Family of William L. Yancy (1856-1952) of Calhoun County, Mississippi

From left to right:
Jesse Lee Yancy (1891-1964) [hand on chest]
 John Edward Yancy (1883-1946 son of William L. Yancy (1856-1952) and deceased first wife Casserenda Sharpe Yancy 1858-1884)
Claude Clay Yancy (1894-1980) [sitting on lap of Father]
Father - William L. Yancy
Female standing in back is Florence Spencer - relationship unknown.
Mother -  Martha Bratton Yancy (1865-1913)
Maude May Yancy (1894-1973) on lap of Mother
George Tom Yancy (1887-1924),
Sophronia Adell Yancy (1889-1963)
Picture taken 1896



William Yancy as an older man


William with his brother Thomas Bartlett Yancey

Notes concerning William L. Yancy - written by Martha Hipp Dickson

William L. Yancy was born the 31 March 1836 in Pickens County, Alabama and died the 30 of May 1952.  His parents were Philip Henry and Sophronie (Carden) Yancy. He married (1st) Nancy Sharp and they had one child, John Edward ("Word") Yancy.   She died and he married (2nd) Martha Bratton. Nancy is buried in the Webb cemetery in Lafayette County. W. L and Martha are buried in  the Sarepta cemetery, Sarepta, Miss. W.L. and Martha had 8 children. They lived in Lafayette County on the Buck Sharpe place.

Children of William Yancy:

#1. John Edward  ("Word") Yancy born 26 Sept,1883, died 30 Jan.1946  married . May Henley. They had a daughter
Myrle who married. Hubert Glenn and lived near Sarepta,Miss.

#2. George Tom Yancy born 2 Dec.1887, died 11 Nov.1924.  He married lla Sharpe, they had one
son - George T--George T. formally married Fay Grist and had one daughter Sandra Joe. #2. He m. Betty
Horne 19 Nov.1955, had two children-Jimmy Ted b. 31 Aug.1960, Lori Ann b. 25 May 1963.
Lori Ann married. David Goad and have a  daughter Kimberly DeAnne, Sept 20, 1984. Tom is buried
in Sarepta Cemetery. George T. and Ila are buried in Webb Cemetery.

#3. Phronie Adelle born 11 Apr.1889, died 26 Mar.1963. Never married and loved by all. 
I am sure her name was Sophronie from W. L.Yancy's mother. She lived with W.L (Bill) and cared
for him. She is buried in Sarepta Cemetery (new Part)

#4. Jesse Lee Yancy, Sr.  born 23 Feb.1891 - died 5 Aug 1964 married Ethel Onsby. She was  the daughter of 
of William and Cassie (Anderson) Onsby. They had two children, Jesse Lee Jr. and Robbie Rae.

Jesse Lee Yancy,Jr. born 16 Jan.1926- died 26 Aug 1970. m. Barbara Frances Young 14 Oct
1951. She was b. 25 Mar.1933 and was the daughter of Thomas Wilson and Monette (Morgan) Young.
Jesse and Barbara had 3 chi1dren - Cynthia b. 27 Feb.1955; Jesse Lee III b. 12 Dec.1957  and Thomas Warren b. 31 Dec.1958. Jesse Lee Yancy, Jr. served as Senator for the State of  Miss. He also served 8 years as district attorney for the Third Circuit Court Dist. before his Senate election. The Jesse L. Yancy Library of Bruce, Miss is named in his  Memory.

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Robbie Rae Yancy (female) born 16 Mar.1928 md. # 1 William Albert Cooper and had 3 boys.
William Yancy Cooper b. 9 Feb.1950-md.Bever1y Ruth Overby,23 Jun 1973. She was b. 28
Apri11949, dau. of Elmo Wayne and Mary Ruth(House) Overby. They have two daughters - Lylla Ruth
b.9 Jan.1978--Yancy Lee born 13 Oct,198l
Robert Sherman Cooper born 5 Aug 1952 m. Linda Gail Collums 10 Aug.1974. She was
born 10 Aug 1951 daughter of Claxton Monroe and Marjorie D.(Easley) Collums. They have two
children, Jessica Rae b. 7 Feb.1977--Sherman Collums b. 21 Nov.1980.
Charles Albert Cooper b. 22 Nov. 1956, d. 24 Nov. 1956. William Albert Cooper
was b. 22 Mar. 1924--d. 2 Feb.1959. He is buried in Bruce cemetery, Bruce, Miss.
Robbie Rae m. # 2 Clifton Reid Easley, Jr. He is an attorney and they live in Bruce,

