Rev. Maurice B. James
Rev. Maurice B. James, 90, of Bowie, TX passed away on September 2, 2002 at Bowie Memorial Hospital.
Mr. James was born on August 6, 1912 in Lillian, TX near Alvarado, TX. He graduated from Venus High School in Johnson County, Texas; attended Decatur Baptist College; graduated with a B.A. degree from Howard Payne University; attended Southwestern Seminary; earned a Masters degree in education from the University of North Texas; and earned a Masters degree in science from the University of Oklahoma. He married Annie Belle Hamilton on November 18, 1939 in Bowie, TX. Mr. James was a member of the Masonic Lodge #578 AF & AM and served as Chaplain of the lodge from time to time. He was also a member of First Baptist Church in Bowie, previously taught Sunday School and loved to work with young people. He spent 54 years in the ministry organizing and pastoring rural churches, taught in the public schools of Texas for 16 years; five years were with the Texas Youth Council teaching in the Maximum Security Facility. Mr. James was a published author, having written two books of poetry and won various awards for his poems. Later in his life, he became ill with Alzheimerís and Parkinsonís, and spent his final days in a local healthcare facility. He will be remembered for his kindness and sense of humor.
Funeral services for Mr. James were held on Thursday, September 5, 2002 at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church with Dr. Ronnie Lawson and Rev. Ron Graham officiating. Interment was held in Elmwood Cemetery under the direction of Fry Funeral Home of Bowie.
Surviving relatives include: his wife, Mrs. Annie B. James, Bowie, TX; one daughter, Mrs. Linda Wynn, Rhome, TX; two sons, John James, Austin, TX and Robert James, San Antonio, TX; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother, Joseph Elliston James.
Active pallbearers included: Johnnie Hogue, Lyndon R. Dunn, Brock Lyons, Gene Brown, Elmo Brewer and James Hudson. Honorary pallbearers included: Jake Bridgewater, Frank Smith, Deacon Wall, Gary Prater, William North, James Hudson, H. L. Evans, Gene Knox, Linton Campbell, Joe Corbitt, Roy Curry, Cecil Edwards, Maurice Fluitt, L. T. Fuller, Charles Garrett, C. J. Howard, Tom Johnson, H. A. Jones, Jr., Ernest Largent, Art Lile, Carol Magee, James McCarty, Jerry Murphy, Doyal Ray, Warren Reynolds, Floyd Rhyne, Truman Shivers, Richard Stallcup, F.M. Thompson, Jimmie Todd, Bryan Wasson, Bill Watson, Clark Wheeler and James Winningham.
Aaron Boyd Delp
Aaron Boyd Delp, 59, of Nocona, TX passed away on September 3, 2002 at Nocona General Hospital.
Mr. Delp was born on September 24, 1942 in Wapato, WA to Arlie and Bessie Hunt Delp. He married Mary Jean Hunter on April 23, 1978 in Carson City, Nevada. He was retired after 35 years with Sprint.
Funeral services for Mr. Delp were held on Saturday, September 7, 2002 at 10 a.m. at Langevin-Mussetter Funeral Home in Yakima, WA. Interment was held in West Hills Memorial Park in Yakima, WA under the direction of Jerry Woods Funeral Home of Nocona, TX.
Surviving relatives include: his wife, Jeannie Delp, Nocona, TX; three sons, Patrick and Dustin Delp, both of WA and David Delp, MS; one daughter, Tina Dora, Rosanky, TX; four brothers, Vernon Delp, Grand Junction, CO, Stan Delp, Desert Hot Springs, CA, and Doug and Arlin Delp, both of Wapato, WA; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Vernice Rausch and Delores West.
Ora Inez McKinney
Ora Inez McKinney, 89, Nocona, TX passed away on September 3, 2002 in Nocona General Hospital.
Mrs. McKinney was born October 28, 1912 to Tommy Lee and Dona Bell Shaw Peeler in Cumby, TX. She was one of nine children. Mrs. McKinney was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church in Wichita Falls, TX and a member of Billy Peelers Melody Five, which was the top Swing Band in the Wichita Falls area in the 1940ís. She was a homemaker, retired Silk Finisher for Nobby Cleaners and a musician. She married Harry Louis McKinney on October 9, 1944 in Montague, TX. They spent over 20 years in the U.S. Army and traveled worldwide.
