Obituaries and Death Notices of Fannin County, Texas (2023)

Killed By a Live Wire
Honey Grove, Texas, January 23 - Monday about 7 o'clock, while playing with some boys, Charley Baker, aged about 15 years, touched a live electric light wire and was killed instantly. The palms of the hands were badly scarred and through the soles of both shoes holes were burned. (The La Grange Journal, La Grange, Tex, Jan 25, 1900 - vm)

Passing of Another Veteran Taken Ill at Reunion
Breckenridge, Texas, May 2 - Henry Black, familiarly known as Uncle Henry, died here at 6 o'clock this morning of heart failure. He was a Confederate veteran and on his recent trip to the reunion at New Orleans contracted a severe cold, from which he was confined to his bed on his return home.
Mr. Black was a stockman, 67 years old, was born in Missouri, and came to Texas with his father when but 10 years old and lived in Fannin county until 1878, when he moved to this (Stephens) county. Mr. Black raised a family of sons and daughters, all of whom are married and live in this county. His wife survives him. He was the largest taxpayer in the county and a man respected by all who knew him, especially the poor, whose friend he was in time of need. He was a devoted member of the Christian church and was a Royal Arch Mason.
The funeral services will be conducted tomorrow by Elder Granville Jones, after which the remains will be interred under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity, members of which will attend from Cisco, Albany, Caddo and Crystal Falls. (The Fort Worth Record and Register, Fort Worth, Tex, May 3, 1906 - vm)

Deaths: Miss Nannie Blanton, Leonard, August 27. (Aransas Harbor Herald, Aransas Harbor, Tex, Sept 3, 1891 - vm)

Mute Killed by a Train
Bonham, Fannin Co., Tex, Nov. 8 – Today the west-bound passenger ran over John Boone, a deaf mute, about four miles east of here and instantly killed him. The remains were brought here and deposited in the warehouse at the depot. The remains were badly mutilated. His relatives came in and have taken charge of the remains. The coroner is holding an inquest. Boone leaves a wife, who is also a deaf mute. (Dallas Morning News, Saturday, November 9, 1895 sd)

Bonham , Tex. , Feb. 22 – Judge W. A. Bramlette of this city received a telegram last night stating that his son, William was dead. The end came about 7 o’clock last evening at the Naval Academy , where he has been in school for several months. Deceased was __ years of age. The burial will occur here perhaps Sunday afternoon. (Dallas Morning News, Friday, February 24, 1905 sd)

Died in the County Jail
Bonham, Tex. , Aug. 28 – A man named Brock died in the county jail yesterday of abscess. He has been on the county farm, but after he became sick he was brought to the city of treatment. He was a stranger here, but said his folks lived near Fort Worth. (Dallas Morning News, Wednesday, August 29, 1900 sd)

Honey Grove, Tex., June 28. M. Bronaugh, Sr., a prosperious farmer and also on the oldest and best known, as well as most popular citizens of Fannin County, died last night and was buried at Oakwood cemetery in this city today with Masonic honors. (Dallas Morning News, June 29, 1889 sd)

Deaths: Mr. Frank Bryant, near Honey Grove, September 23. (Fort Worth Daily Gazette, Fort Worth, Tex, Sept 29, 1890 - vm)

BURKS, Infant son

Of puerperal developments, on the 27th day of April, Mrs. Penelope Burks, wife of John C. Burks Esq., aged 17 years.
It is not the purpose of the writer to indite a lengthy culogium on the virtues and amiability of the deceased, but to record the event that has shrouded in gloom the sensibilities of a kind and fond husband, and made desolate and sad the hopes and hears of a circle of relatives and friends.
On the 3d day of June, the infant son of John C. Burks Esq., and his consort, the Lady whose death we record above, aged one month. (The Standard (Clarksville, TX) June 11, 1859 sd)

Bonham, Tex., Dec. 5,—Philip Burleson a young man of about 30 years of age, died in this city yesterday afternoon of slow fever. (The Dallas Morning News, Friday Dec. 9, 1898 BZ)

