Digest of Charlton County Herald - July 1945

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

July 6, 1945

SNOOKS JONES HOME ON LEAVE. Everette “Snooks” Jones veteran of more than 14 months in the European theater is spending a 30-day leave here with his family. He has been stationed in Paris.

OFFICIAL INFORMATION RECEIVED ON GILBERT SPENCE, KILLED IN ACTION. The death in action in the Pacific Area of Gilbert Spence, son of Mrs. Spence of Homeland, reported several weeks ago, has been confirmed by an official War Department message received by the local Red Cross chapter. Details concerning the young soldier’s death in action were not available but it is believed he was killed in the Invasion of Okinawa. Young Spence, about 21 years old, was born and reared in this community. Besides his mother, he is survived by several brothers and other relatives.

NEW METHODIST PASTOR. The Okefenokee Mission, composed of the Methodist Churches at St. George, Homeland, Traders Hill and Cornhouse, without a regular pastor for the past several months, will be served in the future by Rev. Kermit Clayton, who has been appointed to take over the work.

CAPT. McHAN HOSTS BARBEQUE DINNER AND SUPPER. Capt. W.N. McHan and his organization at the local convict camp were hosts at an old fashioned Fourth of July barbeque dinner Wednesday. The event was divided into two sections of about 35 citizens of the county invited to dinner at the noon hour and an equal number for supper.

DEVOY BROOKS AND NORMAN CHESSER VISITING HOME FOLKS. Two local soldiers, who were wounded in action, Pvt. Devoy Brooks and Sgt. Norman Chesser, were visiting their families here. Pvt. Brooks, grandson of Mr. P.G. Brooks, has suffered wounds in the foot and leg and Sgt. Chesser, brother of Morgan Chesser sustained a serious head wound, losing the sight in one eye. Both were wounded in the heavy fighting which preceded the crossing of the Rhine River. At the conclusion of their visit they will return for further hospital treatment before being released from service.

July 13, 1945

COCKRELL - SANDERS WEDDING. An event of much interest to friends here was the marriage of Miss Eleanor Cockrell, daughter of S.T. Cockrell, to Sgt. Raymond Sanders of US Army Air Force stationed at Colorado Springs, Colorado, which took place July 6th at the Methodist parsonage with Rev. F.J. Gilbert officiating. Sgt. Sanders was a teacher in the Vermont State Teachers College before entering the armed services.

OTIS CARTER DIED. Otis Carter, age 48, died last Friday at his home in the Racepond community after an extended illness from a brain ailment. Besides his father, Raiford Carter and stepmother, survivors include his wife; three sons, J.V. Carter, Marvin Carter and Keith Carter; one sister, Mrs. Joe Corbett and one brother, Owen Carter. Funeral services were held at Sand Hill Cemetery.

NOBLES - HOWARD WEDDING. A marriage that will be of much interest to their friends is that of Mrs. Eva Catherine Nobles to Mr. George C. Howard, both of St. George, which took place July 10 in St. George with Rev. K.E. Clayton, Methodist pastor, officiating. An unusual feature of the marriage is the fact that the bride and groom are the same age, both being 68 years old, with only three days difference in their birthrates. They have resided in St. George for many years.

BROTHERS MEET IN CALIFORNIA. Pvt. Lee Spradley, now stationed at Fort Ord, California, writes the Herald that he has recently had the pleasure of a visit with his brother B.M.2nd Class J.D. Spradley who has just returned after three years service in the southwest Pacific. The brothers had not met since entering the service and the reunion was a pleasant event for both.

CROOKED RIVER STATE PARK. Work on Camden County’s new Crooked River State Park is progressing rapidly. Work has been started on boat docks along the Crooked River waterfront section of the park which contains about 500 acres of wooded land along Crooked River, which was given to the state some time ago by Camden County for development into a state park.

MRS. ADA CHASE POSTMA DIED. Mrs. Ada Chase Postma, 69, wife of T.J. Postma, was found dead in bed Monday at her house in the Uptonville community. Mr. and Mrs. Postma recently returned to Charlton County after making their home in Alabama for several months. Beside her husband, she is survived by one son, R.T. Postma of the US Navy; one brother, Horace Chase; two sisters, Mrs. Bertha Sabin and Mrs. J.H. McMasters. Funeral services were held at Grace Chapel and interment followed in Bethel Cemetery.

BRUNSON THRIFT INJURED AT SHIPYARDS. Brunson Thrift, son of Postmaster M.D. Thrift, of Winokur, was seriously injured as the result of a fall at the Brunswick shipyard Saturday. Details of the accident were not available but it is said that the young man fell from a height of about 35 feet.

