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Private Clarence L. Greenwood
U. S. Army
Ser. # 1,487,546

May, 1898 - October 10, 1918
San Antonio National Cemetery

San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas

Gold Star Mother
Annie Woodruff [Palmer] Greenwood


Private First Class Clarence Lee Greenwood, [May __, 1898 – October 10, 1918] was born to James David Greenwood [April 3, 1858 – July 3, 1935]† and Annie Woodruff (Palmer) Greenwood [August 6, 1861 – March 8, 1943]† in Harris County, Texas.  On August 12, 1917 he married Miss Larah Agnes Adams*[March 16, 1893 - January 13, 1993] at LaWard, Jackson County, Texas.  Her parents were Mose Francis Adams [October 18, 1855 – January 13, 1947]†† and Nellie Susie (Manuel) Adams [August 9, 1861 – September 2, 1938]††. Of this union, a son, Clarence Lee Greenwood, Jr. [June 6, 1918 – August 9, 2007] was born.  It is unknown when Clarence joined the military in Houston, Harris County, Texas; he was first stationed at Fort Ringgold, Rio Grande City, Starr County, Texas. Prior to WWI, revolutions in Mexico led to unrest along the US border, including Mexican raids on towns in the Southwestern United States. This led to garrisoning by the US Army of camps and forts all along the Rio Grande River, Texas’ border with Mexico. He and Agnes, following their marriage in LaWard, returned to Fort Ringgold by way of the town of Sam Fordyce, Texas, a railroad terminus for troops at Fort Ringgold. Following his assignment at Fort Ringgold he was then sent to France and was attached to Company E, 141 Texas Infantry Regiment (Panthers), 36th (T Patch) Division. It is believed Agnes and little Clarence returned to Magnolia Park, Harris County, Texas to stay with her parents. He died from combat wounds he received on October 10, 1918 while his unit was deployed along the St. Etienne-Orfeuil road, Marne Department (department is similar to a county), France.  He was originally buried at Cemetery 540, French Military, La Cheepe (most likely Suippes), Marne, France Grave No. 109.  At an undetermined date he was transferred to the San Antonio National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas where he was re-interred in Section G, Site 1371.   At the time of his death his parents, brothers Carroll B. and Murphy W. and sister Grace were living in Palacios, Texas and Agnes and Clarence Jr. were at Magnolia Park. Agnes never re-married and died at the age of 99 on January 13, 1993 at Fredericksburg, Gillespie County, Texas and was buried at the Greenwood Cemetery in Fredericksburg.  Clarence Lee Jr. and his wife Virginia Ophelia (Wells) were also interred next to Agnes. The Palacios Greenwood American Legion Post #476 was originally named in Clarence Sr.’s honor in 1928 and was later re-named the Greenwood-Curtis Post to also honor another Palacios war casualty, George M. Curtis, who died in the Bataan Death March of WWII.

*Social Security Death Index gives her name as Agnes L. Greenwood. All census records reflect Larah Agnes.

†James D. and Annie W. Greenwood are buried at the Palacios Cemetery, Palacios, Matagorda County, Texas.

††Mose and Nellie Adams are buried at the Confederate Cemetery, Alvin, Brazoria County, Texas


J. D. Greenwood received word Saturday from the war department that his son, Clarence, who had been reported missing in action since October 9, had succumbed to wounds received while in the discharge of his duties in the front line trenches in France .

E. M. Kelly received word this week that his son, Leo, was missing in action. He has since had word from his son stating he was well and getting along fine.

The sympathy of the entire community goes out to Mr. Greenwood and his family in their loss.

At the moment of going to press we are informed that Calvin Ward has been wounded in action.―Palacios Beacon.                                 

The Matagorda County Tribune, December 13, 1918

Known List of Matagorda Boys Who Died in Service.

The following names of the soldiers who died while in the service of the U. S. A., are all that has been reported. If any one knows of others, and the cause of their death, if possible, please inform Mrs. Wm. Cash, Bay City, Texas:

Palacios--C. L. Greenwood.

