James Marian French and Eugenia Bell French
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Mrs. Eugenia Bell French, 81, longtime resident of Afton community, died Sunday night in a Matador hospital, and funeral service held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Afton Baptist Church.

Rev. Bud Stokes, pastor, officiated.

Interment was in the Afton Cemetery under direction of Bryan McDonald and Son Funeral Home.

Survivors include the husband, J.M. French of Afton, two sons and one daughter, 13 grandchildren, and 23 great grandchildren, all of Afton. [The sons are F.L. French and R.E. French and the daughter is Mrs. Eula Ford.]

©The Texas Spur, March 18, 1948
Transcribed by DCHC Members, February 20, 2005

James Marian French, 82, pioneer resident of Dickens County, died June 26 in the Stanley Clinic at Matador. Funeral services were held June 27 in the Afton Baptist church with Rev. A.P. Stokes officiating, assisted by Rev. E.J. Keith, pastor of the church.

Mr. French had made his home in East Afton community for over half a century, coming there with his parents when a small child. He was born December 16, 1857, in Arkansas, and died at the age of 92 years, 6 months and ten days. He had been in poor health for some time.

Survivors include two sons, R.E. and F.L. French, and one daughter, Mrs. Eula Foard Rushin, all of Afton. Several grandchildren also survive.

Pallbearers were J.W. Vickrey, Sr., Carney Roberts, Maurice Goodwin, Door Blassingame, Olen Christopher, and Peyton Legg. McDonald Funeral Home of Matador was in charge of all arrangements.

©The Texas Spur, July 13, 1950
Transcribed June 19, 2005 by DCHC Members


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