FIRST TRAFFIC LIGHTS FOR FOLKSTON. Folkston’s first traffic lights are soon to be installed, announced Mayor C.J. Passieu. The lights are to be installed at the Main Street corner where U.S. Highway One intersects the street from the north and at the intersection of Kingsland Road with the highway near the school building. The equipment has already been received and is soon to be installed by the line crews of the Ga. Power and Light Co.

LIONS BASEBALL TEAM PLAY FIRST GAME. Playing their first game since their recent organization under the sponsorship of the Lions Club, Folkston Lions Baseball Team lost to the Alma Independents at a game in Waycross Thursday, the score being 7 to 4.

PLAYER - RESEIGNE WEDDING. First Baptist Church of Folkston was the setting for the wedding of Miss Bobbie Ruth Player, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.E. Player, and Captain Samuel Reseigne of the US Army and Springfield, Mass. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Reseigne of Springfield, Mass. and graduated from Classical High School. He attended Mass. Military Academy at Cambridge. Mrs. Reseigne is a graduate of the Umatilla High School, Umatilla, Fla. and attended Wesleyan College.

July 20, 1945

LIONS CLUB PAYS FOR TEAM’S UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT. The Folkston Lions Club, sponsor for Folkston’s recently organized baseball team, Tuesday completed the purchase of sixteen complete uniforms and all necessary playing equipment for use of the team.

JACK MAYS COMPLETES RADIO SCHOOL. Jack Mays, son of Mrs. Naomi Mays, has just completed a training course in the Navy Radio School at Bainbridge, Maryland, where on final examination he stood 4th in a class of 200, with an average of 98.3. He has been transferred to a naval base in Shoemaker, California for further duty as a radio man.

BAREFOOT FAMILY MOVES HERE. W.L. Barefoot, Sr., who recently succeeded H.C. Page as the Folkston agent for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad has this week moved his family to Folkston from Waycross, their former home, and they are being cordially welcomed as residents of this city. The family, which consists of Mr. and Mrs. Barefoot, two daughters and young grandson are comfortably located in the home known as the Rosa Robinson residence on Magnolia Street. The building has recently been remodeled and placed in first class repair.

HAROLD WHITE VISITS HOME FOLKS. Petty Officer Harold White, son of Mr. and Mrs. M.G. White, arrived here this week to spend a 26 day leave with his parents after serving for many months aboard a warship in the Pacific Ocean Operations, during which time he has covered a distance of more than 160,000 miles. Among the naval engagements in which young White has taken part include the landing operations in the Marshall Islands, Guam, Saipan, Leyte, Luzon and Okinawa which has carried the armed forces of the U.S. to the front door of Japan. This is Harold’s first visit home in nearly two years.

TEACHERS ELECTED FOR NEW TERM. At the Board of Education meeting last week the following were elected for the 1945-46 term: Miss Ester Strong, Folkston and Miss Sallie M. Arnold and Miss Onice Davis at St. George.

PAGE - PACETTI WEDDING. Announcement is made of the marriage of Miss Jewell Gladys Page, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Page to Mr. Louis David Pacetti, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marion Pacetti of Kingsland, the ceremony taking place at First Presbyterian Church of Brunswick on July 14th. The bride is employed by the State Board of Health with headquarters in Waycross. The groom is the owner and operator of a boat on Cumberland River.

NEW BABY GIRL FOR JOHNSON FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Johnson of Sylacauga, Ala. announce the birth of a baby girl born July 12th. The baby has been named Judith Mable. The mother will be remembered as Miss Mable Askew, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Askew.

HARRY WILDES HOME ON LEAVE. Sgt. Harry C. Wildes of the Army Air Corps who has been stationed for the past 13 months in India arrived here this week to spend a 30-day leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Wildes. He took part in a total of 76 bombing missions against enemy-occupied territory. He is a turret gunner.

SGT. NELLE PEARRE HOME AFTER DISCHARGE FROM WACS. Sgt. Nelle Pearre of the Women’s Army Corps arrived in Folkston this week, having received an honorable discharge from the service after two years, seven and a half months of active duty.

MRS. J.W. SPENCER DIED. Mrs. J.W. Spencer, age 72, a former resident of St. George, died July 23rd at the State Hospital in Milledgeville after an extended illness. She was a member of the St. George Baptist Church and is survived by one brother, S.T. Cockrell. The body was brought here for funeral service and interment. Final rites were conducted at the graveside in the Folkston Cemetery.

KENNETH HARRISON ENLISTS IN MERCHANT MARINES. Kenneth L. Harrison, son of Editor and Mrs. R. Ward Harrison, has enlisted in the U.S. Merchant Marine Service and left this week for St. Petersburg, Fla. for basic training.

CPL. FRAGALE HONORABLY DISCHARGED. Cpl. Anthony Fragale, husband of the former Miss Airie Crawford of Moniac has been honorably discharged from the U.S. Army at the Convalescent Hospital, Miami Beach, Fla. He has been in the service for over thirty months. His family lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.


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