Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Forget Me Not: John E. Brumfield, 2011 MS

I have seen John's middle name as both Edward or Edwin and the same for his father. There are two obituaries posted here. Each uses a different middle name. In my records, I use John E. Brumfield because I do not know which is correct.


John E. Brumfield

10 February 1916 MS – 3 September 2011 LA

Son of: John Edward Brumfield & Ada Beatrice Fortenberry

Husband of: Mildred Fortenberry

My 1st cousin, 2x removed



John Edwin Brumfield, 95, of Manderville, La. And formerly of McComb, died Sept. 3, 2011, at Pontchartrain Health Care.


Visitation is 5 at 8 pm Thursday at Hartman Sharkey Funeral Home in McComb and 10 am Friday until services at 11, with the Rev. Rick Kennedy officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Pike Memorial Gardens.


Mr. Brumfield was born Feb. 20, 1916, in Tylertown to John Edwin and Ada Fortenberry Brumfield. 


He was a retired self – employed automobile mechanic. He was a member of East McComb Baptist Church, now New Heights Baptist Church. He was a U. S. Navy veteran of World War II.


He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mildred Fortenberry Brumfield; four brothers, Baxter, Albert, Selwyn and Wendall Brumfield; and three sisters, Fannie Holmes, Claudia Fortenberry and Olga Pittman. 


Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Harold and Shan Brumfield of the Woodlands, Texas; his daughter, Elaine Simon of Manderville; three grandsons, Hal Brumfield, Chad Simon and Grant Simon; a granddaughter, Bran Noble; four great – grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.


Source: John E. Brumfield. (McComb, MS: Enterprise – Journal, 7 Sept. 2011) A3; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed March 2021.

John E. Brumfield

John Edward Brumfield, 95, of Manderville, La., and formerly of Progress and McComb, died Sept. 3, 2011, at Pontchartrain Helath Care, Arrangements are incomplete with Hartman-Sharkey Funeral Home in McComb.

Source: John E. Brumfield. (McComb, MS: Enterprise - Journal, 4 Sept. 2011) A3; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed March 2021.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

76 Years Ago: Wedding of Simms – Fortenberry, 1945 MS



Arlea Fortenberry

Born c 1926

Daughter of Willis Franklin Fortenberry & Ivy May Smith

Wife of Otis Simms, Jr.


Otis Simms

Simms – Fortenberry Nuptials Said in Progress Recently


Progress, Sept. 27. – A wedding much to the interest of the Progress community was that of Miss Arlea Fortenberry of Progress to Otis Simms, Jr., of the U. S. Navy.


The ceremony was performed Saturday evening, September 22 in the home of Mrs. Mallie Fortenberry with the Rev. Clyde Jones officiating. The attendants were Mrs. Edwin Blades and Mrs. Frances Ramano.


Mrs. Simms is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Fortenberry and a 1945 graduate of Progress High School.


Mr. Simms is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Otis Simms of Tylertown and is on leave until the 9thof October.


Source: Simms – Fortenberry Nuptials Said in Progress Recently. (McComb, MS: Enterprise – Journal, 28 Sept. 1945) 7; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed March 2021).

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Forget Me Not: Fay S. Smith, 1998 MS

I was fortunate to meet Fay & Pat Smith. They both welcomed my family when we visited Mississippi & helped me with my genealogy research. They were kind, generous people and I'm glad to have met them.


Fay Seward Smith

6 Dec 1921 MS - 3 Sep 1998 MS

Son of Denny Herbert Smith & Mavis Marie Brown

Husband of Patricia Ann Brock

World War II Veteran


My 1stcousin, 1x removed

Fay S. Smith, 76, of Progress, died Sept. 3, 1998, at Beacham Memorial Hospital in Magnolia. Services were at 11 a. m. Saturday at Silver Springs Baptist Church with the Rev. Byron Wilkinson officiating. Burial was in Silver Creek Cemetery with Hartman-Hughes Funeral Home in Tylertown officiating. Mr. Smith was born Dec. 6, 1921, in Pike County. He was the son of the late Denny Herbert and Mavis Brown Smith. He a member of Silver Springs Baptist Church and was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U. S. Army. He and his wife owned and operated Smith’s Grocery in Progress. Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Patricia Brock Smith of Progress; two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael D. and Deborah Smith and Kim L. and Lisa Smith, all of Osyka; one daughter and her husband, Gail and Don Hall of McComb; two sisters, Nathalee Comeaux and Wilma Buhler, both of McComb; and 10 grandchildren. Pallbearers were Dustin M. Smith, James Hall, Jr., Randall A. Sheets, Paul S. Schneider Jr., Joseph A. Schneider and Wade C. Brown.


