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Death of Uncle Johnny Richards - November 2005

By Misty Shaw, Staff Writer
LINGLEVILLE - A Dublin man died as a result of injuries he sustained in a two-vehicle collison that occurred around 9:30 a.m. Friday near Lingleville at the intersection of Couty Road 409 and Farm to Market Road 8.

John Robert Richards, Jr., 68, was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Latrelle Cain, having suffered fatal internal injuries when his 1987 Buick Sedan collided with a 1997 Ford Mustang, driven by Megan Ray Busby, 19, of Sidney.

"It appears he was pulling off of County Road 409" onto FM 8, Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Vernon Gaines said. "There's a hill there and she couldn't see him as she came up over it so she hit him."

Richards, an independent contractor who delivered newspapers for the Empire-Tribune for several years, was delivering papers on his route when the accident occurred.

"That's a bad place to have to cross the road but I…


Floyd County Hesperian-Beacon
October 7, 2004

Mary E. Haws, 71, of Sumner, Texas, went to be with the Lord on Friday, October 1, 2004, while in Paris Regional Medical Center. Services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 4th, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with the Rev. Tim Young officiating. The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Haws was born to John Robert and Willie Homsley Richards June 1, 1933 in Parker County. The Richards were former Lockney residents. In 1954, she had one of the first openheart surgeries in the county of Dallas, and then had another openheart surgery in 1965. Following the graduation of her children from school she went to work at Hiawatha High School in Hiawatha, Kansas, where she was a baker for 15 years before retiring in 1995. In June of 1996 she and her husband moved to Sumner, Texas. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and Lifeline Worship Center, Reno, Texas.

She was preceded in de…


Vernelle Gailey Rowbury
Circa 1950s
Death Notice in Blackfoot, Idaho, newspaper - circa August 22, 1998
Vernelle G. Rowbury, 76, formerly of Pocatello, died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 1998 at a Fort Worth, Texas, hospital.

She was born Sept. 25, 1924, in the Newberry Community, Parker Co., Texas, the daughter of J.D. "Doc" and Edna Puckett Gailey. She was reared and attended school in Mineral Wells and lived in Pocatello during the 1970s.

She married Leon F. Richards and he preceded her in death. Vernelle married Major Edwin C. Rowbury in North Carolina and he also preceded her in death in December of 1978.

She was a member of the St. Luke's Episcopal Church. She was a homemaker and enjoyed crocheting and traveling.

She is survived by her daughters, Judy (Bob) Shubert of Ft. Worth, Texas, Peggy (C.C.) Duke of Ft. Worth, Texas, Angie (Gene) Pruett of Granbury, Texas; a twin sister, Maedelle (Floyd) Carlyle of Mineral Wells, Texas; sister, Irene (Raymond) Stone…

Marilee Davis Shubert - March 19, 1923 - January 11, 2000

Marilee Davis Shubert
Picture taken 1940 at age of 18
Carson Newman College, Jefferson City, Tennessee

Restored Photo done by Fred Tyson, Franklin, Tennessee 12-04-2008

Her obituary dated Thursday, January 13, 2000, appeared in the Blount County Daily Times, the Lenoir City newspaper, and the Nashville Banner.

Marilee Shubert, age 76, died Tuesday, January 11. She was born March 19, 1923 in Sweetwater, TN. She is survived by her husband, Ray Allen Shubert; three children; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Shubert graduated from Porter High School in Blount County and attended Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, TN. While there she met her husband, Ray Shubert. They were married September 27, 1941. She is a retiree of the Southern Baptist Convention, Seminary Extension Division; she is also a retired worker in the Sunday School Department of Nashville First Baptist Church. She and her family have been active members of First Church for more than 50 years.

She is sur…

Robert Henry Shubert - January 7, 1925 - April 23, 2008

From left to right: Alyce Shubert Proaps, Bunnie Shubert Walker,
R. H. Shubert, Helen Shubert Dutton, and Lucille Shubert Gardner Green
Children of Henry Estel Shubert and Martha Ann Conner Shubert
Photo taken during a Shubert Gathering September 25, 2005 in Lenoir City, Tennessee

April 23, 2008

Shubert, Robert H. - age 83, of Seymour, passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2008. He retired from KUB after 49 years of service. He was a veteran of the US Navy serving during World War II. He served in the South Pacific. Preceded in death by wife, Bonnie Shubert; daughter, Nancy Ballard; parents, Henry and Martha Shubert; brother, Ray Shubert; sister, Helen Dutton.

