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Living [Parents].

Living [Parents].

They had the following children.

  F i Living.
  F ii Living.

Leopold BRIEDEN [Parents] [scrapbook] was born on 30 Sep 1843 in Oberentzen, Haut-Rhin, France. He died on 22 Jun 1922 1 in San Antonio, Bexar Co., Texas 1. He was buried on 23 Jun 1922 1 in Roselawn Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar Co., Texas 1. Leopold married Catherine PICHOT on 12 Jun 1870 in Castroville, Medina Co., Texas.

Stone Mason

Roselawn Cemetery now known as San Fernando Cemetery #3.

Catherine PICHOT [Parents] [scrapbook] was born on 7 Dec 1852 in Castroville, Medina Co., Texas. She died on 29 Jul 1926 in San Antonio, Bexar Co., Texas. She was buried in Roselawn Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar Co., Texas 1. Catherine married Leopold BRIEDEN on 12 Jun 1870 in Castroville, Medina Co., Texas.

They had the following children.

  F i Marie Alvenia "Alva Mary" BRIEDEN was born on 31 Mar 1871. She died on 2 Dec 1960.
  M ii
Leopold BRIEDEN was born on 25 Sep 1872 in Castroville, Medina, Texas. He died on 25 Sep 1872 in Castroville, Medina, Texas.
  M iii
Thomas Alfred BRIEDEN was born on 19 Sep 1873 1 in Castroville, Medina, Texas. He died on 2 Mar 1969 1 in Castroville, Medina Co., Texas 1. He was buried in Moore Cemetery, Frio Co., Texas 1.
  F iv
Mary Ellen BRIEDEN was born on 14 Aug 1875 in Castroville, Medina, Texas. She died on 18 Nov 1876 in Castroville, Medina, Texas.
  M v
Frederick Marcus BRIEDEN was born on 13 Feb 1877 in Castroville, Medina, Texas. He died in 1910 in Mexico.
  F vi Elenora Mary Elizabeth "Lilly" BRIEDEN was born on 21 Dec 1879. She died on 18 Jun 1961.
  F vii
Clafta Theresia BRIEDEN was born on 18 Jan 1882 in Castroville, Medina, Texas. She died on 23 Jul 1953 in Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas.
  F viii
Mathilda Irene "Mattie" BRIEDEN was born on 23 Aug 1883 in Castroville, Medina Co., Texas. She died on 7 Jun 1976 1 in Austin, Travis Co., Texas 1.
  M ix
Paul I BRIEDEN was born in 1887 in Hondo, Medina, Texas. He died on 22 Feb 1919 in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas.
  F x
Leopold Ervin BRIEDEN was born on 25 Apr 1885 in Castroville, Medina. She died before Feb 1919.

Documents demonstrate she signed Lilly Lenora Looney in her own hand.  Other names on documents relating to her include: Eleanora Mary Elisa Brieden, Lilly Elizabeth Brieden, and more.

Jean Nicolas PICHOT Jr [Parents] [scrapbook] was born on 5 Feb 1820 in Milly Meuse Lorraine France. He died 1 on 28 Feb 1864 in Castroville, Medina Co., Texas. He was buried 2 in St Louis Catholic Cemetery, Castroville, Medina Co., Texas. Jean married Regina HALLER on 24 Nov 1846 in Bexar Co., Texas.

Jean Nicolas Pichot Jr. was awarded two 640 acre sections of land on the bank of Hondo Creek, a branch of the Rio Frio.  He later owned a saloon on the west bank of the Medina River, and a home on the east bank. He allegedly kept his money in a barrel and slept at the saloon to protect the business.  He was robbed and killed on 25 Feb 1864 (Eva Lee Pichot Smith).

Regina HALLER [Parents] was born on 24 Apr 1830 in Fellering, St. Amarin, Haut Rhin, Alsace, France. She immigrated on 8 Apr 1844 to Galveston Co., Texas. She died on 12 Feb 1892 in Austin, Travis Co., Texas. She was buried in Salem Lutheran Cemetery, Austin, Travis Co., Texas. Regina married Jean Nicolas PICHOT Jr on 24 Nov 1846 in Bexar Co., Texas.

