Regional Newspaper Abstracts - Navarro County, TX

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Inmon, Jasper A., Jr.
OUTSTANDING - Chosen as outstanding enlisted man at Frederick Army Air Field Okla., for the month of February was Sgt. Jasper A. Inmon, Jr. Kerens, Texas. A military guard, Sgt. Inmon is posted at the main gate where his cheerful disposition as he examines passes and handles traffic has gained him the reputation of one of the best liked enlisted men on the field and led to his award of the plaque from Col. R. B. Davenport, commanding officer, during a pilot graduation ceremony March 12.

From the Navarro Co., TX Web Site

Tolbert's Texas

Alligator Cemetery Not for Alligators

By Frank X. Tolbert

    A SIGN ON State Highway 309 in southeastern Navarro County guides you to "Alligator Cemetery, 1/4 mile." The sign also confuses some folks, who think that this is a burial grounds for alligators.
    Actually, this is just a pretty cemetery in a grove of trees and with a few stands of palmettos on the site of the vanished City of Alligator, Texas, later called Long Prairie. The Alligator Cemetery is east of Round Prairie and Rural Shade.
    When I stopped at the Alligator Cemetery there was a new Pontiac parked at the iron gate. And off through the great oak trees and the green palmettos and the autumn flowers I saw a lady in a sunbonnet, among the old flat middle 19th century gravestones and shiny new monuments, chopping weeds with a hoe.
   THE LADY WAS Mrs. S. H. (Lucy Ida Inmon) Phillips, aged 75, of Round Prairie, and she said that her husband, who is 89, was off in a nearby field on their farm running a tractor. "There's an Alligator reunion and cemetery working every Fourth of July," she said. And as she chopped away with the hoe, she added: "Only you can't keep a cemetery nice by just working it on the Fourth of July."
    The City of Alligator (later Long Prairie) was named simply because it is on Alligator Creek, a tributary of Richland Creek, where there were a lot of alligators in the olden days and a few still make guest appearances.
    Round Prairie and Long Prairie were so titled because of the contrast of their open terrain with the forests along the creeks.
    (From a Dallas Newspaper about 1957 - Alligator Cemetery is about 1/2 mile from the home place of Jasper James Inman. Many Navarro Co. Inmons lay at rest here.)

Miss Hattie Frances Inmon Weds Sgt Jack R. Williams

    Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Inmon have announced the marriage of their daughter, Hattie Frances Inmon, to First Sergeant Jack R. Williams on May 15 at high noon in Waynesville, Missouri, with Rev. J. L. Hicks, Baptist Minister officiating.
    The bride's going away dress was a Kelly Green suit with beige accessories.
    She chose as her wedding dress a Navy Blue sheer, accenting it with white accessories.
    Mrs. Williams received her education in Kerens having graduated from the Kerens High School in 1941, she is very well known in and around Kerens and is very popular with the younger set.
    Sergeant Williams, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Williams of this community, also received his schooling in Kerens, and six years ago joined Uncle Sam's army, completing his second term of service last February. He is now stationed at Fort Leonardwood, Missouri.
    First Sergeant and Mrs. Williams will be at home in Crocker, Mo.
    The Kerens Tribune May 22, 1942

O. J. Inmon to Take Applications for Sugar For Canning Purposes

    O. J. Inmon has been appointed by the Navarro County Rationing Board as the representative in Kerens for applications for sugar for canning purposes.
    Mr. Inmon stated that he would maintain an office in the Kerens Chamber of Commerce building and all those desiring sugar for canning should contact him there and be sure that they bring their original sugar rationing card.
    One person may sign for all members of the family and an allotment of five pounds per person will be allowed for canning purposes.
    Persons desiring further information about sugar for canning should contact Mr. Inmon. Office hours will be 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.
    The Kerens Tribune May 22, 1942

Lucie Phillips

Lucie Phillips, 99, of Kerens, died April 2, 1990, at Navarro Regional Hospital.
    Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Paschal Funeral Home with the Rev. Johnny McCord officiating. Burial will be Long Prairie Cemetery.
    She was born Dec. 27, 1890, in Kerens. She lived in Dallas for 45 years, and spent the rest of her life in Kerens.
    Survivors include one son, Dr. Sam Phillips of Dallas; one sister, Mrs. J. T. Murphey of Washington, D. C.; and one grandchild.
    Pallbearers will be Sonny Inmon, James Inmon, Claude Marshall, Irvin Phillips, Leon Phillips and Cliff Hughes.
    Memorials may be made to the Kerens Library.
    Corsicana Daily Sun April 3, 1990

