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Old photo of Martha Lindsey Todd Williams-Bumpers

Photo of Mrs. Martha Lindsey Todd Williams-Bumpers, taken in the mid 1950s, in Jackson, Clarke County, Alabama. Martha was born April 1862, in Lower Peachtree, Wilcox County, Alabama, to Hannah Williams and John Todd. She lived in the Lindsey household, after the war, up until about 1875. At that time, she lived with her grandmother, Celia Todd, until she moved out, and had her first born, Alberta Pugh, with Robert "Buddy/Bob" Pugh. Martha later married Robert "Bob" Bumpers in about 1893, in Winns, Alabama. They then moved to Coffeeville, Alabama, where they lived until Martha and Bob Bumpers divorced. Martha moved to Jackson, Alabama, where she lived out the rest of her life. She died May 1961, and is buried in a cemetery in Jackson, Alabama.


Brother Ollie Bumpers, born August 24, 1904, in Winns, Clarke County, Alabama, to the late Martha Williams-Bumpers, and Robert Bumpers, Jr, passed away, November 14, 1979, in Mobile, Alabama. A resident of Mobile, Alabama for a number of years. Preceding him in death, his parents, siblings, Alberta Pugh Bumpers-Williams, Nathaniel "Buck" Bumpers, Willie Bumpers, Sr., Ernest Bumpers, Connie Bumpers-Weaver, Alice "Blondie" Bumpers, Sadie Bumpers-Johnson, Allie Mae Bumpers-Hatch and Hannah Bumpers. He is survived by his loving and caring wife, Rachel Kiel-Bumpers, two daughters, Minnie Mae (Raliegh) Allen, Jr. and Bernice (Robert) Robinson, Sr., grandchildren, devoted, Renee Allen of Mobile, AL, Eric, Rickey, Robert, Rochelle and Veda Robinson of Ohio, one sister, Ms. Annie Mae Bumpers of Prichard, AL, sisters-in-law, Hattie Bumpers, Queen Esther Kiel, Barbara Wright and Lola Salter, brothers-in-law, Wadie Kiel, Sr., Evander Kiel and Elmore (Primerose) Kiel, Sr., and many other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Burial was in Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery, in the Ebenezer Community in Clarke County, Alabama.


Photo of Mrs. Allie Mae Bumpers-Hatch, Martha's second to the youngest child. Aunt Allie Mae was born in 1911, in Clarke County, Alabama. She was married to someone with the last name Morris, but no one seems to remember who he was. She later married Mr. Ed Hatch, on January 29, 1962, at the home of her niece, Mrs. Nancy Rae Law-Lassiter, in Plateau, Alabama. She had no children with either marriages. She is buried in the old Plateau Cemetery, located in Magazine Point, on Old Bay Bridge Road.


Photo of Mrs. Nettie Elizabeth Cobb Law-Dickinson, Alberta's second oldest daughter. Aunt Nettie was born August 1917, in the Ebenezer Community of Coffeeville, Alabama. She was very talented and smart about running business. She opened a bar and grill at a very young age, in Grove Hill, Alabama. She managed and saved her money, and baught her own land in Prichard, Alabama. She had a house moved to that land, and finally had it torn down, and had a new one replace it from the ground up. Aunt Nettie met, had two daughters, and she married Jerome Dickinson, from Grove Hill. Both of her daughters have now passed on. Her oldest in Oct. 1999 and the youngest in June 2000, both of Prichard. Aunt Nettie passed January 22, 1975, at her home in Prichard. She is buried in Oaklawn Cemetery, in Prichard, next to her husband, Jerome Dickinson.


