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l to r: Jesse, Thomas J, Luella holding William Pink and Viola Myrtle Hefley

This is the family as shown on my family group sheets.
Additions welcomed.
Keep in mind, I work mainly in the time period of about 1850 through 1930's.
Have many, many Hefley Family Group Sheets, newspaper clippings,
census records and other data which I will be adding to the Hefley
families from time to time, so check back later for any updates.
THOMAS "Tom" J HEFLEY was born 25 December 1873 in Newton County, Arkansas.
He was son of Nathaniel "Natty" James and Elizabeth Tennison Hefley.
Have even seen Nathaniel James name written as "Maddy Jim" Hefley;
someone stated because he had a bad temper.

Thomas married LUELLA "Eller" GUTHRIE ON 8 July 1891 (Book D,page93)
in Newton County, Arkansas. Eller was born 25 Aug 1877 in Arkansas,
the daughter of Owen Guthrie and Mary Jane Hicks.
Eller was sister to Elizabeth Frances "Fannie" Guthrie Hefley who
married WILLIAM "BILLY"HEFLEY(son of Daniel and Eliza J. Greenhaw Hefley).
Had more information on this Guthrie Family showing them on a
census, but am unable to locate this right now.Will add information later.

Tom and Eller Guthrie Hefley children:
(1) VIOLA MYRTLE HEFLEY, born 4Feb1893 in Newton County and
died 22 March 1954.
She married ELMER LESTER HEFLEY(son of William Bailey Hefley and
Margaret Cheatham) on 17 Oct 1912 (page 208)Newton County, Arkansas.
Elmer was born 1 Feb 1892 and died 22 March 1954.
They are buried in Mt. Judea Cemetery,Newton County,Arkansas.
Children: (may not be in birth order)
i:E. LESTER MARVIN HEFLEY, born 8 Aug 1913. He married AUDREY PAYNE,
18, of Bass, on 14 April 1931 (page 389) in Newton County.
Lester died 4 Dec 1975 with burial in Mt. Judea Cemetery.

ii: GUSSIE MAE HEFLEY, born 18 Sept 1914 at Mt. Judea, Arkansas.
Gussie married JAMES W NICHOLS in 1934.Gussie died 31 July 1999 with
burial in the Mt. Judea Cemetery.
I called Gussie on the telephone several times, but her memory was

Gussie Mae Nichols age 85 of Mt. Judea, Arkansas died Saturday,
July 31, 1999 at North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in Harrison.
She was born September 18, 1914 in Mt. Judea, Arkansas, the daughter
of Elmer and Viola (Heffley)Hefley.
She was a member of the Mt. Judea Church of Christ, a grocery store
proprietor, home maker and lifelong resident of Mt. Judea.
She was preceded in death by her husband James W Nichols, her son,
Charles (Junior), grandson Roger Lynn, great-granddaughter
Sierra Lynn Nichols, sister Wilsie Ann Cook; brothers Lester,
Custer and Athel Hefley.
She was married to her husband James for 53 years before he preceded
her in death in 1987.
Survivors include her grandson Rockey Gene Nichols and his daughters
Laken and Kaitlynn; granddaughters: Kim Renee Nichols Horn and her
husband Kurt and their son Kendall of Dallas, Texas; and
Robin Jeanette Nichols Holder and her husband Kevin and their
daughter Megan of Pindall, Arkansas; brothers Russell Hefley of
Pelsor and E.L. Hefley of Little Rock, and sister Lois Sain of Pelsor.
Services were Wednesday, August 4, 1999 at Mt. Judea Church of Christ
with Loyd Dodson, Jr. officiating. Burial waas in Mt. Judea Cemetery
under the direction of Coffman Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Carl Louis Cook, Kevin Cook, Shelvon Gregory,
Ronnie Campbell, Dennis Sain, James Hefley, Billie Cheatham,
Charlie Hefley, Bill Hefley and Mack David Hefley.

(continuing with children of Viola and Elmer Hefley)
iii: CUSTER M."Oxhead" HEFLEY, born 16 Feb 1916. He married
Custer died 11 April 1996 at Russellville, Pope County, Arkansas,
with burial in Tarlton Cemetery in Newton County.
Custer was survived by his wife and children: 1) Billy Hefley of Dover,Arkansas
2)Donna Sue Stevens of South Lake Tahoe,California
3)Daisy Clayborn of Deer,Arkansas
4) Margaret Bartle of Mt. Judea, Arkansas.

iv:WILSIE ANN HEFLEY, born 20 Aug 1919 at Mt. Judea.
She married BEECHER F COOK ca 1939. Wilsie Ann died 29 June 1999
with burial in Mt. Judea Cemetery.


vi: ATHEL "A" HEFLEY, born 1926. He died in 1955 with burial in Mt
. Judea Cemetery.


viii: E.L. HEFLEY

(continuing with children of Thomas and Eller Guthrie Hefley)

