Sunday, January 1, 2012

Sunday's Obituary: Isaac Owen Wallen 1955

Isaac Owen Wallen was the son of Isaac Newton and Mary Frances (Sutton) Wallen and the nephew of my paternal great, great grandfather, William M. Wallen. Isaac married 1) Pearl McClain on October 8, 1905 in Ardmore, Chickasaw Nation (now Carter Co.), Oklahoma. He married 2) Freddie Alice Webb on May 29, 1924 in Sulphur, Murry Co., Oklahoma. There were no children from either marriage. 

This obituary was transcribed and sent to me by my fourth cousin Connie - great, great granddaughter of Isaac Newton and Mary Frances Wallen. Her ancestor was Andrew Jackson Wallen, brother of Isaac Owen Wallen. Connie has the clipping in her possession and says she thinks it came from a Sulphur newspaper. 

"Funeral services for Isaac Owen Wallen, 71, well known Murray county resident since 1910, were conducted from the First Free Will Baptist Church here Thursday morning of last week at 10 o'clock with Rev. Vard Wood officiating.  Wallen, who was well known as a peace officer here for many years, passed away suddenly at his home Tuesday of last week, November 22 at 7:45 p.m..  Wallen was born in Denton county Texas on April 12, 1884 and moved as a small boy to Indian Territory, residing first in Carter county.  Before coming to Murray county in 1910, Wallen served as a deputy sheriff in Carter county.  For about 20 years, Wallen was employed on the staff of Platt National Park here and he later served a number of additional years as Chief of Police in Sulphur and was also a member of the Sulphur Fire Department.  He was a member of the East Side Free Will Baptist church and the Odd Fellows Lodge.  In addition to his wife, Mrs. Freddie Wallen, of the home address, he is survived by one sister, Mrs. Lillie Hulsey, Waynoka, Oklahoma and several nieces and nephews, including Raymond Wallen and Mrs. C. R. Wilson of Sulphur.  Interment was in the Oaklawn cemetery with the Dunn Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements. Members of the Odd Fellows Lodge served as active and honorary pall bearers and members of the Sulphur Police force were also honorary bearers.   Throughout his long residence in Murray County, Mr. Wallen acquired a wide circle of friends and acquaintances, all of whom were grieved by his passing."


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