Comanche County, Texas Downing Cemetery Obituaries, web page 8


Compiled by Aline Loudermilk Jones

Web Page 8


Arrangements under the direction of Nowlin Funeral Home in De Leon, Texas.

Survivors are her sons, Jesse Moon, Jr., of Early, TX; Eldon Lee Moon, of Seattle, WA; Merlin D. Moon, of Des Moines, IA; and Keith E. Moon, of  De Leon, TX. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, Isaac Webber and Cora Webber; husband, Jesse Moon, Sr.; brothers, Ernest Webber and Cliff Webber; sisters, Martha Merle Harding, and Clair Ellen Harkrider and granddaughter Kara Perry.


Funeral services for Mary Smith Moon, 88, of De Leon were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 7, 1981, at De Leon Church of Christ. Payne Hattox officiated, assisted by Mike Mefford.

Burial was in Downing Cemetery under the direction of Nowlin Funeral Home, De Leon.

Mrs. Moon died at 10:50 p.m. Wednesday, November 4 in the Dublin Hospital.

Born April 25, 1893 in Gunsight, she moved to De Leon at an early age. She married Roy Smith in 1910. He died April 18, 1958. She married Clark Moon in 1963.  He died in 1968.

Mrs. Moon was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include a daughter, Charlene Terrill of Pampa; two sisters, Rosa Hulsey of Stockton, California and Lou Graham of Glendale, California; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.


Henry McDonald was born March 8, 1881 in Alabama. He died in 1906 while visiting family in Downing, Comanche County, Texas.  He was the son of Lafayette & Mary Emma V. Wilson and grandson of Oswell & Sarah Dover Wilson. Oswell Wilson was a brother of Volentine Wilson of Downing. Henry McDonald married Minnie Beaty. Survivors include his wife and one small daughter Mildred McDonald; one brother Lee Dolphe McDonald; probably his parents Lafayette & Mary Emma McDonald; and sisters Merle & Addie McDonald. Burial was in the Downing Cemetery, Comanche Co, Texas. (This information compiled from information of Aline Jones & Dian Seaton)


Agnes Ione McGinnis, age 88, of Dallas, Texas, died on Saturday, July 8, 2000 in Dallas, Texas.

Miss McGinnis was born March 9, 1912 in Comanche County, Texas to the late James Monroe McGinnis and Mamie O. Logan McGinnis. She was a long-time employee as a nurse at Methodist Hospital in Dallas and was a member of the Church of Christ.

Funeral services were at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 11, 2000 at the graveside at Downing Cemetery.  Frank Briscoe officiating with Nowlin Funeral Home of De Leon in charge.

Survivors include one brother, Van McGinnis of De Leon; one sister, Marie Bell of Hagerstown, Maryland.  She was preceded in death by two brothers, Joe McGinnis and Babe McGinnis and one sister, Dorothy Davis.


De Leon - Alec Van McGinnis, 81, died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2002 in De Leon.

Burial: Downing Cemetery.


Alec Van McGinnis was born 10 July 1921, in Comanche County. He was a member of the Church of Christ in De Leon and was a U.S. Army veteran. He was preceded in death by his wife, Teddy Lucille Loudermilk McGinnis; parents, James Monroe and Mamie McGinnis; brothers, Joe and Babe McGinnis, and sisters, Agnes McGinnis and Dorothy Davis.

Survivors: Daughter, Sarah Layman of Abilene; sister, Marie Bell of Hagerstown, MD; grandchildren, Melissa and Jimmy; and two great grandchildren.

Nowlin Funeral Home, De Leon (254) 893-2021


Brownwood – Eldon McGinnis, 62, passed away Thursday, Sept. 28, 2006 in Brownwood. 

Funeral: 2 p.m. Sunday at Nowlin Funeral Home. Burial: Downing Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. 

He was born Feb. 21, 1944, in Gorman. He was a cable splicer for GTE. 

Survivors: Suns, Wesley McGinnis (Stephanie) and Mike McGinnis (Brady); sisters, Raymona Calvert, Lana Norris and Cindy Rudd; and grandchildren, Taylor and Jordan.

(Nowlin Funeral Home, De Leon, 254-393-2021)


Joseph Alvin McGinnis, 72, of Gustine, a farmer, died at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 18, 1982, at Comanche Community Hospital. Services were at Comanche Funeral Home.

Dr. Noble Atkins officiated with burial at the Downing Cemetery.

