Sunday, July 1, 2012

Sunday's Obituary: Mallie (Davis) Colyer 1955

Mallie Colyer
Malvina Katherine "Mallie" (Davis) Colyer was the daughter of John Miller and Ursula Ann (Martin) Davis. She was the sister of my paternal great grandmother, Sarah Frances (Davis) Wallen-Livesay. Mallie married Harvey Green Colyer on 28 Nov 1901 in Clarence, Pulaski Co., Kentucky. They had two children: Losie Katherine and Leemon Green Colyer.

Newspaper clipping hand dated 1-19-55

Obituary of Mallie Colyer 1955
   Mrs. Mallie Katherine Colyer, 75, wife of the late Harvey G. Colyer, died Wednesday afternoon at the home of her son, Leemon Colyer of Woodstock. She had been in poor health for the past six months.
   Mrs. Colyer, the daughter of the late Miller and Ursula Martin Davis, was born at Level Green in Rockcastle County, but spent most of her life in Pulaski County. She was a devout member of the Woodstock Baptist Church for many years.
   Mrs. Colyer is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Alex Shelley, Indianapolis; one son, Leemon Colyer, Woodstock; two sisters, Mrs. M. M. Thompson, and Mrs. C. C. Wilson, both of Stanford.
   Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, at the Woodstock Baptist Church, Rev. Esau Huff officiating. Burial will be in Woodstock cemetery.

Click here to see tombstone of Mallie and Harvey Colyer

Original photo of Mallie owned by her grandson Lewis E. Colyer, son of Leemon.


  1. My great grandmother Lou/Louisa Tyree Sowder was listed as a servant in the 1880 Rockcastle County census, household of Pleasant and Rebecca Collier. She was 12 years old. Her older brother John F (Freeman) Tyree listed as a "border" under Mary Collier in the same dwelling. Lou was also listed in her sister Amanda Tyree McLemore's household so I don't think she lived with the Collier (Colyer?) family full time, though she mentioned them often in stories she told my mother.

  2. Indeed. Someone should make their departed family member a memorial page on obituaries so that they will still be able to see their loveones memento here on the internet for all time.