Margie Sue Byars

Margie Sue Byars

Female 1930 - 1997  (66 years)

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  • Name Margie Sue Byars 
    Born 21 Mar 1930  DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • Aunt Pearl tells us that Margie was only 3-1/2# at birth and that Ma would place her on a pillow so that she wouldn't lose her...
      in the Green Hill Community...
    Gender Female 
    Died 7 Jan 1997  Erie, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • at the Twinbrook Medical Center...
    Buried 10 Jan 1997  Mount View Cemetery, McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I753  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 12 Aug 2014 

    Father Perry Green "Green" Byars,   b. 27 Jun 1894, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1968, Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Mother Vernia Elvira "Ma" Swindell,   b. 1 Jun 1894, Green Briar Bend, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Apr 1985, McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 4 Jan 1915  DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    • Pop courted Ma only two months before they were married by W. H. Cantrell, JP

      When Pop proposed, Ma replied, "Are you sure?" - after all, it was only two months earlier that they met and Ma didn't think she was pretty enough for the most handsome man she'd ever met...
    Residence (Family) 0___ 1920  Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Residence (Family) 0___ 1930  Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Residence (Family) 0___ 1935  Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Residence (Family) 0___ 1940  McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Photos
    Green Byars
    Green Byars
    Photo taken circa 1945 in Detroit, where he worked at "Budd Wheel" during WW II
    Pop with Uncle Fred
    Pop with Uncle Fred
    Taken in Detroit just after WWII ended as Uncle Fred is still in uniform...
    Ma Byars with her first three children.
    Ma Byars with her first three children.

    Circa 1921 at their home in Green Hill, DeKalb Co.,TN

    Left-to-Right:
    Lucile Byars Hennessee (1918-2008)
    Vernia Swindell Byars (1894-1985)
    Fred Swindell Byars (1920-1950)
    John Claybourne Byars (1916-1987)
    Perry Green 'Pop' Byars (1894-1968)
    Perry Green "Pop" Byars (1894-1968)

    Sunday morning, October 20, 2013:

    Spoke to Aunt Pearl this morning about Pop & Uncle Pete in regards to their "troubles with the law"...

    Pop thought that if he could run one load of whiskey to Nashville, that would solve all of his financial problems as...

    This was in the early 1930's and he was living with his young family in Green Hill (DeKalb County) where he was cropping shares and hauled logs part-time. Can you imagine working the fields all day and then hauling logs to McMinnville, 10 miles away, all on foot and by mule? No wonder he thought this was an easier way to make a few dollars.

    Pop got caught. Aunt Pearl tells us that it took everything he had to avoid jail and he never did that again!

    Ma told me that Pop worked as a mechanic (probably during the 1930's). At some point, Pop began selling farm implements for the Sullivan Company of McMinnville and apparently did this through the early 1950's as I remember travelling with out in the country to call on his propests and customers...

    In 1941 Pop went to Detroit. He worked for Budd Wheel through the summer of 1945. On his return he bought the log house on North Warren and the family moved there from their residence on Towles Avenue.

    Then Pop buys a taxi which he ran until late 1949 - early 1950. It is at this juncture that Uncle Pete began a felon. Uncle Pete borrows the taxi from Pop and drives to Manchester and picks-up a lady(ies) for an evening of dancing and driking. Pete is "higher than a Georgia pine", crashes the car and kills a passenger. He is convicted of manslaughter and sent to prison in 1949 when he returns home about three years later...Pop got out of the taxi business.

    It is at this point that he works full-time for Sullivan. It was 1950 and I remember Pop bought a brand-new 1950 Plymouth, "Sea Mist Green" 4-door sedan as this was the car we travelled in when he called on his clients.

    He retired in the mid-1950's and spent his life fishing, whittling and guarding his realm from an old wood chair propped-up against the garage in the backyard...