Born January 1, 1910, in Downing, he married Bessie Johnson on December 10, 1936, in Comanche.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Tommy of Gustine and B. J. of Blanket; two brothers T. E. of De Leon and Van of Comanche; three sisters, Agnes McGinnis and Dorothy Davis, both of Dallas, and Marie Bell of Hagerstown, MD, and five grandchildren.


Funeral services were held for Lula Ruth McGinnis on Thursday, Jan 1, 1987, at 10:00 a.m. in Nowlin Funeral Chapel. Minister Payne Hattox officiated and burial was in Downing Cemetery.

Mrs. McGinnis, age 94, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 1986, at 9:00 a.m. in De Leon Nursing Home where she had been a resident for several years. She was born in Comanche County on Feb. 21, 1892, to Ben and Lola Bufford Stephens. She was the widow of John C. McGinnis who died in 1961.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Downing Church of Christ.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Gayle and Hazel McGinnis of De Leon; a brother, Paul Stephens of Sylvester, Texas; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Sallie Stephens McGinnis and Planie Stephens Whitehead; one half-sister,
Doan Stephens Gunn; five brothers, Amon, Claude, Barnie, Elmer and Olen; and two half-brothers, Sam and B. J.


Music for the service was furnished by singers Fred Holdridge, A. C. Morris, Billie Morris and Frances Powell.

Pallbearers were Bill Smith, Franklin Loudermilk, Royce Lesley, Curtis Lesley, Lawrence Farley, and Hezzie Dean.


Comanche – Wilburn A. “Monty” Montgomery, 90, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006

Funeral service: 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nowlin Funeral Home Chapel. Burial: Downing Cemetery, Comanche County. 

“Monty” was a farmer-rancher in the De Leon area for 25 years. He married Charlotte Lund June 3, 1939 in Modesto, Calif. He was a Methodist. 

Survivors: Wife, Charlotte; daughter: Geralyn Dalrumple; five grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Nowlin Funeral Home, De Leon, 254-893-2021


Vada Estelle Morris, 91, of Comanche passed away in the De Leon Hospital on Saturday, February 26, 2000.

She was born January 11, 1909 in Hico, Texas the daughter of John Henry and Ollie Belle Killion Herricks. She was married on December 2, 1929 to Benny Frankie Morris in Weinert, Texas. He preceded her in death on March 15, 1977. She was a homemaker and a lifelong resident of Comanche County. She was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church.

Graveside funeral service was at 10:00 a.m. Monday, February 28, 2000 at Downing Cemetery with Rev. Raymond Jones officiating under the direction of Hall & Sons Funeral Home of Comanche.

She is survived by one daughter Ollie Childers and husband, Leon of Comanche, two sisters, Pearl Covington of Hobbs, New Mexico and Ellen Craighead of Lakeside, CA; four brothers, Roy Herricks of Weinert, Texas, Herman Herricks of Azle, Texas,  Bob Herricks of Norwalk, CA, and Noble Herricks of Lakeside, CA; four grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Frankie Morris and one daughter Mary Lois Duke.

Memorials may be made to CCS Hospice, 354 Liveoak, Dublin, TX 76446.


Funeral services for Mrs. Maggie Omenten O’Neal, 89, longtime De Leon resident, were held at 10:00 o’clock Saturday morning, December 6, at De Leon Funeral Home.

Burial was in Downing Cemetery.

Mrs. O’Neal died Thursday, December 4, 1986, in De Leon Hospital, after a long illness.

Born February 14, 1897 in Talatoosa County, Alabama, Mrs. O’Neal had lived in De Leon for 80 years. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church. She married Levi Richard Coan in 1913 in Comanche. After he died she married James Claud O’Neal in 1934 in De Leon. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include two sons, Lloyd Coan of Eastland and Doyle Coan of Hico;  three daughters, Lyra Walker and Bernice
Otwell, both of De Leon and Ira Cogburn of New York City, New York;  23 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and 3
great-great grandchildren.



Willie Pierce Phifer, 56, of Rt. 3, Comanche, passed away at his residence Saturday morning, December 31, 1978, after a lengthy illness.

He was born November 16, 1921, in Comanche, the son of the late Willie Duncan Phifer and Lillie Phifer. He was retired from the U. S. Air Force with the rank of Master Sergeant.

He married Chrystell Morrison April 23, 1943, in California. Mr. Phifer was a member of the Masonic Lodge.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, January 2, in Comanche Funeral Home Chapel.

Rev. Kenneth Vaughan officiated.

