McLennan County, Texas
January 1936

JANUARY 02, 1936

 Mr. and Mrs. M.L. Lowrie, John and Virgil Lowrie, received word that their son and brother, Lawrence, dropped dead in Waco, Monday. Funeral arrangements have not been learned at this writing. Lawrence Lowrie lived here years ago. Friends of him and his family are shocked and sorry to learn of his sudden death.

JANUARY 06, 1936

The funeral of  Jno. B. Dupriest, 45, a former citizen of Mart was held from the Mart Baptist church at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6 conducted by former pastor J. M. P. Morrow of Jacksonville, Texas. His death occurred in Amarillo early Saturday morning and the body arrived in Mart about noon Sunday, remaining in the home of his mother, Mrs. J.W. Kemper, 1002 Texas Avenue, until the hour of the funeral, which was attended by a large concourse of relatives and friends. High tribute was paid him by his old friends and pastor, as a good man, a good husband, father, and friend.
The following report of his passing is reproduced from the Austin Statesman of Saturday afternoon, Jan, 4: "John B. DuPriest, 45, former Travis county deputy sheriff and former assistant attorney general, died suddenly Saturday morning in Amarillo, relatives here were notified. Death was attributed to a heart attack, brought by ptomaine poisoning. Mr. DuPriest will be buried Monday at Mart, his former home. "Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. John B. DuPriest. and two daughters, Helen and Mary Elizabeth DuPriest, 633 W. 31st St., three brothers, Dennis DuPriest of Austin; Will DuPriest of Mart, and Guy DuPriest of Houston, and his mother. Mrs. J. W. Kemper, of Mart.
The decedent was born Aug. 31, 1890, in Palestine, and after coming to Austin with his family several years ago, served for several years as deputy sheriff, later serving as assistant attorney general under Claude Pollard and Robert Lee Bobbitt.
At the time of his death he was an attorney for the Phillips Petroleum Co., with headquarters at Amarillo. He only recently returned to Amarillo after a holiday visit with his family here and was a daily visitor around the court house during the holidays. "Mr. DuPriest was a member of Hill City Lodge No. 456, A.F. & A. M., a member of the Scottish Rite bodies and of Ben Hur Shrine and was active during his Austin residence in all Masonic work.
The body was buried with Marsonic honors in Mart cemetery Monday morning, following the impressive service at 10 a.m. at the church, of which the deceased was a former member, Littlepage, funeral director in charge of arrangements.
Active pallbearers were: Willard McLaughlin, Dr. J.R. Gilam, J.Q.Wilson, Chas. M. Harris, R.W. Cowan, and J.L. Spencer.

JANUARY 07, 1936

 Leonard C. Holder Died Monday Night

The death of Leonard Clifton Holder, age 31, a prominent, farmer of Mart route 4, occurred at 8:46 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, in a Marlin hospital following a lingering illness with Bright's disease.
He was born in Falls County Feb. 27, 1904, was married to Miss Georgria Stodghill in 1927 and the Family has resided in the Mart Community for many years. He was a good man, a consistent member of the Methodist church.
In addition to his wife, deceased is survived by a daughter 7 years of age; his parents, Mr. and Mrs, W.E. Holder, Mart Rte. 4; two brothers, W.W. Holder, Mart Rte. 4 and Ed Holder, Dallas, and two sisters, Mrs. Walter Smith and Miss Clarice Holder of the Mart Community.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Mart Methodist Church, conducted by Pastor Hubert C. Smith. Interment Mart cemetery, Littlepage funeral director in charge.

JANUARY 10, 1936

Friends of the Ward brothers and their families of this community sympathize in the loss of their stepmother,  Mrs. S.H. Ward, who died in Golinda, Texas Jan. 8, and was buried at Kossee Thursday. All the family attended the funeral backing the community where most of them were reared.

JANUARY 25, 1937

Funeral services were held Monday morning at l0:30 o'clock from the Mart Methodist church for James Clemon Read age 77, who passed away from a heart attack Sunday, Jan. 24, at 6 a.m. at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C. A.
McDaniel, Mart route 2. Rev. Hubert C. Smith, pastor, officiated, paying sincere tribute to the life of this good man who was a pioneer citizen of the Mart-Ben Hur community, having made his home in this section for forty years.
Mr. Read was born Feb. 3, 1859, near Murfreesboro, Tenn., and was married there in 1881to Miss Callie Bullock, who preceded him in death in 1928. With his family he moved to Texas 45 years ago, settling in Ellis county where lie resided six years before moving to this community. He had an integral part in the upbuilding of the Mart and Ben Hur communities, and was active in the work of the Methodist church, of which he was a member. In the many years in which Mr. Read made his home here he gained a wide circle of friends who are sympathetic with the family in his passing. Six children survive their father, one child, T. H. Read having died Jan. 23, 1918. They are R. L. Read, Houston; R A Read, D. H. Read, A. C. Read and Mrs. C. A.McDaniel of Ben Hur, and G. W. Read of Mart. A brother, Lee Read of Murfreesboro, Tenn., 27 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren are also surviving.
Interment was made in the Mart cemetery, with six grandsons of the deceased serving as pallbearers. E.P. Littlepage of Mart was in charge of the funeral.
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