The following is a genealogy of the descendants of Caroline Virginia nee RUDGE COBLE, daughter of John William and Caroline Virginia nee PAE RUDGE, who lived in Monroe, Union Co. NC. It is based on oral interviews with surviving members, primary documents (e.g. census records) and newspaper accounts.
This site also contains extensive information on her ancestry and other relatives:
For further information regarding John Bunyan Coble's ancestry, please consult Coble Family Records by David Isaiah Offman, which was published by the Alamance County Historical Association in 1975 (420 pages). On page 25 of this volume, appears an entry for John Bunyan Coble, son of John and Maria Coble, who married "Miss Rogers" (1. Caroline Virginia Rudge).
1. Caroline Virginia1 RUDGE. She was born the daughter of John William and Caroline Virginia nee Pae RUDGE on 9 Oct 1874 in Wilmington, New Hanover Co. NC. Caroline Virginia was confirmed on 18 Oct 1891 in First Presbyterian Church, Monroe, Union Co. NC. She died of a cerebral hemorrhage due to arteriosclerosis on 29 Sep 1962 in Monroe, Union Co. NC and was buried on 1 Oct 1962 in the Monroe City Suncrest Cemetery, Monroe, Union Co. NC. Here's a photo of her gravestone. The census lists her occupation as housewife. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Monroe Union Co. NC. Here's an album of 24 photographs of Caroline Virginia nee Rudge Coble, including a few group photos of her entire family.
Caroline Virginia migrated with her parents from Wilmington to Monroe, Union Co. NC ca. 1876. She attended Monroe high school and became a member of the First Presbyterian Church with the rest of her family.
"Carrie Rudge - received by confession or reaffirmation of faith [today that generally means confirmation for younger persons] 10-18-1891. She became Mrs. John Coble and was dismissed to a Presbyterian church in Abbeville, South Carolina - 3-22-1905." (Letter from Joyce J. Kelley, Office Administrator, First Presbyterian Church, Monroe to Dave Rudge 21 Apr 1995)
In the early 1890's Caroline Virginia and her brother William John became employees of the very first Belks store, now a major department store chain that began in Monroe, Union Co. NC. Here's a photograph of them taken in 1890.
Carrie married John Bunyan COBLE Sr., son of John A. M. COBLE & Mariah WOODS, 2 Feb 1897 in Residence Of J. W. Rudge, Monroe, Union Co. NC. (Here's a photo of a button from her wedding dress, which she gave to her grandchildren as heirlooms. Here's a photo of a gold thimble she gave to her granddaughter.) He was born on 8 Jun 1866 in Pleasant Garden, Guilford Co., NC. He died on 19 Apr 1920 in Monroe, Union Co. NC and was buried on 20 Apr 1920 in the Monroe City Suncrest Cemetery, Monroe, Union Co. NC. Here's a photo of his gravestone. He was a locomotive engineer and a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Monroe Union Co. NC.
MARRIAGE -MARRIAGE - "Coble-Rudge. February 2nd 1897 will be a date ever memorable in the calendar of life to Mr. J. B. Coble and Miss Carrie Rudge, for on that date they vowed eternal constancy, fidelity and love one for the other and called upon God to witness that they were one and were pronounced man and wife by the minister. The marriage took place at the residence of the bride's father, Mr. J. W. Rudge at 10:30 o'clock. Only a few of the close friends of the bride and groom were present. The attendants were Mr. Frank Lowe with Miss Stella Bourne; Mr. Will Rudge with Miss Lizzie Andrews; Mr. Claude S. Jones, of Abbeville, S.C.; was best man and Miss Kate Rudge, sister of the bride, was bridesmaid. Rev. H. M. Dixon, pastor of the Presbyterian church performed the services. The groom is a native of Randolph county and is an engineer on the G.C. & N. road. he is a very popular man and has a host of friends in Monroe. The bride is a lady of most charming graces and noble Christian character. She is one of the most popular young ladies of Monroe and it is not a mere matter of form that we say that she is a woman worthy of the love of a husband who is so fortunate as to win her hand and heart. After the marriage Mr. and Mrs. Coble left for points in Georgia and Florida. They will be away about three weeks when they return and make Monroe their home. With their many other friends here we wish for Mr. and Mrs. Coble every joy that is ever vouchsafed to mortals and that their married life may reach as nearly to the perfection of happiness as it is possible."
After their marriage, Carrie Virginia nee RUDGE COBLE and her husband moved to Abbeville, SC where they lived from ca. 1904-1907. "Mr. J. B. Coble moved his family last week to Abbeville, S.C." (22 Dec 1903 The Monroe Journal p. 3) "Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Coble have returned to Monroe to live and are occupying their home on Washington Street." (30 Apr 1907 The Monroe Journal p. 3).
DESCRIPTION OF THEIR HOUSE: "504 S. Washington Street - Bruner-Coble House; 1881 - C. W. Bruner, a grocery merchant, built this two-story frame Italianate house shortly after his 1881 purchase from J. R. Winchester of a lot on Washington Street. The Bruner's sold the house in 1893 to E. Q. Petteway, who sold it in 1905 to railroad engineer John B. Coble. The house remains in Coble family ownership today. A standing seam tin gable roof covers the two-story L-shaped main block, which has a three-bay facade and one-story wings extending across the rear. The two-bay front porch has chamfered posts with decoratively drilled bases, two sizes of brackets, a scroll-sawn frieze and turned balusters. Similar posts with sawn brackets support a one-story porch on the south elevation. The main entrance is topped by a transom; below the flanking sidelights are octagonal wood panels. Other decorative features include Italianate eaves brackets and arched louvered attic vents in the gable ends. Brick chimneys are in interior end and interior locations. Windows are six over six sash or paired four over four sash. The house sits back from the street surrounded by mature trees and shrubbery." (Sweet Union (1990) pp. 115-116.) The house eventually came into the hands of Bill and Carmel Cheek, who renovated it as a bed and breakfast.
On a seasonal basis Carrie placed ads in the local paper advertising she had lettuce for sale.
