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The obituary for Price Walter Heath (Pine Bluff Commercial, Jefferson Co AR Tuesday May 6, 1986) read: Price Walter Heath, 87, a Pine Bluff resident for a year, died this morning at Pine Bluff Nursing Home. Heath was born and raised in Mineral Wells (Palo Pinto Co) TX and had lived there most of his life before moving to Pine Bluff a year ago. He worked as a truck foreman for Texas Power and Light Company and was a member of First United Methodist Church of Mineral Wells. He was a son of Walter and Frances Price Heath. Survivors include two sons, Robert Heath of Houston and William Heath of Pine Bluff, two daughters Bonnie Garner and Patricia Allen both of Pine Bluff; four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Local arrangements for Heath are being handled by Ralph Robinson and Son Mortuary. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Baum Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home of Mineral Wells.
The Obit was taken from the Gordon Weekly Courier Gordon,
Jacob H. Edwards, the subject of this sketch, was born in Alabama, Aug. 17th, 1829. About the year 1849 he moved with his father to the state of Arkansas, where he was married to Miss Saterwhite in 1851. About the year 18__ he moved to Louisiana, where he lived till 1870. In this year he move to Limestone County, Texas. Here he lost his companion, and four years later (1874) he was married to Mrs. Mary L. Wynn, who survives to mourn his departure. In the year 1879 he moved to Palo Pinto county and settled at the place recently occupied by Mr. J. F. Rice, near Gordon.
For a number of years he has lived in the town of Gordon, and throughout the town and surrounding country the circle of his friends was as large as that of his acquaintance. None knew him but to respect, then honor, then love him. Those who have known him most intimately testify that as husband, father, stepfather, he was tender, loving and devoted.
He professed religion and joined the church in early life, and has lived
an exemplary Christian life in all the years that have intervened to the
day of his death--so far as any one now living can testify--without ever
having done anything to bring reproach upon the cause. The writer has never
heard man, woman or child utter a word against the character of J. H. Edwards.
He was much afflicted during his life, and in an attack of pneumonia one
of his lungs was so involved as to destroy its functions entirely. So that
the recent attack of that dread disease found him an easy
On Tuesday night, Feb. 9th he was taken with a chill, and by daylight a genuine case of pneumonia was developed, and it was evident to all that he could not survive. About half-past three o'clock on Monday, the 15th, a neighbor entered his room and enquired how he felt, when he partially raised up and calmly remarked, "I am well" and laid down and quietly breathed his last.
He was a member of the Masonic Fraternity, and was buried on Tuesday the 16th with the honors of that ancient order. Several neighboring lodges were invited to join the Gordon Lodge in the ceremonies, which were very impressive and calculated to reflect credit upon the order.
The town and community turned out en masse to pay their last respects to the honored corpse. The procession that followed the remains to the cemetery was perhaps over a quarter of a mile long. Thus has passed from among us one whom we highly esteemed, but whose excellent qualities we did not so fully realize till we felt that he was gone to return no more.
Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep;
As his immediate family, he leaves a wife and little daughter, who have
the sympathy of the entire community; but God alone can fully comfort
ADDITIONAL NOTES NOT PART OF THE ORIGINAL OBIT:
Jacob Hollingsworth Edwards
Lee, Grover Cleveland, Jr.
Grover Cleveland Lee Jr. 77, went to be with the Lord on June 3, 1995. A loving husband and father. Grover was born on July 11, 1917, in Utica, New York, and resided in Texas since 1931. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of North Houston, Strawn Masonic Lodge A. F.& A.M. 906, American Association of Retired Persons and the National Council of Senior Citizens. He was employed by the Houston Chronicle from 1966 until he retired in 1991. As a youngster Grover was a disc jockey in Ranger, Texas, and immediately took to his calling in Journalism. He attended Texas Christian University, University of Texas and Texas Weslayan College.
As a member of a third generation newspaper family, he was editor of many small dailies and weeklies such as the Strawn (Texas) Tribune, Ranger Sunday Times, Texas Democrat, and others in Texas and Oklahoma. Grover was Executive Director of the National Livestock Association in the 1950's and previously published the Texas Livestock Journal. His other publications include Fort Worth (Texas) Press, Eastland Telegram, Ranger Times, Tulsa (Okla.) Daily World, Houston Chronicle (Production) and many more he is equally proud of in Michigan and Ohio. With Grover's experience from Reporter to Composition in newspaper production, he has been the recipient of many awards and recognition in his field, among them are awards by the Texas Press Association for Advertising Layouts and Copy. A special U.S. Treasury Department Citation and widespread national publicity in publishing trade journals for U.S. War Bonds. Special Newspaper promotion early in W.W. II. He was quoted several times in the Congressional Record, compliments of the late President Lyndon B. Johnson. Grover also received many citations and certificates during his journalistic career for participation, service, publicity and promotional activities on behalf of such organizations as Texas Livestock Markets Association, American Red Cross, American Legion, American cancer Society, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, Future Farmers of America, and many others. Chambers of Commerce and Civic organizations.
