Emory City Cemetery Obituaries
Rains Co. Leader
Aug 14, 1908
The unveiling of the Sovereign Marshall Lamb monument Sunday was witnessed by several hundred people and was a pretty ceremony. Judge W.H. Clendenin delivered an able address on Woodcraft, and Miss Lou Woosley recited the poem in an impressive and pleasing way. Excellent vocal music for the occasion was furnished by Messrs. J.C. Waters, G.W. Hendrix and Herman Garrett, and Misses Bone Shultz snd Bessie Hendrix......Located in Row 14
Rains County Leader
Sept 18, 1908
section 3 row 2
Jena Lola Fletcher.
Mrs. J.L. Fletcher of the New Holmes neighborhood died about 12:30 o'clock the 10th, instant, and her remains were interred Friday in the Fletcher graveyard. She leaves a husband and four children to mourn the loss of companion and mother. The Leader offers its sincerest sympathy to the bereaved family.
Note: I checked on "Fletcher graveyard" and was told that she was buried on the homeplace. After serveral years the children insisted that the husband/father move her remains and bury them in the Emory City Cem.
Rains County Leader
Feb 7, 1908
Mrs. Clemmine Cooke Dead
A very sad death occurred in the Colony neighborhood last Saturday morning when Mrs. Clemmie, the wofe of Prof. Ed. Cooke, was called to her reward in the world beyond, after an illness of only about 4 days. The Leader is not informed as to the nature of her malady. Mrs. Cooke grew up to womanhood in Emory, and her large circle of friends here are deeply grieved at her untimely death. She was about 25 years old and a consistent member of the Emory Baptist church. Her remains were brought to Emory Sunday evening, and the funeral servies were conducted in the Baptist church by Rev. Marshall Meadow in the presence of a large concourse of relatives, friends and acquaintances. The remains were interred in the city cemetery about 4:30 Sunday evening. She leaves a husband and 2 small children, aged 4 and 1 to mourn the loss of companion and mother. The Leader offers its sincerest sympathy to the bereaved husband.
Mary B. Spence, 1871-1908
Rains County Leader
Feb 21, 1908
Mrs. Spence Dead
Mrs. George Spence died at her home one mile east of Emory Tuesday evening about 6 o'clock, after a ten days' illness with measles. Her remains were interred in the city cemetery Wednesday eveing, Rev. C.M. Martin conducting the funeral service. The deceased was well known in and around Emory and her many friends will be deeply grieved to learn of her death. She leaves a husband a 8 children to mourn the loss of companion and mother. The Leader offers its sincerest sympathy to the sadly bereaved husband and children.
Rains County Leader
Dec. 11, 1908
About 10 o'clock last Friday morning Mr. C.H. Johnson happened to the painful and very unfortunate accident of getting all of the fingers on his left hand cut off in his planing mill in Emory. He was placed under the influence of choloroform while the doctors was dressing his hand, but he stood the strain very well and is getting along as well as possible under the circumstances. The Leader sympathizes with Mr. Johnson in his misfortune.
Later: Mr. Johnson is not doing so well, and his friends are afraid that blood poison will be the result. His mother and brother and sister came in Wednesday from Farmersville.
unmarked grave for infant and mother
Rains County Leader
July 24, 1908
The 16-month-old baby of Mr. Ed. Cooke died last Saturday morning and its little remains were laid to rest in the Emory cemetery at 6:30 o'clock Saturday evening, Rev. Caraway conducting the funeral service, assisted by Rev. J.L. Ross. It will be remembered that Mr. Cooke's wife died only a few months ago, and his 2 children has been under th watch care of his mother. This..is very sad, but remember the innocent little babe is resting in mother's arms. The Leader offers its sincerest sympathy.
unmarked grave Same as Above.......but this
one shows name.
Rains County Leader
July 17, 1908
Little Nona's Dead
The sixteen months old child of Mr. Ed. Cooke's died last Saturday morning, the 11th inst. and was interred in the Emory cemetery about 6:30 p.m. During its sickness of about 3 weeks it was tenderly carred for and nursed by its grandmother, Mrs. Wm. Cooke, its mother having died a few months ago. Our hearts go out in sympathy for the bereaved family, who is today looking through a cloud of sorrow. But we are glad that we can say to them, "Sorrow not as those who have no hope." Little Nona was only a little blossom that bloomed and soon faded, only to blossom again in a better land.---J.A. Caraway
Rains County Leader
January 26, 1909
The 10-months old babe of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Gunter died with acute indigestion about 2 o’clock Monday evening and its remains were interred in the city cemetery about 3 o’clock Tuesday evening. Rev. W.W. Adams conducting the funeral services. The Leader offers the bereaved parents its sincerest sympathy.
section 9, row 8
(there's a dau of this couple buried there plus some empty spaces & remains of a headston, so I'm betting this infant was buried there too)
Rains County Leader
Nov 26, 1909
Mrs. S.A. Montgomery, wife of the lamented ex-Sheriff J. Wylie Montgomery, died very suddenly last Thursday morning at her home in the Austin settlement five miles southwest of Emory. She ate a hearty supper Wednesday night and retired in perfect health, but when members of the household called her for breakfast Thursday morning they found her unconscious. Physicians were hastily summoned and everything possible was done for her relief, but none came and at 11:50 o’clock Thursday morning her soul took its flight to the realms of Light. She was sixty-four years old, and for one half of a century had been a consistent member of the Methodist church. She leaves six children, Mrs. Dr. Clark of Cumby; V.H. and J.J. Montgomery of Emory; Mrs. Ida Holmes and Miss Birdie Montgomery of the Austin settlement; and Mrs. Pauline Hottenstein of Arizona. Her remains were interred in the Emory cemetery beside her husband, Rev. W.W. Adams conducting the funeral service. The Leader sympathizes with the bereaved family in the loss sustained, but would point them to the pearly gate where mother stands with beckoning hands
Rains Co. Leader
Jan 12, 1912
Emory, Texas, Jan'y 8, 1912
In loving remembrance of Jimmie Whittle, son of F.C. & F.E. Whittle, born August 8, 1896, and died Dec 29, 1911, aged 15 years, 4 months, and 20 days. He graduated from the Emory school under Prof. Horsley last spring. He was taking some special studies under Prof. Bradford. He was the youngest child. The funeral services were conducted at the family residence in Emory by the writer and Rev. C.M. Martin. He was buried at Daugherty cemetery. There was placed on his grave 2 beautiful wreaths, one by Sister Maud Hill and Glass.---His pastor, D.W. Garvin
Emory City Cem section 9 row 6
Rains County Leader
Jan 5, 1912
The sudden death of little Oney, the 10-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Clifton...his remains were interred in the city cemetery Wednesday evening.
Emory City Cem section 9 row 5 - Noel N. Arrington
The Rains County Leader
March 22, 1912
Meningitis has again claimed a victim, Noel, the 21-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Arrington, who reside 1/2 mile east of town. HIs funeral was conducted at the Baptist church by Rev. D.W. Garvin Tuesday evening and interment in the city cemetery. Another son in this family, Ramon, about 18 years old, also has meningitis but he is slowly improving and now thought to be out of danger.
February 7, 1913
Mrs. J.M. Arrington Dead
Mrs. J.M. Arrington died at her home one-half mile east of Emory last Saturday and her remains were interred in the City cemetery Sunday evening at 4 o'clock, Rev. W.H. Edwards conducting the funeral services at the grave. Mrs. Arrington's maiden name was Lou Cynthia Farley and she was born in Mammoth Cave, Ky. April 19th, 1871. She came to Texas 1875 and was married to J. M. Arrington in August 1887. She leaves husband and eleven children and other relatives and friends to mourn the loss of companion and mother. Grandma Perdon is caring for the deceased 3 day old infant. The Leader sympathizes with the sadly bereaved husband and children.
