE, both of Swan Quarter— February 6
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Mr. M.A. SMITH anticipates opening, some say a drug store, others say a smoke shop, on Mail (Main?) Street beside Swan Cafe in Swan Quarter. We wait to see what it will be. The Swan Cafe has been painted inside. Mr. & Mrs. JONES have a nice place and serve good eats.
On Sunday night, February 18 at 11:00, it was discovered that Engelhard Dry Cleaning plant was on fire. The blaze was under control within 10 minutes. The building was owned by Mr. Closs GIBBS, the cleaning plant was owned and operated by Mr. W.W. PAYNE and his son, Durwood. It is understood that no insurance was carried on the house or the equipment. The loss is estimated at $2000.00.
Mr. Tom MIDYETTE, a native of Hyde County, came back into Hyde several months ago after spending 12 or 14 years away with the bridge building forces. Recently he has built a nice 4-room cottage near Brickhouse Fork. While away his work was to make wooden forms to pour concrete for bridge abutments. Mr. MIDYETTE will farm.
Mrs. Oscar PAYNE died February 17, 1940. She had a stroke on the 15th and died 2 days later. She was almost 41 years old. Surviving are her husband, Oscar PAYNE of Engelhard; children: Mrs. Lillian B. SPENCER of Fairfield, Everett PAYNE of CCC Camp in New Holland, J. Hugh PAYNE and Edith PAYNE of Engelhard; four sisters: Orpha PAYNE, Maggie CARAWAN, Bertha NIXON, and Fannie BISHOP; two brothers: Silvester WILLIAMS and Rufus WILLIAMS of Engelhard. She was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Christian Church. Interment was made in Mount Pleasant cemetery. Rev. W.P. ARMSTRONG and Rev. J.C. GROCE conducted the service. [IMO states Susannah “Sadie” PAYNE was born in 1899 and died February 17, 1940. She was the daughter of Sylvester WILLIAMS and Bertha LITCHFIELD. She was buried in the BALLANCE cemetery on Ridge Road opposite Pleasant Grove Church of Christ.]
On Saturday, February 3, as the sun was setting, Uncle Ben BURRUS slipped away to be with God. “Uncle Ben”, as he was known, was a colored preacher and a good man. He was 88 years old and had been confined to bed for several months.
Miss Mary SAWYER passed away at Plymouth County Home on February 21. She was an inmate of the Hyde County Home until they were moved to Plymouth. She was bought back and buried at Sladesville.
John ROBBINS, an 11 year old lad of Washington Park, was struck by Oscar BERRY, 19, of Scranton in Hyde County. Mr. BERRY was in CCC Camp. He struck the ROBBINS boy at between 45-60 MPH, throwing him 93 feet. The lad suffered a broken leg and severe internal injuries when the fender of the car hit him. Oscar BERRY was charged with manslaughter and placed under $1000 bond. Later news came of the boy’s death. He stood well with his fifth grade class at John Small’s school. Many have asked the question, “Was the driver under the influence of strong drink?”
After several days of illness, the child of Mr. and Mrs. James CAROWAN died March 7 and was the first child to be buried as a member of Beaufort-Hyde Mutual Burial Association. The child was 2 1/2 years old.
Mr. Wood DUNBAR had the flu which developed into pneumonia and died February 24. He was 67 years old and a member of Scranton Christian Church. He was buried at Mount Olive. Surviving are his wife; two children: Mrs. Edna PAYNE and Mrs. Harold PATRICK of Baltimore; 2 grandchildren. Services were conducted by W.P. ARMSTRONG. [IMO states Anson Elwood DUNBAR was born March 13, 1873 and died February 24, 1940. He was the son of Benjamin L. DUNBAR and Jane Elizabeth DUNBAR and husband of Blanch M. BELL.]
Mr. Lawrence C. SMITH died March 7 after a long illness at home in Roanoke Rapids. He had many friends in Hyde County. He is survived by his wife; two children (not named); two sisters: Mrs. Charlie WILLIAMS and Mrs. W.J. BAUM of Fairfield. He was buried at Roanoke Rapids on Sunday, March 10. He subscribed to the “Messenger” and kept in touch with his home county for several years. Mr. SMITH died of cancer at the age of 65.
Mr. & Mrs. Carlos BERRY, JR. of Swan Quarter announce the birth of a daughter on March 4.
Born to Mr. & Mrs. Willie DANIELS at Columbia, a son on March 9.
