Sunday, July 24, 2016

Lorene A. "Boots" (Davenport) Walker, 1911-1995

  Ad-Express/Iowegian – 17 October 1995
  Lorene A. (Boots) Walker, 84, of Centerville died Monday, Oct. 16, 1995, at St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital.
  She was born March 12, 1911, in Jane, Mo., the daughter of Joseph and Ellen (Lamb) Davenport.
  She married Raymond Walker Feb. 9, 1932, in Kemmerer, Wyo. He survives.
  Also surviving are a son, Loren Walker and his wife, Sheila, of Centerville; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
  She was raised in Wyoming, living there until 1950 when she and her husband moved east of Udell and farmed.  They stayed on the farm until retirement in 1978. She attended the Fairview Brethren Church and was active in the Ladies Aid organization. She was a homemaker and a volunteer at the 18-80 Club.
  Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Lange Funeral Home in Centerville with the Rev. Charles Grove officiating.  Burial will be in the Jerome Cemetery. A family visitation will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and friends may call all day Wednesday and Thursday morning.

  Memorials to the Fairview Church and the 18-80 Club have been established and may be left at the funeral home. 

Gravestone of Raymond F. and Lorene A. Walker
in the Jerome Cemetery
Row 9, Block 10, Lot 2

Thursday, July 14, 2016

John R. Garza, 1951-2012

Midland Reporter-Telegram (Texas) – 28 May 2012
  John R. Garza, 60, of Midland, died on Friday, May 25, 2012, in a local hospital. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM, Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church. Interment will be in Jerome, Iowa. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 29, 2012, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, at the funeral home.
  He was born June 28, 1951, in Ft. Stockton, Texas and married Kandace Deputy on December 27, 1980. He graduated from UTPB with a degree in Criminal Justice. John retired from Chevron Texaco after 23 years, and began a new career with XTO Energy. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved being with his family and friends, his job, and his cats. John also loved to be outdoors.
  John is survived by his wife, Kandace Garza; his daughter, Leah Hart Garza, both of Midland; his son, Chad Eric Deputy of Des Moines, Iowa; one grandson, Walker Lane Deputy; one granddaughter, Gracelyn Hart Deputy, both of Des Moines, Iowa; his mother, Lucia Garcia of Ft. Stockton; four brothers; two sisters; 5 sisters-in-law, 5 brothers-in-law, numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and a host of friends.
  He was preceded in death by a daughter, Yvonne Garza; his father, Marcus Garza; his mother-in-law, Carole Deputy; and his nephew, Marcus Garza III.
  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to be made to the American Heart Association, 3205 W. Cuthbert A5, Midland, Texas 79701, or to the charity of your choice, in John's honor.
  Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home; Crematory of Midland. Online condolences can be made at 

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Etta Jane Moore Phillips, 1884-1969

Centerville Iowegian – 2 February 1968
  Etta Jane Phillips, age 83, longtime resident of the Cincinnati Community, passed away suddenly at her home in Cincinnati, at 6 p.m., Friday evening [2 February 1969].
  Born in Kansas on Feb. 21, 1884, she was the daughter of Joseph and Mary Van Dorn Moore. She was married to William E. Phillips who preceded her in death Aug. 2, 1952. The family moved to Jerome from Kansas, then moved to Numa and spent their later years in Cincinnati.  They also lived in Wyoming.
  Surviving are five children, Oren Phillips, Centerville; Delmar Phillips, Laramie, Wyo.; James Phillips, Cincinnati; Woodrow Phillips, Laramie, Wyo., and Grace McQueen  of Rock Springs, Wyo.
  Other survivors include a sister, Gertrude Hudson of St. Joseph, Mo.; 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
  She was preceded in death by her husband, one son, a daughter, a granddaughter, two brothers and four sisters.
  Funeral services were held Monday, at 1:30 p.m. from Johnson Funeral Home with burial in the Jerome cemetery. Rev. Kermit Gladfelder will officiate.

