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Bowie County Obits
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Contributed by Sharon Pierce
June 2004

Mrs. John Carmicheal
2/11/1906 The Daily Texarkana
Mrs. John Carmicheal dies away from home while on an errand of mercy.
To her Final Reward
Passes the Chief Spirit of the United Charities Whose Spent Her Life in Doing
Good - She Fought a Good Fight and Kept Faith and Hundreds of Hearts
Deeply and Earnestly Mourn Her Departure.

Mrs. John Carmicheal is dead. Away from home, on an erand of mercy,
in which cause her life had been spent, the death angel came silently and
suddenly, and bore her away to her final reward in a land that knows no sorrow
and where sickness, pain nor death shall come nevermore.
The news of Mrs. Carmichael's demise came as a decided shock to the people of
Texarkana. Her death occured Friday evening at Greenville, Texas, where she had
gone a few days before to minister to a married daughter, who resides there, and who
also was ill. She was sick only a few hours before the summons came.
Mrs. Carmicheal had resided here since the founding of the city, in 1874, having
come here with her husband when all the country hereeeabouts was a wilderness.
Her life ever since settling here has been joy and sunshine to all with whom she has
come in contact. Like the beautiful Nazarene, she has literally spent her life in doing
good, and there will be many in that final day who will rise up and call her blessed,
for the many noble deeds of love and charity which she has done for the unfortunate
and the afflicted. Her hand has ministered to hundred, if not thousands, since her
residence here; has smoothed the pillow of the dying, heard their last prayer, and
recieved their last message. Her voice has spoken words of cheer and encouragement
to many who were at the gates of depair, and her simple yet fervant and touching
prayers have turned many a way-faring wanderer from the darkness of wrong-doing
into the light of a better nobler life.
Mrs. Carmichael was one of the chater members of the First Presbyterian Church on
the Texas side, and was one of the most devout, useful and influential members.
The world hasn known not truer, purer, nobler soul - no better woman. She was the
president and chief spirit of the United Charities Association ever since its organization,
and she never wearied in her labor of love for afflicted humanity. She fought a good
fight, she kept the faith, and her life record is written in letters of burning love
upon the hearts of hundreds of our best people who now deeply mourn her departure.
The remains will be brought here this morning from Greenville. The funeral will be
held at the Central Methodist Church this afternoon at 3:30 o'clock. Rev. Dr. Primrose,
her pastor, will officiate, assisted by the other pastors of the city.

Obit: R. B. Barfield - New Boston, Texas, Nov. 23, 1885 - Bowie Co Texas

R. B. Barfield - New Boston, Texas, Nov. 23, 1885 - R. B. Barfield and his son,
D. A. Barfield, were killed outright. Both parties had come to New Boston to do
some trading, and left for home, some seven miles from here, about 5 o’clock
p.m. in a two-horse wagon, both riding on a spring seat. About 12 o’clock at
night their bodies were discovered in the road by some negroes returning from
church. Both bodies were lying in the road, the father partially on top of his son,
with the bed of the wagon turned top side down over both. The negroes immediately
notified the family who lived about a mile further on. They proceeded at once
to the scene of the tragedy, and found the bodies. The coroner returned a
verdict that their deaths were from gun shot wounds inflicted at the hands
of parties unknown. The opinion prevails here that the deed was committed
by one Tobe Barfield, a cousin to the old man, who several years since was
sent to the penitentiary from this county for assault with intent to murder.
To be swore vengeance against these two Barfields, and threatened when his
term expired to return and kill both of them, and also R. D. Harrell, an attorney
at Texarkana. He claimed that theses three were instrumental in sending him
to the penitentiary. The body of R. B. Barfield was penetrated with eighteen
buckshot that took effect in the right breast; that of his son showed that three
bullets had entered, two in the breast that seemed to be buckshot, and one
rifle ball just above his collar bone that broke his neck. The father, when found,
had both hands outstretched as if imploring mercy. On his body was found
seventeen hundred dollars in money, besides valuable papers, showing that
the deed was not committed for robbery. After the fatal shots had been fired
the horses, hitched to the wagon in which the Barfields were riding, took fright
and ran a hundred yards down the road where the wagon was upset and its
ghastly occupants buried in the road beneath the bed. Both were men of
families, D. A. Barfield leaves a wife and child. There is no doubt that Tobe
Barfield did the work, as he has been seen in this county several times since
his term in the penitentiary expired, armed to the teeth, and sending word
to the old man Barfield every time he was seen that he had returned to kill
him and Dock (D.A.)

