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Obituaries 1932

Akins, Elveta The funeral of Mrs. Elveta Akins, 17, was held Monday afternoon at Wayside. Services were conducted by Rev. T. C. Sumrall, assisted by Rev. John O. Scott and interment was made in the Wayside Cemetery.   Mrs. Akins was the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. C. U. Jackson of Vigo Park and leaves a brother, grandmother, two aunts, and her husband, SAM AKINS, and one uncle.  She passed away on last Sunday, February 7 at Oklahoma City, and the body was shipped here.  The deceased was a member of the Canyon Baptist Church.  The Happy Herald, 12 February 1932.
Ansley, Henry

Henry Ansley, 36 Amarillo newspaperman and author of "I Like the Depression" died Saturday of injuries suffered in an auto accident near Tuba shortly after midnight. Ansley spent his youth with his parents in various towns of the Panhandle plains. He attended Wayland College at Plainview. He engaged in the cattle business later and at the time of his death was planning another book.  Eleven years ago he entered the newspaper profession, associating himself with Gene Howe and Wilbur C. Hawk, owners of the Amarillo Globe and News. Recently he served as managing editor of the El Paso Herald for several years. He returned to the Amarillo papers when the Herald was sold a year and a half ago.  An ambulance carried Ansley to Amarillo from Tulia. He is survived by his wife, MRS. MARIE ANSLEY; his parents Mr.and Mrs. B. T. Ansley; five brothers, Paul, Ben Forrest, Horace and Thad; and one sister Mary, all of Amarillo.  Funeral services were held at the Amarillo Central Presbyterian Church at 2:30 Monday afternoon with Bishop E. Cecil Seaman of the Episcopal Church in charge assisted by Dr. Thomsen of the Central Presbyterian Church. Burial was in Llano Cemetery.  The Happy Herald, 18 August 1932.

Avery, W. H.
W. H. Avery, 45, brother of Mrs. W. A. Rea and agricultural instructor at Luling school was killed instantly and a 17 year old student was critically injured when Mr. Avery's car turned over on the Austin‑Houston highway 25 miles east of Austin last week.  Mr. Avery was a prominent teacher who served as superintendent of the Kress schools a few years ago.  A brother M. R. Avery is County Judge for Castro County at present and is also making the race for representative for 120th district.  It will be recalled that another brother, J. O. Avery, was agriculture teacher and superintendent of schools here several years ago.  The Happy Herald, 29 April 1932.
Spear, Mrs. W. H. Malinda Jane Titus was born at Clinton, Indiana, Sept 18,1856 and departed this life July 1, 1932, being at the time of her death 75 years, 9 mos and 13 days old. She was married to W.            H. SPEAR Sept. 15, 1881. To this union were born six children, four boys and two girls, all of whom are still living, and all except Henry were at her bedside when she passed away. he family came to Texas in 1909 and settled near Tulia. The funeral was held in the Methodist Church in Tulia at 3:00 Sunday afternoon, July 3, 1932 by her pastor, Rev. Plant of Vigo Park, assisted by the local pastor, Rev. Leveridge and Rev. Shepherd of Happy, where a large concourse of friends and neighbors gathered to pay their last respects. The burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Tulia.  The Happy Herald, 7 July 1932.
Steels, F. M. F. M. Steele, 72, father of John Steele of Happy, died at his home in Norton, Runnells county, Oct. 5th.  Mr. Steele had been in failing health since January of 1930, at which time he had a very severe case of pneumonia from which he never fully recovered. However, three weeks preceding his death he was thought to be improving as he felt better than usual. Heart failure was the immediate cause of his death.  Funeral services were held at the Norton Methodist Church, of which the deceased was a member, Oct. 6th at 3 p.m.  Rev. J. D. Smoot of Comanche, a former pastor, preached Mr. Steele's funeral, and was assisted by Rev. Swearengen of the Norton Methodist Church and Rev. Steele of the Baptist Church.  Surviving are the widow, Mrs. F. M. Steele of Norton and three sons and two daughters: Harry Steele of Norton; L. O. Steele of Hamlin; John Steele of Happy; Mrs. L. L. Allen of Norton; Mrs. A. M. Hilliard of Winters.  The Happy Herald, 3 November 1932.
Stewart, Dr. D. M. Tribute to Dr. D. M. Stewart, 64, prominent early Canyon resident and civic leader who died there Friday night, was paid in funeral services held at the First Methodist Church in that city Sunday afternoon.  Services were conducted by Rev. C. W. Foote, pastor of the Canyon church in which Doctor Stewart took an active lead: Rev. L. N. Lipscomb of Amarillo, Methodist Presiding Elder, assisted in the service.  Burial was in the Dreamland Cemetery under the direction of Griggs‑Thompson funeral home. Methodist stewards, Canyon Rotarians and local physicians were honorary pallbearers.  During his 32 years residence in Canyon, the doctor was a leader in Randall County professional circles, active in church affairs, and was closely identified with civic, fraternal and benevolent movements.  The Happy Herald, 8 December 1932.
Surguy, Mrs. Ellen Midella Funeral services for Mrs. Ellen Midella Surguy, 66, were held from the Methodist Church in Happy Monday afternoon. Services were conducted by Rev. J. R Plant, of Vigo Park, and interment was made in the Happy Cemetery under the direction of Griggs‑Thompson Funeral Home.  The deceased was born Feb. 16, 1856, and died Feb. 7, 1932. Her permanent home was in Vigo Park, but she has resided in Happy for the past six months prior to her death.  Surviving are sons and daughters, Mrs. F. A. Carter, Grundy, Okla.; Robert Surguy, Happy; Earl Surguy, Caldwell, Kansas; John Surguy, Houston; Mrs. Lillie Castleberry, Happy; Charles Surguy, Vigo Park; Mrs. Irene Evazey, Happy; and two brothers, J. W. Bost of Clarksville, Ark. and Ernest Bost of San Francisco, Calif.  The Happy Herald, 12 February 1932.

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