The Nocona News
Nocona, Montague Co., Texas
April 13, 1961
More than 75 relatives and friends gathered at City Club house last Sunday for a surprise birthday dinner in honor of Mrs. ELLEN ORRELL’S 90th birthday. Except for two years spent in Indian Territory, Mrs. Orrell has lived in Montague County since her birth, April 9, 1871. She was born 3 ½ miles east of Forestburg, daughter of AUSTIN and FRANCES EAVES PERRYMAN. Mr. and Mrs. ORRELL were married 65 years when her husband, JAMES ORRELL, to whom she married Oct. 16, 1887, died in 1952. Despite her advanced age, she is enjoying good health. She has six daughters, Mrs. ADA JACKSON of Forestburg, Mrs. ESTIE KING of Fort Worth, Mrs. RUBY MITCHELL of Balko, Okla., Mrs. LONUS LOWRIE of Henrietta, Mrs. VALLIE BUCK and Mrs. OLA FAY THURMAN of Nocona, and one son BAILEY ORRELL of Nocona. One son and one daughter died in 1924, during the typhoid epidemic. Mr. and Mrs. Orrell narrowly escaped death or injury in 1947 when a tornado destroyed their Forestburg home. The couple were in bed when the night storm struck and when they came to after the storm, they found the mattress upon which they had been lying on top of them. Mrs. Orrell has 23 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren, 17 great-great-grandchildren, one sister, five brothers and two half-brothers.
Gas Station Owner Succumbs
OSCAR RILEY BALLINGER, 68, of Route 1 Saint Jo,, died last Thursday night at Major Hospital. Mr. Ballinger was born July 19, 1892, at Jacksboro, son of WILLIAM and EVALINE HATFIELD BALLINGER. He married JESSIE ANN WARREN, who died March 1, 1931. Mr. Ballinger is survived by two daughters, Mrs. CHARLES SPIVEY of Nocona and Mrs. JOHN FRISBY of Rapid City, S. D.; three sons, MILBURN of Bonita, WILTON D. of Dallas and LAWRENCE BALLINGER of Nocona; a sister Mrs. ALICE RICH of Fresno, Calif.; two brothers, LEE BALLINGER of Fort Worth and URBAN S. BALLINGER of Saint Jo. Mr. Ballinger operated a filling station. He was a member of the Methodist Church. Rites were held Saturday afternoon at the First Baptist Church of Nocona with Rev. PAUL THOMPSON officiating. Scott Bros had charge of interment at Nocona cemetery. Bearers were JOE THOMPSON, DOYLE ICE, NEWELL DIEHL, R. D. TOMPKINS, B. Q. DAVENPORT and LEE DURHAM.
Ill three years, Mrs. CARRIE GREEN BOYD, 63, formerly of Nocona, died last Saturday afternoon at Archer City, where she resided the past few years. Mrs. Boyd, daughter of JAMES L. and MARY BOYLES GREEN, was born May 7, 1897 in Milam, Texas. She married Oct. 22, 1916 to LEE I. BOYD at Belcherville. Her husband died Nov. 14, 1959. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. BEATRICE BOBBITT of Archer City and Mrs. MARY LOUISE ELLIS of Henrietta; one son ROBERT LEE BOYD of Bowie; two sisters Mrs. BERTIE BROWN of Burleson and Mrs. NEELY LITTLE of Arkansas, and eight grandchildren. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Archer City Methodist Church with Rev. LINLEY VOWELL and Rev. W. D CRAIG officiating. Burial in Nocona cemetery arranged by Scott Bros. Bearers were CLIFTON DUCKWORTH, JIM CROW, JESS BYRD, BILL CROW, BRYCE WALKER, W. D. HORNBECK, LOWIE PEDEN and FRED THOMAS.
