1942 wedding ceremony band present in Louisiana returned to household


PINEVILLE, La. (AP) — A 79-year-old wedding ceremony ring is again with its rightful household.

On Dec. 11, Annette Sharp of St. Helena Parish and her grandson, Austin Worsham, 13, met Ray Jackson Jr. of Grayson in Pineville to return the ring.

Jackson is the nephew of the late Charles W. and Lucille Jackson Shultz to whom the ring belongs.

Sharp hoped that sharing the story of an engraved 1942 wedding ceremony band present in her mom’s home would assist her discover the household who owned it initially and return a chunk of their historical past. The City Speak revealed the story in October.

There have been just a few twists and turns earlier than figuring out and discovering who the ring ought to go to. The Shultzes are deceased.


Lucille left all her possessions to Jackson.

“Lucille was my daddy’s sister,” he mentioned.

Jackson mentioned it was very noble for Sharp to go to the difficulty of discovering relations to return the ring. “And to need to return the ring to the household. I feel that type of speaks for itself on what sort of individual Mrs. Sharp is.”

Sharp was clearing out 60 years’ value of stuff at her mom’s home in Echo when Austin found the ring combined in with a bunch of cash in a plastic bag.

The ring is engraved with the initials “CWS” and “LJS” and the wedding date is 12-4-42.

Earlier than discovering out in regards to the Shultzes, Sharp assumed the final letter of the initials was an “L.” Many households in Echo have final names that begin with “L,” so Sharp thought it may belong to the Lacombes, Lamberts or Lachneys.

“I seemed on the initials on there and I acquired with all of our household historians, if you’ll, and no person may place that with a member of the family,” mentioned Sharp in a earlier interview.

A niece of Lucille’s second husband, Lewell Autrey, who lives in Pineville, noticed an article in regards to the ring in The City Speak and referred to as him. He then related with Sharp.

Maynard Dean of Shreveport helped resolve the ring’s thriller. He discovered a wedding announcement in The City Speak archives together with one other article from 1985 a few car accident by which Charles was killed and Lucille severely injured.

Charles and Lucille had been married in a single-ring ceremony on Dec. 4, 1942 in Alexandria.

This yr would have marked the couple’s 79th wedding ceremony anniversary.

COUPLE LOVED FRIENDS, FAMILY, FISHING

Sharp talked to Jackson and Lucille’s daughter-in-law Vicki Ann Suire to collect some details about the couple.

Charles was a sergeant within the U.S. Military stationed at Fort Livingston. He was born on Might 15, 1920 in Berwick, Pennsylvania, to John and Thelma Shultz. He was one in every of 5 youngsters with the others being Faye, Dale, Helen and James. All have died.

Lucille Pauline Jackson was born Jan. 15, 1915 in Little Rock, Arkansas, to Wayne E. Jackson Sr. and Hattie Jackson. Lucille had three brothers: Richard,Wayne Jr., and Ray. The household moved to Alexandria when Lucille was a younger lady.

Charles met Lucille at a USO dance. It wasn’t lengthy after they met that they had been married, Suire mentioned. Charles left for World Battle II quickly after.

“They hurried as much as get married earlier than he left,” she mentioned.

They’d one son, John Wayne Shultz, Suire’s late husband, who died in 1990. John Wayne and Suire had no youngsters.

“They had been completely, completely dedicated to one another,” mentioned Suire. “They cherished me simply as a lot as they cherished John Wayne. They had been some good individuals. You couldn’t have discovered higher individuals. They handled me virtually higher than they handled their son.”

After Charles returned from WWII, they moved to the Groves space which is by Port Arthur/Beaumont, Texas; Charles labored for Gulf Oil Refinery as an operator.

Jackson’s father, Ray Sr., additionally labored there as a welder.

Jackson grew up along with his cousin John Wayne in Groves because the households lived a road aside. They might get collectively frequently for barbecues or have Saturday or Sunday dinners collectively.

The Shultzes, significantly Lucille, cherished to fish and did most of her fishing with John Wayne and Vicki at Sabine Lake in Port Arthur, Texas. They might fish for specks, redfish, drum, sheepshead — something that was within the lake.

