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Digest of Charlton County Herald - August, 1944

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays


August 4, 1944

CORBETT W. PETTY DIES OF INJURIES IN TRAIN ACCIDENT. Corbett W. Petty, age about 50, resident of the Mattox community, died in the McCoy Hospital Monday as a result of injuries sustained when he was struck by an Atlantic Coast Line passenger train at Uptonville Sunday night. Train No. 80 had stopped for the Uptonville station and was pulling out northbound when the tragedy occurred just a short distance from the signal tower. He was struck on the head and shoulder, evidently by the pilot of the locomotive. The engineer failed to see the accident and the train proceeded. The injured man was quickly found and brought to the hospital where he died 25 hours later. He was the victim of an accident more than two years ago, suffering the loss of an eye when he was struck by a piece of coal which fell from a passing train while he was serving as a guard at the ACL St. Marys River bridge. He was a son of the late Heck Petty and was not married. Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Barbara Ann M. Petty; five brothers, O.S. Petty, Leon Petty of the US Army in Italy, Talmadge Petty, Seaborn Petty and Wilmer Petty; two sisters, Mrs. R.H. Thrift and Mrs. Laurie Cason. Funeral services were held at the gravesite in Sardis Cemetery with Mincey Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

FLORIDA OLD-AGE ASSISTANCE RAISED. Old-age assistance in Florida will be raised from the present average of $24.30 to $28.50 a month, beginning August lst, it is announced from Tallahassee. The State Welfare Board provided the old-age assistance increase by budgeting a $3,000,000 anticipated return from horse-racing taxes. Horse-racing produced $3,100,000 for old-age assistance last year.

NEW EQUIPMENT FOR HOSPITAL. Dr. W.R. McCoy, who recently purchased the McCoy Hospital has purchased new equipment and appliances. One is a basal metabolic machine which determines the presence or absence of goiter. The X-Ray machine has been repaired and is now ready for use. Dr. McCoy has spared no expense in providing the hospital with modern equipment and medical services.

OLIN H. SMITH KILLED BY AUTOMOBILE. Olin H. Smith, 44, bookkeeper for the State Highway Department in Waycross, was killed Friday night when he was struck by an automobile near the Waycross city limits. He died a few minutes after reaching a Waycross hospital. He was working on a tire when he was hit by an automobile. He was a native of Ludowici and lived in Folkston for several months while employed as a clerk in the state road camp near this city. Besides his wife who was with him at the time of the accident, he is survived by a young daughter.

IMPROVED CHOCOLATE BARS. After the war look for chocolate bars that won’t turn to goo in the pocket of your summer suit or run down your chin. The army says its tropical chocolate bars which melt at 120 degrees instead of the usual 85 degrees undoubtedly will be on the civilian market in peacetime through the southern states and in the summer up north. The bars are made of chocolate, skim milk, cocoa flat and oat flour, with flavoring and vitamins. The mixture can not be poured but must be compressed into molds. The taste and texture are the same as of the now popular bars says the Overseas Resale Procurement Section of the Army Service Forces.

August 11, 1944

TWO FOLKSTON SOLDIERS MEET DEATH IN BATTLE. One fatally injured in Italy and the other killed in Normandy. See next two articles:

OSCAR EUGENE PEARCE DIED THE DAY FOLLOWING BATTLEFIELD WOUND. Oscar Eugene Pearce, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Pearce, who was listed as wounded in action in Italy on July 8, died the following day, his parents have been officially notified in a message received Wednesday from the War Department. Letters addressed to him at the hospital in Italy were returned with the notation “deceased” being received here just a few hours before the message came announcing his death. There was some conflict in the date of the young soldier’s death. The War Department gave the date as July 12 but the returned letters bore the notation from his commanding officer confirming his death on July 9. He had been overseas for several months, taking part in the heavy fighting in Italy. He is believed to have been fatally wounded in the fighting near Leghorn. A particularly sad feature of the young man’s death is the fact that he was fatally wounded just one week before his 19th birthday. Besides his parents, survivors include a brother, James B. Pearce, Jr., serving in the armed forces in Oklahoma and a sister Miss Betty Pearce. The grief-stricken parents and family will have the sympathy from this entire community in their bereavement.

SGT. CLAYTON GOWEN KILLED IN ACTION ON FRENCH BATTLE FRONT. Staff Sgt. Clayton Gowen, 22, was killed in action on the French battle front on July 17, his father, Andrew G. Gowen, of this city was advised in a message received Tuesday from the War Department. No details concerning the engagement in which the young soldier lost his life was disclosed in the brief official message. He was attached to the American Army Infantry Forces taking part in the heavy battles following the Normandy Invasion. He had been serving in the armed forces three and a half years. He had been overseas, stationed in Ireland since November and had been serving with the American Invasion Forces in France just a little more than a month, landing in France shortly after D-Day. He was a native of Charlton County and had a wide circle of friends here who will learn of his death with deep sorrow. He has two brothers in the armed forces, Sheppard Gowen, stationed at a west coast army camp and Louis Gowen now serving overseas. Besides his father, Andrew G. Gowen, survivors include another brother, Cecil Gowen and two sisters, Mrs. Harvin Quarterman and Mrs. Cecil Conner. People of this community will join in extending heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family.