Burial was in Downing Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Nax Coan, Roy Buchanan, James Dolberry, Cecil Williams, Kenneth Coble and Talmadge Fails.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, David Phifer of Hasse and Willie Phifer of Abilene; mother, Mrs. Lillie Phifer of Comanche; one sister, Mrs. Mary Lou Hogan of Dallas; two brothers, Billy Mack Phifer of Hawley and Lonnie Ray Phifer of Comanche; and two grand children.


Annie Pilgreen, 83, De Leon, formerly of Abilene, died at 9:15 p.m. Monday, October 31, 1983, at Nantanna Care Center. Services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday at De Leon Funeral Home.

The Rev Mike Patterson, pastor of Northside Baptist Church, officiated. Burial was in Downing Cemetery.

Born March 29, 1900, in Comanche, she married Arlo Hornsby in 1918 in De Leon. She later married John W. Pilgreen in 1952 in Abilene. A De Leon resident for four years, she was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Belon C. Hornsby of Lubbock; a daughter-in-law, Lillian Hornsby; a stepson, Clifford Pilgreen of Abilene; a step-daughter-in-law, Mrs. Ida Mae Woody of Tye; three sisters, Mrs. Ollie Johnson of De Leon and Mrs. Mattie Nelms and Mrs. Mammie Dennis, both of Comanche; a brother, Oner Kerley of Lake Whitney; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Roger Hornsby, Jr., Garland Boyd, Gayle McGinnis, Bud Morrison, and Dale Johnson.

Music was furnished by Tim and Jamie Skaggs with Claude Underhill as organist.


(Fort Worth Star-Telegram, March 20, 1986)

Raymond Hall Quenon, 59, died Tuesday in a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Northwest Church of Christ. Military graveside service will be at 3 p.m. in Downing in Comanche County.

Quenon was born in Eaton, Colo. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1970 and received his master’s degree in education from North Texas State University in 1976.

He was a sixth-grade school teacher at Bryson Elementary School and had worked for the Eagle Mountain School District for nine years. He was an active member of the Northwest Church of Christ and was a resident of Fort Worth for 25 years. He served in the Air Force for 27 years.

Survivors include his wife, Aline Quenon of Fort Worth; two daughters, Karen Rae Williams of Saginaw and Kathryn Jeanine Quenon of Arlington; two brothers, August O. Quenon of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Allen L. Quenon of Glendale, Calif; one sister Willie Flick of Tucson, Ariz; and four grandchildren.

Before the sixth grade class of Raymond Hall Quenon was dismissed for spring break two weeks ago, they did something rather unusual for a group of 12-year olds.

The Bryson Elementary boys and girls got together and composed a letter to their teacher, Raymond Hall Quenon. The youngsters explained that although it wasn’t the end of the school term, they wanted the teacher to know how much they loved him and would miss him when the year was over. The contents of the letter are particularly poignant now because Quenon, 59, died five days after he received it. Quenon was in good health until he admitted himself into a hospital March 14 complaining of chest pains. He died March 18 after suffering a massive heart attack.

A 27 year Air Force veteran, Quenon retired in 1970 and went on to add to his degree from the University of Maryland a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the North Texas State University College. He first taught in an elementary school at Security Colorado, and as a School Counselor at Granada, Colorado. He later was employed as a counselor at Vernon Regional Junior College and worked for nine years as a sixth grade teacher for the Eagle Mt.-Saginaw I.S.D.  He taught at Wayside Middle School for many years but with the completion of Bryson Elementary, Quenon’s classroom was transferred to the new school in 1985.
The 25 year Fort Worth resident was remembered for saving the life of James Rodriguez, then a student at Wayside Middle School, in Nov 1981. The boy was choking on a piece of candy when the teacher came to his aid. By using the Heimlich maneuver and holding the boy upside down, the teacher was able to dislodge the candy from his windpipe.

“He was a very dedicated, well-liked, highly motivated teacher,” said Eagle Mt. Saginaw School Superintendent Bill Anderson. “He had a great rapport with the kids.”

Part of the teacher’s ability with youngsters came from a genuine sense of caring that “came across easily,” according to Bryson Elementary School Principal Bill Williams. It wasn’t unusual for the teacher to buy one of his student’s supplies if he couldn’t afford them himself.

“I worked with him for two years,” Williams added. “He was a very positive, personable caring person.”
Quenon was an active member of the Northwest Church of Christ and was being considered as an elder of that congregation.
“He was an unusual man in that he was happy about all aspects of his life - - the church, his wife,

children, grandchildren and teaching,” said his daughter Karen Quenon Williams. “He loved his life and never seemed to want for more. He was satisfied and happy.”

