Burnet Bulletin, 2 July 1964
Mr. Hiram M. Elkins Services Held June 25.
Mr. Hiram M. Elkins, born November 30, 1884 in Burnet, Texas, passed away June 24th 1964 at his home following an extended illness. He was a lifelong resident of Burnet County, where he was engaged in farming and ranching. On September 26, 1906 he was married in Burnet to the former Miss Annie May Conaway, who survives him.
Surviving him other than his wife are: his daughter, Mrs. Alleyene Lewis of Burnet; his son, Andrew Elkins of Johnson City; and his brother, L. C. McCarty of Buchanan Dam, Texas. Also surviving are four grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren; a nephew, Elmer Norris of San Saba, other close relatives and a host of friends.
His sister, Mrs. Ethel Norris, preceded him in death.
Funeral services were held at 4:00 pm Thursday, June 25, 1964 at the edgar Memorial Chapel with Rev. Marvin Layman, pastor of the Pecan Springs Christian Church of Austin officiating. Interment was in the Burnet cemetery with the Edgar Funeral Directors in charge.
Pallbearers were Buck McCarty, Howard Hall, Harrell Hall, William (Bill) Williams, Andrew Kinser, Roy Graves, Herbert Norris and Maldon Norris.
Burnet Bulletin, May 11, 1899; from Barry Caraway
Last Tuesday, Mr. Wm. Elkins, living a few miles south of Burnet, passed away, age about 55 years.
Contributed by "Nanci Presley-Holley" <nancip-h @ worldnet.att.net>
From "Austin American Statesman", Austin, TX, October, 1927
Mrs. W. H. Erwin, 69, died at 7 o'clock Saturday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. T. L. Price, 2109 Eva street. The body will be shipped to Burnet, where funeral services and interment will be held Monday.
The deceased is survived by three sons, J.R. and T.F. Erwin of Austin and J.B. Erwin of San Pedro, Calif.; four daughters, Mrs. H. A. Cunningham and Mrs. Robt. Branch of El Paso; Mrs. Frank Atchinson of Burnet; and Mrs. T. L. Price of Austin."
From "Burnet Bulletin" October 1927:
MRS. W. H. ERWIN CALLED BY DEATH
Saturday morning when it was reported that Mrs. W. H. Erwin was dead a general feeling of sorrow and regret was felt by every citizen of this community. The end came in Austin where she was visiting her children.
The body was brought to Burnet Monday and interred that afternoon in the Odd Fellows' Cemetery. Rev. J. D. Kursell, Methodist pastor, of whose Church deceased was a member, conducted the funeral service. He was assisted by Rev. Bryan, pastor of the Baptist church. The pall bearers were Willis Smith, Fielding Hammond, George Lamon, Bunk Gibbs, L. Debo and Will Chamberlain. Bro. Kursell made a beautiful talk about the life and character of Mrs. Erwin which was appreciated and indorsed by every one who knew her. There were more beautiful flowers placed upon the grave of this good woman than any burial ever before held in Burnet, attesting in a measure the profound respect and esteem in which she was held.
Mrs. Erwin is survived by seven children, four daughters and three sons, as follows: Mrs. H. F. Atkinson, Burnet; Jim Erwin, Austin; Fred Erwin, Austin; Mrs. R. O. Branch, El Paso; Mrs. H. A. Cunningham, El Paso; Joe Erwin, who is in the United States Navy, and Mrs. Theo Price of Austin. All the children but Joe were at the funeral. It was impossible for him to get here in time for the burial.
Before her marriage Mrs. Erwin was Miss Sallie Ann Tumlinson [Nanci Presley-Holley's note: Tomlinson]. She was born in the town of Burnet on July 28th, 1858, died October 8th, 1927, making her at the time of her death 69 years, 2 months and 11 days of age. With the exception of a few years spent with her father's family in Salado, Texas, where he moved to educate his children, the entire life of Mrs. Erwin was spent in Burnet. On July 30th, 1882, in Burnet, she was united in marriage to W. H. Erwin. Mr. Erwin was a leading lawyer in Burnet county for many years, serving several years as County Attorney and his friends were legion. To this union eight children were born, one of them dying in childhood.