Graveside services for Mrs. McKinney were held on Friday, September 6, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. at Shady Grove Cemetery in Nocona, TX with Rev. Darius McKay officiating. Services were directed by Scott-Morris Funeral Home in Nocona.
Surviving relatives include: one daughter, Mrs. Peggy Lee Petty, Nocona, TX; one sister, Mrs. Mildred Green, Wichita Falls, TX; one granddaughter, Kimberly Flowers, Nocona, TX; one grandson, Kevin Petty, Nocona, TX; three step-granddaughters, Camille Howard, Altus, OK, Michelle Teague, Noble, OK and Kizzy Petty, Childress, TX; three great-grandchildren, Cody Flowers, Trenton and Courtney Petty, all of Nocona, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Major Harry L. McKinney in 1963.
Mary Elizabeth Luna Harper
Mary Elizabeth Luna Harper, 90, of Bowie, TX passed away on August 21, 2002 at Bellmire Healthcare in Bowie, TX.
Mrs. Harper was born on July 26, 1912 in Salona, TX. She was a cook for a restaurant business and was a resident of Bowie, Texas for the past 55 years and a lifetime resident of Montague County.
Graveside services for Mrs. Harper were held on Saturday, August 24, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. with Dr. Larry Cox officiating. Interment was held in Salona Cemetery in Salona, TX under the direction of Fry Funeral Home.
Surviving relatives include: two sons, Phillip Harper, Dallas, TX and Tim Harper, Springtown, TX; two daughters, Loretta Mattix, Brownwood, TX and Jane P. Slade, Bowie, TX; sixteen grandchildren; thirty-four great-grandchildren; sixteen great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one son, Gerald Harper; and three sisters, Mrs. Lucille Shaw, Mrs. Ola Womack Yerby and Mrs. Odell Wells.
Nelle Pauline Walker
Nelle Pauline Walker, 90, of Nocona, TX passed away on September 7, 2002 at Nocona General Hospital.
Mrs. Walker was born on November 21, 1911 in Checotah, Oklahoma to Will and Leta Clark Van Diver. She married James Walter Walker on June 11, 1930. Mrs. Walker was a bookkeeper for Walkersí Magneto for many years before she retired. She was a member of Central Christian Church in Nocona.
Graveside services for Mrs. Walker were held on Monday, September 9, 2002 at 2 p.m. at Nocona Cemetery with Pastor Scott Hamilton officiating. Services were directed by Scott-Morris Funeral Home.
Surviving relatives include: three children, Jimmy Walker, Austin, TX, Richard "Dicky" Walker and Patty Womack, both of Nocona; one brother, Donald Van Diver, Checotah, OK; seven grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Walker was preceded in death by her husband, James Walker.
Ophelia Dearmore Hoyler
Ophelia Dearmore Hoyler, 87, passed away on September 9, 2002 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Mrs. Hoyler was a retired homemaker and married O. E. Hoyler.
Funeral services for Mrs. Hoyler were held on Friday, September 13, 2002 at 12 noon at Laurel Land Memorial Chapel. Interment was held in Laurel Land Memorial Park.
Surviving relatives include: her loving husband of 42 years, O. E. Hoyler; two daughters, Frieda Henson and Jo Ann Hamrick; one son, John Hoyler; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren; and eighteen great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Hoyler was preceded in death by two sons, two grandchildren; one great-grandchild and four brothers.
Billie Carolyn Tamplen
Billie Carolyn Tamplen, 73, of Boyd, TX passed away on September 9, 2002 at her residence.
Mrs. Tamplen was born on January 15, 1929 in Gainesville, TX to William Roy and Lottie Bowerman Tamplen. She married Lee Tamplen on September 4, 1946 in Reno, NV. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.
Graveside services for Mrs. Tamplen were held on Thursday, September 12, 2002 at 2 p.m. at Long Branch Cemetery under the direction of Rev. Ken Cates. Services were directed by Jerry Woods Funeral Home of Nocona, TX.
Surviving relatives include: her husband, Lee Tamplen, Boyd, TX; three children, Ann Storm, Boyd, TX, Sue Jackson, Bridgeport, TX and Melissa Young, Rhome, TX; one brother, George Taylor, North Richland Hills, TX; twelve grandchildren; and fourteen great-grandchildren. Mrs. Tamplen was preceded in death by two daughters, Shirley Gunn and Sandra Tamplen and two sons, Michael Tamplen and Lee Tamplen, III.