Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sunday's Obituary - Elmore A. Sisk (1903-1961)

Elmore Allen Sisk was born in Texas on 21 September 1903 and died in Houston, Harris County, Texas, on 16 January 1961. He was married to my first cousin (once removed), Doris W. Martindale. I think it's interesting that all employees of the Houston Transit Company were honorary pallbearers; at his death, he was employed there as a cashier.


Elmore A. Sisk, of 5243 Jefferson, died Monday morning in a local hospital. Member of Temple Lodge No. 4, AF&AM. Survivors: wife, Mrs. Doris Sisk. Sons, Elmore A. Sisk Jr., Thomas E. Sisk; parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Sisk; brothers, Leroy Joe Sisk, Wallace Sisk; sisters, Mrs. J. D. Singleton, Mrs. Bob Tiller; five grandchildren Services 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Boulevard Chapel. Burial, Forest Park Cemetery with Mason services. Pallbearers: W. F. McNeese, J. T. Neyland, H. C. Murph, J. H. Heaton, T. S. Stewart, J. C Traylor Honorary Pallbearers, all employees of the Houston Transit Co., Boulevard Funeral Home.”

Texas, death certificate no. 02906 (1961), Elmore A. Sisk; digital image, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, "Texas Deaths, 1890-1976," FamilySearch Record Search ( : accessed 5 Jul 2012).  

Undated obituary for Elmore A. Sisk from unidentified newspaper, Spurlock, Mamie Olive (Martindale), Scrapbook, ca 1950-1970; privately held by Cheryl Anne (Chaney) Beaver, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Lone Grove, Oklahoma. 2010. Photocopy in possession of Denise Spurlock.]

© 2012 Denise Spurlock


  1. I've seen a number of obits with honorary pallbearers, but never an entire company.

    1. I can't imagine it was a very large company, but really don't know! But I think it's a good indicator of the esteem in which they held Mr. Sisk.