Survived by son, Ray and wife Ginny Shubert of Seymour; granddaughter, Erin Shubert of New York City, NY; grandson, Matt Ballard and wife, Michele of Seymour; great-granddaughters, Jordan and Reid Ballard; sisters, Lucille Greene, Bernice Walker, Alyce Proaps, all of Lenoir City; special friends, Fred …

Paul H. Dutton - 1922 - September 10, 2007

Paul H. Dutton, Lenoir City, Tennessee
Circa 1945

Click Funeral Home, 109 Walnut Street, Lenoir City, Tennessee

Paul H. Dutton age 85 of Lenoir City, passed away Monday, September 10, 2007 at his home. Paul was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. He was retired from his own construction business. He was a 50 year member of Avery Masonic Lodge 593 F & AM and the Shriners. Paul was a veteran of World War II serving in the U. S. Army.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. C. M. and Freddie Jane Dutton; brothers, Ashley Dutton and wife, Mary, Arthur Dutton and wife, Juanita; sisters, Mary Gustafson and husband, Harry, Ruth Eldridge and husband, Ralph. Paul is survived by his wife of 67 years, Helen Shubert Dutton; daughters, Paul Ann Baker, Betsy Lynn Munsey and husband, Steve all of Lenoir City; granddaughters, Carla Culpepper and husband, Phillip of Knoxville and Lisa Holmes of Oak Ridge; grandson, Christopher Munsey and wife, Cindy of Knoxville; great grandchildren…

Helen Shubert Dutton - May 21, 1920 - March 6, 2008

Paul H. and Helen Shubert Dutton
Photo taken on the Occasion of their 67th Wedding Anniversary
September 2007 - Lenoir City, Tennessee


Helen Shubert Dutton, age 87 of Lenoir City, passed away peacefully Thursday, March 6, 2008, at her home. Helen was a faithful member of Calvary Baptist Church since 1941. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Paul H. Dutton; parents, Henry and Martha Shubert; and her brother, Ray Shubert.

Helen is survived by her daughters, Paul Ann Baker, Betsy Lynn Munsey and husband, Steve all of Lenoir City; granddaughters, Carla Culpepper and husband, Phillip of Knoxville and Lisa Holmes of Oak Ridge; grandson, Christopher Munsey and wife, Cindy of Knoxville; great-grandchildren: Briana (Bree) Holmes, Taylor and Caleb (Bubba) Munsey, Carissa (C.C.) Culpepper; sisters: Alyce Proaps, Lucille Greene, Bunnie Walker all of Lenoir City; and brother, R.H. Shubert of Seymour; sister-in-…

A Quilt is a Thing of Beauty

A quilt is a thing of beauty. A quilt can bring together a family separated by distance and an entire continent. A quilt can have happiness and heartbreak sewn into it with each stitch. A quilt is a thing to treasure.Some of us have the privilege of having inherited one of these wonderful treasures from a talented ancestor. Some of us are lucky to have found one in an antique store tucked away behind some dusty books. There are still very talented quilt artists all around the world who design and create these beautiful pieces of art every day.I don’t own one of the quilts that can be ranked among the best, but I have several that mean the world to me. My grandmothers, aunts, and mother all left quilts as part of their legacy and are treasured by me and other members of my family. They lived before and during the Depression and my mother and aunts sewed their quilts during the 1980s and 1990s just for the enjoyment of creating something beautiful.Being surrounded by the quilts created …

My Trip to see Elton John in Concert

Thank goodness for mass transit! If any of you are familiar with the Dallas - Fort Worth, Texas metroplex you know that the traffic can sometimes be exasperating and downright dangerous!

That was my argument when I convinced two of my sisters and a niece and one of her friends that we should take a commuter train to see Elton John in concert. We had coveted tickets to see him at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The metroplex has a public transportation system that is very user friendly and quite fun to use. One of the options is the Trinity Railway Express running east and west between the two cities and north to some of the suburbs of Dallas. There are ten Trinity Railway Express stations scattered along the route between Fort Worth and Dallas, and a special event train will take you to Victory Station at the American Airlines Center. No hassle. No parking. No gas. And no wear-and-tear on our nerves!

They all agreed. We'd take the train after we ate dinner. So the first s…

Grandma in Her Bonnet - Part II

Well, Grandpa didn't think too much about the Indians, so he tied the horses to the side of the wagon and they went to bed. He awoke in the night and Grandma wasn't in the bed so he gets up and goes outside and the horses were also gone. He was so scared he just knew the Indians had stolen her and the horses. He didn't know what to do and he couldn't go off and leave the little girls; then he looked up and saw Grandma leading the horses. She couldn't sleep so she had gotten up and gone to the creek to water the horses. Grandpa said he was so glad to see her he couldn't get mad!