STORIES TO REMEMBER THEM BY: "The Cobles had a tradition of tea every afternoon at 4:00 p.m. in the dining room. We went over every Sunday afternoon and took Mama Coble (Carrie Rudge Coble) for a drive if she was well enough and then back for tea."(letter from Brenda Coble Robinson to David Rudge 18 June 2005)
OBITUARY: "MR. J. B. COBLE DIES SUDDENLY. Mr. J. B. Coble, a well known engineer on the Seaboard Air Line dropped dead in Stewart Street in rear of the Gloucester House last Monday afternoon about six o'clock. Mr. Coble, whose run is between Monroe and Abbeyville went out on his regular run Sunday, but was taken sick at Abbeyville and came back as a passanger Monday afternoon. He was not very sick, apparently, and talked cheerfully and frequently with Captain B. H. Casen, who was in charge of the train. When he arrived here, Mr. Coble started to his home on Washington Street alone. He went by Mr. C. A. Tennant's home and made enquiry concerning the condition of Mr. Tennant, who is an engineer and is sick in a Charlotte hospital. He walked but a short distance from Mr. Tennant's home and was seen to stop and to fall. He was dead when assistance reached him. Heart trouble was the cause of his death and he had been suffering with it for some time and he realized that he could not live much longer. Mr. Coble was a native of Guilford county. He was born June 8, 1866, and was therefore nearly 64 years old. He came to Monroe as an employee of the Seaboard in 1892 and lived here from that time until his death. He married Miss Carrie Rudge, daughter of the late Mr. J. W. Rudge, February 2, 1897, and she and six sons and two daughters survive. The sons are Messrs. Emmett, Harry, John, Wesley, Paul, and David Coble and the daughters are Misses Caroline and Louise Coble. Mr. Coble was a splendid type of citizen. He was moral upright, industrious, and was a kind and helpful neighbor and a devoted husband and father. He was the soul of honor and was upright and just in all his dealings. He was a faithful member of the Presbyterian Church and was a sincere Christian. Funeral was held last Tuesday afternoon, services being conducted by Dr. H. E. Gurney. Fellow members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers were the pall bearers."; 2ND OBITUARY: "J. B. COBLE WELL-KNOWN ENGINEER DROPPED DEAD. Was On His Way Home From Depot When His Heart Failed-Had Felt Slightly Ill That Morning. Mr. J. B. Coble, a popular and well-known Seaboard engineer, dropped dead on the street in the rear of the old Gloucester hotel late yesterday afternoon, as he was on his way home from the depot. He was walking alone at the time, apparently in usual health, when several persons in the vicinity saw him suddenly stop, gasp and fall to the ground. They rushed to his aid, but found him dead. Heart trouble caused his untimely end. Funeral services will be held this afternoon at the home of the deceased by his pastor, Dr. H. E. Gurney, Fellow-members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers will act as pall bearers. The deceased drove his engine to Abbeville Sunday on his regular run, Monday morning he complained of feeling unwell, and decided not to attempt to drive his engine back to Monroe that evening. Instead he boarded the Atlanta train, which arrived here at 6 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Capt. B. H. Cason, who was in charge of this train, says Mr. Coble did not appear to be ill, as he talked and laughed with him a great part of the way between Abbeville and Monroe. After leaving the station, Mr. Coble stopped at the home of Mr. C. A. Tenant long enough to enquire after the health of Mr. Tenant, who is very ill in a Charlotte hospital. Born in Guilford county, June 8, 1866, Mr. Coble would have been 54 years old had he lived a few weeks longer. In 1892 he came to Monroe to accept a position with the Seaboard which he held up until his death. He was married to Miss Carrie Rudge, daughter of the late J. W. Rudge, on Feb. 2, 1897, and she with eight children survive him. They are Misses Caroline and Louise Coble, and Messrs Emmett, Harry, John, Wesley, Paul and David Coble. For years Mr. Coble had been a contientious member of the Presbyterian church. He was an industrious citizen, devoted to his family; a good neighbor, and a gentleman in the strictest sense of the word. His untimely death has caused his hundreds of friends much concern, and his passing was a shock to the people of Monroe." (20 Apr 1920 The Monroe Journal, p. 1)
"RESOLUTIONS OF RESPECT. WHEREAS on April the 19th, 1920, God in His Infinite wisdom removed from our midst Brother J. B. Coble, our esteemed and valuable Secretary and Treasurer, who has been faithful in all of his obligations to our Division for many years. RESOLVED: That in the death of Brother Coble our Division and the B. of L. E. have lost a member who was loyal to the profession for which he was so well qualified and to his obligation to the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, to which he had been a faithful member from the time he was eligible until his untimely death. RESOLVED: That in the loss of Brother Coble, we have lost one who possessed the type of character which has made the B. of L. E. successful, which has placed it in the front ranks of the labor organizations, and which is necessary in order that it may retain its reputation and position in the future. Those who knew him best were impressed with his simple manner, his quiet disposition, his persevering nature, his ever willingness to help the needy. RESOLVED: That while the dark hours are upon this brother's loved ones and the heavy clouds of sorrow are hovering over the home to which he was so faithful, the members of Jno. H. Winder Div. 498 of the B. of L. E. extend their sympathy and admonish them to turn to our Heavenly Father for comfort and consolation, ever hoping for that eternal reward which is promised those who are faithful. RESOLVED: That Division 498 honor the memory of our deceased Brother by having our Charter draped for a period of thirty days, that a copy of these resolutions be spread on the minute book where he laid down his work for us and that a copy be sent to his bereaved family. T. V. HOWIE, C. A. HAIGLER, J. T. HUGHES, Committee"
John Bunyan COBLE's will (dated 14 May 1919, proved 27 Apr 1920 and recorded in the Union Co. Courthouse) left everything to his wife, Carrie Virginia nee RUDGE COBLE.
OBITUARY -"MRS. CARRIE RUDGE COBLE. Monroe. - Mrs. Carrie Rudge Coble, 87, passed away Saturday morning at her home, 504 Washington St., following a serious illness of eight weeks. Born in Wilmington, NC October 9, 1874, she was the daughter of the late John and Carolyn Pae Rudge. Her husband John B. Coble died in 1920. Mrs. Coble was a life long member of the First Presbyterian Church of Monroe. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Wilson Jones, Mrs. Louise Bareford, both of Monroe; four sons, Harry W. Coble, of Monroe, John B. Coble, of Alexandria, Ky., Wesley W. Coble, of Rome, Ga., David L. Coble, of Winter Park, Fla; a sister, Mrs. James T. Griffith, Sr. of Monroe; 12 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held today at 3 p.m. from Harris-Wells Chapel. Officiating will be Dr. Roy F. Whitley. Interment will be in Monroe Cemetery." (The Monroe Enquirer, 1 Oct 1962) [An identical obituary appeared in two other newspapers, the titles of which were not preserved.]
RESOLUTION OF RESPECT: "IN MEMORIAM. MRS. CARRIE RUDGE COBLE. In the home going of Mrs. Carrie Rudge Coble, on the morning of Sept. 29th, we, the Women of the First Presbyterian church have lost a good friend and faithful member. Though for many years she had been prevented by illness from taking an active part in the affairs of the church her concern never diminished. Firm in the Christian faith she accepted life with its joys and sorrows. Her patience and cheerfulness were outward evidences of the strength gained from the habit of reading the scriptures daily- a practice she maintained until shortly before her death. She reached for and found good in all people. Her life was a radiant example of Christian grace. Even during her illness of several years her interest in the church remained keen and she shared in its works, near and far through prayer and gifts. Her life was marked by her devotion to her church, her intimate knowledge of the Bible and her remarkable power of prayer. We express sympathy to the members of her family and admiration for their loyalty and comfort and love they gave her during her long illness. May it well be said of her, "Well done thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joys of the Kingdom. By Mrs. C. M. Redfern." (Monroe Enquirer)
Carrie Virginia RUDGE and John Bunyan COBLE had the following children:
2 i. Emmett Rudge2 COBLE (1898-1949) 3 ii. Harry Woods2 COBLE (1899-1964) 4 iii. John Bunyan2 COBLE Jr. (1901-1975) 5 iv. Caroline Virginia2 COBLE (1903-1977) 6 v. Wesley Wendell2 COBLE (1905-1988) 7 vi. Paul2 COBLE (1907-1949) 8 vii. David Lamar2 COBLE (1911-1971) 9 viii. Louise Rudge2 COBLE (1913-1989)
Emmett Rudge married Selma Louise MEDLIN, daughter of Garrsion MEDLIN and Mary CUTHBERSTON, on 11 May 1917 in Lancaster, SC. She was born on 22 Jan 1899 in Monroe, Union Co. NC and died on 28 Jan 1962 in Sanford, FL. She was buried on 31 Jan 1962 in the Monroe City Suncrest Cemetery, Monroe, Union Co. NC. She worked in a furniture store.
