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Digest of Charlton County Herald - June 1945

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays


June 1, 1945

LAMAR WAINWRIGHT GRADUATED FROM SEMINARY. Elmer Lamar Wainwright, son of Mr. and Mrs. D.R. Wainwright, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga. on May 21st after making an Outstanding record in his studies at that institution.

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION. At the graduation ceremonies at Charlton County High School, Lamar Gibson, class president and honor student, made the valedictory address. Class honors were presented to: Scholastic, Lamar Gibson; Best All Around Boy, Alton Dinkins; Best All Around Girl, Betty Barnes; Conduct, Bessie Crews and Activities, Betty Southwell.

PRISONER OF WAR, EDWARD CRAWFORD, COMES HOME. Cpl. Edward Crawford, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Crawford, of St George, reached his home Tuesday after being held in a German prisoner-of-war camp for the past 26 months. He was one of the first from Charlton County to be reported held as a prisoner. He was released in the final days of the fighting and had to march 80 miles with a group of other American prisoners before reaching the American lines.

CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH. Calvary Baptist Church, recently organized at Homeland, will occupy its new home the first Sunday in June when all-day services will be held to mark the event, it is announced by Rev. E.M. Batton, pastor. The churchís new home is located on US Highway No. One, being the place known as the Pottery Plant, which has been rebuilt.

June 8, 1945

TWO WILDLIFE OFFICERS KILLED. A coronerís jury Monday returned a verdict of ìDeath from gunshot wounds inflicted by parties unknownî in the Okefenokee mystery slaying of Bryant Crews, 37, and Joe Martin, 39, Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge Wardens, whose buckshot-ridden bodies were found early Sunday near Cane Creek, on the northern fringe of the Okefenokee Swamp. The two men had gone to Cane Creek to investigate trespassers who had been burning woods on the federal refuge property. Oliver Thrift, 64 year old barefoot swamp native, arrested late Tuesday has confessed the killing of Crews and Martin. He already has a case pending against him for the larceny of beehives from a neighbor. Crews is survived by a number of brothers and sisters, among his sisters being Mrs. Owen Prescott, Mrs. Claude Prescott and Mrs. Everett Prescott. Funeral services for Crews were held at High Bluff Church, with burial in the High Bluff Cemetery.

LECKIES TO MOVE TO TIFTON. Mr. and Mrs. T.E. Leckie will move to Tifton to live for the next year. They will occupy the home of their son Professor Norman Leckie who will leave soon for South America for a year.

VIVIAN ELISE WRIGHT DIED. The entire community was shocked and grief-stricken on the passing of one of its most popular young girls, Vivian Elise Wright, age 15, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Wright, who died Wednesday in a Waycross hospital. As a talented singer, she was a member of the Folkston High School quartet. She also won solo honors at state meets. She was a soloist at First Baptist Church, of which she was an active member and a leader among the young people. She sang over Radio Station WJAX and was to appear this week over Station WAYX. She was stricken with an attack of acute appendicitis Wednesday of last week and was taken to a Waycross hospital. She underwent an operation Friday but peritonitis developed and the end came early Wednesday. Besides her father and mother, survivors include two brothers, Carroll Wright, Jr., 17, and Lester Edwin, a baby; her paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. E.H. Wright; an uncle, Wilbur Wright; her maternal grandmother, Mrs. J.P. Garrison; an aunt Mrs. Carrie McLeod and an uncle, Earl Garrison as well as numerous other relatives. The funeral was held at Folkston Baptist Church.

PVT. JEFF LLOYD WOUNDED IN GERMANY. Pfc Jeff D. Lloyd, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Lloyd, was awarded a Purple Heart at the 108th General Hospital in France for a wound received at Ossenberg, Germany on March lst. He is a member of Company L, 47th Infantry, 9th Division, lst Army.

June 15, 1945

ENOCH JEFFERSON ROBERTS DIED. Enoch Jefferson Roberts, 88, retired lumber man and naval stores operator, died Monday at the home of his son, Dr. Earl H. Roberts of Jacksonville Beach. A native of The Bend section of Charlton County he was for many years one of the countyís leading citizens. In recent years he made his home in Lawtey, Fla. Survivors include five sons, L.E. Roberts, Jack Roberts, John Roberts, George Roberts and Dr. Earl Roberts; four daughters, Mrs. Mamie Oliver, Mrs. Effie Minor, Mrs. Pauline Torode and Mrs. Joe Andrews. Funeral services were held at Boone Creek Cemetery near the old home place.

LIONS CLUB ELECTS OFFICERS. J.B. Hinson was named to head the Folkston Lions Club in the annual election of officers at the meeting Monday night at Braggís CafÈ. Other officers elected were C.J. Passieu, First Vice President; J.B. Southwell, 2nd Vice President; R.H. Bragg, 3rd Vice President; William S. Smith, Tail Twister; F.J. Gilbert, Lion Tamer; C.H. Lewis, Secretary-Treasurer; R.W. Harrison and Dr. W.R. McCoy were named to serve on the Board of Directors, along with W.W. Pickren and H.R. Johnson.

SGT. CLARK HOME ON LEAVE. Sgt. L.G. Clark, who has been stationed in England where he served in the Army Air Force for more than two years, arrived at his home here this week to spend a 30-day leave with his mother, Mrs. Sibbie Clark. He has received a Purple Heart Award for wounds received in combat in the early stages of the European bombing operation.