My Grandfather had two brothers who lived in Oklahoma also. One brother's name was Travis (TRAVIS AUSTIN PUCKETT) and everyone called him Trav. He had a wife named Nan and they had 6 children: Gerald, Curly, Era, Stella, Iona, and Eloise. They are all gone now, as they were a good deal older than me. The other brother was named Rufus (CHARLES RUFUS PUCKETT) but he was called Rufe. His…

Lucy Puckett and Cowart Children Die from 1918 Influenza

Near the beginning of the 20th century the world encountered a disease of epidemic proportions. Europe was in the throes of World War I and the United States was preparing to send thousands to face an enemy that was like none that had been encountered before. They didn't realize there was another enemy waiting in the wings that would kill 675,000 Americans before it faded from the world stage.

A Family Portrait

When I was a little girl I loved to sit and look at my grandmother's picture album for hours on end. She would tell me the names of the people found in those mysterious, sometimes faded, black and white photos. There were some that were sepia toned and some that looked like they had been colored by pencil in a beautiful pastel.

My grandmother had two sisters who lived fairly close to her in Texas and they visited one another often. They had a baby brother living in Oklahoma and they all doted on him. He was clearly special to them. At the time I lived with my grandmother i…

Judy's Beef Enchiladas

Do you love Mexican food? Do you sometimes crave the hot, spicy taste of enchiladas? I have the perfect recipe for enchiladas that I use every time one of my family members has that craving.

My younger sister also makes delicious enchiladas and her son requests them every year for his birthday dinner. She makes a wonderful green chili and cheese enchilada. They are a little more complicated; I usually opt for the quick and easy!

My mother's twin sister taught me how to make enchiladas at least 25 years ago. She said she always used El Paso brand tortillas, enchilada sauce and taco sauce. I prefer that brand, too, but if I can't find them in one of the local grocery stores I will use the brand available. My husband and I also prefer the mildest flavor of sauces; they can be found in Mild, Medium, and Hot. When I first started making these you could find the El Paso tortillas in a flat round can and that's what my aunt used. I haven't seen them in the grocery store lately.…

Grandma in Her Bonnet

"My Memories" by Irene

The earliest memories I have are when I was about 4 or 5 years old. We lived at Newberry, a little community east of Millsap, Texas in Parker County. We lived in a house just north of J.N. GAILEY, my grandfather. His house was located just after you turn off the old Millsap and Weatherford highway toward Newberry on the left. His old house is gone now, but the one we lived in, which is the second house on the road on the right (it sat on a little rise from the road) is still standing.

My father (J.D. "DOC" GAILEY) was a farmer. I had two sisters who were twins and were two years older than I named Vernelle and Maedell. I also had a cousin whose name was Wesley Hodges, Jr. I guess Wes and I were a lot alike and both mischievous. We were both the same age. His birthday was the 2nd of October and mine was the 6th - both born in 1923. Wes stayed with us a lot when he was small since his mother and dad (WES & NELL GAILEY HODGES) were separated a…

My American Indian Ancestor

One of the most difficult family lines that I've tried to trace is my granddaughter's lineage through her American Indian ancestor, her maternal great-grandmother. Family members say that she was a Blackfoot Lakota captured from the Black Hills in the mid-1800s. She was pregnant at the time of her capture and spent time as a slave, ending up in Alabama from where most of her descendants scattered around the United States.

While looking for her name on the Indian rolls and not being successful, I began to look for other family names that I knew should be in the Indian Territory in the early 1900s. The Guion Miller Roll Index, Armstrong Roll, Baker Roll, Dawes Final Rolls of the Five Civilized Tribes and other Native American rolls are available here.

Finally, I found one of the names I was looking for. He was listed as a 2-year-old in a household with his parents, a younger brother and grandparents whose names I recognized as those written in my uncle's hand in his family B…

A Favorite Genealogy Blog

“There are 8 million stories in the Naked City. This has been one of them.”That was the tag-line of the popular TV show, Naked City, in the 1960s. It reminds me of all the stories found within the pages of our family’s past. Stories that may seem unimportant or uninteresting, but in reality they are the ones that make us smile, laugh, cry, and eager to hear more.There are several of those 8 million stories found atMagnoliablossom’s Weblog. Go to her blog and read about her fascinating family.

Judy Shubert in the Limelight

Donald Pennington is a very creative, savvy content producer! I wish I had been the one to come up with his ingenious idea of interviewing other writers on Associated Content!

I was very flattered and more than a little surprised to find his invitation to submit my answers to his very thought-provoking interview process in my mailbox. The process was easy, fun, and very rewarding, as it has brought new readers to the articles I have written.

Donald has a unique style and I felt like we were sitting across from one another - he with pad and pencil in hand and me enjoying the limelight. Afterwards, when reading the interview I felt I had truly gotten to know Judy Shubert a little better!

I find it interesting that Donald is a Texan, too. Like April Lorier, another writer I met by reading Donald's interview of her, I knew a family named Pennington when growing up in a small town in north-central Texas. Their daughter graduated the year before I did and years later her daughter was one o…