In Memory of our

TXGenWeb Volunteers

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

In Memory of

Rob Yoder

Rob Yoder, Tarrant County, Texas
2 Sep 1953-30 Oct 2023
Previous State Coordinator for TXGenWeb (2019-2020) and County Coordinator for Tarrant, San Saba, Deaf Smith and Ellis counties.

  With much sadness I'm letting you all know that our previous SC, Rob Yoder died on Monday evening at his home in Fort Worth. I didn't know Rob very well but he was the room tender for our Tuesday night chat and was a pretty funny guy.
  Robbie Gene Yoder was born 2 Sep 1953, in his beloved Tarrant County to Harry Gilstrap Yoder and Dorothy Marie Ward. I believe he was the youngest of four children. Rob never married and had no children but leaves behind several nieces and nephews of whom he was very fond.
  Rob died 30 Oct 2023 at the age of 70. His remains have been cremated and those will be buried with his parents at Greenwood Cemetery #2 in Weatherford. His family will hold a small, private ceremony in his honor.
  Rob began his work with TXGenWeb in 1998 when he volunteered to manage Tarrant County. A year later, he became the assistant in Ellis County. Once he had his bearings and became comfortable with working on the Internet, he never hesitated to help out. After Shirley Cullum's death in 2019, Rob filled in the remainder of her term and has fostered several other counties for several years. Without his guidance and farsightedness, my terms as SC would have been much more difficult.[Gina]
Mr. Robbie Gene Yoder
September 2, 1953 - October 30, 2023
  Robbie (Rob) Gene Yoder, 70, of Fort Worth, Texas, passed away on Monday, October 30, 2023. Robbie was born on September 2, 1953, in Fort Worth, Texas to Harry Gilstrap Yoder and Dorothy Marie Yoder. Robbie graduated from O. D. Wyatt High School in 1971. Although he never married or had children of his own, he was very active in his nieces' and nephews' lives, attending many concerts, baseball, softball and football games and other events. He was a coach and umpire of youth sports. Robbie was a retired journeyman electrician with a 35 year membership in the I.B.E.W. Local Union 20. Robbie was very active in community volunteering with the Fort Worth and Texas Genealogical Societies. He served in many positions and worked tirelessly on genealogy projects over the years. Robbie was a member of The Red Helmets, a group of civilian volunteers that provides relief and rehab for the Fort Worth Fire Department. He was active with F.W.P.D. in Code Blue. Robbie was also an amateur radio operator (N5IHB).
  Robbie will be dearly missed by his brothers, Lester (Genny) and Gil (Linda). He held favorite uncle status with his nieces and nephews: Tracy Spear (Rick), Rick Yoder, Steve Yoder, Rhonda Franklin (Shawn), Laura Williams (Barry) and Dena Stelly (Jason). He also leaves ten great nieces and nephews and five great great nieces and nephews.
  Robbie was preceded in death by his parents and dear sister, Carolyn Dobbs.
  There will be no memorial service. A private burial will be held in Weatherford, Texas.
Wade Funeral Home and Crematory

In Memory of

Elaine Nall Bay

Mary Elaine Nall Bay, Grayson County, Texas
16 Nov 1948-26 Oct 2023
County Coordinator for Grayson County.

I didn't know Elaine at all because she did her work quietly and well - I haven't had a reason to contact her since becoming SC. She has been a CC and part-time surfer since 1999.
Mary Elaine Nall Bay
16 Nov 1948-26 Oct 2023
Lavon, Texas
  Mary Elaine Nall Bay, 74, entered Heaven's gates on Thursday, October 26, 2023, at her home in Lavon, Texas. Elaine was born November 16, 1948, in Dallas County, Texas, one of identical twin girls born to Jessie Darlene Pilcher and William Clem Nall.
  After graduating from South Garland High School in 1967, Elaine obtained Bachelor's degrees in English and History from the University of North Texas and was awarded a Texas Teacher Certificate. In 1986 she received a Master of Library Science degree from East Texas State University in Commerce, Texas. She served as the Librarian at Mineola High School, Rains Independent School District, and McNeil Elementary in McKinney, and she worked passionately to inspire the "joy of reading" in each student that walked through her library doors.
  She authored several books on the history of Rains County, Texas, and was an avid genealogist and researcher, mapping and documenting area cemeteries and helping others locate their loved ones and ancestors. She also volunteered at Chestnut Square Historic Village in downtown McKinney, contributing landscape design and gardening services.
  Of all the responsibilities Elaine took on, her most cherished was that of Mother and Granny. Her devotion and support for her family epitomized the very definition of unconditional love. Her passing leaves a deep void in the hearts of her family and of all those who knew her.
  Elaine is survived by her daughter, Carrie Annette Bay of Dallas, Texas; son, Nathan Alan Bay of Wylie, Texas; son, Jesse Aaron Bay, daughter-in-law, Gwénaëlle Bay, and granddaughter, Meredith Bay, all of Pessac, France; and her twin sister, Patricia Ann Nall of Lavon, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents; former husband, Vertis Ray Bay, Jr.; and nephew, Clayton Alan Martin.
  A service to commemorate her life was held on Friday, November 3, at the Luke Tipton Cemetery in Itasca, Texas. In lieu of flowers, Elaine asked that memorial donations be made to Chestnut Square ( or to the Disabled American Veterans (, in honor of her father.
Charles W. Smith & Sons Funeral Homes

