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March 17, 1936
Virgil Wall, Cafe Operator of Long Standing, Expires
Veteran Restaurant Man Dies at Family Home after Siege.
Virgil Wall, 50, prominent Greenville business man and one of the best known citizens in this part of the state died this afternoon at 12:20 o'clock at the family home on King St.
Death followed an illness of thirteen months duration. He had been in a critical condition for several days. Services, Wednesday... Final rites will be observed at 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. Services will be conducted at the Neer and Lybrand Chapel with Dr. C.B. Jackson, pastor of the First Baptist church officiating. Burial will be in Forest Park cemetery. A resident of Greenville for seventeen years and prominently connected with business circles here, Mr. Wall was known to hundreds who will be saddened because of his death. He had been in the cafe business in Greenville practically all of the time since he moved here from Paris on January 1, 1919 and had long been recognized in this section of the state. His cafe was known by citizens not only thoughout Texas but in other states and was exceedingly popular. Mr. Wall, a native of Texas, was born on July 9, 1885 at Bowie and when he was a child he moved to Mississippi.
When he was thirteen or fourteen years of age he moved back to Texas and settled at Paris where he resided until he came to this city. For a number of years Mr. Wall and his wife operated a leading cafe in Paris and became engaged in that business when they moved to Greenville. Although Mr. Wall had been in ill health a number of months he bore his sufferings with bravery and endeavored to do everything possible to keep his family from worrying over his condition. Only recently he left his sick room for a drive, but several days ago he started sinking and his condiiton gradually grew worse until his death. Mr. Wall was a remarkable character, beloved by hundreds of friends who admired him for his many splendid traits. He always met his friends with a hearty handshake and a cheery word and was ever ready to be of assistance to them. He was charitable to a greater degree than was generally known and often aided some distressed person along life's highway without it being known to many. Fed Many Hungry...during his career in the cafe business Mr. Wall fed thousands of hungry and he never turned down a plea for food from a worthy person. He was charitable in other ways, often contributing financially to those needing help, and he found great satisfaction in the knowledge that he was able to be of assistance to suffering mankind. The good that Mr. Wall accomplished will forever live after him as a monument to his life. For years Mr. Wall had been a member of the Methodist church and at the time of his death his membership rested in the church at Paris. He was a stong believer in the teachings of Christianity and endeavored to practice these teachings in his everyday life.
Surviving Mr. Wall are his wife, formerly Miss Alma Whitten whom he married in Paris on October 1, 1906, and one son, Wondo Wall, both of this city. He is also survived by two brothers, Manson Wall of Paris and Ed Wall of Greenville, one sister, Mrs. W.M. Mooney of Cumby, and five half sisters, Mrs. Maggie Fox, Bryan; Mrs. Bonnie Bell Henderson, Clarksville; Miss Beaulah Wall, Tyler; Mrs. Fannie Ellis, Los Angeles, Calif., and Mrs. Lacey Smallwood, Dallas.
Submitted by Becky Wall Taylor