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Viola Evon McLemore

Female 1914 - 2008  (93 years)

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  1. 1.  Viola Evon McLemoreViola Evon McLemore was born 6 Nov 1914, Bronson, Sabine County, Texas; died 18 Oct 2008, Lufkin, Angelina County, Texas; was buried , Broaddus Cemetery, San Augustine County, Texas.


    Evon was a tiny baby, weighing only 2 and 1/2 pounds a few days after birth. Considering she was born and cared for at home, and not in an incubator, it is a tribute both the Evon's spirit and her mother's loving care that she not only survived but flourished. In describing her infant daughter's size, Nina used to relate that "her face was smaller than a half dollar, and I could have put her in a coffee pot, and still closed the lid."  Evon picked out her own name when she was old enough. She liked the sound of Yvonne, but wasn't sure of the spelling. She was listed as Eva V. on the 1920 census.

    When Evon started school, she arrived everyday atop a pony led by her brother Percy. Evon's father also thought it important that his daughter be exposed to culture. When she was a young girl, she weekly took the train 10 miles from Steep Creek to Bronson in order to take piano lessons. Most weekends were spent "visiting." Evon has close relations with her many cousins still today.

    She attended her primary years of school in rural Sabine County, but attended High School in San Augustine County. Her father paid for her to board at the home of Dr. Davis in the winter, so she could to this. Evon was active in school, perfoming in piano recitals and playing the lead character in the 1932 Senior Class play, "Oh, Kay!"

    News clipping
    (dated 3-28-1929, newspaper not referenced)

    Steep Creek Club
    The Steep Creek 4-H girls met on March 26. Seven girls were present.

    The following officers were elected:

    Evon McLemore, President; Rosa Henley, Vice President; Lois Powell, Sec'y; Bonnie Wilson, Reporter. An apron was cut out.

    Bonnie Wilson, reporter.

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

    School Term Brought to Successful Close

    Thursday night at the high school auditorium the commencement exercises were attended by a large crowd....A piano solo was skillfully rendered by Evon McLemore, class musician....diplomas were presented by R. V. Greer, superintendent of the local schools to the following candidates:
    Randolph Hankla, Charles S. McMillan, Willys G. Blount, Sam Henry Williams, Lois Marie Thompson, A. C. Everett, Evon McLemore, Willie Mae Stevenphson, Geneva Stallings. Earl McEachern, Hoyt J. Alford, Sidney Westbrook, Allene Stewart, Ruby Mitchill, Mildred Whitton, Clifford Childers, Bonnie Partin, Zelma Soward, Alran Hays, James Bridges, Helen Alford and Early Needham. 

    After Evon graduated from San Augustine High School, she went on to Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches. She became a teacher, majoring in Home Economics and minoring in English. The college classmate that was her best friend was Merlene McLemore, a cousin.

    Vessie was able to help his daughter get a job teaching in Chinquapin through  a friend of his who was  school trustee. She later taught in nearby Broaddus.

    Soon after Evon started teaching in Broaddus, Dale Tisdale's mother called her son, who was working in Lawrenceville, Indiana, to tell him that  "there were some attractive new teachers in town, and he ought to come home soon for a visit." He did, and fell promptly in love with Evon.

    Evon continued to teach after her marriage, while Dale managed his parents store. During World War II, Evon moved to Fort Worth while Dale was in the service. She taught a small school district just outside of the city. They also briefly lived in San Antonio. The Tisdale's returned to East Texas, and Dale opened a small general store in Zavalla.

    She returned to Stephen F. Austin and received her Master's in Education in 1951. After the Tisdale's moved to Lufkin, Evon obtained a teaching position at Hudson High School. She remained there until she retired in 1972. Her daughter, Jan, began teaching Spanish at the Hudson in 1971, the year before her mother retired.

    She loved music, art and the natural world. She had a beautiful soprano voice and was a member of the Angelina County Choir for a number of years. She was good at creative arts, and especially loved China painting. She participated in this after her retirement, as well as traveling with Dale and Bob with the AirStream Travel Trailer club. She was an active member of the Timberland Drive Church of Christ.

    Both Evon and Dale were instrumental in the formation of the Angelina County Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC) and supporters of the Lufkin Workshop and Opportunity Center.


    Evon McLemore Tisdale, 93, of Lufkin, was born November 6, 1914, in Bronson, Texas, the daughter of the late Nina (Fuller) and V.E. McLemore. She passed away Saturday, October 18, 2008, in a local nursing facility. Mrs. Tisdale graduated from San Augustine High School and Stephen F. Austin State University. She married Dale Tisdale, the love of her life, on January 8, 1938. She taught at Hudson Elementary School until 1972. She supported the Lufkin Workshop & Opportunity Center and the Burke Center. She was a member of Timberland Drive Church of Christ. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Janet and A. E. "Pete" Peterson of Lufkin; son, Bob Tisdale of Lufkin; granddaughter, Sheryl Falk and her husband Richard Retz of Houston; grandson, Lee J. Rawcliffe of Houston; brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Bonnie McLemore of Houston; sisters-in-law, Opal McLemore of Nacogdoches and Bobbie McLemore of San Augustine; and numerous nieces, nephews and many dear friends. Mrs. Tisdale was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 51 years, Dale Tisdale; brothers, Percy McLemore, Earl McLemore and Lynn McLemore, all of San Augustine, and Ray McLemore of Nacogdoches. Expressions of sympathy in Mrs. Tisdale's memory may be made to the Burke Center, 4101 S. Medford, Lufkin, Texas 75904; or to Hospice in the Pines, 116 S. Raguet, Lufkin, Texas 75904. Services for Mrs. Tisdale will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 22, 2008, in the Gipson Funeral Home Chapel, with Mr. Harold Hancock officiating. Graveside services will follow at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Broaddus Cemetery. Gipson Funeral Home; Duane Hills, director.