(2)JESSE HEFLEY,born 3 Oct 1895 in Newton County.
He married (1) CLARA EWIN on 1 Feb 1920 (page 567)in Newton County.
Jesse died 29 Nov 1970 with burial in Mt. Judea Cemetery in Newton

?McCutcheon, Jesse Hefley and ? Dodson, WWI in France

Jesse Hefley known children:


Jesse married (2) CLYDIE OMA DAVIS ca 1939.
Clydie was born 22 June 1913 in Newton County, the daughter of
Albert Daniel Davis and Arkansas Rena Hefley.
Clydie died 19 April 1984 and is buried in Omaha Cemetery, Boone
County, Arkansas.
Do not have a list of their children

Photo of Jess Hefley's Cafe, Mt. Judea, Arkansas

Does anyone have any information on this cafe and its location?
Any information you might have about this cafe would be greatly
Tom Hefley shared these photos with us. Thanks Tom.

(continuing with children of Thomas Jefferson Hefley)

(3)WILLIAM PINK HEFLEY,born 25 July 1900 (also show date of
July1899). He married BLANCHE HOOVER.
Known children were: Jesse Glen and Ernest Hefley.
William Pink Hefley died 15 Sept 1985 at unknown place.

(4)BERTHIE HEFLEY, born 1902. She married ARTHUR CRINER, 19,
on 10 July 1916 (page 208)in Newton County, Arkansas.
Berthie died 8 Jan 1979 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

(5)ALTA "Altie" JANE HEFLEY,born 3 Jan 1903.
She married (1)ARTHUR FOSTER on 19 Aug 1929.
She married (2) Mr. MARTIN.
Do not have a list of her children.
Alta died 25 Nov 1989 with burial in Mt. Judea Cemetery.

(6)ROY LEE HEFLEY, born 29 March 1906 at Mt. Judea.
He married JULIA SUTTON on 21 April 1931 in Newton County.
i: Clyde Denton Hefley who married JEWEL DEAN LaFAVOR.

ii: Edward Clayton Hefley who married IVA LOUISA TERRY.

Roy Lee Hefley died 17 June 1996 at Harrison, Boone County, Arkansas
with burial in Mt. Judea Cemetery in Newton County.
Julia Sutton Hefley just recently passed away. More later.

(7)LUCY A. HEFLEY,, born 23 Dec 1908. I show her marrying
LEVI ARVIL CRINER on 23 April 1925 (page 450)in Newton County.
Lucy died 31 Jan 1979 with burial in Criner Cemetery in Newton

(8)FREDERICK "Fred" JOSEPH HEFLEY, born 25 April 1911 at Mt.
Judea. He married HESTER HOSANNIE FOSTER ON 16 July 1928, page 117,
Newton County, Arkansas.

i: James Carl Hefley.James married MARTI SMEDLEY.
They had three daughters.
James lived in Hannibal, Missouri

James Carl Hefley and wife Marti Smedley

Dr James Carl Hefley
(Jun. 2, 1930,Chillicothe,Ross County,Ohio
He died Mar. 20, 2004,Hannibal,Marion County,Missouri

James Carl Hefley Jr.
Hannibal Courier-Post (MO) - June 3, 2004
Deceased Name: James Carl Hefley Jr. Hannibal
June 2, 1930 - March 20, 2004
HANNIBAL - James Carl Hefley Jr., Ph.D., 73, of Hannibal, died
Saturday, March 20, 2004, at his home. He was the former writer-
in-residence at Hannibal-LaGrange College and the founder of Hannibal
A joint Celebration of Life service is planned for both Hefley and
his wife, Marti, who passed away Sunday, May 30, 2004, for 11 a.m.
Saturday, June 5, at Immanuel Baptist Church in Hannibal.
Pastor Mark Albee and Dr. Larry Lewis, a former president of
Hannibal-LaGrange College, who is now with California-based Mission
America Coalition, will officiate.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, June 4, at the
James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal.
Dr. Hefley was born June 2, 1930, in Chillicothe, Ohio, to
Frederick Joseph Hefley and Hester Hosannah Foster Hefley.
He grew up in Mount Judea, Ark.
He was married to Marti Lou Smedley on May 8, 1953, in New Orleans.
Survivors include three daughters and their husbands, Cyndi Joy and
Kent Taylor, Hannibal, Cecilia Faith and Ernest Benoit, Chattanooga,
Tenn., and Cheri Grace and Steve Grubbs, Chattanooga, Tenn., eight
much-beloved grandchildren, six younger siblings, Howard Jean Hefley,
Kansas City, Mo., Mary Louise Hefley Stewart, Tullahoma, Tenn. and
Lutz, Fla., and Loucille Hefley Burdine, Freddie Hefley Walker,
Jimmie Hefley Winstead and Patsy Hefley Henderson, all of
Harrisonville, Ark.; and numerous cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Johnny Hefley.
A prolific writer, teacher, pastor, editor and publisher, Dr. Hefley
was the first chronicler of the conservative movement, which changed
the course of the 16-million-member Southern Baptist Convention. His
five-volume "The Truth in Crisis" series, and "The Conservative
Resurgence in the Southern Baptist Convention" are standouts in his
five decades of writing, which include "Way Back in the Hills,"
"Way Back When," and a book he co-authored with his wife, Marti,
"Christian Martyrs of the Twentieth Century." Dr. Hefley's stories of
presidents and preachers, astronauts, athletes and activists have
found their way around the world and in many languages.
Hefley graduated from Mount Judea High School at age 13.
When he was 17, Dr. Hefley earned the bachelor of arts degree from
Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas, which later granted him an
honorary doctor of letters. He earned the masters in divinity from
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a doctorate in mass
communications from the University of Tennessee.
Memorials may be made to the James C. Hefley Memorial Scholarship
Fund, C/O James O'Donnell Funeral Home, Hannibal, MO 63401.
Burial:Mount Judea Cemetery,Mount Judea,Newton County,Arkansas
Family links:
Fred J Hefley (1911 - 1988)
Hester H Hefley (1906 - 1984)
Marti Lou Smedley Hefley (1934 - 2004)

