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CROOM, Nathan Richard – (d. 1920)

Nathan R. Croom Dead — Aged Confederate Veteran Died on Memorial at His Home in Currie
On Memorial Day, when our southern cities were doing honor to the memory of our Confederate soldiers, Mr. Nathan Richard CROOM, and old Confederate veteran passed away at his home on Moore’s Creek.  He had been in declining health for about ten months, only being confined to his bed for a period of three weeks.  He served his county as a soldier in the war of the sixties; he served his country as a magistrate for many years and served his church – and Sunday school as a modest, faith abiding christian.  He was a kind husband, an indulgent father and a helpful, thoughtful neighbor. On March 3, 1920 he passed the 76th milestone of life.  On April 26th fifty years ago, he married Miss Mary HENRY, of Brunswick county, who with eleven children and twenty-five grandchildren survive him.  In the fifty years of married life this is the first link of the chain of life to be broken.  Mr. CROOM was fond of attending the annual reunions of the old soldiers, and always did so when in reach, and today he has entered the everlasting reunion with his old comrades gone before. We laid him away in his suit of gray, and his badge of honor beside him. May his lesson of life be a blessing and good influence to all who knew him.  He never wavered in his duty, was jovial and happy at all times; he never complained, always replied to friends inquiring of his health in a most cheerful way, and during these last three of intense suffering he always looked to God for help and comfort. He died as he had lived, trusting his heavenly Father and a brave soldier of the cross.  Peace to his ashes.

Source: Pender Chronicle [Burgaw, NC]; 13 May 1920. 

Marriage: Thos. G. COVINGTON & Gertrude RIVENBARK

BEAUTIFUL WEDDING – Miss Gertrude Rivenbark Became Bride of Prominent Young Business Man

Ms. Getrude RIVENBARK, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.T. RIVENBARK, of Williard, NC and Mr. Thos. G. COVINGTON, a leading young business man of Clio, SC, were happily united in marriage at the home of the bride’s parents, at Wiliard, yesterday at high noon, Rev. Dr. Calvin S. BLACKWELL, of this city, officiating.

Miss Zennie CROOM, of Burgaw, was maid of honor, and Mr. Baxter A. FLETCHER, of Clio, was best man.  Miss Exie CROOM, of Burgaw, charmingly rendered the wedding marches.  The following group of young ladies were bridesmaids: Miss Clara Lane WILLS, of McColl; Miss Katie VEACH of Warsaw; Miss Linda DOZIER, of Wilmington; Miss Mamie JOHNSON, of Williard; Miss Eveline POWERS, of Williard.  The ushers were: Mr. F.T. CROOM, of Burgaw;  Mr. Jas. M. JOHNSON, of Williard, Mr. Bernard A. EDENS, of Dillon, SC; Mr. John C. WIGGINS, of Wilmington; and Mr. R.J. RIVENBARK, of Darlington, SC.

The delightful occasion brought together a large company, among whom were Mr. J.C. COVINGTON, of Clio, Mr. C.C. RIVENBARK, of Sanford; Mr. J.W. RIVENBARK, of Wilmington; Miss Katie SHOLAR, of Wilmington; Mrs. Eva Forrester RIVENBARK, of Burgaw, and other members of the family and friends.

The bridesmaids and maids of honor were in white organdi.  The bride wore an elegant going-away gown of castor venetian cloth with velvet lining — Wilmingon Star Jan. 29th.

Source: Marlboro Democrat, 6 Feb 1903. ChroniclingAmerica.gov

PEARSALL, William Wilson (1943)

Transcribed by Stephen Carroll Pearsall

DIED – Rocky Point, N. C., Dec. 2. – W. W. Pearsall, Sr., 62, died at his home here at 4 p.m. yesterday after a lengthy illness. Mr. Pearsall was a former member of the county board of education and had been chairman of Pender county board of elections for the past eight years and always active in community affairs.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary Belle Sparkman Pearsall, and seven children:  W. W., Jr., Mrs. Beverly Paul,Eloise and Martha K., and S. F. Pearsall, all of Rocky Point. Mrs. J. Wilbur Breece of Fayetteville, and C. E. Pearsall of Wilmington. Two brothers and a sister also survive.

Funeral services were held from the Rocky Point Methodist church Thursday at 4 p.m. Interment followed in Pike Creek Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were: Allison Croom, Joe I. Moore, James Pearsall, Dr. H. W. Stevens, Jr., Joseph Casey, Jr., J. A. Casha and R. H. Balcombe. 

Source: Wilmington News, 2 Dec 1943

Note: William Wilson Pearsall was born in Duplin County, NC on 22 Mar 1883, the son of Edward Dickson Pearsall and Barbara Susan Armstrong. Barbara was the daughter of Thomas James Armstrong. William Wilson Pearsall and Mary Belle Sparkman were married at the Rocky Point M. E. Church on 12 Jan 1909.