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Obituaries and Death Notices

Funeral services for Ruth Fant Blevins will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 23, 2011, at Chapel of Hope, officiated by Dr. Don Holladay. Ruth died December 20, 2011, at a local nursing home. She was born June 18, 1916, in Linden, TX, to John and Rosa Fant. She married Jesse Guy Blevins, Jr. in Marshall, TX, in 1946.
Ruth was an English teacher at Hobbs High School for 15 years, 1969 – 1984. She was a Pink Lady for the Ladies Auxiliary at Lea Regional Hospital until she was 80. She enjoyed playing bridge, crossword puzzles and was an avid reader. She was a member of First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include a son, Guy Blevins, and wife Debbie, of Katy, TX; granddaughter, Katie Blevins, of State College, PA; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, J. Guy Blevins, two brothers and three sisters.
 [Obit from Chapel of Hope Cemetery, Hobbs, New Mexico - Submitted by Erny Long]

BONNER, Mrs. MAT - Death Penalty Assessed

BOYLE, T. E. - Texan Killed At Nashville

LINDEN, Tex., June 16. (AP) - Alvin Clark, 18, of Celeste, Tex., enrolled at a CCC camp near here, drowned Tuesday night in Wesley Morse lake here. He was swimming with two companions, Bill May and Alton Hill. [June 16, 1937, Heraldo de Brownsville (Brownsville, TX); Transcribed by Fred Coleman]

COLE, Mrs. C.R.
Dallasites' Mother Buried at Linden
Mrs. C.R. Cole, mother of Mrs. Charlie D. Bunch, W. E. Cole and J. A. Cole of Dallas, was buried Monday at Linden. She died at her home there Sunday after a two-day siege of pneumonia.
    Survivors include another daughter, Mrs. H. E. Goodman, and a son, T. H. Cole, of Linden, two brothers, D.L. Lucas of Texarkana and R. A. Lucas of Houston; a sister, Mrs. E. Newt Spivey of Texarkana, and six grand-children.
   The Rev. Jesse G. Cooke, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Linden, and a former pastor, the Rev. T. B Randolph of Marshall conducted the funeral at the church.  
[December 20, 1939; Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX)]

We were sorry to learn of the death of Mr. Jesse Crane, who died last Thursday at his home near Atlanta. (The Cass County Sun, Linden, Tex, Nov 14, 1905)

CROSSLEY - Atlanta, Tex., Feb. 11. - Mrs. Mary Crossley, wife of Dr. A. Crossley, died Sunday. [February 13, 1901, Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX); Transcribed by Fred Coleman]

Texarkana , Tex. , Jan. 28.  Eugene Eastbrook, a prominent lumber man of this section, died last night at his home at Diboll , Tex. The remains were shipped to Atlanta , Tex.  
[Dallas Morning News 1 Feb. 1900 - Submitted by Marla Zwakman]

LINDEN, Texas.  Funeral services for Jerome J. Eller, 75, were held Saturday at the Linden Methodist Church, with the Rev. S. Burton Smith, pastor, officiating. Eller had been a prominent business and civic leader for more than 40 years. He moved to Linden from Pittsburg and operated a locally-owned telephone exchange for many years. In recent years, he has operated a gasoline retail and wholesale business. He had served for many years as a member of the County Board of Education and was chairman of board at the time of death. He served a long period as member of board of stewards of the Linden Methodist Church. He was past master of the Linden Masonic Lodge; was a 32º Mason and a member of the Shrine. He held life membership in the Linden Masonic Lodge. He is survived by his wife, a son, J. Cotter Eller of Linden; a daughter, Mrs. J. Matt Carr of Fort Worth; a brother, H. P. Eller of Dallas, and a granddaughter.  
[February 6, 1955; Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX)]

Atlanta Bankers' Dead.
Atlanta, Tex., Nov. 11. - B. F. Ellington, formerly cashier and owner of the First National Bank here, died at his home yesterday. Mr. Ellington resigned his position here in the bank on January 1 on account of ill health. He has been in the banking business in the State for thirty years and is known throughout the State with the banking fraternity. At one time he was connected with the National Bank of Fort Worth. He leaves a wife and one child. [November 12, 1903, Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX); Transcribed by Fred Coleman]

