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Captain Kenneth M. Parten
U. S. Air Force

January 6, 1921 - March 18, 1948
Sweeny Cemetery,
Sweeny, Brazoria County, Texas

Gold Star Mother
Anna Fern Richards Parten


Captain Kenneth M. Parten United States Air Force was born January 6, 1921 and died on March 18, 1948 in a plane crash while on a training mission out of MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. At the time of his death his family was living in Sweeny. Capt. Parten and his parents, John W. and Anna Fern Richards Parten are buried at Sweeny Cemetery, Sweeny, Texas.

Information from VFW Post 2438 Archives

Captain K. N [M]. Parten Buried In Sweeny


Captain Kenneth M. Parten, age 27 years, three months and 12 days of Sweeny, Texas, was killed in an airplane accident at Mac Dill Airfield in Florida March 18, 1948.


Captain Parten is survived by his mother, Mrs. Annie F. Parten of Waco, Texas, father, Rev. Joe Parten of Sweeny, Texas, one sister, Mrs. C. N. Sexton Jr. of Palacios, Texas.


Funeral services were held from the First Baptist Church at Sweeny, Texas Wednesday at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Brunner Lee, pastor of the First Baptist Church Sweeny, Texas officiating, assisted by Rev. M.A. Marshall, Bay City, Texas, Rev. Lawrence Clepper of Port Lavaca, Texas and Rev. L. W. Crouch of Palacios, Texas.  Interment was in Sweeny Cemetery.


Taylor Bros. Funeral Home was in charge of the funeral arrangements.


The Daily Tribune, Wednesday, March 24, 1948



Air Force Captain, Brother of Local Woman, Killed in Florida Plane Wreck; Served With Eighth Air Force Overseas

Palacios was shocked last Friday morning when it learned of the tragic death of Capt. Kenneth M. Parten, who died following a crash of a B-29 army plane in Florida.

Captain Parten, or Kenneth as he was known by his classmates, attended the local schools, participating in school athletics, and received his graduation diploma. He also attended Howard Payne College, the University of California, and California Institute of Technology.

He was born January 6, 1921 in Bellville, Texas and met his death on March 18, 1948 at the age of 27 years, 2 months, and 21 days.

He served his country during the four years of combat with the 8th Air Force Heavy Bombardment Squadron, with several months duty overseas.

Funeral services were held at the Baptist Church in Sweeny, Texas, with Rev. Bruner Lee, of Sweeny, giving the obituary; Rev. M. A. Marshall, a prayer; and messages by Rev. L. D. Clepper of Port Lavaca and Rev. L. W. Crouch of Palacios.

Music for the services was rendered by the Baptist Church Choir of Port Lavaca.

His cousins served as pall bearers, one of whom was John C. Richards, of Palacios. Billy Crouch and Wallace Barr were honorary pallbearers.

He is survived by his father and mother, a sister, Mrs. C. B. Sexton of Palacios, and a niece, Addie Fern Sexton, also of Palacios.

The Palacios Beacon, March 25, 1948


Graveside services for Anna Fern Parten, 94, of Sweeny will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Sweeny Cemetery with the Rev. Jeryl Watkins officiating.

Parten died Dec. 22, 1989.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City.

The Daily Tribune, December 22, 1989

Rites For Rev. J. W. Parten

Rev. John W. Parten, 70, of Rt. 1 Sweeny, a retired Baptist minister, died Saturday afternoon in Veterans Hospital in Waco.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. today at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Chance, pastor of Sweeny Baptist Church, officiating. Burial was in Sweeny Cemetery.

He is survived by one daughter Mrs. C. B. Sexton; one sister, Mrs. Ethel Winscott; one brother C. R. Parten; one granddaughter, and one grandson, all of Sweeny.

The Daily Tribune, Monday, November 26, 1962


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