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Newspaper Articles
from The Waco Times-Herald,
McLennan County, Texas
February, 1962



February 2, 1962

Funeral Monday For Mrs. Fields
Mrs. Lillie Fields, 63, of 3320 La Salle died at 8:20 a.m. today in a local hospital. She had been ill two weeks.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Park Memorial Baptist Church with Rev. Dan R. Hubbell officiating. Burial will be in Rosemound Cemetery.
Mrs. Fields was born in Texas. She had been a resident of Waco 16 years. She was a member of Park Memorial Baptist Church. Her husband died in 1933.
Survivors are two daughters, Miss Ruby Penney of 3320 La Salle and Mrs. Frances Flowers of Lubbock; two sons, J.D. Fields of St. Louis, Mo., and C.B. Fields of Midland; one brother, Watson Long of Corsicana; nine grandchildren.

Mrs. Douglas Dies; Funeral Rites Pending
Mrs. W.W. Douglas, 88, died at her home at 1429 South Eighth Street at 8:10 a.m. today.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete, at a Columbus, Kan., funeral home. Her body is being shipped to Columbus for services and interment.
She was born in Eddyville, Iowa. Mrs. Douglas came to Waco from Pittsburg, Kan., after the death of her husband and has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Ruth Gilbert of 1420 South Eighth Street, since that time.
She was a member of the First Christian Church of Pittsburg.
Besides her daughter, she is survived by two sons, Ralph Douglas of Pittsburg and Dale Douglas of East Orange; another daughter, Mrs. Hazel Newton of Miami, Okla.

Mrs. Nichols Dies in Waco
Mrs. Mattie Lee Nichols, 83, of McGregor died at 6 a.m. today in a Waco nursing home. She had been ill about a month.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Lee's Chapel in McGregor. Rev. James Ellison will officiate with burial in Harris Creek Cemetery.
Mrs. Nichols was born in Moody. She moved to McGregor in 1905 and had resided there ever since. She was a member of the First Methodist Church in McGregor.
Survivors are one sister, Mrs. E.C. Yeager of McGregor and several nieces and nephews.

February 6, 1962

J.H. Stewart's Funeral Today
GROESBECK -- Funeral services for James Henry Stewart of Groesbeck were to be at First Methodist Church in Groesbeck at 3 p.m. today, Rev. Robert Walker officiating, burial in Fort Parker Memorial Park.
Mr. Stewart died in a Dallas hospital Monday. He was 62.
Mr. Stewart had lived in Groesbeck 42 years. He was a mechanic, operated a service station, was distributor for the Dallas Morning News and a substitute mail carrier. He married Miss Arlee Oswalt in 1920 at Groesbeck. He was a steward of First Methodist Church, Sunday School secretary and World War I veteran.
Survivors are his wife; one sister, Mrs. Ira Pringle of Center Point; six brothers, L.C. Stewart of Houston, Gilbert Stewart of Bell, Calif., Allen Stewart of Compton, Calif., George Stewart of Lakehead, Calif., Woody Stewart of California, Wade Stewart of Mexico City; and five grandchildren.

Robert Dowdle Funeral Is Held
HILLSBORO -- Funeral services for Robert Dowdle of Coolidge were held at First Baptist Church today. Rev. Gerald Williamson officiated. Burial was in Coolidge Cemetery.
Mr. Dodle died of a heart attack at his home Tuesday. He was 72.
Mr. Dowdle had lived in the Coolidge area all his life except for five years in a defense work at Waco during World War II. He married Miss Bettie Womack in 1911. He retired a few years ago after being employed at Mexia State School. He was a member of the Baptist church.
Survivors are his wife; one son, Randolph Dowdle of Dallas; one daughter, Mrs. Marvin Kroll of Waco; two brothers, Lloyd Dowdle of Marietta, Okla.; one sister, Mrs. Aubrey Vinson of Coolidge; two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren.

C.G. Johnson's Last Rites Held
Funeral services for Charles (Charley) G. Johnson, 77, of Hewitt were held today at 2:30 p.m. in Wilkirson and Hatch Chapel. Rev. M.E. Williamson and Dr. J.W. Ousley officiated with burial in Rosemound Cemetery.
Mr. Johnson died at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at his home.

C.W. Moody's Funeral Rites Here Thursday
Funeral services for former McLennan County deputy sheriff C.W. (Charles) Moody will be Thursday at 2 p.m. in Wilkirson and Hatch Chapel. Rev. R.L. Brown will officiate with burial in Prairie Hill Cemetery.
Fidelis Lodge 1127 will be in charge of graveside services for Mr. Moody, who had been a deacon in the Baptist church for more than 50 years.
Mr. Moody died at 4:25 p.m. Tuesday in a local hospital. He was 92 and lived at Eagle Hotel.
Mr. Moody was born in Alabama. He moved to Limestone County at the age of six. He was a retired farmer.
Coming from Limestone County to Waco 34 years ago, he served as deputy sheriff under W.B. Mobley.
He was a member of Beverly Hills Baptist Church, Fidelis Lodge 1127 and Royal Arch Chapter 45. He had been a master Mason for more than 50 years. Mr. Moody was a sportsman who liked hunting, fishing and baseball.
Surviving are five sons, Guy L. Moody of Baytown, Hazel A. Moody of 3421 Rolando Avenue, Vernon C. Moody of Big Spring, Elmer R. Moody of 2001 Morrow Avenue and Doyle A. Moody of Longview; six daughters, Mrs. Kate Dilworth of 223 Kate Ross Homes, Mrs. Ira Walker of Mart, Mrs. Louise Riddlehuber of 3932 Maple Avenue, Mrs. Lona Sparks of Floydada and Mrs.

