JAMES WILLIE and IRENE SCHAEFER WILLINGHAM
 



(1909 - 1988) ∞§∞ (1914 - 2008)
  

37. James Willie WILLINGHAM5(John4Alfred3Alfred2Archibald1) [1,2,3] was born 03 Aug 1909[1,2,3] in Brenham, Washington County, Texas, USA.  It was during the East Texas Oilfield conflict that Willie decided to join the military[24]; he had gone to the train station with his bride to be, Irene Schaefer, to see some friends off, got excited, and jumped on the train carrying the troops to East Texas as the train left Brenham, Washington County, Texas, USA in 1931.  He joined the service and served in East Texas during that conflict.  After martial law in the East Texas field was discontinued, Willie Willingham was a member of Troop E, 124th Cavalry, led by Stable Sergeant Joe Gurka.  When, in March 1942, the War Department abolished the horse cavalry, James Willie Willingham left military service because he had four children and was thus classified 4F all during World War II. In October 1942, the family left Brenham and moved to La Porte, Harris County, Texas, USA until their first two children graduated from High School and moved to Houston.  Willie and Irene with their younger two children move to Houston in October 1952.  Willie worked until retirement at Paty General Tire Company, later known as Ashland Oil Company, in Baytown, Harris County, Texas, USA.

Willie married 24 Mar 1932 in Brenham, Washington County, Texas, USA [2, 3] Irene SCHAEFER who was born 27 Feb 1914[1, 6] in Salem, Washington County, Texas, USA and died of pneumonia[4] 9 Mar 2008[4, 5]  in Conroe, Montgomery County, Texas, USA. (obit)  He died 27 Dec 1988[4, 5]  in Conroe, Montgomery County, Texas, USA of emphysema.[4] (obit)  . Willie and Irene are both buried in Prairie Lea Cemetery in Brenham, Washington County, Texas, USA.

Photo on left
The family of James and Irene Willingham on the occasion of their 50th Wedding Anniversary.
Front, L-R:  James Willie Willingham, Sr., Irene Schaefer Willingham. Back row, L-R: Katherine Willingham Woerner, Kenneth Willingham, Sr.,  Joyce Willingham Jackson, James Willingham, Jr.

Photo on right:
 Irene Schaefer Willingham's 80 birthday celebration, Conroe, Texas 27 Feb 1982.
Back row, L-R: Kenneth Willingham, Jr., Lynn Jackson, Dolly Schaefer McGray, George Edward Freshour, David Wilkerson, Alan Jackson, Gary Willingham, Rhonda Folsom Willingham, Kenneth Willingham, Sr., David Willingham, Sandra Richardson Willingham, Kendra Willingham Callahan, Kevin Callahan, Jerri Hale Campbell, Don Campbell, Howard Woerner, Pat Woerner.  Middle Row, L-R: Linda Jackson Hester, Donna Mitchell Richnow, Michael Freshour, Lucyle Willingham Freshour, Irene Schaefer Willingham, Joyce Willingham Jackson, Helen Hair Willingham, Mae Schaefer Mitchell, James Willingham, Marcie Wells Woerner, Lacy Woerner, Mike Woerner.  Front Row, L-R: Angelica Hester, Rebecca Campbell, Christian Wilkerson, Lydia Campbell, Katherine Willingham Woerner, Rachel Campbell, Calli Woerner, Trace Woerner, Tyler Woerner, Trent Woerner. 


GENERATION SIX

Children of Willie and Irene:

38. i. 

