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Rockdale Texas IOOF Cemetery Webpage


The Rockdale IOOF Cemetery, located on the Bushdale road at the northern city limits of Rockdale, was founded in the 1870's by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and today is maintained by the City of Rockdale.

Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) History

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) is an organization founded on the North American Continent in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 26, 1819 when Thomas Wildey and four members of the Order from England instituted Washington Lodge No. 1.

Odd Fellowship became the 1st national fraternity to include both men and women when it adopted the beautiful Rebekah Degree on September 20, 1851. This degree is based on the teachings found in the Holy Bible, and was written by the Honorable Schuyler Colfax who was Vice President of the United States during the period 1868-1873.

Odd Fellows and Rebekahs were also the first fraternal organization to establish homes for our senior members and for orphaned children.


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LAST UPDATE: February, 2008

Albreight, Larry Don; Born Aug 24. 1983; Died Oct 1, 1983

Dr. T.S. Barkley; born Nov. 11, 1885-Died February 19, 1965

Dr. T.S. Barkley started his medical practice in Rockdale in 1912

Dr. T.S. Barkley, who practiced medicine in Rockdale and the Milam County area for over 53 years beginning in 1912, was born in Rice (Navarro County) in 1885. He received his medical degree at Southwestern University in Georgetown and served his internship at St. Paul's Sanitarium in Dallas. In 1912, he moved to Rockdale and setup a horse and buggy practice. He served as a medical officer with the Army medical corps in World War I. He also served as a surgeon for both the Southern Pacific and Missouri Pacific Railroads and a member of the St. Edwards Hospital in Cameron. Dr. Barkley was a lifetime member of the Board of St. John's Methodist Church in Rockdale and a 32nd degree Mason.

Dr. T.S. Barkley started his medical practice in Rockdale in 1912, served in World War I, a board member of St. John's Methodist Church in Rockdale, and a 32-nd degree Mason. Dr. Barkley died at the age of 79 in February of 1965.

ASHBY, Ambers 1850-1914.

Bland, Leslie A.; Born Sept 13, 1886; Died June 4, 1969
Bland, Dewey Inell (Blackmon) ; Born October 21, 1893; Died March 18, 1968
Bland, Leon Roy ; Born 22 December 1926; Died 25 October 1987

Bland, R. V. "Jiggs", born September 3, 1916, died December 14, 2001
Bland, Priscilla Jeanette, born September 10, 1920, died November 14, 1989.

Rev. Millard E. Brown, born, Dec. 7, 1907, near Lowell, Arkansas. Died, Nov. 22, 1986, in Rockdale.Rev. Brown (father of Mike Brown of Rockdale) was a preacher for more than 60 years, living in Rockdale most of that time.

Brockenbush, Charles (1849-1889)

CAFFEY, Billy Earl of Sharp Community. Age 10. Died ?/1959 (Sunday) on the family farm in the Sharp Comm. Services held at Phillips & Luckey Chapel, Rockdale. Burial in IOOF Cemetery, Rockdale. Rev. N.A. Wilcoxsen of San Gabriel, Rev. Eugene Browder of Minerva and Rev. Roy C. Brewton of Rockdale officiated. He was BORN in 1948. Apparently the youngster was killed as he attempted to crank a tractor and it pinned him to the wall of a barn. His parents found him when they returned home from visiting. SURVIVORS: Parents, M/M. Ralph Caffey; 2 brothers, John Robert Caffey of Rockdale and Sanford N. Caffey of Fort Knox, KY.; grandmother, Mrs. Lucy Caffey and Mrs. Bertal Gifford, both of Rockdale.

CAFFEY, Mrs. Effie of Rockdale. Age 79. Died 12/1986 (Sat.) at Richards Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. Services held (Monday) at the Phillips & Luckey Chapel. Burial in the IOOF Cemetery. Rev. D.D. Simpson officiated. She was BORN 11/19/1907 in Aquilla, the daughter of John R. and Berthal E. Terrell Gifford. Married Ralph Sanford Caffey on 6/28/1933 in Milam Co. She formerly lived in the Sharp area and lived in Rockdale for the past 20 yrs. Member of the First Baptist Church of Rockdale. Preceded in death by her husband in 1966. SURVIVORS: Sons, John Robert Caffey of Austin and Sanford Nick Caffey of Gladewater; brothers, Guinn Gifford and Kenneth Gifford, both of San Gabriel; 4 grandchildren. SS Death Benefit on #465-88-8487. Benefit birthday - 11/18 obit says 11/19.

