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Brisco, Albert Herbert

A. H. [Bud] Brisco Rites Held Sat.

Citizens learned with sadness of the death of A. H. (Bud) Brisco, a resident of this community since 1928.

Mr. Brisco passed away in the Eagle Lake Community Hospital at 6:30 p.m. last Thursday, June 8th after an illness of only several days.  He suffered a stroke some ten years ago but had been able to be about with limited activity until his latest illness.

Albert Herbert Brisco was born November 9, 1888 in Sheridan, the son of Alonzo and Menerva Peoples Brisco.  He moved from Sheridan to Lissie in 1922 and came to Eagle Lake around 1928.  He was employed by Thomas and Wintermann in canal and water work in this area

He was united in marriage with Mary Josephine "Jose" Williams in Sheridan on Feb. 18, 1917.

Surviving are his wife; two sons, Jesse Monroe and Leslie (Lonnie) of this city; five daughters, Mrs. Frank (Eva Lee) Dittrich of this city, Mrs. W. A. (Marge) Rooks of El Campo, Mrs. Lee J. (Eve Lois) Neimeyer of Hockley, Mrs. B. H. (Barbara Lee) Hall of Jacksonville, and Mrs. Wayne (Gertrude) Sizemore of Berwick, La.; Twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; also a brother, Isam Brisco, Sr. of Sheridan and a sister Mrs. Eli (Alta) Varley of Columbus; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by a daughter Verna Brisco and baby son Billy Brisco, also two brothers, Eddie and Searcy Brisco; and four sisters, Mrs. Billy (Dora) Bullard, Mrs. Robert (Doll) Einkauf, Mrs. Ida Lee and Mrs. Verdie Lee.

Last rites were read from the chapel of the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 10th, 1972 with the Rev. Charles Meyer, pastor of the Grace Lutheran Church officiating.  He was placed to final rest in the Cheatham Cemetery near Sheridan.  Serving as pallbearers were: Darius Brisco, Charles Brisco, Frankie Brisco, Robert Wayne Rooks, Bertice Dittrich, and Freddie Walker III.

Mr. Brisco was a devoted father to his family and was friendly and quick to help when called upon. He was known to relatives and friends as "Uncle Bud."

During his active days he was one of the major workers in constructing the canal system using mules and a fresno on the Eagle Lake and Lissie prairies.  He was always willing to do a good turn and was a friendly and willing worker at all times.

Family members report that many of them have a picture of him and brother Isam astride a team of oxen with old wooden plows taken at Rock Island at about 1905 when the area was a thriving community.  He was a wonderful story teller, recounting fascination tales of the old days while working cattle from Sheridan to Matagorda; and other experiences of interest especially to his grandchildren.

He shall be missed greatly by his loved ones and friends.

Eagle Lake Headlight June 15, 1972 page 12
Submitted by Dorothy Cox

Brisco, Beverly Kay

Wreck Injuries Are Fatal To Beverly Brisco

Miss Beverly Kay Brisco, 21-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Brisco of Sheridan, died at 2:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, in Ben Taub Hospital, Houston, of injuries received in a two-car accident around midnight Dec. 30 in Houston.

A friend of Miss Brisco’s was also hospitalized by the accident, and another person was killed. She was to have undergone surgery had she recovered from her critical condition.

A native of Sheridan, where her father is maintenance foreman of Shell’s Houston Central Plant, Miss Brisco was a 1964 graduate of Sheridan High School and was in her last year at Lamar Tech, Beaumont.

Funeral services were held at Mills-Bauer Funeral Home, Eagle Lake, Saturday afternoon, Jan. 6. Burial was in Myrtle Cemetery at Rock Island.

In addition to her parents, Miss Brisco is survived by a sister, Bonita, and a brother, Lonnie, both of Sheridan.

Weimar Mercury, January 11, 1968, page 1

Brisco, Charity Minerva (Peoples)

Mrs. Lon Briscoe, aged 64 died Saturday eve at one o'clock and was laid to rest Sunday afternoon in the Cheetham Cemetery.  Rev. G.L. Neely officiating.  Our sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones. 

Colorado County Citizen, January 30, 1930
Contributed by Regena Williamson

Brisco, Clarence Reginald

Baby is drowned in water trough near Rock Island

Eighteen months old baby boy falls into One Foot of Water in trough and drowns

On Monday evening the eighteen months old baby boy of Mr. and Mrs. Isam Briscoe who live near Rock Island, fell in a watering trough and was drowned. The child had been playing in the house about five minutes before, and upon missing him the parents begun looking for him, finding that the baby had fallen over the edge of a concrete watering trough which had only about one foot of water in it. Every effort was made to resuscitate the child hut to no avail. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J.C. Young Tuesday afternoon and the little body was laid to rest in the Rock Island [Myrtle] Cemetery.

Eagle Lake Headlight; September 8, 1923
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Brisco, Edna Viola (Greene)


Mrs. Isam Brisco Sr. of Sheridan passed away suddenly, at 4:00 a.m. at her home October 8, 1971 due to heart failure. Funeral services were held from the Mill-Bauer Funeral Chapel on October 10 at 2p.m. Interment was in the Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island. Rev. Larry Lacy officiated at the services. Pallbearers were Howard Criswell, McDowell Criswell, Albert Botard, Lawrence Poppe, J. B. Franklin and Weldon Briscoe. . . and . . . . Organ Music was rendered during the service.

She was born Edna Greene Nov. 15th, 1896 in Grandin, Missouri to Heneretta Catherine and Harry Greene; she spent most of her life In Sheridan. On June 20, 1917 she was united In marriage to Isam Brisco in Rock Island. Survivors include her husband; one daughter, Mrs. Jean Walker , four sons; Isam Brisco, Jr., Harry Brisco, Zane Brisco and Lavo Brisco. Also 11 grandchildren, Jimmy, Clint, Hellene, Reggie, Banita, Lonnie, Regena, Kevin Brisco and Franklin Taylor andTammie Walker; one brother, Houston Benoist of Bryan and one sister, Mrs. Albert Hester of Votaw. Mrs. Brisco was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Beverly Kay Brlsco, who died January 4, 1968 and one son, Regenald died Sept. 2, 1925. Mrs. Brisco was active in family and community affairs and she shall be dearly missed by her loved ones and friends.

Eagle Lake Headlight, October 14, 1971
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Brisco, Emmett Lee


Emmett Lee Brisco, age 58, of Channelview, passed away October 14, at his residence following a sudden illness.

Graveside services and interment were held for Emmett Lee Brisco Friday, October 17 from the Cheetam Cemetery near Sheridan with Rev. Bernard Ritchea, Pastor, United Methodist Church of Hallettsville officiating.

Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake.

Mr. Brisco was born May 3, 1928 in Sheridan to Sirca Brisco and Sara Varley Brisco. He was raised in Sheridan, and had been living in the Houston area for the past 20 years. He married Mrs. Dorothy Tilton Brisco.

He served. with U.S. Army, 30th Infantry Regiment from 1948 thru 1950.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Dorothy Tilton Brisco of Channelview; daughters, Lynn, Sheila and Mary all of Houston; son, Jerry also of Houston, sisters, Dorothy Wilson of Sherrdan, Lillian Allen of Hallettsville; Betty Layton of Sheridan; Brothers, Raymond Brisco of Houston and Ervin Brisco of Victoria; four grandchildren; and a numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Colorado County Citizen, October 23, 1986

Brisco, Grace (Kiefer)


On January 19, 2008, after a brief illness Grace K. Brisco, 82, of Sheridan, TX passed from this life to be with her Lord and Savior. She was preceded in death by parents, Henry and Myrtle Burford Kiefer, daughter Beverly Brisco and son-in-law Reginald Pope.

She leaves behind her husband of 62 years Harry A. Brisco Sr. of Sheridan; daughter Bonita Pope of Rosenberg, TX; son Harry A. Brisco Jr and wife Karen of Bellville, TX; grandchildren Amanda Pope, Justin Brisco and wife Ellen, and Rebecca Martin and husband David; great grandchildren Elizabeth and Martha Brisco and Elyssa Martin; and sister Kathryn Parham of Schulenburg, TX.

