Chambers Family Heritage


Hezekiah Hale MCPHERSON [Parents] was born 1 on 26 Aug 1809 in Kingston, Roane County, Tennessee. He died . He married 2 Malinda RECTOR about 1831 in Rockwood, Roan, Tn.

Malinda RECTOR was born in 1815. She died after 1880 in Collin County, Texas. She married 1 Hezekiah Hale MCPHERSON about 1831 in Rockwood, Roan, Tn.

They had the following children:

  F i Mahala Miller MCPHERSON

Andrew Barton MCPHERSON [Parents] was born 1 on 8 Sep 1786 in Hawkins County, Tennessee. He died on 13 Jan 1867 in Meigs County, Tennessee. He married 2 Parthena HALE about 1808 in Roane County, Tennessee.

Parthena HALE died . She married 1 Andrew Barton MCPHERSON about 1808 in Roane County, Tennessee.

They had the following children:

  M i Hezekiah Hale MCPHERSON

Daniel MCPHERSON was born 1 on 22 Oct 1753 in Virginia. He died 2 on 7 Oct 1844 in Roane County, Tennessee. He married 3 Susannah KINCHELOE about 1775.

Susannah KINCHELOE was born 1 on 22 Sep 1755 in Prince William County, Virginia. She died 2 on 12 Jul 1850 in Rhea County, Tennessee. She married 3 Daniel MCPHERSON about 1775.

They had the following children:

  M i Andrew Barton MCPHERSON

Odith B. BROWN [scrapbook] died . He married 1 Dorris Dell GARNER in 1930. The marriage ended in divorce.

Dorris Dell GARNER [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1 on 27 Oct 1908 in Cleburne County, Alabama. She died 2 on 17 Apr 1945 in Coral Gables, Florida. She was buried 3 in Graceland Cemetery, Miami, Miami County, Florida. She married 4 Odith B. BROWN in 1930. The marriage ended in divorce.

Other marriages:
ALEXANDER, John
BURNES, Guy
GERKE, William

Doris Dell Garner was the first child of William Melvin Garner and Martha Evelyn (Cooke) Garner. She was born in Cleburne County, Alabama on October 27, 1908, just about one year before her brother, Calvin, was born. Doris and Calvin were both small children when their parents moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1910. Perhaps because of the closeness of their ages, Doris and Calvin were almost inseparable during their childhood. In later years, Calvin told of how quickly Doris would always come to his aid when she thought he was in trouble. Doris contracted rheumatic fever as a child, and although she survived the disease, it caused damage to her heart, which would shorten her life dramatically.

Doris Garner grew up to be an extremely beautiful woman. She was selected as Miss Birmingham in the 1935 beauty contest, and always attracted admiring glances when she was in public places. Perhaps the amount of attention she drew was partly responsible for her numerous marriages. Also, Doris was known by her family to be headstrong and was determined to accomplish whatever she set out to do. This trait may have also contributed to her death at a tragically young age.

Doris Dell Garner was first married at age twenty to John Alexander in 1928. The marriage did not last however, and in 1930, she married Odith Brown. Odith Brown's family owned a very successful funeral business known as Brown's Service, and were relatively wealthy. Doris and Odith had a daughter, Constance Joy (Connie) in 1931. The marriage between Doris and Odith, however, was stormy and did not last. They divorced after a few short years, and Doris married Guy Burnes in 1934. Sadly, this third marriage also ended in divorce.

Doris had worked as a telephone operator prior to and during part of her married life. She lived in a variety of different places, but returned several times to Coral Gables, Florida where her parents lived. Doris was living in Coral Gables in 1939 when she met and married William (Bill) Gerke from Pasadena, California. He was in Florida on a job assignment for Walt Disney Studios when he and Doris met. Doris and Bill had one daughter, Joan Marie, in February, 1940.

When World War II started, Bill Gerke was drafted and was moved to different military stations quite often. Doris, with her headstrong nature, was determined to be with her husband as much as possible, so she followed him from station to station.

