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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.

Obituary: William McKissack

Nashville Globe – 25 Oct 1918

William McKissak Passes Away

Pulaski, TN (Special to the Globe) – On Saturday, Oct. 12, 1918; William (Will) McKissack breated his last breath while in a private hospital in Charleston, W. Va., where he and four other of his brothers were at work.  He was taken to the hospital from his temporary residence after becoming very ill.  He was the son of Mr. Gabriel and Mrs. Dolly McKissack, who were pioneers and highly respected here by both white and highly respected here by both white and colored.  Will, as he was familiarly called, was married a few years ago to Miss Oneal Frazier who was at that time teaching in the city schools of Nashville.  

The people of Pulaski were shocked when the news flashed over the wiere announcing the death of Will McKissack.  He had undertaken many enterpises to make good and had been fairly successful.  He was a member of the C.M.E. Church and was a loyal and consistent member until the time of his death.  His remains arrived here from Charleston over the L. & N. on Monday, October 14, 1918, accompanied by his four brothers, Messrs. Moses, Abraham, Arthur and Prof. Calvin McKissack, also his sister, Mrs. Mary Utley; his wife, Mrs. Oneal McKissack, and a lady friend of theirs. 

They were joined here by another sister, Mrs. Annie Maxwell, of Birmingham, and a host of relatives and friends. Other out-of-town relatives here were Mr. Willis James Bramlette, a cousin to the McKissacks and his distinguished parents.   Mr. and Mrs. William Bramlette live here. 

The funeral was in charge of the Pulaski Undertaking Co., under the special direction and management of Prof. T.P. Turner.  The procession was long, and while there were no exercises at the church, the whole ceremony was complete and representative people from all walks of life were out and showed their respect and appreciaion.  Rev. M.E. Jackson was the officiating clergyman.  the following were pallbearers: Mess. John Abernathy, Walter McNairy, Will Tears, Harvey North, A.D. Howell Jr., and Prof. B.H. Morrell.  The following out-of-town friends of Colubmia, Tenn. were present: Dr. T.W. Stephens, who made some remarks at the funeral; Mr. H.D. Merrell Jr. and another friend.

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