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William A. "Frank" SAYLE

Commerce Doctor Fatally Injured In Automobile Mishap

Funeral services for Dr. W. Frank SAYLE, 39, were held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Sheely Funeral home with Reverend Joseph Connaly and Reverend Lee Mileri conducting.

Dr. Sayle died at 5:05 p.m. Thursday in Alexandria, La. from injuries sustained in an automobile accident near that place.

Dr. Sayle was a native of Commerce having been born December 17, 1904, and had lived here almost his entire life. He attended the University of Texas and the College of Medicine of the University of Illinois, graduating with a medical degree in 1933. He studied X-ray for one year. For a time he worked for the Illinois Central Railroad in Chicago, and he practiced medicine in New Orleans two years before moving to Commerce. He was a member of the Hunt County and American Medical Societies and the Methodist Church.

He was married to the former Dorothy PATTERSON on January 7, 1927, and Mrs. Sayle and three small daughters, Betty Ann, Wilma June, and Dorothy Jane, are among the survivors.

Also surviving are his parents Mr. and Mrs. George SAYLE, pioneer residents of Commerce, two uncles Dr. Upton GILES of New Orleans and George CAMPBELL of this community.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the medical profession in Commerce, the druggists and the members of the Commerce School board of which he was a member. Arthur WEST, Kenneth ENGLAND, Charles and Bert GATES, Bob SAYLE, Curtis SKELTON and Doug MITCHELL.

Active pallbearers for the interment at Rosemound cemetery were Harry CLARK, Leo ROAN, A. B. CRANFORD, Jim WHEELER, Dr. G. I. OVERSTREET, and D. DILLINGHAM.

A large crowd and a profusion of floral offerings at the funeral attested to Doctor Sayle's immense popularity in this section.

Dr. Sayle in his years as a citizen of Commerce had built a wide reputation for being a competent physician and surgeon and was a valued member of the community. He had served the city in many capacities, the most recent being a member of the local board of education.

Since the war shortage of doctors in Commerce, Dr. Sayle had worked harder and harder as all civilian doctors and was contributing a great part to the war effort.

("The Sunday Journal", Commerce, March 5, 1944, pg. 1)

Submitted by Scott Fraser
web page The Scott and Priscilla Fraser Family Page

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