February 21, 1913
R.L. Taylor Dead
Mr. B.L. Taylor died at home in Emory about 10 o'clock Wednesday night. He had been in bad health for several years and had been confined to his bed for several months. He was 56 years old and leaves a wife and several children to mourn his death. His remains were interred in the City Cemetery Thursday evening. A more extended notice of his death will be published later.
May 1, 1913
Mrs. D. M. Rodes, whose serious illness was mentioned in last week’s paper, answered the summons to the world beyond, the end coming at 9:10 o'clock Thursday night, May the 8th. She was attended by her husband and all her children - O. H. Rodes, Mesdames M. L. Allen, Bessie Proctor and Hallie Stuart and all that loving hearts and hands could do was done to make her last hours here reconcilable. Mrs. Rodes was 62 years old, having been born in Marshall April 22, 1851. She was a consistent and earnest member of the Methodist church up until her physical endurance forbid and was always in the front ranks when church or charity work was to be done. She had a gentle and sweet disposition - one that endeared her to the casual acquaintance and made her friends love her dearly. The world is better for the lives of such noble women. Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist church at the Methodist church, Friday evening at 3:30 o'clock by Rev. Will H. Edwards, in the presence of an overflowing congregation of friends and sympathizers. The Leader offers condolence to the bereaved husband and children.
June 27, 1913
J.W. Stuart, rural carrier on route No. 1 out of Emory, died about 2 o'clock Tuesday evening. He died of tuberculosis of the bone having been sorely afflicted for the past three or four years and for the past few months had entirely lost his speech. He had been rural carrier here since the system was established and was well known throughout the county, highly respected and numbered his friends by the hundreds. He was energetic and ambitious and notwithstanding the wished and admonitions of both relatives and friends, he continued to carry the mail on his route up to within a week of his death. He was young, having only passed the age of 30, and its hard for his wife, father, mother, brothers and sisters to give him up and even friends and acquaintances will pause long enough in this fleeting age to heave a sigh, but we all loved him, but our friend have gone on to join the great hosts in the realms of the unknown future, whither we must all go sooner or late. Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist church Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock by Rev. Will H. Edwards, in the presence of a large crowd of relatives and friends and his remains were interred at 11 o'clock in the City cemetery.
October 17, 1913
Baby Dies Suddenly
The two-month-old baby of Dr. and Mrs. J.S.H. Allen died very suddenly about noon Saturday. It had only been sick about 24 hours with cholera infantum. Its remains were interred in the City Cemetery, Sunday evening. Rev. Will H. Edwards conducting the funeral service. The Leader sympathizes with the sadly bereaved parents.
October 31, 1913
Mrs. J.W. Cox Dead
Mrs. J.W. Cox died at the family home in Emory about 3 o'clock Tuesday morning. She had not been in good health for some time, but not thought to be seriously ill, and her sudden death came as a great shock to the relatives and many friends of the family. "Aunt" Eliza as her close friends knew her, had just passed the 52nd mile post in life's pilgrimage, was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church, a loyal Christian character and a faithful and loving wife and mother, a good neighbor and one who filled her niche in life in a noble way. She was a good woman in every sense of the word. Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist church, Wednesday evening at 2 o'clock by Rev. Will H. Edwards and the house would not hold the crowd that was in attendance. Her remains were interred in the City Cemetery at 3 o'clock. The Leader offers it's sincerest sympathy to the sorrowing husband and children, in this, their saddest hour of grief.
November 21, 1913
Resolutions of Respect
To the Noble Grand Lodge and Brothers of Emory Lodge, No. 170, I.O.O.F:
We your committee, appointed to draft resolution of condolences and respect on the death of Mrs. Eliza C. Cox, deceased wife of our brother, J.W. Cox, beg to submit the following report:
Whereas, the death angel has visited the home of our Brother, J.W. Cox, and taken there from his beloved wife, Mrs. Eliza Cox, who departed this life on October 11th, 1913, and thereby removed her from life on this earthly soil to that celestial sphere which we believe and teach that all will reach at the end of our journey on this earth, in case we live among our fellow men, that principles of our great order shall have attained and;
Whereas, Mrs. Cox exemplified in the highest degree all of those virtues which we daily strive to emulate, and which makes toward the fulfillment of the high ideals taught by our fellowship and;
Whereas, Mrs. Cox had spent her entire life from birth unto death among the citizens ship of our little city and county and having married and raised a family, the members of which represent that standard of good character, honest and fidelity, and;
Whereas, our Brother has been bereft of his bosom companion, and her sudden death has taken from his home and fireside the dearest friend and most beloved person on this earth - Mother;
Therefore be it resolved, by Emory Lodge No. 170, I.O.O.F. that in this way we extend to Brother Cox and his family and other relatives, this token of our friendship, sympathy and condolences in this dark hour of sorrow, and that by this method we say to him and to the world that we are truly brothers; that we grieve with him as he grieves; that we feel pangs of heart and soul, as he feels pangs, that we revere the name and good deeds of his departed wife; that we cherish her recollection and ever stand ready to render him and his bereft children and other relatives our heart-felt condolence, and wish and hope that the future shall not only bring joy and comfort to the saddened home, but that in good time the family will unite in a better and a brighter land by reason of pledges well kept and lives well lived.
Be it further resolved, that a copy of these resolutions be spread upon the minutes of our Lodge, that a copy be sent to deceased's family and a copy furnished to the Rains County Leader for publication.
B. A. Carter
O.H. Rodes, Committee
December 12, 1913
M. A. Motes Dead
Mr. M.A. (Gus) Motes died at his home south of town last Saturday evening with brain dementia. The trouble thought to have been brought on by a fall which Mr. Motes got about a week prior to his death. Mr. Motes was nearly sixty-two years old, and was among our oldest settlers. His remains were buried in the family lot at the City Cemetery in Emory, Sunday evening. Rev. D.Y. Bagley, pastor of the Baptist church, conducting the funeral services. He leaves a wife and three children and other relatives to mourn his sudden death. The Leader offers its sincerest sympathy to the bereaved wife and orphaned children.
December 19, 1913
Baby Dies of Diphtheria
The three-year old baby of Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Cameron died at their home south of town Wednesday morning of diphtheria, and its remains were interred in the City Cemetery, Rev. C.M. Martin conducting the funeral services. The Leader offers its most sincere sympathy and condolences to the sadly bereaved parents.
June 25, 1915
Grandma Barker Dead
Mrs. S. A. Barker died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. O.E. Nunn in Sulphur Springs, Tuesday morning after a three-week illness, and her remains were brought to Emory and interred in the City Cemetery beside her husband who died some twenty years ago. Funeral services were conducted at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Nunn in Sulphur Springs, by her pastor, Rev. Russell B. Whiteside, before the burial party left Sulphur Springs and then a short service was conducted at the graveside here in Emory by Rev. C.M. Martin, and friends here given the opportunity to view the remains. Mrs. Barker lived in Emory and Rains County quite a number of years, where her life was a shining benediction to Christianity and pure womanhood and the news of her death was received with much sadness. Mrs. Barker was nearly 78 years old and was born in North Carolina. In 1844, at the age of 7 years she came with her parents to Texas where she has lived ever since. At the age of 18 she was united in marriage to James Barker, who afterwards became a Baptist preacher and labored in Arkansas and Texas a number of years. Rev. Barker died some twenty years ago, since which time she has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. O.E. Nunn. Mrs. Barker was the mother of eleven children, only three whom survive her. The three living children are Edward and Joe Barker of Emory and Mrs. O.E. Nunn of Sulphur Springs. The Leader extends sympathy and condolences to the bereaved families.
Oct 21, 2003
1925 - 2003
Funeral services for Joy Sickles, 78, of Sulphur Springs were held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 18, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Tom Frisbie officiating.
Burial followed at City Cemetery with Josh Byers, Gabriel Garza, Paul Childress, Jim Lemmon, Mac Ishmael and John Lee serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were the Christian Women’s Fellowship Group of First Christian Church.