Grace was born March 16, 1925 in St. Louis, Wellston, Missouri to Henry and Myrtle Burford Kiefer. She married Harry in April of 1945 and moved to Texas to raise her family. Grace was more than a mother, grandmother, sister or friend. She was a shining example of Christianity. Her loving, generous ways will be treasured by all who knew her. She is the treasure of our family, our matriarch, our example for how our lives are to be lived. Through her tenderness of heart she was given hope to more than one generation. We are thankful to have had her as long as we did.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, TX with Bill Edwards and Sherrell Speer officiating. Interment followed in Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island, TX.

Pallbearers were Traylor Walker, Franklin Walker, Clint Brisco, Javier Perez, Jimmy Brisco and Reggie Brisco. Honorary pallbearer was John Parham.

The family would like to thank caregiver Peggy Behne for her support during Grace's illness. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Sheridan Church of Christ, P.O. Box 171, Sheridan, TX 77475 or Hospice of South Texas, 404 Texana, Hallettsville, TX 77964.

Colorado County Citizen, January 23, 2008
Courtesy of The Citizen

Brisco, Harry A.


Harry A. Brisco, Sr. passed from this life on November 17, 2010. He went to be with his Lord and Savior and reunite with family that had gone before him.

Harry was born in Sheridan, Texas on the family ranch on May 2, 1920.

Harry was veteran of World War II, serving in Burma, India with the Air Force as an airplane mechanic. Upon his return from duty, Harry married the love of his life Grace Kiefer and brought her to Texas, where they remained happily married until her death. Harry worked for Shell Oil for 37 years and was a lifelong rancher. Harry was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. His generosity and kindness are known by many, and will be remembered for years to come. He was a great example to his family — teaching values, a hard work ethic and a generous spirit.

Harry was preceded in death by his loving wife Grace; daughter Beverly; son-in-law Reginald Pope; and three brothers, James Isam Brisco, Jr., Zane Brisco and Clarence Reginald Brisco.

Harry is survived by his two remaining children: daughter, Bonita Pope; son, Harry A. Brisco, Jr. and wife Karen; grandchildren, Amanda Pope, Justin Brisco and wife Ellen, and Rebecca Velasquez and husband Armando. He is also survived by great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Martha Brisco and Elyssa Martin. In addition the family would like to express their thanks to Peggy Behne, caregiver.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, November 19, 2010 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, Texas with Sherrill Spears and Bill Edwards officiating. Interment followed in Myrtle Cemetery with Military Honors by United States Air Force in Sheridan, Texas.

Pallbearers were Clint, Jimmy and Reggie Brisco, Franklin and Traylor Walker and Javier Perez.

Memorials may be given to Sheridan Memorial Library, P.O. Box 274, Sheridan, TX 77475 or Sheridan Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 263, Sheridan, TX 77475.

Colorado County Citizen, November 23 2010

Brisco, Hessie B.


Hassie[sic], the 10-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lon Briscoe, died of congestion of the bowels last Sunday at 5 ‘clock p.m. and was buried in the cemetery [Cheetham] at this place on Monday evening, Bro. A. W. Rabb performing the last rites. Your correspondent joins their many friends in extending the bereaved family sincere condolence.

Weimar Mercury, September 2, 1905

Brisco, Isam Jr.

Isam Brisco Jr., 84 of Sheridan, passed away Aug. 6 at Hallettsville Rehabilitaiton and Nursing Center.

He was born in Sheridan, March 25, 1918 to James Isam Brisco Sr. and Edna (Green) Brisco and married Helen Alford, Aug. 3, 1947. He was a World War II veteran, a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus, was a past director of Federal Land Bank of Texas and served on the State Advisory Board in Austin.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Reggie Brisco.

He is survived by his wife; daughter and son-in-law, Hellene and John Mieth of Sheridan; sons and daughters-in-law, Isam III "Jim" and Carolyn Brisco of Lago Vista and Reggie and Barbara Brisco of Sheridan; grandchildren, Leah Kahlden and husband Kevin of Austin, Nerissa Brisco of Dallas, Dustin Brisco of San Marcos, Isam IV of Denton, John Mieth Jr. and Ben Mieth of Sheridan, and Cheryl and husband Howard Linder of Wallis; great-granddaughter, Kaechele Ann Linder; sister, Zelda Walker and husband Jean of Sheridan; brothers, Harry Brisco and wife Grace of Sheridan, Zane Brisco and wife Ruth of Gonzales, Lavo Brisco and wife Ruth of Sheridan; and uncle, Houston Benoist and wife Mary Louise of Schulenburg.

Funeral services were conducted Aug, 9 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Herb Beyer officiating. Interment followed at Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan with military honors by the VFW of Hallettsville.

Pallbearers were Ben Mieth, John Mieth, Dustin Brisco, Leah Kahlden, Kevin Kahlden, Nerissa Brisco, Isam Brisco IV and Cheryl Linder.

Honorary pallbearers were Allen Brogger, Houston Benoist, George Edge, Eldon Ohm, Pat Brandenburg, Lawrence Porter and the Square Dancers of Texas.

Memorial contributions may be given to Hospice of South Texas, 1206 N. Texana, Hallettsville, TX 77964; or Cheetham Cemetery, P.O. Box 54, Sheridan, TX 77475 or the charity of your choice.

Colorado County Citizen, August 14, 2002
Courtesy of the Citizen

Brisco, James Isam Sr.

Isam Brisco Sr.

Isam Brisco Sr. of Sheridan died Sunday at De Tar Hospital in Victoria.  He was 86 years of age.

Funeral services were held at Mill-Bauer Funeral Chapel Tuesday.  Interment was at Mrytle Cemetery with The Rev. Bernard Helge of Sheridan officiating. 

A son of Alonzo and Minerva Brisco, he was a rancher all of his life and lived in the Sheridan community all of that time.  He did contract work for Shell Oil Co. from 1940-1949. 

He was married June 20, 1917 to the former Edna Green. 

His survivors include his daughter, Mrs. Jean Walker of Sheridan; four sons, Isam Jr., Harry and Lavo of Sheridan and Zane of Gonzlaes; one sister, Mrs. Eli Varley of Columbus; 11 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 1971, a son in 1925 and a granddaughter in 1968. 

Pallbearers were Clint Brisco, Lonnie Brisco, Reggie Brisco, Franklin Walker, Traylor Walker and Reggie Cope. (Should be Pope not Cope)

Honorary pallbearers were Charles Haines, Howard Criswell, Dewey Ashley, Jessie Taylor, Mark Poppe and Burt Franklin. 

Colorado County Citizen, July 20, 1978
Submitted by Regena Williamson

Brisco, Kevin Lavo

Kevin Brisco, 17, of Sheridan passes away March 31

Kevin L. Brisco, son of Lavo and Ruth Brisco of Sheridan, passed away last Thursday morning in Citizens Memorial Hospital in Victoria. Funeral services were held last Friday at 3:30 p.m. from the First United Methodist Church in Hallettsville with Reverend Gary Langston officiating. Interment followed in Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island. Pallbearers were Clint Brisco, Harry Brisco, Reggie Brisco, Reggie Pope, Franklin Walker, Tony Weid, John Meith and Traylor Walker. Kevin was born July 7, 1965 in Sheridan. Texas. He was a senior at Rice Consolidated Independent School District. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Future Farmers of America, and the Raider Band. He was also president of the Future Teachers of America and was listed in "Who's Who among American High School Students." Kevin is survived by his parents and one sister, Regina Brisco of Sheridan. Deepest sympathy at the loss of this loved one is expressed to the family.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 7, 1983
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Brisco, Mary Josephine (Williams)

Mrs. A. H. (Jose) Brisco

Mrs. A. H. “Jose” Brisco, of Sheridan, was born in Floresville, Texas on March 14, 1899 to Young and Sarah Flemmings Williams.