MARRIAGE ANNOUNCEMENT: "Mr. Emett Coble and Miss Selma Medlin were married last Friday afternoon in Lancaster. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Coble, and the bride is the daughter of Mr. Garrison Medlin. They are popular young people who have many friends who wish them well." (15 May 1917 The Monroe Journal p. 5)
OBITUARY: "EMMETT R. COBLE. Mr. Emmett Rudge Coble, 50, life-long resident of Monroe, died at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday after an illness of 4 and 1-2 years. He was a son of Mrs. Carrie Rudge Coble and the late J. B. Coble. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at Harris-Wells Funeral Home, with Dr. Roy F. Whitley officiating. Burial was in Monroe cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Selma Medlin Coble, a daughter, Mrs. Edwin Niven, Jr. of Monroe; two sons, E. R. Coble, Jr., of Miami Beach, Fla., and Gary Coble of Monroe; his mother, four brothers, Wesley, David, Harry and John Coble; and two sisters, Mrs. Caroline Jones and Mrs. Louise Bareford of Monroe." (16 Sep 1949 The Monroe Journal p. 8)
OBITUARY: "MRS. EMMETT R. COBLE. Mrs. Selma Medlin Coble, 63, widow of Emmett R. Coble, died in Sanford, Fla., Sunday after an illness of three weeks. The daughter of Garrison and Mary Cuthbertson Medlin, had lived in Monroe until about a year ago. Her husband died many years ago. Mrs. Coble was employed by Harris Furniture Co. and Copple Furniture Co. here for several years. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Harris-Wells Chapel with Dr. Roy F. Whitley officiating. Burial will be in the Suncrest Cemetery. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Edwin Niven Jr., of Monroe; sons Emmett Rudge Coble of Miami, Fla., William Garrison Coble of Sanford, Fla.; sisters, Mrs. John F. Nesbit of Windermere, Fla., Mrs. Robert Cushman of Montclair, N.J.; brothers Carl Medlin of Monroe, Luther Medlin of Loris, S.C., Lawrence Medlin of Mebane; and four grandchildren." (30 Jan 1962 The Monroe Journal p. 5)
Emmett Rudge COBLE and Selma Louise MEDLIN had the following children:
10 i. Mary Kathryn3 COBLE (1918-2002) 11 ii. Emmett Rudge3 COBLE (1921-2001) 12 iii. William Garrison3 COBLE Jr. (1928-1992)
HIGH SCHOOL STORIES ABOUT HIM: ""HARRY COBLE 'Cob' 'Eliah' Favorite Pastime: Planning parties: Harry is that kind of person who always does just the right thing, at the right time and in the right way. Maybe that's why he's Mr. Allen's favorite. Anyway, he's certainly the star in geometry. Harry won distinction on the atheletic field, being captain of the basket ball team, and we feel sure that "The Princess" would never have been a success without him. Harry's failing, or is it another one of his good points, is giving surprise parties. We are fully convinced of Harry's unusual ability, and he's just the kind of by we're sure to hear great things of" He is also identified as picture editor and vice president of the senior class; he is identified as playing "Florian" in the Princess. In the class will "Harry Coble and Raeford Laney will their good looks to Walkup Matthews and Wade Blakey." He is further identified as president during the first term and vice president during the third term of the Excelsior Literary Society and captain of the basketball team. In the senior directory he is mentioned as always "writing to May", his favorite expression "U. B. B." and good for "fun." In the Statistics section he is identified as the most athletic boy. (The Mohisco 1918, Monroe High School, Monroe NC)
"COBLE, HARRY WOODS Insurance, Monroe; s. 1918; b. Monroe. Sept. 9, 1899; p. John B. and Carrie (Rudge); worked in movie theatre 1919-20; with Monroe ins. concern 1921-23; in ins. bus. 1923-; S. A. T. C.; Presbyterian." (Grant, Daniel Lindsey (ed.) Alumni History of the University of North Carolina 1793-1924, p. 119, electronic version).
Harry Woods first married Mildred Frances ARMSTRONG, daughter of Charles B. and Dorcas nee Jenkins ARMSTRONG, of Gastonia, NC, on 27 Nov 1926 at the First Presbyterian Church, Monroe, Union Co. NC. She was born 9 Nov 1907 at Gastonia, Gaston Co. NC and died on 9 Feb 1986 at Gastonia, Gaston Co. NC.
