Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Erin says

Spring only lasted one day.

I think it is supposed to be better this week end, but for now it is chilly.

Sunday after Church, we went to the cemetery so the kids could see George's stone.

Then we went to Berrytown for KFC chicken.  I got an 8 piece and the girl ate half of it.  Robert said foul.

Next week the kids take off to the desert.  They are going to have so much fun, and so am I.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Kenneth Dean Powell 1948-2018

Hebrews 13: 1   Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters   

When Kenneth Dean Powell was born on October 4, 1948, in Carroll, Arkansas, his father, James Truman Powell, was 34 and his mother, Julia Frances Rudd Powell, was 32. He had three brothers and one sister. He died on February 3, 2018, in Springfield, Missouri at the age of 69.

Below Kenny is pictured with his brothers and sisters--Donnie, Jimmy, Virginia, and Frankie!  Kenny is seated!

Obituary for Kenneth Dean Powell

KENNETH DEAN POWELL, of Bolivar, Missouri was born October 4, 1948 in Denver, Arkansas, son of Truman and Francis (Rudd) Powell. He departed this life Saturday, February 3, 2018 in Bolivar, Missouri, at the age of 69 years.

Kenny loved playing board games, especially checkers. His family and close friends were very important to him and he will be missed by all.

He is survived by four siblings, brother, Jimmy Powell and wife, Stella of Springfield, Missouri; brother Donnie Powell and wife Mary Kathrine of Nashville, Arkansas; brother, Frankie Powell and wife, Sarah of Green Forest, Arkansas; sister, Virginia Montgomery of Ozark, Missouri; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends and loved ones.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Truman and Francis Powell and brother-in-law, Robert Montgomery.

Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, February 8, 2018 at the Nelson’s Green Forest Chapel, Green Forest, Arkansas. Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 9, 2018 at the Nelson’s Green Forest Chapel with Brother Frankie Powell officiating. Interment will follow the service in the Pickens Cemetery are under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Robert Montgomery 1938-2017

Robert “Bob” Marion Montgomery, Jr., age 79 of Ozark, passed away November 6, 2017 in his home.  He was born September 7, 1938 in Greenfield, Missouri the son of Robert Marion, Sr. and Dorothy June (McCall) Montgomery.  Bob proudly served in the United States Army.  He was married to Virginia Powell May 3, 1969.  Bob worked as a construction inspector many years for the City of Springfield.  He was very handy, always fixing things and tinkering with various projects.  He also enjoyed doing work around his home.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a daughter, Amy Payne.

Bob is survived by his wife Virginia Montgomery of the home; a son Mark and wife Linda of Nixa; 2 grandchildren, Michael Montgomery and wife Linsey and Gabriel Montgomery; 5 great grandchildren and one on the way; other relatives and many friends.

A graveside memorial will be held 2 p.m. Monday, November 13, 2017 at Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield, with Mr. Ray Lassley officiating and full military honors. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Mentor Baptist Church in Bob's memory. Cremation and services are in the care of Holden Cremation and Funeral Service, Sparta.
Bob and our Virginia
with Amy
 All three

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Finding Willie Mae

To be good at family tree searching, one needs to be curious, no, it is better to be just plain nosey.

In 2001, I met Dolen Renfro.   He and Grandpa Renfroe knew they were cousins, even though, they spelled their last names differently.  Dolen told me who his father was and I knew immediately how they were kin, but it was too late to tell Grandpa as he had already passed.  Dolen told me a lot about his family of Renfro's, including a story of his Uncle being murdered at Forks of the Creek, near Hector, AR.

 I posted a story about the murder at my Rootsweb site.  It has been copied over and over, complete with all my typing mistakes!
The story --
From: The Courier -Democrat, Russellville, Ar. September 22, 1904
Note by Betty: Will Renfroe (spelled Renfrow, later this family used the spelling Renfro) was born Oct. 25, 1880 to Joshua Renfroe and J. Anna Brown. He was their first child. They married in 1879. Josh and Anna lived North of Hector, Ar. near Forks of the Creek. Josh farmed here from 1880 until about 1929 when his crops were completely washed out two years in a row. At this time he moved to Ok. where his daughter Sarah Lucinda Dixon and her husband Eldie lived.
Will Renfroe married Dora Olivia Ballard (daughter of Samuel Ballard of Solo, Ar) on May 29, 1904. Dolen Renfro said after Will was murdered Dora had a child (female). This would be the only child of Will. I do not know the name of the daughter. Dora and some of her family moved away after the murder. Dolen thought they went to Ok.
The article from the Courier--WILL RENFROW MURDERED
George and Marion Church
Also Wounded in the Fight
Which Occurred near Hector Thursday Night

