Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sharing Memories: (Week 18) Hurricane Betsy

It was September 9, 1965 when Hurricane Betsy slammed into New Orleans with sustained wind speeds of 110 mph. Before that day I did not even know what a "hurricane" was. However, I would receive a real-life experience of the awesome power within such a powerful storm system.

That day was not unusual from any other day... at least to us kids. We spent some time outdoors playing then came in for supper. After we finished our meal we took our baths and later we were tucked into bed. It had been an ordinary day for us.

For our parents, however, it was more intense. They spent more time than usual watching television that day, hoping to view the latest storm updates. Dad had brought home some extra supplies from the store such as flashlights, bread, non-perishable canned goods and boxed food items. After our baths, Mom had filled the bath tub with water. They also had never experienced the effects of a hurricane but they were busy getting prepared by following instructions given on the local news.

I was awakened by loud popping sounds. I didn't know where the noise was coming from so I got out of bed to investigate. As I sleepily took steps toward the kitchen, I stopped to peek out of the windows. It was eerily dark.. no streetlights shining into the windows as usual. The heavy rains pelted against the windows. As I focused my eyes to peer outside, I saw something dancing across the street. Looking harder, I realized it was a piece of tin metal.. from a rooftop. The gusty winds made howling sounds which frightened me. I saw our car actually rocking back and forth as the strong winds blew around us. As I gasped in surprise, Mom heard me and knew I was awake. I saw her face as she shone the flashlight across my path, calling me into the kitchen. She instructed me to get under the table. I didn't understand what was going on... why were Mom and Dad so afraid? Why weren't the lights on in our house?

As I sat under the table, Mom gave me some kool-aid and cookies while telling me about the bad storm outside. She and Dad paced back and forth in the kitchen as they took turns nervously looking out of the windows. Within a few minutes, Frank Jr. found his way to the kitchen and he joined me under the table. We sat there for a long time, or so it seemed that way to us. Mom had brought us our blankets and pillows and made a pallet for us to rest on. As the storm churned outside, we heard loud banging sounds and the heavy rain against our tin roof. The storm echoed noises all night long.

The next day we ventured outside and saw the results of the storm. There were pieces of metal lying in our yard and on the streets... pieces of tin roofs from the local houses. Broken pieces of glass lay scattered everywhere along with small scraps of wood. Trash littered the streets. As we rode through town with Mom and Dad, we saw street signs down and buildings that had been heavily damaged. It seemed like a ghost town, other than those who were out driving around inspecting the damage. The local stores were all closed down. I remember listening to Mom and Dad as they looked around and talked about the damage.

This was Mom and Dad's first experience with a hurricane. They decided that in the future whenever there was a hurricane threat, they would evacuate. Betsy forced them to face the potential dangers of a hurricane. They learned firsthand that it pays to be prepared.

I later learned that Hurricane Betsy killed 76 people in the state of Lousiana. Betsy was the first storm to cause damage in excess of one billion dollars, earning her the nickname "Billion-dollar Betsy". There were approximately 164,000 homes flooded from the torrential rain in the state.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sharing Memories: (Week 17) My Siblings and I, Spring 1964


Frank Jr


I believe these photos were taken during Spring, 1964.  It could have been 1965, but my sister Sandy, shown in the last photo, appears to be about a year old and considering that she was born in 1963, that would mean the photos were taken in 1964.  Notice we all have beautiful blue eyes, a trait inherited from our mother's side of the family.  Blue eyes were dominant in her family.  Too bad I didn't inherit a head full of gorgeous hair from either side of the family.  My hair has always been thin and difficult to manage.  As a teen I was envious of all the girls that had long, beautiful hair.  As an adult, I learned to adapt to it and I've worn it at shoulder length or shorter most of my life.  Our youngest sibling, who wasn't yet born when these photos were taken, was the only one of us blessed with a head full of hair, and he keeps it shaved off most of the time! Just another irony of life :)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Matilda Johnson