This place never had a more consecrated Christian woman than was Mrs. Erwin. Even to be in her presence was a benediction and it was a privilege to know and be associated with her. A kinder heart never beat in the breast of a human being and her benefactions to those in want and distress were many. The mendicant never visited her in vain and the cries of those in trouble were always solaced by her sympathy and love. One by one her children married and left for homes of their own, until only she and Miss Myra (Mrs. Frank Atkinson) were left. The love this daughter upon all occasions displayed for her mother was a beautiful sight to behold. The years passed and Miss Myra became Mrs. Frank Atkinson. She did not give up her lovely mother, but kept her in her home until her mother was called to that home which she so richly deserves. Miss Myra may rest assured that she has the profound sympathy of every person in Burnet county who was acquainted with her mother and the life she lived. She was greatly loved by all her children and this paper joins the hundreds of other friends in extending heartfelt sympathy to them in their bereavement -- the loss for a time of their sainted mother."
ESCAVAILLE, J. B. - 16 April 1913
Burnet Bulletin, 17 April 1913
J. B. ESCAVAILLE DEAD
J. B. Escavaille, for a quarter century a prominent business man of this place, died at a Sanitarium in Austin last Wednesday, as the direct cause of blood poison, caused by a scratch on one of his feet.
His body was interred in the Odd Fellows' Cemetery Thursday afternoon, Rev. W. R. Hornburg conducting the service.
J. B. Escavaille was born in Baltimore, Md., December 25, 1857. He came to Texas in 1878, and Burnet County in 1879. His wife died a few years ago and he never fully recovered from the shock of her death.
Mr. Escavaille had long been a prominent figure in the industrial and political life of Burnet County. He was Tax Assessor of the county for several years, and Alderman of the city of Burnet for a long time. Until a few years ago, when ill health overtook him, Mr. Escavaille took an active and influential part in county and state politics.
His avocation at this place was merchandising, in which he gave especial attention to the wool, pecan, and poultry industries.
He had a wide acquaintance throughout the country and possessed many warm friends and business associates. Of his immediate family only one son, W. L. Escavaille, at present Sergeant of Arms in the Texas Legislature, survives him. To him and other relatives, the Bulletin extends condolence.
Burnet Bulletin, 16 Sept 1909
MRS. J. B. ESCAVAILLE DEAD
Death, that inexorable something, which every one must face sooner or later, last Friday night entered the home of J. B. Escavaille and removed therefrom his devoted wife.
The funeral was held at the residence Saturday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock, conducted by the Rev. C. A. Taylor. The body was interred in the Odd Fellows' Cemetery. As a token of respect to the bereaved family every business house in town was closed during the funeral and a very large concourse of friends and acquaintances followed the body to the grave.
Mrs. Escavaille had been in failing health for many years, but bore her sufferings with Christian fortitude and patience. Her life was a beautiful picture of wifely and motherly devotion to her loved ones. To her neighbors and friends she was the embodiment of kindness and patience. We have heard many express the sentiment that a better woman in every sense the word implies, has never lived in Burnet.
To her husband she was the loving companion, the faithful wife and devoted helpmeet; to her son, whom she almost worshipped, she was all that the name of a loving mother implies. The devotion of the mother and son was a matter we have often noticed and heard spoken of with respect by others. He was as careful of her comfort as a mother is of her little babe and through the many years of life before him, this will never cease to be a comfort. To the bereaved father and son and other relatives, the Bulletin extends its deepest condolence.
[transcriber's note: Mrs. Escavaille is listed in Burnet County Cemetery Records as "Eugenia Escaville", buried in Odd Fellows Cemetery, 11 Sept 1909 as date of death.
From the Burnet Bulletin, 10 Oct 1985
Charles Francis Eyster, 79, of Marble Falls, died Oct. 2, 1985.
Born Nov. 15, 1905 in Cleburne to Charles Forbes Eyster and the former Willie Comer, he married LaVierne Sims and was retired from Halliburton Oil Well Services. He had been a resident of Marble Falls for 20 years and a prior resident of Corpus Christi, a member of the Presbyterian Church and served as deacon for the church for many years.
Services were Saturday at the Clements-Wilcox Chapel in Marble Falls with the Rev. Art Strickland officiating; burial followed in the Lakeland Hills Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Charles F. Eyster of Marble Falls; two sons, C. R. Eyster of San Antonio and A. L. Eyster of Hunt; two brothers, J. F. Eyster of Marble Falls and George Eyster of Fort Worth; one sister, Mrs. R. McLellan of Orlando, Fla; six grandchildren; one niece and two nephews.