Bonham , Tex. , Jan 8 – I.F. Caldwell proprietor of the Texas and Pacific dining hall here died silently of heart failure last night. He was one of the best known hotel men in Texas having been in that business in different parts of the State twenty-five years. (San Antonio Express, San Antonio, TX, Friday, January 9, 1903 sd)

Mrs. Nell Carver, 68, mother of Dan E. Carver, 3402 Julian, died Monday at 12:45 a.m. in Northwest Texas Hospital. She had been a patient there for two weeks. Mrs. Carter's home was in Bonham.
Funeral rites will be held in Bonham, with burial there under direction of the Wise Funeral Home. Arrangements here were in charge of Blackburn-Shaw Funeral Home. (Newspaper unknown, dated Nov. 25, 1958; transcribed by Vicki Bryan)

Bonham , Tex. , Sept. 17 – John Chester, a G.A.R. veteran, died at his home in this city yesterday. (Dallas Morning News, Tuesday, September 18, 1900 sd)

COX, T. H.
Ector - T. H. Cox, who lived on John Sweeney's farm near Long Branch, died of pneumonia on the third inst leaving his wife and five little children to mourn his death. His youngest child is reported very low with the same disease. The Long Branch community is composed of good people and Mr. Cox was one of the best. An honest man, a good neighbor, a kind and loving husband and father and a zealous Christian. He was an elder in the church and tried to discharge his duties faithfully. He will be sadly missed. (The Bonham News, Bonham, Tex., Jan 18, 1910 - vm)

Bonham, Tex., Nov 29 - Miss Jack Dale died last night. [Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX, Nov 30, 1901 KT]

Deaths: Mr. Ike Davis, near Whitewright, September 24. (Fort Worth Daily Gazette, Fort Worth, Tex, Sept 29, 1890 - vm)

KICKED TO DEATH - A Man Dies from the Effects of Kicks and Bruises Inflicted by a Companion, Both Being Intoxicated.
Special to the Fort Worth Gazette
Bonham, Tex., April 2, About nine days ago William Davis, Sol Vaughn and others went to Ravenna, a small town about nine miles northwest of this city. They went in a wagon, and while in Ravenna all got drunk, and late in the evening started home, which was on Red river a few miles north of Ravenna. On their way Davis was kicked out of the wagon and Vaughn was seen kicking him, which he continued unmolested until he was satisfied. They then got into the wagon and proceeded to Vaughn's house. Davis and Vaughn entered and Vaughn was heard cursing and abusing Davis, and it is supposed that he continued beating and kicking him. However, next day Vaughn hauled Davis over to a neighbor's house and there left him where he lingered in great pain for nine days and died. County Attorney Meade and Dr. R. E. Hancock went down yesterday and held a post mortem examination and found that Davis came to his death from the bruises and wounds so inflicted. A warrant was issued for Vaughn charging him with murder. Sheriff Chaney and Constable McKee went to the river yesterday and arrested Vaughn and committed him to jail about 9 o'clock last night. (Fort Worth Gazette, April 3, 1891)

DUNLAP, Son of F. C.
Bonham , Tex. , Nov. 17. – A son of F. C. Dunlap of Ivanhoe died Thursday night. (Dallas Morning News, 20 Nov. 1900, Transcribed by Marla Zwakman)

Bonham , Tex. , Jan. 8. – Today at 5 o’clock Frank Faulkner died from congestion of the stomach. (Dallas Morning News, Monday, January 10, 1898 sd)

GRAY, Son of Z. M.
The 10-year-old son of Z. M. Gray was burned to death at Honey Grove, Tex., by the explosion of an oil can, with which he was attempting to light a fire. (The Grenada Sentinel (Grenada,MS), September 2, 1899, page 2 - transcribed by Robin Line)

[Died]In Bonham, the 18th inst., T.C.F. Green, infant son of T.L. and M.L.F. Green, aged 10 months and 7 days. (The Standard (Clarksville, TX) October 3, 1857 sd)

Honey Grove, Fannin Co., Tex , June 30. Mrs. Nancy Gwaltney died yesterday at the residence of her son, Mr. J. T. Gwaltney. (Dallas Morning News, Dallas,TX, Saturday, July 1, 1893 sd)