Mrs. Sickles died Thursday, Oct. 16, at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.
She was born Oct. 1, 1925, in Wood County, to J.C. and Mary Oneida Dollar Pounds. She married Jack Sickles on Oct. 4, 1942, in Sulphur Springs. He preceded her in death in 1999.
Mrs. Sickles was the retired owner of Bennett Lumber Company. She was a member of First Christian Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Jackie Price of Garland and Jeannie Bauer Lemmon of Addison; one son, Johnnie Sickles of Saint Jo; one sister, Jo Hart of Cumby; one brother, Clifford O. Pounds of Emory; three grandchildren, Paige Garza, Josh Byers and Katie Sickles; and three great-grandchildren, Jacob, Enzo and Vince Garza.
Emory City Cem South section row 10
November 25, 1904
Last Wednesday night about 10 o'clock Mr. A.H. Hollowell died after an illness of about 10 days with pneumonia fever. His death was very sudden, and even some of his friends in Emory did not know he was seriously sick. The funeral was preached yesterday evening at the Methodist church by Rev. Milam of Mineola. There was a large crowd present. The Masonic fraternity took charge of the remains after the funerl and interred them with their ceremonies in the city cemetery. Mr. Hollowell leaves 5 children to mourn his death, and they have the deepest sympathy of all who know them.
Emory City Cem south section row 15
April 22, 1904
A Pastor's Notice
Brother Wiley M. Lamb, was born in Calloway county, Kentucky, Nov. 25, 1838. He was married on June 31, 1858, to Miss Elvira Johnson at Paris, Texas. He was the father of 9 children - 6 of whom survive him, as follows: Mrs. Lizzie Hart of Gilmer; Mrs. Rama Skipwith of Rusk; Basil Lamb of Miller Grove, Henry Lamb of Lufkin, and Marshall Lamb and Ernest Lamb of Emory. He was converted in September 1856, at Paris, Texas. He was baptized into the fellowship of the baptist church at Sulphur Springs, Texas, in June 1864 by pastor Lowe. HE was ordained as a deacon about 20 years ago by the Baptist church at Emory. He had been a member of the Masonic fraternity since 1863, and had advanced to the degree of Master Mason. His lodge frequently entrusted him with the duties of Worshipful Master. He moved to Emory in November 1871. Here, he has served his fellow-countrymen in many places of trust, having served 4 years as Constable, 3 years as SHeriff and Tax Collector. On February 17, 1901, he was appointed postmaster at Emory, which position he has since held. WHen the last seemed to have come last Sunday (April 17), he called his companion, his children, his pastor and some immediate friends to his bedside, and filled our hearts and thrilled our souls with his words of faith in God, his hope in Jesus and his joy in the Holy Spirit. WIth a due sense of his own short-comings, an abiding affection for every loved one and unswerving trust in God, he bade us all good bye and said, "I am ready to go." At the family home, on April 19, he died, after one week's illness. His devoted wife, 2 daughters, 4 sons (all of whom are Baptists), a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren with a host of friends are thus bereaved. He had every possible administration that means of love could give. He was buried from the family residence by the local lodge of Free Masons. At the Baptist church, the pastor conducted religious exercise - speaking from a suggested Scripture, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course. I have kept the faith." (2nd Tim. 4:7) An extraordinary concourse of friends witnessed the ceremonies. He was a faithful husband and father. He was a devoted church member. He was a true mason. He was a noble citizen. As his pastor, I mingle my tears of grief and joy with those of the many who love Brother Lamb's memory. Again, I offer my most cordial sympathy, and commend all to the grace of his God and the consolation of his hopes.
Emory City Cem south section row 11 - Marana Williams
August 27, 1909
The grim reaper is fast taking the old settlers in our midst and transplanting them in the world beyound this vale of tears. His last victim was Mrs. James Williams, who departed this life last Saturday, August 21, after a few weeks illness at the home of her son in the Center Point neighborhood. Mrs. Williams was a daughter of Emory Rains, who was very prominent in the early history of this county. She leaves one son, Emory Williams, and 2 daughters, Mrs. Gus Orsborn of this county and Mrs. O.B. Corbett of Ballinger, Texas; one sister, Mrs. T.A. Williams of Point and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn her death. Her remains were interred in the Emory cemetery Sunday evening, Rev. D.W. Garvin conducting the funeral service. The Leader offers condolence to the bereaved family.
Emory City Cem south section row 15 - Elvira Lamb
July 30, 1926
Funeral services were conducted at the Baptist church here Monday afternoon for Mrs. Wylie Merchant Lamb, by Rev. A.A. Duncan of Greenville, assisted by church, and a warm friend to the deceased. Only short talks were made by both pastors, following sweet singings by the choir and quartet composed of Carl Yancy, H.D. Garrett, Mrs. D.L. Nabors and Mrs. Frank Alexander, commending the life of a mother in Israel, who had spent 70 years in the service of her Lord, sang, "It Is Well With My Soul". This good woman, whose husband served this county 4 years as County Judge and 4 years as Sheriff, will be remembered by most of the old time settlers of the county, though she had not been a resident among us for about 15 years. Her husband passed on to his reward 20 years before she followed. Mrs. Lamb was born at Olney, Illinois, August 6, 1841, lacking only a few days at her death of being 85 years of age. She joined the Baptist church of Paris by baptism at the age of 15 and has been a loyal Christian worker since that time. She was the mother of 9 children, 4 of whom survive her, namely Mrs. W.A. Hart of Gilmer, Mrs. Rania Skip---- of Jacksonville, with whom she had made her home for many years; Henry Lamb of Houston, and Ernest Lamb of San Antonio
Emory City Cem section 9 row 5 - Willie A. Duffey
Rains County Leader
Feb 25, 1921
Miss Willie Duffey died at the home of her mother, Mrs. Ada Duffey, in Emory, Wednesday night about 10:30 o'clock after a long illness. Everything possible to do had been done by physicians, loved one, and friends and including treatment for several months in a West Texas sanitarium, but nothing could stay the hand of the grim reaper, who carried her spirit away to its final resting place. Miss WIllie was the youngest daughter of Dr. W.A. Duffey, who was still well known to most of the older settlers of this vicinity. She was past 23 years of age, having been born and reared in Emory, and the news of her death will come as sorrow to her many friends and neighbors.
Funeral services were conducted at the Baptist Church at 3:30 o'clock Thursday evening by the pastor, Dr. M.T. Tucker of Greenville, where a large concourse of friends and acquaintances gathered to pay their last tribute to her memory.
She is survived by her mother Mrs. Ada Duffey, one brother, Mr. S.C. Duffey and five sisters, Mrs. E.V. Cooke, Mrs. P.W. Pearson, Mrs. J.W. McElroy, Mrs. Grover Stuart and Miss Hankie Duffey, all of whom reside in this city. The Leader joins with friends in offering sincere sympathy to the bereaved family.
Emory City Cem south section (#9) row 8
January 20, 1922
A deep gloom settled over our little city Saturday afternoon when the word went out that Ernest Whittle was dead. He was stricken with that dread malady, meningitis, Friday night January 6, and death relieved him of his suffering at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon, January 14th. Ernest was one of our most highly respected young business men, being just a few months past his 21st mile post, and his untimely death came as a shock to his many friends, Taylor and Whittle gent's furnishings and pressing parlor. Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist church Sunday afternoon at 3:15 o'clock by the pastor, Rev. W.C. Hughes, assisted by Dr. M.T. Tucker, pastor of the Baptist church. The attendance at the funeral was probably the largest ever assembled in Emory. The church would not hold the vast assemblage that gathered to pay their last tribute to our young fellow-citizen and hundreds stood about the doors and in groups near the building until services were concluded. Pall bearers were selected from his school mates as follows: King Henslee, Bailey Clendenin, John T. Henry, Herman Settle, Paul Parkins, and John T. Reeves, Jr. The floral offering was said by many to have been the handsomest and largest ever seen in Emory. He is survived by his young wife, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Whittle, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, and a number of other relatives, who have the sincere sympathy of the community.
