In Memory of our
TXGenWeb Coordinators
It broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone,
for a big part of our hearts went with you on the day God called you home.

Elaine McCoy Martin

Elaine McCoy Martin

  August 31, 1950 - November 12, 2019

TXGenWeb Coordinator & Former ASC TXGenWeb

Longtime TXGenWeb Coordinator Elaine McCoy Martin ends her watch on November 12th, 2019.


Elaine devoted countless hours to the TXGenWeb Project and was highly appreciated and loved by many of us in the TXGenWeb community.  Her devotion to this organization will be sorely missed.  Below is a summary of Elaine’s undertakings with the TXGenWeb.

        Joined the TXGenWeb in April 1999 as the Co-CC for Gregg County.

        The Family Group Sheet (FSG) Project began in Texas during 2003.  Elaine co-managed the project with Gina Hefferman and remained with the project for 5 years. 

        On July 14th, 2004, Elaine was selected as Bettie Wood’s Assistant State Coordinator.

        In 2005 Elaine created and donated the Postcard Collection to TXGenWeb.

        On October 21st, 2006, State Coordinator elect Shirley Cullum announces that Elaine Martin will continue to serve as assistant state Coordinator.  Over the next six years, Elaine was Shirley’s go to person to get things done with TXGenWeb especially as webpages were moving to new servers.

        In June of 2012, only because of her declining health, Elaine turns over her Assistant State Coordinator duties to Christina Palmer but continues to work with the staff as a Special Consultant.

Elaine ultimately resigned from TXGenWeb on October 29th, 2019 and passed away soon after on November 12, 2019.  One of her good friends, Sheila Pool said this of Elaine, “As far as I know...there are no pictures.  She told me once that she had not had her picture taken for years.”  The picture post here is of a Younger Elaine and her father which was found on her Facebook page.

Elaine was born August 31, 1950 in Bowie County.   She died November 12, 2019 at her home in Gladewater, Gregg County, Texas.  She had two sons, Chris & Jason.  Chris & Jennifer lived in Gladewater where Elaine made her home with them.  Jason & Debbie lived in Texarkana. 

Elaine always told Shelia that she wanted no funeral service, “no hullaballoo and planned on a quiet family only cremation.  It would seem that her wishes were granted as her family celebrated her life with a simple memorial service at the Bryan’s Mill cemetery in Cass county.

Shirley Ann Cullum

Shirley Ann Webb Cullum

  September 24, 1946 - August 8, 2019

TXGenWeb State Coordinator

Shirley Ann Cullum, 72,of Italy, TX, passed away on August 8,2019.

She was born on September 24, 1946 in Dallas, Texas and married Gene W. Cullum on October 1,1960.

Shirley worked in retail for many years, was a licensed cosmetologist and a substitute teacher for the Quinlan and Italy school districts. At age 60,she graduated with a Bachelor of General Studies from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Tx. 

She was a huge Elvis fan and had a great passion for fishing, family and genealogy. She started with the TXGenWeb Project as a surfer in 1999, took over a county in 2002, and became Assistant State Coordinator. She served as the Texas State Coordinator since 2006. 
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents- Guy Clifford and Frances Wanell Webb, her husband of 39 years-Gene , 2 brothers-LeRoy Webb and Guy Webb and her granddaughter- Stephanie Pitt . 

She is survived by her sister- Donna Irish, and her brother -Bobby Webb, and six children: Daughters-Holly Spraberry and husband James, Valerie Pitt and husband David, Alicia Littlejohn and husband Johnny. Sons- Thomas Cullum and wife Cheryl Donald Cullum and wife, Mary and Wesley Collins and wife Carolann.
20 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
 ~ She Was Our Favorite Hello and Our Hardest Goodbye ~

Holli Jean Kees

Holli Boone Kees

  September 21, 1957 - November 5, 2019

Former TXGenWeb Co-CC for Henderson Co. and CC for Rockwall and Eastland counties

Holli Jean Boone Kees was born September 21, 1957 in Dallas, Texas to Paul Hollis Boone and Johnnie Jean Boone.  She grew up in Dallas, Texas.  Holli was married to Travis Kees on March 25, 1977. They have resided in Eustace, Texas for the past 30 years.  Holli passed on November 5, 2019.

Holli is preceded in death by her mother, father and son Shaun and survived by her husband Travis, sister Kristi Boone Willard, brother John Paul Boone and his wife Ann, her two sons Travis Kees ll and Aaron Kees, grandson Travis Kees lll, and her many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.

Holli loved to gather with her family and friends playing Rummy and video games.  As an employee of the U.S. Postal Service, Holli enjoyed passing the day meeting everyone along her route.  She spent much time in the past few years serving her community through North 19 Fire Department, where many lifelong friends were made.  Holli was very passionate about genealogy, family ties and where her roots began.

