Sunday, October 4, 2009

Obituary: Anne (Yoakum) Modlin

Anne can be found in my family file here. From the Knoxville News Sentinel, 4 October 2009:

MODLIN, ANNE YOAKUM - age 95, ended unexpectedly in her apartment at Colonial Hills Retirement Center in Johnson City, TN, Thursday, October 1, 2009. Anne was born in Lone Mountain, TN, November 4, 1913. She was the daughter of Mallie Virginia Walker and Joseph Sherman Yoakum, who desired for her a "city education." To accomplish this, she lived with her older sister Lenore Mitchell attending Knoxville schools, graduating from Knoxville High and the University of Tennessee. Summers were spent on the farm with her parents and her beloved horse 'Bird'.

After receiving her B.A. degree from U.T., she taught first grade at Minders Elementary School in Knoxville, and shortly married her college sweetheart H.L. Modlin (who died in 1984) Residing in Yakima, Washington and Little Rock, Arkansas after their wedding, the Modlins returned to Knoxville, after WWII, in 1946 with their two daughters. Anne continued to live in Knoxville until 2007. She was very active in many activities; DAR (where she was a 50 year member) to the Taliluna Garden Club, and golf at Cherokee Country Club, where she had a 'hole in one'. She was a very passionate person. Besides her family, the great loves of her life were the University of TN [Go Vols]; the Republican Party [she was campaigning for John McClain in the 2008 election]; the Alpha Delta Pi sorority (being an advisor to the college girls keeps me young), and Second Presbyterian Church, where she was a member for 63 years. Except for being 'tight with tips', she was a very generous person with her time, her magnolia tree, and especially, with the scholarship fund she established at the UT College of Business in honor of her husband.

She loved to laugh and delighted in the outdoors and in all things social. She was last seen dancing the Saturday before she died-with her impish blue eyes twinkling. Anne is survived by her daughters and their husbands: Anne M. Burkhardt (Nat), and Betsy M. Beaver (Dick); seven grandchildren: Libby Burkhardt Staub (Richard), Susan Burkhardt Curtis (Jeff), Laura Burkhardt Vik (Jorgen), Richard Beaver (Mary Es), Anne-Corinne Beaver Mola [Mike], Margaret Beaver Hassenstab [Jason] and Alice Beaver; eight great grandchildren: Burk and Nathan Staub, Christain, Issac and Thomas Vik, Jack and Ellie Beaver, and Henry Hassenstab; and special friend Issa Ngwele - and not to forget 'Cute Kitty', who gave her much joy! Memorial service will be held at 2nd Presbyterian Church Knoxville TN, at 2 PM, Sunday October 11, 2009. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to 2nd Presbyterian Church or to the Anne Y. and Herman L Modlin, Jr. Scholarship College of Business Administration 721 Stokely Management Center, Knoxville 37996. Online condolences may be made through Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 Oakland Ave., Johnson City, TN 37601 (423) 282-1521 is serving the family.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Photos: Clementine (Walker) Burch and daughter Effie

David Campbell, an archivist on a special grant program with the Museum of Appalachia, was sorting some photos recently and contacted me about two that relate to the Walkers. One was labeled "Effie Burch Flack, Straight Creek, Claiborne Co." and the other "Aunt Clemintine [sic] Burch, Straight Creek, Claiborne Co." The original source of these photos is unclear. You can click on either one for a larger version.

Clementine (Walker) Burch, the older woman pictured at left, was born December 30, 1852, on a farm at Bear Creek, where she was raised. Old Time Tazewell called her "a very handsome, intelligent-looking young lady" who lived with her husband on her husband's father's property at nearby Straight Creek.

Clementine was the second daughter of James D. and Mary (Ann) Campbell Walker. Her father had lived in the Bear Creek/Walker's Ford area since his own parents moved there from Mulberry Gap in 1843. James was a son of Samuel and Jane (Doherty) Walker and a grandson of Edward B. Walker. Her mother was a daughter of Barnett and Mary (Brooks) Campbell, who lived in the Cedar Forks area of Claiborne County.

Clementine's husband, Wiley Patton Burch, died at the young age of 39, but not before the couple had nine children, six girls and three boys, most of whom lived to adulthood. Clementine went on to live another 35 years. She died on November 23, 1928, in Claiborne County and is buried with her husband at Burch Cemetery on what is now known as Lone Mountain Road in New Tazewell, Tennessee.

