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Honor List for Casualties of WWI, WWII and other Wars

As the family story is told, my mother, Eunice Davis Burgin’s eldest brother, Paul L. Davis was killed in Germany during WWII. We do not know the story of his death. We don’t even know if the coffin returned to his parents held his remains.

When his father was ask about not knowing, it is told that his response was…”Guess it’s not for us to know. I’ll treat him as if he is my son and maybe wherever he is, they will treat him the same – with a Christain burial.”

Uncle Lawrence is buried in Salem Baptist Church Cemetry, next to his son and parents.

While searching for items to post on the NCGenweb site for McDowell County, NC, it was suggested to go to the National Archives website. I found the file of “World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel from:   North Carolina.”     The original list was published by the War Department, June 1946, with a list of sixty-two McDowell County, NC men. (on page 22 of publication).   Here is a link to the National Archives website, the different branches of the Military are found as well as information on obtaining Veterans’ Service Records. A table below list the 62 men from WWII and was transcribed just as typed in the 1946 published document.

We still do not know the exact circumstances of his death, but we now know Uncle Lawrence was killed in action serving his country. He was part of the long line of Davis men and relatives serving his country in the military.

Of course that raised my curiosity, so I searched for WWI and came up with casualties from NC that included 500+ men listed. Other resources such as WWII casualties for the Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps was harder to research, as the publications were scanned, not indexed by county.

Then the casualties list for the Korean War is a searchable file by state then name. The list of men from McDowell County, NC is below in a labeled table.

There are also the Vietnam War Casualties, that is searchable by State, then using a “find” command to locate name or county.

WWII Casualties

Surname

Name

Rank

Casualty*

Allison

William H

TEC5

DNB

Anderson

Harold E

PFC

KIA

Arrowood

Elmore R

TEC5

KIA

Bradley

John A

SCT

DNB

Bradley

J D

PVT

KIA

Byrd

Fred L

SCT

DNB

Carpenter

Hoyt B

PVT

KIA

Carr

John A

PFC

KIA

Carter

Richard C

PVT

DOW

Davis

Fred

TEC5

DNB

Davis

Paul L

PFC

KIA

Day

Clifford C Sr

S SG

DNB

Dixon

Dewey W

PFC

KIA

Duncan

Thomas F

PFC

DNB

Eller

Earl

PVT

DNB

Ellington

Roy NMI

PFC

KIA

Evans

William A

PVT

KIA

Freeman

Virgle C

PFC

DNB

Freshour

James E

PFC

DNB

Gibson

Robert L

TEC5

KIA

Grant

Carroll W

CPL

KIA

Greene

Everett D

SGT

DNB

Greene

Garland A

S SG

KIA

Gregory

Warren

PFC

KIA

Hicks

Edward C

PFC

KIA

Hogan

Lester J

PFC

KIA

Hunter

Claude J

S SG

KIA

Isenhour

Bascom M

SGT

KIA

Johnson

William S

PVT

DNB

Kincaid

William J

SGT

KIA

Kirksey

Pat A

S SG

KIA

Lewis

Charles

SGT

DNB

Little

Creel M

S SG

KIA

Loftis

Howard D

S SG

KIA

Lytle

Charles C

PVT

DNB

Manick

Albert A

PFC

DNB

Mashburn

George L

CPL

DNB

Mason

Charles A

PFC

DNB

McCormick

John W

PVT

KIA

Morgan

Clarence

PVT

DNB

Mull

Harrison B

SGT

KIA

Nesbitt

Clyde B

PVT

DOW

Padgett

Delos A

PFC

KIA

Parker

Roy L

PVT

KIA

Parkins

Walter C

S SG

KIA

Perkins

Clifton

PFC

DNB

Plemons

Hubert J

PVT

DNB

Poteat

Bruce B

PVT

KIA

Raby

Eugene M

PFC

KIA

Riddle

Luther A

PVT

DNB

Robbins

Turner L

PVT

KIA

Shufford

James L

PFC

KIA

Simmons

Willie

PVT

DNB

Sinclair

Charles S

PVT

KIA

Sparks

Claude R

PFC

KIA

Swan

James H

PVT

DNB

Thomas

Albert

PFC

DNB

Walker

Howard L

PVT

DNB

Wall

Herbert E

PVT

KIA

Washburn

Samuel L

PFC

DNB

Wilson

Jabaze

PVT

DNB

Young

Ernest E Jr

PVT

KIA

*Type of Casualty:

  • KIA – Killed in action, whether at the front or by enemy action in the rear areas, or if a prisoner of war, whether by air bombardment of his prison camp or by being shot while escaping.
  • DOW – wounded and later died of wounds
  • DOI – Died of Injuries. Suffered fatal battle injuries as opposed to wounds, in combat or in combat areas, and died in a line of duty status
  • DNB – Died, Non-Battle are line-of-duty deaths, such as from sickness, homicide, suicide or accidents outside combat area (including training and maneuver deaths.
  • FOD – Find of Death, dead under Public Law 490
  • M – missing.

