OBITUARIES - 2002

John Alvie StarkeyJohn Alvie Starkey
John Alvie Starkey, age 66, of Lake Kickapoo, Texas, passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2002 at Wichita Falls, Texas. Graveside services will be held Friday, January 4, 2002, at 2:00 p.m. Deryl Lightfoot, youth minister at Mankins Baptist Church will officiate. Interment will be in the Masonic Cemetery, Seymour, Texas under the direction of Archer Funeral Home, Seymour, Texas.
John Alvie Starkey was born January 23, 1935 in Seymour, Texas. He attended Seymour High School. He moved to Archer City and worked in oil well servicing until 1988 when he moved to Lake Kickapoo. He was a Baptist.
Survivors include: three daughters, Geneva Wood, Lillian Wheeler, Nita Lewis all of Archer City, Texas; two sons, Delbert Huffman and George Huffman, both of Archer City, Texas; one sister, Peggy Dennis of Vernon, Texas; two brothers, Jerry C. Starkey of Chandler, Texas and Bill Starkey of Colorado Springs, Texas; special friend, Erika Lewallen of Holliday, Texas; 15 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
The family will be at Archer Funeral Home Thursday evening from 7 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Hospice, P.O. Box 4804, Wichita Falls, TX 76308.


Martha Albina Orsak
Martha Albina Orsak, age 87, of Wichita Falls, Texas passed away Friday, January 4, 2002.
Rosary was Sunday, January 6, 2002 at 5:00 p.m. at the Archer Funeral Home in Seymour. Funeral Mass was held Monday, January 7, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church officiated by Friar Richard Eldredge. Burial was in the Catholic Cemetery, Seymour, Texas under the direction of Archer Funeral Home, Seymour, Texas.
Martha Albina Orsak was born December 8, 1914 in Bomarton, Texas. She and John E. Orsak were married November 28, 1933 in Bomarton, Texas. He preceded her death in September of 1992. She worked as a clerk at Flewharty’s Furniture Store and Bickly’s Department Store for many years. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She moved to Wichita in 1997.
She is survived by: two sons, Joe David Orsak and wife, Peggy of Bridgeport, Texas and John Wayne Orsak of Wichita Falls, Texas; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
If desiring, the family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls, P.O. Box 4804, Wichita Falls, Texas 76308.


Lotus Valeria Martens Murphy
Lotus Valeria Martens Murphy, 82, of Olney, Texas died Saturday, January 5, 2002, in Wichita Falls.
The Wake was held at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 8, 2002 at Lunn Funeral Home. Funeral services were held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 9, 2002 at the St. Theresa’s Catholic Church with Father Raymond Mullan, officiating. Interment was in Restland Cemetery under the direction of Lunn Funeral Home.
Mrs Murphy was born December 2, 1919, in Goose Creek, Texas to the late Henry and Charlotte (Niedhus) Martens. She and John James Murphy were married October 1, 1942 in Olney, Texas. He preceded her in death on January 2, 1985. She graduated from Olney High Scool in 1937. She studied fashion design through Woodbury College of Los Angeles, California and took nurses training at Wichita Falls General Hospital during WWII. She was a retired private duty and Licensed Vocational Nurse. She was a member of the Hamilton Hospital Auxiliary and a past president of the VFW Auxiliary. She was very active at the Olney Senior Cub Center. She served as an officer of the Young County Democratic Party. She was also an artistic painter. She was a member of the St. Theresa’s Catholic Church and was past president of the Altar Society. She moved to Olney in 1924 from Eliasville, Texas.
Survivors include three daughters: Patricia Marie Murphy of Wichita Falls, Texas, Peggy Ann Wilcox of San Antonio, Texas, and Kathleen Diane Whisler and husband, Joe, of Westwood, Kansas; one son: Michael James Murphy and wife, Barbara, of Archer City, Texas; three grandchildren Amanda Moorhouse of Chicago, Illinois and Shane and Jason Murphy of Archer City, Texas; a niece: Laurel Smith of Portland, Oregon; a nephew: Spencer O’Neal of Victorville, California; and her caregiver: Gail Swaim of Olney, Texas.
Memorials may be made to the Lotus V. and John J. Murphy Memorial for Hamilton Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 158, Olney, Texas 76374, the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 3344 Abilene, Texas 79604, Hospice of Wichita Falls, 4904 Johnson Road, Wichita Falls, Texas 76308, the Olney Community Library, the Olney Senior Cub Center, or St. Therea’s Catholic Church Building Fund, Olney, Texas.