Other marriages:
RICH, John Baptist

Immigratn:                08 Apr 1844          Jean HALLER and Marie Anne GOLLY; Galveston, Galveston County, Texas; departing Strasbourg 22 Nov 1843 on the "Heinrich."

They had the following children.

  F i Theresa PICHOT was born on 15 Oct 1847. She died on 4 Mar 1938.
  F ii Catherine PICHOT was born on 7 Dec 1852. She died on 29 Jul 1926.
  F iii Maria Emilia PICHOT was born on 5 Oct 1856. She died on 27 Oct 1919.
  M iv Louis Nicolaus PICHOT was born on 6 Dec 1858. He died on 23 Oct 1925.
  M v
Adolph Albert PICHOT was born on 7 Aug 1862 in Medina County, Texas.

Jean HALLER was born on 29 Jul 1805 in Fellering, Oderen, France. Jean married Marie Anne GOLLY.

Immigratn:                08 Apr 1844          Jean HALLER and Marie Anne GOLLY; Galveston, Galveston County, Texas; departing Strasbourg 22 Nov 1843 on the "Heinrich."7  Castro's sixth ship.

Marie Anne GOLLY was born on 15 Jan 1808. She died on 13 Nov 1892. Marie married Jean HALLER.

Immigratn:                08 Apr 1844          Jean HALLER and Marie Anne GOLLY; Galveston, Galveston County, Texas; departing Strasbourg 22 Nov 1843 on the "Heinrich."7

They had the following children.

  F i Regina HALLER was born on 24 Apr 1830. She died on 12 Feb 1892.

Jean Nicolas PICHOT Sr [Parents] [scrapbook] 1 was born on 15 Jan 1785 in Nantillios, Milly Meuse, Lorraine, France. He immigrated on 5 Jan 1843 to Galveston, Galveston Co., Texas. He died about 1845 in Medina Co., Texas. He was buried in St Louis Catholic Cemetery, Castroville, Medina Co., Texas. Jean married Marie Elizabeth Josephine CHARPENTIER on 15 May 1807.

Jean Nicolas Sr. and Louis, his older brother, both learned their father's trade, that of a cordier (rope maker).

Jean Nicolas Sr. had eleven children with Marie...but only four lived to adulthood and only three moved to Texas.

Jean Nicolas Sr. came to Texas without his wife with the ardent desire to make enough money to buy back the rightful title of duchess which was taken from her family during hte French revolution.  Her family had escaped persecution only by moving to Alsace.  Jean Nicols, a man of intelligence owned a vineyard and was a cordier by profession for income.  The family's status in life had been reduced in France and he was determined to regain what had been stripped from them by going to Texas to earn the money needed to restore their rightful position.

He had the forethought to bring several volumes of lawbooks to the new country.  Since he was one of the nine original settlers who first arrived to settle the village of Castroville, he without question was the first to bring lawbooks to Castroville.  With the many excellent records recorded in the county and not in other counties of the times this seems to indicate they served their purpose well.

The excitement of it now being possible for Nicolas Sr. to accomplish dream gave him a great deal of energy. He did many extra jobs for the money.  His great grandaughter Bertha Brauer Griffen wrote "being energetic J.N.P. went to cut hay on the Helotes and was bitten by a rattlesnake..."  It is known rattlesnake bites are not always fatal she continued "...and a man by the name of Linderburg or Linderman gave him a glass of turpentine mistaken for whiskey to counteract the poison of the bite and caused his death after a short time.  His burial place can still be seen all walled up and a fence around it."  

The bite occurred just three years after they arrived in America.  Probably the summer of 1846.

The children now had the responsibility to carry out the family dream without him.

No priest and no Catholic record book at time of death.

Marie Elizabeth Josephine CHARPENTIER [Parents] was born on 18 Apr 1785 in Grand Pre, Department of Ardennes. Marie married Jean Nicolas PICHOT Sr 1 on 15 May 1807.

They had the following children.

