Saturday, November 16, 2013

Fred Mayo Dies in Memphis, 1940

I came across an obituary for Fred Mayo among the papers of Virginia S. Moran.   There are Mayo's in the Moran family tree, I haven't figured how or if Fred Mayo is one of them or not.

His full name was Fred Henderson Mayo born Nov. 18 1899, per the death certificate.  His headstone in Sunset Cemetery say 1898.  He was the son of William B. Mayo and Lucy Brooks of Palmersville, TN. 

Fred was living with his Uncle Thomas A. McElwrath and Aunt Mollie Brooks in Mayfield Kentucky in 1920.  He worked as a salesman in a dry goods store.  His uncle Thomas owned a dry good store, betcha he was working there.  Fred married Grace Beasley, also of Mayfield.  Her parents were Robert Lee Beasley and Minnie Wyman.

Dresden Merchant Dies in Automobile in Front of Clinic

Fred H. Mayo, Dresden, Tenn., merchant, and member of the State Democratic Executive Committee for the Eighth Congressional District, died of a heart attack while seated in his automobile in front of a Madison Avenue clinic at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon.  Mr. mayo, who was 41, apparently had been in good health and had brought his wife, Mrs. Grace Beasley Mayo, to Memphis yesterday for treatment.

Mr. Mayo had visited the Federal Building to call on friends and had lunch with Dist. Atty. William McClanahan, a longtime friend, and Richard Holliday of Dresden, who is here with the FHA.

Mr. Mayo was a native of Dresden and had operated a ladies ready-to-wear store there for several years.  He was chairman of the Dresden School Board and a former president of the Dresden Chamber of Commerce.  He was a World War veteran and belonged to the American Legion and the Baptist Church.

Besides his wife, he leaves his mother, Mrs. W.D. Mayo; a brother, George Mayo, both of Dresden, and a sister, Mrs. Cornelius Wakefield of Union City, Tenn.

The body was sent to Dresden last night by Thompson Brothers Mortuary for services and burial.  The Burns Funeral of Mayfield, Ky., is in charge of arrangements.

I haven't come across a picture of any Mayo's but we do have this picture of Brud (wearing the bow tie) with Thomas Allen McWlwrath (Fred Mayo's uncle in Mayfield), Mollie Brooks McElwrath (Thomas's second wife standing at the back) and their daughter Linda with the blonde curls.  The woman next to brud is Nell McKruger.

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