Saturday, January 31, 2009

William Allen Walters - WWI

Yes, Daddy was in the army in WWI.  He didn’t get overseas because the war was over before he was through training.  His brothers, Charlie and Robert and cousin Watson (I think) did get overseas.  (Many years after he was gone Mama was able to get a pension for the children left at home because of his service.  This helped a lot.  She was left with 6 children at home when he died of pneumonia.  Inez had already graduated from high school and gone to Houston to secretarial school.  She had to drop out and go to work full time after Daddy died in 1940.)

Also not only did Julia and I graduate from college, so did Hollis and Ralph.  How Mama was able to provide funds, I’ll never know.  I know they did some work during and between semesters but she probably had to provide some also.


Zelda Sally Massey 1927-2008

We rejoice that Sally, 80, has taken up residence in her new heavenly home with her Lord and Savior after battling Lewy Body Dementia. Also welcoming her home were her husband, two brothers, father, mother, and many relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at Cashner Funeral Home in Conroe on Wednesday June 18 at 10:00am. Visitation will be Tuesday June 17 from 5:00 – 8:00pm.
Sally was raised in Polk County,Texas and graduated from Livingston High School. Sally and Raymond Leveritt Massey were married on June 2, 1946. They lived in the Grangerland area for over fifty years. Throughout her life Sally was devoted to the Assemblies of God Church as well as being a faithful giver to missions overseas. Sally and Leveritt once owned the Grangerland Grocery store and she later retired from the Equifax Company in Conroe. She also was a member and past president of the Cut ‘N Shoot Auxiliary Club. A wonderful legacy she left behind was all the quilts she made and gave to those she loved.

Her love and encouragement of others extended far beyond her family as many people held her in their hearts.

She was proceeded in death by her husband Raymond Leveritt Massey (Dec 25, 1922 – May 24, 2001); father William Allen Walters (September 06, 1894 – May 19, 1940); mother Ida Mae Munson (February 19, 1903 – March 18, 1986).

She is survived by 3 sisters: Inez Smith, Macell Millard (Bill), and Julia Krizak (Kenneth); 2 brothers: Reuel Walters (Anna) and Hollis Walters (Helen), 3 sons: Conan (Debra), Stevan (Liz), and Dade; a sister-in-law: Annie Mae Walters; 2 daughters-in-law: Susan Clepper Sutton (Hilton) and Elizabeth Massey; special extended family: Gonzalo Criado and a host of family and friends.

The family would like to express their deep appreciation to Patrick Teich of Teigoroc personal care home as well as the staff of Hospice Care of the Southwest. We also will never forget the many acts of kindness shown to her by many of you.

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Rae Linn McBride Bailey

Just a short note to let everyone know that Anna's daughter, Rae Linn, passed away on Wednesday about 2:30 in the afternoon. Her services will be Friday afternoon at 2 at the Whitley-Garner Funeral Home at Rosehaven in Douglasville, Georgia.

Please keep Reuel, Anna, RaeLynn's family, her sisters, brother, and their families in your prayers.

Mrs. Rae Linn Bailey, age 40, of Winston, GA passed away on Wednesday, June 11, 2008. She was born March 15, 1968 in Houston, TX. She was preceded in death by her father Bobby Lee McBride and her grandparents. Mrs. Bailey was a receptionist for A.R.S., Inc. She was a member of West Georgia Apostolic Church, where she was very active especially in the clowning and children’s ministry.

She is survived by her husband Paul Bailey; children, Chris Bailey, David Bailey, Kayla Bailey, Ryan Bailey, all of Winston, GA; mother Anna and Reuel Walters of Livingston, TX; brother Buddy and Karen McBride of Griffin, GA; sisters, Diana and Gene Brock of Griffin, GA, Bobbie Myers of Buffalo, NY; several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, June 12, 2008 from 5-8 PM. The funeral service will be Friday, June 13, 2008 at 2:00 PM in the Rosehaven Chapel with Rev. Gerald Morris, Rev. Tony Baldwin, and Rev. Paul Bailey officiating. Cremation will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, in keeping with Rae Linn’s request, donations may be made to West Georgia Apostolic Tabernacle, P.O. Box 96, Bowdon Junction, GA 30109.

