Charles Alfred Grace, 55, of Eagle Lake, passed away Dec. 24 at Gulf Coast Medical Center.
He was born Aug. 4, 1949 to Tovera and Roosevelt Grace Sr. and graduated from Eagle Lake High School in 1968. He married Olga Garcia and was a member of Providence Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and son, Charles Anthony.
He is survived by his daughter, Demetria Dancy; grandchildren, Shakora Norris and Rayel Aiken; son-in-law, Rodney Aiken, all of Eagle Lake; sisters, Ruby Grace, of Houston, Ruth Cleveland, Carolyn Grace and Janice Tillman, all of Eagle Lake; brothers, Roosevelt Grace Jr. and Danny Grace, both of Houston; brothers-in-law, Willie Cleveland Sr. and Rufus Tillman Jr., of Eagle Lake, and Earl Minor of Houston; great uncles and aunts; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, at the Providence Baptist Church in Eagle Lake with Pastor Coby Shorter Jr. officiating. Interment followed at Eagle Lake Community Cemetery East.
Pallbearers were Rodney Aiken, Thomas Hargrove, Russell Hargrove, Robert Hargrove, Leo Hargrove and Earl Minor. Honorary pallbearers were Roosevelt Grace Jr., Danny Grace, Willie Cleveland Sr., Anthony Cleveland, Willie Cleveland Jr. and Jerry Cleveland.
Colorado County Citizen, January 5, 2005
A Fatal Fight
A most deplorable tragedy was enacted in this city Thursday afternoon, at 4 o'clock, whereby Dr. Jesse E. Grace lost his life, and Dr. Eugene Potthast was wounded in three different places, none of them dangerous or fatal. The difficulty occurred in front of the post office, Elder's barbershop and the bank, and was the result of a former fight between the two physicians about two or three weeks ago. Dr. Potthast was standing in front of the post office talking to Mr. Chas. Brieger, when Dr. Grace came up. A few angry words and a blow or two passed between them, when the shooting with pistols began. It is claimed that Dr. Potthast fired first. Some eight or nine shots were fired. Dr. Grace received one wound just to the right of the left nipple, the ball passing through his heart, coming out below he left nipple. The second wound was in the right breast, upper portion of the lung, about three inches from the armpit. The third shot broke his left arm three inches above the elbow. Dr. Potthast received three wound, as follows: one just below the ribs on right side, only skin deep; another just before the floating ribs on left side, a glancing wound, the third wound was in the back, just above the kidneys, the ball lodging under the skin. He is not at all dangerously wounded. The affair is greatly deplored by all but as it began and was over in a second, no human power could have prevented it. Dr. Grace only lived a few moments after being shot, falling in Elaer's[sic] barber shop, and being unable to speak a word ere he died. He was carried home a few moments after his death. He was a very popular physician, had a large and lucrative practice, a warm friend to those he loved, generous hearted and a noble man. He was a member of the Knights of Honor, and was buried under the auspices of that order yesterday afternoon at the Masonic cemetery. He leaves an almost heart-broken widow, and a large circle of relatives and friends, to whom our heartfelt sympathy is extended.
Weimar Mercury, January 12, 1895
Dr. Jesse Edward Grace
This son of Abel and Rebecca Burford Grace was born on his father's plantation in Colorado County, Texas September 23, 1852. He attended schools in the county until fourteen years of age, when his family moved to the village of Osage for better school advantages. Later he went to the Texas Military Institute at Austin, where he was graduated. He then spent a year in New Braunfels, studying the German language. He was graduated in Medicine at Tulane Medical College located at New Orleans.
His first practice was done at Industry, Texas wher he lived twelve years. In 1885 he married Mary Cathell of New Orleans and moved to Weimar, Texas where he practiced his profession until his death in 1895.
Dr. Grace was one of the early railroad surgeons, being assigned to the Western Division of the Southern Pacific at Weimar.
From the files of Miss Lee Nesbitt
The sad news of the death of Young Jesse Grace was received here Thursday morning, his death occurring at Leadville, Colorado, the previous day. It was announced in a recent issue of the Mercury that the young man was very ill, and it seems he gradually grew worse, and on Wednesday succumbed. It is stated that the body will be brought here for burial [Weimar Masonic Cemetery] Sunday. His aunt, Mrs. Mamie Grace, has been at his bedside for a number of weeks ministering to his wants and giving him every attention. Jesse was a bright young boy popular among his associates, and his death is deeply regretted. He was a son of the late Dr. Harry Grace of Oakland. Our sympathy is extended the bereaved relatives in their loss.
