Digest of Charlton County Herald - September, 1945

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

September 7, 1945

ORDINATION OF REV. LAMAR WAINWRIGHT. At a called meeting of the Macon Presbytery held at the Eastman Presbyterian Church last Sunday, Rev. E. Lamar Wainwright was admitted into the Presbytery and was ordained as a Minister of the Gospel in that faith. All the Eastman churches joined in a union service when Mr. Wainwright was installed as full-time pastor of the Eastman church. Mr. and Mrs. D.R. Wainwright, Miss Sue Dee Wainwright and Miss Betty Southwell attended the ordination.

MR. RICHARD SAM COOPER DIED. Richard Sam Cooper, 44, Waycross mechanic, died Friday in a Waycross hospital after a very brief illness. He was the husband of the former Miss Gertrude Hodges, by whom he is survived. Survivors also include his mother, Mrs. W.B. Cooper of Auburn, Tenn. He was a native of Tennessee and was a veteran of World War Two. He was a member of the Baptist Church. He was married to Mrs. Hodges nearly three years ago. Funeral services were held at the graveside in Folkston cemetery. Mincey Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

NEW BABY BOY FOR PICKREN FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Verne J. Pickren announce the birth of a son, born September 1st at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Jacksonville. The baby weighed eight pounds and has been named Porter Tracy Pickren. Mother and baby are reported to be getting along fine.

PEACE TREATY SIGNED. Japan surrendered formally and unconditionally to the Allies Sunday on board the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, restoring peace to a war-ravaged world. General McArthur served as Master of Ceremonies and signed on behalf of the Allied Nations while Admiral Nimitz signed the document for the United States.

FOLKSTON SCHOOLS OPEN. The Folkston Consolidated Schools opened Tuesday morning. The total reached 598 pupils. The following faculty members are on the job. They are: First Grade, Miss Eula Jones, Mrs. Hilda M. Jones; Second Grade, Mrs. Imogene Sears and Miss Geraldine Stokes; Third Grade, Miss Emily Stokes and Mrs. J.W. Johnson; Fourth Grade, Mrs. Jewell Gibson and Mrs. Thelma G. Hannaford; Fifth Grade, Mrs. Georgia L. Brown and Mrs. Leila C. Guthrie; Sixth Grade, Mrs. B.B. Gowen, Mrs. Mary Scott; Seventh Grade, Mrs. Eleanor C. Sanders, Mrs. Kathryn Jones; Eighth Grade, High School, Miss Mayme Askew, principal Jr. High; Mrs. J.D. Roddenberry, principal High School; Mrs. Mildred H. Mizell, Mrs. R.W. Pence and Miss Esther Carter. Mrs. John H. Green will teach private lessons in piano.

THOMPSON - SMITH WEDDING. Miss Myra Lea Thompson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.M. Thompson, and Sgt. Bennie Smith, both of this city, were united in marriage on August 29th with Rev. R.W. Waterman officiating. Sgt. Smith is stationed at the Waycross Army Air Field.

September 14, 1945

THE OREMC TO MOVE TO CHARLTON COUNTY. The Okefenokee Rural Electric Membership Corporation serving Brantley, Camden, Charlton and Nassau Counties, is to move its headquarters from Nahunta to Folkston in order to be near the center of its operations. The Board of County Commissioners at its session Tuesday agreed to purchase and donate to the organization a five acre tract of land as a site for the headquarters plant, to consist of several buildings, to be erected at a cost of more than $30,000.00.

MR. ERNEST NORMAN GROOMS DIED. Ernest Norman Grooms, 67, native and lifelong resident of Charlton County died Sunday at his home here following a sudden attack. He had been able to be up the day previous and while he suffered from high blood pressure, his sudden passing came as a shock to his family and friends. He was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage. Member of one of the county’s prominent pioneer families he was a son of the late Jesse S. Grooms, Charlton County’s last surviving Confederate veteran who died a few years ago. Mr. Grooms was a faithful member of Bethel Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Jennie Vickery Grooms; three daughters, Mrs. Beulah Hickox, Mrs. Fleta Mobley and Mrs. Gladys Prevatt; one son, Malcolm D. Grooms of the U.S. Army; one sister, Mrs. Ollie Mattox; two brothers. L.E. Grooms and R.W. Grooms; nineteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted from the home and interment took place in Folkston Cemetery with Oxley Funeral Home in charge of burial arrangements.

