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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.
Delle Cass Threlkeld
Fort Worth Star-Telegram June 20, 2006
Courtesy of Wade Family Funeral Home, Arlington, Texas

Delle Cass Threlkeld, 80, passed away Sunday, June 18, 2006, in Arlington. Graveside service: 3 p.m. Wednesday in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, near New London. Visitation: The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington.

Delle was born Oct. 19, 1925, to Leonard and Maudie Cass in Wortham. She was raised in New London and was a survivor of the New London school explosion March 18, 1937. Delle had been a resident of Arlington since September 1956 and was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her grandson, Mark Alan Threlkeld Jr., in 1986.

Survivors: Sons, Stan Threlkeld and wife, Paula, and Mark Threlkeld and wife, Rhonda; daughter, Susan Cass Threlkeld; and grandchildren, Tiffany, Amber and Andrew Threlkeld, all of Arlington.
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Donna Shoemaker Tolley
The Recorder November 4, 2005

Franklin, WV
Donna Genelle Tolley, 72, of Franklin, formerly of Covington, VA, died Wednesday 26 October 2005 at her residence.

She was born in Seminole, OK, the daughter of the late Randolph and Charlotte Wilhelmenia Palstring Shoemaker. She was married to Dr. Charles H. Tolley, who died 13 November 2002.

She was a member and organist at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Blue Grass, VA.

She graduated from Murray State University with a master’s degree in music and English.

She enjoyed quilting, reading, cooking, gardening, knitting, and serving as an organist at church and had a profound love for her grandchildren.

Ms. Tolley was a professor at Murray State University, Murray, KY; Vincennes University, Vincennes, IN; Davis and Elkins College, Elkins, WV; Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, Clifton Forge, VA; Cape Fear Tech, Wilmington, NC; and Salem Teikyo University, Salem, VA.

Ms. Tolley is survived by two daughters, Leslie Wynn and husband Randy Bowers of Franklin, and Karen N. and husband John Gillespie of Covington, VA, three sons, William "Bill" and wife Lori Tolley, Raymond Howard and wife Susan Tolley, all of Covington, VA, and Karl Bryan Tolley of Baghdad, Iraq; eight grandchildren, Zachary Bowers, Lindsay Bowers, Jacob Tolley, Joseph Tolley, Josh Tolley, Sara Tolley, Jared Gillespie, and Bryan Gillespie.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, an infant and Joseph Tolley; one graddaughter, Afton Carlyle Gillespie; four brothers and one sister.

As per Ms. Tolley’s wishes and love of education, her body has been donated to the West Virginia School of Medicine.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to charity of donor’s choice.

Information and reference courtesy of Judy Neighbors, Covington Virginia. Donna was home sick the day of the explosion which killed her brother Robert.
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Joseph P. Watson, Jr.
Houston Chronicle
April 3, 2006

JOSEPH P. WATSON, JR., 86, passed away on April 1, 2006, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Noted independent oil and gas company owner and Texas A&M alumnus, Joe will be missed by his family, friends and business associates. He was born on January 19, 1920, in Oil City, Louisiana to Joseph P Watson, Sr., and his wife, Wille McKinley Watson. Joe lived in Mildred, TX near Corsicana, TX, until he was fourteen when his parents moved the family to new London, TX, in 1934. He was a senior in the New London High School when the infamous natural gas explosion on March 18 1937, destroyed the towns only school that was full of children, killing over 300 students and teachers. Joe and his younger brother, W. G. "Bud" Watson, carried caskets of their friends and classmates for five days of funerals after the disaster. An avid Texas A&M Aggie. Joe graduated in 1942 with a degree in electrical engineering, and remained there for a year as a teaching assistant in the department before joining the U.S. Army. He served in the Signal Corps and was assigned to the army Air Corps, spending his tour installing instrument landing systems in B17s at Robbins Field, Ga., and at a base in San Juan Puerto Rico. In 1943, he met his future wife, Doris Weverstead, an Army nurse, when both were stationed at Robins Field, GA. They were married on January 6, 1946 at the Robbins Field chapel. After his discharge, Cities Service Oil Co. hired Joe for the Junior Engineering Program in East Texas. They moved from Gladewater, TX, to Bartlesville, Ok. then to Houston, TX. In 1952, he left Cities Service and worked for two independent oil companies until joining Southeastern Public Service as General Manager in Houston. He started his own company, Hydrocarbon Gathering, Inc in 1970, which he ran until his death. Joe was a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Society of Evaluation Engineers, Traveling Aggie tour group, the Houston Petroleum Club where he served on the board of directors, Houston Power Squadron, and Tallowwood Baptist Church. Until his illness, he had been a guest lecturer at Texas A&M in Administrative Skills. He and his wife, Doris, have been honored by A&M for their sponsorship of Presidential Endowed Scholarships, as well as two other students there as well as other involvement in scholarship drives and building funds. Joe Watson is survived by his wife of 60 years, Doris, his son Joseph P. Watson III "Jody", and his wife Linda, of Jacksonville, Fla., his daughter, Vicki Watson Ash and her husband Gil of Fulshear, TX., grandchildren, Mark, Matthew, & Casey Watson, Corey Watson Reid, Andrea Ash Adams, and Brian Ash and great-grandchildren, Devon Seymour, Tyler, Jake, and Austin Watson. A fifth great-grandchild, Cole is expected in late April. Also surviving him is his brother Wellington G. "Bud" Watson, and his wife, Peggy, of Kingwood, Texas, and their sons Paul and Cary and their families. The Family wishes to thank two special attendants, Janet Brown and Jovita Neal for their assistance over the past year. The family will receive friends at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Freeway, Monday evening April 2, 2006 from 6PM until 8PM. Funeral services will be at Tallowwood Baptist Church Tuesday April 4, 2006, at 11:00AM. Dr. Larry Beyrand will officiate. Private family internment will follow a luncheon at the church for family members. In lieu of flowers the family has asked that contributions be made in the name of Joseph P. Watson Jr. to the Presidential Endowed Scholarship Program at Texas A&M University, 401 George Bush Drive, College Station, Texas, 77840-2811.
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