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Milam County, Texas


Find Your Roots in Some Central Texas Obituaries

The Celebration of Lives Lived

Earliest Birth - 1846 -- Latest Death - 1994

Lucy Hill Patterson Library
201 Ackerman Street
Rockdale, Texas 76567

Copyright 1996
Milam County Genealogical Society

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Library of Congress Catalog Card No."Pending"

Compiled by
Gloria U. Martin (Deceased)

BACA, Edward C., Sr., of Las Cruces, NM. Age 64. Died 6/06/1976. Services were held 6/08/1976 in Our Lady of Health Catholic Church in Las Cruces, NM. BORN 11/17/1911. SURVIVORS: Former wife, Mrs. Bernadine Baca of Rockdale; 4 sons, Edward of Austin; Jesse of Dallas; Mickie of Dallas and David of Dallas; 4 sisters, Roman Hidalgo, Delfina Guzman, Josephine Misquez and Elisa Misquez all of Las Cruces; 2 brothers, John of Las Cruces and Joe Baca of Albuquerque, NM. SS Death Benefit on #525-05-4188 under the name Eduardo Baca.

BACA, William Robert (Bill) of Houston. Age 50. Died 12/12/1975 in a Houston hospital. Services held 12/15/75 at the VA Cemetery Chapel in Houston. Graveside services were under the auspices of the VFW burial detail. Arrangements by Posey Funeral Home, Houston. BORN 6/07/1925. He was employed by General Telephone and a member of the VFW #4009 of Thorndale. SURVIVORS: Mother, Mrs. Agnes Baca of Ft.Worth; son, Robert Lee of Pasadena; daughters, Mrs. Brad (Patricia) Richards of Houston, (Only 1 daughter named.); brother, Johnnie Baca of Edinburgh; sisters, Mrs. Francis Schutza of Ft.Worth, and Mrs. Judy Welborn of Vidor. SS Death Benefit on #512-20-8459.

BACHMEYER, Dayne Alan of Taylor. Age 15. Died 11/1/1985 (Friday) due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident on FM 421 near New Bern. Graveside services held (Sunday) in Taylor City Cemetery. Rev. Frank Walker and the Rev. David Rhoads Officiated. BORN 5/26/1970. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church and in the Sophomore class at Taylor High School, where he was a member of the junior varsity football team. SURVIVORS: Mother, Pam Bachmeyer of Taylor; brother, Daniel Bachmeyer of Taylor; grandparents, Raymond and Billy Jean Marek of Taylor, Mrs. Bob (Evelyn) Roberts of Taylor. SS Death Benefit on #455-21-7458.

BACHMEYER, David of Thrall. Age 24. Died 7/1971. BORN 11/05/1947. "M/M. Curtis Unnasch, John and Rachel of Amarillo were called here by the death of her brother. After attending the funeral on Saturday the family stayed on until Monday as guests in the home of Mr. Unnasch's parents, M/M Leroy Unnasch". SS Death Benefit on #463-84-4789.

BACHMEYER, Joe C. of Beyersville. Age 77. Died 6/19/1983 (Sunday) in Johns Community Hospital. Services held (Tuesday) at Condra Memorial Chapel in Taylor. Burial in Taylor City Cemetery. Rev. Vernon M. Appel officiated. BORN 7/29/1905. He was a retired oil field worker. Member of Christ Lutheran Church at Noack. SURVIVORS: Wife, Ella Meiske Bachmeyer of Beyersville; 3 daughters, Mrs. Delores Woelfel of Thrall; Mrs. Rosalie Minzenmayer of Taylor; Mrs. Marjorie Peschel of San Antoniol; son, Marvin Bachmeyer of Taylor; brother, Mathias Bachmeyer of Taylor; 15 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were grandsons, Russell and Randy Minzenmayer, Daron Peschel, Edward Woelfel and Brett Bachmeyer. SS Death Benefit on #464-16-8940.