McCOY HOSPITAL IS NOW AIR-CONDITIONED. A modern air-conditioning unit has been installed by Dr. W.R. McCoy in the local hospital building, adding greatly to the comfort to the patients during the summer months. The unit provides a constant supply of fresh, pre-cooled air throughout the building.

FOLKSTON SEAFOOD AND POULTRY MARKET. The opening of the Folkston Seafood and Poultry Market was announced this week by Mr. and Mrs. Carl Lane, under whose management the new concern is being operated. It is located in the Wade Block Building, formerly occupied by the shoe shop.

TEACHERS ELECTED FOR NEW SCHOOL TERM. At the recent Board of Education meeting, the following teachers were elected for the 1945-46 term: Folkston, John H. Greene, Supervising Principal; Moniac, H.D. Overman, Principal, Mrs. H.D. Overman and Mrs. Irene Thrift; Uptonville, Mrs. Clora Lee Conner.

TWO SERVICEMEN TO GET DISCHARGES. Sgt. Elliott W. Allen and Pfc Homer Allen, combat veterans of the war in the Pacific Area, are soon to get Honorable Discharges from the service under the point system, according to information received here this week.

CLERK FOR COUNTY AGENT; LEGION DENIED USE OF PARK. At the County Commissioners meeting last week, it was decided to supplement the salary of a clerk for the Extension Agent at $35.00 per month, in order that a full time clerk could be had. The Board also agreed to cancel the agreement with the local American Legion extending them the use of the property known as Hursey Park.

June 22, 1945

COLA DRINKS IN SHORT SUPPLY. The supply of Coca-Cola and other bottled soft drinks will be further curtailed in the Folkston area due to the reduction in sugar supplies. The OPA has announced that the allotment of sugar for industrial users will be cut to fifty percent of the sugar used in the third quarter of 1941. This will be effective July lst.

PAUL LEWIS HOME ON LEAVE. Storekeeper 3rd Class Paul Lewis, who has been on active duty in the Navy with the Pacific Ocean Operations for the past several months, arrived here this week to spend a thirty day leave with his brother, C.H. Lewis and family. He has been serving on the USS Pinckney, a hospital evacuation ship and has taken part in several campaigns including the Invasion of Iwo Jima.

SGT. ALLEN DISCHARGED. Sgt. Elliott W. Allen, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.A. Allen, arrived in Folkston this week to resume his civilian status after being honorably discharged from the Armed Forces at Fort McPherson Separation Center under the point system. So far as is known he is the first Charlton County soldier to complete in full his obligation in the armed forces.

FOLKSTON WATER METERS. The work of installing water meters having been completed, Folkston city officials announced that all future charges for water service will be on a strict meter basis, with customers paying for water actually consumed.

June 29, 1945

MR. DAVID R. WASDIN DIED. David R. Wasdin, Charlton Countyís oldest and most widely known citizen, died Wednesday of last week at his home in Winokur in his 92nd year, after an illness due to the infirmities of age. A native of West Florida, he came to Charlton County in young manhood and resided in this county for more than sixty years. Many years ago he served as this countyís Representative to the General Assembly of Georgia. He has been a member of Corinth Primitive Baptist Church since July 8, 1882, being one of the churchís charter members. He was ordained as Deacon in December, 1882. He assisted in the building and upkeep of the original Corinth Church building as well as the present church and was an active church member throughout his long life. He made his home with his son, L.T. Wasdin, Winokur, where he died. Funeral services were held at Corinth Church with burial in the Corinth Cemetery. Survivors include six sons, W.E. Wasdin, L.H. Wasdin, W.L. Wasdin, L.T. Wasdin, G.C. Wasdin and J.G. Wasdin; two daughters, Mrs. J.D. Herrin and Mrs. F.M. Mizell; 30 grandchildren, 64 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great-grandchildren.

LIONS CLUB TO SPONSOR BASEBALL TEAM. The Folkston Lions Club, meeting this week at the Kozy Kabin Kafe, approved a proposal to sponsor a baseball team for Folkston. A committee composed of C.J. Passieu, Theo Dinkins, W.R. McCoy and F.J. Gilbert was named to complete the details of organizing the team.

CONVICT KILLED BY GUARD AT LOCAL CAMP. Charlie Frank Smith, 49 year old Negro convict, was shot and instantly killed Tuesday afternoon by Herman Sauls, a guard, as Smith advanced upon Willie Frank Chambers, a fellow convict, with an axe, threatening to kill him. This took place on the St. George Road where the convict crew was at work. Smith was serving a life sentence for murder.

VIRGIL COLSON, FORMER PRISONER OF WAR, AT HOME. Lt. Virgil Colson, Air War Hero that was shot down over Germany, is back in Waycross, hale and hearty. He was a prisoner in a Nazi war camp and has been liberated.

VICTORY SHIP TO BE NAMED FOR WAYCROSS. One of the Maritimeís new Victory Ships will be named for Waycross, Mayor Sam Wright announced. The 445 foot ship with a dead weight tonnage of 10,800 tons will be launched by the Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard in Baltimore about July 21. The name of the ship will be ISS Waycross Victory.

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