Matilda Johnson, the daughter of James Absalom Johnson Sr and Luvenia "Lucy" Brinkley, was born 19 July 1835 in Marion County, Mississippi and died 12 November 1914 in Lamar County, Mississippi.  She married William Riley Lee, the son of William S. "Bill" Lee and Margaret "Peggy" Collins.  He was born 12 January 1840 in Marion County, Mississippi and died 18 April 1909.  Both are buried in the Lee Cemetery, Lamar County, Mississippi.  Their children were: Margaret, Martha Louise, Mary Susan, Nancy Jane, Jesse, Henry, Ira and Julian.

See also:
Tombstones:  William Riley & Matilda Johnson Lee

Tombstones: William Riley & Matilda Johnson Lee

Photo credit:  Celeste Young

JAN. 12, 1840
APR. 18, 1909

Photo Credit:  William Tatum

JULY 19, 1835
NOV. 12, 1914

Lee Cemetery
Lamar County, Mississippi

Memorials listed on Find A Grave, 
maintained by Ann Turner
Click here for link- William Riley Lee
Click here for link- Matilda Johnson Lee

Silas Brinson Johnson Sr

Silas Brinson Johnson Sr, the son of James Absalom Johnson Sr and Luvenia "Lucy" Brinkley, was born 25 July 1825 in Marion County, Mississippi and died 07 September 1910, at the age of 85 years,  in Baxterville, Lamar County, Mississippi.  He married Nellie Margaret Lott, the daughter of Jesse Lott and Ellen Holden, c. 1849 in Hancock County, Mississippi.  She was born 07 March 1833 in Perry County, Mississippi and died c. 1918 in Lamar County.  Their children were:  Susan, Samuel Alexander, Absalom, Silas Brinson Jr, Sarah A., Joshua, William Riley, and C.C.

Resided:  1850- Marion County, Mississippi; Federal Census
Resided:  1880- Red Creek and Wolf River, Marion County, Mississippi; Federal Census
Resided:  1900- Beat 5, Marion County, Mississippi; Federal Census
Resided:  1910- Beat 3, Lamar County, Mississippi; Federal Census

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sharing Memories 2012 (Week 16): Christmas 1964

Mom with Frank Jr, Sandy and I- 1964

Granny was helping with dinner preparations

This was Christmas 1964 and we were settled in Westwego, Louisiana. I remember the aluminum Christmas tree. I used to enjoy watching the multi-colored wheel rotate and illuminate all the glass colored bulbs at night. 

I remember that us kids would spend Christmas day engrossed in our new toys while Mom and Dad spent time in the kitchen preparing a sumptuous meal. We all gathered around the table and had the finest meal of the year... together. In these early years, Granny was with us. She usually prepared the cornbread dressing and chicken and dumplings (yummy!). Granny was one of the best cooks in the South! In later years, Mom took over on cooking most of the Christmas dinner. She was a fine cook as well, an art she learned from her mother.

This was a time before the "electronic era"- when, as children, we were happy to receive toy cars, stuffed animals, baby dolls and strollers.  It was a time when we were truly excited to see Christmas morning arrive because we could barely wait to open our gifts!  We only received gifts twice each year- our birthday and Christmas.  We were usually limited to a single, simple gift on our birthday, but at Christmas we usually received several items on our "wish list".  

I have many treasured memories of the Christmas holidays from childhood, thanks to the hard work and efforts of my parents.  The gifts were just a small part of the joyous holiday season- more importantly, the best memories are those moments we spent with family.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Family Socials: A Visit with Pearl Simmons and Family

Pearl with son, Mark and husband David

Left to right:  David True, Vanessa Lea Simmons, Mark True,
Rae Ann Simmons with son, Spouse of Rae Ann (name unknown),
and Pearl standing in front with child of Rae Ann's

Rae Ann Simmons with spouse and children

Rae Ann Simmons and her half-sister,
Vanessa Lea Simmons

These photos were taken in December, either in 2004 or 2005, I don't remember at present.  Mom's cousin Pearl was in town and stopped by to visit her.  I'm glad I was at Mom's house when Pearl came because I hadn't seen her since I was a young girl.  Mom talked often of Pearl and had visited her a couple of times during her trips to Wyoming.  We had a nice visit together that day.  Pearl was traveling with her son Mark and husband David, so I met them as well.  

