Charles Edward (Edd) Briscoe
was born April 28, 1883 in
Pittsburg, Texas and
died Dec. 21, 1944 in Austin, Texas.
Charles Eduard, Ilene, Newt, Roxi and Earl
This was writen by Olga Mae Farell. Grand Ma's Sister's daughter. Olga Mae lived on the Kelly farm about five miles west of
Commerce,Texas. It was called Center Chapel Community.
Uncle Edd (Grand Pa Charles Edward Briscoe) and Aunt Ilene also lived on the Kelly farm. I remember one time that my family went to the county fair at Celeste,Texas and it came a big rain while we were at the fair. There was no hard service roads and we had to drive home on muddy roads. When we were in about one mile of Uncle Edd and Aunt Ilene's
home, a neighbor was gone from home and his garage door was open so Daddy just drove in his garage. We walked up to Uncle Edd and Aunt Ilene's and spent the night with them.
Earl and Ilene
Grandma Briscoe and her children
OLGA MAE FARELL WALLS
picture of her on her 95th birthday -
about 3 months before she died.
Olga Mae, born March 5, 1912, was the fourth of eight
children born to Walter Cicero Farell and Sarah Estelle Baxter Farell. She
was born in Fairlie, Texas, and lived there for the first six months of her
life. The family moved to the community of Center Chapel where she lived
until she was fifteen. The family moved back to Fairlie where Olga Mae
proudly graduated from Fairlie High School in 1931. She lived in or near
Fairlie until 1955 when she moved to Dallas. She worked as a Lead Clerk at
Employers Casualty Company. She retired in 1977 after twenty years with the
She was married to Hollis Walls (1910-1974) in
Durant, OK, on December 19, 1935. Hollis was from the Mud Dig community (Fannin
County), whose family had previously lived in Fairlie. Their one child, Mae
Nell Walls, was born October 29, 1937. The family lived on one of Walter
Farellís farms just north of Fairlie. In May 1946, Olga Mae and Nell moved
to Fairlie and made their home with Walter and Estelle. Olga Mae provided
for Nell by picking and hoeing cotton, cooking in the school lunch room and
doing the school custodial work. She is probably best remembered for her
years as the cook in the schoolís lunch room. Her most popular menu was
hamburgers. For more than fifty years, former students continued to
compliment her on those meals. Her most unusual menu request came from C.
W. Brown, principal of the school. The government had given the school
heaps of canned pumpkin and Mr. Brown wanted to know if she could make a
pumpkin pie that would taste like a sweet potato pie. She did her best.
Olga Mae is also remembered for her many years as a
Sunday School teacher. At the Fairlie Baptist Church, she taught both
children and adults. It was not unusual for someone to thank her for what
she taught them as a child in Sunday School. After moving to Dallas, she
taught a group of ladies her age where she forged many long lasting
friendships. She taught the same group of friends for more than 15 years
beginning as a Business and Professional womenís class and finishing as a
retired womenís class.
In 1983 she moved to Lewisville, Texas, to be near
Nell and her family. She lived in Lewisville the remainder of her days and
was active in Lakeland Baptist Church where she again taught a Sunday School
class of ladies her age.
Her daughter, Nell married Burton L. Loftus on
October 7, 1967 and they live in Flower Mound, Texas. Olga Mae has one
granddaughter, Katie Loftus who teaches and lives in Allen, Texas.
Olga Mae went to be with her Lord Sunday, June 17,
2007 at 1:15 PM. She joins her parents, beloved brother and sister, Charlie
and Gladys, and nephew and nieces, Charles Lee, Gay and Pat. In addition to
Nell and her family, Olga Mae is survived by sister-in-law Uralee Farell,
friends Andy and Zelda Loftus, numerous nieces and nephews, and many
Funeral Services will be Tuesday, June 19, 2007, at
10:30 AM at First Baptist Church, Flower Mound. Family visitation will be
prior to the service, at the church, from 9 AM to 10:15 AM.
Graveside services and burial will be at 3:30 PM at
Sonora Cemetery in Fairlie, Texas.
Memorials may be made to Sonora Cemetery, C/O
Treasurer, 5485 FM 1563
Commerce, TX 75428
He married Rosie Halbert and they had two children.
Newt and Roxie Sue
Married Lelia Llene Baxter Sept. 30, 1908 in
Commerce, Texas. Daughter of Daniel Baxter and Francis Dobbins. She was
born Oct. 6, 1886 in Searcy, Ark., and died Feb 17, 1969 in Austin,
Charles and Lelia had six children:
The picture belongs to Sidney and Dorothy. She brought it to the Fairlie
School Reunion several years ago for me to see and I took this picture of
it. It is of Daniel and Fannie Baxter -- Grandpa and Grandma Baxter.
Grandpa died shortly before Grandmother and Granddad died. Grandma died
probably when Mother was a teenager.
written by Nell