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Our condolences to the family and friends. Two obits are below for him.
Sorry to be so late posting this. Barbara
As seen at Legacy.com, and published in The Birmingham [AL] News from May 2
to May 3, 2013 [including a photo of this nice looking Black man]:
Joe W Poythress
POYTHRESS, JOE W. 52, passed away April 24, 2013. Survivors: mother, Rowena
P. Poythress; brothers, sisters, and a host of other relatives. Funeral
service will be held at 12 noon Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Guiding Light
Church (1846 John Rogers Drive). Interment will follow in Elmwood Cemetery.
[Logo for Poole Funeral Chapels - Four Generations of Caring, phone
Posted at DignityMemorial.com thanks to Elmwood Cemetery & Mausoleum, 600
Martin Luther King Dr, Birmingham, AL 35211:
In Memory of
Joseph Winston Poythress
August 6, 1960 - April 25, 2013
Burial arrangements under the direction of Elmwood Cemetery & Mausoleum.
Our condolences to the family and friends of Rev Brenson Poythress, who
died 17 Oct 2013. His age and surviving family members are not noted in
the two obits, below, from Atlanta, published on 19 & 25 Oct 2013. Further
below, is an earlier Jan 2006 mention of him (and more family members) in
another Atlanta-Journal Constitution obit published 23 Jan 2006 for his
son, Kenneth M Davidson. [Info in square brackets, like these, are my
Family-Placed Death Notice published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on
19 Oct 2013:
Benson [sic; apparently should be Brenson] POYTHRESS
Rev. Benson Poythress of Atlanta passed October 17, 2013. Arrangements
announced later by Hines Home of Funerals, Inc. 404-792-2400
Family-Placed Death Notice published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on
25 Oct 2013:
POYTHRESS, Brenson Homegoing Services for Rev. Brenson Poythress will be
held Saturday October 26, 2013 at 11am at Great Levy Baptist Church 3384
Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy, Rev. W. C. Williams Pastor, Rev. Lovett Thornton
officiating Interment Southview Cemetery LaGrange, GA. Family and friends
are asked to assemble at 678 Herschel Rd College Park [GA] at 10am. Hines
Home of Funerals, Inc. 595 West Lake Ave NW [Atlanta, GA 30318] 404-792-2400
And the earlier mention of Brenson Poythress from Atlanta-Journal
Constitution published 21 - 23 January 2006:
Mr. Kenneth M. Davidson
Homegoing service for Mr. Kenneth M. Davidson of Atlanta, Ga. will be held
Tuesday, January 24, 2006 at 11 AM at the Greater Leavy Missionary Baptist
Church, 3384 Bankhead Highway, NW [Atlanta, GA 30331]. Rev. W. C. Williams,
Pastor, officiating. Interment Southview Cemetery, LaGrange Ga. The remains
will be placed in state at the church at 10 AM. Family and friends are
asked to assemble at 3596 Bolfair Dr. SW at 10 AM. Wake will be held
tonight, Monday, from 7-8 PM, also at the Greater Leavy Missionary Baptist
Church. He is survived by his daughter, Kenya Davidson; his father, Rev.
Brenson Poythress; 3 sisters, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel (Deborah) Milligan; Mr.
and Mrs. Perry (Carolyn) Hoke, Ms. Sylvia Poythress; 4 brothers, Mr. and
Mrs. David Poythress, Sr. (Helen), Jerome Poythress, Donald Poythress and
Ronald Poythress and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives
and dear friends. Hines Home of Funerals, 404-792-2411
Thank you, Randy! I'm so sorry that yesterday I WRONGLY listed Gideon
Poythress as father of the huxter Benjamin Poythress. Randy is correct
that indeed Nancy Netter has concluded that HARDIMAN POYTHRESS who married
ELIZABETH GOLDER 13 Oct 1789 in Prince George County, Virgina were the
parents of BENJAMIN POYTHRESS, b. 1808, Southampton, Virginia; d. 26 Jul
1865, Petersburg, Virginia. I somehow got my wires crossed on that
yesterday (perhaps about the time of a touchdown in whichever college
football game my hubby had the channel on), and I'm sorry.
