Files from Yesteryear: 1953 and 1964


From the Files of 1953:

Pioneer Lady Dies Here

Mrs. Dan Heck, age 82, one of Cullman’s pioneer citizens, died here this week, after being in ill health for the past year. Mrs. Heck, the former Rosellen Parker and her late husband celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1946. Surviving are: five children, Mrs. Luther Sterling, Mrs. John Sterling, Mrs. J.H. Edwards and Louis Sterling, all of Cullman and Athol Heck, of Lynn; eight grandchildren, Mrs. G.V. Legg  and Edigna Edwards, of Cullman, Miss Betty Rose Sterling, of Gadsden, Mrs. C.V. McElroy, of Bridgeport, Mrs. W.E. Segrest, of Shorter, Johnny Edwards, of New Orleans, Billy Heck, of California and Jerry Heck, of Lynn; one great- grandchild and three sisters, Mrs. W.P. Patterson, of Falkville, Mrs. Mary Owens, of New Orleans and Mrs. Emily Minter,  of Birmingham.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon, at Seventh Street Baptist Church, with Reverend J. Gilbert Speake officiating. Moss Service directed interment in the City Cemetery.


Guthery’s Cross Roads

Technical-Sergeant and Mrs. Luther Williams, of Selma, visited  Mrs. Williams parents, the I.A. Speegles, over the weekend.

Mrs. Howard Harbison and children, of Birmingham, attended Sunday School at Prospect on Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gentry, of Gadsden, spent the weekend with the M.L. Millers and Sharon.

Aunt Lizzie Harbison is ill with the flu. Mr. and Mrs. Kermit Bailey  and  Myra, of Mobile, spent the weekend with the Weaver Sinyards.

Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Still have received news that Airman Second Class and Mrs. Frank Still, of Andrews Air Base, Maryland, are the parents of a baby daughter, named Anita Gail.

Misses Eathil Bonner, of Logan, Hilda Alvis, Lelonia Speegle, Janice Guthery and Janice Wells were dinner guests of Hilda Still on Sunday, on her 12th birthday.

Serviceman, Hubert Moore, of Atlanta, Georgia, called on Myra Bailey on Sunday, at the home of her grandparents, the Weaver Sinyards.

Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Bailey, of Birmingham, spent Sunday with the Kert Baileys.

Mr. and Mrs. Cortez Speegle, Dora, Dona and Dean, of Brushy Creek, spent Sunday with the Weaver Sinyards.


Joppa News

Mr. and Mrs. Arnold King spent the weekend, in Birmingham, with her mother, Mrs. Rainwater and Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Law.

Douglas Hooten and family have moved to Birmingham. He works at T.C.I.

Ruby Nelle Nix spent Sunday night with Audrey Parmer.

Betty Hill was home for the weekend. She works in Birmingham.

Howard Corbin, from Birmingham, visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Corbin, last weekend.


From the Files of 1964:

Darnell Rites Held

Nevil Linford “Don” Darnell, age 28, of Route One, Falkville, died on January 21st, at Cullman Hospital and funeral services were held at Duck River on January 23rd, with Reverend George Helms directing interment.

Survivors include: his wife,  Mrs. Thelma Darnell; one son, David Darnell and his mother, Mrs. Desday Entrekin.


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