Wilson Daily Times, 6 July 1932.
Tom Johnson survived this shooting, but not a second ten years later.
For more of Johnson’s colorful life, see here.
- Tom Johnson
On 24 February 1917, Tom Johnson, 31, son of Orange and Lula Johnson, married Ethel McGill, 21, daughter of James and Hattie M. McGill, in Farmville, Pitt County, N.C.
Probably, in the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 112 Reid Street, owned and valued at $1500, Tom Johnson, 41, and wife Ethel, 38, cosmetics agent.
In the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: Tom Johnson, 55; wife Ethel, 42; mother Lula, 68, widow; and son Rogers McGill, 27.
Tom Johnson died 25 December 1942 on Pender Street, Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was born 12 September 1895 in Terrll County, Georgia, to Orange Johnson and Lula [no maiden name]; lived at 112 South Reid Street; was married to Ethel Johnson; and worked as a laborer. He died of gunshot wounds to the chest and abdomen “on the street.”
- George Porter
In the 1925 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Porter Geo clnr and presser, h 116 Ashe
In the 1928 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Porter Geo tobwkr h 506 Spring
In the 1930 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Porter Geo lab h 508 Spring
In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 508 South Spring Street, pressing club operator George Porter, 34, born in Georgia; servant Jeneva Brown, 30, and her children Esther, 13, Martha, 12, and Oliver, 9; and George’s daughter George M., 14.
On 28 February 1935, George Porter, 36, of Wilson County, son of William and Louisa Porter, married Geneva Townsend, 35, of Wilson County, daughter of Louis and Henrietta Townsend, at the home of Baptist minister W.T. Thompson Jr. in Nashville, Nash County. Luther Jones applied for the license and was a witness, as were James W. Hardy and Laura Harris.
George Porter died 4 September 1937 at Mercy Hospital, Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was 37 years old; was born in Georgia to William Porter of Georgia and Louisa Barnes of Wilson County; worked as a storekeeper; was married to Geneva Porter; and was buried in Wilson.