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Cecil Harrell

Female 1900 - 1993  (93 years)


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  • Name Cecil Harrell  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Born 21 Sep 1900  , Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 5, 6, 7
    Gender Female 
    Died 13 Dec 1993  1400 Tallahassee Highway, Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5, 6, 7, 10
    Buried 15 Dec 1993  Oak City Cemetery, Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5, 6, 7
    Person ID I179  Main
    Last Modified 30 Aug 2020 

    Father Charles Leonidas Harrell, Jr.,   b. 8 May 1881, , Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jan 1953, , Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Olive Womack,   b. 21 Oct 1882, , Danville, , Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1951, , Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 24 Jul 1898  , Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11, 12, 13, 14, 15
    Family ID F127  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Robert "Lloyd" Rich, Sr.,   b. 12 Aug 1896, Pine Hill Road, Lynn, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1976, 1500 East Shotwell Street, Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 17 Jan 1918  , , Thomas County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 16, 17, 18
    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 
    • Cecil was the oldest of seven children, having five sisters and a brother. Because her two youngest sisters were very young when she was first married, they called her "Tut" instead of Cecil. Their mother taught them that it was not proper for children to call a grown young lady by her first name, so the nickname "Tut" was adopted.

      Cecil loved gardening. She was active in her garden club and kept her house beautifully landscaped with roses, daylillies, and skillfully maintained shrubbery. She was also a good cook. One of her biggest hobbies, however, was sewing. She sewed clothes for herself, her children, and her grandchildren from patterns she purchased from the fabric store. She also loved knitting, crotcheting, and smocking. She had a separate sewing room in her house and she kept large quantities of buttons, yarn, thread, beads, and patterns, which all the grandchildren loved to play with. She let them cut paper dolls out of her old magazines and then showed them how to make clothes for them out of paper, fabric, buttons and beads.

      Cecil enjoyed watching several soap operas on television, which she referred to as her "stories." She knew what was going on with all the characters at all times. She likewise enjoyed keeping up with her rather large family and group of friends. She knew what everyone was up to, and was very knowledgeable of her family history. Cecil kept a weekly standing appointment at the beauty parlor to have her hair washed and curled. During this time, she caught up on what was going on in the lives of everyone in town.

      Cecil was very interested in medical remedies. She had a potion or ointment for almost any kind of ailment a person could imagine. Also, because she saved most everything she considered to be of some value, Cecil had many collections to share. She collected pictures, news articles, and other mementos on each of her children and grandchildren. At a special time in each of her loved ones' lives, she presented a whole scrapbook, filled with these treasures, to him or her. These scrapbooks have become cherished keepsakes to several of her descendants.

      Although she did not attend but one semester of college before she got married, Cecil was a good student in high school and was very proud of her high school grades. She often commented about how she made an A on her last algebra test. She was also involved with the studies of her children. One time she laughingly claimed that in a single week, she had attended a college graduation, a high school graduation, a grammar school graduation, and a kindergarten graduation - one for each of her children!
    • (Research):Social Security Number: 252-08-5385

      Cecil was a delegate to the Democratic Convention some time in the early 1950s.
    • (Medical):See attached sources. [3]

  • Sources 
    1. [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).

    2. [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).

    3. [S795] Vital: Georgia Vital Records, 1919-Present, (Vital Records, Atlanta, Georgia), certificate of death for Cecil Harrell Rich (1993), state file no. 052208 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [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).

    5. [S798] Church: Georgia, Decatur, Bainbridge - First Presbyterian Church, funeral program for Cecil Harrell Rich (1993), Ivey Funeral Home (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S52] Newspaper: Georgia, Decatur, Bainbridge - The Post-Search Light [microfilm], (Bainbridge, Georgia: Gilbert H. Gragg Library), obituary for Cecil Harrell Rich, Wednesday, 15 Dec 1993 (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S27] Cemetery: Georgia, Decatur, Bainbridge - Oak City Cemetery, grave marker for Cecil Harrell Rich, block 131, lot 4, photographed by Gail Rich Nestor, 11 Jul 2003 (Reliability: 3).
      Inscription:
      Cecil Harrell Rich
      Sep. 21, 1900
      Dec. 13, 1993

    8. [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), 235 (Reliability: 3).

    9. [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).

    10. [S798] Church: Georgia, Decatur, Bainbridge - First Presbyterian Church, entry for Cecil Harrell Rich (Mrs. Robert L.), The Church Register, Chronological Roll of Communicants, no. 24 (Reliability: 3).

    11. [S793] Marriage: Georgia, Decatur - Marriage Record Books, Clerk of Court, (Probate Court, Bainbridge, Georgia), marriage of C L Harrell & Olive Womack, 24 Jul 1898, D:196 (Reliability: 3).
      Georgia, Decatur County.
      To any Minister of the Gospel, Judge, or Justice of the Peace:---Greeting:
      You are hereby authorized to join
      C L Harrell and Olive Womack
      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 23 day of June 1898
      CW Wimberly Acting Clk SC
      Ordinary.
      GEORGIA, DECATUR, COUNTY.
      I Hereby Certify, that C L Harrell and Olive Womack
      were duly joined in Matrimony, by me, this 24th day of July 1898
      E R Corswell Minister of the Gospel

    12. [S795] Vital: Georgia Vital Records, 1919-Present, (Vital Records, Atlanta, Georgia), certificate of death for Olive Womack Harrell (1951), state file no. 5584 (Reliability: 3).

    13. [S52] Newspaper: Georgia, Decatur, Bainbridge - The Post-Search Light [microfilm], (Bainbridge, Georgia: Gilbert H. Gragg Library), obituary for Olive Womack Harrell, Thursday, 15 Mar 1951, pages 1 and 4 (Reliability: 3).

    14. [S27] Cemetery: Georgia, Decatur, Bainbridge - Oak City Cemetery, grave marker for Olive Womack Harrell, block 43, lot 168, photographed by Gail Rich Nestor, 31 May 2004 (Reliability: 3).
      Inscription:
      Olive Womack
      wife of
      Charles L. Harrell
      Oct. 21, 1882
      Mar. 12, 1951

    15. [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), 235 (Reliability: 3).
      "His (Charles L. Harrell Sr.'s) s, Charles L. Harrell (b 1881, d 1953) was a merchant and salesman. He m Olive Womack (b 1882, d 1951)."

    16. [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

    17. [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).

    18. [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).