E. Fitzgerald was the son of Nathan and Julia Ann Fitzgerald, who came to Texas
from Mississippi in 1870 and settled in the Oak Grove community south of Rice in
Navarro County. Will was a successful farmer in Rice for many years. He died
in 1937 and is buried with his wife, Mary Etta Campbell Fitzgerald in the
Cemetery at Rice, Navarro County, Texas
Mary Etta Campbell married
William E. Fitzgerald in 1889, reared their family in Rice, Texas,
died in 1954 and both are buried in the
Navarro County, Texas.
Bessie Fitzgerald Murff, standing, Emma Fitzgerald Lemon and
Will Fitzgerald, (9 years old) children of William E. and Mary Etta
Fitzgerald. Pictured dated about 1913.
familiar sight in Rice, Texas was this
gracious home built in 1917 for the
William E. Fitzgerald family where they lived and entertained for many years
Jane B. Smith 6/2004
Billie Fitzgerald Baker
of McKinney, Texas has graciously submitted the following articles and
pictures to the Navarro County website in memory of her father,
William Sloan Fitzgerald and his
parents, William E. and Mary Etta Campbell Fitzgerald formerly of Rice,
Texas. View Article
Apr 12, 1873 - Aug 26, 1954
Rice Resident Services Friday
Funeral services for Mrs. W. E. Fitzgerald, 81, who had resided near Rice for 65
years, were held Friday at 5 p.m. from the Haynie Memorial Methodist Church in
Rice. Burial was in the Rice cemetery.
The rites were conducted by Frank L. Coxx, Ennis Church of Christ minister.
Mrs. Fitzgerald died Thursday afternoon at Ennis following a three weeks’
Surviving are three sons, M. V. Fitzgerald, Rice; W. S. Fitzgerald, Ennis, and
C. M. Fitzgerald, Galveston; two daughters, Mrs. Sam Feagins and Mrs. L. D.
Murff, both of Rice; 14 grandchildren; a brother, W. A. Campbell, Alma, and a
half-brother, Jess Morris, Telico.
Aug 04, 1867 - Jan 20, 1937
PIONEER RESIDENT RICE DIED EARLY WEDNESDAY THERE
RICE, Jan. 20.—(Spl.)—W. E. Fitzgerald, aged 60 years, native of Mississippi but
resident of Rice practically all of his life, died here early Wednesday morning.
Definite funeral arrangements had not been made Wednesday morning but will
probably be held Thursday afternoon with burial in the
Surviving are his wife, five children, Mrs. Emma Lemons, Mrs. Luther Murff and
M. V. Fitzgerald, all of Rice; Cecil Fitzgerald, Bazette; and William
Fitzgerald, Waco; two brothers and a sister, Mrs. Frank Morris, Navarro; two
brothers, Ed Fitzgerald, Parker county, and George Fitzgerald, Wichita county.
Mr. Fitzgerald was a member of the Christian church and Masonic lodge.
The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, January 20, 1937 - Submitted by Diane
RICE, Jan. 27.—(Spl.)—Funeral services for W. E. Fitzgerald were held Friday
afternoon from the Methodist church at 2 o’clock with the Rev. Wimbish, pastor
of the Church of Christ at Ennis and assisted by Rev. Oliver and Rev. Henry of
Rice. Pallbearers were Jesse Pollan, Roy and Charlie Hall, Ernest Cummins, Jesse
Dyer and J. K. Bradley. Out-of-town relatives and friends here for the funeral
were: Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Brackin and daughter, Lorene, Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Ford
of Cleburne; Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Morris of Groesbeck; Mr. and Mrs. Jim Outlaw,
Valley Mills; Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Fitzgerald, Abilene; Mr. and Mrs. Ovid
Johnson and son, Mrs. J. D. Pasley and daughters, Alma, Marie and LaVerne; Ivis
Pasley, Mr. and Mrs. Egbert Pasley, all of Dallas, John Christian and Alex
McKinney, Powell; Miss Carrie Lindsay, Bardwell; Mrs. Wilma Weems, Corsicana;
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Morris and family, Navarro; Mr. and Mrs. Jim Slagle and
daughter, Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Lemon and family, Mrs. H. L. Fitzgerald, Mr. and
Mrs. Carlos Fitzgerald, Hugh Fitzgerald, Mr. and Mrs. Felix Parker, all of
Ennis; Mr. and Mrs. Will Campbell, Mr. and Mrs. Everett Campbell, Miss Mary
Wright, and Mrs. Ward Bell of Alma.