BACHMEYER, Leon L. of Rt.l, Thrall. Age 64. Died 6/9/1983 at his home. Services held (Monday) at Condra Memorial Chapel. Burial in Taylor City Cemetery. Rev. Ted Steenblock officiated. BORN 10/26/1919. He was a farmer/rancher and lifetime resident of the Thrall area. Member of St. John Lutheran Church of Thrall and the SPJST Lodge. SURVIVORS: 2 daughters, Mrs. Curtis (Betty) Unnasch of Thorndale and Mrs. Gail Sullivan of Elgin; 2 sisters, Mrs. Theodore Brinkmeyer of Taylor and Mrs. Rosie Mueller of Thrall; 2 brothers, Joe Bachmeyer of Thrall and Mathias Bachmeyer of Taylor and 10 grandchildren. SS Death Benefit on #455-62-5357.

BACHMEYER, Lillie, Mrs., of Taylor. Age 75. Died 6/1/1987 (Monday) in a Taylor nursing home. Services "pending" at Condra Funeral Home. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. Her husband, Otto Bachmeyer preceded her in death. SURVIVORS: Son, Glen Ray Bachmayer of Taylor; 3 sisters, Mrs. Louis (Mellie) Frerichs, Lena Rieger, Leona Rieger of Taylor; 2 brothers, Albert Witte of Taylor and Walter Witte of Austin; 3 grandchildren.

BADGETT, Hazel, Mrs. (John N.) of Maryville, TN. Age 85. Died 11/26/1974 in Blount Memorial Hospital. Services were held at McCammon-Ammons Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Grandview Cemetery. Dr. William S. Steele officiated. She was the widow of the late John H. Badgett, Sr. who for many years was president of the Bank of Maryville. She was active in First United Methodist Church of Maryville and a long time member of Dutch Rook Club. SURVIVORS: Sons, James P. Badgett, Judge J.N. Badgett, Jr., both of Maryville, TN. and Guy M. Badgett of Nashville, TN.; daughters, Mrs. Brice (Alice) Crow of Rockdale, Mrs. E. Pope (Elizabeth) Cox of Maryville and Mrs. Robert (Lillian) Hatfield of Pittsburgh, PA.; 17 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

BAGGETT, Ruth Newton, Mrs., of Milano. Age 84. Died 11/8/1976 in Crestview Manor Nursing Home, Belton, where she had been a patient since June. Services held 11/10/1976 in the Milano Baptist Church. Burial was in the Milano Cemetery. Phillips & Luckey of Rockdale in charge of arrangements. Rev. Joe Weldon Bailey, pastor of the Baptist Church at Calvert and a nephew of Mrs. Baggett and Rev. Joe D. Franklin, pastor of the Milano Church officiated. She was a lifelong resident of Milano. BORN 4/26/1892 to M/M James B. Newton, a pioneer family of Milano area. She married James A. Baggett on 2/3/1926 in Rockdale. He died in 1959. She was a member of the Milano Helping Hands Club. SURVIVORS: 2 sisters, Mrs. L. F. (Nell) Butts of Thorndale, and Mrs. M. (Flonnie) Arrington of Granger. These 2 surviving sisters are the last of a family of 7 daughters and 4 sons of the late M/M James B. Newton. SS Death Benefit on #451-44-3669.

BAIN [BAINS], Margaret Phillips, Mrs. of Hitchcock. Age 33. Died 1/23/1970 in an automobile accident about 5:00 p.m. in Texas City, Galveston Co., TX. Her 11 yr. old daughter [Kathryn Ann Bain/Bains] was also killed. Her son was reported as uninjured. Burial held (Monday) in the cemetery at Hitchcock. Mrs. Ima Locklin received the news on Friday of the death of her cousin.

BAIRD, Clarence of San Gabriel. Age 77. Died 5/12/1973 (Saturday) in a Temple (Bell Co., TX) hospital following a lengthy illness. Services held (Monday) at Condra Memorial Chapel, Taylor, Williamson Co., TX. Burial in Locklin Cemetery near San Gabriel, Milam Co., TX. Rev. Bob Wimberly, pastor of San Gabriel Baptist Church officiated. Condra Funeral Home of Taylor in charge of arrangements. He was BORN 10/04/1895 at San Gabriel where he had made his home during his entire life. He married Emma Texanna Culp on 12/27/1923. He was a retired farmer and a member of the San Gabriel Christian Church. SURVIVORS: Wife, Emma; 2 daughters, Mrs. Lucy Shelton of San Gabriel and Mrs. Ouida Palmaro of Austin; 3 sons, Bobby J. Baird, John W. both of Houston and Gene K. Baird of San Gabriel; 8 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. SS Death Benefit on #464-64-6524.

