Mississippi Family Group Sheet for the William Berry "Will" ROACH Family

Husband: William Berry "Will" ROACH
Birthdate: March 15, 1883
Birthplace: Union Co., MS
Death date: September 11, 1958
Place of death: Tippah Co., MS
Burial: Jacob's Chapel Cem., Tippah Co., MS
Father: Elijah Augusta "Lige" ROACH
Mother: Francis M. DUNNAM

Marriage date: November 8, 1908
Marriage place: Tippah Co., MS

Wife: Minnie Lea WAMMACK
Birthdate: December 19, 1889
Birthplace: MS
Death date: February 15, 1936
Place of death: Jackson State Hosp., Jackson, MS
Burial: Jacob's Chapel Cem., Tippah Co., MS
Father: John D. WAMMACK
Mother: Mary Etta CHILDERS


Child No. 1: Mary Edna ROACH
Sex: F
Birthdate: January 23, 1911
Death date:
Place of death: Eupora, MS
Burial: Eupora, MS
Marriage date:
Marriage place:
Spouse's name: 1. Jesse Albert PEELER, 2. J.W. NOLEN

Child No. 2: Francis Vivian ROACH
Sex: F
Birthdate: February 25, 1916
Birthplace: Tippah Co., MS
Death date: March 28, 1983
Place of death: Tippah Co., MS
Burial: Blue Mountain Cem., Tippah Co., MS
Marriage date: August 1, 1946
Marriage place: MS
Spouse's name: Cloyce Clyde CHUNN

Child No. 3: William Russell ROACH
Sex: M
Birthdate: September 18, 1919
Birthplace: Tippah Co., MS
Death date: December 24, 1989
Place of death: Tupelo Hosp., Lee Co., MS
Burial: Blue Mountain Cem., Tippah Co., MS
Marriage date: March 21, 1946
Marriage place: Cotton Plant, Tippah Co., MS
Spouse's name: Pauline CHUNN

Child No. 4: Ralph O'Donald ROACH
Sex: M
Birthdate: March 12, 1926
Birthplace: Tippah Co., MS
Death date: February 1988
Place of death: Bradenton, FL
Burial: Blue Mountain Cem., Tippah Co., MS
Marriage date: May 28, 1949
Marriage place:
Spouse's name: Gwenolyn DUFFY
* 1910 Tippah Co., MS census
ROACH William B. head male white 21 married once married 1 year MS MS MS
Minnie L. wife female white age 20 married once married 1 year 0 children MS MS MS
* Tippah Union School, Cotton Plant, MS. B.G. Horton, Tiplersville, Principal, Records of Trustees in Union C. Schoolhouse in Union Co. 10 Teachers.
Parent: W.E. Roach
Child: Edna, 16 year old, female
Vivian, 11 year old, female
Russel, 7 year old, male (If his age is correct, this was around 1912?)

Notes For Minnie Wammack:
* Obit saved by Pauline Chunn Roach:
Mrs. Will B. Roach, 47, died Saturday night in Jackson, Mississippi, and was buried in Jacob's Chapel Monday, the funeral services being conducted by her pastor, Rev.W.P. Liming, Pastor of Blue Mountain Methodist Church. Mrs. Roach was taken to Jackson some time ago for treatment and her husband was just on the point of leaving here for Jackson when word came of her death.
Before her marriage she was Miss Minnie Womack, daughter of Mrs. Etta Womack. She married W.B. Roach of Blue Mountain in 1910. She is survived by her husband and the following children: Mrs. Jesse Peeler, Calhoun City; Russell, Ralph. and Vivian Roach of Blue Mountain; and by the following sisters: Mrs. Ike Carter, Ripley; Mrs. WalteR Smith, Ripley; Mrs. Dan Carter, Ripley; and Mrs. Ernest Sparks, Dumas.
The family moved to Blue Mountain several years ago and Mr. Roach served for some time as a local official. The Ripley Funeral Home had charge of funeral arrangements.
* Saved from the newspaper by Pauline Chunn Roach:
We wish to thank our good friends and neighbors for the many deeds of love and kindnesses shown us during the death and burial of our dear wife and mother, Mrs. W.B. Roach. We also especially thank Brother Liming for his consoling words and the Ripley Funeral Home for their efficient service.
May God bless each and every one who helped in any way.
W.B. Roach and children
* Phone interview between Glenn and Linda about Minnie's death. Linda says Minnie was "going through the change of life" and was suicidal. She was trying to kill herself at home with a butcher knife. During this time you had to get your own family member to the state hospital for commitment. Before she left with her husband, she told Vivian to always take care of Will. That's why Vivian stayed throughout her life in the Roach family home in Blue Mountain. She lived there after her marriage to Cloyce and cared for her father until his death.
On the ride by train to Jackson state hospital, they passed over a canyon. Minnie attempted to jump off the train but her husband, Will, caught her by the legs and pulled her back into the train. She received treatment at the hospital and Will was told she was able to come home. As he was preparing to make the trip from Blue Mountain to Jackson to pick her up, a flu epidemic was going through the patients of the hospital. Minnie caught the flu and died before he got there.
* I formerly had Minnie listed as Minnie Lee, but her marker has her name as Minnie Lea so I've using that in my computer at this time.

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