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Hardy Houston CREAL/CREEL & Della Mae WIGGINS

Grand Bay, Mobile County, Alabama

Hardy Houston Creal/Creel, Sr. b: July 4. 1897 Mobile County, AL, d. May 10, 1976. Mobile County, Alabama. Son of Elijah Creel b abt 1845 MS d 1899; and Vina? Dearman Creal/Creel b. 1865, Meridian, Lauderdale County, MS; d. Aug 1929 in Mobile County, AL. Both of Lauderdale County, MS, moving to Mobile County, AL. Hardy is grandson of Wesly Creel, b. TN d. MS; and J(G)erusha Nicholas b abt 1823 Warrior, AL, d. MS. Hardy is buried in Memorial Garden Cemetery, Mobile, AL. He was 1St SGT in Us Army WW1, serving in Italy and France. Hardy was put in Children's Home in Mobile, AL. Hardy and 1/2 brother Frank Stapleton ran away from the children's home, when Hardy, going to live with his cousin, Barney Creel and Hardy's 1/2 brother Frank Stapleton and  brotherHiram Creal/Creel. Hardy died at his 10 acre home, on Wilmer Road, Grand Bay, Mobile County, AL. Hardy and Della bought their home from the Crenshaw family, Della's cousins in Grand Bay, Mobile County, AL.

..........+[1] Jessie Foster m. April 24, 1915, 1916 divorced, no children; Creal was used as legal surname on their marriage record
Mobile County Courthouse: Bk 46, pg 159 Mobile County, AL marriage records, listed as CREAL, HARDY H and JESSIE FOSTER married April 24, 1915
[Source:] Mobile County Probate Records - http://www.mobile-county.net/probate/


..........+[2] Della Mae Wiggins b: May 20, 1897 d: Jan 18, 1992, buried Mobile Mermorial Garden Cemetery, Mobile County, AL, married Aug 17, 1917.

[Note:] Hardy & Della had a 50th Wedding Party in Aug 1967, at the home of their son and daughter-in-law, Harold & Sylvia Creal in Grand Bay, AL. The party was a great success with sibling, cousins, and various friends attenting, and great food. Also, my Uncle had three live small allgators swimming in the basement of his home. I tried to feed the gators chicken bones; but, my couson Robert got me away from the gators before I could feed them.

Marriage Book 48 pg 293 Mobile Co., AL records: CREAL, HARDY H and WIGGINS, DELLA MAE 08/14/1917, but married in Choctaw County, AL with the Wiggins family. Creal on marriage records. On SSDI card Della Mae is daughter of Christopher Columbus (LUM) Wiggins and Martha S. (Mattie) Owens of Choctaw County, AL.

On Mobile County, Al 1930 Census Grand Bay, Alabama
Listed as using CREAL surname:
Creal Hardy H., HOH, W M Mar 33 occ farmer
Creal Della M. wife W F mar 33
Creal Hardy, Jr son w m S 11
Creal MayeBelle daughter w f S 11
Creal J. Harold son w m S 8
Creal Esther daughter f w S 6
Creal Ruth daughter w f S 4
Creal Curtis son w m S 2

Also listed in same CREAL Household:
Christopher Mary (Wiggins) sister-in-law w f W 42 occ works in private home
Christopher Barney (Mary's son) w m S 19 AL AL
Christopher ? (Mary's daughter) w f S 7

Della was granddaughter of John Pittman Wiggins and Delila Strickland(lin). From Wiggins family records: Della's Uncle Frank M. Wiggins lived in Wheelerville near another Creel family.


Children of Hardy and Della:

Some children listed as Creal, some as Creel. As told to granddaughter-Patricia, "Della said she was told by a relative? that she was spelling Creal wrong, so Della changed it to Creel".

............[2] Hardy H. Creel, Jr. b. d. 2007 AL, uses the surname Creal and Creel

...............+ Erkel Lucille ``Opal´´ Parks b: Feb 23, 1912 ARK d. May 23, 1993, Mobile County, AL, they married in TX. No children. Buried in Mobile County, AL, Old Pascagoula Road. She is daughter of Mr. & Mrs Charles Parks, ARK. OBIT: Erkel Lucille ``Opal´´ Parks Creel, a member of the Baptist Chapel, died Monday of cancer. Mrs. Creel, a native of Vilonia, Ark., was a resident of Grand Bay for 52 years. Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Hardy H. Creel Jr. of Grand Bay; two sisters, Katie Wilson of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Charlsie Garland of Conway, Ark.; and other relatives. Preceded in death by her parents, Charlie & Laural Parks, Ark. Funeral services will be today at 2 p.m. at Serenity Funeral Home. Interment will be in Serenity Memorial Gardens. [Note: Opal & Hardy Jr. did not have any children.]