Sherri Marie Stevens Morgan
Sherri Marie Stevens Morgan, age 36, departed January 1, 2002 at St. Joseph Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. Services and Interment were held January 5, 2002 in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Sheri Marie Stevens was born in Circleville, Ohio May 6, 1965. She resided in Seymour, Texas for several years in the 1980’s with her mother, brothers and stepfather James Donnell. Sherri is survived by one daugther Ayla, mother Marybeth Morgan, two brothers Shawn and Shannon Stevens. Her husband Jeff Morgan. Sherri was preceded in death by her father Franklin Stevens and both sets of grandparents.
Sherri Marie was a loving mother, daugther, sister and wife. She lived in Florida in the early nineties where she attended North Port Beauty Collage and worked in the area for several years as a hair stylist. Sherri and her daughter Ayla moved to Arizona in 1995 to join her mother in hopes of finding a cure to her illness. She met Jeff Morgan and they married in 1996. Sherri will forever remain with her family and friends, for she is the whisper in the wind, the warmth of the sun, and the light in the stars.


Mary V. BrownMary V. Brown
Services for Mary V. Brown, 84, of Lubbock were held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January, 23, 2002 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church with Revs. J. Wesley Brown, Elton Wyatt and Johnnie Williams, officiating. Burial was at Resthaven Memorial Park under the direction of RIX Funeral Directors, Lubbock, Texas.
She died Sunday, January 20, 2002 at University Medical Center.
She was born September 20, 1917 in San Antonio and had been a resident of Lubbock since 1986, coming from Fritch. She was a 1939 graduate of Southwest Texas Teacher’s College in San Marcos. She married Rev. Robert W. Brown, Sr. on December 14, 1941 in Sweetwater. He died September 22, 1986. While in Sweetwater, she worked as the Nolan County Extension Agent. She taught school in Abilene, Medina, Moran, Kress, Plainview, Whiteface, O’Donnell, McLane, Haskell, Blackwell, Rule, Petersburg, Sudan and Rochester. She had certifications in Home Economics, Elementary Education, Science and Math. She was a member of the Nolan County 4-H Clubs, Teacher’s in Texas Public Schools, TEA, Home Economics Teacher’s Association, Eastern Star and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women.
Survivors include a daughter, Sarah Ruth Brown of Lubbock; 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Robert W. Brown, Jr. and Mignon, and Joseph Wesley Brown and Connie all of Lubbock; 2 sisters, Ruth Dolan of California and Libby Cooper of Corpus Christi; a brother, Samuel A. Darby of Oregon; 6 grandchildren, Heath, Heather, Darby, Robert, William and Rebekah.
The family suggests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, 3411 73rd Street, Lubbock, Tx 79423.


Georgene Maria Harris
Georgene Maria Harris, age 77, passed away Friday, January 18, 2002, in the local hospital. Christian Wake services were held at 7 p.m. Sunday, January, 20, 2002, at the Sacred Heart Church in Seymour with Deacon Jim Novak officiating. Funeral Mass was said at 10 a.m. Monday, January 21, 2002, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Friar Richard Eldredge officiating. Interment was in the Bomarton Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Harris was born August 10, 1924, in Baylor County, Texas to Edward E. and Mary Mares Holub, and was a lifelong resident of Baylor County. She married Charles A. Harris on November 25, 1948, in Bomarton, Texas. She had worked at the City of Seymour, Montgomery Ward and M System. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Sacred Heart Altar Society.
She is survived by her husband, Charles A. Harris of Seymour, Texas; by one son and his wife, Gary and Delores Harris of Seymour, Texas; by one daughter and her husband, Charlotte and Ricky Wright of Seymour, Texas; by one sister, Mary Elizabeth Horn of Fort Worth, Texas; by her grandsons, Michael Wright and his wife, Angela, Matt Harris and his wife Cooper, Cody Wright and his wife, Audra; by her granddaughter, Heather Harris; and by a great-grandson, Carter Wright.
The family asks that memorials be made to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Building Fund, 207 W. Pecan, Seymour, Texas 76380.


