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The following ties in Ben Washam, the animator who worked for Warner
Brothers Animation Studio.
A Washam Jr b abt 1848 Mecklenburg Co, NC m Aburty Alice Jones. Alice Worsham
John McFarland 25
Dec 1887 Jackson Co, AR. In the 1900 Breckenridge, Jackson, AR cens are Alice
McFarlane b 1854 MS & her sons John McFarlane b 1890 AR, Don Washam age 36 b MS, Dee
Washam b Apr 1876 TN & David Washam b 1888 AR. Alice d 21 Sep 1924 Jackson Co., AR.
Children: (add 2 additional
children, Dee Washam & Babe
David Washam with his 1st wife.)
are courtesy Laura Davis,
Donald Walter Washam "Don" b 9 Feb 1874 MS, m Agnes Ragsdale 14 Nov
Jackson Co, AR. She d 27 Dec
1919 in Jackson Co, AR. Don m 2nd) Myrtle Molett.
Don d 13 Apr 1953 Jackson, AR.
Agnes and Donald Walter Washam
Children of Don & Agnes:
184.108.40.206.2.7.3A.1.1A.1. Ethel Washam b 4 Jul
1903 Jackson, AR, d Jun 1974 Newport, Jackson, AR.
L Washam b 19 Aug 1904 Jackson, AR.
1st) Clarence E
Miller 10 Oct 1923 Jackson Co, AR.
Stella m 2nd)
Lawrence Monroe Tilley b 10 Mar 1898 in Shelby, IL & d 11 Nov
1981 Fisher, Poinsett, AR.
Stella d 11 Oct 2002 in Jackson Co,
AR and is bur in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Newport, Jackson Co, AR.
Her obit was published 13 Oct 2002:
NEWPORT -- Stella Lee Washam Tilley, 98,
of Newport died Fri, Oct. 11, at Newport. Born in Jackson Co, she was co-owner of
Miller's Store at Ingleside, a retired farmer and a homemaker. She was a member of
the First Christian Church in Newport. Survivors include two daughters, Norma Lee
Miller and Emma Jean Whybrew, both of Newport; one son, Kenneth Ray Miller of
Bradford; four sisters, Frances Alvis of Newport and Alice Molett, Neta Beele
Milheim and Helen Bender, all of Michigan; one brother, Tommy Washam of Monroe City,
Mo.; four grandchildren, Margaret Marshall of Newport, Phil Whybrew of Jonesboro,
Todd Miller of Bradford and Rodney Miller of Batesville; six great-grandchildren;
and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, C.E. Miller; her second husband
Lawrence Tilley; two brothers; and one sister. Funeral services will be Mon. Burial
will follow in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Honorary
pallbearers will be Phil Alvis, Herbert McFarland, Gus Ragsdale, Delmar Courtney,
the Rev. Jim Lemons, Albert Mullins, Dr. Roland Reynolds, Todd Bartholomew, Leo
Bartholomew, Don Washam, Bobby Linn, Dean Young, Sam Boyce Sr., Michael Turner and
the Rev. Larkin Enlow.
M Washam b 9 Jan 1909 Jackson, AR, d Jun 1980 Pleasant Plains, Independence,
AR. John m
Anna Pauline Thornton 24 Oct 1952 Jackson, AR.
Anna Pauline "Polly" Washam, 82, of
Floral, died Mon, Feb 11, 2002 at Batesville. She was born Mar 20, 1919 in Cairo,
Illinois, to George and Della Thornton. She was a homemaker and a member of the
Floral Baptist Church. She is survived by two sons, Phillip Sexton of Floral and
Jerry Sexton of Batesville; two daughters, Phyllis Pearson of Judsonia and Jonna
Williams of Pangburn. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John
Washam; a grandson; two half brothers; and three sisters including Georgia Rhoades
of Floral. The funeral will be Thur at Floral Baptist Church with Jim Dillard
officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cem. The pallbearers will be Evon Sharp,
Lanny Frazier, Robert Harmon, Daryl Brown and Jerry Robbins.
220.127.116.11.2.7.3A.1.1A.3.1. Jonna Gail Washam m
Ronnie Clay Williams.
Child: Misty D. Williams m Gary Lee Watkins & had a dau, Savannah Grace Watkins.
(Misty Watkins, 2007)
A Washam "Boogie" b 23 Aug 1911 Jackson, AR, m Baxter Molett "Jack" 1 Sep 1929
Jackson Co, AR. Jack was b 11 Jan 1903 & d 19 Apr 1978 Utica, Macomb, Michigan.
Alice d 3 Aug 2006 Utica, Macomb, MI. Obit was pub in the 14 Aug 2006 Macomb Daily:
Alice A. "Boogie" Molett, 94, a
resident of Utica for 70 years, died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2006, in Troy. She was born
Aug. 23, 1911, in Newport, Ark. Mrs. Molett retired as a janitor for General
Motors Corp. She loved to cook and relatives said she was especially well known
for her delicious chocolate chip cookies. She enjoyed traveling and family
gatherings, and treasured her family. She is survived by her children, Charles
(Barbara) Molett, Alice Liz Burns, Raymond (Andrea) Molett, Anita Tipton and
Janice Keen; siblings, Frances Alvis of Arkansas, Helen Bender of Eastpointe and
Anitabelle (Bill) Wilham; 22 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and eight
great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Baxter "Jack"
Molett, on April 19, 1978. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at
Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Home, 8459 Hall Road (three blocks east of Van Dyke),
Utica, with the Rev. Howard Casey, Shelby Bible Church, officiating. Burial will
be in White Chapel Memorial Cemetery, Troy.
