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1 1845 - Immigrated from Canada to US

1850 - Niagara NY Census

1852 - spirng left home for Chicago-1853 Steamboat to Chicago (?) one week no work. Steamer to Milwaukee

1853-1856 Milwaukee working in Dry goods Store. His mother is believed to have died in Cleveland, Ohio

1857-1860 Memphis & Charleston RR

1860 Fired December 12, 1860 due to low business on the M&CRR

1861 (May) Last boat out of Memphis, Tennessee to Cairo, Illinois

1861 (Fall) working for the Illinois Central RR as a conductor from Amboy to Wapulla.

1868 In the spring of 1868, T. J. “Tommie” Wright and a small band of Illinois Central Gulf conductors formed the first conductors’ union, known as “Division Number 1 Conductors’Brotherhood” at Amboy, Illinois. Word spread quickly, and by November 1868, the union’s first convention was held in Columbus, Ohio, where conductors from the U.S. and Canada adopted the name "Order of Railway Conductors of America". (One of the original 13 members)

1869 (May) Fort Scott, Kansas with Missouri River, Fort Scott, & Gulf RR worked there for one year

1870 Moved to Parsons, Kansas

1871 Parsons, Kansas with MKT RR

1884 Retired from MKT on Christmas Day

1885 Mayor of Parsons, Kansas until April 1887

Appears on 1860 census for Humphreys County, Tennessee
Appears on 1870 census for Fort Scott, Kansas
Appears on 1880 census for Parsons, Kansas
Appears on 1900 census for Parsons, Kansas
Appears on 1910 census for Parsons, Kansas
Appears on 1920 census for Parsons, Kansas

Son of David Brown and Hannah Blair. They moved to Niagara Falls when the children were small. They owned a home near where the Shredded Wheat Biscuit Factory now stands. At that time, that was just at the edge of what was then called the deep forest. The father was a practicing physician. This was during the cholera epidemic and more of the population was Indians than white. When A.O. was but a few years old, he drank some caustic poisoning. After many days' battle, his father saved his life, but there were a number of years he was forced to live on liquid foods. Unable to attend school, his father kept him out of school and indoors to keep up his health. When A.O. was 16, the father went on the bond of the first man to put in a first turbine engine on the Niagara River separate from Niagara Power. The project failed and father Brown lost his home as a resultand was bankrupt. A.O. went to Milwaukee where he worked for a wholesale dry goods firm. Anxious for an education, he slept in the store studied late at night and spent his earnings on books. Later, he went into railroad work. While working out of Memphis in the fall of 1860 he was arrested for saying that he would have voted for Abe Lincoln for president had he been up North. Indignant citizens, in mob action, had a noose around his neck and were ready to hang him when someone interceded for him. A.O. left for the north immediately and got a job with the Illinois Central RR. During the Civil War, he worked on the railroad hauling northern soldiers. In 1869, he came to Fort Scott where he worked as yardmaster for the Katy and in 1871 ran the first construction train into Parsons from Fort Scott. A short time later, he was conductor on the first train from Sedalia into Parsons. He remained with the Katy until 1884 when he retired. A.O. was a charter member of the Order of Railroad Conductors, Lodge 1, which was organized at Amboy, Illinois, while A.O. was working on the Illinois Central. The night of the instillation, he was on the road, but he was initiated at the next meeting and was considered as a charter member as he was one of the men who signed up for such an organization. Coming to Parsons, when the town was being formed, he believed in the future of the city. He was one of the first men to invest heavily in buildings in Parsons. He built the Brown block at the corner of Central and Broadway. Always interested in the welfare of the city, he served as councilman and in 1884 was mayor of Parsons. He was a member of all branches of York Rite Masonry and maintained an active interest in the Couer de Lion commandery to the last. He was a member of the Ararat Shrine temple at Kansas City.

Parsons Sun, Tuesday evening, October 20. 1925 obituary

PNEUMONIA FATAL TO A.O. BROWN, Parsons Sun, October 20, 1925

A.O Brown, Sr. Parsons pioneer and veteran railroad man, died at his home, 1600 Broadway, at 2:45 o'clock this afternoon from bronchial pneumonia. Mr. Brown took a cold Friday but was continued to his bed only since Sunday morning.

Mr. Brown, who was 91 years old, was born in Oswega, N. Y., where he lived until 16 years of age. His father was a practicing physician and when but a few years old, Mr. Brown drank some caustic poisoning. After many days' battle, his father saved the child's life, but there were a number of years he was forced to live on liquid foods. Unable to attend school, his father kept him out of doors to keep up his health.

Father's Fortune Swept Away.
When 16 years old, Mr. Brown's father signed the note of the first man who tried to build a canal and put in a turbine at Niagra falls. The man failed, and the doctor's fortune was swept away.

Mr. Brown went to Detroit where he worked for a wholesale dry goods firm. Anxious for an education, he slept in the store, studied late at night and spent his earning or books.

Saved from the Noose.
Later he went into railroad work. While working out of Memphis in the fall of 1860 he was arrested for saying that he would have voted for Abe Lincoln for president had he been up North. Indigent citizens, in mob action, had a noose around his neck and were ready to hang him when someone interceded for him.

Mr. Brown left for the north immediately and got a job with the Illinois Central. During the Civil War he worked on the railroad, hauling northern soldiers.

To Kansas in 1869.
In 1869 he came to Ft. Scott where he worked as a yardmaster for the Katy and in 1871 ran the firsts construction train into Parsons from Ft. Scott. A short time later he was conductor on the first train which ran from Sedalia into Parsons.

Retired From Katy.
He remained with the Katy until 1884 when he retired.

Mr. Brown is a charter member of the order of Railroad Conductors, Lodge No. 1 which was organized at Ambory, IL, while Mr. Brown was working on the Illinois Central. The night of the installation, Mr. Brown was on the road, but he was initiated at the next meeting and was considered as a charter member as he was one of the men who signed up for such an organization.

Believed in Parsons.
Coming here when the town was organized, Mr. Brown never doubted the future of the city. He believed in the future of Parsons and was one of the firsts men to invest heavily in buildings in this city. He built the Brown block at the corner of Central and Broadway.

Always interested in the welfare of the city he served as councilman and in 1884 was mayor of Parsons.