While we were sitting there outside Mom's apartment, a couple of more visitors dropped in- Rae Ann Simmons and her half-sister, Vanessa Lea Simmons.  I was happily surprised because I had not seen Rae Ann since she was a baby and I had never met Vanessa.  I used to babysit Rae Ann occasionally when she was just a baby and I wondered ever now and then what had happened to her.  Rae Ann's father, Charles Ray Simmons, was my first cousin 1x removed.  Charles Ray and Pearl were siblings.  Charles Ray and his wife Ann (Rae Ann's mother) lived near my family when we resided in Marrero, Louisiana.  They visited us often and I was quite fond of Ann and her baby.  Ann and I, being fairly close in age, spent time shopping and hanging out together.  Charles Ray and Ann later divorced and I have not heard from Ann since.  Charles Ray remarried and from that marriage, Vanessa Lea was born.  Obviously Rae Ann and Vanessa were close friends.  

Pearl's health declined and she passed away in 2006.  Only six months later, her brother Charles Ray Simmons passed away.  I'm glad we had a few moments together, though they were brief.  

Friday, April 13, 2012

Jordan Johnson

Jordan Johnson, the eldest child of James Absalom Johnson Sr and Luvenia "Lucy" Johnson, was born c. 1817 in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana.  He was the only child of his parents born in Louisiana.  His siblings were all born in Marion County, Mississippi.  

Jordan married first Sarah Grantham on 29 October 1836 in Marion County, Mississippi.   I know very little about Sarah at this point.  On the 1850 federal census of Marion County, Jordan and Sarah have 5 children in their household, and only their initials are given- R. Johnson, 8 y/o female; M.A. Johnson, 7 y/o female; H. Johnson, 5 y/o male; J. Johnson, 4 y/o female; and J. Johnson, 1 y/o female.  This is the only information that I have available on this family.  

The next record I have of Jordan Johnson is his marriage to Elmina Smith on 14 October 1867 in Marion County.  Did his first wife pass away?  Jordan and Elmina are shown together on the 1880 federal census, Marion County, Mississippi with children Joseph, Henry, Lucinda, Daniel and Matilda.  His children from his first marriage were all adults by then.  

I have been unable to locate Jordan or Elmina on the 1900 census.  Were they both deceased by that time?  Where are they buried at?  If anyone has information on this family, I would appreciate it if you would contact me at  Thanks!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

James Absalom Johnson Jr

James Absolom Johnson Jr and wife Martha Standfield Johnson

James Absalom Johnson Jr, also known as "Abb", "Aby" and "Abner", was born 04 June 1831 in Marion County, Mississippi.  He was the son of James Absalom Johnson Sr and Luvenia "Lucy" Brinkley.  He married Martha Standfield, the daughter of Evan Russell Standfield and Eliza J. Burge.  The 1860 federal census record shows Abb and Martha with three children (James, William and Matilda) living in the home of Martha's parents in Caldwell Parish, Louisiana.  

In 1870, the couple resided in Spring Hill, Rapides Parish, Louisiana near Alexandria.  Later census records show them as residents of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana.  

Their children were:  James Marion, William Rushing, Matilda Elenor, John Edward, Joseph Benjamin, Mary Eliza, Martha "Mattie" and Alice.

James Absalom Johnson Jr died 08 January 1901 in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana.  Martha Standfield died 29 January 1912.  Both are buried in the Bay Springs Cemetery in Chopin, Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. 