Mary Josephine Williams was united in marriage to A. H. “Bud” Brisco on February 18, 1917 in Sheridan. The family with their three oldest children moved to the Lissie community in 1922, later moving to Eagle Lake and raising their family there. After the death of her husband, Mrs. Brisco moved to New Summerfield, Texas, living in her trailer next door to her youngest daughter, Barbara. The last few months were spent with another daughter, Gertrude, in Berwick, Louisiana, where she died May 31 at 10 a.m. in a Louisiana hospital.

Mrs. Brisco dearly loved doing hand-work, to which despite her age, her eyesight permitted her to do many lovely pieces of hand-work; which included many beautiful quilt tops. Another pleasurable pasttime was her many photo albums of her family and all their activities. The three “chipper” little sisters thoroughly enjoyed being together, sharing their many family experiences and visiting their families.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, in 1972; a sister, Mrs. Alice Williams Cloud; one son, Billy Brisco; two daughters, Verna Brisco and Mrs. W. A. (Margie) Rooks; three grandchildren, Michael Wayne Brisco, Rusty Hall and Bertice Lee Dittrich.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Everitt (Clara Bell) Humbird of Alvin, Mrs. Minnie Melton of Edna; four daughters, Mrs. Frank (Eva Lee) Dittrich of Lissie, Mrs. Lee J. (Eve Lois) Neimeyer of Hockley, Mrs. Wayne (Gertrude) Sizemore of Berwick, Louisiana and Mrs. Billy H. (Barbara) Hall of New Summerfield; two sons, Leslie Lonzo and Jesse Monroe Brisco of Eagle Lake; ten grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were John Cryer, Larry Piekert, Freddie Walker III, Rober (Bobby) Rooks, Clharles and Frankie (Peanut) Brisco.

The service was held at Dulany Funeral Chapel on Sunday, June 2 at 3 p.m. conducted by Pastor Melburn Sibley. Burial was in Cheetham Cemetery. Clara May Nash, organist, accompanied Linda Ferguson, soloist, as she sang “Nearer My God To Thee” and “Shall We Gather at the River.”

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

The Eagle Lake Headlight, June 6, 1985
Submitted by Joyce Stancik

Brisco, Michael Wayne

Brisco Infant Buried Tuesday

Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at the Lee Dungen home here for Michael Wayne Brisco, six-week-old son of Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Brisco of Eagle Lake. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest with Rev. G. Wolf officiating and Untermeyer Bros. in charge of arrangements.

The infant, born here Oct. 6, died at an Eagle Lake hospital Monday morning. His mother is the former Evelyn Dungen.

Pallbearers were Gene Green, Glenn Gruetzmacher and W. J. and Norman Litzmann.

Colorado County Citizen, November 21, 1946

Brisco, Ruth Dale (Botard)


GONZALES - Ruth Dale Botard Brisco, 83, went to her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, July 15, 2009. She was born Jan. 12, 1926 in Lavaca County to Otto H. and Erna Boethel Botard.

Ruth was raised on a small black land farm by the Navidad River in Sublime. She graduated from Hallettsville High School and held a number of different jobs; she made belts at the old tannery in Yoakum, she was a waitress for a while in Houston, worked at the old hotel in Rock Island, and also worked at a grocery store in Sheridan. It was there that she met and married Zane G. Brisco on Christmas Day in 1944. Zane and Ruth moved to Gonzales in 1964. Ruth also helped Zane in the office at the Gonzales Livestock Auction. Ruth loved to work in her yard and tried to keep it as nice as possible. She liked to cook and enjoyed having people over to eat at her home. She was an active member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Gonzales.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Clinton G. and Mary Brisco, and her grandsons, Austin and Scott Brisco, all of Houston.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and brothers, Otto Lee, and Vernon Botard.

Funeral services will held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 18, 2009 in the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Gonzales with Pastor Ildiko Rigney officiating. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon in Myrtle Cemetery in rural Rock Island.

Pallbearers will be Bennie Lee Davis, David Kresta, Traylor Walker, Franklin Walker, Austin Brisco and Scott Brisco.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. this evening at Seydler-Hill Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, friends may make memorials to the First Lutheran Church, 1206 N. St. Joseph Street, Gonzales, Texas 78629.

Services are under the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home, 906 St. Paul, Gonzales, 830-672-3232.

The Victoria Advocate July 16, 2009
Contributed by Regena Williamson

Brisco, Sarah Jane (Varley)

Sheridan Column

The community lost its oldest resident Saturday night with the death of Ms. Sarah Brisco.  The 95 year old lady had been a resident of Sheridan since she was three years old.  Burial will be in Cheetham Cemetery, a long way form her birth-place of Harrison, Nebraska.  She leaves a very large family that includes four children, 29 grandchildren, 60 plus great-grandchildren, and 19 great-great grandchildren.  Three children preceded her in death as did her husband Sirca.  Services were held Tuesday, Oct. 20, from Kubena Funeral Home in Hallettsville.

Our deepest sympathy is extended to her family in the death of their loved one.

Colorado County Citizen, October 21, 1998
Submitted by Regena Williamson

Brisco, Sirca Joseph

Sirca J. Brisco of Sheridan Dies, Cheatham Burial 

SHERIDAN - Funeral services, for Sirca J. Brisco were held April 26 at 2 p.m. in Kubena Funeral home in Hallettsville, followed by a short graveside service, before interment in Cheatham cemetery at Sheridan, with Rev. Ray Campbell in charge. 

Mr. Brisco died in Youens hospital in Weimar at 8 p.m. April 24.

Born in Colorado county April 8, 1900, he was 68 years and 16 days of age.  A retired farmer and Shell Oil co. employee, he was the owner and operator of a small business in Sheridan the past few years.  He was married to Sarah Varley Nov. 3, 1919 at Wharton.

He is survived by his wfie: 3 sons, Raymond and Emmett Brisco, both of Houston and Edwin Brisco of Victoria: 3 daughters, Mrs. F.M. Wilson of Sheridan, Mrs. Charlie Allen of Hallettsville, Mrs. Robert Layton of Broussard, La.; 2 brothers, Herbert Brisco of Eagle Lake and Isam Brisco of Sheridan; 3 sisters, Mrs. Dora Bullard of Sheridan, Mrs. Doll Einkauf of Rock Island, Mrs. Alta Varley of Columbus, 28 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 

Mr. Brisco was preceded in death by his parents, Alonz and Minerva Peoples Brisco, one son, 2 brothers and 3 sisters. 

Colorado County Citizen, May 2, 1968
Submitted by Regena Williamson

Brisco, Verna

Miss Verna Briscoe Placed At Rest Saturday Afternoon

It is with sadness that we chronicle the death of Miss Verna Briscoe, 19, which occurred Friday morning after only a few days illness.

Verna had been employed at Henke and Pilots in Houston and returned to Eagle Lake for medical care. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. Briscoe of Sheridan. She was well known here where she attended school for a number of years. She had been employed in various places in the city before accepting a position in Houston.

The body rested in state at the Mill Funeral Home until the hour of services at 2:30 Saturday afternoon when the remains were carried to Sheridan [Cheetham Cemetery] for burial. The Rev. Chas.Culpepper Jr., of the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake conducted the last sad rites.

Besides the parents, other survivors include five sisters and two brothers, Barbara Lee, Gertrude, Eve Lois Briscoe at home, Mrs. Maggie Rooks, Houston, and Mrs. Eva Lee Dietrich, one brother, Lonnie Briscoe, in the service in France and Monroe Briscoe at home in Sheridan.

The many friends in this vicinity join the Headlight in extending tenderest sympathy to those who held her near and dear.

The Eagle Lake Headlight, September 22, 1944
Submitted by Joyce Stancik

Brisco, Zane Glea

Zane G. Brisco - GONZALES

GONZALES - Zane Glea Brisco, 80, of Gonzales, died Monday, May 9, 2005.

He was born Oct. 20, 1924, in Colorado County, to the late Isam and Edna Greene Brisco. He owned a grocery store and was a rancher. He was a co-owner of the Gonzales Livestock Auction for 30 years and a charter member and director of American National Bank. He was a member of TSCRA and NCBA and past president of Independent Cattlemen's Association of Gonzales County.