Those who wish may send condolences or share a special memory at

Arrangements by: Whitley Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home, Douglasville, GA 30134

Friday June 13, 2008
2:00 pm

Whitley Garner at Rosehaven
8640 Rose Avenue
Douglasville, GA 30134

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, June 12, 2008 from 5-8 PM. The funeral service will be Friday, June 13, 2008 at 2:00 PM in the Rosehaven Chapel with Rev. Gerald Morris, Rev. Tony Baldwin, and Rev. Paul Bailey officiating. Cremation will follow the service.


Pastor Bailey has been involved in ministry for two decades. He has preached in jails, half way houses, and pulpits in the South Eastern United States. He has participated in four evangelistic crusades and church plant efforts in Ghana - West Africa.
He has been married to his wife Rae Linn since 1988 and they have been on their honeymoon ever since. Together they have four children Chris, David, Kayla, and Ryan.
Their burden is to build a strong Apostolic church in West Georgia. Where every member of the body of Christ is active in ministry.

Ralph Junius Walters 1932-2002

Ralph J. Walters of Kennard died in the late hours of Tuesday, June 25, 2002 at the age of 70.
Survivors include his wife, Annie Currie Walters of Kennard; son William B. Walters and wife Amy of Spring; daughter, Margaret Walters Zirkle and husband Bryan of Euless; grandchildren, Ryan Walters, Katie Zirkle, and Avery Zirkle; brothers and sisters Inez Smith of Houston, Reuel Walters of Livingston, Sally Massey of Grangerland, Hollis Walters of Spring, Macell Millard of Sacramento, California, and Judy Krizak of Austin; numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Mr. Walters faithfully served the Lord at Faith Tabernacle in Kennard for 12 years and First Assembly of God in Spring for 22 years, serving as deacon and treasurer in both churches.
Funeral services were held Friday, June 28, from the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel, with Rev. Carroll Bryant officiating. Internment followed in Ivie Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Faith Tabernacle Church Building Fund, P.O.Box 98, Kennard, Texas 75847.

James Morgan Walters' Poem


I read in the Bible what Jesus promised, and did both to the living and the dead.
Makes me wonder if man will ever be satisfied.
Jesus turned the water into wine, that the thirsty Jews might be satisfied.
Then what more could he do that he might satisfy you?

He multiplied the fishes and bread, that the hungry multitude might be fed.
That they might be satisfied, then what more could he do that he might satisfy you?

He made the blind to see and the deaf to hear, and the lame to walk, and the dumb to talk.
Then what more could he do that he might satisfy you?

He healed the sick, he raised the dead, and preached the gospel to the poor.
Then what more could he do that he might satisfy you?

He died and rose again, that you might die and do the same.
Then what more could he do that he might satisfy you?

He assended to heaven, and the angels says that he is coming back again.
Then what more could he do that he might satisfy you?

He said to the dead, “I’ll open your graves, I will bring you back alive, I will place you back in your own land.”
Then what more could he do that he might satisfy you?

He is coming back to earth again, a thousand years of peace to reign.
Oh, yes, we will have a thousand years of righteous reign, to shout and praise our Priest and King.
Then what more could he do that he might satisfy you?

Oh! Yes, he is going to take away this strong heart of mine.
He is going to give me a new heart and a new mind.
He is going to wash me in pure water, he is going to make me fit to walk the golden streets, with my friends and loved ones there to meet, and I’ll be satisfied, oh, yes, then I’ll be satisfied.

By J. M. Walters ---- age 69 years. 3-24-38

As of 27 May 2007, the original is in the genealogy collection of Dade Massey, son of Zelda “Sally” Walters.

