Limestone Co. Obits


Vernon O. Vinson -March 30, 1971
Posted by [1]Ann Brown <> on Wed, 16 Dec 1998

Mexia (SPL)-Vernon O. Vinson, 59, of Mexia was killed Tuesday night in a freak gun accident at Tehuacana.
Mr. Vinson and his wife had been visiting his daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Duncan in Tehuacana. They were on their way home in the family pick-up
truck when the accident occurred. Mrs. Vinson said her husband had been bothered during the trip by the rattling of a .22 rifle in a gun rack in the back of the cab of his truck. She said her husband stopped and got out of the truck and asked her to "stop that old gun from rattling on." Mrs. Vinson reached back to adjust its position and the rifle discharged. The bullet went through the cab wall and struck Mr. Vinson in the chest.

Justice of the Pace Sam Bonner ruled the death was accidental. He said the safety on the rifle had been on.

Mr. Vinson was born in Navarro County, but had lived in Limestone County most of his life. He was an employee of the Crider Feed & Seed Co. here. He was a Methodist.

Funeral services will be today at 4 p.m. at the Blair-Stubbs Funeral Chapel, Rev. Ellis Holden Jr. of Coolidge officiating. Burial will be in the Tehuacana Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Duncan of Tehuacana and Mrs. Janet Ruth Duncan of St. Louis, MO; three brothers, Noil Vinson of Tehuacana, Ralph Vinson of Bellmead, and Raymond L. Vinson of Pasadena; one sister, Mrs. Marie Meisch of Waco; and one granddaughter.

Posted by [2]Billie Black <> on Mon, 07 Dec 1998
Surnames: Johnson
Obituary.........April 10 1929

W.W.JOHNSON,78,DIES AT BETHEL........Came to community as a child of 5. Leaves large family.........W.W.Johnson, 78, for 73 years a resident of Bethel community south of Mexia,died late Wednesday and was buried Thursday afternoon in the community buriel ground after services conducted by the Rev.O.C.Hartsell,of Teague.the services were attended by a large crowd of people who had known the aged man for a generation............Born in Tennessee November 20,1851,the deceased came to Texas with his parents and settled in the Bethel community.He was five years old then.His father was O.F.Johnson,a civil war veteran........Mr Johnson is survived by one son,Gill Johnson,who lives at Lasalle,and six daughters. They are : Mrs H.L.Little,Bethel........Mrs Judd Little, Lasalle...Mrs Emma Willis,Prairie Hill....Mrs Leila Daniels,Pampa...Mrs Lula Sullivan,Eden,...Mrs Willie Brice of Bethel.Mr Johnson died at the home of his daughter Mrs. M.L.Little.................................There are many mistakes in this obit.I will correct them here..................Mr W.W.Johnson was born in Miss. not Tenn......He came to Tx when he was about 2 yrs old.His father was James L. Johnson and yes he was a civil war vet. His children were(corrected)Mrs H.L.Little was M.L. Little ...Emma Willis WAS Emma WILLS...Leila Daniels was LETA DOWNS.

Louisa Little Hardwick
Posted by [3]Fletcher L. Gray <> on Fri, 20 Nov 1998
Surnames: Little, Hardwick
Taken from the Groesbeck Journal Friday August 13, 1937

Mrs. Lou Hardwick, a former resident and pioneer of Limestone County, passed away at the age of 87 years at George West in southwest Texas on Thursday of last week. She with her husband, Bro. Lum Hardwick, came to Texas from Tennessee in a very early days, settling in Limestone  County. Their first stop was at Willow Springs, 6 miles west of Groesbeck, long before there was a town and only a few scattered settlers. Later, they went further west, establishing permanent residence and the well known Hardwick ranch at Little Elm in the western edge of the county. Thir home became the nucleus for the growth of one of the finest communities of the entire county. Mrs. Hardwick was an inviald for the last 20 yeas of her life, being confined to a wheelchair but her mind and memory were unimpaired by age and it was a great privelege to here her relate her early experiences, much of which she has recorded and if printed will be a valuable contribution to Texas and Limestone County history Bro. Lum Hardwick was a Bistist preacher; establishing the first Baptist church in Mart, Texas; with a membership of nine, Mrs Hardwick being the last surviving charter member.

