The Tishomingo Capital-Democrat
Thursday, January 6, 1944
Rites for W. D. RUSHING
Funeral services were held Monday for W. D. RUSHING, age 71, resident of Johnston County more than 40 years, at the Chapman funeral home chapel. Mr. Rushing died of a heart attack Sunday at the home of a son, BUD RUSHING, with whom he had lived for many years. Services were read by Rev. EMET KIMBROUGH with interment in the city cemetery. One other son, BOOTS RUSHING in the county, is the remaining survivor.
Corporal and Mrs. CHARLES COUCH spent the past week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. A. MILLER at Emet. He is with the Marine Corps at Pensacola, Florida.
County Missing in Action
Two of Johnston County’s flying sergeants were reported missing in action. Sgt. HOMER KING HUTCHENS, son of J. B. and Mrs. IDA M. HUTCHENS of Tishomingo, and Sgt. GLENN GARDNER, son of Mr. and Mrs. JAMES GARDNER of Milburn, were both reported missing in action. Hutchens graduated from Tishomingo high school and joined the Army Air Corps in Dec. 6, 1942. He has one brother, J. R. HUTCHENS, who is a captain in the Air Corps and a sister Mrs. DOUGLAS TROTTER in Tulsa. Gardner attended Milburn school and later Murray College, entered service Sept. 13, 1941. His brother, Capt. J. T. GARDNER, is home on leave, after flying over enemy territory in Europe.
Thursday, January 13, 1944
Carpenter Dies of Pneumonia
VIRGIL LACEY, age 50, carpenter, died Monday in an Ardmore hospital after an illness of a few days with pneumonia. Lacey lived in Tishomingo the past 14 months. Funeral services were in the Chapman funeral home chapel with Rev. W. O. FELTS officiating. Burial was in the city cemetery. He is survived by his wife.
Thursday, January 20, 1944
Funeral services for WILLIAM STURDY PEXTON, age 70, county resident, were held Monday in the Presbyterian-Christian Church with Rev. M. M. ROSSER, pastor, officiating. Pexton died Saturday, Jan. 15, at the home of his son, THOMAS E. PEXTON, where he had made his home since 1935. He was active in church work since his youth. Born in Beverly, England, July 16, 1865, Pexton came to the U. S. when he was 15 and settled in Nebraska. He began working for a railroad company in 1884 and continued for 33 years. He spent years in Wyoming and came to Tishomingo in 1935. In 1891 he married JENNIE LENORE HARPER at Arapaho, Nebraska, and five children were born to them. Surviving are three sons and two daughters, THOMAS E. PEXTON of Tishomingo, LAWRENCE M. PEXTON of Denver, Colorado; FRANK S. PEXTON of Kansas City, Miss MARY PEXTON of Denver, and Mrs. ERNEST PENNY of Chickasha; two brothers, THOMAS S. PEXTON of Santa Rosa, California, and JAMES PEXTON of Seattle, Wash.
Thursday, January 27, 1944
Hit by Auto, County Child Dies
Funeral services for HEARL GENE, age 7, son of Mr. and Mrs. CARL DENNIS of near Tishomingo, were held with graveside rites in the Condon Grove cemetery Tuesday. Rev. W. O. FELTS of the Tishomingo Nazarene church and Rev. R. E. KIMBROUGH of Tishomingo officiated. Chapman funeral home directed. The child died Sunday night in an Ardmore hospital of injuries received late Sunday afternoon when he was struck by a car on Hwy 22, 2 miles east of Milburn, outside the Condon Grove cemetery. Both legs were broken, there were a skull fracture, and other injuries. CARL DENNIS, father, said the family had been visiting friends and the two families had crossed the highway to visit the grave of a friend who was buried there Saturday. As they returned, the child apparently dropped a ball and it rolled into the road. When he stepped on the road to get the ball, he was struck by a car and thrown 30 feet. The car driver is employed by OCAD in Oklahoma City.
Capt. EARVIN J. CRADDOCK, Co. G., 179th Infantry, 45th Division, Fifth Army, won a silver medal for gallantry in action on Nov. 6, 1943 in Italy. His wife FAYE CRADDOCK lived at Tishomingo.
60 Year Old County Resident Dies
Funeral services for STEVE DAVIS, age 60, county resident, were held at the graveside in Condon Grove cemetery Saturday afternoon. Rev. LEE NALL officiated, directed by Chapman funeral home. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. CORA DAVIS; two sons, Pvt. ROLAND DAVIS of Camp Mexia, Texas, and Pvt. JAMES C. DAVIS of Legrand hospital at New Orleans; one daughter, CHARLENE DAVIS of Oklahoma City; two sisters, Mrs. NORA ODELL of Fillmore and Mrs. MAY HANSEN of Purcell.
Thursday, February 10, 1944
Mrs. ALICE WHITTLE, who recently died, was born in Alabama, Feb. 14, 1874, and married R. M. WHITTLE in 1890. At age of 19, Mrs. Whittle united with the Missionary Baptist Church and remained a member. She was preceded in death by a son. Children surviving are: J. R. WHITTLE of Santa Rosa, Cal., Mrs. LIGE DUPREE of Wapanucka, HOUSTON WHITTLE of Emeryville, Cal., Mrs. PEARL HURT of the home and OPAL WHITTLE of Oklahoma City.
