James Buster Found Dead in Kidd
Sherman TX Democrat,
August 2, 1956]
body of James D. Buster,
former Sherman city attorney and city judge, was found in Kidd Lake
about 3 p.m.
body was discovered lying
partially submerged about 10 feet from shore by I. L. Grimes, 801
The lake is located about four miles north of Sherman on Loy Lake Road.
of the Peace Jim Spangler
ruled about 2 p.m. Thursday that Buster died from "drowning with
intent." The ruling was made by Spangler after the dead man's family
decided against an autopsy.
abrasions were found on the
dead man's face around the eyes, and two bruises were found on the head.
Spangler, "were round, about the size of a half-dollar."
deputy Rock Chambers
said a taxi cab from Sherman took Buster to the lake about 10:45 a.m.
said Wednesday afternoon
that he went to the lake to see a friend who recently moved into a
didn't know if my friend
had moved into the house yet," said Grimes, "and I left my car at the
gate on Loy Lake Road because I didn't know if I could drive over the
thought I saw a body in
the water and then I looked closer to make sure. I ran back to my car
help. A man and a boy in a pickup came by. They helped me pull the body
to Grimes, the body was
in an upright position in the water, face down.
Gately, of 515 N. Carr, the
youth in the pickup, said he hitched a ride with J. A. Barnett of
was coming back to Sherman when they were stopped by Grimes.
15-year-old youth said
Wednesday that after the body had been pulled from the water, the three
artificial respiration, but the man was dead.
was about ten feet from
the edge of the shore in water about five and a half or six feet deep,"
failing to revive the man,
the men notified the Grayson County Sheriff's office of the death, and
Sergeant Pat Robinson of the Sherman Police Department reported the
Democrat reporters at 2:52 p.m. Wednesday.
glasses, a ball-point
pen, a small pocketknife, and $4.20 were found in a briefcase lying
hat on the shore of the lake a few feet from the body.
Sheriff Chambers said
Thursday morning that Buster was taken to the lake by Roy G. Smith,
the Clipper Cab Company of Sherman.
in quoting the driver,
said Buster was picked up in front of the Plaza Theater on Houston
9:15 on Wednesday morning.
said Buster asked to be
taken first to McKown and Washington Streets, then to the rock pits at
of South Gribble Street, and then six miles east of Sherman on Highway
out Travis Street Road.
driver said he stopped at the
Gribble Street rock pits.
Meet A Man
driving the man out Travis
Street Road to the intersection of Perrin Field Road, Smith said Buster
him to turn right and go back to town on Loy Lake Road. On the way back
Sherman, he wanted out at Kidd Lake, Smith said, mentioning, "he was
supposed to meet a man there."
paid his fare and the cab
driver drove back to Sherman at approximately 10:45 a.m.
services for Buster will
be at 10 a.m. Friday in Dannel Funeral Chapel with W. J. Epting, a
Baptist minister, and Rev. Robert Badgett of the Central Christian
Funeral Home will be in
charge of burial at West Hill Cemetery.
who lived at 718 S.
Walnut, was born August 1, 1893, at Ardmore, Okla., the son of the late
and Maude Cummins Buster. He moved to Sherman in 1913 from Whitesboro.
veteran of World War I, he
married Miss Charlie Kelley in 1915. He was a member of the First
Church of Sherman.
32 years he was a teacher of
the Young Men's Bible Class at the First Baptist Church. Buster was a
city attorney of Whitesboro, former city attorney and city judge of
past master of Travis Masonic Lodge 117, former past district deputy
master of the Grand Masonic Lodge of Texas, former state grand master
International Order of Odd Fellows, and was the first post commander of
R. Simmons–Clifford Hardwicke American Legion Post.
was also former United States
Commissioner for Eastern District Federal Court and in charge of land
acquisition for the United States Corps of Engineers. While working for
Corps of Engineers, he helped acquire land for Lake Texoma, Convair
Fort Worth, and Sheppard Air Force Base of Wichita Falls.
include his wife; a son,
J. D. Buster Jr. of Lubbock; one daughter, Mrs. Daniel E. Flanders of
Worth; three sisters, Mrs. W. A. Roberts of Dallas, and Mrs. Fred Mooty
Miss Maude Buster, both of Sherman; and one granddaughter.
will be S. V. Ernest,
Rayburn Nall, L. G. Hight, E. G. Graves and J. N. Dickson, all of
G. W. Turner of Fort Worth.
Honorary pallbearers will be the
of the Grayson County Bar Association.