Pioneer West Texan Died Here SundaySam W. Vernon, one of the few remaining pioneers of West Texas, died Sunday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. G.A. Sloan, following a two weeks illness. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the First Baptist Church at 3:00 p.m. Dr. M.F. Ewton, pastor, read a brief history of Mr. Vernon's life, read the Twenty Third Psalm and offered a prayer. The choir of the church sang two numbers. The men's quartet of the church, Messers. Ivey, Steele, Reed and Langston, sang a selection and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Lewis sang a duet. Rev. A.P. Stokes of Afton, former family pastor, gave the address, speaking consoling words to the bereaved ones and telling of the life of service of the deceased. Interment followed in Spur cemetery with Webber Williams in charge.
Mr. Vernon was born near Hollis Springs, Mississippi, May 4, 1858. He came to Texas in 1874 and settled in Coryell County and was married to Susan Pinkerton in 1878. Two boys and eight girls were born to this union. Survivors are: wife and six daughters all being present at time of death: Mrs. Callie Denson of Spur, Mrs. R.L. English of Spur, Mrs. W.F. Marnhaf of Seminole, Mrs. R.C. Draper of Spur, Mrs. R.W. Herron of Haskell and Mrs. G.A. Sloan of Spur; one brother, O.O. Vernon of Ralls; one sister, Mrs. Leonard of Gatesville; 38 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.
Moving to Haskell County in 1885, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon and children helped to develop that county, living there for 35 years, moving to Dickens County in 1920, residing in the Highway community for a number of years. A few years ago Mr. and Mrs. Vernon gave up farming and moved to Spur and since that time had been living with their daughter, Mrs. Sloan and Mr. Sloan, occasional visits to other children for a few days at a time.
Mr. Vernon had led an active life up until the last year or two when his strength began to fail. He became ill about Christmas time and was unable to overcome an acute bronchial trouble which was the immediate cause of his death.
Mr. Vernon was converted and joined the Baptist Church at the age of 25. For more than 50 years he served as a deacon in his church. He as a charter member of the Baptist Church at Highway.
The Texas Spur, January 9, 1936From the records of Lillian Grace Nay
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