In Memory of

Douglas Anderson

Douglas Eugene Anderson, Harris County, Texas
3 Feb 1953-23 Aug 2011
TXGenWeb Coordinator, 1999-2022

It has come to our attention that we've lost another previous CC. Doug Anderson ceased communications with us last year and we removed him as CC that June. Laura has found a notice of his obituary and learned that he died this past August. Doug managed Harris, Nacogdoches, Sabine and Goliad counties almost since the beginning.
  Obituary published on by Stepping Stone Funeral Home on Aug. 22, 2023.
  Douglas Eugene Anderson of La Porte, Texas, passed away on August 11, 2023, at 11:40 pm. He was born on February 3, 1953. He is survived by his wife of 39 years: Sheila Anderson; his three children, Douglas Anderson Jr., James Anderson, and Michaela Anderson; and his two sisters, Margaret Lynn Eddy and Susie Black. He was fortunate to have four grandchildren whom he loved very much: Aeden Lea, Maria Isabel, Cherri Blossom, and Connor Blythe, as well as three nephews and two nieces. Douglas was predeceased by his mother, Hazel Ola Anderson; his father, Lynnwood E. Anderson; brothers, John Elliott, Don Evans, and James Lea; and sister, Nelda Jean Anderson Wood.
  After graduating from La Porte High School in 1971, Douglas went on to serve the United States Army and Army Reserves for 13 years and eventually rose to the position of Staff Sergeant (E-6). He was a volunteer firefighter and a paramedic for La Porte, being awarded several medals for his bravery and honor. In 1985 Douglas was awarded one of the medals by the State of Texas for risking his life and saving a little girl from drowning.
  Douglas was known to be especially compassionate and caring to everyone in need. In 1984, Douglas graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor's degree in biomedical sciences. He was incredibly smart, striving to learn more and increasing his knowledge of technology. Douglas was considered a genealogist, contributing to multiple genealogy associations. He could often be found researching and talking to anyone he could about family history. Anyone who knew Douglas knew that he was a stubborn and hardheaded man but the most loving father and husband a family could ask for.

In Memory of

Sylvia Smith

Sylvia Smith, Ellis County, Texas
30 Jun 1936-5 Apr 2023
Assistant Coordinator and Co-Coordinator for Ellis County since 2013 and valued volunteer since 1996.

  With a heavy heart I bring you the news of the passing of my Mother, Sylvia Smith. She was born June 30, 1936 and passed away April 5, 2023. We will miss you! Funeral arrangements are pending and will be held at Boze-Mitchell-McKibbon in Waxahachie. [posted by Leslie Smith Loving on Facebook]