Mrs. Johnnie Hughes

    Mrs. Charles E. (Johnnie) Hughes, 79, of Trinidad, died Wednesday night in Lake Medical Center in Athens.
    Service is Friday, 2 p.m. at Paschal Funeral Home chapel in Kerens with the Rev. James Bliss officiating. Burial will be at Long Prairie Cemetery.
    She was a member of the Baptist Church in Trinidad and a former resident of Kerens.
    Survivors include one son, Clifford E. Hughes, of Dallas; one daughter, Mrs. Billie Ruth Luna, of Dallas, five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mrs. Drane Murphy, of Dallas, Mrs. Lucy Phillips, of Kerens.
    Pallbearers are Dale Boynton, Jimmy G. Estes, Larry D. Estes, J. J. (Sonny) Inmon, Clude Marshall, Dr. Sam Phillips, George W. Estes and Claude Thompson
    Corsicana Daily Sun March 3, 1983

Mrs. Jeffress

    KERENS - Funeral services were scheduled for 4 p.m. today at Paschal Funeral Home for Mrs. John Jeffress, 70, of Ennis, who died yesterday in Ennis. Services were officiated by Rev. Cato Sherrar, with interment in Aligater Cemetery.
    She is survived by her husband John Jeffress of Ennis; two daughters, Mrs. Jack Williams of Edinburg; Mrs. Claude Marshall of Ennis; a son, J. J. Inmon of Cayuga; a sister Mrs. J. C. Sitton of Corsicana; a brother, J. J. Upchurch of Tyler; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
    Corsicana Daily Sun May 9, 1972


Johnnie Dean Inmon, 53, of Kerens, passed away Thursday, April 5, 1984 at her home.
    Services were held Saturday at Paschal Funeral Home with Henry Edgington and Jessie Jenkins officiating. Burial followed in Long Prairie Cemetery near Kerens.
    Survivors include her husband, James "Sonny" Inmon of Kerens; one daughter, Donna Gail Staines of Crandall; one son, James Kelton Inmon of Kerens; one sister, Martha Nell Lewis of Cross Roads; her father, Johnny Wright of Kerens and five grandchildren.
    Pallbearers were Butch Boyd, Homer Gene Wasson, Roy Clyde Jenkins, Lionel Duncan, Jimmie Spencer and Wint Johnston.
    From the Kerens paper - unknown and the Corsicana Daily Sun April 6, 1984

Mrs. Inmon

    KERENS - Funeral services are set for 3 p.m. Sunday at the Paschal Funeral Home Chapel in Kerens for Mrs. Geneva Inmon, 81, of Kerens, who died Friday evening in Kerens.
    Cato Sherrer, Church of Christ minister, will officiate, and burial will be at Kerens City Cemetery.
    She was a resident of Kerens for 79 years and a member of the Church of Christ.
    Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Jennie Massey of Kerens; a granddaughter, Trema Blackman of Corsicana; and two great-grandchildren, Bradley and Lisa Blackman of Corsicana.
    Pallbearers will be nephews.
    Corsicana Daily Sun June 17, 1973

Jennie Massey

    KERENS - Mrs. Jennie Massey, 72, of Kerens, died Thursday at Navarro Regional Hospital.
    She was a resident of Kerens and member of the Church of Christ.
    Service is 2 p.m. Saturday at Paschal Funeral Home with Henry Edgington officiating. Burial will be in Kerens City Cemetery.
    Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Trema Blackman of Corsicana; two grandchildren; and a son-in-law, Wayne Blackman of Corsicana.
    Pallbearers are Homer Gene Wasson, Marvin Henderson, D. L. Orr, R. H. Hilliard, Lester Walker and Jimmy Green.
    Corsicana Daily Sun April 20, 1984

Willie Nora Inmon

    Willie Nora Inmon, 104, of Kerens, died July 1, 1992 at Navarro Regional Hospital.
    Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church in Kerens. The Rev. James Ansley and the Rev. Claude Davison will officiate. Burial will be in the Kerens City Cemetery. Paschal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
    She is survived by one son, Alvin Inmon of Kerens; two daughters-in-law, Mary Inmon and Mag Inmon, both of Kerens; one granddaughter, Sandra Lewis of Kerens; one grandson, Joe Lee Mills of Sugarland; five great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
    Memorials may be be made to the First United Methodist Church in Kerens.
    Pallbearers will be Kenneth Lewis, Burton Sneed, Randol Coleman, J. J. (Sonny) Inmon, W. L. Bain and Ed Arnett.
    Corsicana Daily Sun July 2, 1992

