May 4 - May 10, 1935
70 Years Ago In Overton County (from the files of the Overton County
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TWO OVERTON BOYS SERVING IN U.S. MARINE CORPS
Two Overton County youths serving in the U.S. Marine Corps recently
completed basic training and were assigned to duty with the Fleet
Marine Force based in Quantico, VA. They are John W. Parris, son
of Mr. and Mrs. W.G. Parris, Wirmingham, and Dudley Ledford, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Caleb Ledford, of Monroe, Route 1.
They were accepted for this service at the Municipal Auditorium,
at Macon, GA, last February. They completed training at Parris Island,
SC. Parris graduated at the Pickett County High School at Byrdstown,
and also attended Tennessee Polytechnic Institute, Ledford was graduated
at Livingston Academy with the class of 1933.
During the first 11 months of last fiscal year, the total number
of immigrants coming into the United States legally was less than
The ranks of the gallant young men who fought in the War Between
the States, 1861-65, have become quite thin in Overton County.
Many were the volunteers from this county, but perhaps a ratio
of two to one or, 66.23 percent were Confederates as compared with
the Federals. Four years ago the number surviving was eleven, seven
Confederates, and four Federals, but today there is only one Confederate,
Arkley F. Christian, 89, of Hilham.
Three Federals are surviving, as follows, George W. Reagan, 91,
of Monroe, Alvin P. Vaughn, 90, of Poteet, and Overton Gore, 90,
Richard Marion Poston, 69, died at his home in Monterey, on Monday,
May 5, at 1 o'clock a.m., after an illness of ten days. He was a
native of Overton County, but moved to Monterey 22 years ago. He
was an industrious, honorable citizen and for forty years was a
faithful member of the Missionary Baptist church. His wife, whose
maiden name was Loretta C. Ramsey, died four years ago. Surviving
are three children, W. Walter Poston, of Livingston, and Herman
H. Poston and Mrs. Smith McDonald, both of Monterey, two brothers,
and three sisters, John Will and J. Ode Poston, and Mrs. Martha
Gore, Mrs. Belle Allred, and Mrs. Sallie Poulson, all of Overton
County. He was a son of the late J. Frank Poston, who made a good
record in the Confederate Army, and who was at the time of his death,
the recipient of a state pension.
Funeral services were conducted at the Baptist church at Monterey
on Tuesday, May 7, by the pastor Rev. Bill Parrott, assisted by
Rev. O.P. Gentry, pastor of the Methodist church at Monterey.
Burial was at the Monterey City Cemetery.
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Overton County News
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