I also want to include this info from the 1910 Lynchburg City, Campbell Co,
VA Census, which is re a Census page that Nancy Netter and I had earlier
looked at and had trouble reading. I've now been able to clearly read the
middle initial for young George (age one year 7 months) as an "L" thanks to
it being written in the same manner as the first letter of the first name
of the person above him, "Lillian." Thus the dwelling is:
Lynchburg City - Ward 3 (Part of), Campbell Co, VA, p.14-A for Family
numbers 101-109: the 1910 Census page image is very difficult to read due
to the backward slant of the handwriting of the Census-taker and numerous
scratch-marks from the microfilm that the digital version caught. Family #
103, on lines 20-25 has 6 people as follows [Note: square brackets like the
ones containing this note, are my own comments, not info shown on the
- Taylor, Sally S, head, female, white, age 45, widowed, b.VA, father
b.VA, mother b.VA, Saleslady, Dept Store;
- Poythress, Janie [nee Taylor] B[?], daughter, female, white, 23,
widowed, b.VA, father b.VA, mother b.VA, Mailing [or Marking or Mending?]
clerk, Steam[?] laundry;
- Smith, Lillian K[?], daughter, female, white, 21, married, b.VA, father
b.VA, mother b.VA, no occupation;
- Poythress, George L, [Bpn notes that his middle initial is written the
same as the first letter of the first name on the immediately-above line
"Lillian"], grandson, 1 7/12, single, b.VA, father b.VA, mother b.VA
- [Bpn cannot read her name], Mother, female, white, 66, widowed, b.VA,
father b.VA, mother b.VA
- [this surname maybe Tatum?], Richard, [cannot read relationship to head]
male, white, 49, single, b.VA, father b.VA, mother b.VA
Again, I'm sorry for causing confusion by my wrong statement yesterday re
the father of Benjamin Poythress, huxter.
On Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 10:09 AM, Randy Jones <randyj2222(a)yahoo.com> wrote:
> Thanks so much for sending this to us.
> One question though. Based on the submittal to this forum on 15 Jan 2006
> by Michael Tutor, and a subsequent response by Nancy Netter on 22 Feb 2008,
> I have the parents of Benjamin Poythress (1808-1865) as Hardiman Poythress
> (b.c.1775) and Betty Golder. Do I have this wrong?
> Randy Jones
I don't recognize this lady, or who her parents back in Virginia would have
been, and would appreciate learning more if any of you know. Solano, CA,
where she died, is between San Francisco and Sacramento. Thanks for any
Barbara Ann Hust, died 2 Feb 1992 at Solano, CA; born 15 Nov 1935 in
Virginia; female; father's name Poythress; mother's name Pugh
Seen tonight at FamilySearch.org, citation: "California, Death Index,
1940-1997," index, FamilySearch [no image online as of 26 Oct 2013]
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VGPP-V88 : accessed 26 Oct 2013),
Poythress in entry for Barbara Ann Hust, 1992.
Our condolences to the family of this wonderful man, who I regret never
having met. Barbara
As seen today at Legacy.com and published in Pensacola [FL] News Journal on
Sept. 26, 2013. The obit was accompanied in that paper by 2 photos, one
showing him as a young Marine in dress uniform, and the other more recent
and more casually dressed. (The obit and Marine photo of him have already
been posted at FindAGrave.)
George Poythress Jr. (1940 - 2013)
George Leroy Poythress, Jr. (1940-2013
George Leroy Poythress Jr., 73, of Pensacola, FL, passed away peacefully
on September 22, 2013 surrounded by family and loving friends to be with
God. George is known to family and friends as "Buck" or "Bucky". He was
born in Roanoke, VA on July 14, 1940.
He was a member of the graduating class of 1958 Graham High School,
Bluefield, VA where he met and married his high school sweetheart, upon
graduation joining the U.S.M.C.
Throughout Buck's life, he always served his country with honor and
dignity. First, and foremost, as a Marine during the Vietnam War Era,
traveling to over 19 countries. He received too many accolades to mention.