Mrs. Hardwick was the mother of a large family, seven children surviving her, all of whom were present at her funeral. The were E.C. Hardwick, Groesbeck; E.V. Hardwick, Stanford, Luther Hardwick, Houston; Henry Hardwick, George West; Mark Hardwick, Wichita Falls; Mrs Frank Gibbons, George West; and Miss Ruby Hardwick. She is also survived by several grand-children, great-grandchildren, and other relatives and friends. Although she was long an invalid, she examplified her beautiful Christian character in her ever cheerful, patient and loving disposition. Truly a great soul had gone to her reward. Her remains were brought to Goesbeck and laid to rest in the Krik cemetery beside her husband, who preceded her in death by some 30 years. Funeral services were held in the Baptist Church at Kirk with Bro. R.G. Hill officiating and Wilford Sanders in charge of arrangements. Pall bearers were Buster Hardwick, Sam Hardwick, Henry Lee Brice, John Little, Jack Drinkard, and Jack Hardwick.

Hardy Andrew Moody's Obit.
Posted by [6]Teresa Penny <> on Mon, 19 Oct 1998
Surnames: Moody, Morris, Roundtree, Stafford, Widener, Green-Johnson
Funeral services for Hardy Andrew Moody , 56 who died at his home, 1801 Cleveland Avenue, at 1:30 Sunday afternoon will be held at 10 o'clock Tuesday morning at the residence, with Compton undertakers in charge. The officiating minister was not named Sunday. After the services, Compton will take the body to Groesbeck for the burial.

Mr. Moody is survived by his widow; one son, C.A. Moody, of Freeport; four daughters, Mrs. L.B. Ratcliff, Mrs.Blanton, Mrs. Roundtree, and Mrs. Olson.; and two brothers, Charles Moody of Pearshall, and Lee Moody of Mexia. He had lived in Waco about ten years and in Limestone county before that.

Active pallbearers will be T.H. Sullins, J.E. Harrison, George Campell, M. Watson, Roscoe Lumpkin, and C. R. King.

Obituary Notice
Posted by [7]Jim Frazier <> on Sun, 20 Sep 1998
Surnames: Bates
Funeral Notice: W H Bates. Died September 15, 1908, died Monday afternoon at 5:30.
Funeral at 1:00 o'clock at Teague Hotel. Interment at Coolidge, September 15th. All members and friends of the B. of L. F. and E. are invited. at Teague, Texas: never married, no family. A picture accompanied this notice that I copied from an Aunt's clipping.

Grover Christian - February 20, 1936
Posted by [8]Ann Brown <> on Fri, 18 Sep 1998
Surnames: Christian, Jenson, Vinson, Hance, Wayland
Funeral Services for Grover Christian Held On Saturday, Feb 22
Funeral services for Grover CHRISTIAN, 35, of Oklahoma City, formerly a resident of Coolidge, were conducted Saturday, February 22, at the First Methodist Church here by the pastor of that church, the Rev. L. R. Vanderpool. He was assisted in the rites by the Rev. Louis Wunneburger of teh Baptist Church. Deceased's death occurred in Oklahoma City on Thursday, February 20, following an attack of influenza and resultant complications.

Mr. Christian was born here February 22, 1901, and was raised in and around Coolidge. On August 11, 1923, he was married to Miss Elitia JENSON, also of this city, and a few years after the marriage moved to Oklahoma City. They had lived in that city since that time. Mr. Christian being engaged in the oil business. Deceased was converted at an early age and became a member of the Methodist Church. During the years in which our country was involved in the World War, he served his country loyally as a member of the United States Navy.

Immediate survivors in addition to his widow include his father, M. L. Christian, Coolidge; his grandfather, W. M. VINSON, Coolidge; two brothers; Johnnie Christian, Goose Creek; and E. J. Christian, Houston; and five sisters; Mrs. J. B. HANCE, Goose Creek; Mrs. J. F. WAYLAND, Prairie Hill; Miss Ola Mae Christian, Mt. Calm; Miss Estelle Christian, Prairie Hill; and Miss Janelle Christian, Oklahoma City.