Of all the awards and recognition received in his
lifetime, Grover was most proud of his family. He is quoted from one
of his many
sent to his family. " I have no material possessions of any note, but
by the Grace of Our God when we depart this living routine, I leave behind
a Priceless Treasure-A bountiful gift of My Creator, five daughters and
three sons. " Upon his death he was reunited in heaven with those who
preceded him, his parents Grover Cleveland Lee Sr. and Muriel
sister Audrey Muriel Lee and grandson Burt Wayne Buddy Williams. Grover
by his wife of 42 years, Betty Jo Lee, his eight children all of Houston.
Grover Cleveland Lee III, Audrey D'anne Lee, Glenda Sue Moses, Juanita
Marie (Tammy) Williams, Garrett Stewart Lee, Judy Rose Mikulin, Cleveland
Lee, and Audrey Lisa Vodehnal. Eighteen Grandchildren Greg and Susie
Lee, Christina Yarletts, Johnny Moses, Rebecca Moses, Karen Moses, Wesley
Roberta Burg, Mark Williams, Chuck, Rebecca, and Jason Lee. Jonathan
and Justin Mikulin. Joshua, Matthew, and Stacey Vodehnal. Fourteen great
Grandchildren Matthew Yarletts, John Michael Moses, Tyler Tolpaka, Megan
and Ryan Moses, Lesley and Courtney Moses, Krystal and Nicholas Burg, Alissa
Williams, Kirsten and Zachary Lee, and Coby Deckard. A brother in law
Joe T. Stoker,
nieces Hillis Bass, Laura Morris and nephew Jody Stoker. A private memorial
service will be held at First Baptist Church of North Houston. A Masonic
burial will follow in Strawn,Texas.
Betty Jo (Mccorkle) Lee passed away in Houston, on Wednesday, August 11, 2004 after a long illness, which she fought courageously. She was comfortable, at peace, and surrounded by her family. She was proceeded in death by her husband of 42 years Grover Cleveland Lee, daughter, Glenda Lee Moses grandson, Buddy Williams, and her beloved parents, the Reverend Ray Bartlett and Rosalie Mccorkle. Betty is survived by seven children: Grover Cleveland Lee III, D'Anne Lee, Tammy Williams and husband Dale, Gary Lee and wife Gayle, Judy Rose Lee, Cleveland Steele Lee and Audrey Lisa Lee Vodehnal and husband Ron. She is also survived by her grandchildren; Gregory Lee and wife Shari, Susan Lee Poppinga and husband Ted, Craig Yarletts and wife Vicki, Christine Molina and husband Mario, John Moses Jr. Rebecca Tolpaka and husband Carl. Karen Stone and husband Peter, Wesley Moses and wife Mendy, Roberta Burg and husband Steve, Mark Williams and wife Cindy, Chuck Lee and wife Melissa, Rebecca Hodges and husband Keith, Rev. Jason Lee, Jonathan Mikulin, Justin Mikulin, Joshua Vodehnal, Matthew Vodehnal, Stacey Vodehnal. Twenty- five great grandchildren, two nieces and a nephew also survive Betty.
Betty was a member of First Baptist Church Katy and prior to her illness
was active in the Joy Sunday School class. She loved her church and all
the wonderful friends she made during her years there. Her family would
like to extend their heartfelt gratitude for all the prayers, cards,
and letters, received. The love, support, and especially the prayers will
be remembered and appreciated. We offer a special thanks to Marie Young
whose love and friendship was deeply cherished by our Mother
Memorial service will be held on Thursday August 12, 2004 at 1:00 P.M.,
at First Baptist Church Bolin Chapel, Katy Texas Reverend Tom Bolin will
be officiating. George Wood will sing Betty"s requested songs. Burial
services were Saturday August 14, 2004 at 10:00 A.M. at Edwards Funeral
Home in Strawn, Texas. Pall bearers will be Joshua, Matthew, and Ron Vodehnal.
