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Paul DeBusk

Paul DeBusk son of Ira DeBusk 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
By 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 Springs.


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.

Paul Debusk Obituary
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

Paul Debusk
Published Thursday, February 28, 2002
Paul Debusk, 101, of Quitman, died Monday (Feb. 25, 2002) at Lakeland Lodge in Heber Springs.
Born in Nov. 22, 1900, in Dickson County, Tenn., he was the son of the late Ira and Salura Ellis Debusk. He was an electrician.

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