Don Pevehouse
of Navarro County, Texas


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Don Pevehouse, candidate for county judge, has announced his withdrawal from the March 12 Democratic Primary. Pevehouse was admitted to Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas last Friday suffering with congestive heart failure.

EKGs done in Corsicana and Dallas indicated irregularities, and an echocardiogram showed probable leakage around a heart valve. There had been no heart attack, however.

Pevehouse underwent a cardiac catheterization procedure Monday to determine the course of treatment. The result was not known at press time. However, that course of treatment may indicate surgery to repair the valve.

Through a statement submitted by his wife, Pevehouse said, "I want to thank the many citizens of Navarro County for their encouragement, interest, and work during this campaign for county judge. God has given us a great place to live and I would have enjoyed contributing to the quality of life of our people through that office.

"Following a recovery period I will, as so many others do daily, continue to serve and work with the many worthwhile organizations we have in our community.

"This is a disappointment to me, but common sense requires my withdrawal from this race. In addition to expressing my appreciation for the friendship extended by so many, I want to thank my wife, Eddie Pevehouse, for her support for my decision to run for public office and her support for this withdrawal."

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Don Doyle Pevehosue
Oct 23, 1932 - Mar 5, 2005

Don Pevehouse, a native of Corsicana and resident of Pisgah Ridge, passed away Sunday, March 5, 2006, in Dallas. He was born Oct. 23, 1932, in Corsicana, the son of Doyle Pevehouse and Vera Banks Pevehouse.

The Pevehouse family has a long history of public service in Navarro County. Donís grandfather, Walter Pevehouse, who campaigned riding a white horse, was twice elected sheriff of Navarro County in the early 1900s. His father, Doyle, served as district clerk and was state representative for Navarro and Hill counties. Donís uncle, Rufus Pevehouse, was the longest tenured sheriff of this county.

Don attended public schools in Corsicana, graduating from Corsicana High School. During his time at CHS, he was manager of the Tiger football team. During his childhood and school days in Corsicana, Don made many friends. He maintained those friendships throughout the course of his life.

Following high school graduation, Don attended Navarro Junior College, then graduated from Baylor University and Baylor Law. Next came a two-year tour of duty with the United States Navy, during which time he was in the legal office of the aircraft carrier Valley Forge.

Don followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather into public service. He was city attorney for Corsicana for 14 years, and was also Corsicana municipal judge. During the last four years, he was municipal judge for the City of Rice. Don was a member of the Corsicana Bar Association.

An avid genealogist and Texas historian, Don was a member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas, the Navarro County Historical Commission, the Navarro County Genealogical Society, and was presently vice president of the Navarro County Historical Society. He was a tireless researcher, and was proud of his pioneer family who immigrated to Texas in 1833.

David and Melinda Pierce Pevehouse, Donís great-grandparents, first came to Navarro County in 1851. They settled in the west end of the county, south of Frost. David was on the school board of the old Mount Pleasant School.

Don was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church of Aspen, Colo. Following the death of his first wife, Ann Weatherford Pevehouse, he returned to the people and the hometown he loved.

Don is survived by his wife Eddie of Pisgah Ridge, and her sons and daughters-in-laws, William and Carolyn Truitt and Jason and Angela Truitt, all of Houston. Also surviving are grandchildren Stephanie, Tyler, Mattie, Walter and Charlie Truitt, and a multitude of friends.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Corsicana with the Revs. Mike Alexander and Kenneth Dickson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Navarro County Historical Society or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Navarro County Leaves & Branches
Volume XXIV; Issue II; pg 3

In Memoriam

Don Pevehouse, a native of Corsicana and resident of Pisgah Ridge, passed away March 5, 2006 in Dallas.  He was born October 23, 1932 to Doyle and Vera Banks Pevehouse.

Don Attended public schools in Corsicana, graduating from Corsicana High School, where, as he was told by a life-long friend, he was the best Manager the Corsicana Tiger football team ever had.  Don made many friends during his school days in Corsicana and any new friends in later life.  His happy disposition and contagious laughter made hi well-loved in his hoe county.

Following Graduation from CHS, Don attended Navarro Junior College.  He then went to Baylor University where he obtained his undergraduate degree and then went on to Baylor Law.  After graduation from Baylor Law, Don had a two-year tour of duty with the U.S. Navy, and was the clerk in the legal office of the U.S. Air Carrier Valley Forge.

