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Lancaster, Ohio Obituary – O. R. “Doc” Williams

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O.R. "Doc" Williams Obituary

O. R. "Doc" Williams Obituary

Through the kindness and generosity of Charlotte Dittmar, a Lancaster, Ohio resident, I have recently received copies of several obituaries from the local newspapers.  I will try to feature an obituary daily, until they are all posted.

Today’s obituary is of my great grand uncle, Ottis Ray (O. R.) “Doc” Williams, and was featured in the 6/2/1965 edition of the Lancaster Eagle Gazette:

O. R. ‘Doc’ Williams Dies; Longtime Furniture Dealer

O. R. “Doc” Williams, 71, of 603 E. Sixth Ave. and a longtime furniture and appliance dealer in Lancaster, died Tuesday 5 p.m. in Lancaster-Fairfield County Hospital.

He boasted more than 40 years experience as owner of his own business in various locations in the city starting in 1924 and was also an employee of the former Wiseman and Harpster and Helser stores.

During World War II, Mr. Williams was coordinator of civilian defense. His affliliations included First Methodist Church, U.C.T., Fraternal Order of Police Associates, Sheriffs Assn., Moose Lodge, K. of P. Lodge, Tri-County Sportsmen’s Club,Valley View Golf Club, state and county Democratic clubs. He served as assistant sergeant at arms in the Ohio House of Representatives 1959-1960.

Williams leaves his wife, Hazel; a son, William F. Williams, Tipp City, O.; a daughter, Mrs. William Echstenkamper, Frankfort, Ky.; grandson, William Ray Echstenkamper; a sister, Mrs. Essie Mast, north of Lancaster; a brother, Ralph Williams, Columbus.

Funeral, Friday 10:30 a.m., Frank E. Smith Funeral Home, Rev. George W. Herd officiating; burial Elmwood Cemetery. Friends may call at Smith’s after 7 p.m. today.

Brian Davis – Christine Davis (Williams) – Ralph Scott Williams Jr. – Ralph Scott Williams Sr. (brother of Ottis Ray Williams)

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Micky and Beth Cross Wedding Picture

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Micky and Beth Cross Wedding Picture

Micky and Beth Cross Wedding Picture

Many thanks to Beth Cross (Hargrave) for providing this photo of the Davis family, taken at her wedding to Micky Cross on 5/21/1977.

Front Row:  Steve Jackson, James Davis, Bobby Harris, Mike Davis (Brian Davis on knee), Johnny Davis, Allan Davis, Mike Hargrave, Paul Hargrave

Middle Row:  Pat Davis, Lynda Hargrave, Virginia Bauer (Davis), Georgia Davis (Barlow), Judy Kay Harris (Davis), Chris Davis (Williams), Annell Hargrave (Davis),  Anna (Hargrave family), Margie Hargrave, Beth Cross (Hargrave), Micky Cross, John Hatridge (groomsman)

Third Row:  Stew Bauer,  Dolly Jackson (McClinton), Ivan Neal Jackson Sr., Woody Davis, Margie Davis (Johnson), Mary Voight (Hargrave family)

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Tombstone Tuesday – James Isaac Kirkpatrick (1827-1912)

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James Isaac Kirkpatrick Military Headstone

James Isaac Kirkpatrick Military Headstone

James Isaac Kirkpatrick, my 4th great grandfather, was born 10/13/1827 in Tennessee.  He later moved to Cherokee County, Texas and married Martha Margaret Fulton there on 12/9/1949.  “Isaac”, as he was known, lived in Cherokee County the rest of his life.  He prospered as a farmer, and, according to the 1860 United States Federal Census, owned a 12 year-old female house slave.

Isaac served as a Private in the 17th Texas Cavalry (Confederate States of America) during the Civil War.  He passed away on 4/15/1912 at the age of 84 and was buried in Union Grove Cemetery in Jacksonville, Texas. 

To this point, I have been unable to locate any information on his lineage.  I hope to visit the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research in the near future, with the hopes of uncovering more information.

Brian Davis – James Michael Davis – James Nead Davis – Marjorie Leaine Davis (Kirkpatrick) – Woodie Tarrant Kirkpatrick – John Marion Kirkpatrick – James Isaac Kirkpatrick

Categories: Davis, Military, Tombstone

Back From Vacation

November 10th, 2009 1 comment

My wife and I recently returned from a cruise aboard the Disney Wonder.  We had a “wonderful” time aboard the ship and visiting Blue Lagoon Island and Castaway Cay in the Bahamas.  Click here to view the picture set from our vacation.  I’m refreshed and ready to do some genealogy!

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