A memorial service will be held from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM on November 10, 2019 at Rock Hill Baptist Church, 20022 Texas 31, Brownsboro, TX, USA

Christine "Chris" Skelly

  November 14, 1948 - August 30, 2017

Former TXGenWeb CC for Franklin County

Christine Ann Dennis Skelly, age 68, of Saltillo, passed away in the late morning hours of Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at Kindred Central Hospital in Dallas, with her beloved family by her side. Christine was born on November 14, 1948 in Westbrook, Minnesota to Aubrey Morris and Ardys Naomi Nelsen Dennis, she survives.

On May 14, 1973, Christine married the love of her life and best friend, James Richard Skelly, in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. After 44 years of marriage, and a lifetime of memories, he survives.

Christine was an active genealogist. She was a member of the Franklin County Genealogical Society and the Hopkins County Genealogical Society and she served as the historian for the Old Saltillo Cemetery Association Board of Directors. Christine was excellent with genealogy and history – she remembered more in her head than she ever wrote down. She was a homemaker who took pride in tending to the needs of her husband and daughter.

Christine is also survived by one daughter, Mega Elizabeth Skelly, and husband Jeremy Hoefner, of Saltillo; one brother, Nelsen E. Dennis, and wife Kathleen, of Saltillo; by three nieces and two nephews; and by a host of other relatives and very special friends.

Christine was also preceded in death by one sister Rebecca Templeton.

A visitation will be held at a later date. She will be laid to rest at the Old Saltillo Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Old Saltillo Cemetery Association. PO Box 123 Saltillo, TX 75478

Billie Jo Nichols Bennett

  December 16, 1935 - October 11, 2016

Former TXGenWeb CC for Bee, Nolan, Garza, Houston,

Kerr, and Throckmorton Counties

Mrs. Billie Jo Nichols Bennett, age 80, of Latexo passed away Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at the Houston Hospice. Billie Jo was born December 16, 1935 in Houston County to parents, Oscar Bryan Nichols and Gertrue Johnson Nichols. She was a member of the DRT and DAR, webmaster for Texas TSA and worked for the Welfare Department. Billie Jo was a master genealogist for multiple counties and retired as an Income Tax Preparer. She served as mayor of Latexo from 1988 to 1998 and was also a member of the Latexo Baptist Church.

Mrs. Bennett is survived by husband of 61 years, Donald Lee Bennett of Latexo; son, Michael Bennett and wife, Anita of Pearland; daughter, Charlotte Bennett Leitschuh and husband, Troy of Ft. Worth; grandchildren, Chris Bennett of League City, Brittany Bennett of Cypress, Ashley Bennett Leitschuh of Ft. Worth, Brooke Wilson Leitschuh and Lauren Nicole Leitschuh of Ft. Worth; sister, Sue Nichols Hawhee of Crockett; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by parents, Oscar and Gertrue Nichols. Funeral services for Mrs. Billie Jo Nichols Bennett will be held Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Dr. Bill Jones and Mr. Eugene Taylor officiating. Interment will follow in the Latexo Cemetery. Family will receive friends Friday evening from 6:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m.

Jo Ann Clark Fox

  February 8, 1942 - September 12, 2016

Former TXGenWeb CC for Andrews, Dawson and Gaines Counties

Jo Ann Clark Fox took the hand of her Lord and Saviour and followed him into Eternal Life September 12, 2016.

She was born the daughter of Jack Connor Clark and Winona Adeline Brannan. She married Steven Haley Fox December 31, 1973, in Clovis, NM; he preceded her in death June 9, 2002. She was a 1960 graduate of Seagraves High School. She previously lived in Ogden, Utah, Albuquerque, NM, and Odessa, TX. She received her Master's Degree in art from the University of New Mexico; her art was displayed in several exhibits in New Mexico and Arizona specializing in Southwestern Art, pottery, ceramics and jewelry. She taught school in Albuquerque ISD. She was co-owner of Albuquerque ROS Bulletin Board Computer online service. She volunteered with social work on aging and was President, Utah Chapter Alzheimer’s Disease 1980-1983. She was a member of the LDS church. Genealogy was her favorite hobby and she was a volunteer for the USGenWeb serving as New Mexico State Coordinator as well as TxGenWeb coordinator for Gaines, Andrews, and Dawson counties.

Preceded in death by her parents, brother David L. Fox and step-father Lawrence Fox.
Survivors include her sons Buddy Hobbs and Joel Hobbs both of St. Louis, MO; Rocky Hobbs of Fort Worth and Ron Hobbs of Canada; two sisters, Linda Fox Hughes of Euless and Shyrlee Fox of Denton; six grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

Private family burial will be held in Wieland Cemetery at a later date.

Barbara Jeanne Roach Knox

August 27, 1923 - January 2, 2016

Former TXGenWeb CC for Navarro and Tarrant Counties

Barbara Knox died peacefully on January 2, 2016 at the age of 92. She had been the County Coordinator of Ellis County TXGenWeb since the conception of TXGenWeb in September 1996. She was also Co-Coordinator of Navarro County TXGenWeb, also since the beginning, and Co-Coordinator of Tarrant County TXGenWeb since October 1998.


Barbara (Roach) Knox, beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, went home to be with the Lord on January 2, 2016. She was born in Dallas on August 27, 1923, the only child of Vernon R. and Hattie (Joplin) Roach. She grew up in Rusk, Cherokee County, Texas. She played Bell Lyre in the Rusk High School Marching Band, and was on the debate honors team which won State meets several times.