Beatrice (Law) Jackson was born on March 15, 1923, in Coffeeville (Ebenezer Community), Clarke County, Alabama, to the late Jimmie and Alberta (Pugh-Bumpers) Law. She was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Clarence Jackson, Sr. in 1938. From this union, three sons and one daughter were born. In 1948, Beatrice and her family moved from Mobile, AL to Oakland, CA. She was united with St. Mary's Catholic Churich in Oakland, CA in 1954. Beatrice was very loving and devoted to her family. She enjoyed working in her garden, growing and tending to her garden, flowers and fruit trees. Beatrice Jackson departed this life on May 27, 2005, in San Leandro, CA. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Jackson, Sr., her oldest son, Clarence Jackson, Jr., her oldest grandson, Kirk Jackson, her parents, Jimmie and Alberta Law, four sisters, Nancy (Howard) Lassiter, Nettie (Jerome) Dickinson, Flossie (Marshall) Watson and Eartha M. Murphy; three brothers, Charlie Law, Dossie Law and Jimmie "I. J." Law, Jr., three nieces, Marilyn (Murphy) Gordon, Margaret Bonner and Sandra (Dickinson) Henderson; one nephew,  Mark Horn, and her grandparents, Martha (Cox) Williams and Robert "Bob" Pugh, Bob Bumpers and George and Delphia Law. She leaves to mourn her passing, three children, Wilbert Jackson of Signal Hill, CA, Mary Carolyn Gates of San Leandro, CA, and Carl Jackson of Oakland, CA; four grandchildren, Shannon L. Gates of Reno, NV, Erik Gates of Oakland, CA, Dawnielle Jackson of Charlotte, NC and Shaun Jackson of Sacramento, CA; two great-grandchildren, Brandon Gates and Kevin Gates, both of Oakland, CA, one sister, Grace Horn of Detroit, MI, a devoted nephew, Archie (Jacquline) Murphy, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends. Funerals services were held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 4025 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Oakland, California, on Monday, June 6, 2005 at 11:00 A.M., with Father Tom Edwards officiating. Interment was in Rolling Hills Memorial Park, 4100 Hilltop Drive, Richmond, California. Arrangements Entrusted to Fouche's Hudson Funeral HOme, 3665 Telegraph Ave - Oakland, California (510) 654-8558.


Photo of Jimmy "I.J." Law, Jr., at the age of 18. I. J. as he was widely known, was born February 1, 1922, to Alberta and Jimmy Law, Sr., He was the third son they had together, but the only son they had together, who got old. Born in the Ebenezer Community of Coffeeville, he left there at a very young age, never to return for a long time. Like his older sisters, when they left in the mid 1920s to go to Choctaw County, none of them returned until the late 1930s, and their father, Jimmy Law, Sr., had gone blind and passed away. They never saw their father again after about 1926. Jimmy Sr., died in 1935, not knowing how his children were doing. Jimmy Law, Jr., finally met up with his three older sisters in Mobile, and they all lived near one another. I. J. married first Mittie Dell Tucker on May 20, 1944. He later moved to Boston, then finally to Norfolk, Virginia. He passed away, May 14, 1996, in Virginia, where he is also buried.


Mary Malone Law Pugh was bron October 14, 1875 in the Ebenezer Community, Route 1, Jackson, Alabama. Her mother was the late Lucy Malone-Law. She departed this life about 4:30 a.m., Monday, May 24, 1971 at the Grove Hill Memorial Hospital, Grove Hill, Alabama. The deceased lifed her entire life in the community of her birth. She joined Ebenezer Baptist Church at an early age, where she was a faithful member until her health failed. She was married to the late Creagh Pugh. To this union six children were born. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Zeola Carter, Rt. 1, Jackson, Al., Mrs. Pearlie Dubose, Jackson, Al., four sons, Zan, Dan and Sidney Pugh, all of Route 1, Jaskson, Al,. L. V. Pugh, Decatur, Michigan; five sisters, Ida Johnson, Route 1, Coffeeville, Al., Nettie, Nancy and Flossie, all of Prichard, Al, Precious Bee, Oakland, Ca., one brother, James Law, twenty-two grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, four sisters-in-law, four daughters-in-law, two sons-in-law, and a host of othe relatives and friends. Services, Sunday, May 30th, 1971, 11:30 AM, at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Route 1, Jackson, Alabama. Rev. A. U. Elliott, Officiating, Jackson Funeral Services, directing. Interment, Ebenezer Cemetery.

