Digest of Charlton County Herald - December 1943

Compiled by Lois Barefoot Mays

December 3, 1943

FOLKSTON CITY ELECTION. Only four candidates qualified for the four vacancies on the city council to be filled at the annual city election next week. The deadline for entries expired Saturday. Candidates qualifying are listed as follows: John Southwell, incumbent; Theodore Dinkins, incumbent; Charles J. Passieu and H. Russell Johnson. The remaining member of the Board is E.B. Stapleton, whose term has another year to run.

NOTICE: If it is possible, wait two weeks to butcher your hog. We will have some room by then. At this time our cold storage rooms are full and we will have several thousand pounds going out at that time. CHARLTON ICE AND COLD STOREAGE CO. B.A. Altman and Son.

MRS. MARY NEWELL DIED. Mrs. Mary Newell, 78, died November 25th at her residence in Homeland after a short illness. She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. J.P. Giddens, Mrs. M.C. Mashburn, Mrs. H.T. Chambers and Mrs. S.H. Schultz, also eight grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Cross Roads Church near Adel, with burial in the church cemetery.

YOUNG BOYS CLEAN PARK, HAVE WEINER ROAST. After putting in several hours of cleaning the grounds at Homeland Park last Friday the boys of Folkston enjoyed an old-fashioned outdoor weiner roast with Mr. John Banks playing the role of host for the occasion. The boys did sufficient work to generate a healthy appetite and made short work of the wieners. Mr. Banks rounded up the youngsters and directed the activities during the day.

TAYLOR - HARRELSON WEDDING. Mrs. Herman Eskew announces the marriage of her daughter Jewell Taylor to Haynes William Harrelson of Conway, S.C. The wedding took place Friday at the home of Judge W.E. Banks. The bride and groom will make their home in Jacksonville where he is employed by the A.C.L. Railroad.

LLOYD - DICKERSON WEDDING. A marriage of interest was solemnized in Jacksonville on November 27 with the marriage of Mrs. Vennie Lloyd to Mr. Bob Dickerson. Both are well known in this community and have a large circle of friends. They are residing in Dinsmore

ON THE HOME FRONT. Enough lumber for a four-room house is required to crate a small dive bomber for shipment.

December 10, 1943

MR. THOMAS H. WILLEY DIED. Mr. Thomas H. Willey, 93, said to be the oldest white man in Charlton County died December 3rd at the home of his daughter, Mrs. B.W. Kennison in Homeland.. He was an employee of the Pennsylvania Railroad and began working with that company in 1882 and was in their employ for 47 years. Mr. and Mrs. Willey and their daughter, now Mrs. B.W. Kennison, came to Charlton County in 1920. They have lived here since that time. He was a member of the oldest Methodist Episcopal Church in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was a volunteer fireman for many years with the fire department in New York City before the paid fire department came into existence. He was for many years the efficient Town Recorder with Homeland and served many years as Mail Messenger of the Homeland Post Office. The funeral was held Saturday at the residence of his daughter. The Rev. J.D. Poindexter, pastor of the Baptist Church of Hoboken conducted the services for Mrs. Willey eleven years ago and conducted the services for Mr. Willey. He was 93 years, five months and twenty days old. He was buried in the family lot in the Homeland Cemetery. The choir from the Folkston Baptist Church furnished the singing. Mincey Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.

MRS. LOIS MATTOX MILLER COMMENDED BY WALTER WENCHELL. Mrs. Lois Mattox Miller, widely known magazine writer of New York City and a former resident of Folkston, was commended this week by Walter Wenchell, on his radio program, for her outstanding work as a writer on medical subjects. Mrs. Miller, recently decorated by the Cuban government for an article in Readers Digest about Dr. Carlos J. Finlay, Cuban doctor who discovered the mosquito was the transmitter of Yellow Fever. She is a sister of Mrs. W.J. Jones and is a daughter of the late H.S. Mattox of this city. Her friends will be interested to learn that she recently married a Captain in the Army Air Force.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. MALLARD. The many friends throughout the county of Tax Collector L.E. Mallard will be interested to learn he has reached his 70th birthday, having been born December 8, 1873 in Bulloch County, Georgia. He has been a citizen of Charlton County for nearly half a century and has been a useful and public-spirited citizen.

LT. LONNIE ROBERTS AWARDED ėSILVER WINGS”. Lonnie E. Roberts, Jr. of St. George was awarded his “silver wings” and commissioned as a second lieutenant this week. He is stationed at Brooks Field, San Antonio, Texas.

SGT. STAPLETON VISITS HERE. M. Sgt. E.B. Stapleton is spending several days here visiting his parents. He is stationed at Kelley Field, San Antonio, Texas.

SEAMAN ALBERT MILLS VISITS HERE. Seaman 3C Albert Mills returned to his base at Bainbridge, Md. this week after spending a short leave with his mother, Mrs. Jim Mills.