GROUP PICTURE. Folkston Lions Club Baseball Team picture. Not real good one. Clifford Mizell, Noah Lee Clark, Gene Crews, Guy Purvis, Donovan Wilson, Buck Allen, Pat Michael, Bill McCoy, Ralph Allen, E.M. Mizell, Tim Hall, Dr. Taylor, Coach and Carroll Wright, Jr.

CHARLTON SOLDIERS ARRIVE IN NEW YORK ABOARD THE QUEEN MARY. Three of Charlton County’s veterans of the war in Europe were aboard the giant liner, Queen Mary, according to an Army list released for publication. These include Sgt. Walter L. Huling, Jr., Cpl. Lonnie D. Wainwright of Winokur and Pvt. James F. Holt of Toledo. Another Folkston boy, Jim B. Pearce, Jr. arrived aboard the liner, Argentina.

GEORGE FLORRNOY WILDES KILLED IN ACCIDENT. Pvt. First Class George Florrnoy Wildes, 29, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Wildes, was instantly killed in a motor vehicle accident in France on August 15, his parents have been advised in an official message from the War Department. Details of the fatal accident were not revealed other than the statement that he was killed when the vehicle he was driving overturned, and that the accident occurred in the line of duty while a celebration of V-J Day was in progress.

NEW TEACHERS AT FOLKSTON; UPTONVILLE SCHOOL CONSOLIDATED WITH FOLKSTON. Mr. Quentin R. Henry reported Tuesday as head of the Commercial Department at the Charlton County High School. He has his AB and MA degree and has had special training and experience in commercial subjects. He will teach bookkeeping, typing, shorthand, English and Commercial Law. His home is in Atlanta. Students in the senior class will be allowed to take the full commercial course. After they finish this course they should be able to hold down a good job. Another new teacher is expected this week. He is Mr. John Bosworth. He will be connected with the high school. He has just been discharged from the Army. Also, Folkston has another new teacher, Miss Clora Lee Conner. She teaches the first grade and comes from Uptonville. All the Uptonville pupils are now coming to Folkston.

MEMBERSHIP CAMPAIGN FOR FARM BUREAU. Charlton County Farm Bureau has this week launched a countywide membership campaign and expects to reach a goal of 297 members by the end of September. The local chapter at this time has 95 members. The quota is based on the number of farms in the county as shown by the 1940 census.

FIVE ACRES TO BE DONATED TO REA. Citizens appeared before the County Commissioners on behalf of the Lions Club to purchase a five acre tract for REA as an incentive to get them to locate here. It was agreed to purchase this from John C. Allen at a cost of $800.00 and donate said tract to them.

NEW DAUGHTER FOR GIBSON FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. W. Guy Gibson announce the birth of a baby girl born September 10th at St. Luke’s Hospital. The baby has been named Sandra Gale. Mother and baby are getting along fine.
NEW SON FOR BOWEN FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. S.R. Bowen of Titusville, Fla. announce the birth of a son born September 12th at St. Vincent’s Hospital. He has been named Robert Lee. Mother and son are reported to be doing nicely. She is the former Miss Margaret Littlefield.

NEW SON FOR STANLEY FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Jim Stanley announce the birth of a baby boy born September 12 at McCoy Hospital. Weight, 6 pounds. Both are reported to be getting along well. She is the former Miss Jewell Johnson. Mr. Stanley is in the Navy, stationed at Norfolk.

NEW TEACHERS. At the recent Board of Education meeting the following teachers were elected: Folkston, Eula Jones; St. George, Mr. George A. Johnson; Mrs. D.R. Brown.