William E. and Etta Jane (Moore) Phillips'
Gravestone in the Jerome Cemetery
Row 3, Block 13, Lot 7

Centerville Iowegian – 21 February 1968
  Etta Jane Phillips, the daughter of Joseph and Mary Van Dorn Moore, was born in Kansas Feb. 21, 1884, and passed away at the home of her son James in Cincinnati, Iowa, on Feb. 2, 1968, being at the time of her death 83 years, 11 months and 12 days old.
  On Oct. 17, 1904, she was married to William E. Phillips. To this union seven children were born.
  Her husband, two small children, one granddaughter, four sisters and two brothers preceded her in death.
  The five surviving children are: Oren of Centerville, Delmar and Woodrow, both of Laramie, Wyo., James of Cincinnati, Iowa and Grace of Rock Springs, Wyo.
  One sister, Mrs. Gertrude Hudson of St. Joseph, Mo., also survives.
  She was a member of the Methodist Church in Jerome, Iowa, in early life. She led a quiet home life and will be sadly missed by all her loved ones.
  Following services at the Johnson Funeral Home she was laid to rest beside her husband in the Jerome cemetery. Rev. Gladfelder conducted the services.
  We wish to thank our neighbors and friends for the kindness shown us in our recent sorrow. Thanks for the food, cards and flowers, and also to Rev. Gladfelder. Your kindness will never be forgotten.
  Oren Phillips, Centerville, Ia.
  Mr. & Mrs. Delmer Phillips, Laramie, Wyo.
  Mr. & Mrs. Woodrow Phillips, Laramie, Wyo.
  Mr. & Mrs. James Phillips, Cincinnati, Iowa

  Mr. & Mrs. John McQueen, Rock Springs, Wyo.

William Phillips, 1881-1952

Centerville Iowegian – 2 August 1952
  William Phillips, 71, retired resident of Cincinnati, Ia., shot himself with a .22 caliber rifle Friday night at 11:30 and died in the St. Joseph’s hospital in Centerville at 12:20 A.M., Saturday.
  According to Dr. C.H. Mitchell, of Cincinnati, who attended him, Phillips shot himself with the muzzle of the rifle pressed against his head just above his right ear.
  Further report is that Mrs. Phillips had tried to prevent her husband from taking his life but was unsuccessful.
  Mr. Phillips was well known and his tragic death has come as a shock and sorror to a wide circle of friends and relatives.
  Mr. Phillips leaves his widow, Etta Jane, and five children, Oren of Exline, Delmar, of Superior, Wyo.; James of Bettendorf; Woodrow, of Laramie, Wyo., and Mrs. Grace McQueen, of Rock Springs, Wyo.
  There are 12 grandchildren and three great grandchildren, as well as the following brothers and sisters: Charles Phillips of Washington; Mrs. Pearl Andrews of Centerville; John Phillips of Des Moines; Ernest Phillips of Centerville; Mrs. May Corder and Mrs. Eva Holmes of Ottumwa, and Mrs. Kate Morrow of Centerville.

  Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced later. The boy now lies in state at the Johnson Funeral home.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Gerald Davison, 1928-2004

