Friday, December 4, 2015

Charlie Epperson

Charles Orlan Epperson


Born:
June 16, 1919
McLeansboro, IL 

Died:
December 16, 1996
Palm Beach, FL


Career
Pulaski High School - Jackson, MI (High School)
1939-40 University of Wisconsin (College)
1940-41 University of Wisconsin (College)
1941-42 University of Wisconsin (College) 
1941-42 Sheboygan Redskins (NBL)
1945-46 Sheboygan Redskins (NBL)
1946-47 St. Joseph Outlaws (PBLA)


Born in Illinois to Orlan (1890-1965) and Irene Epperson (1892-??), the family moved to Jackson, Michigan, not long after Charlie's birth. Grew up in Jackson, MI.

http://www.mytrees.com/ancestry/Illinois/Born-1919/Ep/Epperson-family/Charles-Epperson-ep000047-1052.html

Not a lot of information to be found on Epperson's whereabouts. So I starting hunting his brothers.

Brother Kermit: Born 1913, died in LA in 1988. A search for Kermit lead me to a genealogy list for the Epperson surname. I found this :

http://sortedbyname.com/pages/e103217.html

EPPERSON, CHARLES was born 16 June 1919, received Social Security number 384-XX-XXXX (indicating Michigan) and, Death Master File says, died 16 December 1996 1759737 

Kermit was also listed as receiving a SSN in Michigan. Feel pretty good about it. Then, I came across this list, which confirm the birth year, and the same county of birth as his brother Kermit.

http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=anita916ep&id=I3608

Other brother, Kent, born 1911, died 1988. Same deal. SSN indicates Michigan. These are the three brothers, rootsweb confirms parents. Therefore,  Epperson has been indentified.

Florida death records give us more info, including his middle intial:
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VVDV-S77

(I want to assume his middle initial stands for Orlan, his father's name)


Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/e/epperch01n.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=drishjo01

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