June 2, 2013

Burrell Thadeus and Alpha Mae Coffey Armor

Burrell, a son of James R. and Mary Emma Bass Armor, was born in Alabama on Dec. 9, 1894 and died at Moulton, Lawrence Co., AL on Nov. 12, 1981.  Alpha (Alphie) was born May 13, 1898 in Lawrence Co. and died there on Oct. 26, 1977.  Both are buried at Moulton Memory Gardens.[1]

Alphie was the daughter of Henry Clay and Martha Jane "Jennie" Gray Coffey.  She and Burrell were married on Sep. 16, 1916 in Lawrence Co.[2]  They lived in and around Moulton all of their married lives and two children were born to them there.

Their first child was Burrell, Jr., born Apr. 30, 1918, died Jun. 2, 1918.  He is buried at Memory Gardens in Moulton.[3]

Their second child was Lawrence E., born in 1919.  Lawrence remained with his parents until 1943 when he married Marie Davis in Lawrence Co. on Apr. 10 that year[4]  On Apr. 20, 1945 he enlisted in the US Army at Fort McClellan in AL.[5]  The war in Europe was mostly over by then, and his headstone does not indicate that he was involved in any overseas action in the Pacific.

Lawrence and his family apparently settled in Will Co., IL after the war.  He passed away in Monee, Will Co. on Apr. 1, 2008 and was buried at the Skyline Memorial Park in Monee.[6]

His obituary from Northwest Indiana and Illinois Times [7]
Lawrence Armor, age 88, of Lansing, IL, passed away Tuesday, April 1, 2008. 
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Marie; daughter, Joyce (Jerry) Brasel; son, Jim (Evelyn) Armor; five grandchildren: Jeff Armor, Mark (Julie) Armor, Karen (Keith) Bohne, Rick (Sharon) Brasel and Stephen (Kelly) Brasel; nine great grandsons; four great granddaughters; and numerous nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 3, 2008 at 11:30 a.m. from the Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Road, Lansing, IL with burial to follow at Skyline Memorial Park in Monee, IL. 
Friends are invited to meet with the family on Wednesday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Whiting Baptist Church, 1541 119th Street, Whiting, IN 46394. 
Lawrence was a member of Whiting Baptist Church, having served as a Deacon and Sunday School teacher for over 40 years at his previous churches. He was a Mason and a member of the Carpenter's Union Local 434. 
Burrell Armor had a sister, Willie E. or B. Armor, born c1898 in AL.  A Willie E. Armor married a Charlie Coffey on Dec. 14, 1924 in Alabama.  I'm not certain, but it appears that Charlie might be a younger brother of Alpha.  That Charlie was born Apr. 3, 1909 and died Mar. 30, 1959, both in Moulton.

There is a marriage record for Alpha's brother Charlie to Ezma E. Moody in Lawrence Co. on Aug. 27, 1929.  They remained man and wife until his death in 1959.  Emza died in 2000.  The death record for Willie Armor[8] reports that her parents were James R. and Mary Emma Bass Armor and her spouse was William R. McCarty [deceased in 1982] to whom she was married on Apr. 2, 1916.

The license for Charlie and Willie[9] suggests there were perhaps two couples with the similar names in Lawrence Co.  I do not know.  If you do, please let me know.


[1] Find A Grave Memorial # 44257471 & Find A Grave Memorial # 44257601.

[2]  "Lawrence County, Alabama Archives" [http://www.lawrencecoarchives.com], Lawrence Co. Marriage Book P, Page 431.

[3] Find A Grave Memorial # 44257493

[4] Early American Marriages: Alabama, 1800 to 1920, Dodd, Jordan R., Ancestry.com Alabama Marriage Collection, 1800-1969

[5] "US World War II Army Enlistment Records," Ancestry.com

[6] Military Marker for Lawrence E. Armor, SSgt, US Army, World War II, 1919 - 2008 - Loving Husband, Dad, Grandpa Papaw, Skyline Memorial Park, Monee, Will Co., IL. Photo by Rachel White.  Find A Grave Memorial # 86918208

[7] http://vitalrec.com/obitindexes/LakePorterIndiana.html

[8] Find a Grave Memorial # 42034571

[9] "Alabama, Marriages, 1816-1957," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FQML-GFM : accessed 02 Jun 2013), Charlie Coffey and Willie Bell Amor, 14 Dec 1924.

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