Ex-Officer Foreman Dies at 82
"R. P. Foreman, pioneer Texas sheriff, land
banker and real estate man and father of five Houstonians, one of them
Attorney Percy Foreman, died Saturday in Livingston after a long illness.
Mr. Foreman would have been 83 in March. A
tall, robust man with a full head of handsome gray hair, he had been in
excellent health until a few months ago when his heart began to go bad.
He had been confined to his bed for about two months.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. William Pinckney
Rogers Foreman; five sons, Zemmie L. Foreman of Livingston and Percy, Hill,
Keith, and Hugh Foreman of Houston; two daughters, Mrs. P. R. Rowe
Jr. of Houston and Mrs. Alvis A. Ward of Encino, Calif.; a
sister, Mrs. Emma Hoover of Mexia and a number of grandchildren.
Both Mr. Foreman and his widow came from old Texas
families. Mr. Foreman's father, Zemmie Foreman, and Mrs.Foreman's
father, William Pinckney Rogers, after whom she is named, were both officers
in Hood's Texas Brigade during the Civil War.
Mr. Foreman was born in Limestone County and moved
to Polk County when he was 19. He lived at Carmona, Livingston and
Camden before moving again to Livingston, where he lived the last 41 years
of his life in a stately old white house.
Mr. Foreman served 10 years as sheriff of Polk County,
from 1908 to 1918, and was for a number of years the secretary of the Federal
Land Bank there before going into the real estate business.
He was a deacon in Livingston's Central Baptist
Church and was active in the Masonic Lodge and the Eastern Star.
The Widow, a native of Polk County, is 79.
She and Mr. Foreman celebrated their fifty-ninth wedding anniversary on
Besides the seven children who survive them, the
Foremans had three other children. One was Mrs. Fred Mauritz, for
many years super- intendent of schools in Sugar Land and Ganado, who died
in childbirth in 1932. There were also two boys who died at early
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the Central
Baptist Church in Livingston. The Rev. Ben H. Wellmaker, pastor of
the Central Baptist Church, and the Rev. W. B. Wadsworth, pastor
of Livingston's First Baptist Church, will officiate. It will be
a Masonic funeral, with burial in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Livingston.
Members of Mr. Foreman's Sunday School class will be honorary pallbearers.
Percy Forman named his four-year-old son William
P. R. Foreman III after his mother."