Digest of Charlton County Herald - January, 1944

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

Established June, 1898. Printed Friday of each week. Entered at Post Office of Folkston, Ga. as second class mail. Not responsible for views of correspondents. R. Ward Harrison, Owner. R. Ward Harrison, Editor.

January 7, 1944

GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL. Pvt. Ezekiel Layton, brother of Mrs. Isabelle W. Crews, Route One, Folkston, has recently been awarded a Good Conduct Medal for exceptionally efficient and capable performance of his duties. Pvt. Layton is now stationed in the Aleutian area.

LOCAL BAPTIST PASTOR RESIGNS. Rev. W.B. Hoats, who has served as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Folkston for about two years, tendered his resignation to the congregation at the services Sunday morning to be effective February lst. He has accepted a call to serve as pastor of the Baptist Church at Reynolds, Ga.

MRS. GEORGE CRAWFORD DIED. Friends throughout the county will learn with deep regret of the death of Mrs. George Crawford which occurred at her home in the St. George community last Wednesday, December 29, following a brief illness. Funeral services and interment took place at Emmaus Cemetery, but details were not available. She was a member of a widely known family in the St. George section and besides her husband, is survived by ten children, among them being Edward Crawford, who was taken a prisoner of war by the Italians in the North African campaign and is now said to be in a German prison camp.

MR. WILLIAM R. SPAULDING DIED. William R. Spaulding, age 84, who served for a long number of years as a caretaker for the Hebard interests on Floyds Island in the interior of the Okefenokee Swamp, died in a Waycross hospital last Tuesday after a short illness. Funeral services were held in the chapel of Mincey Funeral Home with burial in Oakland Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Dr. Durwood Cason of Central Baptist Church. Mr. Spaulding had been retired for the past several years, having been granted a lifetime pension by the late D.L. Hebard. During his years in the swamp, he led a lonely existence, sometimes being out of contact with the mainland or any individual for months at a time.

MRS. STOKES ANNOUNCES CLOSING OF BEAUTY SHOP. Mrs. P.O. Stokes announced this week that her beauty shop operated at her home here for the past several years will be closed for business indefinitely, effective immediately.

SPECIAL NOTICE TO SUBSCRIBERS: Effective February 1, 1944 the subscription rate for the Charlton County Herald will be advanced from $1.50 to $2.00 per year. This increased rate is necessitated by increased cost of newsprint, operation, distribution and all factors that enter into publication of a newspaper.

TILLMAN NAMED TO HEAD MASONS FOR COMING YEAR. R.C. Tillman as Worshipful Master heads the slate of new officers of the Folkston Lodge No. 193, F & A. M. as a result of the recent annual election. Others who will serve during 1944 are E.C. Aldridge, J.T. Conner, William Mizell, E.B. Stapleton, J.O. Hannaford, J.S. Taylor, E.F. Allen, J.M. Crews, E.H. Wright and L.E. Mallard. The local Masonic Lodge is in a flourishing condition and reports a successful year during 1943.

FOLKSTON BOYS ENLIST FOR SERVICE IN NAVY. A group of Folkston boys, including Fred Askew, Jr., Joe Huling, David Hathaway and Junior Chesser have enlisted in service in the U.S. Navy and reported Tuesday at the Jacksonville Naval Air Station for assignment for a training center.

MAN FATALLY SHOT IN ENCOUNTER ON CHRISTMAS NIGHT. A Negro man, known here as “Cooter” McKnight, about 25 years old, was shot and fatally wounded early on Christmas night by Gus Austin as a result of an attack alledged to have made by McKnight on Austin. The shooting occurred in the colored section just east of the city.

FORMER MEMBER OF COUNTY BOARD DEAD. Jake Johns, widely known citizen of Hickox, died at his home there last week following a brief illness. Funeral services and interment were held at Hickox with Mincey Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Mr. Johns was an extensive farmer and stock man and was a former member of the Charlton County Board of Commissioners before the creation of Brantley County. He was well known here and had a wide circle of friends who will learn of his death with deep regret.

OSCAR DOWLING, WINOKUR NAVAL STORES MAN, DEAD. Oscar Dowling, age 44, well known naval stores operator in the Winokur section, died in a Waycross hospital Monday after a short illness. He was a native of Winokur, a son of the late Paul C. Dowling and Nancy O’Quinn Dowling. He is survived by one brother, Sgt. Ira Dowling, who is stationed somewhere in England; two sisters, Miss Kate Dowling and Mrs. B.D. Johns. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the graveside in the Dowling Cemetery. W.L. Hinson, Waycross, was in charge of the arrangements.