PITTSBURG, Texas,   Nov. 13. - G. W. Fant, 63, died at his home at Linden Sunday evening.   A native of South Carolina, he came to Texas with his parents sixty-two years ago, engaging in farming most of his life. For many years he was organizer of farmers' unions, covering many States. He was State president of the Larm (sic) Labor Union one year, during which time he resided in Dallas. He was twice elected to the Legislature from Cass County. Funeral services will be held at Friendship Cemetery, a few miles south of Linden, Monday afternoon. He is survived by his wife and eight children, H. H. Fant and R. W. Fant Pittsburg; C. D. and E. W. Fant, Linden; M. F. of Jefferson, T.C. Fant and Mrs. Eula Ellison, Dallas; Mrs. W. S. Belyeu, Phoenix. Ariz.  He also is survived by five brothers and two sisters of Cass County.
 [November 14, 1932; Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX)]

FANT, Mrs. G. W.
Mrs. G.W. Fant Killed in Fort Worth Accident
PITTSBURG, Texas. July 21  Mrs. G. W. Fant, 57, was killed almost instantly in a car crash in Fort Worth early Monday morning when another car crashed into the car in which she was riding with her husband. Mr. and Mrs. Fant are from Linden, forty miles east of here, and had stopped here for a visit with two sons, R. W. and H. H. Fant, and were en route on a summer trip to Phoenix, Ariz., when the accident happened. The body was brought back to Linden for burial. Mrs. Fant is survived by her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Ellison of Dallas and Mrs. Belyeu of Phoenix, Ariz.; and six sons, two of Pittsburg, two of Linden, one at Jefferson and one at Dallas.  
[July 22, 1930; Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX)]

Ferrell Rites Held at Tyler
LINDEN, Texas - Funeral services for Vincent Ferrell, 37, former county attorney of Cass County, and member of a Tyler law firm, were held Tuesday from Christ Episcopal Church in Tyler. Burial services were held at the New Colony Cemetery, east of Linden, with the Linden American Legion Post conducting military services at the graveside. Ferrell was killed Monday in a traffic accident at Tyler. Surviving are his wife; two children; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Ferrell of New Colony, near Linden; and two brothers, Olen Ferrell of Atlanta and V. W. Ferrell of Dallas.  
[November 24, 1954; Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX)]

HARRIS, Mrs. W. H. - Mother Follows Son

Linden Attorney Dies
Linden, Cass co., Texas, Feb 19 -- O.N. Hines, 75, an attorney at this place, died at his home here.  He was County Attorney four years.   He was a brother of Representative Charles C. Hines.  Burial was in the Linden Cemetery.
[February 20, 1929, Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX)]

Death In Fort Worth.
Fort Worth, Tex., Aug. 22 - W. J. Hooper, aged 69 years, died this afternoon at the residence of his son, Dr. P. L. Cooper, 313 Vickery street, Glenwood. The body was shipped this evening to Atlanta, Tex., for burial. [August 23, 1904, Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX); Transcribed by Fred Coleman]

Atlanta, Cass Co., Tex. , Feb. 24.  Baxter James of Lafayette , Ala. , and brother of D. B. James of this town, died suddenly yesterday.
 [Dallas Morning News  26 Feb. 1897 - Submitted by Marla Zwakman]

KLUGE, C. F. and HARRIS, Mrs. W. H.
Mother Follows Son in Death at Linden.
LINDEN, Cass Co., Texas, May 16 - C. F. Kluge, postmaster of Linden, dropped dead Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, and his mother, Mrs. W. H. Harris, collapsed when she went to his home and died within. Kluge two hours. Mr. Kluge ws one oF the oldeet settlers of Cass County. [May 17, 1926, Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX); Transcribed by Fred Coleman]

Atlanta, Cass Co., Tex., Feb 13 - Uncle Philip Lanier and wife died near Linden, only one day between their deaths.  They were over 80 years old and pioneers of Cass county.
[February 15, 1897; Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX)]