Centerville Iowegian – 20 January 2004
  Gerald Davison, 75, of Centerville died Friday, Jan. 16, 2004 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.  He was born in rural Moulton to Roy and Regina (Crow) Davison on March 22, 1928.  He attended Beetrace County School northwest of Moulton.
  Gerald was united in marriage on Dec. 25, 1948 to Evelyn Taylor at the Udell Brethren Manse in Udell.  The two farmed northwest of Moulton until they moved west of Numa and farmed until moving to Centerville in 1967.  After moving to Centerville he began his employment with Appanoose County Secondary Road Dept., where he worked 22 years before retiring in 1990 as the truck foreman.
  He is survived by his wife Evelyn; two sons, Harold and his wife, Beth, of Chaska, Minn., and Donald and his wife, Debra, of Centerville; five grandchildren, Michelle Reed and her husband, Harry, of Chariton, Melanie Maass of Creston, Deanna Moorman and her husband, Bill, of Centerville, Destry Davison of San Francisco, Calif., Danielle Davison of Centerville; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Bethel Ballanger of Coatsville, Mo.; a brother-in-law, Fred Earl Taylor and his wife of Ottumwa two sisters-in-law, Camielle Davison of Centerville and Esther Davison of Hubbard.
  Gerald was preceded in death by one son, Jerald Gene; his parents; and two brothers, Lloyd and Richard.
  Graveside service was held Monday at the Jerome Cemetery with Pastor Gale Bellinger officiating.  Visitation was Sunday at the Thomas Lange Funeral Home in Centerville.
  A memorial has been established to the Jerome Cemetery or Davison Great Grandchildren Education Fund and may be left at or mailed to the Thomas Lange Funeral Home, PO Box 6, Centerville, IA 52544 or send condolences at:

Gerald and Evelyn Mae (Taylor) Davison's
Gravestone in the Jerome Cemetery
Row 4, Block 30, Lot 11

Jerald Gene Davison, 1949-1959

 Centerville Iowegian – 10 July 1959
  Jerald Gene, son of Gerald and Evelyn Davison, was born May 22, 1949 in Centerville and passed away June 26, 1959 at his home west of Numa, after being struck by a car, while riding his bicycle. He was 10 years, one month and four days of age.
  He lived with his parents on a farm northwest of Moulton until March 1957, and attended school at Moulton.
  Surviving are his mother, father, his twin brother Harold, and a younger brother, Donald; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Davison of Centerville and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Taylor of Iconium, and many other relatives and friends.
  Funeral services were held at the Miller-Wehrle Funeral Home in Centerville June 28, at 2:30 p.m.  The Rev. James Thomas officiated, and burial was in the Jerome Cemetery. “Precious Jewels” and “I Think When I Read That Sweet Story of Old” were sung by Mary McInnes, music by Belle Olds at the organ.  Pallbearers were Raymond Terry, Johnny Vidas, Merrill Condra and Bryon Condra.

A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled.

  We want to thank all of our friends and neighbors for their kindness, food, flowers, cards and prayers and for doing our chores when we needed all so much.
 --The Family of Jerald Davison

Jerald Gene Davis'
Gravestone in the Jerome Cemetery
Row 4, Block 30, Lot 11

Regina Isabel (Crow) Davison, 1895-1980

Centerville Iowegian – 15 July 1980
  Mrs. Regina Isabella Davison, 84, a resident of rural route Coatsville, Mo. in Appanoose County (sic) for nearly three years and a long-time Centerville resident, died at St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital in Centerville late Saturday afternoon, July 12.
  She had been in failing health several months, a hospital patient one day.
  Born Aug. 7, 1895 in Appanoose County, she was the daughter of Samuel [Marion William]* and Mary [Cornelia Isabel] Swank Crow.
  On Nov. 26, 1913 she married Roy Crow (sic) [Davison] at the Udell United Church of the Brethren. He preceded her in death Dec. 1979.
  Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Lloyd Davison; nine brothers, Leo [Fay], [Samuel] Floren, Carl [Okel], Gilbert [Clay], [Charles Herbert] Charley, [William] Glen, [James] Dellie, Ralph [Pleasant] and Fred [Lester] Crow; and two sisters, Alta [A.] Whisler and [Martha Alpha Elfa] Elsa Walker.
  Survivors include two sons, Richard and Gerald of Centerville; one daughter, Bethel Ballanger of rural route Coatsville, Mo.; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.
  The funeral will be held Tuesday, July 15 at 10 a.m. at the Miller-Wehrle Funeral Home with the Rev. Clark McKern officiating. Burial will be in the Jerome Cemetery. Visitation was Monday evening.
  A memorial has been established payable to the Easter Seals Foundation. Memorials may be given at the funeral home.