Obituary from Boze, Mitchel, McKibbin Funeral Home
  On Wednesday, April 5, 2023, Sylvia Ann (Stanford) Smith passed away at age 86 surrounded by family.
  Sylvia was born June 30, 1936, in the family home in Red Oak, TX, to Kent and Irene Stanford. Her ancestors settled in Red Oak in the early 1800s. Her parents owned and operated the Stanford Food Store which opened in 1939. Sylvia graduated from Red Oak High School as salutatorian in 1954 where she was on the state championship basketball team. Her professional career took her to Chester Hospital and Clinics and the United States Postal Service, where she retired as a rural letter carrier after 20 years. Sylvia married Richard (Dick) Neil Smith on February 21, 1959. Dick owned several businesses in Red Oak and loved working and helping people. They raised their children and enjoyed living and participating in community activities in Red Oak.
  Sylvia's retirement from the post office was not a time for relaxing. She was passionate about Ellis Country history and genealogy. She spent many hours in the day researching family trees and local history. Sylvia loved spending time with friends, many of whom would say they appreciated her great wisdom and could talk to her about anything. After retirement, she worked part time for local radio station KBEC, where she was the radio personality "Miss Ellie of Ellis County" and would teach local history to the listeners. She was also a featured TV historian on Good Morning Texas and on the Travel Channel show, "The Dead Files."
  Sylvia also worked tirelessly volunteering her time to local organizations and served on many boards and committees including: Chairman- Ellis County Historical Commission; President- Ellis County Genealogical Society; President- Ellis County Women's Building Board; President- Ellis County Museum Board; Chairman- Ellis County Child Welfare Board; Secretary- Red Oak High School Alumni Association; Red Oak Cemetery Board; Lancaster Genealogical Society Board; Rebecca Boyce Daughters of the American Revolution; Daffin-Latimer United Daughters of the Confederacy; Corresponding Secretary- Pleasant Run Daughters of the American Revolution; Secretary- Waxahachie Downtown Merchants Association; Vice President- Ellis County Rural Heritage Farm; Volunteer Coordinator- Ellis County Museum; Gingerbread Trail Committee; Crape Myrtle Festival Committee; Ellis County Veterans Appreciation Day Ceremony Greeter; Member of the Bibles & Bubbly Bunch; Member of The Silver Stars.
  Sylvia received many local and state awards and designations including the Texas Historical Commission John Ben Shepperd County Historical Commission Leadership Award (2001); the Mable Frame Award by the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce for her contributions relating to tourism (2013); and the Historic Preservation Leadership Award in recognition by Historic Waxahachie, Inc. (2015). She was also crowned the Waxahachie Crape Myrtle Queen (2015); and named the Grand Marshall for the Red Oak Homecoming Parade (2021), Distinguished Alumni by Red Oak High School Alumni Association (2021), and Ellis County Genealogical Society Outstanding Women of the Year (2023).
  Sylvia was preceded in death by her parents; brother Von Gene Stanford; and husband Richard "Dick" Smith. She is survived by sisters Janice Davis and Linda (Dee) Stanford; her children Kevin Stanford (Carla), Neil Smith (Sheryl Goodson), Leslie Smith Loving (Jason); stepchildren Grace Fulton (Larry) and Sue Sturrock (Bill); and grandchildren Alyssa Standford Lowe, Brice Stanford, Meagan Smith Howell, Emma Smith, Ella Smith, Thomas Fulton, Davis Fulton, Elizabeth Fulton, and Justin Roberson; and great-grandchildren Sammy Stanford, Lu Stanford and June Howell.

In lieu of flowers, please make donation in Sylvia's honor to:
Red Oak Cemetery
PO Box 248
Red Oak TX 75154

ROHS Alumni Association
Red Oak High School Sylvia Stanford Smith Scholarship Fund Attn: Laura Kelly
PO Box 9000
Red Oak TX 75154

In Memory of

Sheila Kee Pool

Sheila Kee Pool, Upshur county, Texas
24 Oct 1939-18 Mar 2023
Assistant Coordinator and Co-Coordinator for Gregg, Upshur, Cass and Camp counties since 2014.

  Graveside services for Sheila Kee Pool, 83, of Gilmer, will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, March 25, 2023, at Rosewood Cemetery with Brother Charles Johnson officiating. The family will receive friends 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm, Friday, March 24, 2023, at McWhorter Funeral Home.
  Sheila was born October 24, 1939, to Donald and Yenta Corrine Carson Kee in Dallas, Texas, and passed from this life on March 18, 2023, surrounded by her family.
  Sheila married Paul M. Pool, July, 1984. She worked as an office manager for Kilpatrick Life Insurance Company before her retirement.
  Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Elizabeth White (David), Kenna Prior (Frank), Cache Dickerson, and Jo Gina Dickerson; sister, Mindy Pollock; grandchildren, Robyn, Josh, Amanda, Paul, Sam, Ashley, Josh, Bethany, Clynton, Justin, Alex, Anna, Marissa, Dusty, Brandi, Cait, Asia, Topher, Lacey, Josh, Lee, Lindsey, Sting Ray, Jessica, Stephen, and Michael; great-grandchildren, Devin, Jake, Abby, Ana, Robert, Autumn, Jasee, Kyleigh, Buddy, John Wayne, Landyn, Gabe, Jax, Lilly, Davey, Blaze, William, Ruby, Elizabeth, Stella, Brahm, Palmer, Maddie, Anson, Connor, Kendra, Everleigh, Victor, Audrey, Lane, Nora, Killian, Vanessa, Sawyer, Daxson, Arabella, Aurora, Ezekiel, Quinn Ivy, Jace, Elias, Abel, Lucas, Azalea, Jonah, Paxton, Theodore, Luke, Paisley, and Beau; and great-great-grandchildren; Audrey Rose, and Hudson.
  She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul M. Pool in 2015; and her son, Paul Scott Pool in 2005.
  Pallbearers are grandchildren, Clynton, Justin, Jesse Lee, Josh, Topher, Michael, Stephen, Dustin, and Sting Ray; and great-grandchildren: Jake, Autumn, and William.
  Please visit Sheila's online registration book at to leave a memory for the family.

