|Adams, Daniel Livingstone
Adams, 82 years old, resident of Wayside the past 45 years, died
unexpectedly at the family home late Sunday morning.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in the Wayside
Community Church. Rev Merle Weathers, Baptist pastor,
officiated. Burial was in Wayside Cemetery. Mr. Adams was
born near Cleburne September 15, 1870. He and his
brother‑in‑law, J. W. McCrearey of Canyon, and their families
together came to this area from Hiawatha, Kansas in 1909. Mr.
Adams was a member of the Wayside Baptist Church and had been
active in church and civic programs until failing health
compelled him to retire some years ago. He had been engaged in
farming at Wayside.
Survivors in include the wife, MRS. AMANDA ADAMS; three sons, Floyd
B., Robert and Rolland all of Wayside; two brothers, Alvin Adams of
Hillsboro, OR, and James H. Adams of Inola, OK; 14 grandchildren and
three great grandsons. The Tulia Herald, 12
|Alexander, E. E.
E. E. Alexander,
67 years old, of Route 1, Tulia died in a Lubbock hospital
Tuesday afternoon following a two week illness. Funeral services were held Wednesday in the
First Methodist Church, Tuha, with Rev. J. O. Quattlebaum pastor
presiding. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery. Mr. Alexander was
born August 18, 1885 at Poteau, OK. He came to Swisher County in
1948 and was a retired farmer. Survivors include his widow, two
sons, O. F. Tulia; and Paul of Cache, OK; two daughters, Mrs. Flora
Tompkins, Madras, OR; and Mrs. Norma Lois Johnson, Eunice, NM; two
sisters, Mrs. M. E. Hall, Elk City, OK; and brothers J. W. of
Galveston, O. R, Eunice and D. D. and B. J. both of Frederick, OK
and three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. The
Tulia Herald, 1 January 1953.
|Barks, Eugene Guy
Funeral services for Eugene Guy Barks, 72 years old, were held
Sunday afternoon at Wallace Funeral Chapel. Rev. John Westhof,
Presbyterian pastor officiated. He was assisted by Rev. John R.
Sharp of Canyon. Mr. Barks was born September 24,1880 at
Ladonia, Missouri. He was the son of Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Barks. He
moved to Randall County, TX in 1882. He was married to MISS SADIE
LEWIS at Mineral Wells on January 25, 1910. They moved to Swisher
County in 1916. He was a former manager of Farmers Grain Co. And
later served as school board secretary. He died Friday night
at the family home following a lengthy illness. Survivors
include his wife, a daughter, Miss Frances Barks of Upland, CA; a
son Guy Barks of Fort Smith, AR; a sister Mrs. Ed Harrell of Canyon;
and two grandchildren, Martha Ann Barks and Joel Gene Barks. Burial
was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Tulia. The Tulia Herald, 14
|Baxter, Mrs. Alice
Funeral services for Mrs. Alice Baxter, 77 years old were held
Friday at the Tulia First Baptist Church. Rev. W. Neil Record pastor
officiated. He was assisted by Rev. John Bowen of Springlake. Burial
in Rose Hill Cemetery was directed by Wallace Funeral Home.
Mrs. Baxter, long time resident of Swisher County, died Wednesday
night in her home at 428 North Crosby. She had been ill for some
time. She was born March 15, 1878 in Texas. She was married to
T. M. BAXTER July 21, 1902 at Lampasas. The Baxters moved to Vigo
Park in 1925. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, two daughters, Mrs .Lee White of
Lubbock, Mrs. O. W. Weaks of Tulia; a son Charles Baxter of
Plainview; three brothers, George Watson, of SanAngelo, John Watson
of Lampasas; Preston Watson of Wichita Falls; five sisters, Mrs. L.
E. Colley of Amarillo, Mrs. J. O. Harrison of Gustine, Mrs. Nan
Price of Hamilton, Mrs. Earl Miller of Electra, Mrs. M. R Chafin of
Longview; 14 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. The
Tulia Herald, 3 December 1953.
|Bichsell, J. G.
Funeral mass for Joseph George Bichsell, 65, were conducted Saturday
in Holy Family Church in Nazareth. The Very Rev. Peter Morsch pastor
officiated. Mr. Bichsell, a retired farmer who had lived in Castro
County since 1910 died Thursday afternoon at his home in Nazareth.
