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Stanfield, Alyce Minerva

Stanfield, Alyce Minerva

Female 1910 - 1980  (69 years)

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  • Name Stanfield, Alyce Minerva 
    Born 18 Mar 1910  Person County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Reference Number 833 
    Died 5 Mar 1980  Durham, Durham County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Burchwood Cemetery, Roxboro, Person County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I823  Caswell County
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2022 

    Father Stanfield, Walter Lee,   b. 28 Oct 1888, Person County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jul 1928, Halifax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Whitt, Beulah Bessie,   b. 28 Dec 1891, Person County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jun 1942, Roxboro, Person County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 25 Dec 1907  Person County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reference Number 3649 
    Family ID F157  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Featherston, Charles McIver,   b. 17 Dec 1906, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1972, Roxboro, Person County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 24 Jun 1933 
    Reference Number 8114 
     1. Featherston, Gail Lee,   b. 2 Apr 1939,   d. 2 Apr 1939  (Age 0 years)  [natural]
    +2. Living
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2022 
    Family ID F532  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 18 Mar 1910 - Person County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 5 Mar 1980 - Durham, Durham County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Burchwood Cemetery, Roxboro, Person County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Jeremiah Bradsher Stanfield and Minerva Catherine Fox Home
    John Thomas Whitt Family Photograph

    Alyce Minerva Stanfield Featherston Grave Marker at Burchwood Cemetery (Roxboro, NC)
    Alyce Minerva Stanfield Featherston Grave Marker at Burchwood Cemetery (Roxboro, NC)

  • Notes 
    • Alyce Minerva Stanfield (1910-1980)

      John Thomas Whitt Family

      Alyce Minerva Stanfield Featherston

      (for larger image, click on photograph)

      John Thomas Whitt and Alice Brooks Whitt (seated). Left-to-Right: Alyce Stanfield, Esther O'Briant, Jerry Lee Stanfield, John O'Briant, Robert Buchanan, Pearlie Whitt Buchanan, Beulah Whitt Stanfield, Blanche Whitt White, Lucy Whitt Foushee, Ina Whitt, Mabel Whitt, John Thomas Whitt, Jr., and Estelle Whitt.

      Five children were born to Beulah and Walter Lee Stanfield:

      1. Jerry Lee Stanfield (18 October 1908 -- 2 July 1967). Married Bobbie Grasty, born 14 June 1916. Their two children are (a) Jerry Lee Stanfield, Jr., born 24 September 1941, married Brenna Sheroma. A son, "Scotty" Lee Stanfield was born to Brenna and Jerry Lee, Jr., on 28 December 1967. They live in Honolulu. (b) Bobbie Jane Stanfield, born 19 May 1947, married Chad Hilton.

      2. Alyce Minerva Stanfield (18 March 1910 -- 5 March 1980). Married Charles McIver Featherston (17 December 1906 -- 20 September 1972). Two daughters: (a) Gail Lee Featherston, born and died 2 April 1939; and (b) Susan Ann Featherston, born 9 October 1946, married William Umstead Laws, born 24 January 1944. They have two daughters: Alisa Hope Laws, born 30 July 1971, and Katharine Lynell Laws, born 5 August 1976.

      3. Dorothy Whit Stanfield, born 1 May 1915, married Thomas Jefferson Harris (born 24 November 1912). Three sons: (a) Thomas Jefferson Harris, Jr., born 25 April 1938, has a son Christopher, born 18 February 1970; (b) William Harold Harris, born 13 April 1945, married Linda Kaye Whitfield, born 28 February 1947. Their two children are Jeffrey Nathan Harris, born 20 May 1974, and Jessica Brooke Harris, born 11 May 1979; (c) Robert Lee Harris (born and died 20 April 1948).

      4. Harold Whit Stanfield, born 16 August 1921, married Melvine Gentry, born 15 March 1924. Harold and Melvine had three children, the first two of whom died in infancy: (a) Debra Lee, born and died 10 June 1951; (b) infant boy, born and died 17 August 1952; and (c) Teresa Gentry Stanfield, born 2 March 1954, married James Hubert Gibson, Jr., born 17 June 1953, and they have a daughter, Shannon Michelle, born 19 September 1982.