    Photo taken circa 1960...
    Pop & Ma Byars
    Pop & Ma Byars
    Photo provided by their grand-daughter, Christine Bess Cornett. Appears to be have taken in the late 1940's...
    Pop & Uncle Fred
    Pop & Uncle Fred

    Taken sometime during World War II while Uncle Fred was in the navy...
    Ma Byars' Granddaughters
    Ma Byars' Granddaughters

    Janet Wright Robbins
    Kathy Bess Tugman
    Karen Sue Mitchell

    Photo taken Summer of 2006 on Aunt Pearl's porch in Rock Island, Tennessee
    Deux Grandes Dames
    Deux Grandes Dames

    Two great ladies...

    Aunt Bessie & Aunt Pearl

    Photo taken the Summer of 2013
    Grandmother & Grandson
    Grandmother & Grandson

    Ma Byars (1894-1985)
    Fred Hennessee (1950-1985)

    Photo taken in 1977
    Sisters...
    Sisters...

    Aunt Pearl and Aunt Bessie at the table in Rock Island, Tennessee

    Photo provided by their niece, Karen Mitchell...
    Three Devoted Sisters...
    Three Devoted Sisters...

    Aunt Bessie (1925-2013)
    Mother (1918-2008)
    Aunt Margie (1930-1997)

    Photo provided by cousin Karen Mitchell...
    Pop & Sons-in-Law
    Pop & Sons-in-Law

    This photo was probably taken in Detroit after Aunt Margie's wedding to Jack DeCuennick, June 3, 1949. Shown from the left is:

    Murlis Wright (1925-2004)
    Pop Byars (1894-1968)
    Bert Hennessee (1918-1986)
    Jack DeCuennick (1928-2010)

    Photo contributed by cousin Christine Cornett, July 1, 2014.



    Ma & Pop Byars' Family
    Ma & Pop Byars' Family

    This photo was taken in June, 1949, on Continental Avenue, Detroit, when Aunt Margie married Uncle Jack.

    Top Row, Left-to-Right:

    My Mom (1918-2008)
    Aunt Bessie (1925-2013)
    Aunt Margie (1930-1997)
    Uncle Fred (1920-1950)
    Aunt Marie (1922-2012)
    Aunt Pearl (1928
    Pop Byars (1894-1968)

    Middle Row:

    My Dad (1918-1986)
    Uncle Murlis (1925-2004)
    Uncle Jack (1928-2010)
    Uncle Bob (1917-1990)

    Bottom Row:

    Me (1942-
    Ma Byars (1894-1985)
    Cousin Linda Gayle (1945-

    Photo provided by cousin Christine, July 1, 2014...

    Pop & Ma Byars' Family
    Pop & Ma Byars' Family

    Back Row: Aunt Pearl, Aunt Margie, Mother, Uncle Bob, Cousin Linda Gail, Dad, Cousin Kathy, Aunt Bessie, me, Uncle Jack, brother Fred & Uncle Murlis

    Middle Row: cousin Robert on Pop's lap, Ma Byars & cousin Janet

    Bottom Row: cousin Kenny, cousin Debbie, cousin Christine, cousin Dawn & cousin Karen.

    Photo was taken in front of Pop's house on Warren Street, McMinnville, Tennessee circa Summer of 1962...

    Ma & Karen
    Ma & Karen

    Ma and Karen on their birthday, June 1, 1981.

    Ma was 87 and Karen was 27.

    Photo provided by her loving granddaughter, Karen...
    The Three Younger Byars Daughters...
    The Three Younger Byars Daughters...

    From the left:

    Margie Sue (1930-1997)
    Eva Pearl (1928-
    Bessie Lee (1925-2013)

    Photo provided by Christine Bess Cornett, November 8th, 2016
    The Four Byars Girls
    The Four Byars Girls

    Photos supplied by Robert & Angelia Bratcher Bess, late December, 2016
    Daughters & Grandchildren
    Daughters & Grandchildren
    Top Row: Margie Sue, Bessie Lee, Eva Pearl & Robert Lucile

    Bottom: Janet, Gayle holding Karen, Fred, Ma holding Kenny and Kathy

    Photo supplied by Robert & Angelia Bratcher Bess, late December, 2016
    Uncle Fred, Ma & Uncle Pete
    Uncle Fred, Ma & Uncle Pete
    This photo was probably taken in the late forties at the homeplace on Warren Street.