Mrs. Lucille Hurd Dixon

 DIXON Mrs. Lucille Hurd Dixon- The third child born to Gus and Ellen Hurd on August 22, 1921 in Jackson, AL. She was a longtime resident of Mobile, AL and passed away at a local hospital on Thursday, January 31, 2008 at the age of 86. She was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Deacon Robert L. Dixon, her beloved Parents, all of her Siblings and Son in law Willie James Wilson. Mrs. Dixon joined the Union Missionary Baptist Church in 1933 at the age of twelve and worked faithfully in the Gospel Chorus Ministry and the Rose of Sharon Ministry until her health failed. She leaves to cherish her precious memories, a devoted daughter; Mrs. Voncile H. Wilson of Mobile, AL. Seven Devoted Grandchildren; Mrs. Voncile (Reginald) Banks Sr., Ms. Marsha Paige, Mrs. Margarite (Andrew) Pierce, Mrs. Shona (Bertram) Nobles, Mrs. M. Katrina (LeDarron) Lewis, and Mrs. Joann (Brizzall) Wilson, all of Mobile, AL. Mrs. Sandra (Clarence) Sutton Sr., of Montgomery, AL. Ten Loving Great-Grandchildren; Thirteen Great-Great Grandchildren; A devoted sister in law; Ms. Josephine Hurd; four devoted cousins; Also cherishing her beloved memory are several very devoted nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be celebrated on Saturday, February 9, 2008 at the Union Missionary Baptist Church, located 506 Bay Bridge Rd, Plateau, AL from 11:30 AM until the 1 PM funeral hour. Pastor A.J. Crawford will be officiating. The family will receive friends beginning at 12 noon. Interment will follow at the Whispering Pines Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Reese Funeral Home, 925 Bessemer Avenue, Prichard, Alabama 36610.

Mrs. Ethel Taylor Brooks was born September 18, 1905 to the late Mr. Lawrence Taylor and Mrs. Laura Johnson Taylor, in Clarke County, Alabama. She departed this life at a local hospital on Thursday, June 11, 1998. She confessed Christ at an early age and became a member of th Good Hope Baptist Church, Glenden, Alabama. Later she moved to Plateau, Alabama and became a member of First Hopewell Baptist Church. She lived in Plateau for 75 years. She was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Mr. Joe Brooks on March 18, 1922. Many loving, beautifull memories will be cherished by her survivors based on her long and fruitful life. She is survived by two sisters, Alice (Elijah) Peters, Willie Mae (Albert) Watts, god child, Mrs. Ethel Todd; 30 nieces and nephews, one devoted, Rev. Lemuel (Ezonia) Taylor, Jr., 103 great nieces & nephews, one devoted, Rev. Jeffery (Betty) Taylor, Jr.; 99 great-great-nieces and nephews; and 8 great-great-great-nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Services, Saturday, June 20, 1998, 11:00 A. M., First Hopewell Baptist Church, Plateau, Alabama. Rev. John McCarty, Pastor, officiating Minister. Interment, Oaklawn Cemetery. Final arrangements are entrusted to Reese Funeral Home, 925 Bessemer Avenue, Prichard, Alabama.


