|Birth: ||Jan. 7, 1873|
|Death: ||Nov. 17, 1933|
"Brookhaven was home to many Jewish merchants. Brothers Israel and Sam Abrams in the late 1800s started a general store called Abrams and Abrams. This store became Abrams Mercantile Company after 1915, when Sam left for the furniture business. From that point until the end of the twentieth century, Abrams Mercantile Company was a staple for hardware goods in Brookhaven. Living through multiple generations, the Abrams family sold all types of goods including cow bells and stone churns, and the store became known for the motto: "if you don't find it here, go home." The store stayed in business until the death of Clifford Abrams at age 96, the son of Israel Abrams and once the oldest merchant in Brookhaven. " Sam Abrams was the second of three Jewish mayors of Brookhaven, MS, elected around 1901.
(Source: Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life; www.msje.org)
"Sam Abrams, Well Known Business Man, Passes Away
Prominent Brookhaven Citizen Dies Suddenly After Month of Ill Health
Mr. Sam Abrams, prominent Brookhaven citizen, passed to his reward at his home here last Friday just after the noon hour. The end came suddenly, although not unexpectedly on account of Mr. Abrams' continued illness of several years' duration. Of recent weeks, after a visit to a New Orleans specialist, Mr. Abrams, had been staying at his home on his physicians' orders, as he had done a number of times previously, being habilitated at as many times, due to the intervals and relaxation from his activities in numerous business enterprises in Brookhaven and elsewhere, before his impending physical collapse.
Immediately the news was known that the end had come for this well known resident, relatives here and from a distance began to gather at the shadowed home and were joined there by numerous friends and business associates to pay their tributes of respect and to tender sympathy to the sorely bereaved.
The most generous floral offerings with attendant messages of sympathy began to arrive in the afternoon and in the early hours previous to the funeral hour at 10:30 Sunday morning when, for the last time the familiar face of the departed was viewed as the beloved friend and citizen rested in the handsome casket.
One of the largest funeral gatherings ever held in the city assembled Sunday morning at the residence, at which time Rabbi Max Lewinthal made most impressive the services, worthily bestowed and sincerely spoken because of the fact that he had been a former Brookhaven citizen and intimate associate before Mr. Lewinthal's change of residence to Canton. Rabbi Lewinthal also officiated at the cemetery where the wealth of floral offerings were left on the mound designating the last resting place of the prominent townsman. Services were announced at the cemetery to take place at the home at 5:30 Sunday afternoon.
A revered citizen and friend of Mr. Abram, profoundly mourning the death was Mr. George Bowsky, sitting graveside in his rolling chair himself an invalid for many years, who has lived to see many younger than himself pass the Great Divide.
Besides being a successful and enterprising business man, Mr. Abrams was for fourteen years a member of the city Board of Alderman and distinguished himself in his sincere service. He was never defeated for his office and voluntarily retired. He was one of the best informed and most valuable officials the city ever had. "True, Fair and Square," seemed the life motto of Mr. Abrams and the first violation of this code on his part the writer has yet to learn of.
Active pall bearers of the funeral occasion were; Guy Hoffman, H.C. Greenwood, Pat Farrell, David Cohn, Ben Wilson and A.A. Cohn.
Honorary pall bearers were Messrs. S.E. Morton, A.B. Furlow, Samuel Zwirn, E.M. Bee, Doc Sartin, W.T. Gobel, Sam Wilson, A. Staffler, E. Cohn and Walter Priebatsch.
The funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Perkins Funeral Home.
The eldest brother, Mr. Joe Abrams, who resided in St. Louis for many years, passed away last February in Brookhaven where he had resumed residence.
Besides his grief-stricken widow Mr. Abrams is survived by two daughters and one son, Mrs. Harry Samuels, Mrs. Eli Buchman and Mr. Clayton Abrams, and five grandchildren, all of Brookhaven. Three sisters also mourn the passing of their devoted brother, these being Mrs. Rosa Berger of this city, Mrs. S. Kemp of Hazlehurst and Mrs. Morris Schwartz of Eudora, Ark.
DISTANT FUNERAL ATTENDANTS
Among those from distances attending the funeral and being present at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Abrams were the following: Mr. and Mrs. Ben Diment of Utica and Mr. and Mrs. Louis Diment of Utica, Mrs. Bennie Joseph of New Orleans, Mr. Willie Berger of Cleveland, Mr. and Mrs. Morris Schwartz of Eudora, Ark.; Mrs. S. Kemp, Mr. and Mrs. Louie Kemp, of Hazlehurst.
A BRIEF RECORD AND TRIBUTE TO THE MEMORY OF MR. ABRAMS
Mr. Abrams was a native of Brookhaven, born to pioneer residents, Mr. and Mrs. C. Abram, more than 60 years ago. In his early years he with his elder brother, Isy Abrams, who died nearly two years ago at almost the exact age of his brother, attended the private school here conducted by Miss Mary McCloskey.
The three Abrams brothers were remarkly endowed intellectually and maintained an interest in educational affairs of their native state and hometown.
Three sisters, Mmes. Rosa Berger, of Brookhaven, Minnie Kemp of Hazlehurst and Bertha Schwartz of Eudora, Ark., are the immediate relatives of the C. Abrams family bereaved in the death beside the devoted wife formerly Miss Fannie Diment of Eudora, Arl, the son, Mr. Clayton Abrams, and daughters, Mmes. Pauline Samuels and Lillian Buchman all residing in our city and connected with the active life of the community.
As Mr. Abrams excelled in civic duties and community interest, he distinguised himself also in his devotion to this family, his constant interest and concern in the welfare of his sisters, and his affection for his grandchildren and others bound to him by the ties of relationship.
Among those who mourn in sorrow sacred and profound, is the sister who lived near her brother, in whose life he held so large a share that the lights seem all gone out just now. To her, Brookhaven friends are extending sympathy as great as for the devoted wife and those others of the family who so keenly feel their loss in the removal of one as loving as he was loved -- one who carefully guarded their every interest and helped to make life brighter as the days went by with their inevitable shadows in the sunshine.
As one who knew him this brief tribute should contain mention also of Mr. Abrams' fairness and consideration shown his many employees in the conduct of his large commercial interests. From the young girls who sit at the desk to the vigorous men who served him, all bear testimony of Mr. Abrams' unfailing kindliness and fair dealing.
May the descendants of this just, good and benevolent citizen emulate the example his life's record has made and honor his memory in deeds by which that life is measured beyond the brief years he lived."
Courtesy of Sue Dorman
Cohn Abrams (1836 - 1901)
Rusha Abrams (1836 - 1902)
Fannie Diment Abrams (1874 - 1963)
Pauline Abrams Samuels (1901 - 1981)*
Lillian Abrams Buchman (1904 - 1988)*
Clayton D. Abrams (1908 - 1954)*
Joseph Abrams (1860 - 1933)*
Rosa Abrams Berger (1862 - 1953)*
Minnie Abrams Kemp (1869 - 1951)*
Israel Abrams (1871 - 1931)*
Samuel Abrams (1873 - 1933)
Bertha Abrams Schwartz (1876 - 1938)*
Rose Hill Cemetery
Plot: Jewish Cemetery
Created by: Caroline Passmore
Record added: Dec 05, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 62594316