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Obituaries 1942

Baggarly, Herbert Milton Sr. Funeral services for H. M. Baggarly, Sr., 70, were held Sunday, August 23 in the First Baptist Church of Happy with Rev. W. G. Horn, pastor of the Tulia Presbyterian Church and close friend of the family officiating and Rev. Herman Coe local pastor assisting. Mrs. Frank Scott of Walsh, LA, long-time friend of the family and first music teacher of H. M. Jr. was at the piano. Herbert Milton Baggarly was born November 9, 1872 in Luray, Virginia, and passed away Friday morning, August 21, 1942 at his home in Happy. He moved with his parents to Missouri at the age of two years. Following his marriage to MISS FLORA H. PARKER on March 10, 1896, he moved his family from Missouri to Happy in 1906. Their car and household goods arrived in Happy on October 1, being the first immigrant car to come here over the Santa Fe railroad. The rail lines did not extend any farther south at that time. His was the first residence to be built in Happy and Mrs. Baggarly was the first woman to come to Happy, being here for seven months. Mr. Baggarly, first businessman of Happy operated the Plains Lumber and Grain Co. Located on the present site of Gus McDonald's blacksmith shop. J. O. Bradenbaugh and L. F. Cobb of Kansas City were his partners with branch offices and elevators in Tuha, Plainview, and Lubbock. Mr. Baggarly lived in Happy all but three of the past 36 years, when he was miller for the Harvest Queen Mills in Plainview. He was reared in the mill and elevator business in Missouri. In fact, during the pioneer days of grain men in this community they said that they learned much of this business from him. He had been ill for more than four years. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Plainview and a member of the Masonic Lodge since early manhood. Survivors besides his wife include a son, H. M. Baggarly, Jr. of Tulia; a daughter, Mrs. R. L. Smith of Happy; two sisters, Miss Blanche Baggarly and Mrs. Delbert Martin, both of Odessa, MO; and E. v. Baggarly of Sacramento, CA; and a granddaughter, Mrs. Edward Flaherty of Lubbock. Burial was in Tulia cemetery under the direction of Blackburn-Shaw of Amarillo.  The Happy Herald, 27 August 1942.
Berry, George Mrs. Ernest White received word this week from Waxahachie telling of the death of George Berry who lived in Happy about 1910. While at Happy he was married to MISS RANDOLPH CARTER one of Happy's first teachers.  George Simpson Berry, resident of Waxahachie for the past 17 years died at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday at his home, 700 South Rogers. His death came suddenly. He was born March 12, 1874 in Sturgis, KY. In 1911 Mr. Berry was married to Randolph Carter, daughter of the pioneer lawyer of the Avalon community. To this union was born one son, George S. Berry, who died in 1924.  He is survived by his wife and the following sisters and brothers: Mrs. J. V. King, Mrs. Davis Read, Jones Berry, all of Sturgis, KY.; E. O. Berry, Omaha, NE; John Berry of Central City, KY; and Ernest Berry, Sturgis, KY.  Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Saxon Boze‑Mitchell Funeral Home, followed by interment in Hillcrest Burial Park, Waxahachie. The Happy Herald, 29 January 1942.
Buchanan, Knox A.
Knox A Buchanan, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. V. Buchanan of this city, is missing in action according to the following message received from the Navy Dept. By his parents here, Sunday:  "The Navy Dept exceedingly regrets to advise you that according to the records of this department that your son Knox A. Buchanan, Baker second class, U. S. Navy was performing his duty in service of his country in the Manila Bay area when that station capitulated. He will be carried on the records of the Navy Dept. as missing in action pending further information. No report of his death or injury has been received and he may be a prisoner of war. It will probably be a few months before definite official information can be expected concerning his status. Sincere sympathy is extended to you in your anxiety and you are assured that any report received will be communicated to you promptly." Rear Admiral Randall Jacobs Chief of the Bureau of Navigation.  Buchanan was seeing service on the Minesweeper Pigeon which was destroyed by Japanese bombs at Corregidor.  An associated press article dated May 13 and carried in the daily newspapers stated that there was no loss of personnel when the Pigeon was finally destroyed by Japanese bombs at Corregidor and that Lt. Commander Richard Ellington Hawes and members of his crew are presumed to be prisoners of the Japanese.  A similar message was also received by Mrs. Mae Stone, stating that her son Granville Stone was missing.   The Happy Herald, 14 May 1942.