Emma Washam b 13 Nov 1913 Jackson, AR. She m Arvil
Phillip Alvis 10 Jan 1936
Jackson Co, AR. Arvil b 14 May 1910 & d 25 Oct 1996 Newport, Jackson,
AR was the son of Philip Alvis and Laura Alvis. Frances d 24 Feb 2008 Newport, Jackson, AR: (Jackson's Funeral Home)
Mrs. Frances Emma (Washam) Alvis of
Newport, Arkansas died Sunday, February 24, 2008 at Newport. She was born November 13, 1913 at Jackson County, the daughter of Don and
Agnes (Ragsdale) Washam, Sr. She married Mr. Arvil Phillip Alvis on January 10,
1936. They were married sixty years at the time of his death in October, 1996.
Mrs. Alvis was a homemaker, and a wonderful cook. Her family has yet to find
anyone who could cook a pot of pinto beans like hers. She was a truly happy
person, who was the epitome of hospitality. She was a member of the First Baptist
Church of Newport. Mrs. Alvis was preceded in death by her husband, Arvil Phillip
Alvis; her parents; several brothers and sisters; and two grandchildren whom she
dearly loved, Steven Phillip Davis and Laura June (Davis) Johnson. She is survived
by her daughter, Laura Laverne (Alvis) Davis of Batesville, Arkansas; her son,
Donald Phillip “Bootie” Alvis of Heber Springs, Arkansas; two sisters, Nitabelle
Milheim and Helen Bender, both of Detroit Michigan; one grandson, Eddie Phillip
Alvis; three granddaughters, Pennie (Alvis) Bellar, Teresa Williams, and Stephenie
Parker; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and many beloved
nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Eddie Alvis, James Bellan, Robert
Williams, Roy “Smokey” Runyan, John Ashley Washam, and Donnie Washam. Honorary
pallbearers will be Brad Kieffner, Donnie Schultz, Donnie Washam IV, Don Washam
III, and Pete Long. Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home. Funeral
services are 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, Februrary 28, 2008 at Jackson’s Newport Funeral
Home Chapel. Interment will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery.
Children of Frances:
Laverne Alvis b of Newport, Jackson, AR m Mr Davis.
labeled "Frances Washam, my husband, me, and my brother Donald Phillip
Alvis. Mother was 93 here" courtesy Laura
Laverne Alvis Davis, 2012.
Children of Laura:
June Davis b 10 Apr
& d 15 Nov 1994 of Desha, Independence, AR. Laura m Mr Johnson.
left of Laura and her husband from Laura
Laverne Alvis Davis, 2012. On right is her headstone in Alderbrook
Cemetery, Desha, Independence Co, Arkansas.
Steven P Davis "Steve" b 12 Jun
1956 & d 16 Jun 1999.
Steve's headstone courtesy Laura Laverne
Alvis Davis, 2012.
Phillip Alvis b of Newport, Jackson, AR.
Walter Washam "Don" b 8 Feb
1917 Jackson, AR & d Jul 1969. He m 1st) Virgina
Langton "Tippy" 6 Sep 1939 Lawrence, AR. They had a daughter
Donna Joyce Washam.
Don m 2nd) Dorothy Jean
Ashley 26 Jun 1950 Jackson, AR (Her name was Wallace in the
Jackson Co mrg records). Dorothy b 1927 & d 1964.
Donald m 3rd)
Virginia Wilson 29 Dec 1965 Jackson, AR.
18.104.22.168.2.7.3A.1.1A.7. Charles Washam b
1920 Newport, Jackson, AR.
Children of Don & Myrtle:
Helen Louise Washam b 3 Apr 1924 Jackson, AR & d 4 May 2009 of
Detroit, MI. She m Richard Pearl Bender.
Richard b 27 Jul 1921 & d 23 Jun 1989 Detroit, Wayne, MI.
Helen L. Bender, age
85, died May 4, 2009. Mrs. Bender retired from Parke-Davis in 1987. She loved
her family, her kitties and her job. Beloved wife of the late Richard. Loving
mother of Diane (Joseph) Wilson. Proud and loving grandmother of David
(Cindy), Steven (Dawn) and Paul (Carol); great-grandmother of David Michael,
Bradley, Matthew and Rachelle. Dear sister of Nitabelle (William) Milhem.
Predeceased by 11 brothers and sisters. Funeral Thursday, 10 a.m. at
Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc., 36900 Schoenherr at Metro Parkway, (16
Mile). Interment, White Chapel Cemetery, Troy. Visitation Wednesday 2-9 p.m.
Please share memories with the family at their online guestbook at
Nitabelle Washam b 31 Aug 1926 Newport, Jackson, AR. She m Bill Wilham.
