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David Terrell, Sr. was born on January 25, 1920 (some records report his date of birth as January 10, 1920) to Robert A. Terrell and Sarah (née Henter(?) or Hengure(?)) Terrell.  [Edit 8/15/2016:  Sarah’s maiden name was Henyard.  See update.]

In 1930, David Terrell lived in a rented home on a farm located on Jersey and Loganville Road.  This was Militia District 416 in Walnut Grove, Walton County, GA.

Militia District 416, Walnut Grove – Walton County, GA

David Terrell was 10 years old, had attended school, and could read and write.  His father, Robert Terrell, was working on his “own account” as a farmer in the general farming industry.

The 1930 Census records report that David lived in his home with his parents and 8 siblings:  Gracie M. (age 5), Odessa (age 6), Robert S(?). (age 8), Mary S(?). (age 13), Samuel (age 15), John H. (age 17), Magnolia (age 18), Lencell(?) (age 23).

At the age of 20, in 1940, David lived with his parents in a rented rural residence on Social Circle Rd, in the Allen Township of Walton County, GA.  At the time of the census enumeration, four of his sibling were in the home as well:  Samuel (26), Mary L. (age 24), Robert L. (age 17), Odessa C. (age 16).

David stopped attending school after 5th grade.  He was an unpaid family worker doing farm labor.

David Terrell registered for the World War II draft in 1941.

As recorded on his draft registration card, he was 21 years old and living in Covington, GA.  He worked as a farmer for Mr. Harry Arnold of Monroe, GA and lived on his property as well.  On a side note, this is the same Harry Arnold whose son, Harry Arnold, Jr. owns H. M. Arnold Properties in Monroe, GA.

The U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 show that David Terrell officially became a Private on April 9, 1942 in Ft. Benning, GA.  He was 5’10” and weighed 130 pounds.

On April 21, 1946, David Terrell married Merrell Tillman in Walton County, GA.  Together, they had 8 children:  David, Jr. (1947-2015), Sarah (1948), Eleanor (1949), Robert (1951), Sonya (1952), Anita (1954), Lydia (1956), and Vivian (1959).

As told to me by my grandmother, he worked for “Best of All Foods” until his retirement in 1991.

David Terrell, Sr. died on August 30, 2005 from Mesothelioma.  He was laid to rest at Prospect A.M.E. Zion Church Cemetery on September 3, 2005.  His obituary can be viewed here.