Wesley M. Kinman
Wesley M. Kinman, age 95, of Seymour, Texas passed away Friday, February 1, 2002. Funeral services were held Sunday, February 3, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. at the Church of Christ. Dick Norman, pastor and A.B. Martin officiated. Interment was in the Riverview Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Archer Funeral Home. Wesley Martin Kinman was born September 16, 1906 in Palo Pinto, Texas. He grew up in Baylor County, then lived in Rule and Goree where he worked in farming, was an independent trucker and later worked in schools as a bus driver and maintenance man. He moved back to Seymour in 1969 and worked as custodian at the First Baptist Church from 1969 to 1985 when he retired. Wesley and Naomi Irvin were married May 9, 1936 in Haskell, Texas. She preceded him in death on October 9, 2001. He was a member of the Church of Christ. Survivors include: two sons, Charles Don Kinman and wife, Linda of Lubbock, Texas and Gerald Eugene Kinman and wife, Nancy of Keller, Texas; one sister, Ruby Mozelle Ames of Valley, Washington; one brother, Guy Kinman of Roseburg, Oregon; two grandchildren, Jefferson Don Kinman and wife, Lois and Dennis John Kinman and wife, Stacy; two great-grandchildren, Ben Pena and Jacob Kinman.


Hazel Mae Roden
Hazel Mae Roden, age 86, passed away Friday, February 1, 2002, in the Seymour Hospital. Funeral services were held Sunday, February 3, 2002, at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Seymour, with Reverend Larry Crumpton, Pastor, officiating. Interment was in the Seymour Masonic Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home. Mrs. Roden was born February 28, 1915, in Bells, Texas. She married Orville Roden on October 1, 1932, in Munday, Texas. He preceded her in death on August 8, 1993. Mrs. Roden was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Escalator Sunday School Class, and was a 60 year member of the Plainview Extension Education Club. She is survived by her three daughter, Berma Cox and her husband, Richard, of Seymour, Texas, Janette Crownover of Seymour, Texas, and Pasty Perkins and her husband, Ralph of Wichita Falls, Texas; a brother, J.B. Booe of Munday, Texas; two sisters, Gladys Hunter & Mary Frances Stewart, both of Munday, Texas; by five grandchildren, Lezlie Hoover, Bradley Cox, Andy Robertson, Trent Perkins and Whitney Perkins; and by several great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Leza Robertson on December 11, 1991.


Eula Mae Wright
Eula Mae Wright, age 94, passed away Thursday, January 24, 2002, at Seabury Center in Odessa. She was born February 11, 1907, in Minter, Lamar County, Texas. She was the oldest child of Walter Patterson and Melissie Brown Patterson.
She married Hiram J. Wright on November 22, 1930. He preceded her in death on November 3, 1975. Her parents and her brothers, Elmer “Boog” Patterson and Homer Patterson, also preceded her in death.
Eula lived in Bisbee, Arizona for 35 years and moved to Odessa in 1978 to be near her daughter and family. She was a member of Temple Baptist Church. For the last eight years, Eula had resided at Lincoln Towers Retirement Home. During WWII, she worked as a welder in Portland, Oregon shipyards from 1943-1945.
Graveside services were held at 10:00 a.m., January 29, 2002, at the Memory Gardens in Bisbee, Arizona, where she was buried next to her husband.
She is survived by her daughter, Bobbye Miller and her husband, Eugene, of Odessa; sons, Harold Wright of Yuma, Arizona and Fred Wright and his wife, Evelyn, of LaHabra, California; brother, Leonard Patterson of Fort Worth; sisters, Joyce Hailey of Arlington, Dorothy Gledhill of Loveland, Colorado, and Marie Briley of Hewitt; sister-in-law, Flora Mae Patterson of Midland; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.