BAIRD, Sallie, Mrs. (O. T.) of San Gabriel, Fairfield & Brady. Age 100, Brady's oldest citizen. Died 10/05/1966 (Wed.) in a Brady hospital after a brief illness. Services held (Friday) at Wilkerson Chapel in Brady. Burial in Live Oak Cemetery. She was BORN 8/7/1866 in San Gabriel. Married Oliver Terrell Baird on 11/19/1886 in San Gabriel. The Bairds moved to Fairview in 1888 where Mr. Baird farmed in the Fairview Community for 50 years before he retired. The couple moved to Brady in 1939. The Baird farm served as the training school for many youths who wanted to become farmers. The boys lived on the farm during the summer, working and at the same time gaining a knowledge of the operation of farms. Mr. Baird died in 1939. Mrs. Baird celebrated her 100th birthday "two months ago" had suffered an almost fatal attack of typhoid when she was 17, appendectomy at 65 and mumps at 75. Her twin sister, Mrs. Henry Moore of Thorndale, died 5/29/1965. Had she lived for 15 more months, the sisters would have been one of the few centuriginarian twins in history. Mrs. Baird was a longtime member of the Christian Church. SURVIVORS: 5 daughters, Mrs. Laura Sayles of Brady, Mrs. R.J. Turner of Pear Valley, Mrs. T.S. Dial of Hamilton, Mrs. R.K. Hemphill of Alvin and Mrs. T.W. Blackburn of Brownwood; 3 sons, W.A. Baird and Sam Baird, both of Brady and Arch Baird of San Angelo; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

BAIRD, William A. "Abb" of Brady. Age 98. Died 10/21/1986 (Tuesday) in the Heart of Texas Memorial Hospital at Brady, Tx. Services held (Thursday) 10/23 in the Heritage Funeral Home Chapel. Burial in Live Oak Cemetery at Brady. Rev. Lamar Hocker officiated. He was BORN 9/10/1888 in San Gabriel, the son of Oliver Terrell and Sally Campbell Baird. Married to Estelle Hamrick on 1/6/1916 in Brady. Worked at farming & ranching. Member of First Christian Church of Brady and former member of San Gabriel Christian Church. SURVIVORS: Granddaughter, Suzanne Stuchbery of Houston; 1 great-grandson, Mark Stuchbery of Houston; 2 great-granddaughters, Lisa Jackson and Gena Stuchbery, both of Houston; 2 sisters, Laura Sayles and Mrs. Zuma "Bill" Turner, both of Brady; brother, Arch Baird of San Angelo; several nieces and nephews. SS Death Benefit on #450-20-3494.

BAKER, Allie, Mrs. (C.T.) of Pleasant Retreat Comm. & Austin. Age 79. Died abt. 6/20/1968 (Thursday) in an Austin hospital following a heart attack. Services held (Saturday) from the Cook Funeral Home in Austin. Burial in Capital Memorial Gardens. Rev. Bob Ed Shotwell officiated. BORN Allie Mae Sides, youngest daughter of the late James J. and Lou Anne Olive Sides on 5/31/1889 at Shiloh in Williamson County, near Taylor. Married Charles T. Baker on 12/4/1910. Mr. Baker preceded her in death 11/21/1925. Also preceded in death by 3 sisters and 3 brothers. She was a former resident of Pleasant Retreat Comm. and had made her home in Austin for the past 30 years. Member of Hyde Baptist Church, Austin. SURVIVORS: 2 daughters, Mrs. R. B. (Velma) Follis, Houston, Mrs. Grover (Doris) Bozarth, Marlin; 2 sons, Charles O. and Ray V. Baker, both of Austin; brother, Frank Sides of Oklahoma City, OK.; 7 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. SS Death Benefit on #455-16-7805.