Schwab City, Texas 1931

This picture is of the school in Schwab City, Texas 1931


A Big Chief tablet and a number 2 pencil
A pair of scissors and a box of Crayons
Was all that you needed to start school

A biscuit sandwich in a used syrup bucket
Sometimes a home made cookie for a treat
On rare occasions a half of an apple or orange

Pack a hole in a biscuit and fill it full of syrup
Or maybe a cold, left over, baked sweet potato
Whatever we could find for an after school snack

There are a few chores to do out in the country
Feed the chickens, gather the eggs, slop the hogs
Milk the cow, work in the garden, bring in firewood

A fireplace in one room and kitchen stove in another
On a cold winter’s night you ran to get in bed
You woke up quickly when bare feet hit cold floor

Summer times were not any better for sleeping
Raise all the windows and hope for a good breeze
Misquito netting would add to the misery of the heat

Abraham Lincoln studied by the light of a fire
We did a little better with light from a coal oil lamp
No wonder that home work was so hard to get done

Poem by Hollis Walters - 06 Sep 2002

Walters Family History

The information below from a Walters-Oliver-Tolar Reunion notice mailed in September 2000 by Patsy Ann Jackson. The picture is of William Allen Walter’s widow, Ida Mae Munson Walters Gulley, with the descendants of Allen and Ida Mae.

23 August 2000


Herrin Walters & wife Ann Blackledge came to Mississippi from South Carolina. Herrin was in Perry Co MS as early as 1820 migrating to Jones Co by 1830. Ann filed a pension application giving Herrin’s date and place of death - Dec 24, 1853 in Jones Co Mississippi.

Robert Walters, son of Herrin & Ann, married 3 times; Mary Collins, Quilla _____ & Mrs Sarah Clark. Mary Collins was the daughter of Stacy Collins & Sarah Anderson. Robert & Mary’s (nickname Polly) are: Richard Herrin, Savilla A., Robert Stace & James (Jim) Warren.

Robert Stace married 1st Melissa Creel, daughter of Jackson Creel, in Jones Co MS and had one son James Morgan. Robert brought his family to Texas by 1870 (listed on 1870 Polk Co census). In 1872 they had a daughter, Amanda. Robert Stace married 2nd Canzetta Caroline Tolar, (Line) daughter of John Phillip Tolar & Canzetta Fussell, September 24 1874 in Tyler Co TX. January 1887 Robert S. purchased 250 acres of the Patrick Carnal Head-right survey on Menard Creek in Polk Co. July 30, 1887 Robert S. sold 100 acres in Tyler Co TX (about 16 miles south westwardly from Woodville) excluding 1/2 acre for graveyard. Aug 1887 he purchased acreage in the E.B. Davis & Morgan’s surveys (this acreage contained Menard Chapel Church, School, and Cemetery). Some of the described acreage was purchased in partnership with his son James Morgan. In 1903 Robert Stace and James Morgan sold 622 3/4 acres Save & Except 5 acres for church, school & cemetery to Carlisle Lumber Co. This 5 acres had been set aside by a previous owner for the community use. Robert Stace purchased 50 acres in Smithfield (Ace) in 1906 and moved his family.

Robert Stace Walters Jan 9, 1846 - Sept 12, 1912. C. Caroline - June 10, 1858 - feb 25, 1920. Robert & Caroline are buried at Menard Chapel Cemetery. Robert Stace & C. Caroline’s children are: Robert Warren married Levy Collins 1900, Blanche Richardson 1907 & Callie Futch 1915; Richard Eden married Maude Murphy 1903; Henry Clinton married Exer Griffin 1905; Mary Catherine married Jack Richardson & John Peavy; Leath (Levy) married Ed Graham; Evaline (Evie) never married; John Herren married Mamie Oliver 1917; Lige Watson married Dovie Oliver 1920; Prentice & Susan apparently died young.


Transcribed by Conan L Massey Jr.

Tolar Family

The information below from a Walters-Oliver-Tolar Reunion notice mailed in September 2001 by Lori Walters Lampkins. The picture is of James Morgan Walters and Margaret Louisa (Ida) Tolar. Ida was the daughter of John Philip Tolar and Canzetta Catherine Fussell Tolar.