PVT. NORMAN COMPLETES TRAINING. Completing a five months course in aircraft maintenance and repair at Seymour Johnson Field, N.C., Pvt. First Class William A. Norman was graduated with distinction this week as an aircraft mechanic from that technical school of the Army Air Force Eastern Technical Training Command.

PRIVATE GENE PEARCE VISITS HERE. Pvt. Gene Pearce, who has been stationed at Ft. McClennan, Ala. for basic training, arrived this week to spend a ten day leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Pearce. When he returns to duty Pvt. Pearce will report to Fort Meade, Maryland where he has been transferred for final training in preparation for overseas service.

MRS. HATTIE HOWARD IS CALLED BY DEATH. Mrs. Hattie Lou Howard, age 65, died Tuesday at her home in St. George after a brief illness. She was a devoted wife and mother and was loved by those who were privileged to know her and her passing will bring deep sorrow to her many friends. Besides her husband, George C. Howard, she is survived by five sons, Gladys and Gordie Howard, G.L. and R.A. Howard and Howell Howard; one daughter Mrs. B.H. Stowers; two brothers, Jack Dunnaway and Ed Dunnaway; and five sisters, Mrs. Millie Crowzier, Mrs. Ida Simmons, Mrs. Cloie Crowzier, Mrs. Dadie Lupo and Mrs. Emma Dorsey. Funeral services were held at St. George Methodist Church with Rev. F.J. Gilbert of Folkston officiating. Interment was in St. George Cemetery.

January 14, 1944

MR. HORACE J. MARR DIED. Funeral services were held Sunday at Marr Cemetery near Folkston for Horace J. Marr, 46, who died at his home in that section Saturday after a short illness. He is survived by two sons, Clyde and Leo Marr; four brothers, Euley, Odis, Roy and Ray Marr and a sister Mrs. W.B. Allen. The rites were conducted by Rev. Tina Peeples of Kingsland.

MR. WILLIAM DEDWOOD DIED. In the minutes of the county commissioners, it showed where Mincey Funeral Home was paid for this man’s funeral, $50.00. Mrs. J.B. Carter was paid for caring for him, $11.00. John Banks was paid for ambulance service for him, $19.20.

HATTON - MIZELL WEDDING. The marriage of Miss Mildred Hatton, daughter of Mr. D.M. Hatton of Odum, Ga. to Sgt. Alton Mizell, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Mizell, Sr. took place at the home of Col. A.S. McQueen January 8th. The bride has been teaching school for the past two years. For the past several months Sgt. Mizell has been stationed at Camp Stewart, Ga.

January 21, 1944

DEVANT PURVIS AWARDED MEDAL. Aviation Cadet Devant Purvis was recently awarded a Sharpshooter’s Medal for efficiency in firing the .45 caliber automatic pistol at Maxwell Field, Ala., an installation of the A.A.F. Training Command.

THREE COLSON BROTHERS IN ARMED SERVICE. [Pictures of three Colson brothers that are in the service: Lt. John V. Colson, Sgt. Wilton E. Colson and Pvt. Hurder F. Colson.]
Three sons of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Colson of Waycross, former residents of this county, are serving their country in the armed forces. They are the brothers of E. Pascal Colson who is connected with the Lockheed Aircraft Co., Burbank, Cal. and Shelton E. Colson who is an airplane assembler at the Ford factory in Detroit. All of the boys attended school here and spent the greater part of their lives in this county. Lt. John V. Colson has been in the service twelve months and received his cadet training in Tennessee, Mississippi, South Carolina and Augusta. He graduated as a 2nd Lt. at Albany, Ga. and is now with a student training detachment in Smyrna, Tenn. Sgt. Wilton E. Colson received his training at Camp Swift, Texas and is now serving as a radio operator at Shreveport, La. He has been in the service ten months. Pvt. Hurder F. Colson entered the service in July of last year and has been in training at Camp Wheeler, Macon, Ga. He is now stationed at Fort Meade, Maryland. These boys are grandsons of Mr. M. Altman of Folkston.

WADE BUILDING TO BE REPAIRED. A contract was this week signed for extensive repairs, including a complete new roof for the Wade Building [old Arnold Hotel block] located in the center of Folkston’s business district, it is announced by C.J. Passieu, joint owner of the property. The building contains five store rooms and all of them have been rented. New tenants will include a 5c and 10c store being established by Mr. Lott, who recently became a resident of Folkston.