He was born Dec. 29, 1887 in Missouri. He is survived by his wife;
one daughter, Mrs. Ethel Ruhmann, Fort Worth; four brothers, Leo,
White Deer; John Amarillo, Anglebert, Pampa and Tony Bichsell,
Rhineland, Texas; and two sisters, Mrs. Annie Wilde, Rhineland and
Sister Claudine Bichsell, Jonesboro, AR. Burial was in Holy Family
Cemetery with arrangements under the direction of Wallace Funeral
Home of Tulia. The Tulia Herald, 12 November 1953.
Mrs. Mary Blackerby, 84, resident on a farm ten miles east of Kress
the past 56 years, died Thursday night at her home. She had been ill
the past several weeks. Funeral services were conducted Friday
afternoon at the Kress Methodist Church, Rev. Walter Driver the
Kress Methodist pastor, officiated. Mrs. Blackerby was born
Nov. 13, 1868 in Arkansas. She and her husband moved to Swisher
County in 1893 from Parker County. Her husband, H. H. BLACKERBY died
in 1933. Survivors are two sons, Earl Blackerby, Kress, and Winfred
Blackerby, Slaton. A son A. A Blackerby died of accidental gunshot
wounds a few years ago. Mrs Blackerby was a member of the
Kress Methodist Church. Interment was in the Kress Cemetery.
The Tulia Herald, 19 November 1953.
|Bomer, Wiley V.
Funeral services were held Friday at Silverton Church of Christ for
Wiley V. Bomer, 57 years old. His survivors include a sister, Mrs.
Bill Shives of Tulia. The Tulia Herald, 14 May 1953.
|Bonds, Mrs. Jim C.
Mrs. Jim C. Bonds, 58 years old, of Happy died Friday in Swisher
County Hospital following an illness of two years. Funeral services
were held Saturday morning at Wallace Funeral Home chApel with Rev.
A. L. Shaw, pastor of the Happy Baptist Church, officiating. He was
assisted by Rev. W. Neil Record and Rev. O. John Westhof, both of
Tulia. The body was taken overland to Hamilton where services were
held. Burial was in the Odd Fellows Cemetery at Hamilton. Mrs. Bonds
had been a resident of Swisher County for the past five years. She
was born Sept. 2, 1894 at Valley Mills. She was the daughter of Mr.
& Mrs. John Simpson. She was married to JIM C. BONDS on September
2,1947 at Hamilton. They moved to Happy. She is survived by
her husband, three daughters, Mrs. W. R. Coston, Miss Maxine Norwood
and Mrs. William Neel all of Hamilton; one stepdaughter, Mrs. James
Lowe; one stepson, J. C. Bonds, Jr. both of Tulia; two sisters, Mrs.
E. A. Lefevre of Carlton and Mrs. Andy Bonds of Wildorado; two
brothers, Lester Simpson and Luther Simpson, both of Iredell. There
are also six grandchildren surviving. The Tulia Herald,
19 February 1953.
|Bowers, C. T.
T. Bowers, 71, brother of Mrs. Jeff Musick, died at his residence,
860 Hickory, Abilene, Tuesday. He had been in failing health for the
past year. He was a retired Abilene businessman and manufacturer.
He was a member of the University Baptist Church of Abilene. He is
survived by his wife, a son, Lt. Col. Harold Bowers of Ft. Bragg,
NC; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Jo Craig and Mrs. V. M. Curry, both of
Abilene; two grandchildren; three brothers, Jim Bowers of Dallas; Ed
Bowers of Abilene and Dr. Harvey Bowers of Cameron, MO; four
sisters, Mrs. W. F. Perkins of Waxahachie; Mrs. Jeff Musick of
Tulia; Mrs. Elmer Tinnin of Pampa and Mrs. Allie Blake; and a number
of nieces and nephews. The funeral was Thursday, June 4 and
burial was in Elmwood Memorial Park in Abilene. Attending the
funeral from Tulia were Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Musick, Mr. Thornton Musick
and Mike and Mrs. B. D. Dawson, Jr. The Tulia Herald,
11 June 1953.
|Burks, Everett C.
C. Burks died Friday morning at his home 17 miles southwest of Happy
in the Arney community. He was stricken with a heart attack. Mr. Burks, a farmer,
had lived at his present home since 1909. He was a member of the
First Baptist church of Happy where funeral services were held
Survivors include his widow, two sons, Marques of Mills, NM and
Charles of Happy, three daughters, Mrs. Ben Fortner, Happy; Mrs.
Addison Hunter, Hereford; and Mrs. Sam Goulden of Amarillo and six
grandchildren. The Tulia Herald, 2
|Burns, Douglas B.