Her daughter, Connie Brown, was allowed to stay with Doris' parents in Coral Gables, Florida to maintain some stability in her life, but the youngest daughter, Joan Gerke, traveled with her mother. The stress of wartime and relocating so often aggravated Doris' heart condition, and her health began to fail. Doctors told her that the stress of traveling so much was a threat to her life considering the damage already done to her heart, but she refused to have any part of a sedentary lifestyle. The doctor's advice had been sound, however, and Doris became so ill that she had to return to her parent's home in Florida in 1945.

Doris did not recover from her illness, and she died in Coral Gables, Florida on April 14, 1945, when she was only thirty-six years old. Doris (Garner) Gerke is buried at Graceland Cemetery in Miami, Florida. Doris' first daughter, Connie Brown, continued to live with Doris' parents, but Joan Gerke went with her father to California where she grew up.

They had the following children:

  F i Constance Joy BROWN

William GERKE "Bill" was born 1 on 17 Feb 1911 in Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California. He died 2 on 4 Jul 1988 in Mission Viejo, Orange County, California. He married 3 Dorris Dell GARNER in 1939.

Dorris Dell GARNER [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1 on 27 Oct 1908 in Cleburne County, Alabama. She died 2 on 17 Apr 1945 in Coral Gables, Florida. She was buried 3 in Graceland Cemetery, Miami, Miami County, Florida. She married 4 William GERKE in 1939.

Other marriages:
ALEXANDER, John
BROWN, Odith B.
BURNES, Guy

Doris Dell Garner was the first child of William Melvin Garner and Martha Evelyn (Cooke) Garner. She was born in Cleburne County, Alabama on October 27, 1908, just about one year before her brother, Calvin, was born. Doris and Calvin were both small children when their parents moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1910. Perhaps because of the closeness of their ages, Doris and Calvin were almost inseparable during their childhood. In later years, Calvin told of how quickly Doris would always come to his aid when she thought he was in trouble. Doris contracted rheumatic fever as a child, and although she survived the disease, it caused damage to her heart, which would shorten her life dramatically.

Doris Garner grew up to be an extremely beautiful woman. She was selected as Miss Birmingham in the 1935 beauty contest, and always attracted admiring glances when she was in public places. Perhaps the amount of attention she drew was partly responsible for her numerous marriages. Also, Doris was known by her family to be headstrong and was determined to accomplish whatever she set out to do. This trait may have also contributed to her death at a tragically young age.

Doris Dell Garner was first married at age twenty to John Alexander in 1928. The marriage did not last however, and in 1930, she married Odith Brown. Odith Brown's family owned a very successful funeral business known as Brown's Service, and were relatively wealthy. Doris and Odith had a daughter, Constance Joy (Connie) in 1931. The marriage between Doris and Odith, however, was stormy and did not last. They divorced after a few short years, and Doris married Guy Burnes in 1934. Sadly, this third marriage also ended in divorce.

Doris had worked as a telephone operator prior to and during part of her married life. She lived in a variety of different places, but returned several times to Coral Gables, Florida where her parents lived. Doris was living in Coral Gables in 1939 when she met and married William (Bill) Gerke from Pasadena, California. He was in Florida on a job assignment for Walt Disney Studios when he and Doris met. Doris and Bill had one daughter, Joan Marie, in February, 1940.

When World War II started, Bill Gerke was drafted and was moved to different military stations quite often. Doris, with her headstrong nature, was determined to be with her husband as much as possible, so she followed him from station to station.

Her daughter, Connie Brown, was allowed to stay with Doris' parents in Coral Gables, Florida to maintain some stability in her life, but the youngest daughter, Joan Gerke, traveled with her mother. The stress of wartime and relocating so often aggravated Doris' heart condition, and her health began to fail. Doctors told her that the stress of traveling so much was a threat to her life considering the damage already done to her heart, but she refused to have any part of a sedentary lifestyle. The doctor's advice had been sound, however, and Doris became so ill that she had to return to her parent's home in Florida in 1945.

Doris did not recover from her illness, and she died in Coral Gables, Florida on April 14, 1945, when she was only thirty-six years old. Doris (Garner) Gerke is buried at Graceland Cemetery in Miami, Florida. Doris' first daughter, Connie Brown, continued to live with Doris' parents, but Joan Gerke went with her father to California where she grew up.

