Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Morris Gilbert Watson, Sr.

© Kathy Duncan, 2015

Morris Gilbert Watson Sr., son of Enos Albert and Mary Etta (Kizer) Watson, was born 15 May 1903 in Cooper, Delta County, Texas. He died 13 November 1977 in LaMesa, Dawson County, Texas and is buried next to his wife Mae Montogomery in Belvieu Cemetery in Rotan, Fisher County, Texas.

9 Jan 1920, Roby, Fisher County, Texas:

71-74
Watson, E.A. Head M W 47 M b. TX fb. US mb. US lawyer
-----Etta Wife F W 41 M b. TX fb. TX mb. TN
-----Mamie Dau F W 19 S b.TX fb. TX mb. TX stenographer
-----Morris Son M W 16 S b. TX fb. TX mb. TX

Watson - Harvey

Morris Gilbert Watson certainly succeeded in giving  his Roby friends a surprise when he he hied himself away to Hamlin Sunday and married one of that town's most beautiful and popular young ladies, in person of Miss Isa Nona Harwell, daughter on Mrs. T. R. Harwell.

Morris is the son of Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Watson of Roby.

The Star-Record wishes for these young people all of the joys anticipated in the contract.--Roby Star Record.
[Source: The Snyder Signal, Synder, Texas; Fri 3 June 1921]

A year later, Morris and Isa Noma Watson were evidently living in Dallas

Watson, Noma Mrs., sten E.A. Watson, rms 614 W 2d
[Source: Ft. Worth City Directory, 1922]

Morris Gilbert Jr., son of Morris G. and Noma (Harwell) Watson was born 28 Feb 1923.

Mrs. M.G. Watson and little son, Morris Jr. ...visiting Mrs. Watson's mother, Mrs. T.R. Harwell.
[Source: The Hamlin Herald; Hamlin, Texas; 1 June 1923]

Isa Noma and Morris G. Watson Jr. probably separated between 1923 and 1924. She lived in Dallas for several years before removing to Houston.

Morris G (Noma) mgr Andrews & Brand Radio Shop r 5403 Richard av
[Source: Dallas City  Directory, 1924]

Mrs. Noma I Watson public sten Bell & Collier r 1621 Bennett av
[Source: Dallas City Directory, 1927]

Watson, Noma 01 Marvin bldg stenographer
[Source: Dallas City Directory, 1928]

Noma Watson, 1101 Eleventh Floor, Marvin Building, 109 North Akard
[Source: Dallas City Directory, 1929]

Watson, Noma sten Shell Pet Corp., r4824 Reiger av
[Source: Dallas City Directory, 1930]

Watson, Noma Miss emp Shell Pet Corp r Ben Milam Hotel
[Source: Houston City Directory, 1932]

Morris G. Watson and Isa Noma evidently divorce, and he married Alma Stackbein 18 May 1928 in Crosby County, Texas. Isa Noma (Harwell) Watson married Paul Ritter of Houston.

Morris Watson To Be Married

It will be a surprise to his many friends to learn that Morris Watson left here yesterday for Rock Springs, where he is expected to be happily married to Miss Alma Stackbein. We did not learn the exact day the marriage will take place, but it is expected to be about Saturday.

The groom is a young attorney in Crosbyton and the son of Judge of Crosbyton and the son of Judge and Mrs. E.A. Watson. The bride is a teacher in the Rock Springs school.
[Source: The Crosbyton Review; Crosbyton, Crosby County, Texas; Fri 18 May 1928]

New Married Couple Return

Mr. and Mrs. Morris Watson arrived here Monday evening from San Antonio. They were married last Friday in San Antonio. Mrs. Watson was formerly Miss Alma Stackbein of Rock Spring where she has been a teacher in the Rock Spring school.

We are glad to welcome these young people as citizens of our town and wish  for them much happiness and prosperity in their wedded life.
[Source: The Crosbyton Review; Crosbyton, Crosby County, Texas; Fri 25 May 1928]

Mr. and Mrs. Morris Watson left Tuesday for a visit over the Christmas holidays with Mrs. Watson's parents in Rock Springs, Texas.
[Source: The Crosbyton Review; Crosbyton, Crosby County, Texas; Fri 28 Dec 1928]

Mr. M.G. Watson, of Los Angeles, Calif., was a visitor last week in the home of his father and mother, Judge and Mrs. E.A. Watson and little son, Morris, Jr. Mr. Watson is engaged by a title insurance company in Los Angeles. He had been to Dallas on business for his firm and took advantage of the opportunity to visit his home folks.
[Source: The Crosbyton Review; Crosbyton, Crosby County, Texas; Fri 15 Mar 1929]

10 April 1930 Evangelical College, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas:

3923 Swiss Ave
238-374 Lynnott, Jessie E. head M W 49 M 23 b. MS fb. MS mb. MS
Watson, Mayme lodger F W 29 S b. TX fb. mb. TX stenographer
-----Morris lodger M W 26 M 18 b. TX fb. TX mb. TX insurance adjustor

3 April 1930, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California:

967 ? Ave
264-495 
Watson  Alma lodger F W 27 M 26 b. TX fb. TX mb. Germany stenographer

This seems to have been a  temporary separation between Morris and Alama. Within a couple of weeks she left California for Texas:

Mrs. Morris Watson, of California is the weeks guest of Judge and Mrs. E.A. Watson enroute to Dallas to join her husband where they will make their home.
[Source: The Crosbyton Review; Crosbyton, Crosby County, Texas; Fri 25 April 1930]

Forms Law Partnership

Mr. and Mrs. Morris Watson arrived here Tuesday from Rock Springs, and will make their home in Crosbyton. Morris has formed a law partnership with his father, Judge E. A. Watson, and the law firm will be known as Watson & Watson. Mr. and Mrs. Watson will be at home in the Fullingim apartments on South Berkshire Street.
[Source: The Crosbyton Review; Crosbyton, Crosby County, Texas; Fri 12 Sept 1930]

Morris Watson Starts Law Office In Same Office Father Began

Morris Watson left last week for Rotan where he opened a law office. A letter to his father, Judge E.A. Watson, a few days later stated that he was very pleasantly located  in the same office that his father began his practice of law several years ago.