CAFFEY, Garland of Rockdale. Age 92. Died 2/22/93 at the Manor Oaks Nursing Home. Services held at Phillips & Luckey Chapel, Rockdale. Burial in IOOF Cemetery, Rockdale. Rev. Charles Cox officiated. He was BORN 2/12/1901 to Sanford Nick and Lucy (Eiland) Caffey in the Gay Hill Comm., where he was reared and educated in the Gay Hill School. He was a farmer and ran the local domino hall. Married Alice Iona Reed in 1927 in Milam Co. Baptized in and was a member of Tracy Methodist Chruch before moving to Rockdale and becoming a member of the First Christian Church. Preceded in death by his wife on 1/3/1957; parents Sanford and Lucy Caffey; grandson, Timothy Gilleland; 10 brothers and sisters. SURVIVORS: Son, Clifford Caffey of Rockdale; daughter, Floy Nell Gilleland of Rockdale; brother, J.D. Caffey of Rockdale; 3 sisters, Lois Riley of Burleson, Snowdy Green of Austin and Nubbie Christian of Rockdale; 6 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren.
CALDWELL, Robert Edwin of Ft. Worth. Age 74. Died 4/16/1987 in St.Joseph Hospital in Ft.Worth. Services held 4/18/1987 (Sat.) in Baumgardner Funeral Chapel in Ft. Worth. Burial 4/19/1987 (Sunday) in IOOF Cemetery in Rockdale under the direction of Phillips & Luckey of Rockdale. Rev. Al Davis the officiating minister. Mr. Caldwell was BORN 12/15/1913. He was a general service administrator. Veteran of WW-2. Member of American Legion No. 569 in Ft.Worth, Patrick Lodge No. 359 in Franklin and Mason Valley of Orient in Austin. SURVIVORS: Wife, Eleanor Hirt Caldwell of Ft. Worth; daughter, Barbara Love of Fairfield; 2 brothers; 7 sisters; 1 grandchild, Jennifer Love. He was a brother-in-law of Lillian Felfe of Thorndale.
Elsie M. Caywood (Aug. 18, 1912 -Nov. 29, 2002)

Graveside services for Elsie M. Caywood, 90, were held Monday, Dec. 2, 2002 at 2 p.m. in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Rockdale with Rev. Dennis Maddox of First United Pentecostal in Rockdale officiating. She died Friday, Nov. 29, 2002 in the Manor Oaks Nursing Home in Rockdale.

Mrs. Caywood, a lifelong resident of Rockdale, was born Aug. 18, 1912 in Rockdale to Willis and Betty (Mason) English. She and Lewis Caywood were married Sept. 6, 1949 in Rockdale.

Mrs. Caywood worked with her husband in the roofing business for 20 years. She was a member of First United Pentecostal Church in Rockdale and loved to read and crochet.

Preceding her in death were: Husband, Lewis Caywood on May 3, 1984; son, William Clinard; parents; grandson, James Stephens; four brothers, Earl, Johnny, Calvin and Aaron English; three sisters, Effie Newsom, Elizabeth Brown and Sallie Smiley.

Surviving are: Sons, Myrl Clinard of Raeford, North Carolina and Van Clinard of South Dakota; daughters, Bernice Stephens Stewart of Rockdale and Jean Wehrman of San Marcos; brother, Eugene English of Lake Charles, Louisiana; 15 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren; numerous step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Clark, Cleo Nell; Born 6 Dec 1929; Died 27 Apr 1997 (spouse of Claude Cherry Collier Jr.)
Clark, Howard Vernon 'Dick' ; Born 17 Aug 1905; Died 29 Apr 1999
Clark, (Gunter), Elois Vivian; Born 6 Nov 1908; Died 24 Oct 2003

Howe King "Pete" Clark, born Sept. 9, 1923, died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2001.

Funeral services for former Rockdale City Councilman Howe King "Pete" Clark, 78, were held Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2001 at 2 p.m. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale with Rev. Brian Bauer of Peace Lutheran, Rockdale, officiating. Burial followed in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Rockdale. He died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2001 at the Richards Memorial Hospital in Rockdale. Mr. Clark, a lifelong resident of Rockdale and Milam County, was born Sept. 9, 1923 in Milam County to James McGinnis and Jewel (Carver) Clark. He and Margie Doss were married Dec. 21, 1944 in Cameron. Mr. Clark worked for Butterkrust Bread and retired after 25 years. He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Rockdale, a graduate of Rockdale High School and a former member of Rockdale City Council. Mr. Clark was also a Veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy, receiving European Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon and Victory Medal. He had been post commander of Rockdale VFW and American Legion. Mr. Clark also was a member of the Rockdale Masonic Lodge #414 AF&AM and a member of USS Hissen Reunion Organization.

He was preceded in death by a son, Howe King "Pete" Clark Jr. May 23, 1969, his father and a brother, Rufus Lee Clark. Surviving are: His wife, Margie Clark of Rockdale; son, Ken Lee Clark and wife Doris of Rockdale; daughter, Frances Ann Kyle and husband Dan of El Campo; mother, Jewel Clark of Rockdale; brother, McGinnis "Mac" Clark and wife Betty of Houston; two sisters, Edna Timmerman and husband Albert Jr. of Rockdale and Ethel Guthrie and husband Allan of Coahoma; sister-in-law, June Clark of Rockdale; four grandchildren, Ken Lee Clark Jr., Travis Scott Clark, Clark William Kyle and James Daniel Kyle; great grandchild, Savanna Clark. Pallbearers were Greg Smith, Brian Smith, Mark Clark, Roger Clark, Wayne Clark, Paul Clark, Robert Timmerman and O.A. "Tutor" Doss. Honorary pallbearers were Bill Avrett, J.C. Moore, Bill Duncum, Kenneth Haverkamp and Bert Dockall.