Mr. Brown gave liberally to charity although he never made any splurge about it. When he was a person who was needy, he assisted him, and few people ever knew of his many charitable acts.

A Mason.
One of this venerable pioneer's interests was Masonary and he was a member of branches of York Rite Masonry and maintained an active interest in the Couer de Lion commandery in the last. He was a member of the Ararat Shrine temple at Kansas City.

Surviving him are his wife and son, A.O. Brown, Jr., of the home address, and two nieces. Mrs. George M. King of Lake Charles, La., and Mrs. William Lee of Spokane, Wash. Mr. Brown reared Mrs. King and she was married to Mr. King in the Brown home.

No funeral arrangements have been made, although the Masons will have charge of the services. In compliance with the wishes of Mr. Brown, expressed many times before his death, the family are requesting that friends do not send flowers. 
Brown, Alpha Otis Sr (I12115)
 
2 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I1939)
 
3 A USEFUL LIFE ENDED

Mrs. A. O. Brown Died Last Night After A Long Illness With Brights Disease

Last night at 11:20, at her late residence, No. 1600 Forrest Avenue, occurred the death of Mrs. A. O. Brown, wife of A. O. Brown, one of the oldest and most highly respected citizens of Labette county. Mrs. Brown's death was not unexpected. For the past three years she has been a constant sufferer from Brights Disease and during all that time she has hardly experienced a day free from pain. For a period of four months, last winter and spring Mrs. Brown was confined to her home. About the first of last May she grew better and was for a time thought to be permanently improved. However, the hopes of her husband and friends were fruitless. Six weeks ago, the suffering lady became bedfast and never again arose.

During all the period of her illness, up to the last, when her suffering was almost beyond human endurance, Mrs. Brown bore her affliction with a patient fortitude that is characteristic of her life. She seldom ever complained and always greeted her friends with a pleasant smile. During her life in Parsons, she has been closely identified with the growth and progress of the Methodist church. A worker for the sake of charity, with a cordial greeting for all, and her Christian spirit always manifested. This lady's death is regarded as a great loss not only to her immediate family, but to her church and the city as well.

Nancy M. Brown was born in the state of New York, 1837, hence was 67 years of age at the time of her death. Twenty -two years later at Oregon, Ill. she was married to the husband who survives and in 1870 the couple came to Parsons, or rather to the present site of Parsons where they have since lived. For the last twenty-three years Mr. and Mrs. Brown have occupied the present home at the corner of Forrest Avenue and 16th Street. The deceased grew up with the city from its very foundation and was familiar with every important event of its history. Mr. and Mrs. Brown never had any children, and excepting two nieces - one at Herrington, Kas. and another at Lockwood, Mo. they have no relatives living nearer than New York state.

The funeral will occur tomorrow afternoon at three o'clock from the family residence, conducted by Rev. W. C. McCurdy, pastor of the First M.E. church.

The Parsons Sun (Parsons KS)
Friday, October 21, 1904
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MRS. BROWN'S FUNERAL

All That's Mortal of the Lamented Lady Laid to Rest in Oakwood This Afternoon

At her late residence, No 1600 Forrest Avenue this afternoon at 3 o'clock occurred funeral services over the remains of Mrs. A.O. Brown whose death was chronicled in yesterday's Sun. The services, which were very impressive were conducted by Rev. W. C. Macurdy, pastor of the church of which the deceased was a member.

A large crowd of sorrowing friends gathered and listened silently while Rev. Macurdy spoke briefly of the character that had grown familiar in the church and in the city. The services were very impressive and the grief was universal with those present. Followed by many former friends, the body was taken to Oakwood Cemetery and there deposited in the final rest.

The Parsons Sun (Parsons, KS)
October 22, 1904
Page 4
 
Teale, Nancy Minerva (I12117)
 
4 Alvin Olin King, Lake Charles attorney and member of the State Senate, is a young man who has rapidly achieved distinction in his profession and in the public life of Southwest Louisiana.

His father is George Merritt King, one of the men who have made Lake Charles a great commercial and industrial center. George Merritt King is secretary-treasurer of the Powell Lumber Company, of the Weber King Lumber Company, of the Farmer's Land & Canal Company, is treasurer of the Farmers Rice Milling Company and a director of the Calcasieu National Bank of Southwest Louisiana, all institutions at Lake Charles.

Senator Alvin Olin King was born at Leoti, Kansas, June 21, 1890, but has spent most of his life at Lake Charles. He attended high school there, business college at Parsons, Kansas, and in 1915 graduated from the Law Department of Tulane University at New Orleans. He was a Phi Kappa Sigma at Tulane. After graduating he engaged in the practice of law at Lake Charles, and has busied himself chiefly with a general civil practice. Since 1920 he has been city attorney, since 1922 has held the office of city attorney of De Quincy and in January, 1924, was elected to the State Senate from the Fourteenth Senatorial District. In the Senate he served as chairman of the corporations, parochial and municipal committees, as member of the committee on agriculture, commerce and levees; committee on elections, qualifications, registration and constitution; committee of judiciary "B"; committee on railroads, insurance and industry and the rules committee. His record in the Senate was one favoring economic administration of state affairs, together with liberal treatment of all problems involving the welfare of schools. He was author of the Senate Bill No. 162, known as the King bill, providing for necessary legislation for building a great deep water harbor at Lake Charles, establishing a system of wharves and docks, for construction of terminals, appointment of a dock commission, and the financing of the entire project,

Senator King is a member of the Lake Charles Country Club, and a trustee of the First Methodist Episcopal Church. In Masonry, he belongs to the Royal Arch Chapter, Council and Knights Templar Commandery in the York Rites and has taken the thirty-second degree in the Scottish Rite Consistory, is a member of the El Karubah Temple of the Mystic Shrine at Shreveport, and also belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias. Senator King married Miss Willie Lee Voris of New Orleans. Their two children are Voris and Alvin Olin, Jr.