Mr. Watson passed the bar examination a few years ago and since that time has been associated with his father here in the practice of his profession.

Mr. Watson has been active in all court procedure, practicing in all of the courts, and has won practically all cases he has handled.

At the time of his leaving he was a member of the Crosby County Bar Association.
[Source: The Crosbyton Review; Crosbyton, Crosby County, Texas; Fri 12 May 1933]

Between 1930 and 1933, the marriage between Morris and Alama ended. Either she died, or they divorced.
Morris G. Watson married Miss Mae Montgomery on 27 Oct 1933 in Fisher County, TX. They had two children.

Judge and Mrs. Morris Watson of Rotan are parents of a son born Wednesday morning. He weighted 11 1/2 pounds.
[Source: Sweetwater Reporter; Sweetwater, Texas; Thurs 9 Feb 1939]

23 April 1940; Raton, Fisher County, Texas:

253
Watson, Morris G Head M W 36 M grade: C-3 b. TX 1935 res: same place
-----May L Wife F W 36 M grade: C-3 b. TX 1935 res: same place
-----Reva Joe Dau F W 5 b. TX 1935 res: same place
-----Jim A. Son M W 1 S b. TX 1935 res: same place

Watson, Morris G r Hickman Hotel
[Source: Dallas City Directory, 1941]

Early in the United States entry in WWII, both Morris Sr. and Morris Jr. were serving as radio technicians.

Morris Watson Jr., Here
Morris Watson, Jr., spent several days furlough here last week with his grandparents, Judge and Mrs. E.A. Watson. Morris Jr. recently volunteered as a Radio Technician at Lubbock Army Flyers School. His father, Morris Watson, Sr., of Rotan is also a Radio Technician, but is in the U.S. Navy. "He picked the right job but the wrong end of the service," the son said, seemingly very proud of his army uniform.
[Source: The Crosbyton Review; Crosbyton, Crosby County, Texas; Fri 6 Nov 1942]

Judge and Mrs. E.A. Watson had as their guests for the weekend, their chilren and grandchildren, Mr. and Mrs. Morris Watson Sr. and children, Reva Jo and Jim of Rotan, Pvt. Morris Watson Jr. from South Plains Army Flying Field, and Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Bruce of Lubbock. Morris Watson Sr., who is in the Navy Reserve (G.T.) is being sent to Kerney, J.J., as a radio engineer with Western Electric Company.
[Source: The Crosbyton Review, Crosbyton, Crosby County, Texas; Fri 18 June 1943]

Mr. and Mrs. Morris Watson, Sr. and children, Reba Jo and Jim of Roby, visited their parents, Judge and Mrs. E.A. Watson and Morris Watson, Jr. last week in Crosbyton.
[Source: The Crosbyton Review; Crosbyton, Crosby County, Texas; Fri 30 Nov 1945]

Judge and Mrs. E.A. Watson and grandson Morris Watson visited over the weekend with son and father, Morris G. Watson and family at Roby.
[Source: The Crosbyton Review, Crosbyton, Crosby County Texas; Fri. 21 Dec 1945]

Mrs. E.A. Watson has purchased a home in Rotan, and she and her grandson, Morris Watson, jr., plan to move there in the near future. Her son and family, Mr. and Mrs. Morris Watson sr., and children, already live in Rotan.
[Source: The Crosbyton Review; Crosbyton, Crosby County, Texas; Fri 27 June 1947]

Mrs. E.A. Watson, of Rotan, was attending to business and visiting with friends in Crosbyton Monday. Morris Watson, jr., student at Texas Tech, had spent the week-end with his father and grandmother, and Mrs. Watson took him back to Lubbock.
[Source: The Crosbyton Review; Crosbyton, Crosby County, Texas; Fri 27 Feb 1948]

Mamie Bruce

Services for Mrs. Mamie W. Bruce, 77, of Lubbock will be at Franklin Bartley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. J. Walter Axtell, a Baptist minister, officiating. Burial will be in City of Lubbock Cemetery. A Lubbock County resident 30 years and a resident-patient at the University Convalescent Center the past year and a half, Mrs Bruce owned ABC Print and Mail of Lubbock. She died 1:45 p.m. Friday. Survivors include a brother Morris G. Watson of Rotan; a niece and two nephews.
[Source: Lubbock Avalanche-Journal; Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas; Sun 15 Feb 1975]

Death Certificate of Morris Gilbert Watson,Sr..:

Morris Gilbert Watson b. 15 May 1903, Cooper Co., TX; d. 13 Nov 1977 Lamesa, Dawson Co., TX. Widowed. Occupation: attorney. Father: E.A. Watson. Mother: Mary Etta Kiser. Informant: Mrs. Elwood Freeman, daughter. Burial: Belvieu Cemetery, Rotan, Crosby Co., TX. 
[source: death certificate]







Friday, August 7, 2015

Mary Etta (Kizer) Watson

© Kathy Duncan, 2015

Mary E. Kizer, daughter of Sarah Catherine (Renfro) and Jerry M. Kizer, was 4 August 1879 in Texas and died 4 September 1973 in Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas. She married Enos Albert Watson 3 Jan 1897 Delta Co., Texas. Enos Albert Watson, born 26 October 1874 in Delta County, Texas, was the son of John Thomas and Piety Watson. After the death of his father, Piety Watson married Joseph D. Renfro, grandfather of Mary E. Kizer. For seven to eight years, Enos lived in the same household with Joseph D. Renfro. Enos would have been 14-15 years old when his step-father died. After the death of Joseph D. Renfro in 1887 or 1888, Piety married L.B. Herren in 1888. Enos Albert Watson died April 1942 in Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas. Both Mary Etta (Kizer) and Enos Albert Watson are buried in Oaklawn Cemetery, Cooper, Delta County, Texas.