Clarence Jackson, Sr. was born on December 15, 1917 in Presweek, Clarke County, Alabama, to Will and Minnie Jackson. Clarence Jackson, Sr., was united in Holy Matrimony to Beatrice Law in 1938. In 1948, Clarence Jackson, Sr. moved with his family from Mobile, Alabama, to Oakland, California. Clarence Jackson, Sr. was united with St. Mary's Catholic Church in Oakland, California in 1954. He departed this life on March 5, 1990 in Oakland, California. He leaves to mourn, four children; Clarence Jackson, Jr. of Richmond, California, Wilbert Jackson of Wilmington, California, Mary Carolyn Gates of Oakland, California and Carl L. Jackson of Oakland, California. four grandchildren: Shannon Gates of Oakland, Ca., Erik Gates of Oakland, Ca., Dawnielle Jackson of Oakland, Ca., and Shaun Jackson of Berkeley, Ca.: two great-grandcholdren, Brandon and Kevin Gates of Oakland, Ca., and a host of relatives and friends. Services held at Fouche's Hudson Funeral Home "Chapel of Peace", 3665 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, California, Tuesday, March 13, 1990, 11:00 a. m., officiating, Father Leo Edgerly, Jr. Interment, Rolling Hills Memorial Park, Richmond, California.

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Some families know a great deal about their roots; others know very little. This site is an attempt to record what I've learned about our family history. In these modern times, families tend to be scattered all over the country, if not the world. One of the goals of this web site is to help our family stay connected even though we live far apart.

On this page I've provided a little information about who some of these family members are, which inspired me to do this research. Most of this information was probably obtained from talking to living relatives and from researching public records. In the course of doing this research, I've discovered that I have many more relatives than I ever thought possible!

This is a work in progress, so please contact me if you have any information that might help round out the picture.


Photo of Mrs. Alberta Pugh Bumpers-Law-Murphy-Foster-Collins-Williams. "Bammaw" as she was affectionately known, was Martha's oldest child, born September 1, 1889, in Clarke County, Alabama. Alberta first married Jimmy Law, my great-grandfather, in 1908,and lived in the Ebenezer Community of Coffeeville. Then she married Jim Murphy, about 1925, in Bladon Springs, Choctaw County, Alabama. She married Earnest Foster, about 1929, in Leland, Mississippi, then moved to Silas, Alabama. She met and married Edward "Ed" Collins, about 1935 in the upper part of Alabama, and finally Earl Williams in 1974, and they moved to Citronell, Alabama, where he passed away in 1975. Alberta moved around a lot, enjoying life. She had ten children, which two sons, died as children, and her two oldest daughters preceded her in death, with diabetes and cancer. She was the true Indian Chief to our family. Born to the late Martha Lindsey Todd Williams-Bumpers and Robert "Bob" Pugh, in Winn, Clarke County, Alabama, Alberta Pugh Bumpers-Williams died September 9, 1979. As history would have it, her death came during the hurricane season, and during the preperations of her funeral, there was a very strong and dangerous hurricane, "Frederic" out in the Gulf of Mexico. The hurricane hit on September 13, 1979, leaving no electricity, and plenty of flooded areas, including the cemetery, Alberta was to be buried in. Due to this natural and devistating tragedy, there was no newspaper obituary or service obituary for Alberta. She was buried in Whispering Pines Cemetery, after some of the water receeded. She left behind her children, Flossie (Marshall) Watson, Sr., of Prichard, Alabama, Beatrice (Clarence) Jackson, Sr., and Eartha Murphy, both of Oakland, California, Grace (Clifford) Horn, Sr., of Detroit, Michigan, and James (Orelia) Law, Jr., of Norfolk, Virginia; sister, Annie Mae Bumpers of Prichard, Alabama, brother, Ollie (Rachel) Bumpers of Mobile, Alabama, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great, great, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Her parents preceded her in death, along with five of her children, Charlie and Dossie Law, Nancy Lassiter, Nettie Dickinson and Jim Murphy, Jr.; her grandparents, Hannah Williams, Judy Beckham Pugh, Charles Pugh, and John Todd; great grandmother, Celia Todd and great, great, grandmother Sarah; sisters and brothers, Earnest Bumpers, Willie Bumpers, Nathaniel "Buck" Bumpers, Connie Bumpers Weavers, Sadie Bumpers Johnson, Alice "Blondie" Bumpers, Hannah Bumpers, Allie Mae Bumpers Hatch, Dellen A. Pugh (Johnny) Jackson, Arco Pugh (George) Gilmore, Sr., Thomas Pugh and Mike Pugh; uncles and aunts, Gus (Ellen) Hurd, Sr., Georgia Williams (Jerry) Todd, Carrie Williams (Joe) Kone, Jessie (Lola) Williams, Mary Pike (Eugene) Coats, William (Mary) Caves, Tucker Tilus, Eddie and Buddy Williams, Pinkie Hayes (Dan) Randolph, Sr., Alice Morgan (Elijah) Fluker, Sarah Williams (Levert) Malone, Lee Dora Beckham (Henry) Woodson, Mariah Beckham, Sam (Susan)Beckham, John (Mary) Beckham, Sr., Jessie (Alice) Pugh, Unity Pugh (Benjamin) Franklin and Dellen A. Pugh; and a stepmother, Corneilia "Neil" Martin-Pugh, and step-sister, Daisy Martin. Services were held at the church she belonged to in Plateau, Alabama.