Although many students and faculty were enjoying spring break, over 400 people attended the sixth grade teacher’s funeral March 21 at the Northwest Church of Christ. A military graveside service was held later in the day in Downing Cemetery in Comanche County. Tommy Nichols, a former student of Quenon’s, played taps for the military service.
Pallbearers were teachers and administrators who worked with Quenon at Wayside and Bryson. They included David Prince, Bill Williams, Wayne Schickendanz, Bob Fredette, Leo Leslie and John Craft. Honorary pallbearers were Don Loudermilk, Roy Lee Loudermilk, Larry Lee Loudermilk, P.W. “Slim” Ellison, Buck Hulsey, Freddie Williams, and Gayle Loudermilk.
Quenon is survived by his wife of 40 years, Aline Loudermilk Quenon of Fort Worth; daughters Karen Rae Quenon Williams of Saginaw; Kathryn Jeanine Quenon of Arlington; son-in-law Freddie Williams of Saginaw; grandchildren, Shane Williams, Kristie Williams and Jamie Williams of Saginaw; Jason Ray Quenon of Arlington; brothers August O. Quenon, Jr. of Thousand Oaks, Calif; Allen L. Quenon of Glendale, Calif., and a sister Willy Flick of Tucson, Ariz.


Sally M. Riggs, 86, of 1925 S. 19th Street, Abilene, TX, died Sunday in a local hospital.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Downing Cemetery near Comanche with Tommy Johnson officiating. Burial will be directed by North’s Funeral Home, 4002 Buffalo Gap Road.
Born in Beattie, to Joe & Arizona Gunn, Mrs. Riggs was reared in Downing. She moved to Abilene in 1933 where she owned a candy store on Butternut Street for several years and the Sayles Beauty Shop. She also worked for the Abilene Independent School District. She was a member of the Sixteenth and Vine Church of Christ and the Humana Senior Citizens Club.
Survivors include a brother Joe Gunn of Abilene; a sister, Myrle Williams of Comanche; and several nieces and nephews, including Charlene Standly and Raymond McNutt, both of Abilene.
Memorials may be sent to the Meals on Wheels Plus, Inc. 949 Mesquite St., Abilene, Texas.
The family will be at 2518 Regent Drive.


J. C. Sadberry, age 82, of De Leon passed away on Sunday, February 6, 2000 in the De Leon Hospital. He was born on November 2, 1917 in Comanche County, Texas to the late John W. and Maggie Coker Sadberry. Mr. Sadberry married Thelma Champion in De Leon, Texas on September 8, 1934. He was a retired farmer and former salesman for Golden Oak Milling Company. He was a lifelong resident of the De Leon area and was a member of Morton Chapel Methodist Church. Funeral services for Mr. Sadberry were held on Monday, February 7, 2000 at 2:00 p.m. in the Nowlin Funeral Home Chapel with Re. Steve Schmidt officiating and Kenneth Wilson assisting. Music was provided by LaRessie Wilkerson and Vicki Robinett. Pallbearers were John Ray Johnson, Bill

Wilkerson, Tommy Ashley, Otis Earl Sadberry, Jerry Neely, Bill Smith, C. M. Caraway, Jr. and Wayland Hodges. Honorary pallbearers were Gary Dutton, Johnny Gooden, Donal Farrow, James Atchley, Charles Morgan, Fuzzy Robertson, C. W. Smith, and DeWitt Robinett. Survivors include his wife, Thelma Sadberry of De Leon; two sons, Curtis Sadberry and J. W. Sadberry, both of De Leon; two daughters, Nadine Kea and Charlotte Coan, both of De Leon; one sister, Edith Brownlee of De Leon, grandchildren, Alan Sadberry, Rhonda Pruitt, Carla Mathews, Penny Fronterhouse, Polly Snow, Carolyn Fisher, Ricci Coan, Lana Barefoot, Cassandra Coan, Jill Cleere, Russell Sadberry, Adam Sadberry, and Maggie Thayer; great-grandchildren, Raesha, Braxton, Auston, Josh, MaKenzie, Terra, Jackson, Leslie, Ashley, Vince, Kristin, Lance, McKenzie, Mitch, Jodi, Jordan, Darian, Brent, Paige, Zach, Tye, and Eathan; great-great-grandchildren, Tayln, Maranda, and Hannah.  Mr. Sadberry was preceded in death by four brothers, Emmett Sadberry, Glen Sadberry, Jack Robinett, Earl Sadberry; two sisters, Ethel Gilder and Delphia Robinett, and one great-granddaughter, Shenna Shupp.