22 April 1910, Cooper, Delta County, Texas:

192-202
Watson, Eones A. Head M W 39 M-1 13 b. TX fb. TN mb. TN superintendent county schools
-----Kizer Wife F W 32 M-1 13 4-4 b. TX mb. TX fb. TN
-----Mamie dau F W 9 S b. TX fb. TX mb. TX
-----Morris son M W 6 S b. TX fb. TX mb. TX
-----Harry son M W 5 S b. TX fb. TX mb. TX
-----Louis son M W 2/12 b. TX fb. TX mb. TX

By 1918 the couple was living in Fisher County, Texas:

Enos Albert Watson  of Rotan, Fisher County, Texas, b. 26 Oct 1874, lawyer, contact: Mary Etta Watson
[Source: WWI registration card]

9 Jan 1920, Roby, Fisher County, Texas:

71-74
Watson, E.A. Head M W 47 M b. TX fb. US mb. US lawyer
-----Etta Wife F W 41 M b. TX fb. TX mb. TN
-----Mamie Dau F W 19 S b.TX fb. TX mb. TX stenographer
-----Morris Son M W 16 S b. TX fb. TX mb. TX

Judge Watson Has Automobile Accident

While coming into Snyder last Saturday morning on his way from Hermleigh, the car in which Judge E.A. Watson, wife and baby were riding, collide with another car. While none of them were seriously injured, they were fortunate in escaping a serious injury, Judge Watson said.

Judge Watson was hurt slightly about the chest, Mrs. Watson received a sight cut and the baby received a slight cut about the face. The car had to undergo considerable repairs.
[The Crosbyton Review; Crosbyton, Crosby County, Texas; Fri 3 June 1927]

The baby mentioned in this article is probably Morris G. Watson, Jr., their grandson. Morris G. Watson seems to have spent most of his childhood with his grandparents.

Watson Home Burns

The Judge E.A. Watson home on College avenue was destroyed by fire last Friday night. Judge Watson was away from home at the time of fire. Mrs. Watson and "Sonny" were awakened about 1:30 o'clock at night when the home was full of smoke and the alarm was turned in. Origin of the fire is unknown. It was partially covered by insurance.
[Source: The Crosbyton Review; Crosbyton, Crosby County; Fri 14 March 1930]

Card of Thanks

We sincerely thank all who so faithfully assisted in the saving of our household goods and furniture in the recent fire and all who by words and acts contributed to our comort. We also extend our appreciation to the Fire Boys who so faithfully performed their duty. We know, no city has as efficient a volunteer fire department.
Sincerely,
Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Watson
[Source: The Crosbyton Review; Crosbyton, Crosby County; Fri 14 March 1930]

18 April 1930, Crosbyton, Crosby County, Texas:

67 - 73
Watson, Enos A Head M W 55 M 23 b. TX fb. NC mb. TN attorney
-----Mary E Wife 49 M 18 b. TX fb. TX mb. TN
-----Morris G Jr. grandson M W 7 S b. TX fb. TX mb. TX
Mary Etta Kizer b. 4 Aug 1879 in Texas ; d. 4 Sept 1973 in Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas. Widow: Watson. Father: Jerry Kizer. Mother: Sarah Catherine Renfroe. Informant: Mrs. Mamie Bruce (daughter). Burial: Oaklawn Cem., Cooper, Delta County, Texas, 5 Sept 1973
[Source: death certificate]

23 April 1940; Raton, Fisher County, Texas:

253
Watson, Morris G Head M W 36 M grade: C-3 b. TX 1935 res: same place
-----May L Wife F W 36 M grade: C-3 b. TX 1935 res: same place
-----Reva Joe Dau F W 5 b. TX 1935 res: same place
-----Jim A. Son M W 1 S b. TX 1935 res: same place

Judge Watson's Brother-In-Law Died on Sunday

J.H. Terry, brother-in-law of Judge E.A. Watson, his sister's husband died at his home in Wichita Falls Sunday, March 8, very suddenly. Funeral services were held up Wednesday for the arrival of the eldest son. Judge and Mrs. Watson went there Sunday for the funeral, returning home Wednesday afternoon.
[Source: The Crosbyton Review; Crosbyton, Crosby County, Texas; Fri 20 March 1942]

A Visit With Jerry M. Kizer Shortly Before His Death:

Judge and Mrs. E.A. Watson returned home last Tuesday from a holiday visit with their daughter, Mrs. Mamie Watson Jeffreys of Dallas, and with Mrs. Watson's father at Cooper. Their grandson Morris Watson, Jr., student at Rice Institute, Houston, met them in Dallas.
[Source: The Crosbyton Review; Crosbyton, Crosby County, Texas; Fri 9 Jan 1942]

Mrs. E.A. Watson's Father Died At Cooper

Jerry M. Kizer, 88, father of Mrs. E.A. Watson of this city, died at his home in Cooper Saturday, January 31. Judge and Mrs. Watson had a telegram late Friday that he was not expected to live. They left here Friday night for Cooper.