Obit: Col. Thomas Heatherly, November 15, 1846, Bowie Co Texas

Col. Thomas Heatherly departed this life November 15, 1846, at the residence of
his son-in-law, Dr. Lemuel Peters, in Boston, Bowie County, Texas, in the 46th year
of his age after a protracted illness. Mr. Heatherly was a native of Kentucky, and
emigrated to this country in the springs of 1842, since which time he had the
misfortune to loose the partner of his bosom. He has left several children to mourn
his loss. Asked that the Richmond Kentury papers please copy.
(The Northern Standard, Dec. 5, 1846)

Obit: Judge Richard Ellis January 10, 1846, Bowie Co Texas

Judge Richard Ellis departed this life January 10, 1846, at his residence in Bowie County.
He had been in a feeble situation for several years, yet his death was very sudden.
On the day of his death, his son, who had been absent from home several weeks,
remained with him all day. In the evening his son went out to give some orders, and
in his absence, the Judge, who was lying on the bed at the time, and supposed to be
asleep, arose and was seen by the servants to walk out in the passage and return to
his room to the fire, where by some means, his clothes, which were of combustible
materials, took fire, and although the alarm was immediately given and every possible
assistance was rendered by his son and servants, his death was almost instantaneous.
Judge Ellis was born February 14, 1781, in the State of Virginia. At an early age he read
law in Richmond, Virginia, in the office of Wirt & Wickham, and practiced law for several
years in his native state. He emigrated to Alabama at an early date, was a member of
the Convention that framed the Constitution for that State, afterwards elected Judge
of the District and Supreme Court; which office he filled for several years. He moved to
West Tennessee and was appointed President of the first meeting ever held at Memphis
to connect a railroad from that point to the Eastern cities. He emigrated to Texas in the
year 1834, and in 1836 was elected a member to the Convention that framed the
Constitution of the Republic of Texas, appointed President of the Body, afterwards
elected to the Senate and made President pro-tem of that body. He was a kind and
affectionate parent. He has left a son and daughter.
(The Norther Standard, Jan. 5, 1847)

Obit: Randolph C. Harris February 4, 1847, Bowie Co Texas

Randolph C. Harris died at his residence in Bowie County, Texas, on
February 4, 1847, of hemorrhage, aged 41 years and 4 months.
His family has lost an affectionate parent; his servants, a kind master;
and the county, a good citizen. Mr. Harris emigrated to this country
in 1837 from South Alabama. Reported by L. P.
( The Northern Standard, Feb. 20, 1847)

Obit; Littleton W. House, Bowie County, TX- May 20, 1848

Littleton W. House departed this life at his residence in Bowie County,
May 20, 1848. Mr.. House was a native of middle Tennessee, born in
Rutherford County in the year 1810. He has left an affectionate wife
and numerous friends to mourn his loss. The Murfreesboro, Tennessee,
paper please copy. (The Northern Standard, June 10, 1848)

S. M. Young (Texarkana, Bowie Co., Texas)
is victim of Spinal Meningitis
4/6/1912 Four States Press

After suffering for 48 hours, S. M. Young, 1302 West Seventh street,
Who was on Wednesday morning stricken with cerebra spinal meningitis,
Died at an early hour this morning.

Every cure known to medical science was used to prevent Mr. Youngs death,
But efforts of the physicians were in vain.

His is the first death of prominence to occur in Texarkana since the disease
Became prevalent in the southwest.

Mr. Young was 72 years of age and has been a resident of Texarkana for
The past eight years, coming here from St. Joseph Missouri. He is
Survived by Mrs. young, five sons, and a daughter,

Funeral arrangements had not been made this morning, but it was stated
the burial would take place Sunday.

James F. Rochelle Succumbs at Home:
Rites Set This Afternoon

Death claimed one of Bowie county's most outstanding figures Monday when James F. "Jim" Rochelle,
74, died suddenly at his family residence, 1920 Magnolia Street.

Mr. Rochelle, a native of Bowie county, was a prominent public life factor during the past 10 years,
and during the past few years had devoted much of his life to his widespread agricultural interests.

He was born on February 15, 1864, at Myrtle Springs, Bowie county, the son of H. P. and Cordelia Rochelle.
On the parental side, Mr. Rochelle was descended from French Huguenot ancestry, his great grand-father
having been among those who left France after the edict of Nantes.

