Ella Mae Jordan
Ella Mae Jordan, born August 9, 1909, in Cleburne, Texas, was the third of eight children born to Janie (Ewing) and Gary Walker Jordan. As a child she learned the value of hard work and skillful management. Her dad taught her to earn her way. If she wanted a tennis racket she had to sell a dozen rackets, etc. She loved hats and sold many that she might have a few for herself.
She dedicated her life to Christ at an early age and eagerly followed her Lord in baptism when she was 12. She was a faithful member of the Church of Christ for 79 years.
Ella married DeMarquis Walls in 1928, and to this union were born two daughters: Charlsie Lee (1930), and Bobbie Jean (1931).
DeMarquis managed Duke & Ayres Five & Dime stores for several years. The young family moved to Clifton, Texas, and then to Victoria, Texas.
In 1938-39 he managed a ranch at Fischer Store in Comal County owned by veterinarian, Dr. Casey, of Dallas, Texas. Ella was industrious and made good use of her time and resources. She raised white leghorn hens and sold friers and eggs. She also milked by hand 10 cows, morning and night, and sold butter, cream and milk.
After returning to Cleburne, DeMarquis served in the International Guard, stationed at Trinidad until World War I. He then moved his family to Grand Prairie, Texas, and both he and Ella worked at the North American Airplane Defense Plant during the war. Charlsie and Bobbie both graduated from Grand Prairie High School.
Following a divorce, she met and married Carl Jordan of Hope, Arkansas. Carl and Ella began the Lincoln County Mutual Insurance Co. in Dallas, Texas. Salesmanship was a natural life for Ella and she included in her selling experiences: insurance, Easterling Fine China, Mary Kay Cosmetics (earning a pink Buick) and real estate. She signed her last contract in her 80's and kept her license renewed in hope that she would return to active selling.
Although Ella did not graduate high school she admired education and in her late 50's decided to take some college courses. She began at Eastfield Jr. College near her home in Dallas and then continued picking up courses until she began in earnest to seek a degree. She became an honor graduate of Texas Women's University in Denton when she was 71 years old.
Ella was fond of bragging about her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Charlsie Lee married Bill Pritchard in 1949 and to that union were born: Betty Ann, Billy Keith, Patti, Eileen and Terri Lynn.
Bobbie married A.B. Martin in 1953 and added: Cathy, Dan, Linda, Ken, Brandy, Tina and Meg to the family.
Ella enjoyed 12 great-grandchildren between the two families. Her 13th: Dean Alan Pride Wiginton, was born in Austin, Texas, less than a week after her death on September 29, 2000. Her funeral services were held at the White Rock Church of Christ in Dallas, Texas, and entombment is in Oak Grove Memorial Park in Irving, Texas.
Hattie Pavlicek, 101, of Seymour, Texas, died Saturday, November 11, 2000, in Seymour.
Christian Wake services were held on Sunday, November 12, at 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Funeral Mass was held on Monday, November 13, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Reverend Richard Eldredge officiating. Burial was in St. John's Catholic Cemetery in Bomarton, Texas, under the direction of Archer Funeral Home of Seymour.
Hermina "Hattie" Pavlicek was born July 16, 1899, in West, Texas. She moved to Baylor County in 1906. She and Bedrich W. Pavlicek were married November 25, 1920, in St. John's Catholic Church in Bomarton. He preceded her in death on January 9, 1982. Hattie was a homemaker and a substitute rural mail carrier. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Catholic Family Fraternal of Texas where she was an officer for 59 years, WWI Auxiliary, Seymour Hospital Auxiliary and SPJST. Hattie loved music and was a concert pianist and violinist. She was also a drummer with the Bomarton Czech band and served as choir leader at Bomarton St. John Catholic Church for 56 years. She attended Bomarton High School where she played basketball in 1916 and 1917.
She is survived by one daughter, Pat Coker, and her husband, Tom, of Seymour; one son, Bedrich W. Pavlicek, Jr., and his wife, Catherine, of Colleyville, Texas; six grandchildren, Bedrich W. (Rick) Pavlicek, III and wife, Jeanne, of Concord, California, Belinda Middendorf and husband, Robert, of Grapevine, Texas, Charles Lawrence and wife, Susie, of Wichita Falls, Texas, Chris Lawrence of Seymour, Craig Lawrence and wife, Sherri, of Vernon, Texas, and Chad Lawrence of Seymour; nine great-grandchildren, Hanna Middendorf, Becky Hunter, Chrissy Lawrence, Casey Lawrence, Cole Lawrence, Brad Lawrence, Marca Lawrence, Bryson Lawrence and Stormie Lawrence.