Barbara met her husband, Dr. Warren G Knox, while they lived in Galveston. He attended medical school there and she worked for a plastic surgeon. They married in 1950 and came to Fort Worth, where they made their home and raised their two children. She was a talented pianist and played piano for the glee club and Polytechnic Baptist Church. She volunteered for the American Cancer Society for many years. She enjoyed singing in the church choir and with the Medi Larks, a choral group comprised of doctor's wives.

One of Barbara's greatest passions was genealogy. She was a Charter Member of Fort Worth Genealogical Society, which formed in 1957. She served many years on the board of directors in various capacities, including 17 years as editor of the society's quarterly journal, and was co-compiler of two genealogy/history reference books published by the society: Old Northwest Texas - Historical - Statistical - Biographical - Navarro County, 1846-1860; and Pioneers Rest Cemetery, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas; published in 1980 and 2001, respectively. She was presented with Honorary Life Membership in 1998, the Society's highest honor. Not only remaining a member until her death, she was the longest serving Charter Member.

In addition to what she published though the genealogical society, she authored three books about her own family: Amos Persons; Robert Hodge, etal; and Robert Hodge Sr., of Livingston County, Kentucky. She was simply following in her mother's footsteps who had also written several genealogy books.

Barbara was predeceased by both of her parents and her husband. Her survivors include two daughters: Kathryn Jones (husband Elliotte) and Debra Halden (husband Ric); two granddaughters, Jennifer Kelley (husband Adam) and Sarah Alexander (husband Casey); and one great-grandson, Sean Alexander. She will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by her family and friends.

Memorial service to be held on Friday, January 8, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at Grace Covenant Church, 3402 W Interstate 20, Arlington, TX 76017.

Cynthia Samples

October 20, 1939 - August 11, 2015

Former TXGenWeb CC for Castro and Red River Counties


Cynthia Samples, 75, of Richardson, passed away Tuesday, August 11, 2015. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am Saturday, August 15, 2015, in the chapel of Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Detroit Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home one hour before the service.

Mrs. Samples, the daughter of Homer Roy and Verna Carter Carpenter, was born on October 20, 1939 in rural Red River County. She graduated from Clarksville High School in 1956 and from Paris Junior College in 1958. Afterward, she moved to Dallas, Texas and worked in the offices of the Dallas Police Department during the JFK assassination era. She also had a long career in the telecommunications industry. She had many hobbies and groups of friends to match each interest, from genealogy to quilting to travel. She was a member of Buckingham United Methodist Church in Garland, Texas, but still loved and missed her friends from Calvary United Methodist Church in Paris, Texas. 

She married her beloved husband Stanley L. Samples (“D”) in July of 1967. He preceded her in death on November 22, 2004. 

Cynthia loved beaches, springtime, travel, quilting, and being with family and friends. Her sweet nature and dedication to family were cherished and will be missed. 

Survivors include her son Michael Samples (Keri) and grandsons Ben and Jack, and daughter Claudia Uecker (Brian).



January 18, 1924 - October 16, 2014

Former TXGenWeb CC for El Paso County


Doris Omera Harrison died Oct. 16, 2014. She was born Jan. 18, 1924, to Jesse and Ella Belle Stoner of Waldo, Florida. Doris moved to Napa in 2008 from El Paso, Texas. She was a kind and generous person, and enjoyed teaching people about the Bible and Jehovah God. She was an accomplished Southwestern artist and sculptor. Doris is survived by her sister, Dr. Jessie Stoner; sons Robert and Roger; daughter Omer Ramsey; grandchildren Connie, Micah, Phillip, Preston, Carey, and Joey; and great-grandchildren Ian, April, Elliot, Anise, Ramona, Aria, Rachyl, and Alaina. She was predeceased by her husband, Louie Harrison; son Louie Harrison, Jr.; sisters Margarete Carter, Marcia Barcelli, Joyce Zagaroli and Vera Mae Harrison; and brothers JD Stoner and Charles Lawson. Memorial services will be at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1976 Wise Drive at 2 p.m. on Oct. 25, 2014. Notes of sympathy may be shared at



  March 3, 1936 - April 30, 2014

Former TXGenWeb CC




February 8, 1930- November 3,  2012

Former TXGenWeb CC for Kerr County, Terry County and
Haskell County

Shirley Diane Douglas Webb was born in Woodward, Oklahoma, on Feb. 8,

1930, the daughter of O. A. Douglas and Jane (Carson) Douglas. She
died on November 3, 2012 at her home in Kerrville Texas.   In 1938 the
family moved to Kerrville TX where her father managed a new grocery

the Pure Food Store, on Earl Garrett Street.   She remembers that trip
to Texas. The four of them rode in a borrowed coupe with no back seat
but it was a trip made fun by her parents.  Her father pointed out
that when they crossed the Red River into Texas, the grass was green.
  It had been brown in Oklahoma.

Shirley's mother, Jane was active in music clubs and directed the
choir at the Kerrville Methodist Church.

When World War II came along, Shirley's father enlisted and was
stationed at Roswell, NM, where he trained to become an Air Traffic
Controller in the Army Air Corps.     After the war he was stationed
at the International Airport in Brownsville, Texas, as a government
employee of the CAA and the family moved from Kerrville to Brownsville
in the summer of 1945.    Shirley attended Brownsville schools and
Texas Southmost College.   On October 16, 1952, she married James
Robert Webb.

She was a musician and was well-known locally in Brownsville as a
church organist for over 25 years (serving at the Methodist,
Presbyterian and

Christian Churches). She also served as a pianist who played for
numerous local programs, plays, dance recitals, school band and choir
soloists and theatre productions.   Also in Brownsville, she worked as
Music Director at radio station KBOR for 5 years and taught elementary
school music at the Episcopal Day School for several years.

During her business career, she was a loan officer and Assistant
Manager of Valley Federal Employees Federal Credit Union.   She was a
past president of the Brownsville Junior Service League and served as
a Director on the Boards of the Brownsville Boys Club, Camille
Lightner Playhouse and Rio Grande Valley Music Festival.

In 1994, when Jim retired, they moved back to Kerrville and soon
embarked on a new "career" of activities in genealogy and computer
work. Shirley was webmaster of the Kerr County, Terry County and
Haskell County

TXGenWeb genealogy pages and volunteered at the Kerr Regional History
Center and Archives.   She was a member of Kerrville Genealogical
Society where she served on its board of directors and was the
newsletter editor for 3 years.   Shirley and Jim were members of the
Kerrville United Methodist Church.

Survivors are her husband of 60 years, James Robert Webb, Sr., of

Kerrville, daughter, Vicki Webb Hunter and husband, Robert, of Las
Cruces, NM, and son, James Robert "Bob" Webb, Jr., of Corpus Christi,
TX.    Also surviving are her sister, Dorothy E. Douglas of Fort
Worth, Texas, and grandsons, David Hunter and wife, Trisha,  of Las
Cruces, NM, Christopher Hunter and  wife, Marit, of Kerrville, and
granddaughter Eileen Hunter Caldwell and husband, Jake, of Roswell,
NM.   Shirley is survived by 3 precious great granddaughters, Jacie
Caldwell, Emma Hunter and Devyn Hunter.



1932- 13 February 2012

Former TXGenWeb CC for Midland County

Lola Faye Withrow, age 79, died February 13, 2012, in Marysville, CA. She was born to the late Frank & Thelma Harris in Atoka, OK.

Darnell Withrow married Lola Harris on November 30, 1949, in Atoka, OK.

Lola volunteered at USGenweb for many years as a archivist and helped many people research their genealogy. She was a loving mother and will be greatly missed.

Survived by her daughters: Phyllis O'Shaughnessy of Yuba City, CA and Denise Osborne of Yukon, OK; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Darnell Philip Withrow.

She will be buried alongside her husband at Oak Park Cemetery in Chandler, OK. Services are under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service in Chandler, OK.



September 9. 1945 - February 6, 2010

Former Volunteer for Polk County, TXGenWeb

Lois Faye Kennedy, age 64, of Alvin, Texas passed away Saturday, February 6, 2010 at South East Memorial Medical Center, Houston, Texas. Lois was born on September 9, 1945 in Romayor, Texas and was a resident of Alvin for over 30 years. She worked as a property manager in the real estate industry. Lois was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Lois Hardy; and son, Mallory Bailey.

Lois is survived by her husband Paul Kennedy of Alvin, Texas; sons: Michael Franklin and wife Lorena of Alvin, Texas, and Larry Franklin and wife Elizabeth of Tulsa, Oklahoma; sisters: Diane Lucero of Dallas, Texas, Leslie Lewis of Livingston, Texas, and Kathy Turner and husband Dorrell Turner of Livingston, Texas; brothers: Anthony “Bubba” Louis Hardy and wife Sheila of Plum Grove, Texas, and John Hardy of Livingston, Texas; two grandchildren: Brianna Rodriguez and Mallory Franklin; and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Visitation was held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at Scott Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., officiated by Reverend Paul Golden, on Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at Scott Funeral Home. Interment was at the City of Alvin Oak Park Cemetery, Alvin, Texas.

Arrangements under the direction of the Scott Family.

31 December 1929 - 31 January 2009

Former TXGenWeb CC for Colorado County

Dorothy Mae Wallace Albrecht, 79, passed away early Saturday morning, Jan. 31, 2009 at St. David’s Hospital in Austin.

She was born Dec. 31, 1929 in Columbus. Dorothy was the daughter of Jimmie Lettie Taylor and Keity L. Wallace. Immediately after graduating from Columbus High School in 1946, at age 16, she was employed by the Colorado County Judge as his secretary, a position she held until she married Warren Albrecht on May 17, 1953 in Columbus.

During their life together, Dorothy was a homemaker and then worked as a bookkeeper until she returned to college after her children were in school. Upon graduation from Blinn College, she acquired an emergency teaching certificate and began teaching at Hermes Elementary School in La Grange. She continued her studies at Southwest Texas State University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree and went on to earn a Master’s degree from Kansas State University. Dorothy taught math in La Grange Junior High and High School, retiring in 1996. She became an avid fan of girls’ athletics and served as scorekeeper for the Lady Leopards basketball and softball teams even after she retired.

Dorothy’s interests were extensive and eclectic. Dorothy and Warren once owned and operated Wayside Manor Antiques in Willow Springs and besides antiques she was an avid collector of chickens and dolls. She had travelled through Europe and Australia and visited all but two of the United States. Her interest in genealogy led her on many journeys tracing the steps of her ancestors through history.

Dorothy had a special interest in cemetery preservation and was the long-time president of the Weimar Cemetery Association. She also served on the boards of the La Grange Ladies Cemetery Association, the Pagel Cemetery Association and the Clear Creek Cemetery Association. She was currently spending many hours as the coordinator of the Colorado County TXGenWeb Project and had been awarded the 2006 County of the Year Award for her work on that website which included recording every known burial in the county, both marked and unmarked. She was one of the catalysts for the Live Oaks and Dead Folks cemetery tours in Columbus and the Dorothy Albrecht Award for those with five years participation is given in her honor.

Throughout her lifetime, Dorothy was a community leader and her involvement in various organizations was extensive. After retirement she served as the Custodian General of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, directing their office and museum in Austin for two years. In 2000 the State of Texas proclaimed her a Yellow Rose of Texas for her efforts in preserving state history. Dorothy was the founding President of the Monument Hill Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and District VIII DRT Representative. She was one of three founders of the Guy Smith-James McMillan Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, which she also served as regent. She served as President of the Nesbitt Memorial Library Board, President of the La Grange PTA, District President of the Texas State Teacher’s Association and Worthy Matron of both the Columbus and La Grange Eastern Star chapters. She had served as an election judge, and among other organizations, she was a lifetime member of the Weimar Heritage Society Museum and a member of the Shropshire-Upton Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. She served as historian for the Taylor-McMillan Family Reunion and was currently a member of both the Fayette and Colorado County Historical Commissions.

Dorothy was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Weimar where she had served on the church council. She had also served as a board member of the Travis Street United Methodist Church in La Grange.

Besides her parents, Dorothy’s husband, Warren, her sister, Sadie Dietzel, son-in-law, Jerold (Ron) Johnson, half-sister, Madlyn Besch, and half-brothers, Charles B., Carey L. and James K. Wallace, all preceded her in death.

Dorothy is survived by her children Rox Ann Johnson and Laurie Albrecht of Austin; Wallace Albrecht and wife Jill of Franklin, Tenn.; and her beloved grandchildren, Neal and Wyatt Johnson of Austin and Claire and Margaret Albrecht of Franklin; her brother, Fred L. Wallace and half sister-in-law, Lois Wallace, both of Columbus.

There will be a private burial service in the La Grange City Cemetery. A memorial service will be Thursday, Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Weimar. A reception in the church’s fellowship hall will immediately follow.

Dorothy’s family suggests that memorials be made to the Nesbitt Memorial Library Foundation, 529 Washington, Columbus, TX 78934.


15 MAY 1942  --  15 SEPTEMBER 1997
Malcom Luther "Mike" Basham, born May 25, 1942 in Grandview, Texas,
and passed away September 15,1997 in Dallas, Texas. Mike grew up in Venus, where he was Valedictorian of his graduating class of  1960. He graduated in the class of 1964 from Texas A&M and was a member of the Ross Volunteers. He served in Vietnam from 1965 to 1966. He married Nancy Elick, January 6, 1968. He was Past President of Lake Highlands Soccer Association; Past President of Bishop Lynch Booster Club; Officer in the Dallas Genealogical
Society; Officer in Royal Highlands Homeowners Association. He was a Professional Genealogist who brought his two hobbies (computer and genealogy) together (GenWeb). He was preceded in death by his mother and 
father; Frances and Kermit Basham. He is survived by his wife of 29 years: Nancy Basham, daughters; Susanne Koonce and her husband, Larry (Plano); sons John Basham and his wife Jennifer (Irving), and Mark Basham (Dallas); brothers: Dwaine Basham and his wife, Myrlene (Dallas), Travis Basham and his wife, Peggy (San Antonio), sister: Lieta Wooldridge (Dallas) ; numerous nieces and nephews. Vigil Service-Rosary will be said 7:30 P.M. Thursday September 18, 1997, ST PARTICK'S CATHOLIC CHURCH. Rev. Msgr. Richard Johnson and Father Michael Guadagnoli con-celebrants. Interment will be in Grandview, Texas.

