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Obituary of Mrs. Mary Jane Taylor Durham – 1960

Source: Unknown newspaper in Franklin County, TN.

(Probably the Herald-Chronicle in Winchester, Franklin Co., TN).

See Transcriber Notes at end of document.

Obituary reads:

Services Held For

Mrs. Mary T. Durham

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Taylor Durham, 87, of Winchester, were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at J.C. Moore and Sons Funeral Home.

The Rev. Billy Chitwood officiated. Burial was in Mt. Garner Cemetery, Decherd.

Mrs. Durham died Sunday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. James E. Branch in Winchester after several years of illness.

She was a Franklin County native and a daughter of Shade and Mattie Skidmore Taylor. She was a member of the Walnut Grove Methodist Church.

Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Branch, Mrs. Nannie Taylor and Mrs. Jessie Womack, all of Winchester, Mrs. Odie Marlin, Sr., Ohio, and Mrs. Maggie Hall, Los Angeles; three sons, Taylor Durham, Pulaski, Tenn., Joe Durham, Winchester, and Herman Durham, Lexie Cross Roads community; one sister, Mrs. Lou Taylor Sanders, Winchester, and 26 grandchildren.

[Transcriber Notes: Obituary found amongst my grandmother’s documents that I inherited from my father.

This is the obituary of my great grandmother, Mary Jane (Taylor) Durham who was born 11 Aug 1872 in Franklin Co, TN and died 17 Apr 1960. My grandmother was her daughter, Jessie Velma (Durham) Bolden Womack.

Mary Jane (Taylor) Durham’s parents: Shadrach/Shadrick "Shade" Taylor and Martha "Mattie" Elizabeth Skidmore.

Mary Jane (Taylor) Durham’s husband: Her husband, James Singleton Durham b. 10 Apr 1865 near Maxwell, Franklin Co., TN. and died 25 Aug 1935 in Winchester, Franklin Co., TN. He was the son of Hiram Hansford Durham and Nancy Clementine/Clemency Everett.

Mary Jane Taylor and James Singleton Durham were married on 16 Jan 1889 in Franklin Co., TN. Both are buried in Mt. Garner Cemetery, in Decherd, Franklin Co., TN.

Recap of Survivors:

5 Daughters:

Mrs. James E. Branch of Winchester

Mrs. Nannie Taylor of Winchester

Mrs. Jessie Womack of Winchester

Mrs. Odie Marlin, Sr. of Ohio

Mrs. Maggie Hall of Los Angeles

3 Sons:

Taylor Durham of Pulaski, Tenn.

Joe Durham of Winchester

Herman Durham of Lexie Cross Roads community

1 Sister:

Mrs. Lou Taylor Sanders of Winchester

Grandchildren: 26

If you are a descendant of any of these people, please contact me. I have much to share.

Transcribed by Josephine Bolden-Pani on 8 June 2001. I may be contacted at

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