Survivors: wife, Ruth Dale Botard Brisco; son, Clint Brisco of Houston; sister, Zelda Ann Walker of Sheridan; brothers, Harry Brisco and Lavo Brisco, both of Sheridan; and two grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: brothers, Isam Brisco Jr. and Reginald Brisco.

The family will receive visitors 5-7 p.m. tonight at Seydler-Hill Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, the Rev. Leonard Shanklin officiating.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. at Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island. Seydler-Hill Funeral Home, Gonzales, 830-672-3232.

Memorials: Gonzales Youth Center

Victoria Advocate online, May 11, 2005.

Briscoe, Agatha "Aggie" (Frybert)


Agatha Frybert "Aggie" Briscoe, 73, of Eagle Lake and a resident of River Oaks Health Care Center of Columbus for the past four years, passed away Monday, Aug. 18, at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born in East Bernard, Wharton County, Sept. 25, 1929 to Joseph and Frances Matej Frybert. She had been a resident of Eagle Lake for most of her life where she was a member of the Roman Catholic Parish of the Nativity and the K.J.Z.T. Society of Our Lady of Perpetual Help No. 132 in Eagle Lake. She worked for Rice Drug Store for Louis Balas for 26 years, then for Miller Grocery for 11 years before retirement. She and Monroe Briscoe were married at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Eagle Lake on Jan. 24, 1951.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Mary Young, Mildred McGee and Loretta Morgan; brothers, Joe and Frank Frybert; and daughter-in-law, Margaret Briscoe.

Survivors include children Bill Briscoe and wife, Patricia, of Weimar, Charles Briscoe of Lake Jackson, Frank Briscoe and wife, Teresa, of Alleyton; eight grandchildren, Corey, Tyson, Hannah, Adam, Stephanie, Justin, Jessica and Noah; three great grandchildren, Ryan, Matthew and Dylan; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and loved ones.

Funeral Mass was conducted on Thursday, Aug. 21, at the Parish of Nativity's Our Lady of Perpetual Help Sanctuary, in Eagle Lake, with the Rev. Eddie

Winkler officiating. Interment followed at Lakeside Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Corey Briscoe, Tyson Briscoe, Adam Briscoe, John Young, Justin Briscoe and Johnny Prazak. Honorary pallbearers were Noah Briscoe and David Nickels.

In lieu of flowers memorials or Masses may be made to the Parish of the Nativity, P.O. Box 307, Eagle Lake, Texas 77434.

Colorado County Citizen, August 27, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Briscoe, Caroline Francis (Criswell )

March 17.---- The body of Mrs. A. Brisco was laid to rest on Friday, 14. Mrs. Brisco was 82 years old and born in Louisiana [South Carolina].  She leaves to mourn her loss six children, Mrs. Frank Morris, Mrs. Luke Edds, Mrs. Minnie Johnson, Juel Brisco, Joe briscoe and Lon Brisco, also 49 grandchildren and 48 great grandchildren. [Interment in Cheetham Cemetery]

The Colorado County Citizen, March 21, 1919
Contributed by Regena Williamson

Briscoe, Carrie

Sheridan News.

June 10.—Last Thursday evening the two months old infant of Jule Briscoe died very suddenly and was buried the following afternoon at the cemetery [Cheetham] at this place. The child had never been real strong, yet had never been very sick. I was noticed to be ill about three o’clock and assistance was immediately summoned but without avail as the little one died about five o’clock. We extend our sympathy to the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, June 14, 1912

Briscoe, Eddie L.

Eddie L. Briscoe

Eddie L. Briscoe, 62, well known resident of Sheridan died Thursday, March 11th, at 8 a.m., in Renger Memorial Hospital, Inc., in Hallettsville.

The body lay in state at the Kubena Funeral Home until 12:30 p.m., when the remains were removed to the First Baptist Church in Sheridan where services were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 14th.

Interment was in Cheetham Cemetery near Sheridan, with Rev. Edge officiating.

The deceased was a native of Sheridan, being born there Jan 30, 1903. He was a farmer and a rancher.

He is survived by his wife Virginia Mae Briscoe of Sheridan.

The following children, whose mother is Mrs. Hallie Briscoe of Corpus Christi, survive: 4 sons, Leonard of Hawaii, Edward of Fritch, Texas, Weldon of Sheridan and A.J. Briscoe of Powiona, California, tow daughters, Mrs. Lloyd (Celie) Spittler and Mrs. Vernon (Billie Jean) Keller, both of Corpus Christi: and three brothers, Bud Briscoe of Eagle Lake, Isam Briscoe of Sheridan, and Sircey Briscoe of Sheridan: three sisters, Mrs. Dora Bullard of Sheridan, Mrs. Doll Einkauf of Rock Island, and Mrs. Eli Varley of Columbus.

From files of Regena Williamson

Briscoe, Edward L. “Bud”


Edward L. "Bud" Briscoe, 63 of Eagle Lake, passed away peacefully, Thursday, December 6, at 10:35 p.m. at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital following a lengthy illness.

He was born September 5, 1927 in Goose Creek, Texas (near Baytown) to Elige Briscoe and Ferraby Selph Briscoe.  He had lived in Sheridan most all of his life and had resided in Eagle Lake for the past 7 years. 

Mr. Briscoe served with the U.S. Army in World War II and was discharged after having served in the Pacific Theater of Operation, a Corporal serving with the Army Air Corps. 9th Reconassance Squadron.

On June 17, 1950 he and Ernestine Klimple were married in Columbus.  His career spanned over 25 years in the oil field.  He worked his way through the ranks starting as rotary driller helper prior to the War and in later years he was promoted to salesman for Daily Oil Tools where he served for 19 years before retirement due to failing health. 

While working, Bud invented and earned a patent on a "jar" ( an oilfield specialty tool), which is now being used worldwide.

Mr. Briscoe was preceeded in death by his parents: a sister, Yvonne Botard; a brother, Mac Ray Briscoe.

Survivors include wife, Ernestine Briscoe, Eagle Lake; his children, Shelia and Jim Mathis, Silvia and Bobo Brune, all of Eagle Lake, Gary and Diane Briscoe, Austin, Wayne (Tiger) and Patti Briscoe of Bernardo; his sisters, Eunice New, Melva Dean Quinney and Sadie Waddell, all of Sheridan; eight grandchildren, Brent and Brandon Mathis, Cody and Cory Brune, Tracy, Brian and Scott Briscoe, and Clint Hudson; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of loved ones.

Funeral servicew were held on Saturday, December 8 from the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake with Rev. David Mann officiating, Interment followed in the Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan.

Pallbearers were; Walter Lee Bauer, J.A. Mathis, Sr., James Brune, Sr., Michael Grigar, Danny Stavinoha, Alan Uhlig and J.W. Janosek.  Honorary pallbearers named were John Stansbury, Robert Samuel Martin, J.B. Quinney, and Lawrence Rosniak. 

The Colorado County Citizen, December 19, 1990
Submitted by Regena Williamson

Briscoe, Elgie

Elgie Briscoe Funeral Set for Tuesday Afternoon

Final rites for Elige Briscoe, of Sheridan, have been announced for Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 o'clock at the Sheridan Baptist Church with the Rev. E.R. Dill officiating. Burial will follow in the Sheridan Cemetery. Kubena Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Briscoe died in the Renger Hospital September 29, 1957 at 9:30 p.m. at the age of 37 years, 11 months and 11 days.

Born at Sheridan he was married July 26, 1922 to Ferraby Selph at Hallettsville and they settled at Sheridan to make their home.

Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Edward Louis and Mack Ray Briscoe of Sheridan; four daughters, Mrs. Yvonne Botard of Sheridan, Mrs. Eunice Scott of Sheridan, Mrs. Melba Dean Quinney of Anahuac, Mrs. Sadie Briscoe of Sheridan; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jul. Briscoe of Sheridan; two sisters, Mrs. L.H. Helmke of Houston and Mrs. Bessie Shook of Anahuac; and 12 grandchildren.

