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Erath County, Texas
Obituary for Willam "Harve" Keith
Transcribed by Diana Bryan Quinn
 Laura BRYAN married William Harve KEITH in 1899. Laura was the daughter of Terrell and Harriet BRYAN, my great-grandparents.  Please note, I typed the obituary with the same spelling and grammar errors as the original. Laura's name was BRYAN, not BRYANT.


September 24, 1937 Death removed a well-known figure in Stephenville and Erath County Tuesday night, with the passing of Harve KEITH, chief of police, following two years of ill health. Funeral services were held at First Baptist Church Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock with the Rev. S. B. CULPEPPER of Cleburne, former pastor of the First Baptist Church here, officiating, assisted by Rev. L. D. MITCHELL, present pastor. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the HIGGINBOTHAM Funeral Home. Burial was made in the West End Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mayor Henry CLARK and City Councilmen T.T. OLIVER, King HAMILTON, Henry MARTIN, George MINTER, Connor BLAKENEY, Jim HOLCOMB, Dr. C. L. CROMWELL, and Reid BASSEL. Flower girls assisting Mrs. C. J. RUSSELL were Misses Doris FERGUSON, Mary Jo STOCKTON, Evelyn LIVINGSTON, Mildred AIKIEN, Lucille HUBBARD, Sallie Blanche HOLCOMB, Mrs. Robert PLATT, and Mrs. Arch EVANS, Jr. Mr. KEITH had suffered ill health for the past 2 years, during which time his family, his friends and his physicians had done everything possible that he might recover. For a month he had been confined to his home, but it was only last Wednesday that he took to his bed. Death, which came at 7:10 on West Tarleton avenue, was attributed to complications due to a heart aliment. William Harve KEITH, son of Nick and Martha KEITH, was born in Old Dublin, January 7, 1877, and had lived in Stephenville about 40 years. In 1900, Mr. KEITH was made deputy sheriff of Erath County and later entered business being one of the owners of the Keith Bro. Dry Goods Company. During the World War, Mr. KEITH was a secret service operator in this country. Later, he was made a Texas Ranger, serving in that capacity for several years. He assisted in the opening of the Desdemons oil fields some twenty years ago. For the past three years, Mr. KEITH had been chief of police, having been re-elected for a second term several months ago. While a young man of about twenty, Harve KEITH was converted and joined the Baptist Church. In 1899 he was married to Miss Laura BRYANT. To this union, two children were born, Kathryn, deceased, who was married to Wayne CHANDLER and Louise KEITH of San Francisco, Calif. His first wife died in 1908 and he married Miss Beulah MCCOMMONS in 1909. Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. KEITH, all of whom survive. Mr. KEITH had four brothers, two of them, Ab KEITH and Ed KEITH, preceding him in death. Two of his three sisters, Mrs. Ben HIGGINBOTHAM, and Mrs. Carrie KIMSEY also preceded him in death. Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Harve KEITH; five children, William Harve KEITH, Jr., Nick KEITH of this city, Mrs. John R. STOCKTON, Wilson, Oklahoma, Betty KEITH of the home and Louise KEITH of San Francisco; one sister, Mrs. R. Y. PARRISH, Denver, Colorado; three nephews, Ben HIGGINBOTHAM, Dallas, Nick HIGGINBOTHAM, Rising Star, and Paul HIGGINBOTHAM, Stephenville; one niece, Mrs. Burke YEAGER, Lubbock, two daughters-in-law, Mmse. William and Nick KEITH, Stephenville and a son-in-law, John R. STOCKTON, Wilson Oklahoma. All the children with the exception of Miss Louise KEITH were present for the funeral. Other out of town relatives here for the funeral were: a brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Everett KEITH of Fort Worth, two nephews, Nick HIGGINBOTHAM, Rising Star, Ben HIGGINBOTHAM, Dallas, a sister of Mrs. Keith's, Mrs. MCCLOUD of Lubbock and a lots of relatives and friends from Dublin.


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