Pallbearers were B. L. Moore and R. T. Barber, Oklahoma City; J. F. Wayland, Prairie Hill; J. B. Hance, Highlands; S. C. Wallace, Coolidge; and Albert Jensen, Coolidge. Burial was in the Coolidge Cemetery.

Jerry Louis BOWER - October 28, 1951
Posted by [9]Ann Brown <> on Fri, 18 Sep 1998
Surnames: Bower, Layton
Little Jerry Louis BOWER Buried in Prairie Hill Monday Afternoon
Friends and relatives of little Jerry Louis BOWER were shocked when he suddenly passed aay Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. in a Mexia hospital. Jerry was visiting in the home of his grandparents at Prairie Hill when he suddenly became ill. He was taken to a Mexia hospital and was found to have pneumonia. He was treated there for a week and was expected to be brought home in a few days. In making his early morning call Sunday, the doctor stopped by Jerry's room and found him seemingly improving and in high spirits, but before he left his room he became suddenly ill and died in spite of all efforts made by the doctor and nurses.

Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. BOWER of Waco; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Bower, Sr. of Prairie Hill; Mrs. Nela LAYTON of Coolidge, and a host of other relatives. Pallbearers were: Herschel Russell, Lindsey Moore, Virgil Lowrie and Max Carpenter.

Funeral services were held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Bower, Sr., Monday afternoon with internment in the Prairie Hill cemetery.
The McElroy Funeral Home were in chart of burial arrangements.

Mrs. Connie Bunch - October 11, 1943
Posted by [10]Ann Brown <> on Fri, 18 Sep 1998
Surnames: Bunch, Vinson, Kay, Harris, Davis
Mrs. Connie Bunch Buried Tues. Afternoon
Funeral services were held here Tuesday afternoon, at 4 p.m. for Mrs. Connie BUNCH, who died very suddenly Monday afternoon, October 11th in a Coriscana hospital. Rev. R. E. Briggs assisted by the rev. Robert James, conducted the services at the Methodist Church, with internmentfollowing in the Armour Cemetery under the direction of the McElroy Funeral Home.

Mrs. Bunch had been in ill health for many months past, but it was thought that she was greatly improved the past few weeks. In fact, she felt well enough to go for a visit in the home of Mr. Bunch's parents, Mr. and Mrs. George BUNCH, Saturday afternoon and it was at their home when she became seriously ill Saturday night. Physicians were summoned and every possible thing was done to relieve her suffering, but they were unsuccessful and she was then carried to a Coriscana hospital Sunday afternoon where her conditions gradually grew worse until death ended her suffering on Monday.

Lorena VINSON was born July 16, 1914, in Coolidge and had spent the major portion of her life in and around this city. In early life, she united with the Methodist Church and since that early date she had devoted much of her time to the furthering of the christian religion. On September 24, 1932, she was united in marriage to C. L. BUNCH, and to this union one daughter, Linda Jean, was born, who with the husband and father survive.

Other immediate relatives include four brothers, Marcus VINSON and Aubrey VINSON, Coolidge; Arthur VINSON, Waco; Archie VINSON, Corsicana, and four sisters, Mrs. M. E. KAY and Mrs. E. C. KAY, Coolidge; Mrs. T. J. HARRIS, Fort Worth; and Mrs. B. R. DAVIS of Coriscana.

Pallbearers were: R. L. BUNCH, Tom DICKINSON, Herman DOWDLE, H.S. BROOKS, W. M. BLOUNT and Archie PATTERSON.

Mary Douglas VINSON - January 28, 1945
Posted by [11]Ann Brown <> on Thu, 17 Sep 1998
Surnames: VINSON
Mary Douglas Vinson Buried Here Monday P.M.
Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church Monday afternoon, January 29th, at 3:30, for Mary Douglass VINSON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jasper Vinson, former residents of the city. Services were conducted by Reverend Ernest Roper of McGregor, assisted by Rev. R. E. Briggs and Rev. R. C. Malone of this this city.

Mary Douglas was born January 22, 1931 and died January 28, 1945, at the age of fourteen years and six days. She had been ill for several months.

Survivors are her parents, one brother, Billie Tom and one sister, Dorris Evelyn, and many other relatives. Internment was in the City Cemetery with McElroy Funeral Home in charge.