Elois Gunter Clark-(Nov. 6, 1908-Oct.24, 2003)

Elois Gunter Clark, 94, of Rockdale were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003 at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale with Bill Whaley, minister of Murray Street Church of Christ, officiating. Burial followed in the IOOF Cemetery in Rockdale. She died Friday, Oct. 24, at the Manor Oaks Nursing Home in Rockdale.

Mrs. Clark was a Rockdale resident for the past 14 years, formerly of San Saba. She was born Nov. 6, 1908 in San Saba to Fred and Etol (Meyers) Gunter. She married Howard Vernon "Dick" Clark on July 12, 1927, in San Saba. She was a homemaker and a lifelong member of the Church of Christ and a member of Murray Street Church of Christ since moving to Rockdale.

She was preceded in death by a son, Tommie Joe Clark; a daughter, Nell Collier Shuffield; a granddaughter, Cherry Dianne Fohn; and great-grandson, Sean Holland.

Survivors are a son, Jack Clark and Lavon of Rockdale; a daughter, Donnie Holland of Rockdale; nine grandchildren, Clift Clark, John Collier, Leah Click and Ramona Alford all of Rockdale, Mark Collier of Taylor, Wesley Holland of Austin, John Richard Clark of Denton, Paul Collier of New Mexico and Howard Holland of Falls City; 22 great-grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren, including Hunter Ryan Clark of Rockdale.

Pallbearers were Clift Clark, John Collier, Mark Collier, Paul Collier, Wesley Holland, Howard Holland and John Clark.

Staff Sgt. Howe King (Petie) Clark, Jr.,killed in action in Vietnam May 23, 1969. Services were held at Peace Lutheran Church with Rev. F. T. Sager of Brenham, former pastor of Peace Lutheran, officiating.

As services were conducted at the church and cemetery, business houses in Rockdale closed in memoriam. U.S. flags were mounted on the streets in tribute to Sgt. Clark's service for his country. This was in response to a proclamation issued by Mayor Harold Luckey asking that a special show of respect be given.

The 23-year-old soldier, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. K. (Pete) Clark of 123 Scarbrough, died in hostile action in Vietnam, Army officials said. The family had been notified May 26 that Sgt. Clark was missing in action. His death was confirmed May 27.

He had been in the Army for 22 months and in Vietnam since August. He was with Company C, 2nd Battalion (Mechanized), 1st Infantry Division.

Army officials described Sgt. Clark as an "excellent soldier who had advanced rapidly in rank during his 22 months service." He was a graduate of the Non-Commissioned Officers School at Fort Benning, Ga.

His death occurred in the northern combat area of South Vietnam. His unit had spend much of its duty in that area, near Loc Ninh, and one of his recent letters to his parents noted that his unit was only about four miles from the Cambodian border.

"His letters mentioned the fast-moving pace his unit maintained but he did not complain," his father said. Among many photographs Sgt. Clark sent home were scenes of village evacuations and burnings and a Viet Cong arms cache.

Sgt. Clark was born June 13, 1946 at Cameron and graduated from Rockdale High School in May of 1964. While a student, he worked for six years part-time at McVoy Grocery & Feed Co. Following graduation from high school he attended Blinn College at Brenham for two years and also Stephen F. Austin College. He was baptized at Peach Lutheran Church on Jan. 14, 1951 and was confirmed at that church Sept. 4, 1960. Survivors are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. K. (Pete) Clark; grandparents, Mrs. J. M. Clark and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Doss; a sister, Frances Ann Clark, all of Rockdale; and a brother, Ken Lee Clark, surviving with the U.S. Air Force in Thailand. The brother, who had been in Thailand only 10 days was flown here by the Air Force for the funeral.

Pallbearers were Robert Urban, Clark Cobb, Johnny Paresel, Carl Moody, Bob Melcher and Caroll Grimm, all close friends of Sgt. Clark.

Sgt. Clark is the second Rockdale soldier to die in Vietnam action. The first was Sgt. Tommie Joe Clark, killed on December 16, 1968. They were not related.

Collier, Claude Cherry Jr.; Born 29 Jun 1925; Died 1 Dec 1971 (spouse of Cleo Nell Clark)
Collier (Clark), Cleo Nell; Born 6 Dec 1929; Died 27 Apr 1997 (spouse of Claude Cherry Collier Jr.)

Eiland, Clifford Clyde; Born 9 Aug 1889; Died 5 Feb 1980
Eiland, Leona ; Born 4 Nov 1897; Died 27 Jan 1979
Eiland, Travis (Tab) Henderson ; Born 8 Jun 1901; Died 2 Apr 1976

Gene R. Comeaux (Jan. 2, 1941 -Feb. 8, 2007)

Gene R. Comeaux, 66, of Rockdale since 1998 and formerly of Jennings, Louisiana, died Thursday morning, Feb. 8, 2007 in Richards Memorial Hospital in Rockdale.  Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10 at Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale with Pastor Gunar Gerthe of Family Life Center officiating. Burial followed in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery.  

Mr. Comeaux was born Jan. 2, 1941 in Evangeline, Louisiana to Willie and Opal (Ravey) Comeaux. He married Virginia Starr in Hathaway, Louisiana.