MISS CHUTE RESIGNS AND WILL TEACH AT COLLEGE IN CARROLLTON. Miss Eunice Chute, who has been connected with the Folkston schools for the past several years, and who has served as Principal of Charlton County High School, has resigned to accept a post as an instructor in English at West Georgia College in Carrollton, Ga.

THOMAS - SMITH WEDDING. A marriage announcement that will be of much interest is that of Miss Freida Elizabeth Thomas, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Thomas, to Mr. Dan Smith of Jacksonville. The ceremony was performed by Judge A.S. McQueen Saturday morning.

WAR CASUALTIES HEAVY IN WARE COUNTY. War casualties have dealt a heavy blow to Waycross and Ware County in the past ten days, as former National Guardsmen of that city, a part of the 121st Infantry, Eighth Division, had plunged through the thick of the fighting in Normandy. During a nine-day period, seven Ware County men were reported killed in action and nine were reported wounded. Most of the casualties were from the fighting in France.

SHIVAR - CREEL WEDDING. An event of much interest was the marriage of Miss Elsie Marguerite Shivar to Pvt. Cody Melvin Creel of Spokane, Washington which took place Saturday at the local Baptist pastorium with Rev. R.W. Waterman officiating. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Shivar. The groom is a resident of Spokane and is serving in the armed forces, stationed in Dade City, Fla.

MR. ERNEST C. “TIP” KENNISON DIED. Ernest C. Kennison, age 78, known to a host of friends as “Uncle Tip”, passed away at his home five miles east of Folkston Tuesday after an extended illness due to the infirmities of age. He was a pioneer citizen of Charlton County, born and spent his entire lifetime in this community, being engaged in farming and stock raising. He is widely known over the county as being one of the leading citizens of this community and was held in high regard. Besides his wife, the former Miss Bytha Cooner, survivors include three sons, L.H. Kennison, Seaborn Kennison and Albert Kennison; four daughters, Mrs. C.A. Sykes, Mrs. R.L. O’Berry, Mrs. Elmer E. Weiher and Mrs. C.A. Gay; twenty-six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the graveside in the Kennison Family Cemetery near his home. Mincey Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

POST-WAR PLANNING COMMITTEE. At the County Commissioners meeting this week the following were appointed as a committee for post-war planning: J.B. Southwell, Troy Conner, W.W. Pickren, Theo Dinkins and J.V. Gowen, Jr.


August 18, 1944

FLOYD WILDES PROMOTED. Floyd C. Wildes, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Wildes has received a promotion in the US Navy, having been appointed as Chief Petty Officer. He is serving as Shore Patrol Officer at San Bruno, California.HUBERT ALTMAN COMPLETES TWO YEARS OVERSEAS. Cpl. Hubert E. Altman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Altman, has completed two years of overseas duty with his Flying Fortress unit on August 6th becoming one of the veterans of the war in the European and Mediterranean theaters.

NOAH LEE CLARK IS NOW ACL OPERATOR. Noah Lee Clark, 17 years old, son of Mrs. Sibbie Clark, has through faithful and efficient service been given the permanent position of third trick operator of the ACL Railroad in the Folkston tower. This is quite a responsible position for a 17-year-old and the young man is to be commended for his energy and enterprise in meriting the place. He has been serving as a relief operator for the Coast Line for the past year.

SON OF FORMER COUNTY OFFICIAL KILLED IN ACTION. Reported missing since January 30, 1944, Sgt. Clyde Green, an engineer-gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress, was this week reported killed following a bombing mission over enemy-held territory in Europe. He was a son of Simon P. Green, former member of Charlton County Board of Commissioners of the Moniac District, who now lives in Macclenny. He won his gunner’s wings and completed training at the Army Airfield in Amarillo, Texas. He had been stationed in England with the US Army Bomber Group. Besides his father, survivors include three sisters and six brothers. Three of his brothers are serving in the armed forces.

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR GENE PEARCE. Memorial services for Oscar Eugene Pearce, 19 years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Pearce, Sr., who was fatally wounded in Italy on July 8th, will be held Sunday morning at 11:30 in the Folkston Methodist Church. Rev. F.J. Gilbert will pay tribute to the young Folkston soldier who made the supreme sacrifice on a foreign battlefield. It will be the first memorial service held in the local Methodist Church for a Folkston boy killed in battle.

THREE YOUNG MEN INJURED IN WRECK. Three young men of the Uptonville community, Barney Gowen, Paul Hickox and Philip Wainwright suffered painful cuts and bruises early Tuesday morning when the auto in which they were driving into Folkston plunged into a washed-out bridge over a small branch near the Lee Chancey farm. The bridge had been washed out by the heavy rains Monday night. Barney Gowen, driving the car failed to see the bridge was out in the dim light of early morning. All the boys suffered painful cuts and bruises, one of them a broken nose, but no one was seriously hurt. The car was almost completely demolished.