As a result of a general row, doubless superinduced by an excessive flow of bad booze, another mound has been erected in a Pope county cemetery and the man charged with the crime awaits his trial in the county jail when he must either prove his jsutification or accept the verdict of a jury of his own selection. The case to which we allude is the killing of Will Renfrow by one George Church, Thursday night of last week. The murder took place at a small school houseat the forks of two creeks some seven or eight miles north of Hector, where citizens of the community had gathered for the purpose of witnessing a magic lantern exhibition.

During the progress of the show, or just at its close some six or seven young men of the community, said to be more or less under the infulence of "mountain dew" or blind tiger goods, engaged in a general row. Among them were George Church, Bud Renfroe, Larkin Mathis, Riley Church, and perhaps others. Whether Will Renfrow was a participant of the fuss or only interfered to quell the disturbance will doubtless be a matter of contention between the attorneys of the opposition sides. It is not disputed however that he was shot three times and instantly killed, and George Church was arrested, charged with the offense. A coroner's inquest before 'squire A. R. Jones was promptly held and Church was committed to jail to await an examining trial, which will take place before Squire H. H. Baird of this city, commencing at 10 o'clock this (Thursday) morning.

At the coroner's inquest it was brought out that several shots in all were fired, probably six, one fo which accidentally struck Marion Church, an uncle of the defendant, in the lower part of the leg or ankle and more or less shattering the bone. George Church is said to have lost the tip of one of his fingers by a ball fired by someone engaged in the melee. In advance of the examining trial, however, we do not care to undertake to relate any facts in connection therewith as any information received would doubtless be of a partisan character and fail to state the real facts as they will eventually be proven in the courts.

Note by Betty: I could not find in the following weeks what happened in this case. I will continue to search.  I do know that Will was laid to rest in the Forks of the Creek Cemetery. His young bride gave birth to a female child sometime after Sept. 1904.

Well, almost, 20 years later, I began to wonder about the female child!!  Yesterday, I started to search and with a few minutes at ancestry I found Willie Mae Renfro.  Her mother Dora Ballard Renfro remarried soon after her husband was murdered.  She married Fate Hammond and moved to Otero county, Colorado, where Willie Mae grew up and married Herbert Evans.  I found a headstone for Willie Mae but no photo so I could see what she looked like.

I did find a photo of Willie Mae's mother--Dora O. Ballard Renfro Hammond.  She is in the middle on the back row.  This photo is of her parents and sisters.  Will Renfro was murdered andWillie Mae was born about 6 months later.  Dora named her for her father!  Willie Mae did not marry until she was 25.  I could not find where she and her husband Herbert Evans had children, but being the nosy type, I will keep searching!!
By 1910, Dora is married to Starkey Hammond and is living in Stephens, OK.  Little Willie Mae Renfrow is 4 years old, born in AR as were her mother and father!
 I found no photo of Willie Mae, but did find a photo of her and Herbert's headstone in Colorado!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

George Henry Aday

George Henry Aday, Sr.
GEORGE HENRY ADAY, SR., of Green Forest, Arkansas was born February 1, 1947 in Sacramento, California, son of George Washington and Pearl Alice (McLain) Aday. He departed this life October 6, 2017 in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the age of 70 years. 

George was a proud United States Army veteran, serving three tours of duty in Vietnam. He loved working and helping others. His entire life was one of service to his family, community and country.

On August 4, 1972, he was united in marriage with Fleta Mae (Powell) Aday, who survives him. He is also survived by his two sons, Gregory Aday and George Aday, Jr. both of Green Forest, Arkansas; brother, Leroy Aday of Reno, Nevada; sister, Conda Mayder and husband, Gary, of Sacramento, California; four grandchildren, Steven Lane Aday, Emily Aday, Robert Lee Aday, II, and Hannah Lee Aday; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, loved ones and many friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, George Washington and Pearl Alice (McLain) Aday; brother, Robert Aday and sister, Wanda Smith.

Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at Nelson’s Green Forest Chapel. Graveside service will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the Alpena Cemetery, Alpena, Arkansas with Brother Frankie Powell officiating. Arrangements under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service, Inc. Memorial donations may be made to the Coin Church, 2185 CR 803, Green Forest, Arkansas 72638.