 Gene was a self-employed painter and carpenter between working in the oilfields, where he worked mainly as a foundation drilling rig operator for Sollay Drilling Company.

 Mr. Comeaux was preceded in death by his parents; son, Roger Comeaux; two brothers, Wilford and Cleo Comeaux; two sisters, Vinus Croft and Beaulah Coswell.

 Survivors include his wife, Virginia Comeaux of Rockdale; eight daughters, Pam Stein of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Phelina Clement of Jennings, Louisiana, Cindy Savant of Kinder, Louisiana, Sandra Haydel of Jennings, Louisiana, Rhonda Hall of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Melody Comeaux of Bryan, Monica Comeaux of Bryan and Calinda Comeaux of Rockdale; step-son, Darrell Mynar of Rockdale; three sisters, Shirley Graham of Jennings, Louisiana, Mame Duhon of Jennings, Louisiana and Edna Comeaux of Jennings, Louisiana; 16 granchildren and two great-grandchildren.

 Pallbearers were Nathan Starr, Charles Starr, Kevin Starr, Darrell Mynar, Michael Clement and Micah Hall. Honorary pallbearers were Bennie Ray Starr, Michael Starr, Curley LaComb, Robert LaComb and Marion Craft.

Ross Cox (Feb. 25, 1928 � Oct. 28, 2001) Ross Cox was born in Liberty Hill, Texas. He worked for 35 years for ALCOA, retiring in 1988 as a maintenance division supervisor. He was a member of St. John�s Lutheran Church and the Rockdale Gun Club. He was a farmer and rancher in recent years.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Virginia Juanita �Nita� Glosson Cox.

Survivors include his wife, Iris Heckman Randig Cox of Taylor; a daughter and son-in-law, Wanda and Jerry Waggoner of Rockdale; two stepdaughters and a son-in-law, Karen and Charlie Rutter and Vickie Agee, all of Taylor; a stepson and daughter-in-law, Donald and Trisha Randig of Taylor; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Vernon and Barbara Cox of Brazoria, Raymond and Janell Cox of Buda, Texas, and Joe and Patsy Cox of Pasadena, Texas; a brother-in-law, Barney Lewis of Chandler, Texas; a sister-in-law, Jean Cox Thompson of Buda; two grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; a great-grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

E.L. "Doc" Farrell

Funeral services for E.L. "Doc" Farrell, 79, were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, 2002 at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale with Rev. Calvin Springer of Rockdale Full Gospel, retired and Min. James Wilson and Min. Dan Wilson officiating. Burial followed in I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Rockdale. Mr. Farrell of Athens, formerly of Rockdale, was born Oct. 10, 1923 in Appleby to James E. and Lottie Mae (Locke) Farrell. He and Jolene Reeves were married March 17, 1947 in Nacogdoches. Mr. Farrell, a retired shift supervisor with Alcoa in Rockdale, was a member of Rockdale Christian Church and a World War II veteran, serving in the Navy. Preceding him in death were his wife, Jolene Farrell on Jan. 8, 1999; parents, brothers, Ben Farrell and Monroe Farrell; sister, Naomi Mills. Surviving are: Sons, Dudley E. Farrell and wife Patty of Mt. Pleasant, Dwayne A. Farrell and wife Jo Ann of Fairfield and David J. Farrell and wife Betty of Athens; brothers, Oscar W. Farrell of Magnolia and Cory Farrell of Nacogdoches; sister, Ruby Covington of Nacogdoches; eight grandchildren, Layton and Natalie Farrell, Justin and Kayla Farrell and Amanda Thompson, Teah Brockway, Chelsea and Cory Farrell; three great-grandchildren, Lex Thompson, Kaylee Baker and Mackanzie Farrell. Pallbearers were Layton Farrell, Justin Farrell, Cory Farrell, Walter Jenkins, David Farrell and Charlie Farrell. Honorary pallbearers were Leon Hammett, Jerry Owens, Guy Hall, Bill Alford, Henry Tyler and Milford Henry.

(October 2, 1976-December 14, 2005)

Chris was born in Bryan, TX on October 2, 1976 to parents Terry (McGoldrick) and Terry Lee Fisher. Chris was a 1995 graduate of Milano High School and a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Bryan.

Chris is survived by his mother, Terry Blackmon and husband J.D. of Rockdale; grandparents, Jim and Carol Blackmon of Milano, great grandmother, Dorothy Nelson of Milano, brother, Jeremy Fisher of College Station, sisters Amanda Fisher and Crystal Fisher both of Rockdale, nephew, Anthony Fisher and Niece Kyrsten Hartley also of Rockdale. He was preceded in death by his uncle, John David McGoldrick, grandparents J.D. and Mary McGoldrick and grandmother Louise Woods. Serving as pallbearers were Jim Szumski, Destry Young, Dwayne Zboril, Jackie Johnson, Dustin Moore, Wesley Parker, Jeff Blackmon and Billy Barnett.

Gaither, William Edgar ; Born 1876 ; Died 1964
Gaither, Ethel Bowman; Born 1883; Died 1958

Sherwood Graves, 83, of Rockdale and formerly of Taylor, died March 7, 2007 and burial to take place in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Rockdale.

