John Vann, 48, World War veteran and for many years a citizen of Spur, died at his home here Saturday afternoon. His death is attributed to the fact that he was gassed during the war and from which he never fully recovered. A complication of diseased lungs and kidneys forced him to retire some years ago from active life and for several days preceding death he was in acute pain being neither able to lie down nor lean back in the chair.
Mr. Vann was born October 2, 1887, at Hillsboro, TX. He returned to Spur following the war and resumed his occupation here in the restaurant and hotel business but failing health subsequently forced him to retire. He made his home for a time at Crosbyton and at Clovis, NM where he was married in 1931 to Miss Josie Roberts.
Funeral services were conducted by G. Earl Woods, Minister of the Church of Christ, at the home Sunday afternoon at 2:15. Following the rites members of the local American Legion took charge of the body and interment was made with military honors.
Mrs. Fannie Sullivan who now lives at Hobbs, NM is an aunt of the deceased. He is survived also by a brother, Baxter Vann of the U.S. Marines; and a half sister who lives at Stanton, TX.
John Vann was an unimposing Christian gentleman, generous and congenial to his associates, and has many friends here who are saddened by his long suffering and untimely death.
©The Texas Spur, March 7, 1935from the records of Lillian Grace Nay
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