The first Rochelles settled in South Carolina, where Mr. Rochelle's father, H. P. Rochelle, was born.
In the 1830's, following the death of his father, Mr. H. P. Rochelle, and his maternal grandfather,
Charles Moores, came to Bowie County, Texas.

He subsequently married Miss Cordelia Fort, and passed the remainder of his life in Bowie County.
He died in January, 1883. Mrs. Rochelle, a native of Mississippi and the daughter of J. B. Fort, the
first permanent settler at Myrtle Springs, died in 1918.

Meanwhile, Charles Moores, settled at what is now Redwater, near Sulphur river, while at Myrtle Springs,
a community of the landed gentry grew up and was considered the county's most prominent home site.

In 1876, H. P. Rochelle and his family moved to Texarkana, becoming one of the pioneers of the city.
A large portion of the original Rochelle plantation on Red River was still owned by Mr. J. F. Rochelle
at the time of his death.

While engaged during his lifetime in agricultural activities, Mr. Rochelle's interest in public affairs
stood out prominently and his long service in public office indicated his efforts toward bringing
his interest to reality and materialization.

He was active in political, social, cultural, fraternal and religious circles. His church affiliation was
with the First Baptist Church, Fourth and Pine streets.

In 1893, he married Miss Ella Josephine McMickle, of Texarkana, and seven children, four sons and
three daughters, survive him.

His first venture into public life came in 1898 when he was elected constable of precinct one, serving
in that capacity for four terms.

In 1905, he was elected sheriff of Bowie County, an office he filled with distinction for three terms.

After leaving the sheriff's office, Mr. Rochelle was elected tax assessor and collector for Texarkana,
Texas, and after one term, was elected as alderman from ward three.

He served the public for one two-year term in that capacity, following which, he retired from active
public life but until his untimely death continued a deep interest in the political affairs of the county.

Surviving Mr. Rochelle are his widow; four sons, Arley Rochelle, James Rochelle, Eddie Rochelle
and Rollin Rochelle; three daughters, Mrs. Robert Vance, Miss Ruth Rochelle and Miss Lois Rochelle;
two brothers Eli Rochelle and Jett Rochelle; three sisters, Mrs. Mamie Harrison, Mrs. M. S. Chance
and Mrs. J. M. Edwards.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p. m. Tuesday from the family home at 1920 Magnolia street with
Dr. M. T. Andrews, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Fourth and Pine streets, officiating.
Burial will be in State Line cemetery.

Six nephews of Mr. Rochelle will serve as active pallbearers.
They are Meredith Edwards, Julian Edwards, Milton Edwards, J. B. Rochelle, Jr., Henry Rochelle, and
Norman Rochelle.

Honorary pallbearers will be A. C. Stuart, D. D. Haywood, W. A. McCartney,Sr., R. P. Dorough,
R. W. Rodgers, Sr., H. L. Vaughn, Rollin Rodgers, Jr., L. A. Powell, Bud Cantrell, W. A. Hargett, J. D. Baker,
W. N. McDuffie, J. E. Stuart, J. G. Westmoreland, H. O. Simpson, J. G. Stream,
Finley Haywood, Oliver Dreyer, R. B. Reed, Durham Ford, Archie Munn, Ralph Burns, Joe Bayless,
Paul Bentley, Judge J. J. King, Frank A. King, J. I. Wheeler, Jake Cohen, Louis Heilbron, Aubrey Graves,
Mike Connella.

John Nuckols, S. H. Vance. O. H. Proctor, L. C. Boswell, E. L. Lincoln, J. P. Parker, Harry Weigel,
J. A. Pondrom, Martin Watkins, George Burroughs, Manley Joiner, Joe Hughes, Grover Barkman,
Byron Barkman, A. G. Hatchell, Judge Otto Atchley, E. Newt Spivey, G. H. Brooks, Judge N. L. Dalby,
N. P. Sanderson, V. A. Ghio, Charlie Berkshire, Kenneth Durham, M. B. Earl, Dr. E. M. Watts,
David Watts, Monroe Watts, J. R. Watlington, J. P. Watlington, Jack Runnels, Dick Runnels, W. H. Presley,
I. E. Lanier, William V. Brown, Ross Perot, Charles G. Davis, Jr., C. G. Davis, Sr., Walter Chance,
Walter Braumiller, Dick Sands, Ed L. Berry, Raymond Hutchinson, Guy Hubbard, Luther Benge,
Leon Francis, Sol Feiburg, Ennis Bryan.