Sister Annie Mae Bumpers, born June 28, 1906, in Winns, Clarke County, Alabama, to the lateMartha Williams-Bumpers, and Robert Bumpers, Jr, passed away, April 20, 1993, in Mobile, Alabama. A resident of Prichard, Alabama for a number of years, was the last surviving child of Hannah and Robert's eleven children. Preceding her in death, her parents, siblings, Alberta Pugh Bumpers-Williams, Nathaniel "Buck" Bumpers, Willie Bumpers, Sr., Ernest Bumpers, Connie Bumpers-Weaver, Alice "Blondie" Bumpers, Sadie Bumpers-Johnson, Ollie Bumpers, Allie Mae Bumpers-Hatch and Hannah Bumpers. She is survived by her loving and caring adopted daughters, Vera Mae Purifoy (Marion H.) Davis, Jr., Clara Rocker, both of Mobile, AL, and Julia Woodie of Newark, N. J., grandchildren, Toni C. Fairley and LaBarron Fairley, a special and devoted niece, Flossie Watson of Prichard, AL and devoted and special grand nieces, Ruby Weathers and Margeret Bonner, both of Prichard, AL. She is also survived a number of nieces, nephews, cousins other relatives and friends.


Photo of Mrs. Nancy Rae Law-Lassiter, Alberta and Jimmy Law's oldest daughter. "Nae Nae", as she affectionately known to her many nieces and nephes, and great-nieces and nephews, was born March 5, 1915, in the Ebenezer Community of Coffeeville, Alabama. She was a very fun and out spoken person. When her mother, Alberta married Mr. Foster, and moved to Silas, Alabama, Nancy met and married Mr. Doc Mayfield during the same time. Old Doc was very mean to Aunt Nae Nae, so this marriage didn't last long. Nancy later met Howard Lassiter of Mount Sterling, Alabama. They wed on January 4, 1941, in Plateau, Alabama. Nancy had one son, who died shortly after birth, and had no other children. She passed August 19, 1973, in Prichard, Alabama. She is buried in Oaklawn Cemetery, in Prichard.


