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158. Mary Alice BLAKENEY207 was born on 5 June 1892 in Bonham, Fannin County, Texas.114,165 She died on 5 October 1958 at the age of 66 in Kerrville, Kerr County, Texas.

Mary married Wilson. She was a widow at the time of her death; occupation given as Teacher.

Texas Marriages at FamilySearch.org:
T. M. Wilson married Mary Alice Blakeney, 28 Nov 1916, Fannin Co, TX

Mary died of cancer of the stomach at the Sid Peterson Memorial Hospital. She was buried 8 Oct 1958 at the Garden of Memories, Kerrville. She was a teacher at the High School. Born in Bonham, Texas, to Ben Blakeney and Ollie Hayden. The informant's name is difficult to read - it may be T. Morris Willson Jr. [see the census below].

1930 Census. Bonham, Fannin Co, TX, Sheet 10B, Hh 281
On the same page with her parents. The Blakeneys lived at 314 10th St.; the Wilson's at 416 10th St.
T. Morris Wilson, age 38, married at age 24. Born in TX, father born TX, mother b. Alabama. A salesman.
Mary, wife, age 37, married at age 23. Born TX, father b. AL, mother b. MO.
Morris, Jr., son, age 10. Born Texas.

Mr. Willson also was required to register for the World War II "old man's" Draft. Men born on or after 28 Apr 1877 and on or before 16 Feb 1897. His registration dated 27 Apr 1942, at Kerr Co, TX. He was 5' 9", 143 lbs. Brown eyes, Brown hair, Dark complexion. He gave his full name as Thomps Morris Willson. He lived at 941 Golf , Kerrville. His telephone number was 283 and he was age 50, born 24 Mar 1892, Mt. Pleasant, Titus Co, Texas. Mrs. T. M. Willson would always know his address. His employer was listed as Kerrville State Sanitorium.

Note: The Kerrville State Hospital was a Sanitorium for tuberculosis until 1936 when it was acquired by the state of Texas and reopened on 1 Jun 1937 as the Kerrville State Sanitorium for Negroes serving black tuberculosis patients. It was closed in 1949 and all patients transferred to the East Texas State Tuberculosis Hospital in Tyler. It reopened in May of 1951, serving geriatric women with mental illness.
Since Mr. Willson was apparently a tuberculosis sufferer himself, but was not black, perhaps he was allowed to work as an employee at the hospital.

Thomps Morris Willson was born 24 Mar 1892, Mt. Pleasant, Texas. He died 30 July 1950 at 214 Westminster St, Kerrville, Kerr Co TX, where he had lived for 20 years. His father was William F. Willson, born in Texas; his mother Lenora Parson, b. Alabama. Mary B. Willson was the informant. He had had pulmonary tuberculosis for 20 years at the time of his death. The TB complicated with bronchial disease and pneumonia. He was buried at the Garden of Memories, Kerrville.

T. Morris Willson [the son] is in the SSDI - he was born 12 Sep 1919, died 11 Oct 2003, in San Antonio, Bexar County, TX

Mary Alice BLAKENEY and Thomps Morris WILLSON were married on 18 November 1916 in Fannin County, Texas. Thomps Morris WILLSON was born on 24 March 1892 in Mt. Pleasant, Titus County, Texas. He died on 30 July 1950 at the age of 58 in Kerrville, Kerr County, Texas.

Mary Alice BLAKENEY and Thomps Morris WILLSON had the following children:

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Thomps Morris WILLSON Jr. was born on 12 September 1919 in Fannin County, Texas. He died on 11 October 2003 at the age of 84 in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.
http://texaspress.com/index.php/publications/publication-archives/366-obituaries-november-2003
Texas Press Messenger
Monday, 10 Nov 2003
T. Morris Willson
T. Morris Willson, 84, died Oct. 11, 2003 after suffering from cancer and emphysema. He was a reporter and columnist for 33 years with the San Antonio Light and wrote “The Bexar Facts” column for more than 20 years. He retired in 1986.