In Memory of

Marylee Knight

Marylee Knight, Panola county, Texas
28 Apr 1945-14 Dec 2022
Panola County Lookup Volunteer since 1997 and TXGenWeb Coordinator, since 2003

It was my pleasure to work as Marylee's webmaster after her other partner died. [Gina]

Allen Funeral Services, Inc.
  Marylee Knight, 77, of Beckville, passed away on December 14th, 2022 in Cushing.
  Visitation will be 5:00PM on Monday the 19th at Dickie Allen Funeral Home.
  Graveside services will be held 11:00am Tuesday the 20th at Fenton Cemetery with Rev. Sally Couvillion officiating. Pallbearers will be Rawhide Randall, Devan Randall, Jerry Brown, Josh Leggett, Michael Cole, Carl Smith, and Sam Laurent. Honorary Pallbears will be Ronnie LaGrone, Bill Farmer, and Kevin Jones.
  Marylee was born in Marshall to Allene Watson and Jake Crawford on April 28th 1945. She went to school at Beckville ISD. She married Thomas Earl Knight of Beckville. Marylee attended SFA for Journalism for a couple years. She worked for several years for the state of Texas as well as Panola County, with being a dispatcher and being a part of the rural addressing office. She loved tending to her many many flower gardens, studying family trees, and talking about anything history related.
  Marylee is preceded in death by husband Thomas Earl Knight, mother Allene Crawford, and father Jake Crawford.
  Marylee is survived by sons Brian Knight and Lee and his wife Sandi Knight. Grandchildren Breanna Knight, Eric Knight, Ashley Knight, Jacob Knight, Andrew Knight, and Joseph Knight. Great Grandchildren Jaxon Sherrod.

In Memory of

Linda Blum-Barton

Linda Blum-Barton
20 Nov 1956-28 Nov 2022
TX GenWeb County Coordinator, Erath, Howard, Starr and Wilson, 2003-2022

  "I'm heartbroken to share with you that Linda Blum-Barton passed away in the comfort of her home on Nov. 28 at 9 am. Her daughter, Katie, will post arrangements on Linda's facebook page.
  "Linda was an original member of USGenWeb, GAGenWeb SC, served on the Advisory Board as SEMA CC rep 2003/04 - 2007/08, SEMA SC rep 2021/22, current SEMA CC rep, and was one of my USGenWeb friends." [Linda K Lewis]
Howze Mortuary
Linda Blum-Barton, 66, of Greenville, passed away Monday, November 28, 2022, at her home.
  Born in Griffin, GA, she was a daughter of the late William Wesley and Mildred McLean Blum. She was a career draft person, owned and operated A Family Affair with her husband. She was also an enthusiastic genealogist, gemologist, political activist, and a board member Friends of Historic Woolsey.
  She is survived by her husband: Toby Barton; son: Christopher Barton; daughter: Katie Barton; step-daughters: Toraye Izatt, Leesa Akins; grandchildren: Luke, Trinity, Mason, Michael; sister: Elaine Baker(Philip); and many loving nieces and nephews.
  Along with her parents she was predeceased by a sister, Judy Powell.
  The family will receive friends Saturday, December 10, 2022, from 1-2pm at Mowell Funeral Home, Fayetteville, GA.
  Funeral services will be Saturday, December 10, 2022, at 2pm at Mowell Funeral Home with burial to follow at Woolsey Baptist Church Cemetery.
  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Friends of Historic Woolsey, Inc. P.O. Box 301 Brooks, GA 30205.
  The family will be at their respective homes.
  Online condolences may be expressed to the family at
  The Howze Mortuary, Travelers Rest, is in charge of the arrangements. (864) 834-8051
  Funeral arrangements in Georgia will be handled by Mowell Funeral Home & Cremation Service (770) 461-7641.