A History of Louisiana, (vol. 2), p. 268, by Henry E. Chambers. Published by The American Historical Society, Inc., Chicago and New York, 1925. 
King, Alvin Olin Sr (I12436)
 
5 Appears on the 1900 Soundex for Louisiana
Vol 8, E.D. 16, Sheet 14, Line 37
Lake Charles, Calcasieu County, Louisiana
Ward 3, Residence address Cole Street

Born in Bath, Maine in 1862 George Merritt King and family in 1871, George was nine, moved to Nebraska. In 1874, they again moved the family to Kansas where George attended school in Parsons, Kansas. George Merritt King and Elizabeth B. Stirling were married in 1883. By 1891 his family moved and located in southwest Louisiana near Lake Charles. The lived at 1605 Ryan Street until his deeath. he was a pioneer in the Lake Charles area in the timber and lumbering industry.

Kings farm is located 3 miles South of Kinder, Louisiana, just west of LA Hwy 165 at Parish Line Road. George Merritt King, a surveyor, purchased the land in a tax sale in the late 1800’s. The land was then settled and leased to the settlers by the King family to farm. Rice has been farmed in the area since the early 1900’s.

George King was one of the men responsible for transforming Lake Charles into a major commercial and industrial center. By 1925, his credits included being secretary-treasurer of the Powell Lumber Company, the Weber King Lumber Company, and the Farmer’s Land & Canal Company. He was also treasurer of the Farmers Rice Milling Company, and a director of the Calcesieu National Bank of Southwest Louisiana. George’s father Reverend Cyrus Armstrong King was one of the men responsible for organizing the Simpson Methodist Church in 1890. Cyrus King and his wife Frances Perkins are both originally from Maine, and he officiated at the marriages of all of his children and some of his grandchildren. ttp://leefamilyandmore.com/STIRLING/ElizabethThomsonStirling.html
 
King, George Merritt Sr (I12433)
 
6 Betsy Bee King Robin - son, 71, passed away Monday, March 27, 2006, in her residence.

She was a member of St. Luke Simpson United Methodist Church, where she served as a lay leader and sang in the church choir for many years. Her great-grandfather was a founding member of Simpson Methodist Church. Mrs. Robinson was one of the members instrumental in the merger of St. Luke and Simpson Methodist churches. She was Rotary Ann, a Paul Harris Fellow and member of Daughters of the American Revolution, and Junior League. She was a past member of the " Messiah" chorus. She was on the board of the former Powell Lumber Co. and Graceland Cemetery. She was a graduate of Lake Charles High School and was active in their class reunions. She was a den mother for Cub Scouts and was an active supporter of her children 's activities.

Survivors include her husband, James C. " Jim" Robinson of Lake Charles; two sons, Robby Robinson and Eddy Robinson, both of Lake Charles; one daughter, Tanis Robinson of Lake Charles; one sister, Mary Kate Dodwell of New Orleans; four grandchildren, Ashley Brooke Robinson, Makenzy Robinson, Cheree Nicole Chapman and Lee Angeline Lanier; and two great - grandchildren, Grace Elizabeth Chapman and Cayden Renee Robinson.

Her funeral will be at 3 p. m. Wednesday, March 29, in St. Luke - Simpson United Methodist Church. The Rev. Henry Bowdon and Bill Rose, choir director, will officiate. Interment will be in Graceland Cemetery under the direction of Hixson Funeral Home of Lake Charles. Visitation is 4-10 p. m. today in the funeral home and from 2 p. m. Wednesday in the church. In lieu of flowers, memori - als may be made to the St. Luke Simpson choir and youth ministry. Words of comfort may be left for the family at www. mem. com.

American Press (Lake Charles, LA)
Tuesday, March 28, 2006 
King, Betsy Bee (I55798)
 
7 Body of Mrs Frances B Chitwood of San Marcos to Be Sent to Lake Charles For Funeral Services

The body of Mrs Frances B Chitwood, 51, of San Marcos, who was killed in an automobile crash Sunday on the Beaumont road, was sent to Lake Charles Monday for funeral services and burial there.

Mrs Chitwood was fatally injured when she was thrown from a car driven by her husband, Milton D Chitwood, prominent San Marcos lumberman, at about 2:30 pm. She died a few minutes later.

The accident occurred near the Harris County Home for the Aged, at a spot where, some two hours later, another accident occurred in which three persons were injured.

Mr Chitwood, who suffered minor cuts and bruises, said that he was on the way from Lake Charles to San Marcos, after a visit with relatives, when another car traveling in the same direction stopped suddenly just ahead of him.

"I pulled to the left," said Mr Chitwood. "Another car was coming toward me. Then I drove across the highway to avert a head-on collision and my car crashed into the ditch."

In addition to her husband, Mrs Chitwood is survived by a son, Milton Chitwood of Groves; a sister Mrs Edna L Chapman of Baton Rouge; her mother, Mrs Bessie B King of Lake Charles; four brothers, C A King of Quincy, Cal, J M King of Leesville, La, A O King and A S King of Lake Charles.

The body was sent to Lake Charles by the Boulevard Funeral Home.

Houston Chronicle (Houston TX)
Monday, October 21, 1935
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Leesville Mayor's Sister Killed in Auto Crash

Leesville Leader: Mrs Francis B King of Leesville and daughter of Mrs Georg M King of Lake Charles, was fatally injured in an automobile accident on the Old Spanish Trail near Houston, Texas, last Sunday afternoon, when she and her husband, Malcolm D Chitwood, prominent San Marcus lumber merchant, were on their way home from Lake Charles after a weekend visit with her mother.

Mrs Chitwood was thrown from the automobile, driven by her husband, when it crashed into a ditch. She died a few minutes after the accident. Mr Chitwood suffered minor injuries.

Funeral services were held from the King residence in Lake Charles Tuesday afternoon and burial was made in the Orange Grove cemetery.

As a member of a prominent Louisiana family, Mrs Chitwood was widely know and had many friends throughout this section.

The Town Talk (Alexandria LA)
Saturday, October 26, 1935
Page 3
 
King, Francis Birdine (I12434)
 
8 Claudia A. Brown, 67, of 2408 E. Eighth St., died at 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 22, 1999, at Mt. Carmel Medical Center.

She was born March 29, 1931, at Trenton, Missouri., to Claude and Myrtle Hiatt. She was adopted by A.H. and Edna Thomas Harris of Muscotah. She lived in Trenton for five years, then moved to Parsons, where she lived from 1943 to 1955. In 1955, she moved to Wichita where she lived until she moved to Pittsburg in 1961. She was a 1949 graduate of Parsons High School. She also graduated from Mt. Carmel School of Nursing and passed her state board exam in 1952.