Virginia A. Wagner

    Virginia A. Wagner, 87, of Dallas, died June 20, 1988.
    Graveside service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Kerens City Cemetery with Dr. Michael Renquist officiating.
    She was a school teacher.
    She is survived by one daughter, Mary L. Knott of Dallas; one grandson and one granddaughter-in-law, John and Janis Knott of Dallas; two great-grandchildren, Zachary and Alexandra Knott, both of Dallas; two sisters, Ethel Inmon and Mrs.Robert Bristow, both of Kerens; one brother, Joe Nelson Inmon of Plano.
    Memorials may be made to the music department in the Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas.
    Paschal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
    Corsicana Daily Sun June 21, 1988

Mrs. Willie Mills

    Mrs. Willie Beth Mills, 69, of Sugar Land, died Sunday in Missouri City.
    Services will be at 10 a.m. Tueday at the First United Methodist Church in Sugar Land with the Rev. Carroll Francher officiating. Graveside services will be at 3:30 p.m. in the Kerens Cemetery in Kerens.
    A native of Kerens, she was a retired comptroller for Sugar Land Telephone Co. She was a member of the board of the Sugar Land Employees Credit Union.
    Survivors include a son, Joe Lee Mills of Sugar Land; her mother, Willie Nora Inmon of Sugar Land; a brother, Al Inmon of Malakoff; and two grandchildren.
    Davis-Dawson Funeral Home of Rosenberg is in charge of funeral arrangements.
    Corsicana Daily Sun March 10, ??

Funeral scheduled for former educator, IRS manager Joseph Inmon.
    Services for Joseph "Joe" Inmon, former teacher and superintendent of schools with the Barry Independent School District in Navarro County, will be at 2 p. m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church of Plano. Burial will follow at Restland Memorial Park. Mr. Inmon, who retired as the district personnel manager for the Internal Revenue Service in Dallas, died of natural causes Tuesday at his Plano home. He was 80. A native of Kerens, Texas, he graduated in 1934 from North Texas State University, now the University of North Texas in Denton. After graduation, he taught in Barry and was eventually superintendent until 1942. He moved to Dallas in 1942 and went on to serve 20 years with the IRS. He is survived by his wife, Pauline Inmon of Plano; a daughter, Annette Hooker of Houston; a sister, Ethel Inmon of Kerens; and two granddaughters. Memorials may be made to the Plano Dialysis Center or the First United Methodist Church of Plano endowment fund.
    The Dallas Morning News: January 23, 1992 - 29A

Rites today for surgeon Sam Phillips

    Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Calvary Hill Mauseleum chapel for Dallas surgeon Sam H. Phillips, Jr.
    Dr. Phillips, 71, died Saturday at C.C. Young nursing center of co,plications of a stroke he had April 3. He will be vuried in calvary Hiill Cemetery.
    He gave up a private practice to help develop the fledgling surgery department at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, said Dr. C. James Carrico, chairman of the department.
    Dr. Carrico said Phillips was among the Dallas surgeons who volunteered their services to help build the UT Southwestern department of surgery and establish partnerships with other Dallas institutions.
    In addition to being a fine clinician, Dr. Phillips had people skills that allowed the school to combine residency programs with the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Dallas.
    "He was the leader during that transition," Dr. Carrico said. "His patience, his kindness and his ability to deal with people and get them to work together was crucial in making that work."
    Dr. Phillips also loved mechanical things, working on cars and computers, said his wife, Kathleen Phillips of Dallas.
    He wrote a computer program for medical office management that he used and sold to several of his colleagues, Mrs. Phillips said.
    A Dallas native, Dr. Phillips was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High Scholl. He did his premed studies at Southern Methodist University.
    He served in the Navy during World War II, then received his medical degree from UT Southwestern.
    After serving in the U.S. Public Health Service during the Korean Was, Dr. Phillips was in general practice in Dallas. he was the first chief of surgery at Presbyterian Hospital, Mrs. Phillips said.
    Dr. Phillips returned to private practice after teaching at UT Southwestern and serving as chief of surgery at the VA medical center, Mrs. Phillips said. He retired several years ago.
    Dr. Phillips was also proud of his ranch in Kerens, east of Corsicana. The state recognized the ranch last December for its century of operation by one family.
    In addition to his wife, Dr. Phillips is survived by his daughter, Kathy Phillips of Dallas.
    The Dallas Morning News September 30, 1997