Monthly Archives: May 2012

Ruby Down!


My trip to Arkansas for the Graham reunion is cancelled. My Chevy Equinox, which the kids call “Ruby,” was rear-ended while we were waiting at a traffic light last Friday. Everybody is fine, but Ruby is out of commission.

North Arkansas Ancestor Fair

The 23rd North Arkansas Ancestor Fair is coming soon. Described as the “oldest and most popular family-history event in north Arkansas”, the fair will be held 1-2 June 2012 in Leslie and Marshall, Arkansas.

The first day of the fair consists of two sessions, with session one covering Arkansas records found in the Missouri archives, and session two covering Civil War military records. The second day of the fair is the “Genealogical Swap Meet”, where researchers, vendors, and families can all exchange the fruits of their research in an open forum.

I attended the fair last year and then wrote about How I Spent My Arkansas Vacation. While I probably won’t attend the fair this year, I am planning to be in Marshall that same weekend to attend the Graham Family Reunion on 3 June.


North Arkansas Ancestor Fair

Obituary: Martha L. Graham

This is the obituary for my aunt Lorice Graham, née Shaw. I do not know in which newspapers it was published. I found it posted on her memorial at Find A Grave.

Martha L. Graham

Martha L. Graham1, 69, passed away July 27th, 2004, in Mountain View.

She was born August 19, 1934 in Risco, Missouri. She was a resident of Marshall, Arkansas.

She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

She was preceded in death by husband Vernon and one son Robert Daniel Graham.

Survivors include two daughters, Connie House of Marshall, Patricia Harrington of  Homer Glen, Illinois; one brother, Robert Shaw of Warsaw, Missouri; two sisters, Shirley Ling of LaForge, Missouri and Mary Lyons of LaForge, Missouri; 9 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were July 30, 2004 at Roller Coffman Chapel with David Diffey officiating.

Burial was in Marshal Memorial Gardens under the direction of the Roller Coffman Funeral Home of Marshall.

Pallbearers were Paul Harmon, Eddie Cypert, Robin Briggs, Bill Broyles, John Harrington, Gene Graham, Alpha Graham.


  1. The “L.” stood for Lorice, and that’s what we called her. I didn’t know anyone that called her Martha.


Scan of original obituary found online at Find A Grave memorial for “Martha Lorice Shaw Graham”. Newspaper of publication unknown, date of publication circa July 2004.

Obituary: Vernon Leroy Graham

The following is the obituary for my uncle Vernon Leroy Graham. I do not know in which newspapers it was published. I found it posted on his memorial at Find A Grave.

Vernon Graham

Vernon Leroy Graham1, 60, of Marshall, died August 2 in Harrison.

He was born October 4, 1932 at Watts. He was in the Dry Wall business and a Baptist.

Survivors2 include his wife, Martha3 of the home; two daughters, Connie Graham and Patricia Harrington, both of Marshall; two brothers, William of Harvey, Illinois and Jimmy Dale of East Prairie, Missouri; one sister, Janice Booker of Halls, Tennessee and seven grandchildren.

Services will be Thursday, August 5 at 2 p.m. at Roller Coffman Chapel with Rev. Jim Askew officiating.

Burial will be in Marshall Memorial Gardens by Roller Coffman Funeral Home.

Pallbearers are Johnny Graham, Benny Graham, Gene Graham, Eddie Cypert, Bennie House and Doyle Graham.


  1. Funny thing, I didn’t know his first name was Vernon until he died. Everybody called him Leroy.
  2. Omitted was that Leroy’s only son Robert Daniel Graham preceded him in death in 1988.
  3. Martha? Everybody called her Lorice, her middle name.


Scan of original obituary found online at Find A Grave, “Vernon Leroy Graham”. Newspaper of publication unknown, date of publication circa August 1993.

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