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Smith, Arthur C.

Former Alleyton Station Master, A. C. Smith, Dies

Graveside services for Arthur C. Smith, 76, were held in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery last Thursday. Mr. Smith died in a rest home at Vidor the preceding day.

While there was a depot at Alleyton he was station master for the Southern Pacific lines. After that, he held similar jobs at La Grange and Sanderson.

The local Masonic lodge conducted the ceremonies. L. Boyd Smith, worshipful master, acted as chaplain, R. E. Schiller as senior warden and O. L. Moss as junior warden. J. H. Langston carried the Bible and Edgar Litzmann, the sword. Mack Allen and Charles Klein were also in the procession.

Mr. Smith is survived by 2 daughters and a son. He was buried beside his wife and a son who had died earlier.

Colorado County Citizen, April 4, 1963, page 10

Smith, Cora Mae (Williams)

Cora Mae Smith Funeral Services Held Nov. 11

Cora Mae (Williams) Smith, 80, of Weimar, died Nov. 8 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center in Weimar.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 11 at Saint Paul Baptist Church in Weimar with Pastor Lindsay Ray Bean officiating.

Interment followed in the Weimar Masonic [Paradise Garden] Cemetery in Weimar.

Cora was born Oct. 8, 1926 in Weimar to Henry and Pearl (White) Williams.

She completed the eighth grade.

Cora Mae was an active member of Saint Paul Baptist Church in Weimar and a member of the Eastern Star Organization. She lived her whole life in Weimar and was a retired restaurant owner.

She is survived by her son, Alfreddie Steward of Belmont, Calif.; sisters, Maria Dilsworth of San Antonio, and Eleanor Hicks of Inkster, Mich.; brother, Charles Williams of La Grange; and five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Pearl (White) Williams; sister, Mercedes Davis, Lina D. Williams and Lela Steward; brothers, Elijah Spencer, Levester Williams, Henry Williams and Rufus Williams.

Pallbearers were Javier Baker, Leon Burley, Alan Steward, Benjamin Wilson Jr., Benjamin Wilson Sr. and Brent Wilson.

Weimar Mercury, November 16, 2006, page 2A

Smith, Eddie

Pickup Driver Charged In Wreck Deaths of Two

Two charges of negligent homicide have been filed in county court against the driver of a pickup truck that figured in the death of two Negro men last Friday afternoon near Columbus.

Killed instantly when the truck blew a tire and swerved into their lane were Eddie Smith, 64, of Weimar, and Joe Collins, 36, of Columbus, only occupants of Smith’s 1959 Chevrolet.

The pickup driver, Wm. R. Clayton, 34, of Angleton, suffered head and chest injuries and a broken right leg. He is recovering satisfactorily in Columbus Hospital.

Highway Patrolman Jack Brock filed charges against Clayton after learning that Clayton had had the pickup’s left front tire repaired in Columbus and had ordered a boot put in it in spite of the repairman’s warning that the tire would be unsafe.

Clayton is a foreman for Steve Construction Co., working on one of the Cummins Creek dams in this vicinity.

The almost headon crash occurred at 1:30 p.m. on Highway 71 about 5 miles south of Columbus. Smith and Collins were returning to Columbus from Altair and had been seen leaving Altair about 20 minutes earlier. Clayton’s 1959 Dodge pickup was headed south, toward Altair.

The impact sent the two vehicles to opposite sides of the road, the car in the west lane and facing south and the pickup in the east ditch.

The bodies of Smith and Collins were still in the car. It was nessary to use pry bars to get Clayton out of the pickup.

Smith was owner of a taven and several other businesses here. He was buried here Sunday afternoon, the Rev. P. D. Saddler conducting services at St. James A. M. E. Church. [Place of interment Paradise Gardens Cemetery]

Collins was owner of a Columbus tavern, Riverside Terrace. [Interment in Columbus City Cemetery]

They were the first 1960 fatalities on Colorado County highways, and only the second and third since July 1959. There was another in November 1959.

Weimar Mercury, October 21, 1960, page 1

Smith, Eddie Jr.

Funeral for Eddie Smith, 33, August 12

Funeral services for Eddie Smith Jr., 33, were held Sunday, August 12, at Macedonia Baptist Church, with Rev. W. Gant officiating. [Interment was in Paradise Gardens Cemetery]

Mr. Smith died at 3:30 p.m. August 8, in Houston.

Born at Weimar June 18, 1940, he was a son of Eddie L. Smith Sr. and Willie Ree Burley Smith. He graduated from Karl Downs High School here in 1959 and served two years in the Army.

He married Lola Adams on August 11, 1963,

She survives, along with two daughters, Kimberly D and Nately P. Smith, his parents, Mrs. Willie Ree Burley and Eddie Smith Sr., and a sister, Mrs. Ivory Lucas.

Weimar Mercury, August 23, 1973

Smith, Eddie Lee

Funeral Held Here Dec. 24 For E. Smith

Funeral services for Eddie Lee Smith Sr., 68, of Weimar were held Saturday, Dec. 24, from St. Paul's Baptist Church, with burial in Paradise Cemetery. Rev. T. E. Jackson officiated.

Smith, who was operator of Midnight Inn here, died Sunday, Dec. 18, at 6:30 a.m. at his home, after a heart attack.

Born Oct. 7, 1920, at Hillsboro, he was a son of Earl and Emma (Hubbard) Smith. He married Cora Mae Williams here on Nov. 12, 1954. He was a Mason, a member of the Knights of Pythias, and a deacon of St. Paul's Baptist Church.

His wife survives, along with two sons, Vernon L. Smith of New York and Ronald McMillian and wife Beverly of Weimar; a daughter, Ivory Mae Smith Murray of Houston; a stepson, Alfreddie Steward of San Francisco; five grandchildren and four step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren and two sisters, Mary Smith and Margie Lee Scott, both of Weimar. A son, Eddie Smith Jr., preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were Alfred Oglesby Sr., Freddie Ellison, Eddie Ellison, Horace Rhodes, Glenn McMillian, Harvey Steward and Russell Scott. Named honorary pallbearers were James Scott, Sylvester Scott, Evie Coreathers, Gene Hasty and T. C. Johnson.

Weimar Mercury, January 5, 1989
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Smith, Edward Henry

Eagle Lake Items

Capt. E. M.[sic] Smith died after a short illness at his residence near Frazarville last Sunday and was buried in the Masonic cemetery in Eagle Lake Monday.

Colorado Citizen, July 19, 1888, page 3

Smith, Ethel Marie (Stewart)


Mrs. Ethel Marie Smith, age 52, of Victoria, passed away November 23 at the Citizens Medical Center in Victoria following a short illness.

Graveside services and interment were held at the Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake for Mrs. Ethel Marie Smith Wednesday, November 25, with. Rev. Melburn Sibley, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake officiating.

Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home of' Eagle Lake.

Mrs. Smith was born June 28, 1935 in Gonzales to Alvin F. Stewart and Myrtle Byrd Stewart. She married Joe Lawrence Smith, Jr.

She had lived in Ganado for almost ten years before moving to Victoria six years ago and was a member of the Baptist Faith.

She was preceded in death by her father and three brothers, and her husband, Joe Lawrence Smith, Jr., who died in 1977.

Survivors include her mother, Mrs. Myrtle Stewart of Pasadena; daughter, Mrs. Kim Castello of Victoria; sons, Ted Smith of Point Comfort and Bobby Smith of Victoria; sister, Bertha Case of Pasadena; four grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and other relatives including mother-in-law, Mrs. Joe L. (Lottie) Smith, Sr. of Eagle Lake.

Colorado County Citizen, December 3, 1987

Smith, George Washington



COLUMBUS, Oct. 21, 1873.