    Nearly identical notices were published in the October 23, 2008 issue of the San Augustine Tribune, on Page 11, and in the October 29 issue of The Sabine County Reporter, page 15.

    Viola married Memmon Dale Tisdale 8 Jan 1938, Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana. Memmon (son of Isaac Memmon Tisdale and Dora Beard) was born 27 Jul 1911, Manning, Angelina County, Texas; died 30 Jul 1990, Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County, Texas; was buried , Broaddus Cemetery, San Augustine County, Texas. [Group Sheet]

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    2. 3. Robert Dale Tisdale  Descendancy chart to this point was born 23 Feb 1957, Lufkin, Angelina County, Texas; died 24 Aug 2012, Lufkin, Angelina County, Texas; was buried , Broaddus Cemetery, San Augustine County, Texas.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Living Descendancy chart to this point (1.Viola1)

    Living married W.S.". Falk, III (son of Walter Samuel Falk, Jr. and Anne Glennon Pearce) [Group Sheet]

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    Living married Living [Group Sheet]

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    Living married Living [Group Sheet]

  2. 3.  Robert Dale Tisdale Descendancy chart to this point (1.Viola1) was born 23 Feb 1957, Lufkin, Angelina County, Texas; died 24 Aug 2012, Lufkin, Angelina County, Texas; was buried , Broaddus Cemetery, San Augustine County, Texas.


    Robert Tisdale was born with Down's Syndrome. This fact never prevented him from being a loving and much loved son. Evon continued to teach school while she and Dale cared for their son at home. Bob attended Hudson High School, while his mother taught there. He graduated from Lufkin High School. Bob participated in numerous Special Olympics.

    While working at the sheltered workshop in Lufkin, Bob took the bus every weekday to work. Evon reported that he was an extremely conscientious worker.  She could never convince him to miss a day of work, even if he was sick. He would always insist on reporting for work, and would return home only when his supervisor made him go back home to go to bed.

    In September, 1997, Evon wrote to her niece Melinda Strong: "I have placed Bob on a waiting list to go into a group home.  There is such a long waiting list it may be two years before they can take him. Don't know is I can live without him. He helps take care of me now."  Jan helped her mother move Bob to a group home in Beaumont in the summer of 1998.  In a phone conversation with her niece in August, 1998, Evon reported that Bob seemed very happy in this new home, and continued to go to work daily at another sheltered workshop. Bob is able to go home to visit his mother at least one weekend each month.


    Robert 'Bob' Dale Tisdale, 55, was born February 23, 1957 in Lufkin, Texas, the son of Dale and Evon (McLemore) Tisdale. He passed away August 24, 2012 in Castle Pines Retirement Home. Throughout his life, everyone recognized that Bob was very special. When you met him, he greeted you with a handshake, a big smile on his face and, more than likely, he was going to tell you about Jesus. Bob was a man of great faith and Jesus was number one in his life. His whole being reflected his faith and his joyful praise changed the whole atmosphere of any gathering. Throughout his life he touched so many lives and shared the love of Jesus with so many, that today as he has come face to face with his Jesus, he is no doubt hearing, 'Well done, my faithful son'. The family would like to express a special thank you to the Burke Center, Castle Pines Retirement Home, Heart-to-Heart Hospice, and all of the many healthcare professionals and caregivers that gave such tender loving care to Bob. The surviving family includes his sister and brother-in-law, Janet and A. E. 'Pete' Peterson of Lufkin; niece, Sheryl Falk and husband Richard Retz of Houston; nephew, Lee J. Rawcliffe and his daughter Emily of Houston; uncle, Thomas McLemore and wife, Bonnie, of Houston; and many cousins, other relatives and a host of friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Dale and Evon Tisdale. Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Gipson Funeral Home Chapel with Harold Hancock, Minister, officiating. Visitation will be held on Sunday afternoon, August 26, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Gipson Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Broaddus Cemetery in Broaddus, Texas immediately following the services. Condolences may be offered at 

    Published in The Lufkin Daily News on August 26, 2012
    Also published in The Sabine County Reporter on September 5, 2012, Page 9

Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Living Descendancy chart to this point (2.Living2, 1.Viola1)

    Living married Living [Group Sheet]

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    Living — Living. [Group Sheet]

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Generation: 4

  1. 6.  Living Descendancy chart to this point (5.Living3, 2.Living2, 1.Viola1)