The Marble Falls Highlander, April 12, 2002, page 8A:
Graveside services for James (Frosty) Eyster, 80, of Marble Falls, were held April 9, 2002, in the Marble Falls City Cemetery under the direction of Edgar Funeral Home of Marble Falls. He died Saturday April 6, in Austin.
Eyster was born April 2, 1922, in Rio Vista. He had worked in the oil and gas industry and was retired from Halliburton.
Survivors include his wife Virginia Mae Rhoads Eyster of Marble Falls; son Richard Lee Eyster and his wife Mary of Austin; sister Willi Marie McLellan; niece Angela Loper; brother George Eyster of Ft. Worth; Nephews Richard C. Eyster, Al Lee Eyster, Bill Eyster and several grand nephews and nieces; two grandsons, Darrell Wright of Austin and David Wright of Austin. He was preceded in death by a brother, Charles F. Eyster.
Burnet Bulletin, April 12, 1962; From Barry Caraway
Beulah Ezell Dies In Local Hospital.
Beulah Ezell passed away at a local hospital, Friday, April 6 at 3:15 p. m. Funeral services were held in Lampasas at the Methodist Church at 2 p. m., Tuesday, April 10, 1962. Burial was in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Burnet at 3:30 under the direction of Briggs-Gamel Funeral Home of Lampasas.
Beulah is about the last of the colored old timers of Burnet. She was 85 years of age. She had lived in Burnet practically all her life. Her husband, Jim, preceded her in death a number of years ago. She is survived by a son, Sampson of Austin, and one daughter, Ada Mitchell of Lampasas, and one granddaughter, Bertha Goudeau of Port Arthur. One daughter, Margaret also preceded her in death.
Beulah suffered a stroke last Thursday and was found by a neighbor about 4:30, Mrs. Jewel Cox, who has been so good to her. Mrs. Cox called for help and climbed through a window to get to Beulah. She then called an Edgar ambulance, which rushed Beulah to the Allen Clinic. She never rallied from this stroke. Beulah has many friends in Burnet, Both white and colored who will miss her.
Burnet Bulletin, Sept 14, 1939; From Barry Caraway
Prominent Colored Citizen Dies.
Jim Ezell, a leading colored citizen of this community, died at his home in Burnet last Friday, September 8th, 1939. The body was interred in the Old Cemetery by the King Funeral Home of Austin, deceased being a member of the King Burial Association. He is survived by his wife, a son, Sampson Ezell of Burnet, a daughter, Ada Mitchell of Lampasas, and one granddaughter. The funeral was conducted by his pastor, P. H. Phillips of Lampasas.
Jim was liked and respected by both whites and colored at this place. He was born at Bastrop on September 12th, 1873, but had been a resident of Burnet ever since he was a little boy. He was a member of the colored M. E. church, and was a charter member of the American Woodmen, Lampasas Camp, 134.
Burnet Bulletin, March 20, 1924, Contributed By Barry Caraway
Death of Raymond Farquhar.
Raymond Farquhar, son of Jim Farquhar, of Lake Victor, died in the hospital at Temple Wednesday morning at 3 o'clock, where he had been for treatment since Wednesday a week ago, suffering with diabetes. He was just 23 years of age and had only been married about one year, and leaves a disconsolate widow to mourn his untimely death, and a number of relatives and friends. For the past two months the deceased had been suffering from the trouble, but there was hope of his recovery when he went to the hospital for treatment, but the nature of the disease makes unrelenting inroads on the human strength and he succumbed before medical aid could have effect. --Lampasas Leader.
Burnet Bulletin, 31 Oct 1901
Capt. Wm. W. Faulkner, who died last week, aged 79 years in his day has occupied prominent positions in society, was witness to many stirring scenes, and at one time was a man of wealth. These things of course made him no better than the obscure but they show merit and worth above the ordinary, and we all love to speak of those who have been honored by their fellows.
Capt. Faulkner came from middle Tennessee, was an oldtime Whig before the war; an ardent and uncomprimising Republican since that period. During the conflict between the States, he took sides with the Unionists, and was Captain in a Tennessee regiment for several months serving on Gen. O. O. Howard's staff, and participating in some of the hardest fought battles--Shiloh, Chickamauga, etc.
While a resident of Tennessee, he became a leading stockholder in some valuable mills, but had most of the earnings swept away by fire. He also represented that state in the Legislature one or more terms, and took quite an interest in all the political campaigns.