EDWIN STOKES VISITING HOME FOLKS. T. Sgt. Edwin Stokes of the U.S. Army Air Corps who has been stationed at posts in the Caribbean Sea area for the past several months arrived this week to spend a 26-day leave visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L.E. Stokes.

MRS. BLANCHE BARNES DIED. Mrs. Blanche Z. Barnes, age 87, mother of the late John M. Barnes, for many years Folkston’s Chief of Police, passed away Sunday at Orlando after an extended illness. She was a native of Monroe County, Ga. Funeral services were held at Folkston Baptist Church and interment took place in the Folkston Cemetery. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Dora A. White, with whom she made her home; one son P.S. Barnes and ten grandchildren.

MR. ALBERT T. MIZELL DIED. Funeral services for Albert T. Mizell, 67, who passed away at his home in Jacksonville Saturday were held at the graveside in the Folkston Cemetery with the pastor of Hilliard Baptist Church officiating. He was a native of Charlton County and formerly resided in this city. He was engaged in the naval stores business near St. George before going to Jacksonville to make his home about fifteen years ago. He had a large number of relatives and friends in this county who will learn of his death with sorrow. Burial arrangements were in charge of Key-McCable, Jacksonville Morticians.

DR. FRANCIS HARPER OUT AT SWAMP. Dr. Francis Harper, noted scientist of near Philadelphia, is spending several days here out at the Swamp. Dr. Harper has made a special study of the Okefenokee wildlife over a long period of years. He is accompanied here by his young son.

MIZELL - SPIVEY WEDDING. A marriage announcement that will be of interest is that of Miss Myrtle Mizell, daughter of Mr. Ed Mizell, to Mr. Dempsey Spivey of Douglas, which took place July 29 in Darien, Ga. They are making their home in Brunswick where both are employed in the shipyard.

August 25, 1944

HUGH D. GEORGE PROMOTED. Hugh D. George of Folkston has been promoted to the rank of Technical Sgt. it was announced recently. Sgt. George is an armored-gunner with a veteran B-26 Marauder Group in the Mediterranean Theater. He was recently awarded an oak-leaf cluster to the Air Medal.

AFTER THE WAR, VETERANS MAY BUY JEEPS. The lower house of Congress Monday recognized the fighting forces’ love for the “jeep”, writing into the war surplus property disposal bill an amendment that would permit service men and women veterans to buy this iron-clad midget at “wholesale prices”. It adopted a proposal by Rep. Miller of Conn., providing that those who served in uniform may buy any surplus item after the war, at the same unit price as big-lot buyers.

ASSIGNMENT OF TEACHERS IN LOCAL SCHOOLS ANNOUNCED. Supt. W.L. Bowen of the Folkston Consolidated School announces the following assignment of teachers subject to unforeseen changes:

SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, Mrs. J.D. Roddenberry, Principal, Latin and English; Mrs. Myrtle Renfroe, General Science and English; Mrs. Kathryn Jones, Biology and Social Science; Mrs. H.D. Templeton, Mathematics; Miss Esther Carter, Home Making Education. JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL, Miss Mayme Askew, Principal and Eighth Grade; Miss Eleanor Cockrell, Mrs. Mildred Mizell, Seventh Grade; Mrs. B.B. Gowen, Miss Susie Johnston, Sixth Grade; Mrs. Georgia Brown, Mrs. Willye Nicholson, Miss Leila Crews, Fifth Grade.

PRIMARY AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, Miss Marion Pearce, Principal and Second Grade; Mesdames Gibson, Hannaford, Cavendar, Fourth Grade; Mesdames Vickery, Sears, Miss Emily Stokes, Third Grade; Misses Marjorie Gibson, Geraldine Stokes, Mrs. Scott, Second Grade; Mesdames Jones and Johnson, First Grade.

MR. JOHN R. COOPER DIED. John Robert Cooper, 38, of Folkston, died Wednesday of last week in a Jacksonville hospital after an extended illness. He had spent practically all his life in this community. Seriously ill the past several months he was taken to a Jacksonville hospital a week before his death. He was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church. Beside his wife, Mrs. Lottie Bell Cooper and two daughters, Marlene and Bobby Jean, survivors include his mother Mrs. John Mizell; two brothers, Joseph W. Cooper and Billy T. Cooper of the US Army and a sister Mrs. C.L. Caffee. Funeral services were held at Philadelphia Baptist Church and interment took place in Sardis Cemetery.

MISS MERLYN HULING TO GRADUATE AS REGISTERED NURSE. Miss Merlyn Huling, daughter of Mrs. J.O. Huling, has completed her training course at the Macon City Hospital and will get her diploma and certificate as a Registered Nurse in special ceremonies on September 10th.

AVENER HOLT SERVING WITH ARMY PARATROOPS. Pvt. Avener W. Holt, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Holt, has won the right to wear “wings and boots” of the US Army Paratroops. He has completed four weeks of jump training during which time he made five jumps, the last a jump at night involving a combat problem on landing.

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