Jerry Gibson Murder Unsolved

Reprinted from the web site of WAFF-TV Channel 48 out of Huntsville, Alabama:

Jackson Co. cold case investigation marks 10 years

Posted: Jul 28, 2015 6:29 PM CST
Updated: Jul 28, 2015 7:40 PM CST

By Stephen McLamb

Jerry Wayne GibsonJACKSON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) – Tuesday marked 10 years since a Jackson County man was brutally murdered, and there has been no arrest in the case.

The pain is toughest on the man’s mother, who never expected to bury her child with so many questions left unanswered.

Pat Baugh visits her son, Jerry Gibson’s grave, often, even though it’s been 10 years since he was buried.

“It’s like when they take a kid,” Baugh said. “They take part of your heart away. You can’t ever get that back. No matter how hard you try, you can’t.”

Gibson’s life was cut short July 28, 2005.  His body was found in a wooded area off County Road 19 near Dutton. There were multiple gunshot wounds. 

Law enforcement interviewed several people, but never had a suspect.

“I’ve been hoping ever since all this happened that somebody would say something, do something. Somebody knows,” said Baugh.

Pat Baugh’s quest to solve her son’s murder never ends, no matter how small the evidence. She recently found something on her son’s grave and took it to the investigator.

“[A] flower that some girl named Brenda had left on there, wrote ‘Jerry, I will always love you,'” Baugh said. “It’s like a sunflower and had it wrote on every petal.”

Ultimately nothing developed from the trinket. But Pat continues on, hoping that someone will come forward – because a killer is still out there.

“Everybody’s got a heart and someone has a cold one to have done this,” said Baugh.

If anyone has any information about this crime, you are asked to contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department. A $10,000 reward is being offered.

Copyright 2015 WAFF. All rights reserved.

Source

McLamb, Stephen, “Jackson Co. cold case investigation marks 10 years.” WAFF. Published 28 July 2015. Retrieved 17 August 2015.

Notes

Jerry Gibson was my step-cousin, his mother Patricia having married my uncle Leon Baugh. His mother, brothers and children deserve justice.


Obituary for Randy Scott Treat

Randy Scott Treat

(January 6, 1971 – December 10, 2007)

Randy Scott TreatRandy S. Treat, 36, of Pullman[1], died Monday, Dec. 10, 2007 at his home. Born Jan. 1, 1971 in Martinsville, Indiana , to Eddie Joe and Geneva (Stephens) Treat[2]. He was a carpenter and lived in the Pullman area for many years.

Surviving is his mother Geneva Treat of Pullman; children Christopher Treat, Travis Treat, and Timothy Treat-Maas all of Pullman; Step child Trinity Benevidez and grandchild Eithyn Benevidez; sister Katrina Treat and James Nowak of Pullman; fiancee Nancy Maas of Pullman; two nieces Sarah and Riley; also many other friends and relatives.

Visitation will be Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007 from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services will be Friday, Dec. 14, 2007 at 1:00 P.M. at the funeral home with Rev. Don Jabaay officiating.

Notes

[1] The city of Pullman in Allegan County, Michigan.

[2] Randy is doubly related to me, once on each side of my family. Eddie Joe Treat is my second cousin once removed on my father’s side, being descended from William Alexander Watts, Jr. That makes Randy my third cousin on my father’s side. Randy’s mother, Geneva Stephens, is my first cousin once removed on my mother’s side, being descended from William Jasper Stephens. That makes Randy my second cousin on my mother’s side.

Sources

Chappell Funeral Home. “Randy Scott Treat,” published December 2007. Retrieved on Tuesday, 13 January 2015.


Obit for Billy Ray Stephens

This one I found in a photo album at my mom’s house last Thanksgiving.

Stephens

Mr. Billy Ray Stephens, 66, of Section, formerly of Colona, Ill., died Monday, Sept. 25, 2006, at his residence.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, Sept. 28, from the Green View Memorial Cemetery in Silvis, Ill.

Survivors include: mother, Earline Stephens of Section; daughters and sons-in-law, Lisa and Jeff Byers of Indiana and Kathy and Patrick Stephens of Australia; sons and daughters-in-law, Randy and Kelly Stephens of Florida and Micheal and Deb Stephens and Phillip and Edythe Stephens, all of Indiana; brothers, Richard Stephens, Michael Ronnie Stephens, Ricky Stephens and Gary Stephens, all of Section, Bob Stephens of Florida and J.L. Stephens of Huntsville; and sister, Racheal Henderson of North Carolina.