Mrs. Watson is the only living child. He had five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon and he was buried in Odd Fellows Cemetery at Cooper.
[Source: The Crosbyton Review; Crosbyton, Crosby County, Texas; Fri 6 Feb 1942]

Morris G. Watson Jr., son of Morris Watson, continued to make his home with his grandparents, Mary Etta (Kizer) and E.A. Watson:

Morris G. Watson, recently returned from six month in New Guinea, is now at home in Crosbyton with his grandparents, Judge and Mrs. E.A. Watson.

Morris spent three years in armed services as a radio technician and now has an honorable discharge. He plans to enter the University in Tucson, Arizona, on January 1st, where he will major in electrical engineering.
[Source: The Crosbyton Review; Crosbyton, Crosby County, Texas; Fri 21 Sept 1945]

Mr. and Mrs. Morris Watson, Sr. and children, Reba Jo and Jim of Roby, visited their parents, Judge and Mrs. E.A. Watson and Morris Watson, Jr. last week in Crosbyton.
[Source: The Crosbyton Review; Crosbyton, Crosby County, Texas; Fri 30 Nov 1945]

Judge and Mrs. E.A. Watson and grandson Morris Watson visited over the weekend with son and father, Morris G. Watson and family at Roby.
[Source: The Crosbyton Review, Crosbyton, Crosby County Texas; Fri. 21 Dec 1945]

Obituaries for Enos Albert Watson:

County Attorney Watson Is Buried In Old Home County

One of the largest crowds ever at attend a funeral service in Crosbyton gathered at the First Methodist church Tuesday afternoon as a testimonial to the regard for Judge Enos Albert Watson, who died in a Lubbock hospital Monday morning at 11 o'clock.

Judge Watson, county attorney for Crosby County for the last five years, had been ill for several weeks, having spent his last two weeks in the hospital. Born October 26, 1973 [sic], in Delta County, Texas, he was past 72.

A friend of 40 years standing, Rev. H. Hall of Ralls, brought the message at the funeral service in Crosbyton. Rev. Hall had officiated for Judge Watson's step-father and later for his mother some 30 years ago. Rev. Hall was assisted Tuesday afternoon by Elder Tommie Dunn of the Ralls Primitive Baptist church and Attorney Loyd A. Wicks of Ralls, the latter as a fellow member of the bar.

Burial was scheduled at Cooper, in Delta County, late Wednesday with the Masonic lodge in charge. District Attorney Burton Burks of Lubbock was to be master of ceremonies, with several members of Crosbyton's Masonic lodge assisting, along with member of the Delta lodge.

Judge Watson had led a long and useful life, beginning as a school teacher. He was elected as the first county superintendent of Delta County, later moving to Snyder where he taught school several years before entering the legal profession. He moved to Ft. Worth for the practice of law, but came to Crosby County in 1924 and had since lived here. He was a member of the First Christian church in Fort Worth and kept his membership there as there was no church here of that denomination. However, he was a trustee of property held in Crosbyton by that church.

The late attorney was married Jan. 3, 1897 to Miss Mary Etta Kizer. Two children survive, one being attorney Morris Watson of Rotan and the other being Mrs. Mamie Bruce of Lubbock. He also is survived by three grandchildren, Morris Jr., now in the University of Arizona, and Roba Jo and Jim W. of Rotan.

Judge Watson was a humanitarian and a keen student of the problems of youth an dthe underprivileged, Attorney W. P. Walker of Crosbyton, said in a tribute paid him at the weekly meeting of the Crosbyton Lions club Wednesday.
[Source: The Crosbyton Review; Crosbyton, Crosby County, Texas; Fri 1 March 1946]

Watson Burial
The late attorney was married Jan. 3, 1897 to Miss Mary Etta Kizer. Two children survive, one being attorney Morris Watson of Rotan and the other being Mrs. Mamie Bruce of Lubbock. He also is survived by three grandchildren, Morris Jr., now in the University of Arizona, and Roba Jo and Jim W. of Rotan.

Judge Watson was a humanitarian and a keen student of the problems of youth an dthe underprivileged, Attorney W. P. Walker of Crosbyton, said in a tribute paid him at the weekly meeting of the Crosbyton Lions club Wednesday.
[Source: The Crosbyton Review; Crosbyton, Crosby County, Texas; Fri 1 March 1946]

Cooper--Cooper Masonic Lodge conducted committal service here Wednesday afternoon in Oaklawn Cemetery for a former member, Enos Albert Watson, who died at home in Crosbyton. He was Delta County's first school superintendent, and married a daughter of Bud Kizer. He was about 70 years old.
[Source: The Paris News; Paris, Lamar County, Texas; 28 Feb 1946]

Card of Thanks
This expression of our thanks for your kindness and condolences in the death of our beloved husband, father and grandfather, E.A. Watson, comes from sorrowing and grieved hearts greatly comforted by all of you his friends and our friends.
Mrs. E.A. Watson
Mrs. Mamie W. Bruce and husband W.W. Bruce
Morris G. Watson and wife, Mae Watson
Morris G. Watson, Jr. 
Reva Jo Watson
James Albert Watson
[Source: The Crosbyton Review; Crosbyton, Crosby County, Texas, Fri 15 March 1946]

To the Clients of E.A. Watson Deceased
My fathers files are now in my office at Roby. I expect to complete any unfinished business and to return to you any valuable papers left with him. This is impossible without your help--if you will call me or write me I'll do my best to finish the job the way he would have had he lived.
Morris G. Watson
Attorney at Law
P.O. Box 445
Roby, Texas
[Source: The Crosbyton Review; Crosbyton, Crosby County, Texas, Fri 15 March 1946]

After E.A. Watson's death, Mary Etta and grandson Morris G. Watson Jr. moved to Rotan in Fisher County, Texas:

Mrs. E.A. Watson has purchased a home in Rotan, and she and her grandson, Morris Watson, jr., plan to move there in the near future. Her son and family, Mr. and Mrs. Morris Watson sr., and children, already live in Rotan.
[Source: The Crosbyton Review; Crosbyton, Crosby County, Texas; Fri 27 June 1947]

Mrs. E.A. Watson, of Rotan, was attending to business and visiting with friends in Crosybton Monday. Morris Watson, jr., student at Texas Tech, had spent the week-end with his father and grandmother, and Mrs. Watson took him back to Lubbock.
[Source: The Crosbyton Review; Crosbyton, Crosby County, Texas; Fri 27 Feb 1948]

Lost History! We're Hunting One About Delta County

Lost: One history of Delta County.

It's a rather valuable history book--at least to one person, Mrs. E.A. Watson of Rotan. It has been owned by the family for a long time, and she would like very much to find it.

"I loaned it to someone in Crosbyton," Mrs. Watson told T.E. Johnson who visited in Rotan last week-end, "And I have forgotten whom I loaned it to."

Mr. Johnson, who works at Reeves "66" Station, said that he would be glad to send the book to Mrs. Watson if someone in Crosbyton has it or knows where it can be found.
[Source: The Crosbyton Review; Crosbyton, Crosby County, Texas; Fri 22 July 1949]

The book that Mary Etta was trying to recover was probably Loose Leaves: A History of Delta County by Ikie Gray Patterson, which had been published in 1935. The book would have probably been acquired after their house was destroyed by fire in 1930.

Death Certificate for Mary Etta (Kizer) Watson:

Mary Etta Kizer b. 4 Aug 1879 in Texas ; d. 4 Sept 1973 in Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas. Widow: Watson. Father: Jerry Kizer. Mother: Sarah Catherine Renfroe. Informant: Mrs. Mamie Bruce (daughter). Burial: Oaklawn Cem., Cooper, Delta County, Texas, 5 Sept 1973
[Source: death certificate]

Evidently, Mary Etta (Kizer) Watson was living near or with her daugthter Mamie (Watson) Bruce at the time of her death.

Children of Enos Albert and Mary Etta (Kizer) Watson:

1. Mamie Watson
2. Morris Watson
3. Harry Watson
4. Louis Watson

Last updated on August 9, 2015



Sarah Catherine (Renfro) Kizer

© Kathy Duncan, 2015

Sarah Catherine Renfro, daughter of Joseph D. and Sarah (McKeown) Renfro, was born 25 December 1857 in Tennessee and died 12 December 1914 in  Cooper, Delta County, Texas. She married Jerremiah M. Kizer on 20 Oct 1876 in Delta County, Texas. He was born 26 August 1853 in Texas and died 31 January 1942 in Cooper, Delta County, Texas.

16 & 17 June 1880, Pct 1, Delta County, Texas:

156-159
Kiser, Jerry W M 26 farmer b. TX fb. TN mb. TN
-----Katharine W F 22 wife keeping house b. TN fb. TN mb. TN
-----Mary E. W F 1 Dau at home b. TX fb. TX mb. TN
Lick, Burton W M 16 servant farm laborer b. Ark fb. Ark mb. Ark

2 June 1900, Pct 1, Delta County, Texas:

34-34 Kiser Jerry Head W M b. Aug 1853 46 M 24 b. TX fb. NC mb. TN
-----Sarah C. Wife W F b. Dec 1857 42 M 24 2-2 b.TN fb. TN mb.TN
-----Mary E. Dau W F b. Aug 1878 21 M 3 b. TX fb. TX mb. TN
-----Hettie P. Dau W F b. Oct 1888 11 S b. TX fb. TX mb. TN

27 April 1910 Pct 1, Cooper, Delta County Texas:

297-287
Kizer, Jerrimiah Head M W 55 M-1 33 b. TX fb. PA mb. TN Tinner
-----Sarah Wife F W 52 M-1 33 2-2 b. TN fb. TN mb. TN
Simpson, Hettie Dau F W 22 M-1 5 1-1 b. TX fb. TX mb. TN
-----Samuel H. s-i-l M W 30 M-1 5 b. TX fb. TN mb. ARK Tinner
-----Pearle grdau F W 4 S b. TX fb. TX mb. TX

10,12,13 Jan 1920, Pct. 1, Sulpher Springs, Hopkins Co., TX:

243-276
Simpson, Sam H. Head M W 39 M b. TX fb. US mb. US tinner
-----Hettie Wife F W 31 M b. TX fb. TX mb. TN
-----Mary Pearl Dau F W 14 S b. TX fb. TX mb. TX
-----John Son M W 6 S b. TX fb. TX mb. TX
-----Jerry Son M W 6 S
Kizer, Jerry f-i-l M W 65 Wd b. TX fb. NC mb. TN

9 April 1930, Sulpher Springs, Hopkins Co., TX:

213 S. Forrest St.
195-221
Simpson, Sam H. Head M W 50 M 24 b. TX fb. Ark mb. Ark
-----Hettie Wife M W 41 M 16 b. TX fb. TX mb. TN
-----J. Marshall Son M W 16 S b. TX fb. TX mb. TX
-----J. Morris Son M W 16 S b. TX fb. TX mb. TN
Kizer, Jerry M. f-i-l M W 75 Wd b. TX fb. PA mb. PA

2 April 1940, JP 1, Delta County, Texas:

7
Simpson Jerry M Head M W 26 M grade: H-2 b. TX 1935 res.: same house
-----Thelma L Wife F W 24 M grade H-3 b. TX 1935 res.: same  house
Kizer, Jerry M Grandfather M W 86 grade: 2 b. TX 1935 res: same house

Jerry M. Kizer's daughter Hettie and son-in-law Samuel H. Simpson predeceased him. Samuel died only about a week before Jerry.