Thursday, February 17, 1944
B-17 Crashes at Mill Creek;
A B-17 flying fortress crashed at Mill Creek last Saturday and killed ten of the crew while the 11th man parachuted to safety. The plane was based at Ardmore Army Air Field and was on a combat training flight. The dead:
Capt. WILLIAM R. HECK, pilot, whose wife, lives at Ardmore.
2nd Lt., ROBERT N. BULLOCK, co-pilot, whose wife ELLEN N. BULLOCK lives at Cedar City, Utah.
2nd Lt. JACK L. RIDER, bombardier, whose wifelives at Glendale, Cal.
2nd Lt. COLLIN G. GERSTNER, navigator, whose wife ALMA B. GERSTNER lives at Minneapolis, Minn.
Capt. OSWALD L. BERNICK, bombardier instructor, whose wife Mrs. M. L. BERNICK lives at Biloxi, Miss.
Sgt. ALBERT F. FRANCZYK, oxygen instructor, whose mother Mrs. ANNA FRANCZYK lives at East Vandergrift, Pa.
Corp. ANTHONY S. CASINO, asst. engineer, whose mother, Mrs. Casino lives at Hollansbee(?), W. Va.
Sgt. ROY N WISE, radio man, whose mother Mrs. ALICE WISE lives at Texarkana, Ark.
Sgt. LESLIE C. HALL, gunner, whose wife NONA M. HILL/HALL lives at Medford, Oregon.
Sgt. JACK W.ASBA/SABA, engineer, whose wife, ESTELLA MAE SABA/ASBA lives at Dansville, Ill.
Mrs. MARY M. WILLIAMSON died Feb. 14 at her home in Tishomingo. She was the former MARY M. KELTNER, and was born in Iowa in 1875. At age of 2, she came to Sherman, Texas, to live with her grandmother, Mrs. EMMA MCPHERSON, editor and owner of the Sherman Democrat newspaper. She was educated at Key College and was organist at the First Presbyterian Church for 15 years. She married C. L. WILLIAMSON at Sherman in 1902. In 1904 they made their home in Tishomingo. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church all her life. She is survived by daughter, Mrs. T. L. DEATON, and one granddaughter Mrs. ROBERT STANFIELD of Tacoma, Wash.
Thursday, February 24, 1944
In the Chapman funeral home chapel Sunday afternoon, funeral services were held for CHARLES WOOLARD, age 52, of Tishomingo. His mother died in McAlester on the afternoon of the same day. Rev. M. D. GENTRY of the Tishomingo Baptist Church officiated with burial at the city cemetery. Woolard, who died Friday at the family home, was born Oct. 9, 1802 in Fannin County, Texas. He moved with his parents to Mannsville in infancy and at age of 11, united with the Baptist Church. On April 9, 1915, he married Miss LELA MAE PETERMAN of Mannsville and five children were born to them. In 1923 the family moved to Tishomingo. He is survived by his widow, four children, Mrs. ERNEST HOOSIER of Tuskahoma, Mrs. GRAHAM CARR, CHARLES GENE WOOLARD and EUGENIA WOOLARD, all of Tishomingo; two brothers, WILL WOOLARD and LEO WOOLARD who live in California.
Thursday, March 2, 1944
Gardners Hear from Son
Mr. and Mrs. J. T. GARDNER of Milburn received a letter in his own handwriting from their son, Sgt. DAN GLENN GARDNER who was taken prisoner in Rumania.
Son Missing in Action
O. S. MCIVER, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. I. MCIVER of Tishomingo, is reported as missing in action in the European area. The second son, VAN MCIVER, is in the Navy.
Three girls, SHIRLEY ANN MITCHELL, JOAN BROWN, and GEORGIA MORRIS, all of Kingston, were sentenced to six months in the penitentiary for grand larceny.
Milburn by Mrs. RUBY MCGLOCKLIN
‘Uncle’ BILL SHORT, long time resident of Milburn, died at Atoka. He is survived by his wife, three daughters and some grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. JOHN BUCKANAN/BUCANNAN of Jimtown and Lt. HENRY PHIFER of Clovis, N.M. were here to attend the funeral.
Former Tishomingo Woman Dies in Arkansas(?)
SOFIA JANE SELBY, age 66, died at the home of her son, RICHARD SELBY, in Pryor last Friday. She lived many years in Tishomingo and Ravia. She is survived by her husband, W. C. SELBY; nine children, JOHN PRICE of Stinnet, Texas; WILLIE of Madill; Mrs. KATIE GASAWAY of Wichita, Kansas; Mrs. NORENE WILLIAMS of Wichita; BENTON of Wichita; RICHARD of Pryor, Mrs. ALICE CARVER of Weatherford, Mrs. MARY FROST of Oklahoma City, Mrs. PEARL BAGGETT of Lawton, several grandchildren and three brothers, She was a member of the Spring Creek Baptist Church.