James Thomas Washam "Tom" b 10 Jun 1931
Newport, Jackson, AR. He m Velma Wagster 10 Jun 1949. Tom's obit was
published 4 Sep 2003:
MONROE CITY - James Thomas (Tom) Washam,
72, of Monroe City, died Wed, Sep 3, 2003, at the University of Missouri Hospital in
Columbia. Funeral services will be today at the Garner Funeral Chapel in Monroe
City. A second service will be Sep 6, at the Jackson Funeral Chapel in Newport, Ark.
Burial will be at Walnut Grove Cem in Newport. Mr. Washam was born Jun 10, 1931, in
Newport, Ark, Jackson Co, to Donald and Myrtle Mae Molett Washam. He was married to
Velma Wagster on Jun 10, 1949, in Augusta, Ark. She survives. Other survivors
include four sisters, Alice Molett of Utica, Mich., Frances Alvis of Newport, Ark.,
and Helen Bender and Nita B. Milhem, both of Eastpointe, Mich. He was preceded in
death by his parents; one son, Danny Phillip; three brothers, Glen Wallace, Donald
Washam and John Washam; and three sisters, Verbal Rossow, Ethyl Washam and Stella
Tilley. Mr. Washam attended Newport schools and attended the Victory Baptist Church.
He lived in Williamston, Mich., for many years, where he was an electrical lineman
for several large companies. He moved to Monroe City 22 years ago where he was a
lineman and served as supervisor for the city of Monroe electrical department. He
was a member of local No. 17 of the I.B.E.W.
H Washam b Dec 1875 MS m Callie L Willis 25
Dec 1894 Auvergne, Jackson, AR. She was b May 1877.
Callie m 2nd) Mr Coleman
bef 1915; 3rd) Jesse Hammett 16 Jun 1917 Jackson, AR; 4th)
John Reeves 27 Jul 1919
Jackson, AR & 5th) John E Singleton bef 1930 Cow Lake, Jackson, AR.
Washam b Sep 1895 of Jackson, AR, d. 9 Feb 1924 Jackson, AR.
22.214.171.124.2.7.3A.1.2.2. Letha Washam b Mar 1899
Breckenridge, Jackson, AR. She m 1st) Alex
Long 30 Sep 1916 Jackson, AR & 2nd) Ferdie
Brinkley 12 Jul 1919 Jackson, AR.
126.96.36.199.2.7.3A.1.2.3. Dee Washam b abt 1902 of Jackson,
AR m Annie Arnold 8 Aug 1921 Woodruff, AR.
Annie b abt 1906.
Children: Loise N Washam, Dee J Washam, & Bettie J Washam.
188.8.131.52.2.7.3A.1.2.4. Sadie Washam b abt 1909 Jackson, AR
m Archie Low 30 Dec 1943 Jackson,
Dee Washam b 30 Jan 1878 of Hardin Co, TN. (1-1880; 4/1876-1900; 32-1910;
41-1920) He is in the 1880 District 16, Hardin Co, TN census as William D Worsham age 1
b TN and the son of A A Worsham age 31 b NC & Aburty Worsham age 25 b MS.
He is listed as the brother of Don & David Washam in the 1900 Breckenridge, Jackson, AR
census. He m Ethel Mae Anthony
the d/o Samuel Anthony b 4 Dec 1837 MO & Mary A Farmer b 13 Mar 1850 TN.
(Steve Riddle, 2004) Ethel was b 6 Feb 1883, d 16 Jul 1962 & bur
Anthony Family Cem, Jackson, AR. In Jackson Co, AR, near Newport, AR is the
Anthony Family Cemetery located in the Island Community, in the SW 1/4 of the
NE 1/4 of Section 26, TWP 12 N, Range 3 West. There were eight markers
located." [Note: Only seven markers given below.] Edgar Anthony (15 Aug
1887 - 7 Jan 1953); Mary A Anthony (13 Mar 1850 - 7 Oct 1894); Samuel Anthony
(4 Dec 1837 - 9 Sep 1917); Infant Mantooth (3 Oct 1912 - 6 Nov 1912) son of L W and Emma;
Ethel Mae Washam (d 16 Jul 1962 age 79) Infant Washam (b & d 11 Sep 1906)
son of D W and E A; Samuel Washam (13 Sep 1904 - 8
Washam b 13 Sep 1904 of Newport, Jackson, AR, d 8 Oct 1905, bur Anthony
Family Cem, Jackson, AR.
Washam b 11 Sep 1906 of Newport, Jackson, AR, d 11 Sep 1906, bur
Anthony Family Cem, Jackson, AR
Washam b abt 1908 Jackson, AR m Lottie.
Child: Mary Ethyl Washam.
(Thelma Rossow, 2000) Elbert m 2nd) Charlotte Stephens
16 Sep 1940 Jackson, AR
Infant Washam, a son,
b 1910 Jackson Co, AR & d 12 Apr 1911 Island, Franklin, AR. Abstract from
the Newport Weekly Independent, Newport, Jackson Co, AR for 14 Apr 1911:
Washam boy, 13mo 12-Apr-11 Island comm.,
surviving parents Mr. & Mrs. Dee.
184.108.40.206.2.7.3.A.1.3.5. Wallace Washam
b abt 1910 Jackson Co, AR & d. 9 Nov 1934 Jackson Co, AR.
