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Elaine Stone


Obituaries 1951

Asbury, Joe G. Graveside rites for Joe G. Asbury, 48, were held Wednesday afternoon at Rose Hill Cemetery. Rev. W. Neil Record, pastor, of the First Baptist Church, Tuha, was in charge. Burial was under the direction of Wallace Funeral Home.   Mr. Ashburn, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. R C. Asbury, died early Monday morning in his home in Denver, CO following a long illness. Funeral services were conducted in Denver Tuesday morning.  Born in Rosebud, Mr. Asbury moved to Tulia with his parents at an early age. All his public schooling was received in Tuha. At one time he served ad Tulia City Manager.  Survivors include his widow, MRS. LOUISE ASBURY, and a sister Mrs. Frank Cave of Plainview.  Pallbearers were Horace Lindley, W. H. Ward, Walter Tomlinson, Royall Cantrell, Wallace Hutchison and Ray Bivens.  The Tulia Herald, 23 August 1951.
Atkinson, Sarah Louise Morris
Funeral services for Mrs. W. M. Atkinson were conducted Monday afternoon at the First Baptist Church, Rev. W. Neil Record, pastor, officiated. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery under direction of Wallace Funeral Home.  Mrs. Atkinson died Friday night in a Plainview convalescent home where she was taken about 10 days ago.  Sarah Louise Morris was born November 29, 1868 in Tennessee. She was the daughter of James Pat and Sarah Morris. She was married to W. M. ATKINSON in 1899 in Coryell County, Texas. They were the parents of one daughter, Winnie Mae, who died August 20, 1950. The family moved to the plains in 1907. Survivors include several nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Kirk Garrett, Ewell Grigg, Allan Heard, Jim Hale, C. L. Franks and John Ballenger.  The Tulia Herald, 20 December 1951.
Bauer, J. J.
J. J. Bauer, 84 year old pioneer Randall County farmer until his retirement several years ago, was buried Friday in the Happy Cemetery following funeral services at the Happy Methodist Church. Rev. Martin Hartenberger, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Amarillo, where Mr. Bauer held membership, conducted the services.  Survivors include five sons, C. W. Bauer, Canyon; F. H. Bauer, Lubbock; E. J. And Clarence Bauer, Tuha; and I. L. Bauer, Happy; and five daughters, Mrs. L. .F. Spiser, Amarillo; Mrs. Hugo Fehr, Bushong, KS; Mrs. Lewis Harvey and Mrs. E. B. Harvey, both of Canyon and Mrs. Ralph Bratcher, Dallas.  Other survivors are two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Gebhard and Mrs. Louisa Harkendorff, both of Falls City, NE; two brothers, Henry Bauer, Falls City and Herman Bauer, Verodn, NE; 33 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren.  Mr. Bauer was born August 6, 1866 in Richardson County, NE. He died‑April 4 at his home in Canyon following a long illness.  He was a former Randall County Commissioner.  Pallbearers were Frank Walters, F. M. Brazil, H. R. Stone, Melvin Miller, Henry Ratjen and Bud Rusk.  The Tulia Herald, 12 April 1951.
Bivens, Myrtle
Funeral services are scheduled for 3 o'clock Thursday afternoon for Mrs. Myrtle Bivens, 46, who died unexpectedly Tuesday afternoon in Swisher County Hospital. Although she was hospitalized Sunday for what was believed to be a minor ailment, her condition apparently did not become serious until a short time before her death.  Mrs. Bivens was born Sept. 22, 1905 in Floyd County. She attended West Texas State College where she met and married DELBERT BIVENS in 1923. They had lived on a ranch near Tulia most of their married life.  Active in charitable and social work, Mrs. Bivens had been affiliated with both the county and state Red Cross and Child Welfare organizations. During the depression of the 1930's she assisted with the NYA program in Tulia. For many years she took an active part in school activities. She was a member of the First Baptist Church where final rites will be held. Rev. W. Neil Record, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery under direction of Wallace Funeral Home.  Survivors, besides her husband, include a daughter, Mrs. Frank Henry Cullum of Tulia, her mother, Mrs. Bertie Yates of Portales, NM; a brother Elbert Muncey, also of Portales, and two grandchildren, Jimmy Ray and Debra Jean Cullum.  The Tulia Herald, 29 November 1951.
Boston, Loulie J.
Funeral services for Mrs. J. J. Boston, 78, were held Sunday afternoon at the Tulia Methodist Church. Rev. J. B. Thompson pastor officiating, assisted by Rev. W. Neil Record, pastor of the Tulia Baptist Church.  Mrs. Boston, pioneer resident of this area, died Thursday night at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Bill Scheihagen at Bryan. She had been in ill health for about 6 months.  Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction of Wallace Funeral Home.  Mrs. Boston was the widow of J. J. BOSTON, Tulia farmer and rancher, who died here in 1934. They had lived in this vicinity since 1906.  Surviving children, besides Mrs. Scheihagen, are Mrs. Howard Blackburn of Amarillo, Van B. Boston, Stratford; W. W. Boston, Tulia; Woodie Boston, Kress; Jay Boston and Walker Boston, Hereford; Mrs. John Rice, Kahlolus, WA; Jody Boston, Aztec, NM; Mrs. W. E. Miller, Joplin, MO; Mrs. John Kenneyhurtz, Kansas City, and Mrs. Glen F. Davis, Alpine. She also leaves 27 grandchildren, nine great‑grandchildren, two sisters and a brother.  The Tulia Herald, 26 July 1951.
Boyd, William Poplin The remains of William Poplin Boyd, early day Tulia school teacher buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in 1901, were disinterred last Thursday by Wallace Funeral Home and shipped to Austin for re‑burial.  A daughter of Mr. Boyd recently died and was buried in Austin. The re‑burial was at the request of his mother.  The Tulia Herald, 15 November 1951.
Boylan, Lillian Clairendia Haile Funeral services for Mrs. Lillian C. Boylan, 29, were conducted Sunday afternoon at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Russell Pogue, pastor of the Kress Baptist Church officiating. She died Nov. 30 at her home in Santa Fe, NM.  Lillian Clairendia Haile was born Nov. 9, 1921 in Red Hill community. She received her education in Tulia public schools. She united with the Tulia Baptist Church in 1931.  On August 5, 1937 she was married to MOSCO M. BOYLAN at Garita, NM. The family moved to Santa Fe two years ago having lived in Tulia, Bisbee, AZ and Galexico, CA. Survivors include her husband, a son Mike Edwin, 10, two daughters, Shirley Ann, 5, and Judy Louise, 3; her parents Mr. and Mrs. Aaron B. Haile, and three brothers, Ralph, Charlie, and Aaron B. Jr. Burial was in Rose Hill cemetery under the direction of Wallace Funeral Home. The Tulia Herald, 7 December 1950.