He was for many years, and up to the time of his death, a member in good standing of the Christian Church. As a business man his word was equal to his bond. Although he had his faults, and was a man of strong prejudice, his character as a citizen was without stain.
He leaves a wife, a daughter and several sons, with warm friends to cherish his memory.
Most of the above facts as to Capt. Faulkner's past history were gathered from his conversations at various times with the writer. It was always interesting to listen to him when in a reminiscent mood.
J.A.S. Burnet, Nov. 1, 1901
From the Vertical Files of the Herman Brown Free Library, Burnet, Texas. Undated.
AN OBITUARY WRITTEN BY DAYTON MOSES AT THE DEATH OF DOCTOR M.A. FEILD
Sunset and Evening Star,
And one clear call for me
May there be no moaning at the bar,
When I put out to sea.
The death of Dr. M.A. Feild removes one of the most picturesque characters, and one of the best citizens Burnet county ever had. He was a loyal and sincere friend, without guile or deceit. If he had lived until the 30th of May, he would have been 98 years old--almost a century of usefulness, of which 70 years was spent in Burnet County. Born in Giles County, Tennessee, he came to Travis County Texas in 1853 and 3 years later moved to Burnet County. His first wife, whom he married soon after coming to Texas was the daughter of Uncle Jimmie Boyce, who died as I recall, about 1879. She and her beloved father are buried in the old cemetery at Strickling, where my father and Dr. Feild are buried.
Some years before my birth, my parents purchased the Black Ranch, afterwards known as the McGuire place. In the early 70s, father sold this place to Al. G. Boyce, brother-in-law of Dr. Feild, and after that the Moses family was located on the south side of North Gabriel; both places being in the immediate neighborhood of Dr. Feild's farm, which he has owned continuously since he came to Burnet County nearly 70 years ago. The Feild and Moses children were reared together, a number of them being approximately the same age; attended the same country schools; and, in the old Trail Days, as the boys became old enough, followed herds to Wyoming and other points in the great Northwest. This was also true of the McCoy family who lived on the same creek a few miles further west.
More than half a century ago, Hugh McCoy, Dr. M.A. Feild, and Norton Moses became friends. This friendship continued without interruption until the death of my father. Several years later came the death of Mr. McCoy, and now Dr. Field has gone to join the silent majority. The tribute paid Dr. Feild by the Editor last week was well deserved. No call of distress was ever made in Burnet county to Dr. Feild in vain. As a small boy, I can remember old Black Hawk, the pacing saddle horse ridden by Dr. Feild in the practice of his profession. I have often heard it said that no horse then living possessed more endurance when ridden by the Doctor after marauding Indians, or in traveling from house to house to relieve the distress and sickness of our neighbors.
Politically, Dr. Feild was an uncompromising Democrat, believing in the old landmarks established by Jefferson, exemplified by John C. Calhoun, and practiced by Andrew Jackson. Our late friend was distinctively a sympathetic friend of our young men of County and State, and to enjoy his friendship was a privilege appreciated by hundreds of Burnet County boys during the last half century and more.
In the early 80s Dr. Feild married Miss McGuire, to whom was born one son, living on at the old home place at Strickling. Two other sons live in Burnet County; a daughter resides in Brownwood; another daughter in Oklahoma; and one son in Montana and another in Wyoming. Lee Feild, who was my contemporary, resides somewhere in the Northwest.
Death to a man of Dr. Feild's age is not the shock to one's friends as when the Grim Messenger comes earlier in life. When I am reminded that the older men I knew in the vicinity of Strickling and Shady Grove, when a boy, Dr. Feild was the last survivor, a feeling of sadness comes over me that I am unable to express. Dr. Feild was distinctively an honest man, honest in his friendships, his business relations, honest and unafraid in the discharge of his duties as a citizen to his county and State.
May he rest in peace.
Burnet Bulletin, June 22, 1911; From Barry Caraway
R. H. Flippin one of the earliest settlers of Burnet died from the ravages of cancer at his home south of town last Saturday afternoon, after a long and painful illness. He bore his suffering bravely and took an interest in current affairs until the end.
