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Beulah “Bunky” Jenkins McCollum

South Carolina, USA
Death unknown
South Carolina, USA
Burial Sumter, Sumter County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 146971086 · View Source
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In searching for Beulah, records are inconsistent as to spelling. The 1940 census indicates a first grade education and born about 1912; she may have died between August 1948 & April 1952...but maybe even between the early 1950s & the early 1960s.

Beulah was a black lady "domestic" for the white R. T. Brown, Sr. family in Sumter, S. C. From there she worked with the white Bubba and Patty Levi Barnett family. 1940 census confirms that she was married to Jake McCollough and lived with in-law at 14 Railroad Ave. in Sumter and was at same address in 1935. By 1949/50, I think she lived at 14 W Mary St (new name for Railroad Ave.?) in Sumter.

2015 from G. Ingersoll: "First Baptist Missionary Church was likely the church she attended. Dr Birnie's house was right there...his library was open to colored Lincoln students. Public library was closed to them and Lincoln High School didn't yet have one. Long time minister there was Rev Randolph. His wife, Doris, worked for me at Crosswell. I'll check with her."

2012 from "Net" K. Brown: "All I remember about Beulah/Bunky is that she was working for Wuh and Poppoo [R. T. Brown, Sr.] when we were married in 1939. Her last name was McCollough or McCollum. She lived on the street off Manning Ave going toward Manning; the street is on the right and runs toward Guignard drive, and the railroad track is on the right as you turn, and stores and houses are on the left. There was a little store down the road on the left, and Beulah lived several houses down near the store. She was very active in a Church that is close to Burgess Brogdon on Washington St. She would invite us to the Church, and we would go with Mildred and Lou Hoyt. ... From the Barnetts she began sitting next to our house on Broad with a Lucille Wilson and either Mrs Wilson or Beulah had a stroke, and I remember an ambulance came and took someone to the hospital. ... I do remember she loved jewelry and always had on lots."

2012 communication from my aunt, Jane Brown Jeffress, via her daughter, Jane: "She [JBJ] remembered that she lived with her husband Jake on Railroad Avenue and walked to and from work. She never had children.

"On Saturday they [Bunky & the young Brown girls] would iron; and the girls had to iron, too, on a mangle iron. Momma [JBJ] had to do the pillow cases and sheets, and they would sing songs like 'Some Glad Morning'. Beulah taught them all of the Negro spirituals. Sometime they would go to her church where she sang in the choir, and they would fill up a pew and sometimes two."

Those in that white Brown family knew her as "Bunky". As grandchildren of R. T. Brown, Sr., I and my younger sister were sometimes babysat by her at my grandparents' home. My first Christian-faith memory was observing Bunky reading her Bible under a gooseneck lamp beside the chair she was sitting in. Bunky was loved by us grandchildren!

We think she is buried with Jake but with unmarked burial.

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  • Created by: Ervin Shaw
  • Added: 25 May 2015
  • Find A Grave Memorial 146971086
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Beulah “Bunky” Jenkins McCollum (1912–unknown), Find A Grave Memorial no. 146971086, citing Walker Cemetery, Sumter, Sumter County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Ervin Shaw (contributor 47632367) .