Thursday, October 15, 2009

Steven Scott Wright 1962-1983

Steven Scott Wright was born a son of James M. Wright and Lavonna R. (Pender) Wright, May 23, 1962 in Wurzburg, Germany and he departed this life, March 28, 1983 in his 21st year.

Steven accepted Christ in Hawaii and was baptized in 1975 while living in Waipahu, Hawaii.

He attended Plato High School and graduated May 22, 1981.

He loved swimming, snorkeling, hunting, and his motorcycle.

Steven had a wonderful smile and he enjoyed people and could talk with them with such ease. He found a great interest in the space program, the stars and planets and he dreamed of someday being an astronaut.

He was very interested in karate and science fiction. Music had a lot of meaning to him. His favorite flowers were the bird of paradise and the rose. Steven discussed several times with his family his wish to be an organ donor. His eyes were donated to the Eye Tissue Bank in Columbia, Missouri.

Steven is survived by his mother and father, James and Lavonna Wright of Plato, Missouri; one brother: Jeffrey Wright of the home; one sister: Julie Wright of the home; his paternal grandmother Wilma Wright of Puxico, Missouri; and his maternal grandmother: Myrtle Pender of Cobden, Illinois.

Services were held Saturday, March 31, 1984, 2:00 p.m. at Roby Baptist Church with Rev. Gene Barnett officiating.

Music was provided by Beverly Williams, soloist; Ken and Bonnie Breckenridge, duet; and Nancy Heaton, pianist.

Escorts were: Jimmy Oliver, Robert Vaughan, Brian Wade, Archie Hernden, Robert Page, and Ben Croft.

Honorary escort was Ernie Artrip.

Burial was in Alto Pass Cemetery, Alto Pass, Illinois under direction of Waynesville Memorial Chapel.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Capt. D. P. Killion d. January 20, 1887

Houston, Mo., January 21.--Capt. D. P. Killion, merchant, Treasurer of this county, and one of the most popular young men in this district, died at his residence last evening at 9 o'clock, in the 30th year of his age. He had been sick only a few days. He has been prominent in the politics of Texas County ever since his majority. Born on a small farm, with no early advantages either of wealth or education, he worked unceasingly, studied by the light of pine knots at night, became an excellent scholar, and at his death had accumulated a considerable fortune. He had entered on his second term as County Treasurer.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Mrs. Della McElfresh d. January 23, 1976

Funeral services for Mrs. Della McElfresh of Roby, age 78, were held on Sunday, January 25, at the Big Piney Baptist Church with Rev. Marvin Davis officiating. The Roby Baptist Church provided the singing and the pianist. Burial was in the Big Piney Cemetery. She passed away suddenly Friday morning of a heart attack. We extend sympathy to the family.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Mrs. Louisa Allen 1820-1903

Mrs. Louisa Allen was born in Sullivan county, East Tenn., Jan. 31st, 1820, and died April 8th, 1903, at 7 o'clock p.m., making her age 83 years, 3 months, and 8 days.
She was the daughter of Dr. Abner Hughes and wife, of East Tennessee. She professed religion at the early age of 15 years at Reedy creek camp ground near her childhood home, joining the Methodist church, and lived a christian life.
She was married to Joshua Walker, of Hawkins county, Tenn., May 18th, 1841, to which union three children were born. They emigrated to Independence county, Ark., in 1848. She was left a widow in 1850. She was married to Abraham Allen Dec. 1, 1851 to which union one son was born (Sam Allen, who died at his home near Bado about one year ago.) Her oldest son was killed in 1864 while serving in Southern Army.
She was again left a widow in 1852. She then with her four children came to Texas county, where she has since made her home until her death, which occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Sarah Wolford, of Nagle. She always made her home with her son, Sam Allen, and after his death she lived with his family.
Last January she went to visit with her daughter at Nagle and had been enjoying good health; had never failed to eat her regular meals, and on the day of her death she walked out to the barn to look at some stock and to the garden and through the yard looking at the flowers of which she was very fond, and through the day had pieced some on a quilt and appeared as well as usual. She asked her daughter to prepare some potato soup for supper, of which she was very fond, and when seated at the table gave thanks as was her usual custom, and had eated about one-half dish of soup when she threw up her hands and fell back in her chair. The family had thought that she had only fainted, but she only breathed a few times. They carried her out in the air, but the death angel had taken her from this world of trials and sorrows to dwell with the beautiful angels in heaven.
She leaves one brother, Jerry Hughes, of Carbondale, Ill., and one sister, Eliza Ann Whitaker, of Piney Flats, Tenn., two daughters, 15 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.
We do not grieve for her as those who have no hope as we shall meet again in the beautiful home prepared by the Father for all faithful christian people.
Her funeral services were conducted by the Rev. J. C. Davis, at the Big Creek church, and her body will be laid to rest in the cemetery beside her son-in-law, Joseph Wolford, and two of her grandchildren.

Tyre M. Lingo 1821-1903

Tyre M. Lingo was born in St. Louis county, Mo., August 20, 1821; moved with his parents to Illinois when he was 3 years old, and lived there to manhood. Was married to Martha C. Anderson Sept. 12, 1847. Moved to Maries county, Mo., in 1853, then to Crawford county in 1855, and to Texas county in 1857, which place has been his home since that time.
He was the father of 14 children, two of whom died in infancy.
He leaves a wife, 7 sons and 5 daughters, 63 grandchildren and 80 great grandchildren.
He was a farmer and a lawyer; was admitted to the bar in 1859; at the time of his death he was 81 years, 5 months and 7 days old.

Thomas Jerry Brown 1873-1964

Thomas Jerry Brown b. Nov 6, 1873 Houston, MO died Feb 4, 1964 at Mt Carmel Hospital in Pittsburg, Kansas. Son of William and Sarah Brown.
Married Ella Freeland in 1900. Retired from Frisco Railroad Co.
Survivors were sons Melbourne and Lynn of Pittsburg.
Wife and daughter preceded him in death. Burial was in Pinelawn cemetery.

Miss Bittia Dodson 1882-1903

Died, at her home 3 1/2 miles northeast of Yukon, on March 16, at 6 o'clock p.m., Miss Bittia Dodson. Consumption was the cause of death. She had been confined to her bed since Jan. 1st, 1903, and her suffering was day and night. She was treated by Dr. Haggard but no good could be done. She was laid to rest in the Big Creek cemetery March 19. Brother Martin Bandy was there at her request and preached her funeral at 11 o'clock a.m. in the presence of a large number of people, among them her father, mother, brother and sisters.
She was willing to die, and was prepared to go. She left a bright and lovely profession in the remembrance of all. She called all her relatives and friends to her side and asked them to meet her in heaven. We hope they will meet this promise.
She was 20 years, 6 months and 12 days old. She was born in Cole Co., Mo., 8 miles west of Jefferson City on Sept. 5, 1882, and came to Texas county Nov. 20, 1882, and has been here the most of her time since. She was well known, and said if she had an enemy in the world she did not know it.
We are thankful to all for their kindness and help and respect for the loved sister and family. I trust in God that we will meet again where parting will be no more.
Written by her brother, R. Y. Dodson.