Douglas B. Burns, 71, former Tulia dry goods merchant, died Sunday
at Colorado City after a long illness. He was born Sept. 30, 1881 in
Canton and came with his family to Colorado City to make his home.
Before his illness he divided his time between Colorado City and
Tulia where he owned wheat farms. Survivors
include his wife; a son, Jake McCall Burns of Portland, OR, and one
grandson, Douglas Burns II. Funeral services were held Monday
afternoon at Colorado City. Rev. Bill Mahan, pastor of St. George's
Episcopal Church in Austin and a nephew of Mr. Burns, officiated. He
was a member of the Presbyterian Church. He married the former LOIS
FRY HOGAN. Those from Tulia who attended the funeral were Mrs.
Jessie Crawford, Mr. & Mrs. C. C. Deem J. E. Deen, Mr. & Mrs. J. C.
Hardy, Jr., and Mrs. M. D. LaVelle. The Tulia Herald, 26
Death early Wednesday
morning ended a 3 months battle for health for Jewel Cantrell, long
time Tulia resident. She was stricken with a peculiar disorder last
July. There followed treatment by the best medical skill in Lubbock
and Dallas during which she stubbornly refused to give up the fight
although physicians held almost no hope for her recovery.
After her return from Dallas she was able to come to town several
times. She died at 2 a.m. Wednesday morning in a Lubbock hospital.
Born in Tulia, Miss Cantrell was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. L.
Cantrell, Tulia pioneers. Mrs. Cantrell died in 1947. Since then,
Jewel had made a home for her father. Only recently they completed a
beautiful new home north of the old family house. Funeral
services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of which she
was a member, Thursday, at 3 p.m. Rev. C. John Westhof will
officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction
of Wallace Funeral Home. Survivors include her father, one of
Tulia's most respected citizens; and four brothers, R L. and Jack,
both of Tulia; and Royal and Joe D., both of Pampa. One sister, Mrs.
Hazel Asbury, died in 1936.
Tulia Herald, 22 October 1953.
|Scott, William Earl
Scott, 37, farmer a few miles northeast of Kress, died Friday in
a Plainview hospital following a weeks illness. The body was sent
by train to McAlester, Oklahoma where funeral services were
held. Mr. Scott was born
March 13, 1916 at Pottsville, Ark. The family moved
to Swisher county seven years ago from McAlester and had resided
near Kress since that time. Survivors are his
father, James W. Scott, McAlester; 10 brothers and sisters,
Ebner Scott, Idalou; Mrs. O. R Beach and Mrs. Fred Clark, both
of Ada, Okla.; Mrs. Reece Kearns, Euel Scott all of McAlester,
R. B. Scott, Los Angeles, Calif., R. A. Scott and Everett Scott,
both of Tulia and Edward Scott, Kress. The Tulia
Herald, 8 October 1953.
|Sharman, Jesse L.
Jesse L. Sharman,
former Tulia resident died at his home in Indio, Calif. Feb. 28
of a heart attack. He is survived by
his wife, a son, Bob of Indio, two sisters, Mrs. W. H . Power,
Big Spring, Mrs. R E. Harter, Lafayette, Calif.; two brothers,
W. P. of Dumas and John of Porterville, Calif. He was an uncle of
Frank Sherman of Tulia. The Tulia Herald, 5 March
|Shell, Mrs. F. G.
Mrs. F. G. Shell,
78, resident of Tulia since 1906 died early Thursday morning in
the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Harry Castle, 4312 Parker, Amarillo. Funeral services conducted Friday
afternoon in the Tulia First Presbyterian Church of which she
had been a member for more than 40 years. Dr. John R. Sharp of
Canyon, who first became pastor of the Tulia church in 1911,
officiated. He was assisted by Rev. C. John Westhof, pastor.
Burial was in Rose Hill cemetery under the direction of Wallace
Funeral Home. Mrs. Shell was
born Sept. 3, 1875 in Georgia. She was married to F. G. Shell
July 6, 1896 at Merkel. They lived at Cisco before moving to
Canyon. Mr. Shell, Tulia's first Santa Fe agent,
died in 1946. Their only daughter, Mrs. J. D. O'Daniel, died in
Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Ben U. Bell, Fort Worth; the
granddaughter, Mrs. Castle and two great grandchildren.
The Tulia Herald, 24 December 1953.
for Jim Skipworth, 76 years old, pioneer Texas rancher and
banker were conducted Sunday in the Dimmitt Methodist
Church. Rev. Lee Stanford, pastor, was assisted by Rev. U.R.
