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Clarence Kizer DeBusk

Clarence Kizer DeBusk son of James Richmond DeBusk and Sabina Ann Taulbee was born 14 Jan 1898 in Hazel Green, Wolfe County, Kentucky and died 15 Aug 1950 in Lufkin, Angelina County, Texas. He married Ora Delle Hall 23 Dec 1923 in Ft. Worth, Tarrant County, Texas. She was born 17 Sep 1899 in Braymor, Caldwell County, Missouri and died 22 Feb 1952. He is buried at Magnolia Cemetery, Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas. See a picture of him with his brothers and sister

He was intervied by Judge Redmond Cole the "true story of his fathers orgin.

Judge Redmond Cole intervied this man in the 1930's. C.K. DeBusk gave him an account of his ancestors. He stated "that his earliest ancestor was Elisha DeBusk, who came to the new world from France when he was seven years old settling with his parents in Washington County, Virgina. He married Eva Clark, lived for a time in Lee County, Virginia and died 1861 in Morgan County, Kentucky. He claimed that Elisha had as brothers William, Elihu, and Andrew, as sister Elizabeth Bishop and a Sister Rachel Elkins (Eakins?). Elisha had fourteen children: Jonathan, Elias, Frank, Marion, Eliza (Shupe), Mary, Easter, Rachel, Elizabeth, Ellen, Jayne, Susan and Martha, and Joshua." Cole noted that "Joshua DeBusk (Elisha) married and had a son J.R. DeBusk, of Temple, Texas, who was the father of my informant." This was James Richmond DeBusk. Cole did not believe that this Elisha was the son of the immigrant.


LUFKIN, Texas, Aug. 15, 1950

Clarence Kizer DeBusk, 52, widely known in East Texas, was killed in an automobile accident here Tuesday.

He was the manager of the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce at the time of his death, and was formerly manager of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce.

Two prominent Beaumont men riding in the car were hurt. They are George Morgan, president of the Beaumont Natural Gas Company, and Pat Peyton, vice-president of the American National Bank of Beaumont. They were taken to a Lufkin hospital, where their condition was serious.

He was born in Kentucky, but moved as a child with his parents to Oklahoma. In 1917, he went to work for an oil company at Enid, Oklahoma. In 1919, he went to Wichita Falls, Texas as an employee of the American National Bank.

DeBusk became a chamber of commerce executive in 1923, when he went to Port Authur as assistant manager. He became secretary of the chamber there in 1928, but resigned a short time later to go to Jacksonville. From Jacksonville, he went to Beaumont.

Survivors are his wife, Ora Dell Hall DeBusk and two sons, Clarence K. DeBusk Jr. and Hall J. DeBusk, both students at the University of Texas.

The drunk driver, that caused the accident is James Lott Maske and was fined $75.00 and court costs when he pleaded guilty on a charge of driving a car while intoxicated May 11. He was fined by Judge L. B. Hightower in Jefferson County Court at law.


1   ---   Jonathan Hall DeBusk

2   ---   Clarence Kizer DeBusk Jr born 19 Mar 1928 in Port Arthur, Jefferson County, Texas and died 02 Nov 1998 in Gillespie County, Texas. He married Lillian Kothmann daughter of Walter A. Kothmann and Edna Dittmar 03 Jan 1953 in Lockhart, Caldwell County, Texas. She was born 20 Jul 1919 in Texas and died 18 Dec 1989 in Gillespie County, Texas. They are both buried at Greenwood Cemetery, Fredericksburg, Gillespie County, Texas. He married Erbel J. Simmons 30 Mar 1991 in Gillespie County, Texas.


Created by: John DeBusk
Record added: Jul 19, 2012
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