Thursday, March 9, 1944
Mrs. O. M. CASTLEBERRY received definite word that her grandson, Lt. O. H. ‘JACK’ MAGGINSON, age 23, whom she reared, was killed in action over Germany. He had been reported as missing action. Besides his grandmother, he is survived by his mother, Mrs. RUTH M. JENKINS of Fort Worth; his father, L. P. MEGGINSON of Austin, Texas; a grandmother, Mrs. J. H. MEGGINSON of Murray, Texas, and several aunts and uncles.
Thursday, March 16, 1944
Strain Brothers Met Disaster
Mr. and Mrs. B. A. STRAIN, formerly of Wapanucka, received news of the death of their son, of Lt. DAN J. STRAIN and that his brother, Lt. TED STRAIN, is missing in action. The Strain family lived at Wapanucka for years and the sons attended the school and Murray College. The Strain family now live at Broken Bow. Lt. Dan J. Strain was born at Dustin, May 17, 1920 and was with the 45th before entering the Air Corps, receiving his wings at Ellingfield, Houston, Texas, where he was killed on March 3 when his plane collided with another plane, killing 12 men. Lt. Ted Strain, who has been missing in action in the European area since Feb. 21, was a bombardier. Other family members are: Mrs. J. CLARK Jr. of Coalgate, Mrs. BOUDINOT REAM of Wapanucka, CARL A. STRAIN of Oklahoma City, TREBER STRAIN of Hays, Kansas; HEBER STRAIN of Allen, Texas; S/Sgt. FOSTER STRAIN of Clovis, N. M.
Thursday, March 23, 1944
Funeral services were held Thursday in the Chapman funeral home chapel for PHILLIP H. DEERE, age 82, who died Sunday in the home of his daughter, Mrs. O. H. DARTER of Fredericksburg, Va. He had been in ill health for five years. Chapman funeral home directed the burial in the city cemetery. Deere was born in Tennessee and moved to Indian Territory in 1886 and settled near Thackerville, near the Sugar Loaf Mountains in LeFlore County. He married in 1871 to JOSEPHINE WELLS at Malvern, Arkansas. With his family, he moved to Johnston County and made his home at Coleman in 1912. In 1920 they moved to Tishomingo and engaged in the hotel business. The hotel burned in 1926 and he retired, moved to Milburn where he lived until the death of his wife on April 10, 1933. For the past seven years, Deere made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Darter. Prior to that time, he made his home with his son, E. H. DEERE, in Tishomingo. He was a member of the Baptist Church and a Mason more than 50 years. He is survived by four daughters, Mrs. S. R. DARROW of Milburn, Mrs. F. THORNTON of Elk City, Mrs. J. REEVES and Mrs. Darter both of Fredericksburg, Va.; two sons, BUD DEERE of Fredericksburg, VA., and E. H. DEERE of Tishomingo. He also reared a grandson, GRADY DEERE, whose home is in St. Louis.
Milburn Man Dies
Funeral services were held last Thursday at the Milburn Baptist Church for LEONARD JASPER HORNSBY, age 84, who passed away March 15 at his Milburn home following a short illness. Mr. Hornsby made his home at Milburn since 1937, moving from Willow, Okla. He was a member of the Church of Christ. His wife, NANCY JANE HORNSBY, passed away in 1937. SILAS TRIPLETT of the Madill Church of Christ officiated. Interment in the Condon Grove cemetery near Milburn was directed by Watts funeral home of Madill. Survivors include four daughters, MINNIE BASSETT of California, PEARL GREEN of Oregon, JOCIE COCKSEY of Altus, BELLE MORGAN of Milburn; three sons, WESLEY HORNSBY of McLean, Texas, ROBERT HORNSBY of Willow, Okla., and PINKNEY HORNSBY of Spearman, Texas; 36 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
S/Sgt. THOMAS M. PIERCE, son of Mr. and Mrs. MELVIN K. PIERCE, was wounded in action in Italy on Feb. 20. He had been through the North Africa, Italy and Sicily campaigns.
JACK BROWN, first boy from Tishomingo to join the Marine Corps and the first to become a paratrooper, returned home after 21 months in the South Pacific, including 42 days on Guadalcanal. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. GUY BROWN, formerly of Tishomingo now in Atoka. He joined the Marines in 1940.
Thursday, April 6, 1944
Oklahoma Hero Hails from Murray
From the column ‘Oklahoma Heroes’ in the Daily Oklahoman, there is an article about Capt. HOYT ISAACS, former Murray College Aggie, from Allen, Okla., entered in the service in 1941, wrote a letter to his sister, Mrs. CLARIS JOINER at Oklahoma City. The letter is reprinted in the paper about the air raids in Europe.
LLOY NIBLETT purchased the J. B. HUTCHENS Grocery. Hutchens has been in the business in Tishomingo since the turn of the century, being one of the original builders of the town. Niblett has been in the grocery business in Tishomingo the past 23 years, but was water superintendent of Murray College the past months.
Ravia Baby Dies
Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Church of God in Ravia for JOHNNIE RAY BROKESHOULDER, age 1. He is survived by his parents (no name given) and his grandmother, Mrs. MACK LEWIS. Services were conducted by Mrs. LILLIE LYONS and interment was in the Anvil Rock cemetery near Reagan.