Jack Brashear, Sam Milazzo, Sr., Dave Tilson, Charles G. Moores, Eli Moores, Hargrove Moores,
Luther Day, Clerman Day, Jim Day, Pomp Edwards, Walter Wright, R. C. Cowan, E. C. Cooper,
Bruce Christopher, Hoyt Taylor, W. H. Cullom, George W. Jacks, W. M. Culberson, J. C. Parish,
E. Harold Beck, Ed B. Levee, Jr., S. E. Sain, Alvin Jordan, Joe Dalby, Bert Mahaffey, of Texarkana.

M. A. Hart, Dr. Joe Tyson, Leon Missildine, Joe Looney, Cliff Lynch, Clifford Olds, Paul ruff, J. H. Gulley,
Jim Hubbard, all of New Boston.

Tom Lenox, John Clark, Charles Crump, Jim Kennedy, Mark Pinkham, Joe Telford, Sr., Jake Blocker,
B. H. Williams, and Charles Durham, all of DeKalb.

W. A. Berry, Corley, Texas; J. D. Lumpkin, John Lumpkin, of Dalby Springs;

Harve Simms, Simms, Texas; Will Lindsay and Tom Irby, of Maud, Texas;

Tom Ashford, and S. Jones, of Redwater, Texas; Judge Hugh Carney, of Atlanta, Texas;

and C. A. Wheeler, of Austin, Texas.

Taps Sounded for Pioneer of Bowie, Dabney Allen, Bowie County, Texas

Dabney Allen, who was probably the oldest citizen of Bowie County, was buried
Yesterday at the family burying grounds at Hooks.

Mr. Allen was eighty-six years of age, and had resided in Bowie County for
Forty-four years. He served with the forces of the Confederacy during the
Civil War, and while a citizen of this county, lived to see it become one of the
Most important counties of the state.

Mrs. Allen, several children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren survive.

His death occurred at the family home on Wednesday evening.

J. R. Gibson, Texarkana, Bowie County
J. R. Gibson, 2109 West Thirteenth Street, died last night at 9:30.
Deseased is survived by a wife, two daughters, Mrs. J. M. Simpson; of Texarkana,
and Mrs. J. M. Smith of Detroit, Texas, one son, J. H. Gibson of Texarkana,
and one sister, Mrs. J. Sullivan of Camden, Ark.

All of the family was at his bedside when the end came. Funeral services will be
conducted at the home tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock by Rev. M. C. Cargile of
the Rose Hill Baptist Church, after which the remains will be laid to rest in
Wooten cemetery.

2/6/1923 Daily Texarkanian

J. R. Gibson,
The funeral of J. R. Gibson who died at his home in Texarkana Sunday was held
this afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family residence, 2009 West 13th street,
Rev. M. C. Cargile, pastor of the Rose Hill Baptisit Church, officiating, after
which the remains were interred in the Wooten cemetery, under the auspices
of the Masonic lodge of which order deceased was a member.

Mrs. Roth Matilda Ivy, Maud, Tx - Bowie County

Mrs. Roth Matilda Ivy, aged 85, died at her home in Maud the latter part of
last week. Mrs. Ivy came to Texas with her father, W. R. Hawkins, when a child,
settling at Boston. Several members of her family were given large tracts of land
by the state and conducted large plantations on Red River many years ago.

Deceased was a niece of Sam P. Carsons, for whom Carson county was named.
She saw this section grow from a wilderness to its present high state of civilization.
She also enjoyed a wide acquaintance with statesmen of her day.

Deceased is survived by two children, C. G. Ivy, of Maud, and
Mrs. I Elmore, of Denison.



Mrs. D. F. Miller, of the Red Cut community, where she had been a resident
for over 40 years, died at the family home about 3 0' clock yesterday afternoon.
The funeral services will be held this afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Eylau Cemetery,
conducted by Rev. John Bell, who this summer is occupying the pulpit of the
First Baptist Church (Texas), of which Mrs. Miller was a member. Mrs. Miller is
survived by her husband, two daughters, Mrs. A. B. Arnold, of Ravana, Ark.,
and Mrs. F. R. Fitzgerald of Emory, Texas, and one son, J. T. Williams, of Texarkana.

Four States Press 7/20/1923

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