220.127.116.11.2.7.3.A.1.3.6. Ruby Louise Washam
b abt 1912 Jackson, AR m 1st) Valmore Carr
25 Aug 1934 Jackson, AR. They adopted a girl named Darlene Kay b. 20 Dec 1945 Hutchinson Co,
TX. (Thelma Rossow, 2000) Valmore d 3 Mar 1983 Merced, CA. Ruby m 2nd) Daniel E
Carter 11 May 1985 Madera, CA.
18.104.22.168.2.7.3.A.1.3.7. William Alfred Washam
b 10 Mar 1913 Jackson, AR & d 28 Jun 1974 Little Rock, Pulaski, AR. He m 1st) Neaomi
Evelyn Luttrell 13 Dec 1932 White Co, AR. (Denise Washam-Thompson, 2007) They divorced abt 1944 & he
m 2nd) Cleo Doreen McCamey
1948 in OK.
Cleo Doreen (McCamey) Bailey died Monday,
Nov 20, 2000, at Rosewood Care Center. Services will be Friday at Strode Chapel.
Interment will be at Coyle Cemetery. She was born in Coyle Feb 8, 1920, to Loyde D.
and Pearl Marie (Arnett) McCamey. During her early years she attended Coyle School and
was a member of the Christian Church. In 1925, her family moved to Oklahoma City where
she finished her schooling. She was married to Charles "Bus" Osborn in Frederick June
7, 1936. The couple lived in California for a while but moved back to Oklahoma City.
To this marriage two daughters, Marie Elizabeth and Faye "Lorraine" were born. The
marriage ended in divorce. During WW II, Cleo worked at Tinker Air Force Base. In 1948
she married William Washam. To this marriage William Loyde was born. The marriage
ended in divorce. Later, Cleo married Charles Raymond Bailey. To this marriage,
Charles Loyde Bailey was born. She moved to Guthrie where she lived until 1984 when
she moved to Rosewood Care Center. She was predeceased by her parents; a sister, Twila
Marie McCamey; a brother, John Arthur McCamey; a daughter, Faye "Lorraine" (Osborn)
Cundiff; and a grandson, William Edgar "Eddie" Long Jr. Survivors include a daughter
Marie Elizabeth (Osborn) Jones and her husband, Marvin, of Stillwater; two sons,
William Loyde "Bill" Washam, of Vinita, and Charles Loyde Bailey Sr. and his wife,
Elizabeth, of Ripley; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Pallbearers
will be John Thomas Long, of Newcastle, Charles Loyde Bailey Jr. and Jake Henry
Bailey, of Ripley, David McKee, David McKee Jr. and Joe McKee, all of Coyle. John
Leverich will be honorary pallbearer.
Children of Neaomi:
Betty Jean Washam b 18 Oct 1933 of White, AR m Max Guernsey.
Betty m 2nd) Mr Gray.
James William Alfred
Washam b 15 Sep 1935 White, AR, m Dolline Alice Euton.
James d 4 Nov 1996 Bald Knob, White, AR.
His obit is in the 6 Nov 1996 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, p 4D:
BALD KNOB - James Washam, 61, died Mon.
Survivors: wife, Dolline; son, Jimmy Don; daughters, Denise Washam, Desiree Young,
Jolene Davis, Amanda Washam; sisters, Betty Gray, Thelma Roussa.
Thelma Deane Washam b 20 Jun 1940, m 1st) Mr Rossow
& m 2nd) Richard Eugene Mayer. (Thelma Rossow, 2000)
Child of Cleo:
William Lloyd Washam b 18 Nov 1948 of Logan, OK m.
Carolyn Coburn. Children: William Shannon Washam & Michael Lee Washam.
22.214.171.124.2.7.3.A.1.3.8. Solomon Dee Washam
b 10 Oct 1915 Jackson, AR m Betty. He d. 22 Sep 1958 Madera Co, CA.
Child: Solomon Washam.
126.96.36.199.2.7.3.A.1.3.9. Mary Washam
b abt 1917 Jackson, AR m John Weber & had two sons, John Weber Jr & Roger Weber.
L Washam b 11
Dec 1919 Jackson, AR; d. 22 Mar 1996, Judson, White, AR. Lonnie was single when he
enlisted in the US Army for service in WW II on 5 Jun 1942 at Camp Josepth T
Robinson in Little Rock, AR. He was living in OK at the time of his enlistment as a
He m 1st) Blanche
Dobson. Children of Blanche: Lonnie A Washam Jr & Ronnie Dale Washam
who m. Leona.
Lonnie m 2nd) Lillie I Kirkendoll 7
Aug 1975 Merced, CA. Lillie b abt 1915 of Welbourne, Conway, AR & she m 1st)
Lonnie m 3rd) Pearlie
E. Taylor. Lonnie adopted Pealie's daughter, Laura Washam. (Laura Nail,
188.8.131.52.2.7.3.A.1.3.11. Billie Beatrice Washam
b 9 Jun 1921 of Jackson, AR, d 9 Dec 1996 Kensett, White, AR & bur 12 Dec 1996
National Cem, Little Rock, Pulaski, AR. Billie m Mr Ford.
