Osco And Ada Family Conatser
Osco Conatser was born in Fentress County on September 28, 1895. He was the son of
Phillip Andrew and Emaline King Conatser. Osco's brothers and sisters were: Cordell,
Arizona, Athel, Ada, Allie, Reba and twins Dock and Martha. Osco married Ada Jane Sewell
on October 4,1922. Ada was born in Picket County on April 24, 1901. She was the daughter
of Alvin Marion Sewell and Zelpha Emaline Winningham Sewell. Ada's brothers and sisters
were: Arthur, Ollie and Hila. She also had five half-brothers and sisters: Rhode, Nancy
Ann, Dillard, Porter and Laura. Their mother was Mary Smith Sewell, Alvin's first wife who
died April 18, 1894.
Osco and Ada had four sons: Troy Osco, Doyle Clinton, James Dowe and Shelby Wayne. They
were all four born in Fentress County.
Troy Osco was horn July 2, 1923. He attended school at Stockton Valley Academy in Helena,
York High School and graduated from Tennessee Technological University. He married Irene
Peavyhouse, the daughter of Welter and Elsie Peavyhouse and they had four children: Dyke
Reed born 9/15/51 and died 9/16/51, Lyle Cleston born 3/9/53, Edwin Troy born 9/21/55 and
Connie Sue born 10/19/59.
Troy spent almost three years in the U.S. Navy. He is retired from carrying U.S. Mail and
now enjoys working on the farm where he lives in Allardt.
Doyle Clinton was born February 9, 1926. He attended school at Stockton Valley Academy,
York High School and graduated from Tennessee Technological University in 1951. He spent
two and one-half years in U.S. Air Force. He married Clella Fay Rogers, daughter of Joe
and Mary Rogers, and they live on a small farm in the Helena Community in Fentress County.
Doyle is a teacher at York High School They have no children.
James Dowe was born July 15, 1933. He attended school at Stockton Valley Academy and York
Institute where he played basketball. He married Corinne Choate who was born May 7, 1934.
She is the daughter of Eliza and Freela Choate. They live in Muncie, Indiana where he
works at Chevrolet. They had four sons: Douglas Hugh born October 5, 1951 in Fentress
County, Michael Keith born December 29, 1952 in Fentress County, Kevin Craig born February
4, 1957 in Anderson County in Oak Ridge and Kent David born December 31, 1962 in
They also have three grandchildren: Wendy Lynn horn March 2, 1974, the daughter of Michael
and Marilyn Christy Conatser; James Jared born November 12, 1979 and Jonathan Doyle born
March 2, 1983 both sons of Kevin and Julia Wright Conatser.
Shelhy Wayne was horn July 21, 1936. He attended school at Stockton Valley Academy and
York Institute. He spent about three years in the U.S. Army. He is married to Delia Bell,
daughter of William Edward and Zona Alice Phillips Bell of Wayne County, Kentucky. They
live in Muncie, Indiana and he works at Chevrolet.
Osco and Ada lived in the Helena Community of Fentress County. Osco died November 16, 1976
and is buried in the New Hope Cemetery at Helena. He was a member of New Hope Church. Ada
is a member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church in Little Crab.
by Clella Conatser