*Items in brackets [ ] are editions made by the transcriber.

Roy Lovejoy and Regina Isabel (Crow) Davison's
Gravestone in the Jerome Cemetery
Row 4, Block 30, Lot 10

Roy Lovejoy Davison, 1891-1979

Centerville Iowegian – 6 December 1979
  Roy Lovejoy Davison, 88, a retired farmer and Appanoose County employee, who had resided at 423 East Van Buren Street in Centerville, died at the home of his daughter [Bethel Ballanger] near Coatsville [Schuyler County], Mo., Wednesday, December 5, 1979.  He had been in ill health and living at her home the past two years.
  Born May 8, 1891, near Moulton, he was the son   of Charles and Mary Ledbetter Davison.  On November 26, 1913, he married Regina Crow in Appanoose County, and she survives.
  When a young man he joined the Brethren Church in Udell.  The Davisons farmed south of the Mt. Ararat Church east of Centerville many years, and for five years of their 22 years in Centerville, he was caretaker of the Appanoose County courthouse lawn.
  His parents, a son Lloyd Davison, a grandson and two sisters, Blanche Crow and Flossie Sanders, preceded him in death.
   Survivors besides his wife include two sons, Richard and Gerald Davison, both of Centerville, one daughter, Mrs. John (Bethel) Ballanger, Coatsville, Mo., 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
  Services will be Friday, 1:30 p.m. at Miller-Wehrle Funeral Home in Centerville, with the Rev. Dr. Douglas Oelke officiating.  Burial will be in Jerome cemetery. A memorial to the Easter Seals has been established, and memorials may be given to the funeral home.


Roy Lovejoy and Regina Isabella (Crow) Davison's
Gravestone in the Jerome Cemetery
Row 4, Block 30, Lot 10

Richard Faye Davison, 1924-1992

Centerville Iowegian – 10 January 1992
  Richard Faye Davison, 67, a resident of 823 South 16th Street in Centerville, Iowa, died Thursday, January 9, 1992 at the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Centerville.
  He was born on April 2, 1924 at Moulton, Iowa, the son of Roy and Regina (Crow) Davison. He was united in marriage to Camille Joanne Burley on July 14, 1945 at Centerville. She survives.
  He was born and raised on a farm near Moulton and farmed for several years. He worked at Firestone Tire Co. and also at Goodyear Tire Co. in Centerville with his good friend and owner, Bud McCarthy, for many years as a tire serviceman. His hobbies were leathercraft and long walks with his dog, Bo.
  He was a member and deacon of the Drake Avenue Christian Church in Centerville and was an active member of the Appanoose Co. Animal Lifeline Inc. (Humane Society).
  He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Lloyd.
  Survivors include his wife, Camille of Centerville; one son, Ed Davison of Osceola; two daughters, Mrs. Ron (Victoria) Ryals of Unionville, Mo. And Mrs. Ron (Janice) Curtis of Orlando, Florida; 8 grandchildren; 3 step grandchildren; 1 great granddaughter; one brother, Gerald Davison of Centerville and one sister, Bethel Ballanger of Coatsville, Mo
  There will be no visitation. The body has been cremated.
  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 11, 1992 at 2 p.m. at the Drake Avenue Christian Church in Centerville with Rev. Carl Heien officiating. Duley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
  A memorial has been established in his memory to the Appanoose County Animal Lifeline Inc. (Humane Society) and may be left at the Duley Funeral Home in Centerville.

