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Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday's Photo: Is this a Giddens?

This was passed on to me a few years ago by a Giddens descendant. She found it with other Giddens photos. What branch of the military did this man serve AND, when was this photo taken. 


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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

From the Files of Marguerite Cook Clark: Charles Jefferson Frye of Ringgold, Bienville Parish, Louisiana

These are two of the many, many clippings found in the collection of Marguerite Cook Clark of Ringgold in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.  Charles Jefferson Frye was married to Allie Belle Trott, a cousin of Marguerite. Both Marguerite and Allie Belle are descendants of my great-great-grandfather, Reddick Bryan. 

I take the blame for the poor copy of the obituary to the right so created the transcription below. 

C. J. Frye Expires At Age of 70

Funeral services for C. J. Frye of Ringgold were held Wednesday afternoon in Ringgold. Mr. Frye died of a heart attack Tuesday afternoon. He was 70.

Services were held at the Ringgold First Methodist Church at 3 p. m. Officiating were Rev. Roy Grant, Rev. Floyd A. McCarty, and Rev. Kenneth Gipson.  Burial was in Providence Cemetery under direction of Rockett Funeral Home of Ringgold.

Mr. Frye was a veteran of World War I, a member of the American Legion and the Ringgold Methodist Church. A retired groceryman, he had lived in Ringgold for the past 40 years. He served the town as marshal from 1936 to 1939 and as Mayor from 1958 to 1962. He taught the Men’s Bible Class and served on the official board of the Ringgold Methodist Church. He had served as chairman of the official board. He was a native of Fryeburg.

Survivors are Mrs. Allie Bell Trot Frye of Ringgold, a son Billy Lee Frye of Baton Rouge, a grandson Charles (Chuck) Frye of Bossier City, two nieces, Mrs. Rene Roberson of Gilliam and Mrs. Ruby Metcalf of Little Rock.

Pallbearers were the following stewards of Ringgold Methodist Church: Robert P. Conley, Edward Davis, O. D. Jones, Bob Mitchell Jr., Floyd S. Radzikowski, Roger Sparks, Dr. D. P. Thomas, and E. S. Woodard. Honorary pallbearers were E. B. Gipson, Alvin Lawson, Rev. Floyd McCarty, G. B. McCoy, George Thomas, C. E. Williams, and Lex Fair. 


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Family photographs and documents from the collection of Marguerite Cook Clark. Accessed April 28, 2014 and September 14, 2014. Used with permission.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday's Photos: The Gresham / Clifton Family

Gresham / Clifton family members at a family reunion
in the late 1940s - possibly Baylor County, Texas. 

The men in this photo, copied when visiting a distant cousin from my Hairston family in 2001, were identified today. From left to right - Bill Clifton, Pete Clifton, Fate Gresham, and Alton Clifton. 

Fate Gresham was the son of William Gresham and Stella Chisum. Stella, my grandmother's first cousin, was the daughter of Martha Elizabeth "Mattie" Hairston Chisum Thompson

Pete Clifton was Fate's brother-in-law, the husband of Fate's sister, Frances Jewel Gresham. Bill and Alton are the sons of Frances Jewel and Pete. 


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Friday, January 9, 2015

Friday's Photo: Jacqueline Dudley Skinner

Jacqueline "Jackie" Dudley Skinner - About 1955

Jackie and her father

Jackie was my father's niece, the daughter of his older sister, Willa Mae Bryan, and James "Jimmy" Dudley. Dad was 12 years old when Jackie was born in 1932. 

Jackie researched our family without the benefit of computers and helped me at the beginning of my research.  She sent me a box of primarily unidentified photos that has
kept me busy for years. 

Jackie died on November 23, 2003 in Denver, Colorado.  Her genealogy papers were donated to the Denver Public Library. 

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Friday's Photo: McNeil Wylie and John Mayo

An undated photo of McNeil Wylie and John Mayo. They were first cousins once removed. McNeil was the son of Dollie Bryan Wylie and John, the son of Ollie Hammett Mayo who was the daughter of Dollie's sister, Alice Bryan Hammett. 

Want to know more about how to determine relationships such as a first cousin once removed? Visit the Encyclopedia of Genealogy for a nice explanation of relationship terms. 


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Family photo from the collection of Judy McAlister. Used with permission.