McLemoreStrong
Genealogy
Strong - McLemore History and Ancestry
First Name:  Last Name: 
[Advanced Search]  [Surnames]

Ira Ray McLemore

Male 1918 - 1991  (72 years)


Personal Information    |    Media    |    Sources    |    Event Map    |    All    |    PDF

  • Name Ira Ray McLemore  [1, 2
    Born 1 Dec 1918  Bronson, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 14 Feb 1991  Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried 16 Feb 1991  Liberty Hill Cemetery, Bland Lake, San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • As with his older brother, Ray was simply called Baby after he was born. Eventually, his siblings began calling him "Baby Ray" after their primers, and the name stuck.


      San Augustine Tribune
      Thursday, May 26, 1932, Vol. XXIV, Number 9

      School Term Brought to Successful Close

      May, 1932: The San Augustine Grammar School had 36 students graduate: Johnny Alford, Jesse Gene Fussell, Carmen Fussell, Billy Partin, Kenneth Woods, Vernon Mills, Cade Downs, Ray McLEMORE, Clifton Mathews, Charles Allredge, R.E. Epps, J.B. Miler, Carl Fussell, Charles Haley, Thomas Ramsey, Herman Bates, Phil Greer, Raymond McEachern, Allen Coon, Nina Sheffield, Catherine Childers, Frances Stripling, Bernice Stevenson, Odelle Moore, Vera Helen Westbrook, Louise Miller, Dorothy Adams, Ruby Taylor, Maxine Cox, Virginia Greer, Fay Renfroe, Elouise Sossaman, Helen Harris, Alice Joy Ellington, Nell Greer and Maxine Hays (San Augustine Tribune, Thursday, April 27, 2006 "Decade of the Great Depression 1932" by Harry P. Noble)

      Ray served in the Phillipines during World War II. His gravesite has a military marker, embossed with a cross and with the inscription Pvt US Army World War II

      He made his living as a rancher, and he also owned and operated laundrymats in and around Sabine and San Augustine Counties. He retired to Nacogdoches.

      His obituary, dated February 21, 1991 from an unreferenced newspaper reads as follows:

      SERVICES FOR RAY McLEMORE

      Ira Ray McLemore, 72, of Nacogdoches died Thursday at Memorial Medical Center in Lufkin.

      Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at San Augustine Church of Christ with burial at Liberty Hill Memorial Garden in San Augustine under the direction of Wyman Robert Funeral Home in San Augustine.

      Services were conducted by Bro. Don Skipper and Bro. Mark White.

      A native of Sabine County, he lived in Nacogdoches a number of years. He lived in San Augustine until a few years ago. He was retired owner of McLemore Laundries in San Augustine and Nacogdoches and was a U.S. Army veteren.

      Survivors include his wife, Opal McLemore of Nacogdoches; a son Vernon McLemore of Nacogdoches, as sister, Evon Tisdale of Lufkin, brothers Percy McLemore and Earl McLemore, both of San Augustine, Tommy McLemore of Houston and Lynn McLemore of San Augustine; three grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

      Pallbearers were Dr. Henry McLemore, Dutch Murray, James Roland Fuller, Gilbert Garrett, Arley Hensarling, and Tom Smith.

      Honorary Pallbearers were Charles Bryan, Travis Price, Dr. Sam Gandy and Jessie Millard.
    Person ID I57  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 18 Nov 2016 

    Father Vessie Eugene McLemore,   b. 1 Feb 1885, Hemphill, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 1952, San Augustine, San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Mother Nina Ophelia Fuller,   b. 15 Sep 1891, Rosevine, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1980, Lufkin, Angelina County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 7 Nov 1907  Many, Sabine Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Nina's mother died six months after Nina's Fifteenth birthday.  As the oldest girl, and second of eight children, all the day to day household tasks of caring for their large family immediately fell to her. To make matters worse, Nina's father had relatives who had moved to the fertile lower Rio Grande Valley to farm. They encouraged him to move down there as well. He had made several trips down to visit them, and to inspect land. Nina was desperately afraid of leaving her beloved east Texas.

      About this same time, Nina met Vessie McLemore met at a church revival. They enjoyed each other's company, and began secretly corresponding with each other. Vessie soon proposed, and in November 1907, they snuck across the river to Many, Louisiana and eloped. Nina had turned sixteen years old not quite two months earlier. Nina told her granddaughter, Melinda, that she and Vessie had only seen each other twice in person before their marriage. A photo exists that appears to be their wedding picture. Vessie is wearing a dark suit with a white shirt and white bow tie, and Nina in a white dress, with a large flower in her hair.