Born to Mr. & Mrs. Allen WILLIAMS, a son on February 19. They have named him C.B. WILLIAMS. Mrs. DANIELS also had to undergo an operation for appendicitis. Both she and the baby are fine.
On February 12, Mr. David PATRICK and Mrs. O.G. MASON, both of Scranton, eloped and were married by a Baptist minister at Emporia, Virginia. This was a surprise to many people.
David Stanley MASON eloped with Miss Pearl PIGRAM, both of Swan Quarter. (No date given)
Carl MILLER of Bath to Miss Katie MIDJETTE of Fairfield. They will live at Bath. (No date given)
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Blaine King’s wife (colored), of Fairfield, died after a stroke at 7:30 p.m. on July 14.
On June 23, after a brief illness, Mrs. Rudolph SPENCER was found dead in bed. She had suffered with asthma since she was 11 years old. Surviving are her husband; three children: Archie, Dannie, and Janet, all of Engelhard; her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Neal PAYNE of Stumpy Point; one sister: Mrs. Nina BRINN of Stumpy Point; three brothers: Oscar, Randolph, and Bernice PAYNE, all of Stumpy Point. Mrs. SPENCER was 28 years old and a member of the Stumpy Point Methodist Church. Services were conducted at Amity Methodist Church by C.K. WRIGHT, assisted by Rev. E.R. STEWART. [IMO states Annie Frances SPENCER was born April 3, 1913 and died June 23, 1940. She was the daughter of William Neal PAYNE and Emma AUSTIN and wife of Rodger Rudolph SPENCER. She was buried in the Amity Methodist Church cemetery.] [My personal research reflects that Frances Ann PAYNE was born April 3, 1912 and died June 23, 1940 at Engelhard. She was the daughter of Cornelius P. “Neal” PAYNE and Emma Jean AUSTIN.]
Born to Mr. & Mrs. Willie CAHOON of Rose Bay, a daughter named Elizabeth June, on June 28.
Lock Craig SPENCER of Swan Quarter to Miss Katherine SWINDELL of New Holland—June 15
Edsel Frederick BRIDGMAN to Miss Rosa Lee SILVERTHORNE, both of Scranton—June 18
Bruce Norman CONYERS of Wilson, N.C. to Miss Mary Miller MATTHEWS of Engelhard—June 27
John Marvin SIMPSON of Ocracoke to Miss Iva Mae STOWE of Hatteras— June 17
Miss Virginia Leah LAMBERT of Ashboro, N.C. to Harry Duprey WOOD, JR. on June 20. Miss LAMBERT was formerly the music teacher at Engelhard High School.
A new bridge has been constructed over the Outfall Canal, known as George DAVIS Canal, near Engelhard.
Mr. Dallas CUTRELL of Fairfield, who has served as merchant of Fairfield for more than 20 years, is now erecting a new store 44x36 feet on the corner. He will move his old building back and use it for storage. Mr. CUTRELL is a fine, young businessman. He bought the O’NEAL home and took a wife. He expects to carry a complete line of general merchandise and to operate a filling station and an electrical meat case. Mr. CUTRELL is a member of Fairfield Methodist Church and also Fairfield Masonic Lodge #520. This new store will be opposite Carlisle’s Sinclair Station and across the road from Clifton MOONEY’S service station. This will make 4 filling stations in Fairfield, the other being at Mrs. Isabell CARTWRIGHT’S store.
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Mrs. Mary BENSON died June 15 after having a stroke at the age of 78. She was the widow of the late Zack BENSON of Swan Quarter. She was a member of Soule Methodist Church where services were conducted by her pastor, E.G. COWAN. Interment was in Soule cemetery. Surviving are: Mrs. S.W. BOOMER of Swan Quarter, Mrs. Buck TUNNELL of Swan Quarter, Chase BENSON of Greensboro, Rupert BENSON and Jim BENSON of Wilmington, N.C., and Dan BENSON of Raleigh; one sister. [IMO states Mary Matilda “May” BENSON was born August 18, 1861 and died June 16, 1940. This date differs from the newspaper. She was the daughter of Daniel Morgan WATSON and Zada Lumsden SADLER and wife of Zaccheus BENSON.]
Mrs. Mollie BENSON died July 21 at 6:20 a.m. at the age of 82 years, 9 months and 1 day old. She was a life-long resident of Hyde County, living near New Holland, and was a member of Soule Methodist Church where services were conducted by her former pastor, Rev. R.R. GRANT. Interment was in Soule cemetery. Surviving are three daughters: Miss Hettie BENSON, Mrs. Bill BOOMER, and Mrs. H.C. BOOMER, all of Swan Quarter; several grandchildren. She was the widow of the late T.R. BENSON. [IMO states Mary Graham “Mollie” BENSON was born October 20, 1857 and died July 21, 1940. She was the daughter of Green BRIDGMAN and Mary Eleanor BALLANCE and wife of Thomas Ruffin BENSON.]