Emory City Cem south (#9) section row 2
June 26, 1925
The Leader joins with friends in extending sympahty to our neighbors and friends, Dr. and Mrs. J.S.H. Allen, in the loss of their infant, which was born Sunday. Its remains were buried in the City Cemetery Monday, after funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. J.C. Calhoun.
Emory City Cem section 9 row 16
October 7, 1921
Squire Henry Corbet, formerly justice of the peace in the precinct and well known in this county, died at the home of his brother at Miller Grove Tuesday morning and his remains were brought to Emory and interred in the City Cemetery Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Corbet had made his home in this vicinity for the past 35 years or 40 years and was 61 years old at the time of his death. He was a Mason and Odd Fellow holding membership in both in this city and his remains were cosigned to their last resting place with Masonic honors.
Emory City Cem section 9 row 4
January 22, 1915
Master T.P. Hill, son of Mrs. Maude Hill, died about 2 o'clock Tuesday evening, after a several weeks illness. He had been critically ill for several days, though hope for his recovery was still entertained by the family up to within a day or two before his death, but the grim monster death prevailed and his little spirit winged its way to the realms of the unknown world. He lacked two days being eight years old. Funeral services were conducted at the Baptist church by Rev. C.M. Martin Tuesday evening at 2:30 in the presence of a large crowd. The Leader extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved mother and brothers and sister.
Emory City Cem section 9 row 3
Francis M. Pomeroy
April 21, 1916
Mr. F.M. Pomeroy died at his home on North Planters St last Sunday morning after an illness of about 4 days. He was apparently in good healgh Tuesday evening, but was with a chill early Tuesday evening and continued to grow worse until the end, which came about 3 o'clock Sunday morning. His sudden illness and death was a great shock to both his relatives and his friends. Mrs. Pomeroy was in the North at the time, where she had been called to her sister's home. A telegram was immediately sent to her and also her son in Denver, Colorado, was notified and both of them and the latter's wife came in Saturday evening, Sheriff Whittle, meeting them in Greenville with his car. The physician of the town, Dr. Becten of Greenville, a trained nurse and friends ministered faithfully at the bedside, but without avail. Mr. Pomeroy was just past 59 years of age and had been a resident of our little city some 8 or 10 years. He came here as an agent for the MK&T but after some time gave up the railroad work and since then has been engaged in clerical work at the cout house, where he was a general favorite. Mr. Pomeroy was one of the prominent men on the Fraternal work here, having been secretary of the Odd Fellows the past 5 or 6 years and the success of the lodge is attributed to his loyal support to a great extent. Interment was had at the City cemetery Sunday afternoon about 4 o'clock, the funeral being in charge of the Odd Fellows. A scripture lesson was read by Rev. C.M. Martin of the city and prayers were offered by Dr. Bagley of Lone Oak. The Leader offers sincere sympathy to the bereaeved family.
Emory City Cemetery section 9 row 5
June 4, 1915
Mrs. Edna Durham, who was under special treatment at the Baptist Sanitarium in Dallas, died Tuesday night and her remains were brought to Emory on the 6 o'clock rain Wednesday evening and interment was had at the city cemetery. Death occurred about 7 o'clock, her life just fading away after a long period of suffering and pain. She had been operated on four times within three months in a vain endeavor to save her life. Mrs. Durham was just past 20 years old and was married to Mr. C.E. Durham last July, and they were making their home on the George Clements farm west of Emory. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Rainwater, who live just east of Emory. Her husband and mother were at her side when death came. A large crowd of relatives and friends met the train that brought her remains to Emory and a still larger number gathered at the cemetery to pay tribute to her memory. Rev. Chastaine of the Christian church conducted the funeral service. Her illness and continued suffering had awakened a cord of sympathy not usually reached in general public and news of her death was received here with much sorrow. The Leader offers sincere sympathy and condolence to the husband and her parents.
Emory City Cemetery section 9 row 4
July 24, 1925
Mr. J.P. Knight, better known to friends as "Uncle" Polk KNight, died about 8:00 o'clock Saturday night, July 18, at the home of his son, J.M. Knight, about 2 miles south of Emory. Mr. Knight was extensively acquainted throughout the county, having been a resident for nearly 45 years, and numbered his friends by his acquaintances. Mr. Knight was born December 15, 1842, and was married to arah Jane Hale, who died in 1878. He had been a member of the Methodist church in Rains county about 43 years and was County Treasurer of Rains County for 4 years some 20 odd years ago. He was a captain in the Confederate army under Gen. Forrest's regiment. He was a sportsman in his younger days, taking much delight in hunting and fishing, but in whatever pathway his life was cast his deportment always stood out as a good citizen and a high-toned Christian gentleman, and he was always ready to lend his hand for the good of his country. He is survived by 3 children, namely:
Mrs. W.T. Plunk, Mrs. Had Lilley and Mr. J.M. Knight, and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends to mourn his departure from this life. The Methodist pastor, Rev. J.C. Calhoun, being from home, Rev. J.E. Lamb, pastor of the Baptist church, conducted the funeral at the home and his remains were consigned to Mother Earth in the City Cemetery about 4 o'clock Sunday evening in the presence of a large concourse of relatives and friends. A marked feature of the funeral service was the testimony of 3 of his old time friends, W.M. Fuston, Uncle Mike Meagher and J.A. Abercrombie, who testified in behalf of the deceased's good citizenship among us. The Leader joins with friends in offering condolence to the bereaved family.
Emory City Cemetery section 9 row 12
May 3, 1929
Phillip C. Proctor, 28, of Dallas, died about 12 o'clock Saturday night from injuried received when his car turned over with himself and 2 friends. Mr. Proctor died while being carried to a hospital, and George Mitchell, one of his companions died at 4 o'clock Sunday morning in the hospital. Ross Hardin, the third member of the party, received cuts and bruises. He is recovering at the hospital according to reports. Phillip Proctor was a form Emory boy, nephew to Judge O.H. Rodes and Mrs. M.L. Allen of this city, taught school at Smyrna and was a young man of ambition and talent. News of his tragic death was received here with much sadness. Everyone liked Phillip. Funeral services for Mr. Proctor were held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, at Weiland's Funeral Home in Dallas, Rev. Robert THompson officiating. The body was brought to Emory for burial, the funeral party arriving here abou 2 o'clock, and a short service was conducted by Rev. Chester Harris, pastor of the Methodist Church, at the cemetery. The pallbearers, young men friends of Dallas, together with a large crowd of other Dallas friends accompanied the funeral party, and a large congregation of friends here gathered at the cemetery to pay their last respects to the departed. Surviving are his father Will Proctor of Baton Rouge, La., his mother, Mrs. B.A. Carter of San Angelo, two sisters, Miss Jewel Proctor of Dallas and Miss Texas Carter of San Angelo and a brother, M. Proctor of Dallas, who have the sincere sympathy of friends here in this city.
January 30, 1920
Good Woman Passes to Her Reward
Mrs. S.C. Alexander died at the family home in Emory about 10:30 o’clock Tuesday morning, after a few days illness, and her remains were interred in the City Cemetery about 3:30 o’clock, Wednesday afternoon, Rev. C.M. Martin conducting the funeral service in the First Baptist church in the presence of a large crowd of friends and acquaintances. Mrs. Alfa Omega Snow Alexander was born in Kaufman County June 25th, 1865, later residing at Wills Point for a number of years before moving to Emory in 1882, residing here since that time. She was married to Mr. S.C. Alexander of Emory November 19th, 1901. She became a Christian in early life and up to a few years ago was an energetic and consistent worker in Sunday school and all charitable enterprises fostered in the country. She was an earnest personal worker and there are many throughout this vicinity who will remember her for the efforts put forth to help mankind and to further the religious interest, and the kindly influence will live long after she has passed on to her reward. Mrs. Alexander had been confined to her home for about four years, where she lead a quiet but consecrated life, always letting her light shine and never missing an opportunity to endeavor to further the religious interest. She is survived by her husband, who has the sympathy of neighbors and friends in his bereavement.