MARRIAGE NOTICE: "COBLE-ARMSTRONG WEDDING IN MONROE. A marriage of wide-spread interest both in this and other Southern states was that of Miss Mildred Armstrong of this city and Mr. Harry Coble, of Monroe the ceremony taking place Saturday at high noon at the First Presbyterian church in Monroe, with the pastor, Rev. W. B. Chandler, officiating. Present for the ceremony were a number of friends of the young couple. Miss Armstrong was spending the Thanksgiving holidays with her friend, Miss Mary Irene Bowie, in Monroe, and the marriage, which had been planned for early spring, came as a complete surprise to both family and friends. Immediately after the marriage Mr. and Mrs. Coble motored to Gastonia where an elaborate wedding dinner was given in their honor by Mr. and Mrs. Clyde C. Armstrong, the former a brother of the bride, at their handsome home on South York street. After the dinner the bride and groom continued their motor trip to Washington and New York, where they will spend some time. For traveling Mrs. Coble wore a handsome tailored creation of rustic brown velvet with a kohnskin coat, and her hat was an advanced spring model of tan and brown belting. Mrs. Coble is the youngest daughter of the late C. B. Armstrong and Mrs. Armstrong, her father having been one of the most prominent cotton manufacturers of the county. She is a graduate of Washington Seminary, Atlanta, and Gunston Hall, Washington, D.C., specializing in expression at both institutions. She is an attractive blonde, and is one of Gastonia's most charming and popular young society girls. Mr. Coble is the son of Mrs. John B. Coble, of Monroe. He was educated at the University of North Carolina and State College, Raleigh, and is a young man of splendid qualities and marked business ability. He is a member of the insurance firm of Lee and Coble, in Monroe." (29 Nov 1926 Gastonia Daily Gazette, p. 3)
ARTICLE ABOUT THEM: "TEA FOR MRS. COBLE. The following from the Monroe Enquirer will be read with interest here: An outstanding social event of the season was the reception given on Thursday afternoon by Mrs. James T. Griffith at her home on Windsor avenue, in honor of Mrs. Harry Wood Coble, a charming bride, formerly Miss Mildred Armstrong, of Gastonia. The rooms were aglow with poinsettias and Christmas greens, suggestive of the approaching holidays. Mrs. V.D. Sikes and Mrs. Walter Crowell greeted the guests at the front door, and within the living room the hostess, Mrs. James T. Griffith, introduced them to a receiving line in which were Mrs. Harry Wood Coble, Mrs. C. B. Armstrong of Gastonia, Mrs. J. B. Coble, Mrs. W. L. Wetzell of Gastonia, MIss Caroline Coble, Miss Elizabeth Ragan of Gastonia and Miss Fannie Person Rudge. Mrs. Griiffith received her guests in a becoming gown of black crepe Elizabeth trimmed with beaded motifs; Mrs. Harry Coble wore an imported model of pink chiffon and taffeta, and carried a colonial bouquet of sweetheart roses; Mrs. C. B. Armstrong was gowned in black crepe Roumaine, handsomely beaded; and Mrs. J. B. Coble wore a gown of gray Elizabeth. Between the living room and dining room were Mrs. W. A. Lane and Mrs. John C. Sikes, and receiving at the dining room door were Mrs. F. G. Henderson and Miss Mabel Belk. Those receiving in the dining room were Mrs. E. W. Crow, Mrs. Emmett Coble and Mrs. V. C. Austin. Here the table was laid with a handsome imported lace cloth and centered with a large silver basket of pointsettias around which were lighted red candles in silver holders. At either end of the table Miss Anna Blair and Mrs. W. B. S. Chandler poured tea; and a salad course with cleverly fashioned poinsettia garniture, was served by the following young women: Misses Mary Crow, Mary and Frances Chandler, Jane Austin Sikes, and Frances Greene. In the hall leading from the dining room to the music room, the following received: Mrs. R. I. Payne, Miss Henry Belk, Miss Adeline Crow and Mrs. Howard Smith. Mrs. W. J. Rudge and Mrs. N. M. Redfern invited the guests into the music room, and receiving here were Mrs. James A. Stewart, Miss Daisy Belk and Miss Louise Morrow. Delightful music was rendered throughout the afternoon by Mrs. Hall Wilson at the piano and Mrs. Sikes Sanders, violinist; and lovely local selections by Mrs. J.W. Yates, Miss Juanita Meares, and Miss Claudia Sanders." (21 Dec 1926 Gastonia Daily Gazette p. 3)
Harry Woods and Mildred Frances nee Armstrong COBLE subsequently divorced. He married a second time to Jewell nee KRAUSS DRISCOLL, daughter of Frank KRAUSS & Della BROOME. She was born on 24 Nov 1892 in Lancaster County, S.C. She died 30 Dec 1994 in Union Memorial Hospital, NC and is buried at the South Side Cemetery, Waxhaw, Union Co. NC. She worked as a secretary.
MARRIAGE NOTICE: "Coble-Driscoll. Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Amelius Krauss of "Krausswood," Mineral Springs, North Carolina, announce the marriage of their daughter, Mrs. Jewell Krauss Driscoll, to Mr. Harry Wood Coble on Sunday, August 30th, 1942." (1 Sep 1943 The Monroe Journal p. 3)
FIRST OBITUARY- "Harry Woods Coble Dies Here Thursday. Harry Woods Coble, 64, of Mineral Springs, died Thursday morning at Ellen Fitzgerald hospital following a long illness. Born in Monroe, he was the son of the late John Bunyan and Carrie Rudge Coble. He was an accountant and a member of the First Presbyterian church. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. Burial will be in the Waxhaw cemetery. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Jewell Krauss Driscoll Coble; one daughter, Mrs. E. E. Collins of Winston-Salem; two sisters, Mrs. Louise C. Bareford of Monroe and Mrs. Caroline C. Jones of Monroe; three brothers, J. B. Coble of Frankfort, Ky., Wesley Coble of Rome, Ga. and David L. Coble of Winter Haven, Fla. and two grandchildren."; SECOND OBITUARY- OBITUARY-"North Carolina. HARRY W. COBLE. Monroe-Harry W. Coble, 64, of Rt. 6, Monroe, passed away at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in a local hospital after an illness of several years. He was born September 9, 1899 in Monroe, son of the late John Bunyan and Carrie Rudge Coble and lived most of his life in Monroe. Mr. Coble was an accountant, veteran of World War I and member of the First Presbyterian Church. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Jewell Krauss Driscoll Coble; daughter, Mrs. E.E. Collins of Winston-Salem; two grand children; two sisters, Mrs. Louise C. Bareford, Mrs. Caroline C. Jones, both of Monroe; three brothers, J. B. Coble of Frankfort, Ky., Wesley Coble of Rome, Ga and David L. Coble of Winter Haven, Fla. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday from the Harris-Wells Chapel with Dr. Roy F. Whitley officiating. Interment in the Waxhaw Cemetery."
OBITUARY - "Jewell Coble. Jewell Krause Coble, 102, died Friday (Dec. 30, 1994) at Union Memorial Hospital. Memorial services will be 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Mineral Springs United Methodist Church. A retired secretary from Monroe Merchants Association, Coble was born Nov. 24, 1892 in Lancaster County, S.C., the daughter of the late Frank and Della Broome Krauss. Survivors include nephews and nieces. McEwen Funeral Home of Monroe is serving the family." 2nd obituary "Mrs. Jewell Kraus Driscoll Coble, 102, of Monroe, died Friday December 30, 1994 at the Smith Wing of Union Memorial Hospital. A memorial service was held 3:30 pm Sunday at Mineral Springs United Methodist Church where the Rev. James Yow officiated. Interment was private. Mrs. Coble was born in Lancaster County, SC on November 24, 1892 and was the daughter of the late Frank A. Krauss and the late Della Broome Krauss. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Harry Coble. Mrs. Coble was associated with the Monroe Merchants Association for 25 years and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Monroe. She was a member of the Monroe Chapter of the Daughters of the American Colonists, The United Daughters of the Confederacy, The American Legion Auxillary and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Mrs. Coble was a charter member of the Monroe Garden Club, a member of the Union County Historical Society and a graduate of the Blackstone Female Institute in Blackstone, Virginia where she majored in "elocution." She was survived by several nieces and nephews. McEwen Funeral Home of Monroe was in charge of arrangements."
Harry Woods COBLE and Mildred Frances ARMSTRONG had children.
Harry Woods' first wife, Mildred Frances Armstrong, remarried Henry Graydon HORNE, son of Henry and Lelia nee Montgomery Horne. They had children. Mildred died 9 Feb 1986 at Gatonia, Gaston Co. NC.
John Bunyan Jr. married Hope Helene RINEHARD, the daughter of Peter and Katherine nee Beck Rinehard, on 19 Jul 1940. She was born on 2 Jan 1908 at a farm near Alexandria, Kentucky. The area where the farm was located was known as Licking Pike. She passed away on July 3, 1983 at St. Luke's Hospital in Ft. Thomas, KY. She was laid to rest beside the love of her life John on July 8, 1983 at the Alexandria Cemetery in Alexandria, Kentucky.