Judge G. W. Smith died this morning from yellow fever. Four deaths in the past twelve hours. Seven new cases. The town is almost entirely deserted and the citizens still leaving. The greater portion of the business houses are closed. [Interred at Columbus Odd Fellows Rest.] . . .

Galveston Daily News, October 22, 1873


Our dispatches yesterday announced the death, by yellow fever, of the Honorable George W. Smith, at his home in Columbus, Texas. Judge Smith came to Columbus from Kentucky, in 1847. He was one of the ablest lawyers of Texas. He made an able District Judge before the war. He was in the convention of 1866, and the same year was elected as one of the Judges of the Supreme Court, to be turned out by the bayonet order of Sheridan in the next year.

As a member of our House of Representatives last winter, he won golden opinons by his ability, honesty and laborious efforts to help relieve our people. He was chiefly the author of our present election law, by which frauds are prevented, and the people can vote in their respective precincts. . . . Honored by his memory among the people of Texas.

The Galveston News has the following brief mention of Judge Smith:

Judge Smith was reared as a Whig, but was never an active politician until his efforts to redeem the country from Radical misrule aroused all his zeal and energy, and he was an ardent member of the Democratic party. He did not favor secession, but stood by his State and people in the struggle for independent government. Conservative in his principles; an uncompromising opponent of corruption, extravagance and misgovernment of every kind, he was an eminently practical and useful legislator.

As a Supreme Judge, while he was without literary pretensions or enlarged general culture, as a member of court he was invaluable; as an accurate, precise lawyer, on all subjects which had been before our own courts, he is said to have had the most thorough and ready recollection of the statutes and decisions of our own State of any lawyer in Texas. On almost every subject he could from memory cite the decisions of our Supreme Court, the volume, and often the page where they were to be found.

Judge Smith married in Colorado county. His wife had died several years preceding him. He leaves two sons, now being educated, we believe, in Kentucky. He had been very successful in business, and leaves a large property. In the meridian of his usefulness, with the character to have been a most valuable public servant, Texas will mourn the loss of one of her sons of the class of which she stands in the sorest need—full up to the Jeffersonian standard, "honest, capable and faithful."

The Dallas Weekly Herald, October 25, 1873

Smith, Georgia Marie (Wanjura)

Georgia Smith Funeral Services Held April 13

Georgia Marie (Wanjura) Smith, 44, of Weimar died Friday evening, April 9.

Funeral services were Tuesday, April 13 at St. Michael Church with Rev. John Bily officiating. Interment followed at St. Michael Cemetery in Weimar.

Mrs. Smith was born Jan. 25, 1960 in Weimar, the only child of Rudolf and Georgia (Kobersky) Wanjura.

Georgia Marie was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church and a graduate of both St. Michael School and Weimar High School.

While still in high school, she became interested in caring for others and worked part time at the local nursing home. This experience of helping others sparked her interest in the nursing profession.

With nursing in mind, immediately after high school graduation, she enrolled for classes at Blinn College in Brenham.

From there, she transferred to Texas Women’s University in Denton, Where she earned her degree as a Registered Nurse. She then worked in the hospital systems in Denton and also did some hospice care.

She knew that she had wisely chosen her profession. She loved her work. She continued furthering her education although she had reached many of her career goals.

She enrolled in various classes and eventually earned a second degree, this one in Political Science.

She then went to complete two years of law school. Her enthusiasm for learning and her love and devotion for nursing were quite evident.

Her travels and profession took her to Japan, California, back to Texas, and eventually back to Weimar two years ago.

She and her husband, Jerry G. Smith, married in June 2002 and decided to make Weimar their home where they could spend more time with her mother.

It was then that the family purchased a local business. Both operated the business. At the same time, Georgia Marie again pursued her love for nursing, landing a position first at an area nursing home and then with the Columbus Community Hospital.

In her “spare” time, she loved working with the family cattle out on the farm, playing with their dog and cats, and doing a little gardening.

She is survived by her husband Jerry G. Smith; her mother, Georgia Wanjura; two step-daughter, Cindy Anderson and husband Lee of Columbus, Ohio, and Lisa Nies of Corsicana; three step-grandchildren, Grace Smith, Jeffrey and Katelyn Anderson.

She is also survived by her uncle and aunt, Charlie Sr. and Frances Wanjura; her aunt, Agnes (Mrs. Victor Sr.) Wanjura; and numerous cousins, including two very dear to her heart, Erica and Leah Hoffmann.

She was preceded in death by her father, Rudolf Wanjura, in 1998.

Pallbearers were Lawrence Addicks, Frank Gosney, Eugene Hoffmann, Irddie “Sonny” Vornsand, Charlie Wanjura Jr. and Donald Wanjura.

The Weimar Mercury, April 15, 2004
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Smith, Grace (Hill) Worrell

Final Rites For Mrs. Frank Smith Held Thursday

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, Sept. 3, at Hubbard Funeral Home for Mrs. Frank Smith, who died Sept. 1 at John Sealy Hospital, Galveston, after six months’ illness.

Rev. Howard MacAllister officiated, assisted by Rev. Charles Young. Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Smith and since their marriage here in 1922 but a few years ago had returned to make their home here with her mother, the late Mrs. J. F. Bartosh. Mrs. Smith was an active member of First Methodist Church, the Woman's Society of Christian Service. and other organizations.

In addition to her husband, her survivor are three aunts, Miss Katherine Grace, Mrs. George McCormick and Mrs. Stephen McCormick, all of Weimar.

Pallbearers In the service were Henry Brasher Jr., F. R. Brasher. Jack Basher Jr., B. B. Braun Sr., Leonard Bartos, Ernest Scott, David Gunn and Ford Wegenhoft.

Weimar Mercury, September 10, 1964, page 1

Smith, Hester A. (Miller)

Death of Mrs. W. R. Smith

Mrs. W. R. Smith died suddenly at her home in this city al half past two o'clock last Sunday morning. While she had not been feeling well for a few days, she was not considered iIl, and her death came as a great blow to her family.

Mrs. Smith was formerly Miss Hester A. Miller, was born in Kentucky, March 17th, 1875, and married Mr. W. R. Smith at the age of seventeen years. When ,a girl of fifteen years, she professed religion and united with the Baptist church. She with her family, moved to Eagle Lake from Oklahoma City about a year ago. She leave to mourn her sad and sudden death, a heart-broken husband and six children, Miss Bertha, Virgil, Mary Anne, Cora Irene, William Lewis and Mildred to whom the Headlight extends its, sincerest sympathy.

The body was held awaiting the arrival of her mother and brother, Mrs. Lewis Miller and Mr. Virgil Miller, who came from their home in Hutchinson, Kansas, to attend the funeral, which was held. Wednesday afternoon the services being conducted at the Baptist church by the pastor, Rev. J. A. Stephen, with interment in the Lakeside cemetery.

Eagle Lake Headlight, July 5, 1913

Smith, Hilda

Report of Vital Statistics

For the month of November, 1908:


Hilda Smith, Nov 13, 4 yrs., 6 months. [burial place unknown]

Weimar Mercury, December 18, 1908


Smith, Inez (Piper)

Inez Smith, 88, of Columbus, died Saturday, Oct. 29, 1994 at her residence.

Born Jun. 14, 1906 in Heath, Texas, she was the daughter of Sylus Eugene and Gewinner (Martin) piper. On Jan. 29, 1926, she married L. O. Smith, who preceded her in death Sept. 11, 1974. Mrs. Smith, who had it been a resident of Columbus since 1949, was a member of Eastern Star and the First Baptist Church in Columbus, where she served in the WMU.

Funeral services were held on Nov. 1, at Henke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. Randy Revis officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery, Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Robert Smith, Harold Gene Smith, Wilton Corrol Smith, Kenneth Wayne Smith, Ronnie Dale Smith and Douglas Lee Smith.

