50 years ago: A peaceful Christmas, sad passings and a wedding

In the Jan. 5, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote:

“Christmas passed quietly here, everyone cooperated and there were no accidents. The Churches held some very interesting programmes which were well attended. Watch night services were also held by the various churches with good attendance.

“A very unusual happening occurred in the district on New Year’s Day when a joint funeral for Mr. and Mrs. Azariah was held in the Pilgrim Holiness Church. Mr. Azariah died on the 31st and Mrs. Lydia in the early morning of the 1st, a few hours apart. They both died in the hospital. Mr. Azariah had an infected foot and his wife had surgery 2½ weeks ago. They both were born in 1879. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Edward Shinel, assisted by Rev. John Croft. Left to mourn their loss are Ducan, Wallace, Ackerman, Calvin and Corine, two sisters Bertha and Rhodell, and many other relatives. Their bodies were interred side by side in the N.W. Point Cemetery.

“Arriving home during the holidays were Miss Adelee Ebanks who was visiting in the U.S. for eight months with her sister Glenis Nell who lives in New York, Mr. Lee Crowe who went for medical aid after receiving a severe injury to his head, Mr. Vibert Hydes who works in New York and Mr. Leroy Ebanks from New York.

“At the Presbyterian Manse on Jan 1st, Mr. Robert Ebanks, son of Mr. and Mrs. Crosby Ebanks, took as his bride Miss Elmie Ruth Ebanks, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dalzon Ebanks. The bride was given in marriage by Mr. Eddie Ebanks, Miss Louie Mae Ebanks was maid of honor, Miss Gay Parsons bridesmaid, Mr. Eugene Ebanks best man, Mr. Earl Ebanks groomsman. The ceremony was conducted by Rev. Raymond Coke.”