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Obituaries 1936

Anderson, Margaret Ruth Miss Margaret Ruth Anderson, 26, of Amarillo, who was killed instantly in a crossing crash at Keighley, (Kinsley?)KS, Tuesday afternoon, which claimed the lives of five persons, was a former resident of Happy. She was the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Bill Anderson who lived in Happy for a number of years previous to 1925. Mr. Anderson was in the barber buiness here. The Anderson family now lives at Texola.  The Happy Herald, 12 November 1936.
Severns, Mrs. Charles Word was received here Sunday morning from Chicago that Mrs. Charles Severns, mother of Mrs. W. D. Moore, had passed away at 3 a.m. from a paralytic stroke. Mrs. Severns had made her home the past two years with a daughter, Mrs. L. C. Zirkle of Chicago. She had lived in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma for 25 years previous to this. Her husband, preceded her in death four years ago. Lewis Severns, an only son, lives in Hobart, Oklahoma. Three grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. I. W. Baker, of Whittier, Calif., also survive. She visited her daughter were held Tuesday at 2:30 from the Christian church, Lone Wolf, Okla. Mrs. Moore and Margie went to Lone Wolf Sunday afternoon where Mr. Moore joined them Monday night.  The Happy Herald, 29 October 1936.
Stokes, Mrs. W. B. Mrs. W. B. Stokes, 26, of Gladewater, sister of Governor Alfred, was killed in an auto accident eight miles east of Mineola Saturday.  Mrs. Stokes was married a year ago in a ceremony in the governor's mansion. She was the youngest of the Alfred sisters.  In addition to the Governer, Mrs. Stokes is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Rene Alfred of Bowie; a sister, Mrs. Jeff Christian of Ft Worth; and four brothers, O. H. Alfred, Federal Securities Commissioner at Ft. Worth, Ben Alfred of Dallas, a court reporter, and Raymond and Rene Alfred Jr. of Tyler, attorneys.  Funeral services were held at Bowie Sunday.  The Happy Herald, 26 March 1936.
Waite, Mrs. Clyde Mrs. Clyde Waite, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Dison (probably Dixon) former residents of Happy, died in Los Angeles, California Sunday, November 22.  The news of her death was received in Happy by J. B. Mulkey, grandfather of Mrs. Waite.  The deceased is survived by her husband and one son, age ten.  Funeral services were held in Los Angeles Tuesday.  Mrs. Waite was seriously injured in a car wreck four or five year ago from which she was never well and which was the direct cause of her death.  The Happy Herald, 26 November 1936.
Wakefield, Mrs. J. M. Mrs. Lula Jane Wakefield, mother of Mrs. G. D. Walker and resident of Happy since 1910, died at the home of her daughter here Friday, August 14, after a very brief illness.  Funeral services were held at the Calvary Baptist Church Sunday afternoon after which the body was taken to Cleburne for burial.  Rev. W. H. Jackson was in charge of the services at the local church.  The deceased is survived by two daughters.  Miss Lula Jane Willis was born 29 February 1868 at Jacksonville, Mississippi and moved with her family to Ennis, Texas at the age of sixteen years.  She was married to J. M. Wakefield in 1888 and from Ennis they moved to Johnson County near Cleburne in 1901 and came to Happy in 1910.  Three children were born to Mrs. and Mrs. Wakefield.  The deceased was a member of the Baptist Church.  The Happy Herald, 20 August 1936
Walters, T. H. (Tom) T. H. (Tom) Walters, 64, former Swisher County sheriff, died at the Plainview Sanitarium last Friday, July 30, after an illness of several months.  Funeral services were held at the First Presbyterian Church in Tulia Friday afternoon at 4:00.  Interment was made in Rose Hill Cemetery, Tulia.  Mr. Walters served as Sheriff of Swisher County from 1 January 1921 until 31 December 1928, four terms in succession.  He won many friends by his fair dealing and sympathetic nature while in this office.  Survivors are his widow and three daughters, four brothers and two sisters.  The Happy Herald, 6 August 1936.
Webb, George T. George T. Webb, pioneer citizen of Swisher County and resident of Happy for the past six years passed away at his home in this city Wednesday afternoon, December 16 at 3:13, one day before he would have celebrated his 86th birthday.  Mr. Webb had been critically ill for the past several days but had enjoyed good health until recently.  Mr. Webb came to Swisher County in 1890 and settled in the Vigo Park section where he lived for thirty-two years before moving to Tulia where he resided for several years.  He moved with his family to Happy from Tulia in 1930.  The deceased was born in Westfield, New York, 17 December 1850 and came to Texas at the age of three years.  He lived in Dallas, Arlington, Parker and Jack Counties before coming to this section.  He was married to Miss Dora Alice Harris in Parker County 1 September 1886.  They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on September 1 of this year.  To this union four children were born.  Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon in the Tulia Church of Christ with J. T. Corder, minister, officiating.  Burial was in the Tulia Cemetery under the direction of Ramsey Funeral Home.  Besides the widow, three children, eleven grandchildren and one great-grandchild survive.  The children are Miss Lillie Webb, Thomas W. Webb and George Tillman Webb of Happy.   The Happy Herald, 17 December 1936.
White, Rilma Miss Rilma White, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh E. White, was found dead in a park early last Saturday morning, with a bullet wound in her chest, and a small caliber gun lying near the body.  Miss Rilma was a sophomore in college and taking advanced courses in The Progressive Series of Music at the college in the suburbs of Saint Louis, and was on her way to her classes from her boarding house when the fatal shot was fired.  Mystery surrounds the shooting and it is not known who fired the shot, as there yet seems no motive that has been discovered for the fatal shooting.  Mr. White and several Tulia men left for Saint Louis Saturday evening late and Mr. White accompanied the body to Tulia, returning home Tuesday morning.  Funeral services were conducted from the Methodist Church by Rev. Sam A. Thomas, assisted by J. Hoyt Boles Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock and interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery under the direction of Ramsey Undertaking Co.  Miss Rilma was a favorite among everyone who knew her, both young and old. Truly to know her was to love her. She was everything that endeared her to everyone with whom she came in contact. She graduated from the Tulia High School, class of 1934, and during most of her grade and high school days, she carried an extensive course in piano music, keeping both up in fine shape and assisting in the housework at home, practicing for hours daily at the piano.  Her recital last summer was greatly appreciated by her many friends who attended, greatly marvelous at the talent shown at her rendition of the most difficult numbers, all done from memory.  All Tulia is upset by reason of her untimely passing, and hope the mystery may soon be solved.  Tulia, Texas 1936.
Whitman, Welty C. Welty C. Whitman, 27, farmer, died at the home of his parents two miles west of Happy, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Young Whitman had been suffering from a bad kidney and heart trouble for some time but he had shown some improvement during the past few days. Therefore, his death was a shock to the family and friends. He was born in Happy, July 1, 1908. A single man, he lived with his parents Mr. and Mrs. Seth Whitman. Other survivors are two brothers and a sister, Gill Whitman, Glenn Whitman and Lou Rose Whitman of Happy. Rev. and Mrs. W. C. Rose of Happy, grandparents of the deceased, also survive. Funeral services were held at 2:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon from the family home. Rev. Akers, local Presbyterian pastor, conducted the rites. Burial was in Dreamland cemetery in Canyon. Blackburn‑Shaw Funeral Directors of Amarillo had charge of arrangements for the services.
The Happy Herald, 5 March 1936.

