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Obituaries 1941

Allen, Libbie Rose Funeral services honoring the memory of Mrs. Libbie Rose Allen, a former resident of Happy, were conducted at the Methodist Church Thursday afternoon at 3:00.  Mrs. Allen, who moved from Happy to Amarillo five years ago, died September 30 at 9:15 p.m. at an Amarillo hospital where she was taken when she became seriously ill about ten days ago. The family home was at 622 West 9th Ave. She was a member of the Methodist church.  Mrs. Allen is survived by three sons, Hugh E. Allen of Amarillo; Roy C. Allen of Monette, MO; Garrett W. Allen of Hachita, NM; three daughters, Mrs. Floyd Swearingen of Happy; and Misses Elvira Allen and Callie Allen, both of Amarillo; three brothers, J. E. Glenn, Tucson, AZ; Albert Glenn, Childress; three sisters, Mrs. Flora Yoachum of Sanford, Mrs. Callie Browder of Amarillo and Mrs. S. R Duke of Fort Worth.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. H. C. Smith, a former neighbor and pastor of the deceased in Happy. He was assisted by Rev. R R.Gilbreath.  The Happy Herald, 2 October 1941.
Ballard, Mrs. J. W. Mrs. J. W. Ballard, 82, mother of J. R. Ballard, passed away at her home here early Wednesday morning following a brief illness. Her death was attributed to a heart attack.  Funeral services were conducted Thursday afternoon at 3:00 in the Canyon Methodist Church with Rev. Sam Thomas, pastor, in charge, assisted by Rev. R. R. Gilbreath and Rev. H. W. Carter. Interment was in Dreamland Cemetery under the direction of GriggsThompson Funeral Home of Canyon.  Mrs. Ballard was born in Loudon, TN July 5, 1859 and came to Texas about 58 years ago and on October 7, 1882 married J. W. Ballard at Savoy, Texas. After spending a few years in Grayson and Wise counties, the family moved to the Panhandle fifty years ago last June. First they landed in Swisher County, settling five miles SE of Happy at the old stage dinner stop, Mrs. Ballard having driven an ox wagon from Wise County while her husband and son drove the livestock.  In 1901 she and her husband moved to Canyon and made their home there until his death on June 28, 1938. Soon after this Mrs. Ballard moved to her new home here near her son.  Survivors include one son, J. R. Ballard of Happy and a daughter, Mrs. May Fletcher of Amarillo; one sister, Mrs. J. T. Service of Canyon, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  She was a member of the Methodist Church.  The Happy Herald, 17 July 1941.
Bandy, Mae Dunn Funeral services for Mrs. Tom Bandy, well known resident of Happy, will be conducted in the Methodist Church Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock with the pastor, Rev. R R Gilbreath, officiating. Assisting will be Rev. Ed L. Hawthorne, Pastor of the local Baptist Church.  Interment will be in the cemetery at Hereford under the direction of the E. B. Black Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Charlie Spear, Ed Sprowls, M. McCleod, O. K. McDonald, John Sims and Alden Mann.  Mrs. Bandy died here Wednesday morning. She was 58 years old. She and Mr. Bandy, local merchant and stock farmer, moved here in 1919 from Hereford.     Survivors besides the husband are three daughters, Mrs. U. V. Barnard of Amarillo; Mrs. Jack Sewell of Eastoboga, AL; Miss Ina Bandy of Happy; one son, Thomas Ed Bandy, student at Texas Tech; two sisters, Mrs. W. C. Lindsey of Happy and Mrs. C. J. Smith of Chatsworth, GA; and two brothers, Elijah Dunn of Decatur, and Frank Dunn of Tennga, GA.; and an aunt, Mrs. Bettie Higgins of Crandall, GA.  Happy, 20 March 1941.
Mrs. Tom Bandy, resident of Happy since 1919, died at the family home here at 9:30 Wednesday morning from a stroke.  Mae Dunn was the oldest of ten children born to Jonas and Florentine Dunn near Tennga, GA on November 7, 1882. She was a member of the Baptist Church since the age of 12. She was married to TOM BANDY on January 17, 1904 at her home near Tennga, GA. To this union were born three daughters while living in Georgia. The family came to Hereford, TX in 1916 making their home there about three years before they located in Happy. One daughter, Marie, was born near Hereford and died in infancy. The only son, Thomas Edd, was born in Happy.  After locating in Happy she and her husband united with the Methodist Church, of which she was loyal and faithful until her death in Happy about 9:;30 on March 19, 1941.  Survivors besides the husband are three daughters, Mrs. U. V. Barnard of Amarillo; Mrs. Jack Sewell of Eastoboga, AL; Miss Ina Bandy of Happy; one son, Thomas Ed Bandy, student at Texas Tech; two sisters, Mrs. W. C. Lindsey of Happy and Mrs. C. J. Smith of Chatsworth, GA; and two brothers, Elijah Dunn of Decatur, and Frank Dunn of Tennga, GA.; and an aunt, Mrs. Bettie Higgins of Crandall, GA.  The Happy Herald, 20 March 1941.
Barrett, John Harmon Noah Barrett received word of the sudden death of his father, John Harmon Barrett of Ada, Oklahoma, Tuesday morning and left immediately for that place.  The Happy Herald, 16 October 1941.
Burnum, Wilda Lou
Mrs. Wilda Lou Burnum, wife of P. K. BURNUM, prominent Carson County stock farmer, died at the family home two miles northwest of Panhandle last night.  Mrs. Burnum has been a resident of Carson County for the past 25 years, residing at the ranch home the entire period. She was a member of the Baptist Church.  Besides her husband she is survived by three sons, O. E. Grimes, P. G. Burnum, both of Panhandle, and P. Kenneth Burnum of Canyon, and four daughters, Mrs. B. C. Hare of Miami, Mrs. James Gripp of Lodge Grass, MT; Mrs. R. B. Elliott of Happy and Mrs. Marie Bloodworth of Canyon.  The Happy Herald, 6 November 1941.