 

 

Korean War:

 

Name

Service

Rank/

Rate

Home of Record:

Incident or Death Date (YYYYMMDD)

Remains Recovered

City

County

BIGGERSTAFF GUY K ARMY PVT UNKNOWN MCDOWELL 19511128

Y

BRADLEY FLOYD JR ARMY PVT UNKNOWN MCDOWELL 19520927

Y

GREEN WILLIAM S JR ARMY SFC UNKNOWN MCDOWELL 19520112

N

MORGAN DONALD ARMY CPL UNKNOWN MCDOWELL 19520711

Y

PITMAN ARNOLD ARMY CPL UNKNOWN MCDOWELL 19501212

N

WHITE NOEL EDWIN ARMY PVT OLD FORT MCDOWELL 19500927

N

 

 

Charles Harvey Greenlee

McDOWELL COUNTY, NC - OBITUARIES - Charles Harvey Greenlee, 16 Jun 2005
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Charles Harvey Greenlee a lifelong resident of the Woodlawn community of
McDowell County passed away Thursday morning in the Spruce Pine Hospital
following and extended illness.

Charles was married to the late Jane Katherine Gill Greenlee. 

A graduate of Lees McRae College, Mr. Greenlee was a farmer by occupation; he
was also a founding partner of Greenlee Lime and Stone, Inc. and an instructor
who taught farm production to returning servicemen following world War II
under the G.I. Bill. A former elder of Landis Presbyterian Church he was a
prominent community leader throughout his life serving as a member of the
McDowell County School Board and as a member of various organizations and
committees including the Farm and Home Administration, Extension Ag Council
and the ASC Committee. His deep love of the region's history made him a local
authority on McDowell County history and he was cited for his work on the
"Over the Mountain" historical trail. A long time member of the McDowell
Democratic Men's Club he was active in politics at both the local and state
levels.

He is survived by three daughters, Loto Greenlee Caviness of Marion; Grace
Gordon Greenlee of Marion; and Charlotte Greenlee Carter of Winston Salem; a
brother, William G. Greenlee of Marion; and a grandson and a niece.

Services were held June 21, 2005 at 3:30 p.m. at Westmoreland Funeral Home &
Crematory. The family received friends from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. prior to the
service at the funeral home.

At other times, the family was to be at the home of Bill Greenlee. In leiu of
flowers, memorials were to be made to American Institute for Cancer Research,
1759 R. Street N. W., Washington, DC 20009 or Hospice of McDowell County, 218
Logan Street, Marion, N.C., or a charity of choice. 

Mitchell News-Journal 6/29/05 

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Dallas Paul Biddix

McDOWELL COUNTY, NC - OBITUARIES - Dallas Paul Biddix, 12 Jul 2005
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MARION - Dallas Paul Biddix, 95, of Marion, died Tuesday, July 12, 2005 at his
home. A native of Burke County, he was the son of the late Andy A. and Lena
Lowery Biddix. He was a member of Peppers Creek Missionary Baptist Church, and
was a retired machinist from Coats America with over 25 years of service.

Survivors include his wife, Ida Mae Lowery Biddix, of the home; one son, Robie
Biddix of Marion; two daughters, Roxie Ledford of Old Fort, and Wanda
Cerminaro of Marion; five grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; two great
great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of Westmoreland
Funeral Home. Revs. Mike McGuire, Lee Cook and T.J. Addison officiated. Burial
was in Biddix Cemetery. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday at
the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the family at 1941 Peppers
Creek Road, Marion, NC 28752.

Mitchell News-Journal 7/20/05 

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McDowell County Residents Mentioned in NC Newspapers

Last night I was watching  – “Who Do You Think You Are?”, a NBC televised show that chronicles  a celebrity as they research their ancestors. They make the journey look so easy. The celebrity (last night it was Rosie O’Donnell) have the help of certified genealogist and historians.

One of the clues that Ms. O’Donnell found about her great-grandmother was in a newspaper. There is a wealth of information in newspapers for the genealogy researcher – obituaries, birth announcements, tragic events, marriages, and social events  to name a few.

There is a great resource out there – NC People in the Papers. A database of various news worthy items such as deaths, marriages, and births from NC Newspapers.  See the About Page for more information.

BTW, Ms. O’Donnell found a newspaper article about her great-grandmother, who was fixing breakfast, while holding her year-old child.  The child pulled over a kerosene lamp that caught her mother on fire. She died 20 days later. The lead Ms. O’Donnell to a sibling, she did not know her great-grandfather had.

McDowell County People in the NC People in the Papers.

Happy Reading!