From files of Regena Williamson

Briscoe, Ella “Nannie”(Gilcrease)


The saddest event of the new year occurred Saturday about 1 p.m. when Mrs. Jule Brisco passed into the Great Beyond.  Mrs. Brisco had been ill for a number of months.  She was well known and well loved in our community.  The funeral service was held at Mr. Jule Brisco's home Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock with Brother Lee Johnson of Rock Island officiating.  The body was laid to rest in the Cheetham Cemetery.  Those attending the funeral from out of town were:  Mr. and Mrs. Joe Shook of Goose Creek, Mr. and Mrs. L. Hemlke of Houston, Mr. and Mrs. Elige Briscoe of Kingsbury, Mr. Will See and children of Houston. 

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Shook returned to Goose Creek Sunday evening, after attending the funeral of Mrs. Shook's mother, accompanied by Miss Lahoma Brisco, we heard to day that they had a car wreck on the way, Mrs. Shook sustained injuries of the head.  The other escaped unhurt.

Mr. and Mrs. L. Hemlke returned to Houston after the funeral of Mrs. Hemlke [Helmke correct spelling ] mother Sunday afternoon. 

Colorado County Citizen, January 15, 1931
Contributed by Regena Williamson

Briscoe, Ermin Gail

Erman Gail Briscoe Is Victim of Asphyxiation

Funeral services for Erman Gail Briscoe, 26, of Smithville, son of Joe Briscoe of Sheridan and brother of Mrs. Dan Hooper Jr. of Rock Island, were held Monday afternoon in Sheridan, with burial in the Cheetham cemetery.

Mr. Briscoe was found dead in a tightly-shut car on the banks of the Navidad river Saturday, about 9 miles east of Hallettsville. A companion, Hubert Ray Mirick, 22, of Sublime, died in Renger hospital at Hallettsville without regaining consciousness.

It was believed that the 2 men set out a trotline in the river and went to their car to get warm, falling asleep with the engine running. The 2 deaths were ruled due to accidental asphyxiation.

Colorado County Citizen, March 8, 1962

Briscoe, Evelyn D. (Layton)

Evelyn D. Layton Briscoe

Oct 22, 1934-Jan 4, 1993

Evelyn D. Briscoe, age 58, of Victoria, passed away Monday, January 4, 1993, at 4:04 p.m., at the Citizens Memorial Hospital of Victoria following a sudden illness.

She was native of Yoakum, born on October 22,1934, to Louie W. Layton and Evelyn Williford Layton. On May 26,1950, she married James Ervin Briscoe in Columbus. She had been a resident of Victoria since 1965 where she managed the Christopher Inn for over 20 years. She was also a member of the North Gate Church of God in Victoria.

Survivors include, her husband; mother, Evelyn Layton of Rock Island; seven daughters, Jimmie Dale Sturm of Port Lavaca, Jeannie Barletta, Janet Castillo, Janelle Briscoe Reha and Debbie Briscoe, all of Victoria, Jackie Stockstill of Corpus Christi, and Kandi Briscoe of DeLeon; son, Ervin "Bubba" Briscoe of Midfield; sisters, Dorothy Lois Crawford of Livingston, Billie Dean Thomas of Shepherd, Donna Raye Williams of Houston, Ina Joy Kortz of Rock Island, and Cheryl Faye Ellison of Livingston; brothers, Farrell Dalton Layton of Rock Island, Royce W. Layton of Rosenberg, and Robert G. Layton of Sheridan; 15 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephew, other relatives and loved ones. She was preceded in death by her father; a grandson, James Robert Bass and an infant sister, Nona Joy Layton.

Funeral services were to be held 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 6, from the Dulany Funeral Home Chapel in Eagle Lake with Rev. Russell Kopp, Pastor of the North Gate Church of God officiating. Interment was to follow in the Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan.

Named as pallbearers were Jessie Allen, Michael Aiken, Christopher Castillo, Brad Myers, Robert Briscoe and Royce Layton Jr.

A faithful servant of her Lord, dedicated wife, mother, sister and daughter. She will be remembered and missed by all the lives she touched. The arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake. Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight; January 7, 1993
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Briscoe, Ferraby Abigail (Selph)

Ferraby Briscoe

Sheridan------Ferraby “Feb” Briscoe, 79, of Sheridan, died Thursday in a Weimar hospital.

She was born Jan. 27, 1906, in Colorado County to Mack and Laura Cole Selph.  She was a member of First Baptist Church, Sheridan.

The body will lie in state at Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, until 12:30 p.m. Saturday when it will be taken to the First Baptist Church, Sheridan, for 2 p.m. services.  The Rev. Robert Hessone will officiate.

Burial will be in Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan.

Surviving are three daughters, Eunice New and Melva Quinney, both of Sheridan, and Sadie Waddell of Bernardo, Texas; a son, Bud Briscoe of Eagle Lake; her mother, Laura Selph Vanderpool of Eagle Lake; two sisters, Opal Varley of Sheridan and Sadie Eaton of Sacramento, Calif.; 19 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, a son, a daughter, three brothers, three sisters and her father. 

Eagle Lake Headlight news clipping
Contributed by Regena Williamson

Briscoe, Florence (Gilcrease)

Last Rites Held for Mrs. Brisco

Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. for Mrs. Jule Brisco of Sheridan, who passed away Saturday at a Houston rest home.

The Rev. Max Keeble officiated at the services.  Burial was in the Sheridan Cemetery [Cheatham], Mill-Bauer Funeral Home of Eagle Lake was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include two step-daughters.  Her husband preceded her in death several years ago. 

Eagle Lake Headlight  December 7, 1961
Contributed by Regena Williamson

Briscoe, Hallie E. (Pustejovsky)

Hallie Briscoe, 84, of Texas City, died Sunday, March 29, 1987, in a Texas City nursing home.  She had several relatives in the Hallettsville area.

Born January 17, 1903, in Bryan, Texas, to William Pustejovsky and Albina Haveron Pustejovsky, she was a member of the Church of Christ.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at Kubena Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Ron Miller officiating.  Burial followed in Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan.

She is survived by four sons: Leonard Briscoe of Shreveport, La., Edward Briscoe of Friendswood, Weldon Brisco of Longview, and A.J. Briscoe of Montclair, Calif.: two daughters, Cecilia Spittler of Texas City, and Bill Jean Noratuk of Linwood, Wash.: five brothers: Owen, Harvey and Roy Pustejovsky, all of Sublime, Walter PUstejovsky of Temple and Claude Pustejovsky of Wichita Falls: two sisters, Mrytle Hudgeons and Ben Hornsby, both of Hallettsville: 17 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildre[sic] and 2 great great grandchildren.

Tribune Herald, April 3, 1987
Submitted by Regena Williamson

Briscoe, Henry

Sheridan Column

Our sympathy is extended to the family of Henry Briscoe of Sheridan who died Jan. 28 at the age of 62 in Youens Hospital.

Mr. Briscoe, lifetime resident of Sheridan, was born here Oct. 21, 1912.

He is survived by 4 sisters, Mrs. Harley Fuller, and Mrs. Woodrow West of Sheridan, Mrs. George Ripper ( Should be Ripple) of Weimar and Mrs. Ples Holster of Yoakum; 2 brothers, Joe Briscoe of Yoakum and Jack Briscoe or Weimar.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Mattie Briscoe, 2 brothers, Alvie and Willard Briscoe, and 2 sisters, Mrs. Howard Spittler and Mrs. Rufus Schezelski.

Funeral servicew were held from the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home in Eagle Lake with 10 a.m. services at the First Baptist Church in Sheridan Jan. 30 with Rev. Wade Graves in charge of the services.  Interment was in the nearby Cheetham Cemetery.

Colorado County Citizen, Feb 6, 1975
Submitted by Regena Williamson

Briscoe, Jack Dempsey


Funeral services for Mr. Jack D. Briscoe were held Saturday, July 20, at Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake with the Rev. Duane Contois of Schulenburg officiating. Interment for. Mr. Briscoe was in the Chesterville Cemetery.