(continuing with Fred and Hester Hefley children)

ii: Howard Dean Hefley.

iii: John Paul Hefley

iv: Betty Loucille Hefley Burdine

v: Mary Louise Hefley Stewart

vi: Jimmie Fern Hefley Winstead

vii: Freddie Gelease Hefley Walker

viii: Patricia Ann Gail Hefley Henderson

Frederick Joseph Hefley died 30 Sept 1988 at Harrison, Arkansas with
burial in Mt. Judea Cemetery in Newton County.
Hester Hosannie Foster, born 10 Sept 1906, was daughter of
PULLIAM FOSTER and BARBARA JANE SUTTON. Hester died 30 April 1984
with burial in Mt. Judea Cemetery.

Frederick Joseph Hefley
Frederick Joseph Hefley, age 77 of Harrison died Saturday,
Sept 3,1988 at North Arkansas Medical Center.
He was born April 25, 1911 at Mt. Judea, the son of Thomas J and
Ella Gutherie Hefley. He was a retired merchant, a prior resident of
Mt. Judea for 46 years, a well known gospel singer, a member of the
Pine Street Baptist Church in Harrison and a member of the Harrison
Senior Citizens Organization
He was also a "champion" coon hunter and his dogs won numerous
trophies at field trials across the country, including the
"All American award in 1956. He was also a avid fisherman and served
as a guide for the Lead Hill Boat Dock for 16 years.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Hester Hoster Hefley, two
brothers and four sisters.
Survivors include three sons; Dr James Carl Hefley of Hannibal,MO;
Howard Jean Hefley of Kansas City,Mo and Johnn Paul Hefley of
Kansas City, Mo; five daughters, Betty Lucille Burdine of Deer,
Mary Louise Stewart of Tullahoma,Tenn; Jimmy Fern Winstead of
Riverside, Calif,Freddie Gelene Walker of Harrison and
Particia Ann Gail Henderson of Independence,Mo; two brothers, Roy Lee
Hefley of Mt.Judea and Loma He3fley of Lodi,Calif; two sisteers
Alta Jane Foster of Harrison and Elsie Mae Reddell of Dover;
16 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
Funeral was Tuesday, Sept 6 at 10 a.m. at Christenson Funeral Home
with the Rev.Greg Cantrell officiating. Burial was in the Mt.Judea
Pallbearers include Boyce Burdine, John Wray Jr.,Jeff Wiskur,
Clyde Hefley, Lewis Hefley, Pat Merriman,Billy Burdine,Jason Hefley,
Jeffrey Hefley, Randy Morrow, Oral Criner.
Honorary pallbearers were Beet Edwards, Noil Martin, James Hefley,
Custer Hefley, Larry Henderson, Tim Stewart, Jack Lewellen,
Dr. Ross Fowler, L R Criner, Bill Hefley,Leo Walter, Bill Lemon.

(continuing with children of Thomas Jefferson Hefley)

(9)LOMA W. HEFLEY,born 1914. He married CLARA JACKSON on
13 Feb 1932 (page 534)in Newton County. Do not have a list of their children.
Loma died in August 1990 in Lodi, California and is buried at Arvin, California.

(10)BESSIE HEFLEY,born 1916.She is on the 1920 Newton County, Arkansas Census in Big Creek Township, shown as age 4-8/12.

(11)ELSIE MAE HEFLEY.She is listed as age 8/12 on the January 1920 Newton County, Arkansas Census, Big Creek Township.
She married JAMES MITCH REDDELL on 30 Dec 1931 (page 450)in Newton County.
Elsie died 26 June 2000 at Russellville and is buried in McFadden Cemetery at Dover, Pope County, Arkansas.

Thomas Jefferson Hefley, died 18 July 1939.
Lu Ella "Eller" Guthrie Hefley died 18 Feb 1936.
They are buried in Hefley Cemetery in Newton County, Arkansas.

Evelyn Flood

16 Nov 2016

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