15 September 2001

Henry Tolar born 1789 in Newburn Co., N.C., died 6 October 1867 in Tyler Co., TX. He married Kitsy Magee (daughter of Phillip Magee and Mary (Polly) Butler) 4 December 1812 in Marion Co., MS. Kitsy Magee was born 24 January 1878 in South Carolina and died 3 May 1853. Two children were born into this marriage: Nancy Tolar married Gilberg Shivers, and John Phillip Tolar married Canzetta Catherine Fussell (daughter of William Fussell, Jr. and Mary B. Morris).

Henry Tolar is listed on the 1820-1840 covington Co., MS census and tax rolls. In 1850 he is living in the household of his son, John Phillip Tolar in Simpson Co., MS. In 1860 he is living in the household of his daughter Nancy Tolar Shivers in Tyler Co., TX. Henry has a mark and brand registered in the Tyler County Clerk’s Office.

John Phillip Tolar was born 1 May 1815 in Amite Co., MS and died 30 October 1896 in Tyler Co., TX. He married Canzetta Catherine Fussell 3 October 1893 in Rankin Co., MS. John Phillip and Canzetta Catherine are buried in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery, Tyler Co., TX.

The children of John Phillip Tolar and Canzeta Catherine Fussell Tolar are: Kitsy Elizabeth Tolar married Ephrain Chambless; Mary C. Tolar married Cholie Jolly; Bersheba Jane Tolar married Warren Eli Phillips; Nancy F. Tolar married Flavious McMillian; Robert (Bud) Tolar married Mary Versia Durham; Martha Ann Tolar married Houson Henry Pitts; Susan A. (Souk) Tolar married James (Jim) Warren Walters; Casandra Francis (Stump) Tolar married Henry M. Tucker; Canzetta Caroline Tolar married Robert Stace Walters; Lucinda Earline (Lude) married James L. (Jim) Findley, and Margaret Louisa (Ida) Tolar married James Morgan Walters.

James Warren Walters and Robert Stace Walters are the sons of Robert Walters and Marry Collins. James Morgan Walters is the son of Robert Stace Walters and Melissa Creel, the daughter of Jackson Creel.

Sincerely, Lori Walters Lampkins


Transcribed by Conan L Massey Jr.

William Fussell

This information below from a Walters-Oliver-Tolar Reunion notice mailed in September 2002 by Patsy Ann Jackson. The picture is of the Findley Family from the 1953 W-O-T Reunion.

I have written about John Phillip Tolar and his wife Canzetta Fussell in a previous newsletter. This letter will be about Canzetta Fussell’s parent’s - William Fussell Jr. and his wife Mary B Morris.
William Fussell is the son of William Fussell, Sr. born July 26, 1755 in NC and Mary Wilson born Dec 25, 1762. William Fussell, Jr. was born 1798 in georgia and married Mary B. Morris, born in 1802 in Georgia, on September 1821 in Washington, Parish, LA.
William enlisted in the War of 1812 on December 23, 1814 at Covington Louisiana and served under Captain William Beekam Company, Colonel Thomas Warner Regiment and was discharged at Camp Navy Yard on February 24, 1815 serving a total of 64 days.. William stated on his pension application: “At the time of the Battle of New Orleans I was at Camp Navy Yard on the Chefunky about 7 miles from its mouth. Our command was then sent across the Mississippi to reinforce Gen. Morgan who was camped about 6 miles below New Orleans on the west side of the river. A few days after the Battle of New Orleans General Morgan was ordered by General Jackson to reinforce him upon a given signal by crossing the river, advance and attack the enemy below New Orleans. No signal was given and during the night I saw camp fires on the east bank of the river and carriages & cannon by the aid of the campfire and the next day learned it was the enemy.”
William applied for and received Bounty land donations (land given to soldiers for a specified time of enlistment). William’s bounty land was located in Rankin County, Mississippi. William was in Tyler County, Texas by 1874 according to the dates on his pension application. William applied for his pension and on January 30, 1875 was granted a monthly pension of $8.00 per month from February 14, 1871.
William Fussell’s will was filed on September 7, 1875 in Tyler County, Texas. The will was filed under Index Jacket Number X-359. I have been to Tyler County several times and all the County Clerks will tell me is “There is no will in the box and we can only surmise that someone took it.” John Phillip Tolar is given as administrator of William’s will.
John Findley, a descendent, told me that William Fussell, Jr. sometimes referred to as “Big Daddy Fussell” was buried in Justice Cemetery, Northwest of Warren, Tyler Co., Texas in an unmarked grave.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Menard Chapel Cemetery

