Paul DeBusk son of
and Salura Douglas Ellis was born 22 Nov 1900 in Dickson County,
Tennessee and died 25 Feb 2002 in Lakeland Lodge, Heber Springs,
Cleburne County, Arakansas. He married Lennie Pearl Kennedy daughter
Lawrence Leroy Kennedy and Ada Minerva Gresham in 1923. She was born
22 Jul 1908 and died 23 Jun 1983. They are both buried at Pearson
Cemetery, Pearson, Cleburne County, Arkansas.
Heber Springs, AR Sun-Times
November 21, 2001
Article written about Paul DeBusk on
his 101st birthday
More than a century old
Marsha Allen/Sun-Times Lifestyle Editor
Paul DeBusk of Heber Springs
celebrated his 101st birthday this month.
DeBusk was born November
22, 1900 in Dixon County, Tennessee to Ira and Salura Douglas Ellis
DeBusk. Currently he resides in Southridge RetirementVillage in Heber
In October 1901 the senior DeBusk
loaded up his family in a covered wagon,along with several other
family members, and headed to Arkansas. In those early20th century
years parts of Tennessee and Arkansas were swampy, so going by wagon
was slow, often requiring a few detours.
The family entourage
finally arrived in Clay County, through Batesville and finally in
Quitman. An uncle had gone ahead of the wagon train to rent a house
big enough to hold them all. They located in Center Point, east of
Quitman. In 1902, the family bought a plot of land, made a crop and
eventually settled at Bettis Mountain.
In 1919, DeBusk left home to look
for work and harvested wheat in Kansas. He entered mechanical school
in Kansas. He was 18 years old. He missed serving in World War I
because he was too young and in World War II because he was to old.
He married Linda Pearl Kennedy in 1923
who died in 1983 at the age of 75. He was 23 and she, 16. He worked
for the WPA (Works Project Administration), the wheat fields and with
Beech Aircraft in Wichita for 13 years, finally retiring to their farm
in Pearson. His son Lowell lives in Springfield, Missouri and daughter
Elaine in Heber Springs. Thanks to Donna Murphy.
1900 - 2002
Paul Debusk died on February
25, 2002. Born November 22, 1900, Paul Debusk was 101 years old. The
last known place of residence for Paul Debusk was Heber Springs, AR.
Source: Social Security Administration
Published Thursday, February 28, 2002
Paul Debusk, 101, of
Quitman, died Monday (Feb. 25, 2002) at Lakeland Lodge in Heber
Born in Nov. 22, 1900, in Dickson County, Tenn., he was
the son of the late Ira and Salura Ellis Debusk. He was an