Source: Fay S. Smith. (McComb, MS: Enterprise – Journal, 6 Sep 1998) 10; digital image, Newspapers.com: May 2021.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Quilting Party – Progress, MS 1949

I was happy to find this newspaper article for several reasons. First, I was happy because it includes members of our Fortenberry family. Those Fortenberry ladies were helping a neighbor who had experienced a fire and lost her belongings. It is nice to know our family members were helping others. Also, I was happy to read this because I am a quilter. I have made many quilts for family & friends. Now I know that it is a long standing family tradition.


The ladies of Silver Springs W. M. U. enjoyed a quilting party at the home of Mrs. L. Q. Fortenberry Jan. 18. Two quilts were quilted for a neighbor who had lost her home and furnishings by fire. A bountiful dinner was served at the noon hour. Those present were:


Mrs. Eula Schilling,

Mrs. E. Ellzey, [Grace Stratton Ellzey, wife of Eckie John Ellzey & sister-in-law of the hostess]

Mrs. Berteal Fortenberry,

Mrs. Reta Bond,

Mrs. Dora Ott,

Mrs. Lonnie Bryant,

Mrs. Norman Bryan,

Mrs. Mollie Ellzey,

Mrs. Walter Reagan,

Mrs. Willis Fortenberry, [Could be Ivy May Smith or Annie L. Hand]

Mrs. Russel McKee,

Mrs. Fred Wilson,

Mrs. Charles Ott, [Birdee E. Fortenberry, daughter of the hostess]

Mrs. Grover Fortenberry, [Possibly Dezzie Mae Barnes]

Mrs. Mitchell Miller,

Mrs. Margaret Barnes,

And the hostess, Mrs. Fortenberry. [Lillian Ellzey Fortenberry]


Source: Progress News. (McComb, MS: Enterprise – Journal, 27 Jan 1949) 2; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed March 2021.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Forget Me Not: Jesse T. Brumfield, 1932, MS

Jesse Thomas Brumfield

9 Dec 1859 MS – 27 Jan 1932 FL

Son of Henry Sims Brumfield & Martha E Bickham

Husband of Kate Brent



McComb Men’s Brother Dies. Jesse T. Brumfield Succumbs at Tampa, Fla., Widely Known in Pike – Jesse T. Brumfield, 72, brother of H. S. and Police Chief D. A. Brumfield, of McComb, died at Tampa, Fla., Wednesday afternoon, January 27th. He was born and raised in Pike county and spend 60 years of his life here. He has many relatives and friends in the county who will regret to hear he is no more.


He joined the Silver Creek Baptist Church when quite a boy and lived a Christian all his life. He was the father of 7 children, his wife and four sons having passed on years ago. The three surviving children are Mrs. E. E. Brent, Holmesville; Mrs. A. Q. Fitzgerald, Summit; and C. L. Brumfield, Sunny Bank, Va.


A number of grandchildren and the following eleven brothers and sisters also survive:


H. S. (Henry Sims Brumfield) and D. A. Brumfield (Dudley Atkinson Brumfield), McComb;


Charles E. Brumfield, Magnolia;


John B. Brumfield, Tylertown;


Mrs. W. W. Leggett, Magnolia (Mary Emma Brumfield);


Mrs. H. F. Bridges, Tylertown (Lucinda Brumfield);


Mrs. H. M. Lee (Elizabeth Brumfield), Mrs. J. J. Lee, (Alice J. Brumfield) Kioto;


Mrs. M. W. Lampton, (Martha Lucy Brumfield) Biloxi;


Mrs. H. G. Mackey and Mrs. E. E. Thigpen (Myrtis Brumfield), Jackson.

Source: McComb Men’s Brother Dies. (McComb, MS: Enterprise - Journal, 5 Feb. 1932) 1; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed March 2021.