If desired, memorials may be made in Mike's name to The Bishop Lynch Memorial Scholarship Fund, 9730 Ferguson Rd. Dallas, TX 75228 or Dallas Genealogy Society P.O. Box 12648 Dallas, TX 75225 

(Sparkman-Crane Funeral Home, 10501 Garland Rd. 214-327-8291)



21 MAR 1945 -- 24 JUL 2004

Former TXGenWeb CC for Palo Pinto County
   Private services were held for Donna Flo Brand, 59, of Cleburne,  Wednesday, 04 August 2004, at Rose Hill Cemetery.  Donna died 24 July 2004, at a local hospital. She was born in Johnson County, TX on 21 March 1945 to James & Lillian (Thompson) Brand. She retired from
   Fireman's Fund Insurance in Dallas where she was a Senior Customer Service Representative in accounting.  Donna also had worked in real estate. One of her greatest loves was her work in the genealogy field.  She won several awards for the four cemetery books that she wrote.  She was given a certificate from the Cleburne Chamber of Commerce for her work on cemeteries in several counties. 

Donna easily made many friends from all over the country through her volunteer work in TXGenWeb genealogy in Palo Pinto & Johnson County.

   She was a Baptist. She will be missed, not only by her friends & family, but by those she worked so closely with in the internet genealogical world.

   She is survived by her daughters, Sandra and Diana Higgins; son,
   Randall Higgins of Cedar Hill; brothers, Jack Brand and wife Louise of
   Alvarado and Bill Brand of Fort Worth; sister, Joyce Whitehead and
   husband Jimmy of Alvarado; a very special niece, Frances Brown of
   Rendon; adopted daughter, Patty Morgan of Cleburne; special friend Joe
   Bailey of Irving; numerous nephews and nieces; and a host of genealogy
   friends all over the U.S.A.

Services provided by Rosser Funeral Home
Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at
Visit Donna's Digs (a web site with Donna's poetry)


20 MAY 1936  --  01 OCTOBER 2002

Former TXGenWeb CC for Nueces County & 
Library Volunteer for the Coastal Bend Genealogical Society
Counties for the USGenWeb.
John Joseph Dillon Sr., 66, of Corpus Christi died Oct. 1, 2002 in a Corpus Christi hospital. A funeral mass was celebrated Oct. 5 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and
interment followed at Seaside Memorial Park.

Dillon was born May 20, 1936 in Cameron, Milam Co., TX to Paul S. and Clara Ellen Dillon. He was a chemist for 20 years for the U.S. Geological Survey. He was a member of Knights of Columbus Council 6280 and the Coastal Bend Genealogical Society. He also was a volunteer worker
at the library.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Ivey Dillon in 1999, brother, Leo Patrick Dillon and his parents.

He is survived by sons John Dillon Jr. of Lake Jackson, Paul Daniel Dillon of Corpus Christi, and James Brantley Dillon of San Antonio; daughter, Dana Lynne Dillon of Durham, N.C.; brother Paul Guy Dillon of Rosebud; sister Dorothy Lindvall of Corvallis, Ore.; three grandchildren, Andrea Noelle Dillon, Jacquelyn Michelle Dillon and Rose Marie "Sookie" Dillon.


Aurale (Lee) Huff

21 October 1927 -- 9 January 2010

Former TXGenWeb CC for Caldwell & Gonzales
Counties for the TXGenWeb.

Aurale (Lee) Huff of Harwood, TX, passed away early Saturday morning at Seton Medical Center-Hays, in Kyle. Services were held at the Harwood Cemetery, Sunday, January 10, 2010. She was born in Harwood to Walter and Iva Huff and was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Walter Huff, Jr. and Wayne Huff; her sister, Martha Lewis; a son, John Holbrook; a daughter, Melinda Antuna, two granddaughters, Heather Windham and Carrie Antuna, and great-granddaughter, Kindra Albert.

Being mechanically inclined, at the age of 25, Lee rebuilt a Hillman-Minx automobile engine with no help other than instruction from her father, who had built airplanes in Harwood while she was a small child.

Lee learned her trade in the family newspaper business and, known as a “tramp printer,” travelled across the United States working in newspapers in Houston TX, San Francisco CA, Cincinnati OH, Detroit MI, Modesto CA, and San Antonio TX, where she was a Linotype operator, type-setter and, later, a computer operator. She was the first in her family to become a member of the International Typographical Union.

Lee was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she played the piano, the organ, and taught Sunday School and Family History classes to others. She loved music. She was devoted to doing Family History in the church and was, at the time of her death an active full-time missionary serving as a family history consultant and guide to people from around the world who are searching for their roots. Lee has contributed volumes of information to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, UT, which is now available online to the world. Her contributions to the family history records in both the Gonzales County Archives and the Luling Family History Center are available to all who seek the information and wish to continue the great work in which she was so eagerly and passionately engaged.

Lee is survived by six children: Jennie Conley of Idaho, Karel Holbrook of California, Peggy (spouse Michael) Aspinwall of Arizona, Philip (spouse Karin) of Colorado, Iva Antuna of Harwood and Sally (spouse Daniel) Windham of Kyle. She also leaves twenty-six grandchildren, thirty-three great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren; one brother, Wallace Huff of Ohio; two sisters, Rosemary Smith of Harwood and Frances DeChane of Michigan, and many nieces, nephew, cousins, and countless friends throughout the world. She was a wonderful mother, sister, and friend and she will be sadly missed.