  M i Jean Nicolas PICHOT Jr was born on 5 Feb 1820. He died on 28 Feb 1864.
  F ii Marie Jeanne "Jeanne Marie" PICHOT was born on 13 May 1824. She died on 26 Oct 1888.
  F iii
Alexis PICHOT was born on 24 Jun 1826 in Milly Meuse Lorraine France. She died on 2 Nov 1912 in Medina Co., Texas. She was buried 1 on 3 Nov 1912 in St Louis Catholic Cemetery, Castroville, Medina Co., Texas.

Got Alexandrine as her first name from somewhere.  Alexis came from Bonnie Ludwig's book.

Alexis is said to be the most exuberant of the two girls when telling the family of the free land that was available in the new country called Texas.

Andre BRIEDEN [Parents] [scrapbook] was born on 25 Sep 1808 in Oberentzen, Haut-Rhin, France. He died on 5 Sep 1881 in Castroville, Medina Co., Texas. He was buried 1 in 1881 in St. Louis Catholic Cemetery, Castroville, Medina Co., Texas. Andre married 1 Elizabeth ZUERCHER on 1 Jan 1837 in Oberentzen, Haut Rhin, Alsace, France.

On-line listing of St. Louis Catholic Cemetery has a lot of Briedens listed there, but does not have Andre Brieden (http://www.rootsweb.com/~txmedina/cemeteries.htm).

Elizabeth ZUERCHER was born 1 on 28 Oct 1808 in Oberentzen, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, France. She immigrated 1 in 1846. She died 1 on 28 Sep 1854 in D'Hanis, Medina Co., Texas. Elizabeth married 1 Andre BRIEDEN on 1 Jan 1837 in Oberentzen, Haut Rhin, Alsace, France.

They had the following children.

  M i Leopold BRIEDEN was born on 30 Sep 1843. He died on 22 Jun 1922.
  M ii
Jacques "Jacob" BRIEDEN was born on 27 Jan 1840 in Oberentzen, Haut-Rhin, France. He died in 1911.
  M iii
Jean Baptiste BRIEDEN was born on 1 Aug 1845 in Oberentzen, Haut-Rhin, France. He died on 5 Jan 1933 in San Antonio, Bexar Co., Texas.
  F iv
Louisa Mary BRIEDEN was born on 7 Mar 1847 in Vandenburg, Medina Co., Texas. She died on 1 Sep 1926 in D Hanis, Medina Co., Texas.
  F v
Regenia BRIEDEN was born in 1849 in Medina Co., Texas. She died in 1943.
  F vi
Carolina BRIEDEN was born in 1853 in D'Hanis, Medina Co., Texas. She died in 1919.
  M vii
Louis BRIEDEN was born in 1854 in Medina Co., Texas.

Andre BRIEDEN was born in 1765 in Oberentzen, Haut-Rhin, France. He immigrated 1 in 1846. He died on 16 Apr 1848 in Oberentzen, Haut-Rhin, France. Andre married Marguerite MEYER on 4 Nov 1805 in Oberentzen, Haut-Rhin, France.

Marguerite MEYER. Marguerite married Andre BRIEDEN on 4 Nov 1805 in Oberentzen, Haut-Rhin, France.

They had the following children.

  M i Andre BRIEDEN was born on 25 Sep 1808. He died on 5 Sep 1881.
  M ii
Nicolas BRIEDEN was born on 12 Mar 1811 in Oberentzen, Haut-Rhin, France. He died on 29 Apr 1815 in Oberentzen, Haut-Rhin, France.
  M iii
Jean George BRIEDEN was born on 23 Apr 1813 in Oberentzen, Haut-Rhin, France. He died on 29 Mar 1816 in Oberentzen, Haut-Rhin, France.
  M iv
Jaques BRIEDEN was born on 4 Jan 1806 in Oberentzen, Haut-Rhin, France.
  F v
Marie Agatha BRIEDEN was born on 21 Nov 1809 in Oberentzen, Haut-Rhin, France.
  M vi
Nicolas BRIEDEN was born on 6 Jul 1812 in Oberentzen, Haut-Rhin, France.

