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235. Clara Vivian HAYS was born on 1 May 1902 in Crawford County, Arkansas.156 She died on 27 January 1994 at the age of 91 in Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas.10,115

1830 Census. Van Buren Twp, Crawford Co, AR, Hh 351 [on the same page of the census as her brother William and her mother and younger siblings]
James H. Kilgore, age 28, married at 20, farmer
Clara, wife, age 28
James W., son, age 6
John H., son, age 4 and 3 months.
Robert E, son , age 8 months

Clara is buried at Gracelawn Cemetery, Van Buren.
Times Record Obituary; Page 10A; January 29, 1994
Clara Vivian Hays Kilgore was born May 1, 1902 in Crawford County, Arkansas to William Henry and Etta West Hays.
She passed from this life on January 27, 1994 in Van Buren.
She was a retired sales clerk for Comstock's Department Store and a lifetime member and choir director at Alexander Memorial Christian Church. She also was an American Legion Gold Star Mother, a member of Dorcus Society of Alexander and a correspondent for The Press Argus Courier for 50 years.
Clara married James Harry Kilgore on November 30, 1922. To this union was born James William Kilgore, John Hays Kilgore, Robert Edward Kilgore, Betty Jo Kilgore and Donna Kay Kilgore.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James; and a son, James Harry Kilgore. She was an American Legion Gold Star Mother.
She is survived by two daughters, Betty Wilmot of Van Buren and Donna Talley of Pryor, Oklahoma; two sons, John of Sweeny, Texas, and Robert E. of Pasadena, Texas; two sisters, Mary Deffenbaugh and Dorothy Vines, both of Van Buren; three brothers, Paul Hays Sr. and Donald E. Hays, both of Van Buren, and Hadley Hays of Jackson, Tennessee; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be David Edward and James William Killgore, David James, Dale Hays and Dennis Robert Wilmot and Paul Hays Jr.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. January 31 in Alexander Memorial Christian Church with burial at Gracelawn Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.

Clara Vivian HAYS and James Harry KILGORE were married on 30 November 1922.117 James Harry KILGORE157, son of William Harry KILGORE and Ida Fletcher BYRUM, was born on 25 August 1901 in Arkansas.157 He died in April 1974 at the age of 72 in Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas.38

Found in the 1910 Census living in Van Buren Township as an 8 year old. Date of birth received from a first cousin of his wife.
Services for James Kilgore, 72 years old Van Buren, Arkansas resident, were conducted Monday afternoon at the Wood Memorial Christian Church with the Rev. Jack Cutbirth officiating. Burial was in Gracelawn Cemetery with Edwards Funeral Home in charge.
Mr. Kilgore died Saturday at a local hospital after an extended illness. He was a member of the Christian Church and a director emeritus of the REA.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Betty and Donna; two sons; three sisters; a brother; and six grandchildren.

Clara Vivian HAYS and James Harry KILGORE had the following children:



James William KILGORE10,115 was born on 17 November 1923.158 He died on 9 January 1945 at the age of 21 in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.158,159

I believe James William died during World War II.
I was told he died in a training accident in the Naval Air Corps. He is buried at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.

World War II Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Casualties, 1941-1945 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data: State Summary of War Casualties from World War II for Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Personnel [Archival Research Catalog]; Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Record Group 24; National Archives at College Park, College Park, MD.
James William Kilgore is listed as killed in action. He was an Aviation Radioman, 3rd Class, Navy.

The obituary of Clara Kilgore said she was an American Legion Gold Star Mother; this is the only child not mentioned as surviving her.



John Hays KILGORE.



Robert Edward KILGORE.






Donna Kay KILGORE.