Mrs. E.A. Watson's Father Died At Cooper

Jerry M. Kizer, 88, father of Mrs. E.A. Watson of this city, died at his home in Cooper Saturday, January 31. Judge and Mrs. Watson had a telegram late Friday that he was not expected to live. They left here Friday night for Cooper.

Mrs. Watson is the only living child. He had five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon and he was buried in Odd Fellows Cemetery at Cooper.
[Source: The Crosbyton Review; Crosbyton, Crosby County, Texas; Fri 6 Feb 1942]

Sarah Catherine (Renfro) and Jerry M. Kizer had two daughters:

2. Hettie Pearl Kizer

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Edith (Renfro) Stuart

© Kathy Duncan, 2015

Edith Renfro, daughter of Eugene Albert and Myrtis (Rattan) Renfro, was born 4 Feb 1903 in Cooper, Texas. She married and divorced Kenneth Stuart. She and Kenneth Stuart only had one daughter, Anita (Stuart) Bridgeman. Edith (Renfro) Stuart died 2 June 1947 in Dallas, Texas and is buried in the Laurel Land Cemetery in Dallas.

2 April 1930, Vocting Pct 30, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas:

421 South ?
21-23
Renfro, Albert E. Head M W 57 M 24 b. TX fb. TN mb. TN farmer
-----Mirtis Wife F W 55 M 19 b. TX fb. IL mb. NC
Stewart, Edith Dau F W 27 D b. TX fb. TX mb. TX sales lady
-----Anita Gradau F W 4 S b. TX fb. TX mb. TX

Death certificate of Edith (Renfro) Stuart:

Edith Stuart of 5130 Reiger, Dallas Dallas Co., TX b. 4 Feb 1903 Cooper, TX; d. 2 June 1947 in Dallas, Dallas Co., TX. Divorced. Occupation: Asst. Buyer for Sanger Brothers. Father: E.A. Renfro b. Texas. Mother Myrtis Rattan b. TX. Informant: C.C. Renfro of 4309 Loma Alto, Dallas, TX. Burial: 3 June 1947 Laurel Land Cemetery, Dallas, Dallas Co., TX.

Obituary of Edith (Renfro) Stuart:

Stuart--Mrs. Edith. 5130 Reiger, died Monday, died Monday. Survived by daughter, Mrs. L.Z. Bridgeman, Dallas; parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Renfro, Dallas; sister, Mrs. E.N. Jones, Paducah, Texas; brothers, C.C. Renfro, Dallas; R.W. Renfro, Amarillo; J.V. Renfro, Ennis. Services Tuesday, 4 p.m. Sparkman-Brand Chapel. Rev. John A. Donaho officiating. Interment: Laurel Land Memorial Park. Pallbearers: Lynn Cox, Dawson Bridgeman, James A. Kilgore, Swan Williams, B.C. Nelson, L. Goldfarb.
[Source: Dallas Morning News; Dallas, Dallas Co., TX; Tues. 3 June 1947]

Wedding Announcement for daughter Anita Stuart:

Wedding of L.Z. Bridgeman, Anita Stuart Solemnized
Miss Anita Stuart, 2408 Denley Drive, daughter of Mrs. Edith Stuart of Houston, became the bride of L.Z. Bridgeman Wednesday evening in the rectory of Holy Trinity Church. Mr. Bridgeman is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Bridgeman, 4306 Brown. ReThe Rev. Austin F. Minogue read the marriage ceremony. The bride was given n marriage by her mother...Mrs. Bridgeman is a graduate of Our Lady of Good Counsel School, Dallas, and Our Lady of Victory Academy, Fort Worth. The bridegroom is a graduate of Lamesa High School and a former student of the University of Denver. After a wedding trip to Mineral Well, Mr. and Mrs. Bridgeman will be at home at 3631 Oak Grove.
[Source: Dallas Morning News; Dallas, Dallas, Co., TX; Thurs. 7 Feb 1946]


Obituary of Daughter Anita (Stuart) Bridgeman:

Anita Bridgeman
1925-2003
LUBBOCK -- Anita Bridgeman, a former resident of Snyder, died Monday, April 14, at her home in Lubbock. Graveside service for Mrs. Bridgeman, 77, is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Resthaven Cemetery. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. at Westmont Christian Church with the Rev. Clint Stephenson officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of White Funeral Home.
Born June 9, 1925 in Dallas, she attended school in Dallas and graduated from Our Lady of Victory in Fort Worth. She married L.Z. “Zeke” Bridgeman on Feb. 6, 1946 in Dallas. In Snyder, Mrs. Bridgeman was a member of the First Christian Church, Snyder PTA and was a charter member of the Optimist Club. She also lived in Midland before moving to Lubbock in 1961 where she worked for Wellborn-Markham Oil and Christmann Company. She was a member of the Westmont Christian Church. Survivors include her husband, Zeke of Lubbock; two daughters, Connie Hollingshead of Lubbock and Glenna Chisum of Amarillo; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Another obituary for Anita:

Anita Stuart Bridgeman, dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, peacefully departed this life at her home on April 14, 2003 surrounded by her family. Anita Stuart, daughter of the late Kenneth and Anita [sic] Renfro Stuart, was born June 9, 1925 in Dallas, Texas. She attended school in Dallas and graduated from Our Lady of Victory in Ft.Worth, TX. She married L.Z. "Zeke" Bridgeman on February 6, 1946 in Dallas.