The Menard Chapel is located in the southwestern part of Polk County, Texas near Menard Creek and the Trinity River. The Menard’s Mill post office was established in 1838, but the name was changed to Menard’s Chapel in 1862. The chapel from which the town took its name was the Mount Gilead Baptist Church, which had been organized in 1854. In 1906 the Menard’s Chapel had four schools, with four teachers and ninety-one students.


The Menard Chapel history can be traced back to 1833.  Peter J. Menard and M. B. Menard came to Texas from Kaskaskia, Illinois.  They started a small community near Menard Creek.  Menard Chapel was near and old camp ground, in the vicinity of a road known as the Indian Trace (1)
    1.  Menard Chapel Cemetery consist of eight acres.  Polk County deed records show this land was owned by Joseph Rhoden when the first person was buried in what is now known as the Menard Chapel Cemetery. (2)  Ruth Nicholas, mother of Mary Jane Oliver, was buried there on March 1, 1876. (3)  Three known Confederate Soldiers are buried in this cemetery.  They are Matthew Franklin Oliver, John Lowe, and Samuel Wilson. (4)  Lowe, Oliver, Duff, Collins, Richardson, Bailey, Rhoden, Chambliss, Baxter and Steagall are a few of the names you will find there.
    On May 16, 1981, a Prepetual Care Fund was established for the care of the cemetery and church grounds.  A cemetery meeting is held annually in May.   The Mt. Gilliard Chruch building is used for these meetings.  The cemetery church & school is located approx. 14 miles Southwest of Livingston.  It is two miles off Farm Road 943 on the Menard Chapel Road.
    2.  The earliest history of a church being organized at Menard was in the early 1800's.  The church was a Missionary Baptist Church.  It was named Mt. Gillard Baptist Church. (1)  Minutes of the Union Baptist Association meeting at Bethel Baptist Church at Bold Springs in May, 1854 stated "The next meeting appointed at Mt. Gillard Missionary Church." (5)  The old church was a box building with the wall boards running vertically.  According to eighty year old Eddie Baxter, the present building was built in the early 1920's.  Brother Tom Lilley was the pastor at the time and helped with the construction.  This church was actively used for services until about 1983. The last pastor was Brother A. J. Castilow. Some of the previous preachers at Mt. Gilliard were three generations of the Duff Family. They were James E. Duff, Amos Duff, and Ferguson Duff. Brother W. D. Wadsworth and Tom Moye also pastored this church. Prayer was an integral part of the church. When the community was suffering from a drought, the men of the church met to pray for rain. Bro. Tom Moye ask Bro. Morgan Walters to lead the prayer. The next day a BIG, BIG rain came.
3. Menard Chapel School was organized after the Civil war. (6) Mrs. E. O. Rhoden conveyed two acres of land for the Baptist Church and School. (7) School was taught in the church building. Water was used from a spring on the property behind the church. The spring is still there today. Early records from the Polk County School Supt. office show that in 1873 Menard Creek School received $28.15 to be credited on books. In 1886, the record shows Menard Chapel School received $493.58. T.J. Franklin and B. F. Collins were trustees. (8) “In 1887, V. A. Collins took an exam to teach the school at Menard’s Chapel. He taught in the fall, after crops were gathered.” (1) Mr. Collins later became an attorney and was elected to serve as a Senator representing Polk County. A. A. Duff was another early teacher at Menard Chapel School. He taught school for forty years in Polk County. Some of the students who attended Menard Chapel School were Robert, Henry, Harren, and Watson Walters. Berry lowe Davis, Lyester, Josephine, Gabriel Collins, Willis, Patience and Dace Collins, Polk Mooore, Travie Murphy Baxter, Lizza Murphy baxter, Exer Griffin Walters, Francis Lilley Bailey, Sam Jack Murphy, Arbelia Murphy Oliver and several Duff’s.
Menard Chapel Community was a lively place to live. Dances and log-rollings were common forms of entertainment and work. “Mrs. Sam Morrison remembered that the women cooked an enormous amount of food for dinners and mid-night lunches. She saw a twelve pound cake that was left untouched from one log-rolling, dinner and dance. Mrs Matthew Oliver once cooked a barrel of flour into bread and cakes for one such occasion.” (6)
The cemetery and Church are beautiful, restful places. Green grass and beautiful flowers abound at Menard Chapel.

