Eudora Rosetta “Dora” <I>Orr</I> Poole

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Eudora Rosetta “Dora” Orr Poole

  • Birth 11 May 1860 Pontotoc County, Mississippi, USA
  • Death 24 Mar 1948 Rodessa, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, USA
  • Burial Rockdale, Milam County, Texas, USA
  • Memorial ID 21180015

The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger
(Rockdale, Tex.)
Vol. 76, No. 10, Ed. 1
Thursday, April 1, 1948
Page: 1 of 8

Funeral Services For
Two Sisters Held
Here on Same Day


Funeral services for two sisters were held Friday, death having claimed both within a short time.

Mrs. Dora Poole, 88, who operated a millinery establishment in Rockdale for close to fifty years before retiring ten years ago, died at the home of a daughter in Rodessa, Louisiana, on Wednesday afternoon and the body arrived here early Thursday.

Mrs. J. A. Clark, 92, died at her home in San Gabriel about 10:30 o'clock Thursday night. The bodies of the two sisters reposed in duplicate caskets, placed side by side, at Phillips and Luckey funeral home through the night.

Rev. W. R. Irwin of Rodessa, La., conducted service for Mrs. Poole at 10 o'clock Friday morning in the chapel of the funeral home. Burial was made at the I. O. O. F. cemetery. Casket attendants were H. G. Murphree, Clyde Franklin, W. H. Orr, T. B. Ryan, Jim Eads, C. E. Prewitt.

Services for Mrs. Clark were held at 2 o'clock that afternoon in the same chapel with Rev. J. A. Dennis of Austin officiating and burial was made in the old Locklin cemetery at San Gabriel. Casket attendants were the following grandsons, James and Phillips Terry, Carlton Anness, John David Herron, Robert and Harry W. Clark.

Mrs. Poole was affectionately called "Miss Dora" by a large circle of friends.
(See SISTERS, Page 12)

SISTERS -- (Continued from Page 1)
The two women, Mattie Orr born in 1855, and Dora Orr born in 1859, were natives of Pontotoc, Miss., daughters of Mary Mauldin and Valentine Larry Orr. They were educated in the old Chichasaw Female College there. Mrs. Clark, as a young lady, and with a desire to teach school, was the first to come to Texas and reached Rockdale when the town was in it's infancy, and was the terminus of the old International and Great Northern railroad before the line went through to Taylor, this line is now the Missouri and Pacific. She accepted a position as a teach in the school at Lilac. It was not long before her sister, Mrs. Poole, followed to also take up teaching. The older sister, Mattie, followed her profession for some years teaching in numerous schools of this section in Milam county, but "Mis Dora" [sic] decided on a business career and began a millenery [sic] business in Rockdale which she continued for close to half a century. She was married to W. H. Poole in 1892. The husband died several years ago. In recent years Mrs. Poole had been making her home with two daughters in Louisiana.

Mrs. Poole was a member of the Methodist church, and several years ago while still residing here, she was paid tribute as being the oldest active member of the local church at that time. Her whole life was filled with an abiding concern for her fellow man, and she had a deep compassion for the unfortunate. It was her greatest pleasure to do something for others, and she truly lived up to the Golden Rule and spoke ill of no one. She held a deep affection for Rockdale and her many friends here. It was about a year ago that Mrs. Poole made a final visit here while going to San Gabriel to visit her sister who followed her in death.

Mrs. Poole is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Hugh Estell of Rodessa, La., and Mrs. Gaddy Hall of Lake Arthur, La., also three grandchildren, Mrs. Kenneth T. Harris, Jr., Miss Lucile Estell and Ross Hall of Louisana, and the following grandchildren of Mr. Poole whom she considered her own, Mrs. Robert Farmer, Mrs. J. E. Little of Dallas, W. H. Renfro of Corpus Christi, Gordon Poole of Los Angeles, Calif., and six great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Clark was married to J. A. Clark in 1884 and throughout her married life she lived at San Gabriel, where as a young lady she had taught in the school. Her husband died in 1920.

She was a woman of keen intellect whose wit and sparkling humor was readily recognized by all who cam in contact with her. Like her sister she was ever interested in the life of the community where shit lived, and was a loving counselor not only to her family but to friends. She especially was interested in politics and even in her last years kept attune to all issues of the times. She was a woman of far vision and from the beginning of suffrage she was a champion for the cause of women's rights, as well as for everything pertaining to education. Mrs. Clark was a long time member of the Christian church.

She and her sister, Mrs. Poole, were two of a family of eleven children and with their passing there is only one to survive, Mrs. Fanny Brodnax of Liberty Hill, who attended both services.

Mrs. Clark is survived by the following children; Mrs. W. W. Terry, Mrs. J. W. Herron, Mrs. Leah Anness of San Gabriel, Mrs. Buell Cairns of Dallas, Harry Clark of San Gabriel and Jamie Clark of Thorndale and San Gabriel. There are a number of grand and great-grandchildren, besides numerous nieces and nephews.

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  • Created by: Sarah Locklin Taylor
  • Added: 26 Aug 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21180015
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Eudora Rosetta “Dora” Orr Poole (11 May 1860–24 Mar 1948), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21180015, citing Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rockdale, Milam County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Sarah Locklin Taylor (contributor 46921363) .