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Wesley Alexander Copeland
Wesley Alexander Copeland, age 78, of Topeka, Kansas, passed away Saturday, January 5, 2002 at Colmery O’Neil VAMC. Services were at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the Heritage Park Wesleyan Church. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery in Topeka, Kansas under the direction of Penwell-Gabel Highland Chapel.
Wesley Alexander Copeland was born July 21, 1923 in Stanford, Texas to Cleave C. and Ada Hanson Copeland. He was an Army Air Corp Veteran. He came to Topeka in 1947. He was a Stationary Engineer for the Santa Fa Railroad before retiring in 1984. He was a member of Hertige Park Wesleyan Church. He married Edith Naomi Chatham on January 5, 1946 in Salina, Kansas.
Survivors include: his wife, Edith Naomi Copeland; three sons Charles Copeland, Randy Copeland & Melvin Copeland all of Topeka; four daughters, Isla Hada of Alva, Oklahoma, Linda Gakle of Topeka, Kansas, Joanna Bayless of Perry, Kansas and Shirley Wheeler of Logansport, Indiana; one sister, Mildred Cook of Seymour; 27 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Jane Green on August 12, 2001.
Memorials may be made to Heritage Park Wesleyan Church, 2121 S.W. Harrison, Topeka, Kansas 66611 or to American Diabetes Association, 837 S. Hillside, Wichita Kansas.


Frances Laushman
Frances Laushman, age 88, of Seymour, passed away Tuesday, January 1, 2002 in Seymour, Texas. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 4, 2002 at Seymour Memorial Funeral Home, with Reverend Larry Crumpton officiating. Interment was in the S.P.J.S.T. Cemetery.
Mrs. Laushman, daughter of Joseph and Frances Simaichl, was born November 2, 1913 in Baylor County. She was a homemaker and caregiver, permanently retiring at the age of 84 after working for Mrs. Johnnie Fritz Quisenberry for over 30 years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
She is survived by one son Johnny Laushman of Seymour, one daughter and son-in-law Cindy Nichols and Randy Nichols of Hartville, Missouri, one grandson Jason Nichols of Hartville, Missouri, two brothers and sister-in-laws Frank and Adolfie Simaichl and Bill and Frony Simaichl of Seymour, a number of nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother Emil Simaichl.
Frances was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt was a caring neighbor and friend. She will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by family and friends.


Maudie Bell Bradford
Maudie Bell Bradford, age 95, of Wichita Falls, Texas passed away Friday, January 4, 2002. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 7, 2002 at the Dutton Funeral Home. Dr. Greg Ammons, pastor of the Faith Baptist Church of Iowa Park, Texas officiated. Burial was in the Highland Cemetery in Iowa Park, Texas.
Maudie Bell Bradford was born July 26, 1906 in Bluegrove, Texas. Her maiden name was Vowell. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include: three daughters, Louise Campbell of Iowa Park, Texas, Joye King of Houston, Texas, and Betty Landrum of Mustang, Oklahoma; three sons, Billy Bradford of Andrews, Texas, Travis Bradford of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Garland Bradford of Sandersville, GA; 19 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
Memorials can be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls, P.O. Box 4804, Wichita Fall, Texas 76308.


Vileta Lane
Vileta Lane, of Megargel, Texas, died Wednesday, January 9, 2002, in an Olney hospital. Services were held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 11, 2002, at the Lunn Funeral Home Chapel, with the Reverend Al Woodard of Graham, Texas, officiating. Burial was in the Megargel Cemetery under the direction of Lunn Funeral Home.
Ms. Lane was born in Archer County, Texas and was the daughter of the late Clarence and Ada (Hilton) Lane. She was a graduate of Megargel High School. She was a retired housekeeper. She worked for Megargel ISD cafeteria for several years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church. She was a lifetime resident of Megargel. She was preceded in death by three sisters: LaRue Lane Shawver in 1983, Wanda Jo Lane in 1986, Lorah Haney in 1990 and one brother: William Lane in 1998.
Survivors include three sisters: Era White of Sulphur, Oklahoma; Doris Collings of Olney, Texas and a twin sister; Juanita Lane of Megargel, Texas; two nieces, two nephews, six great-nieces, two great-nephews, two great-great-nieces and seven great-great-nephews.