OBITUARY: "JOHN B. COBLE. John B. Coble of Alexandria, Ky. died March 16 en route to the hospital, following a period of ill health. Funeral services were held March 20 at 11 a.m. in the funeral chapel and interment was in the Alexandria Cemetery. He was born Sept. 9, 1901, in Monroe, son of John B. and Carrie Rudge Coble. At the time of his retirement he was employed by General Electric in Cincinnati, Ohio. Survivors are: his wife, Mrs. Hope Rhinehardt Coble; two sons, Ronald Coble of Florence, Ky., and David Coble of Brevard, N.C.; four grandchildren; also one brother, Wesley W. Coble of Macon, Ga.; and two sisters, Mrs. Caroline C. Jones Mrs. Louise C. Bareford, both of Monroe." (25 Mar 1975 The Enquirer-Journal, Monroe, N.C. p. 16.)
John Bunyan COBLE and Hope Helene RINEHARD had children.
Caroline married Wilson Kenneth JONES, son of Erastus Frank and Mary Ellen nee Johnson JONES, on 20 Oct 1927 at her parent's home in Monroe, Union Co. NC. He was born on 26 Oct 1888 and died on 4 Jun 1934. He was buried on 5 Jun 1934 in the Monroe City Suncrest Cemetery, Monroe, Union Co. NC. He was manager of the Monroe branch of the Federal Employment Office.
MARRIAGE: "Jones-Coble. In a ceremony characterized by simplicity and charm, Miss Caroline Coble became the bride of Mr. Wilson Jones last evening at 8 o'clock at the home of the bride on Washington street. Only immediate relatives of the contracting parties witnessed the ceremony, which was performed by Rev. W.B.S. Chandler of the First Presbyterian church. Mrs. Jones wore a handsome navy blue crepe Roma gown with modish hat of gray, and her bouquet was Ophelia roses and valley lillies. She is the eldest daughter of Mrs. J. B. Coble and is a handsome brunnette with many lovely traits of character. She received her education at Peace Institute, Raleigh. Mr. Jones is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Jones of Raeford and is a member of the drug firm of Horton and Jones. Since coming to Monroe he has made many friends by his affable manner and pleasing personality. Immediately following the ceremony Mr. and Mrs. Jones left for a trip to Washington. On their return they will reside with Mr. and Mrs. James T. Griffith on West Windsor street. Out of town guests were Mr. and Mrs. Frank Jones of Raeford, Miss Catherine Jones of Ablemarle, Miss Eunice Jones of Greensboro, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Coble of Gastonia, and Mr. Wesley Coble, student at Furman University. " (1927 The Monroe (?) Journal)
OBITUARY: "MR. JONES TAKEN BY HEART ATTACK. Manager of Federal Relief Office Dies After Only 21 Hours Illness. Mr. Wilson Jones, manager of the local Federal Employment office died at two-thirty Monday afternoon of a heart attack. He had not before been subject to such attacks. On Sunday morning Mr. Jones was in his usual health and good humor and went to church. After dinner he started with Mr. W. J. Rudge and some other friends on a short trip to Rockingham. He felt ill and asked to be taken back home. From the time he got in the house he was desperately ill and continued so till the end. Mr. Jones, who had been a resident of Monroe for ten or twelve years, was a very popular man, liked by all. He came here and entered the drug business as a member of the Horton-Jones firm. Later he was with the Monroe Hardware, and was then appointed manager of the federal employment office. Mr. Jones was born in Cumberland county on Nov. 26, 1888. He attended the local schools and then Buie's Creek Academy, now Campbell college. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Jones, of Hoke county, and five sisters and two brothers survive him. They are Mrs. W. G. Gandy and Miss Lucile Jones of Lincolnton, Mrs. Mary Watson of Fayetteville, Mrs. Margaret Cobb of Parkton, Mrs. R. M. Lefler of Ablemarle, Mr. Manly F. Jones of West Palm Beach, and Mr. A. T. Jones of Hoke county. He married Miss Caroline Coble of Monroe on October 4, 1927, who with their little son, Kenneth, survive him. Mr. Jones volunteered at the beginning of the world war and was sent to Greenville, S.C. where he remained in service till the close of the war and then was sent to Panama. He settled in Monroe soon after coming out of service. Mr. Jones was a member of the Presbyterian church and the funeral was held at four o'clock this afternoon at the residence on Washington street, by Rev. Mr. McGeachy, pastor of the Presbyterian church. The active pallbearers were David Bowles, Dr. Alexander, J. F. Milliken, Claude Wilson, James Marsh, and Ben Wolfe. Honorary pallbearers were the members of the American Legion. The flowers were beautiful and the attendance large. The deceased's parents and all his brothers and sisters except for one brother were present, together with many friends from other sections. The interment was in the Monroe cemetery." (5 Jun 1934 The Monroe Journal p. 1)
OBITUARY: "MRS. CAROLINE JONES. Mrs. Caroline Jones, 74, of 504 Washington St., Monroe, died Sunday. She was born March 1, 1903, in Monroe, and was a daughter of the late John B. and Caroline Rudge Coble. Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Monroe Cemetery. Officiating will be the Rev. W. M. Edwards II of the First Presbyterian Church and the Rev. Preston B. Huntley Jr. of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Surviving are one son, Kenneth Wilson Jones of Sewannee, Tenn.; one sister, Mrs. Louise Coble Bareford of Monroe; and one brother, Wesley Coble of Macon, Ga." (22 Aug 1977 The Enquirer Journal, Monroe, NC p. 10)
Caroline COBLE and Wilson Kenneth JONES had one child:
13 i. Kenneth Wilson3 JONES (1929-1986)
MARRIAGE: "Miss Carroll and Mr. Coble Wedded. Marriage of Sumter Girl and Monroe Man Solemnized in New York City. Sumter, S.C. Oct. 12.- A marriage of much interest to a large circle of relatives and friends throughout the Carolinas was that of Miss Catherine Carroll, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Carroll, of Sumter, to Wesley Windell Coble, of New York, at noon last Tuesday in "The Little Church Around the Corner," New York city. The marriage was a very quiet one. There were no attendants and only a small number of close relatives and friends of the contracting parties present as witnesses. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Randolph Ray. Mrs. Coble is a graduate of Sumter High school and attended Converse college and Alliene University of Art in New York city. During the past year she made her home in New York much of the time. Her parents have made Sumter their home for a number of years, but formerly lived at Cherryville, N.C. Mr. Coble is the son of Mrs. Caroline Rudge Coble of Monroe, N.C. and the late John B. Coble. He is a native of Abbeville, S.C., but has lived in Monroe, N.C. for a number of years. He attended Furman university. At present he is engaged in the insurance business in New York city. He and his bride will make their home at 435 West 119th street. Later they expect to take their bridal trip to Hartford, Conn., and other places in the east and New England."
