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Robert "Lloyd" Rich, Sr.

Male 1896 - 1976  (79 years)


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  • Name Robert "Lloyd" Rich  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
    Suffix Sr. 
    Nickname Lloyd 
    Born 12 Aug 1896  Pine Hill Road, Lynn, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 6, 7, 8
    Gender Male 
    Died 3 May 1976  1500 East Shotwell Street, Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13
    Buried 5 May 1976  Oak City Cemetery, Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7, 8
    Person ID I178  Main
    Last Modified 7 Apr 2012 

    Father Euzema Rich,   b. 8 Nov 1868, Pine Hill Road, Lynn, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jan 1944, 1500 East Shotwell Street, Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Menla Powell,   b. 22 Oct 1871, , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Aug 1927, , Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 29 Oct 1889  , Cyrene, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [14, 15, 16, 17
    Family ID F124  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Cecil Harrell,   b. 21 Sep 1900, , Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Dec 1993, 1400 Tallahassee Highway, Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 17 Jan 1918  , , Thomas County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5, 18, 19
    Children 
     1. Cecil "Frances" Rich,   b. 22 Oct 1919, , Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Oct 2002, 1120 Morningside Drive, Perry, Houston County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)  [natural]
     2. Robert "Lloyd" Rich, Jr.,   b. 15 Feb 1924, , Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jan 1995, , Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)  [natural]
     3. Olive Womack Rich,   b. 27 May 1927, , Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 1998, 450 North Candler Street, Decatur, Dekalb County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)  [natural]
     4. Infant Rich,   b. 22 Jan 1929, , Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1929, , Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     5. Jack Gray Rich,   b. 26 Nov 1935, , Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown  [natural]
    Last Modified 13 Feb 2011 
    Family ID F83  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Lloyd Rich, the third child in a family of ten, grew up on a farm in rural Southwest Georgia just outside of Bainbridge. According to his youngest son Jack, Lloyd said he "could not get off the farm soon enough." As soon as he was of age, he moved to town. Although he did not complete his high school education, Lloyd was keenly inclined toward business matters. He owned and operated several businesses throughout his life and was active in buying and selling real estate.

      In January 1918, Lloyd eloped with Cecil Harrell. Cecil grew up in Bainbridge, but was at the time attending Wesleyan college. Lloyd went to get her at school and they traveled to the neighboring county of Thomasville, Georgia for the ceremony. In May of the same year, Lloyd was drafted into the army and was stationed Camp Gordon in Atlanta. Fortunately, it was at the very end of the war. After he came home, Lloyd and Cecil started their family and Lloyd started selling auto parts. After a few years, the family moved to Thomasville, where Lloyd and a friend ran an automobile dealership.

      After a few more years, Lloyd sold his half of the business and moved his family back to Bainbridge, where they rented a house on Shotwell Street. In Bainbridge, he opened a grocery store and bought a service station. Later, he started a chevrolet dealership, which became known as R. L. Rich Chevrolet. The family had new cars for years to come!

      During his life Lloyd helped found the Bainbridge County Club and was a member of the New Orleans Cotton Exchange. His nine grandchildren referred to him as Pappy and one of their most fond memories was that he always had a stick of Juicy Fruit gum ready when they came to visit. They also remember the scent of tobacco from his pipe. Lloyd owned a small organ and he enjoyed playing hymns for everyone.
    • (Research): Lloyd played golf and one time he took some of his grandkids out to the Bainbridge Country Club and let them ride with him in his cart. Jack's daughter, Charlotte, was a toddler at the time and she managed to accidently get behind the golf cart just as Pappy was backing out. He did not hear her screaming for a bit, but she came out mostly unharmed.
      The whole family attended First Presebyterian Church.
      One of Lloyd's fingers was cut off in a motorcycle accident. He was riding in a side car to the motercycle at the time.