Sherrill, pastor of the Friona Methodist Church. Burial was
in Kress cemetery. Mr. Skipworth
died Friday afternoon in the Dimmitt hospital. He had been
ill 10 days. Born at Neosho, Mo.,
Sept. 23, 1876, Skipworth came to Texas with his parents when he
was six weeks old. The family settled in Clay County. When
Skipworth was a lad of 14 the family moved to what was formerly
the community of Wright in Swisher County. During his young
manhood he was employed with the JA, XIT, and AJ ranches. He was married to MABLE SMITH on Dec.
25, 1901. Mr. Skipworth farmed and moved to Dimmitt in
1928. He was a member of the Kress Methodist Church.
Survivors are his wife, five children, Ernest Skipworth, El
Paso; Mrs. Lee Ervin, Chickasha, Okla.; Mrs. Robert Erdman,
Bolden Valley, ND; Mrs. Emerson Myer, Dimmitt and Mrs. J. B.
Holland, Plainview; six sisters, Mrs. J. F. Moore, Mrs. Sam
Bailey and Mrs. Arch McDaniel all of Kress; Mrs. Lee Duvall,
Edmonson; Mrs. Fay Kerr, Dexter, NM; and Mrs. Maude Preston,
Dexter, two brothers, Crutch Skipworth, Dexter and Roy Skipworth,
Ft. Sumner; 18 grandchildren and two great grandchildren and two
great‑great grandchildren. The Tulia Herald,
29 January 1953.
|Smith, Coleman Bonds
Smith, 70 years old, died at his home near Kress Thursday
following a lengthy illness. Funeral services were held Sunday
from the Tuxedo Methodist Church near Rotan with Rev. Walter
Driver of Kress officiating. Burial was in Fairview cemetery at
Tuxedo. Local arrangements were in charge of Wallace Funeral
Home, Tulia. Mr. Smith moved to
Swisher County five years ago from Rotan. A native Texan, he was
born Jan. 15, 1883. His wife died in 1946. Survivors include
two sons, Frank M. of Sweetwater and Baker R. of Hobbs, NM; and
two daughters, Mrs. Harrell Bostick, Kress and Mrs. S. H. Neal
of Sweetwater. The Tulia Herald, 22 October 1953.
|Sprawls, Jessie Richard
Death claimed one
of Swisher County's most prominent young farmers early Sunday
morning in an Amarillo hospital. He was Jessie Richard Sprawls,
35 years old, who underwent brain surgery Friday. For several
weeks he had complained of severe headaches. His condition was
found to be malignant. Sprawls had been a
resident of Tulia for 29 years. He was born August 21,1917 in
Callahan County, the son of Mr. and Mrs. E. R Sprawles. He moved
with his parents to Tulia in September 1924. a member of the
1936 graduating class of Tulia High School, he was also
president of the class. He served four years in the Air Corps
during World War II. Funeral services
were conducted Monday afternoon at the First Baptist Church with
Rev. W. Neil Record, pastor, officiating. Burial was in Rose
Hill cemetery under the direction of Wallace Funeral Home. Survivors include
his wife, the former CATHERINE DEVIN whom he married in 1946;
two children Jan Ray and Lena Kay; his parents; five sisters,
Mrs. Alvis Wilkins of Tulia; Mrs. W. M. Braley of Odessa, Mrs.
Travis Payne of Canyon, Mrs. Aaron Dawson of Amarillo and Mrs.
Thurston Lovelace of San Antonio; three brothers, O. V. of
Tulia, H. G. of Plains and E. Ray of Point Lookout, Mo.
The Tulia Herald, 30 July 1953.
|Sweatt, Mrs. G. W.
for Mrs. G. W. Sweatt, 60, of Kress were conducted Tuesday
afternoon at the Kress Baptist Church. Officiating were Rev.
Glenn Wilson, Kress Baptist Church pastor, Rev. Ralph Reasor,
pastor of the Plainview College Heights Baptist Church and Rev.
C. B. Stovall, pastor of the Fritch Baptist Church. Mrs.
Sweatt died Monday morning at the Plainview Hospital and Clinic
Foundation. She had been ill since September. She
was born May 4, 1893 in Dallas County. Nee Margaret Matilda
Rogers, she was married Oct. 6, 1912 at Munday to G. W. Sweatt.
Survivors include her husband, four children, Hollis Sweatt,
Lubbock; R B. Sweatt, Kress; and Mrs. Wade Reddell, Sunray; and
Mrs. Charles Keisling, Plainview, her mother, Mrs. U. S. Rogers
of Munday; four sisters, Mrs. R. L. Burton, Haskell; Mrs. B. M.