BILL COURTNEY, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. C. COURTNEY of Tishomingo and an engineering graduate of Murray in 1941, entered West Point in July 1941 and will complete his course there June 6. He will be assigned to Nashville, Tennessee, or Columbus, Ohio, to bomber training.
NORMA JEAN CANTRELL, two months old, died at the home of her grandmother, Mrs. SIDNEY CANTRELL, March 22. She is survived by her parents, Private and Mrs. J. D. CANTRELL, a grandfather, P. L. LILES of Milburn and grandmother Mrs. Cantrell. Services were conducted by Mrs. LILLIE LYONS of Ravia and Rev. RICHARDSON of Madill at the Church of God in Ravia. Interment was in the Ravia cemetery.
Mr. and Mrs. G. I. MCIVER received word that their son, Sgt. O. S. MCIVER, has been missing in action since Feb. 6. The plane over Germany was put out of commission and landed about 90 miles from Paris. McIver is a gunner on a Flying Fortress.
Mrs. C. T. THOMAS received word that her brother, S/Sgt. LEON E. HILL in the 8th Army Air Force has missing in action since March 8. He is a turret gunner on a Flying Fortress.
Thursday, April 13, 1944
Father of City Woman Passes Away
ROBERT NEWTON HOLLAND, age 91, died Saturday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. JOE H. CLARK of Tishomingo, where he had made his home since last August. Born in Paran, Arkansas on June 3, 1953, he married KATHERINE ELIZABETH PARRISH in 1885. Mrs. Holland died in 1941. Holland is survived by four children, Mrs. PEARL SCOTT of Dallas, Mrs. CARRK, BROOKS HOLLAND of Dallas and Mrs. ROBERT SPARKS of Wilburton, some grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Holland moved to Tishomingo, Indian Territory from Texas in 1901. He lived in Tishomingo for a few years then moved to Wilburton, lived there until last year. He became a member of the Baptist Church while a young man. Services were held Sunday at Wilburton with a special talk by CARLTON WEAVER, old friend of the deceased.
City Woman Surprised
Mrs. JOHN J. STOBAUGH, city resident, answered the telephone one day this week and received a surprise. Her brother, B. C. COX of Memphis, Tennessee, called her. She had not seen him in 31 years and thought he was dead. Cox will visit here for a week or ten days.
Thursday, April 20, 1944
With a brother in the army and another in the navy, RUTH WALLACE, a native of Bromide, decided to join the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve. Now Private Wallace is undergoing boot training at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. After training, she will be assigned to a Marine base or office, to ‘free a Marine to fight.’
Wapanuckan, Pioneer of State, Dies
JOHN A. MONTGOMERY, who was born in 1857 in Georgia, died Easter morning at his home in Wapanucka, suffering a paralytic stroke. Montgomery came with his family to Wapanucka in Indian Territory days. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church Tuesday, April 12, with Rev. ANDY WATSON of Tulsa, Rev. J. R. CARTWRIGHT and Rev. WALTER HILL officiating. Surviving are the children, J. A. MONTGOMERY, Mrs. T. N. EVANS, Mrs. C. B. RICHARDSON, Mrs. M. A. HORTON, all of Wapanucka and CONNER A. MONTGOMERY of Marfa, Texas; 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Former County Man Killed in Air Crash
Lt. HUGH JONES, Jr., age 28, who died in an airplane crash near Madison, Indiana, March 22, 1944, was born near Mannsville. He is a nephew of Mrs. BART BIRMINGHAM, and his father served as county court clerk years ago. Hugh Jr. enlisted in the Army Air Force on March 17, 1942. The family from Johnston County in 1932.
Daughter of City Couple Dies
Funeral services were held Monday for LINDA CAROL PERKINS, age 10 months, daughter of Private and Mrs. J. B. PERKINS. Linda Carol died in an Oklahoma City hospital on Saturday night, April 15. The body was brought to Chapman funeral home for services at the chapel with Rev. W. I. LOWE of the Baptist Church at Chandler officiating. She is survived by her parents, grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. D. M. PERKINS, three great-grandmothers, two great-grandfathers, and other relatives.
Card of thanks from the family of their father. Signed: Mr. and Mrs. ARTHUR MONTGOMERY, Mr. and Mrs. TOM EVANS, Mr. and Mrs. CHARLES RICHARDSON, Mr. and Mrs. MELVIN HORTON, Mr. and Mrs. CONNER MONTGOMERY and grandchildren.
The W. E. BROGDON family had a red letter day last Sunday, April 16, when the family were together for the first time in 15 years with 18 present.
The Women’s Missionary Society of the Presbyterian Church met with Mrs. PAUL PARK Tuesday. Mrs. H. D. WORKMAN is the president. Mrs. E. B. RUSH led the Bible lesson. Members present, Mesdames E. B. RUSH, H. D. WORKMAN, JOE PALMER, L. H. MICKLE, JIM HARKEY, M. C. COURTNEY, OTTO HUTTON, E. B. RUSH Sr. of Southwest Arkansas, Miss CLARA STRAUSS and the hostess.