BAKER, Callie, Mrs. (James E.) of Austin. Age 68. Died 7/14/1960 (Thursday) in an Austin hospital. Services held at Condra Memorial Chapel in Taylor. Burial in Pleasant Retreat Cemetery. Rev. J. Troy Hickman officiated. She was a resident of Austin since 1944. BORN on 4/15/1892, Callie Howe, daughter of Rev. John Coleman Howe and Nannie Moore Howe and a resident of Milam County most of her life. Married James E. Baker on 9/10/1910. Member of Evangelical Methodist Church in Austin. Preceded in death by 2 sisters and a brother. SURVIVORS: Husband, James E. Baker; 6 daughters, Mrs. Elsie Richardson of Ft.Worth, Mrs. Eva Williams of Bryan, Mrs. Bernyce Mercer, Mrs. Alta Ray Hiebner and Mrs. Novice Taylor, all of Austin, Mrs. Maxine Poole of Ashburn, GA.; son, James E. Baker, Jr. of Kingsville; 2 sisters, Mrs. Summers Gambrell and Mrs. Andrew Jackson of Austin; 3 brothers, Elwood E. Howe and Dave E. Howe of Thorndale and Marvin A. Howe of Austin; 17 grandchildren.

BAKER, James E., Sr., of Thorndale & Austin. Age 81. Died 2/17/1970. Services held 2/19/1970 from Condra Memorial Chapel at Taylor. Burial in family plot at the Pleasant Retreat Cemetery. Rev. William Shirey, pastor of Oak Hurst Methodist Church of Ft.Worth officiated. Condra Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. He was a BORN 8/14/1888 in Texas. Married Miss Callie Howe 9/10/1910, she preceded him in death 7/14/1960 (see obit below). A retired carpenter, Jim, as he was known in Thorndale, where he resided until 1947, made his home in Austin until a year before death when he moved to Ft.Worth to live near his daughter, Elsie. He was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church. SURVIVORS: 7 daughters, Mrs. Elsie Richardson, Ft.Worth, Mrs. Eva Williams, Bryan, Mrs. Bernice Mercer, Mrs. Alta Ray Schweihs, both of Austin, Mrs. Maxine Pool, Ashburn, GA. and Mrs. Novice Barlow of Houston; son, James E. (Jimmy) Baker of Bishop; sister, Mrs. Lucy Baker of Austin; 2 brothers, Milton Baker of Goliad and Lee Baker of Houston; 18 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; nieces & nephews.

BAKER, Jewel K., Mrs. (Raye V.) of Austin, Age 49. Died 1/28/1971. Services were held (Friday) from Hyltin Manor Funeral Home in Austin, Travis Co., TX. Burial in Capital Memorial Gardens. Her pastor, Dr. Ralph M. Smith of Hyde Park Baptist Church officiated. BORN 8/16/1921. Mrs. Baker, the former Jewel K. Smarr, had been a resident of Austin for 28 years and was an active member of Hyde Park Baptist Church. Nephews were pallbearers. SURVIVORS: Husband, Raye V. Baker, Austin; son, Allen Baker; 2 brothers and 3 sisters. Mrs. Baker was cousin to Miss Eloise Laurence of Thorndale. SS Death Benefit on #461-16-9013.

BAKER, Ruth of Thrall. Age 88. Died 3/11/1989 (Saturday) in a local nursing home. Services were held 3/13/1989 (Monday) at Condra Memorial Chapel in Taylor. Burial in Taylor City Cemetery. Rev. Val Beard officiated. Member of First Baptist Church in Thrall. She was BORN 2/26/1901 in Alto and lived in Thrall area since 1949. Her husband, J.O. Baker, Sr. along with a brother and 4 sisters, preceded her in death. SURVIVORS: Daughter, Dorothy Wallace of Ft.Worth; son, Charles Liles of Taylor; 2 grandsons & great-granddaughter. SS Death Benft #462-10-2898.