October 15, 1920
4-Year old Child died Thursday Night
One of the 4-year old girls of Mr. and Mrs. Y.B. Fowler died last Thursday night at their home North of Emory, after a few days illness, and her remains were buried in the City Cemetery here Friday, Rev J.M. Parkins conducting the funeral service. The Leader joins with friends in offering sympathy to the sadly bereaved family.
November 19, 1920
Mrs. Gus Osborn Dead
Mrs. Gus Osborn died at the family home near Point last Friday night, after a two or three weeks illness, and her remains were buried in the City Cemetery there Saturday afternoon, Rev. Goens, pastor of the Methodist church, conducting the funeral services. She was forty-three years old in October, having been reared in Rains County. She was a granddaughter of Emory Rains, for whom this town and the county was named for, and was well known to most of our citizens who have lived in this county a number of years. She is survived by her husband and five children, a brother and sister, Mr. Emory Williams and Mrs. Magie Corbett, both of whom were with her when the death angel transported her spirit to another world. The Leader joins with their many friends in offering sympathy and condolence to the bereaved husband and motherless children in this their most trying hour.
February 25, 1921
Miss Willie Duffey Dead
Miss Willie Duffey died at the home of her mother, Mrs. Ada Duffey, in Emory Wednesday night about 10:30 o’clock after a long illness. Everything possible to do had been done by physicians, loved ones and friends, and including treatment for several months in a West Texas sanitarium, but nothing could stay the hand of the grim reaper, who carried her spirit away to its last resting place. Miss Willie was the youngest daughter of Dr. W.A. Duffey, who was well known to most of the older settlers of this vicinity. She was past twenty-three years of age, having been born and reared in Emory, and the news of her death will come as a sorrow to her many friends throughout the neighborhood. Funeral services were conducted at the Baptist church at 3:30 o’clock Thursday evening by the pastor, Dr. M.T. Tucker, of Greenville, where a large concourse of friends and acquaintances gathered to pay their last tribute to her memory. The burial took place at the City Cemetery at 4:30 o’clock. She is survived by her mother Mrs. Ada Duffey, and five sisters, Mrs. E.V. Cooke, Mrs. P.W. Pearson, Mrs. J.W. McElroy, Mrs. Grover Stuart, and Miss Hankie Duffey, all who reside in this city. The Leader joins with friends in offering sincere sympathy to the bereaved family.
July 19, 1929
Lose Twin Babies
Twin babies, born to Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Jones living Southwest of town, were buried in the City Cemetery here Saturday. One of them was born dead and the other one lived only about one hour. The parents have the sympathy of their friend.
September 13, 1929
W.T. Price Dies Monday P.M.
William Thomas Price died about 4 o’clock Monday afternoon at his home two miles northwest of Emory after a long illness, and his remains were laid to rest in the City Cemetery at 3:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon in the presence of a large concourse of relatives and friends, Rev. N.L. Roberts, pastor of the Emory Baptist church conducting the funeral service. Mr. Price was born December 10, 1855 in West Point, Georgia. He was married to Miss Mattie Williams, December 5, 1876, who died January 26, 1924. To this union six children were born, all of whom survive. They are: Mrs. B.T. Spruill, Mrs. B.C. Harrison, Mrs. Leola Balliager, Walter T. Price, Mrs. C.F. Voos and P.W. Price. Twelve grandchildren and four great grandchildren also survive, and a sister, Mrs. J.W. Brown of Carterville, Georgia. The deceased joined the Baptist church forty-two years ago at Farmersville. He led an active life. He began as a grocery clerk and then was an employee of a railroad company, spending fifteen years being a conductor. He was also in business and spent about thirty years farming. The Leader joins with friends in offering sympathy to the bereaved family.
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S. Cecil Duffey
Rains County Leader
Aug 4, 1933
News of the sudden death was received with shock by the citizens of Emory when the word went ou that Cecil Duffey died, having passed away about 3 a.m. Friends could not comprehend for the moment how a strong, middle-aged man, a neighbor could weaken and die within a few weeks, but of such is life. Cecil,a s everyone knew him, had passed his 44th birthday the past March, was a native of Rains County and of Emory and had spent his life among us. He was the only son of Dr. W.A. Duffey and wife, enjoyed a large circle of friends and acquaintances, who are left to mourn his sudden taking away. Funeral services were conducted at 4:15 Friday afternoon at the First Baptist Church by Pastor edgar Hurst, assisted by Rev. Hardy, pastor of the local Methodist church, in the presence of an overflowing congregation of relatives, friends, and acquaintances. The floral offering was beautiful. Pallbearers were: Henry Adams, Bruce Adams, Jim Settle, O.H. Rodes, H.D. Garrett, and E.M. Mason.
The deceased is survived by his wife and two sons: Philip and Eugene; his mother, Mrs. W.A. Duffey; five sisters, Mesdames Ed V. Cooke, P.W. Pearson and Grover Stuart, and Miss Hanky Duffey and Mrs. J.W. McElroy of Greenville who has the sincere sympathy of friends in their grief.
May 4, 1934
Mrs. P.W. Pearson Passes Away Early Friday Morning
Despite all efforts of medical skill and loving attention from relatives and friends, Mrs. Ruby Ellen, wife of Dr. P.W. Pearson, passed on from this life to here eternal reward at 5 o'clock last Friday morning an illness of bronchial pneumonia. Mrs. Pearson was born in Emory and lived here all her life, being 47 years of age. She was a daughter of Dr. W.A. Duffey, deceased and Mrs. Ada Duffey. In the year of 1908 she was married to Dr. P.W. Pearson and to this union four children were born, Ruth, Marjorie, Louise and P.W. Jr. Mrs. Pearson was a member of the Baptist church, a loving, kind companion and mother. Funeral services were held at 5 o'clock Friday afternoon at the First Baptist church, conducted by Rev. G.C. Hardy, burial following in the City Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Joe Hood, Louis Cain, Judge O.H. Rodes, J.N. Braziel, Earl Hill and D.L. Nabors. An attest to her standing among neighbors and friends was the large crowd that went to the church to pay their last respects, which taxed the capacity of the building and the floral offering, which filled one end of the church. Besides her own family, she is survived by her mother, Mrs. Ada Duffey and four sisters, Mrs. Ed Cooke, and Mrs. Grover Stuart of Emory and Mrs. John W. McElroy and Miss Hankie Duffey of Greenville. The Leader would like to join with the family's many friends in offering sincere sympathy to the sadly bereaved family in the loss of the most beloved member of the family ---Mother.
Rains County Leader
July 10, 1953
Mrs. Clendenin Died Wednesday in Beaumont
Mrs. Emma Clendenin, 78, well known and highly esteemed Christian woman, passed away Wednesday morning in the home of her niece, Mrs. Flossie McKenzie of Beaumont, where she had been making her home since last fall. She had been in ill health for several months. Funeral services were to be held Thursday (today) at 4:00 o'clock p.m. in the Emory Baptist Church with Dr. M.T. Tucker of Quitman officiating, and assisted by the pastor, Rev. David Griffin. Pallbearers: Homer McCallon, George Clements, Sam Amis, Ed Fletcher, Frank Alexander and Browning Nix. Burial will be in the City Cemetery. Mrs. Clendenin was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jim Settle, early citizens of Emory, who operated a hotel here at the turn of the century. She was the widow of the late W.H. Clendenin, former County Judge of Rains County, who preceded her in death in 1913. Their only child, a son, Bailey Clendenin, also preceded her in death a number of years ago. Mrs. Clendenin was an active member of the Emory Baptist Church for many years, helping to organize the Ladies Aid Society of the church, and other activities of the church snd community. She is survived by one sister, Mrs. M.E. Adams of Dallas, and several nieces and nephews.