Bonham , Tex. Nov. 16 - J.T. Hayton, a pioneer settler of this county, died at his home seven miles south of the city yesterday. (Dallas Morning News, Friday, November 18, 1898 sd)

Deaths: P. H. Henderson, Honey Grove, August 11 - (The Fort Worth Gazette, Fort Worth, Tex, Aug 22, 1889 - vm)

Died: Mrs. T. R. Hunnicut, Whiteright, June 3. (Fort Worth Daily Gazette, Fort Worth, Tex, Jun 10, 1891 - vm)

Mrs. A. R. Hunt, one of Fannin county's oldest pioneers, passed away at Bonham in the seventy-fourth year of her age. (Bosque Eagle, Meridian, Tex, Mar 24, 1899 - vm)

On the 22d Sept., aged 2 years and 3 months after a lingering illness, at their residence near Bonham, Fannin County, Texas, William George, son of Alexander and Martha M. Johnston, formerly of Austin. (The Standard, Clarksville, TX, October 3, 1857 sd)

Bonham , Tex. , Nov. 5 - N.E. Lainhart died yesterday afternoon at his home in this city. His death was quite sudden. Mr. Lainhart had been a prominent citizen of Bonham for many years. (Dallas Morning News, Thursday, November 9, 1905 sd)


Bonham , Tex. , Nov. 17. – Several days ago John Langford, who has been a resident of Fannin County for forty years, died at his home at Telephone north of here. A son of Mr. Langford died a few hours before his father, and on the following day father and son were interred in the same grave. (Dallas Morning News, 20 Nov. 1900, Transcribed by Marla Zwakman)

Died: Mrs. W. w. Larmeur, Bonham, December 6. (Fort Worth Daily Gazette, Fort Worth, Tex, Dec 13, 1888 - vm)

Bonham , Tex. , May 2 – Mrs. Leach died at Edhube last night. (Dallas Morning News, Tuesday, May 6, 1902- sd)

Honey Grove, TX, May 27. Isaac Lyday, familiarly known far and near as "Uncle Ike," an old veteran, and one of the oldest settlers of Fannin County, died at his home, near Dial, yesterday, aged 76 Years. Deceased was an uncle of the present district attorney of the Sixth Judicial District. (Dallas Morning News, May 30, 1888 sd)

Bonham , Tex. , Nov. 15 – Joe R. Malone died Sunday Night at the home of L.J. Grimes, south of Bonham. (Dallas Morning News, Friday, November 18, - sd)

Savoy, Fannin Co. Tex. , Dec. 7.—Thompson Martin a highly respected old gentleman, living south of town, died yesterday morning. The funeral will be conducted by the A. F. & A. M. lodge today. (The Dallas Morning News, Friday Dec. 9, 1898 BZ)

Deaths: Mr. Thomas M. Massey, near Randolph, September 20. (Fort Worth Daily Gazette, Fort Worth, Tex, Sept 29, 1890 - vm)

Honey Grove, Sept 30 - Mrs. J. B. McKee, wife of the senior member of the firm of J. B. McKee & Co, died this morning. (Fort Worth Daily Gazette, Fort Worth, Tex, Oct 1, 1890 - vm)

A little child of Marshal Meddows was buried Tuesday afternoon. (North Texas Enterprise, Bonham, Tex, Dec 11, 1874 - vm)

Plainview - Dec. 17 (Special)-Funeral services for H. M. Mitchell, 83, retired farmer, will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday in Plainview First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Plainview Memorial Park under direction of Lemons Funeral Home.
Mr. Mitchell died this morning in Plainview Hospital and Clinic. He entered the hospital in early October and had been a coma for several days. He was born at Boonesville, Miss., and came to Texas when he was 14 years old, settling at Leonard. He married Mrs. Addie Shaw on Dec. 28, 1904, in Leonard.
The Mitchell family moved from Leonard to the plains in 1917, settling southwest of Lockney where Mr. Mitchell farmed until 1924. That year the couple moved to Plainview. He operated a farm in the Providence Community until his retirement a few years ago. He was a deacon in the First Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife, three daughters, Mrs. William H. Smith and Mrs. Covey Clayton, both of Waco and Mrs. Wade Knox of Shreveport , La. ; a son, Marshall Mitchell of Amarillo; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. (Publication Unknown, December 1958, transcribed by M.K.K.)

