Jim D. Koonsman and Leona Johnnie Sparks Koonsman
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Services for Leona Johnnie Koonsman, 75, were held at 3 p.m. October 2 in the First Baptist Church, Dickens. Rev. Hank Scott, Beacon Heights Baptist Church, Lubbock, officiated, assisted by Rev. C.L. Atkinson of the Afton Baptist Church.

Mrs. Koonsman died at her home on September 29. Dickens County Justice of the Peace Bonnie Edwards ruled death due to natural causes. Born March 9, 1913 in Dickens County, she had resided here all of her life. She was a member of the Baptist Church and a homemaker. She married Jim Koonsman on April 13, 1935 in Spur.

She is survived by her husband, Jim Koonsman, Dickens; one son, James Koonsman, Lubbock; a daughter, Peggy Nolen, Whitesboro; a brother, Jimmy Sparks, Deport, Texas; three sisters, Lotella Murchison, Lubbock and Winnie Hughes and Loretta Parks, both of California; three grandchildren and one great grandchild.

©The Texas Spur, November, 1988
From the scrapbook of Thelma Kimmel Scott

Services for Jim D. Koonsman, 86, of Dickens, were at 2 p.m. Monday, May 8, 1995, in the Dickens Baptist Church. Rev. C.L. Atkinson, Afton and Rev. Tommy Henderson, Spur, officiated.

Burial was in Dickens Cemetery under direction of Campbell Funeral Home.

Mr. Koonsman died at his home about 7:40 a.m. on May 6, following a lengthy illness. Death was ruled due to natural causes by Gayle Taylor, Justice of the Peace Precinct 1.

Mr. Koonsman was born in Hale Center on November 3, 1908. He had lived in the Wichita community of Dickens County all of his life. On April 13, 1935, he married Leona Spraks in Spur. She died on September 29, 1988.

He was a farmer and rancher.

Survivors include one son, James Koonsman of Lubbock; a daughter, Peggy Nolen of Whitesboro; three grandchildren and one great grandchild.

©The Texas Spur, May 1995
From the records of Thelma Scott


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