Andrew Washington Turner and Phoebe Isabelle Sirmans

Andrew Washington Turner, born 1 Jan 1867 in Dublin, GA, was the son of Adeline Rebecca Black and Jesse Turner. As a boy, Andrew Washington Turner came to the 1144th Georgia Militia District, the Ray’s Mill District.  He came some time before 1880 from South Carolina with his widowed mother and sisters.On March 27, 1892, Andrew Turner married Phoebe Isabelle Sirmans.   She was born June 1, 1867 the daughter of Abner and Frances P. Sirmans.

Andrew Washington Turner and Phoebe Isabelle Sirmans were married March 27, 1892 in Berrien County, GA

On February 24, 1893, Andrew  Turner and his wife bought land from her father,  Abner Sirmans, which became their homesite in Ray’s Mill (nka Ray City), Georgia.  The Turners made Ray City, GA their home through the 1920s, and  during the town’s boom period constructed “two large brick buildings known as the Andrew Turner Buildings.  One of the buildings is two stories high.”  In 1929, the Ray City News reported that this building was sold to M. G. Melton.

Andrew Washington Turner and wife, Phoebe Isabelle Sirmans

Some time prior to 1930, the Turners moved to Valdosta, Lowndes County, GA . Andrew Washington Turner died there on July 26, 1936.

Phoebe Isabelle Sirmans Turner lived with her daughter, Rosa Shaw, until her death on Aug, 29, 1948.

Andrew Washington Turner and Phoeba Isabelle (Sirmans) Turner are buried in Sunset Hill Cemetery in Valdosta, Georgia.

Graves of Andrew Washington Turner and Isabelle Sirmans Turner, Sunset Hill Cemetery, Valdosta, GA

Graves of Andrew Washington Turner and Isabelle Sirmans Turner, Sunset Hill Cemetery, Valdosta, GA

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Ray City News, Jan 3, 1929 ~ M.G. Melton Buys A. Turner Brick Bldgs.

Another clipping from the Ray City News, historic newspaper of Ray City, GA.  The article mentions that M. G. Melton intends to open a movie theater in Ray City.  Did the silver screen ever come to Ray City?

Just about every small southern town boasted a theater. Nashville, GA had a theater on the courthouse square. The Ilex Theater in Quitman, GA  built around 1928 was designed by Valdosta architect Lloyd Greer, who also designed the Ray City School.  Greer is also credited with designing the Lyric Theater in Waycross, GA and many other south Georgia buildings.

M.G. Melton Buys A. Turner Brick Bldgs. Clipping from the Ray City News, Jan 3, 1929 newspaper edition.

M.G. Melton Buys A. Turner Brick Bldgs. Clipping from the Ray City News, Jan 3, 1929 newspaper edition.

Ray City News, Jan 3, 1929
M.G. Melton Buys A. Turner Brick Bldgs.

   A transaction of much interest to the people of Ray City and surrounding  community is that in which Mr. M. G. Melton of Hahira purchased the two large brick buildings known as the Andrew Turner Buildings.  One of the buildings is two stories high and the top floor is needed for the telephone exchange.
     The bottom floor will be converted into an up to date moving picture theatre.  The adjoining building will be remodeled inside and a fresh line of merchandise put in.
    This transaction will mean much to the commercial life of Ray City and will afford local amusements for our citizens.
    The Ray City News takes great pleasure in welcoming Mr. Melton here, men of this calibre who can help develop our town will alway receive a hearty welcome by us.

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