Sixteen year-old killed in bawdy house shooting.

Wilson Daily Times, 20 March 1950.


  • William D. Smith — in the 1940 census of Black Creek township, Wilson County: Wilson golf course laborer Mitchell Smith, 38; wife Annie Bell, 33; children Alfonsa, 20, Oliva, 18, James, 14, Felton, 13, Willie D., 10, and Queen Ester, 7; and lodger Oscar Bynum, 33. In the 1950 census, both William Smith and his uncle Jesse McMillan are listed in the Wilson County prison.
  • Jessie McMillan
  • James Earl Wilson — James Earl Wilson died 18 March 1950 at Mercy Hospital, Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was born 14 July 1934 in Wayne County, N.C., to Bennie Shaddin and Annie Belle Wilson; was single; and worked in farming. Lela Sherrod was informant. His cause of death: “brain tissue destruction cerebral hemorrhage due to gun shot blast to the face.”

  • Willie Fields — see below.
  • James Isom
  • James Williams
  • Gladys Eatmon
  • Eva Pringle — in the 1950 census of Wilson, Wilson County: Eva Pringle, 40; son James Jr., 14; and roomer Willie Fields, 38, farm helper. Eva Harris Pringle died 5 October 1964 in Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was born 11 August 1911 in South Carolina to Ransom and Isabell Scott; was a widow; and worked as a domestic.

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