In Memory of

Jan Cortez

9 Apr 2022
Postcard Project, County Coordinator, Bexar and Frio, 2003-2009

  "It is with the deepest regret and heartfelt sadness that I inform you of the passing of one of our original USGenWeb members and great genealogists, Jan Cortez. Jan was found deceased in her home in Michigan on April 10. The authorities believe she passed quickly the previous day, April 9, due to a heart attack. She requested no funeral. Her son and family were in attendance at her burial on April 13 in Ladner Cemetery, Stanwood, Mecosta County, MI, by Daggett Gilbert Funeral Home.
  "I don't know of a time in USGenWeb without Jan Cortez, and it's hard for me to imagine USGenWeb without her. She has been a staple of our community and a huge contributor to our resources. Jan has been a member since 1996 and contributed much to the Tombstone Project for MI. She was listed as MIGenWeb Archives Coordinator in 2002 and served as MIGenWeb State Coordinator from 2003 until her untimely passing. Jan also served as NENC CC Representative from 2003/04 - 2006/07, and then as NENC SC Representative from 2007/08 - 2008/09. She was CTGenWeb SC for the past several years and recently became the GAGenWeb ASC." [Linda K Lewis]

In Memory of

Jacqueline Latham Monette

Dr. Jacqueline Latham Monette
15 Mar 1944-3 Feb 2022
County Coordinator, Coke, 2005-2018

  Dr. Jacqueline Monette "Jackie" Latham, age 77, passed away on February 3, 2022, at Faith Presbyterian Hospice in Dallas. She was born March 15, 1944, in San Angelo, Texas, the only child of Lee Roland Latham and Virginia Pearl Ray. Her father was a P-38 Lightning fighter pilot during WW II, assigned in 1943 to the 339th Fighter Squadron on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. Her mother was a talented landscape artist.
  Jackie met her husband while she was working on her Masters Degree in microbiology and teaching microbiology lab at Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) in Ft. Worth. She later applied and was accepted to TCOM, where she earned her Doctor of Osteopathy degree in 1984 but did not pursue a career in medicine. After her husband completed his Internal Medicine training at Methodist Medical Center in Dallas, they were married in the United Methodist Church on Preston Road in Dallas on September 15, 1984.
  Jackie's belief in Jesus Christ as her Savior governed her daily living and gave her His promise of everlasting life. Her cremation will be under the direction of Aria Funeral Home in Dallas and her ashes buried in the Latham Family plot in the cemetery at Robert Lee, Texas. A memorial service for her is pending.
  She was preceded in death by her father and mother and is survived by her husband of 37 years, Dr. Donald Holcomb of Dallas, first cousins Bill Pharis and wife Pam of Levelland, Texas and Jan Pharis and wife Grace of Las Cruces, New Mexico. If desired, donations may be made to the SPCA of Texas or to the San Angelo Genealogical and Historical Society.
  Published in San Angelo Standard-Times. Posted online on February 11, 2022.

In Memory of

Debbie Parker Wayne, CG

Debbie Parker Wayne, CG
19 Jan 2022
County Coordinator, Nacogdoches, until 2006

  It is with extreme sadness and shock that I [Scott Fitzgerald] announce the passing of Debbie Parker Wayne, CG. Her husband Jim Wayne called me this morning and told me that she has passed due to complications of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Debbie did not want a funeral and Jim will respect her wishes.
  Debbie and Jim moved to Tyler in late 2019 after living in Cushing, Texas for a number of years.
  One of her proudest achievements was receiving her Certified Genealogist designation. I know that she was active in several societies including East Texas Genealogical Society and Texas State Genealogical Society (TxSGS) where she served as DNA Project Chair. I am sure that she was a member of others that I cannot name.
  Debbie was active in publishing books and articles. In March 2019, Debbie served as editor to Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques and Case Studies. In September 2016, Debbie and Blaine T. Bettinger published Genetic Genealogy In Practice. Debbie has contributed to the National Genealogical Society's publications and TxSGS's Stirpes and many others. Debbie maintained a website and a blog called "Deb's Delvings".

In Memory of

Bunny Shumate Freeman

Bunny Shumate Freeman
11 Jan 1957-12 Oct 2021
Assistant State Coordinator, Surfer, CC for Henderson, Dallam, Franklin, Menard and Rains counties; a Co-CC for Brooks, Cottle, Fort Bend, Hill, Kaufman and Nolan counties, Dedicated CC Award Committee Member and our Orphan County Coordinator.