Photo of Mrs. Flossie Lee Law-Watson, my grandmother, born  "MaDear" as she was affectionately known to her children and grandchildren, was the sweetest woman anyone could meet. She had been sick and in pain for years, and only complained a little. She left Coffeeville at the age of eight, leaving her father and other family members, to live with her mother in Bladen Springs at the time. They moved around a lot, and finally, Flossie ended up in Gilbertown. She met her husband, my grandfather, Marshall Remis Watson, while she and her family lived in Silas or near Toxey, Alabama in Choctaw County. They married August 8, 1934, in Silas, Alabama, and moved to Gilbertown. They lived there until about early 1940, when they moved to Plateau, Alabama. They lived there, moving back and forward from Prichard for a long time. They then moved to Oakland, California in 1961, and stayed a few years, before returning to Plateau. Later, they moved in their own home, in Prichard, where they remained untio they both passed away. Flossie passed away, October 4, 2001, at her home in Prichard, after a long battle with cancer, at about 7:00 P. M. She is buried in Prichard Memorial Cemetery, next to her husband, Marshall Watson, Sr.Sister Flossie Lee Law-Watson, was born November 30, 1918, to the late Mrs. Alberta Pugh Bumpers-Law-Williams and the late Mr. James "Jimmie" Law, Sr., in Coffeeville, Clarke County, Alabama.  Flossie had a sweet personality, and a kind and sympathetic heart, and desired to help those in need. She was a wonderful person, and will truely be heartfelt missed. Preceding her in death were her parents, her beloved husband, several siblings; Ms. Ada Law, Mrs. Ida Lou Law-Johnson (twin to Ada) and husband Mr. Clarence Johnson, Mrs. Cordelia Ivora Law-Bryant and husband Mr. Henry Bryant, Charlie Law, Dossie Law, Mr. James "Jimmie/ I. J." Law, Jr., Mrs. Nancy Rae Law-Lassiter and husband Mr. Howard Lassiter, Mr. Elie Law and wife Mrs. Lillie Coats-Law, Mr. Levert Law and wife Mrs. Minnie House, Mr. Andrew Law and wife Mrs. Betty Coats, Mrs. Mary Malone Law-Pugh and husband Mr. Creagh Pugh (He was Flossie's first cousin), Mrs. Nettie Elizabeth Law-Dickinson and husband Mr. Jerome Dickinson, Ms. Eartha Mae Murphy and Little Jim Murphy, her grandparents; Mrs. Martha Todd Williams-Bumpers, Mr. Robert "Buddy" Pugh and Mrs. Delphia Law, several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives. Flossie was also the great-granddaughter of the late Ms. Hannah Williams, Mr. John Todd, Mr. George Law, Mr. Charlie "Chas" Pugh and Mrs. Judy Beckham Pugh, and the great-great-granddaughter of the late Ms. Celia Todd. Mrs. Flossie leaves to cherish her memories, three very loving and devoted daughters; Mrs. Annie (Collin) Benjamin, Sr. of Toulminville, AL, Mrs. Ruby (James) Weathers, of Prichard, AL and Mrs. Nettie Sprueill of Winterville, N. C., a very loving and devoted son, Mr. Marshall (Georgia) Watson, Jr. of Prichard, AL, her first and very devoted grandson, Mr. Collin (Dianne) Benjamin, Jr., loving and devoted grandchildren; Mr. Bruce M. Benjamin, of Valley, AL, Mrs. Debbie V. Benjamin (Steven) Wright, and Ms. Enita P. Benjamin, both of Richmond, CA, Mr. Trevor B. (Priscilla) Watson, Sr, Ms. Marquita K. Watson and Ms. Amelia L. Watson, all of Mobile, AL, Mr. George (Wendy) Sprueill, of North Carolina, Octavia J. Kendrick and Jimmy Kendrick, both of Prichard, AL, Mr. Rochelle White and Ms. Deitra White, both of Texas, twenty-six great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, two sisters; Grace Daws-Horn of Detroit, MI and Beatrice Law-Jackson of Oakland, CA, a multitude of nieces and nephews, one devoted, Johnny Law of Maryland, cousins, one devoted, Mrs. Marie Bumpers-Malone of Baldwin County, AL, great-nieces, one devoted, Ms. Valerie Bonner of Prichard, AL, great-nephews, other relatives, friends and neighbors, three devoted, Deacon Willie Donaldson, Mrs. Gloria Stallworth-Reels and Ms. Stacy Benjamin. Reese Funeral Home, in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 10, 2001, at 9:00 A. M. and services starting at 11:00 A. M. at the First Hopewell Baptist Church, 664 Shelly Street, Magazine, Mobile, Alabama, Rev. John McCarty, Pastor and Officiant. Interment, Prichard Memorial Cemetery.