On July 28 Mr. Alonzo SPENCER died at his home 10 miles from Fairfield on the Fairfield-Engelhard Road, at the age of 81. Mr. SPENCER was a member of the Pleasant Grove Christian Church. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Laura Selby of Middletown; one half-brother, Mr. Tom SPENCER of Gum Neck; three daughters: Mrs. Walter (Lucy Jane) ARMSTRONG, Mrs. Luther GIBBS and Mrs. Julian SAWYER; one son, Mr. Willie SPENCER. Services were held by Rev. M. SHOCKLEY. [IMO states Alonzo Sarfull SPENCER was born March 5, 1858 and died July 28, 1941 (should be 1940). He was the son of Sorrowful SPENCER and Elizabeth GIBBS. He was married first to Nancy Jane WILLIAMS then to Mrs. Laura Linzce Spencer SELBY.]
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow BEST, formerly of Rose Bay, now of 114 Popular Avenue, Norfolk, Virginia, a son on August 10, weighing 6 pounds, 2 ounces.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Lee ROPER of Engelhard, a daughter on July 8.
Born to Mrs. and Mrs. Willie BRIDGMAN of Washington, a daughter on June 28. They call her June Elizabeth.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Linwood ROBERTS, a daughter, Thelma Lynn, on June 15.
Tar Heels, famed throughout the U.S. for their sense of humor, let their whimsicality extend even to the grave. As a result of this wit, the graveyards throughout the state are anything but dull.
Here is a rare specimen reported from Guilford County—
Ma loved Pa
Pa loved women
Ma caught Pa with
one in swimming
Here lies Pa.
Another inscription from Hyde County was written for a miser by one of his enemies—
Here lies 33 1/3 percent
The more he had the more he lent
The more he lent the more he craved
How can such a man be saved.
An international notoriety has been accorded the epitaph in Christ Church yard in New Bern, for Charles ELLIOTT who died in 1756:
“Late Attorney General for the Province; An Honest Lawyer Indeed”
A wag remarked that there must have been two persons buried there.
Perhaps the most terse epitaph on record is on a tombstone in Beaufort County—
Arthur Louis WOOLARD - 1834-1892 - “He is dead”
By the roadside between Lake Landing and Fairfield is a grave of a farmer who got so lonely at his isolated home that his dying wish was to be buried on the highway “where folks are always passing by.”
One of the most unusual tombstones in America is found in St. George’s Episcopal graveyard in Hyde County. It is just the size of a coffin end buried upright. This marks the grave of A.L. CREDLE who died in 1884 when he was 35 years old. In accordance with his wish, he was buried “standing up” because he had long suffered from asthma and “couldn’t rest lying down”.
Vol. 17; #9
Ray RHEM of Ponger (Ponzer?) to Miss Ezie Pearl HODGES of Lake Landing —July 26
Clarence DAVIS of Belhaven to Miss Alice GIBBS of Belhaven—August 10
J.P. WOODARD to Miss Gretchen CREDLE, both of Swan Quarter—August 24
Miss Camille SWINDELL returned to Louisburg, September 5, to teach. She graduated from ECTC in 1937 and has taught the 5th grade there for 3 years. She is teaching as one of 17 teachers in the Louisburg Mills High School. She was born October 16, 1916. Professor MILLS was principal for 33 years. He is now Franklin County Superintendent. Professor W.C. STROUD is principal at present. Miss SWINDELL is one of Hyde county’s choice girls.
We congratulate the following who received degrees from E.C.T.C.:
Metta Jarvis McGOWAN of Swan Quarter;
Alton Warren PAYNE of Gulrock;
Bettie SWINDELL of Lake Landing;
Lola Tunnell WATSON of Swan Quarter.
After a week of suffering, Sherdon SADDLER succumbed to pneumonia at the age of 28. He passed away at the home of his brother, Staten SADDLER, where he was living. Services were conducted at the home by Rev. E.R. STEWART and interment was made at Foskies Creek Baptist Church. Surviving are Mrs. Alton SAWYER, Mr. Staten SADDLER, Mrs. Bell BRICKHOUSE, Mrs. Blanche BRICKHOUSE, Mr. Ellis SADDLER, Mr. Londy SADDLER, Mr. Edmond SADDLER, and Mr. Lee SADDLER. [IMO states Shearden R. SADLER was born November 17, 1912 and died September 16, 1940. He was the son of James Edgar SADLER and Challie B. SAWYER. He was buried at Beulah Primitive Baptist Church cemetery in Currituck Township.]