      5. Gloria Ann Stanfield, born 15 September 1925. Married Walter Morgan Woody, born 5 September 1922. They have three daughters: (a) Cindy Ann Woody, born 16 November 1951, married Darryl Carver, born 12 May 1953. Cindy and Darryl have two sons: David Woody Carver, born 19 September 1979, and Stephen Alan Carver, born 26 July 1981. (b) Melanie B. Woody, born 24 April 1954, lives in Roxboro and manages a restaurant. (c) Alyce Morgan Woody, born 18 December 1956, married Mark Douglas Eisler, born 19 September 1958. They live in Bryn Mawr, Pa.

      With the exception of Dorothy Stanfield Harris, all of the Stanfield children settled in Person County. Both Jerry and Harold built their homes in the Providence community. Alyce and McIver Featherston bought the Preston Featherston homeplace on Morgan Street in Roxboro, and Gloria Woody also lives in Roxboro. Dot and Jeff Harris live in Hoke County, North Carolina, on Route One Raeford.

      Sources: Family Bible and records, gravestones, and personal knowledge.

      Source: The Heritage of Person County, Volume II, Madeline Hall Eaker, Editor (1983) at 322-323 (Article #533 "Walter Lee and Beulah Bessie Whitt Stanfield" by Dorothy Stanfield Harris).

      Charles McIver Featherston was born in Caswell County December 17, 1906, the youngest child of nine living children born to Thomas Preston Featherston and Amanda Hester Featherston. At his birth, his oldest sister Elizabeth (Lizzie) begged her mother to let her name him for Dr. Charles McIver who was President of Women's College in Greensboro where Lizzie had finished school. McIver's older sisters relate that at his birth he was so small they used to take turns, along with their mother, sitting in front of a fire with him to keep him warm. A man's handkerchief folded in the shape of a triangle was used as a diaper. This story seems hard to believe for a man people remember of being over six feet tall and a shoe size of thirteen.

      Being the youngest of nine children and having seven older sisters had its advantages as well as disadvantages. Many a time McIver was given a nickel to wash dishes for his sisters so they could "go out courting."

      Being a strong believer in education, McIver's father was not pleased with is son's progress or lack of progress as it may have been, at Central School, so after the 10th grade he sent McIver to Oak Ridge Military School in Summerfield, N.C. to finish his education. McIver then went to Coyne's Electrical School in Chicago, Ill.

      He left there to return to Roxboro where he went to work at Collins and Aikman in 1929. He worked there for 43 years and held the position of supervisor of the weave room when he retired in March 1972. While at C & A he received an award for a technique used in the weave room which saved the company considerable money per year. It was at Collins and Aikman that McIver met Alyce Stanfield.

      Alyce Minerva Stanfield was born in Person County on March 18, 1910, the oldest daughter of Walter Lee Stanfield and Beulah Whitt Stanfield. Alyce was named for both her grandmothers, Alice Brooks Whitt and Catherine Minerva Fox Stanfield. Alyce never liked the middle name Minerva and even after she was grown and married disliked being teased about it. Alyce was consider by others to be a pretty child and very responsible.

      Therefore, after her father was killed in a car wreck in 1928, Alyce was left to care for her younger brother Harold and sister Gloria while her mother "Miss Beulah" worked as a practical nurse to support the family. Times were hard for the family but Alyce managed to stay in school and graduated from Roxboro High School in 1929. She then attended Pineland Business School in Salemburg, N. C. and graduated from there in May 1931 She returned to Roxboro and started work as a secretary at Collins and Aikman.

      It is said Alyce was going with another young man when she met the tall handsome young McIver Featherston, but she only had to look into McIver's soft brown eyes to know where her heart was. Alyce and McIver were married June 24, 1933 at the parsonage of the First Baptist Church in Danville, Va. Their vows were witnessed by Edgar Masten and Helen Stanfield. They purchased the home of McIver's mother and father, T. P. Featherston, in September 1945 which stands today at the corner of Madison Blvd. and Oak Street.

