Willie Dean McAfee
Corsicana High School
Class of 1919
Sep 5, 1899 - Oct 16, 1988
Willie Dean McAfee was the daughter of
Almerine Cicero McAfee &
Margaret Elizabeth (Terry)
Wedding Announcement - Willie Dean McAfee & Brantly Harris
Former isle Mardi Gras director dies in Houston
GALVESTON - Willie Dean Williams, 89, a longime Galveston resident, died
early Monday at Methodist Hospital in Houston.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity Episcopal Chruch, the Revs.
John F. Caskey and John Donovan officiating. Burial will follow in
Galveston Memorial Park under the direction of M. Levy & Bro. Funeral
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
The body will lie in state at Trinity Episcopal Church from 1 p.m. until
time of services Wednesday.
Survivors include two sons,
Brantly Harris of Houston and Dr. Robert
Harris of Albuquerque, N.M.; three daughters, Margaret Womack of Dallas,
Jessie Lou Hall of Arlington, Texas, and Grace Williams Moore of
Houston; 24 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces
Pallbearers will be Fletcher W. Harris Jr., Doyle McDonald, Charles
Zweiner, Joseph B. Hall Jr. and William Patrick Moore.
Born Sept 15, 1899, in Corsicana, Mrs. Williams moved to Galveston in
1922 as they wife of Brantly Harris, an attorney and later mayor of
Galveston. Harris died in 1942.
In 1944, she married Bryan F. Williams Sr., who at the time was city
attorney. He died in 1961.
Mrs. Williams was responsible for reactivating Mardi Gras activates in
the city during the early 1950s and served two terms as executive
She also served as president of the Galveston County Symphony Society
and was a board member for the Houston Symphony Society and Houston
Galveston's Mayor Dies on Thursday
GALVESTON, July 30, (AP) - Mayor Brantly Harris, 49, who had been
head of the municipal government here since 1939, died today after
suffering a stroke of paralysis early this morning.
Mayor Harris has been in poor health for some time but has been able
to attend to his office duties as late as last night.
He is survived by the widow; two daughters, Margaret and Jessie Lou
Harris, and two sons, Brantly, Jr., and Robert Harris.
Mayor Harris was born in Montgomery, Ala., the son of the late Rev.
W. M. Harris, a prominent Baptist pastor.
He received his law degree from George Washington university,
Washington, D.C., where he served as secretary to Rep. Rufus Hardy
He began law practice here in 1912, was a U.S. commissioner for
eight years, and served as mayor since 1939.
Mayor Harris was largely instrumental in obtaining the RFC-financed
$1,500,000 pleasure pier now nearing completion, and the creation of
Stewart Beach park.
Memoirs of Willie Dean (McAfee)