Marie Herndon Jones
Marie Herndon Jones, age 85, passed away Friday, January 11, 2002. Graveside services were held Saturday, January 12, 2002 at 3:00 p.m. Interment was in Olton, Texas Cemetery under the direction of Archer Funeral Home, Seymour, Texas.
Marie Jones was born May, 26, 1916 in Red Springs, Texas. She and Everett Jones were married August 12, 1934 in Fredrick, Oklahoma. He preceded her in death in 1993. Marie worked at Behren Drug in Lubbock for many years before moving to Seymour in 1986. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors included two sisters: Elaine Tatum of Mississippi and Vaudine Lilley of Hart, Texas; two nieces: Mary Lou Scott of Brownfield, Texas and Laveta Norman of Post, Texas.


Charles Thomas PorterCharles Thomas Porter
Charles Thomas Porter, 87, was born in Seymour, Texas, December 11, 1914 to Charles Thomas and Clara Howe Porter. He passed away January 12, 2002. Charles was raised in Baylor County and graduated from Seymour High School. He continued the Porter tradition of farming and ranching. On July 5, 1942 Charles married Mary K Jones. They had three children, a daughter, Linn born on January 31, 1946, a son, Charles Thomas Jr. born on November 18, 1948, and another son, Carl Slay born on July 1, 1951.
Charles was a caring husband, father, and grandfather and was very well respected in the community. He was always willing to share the knowledge he had gained through years of experience in the farming and cattle business. He served several terms on the Seymour I.S.D. school board and A.S.C.S. board. He was also a member of the B-K Electric Co-Op board for over fifty years and served the community in many other activities. He was a member of the United Methodist Church.
Charles is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary K. of Seymour. By his two sons: Tom and wife, Patty of Seymour, Carl and wife, Patsy of Seymour. By five grandchildren: Scott Porter and his wife, Shane, of Wichita Falls, Brandon Porter and his wife, Shannon, of Wichita Falls, Jill Donoho and her husband, Zane, of Holliday, Matt Porter of Seymour, and Kevin Porter of Seymour. By four great-grandchildren: Collin and Clair Porter of Wichita Falls, Elysa Donoho of Holliday, and Nathan Porter of Wichita Falls. Charles was preceded in death by his daughter, Linn.
As a witness to his giving personality, Charles donated his body to the Texas Tech Medical School. Memorials may be made to the church or charity of your choice.
Services were held Tuesday, January 15, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church. Reverend Larry Crumpton, Pastor, officated. Services were under the direction of the Archer Funeral Home, Seymour, Texas.


Jerry Donald CoxJerry Donald Cox
Jerry Donald Cox, age 70, passed away Thursday, January 17, 2002, at the Hospice of Wichita Falls. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 20, 2002, at the Red Springs Baptist Church, with Reverend Jack Bennett, pastor, officiating. Interment was in the Henson Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Cox was born September 26, 1931, in Baylor County, Texas, to the late Dale and Della Cox. He married Betty Trout on April 24, 1995, in Waurika, Oklahoma. He was the manager of Luby's Cafeteria in Wichita Falls for 21 years. He was a member of the Red Springs Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Betty of Wichita Falls, Texas; by two daughters, Karen Smith and her husband Ronnie of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Linda Samples of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; by three grandchildren, Michael Samples, Ashley Smith and Kimber Samples; by two brothers, Lavon Cox of Grapevine, Texas, and Richard Cox of Seymour, Texas; by three step-children, David Starnes, Lynn Edwards and Charlotte Haley; by 8 step-grandchildren and 8 step-great-grandchildren.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Hospice of Wichita Falls.