In Fannin County, on Monday the 30th ult., Twitty Pace, infant son of A.L. and Louisiana Pace, aged 10 months. (The Standard (Clarksville, TX), June 11, 1859 sd)

Dr. John Franklin Parks of McKinney, Texas, died April 19, 1921, from cerebral hemorrhage, aged 60. Dr. Parks graduated in medicine from the Chattanooga Medical College, Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 1901. He confined his practice to the eye. He married Miss Roxanna Fugett of Fannin County, TX in 1895, and removed to Durant, Okla., where he resided until the past seven years, which he spent in McKinney. He also retained his home at Durant, at which place his family resided. (Texas Medicine, Volume 17, 1922 sd)

Honey Grove, Fannin Co., Tex. , Aug. 4. – Mrs. J. P. Pierce, wife of Hon. J. P. Pierce, died last night. (Dallas Morning News, 5 Aug. 1894, Transcribed and Submitted by Marla Zwakman)

W.M. Rayburn Dies Near Bonham
Father of Congressman Sam Rayburn Will Be Buried Today
Bonham, Texas , Oct. 30 – William Rayburn, died at 8:25 tonight at the family home three miles west of Bonham after an illness of several months. He was 76 years of age, being born in Roane County , Tennessee Oct. 23, 1840. He was married to Miss Waller in Roane County , Tennessee in 1887, locating at Windom, Fannin County .
Mr. Rayburn was an ex-Confederate soldier and was a Captain in the Second Tennessee Cavalry. He is survived by his wife and nine children: Fr. J.F. Rayburn, Tom, Sam and Miss Lucinda of Bonham; Richard of Detroit, Jim of Dodd City; Will of Houston and Mrs. W.A. Thomas and ? E. Battley of Dallas .
The burial will take place tomorrow afternoon at Willow Wild Cemetery in this City. (Dallas Morning News, Tuesday, October 31, 1916 sd)

A Sad Tragedy
Tuesday afternoon about five o’clock a shocking accident occurred at the home of Mr. John I. Rhodes, in the Harmon neighborhood. Miss Esther Rhodes, 15-year-old daughter of Mr. Robert Rhodes was visiting there, and while she was sitting in a chair was accidentally shot and killed.
The particulars of this sad affair are about as follows: A short time before Mr. Rhodes had loaded his gun to shoot a dog, and stood the gun against the wall. It had fallen down and was partly under a bed. A little son of Mr. Rhodes was pulling the gun from under the bed when it was discharged, the entire load striking Miss Esther Rhodes in the head and killing her instantly.
The Rhodes brothers are well known in town and country and are among out most prosperous farmers. They have the sincere sympathy of all our people in their time of sorrow. The remains of the unfortunate girl were buried in Oakwood yesterday afternoon, following the funeral service, which was conducted by Rev. Bonnie Grimes. (Honey Grove Signal (Honey Grove, TX), Friday, May 6, 1910 Transcribed by Jim Dezotell)

Died, at her home 10 miles west of Bonham, on Tuesday evening 1st December - Margaret E. Routh, wife of Wm. A. Routh, aged 34 years. (North Texas Enterprise, Bonham, Tex, Dec 11, 1874 - vm)

Bonham , Tex. , Sept. 17 – H.L. Sasser died yesterday at his home, in South Bonham, of typhoid fever. (Dallas Morning News, Tuesday, September 18, 1900 sd)

Dodd City , Tex. , Jan. 7. – James Shannon, a brick mason, dropped dead here this afternoon about 2 o’clock from heart failure. (Dallas Morning News, 11 Jan. 1902, Transcribed and Submitted by Marla Zwakman)

SHOOK, "Grandma"
Bonham, Tex. , Nov 26 - "Grandma" Shook died Sunday and was buried today. (Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX, Nov 30, 1901 KT)

