|Decaleb Lipscomb "Dee" Hambrick was born May 8, 1885 in New Market, Madison Co., AL. He was the son of William Eldridge Hamrick (1857-1933) and Mary Elizabeth Elmore (1860-1904).
Dee married Margaret Lillie Honea, the daughter of John Berry Honea (1862-1934) and Margaret Catherine Perry (1865-1943), on March 21, 1909. Margaret was born on March 17, 1892 in Alabama.
Joe and Dee moved to Oklahoma for a while by. Their son, Joe Hambrick, recalled that they took the trip in a wagon, fording the Red River and
the fear of quicksand. They lived in a a dugout, a simple structure dug half in the ground with a roof. Dee became sick and they had to moved back to Texas to be near their families for help. Dee and his father, William E. Hamrick, bought a farm together about four miles west of Athens Texas. Dee later moved to Navarro County where he worked as a Tennant Farmer on several farms around Frost and Emmett.
Dee and Margaret had eight children:
- Hester Mae Hambrick
- William Burns Hambrick
- Cabe Washington Hambrick -
- Lee Roy Hambrick
- Lester Newton Hambrick
- Mattie Marie Hambrick
- Joe D. Hambrick -
78th Birthday - 2001 &
- Lester Ray Hambrick
Retired Blooming Grove Farmer Asks
Red Cross Support, Cites Experience
By BETTY JEAN CLAY
Daily Sun Staff
Less than a month ago this story might have been an obituary notice
of a retired farmer, but instead it is a 69-year-old Blooming Grove
man’s tribute to the Red Cross blood program and the skill of his
doctor in saving his life.
Because renewed life had been pumped into his body in the form of 13
pints of rare-type blood provided by the Red Cross, Dee Hambrick
walked into the Daily Sun this week to tell his story and ask his
fellow citizens of Navarro County to support the Red Cross. He asked
that the public support the Red Cross in the current fund campaign
particularly so that the blood program might be continued to do for
others what had been done for him.
Never Sick Before
“I had never been sick in the hospital before,” he said in telling
how he had been carried to Memorial Hospital on Christmas Day
critically ill with a stomach ulcer. His doctor revealed that
Hambrick had lost more than 80 per cent of his blood hemorrhaging
from the ulcer.
Due to the heavy loss of blood and his semi-conscious condition, his
doctor, who was contacted for additional details, recalled that it
was first believed he was beyond resuscitation. But his faint
heart-beat prompted doctors to place an immediate order with the
Waco Red Cross blood center for 8 pints of the rare-type blood to
replace Hambrick’s fast dwindling supply in a desperate attempt to
keep him alive.
“We hand-pumped that 8 pints of blood into him-about a two-hour job
and he opened his eyes and began to revive, the doctor recalled.
Before Hambrick was carried to surgery, 5 more pints of blood were
obtained from Waco and administered to build up the weakened man
while 90 per cent of his stomach was removed.
Hambrick was dismissed from the hospital on January 10, a “well
man,” he smilingly declared thanks to the blood he received through
the Red Cross and the successful operation.
“Look at me, here it is less than a month after I got out of the
hospital and the doctor tells me I am as good as I was before I got
sick,” he declared proudly.
Praise for Red Cross
“My doctor said my life couldn’t have been saved if it hadn’t been
for the Red Cross and the blood they rushed here from Waco for me.”
The retired farmer said he had never given much thought before to
the necessity of a hospital of hospital or doctor having a supply of
blood available for emergency cases like his own until after he came
so near death.
“But I can see it now—the necessity for people to give blood to the
Red Cross. If more people give blood, maybe someone else’s life can
be saved like mine was,” he said.
Hambrick and his wife revealed that when the January Red Cross blood
operation came along, their son, Joe, visited the operation to make
a donation as a partial replacement of the blood he had been given.
They added that another son, Cabe of Arlington, had given blood to
Red Cross operations prior to Hambrick’s critical illness, and that
both would, they felt sure, continue to be supporters of the Red
“Tell the public we believe in the Red Cross and that we ask them to
support it,” Hambrick asked in leaving.
Dee died on Dec 22, 1977 in Corsicana. Margaret died on Dec 24, 1974. They are both buried in the Prairie Grove Cemetery at Emmett, Navarro County, Texas.
Prairie Grove Cemetery, Emmett, Navarro Co., TX
Marker Photo by
Edward L. Williams
Margaret Lillie (Honeay) Hambrick
Mar 17, 1892 - Dec 24, 1974
Mrs. D. L. (Margaret
Funeral service were held Wednesday, December 25, 1974, at 1 pm at
the Corley Funeral Chapel in Corsicana for Mrs. D. L. (Margaret Lillie)
Hambrick, 83, former resident of Frost and Blooming Grove. She had
resided at Maywood Manor Nursing Home in Kerens with her husband, D. L.
Hambrick. She died Tuesday morning in Memorial Hospital.
Rev. David Hale officiated and burial was at
Mrs. Hambrick was a native of New Market, Ala., and a member of the
Survivors include her husband of Kerens; three sons, Lee Roy Hambrick of
Olney, Joe Hambrick of Corsicana, and Lester Hambrick of Corsicana; one
daughter, Mrs. Hester Seale of Kerens; nine grandchildren and two
great-grandchildren; a brother, C.A. Honea of Tyler; a sister, Mrs.
Bertie Shelton of Meridian and a number of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were G.B. Pullin, Cecil Honea, Dan McNeil, Ed Formby,
William Bolen, and Billy McNabb.
Decaleb "Dee" Lipscomb Hambrick
May 8, 1885 - Dec 22, 1977
D. L. Hambrick
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Corley Funeral Chapel for
Dee L. Hambrick, 92, resident of Kerens, who died Thursday in the
Corsicana Nursing Home.
The Rev, David Hale will officiate, with burial following at
He was a native of New Market, Ala., lived in Kerens 80 years, was a
retired farmer and a member of the Baptist Church.
Survivors include three sons, LeRoy Hambrick of Olney, Joe Hambrick
and Lester Hambrick, both of Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. Hester
Seale of Kerens, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
- Some info from Joe D. Hambrick's Book "As I Remember It.... Memories of Joe D. Hambrick", 1977
- SSDI: Margaret Hambrick, 17 March 1892, 15 Dec 1974, 76626
(Blooming Grove, Navarro Co., TX)
- TXDI: Hambrick Margaret L 12-24-1974 NAVARRO Female