Martha Annette McCollum Young
Martha Annette McCollum YoungMartha Annette McCollum Young, 94, died Tuesday, January 15, 2002, in Graham, Texas. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 18, 2002, in the First United Methodist Church with Dr. David N. Mosser, pastor and Reverend Jay Darnell, associate pastor officiating. Interment followed in Pioneer Cemetery under the direction of Morrison Funeral Home.
Mrs. Young was born July 31, 1907, in Miles, Texas to the late F.T. and Della (Whitley) McCollum. She married L.C. Young April 16, 1933, in Megargel, Texas. He preceded her in death in April 2, 1988. Mrs. Young was very active in the First United Methodist Church and the Civic Community. She taught the Modern Martha Class at First United Methodist for many years, she served as the Director and Cook for the Annual Mexican Supper benefiting the Youth Department of First United Methodist, and was President of the United Methodist Women. Mrs. Young co-founded the Graham Women’s Club, served as president of the CLSC and Graham Garden Club, and she was a member of Graham Hospital Auxiliary. She was chosen as Graham’s outstanding citizen in 1962. She is survived by her children Gretchen Smith and husband Sherrell of Graham, Texas, Sylvia Newman of Sweetwater, Texas, Clint Young and wife Sadie of Graham, Texas, Mike Young and wife Darlene of Graham, Texas; a sister, Frankie Stout of Waco, Texas; nine grandchildren; Clint and Jerry Newman, Mikea Lawhon, Sylvia and Clay Smith, Jeanna Beth Foust, Amber Oliver, Jon Trey Young and Rachel McClelland; also surviving are fifteen great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Young was preceded in death by a son Jerry Young in 1964, a brother and three sisters.
The family request that memorials be made to the L.C. and Annette Young Scholarship Fund at First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 88, Graham, TX 76450.
L.C. and Annette lived in Baylor County and the Megargel area for several years.


Laurie Louise WoodLaurie Louise Wood
On January 29, 2002 Laurie Louise Wood was called home by the Lord and is now reunited with her beloved husband Joe, who predeceased her in 1996. She is survived by her two children: daughter Jimmie Sue Loran and husband, James of Seymour; son, Dr. Gary B. Wood and wife, Sheryl and her daughter, Stephanie of Dallas; three grandchildren, Ashley Nicole Wood of Los Angeles, Natalie Paige Wood of Dallas and Gregory Brent Wood of Austin. She was predeacesed by all of her sisters: Jimmie Ruth Cauble, Lyna Van Grimmitt and Margaret Keith Cristobel Parker and her two brothers: James Vernon Cauble and Thomas Hall Vaughn Cauble.
Louise was born on February 22, 1918 in Wichita Falls, Texas. She was a 5th generation Texan, the great-great-great-granddaughter of Peter Cauble who settled in Texas from North Carolina via Tennessee and was a volunteer in the army of the Republic of Texas at age 60 and a member of the Home Guard of the Confederacy at age 78. Those sturdy pioneer genes were part of her heritage and the source of her convictions to the things she belived in. She was the daughter of Joseph Mansfield Cauble and Janie Cornelia Eisenhower, a relative of Dwight D. Eisenhower.
A lifelong resident of Texas, having lived in Wichita Falls and Fort Worth, she met and married Joe Wade Wood of Seymour in March 1939. Together they ran businesses and farms and raised their family in Seymour where they lived except for a brief period while Joe served in World War II. As life partners they owned, and together ran for 19 years until 1968, The Man’s Store, a well known regional men’s clothing store and community gathering place for friends and local citizens. She was active in her children’s lives with volunteer service and a member of the First Christian Church. She was known for her fierce loyalty to her friends and protective loving spirit for her family and devotion to her husband Joe. After 57 years of marriage to Joe, her live was never the same after his death and her wish was to join him again for eternity.
As a wife, mother, friend and citizen, the world is a better place for her having been among us.
The family received friends at Archer Funeral Home in Seymour on Friday, February 1, 2002 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Funeral services were held on February 2, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Seymour. Services were conducted by Reverend Marvin Griffin. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.
For those who wish to make donations, it is the family’s wish that memorials be made to the First Christian Church, P.O. Box 786, Seymour, Texas 76380, or a charity of your choice.

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Laurie Louise Wood

Laurie Louise Wood, age 83, passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2002 at the Seymour Hospital. Funeral services were held Saturday, February 2, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church with Reverend Marvin Griffin, Pastor, officiating. Interment was in the Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.
Laurie Louise Wood was born February 22, 1918 in Wichita Falls, Texas. She moved to Seymour in 1939 and married Joe Wood on March 14, 1939. Joe preceded her in death on August 10, 1996. Louise was a homemaker and a member of the First Christian Church.
Survivors include: one daughter, Jimmie Sue Loran of Seymour, Texas; one son Gary B. Wood of Dallas, Texas; three grandchildren, Ashley Wood, Natalie Wood and Gregory Wood.


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