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Obituaries 1950

Armstrong, Mrs. Fred Mrs. Fred Armstrong, 52 years old, Tulia, died Thursday of last week.  Funeral services were held last Saturday at the Church of Christ. Curtis Camp, minister, conducted the services. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery.  Mrs. Armstrong was born in Swisher County. She moved to Gray County for a while then moved back here. She had lived here about 30 years. Mrs. Armstrong was a member of the Church of Christ.  Survivors include her husband and two daughters, Mrs. Jack Hood, Tulia; Mrs. Daniel Lepine, Norfolk, VA; a sister, Mrs. George Van Cott, Wassiac, NY; two brothers, King C. Faulkner, San Antonio; and Rhea Faulkner, Camp Verde, AZ; and two granddaughters.  The Tulia Herald, 12 January 1950.
Atkinson, Winnie Mae Miss Winnie Mae Atkinson, 49 years old, died in Tulia Tuesday of this week. Funeral services were scheduled Thursday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock in the First Baptist Church. Rev. C. G. Sewell, pastor, was to conduct the services. Burial was to be in Rose Hill Cemetery under direction of Wallace Funeral Home.  Miss Atkinson lived with her mother, Mrs. W. M. Atkinson, the only survivor known in Tulia. Miss Atkinson was a private teacher of public speaking.  The tulia Herald, 24 August 1950.
Barron, W. O. (Bill) W. O. (Bill) Barron of Tatum, NM was buried at Tatum last Thursday following his death November 7 in a Brownfield hospital. He was a brother of Mrs C. C. Hyatt of Tulia and Mrs. L. H. Odom of Vigo Park.  He is a former resident of Vigo Park and was well known at Tulia and Silverton where he had many friends.  The tulia Herald, 16 November 1950.
Bivens, Albert One of Swisher County's best known pioneers is dead. Albert Bivens died at his home in Tulia late Wednesday night, December 13, following a long illness.  He was born November 14, 1879, in Newport, Jack County. He attended Polytechnic College in Ft. Worth. He came to Swisher County with his parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Bivens, in 1891. He was married April 4, 1900 to MISS HATTIE SCOTT, also a member of a well known pioneer Swisher family. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last April.  Spending all his life as a rancher, Mr. Bivens acquired extensive holdings in Swisher County, Briscoe, Castro, Armstrong and Palmer Counties and in New Mexico. He recently disposed of the Parmer County and New Mexico property. Even during his illness he never lost interest in ranch activities.  Survivors include his widow; two sons, Ray Bivens and Delbert Bivens, both of Tulia; a daughter Mrs. Howard Hall of Gladwater; five grandchildren, Mrs. R. H. Miller, Jr., Mrs. Frank Henry Cullum, Billy Mace Bivens, James Hall and Donna Bess Hall, and two great grandchildren, Jimmy Ray and Deborah Jean Cullum.  Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon at the First Methodist Church with Rev. Bill Thompson officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction of Wallace Funeral Home.  Active pallbearers were Dick O'Daniel, Marvin Carlile, J. Ross Noland, Frank Cobb, Bob Ward and Richard Adams.  Honorary pallbearers were Jim Cleveland, J. C. Cowan, J. W. McGlaun, C. C. Poff, G. C. Hutchison, J. A. Hutchison, Ewell Grigg, R. G. Clennin, R J. Stallings, S. F. Flores, J. L. Cantrell, S. M. Rodgers, Will Ward, R. E. Leonard, Elvis Ward and L. G. Conner.  The Tulia Herald, 21 December 1950.
Blair, Ray
Ray Blair, Tulia resident until 1943, died at his home in Amarillo Friday afternoon following a year's illness. He was bedfast only a short time before his death.  He was born October 3, 1904 in Erath County. He moved to Tulia Jan. 1, 1923, where he farmed. He was employed by Tulia Wheat Growers, Inc. until he moved to Amarillo.  He was married in May 1935 to MISS GRACE DAMS at Plainview.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. G. H. Bryant, pastor of Temple Baptist Church in Amarillo of which he was an active member, at Boxwell Bros. Funeral Home. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Tulia.  Survivors besides the widow, include his mother, Mrs. A. E. Blair, Tulia; two brothers, Arvil A. Blair, Amherst, and Olin P. Blair of Lubbock; and two sisters, Mrs. E. L. West, Masterson and Mrs. D. D. Crow, Tulia.  The Tulia Herald, 16 November 1950.