184.108.40.206.2.7.3.A.1.4. Babe David Washam b 13
Nov 1886 of Jackson, AR. He m 1st) Izada Small abt
1907. She is listed as Sadie age 24 b MO in the 1920 Union, Jackson Co, AR
cens. living with her husband, James Gillam age 29 b AR and her daughter,
Thelma Washam age 9 b AR. Babe m 2nd) Maude
E Journey abt 1911 in Jackson Co, AR. She was b abt 1892. Babe and
Maude are in the 1920 Jackson Co, AR cens. Maude E. Washam age 38 b AR is a
waitress in the 1930 Long Beach, Los Angeles Co, CA cens. She was 1st
married at age 20, currently divorced and living with William J & Lula J Blaylock.
Babe m Stella aft 1920 of Oklahoma, OK. She was b 30 Mar
1897 and d Jun 1974 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, OK. Babe also m Minnie Lee Green 4 May 1928 Jackson Co,
AR (Bk L-176). Babe Washam age 37 b AR is in the 1930 Newport, Jackson Co,
AR cens. He was first m at age 21, currently divorced and was a boarding
house manager. He d Dec 1965 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, OK.
Babe & Izada child: (Lewis
220.127.116.11.2.7.3.A.1.4A.1 Thelma Jean Washam
b 23 Sep 1910 Newport, Jackson, AR; d. May 1975, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, OK; m John Frank Thompson 9 Dec 1929. He was
b. 9 Feb 1909, Mc Cloud, Pottawatomie, OK & d 3 Jan 1988 of Oklahoma,
Babe & Maude children:
(Lewis Browder, 1998 & Thelma Rossow, 2000)
18.104.22.168.2.7.3.A.1.4B.1. Oscar Elbert Washam
b 4 Apr 1912 Jackson, AR m Fern Thompson
& he d 14 Apr 1981, San Jose, Santa Clara, CA. Fern b 28 Jan 1910 &
d 1 Jul 1999 Redding, Shasta, CA. Steve Tudor, 2003 wrote:
Oscar, my granddad, was in charge of
doing the first tilt up cement walled buildings. He had to travel all over the
world to manage the new technology. That's one reason my mom, moved many times.
Fern Washam b 16 Apr 1934 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, OK & d 20 Aug 2000
Tujunga, Los Angeles, CA. She m Arnold
Gelini Oct 1956 Reno, Washoe, Nevada. Arnold b 15 Oct 1934 San
Francisco, San Francisco Co, CA & d 2 Oct 1978 San Francisco, CA.
There also was a mrg license issued for Nancy F Washam & Arnold Gelini 6 Feb 1972 in Sonoma Co, CA.
22.214.171.124.2.7.3.A.1.4B.1.2. Janet Sue Washam b 29 Jun
Harold Tudor 29 Jul 1955 San Francisco, CA.
Harold b 2 Aug 1930 Omaha, NE & d 13 Feb 2007 San Francisco, CA. His obit is
in the 17 Feb 2007 San Francisco Chronicle:
Harold Tudor Aug 2, 1930 - Feb 13, 2007
Harry was a very special husband, father, grandpa and friend, and will always be
remembered with great kindness and love by all who knew him. Harry was born in
Omaha, NE, and in 1939 his family settled in San Francisco. He served in the U.S.
Navy from 1950-1954 and graduated from U C Berkeley in 1956 with a BS in electrical
engineering. He married Janet Washam in 1955, and in 1956 they moved to South San
Francisco where they made their home for the next 51 years. They were blessed with
three children, Steven, Linda and Patricia. Harry appreciated Linda's husband,
Larry, and adored their three daughters, Annie, Kate and Jane. He is also known
for caring for his extended family with generosity and respect. Harry spent most
of his career at Harris Farinon as manager of technical writing. He was a devoted
member of the Lake Merced Church of Christ, where he served as treasurer and
member of the board of trustees. Harry also served on the South San Francisco
School District Personnel Commission. Harry's faith was central to his life. He
was a diligent student of the Scriptures, led by example and was a man of great
compassion. He had a quick wit and was a master of the pun. Funeral Services will
be held on Mon, Febr 19th, at the Lake Merced Church of Christ in SF, followed by
a luncheon reception. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mission
Hospice, 1900 O'Farrell St., Suite 200, San Mateo, CA 94403, or a charity of your
Carol Elaine Washam b 17 Jan 1937 of San Francisco, CA;
m Fred R Martorana b 4 Aug 1934 & he d 14 Feb 2007
San Jose, Santa Clara, CA.
126.96.36.199.2.7.3.A.1.4B.2. Benjamin Alfred Washam
"Ben" b 17 Mar 1915 Jackson, AR. Ben Washam of Warner
Brothers was a son of Babe Washam. He
Edleen Allen d/o Samuel A. & Hazel B Allen. She
was age 4 in the 1920 Loup, Sherman, NE census & age 14 in the 1930 La Crescenta,
Los Angeles, CA census.
Ben m 2nd) Lola Jean Vice 1 Jun 1955 Los
Angeles Co, CA. In 1966, MGM created one of the most
favorite and treasured Christmas cartoons in history, "Dr. Seuss' How
the Grinch Stole Christmas." Directed by Chuck Jones, story by
Theodor (Dr Seuss) Geisel, animation by Ken Harris, Abe Levitow, Dick
Thompson and Ben Washam, layout by Maurice Noble, backgrounds by Philip De
Guard, voices by Boris Karloff and June Foray, and music by Albert Hauge.