  Bunny Lou Shumate Freeman, of Athens, went home on October 12, 2021. Bunny was born July 11, 1957, in Rantoul, Illinois, she was 64. She was the oldest child of Ray and Jana Shumate.
  Bunny loved garage saling, family get-togethers, genealogy, and most of all spending time with her granddaughters.
  She was in genealogy for more than 40 years, volunteered on the Texas genealogy website since 2000, a member for the Historical society, Athens Genealogy Organization, and Daughters of the American Revolution.
  Bunny graduated in Athens in 1975. She married her soul-mate, Ron Freeman in 1984, where she raised her sons Aaron and Luke Freeman.
  She is survived and will be greatly missed by her mother, Jana Shumate of Athens, John Shumate of Edgewood, Janice and Chad Lovell of Lake Tawakoni, Angela and Doyle Hartman of Athens, Her loving son Aaron and wife Samantha Freeman and son Luke Freeman, Two beautiful granddaughters RayLee and Squirt (Zalin) Freeman, all of Athens, and many nieces, nephews and great friends.
  Bunny is preceded in death by her father Orban Ray Shumate, grandparents, John and Gladys Williams and Chester and Winnie Shumate, and her honorary son, Zach Piper.
  A day of life celebration for Bunny will be at her home church at, Willow Springs Baptist Church on FM 59 on January 15th from 2-4 p.m. Memorial Service

In Memory of

Tamara Dean Stevens

Tamara Dean Stevens
December 17, 1955-July 29, 2021
CC for Concho, Knox, McCulloch and Sutton counties

Obituary for Tamara Stevens

Tamara (Tammy) Dean Stevens, age 65, passed away on Thursday, July 29, 2021 in New Orleans, LA. Tammy was born December 17, 1955 in Valdosta, GA to Gladys and Lem West. She married Rick Leiby on December 19, 2012. She was a popular and well-loved bartender in the French Quarter in New Orleans for over 20 years. She was described by her friends as being exceptionally kind and thoughtful. For many she was an amazing woman and a source of wisdom, advice and attentive listening. Two of her nicknames were 'Big Legs'-which you know, they weren't and Tammy Trouble-which you know, she was. She was always laughing and making jokes. She loved rescuing greyhounds and through the years saved three wonderful dogs who benefitted from her unending love. Her favorite football team was the Washington Redskins and she was an avid fan from the time she was a teenager. Through her interest in genealogy she expanded the size of her family and made many friends. Even those who never met her in person considered her a friend. She is survived by her loving spouse, Rick Leiby; her two sons, Neil Jackson, his wife, Nichole, granddaughters, Avery, Samantha and Madelynn, and grandson, Canaan Jackson of Conroe, TX and her youngest son Brian 'Iggy' Jackson, Los Angeles, CA; her sister June West, El Centro, CA and nephew, Wes Warner, Las Vegas, NV; her aunts Barbara Jean West and Shirl Copeland; uncles Elijah (E.L) and Pete West, and cousins Cheryl Patterson Dill, Terri Copeland Greener. She is predeceased by her mother, Gladys West; her father, Lem West; and her beloved sister, Terry Mays. There will be a Second Line Parade in the French Quarter to celebrate Tammy's life. Date and time will be announced. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Greyhound Pets of America, Louisiana/Mississippi; 25 Pipes Loop, Covington, LA 70435 or donate via PayPal and IGive. Tammy spread joy and fun wherever she went and many of us smiled because of her. Our lives were better because she was in it.
The Times-Picayune, 6 Aug to 8 Aug 2021.

In Memory of

Barbara Ann Peck

Jun 1945-May 2021
Comanche County Coordinator

  I don't have any information on Barbara's life or death but I know she and Tim Seawolf-Self were CCs for Comanche, Eastland and King counties for many years and were amazing at getting information online. Barbara lived in Glendale, CA, until her age and handicaps required her move to Phelan with best friend, Tim.

If anyone knows anything, please contact the TXGenWeb SC.

In Memory of my virtual friend

Bettie Gary Wood

Bettie Gary Wood
March 21, 1954-January 18, 2021
Bosque County Coordinator & Former SC, TXGenWeb, 2004-2006

Obituary for Bettie Wood

Bettie Wood passed away on January 18th, 2021 at the age of 66 in her hometown of Tatum, TX. Bettie was born to Rueben and Gladys Storch on March 21st, 1954.

