Obituary for James Kenneth Martin

Originally published in the Harrison Daily Times of Harrison, Arkansas. James Kenneth Martin June 30, 1928 - Sept. 17, 2014 James Kenneth Martin was born the son of James Frank Martin and Stella Vione (Graham) Martin[1] on June 30, 1928, in Searcy County, and departed this life Wednesday, Sept. 17 (2014) at his home in…

Billy Wayne Watts

I learned of the passing of Bill Watts last week via Barbara Van Camp’s Watts Family forum on Facebook. Bill and his family were a big part of my childhood. In the 1970s and 1980s, they lived a couple of blocks away from us in Harvey, Illinois. Bill was my dad’s first cousin – Bill’s…

Genevieve Smith Lathum

I was browsing the web site of the Sikeston Standard-Democrat today when I came across something that saddened me – an obituary for Genevieve Smith Lathum. In 2011, I corresponded with her husband DJ Lathum via Genevieve’s Facebook account about Stella Graham Martin and Nona Graham Lathum. DJ and Genevieve were very friendly to me…

Rusty Graham

Recently I was contacted via Twitter by Todd Graham, a great grandson of Erman Zebedee Graham. We exchanged some family information including, sadly, the passing last week of Todd’s grand uncle Rusty Graham. This is Rusty’s obituary from the Fresno Bee. Rest in peace, Rusty. Rusty Graham Rusty Graham passed away on Sunday, March 9,…

The “Other” Grahams

There appears to be two distinct lines of Grahams in Searcy County, Arkansas. One is that which I’ve been writing about in this journal, which was brought to Searcy County from Alabama (by way of Texas) by Jesse Graham and Sarah Scott between 1870 and 1880, settling in Red River Township near the communities of…

Charles & Ruby Watts

This photograph of Charles and Ruby Watts was originally taken in 1987. This is actually a photograph of a photograph – when I visited my parents at Thanksgiving my wife captured this with my iPhone. That is why it is a little blurry on Charles. The original was professionally done at a studio, like Olan…