1. “A Pictorial History of Polk County, Texas” by Ruth Peebles, Published by The Heritage Committee of the Polk County Historical Commission in 1976 - Revised in 1978.
2. Polk County Deed records Volume “O” page 507 dated 10-27-1874 John O. Bartee to Joseph Rhoden
3. Information verified by ninety year old Lev Davis
4. “There Never Were Such Men Before” by Ruth Peebles; Published in 1989 by Polk County Historical Commission.
5. Copy of the Records of Bethel Baptist Church, Polk County, Texas. Book I 1849-1898 by Moody Stone Jackson, Jr. and Family & Jack Garvey Jackson & Family. (Murphy Memorial Library-Livingston, Tx.)
6. “The History of Polk County” by Miss Emma Haynes located in the Murphy Memorial Library, Livingston, Tx.
7. Polk County ded Records of Polk County, Tx. Vol. 32, Page 447 Mrs. E. C. Rhoden to T. A. Bailey, for the Baptic Church and school known as Menard Chapel
8. Copies of records furnished by Luther C. Moore, former Polk County School Supt.


Menard Chapel Cemetery Marker
Texas Historical Commission
Menard Chapel Church, School, and Cemetery

Michel B. Menard, signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, and his brother Pierre J. settled here in 1833.  According to local tradition sometime prior to 1854 the Mt. Gileard Baptist Church built a small sanctuary here in Menard Chapel, a farm and ranch community which developed along Menard Creek.
    Shortly after the Civil War ended Mrs. E. O. Rhoden donated 2 acres here for church and school purposes.  The Baptist congregation constructed a new church building which for many decades served as a house of worship as well as a schoolhouse for the Menard Chapel School.  Early teachers A.A.Duff also served as Pastor.  Another early teacher, V.A.Collins, went on to serve Polk County as Texas State Senator.  The school was discontinued in 1935 when it was consolidated with the Livingston Independent School District.
    The cemetery was established with the burial of Rutha Nicholas in 1876.  Church and cemetery acreage was set aside in a deed executed by Eli and Unity Rhoden in 1902.  A new sanctuary, built here in the 1920s, served as a place of worship until 1983.  The cemetery is maintained with perpetual care funds by the Menard Chapel Cemetery Committee.  Veterans of the Civil War, World War I, and World War II, are buried here.

Family Members at the Menard Cemetery:
• William Allen Walters 06Sep1894-19Feb1903
• Ida Mae Munson 19Feb1903-18Mar1986
• Peyton, Son of A & I.M.Walters 24Oct1920-15Oct1926
• Raymond Leveritt Massey 25Dec1922-21May2001
• Henry W Walters 26Oct1894-06Mar1959
• Hattie E Walters 1901-1936
• Elter V Walters 1932-1936
• W D Walters 16Aug1919
• Dorothy Walters 02Jul1926
• Robert Stace Walters 16Dec1917-24Nov1960
• Mary Callie (Futch) Walters 11Nov1878-12Sep1947
• Robert Warren Walters __Apr1880-14Sep1919
• ? Granny Futch [Headstone next to Mary]
• John A Smith 17Jun1914-18Sep1988 (Inez's husband)


• Texas State Historical Association -

Additional Resources:
• Menard Chapel Cemetery = 409-563-4421
• Emma Haynes, The History of Polk County (MS, Sam Houston Regional Library, Liberty, Texas, 1937; rev. ed. 1968)