BAKER, Steve F. of Tanglewood and Waco. Age 70. Died 4/20/1974 (Saturday) in a Waco (McLennan Co., TX) hospital after several months of failing health. Services were held (Tuesday) in Phillips & Luckey Chapel in Rockdale. Burial in Hugh Wilson Cemetery at Tanglewood. Rev. D.D. Simpson, pastor of First Baptist Church, Rockdale, officiated. BORN 4/04/1904 to the late M/M. Robert Baker. Married Frances Burnes on 4/23/1931 at Tanglewood. Lived most of his life in Tanglewood. He retired after almost 15 years as yard man for Pruett Brick Co. in Elgin. Moved to Waco 7 years before his death. 2 sons preceded him in death, Floyd Lee died 06/1932 and Carl Robert died in 10/1954. SURVIVORS: Wife, Mrs. Frances H. Baker of Waco; 2 daughters, Mrs. Ronald (Elsie) Cassens of George West and Mrs. Woody (Dorothy) Sturdivant of Waco; brother, Ross Baker of Beaumont; 4 grandchildren. SS Death Benefit on #455-20-7742. Benefit information indicates birth date was 1905 - Obit was 1904.

BAKER, William E. of Portland, TX. Age 77. Died 12/29/1971 (in paper 1/6/72). Services held from First Baptist Church. Burial in San Patricio Memorial Gardens. Pieper Funeral Home of Taft in charge of arrangements. He was BORN 8/21/1894 and reared in Pleasant Retreat Community. He was a retired farmer residing in the Portland area since 1949. He also lived in Elgin and Hondo. Member of the First United Methodist Church of Portland. SURVIVORS: Wife, Viola of Portland; 4 sons, Elvin G. and Charles E., both of Taft, William E. Baker, Jr. of Fairbanks, Alaska, O.J. Baker of CalAllen; 2 daughters, Mrs. Elsie Hickey of Corpus Christi and Mrs. Jonell Wiegel of Austin; brother, Clarence Baker of Lubbock; 16 grandchildren. SS Death Benefit on #466-60-3590.

BALDRIDGE, E., Miss [Evleyn] Bliss of Lilac Community. Age 92. Died 11/16/1969, Milam Co., TX. Services held (Tuesday) in Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale. Burial in Lilac Cemetery in family plot. Rev. Stewart Bell officiated. BORN 1877. (article was cut-off, no other information).

BALDRIDGE, J. Q., Sr. of Rockdale & Houston. Age 81. Died 2/12/1973 (Tuesday) at his home at 1706 Banks, Houston. Services held 2/14/1973 (Thursday) in the Sage Road Chapel, Geo. H. Lewis & Sons. Burial was in Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery. Rev. Arthur S. Knapp officiated. Geo. H. Lewis & Sons in charge of arrangements. BORN 4/28/1891, he was a native of Milam County and at one time was a partner in the drug firm in Rockdale known at Baldridge Bros. After the death of his brother, Bev Baldridge, operated the drug store and became associated with Ed Prewitt, the firm name being Baldridge & Prewitt Drug Store. In 1936 when J.Q. Baldridge moved to Houston, he sold out his interest and Prewitt operated the store as Prewitt Drug Store, until, he sold out a few years ago to Darrall Walker. The firm name remains as Prewitt Drug Store. He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Houston. SURVIVORS: Daughter, Miss Beverly B. Baldridge; son, J.Q. Baldridge, Jr.; sisters, Mrs. J.B. Black and Mrs. Lola Yeary, all of Houston. SS Death Benefit on #467-01-0164 under the name of James Baldridge.

BALDRIDGE, Nina Gay of Lilac Community. Age 73. Died ?/1957 (Tuesday) in a Houston hospital after a long illness. She went to Houston with relatives 2 weeks before her death to be under treatment of specialists. Her death was due to heart failure. Graveside services held (Wednesday) at Lilac Cemetery. Rev. Earl S. Yokley of St.John's Methodist Church of Rockdale officiated at Lilac. She was the daughter of the late M/M. John T. Baldridge of Lilac. She was BORN in 1884 and raised at Lilac. She taught school for many years, "retiring some time ago". Member of the Methodist Church. She was living with her sister, Miss Bliss, Rt.1, Thorndale before her death. SURVIVORS: 3 sisters, Miss Bliss Baldridge of Lilac, Mrs. Lola Yeary of Dallas, Mrs. Alma Black of Houston; 3 brothers, Scott R. Baldridge of Rockdale, J.Q. Baldridge of Houston and Freeman Baldridge of Austin.

