George W. Williams, who had spent most of his life in Comanche county as an officer of the law and as a dry well driller, passed away Monday of this week in the Comanche County Hospital, where he had been taken, following a stroke on February 8. He remained in an unconscious condition and failed to respond to treatment.
Funeral services were held in the Christian church in this city Wednesday afternoon, February 18, and were in charge of Rev. C. W. Roll, the pastor. Mrs. Leroy Cline, Mrs. Myrl Haun and Miss Merrianne Smith sang "Old Rugged Cross" and "Little Brown Church in the Vale," accompanied on the piano by Mrs. Frances Burkhall.
Pallbearers were Gloyd Hadley, Walter Ferrin, Otha Landess, Victor Allderdice, Wm. Elliott and Vernon Pepperd. The honorary pallbearers were Earl Martin, W. G. Jarnagin, Fred Fish, John McMoran, Tom Lindsay and Jacob Younker. Burial was in Crown Hill cemetery.
George Washington Williams, son of James and Rachel Williams, was born May 18, 1880, at McPherson, Kans. He departed this life February 16, 1953, in the Comanche County Hospital, Coldwater, Kans., at the age of 73 years, 11 months, and 16 days.
George had been in failing health for the past year or more. He suffered a severe stroke eight days before his passing, from which he never recovered consciousness.
His father died while George was a young man, leaving a large family. From that time on he assumed much of the responsibility of keeping the home together and providing for the younger brothers and sisters. For many years he engaged in well drilling.
For 30 years Mr. Williams was a peace officer and served two terms as Sheriff of Comanche county, besides serving as a deputy sheriff under three or four sheriffs in this county. For a number of years he was a guard in the Kansas State Penitentiary at Lansing and in every position was true to every trust.
In 1911 George was united with the Coldwater Christian church. He was honest in every respect and was kind and generous hearted, and he gained much happiness from helping others.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother and by three brothers and two sisters. He is survived by the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Maude Barnes, Pueblo, Colo.; Mrs. Annie Monroe, Phoenix, Ariz.; Mrs. Dollie Mains, Coldwater, Kans.; Mrs. Octavia McAdoo, Pomona, Calif.; Mrs. Bessie Morris, Johnson, Kans., James Williams and wife, Lucy, of Coldwater, with whom George made his home. There are 28 nieces and nephews, a number of great-nieces and nephews, and other relatives, and many, many friends.
The Western Star , May 29, 1942.
FOURTH SELECTIVE REGISTRATION LIST
Registration on April 27 Includes Men 45 to 65 Years of Age
Who Had Not Previously Registered in Comanche County.
June 25, 1920:
ROBT. AND JOHN BRATCHER NOW IN JAIL HERE
The Western Star, June 25, 1920.
Sheriffs of Comanche County, Kansas, 1885 - 2006
Comanche County Officers, 1885 - 2007
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