Bonham, Tex. , Dec 5.—Mr. P. F. Slaughter, a pioneer settler of this county, died at his home in the western part of the city yesterday. He was buried at the Willow Wild cemetery at 4 o'clock this afternoon. (The Dallas Morning News Friday Dec. 9, 1898 BZ)

Bonham, Tex., Dec. 17. - Col. Gideon Smith, one of the early settlers of Fannin County, died at his home north of this city last night. Col. Smith at one time represented his county in the legislature. (Dallas Morning News, December 18, 1891 - sd)

Deaths: Mr. John Stewart, Honey Grove, August 22. (Aransas Harbor Herald, Aransas Harbor, Tex, Sept 3, 1891 - vm)

Leonard , Tex. , March 29. - Mrs. James A. Sumner died at her home near this city Friday. Mrs. Sumner was a daughter of the late John W. Lee, a prominent citizen of this county. (Dallas Morning News, 30 Mar. 1908, Transcribed by Marla Zwakman)

THOMAS, ”Uncle Andy”
Wright, TX, May 2. Died April 27, at his home, four miles west of this city, “Uncle Andy” Thomas, at the age of 96 years. He came to Texas in 1831. and was conspicuous in the early Indian fights in Fannin and Grayson Counties. On one occasion while building a cabin near Bois d’Arc Creek, on a place now known as the Joshua May farm, the Indians attacked him and his son. He kept them at bay with an ax until he could reach his rifle when he soon made them beat a hasty retreat. His son was wounded and Mr. Thomas carried him to Fort Bonham (now the city of Bonham), on his back, being followed by two Indians nearly all the way. At another time he had a close call with Indians, about two and a half miles west of here, but he succeeded in killing two out of three of them. He is well known by all early settlers in North Texas. At the time of his death he had in his possession an ax handle and a rifle. The ax handle is stained with blood. Mr. Thomas was buried in Kentuckytown Cemetery. (Dallas Morning News, May 4, 1888 sd)

Funeral services for Mr. W. P. Thompson were held Thursday.
Mr. Thompson was 68 years old and had resided in this community 12 years on the J. Balch Moor farms, having moved here from Tulip, Texas. He was a truck farmer and raised much garden stuff. He had an irrigation plant and used water Iron Choctaw Creek. He was the first man to start the raising of cucumbers here. He usually had eight or ten acres of truck crops and employed a number of hands. He had the truck farming done also with his regular row crops. He also had became interested in a small syrup mill and had made some fine syrup this fall.
He became suddenly ill last Sunday while accompanying: a number of singers from here to church south of Bailey. He was rushed back to Bells for medical aid and later to Sherman hospital where he lingered until Tuesday night when he passed away. He was a man who was widely known throughout Grayson and Fannin counties and where he was considered a man with a fine reputation. He was an untiring church worker and could be counted on a being on the right, side of every argument. He was a public leader here, and was loved and highly regarded by the young people and children.
The pallbearers were Virgil Gilliam, Jack Fowler, Albert Whitlock, Tim Rouch, Olen Chandler , Walter Morrison. Tee flowers were beautiful and there were many of them. There were ten flower girls. He is survived by a good wife and with two small children, Sam and Anna, and Miss Hope at home. Mrs. Laura Howdeshell of Sherman , J. H. of Little Rock , Ark. , Mrs. Wayne Wilkerson of Ambrose, Mrs. Don Cotton, Mrs. Ruth Gibbs of Ivanhoe.
He was born in Tennessee November 27, 1866 and came to Texas in early life, and had lived here in Fannin County most of that time. (Bonham Daily Favorite, December 17, 1934)

Bonham, Tex Dec 8 - Bob Truss, a young man 20 years of age, died last night northeast of here and was buried at the Hulsey graveyard this afternoon. (The Dallas Morning News, Friday Dec. 9, 1898 BZ)

Bonham , Tex. , Sept. 12. – Mrs. W. N. Ward died at her home at Lamasco, a few miles northeast of here, last night. (Dallas Morning News, 13 Sept. 1899, Transcribed by Marla Zwakman)

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