Mrs. Smith is survived by her son and daughters-in-law, Dell Smith of Arlington and Virginia Smith of Victoria; a brother M. B. Piper of Dallas; 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

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

Smith, James

Negro Is Killed In Accident at Columbus

Tuesday afternoon about 4:30 while a Weimar truck operated by Max Konz of this city, with Rod Matthews, George Horton. Edwin Kosler and a young negro man named James Smith as helpers, were engaged in transferring a lot of baled cotton from one side of the river at Columbus to the other, the load of cotton being transported by the Chapman & McLeaish cotton firm, the young negro in stepping from the trailer part of the truck to the cab lost his balance and fell with considerable violence to the concrete pavement on the east side of the river bridge. The young man was hurried to a Columbus physician, and later brought to his home in Weimar. Here, also, he had the services of a physician

The young man complained a great deal of his head hurting him. but it was not realized by those about him the seriousness of his injuries. About 11 o’clock that night his injuries proved fatal. In conversation with Dr. C. G. Cook. who attended him here, we learn that the youth in the fat! sustained a hemorrhage of the brain, and this caused his death. He was conscious for some time before his death.

The young man was a son of Dick Smith well known colored citizen of this place. He was an industrious, peaceable young man and stood highly among both races. His unfortunate and tragic death is sincerely regretted by all.

Weimar Mercury, December 13, 1930, page 1

Smith, James C.

James C. Smith Passes Away

Our sympathy is extended to the family of James C. Smith of Sheridan, Texas, who passed away in the Northside Memorial Hospital in Houston Saturday, February 22, 1975.

Mr. Smith was born November 26, 1914, in Springfield, Missouri, and was 60 years of age.

He is survived by his wife, Ola L. Smith of Sheridan: five daughters, Betty Ann Sims of Baytown, Jo Ann Moreno of Houston, Ina Faye Beebee of Arcola, Doris Ann Beebee of Arcola and Carolyn Marie George of Louisiana; five sons, James Chester Smith of Houston, Jimmy Lamar High of Conroe, Kenneth Wayne High of Michigan, Billy Olan High_of Houston and Ricky Joe High of Sheridan.  He is survived by a sister Mildred L. Ross of Sealy; one brother Leonard J. Smith of Sheridan and 16 grandchildren. 

Graveside services were held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 25th at the Cheetham Cemetery near Sheridan with the Pat H. Foley Funeral Home of Houston in charge and the Rev. Gen Frank, minister of the Wallace Baptist Church, officiating. 

Eagle Lake Headlight March 6, 1975
Contributed by Regena Williamson

Smith, James Knox Polk


(Special to the Citizen.)

James K. Smith was born December 4, 1843, in Coffee County, Tennessee, and departed this life April 14, 1923 at 11:14 p. m. at the age of 79 years, 4 months and 10 days.

He was united in marriage to Miss Mary A. Holt on August 23, 1866. To this union eleven children were born, eight of whom are living. They are: Mrs. J.L. Hunt and Mrs. H.D. Hum bird [sic.], Rock Island; W.L. Smith; Longrun, Mo.; J. E. Smith, Hitchita, Okla.; I.E. Smith; Ava, Mo.; Mrs. Cora Hudson, Rock Island; Mrs. Nora Brown, Lutie, Mo.; and Callie Hubbard, Lathrop, Mo. He also raised an orphan boy, Toby Robinson, who now lives in Houston. Mr. Smith took him in when he was two years old and raised him to manhood as one of his own family. He also leaves 32 living grandchildren and 22 great grand children. Besides those living in Okla., his wife died four years and seven days before her husband.

Mr. Smith made a profession of religion in August 1900 and joined the Baptist Church and continued strong in the faith until death.

The deceased was a valiant soldier in the Confederate army, having enlisted at the beginning of the war, between the states, and remaining in the service until Lee, surrendered, having served most of the time as a scout.

Mr. Smith joined the Ku Klux Klan, No. 134, when it was first organized in this county and remained a very faithful and consistent member until death.

Rev. E. B. McLaughlin of Garwood officiated at the funeral service at the home of Mrs. J.W. Hudson, burial being made in Myrtle Cemetery, at Rock Island.

The Colorado Citizen, April 1923
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith


Smith, Jay B. "J. B."

Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 13, 1940) at 3:30, the soul of J. B. Smith crossed over to join his beloved companion who had preceded him to the grave only a few months previous.

His death was not unexpected, as he had been lingering in the shadows for more than a week. However, for the past two days he seemingly rallied, so much so, that his brother left Monday for is home in Illinois. He was contacted en route and immediately returned to Eagle Lake for funeral services.

Mr. Smith was born in Sheakleyville, Mercer County, Pa.. He was the son of the Rev. and Mrs. R. C. Smith. His father had preached 54 years in the Erle Methodist Conference.

Mr. Smith was married to Miss Nanette Dauglade in St. Louis, Mo, August 13th, 1900 and he passed away on the 40th anniversary of his marriage.

With his wife, he came to Texas in 1910, locating at Provident City, where they spent three years. They moved to Garwood, where they resided for 10 years conducting a dry goods business at that place. They moved their business to Eagle Lake in 1923, and, for 17 years he has been identified with the business interests of this city.

He was a member of the Methodist Church, a 32nd Degree Mason and a Rotarian. He was a man of most retiring disposition, and possessed many admirable traits and had many friends who will be grieved at his passing.

He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Relda Wilson of Brookville, Pa., Mrs. M. S. Karichr of Williamsport, Pa., and one brother, F. G. Smith of Mattoon, Illinois.

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock from the Methodist Church with Rev. K. R. Hemphill conducting same. Special music was directed by Martin Hale and consisted of a ladies sextette. Scores of friends visited the funeral home where the body rested until removed to the church. Fragrant flowers breathed their message of sympathy to the bereaved. At the time of his passing, Mr. Smith was 71 years, 1 month and 14 days old. All Business houses closed during the hour of the funeral services. Mr. Smith held his Shrine membership in Arabia Temple of Houston.

Casket bearers were W. C. Reed, Ernest Seaholm, S. O. Boothe, Helmer Seaholm, Emnanuel Roos and f. W. Goodell. To those who held him near and dear, the Headlight extends tenderest sympathy. [Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]

Eagle Lake Headlight August 16, 1940
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Smith, Jim

A negro farmer named Jim Smith, while en route home Christmas day, fell from his wagon beneath the heels of his team, and was so badly kicked about the head by the frightened animals that he died from the effects of injuries received. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, December 30, 1905, page 4

Smith, John C.

Pioneer of This Section Died Saturday Evening

Mr. John C. Smith, a life-long resident of this section, died last Saturday evening at the family home near this place, after a brief Illness, although he had been in ill health for a number of years. The funeral took place at the Odd Fellows' Cemetery, this city, Sunday afternoon at 5 o'clock, Rev. H. B. Spraker, Baptist minister of West Columbia, officiating in the presence of a large assemblage of mourning relatives and friends.

Mr. Smith was born Oct 14, 1868, on the old home place twelve miles north of Weimar. In 1880 he was united in marriage to Miss Katie Stahl, to which union seven children were born, all of whom are living. He is survived by his widow and children, as follows: John and Jesse Lee Smith of Weimar, Mrs. Rosa Smith of Weimar, Mrs. Rudolf Walzel, Mrs. Albert WaIzel, Mrs. Allen Altenburg and Mrs. Henry Havemann, all of Houston, also one sister, Mrs. Zelma Fahrenthold of this cIty.

So far as we can learn, practically all of Mr. Smith's life was spent in the home section.

Mr. Smith was a man genial personality, honest and straightforward in all dealings with his fellow-man, a devoted husband and father, and although afflicted for many years with partial blindness and ill health, bore up cheerfully until the very last. His passing is deeply and sincerely regretted by a large circle of friends throughout this section.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones in their affliction.

Weimar Mercury, November 2, 1928, page 1

Smith, John J.

