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William Columbus Hatfield
Dallas Morning News 10 Jul 1926 page 1 -
"Death Calls W. C. Hatfield, Prominent Texas Mason Dies at Home in Sherman.
Special to the News - Sherman, Texas July 9- W. C. Hatfield, a resident of Grayson County all his life, and grand senior warden of the Mason Grand Lodge of Texas, died at his home here tonight at 11:10 o'clock, after an illness of seven months.
William Columbus Hatfield is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sarah Mildred Hatfield, and the following children; Mrs. L. E. Howdeshell, E. M. Hatfield and Lee Hatfield, all of Sherman; Mrs. W. A. Parham, Pottsboro; Roy E. Hatfield, Denison; Mrs. G. C. Hale, Woodville, Ok., and T. C. Hatfield, Houston. He also is survived by his aged father, E. F. Hatfield, whi made his home here with his son, and two brothers and one sister. These are G. E. Hatfield, Bennington, Ok; R. E. Hatfield, Aylesworth, Ok and Mrs. Tom Klinglesmith of near Durant, Ok.
Mr. Hatfield, native Texan, was born May 14, 1866 in Grayson County, six miles north of Sherman, on what was known as the old Goode place. When he was 4 years old his parents moved to Travis County, near Austin, but remained there only a year, returning to the Goode farm, where Mr. Hatfield was reared to young manhood, attending the rural schools and farming between times.
On Dec 3, 1889, he was married to Miss Sarah Mildred Cowheard, member of a well-known Grayson County family , and they moved to a farm near Pottsboro, Grayson County, where they resided for thirty-four years, rearing their family. In 1908 he was appointed Deputy County Tax Collector, performing that duty for eight years, when he was elected to the office, serving four years. In 1916, the year he was elected County Tax Assessor, he moved with his family to Sherman, and has since resided in this city.


 

Mr. Hatfield was a 32' Mason, and was prominent in Masonic circles throughout Texas, being grand senior warden of the Grand Lodge of Texas at the time of his death.
For the past twenty years he had been a recognized teacher of Masonry and a member of the committee  on work and for the last several years had been chairman of this committee. During 1925 he traveled over the entire State in company with Grand Master Guinn Williams, visiting practically every ladge in the state.  He made several trips during the present year before his health failed. A meeting of the Masonic Service Association which was to have been held in Sherman this sring was postponed on account of his illness. 
He took a leading part in the civic affairs. At Pottsboro and Cashion he served as a school trustee, and was public weigher at Pottsboro for years. he was a member of the Methodist Church.
Soon after reaching the age of 21, Mr. Hatfield joined George R. Reeves Masonic Lodge at Pottsboro and there became a past master. At the time of his death he still held his blue lodge membership in Pottsboro. His Royal Arch Chapter and Commandery memberships were in Sherman and his Scottish Rite membership in Dallas, he being a member of the class committe for the Scottish Rit reunions. 
He never missed a Masonic meeting or any nature if within his reach, always reporting for a Scottish Rite reunion on the opeing day and remaining for at least a part of the five days.
Mr. Hatfield began his attendance at Masonic Grand Lodge meetings when the headquarters for that body was in Houston. He was perhaps known to more members of the Masonic fraternity than any other man who was a regular attendant upon Grand Lodge sessions. The grand masters of the past all respected his wishes and enjoyed his counsel and advice. He had served on various committees in the Grand Lodge at different times and his favorite place was as a member of the committe on work, which has in hand the instruction of Masons desiring certification in the unwritten part of Masonary. After serving on this committee for two different periods of five years each, he was made an honorary member of the present committee and always attended its annual sessions in midsummer in Dallas.
In December 1924, when the Grand Lodge selected its grand junior warden, this honor went to Mr. Hatfield without any opposition, it being one of the few instances in Masonic history and the only similar instance in the history of the Grand Lodge where there was no opposing name presented for this office. In 1925 he became the senior warden.
It was the wish of his Masonic friends that he proceed through the official stations of the Grand Lodge to that of Grand Master, which station he would have reached in 1927 had he lived until December of that year. No man, regardless of Masonic station officially, will be missed in the counsels of the Grand Lodge more than "Uncle Bill" Hatfield as he was familiarly known to Masons of Texas.
Dallas Morning News - 11 Jul 1926 page 6- W. C. Hatfield Funeral Monday. 
Special to the News, 10 Jul- Sherman, Texas. 
Funeral Services for W. C. Hatfield, senior warden of the Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas, who died at his home in Sherman shortly before midnight Friday night, will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock. 
The body was taken to the Masonic Temple Saturday afternoon, where it will lie in state until just before 2 pm Monday, when it will be taken to the church. The services at the church will be conducted by Dr. S. W. Williams, pastor, assisted by Dr. T. A. Wharton, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of this city.
The body will be conveyed to Georgetown, northwest of Sherman, following the services,a nd at the grave the services will be in charge of the grand lodge officers of the Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas.
The active pallbearers will be R. T. Arthur, Jesse Whitehurst, J.E. Norris, A. S. Noble, Judge R. M. Carter and Floyd Everheart. 
Honorary pallbearers will be all the living past grand masters of the Masonic grand lodge of Texas and the members of the committee on work (sic) of the grand lodge.
The family Saturday received more than 100 messages of condolence and floral offerings have come from many outside points in Texas and Oklahoma.


The SHERMAN DAILY DEMOCRAT, Monday, July 12, 1926, pg. 10:
FUNERAL SERVICES HELD FOR WILLIAM C. HATFIELD.
      Many Grayson county Masons gathered at the Masonic Temple here at 1 o'clock Monday afternoon to attend the funeral services of W.C. Hatfield which were held from the Travis Street Methodist church at 2 o'clock.  Mr. Hatfield died late Friday night.  He was one of the foremost workers in Masonry in Texas and was known by many members of the order over Texas.
   Dr. S.W. Williams, pastor of the Travis Street Methodist church, was to conduct the services.  Dr. Wharton, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, assisted Dr. Williams.
   The Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas was to be in charge of services.  Interment will be in the Georgetown cemetery northwest of Pottsboro, about 5 o'clock Monday afternoon.


Willaim C. Hatfield's Death cert. no. 25139 State of Texas, Grayson Co.
b. May 14th, 1866 Retired Farmer, Born in Texas, Father E. F. Hatfield b. Tenn. mother Nancy E. Goode born in Kentucky. He died July 9th, 1926 of Myocarditis and nephrius.

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