Edward Hardin "Eli" LOONEY [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1 on 22 Jul 1875 2 in Cotton Gin, Freesteone Co., Texas 2. He died on 10 Feb 1956 2 in Arlington, Tarrant Co., Texas 2. He was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Fort Worth, Tarrant Co., Texas. Eli married Elenora Mary Elizabeth BRIEDEN "Lilly" on 22 Jul 1902 in Castroville, Medina Co., Texas.

Other marriages:
SHARPE, Maude

Following is a biography written by Robert Riddle:
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"Edward Hardin Looney was about five years old when his father died in 1879. His father, James W. Looney was almost 70. Edward and his sister were sent to live with their halfbrother Fredrick B. Looney. Their mother, Mary Rushing, "a little red-haired school teacher" had died soon after the birth of Ed's sister, Frances Mae, in 1876. Fredrick B. Looney was almost 40 years older than Ed. The presence of a tiny half-brother and half-sister in the household apparently created a lot of resentment. Their mother was younger than their oldest half-sister. Several of Ed's and Mae's half brothers and sisters lived in the same household at the time. Fredrick B. was a doctor and Ed called him "Bud Doc". Fredrick's wife was Martha Ann Arnett and Ed called her "Sis Annie". A half sister, Susan Looney, was "Sis Sue", and another half brother, William Riley Looney, was called "Bud Will". He may have called them "Bud" and "Sis" because he couldn't yet say "brother" and "sister" when he first knew them. Ed's older half brothers and sisters called him "Eli" and called Frances Mae "Fannie". Ed and Mae are referred to in the 1880 U. S. Census by those names. He was known to some of us as "Indaddy Looney".

Ed was not treated well. He was evidently punished often and brutally. His punishment was usually being picked up by the scruff of the neck and the seat of his pants and having his head banged against the wall. When he was about 10 years old he ran away and went to work as a water boy on the railroad. He never returned home but he would leave messages secretly to his sister in a gate post at their house in Oakwood, Leon Co., Texas. He went on to become a railroad engineer for the old Trinity and Brazos Valley Railroad, which later became part of the Great Burlington Route. In the early 1900's he was sent to Mexico to assist in training and organizing the fledgling Mexican railway system. Teague, Texas, in Freestone County, was a hub for the railroad systems running through the central part of the state. After the birth of their second child, Hylma, Ed and Lilly (Brieden) made their home there. They raised their family in Teague until 1920 when they moved to Fort Worth, Tarrant Co., Texas.

Ed had a bad temper. On one occasion a federal inspector climbed up onto Ed's locomotive to look around. Ed didn't take kindly to this and kicked the man off the locomotive, knocking some of his teeth out. For this he was fired and was denied his retirement pension from the
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.

Ed, or "Indaddy Looney" as we knew him, was a Christian Scientist. At about the age of 60, his feet got tangled in some vines while walking through his garden. He fell and broke his hip. He refused any medical help on religious grounds. His hip never mended and he was hobbled for the rest of his life. He could never walk again without the help of a crutch or a cane. He refused to stay at home and become a burden to his wife, Lilly (Brieden), so he moved out of his house and into the Home for Aged Masons in Arlington, Texas. He spent the last 20 or so years of his life in the Masonic Home. He is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Fort Worth, Texas.

(The information on the life of E. H. Looney is from a letter he wrote in 1948 to his son, Howard, and discussions with my mother Hylma (Looney) Riddle, my sister, Betty Jo (Riddle) Blair, and my brother Eddie J. Riddle.)"  (Robert Riddle)
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Moved from Freestone Co. to Fort Worth between Oct 1918 and 1920 (116 West Hattie Street, now (2005) 116 Pennsylvania Avenue. They were still residing there for the 1930 census.