Clementine and Wiley's youngest child was Lizzie Effie Burch, who was born in April 1892, a year before her father died. She apparently was raised on Straight Creek on the Burch family farm.

About 1911, she married Lewis Davidson Flack (1879-1959) and raised four known children, three boys and a girl. At least through the 1930 Census, the couple lived in Claiborne County, but the entire family eventually settled in Hamblen County, where she and Lewis died months apart in 1959.

They are buried in Bethesda Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Three of their four children, Charles, James Mont, and Mildred, who married Burl Goodson, are buried in the same plot.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Obituary: George W. Liford

George can be found in my family file here. Published in the Knoxville News Sentinel, 20-21 June 2009:

George W. Liford

LIFORD, GEORGE W. - age 67, went to be with our Lord on June 18th. He is preceded in death by parents, Thomas and Elizabeth Hopson Liford; sisters, Lorena Brantlley and Vicie Logan; 7 half brothers and sisters; brother-in-law, J.M. Wells. He is survived by wife of 43 years, Bonnie Wilson Liford; brothers, Clifford and wife, Peggy Liford of Maynardville, Floyd and wife, Irene Liford of New Tazewell; brother-in-law, James Logan; sisters-in-law, Fran Hensley and husband, Noble and Lillian Russell and husband, Willis; 8 nieces and nephews; 8 great-nieces and nephews. Member and deacon of Beech Grove Baptist Church, 32 degree Mason of Beaver Ridge Lodge #366, member of Scottish Rites of Freemasonry. The family will receive friends 5-7 pm Saturday at Weaver's Chapel with the service to follow at 7 pm. with Reverends Billy Moore, Robert Holt and Brian Liford officiating. Family and friends will meet at 1:45 pm Sunday, June 21st at Oak Ridge Memorial Park for a 2 pm Entombment Service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Beech Grove Baptist, 2733 Tooles Bend Rd., Knoxville, TN 37922 or Shriner's Hospital for Children, c/o Kerbella Temple of Knoxville, Knoxville, TN 37901. You are invited to share your thoughts and memories of George at his website Arrangements by Weaver Funeral Home.


Obituary: Faye Louise (Golden) Linder

Faye appears in my family file here.

Faye L. Linder, 85, of Columbus died at 12:07 a.m. Thursday, May 14, 2009, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

A registered nurse, Mrs. Linder formerly worked at Bartholomew County Hospital, then retired in 1986 from Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. where she was coordinator of school health services. She was a charter member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Rebecca Circle of the Church, Asbury DMA, OK Home Economics Club, Columbus Chapter Order of the Eastern Star, Foundation for Youth Swim Exercise Program and Bartholomew County Senior Center.

The funeral will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Asbury United Methodist Church by Dr. Al Styron Jr. Calling will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Myers-Reed Chapel on 25th Street and from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church. Entombment will be at Garland Brook Mausoleum.

Memorial contributions may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Mrs. Linder was born in Columbus Aug. 19, 1923, the daughter of Herman L. and Grace L. Harms Golden. She married Edgar A. Linder Jr., March 19, 1950, in Columbus.

Survivors include her husband; daughters, Claudia J. (Ken) Schneider of Hanover and Rebecca A. (Tom) Wilson of New Richmond, Ohio; grandchildren, Emily D. (Jason) Sedillo of Nashville, TN, and Benjamin T. (Stephanie) Wilson of Cincinnati, Ohio.


Obituary: Larry Donald Edens

Sent by his son, Jody; Larry appears in my family file here.

Larry Donald Edens, 67, Granby, died Wed., June 9, 2009 at his home on Gum Road in Granby, following failing health since 2005.

Larry was born July 22, 1941 in Neosho, MO. to Earl John Edens and Bernice Marie (Stockton) Edens and was a lifelong area resident. Larry attended Silver Moon School at Rt. 5 Neosho. He had served in the U. S. Army National Guards and had worked at Schrieber Foods in Carthage until he had to take early retirement due to ill health and was of the Pentecostal faith.

He married Velma Lea (Walker) Edens on Nov. 4, 1962 in Okmulgee, OK and she survives.