She married A.O. Brown, on March 1, 1952, at Parsons. He survives of the home. She was a registered nurse at St. Joseph's Hospital at Wichita and Mt. Carmel Medical Center. She retired in 1992.

Additional survivors include two sons, Gary Brown of Radley and Mark Brown of Girard; a daughter, Sheri Adkins of El Dorado; a sister, Mrs. Stan Upchuch of Myrtle Creek, Ore.; a brother, Richard Hubbard of Topeka; and six grandchildren.

According to her wishes, Mrs. Brown's body has been taken for cremation. Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Frontenac City Cemetery with Rev. Jerry Lea of Mt. Olive Baptist Church at Girard officiating. Burial of the remains will follow. Arrangements are under the direction of the Friskel Funeral Home, Frontenac.

Morning Sun (Pittsburg KS)
Wednesday, March 24, 1999
 
Harris, Claudia Amy (I12104)
 
9 Death Of George Ward

George Ward, an old resident of Grand Rapids, but who for a number of years past has made his home at Green Bay, died on Saturday, April 19th, at the Hickory Grove Sanatorium, West Depere, after a lingering illness from tuberculosis.

Deceased was born in this city on the 14th of January, 1857, and lived here the greater part of his life. He went into the railroad business when a young man, and was in the employ of the Green Bay & Western for about 40 years, having occupied numerous positions, but has been engineer on the road for many years past. He was still at this work when his health failed him and as it was impossible for him to obtain relief, he was taken to the sanitarium last October, where in spite of all that could be done for him he continued to grow worse until the end came.

Mr Ward was a man of genial disposition and disposition and made friends readily, and the result was that there were many people who were sorry to hear of his sickness and subsequent death. He is survived by a sister, Mrs Jennie R Stocking, one nephew, Kenneth W Stocking, both of St Paul, Minn, and a step sister, Mrs Minnie B Lakin of this city.

The remains were taken to the undertaking parlors at Green Bay on Saturday and on Sunday services were held by the pastor of the M E church, and a large number of friends attended the services, Mr Ward being a member of the Brother of Locomotive Firemen and Engineers.

The remains were brought to this city on Tuesday in a special car furnished by Mr Seymour, manager of the Green Bay road, and they were taken directly to the Forest Hill cemetery, where a short service was held by Rev Ludwig of the Methodist church, and the remains were laid at rest in the family lot beside those of his father and mother.

The Daily Tribune (Wisconsin Rapids WI)
Thursday, April 24, 1919
Page 1
 
Ward, George W (I55759)
 
10 Does not appear on 1860 census with family Brown, Armenia (I12203)
 
11 Duane Mervin Odle, 66, Nisland, SD, passed away Tuesday, August 15, 2006, at Nisland after a lengthy illness.

Duane was born November 28, 1939, at Deadwood, SD, to Nate M. and Edith G. (Kappan) Odle. The family lived in Spearfish, SD, Billings and Butte, MT, Oakland, CA, and Nisland. He went to a rural school and graduated from Nisland High School in 1957. Duane married Sue Sorenson in 1957.

Duane worked on dairy farms in Washington State, California and on the Odle dairy farm near Nisland with his Dad and brother, Ron. In 1974, Duane married his loving wife of 32 years, Jeanette Jensen. They purchased the family farm with Ron in 1980 and worked it until 1999.

Duane was a board member of the Belle Fourche Irrigation District for many years. He also served as President and made many trips to Washington D.C. to seek funding for various water projects. Duane loved farming, harvesting, water skiing, golfing, and especially watching his grandchildren play ball.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanette Odle, Nisland; three daughters, Christine (Paul) Moffett, Oro Valley, AZ, Tobi (Steve) Thorson, Belle Fourche, SD, Traci (Brent) Wood, Marietta, GA; three sons, Nathan (DeAnne) Odle, Carlin, NV, Greg (Polly) Odle, St. Onge, SD, Darren (Carri) Odle, Sturgis, SD; one brother, Ron Odle, Rapid City, SD; one sister, Zona (Steve) Hodge, Orlando, FL; nineteen grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and one son, David.

Memorial services will be held Wednesday, August 23, 2006, at the Newell Evangelical Church (110 8th St., Newell, SD) with Pastor Tom Martin officiating. Inurnment will follow at the Nisland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the Black Hills Christian Academy.

Kinkade Funeral Chapel of Sturgis, SD is in charge of the arrangements.
 
Odle, Duane Mervin (I12482)
 
12 Elizabeth Thompson Stirling, John and Rebecca Stirling’s first daughter was born in the Cincinnati Ohio area on December 4, 1863. Within a short period of time, her family moved to Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and her sister Elvira was born about three years after Elizabeth. Elizabeth’s parents separated, probably in the mid 1870s, and mother Rebecca and her two daughters show up next on an 1880 Jasper County, Missouri census. Soon after, the family is found living in Parsons, Kansas, at the home of her brother A.O. Brown. Sister Elvira attended school here for a short period of time and it is also mentioned in her uncle’s obituary that Elizabeth was raised by the A.O. Brown family there in Parsons. http://leefamilyandmore.com/STIRLING/ElizabethThomsonStirling.html
 
Stirling, Elizabeth Thomson (I12431)
 
13 Funeral services for Alice Mae Judice King, 75, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, in Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. The Revs. Mark Holland and Eugene Kohlbecker will officiate.

Burial will be in Consolata Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Monday in the funeral home and from 10 a.m. Tuesday in the church.

Mrs. King died at 8:24 p.m. Friday, Dec. 25, 1998, in a local hospital. She was a native of Lafayette and had lived in Lake Charles since 1954. She was a member of Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd and of Daughters of the American Revolution.

Survivors include her husband, Jean LaRue King of Lake Charles; two daughters, Karen King Foster of Lake Charles and Zona King Barton of Spanaway, Wash.; one sister, Rosemary Judice of Lafayette; and four grandchildren.