Thelma Lee Sadberry, age 92, of De Leon, Texas, passed away Saturday, August 19, 2006, at Comanche County Medical Center. She was born on August 16, 1914, in Tallapoosa County, Alabama, to the late Andrew Jackson Champion and Eula Lee Stansell. She was united in marriage to J. C. Sadberry, September 8, 1934, in De Leon, Texas.

Mrs. Sadberry was a homemaker and had resided in De Leon most of her life. She was a member of Morton Chapel Methodist Church.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 21, 2006, in Nowlin Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Kenneth Wilson officiating, assisted by Pastor Lisa Neslony. LaRessie Wilkerson and Vicki Robinett provided the music. Burial followed in the Downing Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Alan Sadberry, Ricci Coan, Jerry Mathews, Jackson Jobe, Wayland Fronterhouse, Kerry Barefoot, Randy Cleere, and Adam Sadberry.

She is survived by two sons, Curtis Sadberry and wife, Freddie, and J. W. Sadberry and wife, Ann, all of De Leon; two daughters, Nadine Kea and husband, Lee, and Charlotte Coan and husband, Rodney, all of De Leon; one sister, Ola Mae Whittie of Acton; 13 grandchildren: Alan Sadberry, Carla Mathews, Rhonda Pruitt, Adam Sadberry, Russell Sadberry, Jill Cleere, Maggie Thayer, Penny Fronterhouse, Polly Snow, Carolyn Fischer, Lana Barefoot, Ricci Coan and Cassandra Coan; 29 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband J. C. Sadberry on February 6, 2000, brothers, L. B. Champion, A. J. Champion, F. M. Champion; sisters Ora Shupp and Lesell Rogers, and one great-granddaughter, Shenna Chupp.
(Published August 24, 2006, De Leon Free  Press)


Ruby Faye Davenport Sanders 77, of Comanche passed away Friday morning in the Comanche Community Hospital.

Ruby Faye was born November 6, 1924 in Comanche, Texas, the daughter of the late Robert and Mary Thelma Mullican Davenport. She was a homemaker and worked several years at the Cookie Plant. She was a Methodist. She was a life long resident of Comanche.

Mrs. Sanders is survived by one son, Bobby Daniels and wife Donna of Comanche; one brother Robert Davenport of Comanche, grandchildren, Bobby Daniels Jr., Robert Lee Barefoot, Christopher Barefoot, David Barefoot and Faith Barefoot. Two great grandchildren, Barbara Ann Gatzen and Brian Eugene Barefoot; one great-great grandchild, Davin Gatzen.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Alma Ruth and one grandson David Lee Barefoot.

Graveside funeral services at 3:00 p.m. Sunday in Downing Cemetery under the directions of Hall & Sons funeral Home.
The family received friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday at Hall & Sons Funeral Home.

Lunch for the family was at the home of Bobby and Donna Daniels in Comanche.


(Fort Worth)

Billy Jack Scott, 77, died Wednesday, March 28, 2001, at his home.

Graveside service: 2 p.m. Friday in Downing Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Maurice Scott, Kyle Scott, Dow Scott, Brad Scott, Bill McCay and Clay Scott.

Billy Jack Scott was born Dec 7, 1923, in Downing.

Survivors: Wife, Miriam Scott; daughters, Katrina Black Hawk and husband, Angus, and Janis Cahill and her husband, Ralph; special granddaughter, Bunnye Golden Cheeks; brothers Jimmy Rex Scott and wife, Helen, and Bennie Scott and wife, Pat; sister-in-law, Monnette Simmons and husband, Alfred; brother-in-law, Bill McCay and wife, Joyce; grandchildren, Lela Cahill Wichter, Aaron Cahill, Lauren Moore, Allyson Black Hawk; and great-grandchildren, Breanna Cheeks and Ty Wichter.
Nowlin Funeral Home.

De Leon (254) 893-2021


DE LEON – Kathryn Adelle Scott, 84, daughter of Downing community pioneers, died Tuesday at a local hospital 6 December 1994.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at De Leon Church of Christ with A. C. Morris officiating. Burial will be in Downing Cemetery, directed by Nowlin Funeral Home.

Mrs. Scott was born in Downing and was a lifelong Comanche County resident. She married John Deene Scott in 1930 in Comanche and was a homemaker and a member of Downing Church of Christ.

