obituary

The obituary of Eddie Lee Joyner, master plasterer.

Wilson Daily Times, 1 June 1989.

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In 1918, Ed Lee Joyner registered for the World War I draft in Wilson County. Per his registration card, he was born 26 February 1897 in Wilson County; his father’s birth place was Wilson County; he lived at Route 1, Elm City; he worked for G.A. Barnes, Elm City; and his contact was mother Fortney Bailey. He signed the card “Eddie Lee Joyner.”

In the 1920 census of Toisnot township, Wilson County: farmer Ed Joyner, 22; [step]father Louis Bailey, 80; mother Fortiny, 56; niece Maggie, 16; and nephews Rogers, 14, and John E., 8.

On 8 January 1921, Eddie Joyner, 22, of Elm City, son of Fortning Bailey, married Annie Pearl Wynn, 19, of Elm City, daughter of Will and Jenny Wynn, in Wilson. A.M.E. Zion minister B.P. Coward performed the ceremony in the presence of Bettie Gaskell, Mattie M. Ford, and Mary Latham.

In the 1928 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Joyner Edward L (c; Annie) plastr h 1205 Washington

In 1940, Roger Bailey registered for the World War II draft in Wilson County. Per his registration card, he was born 26 February 1897 in Wilson County; lived at 1205 Washington Street, Wilson; his contact was uncle Edd Lee Joyner, 1205 Washington Street; and he worked for T.A. Loving & Co., Goldsboro, at Cherry Point Marine Base.

In 1942, Eddie Lee Joyner registered for the World War II draft in Wilson County. Per his registration card, he was born 10 October 1905 in Wilson; lived at 539 Barnes  Street, Wilson; his contact was Annie Joyner; and he worked for Will Ray, Farmers Cotton Oil Company, Wilson.

A tribute to Jefferson D. Farmer.

Wilson Daily Times, 1 August 1927.

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In the 1870 census of Wilson, Wilson County: Rosa Farmer, 35, farm laborer, and children (and grandchildren) Gray, 18, Turner, 17, Mary, 16, Thomas, 13, Daniel, 12, Leah, 10, Jefferson, 8, Louisa, 10 months, Anna, 3; and Arche Barnes, 73, cooper.

On 6 November 1886, Jeff Gay, 23, married Blanch Gay, 16, at Sam Gay‘s in Wilson. Sam Gay, Dallas Taylor, and George Farmer were witnesses.

In the 1900 census of Wilson, Wilson County: drayman Jefferson Farmer, 40; wife Blanch, 28; and children May, 12, Turner, 11, Jesse, 8, Charley, 4, and Gola, 2.

In the 1908 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Farmer Jefferson (c) driver h Hines nr Warren

In the 1910 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 615 Hines Street, Jeff Farmer, 50; wife Blanch, 37; and children Turner, 20, Jessie, 16, Charlie, 13, Goler, 10, Jeff Jr., 7, Henry, 3, Allice, 2, and Gola, 1.

In the 1912 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Farmer Jefferson (c) driver

On 19 March 1918, Goldie Farmer, 21, of Wilson County, daughter of Jesse and Blanch Farmer, married George McCoy in Richmond, Virginia.

In the 1920 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 615 Hines Street, Jeff Farmer, 57; wife Blanche, 47; and children Charlie, 24, Jeff, 18, Henry, 14, Alice, 12, Sam, 8, and Blanche, 5.

In the 1925 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Farmer Jefferson (c) driver h 404 Young’s Al[ley]

Jeff Farmer died 29 July 1927 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was 55 years old; was born in Wilson to Nelson Farmer, Edgecombe County, and Rosa Farmer, Wilson County; was married to Blanch Farmer; lived on Hines Street; and worked as a drayman.

Charlie W. Farmer died 10 October 1938 at the V.A. Hospital at Oteen, Asheville, Buncombe County, N.C. Per his death certificate, he was born 12 September 1897 to Jeff Gay and Blanch Gay; was married to Maggie Farmer; and worked as a janitor.

Turner Farmer died 2 May 1939 at Mercy Hospital, Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was 50 years old; was born in Wilson to Jeff Farmer and Blanch Gay; lived at 901 West Nash; and worked as a chauffeur.

Jeff David Farmer died 12 June 1961 at his home at 807 East Viola Street, Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was born 24 October 1903 in Wilson County to Jeff David Farmer Sr. and Blanch Ella Gay; was widowed; and was a World War II veteran. Goldie Ricks of 1413 East Nash Street was informant.

