The Port Arthur News
Port Arthur, Texas
November 26, 1968
IRA ALLEN THORLA RITES WEDNESDAY
Funeral services for Ira Allen THORLA, Sr., 83, who made his home in Port Acres with his daughter-in-law, Mrs.
Howard [Mildred M. (INGLES)] THORLA of 3148 59th street, will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Levingston Funeral Home chapel.
Mr. THORLA died Monday [November 25, 1968] at 1 p.m. of a sudden illness at the 59th street address where he had lived since September,
moving here from Louisiana.
Officiating will be the Rev. W. B. CARRAWAY, pastor of the Trinity Baptist church of Port Arthur. Burial will be in
Oak Bluff Memorial park in Port Neches.
Mr. THORLA, a former lumber company employee in Louisiana, was a native of Mount Ayers (sic), Iowa. He was a member of the
Baptist faith. His son, Howard THORLA, preceded him in death.
Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Mildred [THORLA] LaCROIX of Alvin and Mrs. Edith [THORLA] DOUGHTY of Trout, La.;
two sons, Tom THORLA of Trout and Ira THORLA, Jr., of Arlington, Tex.; three sisters, Mrs. Bessie [Bessie Irene
THORLA] HANEY, Mrs. Eloise [Emma Eloise THORLA] WALLIS and Mrs. Olla [Meribah Viola THORLA] PROVIDENCE, all of
Odessa; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Ira Allen THORLA, son of Amos Hughes THORLA (1859-1954) & Mary Elizabeth (McBRIDE) THORLA
(1862-1934), was born January 27, 1882, Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa. He married in Sabine Parish, LA on
January 18, 1908 to Lula May GOSS (1891-1932). Their son Howard Claywilder THORLA was born Febuary 16, 1909, and died
June 5, 1968, Jefferson, Texas. Mildred M. (INGLES) THORLA was born August 15, 1917, and died May 20, 2004,
Port Arthur, Texas.
Bessie Irene (THORLA) HANEY, born 05 Apr 1895, Mount Ayr IA; died 16 Feb 1989, Odessa TX
Emma Eloise (THORLA) WALLIS, born 16 Dec 1904, Fisher LA; died at Odessa TX
Meribah Viola (THORLA) PROVIDENCE, born 05 Dec 1898, Shannon Co. MO; died 27 Feb 1983, Odessa TX
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