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Billie and Roy Arrington
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Birth Date: Mar 28, 1900 Birth Date: Aug 10, 1896
Death Date: Mar 10, 1984 Death Date: Jan 15, 1986

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Roy Marion Arrington was born in Parker County in 1896 to Charlie Arrington and Mattie Edmiston Arrington. Mattie died in 1901 leaving four small children, the youngest only two months old. Charlie gathered up the children, Roy , Walter, Fred, and Lona and moved to Afton so his sister could help him with the children. Later Charlie Arrington married Mary Montgomery, a widow with 5 girls. Charlie and Mary had four children of their own. Rupert (Fuzzy), Ray and Ross (twins) and Gladys, the baby. That made a house full of kids. With 13 kids in one family, what could they do but fight occasionally. It is said that the kids would line up with sticks and just fight it out.

Roy went to school at Afton and graduated, later going to school for a while in Abilene. He then came back and started farming in the Red Hill community on a farm that Charlie had bought. That is where he met Billie Shugart. Billie was the pretty little black haired, black eyed daughter of W.F. and Ida Hines Shugart. They had come to Dickens County in 1910 from Chillicothe when Billie was 10 years old. The Shugart family had 8 children, Frankie (Sargent) Elmer, Penn, Billie, Emory, Monte, (DeRanche) Dick and Margaret (Cob). I am sure that when Roy met Billie he fell head over heels in love with her.

Roy and Billie were married August 31, 1918 in Dickens County and lived on the farm which they bought a couple of years or so later. Roy still owns the same farm and they lived on the place until 1944 when they moved into Spur. Roy always kept some cows and was able to take care of them until just a year or so ago when he had to sell them since he had reached the age he just could not see after them any more. Roy and Billie raised 4 children, Victor, Ida Lee (McInroe), Charlie and Patsy (Sudderth). They raised kids, chickens and milked several cows, trying to make an honest living, which they did. Roy was a very hard worker. Even in his later years, he would go out to the farm and hoe or grub. He never liked sitting at the house and not having something to do. Billie enjoyed living in town after having to carry water from the cistern and not having any conveniences on the farm. They had 6 grandchildren which were a joy to both of them. Billie loved all children, I don´t think she ever saw an ugly child. She passed away on March 10, 1984.

Written by Roy Arrington

Source: Dickens County History...its Land and People © Dickens Historical Commission; Printer: Craftsman Inc. Lubbock, Texas 1986

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Funeral services for Billie Arrington, 83, were held Monday at 2 p.m. in the Highway Church of Christ with Doug Williams, Minister officiating.

Mrs. Arrington died March 10 in the Golden Plains Nursing Home, Post, following a lengthy illness. Born Billie Shugart in Chillicothe on March 28, 1900, she had lived most of her life in Dickens County. She married Roy Arrington in Dickens County on August 31, 1918. A housewife, she was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include two sons, Victor and Charlie both of Spur; two daughters, Ida Lee McInroe, Roaring Springs and Pat Suddeth, Arlington; one sister, Monte DeRance, Lubbock; six grandchildren and 7 greats.

Pallbearers included Philip Davis, Jim McInroe, J.L. Sawyers, Gerald Horton, Dutch Hines and Austin Watson.

Burial was in Spur Memorial Cemetery with Campbell Funeral Home in charge.

©The Texas Spur, March 15, 1984
from the records of Lillian Grace Nay

Funeral services for Roy Marion Arrington, 89, were held January 16, 1986 at 3 p.m. in the Highway 70 Church of Christ with Richard Trull, minister, officiating.

Arrington died January 15 in the Spur Care Center following a lengthy illness. Born August 10, 1896 in Palo Pinto County, he married the former Billie Shugart in Dickens County on August 31, 1918. She died March 10, 1984.

He was a farmer and rancher and had been a member of the Spur Masonic Lodge since 1942. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include two sons, Victor Arrington and Charlie Arrington, both of Spur; two daughters, Ida Lee McInroe, Roaring Springs and Pat Sudderth, Arlington; a sister, Gladys Borden, Black Springs, AR; six grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers included Boney Winkler, Gerald Horton, Ditch Hines, Jimmy Don McInroe, Jack Condron and Don Condron.

©The Texas Spur, January 23, 1986

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