The family suggests memorials to the Seymour Hospital Auxiliary, 201 Stadium Drive, Seymour, Texas 76380
Louis Henry Johnson, 81, of Seymour, passed away Friday, November 17, 2000, in the Seymour Hospital.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 19, at the First United Methodist Church of Seymour with Reverend Larry Crumpton officiating. Burial was in the Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Johnson was born April 21, 1919, in Erin, Wisconsin. He graduated high school in Hartland, Wisconsin, and received his bachelor's degree from St. Ambrose College in Davenport, Iowa. He later received his master's degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He served in the United States Air Force and was stationed at Sheppard Field. He married Betty Zane Griffin on June 9, 1945, in Randlett, Oklahoma. After his discharge in 1946, he began his longtime career in education, teaching at Seymour High School. He served as principal of Seymour Elementary School and then as Superintendent of Schools for 21 years. He was an avid fisherman, gardener and carpenter.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where he was a member of United Methodist Men. He was a member of the Seymour Lions Club, the Chamber of Commerce and the Retired Teachers Association. He had been a Scout Master, Sunday school teacher and recipient of several honorary awards.
An enjoyment late in life had been the friendships from the feed store. He loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and the education of his family was a source of pride.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Betty of Seymour; by one daughter, Jana Knezek, and her husband, Don, of San Antonio, Texas; by two sons, John Henry and his wife, Debra, of Edmond, Oklahoma; and Gene of Ruston, Louisiana; by his grandchildren, Jason Johnson and his wife, Pepper, and Will Johnson of Edmond, and Malia and Dane Knezek of San Antonio; and his great-grandchildren, Jacob and Olivia Johnson of Edmond.
The family requests that memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church in Seymour.
Cecil Glenmore Phillips
Cecil Glenmore Phillips, 76, of Wichita Falls, Texas, died Thursday, December 21, 2000, in Wichita Falls.
Funeral services will be Thursday, December 28, at Hampton Vaughan Crestview Chapel with Reverend Bob Brown, pastor of Christ United Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Crestview Memorial Park, under the direction of Hampton Vaughan Crestview Funeral Home.
Mr. Phillips was born June 10, 1924, in Telephone, Texas, and had been a resident of Wichita Falls since 1953. He married Frances Day on June 9, 1973, in Wichita Falls. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and a member of the Red Door Senior Citizens Center and the Senior Zone. He retired in 1989 from the City of Wichita Falls where he was a mechanic.
Survivors include his wife, Frances of Wichita Falls; a daughter, Elaine Hughes of Santa Maria, California; two sons, Mike Phillips of Irving, Texas, and David Wayne Devrow of Wichita Falls; three sisters, Dorothy Lee Simms of Irving, Alene Crocker of Longview, Texas, and Mary Beeman of Dallas, Texas; two brothers, Billy Wayne Phillips of Quinlin, Texas, and John E. Phillips of Wichita Falls; four grandchildren, Kevin and Karen Hughes, Christy Phillips and Cody Paul Devrow; and three great-grandchildren, Ryan Blaine and Justin Stephen Hughes and Dakota Paul Devrow.
The family suggests memorials to Red Door Senior Center, 1008 Burnett, Wichita Falls, Texas 76301.
Charles Bryant Nall
Charles Bryant Nall, age 65, formerly of Seymour, Texas, passed away January 1, 2001, at Washington Regional Medical Center, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Services were held January 3, 2001, at New Sulphur Freewill Baptist Church, Prairie Grove, Arkansas, under the direction of Luginbuel Funeral Home, Inc. Prairie Grove, Arkansas.
Graveside Services will be Friday, January 5, 2001, at Truscott Cemetery, Truscott, Texas, with Glenn Faulkner officiating.
Charles was born on May 13, 1935 in Crowell, Texas. Charles married Winnie Sue Jones on September 18, 1952, in Benjamin, Texas. Charles was the owner of McClellan’s processing in Cane Hill and worked his own farm in Prairie Grove area. He was a past member of the Prairie Grove School Board and a member of the Arkansas Soil Conservation Service. He was a deacon at the New Sulfur Freewill Baptist Church for fifteen years.
