United States Army


Wilson Daily Times, 7 July 1944.

Wilson Daily Times, 23 June 1944.

We first met Willie Roscoe Barnes in this story about his years operating a dry-cleaning business after his return from distinguished service in an anti-aircraft Artillery Battalion.

Clippings courtesy of J. Robert Boykin III.

Decorated soldier Fred Perry returns to work.

Wilson Daily Times, 3 June 1946.

Fred D. Perry was not a boy. In June of 1946, when he returned to Wilson after serving in Europe and North Africa, he was 28 years old.


In the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: widow Mahailey Harris, 75; her sister Manda Perry, 73, widow; and grandson Fred Perry, 22, tobacco factory laborer.

In 1940, Fred Douglas Perry registered for the World War II draft in Wilson. Per his registration card, he was born 17 October 1917 in Kenly, N.C.; lived at 107 South East Street, Wilson; his contact was grandmother Mandy Perry; and he worked for Heilig & Meyers Furniture Company, Barnes Street, Wilson.

On January 1947, Fred D. Perry, 29, of Wilson, son of George Perry and Victoria Edwards Barnes, married Louise Marshall, 30, in Wilson. Missionary Baptist minister Fred M. Davis performed the ceremony in the presence of Fred Davis Jr., Minnie J. Davis, and Marie Davis

In the 1950 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 702 East Nash Street, Fred Perry, 33, furniture repairman at local furniture store, and wife Louise, 36.


Studio shots, no. 190: Willie B. Hines.

Willie Benjamin Hines (1927-1990).


In the 1930 census of Gardners township, Wilson County: farmer Turner Hines, 51; wife Eliza, 50; and children Beatrice, 17, Tommie, 15, Rosa, 13, Frances, 12, Creasy, 11, Turner Jr., 8, Daisy L., 6, Willie B., 4, and Fred D., 3.

In the 1940 census of Old Fields township, Wilson County: farmer Turner Hines, 62, and children Rosetta, 23, Francis, 22, Lucretia, 21, Turner J., 18, Daisey, 17, Willie B., 13, Fred, 11, Freeman, 8, Ederene, 6, and Thelma D., 4.

In 1945, Willie Benjamin Hines registered for the World War II draft in Wilson County. Per his registration, he was born 17 February 1927 in Wilson County; lived at Route 4, Box 184, Wilson; his contact was father Turner Hines, 1001 East Vance Street, Wilson; and he worked for [brother-in-law] George Powell, Route 4, Box 184.

Photo courtesy of Roger Barron.

This Veterans Day.

My grandmother’s sons — Lucian J. Henderson, Jesse A. Henderson, and Rederick C. Henderson — served in the United States armed forces in the decade after World War II.

My uncle Lucian was first. He qualified as an infantry rifleman after basic training at Fort McClellan, Alabama, then shipped for Japan.

From Yokohama, he sent his mama in Wilson this hand-painted silk handkerchief.

I thank Private Henderson, Private Henderson, and Airman Henderson for their service.

From the personal collection of Lisa Y. Henderson.

PFC George serves as lab technician.

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Wilson Daily Times, 3 September 1949.

In the 1940 census of Dunn, Averasboro township, Harnett County, North Carolina: widow Lula George, 60; her sons Wilbur, 22, and David, 14; granddaughter Cleo, 15; daughter Enice [sic], 29; and her son James D. George, 10. Eunice and James George reported that they lived in Wilson County in 1935.

Eunice George at left (I think) and James George, center.

Photo courtesy of Ancestry.com user Donald George.


Corporal Tillery racks up.


Pittsburgh Courier, 23 December 1944.

In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 909 Mercer, owned and valued at $1500, farmer John Tillery, 51; wife Conielia, 45; and children Jessie, 20, cook; Ashley L., 18, helper on truck farm; Raymond, 16, helper on truck farm; Adelia, 14; Johny L., 11; Elnora, 7; and Clyde, 5.

In the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 911 South Mercer, John H. Tillery, 66, “hires out & plows” in agriculture; wife Cornelia, 56, stemmer at redrying plant; children Nelora, 17, and Clyde, 15, “cleans up yards;” and daughter Jessie Williams, 30, “cooks & cleans,” and her children Alice Raschelle, 4, and Barbara Anna Williams, 2.

Clyde Tillery registered for the World War II draft in 1940 in Wilson County.


S/Sgt. Tabron bosses a surveying crew.

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Pittsburgh Courier, 24 May 1941.


In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 700 East Vance Street, rented for $16/month, barber Henry Tabron, 37; wife Mattie B., 39, laundress; and children William, 15, shoe shop laborer, Edmonia, 14, Bill S., 11, Berkly, 9, and Donald, 7.

S/Sgt. Olin B. Tabron, 24, son of Henry Tabron and Mattie Smith Tabron, married Lovie Dancy, 24, daughter of Johnnie Dancy and Pennie Mills Dancy, on 24 December 1945 in Wilson in the presence of T.R. Uzzell, Elma Brodie and Pennie E. Nancy.

In 1945, Olin Berkley Tabron filled a World War II draft registration card (though he had already enlisted.) Per his card, he was born 1 January 1921 [actually, December 1920] in Edgecombe County, North Carolina; his nearest relative was sister Elma Broady, 909 Green Street, Wilson; and his discharge date was 8 November 1945.

Olin Berkley “Bert” Tabron died 21 June 2004.



On this Veteran’s Day…

Family lore has it that Lucian Jacob Henderson attempted to join the Army at 15 or 16 as World War II was in full rage.  He was finally able to enlist on 28 October 1944, his 18th birthday. Though his home address was 1109 Queen Street, Wilson, he was working as a deckhand for the Norfolk & Washington Steamboat Company at the time and signed up at a draft office in Washington, D.C.

The following year, Henderson qualified as an infantry rifleman after spending four months in basic and advanced training at the Infantry Replacement Training Center in Fort McClellan, Alabama.

Lucian J. Henderson, probably 1945-46. His shoulder patch bears the insignia of the Sixth United States Army, with whom he served occupation duty in Japan at the end of 1945.

Lucian J. Henderson, at left.

U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947, [database on-line], http://www.ancestry.com; photographs from the collection of Hattie Henderson Ricks.