OBITUARY: "Wesley W. Coble. Byron, Ga.- Wesley Wendell Coble, 62, of Byron, a Monroe native, died March 7, in Telfair County hospital. A memorial service was held Wednesday in the chapel of Dixon-Bland-Vaughn Funeral Home in McRae, Ga., with the Rev. Ted Griner officiating. Mr. Coble was born in Monroe, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John B. Coble. A resident of Byron for the past 10 years, he was a retired insurance adjuster of Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. Survivors are one son, Wesley Wendell Coble Jr., of Bartlett, Tenn., two daughters, Mrs. Carroll Donovan of St. Simon's Island, Ga., and Mrs. Catherine Ridley of McRae, GA; a sister, Mrs. Louise Coble Bareford of Monroe, nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Dixon-Bland-Vaughn Funeral Home of McRae was in charge of arrangements." (The Enquirer Journal, Monroe, NC, 22 Mar 1988, p. 3A)
Wesley Wendell COBLE and Katherine CARROLL had children.
For some time I thought Paul's middle name was "Watson", but in early 2013 I ran across a program for his funeral that identifies his middle name as "Rudge". It appears the latter may have been introduced after his death. According to a direct descendant, Paul claimed he did not have a middle name. I know of no primary documents that indicate he had a middle name.
Paul married Clara BIVENS, daughter of Edward Blair and Grace Elizabeth nee Austin Bivens, on 4 Sep 1937 at 203 Charles Street, Monroe, Union Co. NC. She was a teacher. She was born on 3 May 1909 in Union Co. NC and died on 22 Nov 1992 in Picayune, Pearl River, Mississippi. A photograph of her appears here. Here's a photo of her grave.
MARRIAGE: "Miss Clara Bivens and Mr. Paul Coble Married. Miss Clara Bivens and Paul Coble were married Saturday, September the fourth, at high noon in a lovely ceremony at the home of the bride's parents on Wadesboro avenue. The spacious home was beautifully decorated in choice flowers of the season. Rev. W. R. Kelly, pastor of the bride, performed the lovely ring service. Only the immediate families and close friends witnessed the service. Mrs. Coble is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. Blair Bivens. The bride and groom were both born and reared in Monroe and have hosts of friends who join in wishing them a happy and prosperous journey together. Mrs. Coble is a graduate of Woman's College of the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and has for the past few years been a successful teacher in state schools. She was married in a new fall three-piece suit of mahogany with brown accessories and wore a shoulder bouquet of Briarcliff roses. The groom is the youngest son of Mrs. Carrie Coble and the late Mr. Coble. He is a graduate of the local high school, and a young man of sterling qualities. he holds a responsible position with the Tyler Construction Company. Immediately after the ceremony Mr. and Mrs. Coble left for a trip through the mountains of Western North Carolina and Tennessee. When they return they will be located in Pickens, S.C. for the present."
FIRST OBITUARY: "MR. COBLE DIES OF HEART ATTACK... Mr. Paul Coble, well known native and resident of Monroe, died suddenly of a heart attack at his home on Pageland road about one o'clock Sunday afternoon. He had been to Sunday school at the First Presbyterian church in the morning and was in the sitting room waiting for lunch. Mrs. Coble sent the little son to call him to lunch, he ran back to the dining hoom and said, "Mama, Dady says he feels like something hit him in the head." Mrs. Coble ran to see and as she entered the room Mr. Coble fell to the floor and expired before she could get a doctor. In the morning he had driven up to the home of Mrs. Blair Bivens and parked the car and from there he and the children walked to the church, as was their custom to do. The funeral was held at the McEwen chapel Monday afternoon at 3:300 by Dr. Roy F. Whitley, pastor of the Presbyterian church, and burial was in the Monroe cemetery. The pall bearers were Messrs. Howard W. Tucker, J. Harry Lee, Henry Maynor, John Glenn, Walter Crowell, and John B. Ashcraft. Mr. Coble was born in Monroe on September 16, 1907, the son of Mrs. Carrie Rudge Coble and the late Mr. John B. Coble, well known locomotive engineer on the Seaboard. He is survived by his mother, his wife, the former Miss Clara Bivens, their two children, Brenda and Paul Wadsworth and the following brothers and sisters: Messrs. Emmett and Harry Coble of Monroe, John Coble of Newport, Ky., David Coble of Douglass, Ga., Wesley Coble of Macon, Ga., Mrs. Wilson Jones and Mrs. Sydor Bareford of Monroe. Mr. Coble graduated from Monroe high school and later became road construction foreman for Daniels Construction Co., and Dickerson, Inc. For the past several years he had been in the timber mechandising business. Among those from a distance attending the funeral were: Mr. Wesley Coble and daughter Carolina, of Macon, Ga.; Mr. and Mrs. David L. Coble of Douglass, Ga.; Mrs. W. J. Rudge, Mrs. W. C. Houston, Miss Pat Adams, Concord; Mr. and Mrs. Steve Kenney, Raleigh; Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Flint, Mr. and Mrs. Holt Easley, Mrs. Curtis Lee, Winston-Salem; Mrs. W. T. Gregory, Mrs. Brutus Saunders, Pageland; Mrs. A. G. Aherns, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Clendenen, and Mrs. Claude Efird, Wilmington." (18 Jan 1949 The Monroe Journal p. 1); SECOND OBITUARY: "PAUL COBLE. MONROE, Jan. 16-Paul Coble, 41, died this afternoon at 12:30 o'clock at his home on the Pageland highway near Monroe. Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon, at 2:30 o'clock at the McEwen chapel, conducted by Dr. Ray F. Whitley, pastor of the First Presbyterian church. Burial will be in the Monroe cemetery. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Clara Bivens Coble; a son, Paul Wadsworth Coble, a daughter, Miss Brenda Coble, both of the home; his mother, Mrs. John B. Coble of Monroe, five brothers and two sisters."; THIRD OBITUARY: "PAUL COBLE PASSES SUDDENLY AT HOME. Funeral Rites Held This Afternoon for Monroe Man. Paul Coble, 41, member of a well-known Monroe family, died suddenly at his home on Pageland highway at 12:30 o'clock on Sunday afternoon. Funeral services were held this afternoon at McEwen Chapel, with Dr. Roy F. Whitley, pastor of First Presbyterian church, officiating. Interment was in Monroe cemetery. Mr. Coble is survived by his wife, the former Miss Clara Bivens; a son, Paul Wadsworth Coble; a daughter, Brenda Coble, both of the home; his mother, Mrs. John B. Coble of Monroe, five brothers, Emmett Coble and Harry Coble of Monroe, John Coble of Newport, Ky. David Coble of Douglas, Ga., and Wesley Coble of Atlanta, Ga.; and two sisters, Mrs. Sydnor Bareford and Mrs. Wilson Jones, of Monroe. Mr. Coble was born and reared in Monroe, the Coble home being on Washington street. He graduated from Monroe high school and later became road construction foreman for Daniels Construction Co., and Dickerson, Inc. For the past several years he had been in the timber merchandizing business. Pallbearers at the last rites were: Howard Tucker, Harry Lee, Henry Maynor, John Glenn, Walter Crowell and John B. Ashcraft."