Blanche Hammonds died 11 July 1971 in Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was born 9 July 1914 to Jeff Farmer and Blanche Gay and was married to Joseph Hammonds Sr.

Goldie Farmer Ricks died 8 September 1974 in Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was born 12 January 1897 to Jefferson Farmer and Blanch Gay; resided at 108 Ashe Street, Wilson; and was a widow. Informant was Johnnie Lee Ward of Columbia, Maryland.

George Franklin Farmer died 1 February 1976 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was born 29 October 1899 to Jeff D. Farmer and Blanche Elnora Gay; was a widower; lived at 714-A East Green; and worked as a janitor.

Samuel Gay Farmer died 29 March 1980 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was born 9 October 1910 in Wilson County to Jeff D. Farmer and Blanch Elnora Gay; was divorced; lived at 714-A East Green Street; and worked in maintenance at Eastern North Carolina Sanitorium.

The obituary of George Martin.

Wilson Daily Times, 17 July 1928.

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In the 1880 census of New Hope township, Chatham County, N.C., George Martin, 12, servant, in the household of Frederic Hartsoe, a 63 year-old white farmer.

In the 1910 census of Tarboro, Edgecombe County, N.C.: George Martin, 42, electric company electrician; wife Bettie, 36; and adopted son James, 3.

In the 1920 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 110 Reid Street, George Martin, 54, electric company lineman; wife Bettie, 46; mother-in-law Lou Hunter, 67, widow; and son Vernon Martin, 14.

George Aldrich Martin died 16 July 1928 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was 61 years old; was born in Chatham County, N.C., to Pomp Martin and Annie Crump; was married to Bettie Minnie Martin; worked as an electrician “wiring houses for himself”; and was buried in Wayne County, N.C.

The obituary of Pink Watson.

Wilson Daily Times, __ June 1920.

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On 18 May 1904, Pink Watson, 26, of Toisnot township, son of Ned and Fannie Watson, married Alice Batts, 20, of Toisnot township, daughter of Gandy and Emily Batts, at Gandy Batts’ in Toisnot.

In the 1910 census of Toisnot township, Wilson County: John Watson, 29, tenant farmer; wife Alice, 23; and children Annie, 3, and Festus, 4 months.

In 1918, Pink Watson registered for the World War I draft in Wilson County. Per his draft registration card, he was born 15 July 1879; lived at R.F.D. #5, Wilson; was a “cropper farmer” for Pete Batts; and his contact was wife Alice Watson. He signed his card with an X.

In the 1920 census of Toisnot township, Wilson County: on Rocky Mount-Wilbanks Road, Pink Watson, 39; wife Alice, 35; and children Annie, 12, Lester, 10, Laura, 7, Annie Lee, 8, Gertie, 6, and Henry, 4.

Pink Watson died 16 June 1920 in Wilson township, Wilson County. Per his death certificate, he was 40 years old; was born in Johnston County, N.C., to Fannie Graham of Elm City, N.C.; was married to Alice Watson; and worked as a farmer. Emily Batts was informant.

The obituary of Edwin Joyner.

Indianapolis News, 25 October 1950.

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On 26 May 1886, Henry Joyner, 30, and Annie Conner, 20, both of Wilson County were married at the A.M.E. Zion church in Wilson. A.M.E. Zion minister J.N. Rasberry performed the ceremony in the presence of S.H. Vick, E.C. Simms, and H. Haywood.

In the 1900 census of Indianapolis, Indiana: at 949 King Avenue, Henry Joyner, 49, laborer; wife Anna, 35; and children Edwin, 13, Stella, 11, Lama, 9, George, 7, Thomas, 4, and Cora, 2; plus boarder Bennet Beachem, 71, laborer. Henry, Anna, and Edwin were born in North Carolina.

In the 1910 census of Indianapolis, Indiana: at 117 North Tremont Avenue, Henry Joyner, 55; wife Annie, 44; and children Edwin, 23, Lama, 19, George, 16, Thomas, 14, Cora, 11, Cecil, 9, and Henry , 7.

In 1917, Edwin H. Joyner registered for the World War I draft. Per his registration card, he was born 6 March 1887 in North Carolina; lived at 881 West Pratt Street, Indianapolis; worked as a chauffeur for Hulett Law Motor Car Company, 333 North Pennsylvania Street; and was married. He signed his name [in a neat, upright hand]: Edwin H. Joyner.