Benjamin Alfred Washam
caricature of animator Ben Washam was created by animator Abe
Levitow in 'Cartoonist of the Month' profile from the Apr 1960 edition of the West Coast animators' union newsletter.
Brothers Cartoon Companion: Washam, Ben at http://www.spumco.com/magazine/eowbcc/eowbcc-w.html#ben_washam
"A long-time stalwart of the Jones unit whose talents complemented
those of his colleague Ken Harris. Jones, in the first volume of his
autobiography, pens a warm and moving tribute to (Ben) Washam. Washam was
one of the Jones staffers who followed him to MGM to work on the Tom and
Jerry series there after the closure of the Warner Brothers animation
Studio. Unlike Harris, Abe Levitow and Maurice Noble of the Jones unit,
Washam did not get a chance to direct at Warner Brothers. He did go on to
direct cartoons at MGM. A native of Arkansas, Washam was allegedly the
source of the famous Daffy Duck line in Duck Amuck (Jones, 1953), Thanks
for the sour persimmons, cousin!" Along with Sid Marcus, Washam
received story credit for Gone Batty. (McKimson, 1954)."
Chuck Jones included the following letter in his autobiography; and it
was again included in "Letters of a Nation,"1997, edited by
Andrew Carroll. This information and the link to the letter was provided
by Roger Molett, 2003, http://www.stickleyandjones.com/News/:
"September 14, 1981
On my tenth birthday my father gave me a mule. It was truly love at
first sight. I named him Spencer after a rifle I saw advertised in a
Sears, Roebuck catalog. The spring and summer that followed were the
most wonderful in my memory. We rode over and through every hill and
swamp in northeast Arkansas.
In the fall after the crops were in, everybody went to the county fair,
especially Spencer and me. Aside from judging cows, pigs, chickens,
cakes, pies and the like, stump pulling was a community favorite. The
stumps were dynamited out of the ground (a few days before the fair
started), then a mule was hitched to the stump. The mule that pulled the
stump the greatest distance won – Spencer and me won. First prize was
a Rhode Island Red Rooster and a blue ribbon with Robert E. Lee’s face
painted on it with gold paint. I was so proud I kissed Spencer.
Everybody laughed and my mother made me wash my face.
At this time I learned about evil. I learned evil lurks in
unsuspected places and, like a spider, attacks without warning. An aunt,
who later turned out to be unsavory, invited me to have a soda pop with
her. Leaving Spencer eating hay and my rooster tied to a wagon wheel, we
went off to the refreshment tent. Everything was fine. I even got a
piece of cake. The soda pop was great – I saved half of it for
Spencer. When I returned to the wagon, Spencer was gone. I grabbed a
pitchfork and went looking for the thief. After looking all over the
fairgrounds they finally told me that some Yankee from Chicago gave my
father fifty dollars for Spencer. My devastation was completed that
evening – my mother cooked my rooster for
I spent the next day planning revenge. The thought of putting a water
moccasin in my father’s bed was pleasant. Then it occurred to me that
anybody that mean wouldn’t be troubled by a water moccasin. By the end
of the day I had concluded that I couldn’t fight them, but I could
make sure that I never became one of them – so I made a vow never to
become an adult, or care for an adult.
To make sure that I would never break the vow, I ate a green persimmon
– eating a green persimmon was a sure way to test a person’s
sincerity. Anyone who would eat a green persimmon to back up their word
had to be honest. That was especially true in courtships – however, I
don’t remember ever hearing of any girl eating a green persimmon.
From that time I walked into the hills and valleys of life, secure in
the knowledge that I was free from adults, Yankees and unsavory aunts in
particular. (It was my aunt who lured me away from Spencer with the
promise of a soda pop. Deep in my heart I know that old harridan dwells
in the north side of hell with all the Yankees.)
I have never mellowed over the years. My vow has not been broken, only
bent a little. So it is that I can tell you that you are one of the few
adults I have come to love and respect.
My reason for telling you this is because I want to wish you a happy
birthday and impress upon you that such a wish coming from me is no
Bob’s Big Boy photograph of the model which became the symbol used by
Bob’s Restaurants for over 60 years! His name was Richard Woodruff and he lived down the street from the original Bob’s Pantry located in Glendale California. The original of this picture was kept in Richard’s wallet and was signed on the back by Bob Wain, who started Bob’s in the 1930’s. Richard was a fat little boy who hung around the small Bob’s Panty on Colorado
Street. On one occasion little Richard asked if he could have a hamburger with two
pieces of meat on it. Now known as the first “double-decker” hamburger! Ben Washam,
the well-known Warner Bros. animation artist designed the famous “Fat-Boy” logo in the 1940’s after little Richard Woodruff.
This photo shows a little older and bigger Richard posing in front of the original Bob’s Pantry located on Colorado Street in Glendale holding the now famous “double-decker” hamburger.
picture: "Locked out but happy" shows animators: Ben
Washam (later president of Local 839), Roy Laupenberger, unknown, Paul
Marin, Martha Goldman (Sigall). Schlesinger, cartoons producer for Warner
Bros. tried to lock out the Guild animators. This was the "Looney
Tune Lockout" Schlesinger gave in after six days and signed with the
Guild. Picture from http://www.awn.com/MPSC839/HISTORY3.HTM, 1998.
