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The Hamilton Herald-News, January 8, 2004 

Ilona Anna Sebok, Mrs. John Willis Neal, better known by her Americanized name of Helen died in Lampasas on Jan. 4, 2004. Funeral services were held Jan. 6, at the Stacy-Wilkins Funeral Chapel in Goldthwaite. She was laid to rest beside her beloved husband in the Mt. Olive Cemetery. 

She was born on February 24, 1914 in Ramocsannaze, Hungary, the daughter of Janos Sebok and Anna Andriko Sebok. At age 11, Helen tended to her mother until her mother died. She reared her five younger brothers. At age 24 after witnessing some of her family being killed, she fled to Germany in March, 1945 only to experience many war tragedies. In Germany, she worked as a housekeeper. After surviving many more war cruelties, she married in New Orleans on February 18, 1952 and traveled to Midland to live with her sponsors, Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Coleman. They introduced her to John Willis Neal, who lived at Mt. Olive (near Goldthwaite). They were wed on Feb. 1, 

One of her proudest moments was when she became a naturalized American citizen. Aimee Dryman served as one of her witnesses to become an American as she would proudly tell all. The couple had no children but since 1954 they lovingly acted as surrogate parents to Johnafaye Dryman Flippen. Helen considered Aimee and Ed Dryman, Johnafaye, Jimmy, Jason and John D. Flippen and their extended families, as her own. 

Helen was preceded in death by her husband on March 18, 1969. She was preceded by several brothers, nieces, nephews and family by marriage. Survivors include Johnafaye and Jimmy Flippen, Jason, Tracy, Ramey, Brittany, Avery, and Reb Dean Flippen, John D. and Keri Flippen, relatives by marriage and many close friends. She was baptized in the Greek Orthodox Catholic Church on February 26, 1914. Pallbearers were Carroll Bunting, David Wiedebusch, Robert Long, and Glen Love. Honorary pallbearers were Ernie Langpaul, Arlan Poer, Jason Flippen, John D. Flippen, Paul Majors, Tony Majors, Tom Cody Graves, and Jimmy Flippen.


The Hamilton Herald-News, Aug. 14, 2003

Juanita Vinson Neel, 82, died July 29 in Fort Worth. Funeral services were conducted July 31 at Handley United Methodist Church, 2929 Forest Avenue. Burial was at Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park. 

Mrs. Neel was born June 14, 1921 in Kaufman County. She graduated from Polytechnic High School and was a longtime resident of Fort Worth. 

She and her husband were members of Handley United Methodist Church for almost 50 years. While her three daughters were in school, she was very involved in their activities, both at school and in the community. 

She first retired from the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and later worked for the Tarrant County Hospital District until she retired in the mid-1980s. 

She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her six grandchildren. Her hobbies included tole painting and playing bridge with friends. 

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Victor L. Neel; daughters, Joy Neel Chapman of Newark, Del., Mary Jo Neel Lee and husband John of Portland, Ore. and Vickie Neel Riddle and husband Mark of Arlington and grandchildren, Kathryn Lee Wheat, Stephanie Lee Utley, Jamie Lee, Johnny Lee, Renee Riddle and Matthew Riddle.


The Hamilton Herald-News February 10, 2005 

Victor Lee Neel, 80, died Feb. 3, 2005, in Fort Worth. Funeral services were held Feb. 5 at the Handley United Methodist Church in Fort Worth, with burial following in Shannon Rose Hill Cemetery. 

He was born Feb. 9, 1924, in Lamkin, and graduated from Lamkin High School. He enrolled at John Tarleton Agricultural College in 1940, and received his associate's degree two years later. He was accepted into the Army's Aviation Cadet Program in December, 1942. After completing his flight training, he received his commission and wings. By the fall of 1944, he had joined the 8th Air Force in England at the beginning of the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. He flew 25 missions on his B-24, the Happy Warrior, before the war ended in May, 1945. He received several decorations from his war experience, including the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters and the European Theater Campaign Medal with three Bronze Service Stars. 

Upon his return from the war, Mr. Neel taught school for one year in Lamkin. He and his wife, moved to Fort Worth in 1946. He enrolled at Texas Christian University on the GI bill and graduated in 1948 with a B.A. in business. He was employed 24 years at the Government Employee's Finance Corporation, and then worked 14 years as business manager for the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw School District before retirement in 1987. 