#5. Claudie Clay (Jack) Yancy born 30 July,1894, died 14 Mar. 1980   married Ethel McGill.
She was b. 26 Sept 1897, d. 11 Feb.1977. She was the daughter. of Archie and Edith (Cooper)
McGill. Jack serviced as Representative for the State of Miss. Both are buried in Bruce
cemetery. They had two children, Lester Truman and Ruby Zane Yancy.
Lester Truman Yancy b. 5 Oct.1917 m. Maxine Lindsey'25 Apr.1938. She was b. 29
Aug.1918 and daughter  of Samuel and Dee(Sprui1l) Lindsey. They had two children, William
Samuel and Jackie Dee. Truman and Maxine live in Durham, N. C.
William Samuel b. 17 Aug.1939 md. Susie Guest 18 June 18 1965. They have
children, William Samuel, Jr. b. 12 Feb.1969--Amy Lynn b. Mar 7,1967--James Michael
b. 6 Oct,197l. William Samuel is a doctor and lives in Durham, N.C.
Jackie Dee b. 20 Jan. 1941 m. Richard Herbert Wiebe 30 Aug.1975 and have one son,
Richard Herbert Wiebe, Jr. b. 17 Dec.1979. They live in Mobile, Ala.
Ruby Zane b. 17 Mar.1922 md. Walter D. Glenn 16 Sept 1945-- He was b. 24 Apr.19l8,
and was son of George Hollis and Ila Janie (Dickson) Glenn. They have two daughters Gloria Zane
and Martha Ann.
Gloria Zane b. 13 Jun. 1949, md. James Robert Magness, Jr. 3 Aug 1973 and have two
children, Yancy Robert b. 7 Jan. 1981 and Laura Zane Magness b. 2 Feb. 1984.
Martha Ann Glenn b. 17 May 1953 md. Julious Raymon Reese,Jr. 26 July,1975. He was
b. May 1953, son of Julious Raymon and Zena(Cox)Reese. They have one son, Julious Raymon
Reese III("Jay") b. 30 Jan. 1982. Walter is retired and they live in Bruce, Miss.

#6. Maude May Yancy (Twin to Claudie Clay) born 30 Ju1y,1894 died 1973- married. Clarence Mize 25 Dec .1917.
They are both buried in Tu1a Cemetery. Had two daughters Eunice and Inez.

Eunice Irene Mize b. 7 June 1920, d. Oct. 1973. m. Dever Davis and had one daughter
Dianne. She m. Michael B. White and had two boys, Grant and Brad.
Bernice Inez Mize b. 1 Jun 1922 married. William Malcolm Whitten b. 28 Dec. 1922
d. 27 Mar 1980. He was the son of Clifford Payton and Lillie Mae Whitten. They had
one son, Clarence Michael b. 17 Aug 1953, md. Claudia Davis 2 Jan.1953. They have two
children, Payton b. 26 Mar 1976 and Amy b. Dec.1978. Inez and Son live in Germantown, Tn.

#7. W. D. (Bill Joe) Yancy  born5 July 1897  died 27 May 1939.  married Velma Hipp. (see below notes)

#8. Jettie Parelee Yancy born 9 Nov. 1899, married  Euel Cain  the 10th of May 1923. Euel is
buried in Bruce cemetery. Jettie lives in Bruce, Miss.

#9. Virgie Yancy born 13 June 1903 died 28 Feb 1983.  Married Dwight Moody Hipp 31 July 1920. More Family Info.

William L. Yancy was quite a man. We loved to gather at his house on Sunday. They had
this long bench in the kitchen and we all wanted to sit on and eat. In those days the
men folk ate first, then the women and by the time it got to us children there was not
the choice piece of chicken to be fussed over. At the age of 80 he dug this ditch
through his field near Sarepta, Miss. Now it is a creek with a bridge over it. I will
always treasure the times spent with Gramps and Auntie (Phronie).