Bettie is survived by her husband Robert Wood. (Who she met in Laredo while carrying a red balloon in her mouth.) She is also survived by her daughter Vona Nicholson, her son Jason Wood, her granddaughter Lindsey Pena, her grandson Mason Nicholson, and her great granddaughter Tessa Pena. Bettie is also survived by all of her loved ones that called her "Mama Wood" as she was a mother to all that knew her.

Bettie was a member at the First Baptist Church of Tatum where she enjoyed fellowship with her church family spreading the word of God. Bettie was filled with love and happiness for all things but none more so than her love for her Dachshunds. She enjoyed smiley faces, corny jokes, and working on her genealogy helping others track down and learn about their own family history. Bettie beamed with love for her family, smiled with positivity for the world, and could hug the pain right out of even the most hurt person. Heaven is lucky to have such an Angel for she will be missed by all that knew and loved Bettie Wood.

Funeral services for Bettie Wood will be held Saturday, January 23 at 2 pm at First Baptist Church of Tatum. A burial will follow at Rusk County Memorial Gardens in Henderson.

Rader Funeral Home online memorial

In Memory of

JoAnn Stewart Myers

January 4, 1943-December 20, 2020
Burnet County Coordinator since 1999

Obituary for JoAnn Myers

Barbara JoAnn Myers of Burnet, TX passed away December 20, 2020 in Round Rock,TX at age 77.

JoAnn was born on January 4, 1943 to Joseph David Stewart, Jr., and Dorothy Mae Stewart (Daniels) in Harrison, AR. She attended Grapevine High School in Grapevine, TX, and Draughn's Business School in Dallas. She graduated from Grapevine High School in May 1961. During school, and after graduation, she worked in the secretarial field.

A few months after graduation, she married (Bob) Robert Mack Myers, Sr., on November 23, 1961 in Fort Worth, TX. Bob's Air Force career took the family to many different locations across the US- including Little Rock, AR., Brown Mills, NJ., Rantoul, Il., San Antonio, TX., and across the world to Europe, where she and her family lived in Torrejon, Spain for three years. When they returned from Spain, they moved to Mountain Home, ID., for two years, and then returning to San Antonio, where she and Bob lived until their retirement in March of 1997.

In 1997, Bob and JoAnn moved to Burnet, TX., where they built their home known as "the Deer Camp." JoAnn enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest. She was able to travel the world during her 16 years in the Civil Service, from which she retired as a GS-11. She loved to tell stories about her travels, and she collected many knick-knacks from each place she went- and each of those knickknacks had a story behind it. She thoroughly enjoyed retirement- she loved spending time with her family any chance she got. She loved baking, and would make all kinds of delicious desserts when her kids and grandkids came to visit.

She was known as "Nana" to her grandchildren, whom she adored...and they adored her. JoAnn was an amazing mother and grandmother; she was always there to listen when someone needed to talk or vent, or needed a shoulder to cry on. She usually had advice to offer, and she was NEVER afraid to offer her opinion (in the most loving way possible, of course.) She was a talented seamstress, and she loved to make handmade clothing, blankets, etc., for her kids and grandkids. She was involved in many volunteer organizations in Burnet and surrounding counties, such as the Burnet County Genealogical Society, Friends of the Herman Brown Free Library, Burnet County Historical Commission, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Daughters of the American Revolution, Crime Stoppers, and many more. She spent almost every Friday at the library doing volunteer work for more than twenty years.

JoAnn is survived by her husband of 59 years, Bob, of Burnet, TX; son Robert Myers, Jr., of Henderson, NV., daughter Karen Myers, of Burnet, TX; daughter Diana Cluck, formerly of Lakehills, TX., but now living in Burnet as well. She also leaves behind grandsons Tyler Cluck and Maximo Myers. She touched many lives, and will be remembered for her warm smile, positive outlook, and her kindness towards all she met. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Friends of the Herman Brown Free Library.

"What was the happiest day of my life? That's really hard to say...I've had many, many happy days. How could one be labeled as the happiest? My happy days started with meeting and going out with Airman Robert Myers.... then the day when he proposed marriage to me; when we got married; when we drove to San Antonio for our honeymoon and explored the riverwalk and Lone Star Brewery grounds, and Breckenridge Park. When we had our first, second, and third children. Every event we discovered together, every place we lived and made another home, every milestone our children made through their lives were happy days when I look back on them. We had some sad and even bad days. But I don't even think about them. We got through those bad days and there's no reason to remember. I prefer to think about all our adventures and concentrate on the happy times. Even in our retirement we have wonderfully routine, but happy days. Just being together. Forever."
- JoAnn Myers

Burnet Bulletin, Wednesday, December 30, 2020

In Memory of

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.