Weimar Mercury, August 6, 1904
Miss Kate Grace Expires at 100; Rites Jan 3
Funeral services were held here Saturday, January 3, for Miss Katherine Grace, who died Jan 1 at Parkview Manor. She had become 100 years old in September.
Services were held from Hubbard Funeral Chapel with burial in Masonic Cemetery. Rev. Jim Carr officiated.
"Miss Kate" had been a resident of Parkview since the day it opened seven years ago and had been an invalid for some time.
Born September 3, 1875, in Colorado County, she was a daughter of Thomas Jefferson and Melissa (Stewart) Grace. She had lived in other areas during much of her adult life, moving back to Weimar from time to time. At one time she had a millinery shop in Del Rio. She lived in San Antonio for awhile with her sister, and during another period with a niece in Duluth, Minnesota.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church here.
"Miss Kate's" closest survivor is a niece, Mrs. Ken Giss of E. Peoria, Illinois. She has a number of cousins.
Pallbearers were Tommy Brasher, Jack Montgomery, John Hajovsky, Henry Herder, F. R. Carroll and Herb Pickett.
Weimar Mercury, January 15, 1976
Mrs. Mamie Grace Dead
Mrs. Mamie Grace, widow of the late Dr. Jesse Grace, former physician of this city, died in Houston Wednesday night. The remains will be brought here Saturday noon for interment by the side of her late husband, after appropriate services in Houston. Interment will be in the Masonic Cemetery here immediately after arrival of the body. No particulars of her death are known here at the present time. We will endeavor to secure and publish same in next issue of the Mercury.
Weimar Mercury, May 21, 1937
As briefly mentioned in last issue, Mrs. Mary C. Grace, widow of the late Dr. Jesse Grace, once prominent physician of this community, died Wednesday night of last week in a Houston hospital. The remains were held pending arrival of a number of relatives from a distance and were brought to this city Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock for final interment by the side of her late husband.
Active pall bearers were Dr. E. M. Arnold, Judge Whit Boyd, Judge James Perkins, Wm. W. Watkin, Dr. John T. Moore , W. W. Chambers and M. D. Jenkins, all of Houston. Honorary pall bearers named by the family were as follows: T. W. Hill, Stephen McCormick, B. B. Holt, H. Brasher, J. C. Hubbard, Geo. Herder, John H. Brooks, W. H. Lester, Dr. C. G. Cook, J. F. Bartosh and M. Lautersein, all of Weimar.
Mrs. Grace was 75 years of age. She was born in Philadelphia, later lived in New Orleans, moved to Weimar after her marriage to Dr. Grace, and lived here for many years. She had been a resident of Houston for the past thirty years. Ill health was her portion the last few years of her life, and she got about with difficulty. She owned valuable property in this section and was quite well-to-do. During her residence here in years gone by she was quite an active participant in all civic and social affairs. She is survived by four cousins, Mrs. Sadie Casterline and Mrs. W. D, Bradburn of New Orleans, Mrs. Sidney St. Amont of Gonzales, La., and Mrs. Arthur St. Amont of Baton Rouge, La.
Weimar Mercury, May 28, 1937
The death of Mrs. M. A. Grace, which occurred at the family residence last Tuesday morning, while not unexpected, was nevertheless a source of unfeigned sorrow and regret on the part of our people. This excellent lady had been in ill health for many years, practically an invalid, and death no doubt came to her as a relief. During her long residence in Weimar, she at all times possessed the friendship and esteem of our people. Of kindly disposition, thoughtful of others, a most excellent friend and neighbor, none knew her but to love her. Mrs. Grace's first husband was a Mr. Hubbard who was killed in the battle of Valverde. Her second husband was Mr. Tom Grace, a prominent Mason and citizen of this section in the early seventies. She was 68 years of age. She leaves several children--Mrs. Davie Burford, Mrs. Annie Hill, Misses Susie and Katie Grace and Messrs. Will and Hall Grace, who reside in Mexico. The funeral took place Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock, a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends following the remains to their last resting place. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended the bereaved ones in their irreparable loss.
Weimar Mercury, June 8, 1907
Died, at her residence in Colorado county on the 3rd of September, 1878, Mrs. Rebecca C. Grace, of inflamation of the bowels, aged about 58 years. The deceased was an old citizen, an exemplary lady with many virtues to endear her to her large list of acquaintances. Our sympathies are extended her bereaved relatives in this their hour of sorrow. [Interment in the Grace Cemetery]
Colorado County Citizen, Sept 5, 1878