Rufus Pevehouse Sheriff Biography
Jun 4, 1900 - Apr 14, 1977
Pevehouse, former Navarro County sheriff was found dead Thursday
afternoon in a barn at his house near Emhouse, according to
Sheriff Jerry Shelton.
Shelton said Friday that Pevehouse was found by his
daughter-in-law, Christine Pevehouse, hanging by a rope in the
barn around 5:45 p.m. Deputy Sheriff Bob Rehders investigated
the death. Peace Justice Joe Wilson ruled it suicide.
Shelton said there was no sign of foul play and that no note had
been found. He added that Pevehouse had been ill with cancer for
“WE ASSUME HE was despondent over his health,” Shelton said.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Methodist
church in Corsicana for the 76 year-old Blooming Grove native.
The Rev. James E. Shuler said the Rev. Peyton Goodman will
officiate. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming
Pevehouse had been lifelong law man and had served as county
sheriff for 32 years. He was born in Blooming Grove on June r
1900. The son of another Navarro County Sheriff, Walter
Pevehouse, he became deputy sheriff at the age of 21.
During his six years as a deputy he served under Walter Hayes,
John Stewart and Tom Wilson. In 1928 he ran successfully for
office and served as sheriff for 10 years.
HE LOST THE 1938 election and went to Dallas in 1939 to be a
U.S. Marshal in charge of seven counties in the Dallas Division.
After 10 years there he returned to Navarro County.
In 1950 Pevehouse ran again for sheriff and won over a field of
seven candidates. He continued as sheriff until his defeat by
the current sheriff, Jerry Shelton, in the 1972 election.
In an interview with A. P. Murchison last Fall for the Navarro
County Historical Society, it was said that Pevehouse
encountered many tough characters while he was sheriff, but
never killed a man. The interview states that he “had a knack of
getting along with people and getting the job done in a quiet
unobtrusive manner. During the tenure of office things were
quiet and law and order prevailed.
HE IS SURVIVED by his widow, Mrs. Frances Pevehouse of Rt. 2;
one son, Dan Pevehouse of Rt. 2; one grandson Rufus N. Pevehouse
of Dallas; one brother, Clarence Pevehouse of Corsicana; two
sisters, Mrs. Claude Absher of Corsicana and Mrs. Ruth Neike of
Pallbearers will be Eugene Kessinger, Bobby Ross, Chick Reed,
Howe French, T. R. Hall, Larry Melton, Charles Johnson, Lester
Easley, Harry Drane and Claude Maggard.
The family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer
Griffin Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Rufus Pevehouse, Former Resident Services Held in Corsicana
Rufus Pevehouse, former Navarro County Sheriff, was found dead
Thursday afternoon, April 14, in a barn at his house near Emhouse.
He was found by his daughter-in-law, Christine Pevehouse, hanging by
a rope. Peace Justice Joe Wilson ruled it suicide. Pevehouse had
been ill with cancer for some time.
He was born in Blooming Grove on June 4, 1900, the son of a former
Navarro County Sheriff, Walter Pevehouse. He had been a life-long
lawman and had served as county sheriff for 32 years.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at the First
Methodist Church in Corsicana and burial was in the
Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Frances (Ivy) Pevehouse; one son,
Dan Pevehouse of Corsicana; a grandson Rufus Pevehouse of Dallas;
one brother, Clarence Pevehouse of Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs.
Claude Absher of Corsicana and Mrs. Ruth Nelke of Dallas; a number
of nieces and nephews.
RUFUS HERRIN PEVEHOUSE
JUNE 4, 1900
APR. 14, 1977
Rose Hill Cemetery,
Blooming Grove, Navarro County, Texas