      Witnesses at their wedding were, H. E. White, presumably Henry Ernest White--Vessie's first cousin-- and A. McGown [likely either Albert or Andrew McGown, brothers who lived nearby the young couple in Geneva, Texas].

      The license was filed for record on 14 July 1908 in Volume 3, Page 272 of the Marriage Records of Sabine Parish, Louisiana by W. E. McNuly, clerk, oper J. J. McNuly, Deputy.

      Joe Fuller was not pleased with his daughters elopement. For at least several months after their wedding, the young couple avoided him. Rumors abounded that he might shoot Vessie on sight. Jan Tisdale, another granddaughter, remembers similar stories. Jan said that Nina's younger sisters were especially saddened by the hasty marriage. They lost both their mother and older sister in less than a year.

      Written by Melinda McLemore Strong, granddaughter, circa 1995 and revised periodically
    Documents
    Fuller, Nina Ophelia marriage to Vessie E. McLemore, Many, Louisiana, 1907
    Fuller, Nina Ophelia marriage to Vessie E. McLemore, Many, Louisiana, 1907
    Nina and Vessie eloped in Many, Louisiana, just across the state line from Sabine County, Texas, where they both grew up
    Family ID F11  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Bernice Opal Hensarling,   b. 10 Jan 1918, Denning Community, San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jan 2012, Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years) 
    Married 9 May 1937  Dallas, Dallas County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • They are listed in the Shelby County, Texas marriage index. Perhaps this is where their license was obtained.
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Linda Ann McLemore,   b. 14 Nov 1941, San Augustine, San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jul 1985, Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years)
    Last Modified 20 Nov 2012 
    Family ID F56  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1 Dec 1918 - Bronson, Sabine County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 9 May 1937 - Dallas, Dallas County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 14 Feb 1991 - Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County, Texas Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 
    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Photos
    McLemore, Ray ca 1918
    McLemore, Ray ca 1918
    Son of Vessie McLemore and Nina Fuller
    McLemore, Percy ca 1920, with Evon, Earl and Ray
    McLemore, Percy ca 1920, with Evon, Earl and Ray
    The four oldest of the McLemore siblings, children of Nina (Fuller) and Vessie McLemore, ca 1920, Sabine County, Texas
    McLemore, Ray ca 1922 with his brother Earl
    McLemore, Ray ca 1922 with his brother Earl
    Ray (l) and Earl (r)
    McLemore, Ray ca 1922 with his mother, Nina
    McLemore, Ray ca 1922 with his mother, Nina
    Ray and his mother, Nina (Fuller) McLemore
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    McLemore, Vessie and Nina Family Reunion, October 1985, Broaddus, Texas
    McLemore, Vessie and Nina Family Reunion, October 1985, Broaddus, Texas
    l to r: Samantha Weimmer, Nina Ross (McLemore) Weimmer, Velta (Rawson) McLemore, Evelyn (McLemore) Sanders, Fred Sanders (kneeling), Evon (McLemore) Tisdale, Missy McLemore (Seated) with Lee Jay Rawcliffe on her knee, Melinda (McLemore) Strong, Tom Strong, Earl McLemore, Cassandra Weimmer, Lynn McLemore, Elma (Smith) McLemore, Percy McLemore, Dale Tisdale (facing left), Ray McLemore, Opal (Hensarling) McLemore, Tom McLemore
    McLemore, Percy ca 1985 with Evon, Earl, Ray, Tom and Lynn
    McLemore, Percy ca 1985 with Evon, Earl, Ray, Tom and Lynn
    The McLemore Siblings, Children of Nina Fuller and Vessie McLemore, October, 1985 Family Reunion at the Tisdale Lake House

    l to r: Percy, Evon, Earl, Ray, Tom and Lynn
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.

  • Sources 
    1. [S675] Strong, Melinda (McLemore) and Tisdale, Evon (McLemore): McLemore Reunion, Broaddus, Texas October 1985: Family Group Sheets prepared by each family and Personal Interview.

    2. [S873] Find A Grave [database online]; http://www.findagrave.com/, (Thousands of contributors submit new listings, updates, corrections, photographs and virtual flowers every hour to the FIND A GRAVE website. When it comes to administrating, building and maintaining the site, Find A Grave is largely operated by its founder, Jim Tipton.), # 86299794 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S382] State of Louisiana, Parish of Sabine, Marriage License.