They had the following children:

  F i Joan Marie GERKE was born in Feb 1940. She died .

John ALEXANDER died . He married Dorris Dell GARNER in 1928. The marriage ended in divorce.

Dorris Dell GARNER [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1 on 27 Oct 1908 in Cleburne County, Alabama. She died 2 on 17 Apr 1945 in Coral Gables, Florida. She was buried 3 in Graceland Cemetery, Miami, Miami County, Florida. She married John ALEXANDER in 1928. The marriage ended in divorce.

Other marriages:
BROWN, Odith B.
BURNES, Guy
GERKE, William

Doris Dell Garner was the first child of William Melvin Garner and Martha Evelyn (Cooke) Garner. She was born in Cleburne County, Alabama on October 27, 1908, just about one year before her brother, Calvin, was born. Doris and Calvin were both small children when their parents moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1910. Perhaps because of the closeness of their ages, Doris and Calvin were almost inseparable during their childhood. In later years, Calvin told of how quickly Doris would always come to his aid when she thought he was in trouble. Doris contracted rheumatic fever as a child, and although she survived the disease, it caused damage to her heart, which would shorten her life dramatically.

Doris Garner grew up to be an extremely beautiful woman. She was selected as Miss Birmingham in the 1935 beauty contest, and always attracted admiring glances when she was in public places. Perhaps the amount of attention she drew was partly responsible for her numerous marriages. Also, Doris was known by her family to be headstrong and was determined to accomplish whatever she set out to do. This trait may have also contributed to her death at a tragically young age.

Doris Dell Garner was first married at age twenty to John Alexander in 1928. The marriage did not last however, and in 1930, she married Odith Brown. Odith Brown's family owned a very successful funeral business known as Brown's Service, and were relatively wealthy. Doris and Odith had a daughter, Constance Joy (Connie) in 1931. The marriage between Doris and Odith, however, was stormy and did not last. They divorced after a few short years, and Doris married Guy Burnes in 1934. Sadly, this third marriage also ended in divorce.

Doris had worked as a telephone operator prior to and during part of her married life. She lived in a variety of different places, but returned several times to Coral Gables, Florida where her parents lived. Doris was living in Coral Gables in 1939 when she met and married William (Bill) Gerke from Pasadena, California. He was in Florida on a job assignment for Walt Disney Studios when he and Doris met. Doris and Bill had one daughter, Joan Marie, in February, 1940.

When World War II started, Bill Gerke was drafted and was moved to different military stations quite often. Doris, with her headstrong nature, was determined to be with her husband as much as possible, so she followed him from station to station.

Her daughter, Connie Brown, was allowed to stay with Doris' parents in Coral Gables, Florida to maintain some stability in her life, but the youngest daughter, Joan Gerke, traveled with her mother. The stress of wartime and relocating so often aggravated Doris' heart condition, and her health began to fail. Doctors told her that the stress of traveling so much was a threat to her life considering the damage already done to her heart, but she refused to have any part of a sedentary lifestyle. The doctor's advice had been sound, however, and Doris became so ill that she had to return to her parent's home in Florida in 1945.

Doris did not recover from her illness, and she died in Coral Gables, Florida on April 14, 1945, when she was only thirty-six years old. Doris (Garner) Gerke is buried at Graceland Cemetery in Miami, Florida. Doris' first daughter, Connie Brown, continued to live with Doris' parents, but Joan Gerke went with her father to California where she grew up.


Guy BURNES died . He married Dorris Dell GARNER in 1934. The marriage ended in divorce.

Dorris Dell GARNER [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1 on 27 Oct 1908 in Cleburne County, Alabama. She died 2 on 17 Apr 1945 in Coral Gables, Florida. She was buried 3 in Graceland Cemetery, Miami, Miami County, Florida. She married Guy BURNES in 1934. The marriage ended in divorce.

