Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sunday's Obituary -- Lela Ann Loveless Lancaster

Here is the obituary for Lela Ann Loveless.  Actually it is a write-up about the funeral for Lela Ann.  Here is the transcription:
Obituary for Lela Ann Lancaster

"Attend Funeral for Mrs. W. G. Lancaster"[1]
      Several out-of-town friends and friends of Mrs. Warren G. Lancaster, who died last week, were in Stephenville Sunday for the funeral services. 
     They were:  A daughter, Mrs. Tom Johnson, husband and daughter of Walnut Creek, Calif.; two brothers, W.F. Lancaster and wife, and Earl, both of Slaton;  three sisters and their husbands, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Self and Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Loveless of Fort Worth, and Mr. and Mrs. Walt Fraley of Ropesville. 
     Other relatives were Mr. and Mrs. Jack Lancaster of Seagraves, Mr. and Mrs. Weldon Tudor of Ropesville, and Bill Martin Hester of Midland. 
     Out-of-town friends attending were:  Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Sikes, Jr., Fort Worth;  Mr. and Mrs. W.P. Mongik, Dallas; Babe Southerland, Dallas; W.A. Self, Fort Worth; J.T. Self, Dallas;  E.W. Self, Fort Worth, and Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Self, Fort Worth.
     Mrs. Lancaster's sister and her brothers were unable to attend.
     Pallbearers were Emmet Moon, Oliver Holcomb, Elmo White, Arch Evans, Ernest Smith and H.V. Collins.

Isn't it a shame that nowhere in the article does it state Mrs. W. G. Lancaster's first name or maiden name. In fact, none of the women mentioned in the article have first names unless they were listed without husbands.  There is a major misspelling:  Her daughter, Mrs. Tom Johnson should read Mrs. Tom Johnston.  

The article also implies that her brothers and sisters are listed in the second paragraph but then in the second to last paragraph, states that they were unable to attend.  These brothers and sisters in the second paragraph are actually her husband's siblings.

So let's break down the attendee list, describing who these people are:
  • Mrs. Tom Johnston, husband, and daughter:  this is her daughter, Pansy.  Pansy & Tom's daughter is Lela Nell.
  • W. F. Lancaster & wife:  This is Willie Friend Lancaster and wife, Hattie Ellis.  Willie is Warren's brother.
  • Earl Lancaster:  Warren's brother. 
  • Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Loveless:  This is William Hutson Loveless and his wife, Josephine Hazel Lancaster.  William H. is actually Lela Ann's brother and Josephine is Warren's sister.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Self:  This is Herbert Self and Margaret Lancaster, Warren's sister.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Walt Fraley:  This is Walt Fraley and Pearl Lancaster, Warren's sister and Carl's twin sister.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Jack Lancaster: Jack is Earl's son and wife. 
  • Mr. and Mrs. Weldon Tudor: This is Pearl's son and wife.
  • Bill Martin Hester: not sure who this is.

This obituary is full of information.  I have the names of attendee’s home towns and cities.  It shows that many moved away from Stephenville.  I will be putting this information in Legacy under Events-Residence. 

[1] “Attend Funeral for Mrs. W. G. Lancaster,” newspaper clipping, Stephenville (Texas) Empire-Tribune, 25 May 1951, p unk 

Copyright © 2011 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, Mam-ma's Southern Family


  1. I found out today who Bill Martin Hester was. He was the son of Ida Loveless and Samuel B. Hester. Ida was the sister to Lela Ann Loveless.

  2. Found this site looking into my grandpa's dad warren stuff ...Chris warren Lancaster

  3. Chris, glad you came by to visit. Go up to the contact tab and email me if you'd like more info. Would love to connect with some of RD's kids.

  4. Hi Lisa! I'm R. D. and Barbara's daughter Rayna Lamcaster. So wonderful to read your informative posts on th


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