See also:

Tombstones: James Absalom Johnson Jr

Photo credit:  Sheila Smith

BORN JUNE 4, 1831
DIED JAN. 8, 1901

(Notice the difference in the spelling of his name)

Bay Springs Cemetery
Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana

Memorial listed on Find A Grave,
Click here for link

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday: Henry H. Johnson Family

Henry H. Johnson Family

In the photo above, Henry H. Johnson (front row, last on right) is shown with several of his children.  At present, I can not identify them individually in the photo.  

Henry H. Johnson was the son of James Absalom Johnson Sr and Luvenia "Lucy" Brinkley.  He was born 18 October 1822 in Marion County, Mississippi.  He married first Eliza Ann Lott, the daughter of Joshua Samuel Lott and Georgia Roseann Barnes.  Their children were:  Amanda, Sarah Ann, Annie Eliza, Emily, Henry Alexander, Robert Henry and Absalom.  

Eliza Ann, Henry's first wife, died in 1860 at the young age of 30 years.  Family historians report that she died shortly after childbirth.  She was laid to rest in the Lott Family Cemetery in New Hope, Marion County, Mississippi.  

In 1866, Henry married Martha Ann Turnage, the daughter of William George and Milbry Turnage.  She was born 29 March 1852 in Pike County, Mississippi and died 06 August 1895 in Marion County.  Henry and Martha Ann had four children:  Julie Ann, Barbara Alice, William H. "Willie" and John B.  

The 1900 federal census, Marion County, Mississippi, shows Henry Johnson, age 77, was living alone and widowed.  Henry died 15 February 1810 at the age of 87.  He is buried in the Lott Family Cemetery in New Hope, Mississippi.  It is reported that both wives are buried alongside him, but I have been unable to confirm this information.  

See also:

Tombstones: Henry H. Johnson

OCT. 18, 1822
FEB. 15, 1910

Lott Memorial Cemetery
New Hope, Marion County, Mississippi

Memorial listed on Find A Grave,
maintained by Gary Ward Nelson
Click here for link

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

In Loving Memory: Berley Alton Powell

What better day to write a memorable tribute to Uncle Berley than his birthday?  I write this in celebration of the man who left behind a host of those who adored him.

Berley Alton Powell, the son of Berley Arlo Powell and Letha Marie Bedwell, was born 74 years ago today, on 10 April 1938, in Marion County, Mississippi.   

He served in the United States Army.  He married Gertrude Simmons, daughter of Woodrow Wilson Simmons and Susie Johnson, on 20 June 1959 in Columbia, Marion County, Mississippi.  From their union, two daughters were born- Pamela Kay and Deborah Gay.  The daughters resided with him after he and Gertrude divorced in 1967.

In October 1968, Berley married Melonee Ratliff, the daughter of Marshall Ratliff and Ouita Terrell in Columbia, Mississippi.  Together they had one daughter, Lucretia Fay.  Berley and Melonee divorced in 1974.  

 As a young adult, Uncle Berley was diagnosed with Chrohn's Disease. He underwent multiple surgeries due to the crippling effect of the disease on his gastrointestinal tract and other body systems. Later in life, Uncle Berley was diagnosed with bladder cancer. He went through more surgery followed by chemotherapy with successive results.  Through it all, Uncle Berley always maintained a positive outlook and heroic attitude.  His declining health forced him to retire early yet he wasn't one to sit in a rocking chair and allow his life to pass him by.  He stayed active as much as possible and enjoyed taking trips on his motorcycle. Uncle Berley loved life. He loved the outdoors. He would take a sudden notion to get on his motorcycle and just ride.... nowhere in particular, just wherever the road took him.  In his younger days, he enjoyed camping, boat riding and skiing.  

Uncle Berley also enjoyed playing card games, board games and yahtzee.  My husband, my father and I have played Mississippi Rummy with Uncle Berley on countless occasions.  We had so much fun being together-eating, drinking coffee and acting goofy.  