06 AUGUST 1929  --  10 AUGUST 2002

Former County Coordinator for Taylor-Jones-Fisher-Nolan
Counties for the USGenWeb.
Monday, August 12, 2002 Abilene Reporter-News, Abilene, TX

MERKEL -- James Erwin Lantrip, 73, loving father and husband, died on
   Saturday, August 10, 2002. Services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the
   Merkel Church of Christ with Dick Still officiating. Burial with
   military honors will be in Mount Hope Cemetery in Anson, directed by
   Starbuck Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at
   the funeral home.

   James was born August 6, 1929 north east of Hawley, on the Old King
   Place to Wesley A. and Verna A. Gaines Lantrip. He graduated from
   Anson High School. He was a U.S. Navy veteran twenty years, retiring
   as a chief petty officer, serving in computer and communications
   services. Mr. Lantrip worked for First State Bank of Abilene as a vice
   president and data processing manager for ten years. He was
   self-employed as a data processor for several years. He was a member
   of the Merkel Church of Christ. He was active in genealogy, gardening,
   and woodworking.

   James married Shirley Rich, November 20, 1954 in Glenview, Illinois.
   She preceded him in death June 15, 1990. He married Geneva Guinn in
   1991 at Tye.

   Survivors include his wife, Geneva Lantrip of Merkel; three daughters,
   Jackie Johnson and her husband, Craig of Abilene, Donna Lantrip of New
   York City, NY, Diane Tice and her husband, Chris of Allen; two sons,
   Charles Lantrip and his wife, Stacie of Merkel, and Dennis Lantrip and
   his wife, Anne of Parker; two step- daughters, Rain Ratliff-Kilgore
   and her husband, Joe of Abilene, Brenda Bennett of Merkel; two
   sisters, Jeanette Hall and Sue McCabe both of Abilene; a brother, Lee
   Lantrip of Abilene; grandchildren, Donnie and Dustin Dodson, Elizabeth
   Lee, Sherri and Hayden Lantrip, Jack Johnson, Nicholas Tice; step-
   grandchildren, Zack Kilgore, Ryan Ratliff, John and Susan Bennett; two
   great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Memorials may be made to Hendrick Hospice Care, P.O. Box 1922,
   Abilene, Texas 79604.

   He was loved by all and will be missed dearly.


?  --  24 April 2002

County Coordinator for Moore, Deaf  Smith, Hockley, Cochran, Terry,
and Lamb Counties until January 2002


1939  --  16 OCTOBER 2001

Bage had been involved with TXGenWeb since at least April 1997. Her Clay County site recieved the The Mike Basham Memorial TXGenWeb County of the Month Award in June of 2000. (by Trey Holt)
Bage Neimeyer, 62, of Bowie died Tuesday, October 16, 2001, in Bowie.

   Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Hope Cemetery, Henrietta,
with the Rev. Chuck Aaron, pastor, First United Methodist Church, Bowie,
officiating. Arrangements will be under the direction Fry Funeral Home.
Mrs. Neimeyer was a homemaker.

   Survivors include two sons, Bobby Dan Bragg Jr. of Wichita, Kan., and
Ron Bragg of Petrolia; two daughters, Kristi Stewart of Holliday and Marie
Means of Centreville, Va.; her mother, Buna Perkins of Henrietta; a sister,
Johnnie Cowley of Bluegrove, Texas; and four grandchildren.

   Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross, 1809 5th Street,
Wichita Falls, Texas 76301, or the Rolling Meadows Foundation, 3000 McNeil Avenue, Wichita Falls, Texas 76309.



Bobbie Watson Ross, who was Great Granddaughter of Hannibal Gidings Taylor and Mary Jane Bevers Taylor died Oct 12, 2007. She was noted geneaologist and author of several books, including "Taylor & Bevers Pioneer Families of Palo Pinto County Texas." She was a long time County Coordinator for Coryell County TXGenWeb & Hamilton County TXGenWeb.

"Genealogy starts out as a pastime, rapidly becomes an addiction,
finally turns into an obsession, for which there is no known cure!
Those of us so afflicted - LOVE IT ! !"

Below is her obit from the Waco Tribune Herald Oct 13-14, 2007.

Bobbie Jean Ross
Mrs. Bobbie Jean Ross, 71, of Gatesville, passed away Friday, Oct. 12, 2007, at
her residence. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 15, at the Gatesville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at the Turnersville Cemetery. There is no set time for visitation. Mrs. Ross is survived by husband, James Ross of Gatesville; daughters, Linda Hughes and husband, John of Cove, Ark., Carol Lange and husband, LeRoy of Carlsbad, Texas, and Jeanne Hoke of Whitney; son, Bruce Moore of Laguna Park; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Sign the Guest Book at



Frank L. Saffarrans, Jr.
Frank Saffarrans, Jr.
October 22, 1923 - January  27, 2014

Frank was the CC of Hood County, TXGenWeb for many years.

