Clifton Cemetery

Rains County, Cemeteries of Texas

Obits submitted by Elaine Nall Bay

"Rains Co. Leader"



April 11, 1913
Ye scribe is in sympathy with John Ratliff in the loss of their baby which was buried in the Clifton graveyard last Thursday.
November 26, 1920
Mr. Lige Garrett Dead
Mr. Lige Garrett of the County Line neighborhood, who has been sick for some time with Brights’ Disease, died yesterday morning, and his remains will be buried in the Clifton Cemetery today (Friday), the funeral rites to be conducted by the Masons.
March 4, 1921

In Memory of One “Dear Bessie”

On the night of last February 14, the death angel visited the home of Jim Morrow taking from him his darling wife, Bessie. A sweeter girl never lived. A rare flower never grew. Her mission in this world was one of love. She gathered around her a host of friends. Never have we seen so many tears shed at a funeral. Pathetic indeed was the scene. The cord of love so tightly bound around the hearts of so many, will surely draw them heavenward. She was a saintly woman and seemed to be striving heavenward. Planning to live and make every effort to be a loving wife and mother. The dreadful fever attacked her and for over thirty days the patient suffered the most excruciating pain. All that could be done by fond husband, friends and a faithful physician was of no avail. And now she is no more. She has left a devoted husband, babe, and a host of other relatives to grieve and wonder. But God will heal their wounded hearts;

A voice from Heaven whispers:
”I’ll strengthen the chain,

I’ve broken in twain;

And fasten it from to the skies.

We must bow in humble submission to the inevitable and “Pass under the rod”. On the account of sickness and distance I failed to see Bessie during her illness. But my prayers, heart and thoughts were with her. Husband and babe miss her. In their dreams they caress her and only empty space answers. It is indeed sad to have such a sorrow come to our home but thanks be to the eternal God, we believe she is safe and saved in a beautiful country safely resting in the arms of Jesus, she is now free from all sufferings, temptation, and death. On Tuesday February 15, 1921 the white casket containing the remains of our dear friend was conveyed to the Clifton cemetery in the northern part of Rains county where a touching and appropriate discourse was given by Rev. Parkins, pastor of our church at Daugherty, after which we layed her away to

sleep until Jesus comes to awake her.

A precious one from you is gone,

A voice you love is still;

A place is vacant in your home,

That can never be filled.

To the husband – but, our words seem cold – Oh! Heavenly Father stretch forth Thy powerful arm and draw the bleeding heart into communion with Thee. Show to him in all Thy love and mercy that Thou who has stricken his heart and made desolate his home hast placed his treasure on high to allure him to Heaven, help him to lead his precious babe gently and tenderly in the paths of truth and purity and fit her for eternity. Rest well dear Bessie, your broken hearted loved ones must find consolation in the thought that

today you wear a crown of life and your sweet voice is tuned to a harp of glory where the strains of redemption resound evermore. 
A schoolmate friend and neighbor,

Della Blanton

April 28, 1933
Mrs. Jordan Died Thursday Night
Mrs. J.F. Jordan of the Daugherty community died Thursday night of last week at the family home, after an illness of several months duration and her remains were buried at the Clifton cemetery Friday, services being conducted by Rev. Kernes. Mrs. Jordan was well known in the north part of the county and the edge of Hopkins County where the family has lived for many years, and was loved by all for the Christian life she lived. And her going away was a sad event in the neighborhood. She is survived by her husband and two sons, Grady of Dallas and Alton of Quitman, besides other relatives and friends, who have the sympathy of their many friends. The Leader joins with friends is offering condolences to the bereaved family.

Rains County Leader
Oct. 2, 1975
pg. 1
Funeral services for Mrs. Minnie Lee Shumate, 75, of Emory, were at 2 p.m. Sunday in Freedom Church of God with the Rev. Kenneth Ishmeal, the Rev. Raymond Tomlin, and the Rev. R.H. Swain officiating.
Burial was in Clifton Cemetery under the direction of Hood Funeral Home of Emory. Mrs. Shumate died Saturday morning in a Mesquite hospital. She was born in Rains County and had lived here her entire lfie. Mrs. Shumate was a member of Freedom Church of God.
Survivors include her husband, John Shumate, of Emory; two sons, Marvin Shumate of Mesquite and Melvin Shumate of Emory; three daughters, Marcella Ashley of Canton; Mirlene Johnston of Mesquite and Mauritta Edwards of Mesquite; one brother, Henry Toles of Dallas; and twelve grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren. Grandsons served as pallbearers.

The Rains County Leader
Jan 27, 1972
pg. 1
Shirley Shumate Died Suddenly Tuesday
Mrs. Shirley Shumate, personable and prominent business woman of Emory, died unexpectedly at her home Tuesday. She had been in ill health for several years and had been semi-retired from Shirley's Beauty Shop, which she and her mother, Opal Lair, had oeprated for a long period of years.
Funeral Services were held Wednesday in the Emory Baptist Church with the pastor, the Rev. Charles Goodson, officiating. She was born April 5, 1937, the daughter of Opal and the late Joe Lair, Emory. She attended Emory High School adn was married to Melvin Shumate. He survives, together with two children, Leslie and Denny; mother, Mrs. Opal Lair Prichett, and grandfather, R.R. Gordon.
Burial was in the Clifton Cemetery with Hood Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Rains County Leader
May 9, 1991
pg. 17
Services were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 4th, 1991, for Marvin (Jack) Shumate, 69, of Rt. 1, Emory, in the Freedom Church of God. Rev. Kenneth Ishmael officiated at the service. Burial was in the Clifton Cemetery under the direction of the Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home in Emory.
Mr. Shumate passed away Friday, May 34d, in Sulphur Springs hospital. He was born July 6, 1921 in Rains Co. to John W. and Minnie Lee Dial Shumate. He married Mary Jewel Pennebaker in Rains Co. on Oct 15, 1939.
Mr. Shumate was a retired self-employed owner of a service station. He was a US Army veteran of World War II and was also a member of the Freedom Church of God.
Mr. Shumate was survived by his wife, Mary Jewel Shumate of Emory; two sons, Milton Ray Shumate of Dangerfield, TX and Milford Jay Shumate of Pittsburg, TX; one brother, Melvin Shumate of Emory; two sisters, Marcelle Ashley of Canton and Mirlene Johnston of Dallas; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mira Kay Shumate.

Rains County Leader
March 27, 1980
pg. 9
Funeral services for John M. Shumate, 86, were held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Freedom Church of God with the Rev. T.E. Richardson and the Rev. Larry Bridges officiating.
Mr. Shumate was born in Rains Co. February 6, 1894 and had lived in the county all of his life. He was a retired farmer and a member of the Daugherty Baptist Church although he attended the Freedom Church of God for the past fifty years. 
Survivors are two sons, Marvin Shumate of Mesquite and Melvin Shumate of Emory; three daughters, Mrs. Marcell Ashley of Canton, Mrs. Merlene Johnston of Dallas and Mauritta Joy Edwards of Mesquite; fourteen grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Jay Shumate, Dennis Shumate, Melton Shumate, Johnny Johnston, Roy Don Ashely, and Monte Edwards. Burial was in Clifton Cemetery with Hood Funeral Home of Emory in charge of arrangements.