Mr. Neel was an active and devoted member of Handley United Methodist Church for 46 years. He loved sports, especially golf and basketball. He was a member of the TCU Frog Club. He volunteered his time during income tax season with the Volunteer Tax Assistance Program. He enjoyed spending time with his family. 

He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Juanita Vinson Neel. 

Survivors include his daughters, Vickie Neel Riddle and husband, Mark, of Arlington, Mary Jo Neel Lee of Portland, Oregon, and husband John, and Joy Neel Chapman of Newark, Delaware; brother, John H. Neel of Dallas; and grandchildren, Renee Riddle, Matthew Riddle, Kathryn Lee Wheat, Stephanie Lee Utley, Jamie Lee and Johnny Lee; and numerous nieces and nephews.


The Hamilton Herald-News      April 28, 2005 

Alta Joy (Gardner) Neie, 79, of Corrales, New Mexico, died at her home on Monday April 25, 2005. Services were held at Vista Verde Mortuary in Rio Rancho, NM April 27 at 3 p.m., officiated by Pastor Cheri Lyon with burial following.

She was born August 25, 1925, the daughter of Luther and Molissie Gardner in Hamil-ton. She grew up on a farm in the Blue Ridge Community with four older brothers.
She was married to Oliver C. Neie on April 9, 1950 in Hamilton. They moved to Corales in 1962 and are members of Harwood United Methodist Church.
She was dedicated to her family and treasured the family reunions. She left a legacy of recording the family history, through the many pictures and albums, she so lovingly com-piled. She also enjoyed sewing and made all of her own clothes. Rocking a baby was her favorite pass time.
She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers.
Survivors include her husband of 55 years; four children, Elaine McCoy (Lester), Gary Neie, Gail Scott (Michael), and Glen Neie (Freda); eight grandchildren, Dean McCoy, Kristi Victor (Darrell), Karen Waldrip (Josh), Tracy Scott, Carl Neie (Kendra), Curtis Scott, Colter Neie (Brandi), and Shawn Neie; six very special great-grandchildren, Riley, Logan, Dustin, Kyle, Levi and Kaela, with more on the way; as well as a brother Walter Lee Gardner.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.

[Joy married Alton E. Raibourn, on 8 Aug., 1945; Hamilton County Marriage Record Bk. 10, p. 605.  Alton died in an accident at Camp (now Fort) Hood on Oct. 31, 1947.

She married Oliver Carl Neie on 19 April, 1950, Hamilton County Marriage Record Bk. 11, p. 281.]


The Hamilton Herald-News 07/15/2004 

Lt. Col. Reuben William Neie, U.S. Air Force, 86, died June 22, 2004. A celebration of his life was held on June 27 and private funeral services for family members were held June 28 at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla. 

He was the son of Otto and Lilly Neie. 

Mr. Neie served his country for 28 years in the U.S. Air Force, serving in World War II as a bomber pilot, and also in the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He enjoyed playing golf and tinkering with his 1923 Buick Roadster. 

He will be remembered for putting his family and friends first and was quick to help those in need. He enjoyed working on inventions or solutions, including a golf chart and a squirrel deflector. 

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Javon and their three children, Grandt Neie and wife Kathleen, Van Neie and wife Barbara and Lee Ann Childress and husband James and his second wife, Lee. 

Survivors include his second wife’s children, Dave Reed and Patricia Hooper and husband Earl; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and three more on the way this year.



The Hamilton Herald-News, July 3, 2003

Mary Ann Wuistinger Nelson departed for her eternal home on June 27th at the age of 91. She was born in Hamilton County, TX on June 5, 1912 to Fritz and Amelia Wuistinger. Mary grew up on farm with 13 siblings of whom she was the second youngest. 

During WWII, she and her husband to be, Albert Nelson, met in Brownwood, TX at the American Legion Hall. Following his tour of duty, they were joined in marriage on October 20, 1945. They made their home in OKC for most of their 57 years together. Mary worked at American Optical and OKC Public Schools and was diligent in her volunteer efforts through the VFW Auxiliary until the most recent years. 

She was a former member of Zion Lutheran Church, then transferred to Messiah Lutheran Church in 1966 with her husband, Albert. 

Mary has been preceded in death by her parents, 8 brothers and 5 sisters. She is survived by her husband, Albert of the home and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Viewing will be at Demuth Funeral Home and graveside services will be held on Monday, June 30, at 10 a.m. at Memorial Park Cemetery at Kelley and Memorial Rd. The Rev. Fred Schumacher will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions might be made to Messiah Lutheran Church, 3600 NW Expressway, OKC, OK 73112. 
Demuth Funeral Home



The Hamilton Herald-News                   February 3, 2005


Sherman Ray Nelson, 60, died Jan. 29, 2005 in the Hamilton General Hospital. Funeral services were held Jan. 31, in the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ronnie Calcote officiating. Burial was in Board Church Cemtery.

