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This page includes obituaries transcribed from historic Bryan County newspapers, listed in chronological order. Obituaries often include the names of surviving family members, religious affiliation, and the location of the burial.

1905, Hampton, Brunice Irene

J. I. Hampton's little daughter, Brunice Irene, age 18 months and one day, died very suddenly last week of typhoid fever and pneumonia, only beng sick four days.


Mr. and Mrs. Hampton live at Wade, I. T., and the funral was held at Bokchito, last Friday, the 20th of June, 1905.


J. N. Franks and family of Caddo, I. T., and A. C. Risner and wife of Durant attended the funeral.

1905, Russell, Archibald M.

Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock at his home on Main street after two day's serious illness, Archibald M. Russell died.


Deceased was nearly sixty-six years old, having been born Oct. 17, 1839, in North Carolina. He gave four of the best years of his life to the Confederate cause and was a gallant soldier; he served with General Cooper in the Indian Territory toward the close.


The funeral occurred Wednesday morning at 10:30 o'clock at the Caddo Cemetery, conducted by Caddo Lodge No.3. A. F. & A. M.


There was a large gathering of the frinds of the deceased who paid the last sad respects to the remains of this good old man.


-Caddo Herald

1905, Freeny, Mrs.

Mrs. Freeny, and old well known Choctaw lady that lived a few miles from town, died very suddenly last Tuesday night.


Mrs. Freeney [sic] had not felt well during the day and had a severe headache. In the evening she took some headache medicine, and going to sleep she lost consiousness and died very suddenly the same evening she was taken sick.


The Times extends its sympathies to the friends and relatives in their sad bereavement.

1905, Jackson, Olive Brown

Mrs. Olive Brown Jackson, daughter of Professor and Mrs. J. H. Davies, died at Wolf City, Texas, last Monday morning at 6 a. m. Mrs. Jackson has been afflicted for some months with diabetes and suffered much. She had lately removed from Wolf City to Whitewright where her husband has engaged in business. The funeral took place frome the residence of F. H. Harzog on Tuesday and was one of the largest ever witnessed in Wolf City and the floral offering was magnificent, flowers being strewn upon her last resting place in abundance. She leave a husband and a large concourse of friends to mourn her loss.

1908, Ingram, C. T.

C. T. Ingram has Passed Away


One of the saddest words of the English language is the word dead. On hearing this word, we pause, and a flood of thoughts come over us, which solemnize the passing moment. When one, in the younger walks of life is taken away, there is a deep sadness and we ask, why, in life's early morning, so soon, called away. When one, in the prime of life is called to render an account in the great court of God, we are at a loss to know the wisdom of he Divine. It is truly sad when even old age must obey the summons of the Omnipotent and yeild to nature's inevitable call.


In childhood and youth, death is like plucking a bud or flower, while lifes taking, in age, is like the gathering in of maturity.


The passing of C. T. Ingram is like gathering the full ripe grain into the great garner of God. Of this good and noble man it is truely said, he never did a mean thing, in all his life. All his acts were noble and above reproach. It is said by all who knew him that he was a just man, upright in his every dealing, charitable toward all mankind, conservative in business, - truly noble. He tried to make the world better. In the language of another "He was one of the best men we ever met." He worked till the close of his life and his work was well done.


Where Eden flowers forever bloom,
His holy spirit makes its home,
Threit shall, forever, be,
In that great eternity.

1908, Barker, Thomas

Mr. Thomas Barker of Yuba, Oklahoma, died on July 22nd, 1912, after a very short illness, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Minnie Mansell, at Yuba, Oklahoma.


Mr. Barker is survived by two sons and four daughters; Charles C. Barker of Yuba, Thomas Barker, Jr., of Bennington, Mrs. Bettie Stowers of Yarnaby, Mr. Susie Halsell of Bennington, Mrs. Eula Tinsley of Albany and Mrs. Minnie Mansell of Yuba. Also one brother, Benjamin A. Barker of Yuba, and two sisters, Mrs. George Hubbard of Durant and Mrs. Frank Houston, of Memphis, Texas.


Mr. Barker was a man of many friends and those who knew him best were his best friends, and his word was good with them. He was a member of the Methodist church, having been converted when young. In 1861 he enlisted in Franklin county, ARK., in Company B., Major Busters Battalion, First Arkansas Regiment, becoming a cavalryman. In 1869 he came to the Indian Territory and located at Yarnaby and married Miss Catherine Colbert, daughter of Robert Colbert, a member of a very distinquished Chickasaw family. She died in 1896 at Yarnaby.

1916, Coburn, John

John Coburn died Monday after a short illnes of pneumonia. He took sick on Friday before and died the Monday following. He was laid to rest in Bennington Cemetery.

1916, Sims, Laura

Mrs. Laura Sims, whose home was near Platter, died in a hospital at Sherman Tuesday and the remains were brought to this city for burial Wednesday afternoon. Deceased was the daughter of Mr. Harris McKinney of near Platter.

1919, Barnett, Rachel Amanda
In Memorium.

Rachel Amanda Barnett, born August 12, 1830, and passed away, August 10, 1919. She had many friends and was familiarly addressed as "Aunt Manda."


She was born in Bradley county, Tenn., and spent her early life there, caring for her mother and invalid father, and after the death of the former she assumed full charge and management of the household.


She was a young woman during the Civil War and could tell many interesting and exciting incidents occurring during the strife and the hard trials she endured.


She came to Texas some thrity years ago and lived with her brother, John W., and helped to take care of his children.


She was the oldest of ten children and helped care for all of her brothers and sisters. She has three living brothers, I. M., at Durant; Tol, at Nashville, Tenn., and John W., of Achille, with whom she has lived so long. Since his last child or grand daughter was married ten years ago, he and Aunt Manda have lived around with the children, and at the time of her death was making her home in the family of Albert Barnett. She united with the Methodist church in early life and lived a consistent christian to the time of her death.