Stotghill, Mrs. Alice Ray, both of Kermitt; and Mrs. Troy
Warren, Wink; two brothers, Dorris Rogers, Goree, and Joe
Rogers, Fort Worth. The Tulia Herald, 9 July 1953.
||Albert Walberg, 82 years old, retired farmer and longtime
resident of Happy, died early Friday morning at Neblett Hospital
at Canyon. Mr. Walbert was born 14 December 1870 at
Martell, Wisconsin. He was married to Miss Minnie Olena
Larson on 23 July 1893 at Edmonds County, South Dakota.
The family came to Texas in 1911, settling first at Pampa and
later coming to Happy in 1919. Funeral services were held
Saturday afternoon at the Happy Methodist Church. Burial
was in Happy Cemetery under the direction of Wallace Funeral
Home of Tulia. Officiating minister was Rev. Cecil
Ottinger, pastor, assisted by Rev. Elmer Crabtree, former
pastor. Survivors include his wife; four sons, Lewis,
Elmer and Warren all of Happy, and Melvin of Portales, New
Mexico; three brothers, Denny of Chelsea, S. D. and Julius of
Groton, South Dakota, and Norman of Pampa; three sisters, Mrs.
Amelia Thompson of Baldwin, Wisconsin; Mrs. Annie Olton of
Minnesota and Mrs. Gene Anderson of Glacher, North Dakota; five
grandchildren; one granddaughter. The Tulia Herald,
19 March 1953.
|Ward, Mrs. J. E.
||Funeral services for Mrs. J. E. (Heck) Ward were held
Wednesday afternoon at the Central Church of Christ with W. P.
Dennis officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery under
the direction of Wallace Funeral Home. Billie Bernice Wood
was born 24 September 1909 in Quail. She attended
Wellington High School and West Texas State College. She
met J. E. Ward while he was teaching at Canadian and she was
teaching at Mobeetie. They were married 28 April 1934.
They moved to Tulia in 1944. She had been in ill health
for about two years. She was taken to Swisher County
Hospital Saturday night where she died Tuesday afternoon.
Survivors besides her husband include one son, thirteen-year old
James Christopher; a daughter, Amanda Kay, six years old; her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. K. A. Wood of Lubbock; three brothers,
Elwood Wood of Wellington, A. R. Wood of Columbus and S. R. Wood
of Austin; four sisters, Mrs. Blanche Hutton, Mrs. R. E. Hankins
and Mrs. A. C. White, all of Lubbock, and Mrs. D. R. Doshier of
Childress. She was a member of the Church of Christ and
Eastern Star. Before her illness, she belonged to several
social and study clubs. The Tulia Herald, 4 June
|Wilhelm, Mrs. S. J.
Mrs. S. J.
Wilhelm, 83 years old, of the Nazareth community, died at her
home in that community Tuesday afternoon. Funeral services
will be in Nazareth at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, with Father Peter
Morsch officiating. Mrs. Wilhelm was
born July 15, 1870 in St. Lucas, Iowa. She moved to Castro
county in February 1910. She is survived by eight sons, Edward,
Albert, Henry and Clarence, all of Nazareth; Charles, Venita,
Okla; Frank and Ray of Hereford; three daughters, Mrs. Henry
Schumacker and Mrs. J. E. Warren both of Nazareth; Mrs. J. P.
Maenner, Eau Claire, Wise.; 45 grandchildren and 39 great
grandchildren. The Tulia Herald, 22 October 1953.
|Young, E. E.
Funeral services for E. E.
Young, 67, of Marble Falls, until 1948 a blacksmith at Kress for a quarter
of a century, were conducted at the Kress Church of Christ Friday afternoon. A C. McElroy, Kress Church of
God minister officiated. Young, in poor health since 1948 when he moved from
Kress to Marble Falls, died Tuesday at his home. Young was married in
1912 in Lockney to MISS MAE McCUNE who is among the survivors. He was a member
of the Kress Church of Christ. Among other survivors are nine
children: Mrs. Weldon Webb, Kress; Mrs. Bill Anderson, Marble Falls; Mrs. Paul
Cornett, Canyon; Mrs. Howard Love, Tulia; Mrs. Chester Smith, Houston; Lee
Young, Kress; Floyd Young, in Ohio; Eddie Young, Fort Worth; Young's mother and
three sisters survive. Interment was in Kress cemetery. The
Tulia Herald, 1953.
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