Pless, Annie Lea

Class of 1917

Birth: Sep. 20, 1897, Cabarrus County, North Carolina, USA
Death: Mar. 27, 1981, Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina, USA

Daniel Monroe Pless (1862-1951)
Mary Tiny Carter Pless (1870-1945)

George William Bellois (1892 – 1959)

William Bernhard Bellois (1920 – 1996)

Oakdale Cemetery
Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina, USA

Source:, # 42889224.


Salisbury Evening Post (Salisbury, NC), 16 Aug, 1919, p. 2.

Pretty Church Wedding at Faith

A church wedding of beauty and simplicity was that of Thursday evening at 7 o’clock when Miss Annie Lea Pless of Crescent became the bride of George Wm. Bellois of Wilmington.

Prior to the ceremony a short program of organ numbers was rendered by Miss Ada Stirewalt of China Grove, following which Mrs. Roy Kimball sang “Because,” by D’Hardelot. Immediately after, the bride entered to the strains of the bridal chorus from Lohengrin.

Miss Sallie Cauble gowned in pink organdy with hat to match carrying white asters and ferns and Mr. Walter Artz entered first, coming down opposite aisles; Miss Roxana Cauble in white organdy and hat to match carrying pink asters and ferns and Mr. Roy D. Peeler; Miss Nan Washington, of Ware Shoals, S. C., in pink organdy with hat to match, carrying white asters and ferns and Mr. Luther Cauble.

The maid of honor, Miss Bernice Long of Mooresville, next entered gowned in white net carrying pink rose buds and ferns.

Following came little Miss Eltha Margaret Fisher, a four-year-old niece of the bride, dressed in white organdy and carrying the ring in a tiny basket on a white satin cushion.

Then came the bride groom with his best man, John G. Oldenbuttle of Goldsboro, and waited for the bride who entered coming up the center aisle leaning on the arm of her father, Daniel M. Pless, who gave her in marriage at the altar.

She was beautiful in her wedding gown of white satin and georgette with court train, her veil falling from a wreath of orange blossoms.

The ceremony was performed by Rev. C. P. Fisher of China Grove, a brother-in-law of the bride, assisted by Rev. G. O. Ritchie, the pastor of the bride during which an appropriate melody was softly played.

The bridal party and relatives were informally entertained before the wedding from 4 to 6 o’clock during which a salad course, iced course, cake and mints were served. The color scheme pink and white being carried out at the home and church.

The wedding fifts of cut glass, silver, china, and numerous other things were on display.

The church was beautiful in the simple decorations of southern ivy, dusty miller ferns and potted plants.

Amid showers of congratulations and good wishes the happy couple left for a short stay in Western North Carolina after which they will reside in Wilmington.

The bride is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. M. Pless of Crescent. She was educated at Mont Amoena seminary, Mt. Pleasant, N. C., and has taught for several years in the public schools of Rowan county. She is attractive and beautiful and has a wide circle of friends in this county and elsewhere who will learn of her marriage with interest.

The groom is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Bellois of Wilmington. He is a young man of excellent character and holds a responsible position with the Atlantic Coast Line.

He recently returned from France where he had served as a soldier in the U. S. Army.