The Lake Charles American Press (Lake Charles LA)
December 27, 1998 
Judice, Alice Mae (I25780)
 
14 Funeral services for Jean LaRue King, 81, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5 in Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. The Revs. Mark Holland and Eugene Kohlbecker will officiate.

Burial will be in Consolata Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Visitation is 5-8 p.m. today in the funeral home, and from 10 a.m. Tuesday in the church.

Mr. King died at 4:35 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 3, 1999, in a local hospital. A native of Kinder, he was a graduate of Kinder High School and Southwestern Louisiana Institute. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was the retired president of King Corporation. He was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd.

Survivors include two daughters, Karen King Foster of Lake Charles and Zona King Barton of Spanaway, Wash.; and four grandchildren.

The Lake Charles American Press (Lake Charles LA)
January 4, 1999

 
King, Jean Larue (I25776)
 
15 Funeral services for Judge Charles S. King, 54, will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, in St. Luke-Simpson United Methodist Church.

Dr. Thomas Dunbar will officiate. Burial with full Masonic rites will be in Graceland Cemetery under direction of Johnson Funeral Home.

Judge King died at 12:37 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 1992, after a brief illness in a local hospital.

He was a lifelong resident of Lake Charles, a graduate of Lake Charles High School, and received his B.B.A. degree from Tulane School of Business in 1959. He received his LL. B. (Juris Doctor) from Tulane University School of Law in 1962 and graduated from the National Judicial College in 1982.

Judge King served as Assistant City Attorney and City Prosecutor for the City of Lake Charles, before becoming a judge for the 14th Judicial District Court. In January of 1985, he became judge of the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal.

While a law student, Judge King served as a law clerk for the late Chief Justice John B. Fournet and then for Court of Appeal Judge Albert Tate Jr. He was the son of the late Voris and Frances Thompson King, and the
grandson of the late Alvin O. King, former governor of Louisiana.

Judge King was past president of the Southwest Louisiana Bar Association, Louisiana Association of Housing Authority Attorneys, Louisiana and Lake Charles Young Men's Business Club, Lake Charles Little Theatre, Sowela Council of Camp Fire Girls, Lake Charles Kiwanis Club and the Pioneer Club. He was also a member of the City Club and President of the McNeese 100 Club.

He received the 1968 I.M. George Award from the Greater Lake Charles Chamber of Commerce, the 1974 Barbour Brotherhood Award from Kappa Sigma Fraternity, and a special recognition award from V.F.W. Post 2436 for exceptional service to veterans. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the King Corporation and Kingfish Enterprises, Ltd.

Judge King was a member of Lake Charles Masonic Lodge 165, a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, a member of York Rite, a Knight Templar, Royal Order of Jester, a Shriner and member of Habibi Temple, and a member of the Charles Buck Demolay Chapter. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict.

Survivors are three daughters, Mary Nell King of St. Malo, France, Frances Elizabeth Hansen of Oak Harbor, Mich., and Lillian Lee King of Lake Charles; two brothers, William V. and Alvin B. King, both of Lake Charles; one sister, Virginia King Ayers of Houston and one grandchild.

If friends wish, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children, the family said. 
King, Judge Charles Stirling (I40605)
 
16 Funeral services for Voris King, 74, will be at 2 p.m. Monday, July 8, in St. Luke-Simpson United Methodist Church.

Burial with Masonic rites will be in Graceland Cemetery under direction of Johnson Funeral Home.

Mr. King died Friday, July 5, 1991, in San Francisco.

A native of Lake Charles, he was the son of the late Gov. and Mrs. Alvin O. King. He was educated in the public schools of Lake Charles and attended the University of the South at Sewanee, Tenn. He was married to the late Frances Thompson of Chattanooga.

Mr. King was a World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Navy. Following his discharge, the King family resided in Natchitoches until 1952. He received the Natchitoches Civic Service Award in 1948 and was president of the Natchitoches Jaycees in 1950.

After moving back to Lake Charles in 1952, Mr. King's business interests included serving as president or a director of Kelly, Weber and Co., Lake Charles Grain & Grocery Co., Lake Charles Feed Co., Little Lake Misere Land Co., King Corporation, First National Bank of Lake Charles, American Bank of Commerce, The Coastal Club Inc., Lake Charles Cemetery Association Ltd. and Kingfish Enterprises Ltd.

Mr. King was a past master of Rudolph Krause Lodge 433, a 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason and has received the Red Cross of Constantine of the York Rite. He was organizer and first Potentate of Habibi Shrine Temple and was the first director of Court 178 of the Royal Order of Jesters. He served as Imperial Potentate, chief executive officer of the Shrine of North America in 1987-88.

He was national president of the United Commercial Travelers of America in 1955, national president of the U.S. Wholesale Grocers' Association in 1956, a national director of the USO and state president of the Louisiana Wholesale Grocers' Association.

Mr. King was appointed by President Nixon as a member of the U.S. Assay Commission and was king of the Washington, D.C., Mardi Gras Krewe in 1962. He has been a member of the state Board of Commerce and Industry, Racing Commission and Cemetery Board. He held positions of leadership in a wide variety of Lake Charles business, church and service organizations covering virtually every facet of civic life.

He was president of the Calcasieu Area Council of Boy Scouts in 1983 and held the Silver Beaver Award, Distinguished Citizen Award, Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and 60-year Scouting membership pin.

In 1988, McNeese State University presented him an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters Degree and in 1987 inducted him into the University Hall of Honor. He was a past president of the McNeese Hundred Club and was a member of the McNeese Foundation Board.

Among the honors and awards he received were the National Business Leaders Award from the Religious Heritage of America Inc., Brotherhood Award of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, American
Legion Community Affairs Award, U.S. Army Distinguished Civilian Service Award, Salvation Army Distinguished Citizen Award and Association of Commerce Civic Service Award.

Survivors are three sons, Judge Charles A. King, William V. King and Alvin B. King; one daughter, Virginia King Wick, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

If they wish, friends may make memorial donations to Shriners' Hospitals for Crippled and Burned Children, c/o Habibi Shrine Temple, P.O. Box 112, Lake Charles, Louisiana., 70602, the family said.

HD: VORIS KING LC civic leader, businessman 
King, Voris (I12767)
 
17 George M King III

Lake Charles - George m King, III 58, of Kerrville, Texas; services, 10 am Friday, Kinder Methodist Church, burial, Graceland Cemetery.

