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Fitzgerald, Alexander

Mr. Alex Fitzgerald Dead.

Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Alex Fitzgerald father of Dr. Howard Fitzgerald, died after an illness of several weeks.

Mr. Fitzgerald was in the 88th year of his age. He was born in Tennessee and came to Texas in 1832, locating at LaGrange where he resided for two or three years. From there he came to Colorado County, locating at Shaw's Bend where he engaged in farming and where he has resided continuously up to a year ago when he moved to Eagle Lake.

Mr. Fitzgerald was an excellent citizen and enjoyed a very wide acquaintance.

He is survived by one son, Dr. Howard Fitzgerald. a prominent physician of this city, and one daughter, Mrs. W. H. Griffin, also of Eagle Lake.

The remains were shipped to Columbus on the noon train Wednesday, and from there taken to the family burial grounds at Shaw’s Bend for interment.

Dr. Fitzgerald and family, Mr. and Mrs. Griffin John Chumney and others from here attended the funeral.-- Eagle Lake Headlight.

Weimar Mercury, April 29, 1910, page 8


Fitzgerald, Clarine (Shorter)

Clarine Shorter Fitzgerald, 58, died Sunday, Oct. 23, 1994.

Born Sept. 10, 1936, in Bonus, she was the daughter of Lillie Mae Johnson and George Shorter. She attended schools in Eagle Lake and Columbus and, on Dec. 24, 1954, she married Edward Fitzgerald Sr. Mrs. Fitzgerald was a member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Alleyton and a member o the Grand Court Order of Calanthe of Texas.

Funeral services were held Oct. 27, at Mt. Moriah Baptist church with Rev. Johnny Norman officiating. Interment followed in Alleyton Community Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Ben Davis Funeral Home, Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Charles Victoria, Bryant Burton, Larry Woods, Douglas Stovall, James Perry, Willie Stovall Jr. and Cunningham Williams. Honorary pallbearers were Edward Fitzgerald Jr., Randal Fitzgerald, Caaron Fitzgerald, Michael Fitzgerald, Nathaniel Fitzgerald and Gerald Fitzgerald.

Mrs. Fitzgerald is survived by her mother-in-law, Ruth s. Fitzgerald; three daughters, Ruth E. Woods, Levia Rainbolt and Mae Margaret Fitzgerald; six sons and two daughters-in-law, Edward Fitzgerald Jr. and wife Melody, Randal Fitzgerald, Caaron Fitzgerald and wife Shirley, Michael Fitzgerald, Nathaniel Fitzgerald and Gerald Fitzgerald; ten grandchildren and a host of relatives and close friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and one son.

Colorado County Citizen, November 2, 1994
Transcribed by
Dennis Boatright  


Fitzgerald, Doris A. (Bean)

Fitzgerald Funeral Held Here April 19

Funeral services for Doris A. FItzgerald, 70, of Weimar were held Tuesday, April 19, from Mt. Arie Baptist Church, with burial in Paradise Cemetery. Rev. I. T. Hewltt officiated.

Mrs. Fitzgerald died Friday, April 15, at her home.

Born June 19, 1917, in Colorado County, she was a daughter of Bennie and Annie (Dickerson) Bean. She was married to Willie Fitzgerald on May 28, 1955, at San Antonio. She was a member of Mt. Arie Church and Eastern Star, Queen of Sheba Grand Lodge No. 282.

Surviving her are a son, Charles Fitzgerald of Weimar; a daughter-in-law, Wanda E. Fitzgerald of Weimar; two grandchildren; and a sister, Norma Mann of Weimar.

Weimar Mercury, April 21, 1988, page 2


Fitzgerald, Emily

Life Story of Emily

“Jesus loves me, this I know,
for the Bible tells me so
the faith of all ages lies
in our tiny hands & tousled heads”

Emily Fitzgerald was born on July 28, 2005 in San Antonio, Texas to Cedric Fitzgerald and Alissa Martinez.

On the evening of Thursday, September 7, 2006 she was called from earth to enter heaven’s gate.