Griffin, Rev. Clyde F., Sr.; Born Sept. 7, 1905 ; Died Dec. 4, 2003

Edna Gest

Nov. 1, 1900 � March 28, 2000

She was born near Lexington, Texas, was a homemaker and had worked for the president of Texas A&M University years ago. She was also a charter member of Grace Lutheran Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis G. Gest Jr.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and John Leech of Austin; a son-in-law, John M. Weed Jr. of Rockdale; a sister-in-law, Ruth Marquardt of Lexington; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Gunter, Elois Vivian ; Born 6 Nov 1908; Died 24 Oct 2003; spouse of Dick Clark

Hall, Francis Joseph ; Born 1860; Died 1883

Hale, Job
Hale, Lula E. ; Born 1878; Died 1945
Hale, Mary ; Born 1861; Died 1932
Hale, Susan E. ; Born 1956; Died 1956
Hale, Hale; Born 1924; Died 1976
Hale, William R. ; Born 1864; Died 1949

Ruth Margaret Hillyer Hester
Jan. 10, 1917- March 24, 2004

Mrs. Hester was one of six children of Leroy Hamilton Hillyer and Willie Maude Wilburn. She attended public schools in Rockdale and graduated from San Jacinto High School in Houston. She attended Southwest Texas State Teachers College in San Marcos, where she was a member of the debate team, and later took courses at the University of Texas in Austin.

Mrs. Hester was employed most of her adult life by the United States government�in the War Department and the Bureau of Printing and Engraving in Washington during World War II, and in the then Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Social Security Administration, locally. She worked for over 25 years with Social Security in Austin. She also worked for Hexter Title & Abstract Co. in Dallas prior to her service with Social Security.

Mrs. Hester was active in her support of the Kerrville Music Festival, the Austin Council for Retarded Children, the Austin State School, the Democratic Party (nationally and in Texas), the University of Texas (the institution), the Texas Longhorns, the Dallas Cowboys and the San Antonio Spurs.

She was married to James Gordon Hester from 1935 to 1964. Her daughter, Donna Kay Hester, preceded her in death in 1974. She is also survived by her daughter, Carolyn Hester Blume, of Sylmar, California; her son, Walter Dean Hester, of El Paso; her grandchildren, Karla Blume of Sylmar, California, Amy Blume of Glendale, California, William Dean Hester of Dallas, Dylan Hester of Austin, Vaughn Hester of Palo Alto, California, Perry Hester of El Paso; and her step-grandchildren Leo Blume of Palo Alto, California, and Howard Blume of Los Angeles.

Hicks, Irene ; Born 1885; Died 1886
Hicks, Robert Hallett ; Born 1849; Died 1910
Hicks, Maggie Hall ; Born 1854; Died 1942

Harbick, Sheena Marie, born Jan. 30, 1981; Died Dec. 1982. My wife and I buried our beautiful baby daughter in the IOOF cemetery in 1982 on Christmas eve. We had settled in Rosebud TX. and were just starting out in life together. Sheena Marie Harbick, born Jan. 30, 1981, Passed away Dec. 1982. was buried in a plot in the IOOF. donated by the loving folks of the Full Gospel Church of Rockdale. She passed just days before Christmas and my wife and I have missed her for 28 years. We went on to raise our second daughter and now a beautiful Granddaughter named Evangeline Marie, (Angel) in honor of her late aunt. We come here on pilgrimage only occasionally now as we have spent the last 20 years in Corpus Christi, TX. and it is still to painful to visit her. I can't think of a more peaceful place for my baby girl to rest. Stephen Harbick.

Hogan, Billie Gaither ; Born 1913; Died 1986
Hogan, Weldon Preston ; Born 1912 ;

Lauren Renae Ingram; Born March 12, 1980, died June 9, 2003.

HOCKLEY � Graveside services for Lauren Renae Ingram, 23, of Hockley are set for 2 p.m. Saturday at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Rockdale. Mrs. Ingram died Monday, June 9, 2003 in Hockley, Texas.

Lauren, born in Bryan, Texas on March 2, 1980 was a 1997 graduate of Belton High School and was a clerk with USA Auto in Houston.

Survivors include her husband, Jonathan Ingram of Houston; two sons, Tristin Allen Ingram and Garret Taylor Ingram, both of Houston; her parents, Donna and Norman Ferguson of Hockley; a grandmother, Marie Schlottman of Hearne; and two brothers, Shawn Ferguson of Somerville and James Ferguson of Hockley.

JAYE, Lawrence Lee and JAYE, Ruby (Fisher)
Jaye, Sullivan Ross
Jaye, Eva Lee (Mayberry)Fisher
Ruth (Jaye)
Fisher, A.A. (Dick)

JOHNSON, William J., 82,Died January 2001

Kubiak, John. T.; Born December 20, 1914; Died April 13, 2001.

He was born in Robertson County and had lived in Rockdale since 1955. He worked as a blacksmith in his younger years and was head potman for Alcoa Operations in Rockdale for 22 years. He was a rancher and farmer at the time of his death.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Connie Snider Kubiak, a daughter, Jean Condieff, and a son, state Rep. Dan Kubiak.

Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Leonard and Rosemary Kubiak and Dr. L.B. and Jenny Kay Kubiak, all of Rockdale, and Dr. Richard and Linda Kubiak of Giddings; a daughter and son-in-law, Shirley Ann and Ricky Stewart of Rockdale; three brothers, Floyd Kubiak of California, Frank Kubiak of Rockdale and Lee Kubiak of Houston; two sisters, Willie Kwasnica of Bremond and Verna Snider of Houston; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Kubiak, Connie (Snider), wife of John T. Kubiak; Born July 5, 1915; Died
Kubiak, Cundieff, Elizabeth
November 5, 1942- May 1997

Jean was born on a farm 2 miles west of Reagan and attended Reagan elementary school up to the 5th grade. In 1955, she moved to to Rockdale. At Rockdale, Jean became a standout in girls basketball leading her team to the state playoffs in 60/61.

Jean graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. Jean taught school at Sealy and then became librarian at Blinn College. Jean married Newton Cundieff and moved to Alvin where Jean worked as a schoolteacher and wrote a series of educational articles for the local newspaper. Then in 1971, Jean and Newton moved to Farson, Wyoming where she taught English and reading for all grade levels 1 through 12.

Jean was an outstanding teacher and educator (named Teacher of the Year twice) and made a big difference in the lives of her students. In her own life, Jean always pursued excellence and was a deeply religious person.

She continued her education obtaining a Masters degree in Education from the University of Wyoming and working on a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. Then in the early 90 s, Jean contracted breast cancer. For a while, be managed to live a normal life helping her brother Dan, campaign for office and working on her Ph.D.

During Jean s final two months, she was hospitalized in Seton's Hospital in Austin. Although racked with pain, her beautiful smile was an ever-present inspiration to us all. A few weeks before her death, Jean received her sheepskin diploma (Ph.D. in Education) from the University of Southern California.

Lawrence, Lee Jaye; Born 7 Jul 1909 in Purmela, Coryell Co., Texas; Died 2 Jul 1969
Lawrence, (Fisher), Ruby Lee; Born 28 Dec 1913 in Ireland, Hamilton Co., Texas; Died 2 May 1987

Lewis, Arthur Eugene, born 4/22/1930 and died in January 15, 1998. He is a Korean War veteran and father of 4 (information curtesy of grand daughter, Laura Dubbel).

Perry Luckey, born March 29, 1930, died Thursday, Nov. 21, 2002

Graveside services for Perry Luckey, 72, were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, 2002 in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Rockdale with Rev. Doug Springer of Rockdale Full Gospel Church, retired, officiating. He died Thursday, Nov. 21, 2002 in the Harris HEB Hospital in Bedford. Mr. Luckey, a Kellar resident the past two years, formerly lived in Richland Hills the past 18 years. He was born March 29, 1930 in Rockdale to Dorrell Emmit and Thelma Beatrice (Beaty) Luckey. Mr. Luckey, a CPA with Arco Petroleum, was a graduate of Riverside High School in Fort Worth and Texas A&M University. He was a Ranger in the US Armed Forces, loved classical music, was a staunch Aggie, kind, gentle and generous. Mr. Luckey lovingly cared for neighbors who could not care for themselves and never asked for anything in return. This wonderful man will forever be in the hearts of those who loved him. May God give him the rest and peace and love he so richly deserves. Preceding him in death were his father, Aug. 8, 1979; mother, June 14, 1986; sister, Martha Ann Luckey Feb. 25, 1993. Surviving are: Friends, Jim and Vicki Truett of Keller, Lisa Truitt of Saginaw and Becki Nix of Saginaw.

(April 27, 1916 � December 12, 2005)

Doyle Lucas, 89, died in the Richards Memorial Hospital in Rockdale on Monday, December 12. Rev. Lee Eschberger conducted the funeral service in Peace Lutheran Church in Rockdale. Burial was in the I.O.O.F Cemetery in Rockdale.

Doyle was born to Anders and Janie (Carter) Lucas on April 27, 1916 in Teague, Texas. He was raised in Rockdale and returned there from Pasadena 33 years ago after retiring from Atlantic Richfield after 30 years as a foreman. He married Lizzie J. Mann in the Peace Lutheran Church in Rockdale on August 27, 1938. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Delton and Avon Lucas and a son-in-law, Aubrey Hyatt.

Doyle is survived by his wife, Lizzie Lucas of Rockdale, daughters, Janet Fin and husband John of Houston, Nelda Hyatt of Conroe, Shirley Sharp and husband Cameron of Fairfield, Joyce Lerche and husband Nolan of Stafford; grandchildren, August Lynn, Donna Kreyer and husband Steven, Diane Anderson and husband Mark, David Fain and wife Tiina, Rhonda Baker and husband Bryan, Laura Capehart and husband Mike, James Sharp and wife Shelley, Brian Lerche, Amy Lovetinsky and husband Kyle and Karen Lerche. He is also survived by 16 great grandchildren.

Doyle was a 1934 graduate of Rockdale High School and attended Texas A & M for two years. He earned his degree from the college of fishing. Me was a member of First Lutheran Church in Pasadena and of Peace Lutheran Church in Rockdale. He was a past member of the Masonic Lodge. Doyle enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, dominoes, cards and crossword puzzles.