In Memory of

Holli Boone Kees

Holli Boone Kees
September 21, 1957-November 5, 2019

Former TXGenWeb Co-CC for Henderson 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

In Memory of

Shirley Webb 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~

In Memory of

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

In Memory of

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.

In Memory of

Jo Ann Clark Fox

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.

In Memory of

Barbara Jeanne Roach Knox

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.

In Memory of

Cynthia Samples

Cynthia Samples
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).

In Memory of

Doris Omera Harrison

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

In Memory of

LaDarla Walker Keith

LaDarla Walker Keith
March 3, 1936-April 30, 2014

Former TXGenWeb CC

Keith obituary

In Memory of

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:

In Memory of

Shirley Douglas Webb

Shirley Douglas Webb
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 store, 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.

In Memory of

Margaret Meyer Simpson

Margaret Meyer Simpson
20 Jun 1943-27 Jan 2023

Former TXGenWeb CC for Medina County

  Margaret Lynn Simpson was born on June 20, 1943 in Hondo, Texas, to Welton Edward Meyer and Virginia Grace Ulbrich Meyer. She grew up in Hondo, Texas, and graduated from Texas State University with a Degree in Mathematics. She worked in accounting in the petroleum industry before taking an early retirement in her 40's. She was quite an artist and loved to paint and draw, and was also a patron of the arts, including the theater and ballet. Margaret enjoyed spending time outside camping and gardening. She liked to spend time researching genealogy and finding out about her family's roots.
  Margaret Lynn Simpson passed away on January 27, 2023, in Houston, at the age of 79.
  She is survived by her children, Joe Simpson, Rene McIntyre, and Lynda Thomas; as well as eight grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Edward Charles Meyer.
  A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 4, 2023 at the Schmidt Funeral Home Grand Parkway Chapel, in Katy, with Rev. C. McAllister 'Mac' Vaughn officiating.

In Memory of

Lola Faye Withrow

Lola Faye Withrow
31 August 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.

In Memory of

Lois Faye Hardy Kennedy

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.

In Memory of

Aurale (Lee) Huff

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.

In Memory of

Dorothy Mae Wallace Albrecht

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.

In Memory of

Bobbie Jean Watson Ross

March 1, 1936-October 12, 2007
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 !!"

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

In Memory of

Donna Flo Brand

Donna Flo Brand
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
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In Memory of

Ray Rowland Weathers

Ray Rowland Weathers
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

In Memory of

John Joseph Dillon, Sr.

20 May 1936-1 October 2002

Former TXGenWeb CC for Nueces County & Library Volunteer for the Coastal Bend Genealogical Society

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.

In Memory of

James Erwin Lantrip

6 August 1929-10 August 2002

Former County Coordinator for Taylor, Jones, Fisher & Nolan Counties for the TXGenWeb

Monday, August 12, 2002 Abilene Reporter-News, Abilene, TX

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

James was born August 6, 1929 north east of Hawley, on the Old KingPlace to Wesley A. and Verna A. Gaines Lantrip. He graduated fromAnson High School. He was a U.S. Navy veteran twenty years, retiringas a chief petty officer, serving in computer and communicationsservices. Mr. Lantrip worked for First State Bank of Abilene as a vicepresident and data processing manager for ten years. He wasself-employed as a data processor for several years. He was a memberof 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 in1991 at Tye.

Survivors include his wife, Geneva Lantrip of Merkel; three daughters,Jackie Johnson and her husband, Craig of Abilene, Donna Lantrip of NewYork City, NY, Diane Tice and her husband, Chris of Allen; two sons,Charles Lantrip and his wife, Stacie of Merkel, and Dennis Lantrip andhis wife, Anne of Parker; two step- daughters, Rain Ratliff-Kilgoreand her husband, Joe of Abilene, Brenda Bennett of Merkel; twosisters, Jeanette Hall and Sue McCabe both of Abilene; a brother, LeeLantrip of Abilene; grandchildren, Donnie and Dustin Dodson, ElizabethLee, Sherri and Hayden Lantrip, Jack Johnson, Nicholas Tice; step-grandchildren, Zack Kilgore, Ryan Ratliff, John and Susan Bennett; twogreat-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.

In Memory of

Wanda June Lovell

September 16, 1941-24 April 2002

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

In Memory of

Azora "Bage" Neimeyer

6 January 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.

In Memory of

Malcom Luther "Mike" Basham

Malcom Luther
15 May 1942-15 September 1997

Second State Coordinator for TXGenWeb

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)