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Obituaries 1934

Akers, Margaret Louise

The entire citizenship of Happy was grieved on last Saturday night and Sunday when the news went out that little Margaret Louise Akers, the three year old daughter of Rev. and Mrs. H. C. Akers had passed away Saturday night at 9 o'clock in an Amarillo hospital.   Funeral services were held from the Presbyterian Church Monday morning at 11 o'clock with Rev. R. A. Partlow of Sherman, a friend of the family and former pastor of the local church in charge.  The little body was laid to rest in the local cemetery under the direction of Griggs‑Thompson of Canyon.  The Happy Herald, 4 October 1934.

Ballard, Mary Magdalene Funeral services were held Wednesday from the First Baptist Church for Mrs. J. J. Ballard of Kansas City, MO by Rev. Harry Swartz at 2:00 p.m. Mrs. Ballard died November 11 at Kansas City. Her body was brought to Happy on the 9:20 train Wed. morning and carried immediately to the Baptist Church where it rested until the funeral hour.  The deceased is survived by her husband, J. J. BALLARD of Kansas City; two sisters, Mrs. E. C. Burks of Happy and Mrs. J. C. Conway of Portland, OR; three brothers, W. D. Dixon, Dumas, TX; C. B. Dixon, Chetopa, Kansas; and Henry Dixon of Belen, NM.  Mrs. Ballard was the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. W. M. Dixon, pioneer residents of this section. The Dixon family came to Texas from the Indian Territory in 1900 and settled near Nazareth where they lived for many years. Mrs. Ballard and her husband moved from this community in 1919, going to Amarillo where they lived for a short time before moving to Kansas City.  The deceased had been in bad health for nearly a year. Interment was in Happy cemetery under direction of Griggs‑Thompson Funeral Home.  The Happy Herald, 15 November 1934.
Belt, J. T. Mrs. W. L. Frost returned from Berry, Texas, near Corsicana, Tuesday, after spending several weeks at the bedside of her father, J. T. Belt, who passed away Saturday at 6 a.m. at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C. M. Farmer, who he had been visiting since last fall.  Mr. Belt was well known in Happy, having made his home with his daughter here for the past 8 years. He had been in failing health for several months.  Funeral services were held Sunday with interment in Dresden Cemetery beside the grave of his companion who preceded Mr. Belt in death many years.  The deceased is survived by two sons and six daughters.  The Happy Herald, 15 March 1934.
Boyd, Ollie
Funeral services for Ollie Boyd were held from the Happy Methodist Church Monday at 3:30 with Rev. H. C. Smith of Tahoka officiating, assisted by Rev. J. L. Willis, Rev. H. C. Akers and Rev. H. W. Carter. Young Boyd, a graduate of the local high school in 1933, was a popular leader among the young people of Happy. He enrolled in the high school in 1930, coming from the Arney community. During his last year in high school he served as president of his senior class. His death came as a shock to the entire community where he was loved and esteemed by all. Few people knew of the accident near El Paso which cost him his life, until his death was announced Sunday afternoon. Besides taking an active part in newspaper work, Ollie was an athlete of unusual ability, having lettered on the Jacks team three years. He worked in the Herald office and in the City Tailor Shop the last year he was in school here. The deceased is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Boyd, and five brothers and sisters: Mrs. 1. C. Brown of Rankin, TX; H. O. Boyd of Electra; Mrs. Maranda Smith of Albuquerque, NM; G. L. Boyd of Electra; Mrs. P. A. Crane of Northville; L. B. Boyd of McLean and Phil and Pauline Boyd who live with their parents 27 miles west of Happy. All these relatives with their families were present at the funeral. Members of the 1933 graduating class of Happy High School acted as pallbearers. Griggs‑Thompson were in charge of funeral arrangements.   The Happy Herald,  8 November 1934.
