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Eldon Worth DeBusk
Eldon Worth DeBusk and Zora Viola McDermett

Eldon Worth DeBusk son of Samuel "Sam" Dickson DeBusk and Frances Virginia Broocke was born 26 Jan 1913 in Brown County, Texas and died 11 Dec 1997 in Coleman County, Texas. He married Zora Viola McDermett daughter of Oscar McDermett and Ethel May Gould 02 Dec 1906 in Coleman County, Texas. She was born 17 Sep 1911 on the McDermett Ranch, Callahan County, Texas and died 09 Jan 1994 in Coleman, Coleman County, Texas. They are both buried at Burkett Cemetery, Coleman County, Texas

 Obituary Dec. 13, 1997 Abilene Reporter

E.W. 'Jack' DeBusk

BURKETT -- E.W. "Jack" DeBusk, 84, died Thursday at his home.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in Higginbotham Funeral Home Chapel in Cross Plains with Dr. Richard Chaffin officiating. Burial will be in Burkett Cemetery.

Mr. DeBusk was born in Coleman County and was a stockfarmer. He was a member of Burkett Methodist Church and was the widower of Zora McDermett DeBusk, whom he married in 1932 in Santa Anna.

Survivors include one son, Pat DeBusk of Houston; two sisters, Lois Garrett of Cross Plains and Jo Davee of Rising Star; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

E.W 'Jack' DeBusk
E.W. "Jack" DeBusk, 84, widely¬know Coleman County farmer¬rancher, who died unexpectedly at his home four miles west of Burkett, was laid to rest Sunday afternoon. Funeral service was held from the Higginbotham Chapel in Cross

ns with Dr. Richard Chaffin, Local United Methodist pastor offi¬ciating. Jack Scott, a lifelong friend, delivered the eulogy.

Friends crowded the funeral home far beyond capacity with scores of people standing in the aisles and adjoining corridors. The procession to the Burkett cemetery was re¬ported more than a mile in length, as friends paid parting respects to a man who had been their neighbor and friend for generations and was a descendant of pioneers who settled in this locality more than 100 years ago.

Jack DeBusk had been in declining health for more than a year but continued to live alone after the death of his wife three years ago. He had planned to visit a cardiologist Thursday afternoon and when he was late in meeting a nephew who was to accompany him, relatives drove to his home and found him dead in the yard. Oddly, his body was only a few steps from the spot where his wife had been fatally stricken. Death resulted from hear problems. He was wearing a pace¬maker at the time.

Jack DeBusk was widely known. He graduated from Cross Plains High School and had been active in community and church affairs throughout his life. He had been a Burkett school trustee, election judge for many years and an agri¬cultural committee member for Coleman County in various phases of the federal farm program. He was a long-time member and dedicated supporter of the United Methodist Church.

Survivors are a son, Pat DeBusk and wife Suanna of Houston; two sisters, Lois Garrett of Cross Plains and Jo Davee of Rising Star; two grandchildren, Andrew DeBusk and wife Cathy, and Amy Gillispie and husband Mark, and one great¬granddaughter Kirby (Hoover) Gillespie, all of Houston.

Pallbearers were Dick Koenig, Sam Koenig, Jack Angeley, Larry McAnally, Eddie Joe McAnally, Jerry Andis, Dwayne Cunningham and Tom Carter.



Zora V. DeBusk, 82, of Burkett died Sunday, January 9, 1994, at a Coleman hospital.

Services were at 2pm at Higginbotham Funeral Home Chapel with Don Roath Officiation. Burial was in Burkett Cemetery.

Mrs. DeBusk was a member of First United Methodist Church of Burkett and was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, Jack DeBusk of Burkett; one son, Pat DeBusk of Houston; three sisters, Rita Knight of Cross Plains, Susan Andis of Coleman and Frances McAnally of Burkett, and two grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to the First United Methodist Church, Burkett, or your favorite charity.