Noah Edward Purcell Presley

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Noah Edward Purcell Presley

  • Birth 29 Aug 1890 Itawamba County, Mississippi, USA
  • Death 13 Sep 1969 Tupelo, Lee County, Mississippi, USA
  • Burial Tupelo, Lee County, Mississippi, USA
  • Memorial ID 32742554

Noah was the son of Rosella Presley. Rosella raised all of her children as a single mother, a farmer, never marrying, and giving her children her last name of Presley.

Noah's name has been posted as Noah P. Presley and Noah E. Presley. The census records also show both the P and the E for middle names. On the 1940 census, Noah gave his name as Noah P Presley.

My mother believes the correct middle initial to be the P., however, the tombstone has the E for a middle initial. Noah may have changed his middle name.

Noah's children from his first marriage did not have the tombstone made. It is believed the children from the second marriage had the tombstone made, thus I am unsure of the E on the tombstone and how it came to be.

Noah's father is stated to be Tom Hussey. Tom was a planter in NE Mississippi, owning nearly 7,000 acres. Tom purchased the 69 acres that would later become the 69 acres that comprised East Tupelo, MS. Tom was married to a Fort Worth resident, however, after attempting to live in NE Mississippi, she shortly returned to Fort Worth, TX. They never divorced, thus Tom had children with my great-great grandmother and possibly another.

Noah married Susan Izora Griffin on July 10, 1910 and had nine children. They are Sump, Whit, Eack, Sales, Goble, Ruble, Vona Mae, Dock, and Sedera.

Noah and Susan lived in East Tupelo, where they raised their children. Noah was Mayor of East Tupelo, taking office January 7, 1936, and Lee County Sheriff (Marshall) in 1946. Noah also had a general store and the sign outside the store states "Noah P Presley Groceries".

The store was at the northeast corner of East Main and Canal Street. The store location served as C&E Dry Cleaners (Carl and Earl Long) and later became Longs Laundry. Truman McNeece purchased the dry cleaning business from the Long's and also had a coin laundry in the same building.

After Susan passed away in 1939, Noah remarried a younger woman named Christine Mary Houston in 1940. Noah began a second family of six children with Chris. One of their notable children was Harold Ray Presley, former Sheriff of Lee County who died while on duty in a shoot out in a barn in 2001. Harold Ray shot and killed the criminal, but later died from the gunshot wound he received during the confrontation.

Noah had several brothers; Walter, Calhoun "Cal" and Jessie Dee or "Dee" McDowell, Mack, Joseph and sisters, Robbie and Minnie E. Presley.

Dee was Elvis' grandfather, thus making Noah his grand Uncle. As a child, I always heard "Uncle Noah", thus the generation was not recognized as grand uncle, just uncle. I don't know if this is a southern thing, but this was also true on the McCoy side of my family.

The Presleys of East Tupelo were a tight knit group. Many of them lived on the same block, Kelly Street, and I was told by my grandmother, Ethel Presley, that they shared a milk cow.

During the April 1936 tornado, I was told that Elvis and his parents were at Noah's house. Noah was mayor of East Tupelo at that time.

When Elvis was born, Noah's daughter-in-law, Ethel*, was one of three people present. She was second to arrive and then the doctor was sent for when the mid-wife and Ethel determined a difficult birth would ensue.

*Ethel is my grandmother; Noah is my great-grandfather.

I knew Noah and was in Tupelo in September 1969 with Eack, Ethel, Hazel and my brother.

NOTE: I have been able to either create the page or come to manage most of the Presley family members pages with the exception of just a few. I cannot verify the facts nor edit those that I do not manage. A special word of thanks to those that were kind enough to transfer family members to me. Suzanne E Presley





  • Maintained by: Suzanne E Presley
  • Originally Created by: Donna
  • Added: 8 Jan 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 32742554
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Noah Edward Purcell Presley (29 Aug 1890–13 Sep 1969), Find A Grave Memorial no. 32742554, citing Priceville Memorial Gardens, Tupelo, Lee County, Mississippi, USA ; Maintained by Suzanne E Presley (contributor 47978293) .