Upon his release from the Navy, Don returned to Corsicana.  He followed in his deceased father's and grandfather's footsteps into public service for Navarro County.  He began the practice of law, and served as Corsicana City Attorney and also as Corsicana Municipal  Judge.  He was Municipal Judge for the City of Rice from 2001 to 2006.

Don's grandfather, Walter L. Pevehouse, who campaigned for office riding a white horse, was twice elected sheriff.  His father, Doyle, served as District Clerk and was State Representative for Navarro and Hill Counties.  The late Baylor University President, Dr. Abner McCall was Doyle Pevehouse's law partner in Corsicana.  Don's Uncle Rufus Pevehouse was the county's longest tenured sheriff.

Don was an avid genealogist and Texas historian.  Walter Prescott Webb's book title, History As High Adventure is a accurate reflection of Don's approach to those two subjects.

The Pevehouse family migrated to Texas in 1833, living first in Brazoria County, then Fort Bend County.  Don's great-great grandparents, Jacob and Rachel Kellum Pevehouse came with several of their adult children.  His great-grandparents, David Arthur Pevehouse, Sr. and Malinda Pierce Pevehouse, came to Navarro County in 1851 and settled near Dresden.  David along with four of his brothers, James, Abraham, Preston and John, were soldiers of the Texas Revolution.  Their sister Sarah's daughter Mary Smith McCrory, married Anson Jones, the last President of the Republic of Texas.  Another sister, Mary Martha, married Texas Revolutionary soldier and famous Indian fighter Leo Roark.  In his later years, David served as a school board member for the old Pleasant Grove School near Dresden.

Don and his first wife, Ann Weatherford, moved to Aspen, Colorado in the early 1980's.  Following her death, however, Don returned to the people and the hometown he loved.  Don was a life-long member of the First United Methodist Church of Corsicana.  He was an avid genealogist and historian and was active in the Navarro County Genealogical Society, was Vice president of the Navarro County Historical Society and a member of the Navarro County Historical Commission.  He was also a member of the Navarro County Bar Association.

Don is survived by his wife, Eddie, her sons and daughter-in-laws, William and Carolyn Truitt and Jason and Angela Truitt of Houston, and grandchildren, Stephanie, Tyler, Mary  Alice, Walter and Charlie Truitt.


To Rules and Resolutions.
HOUSE JOURNAL
SEVENTY-NINTH LEGISLATURE, THIRD CALLED SESSION
PROCEEDINGS
ELEVENTH DAY ó THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2006

HR 400 (By B. Cook), In memory of Don Pevehouse of Navarro County.

      H.R. No. 400
R E S O L U T I O N
WHEREAS, Don Pevehouse of the Pisgah Ridge community in Navarro County died on March 5, 2006, at the age of 73, and he leaves behind a legacy to treasure for those who held him dear; and WHEREAS, A native of Corsicana, Mr. Pevehouse attended Corsicana High School, where he made many lifelong friendships; he went on to earn undergraduate and law degrees from Baylor University and to marry the former Ann Weatherford, with whom he shared a happy home; following her death, he was fortunate to find love again and married his second wife, Eddie; and WHEREAS, After serving a two-year tour of duty in the U.S. Navy, he returned to Corsicana, where he was city attorney for 14 years; this dedicated public servant also served as a municipal judge in both Corsicana and Rice and was a member of the Corsicana Bar Association; and WHEREAS, Mr. Pevehouse was a member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas and took great pride in his pioneer roots; his enthusiasm for historical research made him a valued member of the Navarro County Historical Commission, the Navarro County Genealogical Society, and the Navarro County Historical Society, which he served as vice president and which had recently named him its historian of the year; and WHEREAS, Though saddened by his passing, the many friends and admirers of Mr. Pevehouse may take solace in the knowledge that his was truly a life well lived; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 79th Texas Legislature, 3rd Called Session, hereby pay tribute to the life of Don Pevehouse and extend sincere sympathy to the members of his family: to his wife, Eddie; to her sons and daughters-in-law, William and Carolyn Truitt and Jason and Angela Truitt; to their grandchildren, Stephanie, Tyler, Mattie, Walter, and Charlie Truitt; and to his other relatives and friends; and, be it further RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be prepared for his family and that when the Texas House of Representatives adjourns this day, it do so in memory of Don Pevehouse.

Cook of Navarro

______________________________
Speaker of the House

I certify that H.R. No. 400 was unanimously adopted by a rising vote of the House on May 10, 2006.

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Chief Clerk of the House

 

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