(March 30, 1928-Feb. 18, 2005)

O.D. Marshall, Born March 30, 1928, Died Friday, Feb. 18, 2005 at the age of 76

His wife, Katherine Ferrell Marshall, Died July 6, 1999, Graveside services for O.D. Marshall, age 76, of Rockdale, formerly of Waco, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, 2005, at IOOF Cemetery in Rockdale with Rev. James Nobles officiating.

Mr. Marshall died Friday, Feb. 18, at Richards Memorial Hospital in Rockdale. A Rockdale resident since 1969, he was born March 30, 1928, in LaFarge, Wisconsin, to Timothy A. and Ledema Frances (Lawrence) Marshall. He married Katherine Ferrell on May 3, 1966, in Bellmead. Mr. Marshall was veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1969 as a staff sergeant, having served 20 years. He also worked as a Rockdale ISD bus driver for many years, retiring in the early 1990s.

Mr. Marshall enjoyed fishing. He was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine Marshall, on July 6, 1999; two sons, Freddy L. Marshall and Roy Don McGee; and his parents. Survivors are four sons, Robert Dwaine Marshall of Houston, Timothy G. Marshall of Waco, David Lynn McGee of Fairfield, and William Melvin Arron of Rockdale; four daughters, Cynthia K. Miller, Elizabeth Ann Lemanski and Christi A. Wade, all of Waco, and Tammy L. Morgan of Missouri; and a sister, Delores M. Johnson of Great Falls, Montana.

Sarah Mason

Graveside services for Sarah Mason, 97, were held Monday, Dec. 2, 2002 at 11 a.m. at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Rockdale with Kenneth Holley (great-grandson) officiating. She died Saturday, Nov. 30, 2002 in the Manor Oaks Nursing Center in Rockdale. Mrs. Mason, a Rockdale resident since 1956 (46 years), was born June 11, 1905 in the Salty Community to James Thomas and Lula Mae Jackson. She and C.M. "Jack" Mason were married July 21, 1923 near Thorndale. Mrs. Mason, a home maker, attended the Methodist Church at Salty as a child. She was preceded in death by her husband, C.M. Mason Feb. 10, 1983; parents; two brothers, M.A, Thomas and James E. Thomas. Surviving are: Son, Kenneth Mason of San Antonio; daughters, Mildred Kasner of Marlin and Dorothy Conoley of West; grandchildren, William Conley, Richard Conley, Jane Mashek, Sally Merryman, Kathy Aguirre, Jo Ann Brooks, Robert Mason and Gayle Medina; 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Memorials may be made to the Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

McCalla, Blanch Hall ; Born 1865; Died 1941

Marsch, Lucinda Hudson ; Born 1863; Died 1893

Reginald Odell Charles (November 10, 1928-July 7, 2008), age of 79. Funeral services for Reginald Odell Charles were held on Thursday, July 10, 2008 at the Church of Glad Tidings in Austin. Burial was in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Rockdale.

Pallbearers were: Bob Smith, Scott Grube, Chris Anderson, Jerry Haynes, Andy Rowe, Mike Kelly, Jim Sanders, John Reynolds, and Michael Houston.

Reginald Odell Charles was born in Round Rock on November 10, 1928 in Tracy, Texas. His parents were Bernice Marlin and Wavy Davis (McBurnett) Charles.

Reginald Odell Charles was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, John Davis Charles. He is survived by his wife, Leola Charles of Round Rock; sister-in-law, Lisa Charles of The Woodlands; nephews, Johnny and David Charles.

(September 29, 1932-February 22, 2004)

M.A. Rozell was born on September 29, 1932, in Malakoff, Texas and raised in Trinidad, Texas. His parents were the late Robert and Olive (Plumblee) Rozell. On May 20, 1955, he married Doris J. Parker in Rockdale, Texas. Mr. Rozell worked at I.G.C. in Rockdale from 1955-1958. He also worked at Baker Hughes Oil Co. in Huntsville and Houston. He was a member and Deacon of First Baptist Church in Rockdale, a veteran of the Korean War serving in the Army, and a member of Rockdale Masonic Lodge #414 AF & AM.

Sanders, Joe W.
(April 11, 1917 -February 11, 2007)

Joe W. Sanders, 89, of Rockdale since 1978, died Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007 in the Richards Memorial Hospital in Rockdale.

  Mr. Sanders was born April 11, 1917 in Mangum, Oklahoma to Homer C. and Lola (Forsyth) Sanders. He married Lou Ella Webb on Oct. 15, 1938 in Wellington.  Joe, a member of First Baptist Church in Rockdale, was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Maude Baker and Emma Olson; brother, Reece Sanders.  