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Rains County Leader
Nov 29, 1968
Funeral services for John T. Henry, 70, of 7124 Casa Loma, a retired self-employed insurance salesman, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Sparkman-Hilldrest Funeral Chapel, 10501 Garland Road. Burail will be in Emory Cemetery, Rains County, at 1:30 p.m. Henry died here Wednesday.
He was born and grew up in Emory, graduating from Emory High School, and had lived here for 25 years. He was a member of the Hella Temple Shrine and the A.C. Garret Masonic Lodge here and of the First Baptist Church of Stewart, Nevada. He retired a year ago.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lorraine Harkey Henry of Dallas; aunts, Mrs. Bettye Fears, Santa Monica, California; Mrs. Velma Blizzard, Alba; nieces, Mrs. Emma Jo Hannan, Miss Betty Hamilton, Mrs. Martha McCleary and Mrs. Emily Adams, all of Dallas.
Pallbearers: K.E. McCleary, Joe S. Hannan, Brock Hannan, J.W. Motheral, John Motheral, W.J. Adams
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Rains County Leader
Jan 3, 1974
Funeral services for Mrs. Shod (Emma) McLeroy were held in the Emory Baptist Church Saturday with the Rev. Robert Renfro, former pastor here, officiating. She died after a lengthy illness in a Mineola hospital Friday.
She was born in 1890 in Liberty Co., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Houston. She had lived in Rains County for a long period of years and was the widow of the late S.T. (Shod) McLeroy. She was a member of the Emory Baptsit Church, had many friends and a devoted group of neighbors, which she had come to know and love because of her sunny cheerful disposition.
Survivors include her children, Mrs. Claud Kerr, Mrs. Chuck Byram, Thomas McLeroy, Emory; S.T. McLeroy, Point; and Boots McLeroy of Garland; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
Burial was in the City Cemetery under the direction of Hood Funeral Home. Pallbearers were her grandsons, Billy Joe Byram, James Kerr, Jimmy Kerr, Don McLeroy, Danny McLeroy and Marvin McLeroy.
1913 - 2003
Services for George Melton, 90, of Emory were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at Emory Baptist Church with Revs. Rodney Williams and Jason Rolen officiating.
Burial was in Emory City Cemetery under the direction of Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home of Emory. Pallbearers were Bill Beasley, Ernest Holman, Michael Gaby, Garland Massingill, Dempsey Bullock and Don Smith.
Mr. Melton died Wednesday, Nov. 19, at his residence.
He was born Jan. 1, 1913, in Emory to the late Oliver H. and Ozella Smith Melton. He served in the Army during World War II, was a retired case worker for Texas Department of Human Services, and was a member of Emory Baptist Church and Lions Club.
Survivors include son, Wayne Melton of Emory; daughter, Carolyn Potts of Emory; sister, Martha Allen of Lindale; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Faye Varnon Melton, in 1989; one brother and three sisters.
If desired, memorials may be made to the building fund of Emory Baptist Church.
Audie Mae (Plunk) Walker
1929 - 2003
Funeral services for Audie Mae (Plunk) Walker, 74, will be held at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at Laurel Land Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at 3:00 p.m. at old City Cemetery in Emory.
Mrs. Walker passed away at her home Sunday, Nov. 16, after a long illness. She was born September 4, 1929.
She is survived by sons, Lonnie and Bradford of Gun Barrel City and Donnie of Dallas; daughters, Regina and Brenda of Dallas; 26 grandchildren; and 39 great-grandchildren. Also thought of as grandchildren are Ronald and Debra Williams and Kimberly Thompson.
She was preceded in death by Oliver Bruce and Rosa Carrie Plunk of Emory; and son, Ronnie Walker of Royse City.
The family will receive friends from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Tuesday at Laurel Land Funeral Home.
Rev. Jed Hampton
1919 - 2003
Funeral services for Rev. Jed Hampton, 84, of Point were held at Emory United Methodist Church at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28, with Rev. David Diller, Rev. Jack McManns and Dr. Jack Cox officiating.
Burial was in Emory City Cemetery under the direction of Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home of Emory. Pallbearers were Tom Miner, Elton Hagler, Gaston Deberry, Rev. Carlton Dyer, Steve Melton and Scottie Wenzel.
Rev. Hampton died December 24 at Hospice of East Texas in Tyler.
He was born in Kaufman County on Sept. 22, 1919, to Walter and Hester Ward Hampton. He married Hazel Marie Webb in Austin on June 7, 1955. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. He was a United Methodist minister. At the time of his death, he was pastoring Ridgeway Union Church. He was a 26-year member of both the Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star.
Survivors include his wife of Point; son, Donald Jed Hampton of Yantis; daughters, Barbara Parker of Point, Helen Streety of Tyler and Billy Darlene Hampton of Manor; brother, Paul Hampton of Athens; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, one sister and one grandchild.
Donations may be made to the the church of your choice or Hospice of East Texas.
1909 - 2004
Funeral services for Hazel Cooper, 94, of Emory, were held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 18, at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Billy Smith officiating.
Burial was in Emory City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mickey Cooper, Blake Cooper, Brad Copeland, William Cooper, Robbie Clifton, Dick Copeland, Kenneth Strickland and Randy Strickland. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Rains County Garden Club.
Mrs. Cooper passed away Friday, Jan. 16, 2004, at Hospice of East Texas, Tyler. She was born Nov. 24, 1909, to William Dolan and Myrtle Leona Gorman Montgomery. In 1942 she married Jack Cooper in Greenville.
She was a mother, granny and homemaker. She was of the non-denominational faith and a charter member of the Rains County Garden Club.
She is survived by sons, Jackie Wayne Cooper and wife Ann of Frisco, and Jerry Dewayne Cooper and wife Prissy of Richardson; granddaughters, Susan Cooper, Mary Cooper, Kimberly Copeland, and Dana Seabourn all of Rowlett; grandson, William Cooper of Rowlett; brother, Jack Montgomery of Garland; sister-in-law, Jewel Cooper of Emory; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1974. Memorials may be made to the Hospice of East Texas or Emory City Cemetery.
Rains County Leader
Feb 24, 2004
Rubye Geneva McKeown
1912 - 2004
Services for Rubye Geneva McKeown of Emory were held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, at Emory Church of Christ with David Baker, G.D. Phillips and Matt Oualline officiating. Burial was in Emory City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Dr. Richard Allen, Dr. Algia Allen, Byron McCollum, Charles McCollum, Tommy Parks, Walter B. Ragsdale, Mike Ragsdale and Jay Stone. Mrs. McKeown died Monday, Feb. 16, at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. She was born in Rains County on August 23, 1912, to Andrew Robbins and Izetta McClain. She was married to William Bert McKeown on Sept. 20, 1930, in the Salem community in Wood County. She was a retired school teacher and a member of Emory Church of Christ, where she taught the Wednesday Ladies Bible Class for many years. She was the mayor of Emory for 11 years, from 1989 to 2000. She served as city councilwoman from 1980 to 1989 and was currently serving as city councilwoman since 2001. An Emory City Park street is named Rubye McKeown Circle in her honor. Mrs. McKeown received many awards, including: 1975 Rains Parent Teachers Association (PTA) Lifetime Membership; 1981 Emory Lions Club Outstanding Citizen of the Year; 1985 Green Acres Nursing Home Volunteer of the Year; 1991 Rains County Chamber of Commerce Community Interest Acknowledgement; 1993 Emory Lions Club Outstanding Citizen at the Year; 1998 Mars Hill Masonic Lodge Community Builder; 1998 Texas Retired Teachers Association Volunteer Hours Honor; WFAA-TV (Dallas) Spirit of Texas Community Involvement; and 2000 Farmers Market Outstanding Volunteer. Her community involvement included: charter member of Rains Flower and Garden Club; Women’s Service Club; Rains County Historical Commission; Texas Extension Homemakers Association; Rains County Historical Society; American Association of Retired Persons (AARP); former chairman of Friendship Campaign of the Texas Association of Retarded Citizens; former chairman of the Texas Sesquicentennial Committee of Rains County; Farmers Market Landscape Committee; Eagle Fest Committee, Rains County Chamber of Commerce; Keep Emory Beautiful Committee; Rains County Fair Creative Arts Division. Survivors include daughter, Nan Satterwhite and husband John of Point; grandchildren, Phillip Kerr and wife Catalina of Point; Kimberly Julian and husband Terry of Lindale, Elizabeth Weinberger of Tyler; Jackie McKeown and wife Laurie of Tyler; great-grandchildren, Heather Julian, Blake Julian, Hayley Julian, Adrian Kerr and Nicolas Kerr. She was preceded in death by her husband; and son, Larry McKeown.