Richard Faye and Camille JoAnn Burley Davison's
Gravestone in the Jerome Cemetery
Row 4, Block 30, Lot 10

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Leonora Ruth (Thomas) Anders, 1920-1978

Centerville Iowegian – 17 August 1976
  Leonora Ruth Anders, 58, well-known Centerville resident who made her home at 1112 West Maple Street, died unexpectedly Saturday, November 11, 1978, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, shortly after being admitted.
  Born July 23, 1920, she was the daughter of Frank and Alpharetta Mae Fisher Thomas. On October 22, 1938, she was married to Harold F. Anders, in Unionville, Mo., and he preceded her in death August 16, 1976.
  She was a member of First Baptist Church, Centerville, and had been employed as a nurses (sic) aide at the local hospital since 1964.
  Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Lorelei, and one brother, Floyd Thomas.
  Surviving are four sons, Phillip, Lawrenceville, Ga.; Ronald, Chapel Hill, N.C.; Dennis, McComb, Miss.; and Thomas, Centerville; two daughters, Mrs. Gary (Deborah) Hiatt, Centerville; and Mrs. Gary (Mary) Wood, Oskaloosa; ten grandchildren, three brothers, Ed Thomas of Centerville and Lloyd Thomas and Larry Thomas, both of Davenport, eight sisters, Charlotte Curtis, Gustava Marshall, Mildred Karth, Virginia Cornett, Maurine Thomas, Lila Thomas, all of Centerville; June White, Corpus Christi, Tex., and Marie Archer, Rockford, Ill.
  Services will be Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., at First Baptist Church in Centerville, with Dr. Douglas Oelke officiating. Burial will be in the Jerome Cemetery.  The family will be at the funeral home Monday from 7 to 8 p.m.  Memorials have been established to her church and to St. Joseph Hospital, and donations may be left at the funeral home.

Anders' Gravestone in Jerome Cemetery
Row 1, Block 19, Lot 3

Harold Franklin Anders, 1918-1976

Centerville Iowegian – 17 August 1976
  Harold Franklin Anders, 58, a self-employed painter and decorator and lifelong resident of Centerville, who resided at 1112 West Maple, died in St. Joseph Hospital Monday, August 16, 1976.  He had been in ill health the past four years.
  Born August 8, 1918, in Centerville, he was the son of Harry and Pearl Phillips Anders. On October 22, 1938, he was married to Leonora Thomas in Unionville, Mo., and she survives.
 His father and a daughter, Loraine Anders, preceded him in death.
 Survivors besides his widow include his mother, Mrs. Pearl Anders, Centerville; four sons, Phillip Anders, Atlanta, Ga.; Ronald Anders, Park Ridge, Ill.; Dennis Anders, Philadelphia, Pa.; and Thomas Anders, Centerville; two daughters, Deborah Hiatt and Mary Wood, both of Centerville; ten grandchildren, one sister, Virginia Burton, Davenport; and two brothers, Harry Anders, Jr., Davenport; and Gerald Anders, Waldwick, N.J.
  Services will be Thursday, 10:30 a.m., at Miller-Wehrle Funeral Home, with the Rev. Douglas Oelke officiating. Burial will be in Jerome Cemetery. The family will be at the funeral home Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m.  A memorial has been established.

Anders' Gravestone in Jerome Cemetery
Row 1, Block 19, Lot 3

Friday, July 1, 2016

Joel Lesley (Joe) Cousins, 1889-1975

Centerville Iowegian – 15 April 1975
   Joel Lesley (Joe) Cousins, 19 West Cottage, Centerville, died Tuesday, April 15, 1975, at the age of 86.
  Born October 27, 1889, in Ravannah, [Mercer county,] Missouri, he was the son of Charles and Nancy [Scott] Cousins. He was married to Estella Ellen Rash in Trenton, Missouri, December 2, 1908. She died September 4, 1969.
  In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and ten brothers and sisters.
  Surviving are two children, Mrs. Ocie Sedgwick, Centerville, and Leslie Cousins, Ottumwa; nine grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
  Mr. Cousins has been employed by the Milwaukee railroad for 47 years, and was section foreman at Jerome when he retired. He was a member of the Odd Fellows lodge.
  Services will be Friday, 1:30 p.m., at Johnson Home, with the Rev. Olen Adams officiating.  Burial will be in Jerome Cemetery.

Gravestone in Jerome Cemetery
Lincoln Township, Appanoose County, Iowa
Row 1, Block 31, Lot 1