See article about Masonic burial services at the graves of several men, including Noah Bonds, who died during the 1874 yellow fever epidemic.

Smith John Q.

Mr. J. Q. Smith, for many years a resident of this section, but later of Wallis, died at Wootan Wells last Sunday afternoon, after an illness of several months of some kidney affection. His remains were brought here for interment the following Tuesday morning. Mr. Smith was by profession a machinist, and a very fine one at that. He was married several years ago to Mrs. Brodina Loeder of this city, and she survives him. Being of quiet, unassuming disposition, only those who knew him intimately knew or realized what a kind, good man he was. He was honorable, upright, a man of even, steady temperament, and the possessor of strong friends wherever known. We tender sincere sympathy to the bereaved widow in her affliction. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, June 1 1901, page 2

Smith, L. Boyd


L. Boyd Smith II, 82, of Columbus, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 1995 at Columbus Community Hospital.
Born Oct. 5, 1912 in Nottawa, Texas, he was the son of L. Boyd and Eugenia (Morrow) Smith. On Aug. 2, 1936, he married Lucille Goodwin in Crockett, Texas. Mr. Smith was owner/operator of Sansing and Smith Grocery Stores in Wharton and Columbus and a retired state health inspector. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving as a lieutenant in the 36th Infantry Division during World War II. He was Past District Deputy Grand Master, Past Worshipful Master Masonic Lodge in Columbus; Chapter, Council and commandery, Seguin; Received Knights York Court of Honor, Easter Start Past Worthy Patron; and was retired from the Columbus Volunteer Fire Department.

Funeral services were held Aug. 19 at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home with Rev. Wes Jacobson officiating. Interment followed in Andrew's Chapel Cemetery in Hackberry. A Masonic graveside service was conducted by John Kirkpatrick of Weimar and the Columbus Fire Department presented the flag.

Serving as pallbearers were C. L. "Buddy" Prause, Walter Evans, Ronnie Rogers, Steven Moore, George Hoppe, Gary Sutton, Allan Wells and Dick Gates, all members of Caledonia MAsonic Lodge in Columbus. Honorary pallbearers were Max Rogers, John Kirkpatrick, Lee Moss and Larry Muennink.

Mr. Smith is survived by his children, Boyd Smith III and wife Eileen of Schulenburg and Sandra Smith Reinhart of Lake Jackson; grandchildren Dana and Mike Bartosh of LaGrange, Lance Smith of Fort Bragg, N.C. and Haiti, Angie and Robert Long of Lake Jackson and Vincent Reinhart of Austin; and grandchildren Caitlin Elizabeth Bartosh and Bryan, Blake and Bradley Long.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and his wife.

Colorado County Citizen, August 23, 1995, page 16

Smith, L. T.

L. T. Smith’s Last Rites Held Here

Funeral services were held at Columbus Funeral home Sunday for L. T. Smith, brother of Mrs. Mamie Runk, who died in Veterans hospital at Houston July 26 at 9:30 a.m. He was 69 and had resided in Columbus for a number of years.

Rev. John M. Ryan, Baptist minister of Humble, officiated, and burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.

Besides Mrs. Runk he is survived by another sister, Mrs. Richard Carson of Houston, a brother, Charles Smith of Corinth, Miss., a daughter, Mrs. Florence Jones of Houston and a granddaughter , Mrs. C. V. Smith of Baytown, also several nieces and nephews.

Among those from out of town here for the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Dick Runk and family of Abbeville, La., Mr. and Ms. Gus Runk and family of San Antonio, Mrs. Carson and Mrs. Jones of Houston, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Guillory of Lake Charles, La., Dan Smith, Beaumont; Mrs. C. V. Smith and Douglas Teague of Baytown and Mrs. Nettie Robbins and Mrs. Ada Sutton of El Campo.

Pallbearers were Edward Ginn, Lester Dennis, Joe Wade, Lawrence Hodde, Charlie Allen, James Mikulenka.

Colorado County Citizen, August 1, 1963, page 2

Smith, Latrelle Byars

DIED, in this city, June 4th, at his parents; residence, Latrel Byars, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Smith. We sorrow with the bereaved parents in the loss of the tiny bud so recently committed to their care. It is sad to think that the laughing eyes, dimpled cheeks and dainty hands will nevermore respond to tender caresses, the precious little spirit never brighten the home or gladden the hearts of loving relatives. But there is consolation in the knowledge that he now reclines on the the protecting bosom of the Good Shepherd, safe from life’s pains and trials. [Interment in Taylor Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, June 7, 1883

Smith, Lewis Eddie


Lawrence[sic] Eddie Smith, colored,of Weimar,died Tuesday, May 13, in Youens Hospital. [Interment in Paradise Gardens]

Weimar Mercury, May 16, 1952, page 1

Smith, Lindsey Lee

Little Boy succumbs Following Operation

Lindsey Lee Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Smith of the Osage community, died Tuesday at the Methodist Hospital in Houston, following an operation. The little fellow was one year and five months of age, and had undergone several previous operations which were successful. This being his final operation, everyone was looking forward to his homecoming, but our good Lord had prepared another home for him. His death was indeed a shock to all, for it was so unexpected.

The remains were brought overland and were laid to rest in the Odd Fellows' Cemetery at 11:00 a.. m. Wednesday. A very beautiful and touching sermon was offered by Rev. O. A. Meyer, pastor of the Evangelical Church of this city. He leaves besides his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John W. Smith, a sister, Alma Mae, and a brother, Wilburn John, his grandmother, Mrs. J. C. Smith of Houston, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Menke of Columbus.

Those who accompanied the remains from Houston are as follows: Mrs. J. C. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Rud. Walzel, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Walzel, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Havemann and daughter, Miss Dorothy, Mr. and Mrs. Allan Altenberg and daughters. Misses Maybelle and Hattie Lee.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the broken-hearted parents in their great loss. R.

Weimar Mercury, April 5, 1935, page 1

Smith, Lizzie

Died, in Waco, Monday night, little Lizzie, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. P. Smith. The little lifeless body was brought here Tuesday afternoon, conveyed to the residence of Mrs. Smith’s father, Mr. J. J. Holloway, and interred in the Masonic cemetery Wednesday morning. In this sad and sudden death of their hearts’ idol, the grieved parents have the sympathy of all the community. May God comfort them in their hour of trouble, is The Mercury’s earnest wish.

Weimar Mercury, December 10, 1892, page 3

Smith, Lois (Waddell)


Mrs. Lois Waddell Smith, age 91, of Eagle Lake, passed away June 9 at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 11 with Rev. Charles Runk, Pastor of the Eagle Lake United Methodist Church officiating. Funeral arrangements were
under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home.

Mrs. Smith was born April 5, 1895 in Eagle Lake to John L. Waddell and Anna C. Goode. Waddell. She married Justin Smith in 1921 in Eagle Lake.

Mrs. Smith had retired from teaching school, a career she began at age 17. She had taught in Dannevang, Garwood, Mentz and Eagle Lake Scool(sic) Districts. For a brief time early in her life she worked for the Railroad in Lissie.

Mrs. Smith was a member of the Eagle Lake United Methodist Church and had been active with the Study and Garden Clubs.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1972, two sisters, Winnie George and Johnnie Seaholm and one brother, Phil E. Waddell.

Survivors include sisters, Mamie Eggers of Richmond, formerly of Houston, Alice White of Houston and Florence Goodson of Eagle Lake, one niece, eight nephews and numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Burial was held at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Mrs. Smith's nephews served as pallbearers.

Colorado County Citizen, June 19, 1986

Smith, Lottie Irene (Bullock)

Mrs. Lottie Irene Smith, 81, of eagle Lake died Monday, Jan. 24, 1994, at Sweeny Community Hospital.