Scott, Frank W. Final rites for Frank W. Scott, 74, Plains pioneer and the first sheriff of Swisher county, were conducted at 3:00 Sunday afternoon by Dr. W. H. Clark at the First Baptist Church in Tulia. The body was brought overland from his home at Edcouch. Mr. Scott, a former cowboy for the JA Ranch, died in a hospital at Mercedes February 19. He was born March 12, 1866 at Eddyville, Ky., and moved to Tarrant county, TX, eight years ago. Mr. Scott's first job on the Plains was with the F Ranch and later the JA Ranch. In 1890 he helped organize Swisher County and was elected sheriff, a position he held for six years. After retiring from public office, Mr. Scott helped H. H. Tracy and E. W. Baker start a hardware company which remained in business in Tulia over 35 years. A few years later Scott sold out in Tulia and moved to Happy where he and a son operated a hardware store. Mr. Scott moved from Swisher county to Edcouch, where he became a citrus fruit farmer. Mrs. Scott, the former MISS SADIE BAKER, Hale Center, whom the pioneer married in 1890, died at Tulia in 1926. Both Scott and his wife were members of the First Baptist Church. Survivors include one son, Frank C. Scott, San Antonio; three daughters, Mrs. S. S. Williams, Jasper; Mrs. Eula Townsend, San Antonio; Mrs. Andrew Glover, Breckenridge; one brother, Fred Scott of Canyon; three half brothers, John Scott of Teague; Olen Scott, Pueblo, Colo.; J. T. Scott, Tulia; six half sisters, Mrs. Newt Gray, Happy; Mrs. Will Foster, Happy; Mrs. Jim Donaldson, San Diego, Calif.; Mrs. Briggs Hopson, Pilot Point; Mrs. Albert Bivens, Tulia; and Mrs. W. D. Love, Tulia.  The Happy Herald, 27 February 1941.
Staggs, Lee A. Last rites for Lee A. Staggs, 73, were conducted Sunday afternoon at the Finney Baptist Church near Plainview. Mr. Staggs died late Friday at the home of his brother, Cicero Staggs, northeast of Plainview. He had been ill for the past two months. Rev. A. L. Brewer, Finney Baptist minister, officiated in the services. Burial was in the Happy cemetery. Mr. Staggs formerly lived in this community.  The Happy Herald, 27 February 1941.
Stansell, Mrs. Susan Elvira Mrs. Susan Elvira Stansell, 89, a cousin of the late president Woodrow Wilson, died in a hospital at Wellington Sunday morning at 3:30. Funeral services were conducted in the Wellington cemetery. Mrs. Stansell is survived by one son, Mills Stansell of Nara Visa, NM; one daughter, Mrs. Mattie Robinson of Wellington; 11 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren and one great‑great grandchild. S L. Robinson, grandson, and Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Robinson and Lyndall attended the funeral Monday. Mrs. Stansell visited the Robinson's home often, and was well known here. Margueta Robinson was the only great great grandchild.  The Happy Herald, 30 January 1941.
Walker, Mrs. W. M. Mrs. W. M. Walker, 59, died after a lingering illness at her home in Mangum, Oklahoma, Saturday, December 21.  Burial was in Mangum Monday afternoon at two p.m.  Mrs. Walker was the mother of Mrs. Roy Roberts of Happy.  Mr. and Mrs. Roberts and family were in Mangum at the time of Mrs. Walker's death.  Mrs. Roberts had been with her mother for several weeks.  Survivors include the husband, sons and four daughters.  The Happy Herald, 2 January 1941.
Weaver, Mrs. Isaac Mrs. Sarah Weaver, 88, died April 27 at 9:30 a.m. in her home in Happy following a lingering illness.  Sarah Neff Weaver was born in Clay County, Illinois 7 January 1853.  She taught school in Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska where she was librarian for a number of years.  After her husband's death, Mrs. Weaver moved to Canyon, moving to Happy from there twenty years ago where she had made her home continuously.  She was a sister of the late P. J. Neff, pioneer citizen of Happy.  Mrs. Weaver married Isaac Weaver in Wakefield, Nebraska.  She was a member of the Methodist Church.  Her only surviving relative is one brother, Christopher Neff of Greely, Colorado.  Funeral services were held in Griggs-Thompson Funeral Home in Canyon at 2:30 Monday, April 28, with Rev. R. R. Gilbreath, pastor of the local Methodist Church, officiating.  Mrs. P. J. Neff accompanied the body to Wakefield, Nebraska for burial.  The Happy Herald, 1 May 1941.
Wesley, Mrs. J. T. Last rites for Mrs. Rebecca Aneliza Wesley, pioneer Wayside community resident who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. T. McGehee, early Monday morning were held at 2:30 Tuesday afternoon from the Wayside Church with Rev. R. C. Malone of Plainview in charge.  Burial was in the Wayside Cemetery under the direction of Griggs-Thompson Funeral Home of Canyon.  Mrs. Wesley, 88, was the widow of J. T. Wesley and came to Wayside from Alabama fifty years ago.  She was a member of the Baptist Church.  Survivors include a son, Mark Wesley of Texhoma, Oklahoma; two daughters, Mrs. John T. McGehee of Wayside and Mrs. W. E. Guest of Happy.  Mrs. Ethel Wesley of Happy is a daughter-in-law of the deceased.  The Happy Herald, 4 December 1941.

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