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  Challis, James E. (Ike)
Challis, Marie Beard
Fuller, Barbara Alyne
Grigg, Horace
Johnson, Joe M.
King, Jane H. F.
McAllister, Genevieve Langham
McKnight, Felix R.
Pharr, Mildred Walker
Powell, Johnnie L.
Rogers, Joe Hudnall
Sizemore, Georgia
Strickland, Marjorie
Threlkeld, Delle Cass
Tolley, Donna Shoemaker
Watson, Joseph P. Jr.
Joe M. Johnson
July 28, 1930 - November 8, 2006
Funeral services for Joe M. Johnson, 76, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, November 13, 2006, at Laird Funeral Home, Nacogdoches, Texas, with Bill Sherrill and Dorian Flynn, North Street Church of Christ, officiating. Mr. Johnson passed away Wednesday, November 8, 2006, in Fort Worth, Texas. Joe Johnson was born July 28, 1930 in Canadian, Oklahoma, to Harold Revere and Johnye Elizabeth McLemore Johnson. He graduated from Tomball High School in Tomball, Texas, in 1948. He received a bachelor of business administration degree from Abilene Christian College. He married Doris Marie Roach in 1950. In 1936 when Mr. Johnson was in first grade, he was a survivor of the New London school explosion. His experience is captured in the play, "A Texas Tragedy" written by his brother, Dr. Bobby H. Johnson. Mr. Johnson raised his family in Tomball, Texas. During this time, he was on the Tomball school board, an elder in the Tomball Church of Christ and on the Tomball Hospital board. He was proud of the accomplishments of the hospital board with the construction of the Tomball Medical Center complex during the time he served on the board. Moving to Nacogdoches in 1976, Mr. Johnson worked with the Nacogdoches Independent School District as business manager for 21 years before his retirement in 1997. He was a member of the Nacogdoches Rotary Club, receiving the Paul Harris fellowship, and was active with the North Street Church of Christ, which he served as deacon. In his later years, Mr. Johnson enjoyed watching his five grandchildren in all of their activities. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Doris Marie Johnson of Nacogdoches; his children, Eric Johnson and his wife, Patti, of Nacogdoches, Kyle Johnson of Houston, Cindy Edwards and her husband, Doug, of Nacogdoches, and Kent Johnson and his wife, Rebekah, of Nacogdoches; his grandchildren, Jamie and Jessica Johnson, Kendall and Ellie Bennett, and Andrew Edwards, all of Nacogdoches. He is also survived by his brother, Dr. Bobby H. Johnson and his wife, Myrna, of Nacogdoches; his sister, Judy McGuire and her husband, Rich, of Clear Lake City, Texas; his sister-in-law, Wanda Coker of Big Spring, Texas; and special family friends, Richard and Chaurcley Cook of Nacogdoches as well as many cousins, nephews and nieces, and friends. Pallbearers will be Arlis Clepper, Tom Compton, Austin Cook, Richard Cook, Jimmy Fleming, Randy Laster, Ken Warlick and Lonnie Wilkerson. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to the New London Museum, P. O. Box 477, New London, Texas 75682. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Laird Funeral Home.

Published in The Daily Sentinel on 11/12/2006
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Jane Hazlewood Ferguson King
Submitted by the Family July 2005

Jane Hazlewood Ferguson King

Jane Hazlewood Ferguson, 89, a resident of Commerce since 1925, passed away April 17, 2005 surrounded by family.

She was preceded in death by husband Weldon B. “Jack” King; parents Arthur Clinton Ferguson and Freddie Claire Rush Ferguson; and sisters Juanita Ferguson Peacock and Emily Claire Ferguson Smith.

Hazy graduated from East Texas State Teacher’s College in 1935, where her father was Dean of Faculty and later the university’s fourth president. While there she was a university beauty, Miss Commerce and president of Tooanoowe social club.

She taught kindergarten in the New London, TX schools and was one of the few survivors of the 1938 New London school explosion.

Wed to Weldon B. King of Fairlie in 1936, the couple lived in Austin during employment with the Legislative Budget Board. They returned to Commerce after the university’s School of Business offered a teaching position. Hazy was an accomplished seamstress and cook, nurturing homemaker and grandmother and voracious bridge player, who volunteered her time between the Afflatus Club, the University Dames and as junior high Sunday School teacher at the Methodist Church. In retirement years, she was employed by the Commerce Public Library.

She is survived by son Weldon Bennie King and wife Janice; daughter Claire King Hale and husband Harlin DeWayne; three grandchildren, Emily Jane King Brenner and husband Geoff, George Harlin Hale and John Benjamin Hale; one great-grandchild, Braden Paul Brenner and eight step-great-grandchildren, Daniel Beaumont Simpson, Mason McLellan Minor, Quinten Aticus Minor, Emerson Benedict Minor, Mallory Ann Moffit, Anderson Joseph Breyel, Rebecca Ann Breyel, and Brittany Jeanine Breyel.

A memorial service was held at the First United Methodist Church. The family suggests memorials to the Commerce Public Library.
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Genevieve Langham McAllister
Austin American-Statesman
January 23, 2004

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