Born July 4, 1912, in Sardis, OK, she was the daughter of William Bullock and Bessie (Redding) Bullock. She lived in Eagle Lake most of her life.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan 26, with graveside services following at Lakeside Cemetery, Eagle Lake. Rev. David Mann and Rev. David Hicks officiated.

Pallbearers were Sam Center, Fritz Cranek, Tom Foster, Jason, Brian and Greg Smith.

She is survived by daughters and son-in-law, Beulah Foster of Hempstead and Mary and Jimmy Meyers of Sweeny; sons and daughters-in-law: Jimmy and Valerie Smith of Columbus and Richard and Sandy Smith of Crandall; sisters Josie Teeler of Houston, and Bertha Owens, Miriam Campbell and Dorothy Racca, all of Cleveland; brother Henry Bullock of Quanah; 18 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Mrs. Smith w preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joe L. Smith; children, Joe Jr., Tommy and Ethel; grandson Robert A. Foster, sister, Cora Pickett; and brothers Marvin and Willie Bullock.

The family asks that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.

Colorado County Citizen, February 2, 1994
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Smith, Lowndes Grant

The remains of L. G. Smith were brought here from New Orleans last Monday, for re-interment.[Odd Fellows Rest] Mr. Smith died in New Orleans last December, and was first interred there, but the family decided to remove him here where his wife and parents are buried. Only a few family friends met the remains as it was not generally known that they were coming. Mr. Smith's father, Judge Geo. W. Smith was at one time the wealthiest citizen of Colorado county and died here of yellow fever in the epidemic of 1873. He was for many years a Justices of the supreme court of Texas being an associate on the bench of Richard Coke, afterwards United States Senator.

Colorado Citizen, July 19, 1912

Smith, Mrs. M. A.

Alleyton Locals

Died, on Saturday morning at 9 o’clock, Mrs. M. A. Smith, wife of Mr. Jas. Smith of Alleyton. Her funeral took place at 4 o’clock Sunday evening and a large concourse of relatives and friends followed her to her last resting place. We tender our sincere sympathies to the bereaved husband, children and relatives. May the Great Comforter heal their broken hearts.
. . .
Rev. Mr. Hotchkiss of Columbus was over Sunday evening and conducted the funeral services of Mrs. Smith, which were very solemn and impressive. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, November 15, 1888, page 3

Smith, Margery

DIED, at her residence in this city, Thursday last, 14 inst. Mrs. J. J. Smith, aged 48 years, of hemorrhage and inflammation of the bowels. Deceased came from Guadalupe county to Columbus in 18__(?), and with a short interregnum, has since resided in this place. For the greater part of the time Mrs. S. had the management of a large family, and by her energy, and devotion to them, exhibited in a marked degree her mother;s love for their welfare and success in life. She leaves a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn her demise. [Interment in Columbus City Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, August 21. 1884

Smith, Margery Sophronia

Little Margery Sophronia, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Smith, died at Sugarland last Friday and her remains were committed to earth in the city cemetery in Columbus at 10 o'clock last Saturday morning.

"There's many an empty cradle,
There's many a vacant bed,
There's many a lonely bosom
Whose joy and light has fled;
For thick in every graveyard
The little hilllocks lie,
And every hillock represents
An angel in the sky."

Colorado Citizen, June 15, 1899
Contributed by Deborah Smith

Smith, Mary Elizabeth (Wilson)

After a protracted illness, Mrs. Minnie Smith died at her home in Humble Wednesday. The remains were brought to Eagle Lake and the funeral services were held in the Christian church Thursday afternoon, Bro. Oscar Ferrell, the Baptist minister, conducting same, with interment in the Masonic cemetery. Mrs. Smith was formerly Miss Minnie Wilson of this county. She is survived by her husband, Mr. Wm. Smith, a little six-year-old son, two sisters, Mrs. W. C. Lammes and Mrs. Lola Smith and one brother, Watson Wilson, who have the sympathy of the entire community in their bereavement.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 8, 1910, page 5

Smith, Morgan

Eagle Lake, April 1.--In a difficulty which occurred at Matthews, about four miles south of this place yesterday evening about 7:30, Morgan Smith, a negro of that section, was stabbed and died almost instantly. Deputy Sheriff H. S. Vineyard was notified of the affair and repaired to the scene at once and arrested Bennett Polk, who is charged with the killing. No cause is assigned for the deed. Bennett Polk was taken to Columbus to jail at noon today. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, April 4, 1907, page 8

Smith, Nancy (Thompson) Insall.

After an illness of several weeks, Mrs. Nancy Smith wife of Mr. W. A. L. Smith of the Borden community, died at the family residence Monday afternoon, aged 77 years. Mrs. Smith was a consistent christian lady, a member for many years of the Baptist faith, and known and loved by all her neighbors arid friends as a sweet, good, motherly lady, whose death is deeply and sincerely deplored. Mrs. Smith had been a resident of Colorado county for over fifty years, residing for a long time in the vicinity of Borden. The funeral took place Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the Borden cemetery, Rev. J. E. Buck, pastor of the Methodist church, officiating at the grave. Besides a devoted and heart-broken husband, Mrs. Smith leaves two children--Mrs. Simms of the Live Oak community and Mr. H. J. Insall, our efficient city marshall to all of whom the sympathy of the community goes out in their bereavement.

Weimar Mercury, April 20. 1907, page 4

Smith, Nathan P.

Eagle Lake, March 26.--Nathan Smith, foreman for the Frazar Bros. on their plantation, was shot three times this evening and killed by a negro woman, Josie Speaks. The woman, it is reported, came to Eagle Lake and told other negroes of the killing and stated she was en route to Columbus to surrender to Sheriff Dick Bridge. It appears that the negroes gave the woman ample time to reach Columbus before reporting the matter. Other than this nothing is known of the killing, which occurred some seven miles south of town

Columbus, March 27.--Nathan Smith, a white man and a foreman on one of the plantations of the Frazer Bros., in Eagle Lake bottom, was shot and killed yesterday evening and Josie Speaker, a negress, was placed in jail by Sheriff Bridge last night. Mr. Bridge was notified by phone of the killing and immediately started for the scene of the difficulty, but shortly met the woman on her way to the jail unattended. She admitted to the killing, claiming self-defense. [Interment in Lakeside Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, March 31, 1906, page 8

Smith, Ollie Lorraine (Flowers)

Mrs. A. C. Smith Is Buried Here

The body of Mrs. A. C. Smith was shipped here last Thursday from Clarksville for burial in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery. Untermeyer Funeral home had charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Smith, whose maiden name was Ollie Lorraine, was 69. She was buried beside her son Arthur, who was drowned in Wooten lake, near Alleyton, in 1926 at the age of 11, while he was swimming with his 2 little sisters.

A. C. Smith , who accompanied his wife here, was once railroad agent at Alleyton, where the family lived for many years.

Colorado County Citizen, May 19, 1960, page 5

Smith, Ora Lee (Clayborne)

Ora Lee Clayborne Smith, 80, of Columbus passed away Oct. 2.

She was born Dec. 24, 1921 to Pryor and Ida Mae (Junious) Clayborne, Jr. in Colorado County. She attended school in the Columbus area. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church and the Eastern Star. She married K.P. Smith in Columbus and was a devoted wife and homemaker. She began suffering the symptons of Alzheimer's disease several years ago, and resided at River Oaks Health Care Center in Columbus until she passed away.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, James, Wilbert (Bum), Raymond (Joe Louis) and Amos Clayborne; and sisters, Laura Mae Clayborne and Ruth Clayborne Cummings.

She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Robert Charles and Linda Scott of Omaha, Neb.; grandaughter and husband, Charisa and Elton Ingram, Jr. of Omaha, Neb.; grandsons, Chadron Scott of Omaha, Neb., Marvin Charles Holmes and Ronald James, both of Houston; sisters, Verlia Clayborne of Houston, Ola Mae (Patty) Brown of Laverne, Calif. and Alice Faye Drake of Columbus; brothers, Robert Earl Clayborne of LaVista, Neb. and Fred Arthur Clayborne of Houston; and numerous nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Oct. 7 at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Columbus with the Rev. Eugene Thomas and the Rev. Charles Purnell officiating.