To their union twin daughters, Connie and Glenna, were born. Anita and Zeke lived in Snyder and Midland and eventually moved to Lubbock in 1961. Anita worked for Wellborn-Markham Oil and Christmann Company in Lubbock for many years. Anita was also involved in civic activities ranging from being a scout leader, a member of the Oil Secretaries Association, Snyder PTA, First Christian Church in Snyder, and a charter member of the Optimist Club in Snyder. After moving to Lubbock, Anita and Zeke placed membership with Westmont Christian Church where she remained active until her death. She was a true homemaker and always tended the needs of her family. Those left to mourn her passing include her husband, Zeke, of Lubbock; two daughters, Connie Hollinshead of Lubbock and Glenna Chisum of Amarillo; three precious grandchildren and their spouses, Kristin Mendez and husband Larry of Amarillo, J. Hollinshead and wife Christy of Lubbock, and Ashley Graves and husband Brent of New Home;four beloved great-grandchildren, Tyler and Channing Mendez, Savanna Graves and Jaden Hollinshead; a special friend and sister-in-law, Dina Lawrence of Lubbock; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Graveside services for Anita Stuart Bridgeman, 77, are scheduled for 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 16, 2003 at Resthaven Cemetery. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. at Westmont Christian Church with Rev. Clint Stephenson officiating.

Obituary of son-in-law L.Z. Bridgeman:

L.Z. "Zeke" Bridgeman, of Lubbock, departed this life on Friday, June 10, 2005 in Lubbock, at the age of 87 years. He was born on April 27, 1918, in Roscoe to the late James T. and Hattie Mae Byrd Bridgeman.
Mr. Bridgeman attended school in Snyder, Lubbock and graduated from Lamesa High School. After high school, he attended West Texas and Colorado State Universities. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Zeke proudly and courageously served his country during W.W. II from the beginning until the end of the war. Zeke served in Africa and was involved in the Southern Invasion of Italy. He ended his military service in Germany. He served in the 8th Corp, Second Field Artillary Observation Battalion.

Zeke married Anita Stuart on Feb. 6, 1946 in Dallas. In 1961, they moved to Lubbock from Midland, where Zeke was employed as Terminal Area Manager of Curry Motor Freight of Lubbock for 23 years. He was a member of the Rotary Club, Lubbock Transportation Club, Optimist Club in Snyder and the Red Raider Club. He was an avid football fan and a big supporter of the Red Raiders and Dallas Cowboys.

Mr. Bridgeman served as a deacon at First Christian Church in Snyder and First Christian Church in Lubbock. At the time of his death, he was a member of Westmont Christian Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife on April 14, 2003.

Those left to mourn his passing include: twin daughters, Glenna Chisum and Connie Hollinshead, both of Lubbock; three grandchildren, Kristin Mendez and husband Larry of Amarillo, J Hollinshead, and wife Christy of Lubbock, Ashley Graves and husband Brent of Amarillo; six great-grandchildren; and his beloved sister, Dina "Titcher" Lawrence, of Lubbock .

Formal visitation will be today from 5 until 7 p.m. at White Funeral Home.

Graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Resthaven Memorial Park in Lubbock. Celebration of Life services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Westmont Christian Church with the Rev. Clint Stephenson, officiating. Arrangements are under the personal care of White Funeral Home of Lubbock.
[Source: Lubbock Avalanche Journal; Lubbock, Texas; Sun. 12 June 2005]

Connie C. Renfro

© Kathy Duncan, 2015

Connie C. Renfro, son of Eugene Albert and Myrtis (Rattan) Renfro, was born in Texas. They are both buried in the Hillcrest Mausoleum, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas.

31 Jan 1920, Pct 1, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas:

4810 East Little
141-140
Traylor, Delia S. Lodger F W 37 M b. Iowa fb. Eng mb. Iowa
Renfro, Connie Boarder Head M W 26 M b. TX fb. TX mb. TX
-----Ruth Boarder Wife F W 26 M b. TX fb. TX mb. TX

8 April 1930, Highland Park, Dallas County, Texas:

4415 Edmondson Blvd.
Renfro, C.C. Head M W 34 M 25 b.TX fb. TX mb. TX lawyer
-----Ruth Wife F W 29 M 20 b. TX fb. TX mb. TX
Sharper, W. M. Servant M Neg 33 M 19 b. OK fb. OK mb. OK

-----Tiny Servant F Neg 30 M 16 b. TX fb. TX mb. TX

17 April 1940, Highland Park, Dallas County, Texas:

4415 Edmondson
124
Renfro, Connie C. Head M W 46 grade: C-2 b. TX 1935 res.: same house attorney
-----Ruth Wife F W 44 M grade: H-4 b. TX 1935 res.: same house


Obituary for Connie C. Renfro:

Services Planned for C.C. Renfro
Funeral services for C.C. Renfro of 4405 Normandy, a long time Dallas attorney, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in East Chapel of Hillcrest Mausoleum. Entombment to follow. Mr. Renfro, who died here Tuesday, was a native of Cooper and had lived in Dallas since 1920. For many years he had law offices in Dallas and represented insurance companies. For 30 years he was attorney for the mortgage loan department of Travelers Insurance Co. of Dallas. Although he never held pubic office, he was active in the conservative wing of the Democratic party for many years. He was a key figure in the struggle for control of the state party in 1944, when conservatives attempted to put uninstructed electors on the ballot in a revolt against the liberal trend of the national party organization. He was president of the Dallas Bar Association in 1935 and had been a member of the Dallas Downtown Lions Club. Survivors: Wife; two brothers, R.W. Renfro and James V. Renfro of Dallas and a sister, Mrs. E.H. Jones of Paducah.
[Source: Dallas Morning News; Dallas, TX; Thurs., 24 Dec 1964]