Other marriages:
ALEXANDER, John
BROWN, Odith B.
GERKE, William

Doris Dell Garner was the first child of William Melvin Garner and Martha Evelyn (Cooke) Garner. She was born in Cleburne County, Alabama on October 27, 1908, just about one year before her brother, Calvin, was born. Doris and Calvin were both small children when their parents moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1910. Perhaps because of the closeness of their ages, Doris and Calvin were almost inseparable during their childhood. In later years, Calvin told of how quickly Doris would always come to his aid when she thought he was in trouble. Doris contracted rheumatic fever as a child, and although she survived the disease, it caused damage to her heart, which would shorten her life dramatically.

Doris Garner grew up to be an extremely beautiful woman. She was selected as Miss Birmingham in the 1935 beauty contest, and always attracted admiring glances when she was in public places. Perhaps the amount of attention she drew was partly responsible for her numerous marriages. Also, Doris was known by her family to be headstrong and was determined to accomplish whatever she set out to do. This trait may have also contributed to her death at a tragically young age.

Doris Dell Garner was first married at age twenty to John Alexander in 1928. The marriage did not last however, and in 1930, she married Odith Brown. Odith Brown's family owned a very successful funeral business known as Brown's Service, and were relatively wealthy. Doris and Odith had a daughter, Constance Joy (Connie) in 1931. The marriage between Doris and Odith, however, was stormy and did not last. They divorced after a few short years, and Doris married Guy Burnes in 1934. Sadly, this third marriage also ended in divorce.

Doris had worked as a telephone operator prior to and during part of her married life. She lived in a variety of different places, but returned several times to Coral Gables, Florida where her parents lived. Doris was living in Coral Gables in 1939 when she met and married William (Bill) Gerke from Pasadena, California. He was in Florida on a job assignment for Walt Disney Studios when he and Doris met. Doris and Bill had one daughter, Joan Marie, in February, 1940.

When World War II started, Bill Gerke was drafted and was moved to different military stations quite often. Doris, with her headstrong nature, was determined to be with her husband as much as possible, so she followed him from station to station.

Her daughter, Connie Brown, was allowed to stay with Doris' parents in Coral Gables, Florida to maintain some stability in her life, but the youngest daughter, Joan Gerke, traveled with her mother. The stress of wartime and relocating so often aggravated Doris' heart condition, and her health began to fail. Doctors told her that the stress of traveling so much was a threat to her life considering the damage already done to her heart, but she refused to have any part of a sedentary lifestyle. The doctor's advice had been sound, however, and Doris became so ill that she had to return to her parent's home in Florida in 1945.

Doris did not recover from her illness, and she died in Coral Gables, Florida on April 14, 1945, when she was only thirty-six years old. Doris (Garner) Gerke is buried at Graceland Cemetery in Miami, Florida. Doris' first daughter, Connie Brown, continued to live with Doris' parents, but Joan Gerke went with her father to California where she grew up.


William Thomas Melvin GARNER was born 1 on 29 Mar 1887 in Edwardsville, Cleburn County, Alabama. He died 2 on 27 Apr 1960 in Westwood, Jefferson County, Alabama. He was buried 3 in Highland Memorial Gardens, Bessemer, Jefferson County, Alabama. He married 4 Martha Evelyn COOKE on 25 Dec 1907 in Cleburne County, Alabama.

Martha Evelyn COOKE [scrapbook] "Mattie, Patsy" was born 1 in Jan 1891 in Georgia. She died 2 in Mar 1970 in Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama. She was buried 3 in Highland Memorial Gardens, Bessemer, Jefferson County, Alabama. She married 4 William Thomas Melvin GARNER on 25 Dec 1907 in Cleburne County, Alabama.

They had the following children:

  F i Dorris Dell GARNER
  M ii William Calvin GARNER

E. W. HART died . He married Frances MCLEOD.

Frances MCLEOD [Parents] was born 1 in 1873. She died 2 . She married E. W. HART.

They had the following children:

  M i Robert HART died .

Mr. MAGNESS died . He married Henrietta MCLEOD.

Henrietta MCLEOD [Parents] was born 1 on 13 Jun 1861. She died 2 in 1938. She married Mr. MAGNESS.

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