Interment followed at Willing Workers Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were John Axel, Thomas Axel, Fred Clayborne, Robert Clay-borne, Darwin Cummings, Bobby Joe Glover and Terry Glover.

Colorado County Citizen, October16, 2002
Courtesy of the Citizen

Smith, Orttmishell


Orttmishell Smith, 98, of Alleyton passed away July 31.

She was born in Alleyton May 7, 1905 to James and Luevenia Smith and at an early age was baptized and joined Mount Mariah Baptist Church in Alleyton.

She is survived by her daughters, Irene Fitzgerald and Coretta Gant of Houston; granddaughter Theresa Williams of Houston; sons, Raymond Johnson, Nathaniel Johnson and James Johnson all of Houston; sister, Thelma Bryant of Alleyton; 19 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Sunday, Aug. 3 at Mount Mariah Baptist Church in Alleyton with the Rev. Gusta Booker officiating.

Interment followed at Alleyton Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Aaron Johnson, James Johnson Jr., Nathaniel Johnson, James Johnson, Michael Johnson and Theodore Williams Jr

Colorado County Citizen, August 6, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Smith, Roger W.

We regretted to hear of the accidental killing of our young friend Roger Smith, on last Saturday. The gun was in his own hands, when it was discharged, and he lived but a short time after its occurrence. He was a good young man. [Burial place unknown]

Colorado Citizen, Thursday, December 8, 1859
Transcribed by Rox Ann Johnson

Smith, Rosa

The Cheapside correspondent of the Cuero Bulletin has the following to say of the death of Mrs. Geo. Smith, a former resident of Sublime: “Mrs. Smith leaves her husband and father to mourn her loss. Her mother died at Osage, Tex., when she was only three years of age; her sister, Mrs. Dan Baker, took care of her until she was six years of age, and died at West Point, Texas, then Rosa was cast out into the world among strangers for about six years, when Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Weller took her into their home and cared for her as one of their own children until she was married the 25th of last November. Mrs. Smith was a remarkably handsome woman and had a noble disposition, was a generous, constant friend, an affectionate daughter and devoted and loving wife. Those who knew her best loved her most. She goes to join her mother, brother and sister who have long waited her coming on the shores of the bright hereafter.”

Weimar Mercury, July 31, 1897, page 5

Smith, Rosina

Schneider, Veronica
Mrs. Martin Scneider, residing near the Holman far west of Weimar, died Friday and was buried the following morning at St. Michael’s cemetery. Mrs. Rosina Smith also died Friday near town and was buried Saturday afternoon in the same cemetery.

Weimar Mercury, January 19, 1901

Smith, Ruby

Fall From Fender Kills 13-Year-Old Colored Girl Here

Ruby Smith, 12-year-old daughter of Eddie Smith of Weimar, died Saturday an hour after falling form a car fender and fracturing her skull.

The victim and another young colored girl, Ethel Mae Cleveland, were riding on the fenders of Smith’s car, driven by his oldest daughter, Gloria. As they approached the Roadside Market crossing on the old highway, the girl lost her balance and fell to the pavement head first. She never regained consciousness. The Cleveland girl fell also when the car stopped, but was not injured.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 5, with Rev. J. J. Coates officiating. [Interment in Paradise Gardens]

Survivors in addition to her father include a stepmother; three sisters, Lillian Taylor, Gloria and Dorothy Smith; and one brother, Eddie, Jr.

Weimar Mercury, July 9, 1948, page 1

Smith, Sallie Cornelia (Taylor)

DIED, at the residence of Mr. I. W. Middlebrook, in this city, at 11 o’clock, a.m., Friday last, the 13th, of consumption, Mrs. Sallie T. Smith, wife of Mr. C. E. Smith, of Columbus

Mrs. Smith was one of the few gifted beings who by sweetness of demeanor and gentle charms bear an open sesame to all hearts. Tall and majestic in appearance, graceful in style, beautiful in person, and sympathetic in conversation, she won love and friendship as if by magic. She was a native of Rusk co., Texas, went to Tennessee in 1868, attended Somerville Female Institute where she graduated, returned to Cherokee Co. in ‘78. In ‘80 she became a resident of this place, and the 17th of March 1882, less than three short years ago, she was united in marriage to her heart’s choice, Mr. C. E. Smith, of this city, and most happy were their marital relations. One little bud of love, a sweet baby boy, blessed them with his presence a few brief months and was transplanted to the garden on high, thus forming a link to draw her to the bright beyond.

She possessed a delicate physical organization, though tireless energy, and the dread oppressor, consumption,
“Whom wealth has no power to bribe nor beauty to charm,”
marked her for his prey. All that could be done to smooth her pathway and arrest the progress of the grim messenger was promptly executed by her indulgent husband, her devoted sister and loving friends, prominent amoung whom were the mother and sister of Mr. Smith, who though but recently arrived in this city from Tennessee, knew no rest or relaxation while able to minister to her wants. But the frail tenement of clay could not longer be induced to hold the sweet spirit, and
“As sinks to rest the evening star,”
quietly conscious to the last, her soul was wafted to the King of Kings.

The funeral obsequies were solemnized Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock. The Rev. J. A. Duncan, Pastor in charge of the Columbus Methodist church, held impressive services amid a large number of sorrowing friends, after which the casket, decked with love’s tribute of Floral offerings, and containing the mortal remains so young, so beautiful, “so fair for crown of roses,” robed by kind and loving hands in ivory satin and filmy lace--fitting accessories to the bride of death--was borne to the family burying ground (Taylor Cemetery) east of the river, followed by a cortege of mourning friends and relatives, and there by the same reverend gentleman consigned to her long home.

The Citizen offers heartfelt condolences to the bereaved husband and relatives. May their via doloroso be brightened by the Lamp of Eternal Love.
“So, weeping, we lay down our idols,
And bury our loves out of sight,
Though we know, in our hearts, we shall find them,
By and by, in the mansions of Light
And the salt tears that fall on their ashes,
And blossom in pansy and rue,
Over there shall be lillies immortal,
In the land where dreams come true!”

Colorado Citizen, February 19, 1885

Smith, Shelly

Columbus Citizen: Little Shelly, the 8-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Smith, died Tuesday afternoon of meningitis. Hopes for days and days were entertained for his recovery, but skilled treatment and excellent nursing failed to bring the expected relief. He was a bright little boy, endeared to all with whom he came in contact, and his loss so soon after his father, fills to the brim the cup of sorrow of the devoted mother. The remains of the little one were buried yesterday morning in the city cemetery. May He who said “Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not for of such is the kingdom of Heaven,” soothe and sustain the the[sic] bereaved in their affliction.

Weimar Mercury, April 7, 1900, page 4

Smith, Susanne

Mrs. Susanne Smith Passes Away at Eagle Lake--Funeral at Weimar Thursday Afternoon

After a lingering illness of many days and weeks, the poor, tired spirit of Mrs. Susanne Smith, beloved wife of W. R. Smith of this community, answered the summons of her Creator Wednesday of last week at Eagle Lake, to which point Mr. and Mrs. Smith had recently moved. The body was tenderly prepared for burial and brought here for interment in the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery Thursday afternoon, a large crowd witnessing the last sad rites so feeling administered by Rev. M. C. Eidson, local Baptist pastor. Mrs. Susanne Smith was born in Ray county, Tennessee, June 3, 1854. She was united in marriage to W. R. Smith in Tennessee in 1878. The family came to Texas in 1893, first settling near Waco. They afterward moved to the vicinity of Weimar, locating here in 1910, and have resided in this vicinity practically ever since. Mrs. Smith joined the Baptist church when a girl of 15 years, and lived a consistent christian life up to the time of her death, having been a member of said faith for a period of over fifty years. She died in Eagle Lake March 24. She was the mother of seven children. Four are dead and three living.

