Phelps County, Missouri
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Richard Dupree
Rolla, MO., May 21 – The banks in Rolla were closed yesterday during the funeral of Richard Dupree, an ex-slave, who was the body servant many years ago for ex-Governor Seay of Oklahoma. ["
The Oklahoman" 5/22/1909 - DD - Sub by FoFG]

Woman Dies at 101.
Newbury, , Mo.—Mrs. Lucy Duncan, 101, oldest resident of Phelps County, died here Friday night. She was a direct descendant or Gov.William Bradford of Mayflower
fame. The family owned a plantation near Relfe. Mo., where Mrs.Duncan was born. and was wealthy until the Civil war.

Date: Wednesday, September 12, 1945  Paper: Kansas City Star (Kansas City, MO)  Page: 3

Andrew Fulton
Died December 24, 1903 Andrew Fulton in his eighty-fourth year. He was born March 19, 1920. He was married twice, his first wife was Miss Sarah Brewer, the date of first marriage is not to be had at present. His first wife died in 1882, and his second marriage was to Miss Caroline Paul, Dec. 14th 1886. He was the father of eight children, four of the children preceded him to the Spirit Land, and four are left, James, William, Annie, and Mrs. Cassie Hoagland. James was the only child that could be by his bed while in his last hours as the other children were too far away. He had read his Bible with care and often related to the writer, Bible incidents that occurred in olden times. The precious old book shows that he had made a study of its sacred volume and it was my privilege to talk with him on his death bed, he said to me and others that he would not get well, but that he had always trusted the Lord and was not afraid to die. He said he was christened in infancy and was reared in the Presbyterian father and had kept the faith and henceforth there is a crown of eternal life laid up for our brother. His remains were laid to rest in the Roach cemetery and was followed by a host of friends, some of them had known him about forty years. His wife and children, step children and grand children have our sympathy in this trying hour. W. L. Merrell
[Rolla Herald Democrat, January 7, 1904 - Sub. by Marji Turner]

Kurt Reynolds Martin
Funeral services for Kurt Reynolds Martin, 59, of Palestine, Texas will be held Friday, October 5, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Timberland Drive Church of Christ, Lufkin, TX, with Philip Strong officiating. Interment will follow in the Largent Cemetery in rural Angelina County, Texas.
Mr. Martin was born December 4, 1952 in Rolla, Missouri to the late Luther Washburn and Jeanne Frances (Reynolds) Martin, and died unexpectedly on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at the home of his daughter in Lufkin, Texas. He was pronounced dead at the local hospital.
Kurt attended the Rolla Public Schools, graduating in 1971. He attended Florida College in Temple Terrace Florida, where he met Brenda Jean Murray. They married June 8, 1973 in Lufkin, Texas, Brenda's home town. They divorced August 31st, 2000.
Kurt's career focused on business. He worked for Lufkin Industries, in Lufkin, Texas, and was a store manager for Lowe's Homecenters Inc. in Texas, Louisiana, and Oregon.
From an early age Kurt began preaching and leading worship services, as did his father, Luther Martin. No matter what earthly responsibilities he held, his first love was serving the Lord and spreading the gospel. He spent his last years residing in Palestine, Texas where he was the minister for the Eastside Church of Christ.
He was a treasured father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He had a quick wit, a keen sense of humor and was blessed with the ability to lighten the mood and bring a smile at the most opportune times. When his three children were in school he served on the Hudson ISD school board and was an active parent and coach for his children's many activities. In the last seven years as a grandfather he continued that same support with his five grandsons. Kurt was a man of many talents. His most recent hobby included being the sound man for the Cowboy B music show in Lufkin, Texas. He considered it his "hunting, fishing, and golf" replacement. He will be sorely missed by all who loved him.
Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, Todd Brandon and Brooke(Barge) Martin of Huntington and Grant Murray and Amanda(English)Martin of Nacogdoches; daughter and son-in-law, Amber Elizabeth and Barett Duren of Huntington; grandchildren, Peyton Brent Martin, Caleb Todd Martin, Barett Karter Duren, Owen Riley Duren and Sawyer Lee Duren; brother and sister-in-law, Lynn Luther and Marione (Derrickson) Martin of Alva, Oklahoma; sisters and brothers-in-law, Judy Jeanne and Harlan Doering of McPherson, Kansas, Tara Lee Calhoun of Norman, Oklahoma and Marta Ann and Bob Ward of Houston; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Pallbearers will be Randy Murray, Mack Duncan, Jason King, Steve Bradley, Charles Lopez, Tim Beamon, Monte Ramsey and Steve Walsh. Honorary pallbearers will be the brethren at Eastside Church of Christ in Palestine, Texas.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, P.O. Box 78960, Phoenix, Arizona 85062.
The family will welcome friends and loved ones from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday evening at Carroway Funeral Home, in Lufkin, Texas.
[Rolla Daily News, Rolla, MO, 4 Oct 2012 - Sub by FofG]

Willard McNeely
Willard McNeely, Lecoma Star Route, died today, March 8, 1979, at Phelps County Memorial Hospital. He was 60 years old. Mr. McNeely, a Rolla resident since 1949, was born in Desloge, and was part owner of Tenco Drilling and Pump Company. He served in the U. S. Army in World War II. He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline, of the home; two sons, Donald McNeely of Maryville, Tenn., and Thomas McNeely of Houston, Tex.; one daughter, Anna Ruth Jones of Crystal City; three brothers, Paul McNeely of Cahokia, Ill., James McNeely of Bourbon and Robert McNeely of Desloge; one sister, Betty Nicholson of Bonne Terre; and nine grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Null and Son Chapel. Burial will be in the Ozark Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at the chapel from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. tomorrow.
[The Rolla Daily News, 8 Mar. 1979 - Sub. by Robert King]

WHITE, Rev. Isaac N. - died in Phelps Co., Mo., 14 Dec. 1857. He was born 26 Feb. 1815 and joined the M. E. Church in about his 15th year. Licensed to preach & received into the Mo. Annual Conf., in fall of 1843; married Miss Nancy HOPKINS, 21 Sept. 1845, and ordained a Deacon the same year. Left a family. By J. Bond from Phelps Co., Mo. [Source: "Missouri Pioneers County & Genealogical Records," vol. XVIII by Nadine Hodges and Mrs. Howard Woodruff; March 1973; tr. by GT Transcription Team]

WHITE, Sarah Lucretia - dau. of Rev. Isaac N. & Nancy White, was born 4 Aug. 1846, and died 10 Nov. 1857. Preceded her father only one month & four days. By J. Bond, Phelps Co., Mo. [Source: "Missouri Pioneers County & Genealogical Records," vol. XVIII by Nadine Hodges and Mrs. Howard Woodruff; March 1973; tr. by GT Transcription Team]

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