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Mann, Elsie J. (Nelson)

Essie Mann Funeral Held Here July 22.

Funeral services for Mrs. Essie Nelson Mann were held Tuesday, July 22, from Arie Baptist Church, with Pastor I. T. Hewitt officiating. [Interment in Paradise Garden Cemetery]

Mrs. Mann was the second daughter of Felix and Mary (Wilson) Nelson. At an early age she joined Mt. Arie. She served on the Usher board and sang with the Mt Arie Echoes. She graduated from W.C.H. School. Afterward she moved to Houston, where she lived until she became ill.

Survivors include her husband, Horace Mann; four children, Carolyn Barnaba, Berrlyn Nelson and Jarvis Nelson of Houston and Bernadette Weatherspoon of Weimar; three grandchildren, Demetrice Nelson, Tanaya Weatherspoon and Enjolie Barnaba; two brother, Felix Nelson Jr. and Charles Nelson and four sisters, Berry Steward, Mary Nelson, Annie Carroll and Ruby Nelson.

Weimar Mercury, July 31, 1986
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Mann, Isreal J.

Israel Mann One of Weimar's Successful Colored Men Expires

Israel Mann, one of Weimar area's most popular and successful colored men, expired Friday at his farm home about three miles southwest of Weimar. Funeral services were held in the colored cemetery Sunday, attended, we are told, by one of the largest crowds in the history of local colored funerals.

Israel, approximately 50 years of age at the time of his passing, was a longtime resident of Weimar, a successful farmer, and had an interest in an undertaking business here in Weimar. Always polite and friendly with his white friends, he was highly regarded by them as being a dependable and trustworthy person. Weimar has lost a mighty good colored man.

Weimar Mercury, February 17, 1939, page 1

Mann, Jack Bethel

Funeral services for Jack B. Mann, 31, Eagle Lake, Texas, were held Friday afternoon, Dec. 9, in Eagle Lake, Texas.  Burial was in Lakeside Cemetery, Eagle Lake, beside a son, Scott Sinclair who died in infancy.

Mr. Mann died Dec. 7, 1966, at Laughlin Hospital in Eagle Lake, following a two month illness.

Jack Bethel Mann was born Aug. 9, 1935, in El Paso, Texas, son of Charlotte and W. D. Mann.  He moved with his family to Butler, Missouri, in 1947 and attended elementary and Butler High School, graduating with the class of 1953.  He attended Missouri Valley College at Marshall, Missouri,  and the University of Missouri at Columbia.  Jack served three years in the U. S. Marines, a part of that time stationed in Korea.

On Aug. 26, 1957, he was married to Grace Dell Sinclair in Eagle Lake.  To this union three children were born, one who preceded his father in death.

Jack was associated with his father-in-law in the Universal Motor Company,  Eagle Lake, as General Manager.  He was active in civic and social affairs of the community, a member of the city council and a member of the First Presbyterian Church.

Survivors are his wife, Grace; a daughter, Elizabeth Sue, age 8; and a son, Jack, Jr., age 6, all of the home; his mother, Charlotte Mann, Butler; and a sister, Mrs. Robert (Elizabeth) Schafer, Maryville, Mo.; and several aunts, uncles and a host of friends.

Missouri relatives attending the services were Mrs. Charlotte Mann, Butler; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schafer, Maryville; Mrs. O. W. Stevens, Kansas City; Mrs. Jo Bethel, Lebanon.  Also Mr. and Mrs. Bill Engelhardt, Houston, Texas, formerly of Butler.

Mrs. Charlotte Mann and daughter returned to their respective homes Monday, Dec. 12, after being at the bedside of their son and brother the past five weeks.

Bates County (Missouri) Democrat, December 1966
Submitted by Grace Cooper

Mann, Leona


A daughter of Eddie Mann, a well known colored citizen of this place, died Monday night at 9 o'clock of Spanish influenza, after a brief illness. The disease affected her spine, and death came very quckly. The girl was about 14 years of age. The remains were buried in the colored people's cemetery west of town [Paradise Gardens] Tuesday afternoon.

Weimar Mercury, October 18, 1918

Mann, Roy Lee

Mower Accident Fatal to Young Farm Helper Here

The whirling blades of a rotary-type farm mower brought. almost Instant death to 15-year-old Roy Lee. Mann in a tragic accident last Thursday afternoon on the Arthur Beken farm at New Bielau,

Roy Lee, small for his age but known as a good farmhand, was working on Memorial Day instead of taking the holiday with many others, trying to earn some extra money for Juneteenth.

He and another colored worker were mowing the field, each driving a tractor with a mower attached, and passed within sight of each other periodically. When the other worker missed Roy Lee after a time, he went to investigate and found him beneath the mower, which had stopped after mangling the body.

There was a large gash across the back of the head, most of a shoulder gone, and many more gashes elsewhere.

While no one witnessed the accident, it is believed the tractor struck a hole and the youth was thrown off when it lurched. [Interment in Paradise Gardens]

Weimar Mercury, June 7, 1957, page 1

Mann, Simon

Simon Mann, a well-known young negro farmer of this section, died Wednesday night and the remains weill be buried in the colored people’s cemetery west of town this (Thursday) afternoon

Weimar Mercury August 15, 1913, page 5

Mann, Walter J.


Due to the fact that he had been in wretched health for more than a year, his death was not unexpected. although it occasioned a wave of regret and many expressions of sorrow when news of the death of Walter J. Mann, well known colored educator here for many years past, was announced early Tuesday morning. Diabetis and complications were the causes of his demise. The funeral took place Wednesday noon at the colored people's burying ground west of town, with Rev. F. R. Ruffins of Giddings officiating in a touching service. The funeral was one of the most largely attended of any colored man that ever was buried here.

Walter J. Mann was born in Fayette county, near Holman, Oct. 4, 1867, being the only son of Jesse and Laura Mann. He was schooled in and around Weimar. and practically all of his life was spent here. He for a time took up the practice of farming, at which he was very successful but the urge to secure a better education himself while teaching others, early led him to adopt teaching as his life profession. In this he was peculiarly successful. He followed this pursuit up to about a year before his untimely demise, when ill health forced him to abandon the school room forever. In early life he was married to Emma Lyons, and the couple lived happily together up to her death a few years ago. From that time on his health declined rapidly, and it was universally recognized that the life span of this truly good colored man and educator was narrowing day by day. A few week since it became evident that the end was approaching rapidly, and early on Tuesday Feb. 2nd, the poor, tired spirit of Walter Mann left its tenement of clay, to join his life companion gone on before.

The writer of these lines knew Walter Mann from early manhood up to the time of his death and had many business dealings with him. In every instance we found him to be honest and fair, wanting to do, the right thing by his fellow-man at all times. We trusted him as we have trusted few men of his race, and to his credit be it said he never betrayed that trust. His skin may have been black, but his heart was white. In his passing we drop the tear of sympathy with his loved ones, feeling that we, too, have lost a very dear friend.

He is survived by his aged mother, Laura Mann, now away up in the eighties, and a host of relatives and friends.

Weimar Mercury, February 4, 1938, page 1
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