Judge J. T. Woodard says of him: "R. H. Flippin was one of the oldest citizens of Burnet county having come in the county in the Spring of the year 1855 when a young man about twenty years old. For several years he worked at the saddlery trade. In the Fall of 1855 he married Miss Mary Vandeveer, who was at that time a beautiful and intelligent girl, in her fifteenth year. She was living on her father's old homestead, about one mile below the town of Burnet. She afterwards got this place as part of her father's estate, and Mr. Flippin and his wife have lived together continuously at the old home ever since, or until she died in the Spring of 1910. Mr. Flippin did not set the world on fire but he did live an honest life and accumulated some property. I have known him intimately all these years and I never heard him accused of a dishonest act. He was elected to the office of county commissioner of this precinct several terms and he always filled that position to the satisfaction of his people, and with honor to himself. He was a good neighbor and his friends were always welcome at his house. "
Burnet Bulletin, 4 Oct 1881
Liberty Hill, Sept 28. A little child of Mr. L. G. Ford upset a pot of hot coffee on itself, scalding it badly, and died a few hours later.
Marble Falls Messenger, July 19, 1917; From Barry Caraway
A Home Made Sad
The death angel invaded the sacred recesses of the home of Mr. and Mrs. D. E. Fowler on last Friday morning soon after the midnight hour and plucked out the life of little Josephine, the three month old daughter. No one can appreciate the sadness of the hour when that little spirit took its flight, who has not given up a loved one. Little Josephine was born March 1st and dead July 6th. The interment took place in the family grave yard near Spicewood Friday afternoon.
"All that's bright must fade-
The brightest still the fleetest;
All that's sweet was made
But to be lost when sweetest. "
This office extends sympathy to the grief-stricken family
FOX, James J. - 1944
Burnet Bulletin, July 6, 1944, Contributed By Barry Caraway
James J. Fox Dead
Mrs. H. B. Duncan received a message Monday that James J. Fox had died in Washington D. C. He was born and reared in Burnet, and was the eldest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. B. C. Fox, who resided at this place for many years. Jimmie J. as he was called by every one here, had many Burnet friends who will regret deeply to hear of his death.
From The Burnet Bulletin Nov. 8, 1928
Mrs. B. C. Fox, who died in San Antonio, Texas on November 1st, 1928, was buried at the odd Fellows' Cemetery in Burnet Saturday, November 3rd. The funeral service was held at the residence of Mr. And Mrs. H. B. Duncan, with Br. Lewis, the local Methodist pastor, officiating. Mrs. Fox is survived by the following children: Mrs. Maggie Hamon of Brownsville, James J. Fox of Brownsville, Mrs. Alma Echols of Los Angeles, California, Mrs. Ina Oeding of San Antonio, and Ben Fox of Dallas. All of them were at their mother's funeral with the exception of Mrs. Echols of Los Angeles
Mrs. Fox was born November 14th, 1848, making her at the time of her death almost 80 years of age. Her maiden name was Margaret Ann Cook, and she was a sister of the late J. G. Cook, for half a century one of the prominent lawyers of Texas. With her husband, the late B. C. Fox, deceased lived in Burnet many years and at the time of her death still had hosts of friends in this section.
Mrs. Fox was a devoutly religious woman, and with an unusually happy disposition, which enabled her to meet the disappointments as well as the joys of life, with a smile.
From undated clipping in vertical file of Herman Brown Free Library
Oscar J. Fox, Former Burnet Citizen Died Saturday, July 29th. Funeral services for Oscar J. Fox, an internationally known composer and arranger, who died Saturday, July 29th in Charlottesville, Virginia, was held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 2nd at Christ Episcopal Church in San Antonio. Burial was in Mission Burial Park in San Antonio. Mr. Fox, 81, was best known for his composition "The Hills of Home" and his arrangements of "Home on the Range" and other Western and folk songs, and of the love song, "Oh, Perfect Love." He became ill while visiting a daughter, Mrs. F. C. Bowen at Afton, Virginia, near Charlottesville. Mr. Fox was born, reared and educated at Burnet. Survivors are daughters, Mrs. J. B. Cashell of Longview, Mrs. F. C. Bowen of Afton, Va., Mrs. Jack Mitchel of San Antonio; 10 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. His wife died about 25 years ago. Since his retirement he had made his home in San Antonio.