Photo of Nola Lee Bumpers-Cox-Wyatt, Sadie Bumpers' only child. We all called her "Aunt Nola", because she had no siblings, and she treated her cousins like nieces and nephews. Sadie Bumpers was Matha and Bob Bumpers' sixth child together. Aunt Nola married a Reverend Cox in Clarke County, Alabama, and had two sons, which one preceded her in death. They later moved to California. She soon married Archie Lee Wyatt, from Texas, in Oakland California. Aunt Nola was born September 7, 1922. in Coffeeville, Alabama, and passed away, January 17, 1995, in Oakland, California. She is buried in Rolling Hills Memorial Park, in Richmond, California.


Deacon Will Todd--A native of Grove Hill, AL and a resident of Mobile, AL for the past two years, born June 4, 1906, departed this life on Sunday, August 24, 2003 at a local healthcare facility. He was the son of the late Jerry and Georgia Williams Todd of Grove Hill, AL. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alberta Chapman Todd: two sons, Dr. Harvey Lee Todd and Willie James Todd: and three great grandchildren, Jazlen, Jada and Janea. He was a longtime member of the St. Luke Baptist Church of Grove Hill, AL. He leaves to cherish his memories, two daughters, one devoted, Viola T. (Henry) Murphy of Long Beach, CA; and Lorie D. Cox of Jackson, AL; a devoted son, Deacon Author Lee Todd, Sr. of Whistler, AL; one devoted daughter-in-law, Betty Ann Todd of Long Beach, CA; sixteen grandchildren, thirty great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  A funeral Cortege will leave the funeral home on Saturday, August 30, 2003 at 8:30am for Grove Hill, Al, where the funeral services will be held from the St. Luke Baptist Church at 11am. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service at the church. Rev. Robert Jackson, pastor and officiating minister. Interment will follow in the Clarksville Cemetery in Grove Hill, AL. Funeral arrangements are by REESE FUNERAL HOME, 925 Bessemer Ave, Prichard, AL.


Reverend Dr. Harvey Lee Todd, 69, led church, worked as a trash collector for LB shared his faith, and lessons. For more than 32 years, Harvey Lee Todd worked to keep the city clean as a garbage collector and street sweeper operator. Harvey died June 25, 2003, at his Cerritos home of heart failure. Reverend Dr. Harvey Lee Todd, Pastor of New Names Baptist Church, was born June 4, 1934, in Grove Hill, Alabama. He was the oldest of four children born to Will Todd and the late Alberta Chapman-Todd. Dr. Todd united with the St. Luke Baptist Church of Grove Hill, Alabama, at an early age. As a member of St. Luke Baptist Church, he served as Sunday school Teacher and Sunday school Superintendent. Dr. Todd completed high school at Clarke Training School, Coffeeville, Alabama. He attended Long Beach City College and completed his Bachelors Degree in Theology at Reed Christian College and Western Theological Seminary, Inc. He also received his Honorary Doctorate Degree from St. Stephen's Educational Bible College. Dr. Todd and Betty A. Portis were joined in holy matrimony forty-five years ago. He was father of 3 children, Lewis Michael Pugh, Carolyn and Gloria. Betty and Harvey moved to California in 1963, where they united with the Mt. Mariah Baptist Church. Dr. Todd served as Sunday school Teacher, Sunday school Superintendent, Choir Director and Deacon. God later called him to the ministry where he served as Assistant Pastor. On April 21, 1978, he organized the New Name Baptist where he tirelessly served as pastor for 25 years. Dr. Todd was a wonderful, caring and compassionate man of God, who was totally committed to the Lord and his works. He loved New Name Baptist Church beyond measure and demonstrated his love through various ministries. He was the author of the book "Learning to be a Serving Christian." Dr. Todd indeed left a lasting impression on everyone he met. On May 18, 2003, Dr. Todd united with New Hope Baptist Church of Long Beach, under the Pastoral care of Pastor Ruben English. While serving as pastor of New Name Baptist Church, he was an active minister in various community and religious organizations, such as Western Baptist State Convention Usher's, Nurses and First Aiders Counselor; Vice-Moderator at Large, Faith District Association an auxiliary of Western Baptist State Convention, First Vice-President, Long Beach Minister's Alliance (LBMA); Board member, One Church One Child of Los Angeles, Inc; Member of Black American Political Association of California (BAPAC); Member of the Ecumenical Council (LBEC): Member of California Association of Student Tutoring (CAST); Live member, National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); Faculty member, Reed Christian College and Western Theological Seminary; Faculty Member, Long Beach Bible Institute. The City of Long Beach Environmental services for 32 years, retiring October 31, 1996 employed Dr. Todd. During his tenure and after retirement, he was asked to give the invocation at the Public Safety and Public Works Annual Celebration. Dr. Todd leaves to cherish his memories, a devoted and loving wife, Betty A. Todd. His legacy will continue through his three children, Lewis Michael (Devon) Pugh, of Grove Hill, Alabama; Carolyn Chapman and Gloria (Clarence) Archer of Long Beach, California; his father, Will Todd, of Mobile, Alabama; two brothers, Author L. Todd of Mobile, Alabama; Willie J. Todd; one sister, Viola (Henry) Murphy of Long Beach, California; god daughter, Christine McGiffert, of LaJolla, California, six grandchildren, five great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. Funeral services held Saturday, July 5, 2003, at 10:00 A.M., at New Hope Baptist Church, 1160 New York Street, Long Beach, California. Dr. Marvis Davis Officiates. Interment in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Cypress, 4471 Lincoln Avenue, Cypress, California. Professional services entrusted to Long Beach Colonial Mortuary, 638 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, California, 90802 (562) 436-1601. Gillis Monroe, FDR 1105, Funeral Director. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a scholarship fund at New Name Baptist Church, Attention; Scholarship Coordinator, 11 W. Plymouth St., Long Beach, Calif., 90805. For information, call (562) 421-9251 or (562) 423-6129.