      Social Security Number: 252-46-5029

      Notes on the New Orleans COTTON EXCHANGE:
      The New Orleans Cotton Exchange was organized in 1871 by a group of cotton merchants and bankers for the purpose of facilitating trade and regulating prices. It provided a central bureau for the latest news about the movement of the commodity and its fluctuating values. The first Cotton Exchange was in a building on the corner of Carondelet and Gravier Streets. On the same corner in 1883, the second Exchange opened in a new structure, ornamented with large allegorical figures. Demolished in the 1920s, this building was replaced by the third Exchange to be erected on the site. Although the building still stands, the institution of the Cotton Exchange and most other commodity-specific exchanges have all but been eliminated by federal regulations and changing business practices.

      http://nutrias.org/~nopl/mss/cotton.htm
      The New Orleans Cotton Exchange was founded in 1871. Its constitution, adopted on January 24 of that year, stated the organization's purposes as:
      ...to provide and maintain suitable rooms for a "Cotton Exchange" in the City of New Orleans; to adjust controversies between members; to establish just and equitable principles, uniform usages, rules and regulations, and standards for classification, which shall govern all transactions connected with the cotton trade: to acquire, preserve and disseminate information connected therewith; to decrease the risks incident thereto; and generally to promote the interests of the trade, and increase the facilities and the amount of the cotton business in the City of New Orleans.
      To further these goals, the Exchange had, in addition to its board of directors and officers, several committees, each devoted to a particular aspect of the institution's overall activities. These committees dealt with membership, information & statistics, trade, classification & quotations, finance, credits, and books.
      By the early 1960s the Exchange was suffering from the decline in volume in trading of cotton futures. This, coupled with changes in the regulation of trading by the federal government, led to closure of the institution on July 9, 1964. An effort to revive the business as the New Orleans Cotton and Commodity Exchange in the mid-1970s did not succeed.
      The Cotton Exchange occupied three successive buildings at the corner of Carondelet and Gravier Streets in the New Orleans Central Business District. While the last of these structures, built in 1920, remains standing and is known as the Cotton Exchange Building, it passed out of the hands of the Exchange in 1962.
    • (Medical):See attached sources. [6]

  • Sources 
    1. [S796] Georgia, Decatur - Will Books, Clerk of Court, (Probate Court, Bainbridge, Georgia), last will and testament of Euzema Rich, filed 8 Jan 1944, E:221 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S208] Military: World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [Ancestry.com database], (www.ancestry.com), card for Robert Lloyd Rich; citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm publication 1557024, precinct 513, Decatur, GA (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S795] Vital: Georgia Vital Records, 1919-Present, (Vital Records, Atlanta, Georgia), certificate of birth for Jack Gray Rich (1935), registration district 573, certificate no. 51387 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S52] Newspaper: Georgia, Decatur, Bainbridge - The Post-Search Light [microfilm], (Bainbridge, Georgia: Gilbert H. Gragg Library), birth announcement for Jack Gray Rich, ca. 26 Nov 1935 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S796] Georgia, Decatur - Will Books, Clerk of Court, (Probate Court, Bainbridge, Georgia), last will and testament of Robert Lloyd Rich, Sr., 16 Jul 1973, filed 7 May 1976, J:185 (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S795] Vital: Georgia Vital Records, 1919-Present, (Vital Records, Atlanta, Georgia), certificate of death for Robert Lloyd Rich Sr. (1976), state file no. 013309 (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S52] Newspaper: Georgia, Decatur, Bainbridge - The Post-Search Light [microfilm], (Bainbridge, Georgia: Gilbert H. Gragg Library), obituary for Robert Lloyd Rich Sr., vol. 70, no. 36, Wednesday, 5 May 1976, page 1 (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S27] Cemetery: Georgia, Decatur, Bainbridge - Oak City Cemetery, grave marker for Robert Lloyd Rich Sr., block 131, lot 4, photographed by Gail Rich Nestor, 11 Jul 2003 (Reliability: 3).
      Inscription:
      Robert Lloyd Rich Sr.
      Aug. 12 1896
      May 3, 1976

    9. [S51] Book: Georgia - History of Savannah and South Georgia, 2 volumes, William Harden, (Chicago and New York: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1913), 1009 (Reliability: 3).
      "Euzema married Menla Powell, and their nine children are named Pat T., Jewell, Lloyd, Ross, Jennings, Emory G., Gladys, Lois, and James Clay."