Mr. Stephens was preceded in death by his wife, Dixie Stephens; and his father, Thelmer[1] Stephens.

Notes

[1] It’s spelled “Thelmar,” with an “a,” according to his grave marker. A lot of family trees on Ancestry.com identify Thelmar Stephens as a daughter, but here, as in the obit for his mother Mary Little and the 1930 census for Crow, Jackson County, Alabama, he is clearly identified as male. His Find a Grave entry reports his middle name as Earlene, which was actually the name of his wife, as mentioned above.

Sources

“Stephens,” newspaper and date of publication unknown. Retrieved from the collection of Jewell Graham, November 2013.

Find A Grave. Thelmar Earlene Stephens, Memorial 29282596. Retrieved on Thursday, 27 March 2014.

The Gadsden Times, “Obituaries,” published Monday, 24 January 1968. Retrieved from Google news archive on Thursday, 27 March 2014.

Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census.  Census Place: Crow, Jackson, Alabama; Roll: 21; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 0042; Image: 169.0; FHL microfilm: 2339756. Retrieved on Thursday, 27 March 2014.


Obituary for Ellice “Bo” Stephens

Today, I found this obituary for Bo Stephens in a couple of different places. Most of the article comes from the web site of the W. T. Wilson Funeral Chapel. The second to last paragraph was found on his Find A Grave memorial.

Bo Stephens

(December 24, 1932 – July 16, 2010)

Mr. Ellice “Bo” Stephens[1] age 77 of Rainsville, passed away Friday, July 16, 2010 at DeKalb Regional Medical Center.

The family will receive friends from 4-8PM on Sunday and from 11:30AM-3PM on Monday at the W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel.

Survivors Mother of His Children & Lifelong Friend, Madonna C. Albiero of Big Rock, IL.

Children-Mary Catherine Stephens of West Brooklyn, IL, Ellen Stephens-Kahl (Brian) of Plano, IL, William Patrick Stephens (Terrie) of Davenport, FL, Rebecca Stephens-Domko (Joseph) of Sandwich, IL, Charles A. Fleming (Stacey) of Aurora, IL.

Siblings-Alvin Stevens of Scottsboro, Hazel Little of Indiana, Stella Watts (Billy) of Arkansas, Jim Stephens (Cheryl) of Florida, Betty Watts (Benny) of Arkansas, John Stephens (Susan) of Florida, Louise Brush (Jim) Of Florida, Geneva Treat of Michigan, Diane Burnett (Joe) of Illinois.

5 Grandchildren 1 Great Grandchild 1 Great Grandchild on the way.

Bo is preceded in death by his parents Herbert Anderson Stephens and Martha Jane Sanders Stephens.

Arrangements Entrusted to W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel.

Notes

[1]  Bo’s first name was spelled “Ellice” on the funeral chapel’s web site, but at Find A Grave spelled “Ellis” and given the middle initial J. The Social Security Death Index recorded his name as “E. J. Stephens.”

Sources

W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel. “Bo Stephens,” published July 2010. Retrieved 18 April 2014.

Find A Grave. Ellis J “Bo” Stephens, Memorial 55070954. Retrieved 18 April 2014.

Ancestry.com. Social Security Death Index. Name: E. J. Stephens; Death Date: 16 July 2010; Issue State: Illinois; Issue Date: 1953-1955. Retrieved 18 April 2014.


Obituary for Mary Little

This is the obituary for my great-grandmother, Mary Stephens. Here at stately Baugh Ancestry, I always use maiden names in article titles, hence why she’s called “Mary Little” up there. This was published in The Gadsden Times of Gadsden, Alabama.

