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Civil War Veterans Obituaries

We would like to share with researchers our Tribute to Civil War Veterans who lived out their lives in Van Zandt County. Many came here from other states. The following is an obituary found in the collection of old newspapers on microfilm in the Library of Genealogy and Local History, Canton, TX. If you have an obituary of a Civil War Veteran ancestor and would like to share, please contact Sibyl. We would be happy to add your material to this site.


Wills Point Chronicle

November 11, 1909

Prominent and Pioneer Citizen of Wills Point Dies Suddenly

This community was shocked and a shadow of gloom cast over its citizenship late Friday evening when the news became generally known that Mr. T. F. Wingo was dead at the family residence in Wills Point. Mr. Wingo had spent the greater part of Friday at work on his hay meadow near town. Not feeling well, he came to town about 4 o'clock and after consulting his physician went home. He complained of feeling badly and lay down to rest and passed away almost immediately, death occurring from heart failure about 6 o'clock.

The funeral took place from the family residence at 2 o'clock Saturday evening, the remains being interred in the family cemetery on the Wingo Ranch, four miles South of Wills Point. The hearse was followed to the grave by a long procession of carriages and the grave was covered with a profusion of floral offerings. The burial service was conducted by Rev. W. F. Davis, pastor of the Wills Point Methodist church, of which Mr. Wingo had been a member during his residence here. The pall bearers were Capt. A. N. Alford, T. J. McKain, B. W. Bruce, R. L. Brooks, E. A. Russell, all of Wills Point, and D. P. Toomey of Dallas.

This is the second bereavement which has fallen upon his family within the past two months. Early in September Mrs. Rebecca Anderson, mother of Mrs. Wingo, passed away, after a lingering illness, at an advanced age. These two deaths are the only ones that have occurred in the family since the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Wingo and have been a great shock to relatives and friends.

Mr. Wingo was born at Wingo, Ky., July 21, 1838. He was a Confederate soldier and after the war went into business in New Orleans, the firm being Beadles & Wingo, cotton factors. In 1871 he moved to Texas and settled on the Wingo ranch, four miles South of town. Later he moved to Dallas and resided there for a number of years, being identified with the R. V. Tompkins Machinery Company. In 1881 he removed to Wills Point, where he had since resided. He was of the before-the-war type of southern Gentleman, and lived his life quietly and without ostentation.

Mr. Wingo was married to Bettie Anderson in Shreveport, La., on Dec. 1, 1868. His widow and two sons, Ellis A. Wingo and Halbert W. Wingo, survive him. The family is one of the most prominent and highly respected ones of the county and have a host of friends, whom the Chronicle joins in expressing of sympathy.

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