Rena Worthen speaks about her efforts to find records and what you can do to help:
As many of you know I’m always on the hunt for the impossible records to find to be added the Genealogy room at the Fincastle Library. This is one of the things that make the Fincastle Library Genealogy room unique from other research libraries. I strive to add things that you can only find in Fincastle.
I am looking for a photo and records of burial of the H. L. Williams funeral Home. From information I have been able to obtain, the records for this Buchanan, Virginia funeral home was damaged in the flood of 1985 when most of the basements of homes was under water, and disposed of. H. L. Williams. He was born in Southampton Co., Va to George Wyatt Williams A planter and Soldier. His mother was Georginna Davis. He moved to Buchanan in 1911 and Established H. L. Williams’s Funeral home, and in 1937 launched the H. L. Williams Funeral Home in Lexington.
He was married to Minnie P. Bishop in Norfolk, Va. on 31 Oct 1906 she was born 1 December 1874 the daughter of James and Mary World Bishop. H. L. Williams the proprietor of the 2 funeral homes.
Herbert Lee Williams
Birth: 28 Jun 1878
Death: 18 Jun 1967
This couple is interred in Fairview Cemetery in Buchanan.
Knowing the dates, helps me know that I need deaths occurring between 1911 and prior to his death in 1967. Death Certificates are on reel from 1912 – 1939. This will narrow the hunt considerably, so I’m asking for help between 1939 and 1967.
Source: Buchanan – Gateway to the Southwest by Harry Fulwiler, page 848 Please call with any information you may have, such as a photo, of if your family used this funeral home for service.
You can contact Rena at 540-473-8339 ( The Fincastle Library)
Submitted by Rena Worthen, Librarians Assistant at Fincastle Library