The Business Women’s Circle of the Women’s Missionary Society of the Baptist Church met with Mrs. COY NORRIS. Mrs. W. J. SMITH gave the devotional and Mrs. GRACE SMITH gave the Royal Service lesson. Members: Mesdames KENNETH CLARK, CHRISTINE SANDERS, ROSS LIPE, JOE BAILEY COBB, JESS WILLIAMS, LILLIAN FRANKS, GRACE SMITH, W. J. SMITH, Miss EVA LULA MEHARG and the hostess.
RICHARD B. THOMPSON, S1/C stationed at Banana River, Florida, and his mother Mrs. ROY CULBERTSON of Tulsa are here visiting Mrs. Thompson and little daughter. ‘Grandma’ Richards is in Tulsa today and will return Sunday. Thompson will report to Norfolk, Va., for duty.
Mrs. J. K. MCGEHEE was hostess for a dinner in honor of her son, L. E. MCGEHEE, who has served in the Navy for 20 years. Relatives attending: the ERNEST AKINS family, the WES AKINS family, ORVILLE MCGEHEE family, L. E. MCGEHEE, Mr. and Mrs. JOHN K. MCGEHEE, Mr. and Mrs. JIM MAHUE of Durant; guests were Mrs. JOHN WRIGHT and Mrs. LILLIE LYONS, the FRANK SKAGGS family, BILLIE TAYLOR, Mrs. LEE INGRAM and children. The sailor is stationed at Norfolk, Va.
Mrs. THOMAS B. ROSS of Dallas is here for an indefinite visit with her mother, Mrs. EDAN PARKS. Mrs. Ross is the former TULLY PARKS.
Mrs. E. B. RUSH of southwest Arkansas is visiting her son, ERNEST RUSH, manager of the Dudley Hardware.
Mrs. B. F. EDELEN, mother of Mrs. HEAD WHITE, is in Durant to visit her son, B. F. who is joining the Navy.
Mr. and Mrs. BILL REED of Pittsburg, California, returned home after visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. BROGDON.
Lt. and Mrs. E. R. BRANCHCOMB and daughter of Camp Gruber visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. BROGDON.
Thursday, April 27, 1944
Former City Man Electrocuted
ROY FRYER, formerly of Tishomingo, was killed last Friday at Clinton when he came in contact with a live wire while working as a lineman for the Southwestern Electric Co. Fryer was the son of Mr. and Mrs. BOB FRYER now of Dallas. Fryer left here about six years ago. Besides his parents, he is survived by his wife and three children. Services were held Sunday at Clinton.
Cpl. JACK WOODY CHANEY, stationed at Drew Field, Tampa, Fla., visited his parents Mr. and Mrs. JACK CHANEY. His wife, the former BERNICE REED, is making her home in Tishomingo at the present.
Y. B. KITE of Milburn received word that his daughter, JESSIE LOUISE KITE, enlisted in the Waves and will leave for training at New York City. Miss Kite has two brothers in the service, T-Sgt. Y. B. KITE Jr. who was in Ireland and GENE KITE, S2-C stationed in Farragut, Idaho. She is a graduate of Milburn high school and was employed at Consolidated Aircraft, Fort Worth.
Miss BETTY BAUGHMAN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. BAUGHMAN, is now with the Red Cross at New Guinea. She was a reporter-photographer for the Oklahoma City Times for 5 years until she joined the Red Cross last February.
Brother of Mrs. AMELIA SNEED Dies
JOHN MACK, brother of Mrs. Amelia Sneed, died at his home in New Orleans, La., last Friday, after an illness of six months. Funeral services were held at Paducah, Kentucky, Monday. Mrs. Sneed attended her brother’s funeral.
TOY RIGNEY, who is in the Navy, visited his parents Mr. and Mrs. JOE RIGNEY of Russett. He has been in the Navy one year and served six months overseas, in two major battles. He returned to his station at Bremerton, Washington.
Pfc. CHARLES W. ‘POSSUM’ SMITH, who was wounded in Italy last December, was home to visit his mother and other relatives. He is recuperating from his wound at the army hospital at Okmulgee. Smith was in a chemical warfare unit in Italy when he was wounded. He entered services in February 1943.
Thursday, May 11, 1944
Funeral services for Mrs. ELIZA JANE COMBES, age 83, who died Saturday, were held Sunday. She was a member of the Presbyterian church since early childhood. She had made her home in this vicinity the past 25 years. Surviving are two sons, F. M. COMBES and L. A. COMBES, both of Tishomingo, and six grandchildren.
Thursday, May 18, 1944
Mrs. LAURA ROACH
Funeral services were held May 8 at Connerville cemetery for Mrs. LAURA V. ROACH, age 69, who died May 7 in an Ada hospital. Surviving are her husband, two daughters, Miss CALLIE V. ROACH and Mrs. NEWT HILTON, two sons, W. H. ROACH and J. V. ROACH and nine grandchildren. Mrs. Roach was born in Washington County, Arkansas and went to Texas with her family as an infant. She married Mr. Roach in Texas and the family later moved to Oklahoma.