James Willie WILLINGHAM, Jr.6(James5John4Alfred3Alfred2Archibald1) was born 03 Jun 1933[1, 7] and baptized 3 Sep 1933[1] in Brenham, Washington County, Texas, USA[1, 7]. He married Helen Jane HAIR[18] who was born 27 Aug 1933[20, 25] in Hale County, Texas, USA[20, 25].  She was the daughter of George Dudley HAIR (born 20 Feb 1899, Big Spring, Howard County, Texas, USA. Died Mar 1963, Plainview Rural, Texas, USA)[20, 25,  27, 28, 29] and Myra Beth MONTGOMERY (born 15 May 1901, Decatur, Wise County, Texas, USA. Died 17 Feb 1986, Tyler, Smith County, Texas, USA)[20, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29].
39. ii.

Katherine Louise WILLINGHAM6(James5John4Alfred3Alfred2Archibald1) was born 23 Oct 1934[1, 7] and baptized 25 Nov 1934[1] in Brenham, Washington County, Texas, USA[1, 8]. She married Richard Adams HALE[1, 11].  They divorced and he died.  She married in Travis County, Texas, USA[34] on 5 Aug 1966[34] to Howard Allen WOERNER[34] who was born 27 Nov1934[34].

40. iii.

Joyce Ann WILLINGHAM6(James5John4Alfred3Alfred2Archibald1) was born 14 Mar 1936[1, 7] and baptized 2 Aug 1936[1] in Brenham, Washington County, Texas, USA[1, 6, 9] and died (date) in Conroe, Montgomery County, Texas, USA. She is buried in Prairie Lea Cemetery in Brenham, Washington County, Texas, USAShe married 24 Oct 1957[1, 2] in Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA to Alfred Lynn JACKSON who was born 29 Aug 1935 in Diboll, Angelina County, Texas, USA.

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iv. 

Kenneth Wayne WILLINGHAM6(James5John4Alfred3Alfred2Archibald1) was born 15 Oct 1938[1, 10] and baptized 9 Apr 1939[1] in Brenham, Washington County, Texas, USA[1, 10]  and died (date) in Houston, Harris County, Texas, USAHe was cremated so there is no cemetery location. He married 14 Nov 1992 in Pasadena, Harris County, Texas, USA to Sandra Jo. RICHARDSON who was born 15 Dec 1940[21] in Freestone County, Texas, USA[21].  She was the daughter of J.C. RICHARDSON and Annigene CHILDS[21].


Sources:

01.  Family Bible Record 16. Texas birth record, 1903-1997, roll# 1958_0008 31. Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997, roll# 1982_0003
02. Marriage license 17.  Florida Department of Health, volume 5024, certificate# 103358 32. Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997, roll# 1984_0003
03. Newspaper clipping 18. Texas birth record, 1903-1997, roll# 1960_0017 33. Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997, roll# 1987_0003
04. Death certificate 19. Texas Birth record, 1903-1997, roll# 1964_0016 34. Texas Marriage Index, 1966-2002
05. Obituary 20. Texas Birth record, 1903-1997, roll# 1933_0003 35. Family Tree, Ancestry.com
06. Birth certificate 21. Texas Birth record, 1903-1997, roll# 1940-0007 36.
07. Texas birth record, 1903-1997, roll# 1933_0008 22. Texas Birth record, 1903-1997, roll# 1971_0017
08. Texas birth record, 1903-1997, roll# 1934_0008 23. Texas Birth record, 1903-1997, roll# 1968_0015
09. Texas birth record, 1903-1997, roll# 1936_0008   24.. Interview in 2000 by Katherine Woerner with Irene Willingham.
10. Texas birth record, 1903-1997, roll# 1938_0009 25. Texas Birth record, 1903-1997, roll# 1933_0003
11. Texas birth record, 1903-1997, roll# 1957_0007 26. 1910 United States Federal Census
12. Texas birth record, 1903-1997, roll# 1962_0008 27. 1920 United States Federal Census
13. Texas Marriage Index, 1966-2002 28. 1930 United States Federal Census
14. Texas Divorce Index, 1968-2002 29. Social Security Death Index
15. Texas birth record, 1903-1997, roll# 1961_0008 30 Texas Death Index, 1903-2000 certificate# 17571

 

 

 

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