Mr. Nelson was born Jan. 12, 1945 at Comanche, the son of A. J. Nelson and Patricia Pettijohn Nelson.
He graduated from Gustine High School in 1963. On Oct. 3, 1966 at Abilene, he was inducted into the Army as a Private and discharged from the US Army Personnel Center Oakland, California one year, eleven months and twenty-two days later with a rate of E-5. He served eight months and eleven days foreign service in Vietnam.
Mr. Nelson retired from the post office with thirty-five years of service. He loved to fish, to do wood working, carpentering, country dancing and helping others. He loved people and will be missed by his family and his many friends. He is preceded in death by his father, A. J. Nelson and a sister, Carolyn Nelson.
Survivors include his three children, Jarrett Nelson and his fiancé Tammy of Austin, Julie Weaver and husband Larry and Jenny Rumbolz and her husband Jason, all of Hamilton; his mother, Patricia Nelson of Comanche; five grandchildren, Austin, Jordan, Ty, Kayleigh and Chase and a brother, Doyce Nelson and his wife Lillie of Zephyr as well as a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
Pallbearers were Bobby Pettijohn, Don McDonald, Vernon Gromatzky, Russ Calcote, Todd Jordan and Travis Johnson.
Riley Funeral Home


The Hamilton Herald-News, July 24, 2003

Frank Lesley New, 94, of Fairy died July 13 Funeral services were held at Rutledge Funeral Home Chapel at Hico with Bob Ray officiating. Burial followed at Gardens of Memories in Stephenville. 

He was born Jan. 3, 1909, the son of Frank David and Abby Elizabeth Womack near Morgan in Bosque County. The family moved to the Olin Community in Hamilton in 1913. 

He was married to Eunice Pauline Simpson on Jan 3, 1928. The couple farmed and ranched in the Olin community and in 1942 established their home in the Fairy commuity. Mr. New was a long-time member, treasurer and deacon of the Fairy Baptist Church. He served in leadership roles of the Hamilton County Farm Bureau, as the Fairy Precinct Election Judge and on the Fairy School Board. 

He enjoyed playing 42 and 84, sports events, and was especially fond of Texas Rangers baseball. 

Mr. New was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. 

He was the seventh of eight children and the last survivor. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; brothers and sisters, Virgil New, Addie Peterman, Minnie McKenzie, Clyde New, Velma Hobgood, Ethel Day, Emory New and daughter-in-law, Christine New. 

Survivors include sons, Truitt New of Fort Worth, Leon New and wife Shirley of Amarillo and daughter Anita and husband Eddie Wood of Burleson; granddaughters, Rita and husband Rick Gantt of Hurst, Sheri and husband Dr. Mark Rister of Waco, Paula New of Austin, Pam and husband Jim Brown of Sammamish, Wash., Tricia and husband Trace McGuire of Amarillo and grandson Perry New and wife Renee of Fort Worth; great-grandchildren, Matthew, Christopher and Blake Gantt, Leslie and Ryan Rister, Riley and Connor Brown, Caleb and Joshua McGuire and Katriel Lopez as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. 

Pallbearers were members of the Fairy Baptist Church. 

Memorials may be made to Fairy Baptist Church. Rutledge Funeral Home

The Hamilton Herald-News, July 16, 2003

Frank Lesley New, 94, of Hico died July 13 in Hico. Funeral services will be conducted July 16 at 10 a.m. at Rutledge-Jones Funeral Home. Burial will be in Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Stephenville, Rev. Bob Ray officiating. 

Mr. New was born Jan 3, 1909 in Bosque County and lived his entire life in the Hico area. He was married to Eunice Simpson on Jan. 3, 1928. He was a farmer and rancher and a member of Fairy Baptist Church. 