MRS. MINNIE LEE DOWLING KNABB DIED. Mrs. Minnie Lee Knabb, age 61, wife of Honorable L. Knabb, prominent naval stores operator of Moniac and a former state senator, died at the home of their daughter Miss Gertrude Knabb, Jacksonville, early Friday morning, following a brief illness. A native of Baker County, Mrs. Knabb has lived there and at Moniac all her life. She was a faithful and devoted member of the Primitive Baptist Church and was widely known over the county. She had a large circle of friends who will learn of her death with deep sorrow. Besides her husband, other survivors include two sons, G. Carl Knabb and Ralph E. Knabb, Charlton County’s Representative in the General Assembly; one daughter, Miss Gertrude Knabb; her mother, Mrs. Emma Dowling; two sisters, Mrs. Ella Taylor and Mrs. Hattie Taylor; two brothers, W.E. Dowling and J. Dowling and two grandchildren, Mary Knabb and Ralph Lawson Knabb. Funeral services were held at Pleasant Grove Primitive Baptist Church near Moniac and interment took place in North Prong Cemetery with Hardage and Sons, Jacksonville, in charge of arrangements.

JUNIOR STEWART FEATURED IN TIMES-UNION. The Jacksonville Times-Union in its Tuesday edition carried a picture of Domingo L. Stewart, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. D.L. Stewart, who is serving with the US Marines in the southwest Pacific area. Junior is attached to a moving picture detail and the picture showed him busy connecting up wires in the equipment. He has been stationed in the Pacific area for more than a year and has had many months of active service. His many friends here will be glad to learn that he is getting along well at this far-from-home post in the nation’s armed forces.

WILLIAM S. SMITH IS CANDIDATE FOR SCHOOL POST. The Herald, just before press time, received the announcement of William S. Smith, former principal of the St. George School, as a candidate for County School Superintendent in the primary election to be held on March lst. The County Executive Committee, at its recent meeting, ruled that he is eligible to qualify as a candidate. Mr. Smith is at present a teacher of mathematics a Marion Military Institute, Marion, Ala. He writes that he will be in Folkston on January 29th to complete details of qualifying as a candidate in the primary.

MRS. ANNIE E. KNOWLES DIED. Mrs. Annie E. Knowles, 67, died last Wednesday at her home near this city. She is survived by four sons, Jerry, Levi, Ernest and Alfred Knowles of the US Navy, stationed in Egypt; three daughters, Mrs. Jim Sanderson, Mrs. Herbert Huling and Mrs. Charles Floyd, also 37 grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Camp Pinckney Church with burial in Folkston Cemetery.

MISS HELEN WARD TO RECEIVE DIPLOMA. At the end of the first semester of school, Miss Helen Ward completed her work in the Charlton County High School and qualified for a diploma. She has been putting in full time at the shipyard in Brunswick going back and forth daily five days a week during the first semester. Her grades have been in every way satisfactory. All requirements have been met by her for graduation. She has just won a promotion in her work in Brunswick .

DONALD LEE KENDRICK TO REPORT FOR AIR FORCE. Donald Lee Kendrick, who has been a reserve in the Air Force received notice last week to be ready to report for duty immediately. Since the training he will receive is of such nature that he can get school credit there and since his grades are satisfactory, he will be issued a diploma along with the class completing school this year.

THE CITIZENS BANK. Statement of condition of the Citizens Bank of Folkston and Nahunta at close of business on December 31, 1943: Resources: $1,414,144.48.

January 28, 1944

MISS JANE GOWEN TO ENTER NURSES CADET CORPS. Miss Jane Gowen, daughter of Mrs. B.B. Gowen, who has been employed in Odum, Ga. for the past several months will leave Monday for Savannah where she will enter the Nurses Cadet Corps. She was a member of the 1943 graduating class of the local high school and is the second young lady of Folkston to prepare to be a nurse for Uncle Sam.

MR. EDDIE CREWS DIED. Mr. Eddie Crews, one of the county’s most widely-known and highly regarded citizens, who has served as Justice of the Peace of the Winokur district for a long number of years, passed away at his home in Winokur Tuesday after a brief illness of pneumonia. Mr. Crews was stricken with pneumonia Sunday and the attack quickly proved fatal. He was a member of one of the leading families of that section, being the son of the late Mr. Noah Crews, and was known as an upright, honorable and loyal citizen. His death will be a distinct loss to his community. Funeral plans had not been completed late Wednesday pending the arrival of a son, Lois, who is serving in the nation’s armed forces in Kentucky. Funeral and interment will very likely take place at the family cemetery near Winokur [Bethlehem]. Besides his wife, survivors include five children, one of them being Miss Lucille Crews, who formerly resided in Folkston and four brothers, Pratt, Luther, Porter and Clyde, who is with the armed services.

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