Thanks to Family Tree,,, LDS, Family History Center of Oakland, CA, and the Mobile County Probate Court. My family, some of which I have never met, and would not have ever known of, had it not been for the Internet are; L.R. Davis, L.O. Eaton, E.Benjamin, M.S. Grace, N.M. Ramsey, R.F.Allen, Mr.Hubbard, C.Benjamin, R.W. Weathers, F.L.Watson, A.G. Watson, M.R. Watson, E.M. Murphy, R.C. Brown, P. Coats, E. Coats, D.C.Witherspoone, S. Singleto, M.L.S. Benjamin, M.Bonner, D. Bumpers, B.K. Wright, M.A.P. Wright, S.A. Wright, B.M. Benjamin, L.LEEADAN, E.& M. Finlea, W.E.K. King, F. Oliver, E.Pugh, G. Dorrough, C.T. Singleton, J.C. Jones, J.Law, D. Law, W. Caves, C. Benjamin, L.G. Benjamin, A.L.P. Benjamin, G.D. Horn, S.C. Powell, W.Powell, P.D. Hall, P.B. Smith, B.J.B. Abrams, P.B. Stewart, E.S. Agee, D.M. Benjamin, A.R. Watson, A.B.H. Law, A.L. Truesdale, M.H. Simmons, C.M. Carter, A.L. Todd, M. Howze, M.A. Robins, S.T. Coats, B.T. Phillips, S. Jenkins and C.S. Bacon, just to name a few. I wish to thank all of the people who have contributed information contained on these pages.

Some Great Information Websites

1930 Census Images (Choctaw, Clarke and Wilcox County, AL) Comming soon, Mobile County, AL.

Coffeeville, Alabama Historical Evnets

Black History Pages

Black Southerners In The Old South

Back Of The Big House (Folk Life)

The Amistad Incident

The Face Of Slavery

History Of African American Miners

Plantations of North Carolina

Remembering Slavery

Slavery: Myths & Facts

The African American Mosaic

Vilet Lester Letter, 1857

African American Resources at The CHS

Female Buffalo Soldier (With Documents)


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