Obituaries – descendants of Edna Thaxton & John J. Brown (Mo. to Calif.)

Some obituaries of the family of John J. Brown and Edna Thaxton (daughter of Thomas James Thaxton and Anna Neighbors of Dade Co., Mo., granddaughter of John Thaxton and Delilah Anderson of Washington Co., Ill., great-granddaughter of Thomas Thaxton and Jemima Cobb, of Pendleton District, S.C., and Allen Co., Ky.):

From the Long Beach (Calif.) Independent, 21 Jul 1962:

POLSTON (Anaheim) — William T, 49, of 712 Roanne St, died Thursday. Surviving are wife, Wilma; mother, Mrs. Lucia Smith; daughters, Christine, Lucia; sons, William, Loren, Paul; sister, Mrs. Louella Kerber. Service Tuesday, 10 a.m., Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Cypress. Utter-McKinley Wilshire Mortuary, in charge.


From the Las Vegas Review-Journal, 28 Mar 2004 (wife of William Theron Polston):

Wilma Frances Polston (Frances Bruso), 77, of Las Vegas, passed away March 27, 2004. She was a retired florist. She is survived by her daughter, Christene Faler and her husband Alex Faler; son, Loren Polston, his wife, Mary; son, Paul Polston and his wife Luba. 10 grandchildren and one great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her companion Kleber (Bruce) Bruso, and daughter Lucia Sheilds. She wanted no services. Remember her the way she lived and loved.

From the San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Feb 2009 (wife of Stanley Leander Brown):

Mary Charline (Payne) Brown

Passed peacefully on February 13, 2009 in Napa, CA at 97 years.

Loving wife of 65 years of the late Stanley L. Brown. Beloved mother of Jerome of Bonanza, OR, (Charles) Douglas of Oakland, and Frances Eichler of Clear Lake; cherished grandmother of Laurel and Rayna Eichler and Jessica and

Topanga Brown. Pre-deceased by parents Charles J. and Frances H. (McCracken) Payne of Cape Girardeau, MO and later Kansas City, MO.

She met Stan while both were attending UC Berkeley; they were married in 1931. Mary was graduated from Southeast Missouri State Teachers College (where her father was a professor) with a degree in physical science. The family moved to the Bay Area in 1956 and settled in Hillsborough, later moving to San Mateo (where Stanley passed); Mary has lived in Napa for the past 10 years. She was an active member of the United First Methodist Church of Burlingame and of Napa, and of AAUW in Napa.

Mary was a lifetime advocate of women’s and minority rights causes. In middle-age, she obtained her California teaching credential from S.F. State and taught science and mathematics in San Mateo area high schools during the 1970s. Mary’s dedication to education and social justice, her high spirits, and her love will be missed by all who knew her. A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 28 at 4:00 p.m. at United First Methodist Church, Napa.


Eugene Register-Guard, 09 Feb 1979 (husband of Dorothy Neighbors Brown):

SMALL — Chester Arthur Small of 205 South 54th Street, No. 18, Springfield, died February 8, 1979 in a Eugene hospital at the age of 83. He was born April 23, 1895 in Oil City, Pennsylvania. He was married to Dorothy Brown July 1, 1936 in Glendale, California. He was a World war I veteran, and he was a grader in the lumber business. He had lived in this community since 1946. He was a member of the Emrald Baptist Church and World War I Barracks, No. 33, in Eugene. He is survived by: his wife, Dorothy, of Springfield; 4 nieces: Evelyn Pulliam of Mira Loma, California; Mrs. Lonella Kerber of Dallas, Oregon; Mrs. Frances Harp of LaPine, Oregon; Mrs. Irene Newman of Golden City, Missouri; a nephew, Reverend Chester W. Chappell of Seattle; great-nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Monday, February 12, at 2 p.m. in Buell Chapel with Pastor Jack Kiekel of the Emrald Baptist Church and Tom Ming officiating. Interment Sunset Hills Memorial Park. Those who wish may donate to the Eugene Mission in his memory. Buell Chapel in charge of arrangements.


Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, 24 Dec 2003 (Frances Irene Brown Newman):

Mrs. Irene Newman, 88, Lockwood, formerly of Golden City, a homemaker, died at 7:10 a.m. Monday in Good Shepherd Nursing Home. Services are 2 p.m. Saturday in First Baptist Church, Golden City, with burial in Dudenville Cemetery, Dudenville, under direction of Pugh Funeral Home. Visitation is 7 to 8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.


Dallas Morning News, 30 Mar 1965 (Stanley Grady Hicks, son of Thora Annette Brown):

Dr. Hicks Dies at 43

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas–Funeral arrangements for Dr. Stanley Grady Hicks, 43, of 1718 Virginia, a veterinarian here for 15 years, were pending Monday night at the Moore-Brown Funeral Home.

Dr. Hicks, a native of Stephenville, died here Monday.

He was a graduate of Texas A & M University and a member of the First Methodist Church in Grand Prairie. He was a member of the Sam R. Hamilton Masonic lodge and past commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4477.

Survivors: Wife; one son, Kenneth Hicks of Grand Prairie; two daughters, Miss Kay Hicks and Miss Joan Hicks of Grand Prairie and one brother, Ralph Hicks of Kermit, Winkler County.

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  1. Long time reader, but first time commenter. Thank you for taking the time to post such informative information.

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