The Times (Shreveport LA)
Friday, August 20, 1971
Page 8
 
King, George Merritt III (I25775)
 
18 George Milton Chitwood, 39, of 713 Main st, died at 7:45 pm yesterday at Our Lady of the Lake sanitarium following an illness of three weeks.

The body will be taken from Ragenhorst funeral home this morning to the Burke funeral home in Lake Charles where services will be held at 4:30 pm today. Burial will be in the Orange Grove cemetery.

A member of the Methodist church and the Eagles, Chitwood had lived here for 15 years. he was formerly of Lake Charles and San Marcos, Tex.

He was the son of the late Mr and Mrs M D Chitwood.

Survivors include three uncles and one aunt.

Advocate (Baton Rouge LA)
Friday, February 16, 1951
Page 10 
Chitwood, George Milton (I12764)
 
19 Hannah is thought to have died around 1856 based on information written by her son Alpha Otis Brown Sr. Blair, Hannah (I12119)
 
20 IGI Record
ARMENIA BROWN
Sex: F
Event(s):
Christened:
14 Jun 1840
Rideau, Methodist, Frontenac, Ontario
Parents:
Father:
DAVID BROWN
Mother:
HANAH

Source Information:
Batch number: C584071
Sheet:
Source:

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IGI Record
Arminia BROWN
Sex: F
Event(s):
Christened:
14 Jun 1840
Wolford Twp, Grenville, Ontario
Parents:
Father:
David BROWN
Mother:
Hannah
Source Information:
Batch number: 8706910
Sheet: 20
Source:
 
Brown, Armenia (I12203)
 
21 John Sterling, an aged Scotchman, died at Hope hospital yesterday morning. He was 75 years old. About twenty-five years ago Mr. Sterling was bookkeeper for Cochrane & Humphrey, Lumber Dealers and contractors. In recent years he was agent for fruit trees. The funeral will be held at 4 o'clock this afternoon from Peltier's undertaking rooms.

Fort Wayne Daily Gazette
Saturday, July 8, 1893
Page 1, Column 5 
Stirling, John Thomson (I12293)
 
22 Kinder-Funeral service for Jerry King, Sr., 69, will be held Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 2pm in Ardoin Funeral Home of Kinder. Rev. Steven Spurlock, Lake Charles District Superintendent will officiate. Burial will follow in Oberlin Cemetery of Oberlin, LA. Visitation will be held Sunday, May 27, 2012 in Ardoin Funeral Home of Kinder from 11am until time of service.

Jerry was a member of the Class of 1960 at Kinder High School and also received his college degree from LSU. Jerry was employed twelve years with Hunt Oil Company of Kinder, LA, and worked in Midland and Dallas, TX in the natural gas segment of the oil and gas business. He was CEO of Claiborne Gasoline Company in Dallas, TX for 17 years, which owned and operated a natural gas facility, pipeline and refinery in Claiborne Parish, LA. He retired from the oil and gas industry upon negotiating the sale of the Claiborne Partnership.

Thereafter, he lived in Shreveport, LA for ten years where he owned and operated a cattle ranch and several contract timber operations before moving back to Dallas, TX in 2005.

Survivors include two sons, Jerry James King, Jr. and Jason Joseph King and wife, Carolyn Hensley King; two daughters, Ronda Lee King Worth, and Cari Lynn King Tumey and husband, Chris Tumey;one brother, George Merritt King IV,one niece, Alison King Greene of Sugartown; one nephew, George Merritt King V of Kinder; and four grandchildren.

Jerry is preceded in death by his wife, Norma D. King and his parents, George M. and Lexie King.

The family wishes to extend a very sincere "thank you" in appreciation to their "Aunt Judy" Duhon for her love, help and support over many, many years.
 
King, Jerry James Sr (I25779)
 
23 LEE, Elvira Stirling - Passed away March 19, in this city. Her home was a Rt 4, Spokane. Wife of William H Lee at the home; mother of Miss Vira B Lee at the home; Mrs Nina Lee Hobbs, Rt 1, Spokane; Frank W Lee, at the home; George Stirling and Alvin Lee, both of Spokane; Burling Lee, Long Beach, Calif; William B Lee, Oakland, Calif; 8 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild. She was a resident of his vicinity the last 47 years. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by the Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, N1306 Monroe St.
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LEE, Elvira Stirling - Her home was at Rt 4, Spokane. Wife of William H Lee, at the home; mother of Miss Vira B Lee, at the home; Mrs Nina Lee Hobbs, Rt 1, Spokane; Frank W Lee, at the home; George Stirling and Alvin Lee, both of Spokane; Burling Lee, Long Beach Calif; William B Lee, Oakland, Calif; 8 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild. She was a resident of this vicinity the last 47 years. Funeral Sat, March 23, a 1 pm from the Alwin Chapel at the Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, N1306 Monroe St. Eider Ested will officiate. Interment Greenwood.


 
Stirling, Elvira Brown (I12432)
 
24 Ludie began working for the Brown family at the age of 15. She was the family nurse and live-in companion for Nancy Brown for 15 years. Nancy suffer from Bright's Disease and was unable to care for herself. She and Mr. Brown never had any children, and upon her death Mr. Brown married Josephine Lucretia (Ludie) Wood. They had one child, A. O. Brown, Jr. Wood, Josephine Lucretia (I12116)
 
25 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I1909)
 
26 Marriage License - George Milton Chitwood and Mary Evelyn Overby, Baton Rouge.
State Times Advocate
Monday, January 13, 1947
Page 22 
Family F6058
 
27 Mary Ann was married to a Stirling and died in child birth. Brown, Mary Ann (I12200)
 
28 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I1880)
 
29 Milton D Chitwood Dies In San Marcos

The body of Milton D Chitwood, 66, former resident of Lake Charles and Vinton arrived at non Monday from San Marcos, Texas, where he died Sunday. Funeral services will be held sometime Tuesday from the home of Mrs George M King, his mother-in-law, 1605 Ryan. Burial be in Graceland cemetery with Masonic rites. The Burke funeral home will be in charge.