Nida graduating class: FADA YOUNG born May 5, 1927 in Story, Ark. HAROLD AUTREY born Jan. 28, 1925 in Milburn. GEORGE RUDOLF born Jan. 2, 1926 at Caddo. JIMMIE HARKINS born Feb. 1926 at Milburn. LUCILLE KREBS born Feb. 15, 1927 at Gainesville, Texas. BILLIE RAE STALLINGS born Jan. 14, 1926 at Durant. DOROTHY MAE KREBS born Sept. 5, 1925 at Gainesville, Texas. LUCILLE LOEB born Nov. 5, 1925 at Gainesville, Texas.
Thursday, May 25, 1944
ROBERT BENJAMIN HART, age 56, pioneer business man of Tishomingo, died May 18 after a long illness. Funeral services were held Friday at the Chapman funeral home chapel with Rev. GENTRY of the Baptist Church officiating. Surviving are his mother, Mrs. EMMA HART of Tishomingo; three children, BENNIE HART Jr. of Tishomingo, ELDON HART of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and Mrs. CHARLES W. STOCKTON of Carmel, California; three sisters, Mrs. ED MAXWELL of Tishomingo, Mrs. ROY PRICE of Lindsey, Mrs. MAUDIE HOBBS of Marlow; two brothers, ALLEN HART of Milburn and ALBERT HART of Tishomingo; four grandchildren, JAMES BURTON HART, MICHAEL HART, GLENDA GALE HART and ANN HART STOCKTON. Mr. Hart was married to Miss BONNIE RAINBOLT who preceded him in death some 20 years ago. Hart was a member of the Baptist Church for many years.
Criminal court docket: EARL VARNER, BUFORD E. CATHEY, JOHN REED, EDWARD ‘RAS’ REYNOLDS, WESLEY DAVIS, THELMA MILES, SILAS HINES, LEROY STEVENS, O. T. TICE, BARNEY HOBSON, WINFRED CHANEY, JAMES QUINTON, CARLOS RAY HASINS, BILLIE JOE QUINTON, EARL HERRON.
Dies in Texas
Mrs. ONA D. SMITH, age 64, died May 17 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. ANN SMITH TONCRY in San Antonio, Texas, after a year illness. She was a resident of Milburn for 40 years. Surviving are her daughter; three sons, GUY ALLEN SMITH who is a chief petty officer in the Navy, MARION EUGENE SMITH who is a chief petty officer in the Navy, JAMES P. SMITH, a private in the Army; and one brother, J. A. RASOR of Dallas. The body was sent by train to Ravia and taken by the Chapman funeral home for services in Tishomingo Saturday with Rev. M. D. GENTRY of the First Baptist Church officiating. Interment was in the Condon Grove cemetery. One son, Guy Allen Smith, was unable to attend since he is on the sea somewhere in the south Pacific. Out of town relatives who attended the funeral: Mr. and Mrs. JOHN RACER/RASOR of Dallas; Mr. and Mrs. A. STOUT and grandchildren, of Allen; Mr. and Mrs. GARLAND RHODES and family of Stinnett, Texas; Mrs. J. I. SMITH and grandson of Pauls Valley. Mrs. Smith was the sister-in-law of BUD SMITH, county jailor.
Robbins Field in Georgia had its first Wac-Soldier wedding on Tuesday, May 2, when Private EDITH EMMA WEATHERBY was joined in marriage to Corporal JOE PENNINGTON of Tishomingo, Oklahoma. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. RALPH A. WEATHERBY of Lynn and Swampscott, Massachusetts, and is with the 4117th AAF base unit at Robins Field. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. G. D. PENNINGTON of Tishomingo, and is a member of the Air Medical Service unit.
Thursday, June 2, 1944
W. F. RATLIFF
Funeral services were held here Monday for W. F. ‘FATE’ RATLIFF, pioneer Johnston County attorney. Heart disease was the cause. He had been in declining health for some time and his condition became worse last Wednesday and was taken to an Ardmore hospital where he died Friday night. JOHN J. STOBAUGH delivered the eulogy on behalf of the county bar association. Mr. Ratliff practiced here for 25 years. Funeral services were held at the Chapman funeral home chapel with Rev. M. D. GENTRY of the First Baptist Church officiating. Pallbearers: J. B. RILEY, E. W. RILEY, KENNETH CLARK, STANLEY CUNNINGHAM, J. O. ROBERTSON and ED RUTHERFORD. Mr. Ratliff was born in Tennessee, March 20, 1874, son of NOAH and MARTHA RATLIFF. The family moved to this area 50 years ago, making their home first at Mannsville. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. ANNIE R. RATLIFF; sons and daughters, Mrs. ADELLE BROWN of New York, DOUGLAS RATLIFF of Dallas; Mrs. NORMAN ORELL(?) of Ponca City, GRADY RATLIFF of Camp Adair, Oregon, Mrs. B. PAPER(?) of Tulsa, and a 14 months old son, G. L. RATLIFF of Tishomingo; stepchildren, LLOYD REYNOLDS of Camp McClelland, Alabama, EDWARD REYNOLDS stationed in England, MARGELINE REYNOLDS of Tishomingo; brothers and sisters, Mrs. BEULAH BENTON(?) of Phoenix, Arizona, BLANCHE DANNER of Tulsa, C. E. RATLIFF of Tishomingo, and CLARENCE RATLIFF of Oklahoma City. Burial services was delayed until Tuesday afternoon waiting the arrival of his son, GRADY, from Oregon.
