Sidney Lyons French

Sidney Lyons French was born in February of 1899, in Airmount, Yalobusha Co., MS. He was the son of Grafton and Maybelle Lyon French.

Sidney attended school in Airmount and was a member the Baptist Church in that small community.
He later, worked as a mechanic for my grandfather in Centralia, Illnois.  This is where he met and courted my mother, Pearle Augusta Schneider.  They were married June 24, 1924 in Brownstown, Illinois.  They were later divorced and he was remarried to  a lady whose first name was Frances. He later, married Ruth Byars.  He was the owner of a Sundry store in Memphis, Tennessee, where he died on the 21st day of March in 1952.  He is buried in the New Hope Baptist Church cemetery near Coffeeville, Mississippi.

Children by Sidney and Pearle Schneider French are:  Doris Jean, and Robert Lee French.

Child by Sidney and Frances:  Billie Jean French

Child by Sidney and Ruth Byars French:  Sydney Ruth French

Sydney L. French Obituary 
Funeral services were held at New Hope Church last Sunday afternoon for Sidney L. French who died in the Baptist Hospital, Memphis, Friday. Rev. G. B. Basden conducted the services. Burial in the New Hope cemetery was in charge of National Funeral Home, Memphis.
Mr. French was born and reared in the New Hope community, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Grafton L. French, who survive. He united with New Hope Church early in life. He moved to Memphis about 20 years ago where at the time of his death he was operator of Lincoln Sundry Store. He was 53. Death was caused by a heart attack.
Besides his parents, who live in Memphis, Mr. French is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ruth French, Memphis, and two small daughters, Billy Jean and Sidney Ruth; four brothers, Roy French, Coffeeville; Frank French, Baton Rouge, La.; B. L. French, Houston, Texas; and Will Ike French, Memphis; and five sisters; Mrs. J. W. Davis, Mrs. Ed Woods, Miss Annie Mae French and Miss Jubeth French, all of Memphis, and Mrs. Kennis Bryant, Jackson, Miss. [date March 21, 1952]

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