Survivors include her husband, of Downing; one son, John D. Scott Jr. of San Antonio; one sister, Cecile Sneed of Comanche; one grandchild and one nephew.


Kathryn Adelle Scott, 84, of the Downing Community died in the De Leon Hospital on Friday, December 6, 1994.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 8, in the De Leon Church of Christ. A. C. Morris officiated. Interment was in the Downing Cemetery under the direction of Nowlin Funeral Home.

Mrs. Scott was born September 10, 1910 in the Downing Community where her parents were pioneer settlers. On December 22, 1930 she was married to John Deene Scott of Comanche. She was a housewife and a member of the Church of Christ in Downing.
Survivors include her husband, John Deene Scott of Downing; one son, John D. Scott, Jr. of San Antonio; one sister, Cecile Sneed of Comanche and one granddaughter.


John Deene Scott, 91, Downing Community, passed away Thursday, January 22, 1997 in the Western Hills Nursing Home in Comanche.

Mrs. Scott was born December 1, 1905 in Downing. He married Kathryn Adelle Loudermilk on December 22, 1930 in Comanche.
He was a retired farmer and rancher and a member of the Downing Church of Christ.

Survivors are one son, John D. Scott, Jr. of San Antonio and one granddaughter, Carol Scott of Fairfax, Virginia.
He was preceded in death by his wife Kathryn Adelle on December 6, 1994. Also preceding him in death were his parents, Benjamin Franklin and Ellen Kelly Scott; three brothers, Henry Scott, Andy Scott, and Othor Scott; and four sisters, Allie Sledge, Mollie Wilson, Oma Loudermilk, and Rosa Flanagan.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 25 in the De Leon Church of Christ with A. C. Morris officiating with interment in Downing Cemetery.


Ora Inez Shupp, age 90 of Midland, TX died March 8, 2001 at Trinity Haven Health Care, Midland, TX.

Funeral Services were March 12, 2001 at the Nowlin Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Downing Cemetery, Comanche County. The officiating minister was R. James Shupp assisted by Gary Elmore.

Pallbearers were Michael G. Shupp, Anthony W. Shupp, Curtis Wayne Shupp, Bryant Shupp, Curtis Wilson Shupp, Valton “Bob” Smith, Charles Nunn, and Don Ellis.

Mrs. Shupp was born on September 14, 1919 in Birmingham, AL to the late Andrew Jackson Champion and Eula Lee Stansell Champion.  She was a homemaker and had resided in Midland 38 years. She was a member of the Ranchland Heights Baptist Church.
Ora Inez married Elmo Curtis Shupp on November 3, 1931 in De Leon, TX.

She is survived by sons, Damon Shupp and wife, Barbara of Midland, Gary Shupp and wife, Kathy of Midland, Dennis Shupp and wife, Cindy of Danvers, MA, Danny Shupp and wife, Toya of Amarillo, and Valton “Bob” Smith, son-in-law and wife, Fern of Lamesa; sisters, Thelma Sadberry of De Leon, Ola May Witte of Granbury; 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmo Shupp; a son, Victory Wayne Shupp and a daughter, Geneva Smith, three sisters and four brothers.


John Emery Stevenson III, 86, were held at 10:30 o’clock Friday morning, December 6, at Nowlin Funeral Home in De Leon.
Burial was in Downing Cemetery.

Mr. Stevenson died Wednesday, December 4, in De Leon Hospital.

Mr. Stevenson was born in Indian Territory, now Gore, Oklahoma, and lived in De Leon 18 years, moving from Uvalde.

He was a retired carpenter and a Mormon.

Survivors include his wife, Marie Stevenson of Downing; a son, Douglas Stevenson of San Antonio; a stepson, Russell K. Smith of Arlington; two daughters, Phyllis Kalka and Norma Clevenger, both of San Antonio; a step daughter, Fae Yant of Antler, Oklahoma; two brothers, Richard Stevenson and Jack Stevenson, both of California; two sisters, Leona Gallentine and Hazel Phillips, both of California; 11 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Downing Cemetery.


Helen Grissom Sturdivant, 82, of El Paso, Texas passed away on Monday, January 6, 2003 in El Paso, Texas. She was born on September 11, 1930 to the late I.N. “Sam” and Icie Beaty Grissom in Downing, Texas.

She retired from El Paso Natural Gas Company after 27 years of service. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in El Paso and was a homemaker.

She was married to Edgar Sturdivant on September 1937 in De Leon, Texas


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