Claudie Clay ("Jack") Yancy - son of William L Yancy.

The Monitor-Herald, Calhoun City, Calhoun Co., MS, Nov. 27, 1924, Sarepta community news items 
"The village and community extends their sympathy to Mr. Bill Yancy and family in the loss of their son, Tom, who was laid to rest in the Sarepta cemetery Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock. Mr. Tom Yancy leaves a wife [ Ila Sharp Yancy ] and one child [George T Yancy Jr], to whom we extend our greatest sympathy. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. F. Brasher and Prof. Bridges at the cemetery." [George Thomas Yancy, 2 Dec 1887- 10 Nov 1924]



[Memories by Martha Hipp Dickson]

Bill Joe & Velma lived near Gramps and taught school in the Delay school system. They use to drive a Model T and when it rained there were no windows to roll up. This was told to me by my brother, James Hipp. He went to school at Delay and rode with Aunt Velma and Uncle Bill Joe.

Bill Joe died with Cancer. Aunt Velma died with a blood clot after breaking her hippo

I always wanted to go up there for they had such a pretty house and Erma had all these things, their Christmas Tree was just beautiful at Christmas time and she had this cabinet record player, you had to crank it but we kids like to go into her sitting room. I ate my first Jello at Aunt Velmas when I was just a small child.

Uncle Bill Joe sold Milk and hauled it to Bruce, Mississippi to sell. Erma went to Bruce School and graduated there.

We did not have many dresses but Aunt Velma would always make us dresses, she could sew real good and helped us out a lot for we did not have very much at all.



Bill Joe Yancy, the son of William L. Yancy and Martha Bratton, was born July 5th 1897 in the shady Grove Community, Calhoun County, Mississippi, in which he lived all his life except for a short time while away teaching school. At the age of l6 he made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and united with the shady Grove Church, Methodist Episcopal Church South. From the time of his conversion until his death, he lived faithful to his church as a steward and as a teacher of adult class in church school, for this writer it was a pleasure and a treat to be in his class on Sunday mornings. Once to a new acquaintance he said you will find me to be just a man, in the age and time which Bill Joe lived it took lots to be a man, he measured up to every requirement not only that but a Christian character, in such a radiant way as in his home circle where was a true companion, a loving father and a kind and gentle host. His home was at all times thrown open to his friend He did not let the cares of the world dim the glow of true affection about his heart store, to know him was to love him.  By all measures he was a great rnan.

After the physicians told him there was no cure for his illness he met the situation with words, I am ready. Then after 8everal weeks of suffering on May 27, 1939, Bill Joe Yancy, quietly slipped from this earthly pilgrimage into the dawn of an eternal fellowship with God, and redeemed host of heaven, On the following day, Sunday May 28, 1939 at 2:30 P.M. under the mighty oak of Sarepta Cemetery, service was conducted by his pastor, Rev. Ocel Lex Elliott assisted by his former pastor, Rev. B. E. Crowson and his body was laid at rest under a beautiful mound of flowers.

He Leaves to mourn his going wife, a daughter Erma Yancy, his aged father, W. L.(Bill) Yancy, 3 brothers, Word, Jack, Jess Yancy. Four sisters, Mrs. Clarence Mize; Mrs. E. H. Cain; Mrs. D. M. Hipp and Miss Phronie Yancy and a host of relatives and friends. Pallbearers were brother in laws of the deceased, they were D. M. Hipp, Emory Yancy; Clarence Mize; Van Powell; Dewey Crowsin; Roland Waldrop; and Howard Yancy; His ideals were typed by noble ancestry and the teachings of Christ, so that his  life was gentle and with the elements so mixed that nature might stand up and say to all;  “This was a Man”.

His Pastor
ocel Lex Elliott




Clarence & Maude (Yancy) Mize




William L. 1856-1952 (right), Claude Clay Yancy 1894-1980 (center), Lester Truman Yancy 1917-1996 (left), William Samuel Yancy 1939- (in arms)