Brian, Mrs. K. D. Funeral services for Mrs. K. D. Brian, 89, were conducted in the First Baptist Church of Lorenzo, July 4.  Mrs. Brian's five minister sons officiated and pallbearers were her nephews.  Rev. W. P. (Ted) Brian, former pastor of the First Baptist Church, Happy, now of Plains, are among her survivors. Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Vie and Floretta attended the funeral at Lorenzo.  The Tulia Herald, 20 July 1950.
Schooling, Carroll Wright Carroll Wright Schooling, 31 years old, was Tulia's first polio fatality this summer. Mr. Schooling died last Sunday afternoon in the hospital at Plainview. He had been placed in an iron lung. The body was taken by train to Miller, Mo. for burial. It was sent last Tuesday morning by Wallace Funeral Home. Mr. Schooling became ill Wednesday of last week. He was placed under care of a doctor Thursday and was taken to the polio ward of the Plainview hospital Friday afternoon. Mr. Schooling had worked for Francis Burgess on the farm about five miles northeast of Tulia, about two years. Survivors include his widow, a son and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Schooling of Miller.  The Tulia Herald, 3 August 1950.
Shafer, Mrs. C. J.
Mrs. Eppy Frances Shafer, 84 years old, Tulia, died last week in the Littlefield hospital after a few days of illness. Funeral services were held at 2:30 o'clock Friday afternoon at the Primitive Baptist Church. Rev. S. J. Ellis assisted by Elder William Fox conducted the services. Mrs. Shafer, who died June 14, came to Swisher county in 1920. She and her family lived around Tulia and engaged in farming until 1923 when they moved into town. She was married to C. J. Shafer in 1883. Thirteen children, eleven boys and four girls (sic) were born to them. Mr. Shafer died in February 1928. Mrs. Shafer joined the Conrad Primitive Baptist Church in April 1898. Survivors are seven children: Mrs. J. H. Mariner, Littlefield; Mrs. S. P. Atchley, Tulia; Mrs. J. H. Windham, Amarillo; H. H. Shafer, Wichita Falls; A. O. Shafer, Milan, Texas; H. L. Shafer, Tulia; Dr. A. Shafer, San Leandro, Calif, and thirty‑five grandchildren, thirty‑three great grandchildren and three great‑great grandchildren.  The Tulia Herald, 22 June 1950.
Shannon, Mrs. John Funeral services for Mrs. Jewell F. Shannon are scheduled for Friday afternoon at 2:30. Rev. Scott Crawford will conduct the rites at the Turkey school auditorium. Burial will be in Dreamland Cemetery, Turkey, under the direction of Wallace Funeral Home. Mrs. Shannon died early Wednesday morning in Swisher county hospital after an illness of several months. She was born Jan. 23, 1910 in Addington, Okla. She moved with her parents to Turkey in 1913. She was married to JOHN SHANNON in Turkey Dec. 4, 1925. The family moved to Tulia in 1945 where they operated a cafe until August of this year. Survivors include the husband; a son, John Harold, a student at Baylor University; two daughters, Mrs. Ola B. Nickelson of Amarillo and Mrs. Billie Ruth Bivens, Hereford; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Parker of Turkey; one brother, Herbert Parker of Ropesville; and two grandchildren.  The Tulia Herald, 23 November 1950.