Surviving him are one son, George M Chitwood of Baton Rouge; three brothers, Paul J Chitwood of Krum, Texas, Charles R Chitwood of San Francisco, Cal and Robert Chitwood of Tipton, Okla.

Beaumont Journal (Beaumont TX)
Monday, November 22, 1937
Page 6 
Chitwood, Milton Dickson (I12763)
 
30 Mrs Ed Lakin departed on Monday for Green Bay where she was called to the bedside of her brother, Engineer Geo Ward, who is seriously ill at a sanitarium there and not expected to live.

The Daily Tribune (Wisconsin Rapids WI)
Thursday, November 21, 1918
Page 7
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Mrs Minnie Lakin Dies at Age of 83; Funeral Tuesday

Mrs Minnie B Lakin, 83, a lifelong resident of the city, died at 8 o'clock Sunday morning at the residence of Mrs J A Lutz, 341 Eleventh street north, where she made her home.

Funeral services will be held at 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the Baker chapel with David Mansavage officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery.

Mrs Lakin was born in Wisconsin Rapids on October 1, 1863, the daughter of Mr and Mrs William H Brown. Her only immediate relatives are five nieces, Mrs Charles Belknap, Mrs William Pagels, Mrs Joe LeBarge, Mrs Alex LeBarge, all of Wisconsin Rapids, and Mrs Walter Gotz, Port Edwards, and a nephew Namen Belknap, Wisconsin.

The body will be at the mortuary until time of services.

The Daily Tribune (Wisconsin Rapids WI)
Monday, July 14, 1947
Page 1
 
Brown, Armena (I12444)
 
31 Mrs. Ella [?] of Dexterville was over to attend the funeral of Wm. Brown.

Wisconsin Valley Leader (Grand Rapids, WI)
Thursday, April 9, 1908
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Geo. W. Pierce of Plainfield, Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Bankin and Mrs. J. M. Jensen of Marshfield, were in the city to attend the funeral of William H. Brown.

Wisconsin Valley Leader (Grand Rapids, WI)
Thursday, April 16, 1908
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Whereas It has please Almighty God, in his wise providence, to remove from our midst to the higher life, our beloved and esteemed Comrade William H Brown, and whereas, while we bow in humble submission to the will of the supreme ruler of this universe, we realize that in the loss of our Comrade our order has been bereft of a beloved Comrade, and the community of a useful and upright citizen.

Therefore, be it resolved, that our flag and charter be draped in mourning for thirty days and that we express our deep sorrow to the afflicted family in this their time of mourning.

And be it further resolved that these resolutions be spread upon the minutes of our Post records and also that they be published in the city newspapers and a copy therefore of be presented to the family.

Dated April 14, 1908

Committee: T J Cooper
J J Hazzard
W A Owens

The Daily Tribune (Wisconsin Rapids, WI)
Wednesday, April 15, 1908
Page 1 
Brown, William Henry (I12201)
 
32 NEW ORLEANS The Rev. Robert John Dodwell, D.D., 64, died Sunday, Nov. 1, 1998, at his sister's home in Oxford. He was a retired Episcopal priest of the Diocese of Louisiana and Rector Emeritus of St. Anna's Episcopal Church in New Orleans. He was a 1955 graduate of Louisiana State University and a 1958 graduate of Seabury Western Theological Seminary. He was president of the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Louisiana; secretary of the Convention and Executive Board of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana; and a member of the Board of Directors of the Catholic Charities of New Orleans Foster Grandparents Program, the Executive Board of the Louisiana Historical Society and the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Meals on Wheels.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral in New Orleans and at 2 p.m. Friday at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Lake Charles, La. The Right Rev. Charles E. Jenkins III, D.D., will officiating. Burial will be in the Church of the Good Shepherd Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Mary King Dodwell of New Orleans; one sister, Gloria Dodwell Kellum of Oxford; one brother, Stephen George Dodwell of Houston, Texas; nieces and nephews, Kate Kellum of Reno, Nev., Kelly Kellum of New Orleans, and Tanis Robinson Teague, Robby C. Robinson and Edwin S. Robinson, all of Lake Charles, La.

Visitation will be held after each service.

Memorials may be made to Seabury Western Theological Seminary, 2122 Sheridan, Evanston, Ill. 60201 or St. Anna's Episcopal Church, 1313 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, La. 70116. 
Dodwell, Robert John (I55802)
 
33 Prior to 1830 Immigrated from Ireland

1846 Immigrated to the United States from Canada. Thought to be from Ontario.

Moved to Niagara Falls and owned a home near where the Shredded Wheat Biscuit factory now stands. At that time, that was just at the edge of the deep forest. David was a practicing physician. This was during the cholera epidemic and more of the population was Indian that white.

1850 David signed the note of the first man who tried to build a canal and put in a turbine at Niagara Falls. The project failed and David lost his home as a result.

1850 Appears on Niagara County, New York census in Niagara Township. Lists his occupation as a Boatman.

Left the New York area in route west.

1856 About this time, Hannah died and was supposed to have been buried in Indianapolis, Indiana

1858 Married Alvira White. Daughter of Parsons White and Acsha Brewer. Rebecca and Armina, his daughters, lived with he and Alvira for a time. They all appeared together on the 1860 census.

1860 Appears on Geauga County, Ohio census in the Auburn Township. Lists his occupation as a Physician.

1863 United States Internal Revenue License granted August 19, 1863 in Geauga County, Auburn Township, Ohio. License issued from Ashtabula, Ohio. License #3887.

1870 Appears on Geauga County, Ohio census in the Auburn Township. Lists his occupation as a surgeon & physician

1873 Died in Ohio. 
Brown, Dr David (I12118)
 
34 Rebecca and Mary where both married to Stirling's according family history. It is believed that they were married to the same man, but there is no proof at this time.

