Robert Frank McCullough was born January 10, 1915, in the weaning house, a two-room house, located 200 yards west of his grandparents’ home, two miles west of Sidney, Comanche County, Texas. He was the third child of Robert Henry McCullough and Edna Clara (Redwine) McCullough. Robert went to the Sidney School through the tenth grade. At that time, because of his father’s illness, he had to quit and help take care of the family’s fifty-four-acre farm.
Frank met Eula Mary Scott when her family bought a seventy-six and one-half-acre farm adjacent to the McCullough farm. Mary was born February 21, 1923, at home on the Bryson Ranch in Brysonville, Comanche County, Texas. She was the first of the four children born to Alexander Delbert and Eula (Carson) Scott. Mary attended the Brysonville School prior to moving to Sidney. She continued her education in Sidney, played basketball for the school, and graduated from Sidney High School on May 17, 1940.
On May 17, 1941, Reverend A.R. “Archie” Swearengin, the Baptist minister, married Frank McCullough and Mary Scott. After they married, Frank and Mary farmed on land three miles west of Sidney. To this union five children were born:
1. Barbara Carolyn McCullough Smith (4-20-1942, at home in Sidney, Comanche County, Texas) married William Earl “Bill” Smith on July 30,1966, and currently lives in Garland, Dallas County, Texas.
2. Sondra Kay McCullough Smith (9-02-1943, Brownwood, Brown County, Texas) married Jimmy Wayne Smith on February 17,1962, and currently lives in Mesquite, Dallas County, Texas.
3. Mary Diane McCullough Mahon (1-25-1946, Brownwood, Brown County, Texas) married Norman Galal Mahon on December 17, 1965, and currently lives in Arlington, Tarrant County, Texas.
4. Patricia Elaine McCullough(10-23-1947) Comanche, Comanche County, Texas) is currently single and lives in Irving, Dallas County, Texas.
5. Robert Delbert McCullough (11-07-1948) Comanche, Comanche County, Texas) married (3) Vickie Lynn Corbell on September 17, 1976; they were divorced May 20, 1991. He is currently single and lives in Midland, Midland County, Texas.
In the summer of 1950, Frank, Mary, and their five children moved to Midland, Texas. The family worked in the cotton fields around Midland until school started that fall, and Frank went to work for Pannell Bros. Inc./Midland Concrete Co., Inc. Frank became quite proficient in concrete work and made many improvements at their home.
The children went to Midland schools, and Mary was a loving housewife and mother. She supplemented the household income by taking in ironing and keeping children. After all of her children had started school, Mary went to work as a switchboard operator for the Midland Memorial Hospital. After a short while, she left the hospital and went to work for Texas Electric and then for Pioneer Natural Gas Company. She was an avid bowler and bowled competitively with a team from the gas company. After thirty-five years of marriage, Frank and Mary divorced in 1976.
At the time Frank retired in 1980, he was a dispatcher for Trans-Pecos Material Co. in Midland. He moved back to DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas and made his home there. He enjoyed his retirement, visiting with his sister, Ruby (Weaver) Burdell, reading her newspaper and going to the dances held for senior citizens. Many times people would find him sitting under a tree, peeling pecans with his pocketknife or eating watermelon.
Frank loved homemade ice cream and kept a big pan of it in his refrigerator freezer. He traveled to see his children and grandchildren, especially during the holidays. On February 12, 1984, Robert Frank McCullough died at his home at the age of sixty-nine from an apparent heart attack.
After the divorce, Mary continued to work. She was the credit manager for Energas Co. of Midland and after twenty-seven years of service, she retired. She eventually moved to Brownwood, Texas, where two of her daughters lived. When she became ill, her daughter Elaine moved with her back to Midland, where her son Robert still resided. On June 1, 1995, Eula Mary (Scott) McCullough died after a lengthy illness.
Robert Frank and Eula Mary McCullough continued to be friends after their divorce, and they are buried side by side in the Pendergrass Cemetery in Sidney, Comanche County, Texas.A HUGE thank you goes to Sondra Kay McCullough Smith of Mesquite, Texas for this info!