BALDRIDGE, Scott R. of Rockdale. Age 76. Died 6/5/1965. Services held (Sunday) at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Chapel, Rockdale. Burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Rev. Frank Cady officiated. BORN 2/01/1889. Pallbearers were Rufus Graves, Jr., Willie O'Bier, Scotty Somers, Bob Somers, Buck Henry and B.L. Hackney. SURVIVORS: Wife, Mrs. Stella Baldridge; son, Harry C. Baldridge of Bay City; daughter, Mrs. Katherine Somers, Dallas; brother, J.Q. Baldridge of Houston; 3 sisters, Mrs. John Black of Houston; Mrs. W.H. Young of Plano; and Miss. E. Bliss Baldridge of Thorndale; 5 grandchildren. SS Death Benefit on #455-16-4058.

BALDRIDGE, Stella, Mrs. of 359 W. Belton, Rockdale. Age 85. Died abt. 8/30/1976 (Sunday) in a Rockdale nursing home after a long illness. Services held (Monday) at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home, Rockdale. Burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery in Rockdale. BORN 1/10/1891 in the San Gabriel Comm. to M/M. John T. Wilson. Married Scott Baldridge in 1913. She lived all her life in Milam County and was a member of First Christian Church in Rockdale. Preceded in death by husband on 6/5/1965 and a daughter, Helen Baldridge on 3/11/1935. SURVIVORS: Son, Harry C. Baldridge of Bay City; daughter, Mrs. Kathryn Somers of Dallas; 2 brothers, Alfred Wilson of Temple; Tom Wilson of New Gulf; 2 sisters, Mrs. Ben Northcott of Olney and Mrs. Howard Fulcher of San Gabriel; 3 grandchildren. SS Death Benefit on #456-86-7542.

BALES, Dixie, Mrs. of Thorndale. Age 85. Died 11/18/1983 (Friday) in Johns Community Hospital in Taylor. Services held (Sunday) in Condra Memorial Chapel in Taylor. Burial in Pleasant Retreat Cemetery. Rev. Howard Buchanan, her brother, and Rev. George Frye officiated. BORN 3/10/1898. SURVIVORS: 2 daughters, Mrs. Mildred Williams of Houston; Mrs. Dixie Marie Womack of Palestine; 2 sons, T.J. McDonnell of Atlanta, GA. and Jack McDonnell of Longview; 4 sisters, Mrs. R.L. Porter, Cameron; Mrs. Hazel Davidson of Albuquerque, NM.; Mrs. C.O. Oliver and Mrs. Rex Henson, both of Houston; 2 brothers, Rev. Howard Buchanan of Thorndale and John Buchanan of Pasadena, TX.; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. SS Death Benefit on #460-14-1048 under Cloya Bales.

BALHORN, Cora Mae, Mrs., of Galveston, & Milam Co. Age 72. Died 11/1/1974 (Friday) in Galveston's St. Mary's Hospital. Patient there for 3 weeks. Services were held (Sunday) in the Phillips & Luckey Chapel. Burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Rev. Harold Tillman of San Antonio Presbyterian Church officiated. She had lived in Galveston for the past 10 months. She was BORN in Milam Co. on 8/13/1897 to M/M. John Cammer. She married Edward H. Balhorn 10/21/1915. Mr. Balhorn preceded her in death in 1948. SURVIVORS: Son, Edward C. Balhorn of Beaumont; 2 sisters, Mrs. H.E. Redfield of Galveston and Mrs. S.N. Steed of Houston; 2 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. SS Death Benefit on #464-46-4442.

BALL, John H. of Junction. Age 66. Died 11/8/1973. Services in Junction. BORN 8/15/1907. He was the nephew of Gus Dickerson, Mrs. Dewey Scott, Mrs. Tommy Starnes, Mrs. Gene Olson, and George Smith all of Thrall. They attended the services in Junction. SS Death Benefit on #451-12-3937.

