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Monday, October 31, 2016

2016 Littrell Family Reunion:

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Littrell Family Veterans Day Dedication and Luncheon

Friday, 11 November 2016
12:00 Noon Dedication
Veterans Memorial
Luncheon following
at Boomland on I-57
outside of Charleston, Missouri

We will be holding the informal ceremony this Veterans Day (November 11th) at the Veterans Memorial in East Prairie.
Chief Master Sergeant Wallace 'Wally' Littrell, Retired, will say some words and lead us in prayer, which will be followed by an opportunity for photographs.
We will then proceed to 'Boomland" for the Family Luncheon.
The family veterans being recognized with a brick are:
  • Red Littrell -Army WWII
  • Jessie Davis -Navy WWII
  • OJ Littrell -Army WWII
  • Les Littrell -Army
  • JD Littrell -Navy/Army WWII/Korea
  • Bordie Thurman -Army WWII
  • Rubin Littrell -Army Korea
  • Bill Davis -Navy
  • Troy Littrell Army Vietnam
  • JL Littrell -Navy Vietnam
  • Glenn Littrell -Army
  • Blaine Davis -Navy
  • Wallace Littrell -Air Force Retired
  • Tim Littrell –Navy
  • Angeka Pfaff – Air Force Retired
  • Jeff Littrell – Air Force Retired
We encourage all descendants of John and Kizzie to attend the ceromony and luncheon. We will have the book "Military Role Call: The Littrell Family of Mississippi County, Missouri" available for review at the luncheon.*
After the last Littrell Family Luncheon we posted information about the Veteran's Memorial in East Prairie  Missouri. It was decided that we would facilitate the purchase of a brick for our families Veterans, descendants of John and Kizzie of East Prairie. We posted this information on June 9th with the plan being that we would have a dedication followed by another family lunch on Veterans Day this year.
We encourage any one who is descended from John & Kizzie who missed this opportunity to purchase a brick for their Veteran to still do so. It may be too late for this dedication but it isn't to late to do it. Be sure to let it be known that you wish the brick to be placed with the Littrell family bricks.
*The book list the Military Service of 35 descendants of John and Kizzie who have served in the military as well as ancestors of John and Kizzie that served since before the Revolutionary War.
We ask that anyone who has a copy of the book to bring it for viewing.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Corene Belew Littrell: born 10-19-1919

imageCorene Belew (#271) August 10, 1937, daughter of William Belew and Ivy Shelton.(2) She was born Abt. 1917, and died March 15, 1943. 
Between 1925-1935 William Denise Belew(TN, 1886-1959) moved his family from Lawrence County, Tn., to New Madrid County, Mo. and Iva Shelton Belew (AL, 1894-1969), sharecroppers, with 3 of their children. Daughter Corene married John Littrell’s son Noble. Like Grandpa John they were in New Madrid County in 1935 Remember, Kizzie’s grandmother was a Belew also. The two families were county neighbors in Tennessee before 1935, New Madrid County, Mo., (LA Forge) in 1935, and then Mississippi County, Mo., in 1940.
Noble and Corene got married in 1937 in Charleston, Mo. She already had a child at the time, Billy Belew(?). Billy must have been born earlier in 1937 for him to be 5 years old in 1943. But where was he on the 1940 census where Noble and Corene are living with Noble’s parents, John & Kizzie?
Seven households away from John and Kizzie, on the 1940 census, is Corene’s parents and siblings… and Billy.  On the census he is listed as Billy Harold Belew, son of W.D. and Ivy (Iva Shelton) Belew. Obviously he was WDs grandson, not son. His age is consistent with an early 1937 birth.
Corene was ill for a long time with TB. She died from complications from TB and alcoholism. Rex says he believes that Ivy adopted Billy(William Harold) and raised him. Rex says that Ivy wanted to raise Billy because she didn't have any sons. Noble married Azilee in September 1943 in Georgia. Noble, Azilee, and Rex moved to Oak Ridge, Tennessee soon after.
Ivy Belew raised Billy as her own to the grave. Her 1969 obituary list as a surviving son, Bill Belew of Hampton, Virginia. On the other hand, her daughter Mary Juanell "Jill" (Belew) Johnson’s obituary,  list Billy Belew of Hampton, Virginia as a surviving nephew along with Rex. Mary Juanell’s obituary was in 2005.
sources: Penny Chapek, Nancy Littrell, and the Missourian 3-9-1943.
Click here to see more on the family of Noble Littrell


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