Mrs. Smith was an exceptionally kind-hearted, good woman. Wherever she lived she possessed the esteem of all who knew her. A devoted wife and mother, she was idolized by the family. As a neighbor and friend, she was exceptionally good and true, and it was ever a pleasure to do for those about her, especially in sickness and distress. Her death is deeply and sincerely deplored by all. To the heart-broken husband, children and grandchildren, the sincere sympathy of the Mercury is extended.

Weimar Mercury, April 2, 1920, page 1

Smith, Susie (Grace)

Funeral Services For Mrs. S. Smith Held Here Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. Susie Smith, member of one of Weimar’s pioneer families, were held at Hubbard Funeral Home here last Sunday afternoon, with burial in the Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. Kyle Nagel, pastor of the Methodist Church, of which she was a member, officiated.

Mrs. Smith died at 5:20 Saturday morning, June 18, in Youens Hospital, where she had been a patient for 3 1/2 weeks.

Born at Osage, a few miles northeast of here, she was the daughter of Tom and Melissa Grace, who were among the first Weimar settlers. She was married in 1911 at Del Rio to William G. Smith, a soil surveyor for the U. S. Dept. of Agriculture. When he retired, they made their home in Duluth, Minnesota. Mr. Smith died in 1937, and in 1947 Mrs. Smith and her sister, Miss Kate Grace, moved to Weimar.

Survivors are two sisters, Miss Kate Grace and Mrs. J. F. Bartosh, both of Weimar, and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers for the funeral were Ben Holt, G. W. Shaver, Henry Brasher, Ford Wegenhoft, Dan Herder and Sam Holloway.

Weimar Mercury, June 24, 1955, page 1

Smith, Thelma Violet (Turner)

Eagle Lake Crash Fatal to Woman

EAGLE LAKE--An Eagle Lake woman, Mrs. John Smith, 63, became Colorado county’s first traffic fatality Monday when she died of injuries suffered in a 2-car collision about 10:30 a.m. at an Eagle Lake street intersection.

Mrs. Smith was riding in a car driven by her daughter, Mrs. Lee Allen Drescher, when it collided with a car being driven by Eugene Edward Barta, 24, of Wallis.

Mrs. Drescher suffered a broken pelvic bone and other injuries and is in Laughlin hospital. Her husband is the son of Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Drescher of Columbus.

Barta and James Stavinoha of Eagle Lake, riding with him, were not hurt.

Tuesday Barta was charged in county court here with negligent homicide in connection with the accident and Mrs. Smith’s death.

The complaint states that he was traveling at 45 miles per hour in an Eagle Lake residential district at the time of the collision and that 30 MPH was the legal limit.

Funeral services for Mrs. Smith were held at 3 p.m. yesterday in Mill-Bauer Funeral home in Eagle Lake. She was buried in Lakeview[sic] cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, John Smith, 3 daughters, Mrs. Drescher and Mrs. Betty Hoffman of Eagle Lake and Miss Cherry Smith of Houston; a son, Roy Clifton Smith of Eagle Lake.

Mrs. Drescher yesterday was reported improving.

Colorado County Citizen, April 18, 1963, page 1

Smith, Thomas H.

Weimar Items

We are sorry to announce the death of Thos. H. Smith, at his residence near Weimar, last Sunday. He was 55 years of age at the time of his death. He was a good and valuable citizen, and he leaves quite a number of relatives and friends to mourn his loss. He was buried in the Masonic grave yard.

Colorado Citizen, July 10, 1879

Smith, Tommy


Tommy Smith, age 48, of East Bernard, passed away Wednesday, November 19 at his residence following a lengthy illness.

Funeral services were held Friday, November 21 from the Dulany Funeral Home Chapel in Eagle Lake with the Rev. Charles Runk, Pastor of the Eagle Lake United Methodist church officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home.

Burial was at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Mr. Smith of(sic) born January. 1, 1938 in Eagle Lake to Joe Lawrence Smith, Sr. and Lottie Irene Bullock Smith. He later attended Columbus High School and served with the Texas National Guard during the early 60's.

He was employed with the Crescent Chemical Corp. and
lived in Port Lavaca for almost ten years before being transferred to the Rosenberg Plant and served as Plant Manager, until his health failed.

Tommy had lived in East Bernard for the past five years. He will be best remembered for his devotion to his beautiful children.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joe Smith, Sr., his brother, Joe Jr., and an infant sister, Ethel.

Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Joe (Lottie) Smith of Eagle Lake; daughters, Chris tine, Cynthia and Cecelia all of East Bernard; son, Gregory Warren Smith of East Bernard; sisters, Beulah Foster of Hempstead and Mary Myers of Sweeney; brothers, Richard of Eagle Lake and Jimmy of Columbus; numerous nieces and nephews; and other relatives and loved ones.

Pallbearers were Jason and Brian Smith, Larry Stelzel, Ronnie and Vernon Bohacek and Kenneth Rashar.

Honorary pallbearers were Greg Losak and Floyd Owens.

Colorado County Citizen, November 27, 1986

Smith, unknown

Alleyton Locals

A little child of Mr. and Mrs. James Smith died very suddenly one day last week. They have our sincere sympathy in their distress. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, June 7, 1883

Smith, unknown

Alleyton Locals

Mr. and Mrs. James Smith’s little child died on Monday morning after a brief illness and was buried Tuesday in the Alleyton cemetery. Thus one by one our loved ones go to that city of the dead.

Colorado Citizen, Nomber 8, 1888, page 3

Smith, unknown


Death has invaded the home of Mr. Wm. Smith and taken away their infant. Its remains were interred this evening at 4 o’clock. The parents have the warmest sympathy of the community in this sad bereavement.

Colorado Citizen, October 15, 1891, page 1

Smith, W. A. L.


W. A. L. Smith died in Weimar Tuesday night of last week, after a long illness. Mr. Smith used to live here many years ago. From here he moved to Lockhart a few years ago. He conducted a small grocery store here at one time. At the time of his death he was visiting relatives in Weimar.

He is survived by several children and grandchildren, and many relatives and friends. The funeral took place at the Borden cemetery Wednesday afternoon, under the auspices of the Masons, quite a large number of friends and relatives witnessing the last sad rites. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended the bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, December 14, 1917

[For additional information see Wendt obit. DA]

Smith, Will H.

Columbus, Texas, March 20.--Mr. Will H. Smith of Sugarland, aged 35, died here this evening of cerebro[sic] spinal meningitis. His family came to Columbus ten days ago to visit relatives and the disease developed with his son immediately after arrival. Mr. Smith has had the disease one week. He has had the attention of Dr. Harrison, Jr., of this city and Dr. Johnson of Richmond. The case of the child is progressing favorably. This was his former home. His wife was Miss Tomlinson of Waelder. He was an Odd Fellow and that order has been diligent in its care for him and will conduct the obsequies. [Interment in City Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, March 31, 1900, page 7

Smith, William Carl

William C Smith of Garwood, a fertilizer salesman, died in Caney Valley Hospital in Wharton on Friday Dec. 21. He was 57 years old. He was born in Madison County Nov 7, 1917.

Funeral services were held from the United Methodist Church of Garwood, Sunday Dec 29, with the pastor, Rev Thomas Hogan officiating. Burial was in Odd fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Mr Smith is survived by his wife Mrs William Smith, the former Rosemary Stallman, 2 sons, Russel E and Mitchell Smith both of El Campo; one daughter, Mrs Joseph P Ardis of Odessa; father, William H Smith of Madisonville and a brother, James E Smith of Tyler.