............[2] Harold James Creal b. March 9th, 1922, d. January 24, 2004. All Used the surname Creal

 
Obit of: Harold James CREAL, Sr. (some info added by Pat Creel)
Mr. Harold James CREAL -- born March 9th, 1922. A native of Orchard, AL and a lifelong resident of Grand Bay, Mobile County, died at the home residence of his brother Clayton Creel, on Saturday evening, January 24, 2004. Mr. CREAL was a member of the Widens, Deacon and Sunday School teacher at Friendship Baptist Church, Grand Bay, AL; member Bill Glass Prison Ministry, Electrical Supervisor at Baroquely Air Force Base, former owner of Bayou Heron Fish Camp, Pecan, Jackson County, MS; sponsored T-Ball and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Mr. CREAL was preceded in death by his wife, Sylvia Sherrell CREAL and son, Harold James CREAL, Jr. His parents: Hardy Houston Creal/Creel & Della Mae Wiggins. Sisters: Lolla Creal, L. Creal, Iris Creel Walker, MayeBelle Creel Austin Todd, Esther Creal Felps. Brother: John Creal; Sister in laws: Gloria [Pendarvis] Creel; Opal [Parks] Creel; brother in law Ernest [Esther] Felts. His grandparents: Elijah Creel & Vina {Dearman} Creel Stapleton. And Aunts: Leona Creal, Julia Creal; Uncles: John Creel, Hiram M. Creel, B. Creel of Mobile County, AL His grandmother Vina's second husband & step-grandfather: Joseph Stapleton, and their sons Joe & Frank Stapleton. Great grandparents: Christopher C. Wiggins & Martha S. Owen(s) of Choctaw County, AL. Uncles: Walter Wiggins, Gary Wiggins: Aunt: Mary [Wiggins] [1] Christopher [2] Smith. He is survived by three sons, Dale (Teresa) CREAL, Gerald (Ellen) CREAL and Robert (Beth) CREAL; sister, Ruth Creel (John) Howell; four brothers, Hardy Creel, Clayton (Linda) Creal, Alvin (Diane) CREAL, all of Grand Bay, AL; and Curtis Creel, Escatawpa, MS; 16 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other relatives. Visitation will be 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held from the chapel of Mobile Memorial Gardens Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 28, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be in Mobile Memorial Gardens. Harold's grandson, Rev. Sam Creal & past and present pastors from Friendship Church officiating. The family wishes to express special thanks to Harold's neice, Sonya Creal Reeves for her loving care. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to The Gideons. Arrangements by MOBILE MEMORIAL GARDENS FUNERAL HOME, Three Notch Rd., Mobile, AL.

...................+ Slyvia (Sherrell) Creal b d Sept 5, 1996, Mobile Memorial Gardens Mobile County, Al, four children, all used the surname Creal. September 5, 1996

.................[3] Harold James Creal Jr. b AL, d Feb 4 1996, Serenity Gardens, Mobile County, AL, used the surname Creal

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............[2] Mae Belle Creal/Creel, Austin, Todd, b. Atmore, AL, d: June 1995, Mobile County, AL. No docutation on rather surname was Creal or Creel. Mae was a Graduate of Nursing School. Buried at Mobile Memorial Garden Cemetery, in Mobile County, AL. Mae did not have any children.
................+ [1] Woodrow Austin d:Unknown
................+ [2] Lex Todd d. Mobile County, AL

............[2] Esther Creel b Mar 3, 1924 AL d April 13, 1944 in Mobile County, AL


Obit of Esther Creal Felts:
Funeral Services held Sunday for Mrs. Ernest Felps. Funeral services for Mrs. Esther Creal Felps of Grand Bay, Ala., who died April 13 at the Jackson County Hospital, Pascagoula MS, were conducted Sunday from the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hardy Creal of Grand Bay. The funeral procession went from the home, to the Free Methodist Church, where the Rev. Symco and the Rev. Ward officiated. Interment was in the Grand Bay Cemetery. Fails Funeral Home was in charge. Pall bearers were Hugh Fort, Bob Hoffman, Eugene McDonald, Orie Fitch and Mac Maxwell. Mrs. Felps, who was 20 years old, is survived by her husband, Cpt. Ernest Felps stationed in England; two children, Barbara Ann and Ernest Timmy (Timothy); her parents, three sisters, Maybelle, Iris and Ruth; five brothers, Sgt. Hardy Creal, Sgt. Harold Creal, with armed forces overseas, Clayton, Curtis and Alvin Creal of Grand Bay.

................+ Ernest Chester Felps b June 8, 1920 d. April 22, 1981 in Mobile County, AL, buried in Grand Bay Cemetery, Grand Bay, AL #103.1. His parents: William Ernest Felps, b 1892 Mobile County, Grand Bay, Alabama d 1955 Mobile, AL

...................+Viana Pauline b May 9, 1893 Mobile County, Grand Bay, AL d Jan 1974 Mobile, AL
....................[1] Ruth Felps
......................     + Curtis Pope b Dec 21, 1907 Gadsden, AL d Oct 10, 1951 Mobile County, Mobile, AL
......................(adoped: Felps (Pope) daughter and son of: her brother, Ernest Chester Felps and wife, Esther Creel, after Esther died.  
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............[2] John Creal/Creel b: Abt. 1924 d: Abt. 1927 Mobile County, AL 

............[2] Living b. 1928 AL; Creel used as surname; Enlisted in US Air Force and was sent to Germany.

................+ Gloria Elizabeth Pendarvis b July 24, 1932, d June 19, 1993; daughter of George Guy Pendarvis and Anna Mae (Kumpakiske) Schultz.

Gloria is granddaughter of Joseph James Pendarvis; g-granddaughter of James Pendarvis and Nancy Williams; gg-granddaughter of Lewellen Williams, all of Alachua County, FL and granddaughter of Mary E. "Mollie" Jones; g-granddaughter of John W. Jones and Ann Kennedy; gg-granddaughter of Hannan Jones and Rebeca Rocha, all of Jackson County, MS.
Gloria is great-granddaughter of: Henry & Marie (Kumpakiske) Schultz

Both Creal and Creel were both used on all their legal and personal records.
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