In the 1920 census of Indianapolis, Indiana: at 512 West Saint Clair, Edwin Joyner, ; wife Florin, 32; and daughter Edwina, 1.

In the 1930 census of Indianapolis, Indiana: at 518 Saint Clair Street, rented for $14/month, Edwin H. Joyner, 41, truck driver; wife Floriene, 34, hairdresser; children Edwina, 12, and Henry E., 8; and “daughter?” Jacquelin Fahl, 7.

Edwina La Verne Joyner died 15 February 1937 in Indianapolis. Per her death certificate, she was born 27 January 1918 to Henry Joyner of North Carolina and Florida Thurman of Indianapolis; was single; and lived at 2345 North Capitol Avenue.

In the 1940 census of Indianapolis, Indiana: at

Edwin H. Joyner died 24 October 1950 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Per his death certificate, he was born 6 March 1887 in North Carolina to Henry Joyner and Anna Connes; lived at 2858 Highland Place; was divorced; and worked as an oil truck driver. Brother E. George Joyner was informant.

The obituary of Annie Grant Watson.

Wilson Daily Times, 6 April 1915.

Though “well known” and “old,” record of Annie Grant Watson‘s life is surprisingly difficult to find.

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Clipping courtesy of J. Robert Boykin III.

The obituary of Charles W. Farmer, church janitor.

Wilson Daily Times, 11 October 1938.

World War I veteran Charles W. Farmer worked as a butler prior to becoming the janitor at First United Methodist Church, a white church at Green and Tarboro Streets.

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In the 1900 census of Wilson, Wilson County: drayman Jefferson Farmer, 40; wife Blanch,  28; and children May, 12, Turner, 11, Jesse, 8, Charley, 4, and Gola, 2.

In the 1910 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 615 Hines Street, Jeff Farmer, 50; wife Blanch, 37; and children Turner, 20, Jessie, 16, Charlie, 13, Goler, 10, Jeff Jr., 7, Henry, 3, Allice, 2, and Gola, 1.

In the 1912 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Farmer Charles W (c) porter The Wilson Drug Co h W Jones nr Daniel

In 1917, Charlie Will Farmer registered for the World War I draft in Wilson County. Per his registration card, he was born 12 September 1895 in Wilson; lived on Pine Street; worked as a butler for F.L. Carr, Wilson; and was single.

In the 1920 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Farmer Charles W (c) butler 202 W Gold

In the 1920 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 615 Hines Street, Jeff Farmer, 57; wife Blanche, 47; and children Charlie, 24, Jeff, 18, Henry, 14, Alice, 12, Sam, 8, and Blanche, 5.

On 4 February 1920, Charlie W. Farmer, 23, of Wilson, son of Jeff and Blanch Farmer, married Maggie Williams, 19, of Wilson, in Wilson. Andrew Pierce applied for the license, and Free Will Baptist minister J.E. Brown performed the ceremony in the presence of George McCoy, Millie Farmer and Joanna Hursey.

In the 1922 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Farmer Charles W (c) butler h 611 Spruce

In the 1930 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Farmer Chas W (c; Magnolia) janitor h 1203 Atlantic

Charlie W. Farmer died 10 October 1938 at Oteen Veterans Administration hospital in Asheville, N.C. Per his death certificate, he was born 12 September 1897 in Wilson to Jeff Farmer and Blanch Gay; was married to Maggie Farmer; and worked as a janitor.

On 1 November 1938, Maggie Farmer applied for a military headstone for her husband’s grave in Rest Haven Cemetery.

Clipping courtesy of J. Robert Boykin III.

The obituary of Sudye Jones, Bennett Belle.

Wilson Daily Times, 5 February 1937.

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In the 1920 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 667 Nash Street, minister Charlie Jones, 41; wife Gertrude, 39; children Ruth, 16, Charlie, 14, Elwood, 12, Louise, 10, and Sudie, 4; plus mother-in-law Louisa Johnson, 65.

In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: on Harper Lane, farmer Charlie T. Jones, 52; wife Stella [sic], 49; and children William E., 23, farm laborer, Louise M., 20, and Sadie [sic], 14.

Sudye Jones died 4 February 1937 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Per her death certificate, she was 21 years old; was single; was the daughter of Charles T. Jones and Gertrude Johnson; and was a student at Bennett College. She died of meningitis. Rev. Charles T. Jones, 402 North Vick Street, was informant.