Clay County Democrat
Editor, Francis Murray
In a quiet ceremony performed Saturday night at eight o'clock, Miss Marguerite Cossey became the bride of Desimond French.
Rev. G.G. Pixley, pastor of the Methodist church of Leonard, performed the ceremony. The only attendants were Van Beal, Clayburn French and Winnifred Pixley.
Mrs. French is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Cossey, who reside one mile southeast of Leonard.
Mr. French is the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest French of Leonard. The couple is well known in and around Rector and are very popular with the younger set of this community.
For the present, they will make their home with the groom's parents.
Marguerite Cossey was 21 years old when she married Desimond French, age 22. They said their vows on Sept. 30, 1939, but since the news item appeared in the Democrat during the first week in October, we will fit the announcement in our October series of our history column.
Marguerite was the daughter of Rufus A. Cossey and Mae Harmon. Marguerite's father migrated to Arkansas from southern Illinois some time before 1900 and married Mae Harmon in 1905.
Desimond French was the son of Ernest Boyd French and Anna Sides. I believe the French family migrated to our area from Tennessee some time around 1880.
The preacher who officiated the wedding ceremony was Giles B. Pixley. Your writer does not know how long he had served the Methodist Church at Leonard, but he was located back in the Magnolia area of southern Arkansas by the next year, 1940. I would like to mention here that Winnifred Pixley, an attendant at the wedding, married Clayborn French, Desimond's brother, by the mid-1940's.
Many of our readers are familiar with the children of Marguerite and Desimond, daughter Jo Carolyn French and son Butch French.
Desimond French died in 1977 and Marguerite died 30 years later, in 2007. Both are buried in Woodland Heights Cemetery.
Your writer would like to learn more about the Cossey and French families. I had difficulty researching the Cossey name, as I found it spelled Cassey, Causey, etc., on different census records.