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George Prentice of Ringgold, Catoosa Co., GA

George Prentice of Ringgold, Catoosa Co., GA
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 2005 and Revised 19 Sep 2005

1. George Prentice was likely b. c. 1927-1933. We presently have no further information about him since only his name appeared in his wife's obituary.

He m. Viola. She was b. c. 1933 and d. 1 Aug 2005 at the age of 72 in a local hospital in Ringgold, Catoosa Co., GA. Her obituary provides the following additional information:

    Viola was a member of East Ridge Church of Christ, and a charter member of Eastdale Church of Christ. She was a former member of Central Church of Christ.

    Survivors include her husband of 50 years, George Prentice; daughter, Katherine Zeller of Ringgold; sons, Fred Prentice of Tunnel Hill, Lewis Prentice of Chickamauga; eight grandchildren.

    Services: Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 1:30 p.m. at East Ridge Church of Christ with Charles Cochran officiating. Burial: National Cemetery. Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 2–4 and 6–8 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, Battlefield Parkway. Condolences may be sent at www.heritagefh.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Daniel Womack Mission Fund, c/o East Ridge Church of Christ, 501 McBrien Road, East Ridge, Tenn., 37412. Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home, Fort

Children of George and Viola, per her obituary, above:

  1. Katherine Prentice. She m. Mr. Zeller of Ringgold, GA.
  2. Fred Prentice of Tunnel Hill, GA.
  3. Lewis Prentice of Chickamauga, GA

Who are George Prentice's Parents?

We note that the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) shows that Clenton (Clinton?) L. Prentice was b. 9 Mar 1904 and d. 3 Jun 1993 in Ringgold, Catoosa Co., GA. Also shown by the SSDI is the death of Bertie E. Prentice who was b. 8 Jul 1912 and d. 26 Dec 1989, also in Ringold.

Their ages are such that the could be husband and wife and could be the parents of George Prentice who apparently was living in Ringgold in 2005. Additional research is obviously needed to prove, or disprove, that possibility.

The 1904 Clenton L. Prentice is likely the same person as Clentern Prentice who appears in the 1910 census in New Decatur Ward 4, Morgan Co., AL, son of Jeff E. Prentice (b. c. 1881, AL) and his wife, Pearl (b. c. 1887, AL).

Although the birth year is off by 3 years, Jeff E. Prentice might be the same person as Jefferson Prentice, b. 1878, AL who is #13b(i) in our Summer 2006 article about the Prentices of Halton, etc..

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Jim Zielinski
2020-09-22 10:46:43
It appears there is another Robert Prentice identified as the “predeceased” brother of James Lillard “J.L.” Prentice and Franklin D. Childs in J.L.’s obit. Is this correct? Or is it a mistake, effectively listing his dad twice, but once as his brother? ALSO no idea.
Jim Zielinski
2020-09-22 10:46:21
I have no idea why Sherman was given the name Jetton, but he retained it. He is actually married when he appears in the 1930 Census, but I have no idea when his mom remarried the Jetton and what happened there. In 1935, Clinton L., Bertie, and daughter Sadie May (2) are in the Zephyhills, Pasco Co., Florida State Census. Clinton Lee, Vera Mae, and Sherman Lee Prentice are all Jeff/Robert’s kids. No idea why dad Jeff changed his name to Robert; he was a salesman at one point and maybe the divorce figured into his name change. Also no idea whether the change was “legal.” In one marriage record, Vera Mae is listed as the daughter of Jeff Prentice, while in another, she is the daughter of Lucius Jetton. Go figure. All this, combined with Jeff’s first wife, Eliza, vis-à-vis his second wife, Lizzie, made things difficult to unravel and it was already insane.
Jim Zielinski
2020-09-22 10:45:15
No idea where Jeff or Clinton are in 1920. In 1930, Sherman Lee Prentice is found in Louisville, KY near his mom and stepfather, James Lucius Jetton. However, he is now listed as Sherman JETTON. In 1930, Vera Mae Prentice is in Chattanooga, Hamilton Co., TN with: Robert Prentice, her “renamed” dad; his new wife, Lizzie N.; her sibling Clenton L.; his wife, Bertie M. Walden (incorrectly listed as Robert’s daughter; she and Clenton had married that year!); and Vera Mae’s half-brother, James Lillard Prentice, son of Jefferson “Jeff” E. Robert Prentice and “Lizzie” Knight. Jeff/Robert died in 1930. His DC and obit incorrectly list him as “PRENTISS”; furthermore, said obit indicates he only has one son. In his DC and the TN Death Registry, he is correctly identified as John and Rhoda’s son, as he was in the earlier censuses. The widowed Lizzie married to Robert “Bob” Taylor Childs; Franklin “Frank” D. Childs was thus half-brother to James Lillard “J.L.” Prentice.
Jim Zielinski
2020-09-22 10:44:41
Robert Prentice, who apparently appears in some Chattanooga directories as Robert L. Prentice, was the son of John Jefferson Prentice and Rhoda “Rhodie” Aycock of Alabama. He was, oddly enough, born Jefferson “Jeff” E. Prentice; he shows up as such in census records with his parents. Furthermore, in various records, the kids living with him (as Robert) in 1930 Chattanooga identify him in various records as Jefferson, J.E., and Jeff. Except for James Lillard Prentice, “Robert’s” son with his second wife, Nevra Elizabeth “Lizzie” Knight, their mother is his first known wife, Eliza Pearl Alexander. In 1910 New Decatur, Morgan Co., AL Census, Pearl Prentice is living with hubby Jeff E. Prentice (Jefferson), and kids “Clentern” (Clinton Lee Prentice) “Veria” Mae (Vera Mae Prentice) and Sherman (Sherman Lee Prentice), an infant. In the 1920 Town Creek, Lawrence Co., AL Census, Eliza Pearl, listed as the DIVORCED Pearl PRINTERS (b. 1886), is living with Vera Mae (12) and Sherman (10) PRINTERS.
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