Uncle Berley was such a jewel in our family. Not only was he a frequent visitor at our home, but Uncle Berley attended birthday parties for our children and grandchildren, attended baby showers and wedding showers and family dinners. His sense of humor captured audiences wherever he went. I remember this all so well. A couple of his favorite lines were "I'm glad you got to see me today" and "I know it's hard, but ya'll try to be as good as me".   I believe that Uncle Berley's sense of humor and zest for life is what kept him going all those years.  

Above all else, Uncle Berley loved his family dearly.  His children and grandchildren were the gems of his life. He was there for his daughters from their childhood, through their teens, their marriages and the birth of their own children.   He was a strict disciplinarian when they disobeyed him, yet he was their best friend when they needed a shoulder to cry on or some wise advice.  He forced them to learn how to do housework, the laundry and cook- and they were grateful for those lessons when they grew up.  

The culprit responsible for claiming Uncle Berley's life was an exacerbation, or flare up, of his Chrohn's Disease following a cardiac bypass. I am saddened by the misery such a great man faced during the final days of his life.  He did well after the bypass surgery and was looking forward to coming home soon, then he fell ill when the Chrohn's disease flared up and led to respiratory complications.  

Uncle Berley passed from this life on 28 March 2006 at the age of 68 years.  He was laid to rest in the Pleasant Hill Church Cemetery in Foxworth, Mississippi.  He left behind scores of people who adored him and a family who loved him deeply and still feel the pain of his loss.

I am encouraged to imagine that Uncle Berley retains the same jolly spirit he was well known for in his new journey. One thing is certain, there is more laughter in heaven now :)

See also:
Tombstone Tuesday:  Berley Alton Powell

A photo journal of Uncle Berley:

Berley & Gertrude, early 1960's

Berley & Gertrude with daughter Pamela, c. 1961

Berley with daughters Debbie (left) and Pam (right), Christmas 1977

With grandchildren Meichelle and Dewayne, 1980

With daughters Pam, Lucretia and Debbie, 1990's 

"Try this on for size"- 
goofing off with one of the ladies bonnets

"I've got the winning hand, try to top that!"

"I'm here, ya'll can start the party now!"

Uncle Berley, 1990's

On his "trike", November 2005

We Love and Miss You, Uncle Berley!

Tombstone Tuesday: Berley Alton Powell

Photo credit:  Gwen Langley Pittman

APR. 10, 1938
MAR. 28, 2006

Photo credit:  Gwen Langley Pittman

APR 10, 1938 - MAR 28, 2006

Photo credit:  Susan Bourgoyne

(Stone added by his daughters)

Pleasant Hill Church Cemetery
Foxworth, Marion County, Mississippi

Memorial listed on Find A Grave,
maintained by Susan Bourgoyne
Click here for link

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Sharing Memories 2012 (Week 15): Gone Fishing with Granny

Oh gosh, these two photos will always be some of my very favorites. Granny and one of her friends had taken Frank Jr. and I on a fishing trip in one of the bayous in southern Louisiana. I remember the trip well. We had so much fun even though our catch mainly consisted of stingrays and gar fish, yuck! By the end of the trip I was literally terrified of stingrays because of the stories told to me by Granny's friend. In my mind, I could actually get electrocuted just by touching one of them, LOL. It's amazing how children take stories so literally.

Apparently, it seems the only good catch of the day was one fair sized fish and a smaller one. Granny had made us throw back the little ones. Frank Jr. was so proud of his catch... just look at the top photo of how he stood there posing with it, so proud. I was quite disappointed that I didn't catch one for myself... and it shows. When I began crying, poor little Frank Jr. felt so bad about it. Granny just stood there kind of snickering at me while trying to make me feel better. LOL, was I the drama queen or what?

In the background of these photos was the famous Huey P. Long Bridge, which I will enter a post about later.