BALLARD, Addie Lois, Mrs., of Jacksonville. Age 69. Died abt. 1/13/1977 (Saturday) in a Jacksonville hospital. Services were held (Tuesday) at First Baptist Church in Jacksonville. Burial in Providence Cemetery in Jacksonville. Dr. Taylor Sullivan and Rev. Mason Gray officiated. She was BORN 2/3/1907 in Richland and was employed many years with Discount City in Jacksonville where she had lived most of her life. She was mother of John Ballard of Rockdale. SURVIVORS: 7 sons, Charles of Del City, OK., Jim of Jacksonville, Eddie and David, both of Waxahachie, John of Rockdale, Larry and Martin, both of Denton; 8 daughters, Katherine Sewell of Ft.Worth, Belle Yarbrough of Rusk, Margaret McAdams of Clute, Louise Hack of Taft, Hattie Byers of Vacaville, CA., Carolyn Johnston of Coupland, Lila Whitesides of New Summerfield, Linda Chambers of Chapman, KS.; 3 brothers, Ray Stubbs of Jacksonville, Pete Stubbs of Houston and Cullen Stubbs of El Paso; 5 sisters, Katie Burress of Mexia, Delma Connell of Teague, Edna Gunn of Corsicana, Joe Presley of Price and Lucille Winningham of Bowie; 32 grandchildren & 14 great-grandchildren. SS Death Benefit on #449-56-8630.

BALLARD, B. M. [Burnice Monroe] of 1800 Ave. E., Brownwood. Age 79. Died 2/11/1986 (Tuesday) in Brownwood Regional Hospital after a lengthy illness. Services held (Thursday) at Davis-Morris Funeral Home. Burial in the Eastlawn Memorial Park. Rev. Jim Prock officiated. He was BORN 11/5/1906 at Bertram and was married to Lela Bell James at Georgetown in 1928. A foreman for U.S. Pecan Experimental Station from 1930 to 1942. Was a retired engineer for Santa Fe Railroad. Member of First Christian Church. Had lived in Brownwood from 1930-1985. SURVIVORS: Wife, Lela Ballard; 2 daughters, Betty Ballard and Barbara Ballard, both of Brownwood; brother, C.H. Ballard of Austin; sister, Bessie Hartsfield of Houston; numerous nieces and nephews. "The Ballard's were frequent visitors in Thorndale over the years in Mrs. Ballard's home."

BALUSEK, Frances, Mrs. of Rt.1, Granger. Age 85. Died 7/22/1975 in Johns Community Hospital in Taylor. Services were held (Thursday) at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Burial in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Taylor. Rev. Desmond Murphy officiated. She was BORN 3/19/1890 in Czechoslovakia. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Taylor. SURVIVORS: 4 daughters, Mrs. Carl Wolbrueck and Mrs. Allison Bennight, both of Granger; Mrs. E.L. Kemble of Thorndale and Mrs. Ferrill Lawson of Burleson; 5 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. SS Death Benefit on #464-86-7874. Benefit information indicates birth date is 3/18/1890 -Obit states 3/19/1890.

BALUSEK, Henry George of Holland. Age 83. Died 3/13/1988 (Sunday) in a Holland nursing home. Services held (Tuesday) at Goodnight Funeral Home in Bartlett. Burial in Holland City Cemetery. Dr. Mark Labaj officiated. BORN 6/04/1904 in Holland and lived there all his life. He was a farmer until the time of his retirement. Member of Holland Brethren Church, SPJST Lodge No. 80 and RVOS. Preceded in death by his wife, Millie Balusek, and 4 brothers and a sister. SURVIVORS: 2 sons, Dan of Holland and Robert of Temple; 4 daughters, Mrs. Clarence (Mary) Lange of Salado, Mrs. Larry (Doris) Janke of Houston, Mrs. Bob (Val) Hegar of Thorndale and Mrs. Raymond (Evelyn) Spann of Victoria; 19 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren. SS Death Benefit on #453-24-0045.

BANKS, B. C. [Buford Clarence] of Robstown. Age 75. Died 3/18/1983 (Friday). Graveside services held (Sunday) in the Blanco Cemetery. He was the brother-in-law of Jim Frank Elliott. BORN 3/27/1908. He was a retired educator. Married to the former Florence Elliot. SURVIVORS: Wife, Florence of Robstown; daughter, Kalonie Banks of Robstown; son, Don Banks of Dallas; 2 grandchildren, Robin and Brian Banks of Dallas. SS Death Benefit on #449-16-5881 under name Buford Banks.