She leaves to cherish her memories her father Cedric, mother Alissa, four brothers and one sister; grandparents Ruby & Raymond Fitzgerald and Sharon Hunter & Gary Dawson; uncle Kevin Moore; care taker Brittanie Klesel; and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Services were held Saturday, September 16, 2006, at 1:30 p.m. at Mt. Arie baptist Church, Weimar, with Rev. Danny Henderson, Pastor, officiating. Interment in Paradise Gardens Cemetery. Active pallbearers were relatives. Honorary Pallbearers were Jesse Martinez, Jr., D’Trique Fitzgerald, Davion Fitzgerald, Cedric Donavon Fitzgeald, and Kevin Gorman.

Final arrangements entrusted to Tommy E. Taylor Funeral Homea, Inc., La Grange.

Homegoing Celebration For Emily Fitzgerald,Tommy E. Taylor Funeral Hone, Inc.


Fitzgerald, Flora Ann (Munn)

We regretted to hear of the death, last Monday, at Uvalde, of Mrs. Ann Munn Fitzgerald, consort of Mr. Alex. Fitzgerald, an old and well known citizen of our county. She had for some time suffered with consumption, the disease which terminated her life, and went to Uvalde in the hope that a change of climate would benefit her, but to no avail. She was an estimable lady, with a large circle of friends in this and Fayette counties, who deeply deplore her demise. Her remains were removed to her old home in this county for interment. [Interment in Fitzgerald Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, November 15, 1883


Fitzgerald, Gerald

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Fitzgerald of the Hildebrand neighborhood lost their little six-months’-old baby b death Friday of last week. [Interment in Fitzgerald Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, February 2, 1895


Fitzgerald, Howard

Dr. H. Fitzgerald Died Suddenly On Tuesday
Well Known Physician, Native of Colorado County, Is Stricken While Playing Dominoes With Friends, Passing Away Shortly After Being Removed To His Home.

Dr. H. Fitzgerald, prominent physician and well known citizen of Colorado County, died suddenly Tuesday afternoon. He was held in high esteem by the people of this section and his sudden death brought genuine regret to our people.

Sitting in Beckman's domino parlor playing dominoes with some of this old-time friends, he was in his usual happy frame of mind. Dr. Fitzgerald was always jolly and full of fun. Immediately after a hearty, loud laugh, the kind for which. he had a local reputation, his head bowed--his heart was failing to function. He was taken to his home where he died less than a half hour later.

Dr. Howard Fitzgerald was 67 years of age, having been born October 9, 1869, at Shaw's Bend, this county. He graduated from Baylor University and later finished his course in medicine in Cincinnati. He began his practice at Marble Falls, after graduation from the Cincinnati Medical School, remaining there for a year or two, when he moved to Eagle Lake and began practice here more than forty years ago,

He practiced here continuously until 1925, when he moved to San Antonio, returning to Eagle Lake again last November, and at that time again engaged in the practice of his profession. He enjoyed a good practice, and a wide, acquaintanceship. He was congenial and friendly and quickly made friends among all with whom he came in contact. He looked on the bright side of life and was always in a good humor, and truly to know Dr. Fitzgerald was to like him.

He twice married, his first wife, who was Miss Ruby Chumney, a sister of J. M. Chumney, died in 1923. Several years later he was married to Mrs. Canaday, and shortly after their marriage they moved to San Antonio where they made their home until the past November.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, one son, H. C, Fitzgerald, both of this city, and a daughter, Mrs. Martha Fitzsimmons of Childress, who have the sincere sympathy in their irreparable loss of all who know them.

Funeral services, which were largely attended, were held from the home of his son, H, C. Fitzgerald, at 10 o'clock Thursday morning, conducted by Rev. G. C. Marmion, rector of the Episcopal Church. Interment was made in the Masonic Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were S. O. Boothe, G. W. Keith, A. F. Harbert, J. N. Frazar, Max Conner and F. A. Hoeninghaus.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 17, 1936


Fitzgerald, Howard Chumney


Tragedy struck swiftly again in Eagle Lake shortly afternoon last Thursday when a traffic accident snuffed out the life of one of this community’s prominent citizens and one of the Texas League’s most colorful outfielders, Howard C. Fitzgerald. He was killed almost instantly when his pickup truck turned over after going out of control on a dirt road 4.4 miles southwest of Matthews and ten miles south of Eagle Lake at around 12:15 p.m.