PRICE LOGAN ‘BUDDY’ BROOKS, farmer living on Route 2, died April 5 at the Gainesville hospital. He was 66 and had been ill for eight years. Mr. Brooks was born April 8, 1894 in Montague County, son of P. W. and SARAH MELINDA PAYNE BROOKS. He was unmarried. Survivors are two sisters, Mrs. LAWRENCE PEMBERTON of Nocona and Mrs. NELL MOODY of Billings, Montana; and two brothers, ELMER and EARL BROOKS of Nocona. Services were held last Friday at the First Methodist Church with Rev. TERRY ATKINSON and Rev. W. D. CRAIG officiating. Interment in Nocona cemetery arranged by Scott Bros. Bearers were LEROY PRIDDY, MARVIN PRIDDY, WALTER CHAMBERS, HOMER WYLER, BUCK KENNEDY, ELMER MCNEW and M. C. AUST.
Mrs. Addington’s Mother
Funeral services were held April 4 at Henrietta for Mrs. KATE MITCHELL, 78, mother of Mrs. L. C. ADDINGTON of Nocona. Mrs. Mitchell died April 2 at Clay County Memorial Hospital. Surviving are her husband, H. M. MITCHELL, daughter Mrs. Addington; sons, W. T. and HARRY of Wichita Falls, P. W. and JACK MITCHELL of Henrietta, 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Mrs. Mitchell was born March 21, 1883 in Decatur. She was a member of the Henrietta Methodist Church. Interment was in the (?) cemetery at Henrietta.
Goes to Funeral
Mrs. T. R. STUMP left Friday for Houston, en route to Mamou, La., for the funeral Saturday of her brother-in-law, B. A. PIEROTTI who died suddenly.
ROY DELTON STEWART, 35, son of Mr. and Mrs. LEONARD A. STEWART, 207 Henrietta St., was instantly killed April 5 in an oil field accident north of Pampa, where he was working for the Jack Grace Drilling Co. of Wichita Falls. The accident occurred when a beam accidentally fell on the victim while a rig was being torn down for removal to another location. Mr. Stewart was born June 5, 1925 about six miles west of Nocona. He married LENA FAY BREWER of Albany July 21, 1948. The couple lived in Pampa for years. Surviving are the parents, the widow, daughter JUANITA STEWART; five brothers, a twin brother RAY, and JOHNNY STEWART of Pampa, BILL of Fort Worth, ALTON and JIMMY STEWART of Bridgeport; and two half-brothers, F. S. ‘SMOKEY’ ZACHARY of Houston and BURR ZACHARY of Santa Monica, California. Funeral rites were held last Friday afternoon a Pampa funeral home with Rev. ENNIS HILL of Calvary Baptist Church officiating. Interment was in Ponca City, Oklahoma cemetery near the home of the widow’s parents. Among those from Nocona who attended the funeral were BALDY and ALBERT HEWITT.
A heart attack suffered suddenly Monday noon caused the death of PETER MARK ‘PETE’ WORKMAN, 65 year old retired professional rodeo performer and a former aerial star for one of the country’s leading circuses. The attack struck Mr. Workman at his Belcherville home for lunch. Mr. Workman came to Nocona in 1935, a stockman for W. O. REYNOLDS, G. M. UTT, JOE BENTON, and BRYANT EDWARDS of near Henrietta. He remained a stockman until his death. When Mr. Workman was only 12 years old, he began living with Mr. and Mrs. BERT MALE, who reared him until he joined the Hagenback and Wallace Circus. During his circus career, he became widely known as an aerial star. Still later he became a professional rodeo star, associated with Booger Red and Miller Bros., famous 101 Ranch circus. Mr. Workman was born June 7, 1895 in Mason, Texas, son of MARK and ANGELIA MULDER WORKMAN. He married HILDE ENGEL Sept. 24, 1928 at Fort Worth. He was a member of St. Williams Catholic Church of Montague and a charter member of the Chisholm Trail Riding Club. He is survived by his widow and son, MARK A. ‘BUCK’ WORKMAN. Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at St. Williams Church with Rev. Fr. JOSEPH KOPEZEWSKI officiating. Interment was in St. Williams cemetery at Montague arranged by Scott Bros. Bearers were FLOYD HEWITT, RAY and HENRY FENOGLIO, GLEN WALKER, LOUIS NOBLI, and JOHN ULBIG.
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