The relatives who were present at the funeral services were: A. W. Barnett and wife, of Achille; R. H. Barnett and wife, of Los Angeles, Calif.; A. B. Barnett and wife, of Calera; John W. (brother), of Achille; Mrs. Claude Brown, of Colbert; and Mrs. Millard Ramsey, of Achille. Rev. Brown, of Colbert, conducted the services which were held at the cemetery. The floral donations were generous and evidenced the esteem in which the deceased was held.

1921, Cooper, Fair Cobb
In Memorium.

Fair Cobb Cooper departed this life, Monday, August 8, 1921. Funeral services were held at the M. E. church, conducted by the pastor, Ref. J. L. Taylor, on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. His remains were laid to rest in Rosewood cemetery, Achille.


Mr. Cooper was converted and united with the M. E. church thirty years ago and remained faithful and steadfast to the end. He suffered unknown misery for two years but was faithful to his Savior. He bore his suffereings patiently, always saying that God was with him. When he knew that he could never recover he longed to be with his Savior.


Fair Cobb Cooper war born November 14, 1862, at Bolivar, Polk county, Missouri. He moved to Farmersville, Collin county, Texas, at the age of 18, where he resided until ten years ago, moving to Bryan county, Oklahoma, near Achille, later moving to Achille, making it his home until his death.


Fair Cobb Cooper and Miss Valeria Day were married, November 12, 1885. To this union were born nine children - four boys and five girls, two boys dying in infancy. His aged mother, two sisters, one brother, his widow, seven children and ten grand-children survive him.


The names of the children who survive him are Mrs. Ora May, Mrs. Kate Elzey, Mcinney, Texas; Mrs. Ruth Baty, Denison, Texas; Mrs. Willie Dyer, Allison, Okla.; Armon, Alvia and Margie Cooper at home in Achille.

1946, DaVault, Bessie Rosalena
Mrs. H. G. DaVault Passes Away Friday

Mrs. Bessie Rosalena DaVault, aged 54, died Friday at the family home near Cobb. Mrs. DaVault had been ill about two months.


She was born October 10, 1891 in Fannin county, Texas, and was married to H. G. DaVault in Bonham, Texas on August 9, 1906. The family came to this county in 1907. She was a member of the Pentecostal Holiness church.


Survivors include her husband; five sons, J. C.. Tom, James G., J. T., and John S. DaVault; six daughters, Mrs. Jim Purkns, Mrs. Edgar Woods, Mrs. Coy Shann, Mrs. Hurchell Norman, Mrs. Norman Leach, Miss Rosalena DaVault; and one brother, Ottlie Campbell, besides 12 grandchildren.


Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Pentecostal Holiness church. Interment was in the Caddo cemetery under the direction of Holmes Funeral Home.

1960, Moon, Theodore
Theodore Moon Claimed By Death

Theodore L. (Ted) Moon, 68, died suddenly today at his home, 1020 W Evergreen. Funeral services, which are pending, will be announce by Murray Funeral service.


A native of Kansas, Moon was born September 25, 1892. He had lived three years in Bryan county, one year at his present address, and was a retired steam pipe fitter. He was married to Maude Williams at Newkirk, Okla., May 9, 1944.


Mr. Moon was a member of the Baptist church, the Masonic lodge, and the Eastern Star.


Survivors include his wife, two sons, Sylvester Moon, Blackwell and Charles Moon, Cherryvale, Kans.; a step-son, Lodie Hull, Calif.; two daughters, Mrs. Opal Pugh and Mrs. Dorothy Bush, Blackwell; two step-daughters, Mrs. Raymond McKinney, Durant; and Mrs. Ewell Harrison, Clovis, N. M.; two sisters, Mrs. Gertie Fishmire, Molvone, Kans.; and Mrs. Edith Moon, California; 18 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

1962, Liles, Mabel Chambers
Rites Friday For Mrs. Mabel Liles

Funeral rites will be held at the Calvary Baptist church at 2 p.m. Friday for Mrs. Mabel Chambers Liles, 67, who died in a local hospital Wednesday. Services will be conducted by Rev. R. D. Lile and Rev. James H. Weir, and burial will be in Highland cemetery.


Pallbearers will be Carl Mackey, Owen Brown, Frank Avants, sr., Harold Fite, H. J. Bohanon and Cleatus Self.


Born at Roxton, Texas, September 26, 1894, Mrs. Liles had lived in Durant since 1919. She was married to Marvin L. Liles at Roxton June 18, 1911 and was a meber [sic] of the Baptist church.


Survivors include her husband of the home address, 917 W. Texas; four sons, Troy Liles, Durant; Fred Liles, Dallas; Virgil Liles, Lawton; and Wendell Liles, Kesler AFB, Mississippi.

1962, Lawson, William Dickerson
William Lawson Services Friday

CADDO - Funeral services will be held at Coffey Funeral home Friday at 2:30 p.m. for William Dickerson Lawson, 78, retired Bryan county farmer, who died in a Durant rest home today. Services will be conducted by Rev. Ross Davis, and burial will be in Highland cemetery.


Pallbearers will be Jack Tipton, Jack Gudgle, J. D. Jackson, Clyde Jackson, Quinton Spillars and Raymond Goodnight.


A native of Lee county, Va., Lawson was born November 10, 1882, a son of Mr. and Mrs. David Lawson. He had lived in Bryan county 13 years.


Survivors include his wife, Fronia, of the home address Caddo route 2; a son Raymond Lawson, Kenefic; one sister, Mrs. Lizzie DaVault, Armstrong; and five grandchildren.

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