Sims, Mrs. J. P. Death brought many weeks of suffering to an end for Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Sims, 73, wife of J. P. Sims at 2:40 a.m. Monday, February 23 at the family home in Happy. It had been only five days since Mr. and Mrs. Sims had observed their 57th wedding anniversary when death came to separate them. Besides the husband, nine of the 12 children born to this couple survive. Forty‑one grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren also survive. All of the children with the exception of two were at the bedside of their mother when the end came. Mrs. Sims whose maiden name was Mary Elizabeth Mangum, was born Jan. 17, 1869 at Short Mountain, Cannon County, Tenn. She was married to J. P. SIMS at the place of her birth on Feb. 18, 1885. Mr. and Mrs. Sims came with their family to McLennan County, Texas in 1890 and it was in December 1910 that they moved to Happy. They lived at Snyder from 1917 to 1923 at which time they moved to the Rio Grande Valley near Weslaco. In 1939 they returned to Happy to make their home. Funeral services for Mrs. Sims, a member of the Free Holiness Church, were held at the Methodist Church in Happy, Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. with Rev. H. W. Carter assisting Rev. Robert Owens, pastor of the Assembly of God Church in Tulia. Interment was in the Happy cemetery under direction of Wallace Funeral Home of Tulia. Five daughters and four sons, survive: they are: Mrs. Alva Johnson, Snyder; Mrs. Pearl Crocker, Waco; Mrs. Maggie Doshier, Ira; Mrs. Marie Lindamood, Weslaco; Mrs. Elizabeth Carroll, Manchester, Tenn.; AL. Sims of San Antonio; M. J., R. C. and W. S. Sims of Happy. Two sisters, Mrs. Jane Murrof, McGregor, Tex; and Mrs. Martha Buagh of Snyder also survive. The following grandsons served as pallbearers: Leo Sims, Eugene Sims, Morris Sims, H. V. Dossier, Jr., Hollis Sims and L. H. Sims. Granddaughters serving as flower girls were: Elnora Dossier, Rosaline Dossier, Mattie Lee Sims, Lily Fae Sims, Dorothy Mae Sims, Nelda Joy Sims, Christine Murphey and Helen Sims.  The Happy Herald, 26 February 1942.
Stone, Grenville Grenville Stone, son of Mrs. Mae Stone, is missing in action according to a telegram received from the Navy Dept. here Sunday.  The Happy Herald, 14 May 1942.
Wakefield, George Thomas George Thomas Wakefield, 62, farmer and stockman, died at 3:00 Saturday afternoon at his home in the Childress community.  Services were conducted Monday afternoon at 4:00 in the Griggs Funeral Chapel in Amarillo by Dr. Earl G. Hamlett, pastor of the Polk Street Methodist Church with interment in Memorial Park Cemetery.  Besides his widow, Mrs. Constance Wakefield, two daughters, Mrs. M. K. Glover of Childress and Mrs. John S. Hays of Kress, seven sons, W. D. Wakefield, S. D. Wakefield and G. T. Wakefield of Corpus Christi, Gordon Wakefield, Dan Wakefield and Lewis Wakefield, all of Childress community; a brother, C. H. Wakefield of Mineral Wells; two sisters, Mrs. G. H. Hill and Mrs. J. B. Bailey, both of Weatherford, and ten grandchildren survive.  The deceased had been ill for some time.  He lived for a number of years in Amarillo and had operated the Wakefield's Garage and Camp at the Black Lantern on the Canyon highway before moving to his farm in the Childress community about three years ago.  The Happy Herald, 17 December 1942.
Walberg, Mrs. Nelson Word was received by M. S. Arnold that his youngest sister, Mrs. Nelson Walberg of Pampa, died November 11 from a heart attack.  Mr. Arnold will attend the funeral, which will be Friday morning.  He will be accompanied by Jack Frost. The Happy Herald, 12 November 1942
Wesley, Mrs. H. E. Funeral services in tribute to the memory of Mrs. H. E. (Aunt Lu) Wesley, 82, were held at 3:30 Wednesday afternoon at the Wayside Community Church.  Rev. John Scott, pastor of the Baptist Church at Teague, and Rev. M. C. Malone, pastor of the Baptist Church at Plainview, officiated.  Interment was in the Wayside Cemetery beside the grave of her husband under the direction of Griggs-Thompson Funeral Home of Canyon.  Mrs. Wesley died Monday night at her home in Happy.  She moved to the site of the present-day Amarillo in 1887 and then to Randall County in 1890.  Her son, H. B. Wesley, was the first white child born in Potter County.  The pioneer resident of the Panhandle area was a member of the Baptist Church.  Survivors include four sons, H. B. Wesley of Happy, E. P. Wesley of Canyon, J. W. and G. E. Wesley, both of Happy; daughter, Mrs. Fred Hext of Happy, thirty-three grandchildren; fifty-four great-grandchildren.  (Picture in paper) The Happy Herald, 19 March 1942
Wrenn, J. H.
Funeral services for J. H. Wrenn, pioneer Swisher County Commissioner, who died at his home in Happy early Sunday morning following a lingering illness, were held at four Monday afternoon in the Happy Baptist Church with Rev. Ed L. Hawthorne of Vernon officiating. Interment was in Happy cemetery under direction of the Griggs‑Thompson Funeral Home of Canyon. Mr. Wrenn had been a resident of the Happy community for 25 years, ten years of which time he served as Swisher County Commissioner of Precinct No. 1. He was a member of the Baptist Church, the Masonic Lodge and Modern Woodmen of America. Jesse Hall Wrenn was born March 24, 1871 in Fannin County, Texas. He was married to DORA COX, Jan. 1, 1895 at Savoy, Texas. She preceded him in death on June 21, 1940. To this union were born two sons, Virgil, who died in 1925 and Hall Wrenn of Happy; two daughters, Mrs. Henry Jordan of Pampa and Miss Nadeen Wrenn of Happy. A granddaughter, Frances Wrenn was reared in the home of her grandparents. Other survivors are: one brother, P. M. Wrenn of Savoy; five grandchildren, Frances Marjorie Nell and W. Charles Wrenn and Albert and David Jordan and a nephew R. S. Walker of Canadian. Mr. Wrenn joined the Baptist church soon after his marriage and served it faithfully until his death. He moved with his family from Donley county, Texas to Happy in Dec. 1917 and was engaged in stock farming here.  The Happy Herald, 12 March 1942.

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