McLennan County, Texas
January 1950

JANUARY 2, 1950

Funeral services for Roy Kelly, 45, of Little Rock, Ark., a brother of Mrs. R.L. Busby of Mart were held at 10 a.m. Monday. Deceased had been ill for the past two years and his passing was not unexpected. Mrs. Busby, accompanied by her daughter, Miss Beryl Busby and a brother from Waco, departed for Little Rock Sunday morning to attend the services which were held at the First Presbyterian church in that city.

JANUARY 3, 1950

 JOINT FUNERAL AT GROESBECK FOR 4 VICTIMS OF WACO CRASH Waco, Jan. 3---Joint funeral services for four victims of a car-train crash six miles north of Waco early Sunday morning will be held at the gravesides in Old Union cemetery near Groesbeck at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

 The dead include: Leonard Doyle Capps, 19 and Mrs. Capps, 18, of Waco Rt. 4; Leonard Wayne Capps, 9-month old son of the couple; and Nathan Earl Yarbrough, 28, also of Rt. 4. Mrs. Yarbrough was critically injured in the crash, and Hillcrest hospital attendants said Monday night her condition was unchanged.

The Capps and Mr. Yarbrough died when their car was struck by a southbound Katy passenger train at the fog-shrouded Gas House Lane crossing. The car was virtually demolished and fragments of it scattered for yards along the right-of-way. Only one body was found in the wreckage of the car. The others were scattered for yards along the tracks. Yarbrough and Capps died instantly. Mrs. Capps and her infant son were rushed to a hospital, but were pronounced dead on arrival.
Surviving Mrs. Leonard Capps are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will Grissot, two sisters and three brothers, all of Thornton. Mr. Capps is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Capps of Ben Hur; two brothers, Ed Jr., and James Earl, both of Ben Hur; six sisters, Mrs. J.C. Bullock of West, Miss Mary Lou Capps of Ben Hur, Mrs. Merle Yarbrough of Waco, Mrs. Eddie Grissett of Thornton, Miss Doris Fay Capps of Ben Hur and Miss Reba Capps of Ben Hur.
Mr. Yarbrough is survived by his widow; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Yarbrough and one brother, W.R. Yarbrough, all of Groesbeck.

JANUARY 4, 1950


Mart friends will regret to learn of the death of W.I. Hawthorne, 90, which occurred Tuesday night at his home in Nueces County. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at Wortham. Mr. Hawthorne was a former long-time resident of Mart and has many nieces and nephews now residing here and in this community.

JANUARY 17, 1950

 Joe Pavelka, 60, pioneer resident of the Axtell community died last Friday at 6 p.m. at Hillcrest hospital, Waco. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Littlepage Funeral Home, with Rev. O.L. Savage, pastor of the Mart First Presbyterian church, officiating. Interment in Pavelka cemetery near Battle. Littlepage of Mart in charge of arrangements.Survivors include: His wife of Route 1, Axtell; three daughters, Mrs. Joe Parker, Mrs. Clarence Peevey and Miss Alma Pavelka of Axtell; four sons, Johnny Pavelka of Driskell, Edward, Marvin and Adolph Pavelka of Route 1. Axtell, and six grandchildren.

JANUARY 24, 1950

 John Scott Dies in Waco
Mart friends will regret to learn of the passing of John Scott, who died at his home. 1508 North llth, Waco, Monday at 12:00 noon. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Compton's Funeral Home in that city. Mr. Scott was a I brother-in-law of Mrs. Will Marley and R. E. Christian of Mart.

JANUARY 23 1950

 Mrs. N.B. Tucker, 74, died Saturday afternoon at 2:05 o'clock at her home, 213 North Lumpkin street, following a lingering illness. Funeral services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Littlepage Funeral Home with Rev. R. Q. Harvey, pastor of the First Baptist church, officiating. Interment in Bryan cemetery, with Rev. Andrews, pastor of the Bryan First Baptist church, conducting the graveside services, Littlepage of Mart in charge of arrangements. Deceased was born Feb. 5 1875, in Grenada, Miss., and moved to Huntsville, Texas, when a young lady. Twenty-five years ago, she and Mr. Tucker came to Mart from Bryan, and during that time she made a host of friends, who will regret to hear of her death. She had been, a member of the Baptist church since childhood. Survivors, other than her husband, include a sister, Mrs. Carl Johnson of Greenwood, Miss. and two brothers, Golden Long and Clyde Long, of Como, Miss. Pallbearers were: James Boren, C.F. Richburg, E. M. Clifton, D. W. Clifton, Paul Douglas, D. O. Bryson, J. I. Read and Millard Read. Out-of-town relatives here for the funeral were Mrs. Winfield, Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Anderson and son, H.J. Jr. of Galveston, and Mrs. M. Curry and son Montie of Bryan. A large concourse of friends went to Bryan for the services there.
JANUARY 27, 1950

 Richard O. Sharp, Father of Mrs. C. W. Mullins, Dies in Waco
Funeral services for Richard O. Sharp,67, Waco, father of Mrs. C.W. Mullins of Mart, who died on Wed. at 11:45 p.m. in Providence hospital Waco, will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Comptons Chapel, with Minister Leon Savage officiating. Burial in Rosemound cemetery, Waco. Mr. Sharp had been sick for a number of months and his death was not unexpected. He had been a resident of McLennan county for many years. Besides Mrs. Mullins, he is survived by three sons, Orville Sharp of Florence. Ala., Orlen Sharp of Cleveland, and Karl Sharp of Waco; a daughter, Mrs. Luther Hargrove, Prairie Hill; three brothers, Robt. Sharp of Waco, C. L. Sharp of Wheeling, W. Va., and Bert Sharp of Florence, Ala.; three sisters, Mrs. Dolly Bounds and Mrs. Sollie Cal, both of Florence, Ala.; and Mrs. Antonio Stepwith of Cleveland, Ohio.; six grandchildren.
Active pallbearers: D. C McElreath, M. B. Scheafer, E. C. Thompson Leroy Taylor, 'Reg' Jenkins, Willie D. Hurst.

JANUARY 30, 1950

Mrs.Oscar Hommel, 61, who has lived in the Otto community all of her life, died last Saturday at 2 p.m. at her home on Route 2, Otto. Funeral services were held Monday at 3 p.m. at the Littlepage Funeral Home with Rev. Hughes of Otto and Rev. Wolff of Waco officiating. Burial in Mart cemetery. Littlepage in charge of the arrangements. Survivors include the husband, two sons, Alex Hommel of Otto and Edwin Hommel of Waco; five grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Will Hommel of Waco, Mrs. Freda Bunn of Dallas and Mrs. Hattie Rachui of Marlin; four brothers, Henry, Rudolph and Ed Grochoske of Marlin and Albert Grochoske of Perry. Pallbearers: James Forke, E. O. Hehring, Henry Vogel, Paul Grusendorf, Charlie Vanek and Edwin Haase.

JANUARY 31, 1950


Friends of Mrs. W.E. Muldrow will regret to hear of the death of her aunt, Mrs. John T. Asbury, who died last Saturday at her home in Rosebud. Funeral services were held in Rosebud on Sunday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Muldrow went to Rosebud last Friday and were accompanied home on Sunday by Mrs. Joe Harris of Woodson, sister of Mrs. Muldrow, who will be here for several days visit.
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