Mary Elizabeth Stephens obitSTEPHENS, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth[1], 87, Bryant Rt. 1, died Saturday[2] 3:15 p.m. in a Chattanooga, Tenn. hospital. Services 2:30 p.m. today[3] at New Caanan Baptist Church with Rev. Delmus Davis officiating. Burial adjoining cemetery. Survivors, daughters, Mrs. Flossie Sanders, Rainsville; Mrs. Rosie Baugh, Fort Payne Rt. 2; Mrs. Fannie Baugh, Stevenson; Mrs. Evelyn Boozer, Harvey, Ill.; Mrs. Nina McCord, Bryant; son, Thelmar Stephens[4], Gary, Ind.; brothers, Joe Littles[5], Flat Rock; Reude Littles, Scottsboro; step-daughter, Mrs. Bessie Littles, Chicago, Ill.; step-son, Gents Stephens, Scottsboro; 81 grandchildren, 106 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.

Notes

[1] Mary’s middle name is given here as “Elizabeth.” Her Find a Grave memorial and some family trees on Ancestry.com report her middle name as “Ellen.” The 1910 census for Kyles Spring, Jackson County, Alabama recorded her middle initial as “E.” Her grave marker recorded her middle initial as “L,” most likely for her maiden name, Little.

[2] “Saturday” was 22 January 1968. Curiously, her grave marker recorded her date of death as 26 January 1968, which was two days after this obituary was published. The date on her grave marker must be wrong.

[3] “Today” was Monday, 24 January 1968.

[4] A lot of family trees on Ancestry.com identify Thelmar Stephens as a daughter, but here, and on the 1930 census for Crow, Jackson County, Alabama, he is clearly identified as a son. His Find a Grave entry reports his middle name as Earlene, which was actually the name of his wife.

[5] Here the surname of Mary’s brothers is repeatedly mentioned as “Littles,” but it was often recorded as “Little.” Not sure which one is really correct, but my mother says “Little” so that’s what I’m sticking with.

Sources

The Gadsden Times, “Obituaries,” published Monday, 24 January 1968. Retrieved from Google news archive on Thursday, 27 March 2014.

Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census. Census Place: Kyles Spring, Jackson, Alabama; Roll: T624_16; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 0039; FHL microfilm: 1374029. Retrieved on Thursday, 27 March 2014.

Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census.  Census Place: Crow, Jackson, Alabama; Roll: 21; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 0042; Image: 169.0; FHL microfilm: 2339756. Retrieved on Thursday, 27 March 2014.

Find A Grave. Mary Ellen Little Stephens, Memorial 29282632. Retrieved on Thursday, 27 March 2014.

Find A Grave. Thelmar Earlene Stephens, Memorial 29282596. Retrieved on Thursday, 27 March 2014.


The Marriage of Paul Baugh & Rosie Stephens

On Christmas Eve 1934, Mister Paul Baugh of Section, Alabama obtained a license to marry Miss Rosie M. Stephens of Fackler, Alabama. The license was issued by J. M. Money, Judge of Probate of Jackson County, Alabama.

Paul Baugh Rosie Stephens Marriage

In the middle of the form was a list of “Questions to be Answered by Contracting Parties,” which recorded physical descriptions of Paul and Rosie.

Paul was described as 21 years old. indicating an estimated birth year of 1913, white, five feet eight inches in height, and weighing 140 pounds. He was employed as a farmer in Section, of the Protestant faith, and this was his first marriage.

Rosie’s full name was recorded: Rosie Mae Stephens. She was 17 years old, indicating an estimated birth year of 1917, white, five feet six inches in height, and weighing 125 pounds. She was not employed, resided in Fackler, of the Protestant faith, and this was her first marriage.

On Christmas Day 1934, Paul Baugh and Rosie Stephens were joined in holy matrimony by the Reverend Tom Inglis.

“Christmas is the day that holds all time together.” – Alexander Smith

Sources

FamilySearch.org. Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950. Film Number: 001734819; Digital Folder Number: 007066758; Image Number: 00573; Names: Paul Baugh and Rosie Mae Stephens. Retrieved 23 November 2013.


Welcome to Baugh Ancestry

Lectori salutem,

This is the first post at Baugh Ancestry! Wooo!

So, why is it here?

Baugh Ancestry will be the online journal for writing about my genealogical research of the maternal side of my family. It is the companion journal to Graham Ancestry, wherein I write about the paternal side.

There will be lots of Baughs mentioned here, along with Stephens and Sanders.

My family has always pronounced Baugh as “Baw.” Depending on where you look, it’s either of Welsh or German origin. I don’t know (yet) which origin applies to my family.

Welcome, and enjoy your stay.

And if you’d like to contribute, please leave a comment or send me an e-mail!


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