Mrs. Granville Vinson - April 19, 1941
Posted by [12]Ann Brown <> on Thu, 17 Sep 1998
Mrs. Granville Vinson - Buried in Armour Cemetery Sunday Afternoon
(Volume 37)
Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church Sunday afternoon, April 20, for Mrs. Granville Vinson, whose death occurred here Saturday morning. Services were conducted by Rev. R. E. Briggs, assisted by Rev. R. B. Stanton, with interment following in the Armour Cemetery.

Eliza Evaline LEDBETTER was born February 13, 1870 in Tennessee. She was married to Granville VINSON on December 11, 1887. Mr. Vinson preceded her in death on August 6, 1940. Mrs. Vinson had been a devout member of the Methodist Church since the age of 15.

Immediate survivors are her nine children: Marcus Vinson, Mrs. Lena HARRIS, Mrs. Lillie KAY, Mrs. Irene KAY, Mrs. Lorena BUNCH, and Aubrey Vinson, Coolidge; Mrs. Edna DAVIS (my grandmother),Powell; Archie Vinson, Coriscana; and Arthur Vinson, Santa Anna.

G. L. VINSON - August 6, 1940
Posted by [13]Ann Brown <> on Thu, 17 Sep 1998
G. L. VINSON Buried in Armour Cemetery Wednesday Afternoon
Funeral services for G. L. VINSON, long-time resident of this community was held here Wednesday afternoon at the Methodist Church at 3 p.m. with the Rev. W. F. Smith assisted by Rev. R. B. Stanton, conducted the services. Internment followed in the Armour Cemetery.

Mr. VINSON had only been sick a short while and his death came as a distinct shock to his many friends here and elsewhere. Several days ago he was carried to a Mexia hospital for treatment and everything possible was done to relieve his suffering but medical science could bring him no aid and he awakened the final call on Tuesday, August 6th.

Deceased was born in Tennessee on November 14, 1868. On December 11, 1888 he was united in marriage to Miss Eva LEDBETTER and to this union
nine children were born, who with his widow survive. The children are Mrs. Ben DAVIS (note--My grandmother)and W.A. Vinson, Coriscana; Arthur Vinson, Santa Anna; Marcus Vinson, Aubrey Vinson, Mrs. Connie BUNCH, Mrs. Ellis KAY, Mrs. Emmons KAY, and Mrs. Tom HARRIS, all of Coolidge.

Other immediate survivors include his father, W. M. Vinson, 92 years of age; and uncle H. C. Vinson; three half-brothers, Hyram Vinson, Dayton, Ohio; Elijah Vinson, Gladewater; J. I. Vinson, Coolidge; two half-sisters, Mrs. C. H. ADAMS and Mrs. Tom SUTTLE, this community. Eighteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren also survive.

McElroy Funeral Home has charge of burial arrangements.

Posted by [14]Ann Brown <> on Thu, 17 Sep 1998
Surnames: Vinson, Wright, Barnette, Adams, Tucker, Suttle
Not sure of the exact paper this obituary was in--know it was ? HERALD (say #12)and had to be February 1943-in my grandmother's papers. THIS IS MY DIRECT ANCESTOR.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, February 7th, for W. M. VINSON at the Methodist Church at 3:30 p.m., following his death at the home of his daughter, Mrs. T. C. Suttle, west of Coolidge on February 6, (l943), with the Rev. R.E. Briggs, pastor of the Methodist Church, conduct-ing the services. Rev. Briggs was assisted by Rev. Wm. H. James, pastor of the Baptist Church of this city; Rev. Frank Bartos, pastor of the Prairie Hill Methodist Church, and Henry Kilkpatrick of Kirk. Internment was in the City Cemetery with the McElroy Funeral Home in charge.