BANKS, Francis Caldwell, Mrs., of Plum. Age 76. Died 10/5/1970, Williamson Co., TX. Services held (Sunday) at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Burial in the LaGrange Community Cemetery. Rev. E.L. McShean officiated. May-Crenshaw Funeral Home of Taylor in charge of arrangements. She was BORN 7/20/1894 in Fayette County and was a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Plum. Preceded in death by her husband, a son and a daughter. SURVIVORS: 4 daughters, Mrs. Tommie Jackson of Plum, Mrs. Dorothy Mitchell of Thorndale, Mrs. Willie Grant of Plum, and Mrs. Andrew Lee Jackson of Taylor; 2 sons, B.L. Banks of Smithville and L.D. Banks of Ft.Worth; 2 step-sons, Irwin Banks and R.L. Banks both of Houston; brother, Edmond Caldwell of Yoakum; 5 sisters, Easter, Eulia, Polly, Leanna and Mammie; 33 grandchildren; 63 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren.

BANKS, Kalani (or Kalonie) of Robstown. Age 48. Died 1/6/1986 (Monday) in a Corpus Christi hospital. Services held (Wednesday) 1/8/1986 in Blanco United Methodist Church. Burial in Blanco City Cemetery in Blanco. Rev. Dempsy Salter officiated. She was BORN 2/21/1938 in Corpus Christi and attended public school in Robstown, TX. She graduated from UT, Texas A&I and was a librarian in Arlington Public Schools and Salazar Elementary School in Robstown. Member of First United Methodist Church of Robstown, TSTA and NEA. She was the granddaughter of the late M/M. W.B. Elliott of Thorndale. Preceded in death by father, B.C. Banks. SURVIVORS: Mother, Florence E. Banks of Robstown; brother, Don Banks; niece, Robyn (or Robin) Banks of Dallas; nephew, Brian Banks of Dallas.

BANKS, Opal, Mrs., of 906 Carothers St., Brownwood, Brown Co., TX. Age (?). Died 2/10/1971 unexpectedly in Brownwood Community Hospital following a brief illness. Services held (Sat.) at Mount Zion Baptist Church. Burial in Greenleaf Cemetery. Revs. D.C. McNeal and A.A. Brooks officiated. Holman Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Known as "Miss Opal", she was BORN in Thorndale, the daughter of the late Louis and Martha Washington. She resided in Brownwood since 1940. Graduate of Aycock High School in Rockdale, attended Huston College in Austin. Received her instructor's and inspector's license in cosmetology in Austin. Also held the same position for a time in Hick's College in San Antonio. Owned/operated a beauty shop in Brownwood and in 1962 became a licensed vocational nurse. Member of Mt.Zion Baptist Church where she was an active member, singing at many religious services in Central Texas. Preceded in death by 4 brothers and a sister. SURVIVORS: Daughter, Jacquelyn Banks of Brownwood; sister, Mrs. Lodie Washington Sharp of Brownwood; 5 brothers, Rev. Jack J. Washington and Libron Clay Washington, both of Austin, Quinton (Gus) Washington of San Jose, CA.; Rev. Norman L. Washington of Harlingen, Lovie Washington of Dallas; a number of nieces and nephews.

BANZHAF, George of Cameron. Age 93. Died ?/1963. Services held (Monday) at the Marek-Burns Funeral Home in Cameron. Graveside services at the Murray Cemetery, Rockdale, by members of the San Andres Masonic Lodge. Rev. Aubrey Russell officiated. "Known as the oldest county agent in the U.S." He was BORN in 1870 in Williamsport, PA., but had lived in Milam County for the last 85 years. 55 years ago he was appointed as one of the first 9 county agents to serve in Texas. "In 1947 he was forced to retire officially because of his age, but he continued to work in the county agent's office until he was confined to a hospital 6 months ago." "Four years ago he was the honored guest at the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the 4-H clubs in College Station. He was a key leader in the development of the boys club work of the U.S. Extension Service since the start of the program in the horse and buggy days". Texas A&M College recognized him as "county agent emeritus" for his efforts as one of the first who worked to get farmers to educate themselves in the scientific methods of farming and livestock raising and building the land for later generations. Active member of First Baptist Church, Masonic Lodge and K.P. Lodge all of Cameron. His wife died in 1919 and he never remarried. SURVIVORS: Son, W.C. Banzhaf of Temple; 2 grandsons, George Banzhaf and Glen Banzhaf, both of Conway, AR.


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