This Week in Wills Point History Friday, Nov. 29, 1968


   Four visiting high school bands and one girls drill team have confirmed with Chamber of Commerce Manager Jack Shofner, they will appear in the annual Christmas parade, Dec. 6. Edgewood, Terrell, Malakoff and Canton bands are expected and also a girls drill team from Terrell High School. Wills Point junior and senior bands will lead off the parade which will be composed of riders from the Wills Point Riding and Roping Club and other horseback riders, floats entered by business houses, individuals, clubs, and civic organizations.  The parade, which begins at 2:30 p.m. will be highlighted in the appearance of Santa Claus who will distribute candy among the children as they line the parade route through downtown Wills Point.

   Mrs. Nona McKinney died in an early morning fire that destroyed her home on North Wills Street at 6 o’clock Friday morning, Nov. 22. The large two-story frame house was a fire in the upper story before it was discovered and the alarm sounded. Mrs. Martin Butler, who rents the downstairs apartment and an upstairs bedroom, was alerted by Mrs. McKinney’s screams for help. She awakened her son, Floyd, 15 years old, who was sleeping in the south side of the upstairs but was driven back from Mrs. McKinnney’s apartment upstairs on the north end of the house by billowing smoke and heat. (See newspaper for complete article and picture.) 

  Benny Mitchell, a member of the Wills Point Volunteer Fire Department, sustained a broken arm when he fell while fighting the fire at Mrs. McKinney’s home Friday morning. He received treatment in Dallas and was returned home.

   Rev. Gerald Watson, pastor of Lake Tawakoni Baptist Church, is making plans for a dedication service to be held at his church on Sunday, Dec. 1. The church is located north of Wills Point on Farm Road 751. Activities during the day will include Sunday school and church services before noon, lunch at noon and the dedication service in the afternoon.

   John H. Featherstone has been named minister of the Church of Christ in Wills Point and will begin his duties there with the Sunday morning service on Dec. 1. The young minister is a native Texan. He was born at Chilton on Oct. 17, 1927. He graduated from Marlin High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree and graduate work at the University of Houston and Texas Technological College, Lubbock. He served in the Merchant Marine Corp. during and after World War II. (See newspaper for complete article and picture.)

   Wills Point Commission Company reported a good sale Monday with 1,268 head of stock going through the ring. Sales totaled $127,933.17. Good prices are being paid sellers at the local market.

   Herbert Garrett, Jr., a former pastor of First Baptist Church, Wills Point, is pastor of the Texas Baptist, Church of the year. Each year under the Church Development Program of the General Convention of Texas one of the 4,000 congregations is selected as the Church of the Year. This year, at the annual state convention the Bethany Church of Dallas was named as that outstanding church.

  Tiger-Cat, The Wills Point High School Section of the Wills Point Chronicle edited by the Journalism Department: Senior Silhouettes – Debbie Murrey, Serving the band as drum major, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roland Murrey. After graduation Debbie plans to attend North Texas State University. – Michael Rohus, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. D.M. Rohus, and they live in Gateway. Mike thrives on jokes and tricks to pull on his fellow classmates and teachers. After graduation he plans to go to Mexico for a vacation. (See newspaper for complete articles and pictures.)

   Men, Women in Service - Mr. and Mrs. Douglass Lindsey accompanied their son, Jimmy to Love Field Monday afternoon where he boarded a plane for Fort Knox, Kentucky. Jimmy is a member of the National Guard and is reporting for duty.

    Finnis D. Snow, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Snow of Hayden Community left Nov. 21 for Fort Bliss to begin Army basic training. He has been assigned to the 11th Artillery.

    Private David Landrum, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Landrum of Myrtle Springs arrived at Fort Ord, California on November 17. Prior to his arrival there, he received basic training at Fort Bliss. Pvt. Landrum is married to the former Linda Heddin of Edgewood.

   Jimmy Mann, former resident of Wills Point, and now an employee of Mobile Oil and resident of Dallas, was named Big D. Jaycee of the month, according to an article printed last week in a neighboring newspaper.  A graduate of East Texas University, he is married to the former Miss Gleith James. They have two daughters, Rhonda and Cammi. He is the son of Mrs. Perry McAllister of Edgewoood, and the late Truman Mann.

   Rupert Gray, 66, a resident of the Rolling Oaks Addition on Lake Tawakoni for the past five years, died suddenly on Friday, Nov. 22. Mr. Gray was a retired Dallas bakery operator. Funeral services were held on Monday Nov. 25 at Restland Memorial Park and burial was at Restland Park. Mr. Gray is survived by his wife, Mattie; and three sisters, Mrs. Bessie Ring, Wilson, Louisiana; Mrs. Inez Patterson, Marshall, Missouri; and Mrs. Vena Benton, Baxter Springs, Kentucky.

   Mrs. Mary E. Murrey, age 90, and a longtime resident of Myrtle Springs, passed away in Austin on Nov. 14. She was the former Mary Ella Bulgier who was born in Van Zandt County. She spent her entire life in the county until moving to Austin nine years ago to be with her daughters. She was preceded in death by her husband W.A.T. Murrey, a long-time nurseryman and Baptist minister. She was also preceded in death by one daughter Leila, and two sons, Edison and Thomas E. Murrey. (See newspaper for complete obituary.)