Dated January 14, 1943, Source Unknown; Contributed by Marcheta Jones
In Memory of James Leonard Francis
James Leonard Francis was born in Morgan County, Alabama October 8, 1859. He came to Texas sometime in the year of 1881. The exact date is not known. He professed Christ in early life in the Methodist Church and he was very faithful to his church. He was a Superintendent of the Sunday School at Fentress, Texas, near Luling, for a number of years; also steward in his church. His good wife, Mrs. Kate Graham Francis went on to meet her reward about 15 years ago. The writer well knows that Uncle Len as she called him was really a man of God, because he was like poor Job in the Bible. He had lots of patience and took all his troubles to the Lord in Prayer.
On December 30, 1942, at 2:10 in the afternoon he went home to God. He is survived by Mrs. Tom Dennis of Burnet, Mrs. Berry of Hobart, Oklahoma, G. E. Francis of Luling, nephew and niece Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Francis of Lampasas. December 31, 1942, his body was taken to Fentress, Texas by Northington Funeral Home undertaker and laid to rest. We will miss him greatly because he was so good, patient, and kind.
He is not dead, he has but gone his way,
The one we knew in friendship truth and love
His earthly form is now consigned to clay
His spirit soars to unseen climes above.
He is not dead, he has but journeyed on,
Where he may see his Master, face to face,
His voice will mingle with the ransomed throng
In singing that sweet anthem, SAVED BY GRACE.
He is not dead, his soul shall live forever,
He trusted Christ in this vain world of strife,
Whose boundless love, no height nor death can sever
He is the resurrection and the life.
They are not dead, the ones who go before us
They have gone to better worlds on high,
They love us still, their love is watching o'er us
The soul that trusts in Christ shall never die.
Written by a true friend. Mrs. Ted Christopher
The Burnet Bulletin, January 4th, 1900
J. L. Francis Dead (Marble Falls Standard News)
No event has cast a deeper gloom over our people than the death of John L. Francis which occurred at his home last Monday at 4:20 p.m. and yet, who with faith in a future state of happiness all but envy him the transition from a long period of agonizing suffering to bliss supernal?
A year ago, while confined to his own bed with a broken limb, the writer knew no soul more ardent and no body more faithful in duties to the sick than this self sacrificing patriarch. Day after day his step was heard at the threshold and his knock at the door. Sometimes with tempting food, sometimes with books or papers, always with words of cheer and always with evident self-suffering, he came like a good Samaritan. At times he had to fight his old foe, asthma, for minutes before he could speak; at times his other affliction confined him to his room, but let a day or an hour come when he could walk out, and this faithful visitant was sure to do his wanted errand for his fellow sufferer. It takes no vivid imagination to picture a meek and lowly Savior saying "Inasmuch as ye did it unto the last of one of these, ye did it unto me."
Deceased was seventy four years of age at the time of his death. He had been a resident of this section for 45 years. He came to Texas from Missouri. He served faithfully as a soldier in the Mexican war. He was the father of Carl Francis, Banker and Insurance Agent at this place, Dr. Dick Francis of Lampasas, Mrs. Yett, wife of Senator Yett, Mrs. Alex Crownover, and Mrs. C. F. Trousdale, all of this place. All his children were by him to smooth his dying pillow and the reflection that all had done well in the world and lived consistent lives in the very shadow of the old home must have been to him a comfort indeed.
Funeral services were conducted at the M.F. church, Tuesday, by pastor Sheridan and the remains interred at the cemetery.
Source Unknown; Contributed by Marcheta Ray Jones
Dr. John W. Francis, son of Samuel and Elizabeth [Harwood] Francis, was born July 4, 1827 in Morgan County, Alabama and died August 27, 1904 in Burnet County, Texas at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Joe D. Tumlinson, which place he had lived for 14 years.
Dr. Francis married to Miss Cynthia W. Harris of Summerville, Alabama, November 25, 1853. He was converted at the age of 14 years, but later in 1877, united with the M.E. Church south, remaining a devoted member of that church until his death.
He was educated in the public schools of Summerville and graduated in medicine and surgery at the Tennessee State Medical School and practiced that profession for over 27 years, and was one time division surgeon of Louisiana-Nashville railroad.
Dissolved the practice of his profession in 1881, he in that year removed his family to Texas settling first in Guadalupe County and later in 1885, he settled in Burnet County where he spent the remainder of his life.
Dr. Francis or "Grand-pa" Francis as he was most commonly called by us all, was indeed a consecrated Christian, beloved and honored by all who knew him. Naturally modest and retiring in his disposition, the latter years of his life were spent in the quiet of his home, rarely going out except to visit among his children, 8 of whom-five sons and three daughters- still survive him.