Buzbee, Haywood H. Buzbee, 45, a resident of this community since 1930 died at his home a few miles southeast of Happy Wednesday evening at 8 o'clock from an attack of acute indigestion. The fatal attack only lasted a few minutes, the deceased passing away before a doctor could reach him.  Funeral services will be held from the First Baptist Church of Happy Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock with the pastor, Rev. M. M. Robinett in charge.    Interment will be in Happy cemetery with Masonic honors. Griggs‑Thompson Funeral directors are in charge of funeral arrangements.  Haywood Buzbee was born in Alabama, Feb. 7, 1889 and died at his home near Happy, Feb. 7, 1934, the day he was 45 years old.  The deceased came to Happy from Pampa where he was connected with the Humble Oil Co. as a driller for 12 years before coming to Happy 4 years ago. He is survived by his wife and three children, Edna, Dorwood, and Marjorie. He is also survived by his father, Sam Buzbee of Abilene and three brothers and four sisters; Loftin and John Buzbee of Pampa, Mack Buzbee of Merkel; Mrs. Mattie Montgomery and Mrs. Hattie Berry of Pasadena, CA; Mrs. Daisy Woodruf of Rising Star; and Mrs. Jennie Johnson of Ovalo.  The Happy Herald, 8 February 1934.
Sisk, Rev. E. L. Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Willis were in Plainview to attend the funeral of Rev. E. L. Sisk Monday afternoon. He was a pastor on the Plainview circuit who passed away in a Plainview Sanitarium on last Saturday. Rev. Sisk had served 36 years in the Northwest Texas Conference of the Methodist Church. Lloyd Barnett, son of pastor at Abernathy, who has been serving the circuit during Rev. Sisk's illness, will continue in this position.  The Happy Herald, 25 October 1934.
Snyder, Miss Willie Miss Willie Snyder, 21, Crosbyton, a senior at Tech college died last Saturday morning of pneumonia, following an illness of short duration. Funeral services and burial were at Crosbyton Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock and were attended by a large assemblage of friends and relatives. She was a niece of Mrs. C. J. Tirey, who spent a large part of last week at her bedside at Lubbock. Mrs. Tirey and family and Mrs. W. W. Spiller attended the funeral services Sunday.  The Happy Herald, 1 March 1934.
Steed, Lynn Byron Funeral services for Lynn Byron Steed were held Sunday afternoon Sept. 9th at the Baptist church conducted by Rev. J. R Hicks. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Z. J. Steed of Adrian, and formerly lived in the Jowell community. The following are the survivors: Mr. and Mrs. Z. J. Steed; 2 brothers, S. W. and Z. J. Steed Jr.; four sisters, Catherine and Margaret Steed, Mrs. J. H. Stephenson Jr. of Hamlin and Mrs. M. B. Walberg of Plainview. The deceased was injured in an accident at Adrian and died in a hospital at Fort Worth where he was taken for treatment. Lynn Steed was well known in Happy where he attended school and was a member of the graduating class of 1932.   The Happy Herald, 20 September 1934.
Studenroth, Mrs. Martin Funeral services were conducted at the Lutheran Church of East St. Louis, Ill, this week for Mrs. Martin Studenroth who peacefully passed away at her home here Saturday morning following a prolonged illness.  Miss Maggie Prader was born Oct. 28, 1861 in Potosi, Missouri. She was the only girl in a family of four children. One brother, Mr. Tony Prader, survives her.   When just a young woman, she was married to MR. CHARLES DUBOIS, a brilliant young college student from East St. Louis, Ill. Three girls and two boys were born to bless this union. While in the prime of life, Mr. DuBois suddenly passed away following a stroke of apoplexy. In 1917 she married MARTIN STUDENROTH and came to the Plains to make her home.  Besides her husband, she is survived by three daughters; Miss Mary Dubois and Mrs. H. G. Koch of Happy, Texas; and Mrs. Lillian C. Kehoe of East St. Louis, Ill. Mr. Studenroth, Miss Dubois and Mrs. Koch accompanied the body to Illinois.  The Happy Herald, 12 April 1934.

Special thanks to Zoe Smith for her many contributions and to Elaine Stone for her many submissions.  Ladies, without you, this page would be blank.

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