Mr. H.R. KEATON died at his home Sunday, September 1, after a heart attack at the age of 70. He was a leader and worker in the Belhaven Baptist Church. Mr. KEATON was the Texas Oil Co. distributor for 26 years. Services were conducted by his pastor, Rev. R.H. LUCAS of Plymouth. Interment was made in Washington cemetery. He was married twice and leaves a widow and five children: Mrs. T.A. JORDAN of Belhaven, Mrs. A.C. HODGES of Goldsboro, Mrs. Sidney EVANS of Sanford, Mrs. R.O. HOWARD of Raleigh, and B.S. KEATON of Belhaven.
Mr. Ed. H. GERKIN of Pantego passed away at his home, September 7, at the age of 77. He died with a heart attack. He was born in Lake Landing, the son of Mr. & Mrs. Jim E. GERKIN. Survivors are three sons: W.H. GERKIN of Washington, B.C. GERKIN of Wilson, and Claude E. GERKIN of Belhaven; one daughter, Mrs. L.F. LANGLEY of Pantego. He was a member of the Christian Church.
Wife follows her husband after 5 months—After several weeks of confinement to bed at home, Mrs. Retta GIBBS was moved to Columbia Hospital where she died Saturday, August 24, at the age of 64. She was buried in Fulford cemetery. In the absence of her pastor, Rev. Walter ARMSTRONG conducted the service. Surviving are two brothers: Henry T. GIBBS of Engelhard and Bill GIBBS of Gorn (Gum?) Neck; three children: Mrs. Herbert SPENCER (Maude) of Fairfield, Loren GIBBS and Laura GIBBS, both of Engelhard. Mrs. GIBBS was a member of the Engelhard Baptist Church. [IMO states Samuel Steven GIBBS was born November 25, 1868 and died March 20, 1940. His wife was is listed as Ritta GIBBS. He was buried in Fulford cemetery. No listing is made for Retta/Ritta GIBBS in Fulford cemetery.]
Born to Mr. & Mrs. C.P. MASON of Stanford, Ky., a daughter on August 1. Mr. MASON was formerly of Rose Bay.
Born to Mr. & Mrs. Edward GIBBS of Middletown, a son on September 6.
Born to Mr. & Mrs. Carlisle JONES of Fairfield, Thomas Carlisle, on August 24, who weighed 9 ¾ pounds.
Born to Mr. & Mrs. Leland HUDSON of Fairfield, a daughter, Stella Louise, on September 5.
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Mr. Frank CUTRELL of Elizabeth City recently purchased the T.C. MANN farm near Fairfield. We welcome him to Hyde County.
R.C. ALEXANDER to Miss Blanche G. HARRIS, both of Spartenburg, S.C.— September 8
Iuedell SPENCER of Engelhard to Miss Theola GIBBS of Fairfield—September 11
Charlie A. SWINDELL to Miss Matilda ADAMS, both of Lake Landing— September 16
Harry L. JENETTE to Miss Salina GRAY, both of Buxton—August 9
Martin B. TOLSON of Buxton to Miss Lonnie B. CONKEY—August 9
Following an illness of about 10 days, Mrs. Cora Mae McKinney JENNETTE, 38, of Swan Quarter, died in Taylor Hospital where she had been a patient for several days. Death was attributed to septicemia. Mrs. JENNETTE was a native of Hyde County and was a daughter of Joshua McKINNEY and Annie Howard McKINNEY. She was a member of the Christian Church. She is survived by her husband, Willie Lee JENNETTE; one son, Troy; and one daughter, Charlotte; one brother, Will McKINNEY; and two sisters: Mrs. Gladys ROSE and Miss Mazada McKINNEY of Engelhard. Funeral services were held from the home of her father and conducted by Rev. Groce. Burial was in Fulford cemetery. [IMO states Cora Mae JENNETTE was born June 11, 1902 and died September 22, 1940. She was the daughter of William Joshua McKINNEY and Annie Brock HOWARD.]