Steve Tudor, 2003, provided us a link to his uncle, Ben Washam, animation web site
"Ben drew the Grinch for me when I was a kid and I still have it. He drew it so fast it looked like he had practice. I am his brother Oscar's first grandson. Ben used to come up here to
Northern CA and draw for us once in a while. My sisters used to spend summer vacation with Ben and Jean. Ben drew the poster for my sister's masters recital at Pepperdine in the early 80s.
Ben and Oscar loved life and were great fun to be around."
Ben d 28 Mar 1984 Los
Angeles Co, CA (CA Death Index & SSDI).
Child of Edleen Allen:
188.8.131.52.2.7.3A.1.4B.2. Trevor Allen Washam b. 25 Oct 1945 Los Angeles Co, CA (CA
birth index) & d 10 Jun 2005 Carnation, King,
WA. His obituary was in the King County Journal. Trevor A Washam Trevor A Washam of
Carnation died June 10, 2005, at Mount Si Transitional Health Care Center in North
Bend. He was 59. Photo courtesy Flintoft's Funeral Home & Crematory,
Mr. Washam was born Oct.
25, 1945, in Los Angeles. He had a love for all
animals, especially horses, which he shod for 36 years. Mr. Washam enjoyed the
simple things in life, shooting the breeze, old friends, old truck and an old dog
sitting shotgun. His family remembers him
as a gentle soul who wore plain clothes and used colorful language. He had a country charm,
not compromised in the heart of the city or presence of high society and was known
as the salt of the earth from top to toe. Survivors include his
sons, Benjamin Washam and T.J. Washam of Snoqualmie; daughter Grace Washam of
Snoqualmie; and mother Edleen Washam of North Bend. A memorial Mass will be
celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 31911 E. Blanche St.,
Carnation. Friends are invited to
share memories and sign the family's online guest book at
http://www.flintofts.com. Arrangements are by
Flintoft's Issaquah Funeral Home.
184.108.40.206.2.7.3.A.1.4B.3. Virginia Lee Washam
b 20 Aug 1917 Jackson, AR. She was m 1st) William S
Edwards of Norman OK. Virginia d 11 Mar 1999. They had a son, William B Edwards
"Bill", and a daughter, Susan E Edwards. (Bill Edwards, San Diego, CA, 2009)
Virginia m 2nd) Charles Simpson Bradley "Simp" 12 Oct 1963 San Diego, CA. Charles b 12 Dec
1925 & worked for B.F. Goodrich Tires & lived in Los Angeles. (Neil Smith)
220.127.116.11.2.7.3.B.1 John William Washam “Will”
born 24 Sep 1860 Huntersville, Mecklenburg, NC, the son of Alfred Washam and
Harriet Riley. Alfred served in the Confederate Army with North Carolina Co.
K as a private. Feb. 1864, while guarding prisoners, Alfred was wounded and
recovered at Camp Winder Hospital in Richmond, VA. On 7 Nov 1889, Will
married Mary Letta Black born Jun 1868 who is
pictured with him. Mary d 10 Nov 1931. (J. A.
Washam, 2003) Picture from Ware
18.104.22.168.2.7.3.B.1.2. Charles Bryant Jackson Washam
22.214.171.124.2.7.3.B.1.2A.1. Charles Jackson Washam b 11 Sep 1917 Charlotte, Mecklenburg, NC
m Betty Catherine Wall 3 Aug 1943
Concord, Cabarrus, NC. Picture from Ware
Betty Wall Washam, Mrs. Washam, 84, of Charlotte, died December 20, 2004 at Presbyterian Hospital. She was born May 31, 1920, in Mt. Pleasant and grew up in Concord. She was a daughter of the late Weldon T. Wall and Katie Foil Barringer Wall. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Washam was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Washam Scism. Mrs. Washam attended Woman's College in Greensboro and retired in 1982 from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system. Since 1952 she has been a member of Purcell United Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband, Charles J. "Jack"Washam Jr.; a son, C. Jack Washam III and his wife, Ware, of Edina, Minn.; a former son-in-law, Darryel Scism of Salisbury; three grandchildren, Amy Scism of New York, Andy Scism of California and Lauren Washam of Minn.; as well as a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Mrs. Washam will be Thur, Dec 23rd. Entombment will be at Forest Lawn West Cem.
126.96.36.199.2.7.3B.1.3. name should be Ila Mae Washam.
188.8.131.52.2.7.3B.1.4. William Jennings Washam b
8 Jun 1896 Huntersville, NC, m 24 Dec 1921 Edith
Mae Lutz b 3 Oct 1898 Baltimore, MD d/o William Thomas &
Margaret Elizabeth Lewis Lutz. William J d 23 May 1962 Harrisonburg, VA
& she d 9 Dec 1983 Woodstock, VA. (J A Washam, 2003) William
& Edith are in the 1930 Baltimore, Baltimore Co, MD cens.
Children: (J A Washam, 2003)
184.108.40.206.2.7.3B.1.4.1. William Jennings Washam Jr b 29 Nov 1922 d 26 Dec 1986. Children: James Jeffery Washam (adopted).