Survivors include his sons, Leon New of Amarillo and Truett New of Fort Worth; a daughter, Anita Wood of Fairy; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Rutledge-Jones Funeral Home, Inc



The Hamilton Herald-News, 12/04/2003

Ray New, 73, of Hamilton, died Dec. 1, 2003 in Clifton. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 in the Clifton Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Boggy Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Zella New of Hamilton; two sons, David New of Cranfills Gap, Keith New of Plano; a daughter, Barbie Kauitzsch of Hamilton; a brother, William Loyd New of Clifton; six sisters, Hazel McCasland of Weatherford, Mary Pearl Brown of Coppell, Nellie Dickerson of Washington State, Ann Shannon of Azle, Ida Hauke of Clifton, Faye Rasco of Burleson; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Clifton Funeral Home


The Hamilton Herald-News, August 28, 2003 

Billie Elmo Newsom, 68, a dairyman, died Aug. 20 at his residence. Funeral services were conducted Aug. 23 at First Baptist Church in Godley with Rev. Kenneth Coleman and Rev. David Hampton officiating. Burial was in Godley Cemetery. 

Mr. Newsom was born in Hamilton on Oct. 28, 1934 and was a 1953 graduate of Hamilton High School. He worked for General Dynamics, in the Texas Comptroller's office and was a dairyman for more than 30 years. He received the Johnson County Conservationist Family of the Year Award in 1998. 

Mr. Newsom was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Godley. He was a loving husband, son and father. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, square dancing and tending to his beloved cows. 

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mildred Newsom and a brother, Charles Newsom. 

Survivors include his wife of 48 years. Von Newsom of Godley; daughters, Susan Sewell and husband Bob of Aurora; sons, Bill Don Newsom and wife Carol of Godley, Ben Newsom and wife Becky of Godley; father and stepmother Elmo and Mary Ruth Newsom of Hamilton; sisters, Lou Chumney of Stephenville, Sue Kopp of Pottsville; grandchildren, Chad Lyon, Austin Sewell, Chase Sewell, Bailey Newsom, Tabatha Matlock, Kip Helfenbein and Jeremiah Jackson. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Fund, Godley, TX 76044 and Huguley Hospice. 


John Daniel "Cotton" Newsom died Jan. 13, 2005 at the Hamilton Hospital following a short illness. Funeral services were held Jan. 14, 2005 at Riley Funeral Chapel with Rev. Keith Felton officiating. Burial was in Pilgrim's Rest Cemetery near Evant. 

He was born June 28, 1908 in the Stampede Valley near Moody, the third child of John Daniel and Nina Goode Newsom. During his youth, the family moved from Stampede Valley to Willow Grove where he began school. 

He accepted Christ as his personal savior in 1925 while the family was living near Center in the Panhandle. His membership remained there even though he attended Blue Ridge Baptist Church after moving back to Hamilton County. 

In the late thirties, Mr. Newsom worked on President Roosevelt's Civil Conservation Corp. in Colorado. He participated in building the Hamilton County Courthouse. He served during World War II in Louisiana, but was discharged because of foot problems. He immediately went to Fort Worth and was employed at Consolidated Aircraft helping build airplanes. He was employed by his brother, Elmo for many years as a carpenter. He also enjoyed furniture making and gardening. 

In 1963, he married O'Dell McKenzie and they made their home in South Hamilton. She preceded him in death in 2000. J.D. was lovingly nicknamed "Cotton" because of his white hair. He was a simple, unassuming person loved by all who met him. He took great pride in his family, particularly his nieces and nephews, particularly after never having children of his own. He was a skilled domino player who delighted in being able to excel over his great nephews and even occasionally his brother and sister. He is preceded in death by his wife; a brother, Ernest Newsom, and sister Myrtle Parks. Survivors include his brother Elmo Newsom of Hamilton; Lola Wagner of Hamilton, nieces, nephews, and countless friends including Linda Kaye Comer of Evant.



The Hamilton Herald-News     November 24, 2005

Robert Edgar Newsom, Jr. age 74, of Creekside, PA., died Nov. 19, 2005, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA. Funeral Services were held at the Clark Chapel of the Bauer Funeral Home on Nov. 21 with the Rev. Ed. Billock officiating. Burial will be in Atwood Cemetery in Armstrong Co., PA.
Mr. Newsom was born March 24, 1931 in Hamilton County, the son of Robert Edgar and Valley Rae (Jones) Newsom, Sr.
He was a member of Grace Independent Baptist Church, Shelocta, PA and a Marine Corp Veteran. He was the co-owner of the Brookview Country Manor Assisted Living. He was a coal miner for eighteen years, retiring in 1981.
He was preceded in death by his parents, R. Edgar Newsom, Sr. and Valley Rae (Jones) Newsom; one grandson, Robert Eugene Newsom; one sister, Mary Jo Barry and one brother, Master Sergeant, Gilbert W. Roberts.
Survivors include his wife, Audrey (Yount) Newsom whom he married May 3, 1958 of Creekside, PA; a son, Eugene Newsom and his wife Bonnie of Creekside, PA; five daughters, Darlene Rupert and her husband Larry of Elderton, PA; Charold Silvis and her husband Jack of Coeburn, VA; Brenda Bash and her husband Jerry of Creekside, PA; Robin Gillespie and her partner David of Apollo, PA; and Roberta Erdley and her partner Johnny of Dayton, PA.; fourteen grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren; and one sister, Nelda Donahoo and her husband Billy of Hamilton and many loving nieces and nephews.
Bauer Funeral Home, Inc