    10. [S25] Book: Georgia-Decatur - Decatur County, Georgia - Past and Present 1823-1991, Decatur County Historical Society, compiler, (Roswell, Georgia: WH Wolfe Associates, Historical Publications Division, 1991), 427 (Reliability: 3).

    11. [S128] Florida, Leon, Tallahassee - notes from 1968 Rich Family Reunion, Pete and Jean Rich, (written correspondence with attendees: original papers in possession of Jean Downs Rich Murray) (Reliability: 3).

    12. [S798] Church: Georgia, Decatur, Bainbridge - First Presbyterian Church, entry for Robert Lloyd Rich, The Church Register, Register of Ruling Elders, no. 11 (Reliability: 3).

    13. [S798] Church: Georgia, Decatur, Bainbridge - First Presbyterian Church, entry for Robert Lloyd Rich, The Church Register, Chronological Roll of Communicants, no. 58 (Reliability: 3).

    14. [S793] Marriage: Georgia, Decatur - Marriage Record Books, Clerk of Court, (Probate Court, Bainbridge, Georgia), marriage of Euzema Rich & Menla Powell, 29 Oct 1889, B:625 (Reliability: 3).
      Georgia, Decatur County.
      To any Minister of the Gospel, Judge, or Justice of the Peace.-Greeting.
      You are Hereby Authorized to Join
      Mr. Euzema Rich and Miss Manla Powell
      in the holy state of MATRIMONY, according to the Constitution AND Laws of this state;
      and for so doing, this shall be your sufficient License.{}
      Given under my hand and seal, this 29th day of October 1889
      CJ Mannerly Ordinary.
      GEORGIA, DECATUR COUNTY.
      I Hereby Certify, that Mr. Euzema Rich and Miss Manla Powell
      were duly joined in Matrimony, by me, this 29th day of October 1889
      Rev. George F. Taylor

    15. [S795] Vital: Georgia Vital Records, 1919-Present, (Vital Records, Atlanta, Georgia), certificate of death for Menla Powell Rich (1927), state file no. 18727 (Reliability: 3).

    16. [S52] Newspaper: Georgia, Decatur, Bainbridge - The Post-Search Light [microfilm], (Bainbridge, Georgia: Gilbert H. Gragg Library), obituary for Menla Powell Rich, vol. 12 no. 13, Thursday, 11 Aug 1927, page 8 (Reliability: 3).

    17. [S25] Book: Georgia-Decatur - Decatur County, Georgia - Past and Present 1823-1991, Decatur County Historical Society, compiler, (Roswell, Georgia: WH Wolfe Associates, Historical Publications Division, 1991), 341 by Pauline (Rich) Cooper (Reliability: 3).

    18. [S260] Georgia, Thomas - Marriage Record Books, Clerk of Court, (Probate Court, Thomasville, Georgia), certificate of marriage for R L Rich & Cecil Harrell, 17 Jan 1918, record no 67 (Reliability: 3).
      Marriage License
      State of Georgia Thomas County

      To any Judge, Justice of the Peace, or Minister of the Gospel.
      You are hereby authorized to join
      R. L. Rich and Cecil Harrell
      in the Holy State of Matrimony, according to the Constitution and
      Laws of this State and for so doing this shall be your License.
      And you are hereby required to return this License to me with your
      Certificate hereon of the fact and date of the Marriage.
      Given under my hand and seal this 17th day of
      January 1918.Wm M. Jones, Ordinary

      State of Georgia Certificate Thomas County
      I certify that R. L. Rich and Cecil Harrell
      were joined in Matrimony by me this 17 day of January Nineteen Hundred
      and eighteen.
      Recorded Jan 19, 1918Robert Stuart Landers Minister
      Wm M. Jones Ordinary

    19. [S52] Newspaper: Georgia, Decatur, Bainbridge - The Post-Search Light [microfilm], (Bainbridge, Georgia: Gilbert H. Gragg Library), marriage announcement for Lloyd Rich & Cecil Harrell, vol. 3, no. 44, Thursday, 24 Jan 1918, page 1 (Reliability: 3).