Colorado County Citizen, January 2, 1975
Contributed by Terry Jackson

Smith, William Carl Jr.

Rice Bin Mishap Fatal to Boy, 11

A romp in a rice bin at the Stallman dryer near Garwood turned to tragedy late yesterday afternoon for 5 youngsters as W C Smith, Jr, 11, died when he was covered with rice that was being emptied from the bin.

Resuscitation efforts that went on into the night proved futile for the son of Mr and Mrs W C Smith, Sr. It took about 20 minutes to recover the body of the Smith's oldest child, and an El Campo doctor, Leonard Johnson, and El Campo firemen were called to the scene to aid in the rescue. Dr Max Faykus, who was visiting his parents in Garwood, also aided in the rescue effort. After efforts at the dryer did not succeed, the boy's body was rushed to an El Campo hospital where efforts at revival continued.

The tragedy occurred at the dryer at the Ed Stallman farm; the boy's father. who is a son-in-law of Mr Stallman, Wilton Stallman of Columbus and Neal Stallman recovered the body after the alarm was spread by his playmates.

W C Jr was playing on top of the rice in the bin with his brother, Russel and his sister, Barbara and his cousins C J and Beth Flowers of Seadrift. The rice was being emptied from the bottom of the bin, as the rice pours out, a hole much like a whirlpool is formed, W C Jr slipped into the hole and was covered by the rice before the men could reach the machinery to stop it.

Mrs Smith, who gave birth to another son, Reed Mitchell, 2 weeks ago is still in the hospital.

The temperature in the bin was reported to be 105 degrees.

Funeral arrangements had not been announced this morning. [Interred in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery at Columbus.]

W C Jr is survived by his parents, sister and 2 brothers; his grandparents, Mr and Mrs Ed Stallman and Will Smith of Madisonville.

W C Smith Sr was an agriculture teacher at the Garwood high school and has been manager of the dryer about 2 years.

Colorado County Citizen, September 1, 1955
Contributed by Terry Jackson

Smith, William McKinley “Mack”


Body Was Found By Searching Parties About Twelve Hours Later In About Eighteen Feet of Water. Funeral Held Monday Afternoon

William McKinley Smith (Mack) the seventeen year old son of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Smith, was drowned in the Colorado River at the old Harbert place, about five miles from Eagle Lake, at about half past one o’clock last Sunday afternoon, the body being recovered at two o’clock the next morning. He, with his two brothers, Tracy and Reed, and John Sterrett were in a boat in the river. The boat was in shallow water and the boys were playing in the water, the boat getting full of water sank in the shallow waters. The boys were already wet, and “Mack” swam out into the river about ten feet from the boat and stood up in the water, the water coming up to about his shoulders. He said to his companions, “Watch me dive”, and dived under the water, coming ________ feet further out in ____in-_____ in a whirl pool or __ay. [There was a hole in the paper here,] He came up splashing with his hands, and went under three times. His brother Tracy swam out to him, but before he reached him he sank under for the third time. He arose in the water about ten feet further down the stream almost to waist high and quickly sank for the fourth time. The river was dragged with hooks until two o’clock the next morning when the body was found in about eighteen feet of water and about twenty feet from where he last sank. the body was brought to town and prepared for burial by Undertaker McMahon, the funeral services being held at the Baptist church Monday afternoon with interment in the Lakeside cemetery, Rev. J. A. Steven, the Baptist pastor, conducting the services.

William McKinley Smith was born June 2nd, 1896, in Breckenridge County, Kansas. He professed faith in Christ about four years ago and was a member of the Methodist church at the time of his death. He leaves a father and mother, seven brothers and four sisters and a number of other relatives and many friends to mourn his loss, to whom the HEADLIGHT extends its sincerest sympathy. With his family he moved to Eagle Lake about one year ago.

Eagle Lake Headlight, May 3, 1913, page 1

Smith, William P.

Remains of W. P. Smith Brought Here on 2:15 Train This Afternoon; Burial at Lakeside

Mr. W. P. Smith of Houston, formerly a citizen of Eagle Lake, died suddenly in that city yesterday evening of heart failure. Mr. Smith’s death has not been unexpected for the last two months, the doctors having advised the family that the end would likely occur at any minutes. Mr. Smith was fifty-five years of age and leaves a wife and three children, Miss Eula Dee and Minnie Henning and Odie. The remains will reach Eagle Lake at 2:15 o’clock this afternoon over the Southern Pacific from Houston. The funeral will take place immediately after the arrival of the train from the Southern Pacific station. Interment will be made in the Lakeside cemetery. Mrs. Smith was formerly Miss Lena Westmoreland of this city. The Headlight extends its sincerest sympathy to the bereaved relatives.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 18, 1914, page 11

Smith, Wilma (Munn)

Descendant of Weimar's Founder Dies

Graveside services for Mrs. Wilma Munn Smith, 84, granddaughter of Weimar's founder, D. W. Jackson, were held Monday, April 20, at Masonic Cemetery, with Rev. Ernest Dean officiating.

Mrs. Smith died Saturday morning in Houston after ten days illness.

She was born in Weimar on Sept. 21, 1896, one of five daughters of W. C. and Georgia (Jackson) Munn. Her father was a merchant here. When Mrs. Smith was 7, the family moved to Houston, where the father established a store and became a prominent businessman.

Mrs. Smith was married to Blakely Smith at Houston on Nov. 24, 1920, and lived the rest of her life there.

She is survived by her husband, Blakely Smith of Houston; one son, Blakely Smith Jr. of Houston and one sister, Mrs. Dorothy Munn Basham of Weimar. Three sisters preceded her in death.

The Weimar Mercury, April 23, 1981
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright


Smith, Zeno

Last Rites for Zeno Smith

We extend sympathy to the family and relatives of Zeno Smith, who passed away with a heart attack at age 69 last Wednesday, June 14 in the back yard of his home in San Antonio.
    Mr. Smith was a famed Texas Ranger until he retired two years ago and since then he has been deputy sheriff in Wilson County
He lived in this area for several years and had many friends in Colorado and Wharton Counties.

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 22, 1972
Submitted by Dorothy Cox

 Famed Texas Ranger Zeno Smith found dead In yard
Death claims famed Iawman

Long-time Texas Ranger Zeno Smith, a well known figure in South Texas law enforcement for more than three decades, was found dead at his home Wednesday morning after suffering an apparent heart attack.

The near-legendary lawman, an ailing 70 years old and victim of several other heart seizures in recent years, was found lying in the back yard of his home at 30 Kenmar Lane by neighbors early Wednesday morning. He was dead on arrival at Robert B. Green Hospital shortly after 6:30 a.m. Long identified by the b I a c k, broad brimmed western hat he wore most of the time, the 34-year veteran of the Rangers helped solve some of the biggest criminal cases in South Texas.

"Our files, don't show that type of thing, but I know from personal knowledge that he really handled some rough ones," a Department of Public Safety. personnel officer in Austin recalled.

Born in rural Colorado County in 1902,

Smith joined the Rangers in Eagle Lake. He later served in Austin, Lubbock, San Angelo, Hondo and Pleasanton.

It was in San Antonio, however, during his longest continuous assignment, where he made his reputation. "His fellow law officers throughout Texas respected and admired him, and criminals learned to fear him," a letter of commendation in his file in Austin reads. Dozens of such letters fill the file, along with a resolution passed by the Texas House of Representatives at the time of Smith's retirement in 1969. The resolution urges DPS officials to "retain him at all costs" because his "notable record and outstanding service" make him irreplaceable.

Following his retirement, Smith, unable to stay out of law enforcement, signed on as a Deputy Sheriff in Wilson County. He held that job until his death.

He married the former Leona Duke in San Antonio in 1937; she preceded him in death in 1967.

San Antonio Express, pages 1 & 2, June 1972
Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm
Photo from Express
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