Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sunday's Obituary - John Franklin Conley

The following is a transcription of the obituary of my maternal grandfather who died on June 2, 1936.  The date and name of the newspaper are not included with the clipping, but information on the back indicates it was a San Saba newspaper. The report says he had gone back to the grocery store, but I have always heard it was a gas station.  My Aunt Goldie Conley has pointed out the location to me on Highway 16 in Cherokee.  Something else I remember being told is that his son, my Uncle Wilber, was there when his father collapsed and never forgave himself for not catching him.  They were always joking around with each other and when my grandfather, said, "Son, catch me", my uncle thought he was teasing and so he wasn't prepared to catch him as he fell. 

Since the report of his death was included under the heading "Cherokee News by Mrs. W. H. Cardwell", and because I find the information reported in small town newspapers interesting, I have chosen to transcribe the article it in its entirety.

  "Ninety were present for Sunday School at the Methodist Church.  Rev. E. M. Jordan, pastor of the church, brought an impressive message at the morning hour of worship from the seventh chapter of John, using the forty-sixth verse: "Never Spake Man Like This," as a text.  A large audience was present for the service.  The Holy Supper was observed.
  There were sixty-two attending the Baptist Sunday School.  Three teachers, Ray Hillman, J. L. Hillman and Mrs. E. L. Edwards, were absent.
  A fair number were present for Bible study at the Church of Christ.  All teachers were in attendance.
  A pall of sorrow was cast over the community Tuesday night and Wednesday when Frank Conley suddenly became ill and passed away.  Mr. Conley apparently was in reasonably good health up until Tuesday evening about 8 when he had finished supper and gone back to the grocery store where he began feeling badly and the doctor was called.  Death came near 11.  Mr. Conley was 47 years of age and had resided here for some 11 years.  Funeral services were conducted at the Church of Christ Wednesday afternoon where Mr. Conley had been a faithful member for some time.  Elder Len Nobles of Burnet had charge of the service.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Frank Conley; a son, Wilber Conley, of Cherokee; a daughter, Mrs. Richard Robbins, of Kerrville; his mother, Mrs C. A. Conley of Evant; four brothers, Elmer and Leon Conley, of Evant; Clarence Conley of Adamsville, and W. W. Conley of Cherokee, and a sister, Mrs. Emly [sic] Hector, of Abilene.  Interment was made in the Hanna Cemetery.  Pall bearers were Warren Randolph, J. T. Hillin, Jim Robbins, Ed Lewis, E. A. Lewis, Jim Smith.
Susie Low of Chappel spent last week-end with Miss Alice Ruth Burke.
  M. K. Hamner, Mrs. J. H. Hamner of WEslaco, and Eugene Bagley of Beeville were here Thursday en route to San Saba.  Miss Lilah Lee Bagley of Beeville was with the party and stopped at Cherokee to spend Thursday night with Miss Ruth Burke.
  Mrs. Velma Almant of Austin arrived Sunday at noon for a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Benskin.
  Miss Lois Hendricks of Richland Springs spent last week-end with Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Lewis.
  Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Cardwell, Sr., and Mrs. Lily Hogue of Big Spring came Wednesday of last week to visit Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Cardwell, Jr.  Mr. Cardwell, Sr., and Mrs. Hogue returned home Saturday.  Mrs. Cardwell, Sr., remained for an extended visit.
  Miss Sallie Mae Burke, Marvin Burke and son Thurman visited Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Dickens of Burnet Sunday of last week.
  Mrs. W. L. Hendricks of Richland Springs visited Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Lewis Sunday.
  Those visiting Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Cardwell, Sr., of Big Spring at the home of W. H. Cardwell, Jr., Thursday and Friday were their daughter and family, Mr. And Mrs. T. B. Henderson and Miss Cathelene; Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Winkle and daughter, Martha Ellen, of Valley Spring; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Henderson of Schulenburg; Mr. and Mrs. Frank..."

Evidently the report was continued on another column that was not included in the clipping.

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