Shuping, D. M. D. M. Shuping, 76 years old, Kress, died Friday of last week in Swisher County hospital. Funeral services were held last Sunday afternoon at the Kress Baptist Church. Rev. Russell Pogue, pastor, conducted the services. Burial was in Rose Hill cemetery, Tulia. Mr. Shuping suffered a stroke about three months ago. He was a member of the Baptist Church and had been an Odd Fellow. He came to Kress from Tipton, Okla. He had lived with a son D. L. Shuping, Kress, since 1940. Survivors include the widow, Tulia; four sons, D. L. and Robert of Kress; John of Tulia and Donie of Kress; two daughters Mrs. Beulah Sith, Tuba and Mrs. Bea Greer, McLean; four grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.  The Tulia Herald, 12 January 1950.
Smith, Vicki Lynn Vicki Lynn Smith, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom D. Smith Jr. died in Tulia this week as the result of injuries suffered when she was run over by a car. The child, a year and 10 mos. old, was injured about 6 o'clock Monday afternoon. She died shortly after midnight Tuesday. Guy Smith, an uncle, said she walked behind a car backing out of the driveway of the Smith residence. Vicki Lynn was taken to the Swisher County hospital for treatment. Funeral services were scheduled in the Assembly of God church. Survivors include the parents, two sisters, Carol Doreen and Linda Kay, and a brother, Tom D. Smith III.  The Tulia Herald, 20 July 1950.
Spear, William H. William H. Spear, 89 years old, died Sunday at the Swisher County hospital. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in the First Methodist Church. The services were conducted by Rev. R R Gilbreath of Plainview. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery. Mr. Spear was hospitalized after he fell Wednesday night of last week and suffered a broken hip. He came to Swisher County in 1908 from Clinton, Ind. He was the first county commissioner in Precinct No 2. He served as a member of the Red Hill school board and a member of the Board of Stewards of the Red Hill Methodist Church. He was a member of the Methodist Church in Happy. Survivors include a brother, M. W. Spear of Natton, Ill, and five children. Cecil of Tulia; Charles of Happy; Herman of Lakeview; Mrs. O. H. Spear of Happy; and Mrs. Lee Wright of Tulia.  The Tulia Herald, 8 June 1950.
Spilman, Mrs. Texaqnna Mrs. Texanna Spilman, 79 years old, died at her home in Tulia this week. Funeral services were held at 2:30 Monday afternoon in the Methodist Church. Burial was at Silverton. Mrs. Spilman died about 10:30 Sunday morning after a long illness. She had lived in Tuba about a year and a half. She moved here from Rock Creek which is near Silverton. She was born in Denton County. Mrs. Spilman is survived by her husband and eight children. They are: John, Robert, Jim and Amos of Tulia; Edward L. of Oakdale, Calif.; Mark L. of Pittsburg, Calif.; W. B. of Plainview; and George J. of Vallejo, Calif.  The Tulia Herald, 27 July 1950.
Stephens, T. J. The body of T. J. Stephens, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Stephens of Tulia, who was killed in action the last war, will arrive in Elk City, Okla. July 14.  Funeral services will be Sunday, July 16, at the Methodist Church in Sayre, Okla. Burial will be at Delhi; near Elk City.  T. J. was reported missing in action in May 1944. No other information was received until March 16, 1950 when the government reported his body had been identified.  The B 17 on which T. J. was a waist gunner was one of four ships that crashed at Templefolder, Germany, ten miles from Berlin, May 24, 1944. Two of the nine crew members survived the crash.  T. J. entered the Air Corps Dec. 16, 1942, and received his training at Pyote, Harlingen and Amarillo Air bases. He went overseas in March 1944.  He was born Dec. 16, 1923 near Sayre where he was reared. He attended elementary and high school at Hext, Okla.  He is survived by his parents; two brothers, Borden Stephens of Amarillo and Ronald Stephens of Tulia; and four sisters, Mrs. Clovis Seago, El Paso; Mrs. Merle Mills, Plainview, Mrs. Marie Stringer, Prescott, Ariz.; and Mrs. Fudda Hardin, Wellington.  The Tulia Herald, 13 July 1950.
