Ira Decherd & Nancy Caroline (Ballew) McAfee
of Navarro County, Texas


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Ira Decherd McAfee was born Feb 11, 1884 at Emmett, or Frost, in Navarro County Texas to Hugh Embury & Elizabeth Rice "Bettie" (Groves) McAfee.  He married Nancy Caroline "Nannie" Ballew, the daughter of Absalom Posey & Partelia Aveline (Coxsey) Ballew.  Nancy was born Dec. 20, 1882 in Fetzerton, Polk Co., TN

Ira, like many of the McAfee family, was musically inclined and helped compose the Hymn "Whiter Than Snow".  Ira and his brother in law, Fred Mitchell (husband if Eva Florence McAfee), ran the Mitchell & McAfee Jewelry Store at 214 South Beaton Street in Corsicana, TX.  He was a life long Methodist. 

Ira and Nancy had nine children:

  1. Thelma Annett McAfee b. Feb 9, 1905, d. Oct 8, 1978, married Fred Ware; Hamilton Beeman Cemetery, Retreat, Navarro Co., TX

  2. Vivian Lucile McAfee b. Sept 20, 1906, d 23 October 1979, married James Scott Ferguson (1908-1978)

  3. Hugh Decherd McAfee b. 25 February 1908, d 27 January 1988 married to Gladys Barnes (1907-1936) & Hazel Aline White (1908 - 1996)

  4. Hester Herbert McAfee b. 6 October 1909, d 2 March 1928

  5. Aletha Elizabeth McAfee b. 26 November 1911, d. 11 October 1978, m. William George "Willie" Frost (1903-1983) & O. H. Brandon Obitaury

  6. Helen Verdis McAfee b. 1913 d. 1914;  Prairie Grove Cemetery, Emmett, Navarro Co., TX

  7. Grace Madelle McAfee b. 14 August 1915, d. 20 April 2004 in Washington State, m. Elfed Haydn Parry on 8 Feb 1943

  8.  Ira Dewitt McAfee b. 23 March 1918, d. 10 March 1960. m. Joycelyn E. Swanford; Crown Hill Cemetery, Dallas, Dallas Co., TX

  9. Wilton Rexford McAfee b. 13 November 1926 d. 5 January 1934; Prairie Grove Cemetery, Emmett, Navarro Co., TX

Nancy died in Los Angeles County, California on Aug 8, 1948.

I am told that Ira was also married Lida, whose last name is unknown to me. 

Ira died in Graham in Young County Texas on Feb 27, 1960. 

Ira and Nancy are buried in the Prairie Grove Cemetery at Emmett, Navarro County Texas.


Prairie Grove Cemetery,
Emmett, Navarro Co., TX


Prairie Grove Cemetery,
Emmett, Navarro Co., TX

 

 

I.D. McAfee
CORSICANA, Texas (Sp) --
I.D. McAfee, 76, former Corsicana jeweler, died at his home in Graham Friday. Funeral services were held from the North Corsicana Methodist Church Sunday with burial in the Emmett cemetery. He was a lifelong Methodist. Surviving are his wife of Graham; two sons, H. D. McAfee, Arlington, and I. D. McAfee, Dallas; four daughters, 14 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, four brothers and four sisters.

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I.D. McAfee Of Graham Dies

I. D. McAfee, 76, native of Navarro county, former Corsicana merchant, died in Graham Friday night.
Funeral services will be held from the North Corsicana Methodist church here Sunday at 2 p.m. with burial in the Emmett cemetery.
A life-long Methodist, McAfee was born at Emmett and later after farming in Young county, returned to Navarro county and became a school Teacher.
Joining a brother-in-law, the late Fred Mitchell, in the jewelry business as Mitchell and McAfee at Hubbard, the firm later moved to Corsicana and McAfee operated the business for many years.
Surviving are his wife of Graham, two sons, H. D. McAfee, Arlington, a former Corsicana city sanitarian, and I.D. McAfee, Dallas; four daughters, Mrs. Fred Ware, Corsicana; Mrs. Vivian Ferguson, Brownwood; Mrs. O. H. Bran don, Compton, Calif.; and Mrs E. H. Parry, Puyallup. Wash.; 14 grandchildren, two great grandchildren; four brothers, DW. McAfee, Compton, Calif.; Rev. Edmund McAfee, Mineral Springs, Ark.; R. E. McAfee Penelope, and Richard McAfee Alameda, Calif.; four sisters Mrs. Eva Mitchell, Graham Mrs. Mattie Fagala, Blooming Grove; Mrs. Steve Johnson Graham, and Mrs. Herman Daniel, Emmett, and other relatives.
Pallbearers will be Paul Moore, Jeff Harwell. Graham Dickson P. M. Gladney, J. B. Hardin, Hugh Fullerton, Sr.; Frank Ware and D. W. Honeycutt.
Corley will direct

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MRS. IRA D. M’AFEE FUNERAL SERVICES PLANNED SATURDAY

Funeral services for Mrs. Ira D. McAfee, about 65 years of age will be held from the North Corsicana Methodist church Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock. The rites will be conducted by Rev. W. T. Boulware, pastor of the church. Burial will be in the Emmett cemetery.

Native of Tennessee, Mrs. McAfee was reared in the Emmett community and resided there a number of years before going to Hubbard and later to Corsicana.

Mrs. McAfee was instantly killed Sunday night when struck by an automobile while crossing a street near her home in Compton, Calif.

The body is scheduled to arrive in Corsicana Friday.

Surviving are her husband, Ira D. McAfee, Compton, Calif.; four daughters, Mrs. Fred Ware, Corsicana; Mrs. Vivian Ferguson, McAllen; Mrs. Aletha Brandon, Compton, Calif., and Mrs. Grace Parry, Seattle, Wash.; two sons, H. D. McAfee, Arlington and I. D. McAfee, Dallas; 10 grandchildren, four brothers, Will Ballew, Dawson; John Ballew, Olney; Frank Ballew, Fort Worth and Charlie Ballew, Frost, and other relatives.

Nephews will be pallbearers.

McCammon Funeral Home will direct.

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Saturday Rites For Mrs. McAfee
Funeral services for Mrs. Ira D. McAfee, aged 66 years, killed Sunday night while crossing a street at Compton, Calif., when struck by an automobile were held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the North Corsicana Methodist church.
The rites were conducted by Rev. W. T. Boulware, pastor of the church.
Native of Tennessee, Mrs. McAfee was reared at Emmett and resided at Hubbard and in Corsicana for a number of years.
Surviving are her husband, Ira D. McAfee, Compton, Calif.; four daughters, Mrs. Fred Ware, Corsicana; Mrs. Vivian Ferguson, McAllen; Mrs. Aleta Brandon, Compton, Calif.; and Mrs. Grace Parry, Seattle, Wash.; two sons, H. D. McAfee, Arlington and I. D. McAfee, Dallas; 10 grandchildren, four brothers, Will Ballew, Dawson; Frank Ballew, Olney, and Charlie Ballew, Frost, and other relatives.
Nephews will be pallbearers.
McCammon Funeral Home directed.

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