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Obituary: Geneva Windham McKissack

Recently, I was contacted by a relative of Geneva, so have been doing some additional research on the McKissack family. Here is Geneva’s obituary:

McKISSACK – Thursday, Jan. 11, 1951, at a local hospital.  Mrs. Geneva Windham McKissack.  Survived by husband, Mr. Calvin L. McKissack; sister, Mrs. Melvin Sears, Birmingham, Ala; brother , Mr. Lewis Windham, Birmingham, Ala.; foster son, Mr. Lamar Mitchell; a host of relatives and friends. The body will lie in state at her late residence. 1503 Edgehill ave. from Friday evening 6 o’clock until Saturday afternoon 1 o’clock.  Funeral service will be held at Capers Memorial C.M.E. church Saturday, Jan. 13, 1951 at 2 o’clock. The Rev. L.A. Story officiating.  Active pallbearers are her nephews: L. Winter McKissack, Moses McKissack IV, Lamar Mitchell, Calvin McKissack, Lemuel McKissack, Samuel McKissack, DeBerry McKissack, and L. Winter McKissack Jr.  Honorary pallbearers , The Arora Assembly, Le Vingt et Un club and Associates of McKissack and McKissack.  Flower ladies: Cleaners Club, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Vagabond Club, Le Vingt et Un Club. Internment Mount Ararat cemetery. Queen Anne Funeral Home of Pulaski, Tenn. in charge with the assistance of the funeral directors of Nashville. — Nashville Tennessean, January 11, 1951.

Editorial note:  Capers Memorial Church was designed by the McKissack family.

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  1. Are you related to Eric? We went to elementary school together

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  2. Eric McKissack

     /  June 10, 2013

    Afi — Nice to connect with you here after all of these years!

    Geneva Windham McKissack was my great aunt, married to my great uncle, Calvin L. McKissack. He was co-founder of the family architectural firm, McKissack & McKissack in Nashville in the early 1900’s.

    The street, Geneva Circle, in Nashville not far from TSU was named after Geneva Windham McKissack.

    I wonder who made the initial contact here about her? Perhaps it was someone from the Windham branch of the family. Aunt Geneva passed before I was born . Unfortunately, I never knew her or her family.

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