Survivors include his wife Winnie Sue Nall of Prairie Grove, Arkansas; two sons: Charles Michael (Mike) and Lynn Nall of Prairie Grove; Johnny Mark and Dawna Nall of Cane Hill, Arkansas; two daughters: Cathy Gardisser of Springdale, Arkansas and Jeannie Calvert of Prairie Grove; his mother, Willie Belle Nall of Prairie Grove; one sister: Dena Thornton of Greenville, Texas; three brothers: Bo Nall of Prairie Grove; George Nall of Siloam Springs, Arkansas; and Larry Nall of Johnson, Arkansas; fourteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Pallbearers were grandsons: Mitch Nall; Jeff Clavert, Jeremy Calvert; Matt Gardisser; Eric Hignite; Gaylon Dowdy and James Samuels. Honorary Pallbearers: Buster Yell; Tom Boren; Hank Sargent; Robert Brockman, David Cross; Les Jones; Ken Bailey and Jimmy Baker.
Joye Lea Roddy Johnston
Joye Lea Roddy Johnston, age 65, passed away Tuesday, January 9, 2001, at the Seymour Hospital. Funeral Services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 12, 2001, at the Calvary Baptist Church in Seymour, with the Rev. Jim McCurley officiating. Interment was in the Riverview Cemetery under the Direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Johnston was born June 24, 1935, in Seymour, Texas. She married Kennith Johnston on September 9, 1953, in Seymour. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church, the Seymour Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, and the Order of the Eastern Star, where she had served as past Worthy Matron. She was a homemaker and a baby-sitter.
She is survived by her husband, Kennith of Seymour, Texas; by one daughter,Kim Jennings of Seymour, Texas; by one son and his wife, Ken and Chris Johnston, of Ft. Worth; by one sister, Josephine Laws of Seymour, Texas; by two brothers, Jack Roddy, Jr. of Burkburnett, Texas, and W. J. Roddy of Seymour, Texas; by five grandchildren, Shannon Mead and her husband, Joe of Ft. Worth, Texas, Kendra Johnston and Kayla Johnston, both of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Derrick and Drake Jennings, both of Seymour, Texas; and by one great-grandson, Kiernan Collins Mead of Ft. Worth, Texas.
Dorris Elkins, age 86, died Monday, January 15, 2001, at Weatherford, Texas.
Services were Wednesday, January 17, 2001 at 2:00 p.m., at the Church of Christ in Seymour officiated by A. B. Martin. Interment was in Henson Cemetery, Red Springs, Texas under the direction of Archer Funeral Home, Seymour, Texas.
Dorris was born August 22, 1914 in Sulphur Springs, Texas. She worked as a nurses aide at the Seymour Hospital. She and Johny Elkins were married in December of 1934. He preceded her in death in November, 1982. She moved to Weatherford, Texas in 1997. She was a member of the Church of Christ and the Eastern Star.
Survivors include a daughter, Darlene Gist of Poolville, Texas; two grandsons, Chad and Brett Gist; two great-grandsons, Cody and Cade Gist.
Services for Bedrick Bartos, 86, of Lubbock were held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 20, 2001 in Resthaven Funeral Home’s Abbey Chapel with Reverend Malcolm Neyland officiating. Burial was in Resthaven Memorial Park.
Mr. Bartos died Thursday, January 18, 2001 at Sister’s Loving Arms Convalescent Home.
Bedrick was born October 1, 1914 in Bomarton, Texas. He married Edith Francis Pribyla on August 17, 1937 in Haskell, TX. They moved to Lubbock in 1953. In 1956, he started his own irrigation company, Aluminum Metal Products, where he continued until his death. His business interest also included farming and rental property.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Edith on June 23, 1995 and his daughter Patricia Ann (Bartos) Mitchell on December 5, 1988.
Survivors include his sisters Albina Macha (106 yr.) of Lubbock and Eula Kocurek (96 yr.) of Seymour, TX His son Jimmy Bedrick Bartos and wife, Debra, of Slaton, a daughter, Theresa Kay (Bartos) Drewell and husband William Edward “Bill” of Lubbock, seven grandchildren: Edith Arlene “Edie” (Bartos) Morris, of Lubbock; Anna Marie (Bartos) Thwaits of Azle, TX; Julie Jane Bartos of Lubbock; Ginger Faye (Bartos) Hall of Lubbock; David Wayne Drewell of Lubbock; Stephen Edward Drewell of Lubbock; Krista Lyn Mitchell of Lubbock and two great-grandchildren, Christopher Lee Hall and Julian Daniel Hall of Lubbock
Pallbearers were Felix Macha, Charles Pribyla, Bill Drewell, Brian Morris, Kim Thwaits, Phil Palmer, David Drewell and Stephen Drewell.