      To this union was born a daughter Gail Lee on April 2, 1939 who died at birth and Susan Ann born October 9, 1946. Susan married William U. Laws, Jr., October 23, 1965, and they have two daughters, Alisa Hope born July 30, 1971, and Katharine Lynelle born August 9, 1976. Both children were born at Person County Memorial Hospital. Bill and Susan bought a home on Tanglewood Circle in Roxboro in 1970. Bill is employed as a Service Manager for Ryder Truck Rental and Susan is employed part time as a dental assistant for Dr. Andrew P. Collins.

      Alyce and Mac were both loved and respected for their many kind and neighborly deeds. Their home was always open to family and friends who might drop in. After the death of Alyce's mother in 1942, the Featherston home became the home of Alyce's younger brother Harold and sister Gloria who was 16 at the time of her mother's death.

      Christmas was always a special time with the Featherston's gathering the 2nd Sunday in December and the Stanfield's having their family time on Christmas Eve. Aunt Alyce and Uncle Mac were the grandparents to the Stanfield nieces and nephews never got to know. A niece wrote at her death: "She was always our matriarch. Our family has always been special. There has always been so much love, strength, and security there for us, so much faith in us. I think Aunt Alyce was responsible to a large extent for creating that sense of family.

      Children loved them both but "Uncle Mac" seemed to have a special attraction to "little ones." Much to the embarrassment of his daughter, Susan, he always stopped to speak to children, even ones he did not know. Since having children of her own, Susan can now appreciate that special quality her own father possessed.

      Dr. John Maides stated during McIver's funeral service that "McIver believed in his fellow man, was endowed with a good nature and was never known to be critical of people. He loved children, which is in itself a mark of greatness. If you knew the man you knew he loved his family and cared for their every need to the best of his ability."

      McIver died suddenly of a heart attack on September 20, 1972, only six months after retiring from Collins and Aikman. Alyce died March 5, 1980 after several years of declining health. Both are buried at Burchwood Cemetery in the Featherston family plot. They both left a strong legacy of love, faith and compassion for their family friends to remember them by.

      Source: Heritage of Person County, Volume II at 153 (Article 188: "Charles McIver and Alyce Stanfield Featherston" by Susan Featherston Laws).

      North Carolina Birth Index, 1800-2000
      Name: Alyce Minerva Stanfield
      Date of Birth: 18 Mar 1910
      Birth County: Person
      Roll Number: B_C078_66002
      Volume: D-11
      Page: 165

      1920 United States Federal Census
      Name: Alice Stanfield
      Home in 1920: South Boston, Halifax, Virginia
      Age: 10
      Estimated Birth Year: abt 1910
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Relation to Head of House: Daughter
      Father's Name: Walter L Stanfield
      Father's Birth Place: North Carolina
      Mother's Name: Beulah Stanfield
      Mother's Birth Place: North Carolina
      Marital Status: Single
      Race: White
      Sex: Female
      Able to read: Yes
      Able to Write: Yes
      Household Members: Name Age
      Walter L Stanfield 31
      Beulah Stanfield 28
      Jerre Stanfield 12
      Alice Stanfield 10
      Dorothy Stanfield 4
      Clarence Perkins 19

      North Carolina Death Collection, 1908-2004
      Name: Alyce Stanfield Featherston
      Gender: Female
      Race: White
      Marital Status: Widowed
      Social Security Number: 244059175
      Age: 69
      Date of Birth: 18 Mar 1910
      Birth Location: North Carolina
      Birth State: North Carolina
      Residence City: Roxboro
      Residence County: Person
      Residence state: North Carolina
      Date of Death: 5 Mar 1980
      Death City: Durham (P)
      Death County: Durham
      Death State: North Carolina
      Autopsy: No
      Institution: General Hospital
      Attendant: Physician
      Burial Location: Burial in state
      Source Vendor: NC Department of Health. North Carolina Deaths, 1979-82