Stationed in Hawaii, he earned a Bachelor Degree with the Chaminade College
of Honolulu, receiving honors. Retiring at the rank of Master Sergeant, he
later joined the Escambia Sheriff's Department and rose to the rank of Lt.
before retiring in 2004. [Note: Escambia Co, FL is the county in which
Pensacola is located. I had not been aware of any Poythress family living
there before seeing this obit.]
George leaves behind his loving wife of 55 years of marriage, Ella
Perdue Poythress; his son, Greg and wife Pat Poythress; daughter, Renee and
husband Victor Barahona.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00p.m. Thursday,
September 26, 2013 at Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel. A Funeral Cortege will
depart from Harper-Morris at 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 27, 2013 for
Graveside services at Barrancas National Cemetery at 11:00a.m.
Special thanks to the doctors and staff of West Florida Hospital and
Baptist Hospital for their loving care and service.
The family would like to give a heart-felt thanks to long time caring
friends, Leamond and Judy Gunn.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project
in memory of George Poythress.
This Marine believed in God, the Flag and Country. Semper Fi!
Express your condolences in our guestbook at pnj.com/obits
Note that from some of the many, many notes in the online guest book, and
the photos posted, we learn that while he was at Graham High in Bluefield,
VA he'd been an outstanding musician, with one fellow noting his memory of
Bucky was how he set the bar high for trumpet playing, saying he would
always remember Bucky's playing 'Flight of the Bumblebee' -- one of the
toughest pieces for a trumpet player -- superbly. [When you read the below
family line for him, this sounds like a talent he inherited from his
One photo posted by his daughter shows his talent as an artist, too, with a
beautiful picture he'd done. Another photo shows him as a young boy of
perhaps 5 or 6 (so during or soon after WWII), dressed in what looks like a
small Army dress-uniform, beside his mother.
The above-mentioned Bluefield, VA is located along the Bluestone River in
Tazewell County, on US Hwy 19, very near the VA-WV state line in
southwestern VA -- and just 3 miles down the road from Bluefield, WV. To
help you place Bluefield, VA mentally, it is just west of I-77 and about 38
miles north-northwest of Wytheville, VA (which is at the intersection of
I-81 and I-77), for those who may be more familiar with it.
Analysis shows this recently deceased George Leroy "Buck" Poythress Jr, who
was born 14 July 1940, descends from:
- ggg-gf: Gideon Poythress [who was age 40-49 in the 1830 Southampton Co,
- gg-gf: Benjamin Poythress & Susan Mary Williams [Benjamin was born about
1808 in Southampton Co, VA; was listed in 1850 Petersburg, VA Census as a
huxter; & was buried in late July 1865 at Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg,
- g-gf: George Alexander Poythress & "Ella" or Ellan M; George was born in
1849 (listed as age 1 in father's hh in 1850 Petersburg Census; he died Aug
1906 in Lynchburg, VA; per his obit he was a musician, buried in
Lynchburg's Presbyterian Cemetery
- gf: George Leroy Poythress [b.July 1878] & Janie Taylor; [He was born
July 1878; per his March 1909 obit, he'd been leader of the Lynchburg City
Band; was regarded as one of the best musicians of his kind in the city;
for years his beautiful cornet was heard in churches of the city; was
leader of the YMCA Orchestra until ill health compelled him to give up his
music; his illness lasted about a year before he died, survived by his wife
(Janie Taylor of Lynchburg) and infant son -- apparently named for his
- father: G.[George] LeRoy Poythress & Dorothy E [While I could not find
any burial record for him, I did find him in the SSDI as George Poythress,
b.4 Oct 1908, d.in Mar 1966 with no zip code specified for his last
residence; he had obtained his SS # in WV -- He was age 31 in April 1940
Census of Bluefield, Tazewell Co, VA, which showed the couple with only one
small daughter; in that 1940 Census we learn that on 1 Apr 1935 he and his
wife had lived in Roanoke, Roanoke Co, VA; his education level was shown as
having 4 yrs of college & his occupation was Draftsman for the Electric
Power Utility who had worked all 52 weeks of preceding year.]
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