Tree Blown Down by the High Winds Falls on Him. SPECIAL TO THE NEWS. Atlanta, Tex., April 5 - Jack Lard, a well-known farmer who resided about eight miles from Atlanta, was killed Friday evening by a falling tree, which was blown down by the high wind. He was plowing in his field at the time of the accident. [April 6, 1903, Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX); Transcribed by Fred Coleman]

LATHAM, ELIZABETH - Burned to Death

LOONEY, Mrs. M. V.
LOONEY - Atlanta, Tex., Jan. 22 - Mrs. M. V. Looney aged 55 years, died of pneumonia at this place at 3:20 this morning. [January 25, 1902, Dallas Morning News; (Dallas, TX);  Transcribed by Fred Coleman]

McCLUNG, Dr. R. L.
Heart Trouble Probably Killed Veteran Cass County Physician.
Atlanta, Cass County, Tex., Oct. 13. - This evening, while riding, Dr. R. L. McClung, fell from his horse and died before any one could get to him. Heart trouble was probably the cause. Dr. McClung was one of the oldest physicians in Cass County, having moved here in 1877. He was a Confederate veteran and a member of Stonewal1 Jackson's camp. [October 14, 1908, Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX); Transcribed by Fred Coleman]

McCOY, J. T.
McCOY - At1anta, Tex., Nov. 17 - J. T. McCoy, son of Mrs. Sallie McCoy of this place, died yesterday. [November 18, 1899, Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX); Transcribed by Fred Coleman]

LINDEN, Texas. - Wesley Morse, 79, retired lumberman and cattleman, died Saturday at his home here following a heart attack. Funeral services will be held at the Linden Methodist Church at 10 a.m. Monday. Morse had been a resident of Cass County for many years. Surviving are his wife; three sons, Raymond Morse and George Wesley Morse, both of Linden, and T. M. Morse of Bivins; two daughters, Mrs. C. E. Grogan of Houston and Miss Kathryn Morse of Abilene; three brothers, Sam Morse of Linden, Charlie Morse of Dallas and Jeter Morse of Arkansas; two sisters, Mrs. Katie Brown and Mrs. Nita Albright, both of Houston, and three grandchildren.  
[November 8, 1954, Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX)]

NELSON, A. J. - Killed in Cyclone

Doss H. Nelson Dies at Linden
LINDEN, Texas, Jan. 23.  Doss H. Nelson, 81, died Monday after a short illness. He was the brother of George Nelson of Dallas. Nelson was a native of Linden and a member of a prominent pioneer family. Survivors in addition to his Dallas brother are a step-daughter, Mrs. H. B. Anderson, Navasota; two stepsons, Wilburn Robertson of Atlanta and Heard Robertson of Linden.
 [January 24, 1950; Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX)]

NELSON, HENRY THOMAS - Senator's Brother Killed in Accident

An Aged Farmer Instantly Killed In Cass County.
Atlanta, Tex., Sept. 5. - J. H. Perdue, an aged farmer, was instantly killed near here this morning by being thrown from a hay rake against a tree, breaking his skull and otherwise mangling his body. [September 6, 1902, Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX); Transcribed by Fred Coleman]

Albert Powel Dies
Atlanta, Tex.. Aug. 19. - Albert Powell, a prominent young man of this place, who was knocked off a telephone pole by a live wire at Texarkana, died Tuesday night, and was brought here this morning for burial. [August 20, 1909, Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX); Transcribed by Fred Coleman]

Shiloh News: We are indeed sorry to learn of the death of Mrs. Cowen Pruitt, of our adjoining neighborhood. She was formerly a resident of this place. We deeply sympathize with the bereaved family, especially the two little motherless girls. (The Cass County Sun, Linden, Tex, Nov 14, 1905)

Mrs. Cowan Pruitt, of near Lanier, died last Tuesday.  Thus another good woman has passed over to the great beyond.  The Sun extends sympathy to the bereaved relatives. (The Cass County Sun, Linden, Tex, Nov 14, 1905)