Mr. Briscoe was born in Sheridan, July 4, 1919 to Joe and Mattie Briscoe. He was a World War II veteran, having served in Iceland, France, Austria and Germany with the Military Police. Mr. Briscoe was a member of the Weimar American Legion Post No. 259 and a member of the Weimar United Church of Christ. He had retired from Mobil Oill[sic] Company, Wilcox Plant, in Hallettsvill(e) in 1976 due to a severe heart attack which left him unable to continue employment.

Survivors include his wife,Jewel; daughters, Jacqueline Andel and Claudia Hawthorne; stepdaughter, Pat Meitzen; three grandchildren, Cristi and Eric Andel and Erin Hawthorne; sisters, Leona Rypple, Lorrane Holster, and Dorothy West; many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Pallbearers were nephews, Willard Horn, Tommy Taylor, Eugene Rypple, J. R. Holster, Charles Brasher, Benny Brasher, John Pilkington, and Glen Harbers.

Honorary pallbearers were fellow employees of Mobil Oil Company, Wilcox Plant in Hallettsville.

Colorado County Citizen, July 25, 1985

Briscoe, James “Jim”


Youth, Victim of Halloween Accident, Dies

After lingering in the hospital here since Halloween night, when he was accidentally shot in the head and eye, James Briscoe died this morning at 5:30. He was the victim of an accident which occurred at Sheridan, Colorado county, when he darted past a young man mounted on a horse with a gun across the saddle. His quick dash caused the horse to lurch to one side and discharged the gun. On being rushed to the Yoakum hospital for an operation at which part of his brains were removed,it was reported, leaving him without the senses of taste and smell. He lingered twenty -seven days, passing away at the age of 17 years, 11 months and 27 days.

Services were held for him here this morning at the Buffinton undertaking parlor by Rev. G. B. Strickler.

His remains were to be shipped to Sheridan today on number two from San Antonio. Announcement has been made that the burial will take place tomorrow. [Interment in Cheetham Cemetery] James Briscoe was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jule Briscoe of Sheridan, and was a school boy when the accident befell him.

His tragic injury and death are horrible to chronicle and the Herald extends its sympathy to his bereaved relatives and friends. -- Yoakum Herald, Nov. 28.

Weimar Mercury, December 8, 1922

Briscoe, James Ervin

James Ervin Briscoe - VICTORIA

James Ervin Briscoe, age 74, passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2005. He was born January 31, 1931 in Sheridan, Texas to the late Joseph Sirca and Sarah Varley Briscoe. James worked in the Oilfield as a salesman. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and received three Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. He was a member of Northgate Church of God. James was loved and known by many as 'Papa Briscoe'. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren play their baseball games. He will be greatly missed as a wonderful husband, Daddy, Papa and friend.

James was preceded in death by his first wife, Evelyn D. Briscoe; daughter, Kandi Hernandez; sister, Dorothy Wilson; brothers, Emmett Briscoe and Jessie Briscoe; grandson, Jamie R. Bass; and great-grandson, Cody Aiken.

He is survived by his wife, Cheryl Briscoe; daughters, Jimmie D. Sturm and husband, Ronnie, of Port Lavaca, Jeannie Bartletta and husband, Bud, Janet Tinker and husband, Danny, Jannelle Briscoe Reha and Debbie Briscoe all of Victoria and Jackie Stockstill and husband, Jack, of Whitney; son, Ervin D. Briscoe and wife, Sharon, of Louise; sisters, Lillian Allen of Hallettsville and Betty Layton of Sheridan; brother, Raymond Brisco of Spring Branch; 17 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; step-children, Kathy Nelson, Bobby Watson, David Watson, Mitchell Watson, Janelle Rickard and Jennifer White, all of Livingston, Texas; 12 step-grandchildren and 4 step-great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Tuesday, March 8, 2005. The Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 am Wednesday, March 9, 2005 at Colonial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Randy Franklin. Military Honors will be under auspices of Victoria County Veterans Council. Graveside services will follow at 1:00 pm in Sheridan, Texas at the Cheatham Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Brad Myers, Michael Aiken, Robert Briscoe, Christopher Castillo, Curtis Castillo, Jason Briscoe, David Watson and Robert Brian Layton. Honorary pallbearers are his Mall Coffee Buddies, his sons-in-law, Bud Barletta, Danny Tinker, Ronnie Sturm and Jack Stockstill; and Wayne Myers

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Diabetes Association or to the Veterans Association.

Victoria Advocate online, March 8, 2005

Briscoe, Jess

The remains of Mr. Jesse Brisco, who was shot and killed last Thursday at Silsby were shipped to this place and interred in the [Cheetham] cemetery here Saturday.  Mr. Briscoe formerly resided at this place, and has many friends, besides his parents and brothers and sisters, who deeply deplore his untimely end.  We extend our sympathy to the bereaved family in their sad [illegible].

Weimar Mercury, February 11, 1905
Submitted by Regena Williamson

Briscoe, Jesse


The 2-day-old infant of Mrs. Jesse Briscoe died and was buried here last Monday. At last report mother was critically ill. We sincerely trust she will soon recover her wanted health.

Weimar Mercury, February 18, 1905, page 8

Briscoe, Jewel (Horn) Brasher

Jewel Briscoe

Jewel Briscoe, 88, of Eagle Lake, passed away Friday, December 7.

She was born to Virgil and Ethel Horn on August 28, 1919, in Chesterville, Texas.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Pat and Johnny Meitzen; two step-daughters, Claudia Berman and Jackie Gonzales; three grandchildren, Cristi Cobia, Eric Andel and Erin Hawthorne; four great-grandchildren, Zack, Brittany, and Savannah Vasquez and Rebecca Andel; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceeded in death by her husband, Preston Brasher, who was killed in WW II; her second husband, Jack Briscoe; her parents, Virgil and Ethel Horn; her sister, Helen Pilkington Owen; and her brother, Willard Horn.

Jewel had resided at the Oaks Assisted Living in Columbus for the last 18 months and her friends and caregivers there had truly become part of her family.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Eagle Lake and greatly appreciated her pastor's visits.

Family graveside services will be held at Chesterville Cemetery.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 13th, 2007
Submitted by John Konesheck

Briscoe, Joe Lonzo

Joe Briscoe Funeral Held At Sheridan

Funeral services for Joe L. ("Brain") Briscoe, 77, were held Wednesday, Nov. 25, from First Baptist Church of Sheridan, with Rev. Steve Williams officiating. Burial was in Cheatham Cemetery.

Mr. Briscoe, brother of Jack Briscoe and Mrs. Leona Rypple of Weimar, was a carpenter and painter. He died at 2:30 a.m., Nov. 24 at Huth Memorial Hospital, Yoakum, after a lengthy illness.

Born March 18, 1904, at Sheridan, he was a son of Joe and Mattie (Gilcrease) Briscoe. He lived in Yoakum the past eight years.

He married Nora Lee Scott, who preceded him in death, as did two daughters, Jackie Delois and JoAnn, and one son, Erman Gail.

He is survived by: three daughters, Mrs. Doris Hooper of Rock Island, Mrs. Ramona Williams of Louisiana, Mrs. Vera Gent of Big Spring; two sons, Sammie Lee Briscoe of Houston and Jay L. (Nopie) Briscoe of Gonzales; three sisters, Mrs. Lou Rainey Holster of Yoakum, Mrs. Dorothy West of Sheridan and Mrs. Leona Rypple of Weimar; one brother, Jack Briscoe of Weimar; 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren and his faithful nurse and companion of many years Gussie Bortel of Yoakum.

Pallbearers were Ottie Botard, Jay Spiltler, I. W. Fuller, Norman Hooper, Emil Burger, and Max Rogers.

