Henry New Year NORRIS Mary Bell NORRIS Chester NORRIS Pearl NORRIS Hatler Leslie NORRIS Lino Onil NORRIS Edgar Lee DIXON Thomas Jefferson GREEN June Eldon WHALIN Henry Brantley NORRIS Lucinda NORRIS Zeddie E NORRIS Eddie Z NORRIS Lucinda Elizabeth GRIFFITH Mini tree diagram
Alpha Odela NORRIS

Alpha Odela NORRIS1,2,3,4,5,7,8,6,7

30th Jun 19031,2,3,4,5,6,7 - 10th Apr 19791,8,6,7

Life History

30th Jun 1903

Born in Parker County, Texas.1,2,3,4,5,6,7

May 1918

Married Edgar Lee DIXON in Parker County, Texas.9


Resident in Justice Precinct 1, Parker, Texas.5

about 1926

Married Thomas Jefferson GREEN in Texas.2

before 1926

Divorced from Edgar Lee DIXON.2

30th Apr 1971

Death of Thomas Jefferson GREEN in Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas.6,10

10th Apr 1979

Died in Tarrant County, Texas.1,8,6,7

after 10th Apr 1979

Buried in Aledo Cemetery, Aledo, Parker County, Texas.7

Other facts


Married June Eldon WHALIN


  • We learn Alpha's middle name and birth date from some undocumented family genealogies, like the following

    Alpha Odela NORRIS
    Born 30 JUN 1903 Parker Co, Texas
    Death 10 APR 1979 Parker, Texas [though her death record reports death was in neighboring Tarrant County; residence was in Parker]
    Henry New Year Norris 1845-1925
    Lucinda Elizabeth Griffith 1869-1949
    --  Debbie Harris, Wiley-Fletcher-Hogg, Ancestry, https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/45379508/person/6353915038/facts

    But other sources spell the name as we might expect:  Odelia.  This is her name in the 1930 census.

    "Alpha Odela Norris is correct, if you spell Odela backwards, you have Aledo!  [Aledo is a town in Parker County, Texas, where they lived.]  Henry N. Y. got fancy with his last two daughters.  Lino Onil, born 1898, is a word spelled forward and backwards."
    --  Email from Evlyn Broumley to Wanda Cox, 29 July 2008

    In a continuing series of email conferencing by several of us researching the Norris, Yeary, Jackson, Green and related families, a descendant, however, reports that the proper form of her name is in fact Odela, not Odelia.  In the process she gives some information on the family naming tradition.

    1930 Federal Census, Tarrant County, Texas, 28 (April?), Ft Worth Ward 16E, District 68, page 105A, 4513 El Campo St, Hse #149, Fam #159
    Green, Jeff Head Owns Home $5000 value M W 27  Married at age 23  TX GA AL Salesman, Gulf Oil Company [b abt 1907]
    Green, Odelia Wife F W 27 Married at age 23  TX IL TX Nurse, Dr. Office [b abt 1907,  m abt 1926]

    Some undocumented sources indicate that Alpha had a third husband name Eddie Whalen.  Several of us working in July-August 2008 were unable to find any documentary reference or genealogy with any details on this name.  But info was found on one June Eldon Whalin.  Whalin was Odela's name at the time of her death.

    June Eldon Whalin
    Birth 04 JUN 1907 Kentucky, USA
    Death 13 FEB 1991 Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas
    John Mc Whalin 1862-1937
    Cornelia A. Bledsoe 1872-1910
    Spouse Alpha Odela Norris 1903-1979
    --  Neighbors Genealogy, http://person.ancestry.com/tree/12307804/person/12485148656/facts

    Texas Death Index, 1903-2000
    Alpha Whalin
    Death 10 Apr 1979 Tarrant County

    U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014
    Odela Whalin
    Born 30 Jan 1903
    Died Apr 1979
    Last Residence Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas 76126
    SSN 464-09-1743 issued Texas - Before 1951

    Alpha "Odela" Norris Whalin
    Birth 30 Jan 1903 Parker County, Texas
    Death 10 Apr 1979 (aged 76) Tarrant County, Texas
    Burial Aledo Cemetery, Aledo, Parker County, Texas
    Henry New Year Norris 1845-1928
    Lucinda Elizabeth Griffith Norris 1869-1949
    Spouse June "Eldon" Whalin 1907-1991
    Infant Norris 1888-1888
    Mary Belle Norris Wiley 1889-1973
    Chester Norris 1892-1892
    Pearl Norris Yeary 1894-1950
    Hatler Leslie Norris 1895-1963
    Onil Lino Norris Whitmire 1898-1970
    Henry Brantley Norris 1905-1982
    Lucinda Norris 1907-1907
    Eddie Norris 1908-1908
    Created by Cheryl 19 Feb 2011
    --  Find A Grave Memorial 65872866, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/65872866/alpha-%22odela%22-whalin


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