Rains County Leader
March 17, 2004
Helen Louise Fletcher Sprowls
Graveside services for Helen Louise Fletcher Sprowls, 76, of Cedar Hill were held at Emory City Cemetery on Sunday, March 14, at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Billy Smith officiating. Wilson Orwosky Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Sprowls died at Charleton Methodist Hospital in Dallas on Friday, March 12. She was born in Wewoka, Okla., to C.D. and Bessie Coats Fletcher. She married Andrew J. Sprowls, Jr. on January 11, 1989, in Dallas. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. Survivors include her husband; a daughter and son-in-law, Bobbie Louise and Larry Dunn of Hamilton; grandchildren, Marvin Don Lloyd and Sharon Smith, both of Dallas; great-grandchildren, Kassy Lloyd, Dylan Lloyd, and Brek Blair; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Stella Rylant; a brother, Jake D. Fletcher; and an infant daughter, Donna Gayle Weatherly. Memorials may be made to your desired organization of charity.
Rains County Leader
March 23, 2004
1908 - 2004
Graveside services for Max Behnke, 95, of Point were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at Emory City Cemetery under the direction of Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home of Emory. He died Monday, March 15, at Kindred Hospital in Dallas. Mr. Behnke was born in Zehden, Germany, on Dec. 28, 1908, to Karl and Emma Blaschkewitz Behnke. He married Marta Herzog in Germany in September 1933. He was a veteran of the German Army serving during World War II. Mr. Behnke was retired and a member of the Lutheran Church. Survivors include a son, Klaus Behnke of Berlin, Germany; daughters, Gerda Kreyer of Garland and Rita Thomas of El Paso; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife and one son, Ronald Behnke.
Rains County Leader
April 13, 2004
Charles James Anderson
1928 - 2004
Funeral services for Charles James Anderson, 75, of Emory were held at Emory United Methodist Church on Monday, April 12, at 11:00 a.m. Rev. David Diller officiated. Burial followed in Emory City Cemetery under the direction of Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Andy Anders, Charlie Turner, Ray Moore, Dan Robison, John Wegley, and Ron Hoffman. Honorary pallbearers were Ross Crisler, Bill Oliver, and Tonilee Farmer. Mr. Anderson died in Midlothian on Friday, April 9. He was born September 19, 1928, to Gillis Calvin and Lucy Grisham Anderson. He married Josephine C. Clanton in Waco on August 27, 1948. He was in the U.S. Navy and was a retired newspaper pressman. He was a member of Emory United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife, Jo Anderson of Emory; son and daughter-in-law, James Michael and Suzanne Anderson of Waxahachie; daughters and sons-in-law, Karen Jo and John Wegley of Midlothian and Kimberly Ann and Ron Hoffman of Red Oak; one brother, Sam Anderson of Waco; one sister, Dixie Butcher of Waco; grandchildren, Ethan and Darin Anderson, Jennifer and Stephannie Wegley, and Katie, Holli, and Kevin Hoffman. He was preceded in death by his parents. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society and Emory United Methodist Church.
Rains County Leader
April 20, 2004
Joseph “Joe” Edward Weddle
1930 - 2004
Funeral services for Joseph “Joe” Weddle were held Monday, April 19, at 10:00 a.m. at Emory United Methodist Church with Rev. David Diller officiating. Burial was in Emory City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jim, Jack, and Seth Weddle, Wayne and Guy Holland, and Milton Fitts. Mr. Weddle died Saturday, April 17, at his residence. He was born August 1, 1930, to Joe and Xuma Young Weddle. He married Juandell Vest on May 11, 1951, in San Angelo. He was a veteran in the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War. He was a retired dairyman. He was a member of Emory United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife Juandell Weddle of Emory; sons and daughters-in-law, Jay and Carla Weddle and Jon and Glenda Weddle, all of Emory; a daughter, Jodie Weddle of Greenville; a brother, Jon Paul Weddle of Lubbock; sisters, Martha Holland of San Angelo and Jeri Whitten of Eldorado; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Weddle; grandchildren, Jolee, Kara, Lyndsay Kyle, Jim, Jack, Jayla, Jace, Joe, Seth, Julie and Jill Weddle; great-grandchildren, Joslyn Paris and Jessie Anne Weddle. Mr. Weddle was preceded in death by a son, Jim Eldridge Weddle in 1966; his parents; one brother, Jerald Weddle; one nephew, Steve Fletcher; and a great-nephew, Brett Holland.
Rains County Leader
June 15, 2004
1927 - 2004
Funeral services for Bill Deaton, 76, of Emory were held at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel in Emory at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 12, with Rev. Billy Smith officiating. Burial was in Emory City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Homer Robertson, Billy Brimer, Leon Clark, Eddie Jordan, and Tony McCormick. Mr. Deaton died Thursday, June 10, at Titus Regional Medical Center. He was born in Gene Autrey on July 9, 1927, to Travis and Tessie Hendrick Deaton. He married Betty Whitehead Pease on February 21, 1951, in Dallas. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army in Korea. He was a retired concrete and construction worker. Survivors include a son, John Deaton and wife Anne of Mt. Pleasant. Mr. Deaton was preceded in death by his wife in 1999. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to the Emory City Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 1043, Emory, TX 75440.
Rains County Leader
July 6, 2004
David Jason Emig
Funeral services for David Jason Emig, 42, of Emory were held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Chapel with Rev. Joe Perkins officiating. Burial was in Emory City Cemetery. Mr. Emig passed away Sunday, July 4, at his residence in Emory. He was born Feb. 13, 1962, in Shrewsbury, Pa., to Howard and Phyllis Wire Emig. He was an electrician and a Baptist. He is survived by his father, Howard Emig, and mother Phyllis Emig of Emory; son, Scott Emig of Concord, N.C.; daughter, Karyn Emig of Concord, N.C.; brothers, Ed Emig and wife Carolyn of Emory, Tom Emig of Garland, Dan Emig and wife Misty of El Paso, Don Emig and wife Cathy of Garland, and Bud Emig and wife Kristy of Emory. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the American Cancer Society. Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Rains County Leader
April 12, 2005 James Fannin (Jim) Sisk
1930 - 2005
Services for James Fannin (Jim) Sisk, 74, of San Antonio were held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 11, at the Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Chapel in Emory, with Rev. Donnie Melton officiating. Burial was at the Emory City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Michael Sisk, Gatlin Sisk, Craig Sisk, Keith Sisk, Jackie Cooper, Jerry Cooper, Mickey Cooper, and Dale Sisk. Honorary pallbearers were Ivan Alexander Jr., Floyd Greene, Bob Sisk, Robert Sisk, Kenneth Jaggers and Johnny Jaggers. Mr. Sisk died Thursday, April 7, at his home in San Antonio. He was born in Emory on December 22, 1930, to John Ormand and Cora Cooper Sisk. He graduated from East Texas Teachers College, now Texas A&M Commerce and later received his Masters Degree. He taught school in Longview for three years. He joined the United States Air Force for a tour of duty. After his discharge he made his home in San Antonio and worked for the civil service as a language instructor at Lackland Air Force Base. He traveled extensively setting up language schools in several far east countries where aviation students were taught English before coming to America for pilot training. Jim is survived by brothers and sisters-in-law, Joe Sam and Lucille Sisk of Greenville, and Pat and Suzanne Sisk of Mt. Pleasant; sister-in-law, Eleanor Sisk of Mt. Pleasant; a faithful friend, Charles Forrester of San Antonio; and many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother and sister-in-law, Lyman and Violet Sisk; and brother, J.O. Sisk Jr.
