On Friday afternoon there arrived in Blessing the remains of one of our soldiers who had died in France of wounds received in action at the front. The Red Cross Chapter at Blessing was asked to take charge of the funeral and make the necessary arrangements. The S. P. Train was met by the family of the deceased and a large number of friends and sympathizers. Six ex-soldiers of the World War acted as pall-bearers and received the coffin draped with a flag. The funeral service was held at the Presbyterian Church, which was decorated with flags. The sermon was preached by Rev. F. G. Gillespie, pastor of the Palacios Presbyterian Church.
The following was the obituary notice: “Private George Hawk, 335 Infantry, Company G, was born October 30, 1887, in Phillips county, Kansas. Died in France Nov. 1, 1918, from wounds received while in action; age 31 years and 1 day.”
After the solemn service at the graveside in Hawley Cemetery, Taps was sounded and a volley fired. The deceased’s parent reside in Clemville and the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community goes out to them in their sorrow.
The Palacios Beacon, Friday, June 10, 1921
Mrs. Jane Hawks, age 77 years, 7 months and 5
days passed away at her home near Clemville Saturday, December 12 at
12:15 p. m.
She is survived by three sons and three daughters. Burial was in Hawley cemetery Monday at two p. m. with Rev. J. Willett officiating. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Walker-Matchett Funeral Home.
Matagorda County Tribune, December 17, 1936
Joseph Washington Hawk passed away October 11,
1935, at his home near Clemville at the age of 77 years, 4 months,
25 days. He was born May 16, 1858 in Illinois. He moved with his
parents to Missouri at the age of 14. Here he grew to manhood. He
moved to Kansas at the age of 21 and filed on a homestead near
Kerwin, Kansas. On September 21, 1882, he was united in marriage
with Jane Hess. To this union there were born six boys and three
girls, three of whom preceded him in death, two infants and George,
who gave his life in France. He and his family moved to a farm near
Clemville, Texas, in 1908. Later oil and gas were discovered here.
He was a devoted husband and father and was loved by all his friends
as an honest, upright man. He studied his Bible much and looked
forward to his heavenly home. While we miss him, we know he is
resting safely now.
He leaves to mourn his loss his wife; three sons,
John W. Hawk of Lake Wilson, Minn.; Charles E. Hawk of Woonsocket,
S. D.; Joseph W. Hawk of Clemville, Texas; and three daughters, Mrs.
Tony Showers of Van Vleck, Texas; Mrs. Marshall Alexander of Damon,
and Rose Hawk of Clemville, Texas; ten grandchildren and two
great-grandchildren; also four brothers and four sisters survive.
The mother and five children were able to attend the funeral. John
came from Lake Wilson by airplane. Charles was unable to come
because of sickness.
Funeral services were held at the home Monday afternoon, Rev. Deatherage officiating. Burial was made in Holy [Hawley] Cemetery.
Matagorda County Tribune, October 31, 1935
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