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Re: Fred & Nora Smith & their daughter Pauline S. Hudgens of Steele, MO
Posted by: Lavone Major (ID *****1439) Date: August 21, 2008 at 05:31:54
In Reply to: Re: Fred & Nora Smith & their daughter Pauline S. Hudgens of Steele, MO by Frances Funderburk of 887

Thank you so much for responding !! It is indeed my lucky day !! The Social Security Death Index says that Fred died in January of 1963. A day of the month wasn't given--only the month and year. I went back & verified that to make sure I hadn't copied it down wrong. The lady I spoke to at the Pemiscot Health Dept. said she looked in her computer and no Fred Smith died in the state of Missouri in January of 1963. So I am not positive about his death date. I don't know if the date on the SSDI is a mistake, if he may have died elsewhere or if the lady at the Health Dept. may have made a mistake. I have seen instances of the SSDI date of death differing from tombstones or obits by just a day or two. It has occurred to me that it might be possible that Fred died on the last day or two of December, 1962 and the SSA recorded it as January, 1963. The only other possibility I can think of is that Fred may have died outside of Missouri--perhaps in a hospital in Tennessee, Kentucky or Arkansas. I realize the proximity of Pemiscot County to these other states. I don't think it would have been Kentucky, though, since I didn't find him on the Kentucky Death Index that covers the years 1911 thru 2000. But wherever and whenever Fred died, I feel sure that he must have a death certificate giving his parents' names. If you could find an obit on him, it might give me the clue I need to order a death certificate. Heck, it might even give his parents' names--sometimes they do. I would be very grateful if you would look for Fred's obit and would also be grateful to receive Nora's & Paulines's & the others that you have pertaining to this family. Please let me know what arrangements we can make for you to send those to me. Please email me off the board at Again, thank you so very much.

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