OBITUARY: Clara Bivens Coble. Clara Bivens Coble, 83, formerly of Monroe, died Sunday (Nov. 22, 1992) in Louisiana. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the Monroe City Cemetery. Survivors include a son, Paul Coble of Monroe, a daughter, Brenda Robinson of Picayune, Miss., a brother, Blair Bivens of Monroe, and three grandchildren. The family will receive friends Friday morning from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at McEwen Funeral Home in Monroe." (24 Nov 1992 The Monroe Enquirer Journal p. 2A)
Paul COBLE and Clara BIVENS had children.
FIRST OBITUARY: ""MRS. DAVID COBLE. Mrs. David Coble died last night in a hospital in Miami, Fla., following a week's illness. Funeral arrangements are incomplete, but burial will be here in Monroe, with McEwen's in charge. Mrs. Coble was Miss Lola Lockhart of Greenville, Miss. She suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on Wednesday of last week. Mr. Coble, a traveling representative, had left on his trip on Monday, and she and some ladies were preparing supper in her apartment when she fainted. She was taken to the hospital, later rallied and was conscious until the end. She made the plans for her funeral, expressing to Mr. Coble her desire to be buried in Monroe. She was a devoted member of the family. Mrs. J.B. Coble of Monroe, her husband being the youngest son."; SECOND OBITUARY: ""OBITUARIES. MRS. DAVID COBLE. Funeral services for Mrs. David Coble, 54, of Miami, Fla., were held this afternoon at McEwen's chapel, with Dr. Roy F. Whitley officiating. Burial was in Lakeland Memorial Park. Mrs. Coble, the former Miss Lola Lockhart of Greenville, Miss., died in a Miami hospital Thursday night after a week's illness. She suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on Wednesday of last week. Mr. Coble, a traveling representative, had left on his trip on Monday, and she and some ladies were preparing supper in her apartment when she fainted. She was taken to the hospital, later rallied and was conscious until the end. She made the plans for her funeral, expressing to Mr. Coble her desire to be buried in Monroe. She was a devoted member of the family. Mrs. J.B. Coble of Monroe, her husband being the youngest son. Surviving are her husband and one sister, Mrs. Will Jeffries of Greenville, Miss. Pallbearers at the last rites were Bill Mills, Sam McGuirt, J. Walter Laney Jr., Ernest Heath, Charles Hargett and John Glen." (27 Jan 1958 Monroe Enquirer)
David second married Ruth Malone in April of 1960 in Orange Co. FL. They subsequently divorced in Feb 1969, also in Orange Co. FL.
OBITUARY: "DAVID L. COBLE. David Lamar Coble, 56, died Saturday, Oct. 16, in Orlando, Fla. after an illness of about seven weeks. He was born Dec. 24, 1911, in Monroe, the son of John B. and Carrie Rudge Coble. He was a graduate of Wingate College and attended the University of South Carolina. He played professional baseball as catcher for the Little Rock, Ark. "Travellers," and for the "Phillies," of Philadelphia, Pa. After World War II, he was manager of a number of professional ball clubs including: Galsden, Ala., Miami, Fla., Douglas, Ga., and Shelby, N.C. For two years, 1954 and 1955, he was a scout for Philadelphia Athletics. For the past 18 years, he worked as a real estate salesman in Winter Park and Orlando, Fla. He is survived by: two sisters, Mrs. Caroline C. Jones, Mrs. Louise Bareford of Monroe; two brothers, John B. Coble, Jr. of Alexandria, Ky., Wesley Coble of Columbus, Ga. Funeral services will be held in Monroe Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 2 o'clock at McEwen's Colonial Chapel, conducted by Rev. Joe Stowe of the First Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in Lakeland Memorial Park. Dr. Kenneth Jones, of Sewannee, Tenn., arrived by plane to attend the last rites for his uncle. Others from out of town attending will include Stephen Rudge Kenney of Raleigh (son of Steven Kenney and the late Mrs. Fannie Person Rudge Kenney); Mr. and Mrs. Russell "Red" Mincy of Belmont." (The Enquirer Journal, Monroe, NC, 18 Oct 1971, p. 7)
Here are two photos of a locket once owned by Louise now in the possession of her niece.
OBITUARY - "Mrs. Louisa C. Bareford. Louisa Coble Bareford, 75, of Monroe died yesterday (July 16, 1989) in Marion Sims Nursing Home, Lancaster S.C. Graveside services will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. in the Monroe Cemetery, conducted by Dr. Charles Williamson. Mrs. Bareford was a native of Monroe and daughter of the late John B. and Carrie Rudge Coble. Survivors are nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 302 E. Windsor St., Monroe 28110, where she was a life-long member. McEwen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements."
Mary Kathryn married Edwin NIVEN jr., son of Edwin and Mabeth Zaila nee McCAIN, on 28 Jun 1942 at the Presbyterian Church, Monroe, Union Co. NC. He was born on 12 Nov 1918 in Waxhall, NC and died on 18 Mar 1989 in Monroe, Union Co. NC.
MARRIAGE: "Niven-Coble. The marriage of Miss Kathryn Coble and Edwin Niven Jr., lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, was solemnized at the First Presbyterian church Sunday afternoon, June 28, at 5:00 o'clock. Rev. J. H. Amherst, pastor of Central Methodist church, officiated using the ring ceremony. Bamboo and white gladioli, flanked with seven-branched candelabra holding white tapers, formed the background, before which the vows were spoken. The candles were lighted by Garry Coble, young brother of the bride. Prior to the ceremony, a program of music was rendered by Miss Evelyn Sharp, violinist, of High Point, who played "Ave Maria" and "Intermezzo"; Miss Mildred Read, soloist of Wagram, who sang "Because" and "Ah Sweet Mystery of Life", and Miss Mary Deane Laney, who played the Wedding March from "Lohengrin" as the processional and Mendelssohn's Wedding March as the recessional. The bride was given in marriage by her uncle, Major D. Jennings Boger, of Fort Jackson, S.C. The bridegroom had as his best man, his father, Edwin Niven, Sr. The bride, a lovely brunette, wore a wedding gown of mousseline de sole, fashioned with high neckline, lace trim, fitted bodice, long sleeves, full at the shoulder and tight at the wrist, forming a point over the hand. The skirt was very full and extended into a long train. She wore a two-tiered finger tip illusion veil, caught with a halo of orange blossoms, and carried a prayer book with a white orchid and shower of valley lilies. The bride's attendants were gowned in organza frocks of pastel shades fashioned in midriff design with full skirts, wore sweetheart hats, and carried sheaths of painted daisies and delphinium. The matron of honor, Mrs. Richard Howie, wore blue; the maid of honor, Miss Annie Laurie Tuberville, of Washington, D.C., pink; the bridesmaid, Miss Tommie Jackson, cousin of the groom, of Newberry, S.C., yellow and the junior bridesmaid, Miss Mary Nisbet, cousin of the bride, of Charlotte, green. The ushers were John Cushman, cousin of the bride, of Morristown, N.J., James Byers of Shelby, Frank Burkhead of Asheboro, and Olin Niven, cousin of the groom, of Waxhaw. Mrs. Coble, mother of the bride, wore a painted shear frock and a corsage of gardenias. Mrs. Niven, mother of the groom, wore a flowered print sheer and horsehair picture hat. Her corsage was of gardenias. After the ceremony, the bridal party, members of the two families and close friends attended an informal reception at the home of Major and Mrs. D. Jennings Boger, uncle and aunt of the bride. The bride is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Rudge Coble. She graduated from W.C.U.N.C. and for the past few years has taught in the North Carolina schools. The groom is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Niven, Sr. He graduated from the University of North Carolina, and until he entered the service was in business in Monroe. He is now a lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, stationed at Quantico, Va. For her going away costume, Mrs. Niven wore a two-piece madonna blue dress with imported lace yoke and self-trimmed jacket. Her accessories were navy and white. Her corsage was white orchid from her wedding bouquet. Lieutenant and Mrs. Niven left for Fredericksburg, Va., where they will reside."
