McLennan County, Texas
March 1915

MARCH 19,1915


Will A. Carpenter Found Dead at His Mother's Home in Mart Sunday Afternoon

Not more unexpected nor cause for greater sadness have been many events in the history of Mart than the death of Will A. Carpenter, age 30, which occurred at his mother's home here Sunday afternoon, March 14.
The taking of his own life while in a state of mental abrittatio was the result of worry over financial affairs. For several weeks he had brooded over what seemed to him his own failure to successfully manage his mother's estate, which had been his responsibility since the death of his father, Dr. W. B. Carpenter, about two years ago.
His own business having suffered in the general depression of the past several months, and having found it difficult to make necessary loans to conduct his mother's business as he considered it, he was goaded to desperation before the fact was realized even by those nearest and dearest to him, otherwise relief would have provided and the tragedy averted.
Will Carpenter was born at Mart Feb. 8, 1885. He was reared in this community before the new town was developed by the coming of the I. & G.N. railroad, and after finishing his course in the high school here, went to Baylor University, Waco, from which institution he graduated in 1907. He then returned to Mart and in 1911 went to Waco where he engaged in the real estate business with C.L. Willie, whose partner he was at the time of his death.
Few young men are held in higher esteem by the people who have known him from his youth than was Will Carpenter.
Concerning the regard in which he was held there, the Waco Times-Herald of March 15, said: "In this city Will Carpenter was universally popular with a host of friends and associates. He was active, energetic, among the very prominent young business men of this community. His business dealings were marked by that same degree of honesty that characterized every work that received his attention, and his intense loyalty to his friends, his desire to aid them whenever the opportunity presented itself, was known to all. During the comparatively short time he had been in business here, he won the love and affection of many as a result of his noble traits of character."
Last Saturday he accompanied his mother home to Mart and it was she who first discovered his lifeless body at about 3:30 Sunday afternoon, a victim of self destruction at the very time two of his own uncles were in the home waiting to advise with and help him, thinking he was taking his usual Sunday afternoon nap.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday at the Baptist church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. J.W. Mayfield and participated in by the other local pastors and Rev. J.M. Dawson of Waco, who was a college school-mate of the deceased. The church was filled to overflowing by the throng of friends and acquaintances who came to pay a last tribute of respect and love, many of whom were from Waco.
The floral offerings were many and beautiful.
The active pall bearers were: Earl B. Smyth, E.M. Parks, J.M. Booth, E.A. Dunn, W.A. Dunn, J.C. Rogers. Honorary pall bearers: Dero Wood, Frank Tirey, Tom Moore, Gardner Gillespie, Bion Arnold, Crate Dalton, Langdon Leudde, Wilson Wood, R.B. Carpenter, C.L. WIlie, Will Lacy, Will Edmond, W. R. Saunders, Dr. Doyle Eastland and J.R. Webb, of Waco; J.R. Gillam, W.C. Easter, W.H. Criswell, L.C. Breland, of Mart.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by two sisters, Mrs. C.J. Green and Mrs. J.L. Spencer, both of Mart; also five uncles and five aunts: Park Carpenter, Temple; Frank M. Allen and R.L. Allen, Waco; J.E. Allen, Albany, and Will Allen, Lometa; Mrs R.H. Townsend, Mart; Mrs. Etta Moore, Hamlin, and Misses Pyrena, Mary, and Lula Allen of Waco.
All of these attended the funeral except Mrs. Moore and Miss Lula Allen. Mrs. J.A.West of West, a cousin, and the wives of R.L. Allen and Park Carpenter were also present.

MARCH 26, 1915


The unexpected death of Mrs. Lillie Mann, wife of J.W. Mann, occurred at their home in South Mart Tuesday a.m., March 23.
Funeral services, conducted by Rev. J.S. Newman, were held at the Presbyterian church at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday. Interment following in Mart cemetery.
Mrs. Mann was born July 10, 1874. She confessed her faith in Christ at the age of 17. She was the mother of nine children, seven of whom, with her husband survive her. A consistent Christian, she died in the triumph of a living faith.
Her home going is a distinct loss to the husband and orphan children, as well as a source of regret to a large circle of friends and acquaintances.
The following out-of-town relatives attended the funeral of Mrs. J.W. Mann Wednesday morning: Two brothers, V. Peoples and H.D. Peoples, of Lott; three sisters, Mrs. J.H. Gordon and Miss Carrie Peoples of Lott, Mrs. A. Hodge, Reagan; A.T. Mann of Lott, and E.O. Herald of Fort Worth were also present.
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