Elenora Mary Elizabeth "Lilly" BRIEDEN [Parents] [scrapbook] was born on 21 Dec 1879 1 in Castroville, Medina Co., Texas. She was christened on 1 Jan 1880. She died on 18 Jun 1961 1 in Fort Worth, Tarrant Co., Texas 1. She was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Fort Worth, Tarrant Co., Texas. Lilly married Edward Hardin LOONEY "Eli" on 22 Jul 1902 in Castroville, Medina Co., Texas.

listed as "Lenora" in 1880 Census
Priest recorded her name as Eleanora Maria Elisa (not Elizabeth) Brieden

Following is a biography by Robert Riddle:
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Lilly was the sixth of nine children born to Catherine Pichot and Leopold Brieden between the years 1871 and 1885. One of the family stories to come down to us about her is that her parents allowed each of the older children who were in the family when she was born to give their new baby sister a name. Then her mother named her Lilly because she was "white as a lily". Thus her full name: "Lilly Lenora Mary Annie Elizabeth Brieden". This story was related by her daughter, Hylma (Looney) Riddle.

When we were little, our grandmother (we called her "Inday Looney") taught us a children's poem in German. This poem was taught to her by her father, Leopold Brieden, when she was a little girl. It was apparently something that he remembered his parents reciting to him. They had brought their family to the Castro Colony in Medina County, Texas, from their home in the Alsace region of France. She would recite the poem to us in German, laced with the Alsatian dialect.
It sounded to us like this:
"Ikleepty gross,
Ikleepty klein,
Ikleepty vee
Ein kleiny Shvine."
In German, it's: "Ich lieb' dich gross,
Ich lieb' dich klein,
Ich lieb' dich wie
Ein kleine Schwein."
Translated literally, it says: "I love you big, I love you small, I love you like a little pig."

Back before anyone had air conditioning, Inday had a unique way of cooling down rooms in her house during the heat of summer. In the rooms that she wanted to cool, she would put up several strings like clotheslines a little above head height. Then she would drape wet cup
towels over the strings. She would then direct an electric fan to blow air over the wet cup towels. The effect of the water evaporating from the wet towels would actually cool the room down. The difference would only be a matter of about 2 or 3 degrees, but on a day when it
was over 100 degrees outside it felt wonderful to walk into her cooled living room.
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They had the following children.

  F i Veva Olga LOONEY was born on 11 Jun 1903. She died on 16 Dec 1987.
  F ii Hylma Yetive LOONEY was born on 9 Feb 1906. She died on 19 Mar 1995.
  M iii Howard Thornton LOONEY was born on 19 Oct 1918. He died on 14 Jul 1974 from Myocardial Infarction (Heart Attack).

Horace Jewell CHRISTMAS [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1 on 21 Mar 1901 in Hamburg, Ashley Co., Arkansas. He died 2 on 4 Aug 1985 in Dallas, Dallas Co., Texas. Horace married 3 Effie Mae TAYLOR "GG" on 12 Dec 1920.

Other marriages:
BULL, Vergie Cleo

Went by "Jewell" as a boy, but later by Horace.
-1920:  residing with his widowed mother (just the two of them) in Carter TS, Ashley Co., Arkansas.

Effie Mae "GG" TAYLOR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1 on 3 Feb 1905 in Hamburg, Ashley Co., Arkansas. She died 2 on 25 Feb 1984 in Little Rock, Pulaski Co., Arkansas. She was buried 3 in Hamburg Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas. GG married 4 Horace Jewell CHRISTMAS on 12 Dec 1920.

Other marriages:
SHELL, Louie J.

Obituary from the Feb 29, 1984 edition of the Ashley County Ledger:
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  Mrs. Effie Taylor Shell, age 79, of Hamburg, died Saturday, February 25, 1984, at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock.
  Mrs. Shell was a native of Ashley County, a homemaker and former co-owner and manager of Louie Shell Grocery.
Mrs. Shell was the widow of Mr. Louie Shell, past Matron of Order of Eastern Star and had a 50 year pin, Grand Rep. Colorado and Wyoming, was a member of the Hamburg Garden club, and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hamburg.
  She is survived by one son, Mike Shell of Portland; two sisters, Mrs. Mae Tweedy and Mrs. Reba Shell, both of Hamburg; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
  Funeral services were held Monday, February 27, 1984, at 10 a.m. at Hamburg First Baptist Church with the Rev. Ken Jordan officiating.  Pallbearers were Don Tweedy, Ray Tweedy, Edwin Shell, Frank Taylor, Mitchel Taylor, Bruce Switzer, Phil Switzer, and Ovid Switzer, Jr.  Honorary Pallbearers were the men of Eastern Star.  Interment was in the Hamburg Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.
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They had the following children.