Easter Wishes

Postcard design from

May everyone have a safe and joyous Easter!
~ Susan~

Saturday, April 7, 2012

A Clan of Cousins, Easter 1964

We were dressed in our Easter Sunday best, ready for church services on Easter morning, 1964.  Pictured in this photo are:  Back row- Pamela Kay Powell, Timothy Alton Simmons, Susan Gail Stogner (me), Deborah Gay Powell, Frank Dalton Powell Jr and Joseph Leonard Simmons.  

Friday, April 6, 2012

Easter Memories 1983

Daughters Crissy & Cherie

Crissy, Cherie & their baby brother, Ryan

The photos above were taken at the home of my parents, Frank & Lula Sue Simmons Powell.  After attending morning services at church that Easter morning, we spent a few hours at their home.  Mom cooked Easter dinner and in the afternoon we watched the children enjoy their Easter egg hunt.  Easter was a family affair in those days and there are many wonderful memories of our family spending time together.  

I remember the Easter dresses my daughters were wearing in this photo.  I was quite the seamstress back then and I had sewn a lot of their clothing on my old sewing machine, purchased for me by my father-in-law.  The dresses were pink gingham with a white apron overlay.  I hand-embroidered the yoke of the overlap with a floral design done in pink and blue threads.  I also created the matching hair bows.  Those were the days that I was the "happy homemaker"- times have surely changed since then!  

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Preston Jefferson Stogner, 1898-1985, Walthall County MS

Preston Jefferson and Vella Duncan Stogner
Photo credit:  Bill Reagan

Preston Jefferson Stogner
Photo credit:  Bill Reagan

Preston Jefferson Stogner, also called "Press", was born 01 November 1898 in Mississippi, the second son of Thomas Edward and Susan Cordelia McCain Stogner.  He died 02 November 1985 in Walthall County, Mississippi and was laid to rest in Carson Springs Baptist Church Cemetery, Walthall County.  He married Vella Duncan on 29 January 1921 in Walthall County, the daughter of David W. Duncan and Ophelia Quave.  They had 7 known children- sons Jefferson Preston "J.P.", Felder, James, Alton and Clyde, daughters Alberta and Eddie Rae.  Preston was my paternal grand uncle, the brother of my grandfather Lewis Edward Stogner.

Those Places Thursday: Second Street in Columbia, Mississippi

I think this is a neat photo from the past.  It is estimated the photo was taken in 1939.  Second Street was busy with patrons tending to business.  Although the street decor has changed through the years, Second Street remains one of the busiest areas in Columbia.  At present, the Columbian-Progress newspaper company, First Southern Bank, Columbia Cleaners, a funeral home, and attorney's offices are just some of the local businesses which occupy the buildings.  

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday: Family Photos, Preston Jefferson Stogner & Family

Children of Preston J. & Vella Duncan Stogner:
Clyde, Felder, Eddie Rae & J.P..
Children of Preston J. & Vella Duncan Stogner:
Alton, Felder, Clyde & Eddie Rea, c. 1988
Preston J. Stogner with sisters Evie, Delhia & Stella Mae
Delhia (standing), Vella & Preston

A big Thank You to Artherine Mullins Stogner for contributing these family photos!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

New Blog Created!

After some debate, I decided to create a blog specifically for research on my husband's family.  I find the story of his ancestors very intriguing and full of history.  I would like to invite you all to come visit and browse the site.  It is brand new so there is much work to be done, but eventually it will come to life!

Come visit me at:  Fiddles & Folklore: Our Acadian-French Heritage and tell me what you think, I would appreciate your input!

Tombstone Tuesday: Floyd & Audrey Seal Stogner

Photo credit:  Bill Sullivan

APR. 21, 1916
JUNE 18, 1969

AUG. 28, 1919
MAR. 29, 2008

Carson Springs Baptist Church Cemetery
Walthall County, Mississippi

Memorial listed on Find A Grave
Maintained by Bill Sullivan
Click here for link

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Lewis Edward Stogner, 1897-1988, Marion County MS

Lewis Edward Stogner

Lewis Edward Stogner, my paternal grandfather, and the son of Thomas Edward Stogner and Susan Cordelia McCain, was born 26 March 1897 in Marion County, Mississippi. He is listed in the household with his parents on the 1910 and 1920 federal census records of Marion County.