Walters, Dallas W. Dallas W. Walters, formerly of Tulia, died recently in Denver.  Mr. Walters, 47 years old, was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery Wednesday morning.  He died January 2.  Funeral services were held in Wallace Funeral Home under the direction of Rev. C. G. Sewell, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Tulia.  Mr. Walters was a veteran of WWII.  He left Tulia in 1939.  His parents were the late Mr. and Mrs. Dallas W. Walters, Sr.  Survivors include the widow of Houston; two sisters, Mrs. C. C. Tucker of San Angelo and Mrs. Blanche Ballenter of Dallas; and two brothers, L. L. Walters of Portland, Oregon and Press Walters of Grants, New Mexico.  The Tulia Herald, 12 January 1950.
Webb, Mrs. George T. Dora Alie Webb, 80 years old, formerly of Tulia, died Tuesday of this week in Canyon.  Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Church of Christ by Bro. Leland Knight. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery.  Mrs. Webb was born in Titus and spent her youth in Wood County.  She married George T. Webb, who died in 1936, in 1887.  They moved to Swisher County and settled in the Vigo Park community in 1891.  She lived the past several years in Tulia, Happy and Canyon.  She was a member of the Church of Christ.  Survivors include two sons, T. M. Webb of Plainview and Tillman Webb of Tulia; a daughter, Lilliam Webb of Plainview; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Burial was under the direction of Wallace Funeral Home.
Wheeler, D. J. D. J. Wheeler, 65 years old, Tulia, died this week at his home at 321 North Briscoe.  Funeral services were held at 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon in the First Baptist Church.  Rev. C. G. Sewell, pastor, conducted the service.  Mr. Wheeler, who died Monday night, was a deacon in the Baptist Church.  He moved to Tulia from Stratford in 1943.  At Stratford, he had grocery and farming interests.  In Tulia, he worked at K. Ramsey Furniture and Huxford's.  He had been ill about two years.  Survivors include the widow and three children.  They are Herbert Wheeler of Mulvane, Kansas and Mrs. Frances Flores and Mrs. Mable Lyming of Sedalia, Missouri.  Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction of Wallace Funeral Home.  The Tulia Herald, 8 June 1950.
Wilson, John L. John L. Wilson, formerly of Swisher County, died in Hereford Monday of this week. He was a cousin of John Rice, Tulia. Mr. and Mrs. Rice went to Hereford Wednesday for the funeral services.  The Tulia Herald, 2 February 1950.

Wood, T. F. T. F. Wood, 54 years old, of Amarillo died Sunday at the home of his sister, Mrs. A. H. Earnest of Tulia. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at the First Baptist Church, Rev. C. G. Sewell, pastor, officiated. Mr. Wood, who formerly had operated a bakery in Tulia, arrived about 11:30 Sunday morning. He complained of feeling sick and went into a bedroom to lie down. He was dead when Mrs. Earnest went to summon him to lunch a short time later. He is survived by his wife: MRS. MARJORIE WOOD, Amarillo; a brother, W. B. Wood, Crane, Texas; and two sisters, Mrs. John Hanna, German, Tex.; and Mrs. Earnest of Tulia. Burial will be in Rose Hill cemetery under the direction of Wallace Funeral Home.  The Tulia Herald, 22 June 1950.
Woods, John Irvin John Irvin Woods, 1417 Grand, Amarillo, was killed in a highway crash 2 miles north of Happy Tuesday morning of this week. James R Kirkwood highway patrolman stationed in Tulia, investigated the wreck. He said Woods was a passenger in a car driven by Fred Steve Newberry of Happy. A charge of murder without malice was filed against Newberry. He moved here from Holley, Colo. The car was involved in sideswiping a truck driven by Ray Drexile Carlisle of 712 West 12th , Plainview, the officer said. The body of the dead man was not identified until several hours after the wreck, the officer said. Identification was made he explained, by men who had been working in Happy with Mr. Woods. The body was taken to Griggs‑Thompson Funeral Home in Canyon. The fatal crash occurred in Randall county, a short distance beyond the Swisher county line. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon for Wood. He had been working on a new elevator in Happy.  The Tulia Herald, 4 May 1950.

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