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Ivy Earl McLemore

Male 1918 - 2003  (84 years)


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  • Name Ivy Earl McLemore  [1
    Born 15 Mar 1918  Jasper County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 12 Mar 2003  Jasper, Jasper County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Zion Hill Cemetery, Jasper, Jasper County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • McLemore, Teletype operator for AP with keen eye for detail by Lynwood Abram Houston Chronicle

      Ivy Earl McLemore, a Teletype operator, traffic manager and proofreader for the Associated Press for 42 years, died Wednesday in a Jasper convalescent home after a 35-year battle with cancer. He was 84.

      In 1968, McLemore was diagnosed with colon cancer. Over the ensuing years, he underwent three operations, but ultimately the cancer spread, said his son Ivy Bernard McLemore of Houston, former executive sports editor of the Houston Post.

      An AP official once called Ivy Earl McLemore "the quickest and most accurate Teletype operator the AP had ever come across," his son said.

      Although he was never a reporter or editor, McLemore had a keen eye for errors and omissions in news stories, and often helped the reporters improve their writing.

      "He didn't write himself, but he knew excellent copy, and he was a great one for factual detail," his son said.

      Born in Jasper, McLemore grew up in the family home which dated from 1888.

      After graduating from Jasper High School in 1936, McLemore landed a job in the mail room of the Beaumont Enterprise. Shortly thereafter the AP hired him as a Teletype operator and wire clerk.

      In 1940 he began working for the AP in Houston, where he served in the AP office in the Houston Chronicle newsroom.

      He was there on Dec. 7, 1941, when Japanese planes bombed Pearl Harbor. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as an air traffic controller. While stationed in Pampa, McLemore survived the crash of an Air Corps training plane. He later served in France and Italy.

      McLemore witnessed the transformation of news writing from manual typewriters to electric typewriters and ultimately to computers.

      Beginning in the 1950s, McLemore serviced AP Teletypes in offices of newspapers and radio and TV stations and other clients in the Houston area.

      After he retired in 1979, McLemore returned to Jasper, where he lived on and farmed on 12 acres, known as Azalea Forest, growing tomatoes, okra, sugar cane, strawberries and other crops.

      A talented gardener, he won prizes and awards at county and state fairs for his tomatoes, his son said.

      His former wife, Carmen Albacete McLemore died in 1995.

      Besides his son, McLemore is survived by two sisters, Irma Brauninger of Beaumont and Marie Hicks of Jasper; three brothers, John D. McLemore of Kemp, Tommie McLemore of Bartlett, Tenn, and Bobbie McLemore of Jasper.

      Visitation will be from 10 am until noon Saturday, McLemore's birthday, at Stringer and Griffin Funeral Home in Jasper. The funeral will be at 2 pm Saturday at Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Jasper.
    Person ID I3381  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Father Ivy Augustus McLemore,   b. 4 Dec 1888, Erin, Jasper County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Dec 1980, Jasper County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Mother Kate Elizabeth Sims,   b. Dec 1893, Jasper County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1978, Jasper County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 84 years) 
    Married 24 Apr 1907  Jasper County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • He married Kate Elizabeth Sims 9-4-1910, the sister of his brother Frank's wife. He later bought her father's farm where he and Kate lived out their lives. (Nan Kittell).
    Family ID F1320  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Doris Stewart,   b. Aft 1918,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 1 Jun 1940  Jasper County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Last Modified 9 Dec 2006 
    Family ID F1968  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Carmen Ines Albacete,   b. 17 Jun 1920,   d. 10 Feb 1995, Houston, Harris County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married Bef 1957 
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Carmen Lisa McLemore,   b. 3 Oct 1962, Houston, Harris County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Nov 1993, Harris County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years)
    Last Modified 9 Dec 2006 
    Family ID F1969  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Living 
    Last Modified 9 Dec 2006 
    Family ID F1970  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Mar 2003 - Jasper, Jasper County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Zion Hill Cemetery, Jasper, Jasper County, Texas Link to Google Earth
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  • Headstones
    McLemore, Ivy Earl
    McLemore, Ivy Earl

  • Sources 
    1. [S163] Kittell, Nan McCoy--Samuel McFarland McLemore and Descendants, Living Family History (Unpublished typescript ca. 1984, updated periodically).