Selected Families and Individuals


Living.

Living [Parents].

They had the following children.

  M i Living.
  M ii Living.
  M iii Living.

Travis Lavon LEWIS [Parents] 1, 2 was born on 24 Jan 1930 1 in Crossett, Ashley Co., Arkansas 1. He died on 7 Jun 2007 1. He was buried in Hickory Grove Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas 1. Travis married 1 Annie Mae LORD.

-Obituary excerpt from the "Ashley County Ledger":
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   Travis Lewis, 77, of Longview, formerly of Crossett, died Thursday, June 7, 2007. Born on January 24, 1930, in Crossett to George and Icie Estelle Farrar Lewis, he was a Baptist and a security guard at Georgia Pacific Plywood until retiring in 1998. He loved animals and all sports and enjoyed fishing, gardening and working in his shop.
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Living.

They had the following children.

  M i Living.
  F ii Living.

Willie B. MCDOUGALD [Parents] 1, 2, 3 was born 3 on 10 Jun 1895 1, 2 in Arkansas 1. He died 3 on 18 May 1987 2 in Crossett, Ashley Co., Arkansas. He was buried in Simms Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas 2. Willie married 3 Myrtle M. WILLIS 2, 3.

Myrtle M. WILLIS 1, 2 was born on 2 Sep 1901 2. She died on 3 Sep 1952 2. She was buried in Simms Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas 2. Myrtle married 1 Willie B. MCDOUGALD 1, 2, 3.

They had the following children.

  F i Doris M. MCDOUGALD was born on 7 Jan 1923. She died on 3 Sep 2001.

Living.

Living [Parents].


Living [Parents].

Other marriages:
Living

Living.

They had the following children.

  M i Living.
  F ii Living.
  F iii Living.
  F iv Living.
  F v Living.
  M vi Living.

Living.

Living [Parents].

They had the following children.

  M i Living.

Living [Parents].

Living.

They had the following children.

  F i Living.

William Thomas "W. T." HIGGINBOTHAM [Parents] [scrapbook] 1, 2 was born 2 on 15 Jan 1919 in Hamburg, Ashley Co., Arkansas. He died 2 on 6 Feb 2006 in Monroe, Ouachita Pa., Louisiana. He was buried 2 on 9 Feb 2006 in Pinewood Memorial Park, Ashley Co., Arkansas. W. T. married 1 Dorothy RAINWATER "Dot" on 14 Dec 1945 in Crossett, Ashley Co., Arkansas.

Obituary excerpt from the 15 February 2006 Ashley County Ledger
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   William Thomas (W. T.) Higginbotham, 87, of Hamburg, died Monday, February, 6, 2006, at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, LA. Born in Hamburg on January 15, 1919, he was the son of the late Joe A. & Estelle White Higginbotham. A lifelong resident of Ashley County, Mr. Higginbotham was an Army Air Force veteran of World War II earning the rank of master sergeant. After returning to Hamburg, he was associated with Higginbotham Motor Company, served as Ashley County Judge for 22 years and was president of the Wilmot State Bank. In recent years, he had been engaged in farming. A member of the First Baptist Church since 1929, he had been an active deacon and a junior boys Sunday school teacher. At the time of his death, he was the oldest continuous member of the church.
   He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Gardner-Timberlake Post of the American Legion and was the first World War II veteran to serve as post commander. He was a former president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Kiwanis Club and the Ashley County Fair Association; a former director of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and the Ashley County Sheltered Workshop, and served on the Southeast Arkansas Development Council and on the planning commission for Forest Echoes Vocational Technical School
   In 1975, he received the Arkansas Community Development Exceptional Accomplishment Award for Leadership in Local Communities. In 1997, he was presented a 50 year service award by the officers of Prairie Lodge No. 465. He was also a 32nd Degree Mason and a Shriner.
   An avid outdoorsman, he loved hunting and horseback riding. He was a member of H & H Deer Camp, the Kelley Place Bird Hunters and the Crossett Riding Club and a past president and 60 year member of the Prairie Country Club.
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Dorothy "Dot" RAINWATER [Parents] [scrapbook] 1 was born on 15 Aug 1924 1 in Picayune, Pearl River Co., Mississippi 1. She died on 23 Jul 2008 1 in Houston, Texas 1. She was buried in Pinewood Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas 1. Dot married 1 William Thomas HIGGINBOTHAM "W. T." on 14 Dec 1945 in Crossett, Ashley Co., Arkansas.