Graduation at Coleman
Six students were graduated from Coleman high school and ten were graduated from the eighth grade. CECIL MAZE was the valedictorian and JACK JONES was salutatorian. Other class members: EUGENE BROWN, JOHN COSTILOE/COSTELLO, JESSIE MAY WOODS and GIVEN HARRIS.
Henry C. Jarman
HENRY C. JARMAN, age 67, died last Wednesday, May 24, at an Ardmore hospital. Mr. Jarman was a pioneer of Johnston County. He was born April 13, 1877 in Smith County, Texas. When he was 5 years old, he moved with his parents to Grayson County, where he grew to manhood. He married Miss ESTELLA BROOKS on Dec. 10, 1905. In the fall of 1918, the family moved to Johnston County. Mr. Jarman became slightly ill Monday but his condition was not at first serious. He grew worse, suffered a paralytic stroke. Funeral services were held at the Troy school house, Tuesday, May 30 and burial was in the Troy cemetery arranged by Chapman funeral home. Rev. EMET KIMBROUGH conducted the services. Mr. Jarman is survived by his wife and ten children, all of whom attended the funeral except for a son who is in the Army in Italy and a daughter who lives in Washington, who was prevented by illness from attending. He is also survived by two brothers and one sisters.
Mrs. MARGIE C. BOWLES, age 87, died May 23 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. I. E. BREEDEN, of Milburn, after a week’s illness. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the home with Rev. WELDON THOMPSON of Shawnee officiating, assisted by Rev. S. H. ELLIS. Burial in the Emet cemetery arranged by Chapman funeral home. Surviving are four children, three of whom attended the funeral. Surviving are the children, Mrs. I. E. BREEDEN of Milburn, Mrs. BETTIE MOORE of Idabel, JIM BOWLES of Chandler and ARTHUR BOWLES of Oakland, California, 23 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Bowles was born in Macon, Georgia, Feb. 17, 1857 and came to Johnston County 35 years ago and has made her home with her daughter for 24 years. She married JOHN F. BOWLES who preceded her in death 18 years ago.
Thursday, June 8, 1944
Girl Drowns in Swimming near Bromide
Miss GARNETT SAMPSON, age 18, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. IVAN SAMPSON of the Cotesworth/Coatsworth community near Bromide, was drowned Sunday afternoon in the ‘Witch Hole’ on the Boy Scout property near Bromide. She, Miss ELLEN SCHULTZ, Miss LAWANDA COLE, LEON and JUNIOR SCHULTZ, GENE PIGG and HAROLD SAMPSON were in the swimming party. A good swimmer, she and Miss Shultz were swimming toward the bank from the north side of the pool and when they were within 30 feet from the bank, they grew tired and began calling for help. In the excitement, Miss Schultz nearly drowned, too but her brothers, Leon and Junior, son of Mr. and Mrs. POWELL SCHULTZ, rescued her, but it was too late to rescue Miss Sampson. One of the boys rode his horse about a quarter of a mile to where some other boys were and SON CASS, a skilled swimmer and diver, hurried to the scene and brought the body to shore. Mr. and Mrs. HARRY MILLER, Miss CAROLYN MILLER, and A-S BOB KNAPP were returning from the scout camp when they saw the trouble and began artificial respiration, continuing for three hours. Dr. J. L. HAVERLY of Wapanucka reached the scene about 45 minutes after the girl was taken from the pool. JOE ALLISON, long time resident of the Bromide community, told Mr. Miller this was the first drowning in the 40 years he had lived in the neighborhood. Mr. and Mrs. SAMPSON are pioneer residents of the Cotesworth community. Mr. Sampson is on his way from California where he has been in defense plant work. Miss Sampson leaves here parents, two sisters, WILLIE and ANNA MAE SAMPSON, and two brothers, EARL JAMES and HAROLD SAMPSON.
Funeral services were held here Tuesday afternoon for Mrs. CORA MAE PARKER, resident of Tishomingo for the past 31 years. Mrs. Parker was ill for many months. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. M. D. GENTRY of the First Baptist Church. Pallbearers: VIRGIL AULD, WALTER THOMPSON, J. B. RILEY, WILBUR WHITE, MACK RUTHERFORD, and CHARLES HEDGES. Burial was in the Tishomingo cemetery arranged by Chapman funeral home. Mrs. Parker is survived by her husband, seven children, four grandchildren, three sisters and one brother. Those at her bedside during the last days were Private and Mrs. AUSTIN PARKER and children of Tishomingo; Mr. and Mrs. GEORGE W. PARKER of Tishomingo, Mrs. LEE EDNA CURRY and daughter of Atoka, Mrs. BEATRICE THOMPSON of Muskogee, Mrs. BERNICE OWENESBY of Atoka. Cpl. BERNIE PARKER is somewhere in the Pacific and was unable to attend the services. Also here were Mrs. CARRIBELL HAUDENSCHIELD of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. W. F. MILLER of Antlers and Mrs. MARY ROBINSON of Atoka.
The WILLARD RAPER family moved here and are occupying the PEARL BALLARD home.
JACK JACKSON received a medical discharge.
