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Lewis Funeral Chapel

Highway 96 & 255
Lavaca, AR 72941
(479) 674-5700
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Everyone in Austin has benefited from the work of Dr. Charles Pelphrey - MyStatesman.com

Monday, June 19, 2017

Austin felt like a small country town to Charles Pelphrey and his brother, J.D. Pelphrey.His circumspect father’s mortuary was in a big mansion — since demolished — at Lavaca and West 12th streets across from the surviving First United Methodist Church. During the Depression, some of the family’s clients paid in livestock. The future doctor eagerly helped his father.“I often drove the pallbearer’s car, washed the cars, mowed the lawns, sewed grave-linings and learned the art of crushed silk,” he writes. “I have no idea when I began to assist in the preparation or embalming room. Dad even formulated our own embalming fluid.”His parents declared bankruptcy, however, just as Pelphrey graduated from Austin High School. They moved out into the country near what is now the intersection of North Lamar Boulevard and U.S. 183. Pelphrey worked for a contractor, a telegram company, a periodical distribution company, a boardinghouse and the Meeks-Hyltin Funeral Home.In those days, hearses from competing funeral homes often raced to reach a deceased person first. In an unforgettable episode, a group of vehicles led by Charles B. Cook of Cook Funeral Home headed to New London in East Texas, where almost 300 students and teachers died in a natural gas explosion on March 18, 1938.Pelphrey attended the University of Texas and chronicled the rise of the UT Tower in photographs. He became well-known in his circles for procuring and embalming cats for anatomy class.Meanwhile, he dated Elvira Hermann, whom he would later marry.While preparing for medical school, Pelphrey worked at Brackenridge Hospital as an orderly. He lived nearby inside a dorm at the once-condemned former home of the Institute for the Blind, now known as the Arno Nowotny Building.MORE HISTORY: Austin bids farewell to Brackenridge Hospital after 133 yearsHe and his roommate, Clyde Halley, skipped the graduation ceremonies to apply in person for admission to the Baylor School of Medicine in Dallas. But a problem stood in the way: money. All through his medical education, Pelphrey was forced to ask well-established Austinites for gifts or loans. Clearly, however, they saw him as a smart investment.“Medical school started Sept. 1, 1940,” Pelphrey writes. “And I arrived with all of $25 in my pocket. Some of us pledged the Phi Rho Sigma fraternity, which supplied a place to live in their large house. I couldn’t tell you just where the money came for living expenses, but I made several hitch-hiking trips back to Austin to hit up everyone I knew for money.”BreakthroughsThe summer after his sophomore year at medical school, Pelphrey worked at Camp Swift, near Bastrop, and tended to country kids who lived nowhere near a clinic. Back i

Freda Almond - Charleston Express

Monday, March 27, 2017

Earl and Ollie Lavina Harris Wright.She is survived by her husband, Robert C. Almond; her daughter, Kristi Copeland and her husband, David of Searcy; her son, Steven B. Almond and his wife, Sue of Lavaca; her sister, Janell Swearingen of Greenwood; a niece, Bryn Butler of Bentonville; seven grandchildren, Amber Haskins, April McClure, Ashley Reed, Alan Copeland, Blake Almond, London Merrill and Julianne Almond; as well as 10 great- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; and four siblings.She was a loving wife and mother who dedicated her life to raising her family in the Christian faith and in the church. She absolutely loved and adored her seven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren and she continued to share the Lord's love with them all. The names Grandmother and Gigi were precious to her.She was a devoted servant of Christ and Cavanaugh Free Will Baptist Church. She did everything from using her creativity to arrange flowers, decorate cakes, design and make worship banners to loading up her car with luggage and kids to take to church camp.Her faithfulness to Jesus and her unselfish help to others has provided a beautiful legacy that both her family and friends should desire to follow! She will be missed and always cherished.Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Cavanaugh Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. David

Evelyn Marie Luksa Miller (1927-2017) - Hays Free Press

Monday, January 30, 2017

Brodie Ranch Shilled Nursing Center for taking care of Evelyn the past 2 ½ years.In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Endowment Fund at First United Methodist Church, 1201 Lavaca, and Austin Texas 78701 or to Alzheimer Research, UT Southwestern Medical Cemetery, Office of Development, PO Box 910888, Dallas TX 75391-0888.Please visit www.Harrellfuneralhomes.com to share a fond memory, photograph, or condolence with Evelyn’s family on her On-line memorial site.Funeral assistance provided by Harrell Funeral Home 1715 Kirby Lane, Kyle, TX 78640 (512) 268-8200

Fire changes funeral plans at McConnell Funeral Home in Greenwood - 4029tv

Monday, December 12, 2016

The bodies of two deceased people were inside the home when the fire started. They were both removed.Two funerals had been scheduled to take place Wednesday. One was moved to a church in Lavaca, and the other is being rescheduled.The staff will temporarily work out of Greenwood City Hall, and the deceased will be kept in the Edwards Funeral Home in Fort Smith.The funeral director says the building is salvageable, and he continues to rebuild.WEBVTT PRESULTS BY HEADING TO OUR PWEBSITE 4029TV.COM. P, TWO FAMILIES HAVE TO MAKE NEW PARRANGEMENTS AFTER A LOCAL PFUNERAL HOME CAUGHT FIRE THIS PMORNIN PIT HAPPENED IN THE ATTIC OF THE PMCCONNEL FUNERAL HOME IN PGREENWOOD. PAROUND 8:00, THE FUNERAL PDIRECTOR SAYS THE ELECTRICITY PWENT OUT AND EMPLOYEES NOTICED PTHE SMELL OF SMOKE COMING FROM PTHE ATTIC. PTHE DAMAGE LEFT BEHIND IS PEXTENSIVE, BUT THE FUNERAL

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Freda Almond - Greenwood Democrat

Monday, March 27, 2017

Earl and Ollie Lavina Harris Wright.She is survived by her husband, Robert C. Almond; her daughter, Kristi Copeland and her husband, David of Searcy; her son, Steven B. Almond and his wife, Sue of Lavaca; her sister, Janell Swearingen of Greenwood; a niece, Bryn Butler of Bentonville; seven grandchildren, Amber Haskins, April McClure, Ashley Reed, Alan Copeland, Blake Almond, London Merrill and Julianne Almond; as well as 10 great- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; and four siblings.She was a loving wife and mother who dedicated her life to raising her family in the Christian faith and in the church. She absolutely loved and adored her seven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren and she continued to share the Lord's love with them all. The names Grandmother and Gigi were precious to her.She was a devoted servant of Christ and Cavanaugh Free Will Baptist Church. She did everything from using her creativity to arrange flowers, decorate cakes, design and make worship banners to loading up her car with luggage and kids to take to church camp.Her faithfulness to Jesus and her unselfish help to others has provided a beautiful legacy that both her family and friends should desire to follow! She will be missed and always cherished.Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Cavanaugh Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. David

Don Parker - Times Record

Monday, June 06, 2016

Eagles 208. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Randy Parker.He is survived by his wife, Mary Parker of the home; a daughter, Shelly Raney and husband Billy Jack of Lavaca; a son, Todd Parker and wife Tiffany of Fort Smith; a sister, Beverly Starr and husband Calvin of Pearland, Texas; a brother, Pat Hopkins of Fort Smith; and six grandchildren, Jessicah and Joshuah Moudy, Dennis and Daniel Taylor and Kaitlynd and Abby Parker.Memorial service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel with interment of cremains at Mayberry Cemetery in Central City. Cremation is under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home in Fort Smith.To place an online tribute, go to www.edwardfuneralhome.com.