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Womack, Rufus L.

Womack, Rufus L.

Male 1893 - 1948  (54 years)

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  • Name Womack, Rufus L.  [1
    Birth 5 Mar 1893  North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Deputy Sheriff 
    Reference Number I52295 
    Death 1948 
    Burial Bethesda Presbyterian Church, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I52295  Caswell County
    Last Modified 16 Apr 2024 

    Father Womack, Joseph Felix,   b. 20 Aug 1858   d. Aug 1897, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 38 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Blackwell, Bettie Stubblefield,   b. 1 Oct 1866, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 9 Apr 1965, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 98 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F17892  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 5 Mar 1893 - North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - - Bethesda Presbyterian Church, Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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    Womack Family
    Womack Family

  • Notes 
    • Rufus L. Womack (1893-1948)

      Womack Family

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      Caswell County Deputy Sheriff. Died of a perforated ulcer.

      Womack Family (c.1907) (Left-to-Right)

      Back Row: Womack Daughter, Womack Daughter, Rufus L. Womack, Walker Cousin from Winston
      Front Row (Seated): Womack Daughter, Bettie Stubblefield Blackwell Womack

      The three daughters and Rufus L. Womack are children of Bettie Stubblefield Blackwell Womack(wife of Joseph Felix Womack). While not individually identified the daughters are Claudia Hester Womack, Edna Gray Womack, and Willie Hasseltine Womack. The cousin from Winston could be Laura Monroe Blackwell Walker (married George Iverson Walker). The structure in the background could be the Womack house on the Quick Road in western Caswell County, North Carolina. Photograph courtesy Clayton Blackwell.

      Caswell County Deputy Sheriff Stabbed

      On November 7, 1942, Caswell County Deputy Sheriff Rufus L. Womack (1893-1948) was stabbed outside a restaurant on Highway 86 just south of Danville, Virginia. He was attempting to arrest an occupant of a car when Mrs. John Eppes, a relative of the occupant, approached Womack from the rear and stabbed him several times.

      Fortunately, the wounds were not serious, and the deputy spent only one night at Memorial Hospital in Danville, Virginia. Mrs. John Eppes was charged with felonious assault and released from the Caswell County jail under $600 bond.

      The Bee (Danville, Virginia), 12 November 1942, Thursday, Page 14.

      Hester Womack, who will be 89 in June and has been Quick News correspondent many years for The Reidsville Review with the help of her sister, Willie, 83, says that although the Quick store belonged to Ed Blackwell, it was operated for years and years by Albert Lillard who was the store clerk. Many people in the neighborhood used barter to obtain food from the store. After the turn of the century, Miss Hester Womack said, "women in the neighborhood would send eggs to the store to exchange for groceries. "Our fondest memories of that store was a big wooden bucket of the best candy manufactured. It was set up on the counter and they let them (children) get a piece of candy," said Miss Willie Womack.

      Early settlers in the Quick area were known by a number of family names: Stubblefield, Blackwell, Wright, Watlington, Womack, Neighbors, Lillard, Worsley, Siddles, Busick, King and Cobb. Misses Hester and Willie Womack were raised, along with their late sister, Edna, and late brother, Rufus, in the house where they still live near the former Row Town store. None of them ever married. "It took us all to make a living," said Miss Willie Womack. "I led several to the altar, but someone else led them away."

      The Womack's home was built around a long cabin which may be over 200 years old, Miss Hester Womack said. The living room is the sturdy cabin with walls made of hewn logs which are still exposed and were whitewashed many times in the past. "This room was built for the clerk (of the Row Town Store), Grandleson Mitchell," Miss Hester Womack said.

      Times were not always easy when the Womack sisters grew up in the Quick Community. Their father, Joseph Felix Womack, died at age 38 when he contracted typhoid fever while helping care for cousins in the Milesville section of Caswell County. The cousins took typhoid during a local epidemic. Miss Willie Womack was only two when her father died and Miss Hester Womack was seven. They were raised by their mother, Betti Stubblefield Blackwell Womack, who cared for them and lived with her family until she died in 1965 at age 98 1/2.

      The girls all taught school in local one-room school houses. Miss Hester Womack began teaching and taught for 15 years after she went to Reidsville Seminary for a year and a half and obtained her teaching certificate. Miss Edna Womack went to school for teacher's training at Blackstone, Va. Female Institute. Miss Willie Womack attended classes at Red Springs Prep School for a year and a half, took two weeks of further training in Yanceyville and received her second grade teacher's certificate. After teaching seven years, Miss Willie Womack took a business course at McClung's Business College in Greensboro, obtained her diploma, and got a job in Madison at Gem Dandy Inc. where she worked for over 37 years until she retired.

      Their sister, Edna, taught school for six years. After teaching, she studied nursing at Watt's Hospital in Durham, was assistant superintendent for a year at Watt's, was a nurse in the UNC-Chapel Hill infirmary for 20 years and later nursed in the Boy's Industrial School at Beaumont, Va. Their brother, Rufus, was a Caswell County Deputy Sheriff. He had a stomach ulcer which ruptured while he was in London, Ontario, Canada helping to cure tobacco. He was hospitalized there for six weeks and died three years later in 1948 in North Carolina.

      Quick is filled with memories for the Womacks and their neighbors and though they may travel from the community -- most folks around the area will always call Quick, North Carolina their home.

      Source: Reidsville Review, Wednesday, 30 May 1979. By Ted Nelson, Review Staff Writer.

      "Kill Quick" (Reidsville Review, Wednesday, 30 May 1979).

  • Sources 
    1. Details: "Kill Quick" (Reidsville Review, Wednesday, 30 May 1979).