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
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.
his wife's Obituary
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.