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Van Zandt County Genealogical Society

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.

Dr. W.O. Williams

Confederate Veteran, Vol. XXXIX

February 1931

At San Benito, Tex., on the eveing of August 19, 1930, funeral services were held for Dr. W.O. Williams at the Methodist Church, after which his body was taken to Canton, Tex., for interment in the cemetery there. Members of the Masonic Lodge at San Benito assisted in the services, while a Knight Templar guard of honor was in attendance.

Dr. Williams was one of the best known citizens of San Benito, noted among a large circle of friends not only for his longevity - for he would have reached the age of ninety-one years on September 30th - but for his unusual vigor and alert mentality. His was a life of unselfish service both in and out of his practice as a physician, which covered more than forty years. He was a beloved member of the Methodist Sunday school, and had a special part in the program only two Sundays before his death, and he was equally active in the Church affairs. In late years, his chief interest centered in his Masonic Lodge, in which he held long membership, and many important offices, and he was an instructor in the work as well. He was also devoted to the Confederate organization and his comrades of the days of war. He served with Douglas' Tennessee Battery, and took part with that command in all of its engagements.

Dr. Williams was born in Alabama, September 30, 1839, his parents removing to Texas when he was very young and practically his entire life was spent in Texas. He is survived by two daughters and five grandchildren, also two sisters.

The VETERAN has lost a good friend in the death of Dr. Williams, who had secured a fine list of patrons in that community, and whole interest in the publications was strong to the end.

............................................from the Confederate Veteran, Vol. XXXIX, February 1931, No. 2, Page 67, submitted by Scott Fitzgerald of the East Texas Genealogical Society, Smith County

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