The Weimar Mercury, October 3, 1981
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Briscoe, Joe Reagan

Joe Brisco, 76, Funeral Held at Sheridan

Last rites for Joe Brisco, 76-year-old resident of Sheridan, were held Tuesday afternoon at the Sheridan Baptist church with Rev. M. F. Dollar officiating. {Interment was in the Cheetham Cemetery.]

The retired farmer died at the family residence early Monday. Surviving are his widow; six daughters, Mrs. Harley Fuller and Mrs. Wilbur Willis both of Sheridan, Mrs. George Ripple of Weimar, Mrs. Ples Holster of Yoakum, Mrs. R. L. Schedski of Richards and Mrs. H. B. Spittler of Caldwell; five sons, Olvie, I. I., Henry, Jack and Willard Brisco; a sister, Mrs. Minnie Johnson of Oklahoma; and one brother, Jewel Brisco of Sheridan.

Mr. Brisco was born in Mississippi and came to Colorado county when he was quite young. He was a member of the Baptist church.

Colorado County Citizen, October 3, 1946

Briscoe, John

Sheridan News

March 25.—A most deplorable accident happened in Cheetham last Thursday evening about three o'clock. It seems that Buel Sheridan was driving their horses into the lot, when John Briscoe asked Buel to let him drive them in. Buel dismounted and John started to drive the horses up and in some manner the .horse he was riding began running and ran into a fence that had been put up that morning and horse and rider were thrown violently to the ground, the boy falling thirty-six feet from the fence. John was picked up unconscious and a physician was sent for and everything that could be done here was done, then on Saturday evening his mother took him to the Baptist Sanitarium in Houston and it was found that the skull was fractured and an operation was performed but it was too late and Johnny died Sunday night about eight o'clock without ever regaining consciousness. The remains were brought to Cheetham today and will be interred in the Cheetham cemetery tomorrow (Tuesday)at three o’clock. Johnny was fourteen years old last September and was the only son of his widowed mother, his father having been dead about six years. He leaves a mother and an only sister besides numerous relatives and friends to mourn his untimely end. The unfortunate tragedy has cast a gloom of sadness over the entire neighborhood and their many friends join us in extending the heart-broken mother and sister our heartfelt sympathy in their awful bereavement.

Weimar Mercury, March 28, 1913, page 2

Briscoe, Johnie

Johnie Briscoe, long time resident of Sheridan, passed away October 29 in the Youens Hospital in Weimar. He was born May 25, 1925 in Sweet Home to Alvie and Othie Briscoe. Johnie had many friends and relatives who will miss his warm smile and friendly ways. Graveside services at Cheatham Cemetery were conducted by Rev. Robert Hessong.

Eagle Lake Headlight, November 15, 1984
Contributed by Regena Williamson

Briscoe, Jule

Last Rites Held for Jule Briscoe

Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. Monday afternoon Jan. 23rd for Jule Briscoe, 86, a longtime resident of the Sheridan Community.  Mr. Briscoe passed away at his home Sunday evening after a relatively short illness. 

Last rites were held from the Sheridan Church of Christ with Gary Scott officiating.  Interment was made in the Cheatham Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers were Harry Earl See of Houston, Emmett Shook of Beaumont, B.J. Bures (Burris), Isam Briscoe Jr., Zane Briscoe and Bud Briscoe of Sheridan.  Mill-Bauer Funeral Home of Eagle Lake was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Briscoe was born on Mar. 7, 1874 to Albert Briscoe and Caroline Criswell in Lavaca County, but spent most of his life in the Sheridan area.

Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. L H. Helmke of Houston and Mrs. Joe Shook of Anahuac; fourteen grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. Four children preceded him in death.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 26, 1961
Contributed by Regena Williamson

Briscoe, Leonard J.

Leonard Brisco

Hallettsville----Leonard J. Brisco, 58, of Shreveport, La., died at 12:35 p.m. Friday in a Shreveport hospital.

He was born April 23, 1930, in Colorado County, son of the late eddie L. and Hallie Pustejovsky Brisco.  He retired from the U.S. Marine Corps after 21 years of service.

A member of the Church of Christ, he was also a member of the American Legion, and veteran of both the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War.

He married the former Leona Geer.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Kubena Funeral Chapel in Hallettsville with Ron Miller officiating.

Burial with full military honors by the Corpus Christi Marine Division will be in the Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan.

Friends may call at Kubena Funeral Home after 4 p.m. Monday.

Surviving are his wife, Leona Brisco of Shreveport; three daughters, Tammey Jane Webber and Sharon Murov, both of New Orleans, La., and Eva Joyce Gullo of Shreveport; a son, Leonrad J. Brisco II of Shreveport; two sisters, Celia Spittler of Texas City, and Billie Jean Norapuk of Lynwood, Wash.; three brothers, Eddie Brisco of Friendswood, Weldon Brisco of Longview and Albert J. Brisco of Montclair, Calif.; and eight grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Kubena Funeral Home of Hallettsville.

Victoria Advocate, January 29, 1989
Contributed by Regena Williamson

Briscoe, M. L. “Lee”


M. L. "Lee" Briscoe, 83, of Columbus, passed away April 19 at River Oaks Health Care Center.

He was born to Tennie West and Marion Briscoe on June 21, 1921 in Angleton.

Briscoe was employed as Colorado County Auditor for 29 years before establishing a business in accounting and real estate. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and returned to graduate from the University of Texas with a degree in business administration. During his lifetime, he was active in numerous organizations. He was a Master Mason of 52 years of the Eagle Lake Lodge 366, a member of the Colorado Valley Shrine Club, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6113, Ducks Unlimited, National Rifle Association, International Committee of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the First Baptist Church of Columbus. He was a lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo, Texas Trailride Association, University of Texas Alumnus, Magnolia Homes Tour and the Colorado County Fair Association.

He was preceded in death by his son, Larry Werland; and brothers Clyde and Griff Sparks.

He is survived by his wife, Dora; daughter, Daphne Kujawa and husband, Steve, of Humble; sister, Eunice Newlin and husband, Jack, of Houston; sister, Ruth Bly of Rosharon; grandsons Michael and Trinity Kujawa of Humble; granddaughter, Janna Chovanec and husband, Stephen, of Houston; great-grandson, Eric Kujawa, of Humble; and sister-in-law, Bonnie Craft and husband, Jim, of Bay City.

Funeral services were conducted at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, April 23. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Duckie Andrus, Kenneth Brune, Clinton Voelkel, Ditt Harrison, Gus Miller, John and Wade Gibson, Ernest "Bub" Baumgart, Maurice Barclay and Charles Moeller.

Honorary Pallbearers were Michael Kujawa, Trinity Kujawa, Steve Kujawa, Stephen Chovanec, Jim Craft, Henry Potter, Dr. Kirk Anderson, Dr. Tom Hancher, and Dr. Cecil Marburger.

Colorado County Citizen, April 20, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Briscoe, Mack Ray "Honey Boy"

“Honey Boy” Briscoe Dies After Auto Accident Near Sugarland

Mack Ray (Honey Boy) Briscoe, 34, of Sheridan, died in Ben Taub Hospital in Houston, Monday, January 18th, after he suffered injury in a two car collision near Sugarland, Monday, Jan. 18th.

“Honey Boy”, as many people knew him, was injured in an auto accident about fourteen years ago on Highway 77-A, west of Hallettsville near Mustang Bridge, and his injuries left him an invalid.  He spent the past fourteen years in a wheelchair. 

Frequently he was taken by relatives for examination by a Houston physician.  Monday was one of these times, and he checked out satisfactory as usual.

However, on his way back to Sheridan with Lee Emmett Botard, who was the driver of their car, and Darrell Quiney[sic] and Oscar Tesch, their care was in a collision with another car at the intersection of Highsways 6, 59, and 90-A near Sugarland, at 3:00 p.m.  They were riding in a 1966 Ford sedan, Mr. Botard said the other car allegedly ran a stop signal and suddenly appeared in front of them.

Contrary to a rumor, Honey Boy was not thrown from their car.  He suffered a broken shoulder and head bruises, evidently when he slid to the floor board in the impact.