Spokesman Review, Spokane, Washington
May 3, 1916

Pratt - Funeral services for Mrs. Rebecca Pratt, age 74, who died at St. Luke's hospital Sunday, will be held at 10 a.m. today from the First Baptist church, the Rev. John Snape officiating. Mrs. Pratt had resided near Reitmier station on the Medical Lake line for the last 30 years and was a charter member of the First Baptist church. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. George M. King of Louisiana and Mrs. W. H. Lee, R.D. No. 4, Spokane, and the husband William G. Pratt, at the family home. 
Brown, Rebecca (I12204)
 
35 Ruth King White, 75, died on Satur - day, June 18, 2005, at 4: 15 a. m. in her home after a brief illness.

She was born in Lake Charles on July 16, 1929, to Ruth Perkins and Jean Myriel King. She grew up in Leesville and graduated from Leesville High School. Ruth White attended Newcomb College and Soul é College in New Orleans and graduated with a degree in business. She returned to live in Lake Charles in 1969. Ruth White was an active member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. She was the first woman to complete a full term on the vestry, and then completed a second term. She was a 35 - year member of the Altar Guild and was the first woman to become a lay Eucharist minister. She coordinated weddings at the church for 20 years. Ruth White was a founder and first chairman of the annual Summer Music Festival at Good Shepherd Church. She was secretary of the Colonel George Logan Chapter of the Colonial Dames Society XVII and was active in the Louisiana Chapter of the Daughters of the Ameri - can Revolution. Ruth White served two terms as presi - dent of the Lake Charles Ballet Society and two terms as vice president of the Lake Charles Symphony. She also served on the Christus St. Patrick Board of Counselors and the Board of the Children 's Museum. She was also a member of Chi Omega Social Society and was an active member of the American Cancer Society.

Ruth White is survived by her two sons, J. King White and wife, Pattie, and Aubrey White III and wife, Lisa, all of Lake Charles; two daughters, Melissa Harper and husband, Jim, of Atlanta, and Esther Goldstein and husband, Scott, of Charlotte, N. C.; two sisters, Jean King and Ginger Pruitt, both of Lake Charles; and 12 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 11 a. m. today, June 20, at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. The Rev. John Myers will officiate. Burial will follow in Orange Grove Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 9 a. m. to the start of services today at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. Pallbearers of the services will be Judge David Painter, Charles Mackey, Sam Pruitt, Logan Pruitt, Paul White and Dr. Ben Thompson.

In lieu of flowers, memori - als may be made to the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 715 Kirkman St., Lake Charles, LA, 70601. Words of comfort to the family may be expressed at www. johnsonfuneralhome. net .

American Press (Lake Charles, LA)
Monday, June 20, 2005 
King, Ruth Perkins (I12772)
 
36 Taught school for six months in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. James became separated from his brother A.O. when A.O. returned to Cleveland to see his sick mother. James wrote to A.O. in Chicago giving him his address in St. Louis, but was gone from St. Louis before A.O. ever arrived. All the word ever heard from then on was from a young lady in St. Louis who said James had gone to New Orleans. ( James would have traveled to St. Louis and New Orleans sometime between 1856 and 1857, since A.O. went to New Orleans looking for him before he began working for the Memphis & Charleston Railroad. Brown, James Seneca (I12202)
 
37 TRULY, Harry L., Jr., 82, of Tampa, devoted husband of the late Ruth "Jenny" Truly, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 22, 2009. Born in Cotton Valley, La, Harry was raised in Shreveport, La. He was a graduate of Southwestern Louisiana Institute of Liberal and Technical Learning and later of Tulane Medical School. He completed residencies in pediatrics at Charity Hospital, in internal medicine at the VA Hospital in New Orleans, and a fellowship in anesthesiology at Ochsner Medical Foundation. He served in the Navy and was a veteran of the Korean War. Early in their lives, Harry and Jenny travelled the world together, living in New Orleans, Saudi Arabia, and the Virgin Islands until they ultimately made their family home in Tampa in 1962. Harry was a respected anesthesiologist at Tampa General and St. Joseph's Hospitals until his retirement in1991. Throughout his career and life, Harry displayed an insatiable desire for knowledge and was a constant source of information and compassion for friends and family. He was a devoted husband and father and his children and grandchildren will miss his quiet dedication, wisdom and loving care. He leaves a son David J. Truly and his wife, Lori of East Hampton, CT; his daughters, Dawn Cafaro of Tampa, Fl and Pookie Sautter and her husband, Michael of Las Cruces, NM; his brother, James Truly and his wife Margaret, of Birmingham, AL.; and grandchildren, Tally, Jensen and Jesse. Visitation will be Tuesday, August 25 from 5-7 p.m. at Blount & Curry Funeral Home , 605 S. MacDill Avenue. A funeral service will be held at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at 10 a.m. Wednesday, with burial services immediately following at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to LifePath Hospice of Temple Terrace.
Blount & Curry Funeral Home
605 S. MacDill Avenue
Tampa, FL. 33609 
Truly, Harry Lydmore Jr (I55846)
 
38 VON DREHLE -- William D. (Bill) , passed away peacefully at home on September 11, 2001. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 15, 2001 at Memorial Park Cemetery and a memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. at Boston Avenue United Methodist Church.

Born in St. Louis, MO on September 30, 1925, Bill graduated from Muskogee High School and received both a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in Civil Engineering from Oklahoma State University. He served in the U.S. Army for 2 years which included 1 year on Okinawa. A resident of Tulsa for over 50 years, Bill began his career as a principal in Gulf Millwork Company. He was later employed by the City of Tulsa for 22 years as Deputy Engineering Director and retired in 1990. He and his wife, Beth, celebrated their 53rd Wedding Anniversary in August, 2001.

He is also survived by: his daughter, Mary Von Drehle of Bernice, OK; daughter and son-in- law, Barbara and Art Martin of Sapulpa, OK; son and daughter-in- law, Bill and Andrea Von Drehle of Houston, TX; and 5 grandchildren, Ryan and Lauren Von Drehle, Chris and Kevin Martin, Stephanie Denmark; and 2 great-grandchildren, Gage Martin and Zack Martin. His parents, William H. and Gladys Von Drehle and brother, Richard Von Drehle preceded him in death.

Bill served the community through his involvement with Meals on Wheels of Tulsa and the Tulsa Power Squadron. He was also a 32nd Degree Mason, a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and a member of Boston Avenue United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to your charity of choice or Camp for All (camp for special needs children), 10500 Northwest Freeway, Suite 145, Houston, TX 77092. Stanleys, 743-6271.

Tulsa World (Tulsa OK)
Friday, September 14, 2001 
Von Drehle, William Donald (I55782)