Mr. W.J. BAUM, a life-long Hyde County citizen, passed away at his home, October 17, 1940. Mr. BAUM would have been 75 years old had he lived until November 20. Mr. BAUM was a hard working man and raised a large family. He was active until his health gave way. He was a member of the Bethlehem Baptist Church. Services were conducted at the home by his pastor, Rev. Mr. ROSS, assisted by Rev. E.R. STEWART. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Farrow BAUM; his sister, Mrs. ROPER of Fairfield; eight children: Charlie E. BAUM of Fairfield, Mrs. Jessie HARRIS of Swan Quarter, Mr. Archie BAUM of Swan Quarter, Mrs. Ronald BALLANCE of Fairfield, Mrs. Charlie ARMSTRONG of Scranton, Mrs. R.S. SPENCER of Engelhard, Mr. Edison BAUM of Fairfield, and Mrs. Willie DUDLY of Lake Landing. There were 22 grandchildren. The deceased was laid to rest at Fairfield cemetery. [IMO states William Jacob BAUM was born November 20, 1865 and died October 7, 1940. (This date differs from the newspaper.) He was the son of Samuel Lindsey BAUM and Mary Jordan HARRIS and husband of Farrow Mae SMITH.]
Mr. J.H. STEWART of Newton, N.C., father of Rev. E.R. STEWART of Fairfield, was born April 16, 1861 and died September 20, 1940 at the age of 79 years, 5 months and 4 days, after having 3 strokes of paralysis. He moved from Catawba to Newton in 1899. He helped build five Baptist churches. At the time of his death he was senior deacon of the North Newton Baptist Church. Survivors are his wife; three sons: C.J. STEWART of Newton, A.W. STEWART of Nashville, Tennessee, and Rev. E.R. STEWART of Fairfield; five brothers: John STEWART and George STEWART of Gastonia, Cruse STEWART and Noah STEWART of Catawba, and Dock STEWART of Mooresville, N.C.; 15 grandchildren and 11 great- grandchildren. Services were held September 22 at North Newton Baptist Church by Rev. Hoyle LOVE, his pastor. Interment was made in Olivet cemetery at the church where he first joined.
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Chapter of Sorrow:
A tragic accident occurred November 20 when Mr. Claudius WILLIAMS and his three sons, Carroll, Hubert, and Lloyd, were out gathering corn with two wagons. They were using one wagon and had tied the reins of the other and left them. The horses became frightened and began to run. All three of the boys made an effort to stop them. In the struggle Carroll was jerked down and run over and received such outward and inward bruises that he died about 7 o’clock that night. The accident took place before noon. Carroll WILLIAMS was a good young man with a family consisting of a wife and one child. He was a member of the Disciple Church. Mr. WILLIAMS had a close call out on Swan Quarter Bay about 8 months ago when he spent a most bitter night out at sea. Interment was made in Fortesque Creek cemetery. Survivors are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Claudius WILLIAMS; one sister, Mrs. Joy CAROWAN; two brothers: Hubert and Lloyd WILLIAMS. Services were conducted by the undertaker, Mr. D.L. BERRY.
After a long illness, Captain Walter BALL of Swan Quarter passed away November 23, 1940. Survivors are the following children: Mrs. Bennie MIDYETT, Mrs. Carroll MIDYETT and Mrs. Leo FLOWERS, all of Swan Quarter, Mrs. Janie JOHNSON, Mr. Walter Ball, Staten BALL and a half-brother, Martin BALL, all of Norfolk, Virginia; one sister, Mrs. JENNETTE of Beaufort County; 18 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Mr. BALL was a member of Swan Quarter Christian Church. Services were held by Rev. E.G. COWAN, pastor of the Swan Quarter Methodist Church. Burial was at the HARRIS cemetery. [IMO states Walter Samuel BALL was born May 31, 1868 and died November 23, 1940. He was the son of Martin Van Buren BALL and Rena Anney MIDGETTE and husband of Susan Jane HARRIS.]
On December 1, after 10 days of illness, Mr. U.W. SPRUILL succumbed at his home at Sandy Point of a heart attack. He had lived on the river shore at Sandy Point for years. He was 74 years, 4 months and 10 days old and was a member of the Christian Church. Services were conducted by Rev. E.G. COWAN. Survivors are his wife and one brother, Mr. John SPRUILL. Mr. SPRUILL followed the trade of plastering and mason work. For years he has lived on the river and caught and sold fish and raised cantaloupes in the summertime. [IMO states Uriah W. SPRUILL was born September 13, 1866 and died December 1, 1940. He was the son of J.A. SPRUILL and Zelphia OVERTON and husband of Nellie THOMPSON.]
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