Additional survivors include three sons, Bubby "Jody" Edens Eggensperger and his partner, Shawn Spencer, Mulberry, KS; Larry "Jamie" James Edens and wife, Shelly, and Brian Lee Edens and his wife, Denise, all of Granby; two brothers, Robert Ray Edens and wife, Opal, Oronogo, MO and Kenneth Wayne Edens and wife, Jolene, Joplin; 8 grandchildren; Aaron Matthew Edens, Jessica Marie Edens, Chelsey Nicole Edens, Levi James Edens, Laci Jo Edens, Dakota James Edens, Raven Lynn Edens and Ford Lee Edens; 6 step-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters; Genieva Earline Edens, Charlotte "Kay" Kay (Edens) Rinehart, Joyce Lea (Edens) Simpson, and one brother; Freddie Dale Edens.

Graveside services will be Sat., June 13, 2009 at 10:00 am at the Greenwood Cemetery, Granby, Rev. Shelly Edens and Rev. Joe Serta will officiate. Friends may call at the Clark Funeral Home, Granby on Friday from 9 am to 6 pm.

Contributions in memory of Larry may be made to St. John's Hospice, c/o Clark Funeral Home, PO Box 26, Granby, MO.

Obituary: Deborah Ilene Walker-Bellet

From time to time, I will be posting obituaries that have come to my attention of family members who have died recently. While generally not reflected on the Edward B. Walker Web site, all family members are included in my family file.

The following obituary was sent to me by Bette Sutton-Rodey; it is quite similar but not identical to the obituary published online 20 June 2009 in the Monroe [Michigan] News. Debbie appears in my family file here.

Deborah Walker-Bellet
12-18-1954 - 6-18-2009

Deborah Ilene Walker-Bellet of Spring Hill, Florida lost a valiant fight with cancer on June 18, 2009 at Hernando Pasko Hospice (HPH) Care Center in Hudson, Florida.

Cremation has taken place and a wake will be held in Spring Hill, Florida.

Deborah was born December 18, 1954 in Monroe, Michigan to Claude E. and Lois (Sutton) Walker.

Deborah married Donald Vincent on January 2, 1973. She married Frederick Bellet on February 7, 1999. Deborah always said Fred was her dream come true.

Deborah was a Real Estate Agent for Seaside Realty of Hernando, Inc. in Hernando Beach, FL. for many years. Debbie was a tireless advocate for National Health Care and global environmental issues, wanting to leave the earth cleaner than she found it.

She is survived by her husband, 3 children: Jeremiah Vincent of Oak Ridge Tennessee, Christopher (Bridget) Vincent of West Palm Beach, Florida and MacKenzie Shipe of Spring Hill Florida. Three Grandchildren: Evangeline, Bailey and Booker Shipe of Monroe, Michigan. Two brothers, W. Earl (Elizabeth) Walker and Paul (Renee) Shaw both of Monroe, six sisters: Bette Joan Sutton-(Albert) Rodey, Peggy Miller and Mildred Daniels all of Monroe, Alma (Norman) Sweat of Cache OK., Deanna (Samuel) Ansell of Skiatook OK. and Claudette (David) Sair of St..Petersburg, Florida. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Kenneth D. [Correction by Bette from a second mention of Paul's name] Shaw.

Memorials in memory of Debbie may be made to HPH Hospice 12107 Majestic Blvd. Hudson, FL 34667

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Jacob Walker/Louisa Lewis and John Alexander Casada/Mary Melvina Walker Bible Substitute

  • Post fragmentary Bible evidence and later but old notes related to Jacob Walker, son of Joseph, grandson of Edward B., and his only surviving daughter's family.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Jacob Shuff Walker family Bible

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Children of Joseph Walker and Mary Tussey

Wrote and posted biographies on each of the children of Joseph Walker and Mary Tussey, Joseph being the oldest son of Edward B. Walker and Jane Horn.

Naylor Cemetery, Faulkner County, Arkansas

  • Posted family-related graves in Naylor Cemetery in Faulkner County, Arkansas.
I have no photos, but the postings are based on information sent to me by Sondra Johnson, who has cataloged the cemetery. Relatives buried there are descended through Eldridge Campbell, who first married Sarah Walker, daughter of Joseph Walker and Mary Tussey.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Leabow Cemetery Updates

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Joseph Walker and Mary Tussey Biography & Navigation Changes

  • Combined the "FAQ" and "Mysteries" section since there was significant crossover in topics.
  • Removed the "Local FindAGrave" search option since has upgraded its search capability, and the option here is not needed.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

New Maps

Two new maps are available that begin to document some of the key landmarks related to the Walker family; they will soon be available through the Web site, but you can access both directly from here:

Cemeteries posted to FindAGrave

I have added cemeteries and/or records for graves in three Walker Cemeteries in Claiborne and Hancock County: