Century Burial Association Covers Mississippi From Coast to Coast
Not Just Another
SEC. 562 P. L. & R.
With Justice To All
Malice Tow ad None
NEWS JOURNAL DEDICATED TO THE_DOCTRINE_Oj^_imiVER3AL DEMOCRACY
YAZOO CITY, MISSISSIPPI, AUGUST, 1942
STATE’S EATEST JOURNAL SERVES 100,000 NEGROES
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THE CENTURY LEADS ALL OTHERS
It can he truly said that the C'entun "leads all other
Negro burial association in the state of Mississippi, it ha
grown rapidly since the management took over in I'M-’. \\\
are in a class to ourselves having outstepped all other insur
ances in this line. We can boast of our assets, we hav e with
the insurance} department the amount of (810,000) ten thou
sand dollars for your protection. We cover Mississippi solid
from coast to coast, hav ing thirteen funeral homes locafed |
in all of the principal cities in the best state in the union :
(Mississippi) This state offers better opportunities for Negro
expansion. We have some of the best rolling stock that can
be had in the burial line, having five Caddhtcs, I’ontiac,
Buicks of the latest styles. Prom tire general outlook it seems
that this is going to he a prosperous year and vve are advis-j
ing our members to pay up in advance for the balance of!
tile year. Let us make this a bigger and better organization. It
can he. done by the proper cooperation. Me lead with 100,000
Mr. Clister f.. Johnson,, who lias been associated with
the Afro-American Suns Daughters for a number of years,
was recently appointed editor of the Afro-American Courier,
^succeeding Mr. T. |. Huddleston, Jr., who for mail}- years was
the competent and successful editor of this paper. When Mr.
Huddleston became editor of the Afro-American Courier, it
was just a little leaflet which carried a little information con
cerning the organization, but he saw an opportunity to serve
the people in a bigger way. through a bigger paper and it
was not long before the \fro-American Courier became an
outstanding news publication, recognized and commended bv
thousands throughout the state. We hope Mr. Johnson will
keep tin; paper at the same high standard and will prove a
success—we believe he will, while on the other hand, Mr.
Huddleston, baling had a course in journalism, has taken a
responsiblity and is now editor of The Centrin' Voice, an*
entirely new paper which will have a circulation of more than
120,000 people, i he Century Voice will be published monthly
and will carry the best of what is news. <
STATE BAPTISTS CLOSE REMARK
ABLE ANNUAL SESSION
Mississippi State baptists just clotjtd their 54th Annual
Convention which in many ways excelled the past annual
'sessions for many years. The convention met in Clarksdale,
one of the choice spots in the state, where a record-breaking
I'crowd thronged the city. This is the largest Negro body to
meet annually in the state and Rev. A. \. Cosev is the hon
ored president. Many noteworthy preachers and laymen
were present. Reports from all departments were very ideas
ing and showed an increase over the last year. The work of
building men and training minds must go on and it seems
the Convention has redoubled its determination to put this
great program over.
These men represent two
Burial Association, Mr M. S.
District, and Mr. I. I'. Martin
trong pillars in the Century
Hazzard of the (ireenwood
of the -Cireen ville District.
Kach month they soar above the I wo Hundred Dollar mat
and sometimes $300.00 i
other every month in a fr
t their limit. They vie with each
ik-IIy wav and the entire Centurv
is proud of them and strive to reach tin goal
ha'e aheadv reached.
RESIGNED AND PROMOTED
T. J. HUDDLESTON, JR.,
Hon. T. j. ] luddleston, Jr. lias severed his connection
with the Afro-American Sons & Daughters for two
reasons. First the State Insurance Commission objects
to his acting as Assistant Custodian of the Afros and at the
same time continue as General Manager of the Century Bu
rial Association. The second reason is that there is so much
work connected with the Century Burial Association that all
of his time is required.
The Century Burial Association was acquired by Mrs.
Patience Huddleston in 1(M2 when it had about three hundred
paying members. Today the Century Burial Association has
climbed to over 100,000 members and has established thirteen
branch offices to handle the enormous business.
In addition the Century Burial Association has its own
casket factory where the better grades of caskets are manu
Mr. Huddleston has clearly demonstrated that he has
the ability to direct and supervise vast enterprises and the
Century Burial Association is fortunate to have him at the
A lew weeks ago the editor took his vacation to Chicago
and other points. It was his privilege to return by motor,
thus giving him an opportunity to view *.the crop outlook
all along, i 1 is report of the crops along his way home is vcn
gratifying and as far as we have been aide to observe the
crops throughout this county are in splendid condition. The
farmers over the country are in high spirits and v e feel that
nature is doing her part for defense.
Read Delta National Bank Statement on Page Six.
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one’s dollars can help produce
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You, you, you, can join the attacks on Tokyo by saving
at least 10% of your pay in War Bonds—by joining your
company’s pay-roll savings plan today or going to your
local bank or post office and buying War Savings Bonds
—at least 10% of your pay—every pay day.
Remember you can start buying War Bonds by buying
War Stamps for as little as 10c and that you get a $25
War Bond (maturity value) for only $18.75.i
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Yazoo City, .Miss.
* \> 1'41 tor of the Century \ oice. I am asking
\ agents to send in air. news about their debits to
HOME OFFICE REMODELED
Tn order to provide more office space, the Century Bu
r.al office has been made larger. The exrta space will “ice
ample room for the clerks to more efficiently perform then
various duties and provide a private office for the * leneral
Manager. The entire interior has been redecorated- and v\ «£ '
be quite a comfortable place when completed. There has
been such a great expansion in the business that these changes
have been needed for some time. .More than a thousand appli
cations arc written each month and constantly new agents
are being appointed all of which makes it necessary to pro
vide more space.
AN ABLE PRESIDENT
Not enough can be said about the president of the Cen
tury Burial Agency force. Rev. 1\ If. Herron. He is punctual
and very efficient in his duties. He is respected by all Cen
tury agents and they are proud of Him as their leader.
It is always a pleasure for us to have the opportunity
to publish our hank statements and we are sure our sub
scribers. both local and out of town, appreciate this service,
brunt time to time, we are given permission to carry these
statements and our readers will find the last statement re
leased by the Delta National Hank and the Bank of Yazoo
C its in this issue of our paper. Ibis is a creditable statement
and it is our object that it will inspire someone *u protect
themselves front the inconveniences of poverty and a de
pendent old age by saving a part of their earnings and de
positing in a safe and sound bank.
IN THE BULLETIN
I WATCH THE BULLETIN FOR:
The Highest Reporting Agents For The Month
DISTRICT MEETING DATES
TOTAL NUMBER OF CENTURY DEATHS
AGENT WHO WRITES THE LARGEST NUM
t BER OF APPLICATIONS FOR THE MONTH
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I AGENT WHO MAKES THE HIGHEST IN
j CREASE IN REMITTANCE DURING THE
; LEADING DISTRICT MEETING REPORTS
t NEW SUBSCRIBERS
* MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION
THUS WE ENTER
With this our first issue, The Century Voice, a month
ly journal dedicated to the principle of universal democracy,
! becomes a part of the fourth estate. We humbly make our'
I entry, believing that the task to which we have sec ourselves
is worthy, and resolved that we shall prosecute our cause
Our aim is twofold First, we shall serve as a medium
of expression for t’v < entnry l.urial Ass iciation. its agents,
its scores of funeral directors .and assistants, h-. office work
ers. its casket manufacturers and helpers, and its 100.000
policy holders throughout Mississippi. It shall he our purpose
to make this already great organization greater in both its
extent and influence.
Second, it shall he he our aim to furnish to the Negro
reading public that type of journalism, which will promote
the fulfillment of their needs and encourage then- progress.
'I he people of our section of America hav been subjected to
harsh and often cruel criticism by those who v.ew our affairs
from afar. The distant observer cannot fully appreciate our
position and thereby is incapable of reporting wisely and
unbiased'y about our racial relationship*. We know that too
often mountains have been made of molehills: that what was
intended to ht ip has resulted in barn. False ideals have beet. •
ha\^jjj>rej false hopes. \ sober, a. true, and an .
. .../rt!ti,'rr*!>orting 'of llw new.* si h! 1H- *>ur policy. V\ <
shall not deny that hardships exist, hut we -halt emphasize
that also there are main and great opportunities i<>r the blaci
We shall not he alone i:i otir undertaking. for. fortu
natelv. Mississippi already lias several Xegro newspapers
which have assumed a similar mission. We join them be
cause we feel that tlu-v are ton few. Certainly, a million peo
ph- need more than three or lour newspapers which seek tr
solve their problems in the way most practical.
\\'e solicit the pood will of the public in our effort, and
we invite the comment of our readers.
NOTES FROM THE EDITOR
It has been my privilege to visit some of America’s hig
hest cities, and vet during all my travels I have not seen
a more beautiful and attractive shoe store front than the
Ingram Shoe Store front here in our own city. Mr. Ingram
has been in the business of selling shoes fur many years and
keeps a full stock of beautiful late styles. The personnel of
the store is very careful that the customer is given the cor
rect fit at all times.
VISITS BAPTIST CONVENTION
Mr. George Stutts lias always been well known through
out Yazoo County, but now since the discovert- of oil, he is
known throughout the state, and has cotne up from a well
to-do farmer to the richest Negro business man in the State
Mr. Stutts was present at the recent Baptist State Con
vention which just closed in C larksdale. Realizing that the
twenty-one (21) oil wells now flowing to his credit, came
not by chance, but through the providence of God, he gave
to the Laymen's Movement Two Hundred Dollars (S200.U0).
With this liberal donation, he states, if the Mississippi State
Baptists show a desire to pay out of debt, he will do even
more. We know every loyal Baptist will work harder than
ever before and prove worthy of having a man among them
who is able and willing to lift a big part of their financial
Read Bank of Yazoo City Statement on Pago Thtee
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