Matagorda County Tribune
, September 5, 1919


Annie W. Greenwood

Annie W. Greenwood passed away in the hospital at El Campo, Monday, March 8, at the age of 81 years, 7 months and 3 days. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Ira [Grace] Moore, of Goose Creek; and two sons, C. B. Greenwood, Benavides, Texas, and M. N. Greenwood, of Dallas. Also one sister, Mrs. J. F. Daniel, of Greenville, Texas, three brothers, Charles Palmer, Dallas, J. R. Palmer, Parsons, Kas., and R. L. Palmer, Dallas; one daughter-in-law, Mrs. C. L. Greenwood, Houston, and five grand-children.

In early life she was married to J. D. Greenwood who preceded her in death July 3, 1935.

Among early citizens of our city both Mr. and Mrs. Greenwood were active in civic and church and church life. Mrs. Greenwood was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in which she took great interest and aided in its work as long as health permitted her so doing.

She was devoted to her family, kind and helpful neighbor ever willing to lend a helping hand in time of trouble and distress.

Funeral services were held from the Palacios Funeral Home Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. with A. R. Lundgren, of Houston, officiating. Burial was made in Palacios Cemetery under the direction of the Palacios Funeral Home.

Palacios Beacon, March 10, 1943

James D. Greenwood

James David Greenwood, born near Tupelo, Mississippi, April 3, 1858, passed to his eternal abode at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Grace Moore in Goose Creek, July 3, 1935, at the age of 77 years and 3 months.

When a young man he came to Texas living in the central part of the state for a time. He came to Palacios 23 years ago and continued to make this community his home. During these years he was interested in the building of Palacios and served the city as marshall and other positions of trust. He made a host of friends by whom he will be greatly missed,

Early in life he accepted Christ as his Savior and became a member of the Baptist Church. When he came to Palacios he united with the First Baptist Church here and was one of its most faithful members, being a regular attendant of services as long as his health permitted. He was a member of Palacios Lodge No. 990 A. F. & A. M. of Palacios, Texas.

On December 28, 1887, he was married to Miss Annie Palmer, and to this union were born four children, three of whom survive. The youngest son, Clarence, lost his life on France during the World War. Besides the wife, two sons, Carroll B. Greenwood, of George West, and Murphy Norris Greenwood, of Dallas, one daughter, Mrs. Grace Moore, Goose Creek; five grandchildren, C. L. Greenwood, of Houston; Dorothy Jean Greenwood, of Dallas; James B. Greenwood, George West; Mrs. Mildred Shirley and Melvin Moore of Goose Creek, also two sisters, Mrs. Mattie Rollins, California, and Mrs. Fannie Brady of Shreveport.

Funeral services were from the Palacios Funeral Home Thursday, July 4, conducted by Rev. George D. McClelland, pastor of the First Baptist Church. Masonic services were held at the grave in the Palacios cemetery and burial was under the direction of the Palacios Funeral Home.

Relatives here for the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Ira Moore, son Melvin and Mr. and Mrs. Shirley of Goose Creek; Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Greenwood, of George West; Mr. and Mrs. Murphy Greenwood, of Dallas; Mrs. C. L. Greenwood, of Houston; Mr. R. L. Palmer, of Dallas; Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Daniel, of Greenville.

Palacios Beacon, July 11, 1935


Clarence Greenwood who is a member of the Second Texans doing border duty, received a furlough last week and made good use of it by coming to LaWard last Sunday and being joined in wedlock to Miss Agnes Adams of that place. Clarence is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Greenwood and has been in the regular army for about two years, helping to defend the honor of the Federal government and of Texas. Miss Adams has spent some time in Palacios, where her friends testify to her ability in every way to prove a competent help-meet. Mr. and Mrs. Greenwood after motoring to Palacios to acquaint their friends of the change, left at once for Sam Fordyce where the groom is stationed.

Palacios Beacon, August 17, 1917


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