OBITUARY: "Kathryn Niven. Kathryn "Kat" Coble Niven died Monday (Oct. 21, 2002) at Union Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at McEwen Funeral Home of Monroe with burial in the Monroe City Cemetery. Born April 10, 1918 in Union County, she was a daughter of the late Emmett and Selma Medlin Coble. She was a homemaker. Survivors include two sons, Trip Niven of Monroe and Brad Niven of Winston Salem; a daughter, Kathy Lockamy of Marshville; three grandchildren and one great grandchild. Visitation is 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at McEwen Funeral Home of Monroe. Memorials may be made to Central United Methodist Church, 801 South Hayne Street, Monroe, NC 28112." (22 Oct 2002 The Monroe Enquirer Journal, p. 2A)
Mary Kathryn COBLE and Edwin NIVEN jr. had children.
Emmett Rudge married Florence E. MATTEI on 16 Feb 1948. She was born on 8 Jun 1921 in Chicago, IL.
OBITUARY: "Mutt Coble. Riviera Beach, Fla. Emmett Rudge "Mutt" Coble, 80, formerly of Monroe, died Sunday (April 1, 2001) at the West Palm Beach, Fla., Veteran's Hospital. HIs body was cremated and his ashes were scattered at sea. Born Jan. 10, 1921, in Monroe, he was a son of the late Rudge and Selma Medlin Coble. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Survivors include one sister; Kathryn Coble Niven of Monroe. Memorials may be made to West Palm Beach Veteran's Hospital, 7305 North Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33410-6400." (The Enquirer-Journal, Monroe, NC., 4 April 2001, page 2A)
Emmett Rudge COBLE and Florence E. MATTEI had children.
Kenneth traveled widely and had many interests, including genealogy. Here's a copy of a letter he wrote me just a few years before he died:
"Your visit to England sounds most interesting, and particularly your findings in the West Country. The only reason I went there in a kind of vague search for family connections with the Reudge [sic] clan is that a cousin of my grandmother's from Richmond (not a Rudge but on the Pae side) had looked at some family papers in a vain effort to get Aunt Kate [Rudge Griffith] into the DAR. She didn't show them to me, but just wrote out the names and places to go. And that was all. I do recall, however, a letter from her that may still be in Monroe giving more information but finally adding that all the papers were with the Banks cousins in Savannah. That is, I'm sure, where they still are and if there is any written evidence of any ties with the Gloucester-Evesham setting that you visited it may be that the papers in Savannah will have it. All I know is what I have told you before and this further possibility. Unfortunately no one in Monroe except my grandmother could rmember [sic] anything or had any papers. Most of what I heard was simply oral history, stories handed down and probably confused. The few pictures and papers we do have will be sent in your direction fairly soon. Among these stories, that I haerd [sic] when I was in high school, was that our Rudges had left the West of England toward the end of the eighteenth century and lived for a time near London. One of them went to India and was connected with the East India Company. As you already know our great grandfather (your great great) John William Rudge was born in Le Havre, (France) while his father was engaged as an engineer in the rebuilding of the port. I have a daguerrotype of him and his older brother Thomas taken there, probably in about 1852-1855. I also recall that when they entered this country they came to Philadelphia first, then Savannah. There may be records of entry there in the immigration office. Mamma Carrie (my grandmother) and Aunt Kate always kept little bits of French phrases that they used to hear as children from this episode." (Letter written by Kenneth Rudge Wilson Jones to Dave Rudge 20 Mar 1983)
OBITUARY: "Kenneth R. W. Jones: 1930-1986. DR. KENNETH RUDGE WILSON JONES, 56, Professor of French and chairman of that department at the University of the South, died on June 28 at Sewanee. An especially popular instructor, his funeral attracted a large number of students and alumni, many of whom travelled long distances to pay tribute to a man whose wit and teaching ability made him a favorite at Sewanee for over twenty years. A native of Monroe, North Carolina, Dr. Jones graduated from Davidson College, and then received his master's and doctorate from the University of North Carolina. He also studied as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Dijon, France. Before coming to Sewanee, he was a member of the faculty at Louisiana State University. In addition to his teaching duties, he was secretary of the Sewanee chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a member of the Red Ribbon Society and the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He was also a member of the 8:00 congregation at All Saint's Chapel. Traditionally, the ideal Sewanee professor is someone who interacts well with students both in the classroom and elsewhere. In many ways, Dr. Jones epitomized that ideal. He knew a great many students, and enjoyed inviting them for meals and conversations at his home. In class, he was demanding and thorough. In the words of one former student, "I would get up at 6:00 to work for that class. I was miserable if I wasn't prepared." The funeral was conducted by the Reverend Herbert S. Wentz, Professor of Religion in the College and Marshall of the University Faculties. Dr. Jones was buried in the University Cemetery. Dr. Jones' life and work, and the many friendships he cultivated here, ensure that his memory will live on among all those who knew him. As professor and friend, Dr. Kenneth Jones has joined the ranks of that select group of Sewanee professors who are remembered with affection and respect for decades to come." 2nd OBITUARY: "Kenneth W. Jones. Kenneth Wilson Jones, 56, of Sewanee, Tenn., a Monroe native, died June 28 in Emerald Hodgeson Hospital in Sewanee, after a short illness. He was a professor and chairman of the French department of the University of the South. Services were held on June 30 in All Saints Chapel, Sewanee, Tenn. Burial was in University Cemetery. Mr. Jones was the son of Wilson and Caroline Coble Jones, late of Monroe. He did undergraduate work at Davidson College. After being named Fulbright Scholar, he studied at the University of Dijon, France. He received his master's and doctorate from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Before joining the faculty at Sewanee in 1963, he taught at Louisiana State University. A member of Phi Beta Kappa fraternity, he served a number of years as the secretary of the Sewanee chapter. He was also a member of Alpha Tau Omega social fraternity. There are no survivors. Contributions may be made to DuPont Library at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn. 37375. Watson-Gamble Funeral Home of Winchester, Tenn. was in charge." (The Enquirer-Journal, Monroe N.C. 8 Jul 1986, p. 3A)
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