The Hamilton Herald-News December 9, 2004 

Vester Alva Newton, 92, died Dec. 5, 2004. Graveside services were held Dec. 8 at Greenwood Memorial Park. 

He was born Dec. 5, 1912, in McGirk, a farm community not far from Hamilton, the fourth of 11 children born to Nira and Rozena Hiller Newton. 

Mr. Newton became a member of the Church of Christ from his early youth and lived his life for Christ. He graduated from Hamilton High School and while in Hamilton he met his future wife, Joyce Juanita Hartgraves. They were married on April 4, 1936. 

While still in Hamilton they had their only child, Benita. They moved to Fort Worth in the early forties after a short time in Los Angelos. Vester then went to work at Consolidated Vultee, which is now Lockheed Martin, and he retired from there. 

Mr. Newton was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Vonda, Iola and Ora; brothers, Aaron and Hiller. 

Survivors include his wife; daughter, Benita Stone and her husband, Paul; grandchildren, Shawn Stone and his wife, Vicki and Jamie Stone Kellogg and her husband, Tad; great-grandchildren, Conley, Newton and Agatha Kellogg; sisters, Zelma Harper and Ida Oustad; brothers, Ken Newton, Laymon Newton and Weldon Newton; many nieces, nephews; and great-nieces and nephews. Greenwood Funeral Home


The Hamilton Herald-News, January 8, 2004 

Estelle Nichols, 102, died at her residence in Lingleville on Dec. 28, 2003. Funeral services were held Jan. 2 at Lacy Funeral Home Chapel in Stephenville with Robert Roberson officiating assisted by A. B. Nichols Jr. Burial was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Fort Worth. She was born March 10, 1901 in Hamilton, the daughter of James Miriam and Ida Bell (Bryan) Chambliss. 

She was married to Alfred B. Nichols on July 19, 1943 in Fort Worth. He preceded her in death on April 12, 1989. 

Mrs. Nichols was a homemaker and a member of Oak Dale United Methodist Church as well as a member of N.A.L.C. Auxiliary No. 16, Polytechnic Chapter 420 O.E.S. and local CB group. 

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Alfred B. and Della Nichols of College Station; a daughter and son-in-law, Mary N. and Clyde King of Lingleville; five grandchildren, A. B. Nichols Jr., Carrie Nichols, Sally Richard, Peggy Morrison and Sondra Martin; eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 

Lacy Funeral Home


The Hamilton Herald-News         May 5, 2004 

Donald Lee Nilson, 58, of El Campo died at his home April 28, 2004 after a brief illness. A memorial will be held in El Campo in May with another planned for Bloomington, Ind. at a later date. Mr. Nilson was born Oct. 9, 1945 in Bloomington, Ind., the son of James Robert and Norma Jean Lawson Nilson. 

He graduated from Boone County High School in Florence, Ky. An outstanding athlete, Mr. Nilson was an All Kentucky football player and record holder in shotput. He moved to Texas after accepting a scholarship to play football at West Texas State University in Canyon. 

Mr. Nilson's love of kids and football led him to a career as a teacher and coach. His first job was in Dalhart, followed by stops in Van Horn, Balmorhea, Hamilton, Cleveland, Plainview and El Campo. He was preceded in death by his mother. 

Survivors include his father, James Robert Nilson of El Campo; his grandmother, Anna Lawson and aunt, Joan Myers of Bloomington, Ind.; brothers James Robert Nilson, Jr. of Mount Pocono, Pa. and John David Nilson of Indianapolis, Ind.; sons, Donald L. Nilson II and wife Jennifer of Hamilton and Christopher Allen Nilson of El Campo; five grandchildren and five nieces and nephews as well as his former wife, Mrs. Cail Klatt of Hamilton. 

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Hamilton Public Library. 

Triska Funeral Home





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