The obituary of Handy Deberry, cook.

Wilson Daily Times, 6 October 1945.


In the 1900 census of Wilson, Wilson County: Sallie Joyner, 23, cook; daughter Josephine, 8; and boarders Handy DeBerry, 23, brickyard day laborer; Hattie Arrington, 22, cook; James DeBerry, 21, brickyard day laborer; and Anthony Battle, 22, tobacco stemmer day laborer.

In the 1910 census of Wilson, Wilson County: factory laborer Hardy DeBerry, 28; wife Katie, 25; and daughter Alice, 10, factory laborer.

In 1918, Handy Deberry registered for the World War I draft in Wilson. Per his registration card, he was born 8 December 1875; lived at 427 Sunshine Avenue; worked as a cook for Walter Horne, Goldsboro Street; and his nearest relative was father Virgil Deberry.

In the 1920 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 425 Sunshine Avenue, in one half of the duplex, Handy LeeBerry, 41, widower. In the other half, Mary Melton, 32, and daughter Elizabeth, 7 months.

Virgil Deberry died 30 December 1931 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was 66 years old; was married; lived in Sunshine Alley; and worked as a common laborer. Handy Deberry was informant.

On 4 July 1920, Hardy Deberry, 45, of Wilson, married Mary Melton, 34, of Wilson, in Wilson. Disciples minister J.B. Kornegay performed the ceremony in the presence of Allis Gardner, Fannie Allen, and Victora Webbs.

In the 1928 Wilson, N.C., city directory: Deberry Handy (c; Mary) cook J H Horne h 208 Sunshine al

In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 509 South Spring, Handy Deberry, 55, cook in cafe; wife Mary, 40; and children Mary E., 11, Alice G., 8, Margarie, 4, and Almira, 23.

In the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 819 Mercer, lumber mill yard man Handy De Berry, 64; wife Mary, 57; daughters Mary Elizabeth, 20, and Alice Gray, 19; and grandchildren Margaret Williams, 13, William Henry De Berry, 12, and Barbara De Berry, 2.

Handy Deberry died 5 October 1945 at Mercy Hospital, Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was born 8 December 1876 in Wilson County to parents unknown to the informant; was married to Mary Deberry; worked as a laborer; lived at 819 Mercer Street; and was buried in Rountree Cemetery, Wilson. [Note that his obituary lists Rest Haven.]

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