David Wilson's Last Rites Held
GATESVILLE - Funeral services for David E. Wilson of Arlington were held at Scott's Chapel in Gatesville today. Rev. G.L. Derrick and Rev. Clyde Derrick officiated. Burial was in Restland Cemetery.
Mr. Wilson died in Arlington Monday. He was 64.
Mr. Wilson farmed in the White Hall community most of his life. He moved to Gatesville in 1955 and operated a grocery store in the Westview Addition until he retired seven months ago because of ill health and he moved to Arlington. He married Miss Trudie Franklin in 1917.
Surviving are his wife; six daughters, Mrs. Nolan Pruitt of Gatesville, Mrs. L.B. Bynum of Gatesville, Mrs. A.R. Pancake of Arlington, Mrs. Reese Weaver of Dumas, Mrs. James F. Box of Gatesville, and Mrs. Melvin Phipps of McLeansboro, Ill.; one sone, David Dean Wilson of Arlington; three sisters, Mrs. G.H. Jones of Amarillo, Mrs. Bella Jones of Austin and Mrs. Oliver Hayes of New Orleans, La.; 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Kaxton Wright's Funeral Services Held Today
Graveside services for Kaxton Comer Wright, 59, of 1023 North Fifteenth Street were held at 3 p.m. today in Hubbard Cemetery.
Mr. Wright was found dead at his home about Tuesday. A brother-in-law, D.L. Countess of 1017 North Fifteenth Street, found the body lying on the floor.
Patrolman Al Roznovsky said a plastic bag was found over Mr. Wright's head with a hose from a gas jet stuck underneath the bag. Roznovsky said Countess told him the gas was still on when he found the body Monday morning.
Justice of Peace Derwood Johnson ruled suicide.
Mr. Wright had been ill since undergoing an operation last May. He was in the cleaning and pressing business and had worked at several Waco shops before he became ill.
He was born Sept. 25, 1902 at Hubbard and lived his early life there. He worked for about 10 years for the Houston Power and Light Co, then moved back to Hubbard. He lived in Hillsboro about 10 years before moving to Waco 12 years ago.
Surviving are his mother, Mrs. S.G. Wright of 1017 North Fifteenth Street; two brothers, Jack Wright of Snider and Stuart Wright of Hubbard; two sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Banks of Dallas and Mrs. D.L. (Lynette) Countess of 1017 North Fifteenth Street.

February 8, 1962

J.L. Phillips' Last Rites Held
Funeral services for Jesse Luke Phillips, 54, of 1807 South Third Street were held at 2:30 p.m. today at Connally Chapel. Rev. James E. Maricle, assisted by Rev. A. Myers, officiated, with burial in Eddy Cemetery.
Mr. Phillips died at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at a Waco hospital. He had been in ill health for several years.
Mr. Phillips was born Aug. 3, 1907 in Falls County. He was a retired construction worker and a member of Free Will Baptist Church.
He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Danny (Wanda) Freedman of 622 South Ninth Street and Mrs. Jack (Evelyn) Jordan of 1020 North Sixteenth Street; his mother, Mrs. Lula Phillips of 3807 South Third Street, two sisters, Mrs. Jack M. Price of 3331 North Twenty-fifth Street and Mrs. E.F. Williams of San Antonio; two brothers, C.A. Phillips of 3805 Maple Avenue and Joe W. Phillips of Grand Prairie; two grandsons.

John E. Comer, Central Texas Pioneer, Dies
BUCKHORN - John E. Comer, a Central Texas pioneer and a resident of the area for 76 years, died Wednesday in a Temple Hospital. He was 95.
Graveside services for Mr. Comer were at 2 p.m. today in the Buckhorn Cemetery. Rev. Walter Williams of Moody-Leon Methodist Church officiated.
Mr. Comer was born in Georgia but had lived in Texas since he was 12 years old. He had lived in the Moody vicinity since he was 19.
He owned and operated a general store in Buckhorn until 10 years ago when he retired. The store building still stands as a landmark of that community.
Mr. Comer married the former Tiny Drummond of Batesville, Ark. They had six children. One daughter and his wife preceded him in death.
After Mrs. Comer's death, he married Miss Lannie Tidmore of Temple in 1927. She survives.
Other survivors are three sons, John W. Comer of Tico Rivera, Calif., James C. Comer of Oglesby, Robert H. Comer of 2721 Reuter Avenue in Waco; two daughters, Mrs. Pearl F. Carlisle of Moody and Mrs. Lois L. Burton of Temple City, Calif.; one step-son, George S. Tidmore of Temple; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

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