FARM BUREAU MEMBERS. In large ad encouraging farmers to join the Charlton County Farm Bureau, there was a list of paid up members of the group. They were: Harry Johnson, Charles H. Gibson, W.R. Dinkins, J.P. Conner, J.T. Conner, F.L. Murray, Romie Crews, Seab Petty, O.F. Harden, Ralph Davis, W.C. Hopkins, A.L. Thrift, George Crews, R.H. Thrift, Wilma Petty, H.P. McDuffie, C.C. Crews, Harry Chesser, Bud Cantrell, Basil Crews, J.E. Crews, C.J. Altman, Theo Dinkins, L.H. Harden, M.G. White, Rufus Crews, W.M. Crews, J.M. Wilson, J.H. Johnson, O.C. Mizell, J.H. Zarfos, J.O. Sikes, T.W. Wrench, T.B. Jones, J.V. Gowen, Sr., R.E. Player, J.M. Mattox, P.G. Brooks, T.W. Harris, J.P. Mizell, I.L. Rogers, B.M. Prescott, F.L. Burnsed, B.S. Johnson, Tim Wainwright, T.C. Brock, W.W. Pickren, W.L. Reynolds, M.M. Turner, P. O. Stokes, William Mizell, M J. Crews, L.E. Mallard, A.S. McQueen, P.C. Brooks, E.B. Stapleton, G.R. Gowen, Jr., C.H. Lewis, Jim H. Hagan, Dr. W.R. McCoy, L.H. Tucker, T.C. Gowen, Seab Kennison, A.D. Crews, Ed Murray, T.E. Bryant, W.D. Jones, Ralph Knabb, J.C. Howard, O.E. Raynor, John H. Sikes, Charlie Crews, J.R. Dixon, Vandell Bennett, M.J. Chancey, L.H. Higginbotham, Sol P. Mills, M.H. Lloyd, W.D. Crews, C.M. Long, J.C. Allen, J.B. Hinson, R. Ward Harrison, Mrs. B.B. Gowen, Sam Crews, Ivey Crews, Arthur Crews, Albert Gowen, G.R. Gowen, Sr., J.V. Gowen, Jr., Clyde Sands, Willie Hodges, Bruce Thompson, Fred Osterman, Ira Crews.

September 21, 1945

NEW TEACHER. Another new teacher will report to the Folkston school next Monday. Mrs. Lydia M. Breland from Atlanta. She will teach in the elementary school.

BOWEN BABY DIED MONDAY. Robert Lee Bowen, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. S.R. Bowen, died Monday in St. Vincent’s Hospital from an undetermined cause. The child was born on September 12th. Funeral rites and interment took place at Folkston Cemetery. Mrs. Bowen is now at the home of her mother, Mrs. J.C. Littlefield.

ST. GEORGE AND MONIAC SCHOOLS OPEN. The St. George School opened September 10th with about 100 students enrolled. The following faculty is in charge. George A. Johnson, principal; Mrs. D.R. Brown, Mrs. Fannie R. Norman, Miss Sarah Griner, Miss Sarah Mae Sims, Miss Evelyn Stevens.
The Moniac School opened Monday with about sixty enrolled and with the following faculty: Mrs. Thyra McDuffie Sands, principal; Mr. A.D. Burnsed, Miss Myrtle Chism.
Lunchrooms are being operated in all three schools.

BURCH - SPRADLEY WEDDING. A marriage that will be of much interest to their many friends is that of Miss Vernell Burch, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Burch to Joel Spradley, son of Mrs. P.S. Spradley which took place September 8th.

September 28, 1945

NORMAN - McELVEY WEDDING. The marriage of Mrs. Marie Boyd Norman and John L. McElvey was solemnized in the Avondale Baptist Church, Jacksonville, on September 21st. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Boyd, Folkston and he is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J.L. McElvey of Quincy, Fla. They will live in Jacksonville.

RIDING BICYCLES ON SIDEWALKS PROHIBITED. The practice of riding bicycles on the city sidewalks will be strictly prohibited in the future, according to Mayor C.J. Passieu. The city sidewalks have been made a regular racetrack for bicycles in the past, particularly by thoughtless boys, constituting a dangerous traffic hazard.

NEW BABY SON FOR RODGERS FAMILY. Mr. and Mrs. Ben Rodgers announce the birth of a baby boy, born September 22 at McCoy Hospital. The baby weighed seven pounds, six ounces and has been named Henry Benjamin, Jr.

60TH ANNIVERSARY TO BE CELEBRATED AT MOUNT CARMEL BAPTIST CHURCH. The Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, of which Rev. R.H. Littles is pastor, will observe its 60th anniversary with a week’s program of services, beginning Monday, October 1 and extending through the following Sunday. This is one of the oldest Negro churches in this section in the state and has been an influence for good in the community it serves. It has a membership of approximately 100.

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