    Photo supplied by Robert & Angelia Bratcher Bess, late December, 2016
    Family...
    Family...
    Pop, Dad, Uncle Bob, Linda Gayle & me.

    Photo supplied by Robert & Angelia Bratcher Bess, late December, 2016
    Brothers-in-Law
    Brothers-in-Law

    Uncle Pete & Dad standing in front of Dad's 1947, maroon, Pontiac...

    Photo supplied by Robert & Angelia Bratcher Bess, late December, 2016
    'The P. G. (Perry Green) Potter Home'
    "The P. G. (Perry Green) Potter Home"
    Built in 1875-1876 in Dibrell, Warren County, Tennessee by Kitt Swingle for Perry Green Potter.

    First, he built a large two story house, then a store, barn and a blacksmith shop.

    Aunt Pearl provided this image and tells us that Ma & Pop lived in this house between 1935 to 1937. They then moved to the "Hennessee House" on Main Street (no longer there).

    Note: Kitt Zwingle was a 2nd cousin to Ma. Pop was a grandnephew of P.G. Potter and both of whom were named after their antecedent, "Perry Green Magness".
    Aunt Margie & Ma
    Aunt Margie & Ma
    Marjorie Lois Griffith Byars (1914-2006) was wife of Pop's first cousin, Perry Green Byars. As a matter of fact, Perry & Margie were so well loved by Ma & Pop, they named their youngest daughter, "Margie Sue Byars".

    Photo taken in August, 1973 at Perry & Margie's place in Warren County, Tennesseee and contributed by Joe Byars, February 5, 2017
    Family ID F274  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Walter Francis "Jack" DeCuennick,   b. 22 Jun 1928, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 2010, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 3 Jun 1949  Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence (Family) 1959-1963  Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Residence (Family) 0___ 1966  Casablanca, Morocco Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Residence (Family) 1964-1966  Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Residence (Family) 0___ 1966  San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Residence (Family) 1970-1971  Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Divorced 0___ 1973  San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Karen Sue DeCuennick
     2. Dawn Marie DeCuennick
    Photos
    Granny & Kids
    Granny & Kids

    Sweet Aunt Margie with her two granddaughters, Megan & Emily Mitchell in the Blue Bonnet fields of Braunfels, Texas...

    Photo taken in May of 1994 and sent in by her devoted daughter, Karen
    Wedding Day...
    Wedding Day...

    for Jack & Margie DeCuennick. Photo taken June 3, 1949, in Detroit, Michigan and provided by their loving daughter, Karen.
    Mother & Daughter...
    Mother & Daughter...
    Photo supplied by Robert & Angelia Bratcher Bess, late December, 2016. Site location is Aunt Pearl's in the late eighties.
    Last Modified 23 Mar 2017 
    Family ID F311  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Edward Eugene Tarasovich 
    Last Modified 23 Mar 2017 
    Family ID F5696  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 21 Mar 1930 - DeKalb County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 3 Jun 1949 - Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - 1959-1963 - Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - 0___ 1966 - Casablanca, Morocco Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - 1964-1966 - Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - 0___ 1966 - San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - 1970-1971 - Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDivorced - 0___ 1973 - San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 7 Jan 1997 - Erie, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 10 Jan 1997 - Mount View Cemetery, McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Margie Sue Byars DeCuennick Tarasovich (1930-1997)
    Margie Sue Byars DeCuennick Tarasovich (1930-1997)
    Photo taken in Mom's front yard, circa 1990, in Lake Park, FL
    Aunt Margie
    Aunt Margie

    Her daughter Karen explains this picture, August 12th, 2014:

    Your Mom was taking the picture, Summer, 1972, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos. Mom cried when she left me, concerned I didn't have A/C. Ha, I didn't care!! Hornsby Hall was a co-op dorm, we cooked our own food and kept the dorm clean. Too much fun!

