Carolyn Ericson

1614 Redbud Street

Nacogdoches, Texas


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September 28, 2014

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The following is taken from Branch-Patton Funeral Home records.


Born: October 1, 1901

Died June 1945

Buried : Shady Grove Cemetery

Spouse: Joe Foote

Parents: George & Loueza (Barnett) Stripling

Comments: Daughter: Samelaine Foote; Son Jerry Lynn Foote; Sister, Mrs. W. C. Fulmer, Brothers: Marvin Stripling, Ross Stripling, U. S. Army, Cecil Stripling, U. S. Army. Baptist


Born: 27 October 1867 [date on tombstone] Caledonia, Rusk County, TX

Died: May 8, 1945 Nacogdoches, Texas

Buried: Corinth Cemetery, Shelby County, Texas

Spouse: Elizabeth Witherspoon, married April 15, 1888 Timpson, Shelby County, Texas

Parents: James & — (Foster) Stanfield

Comments: Baptist. Sons, I. I. Stanfield, E. A. Stanfield, B. B. Stanfield, 10 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren. Farmer

Another early Nacogdoches obituary:

The Weekly Sentinel, September 5, 1900


The Sentinel received information this morning of the sudden death yesterday morning of Mrs. J. D. Martin, Jr. At her home in Martinsville. She was taken suddenly with congestion and in spite of all that Medical aid could do, died in a few hours. A husband and three little children are left to mourn her loss. Mrs. Martin was a kind and gentle mother and a Christian woman. The Sentinel sympathized with Mr. Martin in this sad hour of trouble. Mrs. Martin was buried at Martinsville this afternoon in the family cemetery. [Leta Belser Martin, born 23 November 1878, died 4 September 1900, buried Martinsville Cemetery]

The Weekly Sentinel, September 12, 1900

Ike Dorsett, about 20 years old, accidently killed himself yesterday evening. He was the son of Marian Dorsett and lived in Alazan community. He was buried at Gravel Ridge. [bon 17 February 1881, died 11 September 1900]

Sarah Strahan died at her home near Shady Grove Thursday. She was the widow of David Strahan and daughter of Uncle John Newman of the Appleby community. She has eight children, 6 of whom are married. She was buried at Shady Grove. [Sarah Newman Strahan, born 9 September 1850, died 6 September 1900]