Willis, Rev. J. L. Rev. J. L. Willis died Monday at noon at the hospital in Stamford at 1 o'clock. Funeral rites were held here Wednesday afternoon at 3:30. He was 41, from the Methodist church (Rule) of which he was pastor and had built. Services were conducted by Rev. E. B. Bowen of Stamford, assisted by Rev. W. L. Tittle of Plainview and Rev. Roy Shahan, pastor of the Rule Baptist Church and Rev. O. B. Herring, a former pastor of the Methodist church here. The body was taken to Gorman in the Gauntt's ambulance for burial Thursday morning at 11 o'clock by the side of his father and an infant who preceded him in death several years ago. The deceased is survived by his wife, the following four children: Elizabeth Lloyd, Mildred and Bruce; his mother, Mrs. J. E. Willis of Conroe; five sisters, and four brothers; Mrs. E. S. Payne, Conroe; Mrs. A H. Streetman, Grapeland; Mrs. L. Gray, Cove Spring; Mrs. Jimmie Smith, Mrs. R. E. Denson and Alton Willis, St. Petersburg, Fla.; W. J. and Marvin Willis, Tyler; P. G. Willis, Odessa. Rev. Willis was serving his second year as pastor here. During his first year as pastor he built a new education building and had plans to build a new main auditorium to the church. Before coming to Rule he was pastor at Happy, Texas, and while there built a new pastorage and rebuilt the church which had been destroyed by fire. He also built a new church at Borger during his pastorate there.  The Happy Herald, 23 April 1936

Wilson, Carrol Ray Mr. and Mrs. D. O. Davis of this city were called to Plainview Wednesday to attend the funeral of Carrol Ray Wilson, 3, son of Mrs. and Mr. Rex Wilson and grandson of Mr. Davis, who died Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. The child had diphtheria and developed pneumonia which was the direct cause of death. Carrol Ray was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson and also the only grandchild of Mr. Davis.  The Happy Herald, 3 December 1936.

Woolsey, C. O. C. O. Woolsey, a former citizen of Happy, died at his home in White Deer, Nov. 18th, 43 hours after suffering a stroke of paralysis. Mr. Woolsey was the father of Mrs. Johnnie Mann of Happy and lived here for a number of years, previous to 1931 when the family moved to Hereford where they resided until about six months ago. The deceased is survived by his widow and 12 children. Mr. and Mrs. Mann who went to White Deer on being notified of the serious illness of her father, were present when he passed away.  The Happy Herald, 26 November 1936.

Younger, W. H. Jr. W. H. Younger, Jr. 39, superintendent of public schools at Tulia, died at Hot Springs, NM at 5:00 Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Younger was head of schools at Tulia for 13 years. He had been ill since May 1. At the last day of school he had to be carried home due to illness. While still a youngster he saw service in WWI and was captain of the 343rd Field Artillery at the close of the war. With his wife he had been in Hot Springs for more than a month because of ill health. Besides his wife he is survived by two daughters, Arlene 12, and Virginia 8; four brothers, M. C. Younger, of Hobbs NM; Fuqua Younger of Dumas; D. H. Younger of Clayton, NM; and Oakes Younger who is in Old Mexico, also survive. Funeral arrangements are pending arrival of the body in Tulia.  The Happy Herald, 25 June 1936.

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