Obituary for Ruth Renfro:

Mrs. Ruth Renfro
Funeral Services for Mrs. Ruth Renfro, 80, of 4405 Normandy, a 57-year Dallas resident, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Hillcrest Mausoleum East Chapel. She died Thursday in a Dallas hospital. She is survived by one brother and one sister.
[Source: Dallas Morning News; Dallas, TX; Sat. 13 Mar 1976]

Anita (Renfro) Jones

© Kathy Duncan, 2015

Anita Renfro, daughter of Eugene Albert and Myrtis (Rattan) Renfro, was born 2 Nov 1897 in Cooper, Delta County, Texas and died 25 September 1967 in Paducah, Cottle County, Texas. She married Elzie Nugent Jones. They are buried in Garden of Memories Cemetery, Paducah, Cottle Co., TX.

18 -20 February 1920, Pct 1, Cottle County, TX:
183-189
Jones, Elzie N. Head M W 25 M b. TX fb. TX mb. TX
-----Neta Wife F @ 22 M b. TX fb. TX mb. TX
-----John Dau F W 4 2/12 b. TX fb. TX mb. TX
-----Myrtis H. Dau F W 2 9/12 S b. TX fb. TX mb. TX
-----Sybyl Dau F W 1 4/12 S b. TX fb. TX mb. TX

7 April 1930 Pct 1, Paducah, Cottle Co., TX:

200-229
Jones, Elzie M. Head M W 35 M 20 b. TX fb. US mb. TX
-----Annetia Wife F W 32 M 17 b. TX fb. TX mb. TX
-----Florine Dau F W 13 S b. TX fb. TX mb. TX
-----Mirtis Dau F W 13 S b. TX fb. TX mb. TX
-----Sybil Dau F W 11 S b. TX fb. TX mb. TX

13 April 1940, Pct 1, Cottle Co., TX:
236 10th Street
Jones Elzie N Head M W 45 M grade: 5 b. TX 1935 res: same house
-----Neta Wife F W 42 M grade: H1 b. TX 1935 res: same house
-----Myrtis Dau F W 23 S grade: H4 b. TX 1935 res: same house
-----Sybil Dau F W 21 S grade: H4 b. TX 1935 res: same house


Anita Renfro Jones b. 2 Nov 1897 Cooper, Texas; d. 25 Sept 1965 Paducah, Cottle County, Texas. Widowed. Father: E.A. Renfro. Mother: Myrtis Rattan. Informant: Mrs. Johnnie Leathers. Burial: 26 Sept 1965, Garden of Memories Cemetery, Paducah, Cottle Co., TX.
[source: death certificate]

Anita Renfro Jones shares a tombstone with Elzie Nugent Jones b. 28 Sep 1894 d. 10 June 1958.


Roscoe Conklin Renfro

© Kathy Duncan, 2015

Roscoe Conklin Renfro, son of Eugene Albert and Myrtis (Rattan) Renfro, was born 2 Oct 1895 in Cooper, Texas and died 15 Mar 1942. He married Flossie Wilson. They are both buried in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Paducah, Cottle County, Texas.

Roscoe Conkling Renfro, address Sneedville, TX, b. 2 Oct 1895 Cooper, Texas, wife and one child
[Source: WWI draft registration card]

10 Sept 1920, JCT 2, Cottle Co., TX:
202-246
Renfrow, Roscoe C. Head M W 24 M b. TX fb. tX mb. TX
-----Flossie Wife F W 19 M b. TX fb. TX mb. TX
-----Elrae Son M W 2 11/12 S b. TX fb. TX mb. TX

10 April 1930, Paducah, Cottle Co., TX:

Richardson St.
346-377
Renfro, Roscoe C Head M W 32 M 18 b. TX fb. TX mb. TX
-----Flossie Wife F W 34 M 17 b. TX fb. TX. mb. TX
-----Elro son M W 13 S b. TX fb. TX. mb. TX
-----Roscoe C Jr. son M W 9 S b. TX fb. TX. mb. TX
-----Joyce daughter F W 7 S b. TX fb. TX. mb. TX
-----Billie J. son M W 4 3/12 S b. TX fb. TX. mb. TX
Anderson, Dell Lodger F W 24 S b. TX fb. US mb. US

22 April 1940, Prect 31, Paducah, Cottle County, Texas:

422 Easley St.
Renfro, Roscoe C head M W 44 M grade H4 b. TX 1935 res. same place
-----Flossie [informant] wife F W 40 M grade H3 b. TX res. same place
-----Joyce daughter F W 17 S grade H3 b. TX 1935 res. same place
-----Billie J son M W 14 S grade 7 b. TX 1935 res. same place

Death certificate for Roscoe C. Renfro:

Roscoe Conklin Renfro b. 2 Oct 1895 TX; d. 15 Mar 1942. Paducah, Cottle Co., TX. Married. Father: E.A. Renfro b. TX. Mother: Myrtis Rattan b. TX. Informant C.C. Renfro of Dallas, TX. Burial 16 March , Paducah, Cottle Co., TX

Death certificate for daughter Florence Joyce Renfro:

Florence Joyce Renfro b. 31 March 1923 in Paducah, Texas; d. 5 Nov 1965 in Paducah, Cottle Co., TX. Divorced. Father: Roscoe Renfro. Mother: Flossie Wilson. Burial: Garden of Memories Cem., 6 Nov 1965, Paducah, Texas.