  M i Jack Horace SHELL Sr. was born on 1 Jul 1924. He died on 23 Apr 1950.

Barton Rutherford "Bart" SMITH [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2 on 11 Oct 1883 in Berea, Ashley Co., Arkansas. He died on 4 Sep 1947 3. He was buried in Hamburg Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas 3, 4. Bart married Amelia Carolyn FARRAR on 2 Oct 1923.

Other marriages:
MCDOUGALD, Ada Ethel

   Bart was born 11 Oct 1883 near Berea, Ashley Co., Arkansas.  He was the second of at least seven children born to Charles and Mollie.  Bart's early life would be filled with tragedies. Just before Bart turned 5, his older brother John would die. Then when Bart was 8, a deadly round of flu struck the family and he lost both of his parents, as well as a newborn brother and at least one other sibling. Bart and the surviving siblings would live with their uncle Sam Smith.
   As a teen Bart went to an academy in Wilma, Arkansas (West of Monticello) to learn to teach. The woman of the house where he was boarding supposedly had turnip greens to eat every day. Bart didn't like turnip greens, but quickly learned to like them! Bart began teaching when he was only 15 years old, and is thought to have taught in Berea [Ethyl Smith Shell]. (It is noted that at age 16, the 1900 census records Bart's occupation as "Farm Laborer", so if he was teaching at the time it was not his principal occupation).
   In 1900 at 16 years of age Bart is residing with his uncle, Sam Smith in Carter TS, Ashley Co., Arkansas. In 1910 at age 26, Bart was single and boarding in a hotel owned by Mittie Hill in Hamburg, Arkansas. His cousin, Guy E. Smith (Sam Smith's son) is also boarding there. It also appears Bart's occupation is with the insurance business, likely a precursor to his abstract business..
   Bart would marry Ada "Addie" McDougald in about 1913 and have two children. In January 1920 Bart and Addie were residing in Hamburg on Lincoln street and Bart's occupation is "abstractor." Bart's abstract business was located on the square in Hamburg [Ethyl Smith Shell].
    Addie died in January 1923, and within the year Bart married Amelia Carolyn Farrar on 2 October 1923. In 1930 Bart and Amelia's home is valued at $3500 and they owned a radio. Neighbors at this time include the Sawyer, Peoples and Barnes families.
   Bart died on September 4, 1947, at the age of 63 and after 23 years of marriage to Amelia.  He was buried in Hamburg Cemetery.

Amelia Carolyn FARRAR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1 on 13 Oct 1898 in Rawls, Ashley Co., Arkansas. She died 2 on 14 Jan 1980 in Lake Village, Ashley Co., Arkansas. She was buried 3, 4 on 16 Jan 1980 in Hamburg Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas. Amelia married Barton Rutherford SMITH "Bart" on 2 Oct 1923.

Completed school (only 8th grade at the time) at a high school which was located at what is now University of Arkansas, Monticello. After that went to business school in Tyler, Texas.

Obituary from the Jan 4, 1980 edition of the Ashley County Ledger:
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  Mrs. Amelia C. Smith, 81, of Hamburg died on Monday, Jan. 14, 1980 in Lake Village. Mrs. Smith was the widow of Bart Smith, a former federal employee and restaurant owner and was a member of the Hamburg First Baptist Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Ethyl Shell of Hamburg; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Dell Aultman of Titusville, Fla.; a sister, Mrs. Lela Farrar of Hamburg and eight grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.
  Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 10:30 a. m. at the Hamburg First Baptist with Dr. Tommy Cunningham officiating.  Pallbearers were Earl Scott, Erskine Harriman, Gene Barnes, W.T. Higginbotham, Ed Person, Charles Franklin, Roddy Lochala, Tommy Hollis and Louie Gene Foote.  Burial was in the Hamburg cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg.
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They had the following children.

  F i Living.

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