SEAMAN THOMAS THRIFT VISITS HERE. S3C Thomas Thrift of Jacksonville Naval Air Station is spending a few days here with his parents..

December 17, 1943

MR. ELI WAUGHTEL DIED. Mr. Eli Waughtel, age 73, retired Homeland Postmaster, and one of the community’s most widely-known and highly-regarded citizens, passed away at his home in Homeland Monday following a sudden attack. Probably the passing of no other citizen in recent years has brought such genuine and universal sorrow and regret. A native of Keys, Penn. he had been a citizen of Charlton County for the past 38 years, his family being among the first settlers of Homeland when that colony town was established in 1905. He was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Waughtel and was never married. Appointed as Homeland’s first postmaster, he served in that capacity until his retirement three years ago. While physically afflicted nearly all his life, he was active and self reliant. He operated a successful cigar manufacturing business for a number of years. Modest and unassuming in manner he was always cheerful and considerate and bore his affliction without a trace of bitterness. He was a devoted member of Homeland Methodist Church. He was truly a man of the highest Christian character. Immediate survivors include two brothers, C.W. Waughtel and S.H. Waughtel; one sister, Mrs. Lydia Rawhauser and two nieces, Mrs. Rudolph Norwood and Miss Beulah Lee Waughtel. Services were held at Homeland Methodist Church and interment took place in the Folkston Cemetery.

NOT MUCH CHRISTMAS SPIRIT IN FOLKSTON. Christmas 1943 will be little more than a date on the calendar in this community according to present indications. The usual Christmas spirit as well as the holiday decorations for the business houses are not in evidence as in former years. Local business men report that they have received Christmas merchandise in small, scattered shipments and that their limited stocks are being sold out almost as rapidly as received and placed on display. The last-minute shoppers are certain to be disappointed this year.

MRS. NELL PICKREN PEARRE ON NATIONAL NEWSREEL. Folkston movie-goers were pleasantly surprised when a newsreel film was put on at the Ritz Theater Monday evening in which a former local resident, Sgt. Nell Pearre, was shown in a WACS review. She is the former Nell Pickren and has been serving in the WACS for the past several months. She is attached to the recruiting service. She has recently made a tour of the large cities of this nation in the interest of WACS recruitment.

DR. BOLTON IS VERY SICK. Dr. H.H. Bolton, retired West Virginia doctor, is in critical condition at his home in Boulogne.

December 24, 1943

MR. WILLIAM DADWOOD DIED. William Dadwood, age 53, a resident of Racepond, who has been an invalid and unable to work for a number of years, passed away Tuesday in the Ware County Hospital where he was sent as a patient by the county officials. He was a native of Germany and came to the United States when he was about twelve years old. He came to Charlton County from Ware about five years ago. Funeral services and interment took place at Racepond with Mincey Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Deceased is survived by an invalid five-year-old son, John, his wife having died about three years ago.

MRS. BESSIE GARATT CREWS DIED. Mrs. Bessie Garatt Crews, age 77, wife of Mr. Jim Crews, A.C.L. Section Foreman, and life-long resident of Charlton County, passed away at her home Monday after an illness of more than a year. She suffered from a chronic heart ailment and a blood clot in the head. She was a member of one of the county’s widely-connected pioneer families and had a large number of friends throughout the community. She was a faithful member of the Baptist Church. Besides her husband, survivors include one daughter, Mrs. W.A. Yarber and one son, W.G. Stevens, as well as eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral services were held from the First Baptist Church with interment at the Folkston Cemetery with Mincey Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

UNCLE NEP EDWARDS DIED. “Uncle Nep” Edwards, colored, said to be 98 years old and who undoubtedly was one of Charlton County’s oldest residents, passed away at his home last Saturday after a brief illness due to the infirmities of age. Uncle Nep had been a familiar figure in Folkston since the town’s first days and before that he was an equally familiar resident of Centrevillage and Traders Hill. He was born in the vicinity of Old Jerusalem and spent his entire lifetime in what is now Charlton County. The area was included in Camden County when he was born in 1845. Uncle Nep all his life avoided trouble and had the reputation of being peaceable and law-abiding. He had the confidence and esteem of both white and colored people, and no enemies. His only survivors are two sons, Nep Edwards, Jr. and Robert Edwards.

MARINE PRIVATE HAROLD C. CREWS GRADUATES. Private Harold C. Crews has graduated from the Quartermaster School at New River, N.C. Marine Base. He is now ready for duty with a combat unit or for advanced training.

GRACE CHAPEL - SPECIAL CHURCH NOTICE. On January 1, 1944, New Year’s Day, there will be a prayer service at 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., in accordance with the proclamation of President Roosevelt, at Grace Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.

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