Pvt and Mrs. ARNOLD MAYES visited here. He is in the Marines stationed at San Diego. Mrs. Mayes is the former NADINE HOPEFUL.
Mr. and Mrs. J. L. FRANCIS had as guests, Mr. and Mrs. ROY KENNEDY and children of Beaumont, Pvt. VANK KIRK of Denison, Mrs. NATONA NEIGH/NYE, Mr. and Mrs. FONSO BARBER of the Army. Their son FRANK in the Marines at San Diego is expected home.
Mrs. HOWARD MORAN and three month old son are on an extended visit here with her parents Mr. and Mrs. J. O. SKILLERN. Mrs. Moran was in New York with her husband who is in the Army.
SARAH FRANCES MOON is employed with the North American Aircraft Co. where her father is also employed. Mrs. Moon visited them. REBECCA, SYLVIA and BOBBY visited relatives in Ardmore.
R. M. Whittle
ROBERT MONROE WHITTLE, age 82, pioneer resident of Wapanucka, died June 2 after a short illness. Services were held Saturday at the Fillmore Baptist church with Rev. A. E. FORD, pastor of the Baptist church at Ada, officiating. Surviving are J. R. and OPA WHITTLE of Santa Paula, California; HOUSTON WHITTLE of Emeryville, California, Mrs. E. L. DUPREE and Mrs. PEARL HURT of the home; 12 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. Mr. Whittle was a native of Georgia and early in life, his family moved to Alabama. He married Miss ALICE BROWN who preceded him in death about four months ago. Mr. and Mrs. Whittle came to Oklahoma in 1901. He was a Christian man and lived a Christian life.
Pfc. VIRGINIA HARNED is home on furlough since enlisting in the WACS six months ago, stationed at Van Dorn, Miss.
Mrs. LOLA EARHART of 1520 South Main announced the marriage of her daughter, MAHOTA to LOREN J. FRUITS, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. FRUITS of Wichita, Kansas, married May 27 at the Methodist Church at Wichita. They will be at home in Tulsa. Mrs. Fruits is a sister of Mrs. JOHNNIE DEATON.
Thursday, June 15, 1944
Benge Infant Dies
CLENE LAWAYNEBENGE, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. F. L. BENGE of Coleman, died Sunday. Funeral services were held at the community church in Coleman Monday with burial in the Coleman cemetery, arranged by Chapman funeral home.
The Tishomingo prisoner of war camp is a thing of the past, most of the German prisoners and guards were moved out some time ago.
Train Kills Soldier Near Bromide Home
Pvt. WILLIAM WISDOM was killed by a train Saturday night five miles from his home to which he was returning on furlough. Stationed at Camp Phillips, Salina, Kansas, the young man had started to visit his wife and other relatives at his home four miles northeast of Bromide. He is reported to have been picked up at Coalgate about 10:00 Saturday night by FRED O’NEAL, who gave him a ride to Clarita. From Clarita, he walked six miles to the railroad crossing when he was struck by the train. Funeral services were held at the Cravatt home Sunday and burial was in the Cravatt cemetery, private Indian burial ground near Bromide. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. OTHELLA WISDOM. Chapman funeral home had charge.
Thursday, June 22, 1944
Missing in Action
Mr. and Mrs. ERNEST RUSH received the message that their son, S/Sgt. ERNEST B. ‘DOOGIE’ RUSH Jr., was missing in action May 17 over Corsica. He was a tail gunner on a B-24 Liberator and volunteered Nov. 17, 1942, receiving his wings at Casper, Wyoming, June 6, 9144. Another son, Sgt. BOB RUSH, was stationed about 50 miles from his brother. They were together for the first time April 24.
Mr. and Mrs. HEARN CHISHOLM received a letter about their son, JOHN LEWIS CHISHOLM, who is missing in action over Germany since April 29, 1944.
Mrs. EFFIE MAY LYONS of Shawnee died suddenly of a heart attack Monday at the home of her niece, Mrs. ETHEL ROW of Connerville, where she was visiting. Mrs. Lyons was born Sept. 3, 1878 in Georgia and a former resident of Connerville before moving to Shawnee. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Church of God and burial was in the Connerville cemetery. Mrs. Lyons is survived by three sons, ALEX MEEKS/MEERS of Winters, California, JAMES WILLIAMS of Shawnee, RUSSELL SHAMBLEN of Shawnee and one sisters, FANNIE MORROW of Connerville.
Thursday, June 29, 1944
Burns Fatal to Young Man at Pontotoc
CECIL POE, age 21, invalid from birth, was fatally burned by fire when his home was destroyed by fire last week. Poe is the son of Mrs. LILLIE POE, living on what is known as the Salisbury place near Pontotoc. The fire started in the kitchen Tuesday morning. The victim was lying on the bed in his room…helpless to move. Dr. J. T. LOONEY was called to attend the young man, emergency treatment given and he was taken to the University Hospital at Oklahoma City. He died at the hospital Wednesday night. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
Coach LOUIS MCCORKLE left Tishomingo for Portland, Oregon where he is employed as an electrician at the Kiser shipyards in Portland. Mrs. McCorkle and their two children will reside here until he sends for them. Mr. McCorkle taught athletics and history at Tishomingo high school the past two years.