PRUITT-San Atngelo, Tex., March 29 - Attorney M. M. Pruitt died here last night. Mr. Pruitt was 37 years of age and came here less than two years ago from his old home at Atlanta, Tex. A widow and one son, aged 11, and an only brother, C. E. Pruitt, from Greenville, were with him. [April 1, 1907, Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX); Transcribed by Fred Coleman]

Shelton. - Paris. Tex., Jan. 9. - Mrs. Ruth Shelton, the widow of Jesse Shelton, an old settler of Lamar County, died in Cass County. The body was brought to Howland for burial. [Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX); January 11, 1913; Transcribed by Fred Coleman]  

J. N. Simmons, 88, Confederate veteran and a resident of Texas for sixty years, died Friday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George E. Nelson, 2010 Ramsey street. Funeral services will be held at 4 p. m. Saturday at Linden, Cass County, where the body was sent Friday. The Rev. W. Williams, pastor of the Baptist Church of Hughes Springs, will officiate. Mr. Simmons was a native of South Carolina. He came to Texas in 1868 and settled at Linden, where he lived until two years ago, when he moved to Dallas. He was a charter member of the Dallas Camp, United Confederate Veterans, and a charter member of the Linden Lodge No. 192 A. F. & A.M., which will have charge of the funeral. Surviving are his daughter, Mrs. Nelson; a brother, Robert Simmons of Uvalde; a sister, Mrs. Lou Webster of Ardmore, Ok.; ten grandchildren and six great-grand-children. [February 23, 1929, Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX)]

Son-in-Law Arrested After Linden Man Dies

LINDEN, Texas, Oct. 1 - C. I. Sosbee died in an Atlanta hospital Tuesday morning where he was taken after he was shot Sept. 7. His son-in-law, H.W. Wells, out on bond on a charge of assault with intent to murder, came to the Sheriffs office and gave himself up. Wells, who lives in Lone Oak community, near Bryan's Mill, was placed in jail to await grand jury action.  [October 2, 1940; Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX)]

Charles Claud Story, 58, a printer and former editor of the Cass County Sun, died Tuesday at his home at 1517 Corinth.  He was a native of Linden, Cass county, and he was editor of the East Texas town's newspaper for many years.  He moved to Dallas and ocntinued the printing trade.  He was employed by the Allied Printing Company.  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at McKamy-Ingram-Batchler Funeral Home, 1921 Forest, with the Rev. Fred Bangler officiating.  Burial will be at the Edgewood Cemetery in Lancaster.  Story is survived by his mother, Mrs. P.M. Story of Grapevine; three sons, Robert S. Story and Erwin D. Story, both of Dallas; and C.C. Story of Paris; three daughters, Miss Florine Story, Mrs. Irvin Collins and Mrs. J.M. Bewley, all of Dallas;  two brothers, John E. Story of Jefferson, and L.M. Story, Dallas;  a sister, Mrs. A. C. Stone, Grapevine; and seven grandchilren.  
[July 27, 1950;  Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX)]

Lighting Strikes Shed Underneath Which Farmer Had Taken Refuge During Rainstorm.
AtIanta, Tex., June 20. - About 3 o'clock yesterday evening an electric storm passed near Atlanta.
Scott Thompson a middle-aged farmer living near Sulphur, had been in town. As he was going home with his wife and brother in the wagon, they were overtaken by the cloud. He stopped at the Cbarlev Smith place and drove under a wagon sbhed. His wife went into the house while he and his brother stayed in the wagon. Lighting struck the shed and killed him, also one of the mules. His brother was severely shocked, but recovered. [July 1, 1909, Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX); Transcribed by Fred Coleman]

TREMPER, Mrs. M.J.  - Killed in Cyclone

Farmerer Killed Near Atlanta.
Atlanta, Tex., Nov. 3. - W. G. Wall, 60 years old, a farmer living four miles west of this place, was found dead late Saturday night, having been shot through the head with a revolver. [Tuesday, November 4, 1902, Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX); Transcribed by Fred Coleman]

WHITWORTH, SAM - Killed in Cyclone

We learn that one George Williams, night watchman at the round-house of the Clark and Boise log road, who, while sick, wandered off toward the T & P railroad, was found dead by the side of the track last week. (The Cass County Sun, Linden, Tex, Nov 14, 1905)


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