Sunday, August 29, 2021

Wedding: Brumfield – Thornhill, 1936 MS



Dixie Martha Brumfield Thornhill

1916 – 1997

Daughter of Henry Sims Brumfield, Jr. & Mary Sauls



Thornhill – Brumfield. Miss Dixie Brumfield, and Mr. W. D. Thornhill, Jr., were quietly married Friday evening at 8 o’clock at the East McComb Baptist parsonage, with the Rev. W. A. Gill officiating.


The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Brumfield of McComb while the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Thornhill of Summit. He is employed in the I. C. railroad shops and the young couple will make their home in Summit.



Source: Thornhill – Brumfield. (McComb, MS, Enterprise – Journal, 3 Jun 1936) 4; digital image, accessed March 2021.

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Forget Me Not: Henry M. Brumfield, 1931 MS

It is sad to read about a person who died young, before their potential could be reached. There are no details on his death but "died suddenly" most likely points to an accident rather than disease. The newspaper page is faded and the words are difficult to read. 



Henry M. Brumfield

6 Aug 1907 MS – 2 Apr 1931 MS

Son of: Frank Richard Brumfield & Julia Gardner

H. M. Brumfield. The funeral of Henry M. Brumfield, 24 years old, who died suddenly in Pascagoula, was conducted in the auditorium of the Leggett Consolidated school building Friday by the Rev. J. W. Mayfield, pastor of the First Baptist church of McComb, and by the Rev. T. W. Green, of the Magnolia Baptist church and the body was interred in the Brumfield family cemetery at --- Bridge. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank R. Brumfield and was born and reared in Pike county.


Source: H. M. Brumfield. (McComb, MS: Semi – Weekly Journal, 8 Apr. 1931) 3; digital image, accessed March 2021.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

World War II Marine: W H Fortenberry

These two newspaper articles & the World War II Draft Registration card give us a glimpse into the life & service of William H. Fortenberry. We can be proud of William and all of our family’s soldiers.



William Harold Fortenberry

b 13 January 1923 MS – 19 December 1986 MS


Son of William J. F. Fortenberry & Annie Myrtis Ellzey

Husband of Selma E. Bennett


W. H. Fortenberry Is Made First Class Private in Marines

Somewhere in the Aleutians


Marine Private First Class William H. Fortenberry, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Fortenberry, Route 1, McComb, Miss., has been promoted to that rank from private. He attended Fernwood High School, Fernwood, Miss.



Source: W. H. Fortenberry Is Made First Class Private in Marines. (McComb, MS: The McComb Daily Journal, 28 Feb. 1944) 3; digital image, accessed July 2021.


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William Harrell [sic] Fortenberry, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. F. Fortenberry of McComb, was discharged from the Marine Corps at Camp Pendelton, Oceanside, Calif., June 6, and is now at home with his parents who reside at the McComb Homestead. William Harrell [sic] is a brother of Lucille Fortenberry of the billing department staff, Kay Ruth.


Source: William Harrell Fortenberry. (McComb, MS: Enterprise-Journal, 14 June 1946) 8; digital image, accessed July 2021.



Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Wedding: John E. Brumfield & Mildred Fortenberry, 1943 MS

 A World War II Wedding. 

John & Mildred went on to have two children and were married for 52 years.

John E. Brumfield

 20 Feb. 1916 MS - 3 Sep 2011 LA

Son of John Edward Brumfield & Ada Beatrice Fortenberry

US Navy during WWII


Mildred Fortenberry

22 Jan 1920 MS - 20 Aug 1995 MS

Daughter of William J. F. Fortenberry & Annie Myrtis Ellzey


John E. Brumfield, Mildred Fortenberry Married in Gulfport


Miss Mildred Fortenberry, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Fortenberry of McComb and Gulfport, Mississippi and John Edwin Brumfield, son of Mrs. Ada Brumfield of Osyka, Miss., were married Tuesday evening in Gulfport in the home of the Rev. and Mrs. P. S. Dodge with Dodge officiating. Members of the family witnessed the ceremony.


The couple will leave for Norman, Oklahoma where the groom is stationed with the Naval Reserve.


Source: John E. Brumfield, Mildred Fortenberry Married in Gulfport. (McComb, MS: McComb Daily Journal, 24 June 1943) 3; digital image, accessed March 2021.

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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Forget Me Not: Reba Lee Fortenberry, 1934 MS

This is an obituary that makes me want to learn more. Why did this young woman die? I checked for another newspaper article, looking for reports of an accident or illness. I did not discover a cause of death. I also wish this told more about Reba's life. What was she interested in? What gave her joy in her life?

 Reba Lee Fortenberry

26 Nov. 1898 MS – 4 Nov. 1934 MS

Daughter of William David & Missouri Elizabeth Fortenberry

my third cousin, twice removed

Rites Held For Miss Fortenberry


Prentiss, Nov. 7 – Funeral services were conducted yesterday afternoon from Old Silver Creek church. Lawrence county, for Miss Reba Fortenberry, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Fortenberry, who died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Ed Bourne at Oakvale. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Thomas Dale, pastor of Collins. Interment was in the Old Silver Creek cemetery. Miss Fortenberry was 35 years of age and was born and reared in the Silver Creek Community, having finished her high school work at Silver Creek during the tenure of Prof. Julius Berry.


She was a faithful member of the Old Silver Creek Baptist church and was a much beloved woman. Surviving are six brothers


Shell and Emmett Fortenberry, Prentiss;


Estus, Ike, Ray and Rex Fortenberry, Silver Creek;


Four sisters:


Mrs. Sam Hutchins, Hebron;


Mrs. Bettie Herrington, 

Mrs. E. L. Bourne, Oakvale;


Mrs. Julia Sherman, New Hebron.



Source: Rites Held For Miss Fortenberry. (Jackson, MSS: Clarion – Ledger, 8 Nov. 1934) 3; digital image, accessed March 2021.

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