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This photo contains one or more person(s) that I am currently unable to identify. If you can provide any informaion (even a guess is a starting place), please email me at Genealogy@ksthompson.com with your information!

The photos in my unknown photo collection could come from either my mother’s family (Treat, Lawrence, and related family lines) or my father’s family (Thompson, Stout, and related family lines).

Also, my Great-Aunt Mabel (Stout) Parsons was a school teacher in the Springdale schools for many years so some of the photos may be of her students.

Father of 17 Passed Away Monday, Jan. 31 (Thomas Franklin David Reynolds Obituary)

Father of 17 Passed Away Monday, Jan. 31

Thomas Franklin David Reynolds, age 64, passed away Monday, Jan. 31, at his home in the Reynolds community east of Wharton. He had been ill several months and his death was due to a stroke suffered a few days ago.

Mr. Reynolds had lived all his life in the community which derived its name from his family, having been born there on Jan. 30, 1885. He had been a member of the Baptist Church for 27 years. He was the father of 17 children, 16 of whom survive. One boy, Loy, passed away in 1935.

The deceased was first married to Mead Keck in 1900. To them were born three children. His first wife passed away in 1908 and in 1910 he was married to Viola Emaline Burgess, who survives. To them were born 14 children.

Besides his widow, survivors include eight sons, Melvin, of Kingston, and Dewey, Tommie, Franklin, Lee Troy, Roy, Wesley and Junior, all of the home; eight daughters, Mrs. Bert Harper of Clarksville, Mrs. Claud Stout of Kingston, Mrs. John L. Carter, Mrs. Melvin Davis, Mrs. H. H. Maggard and Mrs. Charlie Carpenter, all of Huntsville; Mrs. Arnold Coble of Aurora; and Viola of the home, 52 grand children and 4 great grand children; a sister, Mrs. Lennie Harris of Oklahoma.

Graveside services were held at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 2, by Rev. Cecil Garrison of Huntsville. Burial was in Kingston cemetery under the direction of Brashears Funeral Home here.

Retiring Teachers: Great Aunt Mabel (Stout) Parsons Retires from Teaching after 45 years

Three Springdale teachers were honored by the School Board Tuesday night on their pending retirement from the profession. Showing the silver platters they were given by the board are, from left, Mabel Parsons, completing 45 years of teaching, 24 of them in Springdale; Bea Lawler, completing 15 years of teaching, 10 of them in Springdale, and Ethel Wright, finishing 31 years in the Springdale schools.

Photo That Started My Genealogy Journey

This is the photo that started my genealogy journey. The photo shows my dad standing in the foreground of the photo holding a chicken (he was about 2-3 years old in the photo). What interested me most about that photo was the inscription on the back (Buster holding Chicken). The chicken is identified but the people in the back of the photo are not identified. Those people happen to be my great-grandmother Venna (Stansell) Thompson and Vern Thompson (at least I think it is him but I can’t be sure because the photo doesn’t identify him).

My Genealogy Do-Over

Well, it has been a while since I have really done any genealogy or updated my website. I have decided to have a genealogy do-over and this time to really try to start again with a complete do-over of both this site and my genealogy database. I am starting again from scratch!

Hopefully, I will rekindle my enjoyment of doing genealogy and managing this website.

More updates to come!