An ambulance carried him back to the Institute of Rehabilitation and Research Hospital, where he received necessary treatment for the shoulder injury.  Two hours later the ambulance then carried him to the Sadie Waddell home in Houston, at 8:45 p.m., Mrs. Waddell is his sister.

On the way to the Waddell home in the ambulance, Honey Boy passed into semi-conscious and the ambulance then carried him to Ben Taub Hospital in Houston where he died at 12 midnight.

Mack Ray Briscoe was an outstanding baseball prospect at the time he was injured fourteen years ago.  He played baseball on the Hallettsville town team after leaving Sheridan High School with an outstanding record in all athletics.  At the time of his injury years ago, Briscoe had started in semi-pro baseball in California under the Campbell Soup Co. program for young ball players.  He was recognized as one of the finest baseball prospects, as a catcher and hitter, this area ever produced.  He never had the chance to prove himself.

The body lay in state at the Kubena Funeral Home in Hallettsville, until 1:00 p.m., when it was taken to Sheridan Baptist Church for services at 2 p.m. Wed., Jan. 20th. Interment was in Cheatham Cemetery near Sheridan.  Rev. Ray Campbell officiated.

Briscoe was born in Arp, Texas, Jan. 29, 1936, and lived most of his life at Sheridan.

Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Ferraby (Selph) Briscoe, of Sheridan; one brother, Edward Briscoe, of Sheridan; four sisters, Mrs. Lee (Yvonne) Botard, of Sheridan, Mrs. G.B. (Eunice) New of Sheridan, Mrs. J.B. (Melba Dean) Quinney of Sheridan and Mrs. Donald (Sadie) waddell of Houston.  A large group of nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews also survive. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Elige Briscoe.

Pallbearers for Honey Boy’s funeral were Wesley Buchanek, Gene Judd, Ervin Brisco, Weldon Brisco, Don Free and Larry Varley.

Lavaca County Tribune Herald January 22, 1971
Contributed by Regena Williamson

Briscoe, Margaret Mary (Dornak)

Margaret Mary Briscoe, 47,of Angleton,passed away suddenly Saturday, June 22, 2002, at her residence.

Born in El Campo, on August 28, 1954, age was the daughter of Adolph and Evelyn Kosler Dornak.

She had been a resident of Eagle Lake for over 15 years before moving to Angleton five years ago.

Margaret was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church of Angleton.

Survivors include her husband, Charles Michael Briscoe; son, Noah Matthew Briscoe; daughter,Jessica Nicole Nickels and husband, David; sisters and brothers-in -law, Lois Svoboda, Karen Cranek, Verna and Bubba Petrash, and Nelda and Bill Schmidt; brother, Larry Dornak and wife, Delores; other relatives and a host of loved ones.

A Rosary was held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada. A second Rosary was to follow at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, from the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake.

Following cremation, the family will assemble for memorial services and committal services at a later date.

Dulany Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Sympathy is extended to the family.

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 27, 2002

Briscoe, Mattie Martha (Gilcrease)

Mrs. Joe Brisco, 69, Funeral is Held

SHERIDAN -- Mrs. Joe Brisco died Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in the Laughlin Hospital in Eagle Lake following a stroke.  She was 69.

Last rites were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the First Baptist church here with Rev. William Lee of Hempstead in charge.  Burial was in the Cheatham cemetery.

Mrs. Brisco is survived by 7 children and 3 step-childern.  They are Mrs. Web Willis, Mrs. Rufus Sechelski, Henry Brisco and J.L. Brisco, all of Sheridan; Mrs. Plas Holster of Yoakum, Mrs. George Rypple of Weimar, Jack Brisco of Eagle Lake, Mrs. Maude Fuller or Sheridan, Mrs. Howard Spittler of Caldwell and Alvie Brisco of Cuero. 

The Colorado County Citizen, Sept 22, 1955
Submitted by Regena Williamson

Obituary for Mrs. Mattie Briscoe

Mrs. Mattie Briscoe passed away at the Laughlin Hospital in Eagle Lake Sunday evening Sept. 18th at 3:45 p.m.

Mrs. Briscoe suffered a stroke at her home in Sheridan Friday, September 9th and was taken to the hospital the following Monday.

The deceased was born February 15, 1886 at Goliad, Texas the daughter of Sylvester and Tiny Gilcrease.  She came to Sheridan at an early age where she later married Joe R. Briscoe.  Eight children were born to this union seven of whom survive as follows:

Joe L. Briscoe, Mrs. Wilbur Willis, Mrs. Rufus Schelski and Henry Briscoe, all of Sheridan: Jack D. Briscoe of Eagle Lake: Mrs. George Rypple of Weimar: Mrs. Pleas Holster of Yoakum.  Also surviving are three stepchildren, Mrs. Harley Fuller of Sheridan, Mrs. Howard Spittler of Caldwell and Alvie D. Briscoe of Cuero thirty-eight grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews: and one sister, Mrs. Florence Briscoe of Sheridan.  Friends join in extending sympathy to the family in the loss of their loved one.

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 29, 1955
Contributed by Regena Williamson

Briscoe, Monroe

Monroe Briscoe, 63, of Eagle Lake, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 1994 in Eagle Lake.

Born Dec. 17, 1930, in Lissie, Wharton County, he was the son of Albert H. and Mary J. (William) Briscoe. He was a lifetime resident of the Eagle Lake area, and a graduate of Eagle Lake High School. On Jan. 25, 1951, he married Agatha Frances Frybert. He served with the National Guard from 1951-1954. He retired from Central Power and Light Company in 1986 after 36 years of service in the Eagle Lake and El Campo districts. He was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church of Eagle Lake, Eagle Lake Council 4843 Knights of Columbus and a 30-year member of the Eagle Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 12, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church with Rev. Father Eddie Winkler officiating. Interment followed at Lakeside Cemetery, Eagle Lake. Services were under the direction of Dulany funeral Home, Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Ronnie Miller, Frank Kacal, Johnny Prazak, Larry Contreras, John Young and Joe Mike Spanihel.

Mr. Briscoe is survived by his wife, Aggie, of Eagle Lake; sons and daughters-in-law Billy and Patricia Briscoe of Mansfield, LA, Charles and Margaret Briscoe of Eagle Lake, Frankie and Theresa Briscoe of Alleyton; sisters Eva Niemeyer of Columbus, Barbara Hall of Sommerville, Gertrude Sizemore of Patterson, LA, Eva Lee Dittrich of Eagle Lake; seven grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones.

Colorado County Citizen, February 16, 1994
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Briscoe, Nora L. (Scott)

Services at Cheetham For Mrs. Briscoe

Rock Island, July 3---Burial services for Mrs. Brian [should be Brain] Briscoe, former Rock Island resident, were held at the Cheetham cemetery Sunday afternoon with a large number of relatives from out of town in attendance. 

Mrs. Briscoe died at her home in Houston last week.

The Colorado County Citizen, July 4, 1946
Submitted by Regena Williamson

Briscoe, Virginia Mae (Evans)

Mrs. Virginia Mae Briscoe Passes Away

Our sympathy to the family of Mrs. Virginia Mae Briscoe of Sheridan, who passed away January 3, 1979, at 6 p.m., in the Renger Hospital of Hallettsville. Mrs. Briscoe would have been 60 years of age on the 16th of January.

Services were held at 2 p.m. January 5 at the Kubena Funeral Home in Hallettsville with Robert Willis of Victoria and pastor of the Church of Christ at Sheridan officiating., Interment was in the Cheatham Cemetery near Sheridan.

Survivors are: three sisters, Mrs. Connie Raska of Yoakum, Mrs. Nika Pohl of Hallettsville, and Mrs. Edith Costello of Ft. Worth; two brothers, Elijah Evans of Ervin, Texas and Tom Evans of Hallettsville, Texas.

Pallbearers were: C. C. Cole, G. A. Loner, Glen Leigh, Harry Brisco Sr., Otis Warren and William Warburton, all members of the Church of Christ in Sheridan.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 11, 1973
Sheridan News by Mrs. G. H. Holub
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