W. M. VINSON was born in Burnsville, Mississippi, on March 23, 1848, and at the time of his death lacked only a few weeks of being 95 years of age, and up until a few weeks ago he had been very active, spending his time in visiting with his children and many other relatives. Mr. Vinson also took a very active part in church affairs, having united with the Methodist Church when only a lad of 15 years of age. In 1866, Mr. Vinson was married to Miss Carolyn WRIGHT and to this union ten children were born, all of whom were deceased at his death. In 1886 he was married to Mrs. Sarah Jane BARNETTE and Mrs. Ethel ADAMS of Coolidge was the only child of this union. In 1893 he was married to Miss Mary Bell TUCKER and to this union four children were born, Mrs. T. C. SUTTLE, Prairie Hill; Elijah VINSON, Gladewater; Jasper VINSON, Coolidge; and Hiram VINSON, deceased. Mr. VINSON came to the Coolidge community in 1898 and had made his home in and near here since that date, and had been engaged in farming most of his life.

Pallbearers were Olin RIVERS, J. B. SUTTLE, Aubrey VINSON, Pat KAY, Bill BLOUNT, and Edgar VINSON.

Posted by [15]Roy A. Brown <> on Sat, 05 Sept 1998
Obituary from The Time Picayune, Wednesday, July 5, 1950 (New Orleans,
LA): "BROWN - On Monday afternoon, July 3, 1950 at 2:30 o'clock.
WILLIAM FRISBIE BROWN, husband of Martha McMormick; father of Leo Brown and Mrs. David Segura; brother of Denton, Peck, Emmett, Mack and Foff Brown and Mrs A. E. Alysworth; grandfather of Karen Segura. Relatives and friends of the family also officer and members of St. Mary's Catholic Deaf Society and employes of Lighthouse of the Blind, are invited to attend the funeral, which will take place from the funeral home of Pat. J. McMahon-Coburn Company, 2305 Canal street corner North Miro on Wednesday morning, July 5, 1950, at 9:30 o'clock, followed by requiem mass at St. Alphonsus church. Interment in Cypress Grove Cemetery." Note: Voter registration shows that Will was born July 29, 1880, Limestone County, TX.

Posted by [16]Paula Sellman <> on Fri, 28 Aug 1998
The Groesbeck Journal
Friday, May 15, 1931
Funeral servies were held at the Kirk Cemetery Thursday afternoon for M M Walker who died the afternoon before at 3:00 o'clock, after a severe illness of more than six months. The services were conducted by Rev W O Easter, of the Mesquite community, where deceased has lived for eighteen years.

Mr. Walker, who was 59 years of age, was a native of Bastrop County. He had moved with his family to this county, where he had resided for the past thirty-five years and had taken an active part in the affairs of the communities in which he had lived. At the time of this death he was serving as a trustee on the Mesquite School Board.

Deceased is survived by a wife, two sons and one daughter. One of the sons is Scott Walker of this city. Joe Walker, of Mexia, and Mrs. Raymond Sheffield, of Cleburne, are the others. All three were present at the funeral. Deceased is also survived by his mother, of Smithville, but her feeble condition would not allow her to attend. Two brothers and three sisters of Bastrop County survive. The brothers Joe Walker and A O Walker, attended the funeral

Posted by [17]Wanda Karr Ellerbee <> on Sat, 22 Aug 1998
From the Fort Worth Star Telegram, March, 1957
William Wesley Hulen, 77, of 1203 E Allen, farmer and rancher in Texas and New Mexico, died Tuesday morning (March 19, 1957) in a hospital after an illness of six years.

Hulen, who had lived here in the early 1930s, moved back to Fort Worth in 1951. He and his wife (Jennie Lee McKenzie Hulen), who survives, had lived in Maxwell, NM since 1932.

Hulen farmed at Cleburne before coming to Fort Worth and had a ranch in New Mexico. He was born in Mexia (Limestone County) in 1879. Hulen was member of Belmont Heights Baptist Church in Fort Worth.

Survivors also include four sons, Tom of Princeton, Bill of Dallas, Herman L of Los Angeles and Willard Hulen of Culver, Ore.; four daughter, Mmes. Tom (Ira) Williams of Gerber, Cal, Floyd (Essie) Terrell, Homer (Effie) Ledbetter, and Melvin (Agnes) Karr, all of Fort Worth; a sister, Mrs. Belle Summer of Waco; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Services at Belmont Heights Baptist Church at 10 am on Thursday, internment Ridge Park Cemetery in Hillsboro, Texas.

Owens-Brumley in charge of arrangements.