Braddock, S. L. Funeral services for S. L. Braddock, 67 year old Nazareth pioneer, are scheduled for 10:30 o'clock a.m. Thursday at Holy Family Church at Nazareth. Rev. Peter Morsch is to officiate. Burial will be in Nazareth under direction of Wallace Funeral Home.  Mr. Braddock was born Dec. 9, 1883, in Covington, KY. He was married to MISS CATHERINE MARGARET ACKER in 1902. They moved to the Nazareth community in 1907.  Survivors include his wife, four sons, Hubert of Snyder, Rudolph, Vincent, and Charles, all of Nazareth, three daughters, Miss Christen Braddock of Philadelphia, PA, Mrs. Lucille Schacher, Nazareth, and Mrs. Ruth Payne, Idaho Falls, Idaho, one brother Philip Braddock of El Paso, 28 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.  The Tulia Herald, 19 April 1951.
Burrough, Thomas Brister Thomas Brister Burrough died July 24 in a Tahoka hospital. The 68 year old man is survived by his wife, four daughters, one of which is Mrs. Vera Bell Palmer of Tulia, and a host of other relatives.  Services were held at the First Baptist Church, Tahoka.  The Tulia Herald, 2 August 1951.
Sadler, Mrs. E. E. Mrs. E. E. Sadler, mother of E. C. Sadler, Vigo Park, died Thursday in an Abilene hospital. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon in the Laughter North Chapel, Abilene. Mrs. Sadler was 90 years old, and had resided in Abilene for 60 years. Besides the son she was survived by two daughters, both of Abilene, 8 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren. Attending the funeral from Tulia, other than Mr. Sadler, were G. L. Sadler, Bayard Sadler, and Mrs. Ed Crawford.  The Tulia Herald, 11 January 1951
Schooler, Charles Thomas Jr. Charles Thomas Schooler, Jr., infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles T. Schooler of Tulia, was laid to rest in God's care on Friday of this past week. He was received into the Kingdom of God's grace by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost on Wednesday, November 7, the day prior to which the Lord called him to his heavenly home. Rev. Erich Knippa, pastor of Christ Lutheran Church, officiated at the worship services. Christians awaiting reunion with little Charles are: Mr. and Mrs. Charles T. Schooler, the parents and his sister, Philomena Marie Schooler, Mrs. Philomena Schooler and Mrs. Dora Lee, his grandmothers; uncles and aunts, relatives and friends.  The Tulia Herald, 15 November 1951.
Seay, Mrs. Dewey Funeral services for Mrs. Flora Belle Seay, 53, were held Sat afternoon at the First Baptist Church. Rev. W. Neil Record, pastor, officiated. Mrs. Seay died Thursday afternoon in Swisher County Hospital. She had been in failing health for several months and had undergone surgery the preceding Tuesday. Mrs. Seay was born Nov. 7, 1897 in Coryell county. Her mother preceded her in death in 1909. She moved with her father, Ollie Abraham, to Swisher county in 1915. She was married to Dewey Seay in 1918. Mrs. Seay was an organizer of the Tulia Garden Club in which she was active and last year served as president of the 1934 Study Club. She was a member of the First Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, three daughters, Mrs. Roy Bass of Lubbock, Mrs. A. P. Shugart, Jr. of Amarillo, and Mrs. Bill Price of Lovington, N. M.; and a sister, Mrs. D. L. Ward of Albuquerque, N. M. and five grandchildren. Pallbearers were Lennis Hutto, O. Huxford, J. Lee Griffith, Jeff Musick, Rex Rodgers and Lewis Redmon. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction of Wallace Funeral Home.  The Tulia Herald, 20 September 1951.
Strange, George L. Final rites for George Leaverett Strange, 66 years old, retired farmer, were held Friday afternoon at Amarillo Central Church of Christ. Hoyt H. Houchen, minister, officiated. Burial was in Rose Hill cemetery, Tulia.  Mr. Strange, former Tulia resident, died Thursday morning in St. Anthony's hospital following a brief illness. He had lived in Amarillo for three years. He was a member of the Central Church of Christ of Amarillo.  Survivors include his wife, a son James A. Strange Amarillo; a daughter, Mrs. A. P. Williams, Van Horn; a sister, Mrs. H. B. Pyeatt, Tulia; and two grandchildren, Judy and Jennifer Strange of Amarillo.   He resided at 2901 Washington St., Amarillo.  The Tulia Herald, 18 January 1951.
Wahrer, George F. Graveside services for George F. Wahrer, 83, longtime resident of the Panhandle, were held Monday afternoon in the Happy Cemetery.  Rev. A. L. Shaw, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiated.  Burial was under the direction of Wallace Funeral Home. The body of Mr. Wahrer was found Sunday morning in his home by Mr. and Mrs. Jack Helwig.  Death was attributed to natural causes, probably occurring Friday.  It had been the custom of Mr. and Mrs. Helwig to take Mr. Wahrer a pie on Sunday.  They found his body in bed.  Mr. Wahrer came to Happy in 1906, apparently from Wyanconda, Missouri.  After farming for a number of years, he moved into Happy.  The Tulia Herald, 11 October 1951.
Willis, Sam Eli Funeral services for Samuel Eli Willis, 77, were conducted Friday morning in Borger Calvary Baptist church. Rev. Jeff Moore, pastor, officiated. Graveside services were held Friday at Rose Hill cemetery, Tulia. Pallbearers were Marion Johnston, Marshall Johnston, Pete Estep, James Ariola, Oliver Looney, all of Tulia and Jack Ariola of Borger. Mr. Willis died Wednesday in a Borger hospital after a brief illness. He had lived in Borger three years. He moved there from Tulia. He was a retired farmer and longtime resident of Swisher county. He was born in Winston County, Alabama. Survivors are his wife, four daughters, Mrs. Frank Gann, Tulia; Mrs. Ruby Turner, San Diego, Calif.; Mrs. Hershel Pollard, Norwalk, Calif Mrs. J. D. Hall, Borger; four sons, Herman of Amarillo, Aubrey and Alve of Borger, and Milton of Hobbs, NM and one brother, Rube Willis of Broken Bow, Okla.  The Tulia Herald, 16 August 1951.

