W.L. Hay Dies Suddenly at Home
Prominent Many Years in Legal, Political and Church Affairs
William Lynn Hay, for 39 years a prominent member of the Grayson
county bar, and active during that time in civic and religious affairs
of Sherman and North Texas, died suddenly at his home, 910 South Crockett
street, Tuesday at 5:20 p.m. on his sixty-second birthday.
Funeral services were to be held Wednesday at 5 p.m. from the residence,
conducted by Dr. Roy H. Biser, pastor of Central Christian church, and
Dr. George P. Cuthrell of Tyler, former pastor. Interment was to
be in the Sherman mausoleum with Dannel-Scott company in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers were Roy Finley, Sam Wolfe, Barlow Roberts, J.F. Holt, W.H.
Lucas and Will H. Evans.
Mr. Hay had been in ill health for the past two years, but was thought
to be only slightly indisposed while confined to his bed for the last two
days. A stroke of apoplexy at 4 p.m. Tuesday ended his life a little
more than an hour later. At his bedside were his daughters, Misses
Dorothy Lynn and Cornelia Hay and Miss Dorothy Slaughter, a sister-in-law.
Mrs. Hay died May 16, 1932.
Mr. Hay was a member of the Sherman law firm of Hay, Finley, Wolfe
and Barron at the time of his death, and had had a long and honorable career
as a civil attorney in North Texas.
BORN in Illinois
He was born in Cairo, Ill., the son of Samuel R. Hay and Martha
Hall Hay, July 4, 1871. His family moved to Texas when he was a small
boy and his mother died when he was 12 years old. He was reared by
a half-sister, the late Mrs. Belle P. Muse of Sherman. He was educated
in the schools of McKinney and at the University of Texas by his aunt and
his uncle, the late Judge P.B. Muse. He was graduated from the university
school of law in 1894.
Soon after graduation Mr. Hay became a law partner of the late Frank
L. Montgomery. In 1900 he married Miss Mary Aileen Slaughter of Union
Springs, Ala., and they made their home in Sherman. At the death
of Judge J.A.L. Wolfe, Mr. Hay became a partner in the firm known as Freeman,
McReynolds and Hay, which later united with another firm, the combination
being Head, Dillard, Maxey, Smith, Freeman, McReynolds and Hay. He
withdrew from this firm last year to form a partnership with Mr. Finley,
Sam Wolfe and Elbert M. Barron.
Mr. Hay was a member of the Woodmen of the World and was chairman
of the local advisory board of the Supreme Forest Woodmen Circle.
He was made chairman of a special committee appointed by the chamber of
commerce to conduct a campaign for location in Sherman of the Woodmen Circle
home for the aged and orphans, and it was due largely to his activities
that this objective was reached, it is stated.
Prominent in Politics
He was a past chancellor of the grand lodge of Knights of Pythias.
He was for some time a member of the board of directors of the Sherman
Y.M.C.A. and was chairman of the organization during the world was known
as the "minute men speakers in this county for war loans, as well as chairman
for the first two liberty loan drives conducted in 1917.
Mr. Hay was in politics a democrat and served as presidential elector
for the party in 1912. He was chairman of the democratic executive
committee in the state in 1916-18.
Mr. Hay served for some time as special district and county judge
by appointment. He was attorney for the Frisco railroad for a number
of years. A member of the Christian church all his life, he was superintendent
of the Sunday school in the Central Christian church for a number of years.
Besides his daughters, Mr. Hay is survived by two nieces, Miss Margie
Muse of Galveston and Mrs. W.S. Adkins of Austin, the former Miss Mary
At a called meeting of the Grayson County Bar association Wednesday
morning, a committee comprising Judge G.P. Webb, J.F. Holt and C.B. Randell
was appointed to draft resolutions on the death of Mr. Hay, and a floral
offering from the association was sent to the residence.