    Left-to-Right: Uncle Jack DeCuennick (1928-2010) Dawn Marie DeCuennick Cline, Aunt Margie (1930-1997) Karen Sue DeCuennick, Ma Byars (1894-1985) and Dad (1918-1986).
    Aunt Margie & Family
    Aunt Margie & Family
    Aunt Margie (1930-1997), daughter Dawn with her daughter, Kayla, Karen's daughter,Megan and Karen on far right. Taken in 1993 in Texas
    Margie Sue Byars Decuennick Tarasovich (1930-1997)
    Margie Sue Byars Decuennick Tarasovich (1930-1997)
    High school photo in 1946, McMinnville, TN
    Aunt Margie (1930-1997)
    Aunt Margie (1930-1997)

    Cousin Karen found this picture of her mother and written on the back in my mother's writing was, "Margie before she married". The photo was taken in the back of our house on Continental Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, in 1948.

    Aunt Margie came to Detroit after her 1948 graduation from Central High School in McMinnville, Tennessee. Shortly after she arrived she attended and finished a secretarial school and found work at Chrysler where she met and married Uncle Jack.

    Fridays were pay-day for her and she never failed to bring me a small toy of some kind...usually a balsam-wood airplane. Of course, as a child, I never forgot her generosity. I was very close to Aunt Margie and miss her dearly...
    Aunt Margie & Me
    Aunt Margie & Me
    Photo taken during early 1970 in San Antonio, Texas and provided by cousin Karen, July 1, 2014.
    A Christmas Card...
    A Christmas Card...

    This card was made for Aunt Margie by her nephew, Fred Byars Hennessee (1950-1985)

    Photo provided by her loving daughter, Karen Sue...
    Margie Sue Byars...
    Margie Sue Byars...

    This photo was taken for her high school year book. the 1948 "Southerner", "published by the students of" Central High School, McMinnville, TN. No page number - Mom's nickname was Susie, she was seen with Mae, Betty and Shelah, her favorite expression was "Miss Cook!!" (taught music, typing, shorthand and drill squad) and she wanted to be an Air Hostess.

    She was very active in her Senior class - associate editor of the Southerner. I cannot see all the info by her Senior picture as some girl named Reba has written all over the description--

    Contributed by her loving daughter, Karen
    Margie Sue...
    Margie Sue...

    What a beautiful glamour shot! Photo provided by her adoring daughter, Karen, January 4, 2015

  • Notes 
    • Youngest of Pop's children. Suffered mulitple strokes and went Home to be with Him and her beloved mother. Soft-spoken and the sweetest disposition. Spent many cherished hours with Aunt Margie as a child and shared profound moments with her later in her life. She was a loving and beautiful person...DAH

      Early in her marriage to Uncle Jack, as he was away in the USAF, Aunt Margie would pick me up on the week-end and bring me to her apartment. Saturday night always included watching Snooky Lanson & Gisele MacKensie on their show, "Your Saturday Night Hit Parade"...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWkZds1NYFc [10]

  • Sources 
    1. [S5] Lucile Byars Hennessee (1918-2008) | Personal Knowledge | Interviewed 10 Oct 1999.

    2. [S8773] "United States Census, 1930", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:SP7L-15Q : acc.

    3. [S883] Tarasovich,Margie S.;Obituary,"Southern Standard", 8 Jan 1997.

    4. [S7902] DeKalb Co.,TN Marriage Book:1901-1950, compiled by Jorene Washer Parsley, p. 78 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S8770] "Hogg DNA Project - A List of Hogg Lines", line VA1657: descendants of John Hogg of New Kent Co. VA, http://hdhdata.org/.

    6. [S48654] https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MNGR-Y8P.

    7. [S48652] https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/SP7L-15Q.

    8. [S48653] https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K4HF-9VX.

    9. [S5111] Karen DeCuennick Mitchell | Family Information | 30 Jan 2015 | kdecue@gmail.com.

    10. [S44296] David A. Hennessee, researcher, info@classroomfurniture.com,.