According to a newspaper story that appeared in the Tyler Morning Telegraph on December 23, 1980 John Tellis 79 and Carl Tellis 68 died in a house fire southeast of Lindale. There was also a much more detailed story in The Lindale News on January 1, 1981. There was also an obit in the Tyler paper on December 23, 1980 with the only survivors listed being an aunt Mrs. Dolly McHam of Grand Prairie [TX] and a niece Mrs. Chuck Evans of Corning, Calif.
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