Biographies and Obituaries
We are compiling as many biographies and/or obituaries of the early ministers of Van Zandt County during the years 1848 to 1920 as we can find. Some lived in the county a short time but some lived out their lives here. We welcome submissions if you have an ancestor who was a pastor or minister at any time in this county. Email us, or write to the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1388, Canton, TX 75103.
W.A.T. Murrey was born August 30, 1859. He became a very successful nursery business man in Myrtle Springs and later became a Baptist minister. According to his cousin Eland Polk Murrey in his journal, W.A.T. was an exceptionally kind and good man. He was married to Stella who died August 23, 1899. He remarried M.E. Bulgier on March 18, 1900. Stella is buried with W.A.T. in Myrtle Springs Cemetery. He died June 3, 1929.
Enters Minister: W.A.T. Murrey, Myrtle Springs, Van Zandt County, has finally yielded to the call of the Spirit to preach. In our heart we praise God for this addition to our forces. Bro. Murrey is a man of mature years, naturally strong and full of energy, zeal and enthusiasm; a Baptist of conviction and of Pauline style; a student and a vigorous thinker; a publi speaker of force and power; a local supporter of church, Church party principles. He has been a prosperous and progressive farmer and fruit grower for years. Has always stood for the upbuilding of his home, his community, schools, church and morals as well as for the beautifying of home and for the financial estabishment of the county. He has taught in the Sunday school successfully for years and has served faithfully as a deacon of his church. He will be felt as a power for good where ever he labors. May the Lord bless him contantly and make him a blessing wherever He may place him. Baptist Echo, reprinted in the Wills Point Chronicle, September 30, 1909
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