220.127.116.11.2.7.3B.1.4.2. Kathryn Mae Washam b
17 Jan 1925 m 2 Aug 1953 Robert Dunn.
Children: Robert Michael Dunn b 9 June 1954.
18.104.22.168.2.7.3B.1.4.3. John Alan Washam b 5
Mar 1932 Woodstock, VA. m 8 Jun 1958 Doris Ann
Swadley d/o Harry E & Zena Catherine Wilfong Swadley. Children: Mary
Denise Washam b 12 Jan 1960 m 14 Dec 2000 Joseph A Nack.
Joseph Alan Washam b 13 Mar 1962 m 7 June 1986 Deborah Ann Birch.
Children: Catherine Rosa Washam b 11 Mar 1999.
22.214.171.124.2.7.3B.1.9. Etta Marshall Washam is Henrietta
Marshall "Etta" Washam. She was a nurse who apparently
cared for her parents until their death. She m Mr. Terrill.
126.96.36.199.2.7.3B.2.1. Jemiama H Washam
b Aug 1892. She is Ximena Washam
in the Oct 1, 1953 Gazette, published in Davidson, NC. The picture is titled
Caldwell Station School 1895, and lists Ximena Washam & Marion Washam as
students. Based on her age, the picture was probably taken abt 1901
vs 1895. The picture is from Peggy Reece
Bruckner, Bostwick, GA, 2002. She also
has posted the Bethel Presbyterian Church, Cornelius, NC Session Record Book
on her web site at: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~bruckner/bethel_meck/surnamelinks.h
188.8.131.52.2.7.3B.2.2. Marion J Washam b Apr
1894 is in the photograph above.
Hetty Ann Washam.
Will of Hettie Ann Washam: (Mecklenburg Co, NC WB T, p109,
"Tom pay my debts & take what is
left & be a good boy. The houshold furniture, take the best and divide the
The above will of
Hettie Ann Washam was made in our presence 5 Apr 1925 - person named in said
will is T. J. Stenhouse. Hettie
died 12 Apr 1925, signed Mrs. J.C. Blair, Mrs. A.M. Rogers. Tom is a nephew, will made in home of her sister, Mrs. J. R.
Stenhoiuse, where she resided for more than four months. Noncupative will, citation ordered to: Dock Washam, J. W. Washam,
Mrs. J. R. Stenhouse, Bright Washam, Hazel Washam, Faye Washam, Lillian
Neal, Marion Washam, Worth Washam, Wooten Washam, Amie Washam & all
others next of kin, will not contested.
Eliza Jane Washam "Liza" b 27 Jan 1834 Mecklenburg, NC, the dau of John
Branch Washam & Frances Seady "Franky" Sloan on page 402. (Gary Wilkes, 1999, from
Irene Washam "Worsham" abt 1835 Mecklenburg, NC, the dau of John Branch Washam &
Frances Seady "Franky" Sloan on page 402. She is
Irene age 15 b NC in the 1850 Mecklenburg Co, NC cens living with Frances Warsham.
Violet m William Wilson Archer
29 Oct 1853 Mecklenburg, NC. Wilson b abt 1818 Mecklenburg, NC, the son of
Stephen Archer & Francis "Fanny" Patrum (Patram).
Wilson d 30 Jun 1876 in Mecklenburg, NC &
Violet d abt 1876 of Mecklenburg, NC. (Payne Family Tree, Ancestry.com)
Nancy Worsham b abt 1803 m Bennet Worsham 2 Feb 1820 Mecklenburg
Co, NC. Descendants went by the name of Washam and lived in Iredell Co,
NC; Mecklenburg Co, NC.
184.108.40.206.2.8.1. Richard Washam
m Fanny. On
the 1880 Davidson, Iredell, NC census. Fanny is listed as Fany C Honeycut age 50 & living with her son J F Washam (John
Franklin). Also living with J F Washam are Fanny’s children: Sarah Banna
Honeycut age 12 & Haywood Windfield Honeycut age 9.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.2. William A. Washam is William
Allison Washam b 7 Feb 1880 Iredell, NC. He m Mozelle
Estelle McAuley b 22 May 1887 Mecklenburg Co, NC & d. 25 Mar
1971 Mecklenburg, NC. She was the dau. of Thomas Milton McAuley &
Harriet Caroline Parks. William d 2 Mar 1969 Charlotte, Mecklenburg, NC.
(Barbara Mc Donald, 1999)
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.2.1 Evelyn Louise Washam
b 15 Mar 1910 Mecklenburg Co, NC m Paul Everett
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.2.2 Thomas Caswell Washam
b 20 Dec 1911 Mecklenburg Co, NC m Evelyn Knox.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.2.3 Vivian Washam b 11
Apr 1916 Mecklenburg Co, NC m James E. Porter.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.2.4 Ruth McAuley Washam
b. 28 Jan 1921 Mecklenburg Co, NC m Thomas Ewart
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.2.5 Catherine Gibbs Washam
b 6 Jul 1923 Mecklenburg Co, NC.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.2.6 Hilda Harriet Washam
b 6 May 1926 Mecklenburg Co, NC m Horace Carroll.