“Lucille may have fished from daylight to darkish,” remembers Suire. “And he or she cherished white perch fishing essentially the most. I used to name her ‘Miss Perch.’”

“That’s what I referred to as her,” she mentioned. “No one else did however me.”

The Shultzes preferred to go dancing and out for good dinners, mentioned Suire; or generally go to the films.

Additionally they purchased and frequently used a journey trailer. Suire mentioned she and John Wayne would be part of them for weekends in locations like Harlingen, Texas; Colorado or Las Vegas. The Shultzes additionally visited Dam B on the Sam Rayburn Reservoir in East Texas or Toledeo Bend to camp and fish.

“They’d lots of associates,” mentioned Suire. “They’d go tenting with a few of their associates generally.”

They went on jaunts with two different {couples} who additionally had journey trailers. Suire mentioned they’d all park collectively, have weenie roasts by the campfire and eat the fish they caught that day.

WRECK KILLED CHARLES, LEFT LUCILLE SEVERELY INJURED

On Nov. 19, 1985, Lucille and Charles had been driving to Ferriday to attend her father’s funeral.

A City Speak article in regards to the wreck states that Charles died in an accident on Freeway 28 East “close to the turnoff to Esler Regional Airport.” One other automotive crossed the middle line and hit them head on. Charles was 65. Lucille, then 70, had a damaged femur and was critically injured. She was hospitalized within the ICU of an Alexandria hospital.

John Wayne and Suire had associates drive to Alexandria to stick with Lucille whereas they went to Port Arthur to bury Charles.

After they returned to Alexandria, Lucille was transported through helicopter to Saint Mary’s Hospital in Beaumont, Texas, the place she had surgical procedure to restore her femur. She was in a position to depart after a number of weeks and continued her restoration at John Wayne and Suire’s dwelling. She was instructed by medical doctors that she would by no means stroll once more. After intensive remedy, she proved them unsuitable.

Lucille remarried in 1997 to Lewell Autrey, her highschool sweetheart. They grew to become reacquainted after attending a reunion.

Lucille and Lew lived in Shreveport and in addition had a camp at Toledo Bend. Like Lucille, Lew cherished to fish. They even drove to Alaska for a fishing journey after they had been of their 80s.

As they acquired older, they moved into an assisted dwelling facility in Beaumont. Lew died earlier than Lucille, who lived to be 104. She died in 2019 and is buried subsequent to Charles in Groves.

UNSOLVED MYSTERY STILL HAS HAPPY ENDING

How the ring ended up in Echo will all the time stay a thriller. Those that know the explanation are gone.

Sharp thinks the 14k gold ring was used to barter or borrow from her maternal grandparents.

Her oldest daughter, whom she says is clairvoyant, wore the ring and instructed Sharp that it didn’t belong to any of their relations and was used to barter.

In a imaginative and prescient, her daughter reportedly noticed two girls having a dialog and a person within the background telling one of many girls, “Sure, it’s okay to do it.”

Neither Jackson nor Suire knew in regards to the engraved wedding ceremony band, which apparently was the primary ring. Charles and Lucille each had different wedding ceremony bands that they wore.

“Once I was within the household, Charlie had a gold band with 4 massive diamonds in it,” mentioned Surie. “That was his wedding ceremony ring.”

Lucille wore two rings. The engagement ring had one massive stone and two little stones whereas the marriage band had 4 or 5 spherical stones to match.

“And that manner the standard fashion wedding ceremony ring within the Nineteen Forties and Nineteen Fifties,” Suire mentioned.

Some individuals would improve their wedding ceremony rings later in life after they may afford to take action, and it’s assumed that’s what the Shultzes did.

Jackson mentioned he was with Lucille fairly a bit in her later years and by no means spoke in regards to the ring.

“That’s type of an fascinating story,” he mentioned. “There’s no telling how that story transpired in regard to the ring,” mentioned Jackson.

So far as the ring goes, he felt it was Sharp’s to do with as she wished for the reason that ring had been left together with her household.

Sharp and Jackson talked in regards to the ring and speculated how Sharp’s household ended up with the ring.

Now, by returning the legacy to the rightful household, Sharp has the completely satisfied ending that she had hoped for.



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