Mr. Fitzgerald was alone in the pickup truck and was apparently returning home from his farm, when the truck skidded out of control on the slick road and overturned in a ditch. He was thrown clear of the truck and into a ditch on the first roll, according to James Edds, driver of a Pepsi Cola truck which was following Fitzgerald’s truck on the road, reported Highway Patrolman Tom Halbert, who investigated the accident.

The driver and several Negro residents at a nearby house reached Mr. Fitzgerald before he passed away however he was pronounced dead by Dr. J. R. Laughlin when he reached the scene shortly afterwards.

Funeral services were held for Mr. Fitzgerald, at 3:30 p.m. Friday, February 27 from the Christ Episcopal Church with the Rev. Milton Williams of St. Francis Episcopal Church of Houston officiating.

Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery with Mill-Bauer Funeral Home in charge. Pallbearers were Joe D. Luna, C. E. Johnson, S. S. Sinclair, G. C. Duncan, Earl Rodgers, Jr. and Frank Aiken of Houston.

Mrs. R. R. Wells, Jr., played favorite hymns at the organ.

Howard Chumney Fitzgerald was born on May 16th, 1902 in Eagle Lake to Dr. Howard Fitzgerald and Ruby Chumney Fitzgerald, and he resided in and out of Eagle Lake for his entire life. From 1920 to 1933 he was an outstanding baseball player in the major and minor leagues, following a brilliant career at the University of Texas. A further account of his baseball activities may be found on the sports page of this issue.

On March 3rd, 1924 he was married to Miss Lue Fell Dromgoole in Eagle Lake. She and a daughter and a son, Mrs. N. F. McDonald of Houston and Howard Herbert Fitzgerald of Eagle Lake and two grandchildren, Julia Ann and Carolyn Minette McDonald of Houston survive. [My mother Lue Fell Fitzgerald was listed in my fathers obit as being a Dromgoole.  This in in error.  Her name was Lue Fell Fitzgerald her mother married James Dromgoole after divorce from Lewis Fell.  My mother was 6 years old at the time. She never took the name of Dromgoole. lue mcdonald]

At the end of his baseball career in 1939, Mr. Fitzgerald returned here to open a cleaning and pressing business which he owned until his death. During the past few years, he had devoted much of his time to farming interests in the Matthews area.

He was a member of the Eagle Lake Masonic Lodge, was a former Rotarian, served on the Eagle Lake School Board, and was a member of the T Association of the University of Texas.

Despite his unusual record as a baseball player, relatively few present day residents knew of many of his untold accomplishments. This unusual trait of modesty and the willingness to be a part of the team accounted for his success in life itself as well as on the baseball diamond.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 5, 1959


Fitzgerald, Howard Herbert

Howard Herbert Fitzgerald, 74, of New Braunsfels passed away Feb. 26 at Colonial Manor Care Center in New Braunsfels.

He was born June 22, 1927 in Eagle Lake to Howard and Lue (Fell) Fitzgerald. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict in the 584th Medical Ambulance Co. He was a graduate of the University of Texas and was a high school coach in several schools around the state.

He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Lue and Newton Minette McDonald of Point Venture; nieces, Carolyn Minette Brown of New Braunsfels and Julia Ann McDonald of Austin; and great-nephew, Travis Howard Brown of New Braunsfels.

A memorial service was conducted March 8 at St. Francis-By-The-Lake Episcopal Church at Canyon Lake with the Rev. Don Hungerford and the Rev. Jerry Sneary officiating. A graveside service and interment took place March 9 at the Masonic Cemetery in Eagle Lake with the Rev. Stephen Whitfield, rector, Christ Episcopal Church of Eagle Lake officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Francis-By-The-Lake Episcopal Church, Canyon Lake, TX or to your favorite charity.