 

McDowell County Newspapers 1862-1994

Newspapers of McDowell County (all or partial) on microfilm, State Archives

  • Express, weekly, 1895
  • Lamp Post, weekly, 1881
  • Marion Messenger, weekly, 1896-1898
  • Marion Progress, weekly, 1905, 1906, 1909 – 1956
  • Marion Record, weekly, 1894 – 1895
  • McDowell Democrat, weekly, 1905 – 1909
  • McDowell News, tri-weekly, 1962 – 1994
  • Mountain Mercury, weekly, 1863
  • Western Enterprise, weekly, 1862

 

Edwards, Oberia “Obie” Seay Read (2008)

Obituary of Oberia “Obie” Seay Read Edwards ~ 2008

Transcribed by Joseph Cook

Oberia “Obie” Seay Read Edwards, 84, of Asheville, passed away Friday, November 7, 2008 at Four Seasons Hospice in Flat Rock, NC.  She was born in Haywood County to the late Hayes Seay and Gertrude Mull Seay.  Oberia was raised in Bryson City, NC and graduated from Swain County High School in 1943.  She loved Marion and lived here from 1968 until 1997.  She was a Deputy Clerk of Court for McDowell County until her retirement in 1991.  She loved crossword puzzles and the mountains.

She was a devout Christian and read the Bible all the way through two times a year for over 30 years.  In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her first husband Richard H. Read, Sr, her second husband Tench Edwards; 2 sisters, Hazel Seay Welch and Evelyn Seay Beatty; and 1 brother Buddy Seay.

She is survived by 2 sons, Dick Read and wife Betsy of Goldsboro, and Jeff Edwards of Arden; 2 brothers, Jack Seay and wife Doris and Arnold Seay and wife Christine both of Marion; 2 sisters, Thelma Parker and husband Glenn of Marion, and Lenna Milam and husband Robert of Forest City; a grandson Tony Read and wife Amy of Wilmington; 3 great grandchildren, Jack Read, Ava Read, Lydia Read; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Services were held Sunday November 9, 2009 at 11:00 AM in the Kirksey-McCall Memorial Chapel in Marion.  The family received friends from 10:00 to 11:00 AM prior to the service.  Burial was in West Court Baptist Church Cemetery.  The family would like to extend a special thanks to Clare-Bridge of Asheville for their love and kindness.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association.  Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion will be assisting the family.

The News Bulletin of McDowell County, Wednesday November 12, 2008 Volume 14 # 45

Edwards, Donna (Gail) McMahan (2008)

Obituary of Donna (Gail) McMahan Edwards ~ 2008

Transcribed by Joseph Cook

Mrs. Donna (Gail) McMahan Edwards, age 64 of Marion passed away on Tuesday September 23, 2008 at her residence.  A native of McDowell County, Donna was born on August 16, 1944 to the late Robert McMahan and Hassie Shuford McMahan.  She was a member of Pleasant Gardens Baptist Church and was retired from the Marion Police Department following 24 years of service.  Donna loved, and was loved by everyone who knew her.  She will be missed. The Marion Police Department will serve as Honor Guards and pallbearers.  A brother Kenneth Lee McMahan preceded her in death.

Surviving are her husband of over 45 years, Howard Glenn Edwards; a son Christopher Joel Edwards of Marion; a sister Oleta Edwards of Marion; three special grandchildren, David Ellison, Christina Carter and Rebecca Blue; and four special great grandchildren, Cameron Ellison, Adriana Blizzard, Terri Blue and Elizabeth Blue.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday September 25, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. at Pleasant Gardens Baptist Church with Revs. Jerry Allen and Harold Webb officiating.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church.  Burial will be in Liberty Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery.  Flowers are acceptable and appreciated.  Those desiring to make a memorial contribution are encouragedto consider Pleasant Gardens Baptist Church at 214 PG Baptist Church Rd. Marion, NC 28752 or to Liberty Freewill Baptist Church at 4089 US Hwy 70 West Marion NC 28752. An online register is available under OBITUARIES at www.westmorelandfuneralhome.com.

The News Bulletin of McDowell County, Wednesday September 24, 2008 Volume 14 # 38

Early, John Clark (2008)

Obituary of John Clark Early ~ 2008

Transcribed by Joseph Cook

John Clark Early, 89, of Greensboro, lovingly known as the Candy Man, passed away on December 13, 2008 at Moses Cone Hospital.  Funeral service was held on Wednesday December 17, 2008 at 2:00 P.M. at Lawndale Baptist Church with interment to follow at Westminster Gardens Cemetery.  He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Gwendolyn Early; and one brother.

His immediate survivors are his wife Grace of the home; daughters, Phyllis and Jim Willard of Jamestown; Susan and Joe DePeri of Greensboro; Linda Phillips of Greensboro; Scotti Lanier of Oak Ridge; 2 brothers; 2 sisters; 6 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.  He was patriotic and loyal to his country having served in World War II.  He was a member of the American Legion in Greensboro, and Masonic Lodge 656 of Greensboro.  He was a charter member of Lawndale Baptist Church and a faithful supporter of his Church as exemplified by his involvement in the Senior Adult Choir, his Sunday School Class, and serving as a Greeter on Sunday mornings.  His greatest loves were God, Country, and Family.  He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Friends may visit on Tuesday December 16, 2008 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Hanes-Lineberry North Elm Street Chapel.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Lawndale Baptist Church.  The family wishes to extend special thanks to Dr. Stanley Tennant, MD and Lori Cannon, NP; and the staff at Greensboro cardiology and the Palliative Care Unit at Moses Cone Hospital.  On line condolences may be made to www.mem.com

The News Bulletin of McDowell County, Wednesday December 24, 2008 Volume 14 # 51