We will all miss him, but especially will his two little grandchildren Ama and Little Joe, whom he has cared for and caressed all their lives. How sadly those two little ones will miss Grand-pa, but he is gone we know to his reward, and we bow in humble submission to God's will. Knowing that our loss is his eternal gain we can only say thy will, not ours, be done.
He was a loving husband and father, a good citizen and a true friend; so exemplary in life as to be an example worthy of our imitation.
Peace to his memory.
JDT (Joe D. Tumlinson)
Burnet Bulletin, June 5, 1958; From Barry Caraway
Funeral Services for Mary Matilda Frasier Held at Marble Falls Sunday June 1st.
Mrs. Mary Matilda Frasier, a resident of Burnet County for the past 75 years, was called by death at her home near Marble Falls, May 31st, 1958. Funeral services for this lovely lady were held at 3:30 p. m. Sunday, June 1st, in the Marble Falls Methodist Church with Rev. J. P. Manley officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery under the direction of the Clements Funeral Home. Deceased was born in Tennessee, October 13, 1873. She was a devoted wife, a kind and loving mother, and was loved and respected by all who knew her.
From the Burnet Bulletin, Thursday, October 4, 1973
Altman L. Frazier, Sr., 60, died at his residence in Copperas Cove, Wednesday, September 26, 1973. Mr Frazier was born in Burnet county, December 7, 1912, the son of Leonard Frazier and the former Alice Altman.
Funeral services for Mr. Frazier were held Friday, September 28, 1973, at the Clements Funeral Home Chapel with Walter Frazier officiating. Interment followed at the Odd Fellows' Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Charles Floyd, Albert Glimp, Alton Frazier, Floyd Frazier, Tom Frazier, John Brazier, Jack Frazier, and Joe Ed Frazier. Honorary pallbearer was Arlyn Glimp.
Survivors include: a son, Altman L. Frazier, II of Liberty Hill; a daughter, Miss Margie Frazier, of Liberty Hill; one sister, Mrs. Cecil Haynes of Corpus Christi; and one grandchild.
From the Burnet Bulletin, 15 Feb 1906
Young Lady Suicides
Miss Bessie Frazier, night operator of the Southwestern Telephone Company at Lampasas, committed suicide in the telephone office last Friday night, shooting herself through the head with a pistol. No cause is known for the rash act. She left a note to her mother.
From the Burnet Bulletin, April 1987
Tom Leroy Frazier, 76, of Burnet died Thursday, April 16, 1987.
Born Oct. 9, 1910, in Burnet County, he was the son of Edward Frazier and the former Mary Lee Alexander. He was a member of the Oaks West Church of Christ and was retired from Lower Colorado River Authority as a plant operator.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ellen Frazier of Burnet; two daughters, Dorothy Nell Steadman and Dinah Lee Williams of Burnet; one son, Joe Ed Frazier of Burnet; two brothers, Floyd Frazier and John Frazier of Burnet, nine grandchildren and, 14 great-grandchildren.
Services were Saturday at 2 p.m. in Edgar Memorial Chapel with Bro. Huey Hartsel officiating. Burial was in the Burnet Cemetery under the direction of the Edgar Funeral Home, Burnet.
Pallbearers were Joel Frazier, Don Watson, Mike Steadman, Hank Steadman, Donny Crumley and Andy Russell.
Burnet Bulletin, March 25, 1954; From Barry Caraway
John Wesley Fry Called By Death
John Wesley Fry, a life time resident of Burnet County, was called by death at his home on Council Creek, Sunday, March 21, 1954.
Funeral services for Mr. Fry were held Monday, March 22, at 3:00 o'clock P. M. at the graveside in the Fry Cemetery, with Rev. Marvin Layman in charge. Burial was under the direction of the Edgar Funeral Home. Pallbearers were: Guy Green, Otis Baker, Luther Baker, Charlie Baker, Martin Baker, Bud Green, Steve Pruett and Leslie Pruett.
The deceased was born in Burnet County, July 30, 1882 and spent his entire life in his native county. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Minnie Ellett, San Angelo; Mrs. Nettie Hawkins, Marble Falls; Mrs. Maggie Marx, Burnet; six sons, Andy, Jim, Press, Les, Jess and Levi Fry all of Burnet. Two sisters, Mrs. Lucy Hinds and Mrs. Nora Hinds, both of Burnet also survive.