Files from Yesteryear: 1940 and 1957


From the Files of 1940:

Loretta Parris, age five, of Vinemont, Route Two, died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Parris on January 24th. Funeral services were conducted by Reverend J.H. Brown on January 27th, at Flint Creek Church, with Drinkard in charge. She is survived by her parents and two sisters, Jane Belle and Juanita.


Edward Budweg, age 61, of Cullman, Route Six, died on January 26th at his residence. Mr. Budweg fell about six months ago and injured his back, from which he never fully recovered. Funeral services were held on January 30th at 2:00 p.m. from Saint John’s Lutheran Church, with Reverend Theo Mehl officiating. Interment was in the City Cemetery, with Fischer and Son directing.

Mr. Budweg is survived by his wife, Mrs. Johannah Budweg; two sons, August Budweg, of Cullman and Karl Budweg, of Los Angeles, California; two daughters, Mrs. Frank Hartwig and Barbara Budweg; two brothers and one sister in Germany.

Pallbearers were Julius Hartwig, Conrad Duke, William Seckford, Carl Schumann, John Rockel and Giedo Hook.


Thomas M. Ryan, age 86, died on January 25th, 1940, at the residence of his son, S.A. Ryan, after a brief illness. Mr. Ryan had lived in the Eva community for 40 years. Funeral services were held at Pine Burr Baptist Church on Sunday, January 28th, at 1:00 p.m., with interment in Lawrence Cove Cemetery, with Reverend Tully officiating and Fischer and Son directing.

Mr. Ryan is survived by five sons, John E., S.A., R.E., P.E. and C.N. Ryan; three daughters, Mrs. Rosie McKee, Mrs. Savanah Cobb and Mrs. Beatrice Coker. Grandsons were pallbearers and granddaughters had charge of the flowers.


From the Files of 1957:

Funeral services were held at Bethal Primitive Baptist Church on January 30th for Mrs. Ellen Pearl Holcombe Woods, age 69, of Route Eight, Cullman. Reverend J.B. Brock and Reverend Jim Phillips officiated and Moss Service directed interment.

Surviving are her husband, Homer Woods and three sons, Alvin E., of Alexander, Virginia and O.H. and Willie Woods, both of Route Eight, Cullman; three daughters, Mrs. Ora Matthews, of Panama City, Florida, Mrs. Lillie Tyson, of Birmingham and Mrs. Phylis Aaron, of Hamilton, Massachusetts; fifteen grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Lizzie Gorham, of Route Three, Cullman.


Mrs. Emma E. McAdams, age 87, died in Akron, Ohio, on January 28th and funeral services were held here at 2:00 p.m. today at Moss Chapel, with Reverend J.G. Speake officiating. Interment followed in Mount Zion Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Fred Nicholas, Virgil McKee, Alf Hinds, Beck Peinhardt, Olan Jackson and Elbert Bradford.

Surviving are one son, Hershel McAdams, of Akron Ohio; one daughter, Mrs. Audie Tillery, of Akron, Ohio and one grandson, R.A. Tillery, of London, England.


Martha Ann Tucker, age 15, daughter of Doctor and Mrs. W. Mancil Tucker, of Decatur, formerly of Cullman, died early Saturday from injuries she suffered when she fell from her father’s car, when it and another vehicle collided in Decatur on Friday night.


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