She was perfectly well yesterday.

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Wilson Daily Times, 3 July 1923.

Per her death certificate, Emma Evans died of aortic regurgitation. She was a native of Wayne County, and her sister Florence Loftin, who lived at 600 West Nash Street in Wilson, served as informant. (Emma’s employer, department store merchant Charles Gay, appears in the 1920 census residing at 104 West Green Street.)

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Emma died intestate. Her brother Major J. Loftin applied to open her estate, estimated at $450 in value, listing her siblings Sylvester Loftin, Robert Loftin, Ben F. Loftin, Alice Ford, Lena Loftin, Bettie Loftin, Florence Loftin, Mary Hinnant, and Jessie Barron and mother Eveline Loftin as her heirs at law. (In the 1920 census of Black Creek township, Wilson County: on the road to Horns Bridge, widower Major J. Loftin, 42, his widowed mother Evaline, 71, brother-in-law Sam Barron, 24, sister Jessie Barron, 24, and nieces Donnie, 13, Maybelle, 12, and Marie Barron, 10. In earlier censuses, the Loftins appear in Indian Springs township, southern Wayne County.)

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North Carolina Wills and Estates, 1665-1998 [database on-line], http://www.ancestry.com.

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