On 01 February 1918, Lewis married Julia A. McKenzie, the daughter of William O. and Lulu McKenzie.  Julia was born about 1902.  The  marriage between Lewis and his young bride was brief, yet from their union a son was born- Ansel Stogner, on 01 December 1918.  By 1920, Lewis and Julia were both in the households of their respective parents.  During that era, divorce was not commonplace and generally unacceptable in societal opinions.  Those reasons could explain why Julia is listed as "widowed" on the 1920 census and Lewis was listed as "single".  Julia would later become the wife of Stanley Weaver.

I happened to find the record of Lewis' first marriage by accident while searching court records for the marriage of he and my grandmother, Iva Louetta Peak.  Further exploration through the marriage books that same day also revealed that Iva had been married before as well- to Willie Furr. I later discovered that they had a daughter together, Annie.  Until then, I had no knowledge of their previous marriages or the fact that  they had other children.  Those matters were left to past history and unspoken of in front of me. By the time I was born, the children from their first marriages were adults and I don't recall ever meeting them, or even hearing a discussion about them.  Lewis' first wife Julia is also listed on his WWI draft registration card, which was dated 05 June 1918.

WWI Draft Registration Card for
Lewis Edward Stogner

Lewis married Iva Louetta Peak, the daughter of Simpson Peak and Lizzie Miller on 07 June 1926 in Marion County, Mississippi.  She was born 14 October 1905 in Marion County.  

Marriage record for Lewis Stogner and
Iva Peak, Marion County, MS, Book 17

By 1930, Lewis and his second wife, Iva, was settled into marriage and resided in Beat 3, Marion County, Mississippi.  Iva's daughter, Annie, was then six years old and resided with them.  In addition, Lewis and Iva had a child together- a daughter, Velma.  

1930 Federal Census, Marion County, Mississippi, Beat 3

Lewis and Iva remained together until her death on 24 September 1980.  By then, they had been married 54 years.  During the early years of their marriage, they had five children together- sons Hollis, Jewel, Charles and Shelby and daughter Velma.

Lewis married again several months after the death of Iva.  He married Helen Garnett, nee McGeehee.  I don't have the document proving the date of their marriage as of yet.  In the year of 1986 or 1987, Lewis suffered a cardiovascular stroke which left him debilitated.  Until that time, he had enjoyed good health, even as he aged.  After the stroke, he resided in a local nursing home until his death on 20 December 1988 at the Methodist Hospital of Marion County, now known as Marion General Hospital.   The death record shows Lewis died from acute cardiac arrest secondary to a history of arteriosclerotic heart disease.  He was 91 years old at the time of his death.  The informant on his death record incorrectly stated that Lewis' mother's maiden name was Turnage.  Though there are Turnages related to the family, Cordelia's maiden name was proved as McCain.  Lewis was buried next to Iva in Foxworth Cemetery, Marion County, Mississippi.

Death Certificate- Lewis Stogner

The children of Lewis Edward Stogner and Iva Louetta Peak:
i.   Velma Jean Stogner, married Carley Aaron Smith
ii.   Hollis Stogner, married Juanita Graves
iii.  Jewel Mason Stogner, married Doris Louise Foster
iv.  Charles Laverne Stogner, married (1) Lula Sue Simmons (2) Nelda Duncan (3) Dorothy Brady
v.  Shelby Ray Stogner, married Hilda Jean Foster

See also:

Tombstones:  Lewis Edward & Iva Peak Stogner
Family Socials: Children of Thomas Edward & Susan Cordelia McCain Stogner
Blog Post:  Celebrating Grandpa Stogner's 82nd Birthday
Blog Post:  Personal Thoughts- Feeling a Sense of Loss