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Arthur Ray Steely
and Merle Opal Barnhill

Merle Opal Barnhill Steely - Photo Submitted by Kaie Steely Potter, d/o Arthur Ray Steely and Merle Opal Barnhill
Auther Ray Steely b 20 Nov 1914 Phelps, Walker Co TX d 19 Feb 1992 Huntsville, Walker Co TX; buried Black Jack Methodist Church Cemetery, Phelps, Walker Co TX; Findagrave 5149503; s/o William Arnold Steely and Nora Emily Gurley. Auther Ray Steely m. 29 Dec 1937 Huntsville, TX to Merle Opal Barnhill b 27 Jun 1917 Huntsville, Walker Co TX d 13 Dec 1981 Huntsville, TX by auto pedestrian accident; massive internal injuries; buried Black Jack Cemetery, Walker Co TX; d/o John Daniel Barnhill and Nellie Alethea Bookman. Merle Opal Steely was listed on her death certificate as a census taker. Auther Ray Steely is described as age 26, white, 6' 175lbs, hazel eyes, brown hair, light compected on his WW2 draft registration. Children of Auther Ray Steely and Merle Opal Barnhill;

1. LoRita Steely b abt 1939 TX; m. Albert Eugene Gene Ballew Sr. b abt 1938 TX; s/o Ervin Charles Ballew and Amelia Word.

2. Bobby Ray Steely

3. Melvin Arthur Steely b 25 Mar 1943 d 23 Jul 1995; buried Black Jack Methodist Church Cemetery, Phelps, Walker Co TX; m. 5 Mar 1975 to Judy Marie Maxwell b 24 Feb 1956; d/o Charlie Jackson Maxwell and Jewell Dee Morris. Child of Melvin Steely and Judy Maxwell; i. Sandra Dee Steely b 30 Jul 1979 Montgomery TX.

4. Daniel Steely b 14 Jun 1945 d 14 Jun 1945 Houston, Harris Co TX

5. Kaie Marlene Steely b 2 Dec 1947 d 23 Jun 2020 Houston, Harris Co KY; m. Clark Douglas Potter b abt 1941 KY; s/o Creed Flannery Potter and Ida Fuller.


(Note: Where there is an X means they were the ones to give the information to the census taker)

1920 Walker Co TX Census School District 9 District 0163
36 36 Steeley William A Head M W 24 M TX MS TX Teamster Saw Mill
36 36 Steeley Nora Wife F W 22 M TN TN TN
36 36 Steeley Authur R Son M W 5 S TX TX TN
36 36 Steeley Josie T Daughter F W 1 6/12 S TX TX TN
36 36 Steeley Andrew A Son M W 5 S TX TX TN


1930 San Jacinto TX Census Precinct 1 District 0001
190 197 Steely Will A Head W M 35 M TX MS TX Farmer General Farm
190 197 Steely Nora Wife H F W 33 M 17 TN TN TN
190 197 Steely Arthur Son M W 15 S TX TX TN Farm Laborer General Farm
190 197 Steely Josie L Daughter F W 12 S TX TX TN
190 197 Steely Arnold Son M W 11 S TX TX TN
190 197 Steely Zelma Daughter F W 9 S TX TX TN
190 197 Steely Thelma Daughter F W 9 S TX TX TN
190 197 Steely Roy M Son M W 5 S TX TX TN
190 197 Steely Jessie M Daughter F W 2 S TX TX TN


1940 Walker Co TX Census 236-15
164 Steely William A X Head M W 45 M TX Farmer Farming
164 Steely Nora Wife F W 43 M TX
164 Steely Arnold Son M W 21 S TX Truck Driver Saw Mill
164 Steely Velma Daughter F W 19 S TX
164 Steely Roy M Son M W 15 S TX
164 Steely Jessie Mae Daughter F W 12 S TX
164 Steely Dorothy Daughter F W 8 S TX
164 Steely Stella Lou Daughter F W 4 S TX

165 Steely Aurhur X Head M W 25 M TX Truck Driver Oil Field
165 Steely Merl Wife F W 23 M TX
165 Steely Lorita Daughter F W 1 S TX


1940 Florida Census Duval, Jacksonville 68-156
4158 136 Ballew Erving C Head M W 35 M TX Cable Splicer Electrical
4158 136 Ballew Amelia X Wife F W 32 M TX
4158 136 Ballew Charlotte Daughter F W 13 S TX
4158 136 Ballew Thomas Son M W 11 S TX
4158 136 Ballew Donald Son M W 6 S TX
4158 136 Ballew Gene Son M W 2 S TX


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