Wood, Walter Preston A Plainview man was killed early Wednesday morning when the 1948 Plymouth which he was driving struck the banister of a bridge one quarter mile south of Tulia on Highway 87. He was Walter Preston Wood, 35, representative of American National Life Ins. Co. Wallace Funeral Home attendants who answered the call about 2:30 a.m. said his car, traveling south, struck the east banister of the bridge. They expressed the belief that Wood, traveling alone, had gone to sleep. The dead man is survived by his wife and four children. The body is at Wood Funeral Home, Plainview.  The Tulia Herald, 26 April 1951.

Woodward, Mrs. L. M. Funeral services for Mrs. L. M. Woodward, 90, were conducted Saturday afternoon at the First Methodist Church. Rev. Aubrey Lee of Plainview conducted the service. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction of Wallace Funeral Home. Mrs. Woodward died Thursday in Wetumka, Okla. She was born in Kansas and moved with her husband to Tulia about 1918. Her husband farmed until his retirement and died in 1939. They had celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary a short time before. Mrs. Woodward was an organizer and teacher of the Blue Bird Sunday School class of the Methodist Church. Survivors include a son, Asa Woodward of Okla. City and one granddaughter.  The Tulia Herald, 11 October 1951.

Special thanks to Zoe Smith for her many contributions and to Elaine Stone for her many submissions.  Ladies, without you, this page would be blank.

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