-Obituary excerpt from the "Ashley County Ledger":
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   Dorothy Rainwater Higginbotham, 83, of Hamburg died Wednesday, July 23, 2008, in Houston, Texas, where she had recently moved to be near her daughter and her family. She was born on August 15, 1924, to Robert Jennings and Eunice Smith Rainwater at the country home of her maternal grandparents in Picayune, Mississippi.
   She moved with her family to Crossett in 1938, where she graduated from high school. Following graduation from Ouachita Baptist College, she married William Thomas Higginbotham of Hamburg, recently discharged from the Army Air Corps, on December 14, 1945. She and her husband made Hamburg their permanent residence. Their only child, Rebecca Lynn, was born December 9, 1951.
   Dot's teaching and counseling career at Hamburg High School spanned 38 years. She obtained her master's degree in counseling from the University of Central Arkansas. Following retirement in 1984, she founded the Hamburg High School Honors Scholarship Program and served as its chairman until 2004. She was instrumental in organizing the Fifty Year Club for high school alumni, which inducts members annually during the Hamburg Armadillo Festival.
   Active in church and community affairs, Dot was a member of Hamburg First Baptist Church since 1945. At various times she taught Sunday School at junior, young adult and senior adult levels. She was a member of the Ashley County Library Board of Trustees, serving as president for two years, and was a member of the Hamburg Area Chamber of Commerce. Dot was active in the Ladies' Golf Association of the Prairie Country Club, which she and her husband joined in 1946.
   In 2002 the Hamburg School District awarded Dot the first Richey Emory Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her leadership in the Hamburg High School Honors Scholarship Program. Dot received the Fred LaGrone Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hamburg Area Chamber of Commerce in 2005 for her contributions to the community, and in 2006 she was honored to serve as Grand Marshal of the Hamburg Chamber's Christmas Parade.
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Marriage Notes:

Marriage date and location from: The family Bible of John Edwin and Lucy Hyde Rainwater, transcription of original, Glidie Rainwater Mobley

They had the following children.

  F i Living.

Living.

Dorene HIGGINBOTHAM [Parents] 1 was born 2 on 18 Oct 1917. She died 1, 2 in Dec 1984 in Helen, White Co., Georgia. Dorene married Unknown SHERRILL.


Zachariah R. "Zack" WHEAT [Parents] 1 was born 2, 3 in Aug 1872 in Arkansas. Zack married 3, 4 Anna M. STANLEY 4 about 1900.

From the historical records of Central Baptist Church, Berea, Ashley County Arkansas
January 18th 1890:
"A committee of three was appointed consisting of J. R. Rodgers, O. B. Franklin and W. A. Green to investigate general rumors against Bro. Zac Wheat, John Williams and Sam Linder and to report at next meeting."
February 15, 1890:
"...Called for the report of the investigatory com. Bro. J. R. Rodgers reported that Bro. Zac Wheat acknowledge to dancing and getting drunk and ask the church to bear with him until our next meeting. Report received and Bro. Wheat's request granted. Bro. Walter Green reported that he had seen Bro. John Williams and Bro. Williams stated that he would meet with the church at her next meeting. The report was received and Bro. Williams being absent, the church preferred charges against him for gambling and drunkness and the church withdrew fellowship from him. Bro. O. B. Franklin stated that he had been unable to see Bro. Sam Linder and he was continuing to investigate the rumors against Bro. Linder."
March 15th 1890:
"Called for a report of the committees 1st Bro. O. B. Franklin reported that he had not seen Bro. Sam Linder but thought that the rumors was sufficient for the church to exclude him. The church received the report and preferred charges against Bro. Sam Linder for getting drunk and withdrew fellowship from him. Bro. Zac Wheat being absent, the church preferred charges against him for the sins he had acknowledged to and the church withdrew his fellowship from him."
Aug 1891:  Zach is restored to fellowship with Central Baptist Church.
March 12, 1892: "Bro. Zac Wheat stated that he was guilty of unchristian conduct and was sorry for it and wanted the church to for give (sic) him and the church for give (sic) him."
Dec 11th 1892: "A committee was appointed consisting of J. R. Franklin and E. T. Johnson to investigate general rumors against Bro. Zac Wheat and John Williams for drunkness, profanity and dancing and report at the next meeting."
Feb 4th 1893: "Bro. Franklin and E. T. Johnson made a report which was received and com discharged. And the church perfered (sic) charges against Bro. Zac Wheat and John Willis for drunkness (sic), profanity and dancing and with drew fellowship from them."
Aug 7th 1897: Restored to fellowship with Central Baptist Church.
Mar 11 1899: "A motion was moved to exclude Bro. Z. R. Wheat for drinking intoxicating liquors which was voted down and his case continued to next meeting and the clerk was appointed to notify him."
Apr 8 1899: "Bro. Z. R. Wheat was present and made an open confession and asked the church to forgive him which was granted."
Oct 7 1899: Appointed as one of four delegates to attend the church's district meeting.
Sep 7 1901: "Bro. Z. R. Wheat made acknowledgment for getting drunk. The church accepted the acknowledgment and forgave him."

Anna M. STANLEY [Parents] 1 was born 1, 2 on 19 May 1877 in Arkansas. She was baptized in 1894 3 in Central Baptist Church, Berea, Ashley Co., Arkansas 3. She died 1 on 13 May 1902. She was buried 1 in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas. Anna married 1, 2 Zachariah R. WHEAT "Zack" 4 about 1900.

They had the following children.

  M i
Clinton Ambry WHEAT 1 was born 1 on 10 Dec 1901. He died 1 on 13 Aug 1902 in Berea, Ashley Co., Akansas 2. He was buried 1 in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas.

  From the August 14, 1902 Ashley County Eagle"
"Mr. Zack Wheat’s baby son, aged about six months, died at Berea last Tuesday morning."
  Note that the headstone at Mt. Olive has surname spelled as "Wheet".

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