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Lou Ella Sanders of Rockdale; three sons, Raymond Sanders and wife Jennifer of Dallas, Richard Sanders and wife Kathy of Athens and Allen Sanders and wife Shelly of Rockdale; six daughters, Katherene Bigger of Dallas, Mary Lou Turnipseed and husband Richard of Arkansas City, Kansas, Betty Joe West and husband Mac Hopkins of Frisco, Jo Nell Nelson and husband Raymond of Camp Wood, Janey Reynolds of Arkansas City, Kansas and Tammie Young of Rockdale; sister, Mildred Richards of Amarillo; 18 grandchildren, Mark Holley, Sharla De Francisco, Jefferie Lay, Brent Lampard, Kevin Cox, Felicia Tejerina, Whitney Cox, Monty West, Rachael Franz, Sarah Alexander, Amanda Sanders, Allison Sanders, Matthew Sanders, Joseph Sanders, Jennie Young, Jannon Keen, Jill Young and Brad Young; 22 great-grandchildren.  Pallbearers were Mark Holley, Brent Lampard, Kevin Cox, Whitney Cox, Monty West, Matthew Sanders, Joseph Sanders and Brad Young.

Lillie Ruth Wardlaw Sides, died at the age of 77. She was born in Bridgeport, Texas, was a homemaker, worked at Richards Memorial Hospital, Rockdale Junior High School, sold Avon, and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star #23 in Rockdale.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, William Floyd Wardlaw, and her second husband, J.W. �Jim� Sides.

Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, David and Terry Wardlaw of Odessa and Donald Wardlaw of Temple; three daughters and sons-in-law, Sherylnn and Tommy Turknett of Temple, Ava and Skip Gravatt of Belton and Genella and Michael Korenek of Rockdale; a sister, Dorothy Selby of Houston; and 10 grandchildren.

Lois Robinson, 100,Died October 2008

(April 25, 1929-March 16,2001)

Graveside services for Arthur D. "Art" Simmons, 71, of Lampasas were held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 19, 2001, in the IOOF Cemetery in Rockdale. Mr. Simmons died Friday, March 16, in Killeen. A resident of Lampasas since 1996, he was born April 25, 1929, in Sharp to Dorvan Simmons and Maydell (Campbell) Simmons. Mr. Simmons was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was a truck driver for 50 years, including the hauling of heavy equipment and gravel during the construction of Interstate 35.

He is survived by a companion, Gaynell Edmundson of Lampasas; two sons, Billy Simmons and wife Vickie of Liberty Hill and Ronny Simmons and wife Kathy of Bartlett; a daughter, Theresa Tuel and husband Kevin of Bartlett; a brother, Harvey Simmons and wife Doris of Austin; also, 10 grandchildren.

Stiborik, Joseph S. Born December 21, 1914; Died June, 1984. Joseph was a World War II Army Veteran who served as radar operator aboard the Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945

Lillian Lorraine Garner Stiles, wife of Jack Stiles, died at the age of 76 on November 26, 2005 (killed by six pit bull/rottweiler mixed breed dogs). Jack and Lilian were married for 55 years Lilian was a wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

Tindall,Priestley , born March 15, 1922 ; died Oct. 31, 2001. He was born in Cameron and resided in Rockdale for 46 years. He was a butcher and grocery store owner and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alma Tindall.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Brownie and Mary Tindall of College Station; three daughters and sons-in-law, Linda Gail and Rick Powell of Rockdale, Janice Marie and Glenn Hughes of Caldwell and Cindy Sue and Henry Dupree of Rockdale; two brothers, Melvin and Edward Tindall, both of Cameron; two sisters, Myrtice Robison of Franklin and Kathleen Lewis of Cameron; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Duane Thomas Vincent (Feb. 3, 1930 - Feb. 5, 2007)

Duane Vincent was an educator and coach in the Rockdale, Hutto, Wrangell, Ark., and San Saba independent school districts and was a part-time commercial fisherman.

Survivors include his wife, Polly Vincent of Cedar Park; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Randi Jean Vincent Parish and Dave Parish of Corpus Christi, Vicki Lynn Vincent Morton and Kennard Morton of Rockdale, Lori Dawn Vincent of Plano and Joni Sue Vincent Stone and Duane Stone of Glenallen, Ala.; a son, Dane Thomas Vincent of Wrangell, Ala.; two stepsons, Stephen Blair Franklin and his wife, Kelly, of Plano and Gregory Scott Franklin of Austin; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Robert and Mary Beth Vincent of Ketchikan, Ala., and Donald E. Vincent of Wisconsin; a brother-in-law, Sam R. and his wife, Shirley Bird Perry, of Austin; a sister-in-law, Jenny Perry Kubiak and her husband, L.B. Kubiak, of Rockdale; 19 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Walker, Mattie E. (wife of W. R. Walker); Born 1876; Died 1947

Walker, Eula Lee (wife of George Clinton Walker) ; Born 1898: Died
Walker, George Clinton (son of Madison Walker); Born 1890; Died 1977
Walker, Henry ; Born 1873; Died 1913
Walker, (Ditto) Lula E. ; Born June 24, 1878 Died January 1, 1945
Walker, John Raymond ; Born 08 Nov 1924: Died 18 Aug 1997

WARD, Gladys Adelle, 89; Died October 2003

Truman Alexander White 1922-1981
Mamie Louise White 1940-1985
White, M.C. Jr.; Born Sept. 23, 1933 ; Died May 10, 2001

Williams, Pennie Cone; Died Oct. , 1936

Williams, Walter E. ;Died 1911.

Wolf, Dr. Joseph Marion , Born 1841 Died 1915. CSA marker.



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