Colorado County Citizen, March 20, 2002
Courtesy of
the Citizen


Fitzgerald, Mary

Lifetime Negro Resident Is Buried

Funeral services for Mary Fitzgerald, aged about 66, were held in Mt. Mariah Baptist church in Alleyton last Friday, with Rev. I. H. Woodfork giving the eulogy. Davis Funeral home was in charge. [Interment in Alleyton Cemetery]

She was born in Colorado county and had spent most of her life here. Death came in Columbus hospital after a short illness.

Survivors are 3 sons, Willie, who teaches vocational agriculture in Eagle Lake; Carey of Houston and aaron of Columbus; also 2 sisters, 2 brothers, 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Colorado County Citizen, May 14, 1959, page 8

Fitzgerald, Nathan

Died as a Result of His Injuries

We learned from last issue of the Columbus Citizen that the old negro man, Nathan Fitzgerald, who was so brutally beaten, robbed and then set on fire by other negroes in Columbus recently, died as a result of his injuries. He had received several licks on his skull from an iron bar, after which he was robbed of between $300 and $400 and then his clothes saturated with kerosene and set on fire in an effort to conceal all evidence of the crime. Two young negro men whom Fitzgerald identified and declared to be his assailants, are in jail at Columbus charged with the crime. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, March 25, 1921


Fitzgerald, Ruth (Bratcher)


Ruth Fitzgerald, 95, of Alleyton, passed away Jan. 28.

She was born Aug. 25, 1909 to the Robert and Luvenia Bratcher.

She was a member of the Green Grove Baptist Church and married Rex Fitzgerald.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Pearl Hemphill, Roberta Wiesman and Etta Bolden; sons, Earnest Lee, Leon, Roy, Ulysses and Edward Fitzgerald; and granddaughter, Sandra Caldwell.

She is survived by daughters, Doris Fitzgerald and Mary Caldwell; sons, Cleo Fitzgerald and Raymond Fitzgerald; 18 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 31 at the Green Grove Baptist Church in Alleyton with Pastor Eugene E. Thomas officiating. Interment followed at the Alleyton Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Anthony Stovall, Ralph Hurd, Marc Woods, Willie Stovall Jr., John Carr and Jon Woods.

Honorary pallbearers were Randall Fitzgerald, Caaron Fitzgerald, Natha-niel Fitzgerald, Edward Fitzgerald, Michael Fitzgerald and Gerald Fitzgerald.

The Colorado County Citizen, February 11, 2004
Courtesy of
The Citizen


Fitzgerald, Samuel Edward

Colorado Citizen:...

Mr. Ed Fitzgerald of near Glidden died at his home Monday night,of pneumonia, after a very brief illness, and was laid to rest Tuesday afternoon in the family burial grounds [Fitzgerald Cemetery] at Shaw’s Bend. His death came as a severe shock to his many friends,and was quite unexpected, as he was in town and in apparent good health last week. Ed was a good husband and kind father, and to the bereaved family and other relatives is extended a special mission of sympathy.

Weimar Mercury, April 14, 1906

The Mercury editor learned with sincere regret of the death of his friend, Mr. Ed Fitzgerald, at the Auerbach ranch (which property he purchased some time since), between Borden and Glidden, last Monday, after a brief illness. Our acquaintance with Mr. Fitzgerald was not of long standing. We had known of him for many years, but it was only a few months ago that we had the pleasure of forming a personal acquaintance with him. However, even in that brief time we had formed a strong attachment for the man, realizing and appreciating the fact that his worth, his manhood and his integrity were far above the average, and that he was in deed and truth one of nature’s noblemen. His death was very sudden and unexpected, and was caused from pneumonia. The remains were laid to rest at Shaw’s Bend. Our sincere and heartfelt sympathy is extended the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, April 14, 1906


Fitzgerald, Sarah Carrie

The Citizen chronicles with regret the death of Miss Carrie Fitzgerald, which occurred at the family residence at Shaw’s Bend in this county at noon last Friday, of consumption. [Interment in the Fitzgerald Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, July 20, 1895


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