Justin, and Jonathan Mikulin, And Dale Williams
Much of his younger years were spent in Texas and Oklahoma. He was born into a “newspaper” family and was very proud of his heritage. As a little boy, he worked side by side with his Dad, Grover Jr., at their family owned and operated newspaper, “The Strawn Tribune.” He lovingly recalled how much he loved his Dad and memories of following behind him, trying as best he could to keep up with his Daddy’s long legs and big steps. He was proud to be Grover Cleveland Lee, III…namesake of his beloved Grandfather and Father.
Skipper served in the United States Navy from July 22, 1957 thru July
22, 1961, when he was honorably discharged. He had a deep and abiding
love for his country and a great respect for the U.S. Military.
Skipper was a very private person in his last months of life. His health
had begun to deteriorate and he had become very reflective of his life.
He talked about his children and how much he loved them and always would.
He loved his siblings and many nieces and nephews and shared memories
during those last months.
Skipper is preceded in death by his Wife, Mary Lee; his Grandparents,
Grover and Muriel Lee; his Mother, Nita; his Father and Mom, Grover and
Betty Lee; his loving Sisters, D’Anne Lee and Glenda Moses; his beloved
nephew, Buddy Williams; and his Aunt and Uncle Joe and Audrey Stoker
and cousin, Jody Stoker.
A graveside service will be held at Mount Marion Cemetery in Strawn, Texas. It will be conducted by Skipper’s beloved nephew, Reverend Jason Lee. Date of funeral to be announced to family.
Submitted by M Tidley
Abilene Reporter Nov. 2, 1971
Abilene Reporter October 22, 1966
Submitted by M Tidley
WILLIAM HENRY HOLMES
Abilene Reporter July 1959
NEWSMAN-MINISTER RAY B. McCORKLE DIES
The final 30 mark came Tuesday for one of West Texas most colorful old-time newspapermen. Ray B. McCorkle 67 years old and retired publisher, editor, writer, columnist, and clergyman, died Tuesday morning in a Mineral wells sanitorium following a stroke Monday. Making his home in Strawn for the past two years, he had been in failing health since 1954 and became invalided three years ago. Funeral will be held Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at the Strawn First Baptist Church with the Larry Stallings pastor officiating. Burial will be in Mount Marion Cemetery here with Masonic burial rites to be held. Malcolm Funeral Home will be in charge. Born in Navarro County August 10, 1891. The son of a circuit rider and Baptist missionary, the late J.R. McCorkle, he moved to Santa Ana with his parents at the age of three. He began his newspaper career as a printers devil and worked for various weeklies in the area. He launched his own career as a publisher at Peacock at age 16. He later founded one of the Coleman newspapers and over the years was associated with Amarillo Globe News, Lubbock Avalanche Journal and other newspapers. Always lured to adventure and excitement Mr. McCorkle also was a member of the Staff of the Ranger Daily Times during the oil boom days in the early 1920's.
In the early 1930's he was a public relations man for the United States Chamber of Commerce headquartered in Ok. City, and was aquainted with the late Franklin Delano Roosevelt, during the early years of his presidency and interviewed him on numerous occasions. Prior to his retirement due to failing health. Mr. McCorkle had resided in Eastland County where he actively associated with newspapers at Eastland and Ranger. He also served for a time as news editor of radio station KERC Eastland. During his employ as editor of the Eastland Daily Telegram, Mr. McCorkle served as Eastland County chairman of the "Democrats for Eisenhower" committee. For his work in that 1952 campaign Mr. McCorkle won personel commendation from the president. He was a former student of Howard Payne Academy and College in Brownwood, where he studied theology and journalism. A lifelong Baptist he was ordained as a minister in 1932 and served as pastor of churches, at San Angelo and in the Big Spring and Fort Worth areas. At the time of his death he was a member of the Eastland Masonic lodge, and also a Shriner.
Survivors include the widow Mrs. Rose McCorkle of Strawn, one son J.R.
McCorkle of Las Vegas Nev., a daughter, Mrs Grover C. Lee Jr. of Strawn
and 15 grandchildren
and two great-grandchildren. One brother, Robert F. of Coleman a step brother
Horace Fry Lubbock, three sisters Mrs Larue Cox Brownwood, Mrs Melvin Lamb
and Miss Mary McCorkle, of Santa Ana one step-sister Mrs. L.L. Evans
and an uncle J. Ed Barlett of Santa Ana.
Abilene Reporter Feb. 13, 1972
Submitted by M Tidley
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