Rains County Leader
April 19, 2005 Evelyn Plunk
Funeral services for Evelyn Plunk, 92, formerly of Emory, were held at the Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel, Emory, on Monday, April 18. Burial was at the Emory City Cemetery. Her grandchildren served as pallbearers. Mrs. Plunk passed away Friday, April 15, 2005. She was born January 22, 1913, in Smith County and was the fifth of 13 children born to George Washington Plunk and Flora Fisher Plunk. She married Horace Cleo Plunk on March 1, 1930, in Hugo, Okla. She lived in Emory from 1930 until 1953 where she was a member of the First Baptist Church. She and Cleo then moved to Corpus Christ in 1953 where they started and helped build the Trinity Baptist Church. She then became a member of the Orchard Hills Baptist Church after moving to Garland, where she lived for 46 years. She taught Sunday school in the churches for many years. She is survived by seven children: Patsy and husband Boots McLeroy of Garland; Horace Calvin (Sonny) and wife Joyce of Jacksonville; Bobby and wife Mollie Plunk of Cumby; George and Judy Plunk of Mesquite; Dianna Plunk of Garland; and Sammy and wife Terry of Spring; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, June Brown of Beaumont, and Jean Clark of Mineola; one brother, Ben Plunk of Lindale; and many nieces, nephews, and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Cleo; two brothers, J.B. and Charlie Plunk; seven sisters, Tonsie Cox, Levi Shugog, Mary (Crim) Browning, Georgia Lee Melton, Juanita (Mosher) Griggs, Irene Fowler, and a baby sister.
Rains County Leader
July 20, 1953
Mrs. Clendenin Died Wednesday in Beaumont
Mrs. Emma Clendenin, 73, well known and highly esteemed Christian woman, passed away Wednesday morning in the home of her niece, Mrs. Flossie McKenzie of Beaumont, where she had been making her home since last fall. She had been in ill health for several months. Funeral services were to be held Thursday (today) at 4:00 o'clock P.M. in the Emory Baptist Church with Dr. M.T. Tucker of Quitman officiating, and assisted by the pastor, Rev. David Griffin. Pallbearers: Homer McCallon, George Clements, Sam Amis, Ed Fletcher, Frank Alexander and Browning Nix. Burial will be in the City Cemetery.
Mrs. Clendenin was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jim Settle, early citizens of Emory, who operated a hotel here at the turn of the century. She was the widow of the late W.H. Clendenin, former County Judge of Rains County, who preceded her in death in 1913. Their only child, a son, Bailey Clendenin, also preceded her in death a number of years ago. Mrs. Clendenin was an active member of the Emory Baptist Church for many years, helping to organize the Ladies Aid Society of the church, and other activities of the church and community. She is survived by one sister, Mrs. M.E. Adams of Dallas, and several nieces and nephews.
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May 17, 2005 Frank Davis
Funeral services for Frank Davis, age 90, were held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, May 12, at Donnelley’s Colonial Funeral Home Chapel, Irving, with Pastor Leon Adkins officiating. Graveside service was at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at Emory City Cemetery. Mr. Davis, a resident of Irving for 58 years, formerly of Emory, died Monday, May 9, at Baylor Medical Center in Irving. He was born August 6, 1914, in Emory to Belah B. and Bettie Bell Barker Davis. He married Opal Mae Yancey on March 14, 1936, in Emory. Frank was a self-employed cabinetmaker for more than 60 years and a 52-year member of Odd Fellows Lodge #44 in Dallas. Survivors include his wife, Opal Davis; daughters and sons-in-law, Bettye and Will Cole, Marye Jo and Bill Petty and Doris and David LaFlower, all of Irving; sister, Pearl Wilson of Emory; six grandchildren, Sheilah Adkins, Sherry Johnson, Vicki Ezell, Charles Tate, Vince LaFlower, Jaime Mayfield; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Belah and Bettie Davis; one brother, Gillis Davis; one sister, Opal Garrett; and two great-grandchildren.
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June 7, 2005 Betty Jane Stanley
Funeral services for Betty Jane Stanley of Celina were held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 1, at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home with Rev. Jimmy Shedd officiating. Burial was in Emory City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ronnie Bednar, Marty Mooring, Lonnie Mooring, Mark Osborn, and Jason Osborn. Mrs. Stanley died May 28, 2005, at her residence. She was born in Sulphur Springs on September 21, 1953, to J.C. and Winifred Lyles Duke. She married David Stanley on January 7, 1985. He passed away December 4, 2000. She was a Methodist and member of Eastern Star Chapter 1120, and a homemaker. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Alicia and Tom Novak of Celina; step-sons, Joshua Stanley and Michael Stanley; brothers and wives, Curtis and Brenda Mooring of Alba and Tommy and Tonna Mooring of Emory; sister and husband, Lois and Jim Osborn of Alba; grandson, Avery Novak of Celina; and several nephews and one niece, Amy Mooring.
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July 12, 2005 John Spence
Services for John Doss Spence were held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, July 11, at the Church of Christ in Emory with David Baker and Jerome Savage officiating. Burial was at Emory City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Robert Parrish, Clint Simmons, Loy Pressley, Ronnie Fenter, Roy Kinslow, and John Snyder. He passed away July 10, 2005, at Green Acres Nursing Home, Emory. He was born January 22, 1918, to Will and Effie Spence in Hogansville, Rains County. He married Lillian Hooten in June 1965. She preceded him in death in 1989. He was a veteran of World War II, and a retired Dallas fireman. Locally, John was a past member of the Lions Club, Sheriff’s Posse, served on the city council, was a volunteer fireman and drove the ambulance. He was a faithful member of the Emory Church of Christ. He was well-known in the community and surrounding areas for his good works. He did not do these things to be seen of men, but to bring glory to the Lord. John will be greatly missed by his local church family at the Church of Christ; also by his daughter, Linda Simmons and husband, H.D. Simmons of Portland; step-son, A.W. Hooten and wife Sue of Tyler; brother, Stanley Spence of Oklahoma City, Okla; sister, Barbara Alaman of Emory; and several nieces and nephews; and other family members and friends. Memorials may be made to Mission Printing, Box 2029, Arlington, TX 76004 or HCMH – Hospice, 115 Airport Rd., Sulphur Springs, TX 75482.
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August 23, 2005 Johnnie Francine Sellers
Funeral services for Johnnie Francine Sellers, 77, of Canton, formerly of Emory, were held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, Aug. 22, at Wilson-Orwosky Chapel, Emory. Burial was in Emory City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Steven Lowery, Michael Cook, Mike Messinger, Jimmy Campbell, Dennis Haines and Kenny Briggs. Johnnie died Friday, August 19, at Hospice of East Texas in Tyler. She was born in Emory on May 29, 1928, to Deward and Dassa Beasley Holland. She married Ira (Jim) Sellers in Dallas on February 28, 1947. She was a seamstress and homemaker. She was a member of the Church of Christ. She is survived by her husband, Jim Sellers of Canton; sons, Jimmy Dean Sellers of Mesquite and Johnny Lynn Sellers of Quinlan; daughter, Judy Ann Chassang of Garland; brother, Charles Holland of Richardson; sister, Betty Louise Klapp of Abilene; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, TX 75701