Frank L. Saffarrans Jr., 90, of Arlington passed away Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. Service: 1:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery; please be prompt. Visitation:3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Moore Funeral Home. Memorials: The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Sierra Club. Frank was born in Dallas on Oct. 22, 1923. He graduated from high school in Dallas. In 1948 he received a degree from Texas A&M in electrical engineering. Frank married Doris Kendall on Nov. 28, 1946. He honorably served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Frank worked for General Dynamics/Lockheed Martin for 45 years. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Sierra Club and Hood County Genealogy Society. Frank had a passion for rappelling, jogging, canoeing, hiking, genealogy and farming. Frank was preceded in death by his sister, Mrs. Jane Johnston. Survivors: Daughters, Cynthia S. Ives and husband, Stephen, and Melissa S. LeMoine and husband, Michael; grandchildren, Morgan E. LeMoine and Maclain E. LeMoine; sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Jean Wilson.

Published in Star-Telegram on Feb. 1, 2014- See more at:


25 JULY 1935  --  13 JANUARY 2004
Ray maintained TXGenWeb's Hamilton County
The end of this earthly life for Ray Rowland Weathers, 68, occurred, Tuesday,  Jan. 13, 2004, in Temple, Bell County. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery in Hamilton on Friday, Jan. 16 preceded the Celebration of Life in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church.

Ministers who participated in the Celebration were Rev. Brad Davis, former Minster of Music, First Baptist Church, Hamilton; Rev. George Dixon, former pastor, Blue Ridge Baptist Church, Hamilton; Rev. Kevin McDonald, pastor, Chapel of the Hills Baptist Church, Lake Buchanan; Rev. Jarred Parnell, pastor, Rosedale Baptist Church, Austin; Mrs. Janet Petersen, Children's Minster, First Baptist Church, Benbrook; Rev. Randy Russell, former pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, Hamilton; Dr. Billy P. Smith, Salado Presbyterian Church, Salado; Rev. Linda Wimberly, Pastor, United
Methodist Church, Walnut Springs; and Rev. John Winner, Administrator, 
Harvest Christian School, Ft. Worth.

Mr. Weathers was born July 25, 1935, in Marietta, Love County, Okla., to Mandy Martha (Rowland) and Richard Omer "Dick" Weathers. At the age of 23 months he contracted Infantile Paralysis (Polio), which forever drastically altered his life. Mr. Weathers was a survivor and a fighter, determined to accomplish every challenge as well as being able to do all things, which his older sister and younger brother could do. At the age of nine years he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as the Master of his life and the remainder of his life was devoted to service to our Lord. The Lord blessed Mr. Weathers with a deep rich bass voice which he utilized in singing praises to our Lord and in narrating many Christmas and Easter canta-tas.  He attended elementary schools in Dale, Winters, and Ballinger. Homebound services did not exist while he was growing up, hence he had to drop out of school during the long months of recuperation from orthopedic surgeries. He graduated from Big Spring High School in 1955.  He earned an Associate of Arts from Howard County Junior College (now Howard College) in 1958 and a Bachelor of Science  from Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, in 1962. He also studied at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth; the University of Texas, Arlington; and Tarleton University.  At the First Baptist Church in Big Spring, his grandfather, Rev. Walter Pervia Rowland and Dr. Phillip Dick O'Brien presided in the wedding ceremony in which Elreeta Ann Crain became his bride.  He was ordained as a Minister of Music by Viewpark Baptist Church, in Fort Worth in 1964. Southcliff Baptist Church of Fort Worth, ordained him as a deacon in 1972.  Mr. Weathers served as Minister of Music at Greenhill Baptist Church, Snyder; Viewpark Baptist Church, Fort Worth; First  Baptist Church, Aspermont; Crusaders Chapel, Fort Worth and Blue Ridge Baptist Church and Calvary Baptist Church, Hamilton.  In addition, he worked in the broadcast industry in both radio and TV, in sales, as a shoe repairman, and as a teacher until health forced his retirement in February, 2003.  Mr. Weathers was a member of First Baptist Church, Hamilton; of the Leon River Valley Sons of the American Revolution; and was one of the directors of the Blue Ridge Cemetery Association.  He was preceded in death by his father; his sister, Virginia Izella "Ginger" (Weathers) Cowley, and his brother, Rev. Jimmy Wayne "Jim" Weathers.

Survivors include his wife, Elreeta; his mother; Martha Weathers, Marietta, Okla.; his daughter, D'Ann (Weathers) Herrod and her husband, Nathan Herrod, Gainesville, Fla.; his brother-in-law, Earl Cowley, Jr., Odessa; his niece, Beverly Campbell, Marietta, Okla.; nephews, Gerry Cowley and his wife, Pam, Plains; and Bobby Cowley and his wife, Elaine, Midland; grandnieces, Michelle Campbell, St. Louis, Mo., Meghan Cowley, Houston and Shannon Guara, Odessa; grand-nephew, Ian Cowley, Houston and numerous other rela-tives and special friends.  Pallbearers were Bill Barkley, Todd Barkley, Don Cook, David Courtney, Steven V. McCloskey, Kenneth Taylor, Jim Wayman, and Charlie Winner. Honorary pallbearer was C. W. "Dub" Varner. 
Riley Funeral Home

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